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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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Looking Ahead!

After 32 years, serving the Church in the most powerful city in the world, one observation stands out: America remains strong because it was built on a foundation of faith and prayer. Each generation inherits the duty to keep that beacon of light shining.

During this election year, we saw a true spiritual awakening as thousands upon thousands of Christians committed themselves to prayer and action, attended prayer rallies, voted, and took to heart the admonishment of 2 Chronicles 7:14 – to humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face, and turn from our wicked ways.

Nevertheless, there are many loud voices in our country dedicated to eroding that foundation. In times as challenging as these, it is exciting to see so many people taking a stand for their faith. 

We fought and worked hard this year to help Turn the Tide, but there is still much to do. We ask you to join with us with your prayer and support while we stand against those who believe God and prayer should be stripped from the public square. Also, there are those who are determined to undermine the U.S. Constitution.

Our Washington Report serves to be “Your eyes and ears at the Nation’s Capital.” Our agenda for 2017 is aggressive as we mobilize a nationwide outreach to unite the Christian voice from grassroots back to Washington, D.C. A single voice can have a huge impact when united with thousands of other like voices. 

A silent Church is like salt that has lost its savor. In 2017, we are positioned to advance God’s enduring place in America, but we need you as a partner. With your help we can continue our mission to unite the body of Christ and stir up revival.

Without you, we cannot accomplish all that God has commissioned us to do. As we face the New Year, we need your help to clear the books of a remaining deficit of $5,600. by December 31st.  Please pray about what the Lord would have you to do with a special end of the year contribution.

We “must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work” (John 9:4).

We are grateful for all the continued support that has helped us represent the Christian voice at the nation’s capital. My third book, Power of the King’s Blood, is headed to the publisher in January. Look for it on our website. Available in paperbook and eBooks.

Let freedom ring in America!!  Shalom to all.  (Ruth)

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Tell the US not to betray Israel at the UN

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon hosted a gathering of supporters at UN Headquarters in New York Wednesday for a rally against the international effort to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) the Jewish State. His address covered a wide variety of tactics to combat BDS, from legal and political moves at the UN and in individual countries to social media activity and, for those who could, direct business ties with Israeli companies and the promotion of tourism to Israel.

“We are here to send a simple message to the BDS movement: to the bullies who harass students on campus, to those who use the language of civil rights to mask their hate, to the activists who are conducting this illegal and unjust campaign of hate; your time is over, your movement based on lies and intimidation is coming to an end,” he told the crowd. “We will use every tool and every legal measure to stop the hate.”

ACLJ in Washington, DC also warns that President Obama is poised to betray Israel in his final days in office. There are reports that the Administration is plotting to use the U.N. Security Council against Israel.

It’s a renewed attempt to abandon Israel, slash its borders, leave it defenseless, and force our greatest ally in the Middle East to make dangerous concessions to terrorists before negotiations even begin.

Palestinian terrorists have launched over 300 attacks on Israelis – literally stabbing women and children in the back – murdering Israeli civilians and American citizens.

We must not force Israel into talks with terrorists. Israel must not be forced to negotiate with a Palestinian Authority that empowers terrorists. Jerusalem should be united, not divided.

Contact your Members of Congress and tell them to Defend Israel and Stop Forced Negotiations with Terrorists

Source: International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ); American Center for Law and Justice; Jay Sekulow, Washington, D.C.

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Hope and a future for American liberty!

ABC News has reported that the evangelical voter turnout was the largest in U.S. history. The unified prayer movement that prevailed over this election is greater than any in our nation’s history. Let’s continue to fan the flames of this movement to ignite spiritual awakening in America. We cannot go back to sleep again. As the Church goes, so goes the nation! 

Join together in giving God the glory for this remarkable, dramatic turn of events.

This election was not a choice about party lines, or between a man and a woman. It was about the choice between restoration over corruption. The “basket of deplorables” made it very clear they were not going to take corruption or excessive bureaucracy anymore. Trump is making a call to “reclaim our country’s destiny.”

Trump’s win stunned the world, ending eight years of Democratic rule, sending the United States on a new path. Exit polls conducted by Edison Research indicate the country is more divided than we thought. They reflect deep racial, gender, economic and cultural divides across the nation.

President-elect Donald Trump said it was time to heal the divisions caused by the campaign and find common ground.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted a short video on YouTube and Facebook Wednesday afternoon congratulating US President-elect Donald Trump on his electoral victory. The PMO issued a statement saying that Netanyahu and Trump are looking forward to a warm and productive relationship in the months and years to come.

Some countries of the Middle East are looking for America to be an ally. They are looking for America to lead the peoples of the Middle East.

Pray for unity and for the country to bind the wounds of division. Trump and his administration need all the help and prayers they can get—given the many challenges we face as a nation. We pray for the success of our country and of our new president.

President Obama has a huge agenda for his final days in office. Washington insiders report that he is plotting to abandon Israel, and make numerous unconstitutional Executive actions that will undermine the law.

Attorney General Lynch could be in office for months during the transition. FBI Director Comey has seven more years in office. Pray for Congress to impeach Comey to restore trust in our system of justice.

Pray for the “Checks and Balances” to return to the three Executive branches of our government. Pray for righteous justice in the federal court system.

Pray for the healing and rebuilding of America. We must not slack off in prayer, but double down. 

Pray for all public officials to move in the sevenfold Spirit of Isaiah 11:2-3: Wisdom, Counsel, Understanding, Strength, Knowledge, Courage and Might. Pray that they will govern in Godliness and Holy fear.

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Evangelicals and Trump: Personality or Policies

WASHINGTON — Even though the platform of the Republican Party this year has the most biblically oriented, pro-church policies; the dividing line is growing wider between evangelicals who continue to support Republican nominee Donald Trump and those who believe the now infamous “Trump tapes” make it impossible to stand with him.

Author and columnist Craig Parshall told CBN News despite the revelations, the urgency of the state of the union is more important.

“If you have a house that’s on fire and your children are on the second floor, you want a fire captain and firemen who are going to put out the fire and save your children,” he said. “If that’s the state of our union right now, and many people believe that it is, then we need someone who’s going to be able to put out the fire, protect the church, protect our families.”

“Unfortunately, if words of profanity come out during the process of that person putting out the fire, that’s not optimal but it’s certainly necessary to get someone who knows how to handle the conflagration that’s facing our republic,” Parshall said.

Trump has since apologized for the remarks but that hasn’t halted the avalanche of criticism. One of the biggest rifts comes from inside Trump’s own “evangelical council.”

Megachurch pastor James MacDonald sent an email to fellow members of the faith council condemning Trump and distancing himself from the candidate.

In an interview with CBN News, Bishop Harry Jackson, who is also a member of the council, respectfully disagreed.

“Mr. MacDonald, who I highly respect, is coming from a spiritual coaching point of view. I believe that he thought Mr. Trump was further in his spiritual journey. I think all of us get confused about the language of 11 years ago versus the heart of today…We are over spiritualizing this process. I don’t consider Hillary a Christian advocate. I’m not questioning her faith. I am not considering Donald Trump as a born-again believer who is 100 percent in the fold. I’m looking at their policies,” Jackson explained.

Jackson said the consensus of the council is to stick by Trump for the sake of policy, pointing to Trump’s stance on Israel and religious liberty.

“We kind of came to an agreement on this… We’re not supporting a personality but a set of policies. The policies and the platform of the Republican Party this year are probably the most biblically oriented, pro-church kind of platform that we’ve had in all the years that I have been publically active in politics,” Jackson stated.

Meanwhile, Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, has called on Christians to show a little forgiveness. “I believe in forgiveness, and we are called to forgive as we have been forgiven,” Pence said.

Former presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, a Trump supporter, implored Christians to look at the bigger picture. In an interview with CBN News, Carson said he was “uncomfortable” with Trump’s remarks but brought up the issue of policy, namely abortion.

“I’m uncomfortable with them too. Everybody is uncomfortable with them. But you have to be able to look at the big picture. If you’re talking to evangelicals, you have to say, which candidate is pro-life, is trying to save babies? And which candidate is okay with tearing babies heads off when they are fully formed and could survive outside the womb?” Carson said.

Jerry Falwell, Jr. and Dr. James Dobson echoed similar sentiments…..

“Mr. Trump promises to support religious liberty and the dignity of the unborn. Mrs. Clinton promises she will not,” Dobson said.

Falwell Jr. called Trump’s comments “reprehensible” but went on to say, “we’re never going to have a perfect candidate.”

Prominent evangelist Franklin Graham is among the latest to chastise Trump’s behavior, but he also reminds Christians of the long-term severity of this election.

In a Facebook post Graham wrote,” The crude comments made by Donald J. Trump more than 11 years ago cannot be defended. But the godless progressive agenda of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton likewise cannot be defended.”

“But as Christians, we can’t back down from our responsibility to remain engaged in the politics of our nation,” he added. “On November 8 we will all have a choice to make.

Source: Excerpted from CBN News Article by Amber C. Strong; A House Divided: More Evangelical Leaders Take A Stand Against Trump;10-12-2016

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