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Published on November 4, 2008

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When Nations Collapse : When Nations Collapse Bill Muehlenberg For the Christian Democratic Party State Conference 2008 When Nations Collapse : When Nations Collapse Bill Muehlenberg “Civilizations die from suicide, not murder” (Arnold Toynbee) : “Civilizations die from suicide, not murder” (Arnold Toynbee) “Of the twenty-two civilizations that have appeared in history, nineteen of them collapsed when they reached the moral state the United States is in now.”(Arnold Toynbee) : “Of the twenty-two civilizations that have appeared in history, nineteen of them collapsed when they reached the moral state the United States is in now.”(Arnold Toynbee) The average age of the world's greatest democratic nations has been 200 years. Each has been through the following sequence: : The average age of the world's greatest democratic nations has been 200 years. Each has been through the following sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith. From faith to great courage. From courage to liberty. From liberty to abundance. (A letter from Lord Macaulay to an American friend, May 23, 1857)Can we escape this fate? : (A letter from Lord Macaulay to an American friend, May 23, 1857)Can we escape this fate? From abundance to complacency. From complacency to selfishness. From selfishness to apathy. From apathy to dependency. And from dependency back again into bondage. Examples of the declineSome recentnewspaperheadlines: : Examples of the declineSome recentnewspaperheadlines: “Pedophiles launchown political party”May 30, 2006Pedophiles in the Netherlands are registering a political party to press for lowering the legal age of sexual relations from 16 to 12 and allow child porn and bestiality. The party, which plans to register tomorrow, says it eventually wants to get rid of the age limit on sexual relations. : “Pedophiles launchown political party”May 30, 2006Pedophiles in the Netherlands are registering a political party to press for lowering the legal age of sexual relations from 16 to 12 and allow child porn and bestiality. The party, which plans to register tomorrow, says it eventually wants to get rid of the age limit on sexual relations. Bibles bannedMay 12, 2006Bibles are being banned in hospitals and schools in order not to offend non-Christians. : Bibles bannedMay 12, 2006Bibles are being banned in hospitals and schools in order not to offend non-Christians. Gay school guide:Teachers’ manual rejects ‘mum’ and ‘dad’June 4, 2006Victorian schools are being advised to dump the words “mother” and “father” by a new teachers’ manual that promotes the cause of same-sex parents. : Gay school guide:Teachers’ manual rejects ‘mum’ and ‘dad’June 4, 2006Victorian schools are being advised to dump the words “mother” and “father” by a new teachers’ manual that promotes the cause of same-sex parents. Schools 'avoid Holocaust lessons’ BBC News, April 2, 2007 Some British schools avoid teaching the Holocaust and other controversial history subjects as they do not want to cause offence, research has claimed. : Schools 'avoid Holocaust lessons’ BBC News, April 2, 2007 Some British schools avoid teaching the Holocaust and other controversial history subjects as they do not want to cause offence, research has claimed. “Lesbian pair sue for cost of twin”Canberra Times18 September 2007 : “Lesbian pair sue for cost of twin”Canberra Times18 September 2007 “Foster child to be taken away because Christian couple refuse to teach him about homosexuality”The Daily Mail, 24 October 2007“They are devoted foster parents with an unblemished record of caring for almost 30 vulnerable children. But Vincent and Pauline Matherick will this week have their latest foster son taken away because they have refused to sign new sexual equality regulations.” : “Foster child to be taken away because Christian couple refuse to teach him about homosexuality”The Daily Mail, 24 October 2007“They are devoted foster parents with an unblemished record of caring for almost 30 vulnerable children. But Vincent and Pauline Matherick will this week have their latest foster son taken away because they have refused to sign new sexual equality regulations.” Children involved in 'sex club'Age, September 13, 2008Three six-year-old boys at a Brisbane state school ran club to demand sexual favours. : Children involved in 'sex club'Age, September 13, 2008Three six-year-old boys at a Brisbane state school ran club to demand sexual favours. Music teacher jailed over child pornOctober 24, 2008A former music teacher who kept handwritten notes on how to seduce young boys and how to avoid arrest has been jailed. Police found more than 4,000 child pornography images, many of which depicted pre-pubescent boys involved in sexual acts, including boys tied up with chains and ropes. : Music teacher jailed over child pornOctober 24, 2008A former music teacher who kept handwritten notes on how to seduce young boys and how to avoid arrest has been jailed. Police found more than 4,000 child pornography images, many of which depicted pre-pubescent boys involved in sexual acts, including boys tied up with chains and ropes. “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” (Isaiah 5:20) : “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” (Isaiah 5:20) How Did This Happen? : How Did This Happen? Short answer:The past century has been one grand social experiment to see what life is like when we reject God.(And the results are in!) : Short answer:The past century has been one grand social experiment to see what life is like when we reject God.(And the results are in!) “It is because we have forgotten God. That is why all this is happening to us.”(Alexander Solzhenitsyn) : “It is because we have forgotten God. That is why all this is happening to us.”(Alexander Solzhenitsyn) Or as Yahweh puts it when his covenant people ask why great disaster has befallen them: “All this happened because you people sinned against the LORD and did not obey him.”(Jeremiah 40:3) : Or as Yahweh puts it when his covenant people ask why great disaster has befallen them: “All this happened because you people sinned against the LORD and did not obey him.”(Jeremiah 40:3) 'It is because your fathers forsook me,' declares the LORD, 'and followed other gods and served and worshiped them. They forsook me and did not keep my law. (Jeremiah 16:11) : 'It is because your fathers forsook me,' declares the LORD, 'and followed other gods and served and worshiped them. They forsook me and did not keep my law. (Jeremiah 16:11) “There is no significant example in history, before our time, of a society successfully maintaining moral life without the aid of religion.”(Will Durant) : “There is no significant example in history, before our time, of a society successfully maintaining moral life without the aid of religion.”(Will Durant) “History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster.”(US General Douglas MacArthur) : “History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster.”(US General Douglas MacArthur) “From barbarism to civilization requires a century; from civilization to barbarism needs but a day”(Will Durant) : “From barbarism to civilization requires a century; from civilization to barbarism needs but a day”(Will Durant) What Can Be Done?Rebuilding the Foundations : What Can Be Done?Rebuilding the Foundations “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3) : “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3) Or as Francis Schaeffer asks,“How Should We Then Live?”(1976) : Or as Francis Schaeffer asks,“How Should We Then Live?”(1976) “The greatest advances in human civilization have come when we recovered what we had lost: when we learned the lessons of History.”(Winston Churchill) : “The greatest advances in human civilization have come when we recovered what we had lost: when we learned the lessons of History.”(Winston Churchill) The hottest level in hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in a moral crisis.(Dante's Inferno) : The hottest level in hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in a moral crisis.(Dante's Inferno) “Philosophers have only interpreted the world; the thing is to change it.” (Karl Marx) : “Philosophers have only interpreted the world; the thing is to change it.” (Karl Marx) “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world...indeed, it is the only thing that ever has” (Anthropologist Margaret Mead) : “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world...indeed, it is the only thing that ever has” (Anthropologist Margaret Mead) “The greatest works are done by the ones. The hundreds do not often do much - the companies never; it is the units - the single individuals, that are the power and the might. Individual effort is, after all, the grand thing.” (Charles Haddon Spurgeon) : “The greatest works are done by the ones. The hundreds do not often do much - the companies never; it is the units - the single individuals, that are the power and the might. Individual effort is, after all, the grand thing.” (Charles Haddon Spurgeon) “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”(Martin LutherKing Jr) : “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”(Martin LutherKing Jr) “Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”(Edmund Burke) : “Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”(Edmund Burke) “We cannot do great things on this earth. We can only do small things with great love.” (Mother Teresa) : “We cannot do great things on this earth. We can only do small things with great love.” (Mother Teresa) “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”(Margaret Thatcher) : “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.”(Margaret Thatcher) “Our culture, society, government, and law are in the condition they are in, not because of a conspiracy, but because the church has forsaken its duty to be the salt of the culture.”-Francis Schaeffer : “Our culture, society, government, and law are in the condition they are in, not because of a conspiracy, but because the church has forsaken its duty to be the salt of the culture.”-Francis Schaeffer “The world has yet to see what God will do with and for and through and in and by the man who is fully and wholly consecrated to him.”(Henry Varley to D.L. Moody) : “The world has yet to see what God will do with and for and through and in and by the man who is fully and wholly consecrated to him.”(Henry Varley to D.L. Moody) “God loves with a great love the man whose heart is bursting with a passion for the impossible.”(William Booth) : “God loves with a great love the man whose heart is bursting with a passion for the impossible.”(William Booth) –“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)-“If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.” (Eldridge Cleaver)-“You are the salt of the earth, you are the light of the world.” (Jesus Christ) : –“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)-“If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.” (Eldridge Cleaver)-“You are the salt of the earth, you are the light of the world.” (Jesus Christ) The Need of the Hour:RevivalandReformation : The Need of the Hour:RevivalandReformation Society is in a mess because the church is in a mess.The church is in a mess because you and I are in a mess. : Society is in a mess because the church is in a mess.The church is in a mess because you and I are in a mess. 2 Chron 7:14: If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. : 2 Chron 7:14: If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. How will you respond? : How will you respond? CultureWatchhttp://www.billmuehlenberg.com : CultureWatchhttp://www.billmuehlenberg.com Over 900 articles 47 different subject categories 7000 comments Interactive blogsite An opportunity to engage with non-believers

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