Why Must Our Bodies Get Resurrected?

Interview with John Piper
Founder & Teacher, desiringGod.org

Audio Transcript

Why must our bodies get resurrected? That was one theme Pastor John touched on in a message in the spring of 2014, delivered at the Carl F.H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding at Trinity International University near Chicago. In that message, Pastor John was recounting some lessons he’s taken from the works of Jonathan Edwards, lessons he’s learned about the work of Christ. Here’s a clip I wanted to share from that message.

The work of Christ in redemption does not only restore, but it advances God’s aim in creation. Christ was not merely a remedy or an afterthought to recover what was lost. The history of redemption climaxes with the cross, not only as a means of restoration, but a means of advance. Christ was the goal of creation, not a means to the goal. He didn’t just recover a goal; he was the goal.

And by his incarnation and death and resurrection, the glory of God was put on new display in its most vivid and lavish excellency. Christ did not come and die and rise only to restore our joy in God, but to become our joy in God. The incarnate God did not appear simply to enable us to rejoice in God, but to become the focus of our rejoicing in God.

Diverse Excellencies

Edwards put his incomparable lens to the gospel of the glory of Christ to describe the glory of Christ most compellingly in what may be his third-most famous sermon — namely, “The Excellency of Christ,” which I love. And the beauty of Christ in that sermon is developed in a stunning way to show that, when Christ did his work, he wasn’t merely enabling us to have something we had lost, but to become, in that work, the very focus of the glory that we once thought we saw and now see in fullness.

So, here’s his description of the glory of Christ — the glory of God — that we could not know without the revelation of God in Christ. The beauty is in the juxtaposition of these seeming opposites. These are things that mingle in Christ and thus constitute his incomparable beauty:

  • Infinite highness and infinite condescension
  • Infinite justice and infinite grace
  • Infinite glory and lowest humility
  • Infinite majesty and transcendent meekness
  • Deepest reverence toward God and equality with God
  • Infinite worthiness of good and the greatest patience under sufferings of evil
  • An exceeding spirit of obedience with supreme dominion over heaven and earth
  • Absolute sovereignty and perfect resignation
  • Self-sufficiency and an entire trust and reliance on God

Christ, the incarnate second person of the Trinity, the Redeemer, is now the fullness of the revelation of the glory of God. He didn’t just repair our ability to see something old; he became what God meant for us to see all along.

Billion-Ton Bliss

So, for example, when it says in Psalm 16:11, “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore,” the Old Testament saints tasted that, and it was glorious — and they didn’t have a clue what the fullness meant. None of the saints knew the fullness of the meaning of that promise: that at God’s right hand are pleasures forevermore. It took the incarnation and the New Testament revelation to show that the pleasures at God’s right hand are the pleasures of God the Father in God the Son and the pleasures of God the Son in God the Father.

“Christ did not come and die and rise only to restore our joy in God, but to become our joy in God.”

And now he has come. “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). And you should put into the term well pleased billions of tons of pleasure. We gloss over those words so quickly. “This is my beloved Son, in whom I — God Almighty, with all of my infinite energy — am totally pleased and have been from all eternity. And now you can see what my joy is. Now you can see the joy that is at my right hand: my joy is joy in my image in my Son.”

Tie That Binds

What binds the children of God to their Father for eternity is that we enjoy the Son of God with the very joy of God the Father. Jesus had already said in John 15:11, “I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” So now you not only have Jesus praying for the love of the Father for the Son to become my love for the Son, but you have Jesus saying, “My joy, my joy in the Father — I have spoken to you so that my joy would be in you. There’s no other way for your joy to be full than for my joy in God to become your joy in God.”

So now we have our joy in the Father being the Son’s joy in the Father, and our joy in the Son being the Father’s joy in the Son. And we must have a new resurrection body, or we will be blown to smithereens by that experience. And that’s not a joke at all. That is why you must have a new body. These experiences are so magnificent that this “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 15:50). That doesn’t mean you won’t have a resurrection body; it means this one won’t work. This one will not work for that experience forever.

VIDEO Police Arrest Two Students Chalking ‘Black Preborn Lives Matter’ in Front of Planned Parenthood

Dr Susan Berry

Police arrested two pro-life students who were chalking the phrase “Black Preborn Lives Matter” in front of a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Washington, DC, Saturday morning.

Despite the fact the students had received a permit for the event, they were arrested, said Students for Life of America (SFLA) President Kristan Hawkins.

SFLA Partnerships Adviser Warner DePriest and Student Leader Erica Caporaletti were arrested on the scene.

“What you didn’t see today on the city’s streets will be coming to billboards across the country, because BLACK PREBORN LIVES MATTER, and we will not be silent,” Hawkins said in a statement. “Viewpoint discrimination is not constitutional, and we will take this to court if necessary.”

The two students were stopped by police when they attempted to share their pro-life message in a painted mural, and then were arrested when they attempted to do so with chalk.

Video taken by Breitbart News shows D.C. police threatening to arrest the students in front of the Planned Parenthood facility on the 1200 block of 4th Street NE.

SFLA joined the Frederick Douglass Foundation (FDF) in a letter sent July 20, to Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser, requesting to paint the mural after the mayor permitted the phrases “Black Lives Matter” and “Defund the Police” to be painted on the street. The groups wrote:

Having opened the streets of your city for public expression, Students for Life of America (SFLA) and The Frederick Douglass Foundation (FDF) requests the opportunity to add our voices to those concerned about the treatment of people of color in America. Black Lives do matter, born and preborn, as too many people are lost in America today from causes that should be addressed and prevented for their disproportionate impact on minority communities.

You must allow SFLA and FDF to paint its “Black Pre-born Lives Matter” message. Your original decision to paint “Black Lives Matter” on the street is government speech. However, your decision to allow protestors to paint “Defund the Police” opened the streets up as a public forum. You are not permitted to discriminate on the basis of viewpoint in making determinations relating to public assemblies in public fora. The message of the preborn will not be silenced.

SFLA received a permit for the peaceful event and was asked to use tempera paint. The group said it made plans to express their grief over the loss of life in the black community from abortion.

Hawkins said:

After applying and receiving our permit for this event today, after being told by the Metropolitan police that the Mayor has quote ‘opened a Pandora’s box’ by painting public streets, we arrived to find six police cars threatening to arrest our team and students if they painted, even using the tempera paint we bought that the Police Department specifically requested. When we asked if we could at least use sidewalk chalk to chalk our anti-violence message on the streets, the police threatened to arrest us.

“With these threats D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has made her motives clear as she apparently only thinks that SOME Black Lives Matter and that only SOME slogans are allowed to be painted on streets,” Hawkins asserted. “She will be hearing from Students for Life’s attorneys about these unconstitutional efforts to limit speech to government-approved topics.”


Development v Devil-opement.

May 7, 2020 by Inspiration Here

The society is based on change and development. Development can be sometimes inferred to as revolutionary change.

But at cost of what?

The integrity of Developmental activities around us often makes us ponder upon what is this to gain and what will it cost us. Their is no monetary reference when I highlight the cost of development. It consists of society , culture , Environment and all basic humane roots and values.

Here is where we see the complete difference between development and Devil – opement.

Their are changes needed for development not costs.

Development refers to the upward building of society around roots and values. The point to take into consideration is that no human values are comprised in this process.

This is the thin margin between development and Devil- opement

But many of us have failed to realize it.

Let me take industries and environment as an analogy to explain the dialogue. Industries ease human life in utmost infinite ways. Providing Jobs, Machines ,Tools and food to mention the least. But when human pleasure tool top priority in the list, Environment was compromised.

In a world , when both anthropological and Environmental factor are supposed to live in co – existence through interdependent development and not by paristic exploitation that one has been causing the other.

Development must occurs it is as natural as any other processes but the drivers of such processes must be considerate about possible damages caused to any value.

This may be interpreted in many perceptions but mostly importantly while interpreting development don’t only consider how much better it has done for one side of things but also the other factors in play .


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Merciful Father

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“Yet He was merciful and forgave their sins and did not destroy them all. Many times He held back His anger and did not unleash His fury!” Psalm 78:38 NLT

Selfish. Rebellious. These are just some of the words that can best describe the near-apostasy of God’s chosen people, the physical nation of Israel. The sin offerings described in the Old Testament are but a glimpse into the culture of sin. A young bull here, a lamb there, a goat the next time, two turtledoves, etc. – and you need to make an offering every time you fell into sin. Yes, your sins will be “covered” so that when God looks down, He will not see the sin but the blood of the animal sacrifice you offered. In a way the sin can be atoned for, but you will certainly “feel the pain” from an economic side as a consequence.

In the past, Moses interceded on behalf of a stiff-necked people. Then there was Aaron and his sons. The blood offering from animals and the priestly intercession stood in the gap, allowing them to survive for some time. Though the LORD’s devouring sword was lifted in mid-air, it was sheathed again so that the nation of Israel may live. His mercy truly endures forever.

Even today, the Lord Jesus Christ does the same: standing in the gap between God and men, pleading all of us to repent in order to avert the divine calamity. If there was a physical nation of Israel in the Old Testament, there is a spiritual nation of Israel in the modern times: the church. We’ve seen the height of God’s compassion when He sent His only begotten Son, but not the full extent of His righteous wrath.

The text said that many times the LORD held back His anger, like a loving father who cannot find in his heart to enforce the full term of the chastisement that his children deserved. Although we continue to provoke the LORD day after day, He bear with us and spared us and turned His anger away. The LORD never treats us like His enemy, but like His children.

Because the LORD is merciful, He withholds the punishment due to us. Instead, He chose to bless us. We owe God a debt so great that we could never repay and then when all hope seems lost God freely forgave us all those debts through His Son Christ Jesus.

In the end, God’s mercy triumphs over His judgment (paraphrase of James 2:13b).

“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruit than strict justice” – Abraham Lincoln –


What Is The Boldness In Christ Required To Preach The Gospel?

June 9, 2020 Nehemiah Zion

No one knows everything. Everyone knows only some things. Yet, there are some who think they know everything or at least try to project themselves as one who knows everything.

The truth that emboldens you to be proud is harmful for the spiritual health of those around you. Much more harmful for yourself.

The line between loving yourself and loving yourSELF is thin for most people.

I understood three things about the BOLDNESS that is of God; hope this Word enriches your heart and soul.

Received In Humility

And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, (Ephesians 6:19)

Paul was seeking prayers so he may receive boldness to speak the mysteries of the gospel to the lost souls.

Paul was a learned man, well educated and had a reputation among his own people before converting to Christ (Galatians 1:13-15). In other words, he was intelligent and zealous in the traditions of his fathers. What happened after his conversion? He radically changed into a man of God, poor in spirit, humble and meek, ready to do whatever God commanded. He moved from living in his own passions to now walking in God’s compassion.

No apostle or believer will do anything for God of himself; he does as he is told, guided by the Spirit of Truth. He is obedient and mindful in this new walk. He is a new man, a new creation. Born of God, is of Heaven, a stranger to earth, carrying only the burden of Christ in his heart.

Believed by Faith

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

The boldness to come before the throne of Grace, in prayer, is an act of faith. Faith which we received when we entered into a new relationship in Christ. Unless we do not know who we are before in prayer, we cannot experience the effect of God’s truth which produces the boldness to speak the gospel.

In Acts 4:31, we see how when the Apostles prayed, the place where they were gathered together shook, the Holy Spirit filled them with the boldness to speak the gospel to those before them.

Released in Love

But speakinthe truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: (Ephesians 4:15)

Finally, what we receive from God, and believe, cannot be contained in our hearts and minds. It will burst forth! The bursting forth of truth carries with it the fruit of the Spirit. We speak in love, for peace, by faith, in all joy, and gentleness, meekness, longsuffering, goodness and temperance.

This boldness is powered by the heart of Heaven, the Love of God, the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the sweet fellowship of the Holy Spirit.


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‘Mob rule’ campaign cancels Christian group’s bank accounts, social media

‘Reminiscent of how Jewish businesses were treated under Nazi rule’

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A Christian non-profit in the United Kingdom that offers help to people seeking healing from unwanted same-sex attractions has been targeted with death threats and had their bank accounts shut down.

Fox News reported Core Issues Trust, or CIT, is the target of a “mob rule” campaign by LGBTQ activists, falsely accusing it of “conversion therapy” as the U.K. seeks to ban the practice.

The group’s CEO, Mike Davidson, received a phone message saying: “Kill yourself. You old boomer [redacted]. You’re the biggest piece of [redacted] and I hope you drop dead. I hope you and your family are raped and killed. Do It. Kill yourself. Just do it.”

Davidson rejects the term “conversion therapy,” contending LGBTQ activists wield it as a political term to describe long abandoned and outlawed extreme therapies such as electroshock and “corrective” rape.

“If it is [Core Issues Trust] first, it will be churches next,” said Andrea Williams, CEO of the British non-profit Christian Concern. “This kind of demonization and refusing of services to a Christian ministry is reminiscent of how Jewish businesses were treated under Nazi rule.”

Davidson said a “coordinated campaign has resulted in our ministry coming under immense pressure and key service providers canceling their services, action which we consider to be discriminatory.”

At the end of June, Barclays Bank notified CIT it was closing the group’s accounts. Mailchimp and Paypal did the same, and Facebook and Instagram have censored the group’s posts.

The campaign against CIT has been led by Joayne Ozanne, an Anglican who accuses Davidson of “conversion therapy.”

Davidson insists that is false, pointing out his group treats clients with SAFE-T, a program called Sexual Attraction Fluidity Exploration in Therapy.

It’s for people who want help “moving away from unwanted same-sex attractions.”

“Because the term speaks of talking therapies and counseling as ‘pseudo-science’ in association with these extremes, to be heard defending talking therapy and counseling for unwanted same-sex attractions is then taken to be a defense of the indefensible ‘Conversion Therapy’ label,” Davidson said. “We reject this accusatory term.”

Williams said the government needs to “put a halt to this kind of mob rule and to assert the rights of biblically faithful Christian organizations to be serviced by businesses without facing such intolerant discrimination.”

MinistryWatch reported Davidson condemned the “social media mob” that influences service providers.

“The U.K. is now becoming an intensely intolerant country,” he said.

‘Mob rule’ campaign cancels Christian group’s bank accounts, social media

‘Porn in the pew’: How churches should help members dealing with addiction

By Samuel Smith, CP Reporter


As studies have shown that about two-thirds of Christian men view pornography at least once a month, a leading addiction recovery expert has shared ways churches should respond to the issue of porn addiction in their pews and pulpits.

Mark Denison, co-founder of the national recovery ministry There’s Still Hope and author of the 2018 book Porn in the Pew: Confronting the Issue Nobody Wants to Talk About, recently joined pastors on a webinar hosted by the pornography accountability software company Covenant Eyes.

Denison, who himself has suffered from porn addiction in the past, discussed the latest data on sex and porn addiction within the church and among pastors. He presented data showing that the majority of Christian men and 37 percent of pastors admit having a struggle with pornography.

“Sixty-two percent of evangelical men view porn, compared to 64 percent of the general population,” Denison said, citing statistics from Proven Men Ministries. “How bad is the problem? Christians view porn almost as much as non-Christians and that should scare every pastor that is watching this.”

“As a pastor, you are thinking, ‘How do I respond to this?’”

He suggested seven things that churches can do to effectively minister to members currently struggling with porn and sexual addiction.

The first thing they must do, he said, is to “recognize the magnitude of the problem.”

“You have to know as a pastor that it is as bad as what we are saying,” Denison explained. “If you are an older pastor, perhaps you weren’t raised in the age of the internet so you don’t recognize the magnitude of the problem.”

He called on churches to “create a culture of redemption” that will let churchgoers know that it is safe for them to reveal their struggles with porn.

“In your teachings and programming, make it very clear that you are for the addict and that God is for the addict,” he said. “[Make it clear] that his addiction has not disqualified him from living a Christian life and serving in the church.”

Next, Denison called on churches to appoint and train an “addiction ministry leader.”

“[This is] someone in your church who is trained in dealing with addiction,” he said.  “Perhaps you need to send someone to a Celebrate Recovery training seminary. They do them all the time. Have someone who is specialized to help with this problem.”

Denison went on to suggest that churches should start men’s and women’s groups if they don’t have them already.

“We do a lot of couples groups in churches,” he said. “But I want to suggest to you that dealing with the real issues such as temptation and sex and addiction and pornography, if these real issues can best be dealt with men and women together then Jesus would not have spent His entire life just with men.

“His focus was to disciple men. Men leading men and women leading women. I don’t work with women. My wife works with women.”

Denison also called on churches to host 12-step groups such as Sexaholics Anonymous.

“There are many of them out there,” he said. “It seems like today, [Alchoholics Anonymous] groups have an easy time finding a landing spot in churches. But Sexaholics Anonymous or Sex Addicts Anonymous struggle to find churches to say that ‘You are welcome here.’ Open your church to these groups.”

Churches should also hold annual events where they bring in speakers to address pornography addiction.

“We do a program called ‘Pancakes and Porn,’ where we come in and for three hours on a Sunday morning, meet with the men and have pancakes and we go through this,” he said. “[My wife] Beth and I do a 30-minute presentation at churches. It is usually on Sunday mornings but can be done for couples where we share our story and we share hope and recovery.’

“That is why we are called ‘There Is Still Hope.’ [It’s] for the couples that are struggling with this. If it not us, find somebody else and host annual events.”

Lastly, Denison stressed that churches need to find a way to provide addiction counseling.

“The best way to do that is with a certified sex addiction therapist,” he said. “But if you don’t have one in your area, then find others that have some level of training in this area.”

He warned pastors not to “do this yourself.”

“We get calls all the time from pastors who reach out to me. Either they knew me or they found our ministry somewhere,” he said. “They say, ‘This is all you do 24/7. Will you talk to this guy?’ Yesterday, I talked to three new guys in two different countries and a couple of different states that came just because of their pastors saying, ‘We need someone who specializes in this area.’”

Churches should look to hold their pastors accountable as well, he stressed, noting that about 40 percent of the men that There’s Still Hope works with are pastors.

In cases where pastors have fallen due to porn addiction, Denison urged churches to respond in six ways.

He stressed that churches should “lead with redemption.”

“The natural instinct is ‘let’s just protect everything and let’s get this guy out the door as quickly as we can so we can just move on down the street and not be tied to the sin or tied to what has happened,’” Denison detailed. “So many times it destroys the individual. I am not saying that a pastor, when he falls, has to stay on staff of a church. But what I am saying is we have to redeem this guy and have to minister to the pastor that falls and provide for him the tools and resources to get well.”

In addition to “responding biblically,” churches should also “react compassionately.”

“I have yet to meet the man or woman who wanted to put every dark secret of the pastor up on the video screen in church for everybody to see,” he said.

For pastors that have lost their jobs and career because of their porn struggles, Denison said that churches and churchgoers should look to “provide financially” for the pastors and their families.

“Whenever a pastor falls and his salary is taken away from him, you have one or two choices. You are going to get criticized from either side,” he said. “Too much grace or not enough. It’s always better to be criticized for exercising too much. This man has a wife and has kids. He is in a crisis mode and has lost his ministry and lost his career.”

He also encouraged churches to “plan proactively” by having “a plan in place in case it ever happens.”

“Because it will happen,” Denison contended.

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Call To Prayer, Prayer Board

In my previous post I talked about an assignment God had given to me a while back, which was to unify His body in prayer. For a number of years I have kept fliers, bulletins, business cards, pictures etc… of different churches, ministries, organizations, people, etc… to pray for. I had them placed in various places through out my home, so that when I looked at them, I would say a prayer for them. One day as I had walked through my home, I got an idea to gather them all together and I made this first prayer board. I then began making them for others so we could pray together for the same people, places, etc…, even though we did not live close together. We could pray in agreement and share the requests of prayer with each other. As I began sharing these boards, I began receiving requests for them. Then one day I heard God tell me that He wanted me to arrange a meeting with all the churches in the area to pray together, for each other and for this nation, and for all in need through out the world.

Matthew 18:18-20 Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19Again, I tell you truly that if two of you on the earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven. 20For where two or three gather together in My name, there am I with them.”…

Coming together whether near a far in agreement in prayer, to pray for our loved ones, ministries, leaders through out our nation and the world. Interceding for those in need, for those who can’t fight for themselves.








I had came close to holding a prayer meeting in our city park, and had interest of local churches willing to participate. Yet one thing after another happened to keep this from happening and after months of trying, I gave up. While writing my last post, I was redirected back to this assignment. This blog site and other social media is a way to still gather people together to pray for the variety of needs in our personal lives, ministries we are involved with or support, our homes, neighborhoods, our nation and its’ leaders, and those through out this world.

So I am asking you, my fellow bloggers to join me in this task. Share prayer requests, for your loved ones, ministries, organizations, etc… and let us pray together for each other and for the needs through out this world.

If you are in, please leave a comment, and share anything you would like to include in our prayers. Let us together cover the globe in unified prayer, like a quilt made of prayers. I hope to hear from you soon.

God bless you, and protect you.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.


8 Ways How Goodness Follows Us! (Part-2)

May 14, 2020 hephzibahgarden

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Psalms‬ ‭23:6‬

Let me take you straight into the topic of — 8 ways how Goodness follows us. Incase you would like to go through the first part of this series, you can find it here.

5. Goodness follows those who walk uprightly — To be upright means to be honest | righteous. Job was an upright man (Job1:1) and so was David (1 Samuel 29:6; 2 Samuel 22:24). To dwell upon God’s holy hill and abide in His tabernacle, we must be people who speak the truth in our heart and who also walk uprightly. Psalms 15:1,2. Hence, all those who live such a lifestyle, the Lord will not withhold any good thing from coming to them – For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. Psalms‬ ‭84:11‬.

6. Goodness follows those who have acquaintance with Him — To acquaint ourselves with God means to have a life of prayer. When we maintain a steady relationship with God through a life of prayer and praising, the Lord would reveal His secrets and warn us of things beforehand. Job says, Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee. Job 22:21.

7. Those who BE the chosen – Many are called, but only a few are Chosen! Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple. Psalms‬ ‭65:4‬. Let’s be found among those who are Chosen of God.

8. Those who are a king — In the Old Testament, the Priest would anoint a person with oil to proclaim him as king. In the New Testament period, we become kings through the Anointing of the Holy Spirit. When we love righteousness and hate iniquity, the Lord will anoint us with the oil of gladness (referring to be baptised with the Holy Spirit). This was mentioned about Jesus as well. Hebrews 1:8,9. The king shall joy in thy strength, O Lord; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah. For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head. Psalms‬ ‭21:1-3‬.

May the Lord help us! ❤️

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Bashing prayer in times of crisis

By Jerry Newcombe, CP Op-Ed Contributor

President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, takes questions from the press at a coronavirus update briefing Saturday, March 14, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. | Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

President Trump, who is doing everything he can to fight the coronavirus, called for a Day of Prayer recently. He proclaimed, “We are a Country that, throughout our history, has looked to God for protection and strength in times like these.”

But David Hogg, a Parkland shooting survivor, tweeted: “Don’t let this administration address COVID-19 like our national gun violence. [Expletive] a National day of prayer, we need immediate comprehensive action.”

U.S. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, famous for her declaration to “impeach the [expletive]” even retweeted Hogg’s message. Dr. William Donohue, the president of the Catholic League, notes: Tlaib, as a U.S. representative, should be censured for her “obscene assault on people of faith.”

Meanwhile, an honest survey of American history shows that Trump is much closer to America’s true history by calling for days of prayer than are Hogg and Tlaib.

David Barton, a walking encyclopedia on the spiritual heritage of America, once told me, “Between 1633 and 1812, there were over 1,700 prayer proclamations issued in the colonies, where the governor would call the state to an annual day of prayer and fasting, annual day of prayer of and thanksgiving.”

Bill Federer’s book, America’s God and Country, documents such historic practices.

For example, on May 31, 1775, one American colonist, Samuel Langdon, spoke before the Massachusetts Provincial Congress, calling on them to pray because of the ongoing crisis with Great Britain.

He lamented, “We have rebelled against God. We have lost the true spirit of Christianity, though we retain the outward profession and form of it. We have neglected…the glorious Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and His holy commands and institutions.”

Who was this Langdon? Some backwoods rube? No. This was the president of Harvard, where Hogg attends school now.

During the American War for Independence, on at least 15 separate occasions, Congress called for national days of prayer, humiliation, and fasting. These were not namby-pamby, “To Whom It May Concern”-type prayers.

Here are two examples of Days of Prayer called by the Continental Congress — which, by the way, opened in prayer on its first day ever (in 1774), and Congress has opened in prayer ever since.

Example One: On June 12, 1775, the Continental Congress called for “a day of public humiliation, fasting and prayer; that we may, with united hearts and voices, unfeignedly confess and deplore our many sins; and offer up our joint supplications to the all-wise, omnipotent, and merciful Disposer of all events; humbly beseeching him to forgive our iniquities, to remove our present calamities, to avert those desolating judgments, with which we are threatened. … And it is recommended to Christians, of all denominations, to assemble for public worship, and to abstain from servile labour and recreations on said day.”

At the end of the day, God answered the spirit of the prayer — that the crisis would be resolved. They could assemble physically in those days. With the coronavirus, at best we can “assemble” “virtually” for the moment. Yet thank God for these modern tools in our internet age.

Example Two: On March 16, 1776, the Continental Congress proclaimed another day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer”: “that that we may, with united hearts, confess and bewail our manifold sins and transgressions, and, by a sincere repentance and amendment of life, appease his righteous displeasure, and, through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, obtain his pardon and forgiveness; humbly imploring his assistance to frustrate the cruel purposes of our unnatural enemies; and by inclining their hearts to justice and benevolence, prevent the further effusion of kindred blood.”

They continued to pray, recognizing that more suffering may yet come, as they worked toward their noble goal: “But if, continuing deaf to the voice of reason and humanity, and inflexibly bent, on desolation and war, they constrain us to repel their hostile invasions by open resistance, that it may please the Lord of Hosts, the God of Armies, to animate our officers and soldiers with invincible fortitude, to guard and protect them in the day of battle, and to crown the continental arms, by sea and land, with victory and success.”

This is quite an astounding prayer for an upstart, fledgling new “nation,” which for all practical purposes lacked a national army and navy.

But ultimately God answered their prayers — so much so that George Washington said that one would be “worse than an infidel” to not recognize the Lord’s help in our becoming an independent nation.

Earlier I quoted Harvard President Samuel Langdon in his 1775 speech, asking for God’s help. In that same speech, he made this petition — one that seems appropriate in our day, in our fight against the coronavirus: “May the Lord hear us in this day of trouble….We will rejoice in His salvation.” Well, maybe not all of us.

Jerry Newcombe, D.Min., is the senior producer and an on-air host for D. James Kennedy Ministries. He has written/co-written 32 books, e.g., The Unstoppable Jesus Christ, American Amnesia: Is American Paying the Price for Forgetting God?, What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (w/ D. James Kennedy), and the bestseller, George Washington’s Sacred Fire (w/ Peter Lillback)   djkm.org  @newcombejerry      www.jerrynewcombe.com