Fighting to Stop Persecution in America

Sep 9, 2020

First, they attack the churches, then they attack the wealthy, then they attack the entire culture. For over 100 years, radical Marxists have taken the same steps to accomplish revolutions. But together, you and I can help stop the Marxist attack on America. Read on to learn how. -Mat

One of Marxism’s key traits is that it progresses in a distinctive way.

First, Marxists attack the church - because the TRUTH of the Bible easily exposes the lies of a “godless utopia.”

In America today, churches and houses of worship nationwide have been illegally and unconstitutionally shut down or restricted by lawless bureaucrats who have gone so far as to arrest pastors and threatened to bulldoze churches that continue to meet.

Then they come for the wealthy - because envy and murderous jealousy rule the hearts of those who want to punish financially successful people and confiscate the fruits of someone else's labor.

In May, Seattle protestors set up a guillotine in the middle of their “autonomous zone.” The acronym C.H.O.P. was chosen as a direct reference to the guillotine of the French revolution. In June, and again just last week, a guillotine was set up in front of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ home.

Then they come for the entire culture - because envy never stops at the high gates of manicured homes. Never satisfied, Marxists turn their chaos on everyone to create their bloody revolutions.

Liberty Counsel is working to stop the attack on churches!

The oppression against churches and places of worship is part of a larger spiritual conflict, and lawless revolutionary groups like BLM are very aware of the spiritual dimension of this battle (Eph. 6:10-20).

BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors, a trained Marxist, said: “When we say the names . . . you kind of invoke that spirit and then those spirits actually become present with you. . . We’ve become very intimate with the spirits that we call on regularly—each of them seems to have a different presence and personality.”

Melina Abdullah, the leader of BLM Los Angeles, told a crowd of nearly 100,000 in Hollywood this June, “Our power comes not only from the people who are here but from the spirits that we cannot see. . . When we say their name, we invoke their presence.”

No wonder the same governors who encourage the riots oppress the church. Thankfully, we have insight into our adversaries’ playbook.

And we are aggressively pushing back. Liberty Counsel has been advising over 2,000 pastors in 44 states on how to combat anti-God governors and revolution-leaning bureaucrats trying to shut down worship in their states.

In addition, we have filed five federal lawsuits against the worst church restrictors in the nation -- the governors of California, Illinois, Kentucky, Virginia and Maine. This month, we will file a sixth federal lawsuit.

In California, we represent over 160 churches affiliated with Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry against CA Gov. Gavin Newsom’s outrageous bans on churches, worship and even Bible studies in peoples’ own homes! This week, we are filing a major motion at the Court of Appeals.

In Illinois, we represent Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church and Logos Baptist Ministries against Gov. J.B. Pritzker and his illegal orders enforced by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s threats to seize and destroy church buildings for refusing to obey Pritzker’s illegal orders.

In Kentucky, we represent Maryville Baptist Church against Gov. Andy Beshear, who had every attendee of an Easter Sunday outdoor, stay-in-your-own-car, drive-in church put under the equivalent of 14-day house arrest... for attending church. We just submitted our final brief and will soon present oral arguments at the Court of Appeals.

In Virginia, we represent Lighthouse Fellowship Church of Chincoteague Island against Gov. Ralph Northam and his illegal attempts to shut down churches, criminally charging the pastor and even sending police cars to the church parking lot waiting to arrest or scare away potential attendees.

In Maine, we represent Calvary Chapel of Bangor against Gov. Janet Mills, who demands that churches apply for HER permission to open, and only under HER extremely restrictive conditions and only with her “Governor Approved Church” badge on the door. Today, we presented oral arguments before a three-judge panel.

We will fight all the way to the highest court in the land to ensure that religious freedom remains FREE. In fact, this month we are filing a writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court. This will be the first church closure case in the nation to go before the Supreme Court.

There’s a pattern in ALL the cases we are fighting now, and it’s not just church closures.

Each of our church cases described above are pending at various levels of the federal courts of appeals. And we have many, many months of work before us on this critical issue, even as we continue to fight for religious freedom in our existing cases like defending Sandra Merritt, the brave woman who exposed Planned Parenthood’s evil “Baby Parts for Sale Scheme.” We also continue other cases fighting for freedom on many fronts.

Marxists feel they must crush religious liberty in order to achieve their destructive agenda.

Given the hysteria and violence shattering our cities and streets, it has never been more critically important that God’s Word be freely preached throughout the nation! There has never been a more crucial time for churches to open their doors, calling our land to repentance and healing.

The gates of hell will not prevail against the church.

Liberty Counsel is proud to defend the brave shepherds preaching God’s redemptive love for all to hear. And we are proud to have you in this battle with us! Together, we are fighting at the epicenter of the battle.

The generous challenge grant established to DOUBLE the impact of all donations offered to defend the churches will end soon. Please, take advantage of this opportunity to defend God’s churches by making your best possible donation today. Select here or the button below.

Mat Staver
Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel

P.S. The consequences of losing our religious liberty are so unacceptable that every God-fearing American must be knowledgeable about their constitutional rights. That's why I am offering a FREE download of our "Silence Is Not an Option" (SINO) DVD and booklet. This vital training details exactly what pastors and churches can do politically. If we consistently voted biblical values, rogue governors would not be illegally restricting churches today.

Normally, we offer these SINO materials for a $35 contribution. But time is short, and the enemy is on the attack. Arm yourself, your pastor and your church NOW, before it is too late.

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Sources:

Castillo, A. (2020, June 21). How two black women in L.A. helped build Black Lives Matter from hashtag to global movement. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved from Latimes.com

Fowler Museum at UCLA. (2020, June 15) A Prayer for the Runner by Patrisse Cullors [Video]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/udEnerFMVaY

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