I’m going to interrupt my posts on Leadership because I can no longer remain silent. I must bring to light before our community what is occurring right now in the California State Legislature.
Currently there is a bill that has passed the California State Assembly, AB2943 and is headed for the Senate. Legal analysists are calling the Bill an effort to limit free speech and the free exercise of religion. It’s the most blatant chilling of free speech in America in my lifetime and is very likely to passed by the veto-proof majority and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Regardless of where you fall in your beliefs about homosexuality and gender identity, this bill, if passed will make it illegal for me to council or pray with a woman who is struggling with her sexual identity. In addition, it would become illegal for me to recommend to her the Bible as a book to read about her truth and identity.
Let me share from a real example how this bill would play out in my life and ministry.
Let’s say a young girl is molested by her step-father for a number of years. She finally arrives in Junior High School and is around the age of 12 or 13. Of course, she is utterly fearful of men and shuns the thought of ever loving a man or being involved with a man because of her unhealed trauma. She listens to the culture, social media, the “required” teaching about the normalization of homosexuality in the California public schools and nothing about purity, wholeness or the love of God.
She decides she is gay as a result of her trauma. Her best friend however, attends church and she invites this young woman to go. Something happens, and she learns about Jesus. However, her indoctrination into the gay lifestyle is at war within. She is looking to her new church to help her find her way to truth, purity and a life well lived.
This is where I come in. I often pray for people who are struggling with all manner of identity confusion. And they FIND FREEDOM IN TRUTH of who they are in Christ, Jesus. If this bill passes, I can no longer pray with this young woman to help her discover her true identity. I can’t even ask her to read passages in the Bible if they conflict with her decided identity.
I’m so disturbed in my spirit over this reality that I lack words to express my horror, grief and the shock over the utter evil that lies ahead for our nation. Because gang, if it goes down here, it’s on the way to New York, Florida, Michigan, and every other state in America.
I have been flowing this issue for months. I will share this from an article I read today by Steve Warren CBN:
According to the California Family Council, some legal experts have concluded the bill targets the ability of religious non-profits, churches and pastors from teaching and practicing their faith regarding sexual orientation and gender.
The bill would also ban books from being sold in California that tells people to trust in the power of Jesus Christ and His gospel to help them change their same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria, according to the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).
"California AB 2943 makes it unlawful for any person to sell books, counseling services or anything else that helps someone overcome unwanted same-sex attraction or gender identity confusion," said ADF Attorney, Matt Sharp. "As a result, it could be a violation if a pastor encourages a congregant to visit the church bookstore to purchase books that help people address sexual issues, perhaps including the Bible itself, which teaches about the importance of sexual purity within the confines of marriage between a man and woman."
SUMites, the greatest attack of the enemy on the human race is to confuse our identity. WE MUST pray. Pray for defeat of evil. Pray that the enemy must stand down and pray for the young who are so very lost without a Father in heaven and a friend, Jesus, who heals.
I cannot remain silent. My healing Prayer sessions bring people into freedom and release them from false identities. They become free to live in love, peace and hope and every good thing that God has for humankind.
Thank you for hearing my heart. Lynn