"When also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers; and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which He had done for Israel." (Judges 2:10) In his book "New Evangelicalism: the New World Order," Paul Smith reports that the second generation sons of faithful evangelicals and evangelical pastors are going astray. Among those who have already done so are Daniel Fuller, Frank Schaeffer, Rick Warren, and Chuck Smith Jr. (p. 177)
Michael Spencer, author of "The Coming Evangelical Collapse" believes that a major collapse of evangelical Christianity will occur within ten years,
"The breakdown will follow the deterioration of the mainline 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." (Suicide of a Superpower, Patrick Buchanan, p. 54)
The beneficiaries of the evangelical collapse said Spencer, will be feel-good, consumer-driven megachurches like Warren's Saddleback and Bill Hybels Willow Creek.
This phenomenon is not limited to the Evangelical Church but rather the disaster is manifest over the entire denominational spectrum, said Patrick Buchanan,
"...Catholic losses have been staggering (and) Catholics who remain in the Church are not nearly as firm in the faith or devout as their parents were. The institutional shrinkage mirrors a spreading disbelief in doctrines that define the faith. Millions of Catholic children are being taught their faith by heretics." (pp. 91-93)
In his book, "The Disappearance of God," Dr. R. Albert Mohler describes our age as marked by so much spiritual and theological confusion that the God of the Bible has largely disappeared from view and been replaced by,
"...less imposing deities that are more amenable to the modern mind." (p. xiii)
We are witnessing the secularization and evaporation of Biblical theism to which must be added rebellion against every vestige of authority, the inversion of history, the privatization of truth and,
"the fact that millions of Americans claim a divine right to their own spiritual cocoon and belief system." Americans said Mohler, "now lay claim to their 'own personal Jesus.' This personal vision of Jesus Christ may well bear little or no resemblance to Jesus as He is revealed in the Bible." (p. xiii)
It is now all too common to hear idolatrous Christians speaking through their personalized God or Christ idols. "My God says that anything that makes us happy is moral," gushes one idolator while a second claims that Christ was "gay," (a sodomite).
We are on the very brink of a post-Christian mentality here in America. For a long time our cultural elites--political, legal, judicial, academic, entertainment, education---have been not only largely post-Christian in their mentality but increasingly openly hostile:
"NBC's sitcom "The New Normal" isn't just trying to remake society for the Gay Left. It's trying to remake Christianity, which is to say, destroy it." (Brent Bozell, The New Normal Christianity? Townhall.com, Oct 26, 2012)
Post-Christian, sexually emancipated America is in an advanced state of decay, so much so that Pitirim Sorokin compared it with the morally depraved, sexually decadent social conditions in the Old Kingdom of Egypt 4,500 years ago just prior to its collapse. In his book, "The American Sex Revolution," Sorokin reported that in the Old Kingdom:
"Sexual anarchy assumed extreme forms and spread through a large part of the population. Side by side with an increase of sexual perversions, a shameless sexual promiscuity also greatly increased. They seduced members of the same family. Relations between father and daughter.....son and mother.......Adultery, rape......prostitution greatly increased.........homosexual love entered the mores of the population......all the aberrations of morbid eroticism........unnatural relations, flagellations, and sodomy." (p. 93)
When sodomy becomes not just socially acceptable to a people but is rather a cause for celebration then collapse cannot be far behind:
"The Southern Decadence Festival is one of our nation's most notorious celebrations of sodomy, public sex acts, prostitution, drunkenness, and worse, but is by no means the only such festival. According to this year's Autumn Gay Pride Calendar, decadence festivals are held over and across post-Christian America and Western Europe as well as in Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, Thailand, Brazil, Belarus, Ireland, Japan, Scotland, China, S. Africa, India and Taipei. ("Sex slaves, sexual anarchy and decadence festivals: ominous signs of something really rotten," Linda Kimball, Renew America, Oct. 25, 2012)
We are living in an age of deep and undeniable trouble, an age of darkness where moral constraints and restraints have been thrown off in the name of a liberation that does not emancipate but enslave. Our age is marked by a fundamental failure of conviction in unison with deepening corruption, pathological lying, hard-edged egotism, abnormalcy, and inversion, but then Scripture has told us that sinners love darkness rather than the light.
One of the central realities of this darkness is the dawning of a post-Christian culture. Something is happening to the consciousness of this age. A counter-conversion of consciousness is closing the soul to Jesus Christ while opening it to powers of darkness. If we listen closely said Albert Mohler, we can hear something,
"like the closing of a steel door---a solemn, cataclysmic slamming of a door." (p. 166)
The post-Christian postmodern consciousness is now well developed. Tolerance is perverted into a radical secularism that is wholly open to 'gay' marriage, abortion, perverse sex education for children, pornography and Decadence Festivals but intolerant of God's Authority, Moral Law and sexual ethics. The post-Christian mind is closed to the eternally unchanging higher truths of God but completely open to the idea that truth has no objective or absolute basis whatsoever. Indeed, the postmodern mind has a fanatical dedication to moral relativism, love of self, pleasure, and its own personal Jesus idols and Gods, be they science-gods, mystified passion-gods, or gods-of-reason.
No matter how much discomfort and suffering it causes us we need to take notice of these developments in order to understand the challenges we are already facing and the worse ones yet to come. We are in a time of shaking, and there is more to come. We are about to see what remains and what falls. There is a sense, said Dr. Mohler, that we are waiting for a signal for something to tell us which way we are going to go,
"Something is happening and about to happen. The landscape is changing, the skies are darkening---and this is something we know with a spiritual perception, a spiritual sense, a spiritual urgency. Something is happening that we as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ should see and understand. For we cannot say that we were not warned." (pp. 158, 164, 166)