The Church at Ground Zero
By Scott Ross
The 700 Club
- Thoughts from a brother
who just came from the edge of hell.
- A lot happened in NYC....
I probably don't need to get into now..and it won't be in the broadcast
pieces....but in my opinion, not to be apocalyptic, .... there is
more to come.
- I may end up on the other
side of the fence on this one...but it won't be a political stance.
- American triumphalism
posturing has always scared me.
- We cannot trust in our
horses and chariots alone (America’s military might) won't save
- Remember Viet Nam...we
- ALL the church leaders
in NYC I talked to said, "The Church was not ready for this."
- We need to pray with
Moses, Joshua,Deborah, Gideon, David, etc. that the Lord will reveal
to the Church and world leaders the plans of the enemy, and that we
recognize that this battle is…
- NOT "flesh
and blood." With Paul the Apostle, we should "not be ignorant
of the enemy's devices, plans and schemes."
- One of my spiritual mentors,
prophetic Bible teacher Derek Prince told me 15 years ago or so, that
the greatest battle we would face on this planet was Islam. Because
it was religious and political.
- Derek added: "We are
dealing with a spiritual kingdom. That’s our (the church’s)
particular responsibility. The government of our nation is not responsible
for that. It has to deal with the actual physical, personal human
enemies. But we are involved in a different kind of warfare, which
is against this kingdom."
- So called Christianity
(at least the American variety) is going to be wheat and tares sorted
out from Kingdom absolutes.
- And then we have to pray
for our enemies, and love them. How the heaven do you do that? But
Jesus said it not me.
- For centuries many Christians
have had that tested.
- But those people committed
to Bin Laden are committed to the uttermost. Can we be any less?
- Walk in daily repentance.
- Keep short accounts with
God and others.
- Do not live in fear.
"Perfect love (Jesus) drives out all fear." (1 John 4.18)
- "If you hear His voice…obey today." (Hebrews 4)
- Pray in the Spirit and
While at Ground Zero, I
visited Trinity Church, about 150 yards from the former World Trade
Center. This church is the oldest public building in continuous use
on the island of Manhattan, built in 1766.
This was George Washington’s
church and contains his pew. It is here he worshiped immediately following
his Inauguration as the first President of the United States on April
Above the pew hangs an oil
painting of the Great Seal of the United States. This is the first rendition
of the Great Seal of the United States adopted in 1782. Incidentally,
the legs of the bird in the painting are those of a turkey and not an
eagle. Benjamin Franklin thought our national bird should be the turkey!
The small graveyard directly
behind the church goes back to the Revolutionary War. It is full of
some of the debris that was blown out of the World Trade Center buildings.
Miraculously, all the other
buildings around the church are destroyed. However, not one of the windows
in St.Paul’s was broken. None of the fourteen original cut glass
Waterford crystal chandeliers was damaged. The organ built in 1804 is
intact. The Seal unharmed.
Unfortunate and painful
as it is, the World Trade Center was a man made structure and built
on sand. The church is built on "Rock" and stands.
is open twenty four hours a day and is being used to feed, sleep, and
provide various other services to the firemen, policemen, and other
rescue workers who are toiling at the gruesome task of recovery in "the
Many of those still buried
in the debris are friends to those who labor for their recovery.
They, and their families
need our prayer.
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