CA Pastor Talks Politics for the First Time to Defend Gospel: State Legislators Take Notice

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For the past 28 years, as pastor of Water of Life Community Church, Dan Carroll watched the California legislature enact laws that negatively impacted his community. Although troubled, he never shared his concerns publicly with his congregation. Pastor Carroll’s passion was ministry, not politics. But this year his attitude changed with the introduction of AB 2943, a bill that undermines the ability of the church to share the Gospel with those struggling with same sex attractions or gender confusion.

Several months ago, Pastor Carroll took the plunge and told his Fontana, California, church of 7500 about AB 2943. To his surprise, that decision led to a one-on-one meeting at the state capitol with the chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus and AB 2943 author, Assemblyman Evan Low. Not only did the two have a thoughtful discussion about the bill, but Low agreed to delay final votes on the bill until after the July recess. Yesterday, Pastor Carroll released details of his venture into politics in a letter he wrote to California pastors, explaining his decision and encouraging them to follow his lead.

“Water of Life seeks to bring hope, healing, and transformation to individuals through the power of the Gospel, including those who struggle with same sex attraction and gender confusion,” wrote Pastor Carroll. “This [bill] is a direct threat to the religious freedom of Christian counselors, ministries, and churches. And it is also a direct threat to the freedom of individuals facing unwanted attractions or identity confusion to find help from a licensed counselor or support group. I could not sit silently by and watch this bill pass.”

The letter explains how Pastor Carroll asked his congregation to call their state representatives to express opposition to AB 2943. (see church website on the topic) He happened to be taking his church through a sermon series on the life of Daniel at the time. “Rarely have we been outspoken in the political arena,” Pastor Carroll told his congregation. “But there comes a time when we must take a stand, just as Daniel did when confronted by King Nebuchadnezzar.”

Soon after making his plea to his congregation, he got a call from his member of the State Assembly, Eloise Reyes. Her call was prompted by 3000 people from his church that contacted her office. Reyes expressed concern that so many people in his church were upset with her.

“After an hour plus conversation in Assemblywoman Reyes’ office, I was invited by her to go to Sacramento to meet with Assemblyman Evan Low, the author of AB 2943, to discuss our strong concerns with the bill,” Pastor Carroll wrote. “The whole experience has been way out of my comfort zone, but it has shown me that if we get involved, and walk this out thoughtfully and kindly, we can make a huge difference in our state and help stop legislation that undermines our ability to share the Gospel.”

Pastor Carroll ended his public letter pleading with pastors to end their silence.

“I am writing this letter to encourage you to get involved, while we still have a voice in the State of California,” Carroll pleads. “Obviously, I believe I have made a mistake by not speaking up sooner. My church, like yours, has a voice in our community and your state representatives need to hear from you and your congregation. The time to sit by and hope someone else is going to speak up is over.”

Go to this link to read Pastor Carroll’s letter for yourself. Please share it with your pastor in hopes he will be inspired by Pastor Carroll’s example.

Make sure to call your state Senator and Assembly member’s offices before they return on August 6 from their summer recess.
Go to ab2943.com for action steps and bill information.

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  2. We are praying for you and all the young people who need help… thank you for stepping out of your comfort zone and as always doing it out of love for people!

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  3. California law makers never cease to amaze me @ the junk they try to pull. Another good reason why I left the state years ago. Praying for You Pastor Dan & all Californians.
    Athens,Texas

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  4. I wish our pastors and their congregants would speak up more often! I am including myself as well. We need to pay attention and thankfully we have California Family doing the heavy lifting for us. If we all signed up for their emails, we would realize that it is imperative for us to make our voices heard, so we can be the salt and light that God calls us to be. Many liberals only know of Christians/Christianity from a negative standpoint. If we interact with them in a positive, loving way, we will change hearts and minds. (-:

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  5. Pastor Dan, Thank you for getting your congregation involved in politics. Did you know that Ca. has the second largest number of evangelicals who don’t vote? That is stunning to me. Just image if all pastors would educate their congregation of the importance of praying and acting – registering to vote and voting. We could turn the tide in Ca. if everyone voted in the general election this November. I pray many, many other pastors will follow your example. You are the light in the forest. God bless you and all who follow you.

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  6. Thank you so much for taking on this incredibly important fight. I just emailed my Asseblyman and Senator:
    Senator Hertzberg,
    I am contacting you regarding our Constitutionally protected rights of Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion. Assembly bill AB-2943 blatantly and egregiously infringes on both of these extremely important rights. Just as many pay for therapy services to assist them in embracing their same-sex attractions, someone who has moral or religious convictions that make them want to fight those feelings has every RIGHT to seek out and pay for that type of therapy and service. The only way for someone like that to find and compare those available services to assist them in their CHOICE of how to handle their sexual feelings and to select the ones they think will be best for them is if those services are advertised. The people and places offering those services must be able to OPENLY advertise them whether for free or for sale. AB-2943 would prevent those offering this type of help from advertising and promoting those services so they can be found. Therefore, I am urging you to Vote “NO” on this bill and show that you believe in and will defend our Rights and Freedoms. I will be watching and sharing with the world whether or not Senator Hertzberg Defends our Rights and Freedoms or believes in Limiting and Revoking them instead.

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  7. To clarify, Pastor Danny did say to call if you oppose or if you agree, so it wasn’t just one sided in reference to calling.
    Love him and his family, they stand for what’s right and helping others

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  8. God Performed another miracle by this bill being pulled. Prayer works! Praise God!!! We are going to be praying for you without ceasing and with supplication Pastor Dan! We will also be praying for God’s Protection over Evan Low. As well as no backlash or retaliation for pulling the bill. We are in Awe of You Lord! We Praise and Thank You!
    -doTK

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  9. Thank you Pastor Danny for stepping out and saying what so many of us want to but are not sure how. I pray that other pastors will follow and do the same. We can’t keep sitting back and letting the politicians make decisions that are leading this country so far away from God. Praise God and thank you for speaking out for what so many of us believe.

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