Prayer Targets: Make America Human Again; Graham: "Pray for Pres. Trump"; Watchmen Pastors; Call2Fall
May 29, 2019
Don't fail to rescue those who are doomed to die. Don't say, "I didn't know it!" God can read your mind. He watches each of us and knows our thoughts. And God will pay us back for what we do. (Proverbs 24:11-12 CEV)
Dear Praying Friends,
Last week, I shared excerpts from the 1979 classic, Whatever Happened to the Human Race? by the late Drs. Francis Schaeffer (bio) and C. Everett Koop (bio). After presenting their case for a very dark American future, the renowned Christian thinkers, a philosopher and a physician, laid out their only hope for America. Here are excerpts:
In the flood of the loss of humanness in our age--including the flow from abortion-on-demand to infanticide and on to euthanasia--the only thing that can stem this tide is the certainty of the absolute uniqueness and value of people. And the only thing which gives us this is the knowledge that people are made in the image of God. We have no other final protection. And the only way we know that people are made in the image of God is through the Bible and the Incarnation of Christ...
If people are not made in the image of God...abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia (including killing the severely handicapped... the elderly who are an economic burden [and others]) are completely logical. Any person can be obliterated for what society in a moment thinks is its own social or economic good. Without the Bible and without the revelation in Christ there is nothing to stand between us and our children and the acceptance of the monstrous inhumanities of the age...
The existence of the universe... the uniqueness of man, testify to the truth of Scripture. Historical study likewise testifies to the truth of Scripture. The Bible gives us a solid and certain basis on which we can begin to act toward stemming the slide of inhumanity.
Steps Toward Solving the Problem -- First, Christianity must be acknowledged to be the truth. Then we should personally bow as finite creatures before our infinite-personal Creator. Then we should accept Christ as Savior to remove our personal moral guilt before God. (Isaiah 53:6)...
The Lordship of Christ -- When we accept Christ as Savior, we must act upon the fact that He is also our Lord in all of life. He is Lord not just in religious things... cultural things... but in our intellectual lives and in business and our attitude toward the devaluation of people's humanness in our culture. Acknowledging Christ's Lordship and placing ourselves under what is taught in the whole Bible includes thinking and acting as citizens in relation to our government and its laws. We must know what those laws are and act responsibly to help to change them if they do not square with the Bible's concepts of justice and humanness.
We must live under the Lordship of Christ in all the areas of life -- at great cost, if need be. It is moving to think of the Christians in China, paying a great price for their loyalty to Christ, but that does not relieve each of us from being under the Lordship of Christ in regard to our own country.
Who is on the cutting edge here? The doctor who pays the price of having certain hospitals closed to him because he will not perform form abortions. The businessman who knows he is forfeiting advancement in his company because he will not go along with some inhuman practice of his company. The professor of sociology who is willing to lose his post because he will not teach sociology on the basis of determinism (Remember, all this was written in 1979) ... The pastor who loses his church rather than follow the dictates of a liberal theology or a "trashy Christianity." Or the pastor who preaches the Bible, stressing that today's people are called to sacrificial action, rather than keeping his congregation comfortable while death, spiritual and physical, is built up year after year for their children and grandchildren...
Faithfulness to the Lordship of Christ means using the constitutional processes while we still have them. We live in a shrinking island of free constitutional practice. Only a small percentage of countries in the world still possess this. The Lordship of Christ means using these processes to speak and to act on the basis of the principles set forth in the Bible [e.g. Wilberforce; John Q. Adams] ...
With Christ as Savior and Lord, we must do all we can to lead others to Christ. And simultaneously we must use every constitutional practice to offset the rise of authoritarian governments and the loss of humanness in our society... We implore those who are Christians to exert all your influence to fight against the increasing loss of humanness [e.g. NY Legislature, VA Gov.] -- through legislation, social action, and other means at your disposal, both privately and publicly, individually and collectively....
Recent history shows us that the conscience can be so corrupted and manipulated such that today's unthinkable becomes tomorrow's thinkable with remarkable speed.
If the Christian community does not take a prolonged and vocal stand for the dignity of the individual and each person's right to life -- for the right of each individual to be treated as created in the image of God, rather than as a collection of molecules with no unique value -- we feel that as Christians we have failed the greatest moral test to be put before us in this century...
If we do not take a stand here and now, we certainly cannot lay any claim to being the salt of the earth in our generation. We are neither preserving moral values and the dignity of the individual nor showing compassion for our fellow human beings.
Will future generations look back and remember that even if the 20th century did end with a great surge of inhumanity, at least there was one group who stood consistently, whatever the price, for the value of the individual -- thus passing on some hope to future generations? Or are we Christians going to be merely swept along with the trends -- our own moral values becoming increasingly befuddled, our own apathy reflecting the apathy of the world around us, our own inactivity sharing the inertia of the masses around us, our own leadership becoming soft?
What can we do about these issues that we are not doing now?
In the end we must realize that the tide of humanism, with its loss of humanness, is not merely a cultural ill, but a spiritual ill that the truth given us in the Bible and Christ alone can cure. (Francis A. Schaeffer and C. Everett Koop, "Personal Response and Social Action" -- Whatever Happened to the Human Race? 1979, edited for space)
Schaeffer and Koop emphasized that this is a spiritual war. Such a war cannot be won without spiritual tools and weaponry, the chief of which are the sword of the Spirit -- God's Word, repentance, prayer, and fasting! God is hearing our prayers and doing something extraordinary in our land via the persistent prayers and action of God's people: a pro-life president, a more conservative U.S. Supreme Court, and a growing army of state legislators and governors who are seeing the protection of human life as their preeminent moral and constitutional duty.
- God, thank you for the growing number of Christians who are seeking Your face: men, women, boys, and girls crying out to You with extraordinary prayer! Lord, please work miracles to restore a culture of life in America against all natural odds. You are the LORD! In Jesus' Name, Amen. (Dt 19:10,13; Ps 27:8; 74:19-21; 110:3; Dan 8:3-19; Mt 18:4; Mk 10:27; Lk 2:36-38)
National Call to Pray for the President This Sunday, June 2nd -- Amid his Decision America North East Tour, Franklin Graham is asking all Americans to pray for President Trump this coming Sunday, June 2nd. Hundreds of pastors and faith leaders have joined him in his call to the nation. Graham appeared on Washington Watch with Tony Perkins Tuesday to explain why he was calling for a special day of prayer for the president this Sunday. He said:
I don't think any president in modern history has come under attack day after day after day by almost all the media. That's just never happened. And it distracts the president. It weakens our country.
If he does well, then we all benefit, don't we? Republicans and Democrats, independents--we all benefit from this. If he makes a bad decision, then we're all going to pay for it. So we need to be praying that God will use him to make good decisions...
For us Christians, this president has been the most Christian-friendly president in my lifetime... I think of Pastor Brunson and Turkey; he'd still be in that prison if it hadn't been for Donald Trump. And he has a desire to help the church, to help Christians... Is he a perfect person? Absolutely not. Is he the best example of the Christian faith? No way... But there's something in his heart where God has placed him there to defend the Christian faith and religious liberty. And so, I appreciate that about him, and we need to try to lift him up in prayer and support him where we can.
FRC President Tony Perkins added, "Scripture makes very clear that we're to pray for those in authority for the very reason you laid out, that we might dwell peacefully in the land. It doesn't matter if they're Republican or Democrat. I prayed for our previous president. I didn't agree with his policies, but I did pray for him... I believe this can happen -- where leaders are led by God to do the right thing because people are praying for them." (Listen to the entire interview.)
- May millions of Americans respond wholeheartedly to this urgent call to pray, and may God answer with grace and help for our president, his family, and our entire nation! (2 Chr 7:14; 1 Tim 2:1-8; Heb 4:7)
Watchmen on the Wall -- FRC's premier annual National Pastors Briefing, Watchmen on the Wall 2019, concluded last Friday afternoon. The hundreds of pastors and wives in attendance said it was the best "Watchmen" ever. But if your pastor missed it, it is not too late for him to view the key sessions at his convenience via the internet. The event on Capitol Hill is for pastors only, but all who receive the Prayer Team Targets are welcome to view them. Please use this link and be sure to pass it on to your pastor: watchmenpastors.org/archive-2019.
- May the powerful information, inspiration, and wisdom shared in this Briefing be used by pastors across America to do what only they can do to turn the spiritual tide in America. (Acts 20:26-28; Pr 2:4-6; Jer 23:4; 2 Tim 4:1-3; 1 Pet 4:11)
Call2Fall on Sunday, June 30th -- FRC is urging pastors and churches across America to join us in th e spirit of 2 Chronicles 7:14 to repent, pray, and seek God's face for our nation on Sunday, June 30th. If you are a pastor, please lead your church in the Call2Fall during your regular church services. If you lead a family, prayer group, small group, youth group, campus group, jail ministry, or any group of believers -- wherever you can make it happen -- join us in repentant prayer for our nation. The only thing we ask is that you take at least five minutes (those who are able) to fall on your knees in humble prayer before the Lord. Visit Call2Fall.com; read The Story Behind Call2Fall by Tony Perkins; Click Count Me In and/or one of the options below!
- The Call2Fall Declaration: "I will answer God's call to fall on my knees in humility and seek His face in repentance so that He might forgive my sins and heal our land."
Please pray that these two important calls to pray will be heard and that multiplied millions of hearts will be humbled and voices heard that will touch the heart of God. May His undeserved mercy be poured out upon our dry and thirsty land. As always, thank you for praying, especially now!