Sam Rohrer States: First Amendment Rights of Bible-Believing Christians Utterly Disregarded–Why Not Respect Christians’ Beliefs?
Sam Rohrer, president of the Pennsylvania Pastor’s Network (PPN, www.papastors.net ), is urging pastors to be bold and courageous and to speak out against the tyranny of President Obama’s administration. The looming employer mandate that the Health and Human Services Department has issued across the board to corporations, ignores the religious beliefs of millions of Americans who claim to be Christians and hold fast to the tenets of the Bible.
These millions believe that abortion, or anything that supports or makes abortion easier, is forbidden. The mandate causes grave concern for many faith-based employers and Rohrer is calling on the Church to step up and actively oppose what the government is trying to impose.
Rohrer reminds pastors, “In I Kings 18, King Ahab accused Elijah the Prophet of being the source of trouble for Israel. Elijah boldly confronted the King with the Truth when he declared that it was not him or God that was the problem, rather it was the wickedness and the evil of the King and his administration that was troubling the nation. So it is today when the Obama administration seeks to advance laws that directly attack the commands of God and then attacks those who oppose these laws. The HHS mandate that forces all employer-based insurance plans, including religious businesses and universities, charities, and non-profits, to provide abortion-inducing drug coverage in their group health insurance plans, regardless of their own religious convictions on the issue of the sanctity of human life is one such egregious law that not only fits the definition of tyranny but demands a response from those who trust in God and believe that no man or government can usurp the moral Law of God.”
Rohrer continues, “There are a lot of issues in policy-making that can be classified as gray areas, where people can simply disagree about what is best or right for themselves and each other. The sanctity of life is not one of them. Life is from God the Creator. It is a gift and a leading purpose of government is to protect life – all life. When any government rejects their God-given duty and uses their power to take life, they have crossed the line. When they use their power to force Christians and others to violate God’s commands this is tyranny and must be opposed. By forcing what Christians believe to be an evil on all Christians who fear God and hold to a Biblical worldview, and especially to Christian employers, by trying to force them to provide something that violates God’s commands and their very conscience, President Obama is guilty of calling ‘evil good, and good evil.’ The fact that few people in the mainstream media or this administration seem to care about the severity of this issue in the mind and heart of Christians with Biblical worldviews is creating trouble in our land. They may as well be telling us to kill a full-grown adult – that would be unthinkable to anyone and that is how offensive abortion is to us. To be coerced to violate God’s law and our Constitutionally-guaranteed First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution cannot be taken lightly.”
Rohrer urges pastors to not shy away from this issue. “The insurgence of tyranny and the stripping away of our religious freedoms and rights in this country is not going to stop unless Christians, and in particular, pastors, stand up and start demanding moral duty to God and Constitutional accountability from our Congressional leaders. Too many of us have been sitting back and quietly watching the steady encroachment of tyrannical evil upon us, and then we wonder why our culture is unraveling at the seams. It’s unraveling because those who call themselves Bible-believing pastors are not leading with boldness and courage on these issues.”
A growing number of activists and policy-makers are joining forces in an attempt to defund President Obama’s signature law, Obamacare, which would force taxpayers to fund abortion coverage across the board. However, even if those efforts are successful, the HHS mandate would not be affected because it is part of an executive order administered under the department of Health and Human Services, and is not a direct part of Obamacare.
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