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In 605 B.C., Nebuchadnezzar waged a spiritual war, not a war for land or wealth. He stole instruments of worship from the Jewish temple and brought them into the house of his gods. These articles of worship were trophies to him. For ancient kingdoms, when foreign people were conquered, it meant so were their gods. In essence, this made the statement, “My god is bigger than yours.” Therefore, whatever was used in worship would be stolen and mocked.  

So then, how does this relate to today? The nation is in a cultural and spiritual war. And you have a choice: 

Will you reflect Babylon? 

Or

Will you reflect the Bible?

I would venture to say you would answer, “Reflect the Bible!” However, you must know how Babylon has infiltrated the culture. Without understanding the past, you can’t understand the present or know how to prepare for the future. 

How Did We Get into This Spiritual War?

Many of you ask, “How did we get here? How did we get into this cultural and spiritual war?” The answer is found by looking at our past. 

It Takes 3 Generations to Change a Culture

In the 1930s, an anthropologist named J.D. Unwin wrote a book titled Sex and Culture. Unwin studied more than 80 civilizations spanning more than 5000 years.  

Through these studies, he found it took three generations to change a civilization. There was a progression from the first to the second, and by the third generation, the “old culture” was forgotten, and a new culture took over. 

Another fascinating finding from J.D Unwin’s research was this…

  • Any civilization that practiced sexual restraint would thrive. 

There was a correlation between a society’s level of advancement and sexual restraint. When the civilization stopped practicing sexual restraint, it began to decline and eventually died. 

Now, compare this to Wilhelm Reich’s writing from his book The Sexual Revolution in the 1930s…

  • Sexual repression is linked to political repression.” 

In other words, he was saying, “If you want to bring a political revolution, then launch a sexual revolution.” 

Wilhelm Reich was the father and author of the sexual revolution of the 1960s. He was a committed Marxist and part of the Frankfurt Institute, which taught humans were sexual creatures, and their authentic identity was directly related to their sexuality. 

Does this sound familiar in our society today?

In 1935, many involved in starting the Frankfurt Institute studied why the Marxism revolution from World War I failed. They came up against opposing Fascists and fled from Germany. They found a landing pad at Columbia University in New York City. 

Marxist ideology began to infiltrate the American education system at Columbia University.

Change the Minds of the Younger Generation, Change a Culture

What happened next? The sexual revolution of the 1960s. 

  • The first generation was in the 1930s—the infiltration of Marxist ideology. 
  • The second generation was in the 1960s—the sexual revolution. 
  • You live in the third generation. You are witnessing the tearing down of Judeo-Christian culture.

This is the point: 

  • The sexual revolution didn’t start in the 1960s. It started 30 years before, when Marxist ideology infiltrated the educational institution. 

This is why it feels like the culture changed so quickly.

Circling back to the question above, “How did we get here? How did we get into this spiritual war?” 

The answer is this: There has been a slow drip of anti-God, anti-Bible, and anti-Judea-Christian value propaganda since the 1930s that has changed the nation morally, culturally, and spiritually. 

So then, what does this have to do with Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar, and ancient Babylon?

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Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar, Ancient Babylon, and Today’s Culture

As mentioned, Nebuchadnezzar wasn’t waging war to occupy more land and wealth. He was waging a spiritual war against religion and culture—specifically a culture aligned with the God of Israel. 

Nebuchadnezzar carried back young Hebrew nobles; Daniel was one of them. He knew if he were to win a cultural war, he would need to re-indoctrinate and re-educate the youth in the ways of the Babylonian culture.  

  • “Then the king instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring some of the children of Israel and some of the king’s descendants and some of the nobles, young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the language and literature of the Chaldeans.”—Daniel 1:3-4 (emphasis added)

Furthermore, Daniel was likely made a eunuch in Babylon, as most slaves were at this time. This means he was castratedemasculated. This falls into the pattern discussed: indoctrinate the younger generation into Babylonian ways (anti-God and anti-Bible thought) and take away the manhood from the leaders of society.  

If sexual freedom can be pitted against religious freedom, eventually, sexual freedom will win, and religious freedom will lose.

How is this being played out in the culture today?

The 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause—which grants citizenship to all persons “born or naturalized in the United States”—is being pitted against the First Amendment—which guarantees freedom of religion.  

In his book, Unwin said when total sexual liberation is embraced, society “is characterized by people who have little interest in much else other than their own wants and needs. At this level, the culture is usually conquered or taken over by another culture with greater social energy.” 

This is the war you are in.

Babylon’s Reemergence as Secularism

Babylon has reemerged in Western civilization as secularism and has moved to secular humanism. 

What is secularism? 

  • In short, secularism is God being minimized in a culture. Instead of seeing God central to their lives, a secular society sees God as either not there or not caring. 

Whenever God is demoted, man gets promoted in society. 

What is secular humanism?

Secularism moves to secular humanism when a society practices self-idolatry. 

  • In short, secular humanism says, “I’m god. So you have to align your life around me.” 

So then, you have a society with “many gods” that demand lives revolve around them. This is where we are today. 

Marxism is not about politics; it is about religion—a religion of atheism. It’s more than a political system; it’s a worldview. 

This is why you have seen such radical changes culturally, morally, and spiritually in the past 20 years. 

4 Pillars That Have Been Targeted

There are four pillars of Judeo-Christian civilization that have been targeted for destruction…

  • Faith
  • Family
  • Finances 
  • Freedom

A culture controlled by God cannot and will not be controlled by the government. So then, for an anti-God worldview to take over, faith is the first thing to go. 

The next attack is on the family. A Babylonian system hates strong men. Strong men are a threat. So the fathers, leaders, and protectors are removed and are emasculated. They are weakened. Take out the strong men, and there’s no one to fight the bad men. 

After the father is removed, finances are next. Take out the dad, leaders, and strong men, the fabric of society and finances start to unravel. Statistics prove that fatherlessness and the breakdown of the family perpetuate poverty generation after generation. 

Lastly, freedom is attacked. Karl Marx said without God, man will be empowered, free to shape his own reality and become his own god “so that he will revolve round himself and therefore round his true sun.”  This is counterfeit freedom. Marx knew God and religion hold civilizations together. Remove God, remove freedom. 

Think About What You Reflect

It’s critical to think about what you reflect. 

Babylonian worldview promises everything but brings death and destruction. A Babylonian worldview focuses on the self and disregards God as the authority. 

The Bible promises abundant life, an imperishable inheritance, and freedom. A biblical worldview focuses on God as the authority and source of all.  

If you want to know how to win this spiritual war, stand firm in the faith like Daniel did. Reflect and walk in the fruits of the Spirit. Be living proof of a loving God to a watching world.

Teenage boys entering church. They are fighting on the right side of the spiritual war by reflecting on the Bible.

Will some be offended? Yes, but remember, you do not battle against flesh and blood. The enemy wants you to use human logic and be fearful of what others might say. Jesus said this…

  • “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust… Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”—Matthew 5:43-45, 48

Let His perfect love cast out fear.  

It's time to rebuild the walls of our nation and repair the foundation through prayer and repentance. Will you join me today in offering your prayers of repentance to God on behalf of our nation? 

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Daniel Sermon: Do You Reflect Babylon or the Bible? Waging a Spiritual War