11/08/2018

THE KEY TO A MORE PURE PROPHETIC FLOW


During the tumultuous Kavanaugh hearings, a person who considers himself a prophet tweeted that Kavanaugh would be rejected and that President Trump would replace him with Amy Barrett who would be confirmed to the Supreme Court.
When it did not happen, I was reminded of an early Pentecostal revivalist who said that God took a chance when He spoke through Balaam's donkey because there was a real danger, that from then on, "every time that jackass brayed, he would claim that it was God speaking through him." LOL 
Although I do not know this person, I suspect that he is not a false prophet, just a mistaken one. The source of this prophecy was, no doubt, not the Holy Spirit, but his own soul, that is, his own mind, feelings and emotions.
Discerning Between Soul and Spirit
There are three possible sources for a prophecy or spiritual manifestation: (1) From the Holy Spirit who dwells in the reborn spirit of the believer; (2) from a demonic spirit; (3) from the human soul, i.e., the mind, will and emotions. I am convinced that many prophecies we are hearing from Christians today are from neither God or the devil but are from the human soul.
It is, therefore, of utmost importance that we learn to distinguish between soul and spirit. The spirit is the innermost part of our being and is that part that is regenerated when we are born again. It is through our human spirit that we have an awareness of God and the spirit realm. In born-again believers, the spirit is the place where the Holy Spirit dwells and, therefore, the place from which gifts of the Holy Spirit originate and flow.
The soul, on the other hand, consists of our mind, will, and emotions. It is the seat of the personality—the ego—and is that part of our being that gives us self-awareness. The soul, i.e., mind, will, and emotions, can be moved by a variety of outward stimuli.
Good music, for example, has the power to stir positive emotions of love, nostalgia, and compassion apart from the Holy Spirit. Likewise, a gifted orator can stir emotions and move people to behave in ways they otherwise would not. These, however, are mere feelings of the soul and have nothing to do with the Holy Spirit.
Although some think of the soul and spirit as being the same, the New Testament makes a clear distinction between the two. In I Thessalonians 5:23, for example, Paul says, May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Hebrews 4:12 clearly says that the soul and spirit are two distinct entities and that only the Word of God can divide the two. Making a distinction between soul and spirit can be very helpful in discerning the source of a prophecy or spiritual manifestation.
Our spirit is sometimes referred to in Scripture as “the heart.” For example, Jesus was speaking of the human spirit when He said, He who believes on Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water (John 7:38). Jesus was speaking of the Holy Spirit who would dwell in those who believe in Him and from whom would flow gifts of the Holy Spirit.
How We Mistake Soul for Spirit
Those who are zealous to be used of God and see His power, will often mistake the stirring of their emotions for the Holy Spirit. This is what John Wesley was referring to, when on October 29, 1762, he cautioned a colleague who was mistaking his own thoughts and imaginations for the Holy Spirit. Wesley said;
I dislike something that has the appearance of enthusiasm, overvaluing feelings and inward impressions; mistaking the mere work of imagination for the voice of the Spirit, and undervaluing reason, knowledge, and wisdom in general (Hyatt, Angels of Light, 49).
Many today mistake emotional highs for the presence of God. A “revival” service could be the product of skilled musicians and a savvy preacher stirring people’s emotions. R. A. Torrey (1856-1928), a successful revivalist himself, was referring to such “soulish” revivals when he wrote,
The most fundamental trouble with most of our present-day, so called revivals is, that they are man-made and not God sent. They are worked up (I almost said faked up) by man’s cunningly devised machinery—not prayed down (Hyatt, Angels of Light, 49).
Soulish Prophecies
A young man shared with me about a puzzling and discouraging experience he had with prophecy. He had gone with a small group to pray for a woman who was in the last stages of terminal cancer. As they stood around the bed and prayed, he sensed what he believed was God’s presence and he prophesied to the sick woman that God had heard her prayer and was healing her.
He really felt the prophecy was from God, but just a few days later she died. He was embarrassed and confused. How could this happen? How could he have been so wrong?
I could share numerous stories like this where well-meaning people have given what they sincerely believed was a word from God, but that word turned out to be false. These are usually well-meaning people who desire to be used of God but have never learned to distinguish between their soul and their spirit.
The young man mentioned above did not distinguish between soul and spirit in the prophecy he gave. No doubt, his natural feelings and emotions were moved by seeing the woman lying in bed and dying of cancer. He believed in Divine healing and desired so much to see a miracle of healing.
These, however, were natural feelings of the soul and not from the Spirit of God. He was moved out of his own natural feelings to give the prophecy. He gave what I call a “soulish” prophecy—a prophecy borne out of one’s own feelings and emotions. He was not a false prophet, just a mistaken one.
Prophecy Must Be Initiated by the Spirit
I Corinthians 12:11 clearly states that gifts of the Spirit, including prophecy, are given, as He [the Spirit] wills. Contrary to the biblical model, however, some teach that believers can prophesy at their own volition or will. I heard one well-known “prophet” insist that, just as it took Pentecostals several decades to discover that they could speak or pray in tongues at will, many in the body of Christ are now discovering that they can prophesy at will.
Proponents of this teaching point to the fact, that in 1 Corinthians 14:15, Paul says, "I will pray with the spirit," an obvious reference to praying in tongues. They give emphasis to the "I will" in this passage and reason that if one can will to pray or speak in tongues, then one can also will to prophesy.
This is poor hermeneutics and ignores the context of Paul's discussion. When Paul says, "I will pray with the spirit," he is referring to the private, devotional tongues in which he wills, or chooses, to pray. He distinguishes between private, devotional tongues in which he prays at will and the public manifestation of tongues that requires interpretation and comes forth as the Spirit wills, a very important distinction.
The idea that one can prophesy at will has resulted in many "prophets" operating out of their soul realm (mind, will and emotions) rather than from the Spirit. This leads to failed prophecies with the prophet often seeking to justify the failure. It can be devastating for young Christians who had received the prophecy as the word of the Lord.
Closing Advice for Would-Be Prophets
1.    Stay humble. Recognize you are not perfect. If you miss it, be willing to admit it. Do not try to justify yourself when you are wrong.
2.    Have integrity in the operation of prophecy and Spiritual gifts. I have observed individuals who had become very adept at "reading" people and then giving a word that the recipient could easily apply to his or her own situation. Avoid that temptation.
3.    If you are not sure of the source of what you are sensing, just say, “I feel to share this with you.” Don’t take on the identity of a “prophet” to the point where you think you must begin each statement with a “thus saith the Lord.”
4.    Don’t try to use the Holy Spirit, let the Holy Spirit use you.
5.   Develop an awareness of the difference between your soul and spirit and contend for a pure flow of the Holy Spirit in your life.

This article is derived from Dr. Eddie Hyatt's latest book, Angels of Light, available from his Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com.

REST FOR YOUR SOULS


Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. – Matthew 11:28-29
In the above passage, Jesus issues a call to sincere people who are burdened down with religious duty. He is speaking to people who are weary of trying to fulfill the multitude of miniscule religious rules and regulations that have been imposed on them.
You see, the rabbis had identified 613 commands in the Torah; 365 prohibitions and 248 positive commands. The Pharisees of Jesus day believed that if all Israel kept all 613 commandments for just one day, there would be a great shift and the Messiah would come and restore the kingdom to Israel.
The Pharisees, therefore, called upon the Israelites to take upon themselves “the yoke of the law.” This was a commitment to do their level best to keep all 613 commandments. The Pharisees were very zealous in their efforts to get people to make this commitment. Jesus referred to this in Matthew 23:14 when He said,
Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to make one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.
Jesus’ response was to call the people away from man-made religious traditions into a personal, committed relationship with Himself. Come to Me, He invited the multitudes. Take My yoke upon you, He said, and learn from Me.
In being yoked together with Jesus in such a committed relationship, the promise is, you will find rest for your souls. The Greek literally reads, I will rest you. In other words, He will actively rest you, even as a mother rocks and actively “rests” her infant child.
There is rest for your soul today. Yoke up with Jesus. Do you hear Him calling?

Dr. Eddie L. Hyatt is an author, historian and Bible teacher with a vision to see America reconnect with its Chritian heritage as a nation birthed in prayer and spiritual awakening. He is also a director of God's Word to Women and the Int'l Christian Women's Hall of Fame, ministries that are lifting the status of women around the world and helping them fulfull their call and purpose in life. 

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11/01/2018

WAKE UP CHRISTIAN AMERICA!

It's Time to Reconnect Our Severed Roots
To the church in Sardis that had a reputation of being alive but was, in fact, dead, Jesus had an appropriate word. He said, "Wake up!" (Revelation 3:2; NIV). I have lately felt that same urgency for the church in America. Wake up!
It is time to “wake up” and realize how this nation is being taken from us under our very noses. It is time to connect the dots and realize that we have been severed from our Christian roots. Roots produce fruit and reconnecting with our roots is a key to seeing a national healing as promised in II Chronicles 7:14.
The Severing of Our Roots
This severing of our roots has consisted primarily in the revising of our history and the secularizing of the First Amendment to the the U.S. Constitution that reads, “Congress shall make no law concerning the establishment of religion or hindering the free exercise thereof.” Secularists have wrenched this statement from its historical context and original intent and made it to mean, not freedom of religion, but freedom from religion.
They have done this by seizing on the first phrase of the Amendment that reads, “Congress shall make no law concerning the establishment of religion,” and from it concocting a so-called “establishment clause.” Contrary to all historical evidence, the secularists have been successful in claiming that anything “Christian” on public property is a violation of this “establishment clause.”
Based on this phony “establishment clause,” prayer and Bible reading have been banned from public schools throughout America. Crosses and Ten Commandment displays have been removed from public buildings and monuments. Christmas is now called the “Winter Holiday” and carols that mention Jesus can no longer be sung by public school children who are also told they cannot talk about their faith in God at graduation ceremonies.
Where is the Church?
This situation could never have happened if the church in America had been awake and informed. But while we were busy enjoying our conferences, concerts, seminars and revivals, the secularists were busy revising our history and concocting a plan to secularize the nation by severing us from our Christian roots. As Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who spent time in a Soviet labor camp, said, “To destroy a people, you must first sever their roots” (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 175).

We are now seeing the cultural fruit of our severed roots. The vitriolic anger, crudeness and violence so obvious today can be traced to the rejection of everything Christian from the public life of the nation. We are seeing the answer to the question posed by Benjamin Franklin when Thomas Paine sent him a manscript for publication. Noting that it contained an attack on Christianity, Franklin refused to print it and rhetorically asked, “If men are this wicked with Christianity, what would they be if without it?”
The Truth About the First Amendment
That the First Amendment had nothing to do with barring Christian symbols and teachings from the public square was made clear when the day after voting to ratify the First Amendment, those same Founders issued a proclamation for a national day of prayer and thanksgiving. Congress continued to be opened with prayer and Bible reading and prayer continued to be a daily part of the normal school day in America. Presidents also continued to issue proclamations for special days of prayer and thanksgiving.
It was also made clear by George Washington, who in his Farewell Address, after serving two terms as the nation’s first president, called on the citizens of the new nation to cling to “religion and morality,” which he called “indispensable” supports for a stable and prosperous nation. He went on to say that the person who would seek to undermine “these great pillars of human happiness” can never claim to be an American patriot.
By implementing the First Amendment, the Founders were simply saying that America would never have an official, state church as had been the case in Europe since the time of Constantine. Indeed, it was from these oppressive state churches that their parents and grandparents had fled.
When Thomas Jefferson used the phrase “wall of separation” in a letter to a Baptist association, he was assuring them that the First Amendment guaranteed them protection from persecution by the state such as they had known in the Old World, and even in Jefferson’s home state of Virginia. Jefferson saw the First Amendment as a unilateral wall erected to keep the government out of the church, not to keep the influence of the church out of government.
The words and actions of the Founders themselves make it clear that the First Amendment was not put in place to stifle Christianity or to be indifferent towards it. This was also made clear by Joseph Story (1779-1845) who served as a Supreme Court justice for thirty-four years from 1811-1845. Commenting on the First Amendment, he said,
We are not to attribute this prohibition of a national religious establishment to an indifference in religion, and especially to Christianity, which none could hold in more reverence than the framers of the Constitution (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 153).
America’s Founders Revered Christianity
Yes, America’s Founders revered Christianity and they counted on the moral influence of Christianity to maintain civil liberty. This was obvious to the young French sociologist, Alexis de Tocqueville, who came to America in 1831 to study her institutions. After nine months of studying all facets of American society, Tocqueville concluded that Americans had combined Christianity and civil liberty so intimately in their minds that it was impossible to make them conceive of one without the other.
According to Tocqueville, this linking of faith with civil liberty was the reason for their passion to spread the Gospel to the American frontier where new settlements were springing up. He wrote,
I have known of societies formed by the Americans to send out ministers of the Gospel in the new Western states, to found schools and churches there, lest religion should be suffered to die away in those remote settlements, and the rising states be less fitted to enjoy free institutions than the people from whom they came. I met with New Englanders who abandoned the country in which they were born in order to lay the foundations of Christianity and of freedom on the banks of the Missouri, or in the prairies of Illinois. Thus, religious zeal is warmed in the United States by the fires of patriotism.
From his observations, Tocqueville concluded, “From the beginning, politics and religion contracted an alliance which has never been dissolved” (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 168).
It’s Time to Wake Up!
America’s Founders would be astonished to see how the First Amendment has been distorted by modern secularists into a weapon against religious liberty, the very thing they meant to protect. They would be shocked to hear of a judge ordering a cross to be removed from a Veteran’s Memorial or a Marine corporal being forced out of the military because of a Bible verse posted in her work station.
Wake up America! It’s time to reconnect with our Christian roots and pray for another Great Awakening across the land. Only then will our land be healed.

Dr. Eddie Hyatt conducts “America Reawakening” events, which consists of an inspiring, 3-session PowerPoint presentation that documents how America was birthed out of prayer and a great spiritual awakening. This article was derived from his book, Pilgrims and Patriots, which is also the basis for America Reawakening. It is available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com

10/29/2018

WHAT IF EVERY CHURCH IN AMERICA HEARD AN "ELECTION SERMON" THIS SUNDAY?

America’s Founders freely intermingled Christian teachings and values with their civic elections. An early example of this was the establishment of the “Election Sermon” in New England in 1633. This statute provided that each year, at the time of the annual election of the governor and his assistants, a minister would be appointed to preach an “Election Sermon.”
This was a major event, attended by both religious and civic leaders. After the delivery of the sermon, it was then printed and distributed throughout the colony. This tradition spread and continued for over two-hundred years. In 1860, the noted lawyer and historian, John Wingate Thornton, wrote,
The annual “Election Sermon”—a perpetual memorial, continued down through the generations from century to century—still bears witness that our fathers ever began their civil year and its responsibilities with an appeal to Heaven, and recognized Christian morality as the only basis of good laws (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 47).
The Johnson Amendment is Out of Sync with America’s Founding
Yes, in early America it was considered a duty of Christian ministers to bring Christian values to bear upon politics and civic elections. The Johnson Amendment, passed in 1954, that prohibits nonprofits, including churches, from “participating” or “intervening” in elections is completely out of sync with America’s founding generation.
One of the nation’s most prominent Founders, John Witherspoon, was a man of deep faith and an ordained minister from Scotland. As a “dissenting Protestant,” he spent time in prison for refusing to compromise his faith. A brilliant scholar, he was eventually released and emigrated to America where he become president of the College of New Jersey.
In America, he also became a member of the Continental Congress, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and he helped draft the Articles of Confederation. It was Witherspoon who authored the many calls for prayer and fasting that were published by the Congresses during the Revolutionary War.
Witherspoon and every other Founder would have considered it preposterous to think that he, a minister of the Gospel, could not bring his moral values to bear on an election. He wrote,
God, grant that in America true religion and civil liberty may be inseparable, and that unjust attempts to destroy the one, may in the issue tend to the support and establishment of both (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 154).
Christian Influence Considered Necessary for the Success of the Nation
Yes, The Founders wanted ministers of the Gospel to bring their message to bear upon the nation. This is why George Washington, after becoming commander-in-chief, appointed Christian chaplains throughout his army. This is why chaplains were appointed to Congress and continued the tradition, established by the Continental Congresses, of beginning each day's proceedings with prayer. The early chaplains also conducted Sunday services in the House Chamber every other week.
John Marshall, who served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from 1801-1835, made the Supreme Court facilities available to a local congregation for their Sunday gatherings. So, on Sunday morning, the singing of Christian hymns and the preaching of God’s Word could be heard ringing through the chambers of both the House of Representatives and the Supreme Court. This was neither surprising nor offensive to anyone, for it fit perfectly within the mindset of the founding generation.

Washington and all the Founders knew that the success of the Constitutional Republic they had formed hinged on the moral character of its citizens and their ability to govern themselves according to Christian values. This is why President John Adams, in a 1798 address to the officers of the Massachusetts Militia, declared,
We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious [Christian] people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 173).
The Founders did not believe there could be liberty apart from virtue, or freedom apart from morality. They were convinced that only Christianity offered the moral and intellectual underpinnings that would preserve the nation they had brought into existence. 

They refused to "officially" endorse any particular creed or denomination, but they absolutely wanted ministers of the Gospel to be free to declare Gospel truth. As William Novak says, “The founders did not believe the constitutional government they were erecting could survive without Hebrew-Christian faith.”
It’s Time for a Courageous Stand
Preaching an “Election Sermon” is the prerogative—and perhaps duty--of every minister and pastor in America. Not the promotion of a political party, but bringing the truth of God to bear on the issues of the day. Even with the Johnson Amendment in place, you have a First Amendment right, not only to preach the Gospel, but to express your personal opinion from the pulpit or any other location. In the meantime, the Johnson Amendment should be removed as it is totally out of sync with tradtional American values of Faith and Freedom.

This article is derived from Dr. Eddie Hyatt’s book, Pilgrims and Patriots, available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com. Eddie also conducts “America Reawakening” events in which he documents how America was birthed out of a great Spiritual awakening and explains why we should expect another Great Awakening in our day.

10/23/2018

I JUST VOTED AND I TIMOTHY 2:1-4 GUIDED MY VOTE

I never wanted to get into politics, and for me this is not about poltics. This is about saving the American Republic that is in danger of being destroyed by self-serving politicians and intellectual elites who look down their noses at the rest of the populace as they rewrite America's history and seek to purge every vestige of Christianity from our culture. But God!!!

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10/21/2018

WHY I AM NOT AFRAID OF WITCHES, HEXES AND CURSES

In the early days of our ministry, a well-known witch attended services in the church Sue and I were planting and leading in eastern Canada. Several people came to me concerned about the presence of this witch. They wondered if she was trying to work some spell or sorcery on our fledgling congregation.
Several of us met together to pray about the situation. While praying I saw a vision of smoke (representing the devil) and then a wind (representing the Spirit of God) that came along and blew the smoke away. The smoke had no substance or strength with which to resist the wind. It was suddenly gone. 
At the very same time another person saw a similar vision and then a powerful, prophetic word came forth that gave me a new perspective on the devil. God said, My power is so far surpassing any power possessed by the devil, he is not worthy of the attention you are giving him.
Satan is a Defeated Foe
When it comes to spiritual warfare, we must realize that there was a tremendous shift that took place at the cross, resurrection and ascension of Jesus. Satan was not annihilated but he was stripped of his authority. He is like a 5-star general who is court-martialed, stripped of his authority and drummed out of the army.
The general still exists but no longer has any authority. If, however, the general puts on his uniform with all his military medals, he will be able to exercise authority over those who do not know the truth. But for those who know the truth, even a private can tell the former general to “get lost.” So it is with even the newest babe in Christ.
The overwhelming victory of Christ over Satan is delineated by Paul in Ephesians 1:15-23. He speaks of Christ being raised from the dead by the mighty power of God and then being seated at His right hand in the heavenly places. The “right hand” in Scripture is symbolic of authority and power. Psalm 98:1, for example, says of God, His right hand and His holy arm have gotten Him the victory. When Paul says that Jesus is now seated at the right hand of God, he is saying that Jesus is seated at the pinnacle of the universe, in the place of ultimate authority and power.
This place where Christ is seated is far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come (Eph. 1:21). It doesn’t matter what kind of principality or power it may be–even Satan himself–the place where Christ is seated is far above them all.
And here is what is incredible! Paul says that the same power that raised Jesus from dead and seated Him in that place of ultimate authority, far above any power possessed by the devil, is now at work in you and me. No wonder Satan trembles at the child of God who knows his/her position and authority in Christ.
T.L. Osborn Understood Satan’s Defeat
I heard the elder statesman of modern, miracle evangelism, the late Dr. T.L. Osborn, tell about a miracle crusade his ministry sponsored in Africa. Among the many thousands that had gathered in the open air were hundreds of witch doctors who had come there with their fetishes to cast curses and spells on the foreign preacher.
Before going on the platform, the supporting pastors wanted to lay hands on him and pray for his protection from the devil. T. L. emphatically refused their prayer. He said, “I would not insult my Lord in that way.” T. L. focused his attention on preaching the good news of Jesus that day and many came to Christ and many were miraculously set free from all kinds of illnesses and bondages. And some Christian pastors realized that they did not have to be afraid of the devil.
This New and Better Covenant
Even under the Old Covenant the enemies of God could not cast spells and curses on His people. Balak hired the prophet Balaam to curse Israel but after seven attempts he had to admit he could not do it. How shall I curse whom God has not cursed . . . there is no sorcery against Jacob and no divination against Israel, Balaam declared (Numbers 23:8, 23).
If this were true under the Old Covenant, how much more under this new and better covenant based in the shed blood of Jesus Christ! Listen to the words of Jesus in response to the Seventy who returned rejoicing because they had discovered, Even the demons are subject to us in your name (Luke 10:17). Jesus replied,
I saw Satan fall like lightening from heaven. Behold I give you authority to trample on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt you (Luke 10:18-19).
We Must Know the Truth
With all the talk about witches, curses and hexes, it makes me wonder if the church in general knows the truth of Satan’s defeat. Too many Christians, it would seem, see God and Satan as almost equals, with God having a slight edge.
This, however, is a blatant lie that Satan, a created being, perpetrates on the unlearned and naïve. Satan was absolutely vanquished by the death and resurrection of Jesus. His defeat was absolute and final. He was not annihilated but stripped of all rights and authority.
This was clearly demonstrated by Jesus on resurrection morning when he walked out of the tomb and triumphantly declared, All authority is given unto Me in heaven and in earth (Matt. 28:19). If Jesus has all authority, how much does that leave the devil? Satan knows that he is whipped. God knows it. It is now time that the church discover this fact.
Dr. Eddie L. Hyatt is an author, teacher and ordained minister with a vision for another Great Awakening across America and around the world. His books on the topic can be found on Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com.

10/09/2018

3 CHRISTIAN CONVICTIONS THAT WILL DETERMINE HOW I VOTE ON NOVEMBER 6

These Convictions Will Help Chart America's Divine Destiny

In a few days, on November 6, millions of Americans will go to the polls to vote in one of the most important elections of our lifetime. As followers of Christ, we have a responsibility, not only to pray for our country, but to vote for those candidates who will best reflect the values that Jesus Christ brought to this world.
America’s Founders, though flawed like all human beings, understood the importance of seeking to the emulate the values of Jesus as revealed in the Gospels and the New Testament. This is what led George Washington to declare,
The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the external rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 174).
When I walk into the voting booth on November 6, I will not be voting as a Democrat or Republican. I will not be voting on looks or personality. I will cast my votes based on values and convictions that have been shaped by a life-long study of the teachings of Jesus and the New Testament.
Here are 3 Christian convictions that will determine how I vote on November 6. 
1. Jesus is Lord
2. Life is Sacred
3. Family Matters
Conviction #1
Jesus is Lord
Whose moral values do you want to live under? Marx? Mohammed? Buddha? Darwin? Soros? Sanders? Hollywood? America’s Founders had a clear answer.
In a letter to the governors of the various states at the end of the Revolutionary War, George Washington included an “earnest prayer” that the citizens of the new nation would seek to pattern their lives after Jesus Christ. He wrote,
I now make it my earnest prayer that God would have you, and the State over which you preside, in His holy protection; that he would incline the hearts of the citizens to entertain a brotherly affection for one another . . . and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind, which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of His example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy nation (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 134).
Every Founder, even the most irreligious, agreed with Washington that the teachings of Jesus Christ held the key for social and political stability in the nation they had formed. Thomas Jefferson, for example, stated, “Of all the systems of morality that have come under my observations, none appear to me so pure as that of Jesus.” His commitment to the teachings of Christ is, no doubt, why he ended every official presidential document with the words, “In the year of our Lord Christ.”
Benjamin Franklin, another supposed irreligious Founder, stated, "The moral and religious system which Jesus Christ transmitted to us is the best the world has ever seen or can see." When the noted Deist, Thomas Paine, sent Franklin a manuscript copy of The Age of Reason, in which he attacked historic Christianity, Franklin refused to print it. In very strong language he suggested to Paine that he burn the manuscript and then said, “If men are this wicked with religion [Christianity], what would they be if without it” (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 142).
For the founding generation, Jesus was the archetype model for morality for all humanity. They may have disagreed on doctrine and adhered to different churches and denominations, but all agreed that Jesus stood in a class all alone as a moral teacher and guide.
So pervasive was this commitment to Jesus among the founding generation that Jonathan Trumbull, a British-appointed governor in New England, wrote to his superiors in England, “If you ask an American who is his master, he will tell you he has none, nor any governor but Jesus Christ” (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 119).
The Founders were unanimous in their belief that only a virtuous, tolerant and moral people could maintain the liberties enshrined in the founding documents. They were also unanimous in the belief that such morality and tolerance could only be derived from Jesus Christ and the teachings He brought to the world. This belief led John Adams to declare,
We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . .  Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious [Christian] people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 173).
Make no mistake about it! It was this commitment to Jesus as the archetype model for life and morality that made America a compassionate and tolerant nation. We are now, however, beginning to see the fruit of a nation rejecting Jesus Christ as its model for life and morality. We have sown the wind and are beginning to reap the whirlwind.
We are now seeing social and political divisiveness on a scale unknown by this generation. This has come about because the secularists of this nation, with the full support of one political party, have been on a crusade to remove all expressions of Christianity from the public life of the nation.
In rejecting the moral vision of Washington, Jefferson and Franklin, much of our nation is like a ship without a rudder, adrift on a sea of moral relativism. As a result, moral confusion reigns in our schools, colleges and public institutions. Acrimony and vindictiveness are on full display in the halls of Congress. With no transcendent, moral principle to guide our culture, each one does that which is right in his/her own eyes. What a recipe for moral chaos and social disaster!
Psalm 33:12, says, Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD. America has been blessed because her Founders acknowledged Jesus Christ and His teachings as supreme. I cannot vote for any party or candidate that outright rejects the time-tested moral principles of Jesus for the subjective, erratic and unreliable creeds of modern secularism and multiculturalism.
My Christian conviction that "Jesus is Lord" will be a determining factor in how I vote on November 6.
Conviction #2
Life is Sacred
Jesus said, I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (John 10:10).
I will never forget the first time I saw an ultrasound image of a baby in the womb. I was stunned, and my response was, “That is a real living person!” Erica, who was about to have an abortion, was even more stunned when she saw the ultrasound of her unborn baby. She wrote,
I begged the nurse to let me see my baby; I felt that I had to see. As soon as I saw my child on the ultrasound I knew I couldn't do it. I saw the heart beating, and he moved his little hands (almost like a wave). I think God intervened and sent me a message that I was about to make the biggest mistake of my life.
These intuitive, common sense responses are confirmed by both the Bible and science. For example, Luke, the physician and author of the Third Gospel, records the very personal response of John the Baptist, while still in the womb, to the voice of Mary, the mother of Jesus, greeting his mother. He must have kicked for his mother, Elizabeth, said to Mary, For indeed as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy (Luke 1:44).
The hand of our Creator on our life from the moment of conception is vividly expressed in Psalm 119:13-16, which reads,
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Science confirms the Biblical record. After only 11 weeks in the womb the baby has a heartbeat and brainwaves and can kick. He/she squints, swallows and sucks their thumb. They are sensitive to heat, light, noise and all body systems are working.
After 20 weeks in the womb, babies are capable of experiencing pain, and that capability for pain increases with each passing day. Babies in the womb, therefore, experience excruciating pain during an abortion. They will seek to avoid the abortionist tools and will emit a “silent scream” as their tiny bodies are ripped apart.
Ninety-eight per cent of abortions are done for convenience and to end unwanted pregnancies. Such a contempt for life in the womb should not be part of a civilized society and will eventually lead to other forms of “legalized” murder.
My Christian conviction that life is sacred, even in the womb, will not allow me to vote for any candidate who would support snuffing out the life of unborn babies for mere convenience and birth control.
Conviction #3
Family Matters
I heard the veteran civil rights activist, Robert Woodson, declare that liberal social policies in America have accomplished what years of slavery and Jim Crow were unable to accomplish--the destruction of the black family. He and other black thinkers, such as Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell, trace the hopelessness and distress of the inner cities to the loss of fatherhood and the breakdown of the nuclear family. In a recent “Daily Signal” article, Williams wrote,
The No. 1 problem among blacks is the effects stemming from a very weak family structure. Children from fatherless homes are likelier to drop out of high school, die by suicide, have behavioral disorders, join gangs, commit crimes, and end up in prison. They are also likelier to live in poverty-stricken households.
Williams argues that the weak black family is NOT a legacy of slavery and gives statistics showing that the breakdown of the black family did not begin until after the 1960s. He blames this breakdown on the social welfare state created by clueless, left-wing politicians who think the government holds the key for every human need.
I can attest to what Williams is saying from my own experience growing up in a rural area of NE Texas in the 1960s during segregation and Jim Crow. As a teenager, I worked in the fields alongside blacks chopping cotton, picking cotton and hauling hay. I remember them to be some of the happiest people I ever knew. Looking back, there is no question in my mind that the strong bonds of faith and family produced joy and mitigated the pain of segregation.
All of this confirms the fact that God created the human species to function in family units with a mother and father in a committed relationship called marriage. The environment produced by such a committed relationship between a man and a woman is the ideal setting for raising strong, healthy children who will become productive citizens.
This is borne out by the fact that when God sent His Son into this world to be born as a human being, He placed Him in a home with a mother and father. By doing so, He confirmed that such a home is the safest and most nurturing place for a child to be reared. Jesus affirmed this same truth of the family unit, when after a visit to Jerusalem with His parents at the age of twelve, He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them (Luke 2:51).
It was such families that made America great in the first place. Explorers and adventurers played a role in opening the continent, but everything changed in 1620 with the Pilgrims who began a great migration of families to the New World. They came by the tens of thousands—husbands, wives, children, pets and even livestock. Out of both purpose and necessity, they focused on building a new life for themselves and their children in the New World. They made America great.

The family unit is the basic social unit of any society and strong families are necessary for a strong and stable society. Destroy the family and you destroy the nation, and this is happening in America today.
I, therefore, cannot vote for any candidate or party that supports polices that undermine the natural, nuclear family established by God in Creation and affirmed by Jesus Christ.
Concluding Prayer
I write this, not out of ill will toward anyone, but out of a commitment to Jesus Christ and His kingdom. If you have not put your faith in Him, I urge you to do so now. Just say this prayer from your heart,
Lord Jesus, I give You my heart and life. I choose this day to follow You. Forgive me of my sins and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Amen!

Dr. Eddie Hyatt has documented America's spiritual birth out of the Great Awakening in his book, Pilgrims and Patriots, available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com. He also conducts "America Reawakening" events, a stirring PowerPoint presentation, based on his book, that includes a call for Christians to pray and believe for another Great Awakening across the land.