Christian Values Summit Organizer – Jerry Maston
Notes Compliments of Jan Vernon – Hood County Tea Party Member
Christian Values Summit July 16-17, 2015
These are from imperfect notes that were taken during the conference. Thank you for your interest and I hope they are faithful to the speakers. The only additions to their words were to put in Bible verses referenced for clarification or to find quotes/ information that were on the slides. If words were added it was to make more coherent short references that had been jotted down.
It is my belief, after listening to all the excellent speakers, that the purpose of the conference was to awaken Christians, especially pastors and political leaders, and to have them realize that for the Christian community the focus has shifted in this country. We are now on defense and losing ground unless we all:
1) show up (to support Christians who are fighting for our values and at local political entities to let them know Christians are awake and going to hold them accountable. Show up to vote and get other Christians to do so- see Laurence White speech)
2) Stand Up (the very first freedom listed in Constitution is religion- freedom of religion not freedom from religion in government. One of many perversions of our Founders’ actual intent and Constitution’s content. Find Godly people to run for office and support them with your time and effort)
3) Speak up (in a way that shows you know what you were guaranteed in the Constitution and that you value it and will fight to preserve it. Be able to give an answer why you believe in Christian principles needing to be protected in the government or they will soon be gone. Ex: the right to petition the government is Biblical.
This is a huge problem, but you eat an elephant one bite at a time so help Americans to get to it) It is not hopeless. 81% of Americans believe in right of conscience. Let’s harness that support. God says my people perish for lack of knowledge. We have been on autopilot too long and we need to learn again how to fly the plane.
Thank you again for your attention
Bill Ledbetter: Original intent interpretations of the Constitution are being replaced with humanism, political correctness. The same-sex marriage decision was law made up out of thin air according to Chief Justice John Roberts who wrote a scathing dissent along with Alito, Thomas and Scalia.
State Senator Brian Birdwell: Politicians need to be good, be brief, and be gone. Told story of his horrible experience of 9-11 in the Pentagon attack to say that as horrible as that was physically for him it does not compare with the anguish of our Lord Jesus who suffered for us.
Jerry Maston, pastor River of Life Church, Eastland and organizer of CVS.
Gal 5:1 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.
Righteousness exalts a nation, not the nation’s economy. We have been concerned with the wrong things and our focus has been on the physical things (houses, cars, bank accounts) without worrying more about the spiritual.
Because churches have not shown up, stood up or spoken up, our nation is in the trouble it is today. We must mobilize the Christians in this nation, especially the ones who do not even vote or register to vote.
In Matt 25, the parable of the ten talents, the one who had received one talent who did not use the one he was given was accused of being wicked, lazy and afraid. We will be held accountable by our Creator of using our talents for Him or not. Are we too lazy and afraid to do so and thereby wicked?
Zech 4:5-6 This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel saying, Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of hosts.
Phil 1:27-28 Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ so that…I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; in no way alarmed by your opponents…
Revelation prophecies about beheading Christians which ISIS is doing now and not just in the
Middle East (Canada, England and here) We must not fail to act, God will make it successful.
For example, what is called the Miracle of Dunkirk during opening of WWII. The British sent
ships hoping to evacuate 45,000 men in 48 hours. But God sent bad weather to stymie the
Nazis and a flotilla of private craft of all sizes and over 9 days, 335,000 men were evacuated. The war effort was saved to fight on. But Churchill would not call it a victory as it was a retreat and you cannot win while retreating.
While asking for God’s help does not make our task easy, He intervenes for those who seek His favor and His help.
Heb 10:38-39 But My Righteous One shall live by faith; And if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him (Hab2:4) 39 But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.
David Barton, historian, author including The Founders’ Bible (2014)
He pointed out the difference between soldiers on the ground in wars (esp WWII) and the general who must look at the big picture. The soldier(us) has one objective that has been given to him and is focused on it. The general (God) must move and balance men and equipment on a huge stage to win the war, not just the battle at hand.
From The Art of War by Sun Tzu (a Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher, 544BC-496BC) said “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles”. The question is do we know ourselves, let alone the enemy we face?
For example, 76% Protestants do not want Roe v Wade overturned (because they might need it)
In the colonial period there was a judge who was appalled by the murder rate in New York City. There were 8 in his tenure of 16 years, one murder every other year and he was appalled.
One tactic we must be aware of is that which asks you to get your opponent to repeat your charges. For example, when did you stop beating your wife is the classic. The accused is so busy denying false charges by repeating variations of the original charge, they are completely off balance.
In Gen 18 we see Abraham negotiating with God over Sodom and Gomorrah (God already knew how few righteous were there) Do we do the same thing? Later in the story Lot took the angels into his home to protect them. Men of the city came to his door and demanded that they be sent out so they could have sex with them. Lot offered his daughters before the angels pulled him back into the house. The wicked were not content to let them be, they wanted Lot’s family and guests to participate in their wickedness. Lot’s offer, a horrible offer, would not placate them- they wanted full participation. In Judges 19 this is repeated and this time the host sent out his concubine to the mob who abused her all night and as a result she died. Again they demanded participation by the innocent.
Live and let live was not an option for the mob and sadly neither is it an option for the present day LGBT community. Barronelle Stutzman, 70 years old, lost her floral business for refusing to participate in such a wedding. She would not violate her conscience. Sweet Cakes by Melissa has been shut down, a gag order in place and $135,000 judgement against them, a young couple with young children. There is now a lien for that amount against their house. Many others have had to shutter their businesses (wedding chapels and venues) and have even gone to jail for refusing to relinquish their Christian values. So if you think you can play nice with these people, forget it. The meanness is toward us but we are the ones accused of being mean and intolerant.
Christians must be aware of ENDAs (Employment Non-discrimination Act) Any time you see non-discrimination legislation, be aware it is for everyone except Christians. We will be singled out for discrimination, suing, jail time or worse. SOGIs (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) legislation will also hit Christians hard as failing to hire an applicant could trigger this discrimination suit.
The attitude of the government is if its not broken, fix it until it is! The cost of regulations to businesses which have to pass them along to us (People pay taxes, businesses don’t) is $14,678 per individual.
Evanjellyfish instead of evangelicals? Which would you rather be?
During the Revolutionary War the pastors led the locals to fight the British. They did not call for outside help even when outnumbered. Their attitude was “We got this” The Battles of Lexington, Concord, the Road to Boston and Bunker Hill were fought by locals led by pastors.
Christians, defense is not a principle of war. We must fight and if necessary roll back these non discrimination acts in our own towns. There are enough protections for us all on the books. It is not hard. In one town of 40,000, a woman won her seat on the school board with 35 votes. The apathy is rampant because no one sees a difference in candidates. Get good candidates, Godly people to run, get Christians to register and vote. (see notes on Laurence White’s speech toward end of speakers) 81% of Americans believe one should NOT be punished or persecuted to violate their conscience. 81% Let’s get to work!! Numbers are on our side.
The resident expert on government is God. We must obey God rather than man like Daniel when faced with choice of not worshipping God as he had. A transcendent cause asks does it matter that I am here? Paul said for me to live is Christ.. not economics, CHRIST. Pastors, evangelists need to get that and preach it before it is too late. We must obey God rather than man and our Constitution and Declaration of Independence help us do that if we will know them.
David’s books available through www.wallbuilders.com or Amazon He lives in Aledo- a true Texas treasure
Rafael Cruz, pastor
In Ex 18 Jethro, Moses’s father-in-law, goes to him and urges him to set up a form of government for the judgement of the people. He urged him to divide the people into groups of thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens* and to put over each group men who met this criteria
- able men, that is capable Stop electing the village idiot
- men such as fear God– and obey His precepts/ have a moral code of conduct
- men of truth- look not at what they say but what they do, their record (you will know them by their fruits- look at that they have done
- men that hate covetousness- who resist the power and control that government office offers
*Ex 18:25 this division represents our federal, state, county, city government system Moses was at top (federal) Our Article 1, section 8 and the 9th and 10th Amendments reflect this
Search the Constitution- there is no mention of education, marriage or environment being under federal control or power, The Declaration of Independence is a list of Grievances- America sought a peaceful resolution as long as possible. These grievances were preached before the revolution by pastors- the British called them the Black Robed Regiment and feared them greatly. Among the best, Pastor Peter Muhlenberg, in 1776 preached on Ecc 3, and when came to there is a time of war and peace, took off his robes, displayed his officers’ uniform and took 300 men of his congregation with him.
Charles Finney (1792-1875) was a powerful leader in America’s second great awakening, said if there is a deficiency of morality, the pulpit is responsible. He also said,”The time has come that Christians must vote for honest men and take consistent ground in politics…God cannot sustain this free and blessed country which we love and pray for unless the Church will take right ground…” He also added that when the public lacks morality, the politics are corrupt and so our foundations crumble.
We have heard it said that you can’t legislate morality but we are seeing politics legislate morality. Prov 29:2 “When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, But when a wicked man rules, people groan.” We are groaning, when will we show up, stand up, and speak up?
Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel
Stand your ground, do not abandon your post.
In Chief Justice Roberts dissent on gay marriage (he got this one right on) he voiced his opposition in the strongest of terms, very out of character for him who usually is a get-along guy. Here are some quotes from his dissent in which he outlined that five lawyers (he did not call them judges) imposed their will, not a legal judgement and not one based on the Constitution nor based on precedent.
This Court is not a legislature. Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us. Under the Constitution, judges have power to say what the law is, not what it should be… nowhere is the majority’s extravagant conception of judicial supremacy more evident than in its description-and dismissal- of the public debate regarding same… The truth is that today’s decision rests on nothing more than the majority’s own conviction that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry because they want to, and that “it would disparage their choices and diminish their personhood to deny them this right.” A fundamental right to marry does not include a right to make a State change its definition of marriage. And a State’s decision to maintain the meaning of marriage that has persisted in every culture throughout human history can hardly be called irrational…The premises supporting the concept of [natural] marriage are so fundamental that they rarely require articulation. The human race must procreate to survive…Therefore, for the good of children and society, sexual relations that can lead to procreation should occur only between a man and a woman committed to a lasting bond…
Justice Alito wondered if it would be alright now for Americans to whisper their beliefs in their own homes and maybe in churches. (He was strongly against this opinion)
Natural creation says that marriage is like gravity, part of natural law. Don’t mess with it
We must be like Daniel who did not hide or change in his worship to only God and we must fear Him more than the Supreme Court. After all, they have been wrong before over the two centuries of our history- the Dred Scott decision in 1857 being one instance. Buck vs Bell in 1927, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote short majority that basically said that a woman who was deemed “feeble minded” by the state could be forcibly sterilized. It was deemed to be “a legitimate policy aim for the states and entirely consistent with the Constitution” (4lawschool.com) This was reflective of the eugenics movement started by Margaret Sanger (founder of group which became Planned Parenthood) was so popular in the 20’s and 30’s here that it caught the attention of Adolph Hitler and his group. At the Nuremburg trials after the war, this case was pointed to and held up as a justification for their activities. America is to be the shining city on the hill to the whole world. Is this the kind of light we want to shine?
Martin Luther King wrote about the difference between Just law- earthly law that compliments natural/ divine law and unjust law. The law of natural marriage is unique as two individual flesh become one flesh and it is in His image. Natural marriage is also a picture of Christ and the church (His bride) as seen in Ephesians 5. He is connected to us as His highest level of creation. It is an assault on God to redesign Marriage- it says we think You made a mistake and we know better. The creation looks at the Creator and says you got it wrong.
One effect from the SCOTUS decision is that federal student loans will not be allowed to go to any institution that does not embrace the LGBT standards. Christian universities most effected
- Government officials must resist and 2) Resist even to the point of being arrested
David Barton, historian/ author
The Founders dealt with all the problems we deal with today, even homosexuality. There were bailouts proposed in 1792 and the Founders ruled that they would have to sink or swim on their own merit and industry. They wrestled with the question of Freedom of Speech- how far is too far? George Mason refused to sign the Constitution without a Bill of Rights and he is called the Father of the Bill of Rights.
The US has had 1 Constitution since 1789. It is the world’s longest enduring one.
We have 4% of the world’s population yet our creativity produces more than the other 96%. Our 4% produces 25% of the world’s GDP.
In 1831, Alexis De Tocqueville, a French statesman and historian, visited America and observed the amazing growth of the young nation and in trying to understand what philosophy had produced it, he stated “the position of the Americans is quite exceptional…” This resulted in the phrase American Exceptionalism. The answer? “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”
Why exceptional? We have 1) Divine Creator 2) Certain rights from God 3) Government exists to secure the unalienable rights of us all
In Colonial times, the phrase “to do our duty” meant more than it does today- they viewed it as a legally binding contract So when President Washington issued the first proclamation of government it spoke of the nation’s duty to 1)acknowledge God 2) Obey 3) be grateful
There are two dozen unalienable rights enumerated in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th Amendments
Our nation vowed to fight defensive wars, not offensive ones (France was not happy as they wanted our involvement in their fights with Britain after helping us) Freedom of speech was so highly prized that when during 1796-98 foreign (French) agents were attacking John Adams, Congress did not like it and used the Alien and Sedition Acts to silence critics by imprisoning them. Thomas Jefferson pardoned them after becoming president because he valued freedom of speech so much.
There were consequences of reckless speech in colonial times. When Thomas Paine attacked Christianity in ways that offended colonial law, several of the Founding Fathers wrote letters, op eds, etc against him. He ended up in a French jail during the Revolution and he wrote to President Washington who valued Paine for what he had done to spark the Revolution with his work Common Sense. Paine was released eventually but the Federal Government was not involved. No cemetery would accept his remains so he was buried in a pasture.
Don’t think the Founders dealt with Muslim question? In 1783, Muslim pirates attacked American ships in Mediterranean. We did not have a navy in 1784 so Ben Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were dispatched to negotiate with them. After two years our men asked the ambassador from Tripoli the motivation to attack our ships which had not attacked them. He said that it is written that all nations that do not acknowledge the Prophet’s authority were sinners; that it was the duty of Muslims and their right to make war upon and make slaves of all they could. At this point our ambassadors realized this was a spiritual battle that could not be negotiated and they returned home. There were treaties formed to protect our ships and the bribes paid which in 1789 were equal to 16% of our Federal budget. In1795, Washington approached Congress for a Navy, it was built under John Adams and by the time Thomas Jefferson took office the bribes were up to 20% but we had a Navy. General William Eaton lead an expedition 1801-05 and Tripoli signed a treaty on America’s terms. (This accounts for the shores of Tripoli line in the Marine hymn.) It was a spiritual battle in colonial times, during our early days and it still is. We need to recognize that.
Bob McEwen, former Congressman from Ohio Sixth District, author/ championthevote.com
America funds 85% of global evangelism. Base your vote on two things that require knowledge that drives away fear. Politics should be Integrity plus Character. Integrity as defined by performing the duty for which you were entrusted; implies a sense of morality. Morality is more than not doing what is wrong- you can sit on the couch and be moral. Character is doing what is right. You can’t do wrong things while you are doing the right thing so focus on doing what is right. Freedom implies/ demands choices.
If you have $100 and nothing in store costs more than that you can be free to choose anything. But if your money/ rights are taken away, little by little you have fewer choices. The slave has no money/ rights and therefore no choices. Fewer choices = fewer freedoms and a lower standard of living. Whether the criminal robs you and takes your money or the politician uses the power of the government to take it, the results to you are the same.
More government regulations = Less commerce = fewer businesses= fewer jobs and so it goes
In 1957 Detroit was the richest city in the WORLD Now poorest in North America
South Korea went from third from the bottom to 10th largest GDP in the world. Look at contrast with North Korea under brutal dictator. Same people/ geography but millions have starved in NK
The difference between our Christian world view and Socialist/ Communist boils down to God created Man vs Man created God. If God created Man, His standards are our standards or as close as we can come to them.
If Man created God, man’s subjective and changeable standards are at play. Under Man’s standards, 1) man is good 2) his environment is responsible for his behavior 3) rights from the group- changeable It depends upon which group- moral/ ethnic/ environmental, etc you are talking about.
If God created Man 1) God is the standard and men are in need of a savior 2) The individual is responsible for his own behavior 3) God is the source of rights- unchangeable
God’s standards protect freedoms- here done with limited government, fewer taxes, strong defense. The other side wants government to be the god and giver of all things but to do that it must first be unlimited and tax more for social programs not a strong defense (to answer the many different diversity demands)
In Life, Liberty and pursuit of happiness the order is important- you can’t pursue second two if you are dead. To secure these rights governments are instituted among men. Do We the People still run the politicians or are they running us?
Sin is anything that separates us from God. The French Revolution did not include reliance on God as part of their framework. Their motto was Liberty, Equality, Fraternity and the symbol became the guillotine, a symbol of death and execution. That is how man without God ends up.
Washington crossed the Delaware and the times were desperate. He asked for 2500 Americans only to stand guard. It had nothing to do with ethnic origin; was a matter of the heart and determination to be free. Are we Christians determined to remain (regain) free?
Dorothy Burton, Christians in Public Service
She was on Duncanville City Council and told a story about Ronald Reagan as a boy. Someone offered to have a pair of shoes made for him and the cobbler wanted to know if he wanted square or round toes. He could not make up his mind so the cobbler completed the pair- one with round, the other with square toes. He kept those shoes all of his life as a reminder of the price of indecision.
A quote from her paper titled Liberation and the Politics of Justice- The New Norm:
An interesting observation is that while the theology of evangelicals is closely aligned with patriotism and traditionalism, the world view from the standpoint of liberation and justice views the same as the opposite (i.e., oppressive); hence, not freedom of religion, but rather freedom from it. Several factors have merged to create a “perfect storm” of cultural chaos and instability. President Obama’s religious background is rooted not so much in Islam as many want to believe, but in the tenets of the United Church of Christ which interprets the Bible through the lenses of social justice, equality and inclusivity. We all lead out of who we are and what we believe and the President is no different. Through these influences, and as once a professional community organizer, he knows and has played well the fact that chaos, instability and division are necessary to bring about desired social change and invariable societal acceptance of that change. (I urge you to get entire script as well as Governing and politics- a Biblical view as she is black and can offer that viewpoint for Christians. I have the two sheets if you can’t find them)
If we are going to make an impact there are 7 foundations of our culture: media, business, government, arts, education, religion and family Do we control any of these anymore?
The Black Liberation theology is found in United Church of Christ which is invested in politics It teaches that 1) we have a discriminatory criminal justice system- the President just pardoned felons and spoke at a prison about giving them their vote 2) they need to change demeaning language- ex Washington Redskins 3) they want a JUST peace in Middle East and will oppose any business doing business with Israel The UCC Cathedral of Hope in Dallas is huge and there are 5100 churches world wide (Church of Christ members, we are being confused with them by those who do not know us)
My people perish for lack of knowledge. Know this sect- watch their video online with David French
Dan Fisher, Bring Back the Black Robed Regiment, www.theblackrobed.com
“There is a time for all thing, a time to preach and a time to pray. But there is also a time to fight, and that time has now come.” John Muhlenberg
Although most have never heard of them since they, like much of our Christian American history, have been written out of the textbooks of our and our childrens’ time. They were America’s “patriot preachers”. They not only set the stage for Americans pulling together during the war with the awakening to Christian values they preached, they also led men from their congregations onto the battlefield. The British hated them and sought them out and many paid dearly such as Rev James Caldwell and his innocent wife.
These preachers would tell their fellow preachers of today that they did not fight and die for attendance, giving or square footage and neither did Jesus die for any of these. What needs strengthening now is the family, government and the church. In 1798, John Adams warned: [W]e have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion… Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
In the movie, The Patriot, the hero is told he has done nothing for which he should be ashamed. He replies,”I have done nothing and for that I am ashamed.” May God help us bring back an army of Black Robed preachers who will be bold and preach what is important at this critical time in our history.
Dexter Sanders, Florida Evangelist, B2G, Back 2 God
Check out his videos on line
He asks Who are you? And Whose are you? He referenced Gen 1:26 “Then God said let us make man in Our own image… “
1958 W. Cleon Skousen wrote one of the finest works ever written on the subject of the communist conspiracy called The Naked Communist which has sold over a millon copies
2 Chron 7:14 And [if] My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
Laurence White, Lutheran pastor
We are engaged in spiritual warfare with radically different religions. One is the new religion of Me, Myself, and I Otherwise known as secular humanism that puts man as God
The thrust of his very powerful speech was if you look at the churches of Europe, beautiful buildings that are empty inside- they are museums, concert halls, etc anything but vibrant churches holding services. As he was raised in a German speaking home, his focus was Germany and World War II when German Christians abandoned their Christian faith and values and sold out They went along to get along.
You can’t win when playing with the opponents’ rules.
Cisero in Roman times found all religions equally good (for the people), bad (for the government) and useful (for the politicians)
In this spiritual battle Christianity must defend the truth (and anyone who is defending the truth) even if a minority. Don’t change the truth to gain numbers.
Elijah despaired when he thought he was all alone until God informed him that there was a remnant of 7,000 who had remained faithful. The devil has the numbers but God is in the small still voice. We are called to be faithful not successful. We are not asked to evaluate if His direction is practical, etc. just do it.
Politicians have fear of certain groups but they do not fear us. Why when we are supposed to have such large numbers? 1) Only 40% of evangelicals are registered to vote 2) Of that only 40% actually do vote 3) of that [now 16%] only 40% vote for Christian values such as life, freedom, family Result: 6.4% Do you see now why showing up at the ballot box of the 40% who are registered and voting for Christian candidates and issues would make a huge difference? They might start listening to us again.
We have denied and betrayed Jesus and God’s purpose. Hitler in 1933 was elected chancellor and soon after brought a new theology to bear on the churches. He brought in megachurch preachers and stroked them until he betrayed them. Martin Nemueller said my concern is for the soul of the nation, Jesus Christ will take care of His church. Hitler told him that he (Hitler) would take care of the soul of the nation.
(Dietrich Bonhoeffer tried to save the Lutheran church and was killed right before the end of the war. Read his writings. See if there is a lesson there- my addition)
Mark Gonzales, pastor, San Antonio
Hispanics must be engaged to bring the church back into the marketplace. In 1962, prayer in school was taken out because of one person’s lawsuit, 1963, the Bible removed from school by one person’s lawsuit, in 1973, Roe v Wade abortion bill passed
In Matt 13:24-30 the parable of the tares among the wheat. There is a harvest coming.
Matt 5:13 The parable of the salt which is thrown out if it loses its saltiness and trampled underfoot. If I am going to be Jesus’ hands and feet, I had better be His vote too! In San Antonio only 6-7% of the city comes out to vote in primaries which is about normal. His group got out the vote up to 12% and up to 14% in the runoff with Christians. They were highly successful in electing Christian candidates
Look for Godly men and women to run for office, support them with your talents, stick to Biblical values and Get out the Vote for them. Each church should have a civics ministry along with all the others.
E.W. Jackson, evangelical preacher
He was born in 1952, the great-grandson of slaves from Virginia. Every Tues at 11:00 central time, he hosts a conference call for ministers to take a stand.
He referenced Judges 19, 20 and 21 and used it to illustrate that even in the Bible, some will defend the indefensible. Even though God is on your side does not mean it will be easy.
Ps 137:1 By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. Do we weep anymore?
2 Chronicles 7:14 has been previously quoted but if we will seek His favor, He will again heal our land
Is 62 speaks of the new name for Zion and its glory. America is a providential nation. That’s why men have been put into place by Him throughout our history at the right time. We must work to find and support such men for they are there- but like Moses, they may need prodding.