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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Unpreaching the Gospel | BreakPoint

It’s What We’re Doing by Staying Silent on Abortion

Coming back to the humanity of LIFE.

Church, what is your stand for Life? What is your written a policy about Life? Does your church know that you have a Life policy?

The humanistic world is creeping into the Church trying to change how we think about Life, abortion, the gay agenda and world unity. Relativism is tweaking the ears of the highly intelligent church member leading them to believe that if there is ‘more’ [to learn] out there, it would substantiate their need for creative thinking instead of the simple truth of the Gospel. Scripture has no real value beyond subjective moments of ‘inspiration’.

“The announcement that the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA, has chosen a lesbian, pro-abortion president to lead the seminary has sent shock waves around the Anglican Communion. The appointment of Katherine Hancock Ragsdale highlights a week that also saw TEC bishop-elect Kevin Thew Forrester replace a reading from the New Testament with a reading from the Quran at St. Paul’s Marquette, Michigan.” David W. Virtue

Humanistic values now reflect a perverse sense of priorities in the Post Modern Church…or rather, the Emergent. Morality and spirituality does not count for the truth or “real” knowledge of those in the Post Modern Church – they’ve moved from when Life begins to if Life can be sustained to their satisfaction.

And succinctly, Roe made sense to the Post Modern Church. The dignity of Life was effectively dismissed and replaced with the humanistic need to save the world without God.

The Emergent has taken ‘love your neighbor as yourself’ to mean that to murder unborn Life is to be merciful.

Certainly the Emergent is not Evangelical any longer, if they ever were. They’ve become an entity that is more humanitarian than Christian. Has being relevant changed how the Church views Life?

Most denominations make exceptions for abortion in certain circumstances but fail to realize that no matter the reason or situation, a child will die.

 

For the love of Christ?

Or, A Post Modern Movement of a certain disproportion.

Can you do ALL things in the name of Jesus? NO. And when is church not church?

In West Town, Mark Bergin, 29, who leads prayer meetings wearing a cap embroidered with the Guinness logo. The self-described “hot-dog-eating, baseball-loving, tool-owning missionary” is part of the church planting movement in the United States — an effort to start thousands of churches a year that reach people in more culturally relevant ways….When he moved from Seattle a few months ago to start a church on Chicago’s West Side, he met more than 50 potential churchgoers by visiting neighborhood coffee houses and bars, including the Chipp Inn across from his house. Read the article here.

A commenter said:  “What a bunch of neo-hippie baloney!  Grow up. Go to a real church, you know…the ONE founded by Jesus Christ Himself!” The Post Modern Church regards things like the arts and the earth and food and drink and sex as things enjoyed while justified in the name of Jesus without reading the entire Holy Text but with their typical conjecture:

We believe that most all human behavior can be understood as the pursuit of beauty. God has built this passion into people for the sake of our joy. Accordingly, we value the arts, aesthetics, nature, sex, food, and drink, all of which point to the ultimate beauty of the creator, who is to be enjoyed forever.

Romans 5:8 says “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  If we were not sinners, we would not need a Saviour; without a Saviour, we would be most miserable.

I think these people haven’t read about holiness and sanctification as it regards living for God. Human behaviour is the sin nature that we are all born with since the Fall of Man. We are to be living examples of what Christ can do to separate us from our old man – because of His Cross – and live for God with JOY. As Christians we are to be separate from the world, not wallowing in it.

2 Thessalonians 5:6 clearly says “Therefore, Let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.” If these Post Modern church planters had a lexicon, they would know that in the Greek the word sober is nepho and means three things:

  1. to drink no intoxicants
  2. to live righteously
  3. to watch.

Christians are to be Watchmen to mark those that preach another Gospel, another Jesus. The Post Modern Church seeks those that are unchurched so that they can indoctrinate them with a false Gospel, one that justifies sin as some hidden quirk that was god-given at birth instead of the truth – For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23).

Is Christianity so boring that we need this kind of distraction from the reality of what Jesus did and taught? Are we so arrogant?

We need a Redeemer, not a bartender.

Abortion, the Church & a Diverse Agenda

Or, the fear and loathing of the Liberal Christian within the Post-Modern Church, part 2

More than 1100 clerics and religious professionals want U.S. Senators to provide women with access to abortion – why? Because the Religious Institute, STOP RIGHT THERE. Do you know about the Religious Institute? That name, Religious Institute, sounds so safe and…religious:

“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.”

No wonder the Post-Modern Church isn’t a church anymore. But read 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.”

Christian Voice Magazine reports that there is a letter written by these fanatical zealots from the Religion Institute to push abortion to be included in the HR3200. Particular denoms 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, an army of NONE. These clerics are from the Liberal Post-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.”

Subsidized means YOU PAY FOR IT. Already our tax dollars have been procured and detoured to help women get birth control and abortion. The HR3200 is a smoke screen – pundits beat on it having abortion in it when if you look at it a lot closer, you’ll see the real agenda – a Diverse Agenda.