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Skyline Pastor Tells Congregation on 'Pulpit Freedom Sunday' He'll Vote Romney

Pastor Jim Garlow says he's endorsing Jesus and will vote for the Republican presidential candidate on Election Day.

Rancho San Diego's Skyline Church Pastor Jim Garlow told his congregation on "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" that he'll vote for Gov. Mitt Romney, according to a U-T San Diego report.

Garlow told his congregation—though he's voting for Romney—they should vote for who God tells them to vote for, according to the newspaper.

“I did make an endorsement. I endorsed biblical principles," said Garlow in a statement. "My confidence is not and never has been in a political party or a candidate.  My confidence is in the scriptural constructs for our communities and our nation.  Christians should vote for whoever most aligns with biblical truth.

"I shared that I will vote for Mitt Romney, but that was merely a statement, not an endorsement.  I encouraged each person in the church to think through the biblical principles and vote for the personal they sense most aligns with scriptural truth as God directs them.”

Garlow's announcement comes a day—known as "Pulpit Freedom Sunday"—in which churches defy the so-called Johnson Amendment that bars tax-exempt nonprofits from electioneering. According to Garlow, 1,600 pastors participated in the event.

mike and liz October 09, 2012 at 12:09 AM
sorry libi but the church and the state have been separated for generations. if goverment does this goverment will take away the freedom of religion plus the churches do alot for their communities and help those in needs
Chris October 09, 2012 at 07:42 AM
Hardly. Every religious politician votes the way his church wants him to. The Science and Technology subcommittee chair is a nutjob extremist christian who thinks the world is only 9000 years old. This guy is a MD and claims to be a scientist who proclaims that evolution is "lies spawned by the pit of hell"-- and he's the chair of the subcommitee who could put the western world into another church sponsored dark ages. Are we that naive to think that religion hasn't slithered its way into politics? "If government does this" it'll hopefully put a deadbeat preacher in jail where he belongs for breaking the law, and let the congregation wonder why their church has been seized and condemned because a "good upstanding christian" couldn't follow laws.
Chris October 09, 2012 at 07:59 AM
"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword" is a bastardization of the word--King James is a lot older than NIV or whatever misprints are out there. The quote never included 'sword' or the intonation of judgement. There are too many terrible "translation" texts out there that make it sound like Jesus was a sword flailing, blood lusting "harken to me or perish" lunatic. Neither was Jesus ever meant to endorse a candidate. To say that his essence should be part of the political pulpit is sickening.
Chris October 09, 2012 at 08:15 AM
Then why is it that you are willing to ""endorse" the (very corrupt) religio-political authorities" of today? Is it because they are "upstanding christians" who follow the lobbyist money and do what the church wants them to to further the Inquisition agenda? Every law abiding christian should be damning these religio-political ministers as Pharisees giving the seat of Moses unto the scribe politicians. "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment".
David Baker October 09, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Seems to me this election comes down to a choice between "I am my brothers keeper," and, "greed is good." I think this pastor is on the wrong side of that equation.

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