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VOL. 02                                                                                             ________                                              No. 01

Heart to Heart Talk to Ministers AmericAwake

Dear Fellow-laborers in the Kingdom of God:

There is a great cry going up today among many of our ministers and Christians of all faiths and denominational backgrounds to halt the slaughter of countless thousands of unborn babies; stop pornography, especially child pom; stop the epidemic of crime sweeping our nation; stop the bankrupting of our national coffers by the politicians, etc., etc., ad -ifinihom And this is a good thing. Finally, Christians are beginning to wake up to the fact that while we may hold our citizenship in the Kingdom of God, we do still resjde in America and we all, and indeed many who are not even bom again, know that if the situation is not soon reversed, Almighty God will have to bring judgement down upon this nation and that there will be chaos and death everywhere.

But I proclaim to you here and now that we have allowed the situation to go on too long. I share the guilt of hearing about the Supreme Court edict in the case of Madelyn Murray O’Hare and saying that “By the time one generation grows up with no prayer and Bible reading in the schools, they won't be able to build the jails fast enough to keep all the criminals in!” I didn’t consider myself a prophet at the time, but history says I was right on the money and not even a penny off! I further told the person to whom I made that statement, “Watch, it will grow progressively worse and worse as each grade has one year less of the Bible influence.” Again, police records prove this correct. But I should have raised such a howl and protest, along with all other Christians, that that ruling would have been overthrown or overridden by a Constitutional amendment before it could ever be enforced. But no. We are all guilty of sitting back, wringing our hands and saying, "Oh, my! What is our country coming to?" There was a far greater outcry to congress recently about home schooling than there was about this ungodly mis-interpretation of the Constitution by the Supreme Court.

It is quite true also that many Christians even agreed that we should teach our children about God at home and that because of denominational differences and suspicions many thought it might even be a good thing for the Bible not to be taught in schools (obviously, they did not know how God commanded the Children of Israel to teach their children about Him). Unfortunately, it is also true that many churches that name the name of Jesus Christ CAN NOT deny that they had or still "have a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof,” and the Apostle Paul says, “...from such turn away." (See 11 Tirnothy 3:4-6).

Now it is too late, MUCH TOO LATE, to simply attempt to get the laws changed. Our laws still give us more rights and protection that the early church had, and see how it grew! But just as Prohibition back just after the end of World War I failed because there were enough people who wanted to drink alcohol that the demand created such an impossible task of enforcement that the Constitutional Amendment commanding Prohibition was repealed just a few years later, so also the demand for self-gradfication in illicit sex, pornography, homosexuality, drug abuse, the wholesale slaughter of the unborn, condom distribution to our teenagers, open profanity and vulgarity on radio and television and all the rest of these things is in such great demand that if every single Christian called his or her congressman, Senator and the President and forced a change in the laws, we would have the same sort of thing that happened with prohibition. As the pro-abortion people like to point out, there are those who will still get abortions in the back alleys and die as a result. As the people who (including Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders) are still pushing for the legalization of marijuana like to say, the illegality of the drugs only drives the price higher, but those who are addicts will do ANYTHLNG to get the money to buy.
No, my dear minister friends, America’s ONLY HOPE is a revival of real Apostolic anointing and power upon all who name the name of Jesus Christ. We MUST ALL get on our knees and pray and read and study our Bibles until we have the same assurance and power that the Apostles Peter and John had when they reached down to the laine man at the Gate Beautiful. The time is past - long past - when we can sit in our padded pews and sing our heavenly anthems and enjoy our stained-glass windows. Now we must pray until we know that we know that we know that the power and anointing of God is upon each and every one of us and then we must let that light so shine before men and women all over our communities that they will "see your good works and glorify our father which is in heaven." That they will see ’Christ in you, the hope of glory."

Do these scriptures apply to you today? I am sorry if your denominational organization tells you that the various gifts and manifestations of the Holy Spirit are not for today, because the Apostle Peter, on the day of Pentecost said, "For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call." (Acts 2:39). The scripture misunderstood by some as a reason for saying that the gifts have ended says, "Charity (the Divine love of God) never fafleth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. (I Corinthians 13:8). So right in that verse, you see that if prophecies and tongues are to end, so is knowledge! Nobody but a fool would say that knowledge has vanished away!! They can’t write textbooks fast enough to keep up with the new knowledge that is being learned in this day. And also likewise, the miracles of prophetic knowledge and tongues and interpretation that God is doing today by His mighty power are so numerous that the world could not contain the books to tell of His mighty works! Furthermore, if tongues were going to cease when he died, why did Paul instruct the church careftilly in the proper operation of tongues and prophecy in the church in chapter 14? Did the stripes for our healing lose their power when the last Apostle died? Then why did James leave the instruction for the sick to call for the elders of the church for prayer in James 5:14?

While it is quite true that there have been abuses of miracle gifts by some -modern day "Simon the sorcerers" and perhaps some who simply did not know God’s word a sincere prayer for God to use you as He sees fit regardless of the denominational restrictions will surely result in your receiving insight and anointing and power you never dreamed of, and believe me, if we do not soon spark a real Holy Spirit revival in America, you will have life a lot harder than the early church ever dreamed of with a President determined to make this nation a national Sodom and Gomorrah. AmericAwake! Pray while you can! Don’t even wait until May 5, the National Day of Prayer! Star-t NOXWWII!

The VAST MAJORITY of the people who are using drugs, getting drunk, reading and looking at pornography involved in illicit sex, having abortions, etc. are searching for what they could and should find in Jesus Christ, peace, joy and love, if only they could see Him reflected in you and me!

I urge each of you to listen to your local Christian radio station, and especially to Focus on the Family, Family News in Focus, Truths that Transform, Christian Financial Concepts and The Rutherford Institute for up to the minute news relating to the various things that are happening in Washington and elsewhere to tear down America’s moral and spiritual values and bring on financial bankruptcy. And as you hear these things, begin immediately to pray for America to repent and get right with God. We Christians SHOULD write to our congressmen, Senators and the President to insist upon common sense and a return to God, but we have lost much of our political clout by default when we didn’t insist upon keeping prayer and Bible reading in our schools and spiritual revival is the ONLY that can save America now.

I can also tell you from personal experience in overseas mission fields, that people in other countries who know that America was founded on Christian principles look at our nation as a failure of Christianity and this is making it more difficult for missionaries to preach the gospel over there.

Yours for Jesus’ sake,
 

Rev. Samuel M. Smith

Finally: DO NOT LOWER your holiness standard, but elevate, RAISE it to full agreement with what the Bible really says.

Yours for Jesus' sake,

Bro. Sam

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