The “2016 Rally for Life, “ sponsored by the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, will begin with a Mass at 12:00 noon at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis Assisi.
FOR THOSE NOT ATTENDING THE NOON MASS
At 1:30 p.m. the Prayer Gathering will join the Life Procession around the plaza to the
New Mexico State Capitol for the
RALLY for LIFE
(approx. 2:30 p.m.)
New Mexico Watchman
“Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them.”
The year 2015 was a year of travail for the Christian community in this country. It was the year homosexual “marriage” was codified into law and the President of the United States used the National Prayer Breakfast to berate Christians for not being Christian enough. The following are some of major events in 2015 that were of interest to the Christian community.
1. On June 26, the Supreme Court legalized same-sex “marriage.” While legal precedent and adherence to the Constitution are foundational for the creation of new law and laws are the responsibility of the Congress, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote what appears to be an opening of a soap opera. In evoking emotion rather than legal precedents, Justice Kennedy wrote:
“Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law.
The Constitution grants them that right.”
Nowhere in the constitution is the “right” of two people of the same sex to marry addressed.
Resolution: With only some specific clerical exceptions, same-sex “marriage” became “law” across the whole of the United States. The homosexual community is now focusing on “discrimination” issues in housing and employment.
2. Kim Davis, a Kentucky County Clerk and a Christian, was imprisoned for her faith. Following the Supreme Court’s decision regarding same-sex “marriage” County Clerk Davis refused to grant marriage licenses to anyone. The ACLU sued Davis. She was held in contempt of court and spent 5 days in jail, a landmark occurrence in which imprisonment for Christian belief took place.
Resolution: Governor Matt Bevin issued an executive order removing all County Clerk names from Kentucky marriage licenses.
3. Little Sisters of the Poor, a Roman Catholic organization that provides shelter for the poor and elderly, dissented from the requirement in Obamacare to provide birth control and abortifacients to Colorado employees. The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals twice ruled against the Little Sisters of the Poor.
Resolution: The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case in 2016.
4. Houston lesbian mayor Annise Parker, along with a compliant city council, passed an ordinance requiring open restrooms and dressing rooms, allowing persons of either gender to use any bathroom or dressing room. In an attempt to quell dissent, Mayor Parker subpoenaed
the sermons of Houston pastors. A petition followed which Mayor Parker ignored, resulting in the Texas Supreme Court’s demand for the citizens’ right to vote.
Resolution: On November 3, Houstonians voted overwhelmingly against the measure, voting 61%-39% against the ordinance. The homosexual community has since launched a campaign to disallow Houston as the host city for the Super Bowl in 2017.
5. Things did not fare well for the northern Illinois school district of Palatine Township. The school district was faced with a transgender male student who insisted on using the girls locker room. In an attempt to accommodate the boy, the district went so far as to allow the boy entrance but erected a curtain for him. That wasn’t good enough for the federal government.
Resolution: The federal government reinterpreted Title IX funding which addresses gender inequality in sports to require the boy’s free access to the girls locker room. Non-compliance would have resulted in millions of dollars of federal school funding being taken from the school system.
6. Planned Parenthood was exposed as trafficking in baby body parts in a series of underground videos that began in July. The California-based “Center for Medical Progress” took videos of Planned Parenthood executives negotiating payment, one commenting “I want a Lamborghini.” The President of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, appeared before a congressional committee in September stating that Planned Parenthood did not profit from the sale of body parts and that the films were “highly edited.”
Resolution: Six states have voted to defund Planned Parenthood. In September the House voted to defund Planned Parenthood. The bill was not heard in the Senate. President Obama said he would veto any bill defunding the organization. In December an “Omnibus Spending Bill” was passed completely funding Planned Parenthood.
7. Following the terrorist attack in San Bernardino that left 14 dead, the New York Daily News tabloid ran a full page headline “God Isn’t Fixing This.” Around the full page lettering were quotes from Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham, as well as House Speaker Paul Ryan regarding prayers for the victims.
Resolution: God is Not Dead.
Also Noted: Bruce Jenner, the 1976 Triathlon Gold Medalist, following breast implants, hair removal, two nose surgeries and hormone treatment, appeared on the cover of the July issue of Vanity Fair magazine with the headline “Call Me Caitlyn.” He was later awarded ESPN’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
Please pray for our nation and our nations leadership in the year ahead.
New Mexico Watchman
January 6, 2016
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”
The City of Houston, Texas on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, overwhelmingly rejected the city’s ordinance to allow men in women’s bathrooms. The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) was veiled as an equal rights bill for a number of groups, including transgenders. The bill would have allowed men who “feel” like women to access women’s bathrooms.
Several realities can be taken from the success of this anti LGBT campaign.
They are as follows:
Please pray for the City of Houston, Mayor Annise Parker, and President Obama and his adminstration. Pray that the Lord’s grace will draw them to Him.
New Mexico Watchman
November 5, 2015
Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 3, 2015, the city of Houston, Texas will decide the question, “Can a man, wearing a dress, legally use a women’s bathroom?
Lesbian Mayor Annise Parker, Houston’s mayor since 2010, has managed to push the homosexual agenda on Texas’ largest city. The ordinance entitled the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) has had the effect of giving superior rights to persons with gender identification issues, practicing homosexuals and transgenders
Mayor Parker has used the power of the ordinance to subpoena the sermons and private communications of Houston pastors who might be in opposition to her agenda. A petition to recall the ordinance gathered 50,000 signatures. Mayor Parker simply ignored the concerns and personalized the issue by stating that opposition to the ordinance “is about me.”
Not until the Texas Supreme Court required the Mayor’s compliance with the petition, was the issue put on the ballot.
The ordinance requires and allows the following: 1. Men in women’s bathrooms, shower rooms, and locker rooms – places of public accommodation. 2. Disallowance of any “religious or moral conviction” in serving the LGBT community. They require, you comply – regardless of what you believe. 3. Criminalization of any anti-homosexual or transgender utterances (preacher sermons were subpoenaed under this aspect of the ordinance). 4. Not hiring or renting to a homosexual may result in legal prosecution.
America has always been defined by its moral core, its free markets and its religious freedoms.
If the City of Houston votes to end religious liberty in the heart of Texas it will be a bellwether for all Bible-believing churches across this great land.
Please pray for the defeat of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance and salvation for Houston’s Mayor Annise Parker.
New Mexico Watchman
“…deliver us from evil.”
The issue before the New Mexico Supreme Court yesterday, October 26, 2015, should have been “Should New Mexico become the killing field for the terminally ill? Instead, the question appeared to be “How can New Mexico become that killing field?”
The ACLU and the Disabled Rights Legal Center have asked the New Mexico Supreme Court to hold harmless any physician who makes available a lethal dose of medication to a mentally competent, terminally ill patient who is physically able to administer the death inducing potion themselves. That is Physician Assisted Suicide.
Never considered by the court was the concept of a natural death. A God-centered concept of life as a gift from God was not considered.
The New Mexico Supreme Court accepted the case of an Albuquerque cancer patient, Aja Riggs, who appeared healthy and invigorated at the hearing. She is seeking the right to prematurely end her life with the help of her physician should her cancer, now in remission, return.
In January 2014, Albuquerque Judge Nan Nash sided with Riggs, writing, “This Court cannot envision a right more fundamental, more private or more integral to the liberty, safety and happiness of a New Mexican than the right of a competent, terminally ill patient to choose aid in dying.” In other words, “make yourself happy, kill yourself.”
Judge Nash’s decision was successfully challenged by then-Attorney General Gary King. Heard by the State Court of Appeals, that court found that the ruling “Violates the doctrine of separation of powers by legalizing conduct that is designated to be a crime by the legislature.”
The State’s lawyer, attorney Scott Fuqua, early relinquished any argument for life, stating that “Keeping the terminally ill alive is not in the interest of the state.” Mr. Fuqua drew a laugh from the court when he admitted that he was there only as the result of his “former employment” with then Attorney General Gary King. His only argument in opposition to the Court’s action was a reiteration of the lower court’s argument that the issue should be legislated by the New Mexico State Legislature and not by the high court. What followed was a discussion of “how to” as delineated in the states of Oregon and Montana, which have legislated and ruled in favor of physician assisted suicide respectively.
Comparisons were made to abortion and the States disregard for fetal life. The State cares nothing for life in the womb, why should it care about the terminally ill? The argument is that the State has proven disinterested in life at conception, why should it be concerned about life at its end?
The court room was packed with “right to die” advocates; outside experts came from out-of-state to help with the court presentation; the Justices appeared compliant; and the ACLU lawyer was animated and prepared but the State’s lawyer appeared lackadaisical, disinterested and unprepared.
Will we have suicide providers as we now have abortion providers?
Once again New Mexico is on the precipice of allowing death to define our state.
Please pray that the New Mexico Supreme Court Justices will us give us a godly decision regarding Physician Assisted Suicide.
New Mexico Watchman
Thou shalt not kill.
|The New Mexico Supreme Court will hear oral arguments regarding physician assisted suicide, next Monday, October 26, 2015, at 8:00 a.m. New Mexico is already the destination for the termination of life between its beginnings at conception and at birth, at our abortion clinics.
Now the Supreme Court will decide if ending life ‘whenever’ is a viable option with an assisted suicide. The argument for assisted suicide is that it is compassionate to terminate a life when someone is suffering and death is thought to be inevitable. The argument against is that only the giver of life, God himself and He alone, has the right to be the taker of life.
We ask for your prayers as the New Mexico Supreme Court hears oral arguments this Monday. If you can be in attendance in support of life, your presence would be most welcomed. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. The Supreme Court building is located at 237 Don Gaspar Avenue at E. Alameda.
Can we expect anything different from the New Mexico Supreme Court besides forcing assisted suicide on New Mexicans? Yes we can.
Prayer Changes Things.
New Mexico Watchman
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of widom…
Coming to America
The Supreme Court Decision
The Supreme Court’s decision to legalize homosexual “marriage” transfers moral and legal authority from one group, namely from the church – to the homosexual community.
The moral choices presented the church today are similar to those faced by the German protestant church in 1933 and 1934. The question then was: Should the church support the Aryan Paragraph and the Nazi Party? Should it remain silent? Or should it oppose its own government? (More on that below.)
By legalizing same-sex “marriage” nationwide, a new era of legitimacy is afforded deviance a legal status that subjugates those holding a Christian worldview. The suppression of the Christian church as the result of this cultural shift continues and can be expected to escalate. Dozens of examples of biblical worldview suppression currently exist in every aspect of our society today. (See “*Examples” below.)
The result is a “post natural marriage” America. Much as the Nazis enacting what was called the Aryan Paragraph in 1933, elevated the Aryan race, so todays court’s ruling elevated the homosexual community. The losers in Germany were the Jews, in America, the losers are Christians.
The Aryan Paragraph
With the Nazi Party’s rise to power in 1933 came their plan for the elimination of the Christian Church in Germany and its replacement it with Nazi ideology, propaganda and symbolism.
The Third Reich’s Reichstag Fire Decree was enacted shortly after their government takeover. The law contained the Aryan Paragraph, which disallowed Jews holding public office and allowed only “Aryans” in those positions. What followed were another 400 decrees and regulations that eventually lead to the “final solution” and the annihilation of the Europe’s Jewish population.
Church’s Response to the Nazi Regime
In 1943 the Protestant German Christian church faced critical choices. The options were:
1. Siding with the Nazi Party and with the subjugation of the Jews, 2. Remaining silent, or
3. Standing in opposition to the regime. The responses were as follows:
Of the 65 million Germans, 45 million considered themselves Protestant Christians.
Of those only 150,000 were willing to stand against the Nazi Regime and help the Jews.
Out of every 100 Christians in Germany in 1934, only 3 were willing to stand up and declare the Aryan Paragraph wrong.
A small group in opposition created the Confessing Church (based on Matthew 10:32) and the Barman Declaration of Faith. Protestant pastors in Germany in 1934 numbered 18,000.
Of those 3,000 stood with Hitler and the regime (16.6%).
Another 3,000 vehemently opposed the Nazi party and stood on Christian principles (16.6%). The majority of pastors, 12,000, were neutral and unwilling to take either position (66.6%).
The Church in America
Despite efforts to declare homosexuality anything other than a sin, a clear biblical analysis of the issue concludes that the practice of homosexuality is a sin. A Supreme Court decision does not change the fact that homosexuality is in opposition to God’s law.
The church in America today now faces worldview choices similar to those faced by the German church in 1933. Conservative governmental leaders have already abandon the issues declaring homosexual “marriage” to be “the law of the land” and assuming no further responsibility in addressing the issue.
As in German in 1933, the church today has the same three choices:
To date the following major Protestant churches have gone against biblical principles and have endorses same-sex marriage: the Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the United Church of Christ.
Christian Churches that maintain a biblical view on marriage are: the Roman Catholic Church, American Baptist Church, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Southern Baptist Convention and United Baptist Church.
What we can expect to follow
Marriage in the homosexual community is merely a starting point of the homosexual agenda.
To truly achieve the goals of the agenda, all opposition must be eliminated and indoctrination, especially of children, must occur.
Dominance of the media and censorship have already occurred. Only positive images and narratives of homosexuality are allowed. The following can be anticipated:
To maintain a biblical worldview in this climate will result, at a minimum, in an escalating ostracism.
Survival of the Church Today
The onslaught of homosexual “marriage” comes at a time when church attendance is diminishing, church influence is minimal and biblical principles have been compromised.
A few church leaders have begun the process of addressing the issues and some churches are taken a stand. The Presbyterian Church (USA) for example has developed an internal “Confessing Church Movement.” The Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission has issued “Here We Stand: An Evangelical Declaration of Marriage.” A broader campaign calling for civil disobedience of evangelicals and Catholics can be found at www.DefendMarriage.org.
But because of the enormous political and social pressure, many in the American churches will remain silent.
During the Nazi era, Detrick Bonhoeffer, a theologian, provided leadership to the Confessing Church. He was active as a double agent in the Nazi regime, developed an underground seminary, participated in attempts to assassinate Hitler and eventually paid with his life for his stance against the regime.
The need today is for such a church and for such men. The Bible believing Christian church will survive but at a cost. The Bible believing church must be willing to sacrifice and maintain its stance against an oppressive government. The “techniques” are very simply those that have sustained the church through the ages: love, prayer, steadfastness, agreement and God’s grace.
It is not surprising that many applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to redefine marriage. With overwhelming media inducements, hate speech laws etc., a small but dominant subgroup comprising 2% of the population has been given moral and legal authority over our society. The issue divides families, divides the church and divides the nation.
The issue now falls to the creation and the moral authority of a confessing church in America. The question facing the church today is what option will it take. Will we see the church acquiesce and will all sanctuaries be used for the performance of homosexual “marriages”? Or will the church oppose and display acts of civil disobedience. The stakes are very high.
May God bless America.
The New Mexico Watchman
Santa Fe, New Mexico
*Examples of Christian Repression
Obamacare requires religious organizations to provide abortifacients to employees despite moral objections. A Federal Court in Denver CO ruled against the Catholic non-profit Little Sister for the Poor.
Not providing services to homosexuals has resulted in fines: New Mexico photographer, Oregon and Colorado bakers.
Contributing to a pro-traditional marriage cause results in loss of employment: Mozilla Founder and CEO Brendan Eich, Police Chief Kelvin Cochran, Atlanta.
Not providing services to homosexuals results in the closing of social agencies; Catholic Charities adoption agency – Boston and San Francsico
Death threats result for opposing the homosexual political agenda; Senator Bill Sharer, New Mexico State Legislator.
Dismissal from the military for the Bible verse “No weapon formed against me shall prosper. (Isaiah 54:14).
Silencing of military chaplains and the disallowed sharing of the Christian faith.
Cancellation of TV show featuring Christian brothers Jason and David Benham by Home and Garden Television.
Homosexual Houston Mayor Annise Parker subpoenaed speeches, presentations and sermons of pastors who collected signatures opposing Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance she successfully passed.
California, New Jersey and Washington DC have made it illegal to counsel children on the issue of sexual orientation claiming it is not a freedom of speech issue even though speech is involved.
There are examples of traditional values surviving an onslaught of anti-Christian bias; the Supreme Court’s finding in favor of Hobby Lobby, the success of Phil Robertson remaining on Duck Dynasty and Chick-Fil-A’s president’s refusal to abandon of Christian principles and remaining in business.
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