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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.
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):
- Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.
- Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
- Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism… Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
- Infiltrate the press… Gain control of key positions in radio, TV and motion pictures.
- Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of (true) artistic expression… “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive meaningless art.”
- 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.
- Present homosexuality… and promiscuity as “normal, natural, and healthy.”
- Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and …the need for… a “religious crutch.”
- Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”
- Discredit the…Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations… .
- Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats…
- Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture – education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.
- Infiltrate and gain control of more unions and…big business.
- Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.
- Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
- Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents.
- 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!)
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!
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith… 1 Peter 5:8-9
Dear Praying Friends:
Dave Butts is chairman of the National Prayer Committee (NPC), president of Harvest Prayer Ministries, and a leader in many other national groups. In 1991, Rev. Butts wrote A New Call for Extraordinary Prayer:
It is very easy to allow our attention to be diverted back to what we call “normal.” Unfortunately, “normal” often means life without God and without a dependence upon Him in prayer. I believe it is vital for us to hold on to our first response…the response of prayer.
The Church desperately needs to both issue and respond to a new call for extraordinary prayer. Extraordinary prayer goes beyond the normal expectations of the past. It is prayer that can bring God’s power to bear on a whole new world facing us–a world of uncertainty, fear and war.
The Bible records times of extraordinary prayer like this. One good example occurred in the Book of Esther. The crisis there concerned the lives of every Jew held captive in Babylon. A decree had been issued that would result in genocide for the Jews. Queen Esther was going to risk her life by going to the King on behalf of her people; however, before she went, she called her people to three days of prayer and fasting for her mission. Extraordinary prayer brought about extraordinary deliverance.
The Book of Ezra gives another good example of extraordinary prayer. Ezra… preparing to lead a group of the exiles back from Babylon to Jerusalem (realized the danger and) that they should not merely presume upon God’s protection. So he called the people to humble themselves and pray and fast over the journey. God heard their prayers and gave them safe passage…
Charles H. Spurgeon, was used by God to bring many into the Kingdom and in the process, a large church was built in London. He challenged his people to extraordinary prayer… He wrote… “Have we not tried to preach without trying to pray? Is it not likely that the church has been putting forth its preaching hand but not its praying hand? O Dear friends! Let us agonize in prayer, and it shall come to pass that (we) shall witness the sighs and groans of the penitent and the songs of the converted”…
In the United States, the Great Awakenings came in response to Christians gathering for extraordinary prayer… Robert Bakke in his wonderful book, The Power of Extraordinary Prayer writes, “It was born out of convictions that say with certainty that, regardless of how bright or dark the hour we live in, God is about to do something greater than He’s ever done before… A great and lucid vision of Christ’s earthly reign was before their eyes–with (people in every nation) united… before the throne of God… It was a compelling vision that would not let Christians rest or let go of God until the rule of God held sway in every aspect of life.” …
Has your church made a decision to pray extraordinarily for the working of God’s power? The key … was for Christians to gather together for times of extraordinary prayer–as was the practice of the early Church (see Acts 2:42-47; 4:17-37).
We are living in times that are not “normal.” What has been normal for us in our prayer life and experience of Christianity will not suffice for this hour. God is calling us to extraordinary prayer! How will you respond? (Dave Butts, A New Call for Extraordinary Prayer, 1991, abridged).
The urgency of Dave’s timeless message has grown exponentially. May we all hear and respond!!!
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints… Ephesians 5:3
Dear Praying Friends,
As a young man, Franklin Graham rebelled against his faith and fled his father’s footsteps but later returned wholeheartedly to Christ. Through faith, faithfulness and hard work, over time, he rose to become Chairman of Samaritan’s Purse and later the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). Graham is a powerful spokesman for Bible-believing Christians across America, courageously addressing the issues of our day with plain biblical truth.
The sexual revolution that began in earnest five decades ago with promises of new and liberating sexual freedoms has instead left behind a shattered moral landscape that has undermined the fabric and foundation of our nation. Casting off what was perceived as the puritanical restraints of previous generations, the ’60s and ’70s launched a new era of sexual experimentation…
The new thinking said cohabitation wasn’t really a problem. Divorce wasn’t nearly as harmful as once thought. Promiscuity presented no clear and present danger to the family unit. Same-sex attraction was perfectly normal. Pornography was little cause for concern. Indeed, an entire industry developed around its spurious allure.
Fifty years later… in many respects the American family is completely unrecognizable, courtesy of a failed sexual revolution that has left a devastating wake of destruction.
In certain segments of American culture, more than 70 percent of children are born to single parents and remain in single-parent households… Nearly half of all marriages end in divorce, and couples who cohabitate before marriage are even more likely to split. Some studies show that … pornography available on the Internet has likely contributed to the declining marriage rate.
The freedoms promised by the sexual revolution have instead given way to ever increasing slavery and captivity to sin. The attempt to cast off moral restraint has only opened wide the devil’s destructive, deadly toolbox… (2 Pet 2:19)…
The pervasive, immoral reach of popular media, which actively promotes every type of sexual misconduct imaginable, constantly agitates against the biblical norms of upright, godly behavior.
The Scripture is clear: “But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you. … For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral… has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God” (Eph 5:3, 5)…
God’s laws and commands are given for our good. Sexuality is a gift from God to be used within His wise restraints. Like the levees that hold back mighty rivers from destructive floods, God’s Word and ways are designed to keep our thoughts, passions and desires in godly bounds…
“The body is not meant for sexual immorality,” wrote the Apostle Paul…”but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body” (1 Cor 6:13)… To flaunt His design is, in essence, to commit idolatry by prizing and delighting in what God hates.
Our culture, like ancient cultures that ultimately were destroyed in large part due to their own moral depravity, has been severely weakened. A stable family unit committed to the truth and precepts of the Bible was once the foundation and backbone of our nation. That model is now the exception, not the rule… The earth, about to be judged by the King of kings and Lord of lords, has become completely intoxicated by wanton pleasures. “For all the nations have drunk … of her (Babylon’s) sexual immorality” (Rev 18:3)…
There is still time to repent. That is why Jesus is delaying His return, “not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). My prayer is that we do not refuse that offer while there is still time (Franklin Graham, The Plague of Sexual Immorality; Decision Magazine, Feb. 2015)
Sexual sins harm everyone: children, teens, women, and indeed all of society, not just the “consenting adults” (see FRC’s Labyrinth of Love, Ambivalence and Sex).