Mystique of Fasting
Hylda M. Pike
(Hylda M. Pike, conservative activist and
intercessor, is the mother of Rev. Ted Pike)
England in the 1660's reeled as the pendulum of their national morality
swung toward demonic vices with the return of Charles II from France.
Oliver Cromwell had died, and the open Bible of the Puritans was being
mocked by the house of Stuart after its exile in wicked France.
and drunkenness took over the kingly palaces, where so short a time before
daily Bible reading and prayers had permeated government proceedings.
Prostitutes bounced on the kingly knee. The freedom of religious faith our
forefathers dearly bought was fast eroding away.
one suffered more keenly than the Quakers. Twelve thousand of them lay in
foul dungeons, wasting in want and privation, dying from typhus.
answer to this Satanic crisis in England was the "mystique of
fasting." He laid upon the shoulders of a national prophet, George
Fox, a burden so heavy that Fox could not remain upon his horse. That
spring day in 1670 Fox was riding from London where he had visited Quakers
in prison. Approaching Rochester, a "great weight and
oppression" fell upon his spirit, he later related. He could not bear
to ride, and got to a Friend's house only with great difficulty.
to his bed, hardly able to eat or sleep, George Fox was so burdened with
the evil spirits that his strength ebbed away. Finally he became both deaf
that condition of total travail, without any of the distractions that come
with sound and sight, George Fox, spiritual giant, wrestled the
principalities and powers that held England in their diabolical grip.
Although he could not see or hear the people who came into his
bed-chamber, he could "discern the spirits" and he forbade
entrance to anyone of a light or frivolous spirit.
of the Quaker doctors came to see Fox as the alarming news spread
throughout the Friends meetings that their beloved leader was close to
death. These physicians tried to force strengthening medicine upon him,
but he would have none of it. Moved to the widow Fry's house, he lay all
that winter "warring with the evil spirits of the world and could not
endure the smell of any flesh meat."
was a cruel, bloody, persecuting time...wicked Informers set to work so
that a Friend could hardly speak a few words in a private family," he
in the highest councils of English government, George Fox's mighty fast,
which had been laid upon him by the Holy Spirit and kept there, was moving
political events in an amazing manner.
other than King Charles himself was plotting a startling turn of official
attitude toward religious toleration. His secret goal was to force
Protestant England to go to war against the Dutch who were fighting his
Catholic friends, the French. To secure funds for fighting that war he
must at least go through the motions of currying favor with his Protestant
cabinet and Parliament by granting their deepest desire...religious
toleration for his subjects.
one stroke of his pen in 1672, by virtue of his ecclesiastical authority,
King Charles ended the prison nightmare for many thousands of suffering
Christians. He drew up a far-reaching Declaration of Indulgence, to the
astonishment of all, and signed it.
Fox's life-and-death fast during those two crucial years of 1670-1671
forced the King's hand to turn rusty prison keys in jails all over
England. Ministers of the Gospel climbed out of cells where they had been
banished for years. Chapels were reopened. Jails were emptied.
certain Baptist minister, John Bunyan, stepped out of his cell clutching
prison writings which would rank next to the Bible in the centuries to
we, also, in 2002, live in a "cruel, bloody, persecuting time,"
when demonic powers promoting brazen evils threaten to take over our land.
George Fox's victory in the political arena graphically illustrates for us
the Divine Imperative: "This kind goeth not out but by fasting and
prayer and service coming from a position of sacrifice is costly but
powerful. It is demanding, too, for we must come to God with clean hands
and a pure heart. "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will
not hear me," the Psalmist wrote.
familiarity has dimmed our eyes to what demon possession really is in
modern times. The rule of thumb might be: is this political movement
devilishly cruel, delighting in inflicting pain and terror on the human
race? Is it weirdly unnatural, violating all normal human instincts? Is
it, like liberalism, totally blind and deaf to logic and reason,
stubbornly suicidal? Then it is plain to see that in resisting Secular
Humanism, sexual perversion, or anti-family forces today, we are fighting
in Satan's arena.
is a Power coming against us which flesh and blood cannot overwhelm by
itself. We are helpless in this hour without divine intervention.
many times have I returned from a tense homosexual-packed legislative
hearing room or TV studio to collapse in exhaustion and weakness, ill from
the radioactive presence of evil I felt there. Because we work with
children, I have always gone to testify in grief and anger and prayer,
asking God to help me expose to our leaders a most dangerous Big Lie: that
homosexuals do not "molest" children. The grim truth, according
to police authorities, is that across America today the homosexual market
for young boys is so insatiable the Mafia is into the traffic of supplying
them. Can this sexual barbarism be called anything but demonic?
husband, Rev. Claude Pike, and I are always grateful to God that He
invaded our ministerial career back in 1949 to give us a deep groaning
concern for our nation. Along with it through the years came, in George
Fox style, some mighty struggles and fasts. We learned early that a price
must be paid in blood.
leading the desperate but successful struggle to defeat liberal Oregon's
powerful homosexual lobby in 1977, we were grateful for the spiritual
undergirding and protection past years of fasting and prayer gave us.
in 1979, resuscitating the discarded state child pornography bill which
was shafted by liberal solons, we needed spiritual strength to back us up
in the struggle.
the the 21st century, who can tell what can happen when desperate people
of God in these desperate times make a desperate appeal to Almighty God?
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