Come Storm the Gates in Birmingham, Alabama
Invitation from Pastor AJ Johnson, Pastor of Doers of the Word Church in Birmingham, AL: My wife Ann and I have been married for twenty-five years. For the first twelve years, we prayed to the Lord for children. Doctors told us that we would not be able to have any, but God answered our prayers and in 1994, Ann was pregnant with our son, Austin. We now have three sons, ages 13, 10, and 4. Operation Rescue came to Birmingham close to the time that we saw the first sonogram of Austin. I saw the miracle of life in the womb, heard the devastating truth of abortion, and I was a broken man. I was changed and transformed, and ended up being jailed along with others in Operation Rescue.
As a Pastor, I invite OSA, this July 14-22, 2007, to continue the good work that was begun in this city. In 1994, there were seven abortion mills in Birmingham, now there are only two. Brothers and Sisters in Christ, let us bring glory and honor to God by finishing the work that was begun in Birmingham thirteen years ago.
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It appears that the political arm of the Christian Right is attempting to save the Republican Party from its own inevitable self-destruction. It cannot be done! The Republican Party has no intention of honoring God or His Word, and God has every intention of bringing this Party to an ignominious end.
The election of Hillary Rodham Clinton as President of the United States of America in 2008, will be the end of a failed Party that sold its birthright for a mess of pottage. It had ample opportunity to stand for God and His Word. For six years it controlled the Presidency, the Senate, and the House, yet it chose to compromise those issues (abortion, homosexuality, Islam) dear to God's heart. It chose peace with the devil, rather than war with him. It chose compromise and cowardice, rather than confrontation and conquest.
Winston Churchill said it best when he confronted Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain with his cowardice in dealing with Adolph Hitler. Chamberlain returned to England proclaiming , "Peace in our time!" Churchill responded, "You had a choice between shame and war. You chose shame, and you will have war."
The Republican Party has chosen the way of shame when it should have been at war. It correctly assumed that the Christian Right had no where else to go and therefore could be bought cheap. As the GOP continues to lower the bar for those seeking nomination, the frontrunners for the Republican Party's presidential nomination are pro-abortion.
Pastor Jerry Falwell, a strong political arm of the Christian Right, is having "pro-choice" Rudy Giuliani speak to the graduating seniors at Liberty University in May, 2007. He invited John McCain to speak to last year's graduating class. These two Republicans will never stand for life - they are mere politicians. Pastor Falwell is preparing the way for the Christian Right to vote for a pro-abortion Republican. This may not be his intention, but it will be the result.
Are you astonished at how cheaply we can be bought? Innocent babies are being "legally" slaughtered in abortion mills across this land; homosexuality is parading its sin like Sodom ; and Islam ( the religion of peace ) has prostrated Christianity ( the religion of hate ) all under the watchful eye of the Republican Party. The GOP does not value the same things that you and I value. The GOP does not care about you, me, unborn babies, homosexuality, false religions, or our God! So what is a Christian to do? Dr. James Dobson has come up with an idea.
Dr. Dobson has correctly assessed the mess the Republican Party is in, and is trying to salvage its destruction. He has brought forth Newt Gingrich as a possibility to run in the 2008 presidential election. Why Newt? Because he is pro-life (mostly). At least he is pro-life in the way Republicans have always been pro-life. They are pro-life long enough to get our vote – then they are no where to be seen.
But Dr Dobson is on to something. We Christians are waking up to the fact that we have been bought and sold by the Republican Party. Dobson realizes that if there is not another alternative, Christians will be trapped by their own Party into voting for a pro-death candidate. Or, they will split and fracture the Party (a la Ross Perot in 92) thus opening the door to a Democratic victory.
Why does Dr. Dobson believe a born-again Christian would vote for a pro-death Republican?
Because we all know that anything is better than Hillary!
So Dr. Dobson three weeks ago had Newt on his radio program. Never mind that Newt is working on his third marriage. So what if he has been involved in several affairs over the years - he's pro-life isn't he?
Newt has forfeited all opportunities to have the support of the Church of Jesus Christ because character matters to God. Newt might serve well as an advisor to the president, after he rights the wrongs perpetrated upon others that he was in covenant with. But he has forfeited all rights to hold the highest office in our land. There are unalterable consequences of sin. Newt can be forgiven to be sure. But we must not vote him into the Presidency.
Dr. Dobson is trying to straighten that which God has made crooked. It will not work. God has one word for the Republican Party and for those trying to fix it - ENOUGH!
So, that takes us back to Hillary. That's right! Hillary Rodham Clinton is God's Man!
Yes, she will be president, but it will not be with the approval and blessing of the Church of Jesus Christ. She will be a sign and a judgment upon the Republican Party, and upon the Church, that the salt has lost its saltiness and is good for nothing.
Hillary's election my friends, is God's doing. Yes, Hillary Rodham Clinton is God's man! She is the hammer God is using to bring His Church back to Himself. She is the instrument God is going to use to bring those lost in the Republican Party morass to repentance.
Long before the Republican Party sold its birthright for a mess of pottage, the Church of Jesus Christ surrendered hers to the enemies of Christ. We dare not mention the name of Jesus at any Republican function for fear of being viewed as politically incorrect. We dare not stand where God wants us to stand (on His Word) on issues such as abortion, homosexuality, or Islam for fear of being viewed as unelectable.
We have surrendered, rather than fought hard and lost. We have chosen the path of cowardice and compromise expecting God to honor it. Now we must face the horrible truth of what we have done and what we have become.
Dr. Dobson and Dr. Falwell are seeking to save the Republican Party. God is presently destroying it from the inside out! It would do these two powerful men of God good to stand down and let God have His way. He wounds us only to bring healing - let the wounding begin and let it begin with me.
In 1994, a number of babies were born near Brownsville, Texas, with strange maladies. Numerous reporters were investigating to see if the culprit was a hidden environmental factor needing to be uncovered. Two little babies were born without brain stems. The possibility of either of these babies living more than a few days was non-existent.
With that in mind, I now offer you a Faustian wager (a wager with the devil):
If President G.W. Bush were to offer you an Executive Order today that would end abortion in America if you would simply allow the two little babies born without brain stems to be euthanized, would you make the deal?
Remember that you would be saving the lives of millions of babies at the expense of just two. Pragmatism would surely recommend that you accept the deal. The entire pro-life movement would deem it a “no-brainer.” Your own heart would cry out in compassion feeling that this is a gift from God – an answer to prayer. Most likely you would find yourself saying, “YES! YES! I'll accept the deal!” And, the devil would give a resounding, “Amen!”
The devil loves to get us into predicaments like this. He confronts us with the oldest lie on the face of the earth. It is a lie birthed in the pit of hell and it seeks our ultimate destruction. Here it is: “Did God really say….?”
Yes, the devil is always incrementally calling God's Word into question. It is his way. But that is only the bait to get us to doubt and ultimately deny God's Word. The devil is indeed the penultimate incrementalist . He will do anything to keep us from standing upon God's Word.
He used this lie on Adam and Eve in the Garden - they bought it, and disaster followed. He used it on Jesus during His temptation, but the devil was crushed by the Word of God. He used it on the disciples and saints upon whom the Lord built His Church, and he was crushed again by the Word of God. Today, he is using it (the lie of incrementalism ) upon you and me. Will you stand upon God's Word, or will you bargain with the devil?
We need remember that when we compromise with the devil, we always lose. God never gave us the moral authority to make deals with Satan. Christ has won the victory. We need not negotiate. He gave us the responsibility and the privilege to stand upon His Word. We are to deliver God's mail, nothing more, and nothing less.
All human life is sacred to God. We do not have the moral authority to determine who lives and who dies. This is God's domain and His alone. For us to accept this Faustian Wager would be for us to become “as God.”
One life is as precious in His sight as hundreds of millions of lives. Our responsibility is to say what God says in His Word. Those two babies born in Brownsville, TX, are as precious in His sight as all of the 7 billion people on this planet. “What you have done to the least of these My brethren, you have also done unto Me…”
The lie of Incrementalism seeks to keep us from standing upon God's Word! Jesus showed us when He was tempted that we are to crush the devil's lies with the Word of God.
Operation Rescue was birthed upon this principle. We knew that we were to stand absolutely upon the Word of God. We did not see compromising God's Word in endless legislative tactics as God's way to end abortion. We laid our lives down that others might live. We were arrested, lost pastorates, lost jobs, were fined, sued, and were pursued by our own government as “enemies of the state.” Yet, “little by little,” God was leading us to victory.
You heard right! God Himself may incrementally bring us into victory, but we are to stand squarely on His Word.
Read the Bible and see (Exodus 23: 27-33; Deuteronomy 7: 21-22; Matthew 13:31-33). God is going to give the Promised Land to His people “little by little,” but only as His people stand resolutely upon His Word.
The lie of incrementalism that the devil lures us into is that we become “as God” trying to negotiate the terms of peace. God wants us to represent Him alone – no negotiation with the enemy. God Himself has already determined the terms of peace. We need to simply deliver God's mail and He will, little by little, bring us to victory!
Of course, this demands an understanding of Scripture and the true nature of the abortion battle. Abortion is a Gospel issue. God will honor those who stand upon His Word. He will honor those who unsheathe the sharp double-edged Sword of the Spirit. You want to end abortion? Nothing less than national repentance over the sin of child sacrifice will do. This requires that the Word of God be unsheathed and proclaimed.
The repentance of the Church of Jesus Christ must precede everything else. Yes, abortion will come to an end in America when the Church of Jesus Christ makes up her mind it will come to an end – not one second sooner! We, God's Church, are the ones in sin because we know that abortion is murder, yet do nothing about it! We just blame the Republicans for being cowards, and the Democrats for being murderers.
If you have to compromise God's Word in order to get some piece of “pro-life” legislation passed like killing babies if they have parental consent, or waiting 24 hours before killing, or anesthetizing the baby before you kill him, then you have bought, hook, line, and sinker, the Faustian Wager. God does not need us to find incremental steps or attempt to find common ground with His enemy.
As we stood upon God's Word in Operation Rescue and allowed the theology of the Church house to become biography in the streets, we were colored by the devil and his crowd, as wild-eyed lunatics bent on blowing-up abortion mills and shooting abortionists. Note the design here was to keep us from doing what we were doing.
The devil even used our brothers and sisters in Christ to say we were hurting the cause because of our foolish behavior – allowing the theology of the Church to become biography in the streets. The Church said we were disgracing the Name of Christ because we were being arrested and trashed by the media.
So we retreated back inside the church house to lick our wounds. We tried to convince ourselves that the only hope to end abortion was to buy the Faustian Wager and work through legislation spawned in Washington , D.C. This was just exactly what the devil wanted – when God's Church retreats, all hell breaks loose.
Yes, we will save some babies through incremental legislation - the devil is more than happy to give us some crumbs under the table if we will leave God and His Word out of the equation. But we will never end abortion!
This is the failed strategy of the “pro-life movement.” We keep compromising God's Word so that at least we will get something passed in the House and Senate. The devil wins every time we buy the Faustian Wager.
Church – don't we want to see abortion come to an end in America? Don't we want to be like Joshua and Caleb who knew that victory comes only as we stand on God's Word and trust in Him? Instead of all hell breaking loose in our nation, don't we want to see all heaven being released? If we truly desire to see “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven” then we must not remove ourselves from under the authority of God's Word. It is His Word that God watches over to perform. It is His Word that vanquishes His foes. It is his Word that will restore this nation once again; only we must be strong and courageous, taking our stand using the one offensive weapon we have been given to crush the devil's head – the Sword of the Spirit, the very Word of God.
See you at the gates in Birmingham - Flip