Apostasy Can Lead a Nation to Self-Destruct: Will America Mend Its Ways and Return to God?
by Philip Wittig
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"During the mid-twentieth century, the American people believed that they no longer needed God’s powerful guiding and protecting hand."

Apostasy—the refusal to follow and obey a religious faith—has, author Wittig believes, beset two of the world’s greatest nations. Ancient Israel fell because of it, and the United States may meet a similar fate. The Old Testament recounts that God’s chosen people, the Israelites, gradually began to follow a path of greed and idol worship. After warnings through the prophets, God withdrew “His hedge of protection”; Ancient Israel was overthrown, and its people were dispersed. America was also founded on specific, stated Christian principles. But the mid-20th century saw Supreme Court decisions removing prayer from schools and sanctioning same-sex marriage and abortion. Our warning came on September 11, 2001. Now America stands on the brink of destruction if those who believe in God’s teachings do not act soon.

Wittig is an independent student of biblical history who, after diligent consideration of these matters, is convinced that now is the time for Christians in the United States to take a stand on key issues that fly in the face of God’s teaching and deny the basis of our national religious heritage. He has arranged his arguments in an orderly way. His case seems reasoned and fair. He would, for example, wish non-Christians to stay in America as long as they feel comfortable here. He urges our leaders to realize that because of our apostasy, God is withdrawing His protection, heralding a total collapse if we do not turn from moral complacency back to basic religious values. Wittig believes we must combat “historical amnesia”; biblical tenets should inform our lives at every level. Though acknowledging that change will be opposed, perhaps violently, he still urges genuine, active repentance as the only way to save our nation. His brief but intensive look at this subject can evoke discussion among Christians and other thoughtful readers.

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