APN: Pastors Have the Responsibility to Confront the Sin of Lawlessness at Every Level of Government

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From Adrian Rogers:

It’s amazing what gets folks all excited. A Russian came to the United States during football season, and friends took him to a great bowl game. Afterward, they asked him what he thought about it.

Do you know what he said? “I’ve never seen so much first-rate enthusiasm for such a second-rate cause.”

What’s the first-rate cause? What’s the most important thing? “for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which is lost” (Luke 19:10).

Getting souls saved is what it’s all about. “Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever” (Daniel 12:3).

You may have members of your family who are lost. One day they will die, and you’ll say, “My God, why didn’t I witness?”

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Pastors Have the Responsibility to Confront the Sin of Lawlessness at Every Level of Government

APN: ‘The Usurpation of Power by the Governor is Not Just Unlawful it is Sinful Because it Disobeys the Plan for Authority God Established in Scripture’

PHILADELPHIA — More pastors are speaking out against mandates Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and other members of the Executive Branch continue to impose on citizens in the name of public health. Increasingly, pastors are urging that corrective action come not only from the General Assembly but from every pulpit across the Keystone State.

 

Churchgoers throughout Pennsylvania have begun asking their pastors why they signed an Open Letter that the American Pastors Network (APN, americanpastorsnetwork.net) and Pennsylvania Pastors Network (PPN, papastors.net) recently sent to all three branches of state government.

 

The Open Letter details why pastoral leadership is warranted in calling Pennsylvania citizens to Restore the Law (RestoretheLaw.org), and it includes a Resolution citing coronavirus-related Executive and Judicial Branch abuses of power, along with Defining the Problem, the Causes, and the Solution to the governor’s unconstitutional mandates imposed on the Commonwealth’s citizens as a result of his Declaration of Emergency on March 6, 2020.

 

“Unless families and churches stand up and hold state leaders accountable to Pennsylvania statute, the Constitution and the Bible as the ultimate source and limitation of authority, our citizens will continue to lose their freedoms to the sinful encroachment of unlawful governance,” said APN President Sam Rohrer, a nine-term state representative.

 

“Pastors must take, and are even now taking, the lead in holding members of the Executive and Judicial Branch accountable for imposing restrictions on citizens that only the Legislative Branch has the authority to impose,” Rohrer continued. “This usurpation of power by the governor is not just unlawful — it is sinful, because it disobeys the plan for authority God has established and made plain in Scripture.”

 

APN’s insistence that government officials obey both civil law and Biblical principles of authority follows closely on the heels of the Republican National Convention last week, which highlighted the importance of law and order in society.

 

“The violence must stop, whether in Minneapolis, Portland or Kenosha,” said Vice President Mike Pence during the convention on August 26, referring to violent, vandalizing riots that government officials have failed or refused to contain. “Too many heroes have died defending our freedom to see Americans strike each other down. We will have law and order on the streets of this country for every American of every race and creed and color.”

 

Rohrer says, “Pastors have the responsibility to confront the sin of lawlessness at every level of government.

“God has a plan for authority, and no one is above His plan, just as no one is above the law — including and especially the governor, as the head of the branch of government responsible for enforcing the law.”

 

Pastors, congregants, voters and state officials are out of excuses to ignore the governor’s and the court’s abuses of power, APN’s Open Letter states.

 

“Now the Lawmaking Authority of the Commonwealth has been unlawfully seized by the Executive Branch and the Law spurned. … The serious and deteriorating nature of the COVID-19 policies confronting the citizens of this Commonwealth and the violations of Statutory Law and the Constitution, precipitated by the actions of the Executive and Judicial Branches, is clear. The disenfranchised and aggrieved position of the General Assembly as the Constitutionally authorized lawmaking Body in this Commonwealth is now beyond dispute,” the pastors write.

 

All people are invited to read and sign the Open Letter to the Citizens and historic resolution at www.RestoreTheLaw.org.

 

Rohrer, co-hosts, and guests explore topics like these on APN’s popular, live, daily radio program “Stand in the Gap Today.” Rohrer also hosts the daily short radio feature “Stand in the Gap Minute, and “best of” shows from the week are broadcast on “Stand in the Gap Weekend.” Likewise, “Stand in the Gap TV” considers transcending complex and divisive cultural issues, seemingly difficult to navigate, from a biblical worldview perspective.

 

View the media page for APN hereFor more information on APN, visit www.AmericanPastorsNetwork.net, its Facebook page or follow APN’s Twitter feed, @AmericanPastors. For information about forming a state chapter of APN, contact amy@americanpastors.net.

Pastor Steve Somthermon: “How long is it going be before we rise up and say ‘OK, that’s it’” POINT ON PASTOR! Thank you Pastor! The Governor is ruling over our Churches, our everyday lives, schools, our children,hospital/nursing home visits to our loved ones, businesses, parks, recreation….and more and more as we suffer in many ways as a state. What will Thanksgiving and Christmas look like this year for our families? The Governor speaks down to us! Look what she said about the people of Espanola! Read more below.

Legacy Church in ABQ Leads The Charge For The Church

We must be in prayer for the Churches in America! The Christian Post is reporting:

As many as one in five churches could permanently close as a result of shutdowns stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, according to David Kinnaman, president of the prominent Christian research organization Barna Group.

In an interview with NPR Monday regarding the status of American churches after months of shutdowns, Kinnaman said although churches were handling things “pretty swimmingly” at first, circumstances have changed for some.

1 in 5 churches facing permanent closure within 18 months due to COVID-19 shutdowns: Barna

I asked Pastor Paul Holt one of my mentors in life, who is the Pastor of First Baptist Church in Magdalena, New Mexico his thoughts on this:

The author doesn’t understand the issues correctly. The churches that are closing down are the ones that have moved away from scripture and are ashamed of the gospel.
Meanwhile, many of those churches are not in sound financial shape to weather the storm.
At our business meeting last night, we saw we were in the black over the summer.
Praise the Lord for His wisdom and direction. Empty preaching leads to an empty Church.
Thank you Pastor Paul for your thoughts.

From Pastor and FGGAM writer Pastor Jerry McCullah who is also am mentor of mine:

Political correctness says, “I shouldn’t say anything that offends another, even if what I say is true.”
Narcissism says, “God exists for my benefit, and should be willing to be manipulated by me for my wishes.”
False preachers and church members profane God by trying to bring Him down to their level, contemptuous of His holiness.
A true disciple says, “I am nothing without God. I exist for His pleasure. I will speak His truth in His love regardless of consequences. I live in holiness to bring glory to Him.”

Read much more below:

Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2

After the Governors COVID update this past Thursday I was very unsettled. My spirit was very disturbed as a Pastor and news reporter. She gave us all the dickens and really hammered on the Espanola community about not wearing masks. The last time I had heard anything like that was years and years ago back home in Windom, Minnesota, the great Hubert Humphrey came to my hometown and gave the farmers the dickens. The difference here was the farmers knew Hubert was right and they had great respect for him. The Governor of New Mexico has and is losing the respect of the people New Mexico. In South Dakota awhile back the people held a parade of cars around the Governors mansion in appreciation for the work during COVID of done by Governor Kristi Neom. I do not think that will ever happen here. The people of South Dakota love their Governor. What is Godly Leadership?

I wanted to share about this bright and early Friday but I was still praying to the Lord as to what to say about this. I had a prayer meeting with an Albuquerque businessman yesterday morning and on the way I got a call of the passing of a dear, dear friend. That took a lot of the wind out of my sails. Pray for the Susan Saludo Parks family, Susan could not be more than 45, she had had chemo and a bone marrow transplant….she went through so very much. Susan has two boys. Please keep them and her Mom and Dad in your prayers. I first met Susan in 1995 when I moved here to Albuquerque, we worked together in radio.

I am still mourning over Susan’s passing and got some calls from friends that also worked with Susan, she was the one of the sweetest people I have ever met in my life.

This morning I continued to pray what to write about Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. I have never seen a Governor take control of a state like her. The Governor has been allowed to control our lives, our Churches, restaurants and all other businesses, schools…on and on. The Supreme Court rules in her favor on everything when they hear a case from the people.

On Thursday when she really hammered on the Espanola community, she got down right mean. She likes to threaten us all with further action and rolling back lockdowns. The Governor talked to the Espanola folks like they were little kids misbehaving. She belittled them and us all here in the state, awful stuff. She acts like we are all dummies. This is no way to be a leader. I have lived here since 1995 and we have not had a Governor worth a hoot. I do not know why New Mexico fails at electing a good Governor, it saddens me. The last Governor was a Republican and she also failed to end abortion and other evils in the state and left the citizens of New Mexico in a lurch, paying out big bucks because of monkey business in her administration. She also failed to invite us all to her famous pizza party.

The Governor and her people at these COVID updates keep saying they want New Mexico to be number one in fighting COVID, wear your mask, wash your hands, do social distancing….on and on…….they want to be number one in this COVID deal but we are already number one in suicides, alcohol related diseases, we are number one in America in underprivileged children, we kill God’s babies thorough abortion, many business have closed for good, lives have been ruined, dreams have been crushed and on and on and you can make a list I am sure. We are number one in failure. I have never seen a Governor in all my years take such control of a state and its people and CHURCHES!!!!!!

New Mexico is burning down, the foundation is crumbling at this moment. Right now I see no end in the near future for this madness to end. It is like a Nightmare.

Read The Letter Here from the Mayor of Espanola responding to the belittling from the Governor to the people of the beautiful Espanola Valley. God Bless you Mayor Javier Sanchez for standing up for the people of Espanola!

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