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The following excerpts are from an article written by David Cloud entitled, "America, Politics, and Spiritual Light" [pdf]. Here are some of the highlights that caught my eye and fired me up. He nailed it on this one...

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The Bible shines brilliant light upon our situation in this present world, and gives us clear instructions about how to live and act in the face of the challenges of these times. 

...politics is not the answer to the moral, social, and economic ills our nations are facing...

The root problem with America’s deep moral sickness is the apostasy in the churches. America does not have the fear of God because the churches are not preaching the fear of God, and that is because the pastors are compromisers and apostates who fear the people more than they fear God and who care more about their individual bottom line than about the truth. 

The fundamental element is the spiritual compromise and apostasy of professing Christians and churches that name the name of Jesus Christ, particularly in America which is a nation filled with churches and professing Christians.

We need to stop wasting hours listening to the Rush Limbaughs and the Sean Hannitys and the Glenn Becks and spend serious time in God’s Word and prayer and get out into the harvest fields with the gospel and make our churches stronger and more solidly biblical...

[The average Christian] has no passion to improve his understanding. He is a spiritual pygmy. He is as passionate about such vanities as professional sports and as carried away with the misguided observations of conservative political pundits as his pagan neighbor. He is ignorant of important issues that we are facing and isn’t interested in being educated. He will read a fishing magazine and listen to sports radio and watch some empty-headed late night comedian and she will devour “Christian” romance novels, but they wouldn’t dream of reading a book to educate themselves about the Emerging Church or the New Age movement or New Evangelicalism or Contemplative Prayer or Contemporary Worship Music or other spiritual enemies that they and their families and churches are facing and will face. As a result, as the prophet said about Israel of old, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6).

Men cannot believe unless they hear the gospel. They have enough light in creation and conscience to condemn them and to leave them without excuse, but not enough to save them. 

Since the five-fold repetition of the Great Commission is a powerful emphasis (Matthew 28, Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20; Acts 1), teaching us that this is something that Christ is passionate about, one of the most important ways that I can get God’s blessing on my life, my family, and my church--other things being right--is to take world evangelism seriously.

How many people heard the gospel at your hands and through your mouth in the last month?

How many missionaries were helped through your offerings? 

How many missionaries and preachers do you intercede for daily?

Brethren, these are the things that we need to focus on like a laser beam, laying aside those things that are hindering our spiritual progress and power! 

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For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. [2Timothy 4.3-4]

"The great god 'Entertainment' amuses his devotees mainly by telling them stories. The love of stories, which is characteristic of childhood, has taken fast hold of the minds of the retarded saints of our day, so much so that many manage to make a comfortable living by spinning yarns and serving them up in various disguises to church people. What is natural and beautiful in a child, may be shocking when it persists into adulthood, and more so when it appears in the sanctuary and seeks to pass for true religion!

"So today we have the astonishing spectacle of millions of dollars being poured into the unholy job of providing earthly entertainment for the so-called people of God. Religious entertainment is in many places rapidly crowding out the serious things of God. Many churches these days have become little more than poor theaters, where fifth-rate 'producers' peddle their shoddy wares with the approval of evangelical leaders who can even quote a holy text in defense of their delinquency. And hardly a man dares raise his voice against it!" (A.W. Tozer)

"Once you have lost the division between the world and the Church--the Church ceases to be truly Christian!" (Martyn Lloyd-Jones)

"Pleasure, so called, is the murderer of serious thought. This is the age of excessive amusement. Everybody craves for it, like a babe for its rattle!" (Charles Spurgeon)

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