I have surprisingly mixed feelings about this entire thing. However, before I get into why that is, it is important to understand the context of the situation. Usually, if I see college professors slamming anything on the LEFT and not something on the Right, that comes as a massive surprise. However, you will soon understand why I am not 100% positive about this whole thing.
First, allow me to explain some context. This article comes from a different article written on Campus Reform titled: “Yale prof: Communism is a ‘religion’ with ‘sloppy theology’”. In this article, the writer explains that “panelists at Princeton University condemned communism on Tuesday (last week), likening it to a ‘religion’ with ‘extremely sloppy theology’ and honing in on its ‘inhuman’ nature.”
The article mentions the name of the panel: “Consequences of an Idea: Assessing 100 Years of Communism” and notes the name of the three panelists. First, there’s Carlos Eire, a Yale history and religious studies professor and an immigrant from Cuba. Then, there’s Sergiu Klainerman, a Princeton math professor and immigrant from Romania, a socialist country. Finally, there’s Skidmore College political science professor Flagg Taylor.
In this panel, Eire made the case that Communism is “damn close, if not exactly the same as a religion,” with “orthodoxy and heresy.”
Communism is “impervious to empirical evidence, scientific evidence, sociological evidence… It is also an extremely sloppy theology that does not base its observations on human behavior.”
He argued that “human beings are incapable of pure altruism, of sharing goods equally. There is never any true sharing. It is impossible.”
According to Campus Reform: “The religious studies professor noted that Christian monasticism also involved property sharing, but that monastic history is one ‘of failure, of corruption, and reform.’ He granted that it yielded some success, arguing that this was because sharing was voluntary.”
Then, Eire claims that “historically, it has been proven that communism can work, sometimes, to some extent, always with some reform. But it always requires an oligarchy of some sort.”
Campus Reform continues by writing: “The Yale professor also argued that it is only viable in small communities, noting several failed historical attempts by Christian monastics or other religious leaders to extend monastic sharing to wider communities.”
Eire insisted that “it is possible to speak of communism… as a religion” that is “governed by bad theology.”
Later in the panel, Taylor argues that it is not enough to label Communism as totalitarian, suggesting that it is better to label it as an “ideocracy” where “ideology is not just one of four or five important features” but that ideology is “the most important feature.” “In this account, a totalitarian regime becomes totalitarian precisely because it is ideological.”
Taylor argues that Communism is founded on “organized and systematic lying”, differing from “ordinary falsehood.” He argues that “ordinary falsehood” “stays in touch with the truth and knowingly distorts the truth” as opposed to an “ideological lie” which “seeks to impose a pseudo-reality upon reality. It does not depart from reality so much as [it] completely ignores reality and… it seeks to disrupt our normal access to reality.”
Taylor concludes the panel by pointing out some trends present in our daily lives that are reminiscent of communist ideocracies, such as the “hyper-bureaucratization of life”, the “persistence of perfectionism” and a “prevalent culture of activism”. He describes the latter two as a form of fanaticism that is “always certain that the enacting of a certain program will bring an end to societal dysfunction and injustice.”
This sort of fanaticism, Taylor says, “is not driven primarily by unbridled passion, but rather is the result of an intellectual error, which should recall ideologies like revolutionary socialism” and the disastrous results that they bring.
Now, this was a lot to cover, but I think it can be fairly obvious why I have some level of issue with all of this. While I do agree that Communism is basically like a religion at this point, as I have time and time again mocked the Left for their religious-like belief of climate change, it is important to understand just what kind of religion we are talking about here and why Christianity does not really belong in this sort of categorization that the professors use to define something as religious.
Carlos Eire, the Yale professor, made the argument that Communism is “impervious to empirical evidence, scientific evidence, sociological evidence”. And while that is true, this comes after comparing Communism with religion. Now, as a Christian, the first religion that comes to mind when someone talks about religion in general is Christianity. But this argument does not work for Christianity in and of itself.
Christianity is not “impervious to empirical evidence, scientific evidence, sociological evidence”. There is nothing in science today that goes as far as to disprove or really even challenge the existence of God. While there are people out there that use science as a weapon against Christianity and the notion of a living, eternal, self-existent God who is the Creator of the Universe, no scientific evidence really disproves God.
Even the theory of evolution does not disprove God. It basically suggests the universe started with a singular cell that evolved and got to where we are today. But it does not challenge the idea of a God because it does not answer the question “where did that cell come from?” If evolution is, indeed, how we got to this point (and I believe in some level of evolution, but within species. Meaning a species evolving to adapt better to its surroundings, not evolving into a different species altogether) then how did that first life cell come to be? What did it evolve from? Surely, not from something that was previously not alive. Not if it’s the first alive thing ever.
What I mean is this: I used to not be alive, but I was a sperm cell within my father that eventually made contact with my mother’s egg cells. There were living cells before I was alive (ironically, the Left will still somehow say that we are not alive inside the womb but are alive before we even get there as living cells). But with the first cell, what came before it? Nothing surely. But then, how did it get there in the first place?
Even if you believe the Universe was always here, as in it had no beginning (which is ludicrous), you cannot make the same argument for life on Earth. Earth was not always here. Life was not always here. So how did life get here? How did it develop from absolute nothingness? If there was ever a time when there was nothing, absent of an external force, what would there be today? Nothing!
So even the “best” tools for the Left in countering the existence of God do not actually counter the existence of God. There is no empirical, scientific, sociological evidence that points away from the Truth claims of the Bible. So in Eire’s comparison between Communism and religion, his argument does not actually work for Christianity. However, it does work magnificently well for Communism, which is meant to be the overall point. Not to mention he’s talking about religion in general and not Christianity in particular.
Now, he does also mention Christian Monasticism. For context, Monasticism is a religious way of life where one renounces worldly pursuits in order to devote oneself entirely to spiritual work. Basically, think of Catholic priests (just not the ones that molest kids or argue that there is climate change or that there should be gay priests or anything that adamantly goes against the Bible, as that basically stops being Monasticism altogether).
Eire critiques Christian Monasticism and history as being one “of failure, of corruption, and reform.”
Now, unfortunately, I am not a theologian, so I cannot necessarily argue against this completely. My understanding, at least of the Catholic Church, which tends to be Monastic, is that it has (and arguably is right now) corrupt and very different from what it should be. And I’m sorry to anyone who is Catholic here, but to say the Catholic Church is perfect is to be naïve.
The Catholic Church believes in the infallibility of the Pope. They believe the Pope is never wrong and incapable of being wrong. That, of course, is ridiculous. Of course the Pope can be wrong. He’s HUMAN! To say that the Pope cannot be wrong is to elevate the Pope to God’s level of omniscience. That is blasphemy and wholly unchristian.
The Catholic Church also believes in praying to saints, such as Saint Peter, and even to the Virgin Mary, that they may ask God to help the person praying to them. Praying to anyone but God is idolatry and there is no other way to label it. It’s not like asking someone else to pray for you. You don’t get down on your knees and bow your head to ask someone else to pray for you. Asking for the Virgin Mary to pray for you, while you yourself are in a praying position and are doing this to a statue of the Virgin Mary is to elevate the Virgin Mary to God’s level. Again, that’s blasphemy as well as idolatry.
I won’t spend too long criticizing what I don’t like about the Catholic Church, but it is important to note there are issues with it. Just as there are issues with every other denomination. There is no perfect denomination of Christianity. The church of Christ is, currently, being run by humans. Humans who make mistakes. Humans who are not omniscient. Humans who, by nature, are evil and can only be righteous by the good grace of the Lord.
So I won’t argue that there are no mistakes or issues within the denominations of Christianity or within Monasticism of Christianity. But there is a MASSIVE difference between calling Christian Monasticism a failure and corrupt and calling Christianity itself a failure and corrupt. I want to make it entirely clear, of course, that Eire is talking about Monasticism in particular. And I, not being a theologian and not having great understanding of this, will not necessarily argue against the particular claim. I just wanted to make the difference clear. He is criticizing Monasticism, not Christianity itself.
Now, I feel I should wrap this up so as to not make this article too long. In conclusion, I am glad there are college professors, particularly Ivy League college professors, who understand the horrors of Communism and its fundamental fanaticism that is devoid of knowledge and understanding.
And while Communism, and many things within Communism, can be considered to be like religion or an actual religion, where the government is God (I have mentioned multiple times that the Left wants to replace God with government. If that’s not basically making Communism a religion, I don’t know what would), I feel it particularly necessary to explain that the argument Eire used to describe religion or Communism as being like a religion does not exactly work with Christianity as science does not really suggest there is no God. In fact, it does the opposite.
Science has shown us to be extremely complex creatures living in an extremely complex reality. To say that everything that has happened up to now, including our very existence, is a matter of random chance is to reach for the bottom of the barrel in trying to deny God’s existence. The mathematical likelihood, or chance, of everything that has happened to be replicated is virtually impossible. Not only that, chance in and of itself doesn't have the power to do anything - it's just a mathematical concept to calculate probability. Chance is not a thing. When you toss a coin, you have 50/50 chance of it landing on tails - it'll depend on many factors: distance from the floor, force applied, objects it hits on its way down, etc. But chance is not a factor - it's a probability and it has no influence on the actual result. And yet, here we are. How? Well, I think we all know.
But aside from that, I want to acknowledge the fact that there are at least some college professors who still view Communism in a bad light. Of course, two of them actually had to experience communism (or at least socialism) to understand how bad it is, but still.
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
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Author: Freddie Marinelli.
Moving away from the hot button issue of the Kavanaugh accusation, I feel it is important to share some feel-happy news in a world that constantly tries to take away your joy. (Not that the Kavanaugh accusation has me down, knowing that it won’t derail Kavanaugh, but the Left tries their best to take away people’s joy).
The feel-happy news, if you really want to call it news, is that recently Chris Pratt had an interview with The Associated Press in which he discussed a number of things ranging from fitness to who his actor role model is (Tom Cruise, surprisingly, but mostly because Cruise does his own stunts), and the topic we’re focusing on particularly: his unabashedly Christian faith.
The interviewer for the AP said the following: “At recent award show appearances, you went out on stage and talked publicly about your faith. Is it an especially important time to do that?”
Personally, I find the phrasing of the question intriguing. He’s not asking if Pratt thinks it’s especially important for him to do it. He’s asking if it’s especially important to do that in our current time. I do not know who the AP interviewer is, but they might have a good eye for what is happening in today’s world and the impact of Christianity.
Alas, I likely will never know if the interviewer is a Christian him/herself and that that was the reason for phrasing the question in that manner, so let’s move on to Pratt’s answer.
“I don’t know that I am so much more motivated by where the world is or if it’s just what I’m feeling called to do right now. I think it’s a combination of both things… That kind of a message, it might not be for everybody. But there is a group of people for whom that message is designed. And nothing fills my soul more than to think that maybe some kid watching that would say, ‘Hey, I’ve been thinking about that. I’ve been thinking about praying. Let me try that out.’ That’s like the only way I feel like I can repay what has essentially been a giant gift in my life.”
A good answer, in my opinion. Obviously, it becomes increasingly important to spread the Word of God in a world that is adamantly rebellious against Him, a world that defies Him at every given opportunity and treads closer and closer towards the devil.
The Kavanaugh accusation alone is proof of this. The Left seeks to destroy him using a letter detailing, with flawed accuracy, events that happened sometime 30 years ago somewhere in the Northeast United States. The accuser brings up no evidence to support her claim, no witnesses to corroborate her claims, has refused to attend a hearing where her story would be heard, and when she agrees, she sets up “fairness” terms where likely she gets to decide what is fair and what isn’t, and demands the FBI investigate an issue they have twice said would not investigate and an issue that really falls under local law enforcement jurisdiction, not federal, not to mention an issue that would have come up during the vetting of Kavanaugh soon after his nomination if it had happened.
And even with all of these facts, the Left, the media and Hollywood celebrities are treating that one letter to Feinstein as gospel and the truth, seeking to destroy the career and livelihood of someone just because he poses a threat to the evil Supreme Court decision of 1973: Roe v. Wade.
Not to get too much into the actual topic, since everyone and their grandmother is talking about it, but it does offer a good example of a world that is getting closer to the devil. A world where the life of a man can be ruined by flimsy accusations that no one should believe, but somehow many do.
But the other part that is important is that spreading the Word of God and thanking the Lord at every given opportunity is something we are called to do no matter what the circumstance. Pratt does well in answering his question by saying it’s a combination of the state of the world today and the fact that he’s called to do it.
Then, the AP interviewer asks the following question: “Does it feel like a risk sometimes in Hollywood?”
To which Pratt answers: “No, not at all… I think that there’s this narrative that exists out there that Hollywood is anti-Christian or anti-religious, but it’s just not the case. They are kind of not anti-anything. They are kind of pro- whatever is authentic to you. And I like that. Because it’s authentic for me to be pro-Christian, pro-Jesus. That’s my thing. I like it. And I’ve never had anyone try to shame me, to my face. Maybe they go say it behind my back. But if that’s the case, go ahead. You can say whatever you want about me – to my face or behind my back. I’m not going to change.”
Interesting answer he gives here.
And there might be SOME truth to what he says. At this point in time, just about everyone, particularly people in Hollywood, knows that Pratt is a Christian. Despite this, he still gets to have lead roles in huge blockbuster movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World. He is enjoying pretty great success thus far, even with people knowing he’s a Christian.
However, that is where my agreement with his response ends. I’m not a Hollywood star like Pratt, so it’s not like I have inside knowledge on what happens there regarding this topic, but I know for a fact that Leftist Hollywood is anti-something. They are unabashedly anti-Trump.
Beyond that, they tend to be anti-God as well. Pratt may never have had someone try to shame him over his faith in the past, but we know very well that Hollywood, both in their movies and in their celebrities’ actions, are anti-God.
No, they may not necessarily come out every single day and shout that they hate God, but their actions show these types of feelings.
In their movies, time and time again, they try to shove Leftist messages down people’s throats. Messages such as “there is nothing wrong with being gay” (homosexuality is a sin. Sin is wrong.) or “it’s okay if you have an abortion, it’s just a blob of cells” or “all cops are racists”, etc.
That’s not necessarily every single movie, but we often see these messages in the big screen.
And that’s just mentioning the actual films. This is without mentioning the undoubtedly millions of dollars these Hollywood celebrities donate to organizations such as Planned Parenthood, Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, and others that are all inherently evil.
I’ve already explained why the #MeToo movement is evil in a previous article, so no need to repeat myself here. It’s fairly obvious why Planned Parenthood is evil and have written a multitude of articles detailing how and why they are evil. And with BLM, the reason it’s evil is because its leaders try to make every case where a cop shoots a black person strictly about race. Yeah, there are occasions when the officer definitely was out of line in killing someone who was not a threat. Such cases exist, but for the most part, cops shoot to kill someone who is an obvious threat to their lives or the lives of others.
So while Chris Pratt may have never been subject of persecution regarding his faith (at least in person. Social media might be a different story), it’s not entirely accurate to say that Hollywood people aren’t anti-anything. Everyone has an opinion, and they have the right to said opinion.
Hollywood Leftists have the right to promote filth, to support evil organizations, etc. But to say they are not anti-anything is not entirely accurate. These actions show me the kind of people they are: people who do not have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who do not follow His commandments, who do not obey the Lord and go out of their way to defy Him. The actions that I have listed above are proof of this.
Again, they might not come right out and say they hate God, but their actions speak louder than anything they could say.
In any case, I want to focus more on the fact that, regardless of what Pratt thinks is the way Hollywood acts (again, I can’t claim to have more knowledge than him), he himself will not be deterred in his faith in Christ.
That’s what I believe is the most important thing to take away from this and the most important thing to keep in mind. It’s great that Pratt is so open about his faith in Christ and wants to share it with the world. It’s great that he thanks God as often as possible and seemingly, that he prays whenever he can. Beyond all other opinions we may have on this world: whether or not Trump is a good President, whether or not socialism works (it doesn’t and that’s a fact), whether or not we are being finessed by other countries regarding trade deals, what is important is having faith in the Lord.
That’s why I don’t mind that Pratt is not political. That he doesn’t necessarily show favoritism towards one candidate or another. Aside from the fact that he’d effectively be committing career suicide if he were to say he’s a conservative (though I imagine people gather that, knowing he’s a Christian), he knows that it’s more important to focus on matters of Heaven than of Earth. That the Lord comes first and everything else comes last.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”
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Author: Freddie Marinelli.
About a week ago, I wrote an article talking about how it’s ridiculous for Leftists to claim they are siding with God or that they are doing God’s work whenever they support or do the work of the devil. Though I did not put it quite that way, that’s basically the message of the article. Well, I guess we can consider this article a sort of sequel to that one.
Recently, Chelsea Clinton had an interview on SiriusXM with a panel of fellow feminazis. One of the hosts, Jess McIntosh, asked the former First Daughter: “How do you keep going in the hopes that your daughter doesn’t have to have this fight?” Referring to the fight to allow women to kill their unborn.
Chelsea replied: “Every day, I make the moral choice to be optimistic that my efforts and my energies, particularly when I’m fortunate enough to be in a partnership with fellow travelers, hopefully will make a difference.”
“And when I think about all of the statistics – that are painful – of what women are confronting today in our country, and what even more women confronted pre-Roe and how many women died and how many more women were maimed because of unsafe abortion practices, we just can’t go back to that.”
I will just say that I’m not surprised that Chelsea Clinton continues to use long-since debunked rhetoric and “statistics” to further her cause. As I mentioned in my article titled: “Feinstein Tried To Corner Kavanaugh On Roe Question And Failed”, according to a 1972 CDC report, the maternal death rate from abortions was only 39 in the United States. This means that, in the year before Roe v. Wade happened, only 39 women died due to having an abortion.
Going further, even two pro-choice people, Dr. Mary Calderone (former PP medical director) and Dr. Bernard Nathanson (former abortionist and co-founder of NARAL) admitted that the numbers they were using were fictitious.
Dr. Mary Calderone wrote in 1960: “About 90% of all illegal abortions are being done by physicians… whatever trouble arises usually arises from self-induced abortions which comprise approximately 8%...”
Dr. Bernard Nathanson admitted his organization (NARAL)’s numbers of between 5 and 10 thousand women dying every year from back-alley abortions “were totally false… but in the ‘morality’ of our revolution, it was a useful figure, widely accepted…”
So right off the bat, we can call out Chelsea on her b.s., knowing full-well that not too many women died due to abortions before 1973. It also reinforces that article’s point that it seems that abortion is to blame for women’s deaths or complications, not the legality of them.
Of course, that’s now where we’re ending this. I’ve yet to get to the most egregious part of the interview. Chelsea continued talking (and she seemingly gets her speaking skills from her mother), saying: “[outlawing abortion is] unconscionable to me, and also, I’m sure that this will unleash another wave of hate in my direction, but as a deeply religious person, it’s also unchristian to me.”
I have quite a few things to say about this, only a handful of which I allow myself to write in an article so as to not be vulgar.
First of all, I’m surprised she didn’t use this psychic power of precognition to let her mother know that she would lose the 2016 presidential election.
Second of all, what’s truly unchristian is supporting the cause of allowing women to end the life of their own children under the guise of “women’s healthcare”. Not only is this willful support of an evil practice that is literally meant to end a life, but it’s also deception in fooling people into supporting this. As egregious and disgusting as the Left is, they are conscious enough to recognize that only a handful of really messed up people would ever openly support the idea of killing children.
The Left always tried to dehumanize an unborn child, saying that “it’s not a kid, it’s a fetus.” Well, using all-knowing Google to do some basic research, fetus literally means: “an unborn offspring of a mammal, in particular an unborn human baby more than eight weeks after conception.” Would you like to know the synonyms? They are: embryo (though technically that’s the gestation period that comes before being a fetus and after being a zygote) and UNBORN BABY/CHILD!
Fetus literally means child. So not a single heartless or ignorant Leftist can possibly tell me a fetus is not human or not a child. Even the Leftist overlords at Google disagree with such a point.
Not that it matters too much to the Left. Not many people would sign on to the idea of killing a child in the womb, so they have to disguise it to make it not look so horrible, so they say it’s “women’s healthcare”, even though healthcare is meant to do the opposite of killing someone. They say it’s “women’s liberation”, going by the insinuation that having a child is somehow comparable to being a slave.
There is nothing Christian about the killing of the innocent. For Chelsea to call herself “deeply religious”, it must mean something entirely different from what she thinks. No religion in the world, as far as I know, supports abortion. Even Islam does not support it and even forbids it unless the pregnancy puts the mother’s life in danger.
Which reminds me, how does pregnancy put someone’s life in danger? I could maybe understand if it made complications for someone who is extremely skinny or overall unhealthy, but most women, when they have children, tend to be relatively healthy. I don’t think I’ve seen any cases in which a woman HAD to terminate a pregnancy due to her life being at risk. I’ve only seen cases of women WILLINGLY ENDING THE PREGANCY BECAUSE IT’S INCONVENIENT!
Regardless, I’ll return to the main point. Willingly killing a child inside the womb is not something religious people tend to support. So either Chelsea belongs to a secret religious group that supports abortion (the Left religiously supports the idea that people affect the climate, so I guess that’s not too far-fetched) or she’s lying about being religious. She’s certainly lying about outlawing abortion being unchristian.
Now, the interview did not end there. Since Chelsea mentioned that she would get some flak over these comments, the interview went into attack mode, attacking the pro-life crowd.
First, Chelsea tried to make herself the victim by saying she has been “compared to slave owners and Nazis” over her positions on abortion. Well, considering Planned Parenthood is basically the legacy of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute, a Nazi scientific institution focusing on anthropology, human heredity and eugenics, and that the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute was basically Nazi Germany’s version of Planned Parenthood, only with the pretense that they were making the human race “better”, I’d say the comparisons are fairly accurate.
One of the panelists also directly attacked pro-life people, calling us “anti-choice” instead of pro-life, and calling us “ugly” and that “we love guns”. I guess that last part is true, though I don’t know what that has to do with this current conversation.
But the reality of the situation is that we’re FOR THE PRESERVATION OF LIFE! And the reality is that the only people that are ugly here are the Left. I don’t usually attack someone based on their looks, and I won’t here now. What I’m talking about when in say they’re ugly is what’s in their hearts: evil.
What is truly ugly is trying to convince women that it’s okay to kill their unborn because “they are not alive yet” and that doing so is a kick to the “patriarchy” or some such nonsense. Abortion is nothing short of death. Abortionists are glorified killers. And those who support this effectively support the death of human life.
No matter what way anyone says, that it’s “humane” or some other bullcrap, nothing will ever convince me that abortion is right in any case.
Oh, and if it’s “humane”, wouldn’t that imply that whatever is in the womb is ALIVE?! Because you don’t humanely kill what is technically not alive. We humanely kill animals when they become too old or when they get run over on the streets and are still alive. To say that abortion is humane is 1) erroneous, considering the methods of abortion and that PP has sold the parts of fetuses and likely still do and 2) would be conceding the point that a fetus is alive. You don’t do anything humane to something that isn’t alive.
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies at the gate.”
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Author: Freddie Marinelli.
If you were to watch nothing but the fake news media, prime-time television and Hollywood movies, you would think today’s America is largely and mostly liberal, and more specifically, secular in its beliefs. You would believe that Christianity is on the decline in this country and slowly being left in our nation’s past. And while this would be a dream for the Left, the reality is the complete opposite.
According to new Harvard research, Christianity in the U.S. is growing, not shrinking. The research brought into question the “secularization thesis”. This thesis holds that the U.S. is following in the steps of other advanced industrial nations in shedding their once vibrant culture of faith and moving towards a secular society. The research found no support of this secularization taking place. Not only that, the researchers also found that religion in America currently enjoys “persistent and exceptional intensity.”
A writer for The Federalist (Glenn T. Stanton) tackles this research as well, asking all the right questions such as why church numbers seem to be on the downswing if Christianity is growing, what kind of churches manage to maintain and even grow their numbers while others see dwindling numbers, what is contributing to this growth in faith, and what do we conclude from data about Millennial church-goers and former Christians.
Stanton concludes that, in regards to dwindling church attendance, these numbers do not equate dwindling belief in Christianity.
According to Stanton: “The percentage of Americans who attend church more than once a week, pray daily, and accept the Bible as wholly reliable and deeply instructive to their lives has remained absolutely, steel-bar constant for the last 50 years or more, right up to today. These authors describe this continuity as ‘patently persistent.’”
In other words, statistically speaking, the percentage of people who attend church once a week, pray on a daily basis and accept the Bible as the Word of God is the same today as it was half-century or so ago. And it’s been constant in that entire time-span.
Stanton continues: “The percentage of such people is also not small. One in three Americans prays multiple times a day, while one in 15 do so in other countries on average. Attending services more than once a week continues to be twice as high among Americans compared to the next highest-attending industrial country, and three times higher than the average comparable nation.”
“One-third of Americans hold that the Bible is the actual word of God. Fewer than 10 percent believe so in similar countries. The United States ‘clearly stands out as exceptional,’ and this exceptionalism has not been decreasing over time. In fact, these scholars determine that the percentages of Americans who are the most vibrant and serious in their faith is actually increasing a bit, ‘which is making the United States even more exceptional over time.’”
So it’s not like a small part of the nation falls under this category. Christianity and its fundamental beliefs are widely believed throughout the nation and no other comparable country can even come close (which is actually sad, when you think about it, but it does explain a lot of things *ahem* Europe is screwed *ahem*).
Stanton also shares some more info: “In 1989, 39 percent of those who belonged to a religion held strong beliefs and practices. Today, these are 47 percent of all the religiously affiliated.”
So not only is Christianity growing in numbers, it is also growing in strength. More and more people are coming to faith, and those who are religiously affiliated say they hold strong beliefs and practices.
Pew research reports that “evangelical Protestantism and the historically black Protestant tradition have been more stable” over the years in comparison to mainline churches, which are dwindling in attendance. Stanton notes that there’s even “a slight uptick in the last decade because many congregants leaving the mainline churches are migrating to evangelical churches that hold fast to the fundamentals of the Christian faith.”
So while there have been diminishing numbers of church-goers, there has been a rise in evangelical churches due largely (or perhaps solely) to the fact that they hold true to the fundamental beliefs of Christianity. In other words, people want the real deal and are, understandably, turned off by fake Christianity.
Stanton writes: “When so-called ‘progressive’ churches question the historicity of Jesus, deny the reality of sin, support abortion, ordain clergy in same-sex relationships and perform their marriages, people desiring real Christianity head elsewhere. Fact: evangelical churches gain five new congregants exiled from the liberal churches for every one they lose for any reason. They also do a better job of retaining believers from childhood to adulthood than do mainline churches.”
I can think of a couple of churches that tend to be rather liberal in their teachings, rather than sticking with the actual word of God. Mainly the Roman Catholic Church and the Presbyterian Church of the United States of America (PCUSA). If you belong to either one of these churches, forgive me, but it’s the truth. The amount of times I’ve seen so-called Roman Catholic clergymen and women upholding the liberal and anti-Christian belief that same-sex marriage should be allowed and that abortion is okay, at least in certain occasions, honestly has me worried.
And having actually attended a PCUSA church in the past and having held conversations with the pastor also gave me the opportunity to see just what they believe: the opposite of what Christianity does. I even had conversations with the church’s youth and they all agreed, back before the 2016 election, that they would rather have Obama for a third term than either Clinton or Trump. OBAMA AKA THE MOST ANTI-CHRISTIAN PRESIDENT TO EVER SERVE OFFICE!
So, understandably, my mother and I chose to head elsewhere. We chose to go to a REAL Christian church that taught REAL Christianity. This is the case for many people in America. Those who wish to be taught real Christianity and experience real Christianity leave the churches that don’t offer that, as well they should. What’s the point of calling yourself a Christian if you don’t actually believe in the tenets of the Christian faith? What’s the point of attending a church that isn’t teaching you valuable things about God, Christ, this world that He has created and the Word that He has spoken written down by His followers?
Regardless, let’s move on. The final item we will be looking at, since I don’t want to make this article too long, is Millennials. According to Stanton: “Pew reports that of young adults who left their faith, only 11 percent said they had a strong faith in childhood while 89 percent said they came from a home that had a very weak faith in belief and practice.”
This is not surprising in any way. If you grew up in a family that had very weak faith, there is little reason to stay in that faith. You either are curious enough to search further in the Bible, go to better churches, and become a stronger Christian than your family or, more often than not, you abandon that little faith altogether and simply attribute it to “growing up”.
I know of a lot of people who have been raised in a supposedly “Christian” household who abandoned their faith and believe their secularism is simply due to growing up and maturing. The reality is that weak faith almost always dies eventually. Not all the time, necessarily, but almost always. Particularly if you grow up in a household of weak faith.
Personally, I didn’t grow up in a Christian household. Quite the opposite really. My father was a devout atheist, if you will, who would honestly mock those of faith and consider science to be the ultimate truth, despite the fact that it can’t answer everything and hardly even manages to fully explain what it already tries to explain. Not to say science is a joke, it isn’t. But it’s not the end-all be-all of the truth of our world. Not to mention it doesn’t get much into the Creator of the world.
As I was saying, I didn’t grow up in a Christian household. I used to believe in the theory of evolution until I started to question its logic. How can a species evolve into an entirely different species, even if given millions upon millions of years to do so? It just doesn’t make sense. A species evolving and adapting to better survive its environment? That makes sense. A species evolving into an entirely different species altogether that acts entirely different from its previous type? Nope, that’s illogical.
But I used to believe these things. I didn’t have faith in Christ, but now I do simply because it’s the most logical thing to do. It’s not that we had weak faith. We didn’t HAVE faith. My father, most likely, still doesn’t. But as for my mother and I, we have faith and it’s a STRONG one.
What I’m trying to say is that those of weak faith could most likely lose that faith altogether. But sometimes, that weak faith, or even lack of faith, can turn into strong faith. Relatively similar to my situation, I also know of some scientists who sought to disprove the Bible who wound up converting.
As for Millennials (and just about everyone else), all it takes is a family of strong faith. Millennials are just another generation not too dissimilar to the previous ones. Strong faith is difficult to kill.
Overall, the research from Harvard is fantastic news that really challenges the Left’s belief that Christianity is on the down-slide and conservatives are panicking over it. Reality, as always, is entirely different from what they claim it is.
Not only is Christianity not on the down-swing, but it’s also growing in numbers AND in strength of belief, at least in the United States. I don’t quite know about the rest of the world but, considering what is currently happening in Europe and Latin America, it’s reasonable to believe things aren’t quite going so well, particularly because of the seeming rise of socialism just about everywhere in those areas.
Although the interesting thing about socialism is that, despite all its efforts, it can lead many to Christ. If socialism and communism managed to do exactly what they wanted, there wouldn’t be people of faith in North Korea trying to escape. There wouldn’t be underground churches in China.
An oppressive government tends to drive people to God, even if those people practice in secret rather than openly. So no matter which way you slice it, the Lord winds up being the winner anyway.
In America, this is exceptionally true.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE: If you are feeling depressed and suicidal, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
Last week, CNN celebrity chef host Anthony Bourdain chose to end his life, reportedly after years of battling depression and drug abuse and feeling that he was “an unhappy soul, with a huge heroin and then crack problem,” as Bourdain revealed in an interview with The Guardian.
This comes just a week after another celebrity, Kate Spade, committed suicide.
Suicide is a big problem in the U.S. According to a study done by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in 2014, the annual suicide rate in the U.S. is 13 per 100,000 individuals, their highest rate in thirty years, and has been increasing since 1999.
According to the study’s findings:
In 2016, the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) recorded specific data about the number of suicides by age group and sex. It reported that 436 people aged 10-14 committed suicide, 265 males and 171 females. Ages 15-24, we see a massive jump in numbers to 5723 total, 4575 males, 1148 females. Ages 25-34 saw 7366 total suicides, with 5887 males and 1479 females. 35-44 had 7030 total, 5294 males, 1736 females. 45-54 saw a total of 8437, the highest of any age group, with 6198 males ending their lives and 2239 females. 55-64 saw 7759 total suicides, the second highest, with 5745 males and 2014 females. 65-74 saw a dip in numbers with a total of 4403, 3463 males and 940 females. Finally, people older than 75 saw a total of 3801 suicides, with 3291 males and 510 females, the largest male to female ratio.
In total, 2016 saw 44,965 people end their lives – a terrible amount no matter how you look at it.
In the United States, the top 5 states in highest suicide rates (2016) were Montana, Alaska, Wyoming, New Mexico and Utah, in that order. Montana’s suicide rate per 100,000 people stood at 25.9 and Utah’s stood at 21.8. Of course, there are a lot of variables to consider such as population, wealth, social standing, culture and religion.
In the military, it’s more likely for a soldier to end their own life than to die on the battlefield, at least according to a 2009 U.S. Army report, which also included military veterans.
And for LGBT people (specifically youth), their suicide rates are 1.5 to 3 times higher than heterosexual youth.
Suicide is an epidemic in the United States. It hurts family, friends and loved ones. It’s generally a non-partisan issue; both Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals discourage suicide. So despite the strong amount of support people have and the amount of discouraging that happens regarding suicide in general, why does it still happen? And why is it happening so often? And why so much more today than before?
Given the title of this article, you can already guess the answer to these questions.
I often speak about the lack of Christ in people’s hearts. But usually, I speak about how the lack of Christ in their hearts leads people to choose evil and side with evil; do evil things, say evil things, etc. I often talk about how there is a lack of Christ in the Left’s heart. But when I do, I often talk about the people in some level of power, within and without the government. People like Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, Chuck Schumer, Bill and Hillary Clinton, the MSM as a whole, among others. It’s easy to forget, in these attacks and callouts to these evil people, that there is also a lack of Christ in regular Americans’ lives.
While in 2015, 75% of all Americans identify as Christian, that number is lower than it was in 2012 (78%), 2001 (81.6%) and 1990 (85%). Still a sizeable majority, but a clearly declining figure (though there is hope for some rising figures in the nearby future).
It’s this decline in Christianity that I want to take a look at, because this largely coincides with suicide rates. Less people identify as Christians today than before and more people are committing suicide than before. Now, I won’t say that that’s the entire reason for it, but it I will say that has a major impact.
According to a study published by the American Journal of Psychiatry on depressed inpatients, “Religiously unaffiliated subjects had significantly more lifetime suicide attempts and more first-degree relatives who committed suicide than subjects who endorsed a religious affiliation… subjects with no religious affiliation perceived fewer reasons for living, particularly fewer moral objections to suicide.”
And they concluded that “Religious affiliation is associated with less suicidal behavior in depressed inpatients.”
Now, this does not mean that religiously affiliated people do not commit suicide. While this study showed these results, they do not specify any particular religion. They just say that religion tends to be a deterrent for suicidal people. Pretty much all religions view suicide negatively and something that should not be done, with Islam specifically forbidding suicide completely (except in regards to suicide bombing). So, I certainly am not suggesting that we should turn to Islam to prevent suicide. But the AJP notes that religion tends to keep more people from ending it all.
Regarding Christianity, I unfortunately could not find specific data pertaining to Christian suicides, but I know that they can happen. Some years back, a Christian friend of mine committed suicide. While I do not have specific data, I have known it to happen at least for one Christian. So it does happen.
Why? I unfortunately do not know. As a Christian, I understand that suicide, while it isn’t necessarily a sin, is not something God wants for us. He has laid out a plan for our lives and that plan ends in VICTORY - always. While it is also never a surprise for Him when Christians commit suicide, He works all things for good in the end and He certainly has a purpose for us.
People can and often do things that are against God’s commandments. Sin is a prime example of people going against God. And it’s something that everyone does, including the most ardent followers of Christ.
Not to attack any Christian’s faith, but a Christian committing suicide, in my opinion, tends to not have very strong faith in Christ. Think of it this way: if you commit suicide, you are effectively choosing your own fate that goes against what God has chosen for you. And doing so sometimes could be because of a lack of faith or weak faith in Christ.
I understand that such a claim could be very upsetting. I cannot make this claim a general one. Each individual case is different and there are things going on that usually no one other than God knows about. With regard to my Christian friend, there were clearly things that I did not know were going on with her. Things that not one of her friends or family likely knew about. What drove her to suicide is entirely beyond me. I speculate that it might be from weak faith or shaken faith in Christ, but I cannot claim to know. The only being in existence that can know is the Lord. Only He knows what was in her heart.
The reason I speculate this is because of my understanding of the nature of Man. I’ve said this time and time again that Man is naturally evil. This includes Christians. The difference is that Christians understand that Christ is Lord and understand His constant fight with the evil one, which will end upon His return. It’s this understanding that gives us the knowledge of the difference between good and evil. It’s because we are naturally evil that we cannot enter Heaven on our own accord. We need Christ for that. And it’s because we are naturally evil that we sin.
It’s this evil in our hearts that drives us to commit evil acts. It’s our evil hearts that drive us further from God, giving us doubt and fears and insecurity. Again, I cannot claim to know what my Christian friend was going through, but it makes logical sense if her faith was shaken to a degree – if she had doubts, if she felt fears and insecurities that she felt God would not appease. That is the kind of logical sense I try to make of my friend’s case. And that is the kind of sense I try to make of many Christians’ cases.
I know that I have a very strong faith in Christ. And while I may not know every path ahead of me, I have no fears of the future, for I know God is with me. It’s this trust in God that keeps me joyous and away from a noose.
Because I’ll be honest with you, I have no idea where I’d be if I was not a Christian. I became a Christian in high school, but in middle school, I had spent some time living through a sort of existential crisis: I thought an awful lot about death, how short life is and how there might not be a Heaven. I thought about what the point of life was. While I never got close to actually considering suicide, even back then, I have little doubt that I could be clinically depressed today if I were not a Christian.
My faith in Christ has helped me live a joyous life that has only just begun. But I do wonder what has driven other Christians to suicide. I really am trying to avoid angering anyone or upsetting anyone by saying that they were weak of faith. My intention is not to anger people. My intention here is to make logical sense of it all, even if I’m missing crucial details, and encourage people to have a strong faith in Christ.
Part of the reason I say this is because I also know that anyone can claim to be a Christian and not actually be one. Let’s look at that Christianity number again. If 75% of Americans were solidly Christian, I can guarantee that no Democrat would ever get elected. I can guarantee that no Leftist policy would be integrated, same-sex marriage and abortion would not be legal, it would not even be a political issue, and this country would not be so fresh off the disaster of the Obama presidency.
Anyone can claim to be a Christian but lack Christ in their hearts. The Bible often mentions this sort of thing in the books of James, Isaiah, Matthew, 1 John, 2 Timothy, Luke, etc. It warns us of people who claim to be of faith but are far from it.
Again, my intention is not to attack anyone’s faith in Christ. My intention is to draw a logical conclusion from Christian suicide and from suicide in general.
Forgive me if you are upset by what I have said. But please take this as an affirmation to the importance of faith in Christ.
My faith has saved me from more than just the depths of Hell. It has saved me from living a life of worry and depression and panic over what comes after death. It has saved me from living such a life and from ever considering suicide an option. I hope that applies to you as well.
“And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”
Throughout multiple articles, I have repeatedly talked about the Millennial generation and their socialist/wussy tendencies. So it’s easy to forget that there is an entirely newer generation that is younger than them and has not made much noise (aside from the lunatic anti-2nd Amendment Parkland students), largely because they are still rather young.
According to The Barna Group, a religious research company, 13% of Gen Z (those born between 1999 and 2015), identifies as Atheist (as seen above). That may not seem like a whole lot, but you can see from the chart that that number has doubled from the Millennial generation.
Church Militant, another religious research group, reports a “decrease in the number of professed Christians. Over the course of four generations, the percentage who call themselves Christians dropped from 75% among Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) to 59% in Generation Z.”
Barna also reports that: “More than one-third of Gen Z (37%) believes it is not possible to know for sure if God is real, compared to 32% of all adults.”
However, as bad as those numbers may seem, there are also very good numbers.
According to a 2016 study by Dean & Provost, 41% of Gen Z report attending weekly church services, compared to 18% of Millennials who said they went to church at that age, 21% of Gen X saying the same, and 26% of Boomers.
The American Conservative also shows that Gen Z tends to be more morally conservative than the previous generations.
“According to a study released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sexual intercourse among high school students had decreased in the United States by quite a bit. Among males, 43.2 percent of high schoolers surveyed admitted to having sexual intercourse, while 39.2 percent of females answered the same. While that may seem high, it’s a stark decrease from 2005, when 47.9 percent of males and 45.7 percent of females admitted to having sex. And it’s an even bigger dip from the more than 50 percent that the CDC counted in 1995. According to a 1998 Los Angeles Times article, high school sex started to rise in the ‘70s, hit its peak in the ‘80s, then began to slowly decrease in the ‘90s.”
What all of this tells us is that, while more Gen Z kids say they don’t believe in God, the ones that do believe in God do so very strongly. Not only that, but they are also having sex a good deal less as well. And even Forbes tells us that Gen Z tends to be more competitive.
In an article on Forbes, the writer detailed 8 different ways in which Gen Z will differ from Millennials in the workplace.
The first way that they share is that “Gen Z is motivated by security”. What they mean is that Gen Z, having grown up during the Great Recession and Obama’s terrible economy, tends to put more of a focus on financial and job security than Millennials. “While millennials are often seen as more idealistic, and more motivated by purpose than a paycheck, Generation Z may lean more toward security and money.”
They are essentially Yuppies 2.0.
The second way Gen Z is different is that they “may be more competitive”. “As a cohort, millennials are said to be collaborative and teamwork oriented. They want to work in an environment where inclusion is a priority, and where everybody works together to advance goals. Gen Z, on the other hand, is said to be defined by its competitiveness. They want to work on their own and be judged on their own merits rather than those of their team.”
“Gen Z also understands that there’s a need for constant skill development in order to stay relevant.”
The third way Gen Z is different, which actually ties in to the second, is that “Gen Z wants independence”.
“Gen Zers’ independence ties into their competitiveness, but they generally like to work alone… Many also want to manage their own projects so that their skills and abilities can shine through. They do not want to depend on other people to get their work done.”
Another way, which is actually even more surprising and endearing, in which they are different is that “Gen Z is more entrepreneurial”.
“Generation Z is 55% more likely to want to start a business than millennials. In fact, a full 72% of Gen Z high school students say that they want to start a business.”
All of this information is indicative that Generation Z is more truly fiscally conservative than many of the previous generations. Not to mention that, while more Gen Zers claim to be Atheists, the ones that do claim to be Christian are very solidly Christian if that 41% weekly church attendance is any indication.
If the Millennial generation is the socialist generation, Gen Z is the generation that will fight the previous generation to keep this country capitalist.
Now, I don’t know that for sure, of course. A lot can change in an entire generation. Frankly, knowing only what Millennials want to accomplish, I was all but sure that America would almost entirely crumble as a capitalist nation. That’s a thought that really scared me as I’m part of that generation and I will have to deal with their imbecilic values being transformed into actual legislation one day.
But with the numbers and statistics that we are seeing from Gen Z, as well as that competitive drive that Forbes is talking about, I can have at least some hope that Gen Z can truly take the fight to these socialist children (who are older than Gen Zers, but somehow also less mature, seemingly) and at least keep this country from going full-on communist over the course of this century.
“But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”
Author: Freddie Marinelli.
Protecting women is something noble. And it should, indeed, be a priority for any community. But it certainly isn’t a priority for the Muslim community, regardless of what the Left will tell you.
Linda Sarsour, a Muslim liberal nut-case activist, said that it was a priority for the Muslim community “to make sure our women are protected in our community.” This was during a convention at the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).
During this convention, she also discussed the “oppression” Muslims go through and the fight against those who “oppress” Muslims in the country. And while it’s important to note that part of her speech, let’s focus more on her misconception that Muslims protect women in their community.
Not long ago I came upon a magnificent little website called WikiIslam. It’s basically the WikiPedia of Islam (even formatted the same way). When I got to the “Muslim Statistics (Women)” page, I found a whole lot of very intriguing information about the so-called “religion of peace”.
In this page, the table of contents contained the following:
All of these sections seem horrible at first glance (and they are), except for the “Equality” section. That one seems nice and positive, right? Wrong. That section delivers some very interesting information about Muslim country’s ranks under the Global Gender Gap Index (an index that indicates a country’s gender equality rank based on health, education, economic and political equality between both genders).
According to WikiIslam, “The 2009 report by the World Economic Forum has listed predominantly Islamic nations in the bottom of their annual Global Gender Gap Index.” The GGG Index ranks 144 countries and predominantly Islamic countries ranked, at the highest, #124 and the lowest at #134.
Those countries are:
Those are 10 of the worst countries for a woman to live in in the world! But sure, it’s the Muslim community’s priority to protect women.
According to the site’s “Female Genital Mutilation” section, “98% of girls in Somalia are subject to genital cutting, according to United Nations figures." And other countries such as Egypt, Ethiopia, Mali, Guinea and Sudan don’t fare much better, with Ethiopia having the lowest percentage number of girls subject to FGM at 80%.
I don’t even care to find out exactly what entails FGM because the mere NAME OF IT IS ENOUGH TO MAKE MY SKIN CRAWL! And this is a HUGE PART OF MANY MUSLIM NATIONS’ LIFESTYLE! But sure, women are to be protected under Muslim communities.
According to the “Gender Violence” section, “87% of Afghan women report having experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence or forced marriage.” In France (a largely non-Muslim country, at least so far), “77% of girls wearing a hijab said they did so because of physical threats.” In Iraq, “The true figure for women who face sexual and domestic abuse is as high as 73%.” In Morocco, “6 million women are victims of violence, or around one in three.”
There are plenty more statistics for this section in the WikiIslam page, if you want to see all of them. And that’s just the “Gender Violence”. There’s still another section dedicated solely to the sexual harassment that occurs in Muslim countries.
But sure, women are to be protected in Muslim communities.
The Muslim world has a track record of treating women as LESS THAN DIRT! Women DON’T HAVE MANY MORE RIGHTS THAN A PIG DOES! ISLAM IS THE SINGLE WORST THING TO HAPPEN TO THE FEMALE POPULATION OF THE WORLD! And this activist believes the Muslim community will help protect women?! THAT, IN AND OF ITSELF, IS PUTTING WOMEN IN DANGER! This woman is putting more of her kind in danger’s way than any of them could every think Trump could.
And don’t forget, all of these statistics have been solely focused on women. On equality (or in this case, inequality) and the danger women face daily by their male counterparts in this sick and twisted “religion”.
Let me tell you, Islam is no religion at all. It’s nothing short of a DEATH CULT! They worship a god of death and destruction. As such, they KILL, RAPE AND DESTROY THOSE WHO THINK DIFFERENTLY! How ANYONE could think this “religion” could be considered the “religion of peace” is absolutely insane.
It’s even an insult to call that a religion for anyone that practices other things! It’s insulting that people compare Islam to Christianity. It’s insulting that they place them in the same wavelength. THE TWO ARE NOTHING ALIKE! One is a religion that follows the Creator of the Universe and believes are saved by His grace through their faith. The other is a “religion” that follows the blood lust-filled dreams of a mad-man named Mohammed under the belief that they will find favor in a satanic, hatred-filled god.
One religion offers hope and salvation, while the other “religion” offers death, destruction, anger and sexual pleasure at the end of it all.
Mohammed doesn’t even come CLOSE to the stature and magnitude of Christ. And Allah doesn’t come CLOSE to the awesome power of the Lord.
Mohammed killed thousands and thousands of people in the name of Allah, while Christ lived a life without sin, died to save us and is the Son of God. Allah orders his followers to lie, kill and force infidels into submission, while God offers those who follow Him eternal salvation away from the Evil One.
Let me ask you something. Which of the two deities sounds like the Evil One? God? Or Allah?
It seems as though Islam is the perfect religion for Lucifer, doesn’t it?
2 Thessalonians 3:3
“But the Lord is faithful and He will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.”
Author: Freddie Drake
As it was mentioned in my previous article on California’s foundation on greed, there was a religious revival in the 70’s called the “Jesus Movement” that originated from said state.
In his book titled: “Is This The End?” Dr. David Jeremiah talks about the need for a Christian revival in the country. He lists the documented Christian revivals through this land’s history.
First, comes the first revival called The Great Awakening (1720s through 1740s). Just prior to this revival, the land was not too different from what it is today, with less and less people being converted and proclaiming their fellowship to Christ. This revival began with a simple gospel message of the need to be born again, which resonated with younger audiences and gave them hope. Johnathan Edwards, during this time, warned unconverted men and women of the danger that lies ahead of them should they fail to come to Christ. And John Wesley used his powerful voice, in the literal sense, to evangelize sinners for a mile without the use of amplification systems.
This revival is immensely important, as it's what led our founding fathers to fight for our freedoms.
The Second Great Awakening started sometime in the early 1800s. During this time, as people were preoccupied with the task of building a new nation, their spiritual well-beings began to deteriorate. During the time of the Great Awakening, 40 to 50 percent of the population attended church. By the 1790s, however, that number dropped down to 5 to 10 percent.
Christianity in America was under threat of extinction.
But in a college in Virginia, some students locked themselves in a room in fear of fellow classmates and began praying for revival. The college president investigated the situation and when the students were invited to his office, they prayed alongside the college president. In short time, half of the student body had come to the Lord.
The Third Great Awakening came during the 1850s and 1860s. After sometime, the passion and fire of the Second had died down. But thanks to one Jeremiah Lanphier, the Third Great Awakening began. He had announced a prayer meeting for September 23, 1857. In that first meeting, almost no one showed up. But as months went by, more and more people would show up. More than 50,000 people a day would show up to pray in New York, and this revival spread to other major cities around the area.
Then came a larger scale revival: The Global Revival (Dated sometime early 1900s) This one actually started in Wales, where a young man by the name of Evan Roberts began to preach a simple message: confess your sins to God, do your best to not continue sinning, obey the Holy Spirit promptly, and confess your faith in Christ openly. This simple message stirred incredible amounts of emotion from people in Wales, then England, then the rest of Europe, America and much of the known world.
Lastly was the aforementioned revival: The Jesus Movement (1970s). During this time, an entire generation of people became known as the “hippie” generation. This generation was known as the most screwed up generation in American history, with drug usage rising, and Indian transcendental meditation becoming the most popular form of spirituality there was. However in 1968, a Christian couple opened an evangelistic coffeehouse in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury (Hashbury, as nicknamed by the hippies) district. This one coffeehouse spawned a myriad of other Christian coffeehouses in the West Coast. And that led to ministries starting and people’s souls to be saved. This even caused thousands of hippies to become baptized.
We can see that there’s a pattern in our nation’s history, much like in our world’s history. The number of people who believe in Christ shifts over time. Sometimes that number goes up, and sometimes that number goes down. As I look at the state of the world today, I see that the trend is a massive down. What with the legalization of marijuana, gay marriage and unapologetic promotion of abortion, we see that the passion for the last revival is very clearly in the past.
But you have to ask yourself: are we due for another Christian revival? The answer to that can be a yes or a no. What do I mean by that? I mean that God is the one who decides who He saves. If He wants another religious revival to occur in the U.S. and the world, He will cause it to happen. He’s the Master of the Universe and gets to decide whom will enter His kingdom. That’s not to say that I don’t want another revival. I most certainly do. But if the Jesus Movement was ordained to be the last one, who are we to argue? Those of us who are saved will not suffer death… that is spiritual death. I’d be more than happy with another revival, but I have no right to complain if it doesn’t come. And those who are saved needn’t worry about the future, as it is all in the hands of the Lord.
This is why we are encouraged to evangelize people. We want to help bring as many people to Christ as we possibly can, regardless of the trend in faith in the country or the world.
“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.”
Author: Freddie M.
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