REVIVAL TO REVOLUTION: THE TIME IS NOW!
(Excerpted from the book, Revolution! The Call
to Holy War)
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I don’t want to be an alarmist, a sensationalist,
or an end-times extremist. I don’t want to say the sky is
falling unless the sky really is falling. If you’re like me,
you’ve had it with ominous predictions that never come to
pass, urgent warnings that seem to vanish into thin air, and fruitless
speculation that never seems to produce anything constructive. I
hate foolishness, and I assume you hate it too. We have better things
to do than endlessly air our own opinions and excitedly exchange
our latest “revelations.” Where is the reality in any
Allow me to put this in perspective for you. I
began preaching at the age of eighteen in August of 1973, and my
thirteenth message, preached a number of months later, was the only
one of those early messages that was recorded. A few years ago I
listened to it – with considerable interest. The New York
accent was heavy. (What has become of it?) The tone was a little
harsh. (I was only a kid!) But the message was just about the same
as it has been for almost thirty years: “America is in a mess!
Look at the state of our society: It doesn’t take a prophet
to know that we’re living in perilous times. Let’s wake
up and go for it! Let’s make a difference for Jesus!”
Now, putting youthful enthusiasm aside, and discounting
the old New York accent, I was really intrigued by that old message
and I asked myself an obvious question: Was this just my own narrow
perspective? Was I exaggerating things then and am I exaggerating
them now? Or were things back then really that bad, becoming much
worse ever since?
It’s true, of course, that almost every generation
tends to get nostalgic and look back to “the good old days,”
when, in fact, those days are sometimes the figments of our own
imaginations. It is also true that almost every generation tends
to regard the younger, upcoming generation as more rebellious, disrespectful,
and out of control: “I wasn’t like that as a kid! I
would never have treated my parents like that. Boy! Things have
gotten really bad.”
But that perspective is not always accurate. Even
considering where we stand today, we have to admit that here has
been much progress in many ways in the last thirty years –
at least among God’s people: Churches are experiencing more
and more gracious seasons of visitation; desperate spiritual hunger
is rising; New Testament patterns are being recovered (in worship;
in leadership structure; in discipleship; in mission; in sacrifice;
in prayer); and restrictive, denominational walls are coming down
(this is not to say that all denominations are bad, but only that
restrictive walls are falling). Among the youth in particular, standards
that were all-but-forgotten are being recovered: Courtship has replaced
dating for countless thousands (how many of us as teens thought
of asking for parental permission and blessing before pursuing a
relationship, and how many of us pursued a relationship only if
we thought it could lead to marriage?); sexual abstinence before
marriage is being recovered; holy militancy is rising; more and
more young people are heeding the call to foreign missions. This
is just a sampling.
Yes, the list of positive things happening in the
church today, even here in North America, is substantial –
which leads me back to my question: What about that message I preached
many years ago? Was it symptomatic of the “Old Testament prophet
in New Testament garb” syndrome? In other words, was it evidence
of a negative, gloom and doom mentality that always sees the bad,
Satanic side of things and ignores the good, divine side of things?
More to the point, does the recurring refrain of, “Look at
how bad things are!” mean that believers like me who claim
that our society is in grave danger should simply be dismissed as
spiritual hypochondriacs? Does it indicate that the sense of urgency
we feel is really a projection of our own, personal struggles?
In the Summer of 1999, after speaking briefly at
a major Christian rally attended by thousands, I returned to my
hotel room and watched a riveting documentary on the worldwide rise
of religious fundamentalism, beginning in 1979. (Generally, I don’t
watch TV at all when I’m on the road, but this documentary
caught my interest.) During the program, a respected national evangelist
was seen addressing a 1979 Christian rally, a rally that ultimately
centered on a presidential candidate named Ronald Reagan. To my
shock, I realized that his words were virtually identical to the
words I had spoken earlier that night. Both of us had basically
said: “Homosexuals [and others] have come out of the closet.
It’s time that Christians come out of the closet!” Yet
he delivered his message twenty years before I delivered mine!
Of course, the thrust of our messages was quite
different. His was more of a call for Christian involvement in politics;
mine was a call to take the gospel to the streets at any cost. Still,
the similarities in language were striking, causing me to ask myself
again: What’s going on? What are we doing? Are we merely repeating
the rhetoric of the previous decades? Are we making a lot of noise
but only a little progress? Or, of even more concern, are we getting
worked up about nothing?
Let’s face it: There were problems in Jesus’
day; there were problems in Luther’s day; there were problems
in Wesley’s day; there are problems today. So why all the
fuss? Given a certain perspective, things can always look pretty
bad and someone can always make a case that serious judgment is
near and great collapse is coming. But, the argument goes, those
who are mature will have a more balanced outlook. They won’t
panic all the time, and they won’t cause everyone else to
panic needlessly. They will go about their business, preaching the
gospel and helping those in need, and they will do it with balance.
They will be stable and steady, not easily moved by the latest prophetic
Who then is right? Where do we stand today?
What is the biblical (realistic!) point of view, as opposed to the
hopeless (too pessimistic!) point of view or the foolish (too optimistic!)
point of view? What is the truth? What are the facts? What is God’s
perspective on the state of our nation?
Since the 1980s, I have believed that revival was
the only hope for America, believing at the same time that
revival was a very real hope for America. I have never
accepted the mentality that it was too late for our nation, nor
have I held to an end-time theology of total defeat. No! The Church
of the Lord Jesus will not end this age with a demonstration of
the failure of the Spirit, nor has God completely cast America behind
His back. Instead, in His mercy and grace, He has been pouring out
His Spirit, beginning especially in the mid-1990s. But now, after
several years of revival – not nationwide, to be sure, but
certainly in pockets throughout the nation – the hour is more
urgent than ever.
You see, while it is very true that God is moving
in our midst, Satan is also moving, and all too many believers –
really, most believers – remain asleep in the light. The present
revival must become a revolution! The current outpouring must become
an awakening! If it doesn’t happen soon, it may not happen
What gives me the right to say this? What facts
support these statements? Isn’t it true, you ask, that there
have been many signs of positive, moral change in our midst? Yes
there have, and for this we thank God. As William Bennett noted
in his important 1999 study documenting the leading cultural indicators
The decade of the nineties has seen progress
in some key social indicators: reductions in welfare, violent
crime, abortion, AIDS, divorce, and suicide. . . . Since 1994,
for example, there has been a 46.5 percent decrease in welfare
rolls. The murder rate it at its lowest point since 1967. Alcohol-related
traffic fatalities are at their lowest level since the government
began keeping such statistics. Since 1993, the number of AIDS
cases has decreased by more than 50 percent. Near the end of the
decade, there are 243,000 fewer abortions per year than at the
beginning. . . .
This is certainly cause for great thanksgiving.
There have been many positive developments in recent years! But
at the same time, many other things are worse than they have ever
been in our land (I’ll come back to this in a moment), while
many other things sit like simmering volcanoes, ready to erupt at
any moment. We have not yet paid the full penalty for the abortion
holocaust in our land (we knew better than other nations, and to
whom much is given, much is required); we have only seen the tip
of the iceberg of the impact of rampant divorce on our society (the
vast majority of criminals come from broken homes); we have not
yet seen the unbridled aggression of the homosexual movement (when
it is challenged, it will become violently aggressive); we have
not yet reaped what we have sown.
The majority of sexual and violent crimes are committed
by people who were raised without a father. According to Bennett’s
study, “Seventy-two percent of America’s adolescent
murderers, 70 percent of long-term prison inmates, and 60 percent
of rapists come from fatherless homes.” Yet the generation
birthed in the 1990s will be the most fatherless generation in our
history, and only half of those raised in the first decade of the
21st century “will spend their entire childhood in an intact
family.” What does this mean for our future?
The devil is turning up the heat of sin and pollution
in our society, and we, like the proverbial frog boiling in water,
hardly realize that the temperature is rising. And while we should
rejoice over everything the Lord is doing in our land, we must not
deceive ourselves. The percentage of church-attending Americans
has actually decreased from 1965 until today, rising only
slightly even within the 1990s themselves. Even more sobering is
that, “In 1997, Gallup replicated a survey it originally conducted
in 1947. It found that the same percentage of Americans pray (90
percent), believe in God (96 percent), and attend church once a
week.” This means that we are just as religious today as we
were more than fifty years ago, but we are far less moral! The frog
is boiling but somehow thinks it’s bathing. It is simmering
and stewing but somehow thinks it’s sunbathing and swimming.
Let me put all this in perspective for you. Please
step back and consider the facts. In 1961, the beginning of one
of the most turbulent decades in our history, things seemed relatively
peaceful. Speaking of the day of JFK’s inauguration, Irwin
and Debbie Unger wrote:
America, on that blustery inauguration day
in January 1961, was still deep in the throes of postwar conformity.
Skirts were worn below the knee, dresses were tailored, and women’s
shoes had high heels and pointy toes. On prime-time TV, the favorite
programs were The Flintstones, Ozzie and Harriet, One Happy
Family, and The Bob Hope Show. In film, the 1961
Academy Award for best picture went to a musical fable about feuding
new York gangs, but West Side Story was monumentally
innocent despite its subject matter. On Broadway, My Fair
Lady was still drawing crowds after 2,300 performances. Elvis
had already stirred the rage of parents and moralists with his
swiveling hips and suggestive phrasing, but the most popular recording
artist in 1961 was Eddie Fisher, the quintessential boy next door.
Sexual mores were strict. Illegitimacy was rare in the middle
class, and most Americans considered homosexuality a sin, and
drove its practitioners deep into the closet. . . . On college
campuses, except for a sprinkling of the most “progressive”
and cosmopolitan ones, fraternities and sororities, pledge week,
pep rallies, dances, and “sandbox” politics were the
dominant extracurricular activities.
Of course, by the end of the decade, things had changed radically:
The Pill, announced with little fanfare in
1960, had ended fear of pregnancy; penicillin had diminished fear
of disease. Sex, in any position, in any form, was considered
good; denial was bad. The new sexual liberation movement soon
spread beyond youthful flower-child dropouts. All through middle-class
and working-class America ran a new current of permissiveness.
By 1970, Woodstock was history, along with Stonewall
(the watershed event in the homosexual movement). The feminist movement
had been birthed and campus riots had drawn national attention.
(Was any of this connected at all to the 1962 Supreme Court decision
– hardly resisted by the church – that removed organized,
public prayer from our schools?) The 1960s really did mark a turning
point in our culture, sending us into a moral free fall. Promiscuity
increased during that decade. Drug and alcohol use increased. Divorce
increased. Juvenile crime skyrocketed. Yet the legalization of abortion
on demand did not occur until 1973 – since which time we have
legally snuffed out more than forty million innocent
lives – while the incidence of teen sex, teen violence, and
teen substance abuse was much lower in the late 1960s than in the
late 1980s or early-to-mid 1990s.
Sadly, despite some significant gains, the moral
climate continues to degenerate in our land, something that becomes
clear when we look at the larger context. While violent crimes,
for example, decreased by 17% between 1990 and 1997, the comparison
from 1960 to 1997 is very negative: Violent crimes actually increased
by 280% over those years. At the same time, our nation’s prison
population has increased dramatically, growing from 196,429 prisoners
in 1970 (representing 96 people for every 100,000 Americans) to
1,197,590 prisoners in 1997 (445 out of every 100,000). In fact,
that number has risen most dramatically in the 1990s (from 297 out
of 100,000 in 1990 to 445 out of every 100,000 in 1997).
Let’s take a closer look at America in 1961
as compared with America in the 1990s: There were popular, animated
TV shows then and now. In 1961, The Flinstones ruled; today,
it is The Simpsons. What a shocking contrast! In 1961,
West Side Story was considered to be a violent flick; today,
it’s Natural Born Killers. Americans then were entertained
by Ozzie and Harriet and One Happy Family; today,
they are enthralled with Jerry Springer and Jenny Jones. I wish
it were not so! Even ten years ago, most Americans would not have
tolerated such vulgar trash on major network TV. Yet it abounds
today. Just stop and look around. The devil is putting his cards
on the table.
In homes across America, during the afternoon
– in broad daylight, so to say – TV screens glow with
lively discussions about such topics as sex change operations, transvestitism,
flagrant cheating on spouses (often with same-sex affairs), and
prostitution, to name just a few. How can this be? (Of course, to
brighten things up, you can always turn to the soap operas!) Profanity
is also making its inroads on the airwaves, as standards drop year
by year. And all this takes place on major network TV. What about
shows and movies aired on Cable and Satellite TV? What about the
availability of pornography or the increase in movie violence? What
about the fact that the average ten year-old child today
sees and hears things that the average thirty year-old adult
rarely saw or heard one generation ago? (And I have not even mentioned
As noted in a 1998 Time magazine report on teen sex:
Even if kids don’t watch certain television
shows, they know the programs exist and are bedazzled by the forbidden.
From schoolyard word of mouth, eight-year-old Jeff in Chicago
has heard all about the foul-mouthed kids in the raunchily plotted
South Park, and even though he has never seen the show, he can
describe certain episodes in detail. (He is also familiar with
the AIDS theme of the musical Rent because he’s heard the
CD over and over.) Argentina, 16, in Detroit, says, “TV
makes sex look like this big game.” Her friend Michael,
17, adds, “They make sex look like Monopoly or something.
You have to do it in order to get to the next level.”
As to the impact that TV and movie violence in
movies have had on our society, even a secular Hollywood source
had this to say: “It is not that violent pictures create more
violence, but the constant litany of gratuitous violence is destructive
to the fabric of the culture because it lowers our threshold for
sensitivity to the issue.” How our threshold for sensitivity
has been lowered! A recent crime report provided the following shocking
statistic: “In 1995, handguns were used to kill 2 people in
New Zealand, 15 in Japan, 30 in Great Britain, 106 in Canada, 213
in Germany, and 9,390 in the United States.” What do we say
to facts such as these?
Have you seen how with each new act of violence
and each new atrocity we become less shocked and more insensitive,
less outraged and more uncaring, less grieved and more hardhearted?
As the year 1999 wore on, Americans reacted with increasing indifference
to the mounting wave of multiple shootings in our land, as the grim
totals rose and rose. January started slowly: 1 dead, 1 wounded;
by the end of March, we reached 3 dead, 1 wounded, and by the end
of April, we were up to 21 dead and 28 wounded. By the end of June,
the numbers were 24 dead and 32 wounded. By the end of July we reached
44 dead and 45 wounded, and by the end of September we were at 55
dead and 58 wounded. At the year’s end, we reached 69 dead
and 61 wounded – all in multiple shootings. Some of these
tragedies didn’t even hold our attention for a full day. Some
of them – including the unprecedented shootings at the Wedgewood
Baptist Church in Fort Worth – didn’t even make the
top headline in some national newspapers.
Men of God have warned us for years, urging us
to wake up from our stupor, yet still we slumber on. We are becoming
so accustomed to filth that we hardly notice its stench. We have
become so inoculated to evil that we are numb to its stinging bite.
Do you hear the alarm? In the mid-1990s, when a major TV show introduced
an openly lesbian character, there was an uproar. By 1999, more
than thirty characters on network TV were playing homosexual
roles. What is happening?
More than 300 years ago, Thomas Manton observed
that, “First we practice sin, then defend it, then boast of
it.” We see this happening before our eyes with the homosexual
movement. First, the sin was practiced in secret, then it was defended
as a healthy, acceptable lifestyle, and now anyone who objects to
is to homophobic. There is something wrong with us if we
reject the practice as ungodly! And things have only heated up with
the beginning of the new millennium: Homosexual activists are fighting
for government recognition of same-sex marriages, and in some parts
of our nation, they are rapidly gaining ground. Don’t we see
the handwriting on the wall?
Even Satanism is becoming more blatant and overt.
Why should the devil hide in the shadows when he can freely come
out in the open? Of course, I’m aware that we have had our
horror pictures and Satanist movies for years, like Dracula
and Frankenstein of old or The Exorcist and Rosemary’s
Baby of more recent decades. But the increased interest in
these ever-more-explicit themes is striking. In 1999 alone, at least
six hit movies had strongly occultic themes, including The Blair
Witch Project and The Sixth Sense.
Yes, the battle lines have been drawn, the enemy
is taking ground, and many of us hardly realize that the war is
on. The devil is moving forward with energy and aggression. What
in the world are we doing?
In 1961, women and girls commonly wore skirts or
dresses (rather than pants), always wearing them to school, and
those skirts or dresses were worn below the knee. Yet today even
women’s tennis players – we’re talking
about athletes, not strippers or nightclub dancers – are often
known for their skin-hugging, highly-revealing, sensual outfits.
Do trends like this mean nothing? Or consider the look of magazine
covers over the last forty years. Pictures of not-quite-nude women
that were not seen as recently as ten years ago – I mean on
the covers of weight-lifting magazines, not porno magazines –
now “grace” many a magazine cover. What’s next?
Yes, the world pursues its agenda with very little
spiritual or moral resistance from the people of God. And even in
those moral areas where we have seen some progress (for example,
in the recent decline in the abortion rate), there is bad news too,
since one major reason for the decline in abortions is the increased
use of condoms among unmarried, sexually active young people.
We live in a society today where students can wear
Satanist tee-shirts to school but cannot pray in the name of Jesus
at their graduation ceremonies, where teens can get abortions without
parental permission but where teachers cannot read the Scriptures
to those same teenagers without fear of parental prosecution. We
live in a society where eleven-year-olds and thirteen-year-olds
can be skillful, purposeful murderers – using schoolmates
for target practice – and where favorite video games include
Doom and Mortal Kombat and favorite cartoon
movies include the South Park series. Gone are the days
when the gyrations of Elvis stirred moral outrage. MTV has long
since made its anti-moral mark and “gangsta rap” is
here to stay – unless we have a moral and spiritual revolution.
So what are we waiting for? What else needs to
happen? How many more massacres in our schools and massacres in
our workplaces and massacres in our houses of worship do we need?
At what point will we realize that now is the time to act? The hour
really is later than we know!
When Congress must debate issues like
whether it is ethical to “harvest” and sell aborted
baby parts – spinal chords and skin and brains and limbs –
what have we come to as a nation? Yet in November of 1999, such
a debate took place:
On Tuesday, November 9, 1999, by voice vote,
the House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution calling
for congressional hearings to investigate trafficking in tissues,
organs and whole bodies of aborted babies. Representatives Joseph
Pitts (R-PA), Tom Tancredo (R-CO) and Christopher Smith (R-NJ)
introduced the resolution (H.R. 350). In the midst of debate concerning
H.R. 350, Pitts said, “I wish this gruesome price list [of
baby body parts] was a cruel Halloween hoax, but it is not. It’s
the price list for human body parts from aborted babies. It’s
almost like the bureaucratization of the Nazis final solution
hammered out in conferences and committed to legal documents.
Except now it’s in the form of a capitalistic price list,
organized for commerce, sanitized for the grim reality, which
Pro-abortion House members believe those in favor
of the resolution are “attempting to corrupt medical research
with the politics of abortion.” They also challenged the
evidence and stated that “no one is going out selling baby
parts, arms or legs for any purpose.” Two weeks earlier,
during Senate debate over the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban (PBAB),
Sen. Robert Smith (R-NH) detailed carefully documented information
concerning the harvesting of baby parts. Smith reasoned this was
one of the terrible secrets behind the push to keep partial-birth
abortions available to abortionists and offered a sensible amendment
to the PBAB, providing for immediate regulation of the fetal tissue
industry, but it was rejected by the Senate, 46-51.
Do you realize what you just read? It is unspeakably
tragic that the Clinton administration vetoed the Partial-Birth
Abortion Ban three times, helping to pave the way for the gruesome
horrors just described. Yet such are the times in which we live!
With our president leading the way, we have learned
that oral sex is not sex, that you can go to church on Sunday and
lie to the nation on Monday, that you can be a very good leader
and a very bad person – simultaneously! – and that homosexuality
is acceptable while rejection of homosexuality is not.
No wonder so many young people are so confused. And no wonder we
adults don’t seem much more clearheaded. In fact, we have
our own foolish obsessions.
Just think: We live in a time of moral madness
and social uncertainty, a time when talk of a moral revolution should
be everywhere. Instead, the best-selling “revolutionary”
books are books about new diets! What does this say for us as a
people? When we need to be talking about the call to die for the
gospel, we are talking instead about the call to diet for good looks.
What a sad indictment! And what does it say of our self-deception
and lack of discipline when we are at one and the same time the
world’s best-read nation on diet and nutrition and the world’s
most obese? Even our pets are overweight. We need a revolution!
To quote William Bennett once again – in terms of our present,
The percentage of births to unwed mothers –
already at the alarmingly high level of 28 percent at the beginning
of the decade [meaning the 1990s] – is even higher today,
at 32.4 percent. . . . Among men and women between their mid-twenties
and mid-thirties, living together before marriage is far more
common than not. . . . In 1998, 5.6 percent of high school seniors
reported using marijuana on a daily basis – a 180 percent
increase since 1991. In math achievement, American twelfth graders
rank nineteenth out of twenty-one nations.
The United States boasts the highest percentage
of professing evangelicals in the industrialized world. In fact
– this is another shocker – according to polls, 36%
of Americans consider themselves to be born-again (the higher percentage
is in the Black American community, where 51% make that same claim).
That means one in three Americans – more than 90 million people!
– claim to be born again. Yet America has:
The highest percentage of single-parent
families in the industrialized world
The highest abortion rate in the industrialized
The highest rate of sexually transmitted
diseases in the industrialized world (the rates of syphilis
and gonorrhea transmission are almost 500% higher than the
highest rates in the other industrialized nations)
The highest teenage birth rate in the industrialized
world (by far!)
The highest rate of teenage drug use in
the industrialized world
As if this wasn’t enough, consider the fact
that, “Twenty-one percent of American 9-year-olds watch more
than five hours of television per weekday – the highest percentage
in the developed world.” What a sobering statistic! Nine-year-olds
watch five hours of television – so much of it poison
– per weekday. We really are in a mess!
In our own, blessed homeland, “Between 1990
and 1997, the percentage of births that are out of wedlock increased
16 percent. Between 1960 and 1997, the percentage increased 511
percent.” This means that five times as many babies
are being born out of wedlock today than in 1960 – and this
is despite the fact that most aborted babies are conceived out of
wedlock. If we add in these conceived-but-never-birthed children,
the out of wedlock figure is all the more staggering.
Focusing in on this situation in Black America,
we are faced with a paradox: While there has been an increase in
Civil Rights over the last forty years -- this was actually one
positive development that came out of the 1960s –there has
been a terrible deterioration in the African American family itself.
Today, more than two-thirds of all Black children are born
out of wedlock, and the rate of moral decline here has been steep.
In 1960, 23% of all births to Blacks were out of wedlock; by 1965,
that figure had risen only to 27.9%, while by 1970, it was up to
37.6%. But in the 1990s, it has averaged better than 68%,
an increase of almost three-to-one from 1960. How can it be, then,
that this very same segment of our population is the most religious,
with 82% of Black Americans claiming to be church members, 43% stating
that they attend church weekly, and 86% saying that they “view
religion as a solution to today’s problems”? Truly,
these figures are shocking.
Yet there are even more shocking figures than these.
The percentage of White children born out of wedlock has risen far
more dramatically! In 1960, out-of-wedlock births among Whites was
only 2.3%, rising only to 4.0% in 1965, 5.7% in 1970, and 7.3% in
1975. But by 1997, it had reached 25.8% -- amounting to an increase
of more than 1000% -- better than ten-to-one! -- from 1960. All
this means that, across America, almost one in every three children
born is born out of wedlock. In fact, over the last forty years,
the national birth rate has decreased within marriage and increased
outside of marriage, to the point that, “In 1994, for the
first time in American history, more than half of all firstborn
children were conceived or born out of wedlock.”
This is all quite staggering, especially when you
consider just how important a strong family unit is for the health
of any civilization. Yet the family is unraveling:
Of the approximately 65 million children under
17 in 1996, almost 28 million (43 percent) spent time in a single-parent
family. About 8.25 million were born out of wedlock, about 16.7
million experienced the divorce of their parents, and an additional
3 million or so children were born out of wedlock and experienced
the divorce of their parents.
Satan is going after the youth! Consider these
appalling statistics, quoted verbatim from William Bennett’s
Among women born between 1951 and 1955 [making
them in their 40s in the 1990s], 23 percent were married to
their partner at the time of first sexual intercourse. Among
women born between 1971 and 1975 [making them in their 20s in
the 1990s], 2 percent were married to their partner at the time
of first sexual intercourse. [That means that in my generation,
only one in four women waited until marriage to have sex with
their husbands, which is hardly a statistic to boast over. But
in my daughters’ generation, the number drops to one
The percentage of high school senior girls
who think “having a child without being married is experimenting
with a worthwhile lifestyle or [is] not affecting anyone else”
increased from 33 percent in 1976-1980 to 53 percent in 1991-1995.
In 1997, roughly 3 million teenagers –
about one in four who are sexually active – acquired a
sexually transmitted disease.
Seventy-six percent of all births to teenagers
occur outside of marriage.
In fifteen of our nation’s largest
cities in 1995, the teenage out-of-wedlock birth ratio was greater
than 90 percent. The cities with the highest out-of-wedlock
birth ratio for girls under 20 are Baltimore and Pittsburgh
[both at 96.5%!].
In 1996, 8,000 children under 6 years old
were using one of three commonly prescribed antidepressants
– Prozac, Zoloft, or Paxil. That number rose 400 percent,
to 40,000, in 1997. [Yes, this took place in just one year!]
Words truly are inadequate to express how deeply
we have fallen. This is reality, my friend. Still, there is really
only one thing that matters, and there is only one thing we must
ask: Is there any way out? Can America be changed? The answer, I
say, is absolutely yes. Our country can be changed. But
it will take a revolution, and that revolution must begin now.
Can we count you in?
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Dr. Michael L. Brown
PO Box 1446
Harrisburg, NC 28075