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

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Forming a Gospel-centered Response to Abortion

Forming a Gospel-Centered Response to Abortion

The challenge we face:
68,935 abortions in Florida in the year 2017*

"What does Christianity look like in a nation that murders its own children?"
~ Pastor Rusty Lee Thomas**

Sharing the truth of the sanctity of human life
76% of women indicate local churches had no influence on their decision to terminate their pregnancy***

     The spiritual battle behind abortion                                            
     Abortion the Devil & the Church-Exposing the Spiritual Forces Behind   
     Abortion - John 8:44; 10:10; Psalm 106:37-38**** Read or watch Here

  The Biblical case for life (creation, image of God, dominion, personhood)
    The Sanctity of the Unborn - Genesis 1:26-28; Psalm 139:13-16**** Read Here
    Pro-Life Apologetics - defending life in a secular culture
    The Scientific, Philosophical & Metaphysical Case for Life**** Read Here
    The clash of two worldviews behind the abortion debate
    Responding to 41 Years of Legal Abortion - Romans 1:25**** Read Here
     (Updated version - "How Valuable are the Unborn to God" ***** Read Here
    Abortion and the doctrine of Blood Guilt
    How Should I Respond to the Shedding of Innocent Blood?
    Genesis 3:15; 4:8-10; 9:5-6; Deuteronomy 21:1-9**** Read/listen Here                                               

    A compassionate response to the plight of the unborn                                       
    Are Unborn Children Our Neighbors? ****Read Here                                                             
    Image of God 
    Created in the Image of God 
    Genesis 1:26-28; 2:7; Romans 1:18-25 **** Read/listen Here

Ministering forgiveness, healing and hope to the post-abortive
52% of churchgoers who have had an abortion have no one at church who knows they have had a pregnancy terminated***                                                                                                 

Nearly two-thirds of women having abortions say they are Christians (Focus on the Family 2015)

35% of Christian women who have had an abortion indicate they currently attend church once a week or more***

23% of Christian women who have had an abortion consider themselves to be an evangelical Christian*** (250,000 evangelical women abort their children each year)  

65% report symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder they attribute to their abortions.*****         

Post Abortive emotional problems
anxiety/panic; grief/Loss; fear of losing your child; guilt; self-hatred; depression; anger/rage 

Post Abortive Behavioral problems: 
drug/alcohol/child abuse; promiscuity; eating disorders; protective parenting; inability to bond with children 

Responding with practical Gospel centered compassion  
Luke 10 - "Love the Lord your God...and love your neighbor as yourself." The lawyer asked, "Who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied, the traveller left for dead. What is love? Jesus, it is "Samaritan compassion." "Go and do likewise." According to Jesus our salvation has a moral imperative built into it with regard to the needs of those around us, our neighbors - those vulnerable to choose abortion, the 72,000 unborn murdered by abortion each year, and the post-abortive. "Loving my neighbor will occasionally arrest me, and maybe even require me to help prevent someone from being murdered." ~ Pastor John Ensor (Innocent Blood)
Some of the churches where I have brought sanctity of human life messages:                        
Calvary Chapel Pompano Beach, FL - Ken Kerrigan
Calvary Chapel Deerfield Beach, FL - Rian Gittman
Calvary Chapel Coral Springs, FL - (formerly Gus Flores)
Calvary Fellowship Freewill Baptist Church, Hollywood FL
Cathedral Church of God (COG Cleveland TN), Deerfield Beach, FL - (formerly Eddie Solomon)
Community Alliance of S. Florida (Brazilian) - Eddie Dutra
Community Baptist Church, Stuart, FL - Phil Smith
Faith Bible Church, Deltona FL - Zach Coleman
Fellowship Baptist Church, Hixson, TN
First Baptist Church Stuart, FL - Darrell Orman
First Baptist Church Oakland Park, Oakland Park, FL - Merlin Berkey 
First Christian Church Wilton Manors, Wilton Manors, FL - John Stauffer 
Hollywood Hills Alliance Church, Hollywood, FL - Tim Williamson 
Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, Pompano Beach, FL - Robert Stanley 
Jesus Is Lord Worship Center, Miami, FL - Verbert C. Anderson
Jesus Supernatural Life Center, Pompano Beach, FL - Gary McLamore
Moorepark Community Church, Three Rivers, MI - (formerly Ken Miller)
Mount Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Pompano Beach, (formerly Alonzo Neal) 
New Hope Community Church (C&MA), North Port, FL - Eddie DeJesus 
New Hope Fellowship (Nazarene), Palm City, FL - Gary Durham 
New Life Romanian Baptist Church, Hollywood, FL - Florin Vancea 
Piedmont Park Alliance Church, Tallahassee, FL - Chris Greaves 
Pines Baptist Church, Pembroke Pines, FL - Luis Acosta
Plantation Baptist Church, Plantation, FL
Restoration Outreach Church & Ministries, Miramar, FL - Gerard Bishop
Riverside Church, North Lauderdale, FL - Brian Brookins
The Harbour Church, Pompano Beach, FL - Darren Davis
The Lighthouse Chapel (C&MA), Port St. Lucie, FL - Jeff Norus
Tropical Farms Baptist Church, Stuart FL - (formerly Lee Fielder)
Westwood Church, (C&MA), Orlando FL - Dan Hall
Worldwide Christian Center, Pompano Beach, FL - O'Neal Dozier

Other venues:
40 Days for Life - Fort Lauderdale Campaign - Cast the Vision - September 2012
40 Days for life - Fort Lauderdale Campaign - Kick Off Rally - September 2012
40 Days for Life - Fort Lauderdale Campaign - Mid-Point Rally - October 2012
Faith Forum at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale FL
Florida Baptist Children's Home SOHL Regional Training, Miami FL
Florida Right to Life 2013 Pro-Life Leaders Forum, Orlando, FL
Florida State University Noles 4Life, Tallahassee, FL 
Flourish 2016 Conference (Catholic Witness), Fort Lauderdale FL
LifeChoice Pregnancy Center Banquet, Winter Haven FL
Nova Southeastern University Students for Life, Davie 
Tampa Bay ProLife Alliance, Tampa FL
Three Rivers Pregnancy Helpline Center Banquet, Three Rivers MI
Trinity Baptist College, Jacksonville - Chapel - Jeremiah Stanley, Dean of Students 
Trinity College, Trinity - Chapel - Al Depoutot, VP Student Development  
Trinity International University, Davie - multiple class lectures
Westminster Academy, Chapel, Fort Lauderdale FL
 15th Annual Pregnancy Care Center Conference, Lake Yale FL
South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary, Deerfield Beach FL

The Church for Life online resources
The Church for Life blog - see right side bar for messages & resource indexes 
The Church for Life on Facebook 

*See State of Florida Abortion Data - Induced Terminations of Pregnancy [ITOP] Reports (by county)                                                                                                                      
**Field Manual for Abortion Ministry, 2014 - Free download from Operation Save America website                                                                   
*** Study of Women Who Have Had An Abortion and Their Views On Church CareNet - Free  
**** This message is available online - see side bar indexes 
*****Rue VM, et al

The Church for Life
Helping the Church form a Gospel centered response to America's abortion crisis


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