by Ildefonso Vasconcelos
The United States of America, that last bastion of freedom spoken of by Ronald Reagan, is under attack from within her walls. In a parallel rail, the Church is also being undermined from within. These two entities have survived attacks from without since their formation. The strength derived from the precepts and concepts upon which they were founded is too powerful and cannot be affected by clear and obvious attacks. But from within their walls they are extremely vulnerable and subject to deceit and decay.
The intriguing aspect of it all is that both entities seem to be intertwined by one common denominator in their birth – God! Both were birthed with blood, sweat and tears. In one case those belonged to His own Son and in the other they belonged to adopted sons and daughters. The values set forth for the foundation of the Church comes from Truth itself. You see, Truth is a person and not a concept. “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life…” words of Jesus Christ (emphasis mine).
The values set forth for the foundation of the United States of America were also derived from following the same Truth. Therefore, the rock upon which these entities were set is extremely solid. In the case of the Church there is a guarantee that “the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt: 16:18) because it is given by the One who controls the future. The country itself has no guarantee because the keepers of the gates are the guarantors and have a requirement prophetically laid down by one of its founders, John Adams:
“We have no government armed with the power capable of contending with human passions which are unbridled by morality and true religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Once the people cease to be moral and religious the foundation becomes “wholly inadequate”. Does anyone doubt that we are close to this point if not there already?
The United States cannot be destroyed from without because it is too powerful. It would be utter suicide by any country to try to attack us. I worked for 16 years building Trident nuclear submarines and therefore I am fully aware of the destructive force stored just in these submarines that are constantly roaming around the world undetected. Not counting the rest of our nuclear and conventional arsenal, these submarines alone could obliterate the aggressor country with extreme power and swiftness. But we can be weakened from within by our own citizens. If enough people can be convinced that the intentions of the leaders are good and for the welfare of the majority they would be willing to trample on their own Constitution to achieve “Social Justice”.
Capitalizing on the lack of morality and religiosity spoken of by John Adams, deceitful people take hold of power and weaken the country to the point of destruction. Promises of equity and similar outcomes are music to the ears of those that would rather not put in the effort to create their own successful story. Accepting crumbs from the master’s tables will maintain one alive but a slave nonetheless.
Therefore one of the steps to get the people of this country to a point where they are neither moral nor religious would obviously be to attack the other rail, the Church. I have stated before that the Church cannot be destroyed, but it can be weakened. It can be weakened from within. Wolves in sheep’s clothing casting doubts in God’s Word “hath God said?” The same deceitful hissing that started it all!
People are confused and blinded because of lack of knowledge of the Word of God and therefore easily swayed to and fro by various winds of doctrine whispered by seemingly decent and “good” people that may or may not have good intentions. Obvious attacks from cults like the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Scientology are easily discerned by most, but deceitful and subtle tactics as those used by the new “Emergent Theology” espoused by Rob Bell, Henry Nouwen, and Brian McLaren just to name a few, are not easily detected because they are candy coated poison. Soft spoken words…”God knows everything…or does He?” “Evolution could be the mechanism used by God to bring about all that we see today…couldn’t it?”
It’s sad to see that within church walls the people accept and approve of political leaders that support abortion, homosexual marriage, Marxist ideas, redistribution of wealth, etc…all the while failing to see that they are being led down the path spoken of by John Adams – a people that is neither moral nor religious.
Although these two rails are intertwined, because the weakening of the church leads to the weakening of the people and thus the destruction of the country, we are called to sound the alarm and stand tall against the heresies of the time and maybe we can still avert a calamity that seems to be eminent.
Looking from within the train tracks, the two rails seem to meet at the horizon. But that’s just an optical illusion – they don’t. The True Church will stand, because it’s held by the strong hands of Jesus, the question is…will America stand?