PROMISE KEEPER'S "STAND
IN THE GAP" IN WASHINGTON D.C.
A GLIMPSE OF HEAVEN
ON OCTOBER 4, 1997
????? Recently in Washington, men from all walks of life, different backgrounds
and different situations come together in one accord. The theme,
"Standing in the Gap", was the purpose for this gathering of men who believe
that Jesus Christ is reviving professionals in all trades, doctor, lawyers,
physicians, steel workers, truck drivers, students., etc.
These men have admitted to broken promises:
Asking forgiveness-For insensitivity
For abandoning their children
For racial hatred
For sins such as reading pornography to transgressions as heinous
as abusing their wives.
They commited to be promise keepers with the help of the "Big
Guy". As one of their hymns goes, "Oh victory in Jesus my Savior
These guys called themselves "Promise Keepers", and they now have
a unified resolve to take responsibility, in the church, in the family,
in the community and in the work place.
This brotherhood of men describes itself as a "Christ-centered
ministry dedicated to uniting men through vital relationships to become
godly influences in the world. Also, the organization seeks to lead
men to Christ by creating a climate in which men are more likely to view
themselves and their lives more honestly.
There are Seven promises a Promise Keeper is committed to:
1) Honoring Jesus Christ through worship, prayer and obedience
to God's word in the power of the Holy Spirit.
2) Pursuing vital relationships with a few other men, understanding
that he needs brothers to help him keep his promises.
3) Practicing spiritual, moral, ethical and sexual purity.
4) Building strong marriages and families through love, protection
and biblical values.
5) Supporting his church by honoring and praying for his pastor,
and by giving his time and resources.
6) Reaching beyond any racial and denominational barriers to
demonstrate the power of biblical unity.
7) Unfluencing his world, being obedient to the great commandment
(Ref. Mark 12:30-31), and the great commission (see Matthew 28:19-20)
Some organizations fear this group of God fearing men. They
say "Promise Keepers," is of greatest danger to women." They also
accuse the group of having a hidden "political agenda".
At the helm of the Promise Keeper's philosophy, Founder Bill McCartney,
tells that "American men face a moral and spiritual crisis, and if we're
going to be a house united, a brotherhood of believers, we must shape up
in the eyes of the Lord, or be responsible for dragging this great land
of ours right down with every irresponsible man."
Men, from all parts of America made the trip to Washington D.C.
to make public confessions of repentance before God and the nations.
Greater Cleveland was represented by many churches including a
group of men from New Song Church on the Heights (with Pastor Randy Young)
Tom Zwiowlski experienced one of the biggest turn of events in
his Christian walk with the Lord. "Being there in D.C. with men from different
backgrounds and different religious denominations coming together and assembling
themselves before God with worship, praise and adoration to the King of
Kings and Lord of Lords."
Mr. Zwiowlski expressed how the gathering of the men gave him
a glimpse of what it would be like in heaven according to the word.
"From the time I arrived in Washington D.C. I felt that this day
was going to be a special day for all men. As a minister it was encouraging
to see how honest the men were in admitting their faults and shortcomings
to God," stated Zwiowlski.
Traveling along with Zwiowlski was a gentlemen by the name of
David Bonner, from Freedom Chapel in Cleveland, Ohio. He shared the
same experiences and saw how awesome it was to see many gathering together
and coming into agreement and developing a personal relationship
with the Lord Jesus Christ. "Now is the time for all the body of
Christ to bind together with the help of our God, and begin to lift up
one another in prayer instead of dealing with just our personal problems
and situations." Bonner continued, "On October 4, 1997, men began
to reconnect their relationship with their first love (Jesus Christ).
We will begin to love our brothers-in-Christ, our families, and be more
effective in our churches. I Corinthians 12:26, And if one member
suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all
the members rejoice with it."
Fellowship is one point that the Promise Keepers stress in their
usual stadium meetings. "I enjoyed the fellowship and the assembly
of men coming together across racial lines and religious barriers."
stated Sam Erby, from the House of the Lord in Akron, OH.
Even with accusations from counter-organizations, Promise Keepers
is a ministry that has impacted men lives from around the world as well
as turning people's hearts back to their creator. Please continue
to keep Promise Keeper's organization