This past week was a wonderfully productive week for me! Monday thru Wednesday, I was honored to preach for my dear friend, Pastor Tony Fox, at Command Baptist Church in Statesville, NC. My, how the Lord met with us over the course of the week. The people were hungry and ready to respond to the preaching! Many decisions were made each evening and the Lord stirred the fires of revival throughout the congregation. Pastor Tony is a wonderful man, who has his hand on the pulse of the nation and is unafraid to speak God’s truth graciously, but courageously! How we need more like him in these incredible days!
On Wednesday evening, I drove thru the night to Washington, DC for some very important meetings, part of which included an interview with David Brody of “The Brody File.” David is one of the CBN News correspondents, who also does some work for FOX News and other networks. He interviewed Sam Rohrer (President, American Pastors Network) and me regarding our nationwide pastors network. Additionally, Pastor Dale Armstrong (International Director for the American Pastors Network) answered questions about the phenomenal door opened to us in Ukraine. These interviews will air on both CBN News and the 700 Club in the next several weeks. As well, prayer meetings were held with a 20 member Ukrainian delegation in the U.S. Capitol. I stand amazed at the growing relationship we have with these wonderful fellow believers, as well as with the Ukrainian government. The days ahead will, no doubt, prove to be historic, as additional trips are made to the country of Ukraine for governmental and pastoral involvement! As I can, I’ll say share more specifics. For now, I simply ask for your diligent prayers for the open doors God has granted. Our God (the True and Living One) is indeed GREAT!
While in DC, we were able to observe, up close, the fallout from the disparaging comments made about Christianity by President Barack Obama. In case you’ve not heard, at the National Prayer Breakfast, Obama tried to draw a line of moral equivalency between the unfortunate acts committed during the crusades and the horrific acts being perpetrated currently by ISIS. Obviously, there is NO moral equivalence!!! However, Obama made two clear slaps at Christ and Christianity, while saying NOTHING about the atrocities committed by Islamic entities! Of note is the fact that you NEVER hear our “President” say the words Allah or Mohammed. He simply never mentions either name! Why is that of any import? If our “President” is, himself, an adherent to Islam, he is careful not to demean Allah or the prophet Mohammed. So, he just never utters either name!
The overt scolding of Christianity, while simultaneously overlooking the clear iniquities of Islam, is causing many to now take an honest look at Obama’s loyalties–something a number of us have been pointing out for a long time! Two nationally-known preachers, in addition to those of us on the American Pastors Network leadership team, have aggressively pursued a “calling out” of Obama over his actions. Dr. Robert Jeffress (First Baptist Church, Dallas, TX) and Dr. Franklin Graham have spoken unequivocally about both the President’s comments, as well as the fact that ISIS is not “radical” Islam, but simply Islam itself. Most prominent are the comments made last evening by both men on the FOX News Channel.
While there way a time when I was discouraged that few, if any, prominent pastors were willing to speak up relative to Islam’s advance, I am NOT discouraged now. No, I am more than encouraged by the fact that Godly, spirit-filled, discerning men of God are standing tall, clearing their throat, and speaking forthrightly, not only into the culture, but to positions of power! The men are heroic in their actions and should be applauded by ALL true men of God for their courageous, and life-threatening, stand! I make NO bones about the fact that these men are my kind of guys! We stand clearly and purposefully with them in declaring God’s truth at this pivotal time!
Even as I write, reports are emerging of a “shadow immigration system” enacted by Obama without approval by Congress. Evidently, the White House has granted 5.5 million work permits–a number clearly not approved by Congress–thus creating a “parallel” system that, in essence, amounts to the President’s own illegal immigration system. Again, this man’s arrogance and lawlessness is on vivid display! I will NEVER apologize for pointing out his narcissism, arrogant disregard for the law, or his completely anti-God, anti-American agenda! Failure to make mention of this man’s indolence is nothing less than becoming complicit with him in his unprecedented attempt to destroy the nation!!!
In the coming days, APN will have a growing footprint on the American religious and political landscape. Over the last two days, many ideas were discussed and plans made for future influence and involvement in the U.S. Capitol, across the nation, and around the world! I urge you to partner with us in PRAYER AND FINANCIAL PARTICIPATION! For specific ways you can do so, please contact me! There is NO organization like the American Pastors Network (APN) of which the North Carolina Pastors Network (NCPN) is an affiliate. God’s gracious hand of blessing has been on this amazing venture, I believe, because the model is thoroughly Biblical! Our God expects His preachers to thunder forth His truth, without fear or favor! The syrupy world in which we live is attracted to, but unfamiliar with, clear, Biblical, prophetic, passionate declaration of the truth! What an honor is mine to rub elbows with the likes of Sam Rohrer, Gary Dull, Dale Armstrong, and ALL our pastoral network leaders! Again, men I love you, stand with you, and am privileged to call you friends and co-laborers!!
President, HOPE Ministries International
President, North Carolina Pastors Network (NCPN)