[Note: The following article takes the reader through an excerpt of my newest book titled God’s Prophetic Voices to America. ]
“Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you a watchman… so you will hear a message from My mouth and give them warning from Me.”(Ezekiel 33:7)
Most pulpits in America are silent about our nation’s moral problems — and that has certainly been true. But there have been exceptions over the years, like pastors Erwin Lutzer and David Jeremiah. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, is another one of the exceptions. He has never feared to tread — and tread boldly — where few pastors have been willing to go.
I often think of him as the “Harry Truman of American pastors” because, like President Truman, he spits words like bullets and seems to have no concern about who might be offended. To him, the truths of God’s Word are more important than hurt feelings.
One very interesting thing about Jeffress is that he understands how the media works, and he makes the most of it. Thus, whereas his more than 20 books contain very thoughtful, in-depth discussions of the moral issues afflicting our nation, when it comes to being interviewed on radio or television, Jeffress always speaks in short, savvy and colorful phrases. He does this because he knows that the broadcast media thrive on “sound bites.”
Consider, for example, the sound bites he has delivered on the following topics:
- Homosexuality — “Gay is not okay. What homosexuals do is filthy. It is so degrading that it is beyond description. And it is their filthy behavior that explains why they are so much more prone to disease.”
- Same-Sex Marriage — “Such marriages are counterfeit.”
- Islam — “Islam is a false religion that will lead you to hell. It is based on a false book that is based on a fraud. It was founded by a false prophet who was leading people away instead of to the one true God.”
- Judaism — “The three greatest Jews in the New Testament — Peter, Paul and Jesus — all said Judaism won’t do it, it’s faith in Jesus Christ.”
- Roman Catholicism — “It is the Satanic result of Babylonian mystery religion.”
- Mormonism — “It is a heresy from the pit of Hell.”
- Obama — “President Obama is not the Antichrist. But what I am saying is this: the course he is choosing to lead our nation is paving the way for the future reign of the Antichrist.”
- Spineless Pastors — “Wimpy pastors produce wimpy Christians — and that is why we are losing this culture war.”
Jeffress began speaking prophetically about our nation in 2012 with the publication of his book, Twilight’s Last Gleaming. In 2013 he was invited to be the keynote speaker at the annual Bible conference sponsored by Lamb & Lion Ministries. At that conference, he presented a condensed version of the thesis of his book. (Watch the conference presentation!)
The Implosion of America
Dr. Jeffress started his message with:
I believe America’s collapse is inevitable.
I came to understand why this is true just a couple years ago when we were in the midst of preparing for the building of our new church campus. We had to first of all get rid of five of our buildings, consisting of about 600,000 square feet in the middle of downtown Dallas. And so the question arose: How do you get rid of that many buildings in the middle of downtown Dallas without bringing down the surrounding skyscrapers?
The demolition people met with me, and they said the best way to achieve this is through an implosion. And they explained to me what they were going to do. They said, “We’re going to take 200 pounds of dynamite and attach it to key structural supports within those five buildings. We will then explode the dynamite, there will be a pause, and then the law of physics will take over. Without those foundational supports, the buildings will fall in on themselves under their own weight.” I said, “Well, that sounds pretty good to me. Let’s do it.”
And so, on a brisk October morning in 2010, they closed downtown Dallas. The Mayor and I and our building committee chairman were on a nearby roof top, along with all of the media. CNN, Fox News, and all the local media were there to cover the implosion of our buildings. This was going out live on Fox and Friends and other media outlets around the world.
We did the countdown, 5-4-3-2-1. The Mayor and I pressed the ceremonial red button, and in the next block we heard the explosions going off just like they predicted. And those explosions were followed by nothing. Absolutely nothing! I cannot begin to tell you what all went through my mind over those next few seconds. I began to think, “Who am I going to fire first?” I could just see this scene being replayed endlessly on YouTube, “Pastor’s Implosion a Dud.” I mean it seemed like forever. But you see, I had forgotten what the demolition people told me. They had told me there was going to be a pause after those explosions.
And suddenly, without any warning, I heard a sound that could only be compared to standing in front of a jet engine. The roar increased in volume as we watched those once mighty buildings fall in on themselves, and within 30 seconds, they were reduced to nothing more than a plume of debris-filled dust.
I learned something that morning about implosions. They begin with a series of seemingly unrelated explosions, followed by a pause, and then a sudden collapse.
Four Explosive Decisions
Ladies and gentlemen, over the last 50 years our Supreme Court has made four explosive decisions that have so weakened the moral and spiritual structure and foundation of our country that our inevitable collapse is certain. Right now we’re simply living between that time of the explosions that have weakened our basic foundation, and the coming implosion.
These four decisions have changed the direction of our country more than any congressional mandate and more than any executive order from the President of the United States. What are those four decisions?