From Jim O'Brien
August 17, 2018

Hi Friend,

The End of Sweden

There was a time that Sweden was a Christian nation. In fact, for four centuries church and state were one.

Catholicism gave way to the Protestant Reformation when Sweden accepted the teachings of Martin Luther. In the mid-nineteenth century freedom of worship became law. Even though the Church of Sweden was the dominant church other denominations emerged and per capita church attendance increased. At the same time Sweden began to prosper and became wealthy.

After WWII a new era of socialism took control. It became the model of Keynesian Economics with a world high marginal tax rate of 91 percent that killed the entrepreneurial spirit.

Today Sweden is statistically Christian but only 1 percent of Swedes attend church. Only 23 percent believe there is a God compared to 82 percent of Americans. In 1996 tax forms revealed that Swedes were donating 1.6 of their income to the church. Evangelicals in America today donate 3.7 percent.

In Stockholm 50 percent of the priests are women and many are openly gay, a lifestyle surprisingly accepted by the church. Ironically, the push back against homosexuality is coming from the secular community not Christians.

The news now reports an underground war in Sweden. A wave of immigrants is entering the country with no background check, no criminal reports and little identification required. Frequent riots have resulted in billions of dollars in damage.

Recent riots are so organized that they authorities are forced to admit the existence of an underground army of illegal immigrants within the country. It is called a low-intensity civil war. Rape is at a record rate. Law enforcement officers are saying that virtually 100 percent of the rapes against strangers are committed by immigrant Muslims against blonde Swedes. Some Swedish women are dying their hair black and wearing hijabs to avoid attack.

Violent immigrant gangs control certain parts of the cities. Sharia law is enforced in some areas and it others law is administered by the local Mullah. As a result honor killings are occurring on a daily basis and stoning is a frequent punishment.

Free speech is no longer allowed in Sweden. If it isn't politically correct it isn't allowed. Recently Pentecostal Pastor Åke Green was sentenced to a month in prison for a sermon in which he said that homosexuality is "a cancer on the body of society." It was viewed as a victory of the free church when the decision was overturned by Sweden's Supreme Court.

How do you convince a nation that its blessings have come from God when only 23 percent believe there IS a God? The task is made worse when those charged with teaching the message from God don't believe the Law of God. What happens when the morals of the Church are inferior to those of the world? As Jesus said, "If the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned?" (Matt. 15:13) It's a question all Christians should ask! Where do you go to get flavoring for salt?

What does God do with a nation that He set on a hill to be a light to the world when the nation has no light? What should God do with a church that should set the moral standard for mankind when its morals are worse than the world?

Jesus answers the question by saying, "It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men." (Matt. 15:13b) Sweden may be the prophetic reality of Jesus' words. It is being trampled on by the world.

There's a saying that "As Sweden goes, so goes the world." Is Sweden the future of America? I hope not. Maybe America can learn from the loss of what was once a great nation.

Until next time,

Jim O'Brien