Prayer Targets: Biblical Basis for Testimony; Kavanaugh Confirmation; Pledge to Pray, Vote, and Stand
October 03, 2018
In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. (2 Cor 13:1)
Dear Praying Friends,
Dr. Rousas John Rushdoony (1916-2001) (bio) argued that the Bible should be the basis for all human law. His critics came from within and without the church. He challenged Christian leaders of his day to stand on biblical truth in the public square and was a powerful advocate for the Christian and home-school movements across America. From his Institutes of Biblical Law:
The Third and Ninth Commandments are closely related. The third declares, "Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain" (Ex. 20:7). The ninth states, "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor" (Ex. 20:16) ... But the heart of the third commandment is in its nature the foundation of a legal system. ... The oath of office, the trustworthiness of witnesses, the stability of a society in terms of a common regard for truth, the faithfulness, of the clergy to their ordination vows, of wives and husbands to their marital vows, and much more all hinge on the holiness of the oath or vow. Where there is no regard for truth, when men can subscribe to oaths and vows with no intention of abiding by their terms, then social anarchy and degeneration ensue. Where there is no fear of God, then the sanctity of oaths and vows disappears, and men shift the foundations of society from the truth to a lie. It is significant that prosecutions for perjury are today almost unheard of, although perjury is a daily routine in the courts...
The presidential oath of office, and every other oath of office in the United States, was in earlier years recognized precisely as coming under the third commandment... Godly men took oaths seriously. George Washington... felt very strongly about the meaning of the oath. In his farewell address, he expressed his dismay over skepticism, agnosticism, deism, and atheism creeping in from France and the French Revolution. Unbelief worked, he saw, great damage. Among other things, by destroying the faith behind the oath, unbelief undercut the security of society. [George Washington] declared,
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. ...Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion... Reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
To despise, abuse, or profane the oath is therefore an offense which denies the validity of all law and order, of all courts and offices, and it is an act of anarchy and revolution...
Theft robs a single man, and murder takes the life of a single man... but a false oath is an assault on the life of an entire society. That its seriousness is lightly viewed is a barometer of social degeneration. The godly hatred of false swearing is clearly reflected in Psalm 109:17-19. The trifling use of the oath was forbidden by Christ in Matthew 5:33-37 (see Numbers 30:7). Christ made it clear that the oath or vow was not to be used for private purposes except on such serious occasions as its lawful intended use allowed. The cheap recourse to vows to prop up one's word, however true, was forbidden.
The godly man's communication is "yea, yea," and "nay, nay"; it is honest and forthright (Mt 5:37). The godly man testifies honestly to his own hurt, and he does not change his witness to suit his interests (Ps. 15:4). Being under God, the godly man's word is in a sense always under oath...
The Ninth Commandment: "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor" (Ex 20:16). As Rushdoony has noted, no person was to be convicted upon the testimony of a single witness without corroborating evidence -- usually a second or third witness. Never was a man to be put to death without at least two persons testifying to the specifics of the crime. "The courts represent God's vengeance as ordered and channeled through human but God-ordained agencies. Within the courts, for justice to prevail, honest and faithful testimony is a necessity. However, because man is a sinner, and the agencies of human society reflect man's sin, checks and balances are necessary. The testimony of a witness must be subject to cross-examination and to corroboration." Take time to read then pray over the Word of God as it applies to the present debacle over the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court: One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established (Dt 19:15; see also Dt 17:6; Num 35:30; Mt 18:15-16; 2 Co. 13:1; 1 Tim 5:19; Heb 10:28).
- Father, forgive us for having departed so far from your truth and the basic principles of righteousness and justice. Thank you that there are still many laws and policies that reflect your eternal truth and that most Americans still understand the need for the rule of law. Many want the law to reflect your design: to reward those who do right and punish those who do wrong (Rom. 13:1-7). Lord, restore justice and righteousness to our Courts, and begin with the U.S. Supreme Court. Restore honesty and the serious meaning of the oath to all Americans. Protect us from lawlessness, mobocracy, and "high tech lynchings." Grant us church-wide repentance, revival, and a national biblical awakening, without which we will not enjoy the kind of righteousness and justice you intend for us. In Jesus' name, amen.
Take the Pledge to Pray, Vote, and Stand (for Your Biblical Values) -- If you have not already done so, please visit the Pray, Vote, Stand Pledge page and sign up to receive one email every week which contains seven short prayer points, one for each day of the week. These prayer emails concentrate each week on one of the "Seven Mountains of Culture" as they both affect and will be affected by the election. Pray for your fellow believers that they will be stirred to pray, vote, and stand for their biblical values on November 6. You can view or download last week's prayer guide (The Family) and this week's prayer guide (The Church) at frc.org/prayerguide. If the radical cultural and political division we now see in America persists (or God forbid it grows and sharpens), then our sins and division will surely bring a national downfall. God has warned us of this (Dt 28; Ezr 9:13-15; Mk 3:24-26).
It is up to us who know Christ to exert our influence as both salt and light across our land. We are to "wake up" in the church, "strengthen what remains and is about to die," and we finish the work Christ has given our generation of believers to do. We must "remember what we have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent," knowing that if we do not wake up, the Lord "will come like a thief" when we do not expect Him; And again: you will "not know at what time I will come to you" (Rev 3:1-3). We must not only pray, vote, and stand for our values, but we must also urge our Christian friends, family, and fellow church members to stand for their biblical values. We can do that by forwarding this message to them with a note from you!
- Join us in praying that multiplied thousands will join us to Pray, Vote, and Stand for their biblical values and that God will hear, see, and answer during the very few days remaining before Tuesday, November 6, 2018! (Ex 18:21; Ps 75:6; Ps 110:3)
Deception used to Derail Kavanaugh Confirmation – In an interview with Tony Perkins yesterday, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) outlined precisely how liberal Senators orchestrated the Senate Hearings in their effort to delay a Senate vote and ultimately to derail Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. Sen. Cotton explained that there are well-established procedures for handling allegations like Dr. Blasey-Ford's. The two senior members of the committee work with the FBI to review the matter quietly. Cotton elaborated:
"It happens all the time -- hundreds of times for all of the nominees that are vetted. And it's not uncommon for the FBI to discover something in a nominee's background like abuse or a drinking problem or a gambling problem. And the nominee will frequently withdraw -- and do so discreetly... what happened here... Ms. Ford sent a letter, confidentially, to Dianne Feinstein in late July raising these allegations... Dianne Feinstein hid it from Chuck Grassley, she hid it from the FBI. She and Chuck Schumer kept it in their back pocket until after Judge Kavanaugh's hearing, until after they had a private session to ask about any sensitive matters, and then leaked it to the media right before the vote -- solely to try to torpedo his nomination. The media got it, and only Dianne Feinstein and the Democratic congresswoman from California and their staffs had it ... I think Congress needs to get to the bottom of it." (Read "GOP Picks Cotton to Lead Justice Fight." Be sure to listen to the linked audio clip of Tony Perkins and Sen. Tom Cotton.)
- Father, you require those in authority to apply fairness when examining a person accused of criminal wrongdoing. You insist that none be convicted without the corroboration of two or three eyewitnesses. Our Founding Fathers honored this standard and enshrined it in our Constitution and laws. Yet today, our Senate has egregiously violated your laws, abandoned all standards of fairness, and brought forth a single witness to accuse a good man and an outstanding judge without corroboration before the entire nation. Please bring this travesty to an end. Grant that righteousness and justice be done in this confirmation. Please bring an end to the pattern of abuse we saw in the nomination process of Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas, and now Brett Kavanaugh. (Read Ps 40: all; Ex 23:1-2; Dt 19:15-21; Pr 6:16-19; 2 Cor 13:1; 1 Timothy 5:19)
Finally, Please add these issues to your Prayer List: 1) The Trump administration has announced they will deny visas to same-sex partners of diplomats, U.N. officials; 2) The ACLU will spend $1 million to defeat Brett Kavanaugh; 3) Sen. Cotton says Sen. Feinstein will be investigated over leaked letter; 4) Only the Supreme Court can save the war monuments that use a cross; 5) Planned Parenthood is reacting to the new movie, Gosnell. Thank you for praying!