generation that lived through the Great Depression and fought in World War II
was also deeply affected by the Pentecostal revivals that swept through the
United States from the 1920’s. It was this generation, whom I will call the
first generation, which sent its young men to defeat Nazi Germany and the
Imperial Empire of Japan.
A mighty move of the Holy Spirit was
active when some 12 million American soldiers returned from the war and millions
of them came to Christ through the Billy Graham crusades, the tent revivals of
Oral Roberts and A.A. Allen, the healing meetings of Kathryn Kuhlman, the
conventions by Demos Shakarian’s Full Gospel Businessmen International
Fellowship, thousands of Baptist and Pentecostal evangelists, and on the college
campuses by Youth For Christ and Bill Bright’s Campus Crusades.
THE BABY BOOMERS
When the American soldiers returned
from war, millions of them married, some of them had to postpone being married.
Something unusual takes place after a major war; more babies are born than
normal. If we look through history it is a phenomenon that has been repeated for
thousands of years and it is an act of God, when He replaces soldiers and
civilians who have died in war. Thus the children born after 1945 and up to 1960
became known as the “baby boomers.”
The baby boomers were the second
generation and led a completely different life than their parents. The economy
was in high gear after the war and millions of couples purchased homes in the
sprawling suburbs that sprouted up all over the United States. The first
generation could afford to purchase automobiles, and in the early 1950’s,
television became a staple in every home in America. As the second generation
became teenagers, Hollywood and the music industry took advantage of the fact
that they had money to spend. Drive-in movie theaters became popular and
rock-n-roll swept the nation.
This second generation was raised on
television and became bored with church; the result was a rash of teenage
pregnancies, increased use of alcohol and nicotine, and the beginning of the
Then came the Vietnam War
(1962-1975) which affected 2.7 million men and their families when they came
home traumatized from the horrors of war, drug addicts and strung out on sexual
perversions since the government entertained them during the breaks in fighting
at the whorehouses of Vietnam, Japan, Hong Kong and Thailand. Nearly 10% of the
baby boomers spent at least a year in the meat grinder war in Vietnam. More than
50,000 were killed and the suicide rate among the survivors from the war was
higher than those who had been killed on the battlefield.
In the late 1950’s the Central
Intelligence Agency (CIA) introduced LSD to young people around the United
States. LSD was the drug of choice when the hippie
movement began in the late 1960’s. It seemed like most of the young people were
going to be destroyed, but God intervened with a mighty awakening that became
known as the Jesus Movement. Hundreds of thousands of hippies were saved,
baptized in water and filled with the Holy Spirit. Los Angeles was the point of
origin and Chuck Smith was the pastor who had the vision and wisdom to reach out
to these young Christians. The Calvary Chapel denomination came out of this
great move of God.
As the Jesus movement crested,
another Holy Spirit movement started which became known as the Charismatic
Movement. One of the principle persons in this move of God was an Episcopal
priest named Dennis Bennett. He announced in 1960 that he had been baptized in
the Holy Spirit and consequently was asked to resign from the 2,500 member
church in Van Nuys, California that he pastored. After exposure from television
and newspapers, he relocated to Seattle, where he became the pastor for yet
another Episcopal church.
Harold Bredesen was an American
Lutheran priest. He was baptized in the Holy Spirit in 1946, and when the
Charismatic movement took off in the 1970s’, he became one of its leaders and
introduced Pat Robertson and Pat Boone to the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
The Charismatic movement had become
infiltrated by the Roman Catholic Church in the 1980’s. A number of television
evangelists took advantage of the charismatic movement and started to fleece the
flock. The television evangelists during this golden age were Pat Robertson,
Paul & Jan Crouch, Jim & Tammy Bakker, Robert Tilton, Kenneth Copeland, W.V.
Grant, Larry Lea, Jimmy Swaggart and many others. Americans were turned off from
Christianity because of these evangelists and turned their attention to New Age
Paul Crouch was disgraced as a
homosexual and paid out millions to silence his sex partner, Jim Bakker
committed adultery with Jessica Hahn; he had also homosexual encounters and was
sent to prison for financial wrong doings. W.V. Grant was sent to prison
because of financial mishandling and the rest were disgraced because of sexual
immorality and financial misconduct.
The Charismatic movement was over by
the end of the 1980’s. Despite the abuse of trust and power by the prominent
televangelists, millions of baby boomers from the second generation were saved
and joined churches across America and kept the faith going. However, the third
generation of children did not fare well.
During my years as a pastor, I worked with the
second generation and sadly many of them started out strong when they embraced
the Gospel and witnessed to people around them with enthusiasm. Only a few had
lasting power and one of the saddest cases was that of a
man named Stuart
who came to be set free from horrible demonic oppression.
Jesus spelled it out clearly that the Devil hates
the church of Jesus Christ and will do anything to destroy it.
The Devil has been spewing out his
filth like a flood for centuries and the destruction of seminaries had its
beginning in Germany during the 18th century, when ungodly men began
to teach in the theological faculties at German universities. Men like Georg
Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Friedrich Schleiermacher attacked the Christian
faith and spiritual death had spread to the churches in Germany by the 19th
American theologians were taken in
by this new teaching of higher criticism, and by the end of the 19th
century, all American theological faculties at places like Yale, Harvard,
Princeton, etc. had become graveyards for future pastors in the mainline
denominations of the United States. If you’re not familiar with higher
criticism, it is a highly critical view of the Bible that questions the
authenticity of Scripture.
The Baptist denomination grew
rapidly in the 1950s and they were no longer poor storefront churches. The men
teaching in the Baptist seminaries received their doctorates in theology from
the prestigious universities, and as a result, the higher criticism poison
spread into Baptist and evangelical seminaries.
Pastors like Rick Warren and Bill
Hybels are the by-products of this poison and both men built mega churches
during the latter part of the 20th century. Warren and Hybels started
training sessions for pastors on the internet and every week hundreds of
thousands of pastors are fed by these men who will copy their sermons, the way
they dress and their delivery style.
As the Devil spewed his poison into
the theological training centers, he also made sure that the people on the
outside would be made spiritually filthy. Elvis Presley was followed by the
Beatles and the Rolling Stones and this in turn led to heavy metal rock like
AC/DC, Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden, KISS and Black Sabbath. The lyrics in these
songs glorified Satan, invited drugs and sexual perversion and made hell sound
like a nice place to live.
THE THIRD GENERATION
The baby boomers had started to
marry by the 1970’s and their children are what I call the third generation.
Television was now the authority instead of the Bible for the second generation
parents. They had been educated not to correct their children by Dr. Benjamin
Spock, but rather talk to them according to this “expert” on child rearing, who
had come up with a new way of raising children in 1946. The result was a third
generation of adults, who were raised without any moral values.
There is a new wave of preachers
(Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar and many others) to whom the third generation are
drawn by the millions. There is no preaching on sin, repentance, salvation, hell
and the Lake of Fire; instead, it’s all love and more love and how no one is
responsible for anything.
The most flagrant changes are the
way Christians look at sex before marriage. Today there are couples living
together and engaging in premarital sex; there is wide acceptance of social
drinking and deep inroads to accepting homosexuality. Pornography is widespread
in all denominations among men and women and the hippie generation has brought
in the use of drugs for recreational purposes.
A number of Christian denominations
have voted to allow pastors to practice homosexuality and these same
denominations are also performing same sex marriages.
The spiritual carnage we see today
is the direct result of the seminaries and Bible colleges which have turned out
a new generation of pastors who do not believe in the virgin birth of Jesus and
use terrible Bible translations which distort the truth and omit verses. They
have been taught that Jesus was a child of His day and did not have any
knowledge of His previous eternal existence. So when He cast out demons, He was
just doing it to go along with the superstition of the people. Demons do not
exist to these third generation preachers. The Devil is just an imaginary figure
made up to scare people and there is no hell or eternal punishment. Sin is not
preached in the pulpits since the preachers’ view on sin do not line up with
what the Bible teaches. The result is that the third generation is drifting
without a moral and biblical anchor.
HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF
story of the third generation after the death of Joshua goes back some 3,500
years. Their lifestyle was primitive compared to the way people live in the
United States today. Electricity would not be discovered for another 3,200
years. Making glass windows was unknown since half the population lived in
tents, and for the rest that lived in houses, the house usually consisted of
four walls, a roof and a dirt floor. A fire in the middle of the house was where
all cooking was done and this also provided heat in the winter. Personal hygiene
did not exist and taking a bath was a luxury reserved for the rich people. There
were no newspapers or books, flushing toilets or running water. Refrigerators
did not exist and food supplies had to be purchased on a daily basis.
Nevertheless, people living in such a primitive society still had emotions when
it came to sexual activities, drunkenness and the worship of demon gods.
As long as Joshua lived and ruled over the nation
of Israel, the people served the Lord and observed the laws given to Moses. This
was the first generation that started to live in the Promised Land. All of them
had emerged out of the 40 year punishment in the wilderness; they had seen the
miracles of God as He fed them and cared for them.
The second generation children were born in the
Promised Land. As they grew up, they were taught and trained by the first
generation to serve the Lord and observe His laws.
One thing was lacking for the second
generation in that they had not seen the great miracles of God; they had only
heard of them and thus their devotion and fear of God was weaker than the first
generation. When the second generation began to marry and have children, they
did not raise the third generation in the knowledge of the Lord, nor did they
teach their children to read and observe what was written in the five books of
Moses. Thus, the third generation had very little Bible knowledge and were
attracted to the idol worship of the Canaanites.
The heathens had another type of
worship that involved music accented with drums that appealed to the flesh. With
the music came alcohol and naked dancing, climaxing with sexual intercourse. It
was more or less a mass orgy where there was no restraint and anything was
acceptable. The heathens would take captive men and women from other cities and
torture them before they were slaughtered and burned on the altars. Drinking
their blood brought another thrill to the worshipers of the demon gods.
There was no pornography like it
exists in print, video and internet today, but attending a heathen worship was
like a live pornographic show in which the participants could watch and
participate in heterosexual intercourse as well as homosexual acts.
God was repulsed by this behavior; in fact, He was
furious and His wrath fell on the disobedient third generation.
The third generation leading the
United States today is a mirror image of the third generation after Joshua and
the elders passed away. The Devil does not have new programs; it is just the
same old hash repackaged in a different way. There are no modern day altars out
in the open where children are sacrificed but the sacrifices still continue in
closed rooms of abortion clinics and hospitals. The worship of demon gods is
carried out in casinos, bars and night clubs where men and women drink alcohol,
take drugs, dance in a sexual manner and then retire someplace to have sexual
intercourse. The homosexuals have exclusive bars, night clubs and bathhouses.
The music of today has the same demonic rhythm that was played 3,500 years ago.
Nothing has really changed except that the dancing takes place in rooms lit by
electricity, the sex acts take place in hotel and motel rooms, cars, or in homes
where there is running water, heating and air conditioning.
Nothing has changed when it comes to
fornication and adultery; the destruction of human souls is still the same as it
was thousands of years ago. The wrath of God has not changed and His judgment
will continue to increase until the sinners come to a place of repentance or
Who are you worshiping? Are you
worshiping the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the name of Jesus or are you a
demon worshiper dancing, whoring, drinking and using drugs to please your god,
the Devil? One day your physical body will die. Where
will your soul go? Will your destination be heaven or to hell?
man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of
God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the
Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:5-6)
God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the Lake
of Fire.” (Revelation
From the Desk
of John S. Torell