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Capitol Hill Hearing: Religious Accommodations in the Armed Services

(Overview of the discussion on the First Amendment right of conscience and religious beliefs: The line of defense is that military personnel and chaplains do not lose their first amendment rights when they are called to serve. Atheist Mikey Weinstein was present to defend his Military Religious Freedom Foundation. Weinstein’s argument is that non-religious people feel offended, coerced and proselytized by religion.)

In November, Members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus participated in a hearing on religious accommodations within the U. S. Military. It is well worth the time to listen to Members of the U.S. Congress defending religious freedom.  Click here to watch the Armed Services Committee hearing:

The hearing was the result of the “whiteboard” incident where an Air Force cadet was told to remove a scripture he posted. This incident resulted in rewriting the definition of religious freedoms in the military and for chaplains, which has not been fully instituted. The Founder and Co-Chair of the Prayer Caucus, Congressman Forbes, made some particularly meaningful statements at the 59:16 mark of the video.

The second part of the hearing was specifically supported by Congressional Prayer Caucus members who have taken a special interest in protecting the rights of our men and women in uniform. These soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and National Guard personnel are the heroes who risk their lives every day for the very freedoms we consider so sacred.

Rep. Lamborn, the Congressman representing Colorado’s fifth district where the US Air Force Academy is located in Colorado Springs, spearheaded an amendment to upgrade the National Defense Authorization Act, enhancing religious freedom protections for all service members. Representatives supporting the legislation clearly acknowledge the intent of the amendment is not focused on defending efforts to proselytize or coerce other service members, but to help ensure our dedicated military are not forced to violate or compromise their moral convictions at work or in their personal lives. The point being made that government cannot legislate the human conscience.

The need for such action has been precipitated by a relentless assault from individuals like Mikey Weinstein and his Military Religious Freedom Foundation, seeking to systematically eradicate almost every vestige of our Judeo-Christian heritage among the military community. Sadly, these attacks—often made in the name of liberty—in fact, are tangible steps that actually attempt to strip away real choices. This process results not in a freedom “of” religion, but a restriction “from” religion.

Even a casual review of history gives rise to hundreds of examples where government legislators, presidents, battle-tested generals and many others have staunchly expressed a profound dependence upon God and His providence during times of war and global conflict. Abraham Lincoln, who guided a war torn nation through some its darkest hours, expressed the following in a telegram, “Enough is known of army operations within the last five days to claim our especial gratitude to God; while what remains undone demands our most sincere prayers to, and reliance upon, Him, without whom, all human effort is vain.” 

Again, General George Patton, just prior to a campaign, looked heavenward and prayed, “God of our fathers, who by land and sea have ever led us to victory, please continue Your inspiring guidance in this the greatest of all conflicts. Grant to our armed forces that disciplined valor and mutual confidence which insures success in war. Let me not mourn for the men who have died fighting, but rather let me be glad that such heroes have lived. If it be my lot to die, let me do so with courage and honor in a manner which will bring the greatest harm to the enemy, and please, oh Lord, protect and guide those I shall leave behind. Give us the victory, Lord.

Statements such as these speak to the reality of men and women in combat when putting their lives on the line, are confronted with their own mortality and the potential of eternity before them, offering humble confession to a God they passionately believe in. This is not a government “establishing” religion or compelling worship. What nonsense! This is a freedom of expression. A right guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution. 

The Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation is on a mission to recruit an army of prayer warriors and collectively deploy our time, efforts and resources to safeguard America’s legacy as a Christian nation, including her core tenets of freedom. Together we must go on the offensive and take back ground from the determined few who want to hijack the freedoms for which so many have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

This message is provided by: The Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization established to protect religious liberty, preserve our nation’s spiritual foundation, and sustain the elected leaders who are uniting in prayer and calling the nation to action.

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Black Lives Matter Sunday (Dec. 14th)

Church of God in Christ Calls for Black Lives Matter Sunday

America is racially divided and needs the Church to heal its divisions. Great strides have been made in civil rights and racial reconciliation over the past century, of course, but America still experiences racial divisions. If the Church of Jesus Christ cannot unite at this hour, how can we expect America to be united, when it has no spiritual foundation for unity?

Because black lives matter, and because America needs the Church to heal its lingering racial divisions, we ask I ask that churches everywhere to join the Church of God in Christ on Sunday, December 14, 2014, and pray for the following things: 

  • Pray during the service that God would bless the ministries of multicultural churches, enlarging their territory through Spirit-guided influence on the communities where they minister.
  • Pray that God would unite the hearts of all Spirit-filled believers, so that together, we would become a Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings (Isaiah 58:12) in our nation.
  • Pray for law enforcement and judicial officers, especially Spirit-filled believers among them, that they would be servants of justice, reconciliation, and peace in the communities they serve.

Observing Black Lives Matter Sunday may seem controversial to some because of deep disagreement over the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases. Perhaps we could lay aside personal convictions that would bring further division within the Church or within America. We can find points of unity and cooperation across racial lines by affirming the value of black lives and by praying for unity in our churches and our society this Sunday, December 14.

Let’s join together in observing Black Lives Matter Sunday with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Finally, at this Christmas season, may we take to heart once again the glorious announcement of the angel that the birth of Jesus is good news that will cause great joy for all the people (Luke 2:10, emphasis added)!

Note: The Pentecostal movement, to which both Church of God in Christ and the Assemblies of God belong, traces a large portion of its spiritual genealogy to the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles, California, at the start of the twentieth century. In that revival, led by a godly black man named William J. Seymour, the Spirit of Jesus Christ powerfully knit together the hearts of people who attended, regardless of race and ethnicity. For a shining moment at Azusa Street, when the surrounding culture was segregated by color, the color line was washed away in the Blood, as Frank Bartleman famously put it. Unfortunately, the forces of segregation reasserted themselves among white Pentecostals, and for many decades thereafter, they allowed the spirit of Jim Crow into their churches.

(Statement of Assemblies of God General Superintendent George O. Wood)

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Celebrating the season of “light”

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined” (Isaiah 9:2).

The message of “light” is a truth that can be a powerful help to all of us in these chaotic, volatile days in which we are living. During a time in which darkness seems to be spreading across the world, we need the hidden truth of God’s light more than ever before! The secret truth of “light” can be found in the approaching celebrations of Hanukkah and Christmas.

The origin of Hanukkah dates back to 165 B.C. with the conquest of Judah by the Greek ruler Antiochus IV. This is one of the most thrilling accounts of Yahweh’s miraculous provision for His people, which is distinguished with the celebration of Hanukkah (Chanukah), the Festival of Lights. This Jewish festival celebrates the victory of the Maccabees over Antiochus, an evil king of the Seleucid Greek Empire of Syria, who was occupying Israel.

Antiochus had attempted to convert Israel to Hellenism, and a battle of terror ensued after the faithful Jews resisted. The Maccabees led a guerilla resistance that forced the occupying forces out of Judea. Following their great victory, the Jews desired to restore Temple worship, but could only find one small cruse of sacred oil that had been consecrated to light the menorah on the altar. The menorah has eight lamps, which are supposed to burn for eight days. The small amount of oil they found would have only burned for 24 hours. Still, they went ahead and lit the lamp, and miraculously the flames continued to rise from the lamp on the altar for an additional eight days. The Jerusalem temple was rededicated back to Yahweh with the Jews experiencing a supernatural provision of oil for the menorah.

One of today’s lessons with Hanukkah is that, in the days in which we live, we need to remain faithful with a supernatural resolve to say no to the imposing forces of darkness all around us. The second lesson is the assurance that God can, and does, offer miraculous provision to His people as they carry out His redemptive plans and purposes in the Earth.

The origin of Christmas dates back to the time of Yeshua’s birth.

“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it” (John 1:4-5).

Throughout John’s Gospel, Yeshua speaks of light and the believer’s victorious battle over darkness. For example, in John 8:12 Jesus declares, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

Even in these end times when the world is at its darkest hour, the light of God’s chosen people, both Israel and the Church, should be burning most intently. The Apostle Paul emphasized the fact that believers were to shine as “lights in the world” in the midst of a wicked and perverse nation (Philippians 2:15). The light of His truth will shine through enlightened believers who will carry His torch in the earth.

Isaiah 60:1-3 calls God’s People to action: “Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.”

Yes, the days are dark, which means this is our time to shine. Of course, we will shine brighter and stronger together. While pushing back against the gathering darkness that is enveloping the nation in so many different ways, we have experienced many ministry miracles in 2014 in the nation’s capital. Even though a newly united Congress is willing to work on behalf of the people; we still face the Goliath of fraud and abuse of power by the federal government and the executive branch. We need a divine intervention and spiritual revival for America to be restored!

That means your support has never been more needed.

Because time is short, we must . . .

  • Expand our media outreach, which is reaching millions of households all over the world via satellite. Our website is fully operational and still needs podcast ability to be added with weekly messages. Some of my TV Interviews can be viewed at: www.embassyforworldpeace.org
  • Continue to provide public awareness to grassroots from Washington, D.C. The Church of Jesus Christ must be awakened from its slumber. We continue to work with pastoral groups across the nation, encouraging them to stand up for their Judeo-Christian values and pray for revival! Visit my blog: www.washdcreport.com
  • Intensify our efforts to bring public awareness and support to the persecution and genocide of Christians around the world and in the epicenter where non-Muslims are being savaged by a gruesome campaign of beheadings, kidnappings, torture, and forced marriages across the Islamic world. Visit: wwww.embassyforworldpeace.org  
  • Continue publishing Bible-teaching books for the Power of the King Series. The Power of the King’s Fire and Power of the King’s Scepter are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Also, on Apple iBooks and Nook. Power of the King’s Blood should be released in early spring 2015. (Funds are needed for publishing and marketing.)
  • We thank each and every one for your faithful support and prayers. Please pray about a special end of the year gift toward the $9,500 needed to fulfill our ministry expenses by Christmas.

 Message by: Ruth Schofield, President, Embassy for World Peace, Washington, D.C.  www.embassyforworldpeace.org 

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