Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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          I began my time with the Lord this morning by reading a pamphlet from the group that is continuing with the ministry of D. James Kennedy.  This pastor has sense passed on to be with the Lord.  We began following his TV ministry about the year 1994.  We are of the opinion that he could pack more truth in twenty minutes than others can in a two hour sermon.  We always felt as though we had truly been filled with spiritual food that packed a wallop, giving godly nourishment to the depths of our spirit, being absorbed by every part of our being.  This must be that which is called a message delivered under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, in sharp contrast to a message that is delivered out of the heart of man, without the influence of the Lord.  The latter may or may not lead to truth; whereas the former always leads to the truth of the Lord, “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”
          At any rate, the theme of the monthly pamphlet had to do with the dumbing down of the American education system which has steadily taken place, especially sense the 60’s, as a direct result of our courts passing laws which rule against God, taking God, prayer, and the Bible out of our schools.  Born in 1942 and working as a teacher during the mid 60’s through 2006, I have experienced and witnessed the positive advantages of living in a period when God was still allowed to have an influence upon children, and society at large.  In addition, I have also experienced and witnessed the devastating effects of the present period, during which nearly everything relating to God and His ways are rapidly being removed, to be replaced by secularism.  Having experienced first hand both ends of the spectrum, I know what has been lost.  In comparison, those who were born since the seventies, have no idea what previous generations had or what the present generation has lost. 
          In 1962, the Supreme Court banned school prayer (Engel v. Vitale).  In that same year, the Supreme Court ruled (Stone v. Graham) that the Ten Commandments could not be posted in classrooms, “for a child might read them, reflect upon them and then obey them.”  Isn’t that a profound statement?  In effect, they stated, and recognized the fact that the word of God may have the power to possibly transform minds and lives just by the reading of it.  Fearing even the possibility of God’s influence, the law removing the Ten Commandments was only one of many in a line of succession meant for the express purpose of eradicating the effects that God may have upon the minds of the children.  They (secular humanists) demand, “Don’t force your Jesus down our throats.”  Working to feverishly to remove all Judeo-Christian religious influence, they strive to give the secular humanist “religion” the power to mold the minds of all future generations. 
          How neatly and deceitfully have they accomplished their goal!  Through revisionist history, they have managed to remove all references to our Judeo Christian roots from our history books.  They wouldn’t dare let students know that the first textbook used in public schools was the Bible.  In 1830, Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, published a letter which supported use of the Bible as a textbook. (“A Defence of the Use of the Bible as a School Book: Addressed to Rev. Jeremy Belknap of Boston, Mass. 1791)  Of course, the publishers of today’s history textbooks couldn’t possibly include many of the personal papers of our founding fathers; thereby, allowing the reader first hand knowledge of the many references to God and the Bible, for they too might have the effect of contradicting the goals of their secular humanist religion.  Isn’t it ironic that since God, prayer, and the Bible were removed from our schools since the 60”s, as of 1980, after 18 years of a steady decline, U.S. schools reported the lowest SAT scores ever.
          The following excerpt will demonstrate the decline in our educational system.  I copied the following information from the article that you may see for yourself just how much we have regressed.
 “The Dumbing Down of America” by D. James Kennedy, Ph.D.:
          “If you doubt that statistic by the historian, let me read you a sampling of the questions asked to sixth graders around 1908.
·        The orthography quiz asked us to “Spell twenty words, including elucidation and animosity.”
·        An arithmetic question asked us to “Find the interest on an 8% note for $900 running 2 years, 2 months, and 6 days.”
·        Among geography’s ten questions was, “Name two countries producing large quantities of wheat, two of cotton, and two of coal.”
·        In history we were to “Name the principal political questions which have been advocated since the Civil War, and the party which advocated each.”
          Somebody asked me, ‘Well, aren’t other countries going through the same thing?’  No, they are not.  In comparative examinations with the seventeen leading industrialized nations of the world, America came out last in two categories and first in none.  We have sunk beyond the educational level of Albania down to the educational level of Zambia and the Ivory Coast.
·        A lot of high school seniors can not find America on a world map.
·        If you think that’s bad, fifty percent of seventeen year-olds surveyed in one major city in America couldn’t tell where the Pacific Ocean was.  That city was San Francisco.
·        In all of California fifty percent of the seventeen year-olds surveyed did not know whether New York was east or west of California.
·        Many couldn’t find the Soviet Union on a world map some years ago when it existed.  One student said he knew it was somewhere near the Panama Canal… wherever that is.
Tragically, because of our education system, we are becoming a nation of dummies – the ignorant American.  The Bible tells us what we’re missing today: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”

          From that same pamphlet, (Impact, Sept., 2015) the present state of our educational system was effectually summed up by the words of Darrel Scott, a father of one of the slain students of the Columbine massacre, when he testified before Congress:

“Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You’ve stripped away our heritage,
You’ve outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms
And precious children die.

You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question “Why?”
You regulate restrictive laws
through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand
That God is what we need.”

          There are none so blind who will not see, the Bible tells us so.
“Where [there is] no vision, the people perish: and happy is he who keeps [God’s] law. (Prov. 29: 18)  He, who does not learn from past history, is destined to repeat it, both good and bad.  If we will not learn from past history, and take heed to what happened to Israel because they forgot God, we too are also doomed to experience God’s judgment just as they did.

America, America, the Great I Am Still Calls to Thee

Israel forgot God, seeking false gods of other nations.
Turning from God, she chose to play the Harlot.
She suffered God’s judgment; her people were dispersed,
And Israel became a nation without any home.

America likewise is forgetting God too.
We cry out “God Bless America,”
But defiantly declare “Repent? We will not!”
We clamor for His love and ask for all His blessings.
Obey Him? Forget that! Instead, we say “We will not!”

When confronted with our sinful ways,
We piously respond “Judge not lest ye be judged!”
To admit our need for Jesus, the Savior, and of course God’s redeeming Grace,
We prefer to smirk and vainly think “Our evil, He will see not!”

God is not a man that He should lie.
Blessings are promised, if we’d but trust in Him.
But curses will come, I’m sad to say,
As we trust in ourselves, and regrets, we have them not!

God is patient and long suffering too.
But He also knows,
With hearts cold and hardened,
His Holy Spirit, we choose to hear not!

America, America, you once believed.
But now, being stiff necked and haughty,
With scoffing lips, and fearing not,
You mock and say “The great I AM, who is He?”
Lost in darkness, pride, doubt, and unbelief,
Having no shame, you dare to exclaim
“Since my god is me, there is ‘no room’ for Thee!”

But even as my heart cries out,
I hear God call without a doubt.
Don’t give up yet, but come to me,
Get down upon your bended knee.
With prayer and faith, there still may be,

One last soul to win for me.


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