Special shout out to Handel Humphrey for putting together this brief, powerful video from our challenge to pastors at our recent OSA event in AZ, Further up and further in. If you find any merit, please pass it on in your sphere of influence. Thanks!


Here is Pastor Jeff Durbin‘s foreword to our newest book, Biblical Strategies to Abolish Abortion. It is somewhat embarrassing and humbling at parts, but a powerful Biblical admonishment to get back to Christ, His Word, and fight this battle His way.
If you want a copy or copies send me back your address, and I’ll send them out to you. Enjoy!
Foreword by Pastor Jeff Durbin:
The history of Christ’s Kingdom in the world is filled with examples of giants of the Faith. Every century has its heroes with names that mark the timeline of human history. These are points of power and examples that provide encouragement and hope to God’s people throughout the ages. To be sure, there are many heroes of the faith whose names we may never know on this side of glory.
However, God does raise up men and women that He speaks through in such a way that puts them in His hall of fame. The Book of Hebrews testifies to a hall of fame reserved for some Old Testament saints. If the resurrected earth has halls with memorials and artifacts of God’s glory, I am confident that Rusty Thomas’ life and ministry will have a central placement.
We have endured about a half a century of slaughtering pre-born Image-bearers in the United States of America since the fallacious and evil Roe vs. Wade iniquitous decree. This systematic slaughter, now totaling in the dozens of millions, can only occur in a nation at war with God and His Word.
Child sacrifice has a long and dark tradition amongst mankind. Christians have spoken against this evil and worked to end it since the earliest days of the Christian Church. Nations influenced by the Gospel of our Lord have not only created the atmosphere wherein abortion is “unthinkable,” they also penalized it by law. Christian nations, transformed by the Gospel and God’s Word, see abortion for what it is: murder. It is the unjustified killing of a human being; a creature made in God’s Image.
According to the Christian Worldview, abortion is not merely a sin, but something far more abominable. A cursory look at the history of the United States (pre-Roe) demonstrates that when the Christian Worldview permeates and becomes the primary influence, society views abortion as a CRIME. This explains why many State laws (some still on the books) criminalized abortion for the doctors who commit this shameful act as well as the parents who paid them to have their children executed.
Transformed Christian Nations never tolerate the murder of the pre-born. Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland serve as recent examples. It took several decades and an incredible effort by the forces of darkness to thrust upon them this national sin, which brings national calamity. Ireland’s defense of the preborn when so many Western nations caved reveals the inescapable truth that Christendom will not tolerate child sacrifice and the shedding of innocent blood.
The murder of pre-born human beings is primarily a Gospel issue. This is the key point. It is the hinge upon which the entire issue turns. Abortion is a problem of the human heart that is bent toward sin, evil, and destruction. People who are in a hostile relationship with their Creator will go to war with Him at every point of contact. They will distort their own humanity, erase the borders of what constitutes a beautiful, harmonious, and intimate relationship with other humans, become a law unto themselves, and, if given opportunity, kill their own offspring. Even the gracious gift of life given by the hand of God, in the midst of this conflict with Him, will end up in the trash heap. That is how truly depraved we are when left to ourselves. Sin is undeniably irrational.
So, what is the solution? The Pro-life industry believes that they can fight this battle for the lives of pre-born humans by adopting a posture of neutrality. They are confident in their confession that they are not explicitly Christian. “We are about the science!” they proclaim. They are equally committed to portraying mothers, who hire an assassin to dismember their little boys and girls, as abortion’s second “victim.”
In other words, the Pro-life industry has not engaged this vitally important issue Biblically, with both feet firmly planted on the authority and consistency of the Word of God. They often proclaim that they want to make abortion “unthinkable.” However, this proposition neglects the fundamental assertions of Scripture: There is none good, there is none who seeks for God, and the heart is deceitful above all things.
They, as well as those who advocate for abortion, must understand that there is no neutrality with Christ. Whoever does not gather with Him scatters and whoever is not with Him is against Him. There is no transformation of the human heart without the gracious work of God, by His Spirit and Gospel. This alone removes the heart of hostility toward Him and His Word, which causes people to love His ways, His beauty, His glory, and His Law.
Rusty Thomas has known this throughout his decades of faithful ministry and witness. Rusty has saved countless children from death, directly and indirectly through his witness. His teachings have led countless other believers into this fight. For Rusty (and the many believers involved now because of him) this issue is first-and-foremost a Gospel of the Kingdom issue.
It is an issue of fidelity toward the One Who has all authority in heaven and on earth. For Rusty, Christ is King, His Law is good, and the nations are Christ’s inheritance. Rusty has raised his voice for the fatherless outside of abortion-mills while the ashes of these recently slaughtered children were falling on his head. He has lost time with his family, friends, and church through many trials in jail. He has labored and suffered across this nation, sacrificing time and money, to speak prophetically to legislators who have the duty to abolish and criminalize the slaughter of the pre-born.
What you will find in this book is a consistent, Gospel-centered, biblically grounded approach to ending child-sacrifice in our nation. We do not need the compromised, inconsistent, and failed neutral approach to ending abortion. We need Christ. We need His Word. We need His Gospel. This is what Rusty has fought for, taught, and learned over and over again through his life of sacrifice for these fatherless children. The Christian Church will benefit from listening to a man who knows the problem, is keenly aware of the solution, and understands the macro and micro issues.
We need to listen to Rusty Thomas. His commitments are to Christ, His Gospel, and to the faithful God-centered approach to every sphere of life. This is what changes the world.
Always has and always will.
Jeff Durbin
Lead Teaching Elder of Apologia Church
Blessed 4th of July Celebration: If you find any merit, please pass it on in your sphere of influence. Thanks!
“Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are dinged. Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him (Isaiah 51:1, 2).”
When it comes to celebrating this most American of holidays, it is interesting to note that our Founding Fathers did not consider the 4th of July a holiday. No, to them this day represented far more than just another festival to acknowledge in the myriad of special days Americans honor.
According to John Adams, the second President of the USA, the 4th of July, “Ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.” Surprisingly, John Adams believed Independence Day was to be a Holy Day to be spent in Thanksgiving to the Almighty for His mighty deliverance that He wrought on the behalf of our fledgling nation.
His son, John Quincy Adams, our 6th President, declared, “Why is that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day (July 4th). Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the Progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon Earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity…”
According to Mr. Adams, it took the spread of Christianity 1,800 years to finally culminate in the establishing of America. He believed the highest glory of the Revolution permanently linked the principles of Christianity with the principles of civil government. He viewed the Declaration as the first social compact and governing document in the history of man to establish its foundation on the mission of Jesus Christ in the earth. Obviously, America is dreadfully void of that perspective today.
 Yes, there is much evidence that points to the fact that America is a unique nation amongst the nations of the earth. It is evident that the land itself was preserved for a special purpose in God’s Providence. Although America was prime “real estate” in the earth and filled with natural resources, it remained virtually untapped for thousands of years.
One did not see the pyramids of Egypt, the glory of Rome, nor the grandeur of Greece upon these shores. Why is it that there was no great civilization established here until a persecuted people longing to be free to worship the God of Heaven in Spirit and in truth came to these shores? If you can answer that question, then you are on the road to understand the vision for America and her destiny that stands in peril today.
Another unique mark upon this nation that is exclusively American is the fact that we are the only nation on earth that was founded on a creed. All the other nations on earth were essentially established upon ethnicity, nationality, or race. Not so with America. Regardless of skin color or any other physical attribute that distinguishes human beings, what makes an American an American is a creed. A creed that is articulated in a document we call The Declaration of Independence.
Before we explore some vital points of that creed, we need to understand, whereas the Constitution is the letter of the law, (that has been twisted, bent, and perverted through judicial activism to subject Americans to legalized evil today) the Declaration is the Spirit of the Law. The Declaration supplies the premises, the presuppositions, and the underlying principles that we have forgotten to the Constitution’s harm. You will see this clearly as we examine a few of those foundational principles contained within the Declaration. It was to be the heart, soul, and source to establish and sustain our Christian Republic called America.
On July 2nd, 1776, (They publish it on July 4th, 1776) the delegates of the Continental Congress voted to ratify the Declaration which began with these profound words, “When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature God entitles them…”
It is extremely important to understand, and it cannot be emphasized enough that our Founding Fathers cited the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God as the basis for breaking ties with England and to become a separate nation in the earth. To comprehend the magnitude of that phrase utilized by Thomas Jefferson, one must look to Sir William Blackstone who was the first one to coin the phrase.
Sir William Blackstone was a renowned English jurist who wrote the highly influential work called, “Commentaries on the Laws of England ” He was one the most quoted sources, besides the Bible, John Locke, and Baron de Montesquieu, which our Founding Fathers cited as the basis for law in America.
Blackstone defined the laws of nature and of nature’s God as:
Man, considered as a creature, must necessarily be subject to the laws of his Creator, for he is entirely a dependent being… And, consequently, as man depends absolutely upon his Maker for everything, it is necessary that he should in all points conform to his Maker’s will… this will of his Maker is called the law of nature. These laws laid down by God are the eternal immutable laws of good and evil. This law of nature dictated by God Himself; is of course superior in obligation to any other. It is binding over all the globe, in all countries, and at all times: no human laws are of any validity if contrary to this… The doctrines thus delivered we call the revealed or divine law, and they are to be found in the Holy Scriptures… {and} are found upon comparison to be really part of the original law of nature. Upon these two foundations, the law of nature and the law of revelation (Thomas Jefferson penned of nature’s God as a substitute for the law of revelation) depend all human laws; that is to say, no human laws should be suffered to contradict these.
According to Blackstone who was the inspiration behind the laws of nature and of nature’s God statement, the creation itself testifies and teaches man that there is a Supreme Being that created the universe. The immutable laws contained within nature reveal a Creator that man is to be subject to by virtue of being a dependent creature. Apparently, Blackstone was a jurist who studied the only sure basis for law, which is Holy Writ. Both Romans 1:20 and Psalms 19:1-3 verify his writings.
Blackstone believed even though man has reasoning capabilities, it has been made corrupt by sin. The Lord did not leave revelation to chance, however. No, He made a direct appeal to mankind through what Blackstone called the “law of revelation,” in which the Declaration interprets “of nature’s God.” The Ten Commandments, God’s moral Law, was God’s way of appealing to man objectively to confirm within man what he instinctively knows to be true on the inside.
Yet, due to man’s fallen nature, we inevitably suppress the truth and exchange it for a lie. Undeterred, in God’s great mercy, He sent the second person of the Godhead, the Lord Jesus Christ, as the most perfect revelation and we are therefore without excuse.
The Bible teaches that Jesus is the expressed image of God (Hebrews 1:3). He was the Word (God’s direct revelation to man) made flesh and dwelt amongst us. Jesus stated, “If you’ve seen me, you have seen the Father (John 14:9).” In other words, Jesus was the visible manifestation of the invisible God. According to Blackstone, unless laws were based upon these truths, they were not laws at all and “no human law should be suffered to contradict these.”
Our next stop along the way as we explore the Declaration is, “We hold these truths to be self-evident.” Can you believe in this moral relativistic age in which we live, that our Founding Fathers had the audacity to believe in a concept called truth? Now truth by its very nature lends itself completely to the notion that there are moral absolutes. Obviously, our Founding Fathers would be laughed to scorn today, if they brought that archaic view to our “enlightened” humanistic public schools.
 We do not teach children that there is such a thing as self-evident truth, moral absolutes, and a definite right and a definite wrong. No, we teach kids to decide for themselves what is right or wrong with no standard except what their own unregenerated hearts crave. As a result, millions of American children are left to construct their own “truth” and values apart from the God of the Bible.
Can there be any doubt that this mentality has opened the proverbial Pandora’s Box that is savaging our young today? School shootings, gangs, violence, confusion, sexual immorality, molestation, and drug abuse are a direct result of our nation rejecting the time-honored wisdom of our Founding Fathers.
Our Founding Fathers believed in self-evident truth. Not based upon the subjective experience of fallen man, but on God’s objective truth that is transcendent and authoritative over man. Yes, they believed in truth because they longed for freedom. They knew Biblically, you cannot have freedom without truth. Where would they obtain such a notion?
John 8:31, 32 records, “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Keep in mind, freedom to them was not the ability to do whatever we want, but the power to do as we ought.
Self-government was the key to liberty. If we did not have the Gospel chain retraining the beast from within, we would not have the moral fortitude to chain the beastly instincts of civil government. America would do well to remember from whence she came and what those who birthed her believed.
The next important phrase contained in the Declaration goes like this, “That all men are created equal; and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” Notice it does not say that man evolved into equality and by virtue of evolution have secured unalienable rights. Why is it our Founding Fathers believed in creationism, and yet, we cannot teach this history to our children?
Ideas have consequences, my friend. Evolution has been the intellectual underpinnings of every atheistic, totalitarian government that has committed unspeakable atrocities against the very people they claimed to serve. Communism, Nazism, and Fascism are just a few of the regimes that rejected the concept of Creator.
They opted for an evolutionary worldview instead, which justified their many atrocities. Their bloody history aptly displays the bitter fruit of an atheistic state that utilizes evolution to rationalize oppression. After all, evolution teaches that the strong survive. So, it must be ethical to exploit, abuse, and destroy the weak to get what we lust for in life, right? No, a thousand times no!
We see this mentality so clearly manifest with the struggle over abortion. Fallen men at times use and abuse women by virtue of their superior strength. In like manner, feministic women demand to be empowered as well. Roe v Wade decriminalized child sacrifice, which allowed women to use their superior strength against their own helpless children. God help us!
Christianity, on the other hand, teaches that the strong are to help the weak. We are never permitted by God to exploit them. This Biblical concept is one of the reasons that made America great. How many times has America invested our blood, treasure, and toil to aid weaker nations that were subjugated to tyranny by stronger nations?
What has happened to America since we have officially rejected our Creator that our Founding Fathers looked to as the basis of establishing America as an independent nation amongst the nations of the earth? We are becoming what we fought against in World War II.
America seems hell bent on using our superior strength, political clout, and finances to spew the filth of Hollywood, abortion, the feminist doctrine, and the homosexual agenda throughout the globe. Is it any wonder why Islam calls America the “Great Satan” and seeks our destruction?
The Declaration proceeds with these words, “That among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (not a guarantee of happiness that the “government as Savior” programs promise). That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
Our Founding Fathers believed that man’s rights came from God, the Creator, and that civil government was established to protect those rights. This is the clear teaching of Romans 13:1 which states, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”
Historically, Americans believed that we were “One Nation under God.” In fact, our national motto is “In God We Trust.” It was not one nation under many gods, but the one, true and living God, the God of the Bible, the triune God of Holy Scripture, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
When mankind rejects this Biblical truth of God’s sovereignty, however, man has only two failed options available.  First, the state is sovereign and the ultimate authority, which historically has led to the murderous regimes, previously mentioned that has crushed the freedoms, lives, and property of many.
In fact, the 20th century alone, has witnessed hundreds of millions of innocent people massacred by this monstrous lie.  The second option is man as an individual is sovereign, which inevitably leads to anarchy, chaos, and confusion. Only One Nation under God can secure the delicate tension between the social order on the one hand and individual freedom on the other. All else is sinking sand and cisterns that cannot hold water.
Indeed, God is the supreme authority and civil government is a delegated authority established for His glory and our benefit. The Declaration then warns, “that, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new government.”
This particular phrase is why we are crying out for a “Gentle Revolution.” Either America experiences a spiritual, godly, and moral revolution that lands us squarely back upon the “Rock” from which we were hewed, or I shudder to think of what may befall us.
Finally, our Founding Fathers make their appeal, “to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions… With a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”
In the Declaration, the God of the Bible is acknowledged as Law-giver, the source of Law, Creator, the Source of life, the Supreme Judge, the highest authority, and the Protector of America’s rights. Without this revelation beating in the heart of every true American, then all the 4th of July represents is eating, drinking, and watching fireworks.
I pray that each of you that read this article will consider these historical truths and their implications. They represent the righteous foundations upon which America once stood. We must awaken and recognize that these foundational truths are beginning to crumble as we abandon God, our righteous heritage and the principles that made us great.
Our history is being deleted or rewritten to further the “foes of our own American household’s” agenda. We must therefore, look to the Rock that hewed us and the Patriarchs that bore us before it is too late. GOD SAVE AMERICA AND NO KING, BUT KING JESUS!
With the completion of the OSA national event comes the time to make our newest book, Biblical Strategies to Abolish Abortion, available to order.
If you want a copy or copies, please send your address to my email, rtosa13@yahoo.com , and I’ll send them to you. It’s on a donation basis. Here is the link.
Hard to believe the last day of our national event has arrived. It includes the last day I’ll lead as national director of Operation Rescue/Operation Save America. We will have the blessing and honor to set in Jason Storms as new director this evening. May Christ be praised.
This morning the saints are preparing to face the heat of AZ and the fiery, hellish practice of child sacrifice and the shedding of innocent blood once more. We are trusting as we proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom that God will watch over His Word to perform it. Your prayers are welcomed and needed.
This afternoon’s livestream session includes Jason Storms and I tag teaming to minister to the youth. It will start as 2:30 pm Mountain time.
Our last rally night will feature attorney Bradley Pierce as the preliminary speaker, and we will conclude the event by setting in Jason Storms. Hope you can make it, if not, join us livestream at our Operation Rescue/Operation Save America Facebook page. Keep pressing on saints to the high call and prize in Jesus’ name!

Good morning brethren,
On the morn of day three of our OSA national event, the saints are preparing to storm the gates of hell with weapons of warfare that are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. Please cover them with prayers and intercession. We all need to call upon the Lord who is mighty to save.
This afternoon livestreamed session will be dedicated on to how to fight this battle politically to abolish abortion at the local levels. Brother Dennis Sarfate will be the MC and the speakers will be Joseph Silk, former state senator from OK, and the first magistrate in the history of our nation to introduce a bill of abolition, Zach Lautenschlager, one of the best political strategists in the movement to abolish abortion, and Bradley Pierce , our “go to” attorney whom our Lord has used to craft bills of abolition throughout America. Please tune in and spread this message abroad, especially to local magistrates.
Tonight’s rally will be personally special for me. We have the two former national directors of Operation Rescue/Operation Save America, Pastor Keith Tucci, and Brother Flip Benham scheduled to speak tonight. They will also be a part of the presbytery that will set in Jason Storms at tomorrow night’s closing rally. These were the men that I got to serve, who mentored me and led me into the battle. Grateful to God for them both.
The afternoon session will begin at 2:30 pm Mountain time and the evening rally will begin at 6:30 pm Mountain time. Here is the link to access the livestream. Keep pressing on saints to the high call and prize.

Sorry about the livestream quality concerning last night’s opening rally at our OSA national event. We had a few kinks to work out as usual. Prayerfully, it will improve as we move along.
We have two teams storming the gates this morning. Please pray that our Lord will plunder the powers of darkness and set the captives free.
The afternoon session will feature the Apologia pastors, Luke Pierson and Zack Morgan. They will be reaching out to pastors to encourage them to join the fray to abolish abortion in the state of AZ. The livestream will start at 2:30 pm Mountain time on our Operation Rescue/Operation Save America Facebook page. Invite others to participate online if you would care to help spread the vision, mission, and message.
This evening’s rally will begin at 6:30 pm Mountain Time. It will feature Dennis Sarfate from Apologia’s political arm Action For Life. God willing, I’ll be the second speaker. It is a landmark in my life. This will be my last official message preached as the national director of OSA. Hope you will join in this evening as well.
Here is the link to join us today:
God willing, there will be livestream coverage of our OSA national event starting with our opening rally this evening on our Operation Rescue/Operation Save America Facebook page.
The evening rallies, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday will all start at 6:30 pm Mountain time. The afternoon sessions, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday will start at 2:30 pm Mountain time.
The Thursday session will be geared towards pastors. The Friday session will be geared towards magistrates, and the Saturday session will be geared towards youth.
Please invite your contacts to pray and participate. Thanks
I want to start this post with a statement, “As goes the father, so goes the family, as goes the family, so goes the Church, and as goes the Church, so goes the nation.”
We can look to the failure of our government, church, and culture, but the ultimate failure is traced back to the feminization of men and the masculization of women. Much of true Biblical manhood has suffered great loss in our nation. Fathers are missing in action and our children are adrift.
Two enemies have conspired to neuter men and bring about the sexual confusion savaging our nation.
A. The battle from within is the inherit weakness of men that has passed to all males since the fall, which are passivity and irresponsibility. When Adam’s manhood was demanded of him, he went south. He stepped out of his realm of responsibility, obeyed his wife rather than God and he lost God’s authority.
Mankind has been paying for this treacherous rebellion ever since. The truth is God’s authority always rests upon and works through men who take their place of responsibility. So many men are morally compromised, they lack the moral courage to take a stand in our evil day. Thus, they lack the moral authority to address and defeat evil in our day.
B. The battle from without is feminism. This leads to the inherit curse upon women, which is to dominate, manipulate, and control the man. Isaiah 3:12 warns what happens when a nation’s sayings and doings are against the Lord, “As for My people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err, and destroy the way of your paths.”
We think we are a progressive and enlightened nation as we send our women into battle, but little do we know, we are descending more and more into God’s curse. Our nation is consciously rejecting patriarchy for the lie of feminism. If we continue in this rebellion, it is a harbinger of greater woe yet to come.
C. The battle of the sexes comes down to two issues. They are function and value. In salvation, according to Galatians 3:28, there is neither Jew nor Greek, (racial class warfare) neither free nor slave, (social status) and neither male nor female (the battle of the sexes). We are all one in Christ. Men are not superior in value and women are not inferior in value. God loves us all the same in Christ.
It is in the arena of function that God puts major difference between men and women.
According to 1 Corinthians 11:3, God’s divine order is God, Christ, man, and woman. God presupposes strength and leadership to men. 1 Corinthians 16:13 states, “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.”
On the other hand, and this maybe fighting words in today’s feminized culture, God calls women, the weaker vessel. It is this revelation that has produced in the history of the church the notion of chivalry. Just like to song goes, “I guess it is just the woman in you that brings out the man in me. A woman with a meek and mild spirit tames the wild beast in men and helps turn them from predators to protectors.
Since women have abandoned that role and function, which absorbs the harshness of life and grants a measure of comfort, nurturing, and gentleness in our poor-fallen world, life has become intolerable for many men, women, and children. Because the church has not look squarely at these issues and dealt with them Biblically, it has served to undermine the building block of our society, the family.
It has also created a national security crisis. John Adams, our second president observed:
“From all that I had read of history and government of human life and manners, I had drawn this conclusion, that the manners of women were the most infallible barometer to ascertain the degree of morality and virtue of a nation. The Jews, the Greeks, the Romans, the Swiss, the Dutch, all lost their public spirit and their republican forms of government when they lost the modesty and domestic virtues of their women.”
The issue we face now is what do we do as our nation, government, church, and culture either reject Biblical manhood or consider it superfluous in today’s world? Just look at the sitcoms. How is the man, the father presented? He is the buffoon, the idiot, and the brunt of every feministic joke. The women have it all together. They are sharp, smart, the heroine, and the one who must rule over incompetent, cowardly men. The children are depicted as taking advantage of this disorder to rule the roost. It is literally a one-hundred-and-eighty-degree departure from God’s creative order.
God’s Answer
Malachi 4:5, 6 declares, “Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”
These are the last words spoken by God to His people in the Old Testament. Notice the last recorded word in the Old Testament is “curse.” It is directly related to fatherlessness. Four hundred years passed in utter silence. There was not a prophet, angel, dream nor vision sent from heaven to God’s people. The heavens were brass and there was a famine for the Word (Amos 8:11).
Suddenly at the dawn of the New Testament, the Lord shatters the silence in Luke 1:11-17. The Lord reiterates the same message from Malachi. When God repeats Himself, it is for emphasis, He does not have a stuttering problem. He highlights the same distinctive marks in Malachi, holiness of life based upon the conformity to God’s law and a call for dads to be good dads.
These two requirements prepared the way of the Lord and received Messiah in the earth. They also are required to advance God’s cause and Kingdom in the earth. This is why true manhood is hated, and fatherhood is mocked in today’s culture.
Men, our manhood will be based on two Biblical models. The first is what we inherited from the first Adam and what is now available to us through the second Adam, Jesus Christ. One will be defined by passivity and irresponsibility or one that will be defined by leading courageously with God’s Word (Matthew 4:1-11).
Psalm 112:1, 2 states, “Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who delights greatly in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed.”
Fathers think of creating a Christian Dynasty according to the legacy of the Scottish Covenanters. Faithful Scottish Pastors challenged the men of their congregations to disciple and train their families for the glory of God. It was they who gave us the Titanic motto “Women and Children First” and the legacy of the Birkenhead sea disaster where they lived out that motto.
On this Father’s Day commit to rebuild the family altars and encourage your sons not to make the same mistakes that we have committed. It is better to raise godly sons than to repair broken men.
Blessed Father’s Day, June 2021
Rusty Thomas

Lookie here: Phoenix or bust!
Newest book ready to roll out at our national event just in time. Hallelujah!
Hope to see you there. Please pray for the Kingdom success of this book. May it glorify our Lord, equip the church to fight the battle the Lord’s way, and help vanquish this grave evil from our land in Jesus’ name!