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Faith Under Fire: Florida Pastor and Mayor Transforms Community

LAKE WALES, FL – In a world often overshadowed by divisiveness and discord, a beacon of hope shines brightly in the small community of Lake Wales, Florida. Jack Hilligoss, Lake Wales Mayor and Pastor of HighPoint Church has linked arms with his congregation and his community to encourage every citizen to lend their voice, their passion, and their hearts to the pursuit of preserving freedom for themselves and future generations.

Pastor Hilligoss, who became Mayor of Lake Wales in 2022, has been a strong voice in his community, and an advocate for robust civic engagement. His tenure as Mayor has not only reflected his unwavering commitment and dedication to his faith, but also his ability to inspire local citizens to actively participate in shaping the future of their community. His strong values, decisive action in addressing local challenges, and his ability to motivate his community has garnered both admiration and, more recently, criticism.

Following Pastor Hilligoss' recent initiative to promote voter registration during church services, The Ledger, a local news outlet, published an extensive article that criticized Pastor Hilligoss and his congregation as they navigate the intersection between faith and politics. Critics argued that Pastor Hilligoss' actions blur the lines between religion and government and fosters divisiveness within the community. Moreover, his affiliations with conservative Christian organizations, like Citizens Defending Freedom and Liberty Pastors, have raised concerns among those who fear the intrusion of religious beliefs into secular governance. Despite these challenges and vilification, Pastor Hilligoss and his supporters maintain their commitment to uphold their faith, values, and principles on which this Nation was founded. “I would encourage every pastor to encourage their congregation to get engaged,” states Pastor Hilligoss, “and for every Christian to be a part of their city’s politics.”

"The controversy surrounding Pastor Jack and his congregation’s remarkable work in their city underscores how important it is as Christians to remain steadfast," emphasizes Steve Maxwell, co-founder of Citizens Defending Freedom. "Proverbs reminds us that, 'When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice.' When we face adversity, it is crucial for Christians to persevere and stay dedicated to our faith and values, knowing that our earthly endeavors are guided by a higher calling."

Citizens Defending Freedom firmly believes that individuals should not be discouraged from bringing their beliefs and values into the public sphere. Christianity has played a significant role in the shaping of America’s societal values and should be respected as a legitimate influence in political discourse. Thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision to end the Lemon Test, it is not only permissible but also desirable for men of faith, like Pastor Hilligoss, to actively engage in the direction of their communities and ultimately our nation.


About Citizens Defending Freedom:

Founded in 2021, Citizens Defending Freedom is a non-profit organization that strategically operates in counties across America to help citizens defend their faith and freedom, all while fighting for transparency in local government. Currently, Citizens Defending Freedom has official counties in Florida, Georgia, and Texas. The group is rapidly expanding its footprint, and expects to grow into one of America’s largest political nonprofits. Click here to learn more about Citizens Defending Freedom.



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