A Oklahoma Free Will Baptist Pastor and former leader of the Oklahoma 2nd Amendment Association, Tim Gillespie has shared the resolution below.
Abolition Resolution unanimously adopted last week at the state meeting of the Oklahoma Association of Free Will Baptists:
WHEREAS, God’s Word clearly declares that all human life is a sacred gift from our sovereign God and that His Law is supreme over mankind and man’s law, and therefore that all abortion is wrong and usurps God’s sovereignty; and,
WHEREAS, since Roe v. Wade, 60 million innocent unborn babies have been legally murdered in the United States and approximately 5,000 innocent unborn babies are legally murdered in Oklahoma every year; and,
WHEREAS, government is not instituted to grant rights but to protect our unalienable, God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as recognized in the Declaration of Independence and Article 2, Section 2 of the Oklahoma Constitution; and,
WHEREAS, traditional pro-life laws do nothing to abolish abortion and, in fact, merely establish regulatory guidelines for how to obtain a legal abortion and, in so doing, simply facilitate the murder of innocent unborn children; and,
WHEREAS, Roe v. Wade will never be overturned unless a state enacts a law abolishing human abortion; therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the Oklahoma Association of Free Will Baptists, call upon the Legislature, Governor, and Attorney General of Oklahoma to pass, sign, and enforce legislation abolishing the practice of human abortion at all gestational stages and for all reasons in Oklahoma.
Just sent this message to the Oklahoma legislators to do their duty and pass SB13, which would liberate Oklahoma from blood guiltiness, establish justice, and abolish abortion in their state.
Dear Honorable Legislators,
The Lord richly bless you! This note is a reminder that you are not to carry the sword of justice in vain. Our nation violated the right to liberty that led to a civil war and we still suffer to this day for our national sin that brought national calamity. We have for the last 46 years violated the right to life, without which, no other right can be passed to our posterity.
Roe vs. Wade revoked our national covenant of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness granted by our Creator and replaced it with a covenant of death. This has produced a culture of death savaging our nation while we stagger under the weight of blood guiltiness. To avert the just judgment of God upon this nation, we must repent as a people.
The Federal government violated their sacred trust, which is to use their lawful authority to protect life and stop the shedding of innocent blood. Our nation has been defending the indefensible ever since. The State of Oklahoma has a chance to right the wrong, end the injustice, and return to the lawful jurisdiction of a just government, which according to Thomas Jefferson is as follows, “The care of human life and not its destruction is the one and only object of good government.”
During this American holocaust, there has not be one state, civil magistrate, or government official that has done their duty to rein in the insanity, lawlessness and perverted iniquitous decrees of our Supreme Court. I say this to our collective shame and national disgrace. America did not exchange a monarchy for an oligarchy, who rule as a law unto themselves with no accountability or checks and balances.
The Supreme Court has produced evil social transformation without any representation and each state has bowed and kissed their tyrannical ring. We all sing the same worn out tired song, “The Supreme Court has ruled and all we can do is obey.” This is a lie! It flies in the face of the Bible, history, and our Founding Documents. No where in the Constitution do we give an oath to make a suicide pact with the Supreme Court.
At our founding, our Founding Fathers gave us a Representative Republic based upon Federalism. It was the states that created the federal government with enumerated and limited powers and not the federal government that establish the states. The hierarchy of authority was We the People, the States, and last of all, the Federal Government. Rulers governed by the consent of the governed. This was a novel idea in world history. Since the Civil War and Reconstructionism, however, our government structure has been turned upside down. Today, the hierarchy of authority is the Federal Government, the States, which have become mere provinces of Washington DC, and lastly, We the People.
Due to the Supreme Court writing powers unto themselves forbidden by the Constitution and exploiting the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, our nation has arrived at this pathetic state. This leads to the importance of state’s rights and the doctrine of the Lesser Magistrate.
Its understanding and implementation has vital importance to secure a future and a hope for our people. The Lesser Magistrate Doctrine teaches that when the superior or higher-ranking civil authority (Federal Government, specifically, the Supreme Court) makes immoral, unjust, and unconstitutional laws or policies, the lower or lesser ranking civil authority (Governors, State Legislators, Sheriffs, Chief of police, etc.) have both a right and duty to refuse obedience to that superior authority. If necessary, the lesser authorities may even actively resist the higher authority.
This doctrine is not new. It was even upheld by pagans in antiquity. “Use this sword against my enemies, if I give righteous commands; but if I give unrighteous commands, use it against me” (Roman Emperor Trajan). It was formalized as a Christian doctrine by the pastors in Magdeburg Germany on April 13th, 1550 AD. It is called “The Magdeburg Confession.” This doctrine influenced other Reformers like John Knox from Scotland. He wrote a treatise to the Scottish Nobles to resist the tyranny of the King of England. It is called the “Appellation to the Nobility and Estates of Scotland.” In this important historical work, Knox cited over 70 passages of Holy Scripture to prove the doctrine to be sound in Holy Writ.
Closer to home, I had the honor to serve our country with the 101st Airborne Division from 1974-1975. We were drilled to obey all lawful orders, even to the point of death, if need be. Conversely, we were also drilled that we were not to obey unlawful orders that could lead to war related atrocities. This is a part of our American DNA. Without this understanding of the Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrate there is no America and we are a rogue nation that is in rebellion against England to this day.
I call upon the legislators of Oklahoma to be strong and of a good courage. You have a bill SB13 that passes Biblical muster, historical muster, and Constitutional muster. It is time to obey God rather than man. You can either continue to appease evil or you can establish justice. Just know, you will stand before God on that great day to give an account for the discharge of your duty. I beg you by all that you hold sacred to lead Oklahoma to break this covenant with death, establish justice, and end the suffering and injustice committed against preborn children who are made in the image of God in the state of Oklahoma.
IN KING JESUS’ SERVICE,
Rev. Rusty Lee Thomas National Director, Operation Save America
Governor Kevin Stitt ran as a political outsider and was perceived as someone not interested in playing political games. Currently State Senate Leadership and namely Senate Pro-Tem Greg Treat are playing political games with the lives of thousands of innocent preborn Oklahomans. Treat and company refuse to allow SB 13 (The Oklahoma Abolition of Abortion Act) a hearing or a vote. Senator Treat as Pro-Tem and Senate Floor Leader Kim David have the authority to bring SB 13 to the Senate Floor for a vote anytime.
Senate Pro-Tem Greg Treat Senate Floor Leader Kim David
Governor Kevin Stitt recently used his authority, utilizing the bully pulpit, conducting a public press conference and other avenues to let the state legislature know in no uncertain terms to pass and send Constitution Carry to his desk. Constitution Carry passed shortly after and recently was signed into law by Governor Stitt as the first piece of legislation to receive his signature.
Governor Stitt Signs Constitution Carry Into Law
It is incumbent upon all who believe life is precious to contact the Governor ASAP and urge him to pull out the bully pulpit once again in order to insure the passage of SB 13 and bring Oklahoma’s Holocaust of the preborn to an end! The Governor must conduct a press conference for SB 13 and if necessary, refuse to sign legislation from Senators Treat and David until they get out of the way and do their duty!
President Trump has stated that life begins from conception. The President has indicated the States should be able to end the Holocaust of the pre-born.
As Governor you have sworn to uphold the Oklahoma and U.S. Constitutions which safeguards and guarantees the protection of life and liberty to all our citizens.
Now is the time to defy Roe. This is not secession as some illiterates would have you believe. It is simply upholding your oath of office and doing your job.
You swore an oath before God and man to uphold our Constitutions, not court opinions.
Interpose now for the innocents being slaughtered on your watch!
I implore you to use your bully pulpit with Senate Leadership which is stalling SB 13, such as you used to bring Constitution Carry to your desk!
Governor Stitt signs Constitutional Carry (photo courtesy of Aaron Brilbeck with News9)
Governor Kevin Stitt has signed his first bill into law, applying his signature to House Bill 2597 (“Constitutional Carry”) a short while ago at a bill signing ceremony at the State Capitol.
Below is the press release from the Senate following passage, and underneath are comments from State Rep. Sean Roberts and State Sen. Nathan Dahm (all were sent before Governor Stitt signed the measure):
Senate sends constitutional carry bill to governor’s desk
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday sent the constitutional carry bill to the governor’s desk. House Bill 2597, authored in the Senate by Majority Floor Leader Kim David, was approved with a bipartisan vote of 40-6.
Permits Oklahomans age 21 and older to carry a firearm without a permit.
Permits veterans, active duty, and reserve military age 18 and over to carry without a permit.
Prohibits felons and those with domestic violence convictions or who have been adjudicated as having a mental illness from carrying a firearm.
Additionally, the bill maintains current protections allowing private property owners to prohibit firearms from being carried onto their property. The bill also maintains the ability of higher education institutions to set their own policies regarding the carrying of firearms on campuses.
Upon the governor’s signature, Oklahoma would become the 16th state to allow constitutional carry. The citizens of the 15 states where constitutional carry is allowed can carry without a permit in Oklahoma. Bordering constitutional carry states include Kansas, Arkansas, and Missouri.
“This is great legislation that enhances and strengthens both Second Amendment rights and private property rights of Oklahomans. This bill also grants the same rights and trust to Oklahomans that the citizens of 15 other states have had in our state for years. I appreciate the members of the Senate for sending this measure to the governor’s desk and look forward to it being signed into law,” said David, R-Porter.
“Second Amendment rights and property rights are not mutually exclusive, and this bill strikes the right balance to strengthen and enhance both rights of Oklahoma citizens. I congratulate Senator Kim David on all of her hard work in getting this bill through the legislative process and look forward to it gaining the governor’s signature,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City.
Rep. Sean Roberts Comments on Signing of Constitutional Carry Law
OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Sean Roberts, R-Hominy, commented today on Gov. Stitt’s signing of House Bill 2597, otherwise known as constitutional carry:
“Law-abiding citizens should have the ability to exercise their Constitutional right to carry firearms without government interference. Passing Constitutional carry has been one of my priorities for several years, and I’m pleased my colleagues in the Senate overwhelmingly voted to uphold the Second Amendment rights of Oklahoma’s citizens. I am grateful to Governor Stitt for his strong support of this bill and his willingness to address this important issue and I look forward to continuing the fight to uphold our Constitutional rights.”
Senator Dahm comments on passage of Constitutional Carry Bill
On Wednesday, the Oklahoma State Senate passed House Bill 2597, which would restore 2nd Amendment Rights for law-abiding Oklahomans by enacting Constitutional Carry in Oklahoma. Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, released the following statement regarding passage of the measure.
“The core function of government should be protecting fundamental rights. It is encouraging to see the legislature pass bills that restore our rights. This has been an effort over many years, and I’m extremely thankful for all those who boldly led the charge to restore our rights and appreciate all those who finally voted for this bill.”
Sen. Dahm’s response to questions regarding whether Gov. Stitt would sign the legislation –
“There is a renewed energy at the Capitol with the leadership we have seen from Governor Stitt. It’s encouraging to finally have a Governor who has shown leadership and a desire to defend the rights of the people. I look forward to the Governor having the opportunity to sign legislation restoring fundamental rights as his first bill signed into law. And I look forward to working with him and his administration for years to come to set Oklahoma on a path for future generations to benefit from in every area.”
HB2597 would keep the existing licensing option for those who choose to use that path and would also create the ability for law-abiding citizens 21 and up or military members 18 and up to legally carry a firearm for self-defense without that requirement. Thirteen other states have already enacted Constitutional Carry laws with South Dakota passing it just last month. Oklahoma law currently allows the citizens of those states to exercise their Constitutional Carry rights in Oklahoma and HB2597 would extend that same right to law-abiding Oklahomans as well.
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Today, Senator Casey Murdock of Felt joined Senators Nathan Dahm, Mark Allen, and Mark Scott as Co-Authors to Senator Joseph Silk’s SB 13 (The Oklahoma Abolition of Abortion Act). Senator David Bullard is also said to become a Co-Author.
SB 13 recognizes that life begins from the moment of conception and will criminalize abortion as murder.
Senator Murdock and other Senators also joined Senator Silk who penned a letter calling President Donald Trump and US Attorney General William Barr to meet with Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt regarding SB 13 which would establish the most pro-life precedent of any state in the nation.“
We encourage other Oklahoma State Senators who claim to be “Pro-Life” to Co-Author SB 13, to put up or shut up. SB 13 is currently being held up by so call “Pro-lifers”, Senate Pro-Tem Greg Treat and Senator Jason Smalley, Chair of The Health and Human Services Committee where the bill is in.
At Tuesday’s Capitol Rally in OKC, 800-1000 people gathered to call our legislators and governor to criminalize abortion as murder. I was able to join courageous men and woman including SB 13 Author Joseph Silk in delivering speeches to call for the Abolition of the child sacrifice of pre-born Oklahomans.
Here is the speech I delivered with extra language added:
“Never do you play God and intentionally take innocent life!
In the midst of Oklahoma’s holocaust, excuses why abortion shouldn’t be criminalized and abolished are no stranger.
It may come as a surprise that these excuses come not from those who champion the cold blooded murder of Oklahoma’s pre-born neighbors, but “pro-life” professing legislators and proponents.
One excuse, “Well, what in the case of rape?” Why would you murder the child for the crime of the father?
Ezekiel 18:20 tells us: “The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.”
To address another straw man often borrowed from promoters of child sacrifice, “What about in the extremely rare case of the life of the mother, such as an ectopic pregnancy?” If immediate danger is present, the child could be delivered early and the doctor do everything in their power to save the child. There have been many reports of successful ectopic pregnancies. Two obstetricians in New York, Drs. Hillman and Simon published details on 316 ectopic pregnancies resulting in live birth between 1809 and 1935, while only half of the children survived their first week, these births occurred long before NICU.
Former Surgeon General C. Everitt Koop said, “Protection of the life of the mother as an excuse for an abortion is a smoke screen. In my 36 years in pediatric surgery, I have never known of one instance where the child had to be aborted to save the mother’s life.”
Exceptions in statutes always lead to the death of a child. Any law which basically ends with “then you can kill the child” is a bad law. It flies in the face of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitutional provision in the 14th Amendment and God’s enduring command, “Thou shalt not murder.”
Do regulatory abortion measures, that supposed “pro-life” advocates promote, really protect life? Dr. James Dobson was once asked if partial birth abortion bans saved any babies. His response after pondering for a bit was “no.”
The reality is that the child will be murdered earlier on.
What does our God think about our middle-of-the-road regulations that do nothing but to insure another 5000 of our pre-born neighbors are butchered in Oklahoma?
Jesus says in Revelation 3:15-16: “I know all things that you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other, but since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot or cold, I will spit you out” There is no middle ground in Oklahoma’s holocaust. People often tell me “I’m pro-life, but…” You either embrace the culture of death or you don’t.
Please don’t be the person giving account before God someday saying “well, I opposed completely ending the murder of unborn children, but I supported efforts which supposedly saved some.”
Ladies and Gentlemen, the time for justice is always now. Let us implore our magistrates (legislators) and servants of God to interpose and rescue the 5000 children being led to the slaughter annually in Oklahoma.
Governor Kevin Stitt, Senator Greg Smalley, Pro Tempe Greg Treat, Speaker Charles McCall, Senators, and Representatives, it is incumbent upon you to do everything in your power to insure the passage of SB 13 which will criminalize abortion as murder and end the premeditated cold blooded murder of the most innocent among us.
Proverbs 24:11-12: Rescue those being led to death. Hold back those staggering to slaughter. If you say, ‘but we knew nothing about this,’ does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?””
President Pro Tem Greg Treat is in charge of the Oklahoma Senate. He has the authority to bring SB13 (The Oklahoma Abolition of Abortion Act” to a vote on the senate floor. Urge him to do exactly that.
Those who esteem the sanctity of life, and, therefore, fight for the right to life, have a chance tochange the world this year, and as Governor Stitt might put it, the change can begin “RIGHTHERE, RIGHT NOW!” Senator Joseph Silk has authored Oklahoma Senate Bill 13, which wouldabolish legal abortion in Oklahoma. It is long past time to end the travesty of abortion, whichhas slaughtered millions of innocent human lives and set into motion many far-reachingconsequences. Such consequences include the decimation of our native population – with far-reaching consequences of its own, and the decimation of our nation spiritually. We now haveelected Democrat officials – such as Virginia State Delegate Kathy Tran – calling for thelegalization of infanticide. We who fight for life would love nothing better than to see anOklahoma law abolishing abortion be the one tested in a conservative United States SupremeCourt, and thereby become the basis for overturning Roe v. Wade. Please join the battle to pass and enact SB13. The first important step toward that end would befor you to visit, phone or write PAPER letters to Senate Majority Floor Leader Kim David (phone:405-521-5590) and Senate President Pro-Tempore Greg Treat (405-521-5632) asking them toreconsider and reverse their decision to double-assign the bill to the Appropriations Committee.Ask them to remove this assignment to the Appropriations Committee, and leave the billproperly assigned just to its standing committee, the Health and Human Services Committee. Ithas already been assigned to that Committee, where it would now have to pass just to begin adifficult journey through the Appropriations Committee, whose Chairman is likely unfriendly tothe bill. This double-assignment creates a second, unnecessary and high hurdle to the chancesof the bill ever receiving a vote on the floor of the Senate.Secondly it is also time to visit, phone or write PAPER letters (come on, you can afford a stamp –emails are probably the least effective way of contacting legislators) to the members of theSenate Health and Human Services Committee, asking them to support and vote for SB13 intheir Committee. This Committee could hear the bill as early as next Monday afternoon. As greatas attending the big rally to support the bill planned for February 12 at the Capitol might be,without your support NOW SB13 might have already died in committee Monday afternoon, inwhich case the rally might be just a moot point. First contact the Chairman of this Committee,Jason Smalley (405-521-5547) and its Vice-Chairman Greg McCortney (405-521-5541), and letthem know why passage of SB13 is important and asking them to let it be heard and to vote forit. Next, please contact the rest of the committee members to tell them why it is important, andask them to vote for it. Other than the Chair, Vice-Chair and Senator Silk, here are the othermembers of the Health and Human Services Committee:Senator Bill Coleman (405-521-5581)Senator Julie Daniels (405-521-5634)Senator Carri Hicks (405-521-5543)Senator Allison Ikley-Freeman (405-521-5600)Senator Adam Pugh (405-521-5622)Senator Paul Rosino (405-521-5618)Senator Paul Scott (405-521-5522)Senator Frank Simpson (405-521-5607)Senator Rob Standridge (405-521-5535)Senator George Young (405-521-5580) Thank you for joining in the fight to preserve our First Liberty: the God-given RIGHT TO LIFE!