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IMAGINE JOHN LENNON’S NIGHTMARE

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Christmas is over, and that means that New Year’s Eve is just around the corner.  I’m not really into New Year’s Eve anymore.  I used to enjoy it, but no longer.  It’s not because I’m getting older, but because it has become a holiday for promoting Secular Humanism.  It’s not the parties and drunkenness that makes New Year’s Eve a decidedly humanistic holiday.  Heaven knows that there’s always party happening somewhere—and there’s nothing inherently wrong with having a good time every now and then.  Instead it’s John Lennon’s anthem “Imagine” that now makes New Year’s Eve an openly humanistic celebration.   It’s become a holiday for Secular Humanism since over the last decade one of the first songs sung after midnight—if not the very first song sung—is no longer “Auld Lang Syne” (aka: “As Time Goes By”) but Lennon’s “Imagine.” And if you listen to and think about song you will also realize that if what Lennon imagined is ever achieved, then the world will become a living nightmare for devote Christians everywhere.

The first line of the song simply asks us to “Imagine there’s no heaven.”  Lennon wasn’t asking us to imagine that there’s no galaxy, instead he was asking us to imagine that the place where God dwells no longer exists.  In other words, he wanted everyone everywhere to stop believing in God. And instead of a place called Heaven, he wanted us to envision that above us is “only sky.” Moreover, he believed that all we really needed to do in order realize his utopia of a godless universe was to simply begin imagining that God no longer exists. It is clear that envisioning life without God is what Lennon had in mind since he also asked us to imagine that Hell wasn’t real as well. As we all know, Hell is the domain where God eternally relegates those who reject him in this life. And having imagined that God, Heaven, and Hell no longer exist, Lennon wanted us to imagine all humanity “living only for today.”  Don’t worry about what God promised would occur in the future, don’t even worry about the future, just live for the moment, that is what John Lennon hoped everyone would imagine.

Before unpacking the rest of the song, we should be reminded that the Lord Jesus Christ was committed to promoting the reality of Heaven.  His entire message could be summarized in his proclamation: “Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand” (Matt. 4.17).  Moreover, while training his followers on how to pray, he first wanted us to understand that Heaven is where God is, praying that “Our Father who is in Heaven, holy be your name” (Matt 6.9ff). The Lord also taught us that our hopes and prayers should always start with “Your kingdom come, your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.” While the Lord exhorted us to faithfully imagine and look forward to a world in complete submission to the will of our heavenly Father, Lennon wanted us to imagine God doesn’t exist, that we are by ourselves, that we are accountable to no one; consequently, we are living only for today, existing only for the moment. There is no reconciling what John Lennon wanted everyone to imagine and what Jesus stated is true now, as well as what will occur in the future. They are diametrically opposed to each other; consequently, they are mutually exclusive. You can’t have both; you can only have one at the sacrifice of the other—so much for harmonious diversity between what Lennon wanted and what Jesus will accomplish.

To make his point even more polarizing, Lennon exhorted us to imagine there is no “religion.” Now I also wish that there weren’t so many false religions throughout the world. But that is not what Lennon wished for; instead he wished that there was no religion at all. Regardless of how you feel about some religions, the vast majority of them essentially teach us one fundamental truth, which is that God exists and that we are accountable to Him. Say what you will about some of their specific teachings; nevertheless, our world is better off because of this essential truth that virtually all religions promote. And it is this foundational truth that Lennon wanted everyone to imagine doesn’t exist.

What is most disturbing about Lennon’s imagination is that he believed that humanity could live “life in peace” if everyone else would stop believing in their religions, which requires that Christians stop believing in Heaven and stop believing in God.  As a matter of fact, for Lennon it is we who believe in the kingdom of Heaven that are the ones who prevent world peace and global harmony from being achieved.  Lennon’s chorus asserts precisely this, suggesting that “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.”  Did you get that?  Lennon believed that it is we who worship God and believe in Heaven that are the ones who prevent the rest of the world from living in global unity. Lennon thought that in order for world harmony to be experienced Christians are the ones that need to stop believing in the Lord Jesus Christ and what he clearly taught about God, himself, and sinful humanity. It is we, therefore, who have to abandon Jesus and join all Secular Humanists so that the world can experience global tranquility.  And Lennon extended this satanic invitation through a simply little ditty that Rolling Stone lists as the 3rd greatest song of all time.

Now that I am older I have become a light sleeper, and one of the things that easily wakes me are nightmares. I used to sleep so hard that I couldn’t remember any of my dreams—good or bad, but those days are gone, and now I am easily awaken by an occasional nightmare. John Lennon’s song “Imagine” inspires people to believe in a worldview that in reality is a hellish nightmare rather than a dream. And as more and more people uncritically embrace his vision, then the gospel will become increasingly offensive to them. Lennon’s song “Imagine” is for Secular Humanists what “Just As I AM” is for the church. This New Year’s Eve take a moment and watch how many people sing along with Lennon’s hope for the world. Then think about what the world will be like if it starts accepting and acting upon Lennon’s imagination. What if the secular world actually begins to view Christians as “bitter clingers,” as hateful people who refuse to relinquish to their archaic Bibles, their mythical religion, and their dead Jesus?  What if they begin to view us as the ones that are the real impediments to their hope for world harmony? You may find that hard to imagine, but I don’t, not for a moment. The fact that the song gets any airplay at all is a bad omen. Once more and more people start believing that Christianity is what keeps humanity from experiencing global tranquility, then devote followers in the Lord Jesus Christ will find themselves in a nightmare that is the logical endgame of Secular Humanism, which will be hell on Earth for everyone.

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THE ELECTION AND THE SECULAR HATE IT REVEALED

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Most people have never heard of Carlos Hathcock. He was Marine sniper who served during the Vietnam War. He once accepted what he regarded as a one-man suicide mission. His target: a General that was an elite military strategist. In order to accomplish the mission Hathcock had to first travel deep behind enemy lines, and then maneuver undetected the last 1100 yards over a 3-day period. It took 3 days because he had to incrementally crawl while camouflaged through an open field surrounded by the machine guns in order to get into position to take his shot, all the while also evading multiple foot patrols. That’s about 39,600 inches if you were wondering. He was literally embedded among the enemy the entire time. He stated that on several occasions he could have easily touched enemy patrolmen as they passed him. Hathcock’s mission was successful and the keys to his success can be summed up in 2 words: training and incrementalism. He was successful because he diligently trained with his weapon, and also because he stealthily and patiently crawled inch by inch towards achieving his goal.

Now that the election is over some are happy, most could care less, while others are outraged. Regardless of how you feel about the election, one thing is blatantly obvious, which is that a storm has arrived for those who are devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ, and it is the storm of intolerant secular humanism. To be sure, its clouds have been inching over the horizon for some time, but throughout this campaign and in its aftermath thunderclaps have announced is arrival for all who are paying attention. To paraphrase Jesus, “whoever has ears to hear, they better start listening.”

If you think that these secularists were defeated in this election, and that they will begin acting civil and working together for a better and unified country then you couldn’t be more wrong. Now that the election is over their new campaign will be to incrementally marginalize and disgrace all that oppose their views or do not embrace their values, and this is especially true for any who claim to be Christian. Graciously accepting defeat is nonstarter for secularists, for them failure is never a viable option. The truth is that for years they’ve been diligently training on how to reverse any political defeat that they may incur. It’s time that Evangelicals recognize that our country’s legacy of having major institutions that respect unity within political diversity is gone. Moreover, not only is such a concept now openly disdain by them, but all who also don’t fall in line with their foreign vision of a new America will be relentlessly ridiculed and ostracized. Evangelicals need to realize that our country’s Universities, the mainstream media—both news and entertainment, and many of our elected officials are now openly humanistic socialists or atheistic communists, and anti-national globalists that have adopted the anarchist tactics of Saul Alinsky. Furthermore, tens of thousands of Americans that don’t identify with these labels have been unwittingly trained to passively accept these economic theories and social perspectives.

Some may ask where is the evidence for this incredible assertion. One only needs to review our major newscasts in which “mainstream journalists” openly criticized the results of America’s free election as the products of “racism,” “xenophobia,” and “bigotry.” I’m not referring to dysfunctional social outcasts dressed in sweatpants sitting in their mom’s basement and spewing political sewage over a ham radio, I’m actually referring to mainstream journalists and news anchors of our major networks. Some are not old enough to remember how elections were covered 40 years ago, but the fact is that back then any reporter who expressed any such over-generalized and uncorroborated sentiments about the American electorate would have been fired the next day, and the networks would certainly not allowed anyone to be interviewed who would openly characterize Americans in such terms. Did America have problems in the past, certainly. Did our media help us learn about institutionalized injustices such as the racism, yes; and we are a better country for it. But today’s mainstream news media are openly participating in a new campaign motivated by an anti-American brand of group-think that does not tolerate opposition. The majority of America’s media is systemically populated by people from a mono-political mentality comprised of intolerant secularists educated in public schools and state funded universities from across the country. To put it simply, this is not your grandmother’s news media anymore. Today’s news media is no longer content with reporting about what happens in our country; instead they are dedicated to molding America into their exclusive intolerant secular vision.

Who are they intolerant of you ask? They are intolerant of anyone promoting a non-centralized government, free-market capitalism, strict constitutionalism, American sovereignty—and probably most all they are intolerant of Fundamental and Evangelical Christians. Regrettably, there are some Christians that have actually embraced this secular vision for America. Nevertheless, history has shown that once secularists achieve political ascendance and entrench themselves in power, then “open minded” Christians are the first to be ostracized. The Russians created the moniker “useful fools” to refer to individuals that promote causes and embrace tactics that are inherently contrary to their beliefs and values, and it certainly applies to these misguided people.

But if you won’t review recent newscasts, then just surf the web for instances where governmental bureaucrats demand transcripts of sermons in from local churches; where universities, that are supposed to be the bastion of diversity, bar Evangelical groups from access to campus facilities and official recognition; where academic societies in the name of “tolerance” ban Christian publishers from participating in their conferences; where Evangelical entertainers and actors are dropped for exercising their freedom of speech and association; where Christian businesses have been forced into bankruptcy or made to fund ungodly policies; where athletic tournaments have been withdrawn from cities for upholding laws that protect families and traditional values; and finally, where Evangelicals are being prohibited from consideration for political appointments—all of which was literally unimaginable in my grandfather’s day.

Some may object and argue that they haven’t heard of such things. You may have not heard of it, but you would have to be blind to have not witnessed it. Evangelicals are barred from political appointments not because they call themselves Christians. No, that would be way too obvious, that would be blatant bigotry! Instead, opportunities are withheld from Christians because they hold to biblical beliefs on social or political issues that secularists find intolerable. We can call ourselves Christians but we better not publicly affirm biblical positions that are contrary to their secular values. Whether some want to recognize it or not, the secular purge of Christian participation in the public square has already started. There is now a real cost to publicly affirming Christian beliefs. In other words, if we are going to be allowed to participate in America’s new social and political arena, then we have to be the “right kind” of Christians. We have to be non-thinking and uncritically accepting of the ever-growing sea of secularism in the ever-expanding humanistic World.

So what should Evangelicals do about this growing reality? I’m not sure anything can be done about it—although nothing is impossible for God. Nevertheless, I personally believe that a critical tipping point has occurred. Very few people understand what historians commonly know, which is that it doesn’t take a majority to cause a sea change in history, it only takes a dedicated minority. I believe that a sufficient critical mass that embraces secular humanism has been achieved. Consequently, I believe Evangelicals need to prepare for the intensification of this storm. Specifically, we need to train our congregations to be ready to suffer for the cause of Christ. Peter wrote “Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose” (I Pet 4.1). Paul likewise stated that “In fact, everyone who desires to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Tim 3.12). The fact is that it is the norm rather than the exception that those who live for Christ also suffer for him. The truth is that throughout history few believers have ever dreamed about the freedoms that American Christians have enjoyed during the past few centuries.

I can’t confirm it, but I believe that a significant reason for the decreasing membership in American churches is occurring simply because many attendees don’t know how to deal with growing disparity between the world’s view of Christians and how God views the secular anti-Christ world. And as this disparity increases so also is the tension between Evangelicals and secularists. And as this tension grows so to is the hatred that secular humanists have for authentic Christianity. And as this hatred increases so also is the cost for publicly living for Christ and proclaiming his gospel. This tension will someday explode, and each day we are inching ever so closely towards that explosion. Like continental tectonic plates storing up energy for the next great earthquake, so also is the tension between biblical Christianity and secular humanism. The crucial question is are we preparing and training believers to faithfully stand for Christ against the storm of persecution heading our way, or are we just passively merging with ease into the mainstream traffic of today’s humanistic world.

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