Prayer Targets: Rev. Langdon; SCOTUS Nominee; Parental Rights, Texas Abortion Clinics, More

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, Hosea 4:6a

Samuel Langdon (1723-1797), a Bostonian, was a close friend of Samuel Adams (they graduated from Harvard together). Langdon became a faithful chaplain in the War for Independence, then pastored North Church in Portsmouth till he became president of Harvard in 1774. Returning to the pulpit in 1780 where he served the rest of his life, he preached what is now a classic sermon in 1788. Here are excerpts:

God … hath given you an excellent Constitution…founded on the most rational, equitable, and liberal principles, by which all that is liberty is secured… you are empowered to make righteous laws for promoting public order and good morals… He has moreover given you by his son Jesus Christ… a complete revelation of his will, and a perfect system of true religion, plainly delivered in the sacred writings; it will be your wisdom in the eyes of the nations, and your true interest and happiness… Adhere faithfully to the doctrines and commands of the gospel…practice every public and private virtue… you will increase in numbers, wealth, and power, and obtain reputation and dignity among the nations…The contrary will make you poor, distressed, and contemptible [see Dt 4:5-8]…

The power in all our republics… originates in the people: it is delegated by them to every magistrate and officer; and to the people, all in authority are accountable, if they deviate from their duty, and abuse their power. Even the [President], according to the Constitution… depends on the choice of the people for his temporary and limited power, and will be liable to impeachment, trial, and disgrace for any gross misconduct. On the people, therefore, of these United-States it depends whether wise men, or fools, good or bad men, shall govern them; whether they shall have righteous laws, a faithful administration of government, and permanent good order, peace, and liberty; or, on the contrary, feel insupportable burdens, and see all their affairs run to confusion and ruin…

Rise! Rise to fame among all nations, as a wise and understanding people! Political life and death are set before you; be a free, numerous, well ordered, and happy people! The way has been plainly set before you; if you pursue it, your prosperity is sure; but if not, distress and ruin will overtake you.

Preserve your government with the utmost attention and solicitude, for it is the remarkable gift of heaven. From year to year be careful in the choice off… all the higher powers of government. Fix your eyes upon men of good understanding, and known honesty; men of knowledge, improved by experience; men who fear God, and hate covetousness; who love truth and righteousness, and sincerely wish the public welfare. Beware of such as are cunning rather than wise; who prefer their own interest to everything; whose judgment is partial, or fickle; and whom you would not willingly trust with your own private interests. When meetings are called for the choice of your rulers, do not carelessly neglect them, or give your votes with indifference… act with serious deliberation and judgment… Let not men openly irreligious and immoral become your [leaders]; for how can you expect good laws to be made by men who have no fear of God before their eyes, and who boldly trample on the authority of his commands? And will not the example of their impiety and immorality defeat the efficacy of the best laws which can be made in favor of religion and virtue?

If [your leaders] are corrupt, you will soon have bad men for counsellors, corrupt judges, unqualified justices, and officers [everywhere]… be always on your guard… and let distinguished merit always determine your vote. When all places in government are filled with the best men you can find…obey the laws… Never give countenance to turbulent men, who wish to distinguish themselves, and rise to power… (Langdon, The Republic of the Israelites: An Example to the American States; 1788).

A Justice to Replace Conservative Antonin Scalia – Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and members of the Senate Judiciary committee took a strong stand last week, pledging to follow the “Biden Rule” (based on now Vice President Joseph Biden’s 1992 speech, given as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee). The rule? The Senate should not consider a U.S. Supreme Court Nominee in an election year.  It was reasonable then and now. But Democrats are up in arms against Grassley, finding themselves in a dilemma: engage in a war with Republicans that they will lose or support President Obama in choosing a “moderate” whom Republicans may be willing to consider. The President has been ambiguous, saying publicly that he will not nominate a moderate, but privately telling Utah Senator Orin Hatch that he will. He floated the idea of moderate Republican, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, but Sandoval said he is not interested in the job (see Grassley Speech; Grassley Video; Grassley SCOTUS Blog;  No Moderate; Yes a Moderate; Biden Rule; Dilemma for Democrats; First Things).

  • Thank God for the Senate leadership’s stand. May GOP members hold fast, whatever pressure to do otherwise may come. May the American people elect a president who will nominate a constitutional conservative justice in the New Year! May he or she be speedily confirmed. May voters be alert to the kind of justice each presidential candidate would select, given that the next president may have the opportunity to choose three or more! God have mercy upon us! (Ex 18:20; 1 Sam 16:1-13; Ps 78:8; Pr 15:22; 11:14; 1 Cor 15:58Jas 1:6-8)

Parental Rights, Sexual Tyranny – Yesterday, February 29th, the United States Supreme Court declined to take up Liberty Counsel’s lawsuit challenging a New Jersey law prohibiting counselors from providing and minors from receiving counsel to reduce unwanted same-sex attractions, behaviors, or identity. Minors in New Jersey now have no freedom to seek counseling consistent with their sincerely held religious beliefs. By allowing the case to stand, there remains a conflict among the federal circuit courts of appeal on the First Amendment speech claims of the counselors and the clients. Originally set for conference in January before all 9 justices, consideration was deferred until February 19. Experts expected that the Court would decide to hear the case. But with Justice Scalia’s passing, pro-liberty decisions on cases like this highlight the need for the selection of a conservative nominee to replace Scalia and should be deferred until next year. Liberty Counsel had challenged a New Jersey law, prohibiting change therapy (counseling to help someone with sexual identity problems to find their way back to their natural sexual identity).  Their client, a minor, was receiving such counseling, and his parents desperately wanted to help their son live according to his conscience, religious beliefs and values. Before he began counseling, the boy struggled with daily thoughts of suicide and depression. Counseling led to his deliverance from anxiety, depression, or thoughts of suicide. Now persons who struggle with sexual identity may not be given change therapy and it will be illegal for parents to obtain such counseling for their children (See Gender Identity in the Law. SCOTUS Rejects Counseling Case).

  • May God intervene to reinforce the constitutional principal of religious liberty and parental rights! May he overturn the idea that has prevailed under this present administration, that “LGBT ‘rights’ trump religious liberty.” May our states all pass substantive Religious Freedom Reformation Acts and Government Non-Discrimination Acts that protect Christians from having alien sexuality forced upon them, which their faith and conscience reject. May parental rights be protected, as well! (1 Sam 2:22-25; 3:11-14; 4:17-18; Pr 22:6;  Eph 6:4; Col 3:20; Heb 12:11)

Supreme Court Hearing on Texas Abortion Clinic Regulations – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments over Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the Texas Case in which a state law to provide common sense regulations that require abortion clinics to meet minimum state requirements for all surgical clinics and have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 minutes of the abortion facility. Both are measures for the safety of mothers and babies in the event of a botched abortion. The exposé of Kermit Gosnell’s criminal abortion operation in Philadelphia gave rise to new abortion laws in several states. The Texas law was passed with much to do by the pro-abortion movement, complete with a state senator staging a filibuster and eerie satanic chants by abortion advocates in the State Capitol Building. FRC has signed on to amicus brief in this case and hosted a press conference yesterday in cooperation with Allan Parker of the Justice Foundation, which also filed a unique amicus brief in which 3,348 women testify to the harm abortion did to them. (see Brief Joined by FRC; Justice Foundation Brief; Video of Press Conference).

  • Pray that moral crime of abortion will one day be outlawed altogether in our nation. May this and every case hasten that day. Especially in this election year, may we repent for failing to reverse this evil and may we elect a president and officials at every level who will aggressively uphold the biblical and constitutional right to life! (Gen 4:9-11; Ex 20:13; Dt 30:19; Pr 24:11-12)

Finally, yesterday was Super Tuesday, a major milepost in the presidential and other primary elections. As Salt and Light, Christians must persist in standing for candidates that meet the criteria God requires, whatever the rest of America does. Tony and FRC’s Church Ministries Team will be at the Annual Vero Beach Prayer Breakfast March 3rd, the Pastors Awakening Summit, March 4th, and the annual Awakening 2016, March 5th. Please pray for us and for these events that God’s will, will be done, and that he will be gloried!  Pray for upcoming events: the National Day of Prayer, May 5th, UnitedCry DC16, April 9th, the Watchmen on the Wall Pastors Briefing May 25-27; Call2Fall on July 3rd.  Please take time to share the Prayer Targets, posted on the Call2Fall Facebook page, with your FB friends. Use your likes and comments and shares to help us multiply awareness, prayer, commitment and excitement about Call2Fall in advance of July 3, 2016. Thank for praying!

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Prayer Targets: Noah Webster; Scalia & the Elections; Sen. Mitch McConnell; Voter Guide & More

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

Noah Webster (1758-1843), whom some refer to as the “Father of American Education,” helped formalize our common American language. His “blue-backed speller” taught children grammar, reading, and spelling for 100 years. He is best known for the first American Dictionary, updated, expanded and used even today. From Noah Webster:

When the fundamental principles of government or our holy religion are assaulted, good men must unite to defend them… A republican form of government is evidently the most rational form that men have devised for the protection of person and property, and for securing liberty. But hitherto no means have been devised to guard this form of government from abuse and corruption. Men in republics are as wicked, and as selfish as in monarchies, and with far more power to introduce disorders, both into legislation and into the administration of the laws. In republics, the influence of selfish and ambitious men over the weak, the ignorant and unsuspecting, has its full range of operation; and sooner or later, this influence will place in office incompetent men, or men who will sacrifice principle to personal emolument or aggrandizement. The corruption of the electors is the first step towards the ruin of republics; and when the sources of power are corrupted, the evil hardly admits of a remedy…

When the sober, industrious citizen, who, by his toil and economy, collects a moderate estate, brings up a family in good habits, and pays his taxes to government, finds that his property and virtue give him no influence or advantage as a member of the government, over the idle penniless lounger, who earns little and spends that little in vice, paying nothing to government, what attachment can this good citizen feel to the government? What confidence can he place in its administration? What expectation can he entertain of its durability? And what sort of government is that in which the owners of the country do not govern it? …

In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look to his character as a man of known principle, of tried integrity, and undoubted ability for the office.

It is alleged by men of loose principles, or defective views of the subject, that religion and morality are not necessary or important qualifications for political stations. But the Scriptures teach a different doctrine. They direct that rulers should be men who rule in the fear of God, able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness. But if we had no divine instruction on the subject, our own interest would demand of us a strict observance of the principle of these injunctions. And it is to the neglect of this rule of conduct in our citizens, that we must ascribe the multiplied frauds, breaches of trust, peculations and embezzlements of public property which astonish even ourselves; which tarnish the character of our country; which disgrace a republican government; and tend to reconcile men to monarchy in other countries and even in our own.

When a citizen gives his suffrage [vote] to a man of known immorality, he abuses his trust; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor; he betrays the interest of his country. Nor is it of slight importance, that men elected to office should be able men, men of talents equal to their stations, men of mature age, experience, and judgement; men of firmness and impartiality. This is particularly true with regard to men who constitute tribunals of justice [judges] – the main bulwark of our rights — the citadel that maintains the last struggle of freedom against the inroads of corruption and tyranny. In this citadel should be stationed no raw, inexperienced soldier, no weak temporizing defender, who will obsequiously bend to power, or parley with corruption… (Webster: Letters to a Young Gentleman Commencing his Education, Letter#1, 1823).

Scalia’s Seat and the Elections – With Justice Scalia’s untimely passing, a fight will rage over whether lame-duck President Barack Obama or a new president elected this November, will choose a replacement for the justice who epitomized fidelity to the Constitution. Webster called judges, “the main bulwark of our rights — the citadel that maintains the last struggle of freedom against the inroads of corruption and tyranny. In this citadel should be stationed no raw, inexperienced soldier, no weak temporizing defender, who will obsequiously bend to power, or parley with corruption.” Even with Scalia alive, the court profanely redefined the sacred institution of marriage. Appointing one more liberal-progressive judge would be President Obama’s crowning achievement, so tipping the Court’s balance as to empower a lawless majority to complete his dream to fundamentally transform America. Past cases decided by a 5-4, one vote margin include: protecting prayer, religious liberty, ban on partial birth abortion, 2nd amendment rights, etc., could be reversed. The left-leaning court would essentially nullify the meaning of the Constitution.

The November Election will truly be the “Valley of Decision” for the American people. The next President will choose not just one, but most likely two or three new justices. If the next president is not a person who truly “fears God,” and will not “obsequiously bend to power or parley with corruption,” nor appoint judges and justices who do likewise, our children are in grave danger (see Scalia & the Future of the Homosexual Agenda; Chief Justice Roy Moore; Iowa Court).

  • May God’s people repent of sin and everything that has offended God that will prevent Him from granting revival, awakening, and turning the cultural tide. May Christians arise, pray and exercise their responsibility as citizens in a way unprecedented in modern times, not just to vote, but to support candidates who truly fear the God of the Bible. May God give us discernment to coalesce around candidates of His choosing.  May Christians and a strong majority of Americans turn away from candidates who do not honor Him and the Constitution. May He shine the light of truth upon every campaign! May God have mercy; save America, and draw us back to Him! (Pr 1:20-33; Ps 75:5-7; Is 58:12; Hab 3:2; Lk 1:68-75; Acts 24:16; Gal 5:14-15; 1 Jn 3:10; 4:7-8)

Sen. Mitch McConnell’s Leadership – Conservatives have been disappointed in Congress in general over the past few years, but with the leaders of both Houses in particular. Yet Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has an opportunity to help stave off the liberal-progressive agenda prosecuted by President Obama. With respect to the future of America’s “Tribunal of Justice,” the election of a conservative president is paramount but so is Mitch McConnell’s steadfast fidelity to his promise not to give Senate consideration to any Obama nominee given his status as a “lame duck.” The unity of the GOP majority in the face of this threat is vital. It would require fourteen Senate Republicans to join 46 Democrats and 2 Independents to approve an Obama nominee to the court. So far, 31 of the GOP senators have ruled out voting for a replacement for Scalia this year, leaving 23 who have not declared. Some less conservative GOP senators who could use extra prayer are Susan Collins (ME), Jeff Flake (AZ), Dean Heller (NV), Mark Kirk (IL), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Thom Tillis (NC) (see Senate GOP ChallengeBiden’s Quotes).

  • May God give firmness and determination to Sen. Mitch McConnell and all 54 Republican U.S. Senators. May God have mercy upon our nation and give us a strong president who will put God back into public life, bring the optimism of faith back to America, reverse the lawless policies of the current regime, and appoint godly justices to replace Scalia and others during his tenure.  May he give us justices who will reaffirm the Constitution. May God’s people be delivered of fear, anger and discouragement and grow strong in faith – faith to do exploits during this election year! (Lev 5:4; Dan 11:32; Ps 78:8, 37; Ps 107:2; Rom 1:16-18; 2Th 2:7; Jas 1:5-8; 1 Jn 3:3-5)

Finally, FRC Action has released a new, 501(c) 3 IRS compliant Presidential Voter Guide for Churches and Christian organizations to distribute. Make sure you forward the link and encourage your friends to pray, vote and to urge others to do so. You can also print, copy and distribute copies at church (with your pastor’s permission) and other community groups.  Please continue to pray for Decision America 50 State Tour, the Annual Vero Beach Prayer Breakfast March 3rd, the Pastors Awakening Summit, March 4th, and the annual Awakening 2016, March 5th, The National Day of Prayer May 5thUnitedCry DC16, April 9th, the Collegiate Day of Prayer tomorrow, and Call2Fall on July 3rd.  Please take time to share the Prayer Targets, posted on the Call2Fall FB page, with your FB friends. Use your likes and comments and shares to help us multiply awareness, prayer, commitment and excitement about Call2Fall in advance of July 3, 2016. And thank you for praying!

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Prayer Targets: Vote Morality; Mennonite Pastor to Prison; Justice Antonin Scalia; Prayer Events

The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me: ‘When one rules over people in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God, he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth.’ 2 Sam 23:3-4

Dr. Dave Miller serves as the Executive Director of the Apologetics Press, a biblically conservative educational organization that aims to tirelessly defend the Christian faith by multiple means.  From his article, “Vote Morality,” come these excerpts:

In Satan’s perennial ploy to disguise evil and subvert people through deceit and calumny, he has managed to politicize moral and spiritual issues. More than ever before in American history, fundamental moral/religious issues have been hijacked by the politicians—forcing Christians to grapple with the dissonance created by loyalty to a political party on the one hand, and loyalty to God on the other. The old adage—“politics and religion don’t mix”—has become a nonsensical concept as Christians increasingly are being forced to face up to their responsibility to react to the political forces that have encroached on Christian morality. Specifically, the two premiere moral issues that have been politicized are 1) homosexuality and the definition of marriage, and 2) the treatment of the unborn via abortion. Christians must face the fact that, on these two issues alone, the very survival of America is at stake (see Miller, 2005; Miller, 2006). [See more on same-sex marriage and abortion in his full article HERE)]…

While the ultimate solution to our nation’s woes is recommitment to God and the moral precepts of the Bible, one immediate strategy ought to be that Christians do more to control the political forces that are running amok. In the words of President James A. Garfield: “Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If that body be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature…. [I]f the next centennial does not find us a great nation…it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces” (Taylor, 1970, p. 180).

On Friday, June 20, 1788, in the Virginia convention assembled to debate ratification of the federal Constitution, James Madison reminded his colleagues of the only ultimate safeguard for national preservation: “But I go on this great republican principle, that the people will have virtue and intelligence to select men of virtue and wisdom. Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks, no form of government, can render us secure. To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea. If there be sufficient virtue and intelligence in the community, it will be exercised in the selection of these men; so that we do not depend on their virtue, or put confidence in our rulers, but in the people who are to choose them (Elliot, 1836, 3:536-537, emp. added).

Without a doubt, the current elections will provide direct insight into the virtue, intelligence, and wisdom of a sizable number of Americans. We pray God that a majority will have the good sense to be “spiritually minded” (Romans 8:6) and cast their vote first and foremost on the basis of these critical, life-threatening moral issues (see Miller, Vote Morality, Apologetics Press by permission).

Please pray and do all you can to make sure you and your fellow countrymen vote for capable leaders who 1) fear God, 3) love truth and 3) hate covetousness (see Ex 18:21; 2 Kgs 21:10-15; 24:1-4; and TonyPerkins.com).

Pastor Ordered to Prison – A Vermont federal district judge, after a federal appeals court ruled in his support, has ordered Mennonite pastor Ken Miller to begin serving a 27 month prison sentence on March 22nd. Miller was convicted of international kidnapping after helping a Virginia mother, Lisa Miller, flee the country with her daughter, Isabella, after the child began to display strange behavior, suicidal tendencies, and pled with her mother to stop her former lesbian partner, Janet Jenkins, from making Isabella take baths together with her. Lisa Miller, now a born-again Christian (no relationship to Pastor Miller), who entered a civil union with Jenkins in 2000, conceived via artificial insemination, and gave birth to Isabella, they split up in 2003, yet Jenkins ultimately won custody of Isabella from a Federal Court in Vermont. Lisa and Isabella fled to Nicaragua via Canada with Pastor Miller’s help. Lisa’s story was widely reported throughout the custody battle, but Pastor Miller’s conviction and prison sentence have not. Pastor Miller has agreed to pursue no further appeals and to serve out his sentence (see Full Story; Pastor’s Website; More).

  • May God strongly support Pastor Miller, Lisa and young Isabella, who have embraced prison and exile rather than violate their faith and conscience.  Pray also for others impacted by their refusal to go along with the demands to bow to the “new order,” like the Klein family,  fined $135,000 for refusing to bake a same-sex wedding cake, and Barronelle Stutzman, the Washington state florist who could lose everything for refusing to participate in a same-sex wedding, and many more. Pray, too, for the sexually confused people, the judges, politicians and voters who have imposed this confusion upon our youth and nation. Pray the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA – now languishing in Congress) will be passed and signed into law, if not by President Obama, our next president! (2 Chr 16:9; Jer 7:19; Mt 5:10-12; Mk 10:29-31; 1 Cor 14:33; 2 Tim 2:24-26).

Antonin Scalia’s Passing – The nation was stunned by the passing of the U.S. Supreme Court’s most brilliant conservative Justice, who apparently died in his sleep at the age of 79. The president wasted no time to say he would speedily nominate a replacement.  However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged he will not bring up a new nominee for consideration until the next year, after the new president and Congress have been elected this November and take office. Like other judicial nominations that have had the potential to change the balance of the Court, both parties can be expected to use every tool at their disposal to confirm a judge that will favor their ideological persuasion.

Yet Scalia cannot simply be replaced with a person of similar ideology.  Scalia deeply valued family as the cornerstone of civilization, flowing out of his devout faith. He held to the constitutional guarantees of the protection of our God-given liberties, such as the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. As an organic conservative, Scalia rejected the idea of a living and breathing constitution that can be interpreted according to progressives’ ideas of political correctness, but constitutional questions need to be interpreted in light of the Founders’ original intent expressed in their writings.

Until Scalia is replaced, a 4-4 decision will be returned to the Appeals courts where their judgment will prevail. Furthermore, Justice Scalia’s preliminary votes on cases the court has heard will be stricken and only the judgments of the living justices will determine the outcomes of those cases. (The High Stakes for American Freedom)

  • God we thank you for the life and contributions of Antonin Scalia. May his family, friends and all who have loved and esteemed him be comforted. May his life be celebrated and his memory honored. Oversee the confirmation process so that Scalia’s successor meets biblical qualifications for public officials. May that person uniquely be capable and known to fear the Lord, love truth, and hate dishonest gain. May neither Congress, the candidates for office, nor the American people “bite and devour one another… and so be consumed by one another.” Rather, may God prevail in this confirmation and all the Elections this year (Ex 18:21; Ps 23: all; 75:5-7; Gal 5:14-16; Rom 2:10; 13:7).

Finally: Please pray for (and attend if you can) Rev. Franklin Graham’s Decision America 50 State Tour. It will be in Honolulu on February 24, Denver on March 15 and Santa Fe on March 15 (see more cities and dates). And please don’t forget to pray for the Annual Vero Beach Prayer Breakfast on March 3rd,  the Pastors Awakening Summit on March 4th, and the annual Awakening 2016 on March 5th. Consider sending your pastor and forward this to your friends in Florida. Also the Michigan National Day of Prayer is leading a Solemn Assembly and Prayer Summit Monday, February 22 in advance of the annual observance on May 5th, 2016. This year’s NDP theme is “Wake Up America!” and the key verse is Isaiah 58:1a NIV! Next week, February 25th, is the Collegiate Day of Prayer, when students, parents and churches will pray over America’s colleges, teachers and students. All are invited! Thank you for Praying! 

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Prayer Targets: Hoover; Socialism; Obamacare’s Decline, Abortion & the Supreme Court; Obama & Islam

The Lord sent raiders to destroy Judah… in order to remove them from his presence because of the sins of Manasseh… including the shedding of innocent blood. For he had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the Lord was not willing to forgive. 2 Kings 24:1-5 NIV

Herbert Hoover(1874-1964), was 31st President of the United States (1929–33). Raised a Quaker, he became a successful mining engineer and businessman. A Republican, Hoover served as Secretary of Commerce under Presidents Harding and Coolidge. These excerpts are from his 1928 presidential campaign speech: Rugged Individualism”:

During 150 years we have built a form of self-government and a social system which is peculiarly our own. It differs essentially from all others in the world. It is the American system…. It is founded upon the conception that only through ordered liberty, freedom and equal opportunity to the individual will his initiative and enterprise spur on the march of progress. And in our insistence upon equality of opportunity has our system advanced beyond all the world.

During [World War I] we necessarily turned to the government to solve every difficult economic problem. The government having absorbed every energy of our people for war, there was no other solution. For the preservation of the state the Federal Government became a centralized despotism which undertook unprecedented responsibilities, assumed autocratic powers, and took over the business of citizens. To a large degree, we regimented our whole people temporally into a socialistic state. However justified in war time, if continued in peace-time it would destroy not only our American system but with it our progress and freedom as well.

When the war closed, we were challenged with a… choice between the American system of rugged individualism and a European philosophy of diametrically opposed doctrines ­of paternalism and state socialism. The acceptance of these ideas would have meant the destruction of self-government through centralization [and] the undermining of the individual initiative and enterprise through which our people have grown to unparalleled greatness.

The Republican Party [after the war] resolutely turned its face away from these practices…. it went at once resolutely back to our fundamental conception of the state and the rights and responsibility of the individual. Thereby it restored confidence and hope in the American people, it freed and stimulated enterprise, it restored the government to a position as an umpire instead of a player in the economic game. Thus the American people have gone forward in progress….

[In this election]… the American people face a question of fundamental principle. Shall we depart from the principles of our American political and economic system, upon which we have advanced beyond all the rest of the world? … The effect would reach to the daily life of every man and woman. It would impair the very basis of liberty and freedom….

It is a false liberalism [i.e., non-pro-liberty]… Every step of bureaucratizing of the business of our country poisons the very roots of liberalism ­that is political equality, free speech, free assembly, free press and equality of opportunity. It is not the road to more liberty, but to less liberty. Liberalism [governed by liberty] should not be striving to spread bureaucracy but striving to set bounds to it….

Liberalism is a force truly of the spirit, a force proceeding from the deep realization that economic freedom cannot be sacrificed if political freedom is to be preserved. [An expansion of the government’s role in the business world] would cramp and cripple the mental and spiritual energies of our people. It would extinguish equality and opportunity. It would dry up the spirit of liberty and progress… I again repeat that the departure from our American system… will jeopardize the very liberty and freedom of our people, and will destroy equality of opportunity not only to ourselves, but to our children (read the unedited speech at digitalhistory.uh.edu.

Socialism is a curse to any nation! Dr. George H. Nash delivered a lecture on Hoover’s Crusade against Collectivism at FRC yesterday. Watch it online HERE and please pray!

Obamacare & Planned Parenthood Killing America – In January the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported that Obamacare premiums increased by 9% in 2015. But Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, which analyzes all publicly available information from healthcare.gov and state insurance departments, using weighted averages, found that overall premium increases were actually 14.9%. Minnesotan’s premium’s increased a whopping 47.7%; 49 of 50 states had increases, 29 in the double-digits. Deductibles are also rising, the new “silver plan” has a $3000 deductible, 8% more than last year. In 2014, 7.5 million Americans paid the IRS penalty ($969 this year) rather than be forced to buy Obamacare. The CBO predicts that only 13 million people will enroll this year, 8 million below expectations. Of those, 11 million will receive taxpayer subsidies. The CBO predicts a $30 Trillion National Debt in ten years, due largely to Obamacare – a disaster!  

Two leading presidential contenders are championing federal government controlled healthcare programs – one a continuation of Obamacare, the other a single-payer system that the federal government would manage. Even though history proves that socialism does not work, the Democrat-led Congress forced Obamacare upon us in 2009. On December 3rd the Senate voted to repeal much of Obamacare and to take away 80% of taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood via a reconciliation bill. The House passed the measure (240-181) and sent it to the president January 6th. He quietly vetoed it on January 8th. Yesterday, the House took a vote to override (a 2/3 supermajority from both houses required), and it failed. The effort was not in vain. A pro-life president, if elected in November, will likely join Congress to repeal Obamacare and eliminate taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood early in his term.

The U.S. Supreme Court has or will consider eight cases that deal with abortion this term. On March 2nd the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the Texas Abortion Clinic Standards Case (H.B.2), which places common sense requirements for abortion clinics in that state. Pro-lifers are hopeful, since in January they declined to hear cases to uphold North Dakota’s law banning abortion after 6 week, and Arkansas’ ban after 2 weeks.

God forgave evil King Manasseh personally when he repented (2 Chr 33). Yet despite the intervening reign of his grandson, Josiah (2 Chr 34-35), who brought godly reform to the nation, God brought down judgment upon Judah during Jehoiakim’s reign. Jerusalem was destroyed and the people exiled to Babylon due to the wholesale bloodshed of Manasseh, “which the Lord would not pardon” (2 Kgs 24:3-5). Unless we repent as a nation for the abortion of nearly 60 million unborn infants, neither can we avoid God’s righteous judgment! (see Real Victory of the Reconciliation-Override Effort; Wallet Busting Obamacare; Americans Abandoning Obamacare; 30 Trillion National Debt?; Abortion in Obamacare?; PROLIFECON; Texas Case & SCOTUS; Alan Parker; Texas Values;  see also Abortion Activists Angry over Super Bowl Ads; Bound for Life).

  • May we pray, fast, humble ourselves, and seek God’s face for MERCY! May God give us godly reformers like Josiah, whose leadership will stave off our judgment due for the shedding of innocent blood, and give us time to win America back to Him. May the trend toward a more pro-life America only accelerate. May God grant a strong pro-life ruling by the Supreme Court in the Texas Case AND grant us a strong pro-life president in November! (Ex 18:21; Dt 30:19; Pr 28:13; Joel 2:12-18; Hab 3:2;Mt 17:21; Eph 6:10-20; Heb 11: all; Rev 12:11)

Europe acknowledges Christian Genocide; Obama Praises Islam, DHS Protected Extremists – On the eve of the National Prayer Breakfast, Pres. Obama shocked Christians by attending a Baltimore mosque with historic links to prominent terrorists to deliver eulogy of Islam. This was perhaps his most extravagant yet, lamenting “inexcusable political rhetoric” that has resulted in the mistreatment of American Muslims. While the president has been unwilling to identify radical Islam as America’s enemy or ISIS’ slaughter of Christians as genocide, the European Parliament passed a resolution calling ISIS’ “murderous campaign nothing less than genocide.” On Friday retired DHS investigator Phil Haney wrote in The Hill that the data he collected from years investigating Muslim terrorists in the U.S. and abroad was ordered deleted from the agency’s database. Haney has testified before Congress and elsewhere that his research would have helped experts to “connect the dots” and possibly prevented the Boston Marathon bombing and the San Bernardino massacre, but it was scrapped for the sake of political correctness. Though experts say it will change little, the King of Morocco convened a summit of several hundred Muslim imams and scholars from across the Muslim world who fashion the Marrakesh Resolution, a call to Muslim nations to recognized the human rights of religious minorities (see President Laments Treatment of Muslims; Text; Inaccurate; Nonsense, Dangerous; DHS Ordered Me to Scrub Records; Morocco Summit; EU: Christian Genocide!).

  • May God help our president do right! May voters elect a Congress and president who meet the requirements of Exodus 18:21 and who will 1) support Christians around the world; 2) condemn genocide; 3) rightly and plainly identify the enemies of our nation; 4) resist and defeat them and keep Americans and our allies safe (Dt 28: all, esp. v. 7; 1 Kgs 2:2; 2 Kgs 24:3-5; Neh 4:14; Rom 13:3-4).

Finally: please pray for the Pastors Awakening Summit this March 4th in Orlando, FL – cosponsored by FRC’s Watchmen on the Wall, Vision America, Florida Family Policy Council, and Liberty Counsel’s (get details and register HERE). Pastors and wives will receive complimentary admission to the event, hotel room, and admission to Liberty Council’s The Awakening 2016, Saturday, March 5th (2,000+ Christian Activists). In nearby Vero Beach, on Thursday morning, March 3rd, at 7:30 AM, businessman and Christian patriot John Bona will host the Annual Vero Beach Prayer Breakfast, the largest city prayer breakfast of its kind in America. Tony Perkins will be the keynote speaker. Tell your pastor and Florida friends about these great events. Our good friend, Bob Vander Plaats, president of Iowa’s The Family Leader and author of If 7:14 have built a new free iPhone app to help facilitate daily prayer for revival in our nation. Get it HERE! And thank you for praying! 

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Prayer Targets: Graham Tour; Elections; ObamaCare; Abortion & SCOTUS; Pastors & Prayer in Florida

If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? Psalm 11:3

Rev. Franklin Graham, son of Dr. Billy Graham, has risen to a remarkable level of spiritual leadership in America, as both President and Chairman of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). Graham boldly addresses the controversial issues of our day with plain biblical truth. These excerpts are from Graham’s Calling the Nation to Repentance:

I believe we are perilously close to the moral tipping point for the survival of the United States of America… For centuries, our country has stood brightly as a “city upon a hill,” defending freedom abroad, and affirming our spiritual heritage as one nation under God.

In recent decades, however, that enduring foundation and heritage have been under relentless and vicious assault… There now exists deep-seated antagonism and hostility toward Christianity in every seat of power in this nation—government, media, courts and education. It has become open season on Christians. Sin is openly celebrated and flaunted by the highest office in our land, and men and women of deep and sincere faith are publicly scorned.

I refuse to bow or bend… to be silent and watch the future of our children and grandchildren be offered up on pagan altars of personal pleasure and immorality… Daniel foretold dark days for Israel, but declared, “the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action” (Dan 11:32).

That’s why on Jan. 5, [we began] in Des Moines, Iowa… a nationwide series of meetings… the most crucial we have ever conducted. We call it the Decision America Tour, and by early autumn, I will have been to all 50 state capitals, preaching the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and asking for God to heal our spiritually sick—and dying—land.

In every state, we’ll be inviting believers to come and stand with us, and unbelievers to put their faith in Jesus Christ. The schedule for several months is HERE. More dates will be released soon. If you are unable to come, you can still watch the live webstream…

I will ask the audience in each state three specific things.

First and foremost, I want people to pray for our land and our leaders. Despite what the New York Daily News says, God can fix this. He works powerfully and effectively through prayer. Prayer calls on omnipotent, omniscient God to accomplish His sovereign will…

Second, I want to encourage God’s people to go to the polls, not just to elect our president but also for local and state elections. In the 2012 elections, an estimated 17 million evangelical Christians did not vote – more than enough to tip an election that was decided by 5 million votes…

Make sure you check the qualifications for every candidate. See where they stand on crucial moral issues like abortion and same-sex marriage. Cast your ballot for those who stand boldly for biblical truth…

Third, engage in the civic process wherever you can. Think what a huge difference it can make if godly men and women are elected to offices across this nation. They will have opportunities to positively influence our neighborhoods, communities and schools. Perhaps we can check the decaying spread of policies promoted by those with hostile anti-Christian agendas.

I don’t believe the foundation laid by our forefathers is destroyed, but it certainly is cracked and crumbling. We may face trials. Psalm 11:5 says, “The Lord tests the righteous.” But He promises that He will not leave us nor forsake us (Dt 31:6). The rest of Psalm 11 assures us that God is on His throne in the heavens; that He hates wickedness and violence, and He loves justice.

For America’s sake, Christians need to pray, vote, and work hard in our cities and towns to be a clear voice for God’s eternal truth and His redeeming love. I hope God will use the Decision America Tour as a spark for revival and awakening in our nation. My confidence and trust is completely in His mercy and grace (Franklin Graham, January 2016, edited for space; Read the entire article in Decision Magazine).

More on the 2016 Elections –As Graham wrote, “we are perilously close to the moral tipping point for the survival of the United States of America.” The people we elect to public office and the policies they champion will determine, in large part, the destiny of America. How we vote is an expression of our own Christian character and obedience to God, especially given Christ’s mandate that we be salt and light in the world. How could we, who have enjoyed ordered liberty, unprecedented in the history of the world, be so ungrateful as to not vote or to vote and disregard our biblical values? If we lose America, God forbid that it be because Christians did not take their responsibility to vote their values, especially in 2016!

Our Constitutional Republic was born because America’s founding era pastors preached the word of God pertaining to elections. They taught qualifications God requires of civil leaders (see Ex 18:21). The American people read their printed sermons with enthusiasm (see 1/27/16 Prayer Targets). But a recent study shows that even among Christians registered in church voter registration drives, only about half actually vote. This is a pitiful commentary on the church today. Pew Research Center reports that the number of voters who have no qualms about supporting an atheist for president has grown from 32% in 2007 to 41% today, not including 6% who would prefer an atheist. Only 51% of Americans say they would be less likely to vote for an unbelieving president. True liberty is not possible for a nation that does not believe and welcome the God of the Bible (see 2 Cor 3:17). Because our nation was founded upon faith in God as Creator and Supreme Judge of the World from whom our rights derive, it is critical that Americans choose a man whose values, life and proven record demonstrate a faith in and fear of the God of the Bible.

Read Joel Rosenberg’s analysis of the Christian vote in 2012. If the hostility toward Christians and the loss of religious liberty we have seen during the past eight years continues, we will see wholesale persecution of Christians in America in the not-too-distant future. If the church does not take a stand in an important election such as we now face, will it stand when jobs and careers are on the line because of the deeply held beliefs of its members? Will it stand when obedience to Christ requires disobedience to civil and other authorities who are commanding obedience to immoral policies, ordinances and laws? May this loss of religious liberty and the hostility toward Christians motivate each of us to pray and act in 2016 as never before! (See WSJ Debate & Primary CalendarActs 20:28 Pastors; 2016 Pew Poll; Rosenberg on Election 2012; Iowa Evangelical Turnout; Free to Believe).

  • Pray that God’s people across America will be “salt and light” and that they will pray, share their faith, and exercise their responsibility to vote as never before. May they follow the example of believers in Iowa, who turned out in massive numbers. May they vote in keeping with the Lord’s instruction to choose leaders who are “1) capable, 2) fear God, 3) love truth and 4) hate dishonest gain” (Ex 18:21; Ps 110:3; Mt 5:13-16; 28:18-20; 1 Cor 4:2).  

Finally FRC’s Watchmen on the Wall, Vision America, Florida Family Policy Council, and Liberty Counsel partnering with The Awakening 2016 are inviting pastors to a Pastors Awakening Summit on March 4th, 2016 at Faith Assembly of God Church in Orlando, Florida. Pastors and their spouses will be provided a complimentary hotel room for Friday, March 4th at the Gaylord Palms Resort (register HERE) and a complimentary admission to Liberty Council’s The Awakening 2016 on Saturday, March 5th (over 2,000 Christian Activists). In nearby Vero Beach. Christian Businessman and Patriot John Bona will host the annual Vero Beach Prayer Breakfast where FRC’s Tony Perkins will be the keynote speaker. Now is a good time to send your pastor on a short vacation to participate in what we expect to be historic events! Our friends at the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation are hosting a National Congressional TeleBriefing on February 9th at 1 PM. Thank you for praying!

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Prayer Targets: Pulpits of the Revolution; Elections 2016; Courts & Life; Overriding the Veto

Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Cor 3:17

John Wingate Thornton (1818-1878), in his classic “The Pulpit of the Revolution,” contrasted the biblical literacy of American in 1776 with those in 1860. He showed that biblical and political literacy and, thus political discernment, were intertwined.  Are American today by Scripture and fact? Or by emotions?

Rev. William Gordon says that the “ministers of New England, being mostly Congregationalists are more attached and habituated to the principles of liberty than If they had spiritual superiors to lord it over them. They oppose arbitrary rule in civil concerns from the love of freedom, as well as from a desire of guarding against its intrusion into religious matters. Election sermons on political subjects are deemed very proper… The Election Sermon is printed… and the passages circulated far and wide by means of newspapers, and read with avidity and a degree of veneration … The ministers have forwarded and strengthened, and that not a little, the opposition to the exercise of that parliamentary claim of “right to bind the colonies in all cases whatever.”

The ministers were to instruct the people, to reason before them and with them, to appeal to them; and so, by their very position and relation, the people were constituted the judges. They were called upon to decide; they also reasoned; in this way New Englanders, had, from the very beginning, been educated in the consideration of its elementary principles… Edmund Burke, said “Another circumstance in our colonies, which contributes to the growth and effect of this intractable spirit, is their education… I have been told by an eminent bookseller, that, after tracts of popular devotion, the books most exported to the plantations were books about law. The colonists now reprint them for their own use [and] they have sold nearly as many of Blackstone’s Commentaries in America as in England… This study renders men agile, inquisitive, dexterous, prompt in attack, ready in defense, full of resources. In other countries, the people, more simple, and of a less irrepressible cast, judge of an ill principle in government only by an actual grievance,”— in the colonies— “they anticipate the evil, and judge of the pressure of the grievance by the badness of the principle. They augur misgovernment at a distance, and snuff the approach of tyranny in every tainted breeze.” Mr. Webster says our fathers “went to war against a preamble; they fought seven years against a declaration;” that “we are not to wait till great public mischiefs come, till the government is overthrown, or liberty itself put in extreme jeopardy. We should not be worthy sons of our fathers were we so to regard great questions affecting the general freedom. Those fathers accomplished the Revolution on a strict question of principle. The Parliament of Great Britain asserted a right to tax the colonies in all cases whatsoever; and it was precisely on this question that they made the Revolution turn. The amount of taxation was trifling, but the claim itself was inconsistent with liberty; and that was, in their eyes, enough. It was against the recital of an act of Parliament, rather than against any suffering under its enactments, that they took up arms They poured out their treasures and their blood like water, in a contest in opposition to an assertion, which those less sagacious, and not so well schooled in the principles of civil liberty, would have regarded as barren phraseology, or mere parade of words.

“They saw in the claim of the British Parliament a seminal principle of mischief, the germ of unjust power; they detected it, dragged it forth from underneath its plausible disguises, struck at it; nor did it elude either their steady eye or their well-directed blow till they had extirpated and destroyed it to the smallest fibre. On this question of principle… while actual suffering was yet afar off, they raised their flag against a power to which, for purposes of foreign conquest and subjugation… It is in this habitual study of political ethics, of “the liberty of the gospel,”— perhaps the principal feature in New England history, — that we discern the source of that earnestness which consciousness of right begets, and of those appeals to principle which distinguished the colonies, and which they were ever ready to vindicate with life and fortune…

The highest glory of the American Revolution, said John Quincy Adams, was this: “It connected, in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.” (John Winthrop Thornton, The Pulpit of the American Revolution, 1860; edited for space).

2016 Elections – Here is an outline of upcoming causes and primaries:

Monday, February 1 – Republicans and Democrats hold their caucuses in Iowa, the first primary event in the 2016 race.

Tuesday, February 9 – Both parties in New Hampshire hold their primary election. 

Saturday, February 20- South Carolina Republicans will have their primary and Nevada Democrats will have their caucuses.

Tuesday, February 23 – Nevada Republicans will caucus.

Saturday, February 27 – South Carolina Democrats hold their primary.

Tuesday, March 1 – “Super Tuesday!” Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia hold primary elections or caucuses.

Jesus called his followers to be salt and light in the world. Paul called us to pray for those in authority and in Romans 13, he defines the parameters of government as God calls them to be. In a constitutional republic like ours, Christians have a biblical and civic religious duty to vote and to choose the candidates best qualified to lead our nation, states and counties. This is the privilege, right and duty that our Forefathers, sons, brothers and now wives and daughters have spilled their blood to win and preserve for us.

We can be grateful that God has given us specific guidance with which to qualify prospective civil leaders: “select from all the people 1) able men, 2) such as fear God, 3) men of truth, 4) hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens” (Ex 18:21 NKJV). That guidance became the foundation for the electoral system in ancient Israel. We must not, especially in a primary, be swayed by popularity, forcefulness, brilliance, good looks or the “hipness” of a candidate; rather, we must search our own hearts, examine our own motives, and then seek God for discernment – which candidate best fits God’s requirements for those who would lead nations?

God warned the people of Israel that if they insisted upon a king who failed His requirements (Deuteronomy 17:14-20), he would crush them with taxes and take their sons and daughters as his servants. Their insistence led to the reign of Saul, a spiritual and political failure.

Our nation likely cannot endure eight years of what we’ve endured the past eight years. America’s move away from a constitutional republic will be intensified. Our country will become something unknown in the American experience – and not for the good.  Barack Obama’s effort to fundamentally transform America will have succeeded. The way has been paved for the U.S. to be a secular, statist, government-dominated nation, run by men and not principle.

We face an emergency. Christians are already being persecuted in America. We must advance candidates with a track record of godly leadership and respect for the rule of law.  Christians must not hesitate to evaluate candidates by both the morality of their policy views as well as their personal lifestyles. We need leaders who demonstrate true reverence for God, Himself, and the firm belief that our rights come from God, not government – and that it is government’s responsibility to protect those rights.  This includes the right to life of all people, including the unborn and the elderly. We need God-fearing men and women in office, men and women who will govern according to the Constitution, not their personal aims or interests.

Each of us bears a sacred duty to analyze, test and make scripturally-based decisions about the character of the candidates – from a biblical perspective. We must disqualify those who do not measure up. We must choose men and women who meet God’s requirements and reject those who don’t. If we fail, we will suffer, just as did the Israelites suffered when they chose a king whose superficial appeal surmounted their obedience to God and His standards. And this must become our habit if America is to be preserved for our children.

And, of course, we must pray, pray, pray! (see WSJ Debate & Primary Calendar; Republican Candidates and Primaries; Democratic Candidates and Primaries).   

  • God, help us to examine our hearts as we examine the candidates you have set before us. Grant us not to be deceived. Grant us discernment. May we not be pressured by our peers, but to listen to those whose judgment we can trust. In the end may we hear from You and support those who best meet Your standards. Grant repentance and forgiveness to your children who have been slack to take their responsibility as Christian citizens seriously.  Help your children to rally around the candidates, from those for President to those at the local level, whom You will bless, who will be a blessing to America. May our pastors lead in this critical hour. Revive our churches and awaken America. Draw us Yourself, Lord, Who alone is our King and Who alone can lead us in paths of righteousness. Grant mercy, Lord, and give us not the leaders we deserve, but leaders who bow the knee to our Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior and the Supreme Judge of the world – leaders who will honor You (Ex 18:21; Neh 4:14; Jn 7:24; Acts 3:19, 23:1, 24:16; Eph 6:18; 1 Tim 3:8-10; 2 Tim 4:1-4).

Finally, the US Supreme Court rejected Arkansas’ and North Dakota’s laws that limited the window during which an abortion could be performed. But the Court will soon take up the Texas law that requires abortion clinics to meet the standards other medical clinics must meet.

Additionally, a Texas Grand Jury issued a criminal indictment against David Daleiden, charging him with “trafficking” baby organs. Daleiden famously exposed Planned Parenthoods grisly practice of selling aborted baby organs for a profit. But the jury did not charge Planned Parenthood with any wrongdoing. The House vote to overturn the President’s veto against the reconciliation bill (approved by House and Senate) has been postponed until next week due to official Washington being shut down due to the Blizzard of 2016. 

And remember: Whatever befalls, we serve One Who will never be thwarted by the machinations of fallen men.  “God reigns over the nations,” we’re reminded in Psalm 47:8, “God sits on His holy throne.” Amen, and amen.

Thank you for praying!

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Prayer Targets: Mother Teresa; Roe v. Wade; Human Life Sunday; March for Life; Prayer Call, More

Come, enter the Kingdom. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was sick and you visited me.” Then Jesus will turn to those on His left hand and say, “Depart from me because I was hungry and you did not feed me, I was thirsty and you did not give me drink, I was sick and you did not visit me.” These will ask Him, “When did we see You hungry, or thirsty or sick and did not come to Your help?” And Jesus will answer them, “Whatever you neglected to do unto one of the least of these, you neglected to do unto me!”  Mt 25:31-46 (para)

Mother Teresa’s riveting 1994 address at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC was an open rebuke to President Bill and Hillary Clinton, Vice-President Al and Tipper Gore, and advocates of abortion everywhere. Here are a few key excerpts:

I was surprised in the West to see so many young boys and girls given to drugs… Why is it… when those in the West have so many more things than those in the East? … Our children depend on us for everything… But often father and mother are so busy they have no time for their children, or perhaps they are not even married or have given up on their marriage. So the children go to the streets and get involved in drugs or other things… These are the things that break peace.

But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love and we remind ourselves that love means to be willing to give until it hurts. Jesus gave even His life to love us. So, the mother who is thinking of abortion, should be helped to love… to respect the life of her child. The father of that child… must also give until it hurts.

By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems.

And, by abortion, the father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. That father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion…

“Even if a mother could forget her child, I will not forget you. I have carved you in the palm of my hand” (Is 49:15-16). [T]hat unborn child has been carved in the hand of God from conception and called by God to love and to be loved, not only in this life, but forever. God can never forget us…

Please don’t kill the child. I want the child. Please give me the child. I am willing to accept any child who would be aborted and to give that child to a married couple who will love the child and be loved by the child… We cannot solve all the problems in the world, but let us never bring in the worst problem of all, and that is to destroy love. And this is what happens when we tell people to practice… abortion.

If we remember that God loves us, and that we can love others as He loves us, then America can become a sign of peace for the world [again]. From here, a sign of care for the weakest of the weak – the unborn child – must go out to the world. If you become a burning light of justice and peace in the world, then really you will be true to what the founders of this country stood for. God bless you! (Speech by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, delivered at the National Prayer Breakfast, Washington, DC, February 3, 1994, Transcript; C-Span Video; Audio).

Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (SOHLS) – Many churches marked the upcoming anniversary of Roe v. Wade this past Sunday, reaffirming commitment to protecting the preborn based upon Scripture and the U.S. Constitution. Others will observe SOHLS this coming Sunday, January 24th. If your church did not highlight this important day of remembrance, please contact your pastor and ask him to do so this coming Sunday.

Friday, January 22, will be the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade. In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled that abortion is a woman’s constitutional right and overturned laws restricting abortion in all 50 states. Roe unleashed an evil in America that God-fearing Americans have failed to stop via the political process in over 4 decades. Many Bible-believing Christians believe Roe v. Wade brought a biblical curse upon our nation, opening the doors to innumerable troubles.

Our “culture of death” has become so pervasive and common-place that researchers, in the name of science, provide Planned Parenthood a ready market for aborted baby parts. Those who understand Scripture know that Roe v. Wade is a Pandora’s Box that will remain open, unleashing its horde of evils until it is repented of and overturned. We must remain committed and persist in extraordinary prayer until that day. Yet many of America’s churches have never heard a pro-life/anti-abortion sermon. And many who have, have waned in their devotion to the cause. Thus the consciences of too many Christians are insufficiently stirred to pray, to be involved in pro-life ministry or citizen action to reverse this evil.

The good news is that, after 43 years, we are beginning to see the light. Polls show young people are more pro-life than their parents. Several state legislatures have acted to restrict abortion in various ways: safety standards for abortion “clinics,” hospital privileges for abortion “doctors” in an accredited hospitals close enough to provide emergency care for women with botched abortions, limits to the gestation stage in which babies may be legally aborted, etc.  A wave of laws was enacted, especially in the aftermath of the public learning of Kermit Gosnell’s house of abortion horrors. Yet each of these laws has been challenged and the Supreme Court will ultimately decide on their constitutionality.

In the early 2000’s, Congress enacted and President George W. Bush signed: the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act (2002), the Unborn Victims of Violence Act (2002). The Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act (PBABA) was vetoed by Bill Clinton in the 90’s but passed by a bipartisan majority in both houses in 2003 and signed by President Bush.  Republican gains in the House and Senate since 2010 have led to a firmly pro-life Congress. A majority in both houses voted this month to gut funding to Obamacare, the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade, and to drastically reduce federal taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood. The president quietly and quickly vetoed these new measures. The House has scheduled a vote to override his veto for Tuesday, January 26th. A 2/3 majority vote is required in both houses to override the president’s veto, but such is unlikely, especially in the Senate.

Electing a pro-life president and Congress are paramount to our hope for overturning Roe v. Wade and a pro-life future. With an aging Supreme Court, our next president could nominate as many as four Justices during his or her tenure. A pro-life Senate would quickly confirm our new president’s pro-life nominees. The gates to this darkness could soon be closed and this evil subdued. All depends upon God’s people and our prevailing prayer and action.

  • May God help us to pray and act as we ought! May God awaken us from the apathy that has prevailed in the church for so long! May God find repentance in us and send awakening in America this year.  And may we elect a pro-life, pro-family, pro-liberty president and Congress who will work together to revere and preserve the sanctity of human life that our Forefathers created the Constitution to protect! (Ex 18:21; Dt 5:17; 30:19; Joel 2:12-18, 32;Jn 10:10; Eph 6:10-20; 1 Tim 6:10-20; Rev 12:11 )

Finally, the March for Life will take place this Friday January 22nd in Washington, DC. Cold, snowy weather is forecast. FRC will host the annual ProLifeCon Friday morning before the March to inspire, inform and equip pro-life Social Media activists to accomplish what we must in 2016. FRC’s good friend, Justice Foundation founder, Pro-life Constitutional attorney, and national prayer leader Allan Parker has partnered with PrayerSurgeNow and other national prayer leaders to host an 8-hour-long telephonic prayer meeting on Friday. Praying believers across America are invited to call in and pray as able any time between 9 AM ET and 5 PM ET, Call: 712-432-0075, Pass Code: 6149782#, Mute: *6. Thank you for praying!

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Prayer Targets: Unions v. Liberty; Free to Believe Training Event; Barna Teens; SOTF Speech; Graham Tour

I requested prayer over Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, heard by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. I wrote:

Teachers unions have long been bastions for a radical progressive agenda, using Christian’s dues to advocate for policies and people – from local school boards to the U.S. President. 

You ask, “If somebody doesn’t join a union, they nonetheless share in the benefits obtained by the union through collective bargaining…. Therefore it doesn’t seem too unfair to expect non-union members to chip in something for the costs incurred in the collective bargaining?”

The teachers are not objecting to the union’s collective bargaining, but for their forced payment of dues to support the undermining of their own fundamental moral, religious and political beliefs. Many advocate for pro-abortion, pro-LGBT agenda laws, laws that undermine parental rights and much, much more. Would you be happy being forced to support Planned Parenthood taking the lives of millions because they also do a few good things, like urge women to have mammograms, venereal disease screening, etc.? How many positive benefits would an organization have to provide in order for Christians or other people of conscience to support their advocacy of evil?

Scripture teaches:Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?” (2 Cor 6:14); “Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening… no spring yields both salt water and fresh” (Jas 3:11-12).

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thistles? …. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them” (Mt 7:15-20).

Jesus also said, “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men” (Mt 5:13)…. 

I’ve been very blunt here. But Christian apathy (i.e., doing little or nothing), while those who reject biblical morality labor to impose their ungodly and immoral worldview upon us all and now demand that we not only acquiesce to it and celebrate it but also pay for it, is rapidly moving us toward a permanently godless nation.

Christian citizens must use their legal rights as citizens via city councils, state legislatures, Congress, the courts, etc., to be salt and to preserve our culture from evil and ultimate self-destruction. Unless God graciously intervenes and grants a revival and awakening the prospects are dim. So we need to pray as never before!

Free to Believe – The California teachers case is just one in thousands of cases in which unions and government entities, even the President of the United States have violated the right of conscience of America’s citizens and especially Christians. FRC President Tony Perkins believes that the fight for religious liberty is the most important front in the war to defend faith and family today.  Historically, various emperors in the Roman Empire, Hitler, Stalin, Mao, etc., sought to silence unbending Christians in their day, and now radical Islamist regimes have murdered 500,000 Christians in Iraq alone and multiplied hundreds of thousands more across the world. Why? Because vital Christians, with their liberating, transcendent Truth about our loving God, His perfect law and gospel, are the greatest of all threats to their schemes to obtain power and control to reshape world according to their own unbiblical world view. So they use threats, intimidation, and violence!   We are seeing a disturbing drift toward the same in our country and by our own government.

What is the solution?  Under God, it is the church.  The key to leading the church is the pastor.  Courageous pastors can turn the tide. That is why we are investing in “championing pastors to transform America.”  In fact, FRC’s Church Ministries division, Watchmen on the Wall, reached a major milestone last month, having enlisted 10,000 American pastors to join us in pledging: to 1) Pray as never before, and to teach God’s people how to pray; 2) Preach the whole counsel of God, including how it applies to cultural issues of our day, and 3) Partner with other pastors to  prepare and to stand up for what is right when their moral and spiritual leadership is required in their community.  

We saw the power of pastors and their churches in Houston.  When their mayor and city council passed a bill to give special rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity, allowing men to use the girls and women’s bathrooms, with the threat of fines against anyone who would attempt to prohibit them, pastors across the city jumped into action.  They prayed together, mobilized the people, endured intimidation, fought through lawsuits, registered voters, and their people went to vote, defeating the evil ordinance 61%-39%.  Pastors are the key to turning around a community.  But they need our help, not only to be Aaron and Hur, lifting their arms in prayer, but also in other ways.

That is why FRC is encouraging pastors to appoint “Culture Impact Teams,” a church ministry made up of motivated believers in each church who are eager to lead members to be change-agents in the community.  Basically, the team members help inform, equip, alert and mobilize the congregation to function as the Salt and the Light.  The CIT members essentially serve as associate “Watchmen” with their pastor to keep an eye on local and state initiatives that could impact the church or family or lead to moral decline in the community, and let him know what they are seeing so that he can lead the charge.

This coming Saturday, June 16th from 9:00 a.m. until 1 p.m. ET, FRC is conducting a fast moving, equipping event to help churches large and small to develop a CIT ministry. Previously, churches and church small groups could register, but we are now registering individuals who want to make a difference (Free to Believe; Register).

  • Heavenly Father, we appeal to you to intervene on our behalf, to deliver us from the destroyers of the foundation of Christian faith that enabled America to become a great nation. Stir us to take a stand for you. Grant courage to pastors, whose leadership is so desperately needed in this hour. Raise up spiritual warriors! Breathe upon Free to Believe! May this effective tool enable pastors to envision, train and equip their people and networks to birth powerful and effective culture impact ministries.  Use them, Lord, in this great contest as agents of revival and restoration.  May we be the salt and light you intend us to be. Draw America to yourself, Oh God! (Neh 4:14; Ps 2: all; Is 58: esp. v. 12; Jn 6:44; Jn 10:11-15; Rev 2:10; 12:11).

Finally: 1) On Monday night Tony Perkins delivered his 2nd Annual “State of the Family” address, depicting a far different America than President Obama envisioned in his State of the Union Speech. I urge you to listen to Tony, take notes, and pray over the points he raised (Read Our Stake in the Union; View Speech). 2) The Barna Group has released a study showing that a troubling number of Christian teenagers are shrinking from sharing their faith among their peers. Perhaps that’s why Tony Perkins was led to write, No Fear, which highlights examples of courageous young people who are making a difference for Christ across America today. 3) Observers say that the teachers’ case against the California Teachers’ Union went very well for the cause of freedom. 4) Franklin Graham’s Decision America Tour is making a significant impact. He says “It’s open season on Christians in America.” Please consider joining the gathering at your state capitol.  Thank you for praying.

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Prayer Targets: Our First President’s Warning; Planned Parenthood & Obamacare; Urgent Events

Blessed be the Lord my Rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle—  My lovingkindness and my fortress, My high tower and my deliverer, My shield and the One in whom I take refuge, Who subdues my people under me.  Lord, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You are mindful of him?

George Washington believed in liberty and the essential defense of his country. Against all odds, he turned ordinary citizens who were poorly equipped and poorly armed into a force that, with God’s providential assistance, defeated the mightiest nation and strongest military power in the world. Washington was a humble, devoted Christian who prayed for hours each day, early in the morning and late at night, both during the war and as president, putting the modern church to shame. Historians who harvest from the few false narratives from Washington’s day attempt to sully his reputation and make his memory more in line with the contemporary politicians.  The truth is few today could hold a candle to Washington’s faith or character.

After having been unanimously chosen by Congress as commander of the Continental Army and leading us to victory, then having faithfully executed his charge as President of the Constitutional Convention that produced our governing document, Washington was elected to the presidency by acclamation.  He humbly thanked the leaders and people of Philadelphia, giving credit to Almighty God, saying,

When I contemplate the interposition of Providence as it was visibly manifested in guiding us through the revolution, in preparing us for the reception of a general government, and in conciliating the good will of the people of America to one another after its adoption – I feel myself oppressed and almost overwhelmed with a sense of the divine munificence: I feel that nothing is due to my personal agency in all these complicated and wonderful events, except what can simply be attributed to the exertions of an honest zeal for the good of my country” Journal of American History, Volume 8, Issue 2, p. 199; see also Dr. Kenyn Cureton’s’ Lost Episode’s, p. 449)

After his re-election, always giving God the glory and honor to whom it was due, Washington gave his “Fifth Annual Message” (State of the Union Address). In it was a stern warning for then and now:

There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war” (Washington, 1793, Avalon Project).

Our Founders gave us a Democratic Republic that has given religious liberty to millions and served as a model for nations. But our Founders repeatedly warned that the American experiment would fail without God, biblical faith and character. May God’s people arise in this pivotal election year, pray for godly candidates to step forward, and get involved in the process to elect God-fearing men and women to public office. May they choose people of faith and character who meet the qualifications God gave to Moses for civil leaders at every level (Ex 18:21).

Defunding Planned Parenthood and ObamaCare: The U.S. House of Representatives will vote today, January 6, 2016, on the Budget Reconciliation bill, which includes defunding of a large part of ObamaCare and Planned Parenthood. When voters gave the GOP control of both Houses of Congress in 2014, conservatives had high hopes that the new Congress would put an end to many of the unconscionable White House initiatives. But, 1) 60 votes are required overcome a filibuster in the Senate, and 2) too many Republican Senators saw little sense in passing laws they knew in advance the president would veto.  Rank and file conservatives were angered when the leaders of either chamber failed to guide their respective chambers to stand up to the president and when they chose not to debate and vote on bills they knew the president would veto. When before his resignation, John Boehner brokered an Omnibus budget deal with the White House, and bi-partisan majorities in both houses passed it after he was gone, leaving Obamacare and Planned Parenthood untouched, many Christians and conservatives were incensed. Indeed, Rev. Franklin Graham publicly announced his decision to leave the GOP and become an Independent. Even now, the Republican Party is in the “dog house” for many conservatives.

Yet under the radar, the House and Senate took the extraordinary measure of dealing with Planned Parenthood and ObamaCare via the budget reconciliation process.  The Senate voted to defund ObamaCare and Planned Parenthood before Christmas, and the House scheduled a vote on January 6th, right after they returned from the Christmas break. They knew full well that the president would veto it in any case. The House, certain it will prevail in the vote today, has already scheduled a vote to override the president on January 20th.  It is very unlikely that the Senate will get the 67 votes needed to override the veto. But this is not in vain. The vote will draw public attention to the veto and will set the stage for a new, pro-life president to sign a revived bill next year. Moreover, from a spiritual perspective, this will be the first time Congress has passed and delivered a bill defunding Planned Parenthood and ObamaCare to the president’s desk. As the elected representatives of the people, Congress will be transferring the guilt of that body’s former inaction from themselves and the American people and placing it squarely where it lies, on President Obama. (see Vote Marks Testy Start to 2016; Pre-Christmas Senate Vote; Parliamentarian’s Ruling)

  • May God’s people everywhere pause from their duties to pray for the members of the House today as they vote to approve this reconciliation bill, which will greatly reduce taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and large parts of ObamaCare. May the president be rebuked for his shameless veiled scheme to circumvent the law prohibiting the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortion, and may the American people cease to be deceived by this evil racket that has been engaged not only in abortion but the wholesale marketing of aborted baby parts for a profit. May those involved in the many crimes of Planned Parenthood be brought to justice before the hand of God’s justice is brought upon all Americans. 

Franklin Graham’s 50-State Tour:  Having begun in Des Moines, Iowa, yesterday (see dates and places HERE), Graham’s prayer, evangelism and culture-challenging events at state capitols will run until Election Day.  In addition to preaching the Gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ (as did his father did)., he will explain to America the consequences of our personal and societal sins, urge believers to participate in the national, state and local elections and to exercise their sacred duty to vote. Graham will make plain the moral and spiritual precipice upon which our nation teeters and the catastrophic consequence that will come if we elect bad men and women to lead us (Visit Decision America Tour).

  • May God’s people rally to these events in support and may God bless Franklin Graham with His presence and power as he leads.  God grant an Awakening all across our land!

Death of a National Prayer Leader:  Vonette Bright, cofounder of Campus Crusade for Christ (now, “Cru”) with her husband, Dr. Bill Bright, passed away two days before Christmas at the age of 89. Mrs. Bright lobbied Congress to pass a measure to observe the National Day of Prayer on the first Thursday of May each year, signed into law by President Reagan. Since then the NDP has become an anchor to the burgeoning national prayer movement. She was founder of the National Prayer Committee, the National Day of Prayer Task Force, and, up until a few months ago, continued to be involved in all of these ministries.

  • May the family of Mrs. Bright be comforted and encouraged by her legacy and may God raise up others like her and Shirley Dobson to carry the torch! (1 Kgs 8:35; 2 Kgs 24:4; 2 Chr 7:14; Eze 3:19-20; Joel 2:13, 17-18)

Finally, pray for FRC President Tony Perkins, who will deliver the 2nd Annual “State of the Family Address” next Monday, January 11, at 7 PM ET.  Also, pray for us as we host on Saturday, January 16 (National Religious Freedom Day) a nationwide event called Free to Believe, a hands-on, fast paced four-hour training to help pastors and local churches develop “Culture Impact Teams” (CITs) – local church ministries that help local churches make a powerful impact in their communities and states and to help preserve and advance Religious Liberty in America. I urge you to forward this to your pastor. Please pray over these special productions, and as always, especially for 2016, thank you for praying!

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Prayer Targets: The Great Day of the Lord; Planned Parenthood & Obamacare; Christmas; Pray for FRC!

Blessed are those servants whom the master… will find watching… [He] will gird himself… and will come and serve them. Luke 12:37

Abraham Davenport (1715-1789) was a distinguished Connecticut statesman and churchman who served as a colonial assemblyman, senator, judge, counsel to the governor during the War for Independence, and colonel in the Connecticut militia. On what came to be known as New England’s Dark Day, which many feared was the Great Day of the Lord his response was classic and instructive amid the apocalyptic signs that abound today. May we be found faithful to our God-given duties today, even if we know the Day of the Lord will come tomorrow!

IN the old days (With breeches and cocked hats)
the people sent their wisest men to make the public laws.
And so, from a brown homestead, where the Sound
Drinks the small tribute of the Mianas,
waved over by the woods of Rippowams,
And hallowed by pure lives and tranquil deaths,
Stamford sent up to the councils of the State
Wisdom and Grace in Abraham Davenport.

 

’Twas on a May-day of the far old year
Seventeen hundred eighty, that there fell
Over the bloom and sweet life of the Spring,
Over the fresh earth and the heaven of noon,
A horror of great darkness, like the night
In day of which the Norland sagas tell,—
The Twilight of the Gods. The low-hung sky
Was black with ominous clouds, save where its rim was fringed with a dull glow,
like that which climbs the crater’s sides from the red hell below.

 

Birds ceased to sing, and all the barnyard fowls
Roosted; the cattle at the pasture bars lowed,
and looked homeward; bats on leathern wings

Flitted abroad; the sounds of labor died;
Men prayed, and women wept; all ears grew sharp
To hear the doom-blast of the trumpet shatter
The black sky that the dreadful face of Christ
Might look from the rent clouds, not as he looked
A loving guest at Bethany, but stern
As Justice and inexorable Law.

 

Meanwhile in the old State House, dim as ghosts,
Sat the lawgivers of Connecticut,
Trembling beneath their legislative robes.
“It is the Lord’s Great Day! Let us adjourn,”
Some said; and then, as if with one accord,
All eyes were turned to Abraham Davenport.
He rose, slow cleaving with his steady voice
The intolerable hush. “This well may be
The Day of Judgment which the world awaits;
But be it so or not, I only know
My present duty, and my Lord’s command
To occupy till he come. So at the post
Where he hath set me in his Providence,
I choose, for one, to meet him face to face,—
No faithless servant frightened from my task,
But ready when the Lord of the Harvest calls;
And therefore, with all reverence, I would say,
Let God do his work, we will see to ours.
Bring in the candles.” And they brought them in.

 

Then by the flaring lights the Speaker read,
Albeit with husky voice and shaking hands,
An act to amend an act to regulate
The shad and alewive fisheries. Whereupon
Wisely and well spake Abraham Davenport,
Straight to the question, with no figures of speech
Save the ten Arab signs [the face of the clock],
Yet not without the shrewd dry humor natural to the man:
His awe-struck colleagues listening all the while,
Between the pauses of his argument,
To hear the thunder of the wrath of God
Break from the hollow trumpet of the cloud.

 

And there he stands in memory to this day,
Erect, self-poised, a rugged face, half seen
Against the background of unnatural dark,
A witness to the ages as they pass,
That simple duty hath no place for fear

(John Greenleaf Whittier, “Abraham Davenport,” Atlantic Monthly, May 1866. See History. Thanks Pastor Deamon Scapin, Triumph Church DC, for quoting Whittier’s poem in your sermon at FRC’s December staff chapel service).

2015 had its victories and losses but 2016 will bring even greater challenges in every sphere. Christians must not throw up their hands or flee to the hills. Everything that can be shaken may be shaken. But in the election year ahead, our duty as Christian citizens calls for extraordinary prayer, hard work, and Spirit-led actions. Our Christian duty is to occupy until He comes!

Defunding Planned Parenthood and ObamaCare – FRC was both on the front line and behind the scenes working with Congress to defund Planned Parenthood and ObamaCare. Using the budget reconciliation process, the U.S. Senate voted for the first time, ever, to place a moratorium on the majority of taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood and repealed large parts of ObamaCare. The House will vote to approve the measure in January and put the bill on the president’s desk. The president will be entirely responsible for his decision to veto these measures. The American people, through their representatives, will have done their part to stop these evils. If the president vetoes, the new Congress can vote again and give a new pro-life president this opportunity (Abortion Funding in ObamaCare) .  

  • Lord, Thank you for giving FRC and the pro-life movement grace steadfastly to persist after all these years. Yet the blood of 57 plus millions of unborn infants cries out to You! Grant us repentance and favor to turn the tide in 2016. Grant us a new president of Your choosing who will eagerly sign legislation to defund Planned Parenthood and ObamaCare (Dt 21:9; 30:19; 2 Kg 21:16; 24:4; Ps 75:7;  Pr 6:16-17; 29:2;  Lk 18:1-8Gal 6:9).

FRC in 2015 and the New Year – Because you prayed, FRC has achieved remarkable things in 2015 with a very compact budget and despite numerous targeted efforts to undermine our reputation and work. While we lost some battles in 2015 – most notably the Supreme Court marriage decision – we have won many others.

FRC is blessed with strong leaders: executives, policy experts, researchers, writers, lawyers, and other Christian professionals and support staff who give sacrificially to the Lord and his work.

Our Policy Division, besides it research and writing of policy booklets, papers, legal briefs, testimony before Congress and state legislatures, multiple websites, speaking engagements and op-eds, a robust lecture series, and much more, has launched two new Websites: Marripedia,  an online social science encyclopedia and Abortion in ObamaCare, a map exposing the plan.

FRC 2015 major events were a huge success: 671 people from 43 states attended our Watchmen on the Wall Pastors Briefing in Washington, D.C.; 2,383 people from 49 states and 5 countries attended the Values Voter Summit; and 145 people took part in our first ever Israel Tour!

Our Church Ministries Division hosted more than 30 significant Pastors events in 2016: Atlanta, GA; Overland, MO; Plano, Houston, San Antonio, a National Hispanic Pastors Briefing and a National Pastors Summit, both in Dallas, TX; a Black Ministers Summit in Washington, DC; and more. We had 14 events in Florida with 886 in attendance; 7 events in North Carolina with 319 pastors in attendance. Ten thousand pastors have now signed FRC’s Watchmen Pastor “P-3” pledge to Pray; to Preach and to Partner with others to take a stand in their communities and states when their moral leadership is needed.

Our Government Affairs Division and FRC Action helped shepherd the “No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion” and Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act through the House. We helped advance the “Defund Planned Parenthood” campaign through media initiatives in many states; a one-year moratorium on funding for Planned Parenthood in both houses of Congress via reconciliation; the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA); and the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA). We contributed to 2 states passing the Pain Capable Child Protection Acts, 13 State investigations of Planned Parenthood and more. We launched a vigorous prayer and action campaign against the Supreme Court’s marriage case before and after their wrongful ruling. We used the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) videos to help boost grassroots pro-life activism and petitions to defund Planned Parenthood via social media. 

Tony Perkins, General Boykin and other FRC experts appeared on numerous TV news programs across the nation, including 65 Fox News appearances. US newspapers and online news sites published 240 op-eds written by our policy experts. We conducted 426 Radio interviews and produced Tony Perkins’ live, daily, week-day radio show, plus a recorded weekend edition. We added 49 new stations this year and negotiations are underway to add several hundred more stations in 2016.

General Jerry Boykin, FRC’s Executive Vice President, led a coalition effort to prevent Navy Chaplain, Commander Wes Modder from dismissal because of his unbending support for Biblical marriage. General Boykin presented 100,000 petitions in support of Chaplain Modder to the Military Chief of Chaplains. And he led many other FRC and coalition efforts. Next year, he will work to prevent a change the code to allow open transgenderism in the U.S. military. 

In 2016, among other things, FRC will: counter the SPLC’s false claim that domestic groups, including Christian groups, are a greater threat than Jihadists and host another series of Pastors Briefings including a Hispanic Pastors Briefing in Colorado.  We will place a major focus on religious liberty pursuing FADA, the Government Non-Discrimination Act (State Level), and the Abortion Non-discrimination Act (ANDA). FRC Action will work to keep the hard-won pro-marriage and other conservative measures intact in the GOP Party Platform (various groups want to see them removed).

On Monday, January 11th, Tony Perkins will host a nationwide webcast to deliver his 2nd Annual “State of the Family Address.” He will deliver the hard truth regarding the welfare of the American family, which has declined significantly under Obama administration policies. On Saturday the 16th, FRC will host a nationwide Webcast – Free to Believe, a hands-on, four-hour training event to help local churches to build “Culture Impact Teams” (CITs) that will enable them to make a powerful impact in the ongoing war for the soul of our nation.

All this said, FRC is facing significant budget challenges with just two weeks to go until the end of the year. Contributions during these two weeks will determine whether we are able to move forward as aggressively as we believe we must with our planned programs.  

Please pray for us, that God will move upon men and women of all economic means to give liberally to support FRC’s efforts. Your contribution will help continue the Prayer Targets, Call2Fall and other FRC prayer efforts in 2016.

FRC’s Prayer Targets will join our other publications in taking a Christmas break and will resume the first week of January. May your family enjoy a God-blessed, Spirit-filled Christmas – strengthened by the  joy of the Lord, enriched by the fellowship of family and friends, and refreshed by the rest and perfect peace that only the Holy Spirit can bring. May we all close out 2015 closer to Jesus and embark upon the New Year shining brightly with the light of Christ.

In this critical New Year may we act as the salt and light Jesus said we are, and do our part to “advance faith, family and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview.”

Let’s always bear in mind that he gospel of salvation alone can change men’s hearts and give them eternal life. And even as we enjoy this time of celebration, let us remember to keep our place in the National Security Prayer Wall. Thank you for praying!

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