When America Blesses God

By Francis Frangipane

I do not believe the Sept. 11th terrorist attack was a venting of the wrath of God, as some say. God is both good and just. Abraham had a theologically perfect revelation of the Almighty when He prayed, "Wilt Thou indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked . . . Far be it from Thee to do such a thing" (Gen 18). Repeatedly, the Bible affirms the character of God: in times of divine wrath, the Lord separates the righteous from the wicked (Gen 9; Gen 19; 1Thess 5; etc.). Why should the "Judge of all the earth" kill innocent people for the crimes of pornographers, drug dealers and abortionists? This is not the mind of God, but the perverse psychology of the terrorist.

Prayer Army Arise!

By Francis Frangipane

Many are questioning whether or not the September 11th terrorist act against America was actually a manifestation of the wrath of God or the fury of Satan that struck our land. That we should even be confused seems strange, considering that the Lord and Satan stand at opposite moral extremes. However, Satan specializes in sowing confusion, and into confusion, deception comes. Indeed, the devil typically authors some heinous crime and then deceives people, causing them to blame God for the destruction and heartache.

Beloved, there is nothing more crucial to our spiritual, physical and emotional well-being than our concept of God. Everything in life springs from truly knowing God and embracing His ways. Thus, whenever there is confusion, we must return to basic truth, and nothing is more basic than this: the Lord is good; the devil is bad. If we drift from this foundation, we will inevitably present to the world around us a false, angry image of the Almighty.

Personal letter from Francis

Dear Beloved Friends and Family,

The events of recent days have been staggering, like nothing else in most of our lifetimes. We are in a new world, one that is significantly darker, significantly more unstable; but we are not trapped in this darkened world without God. Indeed, the promise of the Lord remains true. He said, "darkness will cover the earth, and deep darkness the peoples; but the Lord will rise upon you, and His glory will appear upon you." The outcome of this emergence of divine glory in the midst of terrible darkness, is that "nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising" (Isaiah 60:1-3).

So, while we are called to pass through this valley of weeping, ahead of us is the glory of God. Indeed, even now the glory of the Lord is rising. There has never been more prayer ascending from Americans. Catholics and Lutherans, Baptists and Pentecostals -- millions are meeting in cathedrals, churches, storefronts and homes turning to God in prayer.