Prayer Targets: Richard Owen Roberts, Planned Parenthood, FADA

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance. Ps 33:12.

Dear Praying Friends,

Richard Owen Roberts founded International Awakening Ministries. After studying at Gordon, Whitworth, and Fuller Seminaries, he pastored churches in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and California. His 9,000+ book collection regarding historic revivals and awakenings is at the heart of the Billy Graham Center Library, Wheaton College. These excerpts are from a 2004 message.

God is interested in more than the redemption of individuals. I am convinced God has a plan for the nations. It is long past time we developed concern for our nation. Here in America, we must have revival or the whole cause of missions that we have been deeply involved in for centuries is going to dissolve. The collective testimony of the American church is so dreadfully erroneous that the average person witnessed to does not believe in Christ because they cannot believe in the Christians they know. Hypocrisy! There is an incredible change when the church is revived and becomes the living, vital body of Christ. The testimony then to the individual is ringing and clear.

I am sure that about all of you admit that America is at a crisis point. I do not have the impression that God is longing for the chance to destroy us. I do not see any evidence whatever that He has set aside His plan for the United States of America. If things go rotten even more than they have already, if God is to become our enemy in a 100% fashion, it will not be because that is His heart. It will be because we are content to maintain a focus in our lives and in our churches that does not represent His heart.

God Has Made America a Great Nation. If you know anything about the history of this land, you know that we did not get where we are at by our strength or by our piety. It was God who put us in the position we are in. Democracy is an outgrowth of Christianity.

I am saying to you that the heart of God is for the nation. And the heart of God was toward these United States because there were men deeply committed to make this a Christian nation… Samuel Adams said, “The supreme Ruler of the universe having been pleased in the course of His providence, to establish the independence of the United States of America, we ought to be led by religious feelings of gratitude to walk before Him in all humility according to His most holy law, but with true repentance and contrition of heart we may unitedly implore the forgiveness of our sins through the merit of Jesus Christ, and humbly supplicate our Heavenly Father.” Few are the preachers that call their churches to repentance, to say nothing of political leaders who call the nation to fasting, prayer, confession, repentance and crying out to God to come and save us!…

Can you explain the incredible growth, the strength, the beauty, the wonder of America apart from Jesus Christ? Do you think it is possible for a nation to move from being a howling wilderness to a great nation in a relatively short span of time, merely on the basis of its natural resources or the imagination of its scientists or the might of its politicians? You cannot explain America apart from God (Richard Owen Roberts, The Lord, the Nation, and The Choice, 2004 Heart-Cry for Revival conference, The Cove, Asheville, NC. Read the unedited message at Herald of His Coming).

God says, where sin abounds, grace much more abounds (Rom 5:20). God can mix our faith and prayers with those of our forefathers to pierce the present darkness. Our faith, like theirs, must be extraordinary (Heb 11).

Is the End of Planned Parenthood at Hand? – Planned Parenthood is in hot water after an undercover video was released last week showing the organization’s top medical director casually discussing how she crushes babies strategically so as to preserve their marketable body parts. She went on to reveal how the nation’s largest abortion provider sells lungs, hearts and livers of aborted babies, using a technique to kill late term babies in a method similar to partial birth abortion – a procedure banned under federal law. The cavalier manner in which she described the grisly details of PP’s abortion and body parts industry, as she sipped wine and ate salad, made many people, including some thoroughly indoctrinated “pro-choice” advocates, physically ill. Too many Americans still believe that taking the lives of unborn babies is OK and that selling baby parts is permissible, provided they are used for some scientific research purpose. But this is a historic moment when harsh light is being focused on Planned Parenthood, which has operated for generations under a cloak of darkness.

The group that produced and released the video exposé,The Center for Medical Progress, posing as a bio-tech body-parts industry middleman, has obtained reams of telling material that they intend to release periodically in the coming days and weeks. Yesterday, it released a second video in which the President of Planned Parenthood’s Medical Director’s Council was videoed negotiating the price on baby parts.

FRC and other pro-life organizations, realizing this moment is unique, are using it to focus wider attention on what Planned Parenthood has been doing all along (see FRC’s Fetal Flaw; Bad Sell Reception; Organ Trail; Shameful Week Response). The major networks and cable news organizations are giving the week-long story scant, if any coverage (FOX News being the exception). While the mainstream media has provided cover to Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry by intentionally ignoring the story, Speaker John Boehner called upon all U.S. House Committee Chairmen with any jurisdiction to launch investigations and to hold investigative hearings. Already, seven states have launched investigations, with more expected. Many U.S. Congressmen quickly took their names off a bill to fund the Susan B. Komen Foundation, which is widely known to be a contributor to Planned Parenthood.  Yet President Obama has said that he stands by Planned Parenthood and will not entertain defunding of the abortion giant.

Rep. Fred Upton, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee specifically requesting PP’s Senior Director of Medical Services, the subject of the first video, to appear before his committee staff for a preliminary briefing. A Planned Parenthood attorney responded, using more than four written pages to proclaim that Planned Parenthood’s high standards are beyond reproach, to declare innocence of any wrongdoing, and then to decline the appearance of the Senior Director at a briefing anytime soon. Clearly, Planned Parenthood is on the defensive and understands the potential repercussions.

Approximately half of Planned Parenthood’s billion dollar annual budget is funded by taxpayer dollars. Government grants are carefully spent to pay for auxiliary “services,” teaching teenagers how to have all kinds of sex “safely,” while ensuring they know that Planned Parenthood is there to take care of any unwanted pregnancies. Make no mistake, the taxpayer is enabling the largest abortion provider in America, which gets to keep the profits from its abortion clinics and pay huge salaries to its executives. FRC President, Tony Perkins, has urged lawmakers who have received campaign contributions from Planned Parenthood to return them. There are many more dimensions to this story, which we will explore next week, God willing (see Bill O’Reilly; Planned Parenthood; Susan B. Komen Funding Bill Pulled).

Finally, last week the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission followed President Obama’s lead by declaring that its plans to apply federal equal employment protection laws to homosexuals, as if ENDA had been approved, which Congress has not and has no plans to pass. Commissioner Chai Feldblum, a law professor who has long declared her belief that homosexual rights trumps religious liberty, has now, together with the other commissioners, used her “phone and pen” to create this lawless new policy. She thus preempted Congress’ effort to pass the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) that Sen. Mike Lee (Utah) and Rep. Raul Labrador (Idaho) are championing to protect those with religious convictions from discrimination because they refuse to be involved in same-sex weddings. Thank you for praying!

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