The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.

I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

John 10:10 ESV

Monday, November 25, 2013

Abortion, the Devil & the Church - Exposing the Spiritual Forces Behind Abortion

I gave this message at New Hope Fellowship in Palm City, May 19, 2013
View the PowerPoint slides on Microsoft Web App HERE
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LIsten to this the latest version of this message given at Calvary Chapel,
Pompano Beach FL on January 15, 2017 HERE

Before we begin I want to acknowledge that I understand that abortion is a controversial subject, and may be difficult perhaps even painful for some to think about.Statistics would indicate that in most audiences I speak to there will be individuals whose lives have been touched by a abortion.  I want you to know that I am aware of that.

Perhaps you have had an abortion, or in some way were a participant in an abortion. You pressured a girlfriend, wife, daughter, granddaughter or niece into having an abortion. Perhaps you paid for an abortion. Or you have lost a brother or sister, grandchild, niece or nephew to abortion.

As followers of Jesus Christ we must be willing to address this subject from the authority of Scripture. But, as we take this journey, we must do so in the context of two very important Biblical truths.

Let me illustrate it this way. (Slide 2) There are two things a train must have to safely arrive at its destination. Two tracks. Two tracks that run parallel to each other all the way to its destination. A train will go nowhere without riding on both tracks at the same time all the way to the end of the rail line.

In the same way, we must communicate what God says about abortion in the context of God's grace and God's truth. You see, theologically grace and truth always go together. In fact, they are theologically inseparable. They are like the two sides of the same coin. You cannot have one without the other. And here's why this is important.

Pastor Randy Alcorn has written, (Slide 3) "Grace without truth deceives people, truth without grace, crushes people."

We will never understand God's grace apart from God's truth. But God's truth will  always lead us to God's grace. And as we begin this morning let me impress this upon you. If your life has been touched by abortion, while you cannot escape the truth about abortion nor some of the consequences of your abortion, please know that there is forgiveness, there is healing and restoration in the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is a way to resolve the guilt, shame and hurt that abortion will bring to the human experience. And I want you to know that you are in the right place to hear that Good News. No one is here to condemn or judge you. On the contrary, we are here to extend love and compassion and a message of hope, healing and restoration available to you by faith in Jesus Christ. You are in a safe place in this church.

(SLIDE 4) Abortion was legalized just over forty years ago on January 22, 1973. According to the National Right to Life, on that day,

"...the Supreme Court handed down its Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions legalizing abortion in all 50 states during all nine months of pregnancy, for any reason, medical, social, or otherwise.”

In other words, a woman was given the legal right to take the life of her unborn child at any time during the nine months of pregnancy, right up to moment of natural child birth, for virtually any reason.

Notice first of all, the Sanctity of the unborn. What value does God place on human life? To answer that we begin with creation. (SLIDE 5) Man was created by God, in His image and likeness,

 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created them.” (Genesis 1:27) "...then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” (Genesis 2:7 ESV)

It should be clear from the Biblical creation account that man is not the product of a random, meaningless evolutionary process over billions of years. Man is not the result of a cosmic accident. God intentionally created man with capacities reflective of Himself, In other words, in His image. As He said in Isaiah 43:7, man was “created for my glory.”

Man is made in the image of God. In his book, Man: The Image of God, (Slide 6) pediatrician, Dr. John Rendle-Short, M.D. points out the Godlike qualities man Shares with God.

Language – humans can communicate. My dog Maggie can bark, whine, and growl, but I have yet to hear her utter a single word, no less speak a sentence.

Intelligence – man can think. Not only is he a rational being, he can think in the abstract. For example, he can compute complex mathematical, chemical and engineering formulas.

Creativity – his intelligence allows him to create sophisticated products. He can send a man to the moon, and speak instantly around the world from a cell phone or the internet.

Love - he can have relationships and live in fellowship and community. Man is a social creature with the ability to love and be loved; with the ability to care for and nurture its young; and to live in committed relationships, like we have in marriage and the family.

Holiness - man has a moral conscience with the ability to tell right from wrong.

Immortality – man is eternal. Unlike the rest of the animal world, he will live forever.

Freedom – man can make choices.

All of this “because he is human, made in the image of God.

(SLIDE 7) Notice the Personhood of the unborn. This is what God said to Jeremiah, (1:5) “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Before there was any physical manifestation of Jeremiah in the womb of his mother, God knew Him. Listen to this incredible incident. These words were spoken by Elizabeth who was six months pregnant with John the Baptist when Mary, just days pregnant with Jesus Christ, visited her.  Luke 1:41-44  (Slide 8)
        
"When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: 'Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!
(SLIDE 9) But why am I so favored, hat the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.’"
Do you realize what took place? The text says that John the Baptist, leaped for joy in his mother's womb when he came into the presence of Jesus Christ, God incarnate who was but days old in the womb of his mother Mary. This is the first record of worship of the Messiah. And it took place in the womb. I call it intra-uterine worship.

Do you see the personhood of the unborn in these narratives?

(SLIDE 10) You see, the Biblical evidence is clear. The unborn are created by God and for God. They are created in His image. They are recognized by God as distinct and unique persons even in the womb. Life begins at conception.

The scientific evidence leads us to the same conclusion. Douglas Erlandson writes, (SLIDE 11)

“When the fertilized egg (or zygote) is first formed, it already possesses its full complement of DNA or genetic information. (SLIDE 12) That information never changes. A person’s sex, blood type hair and skin color, and future height are all determined in that first cell. From that moment on, unless its life is terminated, it will develop until it becomes an adult human being.”
Professor Micheline Matthews-Roth, M.D. of Harvard University Medical School, (SLIDE 13) writes, “…It is scientifically correct to say that an individual human life begins at conception…”
(SLIDE 14) Who is behind abortion? The Biblical evidence would indicate that abortion is a Satanic enterprise. (SLIDE 15) John chapter eight records an encounter between Jesus and the religious leaders. In that exchange Jesus said this about the devil,
"The devil…was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies."  John 8:44 (NIV)
(SLIDE 16) Here Jesus identifies two roles of Satan: A murderer from the beginning and a liar and the father of lies. Has he been successful?
(SLIDE 17) It is estimated that between 40 and 50 million unborn babies are killed by abortion worldwide each year. About one in five pregnancies end in abortion worldwide.  (AGI “In Brief”, October 2007)
(SLIDE 18) Dr. Brian Clowes estimates there have been 1.72 billion abortions worldwide since 1973. That's an average of 117,800 per day for 40 years!
(SLIDE 19) In 2011, 1.21 million unborn babies lost their lives to abortion in the United States. Since 1973, almost 56 million unborn babies have been killed by abortion.
(SLIDE  20) Abortion is the most frequently performed elective surgery in America. Over 3,315 a day. 22% of all pregnancies (excluding miscarriages) re surgically aborted. About one in three American women will have had an abortion by the time she reaches age  45.” (Guttmacher Institute, 2011)
(SLIDE 21) In Florida, 76,138 unborn babies lost their lives to abortion in 2012. (Florida Agency for Health Care Administration)
(SLIDE 22) 743 unborn babies were aborted in St. Lucie County in 2012. That is an average of over 56 a month.
(SLIDE 23) In the fist half of 2012, 3284 babies were aborted in St. Lucie County and 150 in Martin County, which tells us abortion is now available in Martin County.
(SLIDE 24) John Powell has written,
“In the United States it is statistically confirmed that the most dangerous place for anyone to be, with regard to the preservation of one’s life, is in the womb of one’s mother.”  (Abortion: The Silent Holocaust)
(SLIDE 25) In John 10:10, Jesus said, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy." The Devil has been very successful in carrying out his agenda.
(SLIDE 26) Satan is a liar and the father of lies. Deception proliferates in the abortion industry. In fact, deception characterizes the abortion industry.
(SLIDE 27) Deception involves telling lies. These were the words of an abortion counselor: "Although the test is positive, you shouldn't consider yourself pregnant," she explained. "It's really just cells dividing at this point. We can take care of the problem quickly and easily, and you'll never have to think about it again.”
She made four statements. Each statement was a lie.
(SLIDE 28) Deception involves withholding the truth. This study showed that, “Even though the majority felt rushed and uncertain, 67% received no counseling; 79% were not told about alternatives to abortion.” (VM Rue et. al., Medical Science Monitor)                                
(SLIDE 29) As Pastor Randy Alcorn has noted, "In America it is illegal to harm your pre-born child, but it is perfectly legal to kill him.”
(SLIDE 30) You see, deception leads to moral schizophrenia.
(SLIDE 31) The Devil is “a murderer., a liar and father of all lies.” These two “attributes” expose him as the Architect of Abortion.
(SLIDE 32) Look with me at the ancient origin of child killing. We trace it to Molech worship. Molech was a god of the Ammonites the descendants of Lot. Molech was a fertility god whose worship included child sacrifice. Ezekiel 16:20-21 records God's words, (SLIDE 33)
“And you took your sons and daughters whom you bore to me and sacrificed them as food to the idols… You slaughtered my children and sacrificed them to the idols.”
(SLIDE 34) King Solomon built the first high place for the worship of Molech. Subsequent kings continued the practice including King Ahaz and King Manasseh who sacrificed their own children.
(SLIDE 35) Notice the parallels with abortion: In Molech worship a child was sacrificed to gain Molech's favor. In other words, the parents sacrificed something of value, their child, to gain something at a given point in time they considered to be of even greater value. For example, seeking Molech’s favor for a good harvest, victory in battle or financial well-being.
Notice the similarity with abortion. In abortion the mother sacrifices the life of her child for something, which at that time is of greater value to her than the child. Her education, avoid personal shame, finances, personal convenience, her career, birth control.
(SLIDE 36) Sacrifice for what? Pastor John Piper,
“Abortion in America is not done consciously with any desire to get blessing from a deity. But it is done to gain something 'better' than the baby—the life of a child is being sacrificed for something. What that “something” is defines the barbarity of our culture.”
Do you see the deception? The Scriptures identify the demonic nature of this child sacrifice in Psalm 106.  (SLIDE 37)
"They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons. They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was desecrated by their blood."
There are distinct parallels between Molech worship and modern abortion. (SLIDE 38) Abortion is the “sacrifice” of the unborn. “They sacrificed their sons and their daughters.”
The unborn are family – our sons & daughters. “They sacrificed their sons and their daughters.” Abortion sheds innocent blood. “They shed innocent blood.”
The innocent blood of the aborted is sacrificed to demons. “They sacrificed…to demons.”
(SLIDE 39) Eric Holmberg and Jay Rogers, in their work, Massacre of Innocence, summarize,
“The spiritual heritage of the Moabites and the Ammonites is passed down to our own day through abortion. Today the church is fighting against those same spiritual forces for the very survival of our nation.”
Pastor Randy Alcorn,  (ProLife Answers to ProChoice Arguments)
“As the devil loved the sacrifice of children in the ancient heathen cultures, so he loves the sacrifice of children in our modern culture. Whether children are sacrificed to a heathen god called Molech or to the god of our own convenience, he does not care. Whether these children are born or unborn does not matter to God’s enemies, for each of them is equally created in the image of God, and by killing them Satan comes as close as he can to striking out at God Himself. In killing those created in God’s image, Satan kills God in effigy.”
Lest you think that abortion and the demonic is just ancient history, let me bring you up to date.
(SLIDE 40) Modern feminism, witchcraft & abortion.
(SLIDE 41) In December of 1985, this article, entitled, "Feminist Spiritualism and Abortion" appeared in the feminist Ms. Magazine, written, and I emphasize, by feminists about themselves.
"The feminist spirituality movement began to emerge in the mid-1970s and has become one of the largest sub-movements within feminism...to the women in feminist spirituality, witchcraft had even a more fundamental meaning. It is a woman's religion, vilified by patriarchal Christianity, and now, finally, reclaimed.”
(SLIDE 42) Eric Holmberg & Jay Rogers have this to say about what was in the article, “Much space was given to goddess worship or adulation of the various demons associated with child sacrifice (including Isis and Aphrodite).” (Massacre of Innocence)
Let me give you just a sampling of the thinking of modern day feminists. (SLIDE 43)
Patricia Baird-Windle owned three abortion clinics responsible for 65,000 abortions. In an interview after retirement she said, "Abortion is a major blessing and a sacrament in the hands of women..." (The 'Sacrament' of Abortion: An Interview With a Retired Abortionist.")
(SLIDE 44) Rev. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, President of the Episcopal Divinity School in New England said the following in a sermon given in Birmingham Alabama in 2007.
“When a woman becomes pregnant within a loving, supportive, respectful relationship; has every option open to her; decides she does not wish to bear a child; and has access to safe, affordable abortion– there is not a tragedy in sight – only blessing.”
(SLIDE 45) Episcopal Priestess, Dr. Carter Hayward, told the National Abortion Federation in 1985, "Abortion would be a sacrament if women were in charge. Abortion should be a sacrament even today."
(SLIDE 46) One of America's educators, Psychologist Dr. Ginnette Paris, in her book The Sacrament of Abortion, wrote,
“It’s rare for a woman to choose abortion because in some way she dislikes the fetus. She sacrifices it for the sake of something she judges at this moment to be more important, whether it be her existing children… or her own physical, economic, or psychological survival or the fate of the planet."
Do you remember what I just shared, comparing abortion to child sacrifice? She continues,
“When abortion is necessary, not only should there be no shame but there should be a new consensus that to have a child who cannot adequately be cared for is shameful…                        It is not immoral to choose abortion; it is simply another kind of morality, a pagan one.”
(SLIDE 47) Frank Pavone, commenting on her book writes,
“The fact that some defend abortion as a sacred act should alert us to the depth of the spiritual warfare that is going on. Abortion has never been merely or even primarily apolitical issue. It is a false religion."
He writes of a former abortion clinic security guard who "...after being converted, admitted why he was angry at pro-life sidewalk counselors  'You were coming to protest in front of our church. That clinic was where we conducted our worship.’”
(SLIDE 48) Unmasking a "woman's right to choose" and "reproductive rights."
If you watch the news; if you read the secular press; if you listen to the main stream media; if you dialogue about abortion around the water cooler at work or at home over the back yard fence, these are the words that always come into play. These are the two terms the proponents of abortion use to frame the debate. "A woman's right to choose" and "reproductive rights" are code words for a woman's right to take the life of her unborn child. The key Scripture that addresses this issue is Genesis 3:1-5. (SLIDE 49)
"Now, the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God really say, “You must not eat from any tree in the garden?” The woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, “You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.” ‘You will not surely die,’ the serpent said to the woman. 'For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Note the significance of the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil." Here are the temptations: (SLIDE 50)
To live independent of God. Self-idolatry – self love rules. Man becomes his own god “you will be like God.” Man determines right and wrong (moral relativism). This is the underlying premise of the proponents of “a woman's right to choose" and "reproductive rights.”
As Dr. Carl Ellis has said, "Eve became, in essence, the first secular humanist."
Notice the link between abortion and the Garden of Eden. "I do not what a child at this time." Pastor John Piper points out that the legal right “to choose” gives women the legal right to define personhood or play god. He says, (SLIDE 51)
“…the awesome thing is that we endow her will not just with sovereignty over her unborn baby, but with the authority to define it. If she wants it, it is a baby, a person. If she does not want it, it is not a baby, not a person.” (John Piper, “Abortion & the Tree of Knowledge of  Good & Evil.”)
(SLIDE 52) Pastor Randy Alcorn,
“The prochoice position always overlooks the victim’s right to choose....The blacks didn’t choose slavery. The Jews didn’t choose the ovens. And the babies don’t choose abortion.”
How should the Church respond? (SLIDE 53)
First of all, we must repent of abortion in the church, "There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: hands that shed innocent blood” (Proverbs 6:16a,17b)
(SLIDE 54) Live in sexual purity. There is a direct link between sexual immorality and abortion. About 80% of abortions are performed on unmarried women. "…among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity.” Ephesians 5:3 (NIV)
(SLIDE 55) Why repent of abortion in the church? 43% of women having abortions identify themselves as Protestant, 27% as Roman Catholic. (AGI, “In Brief” July, 2008)
Focus on the Family's heartlink.org report that 250,000 evangelical women choose abortion each year.  (www.heartlink.org)
Do you think we need to talk about abortion in the church?
(SLIDE 56) We must also be careful in this discussion not to overlook the sometimes complex circumstances of those facing unplanned or crises pregnancies. This demands a practical and compassionate response by the church. Over 50% of all women who have an abortion feel they have no choice.
(SLIDE 57) Notice some of the reasons women have abortions. Forced by their mother; father opposed; persuaded by husband or boyfriend; never given an option; loss of family support; would be kicked out of their home; persuaded by the clinic. (Frederica Mathewes-Green, Real Choices)
(SLIDE 58) As you might know, one of the ways the Church is responding in a practical and compassionate way in St. Lucie and Martin counties is through the ministry of CareNet Pregnancy Services of the Treasure Coast. They operate a pregnancy resource center on SE Federal Highway in Stuart and one in Port St. Lucie at 8432 S. Federal Highway.
(SLIDE 59) These are just a few of the free services this ministry provides: First and foremost, they share the Gospel. They offer, Free pregnancy testing, STD/HIV testing, ultrasound pregnancy confirmation, counseling by trained advocates, community referrals and resources, an abortion recovery ministry and more.
The church should take ownership of these pregnancy resource centers. This is where the truth about abortion and the gospel of Jesus Christ are confronting the Satanic lies and deception of today's culture of death. It is where church members, the Body of Christ are intervening in the lives of men and women often at a critical time of decision when they need love, compassion and the gospel of life.
The church must also reach out and minister to the post-abortive. Does abortion hurt men and women? (SLIDE 60) This study showed that, “65% report symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder they attribute to their abortions.” (VM Rue et, all)
(SLIDE 61) This is, I emphasize, a short list of emotional and behavioral problems experienced by the post-abortive: emotions such as anxiety/panic, grief/loss, fear of losing your child, guilt, self-hatred, depression, and anger/rage.
Behaviors such as drug and alcohol abuse, child abuse, promiscuity, overprotecting parenting, eating disorders, and inability to bond with children.
You probably realize as you look at this list, that these are very common problems pastors and counselors deal with every day in their ministry. It is important to realize, that the root cause of anyone of them, could be past involvement in abortion. Oh that God would give us the grace and perhaps the courage to simply ask this question in the counseling room, "Could it be that your life has been touched by an abortion?" That question could unlock the door to wonderful healing and restoration.
The abortion recovery ministry of CareNet I spoke of a moment ago is called C.A.R.E.  That stands for Confidential Abortion Recovery Experience. C.A.R.E. brochures are available in the foyer and Pam Durham who heads up that ministry is here this morning to share with anyone after the service. Perhaps you know someone whose life has been touched by an abortion. Please pick up copies of the brochure to share with those at work or school, in your neighborhood or family. Among other things, you will find Pam's cell number and a confidential, dedicated email address that goes only to Pam in the C.A.R.E brochure.
What I want to leave with you this morning is that there is forgiveness, healing and restoration for the post-abortive in Jesus Christ. is a priority here at New Hope Fellowship.
Several years ago I was on Facebook one Sunday afternoon. A pro-life advocate was having an online discussion about abortion. A woman came into the discussion, telling us she had three abortions in her past.  Listen what she went on to say, (SLIDE 62)
“The consequences to women who have had abortions (and men as well) cut deep into the soul…The post-abortive women sitting in church on a Sunday morning need to hear about forgiveness for ALL SIN through Jesus Christ….abortion is not the unforgivable sin so many think it is... women need to know there is healing and hope in Christ that they may also forgive themselves.”
That is the toughest battle that the post-abortive experience. It's one thing to receive Christ's forgiveness. There usually has to be a deeper work that allows them to come them to a place where they can forgive themselves.
The host asked her about how she was dealing with the loss of her three children. This was the powerful testimony she then shared,
“…the fact of the matter is that I don’t grieve any more. Christ has delivered me from all of the pain through his healing power! I know that one day I'll stand in heaven finally meeting my three precious children: David, Rebekah, and Grace Hope!... when they've asked the Father why they couldn't be with me on earth or why they never knew me here, He’ll look at them with love and say, “I don't remember” 
You see, the blood of Jesus Christ shed over 2000 years ago, has covered our sin - all of our sin! If by faith in the Lord Jesus you have received his forgiveness and cleansing, there is a way to resolve the guilt, shame and hurt that abortion will bring to the human experience.
If you today are not reconciled to God through faith in His Son Jesus Christ, today can be your day of salvation. The healing can begin.
(SLIDE 63) There are two conclusions I have been sharing with the Church for a number of years now with regard to abortion. The Body of Christ, the church, is the only organism (institution) spiritually equipped to engage the Satanic forces behind abortion.
You are familiar with Paul's words, "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood." I have been out praying in front of abortion clinics, and I have spoken to groups that have gone out to pray in front of abortion clinics. I have reminded them over and over again, the people doing the abortions, the people coming for the abortions, the proponents of abortion, the legislators, the governors, the presidents who are defending abortion, they are not the enemy, they are victims.
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”  Ephesians 6:12
"The god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ." 2 Corinthians 4:4
(SLIDE 64) Therefore the Church must take the lead in the efforts to end abortion.
Abortion is first and foremost a gospel issue. Two years ago, I spoke at the Rally for Life outside the Federal Courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale. These were among my closing remarks.
Ultimately, the gospel of Jesus Christ is the solution to America’s abortion crisis. Innocent blood has polluted the land and profaned the name of the Lord, But there is a greater blood shed at Mount Calvary that can transform the heart of a mother so she will choose life for her child that can cleanse the guilty, forgive, heal and restore those involved in abortion. What America needs to hear is God’s Truth about abortion wrapped in the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.
When the church sees abortion as a Gospel issue we will win the battle for life! Christ has already won the victory! (SLIDE 65)
“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.” (Colossians 2:9-10)
Paul goes on to say, verse 15 (SLIDE 66)
“...having disarmed the powers and authorities, [God] he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross."
This is how we respond to 40 years of legalized abortion. Unashamedly proclaim the gospel of life, while responding with compassionate and practical help like that offered at the CareNet centers.
I close with this illustration, John Ensor wrote, "The commands of Scripture exist that we might be compelled to do what does not come naturally." (John Ensor, Innocent Blood)
(SLIDE 67) In Luke chapter ten Jesus tells the story of a man on his way to Jericho from Jerusalem who was robbed and beaten and left half dead alongside the road. Three different individuals had the opportunity to come to his rescue, in all likelihood to save his life. Two of the three did not respond to the needs of the man bleeding by the side of the road. Those two were the church leaders of that day, a priest and a Levite, responsible for the spiritual care of their nation. And Jesus points out that not only did they fail to respond but, they "passed by on the other side." In other words they went out of their way not to respond. Jesus then pointed out that the one who proved to be the neighbor to the dying man was the one who showed mercy to the badly beaten traveller. He then said, "Go and do likewise."
(SLIDE 68) John Ensor, in his book Innocent Blood, defines "Samaritan compassion " this way,
"Doing right in the sight of the Lord means acting to stop the shedding of innocent blood. The only person in Jesus’ parable who is pro-life according to the demands of love is the Samaritan. Only he was willing to make the nearly dead man’s problem his own. Only he was willing to see the victim’s suffering as his own. Only he was willing to act according to what he would cry out for if their positions had been reversed."
(page 54)
(SLIDE 69) The writer of says, "Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death; Don’t stand back and let them die. Don’t try to avoid responsibility by saying you didn’t know about it." Proverbs 24:10-12
Two years ago, Flip Benahm, on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, (January 22, 2011) released this statement,
"Abortion will come to an end when the church of Jesus Christ makes up her mind it will come to an end - not a second sooner. The responsibility for ending abortion rests squarely upon the shoulders of the Church of Jesus Christ."
I think he was right.
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