Skyline Church Pastor Jim Garlow, in San Diego, announced his support of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney (video below) on Sunday.
Pastor Garlow said: “Some came to here to hear an endorsement. My endorsement will be Jesus. I’ll tell you whom I’m going to vote for, but I don’t think that makes it an endorsement. I’m going to vote for Mitt Romney, but I’m not telling you to,” reports the San Diego Union-Tribune.
“It is clear that the president of the United States doesn’t stand on these issues that I’ve been talking about, only Mitt Romney does. All I can say is this is a biblical standard of how to vote, and who are we going to vote for these next four years?”
“Now you see, this is where I just crossed the line. I am trying to get the pulpit to be free.”
Pastor Garlow is one of 2,000 ministers taking part in 'Pulpit Freedom Sunday' in defiance of the Johnson amendment in the IRS tax code, which prohibits charities and religious institutions from endorsing or opposing specific candidates.