The host and leader of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Christian Media Convention in Orlando, Florida, impressed to attendees that Islam and homosexuality are increasingly undermining the constitutional rights of Christians throughout America.
NRB President Jerry Johnson began this week’s convention in the Sunshine State by talking about the three major areas of his organization’s ministry.
"Our mission is threefold: Advancing biblical truth, promoting media excellence and defending free speech," Johnson proclaimed Monday night, according to The Christian Post (CP). "Religion, that's NRB. Speech, that's NRB. Press, that's NRB. I don't know another group that does all three. Some do religion, some do speech and some do press."
Johnson then turned to the foundational document from which American’s liberties are derived – a document he dubbed as “America’s birth certificate,” more commonly known as the Declaration of Independence, which he cited:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, 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," Johnson quoted from the 241-year-old document.
However, NRB went back another 250-plus years to commemorate the freedoms that Americans still hold dear five centuries later by tapping into famous theologians and authors to address the crowd.
“NRB is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation at this year's convention, which is featuring such speakers as Devon Franklin, R.C. Sproul, Lee Strobel and Eric Metaxas,” CP’s Jeannie Law reported from the Florida conference. “The theme verse for NRB's ‘Proclaim 17’ conference comes from Leviticus 25:10, which says, ‘Proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants.’"
Homosexuality and Islam challenging Christianity
The Christian leader then warned Christian journalists, broadcasters, leaders and other communicators within the media world that there are two threats believers in America must take very seriously.
"We speak frankly here, the liberty and the freedom [part] is being challenged for us as broadcasters on two fronts – sexuality and Islam," Johnson told the gathering of Christian communicators.
Addressing the LGBT agenda
Johnson went on to remind the Christians in attendance how their – and their audiences’ – traditional values have been trampled to accommodate the increasingly influential politically correct LGBT agenda.
"For now, the U.S. government has decided that same-sex marriage is legal,” Johnson recounted to crowd. “President Donald Trump also recently endorsed the legalization when he told CBS' 60 Minutes that ‘these cases have gone to the Supreme Court; they've been settled’ and he's ‘fine with that.’"
The leader of NRB then talked about why the legalization of same-sex “marriage” poses major obstacles for Christians in the workplace.
“[The problem is that Christian artists shouldn’t be forced to] make the cake, provide flowers, do the pictures and sing the songs," Johnson stressed before highlighting several NRB guests this year.
Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin J. Cochran, who was terminated for expressing his biblical beliefs about homosexual behavior, was mentioned by the NRB head before he shared about the how the Benham Brothers were kept from hosting their own show on HGTV over some alleged remarks that were considered by some as being “anti-gay.”
"People are penalized for this," Johnson expressed in dismay while reflecting on the Christian men’s prematurely ended careers.
The problem with Islam
Johnson also addressed how terrorism and violence are only part of the problem concerning Islam.
"But it's the intolerance … It's the sharia … It's the blasphemy codes," NRB’s leader voiced to the Florida crowd. "Is there any country where the majority is Islam [and] it's safe for someone to convert from Islam to Christianity? Is there any culture dominated by this worldview, where you can critique Muhammad or the Quran? It is absolutely antithetical to freedom of speech, freedom of religion or freedom of the press, and we must be aware of this and alert to this."
The various ways in which Islam has infiltrated all parts of the glove to threaten the very values, freedoms and safety of people everywhere was then discussed.
"It is a fact … in Canada and in the U.K., you can be censored, you can be fined [and] your license can be pulled," he stressed.
Continuing on the same note, Johnson shared how a member of the NRB was fined and had his license revoked north of the border for using the word “Muslim” instead of “Islam” during a program.
"I'd say the quickest way to lose freedom of speech is to not use freedom of speech, use-it-or-lose-it!" the media expert asserted. "We will make NRB for the First Amendment, what the NRA is for the Second Amendment."
He then emphasized how NRB will not back down to such bullying tactics that are geared to forward the politically correct agenda endorsing Islam in the media.
"If you're taking away these freedoms, NRB is a fight club and you better get used to it!” Johnson exclaimed. “Nixon wasn't paranoid they were really out to get him. Wake up. They are really out to get you.”