THE CAUSE OF MORAL DECLINE IN AMERICA

The Bible tells us that evil is not always the result of carnal nature or fallen human nature. As Scripture indicates, the closer we get to the end of the age, Satan will cause demonic spirits to influence governments throughout the world. Have we not noticed moral decline coming from our judicial system as well as our government?

Ephesians 6:10 – 14 – “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take 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 dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”

We are told to be strong in the Lord because it has nothing to do with the length of time we have been a Christian. Our strength is received from God and not from ourselves. We are to be strong in His power. God makes the strength available to us. It is up to us to use it. Do we have the faith to believe and trust the power that we are given by the Holy Spirit?

Satan is our enemy who is constantly tempting us before God. Satan opposes God and is constantly seeking to interfere with our relationship with Him and our being a child of God. However, Satan is powerless to attack a child of god who has God’s armor, filled with the Holy Spirit and strong in His power. We cannot stand against demonic influence in our own power. Demonic spirits know how to use various tricks attempting to cause deception and disobedience. If we use the faith and the power that God makes available, we can stand against our enemy. This battle is not against flesh and blood. It is not about people.

Satan may use people to persecute us, lie to us, cheat us, hurt us or even kill us. Our real enemy exits in the unseen world. They use wicked people to do evil things that may affect us in many ways: physically, mentally and materially. The Bible points out who our war is against. It is against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. When Lucifer fell, many sons of light fell with him and they were thrown out of Heaven. Satan is now their lord. He is also called the god of this world, the prince of this world and the prince of power of the air.

The authorities are princes who share power with Satan over other fallen angels, over evil spirits and over this world. In Daniel chapter 10 tells us that Satan places spirit princes over various kingdoms of men on earth. Daniel 10:13 – “But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.” These crowned dignities of Satan have enormous power.

Satan is not omniscience, omnipotence or omnipresence and can only be in one place at a time. But he has thousands and thousands that share his power in the spirit world. They gather information, influence events, implement Satan’s schemes and inflict problems on the human race. They laugh at those who do not believe that? Satan and his spirits exist.

Our war is with those rulers of the darkness of this world. Satan’s master plan is to deceive humans and get them to reject and rebel against God’s commandments and God’s ways. They lure us into the pleasures of life. Hopefully, this may explain what is happening in America. Many decisions made by the Supreme Court concerning abortion, ObamaCare and same-sex marriages. It also includes continued funding of Planned Parenthood.

There are a number of Christians that believe God controls everything. If that were true, why is He not stopping sex trafficking, the drug trade and the killing of Christians in the Middle East? They may believe God put Obama in office to punish Americans. So how much control does God willingly exercise over the affairs of men? Would God allow Americans to live in a nation populated by sick and hungry children, lives shortened by senseless killings, broken homes and marriages and those living in poverty and potential terrorism?

To recap: we fight against wicked spirits in the heavens. The immorality of our age has been inspired by demons. The unseen world may have millions of demons. Jesus heals a man that had a legion of demons. A legion in the Roman army was 6,000 men. When the antichrist arrives there will be demons and evils spirits so numerous they will be uncountable. 1 John 5:19 – “We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.”

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