GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Jentezen Franklin, senior pastor of Free Chapel in Gainesville, Georgia, releases the following statement in response to President Trump’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast:
“Today the president reminded the nation that ‘faith is central to American life and liberty.’ I pray we never forget this fundamental truth or take for granted the privilege we enjoy as citizens of this great country to express our faith without fear that our government will attempt to do us harm.
“Reflecting on religious liberty, the president also told the story of North Korean defector, Ji Seong-ho, who would often recite the Lord’s Prayer in times of desperation because it gave him hope. Knowing there are individuals humbling themselves before God in the both the land of the free and in nations ruled by tyrants, reminds us that our faith in Jesus is more powerful than politics, and that God’s hand reaches across the nations.
“Today, as so many pastors, businessmen and politicians set aside a sacred time to pray in the nation’s capital, I encourage all Americans to do the same, asking God to richly bless this land and its people. May we also remember our persecuted brothers and sisters all around the world like Ji Seong-ho, who are crying out to God for deliverance and freedom.”
Jentezen Franklin is the senior pastor of Free Chapel, a multi-campus church. Each week his television program Kingdom Connection is broadcast on major networks all over the world. Franklin is a New York Times best-selling author and winner of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Mantle of Destiny Award for his efforts on racial reconciliation. He has written eight books including the groundbreaking Fasting and Right People-Right Place-Right Plan. His latest book, Love Like You’ve Never Been Hurt, is set to release in March.