Category Archives: abortion

Benefit Dinner For the Pregnancy Help Center of Dover

I love to see young people who are creative and ambitious in their desire to serve the Lord. One great example of this is a high school student who has decided to organize, promote and direct a benefit dinner with proceeds going to the Pregnancy Help Center of Dover.

The dinner is this Saturday at Sam Yoder’s Conference Center, from 5-9pm. The Facebook page can be found here. Tickets are $45 per couple and must be purchased in advance. These can be obtained by contacting either The Pregnancy Help Center at 302-698-9311 or contact 302-242-5423 for other ticket locations.

Details:

  • Sam Yoder’s Conference Center: 89 Hunting Quarter Road, Houston, Delaware
  •  Semi-formal to formal event for guests ages 16 and older
  • Special guest speakers and music will be a part …of the program
  • Dinner, dessert, and non-alcoholic beverages will be included in the ticket price. The following dinner will be served buffet style:
    – Your choice of stuffed chicken breast with white sauce or roast beef with gravy
    – Your choice of roasted herb potatoes or green beans and a dinner roll
    – Your choice of tea, lemonade, water, and/or coffee
    – Your choice of cake or cupcake for dessert

How Pro-Life Are You?

A Christian knows that all human life is created in the image of God. In other words, we are created to be a picture of what God is like (Gen. 1:26-28). This is very important for understanding the sanctity of human life (Gen. 9:6; Jam. 3:9). For instance, we would probably not be happy if someone pasted our picture (our image) on the family dartboard. This is because we would feel like the act of gleefully throwing darts at an image of our face really amounts to an indirect attack on us personally. What do we expect God to think, then, about those who attack his image in the form of little babies hidden in their mother’s womb? Make no mistake about it. Abortion is fundamentally a spiritual issue not merely a political or sociological issue. It is a glory of God issue. This is critical for us to understand as Christians and it is good for us to remember as Sanctity of Life Sunday approaches.

R. C. Sproul has been interviewed on his involvement in the Pro-life movement over several decades and he has some impacting observations about the surprising silence of the evangelical church. This is not true of all churches and all Christians, of course. But it is true of many. My own experience resonates with what Sproul says. For instance, I once held a pastor’s prayer meeting specifically to pray for the ministry success of a local pregnancy help center. Out of the thirty pastors who were invited, only two bothered to even respond. I know of another man who was a guest speaker at a church in our area and he preached on abortion. Immediately after the sermon, he was pulled aside by an agitated leadership and told he would never be invited back. Some of these pastors are afraid of touching a “hot” political issue. Other pastors realize that their congregations are full of Christians who frankly don’t want to divert time and energy and resources to this cause and their pastors feel it would simply be too much of an uphill battle to convince them otherwise. The fact that many evangelical pastors and churches give little more than lip service in support of the pro-life cause (and some not even that) should shame us. How many of our churches spend more money and time on toys for tots and entertainment for teens than we do on rescuing the little ones from a brutal death? In fact, when we clamor for children’s and youth ministry out the wazoo and then  neglect ministry to the children that no one cares for it shows how self-centered rather than God-centered our desires are. We have pep rallies for all kinds of things but hardly a peep goes out for the unborn. How pro-life are we really? 

John Frame helps us think through whether we are pro-life in word only, or also in deed.

“This issue makes a strong demand on the Christian’s attention, time, passion, and energy. We need to do something. None of us alone can do the job that needs to be done, but we can all do something. Support your local pro-life crisis pregnancy center. These organizations are under legal and moral attack from Planned Parenthood and the pro-choice establishment. Volunteer as a counselor, if you are gifted for that. Preach sermons on this subject, if you are a pastor, for many in our churches are confused as to what the Bible teaches, and like wayward sheep they are getting their moral standards from talk shows and magazines. Demonstrate; carry the sign ‘Abortion Kills Children,’ for that sign tells the simple truth. Plead with women as they enter abortion clinics. Write to newspaper editors and government officials. Support pro-life candidates for office, and withhold support for otherwise promising candidates who favor abortion. Use legal means to harass abortionists and make it difficult for them to practice.” John Frame, The Doctrine of the Christian Life, p. 731-32.

Does anything that Frame advocates here bother you? Imagine the situation were different. Imagine that abortionists weren’t only killing children in the first 9 months of their lives. Imagine that abortionists were legally killing children for the first 18 months of their lives. Imagine that mothers were bringing their babies back into the abortion clinics within 9 months of their birth and having them brutally mutilated and killed. Would your reaction be any different? Would your righteous indignation move you to action at this point? If so why? Simply because a slightly older child is being slaughtered?! The grim reality that this kind of legally protected mass-killing is happening in our local area should grieve every individual Christian and move us to action.

The great blessing that the church can bring to this crisis is the knowledge of God. And specifically, the knowledge of God in the gospel of Christ. Maybe God would call you to be a counselor in the trenches with a word of comfort and truth for those considering abortion. Maybe God would call you to minister his grace to those who have already had an abortion and are now realizing the error of that. Maybe God would have you minster in other important ways.  Look at the list above for ideas. Contact your local pregnancy help center and ask what needs they might have. A Christian, like Esther, is placed by God in the world in a particular place, for a particular time. Abortion is fundamentally a spiritual issue and it is one of the greatest spiritual needs of the hour. How will you rise to meet this challenge?

Voting For the Glory of God

As a Christian pastor I would like to take another opportunity to speak to some misguided notions that I have occasionally come across from professing Christians on the issue of priorities in the voting booth. Fundamentally, Christians must be guided by biblical revelation rather than merely human reasoning. Through the years I have been shocked by the abysmal lack of discernment expressed from professing Christians who are willing to compromise the most basic biblical teaching pertaining to the image of God in man and the consequent sanctity of human life, specifically on abortion. Sometimes this is done out of ignorance of various candidates particular views. This kind of ignorance is not excusable. I have seen many informational resources distributed in my neck of the woods that would clarify where the candidates stand on the issues. If you have an interest in knowing, the information is out there. With rare exceptions, ignorance is culpable in this arena.

But even more serious than voting out of ignorance, are the abominations that are committed in the voting booth with full knowledge. Scripture condemns not only those who are involved in abominable practices, but also those who “give approval to those who practice them” (Rom. 1:32). The decisive kinds of approval and disapproval that is exercised in the voting booth cannot escape the implications of Romans 1.

When the issue of abortion comes up, sometimes Christians are pejoratively charged with being one-issue voters. This sweeping accusation is not, and need not be, right however. In fact, as a pastor I would insist that this should not be the case for Christians. Christians should be responsible citizens and therefore should be concerned with all of the legitimate issues facing them during election of government officials as at other times. But a Christian should be able to properly weigh the relative importance of these issues, however. Christians, of all people, should have the ability to ethically discern what issues are to receive what weight in their desire to glorify God in the voting booth. The malicious slaughter of defenseless children who are quietly tucked away in the very womb of their mother is an example of great moral wickedness. The fact that people are created in the image of God, makes this murder of a child no less than an assault on God himself.

These are not debatable issues for Christians. They are matters of basic faith and life before a holy God. They are basic because Scripture speaks clearly and strongly here. You cannot serve God and idols. If you are a Christian, let the word of God inform your decisions in the voting booth and over every area of your life. My desire for those who profess to be Christians when they go to the voting booth is that it could not be said of them:

“They profess to know God, but they deny them by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.” (Titus 1:16)

Instead let it be said of the Church of God that our desire is whether we eat or drink or whatever we do to do all to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31).

Consider also this article from Ligonier: How Much Weight Should Our Opposition To Abortion Carry In Our Voting Decisions

Soli Deo Gloria.

The Bible and Elections

I recently had a conversation with a professing Christian regarding the upcoming election which again reminded me that there is a need for a reminder of what our biblical responsibilities are in every area of life including this election. How does the Bible inform Christians behavior in the voting booth? Here are some questions that Christians cannot ignore.

  1. Does this candidate support using my tax dollars to kill small children while they are still in their mother’s womb (Gen. 1:26-27; 9:6; Luke 1:36-44)?
  2. Does this candidate support special privileges for individuals who habitually practice sexual sin like homosexuality (1 Cor. 6:9-10; Rom. 1:24-27)?
  3. Does this candidate support legislation that protects rather than undermines parental responsibility and authority (Deut. 6:4-9; Eph. 6:1-4)?
  4. Does this candidate support legislation that would undermine the freedom of speech (including the free speech of Christians in the public or private sector) (2 Tim. 4:2-5)?

This is not an exhaustive list of “political” issues that the Bible speaks about but these are some clear cut biblical issues. A Christian must allow Scripture to guide their vote with regard to these issues. A Christian cannot separate politics and faith for the simple reason that Jesus  Christ is Lord over all. The Bible says much that informs the way we view contemporary political issues. To willingly reject the absolute authority of Scripture in these areas is to compromise one’s faith. The issues are that serious and that biblical.

Stem Cells and the Sanctity of Life

For two thousand years, the church has been encountering difficult ethical questions as it lives in the world, yet strives to be not of the world. The new bio-ethical dilemmas facing Christians in our day are no different. I am pasting this entire article from Justin Taylor’s blog. It is a helpful guide to the important issues surrounding a Christian’s view of the person who is conceived, yet unborn.   

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And just like that, embryonic stem-cell research (ESCR) is back in the news.

On Monday U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth issued a temporary injunction blocking President Obama’s executive order to expand funding for research on stem cells derived from embryos. Judge Lamberth wrote, in part, “ESC research is clearly research in which an embryo is destroyed. To conduct ESC research, ESCs must be derived from an embryo. The process of deriving ESCs from an embryo results in the destruction of the embryo. Thus, ESC research necessarily depends upon the destruction of a human embryo.”

Joe Carter gives us a good refresher course—or introduction, for some—on stems cells and the controversy. Here is an outline of the questions he briefly answers:

  1. What are stem cells?
  2. How are stem cells different than other types of cells?
  3. Why are stem cells so important to research?
  4. What are embryonic stem cells?
  5. Where do the embryos for ESC come from?
  6. What are adult stem cells?
  7. What is a stem cell “line”?
  8. Why is there a controversy over ESC research?
  9. Didn’t the Bush administration ban funding of ESC?
  10. Since the government doesn’t prohibit private funding why does it matter if tax dollars are used for the research?
  11. Has embryonic stem cell research ever resulted in therapeutic treatments?
  12. Has adult stem cell research ever resulted in therapeutic treatments?
  13. Are there any restrictions on adult stem cell research?

For some further reading on the immorality of President Obama’s executive order and the politicization of the scientific issues, I’d recommend:

Movement Toward A More Mainstream Abortion Industry

Here are the details along with some characteristically helpful commentary by Al Mohler here.

Christian Fear is the Fear of God

There is understandable disappointment and even unrest at the recent approval of the national health care reform legislation. But what is a Christian to think of this? What is the Christian response?

In recent days I have heard some responses that seem to exemplify faith in the sovereign Lord but I have also heard others that seem to resemble a reactionary kind of panic that is more becoming of the world. This should not, and need not, be. In all of our responses, the Christian Church ought to have passion but not panic and sobriety but not despair. God teaches us an understanding of himself that will require no less than this. Scripture confidently says:

“All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, but He does according to his will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and no one can ward off his hand or say to him, ‘What have you done?'” (Dan. 4:35)

Would Jesus be jostled by shady politics or corrupt government? Surely he would not. Consider the admonition of Christ himself:

“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear him who is able to destroy both body and soul in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will not fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.” (Matt. 10:28:31)

 The great strength of our faith is built on the unshakable foundation of our relationship to God himself. He is both Creator and Lord. He is Redeemer and Judge of all the earth. Whether in life or in death, nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.

It is good to be reminded that none of the biblical heroes picked the times and circumstances in which they lived. Whether Enoch or Noah, Abraham or Rahab, Daniel or Esther, all were chosen by God for exactly the time and place that God had them. And Christian, it is just as true for you. God has chosen you for such a time as this. You are both a solar panel and a mirror. You have been irradiated with the divine glory of the Son and are now a reflector of that glory. Whether in peace or in persecution, God’s design is that the world would look on your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Russell Moore made a helpful post on this topic that I would encourage you to read and be both challenged and strengthened by:

Is it a problem that some of us who are tranquil as still water about biblical doctrine and ecclesial mission are red-faced about Nancy Pelosi and the talking heads on MSNBC?

Is it a problem that some who haven’t shared the gospel with their neighbors in months or years are motivated to vent to strangers on the street about how scary national health care will be?

He continues:

If we were half as outraged by our own sin and self-deception as we are by the follies of our political opponents, what would be the result?

If we rejoiced as much that our names are written in heaven as we do about such trivialities as basketball brackets, what would be the result?

So if what you’re afraid of is a politician or a policy or a culture or the future of Western civilization, don’t give up the conviction but give up the fear.

Work for justice.

Oppose evil.

But do it so that your opponents will see not fear but trust, optimism, and affection.

Read the whole thing, and pass it along.

HT: Justin Taylor

Planned Parenthood Says Abortion Kills Babies

In 1952 Planned Parenthood put out a pamphlet describing the “whats” and “hows” of birth control. They were advocating birth control and distinguishing it from abortion. In this pamphlet they say that abortion “kills the life of a baby” and for the mother “it is dangerous to your life and health”.

At this point in time, abortion was still illegal so it was not part of the services they rendered. Now they are the number one provider of abortions in the country. It is painfully obvious how their new ideology has shaped their new interpretation of the facts.

HT: Live Action Blog