‘It’s Really Submitting One to Another in a Relationship’ Pastor Mark Harris Now Claims
The North Carolina pastor who ousted Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC) in the Republican Party primary for the state’s ninth congressional district says his past sermons urging wives to submit to their husbands were not about inequality.
In an interview with Roll Call, Mark Harris distanced his campaign from his views of a biblical hierarchy.
“Many marriages could save beaucoups of marriage counseling money if they would just understand; husbands love your wives even as Christ loved the church. Wives submit yourselves unto your own husbands as unto the Lord,” he said in a February, 2013 sermon.
In a November, 2014 sermon, he said wives should submit, “because the Lord ordained it.”
“So get over this inequality thing — because that’s not the point of submission,” he said.
Harris is now trying to distance himself from his hierarchy.
“I say [to the husband], ‘Here’s how this works. You’ve got to love your wife with an incredible love that can only come through Christ,’” he told Roll Call. “It’s really submitting one to another in a relationship.”
Pastor Harris would cite Ephesians 5:22 demanding that “wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.”
Dallas Theological Seminary interim chair worried about over-emphasizing women’s role in submitting.
“When you continue to emphasize wives, you sure set yourself to be saying, ‘Put up with abuse,’” she said.
This is not the first time that the congressional candidate’s views on women have come under fire.
In June, the Charlotte Observer issued an editorial on the “a bit outdated” views of the former Baptist minister.
The newspaper listed some of his “insights” from a May 2013 sermon on the “timeless principles” of “biblical womanhood.”
“Even basic things, like how to prepare a meal, how to sew on a button, how to keep a home, how to respond to a husbands, just basic things; we’ve lost them,” Harris said in the sermon.
“What is at the core of what you were created to be?” he asked. “A supporter, a nurturer, a caregiver. Ladies, listen, that’s your essential calling by God.”
Responding to the Charlotte Observer, Harris advisor Andy Yates claimed the sermon honored Mother’s Day.
“Almost to a person every mom in the 9th District … would agree that there is no higher calling than being a mother and a wife … (or) a husband and a father,” Yates told Observer reporter Jim Morrill.
Dan McCready, the Democratic Party nominee facing Harris in the 9th district, has been campaigning hard for female voters in response to the sermons.
Mark Harris’ vision for women might have a place in history books, but it has no place in Washington. These are the stakes this November.https://t.co/bUGe2IClSJ
— Dan McCready for NC (@McCreadyForNC) July 6, 2018
As a Christian, I believe that we are all created in God’s image. That means men and women are equally valuable and equally capable. My opponent, Mark Harris, is out of step with this district and this century. https://t.co/sIkxdADhM5
— Dan McCready for NC (@McCreadyForNC) July 6, 2018
“If women are going to flex their political muscle this year, North Carolina’s 9th might be a place to do it.”
It’s not a matter of “if,” it’s a matter of when. Let’s get to work to make sure Mark Harris’ vision for women never makes it to Washington.https://t.co/56LJQ09iET
— Dan McCready for NC (@McCreadyForNC) July 8, 2018
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Catholic Archbishop Defies Vatican by Banning Speaker Nancy Pelosi From Holy Communion – via Twitter
Calling her stance on abortion a “most serious scandal,” and a “grave evil” San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone publicly announced Friday that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, whose district encompasses his diocese, is now banned from taking Holy Communion.
Archbishop Cordileone, a far right activist who repeatedly has challenged Pope Francis, is now in violation of directions from the Vatican to not politicize the Sacraments. Cordileone’s very public decree – made via Twitter – comes just weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule on a case that is expected to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“After numerous attempts to speak with Speaker Pelosi to help her understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing, an the danger to her own soul she is risking, I have determined that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion,” Cordileone tweeted, an apparent attempt to embarrass to the greatest degree possible the Democrat who is second in line to the Presidency,
After numerous attempts to speak with Speaker Pelosi to help her understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing, an the danger to her own soul she is risking, I have determined that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion. https://t.co/l7M85CyG86
— Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone (@ArchCordileone) May 20, 2022
“I am hereby notifying you that you are not to present yourself for Holy Communion and, should you do so, you are not to be admitted to Holy Communion, until such time as you publically [sic] repudiate your advocacy for the legitimacy of abortion and confess and receive absolution of this grave sin in the sacrament of Penance,” Cordileone wrote in that letter to the Speaker.
Fox News calls it “an escalation in a decades-long tension between the Roman Catholic Church and liberal Democratic politicians on abortion,” but in fact other extremist archbishops have taken the same stance against other notable Democrats.
Catholics believe the Pope is God’s infallible representative on earth. Last fall Pope Francis chastised far right Catholic bishops in America who were gearing up to ban President Joe Biden from receiving Holy Communion. In June the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) overwhelmingly voted to move toward chastising Biden for his abortion stance, despite the Vatican issuing a clear warning they were not to do so.
President Biden is a devout Catholic who personally opposes abortion but knows as President it is his role to uphold a woman’s right to choose, something has has worked strongly to support and strongly believes in.
“What must the pastor do?” Pope Francis said, The New York Times reported last September when a reporter asked him about President Biden and abortion. “Be a pastor, don’t go condemning. Be a pastor, because he is a pastor also for the excommunicated.”
“I have never refused the eucharist to anyone,” Pope Francis told reporters. The Times aded Francis said bishops should be pastors not politicians.
The Pope also told reporters, “communion is not a prize for the perfect,” and “the eucharist is not the reward of saints but the bread of sinners.”
The San Francisco Chronicle adds that Pope Francis “welcomed Biden for a private meeting at the Vatican last fall and Biden said the Pope told him he was a ‘good Catholic.’ Biden received Communion at St. Peter’s during that trip.”
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Marjorie Taylor Greene: Christians Helping Resettle Migrants and Refugees Are Controlled by ‘Satan’
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene recently sat down for an interview with far-right Catholic activist Michael Voris of Church Militant, where she declared that Christian organizations that are working to resettle undocumented immigrants and refugees in the United States are under the control of Satan.
“I thought we had a separation of church and state,” Greene sighed after Voris complained about Catholic Relief Services and other Christian organizations receiving federal funds to assist in resettlement efforts.
“What it is, is Satan’s controlling the church,” Greene declared. “The church is not doing its job, and it’s not adhering to the teachings of Christ, and it’s not adhering to what the word of God says we’re supposed to do and how we’re supposed to live.”
“We are supposed to love one another, but their definition of what love one another means, means destroying our laws,” she continued. “It means completely perverting what our Constitution says. It means taking unreal advantage of the American taxpayer. And it means pushing a globalist policy on the American people and forcing America to become something that we are not supposed to be.”
Greene then declared that the federal government should cut off foreign aid to nations from which undocumented immigrants are arriving.
“We should hold those countries accountable,” she said. “‘Oh, I’m sorry, Guatemala, you’re not getting a check this year because you’ve sent X number of thousands and tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands and millions of people to illegally invade our country as if they’re an army. They may not have guns, but they’re the numbers of a regiment of an army. We won’t be able to send you your foreign aid until you bring your people back.’”
“The bishops of Catholic relief charities and services, they should be all in support of that,” Greene declared. “If the bishops were reading the Bible and truly preaching the word of God to their flock and not covering up child sex abuse and pedophilia, loving one another would have the true meaning and not the perversion and the twisted lie that they’re making it to be.”
This article was originally published by Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.
California MAGA Candidate Claims God Will Commit Voter Fraud on Her Behalf to Help Her Win
On Thursday, Rachel Hamm, a Republican candidate for secretary of state in California, claimed in an interview that God will commit voter fraud on her behalf to cancel out Democrats if they try to steal the election from her.
“I would pray that I win,” said Hamm. “One thing that I have been doing is praying that if anyone tries to steal a vote, that God would send the angels to steal the vote back. To make it an honest vote.”
Rachel Hamm, who is running for secretary of state in California because she claims Jesus appeared in her closet and told her to do so, is praying that if anyone tries to steal votes from her, “God will send the angels to steal the vote back.” https://t.co/Hr5a5oVaMu pic.twitter.com/7L5gxY3Cp2
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) April 21, 2022
Hamm previously announced her run for secretary of state after claiming that Jesus appeared to her son in her closet and handed her a scroll commanding her to run for the office. She also claims that she has verified former President Donald Trump was the real winner of the 2020 election using her “empath” powers.
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