Pastor Asked Not to Pray In Jesus Name

Good for him! Pastor Ron Baity of Winston-Salem Berean Baptist Church was told his prayers were not welcome at the North Carolina State Legislature because he invoked the name of Christ in his prayers. He was told that by doing so, he might offend some of the members of the legislature.

He did so anyway, and I’m glad. To offer a prayer without the name of Christ is nothing more than to babble some religious, man-made utterings. Without Christ’s name, the prayer is NOT heard. Pastor Baity stood for righteousness sake even if it cost him the opportunity to pray for the legislature during the rest of the week of his tenure. Here is part of the story.

“I got fired,” said Ron Baity, pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. He had been invited to lead prayer for an entire week but his tenure was cut short when he refused to remove the name Jesus from his invocation.

Baity’s troubles began during the week of May 31. He said a House clerk asked to see his prayer. The invocation including prayers for our military, state lawmakers and a petition to God asking him to bless North Carolina.”

“When I handed it to the lady, I watched her eyes and they immediately went right to the bottom of the page and the word Jesus,” he told FOX News Radio. “She said ‘We would prefer that you not use the name Jesus. We have some people here that can be offended.’”

Just imagine if a Muslim was invited to pray before the North Carolina Legislature and asked not to use Allah’s name. Imagine what the end result of that would be. Why, then, is it OK for the State Legislature to ask to have the name of Christ removed from a Christians prayer? It is not. That violates the very tenants of a Christian’s faith in order to mandate a false, man-made religion which is sanctioned by the state. Another violation of the First Amendment.

Let’s be clear. There are several principles that have to be stated here. First, there is no other name by which we can pray because to do so, is to ignore the Mediator given to us by God. To try and enter into His presence without the blood of Christ, is Babel all over again.

Secondly, Pastor Baity’s First Amendment rights were violated because he was told his services were not needed since he was a believer in Jesus. He would be accepted if he would remove the name of Christ, but the state has no right to do so. If they are going to invite anyone at all to pray before the Legislature, they have no right to dictate to them how to pray or by who’s name.

Third, by doing what they did, the North Carolina State Legislature has mandated a religion, one based on the absence of Jesus. Anyone can pray, just so long as they do not do so in Jesus name. This too is a violation of the First Amendment.

They have the option of either ceasing all prayers, which they have effectively done by excluding the name of Christ, or they can allow those Christians to who pray there, to pray as their conscience dictates.

I’ve written on this issue here and here.

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