As our society accelerates its descent into a secular abyss, a Jewish-Christian voice is shining the light of truth into the darkness!
Dr. Michael Brown refers to himself as a former heroin-shooting, LSD-using, rock drummer who became a believer in Jesus. Since 1971, he has been an avid disciple of and advocate for the Messiah, preaching a message of revival, revolution, and redemption throughout America and around the world.
I was delighted to sit down with him at his ministry headquarters near Charlotte, North Carolina in a recent episode of Christ in Prophecy. While Lamb & Lion Ministries and Dr. Brown may not agree on some secondary doctrines, we are locked firmly arm-in-arm in the primary doctrines, and both proclaim the common message of calling our society to repentance and restoration with our Heavenly Father.
The Three-Pronged Attack
Tim Moore: It’s hard for some people to conceive just how far our culture and society has fallen in just the last twenty years. Dr. Brown, what do you see are some of the key spheres where paganism and secularism are rising? Where do you see the battle shifting towards here in America if the Lord stays His coming another 20-40 years?
Michael Brown: There are a few things to look at. One is the rise of aggressive atheism. It was in 2007 when the year was branded the “Year of the Atheist.” Atheistic, evolutionist authors such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens and others became absolute mega-selling authors. Everybody’s been reading their stuff and talking about their humanistic beliefs. Some may say, “Ah, that was just a little flash in the past.” But, no, the atheistic mindset and the mocking of God have become commonplace in Western society.
Apologist Josh McDowell reported that the objections that he used to encounter with college students who were 19-20 years old, well now he is encountering them from 12-13 years olds. Children are bashing God and the Bible. But, these kids are only hearing sound bites. They don’t even have the ability to process things intellectually the same way that a college-age student would.
Two, the ongoing results of the sexual revolution continue to damage society. The epidemic of pornography has numbed people against God’s intention for sexuality being between one man and one woman for life. It’s been degraded and perverted so much. That’s pervasive! That’s happening on an epidemic level.
Back in 2004, God began to burden me about LGBTQ activism. I thought, “That’s odd.” I didn’t come out of homosexuality. That’s not my testimony. I don’t have a particular burden to reach the gay and lesbian community. After all, my PhD is in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University and not in family counseling or therapy or anything like that. Why me? Why, God, do you want me on the front lines here? Well, what the Lord showed me was that no Christian gets to sit this war for souls out. It’s all hands on deck!
So, LGBTQ activism will be the principal threat to the moral fabric of our nation. Back in 2004 I realized that this will be the principal threat to freedom of religion, conscience, and speech in America. We see that now with the Equality Act and other anti-Christian laws unfolding.
Three, there’s the rise of the secular religion with its own religious ideas, such as Critical Race Theory and the like, and the whole “woke” culture that wants to cancel those who have differing beliefs. What this growing anti-religion is going to mean is that Christians have to be resolved in taking a stand. We have to determine that to save our lives is to lose them. In other words, if we say, “I can’t get involved in the controversy so I’m just going to stay quiet. I don’t want to speak up because I will lose friends.” No! You’ve then already lost your life. You’ve become a slave to the opinions of ungodly people. When you say, “I am going to honor God and do what’s right regardless of cost or consequence,” sure, you may lose your life, but now you’ll find it; you’re free!
We have to cross that line. We have to live as disciples. It’s the only way to push back against the total collapse of our culture.
Our Nation’s Only Hope
Tim Moore: Dr. Brown, in late 2020, you participated in “The Return” which was held in Washington D.C. and hosted by another prophetic voice to America, Jonathan Cahn, as well as a number of other evangelical leaders. The focus of this event was on calling Americans to return to faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as manifested in Jesus Christ. Do you think there really is any hope for our culture, our country, and our society? Or, is the return we advocate as Christians a personal response that individuals must make alone? Is our culture really beyond hope?
Michael Brown: I believe there is hope because God continues to work and God continues to stir the hearts of man towards Him. What blessed me being at “The Return” on September 26th in D.C. was that it wasn’t a politically-based event. There was no mention of praying for President Trump or praying for the elections, rather we prayed for God’s will. The greatest emphasis was on repentance by the Church.
I believe there is hope because God keeps laying it on our hearts to have gatherings like this. God calls Christians to get on our faces and repent of our sins. Some Christians have been praying for decades for a fresh wave of revival and reawakening in America. If you go back in American history to around 1726, Reverend Joseph Butler said this to the colonies, “Religion lay as it were dying in America.” Then go to 1800 when Chief Justice John Marshall said, “The Church has fallen too far to ever recover.” That was 1800! So, we’ve been in miserable situations, not exactly as bad as this, but in miserable situations throughout U.S. history where revival and awakening were the key to restoring America to God.
Today, though, we’ve got to get desperate about repentance, for it could already be too late for America as a nation. Only God knows that. So, we’ve got to pray with desperation. Then we’ve got to do what we can do with our lives in the here and now. We don’t know if this is the last generation on earth, but as my church’s missions director says, “It’s our last generation.”
We get one shot at revival. As we pass this world onto our kids and grandkids, what’s it going to look like?
Watch the full interview on this week’s episode of Christ in Prophecy!