Monday, February 18, 2008

Church Asked to Pray for the Death of Those Who Dropped Dime to IRS

"The effectual, fervant prayers of a righteous man availeth much."  Leaders of Americans United for Separation of Church and State better hope certain prayers are either not effectual, not fervant, or not from righteous men.  Because according to a report in the Los Angeles Times, the pastor of a church that endorsed Mike Huckabee is now asking his church to pray for the death of two leaders of Americans United For Separation of Church and State (AU).  AU filed a complaint with the IRS after learning that Pastor Wiley Drake endorsed Huckabee.  Whether Drake did so in his personal capacity or in his capacity as Pastor of his church is still an open question.  But according to the Los Angeles Times article, "shortly after learning of Americans United's complaint, Drake called on his followers to pray for the deaths of two of the liberal group's officials, Joe Conn and Jeremy Leaming."  The article also reports that the IRS has sent a "notice of inquiry" to the church regarding the endorsement.


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It is simply not true that Drake is asking for "to pray for the death" of the AU leaders. He is asking them to pray for God to bring judgment upon them. Psalm 109, wherein the author asks for God to leave his enemies orphaned and widowed, is cited by Drake as one example of "imprecatory" prayer in the Bible. Americans United is ginning up a controversy here in order to promote their secularist agenda. Fine. But let's not buy into their hysteria by restating their propaganda.

Posted by: Patrick | Feb 19, 2008 6:23:25 PM

Thanks for the comment. I would note, however, that according to the notes to Psalm 109 in the Zondervan study Bible, "traditional attempts to isolate a distinct class of psalms called imprecatory (and then identify Ps 109 as the climax series) are mistaken. Regardless, the quote is the reporter's interpretation and indeed is not so far from from the consequences the speaker -- David -- ask God to bring down upon his false accusers.

Posted by: Darryll Jones | Feb 20, 2008 5:13:06 AM

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