Friday, April 19, 2024

The Changing of the Guard


by Dr. Gerald B. Collingsworth

No one knows exactly when the “changing of the guard” occurred, but every historian and every fundamental preacher knows it happened. What guard is this? It is the guard that Christians through the years have walked around the truth. It is the guard of those who fought for the Bible, the doctrine of creationism, and the minds of children. Now, we find the “old guard” strangely missing and a “new guard” has been set. The new guard is seemingly more diligent than the old guard. The difference is that the new guard is watching to make sure that creationism, prayer, and the Bible are not allowed to take center stage as they once did.

It Had Happened Before.

“The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world, would not have believed that the

adversary and the enemy should have entered into the gates of Jerusalem. For the sins of her

prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her,” – Lamentations 4:12-13

“And I brought you into a plentiful country,… but when ye entered, ye defiled my land,

and made mine heritage an abomination.” – Jeremiah 2:7

These verses speak of the nation of Israel and the great city of kings, Jerusalem. The leaders of the world could not believe how this great nation had fallen so low. They had seen her in her heights, and now she was in her depths. These leaders were astonished. What had occurred was that a generation of apathetic preachers and an apathetic people had fallen asleep on guard duty and were replaced by a new shift of guards. The results are revealed in Lamentations 5:16, “The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned!”

The nation of Israel lost her crown. That crown stood for power, authority, and uniqueness. Now, all that she once had was gone. Israel had become a nation without glory and without respectability.

The sins that the people committed which brought down this nation are made clear in II Chronicles 36:13-21:

  • They hardened their hearts.
  • They replaced God with religious idols.
  • They polluted the house of God.
  • They mocked the men of God.
  • They refused to give God just one day a week.

The results for this behavior are listed in Isaiah 3:1-26:

  • The mighty men disappeared, including the mighty soldier, the just judge, the true prophet, and the wise counselor.
  • The children became their leaders.
  • The basest people and the wicked behaved proudly against the honorable.
  • The rich lacking wisdom were given authority.
  • The Sodomites were openly accepted.
  • The women were placed in power over the men.
  • People allowed sins such as nose rings, tattoos, and nakedness to run rampant (Isaiah 3:16-21).

Some may say, “But is this not a good thing?” The answer is that it is anti-Bible and anti-God! These behaviors revealed that God had departed from the nation.

It Has Happened Again.

America, just as Canaan, was a land filled with wildlife and savages. God gave His people a land flowing with milk and honey. He gave America power and world respect. He raised up great leaders and heroes for His people, such as:

George Washington, Patrick Henry, General George Patton, Alexander Hamilton, John Paul Jones, General Douglas MacArthur, Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Bull Halsey, Benjamin Franklin, General John Pershing, Theodore Roosevelt.

Those listed are a few among many great leaders in American history. Up until the 1960’s America was filled with real heroes.

 What Happened?

  • The Bible was revisited and changed repeatedly.
  • The government approved alcohol.
  • The Scopes Monkey Trial was a direct attack against creationism.
  • Women entered the work force with the men.
  • Welfare was created and supported broken homes. (Book: The Great Deceivers written by Hoover, FBI Director.)
  • Rock and roll music infiltrated the country.
  • Sports slowly became “gods.”
  • Prayer was removed from public schools.
  • The Bible was removed from public schools.
  • Evolution was forcibly taught in all government schools.
  • History books and curriculums were changed, and leaders of the past had all references to their religious beliefs removed by anti-Christian authorities.

These tactics were a satanic ploy to remove God from every part of America.

The Resulting Tragedy of Removing God Was Abortion.

“This know also, that in the last days… men shall be lovers of their own selves,… blasphemers,… unthankful, unholy,… Without natural affection,… despisers of those that are good,… lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;” – II Timothy 3:1-4 (See also II Timothy 3:5-7)

“These… things doth the LORD hate: … hands that shed innocent blood,” – Proverbs 6:16-17

There is a story told of a doctor who asked another doctor about certain patients he had. He asked, “I want your opinion, doctor, on the termination of a pregnancy. The father is syphilitic; the mother has tuberculosis. Of the four children already in the family, the first was born blind, the second died, the third is deaf and dumb, and the fourth has tuberculosis. What would you do about giving birth to the fifth child?”

“I would advise the couple that they should get an abortion, and I would terminate the pregnancy,” replied the second doctor.

“Then,” said the first doctor, “You just aborted Beethoven.”

 What can American Christians do to save our country? We must be as committed in defense of morality as our opponents are in destroying our morals!

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  1. AMEN and AMEN Preacher. I have been Preaching this almost identical message for almost 30 years yet its almost like satan has so many people busy and concerned about trivial things that they only hear it with their head and not their heart! Keep Preaching it though until our Sweet Lord shouts “Let my people go” and we meet in the air. Glory glory I may have to take a lap around the house!

  2. Excellent. I agree wholeheartedly. We need Jesus to convict our country and us as individuals of our sin. Only God can help us.

  3. I recently had the opportunity to preach a message on II Chronicles 7:14 the subject of the message being: “The wickedest way that America needs to repent of and turn from” which concerns the first thing mentioned under the list of “What Happened” in this article and that is: “The Bible was revisited and changed repeatedly.” The wickedest thing America has done is to depart from the Authorized King James Bible and to allow ungodly scholars and translators to butcher the word of God through these corrupt “new versions”. God is very protective of his word and has magnified it above all his name (Psalm 138:2) giving stern warnings about tampering with it in Proverbs 30:5-6 and Revelation 22:18-19. When Israel got in trouble it was always because they despised, disobeyed, and rejected the word of God and it is no different today. America is in trouble because America has rejected God’s Book which is the Authorized King James Bible. You will know whether something is good or evil by its fruit. The fruit of the King James Bible is righteousness and truth with great moves of God , great revivals, great blessings, and millions of souls saved. On the other hand the fruit of all these “new versions” is the wickedness and corruption that we see today. You cannot tamper with God’s word and get away with it!


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