by Geoffrey Grinder, Now The End Begins:
California Assemblyman Evan Low and three dozen other lawmakers are pushing resolution ACR-99 in the state Assembly Judiciary Committee that’s aimed at telling religious leaders in California what they should preach from their pulpits.
The attacks on Christianity in America are coming so fast and so often now that it’s nearly impossible to keep up with all of it at the same time. But in a nutshell, the pendulum is swinging all the way from a nation being founded on Christianity and the Bible, to a nation rejecting and persecuting Christianity and the Bible.
“And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” Acts 5:40-42 (KJV)
It is my personal belief, based on nearly 30 years of studying the scriptures, that America is right now under the active judgment of God which as near as I can figure began under President Obama back in 2012. Over the past 7 years, we have watched the LGBTQ+P for Pedophile Movement rise to a level of power and control once thought unimaginable. In this war for the soul of America, to be neutral is to concede defeat. Which side are you on?
CA Lawmakers Trying to Force Pastors to Embrace Pro-LGBTQ+ Ideology
FROM CBN NEWS: The California Family Council reports that Assembly Concurrent Resolution 99 (ACR 99) calls on “counselors, pastors, religious workers, educators” and institutions with “great moral influence” to stop perpetuating the idea that something is wrong with LGBT identities or sexual behavior. ACR 99 also condemns attempts to change unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion as “unethical,” “harmful,” and leading to high rates of suicide.
Two formerly gay individuals, Pastors Ken Williams and Elizabeth Woning, argue against the resolution, calling it “discriminatory” against people like themselves, who overcame suicidal thoughts by following their faith away from their LGBT identities. They now lead a ministry called Equipped to Love that helps others like them to find health and wholeness.
“FOR US, WALKING OUT OUR FAITH WITH BIBLICAL CONVICTION MEANS LIFE AND HOPE. OUR FAITH HAS SAVED US FROM SUICIDE AND GIVEN US FREEDOM TO LIVE WITH CLEAR CONSCIENCES,” WONING SAID. “WE TOO WOULD LIKE TO BE ACKNOWLEDGED AND AFFIRMED…INSTEAD, ACTIVISTS ATTACK OUR EFFORTS TO CARE FOR LIKE-MINDED FRIENDS BY PROMOTING DANGEROUS COUNSELING RESTRICTIONS AND STIFLING OUR FREE SPEECH,” SHE ADDED.
Williams feels the same way. “For years, I believed that even God hated me because of my behavior,” he said. “But in my early 20s, I encountered a God who loved me despite my sins and temptations. Today, I love my life. I have been married to my beautiful wife for 13 years, and we have created four incredible children together. To someone like me, California Assemblyman Evan Low’s proposed resolution, ACR-99, feels like an unfair and direct attack.”
Despite Low’s claim that this resolution has the support of some California religious leaders, other pastors and religious leaders with a traditional view on gender and sexuality are publicly opposing ACR 99.
Besides Woning who wrote, “The Not So Subtle Discrimination of ACR-99,” and Williams who wrote, “Controlled by the State,” ordained pastoral counselor Pastor Joe Dallas published, “Pride of Ownership,” in which he argues, “While warning against the dangers of so-called Conversion Therapy, ACR 99 restricts much more than counseling, which attempts to change internal sexual responses.”
“IT, IN FACT, DICTATES TO PASTORS THAT THEY CANNOT TEACH THAT HOMOSEXUALITY IS A SIN, NOR CAN THEY ENCOURAGE HOMOSEXUALLY-ATTRACTED PEOPLE WHO HOLD A TRADITIONAL BIBLICAL VIEW TO LIVE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR OWN FAITH,” DALLAS ADDED.
A coalition of professional counselors, doctors, attorneys, and faith-based non-profits, have also signed onto a letter pointing out the resolution’s inaccuracies and its threats to basic liberty. “People should have the freedom to pursue what brings them true happiness and joy. ACR 99 is trying to cut people off from their own pathway to happiness,” writes the coalition.