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CASTING OFF COWARDICE IN THE FACE OF EVIL
Unprecedented times require unusual bravery. Winston Churchill, William Wilberforce, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Abraham Lincoln, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and now President Trump represent patriots whom I place in my “Parthenon of Courageous Heroes.” Against all odds and opposition, they stayed the course without wavering.
A friend of mine who miraculously survived a catastrophic plane crash, Mickey Robinson, just released his book, “Supernatural Courage – God’s Secret Weapon for Your Victory.” Dying, disfigured, disabled and darkened in sight, he cried out to God to save him and grant him a miracle. After being transported into a heavenly realm, he returned to earth to inspire people to courageously persevere [Hear his astonishing story on “Here’s the Deal” podcasts].
In these days of incredible evil and upheaval, God is using servants like Mickey Robinson to inspire and challenge us to rise to the occasion. Let’s wholeheartedly respond while believing the famous quote from Billy Graham, “Courage is contagious.”
Scripture calls us to follow examples like those in the Hebrews 11 “Hall of Fame.” God promises, “I will make the godly of the land My heroes…” (Psalm 101:6 TLB).
“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of those whose heart is perfect towards Him”
(2 Chron. 16:9 KJV).
Casting Off Cowardice
The Bible explicitly lists those cast in the lake of fire. It’s significant who’s listed first. May this jolt any Christian and especially pastors who have been silent and squeamish about uncompromisingly and courageously addressing the critical moral issues of our day.
“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the abominable, the murderers, the sexually immoral, the sorcerers, the idolaters, and all liars shall have their portion in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone” (Rev.21:8).
The warning given to the Laodicean church by Jesus Himself applies to us in this hour and especially to those who want to avoid being “political” and be more seeker-friendly, non-offensive and virtue-signaling that “we’re cool and committed to church growth principles to attract maximum crowds and currency.”
“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot, I wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spit you out of My mouth. For you say, ‘I am rich, and have stored up goods, and have need of nothing,’ yet do you not realize that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked” (Rev. 3:15-17).
Standing Not Silent
Mickey Robinson’s testimony and book is timely in the face of these contentious times. Violence and anarchist activity that we’ve witnessed alongside the incredible demonization and disrespect for leaders, law enforcement and long-standing institutions, indicates the “the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short” (Rev.12:12).
“For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore…” (Eph. 6:12-14).
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German pastor and prophet, martyred for taking a stand against Hitler and the Nazi socialists, told us to be bold and brave in the cause of Christ. “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
Differentiating between the slogan “Black Lives Matter” and the organization led by three outspoken Marxist women (two of whom identify proudly as “Queer”) requires discernment and courage to help others understand their leftist ambitions to replace our Judeo-Christian nation and rebuild it as a socialist state.
Defining “social justice” from a biblically informed worldview requires study and courage to identify with explicitly scriptural causes versus pop cultural counterfeits. There is a cost to courageous civic engagement but with the silent screams of 61 million unborn babies aborted and millennia of defining marriage as between one man and one woman obliterated on our watch, passive preachers and cowering Christians are no longer acceptable.
I know the “cost” from personal experience as I was once warned by a church leader that if I proceeded with a biblical-based educational video, “10 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Gay Marriage” it would be a “deal breaker.” Subsequently I was let go and was told, “Just don’t come back.” How many pastors, educators and employees have likewise been shown the door in today’s “cancel culture” for expressing views on the LGBTQ agenda, abortion or the idea America is steeped in “white supremacy?”
The prayer of Mickey Robinson and me and countless others who have “woke” to the urgency of the hour is for all of us to shake off all fear, share the truth and the gospel consistently and embrace civic engagement being “salt” to preserve our country from rot.
Not Growing Weary
We are currently involved in a fierce battle for the soul of our nation. We’re in the midst of a clash of civilizations and we cannot and will not accept compromise or capitulation as an option.
“And let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not give up” (Gal.6:9).
When people try to slap a label on me that I’m a “racist“ or need to “demonstrate solidarity with the ‘cause’ by not standing to salute our Flag or for the National Anthem,” I will not surrender my obedience to God or my love for my country to appear noble and “with it” today.
I try to winsomely yet confidently educate many deceived and naïve individuals by simply telling them historical facts and the truth. I invite you to take the FREE 30 day “Bullseye Challenge” to learn how to be an informed influencer on the 30 hot button issues of our day.
“All that’s required for the triumph of evil is for good men to say nothing.”
There is no civilization in human history that did not have slavery as a part of its heritage. The United States is no exception. Yet we did not remain supporters of slavery but fought our worst war to abolish it. We were inspired by the example of Britain’s courageous Christian leader, William Wilberforce, who worked tirelessly for 20 years to abolish it and died just days after it was accomplished!
It’s a fact and it takes courage to say that the Democrat Party is the party behind what I call the “Big 10 Scandals:” slavery, secession, segregation, socialism, secularism, same-sex marriage, subpar education, statue demolition, slaughter of the unborn and “sex” redefined as any sexual orientation and gender identity a person wants. To be consistent, should America not only retire Aunt Jemima, Uncle Ben, Mrs. Butterworth, and Lady Antebellum but this leftist political party too?
Wesley‘s Words to Wilberforce
Here’s the deal: in this hour when the future of America hangs in the balance, Mickey Robinson has a message for us to be courageous Christians. On his deathbed, John Wesley wrote the following words to encourage Wilberforce to defeat slavery (which he did plus inspired America to do likewise!). Likewise, we should heed them in our defining moment:
“Unless the divine power has raised you up… I see not how you can go through your glorious enterprise in opposing that [abominable practice of slavery], which is the scandal of religion, of England, and a human nature. Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them together stronger than God? Go on in the name of God, and in the power of His might!” – John Wesley
Larry Tomczak is a cultural commentator of 46 yrs, Intercessors for America board member, best-selling author and a public policy advisor with Liberty Counsel. His innovative video/book, BULLSEYE, develops informed influencers in 30 days (see www.bullseyechallenge.com). Hear his weekly podcast here.
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Father give the true church the discernment and wisdom Jesus had, that stopped the Pharisees in their tracks when they were hellbent on stoning the woman caught in adultery, You said “let him without sin cast the first stone”, there were no accusers left! Father Jesus did not focus on the woman’s sin, nor did he condone her sin!!The focus was on her accusers! He knew the law and knew her heart through the gift of discernment! Yet led by the Holy Spirit he chose not to stone her and even to prevent others from doing so, Father Jesus was radical in his approach to save her turning it around on the self righteous sin of religion which finger points and stones forgetting it’s own sins, with pride that doesn’t truly love a sinner, because it has not YOUR righteousness but a counterfeit! Only can God who IS love, Fill us with Himself so that WE can BE love also even to the vilest sinners and offer them the TRUE Spirit of love (of God) that TRULY convicts and changes
Hearts delivering them out of darkness! Father help us to speak the true gospel from truly holy lips spoken by a truly holy heart which has fully surrendered to you, spent time in your presence learned how to TRULY love a sinner to repentance as Jesus did, such that they feel and see and hear YOUR spirit and it causes them to truly want YOU, and to turn from their wicked ways! Father help us to learn from Jesus the way to hate sin but love sinners! Father stir up your church to seek you and find your heart on these matters of how to truly save the “adulterers” body, soul, and spirit, by your true love, True conviction. In Jesus name
Heavenly Father, thank you for allowing us to pray 24/7. We ask that the church will be united to fight on our knees asking for all the 50 states become RED like the blood of Jesus flowing through it. Let the church remember that it is our delight to pray for the defend less (from evil) and the clue less (from the truth that only Jesus can give) like those people @ BLM @ Planned Parenthood @ the Good Club @ Antifa @ Open Society @ MSM @ GGE @ LGBTQ or any other group that I do not know … Father, have mercy on them .. please forgive us, the church, who have been sleeping for I don’t know how long which allow these evil to rise up … Thank You Father for the year 2020 that You allow us to see that our sins are ripen so that we can kneel and ask for Your forgiveness and help us to repent Father and help us to keep our promise that from now on we, the church, will always be on guard and pray without ceasing so that the next generation may enjoy the freedom that You gave us to live in the original USA under the Bible and Constitution.
Let’s us, this generation be remembered as a fearless generation who pray without ceasing and
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt. So that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:5-6
I pray in the name of Jesus that all these will be manifested in the USA as of 2020.
Psalm 133 says, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! … For there the Lord bestows His blessing, even life forevermore.” The church as the Body of Christ is to be a powerful example of unity that reflects the blessings of God to their communities. The church will As unity in the Body of Christ and unity among churches increases, let’s expect the blessings of God to increase in our nation to replace hatred and violence with supernatural love and peace. Ephesians 4:3 says, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
Let’s pray for pastors as spiritual gatekeepers of their cities to join together in unity to reach their cities with the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ and to meet the needs of their communities through the united efforts of churches in their areas. Pray for pastors and churches to partner with other pastors and churches across denominational, ethnic, and cultural lines so the love of God can be manifested in dark areas of their cities.
In Jesus name bind demonic principalities of witchcraft, hate, and division that keep Christian leaders and churches from cooperating in unity. Luke 10:19 says, “Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you.”
Eph 6:18 says, ”
“Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”
Ultimately Your perfect will be done Father … in this matter, Father. In Jesus’ name we pray and thank You.
Father God, thank You for Mickey Robinson Your good and faithful servant … Bless him so that he is able to reach out to more Zombie Christians .. so that they can be ignited and go to vote in person in Nov 2020 for President Trump. Thank You Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit…