“FIRST OF ALL, THEN, I ADMONISH AND URGE THAT PETITIONS, PRAYERS, INTERCESSIONS, AND THANKSGIVINGS BE OFFERED ON BEHALF OF ALL MEN, FOR KINGS AND ALL WHO ARE IN POSITIONS OF AUTHORITY OR HIGH RESPONSIBILITY, THAT [OUTWARDLY] WE MAY PASS A QUIET AND UNDISTURBED LIFE [AND INWARDLY] A PEACEABLE ONE IN ALL GODLINESS AND REVERENCE AND SERIOUSNESS IN EVERY WAY. FOR SUCH [PRAYING] IS GOOD AND RIGHT, AND [IT IS] PLEASING AND ACCEPTABLE TO GOD OUR SAVIOR, WHO WISHES ALL LMEN TO BE SAVED AND [INCREASINGLY] TO PERCEIVE AND RECOGNIZE AND DISCERN AND KNOW PRECISELY AND CORRECTLY THE [DIVINE] TRUTH.”
I TIMOTHY 1:1-4
We at the Word of Faith Fellowship understand that historically our nation was founded on Biblical principles and the fear of God. We also know that the Scriptures have a great deal to say about governments and civil authorities, which are ordained by God to establish order and peace and to promote the well-being of humankind. In America we have been promised liberty and freedom by the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights which protect the “inalienable rights” given by God and made available to us. However, these documents only guarantee those rights if the men and women in authority uphold the ideals they reflect. Therefore, it is our responsibility as Christians and citizens of this country to pray for those in authority.
In addition to prayer, we stand with the men and women who promote righteousness and the fear of God in Truth, regardless of political party. II Corinthians 13:8 says: For we can do nothing against the Truth [not serve any party or personal interest], but only for the Truth [which is the Gospel].
In 1990, when election time came, our church people and Bible school students began to seek God about which candidates to vote for. We wanted to get to know them personally. God led us to have a political forum and reception to get to know them. This proved to be very fruitful in the beginning, but later it brought persecution. The Word of Faith Fellowship sponsored non-partisan political forums whereby national, state, and local candidates were invited to the church to discuss relevant issues pertaining to their respective elections. Since that time we have participated in voter registrations, petitioned state and national leaders, attended and participated in congressional prayer breakfasts, and individuals have volunteered in phone banks and political campaigns. National, state, and local officials have visited the Word of Faith Christian School on numerous occasions to talk about government issues and topics. We teach our students at the Word of Faith Christian School and members of the Word of Faith Fellowship God’s mandate in Romans 13:1-7, Let every person be loyally subject to the governing (civil) authorities. For there is no authority except from God [by His permission, His sanction], and those that exist do so by God’s appointment… Render to all men their dues. [Pay] taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, and honor to whom honor is due.