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Watchmen on the Wall: Keeping Watch in Washington


Hundreds of pastors descended on our nation’s capital today for FRC’s annual Watchmen on the Wall conference, representatives of what we believe is the determining edge of the future of our nation.

“The mission of our Watchmen on the Wall ministry is simple,” said Dr. Kenyn Cureton, FRC’s Vice President of Church Ministries, “We champion pastors to transform America… because the problems we face in America today… are spiritual at their heart and core, and the demand of the hour is for spiritual leadership to step up and engage.”

With 60 percent attending for the first time, we’re encouraged that so many of our nation’s spiritual leaders are engaging on the important spiritual and cultural issues of our day. Author, professor, and systematic theologian, Dr. Wayne Grudem encouraged these ministers with a charge to exert significant Christian influence on government.

Offering a biblical and historical overview, Grudem reminded pastors “from the earliest days of the Christian church, Christians have influenced government for good.”

The biblical call to be salt and light and to seek the good of our city demands we engage boldly, gracefully, and with conviction in the public square, but that engagement requires true religious freedom.

“Religious liberty is the foundational liberty upon which this nation was built,” shared Senator Ted Cruz, while noting that in locations as far apart as Houston and Syria, religious liberty is under attack.

Sharing the stories of Sgt. Monk and Chaplain Wes Modder, FRC’s Lt. General Jerry Boykin warned the gathering that “the infringement on religious liberty is hurting our military readiness” and added that “when a man or woman is facing the uncertainty of combat they need the strength of a spiritual underpinning.”

If chaplains are penalized for providing that spiritual foundation in accord with the teaching of their endorsing church, then religious freedom is a thing of the past.

Fox News columnist and author Todd Starnes quipped, “Gatherings like this are forward operating bases in the war on religious liberty. We come here to be equipped…make no mistake brothers and sisters, they are coming after our churches.”

FRC’s Travis Weber agreed with Starnes, noting that in oral arguments over state marriage amendment cases before the Supreme Court, “the tax exempt status that the Solicitor General admitted was going to be an ‘issue’ for religious schools is only one step removed from churches.”

As Weber put it plainly, the conflict between the teachings of the church and the sexual revolution is unavoidable. You can view any of these great speakers along with best-selling author Joel C. Rosenberg, Act for America’s Brigitte Gabriel, the Benham brothers, and Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore on our Watchmen Pastors website.

Please join us in praying for these pastors, that they may be strengthened to stand, and for the Spirit of God to move among us.


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