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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).
For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall … deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this? Esther 4:14
Dear Praying Friends,
Rabbi Eliyahu Ben-Haim is the chairman of Intercessors for Israel (IFI). He travels worldwide to preach, teach, pray and leads prayer teams to strategic locations to share Jesus — Yeshua, defend Israel, and call Jewish people to make Aliyah (emigrate to Israel), to prepare the way for the Lord’s return. From IFI’s December issue of Sound of the Shofar:
Tumultuous Times Are Upon Us: 75 – 80 years ago the Jewish people were under attack not just in Germany but in many nations around the world including the USA. Just a few months ago we saw demonstrations in many capitols of Europe and in some American cities calling for “Death to the Jews!” “Cut their throats!” and “Hitler was right!” This is a gross failure to learn the lesson of history from the Nazis and WWII (Ben-Haim wrote this before the horrific Islamist murder of Jews at a Deli in France).
Hatred of the Jews is once again blooming as an evil, poisonous flower. This world ruler of anti-Semitism is once again prowling the earth and being welcomed almost everywhere he goes.
The demonstrations we have seen all over the world reveal the truth. These demonstrators are not just anti-Israel, they hate the Jews. This is anti-Semitism pure and simple… Anti-Semitism did not start with Hitler; it did not even originate in Europe but it has infected Europe and Europeans for more than a thousand years.
During the Second World War representatives of the world wide Jewish community appealed to the American and British Governments to bomb Auschwitz and they were refused. Now the British Parliament has voted (a non-binding motion) to recognize a Palestinian State as have (at the time of writing), the Spanish, French, Irish and Belgian Parliaments. Sweden has already recognized a Palestinian State. The hostility of the Obama administration in the USA towards the Israeli Government has come out into the open in a rather ugly way. It seems that American Secretary of State Kerry and the European Union leaders really are obsessed with forging some kind of deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
Anti-Semitism will likely be the passion that unites the world in the last days. It will be the spark that plunges the world into a murderous and blood-thirsty darkness that will only end with the return of the Lord. After all, all the nations will not come up against Jerusalem because they love us. (Zechariah 14:2; Jeremiah 12:14-17).
(Ben-Haim documents broken promises harm done to Israel by her supposed friends, including the U.S. Read the article and weep. We have failed Israel repeatedly in moments of crisis).
Now we are waiting to see if American promises to prevent Iran’s becoming a nuclear weapons state are worth the paper that they are printed on (He goes on to document more historic and ongoing abuses of Israel and the Jewish people, then speaks of the March 17, 2015 Election).
The Israeli left is running on a platform of “Anyone but Bibi”… Ntanyahu is under tremendous pressure over his decision to speak to the US Congress on the threat of a nuclear threshold Iranian nation and of Islamic terrorism. He is being attacked by Israeli and American politicians and Jewish leaders, as well as by most of the left-wing media… Pray for Israel and PM Netanyahu (see Sound of the Shofar; Update & Prayer Points)
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!