I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we preached unto you, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:6-8
Anyone who has any acquaintance with the Pro-Life Movement for the past forty years or so, knows that a deep doctrinal divide exists among those who lead protests against the abortion industry. Overwhelmingly, the most publicized Street Theater-style Protests have been lead by Roman Catholics and Evangelical Christians who promote ecumenism. One of these who has joined hand in hand with Roman Catholic priests is Flip Benham, who became an ordained minister of the Free Methodist Church in 1980, and who was one of the speakers at the March 18-20, 2016 Hear The Watchmen Conference in Dallas. As these photos show, Flim Benham both preached to and baptized participants in the conference.
As a means of looking at the fruit of the ministry of Flip Benham, we are going to draw upon the writings of Pastor Ralph Ovadal of Pilgrims Covenant Church, Monroe, Wisconsin who has been one of the few active street preachers in the Pro-Life movement who has consistently exposed the dangers of being unequally unyoked with the false doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church. He and his small congregation are known for their street preaching and public evangelism in Wisconsin. His sermons can be listened to on sermonaudio.com which includes his broadcasts for the program “The Heart of The Matter”. While I don’t know everything about Ralph Ovadal’s theology, it is clear that he practices what he preaches, he gives freely and does not covet anyone’s money, and he lays his beliefs on the line, so that there can be no misunderstanding on the listener’s part as to what he stands for.
Since Ralph Ovadal has been active from the beginning in the Pro-Life Movement, it is interesting to read some of his comments on Flip Benham.
On March 28, 2008 Pastor Ralph Ovadal wrote an online article for his Pilgrims Covenant Church website, entitled Will The Real Wimps Please Stand Up? The first line of this article reads, “Rev. Flip Benham is criticizing conservative talk show hosts for not being more aggressive in holding Dr. Jeremiah Wright accountable for preaching another gospel”. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, as we recall, was Barak Obama’s pastor. Flip Benham had written a press release, Rev. Wright is Wrong-Conservative Media Are Wimps.
Ovadal said in response, “But it is ironic that he takes conservative talk show hosts to task for not speaking out more forcefully against an apostate pastor preaching a different gospel and an apostate church which has abandoned its rich Christian heritage and responsibility to stand on the Word of God. In fact, when his very words are considered in context, they are consistent with the deception and surreal nature of the ecumenical pro-life/pro-family movement in America.” Ralph Ovadal later asks, “If conservative talk show hosts are “wimps” for not being stronger in their criticism of Rev. Wright, what does that make an evangelical pastor who willingly joins in ministry with the Roman Catholic Church and accepts priests as Christian brothers?”
The end of this article says, “So, in light of the warm embrace and working partnership Rev. Benham and his Operation Save America/Operation Rescue maintain with the pope’s church which so arrogantly, aggressively, and wickedly “opposes true biblical Christianity,” is it safe to ask whether the man and his organization are “pretend salt”? Surely, the Roman Catholic Church “is not Christianity, and those of us who know better (real salt) need to say so.”
Four years earlier, in 2004, Pastor Ralph Ovadal wrote a book which can be read online at this link: MORE THAN THESE: A History of How the Pro-Life Movement Has Advanced The Cause of The Roman Catholic Church- A Call For Reformation. I have excerpted certain portions of Ovadal’s book to introduce you to the intent of the author, and also to reference a few interesting passages on Flip Benham, especially his part in the “conversion” of Norma McCorvey, the “Roe” in Roe v. Wade. I have added bold lettering to certain sentences to emphasize certain points.
Pages 10-11 of CHAPTER ONE, A Question Long In Need Of An Answer
… lovest thou me more than these? John 21:15
My intent is to expose the extent to which Rome has systematically used the pro-life movement to advance her agenda and reputation, disciple professing Christians with Roman Catholic doctrine, and bring converts into the Roman fold. It is a story of calculated strategy, exploited compassion, misplaced loyalty, dollar-driven ministries, and theological naiveté. It is a strategy which will not only cause more babies, not fewer, to die in the long run but will also bring God’s chastisement upon many Christians if they do not repent of their ecumenical ways. The ecumenical, pro-life movement is a historical, tragic reality from which Christians must learn a profound lesson. Those who do not learn that lesson will suffer the consequences.
It is not enough to stand against evil in the name of the Lord. We must take that stand only in strict accordance to the immutable precepts laid down in the Word of God. Further, we must constantly keep in mind that the building up of Christ’s Church and the preaching of His gospel is always to be our highest priority, never to be compromised. It is essential that we stay on our guard against the devil’s attempts to seduce us away from our first love and into spiritual adultery. In Revelation, chapter two, we read a warning which our Lord gave to the church of Ephesus. Unlike the ecumenical Christians in the pro-life movement, that church tested and exposed false brethren, including those that said they were apostles.
Pages 19-20 of CHAPTER 2, Christians and Catholics Together…When? Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers…2 Corinthians 6:14
The Reverend Flip Benham is the national director of Operation Rescue/Operation Save America. Reverend Benham has long been deeply involved with Roman Catholics, including priests, in pro-life ministry work.
Pages 96- 98, CHAPTER 5, Saddling Up The Beast
So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. Revelation 17:3
In 1994, Flip Benham took over the leadership of Operation Rescue. He eventually added the name Operation Save America (OSA) to his organization’s Operation Rescue name….In conformity to the already established pattern, Benham continued the ecumenism of Randall Terry. His stock-in-trade has been to bring together as brothers and sisters Catholics and Protestants…
Benham’s ministry has as its slogan “Jesus is the Standard”. If only that statement were true! It would weary the reader to hear of example after example in which Benham has yoked with Roman Catholics in the name of Christ and, in so doing, repudiated the command of our Lord to His people to live by “every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4) (Ralph Ovadal describes numerous examples of typical Operations Rescue/Operation Save America events) ….the examples listed above should suffice to show that Reverend Benham and Operation Save America work hand-in-hand with Roman Catholics, including priests, in their ministry work. The priests whom Benham regularly “ministers” with include Francis McClosky and Frank Pavone, who often preaches to “the Body of Christ” at OSA events. Benham’s rallies and street ministry outings always have featured and still do feature, as I am writing this book, Catholics and Christians openly worshipping and praying together with sometimes tragic results, as we will see later.
Pages 77-78, CHAPTER 4, The Catholic Pro-Life Players
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Matthew 7:16
The more one is aware of him, the more one realizes that Priest Frank Pavone seems to be everywhere there are Protestants to influence….No one seemed to think it ironic that a representative of the Roman church, which tramples the first three commandments underfoot as a matter of official doctrine, had joined the Protestants in defense of the Ten Commandments!…In public, Pavone never misses a chance to convince Protestants that they are brothers and sisters with Roman Catholics….We will take a look the NPRC (National Pro-Life Religious Council) and delve further into Frank Pavone’s Protestant connections later along with the story behind Norma McCorvey’s testimony that “Father Pavone was “the catalyst that brought me into the Catholic Church”. McCorvey is the “Roe” of Roe v. Wade. In 1995 while working for an abortion clinic, she was supposedly led to the Lord, born again, and baptized by Rev. Flip Benham, the national director of Operation Rescue/Operation Save America. Then three years later she, she converted to Roman Catholicism. The story of Norma McCorvey is a story that encapsulates the deceptions, dangers, and destruction which are at the heart of the ecumenism of the pro-life movement.
Pages 192-3 CHAPTER 8, Home to Rome Via The Pro-Life Movement
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Matthew 7:13
While we are dealing with Protestants being converted to Rome through pro-life ecumenism, it is important to remember that Christians who insist on doing pro-life ministry work with Roman Catholics also convince many non-believers that the Roman church is a Christian church. Thus they play a role in leading searching individuals into the arms of Rome and the trap of the devil.
The story of Norma Corvey encompasses, in a way, both sorts of conversions. McCorvey is the “Roe” of the infamous U. S. Supreme Court ruling which “legalized” abortion in America. It was her court battle against a Texas law banning abortion which resulted in the Roe v. Wade decision. In 1995, Norma McCorvey professed faith in Jesus Christ and was baptized by the Reverend Flip Benham, the national director of Operation Rescue/Operation Save America. Benham and his people had been witnessing to Norma, a lesbian, and sharing the gospel with her on a regular basis after OR/OSA moved into an office next door to the abortion clinic where she worked. Christians across the nation and around the world were thrilled by the report that McCorvey had repented of her sins and put her faith in Christ for salvation. Subsequent to her profession of faith and her baptism, Norma McCorvey went to work for Benham’s ministry. But in 1998 she announced the desire to enter the Roman Catholic Church, and in August of that year, she did just that, as the Catholic News Service reported:
Norma McCorvey received the sacraments of holy Communion and confirmation and was fully accepted into the Catholic Church during a private Mass Aug. 17 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Dallas….Ms. McCorvey’s entrance into the church concludes a three-year journey that began with her baptism on August 8, 1995, by Rev. Flip Benham, director of Operation Rescue National. From there, increased contact with Catholic pro-life leaders both inside and outside the Dallas diocese led her to announce June 15 that she had decided to become a Catholic…..
Note the key words in the account above. After supposedly being led to Christ by Christian, pro-life activists and going to work with Operation Rescue, Norma McCorvey was subjected to “increased contact with Catholic pro-life leaders,” which in turn led her to “become a Catholic”.
Roman Catholics are taught that to escape eternal damnation, they must regularly receive the “real” body and blood of Christ administered by a Catholic priest. The eucharist must be administered by a priest because, per Catholic law, only a priest has the supposed power to call Christ down from heaven to “immolate” as a “helpless victim” on the Roman Catholic altar and turn into a wafer for the consumption of the faithful. This satanic fable, the perversion of the Lord’s Table is just one of the many ways which the Roman church keeps hundreds of millions in bondage to Romanism. Of course, Frank Pavone, who literally lives at the Vatican, defends, teaches, and performs the eucharist…..
Because Benham and Co. had refused to separate from that false brother and had rather ministered with him and assisted in his masquerade as a Christian, McCorvey was disciplined to accept Catholics as Christians and their church as a Christian church, albeit a different denomination….
In light of the above words from Pastor Ovadal’s book, perhaps listeners to The Hagmann Report radio show and others in the Christian Alternative Media should become aware of the ecumenism which is promoted. Numerous false doctrines are advanced which include Roman Catholicism, Charismatic doctrines from both Pentecostal and Catholic perspectives, and Talmudic Kabbalism.
As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. Galatians 1:9