Thursday, August 13, 2009

Sound Familiar?

At the macro level, ahead of when a nation slips into extinction, we see a number of common trends.
  • The decline of the family.
  • The decline of values.
  • The decline of spirituality.
This is not exactly revolutionary information, nor is it terribly revealing. The cycle of nations has been the subject of numerous arduous studies over the course of many years. It is well-documented.
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Those same studies allow us a peak at what's happening on the micro level as well. This gives me goosebumps, and is probablly all I need to share with this particular post.
  • The first stage moves from bondage to spiritual faith.
  • The second from spiritual faith to great courage.
  • The third stage moves from great courage to liberty.
  • The fourth stage moves from liberty to abundance.
  • The fifth stage moves from abundance to selfishness.
  • The sixth stage moves from selfishness to complacency.
  • The seventh stage moves from complacency to apathy.
  • The eighth stage moves from apathy to moral decay.
  • The ninth stage moves from moral decay to dependence.
  • And the tenth and last stage moves from dependence to bondage. 1]

"The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons." Fyodor Dostoyevsky

. "The true test of civilization is not the census ... nor the size of the cities ... nor the crops ... but the kind of man that the country turns out." Ralph Waldo Emerson

."Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation." James Madison

."Civilization is always in danger when those who have never learned to obey are given the right to command." Unknown

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All the ends of the earth
will remember and turn to the LORD,
and all the families of the nations
will bow down before Him,
for dominion belongs to the LORD
and He rules over the nations.
Psalm 22:27-28

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1] Probe Ministries: http://www.leaderu.com/orgs/probe/docs/decline.html
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Famous Quotes: http://en.thinkexist.com/

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6 comments:

Andrea said...

Wow! Perfectly said! As Christians, we all need to continue to pray for our country. I do believe if some serious prayers do not go up, we are moving toward the ninth and tenth stages very quickly.

I hope it doesn't take dependence and bondage for us Christians to to humble ourselves and fall on our faces before God. Now is the time! Today is the day!

Thank you so much for sharing this study and the quotes.

I appreciate you very much, and I value your friendship and your encouraging comments.

Blessings this evening,

Andrea

christy rose said...

What an eye opener Sassy! Thanks for this post!

Melinda said...

Oh my. My, my, my. This is certainly sobering.

Guess I should say:

MY...God is powerful.
MY...God is sovereign.
MY...God is mighty to SAVE.

Hugs to you, friend. It's good to be back in the blogosphere!

Melinda

P.S. We've been supporters of Probe for almost 20 year; Don Closson was our first small group leader, back before we had kids! GREAT organization!

Runner Mom said...

This was very eye opening!! Wow! I agree with others that we need to pray daily for our country and our leaders!! In a big way!! Thank you!!

Hugs!
Susan

LisaShaw said...

This message needs to be published in papers, etc :)

Powerfully said!!!

"Civilization is always in danger when those who have never learned to obey are given the right to command." I can say so much about this quote!!!

I appreciate your heart to share and speak truths with great wisdom.

Love you.

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

I received this in an email this week. Very interesting and a more than a bit disturbing.

Norman Thomas a socialist who ran for president many years ago said this in a 1944 speech:

“The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of “liberalism,” they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.” He went on to say: “I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform.”