The following is a wonderful testimony from a pastor recently birthed into the battle to end the American holocaust. God willing, we will be working with this pastor and other pastors during our national event “For Such a Time as this!” Be encouraged saints, though the battle rages, the enemy threatens, and much of the Church is still asleep in the light, the Gentle Revolution continues to spread.
My name is David Pryor. I serve as a pastor of Clearnote Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. This is the story of God’s work in my life as it relates to the fight against abortion. Like many Christians today, I have always been opposed to abortion: I’ve spoken out against it, prayed against it, even voted against it. And yet, when it came to actually going out and showing up as a minister of the gospel at my local abortion clinic to oppose this evil, I was missing from battle. The thought of showing up on a Saturday morning at this place of death to plead with mothers and fathers intent on destroying their own children just wasn’t high on my priority list. My view was that abortion mill ministry was an extracurricular activity of the church—one worth considering if resources and time allow for it. Ultimately, I felt no sense of urgency about engaging our church in the messy and difficult work of bringing the Gospel to perishing souls at the abortion mill. But God changed my heart.
About 6 months ago, I came into contact with several ministries engaged in frontlines evangelism at the abortion mill. I was introduced to the work Pastor Rusty Thomas of Operation Save America, Pastor Jeff Durbin of Apologia Church, Pastor Joseph Spurgeon of Sovereign King Church and John Barros of Saint Andrews, were each doing outside their local abortion mill. Seeing their faithfulness from afar, and the fruit being produced, God began to birth in me and in the leadership of our church, a strong desire to fully engage in this battle for the lives of the preborn.
We stepped out in faith one Saturday morning and showed up at the Indianapolis Clinic for Women, a local facility that exists exclusively to preform abortions—murdering close to a dozen babies a week.
As I was preaching that morning, in an SUV across the parking lot with tinted windows cracked, a man and woman sat waiting for the clinic to open. I began calling out directly to the man —I spoke of his divine call from God to be a protector of women and children; I warned him of the shamefulness and wickedness of his apathy; and that he may not claim to be a man if he participates in the murder of his own child. For nearly 15 straight minutes a plead with this man. Then the car drove over. A large intimidating man got out, angry and red in the face. He said that as he was hearing me challenge his manhood, he wanted to tear my “f—ing head off” because I had no idea what they were going through.
This man explained that his wife had been unfaithful to him and was six weeks pregnant; and up until that point he had been ready to kill the child but after sitting in the car hearing the preaching, he decided that he would keep the baby and be a father to the child as his own. I was amazed! God worked in a mighty way! We both had tears in our eyes. After our group prayed for him, I witnessed this man’s attitude change from anger to softness. He went from being ready to tear my head off, to giving me several hugs. We also had the joy of speaking with this man about his need of Christ. At the end of our conversation, I told him that he was an example of courage and that God would bless him.
What a wonderful encouragement! The Holy Spirit moved; a baby was saved; a man chose life for his unfaithful wife’s child! It is hard to find words that express the joy shared by our whole church body. But God wasn’t done working yet.
An amazing addition to the story happened the following Monday. I received a text from the man— He and his wife went to the doctor for an ultrasound that showed that she was actually 13 weeks pregnant – farther along than she had thought. The child was actually his own! He thanked us for being there that day, and gave praise to God! This was a very real manifestation of God’s promise of blessing from Deuteronomy 13:19: “Choose life, so that you and your children may live.” My prayer is that God uses this story as a means of encouragement for the saints:
To the faithful warriors already engaged in the trenches of this ministry:
Thank you for your example. Trust that God uses your faithfulness to enlist men like me to this service. And do not lose heart, “For in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” (Gal. 6:9)
To the pastors and elders not currently engaged in this work: Begin to view this work as a legitimate and vital ministry in your church. Begin taking baby-steps of faithfulness–Show up at your local abortion clinic with a few men once a month to preach and pray. God will use these small steps of faith to mature and strengthen your congregation and your pastoral ministry.
Our Lord Jesus Christ promises His Church that the gates of hell will not prevail. I call on the church of the living God to rise up from slumber; to take up the full armor of God and show up for battle at the gates of hell, and see the salvation of the Lord!
Soli Deo Gloria,
Pastor David Pryor