Daily Devotional for Monday December 30, 2013
What the Whole Duck Dynasty Debate is Really About
***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, how do I direct a practicing polygamist to scripture and what the Word of God has to say about living a polygamist lifestyle?
ANSWER: It is NOT, never has been, is not now, and never will be, supported by the Bible despite the claims many make that God blessed men who committed this sin. Please go to this link for a Devotional on this very topic: http://www.liveprayer.com/ddarchive3.cfm?id=4488
What the whole Duck Dynasty debate is really all about. At the end of all the endless debate over the Duck Dynasty issue, the bottom line is what I have been talking to you about over these past 14+ years of Liveprayer. This one issue has clearly defined those in society who still hold to traditional/family values that are born out of Biblical Truth, and those who oppose such values. This debate is NOT about homosexuality, or racism, or anything else but where people come down on the values and beliefs that guide their lives!
This my friend is the war we are in for the soul of this nation. When I first entered the ministry over 20 years ago, even at that time I saw that there was probably a pretty even 50/50 split between those who were guided by Biblical values and those who lived their lives apart from such a value structure. Without getting mired into the debate of how "Christian" this nation once was, the fact is it WAS founded on Biblical Truth and most people living here had a guiding belief in the God of the Bible and faith in Jesus Christ.
Over these last hundreds of years, living by Biblcial Truth and that belief in God has been fading. That erosion has been happening at a lightning pace these past 50 years. When I entered the ministry in the early 90's, as I stated the nation was pretty evenly divided between those who still adhered to Biblical values and those who had rejected such values. As I type these words today, I would say that just in these past 20 years it is now down apx. 40% who still hold to Biblical values and 60% of those who don't.
A big reason for the continuing decline is the fact older saints are dying and not being replaced as quickly because the church has lost its' zeal for souls and evangelism over the past several decades. We have replaced it with watered down man-made marketing plans like seeker/purpose driven/emerging church/prosperity gospel, designed to fill state-of-the-art entertainment facilities with warm bodies instead of converts. Talking about sin, hell, and unpleasant topics is taboo since it might scare off the people from showing up each Sunday who feed their coffers.
While we have retreated to the comfort, safety, and profitability of the little Christian subculture we have created these past 4 decades, the lost and hurting masses have been left to the minions of satan to devour. The better percentage of the past two generations having never been to church, never knowing a Biblically-based belief system, only the lies of satan to guide them. Those who are seeking something more than themselves are being led to hell with the lies of the cults, false religions, and new age philosophers who work with very little interference from those who possess the real Truth, hope, and answers people are looking for!
That is why the only hope for this nation is to turn back to God and His Truth. That is only going to happen with a real, nationwide revival. It can't happen through a church that is weak, bloated, apathetic, fractured, divided, compromised, and more focused on its' own agenda than God's! Real national revival will come through people who this very moment are drunk, high, gambling, in prison, committing sexual sins, following the lies of the cults and false religions, and simply living apart from God and His Truth!
As I shared with you, God has showed me 2014 will be the year of the beginning of that national revival and Liveprayer will be playing a big role. It is no accident this Duck Dynasty controversy erupted right before the new year begins! If you missed this special prophetic message, please take a moment to read it, pray over it, and share it! http://www.liveprayer.com/ddarchive3.cfm?id=5424
I love you and care about you so much. I am sorry if you were looking for another cheerleading piece about Duck Dynasty. There are plenty of those stories out there that break down every element of this debate. I am more interested in the big picture and what the real meaning of this debate is. I pray daily for the Robertson family and have since they hit the airwaves. Ironically, the Liveprayer TV program is on 5 nights a week in West Monroe, LA where the Robertson's live and work and get emails from many in that community.
I have no doubt God has used their program to show this nation the clearly drawn battle lines that have been laid down. You are either for family/traditional values born out of Biblical Truth, or you have rejected that belief system. Sadly, most Christians have been either hiding,sleeping, or simply burying their head in the sand while the minions of satan have been working tirelessly. For many followers of Christ, it has been a real wake-up call that we are in an all out war for the soul of this nation. THAT IS THE REAL STORY OF THE DUCK DYNASTY CONTROVERSY!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,