Question: I recently came across this reprint from the July 1992 Chalcedon Report: “On Pat Robertson’s ‘700 Club’ I see Shirley Dobson...Chairman of the National Day of Prayer Taskforce, talking about the need for prayer, which of course we do need...but Mrs. Dobson says that the National Day of Prayer ‘belongs to all faiths and all people. And we’re encouraging all people in their spheres of influence to come together to pray and intercede for our nation.’ All faiths?...The National Day of Prayer, run by Christians, belongs to everybody?! ...Amazing.” Would you please comment on this in your newsletter?
Response: The laws of the United States provide freedom for the practice of all religions. Therefore, anyone of whatever “faith” is entitled to pray to his or her “god” on the National Day of Prayer or on any other day, and to pray for the United States or for any other concern. That does not mean, however, that Christians should legitimize erroneous religions by encouraging those who follow false gods to be part of a day of prayer to the one true God of the Bible. To do so would be comparable to Elijah asking the prophets of Baal to join him in prayer for Israel. Such “broadmindedness” is symptomatic of the last-days apostasy, which is encouraged by “coalitions” with unbelievers for allegedly good causes and should be opposed by every true Christian.