Peace by Victory
by Carl McIntire
"For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people 'slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace"
The Holy Scriptures say, "For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them" (I Thess. 5:3). These words caution men against false peace and false security. Peace can be deceptive and security can he vain. Pence can be a weapon of conflict. One of the signs of the last days, according to Scripture, is that there will be false cries of peace, and many will be deceived. The consequences will be disaster. It is a similar situation as here described that the American people are. presently facing. The president talks of "a generation of peace," but in the same vein, Neville Chamberlain spoke of "peace in our time" and sudden destruction fell upon the free world. As a result of the insecurity resting upon his deceptive peace propaganda and proposals, Hitler led the world into war. Our nation is nearer to war today as a result of the same kind of deceptive peace propaganda and proposals coming from the Communists, unless we do not intend to fight for our survival, than it has been at any time since the close of the Second World War.
Retreat, weakness, appeasement, the carrying of gifts to An enemy, only embolden the enemy and tempt him for swift and dramatic moves. Our Secretary of State told us that the Red Chinese have been intransigent. Our President informed us that all he received in answer to 30 months of secret negotiation was a stepped-up infiltration and military action. Weakness and irresolution guarantee an enemy's aggressions.
We assemble here for divine worship before the entrance to our White House in what we believe is the most beautiful capital in the world. We worship the living God. We would heed His commandments. Our President arrives in Peking at 10:30 tonight. He will have skipped Sunday. But there is no worship, no prayer, no hope in God in Peking. The state has blotted them out. The secret thought and petition of slaves can get through only to God. I speak for these slaves today.
It is just here that all the Scripture says about trusting God needs to be heard in America. "Cry aloud, spare not, lift tip thy voice like a trumpet," God told Isaiah, "and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins" (Isa. 58:1). It is our house that is divided. It is our house that cannot stand. It is our house that must be united and led against the forces that destroy freedom. Isaiah said things would get so bad, as they did in Israel, that light would be called darkness. "Woe unto them, that call evil good, and good evil . .' . Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Woe unto them ... which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from Him!" (Isa. 5:20, 21, 23.)
To justify Mao Tse-tung for a reward (and the nations of the world are recognizing his government) with only a handful left that will speak with Chiang Kai-shek is a kind of justification that God warns men against. How would President Nixon feel if the Communists had taken the United States, destroyed our Constitution, and turned our glorious capital into ail exhibit for slaves? The Lincoln Memorial would stand for the liberation of America from the Nixons and the Kennedys, the Johnsons and the Eisenhowers. How would President Nixon feel if he and his government had been successful in fleeing to an island off the tip of Long Island, affirming that under no circumstances would there ever be a recognition or an acceptance of such brutality, bloodshed, and rejection of freedom? This is the spirit that has always been in the heart of America - liberty more precious than life, liberty the gift of God, liberty, which Jesus Christ declared when He said, "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed," and, "where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" (John 8:36; 2 Cor. 3:17).
Fruit of Gospel Preaching Destroyed
All the fruit of Gospel preaching, all the pastors and ministers raised up on Mainland China, all the missionaries of the cross - these all have been destroyed, blotted out, blasphemed, desecrated. It is into this cesspool of death and pit of slavery that our President will land today. When he returns again to walk into the doors of this White House, let him first shake the dust of Red -China from his feet. 0 that he would return and tell the Americans that he has seen evil glamorized, slavery dignified, and brutality the order of the day!
It is not a silent majority that afflicts America, it is a silent President - silent against slavery, silent against aggression, silent about the prisoners of war, and silent about the' war dead. lie has to keep silent or else his words would. devour him! He has to glorify his compromises and sanctify his journey to Peking with a halo of peace. President Nixon somehow has translated this White House from its place in front of the Washington Monument and close to the Lincoln Memorial, both of which represent victory - he has translated this White House today to Peking!
The living God does not wink at sin. Presidents and kings stand before Him as the poorest of the earth. A nation can be misled, a people can go down into disaster. The law of the jungle can replace the law of God.
Today the message must be the message of the Holy Scriptures. Our President and those about him need to hear the preacher of the Gospel. It was this Gospel that made America a land of righteousness. We need to hear the message of salvation, eternal life, pardon, and forgiveness, and as the judgment of God falls upon us, there arises only one hope that Jesus Christ may be trusted And believed.
Across the land today preachers in hundreds of pulpits, my brethren, have taken similar texts as I have. I call upon the preachers of America, by God's help, to turn this nation back again to the faith of its fathers.
"For 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).
Again, the Scripture says that God has afflicted His people who said they would obey His voice, but only gave Him lip service, for they "hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward" (Jer. 7:24). Even the President, himself, has suggested that America could go the way of Greece and Rome, and Chou En-lai had that speech in his possession when Mr. Kissinger first visited him on his secret mission. Thus the Prophet Jeremiah thundered, "This is a nation that obeyeth not the voice of the Lord their God, nor receiveth correction: truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth. Cut off thine hair, 0 Jerusalem, and cast it away [and America has plenty of that on hand today], and take up a lamentation ... for or the Lord hath rejected and forsaken the generation of his wrath, for the children of Judah have done evil in my sight" (Jer. 7:28-30).
A False Peace
It is in this message before the gate of the temple that the prophet accuses the Children of Israel of healing "the hurt of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace." Peace that is postponed, peace that is sought by compromise, which destroys it, peace that leaves the settlement of its issues to the next generation, peace that is not obtained out of the struggle that would destroy it, means that there is no- peace. No word in the English language today has been more abused, misused, and falsified than the word peace. Victory, of course, is no longer spoken in the halls of this White House. Only in the Kremlin, only in the People's Hall of Peking, do the masters talk of victory. Only in the sayings of Mao Tsetung is victory glorified as the consummation of the People's Republic. Victory cannot be kept unless men love peace. And peace cannot be secure unless men love victory. So Jeremiah warns, "We looked for peace, but no good came."
While the President was spending his days doing his homework for his visit to Red China (and this is widely published across the land), could lie not have spent a little time with those to whom God taught the lessons of peace? While President Nixon has gone on the journey for peace, the Tet offensive has been mounted. This indeed corresponds to Jeremiah's descriptions of the enemy of Israel for "the snorting of his horses was heard from Dan." Have we not heard the roaring of the MIG's from Moscow, presently being used to shoot our planes down in Vietnam? "The whole land trembled at the sound of the neighing of his strong ones" (Jer. 8:16). And these are the threats of atomic de, destruction which are being used to force men of freedom, contrary to everything God has ever taught us, to make the concession and to build the enemy's domain with the hope 'that somehow, somewhere, the enemy will treat us with kindness and mercy. The awful folly of believing that the Communists are no longer a menace, or that Communism has changed, has been promoted and accepted in some of the highest positions in this capital of ours.
But we must get even closer to the heart of this satanic inspiration in his direction of our enemies. "We wrestle not," the Bible says, "against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this 'world" (Eph. 6:12). This is why the Scripture says, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord" (Psa. 33:12). God's help is at hand to bring salvation and the blessings of His grace.
Jesus' Warning of Satan's Design
Jesus Christ warned His disciples, and all of us, of the unity and design of Satan. In the Gospel according to Mark, after He had chosen His twelve, He said, "How can Satan cast out Satan?" (Mark 3:23.) How can Russia cast out Red China? How can Red China cast out Russia? That is the question that should have been answered in this White House before President Nixon made his plans to go to Red China.
Jesus said, "If Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end" (Mark 3:26). The whole assumption of the Nixon trip to Red China is that if the United States can strengthen China, Red China then, can stand against Moscow. This was the line given by Mr. Kissinger to a delegation of preachers brought in to the White House to lead them to endorse the President's trip. It is false. No greater delusion besets the State Department today than the myth that Red China and Moscow are somehow deeply divided. They are united in supporting the war in Vietnam; united in their hatred of capitalism; united in their rejection of God. The things upon, which they are united are so primary to their existence, that any appearance of basic division is feigned and pretended for the benefit of Mr. Nixon. The enemy which they both consider to be the main target that must be destroyed before Communism can rule the world is the United States of America.
Our President is looking to our enemies for help. He spoke of what lie called "common ground" which he seeks to find in his discussion with the Red Chinese leaders, but there is no common ground. There never can be common ground as long as they have announced that they intend to take all of our ground and that world domination is their goal. They are not interested in peace. They must provoke war and rumors of war. They are the enemies of freedom, the destroyers of peace, and the purveyors of death.
The Old Testament prophets did what we are seeking to do at this moment. God spoke to them, and in fear of God they carried His righteousness to the kings. Moses cried, "Let my people go," and with God's help, Pharaoh surrendered. Jeremiah stood in the gate of the temple and cried out against the entire establishment, political and religious. Amos took his message to Jeroboam only to have Amaziah, the chief priest of the king, give him spurious comfort. John the Baptist denounced King Herod only to have a conniving king's daughter claim his head.
God stands above all earthly potentates, and His Word should be honored by all, in every realm of authority and endeavor. It is from the Holy Scriptures that we must appraise the leadership which the President is offering the free world when he goes to be greeted by the slave masters, and to offer his compliments to those who are providing the ammunition that is presently killing our boys.
There comes a time when morality, spirituality, and loyalty to the living God require that a nation -be rebuked and a people -be called to sack cloth and ashes. The false prophets have always been legion and the special pleasure of kings who felt they were wiser and could handle things better than their enemies. It is vain, the Bible says, to put confidence in princes or in horses. It is the fear of God that brings deliverance. With the Communists repudiating God, America should be honoring God so her deliverance will be secure. "At thy rebuke, 0 God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep" (Psa. 76:6).
There are texts in Scripture that describe the present condition of our nation. Psalm 78, verse 9, reads: "The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle." In verse 41 the Psalmist said, "Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel." God tells us clearly why they lacked the courage, in verses 10 and 11: "They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law; and forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them." The United States fits that description perfectly. The children of Washington, being armed with everything necessary, turned back in the day of battle in Vietnam. We have refused to walk in God's law. It is His law that is our standard of righteousness, and it is His law that our enemies disdain and reject.
It is only because we did turn back in the day of battle that our President has sought other ways to obtain the peace which should have been won long ago. Had the battle been won in Vietnam, President Nixon would be occupying the White House today and our young heroes would have come home to the sound of the bugle and been honored by a grateful nation. Now the nation is in confusion. Mothers are weeping for their sons who died for they know not what, for the end is not yet. When we turned back, we left our prisoners of war. We failed our dead. We have deserted our allies. At least they believe that the security they once had in us is no longer built upon a sure word.