WASHINGTON – The highest levels of the U.S. government are fomenting “civil unrest” that soon could leave “blood in our streets,” a key Christian pastor said Tuesday at a pro-Second Amendment rally in Washington.
Rev. William Owens Jr., director of community outreach for the Coalition of African-American Pastors and leader of God, Guns & the Constitution, said America has in many ways has passed the point of no return and its citizens will have to be “chastised” before they awaken to the reality of their situation.
His goal now is “strengthening the [righteous] remnant.”
At the foot of the Capitol Tuesday, Owens was joined by other leaders to pledge to protect the Second Amendment and the Christian principles of America’s founding.
Owens was joined by Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America; Eric Pratt, the group’s communications director; Day Gardner, founder and president of the National Black Pro-Life Union on Capitol Hill; and William Cook, founder and executive director of the Black Robe Regiment.
“From what we see in our mail, hear from our members, we are at the line in the sand moment,” Larry Pratt told WND after the event.
The leaders said their assembly was “in response to President Obama’s proposal of 23 executive actions to curb gun violence.”
Larry Pratt said Obama’s moves have “renewed and even awakened … the determination to get politically involved and resist what is being crammed down our throat by an illegitimate government.”
“The entire federal government acts as if we have no Constitution at all, as if there were no limits to anything they could do,” he said. “It never seems to cross their mind that there are very few things they are allowed to do. We are dealing with a systemic problem of illegitimacy across all branches of government.”
Owens said the goal of today’s event was “to raise awareness that you wouldn’t have a Constitution without guns and you wouldn’t have the need to protect this land without God.”
“So you have to have God in the midst of every picture that exists,” he said.
Owens said the problem with violence doesn’t rest with guns but with people.
He believes America is dealing with an “evil.”
It is not “guns and not ink pens, it is not cars, it is evil,” he said. “For when we forsake God’s purpose for why this country was formed and for why it is here, anything can be turned into evil, including an ink pen.”
He said, “Ink pens sign a lot of laws that are evil.”
Owens challenged a common gun-control mantra of needing “common sense gun control” such as restricting the size of magazines.
“What is common sense? [The anti-gun left] want to take a word and say, ‘This is what common sense is.’”
He called for a return to the faith of the Founders.
“We have a form of godliness, but we deny the power thereof,” he said.
He injected a measure of hope, however, saying a “righteous remnant still exists that is not going to cowtow or subjugate themselves to the things of men … because they are going to be compelled to stand for the Truth that they have a relationship with.”
In America, he said, authorities “have put the Bible and prayer out of schools” and “replaced them with condoms.”
“What is happening now is that our schools are actually being targeted by those who are deranged, those who are evil and those who are trouble,” he said.
Cook named abortion as another evil.
“Is there any hope to answer [the problems of society]? The answer is a resounding no, so long as we tolerate abortion and we view children as a liability,” he said.
He renounced any notion that simply not partaking in an abortion or somehow being morally opposed without action negates one’s responsibility.
“Our unwillingness to contend with [abortion] makes us willing accomplices,” he said.
Asked by WND if America is largely a nominal Christian country, considering how many people vote for big government and anti-Christian and non-Christian leaders, Owens said, “That is absolutely correct. I think that is why we are being judged.”
“Christianity is being brought to the test room, and that is why [school shootings] are happening,” he said.
Pratt also chimed in on the problem of apathy.
“Apathy has been a real problem, but I think there is a possibility that that is going away as the government is literally pushing us more and more … and then the government may realize they have awaken the sleeping giant,” he said.
Pratt does have hope for a political revival, because he sees “a resistance that is definitely across the country, but it is noticeable in certain counties where the people have elected sheriffs that have interposed themselves between themselves and federal agents.”
He said the government is “not going to restrain itself.”
“Only a sheriff with his armed deputies and perhaps on occasion a posse that he can summon that can stand against the federal government,” he said. ‘It is happening already where sheriffs are arresting federal agents.”
Pratt dismissed any notion that the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution invalidates state or local laws that contradict federal law.
“The Supremacy Clause only affects those areas Article 1 section 8 and when the federal government acts outside of those very limited areas it is illegitimate,” he said.
Pratt advises Second Amendment activists to focus hard on “getting involved with their sheriff and get the best sheriff elected.” He describes local involvement as a “keystone to getting our country back.”
Owens said it’s not that complicated.
Owens is not alone in believing America is under judgment.
In the aftermath of 9/11, there were repeated calls by political leaders, businessmen and media personalities to respond to the terrorist attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center by building taller and grander – following in the footsteps of ancient Israel as recorded in Isaiah 9:10, wrote bestselling author Jonathan Cahn in “The Harbinger,” which also is being presented in DVD format as “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment.”
Most notably, the very next day, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle delivered an address to a joint session of Congress in which he actually cited and quoted Isaiah 9:10, explaining: “That is what we will do. We will rebuild.”
And on the fourth anniversary of 9/11, Sen. John Edwards, a candidate for vice president at the time, delivered a speech to the Congressional Black Caucus, framing his entire address around Isaiah 9:10.
The message of the bestselling Christian book of 2012 and the bestselling faith movie is that America is re-enacting an ancient drama played out thousands of years ago when Israel’s leaders did not repent and turn back to God after a limited strike on the land. Instead, their words are recorded in Isaiah 9:10, proclaiming they would simply rebuild bigger and better. The result was eventually the destruction of the nation.
Both the book and the documentary present a series of remarkable parallels between the judgment of ancient Israel and events impacting America since 9/11.