How Should Christians Respond to Global Turmoil? Three Pentecostal Responses to the Attack on Pearl Harbor

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This Week in AG History — January 10, 1942

By Darrin J. Rodgers
Originally published on AG-News, 13 January 2022

The Imperial Japanese Navy conducted a surprise military strike on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of December 7, 1941. The following day the United States declared war on Japan, and within a few days America was fully embroiled in the Second World War.

How should the Assemblies of God respond to this world crisis? The January 10, 1942, issue of the Pentecostal Evangel published three articles addressing this pressing question.

Pentecostal Evangel Editor Stanley H. Frodsham, in an article titled, “Keeping Tranquil in a World of Turmoil,” cautioned believers to not become caught up in the destructive patterns of the world. He predicted that the “insanity” of the nations would not last forever and instead urged Christians to remain calm. He admonished readers…

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Three Questions

Three Questions

by Leo Tolstoy

It once occurred to a certain king, that if he always knew the right time to begin everything; if he knew who were the right people to listen to, and whom to avoid, and, above all, if he always knew what was the most important thing to do, he would never fail in anything he might undertake.

And this thought having occurred to him, he had it proclaimed throughout his kingdom that he would give a great reward to any one who would teach him what was the right time for every action, and who were the most necessary people, and how he might know what was the most important thing to do.

And learned men came to the King, but they all answered his questions differently.

In reply to the first question, some said that to know the right time for every action, one must draw up in advance, a table of days, months and years, and must live strictly according to it. Only thus, said they, could everything be done at its proper time. Others declared that it was impossible to decide beforehand the right time for every action; but that, not letting oneself be absorbed in idle pastimes, one should always attend to all that was going on, and then do what was most needful. Others, again, said that however attentive the King might be to what was going on, it was impossible for one man to decide correctly the right time for every action, but that he should have a Council of wise men, who would help him to fix the proper time for everything.

But then again others said there were some things which could not wait to be laid before a Council, but about which one had at once to decide whether to undertake them or not. But in order to decide that one must know beforehand what was going to happen. It is only magicians who know that; and, therefore in order to know the right time for every action, one must consult magicians.

Equally various were the answers to the second question. Some said, the people the King most needed were his councillors; others, the priests; others, the doctors; while some said the warriors were the most necessary.

To the third question, as to what was the most important occupation: some replied that the most important thing in the world was science. Others said it was skill in warfare; and others, again, that it was religious worship.

All the answers being different, the King agreed with none of them, and gave the reward to none. But still wishing to find the right answers to his questions, he decided to consult a hermit, widely renowned for his wisdom.

The hermit lived in a wood which he never quitted and he received none but common folk. So the King put on simple clothes, and before reaching the hermit’s cell dismounted from his horse, and, leaving his bodyguard behind, went on alone.

When the King approached, the hermit was digging the ground in front of his hut. Seeing the King, he greeted him and went on digging. The hermit was frail and weak, and each time he stuck his spade into the ground and turned a little earth, he breathed heavily.

The King went up to him and said: ‘I have come to you, wise hermit, to ask you to answer three questions: How can I learn to do the right thing at the right time? Who are the people I most need, and to whom should I, therefore, pay more attention than to the rest? And, what affairs are the most important and need my first attention?’

The hermit listened to the King, but answered nothing. He just spat on his hand and recommenced digging.

‘You are tired,’ said the King, ‘let me take the spade and work awhile for you.’

‘Thanks!’ said the hermit, and, giving the spade to the King, he sat down on the ground.

When he had dug two beds, the King stopped and repeated his questions. The hermit again gave no answer, but rose, stretched out his hand for the spade, and said:

‘Now rest awhile — and let me work a bit.’

But the King did not give him the spade, and continued to dig. One hour passed, and another. The sun began to sink behind the trees, and the King at last stuck the spade into the ground, and said:

‘I came to you, wise man, for an answer to my questions. If you can give me none, tell me so, and I will return home.’

‘Here comes some one running,’ said the hermit, ‘let us see who it is.’

The King turned round, and saw a bearded man come running out of the wood. The man held his hands pressed against his stomach, and blood was flowing from under them. When he reached the King, he fell fainting on the ground moaning feebly. The King and the hermit unfastened the man’s clothing. There was a large wound in his stomach. The King washed it as best he could, and bandaged it with his handkerchief and with a towel the hermit had. But the blood would not stop flowing, and the King again and again removed the bandage soaked with warm blood, and washed and rebandaged the wound. When at last the blood ceased flowing, the man revived and asked for something to drink. The King brought fresh water and gave it to him. Meanwhile the sun had set, and it had become cool. So the King, with the hermit’s help, carried the wounded man into the hut and laid him on the bed. Lying on the bed the man closed his eyes and was quiet; but the King was so tired with his walk and with the work he had done, that he crouched down on the threshold, and also fell asleep — so soundly that he slept all through the short summer night. When he awoke in the morning, it was long before he could remember where he was, or who was the strange bearded man lying on the bed and gazing intently at him with shining eyes.

‘Forgive me!’ said the bearded man in a weak voice, when he saw that the King was awake and was looking at him.

‘I do not know you, and have nothing to forgive you for,’ said the King.

‘You do not know me, but I know you. I am that enemy of yours who swore to revenge himself on you, because you executed his brother and seized his property. I knew you had gone alone to see the hermit, and I resolved to kill you on your way back. But the day passed and you did not return. So I came out from my ambush to find you, and I came upon your bodyguard, and they recognized me, and wounded me. I escaped from them, but should have bled to death had you not dressed my wound. I wished to kill you, and you have saved my life. Now, if I live, and if you wish it, I will serve you as your most faithful slave, and will bid my sons do the same. Forgive me!’

The King was very glad to have made peace with his enemy so easily, and to have gained him for a friend, and he not only forgave him, but said he would send his servants and his own physician to attend him, and promised to restore his property.

Having taken leave of the wounded man, the King went out into the porch and looked around for the hermit. Before going away he wished once more to beg an answer to the questions he had put. The hermit was outside, on his knees, sowing seeds in the beds that had been dug the day before.

The King approached him, and said:

‘For the last time, I pray you to answer my questions, wise man.’

‘You have already been answered!’ said the hermit still crouching on his thin legs, and looking up at the King, who stood before him.

‘How answered? What do you mean?’ asked the King.

‘Do you not see,’ replied the hermit. ‘If you had not pitied my weakness yesterday, and had not dug these beds for me, but had gone your way, that man would have attacked you, and you would have repented of not having stayed with me. So the most important time was when you were digging the beds; and I was the most important man; and to do me good was your most important business. Afterwards, when that man ran to us, the most important time was when you were attending to him, for if you had not bound up his wounds he would have died without having made peace with you. So he was the most important man, and what you did for him was your most important business. Remember then: there is only one time that is important — Now! It is the most important time because it is the only time when we have any power. The most necessary man is he with whom you are, for no man knows whether he will ever have dealings with any one else: and the most important affair is, to do him good, because for that purpose alone was man sent into this life!’

The LORD will not Forsake His People

According to commentary on this Psalm at, it is read each Wednesday in Jewish Services. The commentary states: “On the fourth day of creation. . .God created the sun and the moon, which eventually became objects of idol worship. On this day we therefore recite the chapter of Tehillim that speaks of the punishment God will visit upon the evildoers of the world. God created the earth to assist mankind in his endeavor to achieve spiritual perfection and closeness to God, but instead he has used it to betray the values which he came into the world to promote. In this chapter we pray that the world should soon realize the objective for which it was created, when those who prayed to the sun and moon – who misused the earth for sin and corruption – will be eliminated, and righteousness and virtue will finally prevail.”

1 O LORD, God of vengeance,
O God of vengeance, shine forth!

2 Rise up, O judge of the earth;
repay to the proud what they deserve!

3 O LORD, how long shall the wicked,
how long shall the wicked exult?

4 They pour out their arrogant words;
all the evildoers boast.

5 They crush your people, O LORD,
and afflict your heritage.

6 They kill the widow and the sojourner,
and murder the fatherless;

7 and they say, “The LORD does not see;
the God of Jacob does not perceive.”

8 Understand, O dullest of the people!
Fools, when will you be wise?

9 He who planted the ear, does he not hear?
He who formed the eye, does he not see?

10 He who disciplines the nations, does he not rebuke?
He who teaches man knowledge—

11 the LORD—knows the thoughts of man,
that they are but a breath.a

12 Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O LORD,
and whom you teach out of your law,

13 to give him rest from days of trouble,
until a pit is dug for the wicked.

14 For the LORD will not forsake his people;
he will not abandon his heritage;

15 for justice will return to the righteous,
and all the upright in heart will follow it.

16 Who rises up for me against the wicked?
Who stands up for me against evildoers?

17 If the LORD had not been my help,
my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.

18 When I thought, “My foot slips,”
your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up.

19 When the cares of my heart are many,
your consolations cheer my soul.

20 Can wicked rulers be allied with you,
those who frameb injustice by statute?

21 They band together against the life of the righteous
and condemn the innocent to death.c

22 But the LORD has become my stronghold,
and my God the rock of my refuge.

23 He will bring back on them their iniquity
and wipe them out for their wickedness;
the LORD our God will wipe them out.

LORD Bless, Keep, Shine. . .

Ethiopian Proselyte

Mostly this story of Philip instructing an Ethiopian is titled “The Ethiopian Eunuch.” It’s clear, as Pastor Lloyd-Jones explains, that this man has just come from pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and is a Jewish Proselyte. On his way home, this man comes to terms with the next step in his conversion from paganism; salvation in Messiah Yeshua.

What is so significant about the baptism of the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:26–31? This is an interesting story of how God, in His providence, arranges for Philip to meet this man and share the message of Jesus with him. It also shows that even the religious must repent and believe in the gospel as the only means of salvation. This Ethiopian man went to the temple in Jerusalem to worship, yet he had not received the Holy Spirit. He knew of the sacrifices in the temple, but not of the sacrifice of Christ. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says that only a religion that is based on and focused on Christ can have any saving power. Only true religion gives any satisfaction in this life. Many people fill their lives with worldly wisdom and vain religion, but the gospel tells that all is for nothing if one does not have Christ. This sermon asks one the question: “what religion do I have? Am I following a dead religion that has no power to save and transform me?” All must turn to Christ Jesus as the only true center of true religion and worship.

-Martyn Lloyd-Jones Trust

LORD Bless, Keep, Shine. . .

As Daniel Prayed

Daniel 9 4-19

This morning I felt a sorrow for our national rebellion. It stems from hearing a portion of a speech by President Reagan in which he quoted a visitor to the United States. This man had written about the greatness of America he saw through his visit to a church. The faith of Americans.

We have, as a nation, failed. Now we are in disastrous times. We will all suffer the consequences of our rebellion. Responsibility lies not the political left, and not in the political right. Responsibility lies with all.

Sitting on the upper deck, praying as Daniel prayed, I see the victory at hand, though this nation and all its wicked perish, those who will call upon the Name of the LORD shall be saved. And our LORD shall come to rule upon His Holy Hill. With a rod He will rule. And we, His People, shall be with Him, be like Him. Hallelujah!

As Luke quoted Jesus (Mark 13): Watch. Keep awake. The LORD comes.


Something to think about. . .

When the shepherd in Scotland was asked if his sheep would
follow the voice of a stranger he replied: “Yes,
when they are sick, but never when they arc well. A sick
sheep will follow anyone, Just so long as a Christian
keeps himself in a healthy condition, in feeding on the Lord’s
Word, and by exercising in his fields of activity, there will be little
danger of his going off after the “faddists” and
false teachers of his age. It is when his ears become diseased-when
he has contracted ear itch-that he becomes
restless and dissatisfied with his Master. The Lookout

The Weekly Evangel November 4, 1916

Lord Bless, Keep, Shine. . .

The Supernatural Realm by Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, for he had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit. (ESV)

Acts 8:14-17

“When a person rejects God, it is because they often reject anything that cannot be personally experienced. This is the materialism of the secular humanist that rules out all the supernatural realm and spiritual realities. This is the mindset of those who have no place for salvation, spirits, and ultimately, for God. In this sermon “The Supernatural Realm” on Acts:8­­–14, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones exposes the false belief system of those who rationalize their sin based on evolution and blind causation. They reject the superstitions of religion in favor of science and rationalism. But as Dr. Lloyd-Jones states, science and evolution offer no explanation for the deepest and most important questions in life. God’s Word says that the world does not know God and that it is blinded by sin. The so called “wisdom of the world” is foolishness when compared to the word of God. It is only in God’s word that one can see the truth about themselves and the world. It tells that all are fallen and sinful by nature, and wholly opposed to all the things of God. But most importantly, God tells of what He has done in His Son, Christ Jesus. Jesus died a sinner’s death so that all who believe in His name will be saved. This is the salvation of the world; not evolution, not science, and not humanism, but the Son of God who gave Himself for sinners.” Introduction to Martyn Lloyd-Jones Sermon #2105.

My Thought for Today

Fall Gar

If I say of יהוה (our LORD), “My refuge and my stronghold, My Elohim (GOD), in whom I trust,” I am saying I “dwell in the secret place of the Most High.” I am saying I “abide under the shadow of the Almighty!”

from Psalm 91

Then יהוה (our LORD) Declares:

“Because he cleaves to Me in love, therefore I deliver him; I set him on high, because he has known My Name. When he calls on Me, I answer him; I am with him in distress; I deliver him and esteem him. With long life I satisfy him, and show him My deliverance.”

from Psalm 91

Priestly Blessing
Priestly Blessing

When Lightning Speaks

When Lightning Speaks

from 99 Words in the Morning by Wil Robinson

I sit on the deck in the rain. Birds hunker down beneath a limb or heavily leafed branch to wait it out. Yet despite the rain and their hasty shelter birds sing their enchanting songs. Their silence comes only when the lightning speaks.

Lightening is a bully; it forces itself upon the world. On the forest floor untended brush bursts into flames at its touch; fire crews make haste. Branches crack and fall from repeated blows. Dogs’ tuck their tails under as they crouch, trying to hide their heads. Children whimper—“Mommy?”.

What does the lightening want to tell us?