We’re here for a great awakening to understand that politics are simply the ideological vessel that God has allowed to be in society today that will determine what happens in the soul of the nation. So we cannot be idle and we cannot be silent.
-Cindy Jacobs, Generals International, Liberty University, April 15
Cindy Jacobs, co-founder of Generals International, wants to wake you up. Her ministry sponsored a conference March 4-6 called Convergence: A Cry to Awaken a Nation which brought together charismatic leaders who have
a sharp and strong message of prayer and crying out to see the nation experience a Great Awakening that turns us back to God.
And then April 15-16, she was a prominent speaker at the Freedom Foundation’s confab titled, The Awakening 2010. While there, she said some remarkable things about the relationship between Christianity and government. You can hear some of her views here.
In addition to the citation at the beginning of this post, Jacobs said,
But the point is, we have to say this: does the Creator have a right to say how nations are governed? Of course he does. I think it’s John Wycliffe, I know it is, in 1382 that said “the Bible is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.”
The quote she attributes to Wycliffe was not delivered accurately. According to the Columbia Dictionary of Quotations, Wycliffe said
The Bible is for the government of the people, by the people, for the people.
The preposition “for” could imply that the Bible is “for the purpose of” government or it could mean that the Bible is “in favor of” government of, by and for the people. However, the meaning is probably a moot point for two reasons. One, it doesn’t really matter much in the modern context what Wycliffe said and two, Wycliffe probably did not write the quote about the Bible being the government.
I don’t fault Ms. Jacobs for assuming the accuracy of the quote but several respected sources doubt it. For instance, Eugene Volokh is a widely followed law professor and blogger on legal issues who investigated this quote attributed to Wycliffe. His cursory review found no primary source evidence that the quote came from Wycliffe or the Wycliffe Bible, saying,
This provenance, though, smacked of myth to me, and it appears likely that it is indeed a myth. I haven’t checked the prologue myself, because it’s long, the only version I could find was in a very bad font and not searchable, and the matter is too tangential to my article to track down. (The article is about Thomas Cooper, and I decided just not to mention the possibility that his earlier version might have been the indirect source for Lincoln’s famous quote.) But here’s what our reference librarian Stephanie Plotin reports:
You will need to read Plotin’s lengthy review to get the fullness of why I think the quote is wrongly attributed to Wycliffe. In any event, the authorship is not as important as Jacobs’ misquote. She misquotes it, probably inadvertantly, to bolster her view that the Bible is a proper document for civil governance.
The next big gathering which is designed to operate like aftershave on the nation’s face is MayDay2010. Ms. Jacobs is all over that one as well, along with main mover and awakener, Janet Porter. Probably waking up a lot of liberals, GOP Congressmen (e.g., Randy Forbes, R-VA), tea partiers (Allen Unruh) and religious right luminaries (e.g., James Dobson, Tim Wildmon, Mat Staver) will share the stage with New Apostolic Reformation charismatic leaders (e.g., Jacobs, Dutch Sheets, Chuck Pierce). This political-religious coalition wants to wake all of us up to the need to reclaim the seven mountains of culture.
Speaking of the seven mountains, check out this prior post and this video:
In the program of the May Day 2010, the Seven Mountains teaching appears with a variety of reclamation objectives.
Prayers of Repentance for the Seven Mountains of Culture
The Seven Mountains as listed decades ago by Bill Bright, Francis Schaeffer, and Loren Cunningham with sub-points for each mountain developed by the May Day 2010 Committee
-Repent on behalf of our individual sins—ask God to fill us with the Holy Spirit.
-Repent for divorce and how we have re-defined marriage — Invite God back into marriage.
-Repent for how we have treated family members, including the elderly and disabled.
-Invite God back into families, hospital decisions, hospices, etc.
-Repent for pastors — Invite God to direct the Church’s role in the culture.
-Repent for churches that are “asleep.”
-Repent for churches that have compromised the truth in an attempt to be more popular.
-Repent for how we have kicked God out of school, prohibited prayer, and punished Christians.
-Repent for what has been taught with godless, evolutionary textbooks.
-Repent for how children have been taught about homosexuality and led astray from the truth.
-Invite God back into our classrooms, teaching, and policy.
Arts & Entertainment
-Repent for how we have desecrated God with our music — Invite God to reign supreme in music and the arts.
-Repent for how we’ve assaulted God in our movies and television programs and exported our sin to other nations.
-Repent for greed and stealing from God what rightfully belongs to Him in tithes and offerings.
-Repent for the businesses that perform abortions, produce obscene material, or offend Him in other ways
-Invite God back into the managing of our finances.
-Repent for how we have turned from God in Congress and our legislatures— Invite God to direct our lawmaking.
-Repent for how we have turned from God in our military — Invite God in every area from prayer in Jesus’ name to our military strategies and defense.
-Repent for our judicial system, for shedding innocent blood, desecration of marriage, and unrighteous verdicts — Invite God back into it and every decision we make.
-Repent for the executive branch (President & Governors) — Invite God back in to guide, direct and govern.
-Repent for how the media has turned its backs on God and the truth.
-Repent for how they have become activists for evil.
-Invite God back into the media to guide and direct reporting in a truthful way.
There is a lot I could discuss but let’s start with the media.
Leading the MayDay2010 rally is Janet Porter. Ms. Porter also spoke at the Jacobs’s Convergence conference noted above. Before she spoke she prayed for the reclamation of the media mountain. Give a listen…
I want the media to report truthfully but I think that prayer could be directed at several Christian media outlets as well who do not report accurately even when errors are pointed out. Christians in the media do not guarantee accurate and truthful reporting. What worries me about this, beyond the obvious totalitarian tone here, is how misguided this request is. If CBS was the Christian Broadcasting System, what would change? Would there be no bias in reporting or would there be a different kind of bias? The Christian view of human nature doesn’t inspire confidence that the situation would improve much.
Whether it be media or government, I am bothered about the prospects of a religiously based takeover. Even if one believes that Christian people would make the best rulers, judges or reporters, one must ask which Christians will rule and reign? Reformed, apostolic, orthodox, liberal, anabaptist, Catholic? The state instituting one view of Christianity does not have a good history. There is much more I could say but for now, let me close with a quote from Baptist minister, John Leland (1754-1841), (see page 6):
It has often been observed by the friends of religion established by human laws, that no state can long continue without it; that religion will perish, and nothing but infidelity and atheism prevail. Are these things facts? Did not the Christian religion prevail during the first three centuries, in a more glorious manner than ever it has since, not only without the aid of law, but in opposition to all the laws of haughty monarchs? And did not religion receive a deadly wound by being fostered in the arms of civil power and regulated by law?
I would add that in Romans 13, Paul wrote that the new believers were to submit to those “haughty monarchs.” On the other hand, Paul did not argue that politics was the “ideological vessel that God has allowed to be in society today that will determine what happens in the soul of the nation.”
Postscript: One of the other conferences which was to usher in the Third Great Awakening was canceled recently due to lack funds, which I take to mean, lack of participation.Perhaps, some people are waking up.