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The Bangor Daily News sent a reporter to my press conference last Wednesday. They also opined on the event in their lead editorial in the Sunday paper. That is the most read edition of their daily paper. You can read their editorial here.
They close their editorial saying of me, "It seems they’re still living in an age the rest of the state would rather leave behind."
When I sent out my press advisory a few days before the press conference I wasn't sure the press would come. I teased the advisory by putting it out on all the social networks to which I subscribe. I reasoned that "sex would sell," and that the Governor's comment was sufficiently impolitic to give it a shelf life adequate to justify press coverage of my perspective on the matter.
I still wondered if the press would come.
They came because they need this issue to get people to buy their publications, listen to their radio stations and watch their television news. The point is that their editorial is not honest.
They don't want the issue to go away anymore than the "pro-family" groups want it to go away. It is a money maker.
I do want the issue to go away. I never wanted to address it. The fight came to me. While most Christian leaders in my experience have wanted to play this game of pretending the issue is icky, difficult and confusing I was never real comfortable with this approach.
That is why I am now using the idea of sodomy in the debate. Christians never should have stopped discussing it. They played right into the hands of the Left.
The Bangor Daily News claims that I am living in an age Maine would like to leave behind. They know this isn't true even as they tap out the words on their keyboard.
I take comfort from two things. The evidence of the collapse of decency, peace and order in our society is becoming unavoidable.
And every time this issue is voted, or the court issues an opinion, there is intense controversy and the vote is very close.
Handwritten notes about our ministry in Guatemala
We recently spent ten days in Central America. I am so proud of my wife!
Paulie is a strong Christian woman. She was able to share that inspiring faith and love for Jesus with sixty missionaries at a Thrive conference. I was there to run the audio visual side of the retreat.
I want to invite you to celebrate God's ministry through us by passing along some of the remarks from the sheet picture above.
First from the leader of Thrive, Lorrie Lingren:
Paulie -- Many women expressed their appreciation for your genuine and humble leadership. I love the way God gave you songs through your personal journey with Him. You have given us songs for our worship expression as well!
One of the attendees named Sue wrote:
Paulie, my friend and sister, my prayer is you continue to share your gifts to His glory and praise. Your spirit of peace and joy was and is a pleasing aroma to God and to those around you. Blessings!
Everyone of my small group members asked how to get a copy of your CDs! Worship was so powerful and so beautiful! Thank you for blessing us with your beautiful voice.
Shelly, the conference speaker observed:
Paulie dear I loved our first day praying together -- Thank you for letting me and others see your heart! Your talent and giftedness combined with your beauty could be overwhelming -- but your open heart and warmth make you a wonderful dynamic woman! Love counting you as a friend! With loving admiration, Shelly.
To learn more about my wife's ministry, or to schedule an appearance in your church, click here
to learn about our continuing partnership with Thrive.
Be sure to scroll to the bottom for updates. We are thankful for all the wonderful Christian people who made this trip possible!
Our 2003 Honda van after reentry ;-) The tiles are scorched.
God is calling Paulie and me to continue our partnership with the evangelical outreach Thrive
. They will gather one hundred Christian missionary women together in the midwest in early July for their annual furlough retreat. We just returned from Guatemala where Paulie led worship and I provided audio visual support. The Guatemala retreat was one of their four annual international retreats designed to support American missionary families serving overseas.
In addition to sensing God's call to continue helping Thrive
God is returning us to our roots. We have invested the largest portion of our lives in encouraging Christian citizenship. Applying our faith to the call to serve at the Christian Civic League of Maine for two decades gave us hearts for American citizenship and politics.
One cannot be a good Christian citizen without making the Bible the rule for living, voting and deciding. Accordingly, God has invited Paulie and I to listen to the Bible as we drive our 2003 Odyssey Van that has 180,000 miles on it to Denver, Colorado and back. Additionally He is calling us to pray earnestly for the political and spiritual powers in the states through which we will pass.
Above is a map of developing route. We want to partner with you to make connections and pray during the trip. Please take a minute to study the route on the map. Click on the icons for more information about each aspect of the journey, including dates and times when we anticipate being in a particular place. If you have friends, family or a church/ministry who we could pray for/with, overnight with or minister to in some way please send us an email or give us a call.
Modern times offer increasingly difficult challenges to Christians. Action must be accompanied by earnest prayer. Everyone needs a Helping Hand, and Christians have a duty to reach out with love and truth.
We can only undertake this Road Trip with you as our partner. We will use our online platforms to keep you updated on a daily basis. Here are the platforms in addition to this website through which you can connect with us.
The links to these networks are in the left hand sidebar under "Contact."
Faith is the foundation of our ministry. Two weeks ago we didn't have the funds for this pilgrimage. God has provided nearly all the financial resources we need for this project. We are very thankful.
You can click on the button below to make a secure and confidential donation online right now.
Goal: $4000 by June 16, 2013
We made our goal on the 16th! Praise God!!
Paulie and I have been appointed to lead the Exodus Mandate Project in Northern New England. The President of Exodus Mandate, E. Ray Moore, has appointed us Regional Coordinator for Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. We are the State Coordinator for Maine. Here is a youtube about the project. We are enthusiastic about the goals of this ministry.
We learned too late the rewarding nature of Christian education built on a robust spiritual discipline in the home. Paulie and I daily go before God seeking His wisdom regarding the world around us, and the life we have led thus far. We both celebrated our 50th birthday in the past six months. We are beginning our 6th decade of living in this world.
As with most of you we did many things right. We also made mistakes along the way.
I am convinced that one of my biggest mistakes was putting my sons into the public schools.
I've concluded that we've all been sold a bill of goods when it comes to schooling and education. The video accurately refers to the public schools as marxist indoctrination centers. Research is demonstrating now that the best guarantee for killing your child's faith in God is releasing them into the polluted stream of pop culture.
The best thing a father and mother can do for their children is to choose to endure relatively minor sacrifices of material goods and worldly security to educate their children at home. The second best alternative is active family involvement in a Christian school.
I had the honor of meeting Ray Moore while serving on the Ron Paul campaign in South Carolina in January of this year. It was a great personal blessing to have the opportunity to spend some time with him.
You can learn more about Ray by clicking here
Our work on this project is separate from my political work and consulting. This is a volunteer position. We must raise our own financial support for this outreach.
We would love to visit with your church or homeschool group. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at 207-956-0819.
Like a river swollen by a heavy spring run off after a particularly frigid winter the Ron Paul movement overflowed its banks yesterday in Augusta. I want to share some observations this morning.
I joined the Ron Paul Revolution at the Augusta Civic Center yesterday. I was provided with a ride at 6 a.m. Paulie had our only vehicle. She was leading a women's retreat in Freeport.
I stood in the cool, moist and cloudy air outside the Civic Center for over an hour with hundreds of Ron Paul supporters waiting to enter the building. The "Paulinistas" as they are not-so-affectionately named by folks rightfully afraid of the anarchistic impulse in the movement were determined, low-key and polite. I stayed until the bitter end of voting after 7 p.m. Saturday night. The entire time I had the feeling that the Convention had been visited by a determined majority.
I was convinced going into the convention that the establishment would prevail. Oh ye of little faith. All the phone work and organizing of Eric Brakey, Paul Madore and the team paid off. Charlie Cragin, the perfect symbol of establishment Republicanism, was rejected as Chair, and the Ron Paulers installed a young newcomer from York County in his place.
The Republican establishment was not at all prepared for the possibility of a Ron Paul victory in the selection of a Convention Chairman and Secretary. It seemed to me that they were not only ill-prepared to serve whoever was selected Chair, they may have allowed themselves to descend into pettiness upon their loss.
To their credit, however, the machine did manage to click along with apparent support from establishment Republicans who were forced to lick their wounds while performing their duties. Thankfully, voting on delegates to the national convention did take place before the end of the day Saturday.
I'm going to be surprised if the slate of Ron Paul delegates isn't approved by a majority. That announcement should come today. If this is the result then the entire delegation from Maine to the national convention in Tampa, Florida later this year could end up being declared Ron Paul supporters.
That will be a stunning rebuke to the Republican establishment in Maine. It is a sure sign that the Party has drifted further from it's base of support than many imagined.
The future of the GOP in Maine has just become much more interesting. So interesting in fact, that I am tempted to change my mind about unenrolling after the Ron Paul effort later this year.
It would be a mistake, obviously, for me to conclude from this that the body politic has shifted Christianity's way on sexual morality. It may be shifting, however, in the direction of a much less threatening practice of liberty than what has developed under the leadership of establishment forces in both the Republican and Democratic political parties.
A robust enforcement of constitutional liberties can only help Christianity going forward. Increasing control from the top, the current trend of institutional America (including the Church), will only serve to further stifle the free exchange of ideas both within, and outside of, the Church.
The Ron Paul movement doesn't want the debate over homosexuality, and while Ron Paul is pro life and an obstetrician, I don't sense a passionate commitment to the pro life cause within the movement either. As the Ron Paul movement continues to draw Christians who see the constitution of the founding generation as a point around which effective political organizing can happen, the movement may continue to gain power.
I've been part of the "Revolution" for less than a year. While I was impressed that the movement had the capacity to elevate old war horses in the pro family movement like Paul Madore and me during this cycle, sadly, I have to admit that it used us to drag the artillery rather than charge the enemy.
This coalition is, like all worthwhile political coalitions, a powder keg.
My prayers are with all the leaders willing to sit atop it.
Bill Nemitz published a column mocking my faith in God yesterday. It wasn't the first time, and it won't be the last.
Since he is enthusiastically pro-sodomy he couldn't pass up a chance to drive a wedge between me and the Christian Civic League of Maine. If you are tempted to believe his spin on my comments about blow drying hair click here
to read my comments in context.
It occurred to me this morning that the Nemitz column is indicative of what will happen between now and November if God raises up the No Special Rights PAC. If a campaign actually comes together to fight sodomy based marriage the press will work overtime to drive a wedge between us and the good folks on our side who want to avoid a discussion about the morality of homosexuality.
This may provoke consternation in the hearts of many good people in Maine. They will reason that we should all be promoting the same message. That we should be working together.
I liken this reality in politics to fighting a forest fire.
When you are trying to douse a really big fire oftentimes the only option is to start another fire. This is called a firebreak. This firebreak starves the threatening fire of fuel by consuming it before the other fire can draw energy from it and proceed on its path of devastation.
This counter intuitive action works.
My theory in this campaign in Maine is that we must start a firebreak.
No significant, effective resistance ever emerged to the homosexual movement's agenda in Maine. Just like a small brush fire that grew out of control the homosexual movement has been consuming the fuel in front of it. It is now a raging conflagration. This raging cultural fire is now consuming the moral strength and clarity of Christianity.
My intention is to touch off a firebreak. The failure of Christianity to effectively confront the sodomy-based-relationship movement must be challenged and exposed. I am starting a fire within the church in hopes of denying the homosexual movement that fuel as it continues on it's course of destruction.
If my theory can play out between now and November, and it works, then the public will turn in a resounding NO vote and the homosexual fire in Maine will be doused.
Coming to politics with Christianity in 1988 I encountered my first test. Focus on the Family was moving out into the states to save the family by addressing public policy.
When they came to Maine they found the CHRISTIAN Civic League of Maine. They told us they were hung up on our name. Even though the League had been at that point working effectively within Maine politics for nearly a century they felt they had to pause. They didn't like the Christian identity of the organization.
After a year of ruminating they did associate, and I worked with Focus on the Family for twenty years.
I always felt they wanted more of a secular, wonkish image for their state based groups. In 2008 I changed the name of the League to the Maine Family Policy Council. Thankfully, the new administration has returned to the original name.
It is instructive to understand what is going on here. It is simple really. It is a womanish attempt to gain the respect of another.
The old League was patriarchal. The new League -- the one I led -- is womanish. That's why I had to do the blow dried hair and suit look. The old League was non-partisan. The new League is Republican. The old League was principled. The new League is pragmatic. The old League was tough. The new League is nice.
During my lifetime I have witnessed the descent from Playboy into the abyss of online porn. I started my ministry understanding that were Martin Luther here today he would fight the baby killers and the sodomites. He would understand the times. He would see clearly that Satan is pushing most effectively on the sexual morals of our generation. That is where the fight for righteousness is most fierce. He would not shrink from that battle, and adopt the language of the other side.
I fought to keep the League on the bleeding edge of the "gay" fight from 1994 to 2009, the year I resigned. I watched our finances remain somewhat stable year-to-year. But the leadership of the evangelical movement started to weaken, and then ultimately divide, as I continued my relentless advocacy to keep the "gay" fight as the League's number one priority.
I felt my leadership was justified at the League until it became clear to me that the pastors had decided to follow someone else. To quote from a letter I received from a key supporter and friend just before I resigned I, "lost my momentum."
Man didn't put me at the League. Jesus Christ put me there. There is no doubt in my mind that he put me there to confront the sodomy movement. I am now convinced it is my fault that Maine experienced twenty years of evenly split statewide voting on sodomy.
I never should have put on the suit and blow dried my hair. I never should have tried to use my image, and the image of those around me, to win the battle. I always should have trusted God more than I did.
You'd be wrong to read this as hand-wringing. It is never too late to repent and move on. That is the strength, uniqueness and beauty of Christianity. Sodomites are willfully stuck in their sin. We aren't.
Their movement is built on lies. Ours is built on -- or should be built on -- the truth.
The truth about the vote this November is that it isn't a battle between nice people who happen to disagree. It is not important that we respect the devil. It is important that we condemn him, and those who wish to use the sexual instinct in humanity for their own ends. Politicians are using this issue to get re-elected.
I'm sick of it.
The "pro family" movement is using it to raise millions of dollars. I'm sick of that also.
I don't want to raise any money. I never did. I want to end the debate. I want to bury this evil, and never have to talk about it again. I want to see innocence and virtue put back in sex. I want men to protect women, and women to love men.
I hate this issue. I hate everything about it. There is nothing good that comes from talking about it.
And that is why I want to see men rise up all over Maine and discover the virtue, courage and goodness that God put in their hearts. This is a dirty, nasty fight. Women must be loved by men enough to be protected from the sordid essence of what is being sought here.
I don't want you near me unless you are prepared to sacrifice.
Maine is going to rise up and end this debate if I have anything to say about it.
As Maine goes so goes the nation.
It occurs to me that my recent writing and actions might lead some readers to think I am interested in returning, or somehow influencing, the Christian Civic League of Maine.
This is simply not the case.
I decided to leave the League as support for my leadership was waning, but the League was still making a substantial contribution to the debate over sexual morality. I suppose it is still making a substantial contribution, but that is not my concern. It is the concern of her members and supporters.
I am not among them. I do, however, strongly support the three founding purpose of the League. They are:
- To elect HONEST and COMPETENT public officials.
- To encourage ALL THE PEOPLE of Maine in good citizenship.
- To enact GOOD LAWS and provide for their IMPARTIAL enforcement.
I am grateful for the years God gave me at the League. It was truly an honor to serve there for over two decades.
Since leaving the League I accepted God's ordination to ministry. Being faithful to that call from my Lord Jesus Christ is my concern now.
I know He has called me to continue to speak out on matters related to Christianity and politics ... demonstrating a special concern with sexual morality and ethics.
What the advocates of "sexual orientation theory" are doing to Maine is nothing short of criminal. They told me when I started speaking out in the early 1990s that their agenda wasn't about children.
I received the following email this morning from a Mainer I respect:
I am on our school board now. It's a chore, but I'm making progress. Nobody on the board ever asked questions before. Questions are a powerful tool.
About two decades ago "Safe Schools" became popular. I figured it must be about bus safety, protecting kids from ice sliding off the roof and safe handling of chemicals in science classes. That isn't what it was about. Safe Schools was about making schools safe for the sodomy lobby. In fact the program sent junior high students from Maine to Tufts University for an overnight weekend where they were taught sodomy techniques such as "fisting." I have a copy of the audio tape taken at that session. Our tax dollars paid for that weekend.
I must speak passionately on this matter. Any person or institution that dares hint that "this campaign is not about the morality of homosexuality" is going to suffer my umbrage. This sort of politiking simply must stop.
We must replace the political correctness with honesty.
The people who want the civil and economic benefits of the institution of marriage to extend to men who bring children into a household that is built on the practice of sodomy must explain themselves. There is, of course, no reasonable explanation for this. It is pure evil.
And that is why you will never hear them discuss it publicly, other than by accusing "heterosexuals" of doing worse. This must not be allowed to continue. They must answer for their own sins, and false reasoning. They must not be allowed to change the subject.
Since the church has decided it is unwilling to do this for political and pragmatic reasons individual Christians must step up and make it happen.
As we do this more and more members of Maine's public will join us. They may not be terribly vocal, but they will provide support in ways that they can.
The League will do what it can. Most churches are now compromised by the fierce feminized political correctness that is leavening all of our institutions.
For an antidote click here
. You'll ROTFLOL.
Here is a post from Bob Emrich's facebook account:
I laughed out loud when I read, "He is trying to use my name to gain headlines." I guess he thinks he can read my mind, or discern my motives. Amazing.
I have so far chosen not to respond to the slander from Mike Heath and his friends. I realize that many of you are receiving their emails, press releases, etc. I refuse to waste my time answering each of their distortions, lies and criticism. He is trying to use my name to gain headlines and attention. I have more important work to do – (see Nehemiah 4) I only want my friends and co-laborers to k...now that if you are troubled by the things you read, I am available to answer any questions you may have for me. I will not be offended if you are seeking the truth. As for Mike – I continue to urge him to do his own work without seeking to destroy the work of others. As for me, I will do my best to remain in Philippians 1:12-20
I stand by every word I've written and will gladly answer any questions. My phone number is 207-956-0819.
Allow me to be absolutely clear about why I am writing about Bob and the League.
They believe they can preserve the institution of civil marriage by not talking about the morality of homosexuality. This stunning statement by Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage, the funding group for America's national campaign to preserve civil marriage, must be understood ... and thoroughly rejected ... if we have any hope of prevailing in November.
For my readers to gain an understanding of how we got to this point I must tell the story. It is impossible to tell the story without naming names.
I will continue to write about Bob Emrich, and anyone else who claims to know how to preserve the institution of civil marriage in Maine, because I care more about the institution of marriage than I do about my personal relationship with any other person. Actually, I care more about stopping the sodomy lobby dead in their tracks this year. I care about ending this debate.
I don't know why Bob says and does what he says and does. I do, however, have nearly a decade of experiences with the man and his associates that has nothing to do with friendship, and everything to do with Christianity's tepid and completely ineffective response to the idiotic and evil sexual revolution.
Bob and his associates claim they will bring everybody together.
The only group I care about bringing together right now is 70 percent of the people who vote in November. I care less about bringing the group leaders, muslims and athiests together than I do about getting an overwhelming NO vote in November.
We aren't going to win this if we don't talk about the evil nature of the sodomy based relationship movement.
My earliest childhood memories feature the ordered Maine family life of my grandparents. That ordered family life that blessed me with such rich and innocent memories cannot develop in a culture that claims a debate about same sex "marriage" isn't about morality.
This isn't about headlines. This isn't about Bob Emrich. This isn't about Mike Heath.
This is about saving Maine.
The Bible is full of conflict. The serpent in the garden kicked it all off with, "Hath God said?"
The rest of the Bible tells the grand story of conflict. Each individual is part of the conflict like a thread is part of a grand tapestry. The thread is not the tapestry, and the thread is not able to take in the whole. The thread is bent, shoved and crammed in next to other threads.
Christianity teaches we don't get to see the tapestry until after we die and go to heaven. We Christians who have the honor of living at the end of 4000 years of recorded history can, however, view the entire tapestry of the Bible and recorded human history.
Even still, here in the world, we are just a thread.
Some Christians believe that Biblical calls for unity mean that criticism of other Christians is wrong. Is this true? Is it even Biblical?
Who did Jesus criticize? The religious leaders.
How about Paul. Did he only disagree with non-Christians? No. Paul names names to teach the truth in his epistles.
The Bible does call on Christians to resolve their disputes without inviting the world to become the judge. But even this teaching on conflict resolution doesn't provide a clear directive for Christian leaders to always agree in public. In matters of civil contracts, like employment for incorporated entities (like churches and para-church groups) the civil courts are the only place parties to a dispute can turn for justice and judgment.
Christianity, in my view, provides the best cultural, social and lawful mechanism for conflict resolution. Maine, America and the church have, however, mostly abandoned the teachings of Christianity in considerations cultural and political. A chasm is quickly opening between our civil "laws" and God's law.
It is God's law that matters.
Christian leaders who knowingly raise funds from Christians for the purpose of promoting political correctness are wrong. Christian leaders who demand -- for reasons having to do with polling and pragmatism -- that men like Peter LaBarbera
and Brian Camenker
have only dangerous things to say, are not leading in a Christ-like manner.
Christian leaders who refuse to call abortion murder reasoning that this will persuade the undecided are misguided themselves.
Am I being harsh?
No, I'm being practical. Honesty demands that we call things by their real name.
Sodomy is an extremely wicked idea. And our Christian leaders here in Maine are demanding that we hide that fact so we can win a campaign?
A leader here in Maine recently said on a forum that November's vote is not about homosexuality because the ballot question doesn't use the word. So, we Christians are supposed to only use the words that the propagandists for sodomy based relationships allow?
I don't think so.
I haven't named the leader in this column. That may make some Christian readers feel better. I can't, however, help but think that Paul the Apostle, given the danger posed to innocent children by this wicked ideology, would be naming names.