Pennsylvania Bible Study Kickoff: God Has a Foundational Place in Government Says State Senator Cris Dush
State Senator Cris Dush said God has always had a role in the keystone state’s governance and he is blessed to further God’s teaching by sponsoring Pastor Joe Green’s Bible study ministry to legislators in the Pennsylvania Capitol.
Senator Dush made his remarks at a reception hosted recently by Pastor Joe Green to invite legislators to participate in the Bible study that will meet weekly in the Pennsylvania Capitol Building.
“A lot of people try to tell us that God is not supposed to be involved in government yet here in our preamble to the Pennsylvania Constitution, it says otherwise,” Senator Dush said.
“The preamble reads: ‘WE, the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty and humbly invoking His guidance do ordain and establish this Constitution.’”
Pastor Green said he is blessed to lead the ministry and in the future would launch another for Capitol staff. Pastor Green is also the lead pastor at St. Paul’s Missionary Church in Harrisburg.
“It is such a critical time for the state and the nation to get back to the foundational principles that made us great,” Pastor Green said.
“William Penn was a Quaker minister; he did not believe you could govern the affairs of man without the influence of the Bible. I think we have been sustained for many years because of that.
“We are going to have Bible study and have opportunity to make disciples, we want it to be a place where we can come together and talk about the Scriptures and study.
“And even those who may not be fully convinced of the Scriptures or have some questions, we invite you to be a part of the discussion as well.
“I do believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is the foundation of Scripture that not only made us the greatest nation this side of heaven but has sustained us over these years.
“I believe it is the erosion of those principles that has sent us to a place not only where most of us don’t want to be but didn’t think we would be so quickly.
“I am excited about this Bible study.”
Also present at the kickoff were Ralph Drollinger, President and Founder of Capitol Ministries, and Brian Hanson, CapMin International Director who also co-leads with Brian Solomon the ministry to Ohio legislators.
Drollinger explained that in establishing discipleship Bible Studies to appointed and elected public servants, Capitol Ministries is thinking biblically.
“Biblically the state and church are separate institutions, but that does not mean the church should not influence the state. It most certainly should,” he said.
Pastor Hanson explained that Capitol Ministries does not lobby, does not support or oppose legislation, does not tell legislators how to vote nor which policies to enact.
“We are disciple makers,” he said. “We meet weekly for exegetical, verse by verse Bible studies because we believe the Bible is the authority, the foundation of all truth. It is indeed the inspired Word of God.”
Drollinger said he was excited to welcome the Pennsylvania ministry to the more than 40 state ministries already established by CapMin.
“I would like to thank Sen. Dush for all he is doing in the Pennsylvania Capitol to develop the ministry,” Drollinger said. “And we are excited that Joe is a godly man who has a passion and a vision to have a ministry in your Capitol.”
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