When the Rainbow Flag Replaces the Cross:

The End of the American Church Following Supreme Court’s Same Sex Decision

July 15, 2015

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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:

  1. To comply with non-biblical principles and essentially abandon the faith;
  2. Act as if nothing has changed and remain silent on the issue; or
  3. Maintain biblical principles and stand in opposition to the state.

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:

  • Manipulation of language – discontinuance of the use of mother/father, husband/wife;
  • Indoctrination of children (sexual deviance portrayed as normative and acceptable, especially in public schools though Common Core);
  • A wider dissemination of homosexuality as normative in mainstream media (increased displays of homosexual behavior, talk shows, even more explicit dramas displaying homosexuals as only proper and accepted or as sympathetic victims);
  • Further promotions as civic leaders (in Santa Fe, NM the mayor is homosexual, two of the city councilors are homosexual and a county commissioner is homosexual);
  • Increasing news coverage of homosexual events such as Gay Pride parades, society page events etc.;
  • Government endorsement of all things “gay”;
  • Public displays of homosexual behavior
  • Castigation of the church and biblical principles.

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.

In Conclusion

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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Matthew 5:44

Pro-Life Legislation to be Heard Friday, Feb 20

We are forwarding an email from the New Mexico Alliance for Life regarding tomorrow’s hearing at the Round House.  Please pray and join us in Santa Fe.

NOTE: The meeting room has been changed.  These bills will be heard in
ROOM 307
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From: New Mexico Alliance for Life
Date: February 19, 2015 
Tomorrow, Friday, February 20 in the House Regulatory & Public Affairs  Committee will hear the Late-Term Abortion Ban Act, HB 390 sponsored by Rep. Yvette Herrell (R, Alamogordo) and the Parental Notification of Abortion Act HB 391 sponsored by Rep. Alonzo Baldonado (R, Los Lunas).
This is a historic moment for New Mexico.  Pro-abortion activists are working furiously to discourage our leaders from supporting these bills.  Pro-abortion activists are so out-of- touch, they are actually fighting to keep elective abortion legal until the day of birth and seek to protect abortion doctors over our girls by opposing HB 390 and HB 391.
Here’s what you can do:

1)  Contact these House Committee members.  New Mexicans want to see both HB 390 and HB 391 pass to protect our girls, women and innocent unborn children.

Yvette Herrell

505 986 4416
Bob Woooley
505 986 4454
Deborah Armstrong
505 986 4435
Nora Espinoza
505 986 4852
Wonda Johnson
505 986 4435
Patrica Roybal Caballero 505 986 4221
James Smith
505 986 4840

 2) Attend tomorrow’s committee hearing:  Be there early. The abortion industry and  their paid activists plan to be out in full force to try to kill these common sense protections. Plan to be at the hearing early, by 12:30 p.m. as hearing will start promptly at 1:30 p.m. in Room 307. * Note the room has changed to Room 307.  Plan on getting there an hour before to ensure you get a seat in the committee room.

3) Be prepared.  Both bills address common sense protections for our girls, women, and innocent, unborn children– protections that currently do not exist in New Mexico. Please use the  FACT SHEET HERE provided by New Mexico Alliance for Life for both HB 390 and HB 391 which you can print out.  Take these key points to committee hearings, use when contacting legislators, talking to friends, speaking to groups, writing letters to editor, calling a radio talk show.  We encourage you to stay on message, be short and concise.  The majority of New Mexicans support these common sense protections which are winning issues for the pro-life cause.

 4) Forward this email to friends and family. Invite them to attend the committee hearings for HB 390 & HB 391.

 

New Mexico Alliance for Life
www.nmallianceforlife.org

www.facebook.com/NMRally4Life 

“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Matthew 21:22

 

Pro-Life Legislation to House Committee 2-20-2015

New Mexico House Pro-Life Legislation has been scheduled for its first hearing in theHouse Regulatory and Public Affairs Committee.  The hearing is scheduled for nextFriday, February 20, 2015 in room 315.  This committee is scheduled to meet at 1:30 or a half-hour after the floor session ends.

Committee meetings are often are late getting started but because nature of our bills and the limited room capacity, room 315 fills to capacity prior to the hearing.

The bills to be heard are as follows:
“HB 390 Late-Term Abortion Ban.”  Representative Yvette Herrell (R) Alamogordo

“HB 391 Parental Notification of Abortion Act” Representative Alonzo Baldonado (R) Los Lunas

Please pray for the bill sponsors, Representative Yvette Herrell and Representative Alonzo Baldonado and for the success of the legislation.

House Regulatory and Public Affairs Committee member are:

Chair RepresentativeYvette Herrell (R)
Representative Bob Wooley (R)
Representative Deborah A. Armstrong (D)
Representative Nora Espinoza (R)
Representative Wonda Johnson (D)
RepresentativePatricia Roybal Caballero (D)
RepresentativeJames E. Smith (R)

You can contact these Representatives by calling the switchboard (505) 986-4300.
Individual offices and emails can be found at the Legislative websitehttp://nmlegis.gov.

Passage in the committee is not guaranteed.  You participation via communication and attendance is both vital and appreciated.  Please pray that New Mexico will reflect the will of God and thus choose life.

New Mexico Watchman
NMWatchman@comcast.net

 

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Matthew 21:22

Pro-Life Legislation Introduced – Marijuana Bill Blocked

                    February 4, 2015

Marijuana Bill Blocked

The mechanics of getting of getting legislation through the New Mexico State Legislature often depends on who’s in charge.  Both houses generally assign two committees to a piece of legislation.  Additional committees, given the constraints of the legislature, are a death sentence and the leadership in each chamber assigns the committees.

Senator Joseph Cervantes (D) a lawyer from Las Cruces has introduced “SB 383 Decrease Marijuana Possession Penalties.”  The bill would make pot possession punishable by a $50.00 fine.  The newly elected House Speaker Donald Tripp has assigned the bill to five committees.  In 2013 House passed a marijuana bill.  The new bill is awaiting its first hearing in the Public Affairs Committee on the Senate side.

 

First Pro-Life Legislation Introduced

Senator Craig Bryant (R) from Rio Rancho has just introduced “SB 437 Physician Admitting Privileges for Abortions.”  The bill would require abortionists to have physician admitting privileges at a hospital in the area.  It has been assigned to the Senate Public Affairs Committee.  It has not been scheduled for a committee hearing.

At least two additional pro-life bills are expected;  the Parents’ Rights bill (parental notification of a minor’s anticipated abortion) and the Woman’s Right to Know bill (women’s informed consent).

 The deadline for filing legislation this session is February 19, 2015.

Prayer

Please keep our legislators and their legislation in your prayers.  Asked the Lord to provide these men and women with godly insight and decision making.

 

New Mexico Watchman

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 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers,
intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people-
for kings and all those in authority,
that we may live peaceful and quiet lives
in all godliness and holiness.

1 Timothy 2:1 

Do NOT Retain Supreme Court Justice Edward Chavez Nov. 4

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Do NOT Retain Supreme Court Justice Edward Chavez Nov.4

Elections should be about ideas and ideals, which in turn are based on one’s worldview.  The Judeo-Christian worldview and its ideals have been under assault and nothing illustrates the issue more clearly than Supreme Court Justice Edward Chavez’s opinion legalizing homosexual “marriage” in New Mexico.

Judge Chavez begins his opinion by describing the homosexual community as having “inadequate political power to protect itself…”  Managing to force the issue of homosexual “marriage” before the Supreme Court of the United States and the New Mexico Supreme Court does not describe a community whose power is inadequate.

Judge Chavez then goes out of his way to set the boundaries of his decision within the confines of the rule of law, disallows any religious references, even though the Preamble to the New Mexico State Constitution reads:  “We, the people of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty, in order to secure the advantages of a state government, do ordain and establish this constitution.”

Judge Chavez lays out two arguments for the legalization of homosexual “marriage.”  His number one argument equates the prohibition of interracial marriage with the prohibition of homosexual “marriage.”  He argues that miscegenation, not allowing blacks to marry whites, is the same type of unjustifiable discrimination as prohibiting same-gender marriages.  We would suggest that they are two very different issues.  Marriage between a man and a woman has been universally accepted and has always existed as a separate entity from racial discrimination.  Miscegenation is also a universal phenomenon, not confined to the southern United States.  The fact that blacks couldn’t marry whites at one point in this nation’s history doesn’t mean that same-sex “marriage” is justified.

Judge Chavez’s second argument is that having children has nothing to do with marriage.  To come up with this argument Judge Chavez had to ignore the obvious truth.  Law is based on precedent, and in New Mexico’s history as in the world’s history, marriage has always been between a man and a woman.

Judge Chavez says that “preventing the deinstitutionalization of marriage” … “cannot be an important governmental interest under the Constitution.”  Notice that Judge Chavez is creating new law, which destabilizes families by guaranteeing that one biological parent will be absent from the child’s daily life.  Furthermore, the entanglement of “whose child it is” has already emerged as problematic in our courts in proceedings related to homosexual “marriages”.

Judge Chavez states that religious institutions are protected from the new law he’s created.  “Our holding will not interfere with the religious freedom of religious organizations or clergy because (1) no religious organization will have to change its policies to accommodate same-gender couples, and (2) no religious clergy will be required to solemnize a marriage in contravention of his or her religious beliefs.”  Judge Chavez made no reference to the multiple situations in which churches have been sued to require the use of their properties or venues by homosexuals for their “marriages.”

A Christian worldview, prescribed by Jesus himself, requires that marriage be between one man and one woman.  Marriage as an institution has always provided a safe haven for children and simple biology, the way we are made, requires marriage to be between a man and a woman.

You can make your views known on November 4, 2014, on the Judicial Retention question:  “Shall EDWARD L. CHAVEZ be retained as Justice of the Supreme Court?”  Since your Christian worldview obviously differs from the worldview of Justice Edward Chavez, we suggest that you vote “No.”

(Note that this question appears at the top left corner of Page 2 on the Sample Santa Fe County ballot.)

New Mexico Watchman

2014 New Mexico Legislative Session: A Hijacking

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New Mexico’s 2014 legislative session is underway.  The Legislature continues to consist of a majority of Democrats in both houses. The House consists of 37 Democrats and 33 Republicans.  The Senate has 25 Democrats and 17 Republicans.  Governor Susana Martinez is a Republican.

With the beginning of this year’s 30-day session, it must be observed that New Mexico’s judiciary has pre-empted our lawmakers’ opportunity to debate New Mexico’s moral and religious issues.

Instead the courts have handed down judgments on major issues that concern our Christian community.  The legislators, commissioned to debate and pass or defeat new laws, have convened only to find that the moral issues of our day have been usurped by New Mexico’s judges.  Following are two examples:

Same-Sex “Marriage”
New Mexico Supreme Court Decision, December 19, 2014

For years the New Mexico State Legislature debated the question of same-sex marriage.  Consistently the Legislators decided not to decide.  On December 19, 2013, the New Mexico State Supreme Court uttered the magic word – “unconstitutional” – possibly ending the debate and opening the door to its enormous ramifications.  New Mexico became the 17th state to allow same-sex “marriages.” 

 Two attempts have been made to overturn same-sex “marriage” and the consequences that in other states have resulted in homosexual indoctrination in schools and open displays of homosexual behavior in local communities.  The County Commissioners who issued licenses illegally have been sued and a Constitutional Amendment has been proposed.  Both of these actions have been undertaken by Senator Bill Sharer (R-Farmington).

 Senator Sharer’s Senate Joint Resolution 6 (SJR 6) proposes a constitutional amendment that, if approved by voters, would define marriage in New Mexico as only between one man and one woman as determined by a vote of the people.  SJR 6 is now on the legislative docket, but it must survive assigned committees and votes in both chambers before it appears on a New Mexico ballot.  Even Republican support for a Constitutional Amendment may be softening, with the Governor calling it “now the law of the land” even though no “law” has been passed.

 The committee hearing SJR 6 is the Senate Rules Committee.  The Rules Committee is chaired by Senator Linda Lopez who, incidentally, is running for Governor.  Members of the committee include Senator Jacob Candelaria, a homosexual activist and former head of Equality New Mexico, a homosexual political organization, and Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino, the sponsor of a bill legalizing marijuana.

 The resolution may not be scheduled for a hearing before the session end and, if heard, could possibly go no further than a vote to “table” this session.

                                                        Euthanasia

Decriminalization by District Judge Nan G. Nash, January 13, 2014

Call it what you may: “Right to Die,” “Mercy Killings” or “Death with Dignity,”  euthanasia has now morphed into “Aid in Dying.”  The 2009 Legislators gave euthanasia an “Action Postponed Indefinitely,” and it has not been hear from since.

 Now Albuquerque Judge Nan G. Nash has decided that doctors who help kill a patient commit neither murder nor suicide.  Prior to the decision, state law classified euthanasia as a fourth-degree felony.  Attorney General Gary King, also a gubernatorial candidate, is considering challenging the changed law.  The Catholic Church has taken a firm stand against the judge’s finding.  No legislation has been proposed opposing euthanasia in New Mexico.

                                                 Other Issues

 Noticeably absent in 2014 is legislation proposing notification of parents when an underage girl is taken for an abortion.

 Other issues before our officials include decriminalization of marijuana, curtailing drivers’ licenses to illegal aliens, and regulating gun purchases at gun shows.

 

                                                        Prayer Request

 Please keep our legislators in prayer.  Pray that the 2014 will be one in which they experience God’s grace and act accordingly.

 

New Mexico Watchman

www.nmwatchman.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 New Mexico Legislative Session:  A Hijacking

 

 

 

New Mexico’s 2014 legislative session is underway.  The Legislature continues to consist of a majority of Democrats in both houses. The House consists of 37 Democrats and 33 Republicans.  The Senate has 25 Democrats and 17 Republicans.  Governor Susana Martinez is a Republican.

 

 

 

With the beginning of this year’s 30-day session, it must be observed that New Mexico’s judiciary has pre-empted our lawmakers’ opportunity to debate New Mexico’s moral and religious issues.

 

 

 

Instead the courts have handed down judgments on major issues that concern our Christian community.  The legislators, commissioned to debate and pass or defeat new laws, have convened only to find that the moral issues of our day have been usurped by New Mexico’s judges.  Following are two examples:

 

 

 

Same-Sex “Marriage”
New Mexico Supreme Court Decision, December 19, 2014

 

 

 

For years the New Mexico State Legislature debated the question of same-sex marriage.  Consistently the Legislators decided not to decide.  On December 19, 2013, the New Mexico State Supreme Court uttered the magic word – “unconstitutional” – possibly ending the debate and opening the door to its enormous ramifications.  New Mexico became the 17th state to allow same-sex “marriages.” 

 

 

 

Two attempts have been made to overturn same-sex “marriage” and the consequences that in other states have resulted in homosexual indoctrination in schools and open displays of homosexual behavior in local communities.  The County Commissioners who issued licenses illegally have been sued and a Constitutional Amendment has been proposed.  Both of these actions have been undertaken by Senator Bill Sharer (R-Farmington).

 

 

 

Senator Sharer’s Senate Joint Resolution 6 (SJR 6) proposes a constitutional amendment that, if approved by voters, would define marriage in New Mexico as only between one man and one woman as determined by a vote of the people.  SJR 6 is now on the legislative docket, but it must survive assigned committees and votes in both chambers before it appears on a New Mexico ballot.  Even Republican support for a Constitutional Amendment may be softening, with the Governor calling it “now the law of the land” even though no “law” has been passed.

 

 

 

The committee hearing SJR 6 is the Senate Rules Committee.  The Rules Committee is chaired by Senator Linda Lopez who, incidentally, is running for Governor.  Members of the committee include Senator Jacob Candelaria, a homosexual activist and former head of Equality New Mexico, a homosexual political organization, and Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino, the sponsor of a bill legalizing marijuana.

 

 

 

The resolution may not be scheduled for a hearing before the session end and, if heard, could possibly go no further than a vote to “table” this session.

 

 

 

 

 

Euthanasia
Decriminalization by District Judge Nan G. Nash, January 13, 2014

 

 

 

Call it what you may: “Right to Die,” “Mercy Killings” or “Death with Dignity,”  euthanasia has now morphed into “Aid in Dying.”  The 2009 Legislators gave euthanasia an “Action Postponed Indefinitely,” and it has not been hear from since.

 

 

 

Now Albuquerque Judge Nan G. Nash has decided that doctors who help kill a patient commit neither murder nor suicide.  Prior to the decision, state law classified euthanasia as a fourth-degree felony.  Attorney General Gary King, also a gubernatorial candidate, is considering challenging the changed law.  The Catholic Church has taken a firm stand against the judge’s finding.  No legislation has been proposed opposing euthanasia in New Mexico.

 

Other Issues

 

 

 

Noticeably absent in 2014 is legislation proposing notification of parents when an underage girl is taken for an abortion.

 

 

 

Other issues before our officials include decriminalization of marijuana, curtailing drivers’ licenses to illegal aliens, and regulating gun purchases at gun shows.

 

 

 

Prayer Request

 

 

 

Please keep our legislators in prayer.  Pray that the 2014 will be one in which they experience God’s grace and act accordingly.

 

 

 

New Mexico Watchman

 

www.nmwatchman.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High Stakes at the High Court Hearing 10-23-2013

The New Mexico Supreme Court heard oral arguments today regarding homosexual “marriage.” Mr. Daniel Ivey-Soto represented New Mexico’s county clerks, who are being sued by lesbian couples for not issuing homosexual “marriage” licenses. Mr. Ivey-Soto yielded the majority of his time to Ms. Maureen Sanders, who argued in favor of homosexual “marriage.” Mr. Jim Campbell of Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal organization, represented the defense.

From the start, the Justices, led by Justice Charles Daniels and Justice Edward Chavez, grilled Mr. Campbell, interrupting his presentation repeatedly and questioning his various arguments.

For example, Mr. Campbell asserted that the intent of New Mexico’s founders who wrote the Constitution should be critical in assessing constitutional matters. Mr. Campbell referred to the state’s prohibition against polygamy. Judge Daniels countered that polygamy should be assessed in view of modern norms and cultural changes.

Remember that this is the same court that ruled against Elaine Huguenin, the Albuquerque photographer, finding her guilty of violating the civil rights of lesbians by refusing to photograph a same-sex “commitment” ceremony.

The court’s final decision has been postponed.

Note that a constitutional amendment could be passed by the legislature and put before the voters.

Please continue to pray for the Justices and the lawyers and for a godly outcome to these proceedings.

The entire session can be viewed at the following website.

http://www.koat.com/news/new-mexico/albuquerque/full-video-nm-supreme-court-hearing-on-gay-marriage/-/9153728/22595584/-/mpodmdz/-/index.html

God bless New Mexico.

Prayer and Fasting: October 22 and November 3, 2013

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 Prayer and Fasting: October 22 and November 3, 2013

Major issues are facing our state and nation.  As a result, there are calls for Prayer and Fasting as the issues of same-sex marriage and abortion are coming to New Mexico.

Gender-Confused Seeking Marriage in the State

The New Mexico Supreme Court is being asked to decide if same-sex marriage violates the constitution of the state even though references to “husband – wife” and “man – woman” can be are found.

On October 23, the New Mexico Supreme Court will consider oral arguments for same-sex marriages.  Voices for Family Values (www.vffv.org) has called for prayer and fasting the day before, on Tuesday,October 22.

  • Please note that individuals are allowed equal protection under the law but institutions are always discriminatory: we don’t let blind people drive and we don’t let people who won’t bear arms into our army.  The institution of marriage is about families and families are about procreation.

 Late Term Abortion in Albuquerque: Fetal Pain

Albuquerque, New Mexico, is known as the “late term abortion capitol of the Southwest.”  Abortions can be performed up to the day of birth.  Spearheaded by Albuquerque Deserves Better (www.abqdeservesbetter.com), a special election for Albuquerque residents will be held on November 19 limiting abortions to 20 weeks beyond conception. 

  • The ordinance is known as the “Fetal Pain” bill.  It has been scientifically proven that a fetus experiences excruciating pain as body parts are torn from the fetus and removed from the uterus.  The “Fetal Pain” bill limits abortion to 20 weeks or prior.

Sunday, November 3, has been proclaimed a “Day of Prayer” across the state for the unborn and for this issue.  Priests and Pastors are urged to address this issue from the pulpit, and we are all urged to pray.

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.    2  Chronicles 7:14

 

Prayer for Our Nation – August 2013

                                    Prayer For Our Arts and Entertainment:
The TV program “Glee” is rated as one of the most pro-homosexual shows on television Those opposed to the lifestyle are portrayed as crude, cartoonish “homophobic” bullies.  In contrast to the mandated positive portrayal, the real-life lesbian actress on the show, Jane Lynch, “divorced” her partner of three years, Lara Embry; and the show’s thirty-one year old lead actor Cory Monteith was found dead of an alcohol and heroin overdose.
Pray that our Arts and Entertainment industry would be populated by those guided by the Lord’s commands.
“He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”  John 14:21

                                        Prayer For Our Businesses:
Faced with the burden of Obamacare, many companies have reduced employee work weeks to less than 30 hours to avoid paying for health care.  That means that employees are either doing with less or are working two jobs to maintain the same level of income.  Please pray for this regulation to be dropped so families can return to a manageable job market.

                              Prayer For Our Educational System:
Under the administration of Governor Susana Martinez, New Mexico has gone to a letter grade system in assessing school achievement.  A quick assessment of school performance can be had by this method.  Please pray that the system remains and that schools continue to improve.
(SEE  http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/education/article_599f6e5e-5276-55a5-a4fa-9766493668a4.html)

                                  Prayer For Our Families:

New Mexico is seeing an alarming rise in children living in single parent households.  In 2007 there were 177,000 single-parent households across that state.  That number jumped to 208,000 in 2011, and continues to climb.  The breakdown of the family means an increased number of children living in poverty, a greater reliance on government subsidies and greater social ills. 

Please pray for marriage to be honored and restored as the norm in our state.
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SEE http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data/tables/106-children-in-single-parent-families?loc=1&loct=2#detailed/2/10-19,2,20-29,3,30-39,4,40-49,5,50-52,6-9/false/867,133,38,35,18/any/429,430)

                                    Prayer For Our Government:

The Supreme Court struck down a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act.  The Court also allowed the decision of one homosexual judge to stand, silencing the voices of seven million Californians who voted for Proposition 8 and traditional marriage.

Locally, Santa Fe’s County Clerk, Geraldine Salazar, is being sued for obeying state law.  Ms. Salazar refused to issue a marriage license to two men wishing to “marry.”

Without notice to the Christian community, the Santa Fe County Commissioners passed a resolution to support homosexual “marriage.”  Because the agenda item was not broadly publicized, opposition to the resolution was not heard.

Please pray for marriage as God designed and intended.

                                                Prayer For Our Media:
A Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that the number of sex scenes on television nearly doubled from 1998 to 2005. An American Academy of Pediatrics report states that “more than 75 percent of prime-time programs contain sexual content” – 8 to 10 times per hour.  (SEE http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/126/3/576.full)

Our homes are connected to the outside world by television and radio.  The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is the government agency overseeing a decaying standard of decency over the airwaves.  The FCC would like to slacken the already lax standards for broadcast programs that we view and hear.

Please pray that the FCC will not slacken their standards regarding what is allowed over the nation’s airwaves.

                                            Prayer For Our Religion:
The question of homosexuality in the priesthood surfaced again.  Pope Benedict, the current Pope Francis’ predecessor, urged those with homosexual leanings to stay out of the priesthood.  The current Pope Francis has suggested that being homosexual does not make one unfit for the priesthood but homosexual activity does.  It is a subtle but significant change from his predecessor’s stance.  Please pray that all those called to ministry would be of the Lord and not of the flesh.