Bishop Art Hodges: America’s media has sided with ‘the enemies of the church’

By Michael Hernandez 

“America’s media has largely sided with the enemies of the church while waging a propaganda war promoting fear and challenging faith,” said Bishop Art Hodges, superintendent of the Southern California District of the United Pentecostal Church International.

Pastors “listen up, stand up and speak up. We cannot be silent witnesses,” said the senior pastor of Chula Vista’s South Bay Pentecostal Church, who was awarded a $1.6 million settlement against California to pay attorneys’ fees in a lawsuit over COVID-19 restrictions on houses of worship.

“The culture is impacting churches more than the church is defining culture,” said Bishop Hodges who was quoting pollster George Barna. “It is time for all churches to join forces in this fight to preserve our religious liberties to worship the God of the Bible.”

Bishop Art Hodges was the first of three pastors who were panelists of the first California Pastors Town Hall held July 1. See https://www.pastortownhall.town/. The town hall moderated by Fresno Pastor Jim Franklin of Cornerstone Church is aimed at mobilizing pastors to engage in the public square.

(Editor’s Note: The Aug. 5 California Pastors Townhall meeting is set today from 6-7 p.m. PST and will feature: Bishop Art Hodges, Pastor Stephen Broden, Pastor Amado Huizar, and Pastor Mike McClure and moderator Pastor Jim Franklin.)

Other pastors included:

  • Pastor Che Ahn, senior pastor of Pasadena’s Harvest Rock Church: “We have seen the world shaken twice: during World War II and during COVID-19.

“We are interviewing and vetting candidates that want our support because we represent thousands of churches. We are declaring that California will become a pro-life and pro-family state.”

Pastor Ahn encouraged pastors watching to go to the https://www.revivecal.org/ website to register for the July 22 one-day leadership forum to be held at the Pasadena Ambassador Auditorium on “how to uphold biblical convictions in the face of extreme opposition from cultural, political and spiritual forces” with special speakers including former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The all-day event is hosted by Harvest International Ministry, the Latino Coalition for Israel and Revive California.

  • Stephen Broden, executive director of Content of Character Series and senior pastor of Fair Park Bible Fellowship Church, Dallas, Texas: “The philosophy behind the tumult in our country today: Marxism, Communism, Socialism, Darwinism and Human Secularism is based on the belief that (these philosophies) can infiltrate western civilization institutions and destroy Christianity.

“There is a desperate need to inform and educate our churches so they may push back against this darkness looming against our nation. Karl Marx wanted to dethrone God first and then destroy capitalism. Joseph Stalin said that if we can undermine patriotism, spiritual and moral life, a nation will crumble from within.”

Resources for pastors were shared from two additional websites: https://saltandlightcouncil.org/ and https://www.judeochristiancaucus.com/.

California Pastors Town Halls have been scheduled for the first Thursday of every month with the next one set for Aug. 5 featuring former Skyline Church (La Mesa) Senior Pastor Jim Garlow, New Season Christian Worship Center (Sacramento) Pastor Sammy Rodriguez, and Godspeak Calvary Chapel (Thousand Oaks) Pastor Rob McCoy.

Other panelists during the first California Pastors Town Hall included political consultant Stephen Frank; Liberty Counsel attorney Mat Staver; COVID-19 expert Dr. Marilyn Singleton; Public School Exit Executive Director Alex Newman; Election Integrity Project Ca President and Co-founder Linda Paine; California State Senator Shannon Grove (16th District, Bakersfield); Gail Levin and Dran Reese of Salt and Light Council.

 

Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service; editor of the History Makers Report and founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families—is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor now living in Redding (Shasta County). He worked 25 years as a middle school teacher in Monrovia and Los Angeles Unified School Districts. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email at [email protected].


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