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by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.,
Pastor Emeritus

A lesson taught at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Lord’s Day Evening, February 21, 2021

Hymn Sung Before the Lesson: “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”
       (by Samuel F. Smith, 1808-1895; stanzas 1, 2, 4).

“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34; p. 682 Scofield).

Dr. Roy L. Branson was correct when he said,

In 1948 the Word of God was illegally banned from the schools of this country by a Supreme Court that had no authority to do that, and in direct violation of the Constitution and the intents, words and actions of all our Founding Fathers (Roy L. Branson, Jr., Th.D., Ph.D.).

In the years following 1948, the Court made Christ and the Bible illegal in all public places. God has been banned from America by government and institutions (ibid.).

From the founding of America through World War II, America won every war we fought. But we have not won a single war since the Bible and God were removed from the public schools. The Korean War ended in stalemate. Vietnam was a war that could have been won in a few weeks. But traitorous people (like Jane Fonda) brought about our disgraceful surrender.

When did America stop winning its wars? It began with the first war following the 1948 removal of Christ and the Bible from our schools.


In 1967 Dr. Branson heard Dr. B. R. Lakin say, “If God does not judge America, He would have to raise up Sodom and Gomorrah and apologize to them.” Dr. John R. Rice said about the same thing. So did Billy Graham in a TV special that I watched. “America has immersed herself in all the sins of those ancient peoples.” Dr. Branson said, “Today America is a hundred times more vile than when Dr. Lakin said this.”

Dr. Branson said, “Natural disasters seem to have increased in frequency during the last twenty years or so. Great floods, storms, earthquakes, fires and devastating tornadoes have ravaged many parts of our country.” This morning I opened the newspaper that comes to our house and read that a horrible freeze had come to Texas. Why Texas? The Baptists are the largest religious group in Texas. But Dr. W. A. Criswell is dead. He would have agreed with what Dr. Branson said. I knew Dr. Criswell. I know he would have thought that the freeze came to Texas because of God’s judgment on the Baptists there. They corrupt their churches. They are as lukewarm as the church at Laodicea.

One of the worst things in America is the sin of the leading evangelical preachers – men like Jimmy Swaggart, Jerry Falwell, Jr., Jack Hyles and Ravi Zacharias.

Then there came Hurricane Katrina. The week that Katrina destroyed New Orleans was at the precise time that New Orleans had the “Gay Pride” parade.

Dr. Branson said, “God is insulted in America, and He left. When God left His patience left with Him.”

When did these judgments begin? They started with the 1948 removal of Christ and the Bible from the training and knowledge of our children!

Communism makes evangelicals afraid. The Democrat party is now controlled by Communists – in Kamala Harris and others. They control both houses of Congress. They are swiftly moving to pack the Supreme Court with more Communist-friendly judges.

My son Wesley fears that the Communists will force their way into our home because we openly supported President Trump. Will that happen? It possibly will!

I know President Trump was pathetic in their first debate. Biden said he was a “clown.” We needed a man like Reagan or Churchill, but not a clown! That is when I knew that Trump would lose and the Communist/Democrats would take over.

Will things ever get back to “normal”? I don’t think so. We have lost (probably forever) the America I knew as a young person.

Please stand and sing our hymn again.

My country, 'tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing:
Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrims' pride,
From every mountainside Let freedom ring!

My native country, thee, Land of the noble, free, Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills, Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills Like that above.

Our fathers’ God, to Thee, Author of liberty, To Thee we sing;
Long may our land be bright, With freedom’s holy light,
Protect us by Thy might, Great God, our King!
(“My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” by Samuel F. Smith, 1808-1895;
stanzas 1, 2 and 4).