California pastor urges worshipers to recall ‘immoral’ government Newsom | Politics News
Weeks before the California governors’ recall election, a well-known California pastor is calling on his church faithful to vote in favor of the impeachment of Gov. Gavin Newsom.
In an August 1 sermon, Greg Fairrington, the pastor of Destiny Christian Church in Rocklin, advised the public at his mega-church to “do your job as Christians” and “vote yes on recalling a immoral governor “on September 14. His request was met with cheers from the public.
“Do your job,” he said. “Use your voice. Use your influence.”
In the upcoming recall elections, voters will decide whether they want to remove Newsom, a Democrat, from office before his term expires next year.
In a statement to the Sacramento Bee, Fairrington said he believed “the policies and policies of the governor have continually contradicted the Word of God and have been in opposition to the millions of Christians in California.”
Under federal law, religious leaders who support or oppose candidates for political office on behalf of their churches run the risk of losing their organization’s tax-exempt status. But church leaders can make such personal approvals or objections public.
“My comments on the recall do not support a candidate but rather highlight Governor Newsom’s unfortunate actions which have traumatic consequences for families, schools, communities and the church,” Fairrington added. “This is not a political matter, but a moral one, and it is the responsibility of the church to our community to preach what Ephesians 5:11 says:” Do not take part in the fruitless works of darkness, but expose them. rather. “
After winning the 2018 California gubernatorial election by more than 20 percentage points and garnering nearly 3 million more votes than his Republican opponent, Newsom was quickly criticized by conservatives for passing progressive legislation.
Newsom’s signing of a bill requiring colleges to offer abortion pills on campus was strongly rejected by conservative and religious communities.
Dissatisfaction with Newsom has increased as the coronavirus pandemic has erupted in the United States. Newsom has imposed restrictions on in-person worship services, which many pastors and churches have challenged in court or refused to obey. As Newsom reimposed worship restrictions last summer amid an increase in coronavirus cases, Fairrington was one of the pastors who indicated he plans to defy the restrictions.
“I believe my mandate as a pastor is to obey the Word of God,” Fairrington said at the time. “And part of what we do is worship together as a church. We are not going to allow our government to use data that is not supported by the facts to shut down the church. “
The recall effort accelerated when photographs surfaced of Newsom dining near lobbyists at an upscale restaurant, even though he had asked Californians to stay home and avoid travel before Thanksgiving and Christmas. Less than six months after the November dinner, California Secretary of State Shirley Weber announced that supporters of the recall had gathered enough signatures to force a recall election.
In addition to voting on the recall, California voters will have the option of choosing who they want to replace Newsom as governor, whether or not they vote to recall him. If the recall receives majority support from the California electorate, the replacement candidate with the most votes will replace Newsom as governor.
With less than six weeks to go, two of the most recent polls predict different results from the recall election.
A poll conducted by Survey USA this week found that 51% of Californians would vote to remove Newsom from office while 40% would vote to keep him in office. In this particular poll, a plurality of Californians (27%) would choose another Democrat, YouTube personality and real estate agent, Kevin Paffrath, as their replacement candidate. Meanwhile, 23% would choose conservative talk show host Larry Elder.
Another poll, conducted by Emerson College last weekend, found 48% of Golden State residents would vote to keep Newsom in power while 46% would vote to remove him. Twenty-three percent of Californians would choose Elder to replace Newsom, making him the most popular candidate in this poll.
Regardless of what happens in the recall election, a regular gubernatorial election will be held in California in November 2022. The winner of that election will serve a four-year term.
Newsom is the second governor of California in the past two decades to face a recall election. Democratic Governor Gray Davis was recalled in 2003, shortly after winning a second term. He was replaced by actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who served as governor until 2011.
Ryan Foley is a reporter for the Christian Post. He can be contacted at: [email protected]