“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup

Thursday, June 23, 2016


Deborah Fikes
The Washington congressional newspaper The Hill carried a story  "Evangelical leader says Trump is 'un-Christian', supports Clinton."  See http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/284315-evangelical-leader-says-trump-is-un-christian-endorses  LifeNews.com carried a similar story reporting that Deborah Fikes of the World Evangelical Alliance has thrown support behind pro-abortion Hillary Clinton. (See "Evangelical leader endorses pro-abortion Hillary Clinton: "We're praying for sister-Hillary"" at http://www.lifenews.com/2016/06/22/evangelical-leader-endorses-pro-abortion-hillary-clinton-were-praying-for-sister-hillary/)

Really?! When I read this account of a prominent evangelical leader supporting abortion extremist Hillary Clinton for President of the United States, I was stunned. "We're praying for sister Hillary"? Who is "we're"? The World Evangelical Alliance or just Deborah Fikes? If they are praying for sister-Hillary's salvation then I will joint in their prayers. If, however, they (whoever they is?) are praying that sister-Hillary to win the election, ... they won't have my prayers. American Christians must not support a candidate they know will open the bloodied flood gates wider for abortion. They may not support Donald Trump but they must not support Hillary Clinton -- if the sanctity of human life still has meaning to them. 

Deborah Fikes is showing accommodation with the age and culture of death. Christians must not follow her example. If they will not stand resolutely for the value of all human life, pray tell, what will they stand for? Anything less is accommodation.

Francis Schaeffer
I am reminded of words of the profound 20th Century evangelical theologian Dr. Francis Schaeffer (1912-1984). In his last book The Great Evangelical Disaster, he wrote:

"Here is the great evangelical disaster -- the failure of the evangelical world to stand for truth as truth. There is only one word for this -- namely accommodation: the evangelical church has accommodated the spirit of the age. ... this accommodation has been costly, first in destroying the power of the Scriptures to confront the spirit of the age; second, in allowing the further slide of our culture. ... It is my firm belief that when we stand before Jesus Christ, we will find that it has been the weakness and accommodation of the evangelical group on the issues of the day that has been largely responsible for the loss of the Christian ethos which has taken place in the area of culture in our own country over the last forty to sixty years." (pp. 37-38)

The great man wrote those words 32 years ago. He would be horrified to see where North America has gone.  No where has this accommodation with the spirit of the age been more profound than in biblical Christianity and Life issues.

Brian Stiller
And so this morning I wrote an urgent email to Brian Stiller, World Ambassador for the World Evangelical Alliance, asking for clarification about Fikes' comments. I am concerned about my evangelical brothers and sisters. This is the text of my email:

"Hi Brian – LifeNews .com is reporting that Deborah Fikes of World Evangelical Alliance is endorsing Hillary Clinton. See http://www.lifenews.com/2016/06/22/evangelical-leader-endorses-pro-abortion-hillary-clinton-were-praying-for-sister-hillary/ Is this true? I’m confused. I hope it’s a misunderstanding and that the World Evangelical Alliance is not supporting a pro-abortion extremist such as Hillary Clinton. If this is simply Deborah Fikes speaking as an individual, please have her to clarify that her opinion does not represent WEA. If her views do represent the World Evangelical Alliance then the evangelical world needs to know this dramatic departure from defending the sanctity of human life! You know what Clinton will do in this regard if elected. Millions more children will die before they ever see the light of day!

It is better to endorse no candidate than a bad one. Please clarify.
In Christ’s service, 
Mark Pickup
North American Christian advocate for Life
and disability issues"

I will post Brian Stiller's reply. If Deborah Fikes was speaking only for herself in her endorsement of Hillary Clinton, and the 'we' she refers to does not include the World Evangelical Alliance, that needs to be clarified. Without a retraction, her continued association with WEA needs to be reassessed -- for the sake of the Alliance's credibility. 


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