Dear Pastor and Church Leaders,

As faith leaders we are called to proclaim the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27) and the truth about His attributes, His will, His works, and His way of salvation. We are to teach believers not only to know the truth, but to live it as salt and light in this culture according to Matthew 5:13. Twice a year Christian citizens across this country have the opportunity/privilege to elect leaders who more closely align with their biblical values.

We agree with the following statements and recommend www.WeBelieveWeVote.com as an excellent resource for voters in our congregations. Look at their Evaluation Criteria and Faith Statement. If you agree, please let Penny Lancaster, WBWV President [509-922-4825; webelievewevote@gmail.com], know and she will add your name to the list of pastors who are encouraging their congregations to use the voter resources at www.WeBelieveWeVote.com.

Suggested bulletin announcement: “As Christian citizens we have the privilege and duty to vote our biblical values by [date of election]. While not endorsing any candidate, I recommend WeBelieveWeVote.com as a website with a number of non-partisan resources available for your review. [Pastor’s name]”

Join the Mailing List on the website to receive the Voter Recommendation by email so you can forward to your personal contacts as a private citizen.

Together for Christ and Community,

Pastors from Diverse Congregations

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift from God?” [1781, Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII]

“The church must take right ground in regards to politics….The time has come for Christians to vote for honest men, and take consistent ground in politics or the Lord will curse them…God cannot sustain this free and blessed country, which we love and pray for, unless the Church will take right ground. Politics are a part of a religion in such a country as this, and Christians must do their duty to their country as a part of their duty to God… God will bless or curse this nation according to the course Christians take in politics.” Charles Finney in America’s God and Country by William J. Federer

Pastors encourage their congregations to vote for good reasons.

[Taken from “Biblical roles of Government and Citizenship” www.libertyinstitute.org]

God Created Civil Government and Purposed it to

  • Provide social order. Dt 1:15-16, 10:12-13; 17:14-20
  • Preserve human dignity. Genesis 4:9-15, 5:1
  • Protect peace. I Timothy 2:1-2; Proverbs 11:14
  • Promote Justice. Psalms 82:2-4; Daniel 4:27; Romans 13:3
  • Punish evil, praise goodness. Romans 13: 3-7; I Peter 2:13-14; Proverbs 14:34

Civic Leaders are God’s Servants and Are Called to Rule Righteously

  • In Romans 13:4-6, God says that rulers are God’s servants who carry a sword (authority). For this, we pay taxes to support governing authorities who are God’s servants, giving their full time to governing.
  • In Exodus 18:21 and Deuteronomy 16:18-20, God says to select capable and trustworthy men who fear God and hate dishonest gain and appoint them as officials.

God Calls Christians to Be Active Citizens

  • Christians are to pray for the nation’s leaders (1Timothy 2:1-4).
  • Christians are to pay taxes (Matthew 22:21).
  • Christians are to follow the law, submitting to “every authority instituted among men…” (1 Peter 2:13-14; Romans 13:2-5).
  • Christians are to show authorities proper respect (Romans 13:4).
  • Christians are to stand up and speak out when man’s law conflicts with God’s law as Peter and the Apostles did in Acts 5:29.

Why Christians Should Vote

  • God says to “select capable men from all the people — men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain — and appoint them as officials (Exodus 18:21 emphasis added). In America, we have the privilege of voting our leaders into service.
  • God says Christians are the “salt of the earth” and we can help influence public policy for good when we vote for leaders who share our values (Matthew 5:13).
  • Silence in the face of evil is sin (Proverbs 24:11); but Christians in this country can speak out with their vote, as well as their voice.

“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” Samuel Adams, Founding Father

PASTORS RECOMMENDING “WEBELIEVEWEVOTE.com” AS A CHURCH RESOURCE:

  1. Bill Fowler – Fountain Gate Christian Fellowship – 443-4060
  2. Doug Malott – Assistant, Sozo Church – 326-1571
  3. Barry Hill – Christian Life Church – 466-2727
  4. Randy Beal – First Assembly of God – 326-9332
  5. Don Stevens – First Assembly of God – 326-9332
  6. Phil Altmeyer – Union Gospel Mission – 535-8510×108
  7. Ed Pace – Retired Lutheran Pastor – 570-4394
  8. Jerry Kennedy – Retired, Foothills Community Church – 926-4021
  9. Steve Williams – New Life Assembly – 926-0362
  10. Mark Hudson – Medical Lake Christian – 299-3286
  11. Josh Tucker – Spokane Baptist Church – 499-9888
  12. Jim Leuschen – New Covenant Fellowship Church – 325-2964
  13. Ken Peters – Covenant Church of Spokane – 768-6645
  14. Danny Green – Family Faith Community – 327-7079
  15. William McCain – ONE – 926-3254
  16. Denny Klaja – Life River Fellowship – 484-1438
  17. Paul MacDonald – Berean Bible Church – 924-8832
  18. Doug Wagley – New Vision Lutheran Church – 499-0121
  19. John Repsold – Mosaic Fellowship – 747-3007
  20. Al Hulten – Valley Assembly of God – 924-0466
  21. Rick Sharkey – Spokane Christian Center – 924-4888
  22. Donald Clary – Family Living Ministries International – 327-7104
  23. Bruce Wakeman – Lilac City Bible Fellowship – 924-9765
  24. David D’Auria – Kehilat HaMashiach – 465-9523
  25. Daniel Grether – Free Indeed Ministries International – 468-4855
  26. Carl Hampsch – Word of Life – 226-5148
  27. Randy Myers – Crestline Baptist Church – 435-8732
  28. Brian Larson – Church of God Seventh Day – 482-7128
  29. Bill and Judy Dropko – Greenacres Christian Fellowship – 465-3625
  30. Monte LeLaCheur – Turning Point Open Bible – 467-5122
  31. Michael Hockett – Timberview Christian Fellowship – 483-4363
  32. Daniel Henshaw – Mountain View Assembly of God – 467-5536
  33. Ken Ortize – Cavalry Chapel Spokane – 467-2860
  34. Craig Lotze – Victory Faith Fellowship – 922-1724
  35. Terry Little – Crossover Church – 238-7955
  36. Norm Schwab – Northview Bible Church – 466-1770
  37. John Sonneland – Zion Christian Center – 489-8073
  38. Cary Peden – Fellowship Church of God – 483-1130
  39. Rob Sheild – Chattaroy Community Church – 238-6051
  40. Dave Darroch – Dream Center – 464-2630
  41. Joe Wittwer – Life Center – 327-4422
  42. Dale Jenkins – Airway Heights Baptist Church – 244-2474
  43. Bill Vaughn – Spokane First Church of the Nazarene – 467-8986
  44. Eric Hinnenkamp – New Hope Bible Church – 487-1017
  45. Lonnie Scott – Spangle Community Church – 701-4532
  46. Rev. Fr. Casimir Puskorius – Mt. St. Michael – 467-0986
  47. John Underhill – South Hill Bible – 838-2242
  48. Greg Garrett – Sheltering Tree Church – 481-0743
  49. Greg Boyle – Faith Baptist Church – 482-6101
  50. Jim Clifton – Bethel Church of the Nazarene – 534-7751
  51. Kurt Bubna – Eastpoint Church – 533-6800
  52. Charlie Scott – Elk Community Church – 928-8070
  53. Jim Trull – Peaceful Valley Church, Elk – 929-8584
  54. Ben Orchard – Valley Bible Church – 928-5161
  55. Kent Mankins – Valley Assembly of God – 924-0466
  56. Rod Cosgrove – Garland Church – 327-7700
  57. Brad Bruzer – Genesis Church of Spokane – 462-2939
  58. Mark Wheeler – Lidgerwood Presbyterian – 487-9667
  59. Tim White – Tri-County Christian Center, Deer Park – 276-5484
  60. Keven Schultz – St. Matthews Lutheran – 326-3766
  61.  Shahram Hadian – Truth in Love Christian Fellowship – 425-772-8222
  62. Kevin Lewis – Lake Spokane Community Church – 509-276-5472
  63. Bart Orth – Suncrest Family Worship Center – 509-466-6330
  64. Bill Farley – Grace Christian Fellowship – 509-448-3979
  65. Keith Krell – Fourth Memorial Church – 509-487-2786
  66. Richard Kirsh – Community Church of the Bible – 509-924-6055
  67. Galen Doughty – Southside Christian Church – 509- 535-2301
  68. Dennis Haney – Westside Nazarene – 509-327-1423
  69. Steve Peters – North Addison Baptist Church – 509-487-6757
  70. Don Calkins – Lakeside Church – 509-210-9779
  71. Ray Mengel – Park Heights Baptist Church – 509-448-7903
  72. Aaron McNealy – Valleyford Community Church – 926-2142
  73. Leroy Miller – Five Mile Community Church – 509-466-3555
  74. Van Bradeen – City Life Church – 509-981-9400
  75. John Smith – Christ Our Hope Bible Church – 509-981-9400
  76. Craig Langhans – Mirabeau Chapel – 509-928-7600
  77. Chris Rappazini – Southside Christian Church – 509-535-2301
  78. Lee Williams – Medical Lake Baptist – 509-299-4715
  79. Brian Hancock – Life Springs Fellowship Church of God – 509-315-8557
  80. Larry Stalley – New Beginnings Christian Church – 509-464-1058
  81. Eddie Foos – Ridgeview Christian Center – 509-326-2913
  82. Ben Foxworth – Spring Hill Bible Fellowship – 509-475-1650
  83. Donny Johnson – Liferoads – 509-328-1099
  84. Bobby Moore – River City Foursquare – 509-321-7686
  85. Edwin Iverson – Holy Trinity Church, Colville WA – 509-675-7734

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