When it comes to personal rights and liberties; one would think that California overstepped it bounds by now passing bill into law making it illegal to do laundry and shower on the same day; however, when it comes to Christians getting Biblical counsel the state is progressing in yet another attempt to criminalize the Bible.
For those who do stand for Biblical counseling and read the Bible there is one final opportunity coming for their voice to be heard. On June 12th the Judiciary will discuss AB2943.
“This will be the only committee hearing with opportunities for public testimonies before going to the Appropriations Committee and the state Senate for a vote,” advised Liberty Counsel, which is opposed to the radical plan.
If the plan is approved the state of California will as a result consider those who counsel against same-sex consumer fraud and it will be punishable by law. Additionally; this bill will ban all materials that would help those who wish to no longer live in alternative lifestyles; the Bible in essence will be banned along with any type of materials of testimonies of those who are free from homosexual lifestyle. The impact is far more reaching than anyone would first think and yet State Assembly member Al Muratsuchi publicly admitted he wants to target people of faith.
Al Muratsuchi argues the First Amendment “does not prohibit banning fraudulent conduct.”
“The faith community, like anyone else, needs to evolve with the times,” he charged. Well Al Muratsuchi that is untrue and Believers do not need to evolve with the times nor does any Believer need to be told to evolve with anything that would go against the Word of God.
LGBT activist Samuel Brinton promised to “figure out” how to stop “pastors” and churches from offering such counseling when he stated, “I may not be able to find every little camp … every pastor, but I can make it something that is culturally unacceptable,” he said. “Yes, it’s directly affecting mental health professionals, but by proxy, it’s affecting everyone else.”
If this is approved it will be one more step to the diminishing the right of those seeking counsel and to grow in Christ, to learn the Bible and come to know Jesus. It is one more attempt by the god haters to destroy Christianity, its followers and the livelihoods of many in the state. They do not care.
“California AB 2943 is an unconstitutional bill that substitutes the government for personal choice and is a shocking assault on freedom and self-autonomy,” said Mat Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel. “The goal behind this horrendous legislation is to crush any viewpoint that does not align with the state. Many people who seek counsel to address their concerns will be harmed if this legislation passes.”
As a result thus far ministries in other states are refusing to host events in California because of what the state is not allowing. Overall this will continue to have devastating impact not only those hurting, but also the state and may God have mercy on those who stand on the opposite of God.
As you are led pray for the brothers and sisters in California, pray for the leaders of that state that their hearts turn toward the Lord and before it’s too late. And pray that those seeking help will get the full Biblical counsel that will provide the transformation that can only come through Jesus Christ.