Why I WON'T Be participating In The National Day Of Prayer/Repentance
Indeed, I will not be participating in America's National Day of Prayer and Repentance. Not the way 99 percent of so called U.S. “Christians” will be doing it anyway. Most Americans will say a quick prayer, tell God how sorry they are for engaging in some simplistic sinful act and just go on with life. Nothing changed, nothing done, America goes on to the next day, September 12, 2013 looking and acting entirely the same. What's the point I ask all “Christian” Americans of a “National Day of Prayer and Repentance” if engaging in a job half done ? Seriously, what's the point ? Does not James 2:17-20 tell us in part; “faith without works is dead” ? This nation is filled with people running around praying but not participating in the “doing “ part of that Bible Scripture I quoted. Let's get real here shall we ? Prayer is easy because it cost's you little to nothing. Perhaps a few minutes of time is used in the process of praying but there is no real physical “works” required. Not only that, prayer does not require any real sacrifice... no money given, no sweat broken, no bravery needed in the effort. It's not like we live in some Communist or Muslim nation where prayer to the Biblical God is forbidden that we would really need to hide our efforts-nope.
Action or as the Bible calls it “works” is a necessary part of a real Christian's walk with God. We can't get away from it but so many American's make every effort to avoid it. Why is that ? Is that most Americans are lazy ? Maybe, perhaps it's more likely that many Americans have fallen into the devil's trappings of false gospels, especially the false gospel of “feel-good theologies.” You know... “God loves you, all is good, don't worry about sin, God forgives.” That plus the false theologies of “prosperity gospel, social gospel and so on. I see millions flocking to so called churches and TV Programs featuring Rick Warren, TD Jakes, Joel Osteen and so on. Couple that fact with the one-thousand-plus pastors who quit the pulpit each year, no wonder God doesn't do anything on our behalf. When folks go chasing after false christs and engage in self serving religious activities, don't bother to pray, God's not going to do anything because those prayers of the false christians aren't going up to God's ears. No point in having a “National Day of Prayer and Repentance” if those prayers are essentially not being heard and are equally empty of any real substance.
For those that have said they have a “real” relationship with Jesus Christ of the Bible here in the USA, it appears they have gone “MIA.” I say that as a real Christian, because a real Christian is engaged in not only spiritual battles but physical battles as well. To say that physical battles between good vs evil never occurs is nothing short of foolishness. If you need a prime example, just look at all the evils Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Obama had(have)engaged in. What would our world look like if Christians did not rise up against these evil people ? As I indicated earlier and acknowledged earlier, prayer is only half the job done. Sadly, the fact remains that most Christians have become cowards when it comes to their faith. Also as I shared earlier, for Americans, we have a fairly easy life when it comes to calling ourselves “Christians”publicly. Having such open freedom to share who and what we are with others, you would think that the vast majority of Christian Americans would be busy, busy, busy fulfilling the Great Commission with their family, friends and over-seas, and helping fight for Godly justice... not so however. Not only do we see real evangelism not occurring in our nation, we see a dramatic increase in evil acts without Biblically responding from Christians as well. Here, take this test, let's see if you are of those who are Biblically minded when it comes to “Works” against evil...are you ready ? Put on your “Jesus hat”.....
- If you were out on a walk by yourself and you came across a person being raped by 2 others, would you.....a) Pray only.b) Pray then call 911.c) Call 911 only.e) Jump in and physically help rescue the person being raped, praying then call 911.f) Do nothing because your to busy or don't want to get involvedg) Call your pastor and ask him what to do?
Sorry, no add-ons, no excuses, no “fine tuning” your answers. The correct Biblical response is “e.” If you are doing anything else than “e”, your not doing your job as a Biblical Christian. I wouldn't be a bit surprise though to see people comment somewhere on or around this article making excuses, justifying, blaming others(including me) for not having to do their Biblical duty to “rescue the perishing.” That however is the real response from most American christians(small letter "c" placed throughout the article purposely)....always ready to do nothing, blame others, justify and make excuses to not fulfill the Biblical mandate to do “works.” No wonder our nation is in such moral peril and God is not helping us. He's waiting for us to do our Biblical job of taking action especially against evil, and there's hardly a soul active in doing so.
Billy Graham recently shared a public comment where he declared America needs “revival.” The problem with that comment is that history shows us that “revival” requires wholesale repentance by the people asking for revival.” A German "Evangelist" named Reinhard Bonke also recently said that God told him that “America will be saved.”... Yikes ! http://www.wnd.com/2013/08/famed-evangelist-god-told-me-america-will-be-saved/. Well, maybe...perhaps like you however, I have had it though with so called pastors, evangelists and “prophets” who say “God told me” this and “God told me” that. To many false prophets in the world today. Personally, I hope what Bonke said is true, but without real Christians participating in removing evil, first within themselves and then to unrepentant others, especially those “in authority”, nothing is going to change in America. If anything, all that will occur will be our continuance in sliding off into the pit of Hell. Indeed, those who propagate homosexuality, drug use, religion over the Biblical Christ, “transgender bathrooms”, divorce, abortion, lying, cops threatening to or actually murdering citizens, enabling Filipina Migration Marriage Scammers, character assassination and other wickedness, all that will happen is seeing continuation in increases of natural disasters like tornado's, sink holes, wild fires and as well, man made disasters like teenagers shooting others “out of boredom”, mental illness, spiritual illness and “the thrill of it.”
If you are a Bible believing Christian, it is YOUR responsibility to remove unrepentant evil as part of the “works” mentioned in James 2:17-20. I had written about the entire process of “removing evil” in the past and can be read at htttp://blackroberegimentpastor.blogspot.com/2010/12/removing-evil-through-p-process.html. The bottom line here for every American is that you cannot participate in a “National Day of Prayer and Repentance” without also making it a “National Day of Action.” To take part in an event that does not include the Biblical and necessary part of taking action to remove unrepentant evil, especially with those “in authority”, will only end in a useless effort as if nothing was done at all.
God is watching, God is listening. He is also waiting for His people to rise up and take action against evil and evil, unrepentant people.
Proverbs 24:11-12 “if you hold back from rescuing those taken away to death, those who go staggering to the slaughter; if you say, “Look, we did not know this”—does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it? And will he not repay all according to their deeds? “
Rev. Paul P. Waldmiller~Black Robe Regiment Pastor