In Retrospect: Part II :: By Denis Bowden


In national terms, God has become simply a symbol, like unto the Statue of Liberty.

Heralded for decades as the incandescent beacon of moral righteousness, she is now shown to possess feet of clay as true liberty departs America. And of course, likewise, as liberty departs all the former allegedly Christian nations of the West, including we in the South Pacific in Australia and New Zealand.

I didn’t mention South Africa. My personal opinion is that She went fifty years ago, led to the edge of the abyss by false prophets.

And give the iconoclastic anarchists of the “peace” movements enough time, and they probably will want The Statue of Liberty removed also. Or at least spray-painted a more agreeable color suited to the mood of the moment.

Actually, she is modeled upon the Roman Goddess of Liberty (Libertas) and originally was to be gifted to Egypt by the sculptor, Bartholdi. Her origins go deeply back into pagan history.

America is a large nation of many millions. And many of those multitudes came with either Bible or Torah clutched to their hearts. For, within her respective heartland, there have always been true hearts that walked in step with God.

And thanks also be to God for many who came to Jesus while in the constraint of slavery.

And thanks be to God for the freedom to worship that He ensured was gifted to America to encourage just this. For decades, I believe that America endeavored to repay this debt by ensuring that her institutions, judicial system and education system paid homage to God, even if with some it was given as ‘lip service’ only.

In addition, over many years, a number of significant faith ‘Revivals,’ such as the crusades of the late Billy Graham, brought Jesus back to the masses, not just in America but all around the world. Many who follow the Christ King today accepted Him as their personal Savior many years ago as they fell on their knees in brokenness at one of the great Graham crusades.

Where are they?

Where have they gone?

Many have already gone Home. Many are still with us in flesh.

Let us then thank God that we are with and of them. We have not succumbed (though sorely pressed), for we know we face a deadly adversary in Satan, who has now won legions to his demonic cause.

And let us confess to God, through Jesus in brokenness, the many times that we have stepped backwards and away from the ‘good fight.’

Or, have you forgotten wherein lies the reason for the battle?

 Paul to the Ephesians 6: 11-13 (Berean Study Bible):

The Full Armor of God

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can make your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Therefore take up the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you will be able to stand your ground, and having done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness arrayed, and with your feet fitted with the readiness of the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Pray in the Spirit at all times, with every kind of prayer and petition. To this end, stay alert with all perseverance in your prayers for all the saints. Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will boldly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it fearlessly, as I should.

We should fight as true Knights of the Cross of Christ, for our cause is just.

Dear brothers and sisters all, need I remind you that we, through Grace, are to take this fight directly to Satan.

It is the death of ALL of Christ that Satan seeks. Therefore, Satan fights directly against the will of God and attempts to win a battle lost when the Christ King and Lamb of God, as the paschal lamb, ascended.

Ultimately, it is the death of all mankind that our fierce adversary seeks. And he will use anything or anyone (priest, ruler, the rich or the poor) to advance his cause.

From our beginning in The Creation, the purpose of the serpent king has been the destruction of the race that he considers to be a total abomination. We are that abomination to him.

Satan works to remove man from the place he presumed, in the arrogant conceit of his heart, to have previously occupied before the Throne of God Himself.  And it is by this very presumption that he wars against the will of God as expressed through the saving Grace of Jesus, our Christ King.

Only through Jesus does the true ‘refugee’ find liberty. It is granted through the Grace that rids him forever from the power of Satan. This is liberty indeed. And it applies to all, irrespective of skin color, ethnicity, culture or previous belief system.


When God is denied, derided with sneering abuse and forcibly (with malicious intent) removed from national pre-eminence, the enemy is ever-present to ‘seize the day.’

Satan is our eternal enemy. As our sorry world histories show, invariably there comes the moment that the vacuum of Satanic Godlessness sucks all goodness away from us. This occurs as Grace is no longer sought but scorned.

Never ignore reality.

Reality is given us through the Word of God.

God will NOT be denied.

And His will is the reconciliation of man from his fallen state, losing thereby the sting of death as the faithful are brought Home.

Each passing twenty-four hours of the day has become, for this passing world, a ‘black hole.’ Like Space, it is revealed as a vacuum that sucks away the souls of mankind. This vacuum of our hopelessness is the Black Star of Satan. For when the world, by denial, removes God from heart and nation, there is ONLY Satan. Though his rule will shortly end, he has lain claim to all former nations that professed Jesus as Lord and King.

Never changing, he presently reaps a rich harvest as he gleefully views our own loathsome handiwork of denial or the twin sin of complicit silence.

Satan’s goal is unchangeable/unalterable. We can well testify to the truth of this statement as we see how he has again raised Moloch. Once more this depraved Canaanite deity receives the bodies of our infant children and the unborn to feed his insatiable appetite.

If ‘black lives’ truly mattered, the deliberate attempt to deprive women of color of their children by exterminating them would not be permitted, either by our rulers or by the highest rungs of the judicial ladder. Countless millions of dollars have created a moneymaking gristmill of unborn flesh.

If ‘white lives’ truly mattered, we of Caucasian ancestry would not have been complicit. We, having aided and abetted Godlessness by simply not trusting our Father to feed, clothe and in all things pertaining to our welfare by sustaining us with ‘our daily bread.’

And most certainly, if we considered (nationally speaking) that ‘we’ mattered, then America and the West would still hold that God stands over all.

I sometimes think it gross that we can intone the Lord’s Prayer with apparent fervent belief, then immediately re-enter a World and serve a master that is slavishly hell-bent on our eternal destruction.


Nationally speaking, our nations have been rotting beneath our feet for many decades. For, so many of those who walk within them have become lost; most becoming souls locked in denial.

As Christians, we also have failed, both individually and corporately.

Were we not the alleged soldiers of Christ?

Surely, we have failed to rise to our feet, encased in the armor of God, wielding the sword of the Spirit and defending ourselves with the shield of faith to join in battle the enemy also was fast-rising among us.

Instead of our feet being encased in the Word of God, rather, we placed them within Nike running shoes to hasten our retreat in the opposite direction. Many of us probably fitting knee pads to better ease our posture as we knelt before the World and all it stands for. And that, of course, is the realm of its satanic master. Again, plead I, guilty as charged.

Instead of a multitude of lionhearted believers led by pastors fearlessly proclaiming the Word of God, and within that, Christ crucified and risen, we claimed a different doctrine of Christless denial.  For the advancement of that doctrine is of Satan himself.

Again, I remind you of the number of churches led by pastors who presently extol ‘Social Justice.’

This doctrine is Marxist, and it is not of God.

Christianity, as practiced by true believers in accord with the Gospel of Jesus, has always reminded us of our obligations to the poor and deprived of our brothers and sisters. Many fine Christian institutions have long served God in this field, as do singular efforts by individual Christians.

‘Social Justice,’ conversely, is about the restriction of free speech. It’s about relabeling, political correctness, righting ‘alleged’ ancient wrongs and destroying reminders of anyone or thing that is now weighed in the balance as “politically incorrect.”

It is a ‘no speak’ mantra of conformity. It is vile and disgusting. And it should have no place in a House of Divine worship. Any pastor/priest or spokesperson who brings it forward should be denounced quickly as an apostate. Unfortunately, your own church hierarchy more than likely endorses both the philosophy and the deliverer.

Or else, if you haven’t the stomach for that, vote with your feet and seek a house of worship where Jesus Christ and Him crucified and risen is glorified and His Gospel is taught alongside of the prophetic judgment awaiting the unGodly.

In preaching ‘equality for all citizens of this World,’ it asks only one ‘small’ sacrifice: that you give up freedom of speech. When you give up your right to speak the truth of God’s holy Word, you deny God. The World has subdued you. Satan has won.

And yet, ‘freedom of speech’ is the foundation stone upon which we are free to worship God. For the false doctrine of complete conformity to the World is the heart of ‘social justice for all.’ This is the mantra they sing. It is the true basis of Replacement. And it is we who are to be replaced.

China has replaced freedom of speech along with North Korea and a number of other nation states.

This claim of ‘social justice’ for all is a lie from top to bottom. Its mantra has always sung ‘that our prosperity and good intentions were all contained within the unbreakable fabric of our Democracy, its institutions and codes.’ And it, per se, would defeat anything that could possibly come against us, particularly from an external enemy.

My American friends, if that were so, your Constitution would be so inviolable that no one or anything could thwart it. Yet we now see it ignored, even by a Congress obviously controlled by satanic influences. It equally applies to my own Country and our New Zealand neighbor.

Though I concede that they recently have changed it slightly. ‘True’ Socialists within the Democrat Party no longer speak of democracy but proudly, with arrogance, proclaim ‘world socialism.’

As I typed the first draft of these words on America’s Fourth of July, my blessing benediction would and could only have been that:

‘Let the Amen sound from His people again’

So all peoples could resound the heavens with the grand chorus,

Yea, for ’tis true, we adore Him!’

And as we sang, remembered that ‘actions speak louder than words.’

The Nations have, however, developed a mortal canker from within. And the stench of their rot consumes them as the worm consumes the white flesh within the rosy red skin that encases the apple.

In fact, you often cannot see the rot, nor the worm within, unless, stooping down, you pick up the apple and it turns to mush in your hands. You see, when the oozing muck of its decay softened it from within, it could no longer even be sustained by the stem that once tied it to the tree (my metaphor for God). And falling to the ground, its decay is completed as the earth consumes it by compost.

So goes this World to the decay of eternal death, encased in the rot of its denial.

How awful that as their souls are resurrected for judgment, that this same rot of denial will see each one condemned forever.

Whither will stand the grand intellect and erudite minds of technological genius, science and the rich and powerful then?

Where will lie the beauty contained within the short years of celebrity that we so adore and offer our homage?

How say you when the Judge, His eye directly upon you, intones, ‘I did not know thee!’

If we say God created both Earth and humankind and He raised up the Gentile nations, then we must also afford Him the Glory that He may do to His Creation that which is the prerogative of divine Will. And has not His Will always punished denial!

The nations have become repetitious failures. They, like man, ‘cometh up like a flower and is cut down like a weed.’ And to talk of a Great Revival of faith this side of the Tribulation is fallacy and cannot be.

Do you claim otherwise?

Show me!

Each one of us is a completed work through Grace; though we yet exist in the fallen flesh of sinful decay. This, indeed, my brothers and sisters, is true Revival: ‘that we who were dead are now alive in Christ Jesus, even though completion is yet to come.’

Let us then earnestly pray for our loved ones, extended families and true friends, for we know too many are to be lost.

I draw inspiration from the many writers, who, doing the hard yards of reaching out to us week by week, help lead us to Grace. Thank you, Jesus, that I am known to some of them, and they to me.  And I thank God for the group of brothers and sisters who have begun a regular correspondence with me and whom I now annoy, ad nauseum.

Here I stand, one foot on Terra-Firma, and the other already trembling in anticipation of rising with nought underneath both feet, but the wind.

May we soon see each other, shriven as promised and clothed in those splendid new robes of pure white.


Denis Bowden