AUSTRALIAN PRAYER NETWORK NEWSLETTER
- HAS DONALD TRUMP BECOME PRESIDENT BY THE SOVEREIGN INTERVENTION OF GOD?
- WILL THE RIGHT TO DIE BECOME A DUTY TO DIE
- CANADIAN PROFESSOR SAYS FIRE ME, JAIL ME BUT I WILL NOT BACK DOWN TO PC POLICE
- EVANGELICALS HAND VICTORY TO DONALD TRUMP
- JUDGE REBUKES OBAMA FOR NOT TAKING MORE CHRISTIAN REFUGEES FROM SYRIA
- NORTH KOREAN CHRISTIANS PRAYING FOR WESTERNERS WHO PUT THEIR FAITH IN MONEY
HAS DONALD TRUMP BECOME PRESIDENT BY THE SOVEREIGN INTERVENTION OF GOD?
As the political pundits weigh in on the many sociological and ideological factors that contributed to Donald Trump’s stunning victory, allow me to weigh in on the spiritual side of things. I believe Trump has been elected president by divine intervention. I’m aware, of course, that some people believe that everything happens by the will of God, which means that whoever wins the presidency wins by God’s express will. Yet there are times when there are so many odds against something happening, when it so greatly defies logic, that it is easier to recognize God’s involvement. That, I believe, is the case with Donald Trump winning, and remember, this comes from someone who endorsed Ted Cruz and was one of Trump’s stronger conservative critics during the primaries.
Just think of the obstacles Trump overcame, including: 1) The massive baggage of his past, including the release of a vulgar video with his tremendously offensive sexual comments along with numerous women accusing him of sexual assault (as reported by no less than the New York Times); 2) his myriad campaign errors, with enough misstatements and inappropriate remarks to sink several candidates; 3) a very strong Republican field, including Governors like Bush, Christie, Kasich, Huckabee and Walker, Senators like Cruz, Rubio and Santorum, and outsiders like Carson and Fiorina; 4) the massive power of the Clinton political machine; and 5) the overwhelming collusion of the mainstream media.
Some will say, “God has raised up Donald Trump to judge America. He has given us what we deserve, and it is not good.” That is certainly a possibility, and either way, Trump’s many negative qualities are still glaring, and our nation remains terribly divided. But if God has raised Trump up for certain divine purposes, it behoves us to ask what those purposes are. First, consider this post from Pastor Jeremiah Johnson dating back to July of last year. Jeremiah knew very little about Trump when he wrote these words: “I was in a time of prayer several weeks ago when God began to speak to me concerning the destiny of Donald Trump in America. The Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, ‘Trump shall become My trumpet to the American people, for he possesses qualities that are hard to find in My people these days.
“Trump does not fear man nor will he allow deception and lies to go unnoticed. I am going to use him to expose darkness and perversion in America like never before, but you must understand that he is like a bull in a china closet. Many will want to throw him away because he will disturb their sense of peace and tranquillity, but you must listen through the bantering to discover the truth that I will speak through him. I will use the wealth that I have given him to expose and launch investigations searching for the truth. Just as I raised up Cyrus to fulfil My purposes and plans, so have I raised up Trump to fulfil my purposes and plans prior to the 2016 election. You must listen to the trumpet very closely for he will sound the alarm, and many will be blessed because of his compassion and mercy.”
“Though many see the outward pride and arrogance, I have given him the tender heart of a father that wants to lend a helping hand to the poor and the needy, to the foreigner and the stranger.” Obviously, Trump’s policies regarding immigration would seem to contradict the final sentence here, but if the rest of this proclamation is true, then perhaps this part will prove true as well. Second, consider the perspective of Dr. Lance Wallnau, a Christian speaker and leadership coach. He too felt that God was raising up Trump to be a Cyrus-type leader, someone used by God to help the nation, even though he himself was not a Believer, feeling directed to read a passage from Isaiah 45 to Trump (this passage speaks of Cyrus), and say that Trump was called to be the 45th president of the United States.
Wallnau believes that God is using Trump as a “wrecking ball to the spirit of political correctness,” claiming, “His emergence is such a destabilizing threat to the vast deal-making machinery embedded in both parties that he has the unique distinction of being rejected by both liberal Democrats and establishment Republicans at the same time.” In Wallnau’s words, “Trump is God’s ‘chaos candidate.'” But here is the major caveat, even if all (or most of these things) are true: If Trump, indeed, is a divine wrecking ball, then he could do as much harm as good, and to the extent that he is appealing to the fears, frustrations and anger of a nation, he is channelling some potentially dangerous emotions. That means that we should pray that:
1) he will continue to surround himself with solid men like Mike Pence, his Vice President, or Rudy Giuliani, possibly his Attorney General;
2) he will listen to the godly leaders who have been speaking into his life, like James Robison and Tony Perkins;
3) he will humble himself, recognizing that the pride that has brought him this far is the pride that could destroy him;
4) he will keep his word about the Supreme Court justices he will nominate;
5) he will not compromise the Republican Platform in some misguided effort to prove his moderation;
6) he will do his best not to alienate those who are horrified by his presidency, instead pledging to be the president of all Americans.
7) he will demonstrate that he will ultimately help our nation as a whole with good economic policies or by proposing something better than Obamacare.
8) he will learn to act presidential (rather than vengeful and impetuous) on both a national and international level.
In short, if Trump indeed is president by divine intervention, we should pray for divine restraint on his life as well, lest this divine wrecking ball wreak havoc on the nation while tearing down what is wrong. May he be a divinely guided wrecking ball!
Editors note: Can we add our prayers as Australians to those above. Please pray:
* for the nation to accept the result of the election and begin to come together under their new President in the new era that will emerge. Pray that protests will subside, wounds caused by harsh words from both sides during the campaign be healed, and renewed hope to re-emerge as the nation takes a new direction in God.
* for wisdom to be given to the Trump Administration in how they execute change, in the words they chose to speak and in the choices they make in the appointments to key leadership roles within the Government so that the nation as a whole can accept that they are a stable and suitable team fit for Government.
* for Donald Trump himself that he would mature quickly to be a true but fearless leader, able to take the nation in the new direction he has promised but in a way that minimises the possibility of creating divisions that would threaten the stability of the nation as a whole.
Source: Michael Brown – American Evangelical Christian Commentator
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WILL THE RIGHT TO DIE BECOME A DUTY TO DIE
The US state of Colorado will vote on an assisted suicide measure this month. Those who vote “Yes” are signing their own death warrants. In a recent article at National Review Online, George Weigel tells a chilling story about how far the culture of death has advanced in some parts of the West. Three elderly parishioners at the Canadian church he attends during the summer were diagnosed with cancer. The first thing they were asked after being told their diagnosis was, “Do you wish to be euthanized?” While this story should upset us, it shouldn’t shock us. Despite all the promises made by supporters of physician-assisted suicide, the so-called “safeguards” against pressuring vulnerable people to end their lives “have proved to be inadequate and have often been watered down or eliminated over time.”
Or, as Belgian law professor Etienne Montero observed, “What is presented at first as a right to die is going to become a kind of obligation.” Thus, in fourteen years Belgium went from euthanizing terminally-ill adults, to killing chronically-ill adults, to offing adults who had lost their will to live, to finally disposing of children. As Weigel’s story suggests, Canada seems literally hell-bent on catching up with Belgium in this regard. Physician-assisted suicide has only been legal there since this spring and it has already transformed the practice of medicine in Canada. And if some Canadian philosophers get their way, a willingness to kill your patients will be a prerequisite for practicing medicine in the Great White North.
Now it’s Colorado’s turn to play waiting room Russian Roulette. This November Coloradans will vote on Proposition 106, also known by its Orwellian title: “The End of Life Options Act.” The supporters of the act, which is modelled on California’s recent legislation of the same name, assure voters that a vote for physician-assisted suicide is a vote for “compassion.” They assure us that it will remain limited to cases of extreme suffering. But as Weigel points out, the language of the proposed act is “duplicitous.” It characterizes killing someone as “palliative care.” And it defines an “adult” as anyone 18 or older, which leads to the absurdity of not being old enough to drink but old enough to request assistance in killing yourself.
And in a backhanded admission of a guilty conscience, the deceased’s death certificate would list the cause of death as the illness they suffered from and not suicide. If supporters of assisted suicide need to mislead and obfuscate about basic matters such as these, why should we believe their assurances that no one will be coerced into killing themselves? Little wonder that disability advocates oppose the measure. Colorado history should also give us pause. Thirty-two years ago, then-governor of Colorado, Richard Lamm told a group of health-care lawyers that the terminally-ill elderly have “a duty to die and get out of the way” instead of trying to prolong their lives. He compared the fulfilment of this “duty” to “leaves falling off a tree and forming humus for the other plants to grow up.”
It would be foolish to think that the “right-to-die” won’t one day become the “duty to die,” especially in an aging society where health care costs as a percentage of the GDP are projected to double over the next 25 years. The only way to prevent the “right to die” from becoming a “duty to die” is to reject the “right to die” from the start. Anything else places the most vulnerable, the elderly and the disabled, on an already slippery slope. All of us will die of old age, disease, or tragedy. And except in the case of tragedy, if the advocates of so-called compassion have their way, we and our loved ones will end up facing the same question George Weigel’s fellow parishioners were asked: “Do you wish to be euthanized?” Pray that Colorado voters will reject this deceptive and death-dealing legislation.
Source: International Prayer Connections
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CANADIAN PROFESSOR SAYS FIRE ME, JAIL ME BUT I WILL NOT BACK DOWN TO PC POLICE
Jordan Peterson, the University of Toronto champion of free speech, told a panel of critics that he would never use politically-correct gender pronouns like zir and xe even under threat of fines, jail, and job loss. Three weeks ago Peterson raised an international storm by putting out 3Youtube videos condemning the Canadian government, the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC), and his own university for what he sees as their effort to compel the use of transgender pronouns for students and staff who identify themselves as other than male or female. Peterson indicated the likeliest threat to be the OHRC, which already has regulations threatening both individuals and their employers with fines and gag orders if they don’t use the pronouns preferred by individuals claiming to be “other-gendered.”
Asked if he is willing to suffer the inevitable consequences for his stand, Peterson was resolute. “I think that the OHRC is obligated to bring me in front of it. If they fine me, I won’t pay it,” he said. “If they put me in jail I’ll go on a hunger strike. I’m not doing this and that’s that. I’m not using the words that other people require me to use, especially if they’re made up by radical left-wing ideologues.” A moment later he said he was prepared to soften his position if the dozens of alternative pronouns now being proposed were boiled down to a handful and if he were never required to give up the distinction between singular and plural pronouns. Some transgenders, including one of the panellists, transitioning female-to-male writer Mary Rogan, prefer to be referred to as “they” because it is gender-neutral.
Rogan dismissed as a “tempest in a teapot” what she described as Peterson’s belief that transgender pronouns were part of a “transsexual cabal” to overthrow Western civilization. Peterson corrected her: “It’s not a transsexual cabal. It’s a cabal of radical left wingers.” Peterson’s overarching view expressed in his videos is that the political Left’s strategy in democratic societies is to ally themselves with those who are unsuccessful and to blame their situation on oppression by those who are more successful. Peterson calls this “the PC Game” and describes it as an attempt “to subject all values to the single value of equality of outcomes.”
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EVANGELICALS HAND VICTORY TO DONALD TRUMP
Donald Trump is set to be the next President of the United States of America. The shock result unravelled over a dramatic night where the Republican candidate dominated across key swing states including Ohio, North Carolina, Iowa and Pennsylvania. The crucial states of Florida and Wisconsin also went to the New York billionaire who began the night a rank outsider according to most pollsters. The night unfolded dramatically after Trump won Ohio, Florida and Wisconsin.Evangelical Christians turned out in large numbers to vote for Trump and were pivotal as he swept to power. They backed the Republican by 81 per cent to 16 per cent, according to ABC News. This is a bigger margin of the evangelical vote than was achieved by George Bush, John McCain and Mitt Romney.
In Florida 85 per cent of white evangelicals voted for the Republican, according to early exit polls. In North Carolina that figure was 78 per cent as the state went to the Republicans by 50 per cent to 46 per cent. The political earthquake is the most remarkable election result in recent history. The horror show for Democrat supporters began after Trump seized the bell-weather state of Ohio early on by a huge margin of nearly 10 points. The vote was entirely unprecedented as pollsters overwhelmingly backed Clinton in the run up to the vote. Several Democrat wins came from the more populous states and it looks likely Clinton has won a larger share of the popular vote. But because the US has an electoral college system, Trump’s victory in key swing states handed him the keys to the White House.
Jerry Falwell Jnr, president of the evangelical Liberty University, who had publicly backed Trump, said the support from evangelicals was “really encouraging”. He told the BBC: “The evangelicals were largely supporting Trump well before the evangelical leadership was. The divide has been in the evangelical leadership, not the rank and file.” When asked allegations of sex abuse and his multiple marriages Falwell responded: “Evangelicals believe all people are sinners. We’ve all done wrong, we all need forgiveness. The Donald Trump I know has a big heart, he loves people, he loves this country.”
Source: Christian Today
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JUDGE REBUKES OBAMA FOR NOT TAKING MORE CHRISTIAN REFUGEES FROM SYRIA
A federal judge called out the Obama administration over the lack of Christian refugees being allowed into the United States from war-torn Syria. “It is well documented that refugees to the United States are not representative of that war torn area of the world. Perhaps 10 percent of the population of Syria is Christian, and yet less than one half of 1 percent of Syrian refugees admitted to the United States this year are Christian,” Judge Daniel Manion wrote. Manion took aim at Obama’s policy in a 7th U.S. Court of Appeals opinion on a lawsuit filed by the Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Centre. The group advocates for immigrants and those fleeing violence from their home countries.
“To date, there has not been a good explanation for this perplexing discrepancy,” Manion said. In 2016 alone, some 11,000 Syrian refugees have entered the United States, only 56 were Christians, according to data produced by the Refugee Processing Centre. The number of Syrian Christian refugees being allowed into the country are vastly disproportionate to Syria’s Christian population. So far, between 500,000 and 1 million Christians have fled the violence or were murdered. Manion said the statistics “suggest that any refugee group is more or less welcome” but there is an obvious problem with the number of Christians being let in.
Source: CBN News
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NORTH KOREAN CHRISTIANS PRAYING FOR WESTERNERS WHO PUT THEIR FAITH IN MONEY
An organization which supports persecuted Christians in North Korea who live under the world’ most oppressive regime has said that believers there are surprisingly not praying for their own freedom, but rather for their Western brothers and sisters who are tempted by money and material wealth. The Rev. Eric Foley, the head of Soul-based Voice of the Martyrs Korea, said that he has spoken with Christians in North Korea who told him they are not praying for a regime change. “They don’t pray for freedom and money. They pray for more of Christ and to mirror more of Christ in their life,” he said. International Christian Concern added that in some ways, life for Christians in North Korea, is as bad or worse than many people can imagine it, with believers hunted down, imprisoned and murdered.
Foley said, “As a Christian who has lived and grown up in the West, I am so ashamed of our utter apathy, affluence and indifference. Whilst Christians in North Korea are spending their lives being tortured, persecuted and even dying for the sake of Christ, westerners are putting their faith in wealth, possessions, careers and worldly success. If we were to be stripped of all such earthly possessions and notions and be left with nothing but Christ? Would our faith remain the same? We must put away our man-made idols, our earthly possessions! Stop living for yourselves! We are not your own, we have been bought with a price! We were not created to live for ourselves. We were created to be shining lights in this crooked world and to make an impact on those around us.
Source: The Caleb Report
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