Skip to comments.California Christians, Prepare for Civil Disobedience
Posted on 08/17/2018 8:03:09 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
As California appears poised to pass a draconian bill that directly attacks your religious freedoms, its time for you to draw a line in the sand. If the bill passes, you must choose to obey God rather than man. Its time for civil disobedience.
Im speaking about AB 2943, which the Senate just approved by a vote of 25-11. Next is the Assembly, then the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown, then the length and breadth of your great state.
In an August 16 email, Greg Burt, Director of Capitol Engagement, California Family Council, explained the significance of AB 2943, which I previously dubbed the Must Stay Gay bill. He wrote, With Thursday's [Senate] vote, elected leaders told churches and those with biblical beliefs about gender and sexual orientation that advocating for their views could get them sued.
He continued, This bill attacks the freedom of Christians . . . to find the services and resources from counselors, schools, and faith-based organizations that help them live out their biblical convictions regarding sexual behavior and gender identity. Shouldn't these people have the freedom to find true joy by embracing and living out their faith without government persecution?
The potential impact of this bill should not be downplayed. As Burt noted without hyperbole, The implications of AB 2943 are staggering. Legal experts confirm that by targeting financial transactions, AB 2943 threatens religious non-profits, churches, and pastors who provide paid resources to help people practice their faith.
My brothers and sisters in California, should this bill become law, your choice is simple: Say yes to the will of God and no to the will of man (Acts 5:29).
The bad news is that AB 2943 is on its way to becoming law. How in the world did we get to this place in America?
The good news (albeit a little late) is that many church leaders who previously sat on the sidelines have gotten directly involved. They have spoken out publicly against the bill. They have urged their congregants to contact their elected officials. And they have stood together with many ex-gays who have testified to the life-changing power of gospel-based counsel.
Yet the California legislators continue their march of oppression, all in the name of saving people from the alleged harm of so-called conversion therapy. And they have done so despite hearing firsthand testimonies of transformed lives, despite peer-reviewed, scientific evidence that change is possible, and despite the fact that such therapy is completely voluntary and non-compelled.
Still, these California lawmakers proclaim, No! You must stay gay (or trans)! We will not allow you to explore the possibility of change.
This is nothing less than governmental tyranny, nothing less than an abuse of elected power, nothing less than an unholy mandate against the holy claims of God.
Will you sit back and take it? Or will you rise up as one, with all respect for your government, and say, If people want help, we will supply it. We will practice our faith. We will not deny the life-changing power of the gospel to anyone.
Stop for a moment and look at these smiling faces. Meet Jeff and David and April and others. Read their testimonies and hear their stories.
Some struggled with unwanted same-sex attractions for years. Some were out and proud homosexuals. Some identified as transgender. Others had their own unique story of sexual brokenness or addiction.
Yet every single one of them testifies to radical change through the gospel and godly counsel. And under AB 2943, every one of them would be denied such godly help. Are you going to take this sitting down?
If you get sued for doing whats right, so be it. If you get arrested, so be it. Great is your reward in heaven! Our brothers and sisters around the world are being exiled or stoned or burned alive or imprisoned or kidnapped for their faith. Surely we can take a little opposition for our faith here in the States.
But I dont believe it will end there. I believe that, if AB 2943 passes, we will see it overturned, either through legal challenges that make it to the Supreme Court or through the voice of the people saying, Enough is enough.
So, lets make holy history together. And lets make a solemn determination: No earthly power will stop me from loving my neighbor as myself.
More nuttiness from the land of fruits and nuts.
Not surprising. Feel sorry for FReepers who live there.
Not surprising. Feel sorry for FReepers who live there.
This State has become a illegal hell hole. A pure garbage dump of America. It never will recover since the illegals, communists Democrats and the insane run the State.
Is Jerry Brown still a Christian?
Last I heard, Moonbeam was a Buddhist.
RE: Is Jerry Brown still a Christian?
Was he ever one?
I do and I fear not, God puts me in the battle where he needs me most and wearing the full armor of God I go fearlessly forward assured he will grant us victory
Call it David and Goliath if you will, no matter the forces arrayed against us God looks upon them and in the blink of an eye the tide of the battle turns
Psalms 91 & 37 give me calm before the storm, let all who are against him fly their flag, they will be cut off
California. Sodom and Gomorrah all rolled into 1.
The results of all the insane asylums that were opened and the the insane left to roam the streets starting in the 1970s.
That’s why the left has been taking over the judicial system and expanding the power of the judicial branch. Find out what’s happening in universities and law schools, with alumni in global corporations, some of the billionaire benefactors and others involved. Then, you’ll know.
I suspect that not all Christians in California will peacefully submit to this tyranny.
Also find out about homosexual demographics (especially statistics involving family income levels).
Well we can always hope they are herded into one area then pushed into the sea to never be heard or seen again. It would quite literally Make California Great Again. Plan B would be to push them into Mexico with the same results. Let them be Mexico's problem since half of them were theirs to start with.
“Everything which is not forbidden is compulsory.” — T. H. White’s one sentence description of totalitarianism.
California today is a far, far cry from what it was in the 1960’s, when we had a conservative Republican governor (Ronald Reagan), two Republican Senators (George Murphy and Tom Kuchel), a Superintendent of Public Instruction (Max Rafferty) who insisted that schools provide scholarly and academic instruction, and a Democrat mayor of Los Angeles (Sam Yorty) who was more conservative than most Republicans. Even San Francisco had a Republican mayor (George Christopher). Although we had a terrible smog problem, we had the fastest growing economy in the world.
Unconstitutional! Once it’s signed into law it will be challenged and thrown out by the Supreme Court.
California is no longer America. I know the state is home to lots of our FRiends. They are not enough to matter.
California must be purged from the Union
Then we can deal with the good guys.
RE: Once its signed into law it will be challenged and thrown out by the Supreme Court.
That is, if Kavanuagh is confirmed and John Roberts doesn’t buckle.
From the 14th Amendment:
"Section 1: All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States [emphasis added]; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
"Section 5: The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article."
So what patriots who value their constitutional rights, particularly religious expression and free speech, must do is the following.
Patriots need to pink-slip career lawmakers in the 2018 midterm elections, replacing these anti-Christian faith lawmakers with Trump-supporting patriot lawmakers who will be willing to make the punitive laws necessary to discourage state actors from abridging constitutionally enumerated protections.
Psalm 37 came to my mind too.
Their doom was written about millennia before they even existed.
Cali has been nutty for quite some time. It seemed harmless enough, so we joked about it. Then the nuts get elected to office and we discover they were serious in their insanity. I doubt Cali will recover using the ballot box. Start with peaceful civil disobedience.
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