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    12 Alaska faith leaders condemn D.C. violence, blame Trump

    By AlaskaWatchman.com

    Twelve Anchorage-based religious leaders issued a joint statement condemning what they called “unthinkable mutiny” at the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6.

    The Jan. 12 statement begins by affirming the “right to assemble and peacefully protest,” but then goes on to call the acts at the Capitol a sin. The pastors do not distinguish between the hundreds of thousands of peaceful protesters, many of them religious believers, and the much smaller fraction that perpetrated vandalism and violence, including the tragic death of a police officer who was on duty that day at the Capitol.

    “Whether driven by the sin of hate, the sin of racism and white supremacy, the sin of self interest, the sin of the abuse of power, the sin of violent anger over perceived injustices in an election process, the sin of arrogance, the sin of pushing God out of our lives, all of these sins stand equally condemned,” the pastors state. 

    Video footage from Jan. 6 shows some peaceful protesters trying to stop the violence and others calling out for Antifa to leave the gathering as one man tries to break a window. The letter issued by the Anchorage pastors makes no mention of this but it does take issue with Christians who attended the Jan. 6 gathering.

    The event began with patriotic songs and speeches by major conservative leaders, including President Trump. Among those in the massive crowd were religious believers who held pro-God and pro-life flags and signs. It’s not clear if the pastors’ condemnation was narrowly directed at those who committed crimes or also at the larger crowd of peaceful attendees who were protesting election fraud.

    The pastors claim that “there were signs carrying Christian slogans displayed that have been associated with this sad event. Propagating scripture and Christian statements in such a manner as this is blasphemy. The violent actions of these individuals are not the Christian way and Jesus would not approve of being used in such a way. We condemn those who would seek to use the Bible to their personal or political advantage.”

    “It is not the American way and the provocation of these acts by the Commander-in-Chief is a disgrace to the foundational moral fabric of our nation.”

    Towards the end of the letter the pastors turn their ire on President Trump, blaming him – as did all Democratic representatives in the U.S. House –  for provoking the violence. House Democrats – joined by 10 Republicans – voted to impeach the president on Jan. 13. The main charge was that he incited the smaller group of protesters to commit violence.

    “These rioters can only be categorized as domestic terrorists who sought to steal and destroy our democracy,” the Alaska pastors wrote. “It is not the American way and the provocation of these acts by the Commander-in-Chief is a disgrace to the foundational moral fabric of our nation.”

    Video footage of Trump’s speech, however, show him restating his belief that the election was stolen, but then urging protesters to hold a peaceful rally. One eyewitness in the D.C. crowd that day was community college prof and 24-year Navy veteran Thomas Smith. He wrote a lengthy essay in the American Thinker describing the rally with President Trump as “docile except for the cheering, clapping and flag waving.” He added that “the only ones guilty of causing trouble were the ones who stormed the Capitol – not us, not the hundreds of thousands at the rally, not Rudy, Kimberly, Eric, or the President.”

    FULL STATEMENT FROM ANCHORAGE FAITH LEADERS

    It pains our hearts to hear and watch the devastation that took place at our nation’s Capitol on January 6. While we fully affirm the right to assemble and peacefully protest, we condemn without hesitation the acts that led to this unthinkable mutiny. We as Christian leaders, must call it what it is, SIN. Whether driven by the sin of hate, the sin of racism and white supremacy, the sin of self-interest, the sin of the abuse of power, the sin of violent anger over perceived injustices in an election process, the sin of arrogance, the sin of pushing God out of our lives, all of these sins stand equally condemned.

    Furthermore, there were signs carrying Christian slogans displayed that have been associated with this sad event. Propagating scripture and Christian statements in such a manner as this is blasphemy. The violent actions of these individuals are not the Christian way and Jesus would not approve of being used in such a way. We condemn those who would seek to use the Bible to their personal or political advantage.

    Finally, the incident at our capitol was reckless and thoughtless. These rioters can only be categorized as domestic terrorists who sought to steal and destroy our democracy. It is not the American way and the provocation of these acts by the Commander-in-Chief is a disgrace to the foundational moral fabric of our nation.

    We call on God in times such as these to bring healing and peace to our nation. We also acknowledge our own shortcomings in not humbling ourselves, seeking God, turning from our wicked ways, so that God can hear us, forgive our sin, and heal our land.

    We firmly believe the Lord Jesus Christ remains the only solution for individual and national peace!

    Signed by:

    Pastor Undra Parker, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church

    Rick Benjamin, Pastor, Unite Church

    Dr. Patricia Wilson-Cone, Pastor, First American Baptist Church

    Pastor Andy Bartel, St John United Methodist Church

    Pastor Tim Davis, Chapel By the Sea

    Dr. Joel Kiekintveld, Reclaim Christian Spiritual Community

    Dave Kuiper, Pastor Emeritus, Crosspoint Community Church

    Dr. Jeff Anderson, Wayland Baptist University

    Pastor Criss Mitchell, First Covenant Church of Anchorage

    Pastor Murray Crookes, Every Nation UMC

    Pastor Martine Robinson, Present Hope Church

    Pastor Yolanda Jackson, First CME Church

    Joel Davidson
    Joel Davidson
    Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.

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    1. What part of Trump’s address to the congregation was the most sinful? Was it when he suggested marching to the capitol and peacefully and patriotically having their voices heard? Or maybe did you only listen to the leftists who told you what to believe? I cannot believe you read the transcript and concluded the President incited the riot. Prayers for your sanity.

    2. Who cares what theses hypocrites think. Do as I say not as I do. Making a living by Scaring old ladies out of their pensions and savings. Where was the outrage by this lot for the last year as our Nation burned?
      Condemning Christians for showing their love of Christ when the corrupt Elections left them in a state of confusion. It is known by most that A pious person prays to God in their time of need.
      These so called People of God are Fake through and through, condemning all the protesters? Kinda reminds you of the killing of Jesus, when the mob cried out crucify him.

    3. To All Pastors : Ed Martin Jr January 6, 2021 At 2:30 pm
      Dear Lame Governor “When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another [THE FAILED CONGRESS] that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. [LAWFUL ELECTIONS] — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, [NOT LAME CONGRESS] deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government [THE CURRENT ELECTED OFFICIALS] becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, [BY MEANS OF A LAWFUL ELECTION] laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind [US AMERICANS ] are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations [DISINFRANSIZED OF LAWFULL VOTES] , pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism [A BEIJING BIDEN PRESIDENT], it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such [FUTURE SOCLIALIST] Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. [OUR 240 YEAR OLD REPUBLIC]. What say you LAME GOVERNOR?

    4. Thank you for sharing this letter and thoughtful commentary. I am sure these pastors were well intentioned in writing this letter and their reminding us that this kind of violence is not the path Jesus would expect from Christians is good. However, I was saddened to read their inaccurate, and possibly politically oriented, claim that President Trump incited the violence in DC on January 6th. They are misguided and incorrect. If they had fully researched the events of that day, they would have found President Trump advocated for a peaceful march. Law enforcement was aware of possible violence days before the President spoke, based on leads that insurrection groups were planning to incite violence. By inaccurately accusing President Trump of actions he did not do, these pastors diminish their voice as messengers of our Lord and put into question the degree religious leaders are preaching the word of God or acting as political influencers. I trust these pastors did not intend to preach politics but rather were attempting to guide us towards non-violence and peace. In that case, I would recommend they focus on the scripture and be careful in making political judgements that may be incorrect and possibly feed further political division in our great nation.

      • Mostly agree but not so sure of intention. Pharisees on streeet corners coming to mind. Certainly violence is wrong but they are public ally laying blame where no proof lies. There have been all kinds of transcripts and photos circulating. Nothing the president said in his rally speech was inciting violence. I have listened repeatedly. The left media and big tech have done their best to stifle this evidence yet have no proof of their own dishonest claims championed by the Marxist politicians. It is a travesty. The PC pastors need to go listen to transcripts of Nancy Pelosi, Joe a Biden, Maxine Waters, and speakers at all the various Antifa gatherings.

      • Well said, sir! So sad that these pastors probably heard the fake media version and are most likely anti-Trump voters! Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing! Matt. 7:15

      • Typical viewpoint of a failed white nationalist. Trumpism is a virus that must be eradicated. Repeating the lies that it was Antifa. or that the election was stolen isn’t going to help your cause, Mr Campbell. Your White Nationalist views have been repudiated, your lies about what the President did or did not do are apparent. You are so blind to your ignorance the you can’t even begin to grasp the truth as to what really happened that day. Trump has been inciting violence for 4 long years now, against Muslisms, against gays, against peaceful BLM protestors whose civil rights have been trampled on by the White Nationalists for far too long. Take a long look in the mirror Mr Campbell….The ideas that you espouse are dangerous and unpatriotic. Your cloak of righteousness has been laid bare, you are a fraud and a huckster. A deceitful person you are. The sole reason Antifa exists is to counter false narratives put forward by fascists. Like you.

    5. To you apostles of the Lord History has meaning I contest you open your eyes! A quote from the letter from Thomas Jefferson to James Madison :
      ” [To have an idea of the curse of existence under these last, they must be seen. It is a government of wolves over sheep. It is a problem, not clear in my mind, that the first condition is not the best. But I believe it to be inconsistent with any great degree of population. The second state has a great deal of good in it. The mass of mankind under that enjoys a precious degree of liberty and happiness. It has its evils, too, the principal of which is the turbulence to which it is subject. But weigh this against the oppressions of monarchy, and it becomes nothing. Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietam servitutem. Even this evil is productive of good. It prevents the degeneracy of government and nourishes a general attention to the public affairs. I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Unsuccessful rebellions, indeed, generally establish the encroachments on the rights of the people which have produced them. An observation of this truth should render honest republican governors so mild in their punishment of rebellions as not to discourage them too much. It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government. If these transactions give me no uneasiness,] ” May history be a warning With your rush to past judgment without more reflection. May God Guide you 🙂

    6. Wow. Talk about only hearing what one wants to hear and not investigating the facts. There are numerous videos and photos of a peaceful and patriotic rally and protest attended by tens of thousands of people. The capital stormers were a small minority of unruly protestors, many with no evil intent but foolishly caught up in the moment. It was wrong but good grief a tiny minority in a sea of well behaved protestors. fWhere were these pastors and their pharisaical condemnations for the past months and years of Marxist infused mindless destructive and dangerous rioting in cities across our nation? Add to that none of the Alaska attendees to the DC protest were any thing but respectful and patriotic. This is disgusting and this so pious group should be ashamed.

      • Oh ya be very thankful that you haven’t. I however did attend some of them just to check them out and my gosh! The hypocracy in those places. I ran away as fast as I could. Some of them will smite you if you don’t give up 10 percent of your check to the pastor. The sheep that don’t have much money even get smited. While the pastor drives a $60k car and lives in a $300k house. And some of the sheep are living in a motor home in the middle of winter and can’t afford propane. And do you think the pastor jumps to help? Nooope. That’s when i stopped going to church

    7. 501C3 IS THEIR GOD. IN THE ATTEMPT TO OVERTHROW THE STANDING GOVT ALL IS SEEN ALL IS BEING RECORDED THE TRAP IS BETRAYAL………. AS OUR GOVT LEADERS HAVE ALL SOLD OUT TO CHINA SULLIVAN MURKOWSKI YOUNG THE GOVERNOR AND THE COURTS ALL HAVE DOMINION COMPLICITCY ALL HAVE FAILED TO STAND AGAINST THE VOTER FRAUD AND WE THE PEOPLE SEE IT SO CLEAR. THE CAPITOL WAS NOT STORMED BY THE PRESIDENTS LOYALIST AND WE KNOW THIS TOO. YOU ARE A VILE BROOD OF VIPERS A COLLECTION OF WHITEWASHED TOMBS SPITTING LIES TO BUTTRESS LIES…. THE PRESIDENT KNEW THERE WOULD BE THE DEVIL IN THIS ATMOSPHERE SO HE DELAYED HIS SPEECH AND WAITED AND FINISHED HIS SPEECH TO HIS PEOPLE AT 1:11 PM EASTERN AND HAD THE PROCESSION MOVE TO THE CAPITOL. THOSE THAT ENTERED THE CAPITOL DID NOT EVEN ATTEND HIS SPEECH YOU IDIOT FOOLS….. THE WALK TAKES 45 MINUTES AND BY THAT TIME THE ANTIFA RADICAL LEFT DISGUSTING HAD BEEN ALLOWED AND EVEN USHERED INT THE CAPITOL A FULL HOUR PRIOR. IT WILL ALL COME OUT AND THE SNAKES ARE BEING LURED INTO THEIR DEMISE…. YOU SO CALLED PASTORS LOL YOU ARE JUST MINIONS OF THE CORRUPT AND ARE BEING SHOWN TO THE PEOPLE WHO YOU ARE…… THE BETRAYAL OF THE REPULICAN PARTY AS TO THEIR ALLOWING THE VOTER FRAUD OUR MOST SACRED RIGHT AS CITIZENS IS THEIR ALBATROSS THAT WILL ROT UPON THEIR COWARD NECKS ,,, BETRAYERS AND ENEMIES OF OUR CONSTITUTION, SOON NONE WILL BE ABLE TO WALK DOWN THE STREET………

    8. i am deeply grieved that this group would think they represent Anchorage faith community in their opinion. They are expressing their own personal view point. Not necessarily the view point of a majority of the faith community. They should further clarify it is their personal opinion, and not the community they have declared they represent.

    9. These faith leaders are listening to the swamp reporting on the capitol events. The Sidney powell in her research exposed the Chinese and Hillary for controlling the fact checkers and the felon George Soros and Bloomberg Press and Obama control the corrupt mainstream now including Silicon Vally Tyrants who by the way had no problem with keeping the leader of Iran on Twitter telling people to kill the Americans. It seems the Twitter CEO did not consider that to be violent talk. Hmmmmm
      Expect and plan for continuous Chinese propaganda coming from the newspapers and main media outlets from here on out. What you will see if that none of it matches the character of our Great President. Do not stop praying. Do not condemn him when Gary Bauer exposed the big lie.

    10. To the Dear Pastors, If you do not believe that China and the creatures of the swamp in Washington DC and Silicon Valley are using opportunities to smear our Great President, subscribe online to theepochtimes.com who stand for truth, family and tradition and see if the reports match. That is, see if what your hear on the Christian radio news which is streaming in from Chicago is the same as the Epoch Times. If they do not match then that will prove that the corrupt billionaires some of whom I mentioned above are propagandizing you. Also, feel free to email me and I will email back what Gary Bauer said about the Big Lie and he was there. Another news source confirmed that ANTIFA stirred it up and will be doing it all over the country and they went into the capitol BEFORE our president was even finished with his speech and then the protesters were told by him to walk down to the capitol peacefully. ANTIFA had already done their damage before the Christians arrived. My email is ewig4Him_7@hotmail.com Please be in prayer and investigate till you get to the truth. In Jesus Name, Amen.

    11. These aren’t “Faith Leaders” they are Wolves in Sheep Clothing………………..they are of the Synagogue of Satan.

    12. I think these guys and many others are missing a HUGE point. There were 1 MILLION folks at this rally… if they wanted to be violent do you think there would be a Capitol standing? I cannot believe how so many folks have turned off their brains…and sad to say many of the clergy are being deceived. The same thing happened in Nazi Germany… many clergy supported Hitler, those that spoke out against him were a minority.

    13. Ahh the holier than thou pastors who have a 501c3 to preserve. None of them are worth the bible that they preach from. They all get fed grants and they rob their perish blind. No this was a stunt to save their special interests. And these so called pastors in Alaska are the worst. I went to some of these big churches up there. They are all the same. Speak out the side of their mouth and then you see them out in town in fur coats and caddilacs. Screw these pastors!

        • If I need to explain anything to you it would just cause you more pain. Go research it for yourself. As a 501c3 tax exempt project you can apply for federal assistance just like college campuses do. Again you need to go do your own research because i think you’re on here just trolling to start a bunch of stupid shit that you obviously know nothing about because somebody offended you.

    14. Stupid and ignorant comes in every shape, size, color, gender, religion, and profession. Sadly there is no prerequisite for being a pastor that you must be able to decipher actual logic and reason. All you need to be able to do is inspire and lead the masses, and sometimes they will lead them down the wrong path. It’s sad really. I honestly don’t give two hoots what these pastors say. They are just people with their own individual ideas, shortcomings, and ignorance. So many churchgoers put so much trust in their clergy to lead them down the path of enlightenment, but at the end of the day, they just find themselves teaching the flock to judge where they shouldn’t judge and “indoctrinating” their flock rather than teaching them ways of critical thinking where they can implement the morals, logic, empathy, and other tools they should be getting from their spiritual leaders and come to their own individual conclusions. I pray for these people that they will actually stop being blinded by their own judgments and ignorance and maybe actually ask WWJD…before they fill a room full of non-critical thinkers with a headful of self-righteous spin…

    15. HEY WATCHMAN, YOU POSTED ALL THESE PEOPLES COMMENTS HERE BUT NOT MINE??!! TAKE ME OFF YOUR BIASED MAILING LIST EH??? DON’T SENT ME ANYMORE NOTIFICATIONS OR EMAILS!! I DON’T PARTICIPATE WITH RIF RAF LIKE YOU!!!!!! SHAME, ON YOU!!!!!!

    16. These pastors are terribly wrong and definitely deceived. They clearly have not done their homework. The riots began while Pres. Trump was still speaking — which was confirmed by Christian leaders and people on the ground, like Lance Wallnau and reporters for the Victory Channel and even media reports of the time the break-in happened. They clearly did not watch the president’s speech, which was a data-filled informational speech about how the election was stolen and seemed to have bored — not incited — most of the crowd that was made up of older and notably freezing people. Pres. Trump was still speaking at 1:11 p.m. Do the math. Some of these “pastors” are universalists who compromise with sin so their condemnation has no value.
      Perhaps they should actually do their homework here:
      https://www.theepochtimes.com/black-lives-matter-activist-who-stormed-capitol-on-jan-6-arrested-charged_3657333.html?utm_source=newsnoe&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-2021-01-14-4

      https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/01/caught-video-antifa-protester-john-sullivan-brags-posing-trump-supporter-breaking-window-us-capitol-building-riots/

    17. I hope these pastors will repent when they either realize they were drinking the kool aid from the main stream media or the Lord convicts them for their compromise and more evidence comes forward that ANTIFA and BLM activists were the instigators — who are paid $20/hour to riot.

      • Why didn’t these pastors speak out about the “difficult time in our American history” like the unconstitutional government overreach closing God’s houses of worship, or closing of small businesses, or collaborating with socialized media to silence and cancel conservative Christian speech, or the unprecedented attack on our election process??? These are the difficult times Christians needed bold and brave leadership from their shepherds, NOT an aiding and abetting of God’s enemies who will use their careless accusations as ammunition against God’s people.

    18. It is indeed unfortunate that these pastors either have an agenda or have been fooled by mainstream media. Maybe they are fearful of the government imposing even heavier handed restrictions on their houses of worship. These pastors should be writing proclamations decrying the government restricting their religious practices by using the China Virus and thus challenging their First Amendment rights to Freedom of Religion.

    19. Leftists.
      They don’t count.
      It’s a political statement.
      How many of them support abortion by voting Demoncrat? Those who do? They do not know God, nor do they follow Him.

    20. Jesus said, “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Matt 10: 34

      I urge those who focus on the everlasting love of God to consider that it is for this Love’s sake that He HATES evil, injustice, corruption. His way is not to riot but to SPEAK, boldly, standing in the public square. Jesus CONTENDED with the religious rulers of His age. He called them hypocrites and vipers, he pronounced the judgement of God on them because they perverted His Way and manipulated the scripture to fulfill the objectives of men.

      Make no mistake, there is a huge battle going on on two fronts:

      In the spiritual realm the battle rages between good and evil and combatants line up on both sides. This is the war Jesus was referring to in Matthew and in so many places where He uses images of war. This is the war that takes place in the heart of man and in intangible places.

      The human realm where the contest has always been to create a society dedicated to God’s principles, or one that rejects God and pursues the various whims of man.

      Much can be written, and should, about how to achieve liberty, prosperity, and peace. But one thing is certain, GOD does not suppress the struggle in the name of being nice.

      To the extent that the political choices of societies infringe on the freedom of individuals to choose to live as God dictates, these clashing agendas collide. This was the moment of the founding of America. When people declared themselves FREE and took up arms to secure that freedom. Godly men and women would not go quietly into the night. And then, God blessed America.

    21. Not to worry. None of these are real churches! NONE of them! Hypocrisy at it’s finest!! I wonder how much the Left is paying them?

    22. Now we have racist Pastors. What next in America? What we are experiencing is black racism. All the problems black people have is the white mans fault. They need to look in the mirror. I have not heard one black leader ever say, we need to stop calling each other the N word, how are people going to respect us if we can’t respect ourselves. Black men need to take responsibility for the children they help bring into the world . I am almost 60 and I have never met a black plumber , electrician or carpenter. They have all black tv, black colleges , black magazines , black congress , black national anthem. As long as they keep separating themselves from the rest of the world we will have racism.

    23. I wonder how many of these pastors wrote a letter to protest civil authorities shutting down churches? How many resisted and claimed their right to the first amendment?
      How many preachers are there in Anchorage and how many were shown this statement and then refused to sign?
      These types of people just want to cover themselves by saying “See, we are woke, we signed a letter, aren’t we special?”
      Twelve pastors, phft!

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