Pastor: 'I Never Thought’ My Nation Would Persecute ‘Bible-Believing’ Christians

By Penny Starr | May 28, 2015 | 12:26pm EDT
The Rev. E. W. Jackson spoke at the Family Research Council's Watchmen on the Wall event on May 22, 2015 in Washington, D.C. ( Starr)

( – The Rev. E.W. Jackson told attendees at the Family Research Council’s Watchmen on the Wall event in Washington, D.C., last week that Americans who believe biblical teachings about marriage and the sanctity of life are being persecuted.

“It bothers me to think my own country is a strange land,” Jackson said Friday at the pastors’ retreat. “I never thought there would be a day when my nation would persecute the Bible-believing Christian for standing for what the word of God says and reward those who come against it as if they are heroes; as if they are great Americans for standing up against God, but that’s where we are.

“I never thought that I would see the day when people would brag about their ability to destroy children in the womb, but that’s exactly what we have today, and not only brag about it, but demand that your taxpayer dollars go to support the destruction of unborn children,” Jackson said.

“It ought to make us weep,” Jackson said. “Sometimes it seems like we’re living in a foreign land.”

Earlier in his remarks, Jackson, also founder and president of Staying True to America’s National Destiny or STAND, said taking a biblical stance of marriage is also under attack.

“We don’t care what God said about marriage. We’re going to make marriage what we want it to be,” Jackson said. “We don’t care how sacred life is before God. We’re going to dispense with it when we feel like it in the way we see fit.

“It ought to make us weep that so many have hardened their hearts toward him, and we know that our nation is suffering as a result,” he said.

More than 600 pastors from around the country attended the annual event, which was meant to empower faith leaders to use their spiritual leadership in the public square.

“We believe that the problems we face in our communities and our nation are not just political and cultural, they are spiritual in nature,” the Watchmen on the Wall website states, citing Ephesians 6:10-13. “Consequently, these problems ultimately require a spiritual solution administered by spiritual leadership. That is why we are championing pastors to transform America.”

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