The Christian community in Vallejo, California, situated just north of San Francisco on San Pablo Bay, is learning from experience what spiritual warfare looks like when worldviews clash.
The flare up began in late November when the liberal NY Times published an interview by gay reporter Kemble Scott (aka Scott James) with the city’s African American Mayor Osby Davis. Asked about homosexuality, Davis, a member of the Assemblies of God, paraphrased a passage from 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 and in the process predictably angered some of Vallejo’s homosexual community. Davis was already a target of the gay community because he’d narrowly defeated an openly gay opponent in the mayor’s race. Some believe the “story” by Scott was a set up to entrap Davis to settle old political scores, not because of “homophobia”.
Apparently after listening to the entire tape, a Vallejo Times editorial quickly chastised the New York Times calling the hit job “unfair to Davis and unfair to Vallejo”.
But Pastor Danny Jefferson (right front of photo below) of Rehobeth World Outreach Center COGIC successfully rallied Vallejo’s faith community behind the mayor. At a recent packed city hall meeting he declared Vallejo a “City of God”. Homosexual activists outside the meeting (led by gay christian activist Lou Burdisso) were outraged and pledged to fight back. [story and video via KTVU]
Via an email to supporters prior to the rally, Jefferson said the gay community was not their enemy and that their goal for the city was peace and support of the mayor.
“As the Faith Community, we come in peace and in a spirit of reconciliation. Our full purpose is to allow Jesus Christ to be uplifted in our city and show His love in action! No matter what we may be confronted with by the LGBT protesters on Tuesday evening, we want to remain in control of ourselves – being loving and peaceful at all times! It is critical for us to understand that the Gay and Lesbian community are our: brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, relatives, co-workers and friends. They ARE NOT our enemies! (Ephesians 6:12) It is Satan who has blinded the minds of these precious people who Christ died for. (2 Corinthians 4:1-6) But God has given to each of us the ministry of reconciliation that He may reconcile the WORLD through us! (2 Corinthians 5:18-21)”
Jefferson represents a new contingent of COGIC/pentecostal ministers who see tackling social justice issues —unapologetically— as a integral component of their “salt of the earth” perspective. This past July, Jefferson along with other Bay Area pastors hosted the Transformation Experience San Francisco, an event designed to lift up a “canopy of prayer” and righteousness over one of America’s most saturated principalities.
Meanwhile, the Christian community in Vallejo will need your prayers and support. Besides accusing Davis of violating the disembodied liberal heresy of “separation of church and state”, gay activists have already begun reaching into San Francisco for additional firepower. Gay clerics like Cecil Williams found time to fume publicly. From MSNBC:
“I’m Cecil Williams and I am pissed!”
This was how Rev. Williams of Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco greeted volunteers — many of them attending a conference for lesbian and gay politicians which begins in San Francisco today –who had gathered in Glide’s lunchroom to help with food distribution at Thursday’s lunch service.
“I’m pissed at the Mayor of Vallejo, California,” Williams explained to a smattering of applause and cheers. “I will not let him define who I am with [nor] whether I’m going to heaven or hell. He cannot determine my destiny nor yours either.”
No, Osby Davis cant determine anyone’s destiny and there’s no indication he was attempting to do so. And that’s where people like Williams become blind leaders of the blind. Williams, like most in the gay christian movement have long since become blind and deaf to the reality of God’s Word. While it may or may not be appropriate for Mayor Davis to express such truths, nevertheless the truth isnt going away. No one who practices unrighteousness will inherit the kingdom of God.