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Defenders of Marriage Deploy a Powerful Weapon!

marriagefrom – Family Research Council

Day 1: 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting

In 2008, Californians voted for a second time to keep marriage in their state as “between one man and one woman.” In 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court nullified the will of the California people. In 2007, FRC President Tony Perkins warned:

We appear to be entering a difficult time in the history of our nation with no clear light shining in the distance … the spiritual battle for the future of this nation has intensified in the last six months beyond what many of us ever envisioned in such a short period of time.  We are witnessing a rising tide of evil in our nation that threatens the very foundations of our Republic…

If we are to succeed in defending faith, family and freedom, let alone advancing these core ideals in this nation, we need the Lord to raise up a standard and drive back this flood of evil that seeks to take the lives of the unborn, redefine marriage and family out of existence and restrict, if not remove our freedom to live out our Christian faith.  While we wrestle with the political, what we really face is spiritual at its core (Read or listen to Is 59:14-19 on Bible Gateway).

What Tony said in 2007 should be obvious to every American Christian in 2015. During the next few months the U.S Supreme Court, could rule again, on four same-sex marriage cases, and declare same sex marriage a constitutional right in all 50 states. We all share guilt for having arrived at this place. Our only real hope is God!

As we pray and fast for the next 21 days, asking God to raise up His standard to protect and preserve marriage in our land, we must begin by confession, repentance and cleansing, if our appeal to heaven is to be heard.

With humility and repentance, may we confess our personal and collective sins before God!

  1. Any and all personal sin that could hinder our prayers (Is 59:2);
  2. Our failure rightly to revere the institution God exalts in Scripture as a picture of Christ and His Bride, the Church, to be united with Him in Holy Matrimony for eternity (Eph 5:32);
  3. Our individual and collective failure rightly to revere His sacred marriage covenant with which mankind has been blessed for 6000 years, the profound gift and privilege of marital love, commitment and communion, and the opportunity to share with our Creator the joy of bringing children into the world to love, nurture and raise to love Him and others (Mal 2:13-16; Eph 6:4).
  4. Our active and passive failures to be salt and light in America through the way we live out our own marriages (Mt 5:13);
  5. Our individual and collective failure to be witnesses for Him, faithfully sharing with our countrymen the gospel of Christ; which, had we done, we’d not be in this place (Acts 1:8).
  6. Our own role in allowing the diminishment of marriage in our nation during our lifetimes, whether by our sins of commission or omission (Lk 11:42);
  7. Our failure to act to be sure our own churches hold to a biblical standard for marriage (1 Timothy 3:15; 2 Tim 4:1-4);
  8. Our failure as believers to defend marriage, countering the coordinated effort by homosexuals to advance an agenda to redefine marriage in society, by boldly speaking the truth in love (Pr 24:8; 1 Tim 6:11-12;)
  9. Our failure as citizens to stand up to politicians, and elected officials who have overstepped their authority to impose special homosexual rights, including marriage upon the American people (Pr 28:4).

Let us confess all these things and more, and repent before the Lord. And may God grant us forgiveness and cleansing (2 Chr 7:14).

Whatever the Supreme Court may rule, may we consecrate our lives firmly to stand for Christ over this fundamental foundation of Christian faith, and arise to be that Standard the Lord promised to raise up in this hour! We must be prepared to stand, at whatever cost, on this matter (Ps 11:3). If this foundation is removed from American public life, everything related to God and his moral and spiritual truth and authority, including his laws (Ten Commandments) and the gospel will be under vicious assault for the remainder of our lives. We must fight for the sake of our children and grandchildren (see the Manhattan Declaration; Christian Leaders Prepare)

Let us resolve, at the outset of this fast, that whatever the Supreme Court rules, we will arise and be that Standard the Lord promised to raise up in this evil hour. If the Supreme Court rules wrongly, the fight for everything relating to faith in God, His moral and spiritual laws, and the very gospel will be under accelerated assault for the rest of our lives. We must fight for the sake of our children and grandchildren, should the Lord tarry! (Neh 4:14; 6:9). Let us spend ourselves before Him to prevail in prayer (Lk 18:1-8; Jas 5:16-18)!

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Silvercat
5 years ago

In the 80’s when this lifestyle was taking center stage it was said then that people choosing this lifestyle do not want choice they want to be celebrated… for this lifestyle . Satisfaction is not complete until destruction of the scriptural values are removed. What part of scriptural example do we not see This is an abomination to God in whose image we were created. We who oppose but are willing to allow people their choice … G D has given that to us all and we cannot deny this choice to those who choose to follow this lifestyle. All… Read more »

Peter V
5 years ago

So if the 21 days of prayer and fasting don’t bring the desired results?, How is that explained.

Fay
5 years ago

Since there seems to be a lot of discussion on “love” in these comments, who says you can’t love a person but despise their BEHAVIOR. Some love people who are lifelong alcoholics (by choice) but they despise the alcoholism (or gambling, porn addiction, etc., etc.) For the committed born again Christian, the Bible is the infallible rule over matters of morality, as well as other issues. Trouble is, many who call themselves Christians don’t know much about the Bible because they don’t read or study it in depth to see what It really does say. Where else do you go… Read more »

Martha S
5 years ago

Traditional families are the bedrock of the USA. How they go is how the country goes. Sexual immorality is a big part of ’45 Goals Communist Party USA’. More than 90% complete as their success in destroying the best nation ever!

Debora
5 years ago

I would like to add that my sister does not nor has she ever agreed with the in your face practices of the “loud and proud” gay community. In her opinion it is vulgar and disgusting.

Debora
5 years ago

I have a sister who is a “non practicing” lesbian. It took her many many years to figure out the destruction that came with that lifestyle. Countless encounters and many “partners” and no true peace and never a lasting relationship. As we are only two years apart we are very close and I have seen first hand the sadness and bitterness; the jealosy and the promiscuity; the anger and the distrust. I witnessed this over and over for more than 40 years of her life. She has never, I repeat never, been happy. At one point I said to her… Read more »

Rose
5 years ago

Greg
If all gays want is to live their life the way they want, why cant they let the christiams do the same? We believe gay marriage is an oxymoron, sin and want no part in it. Let us ALONE.

Mike S.
5 years ago

I believe that homosexuality is wrong. I believe that cheating on one’s spouse is wrong. I also believe that it is wrong to lie, cheat, and steal. I also believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. For these reasons I don’t cheat on my wife, and try to conduct my personal life free of lies, thefts, and dishonest or questionable behavior. This is my choice because of my personal beliefs. I do not believe it is my responsibility to attack or disparage someone who does not think the way I do but whose actions in no way… Read more »

Ivan Berry
5 years ago

What this article shows is that it’s all the Christians’ fault through the repeated phrase of individual or collective sins. More likely, it was progressivism that was not realized by the people in time to do anything about it given the political and spiritual leadership that had evolved (or devolved) throughout the 20th century. Too many churches have bought into the do good, feel good mantra of the Left and the expanded social contract that is national community organizing such that we are ruled by our betters. What’s forgotten is that we have no betters. We all have equal rights… Read more »

Richard Hutchinson
5 years ago

Who could be surprised at what is happening ? The Holy Scripture tells us that these things
will come about in the latter days ! It is up to each individual to follow Christ or not…Those
who refuse to obey God will receive their reward, Ashes under the feet of the Saints, they
will be as though they never existed…I will live my life as best I can in adherence of Christ’s
way and God will decide what will be my reward !!!

Joe McHugh
5 years ago

Question: Why are the Gays fighting so hard to get their partnerships defined as being “Marriages”? After all they can get most of the legal privileges of a legal union already by creating a civil union contract written on a document and officially sanctioned. The answer is is one word, namely the word “Marriage”. Let’s face it a civil union contract and the marriage contract can be identical in verbiage except for the word marriage. The Gays are convinced that the word marriage has to be on their civil union to make the non-gays respect their partnership. Yup, it is… Read more »

Dennis
5 years ago

GREG, we will pray for your lost soul! GOD created all the earth including Man & Woman, nothing in between. Man & Woman created the in between, and GOD addresses the in between in the Bible, as a sin. And you are right, we as Christians do NOT want to know what goes on in the bedroom. We also do not want a perverse minority telling us we have to except their life style. You all better wake up, when the Muslim’s take over there will not be a openly gay person left, so stay in your bedrooms.

greg
5 years ago

Why are your forcing your Judeo-Christian values and rules on all people. Not everyone is a Christian or Hebrew, Many very good people are Atheists or Agnostic. Please, keep your Faith to yourself or in Church or other House of Worship. Do you think a gay person has any choice in how He or She feels. DON’T YOU BELEIVE THAT AS A US CITEZEN THEY HAVE AND DESERVE THE SAME RIGHTS AS YOU AND ME? Remember more People have died in the name on one Deity or Another than any other reason. Just ” live and let live”. Why are… Read more »

Byron
5 years ago

We must all pray for the homosexuals with high hopes that they will repent of their sins and ask the Lord for forgiveness. Our Pastor once gave us an example of a short story about a young man and another Preacher concerning where the young man wished to go during his time on earth. At the end of each success that the young man wished to achieve, the Preacher would ask “and then what?”. When it came time in the story for the end of life as the young man knew it, and he knew he would die, he was… Read more »

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