Religious freedom rally, luncheon set for April 21

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Georgia Baptists will join with other like-minded residents on April 21 to stand for shared values such as biblical-based marriage and religious freedom. WSWG/Special

ATLANTA — Georgia Baptists concerned about the erosion of their religious freedoms will want to attend two important events set for next Friday, April 21,  at the Georgia State Capitol.

“We Stand With God,” a pro-family rally, will be held from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Liberty Plaza across from the capitol building. The site at 206 Washington St. SW has been the site of many similar gatherings in past years.

Immediately following the rally, the “Counting the Cost: The Price of Faith in America Today” luncheon will be held from 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. in the Floyd Room in the adjacent James H. “Sloppy” Floyd Building at 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Registration is required for the luncheon.

Mike Griffin, Public Affairs representative for the Georgia Baptist Mission Board, is encouraging churches to promote the gathering in their congregations to assure good attendance from Christians statewide.

“We will have nine amazing speakers for an action-packed, fast-paced day including: Representative Barry Fleming, myself, Reverend Chris Grinstead, Reverend Garland Hunt, Reverend Paul Smith, Reverend Rusty Smith, Barronelle Stutzman, and Colonel Joe Willis. You will not want to miss this incredible day as #WeStandWithGod.”

‘An outlet for citizens’

According to the rally’s website at westandwithgod.org, the event “is not an ecumenical movement but rather an outlet for citizens to express their conscience on matters of morality, biblical marriage and religious liberty. WSWG is not asking anyone to compromise their doctrinal belies but rather, WSWG believes that citizens must stand unified in the spirit of our Founders who chose the Bible as the litmus test for law and personal rights.

“Therefore, WSWG will exalt the Bible as its final authority for faith and practice.”

The intent of WSWG is to rally citizens in public gatherings nationwide. The gatherings “are intended to draw attention to the civil unrest that is growing in the hearts of the nation’s citizens who love God and His Word.

Barronelle Stutzman, a 72-year-old floral artist who owns and operates Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, WA, was simply living according to her faith when she was attacked by the government and the ACLU. Hear her testimony at the Counting the Cost luncheon. Registration is required. CLC/Special

“It is the desire of WSWG to coordinate meetings in each state so that the voice of the people may be heard. Elected officials must be taken to task regarding their responsibility to recognize the voice of the people in each individual state.

“State’s rights have been trampled upon and the time for change has come,” the website maintains.

For more information on how to pray, promote, donate, or participate visit westandwithgod.org or facebook.com/profamilyrally.

The “Counting the Cost” luncheon will feature guest speaker Barronelle Stutzman, a 72-year-old floral artist who owns and operates Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, WA. who, according to the website, “was simply living according to her faith when she was attacked by the government and the ACLU.

“Join with organizations from around the state to hear Barronelle tell her personal story of faith in the midst of religious persecution.”

The $20 registration fee includes a boxed lunch. For more information or to register visit cwageorgia.ticketspice.com/countingthecost. Use the coupon code “GBMB” to receive $2 off the luncheon cost.

The Georgia Baptist Mission Board and Truett McConnell University are among the 10 sponsors of the event.

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