Most Christians I know believe that the times we live in are unparalleled. That the church has never seen darker days. Yet history is replete with “darker days,” — incredibly so. Why then do we insist on being the final era, the “it” generation, the final trump constituency? I think that it may rest in the axiom that “culture is religion externalized.” In other words, Darby’s rapture doctrines and dispensationalism have produced their children (and they are whining).
Let us look to the wisdom of John Newton, author of Amazing Grace, in his letters on politics.
The whole system of my politics is summed up in this one verse, “The Lord reigns! Let the nations tremble!” Psalm 99:1
The times look awfully dark indeed; and as the clouds grow thicker–the stupidity of the nation seems proportionally to increase. If the Lord had not a remnant here, I would have very formidable apprehensions. But He loves His children; some are sighing and mourning before Him, and I am sure He hears their sighs, and sees their tears. I trust there is mercy in store for us at the bottom; but I expect a shaking time before things get into a right channel–before we are humbled, and are taught to give Him the glory.
The state of the nation, the state of the churches–both are deplorable! Those who should be praying–are disputing and fighting among themselves! Alas! how many professors are more concerned for the mistakes of government–than for their own sins!