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A Global Selloff Threatens to Spiral Economy

Another October surprise? Economic warfare continues to work behind the scenes to orchestrate a global economic crash this FALL. Greedy U.S. politicians are part of the movement—Republicans and Democrats. The opportunity to vote will bring transformation and clean house if Christians will show up and vote their Biblical values. Prayer and crying out to God is the other component. God will send us one final revival.

Is the U.S. economy going into another Great Depression, or something worse, like a total collapse? Is it under judgment by God? Some say that the collapse of the dollar is inevitable due to the enormous national debt. But what does Bible prophecy say? God’s Word is “a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

Although predictable, Scripture indicates that threats of America’s total financial collapse are premature. For the sake of the Church and Israel, we have been praying against economic warfare the past 32 years at the nation’s capital. The Church is here to thwart the plans of the enemy until the Lord says our work is finished (John 9:4). Until then, we do what Jesus told His servants, “Occupy till I come” (Luke 19:14 KJV). Or the NKJ versions says, “Do business till I come.”

This September 11th Bloomberg headline is another warning: Selloff in U.S. Stocks, Bonds Eases; Crude Leads Resources Lower – Read article…..

America’s enemies are engaged in economic warfare against the U. S. dollar and our world trade. Who is the enemy that would like to sabotage America’s economy? Russia, Iran and greedy politicians. Part of the official communist plan is to get America to bury itself in massive debt. Iran has been working to kill the American dollar as the world currency. All presidents and their administrations are guilty of growing our debt, but President Obama has championed the idea to a new and crushing level from which the nation will only recover from with God’s divine help.

Still, as a nation, we are not ready to be turned over to a final deathblow. Recessions have come and passed in America; but there has always been a recovery. America needs to come back to God one more time!!

According to Bank of America Merrill Lynch Head of Global Rates and Currencies Research David Woo says investors are still underestimating real estate mogul Donald Trump’s chances of ascending to the highest office in the land, and what a seismic change this could be for markets and the world’s largest economy. He could prove to be a massive boost for the greenback and U.S. economy.

“The U.S. economy would take off in a big way” if Trump were elected and Republicans control both legislative houses next year, Woo said, thanks to the fiscal stimulus that Trump would enact. The greenback would strengthen and U.S. Treasury yields would rise, a view shared by Woo and other fixed income veterans as well.

We believe prayer has averted a premature global takeover that would also destabilize and topple governments around the world (2 Thessalonians 2:7).

We need to REPENT for our sins and the destructive stewardship of greedy politicians (2 Chronicles 7:13-14), and replace them at the voting booth.

Please pray Proverbs 19:21: “There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand.”

WHAT IS THE BIBLICAL TIMELINE FOR AMERICA’S TOTAL COLLAPSE?

If we identify America with Revelation’s Babylon, Scripture predicts America’s financial collapse after her complete military defeat mentioned in Revelation 17 and 18—not before. Revelation describes Babylon as the great city that sits on many waters and makes the world’s merchants and traders rich (Revelation 18:12-15). America will remain to be the biggest market for goods in the world until she is divinely destroyed forever. In verses 17-24, the merchants are pictured on that day as weeping offshore in their ships looking at the smoke of her burning and wondering who will buy their goods now that she is gone.

Although John’s Revelation describes the military defeat of America in one hour, it tells us plainly that it will be an America that is still the economic center and wealth creator of the world economy. A complete economic collapse of the dollar would ruin America forever and the world economy at the same time.

God’s prophetic timing is revealed in Revelation 14 that predicts America’s military defeat does not come until right before the Great Tribulation starts in the middle of the 70th Week of Daniel before the Mark of the Beast is released. The 70th Week of Daniel has not even begun yet and none of the world indicators that define it have occurred (Nuclear Middle East War, Third Temple and its sacrifices).

Both chapters of Revelation 17 and 18 depict Babylon as a whore riding the Beast and controlling it, which is why the Beast needs to remove her to be free. The Beast is the Anti-Christ’s world government. The defeat of America actually comes at the hands of the Anti-Christ himself and his Ten World Rulers (Revelation 17:16-17); right before he sets up his own global military and financial empire to fill the void America leaves. The Rapture of the Church precedes the rule of the Anti-Christ.

We need to believe prophecy in the Bible and not fear the predictions of America’s total economic collapse. Nevertheless, the enemy is orchestrating a spoil behind the scenes, but the Church is God’s restrainer (2 Thessalonians 2:7). If we believe the Bible on this and even God’s will for our own personal financial abundance (John 10:10) then there is much hope for our future despite the current financial trial many of us are in. We need to be the Church that occupies until Christ returns!! The final harvest is mighty and ready (Joel 3:13-14). We are here for such a time as this — even though we detest living in Babylon! Be salt and light until He comes.

Resource: Escape All These Things

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Discerning God’s Chosen

At a time when America faces the most critical crossroads in her history, Christians are more confused and divided than ever before. It appears they have shut up their ears to shut out God’s VOICE. Nonetheless, religious persecution has awakened prayer across the nation, and faithful saints around the globe have been crying out to God for America. They have repented, prayed for justice and cried out for revival; and the Lord says, “I have heard their CRY!” When God hears our prayers, then we know He will answer:

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him (1 John 5:14-15).

About two years ago while working in my office, I heard a silence in Heaven that immediately stopped me to give an ear to the Holy Spirit. The Lord said, “I have reset time for America for the sake of My people. I have heard their prayers and will reverse the downward spiral for a season.” The Lord then instructed me to tell His people to pray for His divine intervention to turn back the tide in the nation.” God wants to revive America from spiritual darkness. Thirty years ago, the Lord spoke to me in the middle of taping a television program in Washington, D.C. saying, “I want to send a Nineveh-type revival to the nation.”

In this 2016 presidential election cycle, I believe the Lord is saying, “STOP, LOOK and LISTEN to the evident signs I’m giving you! Pray for discernment. Do what My Word tells you in Proverbs 3:5-6; ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.’”

Discernment is supernatural insight and is only possible when we look through the eyes (or lens) of the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 11:2-3). Daniel the prophet, glorified God in Babylon. He governed within the king’s court in Babylon during the 70-year captivity of Israel. The Bible lists the sons of Issachar among the divisions of David’s army at Hebron: Scripture says, they possessed “understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command” (2 Chronicles 12:32).

How do we know we are hearing from God? Look for confirmation. Today, hundreds of credible pastors and public figures are making a bold stand to publicly witness that they believe God has anointed Donald J. Trump as his chosen vessel for the presidency of the U.S. Mr. Trump has shown solidarity in expressing his public support for pro-life issues, religious freedom and the U.S. Constitution. These are values that matter to Christians, yet many are opting out from voting because Mr. Trump does not pass their litmus test.

God often answers prayer contrary to our thinking. Jesus, the Messiah, was rejected by the established religious order, even though He fulfilled prophecy before their eyes. In Isaiah, chapter 45 we read about Cyrus, a Persian king chosen by Yahweh to deliver the Jewish nation out of Babylon and restore their Holy City Jerusalem. Daniel was serving in the king’s court when Cyrus conquered the Babylonians Empire. After Daniel read Isaiah’s prophecy to Cyrus, over 150 years after Isaiah’s time, the Persian king was moved to fund the restoration of Jerusalem and their Temple.

In 1979, the Holy Spirit directed me to read the life of Cyrus in Ezra chapter six, and Isaiah chapter 45. I was led to pray for God’s Cyrus to come forth on behalf of America. In 1980-88, Ronald Reagan wasn’t called God’s Cyrus, even though he was God’s instrument to restore America from its decline. In 2016, many prophetic voices have been hearing the Holy Spirit connect Donald J. Trump with Isaiah’s Cyrus. Six months ago, I received a Word from the Lord that Trump is God’s Cyrus for such a time as this. God knows this nation needs a deliverer with the anointing of Cyrus to restore our freedoms.

The 2016 presidential election is about the Church and Israel. The Church must restrain her enemies so she can fulfill the final harvest of souls (2 Thessalonians 2:7). Israel needs the Church and America to stand with her; she is God’s timepiece for prophecy to be fulfilled in these end times.

The future of the U.S. Supreme Court will be the most critical issue decided in the 2016 election. The President we elect will nominate between 1 to 4 Justices. The Senate we elect will confirm those Justices. According to George Barna, godly leaders would govern our nation if only 10% more Christians voted—39 million Christians did not vote in the 2012 general election. Christians have a key role to play in influencing the Supreme Court and bringing hope to our nation this election!

We are in a battle for America’s SOUL. God chooses kings and leaders. Israel missed her Messiah. In this hour, will we miss God’s deliverer? If we will not stand up and fight, our enemies will be given permission to run over us:

But I will put it into the hand of those who afflict you, who have said to you, ‘Lie down, that we may walk over you.’ And you have laid your body like the ground, and as the street, for those who walk over (Isaiah 51:23).

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Why should they say, “Where is their God?”

Sometimes it has to get dark before the dawn comes so we will humble ourselves in repentance and ask God to relent of the judgment we deserve (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Anne Graham Lotz recently said, “I believe God will return to us, but we first must return to Him. There is a pattern for prayer that works. It is a prayer that moves heaven and changes nations. It did in Daniel’s day, and there’s no reason that it can’t in our day if we would get serious about prayer, get on our knees and pray like Daniel did.”

Pastors: America is facing an urgent moment. We must seek the Lord now. We must blow the trumpet, warn the people and pray. Joel 2:17, “Let the priests, who minister to the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar; let them say, ‘Spare Your people, O Lord, and do not give Your heritage to reproach, that the nations should rule over them. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’”

WHAT CAN WE DO?

First, Christians need to pray for the candidates; and be faithful to pray for the one who wins the election. It is not the Church’s mission to change the world through the political system; our mission is to present the Gospel, to get on our knees and pray for those who are in leadership positions as Paul commanded in 1 Timothy 2:2-4.

We are obligated to pray for whoever is voted into office, either Republican or Democrat. Pray that God would give them His wisdom and understanding, and surround them with counselors who would lead them in the right direction (Isaiah 11:2-4).

Second, as an American citizen, it is our privilege and responsibility to vote. Christians should never opt out of voting when they don’t like a particular candidate. The vote is a God-given privilege that has been fought for and died for and we all have a civic duty to exercise the right to vote. This nation is a blessing from God, and America has been a blessing to the world. God appoints leaders and He removes some, and no one is going to be in that position of power unless God puts them there (Daniel 2:21). Sometimes we get what we deserve.

Third, vote biblical values. A Bible believing Christian should find it difficult to vote for a Democrat because of that party’s liberal anti-God, pro-abortion, LGBT platform. While neither party represents a perfect manifesto, the Republican platform embraces Judeo-Christian principles with their support for a pro-life culture and traditional family values.

Fourth, let your voice be heard regarding the issues that threaten first and second amendment rights, and those that desecrate the moral well-being of society. For example, join with tens of thousands that have already taken action and send the following message to your representatives in the U.S. Congress today. Ask your leaders to intervene and protect America’s children:

“President Obama has once again abused his executive power by overreaching into the bathrooms, showers and locker rooms of our nation’s schools. The time is overdue for Congress to stand up against the unlawful actions of this president. The U.S. Congress is still the voice of the American people, and we are asking our representatives and senators to resist President Obama’s transgender bathroom order, which places our women and daughters at risk in public schools, universities and public restrooms. The American people are furious that the president would try to take students hostage to its radical agenda. I join with the ranks of dozens of local and state governments who are fighting back in the courtroom. I strongly urge you to take action to protect our children and stop the Obama administration’s radical overreach.”

Resources:  Anne Graham Lotz; CBN News; Family Research Council

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Christian leaders threaten civil disobedience if SCOTUS redefines marriage!

“We will not obey.” That’s the blunt warning a group of prominent religious leaders is sending to the Supreme Court of the United States as they consider same-sex marriage. SCOTUS will announce their decision on June 30th.

“We respectfully warn the Supreme Court not to cross that line. We stand united together in defense of marriage. Make no mistake about our resolve.” Read (and sign) the pledge…..

Over 50,000 clergy sent a warning to the U. S. Supreme Court and any court that crosses the line on the issue of marriage. Their pledge appeared as a full page ad in the Washington Post. The signees are a who’s who of religious leaders including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former U. S. Senator Rick Santorum, National Religious Broadcasters president Jerry Johnson, Pastor John Hagee, and Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse.

They believe America is facing a real Constitutional crisis if the Supreme Court rules adversely from the biblical perspective on same-sex marriage. The institution of marriage is fundamental and it must be defended.

“Christians are being declared the lawbreakers when we are simply living by what we have always believed, and by a set of laws that the culture historically has agreed to,” Dr. James Dobson said. “There’s no doubt that LGBT activists are targeting Christian business owners.”

Religious leaders across the nation agree, “We have no choice. We cannot compromise our clear biblical convictions, our religious convictions.”

To be clear – the men and women who courageously signed this pledge did so knowing the hell storm that could be unleashed on them – and their families. Once same-sex marriage is elevated to the level of protected status – it will transform the face of society and will result in the “beginning of the end of Western Civilization.”

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Iran’s ballistic missile ability unveiled on Israel’s Eros-B satellite

Iran has apparently produced an intercontinental ballistic missile whose range far exceeds the distance between Iran and Israel, and between Iran and Europe.

On Wednesday, January 21st, Israel’s Channel 2 showed satellite imagery taken by Israel’s Eros-B satellite that was launched last April. The imagery showed new missile-related sites that Iran recently constructed just outside Tehran. One facility is a missile launch site, capable of sending a rocket into space or of firing an ICBM.

On the launch pad was a new 27-meter long missile, never seen before.

The missile and the launch pad indicate that Iran’s ballistic missile program, which is an integral part of its nuclear weapons program, is moving forward at full throttle. The expanded range of Iran’s ballistic missile program as indicated by the satellite imagery makes clear that its nuclear weapons program is not merely a threat to Israel, or to Israel and Europe. It is a direct threat to the United States as well.

Also on Wednesday, January 21st, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was invited to address a joint session of Congress by House Speaker John Boehner on February 11th. Boehner’s invitation to Netanyahu is more about National Security than politics.

The role of an Israeli leader is to adopt the policies that protect Israel, even when they are unpopular at the White House. Far from being ostracized for those policies, such an Israeli leader will be supported, respected, and relied upon by those who share with him a concern for what truly matters. 

With Obama’s diplomatic policy toward Iran enabling rather than preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power, members of the House and Senate are seeking a credible, unwavering voice that offers an alternative path. For the past 20 years, Netanyahu has been the global leader most outspoken about the need to take all necessary measures to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power, not only for Israel’s benefit, but to protect the entire free world. From the perspective of the congressional leadership, then, inviting Netanyahu to speak was a logical move.

The sanctions bill that President Obama threatens to veto would only go into effect if Iran fails to sign an agreement. As long as negotiations progress, no sanctions would be enforced.

Obama’s message then is clear. Not only will the diplomatic policy he has adopted not prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons (and its ability to attack the US with nuclear warheads attached to an ICBM), but in the event that Iran fails to agree to even cosmetic limitations on its nuclear progress, it will suffer no consequences for its recalcitrance.

Boehner has invited Netanyahu to address US lawmakers regarding Iran’s nuclear program and the threat to international security posed by radical Islam and the need for sanctions against Iran.

Excerpts from Caroline Glick’s commentary:

http://carolineglick.com/iran-obama-boehner-and-netanyahu/

Glick’s article was originally published in the Jerusalem Post:

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Column-one-Iran-Obama-Boehner-and-Netanyahu-388671

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Answer the call as a watchman in Ezekiel 33:1-11. Pray for Israel, the United States and the free world. Warn those in your sphere of influence with the TRUTH. 

Prayer of Commitment:  “I stand as a Watchman on the Walls of Jerusalem, never holding my peace,
 never being silent,
 and giving him no rest
until he establishes and he makes Jerusalem a praise in all the earth” (Isaiah 62:6-7).

Pray for US leaders to act decisively with the help of the sevenfold spirit, described in Isaiah 11:1-4.

Pray against the enemies of Israel and the free world from Psalm 35.

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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ABOMINATION IN HIGH PLACES! WHERE IS AMERICA HEADED?

Chrislam and apostasy will arise on a national level this Friday, November 14th, in the nation’s capital. The Washington National Cathedral, known for presidential funerals and other major spiritual services, will host a Muslim prayer service for the first time. The cathedral is part of the Episcopal Church and has long held high-profile interfaith events, but this is the first time Muslim leaders have held their midday services in such a visible Christian house of worship in the nation.

About 100 top Muslim leaders will be at the service, which will be spoken and chanted without music, and Muslim leaders will bring prayer carpets. Muslim advocacy organizations sponsoring the event are: (ADAMS) the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, (CAIR) the Council on American Islamic Relations, (ISNA) the Islamic Society of North America, (MPAC) Muslim Public Affairs Council, and the Masjid Muhammad mosque in NW Washington. All operate under the umbrella of the Muslim Brotherhood.

For Christians, this is a sad day in America. Congress designated the Washington National Cathedral as the “National House of Prayer.” It is the sixth-largest cathedral in the world, the second-largest in the United States, and the highest as well as the fourth-tallest structure in Washington, D.C. 

With this Friday’s Muslim midday prayer service in the “National House of Prayer,” America has now digressed in the way of Europe to appease a religion that refuses to integrate, but would rather subjugate their adopted nation’s traditional values.

The Gatestone Institute reports that Muslims in Europe are increasingly converting empty Christian churches into mosques. The proliferation of mosques housed in former churches reflects the rise of Islam as the fastest growing religion in post-Christian Europe. There are now more practicing Muslims than practicing Christians in many parts of Europe, not only in large urban centers, but also in smaller towns and cities across the continent.

As Islam replaces Christianity as the dominant religion in Europe, more and more churches are set to become mosques, which increasingly serve not only as religious institutions, but also function as the foundational political building blocks for the establishment of separate, parallel Muslim communities in Europe that are based on Islamic Sharia law. Read more…..

Where is America headed? We continue to need God’s “divine intervention.” It is a time of struggle and trial and distress in our culture. Despite the election victory the nation just experienced; we need to pray like we’ve never prayed before. Prayerful intervention is called intercession. America needs a great revival and spiritual awakening.

Grumbling does not bring God’s kingdom rule to earth to intervene in the affairs of this world; only genuine persistent prayer brings divine intervention. Without the intervention of God’s kingdom rule through prayer, conditions in the Earth succumb to inevitable consequences.

It is midnight for the world. It is a darkened time of wars and rumors of war. Since the Syrian civil war began three years ago, a human holocaust has been underway through the ritualistic slaughter of Christians on a scale the world has ever seen in modern times. Syrian officials finally shut down human slaughter houses that were uncovered, where hundreds of Christians have been sacrificially slaughtered in the name of Allah. The Takfiri Jihadist group ISIS has been sweeping across Iraq, killing Muslims and crucifying Assyrian Christians who do not adhere to their Takfiri theology. An Islamic Caliphate must expunge other religious beliefs that would contaminate a pure Sharia society.

History repeats itself. This is precisely the same type of slaughter the Ottoman Turks performed during their infamous genocide of Christians at the beginning of World War I. Close to 3.5 million Christians of Assyrian, Armenian, or Greek Orthodox denominations were murdered by the Young Turks regime. To this day, the Turkish government ostensibly denies having committed this genocide. Yet, the full egregious truth goes untold. The genocide spanned from 1914 to 1923, and then from 1933 up to the present. This extermination of Christians was a precursor to the Jewish Holocaust in Europe during World War II. When the truth leaked out of Jews being slaughtered, no one wanted to listen, and after the war, people denied they knew what was going on.

God’s people need to go to the throne and seek divine intervention on behalf of the nations and mankind. Pray that America remain the “light of the world” spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Church became an instrument of prayer from the very beginning, and the best model for prayer is Jesus, our Lord and Savior. It is not an hour to be labeled “lukewarm.” In Luke, chapter 11, we read of Jesus teaching the disciples about prayer:

In verse 9, Jesus taught, “I say to you, ask and it shall be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you.” Verse 13, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

The best and most effective gift the heavenly Father can bless His children with is the Holy Spirit. Our first need is spiritual, and a closer relationship with God through the Holy Spirit assures that He will provide both spiritual and material needs. The Lord desires to pour out the Holy Spirit on those desirous of receiving. So, just ask, and you will receive.

Article by: Ruth Schofield

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What does the GOP “wave election” mean for America?

The election results are encouraging, not because a certain political party took control, but because of the many Christian candidates defending Biblical values sweeping into federal and state offices. The GOP made significant gains among minorities on Tuesday, but they need to do even better in 2016 if the radical tide is to be turned.

Voters turned out for their values. Voters turned out to push back radical efforts to attack the sanctity of life, the sanctity of natural marriage, religious freedom and deliberate actions to expand the federal government, to overspend and bankrupt the country. We need great leadership in Washington and our state capitals to make major reforms before it is too late. Voters spoke of the return of states’ rights over the nanny state.

We must pray they will govern the way they campaigned? Do they have the courage and patience to start turning the federal government in the right direction? Let us pray that they do, and let us work to keep their feet to the fire and make them accountable to the people.

SURPRISING ELECTORATE RESULTS FROM RALPH REED:

Contra Media Narrative, Voters of Faith Still Matter

(Published on National Review Online)

“On Election Day, self-identified conservative Christians made up 32 percent of the electorate and voted 86 percent Republican and only 12 percent Democrat. These voters contributed an astonishing 52.4 percent of all the votes received by Republican candidates. This constituency, the largest and most vibrant in the electorate, is larger than the African-American vote, Hispanic vote, union vote, and gay vote combined. White Evangelicals, meanwhile, made up 23 percent of the electorate and voted 82 percent Republican and 18 percent Democratic, according to the survey. Glen Bolger of Public Opinion Strategies, commented on the findings. ‘Republicans rode the wave last night to stunning victories. Waves come from a committed base and a strong showing among swing voters,’ Bolger said. ‘Voters of faith — Protestant and Catholic — are the foundation of the GOP. Without their overwhelming support, there is no GOP majority. With their support, Republicans are celebrating a high tide in the U.S. Senate, House, and around the country.’”

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Gov. Jindal Invites Pastors to Join Him in LA to Pray

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will host a major event for Christian Pastors called, “The Response-Louisiana: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis.” It will be held January 24th, 2015 at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge.

Over 100,000 evangelical pastors are being invited by American Renewal Project leader David Lane. On January 24, 2015 Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will host “The Response-Louisiana: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis.” As we fast and pray for America, we hope that you will join us at this special event, held at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge.

In addition to this Saturday event, we’re planning something special for the Friday too. We are asking 63,000 Evangelical pastors to begin praying to discern if God is calling you to run for political office in 2016.
Governor Jindal’s prominent attendees include Oklahoma Senator-Elect James Lankford, former congressman J.C. Watts, Pastor Rob McCoy (who is narrowly losing his race for a seat in the California Assembly) and Dr. Bruce K. Waltke, Old Testament Scholar and Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies, Regent College. He’ll be teaching the pastors about “Proverbs and Politics.”

This important national message has been sent to you from Ruth Schofield, founder of the Washington Report and Embassy for World Peace, Washington, D.C.

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Subpoenaing Houston Pastors Part of A Larger Strategy

Time For Christians To Awake After Houston Pastors Incident

Newt Gingrich and Vince Haley Comment:

The Mayor of Houston’s recent subpoena of sermons by Christian pastors in the country’s fourth largest city is a shocking violation of First Amendment rights to free speech and free exercise of religion. There is no clearer violation of First Amendment freedoms than for government officials to attempt to censor religious speech.

Lawyers for the Christian pastors were prepared to sue to quash these subpoenas — and would have succeeded quickly in the courts on Constitutional grounds – when the Mayor withdrew the subpoenas amid an uproar of protest.

So why would Annise Parker, the Houston mayor, issue such subpoenas at all if a court would have stopped her from forcing the pastors to comply? Probably because she is playing for much larger political and constitutional stakes than the power to coerce disclosure of the communications five Houston pastors.

Her signature initiative–the so-called “bathroom bill”, a city ordinance that she championed and signed last May–is being threatened by a public campaign to repeal it in a referendum . The City has challenged the validity of the signatures the citizens collected to force a vote on the ordinance, which led a group of them to sue the City. Mayor Parker responded by subpoenaing five Houston pastors who oppose the ordinance, but who are not even parties to the lawsuit.

In politics, if politicians are not succeeding in their arguments, they change the subject. And Mayor Parker apparently is not succeeding in her defense of a law that opponents claim creates a right, among other newly created sexual and gender identity rights, for anyone to use public bathrooms of the opposite sex in the name of gender rights equality.

Losing her own argument, she’s changing the subject. And if you’re a liberal mayor trying to create new sexual and gender identity rights, there’s apparently no better object on which to refocus the public than the Christian pastors and their beliefs on gender and sexuality.

An attempt to set up the pastors as the foil to her radical agenda would explain the Mayor’s outrageous subpoenas, which demand, among other things, all of the pastors’ emails, texts, and sermons relating to the bathroom bill, the Mayor, the City attorney, restroom access under the bathroom bill, the topics of homosexuality or gender identity, and the petition drive to repeal the bathroom bill. And it would explain the Mayor’s tweet the morning after the subpoenas came to light: “If the 5 pastors used pulpits for politics, their sermons are fair game. Were instructions given on filling out anti-HERO petition?-A” (“HERO” is an acronym for the “bathroom bill” ordinance.)

Clearly the Mayor is trying to shift the debate from a fight over the merits of her sexual and gender identity agenda to a fight over the Christian worldview of sexual ethics. That’s exactly what the subpoenas were intended to accomplish.

There are three reasons why she might have expected this to be effective.

First, Mayor Parker likely believed that issuing the subpoenas, even if later withdrawn, would cause Houston pastors to think twice about criticizing her or her bathroom bill. She would not be the first politician to harass and attempt to intimidate people with opposing beliefs. The right response to such intimidation is for citizens of all stripes to vote out of office those politicians who practice it.

Second, in the case of pastors, Mayor Parker is clearly aware that there is a provision of U.S. tax law that already tends to chill the speech of some pastors from the pulpit. Known as the “Johnson Amendment” because it was authored by then-Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, the statute states that tax-exempt organizations–churches, for instance–may not “participate in, or intervene in…any political campaign on behalf of…any candidate for public office.”

Although the 1954 Johnson Amendment is brazenly in conflict with the free speech and free exercise protections of the First Amendment, Mayor Parker implicitly threatens the churches’ tax-exempt status when she attacks pastors who dare to challenge her ideological agenda. Again the goal is to have pastors back off their criticisms.

The right response to this long-standing threat is for Congress to repeal the Johnson Amendment at the first opportunity. Congressman Walter Jones (R-NC) has a very simple bill to do just that.

Third, there is now an established and successful political and constitutional strategy to paint the protection of traditional moral values — and opposition to newly-invented sexual and gender identity rights — as motivated by malice. In the 2013 Supreme Court decision (United States v. Windsor) that invalidated Congress’ enacted definition of marriage as between one man and one woman, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion that the only purpose of those who supported this traditional definition of marriage was to “disparage,” ”injure,” “degrade,” ”demean,” and “humiliate” certain groups of fellow citizens.

In a word, hate is all that Justice Kennedy sees when he encounters someone who supports a traditional definition of marriage. Under this newly-invented constitutional standard, if the Court feels today that a particular law is hateful, then the Court will simply invalidate the law, no further justification needed. And it will do so whether or not a vast majority of the public believes reasonable people can disagree about the definition of marriage in particular and about sexual ethics more generally.

We can be confident that Mayor Parker has taken note of Justice Kennedy’s insidious two-part strategy of (1) making skeptics of the left’s sexual and gender identity agenda into “enemies of humanity”, to paraphrase Justice Scalia, and (2) thereby ending political debate over these newly-invented sexual rights by declaring them constitutional rights beyond public debate. Mayor Parker’s attention-grabbing subpoenas of five Christian pastors seems intended to do just that – to persuade the public that ‘these are the hateful haters who oppose my agenda to conjure up new constitutional rights.’

In other words, under the Kennedy-Parker telling, if you are against the Mayor’s law to let anyone in America’s fourth largest city go into any bathroom he (or she?) wants on any given day, then you must be a hateful bigot–one of those intolerant Christians who hates people who don’t think like they do. In the Kennedy-Parker telling, you must be one of those Christians who are using their pulpits to ‘impose their beliefs on the rest of us.’

If this analysis is wrong, Mayor Parker can clear this up by answering these two questions: 1) Does she believe that everyone who does not support her bathroom bill is a hateful bigot? 2) Does she support a citywide referendum on her bathroom bill?

The right response to the supersized intimidation and anti-democratic pretensions of the Justice Kennedys and Mayor Parkers of this country is faithfulness on the part of Christians and a political awakening on the part of all citizens.

Source: CBN News | David Brody| The Brody File | Commentary by Newt Gingrich along with Vince Haley, the Vice President of Policy at American Solutions

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