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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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Washington Officials Need to Hear from YOU on Securing our Borders and Tax Reform!

The flow of illegal drugs coming across the U. S. southern border begs for a wall to stop drug cartels from smuggling billions of dollars of drugs onto America’s streets. In areas where a wall already exists has proven to keep out illegal aliens.

Hal Lindsey accurately described the situation in his recent blog:

Lindsey wrote, “The world staggers like a drunk on the edge of a cliff.” It desperately needs a strong — and moral — America for stability. But, even more than that, it needs God’s help and intervention as never before. 

So does America. The Washington Post reports that because Seattle is experiencing an epidemic of drug overdoses, it is creating “safe sites for addicts to inject illegal drugs.”

Remember the drug craze of the late 60s? In 1968, we were horrified that 5,000 Americans died of drug overdoses.

In 2015, 52,000 Americans died of drug overdoses. No media outcry. Only yawns and sexual harassment lawsuits.

The Bible expressly predicts that one of the distinct signs of the end times will be a dramatic increase in drug use and our dependence on drugs.

In 2011, the Global Commission on Drug Policy declared that the famous “war on drugs” had failed. Today, there are popular television series in which the hero or heroes model drug dependency for their young viewers.

Accepting drug abuse means thousands of young people will die every year who need not have died. It also means the destruction of families and will ultimately lead to the death of our stable society.” 

The U.S. Congress is the VOICE of the people: 

Your elected representatives and senators in Washington, D.C. need to hear from you, or they will vote according to their own political view. If you support President Trump’s promise to build a wall on the southern border, then your elected Members of Congress need to hear how you feel.

If you support the proposed tax reform package President Trump just sent to Congress, call your representatives and senators and tell them to vote YES on tax cuts.  

A statement from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and other top GOP lawmakers said: “The principles outlined by the Trump Administration today will serve as critical guideposts for Congress and the Administration as we work together to overhaul the American tax system and ensure middle-class families and job creators are better positioned for the 21st century economy.”

For those who are concerned the tax cuts would presumably represent billions in lost revenue every year — the plan will expand income from small businesses, which will help reduce the deficit. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin also called for a one-time tax on corporate money overseas, predicting it would bring trillions of dollars back to the U. S. It also eliminates most tax breaks that benefit high-income taxpayers. At the same time, popular tax breaks like the mortgage interest and charitable deductions would be preserved. The plan would also eliminate the estate tax that Republicans often deride as the ‘death tax’ and the 3.8 percent tax on investment income under ObamaCare. 

Congressional leaders say an underlying goal is to simplify the tax system, noting that the increase in the standard deduction would mean far fewer households would have to itemize their deductions.

Sources: “Watchman Warning” on www.hallindsey.com; Fox News, Trump team proposes ‘massive’ tax cuts in new reform plan

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Trump is not the Gipper, but the Reagan Era is not over!

America must restore its lead in world affairs. Trump’s ‘America first’ does not mean ‘America only.’ Apparently some understood candidate Trump quite differently, and they are not happy with his overseas actions. The reality is that the world needs a strong America, which means we must put our own interests first. In doing so, we will be able to help the rest of the world.

America has a moral duty to remind the tyrants of this world that they cannot act with impunity. This present world is facing greater dangers than any time in recent memory. With all the tension buildup against Israel and Jerusalem, 2017 might be the year for a confrontation from Syria, Russia and Iran. The ultimate motive is the focus on Jerusalem. 

Newly elected President Trump faces the dual threat of nuclear war in Asia and the Middle East. The prospect of a conflict with Russia and Iran in the epicenter brings us closer to fulfilling the biblical prophecies that these two powers will one day lead a coalition of nations that will invade Israel. Two wars are prophesied in Psalm 83 and Isaiah 17, which describes Damascus as being reduced to a “ruinous heap.” Sounds like Assad’s chemical weapons might cause his own destruction. The heinous chemical attacks the Bashar al-Assad regime committed against their own people, are a result of the Obama administration’s weakness and irresolution.

A larger major war against Israel is prophesied at a later time in Ezekiel 38 & 39, in which God will judge and diminish Islam along with Russia. This could free up Israel to build their long-awaited third temple on the Temple Mount. These wars against Israel will not be Armageddon, but they will dramatically change the world order and set the stage for the antichrist and Armageddon.

The increased anti-Semitism and divestment of Israel is a sign that the nations will forsake Israel and challenge their right to claim Jerusalem as their capital. As 2016 ended, the nations were focused on Jerusalem, demanding that it be divided and made the capital of a Palestinian State. In December 2016, President Obama made the fatal mistake of voting against Israel’s legitimacy at the United Nations. His decision to betray Israel went against the U.S. Congress and the American people. Donald Trump’s presidency now gives the United States the opportunity to mend this disloyal act against Israel and Jerusalem! Governor Nikki Haley, Trump’s Ambassador to the United Nations, is working hard to reverse anti-Semitism towards Israel.

As these world dangers intensify — just as the Bible predicts — so does the urgency to understand the hope that provides all believers peace in the midst of these dark times: the promise of the Lord’s soon return! Regardless, Jesus commanded His disciples to “occupy until I return.” Even so, come, Lord Jesus! (Rev. 22:20)

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem!

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Celebrating Passover and Resurrection Week by Protecting Religious Freedom

The Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation sent a letter to President Trump, signed by over a thousand legislators and citizens, encouraging him to sign an Executive Order and uphold his promise to protect religious freedom. You can read the letter here. We are proud to stand for freedom, along with the efforts of the Members of the Prayer Caucus. Please commit to praying for them, their families, and staff daily. 

Each week Congress is in session, members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus meet before votes to pray in Room 219 of the U.S. Capitol.

There are over 100 Members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, a bipartisan and bicameral caucus, that is spearheading a strategic movement of national, state and local leaders and citizens who are working together to promote prayer, protect religious freedom and restore, upgrade and popularize America’s founding spirit and the principles related to faith and morality that shaped this Great Republic. 

The Congressional Prayer Caucus co-chair, Senator Lankford, encourages the Trump Administration to Protect Religious Freedom:

In April, Senator Lankford, Co-Chair of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, sent a letter to President Trump to encourage his Administration to protect the basic human right of religious freedom, both in America and around the world. The letter is very well-written and emphasizes the vital importance of keeping our First Amendment Rights a priority, and providing clear guidelines for doing so:

“Religious freedom – the right to practice any faith or to choose no faith at all – is a fundamental human right of all people. I was encouraged to hear you say that a “first priority” of your administration will be to “preserve and protect our religious liberty,” and I believe there are several steps you can take to make that commitment a reality”.

Specifically, the letter encouraged the administration to clearly condemn ISIS genocide; integrate religious freedom throughout American foreign policy; nominate a new Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom in the State Department; advocate for prisoners of conscience abroad; fill the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Director’s position; and affirm civil rights hiring protections for faith-based nonprofits. Lankford sent this letter as people of various faiths celebrate religious holidays around the world this week, including Easter and Passover. 

In March, Lankford encouraged the Trump Administration to develop a strategy for imprisoned Americans abroad. On March 17, Lankford wrote an op-ed about State Secretary John Kerry’s genocide designation a year ago. In February, Lankford and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) led a Senate letter to President Trump and Secretary Rex Tillerson urging that they prioritize the nomination of the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom within the State Department. 

Senator Lankford is co-chair of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, which protects the right of Americans to practice a faith of their choosing or to practice no faith at all.

Pray For Our President And All Those In Authority 

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Tim. 2:1-3; Psalm 91). 

Include the Judicial Branch, Legislative Branch, Executive Branch, Military, Faith Leaders, First Responders, Etc.

Source: Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation

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This Spring at the High Court

Confirmation Hearings Of Supreme Court Justice

The Senate Judiciary Committee held the first markup on Judge Gorsuch earlier today. A final vote in Committee as well as a vote on the Senate floor is expected the week of April 3rd. Religious Liberty experts believe the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch will prove to be a positive step for First Amendment Rights.

Prayer In The Air Force Prevails

“A group dedicated to preserving the religious freedom of military chaplains is commending the United States Air Force for ignoring a complaint from an anti-Christian organization demanding that it stop allowing chaplain prayers at an Air National Guard base in New Hampshire.”

Chaplains To Army: Cease Training That Assaults Biblical Beliefs

“Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty has sent a letter to the acting Secretary of the Army regarding the outgoing Secretary of the Army’s decision to sign a directive just hours before his resignation that wastes valuable resources on a plan to provide ‘training on implicit or unconscious bias.'”

Supreme Court To Hear Case Relating To Faith-Based Hospitals

“Status: U.S. Supreme Court granted review, to hear case Spring 2017. The legal campaign against faith-based hospitals began in 2013. In 2016 three of the cases were appealed to the Supreme Court, while almost a hundred more are waiting in lower courts across the country. On August 15, 2016, Becket filed a friend-of-the-court brief at the Supreme Court supporting the hospitals and their right to freely exercise their religious-based mission to provide compassionate and excellent healthcare according to their faith. In December 2016, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the cases in the spring of 2017.”

The Countdown Begins To The Trinity Lutheran Playground Case At The Supreme Court

“Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley is one of the most important religious liberty cases before the U.S. Supreme Court in years. This case is about a religious preschool that was rejected from a state program that provides reimbursement grants to purchase rubberized surface material (tire scraps) for children’s playgrounds. The preschool was ultimately denied the grant for its playground solely because the playground belongs to a religious organization.” The case will be argued on April 19, less than six weeks away.

UPDATE: Marine’s Religious Freedom Case Could Be Precedent-Setting

Lance Corporal (LCpl) Monifa Sterling is a Marine who was court-martialed for posting a Bible verse in her work space. Her case was appealed to the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF), asking the Court to protect her right to post a Bible verse as a form of religious exercise. On October 28, the CAAF agreed to hear the case, and oral arguments were held on April 27, 2016. On August 10, 2016, the CAAF issued an opinion ruling against Sterling. Now she is waiting for the Supreme Court to decide whether or not it will review the case. The earliest date the court could agree to take the case is May 2017.

Undeniable: The Survey Of Hostility To Religion In America

For anyone who thinks religious discrimination is non-existent in America, the attorneys at First Liberty Institute have a different story. First Liberty announced the release of Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America (2016). It is available online here, free of charge.

Source:  Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation

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True Facts About President Trump’s Immigration Policy

Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council posted “Making America Safe Again” on January 30, 2017. We share it with you for clarity and ask you to pray against the rise of ANARCHY through the progressive left.

At the start of the weekend, President Trump was busy doing what President Trump does — making things happen.

In an executive order on Friday, Trump limited travel to the U.S. by citizens of seven countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Making good on a promise to increase national security and prevent future terrorist attacks within our borders, the president suspended the issuance of visas for these nationals for the next 90 days because of the prominence of jihadi violence within their borders. Along with a variety of other measures, the order also brought scrutiny on the process for immigrants and visitors from any nation by creating a temporary hold on any refugee travel to the U.S.

Trump’s order also prioritizes the admission of persecuted religious minorities in the previous countries after the temporary ban is up, whether those refugees be Yazidi, Christian, or Muslim.

Trump has also ordered the Pentagon and the U.S. State Department to prepare a plan to create safe zones in Syria and the surrounding area within 90 days.

Predictably, the media and liberal politicians went crazy. Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) took to Twitter, vowing to fight the order “tooth and nail.” Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) issued a public statement that claimed “the Statue of Liberty…has tears in her eyes.”

As National Review pointed out, it was all sound and fury: “Trump’s 50,000 stands roughly in between a typical year of refugee admissions in George W. Bush’s two terms and a typical year in Obama’s two terms.” Not only was Trump’s order not a religious test for immigrant admission, but Trump significantly scaled back his original promises and is well within his legal right to do it.

While many want to simply talk about the matter, others are hard at work. International religious persecution is a problem Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.) has seen and worked on for years. Smith recently introduced the Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act (H.R. 390) which requires the State Department to support entities servicing genocide survivors and also allows Christians and other genocide survivors to access the U.S. refugee review process without needing a UN referral. Concerning this issue, Congressman Smith said, “just last month I saw in Iraq the lack of humanitarian aid for Christian genocide survivors. These genocide survivors told me the United States and global community had abandoned them.” Those who wish to not only voice their concerns but get in the trenches can actively support this legislation and get busy to ensure it is passed.

While there is a pause in some areas of our immigration system right now, President Trump has promised security and a properly functioning refugee and immigration system — this result strikes a balance between security and compassion. Trump isn’t betraying American principles or values. While the refugee program should not be the focus of scrutiny (it is much more difficult for terrorists to come in through this program), other avenues of immigration are weak points which terrorists may exploit — and rightly should be scrutinized. There are reports of lawful permanent residents and U.S. military translators being held up too; clarity should be brought to why this is happening. While the order isn’t perfect, it does represent a fresh start for American security and our international friendships.

As a law enforcement officer, I worked on security and the preservation of justice. As a pastor, I work to bring God’s truths of love, justice, and mercy to those in my care. Neither can be neglected at the expense of the other. The best laws are those that preserve both.

(Pray for our leaders: 1 Timothy 2:1-2; Isaiah 11:2-3)

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Has America experienced a Nineveh reprieve?

It’s important for the body of Christ to properly discern the profound act of God’s grace that is being poured out upon the nation. During 2016 the Holy Spirit kept telling me to pray for a divine intervention for the nation! This election was God’s last chance for America to turn back to God and it would require His divine intervention. God has mightily blessed America, but we forgot Him. Hosea 13:6 describes our condition: “When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me” (NIV).

If you look at the overall picture through a spiritual lens and exclude politics, the 2016 election result was a direct intervention by God in the affairs of men. Everyone was stunned by the flip in the final election result. WHY? For the first time ever, 82% of Christians voted against liberal policies. The Lord mobilized His people and they turned out to vote against abortion, Marxist political correctness and religious persecution. They voted against being pushed back behind the four walls of the Church.

God has intervened in answer to the people’s repentance – the same as when ancient Nineveh repented and was given a reprieve for 150 years. The evil agenda of the powerful elite to destroy democracy and the U.S. constitution has been pushed back.

The Lord spoke to me about 30 years ago during a time of travail for America. He spoke His heart, saying that He desires to send a Nineveh type revival to America. The Prophet Jonah had warned the people of Nineveh what would happen if they did not repent – In forty days Nineveh shall be overthrown in judgment. Nineveh repented and God relented of His judgment. Ancient Nineveh did not experience judgment until 150 years later when future generations forsook God.

Like Jonah, the prophets and watchmen of today are having a hard time with this new outpouring of GRACE. Pride was Jonah’s stumbling block after Nineveh repented. He was concerned about his reputation as a watchman.

Our prayers changed the nation. Something has changed in the spiritual realm! God has rolled back the clock, giving us more time. Judgment has been delayed. God has delayed the New World Order. Satan is having a hissy fit – demonstrating hate through liberal left and its media.

About a year ago, the Lord let me witness a brief SILENCE taking place in the heavenly realm. The Holy Spirit said that God was resetting the clock for end time events. The Lord told me He has heard the prayers of His people and He will intervene. There are two important reasons for such grace to be poured out upon a backslidden nation. First, the great harvest of souls about to come. Secondly, the Jewish nation of Israel needs America and the Church.

God’s timing is precise. According to the Hebrew calendar, 2017 is the 50th Jubilee year, which has historical significance for Israel. Jubilee years usually convey a blessing of God’s favor. In 1967, when Israel responded to its Arab neighbor’s attack; Israel made massive territorial gains capturing the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula up to the Suez Canal. As 2017 begins, America and the Church are being granted a season of grace and truth as a significant Jubilee year begins.

Expect victories over the battles ahead, because the enemy will continue to retaliate such a great setback. Christians must hold the ground the Lord has given the nation, since we are guardians of the harvest.

This new season of GRACE means that TRUTH will once again prevail and we are watching evil being exposed and shaken to its core. WHY? Multitudes of souls are ready to be harvested:

‘Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, go down; for the winepress is full, the vats overflow—for their wickedness is great.’ Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision (Joel 3:13-14).

Stand and restrain evil for the light of God’s glory to prevail against the darkness (Isaiah 60:1-3). The Apostle Paul made reference to Christians restraining evil: 

For the mystery of lawlessness [rebellion against divine authority and the coming reign of lawlessness] is already at work; [but it is restrained] only until he who now restrains it is taken out of the way (2 Thessalonians 2:7, AMP).

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UN Security Council Censures Israel’s Right to their Land

On December 23rd, President Obama struck a powerful blow against Israel at the United Nations. He refused to have the U.S. veto the biased Security Counsel Resolution 2334 that singled out Israel for blame and declared illegal all Israeli construction in the lands it liberated in 1967. This led to a 14-to-0 approval by the U.N. of the resolution, which denies the legal validity of Israel’s West Bank and East Jerusalem settlements. The next feared action between now and January 20th, would be for the Obama administration to help the U.N. unilaterally declare a Palestinian State.

This is the very first time the United States has refused to use its U.N. veto power to protect the interests of Israel, marking a dramatic change in the relationship between the two nations. In one day alone, the General Assembly adopted ten resolutions singling out Israel. Two of those used verbatim the anti-Semitic language from resolutions passed this fall by the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that actually deny Jewish historic and religious ties to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Another resolution called for the immediate return to Syria of the Golan Heights, liberated by Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967. The resolution called it “occupied territory.” So, while Syrian president Bashar Assad makes war against his own citizens, the General Assembly was focused on returning the Heights to this corrupt and murderous maniac.

Israel’s leaders are furious and frustrated with the double betrayal from the Obama administration after vetoing UN Security Council Resolution 2334 that basically says all of Judea, Samaria and biblical [“East”] Jerusalem is illegally occupied by Israel. Afterward, an arrogant Secretary of State Kerry lectured Israel in a speech filled with false facts.

The resolution, which President Obama refused to veto, called Jewish homes in parts of Jerusalem and biblical Judea and Samaria illegal under international law, a move that reversed years of U.S. policy on the matter. This is fatal because it subjects anyone involved with the Jewish settlements to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court and could open the door to prosecutions against individual Israelis.

The U. S. Congress is threatening to strip the United Nations of funding following an anti-Israel resolution that condemns the Jewish state as an obstacle to peace in the Middle East. Contact

The incoming Trump administration would have to threaten such economic consequences to the U.N. and the 14 other countries that supported this resolution that it would bring the U.N. to its knees.

Please pray for Israel’s leaders to have the wisdom for how to respond, knowing that Scripture reveals that at some stage all nations will come against Jerusalem and Judea (Zechariah 12:2-3).

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Was the presidential election swayed by “fake media” – Or did the fear of God awaken 81% of the evangelicals who voted for Trump?

[The following report was posted by Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council, Washington, D.C.]

There’s been a lot of talk about the role the Supreme Court played in last month’s election — but what about the current justices? According to one columnist, the present Court may have had just as much to sway voters as any future nominees would. In a thoughtful article by David Bernstein in today’s Washington Post, the George Mason University Foundation professor talks about the impact a certain marriage ruling may have had in cementing Americans’ choice for president.

Of course, plenty of ink has been spilled about Donald Trump’s unprecedented support from evangelicals — besting even churchgoing favorite George W. Bush. But some people are still wondering: what could have possibly made the controversial figure so popular with the country’s faith bloc? Bernstein argues that one issue motivated Christians more than any other to turn out and pull the lever for the real estate mogul. “To what can we attribute Trump’s success? The most logical answer is that their religious liberty was under assault from liberals, and they therefore had to hold their noses and vote for Trump.”

Using a laundry list of examples — from taking God out of the Democratic platform to prosecuting bakers for turning down same-sex wedding cake orders — Bernstein explains that it was the Left’s fierce assault on faith and conscience that drove evangelicals to the polls. The extremism, he argues, was never clearer than in the oral arguments of Obergefell – when, in one candid moment, the president’s top lawyer confirmed everyone’s worst fears: that the government would use a liberal ruling as a weapon to use against Christians.

Asked if religious schools could lose their tax-exempt status for holding a natural view of marriage, U.S. Solicitor Donald Verrilli was surprisingly honest. “…[I]t’s certainly going to be an issue. I don’t deny that, Justice Alito. It is going to be an issue.” The admission was stunning, even to liberals. “If I were a conservative Christian,” law professor Eugene Volokh said shortly after, “(which I most certainly am not), I would be very reasonably fearful, not just as to tax exemptions but as to a wide range of other programs — fearful that within a generation or so, my religious beliefs would be treated the same way as racist religious beliefs are.”

Obviously, Bernstein believes, that concern was shared by millions of evangelical voters. In a country where 53 percent still define marriage as the union of a man and woman, the writing on the wall was clear.

“Many religious Christians of a traditionalist bent believed that liberals not only reduce their deeply-held beliefs to ‘bigotry,’ but want to run them out of their jobs, close down their stores and undermine their institutions. When I first posted about this on Facebook, I wrote that I hope liberals really enjoyed running Brendan Eich out of his job and closing down the Sweet Cakes bakery, because it cost them the Supreme Court. I’ll add now that I hope Verrilli enjoyed putting the fear of government into the God-fearing because it cost his party the election.”

Source: Family Research Council, A Tale of Two Donalds; December 08, 2016

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