Days of Laodicea
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot…not willing to give up your pretension and claim to My name, yet having too much love for the world to stand steadfast and immovable with Me! I wish you were either one or the other…make up your mind, would you, please! So, because you are lukewarm…neither hot nor cold…I am thoroughly disgusted with you and am about to spew you out of My mouth! You say, “I am rich; I have acquired wealth and am in need of nothing.” But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked! I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white garments to wear, to cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, that your eyes would be opened and you can truly see! Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So, therefore, be earnest, and repent! [Jesus…Rev 3:15-19]
Eleven months ago, on April 20th, 2016, American Family Association [AFA] launched an Action Alert calling for signatures in support of SFC Charles Martland…a decorated Green Beret. For protecting an Afghan child against an admitted rapist, Sgt. Martland was ordered involuntarily discharged from the military. The mother of a 12 year old boy had appealed for help when her son was chained to his bed by an Afghan police commander being trained on a U. S. Military base, and then repeatedly beaten and raped at will. While confronting the Commander, Sgt. Martland was rightfully outraged and became incensed when he admitted his sexually abusive actions but simply laughed off the concerns. Fed up with this brutal sexual abuse of a young village boy, and not willing to stand by and allow the child to be hurt any longer, Sgt. Martland physically threw the commander off the Base!
Let me ask you a question…Christian leader, Pastor, Christian parent…wouldn’t you have taken the same stand as Sgt. Martland if that were your child, or any child for that matter? I will not allow you to physically and sexually abuse this child! YOU WILL NOT! And yet…our children throughout the Public School system Nationwide are chained to their desks by public school moral and spiritual child molesters, where they are being repeatedly morally and spiritually raped, at will! [read article “Children Under Seige” on this website] Yes…we “strongly object,” “voice our intense disapproval,” and “wring our hands and lament about how awful this is”…while our children continue to be morally and spiritually abused right before our very eyes! We are not moved to action…as was SFC Martland…to protect our children from being relentlessly brainwashed, indoctrinated, and poisoned. Why? Would you only just tell these school child abusers that you are going to take them to court? Well you might, and should…but wouldn’t you also draw your children to yourself to protect them meanwhile…to stand between your children and their abusers? Dr. James Dobson, a Christian evangelical psychologist and founder of Focus on the Family, has emphatically stated [May 4, 2016], “Christians [leaders, pastors, parents] have ‘dropped the ball’ when it comes to acting to preserve families and protect children. Our kids are being inundated by evil, and what have we done? We’ve sat around and watched it happen.”
Evil has free reign in our Nation, unhindered now and rampant, and has only, continually, and relentlessly escalated…exponentially. There continues to be a relentless and rapidly escalating deterioration of our society’s moral and spiritual fabric. We are now witnessing an unprecedented Satanic attack against God’s Divine institutions of marriage and family; against our God-ordained physical gender at birth; against the People of God in our Nation; against our Country’s very foundational Constitution! Our families and our children continue to be inundated by evil, and what are we doing about it? We are still sitting around and watching it happen! We are still guilty of not being moved to take action to preserve our families and protect our children! There is an overriding atmosphere of Christian apathy… of carelessness, complacency, and indifference!
Rev. Tony Evans so accurately put this into perspective at a prayer gathering at the Family Research Council in Washington, DC, the day prior to the 2016 National Day of Prayer. In his prayer lifted up to our Heavenly Father on behalf of all Christians, he acknowledged and confessed our great sin: “We are also saddened by the fact that Your people have contributed greatly to the spiritual apathy that now engulfs us. Our satisfaction in remaining religious without being fully committed to living out the truths of Your Word has caused us to become co-conspirators with the forces of evil that are destroying us as a society. It is for this reason that we personally and collectively repent of our carnality and recommit ourselves to becoming visible and verbal disciples of Jesus Christ. Enable us, by Your Spirit, to no longer be secret agent Christians but rather to publicly declare and live out Your truth in a spirit of love so that You feel welcome in our country once again.”
Despite Rev. Evans exhortation to awaken out of our spiritual apathy and recommit ourselves to becoming visible and verbal disciples of Jesus Christ…our carelessness, complacency, and indifference continues! Other high-profile Christian leaders have echoed their same alarm and concern. Franklin Graham stated, “We’re living in the most dangerous period of history in our Nation. We’re fighting the war within, the moral war. If Christians don’t stand up now we’re going to lose…and we’re going to lose big.” Ronnie Floyd, President of the Southern Baptist Convention, in an interview by Todd Starnes on May 13th, 2016 regarding the Obama administration’s unconscionable transgender bathroom edict to Public School districts Nationwide, stated: “It is an outrageous attack on our Creator Himself, upon human sexuality and morality and a further advancement of the flagrant attack on religious freedom in our culture. Sooner or later we have to determine that enough is enough. It’s not going to change until Christians get involved in this battle.”
Even so…the record of Christian response remains dismal. Consider just a few examples in the full range of all responses to AFA’s calls for petition signatures on their various “Action Alerts” [having an E-mail data base exceeding 850,000]…Defunding of Planned Parenthood [Dec 2015]: only 56,000 signatures; Support for Sgt. Martland [April 2016]: 93,400; TV Content Ratings Reform [June 2016]: 46,700; Outrage against National Geographic’s front cover exploitation of children to further the LGBT agenda [Dec 2016]: 24,900. In December 2016, Highlights magazine…the long-standing and nationally recognized magazine for young children…caved in to the LGBT agenda and announced they will now be including, and featuring, same-sex families in their magazines. Homosexuality will now be normalized in the minds of toddlers, preschoolers, and young school children through their children’s magazine line! AFA’s Action Alert against this alarming change gathered only 56,800 signatures! And now, in March 2017, Disney has fully committed to the LGBT agenda by introducing their first time ever gay and lesbian kissing in a children’s cartoon. They are also scheduled to release their new movie, a re-make of Beauty and the Beast introducing a homosexual story line, on March 17th!
And what are Christians doing in response? We continue to stand around and watch it happen! In the vast majority of churches throughout our Nation, nothing has changed to address this relentlessly escalating evil. Our Children’s Sunday School programs are the same today as they have been throughout numerous past generations, with the usual sweet little stories about Jesus the Good Shepherd, and David & Goliath. Our preschool programs are the same today as they have been for generations prior. There is nothing wrong with presenting these wonderful Biblical stories to our children; what is wrong is the utter carelessness, complacency, and indifference toward the urgent necessity of clearly presenting to a child’s understanding God’s foundational principles of Human life that He Himself set forth in Creation through His Divine institutions of marriage, family, and gender. Children need to know and understand God’s principle of seed, principle of gender, and the defining characteristic of gender. [read article “A Tool To Teach” on this website] It is so simple a child can understand…that he is a boy because he has a unique God-given characteristic that only a boy has, and that a girl can NEVER have…a characteristic that is unalterable, unchangeable, and irreversible. And that she is a girl because she has a unique God-given characteristic that only a girl has, and that a boy can NEVER have…a characteristic that is unalterable, unchangeable, and irreversible. And they need to know, and understand, that God does not make mistakes. A child born with the physical gender of a boy was intended by God to be a boy…not a girl.
The appalling truth is that even when our church leadership is made aware of the depth of the evil and depravity relentlessly being introduced into our Public School system, and are duly incensed and outraged as their eyes are opened to this reality…THEY ARE STILL NOT MOVED TO ACTION! Yes…their mouths express indignation, but their feet, as in a virtual reality game, have not moved; their feet are still in the same place as before! How is this possible?…and yet that is the unimaginable truth! It is beyond belief! Parents are not urgently, diligently, being warned about the sword already covertly at work in our midst…stealing, killing, and destroying our children morally and spiritually. Even now, continually and unceasingly, this sword is relentlessly stealing their innocence, killing them spiritually, destroying their morality! Parents are as much in the dark today…after the watchman has sounded the alarm before their leaders and pastors…as they were before the depth of this evil and depravity had been brought to light! This is why I weep and my eyes overflow with tears. No one is near to comfort me, no one to restore my spirit. Our children are destitute, because the enemy has prevailed. [Lam 1:16]
In the words of Rev. Tony Evans acknowledging and confessing our great sin: “We are also saddened by the fact that Your people have contributed greatly to the spiritual apathy that now engulfs us…and has caused us to become co-conspirators with the forces of evil that are destroying us as a society. There is also a physical apathy, expressed by [ret.] Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, vice-president of Family Research Council, on May 22, 2016 in an interview with Todd Starnes…providing a crystal-clear picture of the appalling and continual sequence of events unfolding across our Nation at warp-speed. He made a very relevant point which underscores how it is possible for less than 1% of this Nation’s population to continually bully into submission 100 million Christians [169 million Protestants and Catholics, less nominal Christians and apostates] in this Nation who agree that an individual’s sexual orientation is determined by their God-ordained physical gender at birth, and that the foundational principles of Human life were set forth by God in the very act of Creation through His Divine institutions of marriage, family, and gender. He said, “They [LGBT activists] are shrewd; they are very well organized and they are unified…which is something the Church is not. The Church is not unified. Therefore, the Church fights piecemeal battles rather than doing what the LGBT community did in my case. They came together and launched a major attack and they succeeded.” As a retired General, he fully understands what apparently no one else either understands or thinks important.
AFA, for example, had launched a very appropriate boycott against Target on April 21, 2016 as a result of their newly implemented and unconscionable gender-neutral dressing and bathroom policy. While the boycott was in the mainstream Christian and secular Media, 1.2 million signatures supporting the boycott were rapidly obtained [by early May]. On May 11, 2016, Tim Wildman, President of American Family Association, personally met with Target executives with 1.2 million signatures on a boycott pledge in hand. Although a common sense approach and a reasonable solution was offered to replace their recently implemented dressing and bathroom policy, he was told they would nonetheless continue to embrace their current policy. Brother Tim, in AFA’s Action Alert posted the following day, stated “I will work even harder to promote the boycott going forward…to reach 2 million boycott signatures.”
That is certainly the right action to take against these Corporate bullies! However, the problem is…AFA’s efforts were no longer being supported at all across ALL Christian Media! As of the end of February, 2017, nearly ten months later, there is just barely over 1.4 million signatures! We should have had 10 million Target boycott signatures by now! When you look at other Christian sites, or listen to other Christian broadcasts, [James Dobson; Todd Starnes; FRC; etc.] there is no encouragement or support whatsoever to extend this boycott! Everyone is simply involved in “doing their own thing.” This is exactly what Lt. Gen. Boykin was alluding to. Although there are 100 million Christians in this Nation who stand in agreement with Biblical principles, we are continually bullied into submission by LGBT activists…less than 1% of this Nation’s population…BECAUSE THE CHURCH IS NOT UNIFIED! In the spirit of Lt. Gen. Boykin, we must mobilize and relentlessly protect our Christian heritage across ALL Christian Media. We must Mobilize ALL Christian Media…Protestant and Catholic…and coordinate our efforts rather than acting independently. If only we would just mobilize and coordinate our efforts across all Christian media, we would have the overwhelming power of multiple tens of millions of Christians!
The key word is “mobilize.” In March 2015, with the prospect of a Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage soon to be issued, Don Wildman, founder of the American Family Association, impressed Christian leaders with the urgent need for pastors across America to be mobilized to stand against the Courts redefining marriage. Within days Rick Scarborough, James Dobson, and Mat Staver drafted a document in defense of Biblical marriage, and created a website defendmarriage.org calling for signatures of leaders and pastors Nationwide willing to take the stand in the event the Supreme Court passes a ruling in favor of same-sex marriage: “We Will Not Obey.” They were then joined by Tim Wildman, President of AFA, and recorded three programs on the subject, which aired across Dr. Dobson’s Family Talk Radio. Overnight, thousands of Christian leaders and pastors began coming to this site to sign the Pledge in Solidarity to Defend Marriage. The signers of the “Marriage Pledge” [nearly 60,000 Christian leaders and pastors through March, 2017] “come from a variety of communities and holding differing faith perspectives, yet united in our common affirmation of marriage.”
Today we have a desperate need for Christians across America to be mobilized to stand against our Nation’s Government and our society as they launch continual and relentless attacks against marriage and the family unit, God-ordained sexual orientation determined by physical gender at birth, freedom to live our lives in accordance with Biblical values, and our Constitutional right of free speech. There is a desperate need to inaugurate a “Family Pledge” calling for the signatures of one million parents and grandparents willing to stand steadfast and immovable with Christ in a determined resolve “We will not allow our children to be morally and spiritually abused” [read article “Family Pledge” on this website]. These signatures…as was the case with the Marriage Pledge…need to come from “a variety of differing faith communities and belief perspectives, yet in our common affirmation of these fundamental truths we stand united together.” In other words…the mobilization needs to be patterned after the Marriage Pledge, coming from the entire spectrum of Biblical Christian communities. In the Spirit, I see Sgt. Martland as the “poster child” of the defining commitment characterizing the Family Pledge: We will not allow our children to be morally and spiritually abused. He personally, by his actions, stated, “I will not allow this [Afghan] child to be physically and sexually abused.” He didn’t only just “strongly object;” he proceeded to intervene and take action to do something about it.
When are we going to have a Christian leader…a General…who will mobilize all of our many Christian organizations currently content with fighting their own little independent piecemeal battles? When will we have a leader who will mobilize and coordinate our efforts across all Christian organizations and media, where we would have the overwhelming power of multiple tens of millions of Christians? When are we going to become relentless across the entire spectrum of Christian Media…with a determined resolve to stand against Corporate bullies, society’s bullies, Government bullies…until they feel the impact of tens of millions of Americans and ultimately back down? We must hammer them daily across all Christian media…relentlessly…until our voices are heard. Isn’t it time enough for the silent [and vast] majority to speak out and be heard? There is an urgency here! If we lose this generation of children, we will have lost it all for all future generations!