Pray that Washington D.C. experiences “chaos, conflict, and gridlock” under President Joe Biden’s administration, advocates Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council and former chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (June 2019-2020). Perkins gave his message to Andrew Wommack, Richard Harris, and the viewers of the Truth and Liberty live cast this past Monday.
Tony Perkins’ Perspective on D.C.
Harris asked Perkins if the Truth and Liberty viewers could do anything to help West Virginia‘s and Arizona’s senators stand their ground against congress removing the filibuster. “This is out of our hands at this point,” Perkins said. “We just need to continue to pray…pray that the Lord would prohibit them from doing this.”
The conservative Christian leader told those watching that “we need God to move on our behalf. We need to repent as a nation of the stuff that’s being pushed through [congress]. Just look what the Biden administration has pushed through…the whole transgender agenda…the issue of abortion.” He called those things President Biden has done “atrocious” and said, “I pray for God’s blessing on Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as they yield themselves to Him.”
Perkins also said, though, that if the president and vice president of the United States choose not to turn to their hearts toward God and “refuse the truth and go against the truth” that he prays that they would be “confused.” He also prays that Washington D.C would experience “conflict” and “gridlock.”
Critics of Perkins’ call to prayer cited 1 Timothy 2:1-4: “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
From this Scripture, it was unclear to many on Twitter how Perkins’ directions honored God. In an article on ChurchLeaders.com, Daniel Henderson, the founder and director of Strategic Renewal, listed six key ways to pray for those in authority. Not surprisingly, “chaos, conflict, and gridlock” are not on his list. Rather, Henderson says to pray for authorities to have wisdom and discernment, and to be instruments of God.
The Focus of the Live Cast With Tony Perkins
The live cast focused on the Democrats in the senate hoping to eliminate the filibuster and on President Biden’s administration’s political agenda that includes their transgender legislations. Perkins has said these initiatives “are literally from the pit of hell.”
Urging Wommack and Harris to stand for truth, Perkins told them, “We have to be committed to stand for truth in the face of an aggressive cancel culture. We just have to get beyond the fear of a social media post that’s negative.”
Explaining to everyone watching that Christians need to deny themselves and take up their cross, he said, “We need to get beyond the fact that we might lose a few friends temporarily, but we need to stand and speak truth…speak it in love…and speak it out of a redemptive heart…the purpose for speaking truth is so that people might come to know the truth and be made free through the author of truth–Jesus Christ. We can’t shrink back in silence because then people won’t hear the truth. They won’t be challenged with the truth. But we have to be willing to deny ourselves, to take up our cross and follow Christ.”
You can watch the entire video here.