A Call to Repentance & Renewal
An Open Letter to Christian pastors, leaders and believers
who assist the anti-Christian Progressive political movement in America
September 27, 2016 | TruthPR | — Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation… (St. Paul, II Corinthians 7:10 NIV)
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Each of us is called to repentance. Our entire nation will be revived as we return to the Lord. We, the evangelical and Catholic signatories below, know we are sinners forgiven by the saving work of Christ. And believers who normally turn the other cheek are, at times, also called to overturn tables. This is a moment for such believers to speak truth to power.
After years of earnest but less public attempts, it is now with heavy hearts, and a hope for justice and restoration, that we Christian leaders urge ‘progressive’ evangelicals and Catholics to repent of their work that often advances a destructive liberal political agenda. We write as true friends knowing that most believers mean well. We desire the best for you and for the world God loves.
As recent leaked documents confirm, and as Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners eventually admitted, wealthy, anti-Christian foundations, following the lead of billionaire George Soros’s Open Society Foundation, fund and “rent”* Christian ministers as “mascots” serving as surprising validators for their causes. The consequent realities include injury to countless people, the Church, the family, nation and the global Church including many martyrs.
We must reclaim the Church’s witness in the world. Biblical truth and wisdom are the highest love for human beings. While God loves justice and mercy for all, many “social justice” campaigns are politically crafted and not the true Gospel. Only the truth of our sin, both personal and systemic, and Jesus’ atoning sacrifice for our salvation and rebirth, is true hope for persons and nations. The gospel charges all things with hope.
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” ~ Jesus, John 14:6
We are not here endorsing or denouncing a political candidate but reminding you of basic Christian morality. How ironic, stale and shameless for the very leaders whose ‘progressive’ policies are hurting minority communities to falsely label those with political differences as ‘racists.’ Under liberal leadership, Hispanics and African-Americans suffer the loss of work and income, rising urban violence and family disintegration including children targeted by abortionists for death. It’s time to tell the truth and rebuild together.
As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. taught, “In contrast to ethical relativism, Christianity sets forth a system of absolute moral values.” He wrote, “We need to recapture the gospel glow of the early Christians who were non-conformists …. Their powerful gospel put an end to such barbaric evils as infanticide …. Finally, they captured the Roman Empire for Jesus Christ.”
To religious leaders assisting unwise, anti-Christian politicians and global elites:
- What wise and loving biblical morality would Jesus declare to be ‘hate-speech’?
- What justification would Jesus offer for ending the lives of unborn children and selling their body parts to the highest bidder?
- What money would Jesus give to a nation stating, “Death to Israel and America”?
- What judges would Jesus appoint who attack Christian believers and the Church?
“Tolerance [of evil] is not a spiritual gift; it is the distinguishing mark of postmodernism,and sadly, it has permeated the very fiber of Christianity.”~ Rev. Dr. John Stott
Consider some of the consequences of Progressive political activism over the past eight years:
- A growth industry trafficking in human baby organs and body parts – funded and defended by the Democratic Party.
- The abandonment of a biblical view of marriage that protected and liberated children and adults from centuries of pagan slavery, poverty, polygamy and non-life-giving sexuality.
- The Transgender agenda imposed by Obama-government edict, including gender re-education to be forced on our citizens, businesses, schools, military and churches.
- Doubling of our national debt, economic stagnation and increased welfare dependency.
- Increased minority unemployment, poverty and violent inner city lawlessness, with an accompanying loss of opportunity, self-determination and family stability.
- Heightened racial division and tension, and the growing phenomenon of paid demonstrators being recruited and dispatched to instigate protests that often become riots.
- Open borders and ‘sanctuary’ cities increasing drugs, disease, crime, gangs and terrorism.
- Forced refugee resettlement in hundreds of American cities without citizen consent, mandated by the federal government in collusion with the United Nations. “Refugees” are primarily non-assimilating Muslims, while authorities reject persecuted Christians.
- Hostility towards Judeo-Christian religious liberty in our courts, media and universities including the suppression of conservative speakers, free thought and moral education.
- The widespread, political use of the IRS to intimidate conservative, patriotic and Christian groups that disagree with the current political establishment.
After such demoralization and pain, why would any religious leader ask Christians to embrace a Progressive political agenda that is clearly anti-Christian?
When Hillary Clinton stated during a 2015 speech at the Women in the World Summit that religious beliefs “have to be changed,” she was openly declaring war on Christian believers and the Church. And now Progressives claim that supporting such a view is the Christian thing to do? This is spiritual abuse of the family, the Church and the nation.
“The framers of our Constitution meant we were to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.” Rev. Billy Graham
For many years, Soros’s Open Society and other liberal foundations have funded not only most of the disturbingcampaigns mentioned above (1-10) but also the Religious Left, using and creating ostensibly evangelical andCatholic organizations to “message and mobilize” Christians into Progressive causes. They use the Marxist-Alinsky tactic of funding “ministers” who cherry-pick faith language to confuse and divide the Church’s morality, mission and vote.
At a time when many Christian ministries are struggling, a few of the Soros network “faith” and “interfaith” grantees are Jim Wallis of Sojourners, Richard Cizik’s New Evangelical Partnership, Telos, J Street to malign Israel, “ Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, Faithful America and Gamaliel. Faith in Public Life to “counter”Christians and the Tea Party in the media and, with PICO, advocate for amnesty, mass Islamic migration, and even to attempt to influence the visit and priorities of Pope Francis himself. Billions of additional dollars to “ChristianVOLAGs” for large scale “refugee” and migrant resettlement come from the Obama administration.
Joining “faith” fronts, the Soros network also funds thousands of other collaborators and projects that suggest a pattern and goal to demoralize America (and Europe). The list includes: film studios and hundreds of media outlets; attempts to control the Internet; racial and gender agitation; euthanasia; drug legalization and “injection zones;”abortion and the “sex worker” industry; Al Gore’s Climate campaign; pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel projects; therights of jihadists and Sharia advocates.
In the ironic rhetoric of compassion, Soros and friends also fund mass immigration followed by redistricting schemesand “voting “rights,” while financing the campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. (Soros is a major donorto the Democratic Party and co-chairman of Ready for Hillary PAC.) One wonders if the end goal is the destruction of national identity through demoralization, open borders and debt, thus the “fundamental transformation”(weakening) of American civil society for their leveraged global power. (They have done this to other nations.)
Our true America is more just, generative and loving than the “new America” of stateless and “post-American” social engineers. Global socialism is a system of control over the lives of others. This sends us backwards. The hostility of the Progressive political agenda to biblical faith is foreign to the Spirit of Jesus. Instead, let us do justice to the American story and future. Though imperfect, it is a great forward leap in human dignity, freedom and actual progress.
And so we ask again, why do those who claim to share our faith in Christ continue to advocate for politicians who will pass legislation, and appoint justices and judges who will attack Christian liberty and persecute believers? Turning our nation over to the enemies of biblical faith does not honor Christ, promote love of neighbor, or advance God’s kingdom in the world.
We ask those who have intentionally or unwittingly aided the Progressive agenda in the past to look at the actual consequences of their policies. Please stop inviting fellow believers to assist global profiteers and political activists who are determined to de-Christianize America. Please repent, refuse funding and turn away from those who attack the Church and injure the nation.
Only the Gospel restores hope. Let us return to the whole counsel of Scripture, not the political abuse of Scripture. Together, we can commit to healing, wisdom and renewal of our faith and culture. Let’s stimulate humility and gratitude, not pride and entitlement. Let’s see the image of God in people and enable the virtuous cycle of creativity, opportunity, work, productivity, wealth and thus greater voluntary generosity. (We will explore solutions atAmericanEvangelicals.org)
To the Church in every nation, now is the time to pray, to speak and to act with Godly courage. If America continues to fall, the mission of the global Church also suffers. We are bound together. Let us stand together.
“Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” Rev. Billy Graham
In faith, hope and Agape love, we write as evangelical and Catholic followers of Jesus Christ, stewards of the nation he has placed us in, and fellow workers for the Kingdom of God in the world He loves.
* affiliations for identification purposes only
Kelly Monroe Kullberg America Conservancy; author, Finding God Beyond Harvard
Dr. Alveda King Civil Rights for the Unborn, Director; Priests for Life; Evangelist
Bob McEwen U.S. House of Representatives, Fmr. Member, Ohio
Lt. Gen. Wm. “Jerry” Boykin Founder, Kingdom Warriors Ministry
Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely US Army (Ret), Stand Up America/Glacial Forum
Eric Metaxas Bonhoeffer; and If You Can Keep It, author; Radio host
Miles McPherson The Rock Church, San Diego, Pastor
Bishop Harry R Jackson, Jr. Hope Christian Church; High Impact Leadership Coalition
George Barna Researcher and author
Mat Staver Liberty Counsel, Founder and Chairman
Dr. Jim Garlow Senior Pastor, Skyline Church, San Diego
Kay Coles James Former Bush Appointee; author, Transforming America
Dr. Everett Piper Oklahoma Wesleyan University, President
Fr. Frank Pavone Priests for Life, National Director
Tim Wildmon American Family Association & A.F. Radio, President
Herman Martir Asian Action Network, President
Kevin Freeman National Security Investment Consultant Institute, founder
Pastor Fred Berry Azusa Street Mission
Sandy Rios American Family Association, Director of Government Affairs
Sam Sorbo Actress, author and radio show host
Mariam Bell Former National Policy Director for Charles Colson
Dr. Ted Baehr MovieGuide, Publisher
Jeremy Story Campus Renewal, President
Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riano Regent University, Executive Vice President
Dr. Wayne Grudem Phoenix Seminary, Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies
Dr. Jay Richards The Catholic University of America
Steve Strang Charisma Media, Founder and President
Nancy Schulze The American Prayer Initiative, Co-founder (with Vonette Bright)
Peggy Dau Voice of the Martyrs
Jason Benham Entrepreneur, author and speaker
David Benham Entrepreneur, author and speaker
Rebecca Hagelin Family Talk (board); Council for National Policy, Secretary
Doug Benefield Wounded Warrior Corps, Chairman/CEO (U.S. Navy)
David Barton Author and speaker
Dr. Lance Wallnau Speaker, leadership consultant
Stephen E. Reiter Precept Ministries, Executive Director
Pastor Carlton Smith Cleveland, Ohio
Dr. Jay Grimstead Coalition On Revival
Jerry Nordskog Nordskog Publishing, President and Publisher
Bryan Hickox Bryan Hickox Pictures, Inc., President & CEO
Matt Bennett Christian Union, CEO
Charles Limandri Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund, President & Chief Counsel
Archbishop Wm. Paul Mikler Communio Christiana
Pastor Jim Franklin Cornerstone Church, Fresno CA, Senior Pastor
Pastor Steve Riggle Grace Church, Houston TX, Senior Pastor
David & Anne Durell Columbus, Ohio
Mark Gonzalez Hispanic Prayer Network and the Hispanic Action Network
Samuel B. Casey Jubilee Campaign, Managing Director
Bill Dallas United in Purpose
Rick Scarborough Vision America, President
Dave Welch U.S. Pastor Council, President
Linda Cattani Cleveland Right to Life
Daniel Smithwick Nehemiah Institute
Bob Williamson The Williamson Group
Dr. John D. Morris Institute for Creation Research, President Emeritus
Robert Schwarzwalder Regent University, Senior Lecturer
Pastor George Grant Parish Presbyterian Church
Dran Reese Salt and Light Council, President
Dr. Benny Tate Rock Springs Church, Senior Pastor
Robert K. Fischer Conservatives of Faith
Pastor Dudley Rutherford Shepherd Church, Porter Ranch, CA
Dr. Larry Lamb Cielo Vista Church, El Paso, TX, Lead Pastor
Chip Weiant Pregnancy Decision Health Center, Board Member
Diego Rodriguez Publisher, Dominion Books
Dr. James Yanney Charleston, South Carolina
Kitty Allen Columbus, Ohio
William Millis High Point, North Carolina
Kevin Jessip Global Strategic Alliance, Founder and President
Bill Blankschaen FaithWalkers, You Will Be Made to Care, co-author
Andrea Lafferty Traditional Values Coalition
David Kullberg Author, Breaking Babel; America Conservancy, President
Dean Broyles National Center for Law & Policy, President
Chuck Hurley, Esq. The Family Leader, Vice-President & Chief Counsel, Iowa
Molly Smith Cleveland Right to Life, President; From the Median radio
John Becker, CTP, MBA State Representative, Ohio’s 65th District House of Rep.s
Jacqui Fetsko Lake County Right to Life, Executive Director
Michael Phillips All In, President
Paula Westwood Right to Life, Cincinnati OH, Executive Director
Steve Smothermon Pastor of Legacy Church (Albuquerque)
Pastor Tim Throckmorton Crossroads Church, Circleville, OH, Senior Pastor
FOR ADDITIONAL SIGNATURES:
* footnote from paragraph 2: New America Foundation strategy, “Rent An Evangelical” and “Rent A General” as“mascots.”
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About AAE: We are an ad hoc fellowship of evangelical, Catholic and Orthodox believers who see that biblical wisdom is the highest love for human beings. We stand — because of love.
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Legal disclaimer: co-authors and signatories are referring to moral issues and not taking a position supporting or opposing any candidate for elective office. We have signed as private citizens.
“Thus says the Lord: ‘Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths,where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.’” Jeremiah 6:16
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Media Summary ~ A Call to Repentance and Renewal
Speaking truth to power, more than 100 evangelical and Catholic leaders urge Progressive “faith” groups to turn away from the liberal political funding and agenda that demoralizes and weakens the poor, the family, the Church and the nation.
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