Black pastors denounce Michigan Republicans “Dance with the Devil” on Elliott-Larson: Michigan GOP House Speaker Bolger “sold his soul” for $100,000 from so called “gay rights” advocates, pastors say

 

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Black pastors denounce Michigan Republicans “Dance with the Devil” on Elliott-Larson: Michigan GOP House Speaker Bolger “sold his soul” for $100,000 from  so called “gay rights” advocates, pastors say

 

Detroit, Michigan, August 21, 2014  — On Wednesday, a group of Black Christian pastors and ministers condemned what they called state Republican leaders’ “dance with the devil” regarding legislation they said is discriminatory and would threaten religious freedom and women’s privacy rights by adding so-called “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the Elliott-Larson Act, the state’s civil rights law.

The pastors said Gov. Rick Snyder and other Republicans risk losing the votes of Christian families in the upcoming 2014 general election “if they rush to hop in the same political bed with homosexual activists.”

Speaker Jase Bolger and other Republican hypocrites in Lansing are now dancing with the devil,” stated Rev. James Crowder,  Senior Pastor of St. Galilee Baptist Church- Detroit and President of the Westside Minister’s Alliance said, “selling out traditional morality and our religious freedom in return for cash from the same ‘gay’ multimillionaires whose campaign funding they’ve condemned in past elections.”

Crowder cited Bolger’s acceptance of a $50,000 PAC contribution last month from nationally prominent “gay” activist and Democratic Party financier Tim Gill of Denver.

Gill and billionaire Jan Stryker, also of Denver, funded the Democratic takeover of Colorado’s legislature in 2006; Jan Stryker is the sister of homosexual billionaire Jon Stryker of Kalamazoo, who Michigan Republicans condemned in recent campaign cycles for spending millions of dollars in a similar attempt to defeat GOP legislative candidates here.

Gill also gave $25,000 in July to a PAC controlled by Rep. Frank Foster, R-Petoskey, the only incumbent legislator who lost in the Aug. 5th primary election after publicly declaring he would sponsor the “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” legislation. Foster was defeated by Christian academy teacher Lee Chatfield, who aggressively criticized Foster’s stand.

Only days before the primary, Bolger’s PAC took another $50,000 from Wall Street billionaire hedge fund investor Paul Singer.

Singer also contributed $25,000 to Foster’s leadership PAC, called Spotlight Michigan.

Singer founded the American Unity PAC, whose “sole mission will be to encourage Republican candidates to support same-sex marriage,” the New York Times reported.

Singer has spent over $10 million since the 2010 election “to help push Republicans and states to support and legalize gay marriage,” the Washington Post reported.

Speaker Bolger and other Republican con artists have now joined many other elected officials — in both parties — who’ve lost their moral compass and sold out the 2.7 million Michigan voters who supported our state marriage amendment, in return for campaign cash from the financial elitists pushing this anti-Christian agenda,” said Pastor Emory Moss, Strictly Biblical, Detroit. “They have betrayed Biblical marriage and traditional family values in the process, and they’re misleading Christian voters who they’ve duped into believing they can trust the Republican Party to protect those values.”

Speaker Bolger’s lip service to protecting religious freedom is not to be trusted when he’s taking $100,000 from high-profile pro-homosexual activists pushing this discriminatory legislation and using that cash to buy votes with campaign contributions to Republican lawmakers,” states Minister Stacy Swimp, Founder of the Michigan-based Revive Alive Ministry.

Foster announced after the primary election that despite his loss, he still intends to push the legislation, promising it will pass before the end of the year.  

And despite the strong message sent by voters who rejected Foster’s reelection bid, Gov. Snyder said he too still wants action on the bill this year.

That was one race. I’m going to look at Elliott-Larsen,Snyder told Crain’s Business Detroit. “I expect something to get done by the end of the year.”

Swimp noted that Michigan Republicans have for years opposed adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the state’s civil rights law “until the GOP’s big-money corporate campaign funders jerked their chains.”

Swimp, who is spokesperson for the group of over 200 Black Michigan pastors, also cited a coalition of brand-name Michigan corporations and Chambers of Commerce who joined the American Civil Liberties Union in forming the Michigan Competitive Workforce Coalition, a group organized specifically to push the proposed homosexual “rights” legislation.

The coalition is headed by Jim Murray, the openly homosexual CEO of AT&T Michigan.

Swimp, who is also Spokesman for a National Christian Council of Black Pastors for traditional marriage of over 33,000 churches and 3.2 million members,  also cited failed efforts by the Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP) — a PAC directed by openly homosexual Republican political operative, Greg McNeilly and funded by the billionaire family of former Amway President Dick DeVos and his wife, former Michigan Republican chair Betsy DeVos — to defeat high-profile Christian candidates in the Aug. 5th Republican primary who publicly opposed the “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” legislation.

Project (GLEP) — a PAC directed by openly homosexual Republican political operative, Greg McNeilly and funded by the billionaire family of former Amway President Dick DeVos and his wife, former Michigan Republican chair Betsy DeVos — to defeat high-profile Christian conservatives in the Aug. 5th Republican primary who publicly opposed the “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” legislation.

GLEP spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in the primary attacking Christian conservative candidates, all of whom won despite the attacks, while multiple members of the DeVos family contributed to Foster, who lost.

Big names and big money are obviously descending on Michigan — from Tim Gill and Paul Singer and, shockingly, even the formerly conservative DeVos family — to try to grease the skids and convince Republicans to join too many Democrats in selling their souls to homosexual activists and selling out Christian voters who cherish traditional marriage and the family,” said Swimp

Swimp said the proposed “sexual orientation” legislation is identical to policies and laws adopted in other states and countries that has resulted in Christian churches, pastors, and church members being discriminated against, fired, fined, expelled from school, and pressured to violate their conscience and moral opposition to homosexual “marriage” and homosexual behavior itself.

He pointed to dozens of examples such as:

  •  Julea Ward, the Black public school teacher from Southfield expelled from Eastern Michigan University’s counseling for refusing as a matter of religious conscience to counsel a student on how to improve his homosexual relationship.
  • Crystal Dixon, the Black vice president of the University of Toledo fired from her job for writing a letter to editor disputing claims that the “gay rights” agenda is comparable to the Black civil rights movement of the 1960s. (Over the objection of “gay” activists, Dixon was hired as personnel director for the city of Jackson, Michigan.)
  • The Christian photographer in New Mexico who was fined $6,600 for refusing as a matter of religious conscience to photograph a lesbian wedding, a fine unanimously upheld by the New Mexico Supreme Court.

Swimp chided Republican leaders for “either their greed or their cowardice, whichever it is on this issue,” citing strong public opposition to laws that force Christian business owners to violate their conscience.

If Republicans who can’t be bought by Speaker Bolger’s money from Tim Gill or Paul Singer or frightened by Betsy DeVos will simply stand firm for the conservative values they themselves claim to believe, they will find strong public support for that stand,”added Rev. Crowder.

Crowder cited a 2013 poll by Rasmussen Reports which found that 85 percent of Americans said “yes” to the question, “Suppose a Christian wedding photographer has deeply held religious beliefs opposing same-sex marriage. If asked to work a same-sex wedding ceremony, should that wedding photographer have the right to say no?” Only 8 percent said “no,” and 6 percent sat on the fence. The survey of 1,000 adults was conducted July 7-8, 2013.

Swimp said the pastors coalition also opposes the “gender identity” language of the proposed legislation, which has resulted in women and girls being forced to share restrooms, locker rooms, and showers with males who claim to be women, including in K-12 public schools in California, Colorado, and Massachusetts.

He noted that such language is opposed even by some lesbians and feminists who believe women’s privacy should be protected by law.

Swimp cited a 2012 letter written by lesbians Cathy Brennan and Elizabeth Hungerford to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights urging the commission not to endorse so-called “gender identity” policies.

Brennan and Hungerford wrote:

“We write to advise you of a legal development in the United States that compromises hard won sex-based classification protections for females. This legal development – in which gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) organizations and individual activists work to enact protections based on ‘gender identity’…

 In addition to compromising rational sex-based protections for females, These same GLBT activists have used the ‘gender identity’ framework to undermine the justification for female-only space that falls outside of government regulation (i.e., private events on private property.)  As lesbians, we are concerned about the impact of this legislation on our community, and our community’s ability to meet free from male influence.  More importantly, as females, we are concerned that in the attempt to provide protections for a few, we will compromise the protections of the many.

 Specifically, the proliferation of legislation designed to protect ‘gender identity’ and ‘gender expression’ undermines legal protections for females vis-à-vis sex segregated spaces, such as female-only clubs, public restrooms, public showers, and other spaces designated as ‘female only.’  Females require sex-segregated facilities for a number of reasons, chief among them the documented frequency of male sexual violence against females.”

Swimp continued,  “It’s simply beyond belief that leaders of the Republican party, which claims to represent traditional family values, would even consider legislation that threatens the privacy rights, comfort, and safety of women, as attested to even by lesbian activists. But apparently, those values are for sale if the price is right.”

Speaker Bolger is term-limited, but Gov. Snyder is not,” Rev. Emory Moss asserted. “We hope other pastors across the state of Michigan will join us in urging their congregations not to vote in the governor’s race this fall if the governor, other Lansing Republicans, as well as Democrats continue to push an agenda that threatens religious freedom and women’s privacy rights.

(Editor’s Note: The Pastors are represented by the Thomas More Law Center in their defense of Traditional Marriage between one man and one woman- in Michigan and across the United States.)

 
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Prominent Michigan Black pastor, Bishop David Maxwell, Renounces His Past Support for Gay Marriage

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Detroit, Michigan, August 14, 2014- One of Lansing, Michigan’s most prominent Black pastors, Bishop David Maxell, had been quoted in the press in May of 2012, as saying that he agreed with homosexuals and lesbians who say that so called gay marriage is a “civil right”.

Maxwell, Pastor of Eliezer Temple Church in Lansing, Michigan, has also served as head of Mayor Virg Bernero’s Office of Faith-based Initiatives, was quoted as saying:

“Many of my comrades in the faith community have a struggle and cannot separate the theology with the civics of the president executing fairness and equity for all persons, It’s a civil right. The sad thing about it is: You would have thought that the African-American pastoral or theological community would have sensitivity when they themselves have struggled civil rights-wise.”

Maxwell, after having attacked Black pastors against gay marriage, praised President Obama’s support of gay marriage: 

Maxwell also praised President Barack Obama for promoting an agenda to redefine marriage as other than between one man and one woman, ““I think the president is to be commended. He did not allow his own Christian philosophy or theology to dominate his presidential responsibility.”

However, in a recent letter, Bishop Maxwell has clearly changed his mind regarding his support of marriage redefinition and his criticism of predominantly Black churches as being “homophobic”.

“After reading statements attributed to me in a recent article, of which did not completely state my position on same sex marriage, and may lead some to view my statements as an endorsement of sort of same sex marriage. I am compelled to set the record straight”.

Bishop Maxwell, who had strongly supported gay marriage as a civil right in 2014, now says that “the ban on gay marriage is based upon its immorality’.

Maxwell is also now calling for all Christians to take a stand against the LGBT agenda to redefine marriage, “It is incumbent that like-mined people of faith take a public stand against the practice of same sex marriage and exercise our constitutional right to advance legislation that will cover all loopholes, and legally shut the door on same sex marriage in our state and nation.”.

In 1975 Esther Phillips sang a song “What A Difference Day Makes”,  the lyrics singing: What a difference a day made, twenty four little hours. Brought the sun and the flowers where there used to be rain. My yesterday was blue dear. Today, I’m a part of you dear”.

There is indeed a story in every we song sing.

Bishop Maxwell, who used to be a part of the LGBT advocacy demographic, has apparently found this position to be blue and is now happy to be a part of the Christian evangelical demographic, who choose to believe the Bible- that marriage is between one man and one woman.

Minister Stacy Swimp of Greater Bibleway Temple, Jackson, Michigan and Founder of the Michigan Based Revive Alive Missional Ministry, is Spokesperson for a national coalition of Black Pastors and Christian ministers who have taken a stand for traditional marriage and have filed an amiscus brief in support o traditional marriage- represented by the Thomas More Law Center. 

Swimp commented on Bishop Maxwell’s turnaround: “Bishop Maxwell had made himself an apostate. An enemy of the cross. However, it appears that the Word of God has finally settled into his heart and he has repented from his former stance against God’s family. Hopefully, he will not be swayed again, by selfish ambition and political favors,  to turn his back against God. 

Indeed, hopefully tomorrow won’t make yet another difference for Bishop Maxwell.

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Is Being Popular or Famous The True Test Of Leadership!?

I find that I meet a great number of people whose number one priority is to “get my name out there”.

While the nation is crumbling, they want to cover the collapse rather than actually serve the nation and those who are suffering as a result of the collapse.

They seem to believe that having a large following means they are now accomplished leaders.

Being a Public Speaker, talk show host, famous personality, etc, does not constitute true leadership.

Anyone can talk and have strong opinions.

However, a true leader is a servant first and foremost.

True leaders seek to serve those who are the least among us.

They are not haughty or puffed up.

True leadership is up close and personal with the people who need help the most.

Jesus would never be an unattainable public speaker who requires you to be in the ‘in crowd” of a political ideology in order to get the time of the day.

You would find Jesus where neither the pundits or the politicians or the average public speaker would bother to venture.

You would find Jesus helping to provide clothes to those who needed it, visiting and laying hands on the sick, and ministering to those in prison.  Those who do these things are our nation’s greatest leaders by God’s standard (See: Matthew 25:36)

Don’t look to those who are popular for leadership, who are hand picked by political movements or party. Never follow an ideologue. They are political prostitutes.

Look to those God raises up among you who actually serves you right where you are.

Look, most of all, right in the mirror, for God is inviting YOU to serve mightily!

The ones who God raises up will appear to be the least qualified and the least likely, but they will be the ones who God uses to get the best results.

Remember ruddy little King David!

“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”- I Corinthians 12:27

Don’t look for who man elevates for leadership. Instead, look to align yourselves with true servants whose agenda is to know and do the will of God, no matter their limitations and unpopular status with this world!

Food for thought!

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Black Pastors Denounce Gay Marriage. Call on U.S. 6th Circuit Court to honor America’s Judeo-Christian values!

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Black pastors Denounce Gay Marriage. Call on U.S. 6th Circuit Court to honor America’s Judeo-Christian values!

 

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled today to hear six cases from four states — Michigan, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio — where pro LGBT, activist federal judges have, in recent months, overturned voter approved marriage protection amendments in favor of redefining marriage.

This is the highest number of marriage protection cases ever heard in circuit court at one time.

Attorneys Representing the State of Michigan are scheduled to argue their case first and shall be allotted the most time to do so, in light of the fact that Judge Bernard Friedman of the Michigan based Federal District Court held a full trial before deciding to arbitrarily over rule the ballot results of the 2004 Michigan voter approved Marriage Protection Amendment.

A group of black pastors and Christian leaders , who have formed a National Christian Leadership Council on Family Values are calling on the U.S. 6th Circuit Court to honor America’s Judeo-Christian values and to protect traditional marriage in accordance with the U.S. Constitution.

“Judge Bernard Friedman of the U.S. Federal District Court in Detroit, Michigan ruled that it is illogical for anyone to vote based upon their moral values. We are calling on the U.S. 6th Circuit Court to recognize the voting rights of the 2.7 million voters in Michigan who absolutely decided that our moral values are and should be the basis of every decision we make, including our support of the 2004 voter approved Marriage Protection Amendment.”- Bishop Samuel Smith, The Apostolic World Christian Fellowship, Evansville,  Indiana

Pastor Danny Holliday, Victory Baptist Church, says that the Constitution should be followed by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals,  “Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution does it indicate that equal justice under the law is related to sexual orientation!  Marriage , furthermore, was defined by God. Not by government. Therefore, the constitution provides us our civil, political, and religious freedom, in accordance with our God given rights. The Court must uphold these God given rights and the constitution.”

Minister Stacy Swimp, Founder  of Revive Alive Missional Ministry, Michigan “Research on human sexuality and sexual orientation has overwhelmingly concluded that both homosexual and heterosexual behaviors are conducts. This is true because, no matter who we are attracted to, we have the option to conduct ourselves contrary to what we feel.  It is called free will.” Swimp concluded, “Through their will to believe God, many homosexuals and lesbians have converted to Christianity and are now born again, many even marrying someone of the opposite sex and having children.   It is clear that homosexuality is not a birth right or permanent condition.  Hence, no Federal judge should redefine marriage under the false guise of sexual conduct being a civil right.”

“We pray that the panel of Judges in the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals shall not only uphold the rule of law, but will exercise common sense in denouncing the false narrative which says that marriage redefinition has any association with the historical struggle of Black Americans for social equality. There is no comparison of so called gay rights to the carnage of chattel slavery and the humiliation of Jim Crow which millions of Black Americans suffered from for over three centuries., ” states Darrell D. Mayfield, Kingdom Come Ministries, of Vineland, N.J

Council Nedd, II, Bishop of the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Hillsdale, Michigan, summed up the attitude and long term determination of the Council, “God ordained the sacrament of marriage to be a holy bond between one man and one woman. It cannot be defiled by the laws of man.  We will fight and never surrender!”

 The Christian Council report that they represent over 33,000 Churches and 3.2 million members. 

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The Importance of Walking With Youth

 

 

Earlier today, I had a conversation with L.C- a young man that I mentor- about the importance of looking towards the future, rather than always looking over our shoulders at the past.

I shared with him the wise words of the Apostle Paul:

“Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead,”- Philippians 3:13

I reminded him how people will always try to tear him down and try to treat him as though his past mistakes are an expression of all that he is- as if his future is bleak because they hold him in contempt for what they judge of his past.

I encouraged him to base his self concepts and self esteem upon What God said about him:

 

You have made them a little lower than the angels

    and crowned them with glory and honor.

You made them rulers over the works of your hands;

    you put everything under their feet:

all flocks and herds,

    and the animals of the wild,

the birds in the sky,

    and the fish in the sea,

    all that swim the paths of the seas.”- Psalm 8:5-9

 

Furthermore and, particularly in L.C.’s case:

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”- II Corinthians 5:17

The fact is, I instructed L.C., that people may change how they feel about you for any silly reason. We cannot afford to put our faith and confidence in man.

Lo and behold, Satan came immediately to try to steal the Word which was sown into this young man’s heart.

We went to his old school to see if we could get a copy of his transcripts, that he might get a State I.D.  Upon arriving at the school, we encountered a former counselor, who we discovered was released due to budget problems. She was loading her car with her things.

We explained to the woman what we needed. Reluctantly, after I repeatedly expressed the urgency of the situation, she agreed to see what she could do.

The moment we got into her office, she started telling L.C. that she remembers how bad he used to be. She actually said to him “I hope you are better now”.

I allowed her to get one more negative sentence of her mouth about this young man, before I finally spoke up.

I stated, “Excuse me, doesn’t he look fabulous?! The past doesn’t matter. His future is bright, he is motivated and he is doing just fine. It is important for him to focus on the hope which he has in the future.. It’s also time for others to encourage him to do so rather than try to put him in bondage to any past that he cannot change.

She then changed her entire attitude and became much more enthusiastic about helping him. Ultimately, we did get all that needed.

However, imagine had L.C. went there by himself?

This woman even had the nerve to remark how Black kids in the city, especially, don’t like to get driver”s licenses, etc. I had no idea where she was coming from.

Imagine a young student who may be at a fragile place in his or her life. Perhaps they had

domestic problems at home, low self esteem and poor self concepts- but were beginning to gain confidence.

Then an adult like this so called counselor, comes along and pummels them with negative deficits. That could have potentially destructive consequences for a teen.

L.C. explained to me that this woman has always been like that,, especially towards Black kids. I  have no reason to doubt him, in light of what I saw and experienced today.

I am just so thankful that I was there, as L.C. was speechless. I understand.

A mentor told me years ago that it is important that, rather than tell our youth we are sending them here or there, that we walk though the door with them, if not ahead of them.

He said that our youth often encounter hurdles though these doors that they need wisdom to overcome.

Today was a good example of that.

Ironically, when I spoke with L.C.’s mother and told of her of the incident, she asked me if it was the very woman who treated L.C. that way. Mind you, L.C. had been with me all day and had not talked to mom to advise her of this matter. It shows that there is a history or track record of this woman treating L.C. so condescendingly and, undoubtedly, doing to same to other students.

Charity is great. It is needed. However, we cannot deal with our youth as though they are charity cases who we need no personal connection to. They are not cogs on a wheel or “notches on our belt” of piety, where we feel good about what we did for them, even as we failed to maintain a personal relationship with them.

They truly need our guidance and, as my experience today demonstrated, our protection.

So many times, we are engaged in ad hoc events and programs for kids, feeling really good about ourselves and never stopping to actually get to know the kids we meet. Never discovering what life really looks and feels like to these kids.

That has to change.

Let’s walk with our youth, every step of the way.

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