Saturday, February 28, 2009

The decline of a nation

(Congrats to Veronica Leigh who won a copy of Tuck by Stephen Lawhead! Thanks to all who entered. )

My husband read this to me out of a book he's reading called "What in the world is going on?" by David Jeremiah, but I have seen it before in a history book.

The 10 stages of the decline of a nation

The first stage moves from bondage to spiritual faith.
The second from spiritual faith to great courage.
The third stage moves from great courage to liberty.
The fourth stage moves from liberty to abundance.
The fifth stage moves from abundance to selfishness.
The sixth stage moves from selfishness to complacency.
The seventh stage moves from complacency to apathy.
The eighth stage moves from apathy to moral decay.
The ninth stage moves from moral decay to dependence.
And the tenth and last stage moves from dependence to bondage.

When I first read this it seemed to fit so perfectly with our nation's history. So if you agree, what stage do you think the United States is currently in?


  1. Hmmm, my guess would be around stage eight or nine.

    Oh and thanks for the book! :~) God Bless.

  2. I'd say we're straddling somewhere between the ninth and tenth stage...or will be for sure by the time this current administration leaves office.

    That's my humble opinion.


  3. i think that america right now is in the eighth stage...pray that we go NO further!

  4. I think we are already in stage nine. Since we've moved so many of our businesses to other countries in the 80's and 90's and are so dependent on foreign oil, we are already there.

  5. Nine without a doubt. The moral fabric of this country has decayed and we are exchanging it for dependence on the government. All of the stuff that's included in the "stimulus" bill and Obama's "budget" are solid proof of that for me. Socialism NEVER works, and that's the direction we are headed. Socialism is just about the worst kind of bondage a nation can allow to happen to itself.

  6. I would say around the 9th stage. So sad. . . Good things to think about. Will send a link to my husband.

  7. Thanks everyone for your comments. Sadly I think all of you are right. We are somewhere in the bottom of the stages. My guess is between 8 and 9, but time will tell. It is so discouraging to see the fall of this mightly nation that has been so blessed by God. But I suppose it must happen in order for God to set the stage for the coming of the Anti-Christ and the climax of this age.

  8. I actually think were on the fifth stage. "The fifth stage moves from abundance to selfishness" America had an abundance and yet we had o go over to other small forign counties and take their income such as iraquis oil.