Tuesday, October 31, 2017

If the Foundations Be Destroyed


Gathering of Pro-Life Pastors NCW
October 18, 2017

(Genesis 2:21–25) So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
If you were charged with the task of toppling a tall office building, would you attempt to do so by shooting out the topmost windows with a BB gun, or by blowing up the foundation upon which the building rested?

This is what we call “a rhetorical question.” Of course, you would topple the building by demolishing its foundation.

The first ten chapters (especially the first three) of the Bible are foundational for everything that follows, including, and especially God’s triune nature and the meaning and import of salvation. Our enemy knows this to be true. And so, it is no coincidence that he has devoted much energy to attacking the Biblical principles concerning gender, marriage and the taking of human life.

A plain reading of Genesis indicates that God created his image bearers “male and female” accompanied by a charge to multiply their numbers within the protective covenant of a monogamous and heterosexual marriage. In the beginning of chapter four, Cain takes the life of his brother, Abel. And before the close of the chapter Lamech is boasting that he has outdone Cain’s bloodshed by a factor of eleven! These murders were, no doubt, a part of the “continual evil” that provoked God to flood the world in judgment. And the reason why God specifically prohibited murder when he renewed His covenant with Noah in chapter nine.

Recently, a large number of faithful, Bible-believing, Christian theologians, leaders and pastors signed their names to a document entitled, “The Nashville Statement” upholding what the Scriptures clearly teach about gender and marriage.

This document, along with the Christians who authored and signed it, were almost immediately denounced, deplored and abhorred by people without, and sadly within the Church. And all in the name of love, tolerance and exegetical superiority (i.e. the assertion that their newly-minted interpretations of Scripture overrule what the vast majority of God’s people have believed and taught for millennia.)

But make no mistake here. The issues of gender and marriage, coupled together with the issue of abortion; specifically, who gets to define gender and marriage, and who gets to determine who lives and who dies, are foundational issues. And they are foundational because everyone involved in the debate understands, at least at some level, that whoever decides and determines these issues is God.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

New Pro Abortion Law in Oregon


Albert Mohler's commentary on the new abortion law in Oregon, from the August 3, 2017 episode of "The Briefing." You can read ABC News' explanation of the new law here.

Thoughts on the Pro-Life Movement


Pastor Douglas Wilson discusses the following on his "Plodcast":
  • The Pro’s & Cons of the impatience of the Pro-Life Movement.
  • Human abortion is not consistent with the dignity of human life.
  • Why can’t certain states be sanctuary cities on the abortion issue?

Friday, July 14, 2017

Spin Me Once, Shame on You

Here is a "down and dirty" (or if you prefer, "short and sweet") expose' of Planned Parenthood's deceitful propaganda. At best, Elizabeth Warren has simply succumbed to PP's relentless spiel, and actually believes what she's saying. At worst, Warren is employing the left's "it's not wrong if it furthers our cause" ethic.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Answering the Rape Case Objection


Pro-lifers contending for life outside of abortion clinics are very often confronted with the, "Oh yeah, well what about cases of rape?" question. The answer to this question, and the one that it implies, is uncomplicated and direct. We don't believe in aborting babies that are the result of rape for the simple reason that we can distinguish between an offender and a victim.

The man who has committed the rape is an offender and ought to be punished as such. The woman who was raped is a victim and should be regarded and tenderly cared for as such. But the baby that resulted from the rape, like the woman, is a victim as well, and ought to receive the same status and care as the mother. To abort the baby is to treat it like an offender. To abort the baby is to agree with the rapist that using violence against the weak is an acceptable means to obtain what you desire.

Here is the story of a young woman who chose to have the baby that resulted from a date-rape. I pray that the church will rise up in support of the women who make this difficult, but ultimately beautiful choice.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

C-C-Courage!


As C. S. Lewis wrote in Mere Christianity, “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality. A chastity or honesty or mercy which yields to danger will be chaste or honest or merciful only on conditions. Pilate was merciful till it became risky.” 

In other words, doing good, and pursuing Christ-like character, is not something to do simply when it is easy. What really counts is when you continue being merciful or generous or justice-seeking or truth-affirming even when it is risky, dangerous, and possibly to your own disadvantage. To be merciful or loving or generous only when it is easy is not to be merciful or loving or generous at all.


Please take a few minutes to read Pastor Toby Sumpter's "call to courage" in the fight to abolish abortion. You can read it here. State sponsored civil disobedience anyone? 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Idonsinkso!



For a few months in 1976 I lived in a Christian Community in the mountains of Kangwando Province, Korea called Jesus Abbey. While there, I taught some of my Korean brothers how to play a card game my family called, “I Doubt It.” But the Koreans had great difficulty pronouncing the word “doubt” so we changed the oft repeated phrase to, “I don’t think so” which they gleefully pronounced as “Idonsinkso!”

Planned Parenthood loves to remind us how they are “all about women’s healthcare” and to minimize the abortion component of their gruesome business model. And every time I hear their spiel I think to myself, “Idonsinkso!” PP recently released its annual report, and unsurprisingly, their own numbers reveal the deceptive nature of its "women's health care" narrative.

The Big Picture:
The big picture shows that the abortion chain is losing clients and reducing what few health services it offers to women, while at the same time increasing its revenues and committing more abortions.

Some Specifics from the Annual Report:

  • Abortions are increasing at Planned Parenthood even when they’re declining nationally. The abortion giant committed 328,348 abortions in 2015 vs. 323,999 in 2014. That's nearly 900 abortions every day.

Monday, June 12, 2017

They Offered Their Children to Molech

Pastor John Smith of Evergreen Baptist Church in Cashmere has the distinction of being the only pastor in recent memory to contact the Wenatchee Right-to-Life folk before they reached out to him. Here is a sanctity of life sermon that Pastor John recently preached at his church.



If the Foundations Be Destroyed

Gathering of Pro-Life Pastors NCW October 18, 2017 (Genesis 2:21–25) So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and whil...