Has America Passed the Point of No Return?

America can still be saved, but only if we do not minimize the urgency of the hour.

As we celebrate the 241st anniversary of our nation this July 4th, this is the most important question we can ask. Can America be saved?

By Michael Brown Published on July 3, 2017

Is it too late for America? Are the nation’s best days behind us? Can our sickly country be saved?

On July 1, 2016, conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza sent out an email titled, “On The Brink Of Losing America Forever,” and it certainly feels that we are that close. But have we passed the point of no return?

We could all point to a virtual mountain of sins and crimes that are rampant in our country, including the killing of more than 55 million babies in the womb. We could all indict America on many fronts. That is easy to do. But has Almighty God written us off forever?

As we celebrate the 241st anniversary of our nation this July 4th, this is the most important question we can ask. Everything else is secondary. Can America be saved?

In my first book on revival, written in 1989, I asked, “Is God through with America? Is He ready to spew us out of His mouth? Is it too late for revival? Is our country ready to die?”

Now, almost 40 years later, these questions are much more urgent. Do we realize how much farther we have fallen?

We Need a Great Awakening

I have asked these questions again in my newest book, Saving a Sick America: A Prescription for Moral and Cultural Reformation, due out in September. It is a book filled with great hope for our future. But it is a hope based in realism, since we will never get healthy unless we realize just how sick we are.

To use a physical analogy, America has cancer, and without radical treatment, that cancer will soon be terminal. But with major medical intervention and a total change of lifestyle, the prognosis is promising. How will we respond? Taking a pill and taking a nap will not cure our condition. Trying to eat a little better won’t reverse a mortal disease.

In the same way, a nice church service won’t turn the tide, a lovely sermon won’t awaken us, and a casual prayer meeting won’t stir us from our stupor. We need a sense of desperation and urgency. Do we have it? Are we praying and crying out and making changes in our own lives as if America hung in the balance?

We should recognize that this is the perfect opportunity for the church of Jesus to rise up in the truth and power of the Spirit.

We need another great awakening — a massive, spiritual revival — but a national awakening will not come up without national desperation. How hungry are we? How urgent are our prayers? How intense is our desire for God to visit our nation? Do we realize how sick we are?

In the introductory chapter to Saving a Sick America, I wanted to paint a picture of just how far we had fallen, and do so in just a few pages. How could I drive this home? While giving this prayerful consideration one day, everything became clear. I would tell the story of an all-American dad who fell asleep while watching Leave It to Beaver with his family in 1961, only to wake up in 2017. The changes are stark and shocking and disturbing. How did we get from there to here?

But my goal in that chapter (and in the book as a whole) was not to depress us or discourage us. Instead, my goal was to awaken us to the urgency of the hour so that we will turn to God with urgency and make urgent changes in our lives.

It’s Not Too Late

It is not too late for America unless we make it too late by our complacency and carnality and indifference. But if we will turn to God with all our heart and soul, our best days could be ahead, as preposterous as that may sound.

That’s why the last chapter of the book is called, “The Church’s Great Opportunity.” There I tell the story of an American shoe company that decided to expand overseas, sending their best salesman to start a new branch in Africa. Before he arrived, the company spent years in strategic planning, targeting this particular region as ideal for their global expansion and shipping thousands of boxes of shoes to their huge new warehouse. But within hours of the salesman’s arrival, he called the company headquarters in a panic. “Get me out of here!” he exclaimed. “No one here wears shoes!”

They flew him home immediately, temporarily halting their plans, then met as leaders to reevaluate their strategy. After lengthy discussion, they decided that their plan was sound, sending their second-best salesman.

Once again, within hours of his arrival, the salesman called headquarters with an urgent message, but this time his tone was very different. “We need thousands more boxes of shoes!” he exclaimed. “Nobody here has any shoes!” That is the mentality we must embrace here in the USA today in the midst of massive societal decline. Everyone needs what we have to offer.

Don’t Minimize the Urgency

As I wrote in Saving a Sick America: 

Without a doubt, our nation is desperately sick, on the edge of spiraling into moral and cultural chaos. And without a doubt, much of the church is backslidden, having been seduced into apathy, lethargy, and carnality by a compromised, watered down ‘gospel’ and by the endless temptations of the age. In many ways, these are dark days for our country spiritually and morally, and we must not minimize the urgency of the hour. But rather than throw our hands up in despair, we should recognize that this is the perfect opportunity for the church of Jesus to rise up in the truth and power of the Spirit, bringing the message of life and transformation to our very sick country. This is the church’s great opportunity. This is our time to stand.

By God’s grace, I’m determined to stand strong, to speak the truth and live the truth, regardless of cost or consequence, and to turn to God will all my heart. Can we stand together? Do we really have a choice?

I truly believe that America can still be saved, but only if we do not minimize the urgency of the hour.

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  • ImaginaryDomain

    I’m not sure we’re toast yet, but there’s certainly a fire in the kitchen. I am dismayed at the speed of our decline. It seems in just a few short years we’ve gotten ourselves so deceived that we can’t even agree on which bathroom we should be using.

    • Rex Rhinesmith

      Love this response, ID!!

  • Rob Purdie

    Excellent analysis. Well said.

  • Bezukhov

    But if we will turn to God with all our heart and soul…

    What’s to be done with those who refuse to go along with that program?

    • Jim

      Let God sort that out.

    • Vincent J.

      Pray for them.

  • A Cater

    The deplorable spiritual condition of America today is what happens after a nation rejects God, eg banning Bibles from the classroom, abandoning Judeo-Christian principles the nation was founded on, idolizing the perversion of Hollywood etc. God has spewed America out of his mouth. There will not be a national revival or turning to God, only a few individuals or remnant that God calls by grace before destruction

    • Vincent J.

      I hope you’re wrong. I pray daily for revival.

  • dave jones

    I’m joining with you Dr. Brown with your prayers. There are too many phony prophets and arm chair analyst’s that are really just parrots of the media that they watch and like any dullard can go around condemning a group of people. I’m with you, taking faith that the God who raises the dead can and will raise back up this nation and restore what was lost. and you phony prophets and analyst’s, one word. REPENT and turn back to Faith in God.

  • I write as one who has spent many years hearing this.
    I’ve spent a significant percentage of my adult life in prayer meetings for “revival”.
    I’ve wept. I’ve shouted. I’ve fasted. I’ve led. I’ve done the lot. For decades.

    But I have not fallen away or given up. Instead, I just saw better. (If prayer does anything it should clarify our sight.)

    I now ‘see’ this all as short sighted and more to do with self or group preservation than anything else. I was fitting in with my group and feeling right and superior. But it wasn’t just me- everyone was doing the same. And of course some people’s jobs depended on it. Their book sales.. their invitations to preach.. There’s no more secure position than to feel ‘right’ up on the higher moral ground. You could accuse me of doing the same of course. But we’ll just go round in circles proving that very point..

    I don’t deny things in our world are bad.. but they always have been. The world is full of people like me and you. Although you may be perfect- I am not. But if we’re really honest (yes honest) we should admit that many things are better now than they were! Even in America!

    so.. you say: ” ..regardless of cost or consequence, and to turn to God will all my heart. ”

    You mean that? Really? (I’m sure you do.)

    But what do you think that will look like? Is your picture formed from stories about ‘God’s Generals’? Haven’t you been trying to do that for years? Does God want more?

    More prayer meetings? More sermons? More blog posts like this one? Are we just not fasting enough?

    More ‘attacks’ from ‘liberals’ and ‘non-believers’ that you will have to persevere through?

    And then somehow, as if by magic, God shows up and we have ‘revival’!? (and sell tickets to it, and travel all around the world to be a part of)

    If you do actually ‘turn to God with all your heart ‘you might get a new set of eyes. You might start to see shades of gray in our complex world, where at the moment there is only black and white.

    That’s what the real tension in you is all about. It’s a longing for the ability even for one minute to let go of all the defenses and be real. To allow the difficult questions to surface and not to shy away from them in case ‘I fall into error’.

    There is a revival already in process. There is already a reformation. There is already a revolution.

    If you have the eyes for it.

    Or you can just moan about the state of everything and call for ‘urgency’, ‘prayer’, ‘awakening’…

    Open your eyes and see that your point of view is just that: a point of view. God, by very definition, has a better point of view than any of us.

    With compassion in my heart, not wanting to play any superiority cards, I loudly confront your tired thinking for what it is.
    And I see the new reformation and revival before my eyes. Right now. Right here. Right where I am. Always. (If we really believe what Jesus says.)

    It just doesn’t look the way you wanted it to. It’s always been that way with revivals and reformations- you may even have preached that yourself.

    I don’t care who you think you are or your reputation. Jesus was a man of no reputation. I write this deliberately to get under your skin and provoke thought into areas you don’t normally go. (because of fear)

    There is a new sound and it sounds old or timeless enough to be real. Listen to that instead. Or you could just have another revival prayer meeting just in case you’re not being ‘urgent’ enough.

    We don’t need more urgency, perseverance or even better ‘heart surrender’. How many times have you ‘responded’ to that particular altar call? Didn’t you mean it the first time?
    If we take a wrong turn we need honesty enough to admit it, go back and find the real path again.

  • tz1

    When you preach the truth you are called racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, misogynist, etc. And uncivil even by you as you don’t like Trump’s lack of decorum.

    There is a famous image I remember from a gold coin from I think the Isle of Man with St. Michael with a spear through a Dragon / the Devil. How uncouth!

    CNN are liars and have been serving the father of lies for a while. What do you think of Trump retweeting the CNN (liar) smackdown video?

    Double-mindness. You want a clean, nice, fair war. That was probably impossible after 1990. The moral corruption of Bill Clinton blows anything Trump has done or is likely to do out of the water, but he was supported and wasn’t convicted, even to the point his wife came close to being in the oval office instead of Trump.

    You diagnose the cancer has metastasized but don’t want to talk about chemotherapy.

    Turn to God with all your heart and soul. Preach the gospel boldly and bravely. But don’t offend anyone? Don’t bring up hard topics like abortion or sodomy? Single Mothers? Divorcees? Transgender? Don’t call out pathelogical liars or their lies? Put women back on the pedestal even if they are rabid feminists?

    Consider the cost. Really. It will require real men, not eunuchs, with high-T to go out there and fight in the world, preferably rhetorically, to ignite the awakening and revival you desire. (I’ve been saying the same thing for a decade, while watching Christians become effeminate, weak, compromising). A crusade demands crusaders. Strong men take the kingdom by force. Nice men open the door for the enemy.

    It will require a bonfire if not a forest fire, yet you want to constrain it to a candle flame, or at worst a torch.

    Decide. Do you want a masculine, Michael the Archangel as Warrior, and the noble Crusader and the soldier who turned things at the battle of LaPonto, or do you want nice, polite, eunuchs that will pull every punch while people die – temporally and eternally.

    You cannot wish for fighters then demand they don’t fight. You cannot wish for warriors then demand they don’t conduct war. And war is ugly, dirty, and bloody.

    Decide which you want. To descend into barbarian paganism and secularism because you don’t like harsh words and shouting much less punching back when literally punched, or do you wish to win the battle against the devil and his minions?

  • Gary

    I don’t find in the Bible a “great awakening” happening anywhere in the world in “the last days”, which I believe we certainly are in. But I do find predictions (prophesies) that things will go in the opposite direction. That is why I do not believe there will be a “revival” or “spiritual awakening” on a mass scale. Does that mean that America is finished? Yes, it does. So is every other country in the world, except Israel. The future is VERY bleak for this world. The Church (not the Catholic Church) will be taken out before God pours out his wrath on this wicked world, but non-Christians will not be spared.

  • Kevin Quillen

    Could the false theology of dispensationalism be a part of the problem? Could the false theology of the importance of the rebirth of Israel in 1948 be part of the problem? Could the teaching of “headline eschatology” be part of the problem? “Jesus is coming back soon!” If true why work hard and diligently to save America? It is like polishing the brass on the Titanic, isn’t it? In fact, one could make the case for doing nothing. No folks, there will be no revival. Christianity in America is to mixed up, confused and complacent. What we need is a new reformation, a realization that modern Christianity has missed the mark. The world will only be “saved” and changed, one soul at a time. Christians with the right understanding of the covanental shift that took place in 70 AD and the understanding that we are now in the eternal state, will usher in the new reformation. America will most likely crash and burn but God will raise up a new nation somewhere to carry on His agenda. We(America) had our opportunity and refused to live as God desired and as the founders knew we should to keep our republic viable. The only thing we(believers with the proper outlook) can do is walk in the way of the Master, showing His love to all we meet. Organized religion had it’s chance and now, hopefully, will pass away.

    • glenbo

      >>”The only thing we(believers with the proper outlook) can do is walk in the way of the Master, showing His love to all we meet. “<<
      Except "queers," right? Because hating someone only because they are gay is the "proper outlook," right?

  • Patmos

    Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word.

    If Jesus told his disciples not to plan beforehand what to speak when delivered to the councils, and that the Holy Spirit would give them words, surely the Holy Spirit can provide under more favorable circumstances.

    It is God’s will that none should perish, and Christ did not come to condemn but to save.

    And of some have compassion, making a difference:
    And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

  • My original comment appears to have been marked as ‘spam’.. maybe because you don’t agree with it? Which criteria for comments was it in breach of please? Maybe it was just a bit too long? Maybe it will appear again?

    I’ll paste in one part of it & see if this is allowed:

    If you do actually ‘turn to God with all your heart ‘you might get a new set of eyes. You might start to see shades of gray in our complex world, where at the moment there is only black and white.

  • BTP

    Yeah. We’re toast. The Church is simply not up to this task, I’m afraid – neither Catholic nor Protestant. The fight is going to be between the globalists and the Strong Gods (race, soil). It will probably become significantly more bloody and, to our considerable unhappiness, we will have to align with the anti-globalists.

  • Robert Hightower

    Our nation has grown faster than any in history. Outstripping the boundaries that were set long ago. Liberty with licentiousness is not freedom. We are becoming slaves to our passions

  • Dena

    I never went to the Brownsville Revival, but I would listen to the sermons online when I went to college during that time. In 22 years what happened to the message of repentance and holiness? I don’t hear any church preach that message today. How quickly do we forget the power and presence of God and fall into sin and compromise. There is a new generation and they need to experience revival for themselves. Hearing what happened in the past isn’t enough. If we humble ourselves, repent, return to God and get desperate and pray – we could see revival sweep this nation again.

  • Vincent J.

    Every day, I pray that our country will be given a massive awakening, repentance, and conversion/revival. It’s all that will save us.

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