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What started as a simple prayer from the heart
got one minister in hot water. Keith Hamblin is a pastor. An
honest man trying to live out his faith in Lima, Ohio. He pastors a
Protestant Bible-teaching church and leads a Christian School.
His state representative invited Pastor Keith to the Statehouse to lead the
House in an opening prayer. The Pastor prayed from his heart, briefly and
He started with the words of the Lord’s prayer and asked God to grant member
wisdom for their tasks of the day. He quoted a few Scriptures and closed his
prayer, as most Christians do, in the name of Jesus.
By the time he looked up – the Democrat State
Party Chairman had stormed off the floor in protest. The media was waiting
and within 24 hours a controversy erupted.
It seems some people consider praying in
Jesus name a major offense. They took great issue with Pastor Keith in the
press. The Speaker’s office chastised the Pastor as well and threatened to
end opening prayers.
All of this sounds a lot like Indiana where
a federal judge recently issued an order banning prayer in the State
Assembly if that prayer was made in the name of Jesus.
This, friends, is a very dangerous trend in
public policy. There is not a very far leap from public prayer to public
speech. There are people in this country who want to ban any public
expression of the name of Jesus or His Gospel. They have friends in the
Courts, the media, and in the Statehouse.
Are you ready to surrender your religious
liberty? To learn more about this story and the attempts to destroy
religious liberty in America please click
here. And listen to the full 30 minute discussion with Pastor Keith