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'What happens in Vegas, God knows'
Posted By Jack Minor On 03/02/2013 @ 8:55 pm In Faith,Front Page,Politics,U.S. | No Comments
A man who has been placing Ten Commandment billboards and displays around the country for several years says he is excited about WND founder Joseph Farah’s new billboard campaign to remind the public of their accountability to God’s moral law.
“If between us we can put thousands of these billboards and displays up, I truly believe America could turn around from the moral decay we have been seeing,” Philip Klevmoen founder of God’s Ten Commandments said.
Klevmoen founded the ministry in 2005 to draw people’s hearts back to God through public displays of the Ten Commandments, along with Scripture verses to convict people of their need to establish a relationship with God. The ministry provides banners as well as magnets and T-shirts of various sizes for display on vehicles.
“My goal is to have it where everywhere a person goes they will see the word of God, which will pierce their soul and remind them they are accountable for their sin before God,” he explained. “People can put it on the tailgates of their pickups or the sides of their vehicles. When a person is stuck behind or beside them in traffic they have God’s Ten Commandments in front of them where they cannot help but read them.”
He said one of the key people who motivated him to begin his ministry was Alabama state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. The judge is known as the Ten Commandments judge following his refusal to remove a display of the Ten Commandments from his state court building.
In 2003, Moore was removed from his position as chief justice by a state judicial panel for refusing to remove the display. However, last year voters in the state re-elected Moore to his previous position.
Klevmoen said the goal is to have banners in each state in order to place God’s word in places where people who never go to church can see it.
“God’s word says we are to let our light shine before men so they may see our good works. I want to put these billboards and banners up so that people can see the word of God, which will allow the Holy Spirit to work in the lives of people who might otherwise never hear the word of God or set foot inside of a church. Most people drive by a church every day and this provides a way for these churches to get the word of God out to members of their communities by simply displaying a banner or sign on their property.”
Currently there are signs in 16 states and several foreign countries including Costa Rica, Nigeria and the Philippines.
He also said it is also important to get the name of Jesus in front of people.
“Every one of these signs there is also a brief message leading people to Jesus. This is the name that people hate,” Klovmeon explained. “Town councils have said is acceptable to open their services in a prayer to God, but a person is not allowed to use the name of Jesus. Even in the military, our service members have been persecuted for closing their prayers in the name of Jesus. Non-Christians hate the name of Jesus, in fact he is the only deity whose name is used as a curse word.”
Farah’s national billboard campaign featuring the Ten Commandments is to help awaken believers and non-believers to the “wickedness and evil that abound in our country.”
The campaign kicked off last week with 11 billboards in Las Vegas, which has been called “sin city.”
“The problem is America is not limited to atheists, agnostics, cults and non-believers,” says Farah. “In fact, the biggest problem America has is with those who call themselves believers but who act no differently than the worldliest individuals on the planet. You can call these people backslidden. You can call them false converts. Or you can call them undiscipled, nominal believers. What they all have in common is they are not in obedience to God. They are not even trying to follow the most basic moral law, as Jesus and the prophets all instructed.”
Farah has said his purpose is not to compete with Klevmoen, however the two do have similar goals.
“These are two different efforts, with different creative content. I’m happy that other individuals and groups are seeing the same problem I’m seeing and addressing it in the way God leads them,” Farah said. “That’s what I’m doing. The more the merrier. There is certainly no competition here. I would be thrilled if thousands of other individuals and organizations took up similar campaigns to promote the Ten Commandments and biblical values.”
Klevmoen said individuals have contacted him and told him the signs have changed their lives.
There is a sign outside of Las Vegas that plays on the city’s tourism phrase “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” The sign says, “What happens in Vegas, God knows. Be not deceived. God is not mocked.”
“We dropped the signs in Vegas for a while because they were too expensive. We took them down and I was going to come get them at the end of the month and take them back to Montana,” Klevmoen noted. “Then two weeks ago a man told us he went to Vegas and planned to go to a topless bar and get a hooker. [He said,] ‘When I saw the sign that said, ‘What happens in Vegas, God knows. Be not deceived. God is not mocked’ I started shaking. Then I turned around and left.’
“I called the following Monday and had the signs put back up,” Klevmoen said.
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