commentary: How Far Have We Fallen? (Part Four)
The Immortality of Lying
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 16-Nov-13; Sermon #1185c; 12 minutes
John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on a Der Spiegel article in which it was reported that 40 wayside chapels have been built along the Autobahn, allowing harried travelers a cursive in-out relationship with God, expresses concern that respect for God seems to be declining all over the world. Fifty years ago, blue laws would force closure of all businesses on what society considered the Lord's day, but now that day is indistinguishable from all the rest. Even in the scattered Church of God, an increasing casualness threatens to detract from respect for God. The nation's leaders from the President to members of Congress engage in lying as the usual way to do business, indicating that they are hopelessly under the influence of the prince of the power of the air, Satan the Devil. Violence against nominal and true Christianity is growing at an exponential rate, outstripping the persecution of Jews under the Nazi's or Orthodox Christians under Stalin. Our orientation needs to be over the sun in order to prevent absorption into the world's casual disrespect for God.
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