Dear Champion of the Lord and the Preborn,
Court Trials in Mississippi
“Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, ‘Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time’” (Revelation 12:10-12).
Donned with Christian/pro-life clothing, Jesus is Lord buttons, and a rousing chorus of Stand up for Jesus hymn upon their lips, the accused entered Jackson, Mississippi’s city court. Rev. Flip Benham and I came to support and stand with Cal Zastrow, Ester Mann, and Johnny Breeken as they faced bogus charges.
Jackson’s finest has been at the beck and call of the abortion mill for years. In fact, a federal ruling in 2006 was introduced into evidence on Cal’s defense that rebuked the Jackson police department and warned them to cease and desist in their attempts to deny Christians their First Amendment Rights. It was clear during the trial the Jackson police ignored the restrictions.
After wading through the congested court docket, our three brethren faced the bench. Ester Mann and Johnny Breeken are locals, so the court decided to set their court trial for Nov. 25,2013. They are being charged with obstructing the sidewalk. The prosecutor decided last minute to amend the charges against Cal Zastrow and added the same charge. The judge allowed it and Cal ended up facing three charges. Since Cal is from Michigan the court graciously went forward with his trial. Many times, hostile courts knowing we are from out of state and the expense it takes to appear in court, purposely postpone the trial. They do it for one reason and that is to add to our burdens.
More witnesses were arrayed against Cal than any other case that day. Three police officers and two business owners testified against Cal. The business owners, like most Americans, were more concerned about the graphic pictures than they were the abortion mill was actually doing this evil act against children across the street.
Irony and hypocrisy knew no bounds in this trial. The prosecutor strained at gnats, (Your sign touched the ground, your chairs and ladder obstructed the sidewalk, and other petty concerns) while he swallowed camels, (He ignored the reality that babies are being murdered at the last remaining death camp in Mississippi). Tragically, the entire court system seemed oblivious to this incredible discrepancy.
Cal’s Lawyer, Steve Thorton, did a masterful job. When he cross examined the police officers and the business owners, he exposed their contradictions and inconsistencies. One of the most illuminating parts of the trial that reveal the sad state of affairs in our beleaguered nation, was the testimony of the police officers. Out of the three, one was honest, but misinformed as to the nature of the city ordinances that Cal supposedly violated.
Attorney Thorton when he cross examined the police officers, he asked them some basic questions concerning the date of their graduation, training, and the nature of the oath they swore before God to uphold. All three of them could not recall the nature of the oath that took as law enforcement officials. Attorney Thorton literally had to coax and grant them clues to remember their oath of office, which is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. None of them surrendered this information of their own accord. I took a similar oath in the military three decades ago and the oath still remains fresh with me. For whatever reasons, it was not so with these gentlemen.
Wait, it went from bad to worse. One of the officers was asked if he knew the provisions contained in the First amendment. He swore up and down that he did and yet could not name one of them. It was an extreme embarrassment for the prosecution. ChristianNews.net reporting on this situation stated:
“The attorney asked, ‘So, you’re familiar with the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution?’ [The officer replied,] ‘Oh yes,’” Zastrow recalled. “The attorney said, ‘Can you recall the themes-the main points of the First Amendment?’ The officer said, ‘Oh yes, I can.’”
“My attorney said, ‘Why don’t you tell the court what they are,’” he continued. “Well, I can’t recall all of them,’ the officer replied. ‘Okay, well, just tell us one point-just one thing that the First Amendment to the Constitution mentions,’ my attorney said. And the officer answered, ‘I guess I don’t know that right now.’”
“That was frightening,” Zastrow said. “He thinks he’s upholding the law, obeying the law and enforcing the law, but he doesn’t know any elements to the First Amendment to the Constitution
A nation facing tyranny and an ungodly dictator (Obama) desperately need law officials of this caliber to succeed. This is yet another casualty and violation of abortion. Our government is duped by Roe vs. Wade to defend the indefensible. If they refuse to protect life, stop the shedding of innocent blood, and defend the right to life, is it reasonable to expect they would defend the freedoms of those seeking to rescue those led away to slaughter?
If I was the trainer of the Jackson police academy responsible to teach officers the Constitution of the United States, retirement or seeking another job might be in order. I kept wondering what the judge was thinking after listening to these testimonies and discovering the federal document seeking to restrain the abuse of the Jackson police department. Her verdict answered the question. She dismissed two of the charges against Cal and the third one she said was “under advisement.” We should hear very soon her verdict on the last charge. Please pray for Cal and his family as they continue to press on in the battle.
Next month, Rev. Flip Benham and I will be heading back to court to stand with and support Brother Chet Gallagher. He has two charges arrayed against him for preaching on a public sidewalk. He recently sent this message out as he prepares for his defense:
Bless you in the Name above all names!
I’m writing to explain why I will not request an attorney to represent me after being arrested and charged criminally for “obstructing (preaching the Gospel upon) the public sidewalk” and “resisting (unlawful) arrest.”
We leave for Mississippi soon and perhaps some may wish to help with our travel expense to enable JoAnn to be with me in court. If so, “Thank you!” You can make a non-taxable donation here: (www.wepay.com/donations/chet-gallagher )
So why am I not using a lawyer? Y’Shua, when prophesying and instructing on the future arrests, trials and convictions of His disciples, gives us very specific instruction:
“And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations. But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.”
Am I against attorneys in all cases? No. We appreciate the help we have received from dozens of godly lawyers over the years. Steve Thornton, for example, who represented Cal Zastrow, just this week, exposed the inept, egregious and even “criminal” misconduct of a few Jackson, MS police officers. (Ephesians 5:11)
For me, this trial is an “in that hour” opportunity to believe and obey. Here a just a couple of reasons why:
His words are: “But WHEN they arrest you” …not IFthey arrest you. We don’t seek to be arrested but understand that our Messiah promised that this will be the consequence of “preaching the Gospel.” That is the context. Fearing arrests or doing all we can to avoid arrests could rob us of opportunities when the Holy Spirit would testify through us. (Acts 1:8)
2. I am inclined to “…worry beforehand, or premeditate what (I) will speak.” Should it be my prepared testimony and strategy presented in court or His? This time I’ll just accept that He meant what He said and choose to believe He will do what He says He will do “in that hour” both for His glory and for my good. At 2:30 PM on Sept 18th pray that “whatever is given (me) in that hour” that it will not be me who speaks, “but the Holy Spirit.”
A criminal conviction with additional jail time for preaching publicly and passively resisting police tyranny may be His plan and purpose. Honestly…I hope it isn’t, but even if believing and obeying Him in some matters seems strange…even risky…it’s still all about Him and the cross we’re privileged to bear. Dietrich Bonhoeffer in The Cost of Discipleship wrote, “Those who believe, obey; those who obey, believe.”
Jesus said in John 14:15: “If you love Me you will keep My commandments.” We love Him, believe Him and are simply seeking to obey His commandment in this matter. In closing, two of His commandments come to mind:
· John 13:34: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” Thanks for loving us and allowing us to share this with you.
· Matthew 28:20: (“Part B” of the Great Commission) “…teaching themto observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen
We do hope to see you soon in Mississippi, if not for my trial on September 18, then certainly for the Regional States of Refuge event November 2nd.
Link to video of my arrest in Mississippi here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1BUXNZUIcs
All I can add to Chet’s message is to reinforce his invitation to come to Mississippi for our States of Refuge regional event scheduled from Nov. 2-6. Perhaps soon, Mississippi will make history by becoming the first abortion Free State in America. With the obedience of God’s Church and the help of heaven, nothing is impossible in Jesus’ name!
The most encouraging thing about this trial is that the judge dismissed two charges because she recognized that Cal had broken no law. I sincerely hope she also realized that Cal rightly represented Christians. We are law keepers not law breakers! The law is being broken each day that murder mill is open. Innocent babies are executed without trial or representation. Only Cal & the Christians of Jackson plead their case!
The frightening thing about the trial is the realization that a rogue police force is loose in Jackson. Those who once swore to “protect and defend” are ignorant of the law they are supposed to defend. We are going to Jackson, Nov 2-6. Mark your calendars, make your plans to come and defend the innocent and become part of history!
Cal was vindicated before the Jackson Mississippi Court as he proved himself faithful before God & civil magistrates. Flip joined the saints of Jackson to lift up Cal Zastrow, Esther Mann, & Johnny Brekeen in court Monday July 19, 2013. Esther & Johnnys’ cases were continued and the prosecutor was out to get Cal. – but God!!! Enjoy!
When we were in Jackson Dale spoke to this guard and he responded to the suggestion that Mississippi could be the first abortion free state with, “First abortion free state – that’s history man!” He’s right! Come be part of history, Jackson Mississippi, November 2-6, 2013 ~ MissPat
Ken and Jo Scott are headed to the United States Supreme Court. Their battle with ultra liberal, pro-abortion, pro-homosexual, pro any religion so long as it is not biblical Christianity, St. John’s Episcopal Church in downtown Denver, Colorado, is waxing hot. It is a battle over the First Amendment and the lives of preborn children. The title for the Times article presents us with an “either – or” logical fallacy. How foolish of “the old gray lady!” It is not a matter of which one we must protect – we must protect them both. ~ Flip
Startling events in the 40th year of Roe v. Wade. Over 55 million children have been slaughtered, yet God has not been silent. His Church is storming the gates of hell and they are not prevailing. The abortion industry in America is breathing a death rattle. It is being exposed and crushed.
Monday, May 13, 2013, was a very bad day for the abortion industry in Charlotte, NC:
· Monday, Abortionist Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of three first degree murder charges for murdering children at his abortion mill in Philadelphia. The abortion industry would have us believe he is an anomaly. He is not. He is the norm and here is the proof!
· Monday, the license of the busiest abortion mill in Charlotte, “A Preferred Women’s Health Center,” has been suspended indefinitely by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services because of the vile and filthy things discovered there.
· Monday, it was revealed that two of Charlotte’s leading abortionists Curtis L. Flood & Harvey L. Harris are no longer committing abortions in Charlotte or anywhere else.
· Monday, the city of Charlotte has dismissed all charges against Rev. Flip Benham, Director of Operation Save America, for exposing abortionists to the Gospel of Christ.
Fewer abortionists, fewer abortion mills, fewer abortions: The battle for the lives of preborn children is being won in cities across this nation as gentle Christians allow the theology of heaven to become biography in the streets.
When: 11 AM, Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Where: A Preferred Women’s Health Clinic, 3220 Latrobe Ave, Charlotte, N.C.
Contact: Dr. Pat McEwen (321) 431-3962 or Jim Quick (704) 796-3882
US District Court Judge Daniel P. Jordan extends an injunction he issued several months ago to block the State of Mississippi from shutting down forever the last remaining abortion mill in the state. It is amazing how the devil uses the court system in America to continue moving his agenda of robbing, killing, and destroying. There can be no doubt in anyone’s mind that the courts in America hate Almighty God. “…all who hate me love death.” Proverbs 8:36.
Our courts have been the devil’s lapdog for years pouring out foolish decisions that bring with them only death. This federal judge blocked the will of the people of Mississippi, the will of the state to stop all abortions, and the will of God to bring life and not death.
Pray for the saints in Mississippi. May they continue moving forward in the mighty Name of Jesus – the gates of hell will not prevail! ~ Flip
Ken and Jo Scott and all the saints in Denver are busy bringing the Gospel of Christ to the gates of hell every day in the city of Denver. The theology of heaven becomes biography in the streets wherever they go. One particular manifestation of the gates of hell is St. John’s Episcopal Church. St. John’s is pro-abortion, pro homosexual sodomy, pro redefining marriage, pro everything that God isn’t. This “church” has become the loudest and most ferocious enemy of those who dare to bring the true Gospel of Christ out into the public square. It has done its very worst to thwart the Gospel presentation in Denver and now the Supreme Court of United States of America may hear this case.
Pray! ~ Flip
This is the St. John’s Episcopal Church case that we have been fighting since 2005. It stopped OSA’s protests at the the church during the 2005 National event. The U.S. Supreme Court has not decided whether or not to hear it yet but there have been many Amicus briefs submitted in support. So there is a possibility that the U.S. Supreme court will hear the case. We were moved off the sidewalk when the Church got a Parade permit for the sidewalk which they never did before 2005. Then we were forced across the street and were blessed enough to get parking spaces next to sidewalk of the church. Then they got an Injunction to keep us across all the streets. They put us at the furthermost corner where very few people would see us.
Ken and Jo
Diane Derzis, owner of “New Woman, All Women” abortion mill in Birmingham, AL, has reopened this abortion mill after it was shut down a year ago for 76 health code violations by the Alabama Department of Health. This is one of the mills that Dave Lackey and several saints have been interceding on behalf of preborn children for the past twenty-five years. What is particularly heinous about this is that Diane Derzis shows absolutely no fear of being prosecuted under the law. She is illegally operating a business that has been shut down by the Alabama Department of Health? She knows that our government and the media will cover for her.
This does not bode well for the saints in Jackson, Mississippi, who are very close to having the last abortion mill in the state of Mississippi shut down this April 18, 2013, by the Mississippi State Department of Health. By the way, Diane Derzis owns this abortion mill, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, in Mississippi, also.
When the enemies of our Lord’s precious preborn children have no fear of being prosecuted under the laws of our government or being exposed in the media, you can rest assured that the salt has indeed lost its saltiness.
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter … so their roots will decay and their flowers blow away like dust; for they have rejected the law of the Lord Almighty and spurned the word of the holy One of Israel.” Isaiah 5:21-24.
Proverbs 10:12 and 1 Peter 4:8 both tell us that love covers a multitude of sins. Love pierces us with Truth and enables us to cry out to God, confess our sin, and be forgiven (covered) by the blood of Christ. This is what love does – it covers a multitude of sins.
Luv (the world, the flesh and the devil’s false representation of love), on the other hand, seeks to cover-up our sin. It does so by rationalizing, justifying, denying, or blaming someone or something else for our every misdeed. It is filled with compassion, kindness, and self righteousness but it is ultimately cruel. “…the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.” Pr 12:10. Luv always has an agenda, be it assuaging our guilty consciences or covering-up our bad actions. One thing for certain “luv” always brings with it – death!
Here is the crux of the issue. Love will expose our sin that we may confess it and have our sins covered by the blood of Jesus. Love, loves us enough to tell us the truth. There is no such thing as love (biblical love) apart from truth.
So why is the media covering-up for Kermit Gosnell? Because it luv’s him. He is one of its own. It is providing cover for him. It is censoring the horrible truth of what abortionist Gosnell has done to children and mothers in Philadelphia to protect its most precious prize – the blood of innocent children. The murder of children, both born and unborn, must be protected at all costs.
Note: The enemy of truth cares not one whit about Kermit Gosnell. He is simply a useful idiot in the devil’s fiefdom. He will be eaten up, spit out, and spend eternity in hell if someone doesn’t love him enough to tell him the truth. But the saints in Philadelphia have already been doing that. They have been pleading with him for years to come to Christ. This is what love does.