In 1991, I wrote these words in the preface to Whatever Happened to the Power of God? Is the Charismatic Church Slain in the Spirit or Down for the Count:
“While the American Church celebrates, our beloved country sinks into lower and lower depths. We are not only killing unborn babies, but we have begun to kill helpless adults—actually starving them to death! It is claimed that some of them are in a ‘persistent vegetative state.’ I believe it is the Church that is in a persistent vegetative state. Will nothing awake us from our stupor?”
That was back in 1991, when we had “only” killed about 25 million babies in the womb. Today that number is well over 55 million, while three of our states have legalized voluntary euthanasia.
Back in 1991, the idea of the president of the United States using his inaugural speech as a platform for gay activism would have been unthinkable, and if some preacher predicted that in 2013, a pastor who believed homosexual practice was wrong in God’s eyes would be disinvited from praying at the president’s inauguration, he would have been laughed to scorn.
After all, Billy Graham prayed at both presidential inaugurations for Bill Clinton (1993 and 1997), while Franklin Graham prayed at the first inauguration of George W. Bush in 2001. Even as recently as 2009, at President Obama’s first inauguration, Rick Warren was able to offer the invocation despite criticism and controversy. Those days seem like a distant memory now.