Witherspoon; NDP; If the Ruling is Bad; Pastors Briefing; Call2Fall & PrayUSA!

Dr. John Witherspoon (1723-1794), Scottish pastor and theologian, was persuaded by American patriots to leave Scotland in 1768 and to accept the Presidency of Princeton College. There he trained over 140 Presbyterian ministers, and a greater number of Founding Era political leaders. Among his students were 9 of 55 framers of the U.S. Constitution, a president (James Madison), a vice-president, 21 U.S. Senators, 29 U.S. Congressmen, 56 state legislators, and 33 judges, three of whom ascended to the U.S. Supreme Court. In the War for Independence his students held commands throughout the American forces. On May 17, 1775, the Continental Congress called the 13 colonies to unite, repent, pray and fast for America. That very day Witherspoon preached:

I would… press every hearer to a sincere concern for his own soul’s salvation. There are times when the mind [is] more awake to divine truth… to the arrows of conviction [e.g., a season of public judgment]… Can you have a clearer view of the sinfulness of your nature, than when the rod of the oppressor is lifted up, and when you see men putting on [uniforms for war], and collecting on every hand the weapons of hostility and instruments of death? I do not blame your ardor in preparing for the resolute defense of your temporal rights; but consider, I beseech you, the truly infinite importance of the salvation of your souls…

This is the first time of my introducing any political subject into the pulpit. At this season, however, it is not only lawful but necessary, and I willingly embrace the opportunity… the cause in which America is now in arms, is the cause of justice, of liberty, and of human nature… the confederacy of the colonies has not been the effect of pride, resentment, or sedition, but of a deep and general conviction that our civil and religious liberties, and consequently… the temporal and eternal happiness of us and our posterity, depend on the issue. The knowledge of God and his truths have from the beginning of the world been chiefly, if not entirely confined to those parts of the earth where some degree of liberty and political justice were… There is not a single instance in history, in which civil liberty was lost, and religious liberty preserved… If therefore we yield up our temporal property, we at the same time deliver the conscience into bondage.

You shall not, my brethren, hear from me in the pulpit… railing at the king personally… his ministers… the parliament, [or the] people of Britain [calling them] barbarous savages. Many of their actions have probably been worse than their intentions. That they should desire unlimited dominion, if they can obtain or preserve it, is neither new nor [strange in world history]. I do not refuse submission to their unjust claims because they are corrupt or profligate, although probably many of them are so, but because they are [but] men, and therefore liable to all the selfish bias [that is] inseparable from human nature. I call this claim unjust… making laws to bind us in all cases whatsoever… Would any man who could prevent it, [yield] up his estate, person, and family, to the disposal of his neighbor, [even if he could choose] the wisest and the best master? Surely not. This is the true… hinge of the controversy between Great-Britain and America… [Their] claim of authority is unjust. Such is and must be their ignorance of the state of things here… that for these colonies to depend wholly upon the legislature of Great-Britain, would be like many other oppressive connections, injury to the master, and ruin to the slave (see John Witherspoon, “The Dominion of Providence over the Passions of Men,” May, 1776, Political Sermons of the American Founding Era: 1730-1805, Vol. 1, Ellis Sandoz; p. 529; see also Dr. Kenyn Cureton’s Lost Episode in American History).

Witherspoon firmly believed that sin is ingrained in human nature. Unchecked, the Supreme Court, the White House, even Congress, can be spiritually dull, morally hardened, and make bad, even evil decisions because these governing entities are composed of humans. Too many American officials are willing to usurp the Constitutional religious liberties Americans have enjoyed for over 225 years. The Obama administration certainly has. Will the Supreme Court do likewise? Do they not know that true Christians will choose to suffer than compromise their liberty of conscience and comply with government demands to act contrary to their deeply held biblical beliefs? (Acts; 5:29; Rev 12:11)

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Prayer Targets: NDP; Military Sexual Assault, Low Morale, Women in Combat; SCOTUS, Israel; More

And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment. Of Zebulun, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, with all instruments of war, fifty thousand, which could keep rank: they were not of double heart. 1 Chronicles 12:32-33

Dear Praying Friends,

Tomorrow, Thursday May 7th, is the National Day of Prayer. The United States of America was born in and through repentant, wholehearted prayer. Prayer was the key to every major turning point in our history. Thomas Jefferson’s 1774 call to prayer to “implore the Divine Interposition for averting the heavy Calamity, which threatens Destruction to our civil Rights, and the Evils of civil War; to give us one Heart and one Mind firmly to oppose, by all just and proper Means, every Injury to American Rights…” united and readied Virginia to stand with the New England patriots in opposition to the British Crown. After the first shots were fired in April, 1775, the Second Continental Congress’ June call for united prayer brought all thirteen colonies to their knees before God. Their repeated “Appeal to Heaven,” 15 times over the eight year conflict, spiritually solidified the diverse colonies and made possible their united Declaration of Independence and miraculous victory over Great Britain. It could also be argued that it laid the foundation for the Constitution and Bill of Rights and the framework for what has been the freest, most blessed nation in history, all due to God’s grace. Too many Americans have forgotten the Source of America’s blessings (see Dt 8). Sadly that unity, foundation and blessing have been unraveling at lightning speed.

The late Dr. J. Edwin Orr, in his booklet, Prayer and Revival, quoted Dr. A.T. Pierson as saying that every spiritual awakening is born out of concerted, united, sustained prayer.

John Erskin, a Scottish Presbyterian minister, wrote a pamphlet, pleading with God’s people to unite in prayer for the revival. He sent a copy to Jonathan Edwards in New England, mightily used of God in the first Great Awakening. Edwards responded by writing a book: “A Humble Attempt to Promote Explicit Agreement and Visible Union of all God’s People in Extraordinary Prayer for the Revival of Religion and the Advancement of Christ’s Kingdom on Earth, pursuant to Scripture Promises and Prophecies….”

But after the Revolutionary war, the effects of the first Awakening had all but disappeared and America found itself in a state of profound moral decay. Drunkenness and shocking profanity were epidemic. Women would not go out at night for fear of assault. Bank robberies occurred daily. Once vital Christian denominations were all in decline. U.S. Chief Justice John Marshall wrote James Madison, that the Church ‘was too far gone ever to be redeemed.’ Voltaire predicted and Thomas Paine agreed, that “Christianity will be forgotten in thirty years.”

A poll at Harvard found not one believer in the student body. Two were found at Princeton, but only five students did not belong to the “filthy speech movement.” Students rioted. A mock communion was held at Williams College, and anti-Christian plays at Dartmouth. They burned down Nassau Hall at Princeton, forced the resignation of Harvard’s president, stole the Bible from a New Jersey church and burned it in a public bonfire. Christians met secretly on campus and kept minutes in code so that no one would know. But prayer changed things!

In 1794, when things were at their worst Baptist pastor Isaac Backus addressed another urgent plea for prayer for revival to pastors of every Christian denomination in the United States. Pastors grasped the urgency and adopted his plan. America became interlaced with a network of prayer meetings, and churches set aside the first Monday of each month to pray. Before long, revival came, and the Second Great Awakening ensued. Dr. Orr asks, “Is not this what is missing so much from all our evangelistic efforts: explicit agreement, visible unity, unusual prayer? (See Prayer and Revival)

Christianity is again in moral decay. Our faith is under assault by our federal and many state and local governments. Ought not each of us to observe the National Day of Prayer this Thursday, Call2Fall on Sunday, June 28th, and other efforts throughout the year to facilitate explicit agreement, visible unity, and unusual prayer?

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Prayer Targets: Supreme Court, Fined for Faith, Effort to Silence

The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. 2 Samuel 23:3

Dear Praying Friends,

Samuel Adams (1722-1803), whom many historians consider the “Father of the American Revolution,” helped organize the Massachusetts Committee of Correspondence, which led to committees in other colonies and ultimately a Continental Congress. Adams’ fearless public oratory instigated the Boston Tea Party. A Continental Congressman (1774-1781) and signer of the Declaration, Adams was an ardent follower of Jesus Christ. Addressing the Continental Congress, August 1, 1776, he said:

WE ARE now on this continent, to the astonishment of the world, three millions of souls united in one cause. We have large armies, well-disciplined and appointed, with commanders inferior to none in military skill, and superior in activity and zeal. We are furnished with arsenals and stores beyond our most sanguine expectations, and foreign nations are waiting to crown our success by their alliances. There are instances of, I would say, an almost astonishing Providence in our favor; our success has staggered our enemies, and almost given faith to infidels; so we may truly say it is not our own arm which has saved us.

The hand of Heaven appears to have led us on to be, perhaps, humble instruments and means in the great providential dispensation, which is completing. We have fled from the political Sodom; let us not look back, lest we perish and become a monument of infamy and derision to the world. For can we ever expect more unanimity and a better preparation for defense; more infatuation of counsel among our enemies, and more valor and zeal among ourselves? The same force and resistance, which are sufficient to procure us our liberties will secure us a glorious independence and support us in the dignity of free, imperial states. We cannot suppose that our opposition has made a corrupt and dissipated nation more friendly to America, or created in them a greater respect for the rights of mankind. We can therefore expect a restoration and establishment of our privileges, and a compensation for the injuries we have received, from their want of power, from their fears, and not from their virtues. The unanimity and valor, which will effect an honorable peace, can render a future contest for our liberties unnecessary. He who has strength to chain down the wolf is a madman if he let him loose without drawing his teeth and paring his nails.

We have no other alternative than independence, or the most ignominious and galling servitude. The legions of our enemies thicken on our plains; desolation and death mark their bloody career; whilst the mangled corpses of our countrymen seem to cry out to us as a voice from Heaven.

Our union is now complete; our constitution composed, established, and approved. You are now the guardians of your own liberties. We may justly address you, as the decemviri (those who wrote Roman law) did the Romans, and say: “Nothing that we propose can pass into a law without your consent. Be yourselves, O Americans, the authors of those laws on which your happiness depends.”

You have now in the field armies sufficient to repel the whole force of your enemies and their base and mercenary auxiliaries. The hearts of your soldiers beat high with the spirit of freedom; they are animated with the justice of their cause, and while they grasp their swords can look up to Heaven for assistance. Your adversaries are composed of wretches who laugh at the rights of humanity, who turn religion into derision, and would, for higher wages, direct their swords against their leaders or their country. Go on, then, in your generous enterprise, with gratitude to Heaven for past, success, and confidence of it in the future. For my own part, I ask no greater blessing than to share with you the common danger and common glory. If I have a wish dearer to my soul than that… it is that these American States may never cease to be free and independent (Samuel Adams, About the Declaration, August 1, 1776).

Our Nation is in a shocking moral decline. Our Supreme Court is deliberating over whether to declare same-sex “marriage” a Constitutional right. Christians are increasingly being targeted for persecution for remaining true to their Christian Faith. Even the right to express publicly our Biblically informed opinions is being called into question. Each of us ought to observe the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 7 with greater vigor than ever before.

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Day 21: April 27th, 2015: 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting for Marriage & for the U.S. Supreme Court

Fight the good fight of faith… keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:  Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen. 1 Timothy 6:12-16

The God of the Bible is still on the Throne of the universe and rules in the affairs of men! Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Our battle cry today, as it was during the War for Independence, is “No King, but King Jesus! For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us (Isaiah 33:22). Our appeal is to the Creator of heaven and earth. He created us male and female and instituted man-woman marriage for all peoples in all cultures for all times.  Our appeal is to common sense (self-evident truths), to the laws of nature and of nature’s God, and foremost to Revealed Truth, the Divine Law, the Scriptures.

Many of our Founding Fathers had legal training and nearly all of them were mentored by Sir William Blackstone through his Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765-1769), the most important legal treatise written in the English language.  Blackstone wrote:

This law of nature, being co-equal with mankind and dictated by God himself, is of course superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe, in all countries, and at all times: no human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this; and such of them as are valid derive all their force, and all their authority… from this original. But in order to apply this to the particular exigencies of each individual, it is still necessary to have recourse to reason… And if our reason were always, as in our first ancestor before his transgression, clear and perfect, unruffled by passions, unclouded by prejudice, unimpaired by disease or intemperance, the task would be pleasant and easy; we should need no other guide but this. But every man now finds the contrary in his own experience; that his reason is corrupt, and his understanding full of ignorance and error. This has given manifold occasion for the benign interposition of divine providence; which, in companion to the frailty, the imperfection, and the blindness of human reason, hath been pleased, at sundry times and in diverse manners, to discover and enforce its laws by an immediate and direct revelation. The doctrines thus delivered we call the revealed or divine law, and they are to be found only in the Holy Scriptures. These precepts, when revealed, are found upon comparison to be really a part of the original law of nature, as they tend in all their consequences to man’s felicity (happiness). But we are not from thence to conclude that the knowledge of these truths was attainable by reason, in its present corrupted state; since we find that, until they were revealed, they were hid from the wisdom of ages… Because one is the law of nature, expressly declared so to be by God himself; the other is only what, by the assistance of human reason, we imagine to be that law. If we could be as certain of the latter as we are of the former, both would have an equal authority; but, till then, they can never be put in any competition together. Upon these two foundations, the law of nature and the law of revelation, depend all human laws; that is to say, no human laws should be suffered to contradict these. (Commentaries on the Laws of England, Sir William Blackstone.)

We are on the closing day of our prayer vigil, as our highest Court hears arguments as to why it should not meddle with the institution God ordained in the Garden, creating the first man and woman, bringing them together in marriage, and commanding them to be fruitful and to multiply.  Marriage has been the cornerstone of an ordered human society for thousands of years and a blessing to those who follow God’s plan. While a majority of the Justices seem predisposed toward error in this matter, God is able to change their minds and hearts as we pray.

Many are unaware that the Court very nearly overturned Roe v. Wade after they heard arguments in Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992. Five Justices (Rehnquist, White, Scalia, Kennedy, and Thomas) voted in their initial conference to overturn Roe. But Justice Kennedy later changed his mind and joined Justices O’Connor, Souter, Blackmun and Stevens to uphold Roe. Their reaffirmation of abortion on demand in the U.S. has brought the death toll in 2015, to 58,000,000 innocent American lives. Three of those Justices are still on the Court, including Kennedy.  So we need to continue in prayer between now and when the final marriage ruling is announced. Pray that God will move upon each of the Justices, wooing them to think and rule aright.

The Preamble to our Constitution, says “We the People… in order to … secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity…”

In 1973, the Court departed far from the Constitution by imagining “penumbras” (shadows) that guided them to rule with such evil consequence. If the Justices rule to overturn the righteous laws of the land upholding marriage between a man and a woman, they, too, will err with untold consequences.  Remember no “fundament right” to same-sex “marriage” can be found in American history and tradition (See Chris Gacek’s article; FRC’s Amicus Brief).

A hopeful thought: Justice Kennedy has been a strong believer in states’ rights. In fact part of his reasoning in Windsor was based upon his strong federalist leanings. He could easily decide this case in favor of the states rather than attempting to create a new “fundamental right” out of thin air.  The rise of the homosexual rights movement has been supersonic, and as Chris Gacek wrote, the idea of same-sex “marriage” is “novel,” neither rooted in our history or traditions. All we need is 5 Justices to prevail.  

As to our posterity (our children and future generations), please read Dr. Pat Fagan’s condensed research about The Influence of Parents on Their Child’s Sexuality HERE, see more church handouts from his social science research HERE. Read his comparison of social science opinions on both sides of the Marriage issue, answering the question, Are children harmed when raised by a homosexual couple?  

  • Lord, how far we have departed from the Founders, but more-so, we have departed from You! Sovereign God of History, please intervene to save us. Save our children and future generations who will be taught that evil is good and good is evil if you do not intervene hurriedly! (Dt 8; Ps 144)
  • Cause the lawyers presenting the case for natural marriage tomorrow such persuasiveness as to overwhelm the opposition. May the Justices be deeply moved by your Spirit as You Lord stand among them. We look not to man to save us, but to You! (Job 37:1; Jer 17:5-10)
  • May the attorneys proposing a right to same-sex “marriage” be shockingly unpersuasive and may Your Spirit fill the room and every heart with conviction of sin, of righteousness and judgment! Preserve the justices and our nation from the delusion that comes upon all who “love not the truth!” (Is 5:20; 2 Th 2:10-13)
  • Use this assault on the very soul of America as a turning point. Preserve the blessed gift of marriage in our land for our children and their children. Send a Biblical awakening that will bring our nation to its senses; draw us to repentance and bring us wholeheartedly back to You!  (2 Chr 7:14; Acts 2:38)

Thank you for praying!

P.S. Read or download this series from Call2Fall Blog.

Listen to a powerful 90 minute nation-wide prayer briefing, in short 5-10 minute segments.  

Your church can still have a Stand for Marriage Sunday!

Urge your pastor to take advantage of FRC’s special free resources!   

Pray4Marriage.org (Church Bulletin Inserts & more)

Join Dr. James Dobson and Prayer Leaders from

IFA, FRC, NPC and others on Tuesday, April 28th,

10 AM till Noon ET, to pray during the Supreme

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National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015

Call2Fall, Sunday, June 28, 2015

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Day 20: April 26th, 2015: 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting for Marriage & for the U.S. Supreme Court

FRC Senior Fellow for Regulatory Affairs, Dr. Chris Gacek, worked with FRC Counsel of Record Paul Linton to write an Amicus Brief in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, et al, now before the U.S. Supreme Court – the all-important marriage case to be argued this coming Tuesday. Linton has authored numerous Amicus Briefs for FRC pertaining to marriage, going back to 2009. Dr. Gacek wrote an article summarizing the Brief for Investor’s Business Daily that is a faith builder. He believes that if the High Court rules in favor of same-sex “marriage,” it will deal the Court’s integrity and credibility a major blow. Here are excerpts from Chris’s article:

A primary argument made by those wishing to redefine marriage is that the Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution (14th Amendment) requires marriage to be made available to same-sex couples. In this instance, the district court in Ohio agreed – holding that the “fundamental right” to marry had been unconstitutionally denied same-sex couples…

However, the Supreme Court has stated that it is reluctant to increase the catalogue of such rights and interests given the clause’s open-ended language. That said, there is a fundamental right to marry that the Supreme Court has recognized on numerous occasions. Clearly, it covers the right of a man and woman to marry. But does it entail more than that?

When considering whether an asserted right is “fundamental,” we are to rely on the test that the court set out in Washington v. Glucksberg (1997). First… “the asserted fundamental right or liberty interest”… must be described precisely. Second, such rights must be “deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition.” Furthermore, the right must be “so rooted in the traditions and conscience of our people as to be ranked as fundamental.” The sought-after right must be “implicit in the concept of ordered liberty” so that “neither liberty nor justice would exist if (it was) sacrificed.”

In the current cases, a broad definition like “being able to marry the person of one’s choice” does not describe what the plaintiffs seek. They are permitted to marry at present, but they must marry a person of the opposite sex.

That is how the right to marry has always been understood, but…the challengers…seek the legitimation of a new right – a right to a governmentally recognized conjugal arrangement for persons of the same sex.

The next step in the Glucksberg analysis requires an inquiry into whether this new, purported right to same-sex marriage would be deeply rooted in this nation’s history and traditions, and would, therefore, be a fundamental right. Same-sex marriage is a novel concept.

No state contemplated redefining marriage until Hawaii approached the issue in the early 1990s, and it was not until May 2004 in Massachusetts that the first same-sex marriages were recognized.

Clearly, any right to enter into a same-sex marriage could not be deeply rooted in this country’s history and traditions. Consequently, there is no fundamental right to same-sex marriage.

Reaching this conclusion does not preclude other constitutional challenges, nor does it prevent legislatures from enacting statutes that allow couples of the same sex to marry… it merely prevents the Due Process Clause from being used to overturn the marriage laws of dozens of states.

If the Supreme Court were to engage in such judicial activism, it would not be well received by American voters. A recent poll of 800 registered voters conducted by Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research for the Family Research Council makes this clear. By 61%-32%, the voters preferred that states and their citizens define marriage – not the Supreme Court.

The American people want to be free to decide how marriage is defined in America, and they do not wish to be ruled by a judicial oligarchy. The Supreme Court should remember this as it weighs the arguments in these four same-sex marriage cases.

If it hands down another Dred Scott or Roe v. Wade, the court’s own legitimacy will be severely damaged. (Read Chris’ article HERE, the full Amicus Brief HERE).

In another amicus brief, Harold Koh, a former Legal Advisor to the State Department and Yale Law School Dean, led a team of scholars in urging the Court to join the “emerging global consensus” for same-sex “marriage.” However, Lynn D. Wardle and W. Cole Durham, Jr., wrote yet another amicus brief on behalf of fifty-four legal scholars to correct the record, documenting that no such consensus exists. Indeed, “fewer than 9 percent of the countries belonging to the United Nations have redefined marriage to include same-sex relationships-and only one of those did so via its judiciary. A judicial redefinition of marriage would make the United States an extreme outlier on the global stage” (see Judicially Mandating Same-Sex Marriage Would Put the US at Odds with the Western World).

  • Pray that God will guide the Court to read, comprehend, and take to heart the sound warnings in these briefs, which make clear that no fundamental right to same-sex “marriage” exists in our Constitution! May our Justices keep their oath to uphold that Constitution. (2 Chr 32:22; Ps 32:8; Is 10:1; Mt 5:18)
  • May each of the Justices be gripped by the fact that only one of the very few world nations that presently allow same-sex “marriage” did so by judicial fiat. May they be convicted that judicial fiat is not the American way. (Exodus 23:1-3; Lev 26:45; 2 Kgs 17:11; 2 Chr 20:6)
  • May our Justices conclude and rule that only a sacred union between a man and a woman can be called a marriage. May they rule that no state is required by the Constitution to recognize same-sex “marriages” performed elsewhere that do not meet the requirements for marriage in their own state. (2 Chr 7:14; Pr 22:28; Jer 18:1-112 Th 2:15)

Thank you for praying!

P.S. Read or download this series as it is posted daily at the Call2Fall Blog. Listen in to a powerful 90 minute nation-wide prayer briefing recorded Saturday, in short 5-10 minute segments.

Please visit these sites and participate in the events!

Tell your pastor about Stand for Marriage Sunday!

Urge him to examine FRC’s special free resources!

Pray4Marriage.org (Church Bulletin Inserts & more)

Join Dr. James Dobson and Prayer Leaders from

IFA, FRC, NPC and others on Tuesday, April 28th,

10 AM till Noon ET, to pray during the Supreme

Court Hearing: Dial 712-432-0075, code 1412452#

National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015

Call2Fall, Sunday, June 28, 2015

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Day 19: April 25rd, 2015: 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting for Marriage & for the U.S. Supreme Court

The Preamble to the Constitution says “We the People….” Voters in over 3/5 of the states have passed Constitutional Amendments defining marriage as the union between one man and one woman. A sweeping U.S. Supreme Court ruling would usurp the expressed will of a strong majority of the American people. For example, Alabama voters approved the Marriage Amendment to their state Constitution by 81% in 2006. A Supreme Court ruling would violate the will of over 4/5 of the voting population in that state. And it would have a profound impact on religious liberty in every state.

In Day 18, we noted some anecdotal violations of religious liberty, in which homosexual activists harassed Christians with lawsuits and discrimination charges that ended in convictions, fines and judgments against them. FRC carefully examined each of these cases, became acquainted with the accused Christians, and found them to be devoted believers, full of Christian love and goodwill toward their neighbors, including homosexual customers. They were utterly without any attitude of unholy discrimination toward homosexuals or anyone else. Indeed each has a longtime record of friendliness and excellence of service to homosexual customers.

The thorny issue has been the expectation of Christian business people to get involved in the homosexual “wedding” itself. For example, they have been asked to provide on-site catering, produce a wedding cake topped with figurines of two men or two women, produce creative onsite wedding photography, make creative floral arrangements and place them onsite, etc. These Christian business people have not refused to sell homosexuals ready-made arrangements, or bake a cake without the homosexual script and accoutrements, etc. Rather, they have been asked to participate in a homosexual “wedding” by employing their creative skills, and/or their onsite involvement, which they have dedicated to the Lord (Ex 20:3-6; 23:13; Rom 12:1-2). They believe to do so would be ethically and spiritually wrong. So they have refused to violate their conscience even at a very high cost.

For example, Barronelle Stutzman is a florist in Washington state who prayed at length before informing her long-time customer that she could not in good conscience be the florist for his upcoming same-sex “wedding.” She recommended a capable florist whom she knew would serve him well. She was reported, charged, and found guilty in Benton County Superior Court of violating the couple’s U.S. and state civil rights, and was held personally liable for the couple’s damages and attorney fees. A 70-year-old grandmother, Barronelle’s business, home and life savings are all in jeopardy because the ruling. Millions of faithful Christians in America will face similar challenges if same-sex “marriage” is made the law of the land.

Many believe that the time will come when ministers will be required to perform same-sex “marriages” or face discrimination charges. Even now in some states and the District of Columbia, churches cannot rent their sanctuaries or fellowship halls for marriage ceremonies, unless they are made available to hetero- and homosexual weddings alike. For example, the Boardwalk Pavilion of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association lost its tax exempt status because the requests of two lesbian couples to have their civil union ceremonies there were rejected on religious grounds.

Faced with the requirement that they place babies for adoption with homosexual couples, Catholic Charities decided to close their much needed adoption services in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. Clearly the heavy-handed state sees discrimination just one way or at least they have agreed with the homosexual community, that homosexual rights trump religious liberty guarantees.

This trend was epitomized by the violent furor by pro-homosexual activists, pro-homosexual big business, and pro-homosexual governors and mayors, who threatened significant economic sanctions against Indiana if they did not “fix” their newly signed Religious Liberty law. Governor Mike Pence and the Indiana Legislature essentially caved-in and “fixed” the law. A good law based on a twenty year federal precedent intended to provide religious people protection from government violation of their religious liberty rights was essentially turned on its head. According to law professor Mark Rienzi, “the new fix will allow the state to prosecute Christians criminally for denying gay weddings their professional affirmation” (Fix Could Send Christians to Jail).

The homosexual movement has been very aggressive and it will be all the more so if the Court rules wrongly. Religious liberty is in serious jeopardy. Christians could face even more fines, lawsuits and a legal quagmire for years to come.

  • May God intervene and turn each Justice’s heart and mind back to the Constitution where religious liberty and not same-sex “marriage” is explicitly protected! (Gal 5:13)
  • May the Justices not be led by the culture, but the Constitution, Spirit of God and the Eternal Laws of the Supreme Judge of the Universe. (1 Sam 10:9-10)
  • May they seriously consider religious liberty as they have been asked to do by many amicus briefs submitted to them. (Lk 18:1-8)
  • May the fear of God come upon each one, restraining and guiding them to rule in accordance with the Constitution. (Job 12:4-25)
  • May we pray with President Lincoln, that “this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” (2 Chr 7:14

P.S. View or download all 21 daily prayers posted to the Call2Fall Blog.

Please visit these sites and participate in the events!
 
Tell your pastor about Stand for Marriage Sunday!
 
Urge him to examine FRC’s special free resources!
 

Join Dr. James Dobson and Prayer Leaders from

IFA, FRC, NPC and others on Tuesday, April 28th,
 
10 AM till Noon ET, to pray during the Supreme

Court HearingDial 712-432-0075, code 1412452#
 
 
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Day 18: April 24th, 2015: 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting for Marriage & for the U.S. Supreme Court

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 Tim 4:2-4

This Sunday, April 26th, will be the last Sunday prior to the U.S. Supreme Court hearing arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges et al.  On Tuesday the Court will hear arguments over two legal questions, raised by petitioners from four states (Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee):

  1. Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex?
  2. Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?

After the lawyers present their cases, the Justices will confer over the next few days, then they will make up their minds and vote, perhaps within a week. Then Chief Justice Roberts will decide who will write the majority and minority assignments. Their ruling will be a watershed moment for America – either for good, or for evil.  

FRC President Tony Perkins has appealed to pastors across America to make this Sunday, Stand for Marriage Sunday. Pastors have been equipped to address their people about this critical issue.  On Day #3, we highlighted the key role pastors play in the direction of our country.  Please pray that pastors will engage this Sunday as it will be the final opportunity for them to mobilize their people to focus extraordinary prayer over the Court, for the hearings and the deliberation process.

If the Court rules wrongly, the consequences are wholly predictable and will be far-reaching. Over time, no one in America will go untouched by them. 

Education: Children will be indoctrinated with pro-homosexual propaganda in public schools and parents will not be able to have them opt out. In Massachusetts, which has had same-sex “marriage” the longest, one father was jailed because he refused to leave his child’s elementary school without assurance that his child would not continue to be indoctrinated with pro-homosexual material. Parental rights will be sacrificed on the altar of sexual libertinism.

Business: Christian business owners have already endured charges of discrimination, had fines levied against them, and/or were forced out of business for simply following their Christian conscience when it comes to participating in same-sex weddings and other ceremonies (e.g., Elaine’s Photography). Others have been subjected to bankrupting lawsuits by private parties with local or state government help (e.g., Arlene’s Flowers).  Others have been subjected to protest and some have been forced to close (e.g., Sweet Cakes by Melissa; Memories Pizza, albeit temporarily).  All this for simply declaring: “I cannot take part in a same-sex wedding because my religious conscience will not allow it.” If the Supreme Court rules that same-sex “marriage” is a constitutional right, the number of such case­­­­­s would multiply rapidly.

If the case is decided wrongly, federal, state and local government agencies will enforce anti-discrimination laws against Christians. Those companies who do business with those government entities will likely dismiss decent, hardworking Christian employees because of complaints by LGBT employees, who somehow feel uncomfortable because they know the Christians to be Bible believers, regardless of how loving and kindly they behave toward self-identified homosexuals or how exemplary their work record (e.g., former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran; Brendan Eich, a founder and CEO of Mozilla Corporation).  

The proliferation of anti-Christian discrimination cases, most of them born out of the theme that “homosexual rights trump religious liberty,” has renewed interest in passing Religious Freedom Reformation Acts (RFRA’s) in the states. Only 20 of the 50 states have Religious Freedom Restoration Acts on the books and some of them are not robust enough to protect believers from government violations of their religious liberty related to same-sex “marriage.”

Church: Many predict that LGBT activists will approach churches at several points: 1) Facilities use for same-sex “weddings,” 2) Church Membership, 3) Employment.  Of course, churches must continue to show and share the love of Christ to those who self-identify as LGBT in a winsome way; (1 Cor. 6:8-10) However, if churches do not tie their statements of faith regarding marriage to these three areas, they could be subjected to civil suits.  

The threat to religious liberty in America is real. Only God’s people through prayer can impact the thinking of the nine members of the Supreme Court at this late hour.

  • Please pray for Stand for Marriage Sunday. May thousands of pastors preach on marriage this Sunday and urge their people to devote themselves to prayer for the Tuesday hearings, and continuing until the Court’s ruling is announced sometime in June. Pray that Pastors will show the brief video, urge the people to watch a recommended movie, “One Generation Away,” and take advantage of other resources FRC has put together to support churches. (Eph 6:10-20)
  • Pray that churches will take the other action steps recommended at Stand for Marriage Sunday, including participation in tomorrow’s March for Marriage in Washington, DC. (Jdg 18:9; Ps 110:3)
  • May God intervene to prevent our Supreme Court from wrongfully issuing another sweeping Roe v. Wade-like ruling that will bring consequences about which we have been thoroughly warned by God! (Is 64; Jude )

Please visit these sites and participate in the events!

Tell your pastor about Stand for Marriage Sunday!

Urge him to examine FRC’s special free resources!  

Listen in to a powerful 90 minute nation-wide prayer briefing recorded last Saturday, in short 5-10 minute segments from which you can select.

Pray4Marriage.org (Church Bulletin Inserts & more)

March for Marriage, April 25, 2015, Washington, DC

National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015

Call2Fall, Sunday, June 28, 2015

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Day 17: April 23rd, 2015: 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting for Marriage & for the U.S. Supreme Court

And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of the Lord, faithfully, and with a perfect heart. 2 Chronicles 19:9

Associate Justice Clarence ThomasClarence Thomas, Associate Justice was born in the Pin Point community of Georgia near Savannah June 23, 1948. He married Virginia Lamp in 1987 and has one child, Jamal Adeen, by a previous marriage. He attended Conception Seminary and received an A.B., cum laude, from Holy Cross College, and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1974. He was admitted to law practice in Missouri in 1974, and served as an Assistant Attorney General of Missouri from 1974-1977, an attorney with the Monsanto Company from 1977-1979, and Legislative Assistant to Senator John Danforth from 1979-1981. From 1981-1982, he served as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, and as Chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from 1982-1990. He became a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1990. President Bush nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat October 23, 1991.  (Bios: Official; ScotusBlog; Wiki).

In 1991, Clarence Thomas was subjected to one of the most vicious Supreme Court confirmation hearings in American history. In 1987, Senate liberals had prevented the confirmation of the late conservative legal scholar, Judge Robert Bork. His confirmation hearings were malicious but were mostly ideological. The word “borked” became a part of our dictionary as a result. But the Thomas hearings were even nastier, sinking to the level of degrading personal attacks on Thomas’ moral character.

Yet Thomas was confirmed, seated and has faithfully adhered to his conservative principles despite continued mockery and hostility from the left. Yet even his mockers acknowledge that behind his silence is a brilliance, and they fear he could exert significant influence on the court.

Having served for eight years as Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under Presidents Reagan and Bush, Justice Thomas knows something about discrimination. Yet he has opposed affirmative action from his college days when he changed from being a McGovern Democrat to a conservative, moved by Booker T. Washington’s Christian philosophy of personal responsibility.

Justice Thomas joined the dissent from the majority in Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992, asserting, “We believe that Roe was wrongly decided, and that it can and should be overruled….”

When the Supreme Court rejected the request for an injunction to stop a federal judge’s order for homosexual “marriages” to commence in Alabama, despite 81% of voters supporting a marriage amendment to protect their state from federal court intrusion, Justice Thomas expressed his dissent, writing: “This is not the proper way to discharge our. . . responsibilities.”

  • Pray that Justice Thomas will become bolder in expressing his thoughtful, spiritually enlightened legal opinions. (Pr 10:19; Acts 4:31)
  • Pray that he will become the very influence upon the court that liberals fear. And may this upcoming marriage case be an opportunity for this quiet man, in a case that will have a huge impact on the health of our nation and its families. (Heb 11; Jude 7)
  • Pray that Justice Thomas and each of his colleagues will rule in the fear of the Lord, faithfully, and with a perfect heart. (2 Chr 19:9)

Thank you for praying!

Please visit these sites and participate in the events!

Tell your pastor about Stand for Marriage Sunday! Urge him to examine FRC’s special free resources!   

Pray4Marriage.org (Church Bulletin Inserts & more)

March for Marriage, April 25, 2015, Washington, DC

National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015

Call2Fall, Sunday, June 28, 2015

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Day 16: April 22nd, 2015: 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting for Marriage & for the U.S. Supreme Court

The just man walketh in his integrity; his children are blessed after him. Pr 20:7

Official; ScotusBlog; Wiki).

Before he was seated on the high court, Justice Alito held firmly to a pro-life view of the Constitution. He said “We should make clear that we disagree with Roe v. Wade and would welcome the opportunity to brief the issue of whether, and if so to what extent, that decision should be overruled.” But when under constant grilling by Senate Democrats during his confirmation hearings, trying to get him to say Roe v. Wade was “settled law,” Alito would only say:

What I have said about Roe is that if it were — if the issue were to come before me, if I’m confirmed and I’m on the Supreme Court and the issue comes up, the first step in the analysis for me would be the issue of stare decisis (legal precedent). And that would be very important. If I were to get beyond that, I would approach that question the way I approach every legal issue that I approach as a judge, and that is to approach it with an open mind and to go through the whole judicial process, which is designed, and I believe strongly in it, to achieve good results, to achieve good decision-making.

In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Alito wrote the majority opinion ruling against the HHS Mandate and in favor of Hobby Lobby on the basis of their religious objection to providing insurance that covered abortifacient drugs. The landmark case provides for closely held (e.g., family owned) businesses to be treated as persons under the Religious Freedom Reformation Act.

As to marriage, Justice Alito joined Clarence Thomas in a dissenting opinion against the majority in U.S. v. Windsor, which voted to strike down the federal part of the Defense of Marriage Act. They wrote, “same-sex marriage presents a highly emotional and important question of public policy – but not a difficult question of constitutional law… The Constitution does not guarantee the right to enter into a same-sex marriage” (CNS News).

  • Pray that Justice Alito will hold fast to his integrity on the matter of marriage.  Pray that he will be even stronger than in the past, and that he will be a powerful influence on his colleagues.
  • May each of these Justices be reminded of the truths of their own faith tradition and teaching.  For those of Jewish faith, may they consider the clear teaching of Genesis on marriage (1:26-28; 2:18-25) and of Leviticus on homosexual behavior (18:22; 20:13).  For those of Catholic faith, may they consider the words of the Lord Jesus, who quoted Genesis on marriage between one man and one woman and concluded: “What God, therefore, hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Mt 19:6) and the words of Saint Paul on homosexual behavior, which is a sin people can repent of and be delivered from by the grace of God (Rom 1:26-27, 1 Cor 6:9-10; 1 Tim 1:8-10). 
  • May each consider that the Founders, who firmly opposed homosexual behavior, would never have imagined that the founding documents even suggested any right to same-sex “marriage,” and therefore no legitimate interpretation of the Constitution should confer special status to those who engage in it.
  • May the Holy Spirit awaken a fear of God in each of the Justices, reminding them of the truths of Scripture. May their consciences be stirred and may their ruling serve to re-awaken the consciences of all Americans that we should view marriage between one man and one woman as a sacred union that should be protected and encouraged by government.   

Thank you for praying!

P.S. View or download all 21 Daily Prayers for Marriage as they are edited and posted to the Call2Fall Blog.  Please visit these sites and participate in the events!

Tell your pastor about Stand for Marriage Sunday! Urge him to examine FRC’s special free resources!   

Pray4Marriage.org (Church Bulletin Inserts & more)

March for Marriage, April 25, 2015, Washington, DC

National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015

Call2Fall, Sunday, June 28, 2015

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Day 15: April 21th, 2015: 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting for Marriage & for the U.S. Supreme Court

For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. Genesis 18:19

Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice, was born in Trenton, New Jersey, March 11, 1936. He married Maureen McCarthy and has nine children: Ann Forrest, Eugene, John Francis, Catherine Elisabeth, Mary Clare, Paul David, Matthew, Christopher James, and Margaret Jane. He received his A.B. from Georgetown University and the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and his LL.B. from Harvard Law School, and was a Sheldon Fellow of Harvard University from 1960–1961. He was in private practice in Cleveland, Ohio from 1961–1967, a Professor of Law at the University of Virginia from 1967–1971, a Professor of Law at the University of Chicago from 1977–1982, and a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University and Stanford University. He was chairman of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law, 1981–1982, and its Conference of Section Chairmen, 1982–1983. He served the federal government as General Counsel of the Office of Telecommunications Policy from 1971–1972, Chairman of the Administrative Conference of the United States from 1972–1974, and Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel from 1974–1977. He was appointed Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1982. President Reagan nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat September 26, 1986. (Bios: Official; ScotusBlog; Wiki).

A brilliant scholar, Scalia has expressed his views boldly in word and in print from his career as a student to the present day. A conservative Roman Catholic, he practices his faith religiously. As a Supreme Court Justice, he can be relied upon to take a conservative stand.  Liberals celebrate his jumping sides occasionally, but it only occurs in a few, mostly obscure cases. 

Justice Scalia is a textualist (one who believes laws and the Constitution should not be reinterpreted by judges but applied according to the plain words that are written) and an originalist (one who believes the Constitution means today, precisely what the Founders meant it to mean when they wrote it.) He is highly critical of those who hold to the idea of a “Living Constitution” often referring to the “rule of law.” He believes the Constitution can only be changed by amendment, ratified by ¾ of the states, not by judges choosing to change its meaning by reinterpreting it.

On constitutional questions about life, he has upheld laws restricting abortion and declared that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and should be overturned. He voted in favor of protecting Hobby Lobby’s right to maintain its religious conscience and not provide abortifacient contraceptives to its employees. And he dissented in NIFB v. Sebelius, which upheld Obamacare.  On questions of self-defense, he upheld the Second Amendment right of individuals to bear arms, including in his vote to overturn DC’s infamous gun control law, which did nothing to reduce the then highest murder rate in America.  

Regarding marriage, observers feel confident Scalia will uphold the states’ rights to determine marriage standards.  He dissented from the majority in the Lawrence v. Texas (2003),which declared null and void laws forbidding consensual sodomy in all fifty states. He dissented in U.S. v. Windsor, which struck down the federal part of the Defense of Marriage Act. Scalia is a federalist, which means he believes in a federal government with powers limited by the Constitution and highly regards the rights of the individual states to govern in all matters, including marriage laws, except for those limited powers granted to the national government.

  • God, thank you for Justice Scalia, who has been shaped by his faith and who believes that the Constitution and Bill of Rights were intended to protect people of all faiths from an overreaching federal government. (Hebrews 11:6)
  • Thank the Lord for helping this Justice to stand strong for the rule of law and the Constitution and against the liberal winds of cultural change. (1 Cor 3:10-13; 1 Tim 1:8-10)
  • Guide him in hearing and analyzing the arguments on Tuesday, 28th.  Help him ask precisely the right questions that will elicit answers proving our case. May Scalia influence every Justice when they confer after arguments. May the Spirit of God impact his thinking and all of his colleagues and may Scalia’s strength be a support to others to stand on principle. (Eph 6:19-20; Jas 1:8)
  • May Justice Scalia, the father of nine and grandfather of 28, be a champion for children.  May God awaken every Justice to the true cost to children and generations unborn. (Gen 18:19; Matthew 18:6)
  • May every Justice bow their knee before Jesus, the Supreme Judge of the World, to whom they will give account. (Acts 17:31)

Please visit these sites and participate in the events!

Tell your pastor about Stand for Marriage Sunday! Urge him to examine FRC’s special free resources!   

Pray4Marriage.org (Church Bulletin Inserts & more)

March for Marriage, April 25, 2015, Washington, DC

National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015

Call2Fall, Sunday, June 28, 2015

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