By Kelly Boggs, Message Editor
There are many observers who believe The United States is rapidly approaching a point of no return in terms of moral decline, cultural decay and fiscal irresponsibility.
Those who believe America is streaking toward a godless, secular abyss believe that if something does not happen soon, if God’s people do not fervently pray, if revival tarries, there are dark days ahead for our nation.
In response to the gathering storm, the Louisiana Renewal Project (sponsored by the American Renewal Project), whose purpose is derived from Proverbs 14:34: “Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people,” will be hosting a conference specifically for pastors and their wives.
Mark your calendars for Sept. 26-27. The Louisiana Renewal Project’s “Rediscovering God in America” conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge. Pastors, be on the lookout for more information about this very important event.
The hour is so urgent and the need is so great that those who direct the Renewal Project have arranged to provide, at no cost to any pastor, the hotel accommodations and all meals during the conference. The only expense a pastor will incur is travel to and from the conference.
Let me repeat, the only cost to a pastor and his wife will be travel expenses. Hotel accommodations and all meals will be provided by the Renewal Project. Also, there will be no offerings taken during the conference.
The Renewal Project wants pastors to be at this important gathering. As a result, those who direct the project do not want finances to keep any pastor from attending. However, you must register and space will be limited, so sign up soon.
I attended the Iowa Renewal Project held in Des Moines on July 18-19. I have to say that it was one of the most challenging and inspiring events I’ve attended in a long time. It was also a gathering characterized by several sessions of significant prayer.
As I write this column, I am not privy to who will be speaking at the Baton Rouge event. That said, because of my experience at the Iowa Renewal Project conference I am certain it will be men and women deeply concerned about the future of America.
The clarion call issued at Iowa was that America is in desperate need of revival and the Lord is our only hope. Pastors were encouraged to be the catalysts to call our nation back to God.
The message that echoed in Iowa was that profound, persistent prayer and prophetic preaching is needed if our country is to continue to experience the freedoms our founders fought to establish.
A thorough study of American history reveals the clergy played an integral part in the revolution that resulted in the birth of our nation. Pastors were so prominent during the revolutionary war the British dubbed them the “Black Robed Regiment.”
Christopher Hamner, history professor at George Mason University located in Fairfax, Va., wrote the following on the Internet site teachinghistory.org:
“…the Black Robe Regiment was not an actual detachment in the Continental Army but rather a British epithet for the influence preachers exerted in support of the Patriot cause.
“Advocates of the British crown found preachers’ support of the Patriot cause particularly detrimental to their efforts to maintain loyalty among the colonists.
“Such clergymen provided sanction for the cause of independence as well as formal support for the military effort.
“In the 1770s, most colonists still considered themselves aligned with England; many parishioners questioned the fundamental legitimacy of revolution, and of separating from Britain and consequently the Church of England.
“From their pulpits, these members of the Black Robe Regiment reassured their audiences that their revolution was justified in the eyes of God…”
Many believe it is once again time for a “Black Robed Regiment” to arise and call God’s people to fervent prayer and our nation to repentance. If you believe America is moving away from God and approaching a point of no return, make plans to attend the Louisiana Renewal Project in Baton Rouge.
The conference will begin mid-morning on Thursday, Sept. 26, and conclude the next day, Friday, Sept. 27, at around 10:30 a.m. I cannot encourage you strongly enough to clear your schedules and mark your calendars, you don’t want to miss this very important event.
To register for the conference, go to the Internet site: https://the.maxcelreg.net/LABriefing, or call (800) 921-1928. Keep in mind that space is limited and registration for this event is on a first-call-first-served basis, so register today!
I look forward to seeing you in Baton Rouge!