40 Days For Life Model Does Not Work.

This has been an interesting thing for me. I’ve pondered and considered everything, all the prolife movement has to offer. And it pains me to even think this out loud, but the 40 Days for Life model does not work, and it wasn’t set up to.

Now, while a bunch of my friends are gasping at this, I must try to explain this as simply as I can without pointing persecuting fingers at anyone or any entity. Look, the people who participate in 40DFL are gems. Truly. But if I only see you during 40DFL, then this has become a dismal failure.

I loved 40DFL. I found it online in 2008. I saw this term I never heard before, post-abortive. It was like looking into a mirror, I got it. I needed it. But after all these years, I finally had to take a hard look at 40DFL. I did not like what I saw.

For the most part, and I mean MOST, people who participate in 40DFL will only come during their allotted time they signed up for and when the campaign is over, that’s it. We don’t see them until the next campaign. WHY? Well, as an ex-catholic, I’m pretty sure I know the answer: It’s works based rather than Holy Spirit led.

The 40DFL model has never said they advocate for any one religion. However, they have not done what they should to bring more Evangelical Christians [Baptist, COG, AG, etc.] or Protestant Christians [Episcopal, UMC, Lutheran, etc.], if anything at all. Everything has been Catholic based, and if the Spring Campaigns haven’t proven that starting off on Ash Wednesday, then you aren’t paying attention. And for this, I blame 40DFL for passively advocating for Catholics rather than Evangelical Christians. 40DFL has chased away Evangelicals and Protestants because they see 40DFL as Catholic only. Maybe 40DFL assumed that Evangelicals follow Catholic traditions? Rather, we simply follow the Bible and the Holy Spirit, not a liturgy or sabbath keeping or sacraments.

The model was supposed to bring more people to the sidewalk of abortion mills with the intent of showing folks that they are needed year round. But for the most part, and I mean MOST, that has not happened. The 40DFL model is supposed to attract more participants, all of us, and show us that we are needed to shut down abortion mills. 40DFL – and other prolife groups – like to take all the glory when a mill shuts down, but the truth is that graphic public outreaches work which takes abortion money away, or maybe the law was finally in our favor.

Last campaign, it was quite obvious that 40DFL tried to ‘own’ the sidewalk for the 40 days campaigns; no graphic images, not allowed to openly advocate for rescues, speakers had to be some kind of androgynous 40DFL approved prolifer, etc. As an Evangelical Christian, that binds the hands of God from doing with us His Will.

Prayer and passivity [acceptance of what happens, without active response or resistance] is the 40DFL model, and that is exactly what they got…and continue to get. Passivity has never won one soul to Heaven but it will send someone straight to hell. Other outreach models DO work, ones that preach the Gospel, share Jesus, and loves someone enough to tell them they are wrong and need a Savior.

So I suppose the moral of this story is this: 40DFL is not going to change, neither is there model. It’s the 80/20 rule, only 20% or less will continue being on the sidewalk all year. That is a awful shame.

Pray to end abortion? Arise and go, DO SOMETHING.

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Prolife Evangelism or Anti-Abortion Activism? Yes, please.

If you are, at all, a well rounded Christian, you KNOW that both anti-abortion activism and prolife ministry are timely. LIFE is the message of the hour. Without LIFE, there is nothing. Loving your neighbor means even the smallest and most vulnerable who can never say ‘thank you’. Hiding behind credentials and a pulpit does not exempt you from your duty to be Pastor to ALL.

Prolife street ministry is our last defense for the unborn who are within the reach of the abortionist. Give them the Gospel, give them hope, give them LIFE, stand fast in the FAITH, love them both.

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you…..Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” [Matthew 5:44, 48].

Love them both, protect them both. Stand in the gap.

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EXPOSING THE ABORTION AGENDA FROM THE PULPIT, ON THE SIDEWALK, THE MEDIA & IN THE STATEHOUSE: “Once I realized that my abortion was a tragedy and not an accomplishment, I was able to discern correctly that abortion is, indeed, MURDER.” ~ Rev. Kat, post-abortive minister, counselor, AMERICAN.

YOU can contribute to KeepLifeLegal by simply going to the sidewalk, praying, voting for and supporting anti-abortion candidates.

Witnessing on the Public Sidewalk Today in Spite of Proposed ‘Bubble Zone’

Buffer zones? Or, even cuter, bubble zones? PISH. The Constitution is the answer to the zone question. Free speech and religious freedom WINS, tyranny LOSES. Read there rest of that here.

So, here’s to the HB234 and it’s sponsors! Enjoy, or even more importantly, join us!

 


EXPOSING THE ABORTION AGENDA FROM THE PULPIT, ON THE SIDEWALK, THE MEDIA & IN THE STATEHOUSE: “Once I realized that my abortion was a tragedy and not an accomplishment, I was able to discern correctly that abortion is, indeed, MURDER.” ~ Rev. Kat, post-abortive minister, counselor, AMERICAN.

YOU can contribute to KeepLifeLegal by simply going to the sidewalk, praying, voting for and supporting anti-abortion candidates.

SIDEWALK CHRONICLES: Are YOU holding the stone?

So when they continued asking Him, He lifted up Himself, and said unto them, ‘He who is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.’ John 8:7

This is one ofKEEPLIFELEGAL those scriptures that everyone knows – but kind of glosses over. We think we know what it means, we’ve read it a bazillion times, and I speak for myself here…I learn something new about Jesus, His Mercy & Grace, and the evil of pious religion.

Most of us think this passage is about the woman caught in adultery but it’s way more than that. This scripture typifies what the tip of the sin iceberg really is. I would dare say, and I believe I am correct, that the woman caught in the VERY act of adultery never would have thought that she could ever be in this position. Certainly, scripture does not expound much about her or her life, and that’s too bad because I want to know more about her. However, as I mentioned earlier, this is not about her…it’s about the Mercy & Grace of our Savior EVEN when we are in the very depths of our sin.

Imagine for a moment a woman many years prior whose life was much different and never thought of such a thing to do. Could she have ever thought that her sin KEEPLIFELEGALwould be made public, ceremoniously thrown at the feet of a Man she did not know? She knew her crime would be her death penalty. Was she a widow or divorced, an orphan, simply a victim of another’s horrific battle in a life not well led?

As I think about it all, I see myself in a prior life that started with all the normalcy of any other average person. Circumstances, sometimes not our own, leads us to dark corners of a life we never thought we would be. One thing leads to the next, the next domino falls, and then another, until there’s just a pile of used up dominos.

As we stand at the sidewalk of the abortion facilities, we see women who have been ‘caught in the very act’ of sin, and how that cannot be denied or hidden because of her unplanned pregnancy. Unplanned, just like our sinful lives, with all the dominos in a pile just lying there. Not one person plans to live in such a sin state that they would kill their own unborn child, but here they are, lining up to kill. When women come to the abortion facility, it’s the final act of this passage of her sinful life…for now. She will leave broken, empty, and right back to a life that will not change because she has not met the Master.

KEEPLIFELEGALThe woman caught in adultery was looking at a bunch of men holding stones that were meant to kill her. And they really wanted to throw them…but Jesus, even knowing the Law said to stone her, gave her Mercy for her sin. The crime of adultery was forgiven, and all that was asked of her was “…go, and sin no more”, [Jn 8:11].

Women who come to the abortion facility look at us as if we hold the stones, but we do not. We hold out a hand, the same one Jesus extended to the adulterous woman. We share His Mercy & Grace, His forgiveness, His Gospel, without the condemnation they fear and expect.

When sin has brought a woman to the abortion facility along with her family, friends, coworkers, boyfriend, husband, and probably even their neighbors – all of those people who say they ‘support’ her are the ones holding the stones just waiting to throw them when she won’t comply.

Who, then, would cast the first stone at her? Usually the guiltiest, just like the pious religious that stood over the woman at the feet of Jesus. Nevertheless, this does not have to be her end, instead she can have a new life beginning with Grace that only Jesus can give:

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

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EXPOSING THE ABORTION AGENDA FROM THE PULPIT, ON THE SIDEWALK & IN THE STATEHOUSE. KeepLifeLegal advocates for unborn life on the sidewalks of abortion facilities, the steps of the Statehouse, and the Church with prayer, community outreach, and real LIFE supporting options. 

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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