Evangelical Christians Invited to Fight “Ungodliness” at Woodland Park Conference | Pikes Peak Courier

WOODLAND PARK • An emergency like never before is at hand for evangelical Christians, who must fight against what they believe to be the “godlessness” that permeates the development of public policies relating to same-sex marriage, abortion , government-mandated COVID vaccines, transgender and critical race theory, speakers at this weekend’s Truth and Freedom conference told attendees.

“I believe we are at a crossroads, and God has promised He will heal our earth,” said Andrew Wommack, president of Truth & Liberty Coalition and founder of Andrew Wommack Ministries and Charis Bible College.

“God wants us to be involved in government business,” said US Rep. Lauren Boebert, Republican from Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District and keynote speaker.

“There are unjust things happening that God wants to fix,” she said. “He will use his church, his children to infiltrate these people. … They just don’t know they are being cheated.

Held Friday and Saturday at the 493-acre Wommack Sanctuary campus in Woodland Park, the conference drew 1,100 in-person attendees and about 2,500 online viewers each day, according to organizers.

The Truth and Freedom conference attracted 1,100 attendees to the Charis Bible College campus auditorium in Woodland Park and some 2,500 online viewers every day. The time is “up,” speakers said, for evangelical Christians to uphold conservative values ​​in shaping public policy.

The purpose of the annual event is to educate and motivate attendees to advance conservative platforms from the school board level to national offices.

“It’s time we take what we know about God’s word and apply it,” said Boebert, who has become controversial for his outspoken conservative positions. “We don’t need to sit down and ask God, ‘Why is Nancy Pelosi so mean today?’ We need to take God’s word and his promises to us and move on.

Boebert said she was working on presenting articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden and wanted to remove Pelosi, a Democrat from California, from her post as Speaker of the United States House, saying she was not doing correctly its work.

Winning her seat in Congress last year without any political experience has been “a spiritual battle” from the start, Boebert said, but she is confident the Tories will win in the elections of 2022 and 2024.

“I have a lot of hope for our nation because I read the end of the book,” she said, pointing to her Bible, “and we are winning.

Wommack said he was neither a Republican nor a Democrat, but his morals and values ​​most closely match conservative political views.

Denominational voting in 2020 looked a lot like 2016, according to exit polls. The Associated Press’s VoteCast survey shows that 60% of Protestants, half of Catholics, 72% of Mormons and 57% of “other” religious voters voted for former President Donald Trump in 2020.

Several speakers said they believe a “revival” is underway among conservative Christians, to fight liberalism, return the United States to its Christian-principled roots, and protect religious and personal freedoms. .

“We’re doing things to change the political landscape nationwide as well as in Colorado,” Wommack said. “We don’t make it public because we don’t want the enemy to know what we’re doing.”

Church for all nations, which has two locations in Colorado Springs, formed a Cultural Impact Team, an idea of ​​the Family Research Council, a national advocacy and lobbying organization founded in 1981 by Focus of the Family creator James Dobson.

Pastor Mark Cowart said churches across the country are embracing the concept, in which members oppose “legislative threats, government and cultural attacks on our rights of conscience, freedom of speech and freedom of religion. “, according to its mission statement.

“It’s about seeing change and a return to the culture of God,” Cowart said.

Pastor Duane Sheriff of Victory Life Church in Durant, Oklahoma, which has 13 sites, including one in Woodland Park, said the small “life groups” on its campuses are designed to “change culture” and have an impact on politics in schools and local governments.

“They are the strength of our church and our campuses,” he said.

Another “counter-cultural” movement, the City Elders, is also spreading in Oklahoma. The concept brings together conservative religious leaders with like-minded city and county officials, as well as representatives from businesses and nonprofits to recruit potential candidates and address issues of concern, said Pastor Jesse Leon Rodgers, who heads the Tulsa-based Gateway Departments.

“A local church in Claremore, Okla., Said we don’t appreciate the city council’s position on these issues, they’ve identified three candidates; all three have won positions, ”he said. “They present three more in the next electoral cycle, and a pastor will run for town hall.

“I think the church needs to redefine itself, get back to its foundations.”

Pastors must be courageous enough to speak from the pulpit, said evangelist Mario Murillo of California.

“Take a stand on abortion, on marriage, on critical race theory, on transgender – do it now, calculate the cost, uncover your soul’s most controversial beliefs and preach them next Sunday,” did he declare. “Offend anyone in your church who may be offended, let them go, and start the rebuilding process as quickly as possible. Don’t back down, hold on.

The Truth & Liberty Coalition “is growing exponentially,” said Wommack, an evangelical Bible teacher with multimedia materials.

Contributions have never been better, said Richard Harris, executive director of Truth & Liberty Coalition and pastor of Grace and Faith Bible Church in Woodland Park.

“The exercise that just ended is one of the best exercises ever for the ministry,” he said.

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“A lot of people say we shouldn’t be preaching on politics; when we talk about pulpit freedom, we are not talking about politics, we are preaching the gospel, ”said Harris.

“One of the biggest problems in the church today is that a lot of people think revival is just a good meeting,” he said. “It’s not a revival unless a change takes place in this meeting and the church comes out and changes the culture.

” We are run out of time. We have to rebuild the United States of America, we have to rebuild this constitutional republic under God. “

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