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"IS AMERICA 'LOSING IT'?"  

A Special Message Given on March 19, 2001 
By Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

 

I am sick at heart as I think of America tonight. As I sit here alone in my study, two national news magazines lie on the desk in front of me, their covers leering at me through the soft light from the lamp by my side.

The cover of U.S. News and World Report has these words, in large, bold letters: "Drowning in Debt." The accompanying article asks, "How did America get into this mess, spending away our future earnings? Economists predict personal bankruptcies this year will break 1998's record of 1.4 million." Nearly everyone I know is worried about money. What will happen when our house of credit cards comes crashing down?

The cover of Time has a kid's backpack on it with a pistol sticking out. In large letters are the words: "The Columbine Effect." Inside is a story on a fifteen-year-old high school killer which says, "Once again, a lost boy shoots up his school and rattles our psyches." This is happening in high schools across the nation with increased frequency now. Our schools are becoming dangerous jungles of crime, violence, and sin.

How many brains does it take to see that America is "losing it"? How much farther can we go before our whole way of life crumbles? Dr. Erwin Lutzer, pastor of the Moody Memorial Church in Chicago, said, "Not until all is lost, will many awake to the painful reality that America as we once knew it is gone." Are you awake to the danger yet?

Judge Robert H. Bork, the Reagan nominee that the liberals rejected for the Supreme Court, recently said:

"I am not a religious man, but America is now in moral anarchy. I do not believe it can even survive without a sweeping spiritual revival."

I think he's right. But I do not see signs of Biblical revival in our churches. Most preachers tell me they are struggling. You could probably count on your fingers the preachers who don't feel that way. Things look pretty bleak and hopeless to many pastors and church leaders.

My most hard-hitting book has just come from the publishers. It was written for such a time as this. It is even stronger than Preaching to a Dying Nation, which I sent to you free a few months ago. In fact, this is a sequel to Preaching to a Dying Nation. It is called Battle for the Bible in the 21st Century. In this new book, I have pulled out all the stops. It is too late to try to please anyone. I have written this book with white-hot anger and with tears literally running down my cheeks (I mean it). I have not wet my finger and held it up to see which way the wind is blowing. I have not taken a poll to find out what people want to hear.

One man said, "Robert, you haven't written what they want to read, you've written what they need to read." The man who said that is an eighty-four year old Texan. He took me to a Baptist church for the first time when I was a little boy, nearly fifty years ago. I phoned him at his home in Vernon, Texas a few minutes ago, and he said, "Robert, people need to read what you have written."

Of course, I think that man is right. I think you need to read my latest book, Battle for the Bible in the 21st Century. I believe this so strongly that I'm going to make you an offer you can't refuse. I will send you this book, which sells for $12.95, plus my book, The Anxious Inquirer, which sells for $7.00, for a total of only $15.95. That's a savings of $4.00, and it includes the postage in the price.

Will you sit down right now and phone me at (818)352-0452? I'll be waiting to receive your phone call. Or you can send me a check for $15.95 and request the two books by name. Write to, Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr. P. O. Box 15308 Los Angeles, CA 90015.

But the best thing to do is phone me at (818)352-0452. Why not call me right now? I'm waiting to talk with you.

P.S. By the way, I don't make any money on these books. All the money we receive goes into the publication of new books. We have two more being prepared right now for future publication. Phone me right now and order our latest books, Battle for the Bible in the 21st Century and The Anxious Inquirer, both for only $15.95. Phone me at (818)352-0452.

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