The more than 500 pastors, spouses, and church leaders who gathered for Family Research Council’s 15th annual Watchmen on the Wall briefing were pleasantly surprised by the appearance of a special guest speaker Friday when Vice President Mike Pence was brought onto the stage.
The Vice President said he stopped by to celebrate what conservatives have been able to do since the election of President Donald Trump, including the appointment of strong conservatives to federal courts at every level, new initiatives to protect religious liberty in the United States and overseas, efforts to defend the unborn and the sanctity of life, and the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
He also vowed “to continue to fight until we fully repeal the Johnson Amendment from the internal revenue code,” but noted that it will no longer be enforced under the Trump administration.
“We’re going to repeal it once and for all. I promise you that,” the Vice President said.
He also used the opportunity to stress the importance of church and ministry leaders and their impact on the nation.
“I know it is the President’s conviction, it is my conviction, that the pulpits that you stand at are of much greater consequence than any podium behind which he and I stand,” Pence said.
“Just keep being watchmen and women on the wall,” he added later. “Keep doing what you’re doing. It’s making a difference.”
Pence said it was 40 years ago that he gave his life to Jesus Christ after hearing one clear presentation of the Gospel after another at a Christian music conference.
“The ministries that you lead, the prayers that you pray, are of the greatest consequence to the life of the nation,” the Vice President stressed. “So I encourage you to keep it up. Keep preaching the Good News.”
He concluded his remarks by encouraging believers to continue praying – for America and “for every American who lives under the flag.”
“What’s been true for thousands of years – that Americans have clung to throughout our history – is every bit as true today: If His people, who are called by His name, will humble themselves and pray, He’ll do like He’s always done in the long and storied history of this nation,” Pence said, referencing 2 Chronicles 7:14. “He’ll hear from Heaven and He’ll heal this land – this one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Other speakers at the conference included Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback; former U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann; Kay Arthur, founder of Precept Ministries; Jim Garlow, senior pastor of Skyline Church in La Mesa, California; Josh McDowell, founder of Josh McDowell Ministries; Alex McFarland, host of Exploring the World; Todd Starnes, host of the Todd Starnes Show; and more.
The mission of FRC’s Watchmen on the Wall is to “champion pastors to transform America.” The goal is to raise up spiritual leaders who will become “Watchmen” along the lines of Isaiah 62:6-7 – pastors who will watch what is going on in the culture; pray for the wisdom to engage biblically, courageously, and winsomely; sound the alarm from the pulpit at the threats to faith, family, and freedom; and lock arms in partnership with like-minded pastors in their communities to make a positive salt-and-light difference.
By NRB Staff
Published: May 31, 2018