This Is How It Starts

Written by John DeGroff on January 31, 2020

This is how WHAT starts, you’re probably asking. Fine. Here’s the premise. When we ignore things around us that are questionable and sketchy because, well, it’s not my problem and besides, a decent person just doesn’t get involved with other folks’ business… when we do that… bad things happen. Sometimes, bad things continue to happen for decades before anyone has the cojones to speak out.

Case in point is from a recent Dr. Phil broadcast. Actually, it was two separate shows on January 13,14 2020.

These shows featured Hephzibah House, in Winona Lake, IN. (Note: Hephzibah is Hebrew meaning “my delight is in her”. It is also the name of the wife of King Hezekiah of Judea, as found in the O.T. books of 2nd Kings and 2nd Chronicles.) Hephzibah House is described as a Christian Boarding School for teenage girls, ages 13-18. It is run by Believers’ Baptist Church, an independent, separated Baptist church also in Winona Lake, IN. It was established in 1971 by Pastor Ronald Williams and his wife Pattie. (www.hephzibahhouse.org., although a search for verifying information only provides conflicting information and site locations.)

The reason it warranted two Dr. Phil segments is that through the years, there have been several allegations of physical, mental and emotional abuse against the girls who are “students” there. The Dr. Phil segments featured several women who were there in the past as teens, as well as a son of the Williams who backed up their claims against the school.

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Winona Lake, IN is near where I live in Warsaw, IN. They’re practically the same town, although separate communities. I never heard of Hephzibah House until I was shown where it is. Going down the driveway, which was blocked at one point, you get the impression of a cult-like compound. Very creepy.

Ten years ago, there was an investigation into Hephzibah House. However, since it’s a privately run boarding school affiliated with a church (albeit a very off-shoot, independent one), no existing Indiana state law can force further investigations or even closure.

If you didn’t see the Dr. Phil show on Hephzibah House, it still serves as an example of what happens when good people don’t raise their voices and get involved to make changes. It makes me wonder how many other cult-like organizations exist in small communities throughout the entire country.

Take this example of what’s happening in Winona Lake/Warsaw, IN and then focus on some of the other issues facing the U.S.

On the national level, probably the best example of what happens when you don’t pay attention and “just don’t want to get involved…”, is the rise of Islam in America.

Dearborn, Michigan is practically no longer an American city. According to the 2010 census, Dearborn’s population is just over 98,000. 30%+ are Moslems. While it was Arab Christians who first settled there in the 1880s, it was with an influx of Palestinian Moslems in the mid-1920s that the demographic started to change. Now, Dearborn has become an Islamic enclave.

Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. has roughly 80,000 Somali “refugees” in its metro area. This immigration started in the 1980s, and during Barak Hussein Obama’s 8-year regime, over 43,000 Somalis were brought to the area. (These are Dept. Of Homeland Security numbers.)

Somalia is a failed nation state, primarily run by warlords. They do not have the record keeping infrastructure to vet who these people are.

And this is how we ended up with Rep. Ilhan Omar.

While illegal immigration overall has started to decline somewhat under President Trump, it’s still a problem. In fact, for those who haven’t been paying attention, it is one issue (along with Islam and the national debt) that can completely destroy this country. If you doubt that, just look at the money that states like California spend to provide for illegals…and look at what California has become.

This is how it starts. Cities, then entire states, succumb to “sanctuary” status and in a short time, all forms of infrastructure-physical and social-totally collapse. This alone is a good example of the empirical knowledge I’ve been discussing. Just take a good look at what’s happening.

The Dems have started the total destruction of America as we know it. Ruining our healthcare with Obamacare was only the beginning. (It does go further back than that, but space doesn’t allow for an extensive history lesson on bad policies.) A subtle intrusion into our everyday reality, often too subtle and seemingly insignificant for most to want to bother with, plants the seed for a bigger problem. Remember, cancer starts with just one cell.

In closing, and instead of the HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT I’ve been ending the columns with, please consider these scriptures. (NIV)

Isaiah 33: 15, 16 He who walks righteously and speaks what is right, who rejects gain from extortion and keeps his hand from accepting bribes, who stops his ears against plots of murder and shuts his eyes against contemplating evil, this is the man who will dwell on the heights, whose refuge will be the mountain fortress.

Prov. 17:13 If a man pays back evil for good, evil will never leave his house.

Prov. 8: 12, 13 I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion. to fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
(Also, get a decent concordance and run scriptures concerning “evil” and “speaking out”. There’s a lot of great guidance to be had.)

John DeGroff
John DeGroff is the original bass player for the Christian rock band Petra. He currently plays for the band GHF which is comprised of other original members from Petra. DeGroff has extensive experience as a freelance music journalist and newspaper reporter as well as an on-line music reviewer. He is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and lives in Warsaw, Indiana where he is employed as a care giver for mentally challenged adults.

 

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