Urgent Prayer Request

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My dad has been sued by the state for “stalking” abortionists.  It’s the most ridiculous case we’ve heard in quite a while, and it’s based on a subjective new “law” that was passed by the state on Dec. 31st, 2010 (last minute to prevent resistance) to silence the pro-life community in Charlotte.  He told me that after he read the oral argument against him – if true, he would put himself away forever.

This is a clear injustice.  We need to support him.  I was at court the last time he was tried, and he had little to no support.  This case is being tried before the Supreme Court in Raleigh, but the oral arguments are going to be heard in Charlotte at the Charlotte School of Law tomorrow (Monday, April 2nd) at 1pm.  We need overwhelm that facility with support for LIFE and be in prayer for him and the pro-life community.  The address is:  2145 Suttle Ave, Charlotte, NC 28208.

Just a little history on the issue at hand:  My dad has, for years, visited abortionists at their homes and places of work.  He kindly confronts them and informs them that they need to bring LIFE and not take it.  If they choose to continue, he flyers their neighborhood, which has proven incredibly effective for years.  Of the abortionists that he has exposed over the years, nearly every one of them is no longer doing abortions, and many of them are his personal friends with which he still communicates.  

This “stalking” law is proof that his ministry is extremely effective.  So the state is trying to connect him with Fred Phelps and other crazies that believe killing abortionists is ok.  That’s absurd (we, Christians, are called to lay our lives down, not take life).  At his trial, the judge would not allow him to submit an article he wrote condemning the actions and rhetoric of Fred Phelps and others like him.  Rather, the judge sustained the state’s false evidence trying to link the two.  They have literally tied his hands behind his back.  Their agenda is clear.

The statute states that the North Carolina General Assembly enacted a stalking statute that “permits the criminal justice system to hold stalkers accountable for a wide range of acts, communications, and conduct.” A stalker is defined specifically as, “A person [who] commits the offense of stalking if the person willfully on more than one occasion follows or is in the presence of, or otherwise harasses, another person without legal purpose and with the intent to do any of the following: (1) Place that person in reasonable fear either for the person’s safety or the safety of the person’s immediate family or close personal associates. (2) Cause that person to suffer substantial emotional distress by placing that person in fear of death, bodily injury, or continued harassment, and that in fact causes that person substantial emotional distress.”

Basically, an individual could be accused and convicted of stalking if their accuser is able to prove that they feared for their lives in some way, shape or form. In this law, subjective feelings can overrule what should be a clearly defined objective law.

“An objective law protects a country’s freedom; only a non-objective law can give a statist the chance he seeks: a chance to impose his arbitrary will—his policies, his decisions, his interpretations, his enforcement, his punishment or favor—on disarmed, defenseless victims. He does not have to exercise his power too frequently nor too openly; he merely has to have it and let his victims know that he has it; fear will do the rest.”

See my dad’s comments below and try to make it out to be a Pro-Life and Pro-JESUS presence where those who seek to silence the voices of God’s people stand in defiance against their Creator!

The appeal of my stalking charge will go before the court at the Charlotte School of Law, 2145 Suttle Avenue, Charlotte, N. C. 28208 for oral argument on April 2, 2012, at 1:00 PM. I have this uneasy but often accurate feeling we are going to lose this argument here.  Reading the state’s brief against me that I have forwarded to both of you seems to me to be a slam dunk for the state.

The Charlotte Observer shrewdly reported that this case will have national implications on the pro-life community across the nation.  I’m asking you to please be in prayer for my dad and the pro-life community for this case.  

David Benham
Cities4Life

14 Responses to “Urgent Prayer Request”

  1. Marilyn Carroll

    I have known Flip Benham since 1995 both personally and in ministry. He is a loving husband,father and grandpa. He is a minister of the gospel and a friend to many. At our national and regional events many of us have visited abortionists neighborhoods and offices to pass out flyers to ask people to pray for these abortionists and to try to persuade them to stop killing babies. Pastor Flip never stalked anyone or did anything threatening. Anyone can say they felt threatened to squelch our freedom of speech,our freedom to assemble and our freedom to distribute literature. This is America and it was founded on 1st ammendment freedoms. This law seems to have been written to take those freedoms away, which is unconstitutional. We all will be praying for the truth to prevail and true justice to be none. Isaiah 5:20 “Woe unto those that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light and light for darkness..”

  2. Irene Gifford

    The actions of Flip Benham to distribute Pro-Life literature is NOT
    harassing. He has that right under our Constitution to tell the truth
    about abortion. I shall remember Flip in my prayers tomorrow and hope
    that the court will make the right decision and not accuse Flip of
    harassment.

  3. Shelley Clegg

    I have known Flip Benham since 2005 He is a true man of God and makes his theology a biography in the streets. He is deeply dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ, there are so many scriptures to list that this man truly follows and one that sticks out to me is: Proverbs 24:11
    Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
    He is an amazing husband, father, grandpa and friend, especially in any time of need. And MANY have given witness to this. He has been there for me and my family ! PTL !
    I have personally been with him when he has visited Abortionist homes and we have handed out fliers in the neighborhoods in a Christ like manor and giving the truth in love.
    This is America that our fathers and grandfathers, brothers and sisters fought for our Freedoms. We will all be praying for the truth to prevail in JESUS NAME !

  4. Brian Cross

    I can’t even count how many non-violent agreements, pledges, and commitments I’ve had to sign over the years to participate with Pastor Flip’s events, so this is odd to the extreme to me. Does he bring tension to a hot topic? Yes! Free speech, especially that which highlights moral wrongs, will often increase the tension. But I know he is privately and publicly committed to non-violence as much as all civil rights giants typically are.

    • Shelley Clegg

      Amen Brian, So true all the non-violent agreements and pledges and commitments we have all signed every time we went out ! Your comments are ALL so TRUE Brother.

  5. Chet Gallagher

    “Blessed are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
    Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great [is] your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”
    (Mat 5:11-12)

    Rejoice, David! Rejoice saints! Yes, pray for Flip’s continued courage and Godly example…and pray, too, that the “righteousness of his cause will shine like the noonday sun.”

    But don’t fret because of evil doers and their seemingly temporary victory. Your fearless father and our bold brother will lead the charge in this fight as he has done in so many other battles! Know that those who love and serve the King, love your dad and will follow his example, even embracing future persecution with the same spirit of obeying in this command to rejoice and “having done all to stand…stand therefore.”

    Glory!!!

  6. Royce Dunn

    To the court of jurisdiction regarding the “stalking charge” against Rev. Flip Benham: “The hope of a secure and livable world,” wrote Martin Luther King, “lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.” Rev. Flip Benham is such a nonconformist, who upholds justice, peace, and brotherhood in profound ways that today’s confused, decaying culture struggles to comprehend. Wrote Pastor Richard Exley: “Current laws, making abortion on demand legal, bear a frightening affinity with the Fugitive Slave Act. They too make ‘lawful’ what is unlawful–the taking of a human life–and forbid as ‘unlawful’ that which is right–the rescue of an unborn child.”

    Rev. Benham extols justice and mercy for all humanity, including preborn American citizens whose mutilation is anchored in and authorized by unjust law. Said Lincoln about institutional slavery, “If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.” And legal child killing is surely worse. Were he living today, preborn Americans would have a resolute and ardent defender in Abraham Lincoln. Equally ardent and resolute would be John Stuart Mill who wrote: “As long as justice and injustice have not terminated their ever renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind, human beings must be willing, when need is, to do battle for the one against the other.” As for the humanity of America’s preborn citizens, the “Father of Modern Genetics” Dr. Jerome Lejeune assured the courts of America that at conception a human being is generically complete, with nothing to be added, ever. God’s Holy Word confirmed that truth long before Dr. Lejeune extolled it, and for many centuries honorable courts and governments upheld it. Today, amidst our collapsing culture, when truth is treated as falsehood and falsehood as truth, we are graced to have men who will still sacrifice, as need be, to defend fellow citizens who are being crushed by grave inequity and injustice. And Rev. Benham is such a man. Please, please, for the sake of truth and civility, do not prosecute Rev. Flip Benham.

  7. Butch

    My heart is saddened with all you guys as you weather yet another
    broadside from the enemy of our souls. But I must also encourage
    you to be strong in the LORD! Of all the worthy servants God had
    to choose from, He honored Bro. Flip (again) to be the point man
    for Righteousness! Though the wicked have their moment to exclaim:
    “Ah HA!”, our God will ultimately have the day and declare: “HA HA!”
    Those who pervert justice must be exposed by God’s lambs. There is
    always a price! But we must never forget the PRIZE! Butch

  8. John Scherer

    The wicked will only have a false victory for a little while.

    The Court to follow, this “man court”, will correct the lies and evil with the supreme Truth!

    Man is sinful and needful of a Savior and perfect sacrifice, found only in Christ Jesus.

    I will be there in spirit Brother Flip!

  9. Richard Enrico

    Marilyn Carroll has known of my 30-year old vital ministry for the Lord.
    Fighting against ABORTION has always been my main topic.

    I’m taking my latest newsletter to my printer today. It is one that I

    know you and others will want to read. Please send me the e-mail addresses of anyone including yourself that I can send a copy.

    I know and pray that the Lord will be with Flip today.

    Richard J. Enrico, Exec. Dir.
    Foundation For Moral Restoration

  10. Marco Caiani

    As David said to Goliath, we say to the state of North Carolina,

    1 Sam 17:45-47 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47 Then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give you into our hands.”

    State of NC you might think you are an invincible giant but we come against you not in our own strength, not by might, nor by power, but by the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ in the name above all names, whose child you have defied, this day the Lord will deliver you into the hands of the children of the omnipotent God and then all this assembly shall know that the LORD does not save with sword and spear;or lawyers, for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give you into our hands.”

    Fight te good fight Flip, stand and see the victory of the Lord, and these “Egyptians” you see today tomorrow you will no longer see.

    In Him

    Marco and Joan

  11. Eva Edl

    The Flip Benham I’ve known since 1991 would give his own life to save the life of any abortionist. How could anyone feel threatened by this man?

    My love and prayers are with Flip as he faces the powers of darknes this morning in the court room.I know that he is an overcomer and will glorify Jesus even in this situation

    ” And they overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death” Rev.12:11

  12. Becky Puckett

    “Do not fret–it only causes harm.For evil doers shall be cut off; but those who wait on the LORD, . For they shall inherit the earth. “For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; Indeed you will look carefully for his place, but it shall be no more. But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes at him with his teeth. The Lord laughs at him, for he sees that his day is coming. The wicked have drawn the sword and have bent their bow, to cast the poor and needy, to slay those who are of upright conduct. Their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken……..For the arms of the wicked shall be broken but the LORD upholds the righteous.” Psalm 37:8-15,17.

    The Lord is on His throne….let all the world be silent before Him….He is Sovereign in all things…..May He receive glory through these weak jars of clay. Amen! we do overcome by the blood of the Lamb, the Word of our testimony and not loving our lives so much as to shrink from death. May all who come behind us find us faithful.

  13. Mike Warren

    I count it a great blessing to have had Flip Benham speak into my life and the lives of my family. God sends each of us a servant who exemplifies following Jesus; one whose deeds speak louder than his words. Flip’s passion for Jesus, clear testimony and appreciation of the work of the cross of Christ has impacted my life. Not just in speaking for life and showing the need for Christians to stand for Christ at abortion clinics. But in showing that to be a Christian in 21st Century America means being willing to be obedient to the Standard of Christ even when all say it is unreasonable to do so.

    Brother Flip does this with a heart and mind focused on the Scripture. Flip you have instilled in me a love for the Word of God. In all of our meetings you have also sought to rightly divide the Word and point each of us to it as our standard.

    Thank-you Flip for the true witness and minister you have allowed God to make you.

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