Destructive Culture That I’ve Seen Firsthand
Nearly all of America’s problems are spiritual in nature. As we’ve drifted away from biblical values, the culture has degraded. I witnessed a demonstration of this process right here in my neighborhood.
About three years ago, a black couple moved into a house across the street and one up from me. The house consisted of two unmarried adults and two daughters under the age of 10.
Because I don’t leave my house very often, it was about three months before I met them. The mother was very quiet, and still, to this day, I’ve only spoken to her once. The man of the house, whom I’ll call Mark, was very outgoing, and I liked him very much. Mark had to clean up many problems left over from the previous tenants, who were absolute dirtbags that left the owner with $20,000 in damages.
If there was a wild dog running around the block, Mark would get it captured so it couldn’t bite someone. Drivers that raced down the street could expect a tongue-lashing from him. Terry fell off the back porch as he was walking to the exercise shed one day, and Mark jumped over a tall fence to help Terry get up and make sure he was physically ok.
He moved his brood to Benton, which is 95% white, to purposely avoid the problems of blacker communities. Mark had a close relationship with his family members, which is something greatly lacking in Black America. He would have them over for major holidays. He spoke of his mother, who owned some type of cleaning business.
About a year and a half ago, I asked Terry Jr. where Mark was because I hadn’t seen him in a few weeks. Terry Jr. told me that Mark was in the Saline County Jail awaiting trial. It turns out Mark was selling drugs, and he had an underage child in the car with him at the time he was busted.
Mark is about to be released from prison, but we won’t be able to ask him what went wrong. Now that he’s a felon, the owner refuses to let him live in the house. The mother is in the process of moving out of the property.
The odds are stacked against Mark being able to turn his life around. One study found that 58% of blacks were reincarcerated within 8 years of being released from prison. There are 1.1 million blacks behind bars because of a drug conviction.
Mark had all these good qualities, but he was taken down by a black culture that glorifies drug use. Dope-head Rapper stars are looked up to as heroes. The left constantly blames law enforcement for the drug problem. The ACLU once called the drug war the new Jim Crow. The liberal media will rarely point out that a mass shooting was drug related. I remember in my youth watching PSAs that blamed drug dealers for destroying people’s lives. Today, blaming drug dealers in the black community is viewed as racist talk.
Negative culture is a key reason the city of Detroit has remained an unfixable mess for 50 years. The city has a culture of political corruption, a culture that blames racism on the city founders, and a culture of dependency on the government that prevents a turnaround.
I recently watched a YouTube series on Nazi war criminals. The video gives a brief background of the person, details their horrendous crimes, and then ends with their execution. I remember one guy who murdered 20,000 with his own bare hands. As he was being led to the gallows, a priest held out a small white cross for him to kiss. He didn’t renounce his sin and ask for Jesus to forgive him; he kissed a cultural icon as if it would make any difference. The priest should have taken the day off rather than lending any credibility to a monster.
I don’t believe in fighting the culture war. We have so many cultures stacked on top of each other that it becomes hopeless to reach people. Christianity is viewed by many as a white man’s religion, that it’s for the rich, a tool of discrimination, and insults LGBTQ folks. The church has been on a prolonged losing stretch because we are always reacting to these people who dream up these new cultural norms.
What we need to do is return to the basic salvation message. Paul summed up his ministry as, “I preach Christ crucified.” This simple message works because once you become a true believer, your faith will come into conflict with the world’s sinful culture. Each day we have to decide if we are going to follow our risen Lord or the world.
“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).
Evil Men and Seducers Generation
There’s perhaps no more profound indicator of where this generation stands on God’s prophetic timeline than the most pervasive ingredient of the spirit of the age. Jesus pointed to this ingredient as a specific signal believers are to be aware of when all other signals of His return to earth are in view.
“And as he sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you” (Matthew 24:3-4).
Paul the apostle spoke of this same ingredient that would permeate the general timeframe of Christ’s return:
“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13).
The spirit of this wicked age drips with the satanic venom of deception. It is the same venom injected into mankind in the Garden of Eden when the serpent seduced Eve, then caused Adam to believe the lie that he and Eve could be like God. Through today’s zeitgeist (spirit of the age) flows the same toxic, Luciferian evil.
Evil men and seducers, as anyone with the desire to know truth can attest, assault our eyes and ears every waking moment. Our culture is saturated with deceit at every level. The lies have become so blatant that they’ve numbed our senses as a generation in many cases.
For example, many can now be told—and believe, in some cases—that a man can become a woman, a girl can become a boy, men can become pregnant, and it’s no longer wrong for adults to engage in sexual acts with children. And there is less and less pushback to such monstrous upside-down thinking.
The deception infects the very souls of mankind with a lie like the one the serpent whispered to Eve: “Yea, hath God said?” Satan thus is, during this time so near the end of the age, blatantly, through the woke insanity of his human minions, telling all who will listen that God’s order of creation is all wrong. Mankind can be his own god. He—and she (if those are the pronouns they choose)—can be other than the gender in which they were born. God is wrong. People can do what is right in their own eyes.
We are lied to at every juncture by the government that was once said by Abraham Lincoln and the Constitution to be the government of, by, and for the people. In politics and through bureaucratic manipulations, the reprobate mindset of Romans 1:28 is observably in full bloom.
Proliferate spending has, in effect, bankrupted the US. Once elected to office, those who find themselves in charge of the tax dollars of the American people too often embrace the lobbying minions and their desire to increase their wealth and influence rather than tend to fiscal responsibility they owe the voters who put them in office. They, as is said, feather their own nests by selling their influence.
As a result, over the years, we’ve come to a national debt that can never be resolved.
And now it appears that the wicked leadership of the nation—and of the entire world that America’s dollar base influences—is intent on going to a digital form of currency in order to somehow reset the economic fiasco they’ve created through electronic manipulation. This, as some like this writer views it, is actually deception by the father of lies. Satan, through his reprobate though evil genius, is maneuvering his human governing minions to set the stage – by instituting electronic funds and the digital way of doing business – for the Antichrist system of buying and selling through the 666 numbers-and-marks model of Revelation 13:16-18.
Evil men and seducers are ramping up efforts to bring America down so the global order they want to build—the New World Order, as Pete Garcia’s and my book by the same name has it—can proceed.
The deception to get that process underway in earnest, I believe, can be understood through the so-called pandemic America and the world just endured. More and more, it all looks to be a great lie by that father of lies designed to bring about Satan’s coming man of sin and his regime of tyranny and the Tribulation.
My friend Daymond Duck touched recently on this deception.
Concerning deceit in the U.S. government and tracking everyone: on Feb. 28, 2023, in testimony before a House Select Subcommittee, Dr. Marty Makary, Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, said, “The greatest perpetrator of misinformation during the (Covid) pandemic was the U.S. government.”
Makary cited a long list of government false statements, an authoritative study that refuted some of them, experts that refuted some of them, and the report noted that the release of Twitter Files verifies that the U.S. government deliberately tried to silence experts on many of the issues.
It is important to understand that the government that was perpetrating false information wants to keep records on every U.S. citizen and control their life. (“Rejoice! The End Is Near!” Daymond Duck, https://www.raptureready.com/2023/03/11/rejoice-by-daymond-duck/)
The great deception by evil men and seducers all point to things of monumental importance:
1) The seven-year Tribulation is on the very cusp of engulfing this world of rebels against the God of Heaven.
2) Jesus Christ, the King of all kings, is readying to return and throw down Satan’s false Christ and his wicked kingdom.
3) For we who are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Rapture can (and, we believe, will) very soon take Christians out of harm’s way to be with the Lord forever.
Here, again, is how to be a part of that glorious moment.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9-10).