Anthony R. Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a conservative policy and lobbying organization based in Washington, D.C., gave the message at Ohio Christian University’s Chapel Service on Monday, October 22.
His visit was a stop on the Council’s “For the Sake of America: Stand Strong in the Lord” national road tour and part of the University’s School and Business and Government annual Distinguished Speaker Series.
Perkins addressed the need for Christians in America to show courage in the face of threats to the tenets of the faith. The keystone of his message is Ephesian’s 6:10 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” Verses 10-20 apply the analogy of putting on the defensive ‘whole armor of God’ to prevail over evil: the breastplate of righteousness and shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.
Perkins offered spiritual guidance to the assembled students, faculty, and staff, saying “The key to successfully living the truth of God’s word in a culture and society that is moving the opposite direction is to find strength not in ourselves or the ideas of man but in the power of the Lord’s might.”
To do this, Perkins advised individuals who wish to succeed do this: be empowered, be prepared, and be persistent. The empowered person lives for Christ and is courageous in battling darkness, as a warrior in union with and obedience to the Lord. The prepared person knows the enemy and is equipped. The persistent person prays continually, resolute and unshakable in taking necessary stands.
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