Sunday, September 19, 2004

The Church is Waking Up As The Battle For Marriage Moves On

Tonight I had the blessing of viewing the third Battle for Marriage simulcast put on by the Family Research Council, and all I can say is "It's about time the Pastors started standing for what is right biblically! It's a miracle!"

I've been preaching to anyone who will listen to me that "Unless the Shepherds Stand Up, the Church Won't!" Well, I'm happy to say, that the Pastors are starting to wake up and get to business.

Tonight Pastor Ronnie Floyd, hosted this event at the church he pastors in Springdale Arkansas. Pastor Floyd is one of my heroes because this man of God has actually stood for what is biblical and right concerning the homosexual agenda and exposing it, as well as protecting biblical marriage between one man and one woman. He has also written a very cogent book called The Gay Agenda that is a great primer on the issue if you're not aware of what's happening in the culture.

Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council was the moderator at tonights event and as usual he did a great job! He introduced most of the speakers and encouraged the troops to remain in this most important battle.

Tom Delay, who is the House Majority Leader, spoke via video and urged everyone to contact their representatives and tell them to vote to pass the Constitutional amendment to protect marriage. The vote will be taking place on September 30th.

Dr. James Dobson, Founder of Focus on the Family (my former employer) was entertaining as usual. Everyone knows how he likes to go over his time limit and tonight he did a pretty good job of staying on time. However, he gave a stirring speech and laid out the truth about what the enemies of the family are doing. He cited the Rev. Barry Lynn and his opposition to traditional marriage, as well as the ACLU, and other liberal organizations.

Dr. Dobson also reminded everyone that to date, seven states have already affirmed that traditional man/woman marriage is what we want in our nation. Hawaii, Alaska, Nebraska, California, Nevada, Missouri, and just a few days ago Louisiana have all overwhelmingly voted to defend and keep traditional marriage.

Dr. Dobson warned however, that if the Church doesn't get out and vote that we would go the way of Canada where there are already laws on their books making the preaching against homosexuality a hate crime. (C250)

Shirley Dobson, the wife and also Chairman of the National Day of Prayer spoke briefly about the need for the Church to repent and pray. She said that we, "have to kneel this one out" and that we need to "inquire of God" what we should do. She reminded us that the city of Ninevah repented and God turned away His wrath when they did. And she encouraged everyone to set aside every Thursday until election day to fast and pray.

David Barton, Founder of Wallbuilders also spoke via video, and took everyone on a very brief tour of the Capitol. He discussed the religious liberty and heritage of America and reiterated what Isaiah 1:26 says concerning judges.

" And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city. "

Pastor Ronnie Floyd was then introduced by a video they had put together citing the attacks he has been under since earlier this year concerning his stand against homosexuality. His speech was short, but powerful. He said that the Church has gone asleep on her watch and that we have went to bed with the culture. He went on to talk about how he doesn't preach politically, but biblically! Amen!

Pastor Ted Haggard followed Pastor Floyd and gave a stirring and powerful exortation to the Church to pray and to pray that the spirit of confusion that is blinding those not yet saved, would come to faith in Christ. He reminded the Church that we are the Salt, and the Light in this dark world. He reminded us that the Church is the most powerful entity on earth and that we needed to take a stand and act.

My favorite speaker of the night was Pastor Ken Hutcherson of the Antioch Bible Church in Redmond, Washington. Pastor Hutcherson is the man behind the Mayday for Marriage rally that will take place on October 15th on the mall in DC.

He began his speech declaring that the homosexuals have no place riding on the civil rights bandwagon. Since Pastor Hutcherson is African American, he knows and has lived through the discrimination and hate that comes with prejudice.

Pastor Hutcherson also exhorted the Church and said that the Church is disunified which is why the homosexual activists have been able to get as far as they have. And he encouraged the Church to get unified and repent, and take a stand for marriage with him on October 15th.

Alan Chambers, former homosexual and Executive Director of Exodus International also appeared via video. The prerecorded message shared his testimony of how Jesus delivered him from the homosexual lifestyle and about how there is hope for anyone hurting from homosexuality.

The final speaker of the evening was Dr. Richard Land, President of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission since 1988. Dr. Land said, "That if America perishes it will be from a self inflicted wounds." And he gave another call to the Church to repent, vote and take a stand for what is right and biblical.

For more information on how you can get involved, please visit We Vote Values.
© Stacy L. Harp, Editor E-Involved, 2004.


4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you think about Jimmy Swaggart's comment? Hat Tip Andrew Sullivan.

DERBYSHIRE AWARD NOMINEE: "I'm trying to find the correct name for it ... this utter absolute, asinine, idiotic stupidity of men marrying men. ... I've never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry. And I'm gonna be blunt and plain; if one ever looks at me like that, I'm gonna kill him and tell God he died." - televangelist Jimmy Swaggart, on his television show last week ... in Louisiana. Here's the tape (he gets riled up around the 36th minute). He then goes on about those politicians who defend gay rights and dignity: "They all ought to marry a pig, and live with it forever... And I thank God that president Bush has stated that we need a constitutional amendment that says marriage is between a man and a woman." (Swaggart also claims he has nothing against "the poor homosexual." He'll just kill one if he gets a chance.) Watch this broadcast and see the forces that this president is riding toward victory on.

September 20, 2004 at 12:13 PM  
Blogger lloydletta said...

Stacy, thanks for your account of this event.

Interesting that Tom Delay was at this thing..... Did Sen Santorum also speak?

Regarding Randy Thomas - the exgay guy, I remember Randy from Alan Chambers website. Chambers testified at the Massachusetts hearing regarding a constitutional amendment - and after questioning by commenters, Randy acknowledged that the Massachusetts Family Institute paid for the trip to Boston.

I'm curious what you think about this ex-gay scandal. Peter LaBarbera has defended this guy.... who was an exgay poster boy by day - while cruising the internet, and having unprotected sex with men - and not disclosing his hiv status (or even lying about it) by night.


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** PUFF-Link -- http://home.hamptonroads.com/stories/story.cfm?story=75512&ran=209057


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004
E-Mail: Wbesen@aol.com

ACTIVIST CHARGES THAT THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT SUPPRESSED INFORMATION ON EX-GAY LEADER FOR IDEOLOGICAL REASONS

Puff-Piece Shows That ‘Virginian-Puppet’ Can’t Decide if it’s a Church Bulletin Or A Legitimate Newspaper, Says Wayne Besen

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Author Wayne Besen today accused the Virginian-Pilot of suppressing damaging information on a nationally known HIV-positive ex-gay leader who allegedly had unsafe sex with several Virginia Beach-area men.

When The Virginian-Pilot was presented with the allegations made against ex-gay Michael Johnston in August 2003, the newspaper told Besen that they were “not interested in covering the topic”. They also failed to respond to Norfolk attorney Michael Hamar’s numerous e-mails, even though Hamar represented a man who feared he might have been exposed to HIV through sex with Johnston.

However, a year after censoring this legitimate, hard news story, the Pilot yesterday ran a fawning puff-piece promoting the local ex-gay ministry. The newspaper’s explanation that they are “not interested” in covering this topic is clearly inconsistent with this week’s feature that largely extols the virtues of the ex-gay ministries.

“The ‘Virginian-Puppet’ needs to decide if they are a legitimate newspaper or a discredited, church bulletin,” said Wayne Besen, author of Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth. “This tabloid systematically suppressed and censored hard news, while promoting a soft story that was tantamount to free advertising for the ex-gay ministries.”

Today Besen called the Pilot for an explanation to see if the newspaper could reconcile their conflicting claims of non-interest in ex-gay ministries and their huge congratulatory feature. Besen spoke to Stephen G. Vegh, who wrote the story. He also spoke at length to Public Editor Marvin Leon Lake. Both men said they could not offer a justification for the newspaper’s failures. Besen urged both men to launch an investigation into the Johnston scandal, and neither man would commit.

“The inconsistency and incoherency in their explanations shows that the newspaper’s coverage is either guided by laziness or ideology rather than fair, sound news judgment,” said Besen. “I practically begged them today to send a reporter to investigate the Johnston affair, and neither one of them would agree to do so. I hoped for leadership, and all I got was cheerleading for the ex-gay ministries. I urge The Virginian-Pilot to act now and start the investigation they failed to launch one year ago.”

On Aug. 1, 2003, The Southern Voice broke a major story outlining Johnston’s “moral fall”.

http://www.sovo.com/2003/8-1/news/breaking/exgay.cfm

For years, Michael Johnston worked with Rev. Jerry Falwell and was called Falwell’s “living proof” that gay people could become heterosexual through prayer and therapy.

As the head of Kerusso Ministries, Johnston was the Chairperson of National Coming Out of Homosexuality Day and starred, along with his mother, in a controversial television ad campaign sponsored by Coral Ridge Ministries that claimed he went from gay to straight through the power of Jesus Christ.
(http://www2.commercialcloset.org/cgi-bin/iowa/portrayals.html?record=168) He also appeared in a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal, sponsored by several right wing groups, under the headline, “From Innocence to AIDS.”

Johnston has worked with powerful right wing leaders and groups such as Peter LaBarbera, Coral Ridge Ministries and the American Family Association. He was the host and producer of the anti-gay talk radio show “Truth Under Fire” and his life story is chronicled on a video, “On Wings Like Eagles” that was sold by right wing groups. Johnston’s testimony of sexual conversion was also featured in the 1996 Campus Crusade for Christ “Another Way Out” campaign.

“We know the Pilot can do better by their recent opposition to an anti-gay law that was recently passed in Virginia attacking same-sex families,” said Besen. “But these very laws are able to pass because ignorance about gay life is perpetuated when local newspapers don’t do their jobs and investigate the full truth.”

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September 20, 2004 at 7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I listed all the speakers. Rick Santorum didn't speak. But he's one of my heroes and I think he should've!

September 21, 2004 at 10:55 AM  
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