Libation # 213
Patrick Henry
Weapons of Mass Instruction   
"The battle, Sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, Sir, we have no election (choice). If we were base (lacking in dignity) enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable; and let it come! I repeat, Sir, let it come!"

From a letter to Robert Pleasants, January 18, 1773
Patrick Henry was describing the situation in which the patriots found themselves just before the revolution. Today, as Christians, we find ourselves nearing a similar situation. Anyone who is paying attention can see that our chains are forged and we can hear their clanking within the halls of government. The anti-Christian purveyors of political correctness are seeking to install these chains about the necks of anyone who dares to believe that the unalienable rights spelled out in the Declaration of Independence and in the Bill of Rights are granted by God - and government has no authority to deny them.

Patrick Henry's challenge was a call to arms. I do not know if the current situation will lead to that, but I do know that we must run immediately to the battle of ideas. It falls to us to humbly pray for God's favor and wield the weapons of knowledge and truth before the day comes to this nation when things are so upside-down that whoever kills you thinks he is offering service to God.

Though we may have spoken basely in the past - even sounding as if we desired it - the real face-to-face prospect of this war against our faith causes us to wish for more peaceful days. But it is too late to retire from the contest; the war is upon us. It is inevitable. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery. So let it come!

The battle is not to the strong alone - the battle is the Lord's and He is our strength.  But we are called to be vigilant, active and brave. It is time to cry aloud and spare not. It is time to lift up our voices like a trumpet and deploy our weapons of mass instruction. It is the truth that will make us free and keep us free.

Note:  For Iowa Pastors and Ministry Leaders.
The American Renewal Project is coming to Des Moines on November 5-6, 2015. All meals and lodging is provided free of charge for pastors and ministry leaders, and their spouses.  Please consider attending this event which will encourage and equip you to fight effectively in this war of ideas that is upon us.  For more details and to register go HERE.

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