MARIETTA — Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas, TX, delivered the final message at the annual meeting of the Georgia Baptist Convention at Roswell Street Baptist Church. His sermon was powerful and prophetic. He declared, “America’s collapse is inevitable and there is nothing we can do to stop it.
“Over the last fifty years there have been three explosive decisions by our United States Supreme Court that have so weakened the moral and spiritual infrastructure of our nation that our collapse is inevitable.”
Prayer removed from schools
The three decisions to which Jeffress referred are: The first catastrophic decision was the 1962 case of Engel v. Vitale – the Supreme Court case that removed prayer from the public schools. Jeffress said, “This was just the first decision of a long line of cascading decisions that demonstrated not our nations neutrality, but hostility toward the Christian faith.
“The next year (1963) Bible reading was removed from the public schools. In 1980 in the case of Stone v. Graham the Supreme Court said it was unconstitutional to post the Ten Commandments in a Kentucky school.”
Jeffress exclaimed, “We have allowed the liberals, the atheists, the infidels, and the humanists to kidnap and seize control of our Constitution and to pervert it into something our forefathers never intended.
“The First Amendment does not replace the First Commandment of Almighty God.
“God is no respecter of people or nations. Any nation that reverences God will be blessed by God; and any nation, including the United States of America, that rejects God will be rejected by God. ‘Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.’”
Long-lasting implications of Roe v. Wade
The second explosive decision in America, according to Jeffress, was the 1973 Rowe v. Wade decision. “This is the case that legalized the murder of 50 million children in the womb; and since that time we continue to see 1.4 million babies killed in the womb every year.”
Jeffress underscored the economical repercussions that have plagued America because of the Roe v. Wade decision; and explained that had those 50 million children been permitted to live and become productive citizens they would have added between $35 -$70 trillion to our gross national product over the years.
Jeffress added, “Consequently, if they had been permitted to live and pay into our tax system there would be no social security or Medicare crisis. We would not have $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities. You cannot kill off twenty percent of your population without economic repercussions. That is God’s judgment! But the economic repercussion of abortion pale into insignificance compared to the spiritual repercussions.
“”If you want to know what God does to a nation like America that does not just sanction or allow, but celebrates the greatest rite in all the world – the freedom to choose to murder your child – go back into the nation of Israel.
“When they went into Canaan they adopted the religion of the Canaanites, particularly the worship of Moloch, and they would make their children ‘pass through the fire.’ or burn them alive as an offering to Moloch. And God said, ‘It never entered my mind that you would do such a detestable thing as that, but because you have I am going to raise up the Caledonians, the Babylonians, (the terrorists of that day) and they are going to invade your country and take you captive.”
Jeffress continued by saying, “We talk about building up our military, but there are not enough dollars in the universe to build a military strong enough to protect yourself against the judgment of Almighty God. God is not going to allow America to go unpunished for killing its own children.”
The third explosive decision of the Supreme Court, according to Jeffress, was this year’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision to legalize same sex marriage. The Hoover Institute did a long-term study of Scandinavian countries that have legalized same sex marriage and discovered that not that many gays got married, but the rate of heterosexual marriages plummeted precipitously.
Jeffress posed the question: “Why would legalizing gay marriages cause a drop in heterosexual marriages?”
He also gave the answer: “Because when you counterfeit something, you cheapen the value of the real thing. If marriage is whatever you want it to be, then why get married at all? But adultery, unbiblical divorce, and pre-marital sex are also ways we cheapen the value of marriage.”
Jeffress explained that the ideal family setting for a child is to grow up in a home with his biological mother and father and illustrated the negative impact of growing up in a home with a single parent or two parents of the same sex.
“The government ought to be promoting the most ideal arrangement instead of counterfeiting that arrangement and cheapening it,” proclaimed Jeffress.
… when you counterfeit something, you cheapen the value of the real thing.
When the Supreme Court overturned the Federal Defense of Marriage Act in 2013 Jeffress said that he appeared on Bill O’Reilly’s program on FOX News along with a homosexual activist who was married to a man and had adopted a child.
Jeffress was talking about why traditional marriage is important for children, what the statistics are, and why a child needs a father and a mother when the gay activist interrupted the Dallas pastor and said, “I just want you to know I am offended by what you are saying tonight. You are suggesting that there is something superior about a heterosexual relationship over a homosexual relationship.”
The pastor said he responded by saying, “I am sorry you are offended, but the truth is that you wouldn’t be alive, breathing, and arguing with me tonight if it were not for a heterosexual relationship that brought you into this world.
“Now, here’s my point. No nation that outlaws the mention of God in the public square, no nation that sanctions the killing of its own children, no nation that destroys the most basic unit of society – the family – no nation is going to survive that.”
Defining your chief goal
Jeffress acknowledged that the message sounded depressing, but also admitted that this is a great time to be a Christian and a great time to serve Jesus Christ. He challenged the messengers and guests at the annual session to be the salt and light that God has challenged us to be.
He concluded his message by saying, “If your chief goal in life is peace, prosperity, pleasure, and the avoidance of any pain, these are terribly frightening days in which to live. But if your life purpose is to share Jesus Christ with as many people as possible there has never been a better time to be alive and to be a Christian than right now, because as this world grows darker and darker the hope of the Gospel shines that much brighter.
“William Watkins, in his book, The New Absolute, says, ‘It is time for Christians to reject the new tolerance and instead become a people marked by intolerance, not an intolerance that unleashes hate upon people, but an intolerance that is unwilling to allow error to masquerade as truth and an intolerance that is willing to stand up and call good, good and evil, evil.’’’
A video of Jeffress’ address to the GBC annual meeting can be viewed on Vimeo.