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Governor Gavin Newsom at the California and New Zealand Partner to Advance Global Climate Leadership press conference, San Francisco, CA, May 27, 2022. (Photo: Sheila Fitzgerald/Shutterstock)

California Pastor Chastises Gov. Newsom for Bible Verse on Abortion Billboards

Newsom billboards promote California’s ‘abortion freedom’ while poking at Red-State Governors

By Katy Grimes, October 10, 2022 8:23 am

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.

Southern California Pastor John MacArthur had enough. He recently sent Gov. Newsom an unsparing letter rebuking the governor for desecrating the words of Jesus:

Pastor John MacArthur. (Photo: Thomas Moores Society)

“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.

abortion.gov website instructing minor how to get an abortion in CA. (Photo: abortion.ca.gov)

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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12 thoughts on “California Pastor Chastises Gov. Newsom for Bible Verse on Abortion Billboards

  1. God bless Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church for righteously and bluntly calling out Newsom. Amidst leftist-infiltrated churches and unGodly church leadership we need real Christian leaders who understand what is at stake now more than ever.

  2. I agree with the good Pastor Mac Author, unless Newsom changes his evil ways and repents there is a special place in Hell waiting for him.
    Abortion is not healthcare, it is murder.

  3. pastors comments are his opinion based on his Interpretation of the writings of his religion. I have a different religion which has a different opinion. To each his own which is why we don’t base laws on religious opinions nor impose our opinions on others. Don’t believe in abortion? Your opinion is that it’s wrong? DON’T HAVE ONE! It’s not rocket science.

  4. Pastor MacArthur, thank you for being faithful to the Bible and your role as a pastor. The twisted inclusion of Jesus’ teaching in his abortion campaign demonstrates Newsom’s utter disdain for Christians and other religious pro-life people. I pray that Newsom is thrown out of office by voters if for no other reason then for his narcissistic, arrogant and disrespectful invasion of other states with his horrible agenda.

    1. Amen, Erin…
      Pastor MacArthur is spot-on in his commentary, criticism and offer of repentance to Governor Frat Boy…
      So is Pastor Rob McCoy…
      Newsom is a World Economic Forum, “Young Global,Leader” who is pursuing their Satanic “One World Order” and its attendant culture of death and dystopia….

    2. Right On, Erin!
      Let’s pray Californians understand that Newsom is advocating for death through out pregnancy. It is not a fundamental freedom as Newsom claims to murder the preborn.

      Jack Hibbs said this survey that 79% percent of California voters do not support late term abortion. Here is a link to the Rasmussen poll the media is suppressing.

  5. My personal opinion is that Newsome has gone too far with his Abortion ads, however, this is a Legal Issue which is what our country is based on. Why we came to this land in the first place, FREEDOM OF RELIGION. However, our country is based on Laws and I have always Appreciated and Respected our forefathers for this Democracy we all have. Religions are Interpretations, Christians are CHRIST LIKE! God gave us ALL Free Will and He will judge, Not you or I. I’m sure I read that somewhere….. Where has this pastor been when Trump, who was the President of Our United States, has been making false statements, has 28 charges of sexual assault, possible espionage, supports a Campaign that the individual requested, paid and sent a sympathy card to girlfriend for an abortion and attempted to convince her to get another. He reasoning, “it was a decision that was necessary at the time”, huh, and represents our Country? Come on, I’m a RN for 30 years, this is real life and death for many women, in many different situations, for many different reasons. The mother would be the first priority, then the life of the child, unless extenuated circumstances occurred. Of Course, the baby is a priority and we do everything possible to save the child, but Mom is right here looking at you, in your face breathing, she Needs Protection to Live Too!! Let’s Live and Let Live. Please. If you truly are a Christian then you know that the only thing happening here is division and hate and that is Not what Jesus taught.

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