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Prayer Targets: Supreme Court, Fined for Faith, Effort to Silence

The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. 2 Samuel 23:3

Dear Praying Friends,

Samuel Adams (1722-1803), whom many historians consider the “Father of the American Revolution,” helped organize the Massachusetts Committee of Correspondence, which led to committees in other colonies and ultimately a Continental Congress. Adams’ fearless public oratory instigated the Boston Tea Party. A Continental Congressman (1774-1781) and signer of the Declaration, Adams was an ardent follower of Jesus Christ. Addressing the Continental Congress, August 1, 1776, he said:

WE ARE now on this continent, to the astonishment of the world, three millions of souls united in one cause. We have large armies, well-disciplined and appointed, with commanders inferior to none in military skill, and superior in activity and zeal. We are furnished with arsenals and stores beyond our most sanguine expectations, and foreign nations are waiting to crown our success by their alliances. There are instances of, I would say, an almost astonishing Providence in our favor; our success has staggered our enemies, and almost given faith to infidels; so we may truly say it is not our own arm which has saved us.

The hand of Heaven appears to have led us on to be, perhaps, humble instruments and means in the great providential dispensation, which is completing. We have fled from the political Sodom; let us not look back, lest we perish and become a monument of infamy and derision to the world. For can we ever expect more unanimity and a better preparation for defense; more infatuation of counsel among our enemies, and more valor and zeal among ourselves? The same force and resistance, which are sufficient to procure us our liberties will secure us a glorious independence and support us in the dignity of free, imperial states. We cannot suppose that our opposition has made a corrupt and dissipated nation more friendly to America, or created in them a greater respect for the rights of mankind. We can therefore expect a restoration and establishment of our privileges, and a compensation for the injuries we have received, from their want of power, from their fears, and not from their virtues. The unanimity and valor, which will effect an honorable peace, can render a future contest for our liberties unnecessary. He who has strength to chain down the wolf is a madman if he let him loose without drawing his teeth and paring his nails.

We have no other alternative than independence, or the most ignominious and galling servitude. The legions of our enemies thicken on our plains; desolation and death mark their bloody career; whilst the mangled corpses of our countrymen seem to cry out to us as a voice from Heaven.

Our union is now complete; our constitution composed, established, and approved. You are now the guardians of your own liberties. We may justly address you, as the decemviri (those who wrote Roman law) did the Romans, and say: “Nothing that we propose can pass into a law without your consent. Be yourselves, O Americans, the authors of those laws on which your happiness depends.”

You have now in the field armies sufficient to repel the whole force of your enemies and their base and mercenary auxiliaries. The hearts of your soldiers beat high with the spirit of freedom; they are animated with the justice of their cause, and while they grasp their swords can look up to Heaven for assistance. Your adversaries are composed of wretches who laugh at the rights of humanity, who turn religion into derision, and would, for higher wages, direct their swords against their leaders or their country. Go on, then, in your generous enterprise, with gratitude to Heaven for past, success, and confidence of it in the future. For my own part, I ask no greater blessing than to share with you the common danger and common glory. If I have a wish dearer to my soul than that… it is that these American States may never cease to be free and independent (Samuel Adams, About the Declaration, August 1, 1776).

Our Nation is in a shocking moral decline. Our Supreme Court is deliberating over whether to declare same-sex “marriage” a Constitutional right. Christians are increasingly being targeted for persecution for remaining true to their Christian Faith. Even the right to express publicly our Biblically informed opinions is being called into question. Each of us ought to observe the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 7 with greater vigor than ever before.

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Prayer Targets: Bill Clinton; RFRA Then & Now; Indiana RFRA; Prayer & Fasting; Iran; Arkansas

If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all. Isaiah 7:9 (NIV)

Dear Praying Friends,

On November 16, 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” into law. The bill had passed unanimously in the House and in the U.S. Senate by an overwhelming vote of 97-3. From Clinton’s speech:

A broad coalition of Americans came together to make this bill a reality… People worked together across ideological and religious lines… new trust was established… the power of God is such that even in the legislative process miracles can happen.

We all have a shared desire here to protect perhaps the most precious of all American liberties, religious freedom… The signing of legislation… is often a quiet ending to a turbulent legislative process… This event assumes a more majestic quality because [we] affirm the historic role that people of faith have played in the history of this country and the constitutional protections those who profess and express their faith have always demanded and cherished…

This act reverses [a] Supreme Court’s decision… and reestablishes a standard that better protects all Americans of all faiths in the exercise of their religion in a way that … is far more consistent with the intent of the Founders of this Nation than the Supreme Court decision.

More than 50 cases have been decided against individuals making religious claims against Government action since that decision was handed down. This act will help to reverse that trend by honoring the principle that our laws and institutions should not impede or hinder but rather should protect and preserve fundamental religious liberties.

The free exercise of religion has been called the first freedom… Our Founders cared a lot about religion… they well understood… how both religion and Government could be perverted if there were not some space created and some protection provided. They knew that religion helps to give our people the character without which a democracy cannot survive. They knew that there needed to be a space of freedom between Government and people of faith that otherwise Government might usurp…

What this law basically says is that the Government should be held to a very high level of proof before it interferes with someone’s free exercise of religion. This judgment is shared by the people of the United States as well as by the Congress. We believe strongly that we can never… be too vigilant in this work…

The most central institution of our society, the family, has been under assault for 30 years… It is high time we had an open and honest reaffirmation of the role of American citizens of faith… so that we can argue and discourse and seek the truth and seek to heal this troubled land.

Let us never believe that the freedom of religion imposes on any of us some responsibility to run from our convictions. Let us instead respect one another’s faiths, fight to the death to preserve the right of every American to practice whatever convictions he or she has, but bring our values back to the table of American discourse to heal our troubled land.  (The American Presidency Project).

Indiana Governor under Assault by Radical Left – Sexual activists created a show-of-force against Governor Mike Pence and the Religious Freedom Reformation Act (RFRA) he signed on Thursday. Patterned after the 20-year old federal RFRA, Indiana’s law says nothing of “homosexuality” or “discrimination” but was enacted to protect the religious liberties of all citizens. Since 1993, attacks against those liberties have increased exponentially by local, state and federal authorities. Yet sexual activists made this new law all about them, falsely claiming that RFRA’s are “a license for Christians to discriminate against the LGBT community.” They want to hijack the law to highlight homosexual rights.

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Prayer Targets J.Q. Adams; DC Oppression; Navy Abuse; RFRA’s; San Antonio; Iran Letter; Marriage

They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them. Pr 28:4

Dear Praying Friends,

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), son of President John and Abigail Adams, was our sixth U.S. President (1825-1829). A distinguished statesman, Adams became the only U.S. President to retire and run for the House of Representatives, where for 17 more years he led the fight to end human slavery. Excerpts from his July 4, 1837 Independence Day Speech to the people of Newburyport, Mass.:

Why is it that [Christians with contradictory doctrinal views] unite with all their brethren… year after year,” in celebrating this, the birthday of the nation? Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence… laid the corner stone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity, and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfilment of the prophecies, announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Savior and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets six hundred years before?

The object of this Declaration was two-fold. First, to proclaim the People of the thirteen United Colonies, one People, and in their name, and by their authority, to dissolve the political bands which had connected them with another… A Nation was born at once! Well, indeed, may such a day be commemorated by such a Nation… But whether as a day of festivity and joy, or of humiliation and mourning… depends [after many years], not so much upon the responsibilities of those who brought the Nation forth, as upon the moral, political and intellectual character of the present generation…

The sovereign authority, conferred by the Declaration upon the people of each of the Colonies, could not extend to the exercise of any power inconsistent with that Declaration itself… [It] was at once a social compact of the whole People of the Union, embracing thirteen distinct communities united in one, and a manifesto proclaiming themselves one Nation, possessed of all the attributes of sovereign power….one People consisting of thirteen free and independent States, was new in the history of the world.

The Declaration implicitly denied the unlimited nature of sovereignty. By the affirmation that the principal of the natural rights of mankind are unalienable, it placed them beyond the reach of organized human power; and by affirming that governments are instituted to secure them, and may and ought to be abolished if they become destructive of those ends, they made all government subordinate to the moral supremacy of the People.

The Declaration itself did not even announce the States as sovereign, but as united, free and independent, and having power to do all acts and things which independent States may of right do. It acknowledged, therefore, a rule of rights paramount to the power of independent States itself, and virtually disclaimed all power to do wrong. This was a novelty in the moral philosophy of nations, and it is the essential point of difference between the system of government announced in the Declaration… and those systems which had until then prevailed among men. A moral Ruler of the universe, the Governor and Controller of all human power, is the only unlimited sovereign acknowledged by the Declaration… and it claims for the United States of America, when assuming their equal station among the nations of the earth, only the power to do all that may be done of right.

All the legislators of the human race, until that day [held] sovereignty to be unlimited and illimitable. The Declaration… proclaimed… a law of resistance against sovereign power, when wielded for oppression. A law ascending to the tribunal of the universal lawgiver and judge. A law of right, binding upon nations as well as individuals, upon sovereigns as well as upon subjects. By that law the colonists resisted their sovereign. By that law… they appealed to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of their intentions, and neither claimed nor conferred authority to do anything but of right (Read Complete speech at Library of Congress).

Adams went on to excoriate the sin of the Union’s failure to live up to the Declaration by ending human slavery, warning of civil war and the high cost to future generations, foremost, the failure to fulfill that mission of Jesus Christ. He ended his speech with what was, in essence, an altar call to repentance.

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Prayer Targets: Communism; Israel; ObamaNet; Bonhoeffer Moment; RFRA’s; Prayer Days; Ceaseless Prayer

Now the rest of the acts of Zimri, and his treason that he wrought, are they not written in the book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel? 1 Kg 16:20

President Reagan, a focused anti-communist, said, of W. Cleon Skousen’s 1958 book, The Naked Communist, “No one is better qualified to discuss the threat to this nation from communism. You will be alarmed, you will be informed and you’ll be glad you heard him.” I’ve previously quoted former FBI Agent Skousen’s riveting book and his list of 45 strategic communist goals to bring down America. Here are just 17 of the 45 (see all 45 goals, Book Reviews):

  1. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.
  2. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
  3. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism… Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
  4. Infiltrate the press… Gain control of key positions in radio, TV and motion pictures.
  5. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of (true) artistic expression… “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive meaningless art.”
  6. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio and TV. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.
  7. Present homosexuality… and promiscuity as “normal, natural, and healthy.”
  8. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and …the need for… a “religious crutch.”
  9. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”
  10. Discredit the…Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations… .
  11. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats…
  12. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture – education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.
  13. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions and…big business.
  14. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.
  15. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
  16. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents.
  17. Give the World Court jurisdiction over nations and individuals alike.

This demonically-inspired strategy has destroyed much good in our culture and brought much evil. “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Pr 14:34; see also Ps 9:17). We now have myriad new enemies motivated by other false doctrines who are similarly bent on destroying whatever good remains in our culture from the influence of Christianity (Watch this 6-minute video by Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (USA, Ret.). I urge you also to view the online video of last Saturday’s South Carolina National Security Summit. It is riveting!)

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Prayer Targets: Prayer & Fasting for Marriage; HHS Mandate; Human Trafficking; Marine Chaplain; More

This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Ephesians 5:25-31 Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. Hebrews 13:4

Andreas J. Kostenberger is the Director of Ph.D. Studies and Professor of New Testament at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also editor of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (JETS) and founding president of Biblical Foundations, which aim toward “restoring the biblical foundations of the home, the church, and society.” He writes:

Incredible as it may seem, we can no longer assume that people in our culture understand what the proper definition of “marriage” and “the family” is. Not only is this a sad commentary on the impact of same-sex marriage activists on our society, it also shows how the culture’s memory of the biblical tradition on which it is based is fading fast…marriage and the family are institutions under siege today. Only a return to the biblical foundation of these God-given institutions will reverse the decline of marriage and the family in our culture… What Is Marriage? It is a covenant, a sacred bond between a man and a woman instituted by and publicly entered into before God and normally consummated by sexual (intimacy). God’s plan for the marriage covenant involves at least … five vital principles:

(1)Permanence: Marriage is intended to be permanent, since it was established by God (Mt 19:6; Mk 10:9). Marriage represents a serious commitment that should not be entered into lightly or unadvisedly. It involves a solemn promise or pledge, not merely to one’s marriage partner, but before God. Divorce is not permitted except in a very limited number of biblically prescribed circumstances…

(2)Sacredness: Marriage is not merely a human agreement between two consenting individuals (“civil union”); it is a relationship before and under God (Gen 2:22). Hence, “same-sex marriage” is an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms. Since Scripture universally condemns homosexual relationships… God will never sanction a marital bond between two members of the same sex.

(3)Intimacy: Marriage is the most intimate of all human relationships, uniting a man and a woman in a “one-flesh” union (Gen 2:23 -25). Marriage involves “leaving” one’s family of origin and “being united” to one’s spouse, which signifies the establishment of a new family unit distinct from the two originating families. While “one flesh” suggests sexual intercourse and normally procreation, at its very heart the concept entails the establishment of a new kinship relationship between two previously unrelated individuals (and families) by the most intimate of human bonds.

(4)Mutuality: Marriage is a relationship of free self-giving of one human being to another (Eph 5:25-30). Marriage partners are to be first and foremost concerned about the wellbeing of the other person and committed to each other in steadfast love and devotion. This involves forgiveness and restoration of relationship in the case of sin. Mutuality, however, does not mean sameness in role. Scripture is clear that wives are to submit to their husbands and to serve as their “suitable helpers,” while husbands are to bear the ultimate responsibility for the marriage before God (Eph 5:22-24; Col 3:18; see also Gen 2:18, 20).

(5)Exclusiveness: Marriage is not only permanent, sacred, intimate, and mutual; it is also exclusive (Gen 2:22-25; 1 Cor 7:2-5). This means that no other human relationship must interfere with the marriage commitment between husband and wife. For this reason, Jesus treated sexual immorality of a married person, including even a husband’s lustful thoughts, with utmost seriousness (Mt 5:28; 19:9). For the same reason, premarital sex is also illegitimate, since it violates the exclusive claims of one’s future spouse. As the Song of Solomon makes clear, only in the secure context of an exclusive marital bond can free and complete giving of oneself in marriage take place. http://www.frc.org/brochure/the-bibles-teaching-on-marriage-and-family

Marriage is holy, the image of Christ’s union with His Bride, an image being debauched in America. Because we love God and neighbor, we must stand up boldly for marriage. God will judge all who violate the holy estate of marriage, how much more a nation that discards His building block for every fruitful society? May we give ourselves to unceasing prayer for the U.S. Supreme Court!

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