Preparing the Way to Montgomery
Today ends my time in Montgomery. It is now off to the next battlefield in Jackson, MS. Many of you may have heard the last remaining surgical death camp was vandalized in Jackson. Of course, the media tried to imply it was those “radical Christians” who intervene to save lives and end the holocaust who are responsible. We will prayerfully dismiss that lie soon. A press conference will be held to deliver the following statement tomorrow:
If the crime was committed by a misguided individual, we call that person to repent. We oppose any act of destructive behavior in an attempt to end the evil of abortion. We know that we cannot overcome evil with evil, but rather with good.
If this crime was committed fraudulently by an abortion providers or supporters, we call that person to repent. Acts of desperation and deception only serve to further expose the bankruptcy of their cause.
Regardless of whether this crime was committed by friend or foe, we are not going anywhere. We will persist in this fight until abortion is completely abolished through the power of Jesus Christ.
The Lord prospered the way into Montgomery. First stop was in Birmingham to meet with the local movers and shakers. They were receptive to the vision and mission of our national event in Montgomery, AL from July 11-18, 2015.
Our plan is to visit Birmingham one day to confront the one remaining surgical death camp left, Planned Parenthood. From there, the saints will be treated to a tour of all the locations that once murdered babies, but are no longer operational. They have all but one been shut down. It will be a “Look What the Lord has Done” tour. In so doing, we will also have the opportunity to pay tribute to David Lackey. He may be our fallen warrior here on earth, but he is reigning with our Mighty Champion in heaven. Yes, David graduated from the Church Militant to the Church Triumphant and we will remember and rejoice.
From Birmingham, it was off to Montgomery. Sunday morning, Ben Dupre, our local contact, invited me to his church. The people made me feel welcomed and gladly received the purpose of the visit. Afterwards, Ben set up a meeting with those who are interested in helping Operation Save America come to Montgomery. There were about 10 people who showed up for a “nuts and bolts” meeting. One of them was a pastor whom the Lord just birthed into the battle. He has stepped up to come along side of Chief Justice Roy Moore to defend Biblical marriage against the juggernaut of the homosexual agenda.
As the theme “Let Justice Roll” was being presented, Ben Dupre could no longer contain himself. He had been sitting upon something and was looking for the right moment to share it. He jumped up, whipped out his cell phone, and showed everyone there a picture. It was a picture of a plaque that hangs outside Chief Justice Roy Moore’s office. Out of all the Scriptures in all the Bible, guess what Scripture reference it might be? You got it, Amos 5:24, which states, “But let justice roll down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.”
This was our theme Scripture for the event. What are the odds that this would be the Scripture that not only hangs outside of Moore’s office, but each Justice that sits on the Alabama Supreme Court has a smaller plaque with this passage inside their office. If it was in any other setting, I would have danced like King David danced. It was a powerful witness and another sign that God was leading us to Montgomery.
The folks at the meeting readily received the vision and are willing to help prepare our way. The next day it was off to the last remaining surgical death camp to visit with David Day. He is a faithful brother who takes his position at this death camp every day the doors are open to do the unspeakable to God’s image bearers. He is one standing in the gap and making up the hedge.
The abortion clinic, like many that we have seen, is dilapidated. The outside tells the story of the inside reality. Right down the street is the Governor’s mansion. David and I walked down there to pray for him. Immediately, as our eyes were closed in prayer, we heard radios go off as State Troopers took their post. We asked God to grant this Governor the back bone to stand for marriage and with Chief Justice Roy Moore.
From there, it was time to try and find a hotel to lodge the saints in July. The Lord made a way. The hotel will be Drury Inn. The following is the pertinent information.
Drury Inn & Suites Montgomery
1124 Eastern Boulevard Montgomery, AL 36117-1942
Telephone: (334) 273-1101
Thank you for allowing Drury Inn & Suites Montgomery to be a part of your next great event! We are looking forward to seeing you soon and we are ready to uphold our reputation for great service & value. Rooms have been held for your group and to make reservations, please click on the link below.
As you might have heard, The Extra’s Aren’t Extraat Drury Hotels! In addition to the great rate, here are some of the amenities your group will enjoy:
FREE HOT QUIKSTART ® Breakfast – At Drury, “hot” means Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs, biscuits & gravy, sausage and more.
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FREE Free Long Distance – One hour every room every night.
FREE Wireless Internet Access – High speed Internet in all rooms and the lobby.
FREE Soda and Popcorn – From 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm every night in the lobby.
Though the rate is higher than usual, 97.00, plus tax per night. In the long run, however, it will save us money. There will be no expense for food for the entire week and no hassle in preparing dinner before our rallies. We have forty rooms initially blocked out, so please call at your earliest convenience. The cutoff date for the special rates are June 11, 2015.
Later that evening, there was a meeting with some saints in Huntsville, AL. Once again, there was a willingness to work together for the cause of Christ. We hope to send a team one day during our national event to Huntsville. The brothers there agreed to host a separate rally in their city, lodge the team we send, and together storm the gates of hell at their local death camp the next day.
On Tuesday, the Lord opened an incredible door and a special treat. Ben set up a meeting with Chief Justice Roy Moore. We had not seen each other for awhile, but it was a blessing to see him once again. I thought the meeting would consist of a hand shake, brief exchange of pleasantries, and perhaps a picture together, but it turned into over an hour exchange. During that time Chief Justice Roy Moore agreed to speak at our opening rally, Saturday night, July 11, 2015 and graciously posed for the picture below. The Lord did exceedingly, abundantly, above all we could ask or think, according to His power at work in us (Ephesians 3:20).
Chief Justice Roy Moore and Amos 5:24
Right after that meeting, Ben led us to a prayer meeting at a church across the street from the Supreme Court building. We were hoping this church would host our rallies, but it fell through. The Lord opened the door to address the intercessors who consistently pray for their city, state, and nation. Once again, they readily received the vision and mission. The brother in charge is contacting all the prayer groups to begin now to fast and pray to prepare the way of the Lord into Montgomery.
Most of the goals were accomplished. In this, we rejoice. The next major need to be fulfilled is the Lord opening the door for a local church to host our rallies. Please make this a prayer target.
Since we now have the hotel info, we will begin to create our brochure for the national event. They will be made available soon. By God’s grace, we will diligently plow the fields, sow the seeds, and water the vision. We trust God for the increase. Keep pressing on saints to the high call and prize in Jesus’ name!
Next Mission Trip: Alabama and Mississippi
“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith” (2 Thessalonians 3:1, 2).
On Friday, March 20, 2015, our next mission trip is scheduled. First stop is Alabama. OSA has chosen Montgomery, Alabama for our national event from July 11-18. The choice is timely and providential. Once again the Lord has gone before us and bids us to follow. By His grace, truth, and anointing, we plan on doing exactly what He commands.
The first meeting will take place in Birmingham, AL. on Saturday, March 21, at 3 PM. Representatives from all the cities that have a death camp in Alabama have been invited. It will be a time to gather intelligence and to share the vision and mission of “Let Justice Roll” for our national event.
Afterwards, it is onward to Montgomery to work with our local contacts, Ben Dupre, the Chief of Staff of Chief Justice Roy Moore and David Day Sr. our boot on the ground. There may be other cities visited, but the goals to prayerfully achieve while on this trip are as follows:
1) Secure a decent hotel with equitable rates to lodge the saints during our national event.
2) Secure a church in Montgomery to host our rallies.
3) Promote “Let Justice Roll” through media and key contacts in Montgomery and other cities in Alabama.
4) Meet with locals to have “nuts and bolts” summits to help prepare OSA’s coming to Montgomery this summer.
Please pray that the Lord would crown our efforts with Kingdom success and all goals will be fulfilled in Jesus’ name!
States of Refuge Campaign in Mississippi
Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, learn to do good; Seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow. “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:16-18).
As you may know, Operation Save America through the States of Refuge campaign is still seeking, praying, and working to secure the first surgical, abortion free states in our bloodstained nation. We have invested much time, resources, and manpower in the last couple of years to see this dream become a reality.
The next phase of the campaign leads us back to Jackson, MS at the infamous “Pink House” death camp. In the next several weeks, different groups are rolling into Jackson to create a wave after wave impact against this altar of Moloch. OSA will come rolling in right after AHA leaves out. Our opening rally will commence Sunday evening, March 29, at the Fresh Start Christian Church. The church is located at 5210 Manhattan Road, Jackson, MS * P.O. Box 31473, Jackson, MS 39286 * 601-362-1818 (phone).
OSA will surround the death camp and unsheathe the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Starting Monday, March 30, to Thursday, April 2, for three and a half days, OSA will declare God’s Word from the book of Genesis to the book of Revelations. This ministry effort is called Word in Warfare. It was founded by OSA’s Assistant Director, Chet Gallagher.
We will have rallies each evening, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights. If you are in Mississippi, please invite family, friends, and churches to attend. Each day we will besiege the death camp with “Thus saith the Lord!” We will also have a separate praise, worship, and intercession team participating, while God’s Word is being proclaimed.
I hope to see many of you in Mississippi as we once again seek to storm the gates of hell in Jesus’ name. They will not prevail against the Church of Jesus Christ!
Prepare the Way Press Release
Press Release 19 March, 2015 For Immediate Release: Preparing the Way Rev. Rusty Lee Thomas, National Director of Operation Save America, formerly Operation Rescue, is heading to Alabama, “the birthplace of justice.” He is going first to Birmingham and then on to Montgomery to prepare the way for the 2015 OSA National Event. Both cities were significant in ending the injustice of segregation. Rev. Thomas is going to help rally Christians from around the country to make both cities significant again; this time in ending the injustice of abortion and the assault against the God ordained institution of marriage. On July 11-18, 2015 hundreds of gentle Christians from across the nation will converge on Montgomery, Alabama to join with area churches and Chief Justice Roy Moore, to stand for faith, life, family and freedom. “Let Justice Roll” will be OSA’s theme as they march into Alabama. This is based upon Amos 5:24, which states, “But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” This passage of scripture was one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s favorite passages to preach when confronting the evil of his day in Alabama. OSA will take this passage and apply it to the evils of our day. Let justice roll as Chief Justice Roy Moore defends marriage. Let justice roll as the Church rises to end the sin and crime of abortion. Let justice roll as we remember the historical lessons of Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma. Let justice roll as we expose the racial root of abortion that has led to black genocide. Let justice roll as we work to establish Personhood for the preborn children of Alabama. Let justice roll as we declare Jesus Christ is the King of all justice. May His blood be the crimson tide that washes away our individual and national sins and make them white as snow. What: Rev. Rusty Lee Thomas, coming to Alabama to Prepare the Way Dates: March 21 –26, 2015 Contact: Rev. Rusty Lee Thomas 254-715-3134 or to schedule interviews - Dr. Pat McEwen (321) 431 3962
If the Foundations Be Destroyed…
The title of this article comes from Psalms 11:3, which states, “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? Excellent question, especially, in our day. It seems our Biblical and Constitutional foundations are slowly, but surely, being destroyed with each passing day. Our ancient landmarks of Biblical morality, ethics and true Christianity are being removed from the public life of our nation.
American citizens are turning liberty into a license to sin, while the federal government increases its size, scope, and control. We are in a moral free fall and spinning out of control. Good has become evil and evil, good. In fact, evil has been codified into law. The sword of civil government that is to wield justice and punish evildoers is now being used to protect abominations, which compels our government to penalize the righteous.
Proverbs 23:10 warns, “Do not remove the ancient landmark, nor enter the fields of the fatherless.” We not only removed every moral boundary and entered the field of the fatherless, our nation for the last 42 years has murdered the fatherless. Of course, we do it all in the name of a woman’s so-called right to choose. What can the righteous do in such a time as this?
Jeremiah had a grand idea. He pointed the way out. The question is, “Does America have the courage, humility, and determination to follow his instructions?” Jeremiah 6:16 states, “Thus says the LORD: ‘Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls.”
Isaiah concurs, “Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness, you who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who bore you; For I called him alone, and blessed him and increased him.”
It appears from God’s word that our answers do not lie in the future, they are discovered in the past. What can the righteous do, when foundations are destroyed? Perhaps, we can get back the blueprint and rebuild our sinking sand foundations. We can restructure our nation based upon the solid rock of God’s word (Matthew 7:24-27).
There are silver linings in our desperate condition. First, the church has faced greater challenges in our history. The church has gone from terror to triumph throughout redemptive history. Eventually, God arises to judge His enemies and rescue His people. This Biblical and historical pattern will remain true, though we may be in for a bumpy ride.
Second, some of God’s greatest treasures were forged in the furnace of affliction. Isaiah 48:10 affirms, “Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.” Trials, tribulations, persecutions, and other assorted afflictions have and will test God’s people. Our faith will be put on trial. The prosecution, at times, will be intense. Once the authenticity of our faith rises to the top, however, God’s people comes forth as gold (1 Peter 1:7).
Third, according to Isaiah, “Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people.” Just like a fine jeweler, God has used the backdrop of darkness to highlight the jewels of his Kingdom and His great salvation. They shine forth to bless men and nations groping in the darkness.
Lastly, as our foundations are being destroyed, it has forced Christians back to the word of God and Americans back to our founding documents. It was this process that gave rise to the New Testament canon in 400 AD. It gave rise to the historical church creeds and statements of faith. Why? Because persecution, darkness, and heresies were attacking the church. It compelled God’s people to seek Him and His word for answers. Our time is no different.
In our Thomas Nation home school, the University of Righteousness, we not only study God’s word, but we study the English Magna Carta, the Scottish Declaration of Arbroath, Samuel Rutherford’s Lex Rex, Articles of Confederation, Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. This author would encourage all American families to emulate this discipline.
What are the lessons learned? If you do not know what you had, you cannot comprehend what you are losing. If you do not know where you came from, you have no idea where you are going. The rudder of the boat is in the rear. It helps steer the boat in the right direction.
In his famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech, Patrick Henry reminds us, “I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past.” In this, we must remember that history is His-story. God moves history forward through his covenant people according to His redemptive plan.
Three-Fold Plan to Reform the Church and Restore America
Just like in the time of Nehemiah, America’s walls are down and our gates are being burned under our watch. Walls and gates represent the security of our nation. We are vulnerable by traitors from within our own American household and foreign enemies from without. Together, they are conspiring to demoralize, undermine, and threaten our future. The roots of our sin are producing the fruits of tyranny, injustice, weakened economy, demoralized military, treason by our civil officials, and a host of other maladies. What can the righteous do? Well, most of these perilous situations are outside of our control. There are, however, some things within our control. This is where we need to concentrate. First, I would encourage every born-again child of God to pray globally, but act locally.
First Phase: Go to the Gates
Look around your city. Where is the enemy of your souls at work? Are there evil strongholds? Do you have abortion mills, porno shops, a gay community, or the threat of sharia law, etc? Go to the exposed areas with the blessed hope of the Gospel of the Kingdom. Do the things that you do in church, except come out of your buildings and engage the culture with the claims of Christ and the truth of His word.
The Gospel still has the power to save (Romans 1:16). Hold on to the promise of God that He will build His church and the gates of hell will not prevail (Matthew 16:18). Go to the gates in your city in the name of Jesus. Pray that the gates be lifted up, so the King of glory may come marching back in to restore our gates in righteousness, justice, and mercy. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle (Psalms 24:7, 8). Go as the praying, praising, and proclaiming people of God. Being salt and light in our darkened, morally decayed culture is critical to secure a future and a hope for our nation.
If we remain silent and inactive, we only end up granting silent consent to the forces of darkness that are savaging our nation. God forbid we remain in this passive state as our nation is on the primrose path to destruction. This is part of what the righteous can do, when foundations are being destroyed.
Second Phase: Work to Restore Family
Theodore Roosevelt, in his famous Strenuous Life speech, had this to say about family life in America:
In the last analysis a healthy state can exist only when the men and women who make it up lead clean, vigorous, healthy lives; when the children are so trained that they shall endeavor, not to shirk difficulties, but to overcome them; not to seek ease, but to know how to wrest triumph from toil and risk. The man must be glad to do a man’s work, to dare and endure and to labor; to keep himself, and to keep those dependent upon him. The woman must be the housewife, the helpmeet of the homemaker, the wise and fearless mother of many healthy children. In one of Daudet’s powerful and melancholy books he speaks of “the fear of maternity, the haunting terror of the young wife of the present day.” When such words can be truthfully written of a nation, that nation is rotten to the heart’s core. When men fear work or fear righteous war, when women fear motherhood, they tremble on the brink of doom; and well it is that they should vanish from the earth, where they are fit subjects for the scorn of all men and women who are themselves strong and brave and high-minded.
This sounds so foreign to us today. Most consider it laughable and archaic, yet, most of what he warned of, has taken place in our modern age. It highlights an old adage, “As goes the man, so goes the family, as goes the family, so goes the church, and as goes the church, so goes your nation.”
Tragically, our nation is in the process of destroying the major building blocks that support a healthy society and a strong nation. We are currently redefining the God-ordained institution of marriage with the advent of the gay marriage debacle. We also continue to murder our sons and daughters through the sin and crime of abortion. We have become quite adept at turning moral wrongs into civil rights. We blindly seek to make straight what God has called crooked (Ecclesiastes 7:13). We violate God’s holy commandments and in a state of delusion, still expect to thrive as a people. The Bible and history prove this is a fool’s paradise that collapses under the weight of its own sin.
What can the righteous do? Get married (to a person of the opposite sex) and stay faithful in marriage till death do you part. God hates divorce (Malachi 2:16). He knows the destruction that comes to families in its devastating wake. If you are divorced and remarried based upon unbiblical grounds, repent, and stay faithful to your current vows.
In times past, Americans did a lot better in keeping the marriage covenant. It is not because they were necessarily more righteous than us today. The same sins that afflict families today were present within American families in times past. They did, however, have a different value system. If family relations broke, their first instinct was not to throw it away and look for another. No, they attempted to fix it. They tried to work things out. Why? Because some things are worth the sacrifice. Our microwave generation that taps its toe at modern conveniences does not appear to have the same faith, patience, and grit as those who came before us. God help us to regain those values in our day in Jesus’ name.
Third, once you are married, trust God for the size of your family. The former mighty Christian West has adopted anti-child policies that has had a disastrous impact. While Europe and America pop birth control pills and place our children on conveyer belts that leads our sons and daughters to the slaughter through abortion, the adherents of the “religion of peace” are multiplying. What Islam could not accomplish through the sword, they are now accomplishing through immigration and population. Ideas have consequences and they are jumping up to bite us.
America is not in agreement with God’s assessment on children. Sex has become a recreational sport and he with the most conquests wins. One of the major reasons for the marriage covenant, however, is found in the book of Malachi. God’s word states, “But did He not make them one, having a remnant of the Spirit? And why one? He seeks godly offspring. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth” (Malachi 2:15).
Our human bodies and sexual design were created to reproduce. Though God made it pleasurable for his creatures to enjoy, there are huge consequences anytime man seeks to tinker and tamper with God’s creative order. Take the so called “Gay Marriage” debate from a purely physiological standpoint. Can two male ends of electrical plugs connect to produce electricity? Can two female outlets connect and produce electricity? No, only a male part and a female part can produce electricity.
The same holds true in human sexuality. Only those who support homosexuality think that they can take two male parts and two female parts and still expect to create a spark that leads to life. Tragically, they are gravely mistaken. It will lead them to death, both physical and spiritual (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). The average life span of practicing homosexuals are cut in half compared to those who practice sexuality as God designed.
Obviously, the practice of homosexuality cannot produce children and thus forfeits any future legacy. This is why the homosexual agenda must convince children of heterosexuals to join them to keep their agenda alive. The agenda acts as a pied piper that touts, “This is the new cool, the civil rights struggle of our age.” To this point, it appears to be working. Eventually, however, this burning out of man and civilization will convince the future to end this madness. Will it be too little, too late for America? Only God knows.
The wages of sin is indeed death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23). I pray those enslaved by homosexual lust experience the latter rather than the former reality.
As it stands, America is in major disagreement with God’s design for marriage, family, and children. Marriage was to reflect the loving and holy relationship between Christ and the church (Ephesians 5:31, 32). God considers children blessings, gifts, heritage, and a reward (Psalms 127:3-5). Though the majority of Americans reject this revelation, it is vital to know that the future belongs to those who honor their marriage vows, have plenty of children, and raise them in the fear and admonishment of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). This is part of what the righteous can do as our foundations are being destroyed.
Third Phase: Godly Education
Moses gave Israel the meaning of life in the book of Deuteronomy. Note carefully his admonishment. Deuteronomy 32:45-47 states:
Moses finished speaking all these words to all Israel, and he said to them: “Set your hearts on all the words which I testify among you today, which you shall command your children to be careful to observe—all the words of this law. For it is not a futile thing for you, because it is your life, and by this word you shall prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to possess.”
Education, in the Latin, means to pour in and to draw out. With our public schools’ secular agenda, what is being poured into our children? As a result, what is being drawn out? Before you answer, keep in mind that Jesus taught we would discern the nature of things by the fruit it produces (Matthew 7:20).
One just has to look at the condition of our public schools to realize there is a major problem. Our schools have become veritable war zones filled with gangs, violent behavior, sexual immorality, pagan philosophy, gross vulgarity, and incredible disrespect for parental authority. This begs the question. What are public schools pouring into our unsuspecting children and what is the fruit being produced?
There is a principle that nature abhors a vacuum. Whenever the knowledge of God is removed from the public life of a nation, violence and perversion always replaces it. This is the inescapable lesson that preceded Noah’s deluge (Genesis 6). America officially banished God from the classroom in the 1960s and into the void rushed every kind of evil to replace Him. Yet, Christians still insist on sending their lambs to be educated by wolves.
Potentially, many of their young suffer physical, mental, and worst of all, spiritual harm. Their bodies may still be in our Christian homes and churches, but their minds and hearts belong to another. Most Christian young people in public schools are walking in goose step with the spirit of the age. Their worldview is not being shaped by their faith or the Bible, it is being forged by the Anti-Christ, pagan, philosophies sponsored by our government, tax supported, indoctrination centers. They are being taught what to think, not how to think. This creates a passive citizenry that will gladly submit to tyranny as long as they can play with their social media gadgets.
Martin Luther warned:
I am very much afraid that schools will prove to be the great gates of hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth. I advice no one to place his child where the Scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution in which men are not increasingly occupied with the Word of God must become corrupt.
Look at the corruption of our nation. Has Luther’s warning come to pass? What can the righteous do? For one thing, we can quit feeding the federal beast our children that are being recruited to help promote its godless agendas. Part of getting back to the blueprint of God’s word is obeying the Lord in our children’s education.
This is not just a learning issue. It is a jurisdictional one. God has clearly laid out in His word the four main governments to glorify Him and benefit us, His creatures. These delegated authorities are self-government, which is the key to liberty, family government, church government, and civil government. Each has its jurisdiction, authority, and sphere of influence.
There is nowhere in Scripture that God ordains the state to teach our children. Our children are not wards of the state to be educated by a government nanny. This violation of jurisdictions has promoted governmental idolatry, a dumbed down citizenry, and a generation of politically correct robots that actually grow up to hate their own nation. And do not forget, we are paying for this by our tax dollars.
The last phase to reform the church in the hopes of restoring America is for parents to remove their children from our corrupt government educational system and educate them at home. According to Moses, this is not a futile thing, “It is your life.” This is also what the righteous can do, when are foundations are being destroyed. May God grant us the grace and conviction to do it in Jesus’ name!
Trumpeting The Gentle Revolution
The hour is late, and darkness is looming. It is time, at long last, for Christians to trumpet a GENTLE REVOLUTION. Not a revolution of guns, bombs, and carnal weapons, but a spiritual, moral, and godly revolution.
“For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle (1 Corinthians 14:8)?”
Biblically, there were many functions associated with the blast of trumpets. They were used to call God’s people to assemble in certain places designated by the Lord. They blasted God’s Jubilee that proclaimed liberty throughout the land (Leviticus 25:9). They called leaders to assemble with the purpose of seeking God for national direction. They were used to prepare God’s people for battle. They sounded to alert God’s people of the proper time to embark on great journeys. They were blown as a cry for God to deliver them from their enemies.
Numbers 10:9 states, “When you go to war in your land against the enemy who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, and you will be remembered before the LORD your God, and you will be saved from your enemies.”
Trumpets signaled important announcements from appointed dignitaries. They were sounded to cease hostilities and usher in peace. They were instruments of praise that were used to inspire the high praises of God. They indicated the call to honor feast days, holy convocations, solemn assemblies, and official times of fasting. They blew to warn God’s people of danger or even divine judgment in their midst. At Mount Sinai, the blast of trumpets prepared for the unveiling of the Ten Commandments.
Hebrews 12:18-21 declares:
For you have not come to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest, and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore. (For they could not endure what was commanded: “And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned or shot with an arrow.” And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.”)
In the New Testament, heavenly trumpets blasted to prepare the way for powerful eschatological events. The Apostle John received much of the Revelation after the heavenly trumpets sounded. This list is not exhaustive, but it provides a cursory view of the importance of trumpets as defined by God’s Word.
The Apostle Paul, in our opening Scripture, teaches the critical nature of correctly handling the trumpet and the sound it produces. I’m not an expert, but it seems to me that with all the purposes associated with the trumpet, it is vital to give a clear, distinct sound. The length of the blast, the cadence, and other nuances were vital to lead God’s people to follow the Lord’s directives.
If the sound was uncertain, however, the message could become garbled, murky, and confusing. This would have a devastating effect upon God’s people. They would inevitably become paralyzed, neutralized, and incapacitated to follow the Lord in humble obedience. Recent decades of church history could attest to this dilemma. Especially, in times that tend to try the church with overwhelming pressure to succumb and be conformed to the Spirit of the Age.
Case in point is the homosexual agenda. It appears sodomites have captured the sword of civil government to do their bidding against the church. Christians who hold to the Bible’s teaching concerning sexual immorality are now being persecuted. Our nation is making a conscious decision to deny Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Speech to Christians in order to promote that which God considers an abomination.
As licentiousness amongst American citizens and the acquisition of power by our civil government steadily increases, it is important to ascertain the condition of the Lord’s trumpet in the pulpits of America. First of all, is the trumpet even being sounded today? In times past, the pulpits in America blew God’s trumpet (Proclamation of God’s Word) loud and clear.
Alexis De Tocqueville, French historian, came to America to discover our blessedness. He looked for the greatness of America in our harbors and rivers, fertile fields, boundless forests, mines and other natural resources. He studied America’s schools, Congress, and our matchless Constitution without comprehending America’s power. Not, until he went into the churches of America and heard pulpits “aflame with righteousness” did he understand the secret of our genius and strength. De Tocqueville returned to France and wrote: “America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”
We need to trumpet a Gentle Revolution in our day by means of pulpits fanning the flames of righteousness once again. We must remember, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). Isaiah the prophet declared, “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins (Isaiah 58:1).” Unfortunately, if men of God did this today, they would be considered not Christ-like.
Perhaps, many do not have a clue what Christ is truly like. Read the Gospels, but first take off your American Gospel Enterprise glasses before you do. Maybe, the true Jesus will expose the counterfeit. The Apostle Paul warned of “another gospel,” “another Jesus,” and a “different spirit” (Galatians 1:6, 7; 2 Corinthians 11:4). It is these counterfeits that are blowing the uncertain sound that keeps much of the church weak in the battle for the souls of men, the lives of children, and the future of our nation.
If there is a faint blast sounding from a pulpit here and there, is it clear and distinct? Does it rally, mobilize, and call God’s people to be like the children of Issachar who knew the times and knew what God’s people should do in the midst of our troubling times (1 Chronicles 12:32). Where is the prophetic call to reform our ways and doings before God (Jeremiah 23:22)? Who will arise to apply God’s tourniquet to stop the hemorrhaging of the bloodlust and perversion that threatens our national security? Who has the courage to pour salt into the deadly wounds of our moral rot? Do we perceive our sins have reached heaven and that we are vulnerable to God’s increasing judgments? Can we not discern the onslaught of our enemies from without and the wicked agenda foisted upon us from foes within our own national household?
Charles Finney had this to say to the churchmen of his era. Keep in mind that the evil of his day was slavery. Finney stated:
Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits. If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. Let us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.
Certainly the time demands that a clarion call go forth from the pulpits of America in the hopes it will resonate amongst the people. Men of God need to place the trumpet of the Lord to their mouths and sound the alarm. Our message needs to recapture the church to be God’s instrument of reform, renewal, restoration, and reconciliation if our nation is to recover.
The church must regain her prophetic voice. We must break out of our self-imposed, spiritual ghettos and reenter the public square. We must engage in the marketplace of ideas with the claims of Christ and the truth of God’s Word. We must rise to provide moral guidance and help tenderize our national conscience that has been seared by our national sins, such as abortion, homosexuality, and other idolatrous abominations.
In short, it is time to trumpet a GENTLE REVOLUTION. Not a revolution of guns, bombs, and carnal weapons, but a spiritual, moral, and godly revolution. To help define what I’m advocating, it would be prudent for the church to take a lesson from the turbulent times associated with the 1960s. It was this decade that produced a major paradigm shift that rejected America’s godly heritage in exchange for the brutal darkness of paganism that ill-affects us to this day.
There is no question that the radicals of the sixties perceived some hypocrisy enshrined within the hallowed institutions of America, such as the family, the church, the state, and our educational systems. They struggled with certain aspects of the gates of our land that they believed didn’t ring true. Whether they were true in their assessments or not, I’ll let others decide. One thing is sure, instead of being young reformers that worked to restore these important pillars of our nation, they simply rebelled and trashed them. The treacherous course they blazed now sets the agenda that makes our nation vulnerable in the midst of this dangerous, fallen world.
The sixties generation created a rebellious sub-culture that eventually became the corrupt establishment that we contend with today. Our nation, through their ungodly influence, now finds itself in the pathetic state described by Isaiah the prophet. He declared:
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him (Isaiah 5:20-23)!
This is why if one seeks to be a rebel today, one must live a godly life. The mores of our nation are in direct conflict with the Commandments of God. In the midst of this darkness, God calls his people to live out Romans 12:1, 2, which states:
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
We need this generation of Christians to arise and trumpet a Gentle Revolution. If we fail, I cringe to think of the alternative that awaits our nation. We can no longer remain silent, indifferent, and inactive as our nation is ripe for judgment. May we repent and give God a reason to show mercy in Jesus’ name!
The Thomas Nation just returned home from the Operation Save America’s Leadership Meeting in New Orleans. The saints once again put on the armor of God and stormed the gates of hell (The 2 last remaining death camps in the New Orleans area). They will not prevail against the Church of the living God.
The theme of this leadership meeting came from Matthew 13:52, which states, “Then He said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.'”
We examined that which is old, our heritage and history, worth preserving and that which is new worth pursuing. We went through this process to cast a vision for our future. The purpose was to encourage, inspire, and equip OSA as we move forward in serving our Lord effectually through this ministry.
First, we first traced our heritage and history, the old treasure, which is summed up in our vision statement. This particular statement was forged through blood, sweat, and tears. It serves as a great reminder of who we are in Christ, what he has calls us to do, and the manner in which we are to represent his heart and message towards his helpless children being devoured by the American holocaust.
OSA VISION STATEMENT
Operation Save America unashamedly takes up the cause of preborn children in the name of Jesus Christ. We employ only biblical principles. The Bible is our foundation; the Cross of Christ is our strategy; the repentance of the Church of Jesus Christ is our ultimate goal. As the Church changes its heart toward unborn children, God Himself will hear from heaven, forgive our sin, and bring healing to our land. We believe that Jesus Christ is the only answer to the abortion holocaust. It is upon our active repentance in the streets of our cities that the Gospel is visibly lived out. We become to the church, to our city, and to our nation living parables which rightly represent God’s heart toward His helpless children.
Some of the old treasure also revealed the prophetic mantle that the Lord placed upon OSA to obey. Jeremiah 23:22 states, “But if they had stood in My counsel, and had caused My people to hear My words, then they would have turned them from their evil way and from the evil of their doings.” By God’s grace, we will continue to keep this prophetic edge as we place the Lord’s trumpet to our mouths and sound the alarm. Our call to individuals, our culture, and nation is to prayerfully fulfill Isaiah 55:7, which declares, “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; And to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”
With the change of leadership, obviously, there comes other changes as well. We discussed different opportunities to apply our foundational vision statement. Thus, we sought “new treasures from God’s Kingdom” that could help us to become more effectual in the battle.
“For the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12).
As we moved on to the new, I shared two things, “We must guard our strengths and shore up our weaknesses. We must keep our prophetic edge, but temper it with pastoral equipping of the saints.”
Let me explain. For the last couple of years through some open doors, our message has gone out into other ministries, churches, and pro-life groups. It resonated and people responded by joining the battle. It was not long before all heck broke through in their lives. They heard the prophetic call, but were not adequately equipped to handle the battle from within or from without. In those years, many have contacted us needing help to cope and overcome the retaliation that exploded in their lives. In response, we wrote the Field Manual for Abortion Ministry. Many have benefited from the insights that revealed the reality of spiritual warfare that increased as Christians dared to touch Satan crown jewel, which is child sacrifice and the shedding of innocent blood.
When we call our brethren into the battle prophetically, we also need to equip them better spiritually to recognize and overcome the wiles of the Evil One. We do not want new recruits of good soldiers of Jesus Christ to implode. We must try to help them avoid some of the errors we made in this battle for souls, the lives of children, and the future of our nation.
The second part of equipping is to replace ourselves by discipling and mentoring this next generation. Look around, we are not getting any younger. Some of our beloved brethren have already gone on to their eternal reward. We have have a duty before God to duplicate what he has invested in us and faithfully pass it to those coming after us. King David was a good example of this duty before God. Psalms 71:17: 18 states, “O God, You have taught me from my youth; And to this day I declare Your wondrous works. Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come.”
David committed himself to understand his place in redemptive history and pledged to fulfill the continuum, past, present, and future. The book of Acts declared that he was successful. Acts 13:36 states, “For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption.”
Every movement inspired by God had two marks that insured successful transitions. Churches reflected the truth of God’s Word demanded under their watch and Christians successfully passed it on to the next generation.
Our Pilgrim fathers and mothers understood this commitment. Governor Bradford wrote, “Lastly, (and which was not the least), a great hope and inward zeal they had of laying some good foundation, or at least to make some way thereunto, for the propagating and advancing of the kingdom of Christ in those remote parts of the world; yea, though they should be but even as stepping-stones unto others for the performing of so great a work.”
There is a Christian song that sums up this heartfelt truth. It is called, “May All Who Come Behind Us Find Us Faithful.” The words capture the essence of this Kingdom endeavor, “Let those who come behind us find us faithful, may the fire of our devotion light their way. May the foot prints that we leave, lead them to believe and the lives we live inspire them to obey.”
Galatians 6:1 declares, “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.”
In this battle, when we give the prophetic call to engage this enemy and seek to defeat his crown jewel, child sacrifice, there will be causalities. Some of us have been wounded and by God’s grace continue to fight the good fight. Many, however, have fallen. Some fell by their own sin, some by the attack of the enemy, and some by friendly fire. Regardless, there are many who were once in the battle whose lives are shipwrecked.
In stating these scenarios, God forbid we should allow unrepentant sin to run rampant in OSA or to invite wolves in sheep’s clothing to commit evil against the lambs and sheep we have the honor to serve.
We must be vigilant in this matter. However, is there not also a responsibility to fulfill Apostle Paul’s admonishment to consciously restore brethren who have fallen in battle, whose lives imploded, and are willing to repent and be restored? Many have started well and failed along the way. Should we not seek to help them end well in Jesus’ name?
The classic example of this restoration process is discovered 1 and 2 Corinthians. An individual had fallen into gross sin. Paul commanded him kicked out of the church and turned over to Satan for the destruction of his flesh that his soul might be saved. When the individual repented, however, Paul commanded that he be restored and place in right standing with God and the church. We should do no less, if the situation warrants it.
LET JUSTICE ROLL
“But let justice roll down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream” (Amos 5:24)
While at our leadership meeting, we discussed our national event in Montgomery, AL. Through the wonders of technology, we were able to set up a Skype meeting. Ben Dupre, who is the Chief of Staff to Chief Justice Roy Moore, was able to address our gathering. Brother Ben is our local contact helping to prepare our way for our national event. He welcomed us to come, made known the opportunities, and encouraged us in the battle. We were grateful. Prayerfully, Chief Justice Roy Moore will be one of our featured speakers at one of our rallies. You will not want to miss his address.
One of the challenges going into Alabama is bringing different elements involved in our coming and consolidating them into one concise vision statement. We believe we achieved it through the phrase, “Let Justice Roll.” We intend on utilizing the powerful imagery associated with the University of Alabama football team’s slogan, which is “Roll Tide.” This will help make the needed connection with Alabamians that can help highlight our message. We are currently working on our newest T-shirt to promote the idea.
There are other elements as well. Obviously, “Let Justice Roll” applies to the remaining death camps defiling Alabama. Plus, there is the legal challenge Chief Justice Roy Moore is enmeshed in once again as he seeks to defend God’s institution of marriage against the federal beast doing the bidding of the homosexual agenda. We desire Chief Justice to “roll” in that matter.
Alabama was also one of the centers of the civil rights struggle seeking to bring justice and equality for our black brethren back in the day. Though we deal with a different evil, the underlying Biblical principles remain the same. We intend to connect the dots as we extend “Black Lives Matter” to the abortion holocaust that has led to black genocide. Amos 5:24 was one of the theme Scriptures preached by Martin Luther King Jr. to address the evil of discrimination and the injustice of Jim Crow laws. Ironically, the Southern Poverty Law Center, a God hating organization that identifies Christians as hate mongers are located in Montgomery. They have this passage they attribute to King on a monument outside their office. There will be more on “Let Justice Roll” in the coming days. We covet your prayers as we move forward.
STATES OF REFUGE WAVE
Part of the “new treasures of the Kingdom” was our different campaigns OSA will seek to implement this new year. With the advent of Bishop Otis Kenner agreeing to become our OSA leader to reach the black church in America, good fruit is already being produced. As a result, the “Operation: Let My People Go” campaign is in full swing.
The second campaign we discussed is the States of Refuge. At the leadership meeting, we decided to create a wave impact that will focus different ministries to come to Mississippi to confront the last remaining death camp defiling this state. We remain hopeful that God will grant us soon the first surgical abortion free state in America.
The first group, AHA, will come in from March 26-29, 2015. On the heels of them leaving, OSA will come marching in from March 30-April 2nd. We plan on doing Word in Warfare that unsheathes the sword of the Spirit to pluck up, root out, and overthrow the altar of Molech. The following week, Jason Storms, our new campus leader in OSA, will lead another charge and besiege the “Pink House” death camp in Jackson, MS.
Lastly, in our fall States of Refuge campaign, we decided to all converge at the last remaining surgical abortion mill in Missouri this Fall. From September 16-20, OSA will converge in St. Louis to bring the Gospel of the Kingdom against the gates of hell, the local Planned Parenthood. I pray you will consider participating and supporting our work in Jackson, Mississippi, Montgomery, Alabama, and St. Louis, MO this year in Jesus’ name! Thank you!
The Problem with Evil
THE ATHEISTS ARGUE THAT CHRISTIANITY IS FALSE BECAUSE THE EXISTENCE OF EVIL AND THE EXISTENCE OF GOD ARE SUPPOSEDLY INCOMPATIBLE.YET, THE EXISTENCE OF EVIL IS SOLELY TO DO WITH MAN, WHO CHOOSES TO TURN AWAY FROM GOD AND THE GOOD AND WILL NOT REPENT OF IT.
Men who are bound by the Fall claim to have a problem with evil. Evolutionists, humanists, Communists, atheists, and some agnostics are chief among them. On the one hand, they deny the concept of evil, which reinforces their “philosophy of meaninglessness.” On the other hand, they incorporate the concept of evil to deny the existence of God.
They argue, if God is all good and all powerful, how could evil exist? How can God be all good and allow evil in the world? How can he be all powerful and not stop it? According to them, because evil exists, he cannot be both, all good and all powerful, therefore he does not exist.
They deny he exists and yet spend much of their time hating and denouncing him. Why fight someone who is not there? It seems like an exercise in futility. G. K. Chesterton commenting on this bewildering plight of atheists stated, “If there was no God, there would be no atheists.”
Biblically, however, God’s word assures us that deep down all men, including atheists, know he is there. In fact, that is one of God’s names, Jehovah Shammah, the Lord who is there. What is the real issue? Though they know he is there, they suppress the truth in unrighteousness. They merely love their sin more than they love God (2 Timothy 3:4).
Unregenerated men deceive themselves into thinking they will not be held accountable to God. Psalms 10:13 states, “Why do the wicked renounce God? He has said in his heart, ‘You will not require an account.’” Moreover, they boast, “The Lord does not see, nor does the God of Jacob understand” (Psalms 94:7). They mistakenly think, “With our tongue we will prevail; Our lips are our own; Who is lord over us” (Psalms 12:4). Romans 1:18-20 describes their “state of denial” predicament:
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.
Is there a problem with evil? Yes, but if the truth be known, we do not really have a problem with evil, as much as we have a problem with God. We sin, suffer the consequences of evil, and then rail against the heavens. Proverbs 19:3 explains, “The foolishness of a man twists his way, and his heart frets against the Lord.”
Furthermore, there is no darkness; there is no variation or shadow of turning in God (1 John 1:5; James 1:17). It is impossible for him to lie (Hebrews 6:18). In other words, there is no evil, darkness, or deceit in God nor does he tempt man to commit evil. He is holy, righteous, and just in all his sayings and doings (Psalms 19:9). The Judge of the earth always does what is right (Genesis 18:25) He is “Totally Other.”
The Apostle James reveals how evil manifests in the earth. James 1:13-15 states:
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
Part of the problem with evil stems from man’s resentment against the integrity of God. God means what he says. Jesus encouraged men to have this kind of integrity. He taught, “But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one” (Matthew 5:37).
In the beginning, God warned Adam and Eve not to sin or else they would die. Satan convinced them otherwise. They paid no heed, went their own way, and reality hit them like a ton of brick. Who told the truth that corresponded with reality? Thus, sinful man has been left seeking to justify himself at the expense of God’s integrity ever since.
How did Jesus deal with the problem with evil? Luke 13:1-5 grants insight:
There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
Why does bad things happen to good people? In every tragedy known to men, this question gnaws at us. If you ask the wrong question, however, you will not receive a satisfactory answer. Those who questioned Jesus about the atrocity concerning Pilate murdering and mingling the blood of his victims with his pagan sacrifices were, in essence, asking this question.
Jesus’ response is illuminating. He did not countenance the question. First, there is no such thing as a “good” person. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Besides, both Old and New Testament present this assessment that reveals the true condition of men:
As it is written: There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips”; “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; Destruction and misery are in their ways; And the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:10-18).
Second, Jesus responded with his own question, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things?” It was a rhetorical question that Jesus used to declare, “I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” These people asked Jesus the wrong question. The true question should be, “Why do good things happen to bad people?” Why does the sun shine on the evil and the good? Why does the rain fall on the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:45)? In essence, Jesus was encouraging them to redirect their questions, “How come you escaped being murdered? Why was not your blood mingled with the sacrifice? How come the tower did not fall on you, etc.?” If we ask these kinds of questions, perhaps, it will lead to the response that has the power to save, heal, and deliver our souls. It will guide us to an answer that reveals God’s gracious offer that none should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).