Leading Southern Baptist Pastor Prays for Death of Critics of His Huckabee Endorsement
background by JewsOnFirst.org, August 20, 2007
Pastor Wiley Drake, who has served as a vice president of the national Southern Baptist Convention, used his tax-exempt church to endorse Republican presidential contender Mike Huckabee. When Americans United for Separation of Church and State protested, Drake issued a call for "imprecatory" prayer -- specifically for the death of several AU leaders.
The text of his call is below, followed by news coverage.
Pastor Wiley Drake Calls for Imprecatory Prayer against So-Called Religious Liberty Watchdog Group
News release from Wiley Drake, via Christian Newswire, August 14, 2007
MEDIA ADVISORY, Aug. 14 /Christian Newswire/ -- In light of the recent attack from the enemies of God I ask the children of God to go into action with Imprecatory Prayer. Especially against Americans United for Separation of Church and State. I made an attempt to go to them via Matt 18:15 but they refused to talk to me. Specifically target Joe Conn or Jeremy Learing. They are those who lead the attack. (You can see their press release attack at www.au.org )
Imprecatory prayer, is now our duty
John Calvin gave the church its marching orders from Scripture. The righteous have dominion, but only through imprecatory prayer against the ungodly.
David as our Old Testament shepherd gives us many Imprecatory prayers, and can be found to be in best focus in Psalm 109. Also chapters 55, 58, 68, 69, and 83
Pray these back to God and He will answer.
Jesus in Matthew 23: 13, 15, 16, 23, 24, 27, and 29 gave us our New Testament marching orders as well.
Let us join Paul and declare anathema upon anyone" who loves not the Lord Jesus." I Cor 16:22
Church father Martin Luther, led us by saying…"If any of the enemies of God's people belong to God's election, the church's prayer against them giveth way to their conversion, and seeketh no more than that the judgment should follow them, only until they acknowledge their sin, turn, and seek God."
How to pray
Please join us, with Bible in hand, and let us do battle against the enemies of God. Continue.
Church pastor Wiley Drake on IRS probe: 'We win.'
By Mathew Padilla and Martin Wisckol, The Orange County Register, May 18, 2008
Southern Baptist Pastor Wiley Drake Sr. announced today that the Internal Revenue Service cleared him of any wrongdoing in his endorsement of presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee.
"The bottom line is we are absolutely not guilty. We win,'' Drake told about 50 parishioners at the First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park, who broke out in applause.
The news was not confirmed by the IRS, though Drake provided the Orange County Register with a letter he said he received from the agency. Continue.
Buena Park pastor asks followers to pray for the death of his critics
His response comes after a call to the IRS about a political endorsement he issued on church letterhead
Dave McKibben, The Los Angeles Times, August 16, 2007
Buena Park pastor asks followers to pray for the death of his critics His response comes after a call to the IRS about a political endorsement he issued on church letterhead.
Wiley S. Drake, a Buena Park pastor and a former national leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, called on his followers to pray for the deaths of two leaders of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
The request was in response to the liberal group's urging the IRS on Tuesday to investigate Drake's church's nonprofit status because Drake endorsed former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee for president on church letterhead and during a church-affiliated Internet radio show. Continue.
Minister: Death To My Tax Status Critics
Calif. Clergyman Condemns Those Who Complained To IRS Criticizing His Political Endorsement Of Huckabee
Associated Press, CBS News, August 17, 2007
(AP) A California minister who used church stationery and an Internet radio program to endorse former Gov. Mike Huckabee for president is asking his followers to pray for the deaths of those who filed a complaint against him with the IRS.
The Rev. Wiley S. Drake of the First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park, Calif., called for "imprecatory prayer" targeting Barry W. Lynn, Joe Conn and Jeremy Leaming of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
"The prayer does call for serious, serious punishment on people. But I didn't call for that, God did," said Drake, a native of Magnolia who completed a term in June as second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Continue.
IRS Should Investigate Partisan Political Activity Of Southern Baptist Church In Calif., Says Americans United
Pastor Used Church Resources To Endorse GOP Hopeful Huckabee As God's Candidate In Violation Of Federal Tax Law, Says Church-State Watchdog Group
News Release, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, August 14, 2007
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today urged the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park, Calif., for possible violation of federal tax law barring electioneering by non-profit groups.
"Federal tax law is clear," said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director, "Churches and other non-profits may not endorse candidates, if they want to keep their tax exemption. I am confident that the vast majority of Americans do not want to see their houses of worship politicized." Continue.
Calif. Pastor Prays For Demise Of Americans United Staff, Following Watchdog Group's IRS Complaint
AU's Lynn Says Pastor Offers Outlandish Attack Instead Of Answering Concerns Of Improper Electioneering
News Release, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, August 15, 2007
Americans United for Separation of Church and State today denounced the tactics of a political pastor in California who has urged followers to pray for the demise of staff members of the religious liberty watchdog group.
Yesterday, Americans United asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park, Calif., for a potential violation of federal tax law barring electioneering by non-profit groups. Dr. Wiley S. Drake, pastor of the church, issued a press release on church letterhead endorsing Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and subsequently offered the endorsement on a church-affiliated radio show. Continue.
When a Blessing Is a Curse
Sometimes the most loving prayers are not all that nice.
Commentary by Mark Galli, Christianity Today, August 23, 2007
Last week, Wiley S. Drake, an California pastor and a former national leader of the Southern Baptist Convention, asked his followers to pray for the deaths of two leaders of Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AUSCS).
He did so because the group urged the IRS to investigate his church's nonprofit status. Drake had endorsed former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee for president, doing so on church letterhead and during a church-affiliated internet radio show; the AUSCS was naturally concerned.
Drake said he was "simply doing what God told me to do." He believes AUSCS officials are "enemies of God" and that "God says to pray imprecatory prayer against people who attack God's church."
Leaving little to the imagination, Drake offered some samples that, I presume, were to be answered before God killed the officials: "Let his days be few, and let another take his office," his suggested prayer reads. "Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow." Continue.
Can good people pray for bad things?
A pastor's request raises an issue as old as the Psalms
Jennifer Garza, The Sacramento Bee, September 1, 2007
One morning last week, at about 5:30, callers to the Rev. Wiley Drake's telephone prayer ministry heard this request to the Almighty:
"Lord, I pray that you would intervene in this situation."
Drake, pastor of the First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park, may have been referring to the situation he has found himself in since he invoked another prayer, one that has been criticized by church leaders and debated by religion scholars -- and leads to the question, "Is it OK to pray for something bad to happen to others?"
That's essentially what Drake did. Two weeks ago, the pastor called for the use of imprecatory prayers -- prayers that ask for misfortune to fall on someone else. Continue.