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VP Pence: ‘America Will Stand by Followers of Christ’

In his speech at the World Summit for Persecuted Christians sponsored by Franklin Graham, the vice president assured those facing persecution and discrimination the U.S. won’t forget them.

Franklin Graham says that even believers here in the U.S. are also starting to face discrimination, such as attacks by homosexuals or their allies on Christian businesses that won’t service or supply gay weddings. “We’ve seen businesses put out of business, attacked, targeted,” Graham said. “And then the gay activists come in and liberal judges in those states support these decisions. And we see businesses now afraid and Christians who are afraid that they’ll be attacked.”

A Voice for the Suffering Church: Trump, Pence, Graham Team up for Christians

The Trump administration’s commitment to defend persecuted Christians is a “breath of fresh air from God,” Rev. Franklin Graham told CBN News at his World Summit for the Defense of Persecuted Christians.

“No question it’s a breath of fresh air, I think it’s a breath of fresh air from God, because they are listening to God’s people and we didn’t see that under President Obama,” Graham told CBN’s George Thomas in a one-on-one interview.

Unlike the former president, Graham said, President Trump is not afraid to acknowledge Islamic terrorism.

“You have now a president who isn’t afraid to use that word and calls it as it is, truly is. And he’s willing to stand up for Christians and we’ve already seen that if he says something he means it,” he said.

“I thank God that we have an administration that is finally listening to the voice of the suffering Church around the world.”

Graham’s experience leading a Christian humanitarian agency has given him decades of experience in the Middle East where he has witnessed the growing violence against Christianity in countries like Lebanon, Sudan, Syria and Iraq.

Preaching an Easter Sunday service to Iraqi Christian refugees from Mosul reinforced his commitment to taking action on behalf of suffering Christians.

“They had to flee for their lives and they were given 30 minutes to leave the city or they’d be killed. So all they left with was the money in their pocket and the clothes on their back and many of them did not escape,” he said.

The three-day event in the U.S. capital goes through May 13; it brought together 600 believers from 130 nations. Graham notes how “Donald Trump, is very supportive of defending Christians and he said this during his campaign, that he was going to defend Christianity and he’s not ashamed of saying that and Vice-President Pence is not ashamed of that, but they’re going to do what they can to not only to protect Christians here at home, but Christians around the world.”

Members of Congress stand together as front line defenders of faith in our nation’s capital.

Congressional Prayer Caucus Co-Chair, Senator James Lankford, Senator Rubio and Senator Coons introduced a timely bipartisan Resolution to ensure America’s commitment to promote religious freedom and condemn persecution based on faith. Read excerpts from the Resolution below.

This important Resolution comes just two weeks after the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) issued its Annual Report describing the alarming rise in religious persecution worldwide. Read the full report.

Source: CBNNews.com; Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation

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White House and Nation Observe National Day of Prayer

Millions of Americans gathered today for the annual National Day of Prayer (NDOP). The NDOP was created in 1952 with a joint resolution by Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.

The mission of the National Day of Prayer Task Force is to “mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture.”

More than 43,000 prayer gatherings are estimated to have prayed across the country. Two hundred other countries also joined America in prayer today.

National Prayer Day Chairman Anne Graham Lotz chose this theme: “For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear us, Forgive us, Heal us!” Anne says, “I think the greatest issue is the moral and spiritual bankruptcy in our nation. The abandonment of godly principles, the abandonment of God’s word that’s the most distressing.”

Prayer is needed daily for the nation and our leaders. Anne makes this appeal to pray for the nation:

Our nation is in turmoil. Why? Could it be because America is losing God’s blessing? His favor? Could our sin be provoking His judgment? Judgment that is not necessarily in the form of a nuclear dirty bomb, or another ISIS attack, or an economic collapse; but a Romans I judgment as God backs out of our national life and turns us over to ourselves.

If God is giving us over to ourselves and removing His blessing, protection, and favor — the solution will not be found in politics or the economy or the military or technology. The solution will be found on our knees as we humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face, and repent of our sin. Then plead for Him to return to us as we return to Him.

Now is the time to get serious about repentance and prayer.

President Trump Loosens Rules on Political Organizing by Churches

On the eve of the first National Day of Prayer of his presidency, Donald Trump invited his closest evangelical advisors to join him for a private, long-awaited dinner celebration at the White House.

Today at the White House, President Trump signed a controversial religious liberty Executive Order after he and evangelical leaders celebrated the National Day of Prayer. The EO will administratively repeal the Johnson amendment and repeal the Obamacare restrictions on conscience and religious freedom.

The religious freedom executive order includes “anti-Johnson Amendment type” language that would give churches and ministries greater protection. The bill seeks to provide exemptions for religious people and organizations that object to same-sex marriage, premarital sex, abortion, contraception and trans-identity.

This was a big day for evangelicals and social conservatives. Today, the House of Representatives passed legislation by one majority vote to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood. Their GOP healthcare bill will now be taken up in the Senate, so contact your Senators and let them know how you would like them to vote.

Sources: CBN News, Politico, Times

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