Prayer Targets: Charleston Light; Columbus Revival; Call2Fall & PrayUSA; Supreme Court; Larry Hogan

Dear Praying Friends,

The nation continues to mourn the tragic murder of nine men and women in a Bible study in their Charleston, South Carolina church. While the pundits argue over human means of addressing such evil, we know that we “wrestle not against flesh and blood,” but against “spiritual wickedness in the spiritual realm” (Eph 6:10-20). We see this “spiritual wickedness” not only behind the senseless violence motivated by racism, but also behind the determined efforts to silence Christians and to permanently undermine our nation’s Judeo-Christian foundations. Yet in the midst of it all, there are also powerful signs of hope! Even in Charleston, the Christian testimonies of the shooting victims have been bought to light and the gracious and godly responses of their believing family and church members are shining like a bright light to a watching world, pointing us all to Jesus! What a contrast to rhetoric from the purveyors of racial division that has dominated the airwaves for many months. Amid all this, God promises that if we who believe in Him will humble ourselves and pray, seek His face and turn from our wicked ways, He will do what we cannot: heal our land (2 Chr 7:14)! God is our hope, our only hope!

Revival in Columbus, Ohio – Southern Baptists comprise the largest Protestant denomination in America. The network of independent churches has weathered the storms of time and cultural change, and prevailed against extraordinary pressures and internal efforts to water-down Scripture and embrace liberal views to which many other Protestant churches have succumbed. Indeed, many once-vital mainline churches have become spiritual graveyards where men and women, boys and girls can seek but have a tough time finding Biblical truth and new life in Christ. Some churches are now cheerleaders for a left-wing political agenda, attempting to give religious credence to same-sex “marriage,” abortion, anti-Israel politics, and more.

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Prayer Targets: Solemn Assembly; Call2Fall; Dr. Floyd; Answering the Transgender Movement & More

Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: Gather the people… assemble the elders… the children… the bridegroom…the bride… the priests… the ministers… Let them weep… let them say… “Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them”…Then will the Lord be jealous for his land, and pity his people… and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen… Joel 2:15-19

Many influential leaders credit Rev. Richard Owen Roberts for introducing them to the biblical truth about Solemn Assembly. Many have labored to revive the biblical practice, among them Dr. Henry Blackaby, Claude King, Avery Willis, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, Terry Tekyl, P. Douglas Small and others. The upcoming Call2Fall is a local church gesture, pointing toward all of God’s people; eventually the nation responding to God’s call to repentance from individual and national sin. Roberts writes:

Most professing Christians have never heard of a Solemn Assembly. Of those who have, a large portion consider it as merely an Old Testament practice of no particular relevance today.

The Biblical Background – There are not less than twelve revival movements in the Old Testament. While each of these revivals is very different from the others, there are at least four factors preceding each revival which they all hold in common.

1. A Tragic Declension. Every revival of the Old Testament is preceded by a period of moral and spiritual decline among the people of God. As illustrations of this problem, consider that preceding the revival of Exodus 32-33, the decline included the building of the golden calf and its worship, while the revival under David was preceded by a period of more than six decades in which the Ark of the Covenant of God was out of its rightful place in Jerusalem.

2. A Righteous Judgment from God. Without any exception, Old Testament revivals have always been preceded by some kind of a righteous judgment from God. While some of these judgments are immediate and final, resulting in deaths among the wicked, others are gracious and remedial, resulting in brokenness, prayer, repentance and extraordinary seeking of God’s face.

3. The Raising Up of Immensely Burdened Revival Leaders. a) Moses (Ex 32ff). b) Samuel – (1 Sam. 7 – chapters 1-6 give background). c) David (2 Sam. 6, 7). d) Asa (2 Chron. 14-16. e) Jehoshaphat (2 Chron. 17-20). f) Jehoida (2 Chron. 23-24). g) Hezekiah (2 Chron. 29-32). h) Josiah (2 Chron. 34-35). i) Zerubbabel (Ezra 1-6). j) Ezra (Ezra 7-10). k) Nehemiah (Neh. 1-13). l) Joel – (Joel 1-2:27).

God Himself raised up a leader who was under the heavy burden of the moral and spiritual needs of his people. The words of Moses in Exodus 32:32 forcefully emphasize this: “But now, if Thou wilt, forgive their sin – if not, please blot me out from Thy book which Thou hast written.”

4. Some Extraordinary Action. While this action varies from revival to revival, the most common action taken was that of a Solemn Assembly. Again, note the record in the revivals themselves: a) Moses – Ex. 33:7-11; called the people to the tent of meeting outside the camp; b) 1 Sam. 7:5, 6 – Samuel required all Israel to gather at Mizpah in a Solemn Assembly; c) 2 Sam. 6:14 – After illicitly moving the Ark of the Covenant on a new cart, David danced before the Lord with all his might in a linen ephod … acting like a common man… the Solemn Assembly is detailed in the parallel passage (1 Chron. 13-18); d) 2 Chron. 15:9-15 – Asa called a Solemn Assembly in Jerusalem; e) 2 Chron. 20:3-13ff – Jehoshaphat called a Solemn Assembly throughout all Judah and Jerusalem; f) 2 Chron. 23:16 – Jehoida, in a Solemn Assembly, covenanted between himself, the king, the people and the LORE and they cleansed the land of the evil; g) 2 Chron. 29:5ff – Hezekiah and the leaders decreed that all the people gather for a Solemn Assembly and to celebrate the Passover. Fourteen days were devoted to seeking the Lord and worshipping Him; h) 2 Chron. 3:31-33 – Josiah gathered the people together in a Solemn Assembly; i) Ezra 6:16-22 – Zerubbabel led the people in Solemn Assembly and seven days observing the Passover; j) Ezra 8:21-23; 9:5-15 – Ezra proclaimed a Solemn Assembly at the River Ahava. k) Neh. 8:1ff – A Solemn Assembly at the Water Gate; l) Joel 1:13; 2:12-17, etc. – Joel called a Solemn Assembly… the People, guilty of flagrant sin, were under judgment. But in response of corporate repentance through the divinely ordained Solemn Assembly… so great was the blessing bestowed by the God who delights in a broken and contrite people that He made up to them the years that were lost to the mighty army of locusts. The people had plenty and praised the Lord… They knew that God was in their midst, that He only was God, and that there was none other! (read Solemn Assembly, by Richard Owen Roberts, 1989; Click to Download – see more on Solemn Assembly at Call2Fall.com).

Recent Solemn Assemblies – Three denominations: the Southern Baptists, the Assemblies of God, and the Church of God (Cleveland, TN,) held solemn assemblies in the early 90’s. Slowly but surely the understanding and importance of corporate repentance and solemn assembly – God’s people repenting and seeking forgiveness not just for their individuals sins, but for the corporate sins of our churches, our states, our cultural power centers (1) Family, 2) Civil Government, 3) Military, 4) Media, 5) Business, 6) Education, 7) The Church, and now, 8), Medicine, Science and Technology. We could list the grievous sins and sinful influence that each of these centers of power are having on every man, woman, and child in America. The sins of the founding era (though human slavery was a huge and glaring sin), were mild by comparison to those commonly practiced and even accepted in many of our churches, today.

But the sins imposed and promoted by our cultural power centers, today, and especially of our federal government have become more obvious and are at the point of being overwhelming. The consequences of these sins weigh upon all of us. And those upon whom they do not either lack conscience or are caught in some life-dominating work, recreation, or personal sin themselves that they are oblivious to the cesspool of sin into which our nation has fallen. Even if we have genuinely and wholeheartedly repented of our own sins, we share the guilt of the dominating sins of our communities, schools, states and nation – and all the more so, because we live in a nation whose government is of, by and for the people and we have a say both choosing our leaders and impacting the decisions they make.

That is why, in the Founding Era (pre-and-post) governors and presidents frequently called for state and national fasts – always calling for humiliation (self-humbling), confession, repentance, even during thanksgiving holidays. In times of national disaster and war, our presidents have called for extraordinary days of prayer. Some of our state governors and other state officials, church groups and others have called for solemn assemblies – In January, 2011 30,000 gathered in Houston, in response to then-Governor Rick Perry’s call for the first Call to Prayer “Response.” Over 30,000 believers from across the nation attended in person, acknowledging that our nation’s problems are bigger than we can solve without God’s help – and that sin is at the root of our problems. In January, 2015, several thousand participated in a Solemn Assembly in Baton Rouge Louisiana. Last Thursday several hundred participated in a solemn assembly in Columbus, Ohio, and on Saturday, several thousand participated in a “Response” prayer event in Charleston, South Carolina. In ancient Israel, solemn assemblies were a command performance. On July 20, 1775, the day appointed by the Continental Congress for America’s first nationwide fast following the outbreak of the War for Independence – 3 million Americans, nearly the entire population, rushed to their churches for a day of “humiliation, fasting and prayer.”

Such efforts have mustered only a small percentage of Americans today. But each solemn assembly, large or small, is a faith response to God’s call to 2 Chron. 7:14 and Joel 1:13-14; 2:12-18, an appropriate response given our nation’s desperate moral and spiritual need. Every church can take a serious preliminary step toward a national solemn assembly like we see depicted in the book of Joel. That is what the Call2Fall is all about: A local church, a home group or family, humbling themselves, spending at least 5 minutes on bended knee, crying out to God for our nation and the churches in our nation, seeking his mercy, forgiveness and godly change. God promises that if enough of us do that from the heart, He will hear our prayers, forgive our sins and heal our land. God is our nation’s ONLY HOPE (see Ohio 7:14; Columbus’s Day; Ohio Slideshow; Ohio Photos; Video – National Day of Prayer; Gov. Haley, South Carolina; Video, SA; Gov. Jindal Calls Louisiana S.A.; Video – LA, 2011 Perry, Houston, TX).

May God move speedily to stir pastors across America to adjust their schedules and routines, to lead their people in the Call2Fall, Sunday, June 28th, before Americans break out their picnic gear and the fireworks to celebrate yet another Independence Day, without much thought about our nation’s spiritual condition nor the Rock upon Whom our nation was built, may God’s people everywhere bow the knee to Him who alone, is able to save our faltering, sin-soaked nation. May God blow upon the Church and fan the flames of spiritual fire that will light America and the world again, and may we burn brightly until the Lord, Himself returns to receive us unto Himself! Dt 32:28-36; Pr 4:18;4:26-27; Is 45:22-24; 59: all; Joel 1:13-14; 2:12-18; Jonah 3:7-9; Rom 14:11-12; 2 Cor 6:12).

Is America ready to embrace unvarnished socialism? Fairfax County, Virginia is moving forward with a transgender, sexual spectrum curriculum despite the outcry from angry parents. But parents are mounting an effort to run candidates to fill every school board seat in the November election. Dr. Ronnie Floyd, who participated in the Solemn Assembly in Columbus, Ohio last Thursday, delivered his President’s Address yesterday to the annual gathering of the Southern Baptist Convention in Columbus, Ohio. His message was relevant to every American Christian regardless of denomination. FRC has produced a comprehensive new paper that answers the transgender movement, presently on the front page of every gossip magazine in America and elsewhere. Meanwhile, as the Obama administration continues to celebrate LGBT Pride Month, seven openly gay ambassadors/envoys have called for the president to use the trade authority (defeated in the House, but to be revisited) to force nations to embrace the homosexual agenda. Please pray for Tony Perkins and the FRC staff. We need your prayers. Thank you for praying!

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Prayer Targets: Britain’s Call2Fall; Time for America; Israel; SCOTUS: Marriage, Obamacare, More

And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. Ps 50:15

FRC Senior Fellow Bob Morrison studied government and foreign affairs at U.VA (BA & MA). After further study (Hofstra, U.WA), Bob taught history and political science in High School and College before working at the Reagan Department of Education with Gary Bauer under Secretary William Bennett. He was later the first representative to Washington from the Lutheran Church (LCMS). He often points to prayer in the turning points of history.

What must it be like to know that your name is on a list of thousands of people to be shot? To know that your family will be hustled off to a concentration camp where few if any will emerge alive? How do you prepare for your country coming under the heel of a ruthless killer with all the latest technology?

Those were questions faced by leaders in Britain seventy-five years ago… Winston Churchill was named Prime Minister on May 10, 1940. Returning from Buckingham Palace… Churchill responded to the congratulations of his faithful bodyguard from Scotland Yard. “I only hope it’s not too late.”

Earlier that day Churchill had achieved his lifelong ambition and Adolf Hitler’s train made a sharp change of direction. Gliding noiselessly over specially prepared tracks, the train followed the Führer’s midnight orders… changed course from a northerly to the West… few snoring Nazis… even aware.

This day Hitler began hisBlitzkriegon the Western Front, combining a massive tank assault with air supremacy to crush the opposing armies. The King of Belgium surrendered exposing the entire French flank. The Queen of Holland took flight, arriving in England with only her dress and a tin hat… Soon, the outnumbered British Army in France was surrounded. Hitler had only to reach out his paw and he could crush that British Expeditionary Force (BEF) like a little bird.

Many British felt sick with fear. Diarist Harold Nicholson wrote that he and his wife, famed writer Vita Sackville-West, were planning to commit suicide if the Germans invaded… With Norway, Denmark, Holland, and Belgium overrun, and France collapsing, British common folk did not succumb to fear. They didn’t know as much as the elites; they were sure they would “muddle through.” The commoners even seemed to welcome France’s exit from the war and described the coming Battle of Britain like a soccer game in which they would have the home field advantage.

Churchill knew his Conservative Party did not trust, even like him. His greatest Tory rival, Foreign Secretary Lord Halifax, viewed Winston’s combative “fight them on the beaches” talk as “so much rot.” Halifax wanted to pursue peace talks through the Italian dictator Mussolini… Just having talks would give us a truce and time to evacuate our encircled army from the French beaches at Dunkirk.

Churchill saw talk about a British appeal to Hitler as fatal. It would demoralize the people. But Halifax also wanted a National Day of Prayer, and he had the support of King George VI… Americans whose only knowledge of George VI comes from the movie,The King’s Speech, may be surprised to know that the stammering monarch was a man of deep faith. Churchill did not have the power to dismiss this idea. But, if he gave in to Halifax on an NDOP, he could stall the Foreign Secretary on his terrible negotiation idea. When Churchill made one of his infrequent church appearances, the Vicar asked, “Prime Minister, I should like to tell my parishioners you are a pillar of the church.” Churchill rejoined: “You may tell them I am a buttress of the church; I support it from outside.”

But pray they did. And instead of the hoped-for 40,000 or 50,000 troops safely home from Dunkirk, Operation Dynamo resulted in 338,000 British, French, and Belgian troops brought off the beaches. Hundreds of British ships formed a vast unsinkable fleet, composed not only of warships, but of ferry boats, tugboats, excursion vessels, fishing smacks, and private yachts. All of this combined to create what even skeptical Prime Minister Churchill would call “a miracle of deliverance.” Many writers say Hitler had lost his last great opportunity.

One fact amazed the Dunkirk evacuees: the normally storm-tossed English Channel was “as smooth as a millpond.” No one thought they could bring off a third of a million troops because they all knew their waters…

The next time some sophisticate dismisses the Power of Prayer, or when TV talking heads sneer at efforts like FRC’s “Call2Fall,” we can confidently answer them with one word: DUNKIRK. (Bob Morrison, Praying for Deliverance, Dunkirk: 1940, 6-3-15, The Christian Post).

It is Time for Call2FallGod warned the Jewish people through Moses, “Beware that you do not forget theLordyour God by not keeping His commandments… lest—when all that you have is multiplied… you forget theLordyour God… If you by any means forget theLordyour God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish… because you would not be obedient to the voice of theLordyour God (Dt. 8:10-20).

Since 1775, when an estimated three million people in 13 American colonies sought the face of God on their knees at the request of the Continental Congress, our nation has been the most singularly God-blessed nation in the world. But His blessing has been interrupted and intermittent of late because we have forgotten God and not obeyed the voice of the Lord. The proof is in the fact that abortion, same-sex “marriage,” special rights and protections for those who practice LGBT behaviors, and all manner of immorality have become common-place in the culture and even the law of the land. As a result, Christians who hold to biblical morality are now being subjected to harassment, vandalism, and threats and some even prosecuted, fined, and fired from their jobs. Why? Simply because they believe what the Bible teaches: that human life is precious and marriage is the exclusive union of one man and one woman. Federal, state and local governments, big business, the military, educational institutions, the media, etc., are now working together to marginalize and punish those who hold to biblical and traditional convictions regarding morality, family and faith in God.

One sixth of the nation’s economy has been commandeered by an overreaching federal government and forced into a national healthcare system that mandates our tax dollars pay for abortions. Even churches in some states are not exempt. Yet Thomas Jefferson declared that “to compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical” (Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom, September 18, 1779).

The engine of free enterprise is being stifled by a federal government that openly redistributes wealth – taking money from those who work, save and give, to redistribute it not only to those who cannot, but to those who choose not to labor for their daily bread. This violation of the laws of God has produced a permanent underclass. Increasingly, middle class Americans are becoming dependent upon government subsidies with a goal of making every American subject to greater government control. Our children are taught that a comfortable lifestyle is their right and not the reward for their diligence and hard work. To finance these unsustainable policies, our elected federal leaders have voted year after year to spend a trillion dollars more than our government takes in. Our $18 trillion national debt mounts by $3 billion every day, leaving our children and grandchildren a tax burden they cannot possibly bear. George Washington warned against “ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burthen which we ourselves ought to bear” (Farewell Address, September 19, 1796).

Now our leaders are intentionally depleting American military power, converting an institution intended to defend our nation by fighting and winning wars into a massive social experiment. Prompted by the Obama Administration, they are mainstreaming LGBT behavior and thus subjecting our young warriors to an epidemic of homosexual assault – all for the sake of an immoral and blind ideology. Yet George Washington did not tolerate such behavior in the Continental Army, specifically drumming an officer out of military service “with Abhorrence and Detestation of such Infamous Crimes” (Washington’s Orders, March 10, 1778).

At the federal level, many whom we have elected to lead seem blind to simple, fundamental truths and principles that even children understood in earlier days. In our government of, by and for the people, the founders intended for the citizens to select the best among them to serve as our leaders. In fact, Samuel Adams saw voting as a “solemn trust” for which we are “accountable to God” (Samuel Adams). Yet in some local elections, fewer than 10 percent of the voters exercise their right to vote for the mayor, the school board, the city council, etc. By failing to stand for and vote for biblical values, we have participated in the same kind of moral and cultural national decline that has led to world history being littered with fallen, even forgotten empires.

May God hear our cries on Sunday June 28th as millions unite on our knees in repentant prayer for America! Lord, you heard the cries of “3 millions of Americans” on their knees in 1775, delivered us from British tyranny and blessed our new nation. You heard the urgent cries of our British cousins in 1940 and rescued their sons, fathers and brothers from Dunkirk and the Nazis. Hear our urgent cries for America and preserve us from moral self-destruction. May Call2Fall be mightily used to further position our hearts for revival and reformation in America! (2 Chron. 7:13-14; Ps. 85:5-7; Dan. 9:3-19;Acts 3:19; Heb. 12:26-28)

Visit Call2Fall.com and click “I’m In.” Consider joining us to “pray without ceasing,” with our partners at the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation! Given all that is before us, this is a necessity!

Finally, please continue to pray for Israel and Revival in America’s churches; for the U.S. Supreme Court, which will likely issue its same-sex “marriage” ruling on June 29th or 30th, after Call2Fall, but it could also come any day. Please continue to pray for the Fairfax School Board, that it will heed parents and reject a new transgender health curriculum that teaches children ages 7-12 that sexual identity changes throughout one’s life (i.e., from hetero-to-homosexual-to-transgender, etc., essentially anything goes). This is in the 10th largest public school district in America and others will follow. Thank you for praying!

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Prayer Targets: Dear Pastor; Call2Fall; Watchmen on the Wall Going Forward; Transgender Curriculum

If the Foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? Ps 11:3

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chron. 7:14

As most who use the Prayer Targets know, the Call2Fall movement was born out of the belief that only a dramatic move of God in response to heartfelt repentance prayer and faith will turn the tide in America.  I know you share this view. Just weeks remain until the 7th annual Call2Fall, Sunday, June 28th.

Will you help us radically boost participation in Call2Fall during the next month? In 1775, when the 2nd Continental Congress called for a 13-colony-wide day of humiliation, prayer and fasting (see below Letter),



History tells us The First Continental Congress called for a day of public humiliation, fasting, and prayer throughout the Colonies on July 20th, 1775 just after the first shots had been fired in the War for Independence.  James Warren wrote Samuel Adams about that prayer observance:

Three millions of people on their knees at once, supplicating the aid of Heaven, is a striking circumstance, and a very singular one in America. May the blessings of Heaven follow in answer to our prayers…

Indeed, God heard his people – believers in all 13 states huddled in their churches – men, women, boys and girls from every Christian denomination, laid down their differences to pray in unity for America. The Lord heard and the result was the thirteen colonies agreeing to declare their independence from Great Britain as a nation under God; military victory over the strongest army and navy on the face of the earth; establishment of a government with limited powers by a constitution that built in checks and balances against the powers of its elected officials, giving Americans the best hope of keeping their government, a government, under God, like no other nation in the history of the earth. It is our hope to see, once again, “Three millions of people on their knees at once, supplicating the aid of Heaven” and that “the blessings of Heaven” will again “follow in answer to our prayers.”

God led Tony Perkins to launch Call2Fall in 2009 through a unique set of circumstances (read his story here). As of this writing, we have had 2,263,545 people who have either participated in the Call2Fall or pledged to participate this June. To have three million on our knees, nearly the entire nation in 1775 (a strong majority were sincere believers in Jesus Christ, the first Great Awakening having swept the colonies in the 1730s and 40s.) Just to equal the numbers of believers who humbled themselves on their knees in 1775, we will need another 736,455 believers to join between now and June 28th. 30 days from today. This is eminently doable. Just 2000 churches with 100 total, 1500 churches of 300 people, 150 churches of 1000 or more would take us well over 3 million.  Do numbers matter? God says “If my people…” (2 Chron. 7:14). What number of people sincerely repenting and responding to God’s promise in 2 Chronicles will satisfy his heart and move him to forgive our individual and national sins and heal our land? We do not know but we must respond!

Will you help us urgently motivate thousands of new churches, ministry groups and individuals who have never heard of the Call2Fall to become part of the movement and help lead millions of believers to fall on their knees, in humble acknowledgment of our individual and national dependence upon Almighty God, on the Sunday before the Fourth of July, before we celebrate our nation’s birthday?

Few things are as attractive as men and women, boys and girls worshiping the Lord with humble repentance – in the “beauty of holiness.” The Psalmist wrote:  “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker” (1Chron. 16:29; 2 Chron. 20:21; Ps. 29:2; 95:6; 96:9; Is. 45:23; Rom. 14:11; Phil. 2:10). Sunday, June 28th, young and old, will fall on their knees in reverence for God, many, for the first time in their lives! 

Our nation’s pastors are the key. But we need you to work with us. We are contributing to the larger prayer movement. The Call2Fall story must be spread by word-of-mouth by all means: telephone, email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.  Please help.

1) Sign up yourself and your church or ministry, to participate, and also to host a Call2Fall;

2) Ask your church or network to prepare, participate, and tell friends about Call2Fall;

3) Share with your pastor ministry leader friends about Call2Fall and urge them to participate;

4) Use your web page and social media to spread the word about Call2Fall, Sunday June 28th;

5)      Pray that on June 28th, like the colonies on July 20, 1775, 240 years ago, America will have “three millions of people on their knees at once, supplicating the aid of Heaven.”

Find resources on our website: quotes, logos, banners, etc. – see especially the Promo Page, letters, banners, videos and other Participants’ and Pastors’ resources to spread the word! Urge folks to “like us” on Facebook, and to post their prayers and comments! You can easily cut and paste Tony’s letter, above, and send to pastors.

With your help and God’s miraculous supply, God could easily add another 750,000 pastors and people to the movement during the next month. But time is of the essence. If you have a website, splash one of our banners linked to Call2Fall on your front page. Send a copy of or link to Tony’s invitation letter to your group, with a brief note of endorsement from you. Those you recruit could be the margin that takes us over the top! If those you communicate with do likewise with others, we could get the multiplication effect working for us.  God could easily take us over 3 million believers on their knees June 28th crying out to Him!

May God light new spiritual fires across America that will add momentum to the cause of Christ as we labor together!  May our labors be pleasing to the Lord and may our nation return to Him speedily (Ps. 85:4-9; Jer. 3:2; 21-23; Joel 1:14; 2:12-18; Acts 3:19-21; Gal. 6:7-10; 2 Thess. 3:13; Jude 1 17-25)!

The 12th annual Watchmen on the Wall Pastors Briefing in Washington, DC, was mightily blessed of God. The Lord’s presence was tangible. The preaching and teaching was life changing. Although the event was for pastors, anyone can view the plenary sessions WatchmenPastors.org/events. Finally, many wrote regarding the Fairfax County School Boards 10-1 vote in favor of a transgender policy that will allow “fluid transgender” children – those who change their minds about their gender from day to day – regardless of the gender their DNA declares in every cell of their body. The same school board will vote on a new health curriculum that includes transgenderism on June 25th; public comment will be allowed through June 19th.

Please pray and help us with Call2Fall and this shocking bellwether vote in Fairfax County, the 10th largest public school district in America.  Thank you for praying!

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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,

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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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