Commentary

In Korea, at the turn of the last century, there were no Christian churches – then, as a result of sparks from Azusa Street, God moved through the nation. Seoul was so impacted by spiritual renewal that it became known as the second Jerusalem. Then sadly and suddenly, the Japanese Occupation of Korea took place.

Soon the occupation forces were forcing Koreans into the worship of the Japanese Sun God. At first, the churches were exempt. But Korean Schools were not. Christian children, the kids of the nation, had exercises that introduced them to pagan worship. They were not exempt. To speed up the process of cultural change and to break down resistance, the churches, which were previously exempt, were soon forced to place pagan altars on their property. Such a concession must have seemed unthinkable. But they conformed to the pressure of the tyrannical government.

But that was not enough. Finally, churches were forced into the integration of some pagan component into their worship experience. The pressure was enormous. Political correctness was in full-flower with the ruthless force of the State behind it. Churches that were resistant faced reprisals. So, one by one, the denominations of Korea, and the churches, to meet the demands of cultural change, introduced elements of sun-god worship into their services. Without that concession, they were told they could not stay open. With it, they could continue to meet and worship. For the right to stay open, the churches of Korea compromised.

On September 11, 1938, the last Protestant church folded to the pressure – and then came WWII, and after it, a divided and war torn Korea.

Could it happen here?

In 1948, religious instruction was removed from American public schools. We did nothing. In 1962, prayer was declared illegal, and shortly thereafter, the Ten Commandments were removed. Witchcraft is now the preferred faith among teens, no thanks to Scholastic Press and Harry Potter. We are churching only 4% of Generation-Xers. Without a Great Awakening that settles into high schools and university campuses, we have lost the next generation – and therefore, the nation. All that was necessary for Israel to find themselves in centuries of political, spiritual and moral instability – the period of the Judges – was the failure to pass on the faith in one generation!

6 Comments

  1. Heaven is blessed for your service Sir, and you are right on point. We have not done our part as parents and like it happened to the children of Israel. We are held responsible for the decline in the faith of our children. We are not passionate enough for our children to see and learn our love for Jesus Christ. All that God asked was that we could train our children in the fear of God and He would take care of the rest. Not only are we to loose the nation but the whole world shall be in trouble because our children shall knowledge from God to handle the turmoil that will unfold.

    This is what God says about American People today.
    Hosea 4.

    God’s Charge Against Israel
    Hear the word of the Lord,
    You children of Israel,
    For the Lord brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land:
    “There is no truth or mercy
    Or knowledge of God in the land.
    By swearing and lying,
    Killing and stealing and committing adultery,
    They break all restraint,
    With bloodshed upon bloodshed.
    Therefore the land will mourn;
    And everyone who dwells there will waste away
    With the beasts of the field
    And the birds of the air;
    Even the fish of the sea will be taken away.
    “Now let no man contend, or rebuke another;
    For your people are like those who contend with the priest.
    Therefore you shall stumble in the day;
    The prophet also shall stumble with you in the night;
    And I will destroy your mother.
    My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
    Because you have rejected knowledge,
    I also will reject you from being priest for Me;
    Because you have forgotten the law of your God,
    I also will forget your children.“The more they increased,
    The more they sinned against Me;
    I will change[a] their glory[b] into shame. They eat up the sin of My people;
    They set their heart on their iniquity.And it shall be: like people, like priest.
    So I will punish them for their ways,
    And reward them for their deeds.For they shall eat, but not have enough;
    They shall commit harlotry, but not increase;
    Because they have ceased obeying the Lord.

  2. As always, an extremely thought provoking article that warns us of things to come, if we do not change our current patterns. As the Church, we should be concerned not only with the current state of affairs, but also with how our actions (or lack thereof) will affect the next generations. Proverbs 13:22 (a) states that “A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children” I believe that you are properly challenging us to look beyond our generation, for if we fail to do so, we are failing as the ‘protectors’ and ‘providers’ God has ordained us to be. Doug, you are a blessing to the Body of Christ in ways you may not even understand. Thank you for your life, your work, your Ministry!

  3. I question many times are we in such an entertainment era that there is very little substance anymore? Is it a feeling that many people are after?
    There are those that cheered Jesus when He was doing miracles and feeding them but when He began to tell them how to live they changed.
    They weren’t followers but they were fans. That seems to be what many people are when everything seems to be going their way.
    Those that are followers with substance defend themselves as written in Matthew 7. They will say to Jesus in that day,”We prophesied, we drove out demons, and performed miracles.”
    Jesus spoke to them in verse 23 and said,”I never knew you!”
    Being a Christian is more than knowing what the Bible says but living what the Bible says determines where we are with God!

  4. Doug, you are right! We must have a 3rd Great Awakening!
    It is not an option! The sad thing is that the Church
    (the redeemed of God) holds the key (through genuine
    repentance, brokenness and humility) in crying out to the
    the Holy One. While all churches and pastors believe
    in prayer, it is NOT a priority in most of our churches.

    Let us pray for God to awaken His Church to the Mighty
    Power of Prayer and truly exercise that weapon against
    the darkness that is overwhelming the nation and the
    next generation.

    James W. Black
    Cartersville, GA

  5. AMERICA IS SAILING ON TROUBLED WATERS; that’s the thought that hit my inner conscience, dear brother Small; as I read your heartfelt cry for more dedicated prayer warriors. And, yes; the model is there, in The Book…Judges, Kings, etc. If the Governments are not prepared to heed to its wise advice and follow its instruction in order to avoid defeat and decay; then we; the Church, together with our children; shouldn’t conform to political and social trend, but fight the good fight of Faith, which victory the Living Christ has already won through His shed blood on Calvary-amen. PRAYIN’ FOR THE USA

  6. I have read your articles and enjoy. I am learning things I did not know. I am thankful and blessed that I can attend your Bibles studies. I am thankful to know you personally.

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