California Gov. Gavin Newsom just paid for another billboard touting California’s abortion laws – the latest in Austin, Texas features a woman sitting with her arms crossed over her knees, looking at the words “Need an abortion? California is ready to help,” Fox7Austin reported Sunday. Newsom’s billboard also features California’s dedicated abortion website, abortion.ca.gov, as well as a Bible verse quoting Mark 12:31, “Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no greater commandment than these.”
One California Pastor is blasting Newsom’s “wickedness of that murderous campaign with a reprehensible act of gross blasphemy, quoting the very words of Jesus.”
The Governor, who is running for reelection, and is said to be preparing to run for President, paid for billboards in Indiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Texas, feature a woman in handcuffs next to the message: “[State] doesn’t own your body. You do.” followed by the new Californian abortion website abortion.CA.gov.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) September 15, 2022
Southern California Pastor John MacArthur had enough. He recently sent Gov. Newsom an unsparing letter rebuking the governor for desecrating the words of Jesus:
“In mid-September, you revealed to the entire nation how thoroughly rebellious against God you are when you sponsored billboards across America promoting the slaughter of children, whom He creates in the womb (Psalm 139:13–16; Isaiah 45:9–12). You further compounded the wickedness of that murderous campaign with a reprehensible act of gross blasphemy, quoting the very words of Jesus from Mark 12:31 as if you could somehow twist His meaning and arrogate His name in favor of butchering unborn infants. You used the name and the words of Christ to promote the credo of Molech (Leviticus 20:1–5). It would be hard to imagine a greater sacrilege.”
You may recall Pastor John MacArthur. The Globe reported on his First Amendment fight against the state and Los Angeles County during Gov. Newsom’s Covid lockdowns of the state’s businesses, schools and churches. Pastor MacArthur filed a lawsuit against LA County and won. “After state and federal courts in California issued permanent injunctions prohibiting the state or any of its agencies from ever again imposing discriminatory restrictions on all houses of worship, attorneys for Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church announced that the California and Los Angeles County have agreed to pay $800,000 in ‘prevailing party’ attorneys’ fees,” the Globe reported in 2021.
In his letter to Gov. Newsom, Pastor MacArthur expresses concern that Newsom’s “own soul lies in grave, eternal peril.” He tells Newsom that he has “flouted His authority in your governing,” and “twisted His own Holy Word to rationalize it.” Pastor MacArthur asks, “As you look over the precipice of eternity, what will your answer be? When you look ahead of you and see that nothing awaits you but eternal misery—the just punishment for your sins—what will all the clever rationalizations and political talking points avail for you then?”
But he says, “there is salvation for those who repent.”
Notably, abortion.ca.gov also guides out-of-state minors how to get an abortion in California without parents’ permission.
It is indeed “twisted” and evil how Gov. Newsom’s campaign chose to include bible verses on the abortion billboards. Abortion.ca.gov also says California law allows minors to “independently consent to their own abortion care” despite any objections from their parents. The website links to TeenHealthRights.org, which tells minors, “Your doctor cannot tell your parents about your health care unless you give them permission to do so,” and you “do not need your parents’ or caregivers’ permission to get an abortion if you are under 18.”
Newsom has targeted other states on their abortion, transgender and LGBT policies. During the July 4th holiday weekend, Gov. Newsom bought cable ads in Florida promoting California as friendly to LGBT, supportive of abortion, taunting the Sunshine state and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Gov. DeSantis immediately hit back, mocking Gov. Newsom for the droves of Californians leaving the Golden State for the Sunshine State, saying “until the last few years, I rarely, if ever, saw a California license plate in the state of Florida. You now see a lot of them. I can tell you. If you go to California, you ain’t seeing very many Florida license plates.”
Later in July, Newsom bought full-page ads in some of the largest newspapers in Texas targeting their heartbeat abortion law and gun safety record, specifically following the then-recent Uvalde school shooting, the Globe reported.
Last month Gov. Newsom targeted Georgia and Oklahoma in Variety, making his case to bring back TV and movie productions to California from those states by highlighting new credits while also putting down states for numerous troubling laws, primarily abortion.
Newsom is demonstrating that he will do just about anything to elevate his name recognition nationally, positively or negatively, surely expecting media cover.
Pastor MacArthur drives home his message to Gov. Newsom:
“Scripture also teaches that it is the chief duty of any civic leader to reward those who do well and to punish evildoers (Romans 13:1–7). You have not only failed in that responsibility; you routinely turn it on its head, rewarding evildoers and punishing the righteous.”
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