Everyone knows that the church in America is not what it used to be. Compare the fiery sermons of Jonathan Edwards or George Whitefield to the mealy-mouthed fare that is whimpered out of the pulpits in many churches today, and it is no mystery why attendance is down and the church has lost influence. In the face of our toxic culture today, Christians aren't bold in proclaiming the Gospel, but are apologetic and tepid when discussing The Way.
How did we arrive at this point? In the Revolution, ministers of the Gospel were crucial to outlining the moral case for rebellion against the Crown. Yes, folks they talked about politics from the pulpit, a LOT. Education was intertwined with religious education in the Christian faith, for it was understood that if the American citizenry did not revere the Bible and respect God's Law, then the Constitution would be rendered worthless. Consider the 1828 definition of education in Webster's American Dictionary:
EDUCA'TION, n. [L. educatio.] The bringing up, as of a child, instruction; formation of manners. Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations. To give children a good education in manners, arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties.
Children in Christian homes do not automatically become Christians by sheer genetics. The Bible is clear that if one generation fails to pass along God's precepts, the next generation will be carried off into worldliness and the trappings thereof. For proof, just look at how the Israelites' favor with God would change depending on each generation's faith.
Refer to the subversion process chart and see that the goals of Soviet or Collectivists is to politicize, commercialize, and make it a source of entertainment. I think they have more than succeeded in this department. Let's break it down further. Remember that crappy Billy Joel song, We Didn't Start the Fire? This is true when you trace back unbelief in churches in the Western World. The first preacher to sound the clarion call to arms was that Prince of Preachers, Charles H Spurgeon. He called it the downgrade, suggesting that since the time of the Puritans, more pastors focused on the "moral teachings" of Jesus and not on the Gospel. Read more here. I believe the beginnings of this speculative and starry-eyed faith was in the Unitarian movement that was centered in New England. You will notice that that part of the country was the first to totally abandon the fundamentals of the Christian faith and now has a very low church attendance.
At about the time of Spurgeon, you had Darwin and Charles Lydell come along and propose theories that were not meshing with a literal translation. Well, nobody, especially elite-types want to be against science, so the spin machine was switched on and the politics of the Bible vs. Science is still churning away. The false sexual research of Dr. Kinsey also opened the door up to politicize the Bible and deviant sexuality. The most important factor in politicizing religion would come in 1963.
For 150 years, the United States government and court system would uphold that the meaning of the Freedom of Religion would comprise of no national denomination, yet no unfettered religious expression. Prayer was allowed anywhere and everywhere and if you didn't like it, tough, go start an atheist colony, heathen. Our country began the plunge downward with the following:
The book, America's Godly Heritage by David Barton, has a slew of graphs that record rates over time of various social statistics. Teen pregnancy, violent crime, STDs, cohabitation rates, and divorce rates all skyrocketed after 1963. The only graph in this section of the book that shows a decline is the SAT scores. Granted, other factors were hitting our country at the same time, but the root of these other evils was unbelief. The Bible is clear that if we do not constantly remind our children of God and His Law everyday, they will be led astray. Deuteronomy 6:7-9 makes it plain:"School Prayer & Bible Reading" (Abington Township School District v. Schempp, 1963)
The Pennsylvania school system complied with a state law requiring that ten verses of scripture be read every day. The readings were without comment and any student could request to be excused. This case came to the Supreme Court at the same time as the Murray v. Curlett case, and the court ruled on them together. In a nutshell, the court's ruling stated that School Prayer and Bible reading were violations of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. In ironic fashion, the court established a secular religion for our school system, thus violating the "establishment clause" of the First Amendment.
When compulsory school laws went into effect around the country, one of the main selling points is that school would bring Christianity to the children of those who were not believers. Once Christianity, and the reminder that there is a God in Heaven who watches and will hold us accountable, is removed, the innate sinful nature takes over and leads to chaos. The devout parents of an earlier age submitted to compulsory education without a worry because they knew that the Bible was faithfully being read and those in authority held it in esteem. If these parents of 150 years ago were raising children today, they would not for one second allow their kids to participate in a school where Christ wasn't Lord. Would you?And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
We have traced how Christianity itself became politicized in the media, but what of politics in the church itself?
The Episcopal Church USA
Politicizing religion is the most efficient method of demoralizing a target nation. Once a nation starts giving to Caesar what belongs to God, and getting God involved in such things as 'social justice' and partisan political squabbles, it predictably loses what religion calls mercy and the grace of God. To put it in 'atheistic' terms, a target country allows the subverter to use the area of moral values for dissemination and enforcement of amoral ideas and policies. The most powerful instrument of this process is an organization called World Council of Churches, infiltrated by the KGB to such extent, that it is hard to distinguish, these days, a priest from a spy. Being a public relations officer for Novosti, I accompanied many foreign members of the WCC during their visits to the USSR. Some of them struck me as individuals pathologically unable to say or hear truth. They were simply allergic to any facts or opinions which would 'undermine' their 'spiritual' affiliation with the Soviet manipulators. Archbishop and president (!) Macarios of Cyprus was one such 'religious 'visitor. Skillfully combining both God's and Caesar’s things, Macarios was extremely effective in bringing the desperately needed air of legitimacy and 'holiness' to the junta of the Soviet mass murderers and oppressors of religion. His photogenic presence at various 'international forums' in Moscow great1y promoted ACCEPTABILITY of the Soviet influence in the 'non-aligned' and 'developing' countries.
When, after my defection to the West, I find Trotskyite publications in a United Church of Canada, or see Nicaraguan Catholic Church 'fathers' with Soviet-made Kalashnikov machine guns hung over their church robes, or read about 'humanitarian' aid from the American Council of Churches given to African mass-murderers and terrorists, who were trained in my old country by the KGB, I do not 'suspect'-- I KNOW these things to be what they are-- direct results of the Communist SUBVERSION of religion. I do not need any 'evidence' of 'links' between the KGB and the church. The complete confusion of God-related and politically subverted related goals are obvious.
Note: All Yuri Bezmenov quotations come from his pamphlet, Love Letter to America.(h/t Useless Dissident)