Some Thoughts About The Current Moment in World History

We live in an age of transition. Just as the Pax Britannica and the British Empire that had dominated the world stage during the 19th century came to an end in the early years of the 20th century, so too the Pax Americana and the American Empire that dominated the 20th century are coming to an end in the early years of the 21st.

As with the Roman Emthe-decline-and-fall-of-the-roman-empire-700x400-1364317094pire, the signs of the American decline are the same; weighed down by debt and an increasingly worthless currency, the empire sags under the terrible burden of trying to feed an increasingly indolent and decadent population. The bread and circuses that demagogues use to stay in power have to be paid for, so the legions that once kept the peace worldwide are gradually withdrawn from the far-flung borders they once defended and the barbarian advances are no longer seriously contested. Prior alliances and assurances become almost worthless, and stripped of that protection, nations that were once civilized sink into anarchy and darkness. War, rather than peace, becomes the prevailing wind on the frontiers. Other empires, eager to fill the power vacuum left by the American retreat, begin to arise, and people begin to look to powers like Russia and China for support, commerce and protection from the Barbarians. America takes the place that Britain occupied after the Second World War, still classed as a superpower, but no longer really able to act as one, and in reality only the hollow husk of the great nation she once was.

The tides have shifted and are now flowing east. The West, having abandoned the Christian religion that once made it great, is gradually buried by the silt of its own decay. We live now in a civilization lit only by the dying embers of a once bright and shining light. Will those embers be extinguished and the culture be plunged into a darkness that will make this present moment seem like “the good old days?” Or will the Lord be gracious to bring another Great Awakening that will fan the embers into flame once again?

About Andrew Webb

I was converted out of paganism and the occult in 1993 and while I was initially Charismatic/Arminian in my theology, I became Reformed and Presbyterian through bible study and the influence of ministries like RC Sproul's. After teaching in local bible studies, and taking seminary courses part time, I began to feel called to the ministry in 1997. I was Ordained as an RE at Christ Covenant PCA in Hatboro, PA in 2000 and as a TE by Central Carolina Presbytery in 2001 when I was called to be the Organizing Pastor/Church Planter for Providence PCA Mission, Cross Creek PCA's church plant in Fayetteville, NC (home to Ft. Bragg and Pope Airforce Base). In 2005 when the Providence PCA Particularized I was blessed to be called by the congregation to be their Pastor
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1 Response to Some Thoughts About The Current Moment in World History

  1. Andrew Duggan says:

    To put it another way, will the reformed and Presbyterian churches that are supposed to be salt and light light to the world repent and return to be faithful to their LORD? Will those churches repent of their centuries of worshiping according to their desires and return to the honest meaning of the scriptures as summaries in their confessions and catechisms?

    Why should God raise up more men in the same vein that teach for doctrine the commandments of men? Sure there are been reformations throughout American Church history, but from the time of the 1st Great Awakening when they first turned aside from worshiping God according to his requirements, the one thing they will not do, just the the Israelites of their day, is depart from the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat that made Israel to sin. Israel refused to accept that the worship centers of Dan and Bethel were anything other than legitimate. Contemporary American NAPARCs in the same vein will not accept that singing of man-made counterfeit songs in stead of Christ-inspired Psalms is anything other than true worship, and will not turn from the sins of Isaac Watts that made the church to sin.

    God has laid out in Ex 20:5 and Romans 1 exactly how He works this out in history, and even as we see the effects of the society being turned over to the most vile of affections, we can’t admit that his anything to do with us personally or collectively in the churches. No we think it isn’t not our fault, and so when we read in Isaiah 1:5

    Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.

    why indeed?

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