American Pastors Network Encourages Pastors to Preach on Marriage, as Oregon and PA Strike Down Marriage Protection Acts

PHILADELPHIA—The American Pastors Network (APN, www.americanpastorsnetwork.netis encouraging pastors around the country and throughout the nation to preach on marriage on June 1 and in the coming weeks, in the wake of two judges striking down marriage defense acts in Pennsylvania and Oregon, respectively. Same-sex marriage is now legal in 19 states in the union and the District of Columbia.

APN president and former Pennsylvania state legislator Sam Rohrer, who also serves as president of the Pennsylvania Pastors Network (PPN, www.papastros.net), a state chapter affiliate of APN, says the organization is calling on pastors to take a stand in the face of this flagrant attack on God’s law and our constitutional liberties.

“Last week, two federal judges mocked the law of God and declared the will of the people irrelevant by striking down two states’ prohibitions against same-sex marriage,” Rohrer said. “In one case, the judge dared to go so far as to say that it’s time to ‘discard’ such laws ‘into the ash heap of history.’ This flagrant and arrogant attack on God-ordained marriage and on the freedom of all Americans demands a response.

“These rulings have serious implications. In each case, the judges appointed themselves the power to usurp the authority of both Moral Law and Civil Law: Moral Law by thinking themselves superior to God in declaring God’s definition of marriage and the family null and void and Civil Law by disregarding the Constitutional authority of individual states to pass laws reflecting the will of the people.”

APN is urging pastors to “Stand in the Gap for Truth” as America is in the throes of a severe moral crisis.

“This week’s rulings are, of course, not isolated instances,” Rohrer continued. “Instead, they are pivotal cogs in a massive effort to declare God’s definition of marriage unconstitutional and to censor individuals and states that dare to proclaim belief in God-ordained marriage.  Our nation will not escape judgment simply because we are ‘America.’ God will not be mocked, and these are the sins that God will judge. Church walls will offer no protection if our freedoms are obliterated. We pray that pastors across America will boldly speak truth in a culture that rejects it.”

APN is the largest national network of pastors who believe in the authority of Scripture, boldly preach the whole counsel of God with a disciplined application of a biblical worldview to matters of public policy, are building a permanent infrastructure of biblically faithful pastors and lay leaders, and are mobilizing congregations to participate in the political process on a non-partisan basis.

By growing state chapters who will support the mission, APN is building a nationwide, permanent infrastructure of like-minded pastors who:

  1. Affirm the authority of scripture
  2. Take seriously Jesus’ command to be “salt and light” to the culture
  3. Want to encourage informed Christian thinking about contemporary social issues
  4. Want to examine public policy issues without politicizing their pulpits, using well-prepared teaching and preaching resources
  5. Want to engage their congregations in taking part in our political process on a non-partisan basis.

Current resources offered by APN include an extensive online resource library, offering pastors many free resources on issues such as traditional marriage, along with topics ranging from economics and education to abortion and homosexuality. APN also airs several “Stand in the Gap” radio features, including a daily “Stand in the Gap Minute” addressing Biblical and cultural challenges facing pastors as well as the one-hour “Stand in the Gap Weekend,” which airs sermons by APN pastors. The upcoming “Stand in the Gap Freedom Focus” will be a one-hour daily program presenting national and international news and analysis.

The American Pastors Network has a mission to identify, encourage, equip, educate and network pastors and church members to “Stand in the Gap for Truth” across the nation while providing Bible-based and constitutionally consistent analysis and recommendations on matters of public policy. APNis the largest, national network of pastors who believe in the authority of scripture, who boldly preach the whole counsel of God with a disciplined application of a biblical worldview to public policy, and who are building a permanent infrastructure of biblically faithful pastors and lay leaders and mobilizing congregations to participate in the political process.

For more information on APN, visit www.AmericanPastorsNetwork.net.

The Pennsylvania Pastors Network is a group of biblically faithful clergy and church liaisons whose objective is to build a permanent infrastructure of like-minded clergy who affirm the authority of Scripture, take seriously Jesus’ command to be the “salt and light” to the culture, encourage informed Christian thinking about contemporary social issues, examine public policy issues without politicizing their pulpits and engage their congregations in taking part in our political process on a non-partisan basis.

For more information on PPN, visit www.papastors.net or call 610.584.1225.

The American Pastors Network is a Ministry Program Affiliate of Capstone Legacy Foundation (a 501(c)(3) non-profit Christian Public Community Foundation registered nationwide).

Pennsylvania Pastors Network is a state chapter affiliate of the American Pastors Network. The American Pastors Network is a Ministry Program Affiliate of Capstone Legacy Foundation (a 501(c)(3) non-profit Christian Public Community Foundation registered nationwide).

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To interview Sam Rohrer, President of American Pastors Network and Pennsylvania Pastors Network, contact Deborah Hamilton at dhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096.

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