Prayer Targets: Unalienable; SCOTUS Opens Texas Clinics; Pastors Subpoenaed; Baghdad; iPledge
October 17, 2014
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;
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.
Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito did not concur with the majority decision. Less than a year ago, the court ruled 5-4 to allow the admitting privileges requirement while Texas appealed the District Court decision. Now, after the Supreme Court has essentially issued a stay on the law, thirteen abortion clinics will be reopened. The Supreme Court "allows" states to regulate abortion so long as they cause no "undue burden" upon a woman's "constitutional right" to an abortion. Last year, when Gov. Rick Perry ended state funding for abortion providers in Texas, including Planned Parenthood, President Obama stepped in to make up the $13 million difference with federal taxpayer funds (see Supreme Court; Taxpayer Dollars).
- The Supreme Court has intervened; now may God intervene to bring an end the real "war against women" and babies, now being waged in Texas. May He turn back the oppressive hand of the federal government and free Texas and other states who seek honestly to protect women by common sense regulations o which other real medical facilities are subject. May God intervene to stop abortion before America faces "an outpouring of the wrath of God that knows no precedent!" (Gen 33:5-8; Ex 21:22-25; Lev 20:1-6; Jer 19:4-9; Mt 18:3-7; John 10:10; 1 Pet 3:7)
Houston Mayor Subpoenas Pastors Sermons - The city of Houston, Texas has issued subpoenas to five key pastors, demanding that they turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Houston Mayor Annise Parker. Parker is the city's first openly lesbian mayor. Pastors who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court. A diverse coalition of 400 Houston area pastors opposed Houston's new non-discrimination ordinance and presented the city with over 50,000 signatures of citizens opposing the ordinance. Only 17,269 signatures were needed to put the ordinance to a vote, but the city rejected the petition alleging irregularities. Five pastors have sued. The ordinance, like other pro-homosexual "anti-discrimination" bills, would grant those who self-identify as LGBT to have special rights, such as allowing gender confused men to use the ladies room and vice versa. Mayor Parker will not say why she wants the sermons. The Mayor's spokeswoman told Fox News, "We don't comment on litigation." Clearly, the City of Houston hopes to intimidate the pastors. The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has filed a motion to stop the subpoenas, calling them "overbroad, unduly burdensome, harassing, and vexatious." Attorneys suspect the city hopes to find evidence with which to shame the pastors as anti-gay bigots.
Pastor Steve Riggle of Grace Community Church, an area megachurch, in addition to the above mentioned items, was ordered to produce "all communications with members of your congregation" regarding the anti-discrimination ordinance. Tony Perkins hopes pastors across America will rally around fellow pastors and shine the light on this "obscene" violation or religious liberty and speech; this "breaching the wall of separation between church and state," "I'd like to see literally thousands of pastors, after they read this story... to challenge government authorities -- to dare them to come into their churches and demand their sermons." "This is a shot across the bow of the church," he said. Later, we learned that Attorney General Greg Abbott had written Houston City Attorney David Feldman, declaring the city's action unconstitutional and urging him to "demonstrate the City's commitment to religious liberty and to true diversity of belief by unilaterally withdrawing these subpoenas immediately." This entire scenario demonstrates the desperate need for Christians to vote, and to vote their biblical values (read Starnes' Report; Pastors: Don't Mess with Texas Pulpits; Perkins: Snoops on the Stoops of the Church).
- May God awaken pastors across America to realize that they can no longer look the other way from abuses by civil authorities who openly violate the "unalienable rights" of religious liberty and free speech guaranteed every American! May America's pastors stand up to bullies that seem to be multiplying from local, state and federal government (Eze 3:8-11, 17-21; 33:1-19; Acts 4:17-21; 5:29; 1 Tim 4:1-5; Rev 12:11).
Continue to pray for Christians and others in Baghdad, who are facing imminent assault from a 40,000 man "Islamic State" terrorist army (ISIS). Pray that our President and Congress will not fail to use U.S. power to prevent further genocide. Watch the iPledge Sunday Video produced Sunday night and forward the link to everyone you know. Read iPledge Clarity. May God use this to help end the shameless record of a majority of Christians who routinely do not exercise their right and responsibility to vote in every election! Thank you for praying!