Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.
I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
I don't believe abortion should be allowed. We have the means to prevent the vast majority of unwanted pregnancies through birth-control methods. Abortion should not be another means of birth-control. Abortion should not be a business or used as a profit center for organizations such as Planned Parenthood. Abortion should not be an option because of financial issues, convenience issues, or family planning issues. In this day and age, there is very little excuse for pregnancy if people are responsible. The best birth control of all is abstinence. In cases of rape and incest, I believe charges should be filed against the offender if known.Many say Christians only care for the babies in the womb, but not after they are born. As a pastor, I have cared for babies on both sides of the birth canal and always will. We love children and babies absolutely and we love women and mothers and seek the best for all parties - life and love.
It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.
Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.
How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?
Our nation is in debt to the tune of 23 trillion dollars. it is my understanding our Social Security funds have been co-mingled into the general pool of money. We must calculate what the funds paid in are, and how much is owed to the citizens. The money has been paid by employers and employees for years based on a promise and a fiduciary trust. The government sadly has betrayed that trust. Immediate, sound steps need to be taken to separate those funds, let them grow through interest and investment, and then be paid to the citizens at the time of their chosen retirement per the ages in place or in their time of true need. We may need to raise the age a few years to save the system, but we also need to be a lot more selective on when those are paid out for other reasons than retirement. SSI seems to be going to some who are not retired, who can work, but who are taking advantage of the system for which they have made no investment.
What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?
I would reduce what we spend on items for government use. The government gladly overpays for nearly every item they purchase. I would reduce the bureaucracy, the red tape, so many of our entitlements, duplicated governmental agencies, reduce the debt so we can reduce the cost of our debt, and the privileges that office holders gain once they have been elected into office. i would also reduce the pork-belly projects. Term limits would greatly reduce office holders favors and deals granted.
Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?
I don't think taxpayers should help pay off student loans. An education is of great value. Things of great value come with a cost. The government can help on the supply side of the equation in making sure that universities and learning institutions are keeping their promise to their students in being reputable and a true job gaining credential. Education is a free market where students have the choice to go to a college of their choice and one of their financial affordability.
Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.
Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.
I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.
What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?
The First Amendment is our foundation and reference to issues concerning the Church and the state. It was never to keep Church out of government, far from it. John Adams said our form of government is only suitable for a moral and religious people. Washington said the pillars to our nation are religion and morality. We need Godly men and women in office who pray, who read God's Word, and who follow it. Our nation will only be what it should be if we return to our Judeo-Christian values. The State is not to infringe on our religious liberties, nor prohibit the free exercise of our religion. The Capitol in Washington DC has a chapel. The Washington Monument is topped with the words "Laos Deo". We take our oaths historically on the Bible and we say "so help me God" as President Washington initiated. Noah Webster, Patrick Henry, and even Benjamin Franklin demonstrated this. Eisenhower had "One nation under God" added to our pledge. "in God we trust" is on our coins.
It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.
I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
Healthcare for all provided by the government would bankrupt our nation and bring the quality of healthcare down dramatically. Healthcare costs are too high and insurance is getting more and more unaffordable. There must be a better solution. I think we need to look back at how healthcare was administered in the past. Allowing competition across state lines will help, along with working with the Emergency Care facilities that are popping up to find a competitive, affordable option. I believe that we need to see people being more responsible and prayerfully proactive in having health care before a devastating condition arises. With that said, those who find themselves with a pre-existing condition should be able to purchase healthcare for themselves and we can use our charitable branches of hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, churches, and businesses to assist. Prior to the complications of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals never turned people away. I believe this is still the case.
The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.
What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?
We need to realize and be brave enough to call radical Islamic terrorism what it is and deal with it accordingly. We need to confront it where it is militarily and financially, and prevent it from coming here. As a pastor, I have helped many people who truly sought refuge in this nation, gain that refuge and/or asylum, but we have always worked to help those who really wanted to come to bless this nation and to join us in the privilege to be called Americans. I have a member of my Church who went through a long investigative process to be allowed refuge here in the U.S. He told me something very surprising. He said he was glad it was so difficult to be approved because that let him know that our nation is seeking to bring those who want to be here for positive reasons, and help block those who mean our families harm. Lastly, the love of Christ can convert even the hardest heart. We have seen 12 Muslim families convert to Christ in our Church. The Lord wants to save any who'll come
I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.
State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.
Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.
Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?
Anyone should be allowed to enter our nation as long as they come the right way, through our ports of entry and they come for the right reasons - to be Americans, to enjoy freedom, to worship as they choose, and not to change this nation to fit their ideology. As a pastor, I have helped many people who truly sought refuge in this nation, gain that refuge and/or asylum, but we have always worked to help those who really wanted to come to bless this nation and to join us in the privilege to be called Americans. The vast majority of people that we as a Church have helped are those escaping the radical Islam in Iran who come to this nation to worship the God of Israel through His Son Jesus Christ, receiving His Holy Spirit as a Deposit guarantee.
Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.
Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.
I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I gave my heart to the Lord Jesus when I was 12 years old. I felt the call to preach at age 18 and surrendered to preach at age 37. I believe God's Word from Genesis to Revelation literally. I believe there is no way to be saved, to be forgiven of our sins, and to go to Heaven except through the Lord Jesus Christ who was born to a virgin, lived a perfect life, died on the Cross for our sins, and rose the third day. I believe He is coming back again. My whole life is based on the Lord. We are saved by Grace but we are blessed through obedience - Joshua 1:8. The Lord will bless the nation whose God is the Lord. When the righteous govern, the people rejoice. We follow Christ and obey the laws of the land as long as they do not conflict with God's Law. I believe we love our enemies and we do good to those who hate us. I believe we do right because we fear the Lord and because it shows Him how much we love Him. 2 Chronicles 7:14 still applies to this day, to this nation.
When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?
Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.
My website www.checkjohnnyforcongress.org. My Facebook devotions that I put out every Monday at Johnny Mark Teague and at Johnny Teague for Congress. And, you can check the theology of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Southern Baptist Convention to see the precepts we hold to as graduates and members of this denomination. Beyond that, you can visit our Church website and listen to a few of my sermons - Church at the Cross, Houston, Texas.
Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.
No, not ever by God's Grace.
Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
I am a pastor, a rancher, a small business owner, an author, and an inventor. I have done extensive travel in all 50 states and in 18 countries and I can say beyond a shadow-of-a-doubt, there is no better nation than this one. I have five college degrees and have enjoyed the opportunities that this nation has given to me. I am a husband and a father. I am an American, a Texan, and above all, a Christian. I rejoice in all who have taken time to learn about me and would appreciate their kind consideration.
Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.
What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?
I believe there are common sense steps that can be taken especially when it comes to preventing violent offenders or domestic abusers access to guns, but the reality that is constantly overlooked or ignored is that only law-abiding citizens follow the law. The person intent on harm will always find a way to get a weapon illegally. If gun rights are restricted, sadly, only the law-abiding will be without a means to defend themselves and that leaves us at the mercy of the lawless.
I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.
I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.
Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.
The Electoral College should be abolished.
In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?
Protections for Bible-believing Christians and Jews from attacks whether regarding traditional marriage, stand against abortion, opting out of healthcare plans that include abortion and sexual transition funding, defending prayer in schools, the Ten Commandment/Nativity displays, the freedom to speak the Lord Jesus' Name in public settings, public prayer and the like - 2 Chronicles 7:14. Term Limits Reduce the Debt Bill including a balanced budget
Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?
Racism has existed long before the United States ever became a nation, but it is a blight on our history and a sin that we committed when many in this country saw and accepted some as free and some as slaves. Thankfully, our nation has made great sacrifices toward ending racism through the Civil War, the Civil Rights movement, Educational and Training opportunities, and more. But, racism still exists. It is not a black and white issue only. It is a Jewish issue, a Middle Eastern issue, a Hispanic issue, an Asian issue, an economic issue and more. At the heart of the problem is the heart. A return to God's Word, to Christian values put in practice can help reduce the threat that these hold. Personal responsibility is also a key. No one is entitled. If we don't work, we don't eat. Victim-hood is also a problem. Every one of us has sad stories to tell of times when we have been hurt, persecuted, or abused. We must learn to not let such things define us. We can rise above it