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A Defense to Anyone Who Asks

If it seems as though CMC isn’t like most Christian advocacy groups, that's because it isn't.

We aren't fully associated with either conservative or liberal political philosophy because we look to the Bible, the Word of God, as the sole source of our wisdom. We're different from other grassroots organizations because we pursue biblical truth wherever it leads us. As our founder, Rod Parsley, has often said, to be morally consistent is to be politically unpredictable.

To learn more about what we believe, see the “Get Educated” section of this website.

How can I contact The Center for Moral Clarity?
  • Postal mail: The Center For Moral Clarity, P.O. Box 32903, Columbus, Ohio 43232-0996
  • Phone: (614) 837-1990, ext. 236
  • E-mail:
Who do I contact if I am having a problem with the CMC website?

How can I stay informed on the crucial moral issues that affect us all?
  • Click here to become a member of the Center for Moral Clarity. It's free, and it allows us to begin sending you regular e-mail updates.
  • Keep reading this website! It's updated weekly - and sometimes more often - with timely information about the crucial moral issues of the day.
  • You can also visit the Get Educated links for summaries of key issues facing our culture. Each link in that section provides a summary of a vital moral issue and an appropriate Christian response.
How can I get involved in the Center for Moral Clarity?
The first step is to become a member of The Center for Moral Clarity so you can begin receiving weekly email updates and informative newsletters that will keep you current on the issues important to our faith and families. Our weekly e-mails often include action alerts which allow you to contact your government leaders on issue of critical importance.

Is it really important for me to call my U.S. Senators and Member of Congress?
Only if you're satisfied with the way things are in this nation! America is facing critical issues that can dramatically change the moral climate of our society, and it's vital that Christians make their voices heard.

Officials in Washington, D.C., and at the state level were elected to represent us, and they take input from their constituents seriously. If we don't voice our concerns and indicate how we want them to represent us, they will only hear from people opposed to biblical values.

Phone calls, letters, faxes and e-mails are part of an elected representative's everyday life, and they welcome your correspondence.
We’ve made it easy for you to locate contact information for your federal and state representatives here.

As a Christian, how can I know which legislation I should support?
CMC highlights the key pieces of legislation that are important to our faith and family on this Web site. The Current Issues links provide a description of bills of interest, who is sponsoring them and CMC's position, as well as all the information you need to make an impact in your community.

Does Rod Parsley have ministry materials I can purchase?
The Breakthrough Shopping Center contains products relevant to the issues Pastor Parsley is addressing through The Center for Moral Clarity.

As a pastor with a church that operates as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, what are my boundaries as it relates to politics, elections and lobbying?
The following free documents detail the "dos and don'ts" for pastors and ministries.
How can I obtain copies of Rod Parsley's books on moral issues?
You can buy copies of Silent No More, Culturally Incorrect and Living on Our Heads here.

Does Rod Parsley hate homosexuals?
Not at all! Rod Parsley feels great compassion for men and women who choose a homosexual lifestyle, and wants them to know the healing, deliverance and forgiveness from sin that can only be found in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Rod Parsley does takes issue with the militant agenda of the homosexual lobby - which seeks to radically re-define marriage and family in this nation in ways that are clearly unbiblical. State constitutional amendments defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and the federal Marriage Protection Amendment, are a response to the activities of this lobby, not an attempt to impose a Christian theocracy on America.

Does Rod Parsley hate Muslims?
Rod Parsley loves people and opposes the belief systems that keep them from the truth in Christ. Islam is one such belief system. There are two types of Muslims in the world - those who love peace and radical Muslim extremists, who interpret the Quran as a license to impose Islam by force upon all who are not adherents.

Peace-loving Muslims need the full support of all Christians. In fact, many peace-loving Muslims are appalled at what is being done in the name of their religion. They were horrified by the events of September 11, 2001, and they are appalled by the actions of suicide bombers across the world.

Christians must provide understanding, cooperation, support and friendship to peace-loving Muslims throughout the world who share our desire for democracy and peace.

How is CMC different from other pro-life, pro-family organizations?
CMC approaches moral issues from a biblical worldview, and doesn't involve itself with matters that are primarily economic in nature. You won't hear CMC take a position on tax cuts, gun control or foreign policy, except as they relate to the critical moral issues of life, faith, marriage, family, religious liberties, social justice and citizenship.

Because it adheres to a biblical worldview, CMC is often inaccurately labeled exclusively as a politically conservative organization. The truth is that Rod Parsley is not affiliated with either political party. You're just as likely to hear Rod Parsley decry the evils of racism and poverty as to argue forcefully for pro-life and pro-family values.

Rod Parsley is driven to speak on moral issues by biblical truth, not by partisan agendas.

Does Rod Parsley want to change this nation into a Christian theocracy, rather than a democracy?
Absolutely not! Rod Parsley speaks God's truth about moral issues, but he realizes those truths do not resonate with everyone – and when they do, it may be for a host of reasons.

Like other leaders, he advocates for positions on moral issues based on his convictions. In his case, those convictions are determined in the Word of God. Sometimes, that conviction coincides with the majority view - for example, the view that marriage is designed to be the union of one man and one woman. Sometimes, his conviction coincides with a minority viewpoint - for example, his firm belief that human embryonic stem-cell research should be forbidden because it is the destruction of nascent human life.

America is a democracy, and on any given issue many competing worldviews vie for the public's attention. Rod Parsley is convinced that a Christian worldview must be represented in America's marketplace of ideas, and he formed CMC to provide a platform for that worldview.

Does CMC endorse candidates for public office?
No, because that would be illegal. CMC is an outreach of World Harvest Church, and is bound by federal Internal Revenue Service regulations that prohibit him from endorsing political candidates. Clergy of all faith expressions have been prohibited from endorsing candidates for the past 50 years.

Pastor Parsley is a firm supporter of federal legislation that would return to members of the clergy the right to endorse candidates, which they had for more than 150 years after the founding of our nation. Until that law is passed, CMC is committed to complying with existing law.

CMC Founder and President Rod Parsley has, on occasion, made personal endorsements for candidates. When he has done so, he has been careful to make clear that his endorsement derives from himself individually, and not from any of the ministries he leads. For example, he has never used a CMC publication to communicate his endorsement, nor has he issued an endorsement from the tabernacle of World Harvest Church.

Is CMC affiliated with any political party?
No! Rod Parsley often says, "I'm not a Republican or a Democrat - I'm a Christocrat!" CMC's views on moral issues transcend political parties, and are taken irrespective of which party is more likely to adopt them. We strive to be morally consistent, with biblical truth as our standard - and to be morally consistent is to be politically unpredictable.

Does Rod Parsley believe in capital punishment?
Pastor Parsley believes capital punishment is biblical and morally permissible, especially in cases of murder where there is no doubt about the defendant's guilt.

The commandment "Thou shalt not kill," which is frequently misrepresented as a biblical imperative against capital punishment, is more accurately rendered "Thou shalt not murder." Murder is defined as the spilling of innocent blood, and government is justified in avenging such heinous actions.

Rod Parsley believes capital punishment should be used only in rare instances, because its use precludes any opportunity for the redemptive work of Christ to act in the prisoner's life.

Which is more important for the Christian - evangelism or advocacy of moral issues?
Rod Parsley believes both evangelism and social action are important activities for the Christian.

There is no doubt that believers are called to make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20), and that this is to our primary calling. But we are also called to be "salt and light," that is, to influence others (Matthew 5:13-16).

Advocating for moral issues is an effective way to influence others. It also attracts people of other religions and of no particular religious faith - people who are inclined to agree with CMC on moral issues - to the truth of Christianity, and that is our ultimate goal.

What are some of the positions Pastor Parsley takes that are more commonly associated with liberals?
Rod Parsley enjoys productive working relationships with members of the so-called Religious Right. He is proud to work with them in defense of the sanctity of human life and the defense of the biblical definition of marriage. However, his calling to influence the culture goes far beyond marching in lockstep with anyone’s conservative playbook.

He is also a humanitarian and a champion of social action. There are times when the "liberal" position on a moral issue is the biblically correct one, and Rod doesn't hesitate to take the side of the biblically correct, whether it comes from the political right or the political left. Specifically:
  • Pastor Parsley believes racism angers God, and has no place in a civilized society. He asks whites to insist on equality for all races, and implores blacks to be done with bitterness over past injustices.
  • He is a zealous advocate for women's rights. Pastor Parsley believes it's a travesty that women are paid significantly less than men for comparable jobs, and favors giving women equal opportunity to pursue their individual callings in the areas of employment, leadership and family.
  • He supports prison re-entry programs as a helping hand to men and women who have served their debt to society. They work against the rate of recidivism - the rate at which ex-offenders commit new crimes and return to prison - and therefore help keep our communities safer.
  • Pastor Parsley also believes poverty is an unacceptable condition in the richest nation in the world. He favors the elimination of wasteful programs that harm the poor by creating a dependence on government to provide what people should - and almost universally want to - provide for themselves. He has also worked to assure that the payday lending industry charges reasonable interest rates.
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