The Christian answer to
persecution, injustice and tyranny.
The information in this
article will be supported by several Bible examples.
What is a
Christian to do when the government protects criminals and criminal activity
such as the abortion clinic? What is a Pastor to do when the government, or the
news media, or well funded liberal hate groups persecute and bad mouth him because of his doctrine? What is a Christian to do when he can
not go to the courts, police, and government for justice? What if the courts,
police and government are the criminals. The answer is imprecatory prayer. Here
is the definition found in most dictionaries.
Imprecation: A curse,
denunciation that conveys a wish or threat of evil).
Imprecatory prayer: To pray for
evil or misfortune (malediction, anathema, execration)
imprecatory prayer is extremely rare and that definition is so poor that it
could almost be called a 'government' definition. Why is this definition poor?
What is a better definition?
First, the definition above is
poor because it conceals more than it reveals.
this establishment definition makes it seem like imprecatory prayer is somehow
'unchristian'. Imagine yourself on T.V.. The T.V. Talk Show host would ask,
"What kind of a Christian would ask God to curse, or bring evil and
misfortune on anyone? (The implied answer is "None!").
Of course the answer
would be interrupted, and during the commercial break the T.V. audience would be
left to believe that the guest is some kind of a hateful nut. Here is a better
prayer is a last resort appeal to God for justice. The so called 'curses'
are simply the just penalty called for in the scriptures for the alleged crime. Imprecatory
prayer is an appeal to the court of divine justice (1) for protection and (2)
the appropriate punishment for the criminals.
is most often used when the criminals are the rich and powerful or corrupt men
in government. The prayer asks God to solve the problem and bring the criminal
to repentance, or to judgment.
Here are a few words
from a sermon by Pastor Pete Peters as he was commenting on pages 216 and 217 of
Paradise Restored by Rev. David Chilton.
"You be careful
with imprecatory prayer. Because if your life is not right. It can have a
boomerang effect. You see, as you judge, so shall you be judged. Think about
that. Does that make sense? I say that because, the other day somebody pointed
out to me that a woman has been praying for me to die in an airplane crash. She
is a Christian woman. She wants me dead. Well, now, I was thinking about that,
you know, If I was her son I would not want to get into an airplane. You see
what I am saying? You got to be careful how you use that power. With imprecatory
prayer, if we don't mature as Christians, it is like putting a loaded 45,
`hammer-back, cocked and the safety off, into the hands of a five-year old. Does
that make sense?" Quoted from: Pete Peters, Rules for Radicals. 3 tape set.
Praying for someone
to die in an airplane crash does fit the establishment definition of imprecatory
prayer. (A curse, denunciation that conveys a wish or threat of evil. To pray
for evil or misfortune.) But does that woman's prayer conform to the second
definition, "a last resort appeal to God for justice". No! And
that prayer would be un-Christian.
adversary is not always God's enemy: If a neighbor backs over your mail box time
after time, you may be angry and extremely frustrated. But you are dealing with
a neighbor, not an enemy of God. The following scriptures apply to this
situation. Matthew 18:22 and Luke 17:3-4. The request that God would have
someone destroy some of his property to teach him a lesson; to care for the
property of others, that might be appropriate. But you don't ask God to kill
someone just because you don't like him. There has to be a crime and an
appropriate appeal for justice.
A false witness: (16)
If a false witness rise up against any man to testify against him that which is
(17) Then both the men, between whom the controversy is, shall stand
before the Lord, before the priests and the judges, which shall be in those
(18) And the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the
witness be a false witness, and hath testified falsely against his brother;
Then shall ye do unto him, as he had thought to have done unto his brother:
so shalt thou put the evil away from among you.
(20) And those which remain
shall hear, and fear, and shall henceforth commit no more any such evil among
you. (Deuteronomy 19:16-20 KJV)
In the situation
where the woman is praying that God would cause Pastor Peters to die in a plane
crash we have verse 19 to be concerned about . "Then shall
ye do unto him, as he had thought to have done unto his brother,"
the boomerang effect as Pastor Peters called it.
In Psalms 109
Jeremiah was the victim of a slander campaign. Jeremiah ask God to do unto the
accuser as he had thought to do to Jeremiah, "Let a
wicked prosecutor bring him up on false charges and even let him be found
guilty." Psalms 109:5-6
So, if you hate your
neighbor and ask God to curse him, you might just end up having God bring that
same curse upon yourself. This lady who wished Pastor Peters dead, if she had
the money, she might just hire an assassin. Having little money, she asks God to
be the assassin on the free will offering plan. In doing this she just might
even bring upon herself the false witness penalty. She would not be coming
before the court of divine justice with clean hands.
With Clean hands: That is,
without guilt. When a Plaintiff comes before a court with a complaint he is
expected to come with 'clean hands'. A thief is not to accuse another of theft.
For an extreme example: Bob and Joe agree to rob a bank and split the money
50-50. But Bob takes most of it for himself. Joe can not go to court to sue for
the balance of his share. Joe can not come before the court with 'clean hands'.
woman caught in the act of adultery
- John 8:3 And the
scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when
they had set her in the midst,
- They say unto him,
Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
- Now Moses in the law
commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
- This they said,
tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down,
and with [his] finger wrote on the ground, [as though he heard them not].
- So when they
continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is
without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
- And again he stooped
down, and wrote on the ground.
- And they which heard
[it], being convicted by [their own] conscience, went out one by one,
beginning at the eldest, [even] unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and
the woman standing in the midst.
- When Jesus had
lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman,
where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
- She said, No man,
Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no
Let him who is without sin cast the
first stone: In this Bible story, a woman was caught committing a felony.
And apparently the accusers were felons also. Adulters are not in a position to
accuse others of adultery. When Jesus said, "Let him who
is without sin cast the first stone," no one stepped forward.
This is not to be
extended to say that no one can ever step forward and cast the first stone
because 'All have sinned"
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23 KJV
A traffic violation
on your part does not keep you out of court as a plaintiff when another person
steals your property. Likewise, being a sinner does not mean that you can not go
to God for justice via imprecatory prayer. The first goal is repentance. So the
imprecatory prayor needs to repent of his sins first then take his complaint and
plea for justice to God.
The purpose of
imprecatory prayer is to bring a criminal to repentance. And if there is no
repentance, then to punishment. Not at man's hand, but at God's hand. "Vengeance
is mine, I will repay"
courts are considered to be God's courts. If the court judges righteously and
punishes the criminal then the Court's punishment is God's vengeance. When the
Earthly courts are corrupt, we appeal to a higher court, the court of divine
justice. We appeal to God asking Him to get personally involved.
ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my
courts? Isaiah 1:12 KJV
saith the Lord of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my
charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and
I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by. Zec 3:7 KJV
To show the
connection between the courts of the Levitical priesthood and today's modern
courts we click on the link below.
The Modern Day Levitical Priesthood in Your Town
Angel: You look frustrated today
God: What a bunch of bone-heads!
It's those Christians! I told them to love their neighbors and hate My enemies.
But all they do is fight with the brethren and pray that I 'bless them that
Angel: Shall I continue to do as
they ask? To bless those that curse them? I hope they realize, before it is too
late, Christians are to pray for blessings upon their neighbors and curses upon
A time to love, and a
time to hate
A time to love, and a time to hate; a
time of war, and a time of peace. (Ecc 3:8 KJV)
Hate: Hate God's enemies. Pray against
I have hated the congregation of evil
doers; and will not sit with the wicked. (Psalms 26:5KJV)
I have hated them that regard lying
vanities: but I trust in the Lord. (Psalms 31:6 KJV)
Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate
thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them
with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies. (Psalms 139:21-22 KJV)
Love: Love the brethren, pray for them.
By this shall all men know that ye are
my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:35 KJV)
This is my commandment, That ye love
one another, as I have loved you. (John 15:12 KJV)
For this is the message that ye heard
from the beginning, that we should love one another. (1 John 3:11 KJV)
Law enforcement is the government's
Romans 13:1-11 Lawful authority comes from God:
(1) Let every soul be subject unto the
higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained
(2) Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of
God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
The duties of government:
(3) For rulers are not a terror to good
works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which
is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
(4) For he is the minister of
God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to
execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
(5) Wherefore ye must needs be subject,
not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
(6) For for this cause pay ye
tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very
(7) Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due;
custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.
(8) Owe no man
any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled
The law that government is to enforce:
(9) For this, Thou shalt not commit
adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false
witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is
briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as
(10) Love worketh no ill to his
neighbor: therefore love is the
fulfilling of the law.
The cure for corrupt government:
(11) And that, knowing the time, that
now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than
when we believed.
The cure for corrupt
government has to
do with 'waking up'. The solution is nearer than when we believed. It is
imprecatory prayer. Click below for Bible examples of Imprecatory prayer.
First Example -