Rohr hopes for end of Johnson Amendment

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
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pastor at pulpitThe leader of a pastors' network is hopeful that President Donald Trump will follow through on a campaign promise that restricts free speech in the pulpit. 

Sam Rohrer, president of the American Pastors Network, tells OneNewsNow that hopefully Trump will stay committed to peeling back the Johnson Amendment. It was proposed by then-Senator Lyndon B. Johnson, to punish a church group that opposed him, and passed by Congress in 1954. 

Rohrer says the amendment, which limits the political involvement of a tax-exempt organization, has been used to threaten pastors to remain silent on social, cultural, and political issues. But he says the law has no such power.

"That is the amazing thing of how an amendment there has been so blown out of proportion and in some respects used as a weapon by the enemies of truth to intimidate those who are in the pulpit," the pastor complains. "But unfortunately many in the pulpit, I believe, sadly have hidden under the Johnson Amendment."

He says the amendment is more threat than reality.

"And it will not be acceptable before God to say, We had an amendment called the Johnson Amendment in America, and I couldn't therefore preach about the issues the Bible talked about.  That won't hold water before God and that doesn't hold water in reality," he says. 

It will be a good thing to repeal the amendment, he insists, so the enemies of freedom will no longer be able to use it as a threat.

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