Montana AG puts the Bible, Christianity, and Historic Christian Doctrine on Trial

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Montana 1st News had the honor of interviewing missionary Jesse Boyd who (along with his mission team) walked through Madison County, MT, last November where Boyd was arrested, assaulted, and persecuted (along with the mission team) for their Christian faith. Read the following thoroughly so you can grasp the truth of that eventful day and all that has transpired as a result of it.

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen didn’t lift a finger to defend the state’s mining industry, energy production, economy, and education in the recent Held v. Montana climate lawsuit, but behind the scenes, his office has been very zealous to go after four Christian missionaries from North Carolina who simply acted to protect each other from an unprovoked hate crime on the side of US 287 in Madison County last November. 

These missionaries were assaulted for carrying a cross by Madison County resident Brad Terrell, who pulled up in his truck, screamed “Your KIND ain’t welcome in Montana,” and then got out of his vehicle to attack. After fending off Terrell’s attacks and reporting the incident to 911 dispatch, the missionaries were then arrested by Madison County Sheriffs Deputies who mocked their Christian faith. Deputy Daniel Wyatt can be heard on leaked bodycam footage saying: “Every one of these sons of bitches needs to go to jail” ; “We gotta call child protective services for the fucking kid. Come and take the goddamned kid” (referring to Jesse Boyd’s 12-year-old son Josiah); and “The family that walks across America together gets to go to jail together.” 

All four missionaries—Jesse Boyd, Eric Trent, and Carter & Bethany Phillips (just recently married)—have been very clear in the many months since this hate crime occurred that they will not violate their Christian consciences in any matter related to Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen’s malicious prosecution of this case, nor will they do so by the order of a district judge.

5th District Court Judge Luke Berger recently denied the motions for dismissal put before him by the missionaries’ legal team, one of which argued upon very plain evidence “this is the most extreme case of selective prosecution motivated by religious discrimination in the history of Montana.” You can read the entire motion here: tinyurl.com/montanapersecution. Judge Berger apparently chose to ignore the very clear evidence put before him without so much as a hearing and, in effect, put his stamp of approval upon the egregious admissions and actions of Brad Terrell and his buddies in the Madison County Sheriffs Department. This evidence is clearly seen in body-cam footage from November 12, 2022 that was leaked months ago by an anonymous whistleblower and has since been uploaded by various users to online platforms. (e.g. https://youtu.be/b60A8C1Svdk). These videos are very damning for the Madison County Sheriffs Department and for the prosecutors. Moreover, they reveal Brad Terrell’s own words confirming the initial reports made by the missionaries. Presently, one video has logged more than 7,000 views on YouTube; and Instagram reels highlighting this footage have racked up more than 70,000 views (#boydmissionaryfam on Instagram). Some of this footage also appeared in a story by KZBK-7 out of Bozeman back on January 23rd (https://www.kbzk.com/news/local-news/north-carolina-missionaries-pleaded-not-guilty-facing-charges-of-assault-with-a-deadly-weapon?fbclid=IwAR1ynx4P6xfi1tteelputUqEzI6sP76DZUjh_9GRGbOdhU0xzyp6Y8HGg3I).

It seems Attorney General Knudsen and Judge Luke Berger want to proceed with this case as if this unbelievable video evidence does not exist, but it does, and any sensible person who takes the time to view it sees it exactly for what it is, a most extreme case of selective prosecution motivated by religious discrimination. It was indeed a hate crime against Christians.

Back on March 22nd, a handful of concerned Montana citizens gathered outside the courthouse in Virginia City to show support for the North Carolina missionaries. This story was covered by Kristin Merkel at KBZK-7 in Bozeman (https://www.kbzk.com/news/local-news/protesters-gather-outside-madison-county-courthouse-to-support-missionaries-arrested-in-november?fbclid=IwAR1T3nrGKLV5lOqGLizWpDS-kAkBQ3kHUKNrRIRzyGY6Z8BEFgTWiCQmOoY).

In this short report, a few of these local folks who had seen the whistleblower footage are interviewed, and one individual answers: “We’ve got the big sign here that kind of looks like it’s kind of heavy on the deputies and stuff, but there’s really good reason for it. I came out to support the missionaries after watching footage from the day of the arrest. One video comes from the game warden that was involved. And in that video, the officers are all standing around together discussing, and if you find that video and look at it, it looks like they’re conspiring.” Another individual says, “I hope there’s some accountability. You know, the Attorney General’s office in Montana should have dismissed this case a long time ago.”

In another interesting twist to this saga, (and there have been many), 5th District Judge Luke Berger issued a 74-page Order on Outstanding Motions on August 10th. This order actually GRANTS the AG’s motion “Prohibiting Defendants from arguing the affirmative defense of Justifiable Use of Force unless they testify at trial and admit they purposely and knowingly committed the charged offenses” (page 26). On page 27, Judge Berger writes: 

“Defendants must testify and admit to the alleged offenses.”

 Furthermore, on page 29:

“Defendants must testify and admit to the offenses at trial if the defense of JUOF is to be asserted. The Court notes, however, it is entirely in Defendants’ right to not assert this defense. The State’s motion is thus granted.”

In other words, these Christian missionaries, according to Judge Berger, must admit they purposely and knowingly committed a FELONY ASSAULT before they are “allowed” to argue in court self-defense or the justified use of force against an unprovoked attack. When asked about this, Jesse Boyd was blunt: 

“We adamantly refuse to admit we ‘assaulted’ anyone on November 12th. By definition, ‘assault’ necessitates ‘to attack or fall upon by violence, or with a hostile intention.’ Go look it up in my dictionary of choice, Noah Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language. We had no hostile or malicious intent and no motive. We were simply minding our own business in a spot we had every right to be, and we were suddenly forced to respond to an unprovoked attack according to our religious faith and our Christian duty to defend each other and the two of my children who were present, one my 12-year-old son. Our actions were 100% RESPONSE in by-the-letter accordance with Montana Law (see 45-3-111), not an assault with a hostile motive. To admit otherwise would be to break the 9th Commandment (“Thou shalt not bear false witness”) before God and our fellow man, and this would serve to justify wicked actions and condemn just actions, both considered abomination before the LORD (Proverbs 17:15). It is an egregious violation of our religious conscience and of our rights secured by the 5th Amendment of the United States Constitution to prohibit us from offering a just defense against these false charges, simply because we refuse to admit to committing an offense we did not commit. Responding to an assault is not an assault, nor can it be. I am obligated by my Christian faith to refuse compliance with the court in this matter. I have a right to face my accusers and offer a defense, and I won’t violate my conscience in order to be able to do so.”

Jesse Boyd and Eric Trent both serve as missionaries with Full Proof Gospel Ministries based in Conover, NC. This position agrees with the ministry‘s official Statement of Faith as regards liberty of conscience (https://fpgm.org/about/our-convictions/statement):

“Christians are not bound to obey any executive order, mandate, or law of a secular magistrate that infringes upon their conscience before God in spiritual matters, intellectual reasoning, or personal health. The Bible is clear: Let every Christian be fully persuaded in his own mind (Romans 14:5). Prove all things (I Thessalonians 5:21). Test the spirits (I John 4:1). Whatsoever is not of faith is sin (Romans 14:23). Abstain from even the appearance of evil (I Thessalonians 5:22). And, ‘whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men’ (Colossian 3:23). Therefore, we believe that a Christian should refuse to comply with any dictate … that violates his conscience before the LORD (Acts 5:29).”

It seems Boyd’s attorneys erred in their Defendant’s Brief in Response to State’s Second Motion in Limine filed with the 5th District Court on February 17th. On page 11, this brief reads: “While defendants do not intend to make religion any part of their defense …” Jesse Boyd, on the other hand, asserts:

“This was never presented or discussed with any of us before it was filed. The fact is, we have every intent of making our Christian religion our defense, especially in view of a judge’s unjust order that seeks to interfere with our religious conscience, demanding that we admit to the crime of assault, something we did not do, before we can justly defend against the charge of felony assault. Every decision we made on November 12th, 2022, every action we undertook to protect each other and the children present, the words that came out of our mouths, the great restraint exhibited against our attacker, the cooperation and respect conveyed to law enforcement—despite their mockery of us as Christians, their lies about our testimonies, and their slipshod investigation—and our quiet resignation in the face of tyranny were 100% governed and motivated by our Christian faith and the biblical principles I, personally, have consistently taught for years: behind a church pulpit, on the mission field, and to the many students who have come through the doors of my martial arts dojos in Catawba County, North Carolina. These are same principles of righteousness that were taught to me by my Christian martial arts instructors and my Christian grandfather who served in North Carolina law enforcement for 35 years, whose name is still remembered and respected across the state more than a decade after his death. Our response to our attacker’s hate crime was 100% our RELIGIOUS DUTY and in accordance with the teachings of the Bible, the historic Christian doctrine of interposition, and our religious conscience.”

The truth of Mr. Boyd’s statement seems to be affirmed by a sermon he preached back on October 4, 2015 at New Testament Christian Fellowship in Claremont, NC, more than 7 years BEFORE this incident in Madison County. The entire sermon, taken from Revelation 11:5, entitled “Self-Defense Approved by God,” has been available on Apple Podcasts for a long time (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/exegetical-studies-in-revelation/id1566909388?i=1000521155860). These transcribed excerpts show the actions of the Christian missionaries on November 12th, in response to Brad Terrell’s unprovoked assault, to be a true example of “practicing what you preach” :

“What’s my personal policy or conviction? Look, I’m an accomplished martial artist. I often go out to preach the Gospel on the streets. What’s the policy I’ve established for myself in terms of self-defense? I’ve been punched a few times. No big deal. I get hit practicing in the dojo five times harder than any man who has punched me while preaching on the street. I know what it feels like. Part of training in martial arts is training to get hit, to withstand it. It’s no big deal. I’ve been hit. I’ve been threatened. I’ve been shoved a few times. I’ve had some pages torn from my Bible while preaching. I’ve been spit upon. I’ve had beer poured on me, none of it a really big deal. Many preachers of the Gospel who aren’t afraid to go to the streets have to deal with this stuff. In a sense, and keep in mind this is my personal conviction, I believe that when I am out for the specific purpose of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as I am preaching, I give up my right to defend myself. But, in obedience to what is written in Proverbs 24:10-12, you better believe I will act to protect my brethren, my family, or the innocent from violence with the abilities God has given me. I will act to defend or protect my brethren in Christ from violence. I will; and in such situations: ‘Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight (Psalm 144:1).’ I’m not going to stand idly and let my brother be attacked, allow my wife or my children, or someone else’s wife or children, be attacked … Proverbs 24:10-12 is very clear, and I take it very seriously” (Jesse Boyd, 2015).

“We are entering a time, my friends, when Christians are becoming the targets of terrorism and violent crime in this country. And those of us who are men need to quit like men, quit us like men, a good King James Word, which means to be strong and be ready. We need to defend our families. We need to defend our brethren and be willing to give our lives for them and not compromise. The Bible never says we are to be spiritual doormats.  We are never to be spiritual doormats. We don’t have a right to start a revolution or to take vengeance. Vengeance belongs to God. Yet, we are commanded NOT to look the other way when those of us, our brothers, our sisters, our families, are given over to harm or death and ready to be slain” (Jesse Boyd, 2015).

That last statement is pretty prophetic considering the DHS’s National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin that was in effect on November 12, 2022 when this hate crime occurred (https://www.dhs.gov/ntas/advisory/national-terrorism-advisory-system-bulletin-june-7-2022). This bulletin didn’t expire until November 30, 2222, and it warned that faith-based institutions could be targets due to factors such as personal grievances, reactions to current events, and adherence to violent extremist ideologies, including racially or ethnically motivated or anti-government/anti-authority violent extremism. It also warned of “lone offenders” and “small groups” motivated by a range of ideological beliefs and/or personal grievances. The four NC missionaries were indeed representing a faith-based institution as they walked across America to encourage folks to humble themselves and turn back to God. And, they suddenly became victims of the very thing the DHS warned about. Hey, a broken clock is right at least twice a day. This particular bulletin was replaced on November 30th by a follow-up bulletin that remained in effect until May 23, 2023 (https://www.dhs.gov/ntas/advisory/national-terrorism-advisory-system-bulletin-november-30-2022). It said, “Lone offenders and small groups motivated by a range of ideological beliefs and/or personal grievances continue to pose a persistent and lethal threat to the Homeland.” It also noted “faith-based institutions” and “religious minorities” as potential targets. Keep in mind that Brad Terrell bragged about being “MAGA,” “QAnon,” and a “Trump supporter” when he threatened and attacked the missionaries. He also railed on them, saying “Your kind ain’t welcome in Montana;” “We don’t want your fucking kind around here;” and “You people aren’t wanted here, this is Montana mother-fucker!” Terrell’s friend who later arrived on the scene also communicated “Get your Jesus SHIT out of here.” It seems exactly what the DHS warned about happened right there in Madison County, in accordance with the very things Jesse Boyd was preaching about way back in 2015.

It’s also interesting that Mr. Boyd, one of the missionaries, has been teaching martial arts in Catawba County, North Carolina since 1994. He is currently the head instructor at Catawba Valley Martial Arts in Hickory and oversees Indigenous Tomiki Aikido and Traditional Chang Moo Kwan classes twice a week. Both Eric Trent and Bethany Phillips, two of the other missionaries falsely charged in Madison County, have been students at this martial arts school for many years and now assist with the instructing. In CVMA’s official student manual (its most recent revision was 2013 and can be accessed here: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/590b39f7cd0f6826f9f26a5e/t/590b47409de4bbeaf84e211f/1493911364533/Cheonjikido+Student+Manual.pdf), these statements are found:


“The art of Cheonjikido emanates from the framework of core principles and a BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW that recognizes only one Master or Soke in this earthly life, the Lord Jesus Christ” (page 27).

“Cheonjikido operates within the framework of a BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW that acknowledges only one Soke or Master in this earthly life, the Lord Jesus Christ (page 28).

“A martial artist is DUTY-BOUND to INTERPOSE for those who cannot stand for themselves. And, should he find himself the only line of defense between an attacker and an innocent victim, he must defend himself. ‘If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works? (Proverbs 24:10-12).’ ‘Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren (I John 3:16)’” (page 31).

In that same student manual, the Class Code of Conduct (page 10) reads:

“Students and Instructors should properly represent the art of Cheonjikido and Catawba Valley Martial Arts both inside and outside the dojo. Law-abiding citizenship, respect for life, and upstanding moral behavior are expected. Participation in any of the following (inside or outside of class) is subject to disciplinary action and/or expulsion: 1. Starting a fight or a propensity toward violence. 2. Physical abuse of another human being. 3. Conviction of a legitimate crime. 4. Drunkenness and/or drug abuse. 5. Engaging in criminal activity. A STUDENT IS EXPECTED TO INFORM AN INSTRUCTOR CONCERNING ANY PHYSICAL ALTERCATION IN WHICH HE/SHE HAS BEEN INVOLVED OUTSIDE OF CLASS.”

Yet more evidence that these missionaries acted ACCORDING TO THEIR CHRISTIAN FAITH can be found in this martial arts school’s Black Belt Code of Ethics (latest revision, 2016). Every student who earns the rank of black belt in Sensei Boyd’s dojo is required to affirm, agree to abide by, and sign this code of ethics before he/she is allowed to formally teach students. This document includes the following stipulations: 

“Cheonjikido is to be taught from a CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW and never in conflict with the clear teachings of Holy Scripture.”

“Never use Cheonjikido for purposes other than self-defense, the defense of those that cannot defend themselves, or the teaching of the same to others.”

“Bear the responsibility, in accordance with Proverbs 24:11-12, of COMING TO THE AID OF THOSE IN DANGER OF DEATH OR BODILY HARM (i.e. family, friend, or stranger); ignoring or willfully disregarding such situations, for whatever reason, is shameful, cowardly, and unbecoming of black belts.”

“Be law-abiding citizens insofar as obeying manmade law does not interfere with one’s obligation to the laws of Almighty God.”

Boyd claims that he can produce signed copies of this contract for himself (dated 12/12/2016); Eric Trent (dated 1/16/2017); and Bethany Phillips (6/29/2020). 

“Of course,” Boyd goes on to explain, “the Bible is the bedrock of our religious conscience, and it is very clear with regard to our words and actions on November 12th. Read I Timothy 5:8, Proverbs 24:10-12, Isaiah 5:20, Proverbs 17:15, Nehemiah 4:14, Luke 22:36-38, Psalm 82:4, Proverbs 31:8-9, Isaiah 1:17, and Jeremiah 22:3, just for starters. It’s quite obvious that everything we said and did on the side of US 287 in Madison County was governed by our faith in the Bible as the final authority in all matters of faith and practice, the same faith promulgated by America’s Founding Fathers. Wasn’t it President Andrew Jackson, the guy on the $20 bill, who said: ‘That BOOK is the rock upon which our Republic rests’ ?”

Boyd is correct about Andrew Jackson. He said those words on June 8, 1845, according to Halley’s Bible Handbook. Interestingly, the first clause of this same former president’s WILL states “The Bible is true. Upon that sacred Volume, I rest my hope of eternal salvation through the merits of our blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” Boyd likewise affirms he rests his hope of eternal salvation on the promises of that same sacred Volume, and he adds: “That sacred Volume was and remains the basis for all our words and actions on November 12th.”

Interestingly, the November 12th response of the missionaries is also in agreement with the position of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry, one of the oldest and largest Christian Apologetics sites on the internet. This article, entitled “Do Christians have the right of physical-self defense?” is enlightening: https://carm.org/other-questions/do-christians-have-the-right-of-physical-self-defense/.

The North Carolina missionaries further assert that their response on November 12th was 100% motivated by the historical and biblical doctrine of INTERPOSITION. This doctrine can be defined thus: “That calling of God which causes one to step into the gap, willingly placing oneself between the oppressor and his intended victim. This can be done verbally or physically.” Did you note the word “INTERPOSE” from Catawba Valley Martial Arts’ Student Manual cited above?

“So yes,” affirmed Boyd, “we fully intend to maintain our Christian faith as our legal defense. If Montana AG Austin Knudsen, with the consent of Judge Luke Berger, insists upon interfering with our rights of conscience, he will be faced with putting Christianity, the Bible, and historic Christian doctrine on trial. I relish the opportunity to stand up for God’s Word, the Lord Jesus Christ, the faith of my forefathers, and the Christian duty to defend or protect the innocent in a state considered to have one of worst records for wrongful convictions in all of America.”

In our discussion, Jesse Boyd also encouraged Attorney General Knudsen and Judge Luke Berger to consider a very important protection granted to the citizens of North Carolina by the North Carolina State Constitution. Article I, Section 13 reads:

“All persons have a natural and inalienable right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences, and NO HUMAN AUTHORITY shall, IN ANY CASE WHATEVER, control or interfere with the rights of conscience.”

Boyd stated, “The phrase ‘No human authority’ includes authorities in Montana. And ‘any case whatever’ necessarily includes a case in a Montana District Court.” If deemed necessary, he has indicated that he will appeal to his own state and local authorities for help against any effort to control or interfere with his rights of conscience and/or the rights of conscience belonging to any of the other missionaries charged in this ridiculous case. “They may not offer any asylum,” he acknowledged, but “we will cry aloud to them for help and ask for interposition nonetheless.”

Back in North Carolina, the Catawba County Sheriff has been made aware of this case, and the leaked whistleblower footage has been provided to him by concerned Catawba County citizens. Many have also called the office of North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson, an outspoken conservative Christian and 2nd Amendment stalwart who many expect to run for NC Governor next year. Numerous NC callers have reported that those fielding his office calls are responding: “We are aware of this case, and the Lt. Governor is watching it.” Recently, Jesse Boyd was interviewed on a NC program normally hosted by Pastor Allen Mashburn, a conservative candidate for next year’s Lt. Governor’s race. Mr. Mashburn was at a campaign event the day of the interview, but his co-host, Dr. Nathan Street, and Mashburn’s son Zachary, conducted an interesting discussion with Boyd involving these very matters of religious conscience. You can watch that interview here: https://youtu.be/U6PCE2mYfsk?si=HHKM6uxOKAEHI73a.

For now, it looks like Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen, who claims to be a Christian and whose wife teaches at a Christian school in Helena, will be putting the Bible, Christianity, and the historic Christian doctrine of interposition on trial in Virginia City, Montana, if he chooses to push forward with these bogus charges against the missionaries. Again, consider that in light of the fact his office refused to offer a defense in the recent Held v. Montana climate case. All this should be interesting with an election year fast approaching in a state where 65% of the population claims to be Christian. The rumor is that Knudsen himself will be running for Governor. Would the people of Montana really elect a Governor who puts the Bible on trial? These days, sadly, even the unthinkable is possible.

At the conclusion of our interview with Jesse Boyd for this article, he highlighted two important historic events that speak to the issue of religious conscience at hand. When King Louis XIV of France revoked the Edict of Nantes in 1685, many Huguenot Christians suffered terrible persecution. Groups were rounded up and told they would be punished if they did not, without delay, violate their religious conscience and become “Catholic.” They were advised to swear allegiance to the pope freely, or be forced to do so. According to Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, these Huguenots replied that they were ready to sacrifice their lives and estates to the king, but their consciences being God’s, they could not so dispose of them. “Our consciences likewise belong to God,” Boyd affirmed, “and we will not dispose of them at the order of a judge or a prosecutor. Like those Huguenot Christians of old, we too are ready to sacrifice even our lives for what is just and right in this Madison County debacle.” 

Boyd then turned to the matter of the false charges leveled against Elizabeth I in England by her wicked sister, Mary Queen of Scots. She was imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1554 on bogus accusations and repeatedly interrogated by the Lord Chancellor, Stephen Gardiner, both in the Tower and later when she was removed to Woodstock and kept under house arrest. Boyd reflected upon how the princess told this bloodthirsty inquisitor that rather than admit she had done wrong, she would gladly lie in prison all the rest of her life. Elizabeth, later Queen herself, is recorded to have said these words: “I’d rather be in prison with honesty and truth, than have my liberty. What I have said, I stand to; nor will I ever speak falsehood.” Boyd responds, “Amen! I’d rather be railroaded in a kangaroo Montana court with truth and honesty than to violate my conscience before God and be slapped on the wrist.” It is said that when Lady Elizabeth was eventually moved out of Woodstock to another location, these words were found etched by a diamond in the glass of her window: “Much suspected by me, nothing proved can be.” Again, Boyd declares  “Amen.”

The interesting end to this chapter in the life of Elizabeth I, who would go on to become perhaps the most beloved and remembered of all English monarchs, is that her refusal to violate her conscience and confess to a crime she did not commit eventually resulted in her release. She was watched for a time but never came to any harm. Soon thereafter came the news of the untimely death of that wicked inquisitor, Stephen Gardiner.

On the same afternoon that the famous and faithful martyrs, Bishops Ridley and Latimer, were burned at the stake, Gardiner sat down with a merry heart for dinner. After only a few mouthfuls, he was suddenly seized by a violent illness and spent the last 15 days of his life in bed with terrible torment, unable to evacuate from either end. He died in considerable pain. John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs tells the tale. Bloody Mary only outlived Gardiner by three years. She, too, died in misery confined to her bed. Elizabeth then became Queen, and one of the most important providences in all of history, a divine providence that paved the way for religious liberty to eventually settle on the shores of America, occurred during her reign—the miraculous defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1577.

Boyd says a fresh read of “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs” during this tumultuous time since the November 12th hate crime has been a source of great edification and encouragement from the LORD. “That cloud of faithful witnesses has only strengthened my resolve to see this through to the very end. My conscience is not to be controlled or interfered with by those who seek to reward evil and punish righteousness.” He went on to cite II Samuel 23:3—“He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God’—and encouraged Montana AG Austin Knudsen and 5th District Court Judge Luke Berger to pick up a copy of “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs” for themselves. “They should pay careful attention to the chapter entitled ‘God’s Punishment upon Some of the Persecutors of His People during Mary’s Reign.’ It’s a sober reminder that there is One who sees the violent perverting of judgment or justice against his servants, even in a rural Montana County with an entrenched ‘good ole’ boys’ club. He that is Higher than the highest sees all, and it is truly a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God.”

So, Austin Knudsen opted not to lift a finger to defend the State of Montana in the ridiculous Held v. Montana climate lawsuit. Will he instead use the State of Montana and its resources to go after four innocent missionaries from North Carolina and put Christianity, the Bible, and historic Christian doctrine on trial in Madison County? Time will tell. It can’t be done quietly or in secret, and it should be very fun to watch. 

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