Cure secular America? Is he serious? The issue is not curing the culture but saving the lost. The United States cannot be spiritually revived because it never was alive. It has always been a pagan nation beloved. The best pagan nation in secular terms this world has ever seen but pagan nonetheless. If the Crusades taught us anything it is that Christianity is not a forced concept. Just like you cannot bludgeon people into salvation you cannot legislate them into heaven either. People like David Lane and the NAR he promotes idolize Babylon. They like the sin and excess. The Chronicles verse however does not apply to the church. It was meant for Israel. If you insist on extrapolating it out of context to be for these times then realize it is the church that needs to repent. The land is healed when the church is properly serving in its role as the vehicle for the Gospel and not a mouthpiece for a political party.
"As Christians make a stand against both the religious and political crisis generated by secularists and the withdrawal of the church over the last century, America's youth are about to learn something that can be learned in no other way: 1) liberty and independence cannot exist apart from God, and 2) their spiritual inheritance can only be gained by committed engagement.
"It's warfare from end to end," A.W. Pink wrote in Gleanings From Joshua. The turn the American culture has taken over the last century can be attributed to unilateral evangelism, an eschatology espousing the turn of phrase that one "doesn't polish brass on a sinking ship." Unless the church gets out of the church and into the marketplace, things are not going to end well. The challenge for Christians is to find believers whose faith includes voluntary abandonment of things cherished by men, in order to counter and halt the ostensibly unassailable authority of secularism." -- David Lane
This is such an insidious scheme of the enemy. To
convince Christians that the very people who need the Gospel are their enemies.
Those wicked secularists! America's youth cannot learn the things of God
because they are foolishness to them; just read the key verse for today. True liberty,
from sin, is only found in Christ. Secular liberty however is entirely achievable
through carnal means. The unsaved have no spiritual inheritance either. It is
almost as if Lane thinks that the Gospel is optional. I assure you it is not.
Next he is forced to turn to another man instead of scripture. With no
apologies to AW Pink, I do not care if he shares these NAR heretical dreams.
The absolutely hysterical part is that Lane has done nothing so far but rabidly
pursue the things cherished by man and now calls for abandonment of such.
"A.W. Pink's incisive commentary speaks to the "pious heresy" of the "polish brass" turn of phrase above: It needs to be clearly insisted upon that the exercise of faith does not preclude the use of all legitimate means, though we are not to rest in the means alone, but rather count upon God's blessing the same. To decline the locking of my doors and the fastening of my windows when there is an epidemic of burglary in the neighborhood, or to retire for the night and leave a roaring fire in the grate, under the pretext of counting upon God's protecting my property, is not trusting but tempting Him. Faith in God does not preclude the discharge of my performance of duty, both in taking precautions against danger or using proper means for success." -- David Lane
Not entirely sure what his point is here but it seems as if he is saying that we cannot simply rely upon faith to accomplish his dreams of conquering the seven made up mountains he pursues. I agree but of course for different reasons. Having faith in something that is not of God will not result in God intervening against what He has said. Nowhere in scripture does it state we are to have anything to do with influencing culture. When Jesus walked the earth He was completely apathetic regarding Rome. Ironically, it was His disciples that wanted Him to be involved with the travails they faced in the world and He said no -- every time. He said my kingdom is NOT of this world. Do we understand that today? Every time we waste our energy on political campaigns, legislative woes, or recruit to unsaved to our cause we are fighting for a world that is not ours. We are now found in Christ and His kingdom is NOT of this world.
"Two distinct religions are vying for control of the public square in America: secularism versus Christianity. Unable to coexist, one will ultimately go under due to the rise of the other." -- David Lane
Lane is right that these two forces are vying for control of the public square but he misses the point that Christianity should not be vying for anything but souls and that is accomplished only through the preaching of the Gospel. These two forces could coexist if the apostate church would stop their obsession with the world. Make no mistake about it beloved, the war is being waged by the church against the world even though the bible says we are to live peaceably with everyone. Look at our language! Conquering the seven mountains? So much of the language of the modern church is militaristic.
"Pertinent countermeasures include the following: "First-century ekklesia introduced a radical and revolutionary social agenda that launched a process that literally changed the world," wrote Ed Silvoso in Ekklesia. "With the subsequent institutionalization of the Church, however, what was a lifestyle that implemented Jesus' agenda became programs of good deeds that fall short of transforming society. "Jesus did not state, 'I will build My temple' or 'I will build My synagogue,' the two most prominent Jewish religious institutions at the time. Instead, He chose a secular entity first developed by the Greeks when He said, 'I will build my ekklesia' [Gr. ekklesia, called-out ones] 'and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against [them]' (Matt. 16:17b)." -- David Lane