Prayer Targets: America's Greatness; Values Voter Summit; Boy Scouts; Carhart, Pain Capable Act
October 18, 2017
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (Is 1:18-19)
Dear Praying Friends,
Del Fehsenfeld, Jr. (1947-1989) (see tribute) followed in his father's footsteps to become a Christian evangelist. In 1971, at 24, he founded Life Action Ministries. Del died in 1989, but Life Action is still calling Americans to repentance, revival, and a vital relationship with Jesus Christ. These excerpts are from Del's article: The Only Hope for Turning America Back to God!
America did not become great because of her vast resources, her superior intellect, or her sheer willpower. America became great because God made her great. The Bible says that righteousness exalts a nation, and that the nation whose God is the Lord is a blessed nation (Prov. 14:34; Psa. 33:12). God says, "...For them that honor Me I will honor..." (1 Sam 2:30).
God honored America because America honored Him and upheld His standard of righteousness. This nation was forged by men who recognized their dependence on Almighty God... [Some] of the founding fathers (though sinners) had more respect for the living God and His Word, than many so-called believers in the church today... God is still looking for men like our Founding Fathers, who were willing to risk everything for what they believed... These men of conviction, character, creative wisdom, and commitment, purchased with their blood the freedom you and I enjoy. Because they honored God, God honored them, and we are reaping those blessings today.
In just 200 years, God elevated America to world leadership in almost every field of endeavor -- technology, industry, medicine, agriculture, aerospace, business, science, electronics, and communications... It never could have happened apart from heaven's aid... But as we bask in the glory of past blessings, we have cause for great alarm, for the same God who was true to His Word and blessed America must also be true to His Word and exercise judgment if we do not repent.
We have sown to the wind and are now reaping the whirlwind. In the '60s, we began to openly tolerate what was vile and sinful. In the '70s, we began to legitimize, condone, and excuse what we had already accepted. In the '80s we actually began to legislate that which is immoral and contrary to the laws of God's Word. [and we continued to do even more-so today]. [But] America is not big enough to shake her fist in the face of a Holy God and get away with it. The question is not, "Will God judge us?" But "How far will God's judgment go if we do not repent?" God destroys those nations that forsake Him and reject His laws. (see Ps 9:17; Pr. 14:34; Hos 4:6, 5:15)
America is on a suicidal course toward destruction and judgment because we have forgotten the God of the Bible and forsaken His commands. Did our Founding Fathers die in vain? Is this noble experiment of freedom to end in the graveyard, alongside past civilizations that likewise rejected God? Is there no hope for our children and their children?
Edmund Burke said, "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing." That's exactly what too many of us have been doing. Absolutely nothing. We are too busy making money, watching television, fixing our yard, and going to the ballgame to save a nation. You and I live in a democratic republic -- a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. That makes us the ultimate decision-makers before God, ultimately responsible for what takes place in this nation. We must rebuild this nation before it is too late. (Be sure to read the rest of Fehsenfeld's article, condensed from the January, 1991 issue of Spirit of Revival, now in the October 2017 issue of The Herald of His Coming.)
America's spiritual and moral condition has only grown worse since the 1980's. In 2016, darkness was closing in fast on families, churches, ministries, businesses, and individuals who wanted to walk with God in simple obedience. More and more people of faith were being oppressed, not only by spiritual darkness, but also by government policies and officials. Those in authority were attempting to force Christians to participate in behaviors and practices the Bible condemns (e.g., funding abortions; celebrating same-sex marriages; taxpayer funding for those who identify as transgender to have sex-change operations and hormone treatments in the military; placing women and children at risk in vulnerable situations from those who could take advantage of "genderless" bathroom policies -- all in the name of political correctness). The future for religious liberty looked bleak.
Yet the 2016 Election brought a reprieve. Our new president supports religious liberty broadly. If we use our religious liberty to repent, whole-heartedly return to God, and turn from our own wicked ways, perhaps God will be pleased to forgive. If we will throw off all lethargy, persevere in prayer, seek God to make us salt and light, win souls to Jesus, and teach them all He has commanded us, God may yet again revive His churches, awaken America, and send times of refreshing (Acts 3:19-20)!
Values Voter Summit -- If you missed the Values Voter Summit, you missed an awesome, God-blessed experience. Thankfully, you can still take full advantage of the inspirational and informational messages delivered by the expert plenary speakers. Visit the 2017 VVS video archive and view or listen at your leisure. All the speakers dealt with issues that call for persistent, prevailing prayer. VVS was met with universal praise from conservatives but, true to form, with contempt from much of the Left-wing media and liberal-progressive resistance movement. Take the time to watch, see what you think, and pray! (see The Summit of All Fears for the Left; President Trump: "We don't worship government, we worship God!")
- Thank God that we still have freedom to assemble, to speak, to pray, and to obey God openly. May believers in Jesus Christ from every state and fellow Americans who revere the First Amendment seize the opportunity God has given us and speak the truth in love to our fellow citizens. May we win converts to Christ and to the truths embodied in the Declaration and Constitution while America yet has time to repent, so that we may save our nation through God's grace! (Mt 10:16-20;28:18-20;Lk 21:12;Jn 20:19;Acts 4:31;11:26;22:4;1 Tim 2:8)
Boys, Girls, and Transgender Boy Scouts -- The Boy Scouts of America decided to end its policy prohibiting admission of people who identify as homosexual into the Scout program in May 2013. A Christian alternative to the Scouts, Trail Life USA, was launched a month later by long-time Scout leaders who understood the spiritual danger that this new policy presented to boys and men who remained in the Scouts. In July 2015, the Scouts ended their long-held ban against employees and volunteer leaders who identify as homosexual. And in January 2017 they announced that "beginning immediately" youth who identify as transgender would be admitted into the Scouts.
Now, as more and more parents rightly opt their children out of this once-venerable organization, the Scout Board announced last Wednesday (October 11, 2017) that beginning in 2018 they will admit girls into the Cub Scouts. Further, they will admit older girls into the Boy Scout program in 2019. Most parents send their sons to the Boy Scouts (and they are eager to join) because of scout activities and training that helps build boys into men. Having girls in the program radically changes the equation.
- Lord, as the Boy Scouts depart from their original mission, more and more boys will be deceived by politically-correct gender confusion! May America's parents find programs for their sons that honor God's creation of boys and girls as unique, male and female, made in His own image. May pastors and Christians leaders point parents to Trail Life USA, the Royal Ambassadors, Royal Rangers, Awanas, Pathfinders, or other faith-based programs that honor the God-ordained differences between boys and girls and that build Christian character in keeping with Scripture! (Gen 1:27; Dt 22:5; Josh 1:8; 1 Kg 2:2; Jer 10:2; Mt 18:5-7; 1 Tim 4:12)
Finally, please add these matters to your prayer list: 1) LeRoy Carhart, the infamous late-term abortionist, has set up a new clinic in Maryland near Washington, D.C.where he intends to continue to ply his evil trade. 2) May the U.S. Senate pass the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act! 3) Jack Phillips' "Masterpiece Cakes" case will soon be before the U.S. Supreme Court. Meanwhile, Jack has been asked to bake a cake for Satan. 4) The Trump pro-life plan includes the protection of life from conception to natural death. 5) ADF to Congress: 91% of pastors want to speak freely about political issues without punishment by government. 6) In what could become a major case, an Air Force Colonel was punished because he refused to publicly affirm the same-sex spouse of a retiring subordinate. 7) Tony Perkins: Trump's Commitment to Religious Liberty is the Most Important Promise He's Kept (Transcript of Trump VVS speech). 8) Mississippi's religious freedom bill is being challenged in court.
Thank you for praying and especially for your prayers for last week's Values Voter Summit!
God blessed it wonderfully!