CSN Sunday – Messages of Light – 5/24/2020
Note From the Founder…
Dear Citizen Sentinels Network newsletter readers,
The Citizen Sentinels Network has maintained a project, originally deemed the David Project since 2018. Especially, for those readers of faith, the Messages of Light originated as a genuine inspiration from Heavenly Father. It was initiated to bring Light into the dark in this time. At this time in which we celebrate Memorial Day, it is appropriate to remember that those who gave their lives for the sake of others, for the sake of freedom itself.
If you consider the messages in our Sunday edition relevant or meaningful and know others who might value them as well, consider yourself a Light mail messenger, please pass this message on to those whom you feel could receive it. Otherwise, please receive it yourselves.
“This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation,but deliver us from the evil one.’
Matthew 20: 25-28
The times we are living in are quite turbulent and they are times of testing. Many of our days are filled with personal trials and national, as well as international, tribulation. Certainly, the spectre of the COVID-19 haunts people all over the world. Americans, and people across the planet now are struggling to deal with the daily realities of the pandemic. Such times create fear and anxiety — even panic — even in the governments of men. Uncertainty and life-threatening concerns in such times often cause people to fall to their knees in prayer. This is definitely such a time.
In this day of the day and age, we “who are called by His name” have a serious responsibility before the Lord to seek His face and to pray and repent and turn from our wicked ways as it is written in 2 Chronicles 7:14. Yet, we are in times in which governments are seeking to determine people’s freedom in faith. This is definitely a time of great strain. But, this should not be a time of uncertainty over issues of faith. In such times people surely need to fall to their knees in prayer.
This week our message is on this point again. The message is from Pastor Earl Wallace of Liberty Christian Fellowship. Pastor Wallace shared this timely message with the Citizen Sentinels Network, and now we share it with you. It is fitting on this day before Memorial Day, as there is a reference to President Abraham Lincoln in deep prayer. The victory at Gettysburg came at great cost, but not without great prayer.
These words are being freely offered and are being sent to you as part of the “David Project.” Please receive this message as a gift from those who care. They are only words that are being offered, freely, but some contain a deep message of faith, or a deeper expression of heart that readers can hopefully receive into their hearts. As it was written: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18 – KJV
May we humble ourselves, seek His face, repent, and turn from wickedness – even if that may mean to become more serious about what was most important to Jesus that he urged should become most vital to us and to understand God’s view in all serious matters. May we seek His guidance and turn to seek His kingdom and His righteousness more frequently.
“Billy Sunday On Prayer for The State”
By Pastor Earl Wallace
The following is an article from Pastor Wallace submitted specifically to the Citizen Sentinels Network. Link to Pastor Wallace’s current work can be found at the end of this excerpt.
Billy Sunday (1862-1935), was a professional baseball player from 1883 to 1891 for Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia teams. He was converted through the street preaching of Harry Monroe of the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago. In 1891/92, He left a $5,000 a year salary as a baseball player for a $75 a month job as an evangelist for the YMCA. From 1893 to 1895 was associated with J. Wilbur Chapman. During his tenure as “America’s evangelist” from 1893 to 1935, it is estimated that over 300,000 people walked the “sawdust trail” in a tent meeting, from the chair/pew to the altar to receive Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. (Adapted from “The Wycliffe Biographical Dictionary of the Church,” page 387, Elgin S. Moyer, 1982, ©Moody Press, Chicago, IL)
Teach Us To Pray by Evangelist Billy Sunday, Luke 11:1
“Note below how Billy Sunday was in touch with America’s historical body of Christ. The challenge with Christianity today, is that we are not students of how God has worked throughout history. We teach the Bible in isolation of how God moved in the past. We teach the Bible and Christianity as if we are the only generation of Christians who’ve ever lived. George Santayana, Spanish-American philosopher, coined a phrase, perhaps made more famous by Winston Churchill’s paraphrase in a 1948 speech before England’s House of Commons: “Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.” This is the sad state of the American Church that completely is disassociated from America’s foundation on the application of the Bible to civics, which I call the “Biblical Basis of The Bill of Rights, which you can view and download notes using this link: http://220.127.116.11/~liber080/1591-2/
Except from Teach Us To Pray by Evangelist Billy Sunday, Luke 11:1
Billy Sunday recounts these historical men of prayer.
Men of Prayer
Every man and every woman that God has used to halt this sin-cursed world and set it going Godward has been a Christian of prayer. Martin Luther arose from his bed and prayed all night, and when the break of day came he called his wife and said to her, “It has come.” History records that on that very day King Charles granted religious toleration, a thing for which Luther had prayed.
John Knox, whom his queen feared more than any other man, was in such agony of prayer that he ran out into the street and fell on his face and cried, “O God, give me Scotland or I’ll die.” And God gave him Scotland and not only that, he threw England in for good measure.
When Jonathan Edwards was about to preach his greatest sermon on “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” he prayed for days; and when he stood before the congregation and preached it, men caught at the seats in their terror, and some fell to the floor; and the people cried out in their fear, “Mr. Edwards, tell us how we can be saved!”
The critical period of American history was between 1784 and 1789. There was no common coinage, no common defense. When the colonies sent men to a constitutional convention, Benjamin Franklin, rising with the weight of his four score years, asked that the convention open with prayer, and George Washington there sealed the bargain with God. In that winter in Valley Forge, Washington led his men in prayer and he got down on his knees to do it.
When the battle of Gettysburg was on, Lincoln, old Abe Lincoln, was on his knees with God; yes, he was on his knees from five o’clock in the afternoon till four o’clock in the morning, and Bishop Simpson was with him.
“And whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son” (John 14:13). No man can ever be saved without Jesus Christ. There’s no way to God unless you come through Jesus Christ. It’s Jesus Christ or nothing.
“Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1)
Billy Sunday was the last great evangelist in America, who understood America’s Biblically based Christian heritage, and who applied the Bible to civics.
Billy Sunday made the following statements:
“The rivers of America will run with blood filled to their banks before we will submit to them taking the Bible out of our schools.” He said this, because, obviously, the “powers
that shouldn’t be” (PTSB’s) were trying to change America’s laws to outlaw the Bible from being used as a text book in public schools.
Billy Sunday also made these statements:
“When the word of God says one thing and [so called] scholarship says another, scholarship can go to hell.” (Bracket added by Pastor Earl.)
“Conversion is a complete surrender to Jesus. It’s a willingness to do what he wants you to do.”
“The church is not a dormitory for sleepers, it is an institution for workers; it is not a rest camp, it is a front line trench.”
My theory is that the next great American evangelist was co-opted by the PTSB’s (the “powers that shouldn’t be”). They invited him into the Whitehouse and called him, “America’s pastor.” He never preached against government sponsored sins, as did Billy Sunday. And on the next evangelists’ shift we got these Supreme Court rulings:
- Everson v. Board of Education, 330 U.S. 1 (1947), which paid (reimbursed) for the bussing of students to Catholic schools.
- McCollum v. Board of Education Dist. 71, 333 U.S. 203 (1948), which outlawed religious instruction in public schools.
- Torcaso v. Watkins, 367 U.S. 488 (1961), which told the state of Maryland it cannot require applicants for public office to swear that they believed in the existence of God. To undermine America’s Christian Foundation, the Court included a footnote to this case, written by Hugo Black, (appointed by FDR) which proclaimed “Secular Humanism” as a religion. The non-Bible believing, faux conservative, Justice Scalia, will cite this in 1987 to confirm he and his co-horts indeed established “Secular Humanism” as a religion.
- Engel v. Vitale, 82 S. Ct. 1261 (1962), which banned prayer in public school districts.
- Abington School District v. Schempp, 374 U.S. 203 (1963), which outlawed Bible reading over school intercom. See also Murray v. Curlett, 374 U.S. 203 (1963).
- Epperson v. Arkansas, 89 S. Ct. 266 (1968), which sanctioned the unproven theory of “evolution” as the defacto “science” despite the de jure teaching of The Bible’s view of “Creation” as the primary view to be taught in American schools.
- Lemon v. Kurtzman, 91 S. Ct. 2105 (1971), which established the concept of “secular reasoning” as the prima facie American way!
- Stone v. Graham, 449 U.S. 39 (1980), that rule posting of the Ten Commandments in schools unconstitutional.
- Wallace v. Jaffree, 105 S. Ct. 2479 (1985) that said, “moment of silence at public school” is an unconstitutional encouragement of prayer.”
- Edwards v. Aquillard, 107 S. Ct. 2573 (1987), ruled it is Unconstitutional to require teaching of “creation science” because of its clear religious motivation.
- Allegheny County v. ACLU, 492 U.S. 573 (1989) outlawed nativity scene displayed in a government building as a violation of the [falsely proclaimed] Establishment Clause.
These violations did not occur on Billy Sunday’s shift because he proclaimed:
“A revival does two things. First, it returns the Church from her backsliding and second, it causes the conversion of men and women; and it always includes the conviction of sin on the part of the Church. What a spell the devil seems to cast over the Church today!”
“More men fail though lack of purpose than lack of talent.”
“America didn’t need repeal, she needed repentance!”
Final Word on Billy Sundays’ Emphasis On The Importance Prayer
“If you are strangers to prayer you are strangers to power.”
Let’s pray that the American church gets reconnected to our nation’s true Bible-based history, and reads, teaches and applies the Word of God free from the false doctrine of “separation of church and state, a phrase neither appearing in the Bible, nor in the Declaration of Independence, nor in the US Constitution, and that we apply the Bible to every aspect of life, including civics.
Liberty Christian Fellowship meets Sundays 10:30am in the conference & cafe area of The Youth For Christ Adventure Center (aka The Edge Rock Climbing Facility) located at 1544 Rte 9, in Halfmoon, NY 12065
Write us at PO Box 235, Latham, New York 12110.
Call us at 518-867-5436.
Learn About LCF at http://libertycf.org