Wednesday, April 13, 2011

California Pastor Wants Constitutional Protection For Christians

April 13, 2011

One News Now

Pastor Allan Esses of Yes Jesus is Lord Ministries says The Free Exercise of Religion initiative would allow Christians to freely share their faith and communicate their biblical beliefs without being stopped or persecuted. Any effort to prohibit Christians from doing so would be a felony. But since the proposal is an amendment to the state constitution, it will require more than 800,000 signatures before it is placed on the ballot.

"One of the things that we are trying to do is to [be allowed] to freely share Jesus Christ and the Word of God without it being a crime, a hate crime or unlawful to do so," Esses explains.

The California pastor says that Christians in the state have been prevented from sharing the gospel, praying and holding Bible studies in public. He has personally been stopped for distributing gospel tracts in West Hollywood. But so far, this initiative has the support of Christians from across the nation and from believers in Europe and New Zealand.

"Of course, I think there's a great amount of concern in various parts of the United States and all around the world to be able to share Christianity without the persecution that comes with it," the pastor adds. "We've seen a response by the churches to come alongside."

So he is encouraging Christians and churches in California to get involved in aiding the initiative.

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