Date: September 3, 2003
From: Jerry Falwell
Is There Any Hope For America?
In 1952, while I was a young pastoral student at Baptist Bible College in
Springfield, Mo., Dr. G.B. Vick asked the students, "What do you hope to
accomplish with your life?"
The question has preoccupied my thoughts for more than five decades.
About 40 years ago, God spoke to my heart about saving America. At that
time, our U.S. Supreme Court - in 1962 and 1963 - had thrown prayer and
Bible reading out of our public schools. Ten years later (1973), Roe vs.
Wade declared open game on our unborn. Today, we have nearly 45 million
dead unborn babies as a result of this decision.
And now, America - a nation under God for 200 years - is about to completely
abandon the God of our founding. In recent days, our federal courts have
legalized sodomy and declared illegal the Ten Commandments.
In the past year, the Boy Scouts have been bitterly disparaged because they
uphold time-honored moral traditions, we have seen our Pledge of Allegiance
declared unconstitutional, and we have witnessed a major denomination
promote a homosexual priest to bishop. (This man, in fact, should have been
defrocked when he abandoned his wife and daughters, choosing to shack up
with his male lover.)
Patrick Buchanan noted, "In the West, the God of Christianity has been
superseded by the gods of modernity: money, sex, fame, power. These gods
give a good life, but they cannot sustain life. As Christianity is a dying
faith in every Western nation, every Western nation is dying."
Here are four things that I believe have caused our nation's moral collapse:
(1) SITUATIONAL ETHICS
American has rejected the biblical absolutes that defined our culture during
our founding and for most of our distinguished history. Instead, we live in
the ambivalent world of situational ethics, moral indistinctness and ethical
(2) CULTURAL SEDUCTION
During the recent MTV Video Music Awards, rock icon Madonna kissed on the
mouth young singers Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. We are
witnessing the willful blurring of sexual roles before our eyes. And the
target audience is our children.
Kids are being seduced by what they read in school, watch on TV, see at the
movies and discover on the Internet. The message is not a new one -
whatever feels good is fine.
Sadly, many of our nation's pastors and church leaders are not teaching
parents and children of the wrongness of those lifestyles that counter the
biblical mandate for man-woman marriage relationships. The bottom line is
that all sex outside of marriage between a man and woman is forbidden by
It's not a culturally popular doctrine, but it is God's doctrine.
(3) CULTURAL ACCOMMODATION
The Scriptures are being distorted and changed in order to accommodate
issues like abortion and homosexuality.
Psalm 139:13-16 tells us, "For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast
covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and
wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right
well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and
curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my
substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written,
which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them."
There is simply no way to support abortion without contradicting these
Romans 1:26-27 tells us, "For this cause God gave them up unto vile
affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which
is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the
woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that
which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their
error which was meet."
There is simply no way to say homosexuality is acceptable without
contradicting these verses.
(4) INCLUSIVE SALVATION
Politically-correct theologians believe all religions are equal to God.
They teach that Jesus is not the only way to Heaven. But John 14:6 tells
us, "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man
cometh unto the Father, but by me."
This week, I told our 6,647 students now enrolled at Liberty University that
I am counting on them and the 69,500-plus Liberty alumni to impact this
world for Christ beyond their wildest dreams.
Has America crossed the line of no return?
Some believe so. But I continue to claim II Chronicles 7:14: "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 sin, and will heal their land."
Let us pray and work together to see an unparalleled revival in this great
nation. This is the only hope for America.