Report by: Dr. June Knight
December 24, 2018 – Washington DC – As the storm is raging over the holidays in the halls of Congress, we have a much bigger storm raging within the Body of Christ. We have known for the past couple of years that the church is divided. The tares are being exposed as God is separating the wheat. The biggest indication of the separation is over liberal issues such as the LGBTQ agenda, immigration, and other issues. Now, it seems the enemy has crept into the evangelicals and may rip them apart if the church does not stand up and declare TRUTH and holiness from our leaders. As we see them fall the left and begin to compromise, we must speak up and declare God’s righteousness. There is a tsunami on the horizon within the church and we can stop it church. We must repent and stand up for God’s word.
To many Christians, one of the heightened prayer concerns is the National Association of Evangelicals. In recent events, this group, NAE, seems to be turning it’s back on basic Christian standards as they are “compromising the gospel” with Democrats on The Hill. How are they compromising? They are compromising by agreeing to work on legislation with the homosexual agenda in hopes to try to “protect” the Christian agenda. The question is, Can you flirt with the Devil and compromise with him? He’s already blinded their eyes to the truth, so why should the truth work with them to help their agenda? It makes no sense. I have contacted NAE for their response and will follow up if they respond.
I am beginning to learn how things work on Capitol Hill, so I must stress this to you so that you understand. When a person wants to draft legislation, it goes through a process. The way our Republic works is that we have two sides represented – Republican (conservative) and Democrat (liberal/progressive). So, which ever one is in power is how the country will lean. So, if we have more Republicans in office we will lean towards the conservative/biblical agenda. In opposition, the Democrats sponsor a more progressive agenda. However, when the House of Representatives are almost split in number (as it is now until January 3rd, then it will lean towards Left), the Republicans must find some Democrats to sign off on a piece of legislation. So, most of the time in order to do that they will require that they compromise on an issue. Basically the Democrats want to throw in some evil agenda and expect the right/conservatives to swallow it. This is why we receive such compromised legislation most of the time because the other side insists on including vomit in the equation.
I hope that explanation above helps you to understand why they compromise. It’s one thing for a Republican representative to bend on a Bill because they do have to please their constituents. So, they have to please the people they represent. We understand this happens. However, it’s an entirely different thing when it is our Christian representatives of our Christian agenda! When they bend we pause. When they compromise they hurt the entire Kingdom of God. We have higher expectations for Christian leadership because they have to back up what they’re doing with the Word of God. When it comes to the LGBTQ agenda, the Bible is very clear on this position. It is a stench in God’s nostrils. It is an abomination. There is no way any Christian can back up supporting that agenda. It goes against God. Period. There is NO bending on this agenda. It appears that this NAE organization has bent completely over.
We know that the evangelicals are the greatest supporters of Trump and the majority of us believe God put Trump in office. We believe that he is positioned for such a time as this. However, we must stand strong in our position of the Word of God or judgment will reign down on this nation. We are already teetering on it anyway. If our leaders compromise when we should be the strongest, it hurts the Body of Christ tremendously. We have this opportunity to stand even stronger now with Trump in office for righteousness, holiness and to reclaim our Christian roots in this nation. We cannot have one foot in Hell and one in Heaven and hope to change the world. This is what we are doing when we compromise with the enemy. We cannot touch what they want to do to this nation. The NAE knows full well how this Equality Act will affect families, churches, communities and our nation. If they participate in this bill then the blood of our nation is on their hands. This is not good. We cannot touch the unclean thing.
Christians, we need to stay very focused on what’s happening on Capitol Hill because our families, churches, and lives are at stake. The Democrats are pushing Hellish things across Bills which will be detrimental to the Kingdom of God. I recently wrote an article about a Bill in which the Democrats sponsored. In this Bill it looks and sounds so great, but when you read the fine print, they inserted a few lines that will be perilous to us in the future.
In the case of these two upcoming Bills it’s no different. The Bills are THE FAIRNESS FOR ALL ACT and THE EQUALITY ACT. They are very evil in its nature and at its core is persecution to Christianity and what we stand for. The two Christian organizers working with this effort is the National Association of Evangelicals and the Council of Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU). They are trying to compromise to please both sides of the issue. In December 2016, Christianity Today wrote an article about this, “In recent months, the CCCU and the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) have discreetly led the charge to get evangelical institutions to think through potential legal options to safeguard their Christian distinctives as they look ahead to 2017. They met with more than 200 leaders in 9 cities to discuss Fairness for All, an approach that would bring together religious liberty defenders and LGBT activists to lay out federal legislation to secure rights for both.” (Read More)
Here is a synopsis on each Bill:
Look at the Issues this Bill addresses:
Look Bride! This affects every area against Christians!
The bill defines:
- “sex” to include a sex stereotype, sexual orientation or gender identity, and pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition;
- “sexual orientation” as homosexuality, heterosexuality, or bisexuality; and
- “gender identity” as gender-related identity, appearance, mannerisms, or characteristics, regardless of the individual’s designated sex at birth.
The bill expands the categories of public accommodations to include places or establishments that provide:
- exhibitions, recreation, exercise, amusement, gatherings, or displays;
- goods, services, or programs, including a store, a shopping center, an online retailer or service provider, a salon, a bank, a gas station, a food bank, a service or care center, a shelter, a travel agency, a funeral parlor, or a health care, accounting, or legal service; or
- transportation services.
The bill prohibits “establishment” from being construed to be limited to a physical facility or place.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) may bring a civil action if it receives a complaint from an individual who claims to be:
- denied equal utilization of a public facility owned, operated, or managed by a state (other than public schools or colleges) on account of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity; or
- denied admission to, or not permitted to continue attending, a public college by reason of sexual orientation or gender identity, thereby expanding DOJ’s existing authority to bring such actions for complaints based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
The bill revises public school desegregation standards to provide for the assignment of students without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity.
The bill prohibits programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance from denying benefits to, or discriminating against, persons based on sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
The bill prohibits employers with 15 or more employees from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity, subject to the same exceptions and conditions that currently apply to unlawful employment practices based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Employers must recognize individuals in accordance with their gender identity if sex is a bona fide occupational qualification that is reasonably necessary to the normal operation of that particular business or enterprise.
The bill provides government employees with protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
DOJ may intervene in equal protection actions in federal court on account of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Protections against discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin shall include protections against discrimination based on: (1) an association with another person who is a member of such a protected class; or (2) a perception or belief, even if inaccurate, that an individual is a member of such a protected class. The bill prohibits the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 from providing a claim, defense, or basis for challenging such protections.
The bill prohibits an individual from being denied access to a shared facility, including a restroom, a locker room, and a dressing room, that is in accordance with the individual’s gender identity.
The bill amends Fair Housing Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, and jury selection standards to add sexual orientation and gender identity as classes protected against discrimination under such laws.
The Fairness for All Act:
The Act must still be in the infancy stages because I cannot find the actual bill. However, I have discovered much conversation about it. According to the Heritage Foundation,
Current proposals to create sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) laws with varying types of religious exemptions would not result in fairness for all.
The most prominent model for creating specific LGBT policies while showing concern for religious freedom is known as “fairness for all,” a phrase used by proponents to describe a law first adopted in Utah and similar proposals in other states and potentially at the national level. The “Utah Compromise” was a law enacted in Utah in the spring of 2015 that created sexual orientation and gender identity antidiscrimination policy in employment and housing, while also creating certain religious liberty exemptions and protections. Indiana attempted (but failed) to pass similar legislation in January 2016. See Ryan T. Anderson and Robert P. George, “Liberty and SOGI Laws: An Impossible and Unsustainable ‘Compromise,’” Witherspoon Institute Public Discourse, January 11, 2016, http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2016/01/16225/ (accessed November 28, 2018). Thus far, no fairness for all legislation has been introduced at the federal level, but there is discussion among advocates about doing so.Instead, they would penalize many Americans who believe that we are created male and female and that male and female are created for each other. They would violate the privacy and safety of women and girls, the conscience rights of doctors and other medical professionals, and the free speech and religious liberty rights of countless professionals. Establishing bad public policy and then exempting select religious institutions is not acting for the common good—and is certainly not fair for all.
What SOGI Laws Do
SOGI laws ban disagreement on LGBT issues by enforcing a sexual orthodoxy. Of course, those are not the exact words used, but when “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” are elevated to protected classes in antidiscrimination law, that is the effect the government policy has.
For example, the Equality Act, the centerpiece of the Human Rights Campaign’s Beyond Marriage Equality Initiative, would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to virtually all federal civil rights laws covering race—“Public Accommodations, Education, Federal Financial Assistance, Employment, Housing, Credit, and Federal Jury Service”—and expand them beyond their current reach. Moreover, it is explicitly designed to shrink existing religious liberty protections. It also would stretch the scope of “public accommodations” quite far. The Civil Rights Act of 1964—the purpose of which was to integrate half of the continental United States after centuries of race-based slavery and Jim Crow—covered entities like hotels, restaurants, theaters, and gas stations. The Equality Act would cover almost every business serving the public. See Equality Act, S. 1858, 114th Cong., 1st Sess., https://www.congress.gov/114/bills/s1858/BILLS-114s1858is.pdf (accessed February 7, 2017). The House version of the bill is Equality Act, H.R. 3185, 114th Cong., 1st Sess., https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/3185 (accessed November 28, 2018). See also Human Rights Campaign, Beyond Marriage Equality: A Blueprint for Federal Non-Discrimination Protections, 2014, http://hrc-assets.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com//files/documents/HRC-BeyondMarriageEquality-42015.pdf (accessed February 7, 2017), and Senators Jeff Merkley, Tammy Baldwin, and Cory Booker, “The Equality Act,” 2015, p. 1, https://www.merkley.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/EqualityAct_OnePager.pdf (accessed February 7, 2017).
But not every disagreement is discrimination, and our laws should not presume otherwise.
See, for example, Ryan T. Anderson, “Disagreement Is Not Always Discrimination: On Masterpiece Cakeshop and the Analogy to Interracial Marriage,” Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy, Vol. 16, No. 1 (March 15, 2018), https://ssrn.com/abstract=3136750 (accessed November 28, 2018).
Heritage Foundation experts have long opposed the expansion of antidiscrimination laws to elevate “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes.
Ryan Messmore and James Sherk, “Freedom of Religious Schools and Employers Threatened by ENDA,” Heritage Foundation Issue Brief No. 1677, October 24, 2007, https://www.heritage.org/jobs-and-labor/report/freedom-religious-schools-and-employers-threatened-enda (accessed November 28, 2018); Ryan T. Anderson, “ENDA Threatens Fundamental Civil Liberties,” Heritage Foundation Backgrounder No. 2857, November 1, 2013, https://www.heritage.org/civil-society/report/enda-threatens-fundamental-civil-liberties (accessed November 28, 2018); Ryan T. Anderson, “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Laws Threaten Freedom,” Heritage Foundation Backgrounder No. 3082, November 30, 2015, https://www.heritage.org/civil-society/report/sexual-orientation-and-gender-identity-sogi-laws-threaten-freedom (accessed November 28, 2018); and Ryan T. Anderson, “How to Think About Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Policies and Religious Freedom,” Heritage Foundation Backgrounder No. 3194, February 13, 2017, https://www.heritage.org/marriage-and-family/report/how-think-about-sexual-orientation-and-gender-identity-sogi-policies-and (accessed November 28, 2018).
Where enacted, SOGI laws are frequently used as swords to persecute people with unpopular beliefs, rather than as shields to protect people from unjust discrimination.
Ryan T. Anderson, “Shields, Not Swords,” National Affairs, No. 35 (Spring 2018), https://ssrn.com/abstract=3141908 (accessed November 28, 2018).
In support of this Act:
The CCCU has been exploring a legislative initiative sometimes called Fairness for All. This initiative seeks to find a way to simultaneously combine federal protections for religious freedom and for LGBTQ persons, two “sides” that have often viewed their protections as being violated by the existence of protections for the other. Specifically, Fairness for All would create legal protections for LGBTQ persons in the basic areas of public space (employment, housing, stores, and restaurants), financial services, and jury duty service, while at the same time explicitly adding to the law the full scope of religious rights ensured by the Constitution. (Read More)
In strong opposition to this Act:
‘Fairness for All’ proposal isn’t fair at all
The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Vice President of U.S. Legal Division Kristen Waggoner regarding the decisions of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and the National Association of Evangelicals to support so-called “Fairness for All” legislation that claims to protect religious liberty but would actually undermine it:
“Every person should be treated with dignity and respect. Unfortunately, sexual orientation and gender identity laws like the so-called ‘Fairness for All’ proposal undermine both fairness and freedom. This proposal is a SOGI law under different branding, with special—and likely temporary—exemptions that protect only a favored few. (Read More)
Last week, World Magazine reported that two respected evangelical institutions, the National Association of Evangelicals and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, both quietly adopted a set of principles that call for comprehensive religious freedom protections combined with explicit support for LGBTQ protections in employment, education, housing and adoption, among others.
Neither group is backing down from the belief that marriage is between one man and one woman. But the two groups want to work toward federally recognized protections for sexual orientation and gender identity alongside strong religious exemptions.
Specifically, they plan to soon unveil a draft of a bill they are working on with input from legal scholars, theologians and LGBTQ advocates that they say accomplishes those goals. The evangelical groups hope several members of Congress will sponsor the bill, tentatively called “Fairness for All,” in the session that begins Jan. 3.
“Fairness for All says we have to do this together because there are interests on both sides that ought to be protected,” said Stanley Carlson-Thies, director of the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance and a consultant in discussions about a possible bill.
The bill, which the NAE and CCCU have been working on for upward of three years, is still being finessed. An NAE spokesperson declined to comment on the bill and a spokesperson for the CCCU only spoke on background.
But their efforts will face stiff opposition from fellow evangelicals.
Already, leaders and institutions, from Russell Moore, the chief ethicist for the Southern Baptist Convention, to the Heritage Foundation and the Alliance Defending Freedom, have sharply criticized it.
“Placing sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes in this kind of legislation would have harmful unintended consequences, and make the situation worse in this country, both in terms of religious freedom and in terms of finding ways for Americans who disagree to work together for the common good,” said Moore, who heads the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, an arm of the SBC.
The National Evangelical Association has participated in several questionable actions recently. One is their participation in the Dreamer’s Bill, which now is behind their initiative – World Relief. President Trump offered a solution to the illegal immigrants but Nancy Pelosi, Democrat, rejected it. According to this article by Kairos:
Pelosi also shared the real stories of dreamers that had been sent to her office. Additionally, she praised religious bodies who have called for the protection of dreamers. She referred to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Southern Baptist Convention and evangelical leaders like National Hispanic Christian Leadership Coalition’s Samuel Rodriguez.
“The people of faith are people of faith,” she said. “They believe that we have obligations to each other. They’ve spoken out in a courageous way.”
While Pelosi was giving her eight-hour speech, evangelical leaders gathered elsewhere on Capitol Hill Wednesday for their own press conference organized by the evangelical refugee resettlement agency World Relief.
At the press conference, it was announced that Trump and congressional leaders received a letter signed by several prominent evangelical leaders, such as author Max Lucado and Russell Moore, who called for the protection of dreamers.
“Our prayer is that these young people would be allowed to continue contributing to our society without fear of deportation,” the letter reads.
As of Thursday, over 2,000 Christian leaders have signed onto the letter.
Additionally, Pelosi met last month with evangelical leaders who serve as advisers to the Trump administration, such as Rodriguez and Bishop Harry Jackson, to discuss dreamers.
Pelosi’s showing Wednesday was rebuked on the House floor Thursday by Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas.
“I would note that as the minority leader quoted the Bible frequently throughout her speech. It reminds me of Isaiah 1:18, ‘Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord,’” Hensarling said. “Yet, President Trump stood right there in the State of the Union address with his hand out, with an olive branch extending an open hand to work with members of both parties on an immigration reform package.
Bride, this basically means they have turned their backs on our President who is fighting to do things in law and order. By allowing people to come through our borders illegally, it produces lawlessness. God is not the author of this at all. How can NAE back this up scripturally? They can’t. It is God’s will to have a border wall. God created the first border with Adam and Eve. When they sinned he kicked them out of the Garden and placed an angel at the gate. Their sin prevented them from entering again! God means the same for America. He has a plan for her and we must protect her integrity.
Check out this press release by World Relief cautioning the President about DACA:
“For decades, World Relief has partnered with local churches to assist persecuted people in rebuilding their lives in the United States. We stand ready to do so now, and are deeply troubled by the news that our government may disregard our laws and restrict the opportunity to request asylum,” said World Relief president Scott Arbeiter.
“While some media reports have framed the recent movement of asylum seekers coming toward the U.S. border as a problem of illegal immigration, the right to request asylum is a part of longstanding U.S. law. World Relief has deployed legal services professionals to the border region on various occasions in recent months to help provide legal counsel to those seeking asylum. Our staff have witnessed those seeking asylum being told to wait for several weeks before being allowed to lawfully present their claims at the port of entry, which is why some have availed themselves of the legal option of requesting asylum elsewhere, as explicitly permitted by U.S. law. To attempt to restrict the right to request asylum is both morally troubling and legally questionable,” said World Relief senior vice president Emily B. Gray.
Once again Bride, I encourage you to talk to your pastors about their participation in this organization as they continue to lean more progressive. We cannot touch the unclean thing and when they partner with these false agendas, we will face consequences from God.
About the NAE:
Per their website:
The National Association of Evangelicals represents nearly 40 different denominations and serves a constituency of millions.
We strive to make denominations strong and effective, to influence society for righteousness and justice and to gather the many voices of evangelical leaders together to be more fruitful for Jesus Christ and his cause.
In our diversity, we demonstrate a commitment to dynamic unity that works toward a vision of all things made new, of all God’s people reconciled and of a lost world saved.
We facilitate collaboration among denominational leaders to strengthen churches, as we enjoy fellowship together, and share and develop resources.
By building interdenominational consensus around biblical perspectives on the pressing questions of our day, the NAE has become a recognized voice in Washington — not as lobbyists, but as champions for evangelical concerns.
This is what they SAY…but what do they DO?
Ask your church if they are involved in this organization and ask them to call and speak to their leaders. If we do not hold them accountable, we will suffer greatly. We must have checks and balances within the Kingdom as well, especially when it comes to Washington DC and passing laws that affect every family in this country!
A very interesting fact about NAE was published by Juicy Ecumenism on March 8, 2007: Thus the NAE has stood in a delicate equipoise, well captured in the association’s motto: “Cooperation without Compromise.” Unlike the earlier fundamentalists, the NAE has sought cooperation in Christian ministry. Unlike the NCC, it has rejected theological compromise.
Previously this organization’s motto was COOPERATION WITHOUT COMPROMISE. How ironic. God bring them back to that slogan! Even in their current writings on their pamphlet they provide to the public for free it says,
When we as Christians engage in political activity, we must maintain our integrity and keep our biblical values intact. While we may sometimes settle for partial solutions, we should not compromise core principles. Individual evangelicals rightly engage in supporting legislation, candidates and political parties. But we must remember that biblical faith is vastly larger and richer than every limited, inevitably imperfect political agenda and that commitment to the lordship of Christ and his one Body far transcends all political commitments.
I will write another article and probably have more information by then when I hear from the NAE.
Articles of Reference:
Old logo stood for NO COMPROMISE
New Image Stands for Ecumenical Tones “Good”
Ecumenical means Compromise
Ecumenical Movement uses terms “Common Good” all the time.
Dr. June Knight is the President of We are the Bride Ministries, which contains WATB.tv and WATB Radio. She has a Master’s in Corporate Communications and a Doctor in Theology. She has spent the last six years in full-time ministry and serving the Bride of Christ with her talents, skills and gifts. She s a modern-day scribe documenting what God is doing. In 2017 she traveled the entire country – 36 states, 18,000 miles and 6 months praying along the entire border of the country. She made two documentaries of that trip which you can find @watb.tv on YouTube. God finally moved her to Washington DC on October 8, 2018 to help the Bride of Christ on the government level. God recently blessed We are the Bride Ministries with an office next to the White House! Dr. June attends press conferences at various branches of government and other Christian events. This news is reported based upon the Christian perspective. Find out more about Dr. June at www.drjune.org.