Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill [1874-1965], one of the 20th century's most influential men, saved the free world in World War II with his stirring, rousing speeches and stiff spine. He refused to hand Britain over to Hitler, even though Parliament and influential members of the royal family wanted capitulation.
From his backbench seat as a member of Parliament in 1935, Churchill kept his fingers crossed: "We cannot tell whether Hitler will be the man who will once again let loose upon the world another war ... or whether he will go down in history as the man who restored honour and peace of mind to the great Germanic nation..."
The reality turned out to be that Nazi strongman Adolf Hitler [1889-1945] was a man who "let loose war upon the world." The Führer, deceitfully, signed a secret decree on February 26, 1935, authorizing the founding of the Reich Luftwaffe, a new German air force, in clear violation of the Versailles Treaty that prohibited militaristic buildup in Germany.
The Gathering Storm, the first volume of Churchill's monumental six-volume account of the struggle between the Allied Powers in Europe in opposition to Germany and the Axis, chronicles the tragedy: "Up till 1934 at least, German rearmament could have been prevented without the loss of a single life. It was not time that was lacking ...
"It is where the balance quivers, and the proportions are veiled in mist that the opportunity for world-saving decisions presents itself."
The former prime minister is buried in a nondescript grave beside St. Martin's Church in Bladon, England, a final resting place he selected himself. We visited the church and graveside when we originated and orchestrated in 2014 Mike Huckabee's Reagan, Thatcher, Pope John Paul II Tour with Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada pastors and spiritual leaders. (See video here: http://vimeo.com/1165870.)
In view of the leadership of Joe Biden, Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell, Nancy Pelosi and Kevin McCarthy, our own present time in the U.S. appears to be a throwback to the situation and circumstances of 1935-1939, a period where the balance quivers and the magnitude is veiled in mist.
To compound the threat of nuclear war by Russia and Vladimir Putin the last few weeks, our nation rushes full-speed and full-scale toward the full release of pagan secularism's destructive force. After having switched horses in midstream [changing religions in the 20th century], the nation has made a "new covenant" with the heathen gods of secularism.
The process was greatly accelerated by secular-tainted exclusions and prohibitions, such as the 1962 banishment of prayer to Jehovah God in Engel v. Vitale, the 1963 dismissal of the Bible from public education in Abington School District v. Schempp and the 1980 removal of the Ten Commandments from public schools, courthouses and government buildings in Stone v. Graham.
This was followed in 2015 by the absolute height of absurdity when the U.S. Supreme Court with some hand-waving pulled out of its hat the constitutional "right" to homosexual marriage in the Obergefell v. Hodges case.
Last week at the 2022 NCAA women's 500-yard freestyle swimming championship in Atlanta, we finally may have arrived at a bridge too far to cross. During this championship, a biological male, who moved from a ranking of 554 in the 200-yard freestyle in men's swimming to No. 1 in women's swimming, won the women's 500-yard freestyle swimming championship.
Revelry kicked into high gear throughout the secular state, among its custodians and factotums and its allies in Big Tech, Big Pharma, Big Media and Big Government as they worshipped secularism's golden calf, elated at the successful conversion and induction of the last three to four generations of young Americans into their irrational, idolatrous ideology.
America is currently in need of those who can decipher what God is saying to His church and her current moral and spiritual need. According to pastor and "modern-day prophet" A.W. Tozer [1897-1963] this requires "the ability to appraise the religious scene as viewed from God's position, and to tell us what is actually going on.
"Where is the man who can see through the ticker tape and confetti to discover which way the parade is headed, why it started in the first place and particularly who is riding up front in the seat of honor?
"The soundness of current Christianity is assumed by the religious masses as was the soundness of Judaism when Christ appeared. People know they are seeing certain activity, but just what it means they do not know, nor have they the faintest idea of where God is or what relation He has toward the whole thing.
"One hundred years from now historians will know what was taking place religiously in this year of our Lord; but that will be too late for us. We should know right now.
"If Christianity is to receive a rejuvenation it must be by other means than anything now being used. If the church is to recover from the injuries she has suffered, there must appear a new type of preacher. The proper, ruler-of-the-synagogue type will never do. Neither will the priestly type of man who carries out his duties, takes his pay and asks no questions, nor the smooth-talking pastoral type who knows how to make the Christian religion acceptable to everyone. All these have been tried and found wanting.
"Another kind of religious leader must arise among us. He must be of the old prophet type, a man who has seen visions of God and has heard a voice from the throne. When he comes [and I pray God there will be not one but many] he will stand in flat contradiction to everything our smirking, smooth civilization holds dear. He will contradict, denounce and protest in the name of God and will earn the hatred and opposition of a large segment of Christendom. Such a man is likely to be lean, rugged, blunt-spoken and a little bit angry with the world. He will love Christ and the souls of men to the point of willingness to die for the glory of the one and the salvation of the other. But he will fear nothing that breathes with mortal breath."
God willing, may such "old prophet type" Gideons and Rahabs soon come forward.
David Lane is the founder of the American Renewal Project.
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