The other focal point Wednesday at the meeting of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination was an address by Vice President Pence — a hybrid campaign speech and sermon boasting about the Trump administration’s actions on North Korea negotiations, tax cuts and more.“Today on behalf of the president, I want to say thank you. Thank you to the Southern Baptist Convention for the essential and irreplaceable role you play in America,” said Pence, who is an evangelical Christian and generally popular in this conservative evangelical denomination. “I’ll make you a promise: This president, this vice president and our administration will always stand with you.”Many attendees felt that Pence’s speech was overly political. J.D. Greear, the newly elected president of the denomination, reacted immediately after the address. “I know that sent a terribly mixed signal,” he wrote on Twitter. “We are grateful for civic leaders who want to speak to our Convention — but make no mistake about it, our identity is in the gospel and our unity is in the Great Commission. Commissioned missionaries, not political platforms, are what we do.”
The SBC & political offices have much in common, actually: they are both rife with freemasons & shriners.
Proved or hearsay?It would seem proper to provide evidence. I'm not trying to be a wise guy or anything but such broad sweeping statements need to have some evidence to support them.
It's all news to me.
Franklin Graham is a man on a mission.“I’m encouraging pastors to become political activists,” the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse said on the Todd Starnes Radio Show.“I’m not telling them how to vote. I’m not telling them what party to belong to,” Graham said. “Get out there and vote and be a spokesperson for God’s standards and moral issues that we face every day politically.”Graham has been on a 10-day bus tour across the state of California, holding massive evangelistic rallies from Pasadena to Redding to Berkeley. He’s going from city to city sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.But Graham is also delivering another message – one meant for the faithful: vote.“It’s important that Christians vote,” he said on my nationally-syndicated radio show.“I’m not working with the Republican Party or the Democrat Party. I haven’t talked to anybody in the parties. We are staying out of the politics part of it. But I do want Christians to vote.”That message has drawn concern from the Mainstream Media and the Fake News crowd. The New York Times published a lengthy report titled, “The Evangelical Fight to Win Back California.” They framed the “Decision America California Tour” as a political crusade.Graham said he is not ashamed of his message – a call to spiritual arms for believers across the Golden State.“California is sinking. People are leaving this state. The tax base is eroding. They are turning their once beautiful cities into these sanctuary cities which are just a little picture of hell,” he said. “Just go to San Francisco and take a look at this once beautiful city and see what’s happened to it.”There’s no doubt that Conservatives and Christians have suffered under the oppressive leadership of California Democrats. A super-majority controls the state house and people of faith have been under a relentless assault.“I want the churches to realize they don’t have to take this,” Graham said. “The churches can be the voice. They can be the ones who can turn this state back to God and turn it back into a beautiful state.”It’s a message that Graham is taking to the national stage – to a country that he says is in trouble.“The political swamp in Washington is a real swamp. That swam is not created just by Democrats. It’s Republicans and Democrats responsible for the swamp,” Graham said. “The only way we are going to get God’s voice in politics is if God’s people – who are called by His name – are willing to take a stand and let their voices be heard.”So here is Franklin Graham’s call to arms for the American church: vote and run for office.“We need Christian legislators, we need Christian mayors, we need Christians on the city council,” he said. “I’m talking about Christians who are willing to take a stand for biblical truth.”