Sermon delivered with protests and counter-protests outside the church
By Michael Hernandez
NEWBURY PARK—”Stand against havoc,” said Pastor Rob McCoy during church services held at Godspeak Calvary with former Ohio Congressman Bob McEwen (a six-term legislator from Ohio’s Sixth District: 1981 to 1993) also speaking to a crowded church venue attended by visitors from throughout Ventura County and Santa Barbara County.
“I welcome you…God bless you; but unless God calls you (here), the church you left needs you. The pastor not standing; needs you. Take the Good News and speak it to other lives. Challenge your shepherds to awaken. It is a critical time to stand. I am not interested in becoming the largest church in America. Take this message with two feet reaching into every nook and cranny in this community and in your communities.”
Pastor McCoy’s recounted in a Sunday message taken from Acts 8:1-3 that Saul—the Christian persecutor and hater—had just finished orchestrating the killing (by stoning) of Stephen, the first Christian martyr. “At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria…as for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.”
According to Pastor McCoy, reeking “havoc” is translated from the Greek as “a wild animal tearing apart another animal and shredding it viciously.” He said it was like what Nazi troops (SS soldiers) did in Germany during World War II as they pulled Christians (and Jews) out. The SS soldiers were Adolf Hitler’s personal bodyguards, and later became one of the most powerful and feared organizations in all of Nazi Germany led by anti-Semite Heinrich Himmler (1940-1945) with more than 250,000 members and multiple sub-divisions.
“Today we have two ideologies:
- Man made in the image of God (Imago Dei). We can receive life; and life more abundant; or the opposing ideology.
- Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy (enslave mankind.)
“These two ideologies have established themselves in the hearts and souls of men.
“The Governor makes an order that churches must close and not allow people to gather. Another order says we’re not allowed to sing. Yet, cannabis sales are essential. Bicycle stores are essential. But the church is not essential. So we are contending.
“Someone has to stand up and say ‘enough is enough. We do not consent. We stand. We might have to pay for this disobedience: a fine of a thousand dollars a day. The water might be shut off. The power might be shut off. We might be evicted. But we declare that we are free and that not one gets in the way of our relationship with the Lord.”
The disciples of the Lord which by Acts 8 had grown to 15,000 around the world were persecuted. “Persecution to the church is like a wind to a seed. It causes you to spread.”
Jesus’ disciples were speaking “freedom and liberty. They were speaking this Good News of God. There were no Billy Grahams or Greg Lauries. They were simply people like you. Each individual was making a decision each day with wisdom speaking into the lives of others.
“As we watch Antifa burn our cities; as we watch anarchy; as we watch statues torn down; cities burned; and government officials not oppose it; we remain challenged.”
Congressman Bob McEwen: President Reagan was not about containment; but about transcending communism
“We had 37 years of containment of communism after World War II,” said Ohio Congressman Bob McEwen. President Ronald Reagan said “we can transcend communism.”
This officially happened first in Poland which was the first formed non-communist government in the region in decades. Hungary followed. Then came more peaceful transitions from communist party rule in Central and Eastern Europe in the second half of 1989. The official demolition of the Berlin Wall was on June 13,1990 (completed in November 1991). Lech Walesa became president of Poland on Dec. 22, 1990 representing Solidarity candidates.
“The Berlin Wall dividing East and West (came down when) young people recognized that free markets were best… Freedom is never free. It never sleeps.”
Congregation Questions to Congressman Bob McEwen:
1) Can the Attorney General of the United States overrule our Governor who
has imposed these draconian laws?
“These are acts of tyrannical power. There is nothing in the Constitution. This (upcoming) election is the most important of our lifetime. Our freedoms could evaporate in only 100 days.”
When Thomas Paine wrote Common Sense (1775-1776), he said: “These are the times that try men’s souls. Tyranny is not easily conquered. What we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly. The choice we have is victory or death.” George Washington spoke on how “our rights come from God who protects life and liberty.”
2) How do you feel about the tearing down of our community monuments. Is it ethical?”
“God made us all equal. Remember, slavery was universal. Slavery has been an
anathema to our nation. But it was Democrats in the South who looked at skin color and denied people rights. It took over 100 years. We can’t blame America. It was one political party (the Democrats).”
3) How can our voices be heard to stand up for our president and to stand up for our Republic?
“This is an unique opportunity. We have 100 days to save this Republic. The enemies of the Republic have exposed themselves. The world is looking for America to lead. The media has exposed itself. Higher education has exposed itself.”
“A constitutional Republic only survives when moral people participate,” said Pastor Rob McCoy. Apathy is only the consent to be enslaved. Just in California, we have 15.2 million evangelicals, but only half of those are registered, and only half of that group even votes. Go register and vote. You can only vote yourself into socialism. You can only shoot yourself out.”
Pastor McCoy stated that he looked at candidates and asked three questions:
- Where do they stand with life issues?
- Where do they stand with Israel?
- Where do they stand with religious liberty?
“The church is to a place of liberty. Christ came to set people free,” said Pastor McCoy. The church service ended with Congressman Bob McEwen leading the congregation in singing “God Bless America.”
There was joyous singing in the church today.
Protest photos by citizen reporter, Beverly Wurts. Ms Wurts reported that there were five protesters against the church, eight in support.
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].