Press Release

  • California Amendments Proposed to Protect Religious Freedom

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    Wednesday, January 20, 2010

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact: Pastor Allan at PastorAllan@YesJesusIsLord.org

    IRVINE, CA
    (ANS) -- A California Christian not-for-profit organization -- YES JESUS IS LORD.ORG -- has filed two amendments to the California constitution to allow Christians to freely share their faith in Jesus Christ as well as every part of the Bible.

    Pastor Allan, the organization’s founder and proponent of the amendments, said, “Although the Bill of Rights guarantees religious liberty, recent restrictions on the free exercise of religion have compelled the organization to submit clarifications of citizen’s First Amendment rights, similar to the need felt by some of the nation’s Founding Fathers to clarify in the Bill of Rights what they believed existed in the Constitution," he said.

    “Those of us involved with www.YesJesusIsLord.org are concerned that the time is fast approaching when Californians, as well as all Americans, will be subject to some of the most unbelievable acts and restrictive laws we have seen or heard,” said.”

    Citing Psalm 119:126, “It is time for you to act, O Lord, for they have regarded your law as void,” Allan, who has been a pastor in Moscow, Russia, and Irvine, California, stated the consequences of not acting on these amendments will include believers in Jesus Christ suffering a further eroding and abridging of their First-Amendment and Fourteenth-Amendment rights of freedom of religion, as guaranteed under the Constitution, “to the point where we will no longer be permitted to legally share the full counsel of God’s Word that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, and that no man comes to the Father except by Him.”

    In support of the two proposed amendments, Dr. Keith Wiebe, president of the American Association of Christian Schools, writes, “The American Association of Christian Schools represents many Christian Schools and their attendant ministries in California. The free exercise of religion is at the core of Christian Education and of any civilized society.”

    Dr. Dan Davidson, president of the Golden State Association of Christian Schools, also supports the amendments: “The Golden State Association of Christian Schools represents thousands through its ministry. The preservation of first-amendment rights in these days of Constitutional assaults is vital to our liberty, for students, families, schools, and churches.”

    Allan says that he believes the Founding Fathers would have been appalled that such amendments were necessary to secure rights that were so important to them. He noted that the Bible has formed the basis for much of our law, and Judeo-Christian values have guided our Republic for more than two centuries.

    “Our founders welcomed people of all faiths, as well as to those who had no faith at all. Yet, they also were clear they believed in a Creator, the God of the Bible, that our rights come from Him and that the government should not prohibit the free exercise of religion,” Allan continued.

    “What is particularly ironic and disturbing is the growing intolerance of so many people who preach tolerance. Increasingly, Christians are expected to violate our beliefs and conform our religious convictions to accommodate those who support positions that are clearly unbiblical,” Allan added.

    Whether the issue is “hate crime” legislation that punishes pastors or others who speak out on the biblical view of morality or laws that seek to compel individuals and institutions to betray their religious beliefs on matters such as abortion, religious freedom in our nation is under assault as never before.

    Laws recently passed will further restrict freedom of religious expression, as evidenced by street witnessing and Bible studies being interrupted; pastors being arrested and fined; and permits and licenses revoked for preaching the gospel.

    “We are grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, but the threat to our religious liberties is increasing in our state and in our country,” Allan said.

    “As the move to enact so-called ‘hate-crime’ laws continues, it is necessary to spell out what is included in free speech rights. Second, it is important to point out places in which the free exercise of religion can occur. Legal and legislative decisions have moved www.YesJesusIsLord.org to seek to specify these rights within the amendments.”

    Allan then explained more about his organization in which he said that www.YesJesusIsLord.org was founded to exalt the name of the Lord Jesus Christ through an effort to present two constitutional amendments to California voters. The essences of the amendments are as follows:
    1. To provide that a person using any part of the Bible’s content as authority may freely communicate any view about various actions and principles at public or private gatherings, or in other places and circumstances or in any communicative medium
    2. To enumerate specific topics understood by pastors to be included in the free exercise of their biblical duty to preach the whole counsel of the Scriptures
    3. To reaffirm that it is not a crime, hate crime or unlawful for a person to use any part of the Bible’s content as authority.

    “Many will be affected if this goes unchallenged,” Allan concluded. “In Isaiah 1:17 we are exhorted to seek judgment and to relieve the oppressed. In the Book of Esther the people of God opposed unjust laws. And in the Book of Acts when the Apostle Paul was persecuted he appealed to Caesar, so there is much precedent for taking a stand when government oversteps its bounds and interferes with our rights to religious expression.

    “It is time for born again, Bible-believing, Spirit-filled Christians to boldly stand, in love for Jesus Christ and the Bible, before it is unlawful to do so.”

    To view the amendment, visit: http://www.yesjesusislord.org/amendments.html or http://ag.ca.gov/cms_attachments/initiatives/pdfs/i829_initiative_09-0032_(a1-s).pdf
    http://ag.ca.gov/cms_attachments/initiatives/pdfs/i830_initiative_09-0033_(a1-s).pdf

    Select Quotes from American Leaders:
    * Thomas Jefferson said: “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”

    * Abraham Lincoln proclaimed: “But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us…” He also exhorted us: “…to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord..”

    * President John Adams noted: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people….”

    * Benjamin Franklin said: “Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants.”

    * Samuel Adams wrote: “I . . . [rely] upon the merits of Jesus Christ for a pardon of all my sins.”

    * Noah Webster, History of the United States: “[T]he religion which has introduced civil liberty is the religion of Christ and His apostles… This is genuine Christianity and to this we owe our free constitutions of government.”

    * Congress 1854, Journal of the House of the Representatives of the United States of America: “The great, vital, and conservative element in our system is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines and the divine truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

    * Congress, U. S. House Judiciary Committee, 1854: “Had the people, during the Revolution, had a suspicion of any attempt to war against Christianity, that Revolution would have been strangled in its cradle... In this age, there can be no substitute for Christianity... That was the religion of the founders of the republic and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants.”

    * George Washington said to the Delaware Indians: “You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are.”

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  • Street Preachers Killed In United States

    Rev 6:10 - "How long O Lord, holy and true, before you judge and avenge our blood on those whom dwell on the earth."
    Rev 22:20-21 He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming quickly."Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
    21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
    Allan

    WASHINGTON, USA (BosNewsLife)– A religious liberty group warned Saturday, February 6, that “Anti-Christian hostility is getting increasingly deadly” in the United States after two street preachers were shot and killed by a teenager who apparently opposed their message.

    “The increasing demonization of Christians in our culture makes some feel its open season on Christians,” said Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission.

    Tite Sufra, 24, and Stephen Ocean, 23, were shot and killed in Boynton Beach in the U.S. State of Florida where they evangelized last Saturday, January 30, after meeting Jeriah Woody, 18, local police said.

    “They witnessed to Woody for fifteen minutes when he got a phone call and told the preachers he ‘had to go’, added the Commission, which closely monitored the case.

    CHRISTIANS EXECUTED

    “As they walked away, Woody suddenly started walking back toward them. Sufra walked up to greet him and was killed with a shot gun blast at point blank range. When Ocean ran, he was shot in the back. After he fell, Woody shot him in the head execution style.”

    Woody was detained Wednesday, February 3, and is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Bail was reportedly denied to him.

    Cass complained about a lack of interest in national media. “As of today, there are no national news organizations reporting this vicious murder of two innocent Christian men. Why?” Cass said, “I’ll ask this: If two Muslims, or two feminists or two homosexuals were murdered, wouldn’t the media be all over it? These were two fine young black Christian men shot by another black man for their Christian faith, yet the media does not seem to care.”

    “OMINOUS SIGN”

    He described the case as “an ominous sign” of times “that Christians are being shot on the streets and in our churches.”

    Last year Jim Pullion was killed while holding pro-life signs in front of his granddaughter’s Owasso Michigan high school. Reverend Fred Winters was murdered while preaching in his pulpit inMaryville, Illinois.

    “Increasingly we see Christian ministers threatened and churches terrorized and vandalized for their stand on marriage. Now when Christians gather for worship they must have armed security.”

    He said, “Anti-Christian defamation and bigotry has helped to create this violent climate and it must stop.”

    - Street Preachers Killed In United States, BosNewsLife, Feb. 6, 2010 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

  • Calvary Chapel Pastor Chuck Smith Announces Support for California Amendments to Protect Religious Freedom

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    Wednesday, March 3, 2010

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact: Pastor Allan at PastorAllan@YesJesusIsLord.org

    IRVINE, CA (ANS) -- Chuck Smith, senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, has urged his congregation and fellow pastors to support two religious freedom amendments to the California constitution proposed by www.YesJesusIsLord.org, a not-for-profit Christian organization.

    The amendments would ensure the right for Christians in California to share freely their faith in Jesus Christ without it being a crime, hate crime or unlawful to do so.

    In a February 19 letter addressed to “Fellow Servants” Smith wrote, “It is time for thee, Lord, to work: for they have made void thy law. (Psalm 119:126)… The time is fast approaching when we are seeing the move to impose restrictions on declaring the full council of God’s Word…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.”

    Smith said he believes this effort to preserve religious liberty in California is “from the Lord,” and urged members of Calvary Chapel churches to sign petitions by April 1 to get the amendments on the state’s November ballot.

    Dr. Keith Wiebe, president of the American Association of Christian Schools, and Dr. Dan Davidson, president of the Golden State Association of Christian Schools, also have written in support of the amendments.

    Petition drives have been taking place at Calvary Chapel churches and other places for many weeks, according to Pastor Allan, founder of www.YesJesusIsLord.org and proponent of the amendments.

    “We are greatly encouraged by the outpouring of support we are seeing for these amendments,” Allan said. “Anyone who believes in freedom of religious expression should be in favor of them.”

    To view the amendment, visit: http://www.yesjesusislord.org/proposed_amendments.html or http://ag.ca.gov/cms_attachments/initiatives/pdfs/i829_initiative_09-0032_(a1-s).pdf
    http://ag.ca.gov/cms_attachments/initiatives/pdfs/i830_initiative_09-0033_(a1-s).pdf

    To obtain a petition, contact Allan at PastorAllan@YesJesusIsLord.org

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