Sometimes, even I can’t make sense of life. Or loss of life, I should say. I shake my head, I pray, I mourn. As a minister, I know the answer – it is the process of it all that can be incomprehensible.
In the last few weeks, our large church family lost three members, stalwarts in the faith, crazy amazing testimonies, true love of God and family and church.
A woman who was part of the church for 25+ years, died from covid complications.
A man who had a large company used his money to literally go into all the world and preach the Gospel, died from a long battle with cancer.
A man with a large family, successful in all aspects, children in ministry, died from complications from a heart transplant.
Everyone dies. But these great people died well, in the faith, never sacrificing their beliefs. These three faith heroes died hard deaths. I cannot imagine what they must have gone through. During their lives they had kairos moments, they had joy, they had disappointments, they had a church family that loved and respected them. Ultimately, they found their Lord and Savior waiting with open arms despite all of the pain and sorrow of dying: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” [2Tim 4:7]
I can only imagine it. But to address my first sentence, there really is much sense to this.
There is no partiality with God. Rich or poor, the sting of death is equal.
Because of the fall of Man, we will have disease and sickness.
And if you accept Jesus, Heaven will be your home, pain and sorrow free. That makes the process of LIFE an adventure and precious…and every moment counts. This life is our path to Him, and our chosen Eternity: “For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” [Romans 10:13]
In this study, we will look at the sin of abortion from the unsaved pro-abortion side, starting with the altar of Molech. Molech sacrificed children to another god, or rather he sacrificed against the one true God, murdering His creation. This evil sin of child killing was addressed in Leviticus 18:21, “And you shall not let any of your descendants pass through the fire to Molech, not shall you profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.”
God made it clear that it was as profane to kill these children upon the altar of Molech as it is to profane the name of God; He associates Himself with His Creation, and killing any of them is as killing Him. These children were a literal burnt offering to a false god, much like today as the unborn are murdered upon the altar of the false god of abortion.
Is abortion a religion? Yes. Anything can be a religion, which was addressed in the second commandment, “You shall have no other gods before Me,” Exodus 20:3. Interestingly, the definition of religion, in part, says: “a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.” Read the entire definition here. NOT ONE TIME was God or Jesus mentioned in that, which proves religion has absolutely NOTHING to do with God or Jesus.
Abortion is a religion, with their own gods and worship and devoted followers. Abortion’s ancestry is rooted in the ritualistic burnt offering of children upon an altar of a false god as worship, as it is today.
Today, the religious continues to kill through abortion, believing in their sin rather than the one true God. “…Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?“ Romans 6:1. They make an idol out of abortion, they worship it and love it. With every religion, there is an idol, a false ‘god’. Making an idol out of anything is making a religion, a thing that is unholy, to preserve a sin to somehow make it ‘holy’. Their religion of abortion – God calls it sin – continues because they believe in a false god, a false grace, a false hope, a false redemption, that it is sanctified by their personal ‘god’.
Conversely, some professing Christians
hold onto another Jesus, another Gospel, another grace, another cross, rather than the Cross of Christ when excusing abortion. A recent story said that a Pastor was witnessing outside of an abortion mill when a woman came for an appointment whose family is a member of his church. He knew her personally, even baptized her. Then, why was she there? She heard the Gospel and the message of life, and still she came for an abortion appointment. Whose God does she believe?
“What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid,” Romans 6:15. But that is exactly what happened, she and many other professing Christians put their unborn child upon the altar of abortion because they believe the false god and it’s false grace. I know people in Gospel preaching churches that will sin because they have hope in another Jesus, another Gospel, that sin will be forever hidden and even sanctified. Being hidden is not accurate because the Bible says “But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin will find you out,” (Numb 32:23.) And while it is true that a woman can be forgiven of her abortion sin, there will still be consequences of that sin, for a time that can take years.
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap,” Galatians 6:7. Christian men and women who “neglect so great a salvation” put themselves on that same altar as their unborn child. They know the Way, ignore it, and expect not to have consequences – results – from the sin of abortion.
Friends, this is just not that hard. God has NEVER changed, not for any person or any thing or any law: “For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life,” (Gal 6:8). The One True God calls abortion sin an abomination. God does not cause confusion, but gives us hope and love and Jesus, “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints,” (1Cor 14:33).
The author of confusion – the devil himself – puts false gods before us to frustrate our relationship with God and cause us to sin. Abortion is the god of many, a religion that is vast, holy to those who admire and worship it. But it’s consequence is eternal.
“But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him,” (1Cor 8:6).
A Bible study regarding the Historical Prolife Rescue Movement and its foundation in Scripture.
Being Esther in the Prolife Movement: She broke the law and broke tradition to save her people. NOTHING could prevent the coming Messiah.
This study shows the commonality of Esther being in a position of power to free her people from annihilation and people in a Prolife position of power freeing the unborn from abortion annihilation.
In other words, Esther advocated for the voiceless and hopeless as an activist. She saw a need and acted upon it. She knew this was against the law, and that she could lose her own life trying to save others.
Prolife leaders sometimes use their position to combat the evil of abortion while other prolife leaders gravitate from the inherent Word of God to make their position one that is motivated by pride and uses principles that are unbiblical.
Esther understood LIFE is a fundamental truth, not a concept thought up by man. This truth is from the mouth and heart of God: “You shall not murder,” Exodus 20:13, NKJV. The Prolife Movement started out doing a great thing but splintered into groups for power rather than sharing the Gospel and saving babies.
Esther saved her own life by first saving her people. Isn’t that really how prolife ministry works?
King Ahasuerus had particular rules and laws to follow, even Esther had to follow them. What is key in the story of Esther is that she did what was lawful to do the unlawful. In other words, Esther had to step out of bounds and take a chance to save the Jews.
“Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” [Es 4:16]
Today, we have Roe v Wade. We have laws. Unjust they are, but laws just the same. No one, not one person in any power position can totally eradicate abortion law yet. Roe has seen to that. That being said, we have to play by the rules of the game that Roe set up. Little by little, laws are getting better, some babies are spared, some moms have become moms because of diligent work through elected officials, judges.
During this time in modern history, there is legal abortion. Millions of lives lost to the Haman of our time, the Abortion Cartel and the Abortion Party: “If it pleases the king, let a decree be written that they be destroyed, and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver into the hands of those who do the work, to bring it into the king’s treasuries,” [Es 3:9].
Esther rescued the Jews. She did not have the law on her side. But she did it. Esther stepped out in faith knowing it was against the law.
Being Jesus in the Prolife Movement: Jesus came to fulfill the law, not keep it.
Today, the bulk of the Prolife Movement is slothful, compliant, engineered, but gets big donations. They rely on pride and status. They rely on passivity. They rely on your fear. But worse of all, they shame those who step out in faith to do the unthinkable: RESCUE.
Most Prolife groups fail to recognize that people in the Bible had to break the law to save lives and further the Gospel. In the Book of Esther, Esther and her people had to survive because she is part of the lineage of Jesus Christ. In the Book of Acts, the Apostles and the Church had to break the law to be able to preach the Gospel and say the name of Jesus publicly. Were they arrested? Yes. They paid their debt and continued to do whatever it took to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature,” [Mark 16:15].
The prime real estate that the Passive Prolife Leader covets is the sidewalk. That means they want no one else there to determine a plan of action, which is ironic considering they have no actual ‘action’. So many groups complain about real people sacrificing everything to save unborn life, all I could possibly surmise from this revelation is that inaction equals more followers, much like the seeker sensitive church today.
Modern day rescues may be the very last defense an innocent child has. The Bible has clearly stated that law had to be broken to further the Gospel, Christ died for it! People in communist countries break the law every single day because they have chosen Christianity over the ‘religion’ their law forces them to recognize.
Then, is the ‘defense of necessity’ a reality? Of course it is! We have to use the tools we are given, and that may mean real sacrifice to save lives. The Bible has never said ‘do this thing but you’re on your own’. Not one time. Rescuers pray, fast and pray some more before doing what is unlawful, but lawful in the eyes of God.
The hypocrisy of Prolife Leaders regarding not breaking the law is astounding. Can you imagine telling Jesus not to heal or minister on the Sabbath? That was the law of that time. The Sanhedrin even considered the INTENT to break the law, followed Jesus questioning Him:
“Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent,” Mark 1-6.
But Jesus would not be silent or obedient to them, and posed this to the Pharisees:
“And Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” But they kept silent. And He took him and healed him, and let him go. Then He answered them, saying, “Which of you, having a donkey or an ox that has fallen into a pit, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?” And they could not answer Him regarding these things,” Luke 14:3-6.
Scripture has shown that breaking the law can be a ‘defense of necessity’ and love.
Then, isn’t it the objective of the Prolife Movement to tell the broken system that it is needs help? Just as the example of the donkey in the well, whether it be lawful or not, rescuing the donkey [Luke 14:3-6] is the right thing to do, the Christian thing to do. And if a donkey should be saved even if the ‘work’ broke the law, shouldn’t unborn children made in the very image of God also be rescued and protected as much as this donkey? If the Prolife Leaders today say that breaking the law impedes the years of work in the Prolife Movement, make no mistake: They certainly mean their own work, or inaction, that has shown little progress other than raising funding for their group and gaining ‘followers’.
And lastly, the conjecture is quite clear, yes Jesus said to love your neighbor. He is love. He loves us all! So when a Passive Prolifer wants to taut ‘Jesus is love’, remind them He was nailed to a cross because of His love for us….are they willing to do something as audacious? Jesus prayed and asked that ‘this cup’ be taken from him, sweat literal blood, and He knew this is the Will of the Father [Luke 22:41-44]. Rescuers do not rescue flippantly, they pray and fast, and do the Will of the Father. No, rescuers are not Jesus, be we are all called to be as Christ-like as we can throughout our lives as Christians. The unborn is our ‘neighbor’ and our charge [Luke 10:27].
Being Peter & Paul in the Prolife Movement Arise, and GO!
Inaction never equals action. A fellow activist recently said, “If you can’t show from scripture rescue is sin, you have no authority to condemn it.” I believe I have shown that the myth of ‘love only’ is passive and without action, which is not the will of God. Not all are called to rescue, but everyone is called to pray and fast for those who will step out in faith and action.
Think of it this way: Your church may sponsor missionaries to go to other countries you are not comfortable going to. They promise to help the poor and preach the Gospel, do good works, maybe build a school or church, with love and action. I am quite sure that you did not shame them for doing this just because they aren’t doing it your way. This is what the Modern Prolife Leaders do, shame and disparage those who will get dirty in the mire of unregulated unborn baby killing to save even just one life.
Peter, Paul and the Early Church in the Book of Acts proves that we are a Church in motion, continuing in the Way, not wavering, even though we may suffer. Christ made the way, Christians are called to “Arise, and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do,” [Acts 9:6].
The Early Church in other cities needed help, “Come over to Macedonia and help us,” [Acts 16:9]. Isn’t this what the sidewalk is always crying out for, making a Macedonian call to other believers who will help with the poor in spirit and those led to the slaughter [Prov 24:11]? The vision was given to the Apostle Paul, and he ‘sought to go…..concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the Gospel to them,” [Acts 16:10]. Many people in the Modern Prolife Movement have heard the voice of God, grieving Him with their apathetic inaction because they were shamed by prideful Prolife Leaders, calling them potential ‘criminals’.
Nearly every single thing the Early Church did was against the law. The Apostles endured many beatings and much jail time to do what God told them to do. It was not a dirge to suffer, rather “rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ,” [Acts 5:41-42]. Lawbreakers! Even in modern rescues, brave men and women know that arrest and jail may happen, they are prepared spiritually and mentally, knowing that the unborn babies who may have died that day were saved.
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,” [James 1:2].
However, the Early Church had their share of people who stood back in inaction while others dared all, “Yet none of the rest dared join them, but the people esteemed them highly,” [Acts 5:13]. The Prolife Leaders of today do exactly that, watching others in action while they collect admiration and followers and donations. Their disdain for action is remarkable.
As Christians, we are to obey the law of the land except when it violates the Word of God. Inaction equals action? The Book of Acts alone should show the reader that it is a literal book of action, with love and the Gospel, “We ought to obey God rather than man,” [Acts 5:29].
In conclusion, this ‘New Prolife Movement is not of God. These rescue mockers use their pride and vanity to do what they do, with inaction. There are so many crimes against the unborn they are responsible for, too many to list here. God is grieved, He is insulted by this hypocrisy and heresy.
So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard,” [Acts 4:18-20].
Arise, and go! Read the Book of Acts and get ready!
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.