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Truths That Transform – The Culture War in America


D. JAMES KENNEDY MINISTRIES
PRESENTS TRUTHS THAT TRANSFORM. THERE IS A BATTLE
RAGING IN OUR TIME, ONE CLAIMING MANY
CASUALTIES. BUT IT MAY NOT BE THE
BATTLE YOU THINK. FIND OUT MORE ON TODAY’S
TRUTHS THAT TRANSFORM. THIS IS TRUTHS
THAT TRANSFORM. ♪ WELCOME TO TRUTHS
THAT TRANSFORM, A VIEWER SUPPORTED
PROGRAM. I’M FRANK WRIGHT,
PRESIDENT OF D. JAMES KENNEDY MINISTRIES. WE ARE INDEED A NATION AT
WAR- AND NOT JUST WITH RADICAL ISLAM. WE ARE IN A PROTRACTED
BATTLE FOR THE HEART AND SOUL OF AMERICA. WE ARE IN A BATTLE OF
WORLDVIEWS- OR AS MY FRIEND ROBBY GEORGE PUTS
IT WE’RE IN “A CLASH OF ORTHODOXIES.” CALLING IT A CULTURE WAR
DOESN’T BEGIN TO DESCRIBE ITS TRUE CHARACTER. IT IS AN EFFORT TO DRIVE
EVERY VESTIGE OF RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION FROM
THE PUBLIC SQUARE. IT IS A WAR ON
CHRISTIANITY. SO THE QUESTION BECOMES:
WHAT SHOULD THE CHRISTIAN RESPONSE BE TO THE ASSAULT
OF RADICAL SECULARISM? SOME ARGUE WE SHOULD JUST
“PREACH THE GOSPEL” AND IGNORE EVERYTHING
ELSE GOING ON. YET THE GOSPEL SPEAKS TO
MORE THAN JUST THE REALM OF PERSONAL MORALITY AND
ETHICS- IT DECLARES THE LORD SOVEREIGN OVER ALL
THINGS AND ALL OF LIFE. WE CAUGHT UP WITH OUR
FRIEND TONY PERKINS, THE PRESIDENT OF THE
FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL, TO ASK HIS OPINIONS
ON THIS BATTLE. TONY, THANKS FOR
BEING WITH US, IT’S A GREAT PLEASURE
TO HAVE YOU HERE. DR. WRIGHT, AS ALWAYS
GREAT TO BE WITH YOU. LET’S TALK ABOUT SOME OF
THE SPECIFICS OF EXECUTIVE ACTIONS THAT HAVE PLACED
THE REPUBLIC IN SUCH JEOPARDY. LET’S TALK A LITTLE BIT
ABOUT THE SEPARATION OF POWERS: HELP PEOPLE
UNDERSTAND WHY THE FOUNDERS THOUGHT THAT WAS
IMPORTANT AND WHY ITS DEMISE COULD BE THE
DEMISE OF THE REPUBLIC. WELL I THINK WE’VE SEEN
THIS IMBALANCE IN THE SEPARATION OF POWERS-
THREE EQUAL BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT, BUT RECENTLY
WITH THE DEATH OF ANTONIN SCALIA, SUPREME
COURT JUSTICE, WE’VE SEEN THIS RUSH TO
REPLACE HIM BECAUSE THE COURT HAS BECOME LIKE A
SUPER LEGISLATIVE BODY IN MANY WAYS CONTROLLED
AND INFLUENCED BY THE PRESIDENT, NOT AT THE
MOMENT BUT YOU KNOW THEY PLACE THEIR PERSON ON THE
COURT WHICH HAS LONG-TERM IMPLICATIONS
FOR THE COUNTRY. NEVER INTENDED
TO BE THAT WAY, IT WAS INTENDED THAT THEY
SIMPLY WERE THE REFEREES THAT CALLED BALLS AND
STRIKES AND THAT’S NOT THE CASE TODAY. AND SO WE’VE SEEN THIS
PRESIDENT WHO HAS PUSHED THE ENVELOPE ON EXECUTIVE
POWER WHETHER IT WAS THE ISSUE OF IMMIGRATION,
WHETHER IT WAS THE ISSUE OF APPOINTMENT OF RECESS
APPOINTMENTS AND IN FACT SOME CASES THE COURT HAS
SLAPPED HIM DOWN AND SAYING HE HAS EXCEEDED HIS
POWER BUT HE DOESN’T SEEM INTIMIDATED BY
THAT AT ALL. AND YOU’VE SEEN A CONGRESS
THAT I THINK IN MANY WAYS HAS BEEN EMASCULATED. THEY HAVE STEPPED BACK
AND CAPITULATED TO A EVER OVERREACHING
EXECUTIVE BRANCH. CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN JAY,
FIRST CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE US SUPREME COURT, SPEAKING
ABOUT THE CHRISTIAN CHARACTER OF THE AMERICAN
NATION SAID: IT’S WISE FOR PEOPLE TO CONSIDER
CHRISTIANS FOR THEIR RULERS, FOR THEIR LEADERS. WHAT’S YOUR VIEW
OF THAT TODAY? DO ALL OF OUR ELECTED
OFFICIALS NEED TO BE CHRISTIANS? WHAT’S THE MATRIX THAT
YOU USE IN EVALUATING A CANDIDATE AND THEIR FAITH
AND HOW THAT RELATES TO WHERE THEY WELL FRANK, I THINK IF
WE’RE TRULY GOING TO OPERATE FROM A BIBLICAL
WORLD VIEW AS CHRISTIANS, WHICH I THINK THAT WE
SHOULD USE THE BIBLE AS OUR CONSTRUCT BY WHICH WE
LIVE IN SOCIETY: WHETHER THAT’S HOW WE CONDUCT OUR
BUSINESS, IN OUR HOME, TREAT OUR FAMILY, OUR
WIVES, OUR CHILDREN, RAISE THEM. WHETHER IT’S HOW WE ENGAGE
IN THE MARKETPLACE OR WHETHER IT’S HOW WE ENGAGE
IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE. AND YOU KNOW WE GO BACK TO
THE OLD TESTAMENT WHERE JETHRO GAVE INSTRUCTIONS
TO MOSES ON HOW HE SHOULD SELECT LEADERS:
MEN WHO FEAR GOD, MEN WHO ARE ABLE. AND SO I THINK WE DON’T
JUST DEFAULT TO SOME BECAUSE SOMEONE SAYS
THEY’RE A CHRISTIAN, THAT’S NOT GOOD ENOUGH. THEY NEED TO BE PREPARED,
CAPABLE AND MEN WHO HAVE A TRACK RECORD OR WOMEN WHO
HAVE A TRACK RECORD OF LEADING. IN SOME SENSE YOU GET
THE LEADERS YOU DESERVE. YOU DO AND IT IS A
REPRESENTATION OF WHO WE ARE BUT LET ME BE
VERY CLEAR FRANK, AND I KNOW YOU
AGREE WITH THIS, I KNOW DR. KENNEDY
WOULD AGREE WITH THIS- OUR SALVATION DOES NOT
COME FROM WASHINGTON DC, I DON’T MEAN OUR
ETERNAL SALVATION, I’M TALKING ABOUT EVEN
OUR PRESENT SALVATION. BUT WE HAVE SEEN SUCH AN
INCREASE IN HOSTILITY TOWARD RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
AND EXPRESSION IN THIS COUNTRY THAT THE ABILITY
TO FREELY LIVE OUT OUR FAITH IN A WAY THAT
IMPACTS THE WORLD AROUND US FOR CHRIST IS AT RISK. THE SUPREME COURT VACANCY
THAT HAS OCCURRED WITH THE PASSING OF JUSTICE
ANTONIN SCALIA, IT SEEMS TO ME IS NOT LIKE
JUST THE PASSING OF ANY OTHER JUSTICE BECAUSE THE
BALANCE OF THE COURT HAS BEEN HANGING ON THIS 5-4
KNIFE EDGE AND IT’LL GO ONE WAY SOMETIMES
AND ANOTHER WAY. THIS APPOINTMENT, IF
FILLED WITH THE WRONG PERSON, COULD CHANGE THE
CHARACTER OF THE SUPREME COURT FOR HOW LONG? THIS COURT HAS BEEN
ACTUALLY PRETTY GOOD ON THE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
ISSUES GOING 5-4 IN FAVOR OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. THIS CHANGES THAT WITH THE
PASSING OF JUSTICE SCALIA AND IF THERE IS A LIBERAL
JURIST APPOINTED TO REPLACE HIM THE COURT
HAS CLEARLY SHIFTED. AND THAT SHIFT,
FOR INSTANCE, JUSTICE SCALIA 29
YEARS ON THE COURT, I MEAN WE’RE LOOKING AT
INDIVIDUALS SPENDING UPWARDS OF A GENERATION
AND IF YOU’LL NOTICE THE DESIRE IS TO APPOINT A
YOUNG JUDGE WHO CAN STAY THERE A LONG TIME, SO THIS
WILL HAVE IMPLICATIONS FAR BEYOND THE PRESIDENT WHO
MAKES THE APPOINTMENT. YEAH GOOD, GOOD. THANKS SO MUCH. WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR TONY’S
SERVICE TO THE LORD AND FOR HIS VALUABLE INSIGHTS. INTERESTINGLY, HE TOLD
ME THAT AS A YOUNG MAN, HE BENEFITTED FROM
WATCHING DR. D. JAMES KENNEDY ON TELEVISION
ON A REGULAR BASIS. PARTICULARLY, HE
APPRECIATED THE BALANCE OF EVANGELISM AND OF THE
CULTURAL MANDATE- SHARING THE GOSPEL BUT ALSO
ENGAGING THE CULTURE WITH THE MIND OF CHRIST
ON IMPORTANT ISSUES. YET AS TONY AND
OTHERS CAN TESTIFY, STEP INTO THE PUBLIC
ARENA WITH BIBLICAL TRUTH AND YOU WILL FACE
FIERCE OPPOSITION. HERE IS A PORTION OF
DR. KENNEDY’S PROPHETIC MESSAGE ON THE CURRENT
CONFLICT IN THIS NATION, ENTITLED: “THE CULTURE
WAR IN AMERICA.” WE HAVE IN AMERICA TODAY,
GOING ON WHAT MAY BE CALLED CULTURE WARS. BUT ONE THING THAT YOU
NEVER HEAR FROM THE MEDIA IS WHO STARTED THE WAR. RIGHT? WHO DID? WELL, IT’S INTERESTING
THAT BECAUSE OF THE BLATANT CENSORSHIP THAT
HAS GONE ON IN OUR SCHOOLS, COLLEGES FOR
OVER A GENERATION, WE HAVE A VAST MULTITUDE
OF PEOPLE WHO KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THE REAL FOUNDING
OF THIS COUNTRY. THEY DON’T REALIZE THAT
WHAT HAS HAPPENED IS THAT THIS COUNTRY, WHICH FOR
300 YEARS WAS A CHRISTIAN NATION, SINCE THE PILGRIMS
LANDED HERE AND IN THE LAST 50 YEARS AN
INCREASING ASSAULT BY ATHEISTS, AGNOSTICS,
SECULARISTS, HUMANISTS OF EVERY COMMUNISTS OF
EVERY STRIPE IMAGINABLE. THEY HAVE HAD THIS
UNCEASING BARRAGE OF ATTACK AGAINST ALL OF THE
CHRISTIAN INSTITUTIONS OF THIS COUNTRY AND HAVE BEEN
ENORMOUSLY SUCCESSFUL IN TAKING OVER THE ENTIRE
PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM, TAKING OVER MOST
OF THE MEDIA. IN 1850 ALMOST EVERY
NEWSPAPER IN THIS COUNTRY WAS OPERATED, RUN,
PUBLISHED BY CHRISTIANS. WHEN DID YOU LAST PICK UP
A CHRISTIAN NEWSPAPER? AND WE ARE SIMPLY SAYING
IT IS TIME FOR CHRISTIANS TO DEFEND THE SPIRITUAL
LIBERTY AND VALUES THAT MADE THIS NATION GREAT. WE DIDN’T START THE WAR! (APPLAUSE) WE DIDN’T START IT, BUT
BY THE POWER OF GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT, BY THE
POWER OF HIS GOSPEL, BY CHRISTIAN MEN AND WOMEN
BEING COMMITTED TO SHARE THE POWER OF THAT GOSPEL,
WHICH IS THE ONLY POWER THAT CAN TRANSFORM
LIVES, WE, BY HIS GRACE, ARE GOING TO END IT. (APPLAUSE) THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO
ARE STILL ENJOYING MANY ASPECTS OF AMERICAN LIFE. BUT I REMEMBER THE WORDS
OF DR. FRANCIS SCHAEFFER, WHO GAVE ONE OF THE VERY
LAST SERMONS THAT HE EVER PREACHED SHORTLY BEFORE
HE DIED RIGHT FROM THIS PULPIT. HE SAID THAT THE PROBLEM
IN AMERICA AS THAT EVEN CHRISTIANS ARE SEEKING
ONLY PEACE AND PROSPERITY, WHILE THEY WATCH THE WHOLE
CULTURE SLIDE INTO HELL AROUND THEM AND DO
NOTHING ABOUT IT. BUT IF WE CONTINUE THE
WAY THAT WE ARE GOING, AND IF CHRISTIANS DO NOT
BEGIN TO DO SOMETHING TO CHANGE IT WE ARE GOING
TO SEE BOTH PEACE AND PROSPERITY UTTERLY
DEMOLISHED IN THIS NATION. AND WE WHO HAVE SAT BY,
AS DR. SCHAEFFER SAID, WANTING ONLY OUR OWN
PERSONAL PEACE AND PROSPERITY, AND HAVE ALLOWED
THESE THINGS TO TAKE PLACE, WE ARE GOING TO BE HELD
RESPONSIBLE BY GOD. WHAT CAN WE DO? VERY QUICKLY, TWO THINGS. I’VE SAID THEM A
THOUSAND TIMES. I’LL SAY THEM AGAIN,
BECAUSE THEY’RE THE TWO THINGS GOD TELLS US TO DO. THERE IS THE GREAT
COMMISSION, FIRST OF ALL. THAT WE NEED TO PROCLAIM
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST TO EVERY CREATURE. DO YOU KNOW WHAT
THE PROBLEM IS? THE PROBLEM IS
VERY SIMPLE. WHAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH
ALL OF THESE PEOPLE, WITH ALL OF THE
UNGODLY PEOPLE, THE PEOPLE THAT HATE
CHRIST AND HATE CHRISTIANS AND HATE HIS WORD? THEY HAVE NEVER
BEEN CONVERTED. THAT’S THEIR PROBLEM. WE HAVE, BECAUSE OF OUR
OWN NEGLECT AND OUR OWN FAILURE TO OBEY THE
GREAT COMMISSION, WE’VE ALLOWED AN
EVER-GROWING NUMBER OF HEATHEN TO SPRING UP IN
THIS COUNTRY UNTIL THEY’RE VIRTUALLY SURROUNDING
THE CHURCH. THE TIME HAS COME NOW
WHILE THERE IS STILL A PLACE TO STAND,
TO TAKE A STAND. WHAT THE UNGODLY AND THE
IMMORAL WANT FROM US IS SIMPLY NOTHING MORE OR
LESS THAN OUR SILENCE. AND WE HAVE BEEN ALL TOO
WILLING TO ACQUIESCE AND GRANT THEM THAT SILENCE. WE NEED TO PREPARE
OURSELVES TO SPEAK. WE NEED TO PROCLAIM FIRST
OF ALL THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST. IT IS BECAUSE OF THE
DISOBEDIENCE OF CHRISTIANS IN CHURCHES ALL
ACROSS THIS LAND, THEIR DISOBEDIENCE TO
THE GREAT COMMISSION, WHO TOLD EVERY PERSON THAT
NAMES THE NAME OF CHRIST TO GO AND PROCLAIM THE
GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE AND THE VAST MAJORITY OF
CHRISTIANS IN THIS NATION HAVE BEEN TOTALLY
DISOBEDIENT TO THAT COMMISSION. I WOULD ASK YOU, HOW MANY
PEOPLE HAVE YOU PERSONALLY LEAD TO JESUS CHRIST? IT SHOULD BE MANY. BUT THOSE PEOPLE THAT
YOU HAVEN’T LED TO JESUS CHRIST ARE THE PEOPLE THAT
ARE TEACHING YOUR CHILDREN ALL SORTS OF IMMORAL
AND UNGODLY THINGS. THEY’RE THE PEOPLE THAT
SHOULD HAVE BEEN WON TO CHRIST IN THE LAST DECADE,
IN THE LAST 50 YEARS, IN THE LAST CENTURY THAT
HAVEN’T BEEN WON TO CHRIST, WHO’VE BEEN
MULTIPLYING AND TAKING OVER THE INSTITUTIONS
OF THIS COUNTRY. AND NOW ARE BANGING ON
THE DOORS OF THE CHURCH ITSELF. WE ARE TOLD TO GO OUT ON
THE OFFENSIVE AND PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. HOW LONG WILL WE CONTINUE
IN THIS DISOBEDIENCE, REFUSING TO DO THE CENTRAL
THING THAT CHRIST TOLD US TO DO, TO PROCLAIM THE
GOSPEL TO A LOST, IMMORAL, INCREASINGLY
ANTI-CHRISTIAN, ANTI-GOD WORLD? DEAR FRIENDS, AS WE GO
FROM THIS CONFERENCE MAY WE GO WITH A NEW
DETERMINATION THAT WE ARE GOING TO SERVE CHRIST,
WE ARE GOING TO MAKE HIM KNOWN, AND WE ARE
GOING TO BECOME A PART, IN SOME WAY, OF THIS
SOCIETY IN WHICH WE LIVE, TO DO SOMETHING TO CHANGE
IT BACK TO RECLAIM AMERICA FOR CHRIST. WILL YOU DO THAT? DO SOMETHING TOWARD THAT
END THAT YOU HAVEN’T DONE BEFORE. UNLESS WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO
HAVE THAT COMMITMENT THERE IS NO HOPE FOR
THIS COUNTRY. ONE OF THE VICTIMS OF THE
WAR ON CHRISTIANITY HAS BEEN THE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
OF ALL AMERICANS- NOT JUST CHRISTIANS. WHILE THE FIRST AMENDMENT
GUARANTEES ALL AMERICANS THE RIGHT TO FREELY
EXERCISE THEIR FAITH WITHOUT INTERFERENCE
FROM THE GOVERNMENT, TODAY WE HEAR SOME
WHO WOULD LIMIT THOSE PROTECTIONS TO “FREEDOM
OF WORSHIP” ONLY. IN OTHER WORDS YOU CAN
WORSHIP PRIVATELY AS YOU CHOOSE, BUT DON’T TAKE
YOUR FAITH INTO THE PUBLIC SQUARE. AND SO IT IS THAT THE
FORCES OF POLITICALLY CORRECT ORTHODOXY ARE ON A
COLLISION COURSE WITH THE FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS OF
PEOPLE WITH DEEP RELIGIOUS CONVICTIONS. HERE IS OUR OWN DR. JERRY
NEWCOMBE WITH MORE. RELIGIOUS
LIBERTY, I THINK, IS ALMOST PUBLIC ENEMY
NUMBER ONE FOR A GREAT MANY SEGMENTS
OF OUR SOCIETY. WHEN THE CITY OF
PHOENIX EXPANDED ITS NON-DISCRIMINATION
POLICY TO INCLUDE SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND
GENDER IDENTITY, IT WAS HOPING TO
PROTECT PEOPLE. BUT IN REALITY WHAT HAS
HAPPENED IS THAT THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN TRADITIONAL
MARRIAGE ARE NOW ESSENTIALLY BEING TOLD TO
GIVE UP THAT BELIEF IF THEY WANT TO GO INTO
BUSINESS IN THIS CITY, TO THE POINT WHERE THEY
COULD EVEN GO TO JAIL OVER THE ISSUE. CASE IN POINT- A
PHOENIX-BASED SMALL BUSINESS CALLED
BRUSH & NIB. BRUSH & NIB, IT’S AN LLC
IT’S A KIND OF A CREATIVE CALLIGRAPHY
INVITATION COMPANY. IT’S RUN BY TWO
YOUNG WOMEN IN THEIR MID-TWENTIES. CREATING BEAUTIFUL THINGS
IS WHAT I LIKE TO DO. IT’S A PART OF WHO I AM. IN EVERY WAY WE JUST
WANT TO PUT AS MUCH OF OURSELVES INTO OUR
ART AS POSSIBLE. I PLANNED TO DO IT
ON MY OWN ORIGINALLY. I HAD BEEN EXPERIMENTING
WITH PAINTING AND WAS GETTING FRUSTRATED
WITH THE RESULTS. AND I NEEDED
THIS OTHER PIECE. WE MET AT BIBLE STUDY AND
SHE WAS NERVOUS ABOUT FUNDS AND EVERYTHING ELSE,
LIKE SAVING UP ENOUGH MONEY TO START HER
CALLIGRAPHY BUSINESS. AND I WAS TELLING HER YOU
KNOW THAT’S REALLY BRAVE BECAUSE I’M A PAINTER AND I
WOULD LOVE DO THAT FULL TIME. IT WAS JUST A NEAT FEELING
BECAUSE I REMEMBER HER TALKING ABOUT PAINTING
AND THAT TRIGGERING IN MY MIND: WHAT IF WE
COULD WORK TOGETHER? AND JUST KNOWING THAT SOMETHING LIKE THAT WAS DEFINITELY GOD-ORCHESTRATING, AND
WHAT COULD THIS TURN INTO? AND JUST GRADUALLY WE CAME
TO REALIZE THAT HAVING THE BUSINESS TOGETHER
WOULD BE THE BEST. I FEEL LIKE IT WAS
COMPLETELY A GOD-THING THAT JOANNE AND I MET. I THINK IT WAS ALL IN
HIS TIMING, AND PERFECT. I LOVE TO DO CALLIGRAPHY
ON ALL TYPES OF THINGS BUT WEDDINGS ARE
REALLY SPECIAL. BECAUSE THEY CREATE
WEDDING INVITATIONS FOR OPPOSITE SEX WEDDING
CEREMONIES THE LAW REQUIRES THEM TO DO SO TO
PROMOTE SAME-SEX WEDDING CEREMONIES, THAT’S ONE
ASPECT OF THE LAW. ANOTHER ASPECT OF THE LAW
THAT’S EQUALLY SUPPORTED IS IT ESSENTIALLY
PREVENTS OUR CLIENTS FROM EXPRESSING THEIR RELIGIOUS
BELIEFS IN FAVOR OF TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE OR
OPPOSITE SEX MARRIAGE ON THEIR WEBSITES. THE CITY OF PHOENIX SAYS
THAT IF YOU WANT TO RUN YOUR BUSINESS ACCORDING
TO RELIGIOUS BELIEFS, SUCH THAT YOU ARE
UNWILLING TO CREATE EXPRESSIONS CELEBRATION
SAME SEX MARRIAGES, OR EVEN ANNOUNCE
PUBLICALLY THAT YOUR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS PROHIBIT
YOU FROM CELEBRATING SAME SEX MARRIAGES, THAT YOU
CAN BE FINED AND ALSO EVEN THROWN IN JAIL IF
YOU DO THOSE THINGS. IT ISSUES JAIL TIME OF UP
TO 6 MONTHS AND ALSO A CRIMINAL FINES OF UP TO
$2500 PER DAY THAT SOMEONE VIOLATES THE LAW SO EACH
DAY ADDS UP QUICKLY AND YOU CAN IMAGINE 6 MONTHS
FOR EACH DAY BOOM BOOM BOOM THAT COULD BE
A LONG JAIL TERM. IN EFFECT IT PREVENTS
CHRISTIANS IN CREATIVE BUSINESS PROFESSIONS FROM,
IT REQUIRES THEM TO CREATE ART FOR EVENTS PROMOTING
SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IF THEY DO SO FOR EVENTS PROMOTING
OPPOSITE SEX MARRIAGE. WHAT WOULD BRUSH & NIB
SAY TO THE OBJECTION, “WELL, YOU’RE NOT
BEING TOLERANT”? THEY TOLERATE EVERYBODY,
THEY CREATE ARTWORK FOR PEOPLE OF ALL DIFFERENT
SEXUAL ORIENTATIONS, ALL DIFFERENT
TYPES OF PEOPLE, THEY JUST CAN’T CREATE ART
THAT PROMOTES AN EVENT THAT VIOLATES THEIR
BELIEFS AND THAT SHOULD BE TRUE FOR EVERY AMERICAN
WHETHER A HOMOSEXUAL WHO OWNS A CALLIGRAPHY COMPANY
DOESN’T WANT TO CREATE ARTWORK PROMOTING A
CHRISTIAN EVENT FOR TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE,
THAT’S FINE THEY SHOULDN’T HAVE TO DO THAT. RATHER THAN WAIT FOR THE
CITY TO LOWER THE BOOM ON THEIR NEW BUSINESS,
BRUSH & NIB, WITH THE HELP OF THE
ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM, DECIDED ON A
PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKE TO GET THE ONEROUS LAW DECLARED
UNCONSTITUTIONAL. WOULD BRUSH & NIB ACTUALLY
CHOOSE CONSCIENCE OVER POTENTIALLY JAIL TIME? YES, OUR CLIENTS WOULD
RATHER GO TO JAIL THAN VIOLATE THEIR CONSCIOUS
AND THEY’D SAID SO TO THE COURT, OF COURSE THEY
DON’T WANT TO GO TO JAIL AS ANY SANE PERSON WOULD
WANT TO DO THEY WANT TO JUST LIVE AND BELIEVE
AND ACT AS EVERY OTHER AMERICAN CAN JUST
ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR CONSCIENCE AND
THEIR SCRUPLES. WE HOPE TO HAVE THE COURT
TELL THE CITY OF PHOENIX, YOU CAN’T ENFORCE THE
LAW IN A WAY THAT WOULD REQUIRE OUR CLIENTS AT
BRUSH & NIB STUDIO TO CREATE CUSTOM ART WORK
THAT VIOLATES THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. AS AMERICANS, WE HAVE
A STRONG BELIEF IN INDIVIDUAL AUTONOMY. IF I SAY I DON’T
WANT TO DO SOMETHING, FOR THE MOST
PART, IN AMERICA, YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO IT. THAT’S PART OF WHAT
MAKES OUR COUNTRY GREAT. RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IS IN
MANY WAYS THE BELLWETHER OF ALL OUR OTHER FREEDOMS. REMOVE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM,
AND ALL THE OTHER FREEDOMS BEGIN TO FADE WITH IT. THAT’S WHY OUR FOUNDERS
CALLED IT THE FIRST FREEDOM, ALL OTHERS
REST UPON IT. BUT UNFORTUNATELY THE
THREAT TO RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN OUR DAY IS ONLY ONE OF
MANY ISSUES EATING AWAY AT THE SOCIAL AND POLITICAL
FABRIC OF OUR NATION. AND AMID ALL THE DIVISION
AND CONFUSION CLARITY ON THESE IMPORTANT ISSUES
IS DESPERATELY NEEDED. TO HELP YOU BE PART OF
PROVIDING THAT CLARITY WE HAVE DEVELOPED A
SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY TO COLLECTIVELY MAKE OUR
VOICES HEARD TO OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES
AND TO KEY REPRESENTATIVES IN THE MEDIA. HERE’S MY VERY DEAR FRIEND
JENNIFER KENNEDY CASSIDY WITH MORE. JENNIFER WELCOME. THANK YOU, FRANK. THE ISSUES LYING BEFORE US
AS A NATION ARE AS CLEAR AS THEY ARE MOMENTOUS. PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP AND
OUR NEW CONGRESS ARE IN A POSITION TO MOVE ON ISSUES
OF GREAT IMPORTANCE, NOT ONLY TO YOU AND ME,
BUT ALSO TO AMERICA. YET OUR LEADERS NEED TO
HEAR FROM US SO THAT THEY WILL BETTER UNDERSTAND OUR
DETERMINATION TO HOLD THEM TO THEIR PROMISES. FOR IN THOSE PROMISES THE
VERY FUTURE OF FREEDOM MAY HANG IN THE BALANCE. TO HELP YOU GET AND KEEP
THE ATTENTION OF OUR POLITICAL LEADERS ON THESE
ISSUES WE’VE DESIGNED THE 2017 SPIRITUAL AND
CONSTITUTIONAL STATE OF THE NATION SURVEY SO THAT
YOUR VALUES- AND THE VALUES OF THOUSANDS OF
COMMITTED CHRISTIAN CITIZENS ACROSS THIS
COUNTRY- WILL BE CLEARLY AND EFFECTIVELY
COMMUNICATED TO THE PRESIDENT, MEMBERS
OF CONGRESS, CABINET OFFICIALS,
AND KEY MEDIA OUTLETS. TO RECEIVE YOUR SPIRITUAL
STATE OF THE NATION SURVEY, SIMPLY WRITE TO US AT: OR CALL TOLL FREE: OR GO ONLINE TO: PRO-LIFE, PRO-FAMILY, AND
PRO-FAITH FRIENDS LIKE YOU WERE AN IMPORTANT PART
OF THE CATALYST THAT DELIVERED SUCH ASTOUNDING
ELECTION RESULTS THIS PAST NOVEMBER. YOU SPOKE OUT- LOUDLY
AND CLEARLY- FOR LIFE, FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, AND
FOR THE FUTURE WELFARE OF OUR NATION. YOU FIRMLY REJECTED
THE RADICAL, ANTI-LIFE AND ANTI-FREEDOM
PLATFORM OF THE LIBERAL SOCIALIST WHO WERE
HIJACKING THE NATION. YOU HAVE SENT LEADERS
TO WASHINGTON DC, WHO HAVE PROMISED TO STAND
FOR YOU AND YOUR VALUES IN THE POLITICAL BATTLES
THAT LIE AHEAD. NOW, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE
YOU WILL CONTINUE TO BE HEARD! ACCOUNTABILITY MUST BE THE
WATCHWORD OF OUR DAY OR ALL THE TIME, MONEY, AND
EFFORT EXPENDED IN THE ELECTORAL PROCESS
WILL BE FOR NAUGHT. CONTACT US TODAY TO JOIN
IN THE 2017 SPIRITUAL STATE OF THE
NATION SURVEY. AND AS YOU DO WILL YOU
PLEASE REMEMBER TO INCLUDE A GENEROUS GIFT TO THE
ONGOING WORK OF THIS MINISTRY, WE REALLY NEED
YOU TO STAND WITH US FINANCIALLY AS WE SEEK TO
ADVANCE BIBLICAL TRUTH AND DEFEND YOUR FREEDOMS. SIMPLY WRITE TO US AT: OR CALL TOLL FREE: OR GO ONLINE TO: ALL OF OUR FREEDOMS ARE
ROOTED IN ONE IDEA. WHAT IS IT? IT’S BEING FREE TO LIVE
OUR LIVES ACCORDING TO THE DICTATES OF CONSCIENCE. THINK FOR A MOMENT ABOUT
THE FIRST AMENDMENT. AS YOU MAY KNOW, IT HAS
FIVE CORE COMPONENTS: FREEDOM OF RELIGION;
FREEDOM OF SPEECH; FREEDOM OF THE PRESS;
FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY; AND THE FREEDOM TO
PETITION THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE REDRESS
OF GRIEVANCES. ALL FIVE OF THESE
LIBERTIES REST UPON OUR FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE. FREEDOM OF RELIGION IS
NO REAL FREEDOM AT ALL- UNLESS I AM FREE TO
WORSHIP GOD ACCORDING TO MY CONSCIENCE. IN THE SAME WAY, IS MY
SPEECH REALLY FREE IF MY CONSCIENCE IS
FORCIBLY CONSTRAINED? WHAT ABOUT THE FREE PRESS? OR WHAT ABOUT
FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY? EVEN THE RIGHT TO PETITION
THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES IS
AN EMPTY PROMISE IF MY CONSCIENCE IS
SUBJECT TO RESTRAINT. OF COURSE FREEDOM OF
CONSCIENCE IS NOT AN UNLIMITED FREEDOM. IT DOES NOT OVERRIDE THE
JUST LAWS OF THE NATION. NOR DOES IT OVERRIDE THE
CONSCIENCES OF OTHERS. IN A CONSTITUTIONAL
REPUBLIC LIKE OURS, THE EXERCISE OF FREEDOM
IS FOREVER A BALANCING OF INTERESTS. BUT BEWARE THOSE WHO CLAIM
TO SUPPORT THE FREEDOM OF “WORSHIP.” THIS IS A MENDACIOUS
SLEIGHT OF HAND. BY IT THE ENEMIES OF
FREEDOM MEAN YOU CAN WORSHIP IN THE PRIVACY OF
YOUR OWN HOME OR CHURCH, BUT NOT OTHERWISE. YOU ARE FREE TO WORSHIP-
BUT KEEP IT WITHIN THE CONFINES OF YOUR “STAINED
GLASS GHETTOS” THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE FOUNDERS OF THE
AMERICAN REPUBLIC RECOGNIZED THIS
INCLINATION OF GOVERNMENT TO REGULATE RELIGIOUS
EXPRESSION. THE FIRST AMENDMENT
SPECIFIES TRUE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AS “THE FREE
EXERCISE OF RELIGION.” THE CONSTITUTION DOES NOT
PROTECT FREEDOM OF WORSHIP ONLY BUT ALSO THE FREEDOM
TO LIVE OUT YOUR FAITH IN PUBLIC LIFE. FOR THE CHRISTIAN,
RELIGIOUS CONVICTION PERMEATES ALL OF LIFE,
WITH THERE BEING NO SEPARATION BETWEEN SECULAR
THINGS AND SACRED THINGS. FOR THE BIBLICAL
CHRISTIAN, ALL OF LIFE IS SACRED AND
IS TO BE LIVED TO THE GLORY OF GOD. FREEDOM IS AN IDEA ROOTED IN
THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF ALL. THE WELLSPRING OF THAT
IDEAL IS THE DESIRE FOR SELF-DETERMINATION. ANY GOVERNMENT SEEKING TO
DENY FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE IS ATTEMPTING TO LAY THE
AX AT THE ROOT OF THE TREE OF LIBERTY- AN ABUSE OF
POWER WORTHY OF CONTEMPT. I’M FRANK WRIGHT. THANKS FOR JOINING US FOR
TRUTHS THAT TRANSFORM; WE’LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME. NEXT WEEK ON TRUTHS
THAT TRANSFORM. ONE OF THE BEST THINGS WE
COULD DO IN WASHINGTON IS LIMIT THEIR AUTHORITY,
LETS REIN IN ON ALL OF WHAT’S COMING OUT OF
WASHINGTON AND WHAT DOES THAT CREATE AN OPPORTUNITY
FOR PEOPLE LOCALLY ON A STATE LEVEL ON A LOCAL
LEVEL TO LIVE THEIR FAITH. THE BIBLE TELLS US THAT WE
ARE TO NOT PUT OUR TRUST IN PRINCES NOR IN THE SON OF MAN
IN WHOM THERE IS NO HELP. OVER THREE-QUARTERS OF
AMERICANS HAVE SAID CONSISTENTLY THAT OUR NATION
IS ON THE WRONG TRACK. THIS IS A CHANCE
TO TURN IT AROUND. THAT’S NEXT WEEK. TODAY’S PROGRAM IS
AVAILABLE ON DVD FOR YOUR GIFT TO THIS MINISTRY
OF ANY AMOUNT. PLEASE CALL, WRITE, OR LOG
ON TO OUR WEBSITE TODAY. THIS HAS BEEN A
PRODUCTION OF D. JAMES KENNEDY MINISTRIES

Otis Rodgers

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