Tuesday, July 11, 2006
REFORMATION OHIO LAUNCH, OCTOBER 14, 2005: DAVID FORBES
REFORMATION OHIO LAUNCH
OHIO STATEHOUSE, OCTOBER 14, 2005
DIRECTOR, COLUMBUS CHRISTIAN CENTER
So, we’ve got lots of folks who will be joining us here in the next few minutes. They’re making their way here right now, and so we want you to know that in order to get as many people here as possible we’re gonna wait just a couple minutes and we’re expecting and anticipating supernatural things to happen here at this Statehouse. (applause). So thank you very much for being with us. Thank you for your patience. And we’ll begin in about 5 minutes.
(approximate 5 minute pause)
Columbus, Ohio! (cheers) Welcome to the state capital! (cheers) Today we will change the history of this state and this nation. Forever. (cheers) I’m so excited to welcome you to the Reformation Ohio launch. It’s not just a launch. It’s a launch out into the deep. (cheers) I want you to know that the blessing and the reward, and the destiny of God is not in the shallow waters. It’s out in the deep! (cheers) And today we launch out into the deep (cheers) to bring the blessing and the honor and power of God to bear not only on our state but on this nation. (applause) Right here on the ground are the words inscribed “With God All Things Are Possible.” (cheers) That’s because at some time in the past somebody— forefathers and foremothers of this state—knew that God had to be part of this great State of Ohio! (applause) And I’m here to declare to all of you that that seed that was sown many many years ago is bearing its first fruit right here today (not understandable. cheers)
Reformation Ohio is important because not only do we have the opportunity to unite blacks, whites, Latinos, and other nationalities and those with various religious backgrounds and experiences, but we come together to say this state is united (cheers)—we are one—we are one under the blood and under the name of Jesus Christ!. (cheers) Individuals are transformed. But I have news for you. States are reformed. (cheers) and from this day forward, the State of Ohio will never be the same! (cheers) As a friend of mine would say “Give up praise and glory!” (Cheers)
Pray with me for one moment:
Dear Lord God: we thank you and honor you for this moment. And father we come not in our name or not in the name of our churches or our denomination -- even our political parties. We come, Lord, in your name. And we bring all of the power of your presence to bear on this moment. Lord, our prayer is for today and for every other moment until you come, Lord, that your character will be manifested. Manifested in us. Manifested in our state. Manifested in our government. And manifested in our people. So, we invite your presence here today. We invite you to do and say what you want to do and say. Have you way. Make the points you choose to make. And Lord, at the end let all of the glory be yours in the name of Jesus. Amen!
Just a couple of months ago, in the State of California, a federal judge—and this is one of the reasons we’re gathered today—a federal judge decided that the words “one nation under God” are unconstitutional. Imagine that. And that means that in the State of California and in other places, young children are not even in their schools allowed to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
That’s not true today. That’s not true today because we have a young man who is anointed, who is powerful, excited and prepared to come and lead us today. A student to lead us in the National Anthem. So at this point I welcome to the platform Mr. Jeran Dorman (NOTE: not sure of spelling) to come and lead us in our pledge. Following that we’ll have a musical selection by Mr. Travis Laws—will come following that event (applause)
Give this young man a hand! (applause then cheers)
(joined by audience):
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, (NOTE: one nation—Jeran skips that phrase, but audience doesn’t) under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Followed by song performed by TRAVIS LAWS
Lord. For those who cannot cry out for themselves
We’re crying to you.
We stand in the gap
To find the darkness, Lord.
The Army of Light, in power and might
Declaring your word
So come in your power
NOTE: An article on David Forbes and same sex marriage is at USA Today.