“What is God Doing in America?” by Dr. David R Reagan
Dr. David R Reagan – Twenty years ago, at the beginning of this century, my answer to this question would have
been, “He is calling us to repentance.” Today, my answer is very different. My answer today is
that “He is warning us of His impending wrath.”
My answer has changed because I believe America is finished. I believe we have passed the
point of no return. And for those of you who think there is no such thing as “a point of no
return,” let me assure you that the Bible clearly teaches that there is such a point in the history of
a nation. The Bible refers to it in several places as the point when “the wound becomes
incurable.” Look it up.
The ancient nation of Judah is a classic example. Jeremiah declared its “wound was
incurable” because of its rebellion against God and His Word (Jeremiah 30:12). And because of
that, Jeremiah was told three times to not even pray for the nation. God even told Jeremiah that
the intervention of persons as godly as Moses and Samuel could not save the nation from His
wrath (Jeremiah 15:1). Ezekiel was told the same thing. God declared to him repeatedly that the
prayerful intervention of Noah, Daniel and Job would be insufficient to save Judah from His
wrath (Ezekiel 14:123-20).
Like ancient Judah, we are currently a nation in all-out, full-scale rebellion against God and
His Word. We have reached that point that characterized the lawless days of Israel during the
time of the nation’s rule by Judges, when the Bible says “everyone did what was right in his own
eyes.” We have abandoned the counsel of Solomon who wrote in Proverbs 3:5 — “Trust in the
Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways
We are far down the road to becoming a mirror image of Noah’s depraved society that was
characterized by violence and immorality. As in the declining days of Judah, we have become
like that nation when God condemned them thru the prophet Isaiah with these words: “You are
calling good evil and evil good” (Isa. 5:20).
We are, in fact in the last stage of God’s abandonment wrath as explained by the Apostle
Paul in Romans 1. In that passage, Paul declares that when a nation sets its jaw against God, He
will step back, lower the hedge of protection and allow sin to multiply, resulting in an immoral
sexual revolution — which is exactly what happened in this nation in the 1960s. Then, Romans 1
says that if the nation refuses to repent, God will take a second step back, lower the hedge of
protection even more and the result will be a plague of homosexuality. Thus homosexuality is
not just a sin; it can also be a judgment. And it is a judgment that God has inflicted on this
Finally, Romans 1 says that if the nation still refuses to repent, God will take a third step
back, lower the hedge of protection further and the result will be the abandonment of the nation
to a “depraved mind.” That’s exactly where we are today. And that is the reason we are hearing
constant cries for things that would have been unimaginable only a few years ago. Let me give
you some examples:
Examples of Mental & Spiritual Depravity
! The defunding of the police — in other words, the undermining of the barrier between us
and the barbarians.
! The emptying of jails and prisons in order to provide counseling instead of punishment.
! The payment of slavery reparations to Blacks. In other words, payments to people who have
never been slaves from people who have never owned a slave.
! The payment of reparations to Homosexuals for having outlawed homosexuality in the past
and for having prevented homosexuals from marrying.
! Legalizing prostitution and even pedophilia.
! Legalizing all hard drugs — as the state of Oregon has just done.
! Legalizing euthanasia and infanticide,
! Promoting drag queen story hours for children at our public libraries.
! Mandating public school curricula that teaches from the kindergarten level that various
forms of sexual perversion are “normal.”
! Legalizing punishment for hate speech which would include criticism of sexual perversion
and abortion — or declaring Jesus to be the only way to Heaven.
! Confinement of all vestiges of religious expression to houses of worship.
! Taxation of churches and ministries.
! Forcing churches and ministries to hire people who disagree with their creedal statements.
! Confiscation of firearms.
! Defunding of the military — yes, there are people actually making this demand.
! Removal of chaplains from the military.
! Packing the Supreme Court to assure a liberal majority.
! A constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College.
! The abandonment of nationalism in favor of a One World Order.
! The mandatory abandonment of fossil fuels.
! The dumping of any support for Israel.
! The revision of American history to disparage our Christian heritage and to present us as the
world’s greatest evil.
! Replacing the Star Spangled Banner as our national anthem with John Lennon’s song,
“Imagine,” which celebrates Atheism and Socialism.
The list goes on and on, and every time I think it could not get any worse, it gets even worse.
The Church in America
And what is the Church in America doing in response? It has gotten in bed with the world!
! Endorsing homosexuality and same-sex marriage and ordaining both homosexuals and
! Christian spokesmen endorsing abortion and euthanasia.
! Christian leaders, even some calling themselves “Evangelicals,” arguing there are many
roads to God, and Jesus is therefore only one of many ways to Heaven.
! Christian spokesmen condemning foreign mission work on the grounds that it constitutes
! Christian pastors building their sermons around modern psychology rather than the
! Christian teachers and preachers openly mocking the Bible as “outdated,” “culturally
compromised,” and “full of myth, legend and superstition.”
The Church today in America is one thousand miles wide and one inch deep. The average
Christian has no idea what are the fundamentals of the faith. Most could not name the first five
books of the Bible or the four Gospels. We are in the midst of a famine of the Word of God.
It is no accident that the nation’s largest church, the Lakewood Church in Houston, is
pastored by a person who preaches positive thinking and financial prosperity. Again, the Church
in America has gotten in bed with our depraved society, seeking the approval of people rather
In fact, the basic problem of our nation is that we have forgotten God. In 1983 Alexandr
Solzhenitsyn declared that all the horrors of Russia under the Communists were due to the fact
that the Russian people had forgotten God, and he pointed out that our nation was on the same
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This was the fundamental problem of ancient Judah. Isaiah expressed it this way in chapter 37
and verse 10: “You have forgotten the God of your salvation and have not remembered the Rock
if your refuge.”
The Possibility of Revival
Many well-meaning pastors in America today are preaching the hope of national revival. I
understand their hearts and I appreciate their hope, but I believe it is unrealistic and unbiblical to
believe our nation can return to God.
They point to the past when several times our nation grew cold in its relationship to God, and
each time, people prayed for revival, and revival occurred. But there is a big difference today.
Our nation has not grown cold in its relationship to God. On the contrary, our nation is in
outright, fullscale rebellion against God and His Word. We are collectively shaking our fist at
God and mocking Him.
To put it very bluntly, we as a nation are not giving God the cold shoulder; we are giving him
Another reason I cannot believe in a national revival is because I believe we are now in the
endtimes on the very threshold of the Great Tribulation, and nowhere in the Bible is there any
prophecy about some sort of great end-time revival. Instead, the Bible states over and over again
that in the end-times society will become immoral and violent and the Church will be filled with
apostasy (2 Timothy 4:1-4) and will be preaching doctrines of demons (1 Timothy 4:1).
Evidence of Our Degeneration as a Nation
In 2016 God granted this nation a window of grace with the election of Donald Trump.
Despite his worldly background and his highly offensive personality, he stood for Judeo-
Christian principles in his legislation, regulations and court appointments. He slowed our
nation’s descent into the pit of Hell.
But as our recent national election has just demonstrated, that descent cannot be stopped. It
can only be slowed. Evidence of that can be seen in the following facts:
1) Despite being the most ungodly president in American history, Barack Obama left office
with a 60% approval rating.
2) His designated successor, Hillary Clinton, received 3 million more votes than Trump.
3) The Millennials — the future of our nation — supported a Socialist in the primaries and
then voted for Hillary in the general election — and this year they did the same thing by
giving their support to Bernie Sanders and then to Biden.
4) And worst of all, polls are showing that only 9% of Americans can now be classified as
Bible-believing, and even worse, those same polls are showing that only 17% of
professing Christian can be classified as Bible-believing.
Our churches are full of professing Christians who have never been born again. They are
actually cultural Christians who are going to church as a cultural habit. And when the Rapture
occurs, they will still be here going to church, hearing apostate sermons by deceived pastors who
will also be left behind.
Even many Bible-believing Christians refuse to face the harsh reality of our nation’s future.
They seem to think God is sitting on His throne wrapped in an American flag with no intention
whatsoever of pouring out His wrath on our God-rejecting nation.
They are like the people in Jeremiah’s time who responded to his calls for repentance and his
warning of God’s impending wrath by chanting, “The Temple, the Temple, the Temple!” What
they meant by this chant was that they did not believe God would ever allow the Temple to be
destroyed where His Shekinah Glory resided. Likewise, many Christians today believe God
would never allow this nation to be destroyed.
Well, we need to remember a biblical principle that says, “To those to whom much is given,
much is expected.”
Our nation has been blessed more than any other nation in history except ancient Judah. And
yet, despite our incredible blessings, we have turned our backs on God and are begging for His
wrath — just like the people of Judah. And God destroyed their nation. Why would He deal with
us any differently?
My Experience in Russia
I went to the Soviet Union in 1991, shortly after the collapse of the Communist government.
What I found astonished me. All the stores in Moscow were empty. There was no food or
Overnight, the nation with the largest number of nuclear weapons in the world had been
reduced to a Third World status. Tens of thousands of Russians were in the streets with card
tables stacked with items to trade because the nation had been reduced to a barter economy. So,
people were trading clothing for food and food for clothing.
And as I surveyed this incredible scene, the Lord spoke to my heart and said, “Go back to
America and tell people what you have seen. Tell them how I destroyed a nation overnight and
warn them that the same fate awaits America, but even worse, because of the blessings I have
given your nation. Tell them that ‘to those to whom much is given, much is expected.’”
When I returned, I began to preach that message, and people let me know in no uncertain
terms that they did not want to hear what they labeled as “a negative message.”
In the year 2000, I published a book titled “Living for Christ in the End Times.” The subtitle I
gave it was “Coping with Anarchy and Apostasy.” The publisher refused to use that subtitle. I
was told that it was too extreme. Instead, the publisher gave the book a subtitle that meant
nothing at all.
When we republished the book in 2015, we took it away from the publisher and published it
ourselves, and I gave it the subtitle that frankly expressed what our society was going to be like
— a society caught up in anarchy and apostasy. Can anyone deny those realities today — just
five years later?
Our Judeo-Christian Foundation
Our nation was based on Judeo-Christian principles. Our constitutional system of
representative government was designed with the assumption that there would always be a
Judeo-Christian consensus. Our Founding Fathers stated clearly that if that consensus ever
ceased to exist, our Constitution would not be able to stand.
Well, my friends, we have arrived. The Judeo-Christian consensus that made this nation great
is gone, and our days are numbered.
A few years ago, this point was made very powerfully in a brief video produced by a Harvard
University Business School Professor named Clayton Christensen, who, I am sorry to say, died
of leukemia in January of this year, 2020. In the video he talked about a student of his from
China. He said the Chinese student observed to him that his experience in our nation had
convinced him that the key to the success of our democratic system was moral education
provided by churches.
Dr. Christensen agreed with the student and ended the video with this powerful insight: “If
you take away religion, you can’t hire enough police.”
In conclusion, is there any hope for our nation? I don’t think so. I believe our fate is sealed. Is
there any hope for individual Americans? Absolutely! But that hope cannot be found in a
political party or a political leader. It can be found only in Jesus.
Because I know Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I can view the future with a very strong hope.
And that’s because I know that God is in control. This is the point of Psalm 2. That Psalm says
that while all the political leaders in the world are shaking their fists at God and telling him they
will do as they please, God is sitting on His throne in Heaven LAUGHING — yes, laughing! He
is not laughing because He does not care. No, He is laughing because He has it all under control,
for our Creator has the wisdom and power to orchestrate all the evil of Man and Satan to the
ultimate triumph of Jesus.
Keep in mind too that the anarchy and apostasy we are witnessing today is clearly prophesied
in the Bible as an end time sign. That’s the reason that the great pastor, Adrian Rogers, would
often say, “The world is growing gloriously dark.” Why would he call increasing moral and
spiritual darkness “glorious”? Because it is a sure sign that we are living in the season of the
Jan Markell has always put the same thought another way. She says, “The world is not falling
to pieces. Instead, all the pieces are falling into place.”
A Call to Action
What are we as Christians to do as we face the increasing chaos all around us, including
increasing persecution of both Christianity and individual Christians? We are to remember the
words that God spoke to the prophet Habakkuk when he was faced with the same situation: “The
righteous shall live by faith.” (Hab 2:4)
Specifically, we are to:
1) We are to commit our lives to holy living.
2) Point people to Jesus as their only hope.
3) We are to stand for righteousness.
4) We are to pray earnestly.
5) We are to proclaim the Lord’s soon return.
And let’s keep in mind the immortal words of the prophet Jeremiah who, when confronted
with the destruction of Jerusalem, the Temple and his nation, cried out in faith:
“The steadfast love of the Lord never
ceases, His mercies never come to an end,
They are new every morning.
Great is Thy faithfulness!
‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul.
Therefore, I will hope in Him.” (Lamentations 3:22-24)