Defending the Church Is Defending the Republic...

Jan 12, 2021

There is one thing we can do right now to save the republic…and it has nothing do to with politics. Read on to see where hope can be found. -Mat

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We are just 12 days into a new year that many hoped would bring great change. I believe we will see great change this year, but it may not come in the form we expect. I encourage you during these trying times to find peace in God and in fellowship of the church. Here’s a key reason why...

New studies from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and surveys by Gallup reveal the staggering emotional impact of the COVID shutdowns. Mental health distress, drug addiction, overdoses and suicides grew by exponential numbers last year.

  • Only 36% of Americans report their mental health as “excellent.”
  • 2 in 5 Americans suffer from symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma or stress-related disorders.
  • 1 in 4 young adults ages 18-24 have seriously contemplated suicide in the last 30 days.
  • 16% of adults between the ages of 25 – 44 have also seriously contemplated suicide in the last 30 days.

But there is one statistic being reported that everyone should note:

The one and only segment of the population not seeing increases in depression, addiction or suicide is regular churchgoers.

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In fact, 46% of regular churchgoers in 2020 report their mental health as “excellent.” This is 2% higher than compared to the same time in 2019, 10% higher than the general public and 17% higher than survey respondents who stated they never or almost never go to church.

Isn’t that a sad statistic? Only 29% of people who do not attend church report themselves as having “excellent” mental health.

The truth is, the church was given to us not simply as a place to learn and worship, but a place to gather for support and healing. Few times in all of history has the church been more important than now... yet a number of governors continue to keep churches heavily restricted or shut down entirely.

There is ONE thing we can do right now to defend the republic and that is to defend the church.

The church has been a beacon of freedom for over 2,000 years. Not only does the church, through fellowship and the Word, bring freedom from Satan’s snares of depression, addiction and suicide, but the church also brings freedom to the oppressed.

Throughout the ages, pastors have been able to bypass tyrants by preaching from their pulpits. America was birthed from pulpits and pews. Perhaps that is why the rogue governors of too many states are fighting so hard to shut churches down.

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Our current cases tell a troubling tale of tyranny that must be stopped...

  • The U.S. Supreme Court: In Illinois, politicians are threatening to seize and destroy an immigrant church’s facility for daring to meet. Our case representing Pastor Cristian Ionescu, Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church and Logos Baptist Ministries of Illinois is the first case ready for presentation to the U.S. Supreme Court for a full hearing, and we await the Court’s scheduling.
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals: CA Gov. Gavin Newsom has made it ILLEGAL to worship for 99.9% of the population in his state. Pastors, staff and attendees face daily compounding fines and years in jail for gathering to worship. We expect the Court of Appeals to issue a ruling soon on our case defending Pastor Ché Ahn, Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry. Yesterday, we received the state’s Supplemental Brief and immediately filed a reply. Depending on the ruling, this case may also go back to the Supreme Court.
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals: VA Gov. Ralph Northam shut down churches and sent marked police cars to “warn off” any who might be tempted to violate his illegal ban. Liberty Counsel managed to get the criminal charges against Pastor Kevin Wilson dropped. However, our case defending Lighthouse Fellowship Church of Chincoteague Island continues in order to prevent the governor from again shutting down the church.
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals: ME Gov. Janet Mills, like other anti-church governors, shut down church services, tried to make herself the de facto head of the church by offering to open “governor approved” churches. We continue to represent Pastor Ken Graves and Calvary Chapel of Bangor, ME.
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals: KY Gov. Andy Beshear put an entire congregation on the equivalent of house arrest for attending an outdoor, stay-in-your-own-car, parking lot Easter Sunday church service. We beat Gov. Beshear twice in Appeals Court, defending Pastor Jack Roberts and Maryville Baptist Church with two back-to-back, 3-0 decisions defending the right of Kentuckians to hold and attend church, even in a time of COVID. But the governor is still fighting his misguided battle.

And in Colorado, our work forced Gov. Jared Polis to drop ALL restrictions against churches, including our client Andrew Wommack Ministries International, so that Coloradans may now worship!

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We have a lot of litigation ahead, and Liberty Counsel needs your help as never before. Our legal services are always 100% free, thanks to you.

This year will be one of the most challenging in our history. Liberty is under direct threat. That's why I am so thankful for the extended Challenge Grant that will DOUBLE THE IMPACT OF YOUR DONATION!

Please, be a part of America's blessing. Defend Our Churches.

Finally, let’s pray for our families and friends, our neighbors, and our leaders. But most of all, pray for the Church and the Republic.

Mat Staver
Founder & Chairman

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