Stand in the Gap Today Transcript: H.R. 350 and Government Surveillance – Is the Trap Being Set?

This transcript was taken from a Stand in the Gap Today program originally aired on March 15, 2021. To listen to the program, please click HERE.

Sam Rohrer:                      Hello and welcome to this Monday edition of Stand in the Gap Today. I’m Sam Rohrer and I’m going to be joined today by pastor Gary Dull, and in just a moment by Mark Lerner, who is the co-founder of the Constitutional Alliance.

                                             Our focus for today surrounds a bill, a bill recently introduced in Congress, actually January 19th was the date, by a representative, Bradley Scott, who is a Democrat who hails from the state of Illinois. The bill at that point had 109 sponsors and they have some more now. But it was referred at that point to three committees, Judiciary, Homeland Security and Armed Services.

                                             But just a few days ago, on March the 5th, it was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. Now the purpose of this program, Stand in the Gap Today, is not to specifically track legislation. Other groups do that. But we do however focus on matters of content within law and public policy and all matters of truth where it affects our God given or Constitutional freedoms, and it’s our duty we believe to impart the watchman on the walls to call out deception and lies and attacks in all forms that are against God, the authoritative scripture, and the Biblical world view.

                                             On this program we try to have no bias except a bias for the truth, and for that we do not apologize. As such I feel compelled to address the content of one piece of legislation, H.R…. House Resolution 350, because of it’s potential to negatively impact our freedom, our ability to preach the gospel, to evangelize, and to exercise our God given rights to worship God as we choose, for pastors to preach the whole counsel of God as it is written and as they are commanded, and for each of us to live our lives as law abiding and God fearing citizens.

                                             Taken together with the aggressive efforts of H.R. 5, the immoral inequality act as I refer to it, and multiple Biden executive orders we have to consider well that the net is being laid and we must do all we can as commanded in Proverbs 28:4 to contend or to resist… Another word for that is to strive against the wicked lest we become guilty before God, enabling or literally praising the wicked.

                                             Here’s the entire verse of Proverbs 28:4, and then we’ll get into this. The verse says, “Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law,” that’s the truth of God’s word, “actually strive against him.”

                                             So our theme for today is this, H.R. 350 and government surveillance, why Americans must resist. Today we’re going to define the basis of this proposed law, which is surveillance and monitoring. We’ll define that. We’ll identify what’s in the bill, why it’s being promoted. In segment three we’ll address the key concerns about the bill, of which there are many, and during the final segment we’ll identify how you and I can best resist and oppose the elements of that bill. So all of that and more today right here on Stand in the Gap Today.

                                             With that I want to walk him into the program, right now our special guest, Mark Lerner. Mark, thanks for being with us today.

Mark Lerner:                     It’s my pleasure. I’m looking forward to the program.

Sam Rohrer:                      Mark, so are we. Let’s get right into it. We have a lot to cover, but you’re the co-founder of the Constitutional Alliance, and in that capacity your concerned about Constitutional issues, issues of rights as given to us by God assured by the Constitution.

                                             But you’re also perhaps one of the nation’s leading experts on biometrics and biometric based perhaps surveillance, but generally speaking government perspective surveillance, and you’re there in that space.

                                             Before we get into the concerns about H.R. 30, I want to go first and have you define and help lay the foundation here, so do this briefly. Please define government surveillance and briefly how it’s achieved, if you could do that, start there first.

Mark Lerner:                     I would define surveillance as either having direct or indirect access to all information, emphasis on all, regarding a person or group. The government collects that information directly by requiring biometrics or facial image, et cetera, but also indirectly by going to companies, whether it was Best Buy, Motel 6, travel agency, and paying those companies for information they collect about our activities.

                                             And then finally government uses data mining companies. Data mining companies have about 1,500 data points or more about each of us, magazines we subscribe to, where we travel to, et cetera. So all of that goes into defining surveillance.

Sam Rohrer:                      Dig down a little deeper on that. By the way, it’s a delight to have you back with us today. But in your opinion, and you’ve studied this greatly, we know that government surveillance of the enemy as a military intelligence is very, very necessary, but when the tools of surveillance are turned on or against the citizens of the United States of America that’s different.

                                             You sort of implied some of this in your answer to Brother Sam, but share with us a little bit more on how developed government surveillance is in targeting the law abiding citizens of the United States of America, and compare that in contrast to what we see in China if you would please.

Mark Lerner:                     Very simply, the government is interested in collecting all information, regardless of whether you are doing something illegal or not. They want to know everything about you. In my own personal discussions with former NSA whistleblower Bill [Benning 00:06:35], Bill went to great lengths to explain that none of us can avoid government surveillance.

                                             The difference though with China, in China the people know surveillance is taking place. There’s a great deal of transparency. With our government there’s little or no transparency, and the government has exempted itself from providing transparency by exempting itself from the Privacy Act of 1974.

Sam Rohrer:                      So, Mark, what you laid out there is very critical. Ladies and gentlemen, I hope that you heard that. Again, the theme today is this, H.R. 350, that’s a bill in Washington, we’re going to talk about it, deals with government surveillance and a whole lot more. But what Mark just said, the level of surveillance in the United States, the data points collected and all of that, is about as broad as it is in China.

                                             The difference there, the people in China know the government is surveilling them and to some degree how. Here in the United States we don’t know and it’s not transparent. Boy, that’s not a whole big difference, actually worse here in some respects, right? When we come back we’ll talk about this bill. We’ll get into what it is and why it was introduced. We’ll go there next. Stay with here on Stands in the Gap Today.

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Sam Rohrer:                      Welcome back to Stand in the Gap Today. I’m Sam Rohrer. I’m accompanied today by Dr. Gary Dull and our special guest, Mark Lerner. Mark is the co-founder of the Constitutional Alliance. They have a website at constitutionalalliance.org.

                                             Our theme today is this, our title that we’ve given it is H.R. 30… That stands for H.R. 350 and government surveillance, why Americans must resist. In the last segment we defined it, defined surveillance and the distinctions ultimately between the United States and surveillance on its citizens in China. Mark made the distinction that effectively they are the same except that what’s being done within our nation is not known to people and it is known in China. I’m summarizing that briefly, but we’ll build on it as we go through.

                                             But every bill or law that’s introduced in Congress or various states contain a few common elements. Now I’m sharing this because of my experience of being in office. Many of you out there listening are very astute and you can read bills, and it’s an art to read them and understand them, but here’s just a couple of things.

                                             There are some common elements that are in bills, so if you ever pull one up… In this one, if you go to the US.gov site and you bring up H.R. 350 you’ll look at the bill and you’ll see a certain thing. But here are a couple of common items.

                                             For instance it has the bill number. This is H.R…. House Resolution 350 in this case. There is a brief stated purpose or an overview statement that occurs at the beginning of the bill and then there’s a short title, generally section one it’s referred to. That becomes the official legal reference when referring to the bill.

                                             Then it proceeds into the writing of the bill, and it starts generally speaking with defining certain key words. Then it begins to lay out the why of the bill. There’s some intent generally factored in it, and then how it is a matter of law and how it’s to be enforced by the Executive Branch, because the Legislative Branch writes the laws, the Executive Branch enforces them.

                                             So a bill puts into a law something that is there and it tells effective the Executive Branch what they are to do to enforce it, and it gives them a certain amount of power.

                                             In this case, H.R. 350 says this. The short title is this. “This act may be cited as the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2021,” Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2021. Now the short preamble purpose statement that is there says this, “To authorize dedicated Domestic Terrorism offices within the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” here’s the purpose, “to analyze and monitor domestic terrorist activity and require the federal government to take steps to prevent domestic terrorism.”

                                             That is how it all fits together. Mark, let’s get right into this. In the first segment you defined, as I mentioned, surveillance generally. I want you now to describe how this bill defines surveillance and domestic terrorism, if it actually does, and how it perhaps changes the definition of those words or phrases as now currently used, or would be used if this bill were to pass.

Mark Lerner:                     Let’s start by saying the bill does not define domestic surveillance. It does address domestic terrorism by saying acts dangerous to human life, to intimidate or coerce a civilian population, to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion, and to affect government by mass destruction, assassinations, kidnapping, and these are acts that would take place primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.

Gary Dull:                           Mark, for those of us who follow what goes on in our country, what goes on in Congress as it relates to legislation, we realize that many times legislation is introduced as a knee jerk reaction to some event that took place.

                                             One illustration I think of that that most of us are aware of would be the Patriot Act following the 9/11 event back 20 years ago for example. With that in mind, and in connection with this bill, H.R. 350, do you think that this particular bill has been introduce and is being promoted as a direct knee jerk reaction to what took place in Washington, DC on January the 6th of this year?

Mark Lerner:                     Yes, I do. There’s no doubt. As Sam had mentioned, this bill was introduced January 19th, the day before Biden took his oath of office. Now as far as a knee jerk reaction, we all believed with regard to 9/11 there was some kind of wall between the Central Intelligence Agency and federal law enforcement like the FBI, but in fact the 9/11 report simply said this. Simply put, there was no legal reason why the information could not have been shared, talking about the information the CIA had and giving that information to the FBI.

                                             So the Patriot Act actually was not needed to tear down this mythical wall that we were all told existed. This is the same thing today with this piece of legislation that supposedly is going to address domestic terrorism.

Sam Rohrer:                      Now I’m going to go further on this, because in the next segment I’m going to ask you to talk about some definitions that are not in this bill. But I got to ask you one thing. I am reading the bill here right now. It’s not long. This one is not long. But section two, under definitions, number two, I’m going to read it.

                                             It says this, “The term ‘domestic terrorism’ has the meaning given the term in section 2331 of title 18, United State Code.” So that’s already a little bit of a problem, because they don’t really define it here. But here’s the question I want to ask you. It says, “Except,” so the term domestic terrorism has the meaning given in that section, “Except that it does not include acts perpetrated by individuals associated with or inspired by,” and then it goes on and it says, “a foreign person or an organization designated as a foreign terrorist organization,” or in letter C, “a state sponsor of terrorism determined by the Secretary of State.”

                                             I look at this and it would seem to me that domestic terrorism they’re saying under this… Any act of terrorism that happens within the United States one would call domestic, but they’re saying under here that if any of those acts have any connection to a terrorist organization outside the country it’s not going to be included within that. It struck me as highly odd. Comment.

Mark Lerner:                     My comment is simply this. Law enforcement in general is looking for a way to have greater powers to surveil people in the United States, US citizens, even though there may be no probable cause to surveil those people, to collect information about those people.

                                             So if they can draw a nexus to foreign terrorism great, but with this it’s not necessary. This will just give more power to the federal government, but we’re not even going to know what the power is until the bill is passed, enacted, and we find out in the rules what powers government may have.

Sam Rohrer:                      Mark, that’s the point I want to emphasize for all who are listening right now. As Mark said, there is already information gathering and sharing that is in place. The Patriot Act which took place after 9/11 tore down some of the walls providing for privacy and combined certain things.

                                             Now here comes this bill, a knee jerk reaction ostensibly to what happened or did not happen on January 6th, and will be used as the justification to further expand government authority to surveil US citizens, and by specifically saying, as I just read from the act… By specifically not involving any act that is in any way associated to any outside terrorist related group in Iran, or Muslim Brotherhood, or anybody of that type.

                                             But by keeping all of those out it focuses this whole brand new focus on really the law abiding citizen, and by failing to actually define the terms, what Mark just said, makes it open that we’ll never know really what it’s going to be about until you get rule making and bureaucracy gets involved in defining these things after the bill may be passed.

                                             So hopefully you got the idea, but the framework of it is what we’re talking about, the framework to authorize government in multiple agencies to focus on law abiding citizens under the guise of domestic terrorism without defining it really is where the real problem is and that’s why we’re raising it as an issue today. Bad law, dangerous law any time it’s written like this.

                                             When we come back we’re going to go further into actually then talking about further concerns in its application of this law, should it be passed, and it is moving, so we need to be aware. Stay with us. We’ll be right back.

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Sam Rohrer:                      Welcome back to Stand in the Gap Today. I’m Sam Rohrer, and accompanied today by Dr. Gary Dull and our special guest, Mark Lerner, who is the co-founder of Constitutional Alliance, with a website at constitutionalalliance.org. Our theme is this, H.R. 350, that stands for House Resolution 350, and government surveillance, why Americans must resist.

                                             We’ve built the foundation on surveillance. We’ve defined it in segment one, did some other things relative to its application, comparing where we are in the United States to that of China in the last segment. We talked about some other aspects of the bill, the what aspects of it, as well as a little bit of the why, a bit of a knee jerk reaction, really too exaggerated, in my opinion, January 6th event in Washington, DC.

                                             In the next segment we’re going to talk about the concerns. But before I do that I want to share just very briefly a couple of notes that just came in. A lot of you listening to this program… If you’re listening to this program you’re hearing me now, you’re listening to Stand in the Gap Today. During that last break you heard another program that we do called our Stand in the Gap Minute program, which is on probably 400 or 500 stations I think now across the country just in a singular form.

                                             We have a weekend program that builds off of a selected program from the week and we re-package it slightly and we use it on a weekend, a program that we call Stand in the Gap Weekend.

                                             I got two just came in this morning, two letters. One came from Memphis, Tennessee. One person who says, “I listen to American Family Radio there,” and I’ll leave out some things, “but normally I listen.” She said, “I just happened to tune in on Sunday evening when it’s carried. I tuned in and I heard it on the radio. I heard the weekend broadcast.”

                                             She said, “I was so excited when I heard it,” and she happened to be listening to a program that we did with our special guest from Ireland when we were talking about the vaccines and so forth, and she was so impressed with that she’s asking for some more information. But that was from Tennessee.

                                             Then one that I just got as well, this is just a short one, but it’s very nice. It actually came from an individual in Hershey, Pennsylvania. She said, “We are so appreciative listening to your weekly program Saturday on WDAC,” which comes out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

                                             She said, “My husband listens to your programs regularly. It’s a major part of our weekend agenda. He listens on his iPad in his skid loader on the farm as he’s mixing feed for our dairy cows.” So it’s amazing, ladies and gentlemen. I don’t know where you are right now. You’re probably not on a skid loader, but we are so thankful to hear from people who are listening to the program and being blessed. I hope that we hear from you.

                                             Go to standsinthegapradio.com. Let us know that you are listening. Participate with us in prayer. Partner with us financially as these folks have done so that we can continue to speak the truth boldly and on more stations across this country.

                                             All right, now back into the legislation we talked about. The legislation or the making of law is both an art and a science. A political body making law possesses certain obligations to make no unnecessary law for instance. I’m talking about good law. Lots of bad laws are made.

                                             But the purpose of a law should be singular. It should be very clearly understood. Significant terms within the legislation are to be clearly defined, and that’s to be a part of the agreement upon which a person who casts their vote is clear. If they’re not clear they shouldn’t vote for it.

                                             The purpose for the bill should also be clear and honestly stated, not intended to deceive, but should be clearly transparent. All ambiguities, potentials for abuse or misapplication should be carefully considered and worked out. No bill should ever be passed where those kinds of things are not fully understood and worked out, and always no authority should ever be given to an Executive Branch for more enforcement than is absolutely necessary, and the bill should have some kind of what’s called a sunset or a termination date so that it can be revisited in case even in that process something happens in that bill that ends up being dangerous or illegitimate. Any bill that doesn’t meet this criteria should get a no vote from every person who’s in office.

                                             Mark, let’s get right into it here. I’ve spent a little bit extra time on this, but N.H.R. 350, Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2021, what could a person do under this act that is not already a crime under existing law? Does that make sense? And what potential harm could this cause for God fearing, law abiding citizens?

                                             In other words, the laws are already in effect. Anybody who breaks the law, they’re already prosecuted. What does this one perhaps set up that could get an innocent person involved in doing something that they could be prosecuted for?

Mark Lerner:                     My answer is this. Number one, we already have the Insurrection Act. Essentially what that says is any attempt to overthrow the government or take action against the people who are governing it themself… Okay, so this seems to basically piggyback on the Insurrection Act.

                                             We also have hate crime bills or laws that address if a person is going after a specific group of people, whether they be black people, Hispanic people, or even white people, or abortion clinics. So we have laws that deal with opposing what government is doing and committing a “terrorist act”. We have laws against committing acts of violence against specific people or groups based on their religion, their race, et cetera.

                                             So it’s not really clear exactly what this law is intended or will do, but what we know for sure from 200 plus years of experience, it will give the federal government more power than what it already has. Otherwise there would be no reason for the law at all.

Gary Dull:                           All right Mark, you mentioned that this law, or this bill, H.R. 350 would give more power to the federal government than what it already has. Of course as we look down through history we can see that every one of these bills that are related to surveillance and other things have always strengthened and enlarged the federal government rather than reduced it, and certainly I think that should be a concern for every one of us.

                                             But specifically as you see it, as you’ve studied it, what additional powers are given under this act to government particularly as it relates to the surveillance of individuals that the government does not already have that would really cause harm to our society?

Mark Lerner:                     Reading the legislation, the only thing that any reasonable person can take away is if law enforcement felt an individual or group of people was considering committing an act of terrorism, which I again say could fall under the Insurrection Act or hate crime laws, this will allow the government to proactively follow that trail of supposed evidence that somebody was about to commit a crime.

                                             This is very dangerous, because now we’re getting into the whole idea of the thought police. Many people think about things. That doesn’t mean they’re actually going to follow through, and that’s where I’m very concerned this legislation is going.

Sam Rohrer:                      And Mark, I am too, because one of the things that I said, at the beginning of it it says, “require the federal government to take steps to prevent,” that’s the key word, ladies and gentlemen, “to prevent domestic terrorism.” How are they going to know to prevent other than lots of surveillance and lots of insinuation?

                                             Mark, they also have some key terms in here that are not defined. Pick out a couple of… In the last minute here, a couple of terms that are not defined which ought to be defined.

Mark Lerner:                     The one that really stands out is white supremacy and white supremacist. How do you define the white supremacist? If I want secure borders am I a white supremacist? If I believe we should have strong laws to protect our foreign trade and I want to reduce our trade deficit am I a white supremacist because I think we deal too freely with China or the nations of Africa?

                                             It’s not clear what a white supremacist is. That bothers me, and also the term mass destruction. When you look at the news and you see mass shootings they’re talking about two or more people, so in this legislation it doesn’t define mass destruction. Does that mean where more than one person is hurt all of a sudden it becomes an act of domestic extremism or domestic terrorism? We don’t know because there are no definitions for white supremacy or supremacist or mass destruction.

Sam Rohrer:                      Ladies and gentlemen, what I described earlier, bills that do not define the terms but use them repeatedly, are absolutely setups for activist attorneys, activist judges, and activist Justice Department and others to basically determine when and how they will pursue it, and this is why this becomes so important. When we come back, we’re going to talk about what we can do.

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Sam Rohrer:                      When we started this program I quoted the verse from Proverbs 28:4 about the necessity and I’m going to suggest the obligation of all who fear God to oppose… And literally strive is the word that’s used… To strive against those who are wicked, and that includes wicked policies or laws that are wicked and God defying.

                                             It’s the concept of Stand in the Gap… We say stand in the gap with us, all right? Stand in the gap is the word that is used, in a technical sense, it’s ‘interposition’… We talked about that a week ago, Gary and I did with pastor Matt Trewhella. That’s what it means. God himself said in Ezekiel 22:30 all right, who’s going to stand in the gap? Who’s going to oppose? Who’s going to stand there before me so I don’t have to judge the nation of Israel, he was talking about then? But he was looking for someone who would strive against those who would do wicked things and put into effect ungodly laws.

                                             So opposing evil in any form, it’s always a duty for every God fearing and Bible believing person. We don’t often look at things that way, but we should, because the Bible talks about it. So how we resist though, that does vary. How we contend can take various forms, and depending on the level of wicked actions and the specificity of the wicked commands that might be levied, discussion would be more perhaps how best and how most biblically we do it, but resist we must.

                                             Mark, in regard to this legislation I want you to identify a few steps our listeners can take. They’ve heard these things, and again there’s so many different bills that are in place, we know that. We don’t spend a lot of time on bills, because in most cases they never see the light of day.

                                             But H.R. 5, which is the Inequality Act, that has movement. It affects potentially every one of us who are listening to the program. H.R. 1, which is the bill that would actually take over all of the voting, and if you liked the fraud in the voting of the last election H.R. 1 cements it into place, but they have movement to them, and the same way with this one, H.R. 350.

                                             So you’re doing some things with your organization Mark. Perhaps maybe our listeners can actually join in with what you’re doing, or maybe perhaps do it separately, so lay it out there for us please.

Mark Lerner:                     Very simply what we’re doing is we’re honoring what Christ Jesus told the disciples in Matthew 28:20. He told them to observe all things to tell others, “To observe all things that I have commanded you, and lo I am with you always even to the end of age.”

                                             So the disciples were supposed to go out and tell all people, preach the gospel to the whole world, make disciples. We have to ask ourselves how are we going to do that with the growing surveillance state, especially ones where evangelical Christians now are being targeted.

                                             What the Constitutional Alliance has done has changed from the a 501c3 to a 501c4 so we can propose legislation and while being in support of it to protect the right of Christians to go out and preach the gospel to the whole world and make disciples without having to be worried about is this going to be considered hate speech? Is this incitement? No. We have a right to do that based on the First Amendment and we have a commandment, a commitment, a responsibility to do it based on Christ Jesus’ words to the disciples.

                                             So, we’re asking people go to the constitutionalalliance.org, constitutional alliance one word, become a subscriber. If you go to our website today you’ll see a button that says subscriber. Please go there. Go there today and subscribe. Help the Constitutional Alliance. We’re going to be in all 50 states working with state legislators, ministries, state roots, private citizens. Help us to help you.

Sam Rohrer:                      Okay Mark. I appreciate you saying that. Ladies and gentlemen, you may not be aware of this, but the American Pastors Network is a 501c3. Mark described a 501c4. A 501c4 can actively get involved in legislation and follow that and propose legislation of all types and so forth.

                                             A 501c3 like us more focuses on the subject and the content, the principles undergirding it. So that’s why I said at the beginning of the program we in this program focus on all things, all issues that would undercut truth, anything that would attack truth.

                                             That could be a heresy from the pulpit. That could be from propaganda coming in from China or from Russia or from our own government, or anything that would undercut our constitutionally guaranteed, built upon our God given rights. That’s what a 501c3 does. That’s why the pulpits… They’re separate even from that, but that’s why pulpits and the word of God tells the pulpit to preach to all aspects of life, because the word of God speaks to all area of life, and that’s what we talk about here.

                                             So that’s why you will see us go so far on this program and we don’t go too much further. We’re not activists because we’re not set up to do that, but you are. You individually are, so we would ask you to do more. Take information and act upon it, and as we say stand in the gap. Take information and literally stand in the gap.

                                             Say no to those laws, guidelines, or whatever comes down the pike that would tell us not to do what the word of God tells us to do, or to tell us to do something that the word of God does not tell us to do, or undercuts our constitutional guaranteed God given rights. That’s how it all fits together.

                                             Gary, we’re about up. I want to go to you to conclude the program, any final comments as a pastor in the pulpit and what we’re talking about, and then conclude, if you would, in prayer for this matter and for our people who are listening to the program today to take and use it.

Gary Dull:                           I think one of the things that we need to keep in mind, Sam and Mark and everybody listening, is that it’s important that we as Christian citizens particularly become aware of what’s going on. Sometimes we are totally oblivious to what is taking place in our government.

                                             Of course here at Stand in the Gap Today we try to keep you all informed, but research these things on your own. Get involved with understanding what’s going on in government. Then build a relationship with your United States Senator and Representative as well as those who are on the state level so that you can have a personal impact in their lives.

                                             When you see a bill such as H.R. 350 or whatever the case is that will not strengthen our country, but will rather weaken it in the long run, or is completely bad law, a bad bill, I would encourage you to write your Senator or your Congressman about that, because we, the people, are the government. They work for us in Washington. They don’t dictate to us. But we must stand up and speak out.

                                             Father, I thank you for the opportunity that we’ve had to put this program together today. I thank you for Mark Lerner and what goes on in the Constitutional Alliance ministry. I pray that you’ll continue to use them. I pray that you protect them in what they do in getting out truth and standing against error. Give the rest of us as Christian citizens of this nation the wisdom, the strength, the ability of the pulpit to stand for truth and stand against error. We thank you in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Sam Rohrer:                      Amen. Amen. Thank you Gary. Thank you ladies and gentlemen for being with us today. Again in conclusion, go to Mark Lerner’s website, constitutionalalliance.org. Find more information. Participate as you can there. Go to our website, standinthegapradio.com. Participate with us. Come alongside of us as we help folks like Mark Lerner and others, all of us together needing to stand in the gap.

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iVoterGuide Shares 6 Tips on How to Contact Congress

As the 117th Congress gets into full swing, iVoterGuide wants to make sure you’re well equipped to effectively contact your Members of Congress (MOCs) to stand up for the values and principles you hold dear.

Your senators will be voting whether to confirm Biden’s cabinet nominees.  Some may hold values so abhorrent to you that you will want to fight their confirmation.  Since confirmations occur in the Senate—not the House—you should only call your two senators to express opposition to cabinet nominees.

H.R. 1 is the disastrous legislation being pushed by the Left under the guise of “voter access.”  From disallowing voter identification laws to allowing felons to vote and giving a green light to ballot harvesting, the bill contains many elements you may wish to oppose.

H.R. 5 is the so-called “Equality Act.” Not only does it provide special status and protections for LGBTQ individuals but also specifically overrides the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

FINDING YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

Every voter will have three Members to contact.  The two U.S. Senators from your state and the Representative from your district can be found by using the following links:House: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
Senate: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/

To save time, many people keep a “cheat sheet” — one document with all of the names and contact information that can be easily accessed multiple times.

CONTACTING YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS

Tip #1: Call the Direct Number

If possible, you should learn the direct number to your representatives’ offices rather than calling the switchboard. (The “cheat sheet” mentioned above helps greatly!)  When you call directly, your number is displayed on caller ID.  Simply put, Members care what you think because they need your vote.  Staff quickly learn area codes and are more likely to take the call when they see it’s from their district/state.

Tip #2: Identify Yourself as Being From the District

No matter how you’re contacting your Member, always start by giving your zip code so the office knows you are in the district.  If you do not live in a Member’s district, it’s best to rally your friends who DO live in the district rather than calling them yourself.If you need to leave a message, don’t hesitate to do so – but don’t forget to leave your zip code.  As staffers listen to messages, they will tally the “yeses” and “noes” from people in the district, and the information will be passed on the member.You can fax!  Some offices still have fax machines that are rarely used.  Sending a fax can be a great way to reach those offices.

Tip #3: Be Specific

Be as specific as possible about what bill/issue you’re referring to and how you want them to vote.  Brief is not bad.  “I’m John Smith, a constituent in zip code XXXXX, and I’m calling to ask the Congressman to please vote no on H.R.1” is perfectly fine. 

In most cases, the reason you oppose or support a bill is not relevant to your Member.  It’s all about the numbers.   At their best, Members are trying to represent the voters in their district, but now is not the time, for example, to try to convince your Member why they should be pro-life if they aren’t.  The goal is for enough calls to come in regarding specific legislation that your Member believes could affect the outcome of his next election. 

Tip #4:  Be Timely

Your Member’s office is fielding so many calls that they have to find a way to prioritize.  Call them when a bill addressing your issue is before the body.

Tip #5: Be Nice!

Remember that you will be speaking with staff or even an unpaid intern who might not even share the views of the Member.  They also may be getting hundreds or thousands of calls.  Respect, civility, and even kindness go a long way. People can rise very quickly in congressional offices.  The staffer you talk to today might be the Chief of Staff next time you call, and they’ll remember who was nice to them when they were first starting out. Learn names. Take every opportunity to build a relationship. Being nice is also the best marketing any cause can have!  Issues and stances are fairly judged by the people who espouse them.  Be a light for your values – and for God.

Tip #6:  Say “Thank You”

Don’t just call when you’re upset.  If a member voted how you wanted them to vote, call back to thank them.  We often only use the “stick” to try to motivate our members and forget that the “carrot” goes a long way, too! Call to say “thank you;” you’ll make someone’s day.

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The COVID-19 Vaccine: A Matter of Life

One of the top questions every American is asking about the COVID-19 pandemic is, “Should I take the vaccine?” This decision is vital, largely because it concerns the matter of life. A look at the CVD Vaccine website lists certain categories of Americans who should not take the vaccine. One of the listed groups include women who “are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.”

“This would exclude almost every woman of childbearing age from the vaccine, or half of the American population (and world population) under approximately 50 years old,” the Honorable Sam Rohrer, president of the American Pastors Network (www.AmericanPastorsNetwork.net), said. “There is no way the proposed 80-percent or more of Americans could receive the vaccine based on this warning.”

Many fact-checking websites have attempted to debunk the claim that the vaccine causes female sterility. But why else would women who are pregnant or may one day desire to become pregnant be excluded? The Pfizer-BioNTech answer is that:

“The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine has not undergone the same type of review as an FDA-approved or cleared product. FDA may issue an EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) when certain criteria are met, which includes that there are no adequate, approved, available alternatives. In addition, the FDA decision is based on the totality of scientific evidence available showing that the product may be effective to prevent COVID-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic and that the known and potential benefits of the product outweigh the known and potential risks of the product. All of these criteria must be met to allow for the product to be used in the treatment of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“In other words, no one really knows what will happen, Rohrer stated. “The details provided in Pfizer’s Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers Administering Vaccine specifically notes, ‘Available data on Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine administered to pregnant women are insufficient to inform vaccine-associated risks in pregnancy.’ Legally, the research needed to make safety determinations regarding pregnancy risks has not yet been conducted.”

According to Rohrer, Christian leaders are obligated to fully inform their congregants of the health risks involved, especially as it pertains to a biblical worldview of life. “At the very least, women of childbearing age should not take the vaccine — at least not yet — due to unknown health issues related to fertility. Every one of us will decide whether to take this vaccination. Will we take it? Will we reject it? Does it make any difference to God? To our freedom? To the future of our children and grandchildren? Yes, it absolutely it does.”

From a biblical perspective, Rohrer said that the driving question should be, “What are the biblical principles or commands that should lead me to agree to put a foreign substance into my body where such tremendous unknowns exist and the governmental peer pressure to do so is built on saving lives when this virus has a recovery rate of over 99 percent?

“With millions of taxpayer dollars promoting the acceptance of the vaccine as an act of compassion, or the only solution to bringing normalcy back to life, we must evaluate the science and ethics involved to present and defend a biblical worldview,” Rohrer continued. “What should cause concern and even righteous anger is that the black community and ‘white, educated, evangelical women’ have been identified as the greatest threats to the acceptance of the vaccine. Why? Because of the stand these groups, among others, have boldly taken to speak out regarding health and ethical concerns. “When a vaccine that could potentially produce unknown pregnancy risks in women of child-bearing age is noted, we as men must stand up for our wives, daughters, and granddaughters in defense of God’s commands. When this experimental MRNA tampering with our immune system and its potential disastrous impact on childbearing is affirmed by many immunologists and biologists, we must stand up in defense.

“The COVID-19 vaccine is not merely a medical decision; it is a matter of life.”

 

The COVID Vaccine- Resources to Read, Listen to, and Print

COVID Vaccinations Part 1: The Medical Truth about CV Vaccines: Helpful Healer or Camouflaged Killer? An interview with Dr. Delores Cahill

Read and download the Transcript HERE.
PROGRAM: Listen to the program HERE.

COVID Vaccinations Part 2: The CV Vaccines: Unapproved, Experimental, and Potentially Fatal. An interview with Dr. Sherri Tenpenny.

Read and download the Transcripts HERE.
PROGRAM: Listen to the program HERE.

PART III – ARTICLE
COVID Vaccinations Part III: Should I Take the SARS CoV-2 Vaccine? From the Words of the Manufacturers Themselves. An analysis of the Pfizer vaccine “Fact Sheet”. Click HERE for the printable PDF.

Other Resources (Click on the title to listen to the podcast):

1/31/21- Stand in the Gap Today with guest, Twila Brase. Title: The COVID-19 ‘Narrative’

1/21/21 – Stand in the Gap Today with guest, Dr. Sherri Tenpenny. Title: The COVID-Vaccines: Unapproved, Experimental and Potentially Fatal (Part 2 of 2 interviews with Dr. Tenpenny).

2/4/21 – Stand in the Gap Today with guest, Leo Hohmann.  Title: A Free Country? Beware the Double Masking Double Crossers

2/5/21 – Stand in the Gap Today with guest, Mat Staver. Title: COVID-19 and the Law

3/12/21 – Stand in the Gap Today with guest, Twila Brase. Title: Official COVID Guidance and Policies: Setting the Record Straight.

4/8/21 – Stand in the Gap Today with guests Rabbi E. David Smith and David New: Title: COVID Passports: Necessary or Abhorrent.

4/9/21- Stand in the Gap Today with guest, Leo Hohmann. Title: Emerging COVID Passports: Highway to Heaven or Gateway to Hell.

5/19/21 – Stand in the Gap Today with guest, Sam Faddis. Title: Connecting the COVID Bioweapon Dots

5/28/21 – Stand in the Gap Today with guest, Jamie Mitchell Title: Would Jesus Take the Vaccine?

6/10/21 – Stand in the Gap Today with guest, Dr. Marilyn Singleton Title: The Forever COVID Specter

6/11/21 – Stand in the Gap Today with guest, Leo Hohmann Title: Is COVID the New Global Religion?

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10 Facts You Must Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine

by Sam Rohrer

As the COVID-19 virus continues to impact our communities and nation, the government’s answer lies in widespread vaccinations as part of Operation Warp Speed. In my previous article, I addressed the question, “Should I Take the COVID-19 Vaccine?” In this article, I address 10 facts you must know before deciding whether the COVID-19 is right for you.

The following information is based on the December Pfizer “FACT SHEET” for caregivers and recipients. Though I am not a medical professional, these 10 points are based on information from key sources, my experience as an 18-year member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, as well as consultation with experts interviewed on my “Stand in the Gap Today” programs.

1. The vaccine is voluntary.

No one can require you to take the SARS-CO-V-2 vaccine against your will. It is -at this time-your choice, and one that should include much research.

2. There are several reasons NOT to take the vaccine.

Some of these reasons include age, pre-existing conditions, pregnancy, or those with compromised immune systems. In addition, the abbreviated clinical trials and current reports of side effects offer numerous concerns to consider before choosing whether to take the vaccine.

3. There is little incentive for vaccine manufacturers to disclose the full truth about the vaccine.

The testing, safety, and efficacy of the vaccine, including risks and downsides, are often overlooked, since they have been granted “immunity from liability” by the US government. In other words, if you are disabled or die from taking the vaccine, you have no option under law to sue the manufacturer, the government, the media, Dr. Fauci, the CDC, the WHO, Congress, any hired marketing firm, or any influencer of the COVID-19 vaccines (such as Bill Gates).

4. No nursing home, hospital, employer, or other third party that may intimidate you to take this vaccine has immunity from liability.

While your employer or care provider may pressure you to take the vaccine, they cannot force you to do so. If they do, they can be held liable and face legal proceedings.

5. You will be asked to sign a consent form before taking the vaccine.

This consent includes forfeiting certain legal right against the makers of the vaccine and to some degree the administrators of the vaccine if you face potential adverse reactions

6. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are NOT FDA APPROVED.

There is no currently-FDA approved vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The Pfizer “Fact Sheet” repeats this warning three different times! What the government is granting is “Emergency Authorization” under the COVID-19 Declaration of Emergency declared by President Trump.

In other words, the established guidelines and underlying law established by the US Congress to ensure reliability, safety, and testing for vaccines have been set aside and do not apply to any SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine vaccines. The failure to differentiate the practical and legal distinction between an objectively and lawfully developed vaccine as “approved” and this experimental vaccine under the emergency authorization is nothing short of deception, and is potentially fatal for some who will take the vaccine.

7. The vaccines have not received normally-required FDA testing.

No person should falsely believe the COVID-19 vaccine has gone through the same rigorous clinical trials, animal, and human testing as other vaccines. Even Pfizer’s own Fact Sheet clearly states at the bottom of the sheet: “The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine has not undergone the same type of review as an FDA-approved or cleared product.”

Important words like “safe” and “compassion” are being used to convince people to take this vaccine on blind faith. In reality, the effort is intended to deceive. This false representation is evidently driven by an ulterior motive fueled by politically-directed dollars. Please be aware that even Pfizer has provided an overwhelming number of warnings for the American people.

8. The approval status of the vaccine varies significantly around the world.

Pfizer’s website makes it clear that the approval status of its vaccine varies significantly from one nation to another. In fact, it is referred to as “an investigational drug” on the official website:

They state, “The approval status of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine varies worldwide. In countries where the vaccine has not been approved by the relevant regulatory authority, it is an investigational drug, and its safety and efficacy have not been established.”

9. The potential negative impact of this vaccine is unknown.

Any person who takes the vaccine releases legal liability against those involved. One standard COVID-19 consent form includes the words, “I hereby release [the vaccinating organization], their affiliates, employees, directors, and officers from any and all liability arising from any accident, act of omission or commission, which arises during vaccination.”

10. The information and guidance about this vaccine is ongoing and may quickly change.

No person taking the vaccine can be confident regarding its long-term results. With the ongoing mutations of COVID-19, the so-called vaccine may even serve more like a flu shot that needs repeated annually—allowing even greater government control into our lives.

Of course, the hope is that everything will soon return to normal after many people take the vaccine. However, it is already clear there is a government agenda evidenced by by the statements that wearing masks and limiting group sizes IN ADDITION TO widespread vaccinations will continue regardless of the vaccination.

As Pfizer, the vaccine administrators and other vaccine proponents recommend, do your research, do a risk/benefit analysis, fully understand what is at stake before taking the vaccination and make sure all your questions are asked and answered. Then in light of all the warnings- the known and unknown components,-rather than asking yourself the obvious question, “Why shouldn’t I take the vaccine?”, follow wisdom and ask, “Why should I even consider taking the vaccine?

Should I Take the SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine?

Should I Take the SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine? – Part III

From the words of the Vaccine Manufacturer’s themselves

Hon Sam Rohrer – American Pastors Network- Stand in the Gap Radio and TV

www.standinthegapmedia.org

December 31, 2020

 Note: To print this article from a PDF file, please click HERE

Primary Concern:  Based on objective analysis about this vaccine, what is known about this novel SARS-Co-V-2 experimental vaccination is disturbing. What is not known – by the words of vaccine developers themselves – is perhaps deadly.

Disclaimer: This analysis is based on the December Pfizer “FACT SHEET” for caregivers and recipients. It is sometimes provided in announcements being sent by some hospitals to their employees, retirement centers to residents and health care workers and others. However, in examples I have personally reviewed, the link to this “FACT SHEET” was buried three levels deep in the material or mixed with other websites no longer active. The highlighting below was not in the original. I have chosen to highlight or emphasize key words, statements or phrases that are essential in understanding what is being represented by the Vaccine manufacturers themselves. What is reflected in this analysis has not been edited or modified from what is available on the Pfizer website. https://www.fda.gov/media/144414/download   I have added my comments within text as appropriate to highlight where information is being presented that contradicts earlier information within the manufacturer’s own statements. I will add comments as to how the government ‘experts’ or the ‘government’ marketing ‘hired gun’ firms are saying one thing to convince people to take the vaccine, but deceptively redefining terms, couching statements in ambiguous terms or with clarifying language elsewhere.

Key Introductory professional observations: Below are a few key observations I have made in my research of official and legal documents, corroborated testimony by independent sources, stated publicly on many previous Stand in the Gap Today radio programs and from my experience as an 18-year Member of the PA General Assembly. I believe that you will find many of these observations to be identifiable within the official material prepared and disseminated by Pfizer themselves within the “Fact Sheet”.

  • The vaccine is voluntary. No one can force a person to take this vaccine against their will (at least not yet.). It is your choice to receive. See Fact Sheet, Paragraph 1.
  • There are many reasons NOT to take the vaccine including age, pre-existing conditions, abbreviated clinical trials, compromised immune systems, etc.
  • There is little incentive for the vaccine manufacturers to tell the entire truth about the testing, safety, efficacy of the vaccine, including risks and downsides since they have been granted full ‘immunity from liability’ by the US government. In other words, if you are disabled or die from taking this vaccine, you have no option under law to sue the manufacturer, the government, the media, the ‘experts’ like Dr. Tony Fauci, the CDC, the WHO, any Member of Congress, any hired Marketing firm, or any heavily compromised special interest person who stands to make billions of dollars on the manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines like Bill Gates, etc.
  • No nursing home, hospital, employer or other third party at this time who may try to intimidate you to take this vaccine has ‘immunity from liability’. What this means is that while these facilities may try to persuade or intimidate you as an employee, patient, or nursing home resident to take the vaccine, they will stop short of forcing you because if there is a problem, they can be sued under law.
  • You will be asked to also sign a consent form before having the vaccine administered. Why is that? So that if you later get the corona virus, and you experience any of the many currently identified potential adverse reactions or any yet to be identified adverse reactions, etc., you agree to forfeit certain legal rights you otherwise may have had against the entity urging you to take the experimental vaccine.
  • Warning: Both the Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines are NOT FDA APPROVED!! This is important to understand. There is no U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved vaccine to prevent COVID-19.” To the credit of Pfizer, just in this short Fact Sheet, they repeated this warning 3 different times! What the government is granting is “Emergency Authorization” under the COVID-19 Declaration of Emergency declared by President Trump. In other words, the established guidelines and underlying law established by the US Congress to ensure reliability, safety and testing for vaccines have been set aside and do not apply to any SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine vaccines! The failure to differentiate the practical and legal distinction between an objectively and lawfully developed vaccine as ‘approved’ and this ‘experimental vaccine’ under the ‘emergency authorization’ is nothing short of deception, sleight of hand, and potentially fatal for perhaps millions who take the vaccine.
  • Despite assurances from government vaccine proponents including Dr. Tony Fauci, NIH Director Francis Collins and other marketing hired guns about the safety and reliability of the SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines, they have NOT gone through the normal and reliable FDA required testing! No person should believe for a minute that the COVID-19 vaccine has gone through the same rigorous clinical trials, animal and human testing as other vaccines. Even Pfizer in their own Fact Sheet clearly states at the bottom of the sheet:  The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine has not undergone the same type of review as an FDA-approved or cleared product.” In other words, there is a very good reason why a first ever type MRNA ‘experimental vaccine’ developed in record time is being thrust upon the American people and world by governments under the narrative that it is safe. Please understand that important terms and phrases are being deliberately re-interpreted such as the words, ‘safe’, ‘safety’, ‘compassion’, etc. being used within the marketing effort to convince people to take this vaccine on blind faith. In reality, this effort is intended to deceive. This lying and false representation is evidently driven by an ulterior motive fueled by trillions of politically directed dollars. Please be aware that even Pfizer has provided an overwhelming number of warnings for the American people.
  • Not only is the COVID-19 vaccine NOT APPROVED and has not gone through the normal FDA approval, but the Pfizer site also makes it clear that the ‘approval’ status of this drug varies significantly around the world. In fact, it is referred to as “an investigational drug” on the official website: https://www.cvdvaccine.com/

The approval status of the Pfizer‑BioNTech COVID‑19 Vaccine varies worldwide. In countries where the vaccine has not been approved by the relevant regulatory authority, it is an investigational drug, and its safety and efficacy have not been established.

  • The potential negative impacts of this vaccine are not known. No responsibility is being taken by anyone if you are temporarily or permanently impacted. Any person who takes the vaccine is totally on their own and by signing the consent are in essence agreeing to become part of a mass research study for which they get only uncertainty and increasing evidence of risk in return.
  • The information and guidance about this vaccine is ongoing and statements made today may change dramatically tomorrow.  That is why in part, no person taking the vaccine should for a moment be confident of what they are getting, the protection it may afford, or the implications it may create.
  • The marketing and government narrative is that this vaccine is necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19. They are saying that if a certain percentage of the population takes this vaccination that ‘herd immunity’ will be achieved and the pandemic will be over. However, that again is deception and not the whole truth. For instance, in the first statement of the Pfizer Fact Sheet it says, “You are being offered the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to prevent Coronavirus Disease 2019…” But then in the next paragraph it says, “The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is a vaccine and may prevent you from getting COVID-19 . . .There is no U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved vaccine to prevent COVID-19.” These are contradictory statements and further indication that what is being promoted as a solution is not only not a ‘solution’ but a highly risky ‘unapproved’ option.
  • The marketing and government narrative is that once a person takes this vaccine that life can resume normalcy, but this is false since mask wearing, social distancing, and reduced group size will remain in place!
  • In light of the unknowns, disclaimers, potential side effects, unapproved FDA status, no change in masking, distancing or any of the other dictates that disturb normal life and violate Constitutional freedoms, why would anyone rush to take this ‘experimental’ vaccine? In reality, despite the marketing firms promise of success and safety, the Manufacturers agreement to produce this experimental vaccine under nearly eviscerated government FDA safety standards, the false narrative that the vaccine will allow life to return to normal, and even some religious leaders telling people to ignore commonsense cautions and just take the vaccine as a demonstration of ‘compassion’, there is every reason to at least postpone taking the vaccine until there are more clinical studies. In reality, under the conditions presented and known at this time, there is no justified or compelling reason for any person to take the vaccine but every reason to REFUSE it.  Under these circumstances, any person taking the vaccine is voluntarily agreeing to become part of a massive clinical trial for the government and pharmaceutical companies in this experimentation with this first ever mass promoted MRNA vaccine. If after knowing these warnings and considering these concerns, who would agree to such experimentation for no compensation? For what reason would any thinking person forfeit their entire right to sue for damages from harm experienced and when there is no assurance that any protection if afforded at all may only last 3 months?

The following excerpts are from Pfizer websites:

Pfizer Fact Sheet: https://www.fda.gov/media/144414/download

“You are being offered the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to prevent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by SARS-CoV-2. This Fact Sheet contains information to help you understand the risks and benefits of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, which you may receive because there is currently a pandemic of COVID-19.”

“The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is a vaccine and may prevent you from getting COVID-19.”

“There is no U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved vaccine to prevent C O VID-19.”

“Read this Fact Sheet for information about the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. Talk to the vaccination provider if you have questions. It is your choice to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.”

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is administered as a 2-dose series, 3 weeks apart, into the muscle.

This Fact Sheet may have been updated. For the most recent Fact Sheet, please see www.cvdvaccine.com

SER COMMENTS:

Note 1: The opening paragraph offers significant contradictions. “YOU ARE BEING OFFERED ….  the vaccine to PREVENT YOU FROM GETTING THE CORONA VIRUS DISEASE.” Then note the clarifying statement: “. . . a vaccine that MAY PREVENT . . .” Then in a following line: “The COVID-19 Vaccine MAY NOT PROTECT EVERYONE.”   The government and marketing firms are trying to convince people by intimation that this vaccine will prevent COVID-19 and thereby achieve ‘herd immunity’ and thus allow life to go back to normal. This is, however, neither true, proven, or in anyway substantiated by the manufacturer’s own research. This is classic bait and switch technique. If subjected to the normal advertising laws, it would be classic ‘false advertising’.

Note 2: Note the use of the Phrase “Fact Sheet”.  To understand what is being communicated, it is critical to define the terms. For instance: “Fact Sheet” implies that on this sheet a person can find the believable information that is trustworthy and true. The definition of fact is: “reality, truth”.  Regarding the truth about the vaccine, however, much of what is being stated are marketing gimmicks, phrases and words. They are being used to persuade a person who is reluctant to ‘buy’ or take this vaccine to go ahead and do it anyway. The Pfizer ‘Fact Sheet’, for instance, does include more information than the marketing flyers, but disguises the reality of the facts by clever wording. In other words, the majority of COVID-19 ‘Fact Sheets’ are less ‘Fact’ and more talking points. “Smoke and mirrors” or deception would better describe the information being provided, but certainly not “reality, truth”.

“WHAT IS THE PFIZER-BIONTECH COVID-19 VACCINE?

 The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is an unapproved vaccine that may prevent COVID-19. There is no FDA-approved vaccine to prevent COVID-19.

 2 Revised: December 2020 The FDA has authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to prevent C O VID-19 in individuals 16 years of age and older under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).

For more information on EUA, see the “What is an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)?” section at the end of this Fact Sheet.”

“WHAT SHOULD YOU MENTION TO YOUR VACCINATION PROVIDER BEFORE YOU GET THE PFIZER-BIONTECH CO VID-19 VACCINE?

Tell the vaccination provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have any allergies
  • have a fever
  • have a bleeding disorder or are on a blood thinner
  • are immunocompromised or are on a medicine that affects your immune system
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
  • are breastfeeding
  • have received another C O VID-19 vaccine”

SER Comments:

Note 1 – The list of “what you should mention to your vaccine provider” is a critical vaccine safety requirement. Yet is very likely that the vaccine provider/injector who administers this vaccine will not ask you or other vaccine volunteers these questions. The failure for you to ask them or the likely omission by them to ask you may result in grave harm, deformities, or death to the person or the unborn child of a woman of childbearing age who takes this vaccine. The very kinds of adverse reactions experienced by hundreds of thousands of people as a result of previous unapproved or hastily approved vaccines and the failure of all previous attempts to gain an FDA ‘approved’ corona virus vaccine is a fact that should be widely known.

Note 2 – The marketing hired guns, the controlled media, the government political experts, the vaccine promoters who stand to make millions of dollars from a COVID-19 vaccine are purposely omitting or downplaying these warnings. This is faulty advertising, corruption, and bait and switch of the worst type.

“WHO SHOULD GET THE PFIZER-BIONTECH COVID-19 VACCINE?

FDA has authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine in individuals 16 years of age and older.”

SER Comments:

Note 1 – The wording of this question is misleading. Who “should get” reads like a government or vaccine marketer trying to convince people they should get the vaccine despite the facts below:

  1. It is unapproved
  2. It has not undergone the same type of review as a normal vaccine
  3. It is still in clinical trials
  4. It is still unknown if the vaccine will work
  5. It is still unknown how long it will work
  6. It is still unknown what side effects–both temporary or long-term–may result!

 

“WHO SHOULD NOT GET THE PFIZER-BIONTECH CO VID-19 VACCINE?

You should not get the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine if you:

  • had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of this vaccine
  • had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient of this vaccine.

WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS IN THE PFIZER-BIONTECH COVID-19 VACCINE?

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine includes the following ingredients: mRNA, lipids ((4-hydroxybutyl)azanediyl) bis(hexane-6,1-diyl)bis(2-hexyldecanoate), 2 [(polyethylene glycol)-2000]-N,N-ditetradecylacetamide, 1,2-Distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine, and cholesterol), potassium chloride, monobasic potassium phosphate, sodium chloride, dibasic sodium phosphate dihydrate, and sucrose.”

SER Comments:

Note 1 – This particular warning is significant but is—in reality—an impossible warning to observe. Here are two reasons: 1) The warning not to take this experimental vaccine due to a reaction to the first vaccine is impossible for a person to know since they have not yet received the vaccination. Clearly, there are increasing indications that a wide number of people are experiencing severe reactions ranging from the more mild symptoms listed later on to more severe reactions such as passing out, anaphylactic shock, getting the disease, and others. The greater likelihood is that the most severe and perhaps fatal reactions will occur – as presented by many leading immunologists and biologists—following the 2nd shot; 2) It is IMPOSSIBLE for a person to know if they will have a reaction to the chemicals and laboratory created ingredients. The one identified ingredient known to create many reactions is the 2 [(polyethylene glycol)-2000]-N,N-ditetradecylacetamide. Here again, the failure to do the normal vaccine clinical trials is subjecting potentially millions—or even billions—of unsuspecting people to experimentation of new technologies without them knowing it.

 

“WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE PFIZER-B IONTECH CO VID-19 VACCINE?

In an ongoing clinical trial, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine has been shown to prevent COVID-19 following 2 doses given 3 weeks apart. The duration of protection against COVID-19 is currently unknown.”

SER Comment:

Note 1: Yet again, this question is double-speak mixing politically correct marketing language with true manufacturer warnings. Note the language – “has been shown to prevent COVID-19” follows the language, “in an ongoing clinical trial”. Especially note the disclaimer, “the duration of the protection against COVID-19 is currently unknown”!  Here is what this means: 1) This vaccine is NOT FDA approved; 2) It is still in clinical trials, and anyone who submits to this vaccine at this time will be part of the clinical trial; 3) The statement “shown to prevent” was earlier qualified by the Pfizer statement that “There is no FDA approved vaccine to prevent COVID-19”; etc. The result is that the question alluding to “Benefits of the Vaccine” is a question without answers. In the end, any person who takes this vaccine expecting that it will give some type of predictable prevention from COVID-19 is doing this all by blind faith and trust in an experiment, but not in true science (which by definition is predictable and repeatable).

“WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF THE PFIZER-BIONTECH CO VID-19 VACCINE?

Side effects that have been reported with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine include:

  • injection site pain
  • tiredness
  • headache
  • muscle pain
  • chills
  • joint pain
  • fever
  • injection site swelling
  • injection site redness
  • nausea
  • feeling unwell
  • swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy)

 There is a remote chance that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine could cause a severe allergic reaction. A severe allergic reaction would usually occur within a few minutes to one hour after getting a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. For this reason, your vaccination provider may ask you to stay at the place where you received your vaccine for monitoring after vaccination.

Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of your face and throat
  • A fast heartbeat
  • A bad rash all over your body
  • Dizziness and weakness

 These may not be all the possible side effects of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. Serious and unexpected side effects may occur.

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is still being studied in clinical trials.

SER Comments:

Note 1: The potential side effects from taking the vaccine range from minor to “serious and unexpected”, from a simple inconvenience to hospitalization and ongoing potentially lasting physical or physiological impacts. Please note that the Pfizer statement, “These may not be all the possible side effects.” This is a true statement because multiple reports now established identify people with pre-existing allergies to various things have gone into anaphylactic shock where if not treated quickly may result in death. Other reports of people experiencing the debilitating condition of “Bell’s Palsy” are also now evident.

Note 2: The list of adverse “serious” reactions is growing. But rather than being “unexpected”, as currently phrased, undesired or likely would be more accurate considering the normal vaccine “FDA Approval” process has been suspended.  This uncertainty is because the clinical trials and the normal FDA Vaccine approval process has been set aside by wishful politicians and promoted by many people with clear conflict of interest relationships and corrupted and driven by money and control.

“WHAT SHOULD I DO ABOUT SIDE EFFECTS?

If you experience a severe allergic reaction, call 9-1-1, or go to the nearest hospital.

Call the vaccination provider or your healthcare provider if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.

 Complete and submit reports to VAERS online athttps://vaers.hhs.gov/reportevent.html.

For further assistance with reporting to VAERS call1-800-822-7967. Please include “Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine EUA” in the first line of box #18 of the report form.

In addition, you can report side effects to Pfizer Inc. at the contact information provided below.

Website: www.pfizersafetyreporting.com

Fax number: 1-866-635-8337

Telephone number: 1-800-438-1985

You may also be given an option to enroll in v-safe. V-safe is a new voluntary smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to check in with people who have been vaccinated to identify potential side effects after COVID-19 vaccination. V-safe asks questions that help CDC monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. V-safe also provides second-dose reminders if needed and live telephone follow-up by CDC if participants report a significant health impact following COVID-19 vaccination.

For more information on how to sign up, visit: www.cdc.gov/vsafe

SER Comment:

Note 1: Reporting harmful side effects of this vaccine while important, is in many cases impossible for many people due to age, lack of understanding, technical ability or people who may live alone. The option to use smartphone tracing has been stated from the onset of COVID-19 has been the predetermined solution along with the vaccine. The stated goal has been to track–in essence–the worldwide movements of all citizens. This would link their vaccine status, their travel, their buying and selling, their banking, and employment to GPS tracing through their smartphone. While government ‘experts’ pushing this option frame their motivation as compassion for the safety of the people, it is clear that control of people by government ‘experts’ at the expense of privacy and personal liberty is the end result -if not the goal.

“WHAT IF I DECIDE NOT TO GET THE PFIZER-BIONTECH COVID-19 VACCINE?

It is your choice to receive or not receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. Should you decide not to receive it, it will not change your standard medical care.”

SER Comment:

Note 1: There is NO obligation either by law, by morality, by commonsense, to agree to take this experimental vaccine and become a guinea pig in this massive clinical trial. There is no reason to concede to the pressure being applied by government officials (many of whom have severe conflicts of interest) or their marketing firms to assure you that the vaccine is ‘safe’ or that ‘if you take this vaccine you are doing a patriotic duty to help life return to normal’. Nor is there Biblical backing for religious leaders who are telling people that rushing to take this vaccine is a demonstration of ‘Christian compassion’.

“ARE OTHER CHOICES AVAILABLE FOR PREVENTING COVID-19 BESIDES PFIZER-BIONTECH COVID-19 VACCINE?

Currently, there is no approved alternative vaccine available for prevention of COVID-19. Other vaccines to prevent COVID-19 may be available under Emergency Use Authorization.”

SER Comment:

Note 1: This is the 2nd warning in this FACT SHEET about all the COVID-19 vaccines NOT being FDA ‘approved’. Pfizer is also warning caretakers and recipients of this vaccine that not only is the Pfizer vaccine NOT APPROVED, but there is “NO APPROVED ALTERNATIVE VACCINE AVAILABLE FOR PREVENTION OF COVID-19!”

“WHERE WILL MY VACCINATION INFORMATION BE RECORDED?

The vaccination provider may include your vaccination information in your state/local jurisdiction’s Immunization Information System (IIS) or other designated system. This will ensure that you receive the same vaccine when you return for the second dose. For more information about IISs visit: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/programs/iis/about.html

SER Comments:

 Note 1: Your name, address and contact information will be linked to the IIS system and the details of your vaccination. That information will ultimately be available worldwide.  While phrased here as being for your benefit to make sure you get the same manufacturer’s vaccine the 2nd time, there is far more involved. The truth is: If you sign the consent form before you take this vaccination, you agree to give up the right for this information to be held private. The key indicator in this language include the words, “or other designated system.”  This ‘system’ or ‘systems yet to be created’ are designed to connect your private health data including the vaccine data to such things as ‘international COVID-19 passports’, ‘digital bank accounts or other economic transactions’. It will be used to encourage the vaccine taker to become enrolled (if not done automatically) in an international electronic tracing system. This international electronic tracing system has been heavily encouraged by vaccine (and population control) proponent, Bill Gates. When done, government tracking is enhanced (www.cdc.gov/vsafe),   your freedom is diminished, and you may forever remain dependent upon government to receive future shots and injections of whatever they deem necessary (because as stated the effective duration of this vaccine is “unknown”, the possible side affects are “unknown and changing” etc.).

Note 2: By signing your consent form, you are giving authorization for your critical health records to be shared literally anywhere, with anyone, at any time.  Below is the small print section dealing with this important area as written on the CVS Pharmacy Consent form:  https://info.omnicare.com/rs/095-VIX-581/images/COVID%2019%20Vaccine%20Intake%20Fillable%20Consent%20Form.pdf

DISCLOSURE OF RECORDS: I understand that CVS® may be required to or may voluntarily disclose my health information to the physician responsible for this protocol of specific health information of people vaccinated at CVS (if applicable), my Primary Care Physician (if I have one), my insurance plan, health systems and hospitals, and/or state or federal registries, for purposes of treatment, payment or other health care operations (such as administration or quality assurance). I also understand that CVS will use and disclose my health information as set forth in the CVS Notice of Privacy Practices (copy is available in-store, online or by requesting a paper copy from the pharmacy). State of California only: I agree to have CAIR share my immunization data with Health Care Providers, agencies or schools. Vaccine Clinics: If I am receiving a vaccine through a vaccine clinic, I understand that my name, vaccine appointment date and time will be provided to the clinic coordinator.

 

 WHAT IS THE COUNTERMEASURES INJURY COMPENSATION PROGRAM?

The Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP) is a federal program that may help pay for costs of medical care and other specific expenses of certain people who have been seriously injured by certain medicines or vaccines, including this vaccine. Generally, a claim must be submitted to the CICP within one (1) year from the date of receiving the vaccine.

 To learn more about this program, visit www.hrsa.gov/cicp/ or call 1-855-266-2427.”

SER Comments:

 Note 1: The existing legal right to sue for damages is near non-existent with this experimental vaccine. By law, the pharmaceutical companies have been granted a near complete ‘immunity from prosecution and liability’ as it relates to this COVID-19 vaccine.  Of course, the politicians, media voices, marketing hired guns, etc. have no liability for what they say or imply. In this case, as citizens, a most basic right has been stolen. In addition, when a person signs the consent form prior to receiving this vaccination, they will not only forfeit any remaining legal rights they have to sue in case of severe and debilitating reactions. Most likely this consent form would give some protection to the facility urging the person to take this vaccine. This is important to remember. At this time, the facilities (nursing homes, hospitals, employers, etc.) who attempt to force you to receive this vaccination as a condition of employment have not been granted immunity. Should there be an adverse reaction, they retain significant liability. Therefore, read the consent form very carefully as, you may very well be signing away all remaining rights you may have.

Note 2: “Consent” is a legal requirement. Do not give it until ALL Questions are answered. Across the country, as of the writing of this analysis, getting consent and giving consent is being resisted. The following article speaks to this matter particularly in nursing homes. Many staff in nursing home and health facilities are resisting taking the vaccine for various good reasons. Please read this following article:

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/532031-nursing-homes-hit-early-roadblocks-in-massive-vaccine-campaign

Note 3: Consent forms may vary somewhat but will contain similar elements as contained in this CVS Pharmacy Consent form.

https://info.omnicare.com/rs/095-VIX-581/images/COVID%2019%20Vaccine%20Intake%20Fillable%20Consent%20Form.pdf

Such consent forms do exactly what I have earlier warned. For instance, in the CVS Form, it reads:

“CONSENT FOR SERVICES: I have been provided with the Vaccine Information Sheet(s) or patient fact sheet corresponding to the vaccine(s) that I am receiving. I have read the information provided about the vaccine I am to receive. I have had the chance to ask questions that were answered to my satisfaction. I understand the benefits and risks of vaccination and I voluntarily assume full responsibility for any reactions that may result. I understand that I should remain in the vaccine administration area for 15 minutes after the vaccination to be monitored for any potential adverse reactions. I understand if I experience side effects that I should do the following: call pharmacy, contact doctor, call 911. I request that the vaccine be given to me or to the person named above for whom I am authorized to make this request. State of Georgia only: I verify a pharmacist asked for my health history and whether I have had a physical exam within the past year. Health care providers did not identify condition(s) that would mean I should not receive vaccine(s). AUTHORIZATION TO REQUEST PAYMENT: I do hereby authorize CVS Pharmacy® “

Note 3 (cont): These highlighted sentences are KEY: Remember, signing this consent form is a legal transaction. By signing a consent form and taking the vaccination, every person asserts under law that:

  1. I have read the information provided”: In reality, virtually no one reads these documents, let alone if the information provided is not readable or like this FACT SHEET is full of contradictions and redefined terms.
  2. I have had the chance to ask questions that were answered to my satisfaction.”: “Had the chance” is a term of art. It is undefinable and meaningless, but it lets the giver of the vaccine ‘off the legal hook’.
  3. I understand the benefits and risks of vaccination”: How is it physically possible for any person to answer this question honestly? How in the world would a person “understand the benefits and risks”? What “benefits”? What “risks”? As defined by who?  If one listens to the politicians, the vaccine promoters, and marketers there are nearly no risks and only upside benefits! Yet, as reality indicates, the benefits are few and undefined. The risks are enormous and unknown.
  4. I voluntarily assume full responsibility for any reactions that may result.”: They are voluntarily assuming full responsibility for any reactions that may result (legal, financial, health, other.) In other words, in reading this language as is, it is likely that even health insurance coverage could be voided if the insurance company wants to do so. This is an unbelievable requirement and is normally prohibited by law, not sanctioned by law!

“WHAT IS AN EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZATION (EUA)?

 The United States FDA has made the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine available under an emergency access mechanism called an EUA. The EUA is supported by a Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) declaration that circumstances exist to

6 Revised: December 2020 justify the emergency use of drugs and biological products during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine has not undergone the same type of review as an FDA-approved or cleared product. FDA may issue an EUA when certain criteria are met, which includes that there are no adequate, approved, available alternatives.

In addition, the FDA decision is based on the totality of scientific evidence available showing that the product may be effective to prevent COVID-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic and that the known and potential benefits of the product outweigh the known and potential risks of the product.

All of these criteria must be met to allow for the product to be used in the treatment of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The EUA for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is in effect for the duration of the C O VID-19 EUA declaration justifying emergency use of these products, unless terminated or revoked (after which the products may no longer be used).

Manufactured by Pfizer Inc., New York, NY 10017  

Manufactured for BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH

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 55131 Mainz, Germany

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Revised: December 2020

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American Pastors Networks Listeners Provide Testimony

Each day, the American Pastors Network strives to:

  • Identify, encourage, equip, educate and network pastors and church members to “Stand in the Gap for Truth.”
  • 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.
  • Strengthen the Biblical relationship between pastors and elected officials, through various private and public meetings for prayer, study, and policy discussion.

Recently, the producers of APN’s popular and live daily radio program, “Stand in the Gap Today” shared listener comments that testify how APN and its president (and host of the show), the Honorable Sam Rohrer, are truly living up to their mission:

From Melissa in Colorado: “My dad shared an interview last night that Sam did recently. Wow!! That was incredible!! He did such an amazing job breaking down what is going on in America biblically.  I shared it with my boss (Lead Pastor) and he shared it with staff.  He was so grateful for this information. We have had multiple prayer meetings weekly for this election and are still believing God for victory and seeing Trump get in. Crazy times we live in but so grateful for the peace that God gives in the midst of it. He is our Rock!!! Thankful for you all!!”

From Dan in Ohio: “I just wanted to share with you how greatly I appreciate your recent KDOV TV interview. Between the excellent questions from the host, and your straightforward, simple yet profound answers, I truly believe that in this program you answered the questions with more clarity than I have seen or heard anywhere on the questions most patriots and Christians in America right now have. You shared information I have heard referenced, but you put it into context. You shared serious things but gave hope and balance in a way no other reporter I listen to does. News and information are good, but without the context of biblical truth it means little. Thank you. My wife and I will be praying for you by name every morning from now on.”

From Paul in Louisiana: “In my pursuit of knowledge concerning unfolding events and their underlying relationship to scripture, I have been searching sites never before visited.  Recently, I ran across your site.  This morning, I was particularly drawn to it. You were quoting from someone in nearly real time. I began to listen and found it to be very revealing but especially peace-giving in its presentation.  Your analysis and insight caught my attention because although most other radio and TV commentors are informative, they do not bring peace to my spirit.  I know you understand what I am trying to explain.  I do plan on staying networked to your program for information. There is something uniquely different about how you connect biblical principles to the events of the day. Praise the Lord for all you are doing.”

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A Roadmap for the Remnant: Advancing with Confidence into 2021

Lt. General Michael Flynn recently warned America, “If we don’t get this right, our country is done.” Americans are living in a historic time, yet few are aware of the significance of our moment. The Honorable Sam Rohrer, president of the American Pastors Network (www.AmericanPastorsNetwork.net,) and a former nine-term state representative agrees wholeheartedly.

“Mainstream media usurps the law and prematurely ‘declares the next president,’” said Rohrer. “Citizens’ demands for a fair election are declared a conspiracy theory, and government overreach has extended beyond Constitutional limits to shutting down the very churches and the religious freedom our nation was founded to protect. Covid-19 is leading toward mass vaccinations and contact tracing, while world governments increase calls for digital currency, and even controlling travel through passports linked to vaccinations.

“Yet I continue to connect with fellow believers who recognize the importance of current events and are living faithfully to the Lord despite the world around us,” explained Rohrer. “Just as in biblical days of old, there remains a remnant.”

In the Old Testament, the nation of Israel always included a core of committed God-followers who declared the word of the Lord during times of decline or danger. Likewise, today our nation includes a vibrant remnant of American Christians who stand increasingly aware of the need for spiritual and national awakening.

“For the remnant believer, we are very clearly experiencing a renewed need to rely upon spiritual resources in what is ultimately a spiritual battle. Our Lord Jesus calls us to focus on three key areas in these turbulent times:

“First, the remnant believer is called to pray. We are primarily in a spiritual battle. We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against powers in the heavenly realm (Ephesians 6:12). If we do not rely upon God’s strength, we stand on our own and will fail. Yet with God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).

“Second, the remnant believer is called to witness. This includes a firm conviction to communicate Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). He is the only way of salvation (Acts 4:12). We are to witness about the truth as well. In addition to sharing the need for salvation, our call must include challenging those in our sphere of influence toward a biblical worldview. As the apostle Peter taught, we are to ‘be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.’ (1 Peter 3:15)

“Third, the remnant believer is called to resist evil. James taught, ‘Resist the devil, and he will flee from you’ (James 4:7). We must withstand the devil, as well as the sin of our fallen society. Even when our culture chooses to accept sinful ways, we must remain faithful to oppose what the Lord calls sin. This challenge again calls us to prayer, as spiritual power stands as the foundation for resisting evil.”

According to Rohrer, as remnant believers, we are called to stand in the gap for truth. This is a positive element, a defensive as well as offensive effort that requires forward action. Our calling includes proclaiming the word of the Lord in the spiritual battle for our nation.

“Resisting evil is not passive but involves thought and engagement. We do not only avoid participating with evil; we actively oppose it,” said Rohrer. “Proverbs 28:4 notes, ‘Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive against them.’ For those who have yet to realize the implications of what is taking place, I urge you to awaken now! Decide now to join the faithful remnant who pray, witness, and resist evil in these last days.

“Be inspired and motivated. Determine to let God work through your efforts to impact lives and speak truth to those around you. Continue to stand in the gap for truth today.”

American Pastors Network President Sam Rohrer Points to 6 Old Testament ‘Woes’ for Israel That Align with America Today

In a day where false alarms, exaggerated warnings and intentional scare tactics are used by a deceptive culture, it’s sometimes difficult to separate true warnings from deceptive false alarms.

So, asks the American Pastors Network (APN), how can Christians differentiate between the two?

Sam Rohrer, president of APN, the largest national network dedicated to equipping pastors to be a voice for truth in the public square, and host of APN’s “Stand in the Gap” radio and television programming, says that Old Testament woes and warnings directed toward Israel have timely significance for America today.

“In the Bible,” Rohrer says, “the word ‘woe’ or warning is used nearly 100 times—98 to be exact,” he said. “The Old Testament prophets used it. Christ used it many times Himself. The word occurs in the Book of Revelation in final judgment. In nearly every case where a woe is given, the warning of judgment is certain, and God’s punishment imminent.”

As an example, Rohrer said, Noah warned the people for 100 years of a coming flood. The people heard, considered, rejected then died, illustrating that God gives His people warnings that they might live. Then in Isaiah Chapter 5, God’s prophet pronounced six specific warnings of imminent judgment against identified national sins.

“These woes were sobering, the sins specific and God’s judgment certain,” Rohrer said. “The message was to Israel, but the application is for America. When God warns, it’s real, and we’d better sit up and take notice.”

WOE #1: The sin of materialism. After God blessed the nation with security, wealth, houses and productive land, the people turned their back on Him. The result? God withheld His blessings, removed His protection, allowed rebellion within and threats of attack from without. Rohrer asks: Does this sound anything like America today?

WOE #2: The sin of hedonism. Consumed with an intoxicating addiction to alcohol, drugs, entertainment and partying, the nation willfully rejected God and the consequences of evil choices, as depicted in Isaiah 5:11.

WOE #3: The horrible practice of literally promoting sin and evil. As told in Isaiah 5:18, without regard for God or moral truth, the nation dreamed of evil, sinned without remorse and even belittled God by profaning His name and His truth.

WOE #4: The sin of moral relativism. Even more dangerous is when a nation redefines moral truth into moral evil, as outlined in Isaiah 5:20. This is accomplished by discarding the Ten Commandments as dangerous, killing the unborn through abortion and calling it reproductive rights, redefining marriage between two men or two women and much more. “Have these re definitions been made in America?” Rohrer asks. “Yes—all have!”

WOE #5: The sin of arrogance and corruption. God hates pride because it embodies the sin of satanic defiance against God, Rohrer said, pointing to Isaiah 5:21. Through pride, mankind pronounces himself to be God, which results in the rejection of God and eternal life.

WOE #6: The sin of corrupted leadership. The prophet warned: Woe unto the political and military leaders who through addiction become bribed and incapable of sound judgment.

“What is the result of continually ignoring God’s true warnings?” Rohrer said. “Isaiah 5:24 says that God’s love will be turned to anger, His blessings will turn to judgment, murder and death of the people will increase, enemy nations will threaten to attack—suddenly and overwhelmingly—and all trusted defenses will fail. It happened to Israel. It will happen to America if we don’t soon change our ways. It’s past time to look to God, repent and beg His mercy.

“The similarities of the six woes in Isaiah Chapter 5 and how they relate to America today are astounding,” Rohrer concluded. “What will we do to heed God’s warnings? Will we claim ignorance and say we were never warned? While God is full of mercy, His justice will prevail. When God warns, we’d better listen because time eventually runs out. God has been warning America, but America doesn’t seem to care.”

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