This Sunday is "Pentecost Sunday" when churches around the world will remember and celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. Pentecost, however, was never meant to be a yearly celebration on the church calendar. It was meant to be the very life of the Church, empowering each member to be an effective witness for Jesus Christ. As an illustration of this, I want to share with you the following amazing story.

The Holy Spirit and a Backslidden Pastor

It was a most unusual introduction. After two weeks in our new home, Sue and I came face to face with our next-door neighbor, who was a tough looking woman in her mid-50s. We shook her hand and told her our names. With a cigarette dangling from her mouth she replied, “My name’s Adele. I’m a backslidden pastor from Brooklyn, New York.”

We had no contact with Adele for the next three weeks except to wave if we saw her in her yard. It was obvious to us that she had been through some deep and painful experiences with church. A superficial Christian cliché or a chick tract would do nothing for her, except probably make her angry.

The Holy Spirit, however, knows how to reach the most difficult cases and He moved powerfully one day as Sue and I were about to back out of our driveway. Sue, who was driving, suddenly sensed a deep compassion flowing from her heart toward Adele who was working in her yard.

We sat for a moment not sure how to respond to what Sue was experiencing. Finally, Sue rolled down her window and called out, “Adele!” Adele came walking over with the ever-present cigarette dangling from her mouth. When she reached the window, Sue suddenly began speaking to her in tongues.

I was sitting in the passenger seat and had the interpretation, which was a prophetic word for Adele. I knew that I should look her in the face and so I leaned across Sue in the driver’s seat, looked Adele in the face, and said, “Adele, God is saying to you, ‘My daughter, you are precious in my sight.'”

Adele burst into tears and then broke out praying in tongues and we had revival there in our driveway. God bonded our hearts together. She later came to our home and shared how she had grown up in an Italian, Catholic mafia family in Brooklyn, NY, and had joined the mafia herself on becoming an adult. However, one of her uncles and his wife had come to Christ and invited her to church. She went and had a glorious encounter with the Lord.

She was on fire for the Lord and opened a storefront church in Brooklyn where she was reaching many of the homeless, drug addicts, and what someone described as “the hard cases.” However, opposition from Christians to her pastoring as a woman and an ill-advised marriage to a husband who turned on her, brought her to despair.

She gave up on church, but she did give up on Jesus. That day in our driveway a tremendous healing took place in her soul and her faith and hope were renewed.

About two months after this encounter, Adele and her husband (since deceased) moved to Florida. We stayed in touch and several months later I received an email from Adele saying,

I am putting a check in the mail. I want you and Sue to come to Florida for about three days, and you can stay with us. I will have about forty people in our home. Most of them are not Christians. Do whatever God tells you to do.

The Holy Spirit Falls

We arrived at Adele’s home in Port St. Lucie, FL and later that evening the people she had invited began to arrive. As starting time neared, the living room and kitchen were filled with people and it seemed that everyone was smoking. The living room and kitchen seemed to be filled with smoke. 

Many of the people were members of the mafia or former members. The were Adele's friends. One little Italian woman’s husband was a mafia boss who had recently been sent to prison. She had come to Florida to work for her brother who owned a pizza chain. Some of the people had been members of Adele’s church in Brooklyn, and when she “backslid” they all backslid with her.

A woman sitting across the kitchen table from Sue and me had been a part of Adele’s congregation in Brooklyn. She shared with us how she and her family had moved to Florida and opened a restaurant. As smoke billowed around us, she said to me, “We’re all backslid.” I thought to myself, “Well, at least, they are not trying to impress me with how spiritual they are.”

Starting time arrived and I picked up my guitar intending to lead them in some praise and worship. It soon became obvious, however, that I was the only one singing. Everyone seemed to just stare at me as they puffed on their cigarettes and blew smoke.

Realizing the music was taking us nowhere, I put my guitar aside and picked up my Bible. God had given me a message about His unconditional love, and as I shared this message, I sensed a change occurring in the atmosphere. At some point, I noticed that everyone had put out their cigarettes and the smoke had dissipated. As I completed my message, a sense of solemnness and the fear of the Lord seemed to fill the atmosphere.

I then invited anyone who wanted prayer to come forward to receive prayer from Sue and me. Everyone sat quietly as if afraid to move. Adele then stepped forward and said, “I know that every one here needs prayer; so come on up and let Eddie and Sue pray for you.”

The first person to come up was Isabelle who was from Brooklyn and part of a mafia family. She was in deep depression for her husband and two sons had been murdered by a rival mafia family and her daughter was a drug addict, living on the street.

As we laid our hands on Isabelle and prayed, she began to sob and then fell to the floor. We had no catchers, but no one cared. Their minds were now taken up with God and they probably had never heard of such a thing. Another person then came up for prayer, and she too fell to floor.

At this point, the Holy Spirit “fell” on the people just like in the Book of Acts. Pandemonium seemed to break out. Suddenly, everyone was on their knees or in the floor, weeping and calling out to God at the top of their voices. It was a surreal moment when God came down and did a mighty work beyond anything we could have ever imagined or planned.

What an incredible time! Later, that evening there was a release of joy such as I have never seen. Our hearts were further bonded with Adele, and we have been back several times for meetings with her and those we call our mafia friends.

We Must Have a New Pentecost

As an individual who grew up in rural East Texas in a small country church, I was not naturally equipped to reach members of the NYC mafia. It is not our slick presentations and human talents, however, that will reach this generation for Christ. We must have the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, which Jesus said would equip us to be His witnesses (Acts 1:8). Without the Holy Spirit, we are nothing. 

Let us, therefore, admit our human inadequacy and confess to God how much we need the promised baptism in the Holy Spirit. Let us pray for a New Pentecost at this critical time in America, the Church, and the world. 

Dr. Eddie Hyatt has taught on the Power of Pentecost throughout the world. His book, 2000 Years of Charismatic Christianity, published by Charisma House, is used as a textbook in many colleges and seminaries and is required reading by numerous churches, fellowships, and denominations. He has also produced Revival History, a Manual and Study Guide to go with the book, which contains 20 outlined lessons, pictures, reflection questions, and essays. Both are available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com.



Another gun law at this time would be a political band aid on the moral and cultural rot that is eating away at the soul of America. What is needed is a national turning to God, acknowledging our sin of prideful self-reliance, thinking we could build a happy society apart from our Creator.

George Washington knew that a peaceful nation of happy people is impossible without God. That is why, after defeating the British and winning Independence, he immediately sent a letter to all the governors of the states that included the following pastoral exhortation. 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 and love 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, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 120).

After becoming president, Washington issued a proclamation for a Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer. The purpose of this Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer was, he said,

That we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the Great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national sins and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all people, by constantly being a government of wise, just and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed (Hyatt, 1726:The Year that Defined America, 134).

God did bless America and the new nation quickly rose to prominence among the nations of the world. Ronald Reagan, however, was right when he said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” God has no grandchildren. Faith and Freedom must be fought for, and experienced, by each generation.

Succeeding generations of America became smug and prideful in their prosperity and did not use their power to free those who were enslaved in their midst. Judgement came and a horrible Civil War began that could very well have forever destroyed America.

Abraham Lincoln, however, recognized the root of the problem. In the midst of the War, he called the nation back to God by issuing a proclamation designating April 30, 1863, as a National Day of Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer. In this proclamation he rebuked the nation for its smugness and self-sufficient pride, saying,

It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon, and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history: that those nations only are blessed whose God is Lord:

But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious Hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.

Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! (Hyatt, 1726:The Year that Defined America, 185).

Does that not describe America today? Does that not describe the entertainment industry, the educational system, and Washington D.C? Remember, in 2019, the Democrat National Committee (DNC), the governing body of the party now in power, unanimously passed a resolution affirming atheism and declaring that neither Christianity nor any religion is necessary for morality and patriotism. How different from Washington and Lincoln!

In his proclamation, Lincoln went on to say,

It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness . . . and I do, by this proclamation, designate and set apart Thursday, the 30th day of April 1863, as a day of national humiliation, fasting and prayer.

And I do hereby request all the people to abstain on that day from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite, at their several places of public worship and their respective homes, in keeping the day holy to the Lord and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion.

All this being done, in sincerity and truth, let us then rest humbly in the hope authorized by the Divine teachings, that the united cry of the nation will be heard on high and answered with blessing no less than the pardon of our national sins and the restoration of our now divided and suffering country to its former happy condition of unity and peace.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. By the President: Abraham Lincoln.

It is an historical fact that immediately after this day of prayer and repentance, the war shifted in favor of the Union and was soon brought to an end by the Battle of Gettysburg. National repentance and prayer changed the course of history.

It is not too late for America! There is still hope. I pray we see a turning to God on a scale unknown since this proclamation of Lincoln. However, since we do not have a Washington or a Lincoln in the White House, we cannot not wait for it to begin there.

Let it begin with each individual, each home, and each congregation.  II Chronicles 7:14 is still valid, which says,

If My people, who are called by My Name,

Will humble themselves and pray,
And seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways,

Then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Dr. Eddie Hyatt is an author, historian, and ordained minister with a passion to see genuine spiritual awakening in America and around the world. He has written numerous books on revival and other Biblical issues. This article was derived from his book, 1726: The Year that Defined America, available from Amazon and his website at http://eddiehyatt.com.



"This is not your job, dude. That is not up to you to make that decision," declared Whoopi Goldberg in response to Roman Catholic archbishop Salvatore Cordileone banning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from communion. Pelosi was banned for her passionate and vocal support for unrestricted abortion rights, which is against Catholic teaching.

Goldberg is dead wrong. In the same way the Southern Baptist Convention and the Church of God in Christ can decide who can be members of their churches and receive communion, so the archbishop can make that decision for his congregations.

Strangely, Goldberg seems to think the state should have some involvement in the matter, saying, "The abortion issue is starting to blur the lines between church and state." Really? In what way?

The right for churches to govern their own affairs without government interference is guaranteed by the First Amendment, which says, “Congress shall make no law concerning the establishment of religion or hindering the free exercise thereof.”

The problem for Goldberg, and so many caught up in this furor, is their institutionalized concept of Christianity. When Christianity becomes institutionalized, God becomes identified with the organizational structures of the church, its rituals, and its formalities. People are made to think they can only come to God through the institution and its religious apparatus.

The truth is that neither the archbishop, the pope, the head of the Southern Baptist Convention, nor any church leader can keep anyone from God. They may keep you from their communion table and membership in their denomination, but they cannot keep you from having a relationship with the Living God.

The Bible is very clear that there is only one mediator between God and humanity, and it is not the pope, a Protestant pastor, or any Christian leader. It is Jesus Christ! I Timothy 2:5 says, For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus. Jesus Himself declared in in John 14:6, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Also, there is nothing in Scripture that forbids any true follower of Christ from serving communion. I have close friends—a married couple--and the wife has been diagnosed with cancer. They take communion every day in their home as an expression of their faith in believing God for victory. 

If Ms. Pelosi is a true follower of Jesus Christ, she can bypass the archbishop’s ban and share communion in an informal setting with a few Christian friends. But if she is committed to an institutionalized form of Christianity, then it will be a power struggle and she will search for a Catholic priest or bishop who will take her side and give her communion.

Despite the furor, if Ms. Pelosi’s ban from Catholic communion can provoke a fresh conversation on the nature of church, communion, and how one may have a personal relationship with God, it could well play a role in igniting a genuine spiritual awakening in all denominations.  

Dr. Eddie Hyatt is an author, Bible teacher, and ordained minister with over 50 years of ministerial experience in many parts of the world. His books are available from Amazon and his website at http://eddiehyatt.com.



My heart goes out to the parents and grandparents who have lost children in the Uvalde, TX massacre. I pray for God's Peace and Presence for them in their time of excruciating grief. In seeking answers, it is time that we recognize the moral and spiritual condition of the nation that is making room for such horrible incidents. That is what I seek to do in this article that is based on Hosea 8:7, They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind.

Concerning the erring, idolatrous people of Israel, the prophet Hosea warned, They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind (Hosea 8:7). Hosea is using an agricultural illustration with the wind representing that which was empty and worthless and the whirlwind representing the destructive consequences of their empty and worthless words and deeds.

Hosea’s words describe what is happening in America today. We had hardly gotten past the horrific murders in Buffalo, NY before 19 elementary school children and 2 teachers in the small town of Uvalde, Texas were gunned down by an 18-year-old whose motives are yet unknown. Such mass murders and school shootings have become all too common.

What is happening? For generations, American children attended school without incident and without even the thought that their lives might be in danger. When I attended high school in the 1960s the major problems were chewing gum, talking in class, being out of your seat without permission, or being late with an assignment.

Those were the days, however, before the anti-Christian purge that began in the 1960s. This purge has resulted in the secularization of America's public school system and the all-out attempt to remove every vestige of Christian influence, such as prayer, Bibles, and displays of the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule.

A Scientific Study Confirmed What Many of Us Already Knew

We are experiencing the whirlwind, i.e., the destructive consequences of a generation telling God He is not wanted or needed. This was confirmed by a scientific study, led by a respected sociologist, on the power of religious symbols. They discovered that religious symbols exert a powerful moral force on a society.

This sociologist was interviewed by the liberal TV host, Charlie Rose. One thing that caught my attention was when he told how they discovered that a person sitting in a room with a Bible in view is less likely to tell a lie than if there is no Bible in the room. They found that the very presence of the Bible exuded a moral restraint.

His scientific study confirmed what many of us already knew. The forceful eviction of prayer, Bible reading, and displays of Scripture verses and the Ten Commandments has opened the door for all kinds of evil into the schools and culture of America. Where the light does not shine, darkness prevails; and without these religious and moral constraints, our culture has become rude, crude, and violent.

America’s Founders Understood This

America’s Founders were unanimous in their belief that only Christianity provided the positive moral underpinnings for a stable and prosperous nation. John Adams expressed this view just two weeks before the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. In a letter to his cousin, Zabdiel Adams, a minister of the Gospel, Adams wrote,

Statesmen, my dear sir, may plan and speculate for Liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles, upon which Freedom can securely stand (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 164.

When the Founders use the word “religion,” they are referring to Christianity, and George Washington warned the new nation to cling to religion and morality. In his Farewell Address, after serving two terms as America’s first president, Washington declared, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion [Christianity] and morality are indispensable supports.”

Notice that Washington did not call religion optional. He referred to Christianity and morality as “indispensable” for social stability and political prosperity. Thomas Jefferson was in complete agreement with Washington, and he made Washington’s Farewell Address required reading at the University of Virginia, which he had founded.

The Founders knew that the success of the free Republic they had formed hinged on the good moral character of its citizens, and they all agreed that only Christianity provided the moral values that would preserve the nation. This is why 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, 1726: The Year that Defined America168).

Indeed, America’s Founders believed that faith in God was necessary for good citizenship. This was expressed by James Madison, the chief architect of the Constitution, when he wrote, “Before any man can be considered as a member of civil society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe.” Madison also wrote,

The belief in a God All Powerful wise and good, is so essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the different characters and capacities impressed with it (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 111).

The Founders did not want an official state church like the nations of Europe, but they all agreed that only Christianity provided the moral and intellectual system for a stable society. This why the well-known Catholic scholar, William Novak, wrote,

Far from having a hostility toward religion, the founders counted on religion [Christianity] for the underlying philosophy of the republic, its supporting ethic, and its reliable source of rejuvenation (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 171).

It’s Not Over

One might legitimately question if America is too far gone? I do not believe she is. Christians, however, must awaken. We can no longer allow the anti-Christian voices to control the narrative. We must stand up and speak the truth in love. We must also pray for another national awakening to roll across the land like a might tsunami wave.

We can also draw hope from Hosea for in the same prophecy where he warned of the destructive consequences of them having sown the wind, he also offered instruction and hope. In Hosea 6:12 he exhorted them to sow a different kind of seed, saying, 

      Sow for yourselves in righteousness;

Reap in mercy, break up the fallow ground.

For it is time to seek the LORD,

Till He comes and rains righteousness on you. 

Dr. Eddie Hyatt is the author of several books on America’s overt Christian origins out of spiritual awakening. These books include America’s Revival Heritage and 1726: The Year that Defined America, available from Amazon and his website at http://eddiehyatt.com.



The Washington Post recently raised eyebrows after publishing an op-ed that called for renaming George Washington University in order to address systemic racism and inequality. Such rhetoric, however, reveals a very limited understanding of history and is at odds with the nation's most highly regarded abolitionists and Civil Rights leaders.

For example, no one was more scathing in their verbal attacks on slavery and racial inequality than the former slave and abolitionist, Frederick Douglass. Yet, after much study and investigation, Douglass acquired a very high regard for Washington and America’s founders. In a July 4, 1852 speech, Douglass declared,

Fellow Citizens, I am not wanting in respect for the fathers of this republic. The signers of the Declaration of Independence were brave men. They were great men too—great enough to give fame to a great age. It does not often happen to a nation to raise, at one time, such a number of truly great men.

The difference in Douglass and modern anti-American pundits is that he understood the historical context of what happened in 1776 and 1787 and, therefore, their significance. He realized that, although imperfect, the Founders struck a clear and bold blow for liberty by formulating anti-slavery founding documents at a time when slavery was accepted and practiced throughout most of the world.  

Indeed, America's founders turned against slavery as the result of a great, spiritual awakening that transformed 18th century colonial America. This “Great Awakening” breached racial barriers and ignited an anti-slavery movement that turned multitudes of the founding generation against slavery, and even those founders who owned slaves publicly confessed that it was sinful and wrong. These facts led the noted Black scholar, Dr. Thomas Sowell, to write,

Among those who turned against slavery in the 18th century were George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and other American leaders. You could research all of 18th century Africa or Asia or the Middle East without finding any comparable rejection of slavery there (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 90).

Yes, Sowell is correct in saying that George Washington turned against slavery. In a letter to Robert Morris, dated April 12, 1786, Washington wrote, “There is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do, to see a plan adopted for the abolition of slavery.”

Before his death, Washington devised a plan to completely rid Mt. Vernon of slavery. Those slaves who chose to leave were free to do so and those who chose to stay were paid wages. He also began a program to educate the children of slaves and prepare them for liberty. In a conversation with John Bernard concerning abolition, Washington declared,

Not only do I pray for it, on the score of human dignity, but I can clearly foresee that nothing but the rooting out of slavery can perpetuate the existence of our union by consolidating it in a common bond of principle (Hyatt, Abolitionist Founding Fathers42).

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968) also understood the anti-slavery, inclusive character of America’s founding documents. In his stirring, I Have a Dream speech, he exhorted America, not to dispense with those documents, but instead, to live up to them. Speaking from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, he declared,

When the architects of our Republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Yes, George Washington and other American Founders were on the cutting edge of the fight to end slavery at a time it was accepted and practiced in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and most of the world. We should, therefore, join Douglass and King in honoring Washington and the other founders for creating the freest nation in the history of mankind.

The article was derived from the books Abolitionist FoundingFathers and 1726: the Year that Defined America by Eddie Hyatt



The anti-abortionist who are enraged at certain prolife justices on the Supreme Court, would have completely lost it if they had encountered America's first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Jay.  Appointed by George Washington, Jay was a devout Christian who, unlike so many modern public figures, did not talk about “my faith,” but boldly proclaimed the object of his faith, saying,

Unto Him who is the author and giver of all good, I render sincere and humble thanks for His manifold and unmerited blessings, and especially for our redemption and salvation by His beloved Son, blessed be His holy name.

Jay was a passionate advocate for Life and Freedom. Over 60 years before the Emancipation Proclamation, as governor of New York, he pushed through a law outlawing slavery in that state. But although he worked diligently to pass laws against slavery, Jay believed that Christianity, lived out in word and deed, was the ultimate key for eliminating that horrible institution. 

That is why in 1785 he helped found the “New York Society for Promoting the Manumission of Slaves.” Manumission emphasized that slaveholders should take initiative and free their slaves even if there was not yet a law against it. They should do this simply because it was the right thing, and Christian thing, to do. In an address to the New York Constitutional Convention in December of 1776, Jay declared,

The Gospel is yet to be preached to those western Regions, and we have the highest Reason to believe that the Almighty will not suffer Slavery and the Gospel to go Hand in Hand. It cannot, it will not be (Hyatt, America's Revival Heritage, 92).

Like most of the founding generation, Jay believed that only Christianity provided the moral values for a stable and successful nation, and he encouraged the American populace to keep this in mind when they went into the voting booth. In 1816, he wrote,

Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers. National prosperity can neither be obtained nor preserved without the favor of Providence (Hyatt, America's Revival Heritage, 92).

Justice John Jay was right. We must go to the polls this year and vote for real Christians who believe in Life and Freedom. And while we oppose Roe vs Wade, we must also pray for another Great Awakening to roll across this land, touching hearts and changing minds. Then the pregnant mother will give birth to her child, and abortion clinics will close their doors, simply because it is the right thing, and Christian thing, to do.

This article is derived from Dr. Eddie Hyatt's book, America's Revival Heritage, available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com.