118 AR Ministers, Church Leaders Sign Letter Against Casino Proposal

On Monday Family Council Action Committee released an open letter from ministers and church leaders opposed to Issue 4, a proposed state constitutional amendment authorizing four casinos in Arkansas.

The letter reads,

As ministers and leaders in Arkansas, one of our primary responsibilities is to lead God’s people and protect them from any and all forms of harm and danger. That is why we are each signing this letter in opposition to the proposed ballot measure Issue 4.

Issue 4 would amend our state’s constitution to legalize casino gambling in Arkansas. This is not a political issue or an economic issue. This is a social and moral issue. Passing Issue 4 quite literally would wreck families and ruin lives in Arkansas.

Casino gambling is tied to crime, bankruptcy, homelessness, domestic violence, divorce, and suicide. Countless children have gone hungry and been neglected, living in poverty, because of a parent’s gambling addiction.

It is our sincere conviction that legalizing casino gambling in Arkansas will harm the families and communities we are called to serve. As Christians, we are instructed to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Issue 4 would hurt our neighbors and their loved ones. For this reason, we oppose Issue 4 and we hope that other Arkansans will as well.

Altogether, 118 ministers and church leaders signed the letter, including former Baptist pastor and Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee; Pastor Ronnie Floyd; and Pastor Greg Sykes, President of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.

Click here to download a copy of the letter and a list of the ministers and church leaders who signed it.

You can read an analysis of Issue 4 here.

Twin Unborn Babies Saved From Abortion in Little Rock

Yesterday Shawn Carney with 40 Days for Life shared some heartwarming news about twin unborn babies who were saved from abortion thanks to the prayers and work of volunteers outside Little Rock’s surgical abortion facility.

Shawn writes,

Toni in Little Rock sent a desperate email pleading for prayer.

“A lady that is 17 weeks pregnant with twins came today for her ultrasound appointment [at the abortion facility],” Toni wrote. “She DOES NOT want the abortion, but she feels that she has no support. Please pray for her.”

Those prayers were answered as the mother chose life.

“She will be moving back in with her mom soon, and we are going to follow her to see that she has the things she needs,” Toni said. “We will also throw her a baby shower when her time for delivery draws near.”

This is what we mean when we say 40 Days for Life is a great way to help end abortion.

Every year we hear stories from other states of abortion clinics shut down and abortion workers coming to Christ in the wake of a 40 Days for Life prayer campaign. This is another one of those amazing stories, and it happened right here in Arkansas!

People in central Arkansas can learn more about 40 Days for Life by contacting Toni Blackwell at 501-650-2993 or 40DaysForLifeLittleRock@gmail.com.

In Northwest Arkansas, you can learn more about 40 Days for Life by contacting Sheila Pursell at 469-231-1959 or 40DaysNWA@gmail.com.