September 18, 2015
Tennessee Pastors Network’s ‘Stand in the Gap for Truth’ Rally Addressed Pressing Issues for Tennesseans and All Americans
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu) President Dr. Richard Land helped motivate and rally thousands of attendees at the “Stand in the Gap for Truth” Rally, hosted yesterday by the Tennessee Pastors Network (TNPN).
For the rally, pastors throughout Tennessee who are part of TNPN partnered with state legislators to host the event with a goal to engage Tennesseans to address the most talked-about issues of the day such as shifting marriage and family foundations, an unworkable immigration system, weak terrorism laws, failing education, a damaging nationalized health care system, lack of religious freedom protections and the blatant violation of the U.S. Constitution.
Land addressed the topic of same-sex marriage at the rally—the politically correct theme of the era, which is a symptom reflecting the fact that America has been engulfed in a tidal wave of moral relativism, he said, adding that many of the problems facing the country are problems only God can solve.
“2 Chronicles 7:14 tells us that if America has a future worth having, it depends on what the Christians do, not what the Non-Christians do,” Land said. “It says, ‘if my people, which are called by my name.’ In the New Testament covenant, ‘my people’ means us, the professed believers in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. We are in a moment of decision. Things are either going to get a lot better or a lot worse. The future of our country is being decided one heart at a time, one family at a time and one church at a time across this country. God’s people need a revival. They need to repent, confess their sins and understand our problems are God-sized problems that only God can solve. We are commanded to get involved in public policy. But that’s not politics. That is being obedient to God and following Matthew 5—being the salt and light of the world.
“Like the prodigal son, we’ve gone to a far country and wasted our inheritance in riotous living,” he continued. “ But now, all across the country, like the prodigal, we are coming to our senses, standing up, shaking the filth from ourselves, and are determined to go home to our Father, who scans the horizon waiting for that which was lost to come home. If you look across America today, and you look with the eye of faith, and you listen with the ear of hope, you can see the stirrings and hear the rustlings of the people of God in all of their various denominational manifestations, as they collectively determine to go back to God and take their country with them.
“As far as the Benedict Option—withdrawing to monasteries—that is not a real option,” Land added. “We must stand in the gap for truth. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, if God allows American civilization to continue for another thousand years, I pray they will look back and say of today’s Christians, ‘this was their finest hour,’ as they stood in the gap in America’s hour of supreme peril.”
Land joined other top-name speakers at the rally, including Rafael Cruz, religious liberties champion and father of presidential hopeful Ted Cruz; Bishop E.W. Jackson, president and founder of STAND organization; Sam Rohrer, former longtime legislator and president of the American Pastors Network; and Tenn. Rep. Judd Matheny (R-Tullahoma), who led a group of nearly 40 state legislators that was part of today’s rally.
The Tennessee Pastors Network is a group of biblically faithful clergy and church liaisons whose objective is to build a permanent infrastructure of like-minded clergy who affirm the authority of Scripture, take seriously Jesus’ command to be the “salt and light” to the culture, encourage informed Christian thinking about contemporary social issues, examine public policy issues without politicizing their pulpits and engage their congregations in taking part in the political process on a non-partisan basis.
Southern Evangelical Seminary is a leader in apologetics education—teaching students to defend their faith and talk intelligently, passionately and rationally about what they believe and why they believe it. Many courses focus on societal issues from a Christian worldview, delve into scientific apologetics or contemplate creation research.
SES is preparing for its 22nd annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics, hosted by Calvary Church in Charlotte, N.C. on Oct. 16-17. The theme of the 2015 conference is “Ideas Have Consequences: The Bigger the Idea, the Bigger the Consequence.” In addition to Land, confirmed speakers include Josh McDowell, Michael Brown, Ryan Anderson, Frank Turek, Jay Richards, Hugh Ross, Norman Geisler, Paige Patterson, Derwin Gray, Gary Habermas and Richard Howe, along with many others. To register, visit conference.ses.edu/registration.
Land is featured in his nationally syndicated daily radio commentary, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” which airs on 235 stations on the American Family Radio Network and 100 stations on the Bott Radio Network. “Bringing Every Thought Captive” is also podcast daily on the free SES mobile app and airs locally in the Charlotte, N.C., area every weekday. The “Bringing Every Thought Captive” television program, hosted by Land, debuted in January on the NRB Network, and airs on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and midnight EST. “Bringing Every Thought Captive” also reaches nearly 2 million households in the Chicago area on the Total Living Network. For more information about stations, times, downloads and more, click here.
Land has taught as a visiting or adjunct professor for several seminaries and has authored or edited more than 15 books. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University in England and his bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) from Princeton University. Land also earned a Master of Theology (Honors Program) degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received the Broadman Seminarian Award as the Outstanding Graduating Student. Dr. Land was the 2013 Watchman Award recipient from the Family Research Council for his leadership on moral and cultural issues. He also received the Phillip E. Johnson Award for Liberty and Truth from Biola University in 2010. Land served previously (1988-2013) as president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention’s official entity assigned to address social, moral and ethical concerns, with particular attention to their impact on American families. In 2014, he was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow of the ERLC’s Research Institute, and in 2015, he was named in the top 15 of Newsmax’s “Top 100 Christian Leaders in America.”
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Southern Evangelical Seminary has been ranked as one of the top graduate programs for General Christian Apologetics by TheBestSchools.org’s “Top 10 Graduate Programs in Christian Apologetics.”
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Southern Evangelical Seminary is a leader in apologetics education—teaching students to defend their faith and talk intelligently, passionately and rationally about what they believe and why they believe it. The accredited Christian college and seminary offers a wide variety of bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees. Programs can be completed through residence in the Charlotte area or online. The award-winning education at SES is distinctively Christian and focused on evangelism and world-engaging defense of the Christian faith—Christian Apologetics.