“It is not enough that Jesus died. Someone must apply the blood of Jesus to the national sin of USA.”
This is a direct quote which may be found in the teaching notes of IHOP as “The Call Kansas City”—The Doctrine of the Shedding of Innocent Blood—by Lou Engle.
Lou Engle is an itinerant prophet who is affiliated with IHOP and The Call and appears in the movie “Jesus Camp”. With no further explanation Lou Engle makes this statement referring specifically to America’s national culpability for abortion. His solution confuses the accomplishment of atonement and application of atonement. Would a Savior who is able to accomplish our redemption also be able to apply it?—(John Murray wrote an excellent book called Redemption Accomplished and Applied). Apparently Lou thinks that the application of Jesus’ blood for an atoning work is somehow dependent upon some sort of NT priestly ministry. We are speaking of a vicarious national atonement here people.
“The raising up of priestly ministry is to bring forth the blood of the Lamb on behalf of shed blood. Individual guilt and communal guilt must be atoned for”.
Does he want to start convening mass? That is what these types of statements imply to me. That is a far cry from using Scripture to promote intercession. Lou likes to use Scripture. He says, “that the blood of all the prophets which was shed from the foundation of the world may be required of this generation, (Lk. 11:47-50). Lou mostly misapplies OT passages but he manages to misapply the one in Luke 11 above as well. The Lukan passage is dealing with indictment against the nation of Israel (specifically the religious leaders) who have abandoned the weightier matters of the law and murdered God’s messengers. He disregards the historical context and the audience of the text in order to promote a priestly application of atonement blood for national sin. This necessarily means an interpretive analogy between God’s covenant nation Israel and the USA. I don’t remember ever reading about God’s covenant with America. Israel yes, the church yes. But, America? Hmmmm….
Now I don’t have a problem with moral culpability. People who are complicit in abortion are accountable before God. But, God does not judge America as he does the nation of Israel. Israel is a type of the church, it foreshadows the NT covenant community. America is not a new Israel. The day of atonement typology entailing a mass national expiation is fulfilled only (and once for all) in Christ for the church. This act of redemption accomplished and applied is foreshadowed in the Day of Atonement under the Old Covenant. While this yearly ritual was specifically for the nation of Israel, the Calvary event WAS (note the past tense) the premise of intercession for all time.
It seems that Mr. Engle is more interested in his agenda than a Protestant orthodox view of soteriology. Is it not enough that Jesus died? Is atonement an activity which is fulfilled through the church’s vicarious application of Christ’s blood via intercession? I’m sure that Lou wants to wake the church from ‘a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest’. But I don’t think that a naïve, modernized extrapolation of OT cultic practice, nor Roman Catholic conceptualizations of ecclesial mediation are the answer. Do we plead the blood of Jesus over America to expiate sin or do we preach the gospel of Jesus to America proclaiming that HE HAS expiated sin?