I wrote this little book in July 2001. Now, in January 2022 things have gotten so much worse. We must seek God in desperate prayer for a genuine Revival of Righteousness in our Nation and in the world around us. Amen. M.S.
The Family Under Siege What Can We Do?
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
"The condition of our culture is not good. Over the last three decades we have experienced substantial social regression. Today the forces of social decomposition are challenging - and in some instances, overtaking - the forces of social composition. And when decomposition takes hold, it exacts an enormous cost."
-THE INDEX OF LEADING CULTURAL INDICATORS
SCIENCE IT IS NOT!
Now, a literal cacophony of smooth talking vote-buying politicians, government appointed judges, lesbian and homosexual lobbies, and politically correct, prejudiced school administrators have the audacity to introduce courses of study, which suggest to impressionable and vulnerable youngsters that the perverted sin of sodomy is a normal and alternate lifestyle!
THE OUTCOME: A love of the perverse, immoral and unrighteous, together with a loathing for that which is wholesome and good. And a dramatic increase in violence! Unfortunately, their promise to police themselves has turned into a bad, bad joke!
The Media has quite often taken the low road in legitimizing the bizarre, amoral and politically correct, to the detrimental affect of an already fragile society! Shallow, low-life talk show hosts, talking heads and other ‘air-heads’ have led the attack against basic common sense and the age-old benevolent Judeo-Christian Ethic with its morals and values!
MARTIN LUTHER (1483-1556), the great Protestant reformer, stated unequivocally: “I am much afraid that schools will prove to be the great gates of hell unless they diligently labour in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of the youth! Every institution in which men are not increasingly occupied with the Word of God must become corrupt!”
DANIEL WEBSTER (1823), educator and author of Webster’s Dictionary declared: “If religious books are not widely circulated among the masses in this country, I do not know what is to become of us as a nation. If truth be not diffused, error will be; if God and His Word are not known and received, the devil and his work will gain the ascendancy.
“If the evangelical Volume does not reach every hamlet, the pages of a corrupt and licentious literature will; if the power of the Gospel is not felt throughout the length and breadth of the land, anarchy and misrule, degradation and misery, corruption and darkness, will reign without mitigation or end.”
Surely, the warning of these two great and godly scholars, have come to pass exactly as they prophesied! Many of the world’s higher schools of learning have been turned into breeding grounds for atheism, agnosticism, New Age occultism, and every other weird cult!
HERE IS A VITAL REPORT from ‘Israel My Glory’, chronicling the degeneration of America’s Ivy League Colleges: “The main purpose of the founding of Ivy League Colleges by the early pilgrims, was to train young people in God’s Word, for the purpose of evangelizing the ‘Atlantic Seaboard’.
“Harvard’s early presidents believed that there could be no true knowledge, without Jesus Christ. Harvard’s ‘RULES & PRECEPTS’ adopted in 1646, declared: ‘Everyone shall consider the main end of his life and studies to know God and Jesus Christ, which is eternal life. Everyone shall so exercise himself in reading the scriptures twice daily.’
How sad and tragic, to see the work of great men of God who laid the foundations for Christian Colleges, become so perverted in these last days!
CHILD ABUSE: WHAT PART DOES ALCOHOL PLAY?
A March, 2,001 News Report stated that in the United States, child abuse and child neglect rose from 1.4 million in 1986 to 3 million in 1997. Children of alcoholics are 3 times more likely to be abused and 4 times more likely to be neglected than other children!
For the benefit of those who think that drugs like marijuana should be legalized, experts in the field of 'child abuse' believe, that should that happen we could expect the problem of abuse and neglect to be magnified ten-fold!
Presently, a child is abused there every 10 seconds, and about 1.5 million children are removed from their homes to be cared for by the State each year! Every 11 seconds a baby is aborted, every 60 seconds a child sees 25 violent acts, and every 60 seconds a child is harassed, in the USA!
And when you realize that 150,000 students skip school every day, and between 10 to 20% of America's young people are in need of mental health care, then it isn't surprising that we are seeing an increase in school-shootings! Add to that, this terribly sad statistic: The average father spends only about 3 hours each week with his children!
THE USA: A NATION GROWING UP IN DAY CARE!
With so many broken homes, single parent families or both parents working, children are often left to fend for themselves and run wild without any parental supervision! What is worse than children raised by teen-aged babysitters, is children reared, taught and entertained by television, video games and the Internet, often through pornography and violent x-rated movies!
A recent news report from 'Medier & Nett' (KPK Norway) states that five U.S. Health Organizations have conclusive proof, of a definite link between increased violence among young people, and VIOLENCE on TV and Computer Games!
Here are their findings: “There is a strong tendency that children who view a lot of violence, will be more prone to consider violence as an effective method of solving conflicts, than those who don’t."
The scientific survey that took 30 years to complete, says: "Children who watch media violence over a long period of time, develop an uncaring attitude toward violence in real life"! Here are Senator Sam Brownback's comments on the findings: "I hope that parents take this seriously and monitor their children’s intellectual and moral education, in the same way that they are concerned about their children's health and welfare."
VIDEO GAMES, MOVIES TEACHING YOUNG TO KILL!
A recent Canadian Press story (Hamilton, On) reported by Andrea Baillie, states: "A US psychologist who spent 25 years teaching soldiers how to kill says violent video games may be turning a whole generation of young people into killers".
Retired Lieutenant-colonel Dave Grossman spoke to Canada's police chiefs warning that the games have the same desensitizing effect as military killing simulators, which ingrain soldiers with a homicidal reflex.
"We're providing military-quality training at a young age", he said. "Children see human death and suffering and learn to associate it with pleasure." Grossman's book, 'Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie & Video Games', sounds an alarm that we should heed before it is too late
He says: "In school shootings, students open fire, then keep on going. Police ask them why, and they say they don't know. But we know...Kids who have never shot a gun, practice with tens of thousands of bullets during video games."
Baille wrote, "Jefferson County Sheriff John Stone, who led rescue teams during the massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., said that teenage shooters Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris were avid fans of video games."
Sheriff Stone stated: "These guys played a video game called 'DOOM', which is one of those games where you shoot and hunt people down. Students (who were shot at) said these guys were having a good time doing this. One of the kids in the library asked, 'What are you doing?' (The killer) just smiled and said, 'we're killing people'. It was almost like a fantasy for him." Klebold and Harris committed suicide after killing 12 of their classmates and a teacher!
Is it any wonder that teen-agers bring knives and guns to school to threaten, harm and kill other students and teachers, when you consider the kind of video games they have played hundreds of times! There is no doubt that 'kill video games', violent movies and pornography, are partly responsible for the increase of violence among children!
Several parents who were interviewed by CNN TV during the recent school shootings in Santee and El Cajon, California, stated emphatically: "What can you expect when you take the Bible out of our schools? This is what happens when you remove God from our classrooms!"
Reuters (March 23, 2001) reports: “Attorney General John Ashcroft Friday blamed the latest spate of school shootings on an “ethic of violence” among America’s youth and said the news and entertainment industry, and not tighter gun laws could play a role in ending the crisis.
“It prompts us all to think we’ve got to be more comprehensive in our approach to think of what we can do to curtail this sort of ethic of violence that young people seem to embrace. If they are disenchanted or angry, they resolve their problems by violence,” said Ashcroft in an interview with ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ program.
The Canadian Press recently reported that the B.C. government is tightening its restrictions on the rental and sales of violent and sexually explicit video games to children. IT’S ABOUT TIME!
Violent video games that award bonus points for blowing off the heads of human-like targets, must be kept out of the hands of children,” stated former B.C. Attorney General Graeme Bowbrick.
R.C.M.P. Supt. Jamie Graham said some violent video games give players extra points for killing police officers and shooting victims in the head. “They serve absolutely no purpose to have that kind of realism in the hands of people of tender years,” he said.
BIBLE AND PRAYER OUT: VIOLENCE AND MURDER IN!
Atheist Madeleine Murray O'Hair, who was successful in getting legislation passed in the USA to remove the Bible from the schools in 1963, was murdered, together with her son, Jon Garth and granddaughter Robin. Authorities recently discovered and identified their remains!
Her office manager, David Roland Walters, entered into a plea bargain before leading police to their badly decomposed bodies on a Texas ranch! The victims had been listed as missing since 1995, together with $500,000 (US) in gold coins!
Rev. Bill Murray - a Baptist Evangelist - was 14 years old, when his mother exploited him in a plot to ban Bible reading in American schools, and there has been a continual erosion of moral behaviour, decency and tranquility there since that time!
Bill Murray experienced a life changing conversion to Jesus Christ and entered the Ministry, turning away from, and publicly opposing his mother's atheistic crusades. He tried in vain, to reach his mother and his siblings with the Gospel.
His book 'My Life Without God' catalogues the horrible lifestyle of that family, their colleagues, and friends. The end of a life without God brings both physical and spiritual Death! And a living 'hell on earth' before entering a final Eternal Damnation! During the past thirty years or so, we have witnessed the steadily declining moral attitude of politicians, educators, businessmen and church leaders!
The escalating violence of school shootings in the USA, the gang related stabbings and killings in Edmonton, Alberta (and other Canadian cities) and the violence and perversion depicted in Hollywood films, X-Rated pornographic flicks, magazines and video games, is now being played out in domestic violence, rapes, robberies and drug related killings, as crime rates continue to soar!
CHURCH ATTENDANCE has fallen drastically across Canada, together with a spiraling appetite for gambling and alcohol and drug abuse! Only a spiritually blind person or someone with a seared conscience would be unable to see the connection between the spiritual vacuum that comes from forsaking the Bible and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the terrible mess humanity finds itself in today.
SIN AND IGNORANCE ARE TWIN BROTHERS!
The Bible states: "And unto man, He (God) said, behold the fear (reverential fear) of the Lord that is wisdom; and to depart from evil that is understanding." (Job 28:28)
I have pointed out during university addresses, that if one does not 'fear the Lord', he has not even begun acquiring wisdom, and those who habitually commit willful sin, have absolutely no understanding!
King David stated: "The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God." (Ps.14:1) The literal rendering of that passage says: "The imbecile or insane person..." In other words: "The imbecile or insane person doesn’t know any better, than to say that there is no God!"
FOR CENTURIES, Great Britain was the world’s greatest power. It was often said: "The sun never sets on the British Empire." I wonder if anyone today has enough sense to ask, "WHY?" Could it be that the English used to be a Bible reading people? Of course, the answer is, "YES!" Here are some very pertinent and vital facts regarding this matter:
"England has two great books, the Bible and Shakespeare. England made Shakespeare and the Bible made England." --VICTOR HUGO, French author & historian (1802-1885)
“That Sir, (pointing to the Bible) is the reason for Great Britain’s greatness.” -- QUEEN VICTORIA (1819-1901).
"Talk about the questions of the day! There is but one question, and that is the GOSPEL. That can and will correct everything. I am glad to say that about all the men at the top in Great Britain are Christians. I have been in public positions fifty-eight years, all but eleven of them in the cabinet of the British government and during those forty-seven years have been associated with sixty of the master minds of the century, and all but five of them were Christians.” --WILLIAM GLADSTONE, England's greatest Prime Minister (1805-1897).
"Christ is the only answer to an insane world...They will not understand that the trouble with the western civilization is not economics, but more, good and evil! They are thinking that they can make things work by policies, inventions, but man will never live on this planet without God." --MALCOLM MUGGERAGE, former Marxist and atheist, author (1903-1990)
"If they turn away from God, one of two things can happen. They will think they are gods and go mad or turn to carnality and become animals." --BLAISE PASCAL, French scientist, author, Statesman. (1623-1662). "The Bible is no mere book, but it's a living creature with a power that conquers all who oppose it."--NAPOLEON BONAPARTE, Emperor of France. (1769-1821).
"The existence of the Bible is a book for the people. It's the greatest benefit the human race has ever experienced. Every attempt to belittle it is a crime against humanity." --IMMANUEL KANT, German philosopher (1724-1784)
No sciences are better tested than the religion of the Bible.”-ISAAC NEWTON, renowned scientist, mathematician, natural philosopher (1642-1727). "The New Testament is the best book the world has ever known or will know." -- CHARLES DICKENS, author (1812-1870).
GODLY HERITAGE OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
"I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers and it was not there; in her rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America, and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness, did I understand the secret of her genius and power." --ALEXIS DE TOQUEVILLE, French historian, political scientist and statesman (1805-1859)
"It is impossible to enslave mentally or socially a Bible reading people. The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom." --HORACE GREELY, great American publisher (1811-1872).
"The Bible has been the Magna Carta of the poor and oppressed. The human race is not in the position to dispense with it." --THOMAS HUXLEY, skeptic, cynic, atheist (1825-1895). "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible." --PRES. GEORGE WASHINGTON (1732-1799).
"I believe the Bible is the best gift ever given to mankind. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this Book; but for this Book, we could not know right from wrong. All of the things desirable to man are contained in it." –PRES. ABRAHAM LINCOLN (1861-1865)
"The Bible is endorsed by the ages. Our civilization is built upon its words. In no other Book is there such a collection of inspiration, reality and hope." –PRES. DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (1890-1969)
"For centuries the Bible has exerted an unrivalled influence on American culture, politics and social life. Now historians are discovering that the Bible, perhaps even more than the constitution, is our founding document. It is the source of the powerful view of the model society, a beacon in the world." –PRES. RONALD REAGAN (1982)
For hundreds of years, schools and universities used the Holy Bible to teach English, poetry, philosophy and history!
WHAT IS HAPPENING TO EDUCATION in North America? Is it true that many university graduates are unable to spell correctly, figure without a calculator or read a good, decent, moral and intellectual book, which uses no ‘four letter swear words’?
Are parents abdicating their responsibility to teach their own children the basics of right from wrong, the need for individuals to make moral choices, to respect those in authority and to get along amicably with their peers?
Does this down- turn of moral values and righteous living, the upswing of intellectual laziness and ignorance, and the terrible increase of violence among the young, have anything to do with removing Bible reading and Prayer from our schools? I believe that there is a direct correlation between the two!
FAMILY UNDER SIEGE SAYS AUTHOR!
George Grant is founder of HELP Services, is Executive Director of Legacy Communications, and also served on Coral Ridge Ministries. He also teaches at the Franklin Classical School, the Daniel One School of Leadership, Whitefield College, and Knox Theological Seminary. He has written more than 24 books and is the host of the broadcast series 'Vorthos'.
In his book, 'Family Under Siege: What the New Social Engineers Have in Mind For You and Your Children', George Grant writes: "The institutions that have traditionally provided stability, strength, and solace to family in time of crises - our churches, private association, and community organizations - have been systematically undermined.
"Though the grandiose failure of the modern government-sponsored social engineers has been glaringly obvious for more than a decade, their desire to utterly supplant and succeed the family remains undeterred."
Grant documents the deterioration of American Society during the last three decades. Here are some of his findings:
* The number of illegitimate births has climbed 400 percent. * Divorce rates have quadrupled. * The incidence of domestic violence has increased 320 percent. * The percentage of children either abandoned or left to their own resources has quintupled. * Teen suicides have skyrocketed 200 percent. * 90 million adults are functionally illiterate!
'Family Under Siege' targets these most prominent social engineers: Planned Parenthood, the National Education Association, Green Peace, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACT-UP, the Children's Defense Fund, the World Health Organization and Tikkun. This informative book is published by Bethany House Publishers, 11300 Hampshire Ave S. Bloomington, MN 55438.
DRUG PROBLEM ESCALATES! The ‘drug flow’ from Mexico and Columbia into the USA continues at an alarming rate, and drug use has increased 16% from 1992 – 1997. “It is widespread and endemic”, according to Law Enforcement Agencies!
You ask, ‘WHY’? They answer: “Corruption!” Many things go into the mix, like the poverty of the people where the crops are grown, the power and brutality of the drug lords to impose their will, and the temptation of bribery, to police and judges!
According to recent reports: “The purity of the heroin on the streets is the highest ever, the price on the street is the lowest ever and the availability on the streets, is the easiest ever”!
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? Simply this: The drug cartels are eager to do business, to get new customers, and to hook them as quickly as possible!
Here is a statistic with far reaching ramifications, that hits closer to home and effects us all: ‘Thirty percent of America’s drug problems are caused by ‘Prescription Drugs! Police arrest a health care worker in the USA every 7 days and a nurse every 10 days, for illegally obtaining prescription drugs for themselves or to sell to other addicts’!
The problem is so widespread in Cincinnati, Ohio, that police are arresting a health care worker every five days! A recent news report stated that there has been a 300 % increase, with 4 million people abusing prescription drugs in that country!
CANADA: A NATION OF DRUGGIES?
An Edmonton Journal editorial (August,1993) states: “Some of the statistics in a recent Canadian Medical Association report are enough to make you reach for your medicine – but that’s a part of the problem.
“The study says that payment for drugs is larger than payments to doctors in the overall Canadian Medicare bill. In 1991, the national drug bill amounted to a mind – blowing $11.2 billion, or 16.8 per cent of total health spending. Total payments to doctors the same year amounted to 15.2 per cent of medicare costs. Bend your mind around that.”
‘The Pope says nope to dope’ stated a recent UPI newspaper headline! “His condemnation came amid controversy in Italy over Socialist Health Minister Aldo Aniasi’s recent announcement that he is considering legalizing marijuana and other “light drugs” on an experimental basis.
“But John Paul recalled that an Italian congress of Catholic doctors last year came out strongly against legalizing marijuana. Rather than legalizing marijuana, the pope said, the social conditions that lead people “to seek artificial paradises” must be reformed.” I say Amen to that!
WHAT MUST WE DO?
The answer is a revival of righteousness that will sweep the continent! We desperately need a move of the Holy Spirit, which will infect our moral fiber with God consciousness!
Then, a mighty ground swell of prayer will rise up to the ALMIGHTY for mercy and forgiveness, and He will intervene! He has promised to cleanse our hearts and lives through the precious blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God, who died upon Calvary’s cross for our sins!
HE HAS PROMISED: “If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins, and will heal their land.” (2 Chron. 7:14)
WHAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE?
1. Jesus Christ, Who shares His life and gives a new nature to all who receive Him as Lord and Saviour, and has promised us the ‘Baptism in the Holy Spirit’, to overcome the works of the flesh and the devil!
2. Dedicated pastors, care - givers and counselors, who deeply love and care for those in need! 'Compassion' and 'love mixed with faith' works wonders, when you are dealing with those who are addicted to substance abuse or who are suicidal, confused, fearful, sick and depressed!
Our Saviour lovingly invites everyone to come to Him and receive forgiveness, peace, sustenance and guidance. He has promised divine healing for our spirit, soul, and body!
HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?
As our substitute, Jesus bore our sins, fears, torments, and diseases in His body on the cross! We are free, because of His great compassion for us! He is the Great Physician, who purchased our total salvation through His vicarious death for us. His sacrificial death for our sins and His glorious resurrection, sets Jesus Christ apart from all religious and holy men. He alone is God and Saviour, of all who believe in His wonderful Name!
He is the Prince of Peace and the only One Who can save us! The Bible says: "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Acts 2: 21); "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
JESUS INVITES US ALL TO COME TO HIM!
He says: "Come unto Me all ye who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest; Him that cometh unto Me, I will in no wise cast out." (Matt.11: 28; John 6:37). And that is not all! He has also promised to fill us with His Holy Spirit and give us power and authority over Satan and all his evil works. Hallelujah!
Jesus said: "And ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." (Acts 1:8) "If any man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him and make Our abode with him." (John 14:23)
My dear friend: Receive Jesus Christ into your heart and life, as your Lord and Saviour. Ask Him for mercy, and His grace will change your life! Without doubt, He will cleanse your soul, forgive your sins, remove the guilt and fill you with peace, joy and power!
LET US PRAY: "Dear Lord, I confess that I cannot save myself. My sins have separated me from You. I now repent with godly sorrow and ask for Your forgiveness and mercy. Be gracious unto me, O Lord, and save me for Christ's sake. I believe that Jesus Christ died for my sins and rose from the dead for my justification! Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I now receive You as my Lord and Saviour! Thank You Heavenly Father for Your redeeming grace and mercy to me! Thank You for forgiving my sins. Jesus’ blood has made me free! In Jesus’ name. Amen."