Just got word from Pierre, South Dakota’s newspaper, Capital Journal. It has approved and scheduled this paid ad to be published on Thursday, October 22nd, during our OSA Fall event: Church Arise: Operation Abolish Abortion South Dakota.
This challenging message will also be included in the body of emails that will go out to all the churches and magistrates in South Dakota. Once we secure our host church (We do have one lined up, but are trying to get one to open in Sioux Falls) the emails will be released ASAP.
Feel free to use this ad and edit it to reach the church and state in your area. The cost for this ad is about 1,600.00. If you care to help contribute, we could sure use the help. Go to
https://store.operationsaveamerica.org/donate.asp or you can send a check to OSA, PO Box 740066, Dallas, TX 75374. Thanks for considering sowing into this Kingdom effort.
Hope you are making plans to join us as well. We are planning on advancing the Gospel of the Kingdom and the abolition of abortion from every possible angle, in the church, on the streets, through the media, and meeting with magistrates. We need some good soldiers of Jesus Christ willing to co-labor in the Lord’s vineyard.
Open Letter to Civil Magistrates and Citizens of South Dakota
South Dakota has led the way in securing the liberty of its citizens during this politically charged pandemic. The governor and the legislators took a principled stand against the overreach of the federal government to safeguard freedom. They are to be commended for doing their duty in keeping with their oath of office.
South Dakota, more than most states these days, seems to have a greater commitment concerning the original intent of America’s founding documents. These treasured documents established a form of government known as federalism. True federalism understands that all levels and branches of government possess lawful authority.
An important aspect of federalism is that whenever one branch of government begins to play the tyrant, it is incumbent upon all other branches (whether federal, state, county, or local) to resist that branch – even if that branch is the Supreme Court itself.
Our nation has a rich heritage when it comes to the proper role of checks and balances to preserve our freedoms.
Wisconsin, for instance, understood its duty as a state when it came to the injustice and suffering associated with slavery. In 1859, the Wisconsin legislature and the Wisconsin Supreme Court defied the U.S. Supreme Court and interposed against the federal Fugitive Slave Act by declaring it “null, void, and of no authority” in the state of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin interposed – Wisconsin simply said no to an unjust law and immoral court opinion. During the dark days of slavery, Wisconsin courageously preserved freedom.
In our day, it has become painfully clear that the federal judiciary continues to play the tyrant. The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has consistently been the dispenser of unjust, immoral, and unconstitutional court opinions, including, preborn babies can be murdered and a man can “marry” a man.
Tragically, to our national dishonor, every governor, every state attorney general, every state legislature, and every sheriff has complied with these corrupt opinions. None of these lawful authorities provided the necessary check and balances to stop these egregious evils currently savaging our nation. They have adhered to the common song of the day, which is, “The Supreme Court has ruled – all we can do is obey.”
This mantra is a lie. This is not how our founders intended the states to respond to blatant evil perpetrated by the federal government. Rather, they expected interposition by the states. They expected other branches and levels of government to restrain tyranny. The song of their day was “Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.”
The idea that U. S. Supreme Court opinion is “the law of the land” is repugnant to our form of government. The idea that SCOTUS is the final arbiter of what is or what is not constitutional is absurd. The notion that all other branches of government must bow down to the court opinions of SCOTUS is preposterous. Our Founding Fathers would have considered Roe vs. Wade, Obergefell vs. Hodges and similar iniquitous decrees as legal fiction and pretend legislation. They would have never stood down and allowed this murderous rampage and perversion to become established in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, repudiated the idea that the Supreme Court was the “final arbiter” of what is or what is not constitutional. He stated, “The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal.”
Men will forbear and so we should for a season. There comes a point, however, when forbearance becomes sin. There comes a point where forbearance becomes cowardice in the face of evil. There comes a point when the lesser magistrates and citizens must realize they no longer have the convenience of acting indifferent towards the unjust and immoral actions of their government.
The Declaration of Independence states, “Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and, accordingly, all experience has shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But, when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.”
It is in this spirit; we encourage the state of South Dakota to make redemptive history. We beseech you to become the first state to secure the life, liberty, and property of both born and preborn. You have checked the Feds when it comes to your personal freedoms, now it is time to check them when it comes to the two most pressing issues as it pertains to our national survival, the defense of innocent life and preserving the God ordained institution of marriage between one man and one woman.
A little-known doctrine in our day that has been employed by men for thousands of years and has proven to peaceably rein in the lawless acts of government officials is the doctrine of the lesser magistrate. The doctrine simply stated is:
Whenever the higher-ranking civil authority makes unjust, immoral, or constitutionally repugnant laws, policies, or court opinions, the lower-ranking civil authority has both the God-given right and duty not to obey the superior authority, and if necessary, actively resist them.
South Dakota recently exercised this doctrine to deal with the symptoms of tyranny, it is now time to take the ax of God’s truth to the root of our bloody idolatries and end the injustice and suffering perpetrated against our own sons and daughters in the womb.
Our national sins and abominations have brought national calamity upon us. The time for religious and political games is over. Either we end these abominations, or these abominations will end America as we know it. The writing is on the wall. God forbid we fail to do our duty to abolish abortion and grant the preborn the same right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness that we, the born, enjoy.
May Christ rally the hearts of the citizens of South Dakota to establish righteousness and justice once again. May South Dakota make redemptive history. May this state lead the way to protect the preborn and preserve the God ordained institution of marriage in Jesus’ name!
You can learn more about interposition and the doctrine of the lesser magistrate at the website, https://defytyrants.com/.
Matthew Trewhella
Pastor of Mercy Seat Church
10240 W. National Ave. Suite 129 Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53227
Rev. Rusty Lee Thomas
National Director, Operation Save America
P.O. Box 740066, Dallas, TX 75374
Email: info@operationsaveamerica.org