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The Hal Lindsey Report: Eisenhower to Obama

 

  

This week on 'The Hal Lindsey Report'

In 1954, the American Legion sponsored a series of network television broadcasts called "Back to God." On one of those national telecasts, President Dwight D. Eisenhower appeared from the White House. He thanked the American Legion for urging Americans to acknowledge God in their daily lives.

Then the President said, "As a former soldier, I am delighted that our veterans are sponsoring a movement to increase our awareness of God in our daily lives. In battle, they (the veterans) learned a great truth, that there are no atheists in the foxholes."

Can you imagine this happening today?

The President humbly referred to himself as "a former soldier." In truth, he was one of only five Americans to earn the rank of five-star general. He was the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe in World War II. He and General George Washington are undeniably the most widely admired soldiers in American history.

Fast forward to 2013. An Air Force chaplain at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson near Anchorage, Alaska, wrote a column for the base website. Keep in mind that Lt. Col. Reyes is a chaplain. He titled his column: "No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave All in World War II."

His look back at the contributions and sacrifices of chaplains on the battlefields of World War II quoted one of America's most beloved soldiers and Presidents, Dwight Eisenhower. Now, that sounds like pretty safe territory for a military chaplain to tread, doesn't it? An officer whose job is to provide spiritual comfort and guidance to his troops remembering the sacrifices of other officers who provided spiritual comfort and guidance to their troops on the battlefield? And basing it on a quote from one of America's greatest soldiers and Presidents?

Wrong.

Folks, this ain't 1954 and that ain't your Daddy's Oldsmobile!

Chaplain Reyes was reprimanded for the column and his base commander publicly apologized for not stopping him from discussing religious subjects on the base website. What was the chaplain expected to discuss? Automotive repair tips?

So what has changed since 1954? Lots of things, obviously, but two stand out: 1. These are the last days. 2. Mikey Weinstein.

You probably remember Mr. Weinstein from previous programs. He heads the benignly and misleadingly named Military Religious Freedom Foundation or MRFF. (A more appropriate name would be the Military Freedom FROM Religion Foundation.)

The MRFF protested the chaplain's column and within five hours it had been removed from Elmendorf's website.

Apparently no place or venue is safe from Mr. Weinstein's near-omnipresent gaze. He's the guy who publicly called a Christian service member sharing his or her faith "spiritual rape." He has labeled Christians "monsters," "terrorists," and "enemies of the Constitution."

Who cares, you say? He sounds like a nut! Well, I agree, but President Obama doesn't. In fact, Weinstein has become the Administration's go-to guy on topics of "religious tolerance" in the U.S. military. Which sounds about par for the course these days -- pick someone who has NO religious tolerance to advise the brass on religious tolerance.

Just a few short decades ago, our national leaders actually promoted faith in God and the inclusion of God in the life and fabric of the nation. You see, they faced the specter of an opposing world superpower who sought to eliminate God and vest His authority in the State.

They understood that America's strength lay in her citizens' belief in and obeisance to an authority higher than man-made government: the Divine Creator. That freed us from the doubt and indecision and fear that pervades when the conduct of our lives is determined solely by whoever is in power at the moment.

It's a short and undeniable principle: Man changes. God doesn't. It doesn't take a rocket scientist or brain surgeon to figure which of the two will provide a more stable national environment.

On August 21, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill sat together, with hundreds of sailors and marines, at a church service aboard the HMS Prince of Wales in a harbor on the coast of Newfoundland. They sang the hymns of the church and drank in the strength provided by a mutual spiritual heritage and faith in a common God.

Later, Roosevelt told his son that the service "cemented us" for the dark days of World War II that lay ahead. Churchill wept during "Onward, Christian Soldiers" and later remarked that, "Every word seemed to stir the heart. It was a great hour to live."

It brings tears to my eyes just writing these words. My friends, that is a world that is long past.

In Britain today, fewer than 10% attend religious services, and a majority of those are Muslim. Now, the number one choice for a baby's name in the UK is "Mohammed."

In Luke 18:8, Jesus Himself asked this question: "When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?" Some studies show that atheism will replace "religion" as the dominant spiritual practice by 2041.

I personally don't worry too much about atheism because every man and woman has an innate awareness of God. But I do worry about the church. Will we become so desperate to attract people to our pews that we'll modify and water down the message of the Gospel? Perfect examples of this are the liberal denominations that have become like empty sepulchers. And now it's happening in many evangelical mega-churches.

At the rate we're going, and if the President and his party get their way, I'm not certain Jesus will find faith in the military when He returns. Likewise, I doubt He'll find faith in the ranks of academia or even in the lower echelons of our educational system. It appears that faith is in achingly short supply in the entertainment business already. Government, at least on the federal level, has already declared its independence from faith and conscience. Many believe that business, especially Big Business, turned its back on God long ago and worships only at the altar of the dollar.

So where will Jesus look for faith when He returns? In your heart and mine. That's why, no matter what happens in the world around us (and it's happening fast and furiously), stand confidently on the firm foundation of God's immutable promises to us. "Then after the battle you will still be standing firm." (Ephesians 6:13, NLT)

Don't miss this week's Report on TBN, Daystar, CPM Network, The Word Network, various local stations, www.hallindsey.com or www.hischannel.com. Please check your local listings.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: This is the 400th edition of "The Hal Lindsey Report." We are available in more than 200 nations and territories around the world and in more than 90% of the homes in America because of God's grace and your generous support. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your faithfulness in standing with me as a "watchman on the wall" during these critical times. I pray daily that God will bless you abundantly for your sacrifice and generosity. Only eternity will reveal the harvest that you have made possible by your prayer and financial support. I thank you and bless you in God's name.

God Bless,


Hal Lindsey


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Comment by Mary Allen on September 13, 2013 at 8:52pm

Yes, we look forward to the return of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ but in the meantime we need to daily continue in His Word, learn His ways and apply them to our lives so we can cope with the onslought of more evil coming our way. 

II Peter 3:8… but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity.

1 Cor 2:5…so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God
Luke 18:27 But He said, "The things that are impossible with people are possible with God."

I Cor 16:13 Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men; be strong.

DT 31:6 Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.”

Comment by Buck Crosby on September 13, 2013 at 3:52pm

   When we , as a nation , invite GODS return and not before , will he save us from our selves and the heathens we are commanded to tolerate . Come Quickly Jesus !!!

Comment by joan carson-Mcglasson on September 13, 2013 at 2:26pm

What is it going to take to get this corrupt Congress, despite knowing Obama is a Muslim, is an ineligible president; is actively destroying this country; is so inexperienced that now we have the Russian Putin, telling him what to do, to impeach this man?  There is enough evidence that is birth certificate is a forgery i.e. Sheriff Joe; that he has two stolen SS#'s; has not released any of his records ; has removed GOD from pledges in schools, cancels the Christians national Day of Prayer and celebrates Ramadan?- AND WE STILL HAVE HIM?  Nixon was facing impeachment for simply breaking into an office?  Obama has committed many treasonous impeachable offenses AND WE STILL HAVE HIM?  Perhaps the reason Congress does not act and rid this country of this anti-Christian, Anti-American is that Congress itself is in the same situation - caving to  do Obama's bidding is committing treason as well.

Comment by Gretchen Kindrick on September 13, 2013 at 1:19pm

@ Debrajoe - I respectfully disagree.  He is very religious, but he is not a man of Christian faith.  The religion (or IMO the cult) of Islam is deeply imbedded in his heart and soul.  Chief Yellowhorse hit it right on the money in his description.  His whole life has been one dedicated to learning how to be a good muslm, to hate America, and how to bring us down.  As someone who lived for 15 years in Indonesia, I know exactly what he was taught.  The cult of islam is very patient.  They do not HAVE to think in terms of instant gratification, although the results of terrorism does give them that.  They think in terms of decades, and the ultimate goal.  Americans have no concept of considering the impact of abandoning our faith and what is happening to us.  We began to turn our eyes from the One True God many years ago, and we are reaping what we sowed.  Unless we turn around and get on our knees, our destruction will be unstoppable.

Comment by Chief yellowhorse on September 13, 2013 at 12:46pm

Obama was born to a Communist mother and a Muslim father, and then Obama attended muslim schools in Indonesia, where Obama learn the basics of the Islamic faith. On the way of the radical lifestyle of Islamic rebels, in Obama’s teen and early twenties, Obama travel to Afghanistan, training to be a terrorist, and to know when and how to disguise his actions, to hide it from the American public. Then Obama attended Rev. Wright’s church and was again taught, to hate America, for twenty   years. (Let me ask you if you sat in a Christian church for twenty years something has to rub off and make you a better person?) the same thing happens when you set in Wright’s church you get indoctrinated, and that is what happened to Michelle and Obama. They both hate America, yet they spend 1.4 billion in taxpayers  money for vacations and golfing. In four years that adds up to 5.6 billion dollars of taxpayers money, what would that do for the poor or the elderly? To answer your question YES OBAMA IS A MUSLIM.  Michelle and Obama are two of the most shellfish people in the world, they want you to share in the misery, but they take and take and take, and never give back, I believe Obama planned this attach for 9/11/12 and he has the support of the Muslim brotherhood, Obama is a Muslim and he declared that if push came to shove Obama would side with the Muslims. ( in the book dreams of my father) Obama blatantly gave the Muslim brotherhood $450 million dollars for a successful mission in Benghazi, on Oct 11, 2012. This man has no shame. 

Comment by Daniel W Hollywood on September 13, 2013 at 12:31pm

Obama is a Muslim and is trying to wipe out any inklings of Christian thought from the Country.

Comment by Elton W. Yancey on September 13, 2013 at 12:22pm

Our great country is on the fast track to utter ruin.Please pray that many eyes will be opened before that time comes.

Comment by Debrajoe Smith-Beatty on September 13, 2013 at 12:06pm

Obama is not a religious man.

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