Click: Why is the amendment needed?

A Letter from Pastor Chuck Smith:

Jesus taught us in Matthew 10:16, “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves; be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. Therefore, as a prudent measure and believing this to be from the Lord, I believe we at Calvary Chapel should be in support of this amendment. Isaiah 1:17 exhorts us to seek judgment and to relieve the oppressed. This amendment would help to accomplish just that.

The core issue is that we desire to continue to freely share our faith in Jesus Christ as well as every part of the Bible. We will need to gather almost 1 million signatures. Please let us know if you will be willing to gather signatures when the time comes to do so by contacting Pastor Allan Esses at PastorAllan@YesJesusIsLord.Org. If passed, the amendment will serve as a wise preventative measure to help in our calling as pastors to feed His sheep. Let’s keep in prayer and remember the battle belongs to the Lord.

Pastor Chuck Smith, Acts 20:28

To read the complete letter sent to all Senior Calvary Chapel Pastors click here:
Amendment to California State Constitution

Wes Bentley - Far-reaching Ministries 
There are moments in history marked by key turning points.  Moments where we are faced with key decisions to stand for the truth regardless of the cost. I believe that we are facing one of those key turning points in The United States right now. We are facing issues where our children are no longer protected by our laws and they are allowing boys to go into the girls restrooms under protection of the laws of the state. Our freedom of religion is being threatened because many of us are not united in our efforts to resist it.  The Scriptures exhort us to resist the devil and he will flee
from us.

     I have always taught my chaplains that when it comes to facing evil to defend the women and children, to trust in the Lord and stand their ground even if it cost them their lives.  I've always believed that I could not teach what I was not willing to do myself and feel that it is important that we set the example as Christians to do justly.  Pastor Alan Esses of Yes Jesus is Lord has written an amendment to the California state constitution that would clearly define our religious freedoms.  Freedoms that the veterans in this country shed their blood to protect. We want to stand with him and would encourage you to support this important work to present this petition to the people of the state of California. 

Sincerely, Wes Bentley
Far-reaching Ministries 

This Amendment states a person can use any part of the Bible as authority without it being a crime, hate crime or unlawful to do so. It provides clarity of protections in our laws for anyone when using the Bible as authority. It cannot be interpreted as a crime, hate crime, unlawful, or as disrupting the peace and safety of the State when communicating views on any area of the Bible; and for anyone to freely proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord to the glory of God the Father; and to share all the counsel of God’s Word, the Bible. A person using any part of the Bible’s content as authority may freely communicate any view about, for, or against various actions and principles at public or private gatherings, or in any communicative medium and circumstances without it being a crime, hate crime or unlawful to do so.

To find out more on this Amendment to the California State Constitution please contact You can sign the petition, get info on how to hold a petition drive at your church, group meeting or become an individual circulator.

“It is time for thee, Lord, to work; For they have made void thy law.” Psalm 119:126

Calling to Ministry

Isaiah 6:8 says: “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?  Then said I, “Here I am: Send me.” Isa 6:9 “And he said, Go, and tell this people. Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.”
The attack upon Jesus Christ and the Word of God has been steadily increasing with each passing day. It seems that the day is approaching, and is already here, when we as Christians, will be prohibited and prevented from declaring the full counsel of God’s word in this state and this country.

is a Bible based Christian ministry of Born-again, Bible-believing, Spirit-filled Christians dedicated to sharing by the power of the Holy Spirit, through God’s Word, the Bible, the hope, love and eternal life that can only come through faith in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, God who came in the flesh, who died and shed His blood on the cross for our sins, was buried, and was bodily raised from the dead and by faith in Him alone, we have eternal life. John1:1-3, John14:6, Rom: 10:9, Eph 2:8-9, Act 3:19. 1 John 5:7, KJV.
We are dedicated to bringing glory to God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, one God in three persons, eternally existent, and these three are one. 1 John 5:7, KJV

Purpose of Ministry

  1. To proclaim God’s love, through God’s Word, the Bible, that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit. John 3:16, 1 John 5:7 KJV
  2. To share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Gospel of God, (Romans 1:1-4, 1Cor 15:1-4, etc.), to all unbelievers, as declared in the Scriptures, “therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding”...Matt 22:9…”Go therefore and make disciples of all men” Matt 28:18-20; That they “may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;”. Phil 3:10
  3. To exhort and encourage believers:
  • To boldly stand up, in love, for Jesus Christ and God’s Word, to declare all the counsel of God’s Word, as proclaimed in the Scriptures, “for I have not shunned to declare to you all the counsel of God”. Acts 20:27; filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:31;
  • To “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” Jude 3; For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Tim 1:7
  • To: “know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” 2 Tim 1:12;
  • “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” 1 Peter 3:15;

In keeping with the calling and the purpose of our ministry, to freely proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we are proposing a California Constitutional Amendment and Initiative Statue that will guarantee our freedom to share and teach the whole counsel of God’s Word. 
Legislation is contemplated, pending, and already passed, to make it a crime or hate crime for Christians from using all of God’s Word in and out of the church. It is considered a crime, in some places, to call certain behavioral actions a sin.

The threat of persecution for stating that Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation is even discussed now in some circles. John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”


  1. To see the Amendments and Initiative Statutes passed so that we can freely share our faith in Jesus Christ and His Word.
  2. For all Born-Again, Bible believing, Spirit filled Christians will stand up, in love, in these last days for Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior and share the truth of His Word.
  3. An opportunity to share with unbelievers the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Purpose of Amendments

To guarantee that we may freely share the love and hope of Jesus Christ and the full counsel of God’s Word, the Bible.

  1. The right of any person to declare all the counsel of God, by using all or any part of the Bible’s content as an authority in or out of the church.
  2. To guarantee that it is not a crime, hate crime or otherwise unlawful for any person to use all or part of God’s Word, the Bible’s content as authority, in or out of the church.

Consequences without Amendments

As believers in Jesus Christ, we shall suffer further erosion and abridging of our Constitutional rights, of freedom of religion and freedom of speech, etc. under the 1st and 14th Amendments. There will shortly come a time when we will no longer be permitted to legally share the full counsel of God's Word and that Jesus is "the way, the truth and the life and no man comes to the Father except by Him". For what is at stake is: Our religious freedom, to worship, praise, share and teach about our great God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to rightly divide God's holy Word in this great country.