Just The Facts: The Split in Calvary Chapel

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These are the facts that have been made public about the split in the Calvary Chapel movement.

7.19.2013 : Letter from Pastor Chuck Smith

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10.31.2016 : Letter to the Movement from the Calvary Chapel Association

Dear Calvary Chapel Pastors,

Recently, a group of the Calvary Chapel Association Council members gathered together in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania for a few days to seek the Lord, worship, and ask Him for direction as to the Calvary Family. Our time was truly blessed with a great unity, a rich sense of the Lord’s presence, a fresh sense of direction, and a peace together like we have not experienced in years. There were a number of issues that we discussed that we want to pass on to the movement.
1. Though it has only been three years since the Lord took Pastor Chuck home, we realized how grateful we are for the foundation of Calvary Chapel that Chuck laid for us.  As we discussed these things we all realized how deeply we are committed to out core values and thankful for Chuck and the way the Lord led us through him.

2. As we discussed our foundation and core values as a family of churches we realized that along the way, through the years, there have been those that have decided that their values were different, and they have gone on with another group such as the Pentecostals, or Acts 29, or Gospel Coalition, or Vineyard, or Hillsong, and that is truly fine. All these ministry families have their core values just as we do, and Pastor Chuck often simply looked at these situations as an opportunity for churches to find their most comfortable environment.

3. Since Chuck’s passing there may be pastors who have thought about some of our values, such as expository teaching, and no longer hold to the Calvary Chapel approach. There may be pastors who no longer embrace our leadership style, or our view of the Lord’s soon appearing and our emphasis on preaching about the rapture of the church, or our view of male leadership and the New Testament’s prohibition of women teaching men, or the errors associated with prosperity theology, or our need for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and the gifts being for today, or any other core values that we have held. 1 Corinthians 1:10 reads, “See that you all speak the same thing.” One of the great blessings of our family has always been a like mindedness toward our distinctives. When someone goes to a Calvary Chapel affiliate church there are things they go looking for. Just as when someone goes to a Pentecostal church, or a Hillsong church, or an Acts 29 church, or a Lutheran church. We completely respect their family’s philosophy of ministry, and we also love ours.

4. For the past three years, the Council has taken the time to seek the Lord together and try to move forward in unity. As individual pastors we have spoken in support of our core values, but we now feel the need for the Council members to speak with one voice. As our signatures to this letter attest, we are steadfastly committed to our roots, and want to clear up any confusion caused by those who have questioned the Calvary Chapel doctrine and philosophy of ministry statements.

5. To further speak to these issues we have scheduled an International Senior Pastors and Wives Conference, November 6-8, 2017 at Calvary Chapel St. Petersburg, Florida. The conference speakers will be the members of the Council and we want to reaffirm our core values, seek the Lord for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon us, and look forward to His coming. As the ministry of Calvary Chapel has grown to over 1600 affiliate churches around the world, we realize that there are many second, third, and fourth generation ministries that have joined our family, and we need to clarify what makes us Calvary Chapel. Above all, we are seeking the Lord to give us what we so deeply need and desire, a fresh filling of His Spirit.

Our Conference will focus on:
– Our Sure Foundation (Remembering our DNA)
– Our Fresh Expectancy (Desiring His Outpouring)
– Our Glorious Hope (Looking For Him)

So, please hold the November dates and we will be getting back to you with all the information regarding the conference.

6. We also need to clear up any confusion regarding calvarychapelassociation.com and calvarychapel.com. These are completely different websites and are on different servers. Any matters that relate to Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa should be referred to calvarychapel.com.  Any matters having to do with the movement as a whole, or church information changes and affiliation matters need to contact The Calvary Chapel Association at admin@calvarychapelassociation.com

We have been overhauling the CCA website and will be adding a library of information, monthly messages from the council members, adding a Calvary Chapel Pastor’s Wives page,adding messages from Pastors Conferences, as well as expanding the existing pages.

Please be in genuine prayer for us. We have a treasured heritage, a sure foundation, a solid family, and so much more.

Yours in Christ,

The CCA Council

11.1.2016 : Letter to the Movement from Brian Brodersen

The prophet Amos asked the question: “Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?” The implied answer is, no, they can’t.

For the past three years and more, a group of men known to you as the CCA Council have sought to lead Calvary Chapel into the future. For some in the group, there has always been the question of whether this was even possible. All of us grew up and learned much of what we know about ministry under the leadership of Pastor Chuck Smith. We were all pastors of our own churches and leaders over our own ministries, and all of us were, and still are, fiercely independent.

Our common bond, apart from our relationship with Jesus, was Pastor Chuck. When the Lord took him home, we all agreed that we would try to work together and collectively lead the ministry of Calvary Chapel. After three years of attempting to do that, we find ourselves, at least from my point of view, at an impasse. We are not agreed on the direction that the ministry is to go. Some want to, in my opinion, dwell in the past. Some want to move ahead into the future, being thankful for our past but not bound to it or feeling a need to continually revisit it.

Doctrinally we are all in agreement with a few minor differences on a few secondary issues. No one has, in any way, deviated from historic biblical doctrine, or from what might be called Calvary’s core values or from what we know as the Calvary Distinctives. Our areas of disagreement are NOT theological or doctrinal; they are more methodological and practical, yet they are real disagreements. These disagreements have not only hindered us from moving forward in the work of the kingdom of Christ, they have created confusion, contention, and some division within the body of Christ.

It is for these reasons that I have decided to resign my position as a member of the CCA Council. I do believe that this is the best way forward for us all. I maintain a love and close friendship with many of the CCA Council members and trust that we will continue, in many ways, to co-labor together for the kingdom. To some degree, this comes down to a difference of vision. The goal is the same—the glory of Christ and the furtherance of His kingdom on earth. But we differ on how we accomplish that goal.

So although I have resigned from CCA, I will continue to lead, as I believe the Lord has called me to do. I will continue to pastor Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, and will also put on our annual Pastors and Leaders Conference, as well as other conferences both at home and abroad throughout the year. We will also continue to provide content and ministry resources through CalvaryChapel.com, as well as keeping our church locator database up for those who share our vision and want to be connected with what the Lord has done and continues to do through CCCM.

Finally, in the days ahead, because we feel a strong call to continue church planting and helping both existing ministries and those that will come along in the future, we will be establishing the Calvary Chapel Global Network, which will be a place for like-minded pastors to enjoy fellowship and be a part of something greater than our own local congregations.

Having said all that, let me make this perfectly clear: this is NOT a call to “choose sides”. There are no sides. I fully expect that there will be freedom to connect with CCCM, Calvary Chapel Global Network, and at the same time, be a part of CCA. For my part, I look forward to both the freedom that this decision brings as well as the ongoing fellowship and ministry partnership with many of the CCA Council members and many of the churches that are part of the Calvary Chapel Association.

I do believe that our best days are ahead of us, and I pray God will grant us mercy and pour His Spirit upon us as we labor for Him, awaiting that blessed hope, the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Let me close with these words from Pastor Chuck:

“Calvary Chapel started as a movement that was truly a fresh work, outside the scope of most other churches that were around at the time. God wanted to do a fresh work, so He created a new skin to pour His Spirit into, and we got to see His blessings. But if the Lord tarries, and He takes me home before the rapture, I hope no one tries to institutionalize what God has done at Calvary Chapel. I don’t want anyone going around saying, ‘When Chuck was here,’ and ‘This is the way Chuck did it.’ May God help us not to get rigid. I want to stay flexible and open. I want to see a continual movement of the Spirit of God; so I need to stay supple, flexible, and pliable. If we create a religious system, with rigid controls and traditions, then God will have to once again go outside of us in order to do a new work of His Spirit.”
Sincerely,

Brian Brodersen

11.10.2016 : Letter to the Movement from the Calvary Chapel Association

Calvary Chapel Pastors,

Before he went to be with Jesus, Pastor Chuck made it clear he wanted the Calvary Chapel Movement to be led by a collaboration of men working together.  The CCA Council was formed by our pastors to carry out that vision.  Last week Brian Brodersen resigned from the Council.  We are grieved by his decision and its ramifications for our movement.

In Brian’s letter to you he explained that some of us want to “dwell in the past,” be “bound to it,” and “to continually revisit it.” Brian also quoted Pastor Chuck’s warning about creating “a religious system, with rigid controls and traditions,” as if that was the intention of those of us on the CCA Council. We are deeply saddened by Brian’s mischaracterization of our vision for CCA and the Calvary Chapel movement.

The men on the CCA Council have long loved Calvary Chapel and the move of God’s Spirit that graced us. Rather than “bind us,” our core values have defined us and steadied us for 50 years, and have kept our Spirit-led movement moving forward in a God-glorifying direction. We believe they should be revisited often, for they have helped us build healthy churches equipped to reach each generation for Jesus. And contrary to “dwelling in the past,” our values keep us looking for Jesus, praying for a fresh empowering of His Spirit, and grounded in the Word of God that speaks to all ages. Pastor Chuck was our teacher, and we will always owe him a debt of gratitude, but our spiritual DNA comes from the New Testament and is timeless in its application.

We certainly take heed to all Pastor Chuck’s warnings, but it has never been the desire of the Council to create a “religious system, with rigid controls and traditions.” The Calvary Chapel movement is unique in the freedom it affords its pastors, while offering fellowship with like-minded brothers.

Certainly, some of our Calvary Chapel core values are not considered essentials to the Christian faith, but they are essential to who we are as Calvary Chapel. And one of the reasons our fellowship is so meaningful is because of these shared values. Rather than weigh us down, our core values make us who we are. The CCA Council has a limited mission. Our role is simply to affiliate churches, provide guidance and encouragement, and offer opportunities for fellowship. (We are disappointed anyone would see those tasks as rigid or controlling.) But our mission is important. If our identity and values get watered down or altered, not only will pastors get sidetracked, but we will lose the distinctiveness of our calling in the Body of Christ.

It was never our desire to see two camps under the Calvary Chapel banner. We have worked hard to avoid this development. In the future this will create challenges that we will have to resolve. As Brian put it in his letter, he has chosen to no longer walk with us, yet we still consider him a brother, and pray for God’s will to be done in his life.

We will continue to lead as Pastor Chuck requested, and we desire to walk with men who agree with our core values. We are excited about the International Pastors Conference next November in St. Petersburg, Florida, and hope to see you there. Also calvarychapelassociation.com <http://calvarychapelassociation.com/>  is being expanded to not only feature our CCA church locator, but to include helpful articles and content. Our CCA affiliation process remains the same, and for most of the regions it stays in the hands of the same men. The CCA Council will keep you all abreast of changes moving forward.

Finally, as we all deal with these issues, be reminded of the good work Jesus is doing in and through the Calvary Chapels. Ours is still a robust work of God’s Spirit that is going on in places all around the world. May we all be faithful where the Lord has placed us.

Yours in Christ,

The CCA Council

 

Friday, November 11, 2016: Link to blog from John Randall “Clarity for the Calvary Chapel Congregations ” link

11.28.2016 : Letter to the Movement

Calvary Chapel Pastors,

Pastor Chuck Smith chose a group of men to lead the Calvary Chapel movement after his passing. The Calvary Chapel Association Council was a plan he reiterated on numerous occasions. A Council provides checks and balances, and a collective wisdom to help steer us in the right direction

The CCA Council consists of men from across the country who are committed to the core values that have made us Calvary Chapel. Like many of you, we have given our lives to build Calvary Chapel churches. What makes the 1700 churches “Calvary Chapel” are the values Pastor Chuck instilled in us – our doctrine and philosophy of ministry. The principles we were taught and the transformative power of God’s Spirit have proven to be more than sufficient. The CCA Council’s primary goal is to maintain what has been our Calvary Chapel identity for fifty years, while seeking the Holy Spirit for fresh power and wisdom to advance God’s Kingdom.

We believe Calvary Chapel has a unique and important role in the Body of Christ. Pastor Chuck left us a glorious legacy. Yet the new Calvary Chapel Global Network, established by Brian Brodersen, now threatens that legacy. This network goes by the name “Calvary Chapel,” but has no framework for affiliation or required commitment to the Calvary Chapel core values. Such a network will ultimately de-emphasize our Calvary Chapel distinctives. The CCGN establishes a different version of Calvary Chapel, and will cause confusion. Brian claims the authority to represent, and even more critically, to define, what Calvary Chapel is and is not. In a recent letter to the movement, Brian quoted Amos 3:3, “Can two walk together unless they are agreed?” Brian’s resignation from the Council, acknowledges he disagrees with the way the CCA Council would lead and define Calvary Chapel. This has created a crossroads that none of us on the Council wanted.

The division that has occurred in Calvary Chapel is not a minor issue. It is more than “good men separating.” Sadly, Brian is insisting on being the primary and authoritative voice of the movement without being accountable to the men Pastor Chuck chose to lead. The CCA Council cannot endorse this Global Network. Brian continues to present his version as the Calvary Chapel vision for the future. Brian has sole editorial control of calvarychapel.com. His webpage “Our Vision & Mission” describes the site as “the one-stop online-hub for all things Calvary Chapel” – and part of its purpose is to “explain the official theological positions broadly held by the Calvary Chapel Movement.” In the CCGN, one man is tasked in determining what is normative for all Calvary Chapels. None of the CCA Council members would take that kind of authority into our own hands. We recognize that no one man has the calling from God, or the stature in the movement to define “official theological positions” for all the churches. Our founder and pastor entrusted those decisions to a group of men, not one man.

  • CCA is built on the foundations given to us by Pastor Chuck.
  • CCGN is creating a new blueprint devised by Brian.
  • CCA is being led collectively by a group of men.
  • CCGN will be directed by one man.
  • CCA is a fellowship of pastors with an agreed upon philosophy of ministry.
  • CCGN is a community with no formal affiliation.
  • CCA will continue to have a regional emphasis.
  • CCGN will be centralized in Costa Mesa.
  • CCA has always afforded great freedom, but with a degree of accountability.
  • CCGN is about freedom, without accountability.

To avoid confusion moving forward, we think it is best to separate the CCA from the CCGN, now. Calvary Chapel is not just one church in Costa Mesa, it is 1700 churches that are affiliated through the Calvary Chapel Association. In spite of this, Brian has taken it on himself to “grandfather” the entire Calvary Chapel database into a network where he alone is the authority. Rather than granting us the freedom to join, Brian has forced us to choose to opt out.

As Council members we will not be part of Brian’s network, and we encourage other pastors who are affiliated with CCA to do the same. Rather than start a new group, Brian is building a group within an existing association. We believe this is divisive and will only bring further confusion. Yet each CCA pastor is entitled to make his own decision. For many pastors these issues are new and need to be given thorough consideration.

This splintering of our movement has been painful in many ways, but the CCA Council is relieved that we can now walk in unity and work to strengthen the foundations that have made Calvary Chapel a mighty move of God. Despite our best efforts, for the last three years, storm clouds have been gathering that were obvious to many people. It has caused our Calvary family confusion and grief. But the storm is now passing. New beginnings are ahead. Our vision is clearer and the future is brighter. Once again, let’s depend on the Holy Spirit’s empowering, abide in God’s Word, and trust Him in new ways. As our Pastor taught us, life is full of ventures of faith. This is one more.

The Calvary Chapel Association Council

Sandy Adams, Malcolm Wild, Joe Focht, Don McClure, Lloyd Pulley, Bill Stonebreaker, Damian Kyle, Jack Hibbs, David Rosales, Mike MacIntosh, Raul Ries, Jeff Johnson, David Guzik

 

Link to Article “Calvary Chapel’s Brian Brodersen instructs pastors to “Tone it down” for youth” link

Link to blog by Carl Westerlund “Calvary Chapel Rumor Control” link

Link to blog by Brian Brodersen “When Good Men Seperate” link

Link to blog by John Randall “Calvary Chapel Churches Moving Forward” link

Article/Interview about the Calvary Chapel Global Network by Brian Brodersen link

California Christian Voter Guide: 2016 Presidential Election

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As Christians, it is essential that we vote. When we look at the world around us and we see all the chaos going on in the Middle East, in Russia, and even here in America, we really need to discern who and how we vote on Nov. 8.

I found a decent article on the Christian Post about why the Bible is the best voters guide. While I disagree with some of his interpretation of scripture, he makes a lot of good points in the article. Below are some of his best qualifications for being a leader.

Understanding (Deuteronomy 1:13)
Let’s vote for men with a keen sense of understanding and insight. This kind of man is able to see into things so that realities are revealed. A man of understanding has the ability to see beyond the surface. We are to recognize when a candidate has understanding by the way he follows the precepts of the Lord. (Psalm 111:10)
Tested in leadership capacity (Deuteronomy 1:15)
Not all men have been equally gifted in leadership capacities. Some are capable of commanding large realms while others are better fit for smaller realms. Success in smaller realms opens the door for greater: “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much” (Luke 16:10).

Righteous in his judgments
 (Deuteronomy 1:16-17)
This requires a civil leader to see things as they really, and make decisions through the lens of biblical righteousness. He judges righteously (according to the righteousness of God) without being swayed by appearances.


Impartial
 (Deuteronomy 1:17)

He treats the high and the low with the same love and truth. Since God is no respecter of persons, neither should a civil leader be a respecter of persons. A civil ruler must be equally concerned for the rich and the poor, the small and the great. He must execute justice without respect to race, gender, and national origin, or any other categorical distinction made in society.

Fearless of man
 (Exodus 18:21; Deuteronomy 17:19)
Man pleasers are disasters as leaders. Leaders must fear God and do justly, not be governed by the fear of man. “The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the LORD shall be safe” (Prov. 29:25) “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body… Fear Him who…has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!” (Luke 12:4-5).
Guided by the Word of God (Deuteronomy 17:18-20)
Civil leaders must be guided by the authority of Scripture. In Israel, civil leaders were commanded to write a personal copy of the Scripture for their own study. It was to be read “all the days of [their] life.” Why? So “that he may learn to fear the Lord his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law” (Deut. 17:19).

In California, we have 17 ballot measures we are voting on, in addition to all our local, state, and federal (President and Senate) elections.

I would encourage you pray before voting and hold each of these candidates and ballot measures to the Bible and see where each one of them align according to God’s Word.

Below is how I am voting and I just want to state for the record that I am not a registered Republican or Democrat. I am registered as Decline to State. I left the Republican Party in 2014 after it became crystal clear that we were all duped by the tea party movement of 2010. Nothing has changed since we elected these guys, and they caved to Obama each and every time. I will not be aligned with such a group until some serious changes in the leadership of the party changes.

With that said, here is how I am voting on Nov. 8 and why I am voting that way.

President of the United States: Donald J. Trump
Vice President of the United States: Michael R. Pence
Party Affiliation: Republican, American Independent

In California, Donald Trump was the candidate for the Republican Party and American Independent Party.

Let’s face it, this election sucks and the only two viable candidates we have to choose from suck. Check out the article I wrote a few weeks ago where I called this “The Most Revolting Election Ever.”

Nevertheless, we are left with only two candidates, no matter how flawed they may be, that have a realistic chance to win the Presidency.

I knew early on that I couldn’t vote for the shiesty, life-long politician and criminal Hillary Clinton.

I’m not the biggest fan on Trump either and wasn’t convinced I could actually vote for him until a few days ago.

What led me to this decision was deep prayer and a good look at the issues.

I’ve always held the stance that I could not vote for a pro abortion candidate. The Bible makes it clear in Isaiah 44:2 that God formed us in the womb. The Bible also reminds us that we must, “Open your mouth for the speechless, In the cause of all who are appointed to die.”—Proverbs 31:8

Here is Donald Trump’s official stance on Abortion: The primary responsibility of the federal government is to protect the rights of its citizens. Life is the most fundamental right. The federal government should not diminish this right by denying its’ protection. I am opposed to abortion except for rape, incest and life of the mother. I oppose the use of government funds to pay for abortions.

Here is Hillary Clinton’s official stance on Abortion: Politicians have no business interfering with women’s personal health decisions. I will oppose efforts to roll back women’s access to reproductive health care, including Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. As president, I’ll stand up for Planned Parenthood and women’s access to critical health services, including safe, legal abortion.

I’ll gladly support the candidate that defends babies from murder. Trump is flawed, but he is clearly the best choice in this election.

Proposition 51: SCHOOL BONDS. FUNDING FOR K–12 SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE FACILITIES. INITIATIVE STATUTE.
Vote: No

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 51 “Authorizes $9 billion in general obligation bonds for new construction and modernization of K–12 public school facilities; charter schools and vocational education facilities; and California Community Colleges facilities.” Prop. 51 was created for greedy developers to exploit taxpayers for profit. Prop. 51 stops legislators from providing fair school funding. Disadvantaged schools are left behind. Theres no improvement in taxpayer accountability. It does nothing to fight waste, fraud and abuse. Governor Brown opposes Prop. 51. Vote NO on 51.

Proposition 52: MEDI‐CAL HOSPITAL FEE PROGRAM. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AND STATUTE.
Vote: No

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 52 “Extends indefinitely an existing statute that imposes fees on hospitals to fund Medi-Cal health care services, care for uninsured patients, and children’s health coverage.” Removes all accountability and oversight of over $3 billion of taxpayer dollars. Gives $3 billion to hospital CEOs with no independent audit and no requirement the money is spent on health care. Public funds can be spent on lobbyists, perks and salaries for hospital bureaucrats instead of children and seniors

Proposition 53: REVENUE BONDS. STATEWIDE VOTER APPROVAL. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. 
Vote: Yes

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 53 “Requires statewide voter approval before any revenue bonds can be issued or sold by the state for certain projects if the bond amount exceeds $2 billion.” Proposition 53 requires voter approval for state megaprojects costing over $2 billion in state revenue bonds—like the bullet train. Doesn’t impact local projects. Increases transparency so taxpayers know the true cost. Holds politicians accountable and stops blank checks. If taxpayers have to pay, they should have a say!

Proposition 54: LEGISLATURE. LEGISLATION AND PROCEEDINGS. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AND STATUTE.
Vote: Yes

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 54 “Prohibits Legislature from passing any bill unless published on Internet for 72 hours before vote. Requires Legislature to record its proceedings and post on Internet. Authorizes use of recordings.” Prop. 54 stops special-interest, surprise legislation from passing either legislative house without 72 hours for review. Prop. 54 posts all the Legislature’s public meetings online, so voters can review legislators’ public actions. A bipartisan coalition of good–government, taxpayer, minority, business, and environmental groups backs Prop. 54. Requires no new tax money.

Proposition 55: TAX EXTENSION TO FUND EDUCATION AND HEALTHCARE. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.
Vote: No

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 55 “Extends by twelve years the temporary personal income tax increases enacted in 2012 on earnings over $250,000, with revenues allocated to K–12 schools, California Community Colleges, and, in certain years, healthcare. ” VOTE NO ON 55—TEMPORARY SHOULD MEAN TEMPORARY. Voters supported higher taxes in 2012 because Governor Brown said they would be TEMPORARY. State budget estimates show higher taxes are not needed to balance the budget, but the special interests want to extend them to grow government bigger. TELL THEM NO.

Proposition 56: CIGARETTE TAX TO FUND HEALTHCARE, TOBACCO USE PREVENTION, RESEARCH, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AND STATUTE.
Vote: No

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 56 “Increases cigarette tax by $2.00 per pack, with equivalent increase on other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes containing nicotine.” Follow the 56 money: This $1.6 billion tax increase gives $1 billion to health insurance companies and special interests. 56 cheats schools out of $600 million a year by circumventing our minimum school funding guarantee. Only 13% of the money helps smokers or prevents kids from starting. No on 56.

Proposition 57: CRIMINAL SENTENCES. PAROLE. JUVENILE CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS AND SENTENCING. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AND STATUTE. 
Vote: No

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 57 “Allows parole consideration for nonviolent felons. Authorizes sentence credits for rehabilitation, good behavior, and education. Provides juvenile court judge decides whether juvenile will be prosecuted as adult.

Vote NO on 57 because it:

  • Authorizes EARLY RELEASE of violent criminals, including those who RAPE unconscious victims.
  • Authorizes immediate release for 16,000 dangerous criminals, even convicted murderers.
  • Amends the California Constitution; takes rights away from victims; grants more rights to criminals. Vote NO on 57.

Proposition 58: ENGLISH PROFICIENCY. MULTILINGUAL EDUCATION. INITIATIVE STATUTE.
Vote: No

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 58 “Preserves requirement that public schools ensure students obtain English language proficiency. Requires school districts to solicit parent/community input in developing language acquisition programs. Requires instruction to ensure English acquisition as rapidly and effectively as possible. Authorizes school districts to establish dual–language immersion programs for both native and non–native English speakers.” Prop. 58 is not about modernizing the way we teach English. It’s about eliminating parental rights to an English–language education for their children. English–language success has been spectacular. Immigrant children are learning English faster than ever before and record numbers of immigrant students are gaining admission to our universities.

Proposition 59: CORPORATIONS. POLITICAL SPENDING. FEDERAL CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS. LEGISLATIVE ADVISORY QUESTION.
Vote: No

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 59 “Asks whether California’s elected officials should use their authority to propose and ratify an amendment to the federal Constitution overturning the United States Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Citizens United ruled that laws placing certain limits on political spending by corporations and unions are unconstitutional.” The Legislature should stop wasting taxpayer dollars by putting do–nothing measures on the ballot that ask Congress to overturn the Supreme Court. Instead of wasting time and money on do–nothing ballot measures, politicians in Sacramento should focus on transparency and bringing jobs to California. Proposition 59 DOES NOTHING. Vote NO!

Proposition 60: ADULT FILMS. CONDOMS. HEALTH REQUIREMENTS. INITIATIVE STATUTE.
Vote: No

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 60 “Requires adult film performers to use condoms during filming of sexual intercourse. Requires producers to pay for performer vaccinations, testing, and medical examinations. Requires producers to post condom requirement at film sites. “Prop. 60 allows ANY Californian to sue adult film performers who distribute or produce adult content, violates their privacy, and weakens workplace safety. A single special interest group has spent millions to disguise Prop. 60’s flaws. Join workers, public health, civil rights organizations, California Democratic Party and California Republican Party, VOTE NO on Prop. 60.

Proposition 61: STATE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PURCHASES. PRICING STANDARDS. INITIATIVE STATUTE.
Vote: No

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 61 “Prohibits state from buying any prescription drug from a drug manufacturer at price over lowest price paid for the drug by United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Exempts managed care programs funded through Medi–Cal.” Experts say Prop. 61 would: increase prescription prices, reduce patient access to needed medicines, produce more bureaucracy and lawsuits that cost taxpayers millions, and hurt veterans by increasing their prescription costs. Strongly opposed by California Medical Association, California NAACP, California Taxpayers Association, Ovarian Cancer Coalition of Greater California, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Department of California.

Proposition 62: DEATH PENALTY. INITIATIVE STATUTE.
Vote: No

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 62 “Repeals death penalty and replaces it with life imprisonment without possibility of parole. Applies retroactively to existing death sentences. Increases the portion of life inmates’ wages that may be applied to victim restitution.” Prop. 62 repeals the death penalty for brutal killers, including child killers, mass murderers, serial killers, and rape/torture murderers. Prop. 62 means these murderers will live the rest of their lives at taxpayers’ expense, with free healthcare, long after their victims are gone. Law enforcement, victims’ families, and DAs oppose Prop. 62.

Proposition 63: FIREARMS. AMMUNITION SALES. INITIATIVE STATUTE
Vote: No

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 63 “Requires background check and Department of Justice authorization to purchase ammunition. Prohibits possession of large–capacity ammunition magazines. Establishes procedures for enforcing laws prohibiting firearm possession by specified persons. Requires Department of Justice’s participation in federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System.” Law enforcement, anti–terrorism experts, and civil liberties groups overwhelmingly oppose Prop. 63. It was written by a politician seeking to make a name for himself, not the public safety community. It imposes costly burdens on law enforcement and the taxpayer and only affects the law–abiding.

Proposition 64: MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION. INITIATIVE STATUTE.
Vote: No

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 64 “Legalizes marijuana under state law, for use by adults 21 or older. Imposes state taxes on sales and cultivation. Provides for industry licensing and establishes standards for marijuana products. Allows local regulation and taxation.” Proposition 64 purposely omits DUI standard to keep marijuana–impaired drivers off our highways. California Association of Highway Patrolmen and Senator Dianne Feinstein strenuously oppose. Legalizes ads promoting smoking marijuana, Gummy candy and brownies on shows watched by millions of children and teens. Shows reckless disregard for child health and safety. Opposed by California Hospital Association. Vote “No.”

Proposition 65: CARRYOUT BAGS. CHARGES. INITIATIVE STATUTE.
Vote: No

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 65 “Redirects money collected by grocery and certain other retail stores through mandated sale of carryout bags. Requires stores to deposit bag sale proceeds into a special fund to support specified environmental projects.” Prop. 65 is sponsored by out–of–state plastic companies from South Carolina and Texas. They don’t care about California’s environment, they just want to confuse voters and distract from the real issue: the need to phase out plastic grocery bags. 65 is deceptive and doesn’t deserve your vote.

Proposition 66: DEATH PENALTY. PROCEDURES. INITIATIVE STATUTE.
Vote: Yes

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 66 “Changes procedures governing state court challenges to death sentences. Designates superior court for initial petitions and limits successive petitions. Requires appointed attorneys who take noncapital appeals to accept death penalty appeals. Exempts prison officials from existing regulation process for developing execution methods.” Our death penalty system is bogged down by decades of appeals. We need to reform it, not repeal it, by passing Proposition 66. Prop. 66 saves millions, brings closure to victims’ families and justice to brutal murderers. Innocent persons won’t be executed under Prop. 66. Victims’ families, DAs and law enforcement support Proposition 66.

Proposition 67: BAN ON SINGLE–USE PLASTIC BAGS. REFERENDUM.
Vote: No

From the California Voters Information Guide

Prop 67 “A “Yes” vote approves, and a “No” vote rejects, a statute that prohibits grocery and other stores from providing customers single–use plastic or paper carryout bags but permits sale of recycled paper bags and reusable bags. Fiscal Impact: Relatively small fiscal effects on state and local governments, including a minor increase in state administrative costs and possible minor local government savings from reduced litter and waste management costs.” DON’T BE FOOLED. Prop. 67 is a $300 million annual HIDDEN TAX on consumers who will be forced to pay $.10 for every grocery bag at checkout. Not one penny goes to the environment. All $300 million goes to grocer profits. Stop the bag tax . . . VOTE NO ON PROP. 67.

The Most Revolting Election Ever?

hillary trump_4.jpgThis time four years ago, I was very active on this blog advocating for Mitt Romney to be elected President. I was getting thousands of views a day to this small blog that I really do not publicize at all, and I was very engaged throughout the election process. However, this election is different for a variety of reasons.

On one hand you have Hillary Clinton. She is the epitome true slimy politician. If this were any other year, she would not have made it past the primary with all the baggage she brings to the table. Bernie Sanders gave her a real run for her money, and he is a professed socialist.

Benghazi, the 30,000 deleted E-mails, and the several WikiLeaks info dumps that have shown that the corruption of Hillary and the DNC runs very deep. A short article highlighting 16 of Hillary’s biggest scandals can be found here. If this were any other election, Hillary wouldn’t stand a chance. She would probably only win a handful of states and it would be a slam dunk for the GOP.

That is obviously not the case. It looks to be a slam dunk victory for Hillary, and the only person to blame for that is Donald Trump.

Call me crazy, but I think it is possible that Trump is throwing the Election. Take all the recently leaked audio of Trump’s lewd comments about women out of the picture for a second, and take a look at his campaign from the start.

Trump has attacked veterans struggling with PTSD, Latinos, his GOP rivals, and just about anyone who opposes anything he says.

Could it be that he entered the race realizing he had no shot at the nomination, and then he actually won? Could it be that he really has no real desire for the position and is doing everything in his power to not win? Just asking.

It’s a scary thought that either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be our next commander-in-chief. Obama has arguably been our worst President in the history of our nation, but I am almost positive things will not improve under either of these two jokers.

A Time of Prayer and Fasting for America

Pastor Jack Hibbs and the people of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills have began 40 days of prayer and fasting for America. The fast began today, Oct. 2.

Check out Pastor Jack talking about it here.

If you want to be involved from wherever you are, check out this link to get for full information.

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A book that the church is recommending to people participating in the fast read is “The Daniel Prayer” by Anne Graham Lotz. It can be purchased on Amazon for Kindle or hardback.

Here is an article from trumpetandtorch.com explaining the crisis America is in right now, and why we need to be praying constantly for our country.

There is an epidemic inflicting our nation. This national disaster began many years ago when we, as a nation, decided to expel God from our public schools and reject Him as a central part of our public life. The Bible was chosen as the primary textbook in our public schools from its inception, until a 1963 court case which resulted in banning its reading – for “fear of psychological harm on the child[ren]”. Prayer was a necessary part of our public school system since 1647, that is, until 1962, when it was ruled unconstitutional. The Ten Commandments has long been recognized as the basis for all civil law for thousands of years, until 1980 when it was stripped from our public walls in a ruling that stated: “If the posted copies of the Ten Commandments are to have any effect at all, it will be to induce the school children to read, meditated upon, perhaps to venerate and obey, the Commandments…[which] is not a permissible…objective.” Perhaps if these three pillars had remained intact, our classrooms would not have the excessive violence, drug abuse, immorality, profanity, disorder, and, more tragically, murder, which has become increasingly prevalent in the past 50 years.
What made our nation great was our acknowledgment and dependence upon God. The blessings and strength our nation has experience for hundreds of years have all come from the hand of God. Sadly, we have forgotten Who brought us to this position of liberty and prosperity. We have dismissed God and have attempted to take matters into our own hands; regrettably, this has only led us down the road to destruction and further away from God. Our quest for independence as a nation was never meant to lead us to independence from God – this was never our founding father’s intention. Unfortunately, this has become the relentless pursuit of a relatively small group of ignorant people who have no understanding of the catastrophe they are causing. “When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan” (Proverbs 29:2).

The damage is not irreparable, however. There is a remedy to this calamity, but it will require the people of God to respond with repentance and prayer (2 Chronicles 7:14)! “In repentance and rest is your salvation; in quietness and trust is your strength” (Isaiah 30:15). Our healing will come when the Body of Christ is willing to respond in this time of weakness by turning wholeheartedly to our Source of strength (1 Peter 4:17). One of our greatest privileges, as the children of God, is prayer. Only in exercising this privilege do we acknowledge our dependence upon God. It is through prayer that we unleash the power of God in the world and we become a threat to the plans of the enemy. Corrie ten Boom once said, “The enemy finds great humor when we are up to our ears in work, but he trembles in fear when we are on our knees in prayer”. Prayer is an absolute necessity in the life of the believer and for the building of the Kingdom!

Jesus taught His disciples to pray to the Father: “Your Kingdom come” (Matthew 6:10). This is the enemy’s greatest fear, because he knows that when the Lord returns his time will be up. E.M. Bounds writes, “The Church on its knees would bring heaven upon the earth”. If we truly understood the power of the spiritual weapons at our disposal we would not fall so easily to the daily deception of the enemy and lose precious ground for the Kingdom of God (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). We must arm ourselves with the weapons of God’s warfare – the Word of God and Prayer! “The Word of God and prayer are inseparable; the power of one is dependent upon the presence of the other”. The disciples knew this truth and made it their utmost priority (Acts 6:4). We can do nothing, achieve nothing, and accomplish nothing, of any eternal value apart from the Lord (John 15:5). When we neglect prayer we leave the Lord out of His word and we become a hindrance to the Kingdom. May we get out of the way and get on our knees. Let us become a help instead of hindrance to the work of God!

Jesus’ greatest priority was maintaining His love relationship with the Father through prayer. In doing so He didn’t waiver in His commitment to accomplishing the will of the Father. He set an example for us – one that we should joyfully and obediently follow (Matthew 14:13, 23; 21:17; 26:39; 27:46; Mark 1:35; 6:46; 14:35; 15:34; Luke 5:16; 6:12; 9:18; 11:1; 21:37; 22:41: 23:34; John 4:34; 6:15; 7:35; 8:1). If you do not know how, or what, to pray for our nation in this critical hour, when the foundations are beginning to shake, consider praying through these power national prayers found in the Scriptures: Exodus 15:1-18; Deuteronomy 32:1-43; 1 Kings 8:23-61; 2 Chronicles 20:6-12; Ezra 9:6-15; Nehemiah 1:5-11; 9:5-38; The Psalms; Daniel 9:4-19; Matthew 6:9-13; John 17:1-26. May healing come to our land and salvation come to all people because each one of us has submitted to the Lord with repentance and prayer!

What Are Elections Really About

"Every Four Years, God puts a mirror to America, and gives them a leader that reflects their values and reflects them."—Tony Clark
“Every Four Years, God puts a mirror to America, and gives them a leader that reflects their values and reflects them.”—Tony Clark

On November 8, 2016, millions of Americans will go to the polls and elect either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton as the 45th President of the United States.

While they will be casting a vote for Trump or Clinton, what they will really be voting for is a set of values and beliefs.

And the winner will be the one who most closely reflects America’s values. And where America’s values are, so goes the state of the nation.

So in all honesty, we as Christians should never be surprised at the outcome of any election. We need to understand that God is just giving us the leaders that we as a nation ask for. And if you think the last eight years were bad, wait until the next eight and the eight after that.

What we can do though is pray for our leaders, whether or not we agree that right person won the election.

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior—1 Timothy 2:1-3

I wonder how many of us spend more time praying for our leaders in Washington and our state capitals than we do criticizing them?

God has appointed all authority, whether that be good leadership that aligns with the authority of God or bad leadership to rebuke or judge us as a nation for drifting away from the Word of God.

As Christians, it is important that we vote, and that we vote biblically. It’s also important to hold our leaders accountable for their decisions by being involved and being vocal about Christian values. However, our primary duty is to pray for our nation and pray for leaders in government.