Prayer Targets: Christian Manifesto; Praying Amy Through to Victory; Freedom Sunday
October 14, 2020
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and them Matthew 7:12
Dear Praying Friends,
Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer (see bio) delivered this address in 1982 at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, based upon a book he wrote the year before entitled A Christian Manifesto. Below are excerpts (see my excerpts from last week here):
The intrinsic value of the human life is founded upon the Judeo-Christian concept that man is unique because he is made in the image of God. Whatever compassion there has ever been, it is rooted in the fact that our culture knows that man is unique, made in the image of God. Take it away, and I just say gently, the stopper is out of the bathtub for all human life. Abortion itself would be worth spending much of our lifetimes to fight against because it is the killing of human life; but it is only a symptom of the total. What we are facing is Humanism: Man, the measure of all things -viewing final reality being only material or energy shaped by chance. I fear both [humanists], and too often the Christians, are just plain [ignorant] in regard to the lessons of history. Nobody who knows his history could fail to be shaken at the corner we have turned in our culture. Remember why: because of the shift in the concept of the basic reality!
This country is almost lost because the Bible-believing Christians, who have said that they know that the final reality is this infinite-personal God who is the Creator and all the rest, have done nothing about it as the consensus has changed. There has been a vast silence! Christians of this country have simply been silent. Much of the Evangelical leadership have not raised a voice.
All these freedoms we have, and all the secondary blessings we've had out of the preaching of the Gospel, we have let slip through our fingers. It's not only the Christian leaders. Where have the Christian lawyers been? Why haven't they been challenging this change in the view of what the First Amendment means? Where have the Christian doctors been -- speaking out against the rise of the abortion clinics and all the other things? Where have the Christian businessmen been -- to put their lives and their work on the line concerning these things which they would say as Christians are central to them? Where have the Christian educators been -- as we have lost our educational system? Where have we been? This country was founded on a Christian base with all its freedom for everybody, not just Christians. We face a world view which never would have given us our freedoms. It has been forced upon us by the courts and the government -- the men holding this other world view, whether we want it or not, even though it's destroying the very freedoms which give the freedoms for the excesses and for the things which are wrong. We, who are Christians, and others who love liberty, should be acting in our day as the founding fathers acted in their day. Those who founded this country believed that they were facing tyranny. You must realize that this other view is totally intolerant. I do not think we are going to get another opportunity if we do not take it now in this country. We are a long way down the road.
True spirituality means that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Lord of all of life, and except for the things that He has specifically told us in the Bible are sinful and we've set them aside -- all of life is spiritual. That includes (as our forefathers did) standing for these things of freedom and standing for these things of human life and all these other matters that are so crucial. We have forgotten our heritage. A lot of the evangelical complex tell us we ought to have another revival. But they have forgotten something. Every single revival that has ever been a real revival, whether it was the Great Awakening before the American Revolution; whether it was the great revivals of Scandinavia; whether it was Wesley and Whitefield; wherever you have found a great revival, it's always had three parts. First, it has called for the individual to accept Christ as Savior, then, it has called upon the Christians to bow their hearts to God and really let the Holy Spirit have His place in fullness in their life, and [finally], it has always brought SOCIAL CHANGE! Cambridge historians who aren't Christians would tell you that if it wasn't for the Wesley revival and the social change that Wesley's revival had brought, England would have had its own form of the French Revolution. It was Wesley saying people must be treated correctly and dealing down into the social needs of the day that made it possible for England to have its bloodless revolution in contrast to France's bloody revolution.
We must understand, it's going to cost to take a stand for loyalty to our Lord Jesus. We must absolutely set out to smash the lie of the concept of the separation of religion from the state which most people now hold. It has no relationship to the meaning of the First Amendment. The First Amendment [intended] that the state would never interfere with religion. THAT'S ALL THE MEANING THERE WAS TO THE FIRST AMENDMENT (read Madison and the Spectator Papers). God has given certain offices to restrain chaos in this fallen world, but it does not mean that these offices are autonomous; and when a government commands that which is contrary to the Law of God, it abrogates its authority. At a certain point, it is the duty of the Christian to disobey the government. Now that's what the founding fathers did when they founded this country. That's what the early Church did. That's what Peter said. You heard it from the Scripture: "Should we obey man?... rather than God?" [But] first every appropriate legal and political governmental means must be used. [Beginning] with the early Church, every one of the reformers, and country after country, there was not a single place with the possible exception of England, where the Reformation was successful, where there wasn't civil disobedience and disobedience to the state. The people of the Reformation [as] the founding fathers of this country, faced and acted on the realization that if there is no place for disobeying the government, that government has been put in the place of the living God. In such a case, the government has been made a false god. The Bible's answer is NO! Caesar is not to be put in the place of God, and we as Christians, in the name of the Lordship of Christ, and all of life, must so think and act on the appropriate level. We have lots of room to move yet with our court cases, with the people we elect -- all the things that we can do in this country.
The Church is to preach the Gospel, but it is also live the Good News -- there are answers to these horrendous questions, and we might see a turning back from the absolute tragedy and tyranny which we face in our Western culture and in this country. Help us! Forgive us! Use us!
Amy Barrett Shines -- During the first two days of hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee, Amy Barrett has demonstrated a strength, intellect, Scalia-like philosophy, and spiritual beauty that will cause her to be a bright and powerful light on the U.S. Supreme Court. Amazingly calm and disciplined, she has graciously withstood the interrogation of the desperate pro-abortion committee members who have, so far, surprisingly avoided any attempt to suggest a religious test be applied to Mrs. Barrett as they did during her confirmation hearings for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017. Then, they subjected her to repeated attack with blistering questions that revealed shockingly anti-Christian, anti-Catholic bigotry. Instead of attacks, they have used oily verbal rhetoric in an effort to catch the unflappable Barrett to say something, anything, they could use to discredit her. This is reminiscent of the Pharisees who used the very same tactics time and again to trap Jesus into making a statement they might use to harm him. California Senator Kamala Harris, while she did not focus on Barrett's Catholic faith, pressed her on her pro-life views and Obamacare and whether the president made a deal with her, which she denied. Harris ended her questioning by requesting the record show that the NAACP, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and Planned Parenthood had all opposed Barrett's nomination. Meanwhile, minority leader Chuck Schumer has threatened to prevent a quorum to stop the Judicial Committee from voting on the Barrett confirmation. But Senate procedure would allow the Majority Leader to take the nominee to the floor for a vote directly even if Schumer uses that ploy (see Questions Reveal More Than Answers; Schumer; Planned Parenthood).
- Father, thank you for raising up a woman of such extraordinary caliber to serve our nation on the U.S. Supreme Court. Please intervene to undo every plot against her. May truth and righteousness prevail in these proceedings. May Amy Coney Barrett be easily confirmed by the Senate prior to the election. (Pr 10:19, 15:1-2, 28, 18:20-21, 21:23, 25:11, 31:26;Mt 16:114; 22:15-22, 23-33, 34-40, 41-45; Eph 4:29; Col 4:6; Jas 1:19, 3:12; 1 Pet 3:10)
Freedom Sunday -- After the powerful and highly successful Values Voter Summit, FRC set out for Chino Hills, California where Tony Perkins, Calvary Chapel Pastor Jack Hibbs, and a team of pastors, leaders, and various experts tackled the issue of government unjustly and discriminatorily shutting down churches on threat of huge fines and even jail if they refused to forsake "the assembling of themselves together." The pastors and other spiritual leaders called upon their fellow clergymen across America to open up their churches beginning on October 25, 2020, a takeoff on the biblical command in Hebrews 10:25. This video event is contemporary and free, and pastors and church leaders everywhere need to watch it before October 25.
- God, help our pastors to be bold and courageous and to prepare now for what may be even tougher battles down the road. In Jesus' name, amen. (Ps 111:10; Pro 1:3-8, 2:6, 4:7-8; 9:10; Hosea 4:6; 2 Pet 1:3-9)
Thank you for reading the Targets and for praying!