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My inbox has been teeming with hate-mail of late. These critics cite articles that have been published claiming that I am trying to criminalize breast-feeding in public, and that I believe seeing a woman's breasts tempts people to be gay. 


These are outlandish lies, and those who are printing them are guilty of libel. “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.” (Matthew 5:11-12)


I have absolutely no problem with public breastfeeding. My wife has breastfed all nine of our beautiful children in public, much to my delight. As a family practice physician and pediatrician, I do not know a doctor who is a bigger advocate for breastfeeding than myself. I would never support legislation that would prevent public nursing. Furthermore (and this shows just how disingenuous my liberal critics are really being), there is not even any legislation on the table yet, and they are still spreading the lie that I am attempting to ban breastfeeding.


This all began as an attempt to discredit me and ruin my reputation when I asked Ohio citizens to call their Representatives and Senators and demand that public nudity be banned in Ohio. Why did I call for this action? Because topless strippers are chasing the eyes of husbands and children as we leave church every Sunday morning. The strippers are angry with our pastor because of his faithful gospel ministry outside the local strip club. Assaulting the men and children of our church is their attempt to “get even” with our pastor. It is truly astonishing. You would find it hard to believe, even if you saw the video footage yourself.


We are being told by police officers and by the media that what the topless strippers are doing is legal. After a cursory investigation, I have discovered that it is not. Not at all! The Ohio public indecency law clearly declares that unveiling your “private parts” publicly where it can be an affront to others is a crime. Unfortunately, one lone liberal Ohio judge has declared that “private parts” does not include women’s breasts. I have called for our state legislature to clarify their intent with regard to public nudity, by defining “private parts” to mean what most Ohioans think it means. I even encouraged them to expressly protect mothers who breastfeed in public, which is not exempted in the Ohio public indecency act. I am attempting to criminalize the kind of public nudity that is taking place weekly as strippers take off their shirts in front of my church on Sunday morning in view of churchgoers and children. I am attempting to criminalize the kind of public nudity that is taking place annually when most of the women expose their breasts in the 500,000-strong gay pride parade in Columbus. What the strippers and parade-goers are doing violates Ohio law. And if it didn’t, it should! Thankfully, Ohio’s law is adequate to protect the public morality from this brazen, outward display of indecency.


As a result of my lobbying our state representatives, some hateful bloggers are lying about me to the public. Online, the lies spread like fire in a drought. There is no sincerity in this reporting at all. They are lying.


Here’s one way you can help turn these lies around for good. If you got this information from an online article or blog, place a comment there with a link to this “clarification,” notifying readers that the article is a lie, and point them to the real need to uphold Ohio law and forbid public nudity on Ohio’s streets and sidewalks. Call or Email your state representatives and urge them to define “private parts” to mean what most Ohioans think it means. Pray that God would use what the enemy meant for evil to instead further the gospel! Pray that those who encourage public nudity on our streets and sidewalks will repent. Pray that fathers’ hearts will turn from lust and pornography back to God and their children. Pray that our representatives will protect Ohio’s children from such a grievous display of public immorality through enforcing the Ohio public indecency act – even if they must defy a lawless judge in the process.


Pray for our family. We have been receiving very lewd and threatening messages. I just received pornography in my ministry mailbox today from an angry critic.

Please do your part to spread the word that we are strong breastfeeding advocates and that we only desire to restore public morality and ban the offensive public display of breasts to children and the general public.

“Vindicate me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation. Oh, deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man! For you are the God of my strength.” (Psalm 43:1-2)


God's richest blessings,

Dr. Patrick Johnston


P.S. To find your state rep:

Kay Clymer
Kay Clymer

Those who want to make an issue with one statement that has been contrited do so because they have no legitimate facts to fight a person, idea, or statement. Folks who twist words, add to words, or just lie about their ideas truly know that many will believe and not investigate the false statements. There are those who want to continue in their beliefs because it fits their life style, they will share this liable with like minded friends, and telling the lie often, for many, it because fact. When they meet someone who will challenge the thinking usually there is name calling, loud voices, and more false statements. 

I believe that most conservatives want conversations that shares questions and ideas and a continuation of conversations that will bring the truth to the light. 

All men are born sinful and many like living in darkness.  The Johnston family's way of life is with Jesus Christ and His Word.  Because they speak out and want their fellow men and women to know the Truth, they are slandered.  As the family photo shows, they are doing as the Lord leads them and His joy and peace is with them. To know them is to love them!!!

By Dr. Patrick Johnston


Karate’s been good to Elijah this year. It has a way of toughening up a kid who otherwise has been one of the gentlest Johnstons – Elijah Hudson, now seven. He promoted to yellow belt last month, and you’d have thought he won the local Tuff Man Competition! His kicks are higher, his punches stronger, and his “Hyah” is now ear-drum-shattering! We were absolutely floored when he practically chased a more experienced and much larger orange belt opponent around the ring at the last tournament, beating him soundly!

Our karate class is a self-defense class, which means we focus on defending against an attacker on the street. In a street fight, there are no rules, no referee, no tapping out, and no trophies. One of our exercises is sparring against two opponents at the same time. How do you handle two people attacking you at the same time? It’s a helpful skill to master. Well, Grace, nine years of age, was taking on Elijah and Sensei Brad, who is our amazing black belt instructor. As is common when you’re sparring with two people, the person being attacked can easily strike or kick too hard inadvertently. Well, Grace delivered a front snap kick right in Elijah’s “breadbasket.” It knocked the breath right out of him! It was horrifying to see my seven-year-old son gasp with fear in his eyes, unable to breath for about 20 seconds. I let him rest his arms on my shoulders, and as tears streamed down his face, I reassured him that momentarily his lungs would work and he’d be just fine.

Sure enough, the spasm in his diaphragm soon eased and he was all better. “That was awesome son! You handled that like a yellow-belt!” We high-fived and then I told him, “Now, get back out there and show Sensei Brad what you’re made of!”


Part of me wanted to tell him to take a break, get some water, take some time to recuperate from that horrifying feeling that you cannot breathe and are about to die. But I knew that what was best for Elijah was to get out there and fight! Everyone watched in awe as Elijah ran back out into the ring and started throwing fists and punches again.


As parents, we are called not only to press our children on to their intellectual and physical potential, but also spiritual. Our children may get the breath knocked out of them, but don’t let them sulk or retreat. They may fall into a moral sewer, but don’t let them wallow in it. They may drop the shield of faith and get stung by one of the devil’s fiery darts, but it’s not time to take a sabbatical from the battlefield and nurse wounds. It’s not time for you to coddle them, Mom, or scold them ad nauseum, Dad, or put them in time-out until your bitterness subsides and your anger is assuaged with their misery. It is not time to lower our expectations of their performance. The best thing to do when your kid gets kicked in the gut is to press that two-edged sword back into their hand and prod them back into the ring.


Mom and Dad, don’t expect defeat from your kids – expect victory! If Job was “perfect and upright, and one who feared God and avoided evil” – and this before the cross and the resurrection – then why can’t my son be like that? With the intercession of the Son of God and with the infilling of the Holy Spirit, doesn’t my son have an edge? If the parents of John the Baptist “were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless” – and that was during the Old Covenant – then why can’t my daughters be like that in the New Covenant based upon a superior atonement and better promises? If it was said of David that he “did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, and turned not aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite” – and this before Jesus’ blood was shed and the Bible was completed – then why can’t my children have such victory?

If your children experience defeat, expect repentance, forgive them fully and quickly, and help them move on toward victory over sin. Let’s have high hopes for our children. God does!


  • “Oh that there was such a heart within them, that they would fear me and keep My commandments always, that it might be well with them and their children forever.” (Deut. 5:29)
  • “Stand in awe and sin not.” (Psalm 4:4)
  • “Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee (Psalm 119:11)
  • “Go and sin no more,” Jesus told the woman caught in the act of adultery. High expectations indeed! (Psalm 119:11)
  • “Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you,” Jesus told a lame man he healed.
  • (Jn. 5:14)
  • “Awake to righteousness and sin not.” (1 Cor. 15:34)
  • “This is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication…” (1 Thess. 4:3).
  • “[Jesus] bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness.” (1 Pet. 2:24-25)
  • “As Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God” (I Pet. 4:4-5).


Why don’t we experience more victory? Because we don’t expect it. Because we don’t believe God for it, and we cannot rise above our faith. To expect defeat in our lives and in the lives of our children is to disbelieve God and His Word. It’s to turn back from the parted Jordan River and the Promised Land beyond for fear of giants on the other side. It is to spurn the grace that “teaches us to live godly and righteously in this present world” (Tit. 2:12). It is to wander in the desert longing for the mundane familiarity of Egyptian bondage. Pray and believe for your children to have victory over sin. If they get kicked in the gut and fall flat on their face, put their mouthpiece back in, pick up their sword and hand it back to them, and encourage them to get back onto that battlefield and start swinging for the glory of God


Our fun family song went viral on facebook! Check it out.

For several years, we have been singing this song that we found on YouTube by Susan Harrison.  Someone captured it on video in North Carolina and posted it on their facebook page.  As a result, we were interviewed by media, and a production company contacted us about a potential reality show. Our 15 minutes of fame was fun while it lasted.  Enjoy.

V Fletch
V Fletch

I love that song and video!


So much fun! You guys are so creative.

by Dr. Patrick Johnston

I planted the watermelon seeds myself in the basement a month ago. I watered them daily, gave them broad spectrum light, "hardened" them by taking them out a little in the sun every day for a week before I planted them. Planting our 40 plants was a family affair, with four of the kids helping. 

But in as little as 24 hours, most of the plants were destroyed! The leaves were eaten by yellow-and-black cucumber beetles. 

It made for a great spontaneous teachable moment in the garden. You guys are like these little plants, I said to them. You're just getting started in life. Your Mom and Dad and your Father in heaven have cared for you and loved you, just like I have these plants. But look how a young little plant can be destroyed mercilessly by these beetles in one day! Sin is no less deadly, kids. "Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, or whether it be right." "Exhort one another daily, lest ye be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin." Abstain from sin like your life depends on it - because it does! How do you stay out of sin? (I break out the container of "Seven" pesticide powder.) "I will hide His Word in my heart that I might not sin against God" - I say as I sprinkle the powder on the half-eaten plants. "Pray that ye enter not into temptation." "Take the shield of faith, that is able to quench every fiery dart." Kids, God has given you the weapons to fight the devil and the faith to have victory, but if you don't use them, you won't bear fruit, and if you don't have fruit, if you are an unprofitable servant, the Bible says that you'll be cast out where the worms that eat at your flesh will never die and the fire that burns your body will never be quenched.

It was a brief conversation, but I imagine much more memorable than simply reading a few Bible verses to them! Then today we went out and saw that 10 to 20 beetles had died under each watermelon plant! Take that, cursed cucumber beetles! Hooray for pesticide! I know, all my organic readers are gonna' hate on me now.

Remember Deuteronomy 6's admonition. Teach your children the Word, when you wake, when you play, when you work and when you lay down. "From a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, and they are able to make you wise unto salvation." It's one of the most important things you do every day, Dad and Mom.

C Kelly
C Kelly

This is very good!  These are the moments I "wait around" for.  The moment that arises when we aren't expecting it.  When our children look to find an answer to a question that will mold their heart forever.  Will I be there?  And if I'm not, who will be watering the precious souls of my children?  And with what kind of water?  This is a job I have gladly accepted and even covet.  These moments are not to be despised!  They are to be treasured as the beautiful opportunities they are.  So glad you shared.  It's an example to us all.  : )  -Courtney K.