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Fetal Life Matters

A young woman, 35, called into a local talk-radio program and said that she was a devout Christian, reared in a Republican home by Christian parents, but she was in favor of abortion and would vote for the Democrat presidential candidate.

The radio host reminded her that the church was opposed to abortion, and he questioned the woman’s honesty:

Something doesn’t add up. You say that you are a devout Christian, raised in a conservative home yet you’re going to vote for someone who supports unrestricted, taxpayer-funded, full-term abortions.

The woman replied,

I just don’t believe that’s what the church teaches. The church didn’t always teach that abortion was wrong. In my research I found that the Jews and Christians had no rules against abortion. Only in the last 200 years has it become an issue with fundamentalists wanting to keep women barefoot and pregnant.

One of the distinctions of ancient Judaism was its opposition to abortion and infanticide which were commonly practiced throughout the pagan, Greco-Roman world to control slave populations and cover the sin of sexual immorality. Philo of Alexandria, a Jewish philosopher at the time of Christ, condemned the practice; and Jewish Christians upheld the precept that abortion was murder. Saving the life of the mother was the only exception.

Augustine, in the 5th century, revived the Aristotelian teaching that the fetus has no soul until it becomes animated; but this was rejected by the orthodoxy which preserved church doctrine that the fetus is ensouled at conception.

When does life begin? Tertullian wrote:

In our case, a murder being once for all forbidden, we may not destroy even the fetus in the womb … To hinder a birth is merely a speedier man-killing; nor does it matter whether you take away a life that is born, or destroy one that is coming to birth (197 AD).

… all knew well enough that a living being had been conceived, and pitied this most luckless infant state, which had first to be put to death …

Now we allow that life begins with conception because we contend that the soul also begins from conception; life taking its commencement at the same moment and place that the soul does. The law of Moses, indeed, punishes with due penalties the man who shall cause abortion (210 AD).

Robert H. Brom, Bishop of San Diego, wrote:

The Catholic Church has always condemned abortion as a grave evil. Christian writers from the first-century author of the Didache to Pope John Paul II in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae (“The Gospel of Life”) have maintained that the Bible forbids abortion, just as it forbids murder.

The Didache (The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles) dates to the first century, and is a summary compilation of Apostolic doctrines:

The second commandment of the teaching: You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not seduce boys. You shall not commit fornication. You shall not steal. You shall not practice magic. You shall not use potions. You shall not procure abortion, nor destroy a newborn child (70 AD).

Pope John Paul II:

I declare that direct abortion, that is, abortion willed as an end or as a means, always constitutes a grave moral disorder, since it is the deliberate killing of an innocent human being. This doctrine is based upon the natural law and upon the written word of God, is transmitted by the Church’s tradition and taught by the ordinary and universal magisterium. No circumstance, no purpose, no law whatsoever can ever make licit an act which is intrinsically illicit, since it is contrary to the law of God which is written in every human heart, knowable by reason itself, and proclaimed by the Church.

The evidence, then, is that the church has always upheld the sanctity of life. What about the Democrat Vice-Presidential candidate who professes Christian faith?

Said the candidate:

I’m Catholic; I’m against abortion. But I’m going to take an oath to follow the law, and I will follow the law. I will represent all the people.

Well, if he publicly supports abortion how is he representing all the people? How does his position align with the millions of people who are opposed to the procedure? How can a man, in good conscience, deny his faith in pursuit of power? As Peter told the high priest, We must obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29). The higher (moral) law must always reign in the hearts of God’s people, or else our faith is in vain and the Lord is denied.

The history of the term barefoot and pregnant is debated, but it became a signature phrase of radical feminists who wanted to denigrate the sanctity of motherhood. It was an assault on family values to suggest that women had no worth outside the home. What, there is no worth in being a mother?

How enlightened we have become to believe such lies. In ancient days there was great honor in motherhood. The story of Hannah reveals the disquietude of a barren woman who could not conceive. Such women were socially outcast and cruelly taunted.

What does Paul mean in 1 Timothy 2:15?

But women will be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint.

Motherhood is a blessing from God. A woman is transformed by the bonding self-sacrifice in caring for a child. It is love perfected — a sanctifying love that is a gift from God.

David said that before his conception the days of his life were ordained by the LORD (Psalm 139:13-16).

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

What David called unformed substance, abortionists dismissively call fetal tissue. And we can’t overlook the fact that abortion is an appalling act of racism sponsored by the party of slavery. Though blacks make up only 13% of the population they account for 37% of all abortions. Martin Luther King asked, How can we achieve the Dream if we murder our babies? Every aborted baby is like a slave in the womb. [Source: Alveda King]

How is it that the Democrat Party receives even one black vote? As the toll rises ever closer to 60 million abortions we have to wonder how the government, entrusted by God to protect us, can willfully facilitate the murder of the most innocent, most vulnerable among us — the unborn.

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Molded in Obedience

potter

In the beginning … (Genesis 1:1).

God created you. From nothing we were created. In everything we owe Him … including a sin debt that only the Son could pay.

But what is sin? When a court decides, for example, that pornography cannot be defined (because obscenity is an abstract concept) then we can more clearly understand how moral relativism — a human construct — lies in disobedient opposition to the constraints of a righteous God. We decide what is right based upon our fallen sense of social justice — a paradigm that has become gospel for liberal Christians.

Pastor Kevin DeYoung (of The Gospel Coalition) posed 40 questions for Christians who are waving the rainbow flag. His article has been shared (to date) 400,000 times on Facebook, and tweeted 3000 times. [1]

Here’s a sampling:

Question 7: When Jesus spoke against porneia what sins do you think he was forbidding?

Question 11: As you think about the long history of the church and the near universal disapproval of same-sex sexual activity, what do you think you understand about the Bible that Augustine, Aquinas, Calvin, and Luther failed to grasp?

[Is God not as enlightened as you?]

Question 13 has been on my mind as a Christian who is politically active. How is it that the man who sits in the White House, and the woman who aspires to succeed him, have defended the historical, cultural, social and Biblical definition of marriage? Until now.

Sin, or moral transgression, is incontrovertibly defined in the Torah. There were sins unto death (see related 1 John 5:16) — many of which were of the provincial nature of sexual immorality. God unmistakably hates sexual sin. He created sex for the purpose of reproduction which can only be conceived between a man and a woman. The proper and natural use of sex is beautiful (and undefiled). It sanctifies — makes holy — the bed of matrimony.

Evil perverts and distorts that which is ordained, and makes it unclean. The world — which is under the power of the Wicked One — conforms to the deception because it appeals to the carnal nature of man. Christians, some of whom are in bondage to the flesh, are exhorted to not be conformed to this world  (Romans 12:2).

In this age of grace we do not stone people to death for committing adultery. Is God lax in His judgement? Of course not. His disapproval of sin is not unchanged and will be dealt with on the last day. But in this dispensation (note small letter “d”) we have been given the opportunity to receive mercy through the blood of the Lamb.

We will all die physically because of sin, but those who reject Jesus Christ will suffer even the death of their soul. Pews are full of christians who sit in church, but walk in step with the world. To conform to the world is to reject the Son of God.

You may call yourself a Christian, but do you humbly (and without condition) yield your life to Christ? Are you obedient to Him, or are you a friend of the world? The world celebrates immorality. Bluntly speaking, Christians who march under a rainbow flag thumb their noses at the face of God.

Why does the LORD so hate this type of sin? Porneia (πορνεία) was idolatry — a moral transgression associated with fornication, prostitution, bestiality, incest, adultery and homosexuality. Such were these offenses commonly practiced in the pagan world where creature worship was the prevalent religion.

Israel was commanded to drive out evil from the land of Canaan — a typology of the uncircumcised — and to not associate with nor intermarry the inhabitants. Israel (and Judah) were not so obedient as they conformed to, and adopted, the sinful practices of their godless neighbors. The people of God became so degenerate and perverted that the male cult prostitutes (homosexuals) operated sex booths in the temple of God (2 Kings 23:7). 

Sexual immorality is an abomination unto the LORD. Alluding to this, the Pharisees said to Jesus, “We are not born of fornication” (John 8:41). Though they meant, in context, to defend their legitimacy as sons of Abraham — it was also a slight by some to question the birth of Jesus. Either Joseph “knew” Mary before they were married, or she had relations with one not her betrothed. By the second century a number of pagan writers commonly dismissed the Matthean account of the virgin birth of Christ while the “church” faithfully upheld the tenet of Mary’s purity; and that sex was in the confine of Holy Matrimony. Conforming to the world’s practice is a lie.

So, then, what is honored by God (before marriage) is abstinence and virginity. That is not, however, what the world proclaims nor do some Christians obey.

We are so moved by human sensibilities that we can’t hear the voice of the LORD. Surely, it is righteous to permit women to abort their children. Allowing for the varied reasons why this procedure is done we have to consider that, in most cases, it is simply a form of birth control. The Center for Disease Control records that 85.5% of abortions are performed on unmarried women. [2]

Delicately speaking, people who are having abortions should not be having irresponsible sex. People, and some Christians, hate me for saying so, but chastity is a virtue.

And I am comforted by the words of my Master:

If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you (John 15:18). 

We don’t seem to understand that this is God’s world. We humbly serve Him. He made the rules. Isn’t that the way of life within the nuclear family? Where do we get the right to countermand His laws because they offend us? Where is it written in Holy scripture that God favors unnatural or extra-marital sex? Why did Jesus affirm the Genesis account of marriage (Matthew 19:4-6)?  Yes, God is love although agape love is not permissive, but corrective. Again, not unlike the nuclear family where parents make the rules and punish the child who disobeys.

The train, my brothers, is off the track. And Christians who have punched their ticket on this journey are in peril of discovering that it is one-way only. Be ever mindful that you are the clay — God is the potter.

His will be done.

Notes:

1. 40 Questions for Christians Now Waving Rainbow Flagsby Pastor Kevin DeYoung, The Gospel Coalition.

2. Abortion Surveillance, Division of Reproductive Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Center for Disease Control, 2011.

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I Knew You in the Womb

The Word of God:

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you (Jer 1:5).

LORD, we ask on this National Day of Prayer that You pour out the Holy Spirit upon this nation and her people. Forty years ago, the Supreme Court of our land legalized the horrific act of abortion. Since then, 53 million babies have been killed. We know from Your word that You love the little children. You knew them and blessed them before they were born as it is written:

Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb. I, the LORD, am the maker of all things (Is 44:24).

Did not He who made me in the womb make him, and the same one fashion us in the womb (Job 31:15)?

Yet You are He who brought me forth from the womb; You made me trust when upon my mother’s breast. Upon You I was cast from birth; You have been my God from my mother’s womb (Ps 22:9-10).

For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them (Ps 139:13-16).

Thus says the LORD who made you and formed you from the womb, who will help you. Do not fear…(Is 44:2).

  • You called upon Your servant Sampson from his mother’s womb to the day of his death (Jdg 13:7).
  • Your prophet Isaiah was called from the womb; from his mother’s body You named him (Is 49:1).
  • Isaiah was honored that he was formed from the womb to be a servant of the LORD (Is 49:5).
  • The Apostle Paul proclaimed that he was set apart from his mother’s womb to reveal the Son of God (Gal 1:15-16).
  • John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother’s womb (Lk 1:15).
  • The wicked are evil from birth. From the womb they have been estranged  (Ps 58:3).

Our Lord Jesus Christ said:

See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven  (Mt 18:10).

LORD, the children of our womb are the most innocent of Your flock. May the Holy Spirit change minds and convict hearts of those who have sinned against You. The politicians, doctors, clinics and patients who, without regard or fear of Your divine will, are equally guilty of this violent act executed upon the most vulnerable among us. The children are our inheritance, and their right to life is God ordained. We pray that You extend grace and mercy upon our nation; and blot out this culture of death that has separated us from Your good will and forgiveness.

Father, we ask these things in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Amen.

In 1970, Norma McCorvey was a young woman seeking to abort an unwanted pregnancy. She hadn’t the means to seek the procedure so she carried the baby full-term and offered it up for adoption. McCorvey (Jane Roe) became the lead plaintiff in the infamous Roe v. Wade class-action lawsuit that was decided by the Supreme Court in 1973. The Court’s decision essentially legalized abortion.

McCorvey had a sordid family background that included alcoholism and abuse. She was raised a Jehovah’s Witness; dropped out of High School at 14; married at 16; pregnant three times before the age of 21; involved in a lesbian affair; converted to Christianity in 1994; became actively involved in the pro-life movement in 1995; and converted to Catholicism in 1998.

In 2005, she petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade; and in 2008, she supported Ron Paul for president due to his unyielding support for the civil rights of the unborn.

However, McCorvey has stated that she was used by the lawyers in the Roe v. Wade case. Having falsely testified that she was raped, thinking that would garner sympathy from the court, McCorvey simply confessed: All those years I was wrong. I was wrong. It was so clear. Painfully clear. 

We have examined the data [compiled 1999-2008] from various sources including the Center for Disease Control, the National Institute of Health, and Planned Parenthood to share with our readers a profile of abortion in the United States.

  • More than a million abortions are performed every year.
  • The number of babies killed by abortion equals the number of soldiers killed in all of America’s wars.
  • Every day, more babies are killed by abortion than those killed on 9/11.
  • Planned Parenthood performs 300,000 abortions every year.
  • About 4 in 10 of unwanted pregnancies end in abortion.
  • One-fifth of all pregnancies are terminated.
  • Women aged 20-29 accounted for 57.1% of all abortions reported.

The Center for Disease Control reported (2009) that 85% of all abortions were performed on unmarried women, and the reason given was unwanted pregnancy. Medical, rape or other reasons accounted for 13% of termination.

We have always argued that abortion was nothing more than birth control practiced by irresponsible people engaged in reckless and risky behavior.

Fornication is a sin. Abortion is murder. Permit us to sound like fuddie-duddies, but unmarried people should not be having sex. Sex is a gift from God to be shared within the bond of holy matrimony. Virginity is the greatest gift you can give your spouse. It is horrific to us that people will shamelessly violate the will of God, and the innocent will die. This nation is under the judgement of God, and abortion is just one cause.

Planned Parenthood, which so actively participates in the sin of infanticide, emerged from the American Birth Control League established by Margaret Sanger who opened the first birth control clinic in 1916.

Sanger, a controversial figure in the science of eugenics, believed that birth control was a useful method to ensure the stamina and fitness of the race. Her views have been debated by those who claim she supported sterilization and racial purity although she was praised by Martin Luther King, Jr. during his acceptance speech of the Margaret Sanger Award in 1966.

Finally, it is worthy to note that when a pregnant woman is murdered, or killed in an accident, the defendant can be charged with double homicide. Curious that the courts recognize the life and civil rights of the unborn.

Check out this list of people who were adopted, and not aborted:

  • Aristotle
  • Art Linkletter
  • Bo Diddley
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • George Washington Carver
  • James Michener
  • Jesse Jackson
  • John Hancock
  • John Lennon
  • Michael Reagan
  • Moses
  • Nancy Reagan
  • Nat King Cole
  • Nelson Mandela
  • President Gerald Ford
  • President Bill Clinton
  • Priscilla Presley
  • Sarah McLachlan
  • Steve Jobs (Thanks Mom for not aborting me!)

And, we are thankful that Mary did not abort Jesus. May God bless you all; and those who are yet born, but known to Him. To God be the glory.

Suggested Reading: Thanks Mom for Not Aborting Me!

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