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‘Jesus Christ’ Banned from Council Prayers

rhough Wrote: Mar 07, 2013 5:45 PM
Having the opportunity to pray at council meetings in two cities, I have not had anyone say that couldn't pray in the name of Jesus. One of those cities was mostly African American and I couldn't imagine the ACLU or an atheistic organization expecting or even asking an African American to not pray in the name of Jesus' if that is their preference. Whether in council or not, we are still admonished to pray for our leaders and those in authority so we may live in peace and the Gospel go forth as we have opportunity to share Christ.
Dean197 Wrote: Mar 08, 2013 10:33 AM
Of course you can pray in the name of Jesus...as long as you're not leading a town council prayer.

The mayor of a Washington town has directed pastors to stop invoking the name “Jesus Christ” in city council invocations.

Don Jensen, the mayor of Longview, Wash., told the Kelso-Longview Ministerial Association that prayers mentioning Christ were not acceptable because they could expose the city to a lawsuit.

The decision has sparked controversy in the city – located about 50 miles north of Portland, Ore.

Mark Schmutz, who pastors the Northlake Baptist Church, said if they can’t speak the name Jesus Christ, association ministers will no longer provide the invocation.

“We need to be able to speak Jesus’ name,” he told...