If you we old enough to know what happened 9/11/2001, I’m sure you will never forget that day. I remember clearly standing in my living room watching in horror as the first pane hit the world trade center as I was about to leave for work. I remember watching the second plane hit the second tower, and I remember Americans across this nation flocking to churches every day of the week to cry out God on behalf of our nation. Democrats and Republicans even sang God Bless America together.
The next Sunday, America was still in shock from the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the failed attack on the White House. Football and baseball games were cancelled. Churches were filled. Pastors called for repentance. Americans prayed.
Unfortunately, many in America have forgotten God and turned back to their wicked ways. Many in America are too busy to pray for our country. Many in America have returned to a promiscuous lifestyles and have killed their resulting offspring by abortion.
This 911, may we remember what it was like to realize we had been attacked. May we remember what it was like to turn back to God, and may we turn back to God and cry out Him for our nation.
My dad, brother, and I preached the following sermon 9/16/2001 where we examined the Biblical cause for the attacks on 911 and called the church and our America back to God.
Sermons Preached 9/16/2001, the Sunday Following 911 at Covenant Tabernacle in Fort Pierce, Florida
00:00 – 02:40 – Pastor Chuck Longworth: opening remarks.
02:40 – 09:20 – Jeremy Longworth: Prophetic Insight.
09:20 – 30:30 – Pastor Bryan Longworth: Unless the Lord Guard the City.
30:30 – 47:00 – Pastor Chuck Longworth: A Call for a National Day of Prayer,Humiliation, and Fasting before God
47:00 – 48:05 – Pastor Chuck Longworth: Call to Prayer
48:05 – 56:14 – Pastor Bryan Longworth: Prayer of Repentance for Ourselves, the Church, and the United States of America
56:14 – End – Blowing of the Shofar
Was the 911 attacks a sign that God’s blessings and protection had been lifted from America? If so, what it necessary to return God’s blessing, protection, and favor to America? These questions were explored from the Bible by Pastor Chuck Longworth, Pastor Bryan Longworth, and Jeremy Longworth.
Notes from Unless the Lord Guard the City, Pastor Bryan Longworth
The Bible tells us in Psalm 27:1 “Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain. (NKJV) The United States of America has enjoyed the greatest of God’s blessing and protection over the years. The Lord has guarded our cities and our country for attacks from within and without, yet the Lord wasn’t guarding our city 911! And many will ask why was He not guarding our city? I will say that it is because we as a nation have left His commandments. We as a nation have departed from the principles, the moral foundation that this nation was founded upon. Many, even those in the church, have thought that America is so great that God couldn’t possibly fulfill His purpose in this earth without America. The Israelites once thought that. After, 30 or 40, even 70 years of captivity for some of them, they realized that God can accomplish His purpose without His chosen people, and we’re not even His chosen people. Now the church is. Christians are, but God hasn’t come down and said, “America is my chosen nation.” Now our forefathers did make a covenant with God, and that covenant does bring blessings when we obey God’s commandments and it brings curses when we disobey His commandments. And we have disobeyed the commandments of God, and God promises in His word to judge any nation that violates His precepts. I warned about this in 1989 or 1990, when I preached a sermon at Covenant Tabernacle warning that this nation was going to experience the judgment of God if we didn’t turn and repent.
Sadly, we haven’t turned, until now. 911 was a wakeup call for America to turn back to God. It was a call for His church to fall on our faces and cry of on behalf of this nation. Oh God, May This nation once again serve you. May this nation once again honor you. May this nation once again fear your name, and obey your commandments. May we once again have pastors and political leaders who would call this nation to repent before the King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus Christ. May we turn to God and serve Him with all of our hear, all of our soul, all of our strength, with our whole being.
Opening Passage – Psalm 127
A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep. Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate. (NKJV)
Replacing of Creation (the Teaching that God Created The Heavens and the Earth and Each Human Being) with the Theory of Evolution (which Teaches that We are Here by Chance)
Removal of Prayer, the Bible, and the Ten Commandments from Public Schools
The Sexual Revolution
The Rise of Contraception & Abortion
The Rise of Sodomy
Served God in Name, but Really Worshiped Money (idolatry)
Taking the Name of the Lord in Vain
Not Honoring the Sabbath
Not Honoring Father & mother
Bearing False False Witness
God’s Judgments (Wrath) on America’s Sin
Rise in Storms & Natural Disasters
Rise in terrorism on our soil and abroad
Disgruntled Employees Killing Co workers
Children killing parents
Children killing other children
Parents killing children
Close relatives killing family
The largest attack on US soil ever!
Call to a Solemn Assembly
911 was a Wakeup call
Prayer but are they praying prayers of repentance???
Does this attack mean that we are in the end times?
Will God bless us because so many people are praying? What about non-Christians who pray?
Where was God in all of this?
Does a nation need to be a Christian nation to avoid God’s judgment?
Psalm 20:7 – “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.” (NKJV)
Psalm 33:1-22 – Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful. Praise the LORD with the harp; Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings. Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy. For the word of the LORD is right, And all His work is done in truth. He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the goodness of the LORD. By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people He has chosen as His own inheritance. The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. From the place of His dwelling He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth; He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works. No king is saved by the multitude of an army; A mighty man is not delivered by great strength. A horse is a vain hope for safety; Neither shall it deliver any by its great strength. Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy, To deliver their soul from death, And to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in Him, Because we have trusted in His holy name. Let Your mercy, O LORD, be upon us, Just as we hope in You. (NKJV)
Leviticus 18:24-30 – “Do not defile yourselves with any of these things; for by all these the nations are defiled, which I am casting out before you. For the land is defiled; therefore I visit the punishment of its iniquity upon it, and the land vomits out its inhabitants. You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations, either any of your own nation or any stranger who dwells among you (for all these abominations the men of the land have done, who were before you, and thus the land is defiled), lest the land vomit you out also when you defile it, as it vomited out the nations that were before you. For whoever commits any of these abominations, the persons who commit them shall be cut off from among their people. Therefore you shall keep My ordinance, so that you do not commit any of these abominable customs which were committed before you, and that you do not defile yourselves by them: I am the LORD your God. (NKJV)
Pastor Chuck Longworth is the Founder and Senior Pastor of Covenant Tabernacle in Port St. Lucie, FL. Longworth has ministered the gospel, in some form or fashion, for most of the past 55 yrs. He has taught science, as well as Bible classes, in both private and public schools & Bible Colleges. Longworth hold a Bachelors degree from Lee University and a Master of Theology from Logos Christian College & Graduate School. Longworth has made more than a dozen short teaching & mission trips to Central America including Honduras, Costa Rica, Belize, the Bahamas, and Haiti. Longworth firmly believes that the churches greatest hour is yet to come.
Pastor Bryan Longworth is the number one ranked prolifer on Twitter @BryanLongworth, serves as the director of Personhood FL, a prolife organization working to pass the Florida Personhood Amendment that will end abortion in FL, as the associate pastor at Covenant Tabernacle in Port St. Lucie, FL, and as the director of SOHL, Sanctity of Human Life of the Treasure Coast. Longworth is a Wall Builders new Black Robe Regiment Pastor and a Family Research Council Watchmen on the Wall Pastor. Longworth continues to be involved in the pro-life movement and in calling the church and our nation to repentance. The church and America needs revival and reformation like never before. The blood of over 55 million children cries from the ground for vengeance, and God will avenge! God send us a true move of God lest we perish in our iniquity!
Jeremy Longworth has a strong prophetic call on his life.
Covenant Tabernacle World Outreach Center in Port Saint Lucie Florida is a nondenominational, charismatic reformed church that believes the Pentecostal gifts of the Holy Spirit are available to believers today. We believe God has called us to worship, proclaim His word, and Disciple the nations in obedience to His commandments.
At Covenant Tabernacle, we believe in worshiping God “with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30 – NKJV) As a part of our worship, we blow the Shofar as blown in ancient Jewish worship.
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We believe that the word of God is true (2 Samuel 7:28) and that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV) We encourage all believers to develop a Biblical Worldview that shapes our view on not only our personal life but also our family, friends, loved ones, church, and civil government.
We believe in following Christ’s Great Commission to “‘go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen.” (Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV) As such, we believe in discipling individuals, families, communities, cities, states, and nations in obedience to God’s word.