Patrick Buchanan's newest book, "Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?" traces the downward spiraling disintegration of America. Where America was born a Western Christian republic writes Buchanan, today's America has rejected its' commitment to God and actively pursues the forceful elimniation of orthodox Christian theism from the public square, thereby chopping down the very foundations of our once-great republic. This being the situation, the eliminatiion of and/or the reduction of Jesus Christ the Son of God to mere mortal moves forward apace. Examples are too numerous to list so a few must suffice, beginning with Pastor Rick Warren.
At Obama's 2009 inaugural, the official prayer was offered by Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life which has thus far sold thirty million copies.
During his prayer Warren did not identify Jesus Christ as the Son of God but rather identified Him by his Muslim name, Isa, thereby reducing Him to mortal prophet. Islam teaches that God had no son, that Isa was not God but rather a mortal prophet superceded by Muhammad. Warren thus implied that Islam's view of Jesus was acceptable to him.
Following upon Warren's prayer, President Obama repudiated the notion that America is a Christian nation, saying, "We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and non-believers." Buchanan writes that for "the first time, a president had denied the primacy of Christianity in America....The President (had declared) in his inaugural that (America) had ceased to be (Christian)." ( p. 47)
By their Christ-denying statements, Warren and President Obama aid and abet secularists in their effort to change time by eliminating BC, "before Christ." For centuries, the Western civilized world has divided history into BC and AD, anno domini, "in the year of the Lord." In place of BC secularists propose BCE, which has two meanings: "before the common era," and "before the Christian era." AD is to be replaced by CE, for "Common Era." In this way, all historical references to Jesus Christ the Son of God and Christian theism will be eliminated. History will be rewritten and time itself changed.
The final example centers on Texas mega-church pastor Joel Osteen, who recently said that Mormonism and Christianity are the same.
(Osteen's remarks here: http://www.youtube.com/user/CarylTV#p/a/f/0/MZgsMzmWgjE )
Former Mormon Ed Decker, now a Christian pastor and president of Saints Alive in Jesus quickly responded to Osteens' comments in an open letter that states in part:
"Shame on you! You have given the enemies of the Cross a great victory. Either through sheer ignorance of the Word or your apparent desire to never offend anyone, regardless of their sins, you have handed the Mormons a huge PR gift. You have insulted and denigrated the many former Mormons like me who have spent their lives bringing Mormons the truth and to the Real Jesus, who died for their sins on Calvary. You have defined our ministries and my life's work as worthless.
You emphatically state: The Mormons are Christian. Are you completely ignorant of the fact that the Mormons have taught as a foundational doctrine that the creeds of all the Christian churches are abominations in the Mormons' god's sight?
Are you totally unaware that they have taught in their sacred temples for over a century that you and all other Christian pastors are corrupt hirelings of Satan, that you and your church are part of the great and abominable church and the whore of all the earth?
Didn't you know that the god of Mormonism is an exalted man-god who once lived on another planet in some other galaxy? That he earned his godhood through his good works and now lives on a planet near the great star Kolob with a harem of his many goddesses, making spirit babies to come to this earth to earn [their own] godhoods?
To pronounce them Christians, do you then agree with the Mormon doctrine that the Mormon Jesus is the brother of Lucifer? That he became 'savior' by a vote of a council of gods? That He is not the Word become flesh, not God come in the flesh, but was conceived through an act of sex by the Mormon god and one of his own daughters, Mary?"
Read Ed Decker's letter here: http://www.carylmatrisciana.com/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=322:mormonism-is-christian-says-pastor-joel-osteen&catid=74:mormonism&Itemid=125
Buchanan writes that over and across a vast denominational spectrum, orthodox Christian theism is in decline. While 92 per cent of Americans still believe in a God, only 60 percent believe in a personal God. Three in ten believe God to be an impersonal being or god-force and more than one quarter of our young people are practical atheists. This being the case, the prospects for orthodox Christianity in the coming decades are substantially diminished.
"Are we witnessing the death of America's denominations?" asks Russell D. Moore, dean of the School of Theology at the Southern Baptist Seminary. Russell notes that today's Christians choose a church on the basis of practical matters:
"Is the nursery easy to find? Do I like the music? Are there support groups for those grappling with addiction" (pp. 55-56)
As well, Northern New England said Buchanan, has surpassed the pagan Pacific Northwest as the region with the highest percentage of those unaffiliated with a church. Upon learning this, President R. Albert Mohler of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary said:
"That really hit me hard (because New England) was the foundation, the home base of American religion. To lose New England struck me as momentous." (p. 50)
In such a climate, it is not surprising that nondenominational world-conforming modernist megachurches like Rick Warren's have grown at the expense of traditional mainline churches, surging from 200,000 adherents in 1990 to 8 million today. Mega-churches like Warren's utilize modern business methods to create a consumer-oriented people-pleasing contemporary climate that appeals to America's morally-relative, entertainment-oriented, self-gratifying consumerist society that no longer believes that Christianity is essential for salvation.
From the once robust Catholic Church to evangelical Christianity, all orthodox Christian theism is in steep decline said Buchanan:
"We are on the verge----withinn ten years---of a major collapse of evangelical Christianity..." "The breakdown will follow the deterioration of the maimline Protestant world....Within two generations, evangelicalism will be a house deserted of its occupants....This collapse will herald the arrival of an anti-Christian chapter of the post-Christian West." (Michael Spencer cited by Buchanan, p. 54)
Christian America is dying, said Buchanan, and it is backsliding, unbelieving Americans themselves who are killing it.
America is falling into darkness, and the only churches that will survive are those that do not compromise, that hold fast to the fundamentals and traditions of the faith. In the midst of darkness, the faithful will be the keepers of the Light....the Way, the Truth, and the Life.