Why the IRS Targeting of Conservative Groups is a Concern for Us All

Maybe you’ve heard of the most recent scandal to hit D.C., (in addition to the Benghazi scandal). Then again, maybe you haven’t. In case you missed it, the IRS is being accused of intentionally targeting conservative groups for extra auditing scrutiny. Specifically, it has been rumored that the IRS went after groups that opposed Obama’s re-election in 2012 and the abuse of power may have started as early as 2011. The reason this is, as members of Congress are saying, chilling, is that it is a direct affront to free speech and religious freedom.

It is this kind of abuse of power and infringement of rights that the Family Policy Council of West Virginia seeks to curb in Charleston. It’s absurd to think that such abuses are not happening in our own state, and we aim to be the “watchmen on the wall” keeping an eye out in order to sound the alarm when it happens. Just this year we sounded the alarm on language in discrimination bills that would have infringed on the religious rights of many West Virginian’s. While we don’t have much control over what happens in Washington, other than our election votes, we are able to be more involved in Charleston and promise to stay alert. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Where Does West Virginia Rank on the “Anti-Abortion” Scale?

The pro-life group Americans United for Life have released their annual “Life List” showing where states rank in relation to their pro-life or pro-abortion policy. Take a look at the list below to see what states are the most pro-life, and which states are the most pro-abortion. It’s interesting that West Virginia doesn’t fall anywhere on the list, but rather into the “murky middle” of not being a strong pro-life or pro-abortion state. I find that interesting since most of our elected state lawmakers claim to be pro-life and roughly 70% of West Virginian’s are pro-life. Seems like we could be doing better. Maybe we should reconsider our election choices. Click here for original article. Click here for Americans United for Life Website.

 

Life list 2013

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Watchdog Group Goes After Church Tax-Exempt Status

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is once again going after churches’ tax-exempt status by suing the IRS!? The FFRF is asserting that the IRS is not enforcing the part of its code that bans churches from engaging in political speech; also known as the Johnson Amendment. A recent article reports: “The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has allowed churches to engage in partisan advocacy while also not enforcing nonprofit rules on them, according to a lawsuit filed by a religious freedom group…In its civil complaint, the Freedom From Religion Foundation claims the IRS is failing to collect $100 billion a year by permitting churches to maintain tax-exempt status, even though many are violating rules that prohibit tax-exempt entities from engaging in electioneering speech.”

Among it’s claims, the FFRF is upset that pastors are urging their congregations to vote for pro-life, pro-traditional marriage candidates. If pastor’s can’t urge their people to live by the tenets of their faith and the Bible, what can they do? Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Freedom from Religion Foundation Files Lawsuit Against…IRS?

The FFRF is upset that the IRS did not seek to prosecute pastors and churches for what it believes to be “politicking” from the pulpit. Using the Johnson Amendment, the FFRF seeks to silence churches and pastors from connecting biblical truth and candidates. The last thing the FFRF wants is for pastors to be teaching their people how to vote according to biblical principles. A recent article explains:

“The Freedom from Religion Foundation argues that churches and religious organizations have become more involved in political campaigns, ‘blatantly and deliberately flaunting the electioneering restrictions.’ The lawsuit, filed in Wisconsin, cites several examples, including full-page ads that ran this fall in The New York Times and other newspapers by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association that featured a photo of renowned evangelist Billy Graham urging Americans to vote along biblical principles. Stanley points out that FFRF filed the lawsuit against the IRS in Wisconsin — a politically liberal state.” Click here for original article.

 

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Carl Gallups: What Happened in America?

Maybe you, like me, are still trying to piece together the election results. It might take a while considering the outcome and the fact that no one expected it. Carl Gallups, a pastor and author has a perspective on the issue that we all need to read. We need to be reminded of facts and truth. Gallups writes: “Among the ranks of conservatives, evangelicals and constitutional republic-loving Americans the question reverberates across the nation in resounding refrain: What happened on Nov. 6? The answer is multi-faceted – but still relatively simple. We are witnessing a major worldview shift within our culture and national identity…” While this answer might be troubling for many of us, as Christians we need to remember one simple truth that Gallups goes on to share: “God is still on his throne. He has never wrung his hands in despair. He was never been without knowledge of all of this – even before it happened. His love, his grace, his mercy and the Gospel of Jesus Christ are still available to all and to you.” Let’s keep this in mind as we continue to stand strong. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Not Voting is Not an Option

As the election unfolds today, millions of Americans – like me – will be distracted at work by the continuing coverage. We watch as the results pour in anticipating the outcome. But regardless of who you vote for, the key is to vote. I can’t think of another election in my lifetime that has been so critical than this one, and experts around the country agree. A recent article says“Voting is both a right and a responsibility,” said American Values President Gary Bauer. “The country is narrowly divided. Whichever side turns out in the greatest numbers will not only prevail on election day, but make all the most important decisions in how we’re governed, our religious rights, our free-speech rights, marriage and parenting. So it’s critically important that people who believe in those values turn out on Election Day.” The truth is, I would rather you go vote for someone I oppose than to sit home apathetic to what is happening around the country. Be informed. Be engaged. Be in prayer. God bless America. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Voting for Mitt Romney Instead of a Third Party Candidate

Jared Moore, writing at SBCVoices.com has an interesting article on why it may be unwise to vote for a third-party candidate in the presidential election. Many are unhappy with the two-party system and are planning to write in a candidate or vote for a third party candidate on the ballot. Some reason that neither Obama or Romney meet their religious qualifications for president and prefer another option. While I personally find this thinking suspect, perhaps Moore’s arguments for voting for Romney over a third party candidate will resound with you. Moore argues: “A Third party candidate will not win this election, a Third party may or may not be the best answer for a revolution against the two-party system, voting for a third party candidate may allow for the murder of millions.” The last thought is the one that hits me hardest. I can’t fathom writing in a name or voting third party when I know an Obama second term will result in millions more abortion. Romney doing what he has said, reinstating the Mexico City policy, defunding Planned Parenthood, defunding UNFPA, will save millions of lives worldwide. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

As the Nation Votes – Let Us Pray

pray voteToday millions of Americans will cast their vote for the next president of the United States. I don’t want to waste your time on this critical day because, by now, you have made up your mind who you will vote for. So there is no need for me to expound on the positions of each candidate any longer. The deadline has arrived, and the house is at hand.

I will say that it saddens me to think that there is potentially up to 30 million Christians who will be sitting home today, refusing to take part in this honorable American right that people world-wide covet. What a difference 30 million Christians can make when they stand together for biblical truth.

Oh I know, many of those Christians are home, praying for the country. It sounds so spiritual when they talk about being on bended knees lifting the country up to God. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking prayer. I’m a pastor after all. But I can’t help but imagine God in Heaven shaking His head at those that promise to pray while taking no action and wondering if they’ve ever read the book of James. I’m reminded of a quote from a recent article by Carl Gallups:

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Should You Vote for Mitt Romney?

Romney ObamaTomorrow millions of Americans will head to the polls to cast their vote for the next president of the United States. It’s sure to be an interesting day as updates on various elections from around the country are tracked and reported. Good people on both sides of the aisle will cast votes for Mitt Romney and for President Obama. And far be it for me to sit here and tell anyone how to vote. I will however remind us all of a few facts before we all head to the polls.

Abortion: I’ve said this many, many times leading up to this election, and will say it one more time: President Obama is the most pro-abortion president in U.S. history. Never has a president done more to advance abortion on demand and force Americans to subsidize abortion, pay for abortion, and accept abortion both in the United States and world-wide than Obama. His radical pro-abortion record is unparalleled and out completely out of touch with a majority of Americans.

Supreme Court: This election is crucial in that it could result in the reversal of Roe V. Wade, if the right person is elected. The next president will most likely nominate at least one, perhaps up to three Supreme Court justices. With the right person in office there is a chance that pro-life justices will be nominated and abortion on demand will finally be illegal once again. This fact alone is worth serious consideration of every vote cast.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

On November 6th – Remember Obama’s Radical Abortion Position

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President Obama with Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards

More so than marriage, life has been center stage in this year’s election, and will no doubt be a major factor for many as they cast their vote. But before you step into that ballot box and select the person you want as the next president of the United States, consider the following information regarding Planned Parenthood and abortion.

First, understand that there is a stark difference between the most pro-abortion president in U.S. history, Barrack Obama and Mitt Romney. It’s true; I don’t know what kind of president Romney will be on the issue of life. But I know for certain that Obama will continue to be the most pro-abortion president in U.S. history. I also know that Romney has made a number of promises, including reinstating the Mexico City policy, defunding Planned Parenthood, and repealing ObamaCare. These promises give me hope that he will be a strong proponent of life.

And, knowing that Obama is a loyal partner of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, I can say with relative certainty that Obama will do nothing to support life and will continue to push a radical abortion agenda on the American people (and around the world). With this in mind, here is some information you should know about Obama, Planned Parenthood, and abortion.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.