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Lord, we pray for freedom and favor for our French brothers and sisters. May their neighbors come to know the true life and liberty found only in You.

Does the will of the state top the the demands of faith? That is a question Christians across the Atlantic are facing head on in a fresh and perhaps frightening way. Earlier this month a top French official publicly expressed frustration “with people who refuse to write on paper that the law of the Republic is superior to the law of God.”

Words like that carry weight, especially when they come from the French Interior Minister — a role similar to a what would be a combined Attorney General and Homeland Security Secretary here in the U.S.

It got even more alarming when, one day later, the same official said, “Evangelicals are a very important problem.”

What is the backdrop for these remarks? Well, the French National Assembly (the country’s legislature) was about to vote on a bill purported to uphold principles of the French Republic. In particular, it was aimed against the dangerous rise of radical Islam.

Millions of Muslims live in France — many in outlying and reportedly dismal neighborhoods on the fringes of major cities where extremism has been able to breed adherents. The nation was shocked last October when a school employee was actually beheaded by one Islamist fanatic. During a class on free speech, the teacher had highlighted a cartoon offensive to numerous Muslims — the same one that had sparked the deadly attack on the Charlie Hebdo newsroom in 2015.

Sadly, this beheading is part of a string of attacks. Since the Charlie Hebdo tragedy, hundreds in France have been killed by Islamist terrorists, including scores at a Bastille Day celebration in 2016 and several more just months ago in a stabbing at a cathedral in Nice.

In response to the rising violence, French leaders are understandably seeking ways to counter Islamism. Unfortunately, the bill that passed through the legislature after vigorous debate is of concern for people of faith generally, including Christians. Christianity Today reports one Baptist group’s analysis showing the legislation would require churches to re-submit their registrations to state authorities every 5 years, subject sermons to possible monitoring for hate speech, hinder religious homeschooling, and increase scrutiny on foreign connections.

François Clavairoly, president of the Protestant Federation of France, told CT, “This is the first time… that I find myself in the position of defending freedom of worship… I never imagined that in my own country something like this could happen.”

Notably, while calling evangelicals a problem, the Interior Minister did at least qualify that they were not one of the “same nature” as “Islamism that makes terrorist attacks and deaths.” But this was not much comfort to Christians already feeling targeted.

Unfortunately, many French citizens may not be attuned to these concerns. Pew Research Center in 2018 found that 64 percent of the French identify as Christian, but only 18 percent regularly attend church (and according to reports a much smaller percentage are evangelicals). Pew also found that a majority in France claimed to be neither religious nor spiritual, which is a big contrast from what we know in the U.S. where 48 percent identify as religious and spiritual (and another 27 percent say they are spiritual).

France’s story has long had close connections to our own nation’s. We need to be praying for our brothers and sisters in Christ facing these alarming developments. Let’s pray, too, for the power of Christ’s light, life, and hope to spread swiftly in that land in these critical days.

Aaron Mercer is a Contributing Writer with two decades of experience in Washington, D.C.s public policy arena. He reflects on faith, technology, and the public square at (Photo CRedit: Unsplash.)

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David McIntosh
March 1, 2021

Time to expose islam. Allah is the crescent moon demon of babylon (see Nabonidus Stele) and the koran is apostate jewish teachings from the talmud. People need to be educated in the true history of islam, which is a jewish cult based around Allah/Hubal/Sin (crescent moon god), and Mohammed is a false jewish prophet (arab side of judaism). The truth is impartial, it saves man and it glorifies God.

Time to expose freemasonry/rabbinical talmudism. These cults are behind communism and rely on the corrupt, antichrist lies of the Talmud. Rituals, demon gods, and hindu occultism (think jewish Merkabah dreams) are used to channel messages from unclean spirits and cause mayhem on the earth (this is the source of some teachings in the “talmud” or “zohar”).

Repentance to God the Father and Faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ — true history and the gospel will help destroy these satanic cults, and save people to eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

David Scott
February 27, 2021

I began investigating communism in 1962 with the help of the FBI director. In 1973 I began to discovered how communism has its roots in satanism. The Illuminati made plans to use communism to enslave the world long before Marx ever wrote his manifesto. The Illuminati was also behind the French Revolution. The French have been under the control of those satanists ever since. They are masters of deceit to get away with making Christians seem evil when it is really they, who are the evil ones. May the Lord show Himself strong on behalf of His saints in the midst of that darkness. May the Lord magnify His right hand against that wickedness.

Santos Garcia, Jr.
February 27, 2021

Absolutely… we must pray for France and the antinomian European Union. If one were to study the profound contrasts between our American Revolution & the bloody French Revolution that both occurred in the 18th Century- the differences are staggering. The LORD blessed America in being victorious against the super-power of the day England, who like David fought against all odds in defeating Goliath. That blessing from GOD was directly poured out because of the colonial men & women who humbled themselves in fervent prayer, in faith believing that YHVH had a Destiny to fulfill on this continent.

The French on the other hand, rejected GOD & the Bible outright, believing that man was superior to any invisible entity- and the result was a bloody, horrific revolution that was brutal beyond imagination. We must pray as led by the Holy Spirit for the world community of nations is hanging on the precipice of Divine Judgment. What we reap we will sow, for GOD is not mocked. Yet He wants so much more for our planet, IF mankind will but turn to Him in supplication for His help which is held in abeyance at this time. Ponder this prayerfully:

    Carol A.
    February 27, 2021

    Amen my Brother! You are so correct! The French Revolution was a horrific affront to God, and the leader Robespierre, who encouraged the execution of 17,000 people, was himself sent to the guillotine!

James Donohoe
February 27, 2021

Too often governments, like the French in this instance, assume power and authority based on “Human Reasoning” when it should be based on “Moral Reasoning”. Laws that govern our countries should be based on moral reasoning and this is the only way there can be justice exercised by our laws. People long for justice to be done by our laws. But justice is not found in the human reasoning. Justice is based on law and moral reasoning; how can you cry for justice if you do not know the justifiable source of all law who is God? Saying that the laws of government override God’s laws will doom a nation to eventual ruin. America pay attention!

Yvonne Pendleton
February 27, 2021

Time & time again we hear that we need to begin to pray. Why have we not been praying before such horrible things happen? Why can we not be free to worship to better the country where we live? One religion should not be in control to limit another. Why can t we see this?

Cannon Connell
February 27, 2021

I pray dear heavenly Father for your protection for our French brothers and sisters. Bring a catalyst to their land to move their country toward revival. I pray for their hearts to repent and turn to you. Lord, I pray for my former co-worker Stephanie and her family to come to know you in a way that so real there is no denying that you are working in their lives. Let revival spread like wildfire through their land. In Jesus precious name. Amen, amen and amen.

Remco Brommet
February 27, 2021

Something similar is happening in my country of birth, the Netherlands, where the government is trying to pass laws that would make it illegal for Christian schools to refuse people who openly practice or support homosexuality. The same sentiment: Christian evangelicals are anti-progressive and therefore hateful and must bow to the law of the land. This is the post-Christian mindset that is now spreading rapidly in the US and is the outcome of Psalm 2:1-3 and Jesus’ warning in Matthew 24:9 – that “you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.”

February 27, 2021

Lord I pray for the French people. Lord GOD start a great Christian Revival to this country. I bind the evilness in this country in Jesus name. Lord GOD open there eyes, and set them free. It starts with prayer, stir there hearts and speak truth to them. May your salvation be greatly received there. Amen 🙏

February 27, 2021

O God, arise! Lift the “veil that is spread over all nations”.(Is 25:7) The cry of “I never thought I’d see this happen in my country !” is being heard around the globe. O Lord, we pray especially now for the salvation of the French Interior Minister. Awaken those who know You in the French National Assembly to speak up and call out to You for wisdom. You are mighty, O Lord, to save! We bless You!

Karen Secrest
February 27, 2021

Now I wonder the “why” of the Lord showing me a picture of the lady who said”let them eat cake” in a heeled cart on the way to the guillotine. In her powered wig and elegant clothing??


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