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And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth? Luke 18:7-8
Dear Praying Friends,
In last week’s Prayer Targets, I introduced Rev. Richard Owen Roberts’ Unalienable Rights. He wrote, “God Himself instituted and regulated human government… designed to guarantee the unalienable rights of both the Creator and the created.” Our forefathers saw as self-evident the transcendent truths enumerated in the Declaration of Independence: 1) that we are the product of a Creator; 2) that the Creator rules by natural and revealed law; 3) that He alone grants unalienable rights, including Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness; <4) that He is the Supreme Judge of the World and thus the final arbiter to whom we appeal our cause; and 5) we should rely on His Providence completely. These truths provide the foundation of our nation.
Supreme Court Helps Texas Abortion Clinics Stay Open – On Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court intervened to prevent Texas from implementing a new law that requires abortion clinic doctors 1) to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles, and 2) to meet the same building standards required of all other “ambulatory surgical centers.” Insiders say that, at least for Planned Parenthood, the decision to close clinics is strictly a business decision and that implementing the regulations would reduce profit margins — their real motive for operating abortion clinics. The Supreme Court reinstated a U.S. District Court ruling that declared these provisions unconstitutional. The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans had overruled the District court, allowing the law to take effect while the state appealed the district court ruling. The Supreme Court reversed it again, sending it back to the Circuit Court for further litigation, but without any guarantee they would take up the case again if it found its way back.
Prayer Targets: Godly Government; Despot Courts; Pastors; Jerusalem; Pentecost Walk; iPledge Sunday!
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. Romans 1:18-19
Dear Praying Friends,
Richard Owen Roberts is founder of International Awakening Ministries (see R.O. Roberts Trust). He studied at Gordon, Whitworth, and Fuller Seminary and pastored churches in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and California. Since 1975, he and his family have lived near Wheaton College, Ill., where his collection of 9,000+ books relating to historic revivals and awakenings serves as nucleus of the Billy Graham Center Library. He has written extensively on these topics:
The sacred record makes clear that God Himself instituted and regulated human government… it was designed to guarantee the unalienable rights of both the Creator and the created.
The founding fathers… understood that government had the capacity to hamper or restrict the rights with which God Himself had endowed His people. Many… had personally experienced the destruction of their own rights by oppressive rulers. It was their profound conviction that when this happened, government should be either altered or abolished and replaced by a new government.
We need to realize that whenever government seeks to grant rights to individuals and classes that God Himself has not endowed, and whenever this granting of rights by humans to humans impinges upon the rights that the Almighty has reserved for Himself, that government ceases to be of God. Neither is it any longer truly for the people, for the best interest of the governed can never be served by a government which elevates itself to the stature of God. When this happens, either the people themselves will alter or abolish their corrupt government, or God will, in His own time and way, accomplish that nation’s destruction.
God has… revealed the specific areas in which He will… control the rights affecting man. These restricted areas were long weighed, regarded, and yielded to by the American people. They are set forth in the Ten Commandments which were, in the early years of our nation, a prominent part of every schoolroom. Their principles were incorporated into our national laws and into the laws of our several states. Included in the realms where God never endowed man with a right of choice are His restrictions on man’s relationship to Himself, the taking of human life, the use of sex, the appropriation of the private property of others, and the regulation of truth and falsehood.
God Alone Is to Be Worshipped – When God endowed man with certain unalienable rights, He did not include the right to worship any god he chose or no god at all. God never granted man the right to worship the god of his own imagination. The God who made man has always insisted that the creature worship and serve his Creator. There is but one true and living God. He, and He alone, is to be worshipped and served. This nation was built on the conviction that there is a Creator God whose mercy is necessary to the well-being of all its peoples. There is no reason to suppose that it was ever the intention of the founding fathers of this nation to grant the freedom to future generations of Americans to make gods of their own imaginations, to worship and serve what they made, and thus to turn this nation from Christianity to paganism. The religious freedom granted by our national documents was not freedom to be irreligious. What was guaranteed was the freedom of every denomination of Christians to practice Christianity according to the dictates of their own consciences. All that was to be required of them was that they demean themselves peaceably and as good subjects of the nation. Our fathers guaranteed that no sect or denomination should ever be established by law, but it was absolutely not their intent to guarantee the right of the godless to turn the nation away from the Christianity upon which it was founded and into a cesspool of iniquitous infidelity. (Unalienable Rights, 1993 – read more at Herald of His Coming).
For the Pillars of the Earth are the Lord’s, and He hath set the World upon them. 1 Sam 2:8
Dear Praying Friends:
Dr. Ellis Sandoz is Director of the Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies at Louisiana State University, his alma mater (B.A, 1951; M.A, 1953). The first sermon from Sandoz’s collection of political sermons from the founding era, entitled, “Government the Pillar of The Earth,” was delivered on August 13, 1730 before the Royal Governor of Massachusetts, Jonathan Belcher, by Boston Pastor Benjamin Colman. The text was from 1 Samuel 2:1-10:
Hanna could not have spoken with more loftiness and majesty; more authority and command — to the nobles, rulers, captains and mighty men; … She celebrates the Lord God of Israel, his unspotted purity, his almighty power, his unsearchable wisdom, and his unerring justice…
“He maketh poor and maketh rich, He bringeth low and lifteth up: He raiseth up the poor out of Dust, and lifteth up the Beggar from the Dunghill; to set them among Princes, and make them inherit the Throne of Glory; For the Pillars of the Earth are the Lord’s, and He hath set the World upon them.”
Thus my text is introduced as a reason for those dispensations of God towards a person, a family, or a people… We see then that the natural earth has no pillars, in any proper sense; Neither has the moral earth, (i.e. the inhabitants of it) any, but in a metaphorical sense: And so the princes and rulers of it are called it’s pillars… the text explains it self… speaks of the Bows of the mighty Men, and of the Thrones of Princes, and then adds — the Pillars of the Earth… We are to understand this to mean governors and rulers among men; but not the persons that bear rule, so much as the order itself, government and magistracy. For the persons may be weak and slender reeds, little able of themselves to bear up anything…
The Great God has made the governments and rulers of the earth it’s pillars, and has set the world upon them… Magistrates need be strong, for government is a great weight; and it is laid upon their shoulders. Pillars are also for ornament…those in power and magistracy are to be adorned with superior gifts, powers and beauties of mind to adorn the offices which they sustain… by employing their superior wisdom and knowledge, skill and prudence, discretion and judgment for the public good… Wisdom is both strength and beauty, a defense and ornament.
But then, is the pillar for ornament only? Integrity, uprightness, faithfulness added to knowledge and wisdom, makes men strong and beautiful pillars, whether in church or state. Every man is ready to proclaim his own Goodness; but a faithful Man who can find? Pr 20 … David, that pillar of Israel, came into the government with that noble purpose and resolution, Ps 75. When I shall receive the Congregation, I will judge uprightly. So he fed them in the integrity of his heart, and led them by the skillfulness of his hands. God’s righteousness and faithfulness, justice and judgment, are the foundation of his everlasting government, the habitation of his throne (The entire sermon may be read online at The Belcher Foundation Website. See Political Sermons of the American Founding Era: 1730-1805, 2 vols., Ellis Sandoz, 1998).
Those who govern are vitally important in God’s economy. Scripture charges us, as Jethro did Moses, to select people: “such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness” (Ex 18:21). We must know the candidates and consider supporting those we believe meet God’s test. How must God look upon nearly half of all American Christians who do not vote in presidential years and even less vote in the midterms like this year – the consequences of their inaction being the election of officials who impose upon our nation abortion, same-sex “marriage,” anti-Christian oppression and other evils? As Election Day approaches, we must make sure we are registered to vote, make sure at least two friends are registered, get to know the candidates, help inform our friends and families on the issues, and this time, vote biblical values! Visit 123Vote.com for more and take the 1-2-3 Vote pledge!
Prayer Targets: Webster & Jay: Vote! iPledge Sunday; Values Voter Summit; Meriam; U.S.-led Coalition
“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” Proverbs 29:2
Dear Praying Friends
Election Day is November 4, 2014. Noah Webster, the author of the renowned Dictionary that bears his name and whom some refer to as the “Father of American Education” (see last week’s Prayer Targets), had much to say about American citizenship and the Christian’s stewardship responsibility to vote:
In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look to his character as a man of known principle, of tried integrity, and undoubted ability for the office… Scriptures teach… that rulers should be men who rule in the fear of God, able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness. But if we had no divine instruction on the subject, our own interest would demand of us a strict observance of the principle of these injunctions. And it is to the neglect of this rule of conduct in our citizens, that we must ascribe the multiplied frauds, breaches of trust, peculations and embezzlements of public property which astonish even ourselves; which tarnish the character of our country; which disgrace a republican government…
When a citizen gives his suffrage (vote) to a man of known immorality, he abuses his trust; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor; he betrays the interest of his country. Nor is it of slight importance, that men elected to office should be able men, men of talents equal to their stations, men of mature age, experience, and judgment; men of firmness and impartiality… It may be held as generally true, that respect spontaneously attaches itself to real worth; and the man of respectable virtues, never has occasion to run after respect (Noah Webster, Letters to a Young Gentleman Commencing his Education, 1823).
John Jay, first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court wrote:
Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers (Letter from John Jay to John Murray, Jr., October 12, 1816). Whether our Religion permits Christians to vote for infidel rulers is a question which merits more consideration than it seems yet to have generally received, either from the clergy or the laity. It appears to me that what the prophet said to Jehoshaphat about his attachments to Ahab affords a salutary lesson… “Shouldest thou help the ungodly and love them that hate the Lord?” 2 Chr xix, 2 (Letter from John Jay to Jedediah Morse, January 1, 1813. Johnston, Correspondence of Jay from The Founders on Religion, James H. Hutson, 2005).
Congress has recessed until after Election Day allowing members time to devote to their re-election campaigns. Voters will decide who will occupy all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 1/3 of the 100 U.S. Senate seats. Whom we elect will be highly consequential, given the troubles our nation faces and the perilous times in which we live.
God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another. Psalm 75:7
Dear Praying Friends,
Star Spangled Sunday, our 200th anniversary celebration of the National Anthem and the turning point in the War of 1812 was powerful. In September 1814, after burning the White House, the U.S. Capitol, and Washington, D.C., the British Army and Navy targeted Baltimore with all their firepower. But a sniper killed the leading British General and the Maryland Militia and U.S. Army effectively resisted. The Royal Navy then attacked Fort McHenry. Beyond reach of U.S. cannon, British warships barraged Fort McHenry with hundreds of tons of cannonballs, bombs, and rockets. Francis Scott Key, aboard a British ship on diplomatic business, slept lightly amid cannon fire, rose early and rushed to see if our flag “was still there,” flying over the Fort. Against all odds, it was. The fleet ceased fire and moved speedily out of Baltimore Harbor and down the Chesapeake Bay. Key was moved to pen what is now our National Anthem. As in previous and subsequent American wars, God’s Hand was evident. But a Maryland preacher named Joshua Thomas played an important role in this lost episode in our history. The Methodist circuit rider traveled by canoe from island to island on the Chesapeake Bay to preach the gospel. It was on Tangier Island, Thomas’ home, that the British fleet made their headquarters.
Before they left Tangier, they sent me word to be ready to hold a public meeting, and exhort the soldiers… I thought and prayed over the matter, and it came to me that I must stand up for Jesus as a good soldier… It was arranged to be on their last Sunday… Early that morning, the flags were hoisted, the drums beat… the soldiers were all drawn up in solid columns, about twelve thousand men… I stood on a little platform … nearest the shore, all the men facing me with their hats off… As I looked around on my congregation, I never had such feelings in my life; but I felt determined to give them a faithful warning, even if those officers… would cut me in ‘pieces… After singing and prayer… all fear and embarrassment were taken away… I said, that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.’ I told… how He saved me from sin… and thanked them and their Admiral for the kindness they manifested to us… but I could not bid them God speed… I warned them of the danger and distress they would bring upon themselves and others by going to Baltimore with the object they had in view… that God said, “Thou shall not kill.” If you do, he will judge you at the last day; or, before then, he will cause you to “perish by the sword.” I told them it was given me from the Almighty that they could not take Baltimore, and would not succeed in their expedition… to prepare for death, for many of them would in all likelihood die soon, and I should see them no more till we met at the sound of the great trumpet before our final Judge.”
The service concluded, many stepped up… and said they hoped it would not go so hard with them as he had foretold. He shook his head, and said he felt that many that day had received their last call… (With) steady persistence… he predicted the defeat… The army had hitherto met with but feeble resistance… Bladensburg…Washington… Alexandria capitulated without resistance, and now with concentrated force, the whole squadron pours its flushed and confident thousands on Baltimore… In the face of all the probabilities… Joshua Thomas expressed a conviction… You cannot take it! …Perhaps he remembered that thousands in that city were on their knees, morning, noon, and night, interceding with God! That some of his acquaintances… who by their success in prayer… had displayed power with God, were in the city, and formed its rampart and defense, in unseen agency with the Lord Jehovah! …The proud fleet weighed anchor, and with pennants streaming, decks bristling with the machinery of war, stood up the Bay, and left the anxious islanders awaiting the issue (Adam Wallace, The Parson of the Islands, Ch.9 1861).
Numerous parallels exist between America in 1814 and today.