US In Moral Freefall
Judges 17:6, 18:1, 19:1, 21:25; Deuteronomy 12:8; Psalm 12:4, 73:9
6-15-20, * -- The conclusion of Len Munsil, President of the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University comments: "The consequences of rejecting God's truth are undeniable. We know that what we believe dictates how we behave. Today, we are seeing the moral breakdown permeating the culture around us, and it is playing out with devastating consequences in our culture."
The new Barna Group poll revealed 58 percent of respondents said they look to themselves or other people when making moral decisions. Less than one third said that they look to God of the Holy Bible. A total of 58% of U.S. adults agreed that identifying moral truth is up to each individual; there are no constant moral absolutes applying everyone; and sadly, 48 percent of adults who identified as born-again Christians agreed.
The Cultural Research Center also found that the type of church the person attends often corresponded with their answer. People associated with a mainline Protestant congregation were most likely to rely upon themselves for moral wisdom (34%) Catholics were most likely to turn to other people (34%). Evangelical church attendees (72%), Pentecostal church attendees (70%) and born-again Christians (69%) were among the most likely to say God is the basis of all truth.
Political conservatives were also most likely to rely upon the Bible (40%), while moderates (17%) and liberals (11%) were least likely, instead relying on their own feelings, beliefs, and knowledge for moral direction.
Most troubling the moral views of the youngest generation indicate this downward moral trajectory and is likely to continue. Americans age 18 to 29 are least likely--only 15%--to turn to the Bible for moral guidance and instead look to themselves (29%) or to family (25%). This compares with about one-quarter of older Americans, including 23% of those ages 30 to 49, 25% of those 50 to 64, and 26% of those over 64.
However, a sizeable percentage of young people still look to their family for moral guidance. It's important for parents and other family members to look for opportunities to share moral truth.
Dr. George Barna said that he was not surprised at the results of the survey as he has observed America's departure from its historic religious foundational moorings for decades he said:
"The restoration of biblical truth can facilitate the turnaround of a declining society. It starts with churches relentlessly and consistently teaching biblical truth principles for practical application within all dimensions of life. It requires churches equipping parents to teach those truth principles to their children. It demands parents placing their young people in educational, relational, and entertainment environments where God's truth principles are respected and practiced. It advances by electing public officials who pass civil laws in harmony with God's religious Law. Restoring our foundations will be neither easy nor quick, but such a turnaround can happen if a remnant of God's people devotes themselves to such a process of cultural deliverance."
Why Would God Spare America When He Did Not Spare Israel?
God said: “When I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim was discovered & the wickedness of Samaria: for they commit falsehood; & the thief cometh in, & the troop of robbers spoileth without... & they consider not in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness: now their own doings have beset them about; they are before My face. They make the king glad with their wickedness & the princes with their lies. V10The pride of Israel testifieth to his face: and they do not return to the LORD their God, nor seek Him for all this. v13 Woe unto them! for they have fled from Me: destruction unto them! because they have transgressed against Me: though I have redeemed them, yet they have spoken lies against Me.” Hosea 7:1-16
*Excerpted and adapted full original message from Prophecy Watch here
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