Why we fall
Presented by: The Master's table

The average age of the world's great civilizations has been 200 years. These nations progressed through the sequence:
1. From bondage to spiritual faith
2. From spiritual faith to great courage
3. From courage to liberty
4. From liberty to abundance
5. From abundance to selfishness
6. From selfishness to complacency
7. From complacency to apathy
8. From apathy to dependence
9. From dependence back again to bondage.

Gibbon in his "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" set forth five basic reasons why that great civilization withered and died:
1. The undermining of the dignity and sanctity of the home, which is the basis for human society.
2. The mad craze for pleasure; sports becoming every year more exciting, more brutal, more immoral.
3. Higher and higher taxes; the spending of public money for free bread and circuses for the populace.
4. The building of great armaments when the real enemy was within - the decay of individual responsibility.
5. The decay of religion; faith fading into mere form, losing touch with life, losing the power of God to guide the people.

For much more check out the sermon about "Apathy" on the A Call to Arms page.

Timothy Youngblood