The Left’s Loss of Faith has Led to a Rise in American Sorcery


Do you trust that things are generally going to work out for you?

This is a question everybody confronts at some point. I think Americans are, for the most part, optimistic about their lot in life. Americans are resilient. We have always carried a spirit of independence, and that spirit is founded upon a basic hope that the future will be better than the past. If that’s not true, then why even bother?

But if you are, in fact, optimistic about the future, and you trust that things are going to work out, then you have to have a reason for this. Losing this optimism and trust can cause catastrophic disruptions in someone’s life.


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In the Bible, King Saul, in his final days, lost hope. His loss of hope had intensified over time. His downfall began with his moral rebellion against God through a series of disobedient acts (1 Sam. 13:5-14). He didn’t follow the straight-forward instructions the prophet Samuel laid down for him (1 Sam. 15:9,11). So, God cursed Saul for his insubordination and unrepentance. His mental health declined. He was tormented by demons (1 Sam. 16:14). He became murderous (1 Sam. 22:17-19).

At the height of his despair, he visited a witch. He wanted her to summon Samuel back from the dead to gain secret advice that would, he hoped, pull him out of his nose dive (1 Sam. 28:15). But again, this was in violation of another basic rule God had established generations before, with Moses:

Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the LORD your God. (Lev. 19:31)

Saul was dead by the end of the following day.



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Gary DeMar

Gary DeMar was raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and Reformed Theological Seminary (1979). He has served as researcher and writer at the Christian Worldview ministry American Vision since 1980 and President since 1984. Today he serves as Senior Fellow at American Vision where he lectures, researches, and writes on various worldview issues. Gary is the author of 30 books on a variety of topics – from "America’s Christian History" and "God and Government" to "Thinking Straight in a Crooked World" to "Last Days Madness." Gary has been interviewed by Time magazine, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, the BBC, and Sean Hannity. He has done numerous radio and television interviews, including the “Bible Answer Man,” hosted by Hank Hanegraaff and “Today’s Issues” with Tim Wildmon and Marvin Sanders. Newspaper interviews with Gary have appeared in the Washington Times, Toledo (Ohio) Blade, the Sacramento Bee, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Marietta Daily Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, The Orlando Sentinel, and the Chicago Tribune.

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