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They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they have not known my ways. Psalm 95:10

By Roger Salter
Special to Virtueonline
July 8, 2019

Eden excepted, there never has been a golden age in human history. The peaks of most elevated civilization are clouded by evil, misery, cruelty and injustice. Even in the overall experience of the People of God propitious phases of visible good fortune and keenly felt high expectation have been temporary and dogged by disaster and setbacks. The narrative of mankind is checkered with periods of hope and advancement and, contrariwise, many eras of dire oppression and violence, gross depravity, and extreme deprivation imposed upon lowly and poor folk whose condition did not matter to elite and ruling classes. The enormity of our race's iniquity and inhumanity is breathtaking and frightening.

Our story since creation is epic in its series of episode upon episode of human wickedness, defiance of divine wisdom and law, abuse of our Maker's gifts, misuse of our God-given faculties and functions, and wanton destruction of all things good, conceptual and physical. Our record is exceedingly reprehensible. Our world is ruined. Our souls are lost when we raise our consciences Godward by his enabling. Archeology unearths the debased thought and degenerate behavior of previous cultures that have brought swift destruction upon themselves. The Lord is not mocked.

John Newton, commenting on the need for sincerity before God and in matters of religion, prefaced his comment with an admission of wide and general application: "I have such a low opinion of man in his depraved state." It is an opinion consonant with advice of Scripture; it is unwise to trust in man, even the best of the species (Psalm 118:8-9). Human nature is unreliable. It is dangerous in its inbred and native unrighteousness (Article 9 Of Original or Birth Sin). We sinners, unrestrained by grace, are capable of the most vile thoughts, speech, and deeds. Our sophistication, civilized mien, social decency and supposedly moral airs are flimsy disguises of a corrupt nature and defiled heart. The facade may quickly vanish through the force of passion, strong emotion, and threatened self-interest.

With the withdrawal of the divine presence and control man inevitably slides into the governing lusts of pride (self-love, self-promotion), greed, power, and self-gratification in the grossest of forms (read Livy on the Caesars for example, the horrid truths about the Renaissance, or the current mode of candid biography and autobiography). The secrets divulged disgust. Human nature in the raw, without due and proper decorum is bestial and wretched and its existence sordid. The media is very happy to inform and entertain with the despicable aspects of human desire and doings. Even sources of high repute often take on the villainous role of educators in evil that may engulf the innocent and gullible who fall prey to destructive allurements. Human weakness cannot withstand the assault of corrupt suggestion and temptation. How right the apostle John is to describe the world without reference to God, or reverence for his name, as our bitter enemy. "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world - the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes, the boasting of what he has and does - comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever(1 John 2:15-17).

This same John echoes the words of the Savior who declared that by divine permission and for a limited time Satan is the god of this world: "for the prince of this world is coming" (John 14:30) cf "the whole world is under the control of the evil one" (1 John 5:19). Demonic influence (the minions of Satan) play a significant role in the direction of human minds, the decisions they make, and the course their actions take. The ungodly are maneuverable by powers hostile to God should he allow these powers dominion over rebel wills. The unregenerate are loose cannons open to being aimed at any point of the compass wreaking damage. The unguarded are susceptible to moral deviancy of any kind. Any individual or whole crowds can be turned toward unsavory notions and perverted practice.

Newton points to the reality of "black inspiration". "So, I apprehend, that they who live without God in the world, whom the apostle terms sensual, not having the Spirit, are in greater or less degree, under what I may call a black inspiration. After making the best allowances I can, both for the extent of human genius and the deplorable evil of the human heart, I cannot suppose that one half of the human wit of which persons are so proud, is properly their own."

Newton specifically has in mind the genii and clever persons who sway the opinions and persuade the wills of great numbers of people. "Perhaps such a one as Voltaire would neither have written, nor been read or admired so much, if he had been the amanuensis of an abler hand in his own way. Satan is always near when the heart is disposed to receive him; and the Lord withdraws his restraints, to heighten the sinner's ability of sinning, and assisting him with such strokes of blasphemy, malice, and falsehood, as perhaps he could not otherwise have attained. Therefore, I do not wonder that they are clever and smart, that they raise a laugh, and are received with applause among those who are like minded with themselves. But unless the Lord is pleased to grant them repentance (though it is rather to be feared some of them are given up to judicial hardness of heart), how much better it would it have been for them had they been born idiots or lunatics than to be distinguished as the willing, industrious, and successful instruments of the power of darkness in beguiling, perverting, and ruining the souls of men."

When whole nations, societies, communities, institutions and authorities are convinced that evil is good, and good is evil, can we not suspect that black inspiration has come into play with massive effectiveness? How is it that those deemed the great and wise ones of the earth endorse, even encourage, ways contrary to the clearly revealed will of God? - ways that are ultimately ruinous to human wellbeing and final destiny. There is signal evidence that the future of Britain is perilous.

A primate, prelates, a prince, various prime ministers, politicians, the laws of parliament, potentates of the media, the bulk of the press, producers of entertainment, all the powers that be, proclaim the legitimacy of pansexual practice ad nauseam to an increasingly compliant public susceptible to overwhelming propaganda in the endorsement of perversion. The assault on propriety and Christian sensibility is overwhelming.

Beloved Britain is permeated with a poisonous plague that evinces itself in the startling, sorry and dismal news it spews out to the world daily. Its newscasts are too sickening to watch. Britain is fast descending to state of moral and lawless collapse. Is it now incurable?


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