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Christian pastors who are part of a growing national movement to defend the constitutional rights of churches recently condemned calls to remove statues depicting a “white Jesus.”
Brian Gibson, founder of the Peaceably Gather movement and pastor of His Church in Kentucky, has called out the attacks on historic monuments and Christian symbols in the nation by left-wing activists as a “terroristic threat” and met with a group of evangelical pastors at what was Seattle’s CHOP zone earlier this week.
Gibson, who had recently spoken out against violence in the wake of the death of George Floyd, had also been a vocal advocate of the reopening of houses of worship following closures die to the coronavirus pandemic. In his latest efforts, he called on Christian leaders to defend churches and “not allow our Christian heritage to be erased in America.”
He expressed how “shocked” he was by Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King who outrageously told his 1.1 million Twitter followers that statues of the “white European they claim is Jesus” should be torn down, setting off a wave of anger amid the latest attacks on historic statues and monuments.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 23, 2020
“Cultures of every kind have used depictions of Jesus that look like them so they could connect to Him,” Gibson said in a video posted by Peaceably Gather in the downtown Seattle area known as the “Capitol Hill Organized Protest” zone.
“It’s despicable that people would choose, at a time like this when we should be talking about racial reconciliation, equality, justice, and fair treatment by law enforcement and the law, to try to attack the statues of Jesus,” LaShund Lambert, the pastor of Resurrection Church in Auburn, Wash., said.
“Next they’ll go for the cross,” Kedrick Timbo, pastor of Evangel World Prayer Center, in Louisville, Ky., said. “They’ll claim the cross is ‘whatever,’ and then they’ll require you and me to remove the crosses from our churches or the crosses from our homes.”
The Peaceably Gather group of pastors led a prayer march in the occupied downtown Seattle area this week but Gibson specifically called out King’s remarks and the attacks on statues, as even St. John’s Episcopal Church, the historic site across from the White House in Washington, D.C., which was set upon by rioters for a second time.
It was an honor to meet these men and pray with them in Seattle. We decided the color of our skin was not that different! Every man is made in the image of God! #CHOP #CHOPCHAZ #blm #SeattleAutonomousZone #JesusChrist #autonomouszone # pic.twitter.com/0hyzn0qHat
— Brian Gibson (@leadpastor) June 27, 2020
“The call from Black Lives Matters leaders to destroy images of Christ and deface houses of worship is nothing less than a terroristic threat to people of faith,” Gibson recently told Fox News.
“Christians across America must stand against this violent religious discrimination and stand to protect sacred ground,” he added. “This threat particularly targets the Catholic Church, and every Christian, despite denomination, and every person of the Good Book, should stand together in unity against this evil.”
The Church Defensive Initiative was also reportedly launched by the pastor in an effort to prosecute vandals and impose hate crime designations on any attacks on church property or religious symbols. The Initiative backs the authority of houses of worship to protect their property, with physical force if necessary, and holds government leaders’ feet to the fire if they do not take action.
Gibson documented the dismantling of the CHOP zone earlier this week as the city’s mayor finally ordered that protesters had to leave.
— Brian Gibson (@leadpastor) June 23, 2020
CHOP/ CHAZ was just dismantled in front of us!!!!!! These 6 blocks were given to lawlessness. What would happen if they were given to God? #autonomouszone #chaz #chazseattle #CHOP #CHOPseattle #BLM #BLMprotest #CapitalHillAutonomousZone #Jesus pic.twitter.com/cGSHQPuFe3
— Brian Gibson (@leadpastor) June 23, 2020
President Trump announced this week that he signed “a very strong Executive Order protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues” that’ll ensure “Long prison terms for these lawless acts against our Great Country!”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 27, 2020
Trump also reposted an FBI wanted poster of the rioters who vandalized the statue of former President Andrew Jackson in D.C.’s Lafayette Park.
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