Prayer Targets: Dr. Dreisbach; FADA; Obamacare Defunding, Budget Deal; Soros; Israel; 50-Yard Prayer

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. Galatians 5:1 KJV

American University Prof. Dr. Daniel L. Dreisbach, has written or edited eight books, including Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation between Church and State and Faith and the Founders of the American Republic. Dreisbach writes about George Washington’s views on Religious liberty. These are excerpts:

We live in a time when religious liberty is more threatened than at any time in living memory.

While courts and commentators turn frequently to Thomas Jefferson and James Madison… Washington… was… the very embodiment of American civic ideals. He defined a vital, visible public role for religion in the civil polity and also affirmed a robust policy of religious liberty…

In the early days of the republic… letters were a favored…vehicle used to communicate to the public on important matters of principle and policy… An August 1789 letter to the Protestant Episcopal Church celebrated flourishing religious pluralism in the new nation:It affords edifying prospects indeed to see Christians of different denominations dwell together in more charity, and conduct themselves in respect to each other with a more Christian-like spirit than everin any former age, or in any other nation.

He reassured Methodist Bishops, Presbyterians, Baptists, Quakers, Catholics, and other religious minorities, including Jews. In a 1790 missive: “May the children of the Stock of Abraham” (Acts 13:26), the president wrote, “flourish in this land where everyone, in the words of an ancient Hebrew blessing, can “sit in safety under his own vine and fig tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid” (Micah 4:4).

More important, he substantively described a distinctively American view of religious liberty: “The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.”

Washington clearly articulated America’s greatest contribution to, and innovation of, political society – the abandonment of a policy of religious toleration in favor of religious liberty.

The distinction between toleration and liberty is as follows: the former assumes an ecclesiastical and/or political establishment that extends or withdraws permission to practice one’s religion. The latter maintains that the free exercise of religion is a natural, inalienable right possessed equally by all citizens and placed beyond the reach of civil magistrates.

Religious liberty, in short, is irrevocable by the civil state. These letters reaffirmed a personal and national commitment to religious liberty and sect equality under the law. [They also helped] to quiet the fears of religious minorities that they would be excluded from civic life.

In our troubled times, with religious liberty imperiled by the intrusions and depredations of the civil state, we would do well to reflect on the wisdom of our first president…, and to pray that our leaders today would affirm Washington’s commitment to the sacred rights of conscience. (Dr. Daniel Dreisbach; These Letters Offer a Window into George Washington’s Views on Religious Liberty; February 16, 2015; Institute for Faith, Work & Economics (IFWE); View Dr. Dreisbach’s FRC Lectures: “The Bible & the Founding Fathers,” 5/14/10; “Scripture, Rights, and Religion in American History,” 3/20/13: “The Gettysburg Address: We Have Long Remembered,” 11/19/13.

First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) – Since the Supreme Court’s redefinition of marriage decision, the desperate need for FADA has been plain, but FADA has come to a near standstill as Congress tends to other priorities. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is supporting the federal courts as they impose same-sex marriage in the states; and 2) local jurisdictions like the Houston City Council and the Fairfax County Virginia School Board persist in passing sexual orientation/gender identity (SOGI) “rights” measure on communities and public school students. Such actions will continue to escalate unless 1) pastors and people get seriously involved, and 2) a federal FADA is passed to strengthen and enforce the First Amendment guarantees to the American people. Until then stories like Kim Davis, Barronelle Stutzman, Aaron and Melissa Klein and others will only proliferate across America with great harm to Christian families and religious liberty. Only prayer will jumpstart FADA! (See Supremes Help Lower Courts Impose Redefinition of Marriage; Houston Prop 1)

  • Pray that God’s people will awaken to the present and escalating threat we and our children face. May pastors enlist in the fight and lead their people to reclaim religious liberty. May FADA find new life and may Congress pass and the President sign it! (Jdg 5:1-31; Ps 11:7; Is 56:1; Eze 22:26; Lk 4:18-19; Gal 5:1; 1 Jn 3:7)

Defunding ObamaCare, Planned Parenthood –The House of Representatives voted Friday, 240-189 on a Continuing resolution (CR) reconciliation bill that would defund the bulk of federal funding for Planned Parenthood for one year, and to end parts of ObamaCare: the individual and employer mandates, the “Cadillac tax” and the medical device tax. The measure will by no means gut ObamaCare, but is a beginning. Because reconciliation is not subject to filibuster, only 51 votes are needed in the Senate to pass. However, the House GOP leadership agreed to a secret budget deal with the White House and House Democrats announced just before midnight Monday that would fund the government for two years, reportedly giving the President unlimited spending and borrowing authority so long as the military and domestic spending increases are matched dollar for dollar. So the secret budget deal that disallowed participation by rank and file conservatives, it appears, will trump the need for temporary funding via the CR and effectively scuttle the Planned Parenthood and ObamaCare defunding plan outlined above. The new bill could pass as early as late Wednesday in the House. Sen. Rand Paul promises a Senate filibuster and others may join him.

Finally, more prayer is needed: 1) I wrote about George Soros and the war he is waging against Christianity and American liberty but named only three groups he supports with his $ billions (See these links for dozens more: Media Research Center:Soros: Godfather of the Left and Organizations Funded Directly by George Soros). 2) Caroline Glick writes that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is behind the Knife Intifada and Dr. Michael Brown Exposes Media Bias Against Israel. 3) Planned Parenthood netted $765 million in profit over the past decade. 4) Help us build a Prayer Wall for America’s National Security! See Chaplain. (Lt. Col.) Edwin S. Davis’s overview of how religious faith was practiced in George Washington’s Army; 5) Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) and Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), together with 45 other members of the House and Senate, addressed a letter to Bremerton School District Superintendent Aaron Leavell and Bremerton High School Principal John Polm, expressing concern over reports that the Bremerton School District views Coach Joseph Kennedy’s tradition of quietly praying at the fifty yard line after the conclusion of school football games as unlawful under the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution. They went on to explain our constitutionally guaranteed religious liberty. Please pray, too, for Tony Perkins and his family, and FRC friends and supporters who are now in Israel, meeting Israeli leaders, touring the land and hearing experts speak to our friendship with Israel and current Middle East events. Some key prayer warriors are part of the group! Thank you for praying!

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