Summary: This message is one that I put together after reading a speech written by a former governor of Colorado. The lessons fit very well of how to destroy a church.
Ephesians 6:11 KJV Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
I. INTRODUCTION -- THIS IS NOT MY USUAL FARE. . .
-This message that I am going to preach is not my standard fare of preaching style. . . and yet there are some very valuable lessons to be learned from a speech that was given in late 2003 or early 2004. It only took him five minutes to deliver but it lodged in the hearts of a few who were willing to speak up.
-It was forwarded on to me by Brother ________ and the more I read the concepts in the speech, the more I begin to realize that not only was it good for the nation but it was also good for the Church. Furthermore, I checked it out on Snopes.com and found that the speech actually was delivered and is not a fictional account to get folks up in arms.
-Former Governor Lamm was not politically correct with his statements. In an age the demands tolerance and political expediency, one must ask “where are the leaders?” Some time back, Bill O’Reilly on the “No Spin Zone” asked, “where is the clergy?”
-We live in a time when there desperately needs to be a strong voice heard about the direction of our times and the direction of the true Apostolic (as the Book of Acts) church.
-Dick Lamm is the former Governor of Colorado. At an immigration overpopulation conference in Washington, DC, (almost 4 years ago) the conference center was filled to capacity by many of America’s finest minds and leaders.
-At that meeting, a very brilliant college professor by the name of Victor Hansen Davis talked about his latest book, "Mexifornia," explaining how immigration - both legal and illegal was destroying the entire state of California. He said it would march across the country until it destroyed all vestiges of The American Dream.
-Moments later, former Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm stood up and gave a stunning speech on how to destroy America. The audience sat spellbound as he described eight methods for the destruction of the United States.
-He said, "If you believe that America is too smug, too self-satisfied, too rich, then let’s destroy America. It is not that hard to do. No nation in history has survived the ravages of time. Arnold Toynbee observed that all great civilizations rise and fall and that ’An autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide.’"
-With that Governor Lamm launched into his eight points of how to destroy America.
-First, to destroy America, turn America into a bilingual or multi-lingual and bicultural country. History shows that no nation can survive the tension, conflict, and antagonism of two or more competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; however, it is a curse for a society to be bilingual.
-Second, to destroy America, "Invent ’multiculturalism’ and encourage immigrants to maintain their culture. Make it an article of belief that all cultures are equal. Affirm that there are no cultural differences. Make it an article of faith that the minority dropout rates are due solely to prejudice and discrimination by the majority. Every other explanation is out of bounds.
-Third, to destroy America, the key is to celebrate diversity rather than unity. Without the dominance that once dictated what it meant to be an American, we are left with only tolerance and pluralism to hold us together. I would encourage all immigrants to keep their own language and culture. I would replace the melting pot metaphor with the salad bowl metaphor.
-Fourth, to destroy America, I would make our fastest growing demographic group the least educated. I would add a second underclass, unassimilated, undereducated, and antagonistic to our population. I would have this second underclass have a 50% dropout rate from high school.
-Fifth, to destroy America, would be to get big foundations and business to give these efforts lots of money. I would invest in ethnic identity, and I would establish the cult of ’Victimology.’ I would get all minorities to think that their lack of success was the fault of the majority. I would start a grievance industry blaming all minority failure on the majority population."
-Sixth, my plan for America’s downfall would include dual citizenship , and promote divided loyalties. I would celebrate diversity over unity. I would stress differences rather than similarities. The Greeks believed that they belonged to the same race; they possessed a common Language and literature; and they worshipped the same gods. All Greece took part in the Olympic Games. A common enemy, Persia, threatened their liberty. Yet all these bonds were not strong enough to overcome two factors: local patriotism and geographical conditions that nurtured political divisions. Greece fell.