Prayer Targets: Will the Church Remember?; Transgender Tyranny; Disney Grunge; Louisiana for Liberty
May 20, 2015
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 2 Timothy 4:2-4
The late Dr. D. James Kennedy (1930-2007) founded Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL, serving as Senior Pastor for 47 years. He produced several world-wide ministries that have profoundly impacted the church and America. His radio and TV programs are live via Truth in Action Ministries. On Memorial Day, 1997, Kennedy preached, “Will the Church Forget?”
On Memorial Day we remember those who have fallen in the great fight for freedom—those who have given their lives or limbs so that we might worship without hindrance. But will the Church forget what many thousands have fought for, those who gave the last full measure of devotion to defend? Will the Church forget the principles upon which this nation was founded – liberty, godliness, piety, and morality?
I’m afraid that not only will the Church forget them, but largely the Church has already forgotten them.
The media makes a mockery of Christians, the Christian faith and Christian values, and those who speak out for the sacredness of life are branded as extremists… And 300,000 pulpits are silent. Christian morality cannot be taught in schools, but atheistic immorality is… And 300,000 pulpits are silent. Rock music fills the airwaves and our children’s minds with music that legitimizes rape, murder, sadomasochism, adultery and even satanic worship… And 300,000 pulpits are silent. A majority of states now have lotteries and gambling is no longer a crime… And 300,000 pulpits are silent.
The Church hasn’t always been silent. Through the centuries churches have moved to get rid of most of the great evils of our world. It was through the work of Christians that slavery was eliminated from Great Britain. Two-thirds of the members of the Abolition Society in New England were Christian clergymen.
No, the Church was not always silent. The Church spoke out on child labor laws and wives being beaten and abused. The Church has spoken out about prison reform and reform of asylums for the insane.
God needs men who will speak out on the issues of the day. Martin Luther said something to the effect, “Though we be active in the battle, if we are not fighting where the battle is the hottest, we are traitors to the cause.” Be not afraid, Christ is with you! If the Church doesn’t speak out, who will?
I have debated and confronted face-to-face the leaders of the abortionist movement, the leaders of the homosexual movement, the leaders of the feminist movement, the atheists, the evolutionists, and all of the left-wing cadre—and they are all full of passionate intensity.
If right now this country were suddenly filled with passionate intensity for the cause of Jesus Christ, for the spread of His Gospel, and for the advance of His morality throughout the nation, next Sunday the churches of the land would be packed to overflowing!
Where is the intensity? They have it! One historian said that the people who have that intensity are the people who always win. Ultimately it is going to be a decision as to which side lacks conviction and which side is filled with passionate intensity. Will it be those who oppose Christ, or those who are for the kingdom of Jesus Christ? Christ says “…seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness…” (Mt 6:33 KJV).
Pray that God will fill you with intensity to do whatever you can to become involved, to get out of the bleachers and onto the playing field, and become a participant in the greatest struggle in the history of the world—a struggle for goodness, a struggle for godliness, a struggle for Christ against Satan. That is the battle we are in. (http://www.truthimpact.me/index.php/2012/06/will-church-forget/).
We must lead with intense, extraordinary, passionate prayer—public and private. Our churches must become “Houses of Prayer” (Mt 21:13). Tune in to FRC’s Watchmen on the Wall Pastors’ Briefing beginning Thursday morning, May 21 at 8:10 AM. Pray that churches and families across America will prepare and take part in the Call2Fall, Sunday, June 28, 2015.
Obama Agenda: Special Transgender Rights in Every School – Parents in Fairfax County, the 10th largest public school district in America, are outraged over the School Board’s recent decision to override parents and implement a new “Transgender Rights” policy in all Fairfax County Schools. But a closer look shows that the board acted, at least in part, on the threat of loss of federal funding. The Board ruled 10-1 to implement the policy, over the overwhelming outcry from parents where the auditorium had standing room only. A number of local pastors came out in an effort to protect the children who are endangered by the shocking policy and their parents whose religious views and parental authority will be outrageously violated as a result. The board also elected to hire a new staff member to oversee the implementation of the misguided plan. The transgender rights policy includes “fluid transgenderism.” (i.e., persons confused about their sexual identity, feeling like a male one day and like a female another). These confused individuals must be treated according to their feelings, not their God-given gender. Consequently, biological boys who feel like a “girl” one day can use the girl’s bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers, be involved in girls’ activities, etc. However, if they feel like a boy, they may use boy’s facilities, and vice versa for the girls. Parents have no say, and it appears children cannot opt out of the health program, where they will be indoctrinated on this matter. Elizabeth Schultz, the only Fairfax County Board member to vote in support of the parents and children, expressed her objection brilliantly (see Video), but to little avail.
A nationwide strategic initiative is now underway, coming to your community soon. Believers across America need to select godly people to serve on school boards and strengthen the backbones of their existing members to prepare them for this onslaught. They should be willing to protect children’s safety and moral innocence at whatever cost. FRC has long been helping pastors fight sexual orientation/gender identity (SOGI) bills and initiatives across the country. Rev. Franklin Graham, who exhorted pastors to stand boldly for truth in the public square and to cast off all “cowardice” at last year’s Watchmen on the Wall Pastor’s Briefing, wrote of his concern about “fluid transgenderism,” saying “they want to brainwash our children” and that such policies are simply “wicked.”
Saturday, the President, on behalf of himself and Mrs. Obama, announced that Sunday, May 17 [the Lord’s Day] would commemorate “the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia… We take this opportunity to reaffirm that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights are human rights, to celebrate the dignity of every person, and to underscore that all people deserve to live free from fear, violence, and discrimination, regardless of who they are or whom they love… Overseas, I am proud of the steps that the United States has taken to prioritize the protection and promotion of LGBT rights in our diplomacy and global outreach.” Indeed, homosexual rights has been the priority in the Obama administration foreign policy, employing the State Department to shamelessly bully foreign nations to change their laws regarding homosexuality or lose U.S. Foreign Aid. Facing no more elections, it is not difficult to see President Obama’s true agenda (see Parents Furious; Starnes: Gender Spectrum, Fluidity to be Taught; Graham: Wicked Brainwash; Sprigg: FRC on the SOGI Threat; White House Celebration).
Pray for pastors, churches, dads and moms across America to understand the immediate threat to their children’s safety physically, mentally and spiritually, posed by this and similar measures. May they arise as one, resist, and successfully prevent what amounts to nothing less than tyranny in America’s Schools (Neh 4:14; Pr 22:6; Mt 18:6; Jn 10:7-14; 1 Tim 1:5; 3:9; 5:22).
ABC-Disney’s New Low – Our friends at the Media Research Center (MRC) are promoting a petition urging Disney-owned ABC to cancel its new series highlighting one of the nation’s nastiest, openly anti-Christian homosexual activists, Dan Savage. The supposed-to-be-funny TV show, is a new low in youth “entertainment” from Disney. Its agenda is clearly to mainstream homosexuality, and stir up contempt for Christians (see MRC Article & video of TV show trailer – Disclaimer: foul language, themes – not for children; Pray & Sign Petition).
Pray that thinking Americans will reject the filth that ABC-Disney is spewing upon our nation and using to harm our children. May the MRC petition succeed and this nasty program be cancelled! (1 Kgs 12:6-11; Pr 19:26-29; Zep 3:1-5; Col 3:4-7; 2 Pet 2:4-10; Jude 1:5-10, 17-25)
After a lack of political courage in Indiana, a new poll in Louisiana shows wide support for protecting Christians from being forced to celebrate same-sex “marriage.” Finally, at least 5,000 Nigerian Catholics were killed and 100,000 forced from their homes by Boko Haram. Thank you for praying.