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Has Midwifery Gone Back to the Dark Ages of Witchcraft?

The answer is yes IF the midwife is prochoice. There is nothing about abortion or prochoice that is of God, and if it isn’t of God….then what is it?

Jesus said: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.  But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you’.” Matthew 12:25-28

Plainly, scripture tells us that you cannot have the Spirit of God AND of Satan in the same house. It is impossible. Then, if a midwife, spiritual [not Christian] or not, believes in aborting children as part OF midwifery, is she a midwife or an abortionist? That is a house ‘divided’….one to birthing and one to murdering. How can any woman trust a midwife who may provide abortions?

The blurb below is from another blog called ‘Choose Your Own Midwifery Adventure’ and is from the UK/Ireland. In fact this person goes on to say that midwives should be forced to provide the abortion procedure:

“I am totally pro-choice….. And if they don’t want it to continue, to be able to access safe abortion on demand at any point up full term…….People have expressed surprise that I hold these pro-choice views and yet I am training to be a midwife

“If the supreme court rules that these two midwives are right to interpret the conscientious objection clause to mean they are within their rights to refuse to have any part to do with any part of abortion provision – including co-ordinating the service that provides the abortion – then there will be a precedent that can be used to further limit access to safe legal abortion.” See that link here.

Forcing anyone to provide and/or participate in an abortion procedure clearly violates their conscience, their religious freedom and right to free speech. BUT…does this violate their Christianity?

The midwife student also mentioned in ‘her’ [since gender identity is somehow nonsensical to this person] blog also believes that it’s not just women who  are pregnant. Alrighty then….I suppose that biology is just an elective now?

A hospital birth is looking better and better considering this is who  is being trained to help birth a child they believe can be aborted UP TO BIRTH and should provide that ‘service':

“Between 1890 and 1920, physicians, public-health workers, and reformers across the United States debated ‘the midwife problem’. Part of the ‘problem’, as many observers defined it, was the practice of abortion by midwives. F. Elisabeth Crowell, a nurse and an investigator of midwives, reported in 1907 that New York City officials and physicians agreed that midwives were primarily responsible for abortion. “Indeed,” she concluded, “some go so far as to say that the two terms ‘midwife’ and ‘abortionist’ are synonymous.”  Read the rest here

Historically, some midwifery was considered part of witchcraft but women have recently decided to be in control of their child’s birth, whether it be by midwife, hospital, home, etc. BUT I cannot believe that one has to wonder or even ask a midwife IF SHE IS PROLIFE. Then the question is….are prochoice midwives a form of witchery/witchcraft since a house divided cannot stand?

This proves once again that there is no real safe haven for any woman who wants to keep her baby or have a home birth. Women are reluctant to ask for help because this is the help that’s out there: ABORTION. And if it isn’t abortion, it’s another person who they are trying to entrust with their child’s delivery. This sacred thing called birth is taken to an all new level of deception.

Truly, this writer believes in doing your homework when considering a midwife or a home birth. If they believe AT ALL in the culture of death, find another midwife or doula who understands the sanctity of LIFE.

This brings child sacrifice to an whole new level of child thievery, not midwifery. Once birth has begun, the mother has to trust who is around her:

“I also refused to consider any doula who listed “abortion support” as one of her services. If a woman is going to be present for the birth of my child, I don’t want to know that she has been present at the murders of countless others, supporting this atrocity because to her freedom from inconvenience trumps the freedom for life itself for the defenseless. As with doulas, it was equally frustrating finding a midwife who celebrated my pregnancy, even in its early stages. Since I live on the East Coast, for both a midwife and a doula I settled on women who were at least silent about their opinion of current U.S. law that allows the death and dismemberment of unborn children.” Read the rest here.

My Irish ancestors would be rolling in their graves seeing what is happening to their cherished land and women aborting future generations. While I’m happy they cannot see this, I am astonished to see this once great land becoming another abortion war zone. And here in America, we are more and more aware that if it quacks like a duck and looks like a duck, it’s a liberal impersonating a duck….badly.

The Christian Public Witness

Originally posted on My life as a Christian:

My husband and I were having a conversation about being a public witness. What I mean by ‘public’ is sidewalk ministry at the abortion facility or street ministry at strip clubs, bars, for example. Public means what and where is legal. Public means public, anyone can be there…even the opposition. TRUSTJESUS

In public ministry people love to battle, to justify sin, to embed their superiority. But the truth is they know they’re living a lie out loud, they know way deep down that this lie they live is getting harder and harder to keep up with.

When I remember who I used to be before Christ, I had to keep my justifications in absolute order so that I wouldn’t seem WRONG or in error of a badly lived life…after all, who’s life is it anyway? I thought it was mine alone.

GETTING TO THE POINT: There was not one time…

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Happy Reformation Day….or, The Just Shall Live by FAITH.

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Today is ‘Reformation Day’, NOT HALLOWEEN; the day when Martin Luther saw through scripture that the ‘just shall live by Faith’, NOT an evolution of faith via religion, otherwise God lied to Abraham: “And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness”, Genesis 15:6.

“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17

[Which interpreted correctly from the original text should read ‘The just shall live by HIS faith’]

There is always a counterfeit for everything holy.

The 95 Theses, his revelation of the truth of the doctrine of God, were written by Martin Luther in October 31, 1517. Ignoring the fact that Luther unlocked what was purposely omitted shows where the true heretic lies:

JESUS SAID: “Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division.” Luke 12:51

AND: “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.” Matthew 10:34

‘They just shall live by faith’ is the basis for Evangelical Christianity [the Doctrine of the Bible] because it points to what Christ did at the Cross instead of trusting in organized religion and its man-appointed leaders. I know this does not bode well with organized religion but the Word of God supersedes anything that man says or does.

Martin Luther was given revelation by God to undo what ‘man’ had done for centuries to His Word, His opinion, His ultimate goal. The Reformation was now the line in the sand to mark those that cause the actual division – those that teach religion to salvation.

This is why there is such a thing as ‘Nondenominational Christian’. While organized religion thinks we run with scissors, I assure you that if one reads and understands the Canon of Scripture in the intent it was written [from the original texts of Hebrew & Greek] and understands that it is THE inspired Word of God without the opinion of man, you would see that Nondenoms are actually ON the Roman Road by way of His leading. The Bible taught order, not liturgy.

While Martin Luther was not a perfect man nor lived a perfect life, he did do this one thing: caused division from the ‘Church’ and showed that Christians needed to put their Faith in Jesus Christ alone and not organized religion or man. We needed a Saviour, not a figurehead, general superintendent, presiding bishop, general overseer, general conference, self-appointed prophet & apostles or even the Pope: The just shall live by Faith. [Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:7, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38]

We forget that organized religion killed Jesus on that day, and most certainly do not read the entire Bible to see what Christ himself said and did. If organized religion says they will decipher scripture for you, run FAST. Asking an opinion is one thing, but someone dictating from opinion of an organization rather than straight from the Word of God is frightening. However, I do like sharing ideas about Scripture; it makes for great conversation BUT getting away from the Finished Work of Christ can change your Eternal destination. Always back up what you say with Scripture because if you don’t, then the point is moot.

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” [John 5:24]

SIDEWALK CHRONICLES: I’m not here to SELL you LIFE.

You read that right, I am not on the sidewalk to SELL choosing life for your unborn child. And I used to be a pretty good salesperson. But I’m not here to sell you anything; I’m here to give you something.

KEEPLIFELEGALWhen you arrived at the abortion facility today with four other members of your family, you were already sold a product that will change your life and murder your unborn baby: abortion. This ‘product’ is sold to you as an easy way out of your problem. Even your own friends and family has sold you this product because it makes their lives easier. From the evidence I see, I’d say that your friends and family are pretty good salespeople to talk you out of having YOUR baby FOR them…and you fell for it.

YOU MEAN THEY SELL ABORTION? Well, yes. It ain’t free.

Even after your own friends and family have sold you this…LIE, here comes the real salespeople – the abortion workers. They are able to sell you the proabortion lie that murdering your innocent unborn child will strengthen you as a woman and help you achieve all of your hopes and dreams. They sell you something that they cannot guarantee because it is impossible and they know it. In fact, if I were you, I’d ask them for that guarantee IN WRITING. After all, by now they have led you to believe that they are your new best friend and care about you! Let them prove it.KEEPLIFELEGAL

And then, after all of this that you’ve had to endure, take a moment of your time…just one little moment.

My dear pre-abortive mom: I’m not here to sell life, I’m here to tell you about a better way, to give you something for FREE that will CHANGE your life, forever. 

Today you’re here at the abortion facility with four other family members who sold you abortion. This was so messed up from the beginning, the woman who brought you had this huge Bible in her arms to validate herself and to literally disarm us. But the truth is that she led you to believe that abortion is the answer WITH the Bible. That is unconscionable. She didn’t like it when I confronted her with the truth. You deserve better, you should have been told the truth from the beginning. But here you are, you’re caught up in a life out of control and can’t see over the dashboard of the getaway car. You feel  hopeless and worthless. But the people you are supposed to trust brought you here to kill your baby.

This day can change your life for the BETTER rather than listening to people who believe choosing to kill an innocent person is just fine with God. The woman with the Bible chose to be as God; she chose to ignore pages and pages of the Bible she tightly clutched today. But I have to wonder, where did she put the pages she so cavalierly torn out to suit her agenda?

She told me I was wrong, that God lets us make these decisions – abortion decisions – during the worst of times, the worst of circumstances. NOTHING is worse than abortion death, being torn apart and scraped out of your own mother’s womb. NOT ONE circumstance warrants DEATH. And God does NOT approve of this regardless of the circumstances.

No, I’m not selling life. I’m giving you the GOSPEL. The Gospel SAVES, the Gospel HEALS, the Gospel RESTORES. Choosing Jesus instead of abortion not only saves your baby from abortion death, He saves YOUR life!

“For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” [Rom 10:13]

Did you know that when you choose Jesus that God CHOOSES to remember your sins NO MORE? That’s right, God wants you to have life, not give the life of your child. God gave  us His only Son who died for us…He is our sacrifice for sins, not your unborn baby.

NO CHARGE. Even though Christ gave us His life, He did it to save ours. While your family and friends sell you abortion, Jesus gives us something they cannot: The FREE GIFT of Salvation – LIFE.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved,” [John 3:16-17].

OFFICIAL 2014 Voter Guide: A Ballot Measure for LIFE

Here we are, Life and Liberty hangs in the balance in the upcoming election AGAIN. We look at all of the candidates, the issues…and once again voters have to choose from the lesser of two evils. As a voter and a Christian, I realize that no candidate is perfect. But…seriously?

TIMING: A Christian’s ability to discern should be getting better rather than worse, considering the times we are in. The Bible never said the world would get better – these last days grow dim and we have to see through spiritual eyes,  not television and the internet. How much more evidence do we need to see that ‘tolerance’ will win elections, not the truth? Democrats win because wishy-washy Christians let them; Democrats win because of single issue voting. Those who claim ‘tolerance’ show how intolerant they are of decent Christians who live by the Book, not ‘tolerance’.

KEEPLIFELEGALSingle Issue Voting Denies LIFE? YES! One cannot measure the amount of Christians who vote Democrat because of single issues such as the Gay Agenda, legalization of pot, race baiting other ‘tolerance’ issues. Since Democrats demonize God, Jesus and Christianity to be intolerant, we have Godless agendas working to oust God and our basic freedoms outlined in the Constitution.

Single issue voting brings out the ‘true cost of ownership’ in elections. After all, we have to live with the outcome, right? Think of it this way, Colorado legalized pot and now they have real issues to deal with [because of the new law] such as a rise in homelessness, influx of out of state homeless attracted to legal drug use and crime. In Texas, the Mayor of Houston has interjected her personal Gay Agenda to upend our most basic rights of the Constitution including Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion. And if you think Houston isn’t a ‘test market’, think again. Annise Parker is actively demonizing Christians by trying to force Pastors to hand over sermons, notes, emails, texts, voice mails, etc. Single issue voting brought her and her Gay Agenda in, pot in Colorado brought in a myriad of other agendas. These two states are trying to get the Liberal Agenda OUT while they get millions of dollars of support from OUT OF STATE to keep their agendas in office and on the books.

Single issue voting takes prolifers to the task when they are confronted with keeping their gay cousin happy or the rights of the unborn. Even in my own family we were faced with being tolerant of their anti-God decision to live as another gender or ousted of a family who now denies God and unborn life for them. Personally, I did not find this to be a hard decision; the unborn has no voice while the Gay Agenda prances in gay pride parades in tutus and feather boas. My family chose the gay cousin over God and the unborn, just like most Christian families do. Tired of being strong-armed by their agenda? Then stop voting the agenda in. Simple stuff, really.

LET THE ABORTED SPEAK. What would an unborn child say to all of this? I recently commented on a Letter to the Editor regarding a person’s aunt who died from a botched abortion before 1973. And since all agendas follows the same trends, the writer said he/she [wasn’t specified] would fight for legal abortion rather than stopping an act that kills the unborn child and could kill the mother:

“If this woman had an abortion, then she thought herself higher and more important than the child she was carrying, she put herself into the position she was in. Abortionists all over the country kill the precious, innocent unborn every day in sub-standard back alley conditions that rival Kermit Gosnell’s killing field in Philadelphia. Rising up to speak for the abortion minded rather than an innocent unborn child is abhorrent, to say the absolute least. Let the aborted speak, not the liberal caretakers of those who are trying to ease their blood guilt.”

I cannot imagine any unborn child would sacrifice their own life for any reason IF THEY HAD THE CHOICE. Would you? Would YOU sacrifice your life to further abortion ‘rights’? Would YOU be the first person in line to offer up your last breath for an agenda to kill off the so-called unwanted? To that, I’d say: LET THE ABORTED SPEAK and hear what they have to say about dismemberment and disarticulation from abortion death. I assure you, the aborted speak VOLUMES.

BACK TO THE ELECTION: I can’t answer why we have rabid liberals in office, except that we have to trust the system because we are commanded to: “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God,” [Rom 13:1]. Even in the times that the Apostle Paul wrote this, bad people were actively persecuting Christians, Paul included. All of the Apostles died from persecution except John. So, how can we learn from what the Holy Spirit inspired Paul to jot down about a government who seeks out Christians to murder?

To understand this better, you have to remember that Paul himself was a persecutor and murderer of Christians: “Now Saul [Paul] was consenting to his death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. And devout men carried Stephen [persecuted] to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. As for Saul [Paul], he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison. Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word,” [Acts 8:1-4].

It is interesting to note that Paul wrote about government after his Damascus Road experience; Paul was THE persecutor FOR the government before he converted to Christianity…and that government was still there after his conversion. Paul knew that as Christians we have to battle demons that the government cannot see; we have to live among people who hate us and wish us dead: “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same,” [Rom 12:3].

Can we ‘trust’ government? Instead, TRUST GOD. Vote the Bible, vote for LIFE.

Christians should vote for Christian values, of course. But Christians forget that we aren’t supposed to live as the persecutors do. It is our responsibility to give them the answer: Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul knew this and wrote many letters throughout his ministry concerning this. And just like Paul, we were once murderous sinners NOW saved by Grace who live within a government that seeks to persecute us. Preach the Word, share the love of Jesus, be the hand extended even at the cost of prison or death. Elections come and go, but God is FOREVER:

But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: The former preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.” [Phil 1:12-18]

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SIDEWALK CHRONICLES: Jennifer’s Story…a prolife intervention.

My husband received a telephone call on the evening of 9/25, a coworker was asking him about what to say to a woman he knows who wants to abort a 19 week old unborn baby. The caller mentioned that the mom already spoke with the abortion facility and was familiar with the current law here – up to 22 weeks. She had an ultrasound but was still wanted an abortion.

Her name is Jennifer and her life has been havoc, to say the least. But you also have to remember that women who come to abort are there because they believe they have exhausted all hope. NOTHING can be further from the truth. With God, ALL things are possible:

But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible,” [Matthew 19:26].

I posted a prayer request to get the prayer soldiers intercessing for Jennifer and her unborn baby right away. And of course I took the phone from my husband and preceded to tell the caller what actually happens during a late-term abortion.

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He listened intently and seemed quite shocked that a late-term abortion is really that cruel and brutal. I instructed him to look at videos online regarding the actual procedure. After that, he was intent on saving this baby.

This will be a prolife intervention. 

KEEPLIFELEGALWHAT GREAT NEWS! We were not on the sidewalk for this beautiful mom and her unborn child – but nevertheless, God used us and a child was saved! We need to be prolife intercessors no matter where we are! That day we were used by God to give direction and hope in what seems to be a hopeless and very dangerous situation.

We are not forsaken by God, neither are the unborn:

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” [Deut 31:6]

Thus far, this situation has a happy ending. God has a plan for the child who was saved from disarticulation and dismemberment of late-term abortion, [GRAPHIC VIDEO].

Are you a prolife intercessor? Is every person you know aware of your stand for LIFE? Are you prolife OUT LOUD? If my husband and I were not prolife intercessors that live it out loud for everyone to see, this tiny baby could have been aborted. Instead, Jennifer’s baby will LIVE!

Be a part of the prolife solution, not the abortion problem…be #prolifeSTRONG.

 

The Ghosts of Sidewalk Ministry

Divisiveness is what kills a great outreach. It’s the best excuse that Pastors use to stay away from an uncomfortable ministry at the abortion facilities – AND laziness. So, this prompted me to tell the short story of how this Evangelical Christian was moved to get into Prolife Ministry by Catholics and others.

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Many so-called prolife ministries want to be so divisive that they step over the dead aborted babies to get to the prolifer that’s ‘doing it wrong’. These people use a Bible with pages missing to further their agenda. This has been ongoing, nothing new…but it definitely needs to stop, particularly when violence erupts from this cult. Read that here.

How did you get into prolife ministry? For me, I had three life changing moments:

  1. I saw a man, alone, carrying a huge crucifix pacing in front of what looked like an office building. I realized it was an abortion facility. I had to face my own abortion, I had to face God and repent, and I finally met that faithful witness years later. [Thanks to Richard Mahoney]
  2. I went to my first 40 Days for Life rally. Bryan Kemper of Stand True [youth director of Priests for Life] was the speaker, I was scared to death to face this publicly, I was asked to join the 40 Days leadership team a year later. [Thanks to the 40 Days team]
  3. I was asked to testify for the Heartbeat Bill. I told my post abortive testimony in both committees at the Ohio Statehouse for the Heartbeat Bill. My story was now part of public record for everyone to hear, no going back. Testifying for this bill catapulted me into full time prolife ministry. [Thanks to Janet Porter and my husband]
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In these three points there was no mention of a church helping me or the prolife movement in any way. We received some well wishes and monetary support, but no one showed up on the sidewalk more than once. This is when we realized that this prolife ministry is a remnant within the remnant and on our own.

Too many people in the evangelical world rests on their blessed assurance saying that prolife ministry is a ‘catholic thing’, too political and/or controversial. On this side of the pulpit, we call it LAZY and selective.

KEEPLIFELEGALProlife ministry is a GOSPEL thing, it is bringing the message of Jesus Christ to the street and the sidewalk. Pastors need to come out from behind the pulpit and do the work that Jesus did: Taking the message of hope to the lost, the hopeless, and the afflicted TO the street and TO the sidewalk. Evangelicals are called judgmental by many, but it’s the evangelical Pastors who have already judged prolife ministry as an offense to their church. ABORTION IS AN OFFENSE! And Pastors that do nothing offends ME and has deemed unborn life to be not as important as themselves or their coffers.

In the area in which we live and minister, over 800K people and HUNDREDS of churches surround ONE ABORTION FACILITY and still hardly anyone comes while some claim to be prolife. 

A great example: a woman at the Heartbeat Bill Prayer Rally said she is part of a 8000 member mega church in the Columbus area and said to me that they don’t do anything prolife outside of the church property lines, and for that she feels they are lacking. She’s right. And I am the first person that will tell you I appreciate outreaches that supply clothes, formula and diapers…but they hide behind a huge pulpit rather than stepping out to the two abortion facilities within their city limits to spread the GOSPEL which saves LIVES

I am so thankful that God directed me to this ministry which has TOTALLY offended my family – but the Bible says that in these last days this would happen because:

“v48 For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more……v51 Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division. v52 For from now on five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three.v 53 Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” Luke 12:48, 12:51-53

Abortion and prolife ministry is an offense to the Church rather than a ministry opportunity to changes lives.

My dear prolife friends and ministers who continue to be in this fight for LIFE, be ENCOURAGED! We are few in number but great in the eyes of God!

“v19 Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; v20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. v21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21

See you on the sidewalk ~ rev katherine

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Toleration & Apathy is NOT our friend…and it KILLS.

I’ve written often of the hatred of human life from those that consider toleration to be more important than what God has created. We are a society of drones rather than children of God. I happened upon a blog that said:

“…we have lost our hatred of death. We have become indifferent to it. We have come to assume it is natural, normal, no big deal. Why don’t we despise it or reject it as hideous anymore? Have we forgotten that we were created by God to live, not to die?”

I would go further with how our society EXPECTS death rather than fighting for it. It is a sad, sad world where we band together for homeless dogs and cats but allow abortion facilities to exterminate humans.

This apathetic ‘live and let die’ attitude feeds on people who have not sold out to God. Our love for each other has shifted to empowering the entitled classes and an uninterested Church. We feed the ego rather than the hungry; we succumb to the wiles of the culture of death while we shout an occasional ‘hallelujah’.

This writer/minister knows that we may not see an end to this extermination until Jesus comes again; we are aware of the scriptures and the expected end. Then why continue, you ask…simple: Every soul has value to God and He expects us to ‘Go into ALL the world and preach the Gospel TO EVERY CREATURE’. We are His workmanship, so are they…born AND unborn.

This ‘culture of death’ that we reside in – shouldn’t live in – seeks the souls of us, not just the physical parts of us. Not one person is expendable for any reason, not one soul is accidental.

How beautiful upon the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who proclaims peace,
Who brings glad tidings of good things,
Who proclaims salvation,
Who says to Zion,
“Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7

The Essence of Christianity | BreakPoint

There are no orphans of God, we are all accounted for. Jesus said, “But even the hairs of your head are all numbered,” Luke 12:7.

The Essence of Christianity

By: Rolley Haggard Published: August 29, 2014 5:24 PM

The apostle James wrote that the essence of Christianity—that which epitomizes “pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father”—is to care for “orphans and widows in their distress.” (James 1:27, NASB)

EvenBabiesKnowBabies aborted are “orphans” in the truest sense of the word, for they have been abandoned, by those entrusted to care for them, to the uttermost, even to death. The sheer number who have been led to slaughter with virtually no opposition even by churches who call themselves pro-life ought to give us pause before we conclude what we have been practicing is, in the sight of God, “pure and undefiled religion.”

As to where James came up with his definition of Christianity—divine inspiration, to be sure. But it also appears he knew his Bible:

Deuteronomy 10:18: He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing.

Exodus 22:22: You shall not afflict any widow or orphan.

Deuteronomy 10:18: He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing.

Deuteronomy 14:29: The Levite, because he has no portion or inheritance among you, and the alien, the orphan and the widow who are in your town, shall come and eat and be satisfied, in order that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do.

Deuteronomy 16:1: And you shall rejoice before the Lord your God, you and your son and your daughter and your male and female servants and the Levite who is in your town, and the stranger and the orphan and the widow who are in your midst, in the place where the Lord your God chooses to establish His name.

Deuteronomy 16:14: And you shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter and your male and female servants and the Levite and the stranger and the orphan and the widow who are in your towns.

Deuteronomy 24:17: You shall not pervert the justice due an alien or an orphan, nor take a widow’s garment in pledge.

Deuteronomy 24:19: When you reap your harvest in your field and have forgotten a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow, in order that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.

Deuteronomy 24:20: When you beat your olive tree, you shall not go over the boughs again; it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow.

Deuteronomy 24:21: When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not go over it again; it shall be for the alien, for the orphan, and for the widow.

Deuteronomy 26:12: When you have finished paying all the tithe of your increase in the third year, the year of tithing, then you shall give it to the Levite, to the stranger, to the orphan and to the widow, that they may eat in your towns and be satisfied.

Deuteronomy 26:13: You shall say before the Lord your God, “I have removed the sacred portion from my house, and also have given it to the Levite and the alien, the orphan and the widow, according to all Your commandments which You have commanded me; I have not transgressed or forgotten any of Your commandments.”

Deuteronomy 27:19: “Cursed is he who distorts the justice due an alien, orphan, and widow.” And all the people shall say, “Amen.”

Psalm 10:14: You have seen it, for You have beheld mischief and vexation to take it into Your hand. The unfortunate commits himself to You; You have been the helper of the orphan.

Psalm 10:17-18: O Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear to vindicate the orphan and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror.

Psalm 94:4-6: All who do wickedness vaunt themselves. They crush Your people, O Lord, and afflict Your heritage. They slay the widow and the stranger and murder the orphans.

Isaiah 1:17: Learn to do good; seek justice, reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.

Isaiah 1:23: Your rulers are rebels and companions of thieves; everyone loves a bribe and chases after rewards. They do not defend the orphan, nor does the widow’s plea come before them.

Isaiah 10:1-2: Woe to those who enact evil statutes and to those who constantly record unjust decisions, so as to deprive the needy of justice and rob the poor of My people of their rights, so that widows may be their spoil and that they may plunder the orphans.

Jeremiah 5:28: “They are fat, they are sleek, they also excel in deeds of wickedness; they do not plead the cause, the cause of the orphan, that they may prosper; and they do not defend the rights of the poor.”

Jeremiah 7:6-7: If you do not oppress the alien, the orphan, or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, nor walk after other gods to your own ruin, then I will let you dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers forever and ever.

Jeremiah 22:3: Thus says the Lord, “Do justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor. Also do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not shed innocent blood in this place.”

Jeremiah 49:11: “Leave your orphans behind, I will keep them alive; and let your widows trust in Me.”

Lamentations 5:3: We have become orphans without a father, our mothers are like widows.

Hosea 14:3: “Assyria will not save us, we will not ride on horses; nor will we say again, ‘Our god,’ to the work of our hands; for in You the orphan finds mercy.”

Zechariah 7:10: “And do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.”

Malachi 3:5: “Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear Me,” says the Lord of hosts.

John 14:18: “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”

For further reading: “Agape Defiled: How the Church has Failed 55 Million Orphans

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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.