Posted May 14, 2022 by Michael L. Brown

For more than 20 years, I have been convinced that a moral and cultural revolution would rise up in America that would push back against the fruit of the counterculture revolution of the 1960s. That revolution is now here, at least in its early stages. But if it is to be really effective and lasting, it must be gospel based.

Before I break this down in more detail, consider just how deeply our culture has moved in a wrong direction in the aftermath of the counterculture revolution.

As expressed by psychologist David G. Meyers in the year 2000, “Had you fallen asleep in 1960 and awakened today (even after the recent uptick in several indicators of societal health) would you feel pleased at the cultural shift? You would be awakening to a:

  • Doubled divorce rate.
  • Tripled teen suicide rate.
  • Quadrupled rate of reported violent crime.
  • Quintupled prison population.
  • Sextupled (no pun intended) percent of babies born to unmarried parents.
  • Sevenfold increase in cohabitation (a predictor of future divorce).
  • Soaring rate of depression – to ten times the pre-World War II level by one estimate.”

Looking back today, 2000 almost seems like the good old days.

This was before the Supreme Court found a Constitutional “right” to sodomy (2003) and before that same court redefined marriage (2015).

This was before a biological male could be named Woman of the Year (2015) and you could be banned on social media platforms for saying that biology actually matters (2022 and earlier).

This was before the American Library Association gave its approval to drag queens reading to toddlers in our libraries (2019) and before Disney aggressively promoted queer characters in our children’s movies (that controversy rages right now).

These are just a handful of examples related to LGBTQ+ activism, which, in turn, represents some of the lasting fruit of the sexual revolution.

I could have also mentioned the spike in children born out of wedlock. Or the increasing militancy of pro-abortionists. Or the disturbing rise in drug overdoses. Or the large number of Gen Z atheists. The list goes on and on.

But in the midst of all this, a revolution is rising.

We are on the verge of seeing Roe overturned after a nearly 50-year battle, along with numerous states poised to enact pro-life legislation.

We are seeing a pushback against radical trans activism, both on the grass roots level and in the courts.

We are seeing parents rising up against destructive curricula in their children’s schools.

We are seeing Americans across the country saying, “Enough is enough.”

But unless this revolution is gospel-based, it will ultimately fail, and whatever gains are realized will be quickly lost.

That’s because the only way to see lasting change is to change a person’s heart. And that change of heart must be deep, the kind of change that takes place when someone is “born again” and has a true conversion experience.

It’s the kind of change that takes place when people begin to live in holy awe of the Lord, where His standards and values become theirs.

It’s the kind of change that takes place when people begin to read the Bible for themselves and experience an awakening of conscience.

It’s the kind of change that is based on scriptural principles rather than on the shifting (and fickle) sands of culture. (Never forget that some of the same people who wanted to crown Jesus one week wanted to crucify Him the next.)

Human anger only goes so far. Emotional pushback only lasts so long.

What we need is the Spirit of God invading our churches afresh, and from there, impacting the world outside our church doors.

What we need is true revival in our own midst – I’m talking to fellow-believers here – where we repent of our own sins and experience lasting spiritual renewal.

What we need is a beautiful expression of what a culture of life looks like, with thriving marriages and blessed kids and a sense of purpose and joy in our lives.

What we need is something that the watching world will want, leading non-believers to inquire about our faith.

What we need is the bold, uncompromised, compassionate preaching of the gospel from coast to coast, making multitudes of people understand how lost they are and how great a Savior Jesus is.

What we need is a reformation movement that has its roots in God rather than being grounded in a cultural response to a fleshly revolution gone too far.

The former can transform a generation. The latter will be here one day and gone the next.

The former is not simply a reaction against extremes but a proclamation that God has a better way. The latter recognizes the wrong but doesn’t have a full understanding of what is right.

That being said, I will work together with people of all backgrounds to combat a destructive, radically leftist agenda that is destroying America. (See here for an example.)

But unless this revolution is Jesus-centered, Bible-based, and Spirit-empowered, it will not succeed in its mission.

The time for that revolution is now.


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OT posted a comment · May 31, 2022
Hyperbolic- deluded
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Really now posted a comment · May 27, 2022
Mikey says above that the ‘revolution’ is here!!! Stating - ‘What we need is a beautiful expression of what a culture of life looks like, with thriving marriages and blessed kids and a sense of purpose and joy in our lives’…. Hmmmm let’s hope he reads the 400+ report that unearths decades of horrific abuse at the hands of the Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest Christian organization with over 14 million members. Do they represent part of the ‘beautiful expression of what a culture of life looks like’’? Or is the SBC also in need of revolution?? But I thought ‘Christians’ WERE the chosen ones? Or maybe these SBC ‘Christians’ aren’t ‘real’ Christians?? I’m confused. I don’t get it….
OT posted a comment · May 22, 2022
@ swkh310 your widely discrepant conclusions that you visit here daily on Askdrbrown in a malcontent manor a clear contrast of light and dark, true and false narratives , you have a declared hero on here a kindred spirit! As Implied that you are one in the same! I have to admit I thought the same….but concluded you couldn’t be so devious, it’s likely you are of the same spirit, self described “progressive christian” I could be wrong though ….
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Really now posted a comment · May 22, 2022
Well, I greatly admire ol’ Swkh310, but we are different people. Kindred spirits, but different souls. While you may be right about ‘God never changing’, our UNDERSTANDING of God, however, can, must, and should change in time. Otherwise we’d be somewhat on par with God, wouldn’t we?? How can we EVER say that we fully understand a God who’s been at work for BILLIONS of years?? Plus, despite the black and white thinking mikey and his cohorts love to profess, life is incredibly complex and nuanced. It is easy to think in a black and white fashion. Nuanced thought takes courage, intelligence, risk, and true faith. After raising our kids in the Christian tradition, our younger daughter came out in her teens. If you think I’m going to celebrate and welcome my straight daughter’s relationships, but not my gay daughter’s you are crazy. And before you quote a scripture at me - what would YOU do??
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Severiano David posted a comment · May 22, 2022
Having followed Dr Brown's articles and reader comments for many many years, I have noticed regular comments made by "Swkh310' and "Really Now" for a good amount of time, and this individual will always have something to say that is antagonistic towards Bible believing Christians while praising Lukewarm, "progressive Christians". Progressive Christianity is an oxymoron in terms, because a progressive's stances changes over time, hence their acceptance of issues that are antithetical towards Scripture such as Abortion and homosexuality; whereas a Christian in the biblical sense of the word holds fast, firm and true to the unadulterated and inerrant Word, which never changes! By the way, why do I get the impression that these two are one and the same person using two different aliases? Because not only are their writings similar in style but their comments are almost nearly chronologically ordered? Just an observation though....
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Really now posted a comment · May 20, 2022
Swkh310 really is my hero. What great points. Despite what Mikey brown, and others here LOVE to focus on, a post ‘revival’ world would look EXACTLY the same as now. The ONLY thing most Christians are ‘superior’ at is pretending they are ‘better than’ anyone else.
OT posted a comment · May 16, 2022
Swkh310 the duplicity is diabolical….. duplicity, like: deceit, double-dealing, deception, hypocrisy, mendacity, dishonesty, chicanery, cunning, duality, fraud and guile. and you criticize because your target is doesn’t please you and you give a pass to pro-choice “terrorists” who fire bomb citizens on American soil in the name of activism! News Headline “According to a police chief in Madison where it happened, "the arson is not considered a terrorist incident." So, firebombing with Molotov cocktails for political reasons, threats left on the wall in spray paint, definitely not terrorism. Let's call it activism, because, you know, a fire broke out.  
czarpaul posted a comment · May 15, 2022
While I agree on the NEED for this I don't think we'll get it. We didn't start doing any coast to coast preaching and so on when God gave us the REPRIEVE of Trump so there is no reason to believe we now will do so. Yes the country is fighting back but like the Israelites who went to conquer the land after rejecting the faithful spies message God is NOT with America. This "Revolution" will end in the same failure!
OT posted a comment · May 15, 2022
Seek the truth Listen to the truth Teach the truth Love the truth Abide by the truth And defend the truth Unto death. — John Huss
OT posted a comment · May 15, 2022
Skwh310 you have absolutely no credibility, you use fraudulent research, poles, data all day long! And what makes you think you’ve got the monopoly on morals. I don’t like saying it but You’ll lead people to hell as the duplicitous pied Piper Anything goes kinda of moral fraud! Jesus came to conquer sin and death so that through him we could to. Not throw our hands up in defeat I give into lust or whatever. I wish you would acknowledge the error of your false gospel and repent while you still have time! Please. I’m not the judge but when it comes to laws and social policy making, - yes people make their own choices, but telling them you can be a follower of Christ and do what you want He died on the cross so you could without restraint! God have mercy your whataboutisms are endless you defend societal wrongs because everyone in your cross heirs etc …..blew it some place and time in history.
OT posted a comment · May 15, 2022
Skwh310 What a bunch %*#€}Hooey why did Jesus come ? For flawed sinful people who don’t get it right! Of which you are the biggest one here on askdrbrown your not a very Christian like are you!
Swkh310 posted a comment · May 15, 2022
What a bunch of self-congratulatory nonsense. As Christians, we do not have some kind of monopoly on morals. We are just as flawed as our non-Christian brothers and sisters, proven by centuries of crusades, imperialism, and inquisitions.