Does Fatherless Obama's Advent Represent the Fall of American Christianity?
Has America Embraced the Spirit of Anti-Christ?
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This essay is written for all principled free-thinkers, not just Believers. It examines the terrible impact on society of apostasy, symbolized by deviation from the biblical model in the American family structure over the past 50 years. This illustrates the devastating results of widespread heresy. Americans have abandoned their ancestral faith and practice, a subject affecting all persons, including the indifferent and non-religious. Therefore we can say a spirit of anti-Christ is unleashed. This is not to be confused with “The Beast” of Revelations whom many believe will come to establish an infernal kingdom on earth before the end of times. Instead, this general spirit opposes Bible teaching, contradicting the doctrines of Jesus and the Apostles, here illuminated by changing practices on marriage.
This change matters for several reasons. First, many historians have argued it was America’s unique approach to faith which laid the groundwork for our unparallelled success. Second, as most Americans claim to be Christian it represents a movement of rank apostasy (heresy is a wrong belief—apostasy is wholesale abandonment of essential dogma). Third, in the case of families without fathers, it spawns a tremendous flood of related problems which then drag society down into a deepening spiral of dysfunction, lawlessness and godlessness. This is a solemn note for the 75% of Americans who consider themselves Christian, or at least 230 million US residents.
Marriage as a symbol of biblical values is chosen because of its perpetual nature and also divine modeling, such as: “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife (the Church) hath made herself ready.” (Revelation 19:7-9) America cannot long survive as a first rate democracy and world power while ignoring marriage. Statistics prove what happens when wedlock is destroyed. The church itself is doomed to irrelevancy if it does not stand against such apostasy.
I. Europe’s Decrepit Culture of Excellence
Look around you. Why—for the last thousand years, have only countries associated with the European vision been able to create states of both great personal freedom and robust economies? Only they, in world history, were able to forge a respectful, efficient, peaceful and highly successful track record of government. Only these have enjoyed expansive political expression, rule of law, religious freedom, contract protection and representative government amongst all peoples. Arguably this occurred when leaders applied biblical doctrines, as missionaries converted European tribes, like the Franks. These set about developing modern society, with input from both Catholic, and later Protestant, quarters. You’d have to be living under a rock to not notice the gaping difference in quality of life between Europe and the Middle East on all these matters, for example.
Yet, today Europe is caught in a deep funk, not sure what it believes about religion, economics, or even freedom. France and other states are resisting takeover by Muslims while trying to understand what the first European Islamic state would resemble, especially regarding liberty. Much of the problem here is caused by brainless liberal automatons who relentlessly attack larger families, lampoon the church and marriage, and hate all traditional beliefs. America is not far behind these suicide illiterates in rejection of the West’s sublime faith and glorious past. But we must all stand up now and defend our Christian institutions which served us so well for so long, and actually created the modern world.
II. Anti-Christ & Anti-Christians
In the Bible, the famous term “anti-Christ” is used in both the singular and plural. So, the apostolic writers prophesied a group of persons whose spirit opposed the teachings of Christ, as mentioned; and also an individual tagged “Anti-Christ,” marked by “666.” So writes Saint John:
Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. (John 2:18)
Here is offered the Reformed Christian interpretation claiming since the number 6 was the representation of mankind in ancient numerology, what 666 foreshadows is the age of ultra, hyper-humanism. Therefore, the mark of 666 would be upon all of those in the modern age who follow the ideas of man instead of the revelation of God. That would then make sense of verses like this:
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. (2 Timothy 3:2-5)
Classic passages on the Anti-Christ are found in the books of Daniel and Revelation:
And I saw a beast coming out of the sea…The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words & blasphemies and to exercise his authority for 42 months. He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, & to slander his name & his dwelling place & those who live in heaven. He was given power to make war against the saints & to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language & nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast‚Äîall whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb slain from the creation of the world…This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man’s number. His number is 666. (Rev 13)
III. Anti-Christian Family Planning: Willful Heresy or Just Plain Stupidity?
There have been a number of changes in government policy and private habits over the last 50 years which have drastically impacted the quality of life in America for the worse. None have had a more dire impact than the destruction of the traditional family. Writes Slate:
In the last 50 years, there has been an extraordinary decoupling of marriage and procreation. In 1960 about 5 percent of births were to unwed mothers; that figure is now a record high of nearly 40 percent. Out-of-wedlock births used to be such a source of shame that families tried to hide them: Singer Bobby Darin was born to a teen mother and raised to believe she was his sister. But now out-of-wedlock births are greeted with a shrug.
The Bible is quite clear on the centrality of marriage in God’s creation, made obvious by a few examples. First, Adam and Eve become one flesh in paradise before any sin occurs. Second, we see that God gives marriage the ultimate blessing by comparing Christ’s relationship with the church to a wedding of a bride and groom. Third, God and Jesus both explicitly defend marriage.
Consider the following verses. In the Old Testament, Yahweh says,
The Lord is acting as the witness between you and the wife of your youth, because you have broken faith with her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant. Has not [the Lord] made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his. And why one? Because he was seeking godly offspring. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith with the wife of your youth. “I hate divorce,” says the Lord God of Israel…(Malachi 2: 14-16)
In the New Testament, Christ comments on marriage:
Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”
“What did Moses command you?” He replied.
They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.”
“It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied. “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Mark 10: 2-9)
Now consider the resultant folly of loosening human marriage via: no-fault divorces, abortion, cohabitation, remarriage and multiple-partner families, casual affairs, bastard offspring, and now gay marriage and even polygamy. The NY Times wrote in 2009:
Unmarried mothers gave birth to 4 out of every 10 babies born in the United States in 2007, a share that is increasing rapidly both here and abroad…First, the entrance of every child into society was once prepared by their complete family. Now, for example for African American births, that happens about 25% of the time. And consider the towering increase in poverty for children in fatherless families. Amazingly, Blacks are more at risk from death by abortion than any other cause of death. Consider what Christ says about caring for children:
And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. (Matt 18: 5-6)So what is the real impact of the breakup of the family? The following statistics will cast a light on the true cost of turning our back on traditional marriage. In the interest of exploring the loss of the father, which symbolizes God the Father, consider these statistics from Experiments in Living: The Fatherless Family, By Rebecca O’Neill; Sept. 2002, CIVITAS. Here are some statistics resulting from the fatherless:
- 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes.—[U. S. D.H.H.S. Bureau of the Census]
- 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes; 85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes.—[Center for Disease Control]
- 80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes.—[Criminal Justice and Behavior, Vol. 14 p. 403-26]
- 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes.—[National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools]
- 70% of juveniles in state operated institutions come from fatherless homes.—[U.S. Dept. of Justice, Special Report, Sept., 1988]
- 85% of all youths sitting in prisons grew up in a fatherless home. —[Fulton County Georgia Jail Populations and Texas Dept. of Corrections, 1992]
- 40% of children in America do not live with their fathers.—[US News and World Report, February 27, 1995, p.39]
What does this mean? Children from fatherless homes are:
- 4.6 times more likely to commit suicide; 6.6 times to become teenaged mothers; 24.3 times more likely to run away; 15.3 times more likely to have behavioral disorders; 6.3 times more likely to be in a state-operated institutions; 10.8 times more likely to commit rape; 6.6 times more likely to drop out of school; 15.3 times more likely to end up in prison while a teenager.—(Calculation above assumes 27% of children in care of single mothers.)
And—compared to children who are in the care of two biological, married parents—children who are in the care of single mothers are:
- 33 times more likely to be seriously abused (so that they will require medical attention); and 73 times more likely to be killed.—[”Marriage: The Safest Place for Women and Children”, by Patrick F. Fagan and Kirk A. Johnson, Ph.D. Backgrounder #1535.]
The spirit of anti-Christ is now strong across America, and growing daily in countless areas, such as government, economics, art, politics, religious liberty, and many others. Yet, consider this statement on apostasy:
The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matt13:41-42)
Fatherless Barack (see Are the Sins of the Fatherless the Root of Obama’s Tyranny?) believes he will build an earthly paradise, perhaps to please a father who was not there to show him real love and wisdom as a child.
Whether Christian or atheist, we must admit the collapse of the family creates enormous social, financial, and emotional problems, which only increase over time. So to fight against fatherlessness is to battle for common sense, itself. To save America from apostasy, is to return us back to our rightful place as the crown jewel of the nations. If the Bible is really all that separates us from barbarianism, as some historians have written—then we better stand up and fight for our classic institutions as if our very lives depended upon it, because they do.