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‘The Gathering’: America Can Only Be Saved by Spiritual Revival, Not a ‘Political Awakening,’ Christian Leaders Say

America won’t be saved by a “political awakening,” said Pastor Ronnie Floyd, who was among over 40 Christian leaders that came together at The Gathering to pray for a spiritual transformation in the nation.

“Many of us, as believers, at times if we’re not careful, we’re more committed to some kind of political awakening,” said Floyd at the solemn assembly hosted by Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, Wednesday night.

“That’s not the answer to this nation. The answer to the nation is the next great awakening with the Holy Spirit of God. And He wakes up the Church and He shakes the Church,” added Floyd, who’s the senior pastor of Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas and former president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Christian leaders from diverse denominational and racial backgrounds led thousands of believers in prayer for personal repentance, their marriages, families, communities, and for Christians who are persecuted throughout the world.

(Photo: Screencap/The Gathering)

James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, speaks at The Gathering held at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, September 21, 2016.

James Robison, founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, stressed that “there is no substitute for repentance. Not a political party, not a political candidate.”

“In election years if you’re highly visible and you have an audience and you have any influence, candidates will tend to come to you and ask for your support,”Robison said.

“I’ve made it clear, my entire ministry, I don’t endorse candidates. I endorse biblical truth and I endorse the principles in the Word of God.”

Robison spoke with concern about the current social climate of the United States, especially the U.S. Supreme Court’s role in legalizing abortion and gay marriage via judicial fiat.

“We’ve reached the point where five people can determine the future of the United States of America,” said Robison. “If the Church doesn’t come out of the pew and stand up and become the city set on the hill that cannot and must not be hidden, we will be trampled as worthless salt under the feet of men.”

Floyd’s and Robison’s calls for personal and public spiritual revival were echoed by Pastor Tony Evans of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, who served as the main organizer of The Gathering.

 

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Pastor Tony Evans of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas speaks at The Gathering hosted by Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, September 21, 2016.

Evans told those gathered that the Church is “an immune system” to help fight the ills of society.

“The Church is that immune system designed to keep cultural colds from becoming societal pneumonia,” Evans said. “So if you’re seeing our nation succumb to pneumonia, it’s because the immune system of the church is not up to snuff. It’s not acting as the divine repellent.”

At the close of the program, Evans went on to note that he saw The Gathering as having a three-pronged agenda for the long-term.

“This is part of a three-pronged pledge. Solemn assembly, a call to discipleship — no more secret agent Christians — and then to work together as churches without compromising truth to do good works to let the community see its better off that our churches are here,” Evans said.

“So you pray that God will birth in your heart and in ministries throughout this land a fire that if Christ be not come, we turn a nation around for God and for good.”

Christian leaders who led prayer and devotion at The Gathering include Southern Evangelical Seminary President Dr. Richard Land, Pastor Max Lucado, National Association of Evangelicals President Leith Anderson, Priscilla Shirer, Thelma Wells, the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, Bishop Harry Jackson, and Pastor Ralph Douglas West, among others.

The Gathering’s solemn assembly focused on praying for four areas of change in Americans’ lives: personal, families, communities and the nation.

“Whenever a solemn assembly or sacred gathering has been called in Scripture, it has usually been called by those in leadership — whether that be a priest, prophet or king — and it has usually been called for leadership first,” The Gathering’s website states.

“Even in America, our historical records verify that prior to every national awakening, the spiritual leadership of the day has placed a heavy emphasis on gathering in smaller groups for fasting and prayer which then led to larger gatherings and greater change.”

 

(Photo: Screencap/The Gathering)

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez who serves as the President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference/CONEL, leads a message at the close of The Gathering at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, September 21, 2016.

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FOR ZION’S SAKE [CHARISMA MAGAZINE ARTICLE DOWNLOAD]

Click here to download a PDF of Charimsa Magazine’s article “For Zion’s Sake” which highlights a new breed of pro-Israel groups that are dlinigently fighting the spiritual battle againist propaganda and worldwide anti-Semitism.

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Christians to Unite in Texas for ‘The Gathering’ Solemn Assembly to Pray for the Nation

Christian leaders from across the country will unite in prayer next week at The Gathering, an ecumenical solemn assembly to ask God for forgiveness and seek His wisdom for spiritual transform in the nation.

The Gathering is expected to draw thousands of believers together and will feature nationally-renowned Christian leaders and pastors from diverse churches and denominations who will be leading people in prayer for their families, churches and the country. The event will be open to the public at 7 p.m. on Sept. 21 at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas.

 

(Photo: The Christian Post/Sonny Hong)Rev. Samuel Rodriguez on the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission panel on “Hobby Lobby and the Future of Religious Liberty,” at the Southern Baptist Convention, Baltimore, Maryland, June 9, 2014.

Speakers at The Gathering will including the event’s main organizer, Pastor Tony Evans of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Pastors Greg Laurie and Ronnie Floyd, along with James Robison, Bishop Harry Jackson, Anne Graham Lotz, and the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, among many others who can be seen here.

Rodriguez, who serves as president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, said in an interview wih The Christian Post on Wednesday that he’s participating in The Gathering because he believes, as a nation, “We stand at the precipice of losing our religious liberties via the conduit of judicial activism and legislative initiatives that view our Judeo-Christian values system as a threat to advancing a morally relativistic worldview.

“Complacency is captivity, we must pray, preach and vote,” he added.

The solemn assembly, according to The Gathering website, will focus on praying for four areas of change in Americans’ lives: personal, families, communities and the nation.

“Whenever a solemn assembly or sacred gathering has been called in Scripture, it has usually been called by those in leadership — whether that be a priest, prophet or king — and it has usually been called for leadership first,” the site adds.

“Even in America, our historical records verify that prior to every national awakening, the spiritual leadership of the day has placed a heavy emphasis on gathering in smaller groups for fasting and prayer which then led to larger gatherings and greater change.”

Among the scriptures cited by The Gathering is 2 Chronicles 7:14, which reads: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

(Photo: Screencap/Tony Evans/YouTube)”The Gathering” will feature prominent Christian leaders from across the United States who will unite in solemn assembly to pray for the country at Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, on September 21, 2016.

The Rt. Rev. Ray R. Sutton, dean of the Province and Ecumenical Affairs of theAnglican Church in North America, will also be among those offering their prayers at the event.

“My involvement is tied to my relationship with Dr. Tony Evans, who was a classmate of mine in seminary, and who has been a good friend over the years. We both labor in ministry in the Dallas area together,” Sutton told CP.

“We have shared common concerns that the Great Commission needs not only to make converts, but disciples by ‘teaching them all that Jesus commanded.’ This means reaching families, and not just individuals. This also means being a witness in the culture.”

When Sutton was asked by CP what he wants attendees and those watching online to take from the event, Sutton said he hopes they will be inspired to evangelize.

“I hope the Christians who watch and participate will be called to the fullness of the disciple-making commitment of the Great Commission,” he said.

Other noteworthy guest speakers who will be at The Gathering include Southern Evangelical Seminary President Dr. Richard Land, Pastor Max Lucado, National Association of Evangelicals President Leith Anderson and the Benham Brothers.

The Gathering will be of political agendas and merchandise, according to the event’s FAQ page. No offering will be received. No books will be sold. To register for the free event, click here. To watch the livestream, click here.

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The Global Synergize Award For 2016 Announcement

Dear Visionary Leader,

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, the President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference in the United States of America, is the recipient of The Global Synergize Award For 2016. Rev. Rodriguez is also the Lead Pastor of New Season Church in Sacramento, California. The NHCLC is the largest Evangelical group of Hispanics in North America. CNN and Fox News named Rodriguez, “The leader of the Hispanic Evangelical movement”. NBC/Telemundo called him “America’s most influential Latino Evangelical leader”. Rev. Samuel Rodriguez was nominated by TIME magazine for their “100 Most Influential People in The World” list in 2013 and his description of the Latino faith community emerged as their April 15, 2013 cover story, The Latino Reformation.

Each year, the Billion Soul Network names two influential leaders who demonstrate synergistic leadership, across denominational lines for the fulfillment of the Great Commission. BSN believes it is impossible for any organization to complete the Great Commission alone, but together it is possible!

In January, 2016, BSN also named Rev. Eddy Leo, Founding Pastor of Abba Ministries in Indonesia, as the recipient of The Global Synergize Award for 2016. Abba Ministries averages more than 20,000 attendees each weekend. Over the last 20 years, Pastor Leo and his teams have won and discipled more than 200,000 men throughout Indonesia. Pastor Leo has built the strongest interdenominational network in Indonesia today.

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Trump’s Hispanic Adviser Says He No Longer Wants To Be A Prop

Hispanic supporters believe Trump had been using them as “props” and they no longer have the “time and energy for a scam.”

Some prominent Hispanic members of Donald Trump’s advisory board are reconsidering their support for him following the hate-filled, incendiary immigration speech in Phoenix, Arizona.
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