This Election May Be Our Last Chance to Fix America

“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3)

In the small Ohio town where I grew up, things changed slowly — if at all. As the years passed before I went off to college in another state, I experienced a predictable environment around me. Mom stayed home and took care of the kids. Dad went off to work and was home for supper. Our grandparents lived right up the road and brought us bags of oranges and fresh fruit at Christmas.

Christians went into a “holy huddle” mentality and tried to separate themselves from the increasing evil.

Sunday was always the day for worship in our church, and the Bible was considered true — all of it. Some people acted out and hurt others and were hauled off to jail to be disciplined by the courts. Some people got their college education and came back to take over the family business or to pursue a profession or job. The foundations were solid.

There were dos and don’ts, and we all knew that Jesus loved us “because the Bible tells me so.” But all that started changing even before I graduated high school. A few “rebels” were already experimenting with drugs, although the main drug of choice was beer.

Then the Supreme Court decided it was OK to abort babies at will by supposedly discovering a “right to privacy” that wasn’t in the Constitution, at least the one I read. They threw the Bible and the Ten Commandments out of our schools.

Oh, yes, the Bible Club could meet up the street in a union hall once a week.

So Christians went into a “holy huddle” mentality and tried to separate themselves from the increasing evil. Our pastor spoke on moral issues such as the prom, and the “hot topic” of the 1963 election was whether the pope would influence the government because John F. Kennedy was Catholic.

If we didn’t like a candidate of either party, we had no compunction about telling him to pack his bags and hit the highway by voting him out. But those were the simple times. The foundations had not yet been removed.

Now, they have.

The “pillars” of our society — the home, the church, and civil government — are no longer constrained by a strong father, the Bible, or the Constitution. They are no longer put together by faithful men who fear God or protected by nine legal scholars in black robes.

Regrettably, this may be America’s last truly free election. The party platforms of the Republicans and Democrats are diametrically opposed. When it comes to many societal issues, it’s as if Christ and the devil are in holy combat for the heart and soul of our nation.

The choice is clear. This election could be about destroying the America we’ve known for centuries and turning it into a vast, poor wasteland where there is no government except the power-hungry and self-serving, and no limitations on actions, as long as people can cruise through with no penalties.

If we choose the wrong path during this election, we may have no other time or voting choice to fix our mistakes — as we descend to a one-party cabal of uncivilized tribal groups.

We should remember what President Abraham Lincoln said in the middle of that mess that was the Civil War:

“Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this administration, will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation. We say we are for the Union. The world will not forget that we say this.”

He continued: “We know how to save the Union. The world knows we do know how to save it. We — even we here — hold the power, and bear the responsibility. In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free — honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth. Other means may succeed; this could not fail. The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just — a way which, if followed, the world will forever applaud, and God must forever bless.” (President Abraham Lincoln, annual address to the U.S. Congress, Dec. 1, 1862)

Maybe we are simply destined to repeat the past. Not with .44 caliber bullets and canons, but with PC laws and “discovered” rights that divide us up to make us ready for the enemies of freedom — the invaders who will kill us off one by one.

This may very well be America’s last election. What do you think — and what will you do?

-Sam Rohrer, American Pastors Network President

This article was originally published by Lifezette online magazine HERE.

Stand in the Gap Today 11/03/16

Attorney David New will be on the program today to discuss the “Constitutional Crisis” our nation is in. What will it take to bring true justice back into our legal system? Host: Sam Rohrer

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The Islamic State is making significant gains across the globe and even inside the U.S., but is Turkey about to become an Islamic State? Dr. Jimmy DeYoung, Host of Prophecy Today, joins the program as guest.

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What is the Islamic “Reformation”? How did it start and what does it mean? Also, an update on the GOP Candidates in the polls, and a look at the upcoming debate! Guest: Tom Wallace  Hosts: Gary Dull and Dave Kistler

Stand in the Gap Today Radio Program Informs and Equips Pastors to Respond Biblically to Today’s Issues

Dear Friends,

In this letter I’d like to encourage Pastors to consider these words from George Barna, author and researcher formerly with the Barna Research Group who spoke at our recent U-Turn Conference held at Lancaster Bible College on March 19th. He is addressing the audience with a pointed message for pastors and on what needs to happen for there to be changes made in our churches and in our society.  He says:

“…What we’ve found is that pastors like to read the newspapers and the Internet, and watch television news programs about the issues. They’re informed. But they’re keeping that information to themselves. What I’d implore all of you to do is not simply be informed for the sake of being informed but take in that  information and go back to God’s word and figure out what does God say about these issues. And figure out how you can share that with your people. That’s what they need. They don’t need more happy talk when they come to church. They need stuff that’s going to kick them in the pants and say, “This is what a follower of Christ does.”

Our primary mission at the American Pastors Network is to identify, encourage, equip, and educate pastors to “Stand in the Gap” for truth.  Our daily news analysis program called “Stand in the Gap Today” is meant to be a tool for pastors, church leaders, and Christians alike to not only be informed, but also to be equipped to know what the Bible has to say about the events and issues confronting our world todayWe exist to help YOU to think from a biblical and constitutional perspective about these things so that you can go back and share with your friends, family, and congregation!

Won’t you make it a priority to tune in each day during the lunch hour, from 12-1pm ET to hear what you need to know about what’s happening in our world today?  Visit www.standinthegapradio.com and click on the “Listen LIVE” link which will take you to the home page of our local network station, WFYL 1180.

In the Defense of Truth and Freedom,

Sam Rohrer

P.S. As the 2016 Presidential GOP Candidate field narrows down over the next few months, we’ll be talking about the biblical qualifications for the ideal nominee.  In fact, on a recent program, we discussed the FOX News Presidential debate and who we think measures up! To listen to the archived program, click HERE.

Remember, you can listen to ‘Stand in the Gap Today’ on your smartphone or android.  Download the free “TuneIn” app from your app store and search for WFYL.  The program airs every day on this station from 12-1pm ET.  If you want to know the topic for each day, follow us on the APN Facebook page HERE!

 

 

Stand in the Gap Today Brings Hope and Clarity to Today’s Issues

Dear Friends,

From nearly every perspective – political, economic, prophetic, religious, academic, and medical –the world seems to be turning upside down!  Consider the following:

  • The Iran Bomb deal and the facilitated coalition of Russian, China, India, Iran, etc.
  • The cyber wars, currency wars, and physical wars escalating with China, Russia, Iran and North Korea
  • The beyond manageable US and World debt
  • The religious figure of the Pope announcing world religion and promoting a One World Government
  • An isolated Israel and a United States facilitating the promotion of an evil alliance against Israel
  • A United States, once the shining City on a Hill, now the bellowing gates of Hell as this nation incites hatred by all other nations as we strong arm them into submission of our evil by trying to force them to adopt laws embracing homosexuality and abortion and corrupted politics.

This is why, as we deal with the issues of the day on our new ‘Stand in the Gap Today’ radio program, we look at the events around us and attempt to bring clarity to them by looking through the lens of Biblical Truth and our Constitution.  By God’s grace, He is using APN in our various ministries to bring hope and clarity to a confused world as we encourage Pastors and all Christians to ‘Stand in the Gap for Truth’.

Specifically, I’d invite you to listen to a program that aired on Monday, August 17, featuring Middle East and Israel expert, Dr. Jimmy DeYoung, also host of Prophecy Today, who helped us understand the Iran Nuclear Deal, and the developing tensions with Russia and China and Iran.  He also shared what’s happening in Israel from a biblical, prophetical perspective. You can listen to this program: HERE.

More recently, Dr. DeYoung joined us for an update on the alignment of nations, the rise of NATO, and the preparations to resume Old Testament sacrifices on the Temple Mount.  You can listen to this program HERE.

As we move through exciting yet perilous times, we invite you to stay informed and encouraged by listening to ‘Stand in the Gap Today’ for a biblical perspective on what’s happening here and around the world.

In the Defense of Truth and Freedom,

Sam Rohrer

 

P.S. Remember, you can tune in LIVE to Stand in the Gap Today’ from 12:00-1:00 pm ET on our new website: www.standinthegapradio.com  and also find archives to all of our radio programs there. To listen to ‘Stand in the Gap Today’ on your smartphone or android, download the free “TuneIn” app from your app store and search for WFYL.  The program airs every day on this station from 12-1pm ET.  If you want to know the topic for each day, follow us on the APN Facebook page HERE!

National Prayer Breakfast Becomes Worship of Political Correctness, Rather Than God

Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., a 63-year tradition, was a chance for President Obama to unite the nation in faith, especially in the wake of violence and terror around the world. 

Instead, says the American Pastors Network (APN, www.americanpastorsnetwork.net), the event has strayed from the Christian faith it was founded upon and instead now seeks to validate every other religion around the world.

“Sadly, the president’s words last week were not only lacking in biblical truth but they were also outright deceptive,” said APN President Sam Rohrer, who is also President of the Pennsylvania Pastors Network (PPN, www.papastors.net). “The National Prayer Breakfast is meant to be a time to come together for fellowship and prayer ‘in the spirit of Jesus’. This president turned it into an event that worships the god of political correctness while attempting to create some feeble moral parity between Christians and radical Islamic terrorists. The president took particular care not to mention Islam or Muhammad in a negative light yet willingly attacked Christ, demonstrating the truth of his words years ago, that ‘should the political winds ever shift in an ugly direction,’ he will ‘stand with Muslims.’ What we saw last week was his making good on that promise and prioritizing Islam over Christianity.” 

 In his address, the President did condemn those who seek to use religion as a rationale for carrying out violence around the world, declaring that “no god condones terror.” However, instead of addressing directly the violence at hand being carried out by radical Islam, he chose to liken today’s violence to that carried out more than 700 years ago by those who claimed Jesus Christ.

“And lest we get on our high horse and think that this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ,” Obama said. “In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ. … So it is not unique to one group or one religion. There is a tendency in us, a sinful tendency that can pervert and distort our faith.” He added a call for all people of faiths to show humility about their beliefs and reject the idea that “God speaks only to us and doesn’t speak to others.”

“The president’s remarks were astounding in their fallacy,” Rohrer continued. “While any atrocity committed in the name of Jesus Christ directly contradicts the example Jesus himself set throughout the New Testament, every atrocity committed in the name of Islam directly mirrors the example of Muhammad, who called for and carried out violence such as that which we continue to see today. When our leadership uses today’s radical Islamic violence as an excuse to target Christians, it’s a clear indication that this administration is calling good evil and evil, good, and attacking the very Judeo-Christian foundation on which our nation was built. I am glad that so many people have spoken out against the president’s words, but unless we go to our knees in prayer and open our mouths and preach the Truth and live out the Truth in boldness coupled with love, we will see persecution on a large scale right here. We must study and know the Truth in order to discern the Truth in times of great deception.”

American Pastors Network Calls for Return to Biblical Constraint in Upholding Justice

PHILADELPHIA—Soon after the city of Ferguson, Mo., announced that police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted on homicide charges for the death of Michael Brown, lawlessness erupted on the streets.

In the hours and days after the announcement, protestors—some of whom turned violent—burned locally owned businesses and police cruisers, despite the pleas of local pastors, the NAACP and Brown’s family to keep the protests peaceful. By Wednesday, about 45 had been arrested and countless buildings burned to the ground.

Sam Rohrer, President of the American Pastors Network (APN,www.AmericanPastorsNetwork.net), says the problem is one of lawlessness masquerading as justice, both in Ferguson and around the country.

“From the very highest levels of government to the streets of Ferguson, we are witnessing the practical repudiation of the rule of law, moral law and constitutional civil law under the false pretense of justice,” Rohrer said. “Our nation, in this ‘Holy Experiment’ of self-government as envisioned by William Penn, was possible, he said, only if the citizens submitted themselves to the 10 Commandments of God. This developing love affair with lawlessness not only threatens our very republic but also will be judged by God Himself. It must be repudiated by all who fear God and love freedom, from the White House to the row house.”

Rohrer adds that any consideration for truth and biblical justice regarding current events—in Ferguson or in the White House and other situations—is conspicuously missing.

“Unless our citizens and leaders direct their energies to the good of others and submit themselves to God’s moral law, lawlessness will continue. If the interest is to preserve our freedom, then duty and responsibility, not license, must be embraced and demonstrated. Where there is no fear of God, there can be no freedom.”

Todd Johnson, a member of the APN leadership council and the pastor of First Immanuel Baptist Church in North Philadelphia, echoed these thoughts.

“When a law is broken, the way to fix it is not to riot or destroy property but to demonstrate peaceably,” Johnson said. “Lawlessness never leads to justice, only to anarchy.” 

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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.

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To interview Sam Rohrer, President of American Pastors Network andPennsylvania Pastors Network, contact Deborah Hamilton atdhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096.

 

American Pastors Network: At Thanksgiving, Being Thankful and Obedient Gives Way to Peace Only God Can Give

The American Pastors Network (APN, www.AmericanPastorsNetwork.net) is reminding Christians this Thanksgiving season that, even in the face of trouble and trials, thanking God daily—not only on November 27—brings us peace that passes all understanding.

“We’ll soon celebrate Thanksgiving Day,” said APN President Sam Rohrer in one of APN’s recent “Stand in the Gap” radio features. “But giving thanks to God every day is important if you want God’s peace. In these uncertain days of disease, daily Islamic threats, economic uncertainties, and attacks on God’s institution of marriage and on pastors themselves, peace can be elusive. Yet we’re told in Philippians 4 that we must not be anxious for anything. To worry and fret is to doubt God’s ability to meet our needs and His love for us.

“To try to work it out for ourselves rather than seek God’s help relegates God to the back seat,” Rohrer continued. “We’re told instead to pray and give thanks in everything, and God will give us great peace even in the midst of the biggest storms. Praying and being thankful go hand-in-hand. While giving thanks starts with obedience, it alone yields the kind of peace that only God can give.”

Rohrer added that while giving thanks has great benefits, it is ultimately an act of the will and often requires a determined choice when emotions say that there is little reason for thankfulness. He emphasized that the Christian life has very little to do with emotions but everything to do with making a decision to obey, follow and trust God regardless of where feelings might pull. True thankfulness is not a feeling, but a decision.

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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.com, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096.