By Michael Hernandez
NEWBURY PARK—”We have seen a master case of tyranny these last six weeks,” said Charlie Kirk, 26 year old founder and president of Turning Point USA and guest speaker at all three Sunday Godspeak Calvary worship services. “You have micro-tyranny when you have widespread fear-mongering edicts that empower people to become micro-tyrants who were never elected.
“I have traveled across 25 states this summer and have seen widespread tyranny happening as we have abdicated more of our freedom and liberty. I have four big takeaways:
- We are close to becoming a country of tyranny.
- Freedom is a value you must teach.
- Tyrants are so much weaker than we ever thought.
- When we stand up to tyranny, we win.
According to Kirk:
- Tyrants believe in nothing but power.
- The type of people making decisions prey on the willing.
- It is impossible to have tyranny when you have truth.
Charlie Kirk, opened up his message by stating: “The eyes of the nation are on this church right now.” He then thanked the congregation for a “healthy relationship between pastor and church.” The dynamic is healthy: a bold congregation; a bold pastor. ”I compliment all of you. It is not easy to keep showing up,” especially if you have opposition from family and friends.
“Jesus says: ‘Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven” (Matthew 5:11-12). “If you are not persecuted, then you are living a ‘comfortable Christianity’ that has resulted in your young not going to school; jobs disappearing; businesses being shut down.”
Charlie Kirk next turned his focus on the public school system. “The education of our children is the most important thing you can value. I am a fan of homeschooling. We need to wake up against the systemic injustice of the public school system. Tons of money go to our property tax and what we have now are zoom calls (remote online education). This is moral fraud of the public school system.”
“Educators are asking students to sign waivers or non-disclosure agreements that parents are not allowed to see instruction” or not allowed to record or publicize the instruction they are receiving. “What are they afraid of? Colleges have opened up charging the exact same amount of money for students to Skype without tuition or room and board adjustments.
“If we do our job, we can make positive changes in education We can make real changes.”
According to Charlie Kirk, “the country is in chaos. The church has decided it doesn’t matter.” Sermons have become nothing more that Ted Talks online. All the church has done is lose: “Hollywood, big business, corporate America, our schools, streams of communication. We must be an activist church. We must recognize the truth. Most churches are unequipped. They have no muscle memory. The church is missing the greatest opportunity to reach thousands and tens of thousands. The church has abandoned the young people.”
A legal dissent from the Supreme Court ruling that went against a Las Vegas Calvary Chapel stated: “Caesar Palace Las Vegas is not more essential than Calvary Chapel.” Charlie Kirk said this might not change until President Donald Trump issues an executive order that “churches are essential.”
More than 1,020 were watching the 9 a.m. Godspeak livestream worship service from at least three regions outside of the United States (Canada, the United Kingdom, and Southeast Asia) and from over 10 States (Alabama, California, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas).
Pastor Rob McCoy who received a standing ovation when he came to the pulpit said: “I may be standing, but you are holding me up.” He then introduced Charlie Kirk by calling him “one of the strongest preachers in the country.” According to Pastor McCoy, “Tyrants are enslaving our rights and it is our duty to push back. The purpose of government as outlined by our founders is to protect our God given rights. If the press surrenders to tyrants and the pulpits are silent, we soon will be silenced.”
(Editor’s Note: See Ventura County Superior Court contempt order against Godspeak at:
https://www.citizensjournal.us/superior-court-judge-rules-godspeak-calvary-in-contempt-3000-fine-ventura-county-drops-sanctions-against-congregation-members/. To read about how the courts have been pursuing legal action against California churches go to:
Turning Point USA, is a national student movement dedicated to empowering young people to promote the principles of free markets and limited government. During the past three weeks, Charlie Kirk has spoken at Calvary Chapel Bangor, Maine; a Michigan church; and at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills.
(Editor’s Note: To view Godspeak’s worship service with Charlie Kirk speaking go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCrNhuHt1lA)
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 in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. 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].