Footnote #9. As a world force, the age of laodiceanism started when democracy began replacing the tyranny of kings in Britain. This crystallized in the emergence of the United States whose founding documents contain words as, "We hold these truths [ie, rights] to be self evident," the "Bill of Rights," and later "Government of the people, by the people, and for the people." Democracy actually developed on the back of the spread of the gospel and then deteriorated. As it deteriorated, socialism's harsher forms arose in those places where the gospel had penetrated little. Today, communism is felt most greatly in the Far East where group consciousness reigns in the extreme. Here, the laodicean emphasis is seen commonly in such terms as "The People's Republic" etc.
Ironically, because of the early influence of gospel truth which stresses personal moral accountability and responsibility, original American democracy also stressed personal responsibility and prized individuality. But humanism quickly replaced the gospel's influence to give all western democracy the plain socialist face it has today. Humanism exists today because of the Gospel. Because of the salt of the gospel and the obedience of a few, entire western society became blessed by the grace of God. But instead of recognizing God's grace on human nature for what it was, man took credit for the grace received through the effects of the gospel and ascribed goodness to himself. Thus humanism was born. In turn, the church has bought into the "man is basically good" theory. This has led to the withdrawing of God's grace from society which is now falling apart from lawlessness.
Today, under the guise of individual freedom, democratic laodiceanism is quietly corralling all the world's peoples to become one indistinct body of "united nations." This body is being prepared as an "anti-bride" for the antichrist, the Man of Sin.