are gentle Christians in the square (middle of downtown Charlotte)
bringing heaven down while all hell is breaking loose in the city
government, federal government, media, and police department. For
eight successive days, the city of Charlotte experienced a witness
of the Gospel of Christ that literally turned it upside down (or
right side up) in Jesus' Name. This is what happens when Christians
dare to allow the theology of the church house to become biography
in the streets.
Charlotte Police Department attempted to intimidate and harass at
every turn. Not only did they arrest Flip without warning before
the event even started, they were busy stirring up the community
against an active Christian witness in the streets. The First Baptist
Church in downtown Charlotte made sure we had water and allowed
us to park in their parking lot. For that kindness, they received
a phone call from the police that was meant to make them suspicious.
Then the Charlotte Observer’s Faith and Religion
column excoriated First Baptist for “aiding and abetting”
Operation Save America.
seemed the police were busy on every front. This statement was found
in a press release issued by the Muslim Community in Charlotte as
they rallied together those who “value tolerance and diversity”
in opposition to us: An e-mail to Muslim community leaders from
the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department stated: "...much
of (Operation Save America's) rhetoric is extremely inflammatory,
and there is always the potential for individual members to carry
their actions to an extreme." How absurd and
how inflammatory! The City of Charlotte had hosted a gay pride festival
a month earlier without this kind of rhetoric from the police.
is our response in a press release issued Tuesday, July 15, 2003:
long will you waiver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow
him; but if Baal be God, follow him. (1 Kings 18:21)
the city of Charlotte is free to align itself with the enemies of
the Lord Jesus under the banner of tolerance, it is not free to
deter the severe consequences that will come as a result of her
the accusations of extremism against Operation Rescue/Operation
Save America, the city of Charlotte, its police department, and
its city manager, have made a decision to choose abortion, homosexuality,
and Islam over Christianity. Who is more extreme? People praying
for the souls of men, the lives of children, and the future of America,
or those who rip babies apart in their mother’s wombs. Who
is more extreme? People proclaiming the transforming message of
the Gospel of Christ, or those who promote homosexual sodomy. Who
is more extreme? Christians who advocate love toward their enemies,
or those who advocate conversion by force or death, i.e. Islamic
can purchase a false “peace” by touting “diversity
and tolerance,” but lies, death, and destruction are included
in the package. Our message is true and motivated by the love of
Jesus Christ. Apart from Him, there is no peace. History will confirm
this to be so!
one focused on alerting the sleeping Church that there is a battle
being waged outside the church house doors. "Lift up
your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the
King of glory may come in." Psalm 24:7
went to two evangelical churches on Sunday, July 13, 2003. One was
Forest Hills Presbyterian Church and the other was Silver Mount
Baptist Church. Silver Mount is a predominantly black Church located
one mile north of the abortion mill. Forest Hills is a predominantly
white, wealthy, “seeker friendly” church that is located
four miles south of the abortion mill.
were greeted warmly and with shock at Silver Mount. Most were totally
unaware that there was an abortion mill just down the street. They
thanked us for being there and welcomed us into the worship service.
Pastor Lincoln Lee came out to greet us and asked us to join the
congregation. He then asked Ronnie Wallace to lead us in prayer.
We passed out every piece of literature we had. It was a wonderful
this to our reception at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church. It was
the difference between night and day. Those at Forest Hills were
greatly concerned about their own sensitivities being upset by seeing
the graphic pictures. They did not want to know about the murder
taking place just a few miles down the road – “they
just came to praise the Lord!” They did, however, busy themselves
writing e-mails and calling into a local Christian radio talk show
expressing their utter disdain with our “methodology.”
appears that content has been replaced by form at Forest Hills Presbyterian.
“Don’t tell me about the child killing happening down
the street, just use good form when you speak to my delicate psyche.”
OSA sidewalk counselors and prayer team arrived at A Preferred Woman
Clinic, Monday morning at 7:00am, they found it closed. Two police
vehicles and a carload of abortion supporters guarded the parking
lot. The morning overpass team and the morning mosque team went
out before daybreak. At 10:00am, the teams met at Marshall Park
for a downtown proclamation. This was the starting point for the
parade. Downtown businesses got a first hand look at pictures of
aborted babies as they were carried around the center of the city.
A Justice for the Babies display was set up in the middle of downtown
where everyone converges for lunch. Preachers powerfully proclaimed
the gospel over the sound system at this location all week.
was announced at the rally Monday night that A Preferred Woman abortuary
opened later in the morning. A couple arrived and drove into the
parking lot. The woman was crying because she had seen the gallery
of images displayed on the sidewalk. One of the counselors noted
this and called Dr. Danny Holland. He is a local physician who volunteers
his time for abortion-minded women. He and Dr. Matt Harrison come
to the mill on Saturdays to offer real medical help. This precious
baby was saved and was the first of many during the week. Thank
after dawn Tuesday morning, OSA participants fanned out all over
Charlotte for Word in Warfare. The entire Bible was read at 15 different
locations throughout the city. This was coordinated by Chet Gallagher
who introduced us to this concept several years ago. A baby's life
was saved during Word in Warfare at the abortion mill located in
the Arnold Palmer Center. Two young ladies were able to talk to
a young couple before they drove into the parking lot. Another Word
in Warfare group read from the book of Isaiah at the Metropolitan
Community Church (MCC). As was to be expected, the media was in
abundance here. Members of MCC brought out donuts, sodas, and water
to show their hospitality. We had more than donuts to give to them.
We gave them Jesus!
overpasses displayed banners and signs all week. Truckers expressed
their appreciation and agreement by waves and honks. Our banner
team was the subject of local talk shows and letters to the editor.
Comments have ranged from the usual, "How dare you
allow children to see this!" to the reaction of a
local physician who stated, "I am so ashamed that my
colleagues [physicians who become abortionists] would engage in
this kind of activity."
Thursday, we held a memorial service for two baby girls that were
killed by abortion. They were given the names Sarah and Deborah.
There were several women in the square that day that responded to
the Lord’s mercy and found healing from their past abortions.
“Those who look to Him are radiant. Their faces are never
covered with shame.” Psalm 34:5
we watched in utter astonishment as history was being laid out in
front of our eyes. On Friday, July 18, 2003 in Charlotte, North
Carolina, Pastors and Christians stood outside the Federal Building
to solemnly uphold the Law of God in an Ecclesiastical Court. After
50 years of the United States Supreme Court issuing anti-Christ
opinions diametrically opposed to God’s Law and the Constitution,
approximately 100 representatives of the Church of the Lord Jesus
Christ publicly declared the Supreme Court to be in contempt of
charges of high treason against God’s Law, the Constitution
and the People on six counts were read starting with the 1962
Engle vs. Vitale opinion which ripped prayer out of our
nation’s public schools. Five other Supreme Court opinions
were cited with each being followed by God’s judicial
penalties against the guilty parties.
Rusty Thomas read God’s sentence standing in front of six
coffins, each with a ruling posted by name. After this, children
presented torn copies of these six abominable Court opinions in
pieces as covenant representatives of our prodigy mentioned
in the Preamble to the Constitution and the heritage of the
Lord, in Psalm 127:3. They placed the torn opinions in a fire-proof
container to be publicly burned.
saints in Charlotte declared that “from this day forth, we
pronounce this court dead to the Law of God, dead to the biblical
heritage left to us by our Pilgrim Forefathers and our Founding
Fathers, dead to the historical legacy of those who died to make
us free, dead to the righteousness that comes from God alone, dead
to the Constitution of the United States of America and dead before
the Court of Almighty God.”
Rev. Flip Benham took a lighter and set fire to the torn paper copies
of these six opinions, he did much more than break a simple city
trash burning ordinance. Pastor Flip demonstrated his contempt for
sin and an entire branch of government that has gone beyond usurping
the role of God and declared sin to be good. The Charlotte Police
Department stood over 100 officers strong knowing full well what
was transpiring. When Flip put the flame to the paper representing
the Supreme Courts’ war on Christianity, he set fire to their
sacred cows they have aligned themselves with.
this, they arrested Flip pulling him out of the arms of his youngest
daughter. This is not about a city burning ordinance.
OSA had applied for a permit to hold an Ecclesiastical Court at
the federal building. The city of Charlotte and federal marshals
obtained a court order restricting the Christians to the sidewalk.
No, this is all about whose laws are supreme, God’s
Law or man’s laws. This is about who is Lord.
you are as sickened as we are by the infuriating and blaspheming
decisions of the Supreme Court and are wondering what God fearing
people can do -- here it is! An Ecclesiastical Court will
be held at federal court houses in cities across this land on Thursday,
September 25, 2003, at 11:30am. We need men of God to lead us out
in as many cities as possible. Look up www.operationsaveamerica.org
for details. You will also find what needs to be said in the enclosed
brochure. Then, during the opening session of the Supreme Court
of the United States of America on Monday, October 6, 2003, Christians
from across the nation will gather at the steps of this court to
hold it in contempt of the Court of Almighty God. Hotel
accommodations are forth coming.
you at the gates,