by Emily Grooms
MACON, Ga., (TMNews) – “There is no plan B,” said Dr. Emir Caner, President of Truett-McConnell College, at the Georgia Baptist Convention as he referenced the school’s class action lawsuit against the Obama administrations mandate to provide employees with free access to abortion drugs and devices.
Caner opened his address during the conventions educational commission report and shared how Truett-McConnell will meet in front of the Tenth Circuit court on December 8 and “stand for life once again.”
Truett-McConnell joined a lawsuit with GuideStone Financial Resources and Reaching Souls International in October 2013 to fight against the Obama administration’s abortion/contraception mandate, which includes a regulation from the Department of Health and Human Services that requires employers to pay for coverage of workers’ contraceptives, including drugs that can cause abortions, but does not provide an exemption for entities mentioned above, according to a Baptist Press article.
“There is no plan B,” Caner said. “When the courts ask us, ‘what are you going to do if we rule against you?’ The answer is: ‘there is no plan B. We will not hand out abortion inducing drugs, drugs that can kill unborn children, to any of our faculty or staff members; that is a stand that our students deserve, that Truett-McConnell’s administration and Georgia Baptists take.”
Caner went on to share how Truett-McConnell will stand for religious liberty on all accounts: “Did you ever think you would see a day when pastors would be required to bring their sermons in front of a mayor to determine whether they were valid?,” he asked, referencing the debacle in Houston. “That is not something that will happen on our watch. We will stand for this generation,” he added.
Todd Starnes, the conservative Christian journalist from Fox News who broke the story on Houston pastors being forced to hand over sermons pertaining to homosexuality and gender identity to the city’s mayor, will speak at Truett-McConnell’s chapel service on January 22, 2015, Caner told Georgia Baptists. “You are our invited guests; it’s time that we, as pastors and preachers of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, take a stand against such an intrusive government which thinks they can invade our churches and our pulpits and they will not.”
“We will train warriors and not wimps; we will be prophets and not populists; that’s our call; that’s our duty. And if we are going to see revival in this nation, it won’t come because we give our opinion but because we stand for the Word of God.”
“This is our time,” Caner said. “We are not called to win, we are called to fight. And when everything is said and done, may it be said of the generations rising up that they were able to see revival because just a few Jeremiah’s and Isaiah’s stood up and counted the cost for our Lord Jesus Christ. To whom much is given, much is required. Thank you for allowing me to serve at Truett-McConnell College.”
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