Pastors “Unshackled” on the Road to November


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“I have posted watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night.”  (Isaiah 62:7) “Howl, ye ministers  of the altar, sanctify a fast, call a sacred assembly, sound an alarm!” (Joel 1:13-14; 2:1) “They keep watch over you as men who must  give an account.” (Heb. 13:7)

bible-american-flagWith only 25 days left until the elections, pulpits across America are sounding the alarm in a new Great Awakening for righteousness.  Over 1600 pastors participated in Pulpit Freedom Sunday last week, defying threats of lawsuits from groups like Americans United for the Separation of Church and State and the unholy shadow of possible IRS challenges to their religious freedom.

For example, Bishop Harry Jackson, a powerful  national voice for black Americans, preached a sermon at his Hope Christian Church in Maryland entitled “Four Reasons Why I Cannot Support Barack Obama for President” and warned members not to vote for him again. His four reasons are as follows:

  1. “The President is against the value of human life and forces taxpayers and faith groups to fund abortions in violation of their conscience.”
  2. “The President does not support marriage but instead helped create a party platform that promoted gay marriage. So, he’s against marriage? We’re against him!”
  3. “The President is not for Israel, and if we are against Israel, we come under the judgment of God. As a black community, we cannot support his anti-God, anti-Gospel agenda just because he’s black! We cannot celebrate race over grace.”
  4. “The President is against religious liberty. Like Ahab and Jezebel, the Obama administration has an aggressive anti-Christian spirit that will only get worse if he is re-elected.”


Pulpit Freedom Sunday from hopeconnection on GodTube.


As part of this new Great Awakening of the church, we are featuring Stephen McDowell , President of the Providence Foundation in Charlottesville, on Valley Faith in Action this weekend to discuss “Watchmen on the Wall: For God & Country”.

VFIA #224 Watchman on the Wall — For God and Country from Dean Welty on Vimeo.

Dean Welty serves on the Board of Directors and Stephen McDowell as an advisor on the Virginia Christian Alliance.

Valley Faith in Action airs on WAZT-TV at 8:00 p.m., Friday, 8:30 p.m. Sunday, and Wednesday midnight.  It is available on Comcast Channel 13 in Harrisonburg and parts of Rockingham, but varies in other areas.  However, if you miss the TV program, you can also watch it and earlier programs online any time HERE.


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About the Author

Dean Welty
Dean Welty is Founder and Director of the Valley Family Forum, a network of families in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia that works to defend and advance issues of Life, Faith, Family, and Freedom in the culture and in the public square. He has developed and led numerous seminars on “America’s Godly Heritage” and “Capstone: The Christian’s Role in Culture and Public Policy”, hosted a weekly television program entitled “Valley Faith in Action”, and is co-host of a weekly radio program entitled “Crossroads: Where Faith and Culture Meet”. He is a former public school teacher, overseas missionary, and senior diplomat with assignments in Asia, Washington, New York with the U.S. Mission to the UN, and as a Congressional Fellow on Capitol Hill. Dean and his wife Janet live in Harrisonburg, VA.