“You shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand you still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you” (2 Chronicles 20:17).
This was the Scripture verse Flip and I chose to lead us into Orlando for this year’s OSA national event. Little did we realize how significant it would become. Historically, this passage of Scripture records a time when Israel was threatened by three pagan armies who conspired to destroy their nation. King Jehoshaphat, rightly concerned about this national threat, sought the Lord and proclaimed a fast. All of Judah gathered together to seek deliverance.
The armies facing God’s people back then were Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir. Interestingly enough, the dangers facing America are also three-fold. The exposed areas Satan is using to destroy us are child-sacrifice (the shedding of innocent blood), the homosexual agenda, and Islam. The first two abominations are the idolatrous roots, while Islam is the dangerous fruit. The left in America has been quite successful in garnering for themselves the most favored business status, abortion, the most favored class, homosexuals, and the most favored religion, Islam. According to brother Flip, their favorites, however, are nothing more than “three different colored gloves (red, pink, and black) that contain the fist of the Devil.”
Each year as we prepare to enter a city for our national event, we also recognize the need to fast and pray. The enemies of the cross are growing bolder. They are filled with fury towards anything holy, righteous, or lawful. God haters on every front seek to eradicate the influence of Christianity in order to keep their most favored bloody, perverse, and deceptive status. This year in Orlando was no different. We set aside three days to fast and pray as we sought the Lord to rescue our nation from the battle within and without. Our prayers, I’m here to report, were gloriously heard from on high and in ways we could not imagine.
Casey Anthony’s Court Trial
“And judgment is turned away backward, and justice stands afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter. Yes, truth fails; and he that departs from evil makes himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment” (Isaiah 59:14, 15).
When we chose Orlando, affairs were set in motion years ago that we had no earthly idea would come to pass during our national event in Orlando. Specifically, there were two court trials whose scheduling corresponded with our visitation. The first we became aware of was the tragic case of Casey Anthony and her murdered daughter Caylee. This particular case in Orlando started three years ago. Ironically, she was found “not guilty” and released on the same day we scheduled our Solemn Assembly.
Caylee and Esther’s Memorial Service at the Orange County Jail
The following is Flip’s account of this providential timing, “God gave us an incredible platform to connect the dots between what Cayce Anthony did to her little Caylee Marie and what mothers are doing to their children in the womb via abortion. Cayce just waited two and a half years longer to get rid of Caylee (Late-Term Abortion) than the mothers who have aborted their children. All of the eyes of the world were on the Orange County Jail as Cayce Anthony was about to be released. National and international media were everywhere. The stage was set.
Early Sunday morning, we conducted a funeral service at the Orange County Jail for little baby Esther, a child aborted by her mother and father. We then held an open casket viewing of this precious little baby girl. Though all the media was there with their huge satellite trucks, no one came. No one cared. No one wanted to see.
The Bible tells us that God is not mocked, whatsoever a man sows that shall he also reap. We are reaping a horrible harvest of violence in America today, as blood is coursing down the corridors of our schools, workplaces, and streets. If we sow bloodshed in the womb, we will reap bloodshed in the streets. To stop violence in the streets, we must first stop bloodshed in the womb.
The world did not want to see nor did it want to hear God’s message to America. But it was proclaimed from the rooftops, nevertheless.”
The media was too busy treating the symptoms of America’s injustice to report the root cause. The abortion culture has spawned incredible devastation upon the American family. It has turned formerly concerned parents into predators who prey upon their own children in order to obtain a better life. This was proudly displayed by Casey Anthony’s “Bella Vida” (the good life) tattoo. She sported this tattoo after Caylee was missing.
Millions of abortion-minded women display the same cavalier attitude when it comes to their own offspring. Children must be disposed of in order to continue the party life unhindered by parental responsibility. This is nothing less than the “all about me and I pity the fool who seeks to awake me from my deceptive selfishness” syndrome that leads to the murder of children. Flip commenting on this tragedy stated:
“Justice has failed, but judgment remains!
God’s judgment for Casey Anthony began the moment she “chose” her right to “Bella Vida” (the good life) which eclipsed little Caylee Marie’s right to any life at all. There is a law of spiritual gravity that is as absolute as the law of gravity on this earth. It applies to all people, at all places, at all times. You may disagree with it, but that does not change its absolute effect upon you.
Yes, a final judgment remains for Casey Anthony but her judgment has already begun. It is a spiritual gravity as certain and as objectively true as the physical law of gravity. “A man tormented by the guilt of murder will become a fugitive until death; let no one support him.” Proverbs 28:17. That which Casey thought was going to set her free to do whatever she wanted to do, has already become a ball and chain around her neck dragging her into the depths of despair, despond, and depression. There won’t be enough Margaritas to assuage her guilty conscience, not enough lines of cocaine she can snort, not enough relationships with other men, not enough hours on a psychiatrist’s couch, not enough money, not enough education, not enough fame, not enough Zoloft or Prozac, to make her pain go away.
The way she thought would set her free, has made her a fugitive, a slave until death. God has given us Casey Anthony to bring us into a full blown realization of what happens when a mother aborts (kills) her own child. The courts of this world may say it is legal or give one a “Not Guilty” verdict, but in God’s court the judgment has already begun.” (Editor’s note: Flip and I tried to visit Casey and minister the Gospel to her in the hopes she would recognize her wretched state, repent and find the salvation of God.)
Many were outraged by this verdict, but why should they be? Roe vs. Wade trained an entire generation with a demonic view towards life, babies, and family. The message is clear, if you cannot handle the responsibility of your actions then kill it. Now, we are upset that people are living out the lessons learned by this unjust ruling. Injustice begets more injustice. Except this time, it is spilling out of the womb in the light of day rather than hidden in American death camps that dot the landscape of our beleaguered nation.
God is going back to Church Campaign
“Stand in the gate of the LORD’s house, and proclaim there this word, and say, hear the word of the LORD, all you of Judah, that enter in at these gates to worship the LORD…If you oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your hurt: Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, forever and ever” (Jeremiah 7:2, 6, 7).
After the memorial service to honor Caylee, Esther, and all the other Caylees and Esthers killed in America, we went to the gate of the Lord’s house. One team went to an apostate “church,” the First Unitarian Church of Orlando. This was the “church” who hosted all the pro-aborts of the National Organization of Women assigned to protect the altars of Moloch from the “domestic terrorists” and the “Christian Taliban.” The NOW gang put out a national call to protect their “sacred temples” and all they could muster was a pitiful collection of aging feminists, which amounted to about 5 or 6.
Another team went to a large seeker-friendly evangelical church called, Northland. Pastor Joel Hunter, a spiritual counselor to President Obama, is the senior pastor. We set up signs, praise and worship, and passed out a flyer called, Sing a Little Louder. We came to them with a Macedonian Call, “come help us,” and to remind them of their responsibility to rescue those unjustly sentenced to death and to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves (Proverbs 24:11, 12; 31:8, 9).
“And why behold you the mote that is in your brother’s eye, but consider not the beam that is in your own eye? Or how will you say to your brother, Let me pull out the mote out of your eye; and, behold, a beam is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of your own eye; and then shall you see clearly to cast out the mote out of your brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:3-5).
That evening we conducted our Solemn Assembly. This provided us the opportunity to point the finger in the right direction and set the proper spiritual tone for the rest of the week. The following is the prayer topics we covered. Our holy desire was to meet the righteous conditions set forth in God’s word and trust that the Lord would hear from heaven, forgive or sins, and bring healing to our land (2 Chronicles 7:14).
1) The doctrine of bloodguiltiness by Rev. Rusty Lee Thomas
Scripture Reference: Psalm 106:38, “They even sacrificed their sons and daughters to demons, and shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and daughters whom they sacrificed to the idols of Caanan; and the land was polluted with the blood.”
Prayer Thought: Leading the Church in repentance for her past failures of not actively opposing the shedding of innocent blood and to rescue those unjustly sentenced to death.
2) The compromise, indifference, and apathy of the Church by Pastor Victor Morgan
Scripture Reference: Proverbs 25:26, “A righteous man who falters before the wicked is like a murky spring and a polluted well.” See also Lam. 4:12, 13.
Prayer Thought: The wicked cannot rise in power unless they first pass through the sins and compromise of the Church. A Church that has veered from or compromised the truth of God’s Word always empowers a tyrannical government and a wicked culture. God forgive us!
3) The failure of men by Doc Johnson
Scripture Reference: Psalm 78:9-11, “The men of Ephraim, being armed and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle. They did not keep the covenant of God; they refused to walk in His law, and forgot His works, and his wonders that He had shown them.”
Prayer Thought: The failure of men to fight the battle against the prevailing spirit of lust (videos, magazines, internet, etc.) that rages from within and steals our moral authority to lead courageously in our homes, churches, and communities.
4) The fear of man and a man-pleasing spirit by Ante Pavkovic
Scripture Reference: John 12:43, “For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” See also Galatians 1:10.
Prayer Thought: We have become more concerned about offending men and keeping our reputations than our fear of offending God.
5) Return to God’s Law which is the standard that is binding upon all men, at all times, and in every nation by Cal Zastrow
Scripture Reference: Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”
Prayer Thought: We are called to build our nation and its institutions upon the righteous foundations of His eternal law lest we be overtaken by wicked ideologies and our children fall prey to a profane and depraved culture.
6) The squandering of our costly, godly heritage by Rev. R.C. Sproul Jr.
Scripture Reference: Psalm 88:12, “Shall Your wonders be known in the dark? And Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?” See also Isaiah 51:1, 2.
Prayer Thought: We have disdained our godly forefathers by forfeiting their costly legacy and defrauded our children by wasting their righteous inheritance.
Weekly Street Activities
“And the lord said to the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled” (Luke 14:23).
Starting Monday morning, July 18, we organized several teams and sent them out to the highways and byways of Orlando. We had five teams cover the five death camps from Monday to Saturday morning. We had a sign team that covered major intersections throughout the city as well. There was a display team that set up at the University of Central Florida who passed out literature and engaged the students. They also set up the display in front of city hall in downtown Orlando for our special memorial service for baby Esther. Moreover, we sent out a special team that leafleted abortionists’ residences, offices, and other key locations. Needless to say, Orlando could not escape the charge God has against us for killing His babies (Hosea 4:1, 2).
Each night at our rallies, powerful messages and testimonies of divine appointments and open effectual doors of ministry were shared. Testimonies of souls surrendering their lives to Christ and families rescued at abortion mills glorified God. It was a time of refreshing and rejoicing in the presence of the Lord.
The other mission performed by OSA this year in Orlando was the Personhood petition drive to protect Florida babies in the womb by love and by law. To sweeten the deal, there were first place, second place, and third place prizes for those who gathered the most signatures. For the youngest person with the most signatures, the prize was to smash brother Flip with a pie at our Friday night rally. This honor went to little Gracia Campana. Many rejoiced as brother Flip received his just “deserts.” Altogether, OSA saints collected about one thousand signatures for the week.
The Second Court Trial
“Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner” (Proverbs 11:31).
The kingpin of the abortion industry in Central Florida is James Pendergraft. He is the one who gave the awful boast, “If the Church would stop frequenting my clinics, I’d be out of business.” Sad statement, but is it true? I suspect there is a basis to this wicked taunt. Regardless, unbeknownst to Flip and I, there was a case against him that started ten years ago. It just so happened to commence on Tuesday, July 19 at the Orlando County Circuit Court during our national event. Imagine the shock, when this notorious abortionist looked behind him in the court room and saw Flip Benham, Chet Gallagher, and me staring at him. He went over to his lawyer and complained, “The antis (Anti-abortion) are here.” His lawyer replied, “There is nothing I can do about it.”
That was not only true concerning us, but the lawyer was also hapless to help deliver Pendergraft from a civil lawsuit that plundered his abortion empire. Pendergraft was hit with 18 million in the civil suit itself and another 18 million in punitive damages, totaling over 36 million dollars.
During the trial we saw the latter part of our theme Scripture verse fulfilled in 2 Chronicles 20:17. All parties involved in this tragedy, Pendergraft, abortionist Randall Whitney, and the staff at the abortion mill scrambled to distance themselves from responsibility for failing to kill the child. She survived and as a result, they began to throw each other under the bus. This is exactly what happened to the pagan armies who threatened Israel. They eventually turned and devoured each other as Israel stood and saw the salvation of their Lord.
Brother Flip preparing the way to honor baby Esther
I will conclude this report with three special venues that took place on Friday, July 22. In the morning, we gathered at city hall to conduct our memorial service for baby Esther. As we pulled up to the area, the sights and sounds took our breath away. The pro-life display was fully set up and the praise and worship of God resounded off the downtown buildings. The presence of God energized the atmosphere. The sun was rising and its rays shined upon a church steeple mounted with a cross. We were literally standing in the shadow of the cross.
The stage was set to memorialize little baby Esther. Some young men acting as pallbearers carried the casket containing Esther. Others bore flags and were led by our bagpipe player, Nathan, who performed Amazing Grace. They escorted baby Esther to the table set up in the midst of city hall. A few men and women spoke passionately, lovingly, and firmly against the culture of death, which was responsible for Esther’s death.
“Thou dead, Esther still speaks” was the theme message (Hebrews 11:4). She has volumes to communicate to a nation staggering under the weight of bloodguiltiness and our divine purpose was to give her voice. After the speeches, folks filed by and placed flowers upon her casket, begging forgiveness for what we did and did not do for her and the nameless sons and daughters of America consumed by America’s bloodlust (Matthew 25:40, 45). May God have mercy and somehow end this holocaust without ending our nation.
Preaching at Mosque
“And Elijah came to all the people, and said, how long halt you between two opinions? If the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him” (1 Kings 18:21).
Friday afternoon, OSA Christian men experienced an old fashion Mt. Carmel showdown. We visited the largest Mosque in Orlando. This particular Mosque had been investigated for supporting the terrorist group, Hamas. Apparently to repair their image, they put together a deceptive sign campaign. Signs like, “Did you know that over 1,500,000,000 Muslims believe in Jesus?” “Truly, this nation of yours is one nation, and I am the Lord, so worship me -God (Qur’an 21:92),” “Jews, Christians and Muslims, same God- shared beliefs…let’s talk,” and, “There is only one God. Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad are messengers of God.” There were other signs as well, but you get the gist of their misleading strategy.
Our purpose was to set the record straight and dismiss the deceptive propaganda put forth by this Mosque. After dismantling and refuting their lying claims, we preached the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ and His Kingdom. It created no small stir. Cameras were running while a loud speaker with a siren blasting tried in vain to silence the truth and love of Christ.
Our message, however, was clear, “The Jesus you speak of is not the Jesus of the Bible. He is another Jesus. You are led by a different spirit and you follow a different gospel that is no gospel at all. Allah cannot save you. Muhammad cannot save you. Religion and good works cannot save you. Only the Jesus of the Bible can save you. Only God in the flesh, crucified and resurrected, can redeem your soul from hell.”
Abortionist Randall Whitney Visits our Church Service
“When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance” (Mark 2:17).
In all the years of fighting the battle against the culture of death, never did we witness a practicing abortionist visit one of our church services. That dry spell ended in Orlando at this year’s national event. Flip commenting on this incredible visit stated:
“Note this well. I have been privileged to share the Gospel of Christ with Randall Whitney on more than one occasion. He attended our last Rally session on Friday night, though most of you were unaware of his presence. He came as a guest of Mark Hall who has been sharing Christ with Randall for many years. Rusty preached that night and I know that God spoke to Randall’s heart. Please keep Randall Whitney and his wife in your prayers. Pray that God will save Him, through our wonderful Lord Jesus Christ!”
After the service, Jo Scott followed Mr. Whitney in the parking lot to witness to him. This is her account:
“I asked him what he thought of the service, he responded, ‘It was powerful.’ ‘Do you believe that Jesus died for your sins?’ I asked. He said that he didn’t believe that anyone could die for anyone else’s sins. He said that he believes in a god, but a god that is only love. I explained to him if his god loves the rapist and the raped there is no love, just chaos. Jesus loves intensely and he hates those who come against what he loves. I explained that He is always ready to forgive but he is also just and holy. Ps. 5:5, 7:11
Whitney believes in evolution so I asked him about his conscience. I explained, ‘In order for something to evolve it must have at least a cell, the conscience does not.” He agreed. Then I explained that God wrote the law on our hearts and that knowledge has no cell, or atomic weight. No scientist in the world can explain how all people everywhere innately know the difference between right and wrong. Then I explained to him that God gave him a conscience because that’s where God goes to talk to us. I looked him in the eyes and said with conviction, “That is why the first time you killed a child in his mother’s womb, you knew it was wrong.’ It was one of the few points I made with the 77 year old abortionist that he did not have an answer for, he just let it go.
He told me that the Bible says nothing about the child in the womb. I quoted Exodus 21:22, ‘If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follows: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.’
He seemed a little shocked at that, but quickly regained his composure and with a superior attitude and asked, ‘You believe in a god like that?’ I answered you bet I do. He asked me if I’ve been watching what’s going on in the world. He said that the new democratic rule was leading the world to peace. He was very excited about it. I explained that salvation will not come from legislation. It’s a free gift and it comes from Jesus.
When talking about his abortion practice he said that he believes that he is truly helping women. He says he, ‘Really loves women.’ And that he KNOWS that he is helping them. He refuses to listen to anything to the contrary. Our conversation went on for twenty minutes and what is interesting to me is he sees himself as a messiah of sorts, helping women in these tough times. But at the same time reality has smacked him upside the head lately. He slapped a woman in his office recently and he was arrested for it. He was called to testify at Scott Pendergaft’s trial this past week and he was probably the key witness to sink his colleague.
Whitney is not board certified in 7 critical fields and Pendergraft left him alone with a patient and went home. She complained that they would not give her anything for pain and then left the office, went to a hospital and delivered a child severely damaged by the botched abortion. Finally, he recently had surgery to insert a pacemaker. His whole image of himself may be
shaken and this may be an opportunity to shine the light of Jesus through the cracks in his facade.”
I know this report is lengthy, but I pray it edifies, encourages, and challenges all who read it. This is what happens when the church crosses the line of obedience and shows up at the gates of hell. They cannot prevail in Jesus name!