Thank the Lord for any victory we can get!

I found this in my notifications. It would appear that the sole remaining abortion clinic in Missouri will be shutting its doors due to state regulations. Thank the Lord, one less clinic murdering children! May this be the first, and may they all shut down in short order!

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/planned-parenthood-missouri-last-abortion-clinic-says-it-may-lose-its-license-this-week-exclusive-2019-05-28/

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Missouri Abortion Law Challenged

My wife brought this story to my attention yesterday, and I knew that I had to write about it. If you claim to be Christian, and pro-choice, a position that will never cease to baffle me, then this is something that I think might bring the whole issue more into focus for you. You are literally standing on the same side as Satan. In standing for unrestricted access to abortion, you are siding with the enemies of the Almighty God you claim to follow, and find nothing odd about it.

Consider the following, in the State of Missouri the law requires a three day waiting period for an abortion. The law also requires that someone seeking an abortion must be given the opportunity to see an ultrasound of the baby, must be given the opportunity to hear the baby’s heartbeat, and must be given literature that states that human life begins at conception. The obvious intent, of course, is to discourage women from having an abortion, or at the very least, allow them to make a fully informed decision. Sadly, this means that many women will have no excuse when they must stand before the Lord, and answer for shedding innocent blood.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/satanic-temple-challenges-missouri-abortion-law-62308538

In the case presented here, what we have is a situation where a member of a Satanic temple has challenged the law, claiming that it violates her religious freedom because she neither wanted the literature, the doppler/ultrasound, nor the waiting period. Let me say this again. A worshiper of SATAN wants to change Missouri law so that it would be easier for her to murder her unborn baby.

Have any of you ever wondered at the odd turn of events when Satanists and Christians might stand on the same side of an issue?! If I’m not mistaken, Scripture has a lot to say about this, and the basic message is: DON’T!!! How much clearer can this be? If it is something that Satanists want so badly they’re going to fight it out in open court, then it is something we ought to be fighting against! Rather than backing their play, the Children of Almighty God ought to be in there facing off against them!!!

Not only did Jesus speak to this, but so did Paul, James, Peter, and all the rest. Consider 2 Corinthians 6:14,

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

What does it mean to be yoked with someone? It means to be in relationship with them, to be bound to them, to have common cause with them. This applies just as much in marriage relationships as it does in championing a political cause; in this case, a cause in which people wish to murder the weakest among us in the name of Satan! How far have we fallen as a society when Satan no longer feels the need to hide his activities?! Now, I am neither making things up, nor am I imagining things. These people genuinely worship Satan, and I don’t mean in the metaphorical sense, as they claim. I mean in the literal, they-have-knowingly-forsaken-Almighty-God sense. What does God say about people like them? Isaiah 5:20, KJV,

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Does this mean that we cannot be friends with unbelievers? No. What it means is that we must avoid any entanglements with people who would lead us away from God, and this includes supporting any political ideologies that violate the Laws of God. What it also means is that the Lord has something in mind for those who make a free-will, conscious decision to defy Him at every turn. You do not want to get caught in the crossfire when that happens, and it will.

It is because of this that I have, on more than one occasion, turned my back on longtime friends, and even family, for the sake of my God. Jesus said in Matthew 10:37-39,

He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. 39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

Too many people, in behaving in a manner that they think is more Christ-like, are compromising the Gospel Truth that they are charged with sharing with the world. The end result is that they will find themselves compromised and in a position where they must choose between their God, and His Enemy. In Matthew 10:28, Jesus speaks to just how far we must be willing to go to follow Him,

And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

To make things a bit more clear, consider Matthew 7:21-23,

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Now, let us bring this entire message together. We are COMMANDED to love God with all our hearts, our minds, and our spirits. We are COMMANDED to chuck it all in, and follow Him, even if it means that the world hates us, curses us, and seeks to kill us. We are COMMANDED to oppose that which God opposes, and support that which God supports, and He has NEVER been ambiguous about ANY of this. We need only pick up a Bible, and see what it is that God loves, and what He hates, and take our cues from that. Yet, some would ignore these facts, and stand in support of people who dedicate their lives to doing what God hates and what Satan loves! What exactly is it that we are missing here?! How did we, as a society, get to the point where we turn a blind eye to the wanton, murderous sacrifice of babies, and still have the temerity to call ourselves civilized?!

Here is my challenge to you, the pro-choice Christian. You have a decision to make, and neutrality is not an option. Do you wish to BE a Christian, to follow the commands of your Almighty God, or do you wish to turn your back on Him, and become a friend to the world? Take your time, choose wisely, this is literally for all of the marbles.

Some Thoughts on Unplanned

Last night, my wife and I took the opportunity to attend a pre-screening of the new movie, “Unplanned”. For those who don’t know, this movie tells the story of former Planned Parenthood director, Abby Johnson, and how she went from pro-choice to pro-life.

A few thoughts. First, this movie doesn’t deserve one bit of the R rating it was given, though I definitely think the makers of this movie ought to regard that as a badge of honor. They made a movie that was so clean, it made most TV shows from the 50’s and 60’s look like the trash we find today, and still managed to pick up an R rating. That is nothing short of impressive.

Second, the production value of the movie was surprisingly good for Pure Flix. Don’t get me wrong, I love Pure Flix and what they do, but they are not attracting the same caliber of actor as Hollywood. Given the blatantly satanic nature of virtually everything Hollywood and the music industry produces, I would suggest that is a good thing.

Third, when the movie was over and we came out, there were representatives from several pro-life organizations waiting to speak with us and share information. Included in that was information regarding a “Declaration of Life” that Focus on the Family is inviting people to sign. This declaration will later be presented to Congress.

Here is the text, in case any are curious:

A Declaration for Life

As our nation nears the terrible milestone of 50 years of legalized abortion—an era that has robbed an estimated 60 million Americans of their very right to life—we lament the extermination of an entire generation of talent, productivity, and potential. Now we face aggressive efforts to even expand this tragic practice. This is not progressive or compassionate; it is madness. Therefore …

WE PROCLAIM that abortion at any stage of development represents the taking of a human life. Science, reason, and common sense attest to this. Because this is true, the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness must extend to babies in the womb just as much as to every other citizen.

WE EMBRACE the indisputable scientific reality that life in the womb is worthy of protection from the moment of conception. The same DNA and genetic markers that testify to our uniqueness at birth are also present when we are conceived. Life in the womb is “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Sacred scripture and prenatal science both proclaim this.

WE DECLARE that legalized abortion is wholly incompatible with the virtues of compassion, freedom, and equality that characterize a healthy and just society. As state legislatures expand abortion up to the moment of birth and some leaders advocate outright infanticide, our culture’s decades-long embrace of legalized abortion has reached a tragic new low point.

THEREFORE, as concerned citizens, we are reinforcing our commitment to speak up on behalf of the most vulnerable among us. It is imperative that churches, individuals, and communities—people of faith and all people of goodwill—work together to end this tragedy.

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, do hereby affirm our commitment to: 1) advocate for pro-life legislation at the state level, including a ban on late-term abortions and those targeting babies on the basis of disability, sex or race; 2) promote the end of government funding of the abortion industry; 3) vote for candidates who respect the sanctity of life; 4) urge the appointment of constitutionalist judges who will protect the fundamental right to life; 5) support both women in unplanned pregnancies and their babies through the good work of Pregnancy Resource Centers; 6) encourage and promote the beauty of adoption; and 7) pray fervently for a nationwide reawakening to the value and sanctity of every human life.

Until that day comes, we will continue to push back against the culture of death. This is the moment we unite with one voice and proclaim, “No more.”

We are pro-life.

My sincere hope is that so many will sign it that people have to sit up and take notice. I also hope that so many people go to see this movie that there is standing room only.

Here is the link:

https://focusonthefamily.webconnex.com/co-new-york-abortion-response?visitorid=fcb3b1b6-28ca-4033-b0a1-c5eb374c1385&extra_data=%7B%7D

The Continued Depravity of Our Time

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20, KJV

I am writing this on the heels of the blog post I have just shared. When I read through that post, I could not shake the feeling that there was more that needed to be said. In an effort to draw out what that might be, I went and visited the website for the #shoutyourabortion! movement, and was not disappointed. (https://shoutyourabortion.com/#the-movement) There they were, happily showing me what more needed to be said.

I’ll begin with a statement made right on the website, “Abortion is normal. Our stories are ours to tell. This is not a debate.” Let’s take a moment and just unpack that one statement, shall we?

First, the overall tone is one of defiance and a bit of fear. The person who came up with this line was seeking to create a rallying cry, a statement that everyone could rally behind, and find courage in the idea that there is strength in numbers. Anyone familiar with Texas history would know what this is, given that the forces under Santa Ana were defeated under the rallying cry of, “Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!”.

Used properly, these cries become an amazingly unifying force, even bringing rivals together to fight for a common goal. For Pro-Lifers, one example would be, “End Abortion Now”, and it’s a statement I stand firmly behind. This statement is one that Pro-Lifers of many stripes can get behind, whether they are Christian, Jew, or Atheist, it is a shared goal.

When used incorrectly, you have examples like this, in which people are being asked to stand behind something so morally reprehensible that it brings to mind Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, and Communist China. In other words, it brings to mind mass-murder and genocide, all of which Hitler, Stalin, and Mao worked very hard to justify through some of the same means.

Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, estimates show that there have been an excess of 60 million abortions performed in the U.S.; a number that doesn’t take into account the number of chemically induced abortions. That is a number that Pharmacists for Life International estimates to be roughly 250 million! (http://www.pfli.org, and http://checkyourfact.com/2018/07/03/fact-check-60-million-abortions/)

When those figures are combined, that number reaches an astonishing 310 million abortions! For comparison, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that our current population is somewhere north of 321 million people, with a difference of approximately 11 million people! Try to wrap your head around that, 310 million babies killed! That is a number that is comparable to the entire population of our country!

This number actually dwarfs the number of people murdered by their own governments, an act known as Democide, in the 20th Century! Estimates place the total number killed by the likes of Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pohl Pot, and Castro at approximately 120 million, and our nation alone has managed to eclipse that number by nearly 100 million people! Good Lord, forgive us for sitting on our hands and allowing the slaughter of innocents to take place right under our own noses.

Next, we tackle the statement, “Abortion is normal”. Really? Well, if it were actually normal, then they would not have felt the need to make such a statement. In effect, they are saying that murder is normal. Abortion is murder, so their logic dictates that murder is normal, right? When last I checked, there is nothing normal about murder, and this certainly does not change this fact.

According to Embryology texts, each zygote produced at the moment of conception is a unique and individual human being, separate and genetically distinct. Thus, the Pro-Life assertion that an embryo, or a fetus, is a human being is a position backed by both the Bible, and science. Taken together, that can be counted as a certainty.

Now, Merriam-Webster defines murder as, “the crime of unlawfully killing a person especially with malice aforethought.” The Bible holds a similar definition, in that one must be justified in the taking of a human life, or else it is murder. In Exodus 20:13, for example, there is the clear command to not commit murder. The word used, ratzak (Strong’s H7523), translates as “murder”.

Taking both points and bringing them together, we can show that:

1. Unborn children are in fact human beings, and deserving of human rights, by extension.

2. That murder is the unjustified taking of a human life. As no one can come up with any form of legal or moral justification for an abortion, then abortion is murder.

3. That our civilization, when you count up the number of all abortions carried out in all Western nations since the first time a nation decriminalized abortion, is guilty of facilitating and/or carrying out the worst campaign of mass-murder in history; to the tune of hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people murdered.

More than 300 million in our nation alone, and that is only an estimate. What makes it worse is that our birth rate is already in the basement. In order to maintain a viable population, as well as to maintain our cultural integrity, there is a hard minimum of children born per woman, and we are falling far short of it.

For a developed country, that number is 2.1, according to the NIH. The NIH also states that the birth rate in our country is presently 1.74 for native born Americans. At this point, our saving grace is immigration from countries with traditionally higher birth rates than ours, as they are making up for our shortfall. What this means is that native-born people in this country stand a very good chance at being completely replaced in the foreseeable future. This is not a racial thing, either. It applies all across the board, white, black, asian, Native, etc.

Next, the assertion that their stories are theirs to tell. Well, I can hardly argue with this point. They say that confession is good for the soul, and telling one’s story can be a form of confession if they have committed a crime. As these women are guilty of murdering their own children, telling their stories could count as a confession.

I’m sure God is all ears, so let it out. Confess your sins to the Lord, repent before Him, and change your life. Oh, you are proud of what you did? Well, that counts as a whole other matter, does it not? He has had no small amount to say about the unrepentant, and it does not bode well for the people in this movement.

Finally, we come to “This is not a debate”. When someone is holding a position they absolutely believe in 100%, they will not worry a moment over a challenge to their position. For example, if you were to read back through my posts, you will note that I not only invite dissenting voices, but pledge to respond to critics first. Why? I am not afraid of being wrong, and am 100% convinced of my position.

Contrast this with the statement found on this website. They do not wish to discuss or debate, which leads one to wonder if they are not aware on some level that they are 100% wrong. Only pride and/or shame would make someone hide from Truth, which is why pride is the deadliest of sins. For the people in this movement, can anyone guess which motivator is the driving force behind their unwillingness to hear a single dissenting voice?

A Few Moments of Beauty

My wife and I recently made a trip to visit my parents in Colorado. We went because it was beyond time for me to go see my mother, and I had put it off for far too long. My mother is currently suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s disease, which has essentially stolen my mother from those who love her the most. Needless to say, I was very much hesitant to go.

What can someone say when they look into their mother’s eyes and see endless confusion and fear? Those are the moments that leave you silenced by a lack of anything meaningful to say. There simply are no words that can adequately describe that anguish.

The day we arrived, my stepdad drove my mother out to us, and took us to dinner. This was one of the points where the trip came into focus. I was not there just to see my mother, I was also there to see my stepdad and let him know that he is not suffering alone. It was the first time we had spoken in this manner, and it made me realize that I had been deeply unfair to him for many years.

Over the course of the next few days, we spent a great deal of time with them. We also got a much needed break from our kids, and even got to enjoy a mini-honeymoon (we didn’t get to have a real one). Overall, it was a good trip. We even got to have dinner with my sister and brother-in-law, and left with some of my childhood pictures, which we plan on having scanned and stored.

Earlier this week, I took a call from my sister. I was at work, but it was so unusual for her to call me during the day that I had to answer. She had called to tell me that our mother is dying, and that she is not expected to make it through the week. Her condition is deteriorating so rapidly, no one can do anything about it.

I am faced with the very real prospect of flying out to sit with my mother as she leaves this world, and it is tearing me apart. No matter how many times I remind myself that she is going to be with the Lord, and that her mind will be clear and sharp, it does not seem to dull the ache. I guess it not meant to.

I want you folks to do one simple thing. If you are still able to do so, give your mothers a big hug, and thank them for giving you life. Do not allow such an opportunity to pass you by. You never know when you will have the chance to do it again, if you do in fact get a chance. In so doing, you will create a few moments of true beauty.