American Pastors Network’s Sam Rohrer: ‘GSA’s Decision Usurps the Constitutional Process’

Recent headlines have reported that the General Services Administration (GSA) has given the green light to engage with Joe Biden’s transition team. In her letter to the Biden team, GSA Administrator Emily Murphy noted that the decision to provide transition resources should not be understood as a determination that one of the candidates has won the election.

Says the Honorable Sam Rohrer, president of the American Pastors Network and a former nine-term state representative, “The GSA decision to follow the unlawful ‘coronating’ of candidate Joe Biden as ‘President elect’ despite sufficient uncontested and certified votes to the contrary is but one more evidence of the unelected bureaucrats working hand in hand with illegitimate journalists in the media to usurp the Constitutional process by conferring a ‘constitutional status’ on someone they have no authority to confer.

“A desire to proceed with a ‘normal and legal’ transition to a new U.S. President must never be outweighed by an ‘abnormal’ and ‘unlawful’ transition to a new U.S. President.

“The circumstances pointing to the most compelling evidence of election fraud perpetrated by nefarious domestic and foreign enemies must be fully investigated, prosecuted, and rectified or there can never be a lawful election in the U.S. again.

“The willful refusal of elected leaders—too many even from the U.S. Senate GOP—to recognize the clear evidence of election fraud, is an indictment on them personally and a violation of the obligations of their Constitutional Oath of office to uphold and defend the laws of the United States. It is shameful and they should be publicly ridiculed for their miserable failure to pursue and defend justice.”

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The Promise of Five Kernels of Corn-A Thanksgiving Story

by Bethany Blankley

Originally published HERE.

November 11, 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims landing in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Next year marks the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving held in North America in November 1621. Governor William Bradford declared a Day of Thanksgiving and the Pilgrims celebrated with 90 Indians, enjoying a three-day-long feast.

The harvest of 1621 was abundant thanks to the help of their friend, an Indian named Squanto, who had helped them plant crops and grow and store food. He also taught them how and where to fish. Were it not for his help, many, including Gov. Bradford, believed they would have starved to death.

Later on, the new colony’s food supply was greatly depleted after 35 British travelers arrived on a ship. Many colonists died that winter from sickness and starvation. Just barely two years after their arrival, by the spring of 1622, the Pilgrims were starving.

The winter of 1621-1622 they were reduced to daily rations of five kernels of corn per person.

Twelve weeks of drought dried up their crops by April 1623. Desperate and crying out to God they gathered as a group and fasted and prayed for eight hours straight. The next morning they reported that a gentle rain fell on their land and continued for 14 days. Their crops were saved, and what they thought was lost was now abundant. They even had a surplus of corn, which only a few months earlier had seemed unimaginable.

By Thanksgiving 1623, the Pilgrims had an abundance of food to eat but began their celebration differently. Before their meal they placed five kernels of corn on their plates to remind them of how much God had provided for them, “lest anyone should forget.”

The story is wonderfully told in the book, The Light and the Glory: Did God Have a Plan for America?

The five kernels of corn help us to remember five things for which we are thankful.

  • The first kernel reminds us that God loves us.
  • The second kernel reminds us that God provides for all our needs.
  • The third kernel reminds us of the friends God has given us.
  • The fourth kernel reminds us of everyone God has given us who love us.
  • The fifth kernel reminds us that God hears our prayers and answers us.

Facing near starvation they pressed on, they looked inward and confessed their sins asking God to have mercy to save them. As a result of God’s mercy and providence they survived.

The five kernels of corn helped them remember their arduous journey just three years prior. They had travelled across the Atlantic Ocean in a cargo ship not meant for passengers. Their destination was Virginia—to reach an already settled area. Instead, they landed in a deserted, barren land in a bitter cold winter in Cape Cod.

William Bradford, who became their governor, was initially booked to sail on another ship departing from Holland. But that ship twice returned to port because of structural issues. He joined Pilgrims on the Mayflower, which first left Southampton, then Plymouth, England, taking on more supplies and people than they had planned for, including Bradford and his wife.

There were many setbacks and delays to even get to the point of departure.

Once they set sail across the Atlantic Ocean they were on board the Mayflower for two months surviving treacherous storms. Once they landed they were on board for another month while men went out on several expeditions to figure out where they could set up camp.

Many were sick on the journey and five died on the ship when they first arrived in the harbor.

Still—they pressed on—and created one of the most fundamental governing documents in the history of the U.S., the Mayflower Compact.

In 1621, they met Squanto, whom to their astonishment, could speak perfect English. He became their interpreter, enabling them to join alliances with Chief Massasoit of the Wampanoag tribe.

What the Pilgrims and Squanto could not have known was that in God’s providence, Squanto had been kidnapped twice, traveled across the Atlantic Ocean four times, learned English and been spared from the Small Pox, which killed his entire tribe while he was gone. The Pilgrims arrived in an uninhabited land—where his tribe had been living— that could have otherwise been hostile towards them.

If Squanto had not been able to return to his homeland without all the help he received along the way he would not have been able to help the Pilgrims survive.

The five kernels of corn served as a reminder of all of the ways in which God had protected them. Now 400 years later, that testimony lives on through the 35 million direct descendants from the Mayflower, as recorded by the Mayflower Society.

William Bradford wrote,

“As one small candle may light a thousand, so the light kindled here has shown unto many, yea in some sort to our whole nation … We have noted these things so that you might see their worth and not negligently lose what your fathers have obtained with so much hardship.”

To listen to an interview with Bethany Blankley on the Miracle of Thanksgiving, please click HERE.

Sam Rohrer on Restore the Law at PA Leadership Conference

What does it mean to restore the law? Watch this short video as Sam Rohrer explains how lawlessness is the problem and restoring the law is the solution.

American Pastors Network Has the Answer to Unlawful Power Grabs Across America: It’s Called ‘Restore The Law’—and It’s Up to the People to Get Legislators to Act Now

As the presidential election nears during this time of Coronavirus, one point is patently clear: Our great nation must reopen from coast to coast—and do so responsibly and lawfully. In all states and cities, it can be done. But everyone, including our legislative branch of government, needs to be on board with it for the long-term health and well-being of both America and all Americans.

For some time, the American Pastors Network has stressed its vital “Restore The Law” initiative, launched in response to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s orders to businesses, churches, schools, and other operations to shutter across the state in March. Though federal judge William S. Stickman wisely ruled that such an edict by the Wolf administration was unconstitutional, a federals appeals court subsequently ruled that the state could, in fact, reinstate COVID-focused restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings. This latest ruling in favor of lawlessness makes the “Restore The Law” initiative even more crucial.

Developments in Michigan bear continued close watching as well. The Michigan Supreme Court on October 2 ruled that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer violated her constitutional authority by continuing to issue closure and lockdown edicts for Michigan residents and businesses without the state legislature’s approval.

On their own, however, court rulings are insufficient. Neither the executive branch nor the judicial branch possesses the constitutional authority to write new legislation. Lawmaking is reserved for respective legislatures—and it has been usurped. Only lawmakers can reclaim this vital responsibility—and they must Restore The Law.

Says the Honorable Sam Rohrer, president of the American Pastors Network and a former nine-term state representative, “Citizens across Pennsylvania must work together—starting now—to contact members of the General Assembly, who are empowered and obligated to speak for them. Authority resides in the people, and the people must take it back through their elected representatives,” Rohrer adds.

He believes the Pennsylvania legislature needs to Restore The Law immediately. “We are in this situation in the first place because the legislature sought to invoke the law, only to be spurned by the governor and enabled by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Today, lawlessness again reigns—and only the legislature can ‘Restore The Law,’” Rohrer says.

PA Pastors Network Sam Rohrer Speaks at PA Leadership Conference on Restoring the Law in PA

Pennsylvania Pastors Network President, Sam Rohrer, speaks at the 2020 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference on “Restoring the Law”. He makes a compelling case for the immoral and unconstitutional actions of the PA Governor and Supreme Court, and urges the legislature to take the steps necessary to restore the law.

American Pastors Network Has an Urgent Fix for the Lawlessness Across America: ‘Restore The Law’—Legislators Take Courage!

During the first debate of the 2020 election season, President Donald Trump made an important point that bears repeating at this time of Coronavirus: Our great nation must reopen—and reopen responsibly, carefully, and lawfully. In all states, it can be done. It must be done. And everyone, including the legislative branch of government, needs to be on board with it for the long-term well-being of Americans.

For weeks, the American Pastors Network (APN, americanpastorsnetwork.net) has stressed its vital “Restore The Law” initiative, which it first announced when Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf ordered businesses, churches, schools, and other operations to shut down across the state in March. Wisely, federal judge William S. Stickman ruled that such an edict by the Wolf administration was unconstitutional.

Yet any court ruling is insufficient. Neither the executive branch nor the judicial branch possesses the Constitution authority to write legislation and make law. Lawmaking is reserved to the respective Legislatures—and it has been usurped. Only lawmakers can reclaim their responsibility and Restore The Law.

Says the Honorable Sam Rohrer, president of the American Pastors Network and a former nine-term state representative, “Citizens across Pennsylvania must work together—starting right now—to contact members of the General Assembly, who are empowered and obligated to speak for them. Authority resides in the people, and the people must take it back through their elected representatives,” Rohrer adds.

 Stickman’s ruling gives the Pennsylvania legislature all the ammunition it needs to Restore The Law—so it must do so immediately. “We are in this situation in the first place because the legislature sought to invoke the law only to be spurned by the Governor and enabled by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Lawlessness now reigns and only the legislature can ‘Restore The Law,’” Rohrer says.

APN’s Restore The Law initiative is in line with the organization’s clear mission, which is to be “a voice for truth and an advocate for pastors in the public square by providing Bible-based and constitutionally consistent analysis and recommendations on matters of public policy.”

This is why the American Pastors Network recently released its Open Letter and Resolution at www.RestoreTheLaw.org.

Rohrer says further of Judge Stickman’s ruling last month, “It underscores not only the accuracy, but the content of our letter and resolution, and why the legislature must declare the July 1, 2020 Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision (regarding HR 836) to be ‘null and void and without authority.’ Judge Stickman’s decision gives overwhelming support to the legislature—but it does not re-establish the legislature’s constitutional authority usurped by our Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Wolf-led executive branch. Therefore, we must all, as citizens, call on our legislature to take courage and take action—now!”

Adds Rohrer, “The judge’s decision confirms the identification of the problem as lawlessness and by extension, the resultant serious unbalancing of the delicate balance of power in our Commonwealth—the same as we are seeing all across America. This usurping of authority and acting outside the law initiated by the Wolf-led executive branch and then enabled by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court was fully detailed in our open letter and resolution,” Rohrer continues.

“No citizen nor judicial branch action can re-establish the constitutional balance of power or Restore The Law,” he also says. “This is why we called upon the legislature and we call now again on the Pennsylvania General Assembly to move swiftly and boldly to ‘Restore The Law,’ as called out in our open letter and resolution. While Judge Stickman identified the problem, he cannot prescribe the solution. We call on the legislature to do what only they can do: Restore The Law.” 

Learn more about APN’s urgent open letter and resolution at www.RestoreTheLaw.org.

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American Pastors Network Cheers Trump’s Nomination of Constitutionalist to SCOTUS

Consistent with its invitation to citizens, pastors, and lawmakers to Restore the Law violated by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, the American Pastors Network welcomed President Trump’s selection of Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court of the United States seat left vacant after the death of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

APN values Barrett’s distinguished record of loyalty to the U.S. Constitution, to the original meaning of words codified by the founders and later lawmakers, and to the rule of law.

“APN supports President Trump’s nomination of Barrett, an originalist and strict constructionist, which rings true to our mission to be a voice for Truth and an advocate for Pastors in the Public Square by providing Bible-based and Constitutionally consistent analysis and recommendations on matters of public policy,” said APN President Sam Rohrer, a nine-term Pennsylvania state representative.

Barrett clerked for the late Justice Antonin Scalia — a renowned strict constructionist — after graduating from Notre Dame Law School, where she has taught for two decades. At 48 years old, Barrett would be the youngest justice currently on the Supreme Court.

Due to Barrett’s fidelity to the “plain meaning” of the Constitution and statutes, Rohrer has hailed Barrett as a model of virtue that Wolf falls far short of.

Last month, the American Pastors Network and Pennsylvania Pastors Network (PPN, papastors.netsent an Open Letter to all three branches of state government and wrote a Resolution to accompany it. Rohrer has called on pastors to lead the citizens of Pennsylvania in their shared responsibility to Restore the Law (RestoretheLaw.org).

Federal judge William S. Stickman ruled that it was unconstitutional for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and his administration to shut down and provide other directives to businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stickman said that Gov. Wolf and Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine “crossed the lines” established by the U.S. Constitution.

Rohrer emphasizes that the overreach in Pennsylvania not only disrupts the heart of democracy; it is indicative of a government power-grab all across the country.

“The judge’s decision confirms the identification of the problem as lawlessness and by extension the resultant serious unbalancing of the delicate Balance of Power in our Commonwealth — the same as we are seeing all across America. This usurping of authority and acting outside the law initiated by the Wolf-led Executive Branch and then enabled by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court was fully detailed in our Open Letter and Resolution,” Rohrer said.

“No citizen though, nor Judicial Branch action can re-establish the constitutional Balance of Power or Restore the Law. This is why we called upon the Legislature and we call now again on the Pennsylvania General Assembly to move swiftly and boldly to ‘Restore the Law’ as called out in our Open Letter and Resolution.”

With the near certain confirmation by the Republican Senate majority, the Constitution may find another friend and APN’s may find another voice as they insist on running the government in accordance with the law.

All people are invited to learn about APN’s open letter and resolution at www.RestoreTheLaw.org.

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In Response to Federal Judge Ruling PA Gov. Pandemic Shutdown Unconstitutional:

Citizens, Contact Your Legislators to Restore the Law; Legislature Cannot Recognize Court’s Ruling as Gov. Wolf Acted Outside the Law Causing Chaos

Federal judge William S. Stickman ruled that it was unconstitutional for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and his administration to shut down and provide other directives to businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stickman said that Gov. Wolf and Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine “crossed the lines” established by the U.S. Constitution. According to an article from the Pittsburgh Business Times, Stickman “…ruled limits on gatherings issued by the Wolf administration violated the First Amendment right of assembly and stay-home and business closures imposed in the early parts of the pandemic violated the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.”

American Pastors Network and Pennsylvania Pastors Network (PPN, papastors.netlast month sent an Open Letter to all three branches of state government and wrote a Resolution to accompany it. APN President Sam Rohrer, a nine-term state representative, has called on pastors to lead the citizens of Pennsylvania in their shared responsibility to Restore the Law (RestoretheLaw.org).

Now that Judge Stickman has ruled Gov. Wolf’s guidelines as ‘unconstitutional,’ the legislature must do what only they can do to ‘Restore the Law,’ says Rohrer.

“Citizens across Pennsylvania must work together — starting right now — to contact members of the General Assembly, who are empowered and obligated to speak for them. Power belongs to the people, and the people must take it back through their elected representatives,” Rohrer continued.

While Rohrer understands that legislators may be hesitant, he adds that the Stickman ruling gives all the ammunition needed for the legislature to restore the law.

“We are in only in this situation in the first place because the legislature laid down to the PA Supreme Court and allowed the Executive and Judicial branches to break the law,” Rohrer said.

Rohrer said in reaction to the Stickman ruling, “It underscores not only the accuracy, but the content of our letter and resolution, and why the legislature must declare the July 1, 2020 Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision (regarding HR 836) to be ‘null and void and without authority’. Judge Stickman’s decision gives overwhelming support to the Legislature, but it does not re-establish the Legislature’s constitutional authority usurped by our Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Wolf led Executive Branch.

“The judge’s decision confirms the identification of the problem as lawlessness and by extension the resultant serious unbalancing of the delicate Balance of Power in our Commonwealth—the same as we are seeing all across America. This usurping of authority and acting outside the law initiated by the Wolf-led Executive Branch and then enabled by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court was fully detailed in our Open Letter and Resolution,” Rohrer continued. “No citizen though, nor Judicial Branch action can re-establish the constitutional Balance of Power or Restore the Law. This is why we called upon the Legislature and we call now again on the Pennsylvania General Assembly to move swiftly and boldly to ‘Restore the Law’ as called out in our Open Letter and Resolution. While Judge Stickman identified the Problem, he cannot prescribe the Solution. We call on the Legislature to do what only they can do to now, ‘Restore the Law’”.

All people are invited to learn about APN’s open letter and resolution at www.RestoreTheLaw.org.

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Citizens Must Own Responsibility, Compel Legislature to Hold Executive and Judicial Branches Accountable for Unlawful Mandates

Sharp concern over Executive Branch and Judicial Branch violations of state law continues to spread among the citizens of Pennsylvania, as a growing number of the state’s pastors urge churchgoers to embrace their Biblical and Constitutional responsibility to hold the state government accountable for the unlawful coronavirus mandates currently in effect.

The groundswell of citizen concern is the latest ripple effect of an Open Letter that the American Pastors Network and Pennsylvania Pastors Network (PPN, papastors.netrecently sent to all three branches of state government.

The Open Letter affirms the central role and responsibility of the citizen, in God’s plan for civil authority, to promote and uphold lawful and just government — and to hold officials accountable.

“We implore the Governor and the Justices to recognize their accountability to God first, to the People and to the Constitution. We implore them to do their first duty, which is to uphold the law, not to seek to make the law,” the letter states.

“We recognize that these are increasingly perilous days and that in accordance with God’s plan for society and as recognized by our Founders, the citizens and those in civil authority must lead righteously, morally and with fidelity. Any alternative will be destructive to the very foundations upon which this Commonwealth and nation were founded,” the letter continues.

APN President Sam Rohrer, a nine-term state representative, says citizens have a moral obligation to urge the Legislative Branch to hold the Executive and Judicial Branches accountable for overstepping their authority.

“The Executive Branch has broken the law, aided and abetted by the Judicial Branch,” Rohrer said. “We cannot wait for the judiciary — which is compromised and complicit — to restore the rights of the people that have been trampled in the name of public health.

“Power belongs to the people, and the people must take it back through their elected representatives,” Rohrer continued. “Citizens across Pennsylvania must work together — starting right now — to contact members of the General Assembly, who are empowered and obligated to speak for them.”

Rohrer is calling on pastors to lead the citizens of Pennsylvania in their shared responsibility to Restore the Law (RestoretheLaw.org).

“Everyone has a vital part to play to keep this body politic alive,” Rohrer said. “Pastors must give direction about the biblical source and limitations of civil authority. Citizens must follow their pastors’ direction and act to hold state officials accountable. Officials must respond to the will of the people and respect the source and confines of the power God and the people have entrusted to them.”

 

According to a Resolution accompanying the letter, neither Natural Law nor Pennsylvania Statue permit the state to usurp the sovereignty and consent of the people, whose rights come directly from God, not from a civil authority.

 

“Citizens of the Commonwealth have their liberties granted by their Creator, and protected by the Constitution of the United States and the Commonwealth … and the Commonwealth has the burden of proof to show citizens a threat to others before removing their God-given liberties,” the Resolution states.

 

The Resolution cites 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.

 

APN holds that pastors, congregants, voters and state officials are out of excuses to ignore the governor’s and the court’s abuses of power.

 

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

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 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, as well as 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.

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