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Summary: The decline of America. America as it was, as it is now and America's only hope for the future

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TITLE: America's Only Hope

TEXT: Psalm 33:12-18

INTRO: America's beginning was different from all other nations. Christopher Columbus had discovered a new land and when settlers began to come here, they were looking for a new life, with new opportunities in a land where they could be free from authoritarian governments and free to worship God as they pleased. A South American president once said, “People came to my continent looking for gold, but those who came to America were looking for God!”

I. AMERICA AS IT WAS

A. Its Founding

1. A government of laws, not of men, all equal before

the law

2. Rights given by God, not the government

#The Declaration of Independence says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights that among them are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

3. A Constitution that recognized those rights and limited

the government

4. Leaders would govern by the consent of the governed

B. Its Founders

1. Men who believed in God

#(Patrick Henry) “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great Nation was founded not by religionists but by Christians, not on religions but on the gospel of Jesus Christ."

2. John Quincy Adams wrote, “The highest glory of the American Revolution was that it connected the principles of Christianity with the principles of government.”

#(George Washington) “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.”

3. Men with the Courage of their Convictions

#(Patrick Henry) “I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

-Many of the founders lost everything they had,

including their lives

C. Its Blessings

1. America was blessed with prosperity, peace & freedom

2. Millions of people wanted to come here because of our

blessings

D. Its Goodness

1. We have shared our blessings with other countries

2. We have fought to maintain their freedom

3. We have sent missionaries around the world

II. AMERICA TODAY

A. Our Country is Rapidly Degenerating into a Godless

Society

1. Prayer and Bible reading..banned from schools

2. Any mention God..removed from gov’t. buildings

3. Crosses in public…under attack

4. Abortion..legalized over 50 million unborn…killed

5. Same-sex unions are being recognized as marriages

6. The name of Jesus is a forbidden word

(Prov.14:34) “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.”

B. America is Following a Path to Destruction

1. Ungodly laws are being passed

2. Leaders..ignoring the Constitution..acting like dictators

3. We are losing freedoms every day

4. People think..blessings..from government..not..God

5. Many are too busy living it up to know or even care

# (Adrian Rogers) "The two biggest problems in America: number one is ignorance and number two is apathy. People don't know and they don't care."

C. America Has Lost its Goodness its Greatness


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