9-14-17: Hurricane Irma Relief Effort Update

QUESTION #1: What’s taking place on the ground in Miami and was the devastation from Hurricane Irma as bad as expected?

Answer:

Ed Stephens:

“Well, for this particular area of Miami-Dade County, there was a lot of damage as far as trees down and fences knocked over. I haven’t seen any roofs torn off. A lot of that has been improved since Hurricane Andrew hit here 25 years ago. Houses are better constructed and roofs are attached better than they used to be. We have a lot of trees down, and huge power outages. And now, just I’m kind of losing track of time … I don’t know, 3-4 days past the worst of the storm. We’re about four days past the storm now.

I’m losing track because we’re working 12-hour shifts, day and night, non-stop since the storm hit. But there’s been a very good clean up job out here. I think I heard the number yesterday that we went from over 4 million without electricity in the state of Florida, to about one and a half million as of last night. The people from FPL, Florida Power and Light, are just doing an outstanding job. Pre-deploying their assets and their crews and they get out there and get after it sixteen hours a day and just keep on going and trying to get people’s electricity turned back on. That’s the main thing after the storm is getting your electricity back and you know so you can have some air conditioning and being able to cook, and just the simple things that folks might take for granted if they don’t have to live through hurricanes.

… it wasn’t nearly as bad as what was predicted and outside of my house all we had was some fence damage and a lot of trees down. But overall, thank God, we did not get the full brunt of the storm here the way that the West side of the state did, and it’s not nearly as bad.”

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9-14-17: Florida Flooded with Faith-Based Support

QUESTION #2: How are the federal, state, local governments, and church groups working together to speed up recovery?

Answer:

Ed Stephens:

“Well, I’m seeing and hearing reports and I’m pretty much like everyone else that I’ve got to go by what I see and hear on the news because I’m not able to get out and assess it myself. But from what I’m hearing and seeing, the news reports there’s been tremendous response by faith based groups and it’s encouraging the people to be reminded again not to depend on big government to come to their rescue because they don’t do it very well at all. But faith based groups and organizations, churches, are the ones that get the supplies, the water, the various things that are needed after a natural disaster like this. They’ve done it very efficiently because they know where they’re at, they know their area, they know where the people are at that need the help the most.

So, I’m hearing some very encouraging reports about the help that is available, you know that may come from FEMA, but sourcing it through faith based groups is just a very helpful way of getting that help where it’s needed.”

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9-14-17: Democrat Majority at Faith-based Event

QUESTION #3: Tell us about the screening of “A Question of Faith” in Washington DC. How did it come about, who attended, and what was the response?

Answer:

Nathan Kistler:

“…the name of the film is “A Question Of Faith” and it will open nationwide on September 29th, just few days away. I was asked to go to a screening of the film, the very first screening actually for the actors of the film, by a former girlfriend still a wonderful friend of mine, Amber Nelon. And I went, loved the movie, we wanted to bring it here and so two nights ago we did a screening in the Rayburn Building, which was hosted by the first district of Texas Congressman, Louie Gohmert, and his office. They did such a wonderful job hosting and bent over backwards to help us put this screening together, and we had members of Congress, we had faith leaders from Washington D.C. About a little over half of the cast came into D.C. for this event, and it was just powerful. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house, everybody was crying. The film just has that effect and so it was a really powerful evening for sure.

…I was amazed as I started getting responses from members, I actually had more Democrats that had agreed to come, more than Republicans. So, the amazing thing about this film is that it crosses the party line and it’s about faith and it’s about family, about trusting the Lord, but also about reconciliation. And that is something we need in this country right now, more than ever. And a year ago, when they made this film no one had any clue where we were going to be as a nation, what would be going on, but God knew. And that’s the amazing thing, I think, about all of this is that God prepared this film for this time in our country.”

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9-14-17: Mirror, Mirror on the Hill

QUESTION #4: What encouraging things do you see happening on Capitol Hill?

Answer:

Nathan Kistler:

                  “…I’ve seen more meaningful ministry, and that’s meaningful from an earthly perspective, but more meaningful ministry in the past eight or nine months than I have ever seen in all the years combined that I have been around this town. God is up to something miraculous right now, and I want to say this, Congressman Gohmert said something very interesting the other night to me and he said it to everyone so I don’t mind saying this publicly, he said “Congress is mirror of the people of the United States” he said “I don’t believe that revival will come from Congress directly, if revival happens to America, to the people, Congress will reflect that.” And that was powerful, what he said to me. I believe that God is doing something, this is just a reflection of what is happening in America as a whole right now. So, don’t believe what you see on TV, and all of these things because God is doing something in America and Congress is feeling that here in the nation’s Capital.”

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9-8-17: Muslim Expansion

QUESTION #4: Little is being said about the presence of Iran in Venezuela. I’m wondering what your opinion is with respect to Iran’s strategic mission in Venezuela. What are they trying to accomplish there?

Answer:

IQ al-Rassooli:

“They’re converting the Latin-Americans. Not only in Venezuela by the way, they’re on your border with Mexico. Tens of thousands of Latinos are being converted to Islam, not to Christianity. They’re getting them out of Christianity to Islam. Don’t take my word for it. Again, I always tell people don’t take my word for it. Google it and check. They’re on the border with America, literally on the border with Texas. They are on the border and they’re converting tens of thousands of Latinos. By the way, they’re converting Latinos who are in the prison system within the United States of America to Islam.”

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9-8-17: Time to Act

QUESTION #3: Can you give us an update on Israel and what’s happening with Iran, who continues to mobilize against them?

Answer:

IQ al-Rassooli:

“Iran, the Muslim Republic, so-called, of Iran is the foremost enemy not only of Israel, but of the United States of America. I mean, they’re threatening the United States of America, and now they have been emboldened even more because North Korea is emboldened. They shout and scream and shoot rockets, and now they have a hydrogen bomb and nobody’s doing anything.

Look, Donald Trump has unfortunately been bequeathed the most disastrous legacy by whom? By starting with Bill Clinton and ending with treasonous Obama. Israel is alone. It’s surrounded. You said it’s surrounded, surrounded in the North, the Hezbollah people from Lebanon. Now, the Iranians are going into Syria. They are also now supporting Hamas. Although Hamas is Sunni Muslim, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Sooner or later, I honesty have absolutely no doubt, just as Israel attacked the nuclear reactor in Iraq and destroyed it under Saddam Hussein and they destroyed a nuclear reactor in Syria and now they destroyed a chemical factory in Syria, Israel will attack Iran. America is not going to do it. The Europeans are not going to do it. They’re only talking, talking, talking. They’ve been talking for 50 years. That’s enough talking. It’s about time to do some bloody work, do something. Act. All the talking is not going to change an iota of those terrorist organizations. All the talking they had with Hitler didn’t change anything. It only emboldened him. It is a certainty. The only country on earth today that can do anything, is the United States. Only America in this world today can confront North Korea and Iran. Only America. There’s nobody else. Nobody. Not China. Not Russia. Not Europe.”

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9-8-17: The Enemy Within

QUESTION #2: Are they winning also internationally, or is it just here?

Answer:

IQ al-Rassooli:

“The Europeans are losing and the Americans are losing because neither side, neither the European leaders nor the American leaders and not even their peoples are willing to face facts and reality. The enemy is within. The enemy declared it 1,400 years ago and will continue their attacks against Europe and America because you’ve got to understand something, to a Muslim anyone who’s not a Muslim is an infidel, is a kafir. What is the destiny of kafir under Islam? Simple. Either you submit to Sharia or you are exterminated. This is exactly what ISIS has been doing. This is exactly what Al-Shabaab does. This is exactly what Boko Haram does. This is exactly what every group of terrorist Muslim organizations do around the world, and yet when somebody, a Muslim shouting Allahu Akbar murders somebody in Europe the news media tell you we don’t know what was in his mind…How is it possible that millions of people are completely out of touch with reality, but they are.

By the way, we were talking about globally. You have North Korea. North Korea is only one segment. You have the Islamic Republic of Iran. North Korea and Iran have been colluding together for the last 20 years increasing their ability to acquire weapons of mass destruction and the delivery systems. Earlier you mentioned something about Israel. It’s very interesting. Let me give you an idea. While European and previous American presidents have been appeasing North Korea and Iran and Muslim terrorists also for decades, Israel had taken upon herself the ungrateful task to literally destroy the enemy’s capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction helping defend Western civilization, and I’ll explain to you how. Israel destroyed Saddam’s French nuclear facility of Osirak on the 7th of June 1981 in Operation Opera, I can give you complete details so that anybody listening can double-check it, and got condemned by America and Europe. They did the job, the dirty work, but they were condemned by America and Europe. But had they not done so, no power on earth would have removed Saddam Hussein from Kuwait or Iraq.

They also obliterated the nuclear facility in Syria which North Korea helped to build in Operation Orchard in 2007. The North Koreans were being paid by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Yesterday, Israel destroyed a chemical weapon facility again in Syria. I would like our listeners to comprehend the magnitude of Israel’s achievements. Israel is only 8,000 square miles in area with a population of eight million people, two million of whom are Arabs. Israel is surrounded by an Arab land mass of five million square miles with over 400 million population who have been determined to exterminate her since 1947, and yet they’ve lost every single battle against her. The USA spent $500 billion on defense. Israel spends only $18 billion, and yet this tiny state has had the most remarkable secret service in modern history with less than 100 the expenditure of the United States of America, all the intelligence, while all others keep on talking and talking to reprobate and thug leaders in Iraq.

What I’m getting at is stop talking. Do something because if you don’t do it today, in the next few months, in the next few weeks, not even years, the catastrophe for America and Europe is infinitely greater. Don’t take my word for it. History teaches you. They didn’t understand when Hitler said he will exterminate so and so and he will kill so and so. They said, “No, no, no, the Germans are civilized people. It can’t happen.” The Germans were civilized until the period between 1933 to 1939 when they became monsters…”

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9-8-17: Remembering 9-11

QUESTION #1: Who has gained more ground and achieved more of their goals in this war, the United States or the Islamic terrorists?

Answer:

IQ al-Rassooli:

“The Islamic terrorists, obviously. The United States spent trillions of dollars and tens of thousands of America’s lives wasted…The tragedy is simple, neither in Europe the leaders nor in America the leaders, except for Trump so far, have been willing to identify the enemy, and the enemy is Islam. Even Trump says radical Muslims or extremist Muslims. They don’t exist. There is no such thing as an extremist militant, moderate or radical Muslim. They don’t exist.

A Muslim is a Muslim. Who said that? Erdogan, the leader of Turkey. He said it in plain English. He told it to European Union leaders. “You upset me when you talk about this Muslim moderate extremist. There is no such thing. Muslim is a Muslim.” He’s telling them the truth. Muslims have been telling the truth. What is the truth from the Islamists point of view? Every single Muslim believes that Sharia should dominate the world. Every single Muslim believes that either humanity submits to Islam under Sharia or to be exterminated. Every Muslim. They have no choice in the matter because that is what the Quran tells them to do.

The European and American leaders are not willing to identify the enemy. They’re not willing. They’re afraid, or not afraid, are not interested. They’re not willing to identify the enemy, and yet the enemy is amongst us. In Europe, there are 35 million Muslims, in the European Union. There are three to four million Muslims in America. Ask any Muslim, and every Muslim by the way of definition, if they are a Muslim they are Sharia compliant, ask any Muslim a simple question- “Who according to you, a Muslim, am I, who is not a Muslim?” The answer should always be the same. You are an infidel, a kafir. That’s it. What is the destiny of infidel and kafir? Either to submit to Sharia or to be exterminated.

No Muslim, I repeat it again and again, and I dare any Muslim listening, any Imam listening, or any American listening who doesn’t agree with me to confront me and prove me wrong, every single Muslim by definition is the enemy, the eternal and mortal enemy of every human being on planet earth who’s not a Muslim. They declared war. Muhammad declared war on all humanity who are not Muslim 1,400 years ago. They will never stop. You can’t defeat an enemy if you don’t identify them. You’re not willing to identify them, you are losing.”

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Faith Leaders of America Sign Letter to White House, Hill Leadership Encouraging Wisdom on Immigration and Citizenship Issues

As Sessions Announces That Trump Administration Will Officially Rescind DACA, Faith Groups UrgeThat Citizens and Legal Migration Are Prioritized

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced this week that the Trump administration would officially rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, delaying adjudication for six months, effectively allowing Congress to craft its own immigration legislation, according to CBS News.

While urging lawmakers to act carefully and swiftly, Sessions called the current program an unconstitutional overreach of executive authority that has caused many legal concerns.

The multi-faith group Faith Leaders for America (www.FaithLeadersforAmerica.com) authored a letter to President Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, encouraging them to take on recent challenges of immigration biblically and wisely. A copy of the letter was also sent to General Sessions.

“God loves all people, but when opinion and political correctness rule in both public office and in the pulpit, confusion and bondage results,” said Hon. Samuel Rohrer, former Pennsylvania state representative, pastor and president of the American Pastors Network. “When biblical truth is accurately and boldly preached, and Constitutional oaths are honored, civil liberty and God’s blessing remains.”

Other signers to the letter include David Barton, WallBuilders; Paul Blair, Reclaiming America for Christ; Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (U.S. Army, Ret.), Family Research Council; Mark Christian, Global Faith Institute; Maria Espinoza, The Remembrance Project; E.W. Jackson, Exodus Faith Ministries; Jerry Johnson, National Religious Broadcasters; Kelly Kullberg, American Association of Evangelicals; Rick Scarborough, Vision America Action; and Aubrey Shines, International Communion of Evangelical Churches.

The letter reads, in part:

“While loving mercy, who will also stand for justice to those citizens who cannot find a job due to cheaper foreign labor? Who will speak of the real cost of illegal immigration to our states? And while many non-citizens are good neighbors, who will stand for justice for Americans victimized by people here illegally who do not uphold our values and laws? And who will prevent more needless crime and death?

“The Church is called to serve all people, and our government leaders are elected to defend and uphold the Constitution and the rule of law. Though there are tragic stories on every side of illegal migration, for our elected officials, responsibility to oaths must prevail. Law and order sustain stability and peace. A nation of wise rule grows strong enough to sustain care for the vulnerable in our midst.

“While some faith groups use selective Bible words for open borders and amnesty, we consider the whole counsel of Scripture. We find that the Bible does not teach open borders, but wise welcome. We are to welcome the lawful foreigner, who, like a convert, comes as a blessing. …

“In Scripture, we learn that God placed us each in a family, a land, an epic story of creation, the fall and redemption. The Bible envisions a world of beautiful and unique nations, not a stateless ‘open society’ run by global oligarchs. Each of us is called to be a blessing where God has placed us in the world. In policy decisions ahead, while treating undocumented people kindly, we ask that you would first and foremost honor often forgotten American citizens whose families have served our nation for many generations, and the patient people who have applied lawfully to come here and to become citizens of the United States. These lives also matter. These people also dream.”

Pastor Rohrer continued, “Those in the pulpit play a vital role by applying the whole counsel of God to issues and encouraging government officials to fulfill their God-given and constitutional duties.”

Faith Leaders for America is a dedicated group of clergy and spiritual leaders from various faith communities who share a common commitment to freedom — freedom of religion, freedom of speech and the other liberties guaranteed by our Constitution—along with a firm commitment to address the imminent threats to those freedoms.

George Barna: The Day Christians Changed America

On Thursday, Sept. 7th, author and social science researcher, George Barna, joined the Stand in the Gap Today program to talk about his new book: The Day Christians Changed America-How Conservative Christians put Trump in the White House and Redirected America’s Future.

To listen to the program please click HERE.

To purchase the book, please click HERE.

To visit the American Culture and Faith Institute website, please click HERE.