American Pastors Network: Planned Parenthood Using Clergy to Justify Evil Deeds

The American Pastors Network (APN) is calling out Planned Parenthood for using clergy to help justify the recent deplorable actions under the guise of protecting “women’s health.”

Over the past several weeks, a letter to the editor from three Pennsylvania “faith leaders” has appeared in Lancaster Online, the newspaper for Lancaster County; the Allentown Morning Call; and, the online presence of the Philadelphia Daily News and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The letter—penned by a rabbi from Allentown, a retired King of Prussia preacher who is involved with Planned Parenthood, and a Lancaster pastor who is a “racial justice trainer” for YWCA Lancaster, according to a June 2015 Lancaster Online story—opened with:

“As faith leaders from across Pennsylvania, we are proud to publicly support Planned Parenthood and the essential care they provide. As providers of pastoral service in our houses of worship and faith communities, we trust Planned Parenthood to offer quality reproductive health care and educational programming, and we know that its mission and work is consistent with the teachings of our various faiths.”

“Concerted efforts through letters and other newspaper placements like these are evidence of the deep deception of Planned Parenthood to attempt to gain ‘moral’ justification for their evil deeds,” said APN President Sam Rohrer. “Those who are committed to the Lord’s work should have absolutely no ties to anything as barbaric as the behind-the-scenes inner workings of Planned Parenthood. Even out in the open, Planned Parenthood reported performing 327,653 abortions in one year (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, according to the Washington Times).”

APN member pastor Jamie Mitchell of Lancaster brought the story to the attention of APN leaders after he read the letter from the pastors and was distressed that any faithful leaders in his state would publicly declare their support for Planned Parenthood, especially in the wake of the scandal in which nine undercover videos thus far have pointed to the possible harvest and sale of the body parts of aborted babies.

“The American Pastors Network—and all Ministers of God—are in a position to defend true pastors and the truth,” Rohrer said. “Pastor Mitchell stood for truth by digging for the facts, and all pastors must, likewise, ‘stand in the gap for truth,’ ensuring that they too are defending life in their churches and empowering their congregations to do the same. Any ‘clergy’ member who would defend the actions of Planned Parenthood is frighteningly far from what God’s Word says about life and being created in His image.

“For all the hatred and denial of moral truth, even the evil seek ‘moral justification’ for their evil deeds,” Rohrer continued. “As Romans 1 and other passages say, the evil, while they deny the power of God, they carry within themselves the innate knowledge of right and wrong. They hate the truth, but they still like to claim truth. Planned Parenthood, much like the homosexual and same-sex marriage activist community, progresses through the stages of seeking acknowledgment, to acceptance to moral parity, to forced involvement.”

The letter from the pastors went on, “This is just the latest political attack on women’s health—and a clearly cynical and coordinated effort designed to undermine this essential health care provider. The group behind this attack has coordinated 10 separate similar campaigns like this over the last eight years. The group’s real agenda is becoming clearer every day—it wants to ban abortion and to defund Planned Parenthood.”

Added Rohrer, “The goals of those committed to life are no secret. We do want to ban abortion and defund Planned Parenthood. That mission is clear. And every faithful person who believes that Psalm 139:13 is true, that ‘you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb,’ (NIV) should stand for life rather than be ‘proud to publicly support’ the nation’s largest abortion provider.”

On Monday, Rohrer talked with Mitchell about this topic on APN’s daily one-hour radio program, “Stand in the Gap Today,” co-hosted by Gary Dull, APN board member and executive director and vice president of PPN, and Dave Kistler, president of the North Carolina Pastors Network (NCPN, Listen to the program here. “Stand in the Gap Today” can be heard on stations in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas, via satellite and streamed lived online at

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Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court refused to hear an appealed Kentucky case wherein county clerk Kim Davis has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses because of her deeply held religious beliefs.  That refusal has now landed Mrs. Davis in legal hot water!

On Thursday, she is scheduled to appear before a Federal judge, who will, most likely, issue a decision on her continued refusal to comply with the June SCOTUS ruling.  Her refusal is akin to Daniel 3, where three Hebrew children stood their ground and refused to “bow down and worship” the golden image of Nebuchadnezzar.

Like Mrs. Davis, the Hebrews were governmental employees!  Like Mrs. Davis, the Hebrews were standing against the overwhelming societal norms of the day!  Like Mrs. Davis, the Hebrew children faced a severe punishment for their refusal to comply with a government mandate in conflict with their religious beliefs!  Unlike the three Hebrew children, Mrs. Davis is not facing a death penalty (though some of the LGBT community may want to see her dead) for her decision!  Additionally, unlike Daniel’s three friends, Mrs. Davis has a governing United States Constitution that is clearly on her side!

In Mrs. Davis’ situation, all of the LGBT community is crying, “Just do your job!”  Issue same-sex licenses as you’ve been ordered to do!  Others (primarily Bible-believing, constitutionally informed, Christians) are saying, “Stand your ground and refuse to comply!”  A still smaller group is advocating that Mrs. Davis simply resign her position, if she has such firm, uncompromising beliefs!  In this, who is right?

In all honesty, Mrs. Davis certainly has clear Biblical ground on which to stand!  Daniel and his three friends did NOT resign!  In their situation, there was not pathway to do so!  They stood and had to bear the consequences of their stand.  Mrs. Davis will have to do the same!  But, resigning is, in my opinion, NOT obligatory!  

As well, I believe Kim Davis has MORE THAN sound constitutional grounds on which to make her stand!  The beloved First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is abundantly clear!  Her religious liberty CANNOT be “prohibited” (“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”).  There is no specification that says that she can practice her religious beliefs ONLY in her home, or on her non-work time!  No, Americans have always had and always believed (until very recently) that we have the freedom to practice our faith ANYWHERE, including on the job–be that job a government one, or not!!!

So, to Kim Davis I say, “Stand your ground!”  Refuse to succumb to the immense pressure that you must be facing!  Stand tall, unbent, and with firm resolve!  To the greater Christian community I say, “Pray for Mrs. Davis and show your support for her!”  Her battle is actually OUR battle!  Today, it is Kim Davis!  Tomorrow it will be the larger Christian realm!  If she loses, so do we ALL!  If she wins, we ALL win with her!  In once sense, we win either way.  I am reminded of the words of the Hebrew children, “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king” (Daniel 3: 17).

Dave Kistler
President, HOPE Ministries International
President, North Carolina Pastors Network (NCPN)
Co-host, Stand In The Gap Radio

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American Pastors Network Serves Ukraine by Providing Ongoing Biblical and Constitutional Assistance

Sam Rohrer, president of the American Pastors Network, recently returned from a week long trip to Ukraine, where APN representatives continued fulfilling a request to help Ukrainian leaders and pastors become re-energized in their mission and zeal to bring biblical and constitutional government to Ukraine.

Rohrer traveled with Col. John Eidsmoe, a frequent lecturer and debater at colleges, universities, churches and civic groups. Also a constitutional attorney, Eidsmoe has successfully litigated court cases involving First Amendment rights and religious freedom. Joining them was Pastor Dale Armstrong, International Director for APN, who has orchestrated APN’s on-the-ground involvement in the Ukraine over the past year.

During the trip, the APN team met with members of the media, constitutional lawyers, members of Parliament and key political figures on the essential elements regarding the writing of a new constitution. APN also planned an essay contest for high school seniors and college students, in an effort to help them understand the biblical principles behind the U.S. Constitution.

“The ongoing work in Ukraine and the doors that have been opened have been nothing short of miraculous,” Rohrer said, “and we give God all the glory for these tremendous opportunities. This relationship is also strong because these Ukraine leaders understand that America became a great nation because our country was built on a biblical foundation, and they want that foundation for their own nation. During our many interactions with Ukrainian pastors and leaders, APN has presented the biblical principles of authority, government, law, jurisdiction, ethics, integrity, and what it means to have a righteous government. These principles refer heavily to the American experience, to the view of our founders, and to the principles that drove the writing of our Declaration of Independence and Constitution.”

For the past year, APN has partnered with Ukrainian leaders, after first being invited last June to an International Leadership Summit by Bishop Valery Reshetinsky, who also serves as the Chairman of the Ukrainian Interchurch Council that represents 20 different evangelical denominations. During the initial summit with more than 100 in attendance, Ukrainian pastoral and elected leaders learned about the principles that made America great. Also attending that summit were approximately 15 key government officials from the executive and legislative branches, including top advisers and heads of government agencies and departments. Since those initial events, Rohrer and other APN leaders have been invited back to Ukraine multiple times.

“For years, the people of Ukraine have struggled with government instability, economic setbacks and personal crises,” added Armstrong. “Yet, amid that strife, are men and women who understand that the only way to establish a truly free and prosperous nation is by building a nation based on the foundation of God’s Word and His eternal truth. It has been both eye-opening and sobering to see that even as many in America reject this truth, Ukrainians are making sacrifices in pursuit of it.”

Rohrer continued that Ukrainian leaders have repeatedly confirmed their desire to establish a righteous government free of corruption and bribery, and one that would recognize and protect the basic and inalienable rights granted by God.