Rev. George R. Dillahunty
685 Grant Avenue
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452-3047

September 04, 2009

Text: Proverbs 14:34 (King James Version)

"Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people."

Topic: What Has Happened To America?

What has happened to our nation? Spiritual apostasy, moral decay, and political confusion is changing the face of America! Itís past time for a revival - before itís too late! The Message Bible (MSG), records our Holy Scripture text, for today, in this way: "God-devotion makes a country strong; God-avoidance leaves people weak." The Amplified Bible (AV) states things this way: "Uprightness and right standing with God (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) elevate a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people." The word "rectitude" means moral integrity: righteousness."

Our problem, as a nation, is a spiritual one! The number one failure in America has been a failure in the pulpits of our churches! The average pulpit in America has become nothing more than a sounding board, a place to say only that which people want to hear! The messages are soft, pious, and grammatically perfect; but, they fail to get the job done!

America has been victimized by a false teaching that morality is merely a matter of standards - that what was immoral two generations ago may be moral now - that what is below the standard today may top the standard tomorrow - that vice in one age is virtue in another - that there is no everlasting seal of virtue that may not be tampered with by opinion!

The late great American publisher and editor, David Lawrence (1888 - 1973), once said, "Many clergy seem to have lost the halo of Godís light and have been plunged into the darkness of life itself. What a tragic loss to the community in which this happens."

The late great United States Senator from Massachusetts, Daniel Webster (1782 - 1852), on Independence Day, 04 July 1802, in Friarsburg, Maine, said, "I dare not assure you that your liberties and happiness may not be lost. If an angel should come from Heaven with a special message, the accents that would glow from his lips would be, íBeware, be cautious. You have everything to lose and nothing to gain.í"

Our founding fathers knew that mankind - both male and female - have inherited a sinful nature and simply cannot be trusted. As a result, they established a government with three (3) separate branches: the Executive Branch - the Legislative Branch - and, the Judicial Branch; knowing that no individual could be trusted with all of the power! Our founding fathers would be astonished and amazed to see the manipulation of our Constitutional guarantees - our checks and balances - that is being conducted by this administration to transform America into a socialist, marxist-type government; and, to seize all power!

A poet, I know not who; but, the credit belongs to him or her, for I did not write it myself, has said:

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