Bill Bright

In the past few decades, primarily the past thirty years, militant anti-God forces have been successful not only in rejecting our heritage and our traditional values, but in rewriting history and convincing our people, especially students, that we never had this wonderful heritage.


How did this happen?


Historians believe that the philosophical environment of the French Revolution spawned Karl Marx and his communistic and atheis­tic ideas. This in turn spawned Lenin and Soviet state atheism and socialism, turning Russia from its nine-hundred-year Christian tradition that produced some of the greatest artists and writers the world has ever known. The result was seventy-three years of bloody, godless totalitarianism, costing untold human suffering and tens of millions of lives.


Marx's and Lenin's ideas spread to America, taking root among some labor leaders, academia, and people such as John Dewey and Roger Baldwin, founder of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Dewey, of course, was the chief influence in modern American educa­tion. His anti-God emphasis has resulted in the present decadence and disintegration of our entire educational system.


Baldwin wrote, "I am for socialism. . .I seek the social owner­ship of property, the abolition of the propertied class. . .Commu­nism is the goal." While communism may or may not still be the ACLU's goal, its history of attacks on religious expression is legendary.


The influence of Dewey, Baldwin, their followers, and other kindred spirits has changed the character and nature of America. Such influence began to reach the top levels of government in mid-century and finally, in 1962 and 1963, resulted in official national decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, rejecting the God of our fathers in the public life and schools of America. In effect, America said, "Stay out, God. You are no longer wanted."


And it is as though God said, "Have it your way, America. I'll let you taste what life is like without me." Many scholars actually trace our current social decline statistically to this very time period! Who would deny a cause-and-effect relationship?


We need to heed the exhortation of Abraham Lincoln to people in his day, many of whom also forgot God:


                    We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserves us. . .


                    We have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated by unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace--too proud to pray to the God [who] made us. It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended power, to confess our national sins and to pray clemency and forgiveness upon us. (George Morgan, Patrick Henry, (Philadelphia & London: J.B. Lippincott, 1929), pp.186-93.)

Patrick Henry said, "Give me liberty or give me death." But he also said, "This is all the inheritance I can give to my dear family. The religion of Christ can give them one which will make them rich indeed." (from Patrick Henry’s will)


Americans need the courage of Patrick Henry today, plus the courage of all those Founding Fathers who gave their lives and their sacred fortunes to give us what we have today.


Let us all purpose, now, to join with George Washington, John Adams, James Madison, and all those wonderful people we call our Founding Fathers to preserve our nation and heritage--no matter what the cost. Let us purpose to go on the offensive and take it back from those who have tried to steal it from us.


We cannot do it alone. But together and with God's help, we can do it.


By Bill Bright, The Coming Revival

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