6/13/2024

THE STORY BEHIND THE BOOK

“This book should be required reading in every school and college in America” is a comment I often hear from those who have read 1726: The Year that Defined America. This book, published in 2019, is the product of two significant encounters with God, which made me to know that He is not finished with America.

The First Encounter

It began on September 18, 2010, at a time when I had given up hope that America would ever see another great, national spiritual awakening. I had written about such revivals in my book, 2000 Years of Charismatic Christianity, but my experience with revival over the previous 20 years had robbed me of hope of seeing it happen again. I had decided that God was finished with America.

However, as I pulled on to Highway 51 to begin a two-hour drive from Tulsa to Kingfisher, Oklahoma, I had a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Suddenly, I felt that I was enveloped in God’s presence and was hardly aware of my surroundings. At the same time, my mind began to be flooded with thoughts of hope and faith that America “could” see another Great Awakening that would revive the churches of America, impact the culture, and stem the tide of secularism and immorality that was flooding the land.

By the time I arrived at my hotel I could hardly wait to get settled in my room and begin writing down the thoughts and ideas that continued to flood my heart and mind. This experience lasted for another five hours, and for the first time I saw that the First Great Awakening had a direct bearing on the founding of this nation and that “revival” is in our national DNA.

My hope for America was renewed and it was now clear to me that God was not finished with America. Out of that experience I wrote the book, America’s Revival Heritage, in which I documented the pervasive impact of the Great Awakening and how it had a direct bearing on the founding of America. It was published in 2012 and very well received.

The Second Encounter

During the summer of 2019 I began experiencing a deep stirring in my spirit to do what seemed a 2nd edition of America’s Revival Heritage and include a new chapter on how the Great Awakening also had a direct bearing on the ending of slavery on this continent.

As I began the project, I was amazed at the historical resources that providentially came into my hands. There was so much new material, in fact, that it soon became clear that this was a new book, not a 2nd edition of my previous book.

At this same time, I read of the “1619 Project” of the New York Times, that is now being taught in schools throughout America. The author claims that 1619, when the first African slaves arrived in America, was the real founding of America, not 1776. According to this author, America became defined by slavery and is evil and racist at her very core and in need of fundamental change.

When I read this, I knew that what I was writing was significant and timely. My heart shouted, “No! America was not defined by 1619! America was defined by 1726.”

1726 is the year the Great Awakening began, and I was able to document the moral outrage against slavery that arose out of this revival and the impact it had on America’s founding fathers. Indeed, the positive forces unleashed by 1726 overcame the negativity that emerged out of 1619.

I therefore titled the new book, 1726, with the subtitle, The Year that Defined America. As a result of 1726, America became defined as a land of Faith and Freedom. As a result of 1726, America was able to defeat slavery, Jim Crow, and so many other political and social ills. 1726 tells the story of America that is left out of modern textbooks.

My Vision for the Book

The Pulitzer Prize winning historian, Carl Sandburg, wrote of the dangers of a nation forgetting its heritage. He wrote,

When a nation goes down, or a society perishes, one condition may always be found; they forgot where they came from. They lost sight of what had brought them along.

On July 4th, America will celebrate her 248th birthday. There has never been a time like this where there is an all-out effort to destroy and demonize America’s past. This is why I am doubling my efforts to get 1726 into the hands of as many people as possible this July 4th holiday season.

Dr. Eddie Hyatt has a passion to see America reclaim her birthright as a nation of Faith and Freedom, birthed in the fires of a Great Awakening that transformed Colonial America. His books on the topic, including 1726, are available from Amazon and his website at http://eddiehyatt.com.

6/12/2024

WOMEN, THE BIBLE, AND THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION

Sixty-one percent of the delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention in Indianapolis voted for a Constitutional ban on all churches that have a woman on staff with the title of pastor. The vote, however, fell short of the required two-thirds majority necessary for a constitutional amendment.

The amendment would not have changed the SBC’s position on women pastors but would have added teeth for enforcing their position. Their position is still that put forth last year by the executive staff, which quoted Paul’s words in I Timothy 2:12, that, I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man.

Based on a superficial reading of this passage, the executive staff then declared that Paul, “Concludes women cannot have a pastoral position, or perform the pastoral function, for that puts them in authority over men in the life of the church.”

The “Authority Myth”

Based on this “authority myth,” this year’s convention expelled the First Baptist Church of Alexandria, VA from their fellowship because of their embrace of women pastors. They also voted not to accept the requests for reinstatement from Saddleback Church in southern California and Fern Creek Baptist Church in Louisville, both of which were excommunicated for having women pastors.

For the SBC, and all churches that ban women from leadership roles, “authority” is the central issue. The titles may change, but authority is still the issue. For example, one mega church allows women to be pastors but does not allow them to be on their board of elders because the elders govern their church and “women cannot function in governing authority.”

This authority myth is, however, dispelled when we take a closer look at Paul’s words in I Timothy 2:12 and when we look at what Jesus said about authority in the Church.

The Greek Word for “Authority”

The Greek word for "authority" in the New Testament is exousia, and it is found 102 times in the Greek New Testament, and numerous other times in its verb and other cognate forms. For example, Mark 7:29 says that the people were astonished at the teaching of Jesus, For He taught them as one having authority (exousia) and not as the scribes. Not once in the entire New Testament is a woman told she cannot exercise exousia.

Those who would ban women from the pastorate immediately point to I Timothy 2:12, which says, I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man. However, the word translated “authority” in this verse is not exousia. It is the word authentein and is found only here in the entire New Testament.

The fact that it is used only here should cause us to pause and question why that would be the case. Why would Paul use this strange Greek word that neither he nor any New Testament writer ever uses? It certainly indicates that Paul is not addressing the normal exercise of authority in the church. Paul is obviously using this strange word to address the unique situation Timothy is confronting in Ephesus (Hyatt, Who Says Women Can’t Pastor, 16-31)

Jesus and Authority

Jesus made it clear that leadership in His kingdom is not about authority. He made this clear when James and John asked for the two most prominent seats in His kingdom—one on His right hand and the other on His left.

When the ten heard about it they were angry, for they wanted those positions of authority. As strife erupted among them over the issue of “authority,” Jesus rebuked them and told them they were thinking like the heathen. He said,

You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them and those who are great exercise authority (exousia) over them and their great ones lord it over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant (diakonos).

The word that Jesus said must characterize leaders in His movement is the Greek noun diakonos. In first century Israel, a diakonos was a household servant who did the bidding of his/her master. Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon defines a diakonos as “those who advance other’s interests even at the sacrifice of their own.”

In other words, diakonos designates one who is a servant and is the very antithesis of “office,” “authority,” and “power.” Jesus thus steers the Twelve away from thinking of their ministry in terms of hierarchy and authority to thinking of it in terms of humble service. The late Catholic reformer, Dr. Hans Kung, wrote,

In the New Testament, not only is the word ‘hierarchy’ consistently and deliberately avoided, but so too are all secular words for ‘office’ in connection with church functions, as they express a relationship of power. Instead of this, an all-encompassing term, diakonia, service (really ‘serving at table’), is used, which can nowhere evoke associations with any authority, control or position of dignity and power (Hyatt, Who Says WomenCan’t Pastor, 41).

The Conclusion of the Matter

Modern churches, such as the SBC, who make authority the central issue, are at odds with both Jesus and Paul. Neither made “authority” the central issue for functioning in church leadership, including pastoral ministry.

The idea that women cannot function in authoritative roles is doctrinally unsound and harmful to the mission of the Church. While much of the Church languishes in defeat, spiritual gifts are being quenched and voices are being muzzled. This is tragic! The world will never see a fully functioning body of Christ until she embraces the gifts and callings in all her members, including the women.

For a thorough discussion of the controversial issue of women pastors, see Dr. Eddie Hyatt’s book, Who Says Women Can’t PastorWho Says Women Can’t Pastor, available from Amazon and his website at http://eddiehyatt.com.

6/08/2024

SAMUEL ADAMS PROCLAIMS A DAY OF FASTING, HUMILIATION AND PRAYER

Samuel Adams Proclamation
(February 28, 1795)

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

By the Governor

A Proclamation

For a Day of PUBLIC FASTING, HUMILIATION and PRAYER

THE supreme Ruler of the Universe, having been pleased, in the course of His Providence, to establish the Independence of the United States of America, and to cause them to assume their rank, amount the nations of the Earth, and bless them with Liberty, Peace and Plenty; we ought to be led by Religious feelings of Gratitude; and to walk before Him, in all Humility, according to His most Holy Law. - But, as the depravity of our Hearts has, in so many instances drawn us aside from the path of duty, so that we have frequently offended our Divine and Merciful Benefactor; it is therefore highly incumbent on us, according to the ancient and laudable practice of our pious Ancestors, to open the year by a public and solemn Fast. - That with true repentance and contrition of Heart, we may unitedly implore the forgiveness of our Sins, through the merits of Jesus Christ, and humbly supplicate our Heavenly Father, to grant us the aids of His Grace, for the amendment of our Hearts and Lives, and vouchsafe His smiles upon our temporal concerns:

I HAVE therefore thought fit to appoint, and with the advice and consent of the Council, I do hereby appoint Thursday, the Second Day of April next, to be observed as a Day of Public Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer throughout this Commonwealth: - Calling upon the Ministers of the Gospel, of every Denomination, with their respective Congregations, to assemble on that Day, and devoutly implore the Divine forgiveness of our Sins, - To pray that the Light of the Gospel, and the rights of Conscience, may be continued to the people of United America; and that His Holy Word may be improved by them, so that the name of God may be exalted, and their own Liberty and Happiness secured. - That He would be graciously pleased to bless our Federal Government; that by a wise administration, it may be a sure guide and safe protection in national concerns, for the people who have established, and who support it - That He would continue to us the invaluable Blessings of Civil Liberty; guarding us against intestine commotions; and enabling the United States, in the exercise of such Governmental powers, as are devolved upon them, so that the honor and dignity of our Nation, upon the Sea and the Land, may be supported, and Peace with the other Powers of the World, upon safe and honorable terms, may be maintained.

That he would direct the administration of our Federal and State Governments, so that the lives, liberties and property of all the Citizens, and the just rights of the People, as Men and Citizens, may be forever acknowledged, and at all times defended, by Constitutions, founded upon equal rights; and by good and wholesome Laws, wisely and judiciously administered and duly executed.

That he would enable Legislators and Magistrates of this Commonwealth, to discharge the important duties incumbent on them, that the People may have good reason to feel themselves happy and safe, and lead quiet and peaceable lives in all Godliness and Honesty.

That He would incline the Natives of the Wilderness, to listen to reasonable offers of Peace, that tranquility and security may be established on the Frontiers Of our Country; - That He would graciously regard the Lives and Health of the People of this and our sister States, and preserve them from contagious and wasting diseases: To crown the ensuing Year with Plenty and Prosperity, by his blessing on our Husbandry, our Fisheries, our Commerce, and all the labor of our Hands - to affect our minds with a sense of our entire dependence upon Him, and of His great goodness towards us, that when we may present ourselves before Him, at the close of the Year, with our thank - offerings, our Hearts may by His grace, be prepared to do it in a manner acceptable to Him.

That He would be graciously pleased to establish the French Republic, and prosper others who are contending for the Rights of Men, and dispose all Nations to favor the same principles, and return to Peace and Friendship.

That He would in his great Mercy, remember the unhappy state of our Fellow-Citizens and others, who are groaning under bondage, in a foreign Land. That He would soften the Hearts of those who have led them captive, inclining that People to show them favor during their Captivity, and in His own due time open a door for their relief: - And finally, that He would over-rule all the confusions that are in the Earth, of the speedy establishment of the Redeemer's Kingdom, which consisteth in Righteousness and Peace.

And I do recommend to the People of this Commonwealth, to abstain from all unnecessary Labor and Recreation on the said Day.

GIVEN at the Council-Chamber, in Boston, this Twenty-eighth Day of February, in the Year of our Lord, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety-five, and in the Nineteenth Year of the Independence of the United States of America.

SAMUEL ADAMS

Attest: John Avery, jun. Secretary

GOD save the COMMONWEALTH of MASSACHUSETTS!

To learn more about America's Founding Fathers and their Faith, check out the books by Dr. Eddie Hyatt, especially 1726: The Year that Defined America, available from Amazon and his website at http://eddiehyatt.com.



6/06/2024

WHAT DONALD TRUMP AND MIKE JOHNSON CAN DO TO SAVE AMERICA

If America is to be saved at this crucial time in her history, it will take more than political activism and social engagement. There must be, as the founding generation put it, “an appeal to heaven.” There must be a call for a national day of “humiliation and prayer.”

Although this should come from the sitting president, it is not going to happen with the Joe Biden administration. Biden’s Democrat party has affirmed atheism and disowned Biblical Christianity and is too embarrassed to call the nation to serious prayer.

On the other hand, both Donald J. Trump, the Republican candidate for president, and Mike Johnson, the Speaker of the House, have demonstrated that they believe in the power of prayer. They should, therefore, take the lead in issuing a proclamation that calls the American people to prayer. Such a proclamation will be consistent with a long prayer tradition as delineated below.

The Pilgrims Pray

In 1621 the Pilgrims were experiencing unusually hot weather for New England and had not seen rain for months. Their crops were withering, and it looked as though hunger and even starvation could be their lot. It was at this time that William Bradford set aside a day for what he called “humiliation and prayer.”

By humiliation he did not mean a groveling or self-flagellation, but an acknowledgement of their own inadequacy and how much they needed God’s help. Their day of prayer began like so many others, stifling hot and not a cloud in the sky. However, before the day was over the sky clouded over and it began to rain with no wind, thunder, or lightning.

Their crops were saved, and they had an abundant harvest that fall, which led to the first American Thanksgiving. For every seemingly impossible situation they faced, the Pilgrims would set aside a day for “humiliation and prayer,” and it became the American way of addressing problems and challenges.

Congress and Washington Pray


 When the First Continental Congress met on September 5, 1774, they opened with an extended time of Bible reading and prayer. They were led by Rev. Jacob Duche of Philadelphia who read the entire 35th Psalm and then began praying for America, which was being invaded by the British whose troops had occupied the city of Boston and closed its port.

As he began praying, the Anglicans in the room, such as George Washington, Richard Henry Lee, and Patrick Henry, knelt according to their custom. Puritans and Quakers sat with bowed heads, but they were all in agreement as they made their appeal to heaven. It was a powerful and moving moment and John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, back in Boston, saying,

Who can realize the emotions with which they turned imploringly to heaven for divine interposition and aid. It was enough to melt a heart of stone. I never saw a greater effect upon an audience (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 108).

During the Revolutionary War, the Congress issued no less than 15 separate calls for special days of prayer and humiliation. For example, during the fall of 1776, when the morale of the army and populace had sunk to an all-time low because of a poor harvest and hardship on the battlefield, Congress proclaimed December 11, 1776, as “a Day of Fasting, Repentance, and Humiliation.” It reads, in part,

RESOLVED, That it be recommended to all the United States, as soon as possible, to appoint a day of solemn fasting and humiliation; to implore of Almighty God the forgiveness of the many sins prevailing among all ranks, and to beg the assistance of his Providence in the prosecution of the present just and necessary war (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 116-17).

There was an amazing change of circumstances after this, so much so, that Congress issued a proclamation setting aside a day of thanksgiving, because “it hath pleased Almighty God, the father of mercies, remarkably to assist and support the United States of America in their important struggle for liberty.” The Congress then listed seven different accomplishments of God on the behalf of the nation, including,

Many instances of prowess and success in our armies and great abundance of the fruits of the earth of every kind, as not only to enable us to easily supply the wants of the army but gives comfort and happiness to the whole people (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, Second Edition, 122).

Prayer continued to be a daily part of the proceedings of the Continental Congresses. When, years later, in 1787, Benjamin Franklin called the delegates of the Constitutional Convention to prayer, he reminded them how they had had daily prayers in that room for God’s help against the British. Addressing the Convention president, George Washington, he then said, “Our prayers, sir, were heard and they were graciously answered” (Hyatt, 1726:The Year that Defined America, 141).

Later that same year, after being sworn in as president, George Washington issued a proclamation designating November 26, 1789, as a Day of Thanksgiving. The proclamation assumes the obligation of all citizens to honor God and to pray for His protection and favor. It opened with the following statement.

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors received of Almighty God . . . (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 109).

Yes, prayer played a vital role in the founding of America. The Catholic scholar, the late Michael Novak, was correct in saying, “In all moments of imminent danger, as in the first Act of the First Continental Congress, the founding generation turned to prayer.”

Abraham Lincoln Calls the Nation to Prayer

In the midst of a horrible Civil War with tens of thousands dyeing on American soil, President Abraham Lincoln tapped into America’s prayer tradition and proclaimed a National Day of Prayer and Humiliation. In this proclamation, he lamented that the nation had completely misinterpreted the blessings she had been given. He said,

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!

He also expressed confidence that if they would meet the Divine conditions laid out in passages, such as II Chronicles 7:14, they could rest assured that God would hear their prayers. He said,

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 (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America1726: The Year that Defined America, 186).

The nation responded to Lincoln’s call for a day of prayer, humiliation, and the confession of national sins. And whereas the war had been going badly for the North and the American Union was in danger of being shattered, after this day of prayer, everything changed. The tide turned and the American Union was saved.

Trump and Johnson Can Save America

America 2024 is reeling with political and ideological chaos and the only thing that will save her is another national appeal to heaven. Sadly, I have no confidence that those of the Democrat Party will be involved, or even support, such an event. The ideal agents for convening such an event are Donald J. Trump and Mike Johnson, joined by members of the Senate and Congress and respected leaders of every denomination.

We understand that everyone will not participate, and many will oppose and ridicule. Nonetheless, if Trump and Johnson will take the initiative and proclaim such a day of prayer, I am confident that enough people will participate so as to create a spiritual and moral tipping point that may well change history and save America.

Dr. Eddie Hyatt is the author of numerous books including, 1726: The Year that Defined America,  which documents how the First Great Awakening had a direct bearing on the founding of America and the ending of slavery on this continent, His books are available from Amazon and his website at http://eddiehyatt.com.


5/23/2024

A BIBLICAL UNDERSTANDING OF "CHRIST IS KING"

Candace Owens ignited a firestorm of controversy when she apparently tweeted to Ben Shapiro, who is Jewish, “Christ is King.” Response from within Shapiro’s circle was swift and critical, with some labeling Owens’ tweet as antisemitic and even racist. Other critics weighed in warning that the term is associated with Christian nationalism, the claim that evangelical Christians want to take over the institutions of government and force Christianity on everyone else. 

The Meaning of the Phrase

The phrase is actually redundant for the word “Christ” means “king.” It is derived from the Greek word christos, which was the Greek counterpart for the Hebrew “Messiah.” The Messiah was the king, predicted by the Old Testament prophets, whose righteous reign would bring peace to Israel and the entire world.

Jesus acknowledged that He was the promised Messiah but made clear that His kingdom was of a different order and character than was expected by Jews of the first century. They were looking for a political, militaristic Messiah who would deliver them from the Romans.

Jesus' kingship was of a different order and He made this point in a startling manner to the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, at the time of His trial just before His crucifixion.

A Kingdom Not of this World

Pilate had obviously heard of the discussions about whether Jesus was Israel’s Messiah-King promised by Isaiah, Jeremiah, Micah, and other Old Testament prophets. When Jesus was brought before him, Pilate therefore asked, Are you the king of the Jews? Jesus acknowledged that He was a king, but then clarified the nature of His kingdom, saying,

My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here (John 18:36).

Jesus is not saying that His kingdom has no presence or role in this world. He is saying that His kingdom is of a completely different nature, functioning by different values and principles. His kingdom functions according to the values and culture of another world--of heaven.

His kingdom, therefore, would not come through the radical Jewish zealots who wanted to overthrow the Romans by force, nor by the Sadducees who compromised with the Romans in exchange for power and status in Israel. Neither would His kingdom come through the religious Pharisees, the conniving Herodians, or any other religious or political party.

His Kingdom Went to the Heart

Jesus knew the dire need of humanity was neither political nor economic, but separation from God through sin and rebellion. Israel’s greatest need was not deliverance from Rome, but deliverance from the sin that was destroying them. Instead of responding to carnal, political desires, Jesus went directly to the heart of the problem.

Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies of a suffering and dying Messiah by providing Himself an atoning sacrifice for sinful humanity. In doing so, He bridged the gap between a holy God and fallen, sinful humanity. His death on the cross and subsequent resurrection made forgiveness and reconciliation with God possible through faith in Him. 

He also called on people to leave their self-centered lifestyles and live their lives for Him and others. Instead of imposing a political order, He imparted heavenly values. He assured His hearers that He had come, that they might have life, and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). 

Christ is King of Hearts

The early church proclaimed, “Jesus is Lord” and “Jesus is the Christ.” These designations obviously speak of His dignity and preeminence, but they were not political statements. Early Christians had no political ambitions. They showed no interest in Herod’s throne or Caesar’s crown. They proclaimed a king and kingdom that transcended them all.

But when Caesar was in conflict with Christ, the followers of Jesus confessed their allegiance to Him. This led to multiplied thousands of martyrs who chose to die rather than deny Him. Among these was the elderly Polycarp (69-155), who was offered his freedom if he would deny Christ. He refused, saying, "For 86 years I have been His servant, and He has done me no wrong. How can I blaspheme my king who saved me?" 

Christ had obviously captured Polycarp's heart, and this is where His kingdom begins. He is the king of hearts. His kingdom is destined to transform all the earth, but not by outward political activism or military force. He begins by capturing the heart and then imparting His kingdom values, which then impacts all of society.

The Great Awakening Brought the Kingdom of God to America

This happened in the Great Awakening (1726-70) in colonial America. The colonies were transformed through the Christ-centered preaching of George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, Gilbert Tennant, and others. They had no political ambitions. They called people to put their faith in Christ for eternal salvation and to live by His kingdom values.

The results were astonishing. Benjamin Franklin wrote, “It seemed as if all the world were growing religious” and a British-appointed governor 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, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 81).

This Awakening breached denominational, cultural, and racial barriers. For the first time they began to see themselves as a single people with one Divine destiny. This was especially significant for Whitefield for he had arrived in America with the prayer that the people of colonial America would "no longer live as 13 divided colonies but as one nation under God.”

This Awakening had a direct bearing on both the founding of America in 1776 and the ending of slavery on this continent. America became a Christian nation, not by an act of Congress, but by the transformed lives of her citizenry. John Marshall, the second Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, understood this. Serving as Chief Justice for 34 years from 1801-1834, Marshall wrote,

The American population is entirely Christian, and with us Christianity and religion are identified. It would be strange, indeed, if with such a people, our institutions did not presuppose Christianity, and did not refer to it, and exhibit relations with it (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America169).

Trump's Conviction Highlights the Need

America has completely turned away from the founding Christian values that brought her into existence. Her future is hanging in the balance. 2024 is a pivotal year for America. Psalm 9:17 says, The wicked shall be turned into hell and all the nations that forget God.

The November election is very important but will not save America. America’s root problem is neither political nor economic. America’s problem is spiritual and moral and will require a spiritual and moral solution. This reality was just highlighted by the conviction of Donald Trump by an obviously rigged trial.

Trump's conviction by a Manhattan jury was the bad fruit of  secularist, amoral individuals who manipulate and misuse the law for their own purposes. There is no need for the so-called "fundamental change" of the American system, but there is a need for a change in the moral and spiritual condition of those who are in positions of power.

Whose Side Are We On?

“Christ is king” is a theologically correct statement but should never be used as a weapon to shame or offend another person. Nor should it be used as a political battle cry as though Jesus the Messiah was taking sides with some worldly political party or movement.

“Christ is king” should be used as an expression showing honor to Jesus Christ for His redemptive work for all mankind and in recognition of His transcendent preeminence at the right hand of God. It should be used as a call for all people to put their faith in Him as the only way to eternal life and to embrace the values He taught, which are the keys to peace and stability here on earth.

President Abraham Lincoln understood the importance of acknowledging the preeminence of Christ. During the Civil War when a minister from the North expressed his hope that, “the Lord is on our side,” Lincoln replied,

I am not at all concerned about that . . . but it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord’s side” (Hyatt. The Great Prayer Awakening of 1857-58, 39).

America must once again turn to Christ and take His side. This will happen as the church takes a stand for truth and righteousness, proclaims His transcendent kingship, and prays for another Great Awakening to roll across the land.

This article is derived from Dr. Eddie Hyatt's book, 1726: The Year that Defined America, available from Amazon and his website at http://eddiehyatt.com. For information on bringing his informative, inspiring “Save America” presentation to your , city, contact him at dreddiehyatt@gmail.com

5/08/2024

HOW YOU CAN BRING HEALING TO A DEEPLY DIVIDED AMERICA

The young 25-year-old Methodist preacher and revivalist, George Whitefield, arrived in America in 1738 with a prayer on his heart that the inhabitants of this land would, "No longer live as 13 divided Colonies but as One Nation under God.” He was very aware of the deep lines of division and hatred that ran between the various groups, but he was hopeful that he would see those lines erased as he preached the message God had given him for America.

The Deep Divisions of Colonial America

Most do not realize the deep divisions that existed in Colonial America between the Anglicans who settled Virginia, the Puritans who settled New England, the Baptists who settled Rhode Island, the Quakers who settled Pennsylvania, and so on.

Back in England, the Anglican Church, as the official state church, had harassed and imprisoned Puritans, Baptist, and Quakers, even putting some to death. In Virginia, the Anglicans made their church the “official” church of the colony and jailed Baptist preachers who ventured there to preach. Puritans detested Anglicans because of how they had been treated, but they persecuted both Quakers and Baptists: evicting them from their colony, jailing them, and even putting some to death. Baptists and Quakers did not get along and considered Puritans and Anglicans to be apostate Christians and part of the false, harlot church of Revelation.

It seemed that these groups could never reconcile. Their history was too long and their pain too deep. God, however, had an answer. His answer was a great, spiritual awakening based on the preaching of the Gospel wherein Jesus was presented as the central object of faith.

Whitefield Confronts the Divisions

Whitefield had an oratorical gift that attracted thousands to his open-air meetings. In Philadelphia, he preached from the steps of the courthouse to crowds estimated at 10-12 thousand at a time the population of Philadelphia was around 13,000. According to Benjamin Franklin, the impact on the city was transformative. He wrote,

The multitudes of all sects and denominations that attended his sermons were enormous, and it was a matter of speculation to me, who was one of the number, to observe the extraordinary influence of his oratory on his hearers. From being thoughtless or indifferent about religion, it seemed as if all the world were growing religious so that one could not walk through the town in an evening without hearing psalms sung in different families of every street (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 79).

Whitefield addressed the divisions of the colonists head-on. In one of his sermons, for example, as he was preaching in the open air to thousands, representing various sects and denominations, he pretended to converse with Father Abraham, whom he pictured as looking over the banister of heaven at the gathered multitude.

Looking heavenward, Whitefield cried out, “Father Abraham, are there any Anglicans in heaven?”

The answer came back, “No, there are no Anglicans in heaven.”

“Father Abraham, are there any Puritans in heaven?”

“No, there are no Puritans in heaven.”

“Are there any Methodists in heaven?”

“No, there are no Methodists here either.”

“What about Baptists or Quakers?” 

“No, there are none of those here either.”

“Father Abraham,” cried Whitefield, “What kind of people are in heaven?”

The answer came back, “There are only Christians in heaven, only those who are washed in the blood of the Lamb.”

Whitefield then cried out, “Oh, is that the case? Then God help me, God help us all, to forget having labels and to become Christians in deed and in truth” (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 80-81)!

Sectarian Walls are Broken Down

Under the preaching of the Gospel and a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit, differences were melted and denominational walls were broken down. For the first time, the divided colonists began to see themselves as a single people with one Divine destiny, “One Nation Under God,” as Whitfield had prayed.

By his incessant travels, Whitefield made the Great Awakening America’s first national event. It was the first time the scattered colonists of various denominational and theological persuasions had participated together as one people in a single event.

Historian, Benjamin Hart, points out that when Whitefield visited America for the final time in 1770, even the Episcopal (Anglican) churches, which had initially rejected him, opened their doors to him. He goes on to say,

The true Spirit of Christ had dissolved sectarian differences. America considered itself to be a nation of Christians, pure and simple, as Whitefield noted with satisfaction. “Pulpits, hearts and affections,” he said, were opened to him and any preacher of whatever denomination who had a true Christian message to share (Hyatt, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 87-88).

The late Harvard professor, Perry Miller, surely had Whitefield in mind when he wrote, “The Declaration of Independence of 1776 was a direct result of the preaching of the evangelists of the Great Awakening.” Through Whitefield’s ministry the Divided Colonies of America became the United States of America.

We Hold the Key

If we are to see a deeply divided modern America saved, it must begin with those who name the name of Christ. The promise of a national healing in II Chronicles 7:14 puts the responsibility squarely on our shoulders by listing certain conditions that are to be carried out by God’s people. The passage begins by saying, If My people, who are called by Name . . ..

In John 17:21 Jesus prayed for the unity of His followers, that they may all be one, as You, Father, are in me and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may know that You sent Me. If there is to be any healing of the political, cultural, and ideological divisions in America, there must first be a healing of the deep divisions that exist in Christendom.

This does not mean we will all form one institution or organization. That has never been God’s plan. His plan is diversity but within a unity that is centered in Him. We will keep our distinctive labels as Baptist or Presbyterian or Assembly of God, but our primary label will be that of Christian—followers of Christ.

This happened in Colonial America through the preaching of Whitefield and others to such an extent that a British-appointed governor in Connecticut 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, 1726: The Year that Defined America, 81).

What You Can Do

Be bold in your Christ-centered faith as you reach across denominational, racial, and cultural lines. Without compromising truth, show love to those who hold different doctrines and attend different churches than you. Don't waste your time with those who merely want to argue, but be willing to have a dialogue with those who are teachable and willing to listen. And in the midst of it all, ask God to pour out His Spirit, as promised in Acts 2:17, that another Great Awakening may roll across the land like a giant tsunami wave,

 

This article is derived from Dr. Eddie Hyatt's book, 1726: The Year that Defined America, available from Amazon and his website at http://eddiehyatt.com. For information on bringing his informative, inspiring “Save America” presentation to your , city, contact him at dreddiehyatt@gmail.com