Nation

America’s Hope

(Read Part 2) America's Heartbreak (cont.) A major fault of socialism is that it depends on two ugly traits of human nature to make it grow: envy and covetousness. The have nots must be stirred to demand that government act to give them their part of what is owned by the haves regardless of merit or work. Well, it is all rather sad, is it not? It really comes down to a question of how long we are going to be able [...]

America’s Heartbreak

(Read Part 1) America's Heartbreak The late Dr. Francis Schaeffer, one of the most able thinkers and writers among evangelicals, says in his book, Death in the City: “It is a horrible thing for a man like myself to look back and see my country and my culture go down the drain in my own lifetime.” He continued to say that 30 to 40 years ago our culture was built on the Christian consensus—and yet now we are in an absolute minority! [...]

America’s Heritage

“God has spared us in liberty and freedom to this hour, but . . .” As America enters a new century she has a decision to make. She can return to the Biblical principles her Founders supported, or move even further away from her Christian heritage. On that decision rests the future of our nation. The Bible declares, Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD. (Ps. 33:12) His continued blessing can be expected only when we as a people acknowledge His [...]

The Blessing of God upon a Nation

(Read Part 1) The New Plan What then was instituted was DIVISION. God, Himself, divided the world into a whole set of new political entities which He called nations. Speaking of one segment of the family of Noah, the Bible says, From these the coastland peoples of the Gentiles were separated into their lands, everyone according to his language, according to their families, into their nations. (Gen. 10:5) These were the sons of Ham, according to their families, according to their languages, [...]

A Call to National Righteousness

Our little systems have their day They have their day and cease to be. They are but broken lights of thee And thou, oh Lord, art more than they. (Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “In Memorium”)[1] In our generation, we have said goodbye to dozens of nations. They have dropped into the dust bin of history. This now common expression is more and more often used to refer to well-known nations of the past and present. They were once prosperous, influential, happy and apparently [...]

The Planting of a Good Seed

As we celebrate Memorial Day and the other patriotic holidays that are coming up at this time of the year, essentially what we are celebrating is more than 240 years of political freedom. We need to understand that this period of freedom that God has given us is abnormal—an anomaly. When you study the flow of world history, you discover that the majority of people who have lived and died have lived under totalitarianism, not in freedom or with the freedoms that we [...]

Where Do We Go from Here—as We Face an Uncertain Future?

By PAUL J. SCHARF, M.Div. Editor in Chief (Read Part 1) In this short series we are seeking to analyze the times in which we live in light of Biblical truth—like “the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do” (1 Chron. 12:32). We are basing our thoughts on the experiences of King Hezekiah, who ruled from 729 to 686 B.C. and became one of Judah's greatest kings. In 715 B.C. he assumed the sole kingship [...]

Where Do We Go from Here—in Our World and Nation?

By PAUL J. SCHARF, M.Div. Editor in Chief “Where do we go from here?” That is the question before us as we begin this new year of 2017, and it will be the object of our examination in this short blog series. As Bible-believing Christians, we can examine this question on many different levels. We will look at it specifically in the following areas: Where do we go from here—in our world, in our nation and in our service to God and [...]

What Does the Bible Say?

(Read Part 1) Christ and His church, upon that glorious return, will deliver the nation of Israel from the dread clutches of the Antichrist. Yes, the church will save Israel. At that time, the Antichrist will be thrown into the lake of fire and the devil put into the bottomless pit. With those events there will be initiated the greatest period of peace and righteousness that the world has ever known. It is the millennial reign of Christ. Yes, the Messiah will [...]

Sources of Confidence

Once again the world is asking, “What does the future hold?” “What will tomorrow bring?” There has always been a degree of interest in the future, but it is certain that that interest will grow. That growing interest is bound to be heightened by the people of the world itself, who will be announcing that the past is obsolete, and the future is where it all is. In fact, the doctrine of an obsolete past may well soon be used to apply to [...]