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Declaración del reverendo Samuel Rodríguez, presidente de la Conferencia Nacional de Liderazgo Hispano Cristiano (NHCLC)/CONEL sobre el ataque terrorista en Orlando el 12 de junio de 2016

“El deplorable acto de terrorismo de hoy va contra todo lo que defendemos como norteamericanos y como cristianos. Toda vida merece ser amada, apreciada y respetada. Lloramos con los familiares de las víctimas y rezamos por los heridos en Orlando. Además, pedimos a todos los norteamericanos que se unan con el propósito de levantar una muralla protectora de amor, gracia, verdad y respeto contra la intolerancia, el odio, el fanatismo y la violencia”. Rev. Samuel Rodriguez

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Statement by Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)/CONEL Regarding Terrorism Attack in Orlando June 12, 2016

“Today’s deplorable act of terrorism goes against everything we stand for as Americans and as Christians. Every life, deserves to be loved, cherished and respected. We mourn with the families of the victims and pray for those injured in Orlando. In addition, we call upon all Americans to come together for the purpose of building a firewall of love, grace, truth and respect against intolerance, hatred, bigotry and violence.” Rev. Samuel Rodriguez

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Orlando Latino Churches Gather to Offer Faith, Hope & Love Following Local Massacre/Las iglesias latinas de Orlando unen fuerzas para ofrecer fe, esperanza y amor tras la masacre local

FRACEEV and NHCLC Florida Leader Host Prayer Service in Orlando on June 15

ORLANDO, Fla., June 15, 2016 – The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) and the Fraternity of Councils and Evangelical Entities of Florida (FRACEEV) will host a prayer service at Iglesia de Dios M.I. in Orlando on Wednesday, June 15 at 7 p.m. EDT to provide hope, faith and love for individuals in the community affected by Sunday’s deadly massacre at a gay nightclub.

“Whether Latino, black, white, straight or gay, one thing unites us and that is we are all made in the image of God,” said Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of NHCLC. “The answer to radical hatred is none other than radical love; love for God and for each other. Every life deserves to be loved, cherished and respected.

“We mourn with the families of the victims and pray for those injured in Orlando,” Rodriguez continued. “In addition, we call upon all Americans to come together for the purpose of building a firewall of love, grace, truth and respect against intolerance, hatred, bigotry and violence.”

The shooting in Orlando targeted the LGBT community and left 49 dead and 53 wounded. The nightclub, which calls itself “Orlando’s Latin Hotspot,” was holding its weekly “Upscale Latin Saturdays” when the rampage occurred.

“The impact of this act of terrorism in Orlando has been a very hurtful experience for our communities in central Florida,” said Bishop Angel Marcial, director of the NHCLC Florida Chapter and president of the Church of God’s South Spanish district. “We mourn, stand with and are prepared to fulfill our pastoral duties, in the love of Christ, in order to bless the families that are suffering due to this unspeakable tragedy. We denounce anyone who would use this attack to convey any type of fear theology with the human suffering taking place. Any such individuals do not speak in the name of the Hispanic churches in Florida.”

Wednesday evening’s service is open to the public and will unite local residents to “respond to the hurt” of this terrorist attack. Iglesia de Dios M.I. is located at 3325 S Goldenrod Road in Orlando.

“The clarion call of the NHCLC is to ‘be light’ in a dark world,” said NHCLC Vice President Rev. Tony Suarez, who will attend Wednesday’s service in Orlando. “In the midst of the pain, hurt, confusion and fear, we are here to shine the light of Christ. My prayer is that this service can be just one step in bringing peace and healing to Orlando and our nation.”

FRACEEV is an organization based in Florida that has more than 2,000 participating Hispanic churches as members.

NHCLC/CONEL is the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization. It serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,000 U.S. churches and hundreds of thousands of additional congregations spread worldwide throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora. For additional information, visit http://www.nhclc.org.

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ORLANDO, Florida, 15 de junio de 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — La National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (Conferencia Nacional de Liderazgo Cristiano Hispano, o NHCLC) y la Fraternity of Councils and Evangelical Entities of Florida (Fraternidad de Concilios y Entidades Evangélicas de la Florida, o FRACEEV) ofrecerán un servicio de oración en laIglesia de Dios M.I. en Orlando el miércoles, 15 de junio a las 7 p.m. hora del este de EE.UU. (EDT) para proporcionar esperanza, fe y amor a las personas de la comunidad afectadas por la matanza mortal del domingo en una discoteca gay de la ciudad.

“Ya seamos latinos, negros, blancos, heterosexuales o gais, lo que nos une es que todos hemos sido creados a imagen y semejanza de Dios”, dijo el Reverendo Samuel Rodríguez, presidente de la NHCLC. “La respuesta al odio radical no es otra que el amor radical; amor por Dios y por cada uno de nosotros. Cada vida merece ser amada, apreciada y respetada.

“Lloramos con las familias de las víctimas y oramos por los heridos de Orlando”, añadió Rodríguez. “Además, hacemos un llamado a todos los estadounidenses a unirse con el propósito de crear un cortafuegos de amor, gracia, verdad y respeto en contra de la intolerancia, el odio, el fanatismo y la violencia”.

El tiroteo en Orlando tuvo como objetivo a la comunidad LGBT y dejó 49 muertos y 53 heridos. La discoteca, que se autodenomina “el punto latino de Orlando”, sostenía su fiesta semanal “Sábado Latino de Lujo” cuando se produjo la masacre.

“El impacto de este acto de terrorismo en Orlando ha sido una experiencia muy dolorosa para nuestras comunidades en el centro de Florida”, dijo el obispo Ángel Marcial, director del capítulo NHCLC de la Florida y presidente de la Iglesia de Dios deldistrito South Spanish. “Estamos de luto, unidos y preparados para cumplir con nuestros deberes pastorales en el amor de Cristo, con el fin de bendecir a las familias que están sufriendo debido a esta tragedia incalificable. Denunciamos a cualquier persona que utilice este ataque para transmitir cualquier tipo de teología del miedo ante el sufrimiento humano que está teniendo lugar. Dichas personas no hablan en nombre de las iglesias hispanas de la Florida”.

El servicio del miércoles en la noche está abierto al público y unirá a los residentes locales para “responder a la herida” de este ataque terrorista. La Iglesia de Dios M.I. está ubicada en el 3325 S Goldenrod Road en Orlando.

“El llamado de la NHCLC es ser una luz en un mundo oscuro”, dijo el Reverendo Tony Suárez, vicepresidente de la NHCLC, que asistirá al servicio del miércoles en Orlando. “En medio del dolor, la confusión y el miedo, estamos aquí para hacer brillar la luz de Cristo. Mi oración es que este servicio pueda ser sólo un paso para llevar la paz y la curación a Orlando y nuestra nación”.

FRACEEV es una organización con sede en Florida, cuyos miembros incluyen más de 2,000 iglesias hispanas participantes.

La NHCLC/CONEL es la mayor organización cristiana hispana del mundo, que sirve como una voz representativa para los más de 100 millones de evangélicos hispanos en más de 40,000 iglesias de Estados Unidos y otros cientos de miles de congregaciones extendidas por toda la diáspora de habla hispana. Para obtener información adicional, visite el sitiohttp://www.nhclc.org.

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Joint Statement From NHCLC President Rev. Samuel Rodriguez And William Jessup University President Dr. John Jackson On The Detestable Comments About The Orlando Terrorist Attack By Sacramento Pastor

SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) and senior pastor of New Season Church in Sacramento, California, and Dr.John Jackson, president of William Jessup University, released the following joint statement condemning bigoted comments in regards to the June 12 terrorist attack on the LGBT community in Orlando made by Pastor Roger Jimenez:

“We stand resolved in our condemnation of the heinous attack that occurred in Orlando. We also condemn the detestable statements made by a pastor in Sacramento.

“The pastor’s statements do not reflect genuine Christian faith, and as followers of Christ we disavow his bigotry.

“Also, as followers of Jesus Christ we stand in unity with our nation in offering love, prayer and a helping hand to the gay community. Everyone in America deserves to live their lives free from fear.

“It is the heart of Jesus to save, heal and deliver. Christian leaders lead people to the love, grace, truth and healing hope of Jesus, not to insensitive judgment.

“We pray for the gay community to experience the love and grace of Jesus and His people, both in Orlando and across the United States. We pray for safety for their community and for all Americans during this violent and unsettled time.

“As leaders in ministry, we are united in our grief and in prayer for those who have lost loved ones and those—even now—fighting for their lives.

“May God’s truth, love and effective grace reach into our collective pain and suffering to bring beauty from the ashes of man’s depravity, for the glory of God’s name alone.”

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How Rev. Samuel Rodriguez Responded to Orlando’s Clarion Call

The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) and the Fraternity of Councils and Evangelical Entities of Florida (FRACEEV) will host a prayer service at Iglesia de Dios M.I. in Orlando on Wednesday, June 15 at 7 p.m. EDT to provide hope, faith and love for individuals in the community affected by Sunday’s deadly massacre at a gay nightclub.

“Whether Latino, black, white, straight or gay, one thing unites us and that is we are all made in the image of God,” said Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of NHCLC. “The answer to radical hatred is none other than radical love; love for God and for each other. Every life deserves to be loved, cherished and respected.

“We mourn with the families of the victims and pray for those injured in Orlando,” Rodriguez continued. “In addition, we call upon all Americans to come together for the purpose of building a firewall of love, grace, truth and respect against intolerance, hatred, bigotry and violence.”

The shooting in Orlando targeted the LGBT community and left 49 dead and 53 wounded. The nightclub, which calls itself “Orlando’s Latin Hotspot,” was holding its weekly “Upscale Latin Saturdays” when the rampage occurred.

“The impact of this act of terrorism in Orlando has been a very hurtful experience for our communities in central Florida,” said Bishop Angel Marcial, director of the NHCLC Florida Chapter and president of the Church of God’s South Spanish district. “We mourn, stand with and are prepared to fulfill our pastoral duties, in the love of Christ, in order to bless the families that are suffering due to this unspeakable tragedy. We denounce anyone who would use this attack to convey any type of fear theology with the human suffering taking place. Any such individuals do not speak in the name of the Hispanic churches in Florida.”

Wednesday evening’s service is open to the public and will unite local residents to “respond to the hurt” of this terrorist attack. Iglesia de Dios M.I. is located at 3325 S Goldenrod Road in Orlando.

“The clarion call of the NHCLC is to ‘be light’ in a dark world,” said NHCLC Vice President Rev. Tony Suarez, who will attend Wednesday’s service in Orlando. “In the midst of the pain, hurt, confusion and fear, we are here to shine the light of Christ. My prayer is that this service can be just one step in bringing peace and healing to Orlando and our nation.”

Original article can be read here: http://www.charismanews.com/us/57827-how-rev-samuel-rodriguez-responded-to-orlando-s-clarion-call

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Dutch Sheets, Rick Joyner Offer Prophetic Wisdom in the Midst of Orlando Massacre

Forty-nine are dead—50 counting identified shooter Omar Marteen, who slaughtered more victims than any other shooter in U.S. history.

The nation appears paralyzed, with political candidates calling for gun reform and LGBT community support.

But pastors and prophetic voices alike are also speaking out. Here’s what some of them have to say:

Prophetic voice Rick Joyner: “The Christian community has crossed swords with the LGBT for a long time, but when it comes to this kind of diabolical attack on defenseless victims, of any persuasion, we must stand together in defense of our fellow Americans. The fact is that most of the armed Americans who can defend their neighbors are conservatives, and liberal Americans tend to be anti-gun. So be it, but this is the time for the armed conservatives to be ready to defend their unarmed liberal neighbors, or LGBT neighbors.

“There are also many faces to Islam, just as their are many faces to Christianity. Moderate or liberal Muslims are some of the most at risk from radical Islamist, many of which truly are more Americans than Islamists. These we too must stand with and defend in these times when many will want to lump them together with the Muslim terrorists, but they are not. The worst deception that comes upon all of humanity is for us to judge other people, or people groups by their most extreme elements. Let us not fall to that deception as we resolve to defend the truth. We are at war with radical Islam, but not all Muslims are in this category. It may be easier to lump all Muslims together, but that is not the truth, and we must be committed to the truth.”

Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd: “Our hearts are broken for the people of Orlando. May America Rise up and pray for the families of the victims and the entire city. Our Southern Baptist family will do so from across the world as well as from our convention at #SBC16 in St. Louis, In these perilous times in America, we are reminded again of our great need for Jesus Christ and for spiritual awakening in America.”

National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference President Rev. Samuel Rodriguez: “Today’s deplorable act of terrorism goes against everything we stand for as Americans and as Christians. Every life, deserves to be loved, cherished and respected. We mourn with the families of the victims and pray for those injured in Orlando. In addition, we call upon all Americans to come together for the purpose of building a firewall of love, grace, truth and respect against intolerance, hatred, bigotry and violence.”

Prophetic voice Dutch Sheets: “Debate it later. Pray now. The Lord is close 2 those who r brokenhearted. He rescues those whose spirits r crushed. Ps 34:17 #PrayForOrlando” (sic).

The Rock Church Pastor Miles McPherson: “Our hearts grieve with all the family and friends of those effected (sic) by today’s tragedy in Orlando. May America’s most deadly shooting be matched by America’s most focused prayers for peace and unity.”

SBC Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore: “Let’s call our congregations to pray together. Let’s realize that, in this case, our gay and lesbian neighbors are likely quite scared. Who wouldn’t be? Demonstrate the sacrificial love of Jesus to them. We don’t have to agree on the meaning of marriage and sexuality to love one another and to see the murderous sin of terrorism. Let’s also pray for our leaders who have challenging decisions to make in the midst of crisis. Let’s mobilize our congregations and others to give blood for the victims. Let’s call for governing authorities to do their primary duty of keeping its people safe from evildoers.

“And let’s bear patiently with those who jump the gun in arguing about the politics on social media. For many of them, the jump to talk about gun control or Islam or military preparedness or any other issue isn’t so much about pontificating as it is about frustration. They, like all of us, want this horror to end, and they want to do something—even if that’s just expressing themselves on Twitter.

“As the body of Christ, though, we can love and serve and weep and mourn. And we can remind ourselves and our neighbors that this is not the way it is supposed to be. We mourn, but we mourn in the hope of a kingdom where blood is not shed and where bullets never fly.”

Christian comedienne Chonda Pierce: “My heart breaks for the families of those killed last night in Orlando. The hate in people’s hearts must indeed grieve the Lord so much. We are called to love. Period. My prayers are with those picking up the pieces of this broken world today.”

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler: “This is when we show that Christians mourn with those who mourn. May the Gospel of Christ be evident as the only power greater than a broken heart.”

Free Chapel Senior Pastor Jentezen Franklin: “Today we mourn the loss of so many Americans. We are praying for the hurting families to experience God’s peace and comfort.”

For more Christian responses and calls to prayer, click here.

Original post can be read here: http://www.charismanews.com/us/57771-dutch-sheets-rick-joyner-offer-prophetic-wisdom-in-the-midst-of-orlando-massacre

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Samuel Rodriguez, Clergy, Condemn Pastor Who Says Christians Shouldn’t Mourn Deaths of ‘Sodomites’

Religious leaders including the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, have condemned a controversial sermon made by Pastor Roger Jiminez of Verity Baptist Church in California who declared Christians should not mourn the “sodomite” victims of the Orlando massacre.

“Today, people say aren’t you sad that 50 Sodomites died? Here’s the problem with that, it’s like the equivalent of asking me … ‘Hey, are you sad that 50 sodomites were killed today?’ Ahh No. I think that’s great. I think that helps society. You know, I think Orlando, Florida, is a little safer tonight. … The tragedy is that more of them didn’t die. I mean the tragedy is, I’m kinda upset that he didn’t finish the job,” said Jiminez in a 45-minute sermon posted on YouTube.

On Sunday, now deceased gunman Omar Mateen used an assault rifle to kill 49 people and injure 53 more at a popular gay nightclub called Pulse in Orlando.

The shooting has elicited a number of reactions internationally but Jiminez’s comments have been widely condemned in the media as bigotry.

In a joint statement Monday, Rodriguez and William Jessup University President John Jackson condemned Jiminez’s sermon as “detestable.”

“We stand resolved in our condemnation of the heinous attack that occurred in Orlando. We also condemn the detestable statements made by a pastor in Sacramento. The pastor’s statements do not reflect genuine Christian faith, and as followers of Christ we disavow his bigotry,” they said.

“It is the heart of Jesus to save, heal, and deliver. Christian leaders lead people to the love, grace, truth and healing hope of Jesus, not to insensitive judgment. We pray for the gay community to experience the love and grace of Jesus and His people, both in Orlando and across the United States. We pray for safety for their community and for all Americans during this violent and unsettled time,” the statement continued.

The City Pastors Fellowship of Sacramento also condemned Jimenez’s sermon.
“This past Sunday morning, there was a heartless and heartbreaking statement made by a Sacramento pastor to his congregation related to the shootings in Orlando. It was then posted online and broadcast on the nightly news. These comments, applauding the death of innocent people, are completely contrary to the Bible’s teaching and God’s heart,” said the organization.

“His statements do not represent Jesus nor hundreds of Sacramento pastors whose hearts have been broken and are praying for the loved ones so tragically affected by this cowardly act. As Sacramento pastors, we are united in our prayers and sadness for those who have lost loved ones and for those even now fighting for their lives. May God’s love prevail in this tragedy,” the statement ended.

Preaching from both the books of Genesis and Romans in the Bible, Jiminez argued that gay people are predators who even God was forced to give up on in the Bible when he decided to destroy Sodom.

“I think he’s trying to tell us … whenever you get a bunch of sodomites together and they rule an entire society this is the kind of stuff that happens. They are predators. Notice Genesis 19, look at verse 4 … remember God sends the angels in to Sodom cause He’s bringing Lot out to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah.

“And the Bible’ says in verse 4 ‘but before they laid out, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom compassed the house round, both old and young. All the people from every corner. And they called unto Lot and said unto him, where are the men which came unto thee this night? Bring them out unto us that we may know them. And lot went out to them and shut the door after him and said I pray you brethren do not so wickedly.’

“See the Bible paints this picture of the Sodomites being predators, and by the way, let me say this, every sodomite is a pedophile. Every single one. You know it’s an unnatural sin. It’s unnatural to want to be with someone of the same sex. It’s unnatural to want to take advantage of a child.”

According to CBS, local law enforcement said because Jiminez didn’t specifically threaten anyone, his statements are considered to fall under First Amendment protections.
Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/samuel-rodriguez-clergy-condemn-pastor-who-says-christians-shouldnt-mourn-deaths-of-sodomites-165232/#k4dPCiz5rYsyyKcM.99

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