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November 28, 2006
A Response to ECT Light
By Pastor Ralph Ovadal, Pilgrims Covenant Church, Monroe, Wisconsin

Today, Tuesday, November 28, a coalition of pro-family/pro-life leaders issued a press release in response to Pastor Rick Warren's decision to have U.S. Senator Barack Obama speak at the Global Summit on AIDS being hosted in Warren's Saddleback Church. The very language of that document is a witness against those Protestants who have signed it. Certainly, Obama is pro-abortion; and of course, Warren, who is pro-Warren, deserves condemnation for adding this despicable action to his other despicable actions too numerous to mention in this short statement. No doubt, Warren treads underfoot the blood of the innocent preborn by promoting Obama and fellowshipping with him. He also mocks the Sixth Commandment.

However, the Protestant signers of the press release just mentioned and included below tread underfoot the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and mock the first, second, and third commandments along with the ninth and possibly the tenth in some cases. In shades of the infamous Evangelicals and Catholics Together, the signers announce "we join with one voice" in their defense of God's Word. And together "with one voice," the Catholic and Protestant signers, apparently evangelicals all, stress "the evangelical church" must be "firmly rooted in the Word of God." Certainly, the pope must be happy to see yet another vindication of the "separated brethren" strategy of Vatican II.

The signers of what can justly be called ECT Light include Catholic representatives of blatantly Roman Catholic organizations which openly and aggressively promote all manner of Romish idolatry and blasphemy. Included in that category are Judie Brown, Joe Scheidler, and Peggy Hamill. Phyllis Schlafly is just as Catholic but not as open about it. Among the many Protestant signers, there are those who openly define the pope and his religion as Christian, and then there are the much more subtle who include Roman Catholics in their ministry work but encourage those individuals to be low-key about their "doctrinal distinctives." And then there is VCY America, once flamingly ecumenical but now much more hypocritical. One can, at rare times, even hear a testimony from a former Catholic on VCY. Usually, that takes place after an open Catholic has been on, masquerading as a Christian; and thus there is a need to placate another segment of the VCY base.

These people are not ignorant of what they are doing. I have personally confronted a number of them, and others have been given my book More Than These which deals in-depth with the sin and folly of promoting the Roman Catholic Church through ecumenical ministry relationships.

As one who has also "stood uncompromisingly" against abortion, in fact, since the 1970s, I want to state "in the strongest possible terms" that I oppose the "violation of God's clear command" in 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 and elsewhere which has been committed by the Protestant signers of the statement below. I oppose their justifying of a religion which holds millions in spiritual bondage and darkness while mocking Jesus Christ and Him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2). I challenge them to repent of their ongoing betrayal of the blood and righteousness of Christ. I challenge them to repent from desensitizing the world, the Roman Catholic people, and the body of Christ to the abominable, damnable errors of Romanism. As they have stood against abortion, I challenge them to stand as openly and uncompromisingly for the faith of the gospel (Philippians 1:27) against the greatest enemy of that faith the world has ever seen, the pope and his religion. And I challenge all followers of Jesus Christ to tell the signers of ECT Light, "You cannot fight one evil while justifying another" worse evil.


Rick Warren/Barack Obama AIDS Partnership Must End, Say Pro-Life Groups

Contact: Kevin McCullough, WMCA Radio, New York City, 201-835-7803; or 
Ingrid Schlueter, VCY America Radio Network, Milwaukee, 414-881-5852

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, Nov. 28 /Christian Newswire/ -- As those who have worked to defend preborn children from the horrors of abortion in America and who have stood uncompromisingly against the legalized slaughter of an estimated 50 million Americans in the womb since 1973, we join with one voice in expressing our indignation and opposition to Rick Warren's welcoming of Senator Barack Obama to his church on December 1, 2006. Rick Warren is bringing Senator Obama to his church to speak for his Global Summit on AIDS and the church and to take an AIDS test in front of the cameras at a noon press conference.

Senator Obama comes to Rick Warren's church believing that abortion should be kept, "safe and legal". When Barack Obama campaigned for the U.S. Senate in 2004, his wife wrote a fundraising letter for him that revealed his support of partial-birth abortion. She said Obama's position is that the "partial-birth abortion ban . . . is clearly unconstitutional and must be overturned."  Support of partial-birth abortion goes a lot farther than the politicians who want abortion to be "safe and legal." Senator Obama actually supports the barbaric practice of allowing abortionists to kill babies by allowing them to be partially, born, their skulls punctured and their brains sucked out. Further, he repeatedly opposed an anti-infanticide bill in the state of Illinois that only passed after he left. Killing a child at any stage of life is a violation of God's clear command, "Thou Shall Do No Murder". In addition,Obama's solution to the growing AIDS crisis has been and continues to be the widespread distribution of condoms, not chaste behavior as directed by the Bible.

In the strongest possible terms, we oppose Rick Warren's decision to ignore Senator Obama's clear pro-death stance and invite him to Saddleback Church anyway. If Senator Obama cannot defend the most helpless citizens in our country, he has nothing to say to the AIDS crisis. You cannot fight one evil while justifying another. The evangelical church can provide no genuine help for those who suffer from AIDS if those involved do not first have their ethic of life firmly rooted in the Word of God.   Accordingly, we call on Pastor Rick Warren to rescind his invitation to Senator Obama immediately. The millions of silent victims who have died because of the policies of leaders like Senator Obama demand a response from those who believe that life is a gift from God. The name of the seminar at which Senator Obama will be appearing is entitled, " We Must Work Together." No, Mr. Warren, Mr. Obama, we will never work with those can support the murder of babies in the womb.

Phyllis Schlafly, President and Founder, Eagle Forum

Judie Brown, President, American Life League

Tim Wildmon, President American Family Association and American Family Radio

Joe Scheidler, President, Pro-Life Action League

Cheryl Sullenger, Operation Rescue

Matt Trewhella, Missionaries to the Preborn

Brannon Howse, President, Worldview Weekend, Christian Worldview Network

Janet Folger, President, Faith2Action

Peter LaBarbera, President, Americans for Truth

Greg Cunningham, President, Center for Bioethical Reform, Lake Forest, California

Peggy Hamill, Director, Pro-Life Wisconsin

Cal Zastrow, Christian Action for the Preborn

Dr. Vic Eliason, President, VCY America Radio Network

Ingrid Schlueter, Host, Crosstalk Radio Talk Show

Kevin McCullough, Host, Musclehead Revolution, WMCA Radio

Chris Rosebrough, Capo Valley Church, San Juan Capistrano, California

Rev. Ken Silva, Apprising Ministries

Linda Harvey, President, Mission America


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This web site contains references to Wisconsin Christians United (WCU). That ministry, which was founded by Ralph Ovadal in 1993, has been included as a ministry of Pilgrims Covenant Church since April 1, 2005. 

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