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Agape Defiled: How the Church Has Failed 55 Million Orphans | BreakPoint

Agape Defiled: How the Church Has Failed 55 Million Orphans

By: Rolley Haggard Published: May 9, 2013 8:20 PM

There’s an elephant in the living room. Only it isn’t an elephant, and it isn’t in the living room. It’s a golden calf, and it’s in our baptismal font and our pulpit and our sanctuary and our Sunday School class and our Bible study group and everywhere else we worship and serve God, because, truth be told, it’s in our hearts.

To put it bluntly: We, the church of Jesus Christ, have an idol.

It’s called ministry.

Ministry?

Yes, ministry: busying ourselves with the things of God. Granted, ministry seems very un-idol-like. But then, subtlety is the hallmark of seductive sins. It has been the devil’s most effective stratagem since the beginning of time: Get the sin to seem no sin. Better, get it to seem like service to God. Better still, get it to be service to God. Sins don’t get more subtle than that, nor does idolatry seem like idolatry when we’re busy doing things God instructed us to do. It seems like true Christianity, like pure and undefiled religion.

But is it? Even ministry can be idolatry when it supplants what God most wants from us. What is the acid test of true Christianity, of pure and undefiled religion? What does it look like?

Pure and Undefiled Religion

We are not left guessing. In James 1:27, God tells us what “pure and undefiled religion” looks like: “Visit[ing] orphans and widows in their distress.” That’s divine shorthand for serving “the least of these” with sacrificial agape love. Acts of compassion, exemplified by coming to the aid of suffering women and children, are the distinguishing marks of true Christianity.

The American church, by stunning contrast, has been characterized the past 40 years—ever since Roe v. Wade—by the deliberate and thoroughgoing neglect of 55 million orphans in exquisite distress. One has to wonder if the cold indifference shown by the church to these orphans could have been any more absolute had salvation itself depended on completely ignoring them.

Orphans?

Yes, orphans, in the truest sense. These little victims, before having their lives snuffed out in abortion, were emphatically orphans, for there are two ways a child becomes an orphan: One is to lose his parents; the other is for his parents to abandon him. It doesn’t take a Solomon to see here the applicability of James 1:27.

Yet for four decades the church has fastidiously refused to muster aid on behalf of these little people and against one of the most barbaric and inhumane practices imaginable. Not only has the church opted not to visit these orphans in their distress, but by refusing to voice any significant public moral objection, the church has actually gone to the opposite extreme and given tacit sanction to their cruel mutilation and murder.

And this comports with James 1:27, how?

No one will answer that question because there is no answer. We are wholly without excuse. We have ignored not only the soundless cries of these abandoned orphans, but more ominously, the unequivocal declarations of our God and Father as well.

This raises the additional and perhaps more deeply soul-probing question: If pure and undefiled religion in God’s sight is to visit orphans in their distress, then just what kind of religion has the church been practicing since 1973? What kind of religion is it whose defining characteristic is the refusal to visit tens of millions of orphans in their inconceivably great distress?

Defining Characteristic?

Yes, defining characteristic. A defining characteristic is the feature most notable and distinctive about a thing. A hundred years from now history will remember us not for our missions or evangelism or our ministry, much less for our fidelity to the Bible. It will remember us for our breathtakingly thorough disregard of orphans in their distress.

Abortion continues to flourish largely because of us. We could end abortion overnight—if we really wanted to. The present generation of Christians will no more be lauded for its service to Christ than would a perverted pastor who preached spellbinding sermons and won thousands of souls by day, but committed pedophilia against a four-year-old child by night.

We will not be remembered for the religious busyness we called ministry—in the final analysis, this amounts to so much window-dressing in the sight of God—but for refusal to give Christ the one thing He wants in evidence of true love for Him: that we would love our neighbor as ourselves.

The logic is inescapable: If pure and undefiled religion in the sight of God is to give compassionate, sacrificial, agape love to abandoned children, then American Christianity is grotesquely impure and defiled—like a river of life befouled by the corpses of too many children for even the angels to count.

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Solomon: The Mother’s Day Ruminations of an Abandoned Son

Call me her son, but not my mother deem
The one who gave me life enough to taste
The barest part of God’s ecstatic dream,
Then rid me from her womb with wicked haste.
“Considered innocent till guilty proved”
So said the law she praised, yet gave me death
With no defense, who not so much as moved
A tiny fist or raised his voice in threat.
She thought it wisdom plotting my demise
And naming “Orphan,” by default, her son;
But she by murder made that son more wise;
For cenotaphs shall dub him “Solomon,”
Who, like the Sage, is sure a mother true
Would not consent to cut her child in two.

Rolley Haggard is a feature writer for BreakPoint.

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SIDEWALK CHRONICLES: “How can my friend get past her abortion?”

THAT is probably the number one question I am most often asked, after “Don’t you people have a job?” People are funny…

Yesterday, a woman said that her friend confessed to having an abortion many, many years ago and can’t get past the ‘past’. She asked my opinion of what to tell her, and here it is: JESUS.

In my mind’s eye, I see a crucified Jesus dying on a cross for me…bloodied, bludgeoned, humiliated. He died a public death for ME and my sinful past that cannot be erased from my memory or the history that others insist on remembering, you know….just in case I forgot ;)

My Faith is in my risen LORD. It is His shed Blood which washed my sin away never to be remembered again. Then, it is up to ME to rest in His finished work on the Cross, that I AM FORGIVEN and that NO ONE can take that away from me. EVER.

My dear sisters in the LORD: If you have had an abortion, I understand what you are going through, I have carried that bag. You do not have to carry this heavy burden any longer! TRUST IN JESUS – He will forgive, He will LOVE you, He will protect you!

Way too often I hear how God cannot possibly forgive them. NOTHING can be further from the truth! It isn’t God who won’t forgive, it’s people…people that you TRUST who will try to separate you from God by reminding you of your past. Relative righteousness is how people feed off other’s miseries and histories. Do not be fooled, God is not MOCKED; He will make beauty FROM ashes!

We need to require more from our friends and family who seek to keep us under subjection to THEM.

We are His, We are forgiven, We will NOT be forsaken.

Jesus said: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” [Matthew 11:28-30]

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America’s Greatest Tragedy in Your Own Backyard? Yes.

We see neighbors walking for fitness sporadically while we are on the sidewalk. Yesterday, a neighbor walked right in front of us in her brand new blue Nike’s and asked: “Is THAT an abortion clinic?”

I was kind of shocked by that…how can she, or anyone else, not know this? We have Life Chain, TWO 40 Days Campaigns per year (3-4 rallies apiece), constant vigil particularly when the facility is open….“Is THAT an abortion clinic?” WOW. But my surprise is short lived: Churches refuse to acknowledge this facility, too….or we would see much more activity….which we don’t. The Church won’t dirty their hands with America’s greatest tragedy.

KEEPLIFELEGALTip of the iceberg, I’d say. Who else doesn’t know? If there is no participation from the churches in the community, how can they know?

Some abortion facilities hide very well from their neighbors and local businesses – and then there are others that ‘hide’ in plain sight. Haskell’s murder mill tried to hide but it didn’t quite work. His legendary work of being a ‘pioneer’ of the partial birth abortion didn’t help his anonymity much.

This killing facility has been at the exact same address since the mid 80’s. I’ve seen the county auditor report for how much money the property has LOST through the years. It’s been an eyesore on this community and has literally brought down the property value of nearby homes. A house right behind it can’t sell at all. Who would want to live right behind a place that murders unborn infants? KEEPLIFELEGAL

“Is THAT an abortion clinic?” You have wonder how many other people who live near the place have no idea that America’s greatest tragedy is right in their own back yard. Conversely, I’m sure that many don’t care that this murder mill is in their midst…until they try to sell their home. Are they ‘sincerely deceived’?

America’s greatest tragedy is sat squarely in a neighborhood with families, retirees, parks, churches…right in your own backyard.

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SIDEWALK CHRONICLES: The Post Abortive Life of the Prolifer in the Abortion Wars

I stand with many people on the sidewalk from other walks of life, religions, and why they come to the battle ground of the abortion wars. We each have our own story, mine is unique…so is yours.

All I can do is give an account of what it is like to be post abortive from my perspective and in the line of fire.

Let me start off with GOD IS GOOD! I couldn’t do any of this without His mercy and grace. While I did not have the strength to overcome from my own family, I have a heavenly Father who loves and forgives and WANTS me to overcome, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me,” [Matthew 16:24]. I had to first deny myself – who I WAS without Christ – and pick up the cross that no one else will and be the disciple I am meant to be. 

OSAscreenshotfuneral1As I continue along in these abortion wars on and off the sidewalk, people ask me what it’s like to be post abortive. I’ve always found this hard to explain but today I had a revelation that explains it fully. I came across a new Operation Save America video from their last national event in New Orleans. The event included an aborted child’s funeral in Jackson Square. A young man was carrying this tiny casket…and there it was.

Post Abortive women carry this tiny but very heavy casket of their own aborted child [or children] everywhere they go. The weight of it is incredible; the casket not only has our dead child in it, but it also has all of the regret, shame, guilt and self-hatred with it.

Every day without Christ, the tiny white casket gets heavier and heavier. There are days when we really think everyone else can see it and THAT is excruciatingly painful. It’s like the scarlet letter, out loud and for everyone to mock and scorn.

With Christ the burden is lighter but still there, it was my own sin that led me down a path to being post abortive. Because of the loving kindness of a risen Savior, I can now be the soldier in the war to stop what killed my unborn child. My scarlet letter will always be there but I wear it differently – my pain can keep another from taking a step down the same path.

On the sidewalk, we openly tell people what abortion is, what it will do today and what it will do in the future. There are no lies and no exaggerations, only truth and the Gospel. OSAscreenshotfuneral2

During the funeral, Father Frank Pavone said it best: “Because they were killed in secret, we will honor them in the broad of day. Because after all, the killing of these children by abortion is promoted and advertised publicly; well therefore we are going to honor them publicly.”

I publicly honor my child every day I am on the sidewalk. THAT is how I heal from abortion.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.” Psalm 3:5-6

Special thanks to Operation Save America, Fr. Frank Pavone, and Stand True AND my husband for honoring the children lost to abortion.

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REAL BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS: The Abortion Wars Continue

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Under the noses of tourists, neighbors and other locals, abortion is being sold. You need to look behind the centuries old architecture, art museums and music. The French Quarter is not the heart of the city…the new Planned Parenthood regional abortion facility site is squarely seated right in the middle of the city, by design.

Recently I finished a prolife missionary trip to Louisiana and Texas. While in New Orleans, I went to the site of the regional abortion facility that Planned Parenthood is TRYING to build. Over a year ago, I went to the Press Rally and since then all that has been built is a rent-a-fence, some concrete forms and roughed-in utilities; photos are below.

Louisiana Right to Life put up signage the day after I left NOLA; I was a bit concerned that I saw no one there both days. Apparently they need more sidewalk warriors to cover some prayer time [HINT 2014-07-07 09.47.47HINT]. The photo shows the only bit of ‘life’ at the Planned Parenthood site, and was apparently vandalized. LRTL should be more concerned and willing to check on the property; the sign was there both days. Not good.

However, this week a national prolife minstry called Operation Save America is having their annual national event in New Orleans and has made quite the splash. According to the local newspaper, there will be ‘heightened security, both uniformed and plain clothes’. That does not hinder this group because they follow the law, not break it. Simply, OSA is there to protect the unborn, preach the Gospel and community outreach. God Bless them for what they do and please pray for their safety.

Boycotting works; telling the TRUTH works. Some of the contractors and subcontractors had no idea that they were working on an abortion facility and left the job. Others have not left, click here to see who is still on the job.

Pray that Planned Parenthood gets the hint to LEAVE and a gospel mission of prolifers and ministers stay to spread the love of Jesus Christ; without Him, we are nothing. With abortion, we die…every one of us.
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TESTIMONY: Choosing LIFE & Faith, no matter what.

For there to be a testimony, there has to be a test. And as Christians, we are tested all the time. In a time when a woman finds herself pregnant at the very worst time, God tells us it’s never bad time to be the life giver He made women to be. Since the foundation of the WORLD we have been known by God, each with a divine purpose only He can give.

FAITH.

Being on the sidewalk, we hear so many ‘reasons’ why they can’t have their baby. But there are no reasons…not ONE…good enough to kill an innocent unborn child entrusted to the parents by God.

What a blessing to read this incredible testimony given by God’s woman, a woman who follows Him no matter what. After all, lemonade tastes much better than sour, bitter lemons.

Thank you God’s woman, for sharing this incredible testimony, and thank you for choosing LIFE: “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ,” [Gal 6:2]

Written in her own hand, enjoy this beautiful testimony:

One year ago today at this time I was saying hello for the first time to my 2nd little bundle of joy, Zachary! I knew as soon as I found out he was a boy that the Lord put the name Zachary on my heart for him. I knew the meaning of the name at the time but I didn’t know why in particular the Lord wanted me to name him it until after he was born. You see I’m not going to go into details but a few months before Zach’s birth I started going through one of the worst times of my life and it was something completely out of my control. There was nothing I could do to avoid or help the situation but I had to just deal with it and do it 7 months pregnant at that! The beauty of being a child of God though is that I didn’t have to deal with it on my own but as always my Heavenly Father was right there by my side taking care of me in any way He could. If I only had the time to tell you all how many ways God has showed me how much He loves me and has had my back through this thing! One of the biggest ways was by Him giving me Zach. Before his birth I honestly was a little worried about how I was going to take care of a newborn and a 3 year old in my emotional state but after he was born and I spent a little time with him I understood immediately why the Lord gave me the name Zachary for him. Zachary means “God remembered” so you see in a time of deep despair God remembered me and gave me a literal bundle of joy! He really is just the happiest most laid back baby ever and has been since his birth. You can pretty much guarantee a laugh out of him whenever you see him. Of course my 3 year old already made me smile and laugh everyday no matter what but the Lord gave me another little blessing to make me smile and laugh even more despite what I was going through. Words can’t even describe the love I have for my 2 little boys and the joy that they bring to my life! [Anonymous]

The Bible says, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Jesus

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SIDEWALK CHRONICLES: Are we doing it wrong?

Well, to be sure IF you are doing it wrong, there has to be a benchmark to judge by. And right now, I see none in the region where we live and witness.

Being a Christian comes with responsibilities to others, and not just the ‘pretty’ ones. How many times have prolife ministries come churches to be a presence on the sidewalk? But do they come? Not many, if any at all.

Okay, how many times has prolife ministries mentioned through social media a prolife ministry opportunity and hardly anyone shows?

KEEPLIFELEGALHmmm, and why won’t Pastors do anything outside of the box on the other side of their church doors? How many Pastors are within a quarter mile distance from the abortion facility and NEVER come to the sidewalk to pray? Is the planned execution of the unborn NOT ministry?

In a four county metro area, there are over 840K residents, and HUNDREDS of churches that circle just ONE ABORTION FACILITY. Still, no one comes. They know the need, they understand the fate of nearly every unborn baby that goes there…still no one comes.

We go to the Statehouse to protest and testify for our precious unborn, to legally further their rights as citizens to be protected. Very few Pastors come to rally at the Capital for the ‘least of these’, if any at all.

WE HAVE TO FIGHT THE OPPRESSION THAT KEEPS CHRISTIANS AND PASTORS FROM MINISTERING TO THE LOST AND DYING IN OUR OWN BACK YARD!

Everyone loses in the abortion wars; babies die, parents are heartbroken, the economy suffers, God is ANGRY and the Church does nothing when it was their fight all along.KEEPLIFELEGAL

Christians, you’re doing it wrong. Just because you don’t go doesn’t mean abortion went away. The sidewalk is still there, full of grief and pain. The sidewalk needs every one of us to go and pray.

Jesus said, All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.” [Matthew 25:32-33]

The Church allowed abortion, now it’s time to take it back. Go to the sidewalk, tell your Pastor to go to the sidewalk….and PRAY.

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Ending Abortion: Is There a ‘Silver Bullet’? | BreakPoint

Let’s Fire the Gun and See

By: Rolley HaggardPublished: June 12, 2014

In a recent Life Report podcast, esteemed colleagues Steven Ertelt (founder and editor of LifeNews.com) and Josh Brahm (director of education, Right to Life of Central California) took issue with the notion there can be a “silver bullet” to ending abortion. The discussion centered around one “silver bullet” in particular: something I proposed in a 2012 BreakPoint piece titled “We Could End Abortion ‘Overnight’—If We Really Wanted To.” The plan I proposed is called The One-Minute Strategy to End Abortion.

Responding to the article, Ertelt stated, “We can’t, unfortunately, end abortion right now, even if we wanted to, and many of us do.”

Brahm concurred. “My concern,” he said, “was [the strategy] doesn’t deliver on the promise. . . . I agree with [Haggard] against apathy. . . I’m just concerned with the way the article is written because it basically says if every pastor spent one minute on Sunday morning talking about abortion, like, the church would unify, and we would raise up, and . . . end abortion . . . ‘overnight’. . . What if everybody rose up; then what?”

I think my friends miss the whole point of the One-Minute Strategy. It is not about the “then what?” It is aboutgetting to the “then what?” The first and greatest obstacle to ending abortion is the apathy we agree is rampant. Overcome the apathy—i.e., get the church to “unify” and “raise up” —and we’re nine-tenths of the way home. And that’s the point of the One-Minute Strategy: to overcome church apathy.

Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, understands the need for this. He wrote in response to my article:

Is the Church too reluctant to address the issue of life from the pulpit?

Even more to the point, why doesn’t the scourge of abortion shock more Christians? . . .

If people saw the faces, as God does, if people saw snapshots of the lives that were to be, I think more would see and agree that every child deserves a chance and has a right to life.

And if that were to happen, yes, I think we could end abortion overnight.

The One-Minute Strategy is all about making people “[see] the faces, as God does.” Abortion is far too much “out of sight, out of mind.” As a result, the vast majority of those who call themselves pro-life do exactly zero to actually help bring about the end of abortion. There’s no better place to change that than the pulpits that reach tens of millions of people every week.

Two years have passed since the One-Minute Strategy was proposed, and it remains largely unimplemented. A possible explanation is that it has no merit. That would comport with the views of Ertelt and Brahm.

Another possible explanation is that the non-implementation simply proves the thesis advanced in the proposal: that the chief problem preventing a speedy end to abortion is pastoral apathy. Church leaders simply refuse to implement it.

Putting the Question in Perspective

To even ask if there is a “silver bullet” to end abortion is kind of like going back in time and asking General Eisenhower before the Normandy invasion if D-Day is going to be successful. The point is, if you have a plausible strategy, unless it is patently a fool’s errand, you can’t not try it. Too much is at stake.

We have a plausible “D-Day” strategy for ending abortion quickly, and it is no fool’s errand. It doesn’t require the scrapping or overhaul of any of the many strategies currently in place. It preserves and complements and even leverages all of them.

What sets it apart, besides stunning simplicity and ease of implementation, is that it directs the focus of efforts to the number one problem hindering a relatively quick end to abortion: the church.

Is it truly a “’silver bullet”? The only way to tell for sure is to pull the trigger. The better question to ask is, can we afford not to try it? Surely, 41 years and 57 million dead give us our answer.

The ‘Silver Bullet’

The One-Minute Strategy is an almost embarrassingly simple plan, calculated to make the evil of our age the burden of our age. Until abortion becomes the intolerable burden of the majority, the tide will not turn.

The Strategy will hasten the process in two stages. First, it will make abolishing abortion a top priority with every pew-sitter by making it a de facto priority with every pastor. Next, it will lead to congregation-led non-violent direct action to end abortion as people begin to ask, “What can we do?”

Non-violent direct action, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., noted, “create[s] such a crisis and foster[s] such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored.”

The One-Minute Strategy is predicated on the belief that if an awakened church en masse makes enough noise, the community–the voting public, the political apparatus, and the courts–will be forced at last to confront the issue in a definitive way.

The ‘Gun’

If the “silver bullet” is the strategy, then the “gun”’—the mechanism of delivery—is the church. Earlier I stated that the church is the number one problem to ending abortion quickly. Now I’m suggesting it is the solution. I’m not contradicting myself. The church is the number one problem precisely because it could and should be the solution but thus far has failed to be.

Imagine if law enforcement officers refused to enforce the law. Overnight, crime would become rampant. Policemen would go from being the solution to being the problem.That is exactly where we are with the church.

‘Refuse’ is a strong word, but sadly, it fits. As Franklin Graham noted at the Family Research Council’s recent Watchmen on the Wall National Briefing, the church has steadfastly refused to step up to its God-given responsibility to preach on abortion. Addressing a room full of pastors, he made this stinging indictment:

Who are the cowards [of Revelation 21:8]? A coward will not confront an issue that needs to be confronted due to fear.

God hates cowards. And the cowards that the Lord is referring to are the men and women who know the truth but refuse to speak it.

We have a responsibility to speak on the moral issues. Abortion, homosexuality, these are moral issues.

As Graham observed, the problem in the church is lack of courage among the leadership. The leaders aren’t leading, so naturally, the followers aren’t following. With precious few exceptions, those entrusted with pulpits are practically silent on abortion.

The Dwight Eisenhowers of today’s fierce spiritual battles are looking the other way, fingers crossed, hoping the war on abortion and a plethora of other moral evils will somehow be won without firing a shot. As a result there is Babel-like confusion among the troops, with everyone speaking a different language regarding how, or even whether, to seek to end abortion. The One-Minute Strategy can provide a common tie binding all, so that, Pentecost-like, every Christian is enabled to hear the same thing at the same time: namely, that ending abortion is a priority with Christ.

‘Firing the Gun’

So how do we implement the One-Minute Strategy? How do we “fire the gun”? The same way peaceful people with freedom of speech have effectively overcome problems throughout history. By holding the leaders accountable. By calling on them to lead.

Start by sharing this article with your pastor, teacher, seminary professor, and other Christian leaders. A sample One-Minute Prayer—the kernel of the Strategy—is provided below in the comments. Urge them to make this an ongoing practice.

Because the Strategy is so simple and undemanding, the only possible obstacle to its implementation is unwillingness, what Reverend Graham rightly called cowardice. If it ends up not being deployed in a given church, it won’t be a matter of “can’t,” but “won’t.”

Is this a “silver bullet”? I believe so, though some of my respected friends disagree. But since the effort to implement is so little and the potential so great, why not just fire the gun and see?

Rolley Haggard is a feature writer for BreakPoint.

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FAILURE OF ABORTION SERIES: Learn to Heal, Restore and Forgive.

INTRODUCTION: ‘The Failure of Abortion’ is a five part series examining why we ended up on the abortionist’s table. Women are life-givers; women are entrusted by God to give life through birth, not take it. God gives us every tool we will ever need to be a parent. He has not and will not forsake anyone because they chose LIFE. But abortion happens every day, at least 4000 times per day just in the United States alone.

There is only one reason why we abort: FAILURE. Yes, failure – because there is not one good reason or purpose for aborting an unborn child; thus the answer to the abortion question is always FAILURE. Do NOT let the 1% (rape/incest/abnormalities) sway you to choose abortion and NEVER let the 1% take away your restoration or keep you from being 100% PROLIFE; think of the Parable of the Lost Sheep:

“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.” Luke 15:4-7

This series is for Post-Abortive and Pre-Abortive women and men. It is always the goal of KeepLifeLegal to steer the pre-abortive to parenthood instead of abortion death; however at least 1/3 of women and girls in the United States is post-abortive and need to heal. In order to heal we need to forgive and we need to be valuable once again – we also need to accept the fact that we failed along the way to get us to where we are today. Our failure can be our gain if we face it, accept it and forgive.

We will look at 5 types of failure that causes women and girls to abort:

  1. Failure in Right Relationships
  2. Failure in Right Decisions
  3. Failure in the System/Government
  4. Failure in the Church
  5. Failure in Forgiveness

Failure is a tough word to swallow, it’s like this horrible demon that follows us and torments us wherever we go as a continual reminder of our indiscretions and carelessness of our lives. We did not end up on the abortionist’s table with the beaming smile of a martyr; we are not there because it is for the ‘best’ – we are there because we are broken and FAILED miserably.

Ultimately, we will understand that through failure we can forgive and be forgiven for our abortion failure. Is our affliction too hard to overcome? Nothing is too hard for God and He means for you to be healed, restored and FORGIVEN.

NEVER forget that YOU are also made in His image and created for such a time as this:

“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14

THE FAILURE OF ABORTION, PART 1 – Failure in Right Relationships

How did we get here? What was the sequence of events that led us to the abortionist’s table? How did we ever get to the point in our lives that sacrificing a living unborn human being to be the right answer to anything? Who told you the lie that abortion is ever a right answer?

Our failure in right relationships is key to where we are in our lives, particularly in abortion failure. Think of the sequence: 1) Met him/her (yes, men are post-abortive), 2) had sexual relations without the benefit of marriage, 3) pregnancy became the result of the sexual relationship.

As elementary as that sounds, many other factors are in the mix. Being pregnant and unmarried brings in a plethora of people that feel they have the right to end your pregnancy. Think you’re alone? THINK AGAIN.

Who are the usual suspects in deciding your unborn baby’s fate? Remember, these people want your baby to die an abortion death for THEIR benefit:

  1. Parents. Yes, parents. Right now, they are worried about themselves, not you
  2. Boyfriend/Girlfriend. This is when you find out how they really feel about you, or DON’T feel about you
  3. Friends. Incredibly, everyone has either had an abortion or knows someone close that has and they say they got over it
  4. Extended Family. This is where you find out about all of your post-abortive family members. Prepare to be amazed.

The father (or mother) of the baby, parents, friends and extended family feel they can make this decision for you, to protect you. They know better than you, they know what is best for you and have NO problem letting you know that your baby is about to ruin your life. However, the opposite is true: YOUR UNBORN BABY is going to ruin their lives, their reputation and their finances. What they don’t realize or CARE about is that it is your life that will change forever if you end the life of your unborn baby. The grief is immeasurable; the grief is forever and no one else will go through it but you.

These failed relationships mentioned in the paragraphs above are what brought us to the abortionist’s table – believing we are doing some kind of great humanitarian work by silencing the life of another to soothe a temporary situation FOR THEM. After abortion, everyone’s agenda becomes clear.

Our personal failure in relationships is not something that happened overnight. We procured and fed these relationships because of our own need to be accepted. We reluctantly gave in to social pressure because of our need for acceptance in the culture of the world. We lose our innocence; we maintain a steady quiet reluctance – all for the love we feel we need in order to survive. In the eyes of the world we have passed the test and now on our way to losing any respect we had for ourselves.

“And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” Genesis 3:8

We hide these failed relationships and what it has produced but what we really fail to do is know that God sees and hears everything. We cannot hide our abortion failure from God even though we make a nice front for everyone else. The failure of abortion results from years of wrong relationships. We trust, we get hurt. We love, we are abandoned. We get abort, we are ostracized. We expected more, we are let down.

But there is good news! Yes, we lost our baby to abortion. Yes, we are ostracized (thankfully!) from the social circle that led us to the abortionist’s table….but God has not left you! We ignored Him, we set Him aside…and worse yet we didn’t believe in Him anymore:

“And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8

As this verse says, God goes before us to where we are about to go to save us from what the world will take from us. I FIRMLY believe that my abortion experience is where I went before you to show you that there is a better way than abortion. God knows what He is doing and He has used the afflicted to counsel you.

In finding right relationships, we look for more than the obvious…we look for the love of God rather than the love of the world, we think twice instead of not at all, and we are patient for the Glory that God has for us. And most of all, we ENDURE: “But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” Matthew 24:13

THE FAILURE OF ABORTION, PART 2 – Failure in Right Decisions

Just like throwing out ignored leftovers from the fridge, we are allowing unborn human life to be thrown out like wasted food from last night’s dinner without a thought. BAD DECISION. What motivates people to make abortion decisions…or who? How bad does life have to be to make the decision to abort?

Decisions…decisions. We ended up on the abortionist’s table because of a myriad of decisions, not just one. Our ability to reason is just one thing that separates us from the animals – that being said, our own reasoning has brought us to the point of ending unborn life and I haven’t seen any animals aborting their young.

But getting back to our own inability to make right decisions…let’s look at some of the great decision making that got us here:

  1. Premarital Sex. It is a fact that 100% of the people that practice abstinence will not get pregnant. No, really.
  2. Recreational alcohol and drug use. Not one good decision has ever been made under the influence.
  3. Pressure or discipline. Actually, that would be LACK of discipline with a great big dose of pressure from friends, family, boyfriends/girlfriends.
  4. Media. The ‘mainstream media’ is in many forms that run in the background of our lives every day. We hear commercials, watch shows & movies, listen to music, read magazines & books, the internet…all of which indoctrinates us with what they think we need to know all the time and without your permission.
  5. Trust. We trust everyone and everything else but God. Again, I can 100% assure you that God will never give you an abortion answer to any question. EVER.

Stats say that at least 85% of women/girls that abort never wanted to abort at all AND over 65% of women/girls were FORCED to abort. Coercion is the leading reason why we abort and we not only allowed it but accepted it until it was too late.

The indoctrination we receive, usually under the radar, is how our society has become desensitized to abortion. We are numb to the point of killing unborn children over 4000 times per day…that we know of.  Our Failure of Abortion is a failure in our culture as human beings. I would love to say this is within the borders of the United States, but the daily abortion rate WORLDWIDE is way over 150,000…again, that we know of. Since the advent of ‘chemical abortion’ (mifepristone) and it’s availability over the internet, it is nearly impossible to know how many other unborn children are lost to abortion.

To look at the decisions made in this country to allow legal baby killing, you have to go back to when other decisions made way for it. At the turn of the 20th century, abortion was essentially abolished in the U.S., to the chagrin of many present day abolitionists. It is apparent that abolition was not ironclad enough to keep abortion not just illegal but also enforceable. But the question kept coming up about our ability to ‘evolve’ into a better species; it was questioned whether or not people with any disability (racial, mental, medical or hereditary) should be allowed to be born, marry or give birth themselves. Thus, people like Margaret Sanger came about to point out how the human race will fall if we allow these ‘human weeds’ to live and procreate. Apparently the inarticulate petrified the self-imposed intellectuals of the day.

Personally, I look back to the Roosevelt presidency and see that as soon as entitlement came about, abortion was right behind it, illegal still but still rampant. It was simple, really, to see how someone that was disabled to be the Father of Entitlement and inclusion. Just like Americans thought Roosevelt was the savior of the Great Depression, it is as it is today with Obama and the Socialistic Regime he has imposed on us with a hardly regulated abortion INDUSTRY. After all, if they kill them in the womb, there would be less ‘waste’?

And let’s not forget the failed Equal Rights Amendment – quite simply, women didn’t want to be EQUAL with men, they wanted (and still do) to conquer men and found a way by eliminating pregnancy through abortion without their consent. Roe v. Wade was a parting gift for the failed Equal Rights Amendment; NEVER equal, but MILLIONS of dead unborn children to prove a woman’s right to be a killer:

“The Equal Rights Amendment was first proposed in 1923 by Alice Paul and the National Woman’s Party. It was passed by Congress in 1972 and sent to the states for ratification, which is achieved when a proposed amendment is accepted by three-quarters (38) of the states. By the Congressionally imposed deadline of June 30, 1982, only 35 states had voted yes……The Equal Rights Amendment is not yet in the U.S. Constitution.” (equalrightsamendment.org)

So far, women have undermined themselves, their health and their unborn children to make men and government quiver in fear for them. Ironically, NOTHING can be further from the truth. Right decisions, not reactionary decisions.

It’s not too late – right decisions are getting closer to making better law and hopefully to repeal bad law. Can we as a civil society finally repeal Roe v. Wade? Yes. Will we? That remains to be seen in this lifetime, but God is GOD and with Him all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).

THE FAILURE OF ABORTION, PART 3 – Failure in the System

The System is comprised of the building blocks of the Church, Family, and Government. Many blocks made the building that is the abortion facility. The Failure in the System in right decisions is another reason why we have abortion law and acceptance. It is the failure in the system that gave us over 55+ MILLION DEAD.

The failure of abortion is a personal failure in our lives that pointed to that exact moment at the abortion facility. Now, we could have said a resounding NO that day, but we did not….most of us wanted to say no, some of us did, but we were shoved by family/friends/spouses and herded into a pen with others that had the same pale deathly fear on their faces. We looked at each other frantically nearly to panic attack mode looking for the back door. And if you think about it, there is never a back door to escape in the abortion facility…by design.

SIDE NOTE: Have you ever seen the movie ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ when she realized why she was on the table looking at all the people she trusted…and all they wanted was her baby. I remember distinctly feeling exactly like this, as if everyone was in on it but me. To this day, it chills me to the bone….the System – my system – failed me.

The abortion facility workers made no attempt to look into our eyes and seemed almost dead themselves. When will this be over…when will normal come back? Never. On THAT day, we were about to embark into the ‘new normal’ of being a brand new American demographic: post-abortive. Post-abortive women make up about 1/3 of all women. How’s that for system failure?

The Failure in the System made this bed we were forced to sleep in forever.

The failure of abortion is not just our personal MORAL failure; it is failure in the Church that did not preach against it. It is failure in our government to protect all life as our founding documents promised and has not  – it is the FAILURE OF THE WORLD SYSTEM to allow such a thing to curb the population over the statisticians fear of global warming, lack of water and food, a significant rise in third world regimes, and an overall declining economy.

Lastly and most importantly, it is the system’s failure of FAMILY. The failure in the system is a symptom of our failed family dynamic:

  1. Men don’t want to be or have to be husbands or fathers
  2. Women are empowered by the government to be single and childless

These two points are why women/girls abort at the rate of nearly 25% of all pregnancies in the United States. Parents push their girls to abortion to alleviate any financial burden that a grandchild conceived out of wedlock will incur. It used to be that parents quietly sent their girls away for a few months…now they usher them into abortion facilities with expressionless faces as if it’s another day like any other.

The failure in the system is not a reaction – it is a fact. Abortion kills, the system allows it: FAILURE.

THE FAILURE OF ABORTION, PART 4 – Failure of the Church

As a nation that was founded on Christian principles, the United States of America has told God that He is no longer welcome. The Failure of the Church allowed evolution to be taught in schools and prayer taken out. The Failure of the Church allowed homosexuality and the Liberal Agenda into schools, the Federal Government, and, ironically, right into the church. The Church has acquiesced and applauded abortion and contraception. And now we pay the price with the lives of the unborn and the broken lives of the post-abortive afterlife of nearly half of all men and women in the pews. Essentially, the Church allowed this evil and neglects it’s new demographic as if it’s NORMAL:

“Sexuality is God’s life-giving and life-fulfilling gift.  We come from diverse religious communities to recognize sexuality as central to our humanity and as integral to our spirituality.  We are speaking out against the pain, brokenness, oppression, and loss of meaning that many experience about their sexuality.” Read the rest here

And further: “The courageous witness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, along with a growing body of social and scientific research, inspire us to affirm sexual and gender diversity as a blessed part of life. Religious leaders must help to create a new understanding of sexual and gender diversity, and to promote full equality of LGBT persons in all areas of religious and public life.” Read the rest here

There is a letter written by these fanatical zealots from the Religion Institute that pushed abortion to be included in Obamacare legislation. Particular denominations that have sanctioned this letter include the American Baptist Churches, Church of the Brethren, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presbyterian Church, United Church of Christ, and The United Methodist Church – and that’s the short list. Most of these so-called 1100 clerics are part of the Religious Institute (www.religiousinstitute.org), an army of NONE. These clerics are from the Liberal Modern Church that supports ALL sexual diversity and nothing about God the Father, God the Son or God the Holy Spirit.

Getting back to the letter, it contains verbiage that simply says that the sanctity of life is not sanctified; it is in fact secondary to an active sexual diverse lifestyle: “All persons have the right and responsibility to lead sexual lives that express love, justice, mutuality, commitment, consent, and pleasure….We support responsible procreation, the widespread availability of contraception, prenatal care, access to abortion services and intentional parenting.”

Intentional parenting is saying that the only children that are allowed to be brought to term are babies that were ‘intended’, or meaning that all other pregnancies that were allowed by God because of Sin should be aborted or avoided. This would also lean toward IVF and artificial insemination used by single women and lesbian couples because the resulting children are ‘intended’. Responsible procreation is kind of like saying ‘intentional parenting’ a little differently but making the connotation of using birth control and abortion as a way to control the hand of God in procreation that was originally meant to be; i.e.: Husband and Wife ONLY.

“Already, federal policy unfairly prevents low-income women and federal employees from receiving subsidized reproductive health services, but the new proposals would mean that even more women and families would lose access to these vital services,” said the Rev. Debra W. Haffner, executive director of the Religious Institute (www.religiousinstitute.org).

According to the ‘Religious Institute’, church should be an arm of the federal government and the new ObamaCare Mandates.

Are you going to church or a community agenda meeting? What must I do to be saved is a familiar question in the Christian Church because we realize that just being in the pew means NOTHING; we need salvation, not agenda. We get saved, baptized; read our bibles, fellowship, attend services regularly. It’s a beautiful birth of a brand new soul written in the Book of Life. Do we shine like the beacon we are supposed to be, or ‘playing’ Church just to hold down the pew, ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’ (Gen 4:9).

If you don’t know the answer to that question, then you need to have a talk with your Pastor. And if he doesn’t have the answer, then you need to get a new Pastor….and read your Bible.

So, what happened? The Church feeds us with new-age psychobabble and self-improvement workshops, instead of the Gospel. This post-modern Church teaches us to take care of ourselves instead of ‘going into all the world to preach the Gospel to every creature’ (Mark 16:15). Is the Church feeding its own agenda or truly reaching out to the community?

If you don’t know the answer to that question, then you need to have a talk with your Pastor.

We have embarked on a fast track social gospel that has forfeited missions and outreaches that touch the afflicted in the community, we have allowed Pastors to preach services in jeans and untucked shirts…actually, my sister said it best: “There was a baby dedication and the Pastors showed up looking like hippies.” Don’t look so surprised…when’s the last time you went to the grocery store or Wal-Mart and did NOT see someone in their pajamas?

Social gospel has skyrocketed church attendance but the true Gospel has suffered. And if the true Gospel suffers, then the message is weak with worldly motivational speakers disguised as disheveled teenaged Bible college graduates.

The Church is churning out a bunch of unsaved, unhealthy, post-abortive, gay-affirming, ecumenical motivational junkies. ‘Blessed is the pure in heart for they shall see God’ (Mat 5:8) reminds me of the true Salvation message of the Bible, the one Jesus died for, THE FOUNDATION that is ignored in the Church today.

If you have questions (and I hope you do), then you need to have a talk with your Pastor. And if he doesn’t have answers, then you need to get a new Pastor….and read your Bible.

THE FAILURE OF ABORTION, PART 5 – Failure of Forgiveness

The Failure of Abortion is our failure as a person, as a Church, as a Family, as a Nation. Abortion is personal but exponential in the realm of human nature and accepted doctrine. We have grieved, protested, prayed, complained in the face of CHOICE…but have we forgiven? Consider this:

  • ‘Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.’ (Psalm 32:1)
  • ‘But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared.’ (Psalm 130:4)
  • ‘To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him.’ (Daniel 9:9)
  •  ‘And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.’ (Mark 11:25)

Probably the best Scripture reference about the ultimate act of forgiveness (besides the ones noted above) is straight from the mouth of Jesus Christ while He was nailed to the Cross was “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do,” (Luke 23:34).

An open heart forgives, a closed mind is still trying to gather suspects. But trying to open the heart is like trying to pry open a sealed tomb.

‘Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.’ (Matthew 18:21-22)

As I was testifying for the Heartbeat Bill, the chamber was overflowing with pro-abortion women and men that want to keep abortion not just legal but accessible to even minor children. While sitting there, it occurred to me that these people are just as guilty as the abortionist; they smile and nod in agreement. They vote for pro-abortion candidates and legislation. Yes, they are responsible for abortion as much as the post-abortive mom who carries her shame, grief and guilt while these pro-aborts have the unadulterated nerve to wear ‘lady parts’ costumes dancing in blasphemous nose-thumbing ridicule.

Then, in regard to what is of the law of the land (all law, not just abortion), Jesus said to “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Matthew 21:22)” – essentially, we have to fight the government’s abortion law with the law and fight the Church’s ineptness of proper doctrine WITH proper doctrine, which is God’s. Jesus saw that there is and will always be a tug-of-war with Christians and Government and made this as simple as possible: Give back to Caesar AS A CHRISTIAN.

And then there’s the FAMILY….sigh. They are the worst offenders and need the most forgiveness, although they don’t think they do. Post-abortive women and men have been let down by their own families. Families always think they know better for you when in reality they are protecting themselves from your pregnancy. Family is who you are supposed to trust in turbulent times but that is not always the case, particularly in regard to unplanned out-of-wedlock pregnancies. But here we are, post-abortive, in a family that has an unforgiving heart…and God EXPECTS us to forgive them as He forgives us: ‘For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” (Hebrews 8:12).

Failure in Forgiveness is what keeps us bound down and tight in our past. Forgiveness is easy and free. We sinned, we repent, we are forgiven. Can’t get much simpler than that BUT YOU HAVE TO ASK TO RECEIVE.  Then…you look for your accusers, just as the woman caught in adultery (John 8:4-11) and see that the accusers are the accused leaving one by one, in need of forgiveness themselves, then go and SIN NO MORE.

 CONCLUSION

Is there really a conclusion to abortion and its ramifications? YES…for the individual and the Church. We cannot determine what the federal government will do next; Roe totally usurped the Constitutional right for states to be sovereign, with abortion law working quite well without the Supreme Court’s help.

KeepLifeLegal supports the states right to govern themselves, vote for their own leaders and support their own state Constitution as they see fit. Federally imposing abortion as a Constitutional right was a scare tactic because the prolife movement in that day was working, turning women to real help rather than premeditated murder of their own unborn child. Roe put women in the crosshairs of losing their ability to be God’s woman to being a woman for all men.

Roe created more strife, homelessness, hopelessness and poverty than any other law. It is truly an abortion agenda, not a “woman’s right to choose”.

Through this five part series, I hope that you have learned that the abortion agenda is truly pointed right at you but you can say NO MORE! It is a woman’s right to HEAL, it is our right to RESTORATION, and it is our right to FORGIVE and for FORGIVENESS.

We are God’s woman! Rejoice in His ability to heal, restore and forgive and have joy with the knowledge that you can be totally restored even after abortion: “v11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. v12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. v13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. v14 I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity….”. Jeremiah 29:11-14a.

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Gone, but not forgotten.

Memorial Day is upon us, and those of us that have family who have served know this special day intimately. I have family in a National Cemetary; it’s overwhelming to see all those marble markers representing a soldier who chose to serve. Each one has a story to tell.

This Memorial Day, I challenge you to also remember those that fell during the War on Women, who died without a parade or given a solemn service with flowers and family present: The Unborn.

  • Number of American battle deaths in all U.S. wars since 1776: 654,000
  • Number of abortions in the United States since 1970: 52,333,826
  • Ratio of U.S. abortions to battle deaths in all U.S. wars: 80 to 1. [ref]

KEEPLIFELEGALThe 9/11 attacks were considered one of the greatest tragedies of our time on American soil. That day, more babies died from abortion death than those who died during the calculated attack on the twin towers. The War on Women has created millions of deaths since the 9/11 tragedy.

The Abortion Agenda – the REAL War on Women – is the national tragedy of our time.

The REAL threat to America is abortion and it’s agenda; it is a threat to every unborn baby. This War on Women is a threat to every mom, grandmother, father, grandfather, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, cousin and friend. If there is a ‘war on women’, it’s because this war is short-cutting who women truly are by making them subservient to the abortion & reproductive agenda.KEEPLIFELEGAL

We cannot forget ALL of the fallen – they gave their lives as a sacrifice; our soldiers sacrificed for our freedom, our unborn sacrificed for a woman’s so-called right to choose. I truly don’t believe that any of our soldiers went into battle to support the calculated execution of the unborn.

Have a Blessed Memorial Day.