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With President Barack Obama facing new scandals as he prepares for his second term, and with same-sex couples in several states scheduling pre-Christmas "marriages," Dr. Kenneth L. Hutcherson, senior pastor of Antioch Bible Church in Redmond, Washington, is no longer zeroing in on NFL quarterbacks. Instead, he's set his focus on pro-family groups that he believes were responsible for letting both the homosexual agenda and Obama win at the ballot box last week.
The former linebacker of the Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Chargers is as aggressive about standing up for his biblical values today as he was about taking down opponents during his career in the National Football League. And when he sees obstacles hindering God's game plan, he lets his gridiron instincts kick in.
However, before the 2012 presidential election, Hutcherson allowed new teammates -- in the campaign to protect marriage as a union solely between one man and one woman -- to take the lead in the charge to oppose Referendum 74. The measure was put on the ballot after pro-family advocates challenged lawmakers' February passage of the bill to legalize same-sex marriage. The "Yes on Ref. 74" campaign championing same-sex "marriage" has had the strong backing of hard hitters such as Washington state's own Microsoft, Boeing and Starbucks.
With a heavy lineup of pro-family groups coming to The Evergreen State to join the effort to protect traditional marriage, the co-founder of Antioch Bible Church soon found out that they weren't operating out of the same playbook.
"Their intention was to be moderate, non-controversial," Hutcherson told OneNewsNow in an exclusive interview, pointing out that the National Organization for Marriage, Focus on the Family and Family Policy Institute's unbiblical strategy was a severe departure from the state's churches' aggressive campaign to stop same-sex marriage using the weight of family values and Scripture. He notes that the groups essentially told him and other local Christian leaders' that their message on marriage and social issues was too offensive.
"They did not want me involved basically in the top leadership, so I took a back seat and let them run with it," Hutcherson shared. "And that really hurt our unity out here."
Politically correct, fundamentally wrong
The author of such books as The Church, Before All Hell Breaks Loose, Enough Faith: You've Already God What It Takes to Make a Difference and Hope Is Contagious says that same-sex marriage isn't the only battle Christians lost this election year to infiltrating political correctness by pro-family groups.
"Their coordinated message was for the Republican Party to be more loving and middle of the road," the pastor reports. "That was even reflected in the Republican candidate they chose to support."
Hutcherson insists that the pro-family groups directly affected national election results.
"They got Obama re-elected," contends the ex-NFL star, who maintains that the conservative groups debilitated the Romney-Ryan ticket from effectively reaching out to voters. "They obviously advised the campaign to stay away from controversial issues."
The pastor notes that pro-family groups were instrumental in watering down many stances initially taken by the Republican ticket.
"They adversely affected the campaign by advising them not be aggressive in their messaging," Hutcherson argues. "An example would be how Paul Ryan is known for being a budget-hawk, but his messaging about the budget was suppressed as soon as he was named VP candidate."
Weak stance, weak results
When asked if America already had its mind set on Obama going into the election, or if the Romney-Ryan campaign could have turned things around with bolder stances, the Christian leader had this to say.
"They could have won if they had acted more conservative and less moderate," Hutcherson asserts. "They could have won if they had brought things up about the President and his administration like Benghazi, Fast and Furious, not standing up for DOMA -- which is federal law -- or [if they] had been more aggressive on any number of topics."
And what about swing states that went to Obama and legalized marijuana like Colorado, which is home to many pro-family groups such as Focus on the Family? Should the states have gone the other way?
"Not necessarily; look at Wisconsin," Hutcherson replied. "They had [Gov. Scott] Walker and Ryan [both Republicans] and still lost that state. They lost even after Walker, by taking a very conservative stand, proved the state could be turned around financially."
The pastor had a unique take when posed the question whether America was slipping from its Christian values when it comes to presidential candidates and their stances on moral issues.
"Evidently biblical principles are becoming more important, because fewer people are voting," Hutcherson expressed. "Values voters have to see a difference between candidates or they will stay home, which is what they did this last election. Many supporters of conservative values did not want Romney as a candidate in the first place because he is too moderate."
No sweet 2016
And how will another four years of an Obama administration affect Christian rights -- as opposed to four years of a Romney administration? Hutcherson believes what we'll see will be "Tremendously negative, with a progressive loss of religious freedom."
His take on the reason the President won a second term in office?
"Obama got more votes because most Hispanics, African Americans, and many whites understood that Obama promised them more free things and the Republican Party offered them more hard work as a path to success and 'things,'" contends Hutcherson, who encourages Christians to use the Bible as their voting guide -- not political and social agendas.
Hutcherson has an idea why he believes God let Obama win on November 6.
"Because we kept asking for a king," the church leader explained. "Democrats don't want to go with God, so He gave us a king."
And will a new monarchy rooted in ungodly policies take over the White House in 2016?
"Until national pro-family organizations start acting more biblical and God-fearing and less like their color and culture, we will not win any more elections," the uncompromising pastor concludes.
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