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(A Thanksgiving Message from the Clapham Society)

What does the Thanksgiving Holiday say about America? First, let’s take a look at some Thanksgiving references from our history.

*One of the earliest traditional references is that of the Thanksgiving observance that occurred in the autumn of 1621 by a gathering of Pilgrims and their Indian friends. They came together after enduring many hardships in the new world to give thanks to Almighty God for His help in bringing them through and granting a bountiful harvest.

*In 1789, with the full consent of Congress, George Washington became the first President to proclaim a national day of Thanksgiving, marking November 26th “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God.” It is of interest to note that America’s first national Thanksgiving occurred with the commencement of the federal government. It was the first act after the Framers completed the framing of the Bill of Rights (From Wallbuilders).

*In 1863, in a speech written by Secretary of State William Seward, President Abraham Lincoln declared that the fourth Thursday of every November thereafter would be considered an official U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving:

[Excerpt from speech] “No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.”

*In 1941, following the tradition set forth by President Abraham Lincoln, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill into law officially making the fourth Thursday in November the national holiday of Thanksgiving Day.

So, what do these references say About America? That America, from its beginning, has time and time again established and confirmed its acknowledgement of Almighty God as the Author of life and blessing, particularly so in His establishing of, and ongoing work within, the borders of this great land and with the daily lives and activities of the several generations of its people. That, regardless of the individual creeds of its varied citizenship, America has consistently made public declarations of its fealty to Almighty God and His Truth. The Thanksgiving Holiday by God’s Sovereign Hand has been officially put in place as an annual reminder of who we are, or at least have been, as a Nation. A solemn note: One source I looked up regarding Thanksgiving made this statement: “Historically, Thanksgiving had roots in religious and cultural tradition. Today, Thanksgiving is primarily celebrated as a secular holiday.” This is an indictment against our society. For logic has to incredulously ask, how can “Thanksgiving” be secular? And whether it is so recognized or not, every American who celebrates Thanksgiving is agreeing with this proclamation of truth and bearing of its responsibility.

I close with a story of God’s response to a humble and praying people from the earlier years of the Pilgrims:

“In 1623 the Pilgrims were experiencing an extended and prolonged drought. Governor William Bradford called the Pilgrims to a time of prayer and fasting to seek God’s direct intervention. Significantly, shortly after that time of prayer-and to the great amazement of the Indians who witnessed the scene-clouds appeared in the sky and a gentle and steady rain began to fall (from Wallbuilders).”

During this Thanksgiving season, may we again remember from whence our help and blessings come and turn to the One who will hear the cries of those who seek Him and will answer them.

From Clapham, Happy Thanksgiving everyone…and may God bless America and its people as we again turn to Him in humility and gratefulness!

Daniel Tostenson
The Clapham Society

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Nov
17

Religious or Secular America?

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Is America’s philosophical socio/political structure founded on religious principles or secularism?  As Timothy Cardinal Dolan referenced in an interview with Bill O’Reilly not too long ago, if the spiritual/moral environment is no longer built upon a religious or, more specifically, a Judeo/Christian philosophy, a void is created that others are more than willing to fill.  The question is if just such a dramatic change occurs will it be an America that is still a land of opportunity and freedom for all?

If such a void occurs, can secularism really provide a support for freedom, liberty and greatness?  How about an Islamic philosophy under-girding our socio/political foundations?  Can either of these, or any other, provide a seedbed for liberty and freedom for all?

Another way to state it may be thus:  If America is found to be historically unique, in that evidence does show it to have a Judeo/Christian spiritual and moral foundation dating back to its earliest formation, and we can connect America’s unique position in history (along with all of its desirable character traits which have drawn so many to its shores and boundaries) to such a foundation, ought we not to do all we can to hold to that which seems to be the common denominator for its greatness among nations?

Remember the quote of French writer Alexis de Tocqueville, after visiting America from France:

“I sought for the greatness of the United States in her commodious harbors, her ample rivers, her fertile fields and boundless forests…and it was not there.

I sought for it in her rich mines, her vast world commerce, her public school system, and in her institutions of higher learning–and it was not there.  I looked for it in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution…and it was not there.

Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.  America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great!”

Another question then could be if America is great because of this, should not secularists and Muslims and “non-believers” of all persuasions be extremely thankful to “Someone” for all the tremendous freedoms they enjoy like nowhere else on earth?

Maybe Christianity is the true seedbed and foundation by which is provided the potential for actualizing true equality, liberty and freedom for all…American history certainly seems to prove it so!

 

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In spite of the facts found throughout our nation’s history, including declarations by both the Supreme Court and Congress stating that America’s identity spiritually and morally is centered ideologically and philosophically as a Christian nation, acknowledging the Bible as the authoritative Word of God and recognizing the Lordship of Jesus Christ and His sovereign rule over the affairs of men, there are those who would vehemently argue that this is not the case. They would cite many of America’s “unchristian” acts such as injustices done to Native Americans in the course of establishing its territory or the perpetuation of the slave trade.

To be sure there are many instances one could point out that would seem to negate any claim to being a “Christian” nation. However, if the basis for disqualifying America is its failures, then there can be no Christian at all! Certainly, also, the nation of Israel, as revealed in the Bible, could not be a nation chosen by God as His people, nor could King David, known in the Bible as a “man after God’s own heart” and a prophetic writer of many of the Psalms, qualify as God’s man. Both failed miserably, King David being both a murderer and an adulterer! And for that matter, I say that I am a Christian. Yet, there are many points in my life where I know I have acted very unchristian like and there would be those who witnessed those times who would say, “how can he call himself a Christian?”

The problem here is that you cannot define Christianity solely by the actions of Christians. Christianity is defined by the truth found in the Bible and on the basis of what Christ did to save mankind from sin. Christianity is for failures who realize their accountability to the law of God and recognize that the only way to right standing with God is to receive God’s grace by faith, which includes the opportunity to repent when mistakes are made and to receive forgiveness and a new start.

America has failed many times, as have I. But it has always had, as its spiritual and moral compass, the Bible as God’s absolute authoritative truth to steer her back on course and to “get things right”. If we lose that compass, we will most certainly lose our way and our identity. And when that happens we will lose our future.

May we once again, as a nation and individuals, humbly turn back to the One Who has been so gracious to us, has blessed us and allowed us to be a blessing to so many others. For He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He is the God of America!

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Nov
06

WILL WE TAKE OUR PLACE?

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[SPEAKING TO CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIAN AMERICANS]

We just re-elected a President who is the head of a Party who:

– Took God out of their platform.
– Did not acknowledge Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel.
– Supports abortion all the way of through partial birth.
– Supports Same-sex marriage.
– Supports financial policies that got America into the mess we are in. [Hint: It wasn’t Bush’s fault.]
– Fosters class warfare and exploitation of the poor.

AND WE THINK IT WILL GO WELL WITH US AS A NATION?!

We need a revival. We need a spiritual reformation. We choose to not heed the warnings of some of our great spiritual leaders like Billy Graham. What will it take? It is time to take seriously the verse, II Chronicles 7:14. It is time for at least a remnant of God’s people to take their place to humble themselves, repent on behalf of this nation, and seek God’s face that He may hear from heaven and heal this land.

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Nov
06

TRUST GOD AND VOTE!

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IN GOD WE TRUST, BY VOTING WE TAKE ACTION!

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So, what is the evidence? Below is a surface purview of the distinct differences one sees when one looks at the two political parties’ platforms:

GOD: At their convention the Democratic Party omitted the acknowledgment of God in their official platform. That is not much of a surprise. The Democratic Party has, particularly in recent years, been largely co-opted by the liberal/progressive members of the party. Disguised by language expressing a desire for religious tolerance, the underlying directive for progressives is to actually create a secular state, and more precisely, remove the Judeo/Christian philosophical basis that has shaped our moral value system and replace it with a humanistic/secular worldview.

ISRAEL: Again, this year at their convention the Democratic Party left out an acknowledgment that Jerusalem is the true Capitol of Israel. This is very significant. Contrary to what we may hear from Democrats at a national political level, we have seen a subtle distancing of liberals/progressives from a strong pro-Israel stance to embracing nations that have been aggressors against Israel. In other words, Israel has become the nation viewed more as the obstructionist against peace in the Middle East. We must stand with Israel.

ABORTION: The Democratic Party Platform is in support of abortion all the way up through partial-birth. Amidst all the cries seeking to uphold the rights of women, it seems that the greatest violation in all of this, the cry of millions of unborn human beings who are being denied the right to life, is ignored and even celebrated as the woman’s right to choose.

It seems values have become so twisted that society doesn’t want to accept the responsibility that comes with making the choice to engage sexually, thus accepting the potential consequence of conceiving a child, and participate in the right and privilege to nurture and protect the life of the unborn. And if the big concern really is regarding situations of rape or incest, considering this makes up for the cause of less than 1% of all abortions this could easily be a targeted area of policy compromise while dealing with the other 99%. And we must remember that adoption can still be a viable option.

SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE: Essentially there would be no marriage if it hadn’t been instituted by God. We see way back in the book of Genesis in the Bible where God declared that man shall leave his father and mother and shall cleave to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh (Gen. 2:24). It is an institution that has been designated as a union exclusively between a man and a woman. Homosexual unions are not endorsed in any way shape or form by God by any stretch of biblical interpretation. Biblical truth is that God loves all mankind, and that includes those who exist within the homosexual community. However, just has other behaviors, attitudes and actions are described as contrary to God’s way, including heterosexual sins, hate, greed, etc, so homosexuality is placed within the category of being an immoral way of conduct before God.

Throughout the years I have found myself working alongside, and even for, many of whom were living the homosexual lifestyle. For the most part I have had great respect for these individuals and enjoyed working with them. I value them, as anyone, as human beings worthy of respect and as individuals who God loves very much and tremendously desires for them to know Him. We are ALL sinners in need of a savior. That is the bottom line. As my desire is for all men to experience the love God and come into a relationship with Jesus Christ, it is thus for those who are involved in the homosexual community.

To elaborate a little further on my stance regarding the homosexual community and to put things in perspective, I wish to make a few comments. First, I have said that if all individuals living the homosexual lifestyle suddenly became “straight” yet did not come to the knowledge of faith in Jesus Christ, they would be no better off. My point being that the most important issue for all of us is our need to receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. And we must all come to Him as we are and let Him do the work of transformation into His image. Secondly, I have also said that if I ever saw someone of the “gay” community being harassed or abused either verbally or physically, I would come to their aid in a second! There is no place for those kinds of hateful reactions.

Yet, I cannot, as an issue of public policy, and as a Christian, approve of such a deviation of God’s intent for marriage. We must not be found guilty as a nation of such an unbiblical stance. There is no room for compromise here.

THE POOR: America has been the most generous and charitable nation in the world, toward its own and toward other nations, bar none. The question is does this character trait originate from government or the spirit of the people who make up this great society? And if it is because of its people, we have to ask what it is philosophically that compels us to be such? After he had visited America in 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville stated, “Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great!”

The bottom line is a secular government cannot foster, maintain or sustain a godly atmosphere or culture. It will continue to degenerate. So what does this have to do with the issue of the poor? If we, as Christians and/or Americans, do not hold to our Judeo/Christian philosophical foundations for the basis of good moral conduct and character, we cannot expect the government to truly care for the wellbeing of the poor. And we must always remember that the biblical mandate to care for and help the poor is directed to individuals first, then families, then communities and finally to government. And the activity of the government in regard to dealing with the issues of poverty and those in need must be secondary and at best a support to the activity of the citizenry, individuals and corporate, of this great nation. Godly individuals make for godly families which create godly communities which establish godly governments.

I see The Democratic Party as seeking welfare for the needy through an increasingly secular and humanistic approach. Also, the emphasis on social class distinctions and class warfare is harmful and extremely unbiblical. And having the government in control of such a vital work is very dangerous. My challenge would be to have government be a secondary support to those in the private sector who are involved in the work of helping those in need.

Lastly, I want to address the concern coming from some Christians regarding the support of an individual for President who does not profess to be an orthodox Christian believer.

First, though it is true that the Republican candidate does not hold to orthodox Christian views, and in truth individually supports a “different gospel” in our understanding, his values and moral code of conduct do mirror Judeo/Christian values. And He does support the essential Judeo/Christian values still found in the Republican Party Platform.

In reality, the current President also holds to a “different gospel” if one truly understands what Liberation or “Social Gospel” Theology actually espouses.

And for me, it comes down to this: I would rather have someone whose actions reflect my beliefs than someone who says the right things but whose actions are to the contrary. And I believe that is what we have to determine of the two distinct choices we are faced with in this election. Therefore, considering the case I have laid out with all the evidences given, I cannot in good conscience do anything but support the Candidate who upholds the values that I find as non-negotiable and are reflected in the current Republican Party Platform.

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I believe our great nation was founded on a Judeo/Christian philosophical basis upon which we as a people have established what is truth in terms of right guidance for us spiritually, and thus morally. In other words, we are philosophically a Christian nation that has, from our formation, used biblical truth as our spiritual and moral compass. And, I note, this is not just an opinion from some “extreme right winger.” It is a fact that in our history both the Supreme Court and Congress have made just such official declarations.

So, if we are, or at least have been, a Christian nation philosophically speaking, then we are, or have been a religious nation. “In God we Trust,” or “God Bless America” are just two common phrases found in the very fabric of our national history proclaiming our Christian heritage.

Therefore, this is why I believe it is so important to seek to uphold, and even more accurately, re-establish the values derived from our Judeo/Christian heritage that have been so instrumental in forming the good and exceptional character of our great nation. And that is why I MUST support the Republican Party, as the only political support of the two major parties which upholds these values, to achieve this goal.

Stay tuned for Part III…the revealing evidence.

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Rick Joyner Examines Elections Through Prophetic Lens
11:00AM EDT 11/1/2012 Rick Joyner

As we in America approach one of the most important elections in our lifetime, I talk to many Christians who are still conflicted about their choice for president. Many are conflicted about their choice for a political party. As a pastor, I consider it a responsibility to address this issue that will impact so many of the Lord’s people.

First, many Christians do not understand how any Christian could be a political liberal. Others do not understand how a Christian could be a political conservative. To understand means to “stand under” someone else’s position. So regardless of which of these we are, let’s at least make an effort to understand those who have a different position.

We should keep in mind that it was the religious conservatives who had Jesus crucified. For this reason, religious conservatives are scary to a lot of people, including many sincere Christians. I am a religious and political conservative, and there are some on the far right who are disturbing to me. The harshness and tone from some on the right is deeply troubling, and I think counterproductive to the cause.

However, the harsh tone and intolerance now seems to be found even more on the left as it ever did on the right, and has a much more anti-Christian and anti-biblical tone to it. The groups who demand the most tolerance for their agendas have become the most intolerant of anyone who disagrees even a little with them, and some are now being considered social terrorists. This has become so obvious and alarming that we are now starting to see a general pushback in the whole country. This was so powerfully demonstrated by the remarkable and unprecedented way so many Americans rose up to defending Chick-fil-A in the recent controversy.

The first thing the Lord said when asked about the signs at the end of this age was, “do not be deceived” (see Matt. 24:4 NKJV), obviously implying that deception would be a major factor at the end. For this reason, I have studied deception, cults, and false teachings, and especially how such a great nation as Germany, with some of the most brilliant people, could fall to the Nazi delusion. The two most diabolical governments in history came from the extreme right, the fascists, and the extreme left, the communists. Both were socialists (the Nazis were called “National Socialism”), and socialism can be found on the right and the left. This would require a book to elaborate on, but socialism is basically the result of seeing man, and our social abilities and initiatives, to be the answer to our problems in place of turning to God and seeking His ways. This was the root of the Tower of Babel in Genesis, which is the root of the prophetic Babylon in the Book of Revelation.

America is an increasingly divided nation, but we can expect this in just about every nation now. This is prophesied in Scripture. The wheat and the tares are being separated; the clash between light and darkness is increasing as we see in Isaiah 60, and it will continue. If we are not going to be caught up in the increasing deception, we must guard our hearts from reactionary doctrines or politics. Some of the most diabolical movements in history were born out of reactionary beliefs caused by rejection or other wounding. As the polarization continues, so will wounding and rejection. This is the biggest gate of hell for ultimate evil. Christianity, which is founded on forgiveness, is the only remedy for where we are headed. Obviously, this was by design.

As Christians, we must base our beliefs and actions on Scripture alone, not by how we are treated or mistreated. The Lord Himself warned that His followers would be rejected and even hated because of Him, so it should not surprise us when it happens. He also commanded us to love everyone, and to even love our enemies. So how do we do that?

We must begin by resolving that we will return good for evil, not just return evil for evil. This does not mean that we will compromise our convictions, but we must control our spirit and grow in the fruit of the Spirit, which grows much faster with opposition and testing. If we do this, we will be able to take the right position on matters and keep the right tone as well.

I know some brilliant people who despised George W. Bush and viciously attacked him continually. These same people are appalled at anything negative said about their man, Obama, calling those who do harsh and extreme. It’s shocking how such otherwise smart people cannot see this hypocrisy, but this is an example of the basic deception the Lord described as having a log in our eye while we’re trying to get a speck out of the eye of others. It is basic though. When we are deceived, we do not know it or we would not be deceived, and to help someone get free who has this basic discrepancy in reasoning is almost impossible. Only the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, can deliver us from our deception.

The above described deception can be in either camp, but it is no doubt growing far more dramatically on the left at this time. Just a few years ago, I would have said the opposite—that it was far more pronounced on the right, but it began shifting to the left about twenty years ago and has deepened its grip. Why? The spirit that took the Nazis on the right and the communists on the left was the same spirit, so I am not just basing this on political persuasion, but on the obvious blindness to real factors, or truth, that is being created.

If this kind of deception was greater on the right, but then shifted to the left and got even stronger, let us not think that it cannot swing back to the right if we become arrogant. Even so, I am increasingly concerned by the deep deception, or deep darkness, which is now growing on the left. It does seem to be proportionate to the degree of those who have embraced anti-God and anti-biblical positions. This does not mean that there cannot be those on the left who are not subject to this kind of deep deception, but they are getting harder to find in America. In other countries, it could be the opposite.

As Christians, we are commanded to “know those who labor among us” (see I Thess. 5:12). Therefore, I try to be open and candid about my own views as I believe you deserve to know my convictions about important matters if you are going to read my Word for the Week. I also think that as a pastor I have a responsibility to address the important issues of our times. It is a basic violation of my Constitutional rights and biblical responsibilities for anyone, including the government, to keep me from sharing my views on a crucial issue like the elections. So here I will go a bit deeper on the following.

The Presidential Choice

One of the questions I hear from Christians is the following: How can we vote for a Mormon? That is a good question. Though I am not an expert on Mormonism, I was shown 25 years ago that a great revival would be coming to the Mormons and the Jehovah’s Witnesses. I was shown that they were like the Samaritans in Scripture, who did have a mixture in their beliefs, but who were the most responsive to the gospel of any other group. Because of the testimony of the woman at the well, the entire city came out to see Jesus. Because of the preaching of Philip in Samaria, the entire city came to the Lord.

Even so, we are voting for a president, not a pastor. Beliefs do affect values, and values affect our actions. Because I have never met two Baptists who were exactly alike, or two Catholics, Presbyterians, or any other group, I think this is one reason we are told to judge people by their fruit, not just their words.

I have some deep disagreements with some Catholic doctrines, but I appreciate their leadership in the fight for some of the crucial social issues of these times. The other group that is providing some of the main leadership and resources in the battle for some of the crucial social issues of our times is the Mormon Church. I would not join the Catholic Church or the Mormon Church because of some of the core issues I have with their doctrines, but I am very appreciative for their leadership in the fight for the important issues of our times.

I have also studied the Liberation Theology of the church where President Obama came out of, which he embraces and is considered a leader. There are aspects of it that are far more alarming, and its fruit is feeding what I believe is one of the greatest human evils, racism—not just un-American, but anti-American.

Some believe that the purpose of the Liberation Theology movement was to be a bridge between Christianity and Islam, which would lead Christians to Islam. I could not personally confirm that, but our President claims to be a Christian, yet the fruit of his practice and his policy has done more to hurt Christianity than any previous administration, and he’s done more to help Islam. Any thinking person should ask why would the Obama Administration give Muslims an exemption from the healthcare law, but use it to fundamentally attack the religious liberty of the Catholic Church, as well as other Christians who object to some of its basic tenets? These actions reveal core values, and they are deeply alarming.

As an American, I was also very troubled when our president once responded to the question of why he did not wear an American pin on his lapel—he said he didn’t want to appear to take sides. If our president is not solidly resolved to be on our side, then we are in deep trouble. I am thankful to see the president now wearing an American flag lapel pin, but it does not mean as much when he wears it after such controversy.

When I look at the actions and policies of the Obama Administration, it does seem to be a systematic weakening of American strength and the unraveling of our core values. It does seem that the Obama Administration is much more concerned about international interests than our American interests. We do need to be concerned about the interests of others, and we should want to be a blessing to all nations as much as we can, but we expect our president to keep American interests first.

Mormonism does have one doctrine that as an American Christian I greatly appreciate and agree with—it is the belief that the U.S. Constitution is a divinely inspired document and must be preserved. I spent several years studying to check this out. The result was that I was utterly convinced of its Divine inspiration. Though I am not in any way trying to put it on the level of Scripture, it was inspired by Scripture and a desire of the Founders to build a government that would, as much as possible, reflect biblical teachings on government and stewardship. The later writings of the Founders abundantly confirm this.

Our Constitution has never been more weakened than in the last three years. The Obama Administration has been issuing Executive Orders at the rate of almost one a day, many of which seem to intentionally be a circumvention of the Constitution, and thereby a weakening of it, as well as a frontal attack on some of our basic liberties. It is deeply troubling.

Consider this: Executive Orders by all previous presidents combined numbers about 160. That’s an average of about five for each president. President Obama has issued more than 900. Almost all of Obama’s seem to be an intentional circumvention of Congress’ Constitutional authority and responsibility to make the laws of the land and to approve the appointments of those who are to carry them out. Executive Orders were intended to be used to carry out the mandate of the Executive Branch, not to make laws for the nation or appoint people to positions in a way that Congress would not have the chance to approve or reject, which is a basic violation and attack on the Constitution.

I was a registered Democrat until the Carter Administration. I voted for Carter mostly because he claimed to be an evangelical Christian. I was naïve at best. However, I could not help but see that all of the anti-God and anti-biblical morality forces were finding their home and were increasingly influential in the Democratic Party. It was also apparent that as this happened Christians were increasingly marginalized in the Democratic Party. The God-fearing and those committed to biblical morality were increasingly welcomed into the Republican Party. This divide has become greater now, as we watched the grievous vote at the Democratic Convention in my hometown of Charlotte this past June.

The vote from the floor was loud and clear that the Democratic Party did not want even the mention of God in their platform or the statement that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. This has resulted in courageous Christian leaders, even black Christian leaders like Bishop E.W. Jackson, to call for all black Christians to leave the Democratic Party. There is an increasing cry for all Christians of all colors to leave the Democratic Party. Though I’m sure many will stay to try to be salt and light there, it is obvious that the Democratic Party has become increasingly hostile to Christianity.

In the past, I have been grieved by the way the party of Lincoln, the party that was the natural home of the freed slaves in America and should have been the leader of the Civil Rights Movement, instead became an obstruction to the Civil Rights Movement. That too was contrary to biblical morality as well as our Constitution and Bill of Rights. However, the Republican Party has moved away from that tragic history and has attracted a new breed of minority leadership. Now it is the Republican Party that is continuing an effective fight for true justice and equality in America. This is the main factor that has kept me in the Republican Party, in spite of the many disappointments of the present institutional Republican leadership.

If there is not a change in this election, and the new Administration does not move decisively to address the departure from the Constitutional moorings of our government, and to renew the devotion to freedom for the spiritual and moral discourse that is our inheritance, I expect a mass exodus from both parties to follow. I also expect the rise of another party that will take some of the best from both the Democratic and Republican parties.

In this world, we will not have a perfect government or perfect leadership. Even so, in a democracy the people are the sovereign, and if we do not vote we are an irresponsible sovereign. To not vote is a vote for the other side.

It has been estimated that more than 15 million evangelicals refused to vote in the last election. Our country’s slide into the abyss of moral and financial destruction has accelerated since that election, and we may not think our vote could make a difference, but you can be sure that our vote, or failure to do so, is recorded in heaven.

Though I am resolute in the conviction of our responsibility to vote, and have the conviction that this election will make a major difference in our future, regardless of who gets into the Oval Office, Congress, or the state and local governments, the crises we are now in are beyond human remedy. Without our nation turning back to God and seeking His grace with the sincerity that would cause us to turn from our wicked ways, we have a very dark and difficult future ahead of us, regardless of who gets elected, though it may slow the pace if Romney is elected. If we return to the Lord and seek to walk in His ways, our future can be even brighter than our history. This can happen even if Obama is reelected. If we will return to the Lord, it does not mean that it will be easy, but it will be brighter.

Rick Joyner is the founder and executive director of MorningStar Publications and Ministries (morningstarministries.org) based in Charlotte, N.C. He is also the author of numerous books, including the best-selling The Final Quest and a recently updated version of Overcoming Evil in the Last Days.

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WHY THIS CHRISTIAN IS COMPELLED TO VOTE REPUBLICAN | Part I

God is not Republican or Democrat.  I just saw that phrase again on a bumper sticker the other day.  I agree that is most certainly true.  However, we do also know that God does take a stand on many issues and His views are found in the Bible.  I am a Christian, whose worldview has been shaped by what I believe to be absolute truth found in the Bible on many subjects, spiritual and moral; the most important being that of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and what He did on the cross for humanity. But the Bible does reveal truth on many issues pertaining to right thinking and right actions for a society and individuals, regardless of what generation or culture, who would seek to follow God’s ways.

So again, I am a Christian, a conservative Christian to be more precise.  That means I believe the Bible reveals God’s Word of absolute truth; that what God says regarding spiritual and moral issues are to be understood in their most literal framework; that what God says regarding these issues are relevant and applicable to every historically successive generation and culture in light of the understanding that the spiritual and moral nature of mankind has remained constant throughout its known history.

I know there are many who do not agree with my worldview, but this article is, to be clear, directed to those who would say they are in agreement with what I have stated above.

So, why am I compelled to vote Republican in the upcoming Presidential election?  For this simple reason:  I believe, of the two major parties, the Republican Party PLATFORM best adheres to and upholds the biblical worldview I have espoused.  In fact, I believe the contrast between the two parties has, particularly in recent years, become so stark in terms of what worldview each is promoting it is hard for me to comprehend how a Christian can support the current worldview philosophy of the Democratic Party.  I know that is a strong statement.  I want to be clear that I am not saying if you support the Democratic Party I do not believe you can be a Christian.  I am simply saying that it is hard for me to understand how a Christian can support such a platform that has increasingly and distinctly drifted away, in my opinion, from Christian values.  I will say that I realize the Democratic Party has not always espoused such radical social views.  But I know there are many, including generational Democrats, who would agree that it is certainly a different political party than it was even 30 or 40 years ago.

…Stay tuned for part II.

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Oct
18

THE CLAPHAM WAY

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Near the end of the 18th century, a young British parliamentarian named William Wilberforce, along with a small group of friends from Clapham, took on the impossible, the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire… and they turned their world upside down!

So, how did they do it?

These “friends” shared a common bond, their faith in Jesus Christ, and their corporate sense of calling to “preach the gospel” in every arena of life, social or political. Their collective focus was to influence their world and even radically transform it through their steadfast commitment to the cause.

Though they were of diverse Christian denominational backgrounds, they were unified in their common faith in Jesus Christ and driven by their common passion to pursue His purposes for their lives in their generation.

And now the time has come to sound the call once again. Those who profess their faith in Jesus Christ, who share the same sense of urgency for this nation’s spiritual and moral conscience, are invited to look past minor differences to pursue a calling that extends far beyond just seeking personal comfort and well-being, and come together for such a time as this!

We invite you to join the Clapham Society today by sending an email to let us know you are standing with us in this movement to change our world for Jesus Christ.  There is no obligation or financial commitment required to join.  You will receive ongoing updates, articles and valuable information regarding events- past and present, areas of engagement/involvement,  and insightful commentary on issues that will help you in your stand for truth in your own sphere of influence.

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“I sought for the greatness of the United States in her commodious harbors, her ample rivers, her fertile fields and boundless forests…and it was not there.

I sought for it in her rich mines, her vast world commerce, her public school system, and in her institutions of higher learning–and it was not there.  I looked for it in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution…and it was not there.

Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.  America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great!”

– French writer Alexis de Tocqueville, after visiting America in 1831

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