Truths That Transform – Christian Citizenship

Truths That Transform – Christian Citizenship


CHRISTIANS HAVE HAD IT IN
THEIR POWER TO CHANGE ALL OF THESE THINGS THAT WE
LAMENT AND COMPLAIN AND GRUMBLE ABOUT CONSTANTLY,
AND WE JUST HAVEN’T DONE IT. D. JAMES KENNEDY
MINISTRIES PRESENTS TRUTHS THAT TRANSFORM. A CRUCIAL NATIONAL
ELECTION IS COMING UP. WHAT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY
AS CHRISTIANS? WE NEED TO REALIZE WHERE
WE ARE AND WHY WE NEED TO BE MOBILIZED AND ACTIVELY
POLITICALLY ENGAGED IN OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM TO
PROTECT THE COUNTRY. WITH RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
UNDER ATTACK, YOUR VOTE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER. AND THAT IS WHAT THE
CHURCH HAS TO EQUIP MEMBERS TO BE NOW, PUBLIC
CHRISTIANS, OUT OF THE CLOSET CHRISTIANS. GET A PLAN OF ACTION FOR
THE UPCOMING ELECTION, ON TODAY’S TRUTHS
THAT TRANSFORM. ♪ WELCOME TO TRUTHS THAT
TRANSFORM, A PRODUCTION OF D. JAMES KENNEDY
MINISTRIES, WHERE WE ARE STANDING FOR TRUTH AND
DEFENDING YOUR FREEDOM. WE ARE A LITTLE MORE THAN
A WEEK AWAY FROM ELECTION DAY. AND AS WE GO TO THE POLLS,
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM TEETERS ON A PRECIPICE. FOR DECADES NOW, THE
LEFT’S AGENDA OF UNFETTERED SEXUAL LICENSE
HAS BEEN IN A PITCHED BATTLE AGAINST THE
BIBLICAL TRUTHS THIS NATION WAS FOUNDED UPON,
AND SO FAR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY HAS BEEN LOSING. THE LEFT HAS INCREASINGLY
USED THE HEAVY HAND OF GOVERNMENT TO SILENCE
DISSENT AND TO ENFORCE CONFORMITY TO THEIR
AMORALISTIC WORLDVIEW. THAT’S WHY IT’S NEVER BEEN
MORE IMPORTANT TO VOTE. JUDGES AND THOSE WHO
APPOINT THEM ARE THE KEY TO THE BATTLE FOR
THE FIRST AMENDMENT. LATER IN THIS PROGRAM, YOU
WILL SEE AN AMAZING STORY OF HOW A NATION FOUNDED
ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM NOW STANDS ON THE VERGE OF
WIDESCALE RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION. AND WE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT
ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT RESOURCES WE HAVE EVER
DEVELOPED TO HELP YOU OBTAIN A BIBLICAL
WORLDVIEW AND TO BRING THAT WORLDVIEW TO
BEAR ON OUR CULTURE. AS WE BEGIN, ONE PERSON
WHO HAS FACED THE WRATH OF THE HARD-LEFT PROGRESSIVES
BECAUSE OF HER STAND FOR TRUTH IS BRIGITTE GABRIEL. LIKE US, SHE HAS BEEN
FALSELY LABELED A HATER BY THE TENDENTIOUS AND
DECEITFUL SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER. I RECENTLY SAT DOWN WITH
BRIGITTE IN WASHINGTON DC TO DISCUSS HER NEW BOOK,
RISE: IN DEFENSE OF JUDEO-CHRISTIAN
VALUES AND FREEDOM. IN YOUR BOOK, YOU
HAVE WRITTEN THAT JUDEO-CHRISTIAN VALUES ARE
REALLY THE FOUNDATION OF TRUE FREEDOM, IS THAT WHY
WE SHOULD VIEW ATTACKS ON RELIGIOUS LIBERTY AS THE
BEGINNING OF UNDERMINING THE TRUE FREEDOMS
THAT WE ENJOY? LOOK, THEY HAVE BEEN
ATTACKING OUR FREEDOMS FOR DECADES. WE JUST DID NOT
PAY ATTENTION. WE WERE NOT PAYING
ATTENTION HOW OUR CHILDREN IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAVE
BEEN INDOCTRINATED, OR WERE BEING INDOCTRINATED. AND LIKE I DISCUSSED
IN THE BOOK, THE JUDEO-CHRISTIAN VALUES ARE
THE BEDROCK OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION. THAT’S WHAT MADE WESTERN
CIVILIZATION GREAT. RIGHT NOW, JUDEO-CHRISTIAN
VALUES ARE UNDER ASSAULT WORLDWIDE. WHETHER IN EUROPE, EUROPE
IS BEING TRANSFORMED INTO EURABIA, WHETHER IN
THE UNITED STATES. IN MY BOOK, RISE, I HAVE A
CHAPTER TITLED OPERATION INDOCTRINATION, WHERE I
DISCUSS HOW WE LOST OUR CHILDREN, AND HOW WE ARE
STILL LOSING OUR CHILDREN RIGHT NOW. ALL OF OUR FREEDOMS IN
AMERICA, REST ON OUR FIRST FREEDOM. IF WE DON’T HAVE RELIGIOUS
FREEDOM, THERE REALLY IS NO TRULY FREE SPEECH,
THERE’S NO TRUE FREE PRESS, THERE’S NO TRUE
FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY, AND IF YOUR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
IS LIMITED, YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE THE RIGHT TO PETITION
THE GOVERNMENT FOR THE REDRESS OF GRIEVANCES. THE 1ST AMENDMENT ALL
HANGS ON RELIGIOUS LIBERTY. WHAT DOES YOUR BOOK SAY
ABOUT WHAT WE SHOULD DO TO RISE UP AND DEFEND
RELIGIOUS LIBERTY? FREEDOM OF SPEECH,
FREEDOM- PEOPLE IN AMERICA DON’T REALIZE THAT OUR
FREEDOMS ARE BASED ON THE BIBLE. THE BIBLE SAYS COME LETS
REASON TOGETHER, LET’S DEBATE IDEAS, IN ISRAEL
THERE ARE RABBIS WHO ALL THEY DO ALL DAY LONG
IS DEBATE THE BIBLE. OUR JUDEO-CHRISTIAN
VALUES, COME FROM THE BIBLE, WHETHER PEOPLE WANT
TO ACKNOWLEDGE IT OR NOT, IT’S FROM THERE WHERE WE
LEARN FREEDOM OF SPEECH TO BE ABLE TO COME TOGETHER,
SIT AROUND THE TABLE AND DEBATE IDEAS PASSIONATELY
FROM THE TOP OF OUR LUNGS. YET RESPECTFULLY AGREE TO
DISAGREE, AND BE WILLING TO LEARN SOMETHING FROM
EACH OTHER AND COME AWAY WITH A BETTER
UNDERSTANDING AND A MORE ENLIGHTENED PEOPLE ABOUT
THE ISSUES WE DEAL WITH. SO THE MOST IMPORTANT
ADVICE I TELL PEOPLE IS BECOME ENGAGED
POLITICALLY. CALL YOUR ELECTED
OFFICIAL; LET THEM KNOW WHERE YOU STAND
ON THESE ISSUES. HOW IMPORTANT IS
THIS ISSUE TO YOU? I TALK TO A LOT OF PEOPLE
AND THIS IS A TIP FROM MY BOOK AS TO HOW WE CAN
MOBILIZE, AND PEOPLE TELL ME, “OH BRIGITTE, MY
CONGRESSMAN IS NOT GOING TO LISTEN TO ME, MY
ELECTED OFFICIAL NEEDS TO HEAR FROM 40,000 PEOPLE,
50,000 PEOPLE BEFORE THEY LISTEN, I’M A NOBODY,
I’M ONLY ONE VOICE.” WRONG. I TALK TO ELECTED
OFFICIALS ALL THE TIME, AND I ASK THEM, HOW MANY
PEOPLE DO YOU NEED TO HEAR FROM TO MAKE AN ISSUE YOUR
TOP PRIORITY, AND YOU’D BE SHOCKED: 40-50 PEOPLE. THAT’S IT! KNOW YOUR POWER
AS A CONSTITUENT. PEOPLE NEED TO BE ENGAGED,
THEY NEED TO MAKE THAT PHONE CALL, DON’T GIVE UP,
DON’T SAY, “OH, WHAT IS MY VOICE GOING TO COUNT,”
CALL YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS ABOUT THE VALUES
THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU, AND ABOUT THE LAWS THAT
ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU. IN FACT, IN A WORLD
WHERE WERE PEOPLE ARE SO APATHETIC, THE ONES WHO DO
ENGAGE HAVE THE GREATEST INFLUENCE, YES? ABSOLUTELY. LOOK, 2% OF THE PASSIONATE
WILL ALWAYS RULE THE 98% INDIFFERENT. I’M GOING TO REPEAT THAT
BECAUSE I WANT MAKE SURE PEOPLE REMEMBER THAT. 2% OF THE PASSIONATE
WILL ALWAYS RULE THE 98% INDIFFERENT. I STARTED MY ORGANIZATION,
ACT FOR AMERICA, WHICH I HOPE EVERYONE LISTENING
RIGHT NOW WILL GO. WHAT’S THE WEBSITE? ACTFORAMERICA.ORG. I STARTED MY ORGANIZATION
OUT OF MY GUEST BEDROOM AS A MOTHER OF 2 IN 2002
AFTER 9/11, BECAUSE I FELT I NEEDED TO DO SOMETHING
FOR MY COUNTRY. I AM PROUD TO TELL YOU ACT
FOR AMERICA TODAY HAS OVER 1 MILLION MEMBERS. WE HAVE PASSED 100 BILLS
ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL AS WELL AS THE STATE LEVEL
IN 32 STATES TO PROTECT AMERICA. EVERYONE CAN MAKE A
DIFFERENCE WHEN EVERYONE DOES A LITTLE, TOGETHER
WE CAN ACCOMPLISH A LOT. THAT’S AWESOME. THAT IS ABSOLUTELY
AWESOME. ISN’T IT GREAT WE CAN
MAKE A DIFFERENCE! ABSOLUTELY. THE D. JAMES KENNEDY
TOPICAL STUDY BIBLE BRINGS DR. KENNEDY’S UNPARALLELED
COMMENTARY ALONGSIDE THE TEXT OF SCRIPTURE TO MAKE
CLEAR THE FOUNDATIONAL DOCTRINES OF THE FAITH. BOUND IN GENUINE LEATHER,
THIS POWERFUL TOOL FOR STUDY AND INSTRUCTION
INCLUDES OVER 700 NOTES AND ARTICLES FROM
DR. KENNEDY TO ANSWER TIMELY QUESTIONS REGARDING
WHAT GOD’S WORD HAS TO SAY ABOUT MAJOR ISSUES LIKE
POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT, SEXUALITY, AND
EVEN SOCIALISM. I’M SO THANKFUL THAT THE
MESSAGE OF D. JAMES KENNEDY IS STILL GETTING OUT
THROUGH HIS TELEVISION MINISTRY AND THROUGH HIS
BIBLE BECAUSE HE HAD SO MUCH TO SAY TO US, HE WAS
MY MENTOR ACTUALLY HE DIDN’T EVEN KNOW IT IN
HELPING ME SHAPE MY WORLDVIEW. CONTACT US TODAY TO
RECEIVE YOUR D. JAMES KENNEDY TOPICAL
STUDY BIBLE. IN RECENT DECADES,
GOVERNMENT POWER HAS BEEN USED TO FORCIBLY IMPLEMENT
LIBERAL POLICY AGENDAS THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
WERE UNWILLING TO PASS DEMOCRATICALLY. THIS IS A RANK PERVERSION
OF THE GOD-GIVEN PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT. DR. D. JAMES KENNEDY VIEWED
THIS AS A POLITICAL USURPATION DESIGNED TO
UNDERMINE OUR MOST BASIC FREEDOMS. I’M JOINED NOW BY HIS
DAUGHTER, AND MY VERY DEAR FRIEND, JENNIFER
KENNEDY CASSIDY. JENNIFER, YOUR DAD ALWAYS
SAW THE UNIQUENESS OF THE AMERICAN SYSTEM BEING THAT
WE HAD THE FREEDOM TO VOTE BUT A RESPONSIBILITY
TO DO SO AS WELL. YOU’RE EXACTLY
RIGHT, FRANK. MY DAD KNEW IN A SYSTEM
LIKE OURS, THAT IT WAS OUR DUTY TO MAKE OUR
VOICES HEARD. MY FATHER KNEW THAT
GOVERNMENT IS GIVEN TO US BY GOD, AND THAT IT IS
GIVEN FOR A SPECIFIC AND NECESSARY PURPOSE. HE ALSO KNEW THAT IN
RECENT DECADES THE POWER OF GOVERNMENT IS BEING
ABUSED TO ENFORCE CONFORMITY ON ISSUES OF
POLITICAL CORRECTNESS LIKE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE AND
TRANSGENDERISM, EVEN IN VIOLATION OF OUR
FIRST AMENDMENT. BUT MY FATHER NEVER LOST
HOPE, BECAUSE HE BELIEVED IN A SOVEREIGN GOD, AND HE
BELIEVED IN THE POWER OF GOD’S PEOPLE TO
EFFECT CHANGE. HE ISSUES AN IMPORTANT
CHALLENGE IN THIS EXCERPT FROM HIS STIRRING MESSAGE,
“CHRISTIAN CITIZENSHIP.” SOMEONE WHO RECENTLY
TRAVELED ABROAD, VISITING A NUMBER OF COMMUNIST
COUNTRIES, CAME BACK AND WAS AGAIN REMINDED AND
ASTOUNDED AT HOW MUCH FREEDOM WE HAVE IN THIS
COUNTRY COMPARED TO MOST OF THE NATIONS IN THE
WORLD, FREEDOM WHICH IS RAPIDLY BECOMING A RARE
COMMODITY IN THE WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE. SO, REMEMBERING THE WORDS
OF JESUS WHO SAID, “RENDER UNTO CAESAR THE THINGS
THAT ARE CAESAR’S AND UNTO GOD THE THINGS THAT ARE
GOD’S”, WE SEE THAT WE HAVE A DOUBLE
RESPONSIBILITY, NOT ONLY TO RENDER UNTO GOD THOSE
RESPONSIBILITIES WHICH HE HAS DIRECTED, BUT ALSO TO
RENDER TO CAESAR THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE A
PART OF OUR RESPONSIBLE CITIZENSHIP. BUT FIRST, LET US NOTICE
FROM WHENCE WE CAME- AMERICA BEGAN WITH GODLY
MEN WHO CAME TO THESE SHORES TO WORSHIP
JESUS CHRIST. “WE ALL CAME INTO THESE
PARTS OF AMERICA,” THEY SAID, “FOR ONE AND THE
SAME END AND AIM, TO ADVANCE THE KINGDOM OF
OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.” CONSIDER WHERE WE HAVE
COME FROM THAT EXALTED BEGINNING. NOW WE LIVE IN A NATION
WHICH IS FILLED WITH DANGERS. WHAT HAPPENED ALONG THE
WAY FROM PLYMOUTH ROCK? WHO IS RESPONSIBLE? IS IT THE ATHEISTS? THE HUMANISTS? UPON WHOM SHALL
WE LAY THE BLAME? WE HAVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE
THAT A GREAT DEAL OF THE BLAME MUST REST UPON
US- MUST BE LAID AT THE DOORSTEP OF THE CHURCH. WE HAVE FAILED TO OBEY THE
GREAT COMMISSION IN THIS COUNTRY AS A WHOLE. WE HAVE FAILED TO OBEY THE
CULTURAL MANDATE TO BE INVOLVED IN EVERY
SPHERE OF ACTIVITY. WE HAVE RETREATED FROM
POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT AND THE MEDIA AND HIGHER
EDUCATION AND WE HAVE LEFT IT TO UNBELIEVERS. WE HAVE FAILED TO FULFILL
OUR RESPONSIBILITIES AS CITIZENS; WE HAVE FAILED
TO OBEY THE COMMAND OF CHRIST TO RENDER UNTO
CAESAR THE THINGS THAT ARE CAESAR’S. CHRISTIANS HAVE FAILED
TO FULFILL THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES AS
CITIZENS IN THIS COUNTRY, AND WE HAVE ALLOWED THIS
GREAT BLESSING OF A GODLY NATION TO SLIP
THROUGH OUR HANDS. WHEN WILL WE WAKE UP? I THANK GOD FOR THOSE
IN THIS CHURCH WHO HAVE AWAKENED A LONG TIME AGO
AND WHO ARE ACTIVE, WHO ARE OBEYING NOT ONLY THE
GREAT COMMISSION, BUT THE CULTURAL MANDATE; WHO ARE
NOT ONLY RENDERING UNTO GOD, BUT THEY ARE
RENDERING UNTO CAESAR WHAT THEY SHOULD. THE RESULT OF THIS FACT
THAT THE MAJORITY HAVE NOT IS WE HAVE A JUDICIAL
SYSTEM, A SUPREME COURT, WHICH IS EITHER IGNORANT
OF, OR HOSTILE TO, THE BASIC BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES
UPON WHICH THIS NATION WAS FOUNDED, AND LEGISLATURES
THAT PASS LAWS THAT ARE COMPLETELY ANTITHETICAL
TO THE LAW OF GOD. THE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT
IS TO DEFEND ITS CITIZENS AND TO RESTRAIN EVILDOERS
THAT WE MAY LIVE GODLY AND PEACEABLE LIVES. THAT IS THE PURPOSE
OF GOVERNMENT. BUT WE HAVE HAD GOVERNMENT
THAT ALL TOO OFTEN HAS FAILED TO DEFEND ITS
CITIZENS AND HAS ENCOURAGED EVIL DOERS
RATHER THAN RESTRAINING THEM. HOW DO WE RENDER UNTO
CAESAR THE THINGS THAT ARE CAESAR’S? FIRST OF ALL WE SHOULD
PRAY REGULARLY, FAITHFULLY, DAILY, FOR
THOSE WHO ARE IN POWER- FOR OUR PRESIDENT AND
VICE PRESIDENT, FOR OUR CABINET, THE SUPREME
COURT, THE CONGRESS, THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE AND
THOSE WHO RULE LOCALLY. SECONDLY, WE SHOULD
REGISTER TO VOTE. VOTING FOR NON-CHRISTIAN
AMERICANS IS A PRIVILEGE AND A RESPONSIBILITY. FOR CHRISTIANS, IT IS A
DUTY DEMANDED BY GOD THAT WE SHOULD FULFILL. THIRDLY, WE SHOULD BECOME
INFORMED SO WE DON’T SIMPLY WALK INTO A VOTER’S
BOOTH AND CLOSE OUR EYES AND PUNCH HOLES IN THINGS. AND THEN, GET INVOLVED. DO MORE THAN JUST VOTE. SUPPORT CANDIDATES
OF YOUR CHOICE. MY FRIENDS, WE CAN
CHANGE AMERICA. PEOPLE MADE IT WHAT IT IS
AND WE CAN MAKE IT WHAT IT OUGHT TO BE. DO YOU REALLY
BELIEVE THAT? PAUL SAID, “I CAN DO ALL
THINGS THROUGH CHRIST,” AND JESUS CHRIST TELLS US
TO BE FAITHFUL CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY. IF YOU ARE HERE TODAY OR
LISTENING TO MY VOICE AND YOU DO NOT KNOW HIM AND
YOU HAVE NEVER ACCEPTED HIM AS SAVIOR AND LORD,
THEN YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM AND NOT PART
OF THE SOLUTION. I URGE YOU RIGHT NOW TO
REPENT OF YOUR SINS AND TO ASK HIM TO COME INTO YOUR
HEART AND TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE, TO CLEANSE YOU AND
RENEW YOU AND TRANSFORM YOU AND GIVE YOU A GODLY
HEART AND MIND AND A DESIRE FOR A GODLY AMERICA
THAT WE CAN ONCE MORE SAY GOD BLESS AMERICA,
LAND OF THE FREE. AS DR. KENNEDY’S CLARION
CALL TO RECEIVE CHRIST AND TO TRANSFORM OUR CULTURE
STILL RESOUNDS IN OUR EARS, WE ALSO NEED TO KNOW
THE POLITICAL LANDSCAPE IN AMERICA TODAY. THE SECULAR LEFT STOPS AT
VIRTUALLY NOTHING TO ENACT ITS AGENDA AND TO
MARGINALIZE AND SILENCE THE OPPOSITION. AND WITH INCREASING
FREQUENCY, THEY ENLIST THE GOVERNMENT TO DO
THEIR BIDDING. IN FACT, UNLESS SOMETHING
CHANGES SOON, THE OUTLOOK FOR CHRISTIAN FREEDOM
IN AMERICA IS OMINOUS. OUR OWN DR. JERRY
NEWCOMBE HAS MORE. RELIGIOUS FREEDOM WILL BE
AT RISK IN THIS ELECTION THROUGH SEVERAL
COMPONENTS. IT’S IRONIC THAT RELIGIOUS
FREEDOM IS AT RISK IN AMERICA, IN LIGHT OF THE
FACT THAT AMERICA WAS FOUNDED MOSTLY BY
CHRISTIANS PRIMARILY FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, WHICH WAS THEN EXTENDED
TO OTHER GROUPS. AMERICA WAS UNDENIABLY
FOUNDED AS A CHRISTIAN NATION. THE PILGRIMS WHO CAME IN
1620 WERE GOD-HAUNTED PEOPLE. BY THE WAY, THEY WERE
CHRISTIANS WITH PROFOUND RESPECT FOR JUDAISM AND
PROFOUND RESPECT FOR THE HEBRAIC ORIGINS
OF CHRISTIANITY. AND FOR THE JEWISH
COMMUNITY IN THE UNITED STATES THERE IS NO
QUESTION THAT AMERICA’S CHRISTIAN NATURE AND
CHRISTIAN HERITAGE HAS BEEN A BLESSING TO US. THAT’S NOT IN SPITE OF
AMERICA’S CHRISTIAN HERITAGE: IT’S
BECAUSE OF IT. ONE OF THE GREAT
CHALLENGES THAT WE’RE FACING NOW IN THIS REGARD
IS THEY WANT US TO KEEP CHURCH IN CHURCH. SO, AS LONG AS YOU’RE IN
YOUR WORSHIP SERVICE, WELL WE MAY LEAVE
YOU ALONE THERE. BUT, DO NOT BRING YOUR
FAITH INTO THE PUBLIC SQUARE. AND OF COURSE, THAT IS
UNACCEPTABLE TO US AS CHRISTIANS, INDIVIDUALLY
AND INSTITUTIONALLY. THE CANDIDATES WE VOTE FOR
MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN TERMS OF PRESERVING
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM OR TEARING IT AWAY. IN THE CASE OF THE
SENATORIAL CANDIDATES WE VOTE FOR, THEY IMPACT WHAT
KINDS OF JUDGES WE GET. A RECENT EXAMPLE OF HOW
PRECARIOUS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN AMERICA IS
CENTERS AROUND A CHRISTIAN BAKER WHO REFUSED TO
VIOLATE HIS CONSCIENCE. JACK PHILLIPS IS A CAKE
ARTIST IN COLORADO AND HE CREATES BEAUTIFUL CAKES
FOR PEOPLE ALL DIFFERENT KINDS IN COLORADO BUT HE
COULD NOT CREATE A CAKE PROMOTING A SAME-SEX
WEDDING CEREMONY BECAUSE OF HIS RELIGIOUS BELIEFS
AND HE DECLINED TO DO SO AND WAS SUED BY THE STATE
OF COLORADO ESSENTIALLY AND ALSO BY THE
INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE DECLINED AND WE DEFENDED
HIM IN THAT LAWSUIT. AS A FOLLOWER OF JESUS
CHRIST, I BELIEVE THAT THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT A
WEDDING, A MARRIAGE IS BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN. WHILE I WOULD GLADLY SERVE
THEM ANYTHING ELSE, I COULDN’T CREATE A CAKE IN
THIS CASE, CREATE A CAKE THAT WOULD IMPLY MY
PARTICIPATION IN THAT. THE COLORADO CIVIL RIGHTS
COMMISSION CAME DOWN HARD ON JACK PHILLIPS, EVEN
DEMANDING SOMETHING REMINISCENT OF
COMMUNIST CHINA. I HAD TO RETRAIN MY STAFF,
INCLUDING MY AT THE TIME 89-YEAR-OLD MOM WHO WAS
WORKING FOR ME- THAT MY DECISIONS, MY
POLICIES, WERE WRONG. THEY ALSO IN THAT
STATEMENT SAID THAT I HAVE TO START CREATING CAKES
FOR SAME-SEX WEDDINGS, IF I MAKE WEDDING CAKES, SO
WE STOPPED MAKING WEDDING CAKES AT THAT POINT, WHICH
WAS ABOUT 40% OF OUR BUSINESS, 40%
OF OUR INCOME. I WENT FROM 10 EMPLOYEES
AT THE TIME DOWN TO 4, INCLUDING MYSELF. THE COUPLE IN THE MASTERPIECE CAKESHOP CASE DID NOT HAVE ANY PROBLEM GETTING CAKES FOR
THEIR SAME-SEX WEDDING, THEY CLAIM THAT THEY
FACED A DIGNITARY HARM WHICH MEANT BASICALLY THAT
THEIR FEELINGS WERE HURT, THAT THEY WERE OFFENDED. IT’S VERY DANGEROUS FOR THE COURTS TO RECOGNIZE A DIGNITARY HARM IN THE SAME WAY THAT IT’S RECOGNIZED MATERIAL HARMS. THANKFULLY, THE SUPREME
COURT DISAGREED WITH THE STATE OF COLORADO
OVER THESE ACTIONS. THEY WERE TOLD BY THE
COURT, THE CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION, THAT THEY WERE
HOSTILE TO MY FAITH AND THEY CAN’T DO THAT. AND THEY ARE. JACK PHILLIPS AND
MASTERPIECE CAKE SHOP COULD EASILY HAVE GONE OUT
OF BUSINESS IF THEY HAD LOST THEIR LONGSHOT APPEAL
TO THE SUPREME COURT. IT WAS A BIG DAY
YESTERDAY, A WIN FOR YOU, HOW DO YOU RESPOND? IT WAS A BIG WIN. DESPITE THAT VICTORY, A
NEW CHARGE HAS ARISEN AGAINST JACK PHILLIPS. A MAN WHO CLAIMED TO HAVE
CHANGED HIS GENDER FROM MALE TO FEMALE, DEMANDED
THAT JACK BAKE HIM A CAKE THAT WAS BLUE ON THE
OUTSIDE BUT PINK ON THE INSIDE. WE’VE SUED THEM
IN FEDERAL COURT. WE’RE NOT JUST COMING TO
JUST DEFEND JACK, WE’RE COMING TO FIGHT. IF THEY’RE GOING TO TREAT
JACK IN THIS BIASED MANNER, THEY’RE GOING TO
HAVE TO ANSWER FOR IT IN FEDERAL COURT OF CIVIL
RIGHTS COMPLAINT. IN MY WORK I’VE SEEN THAT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM DECLINES GRADUALLY AND PIECEMEAL AND
THE 4 STAGES THAT I’VE SEEN ARE SOCIAL OSTRACIZATION, AND THEN ECONOMIC DISCRIMINATION, AND THEN LEGAL PENALTIES INCLUDING CRIMINAL PENALTIES AGAINST PEACEFUL RELIGIOUS BELIEFS AND ACTIVITIES, AND THEN FINALLY VIOLENCE
OFTEN BY THE STATE OR BY CIVIL SOCIETY. IT’S AS IF RELIGIOUS
FREEDOM IN AMERICA HANGS BY A THREAD. WHO WE VOTE FOR, MAKES
A HUGE DIFFERENCE. BUT SOME IN THE MEDIA HAVE
TRIED TO SCARE US TO THINK THE ELECTION IS
ALREADY DECIDED. THE ONLY POLL THAT MATTERS
IS THE POLL YOU POLL IN THE POLLING BOOTH WHEN
YOU VOTE FOR SOMEONE. THE WAVE IS GOING TO BE
WHAT YOU DECIDE IT TO BE WHEN YOU WALK IN THAT
BOOTH AND WHEN OTHER CHRISTIANS LIKE YOU
WALK INTO THAT BOOTH. IF THEY WOULD VOTE
CONSERVATIVE BIBLICAL CONSTITUTIONAL VALUES,
THAT WILL BE THE WAVE THAT EVERYONE WILL BE TALKING
ABOUT THE MORNING AFTER THE ELECTIONS. AS YOU’VE JUST SEEN,
THE HEAT OF PERSECUTION AGAINST CHRISTIANS IS
BEING TURNED UP IN AMERICA. SOME WOULD DISMISS SUCH A
CLAIM, SINCE CHRISTIANS ARE NOT EXPERIENCING
VIOLENCE AGAINST THEM FOR THE MOST PART-
AT LEAST NOT YET. BUT 3 OF THE 4 STEPS
TOWARD STATE-SPONSORED PERSECUTION ARE
ALREADY IN PLACE. MY FRIEND, IN SUCH AN
ATMOSPHERE, D. JAMES KENNEDY MINISTRIES HAS
NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT. WE ARE STANDING FOR
TRUTH AND DEFENDING YOUR FREEDOM. IF THIS MINISTRY IS
SILENCED FROM SPEAKING OUT ON ISSUES LIKE RELIGIOUS
FREEDOM, SOCIALISM IN AMERICA, AND THE DANGERS
OF THE TRANSGENDER AND HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA, THEN
ANYONE CAN BE SILENCED. WE PLAN TO CONTINUE BOLDLY
PROCLAIMING THE GOSPEL AND BIBLICAL TRUTH- BUT WE
CANNOT DO IT WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT. WE NEED YOU TO STAND WITH
US SO THAT WE CAN PRODUCE HIGH-IMPACT,
BIBLICALLY-BASED PROGRAMING, AND AIR IT
NATIONWIDE, INCLUDING ON THE LIFETIME CHANNEL. SO PLEASE, PRAYERFULLY
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NOTES AND ARTICLES FROM DR. KENNEDY AND BOUND
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STUDY BIBLE IS A POWERFUL TOOL FOR STUDY
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SOCIALISM, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN. IT’S TRULY THE CULMINATION
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YOU TO PARTNER WITH US AS WE STAND FOR TRUTH AND
DEFEND YOUR FREEDOM. SIMPLY WRITE TO US AT: OR CALL TOLL FREE: OR GO ONLINE TO: THE ATTACKS ON CHRISTIANS
IN AMERICA GENERALLY COME FROM THE SECULAR LEFT. AND EACH NEW EFFORT
REVEALS THAT THEY ARE FAR MORE INTERESTED IN
ENFORCING CONFORMITY THAN IN PERSONAL FREEDOM. WHY IS IT THAT PEOPLE LIKE
JACK PHILLIPS IN COLORADO AND BARONELLE STUTZMAN
IN WASHINGTON ARE HAULED BEFORE BIASED TRIBUNALS
AND PUNISHED? SIMPLY BECAUSE PERSONAL
FAITH AND CONSCIENCE CONSTRAIN THEM FROM
PROVIDING PRODUCTS AND SERVICES CELEBRATING
SAME-SEX WEDDINGS, GENDER TRANSITIONS, AND THE LIKE. OF COURSE, THERE ARE
PLENTY OF BAKERS AND FLORISTS WHO WOULD BE
HAPPY TO PROVIDE THOSE SERVICES. SO, WHY NOT LET THESE
CHRISTIAN BAKERS, FLORISTS, AND
PHOTOGRAPHERS WHO HAVE CONSCIENTIOUS
OBJECTIONS REFRAIN FROM PARTICIPATING? WHY DRAG THEM INTO
COURT FOR PUNISHMENT? IT’S BECAUSE THE POLITICAL
LEFT WILL BROOK NO DISSENT TO ITS RADICAL AGENDA. THOSE WITH BIBLICAL
OBJECTIONS ARE TOLD TO SHUT UP AND DO
AS THEY ARE TOLD. THIS WAS TRUE IN ANCIENT
TIMES AS WELL, WHEN THE PEOPLE ROSE UP AND KILLED
THE PROPHETS OF GOD BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T WANT
HIS COMMANDMENTS, RULES, AND RESTRICTIONS. JESUS HIMSELF WAS
CRUCIFIED AT THE OUTWORKING OF
A LAWLESS MOB. AS THE APOSTLE JOHN WROTE
OF JESUS, “THE LIGHT HAS COME INTO THE WORLD, AND
PEOPLE LOVED THE DARKNESS RATHER THAN THE LIGHT
BECAUSE THEIR WORKS WERE EVIL.” AS THE APOSTLE PAUL SAYS,
THE WORLD WITHOUT CHRIST “SUPPRESSES THE TRUTH
IN UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.” THE TRUTH, HOWEVER, WILL
NOT GO QUIETLY, AND THOSE WHO OPPOSE IT- EVEN UNDER
CONVICTION- HAVE TO WORK HARDER AND HARDER
TO PUSH IT DOWN. A GUILTY CONSCIENCE,
COMBINED WITH POWER, IS A VERY DANGEROUS THING. THAT IS WHY WE MUST
CONTINUE TO PROCLAIM FREEDOM FROM GUILT AND
CONDEMNATION THROUGH REPENTANCE AND FAITH
IN JESUS CHRIST. HE ALONE CAN CHANGE THE
HEARTS AND LIVES OF SINFUL HUMAN BEINGS AND MAKE THEM
CHILDREN OF THE LIVING GOD. IT IS THIS FREEDOM IN
CHRIST THAT WE ARE COMMANDED TO PROCLAIM. AND THIS IS WHY WE MUST
VOTE FOR THOSE WHO WILL DEFEND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. ONLY IN ETERNITY WILL WE
UNDERSTAND HOW GOD USED OUR FAITHFUL PARTICIPATION
IN THE VOTING PROCESS TO WORK HIS WILL IN THE
LIVES OF MILLIONS. D. JAMES KENNEDY MINISTRIES
IS STANDING FOR TRUTH AND DEFENDING YOUR FREEDOM. I’M FRANK WRIGHT. THANKS FOR JOINING US FOR
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THAT TRANSFORM. CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT BY
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