The devil was holding a yard sale one day and displayed his most useful tools, marked at different prices, on a table. Lying side by side were some of his most notable implements of destruction: hatred, envy, jealously, deceit, lust, lying and pride- all on sale. But over to the side of the yard on display was a worn-out tool that cost more than all the others combined. The tool was labeled DISCOURAGEMENT.
When asked why it was more expensive that the other tools, the devil responded, "It’s more useful to me than any of the others. When I can’t bring down my victims with the rest of my tools, I use discouragement, because so few people realize it belongs to me." Nothing paralyzes us, nothing stops us in our tracks like discouragement and its partner in crime, hopelessness.
Discouragement and hopelessness are no respecters of persons. They keep the unemployed unemployed. The homeless homeless. The sick sick. They can even draw the most powerful ministry to its knees. When you’re overcome with discouragement and hopelessness, you can’t pray, you can’t worship and you become a victim of your environment. Discouragement and hopelessness drain you of courage, vision, faith, expectation and the will to make a difference in the kingdom of God. If the devil can get you discouraged and hopeless, then he has successfully neutralized you. You are left with only enough energy to feel sorry for yourself. Which brings me to the story…Waaaa-Waaaaa Here comes the WAAA_Bulance.. As I stand daily outside these gates where children are dying daily, I notice the lack of foot-soldiers.
I saw another church marquee the other day and with a thought provoking message, "Churches are hospitals for sinners, not museums for saints." How sad and true, I thought to myself. Churches have become hospitals for sinners, haven't they? They used to be spiritual fortresses built in enemy territory where soldiers for Christ were recruited, trained and equipped for doing battle against sin and evil in society with open Bibles, convicted hearts and committed lives.
Today, they're largely filled with bedridden believers who pass the time in and out small group therapy, languishing over their ills and misfortunes – forever discussing their aches and pains with anyone who'll listen – lying around moaning and groaning about daily discomforts, inconveniences and "felt needs" while being coddled and cried over by other patients waiting for their turn to be coddled and cried over – each looking at the clock and growing increasingly impatient that their pastor/physician has yet to make his appointed rounds, hold their hand and tell them what a wonderful and courageous patient they've been.
You see, the last thing they want to hear him say is: "Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way…" because their hospital has become, for the most part, an eternal resting place and refuge from responsibility. In Ephesians 6:11, Paul tells us to "Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." Notice he didn't say: "Put on your hospital gown, lie down and wait quietly for your pastor to come by with his prognosis." Unfortunately, many of us have been convinced by our seeker sensitive friends that struggling through the Christian life means shuffling up and down the hallways of our hospital from treatment to treatment, shaking hands and exchanging sympathies and smiles with others we pass along the way. These patient's greatest fear is separation from their lunch trays, bedpans and heart monitors and being sent back out onto the battlefield to face real opposition.
If we could hear their thoughts, I’m sure they might sound something like: "It's dangerous out there and we're just not up to it yet! Besides, we have our health, finances, self-esteem and social status to think of." No, let’s just raise more money, add on another wing and bring in more beds and TVs because the need is great and the world is a perilous place. And, let's remember: A full hospital is a happy hospital! We're much better off investing our time in learning how to get along with the enemy, keep the peace and avoid confrontation. Let's try to keep it positive, shall we, even if it means hiding the truth about sin and Hell. Because taking a public stand against unbiblical things in today's world might offend somebody and hurt our overall standing in the community, which of course, would be hard on the numbers and cost us valuable prospects.
And, after all, we DO want our lovely hospital to continue growing and prospering in the community, don't we? So, let's make sure no one confuses it with a mighty fortress where, Heaven forbid, saints are seen bearing armor and swords and preparing for war. That just wouldn't be very Christian, now would it? ~Paul Proctor
American War Casualties: Civil War- 498,332 World War 1- 116,708 World War 2- 407,316 Korean War- 54,246 Vietnam War- 58, 655 Persian Gulf War- 372 Iraq War- approximately 600+ War on the Unborn- 45,000,000! In the past 200 years, over one million Americans have died for their country. Monuments have been built and speeches have been delivered, honoring these American heroes. America is now engaged in a war where there are no heroes, no monuments or accolades- only victims. Our society has declared war on its most helpless members- our unborn children. Since that war was declared on January 22, 1973, there have been over 45 million deaths.
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…" – Ephesians 6:12 -17
It’s time to take the hospital gowns off and get back on the battle fields. God wants our obedience, not sacrifices. Partial obedience is nothing more than disobedience. Disobedience to His Word always has consequences, 1 Samuel 15:22-24. "Samuel replied: Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He has rejected you as king…" Then Saul said to Samuel, I have sinned. I violated the Lord’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the people and so I gave to them." We need to fear God and not man.
Be encouraged~ Angela
As March Madness was being watched in living rooms and bars across the nation, it was being played out on the streets in front of these gates in Granite City, IL and St. Louis, MO. Point guards stood strategically on these frontlines as the last line of defense for these innocent children who had been unjustly sentenced to death. The approximate 187 lil girls & boys in Granite City, Il., and the approximate 109 at Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, MO were judged, without a lawyer, a trial or a jury by their killer mothers condemned, and given a violent death sentence as the only heartbeat they knew, their mothers, marched their delicate bodies into these deathcamps, where the butcherettes and the abortionist slammed –dunked their crucified, life-less bodies into the medical waste containers and some into the sewers of Granite City, IL this past week.
Holy Spirit filled guardsmen were trying to rebuke the demons coming out of the deathscorts who were preventing these mothers from hearing a choice other than death for their children. One rather portly senior citizen deathscort, actually belly-butted Angela as we rebuked their efforts to grab our literature out of our hands as we were trying to give it to the mothers even after they were coming out of the mill. But the gospel of Jesus Christ was being proclaimed as the guards pushed the message into the unsaved and lost ears. King Jesus was making points as nine babies were saved from death including a baby who is due in August and available for adoption.
Wednesday was a glorious day for Life as mothers scheduled to kill their babies, came onto the sidewalk wanting to know what an abortion was like, and to hear the Gospel, and we were blessed to have women who regret their abortion on the sidewalk with us, counseling these girls. One couple was Lorelei and Will who drove from Missouri to kill their twelve week old baby, because she wanted to finish her college education. After some discussion on all her options, Angela asked her, "Lorelei, how far along are you?" She replied, "12 weeks"... "Have you felt your baby move yet? You know, fluttering movement, or little thumps?" ... "Yes," she said.. "Then how could you go in there and kill it?"… She looked down for a few minutes, then she lifted her head up and said, "I can’t…" The saints walked her over to Dr. Mark’s for further care.
Across the river at Planned Parenthood octogenarian baby-killer John Stopple was celebrating his 75th birthday working as a murder-for-hire. A birthday banner was held outside the deathcamp by proclaimers in his honor. What hypocrisy, abortionist Stopple, aren’t you glad your mom was prolife? These lil boys and girls that are being ripped apart inside their mother’s wombs, get a death-day instead of a birthday.
On Thursday- A very pregnant passer-by Samantha stopped to encourage proclaimers that they were doing a good job trying to help these women and she shared her ultrasound pics of her little girl who is due in April to show to the moms going into this abortuary in hopes that it might change hearts and minds and save a baby’s life.
On Friday and Saturday Abortionist Crist jumped out of the car driven by the assistant deathcamp director at Planned Parenthood. This serial killer Crist has to be flown in from Kansas City, MO. He has a few abortion related deaths under his belt and we know he has butchered a lot of women and killed many unborn children.
On Saturday we spent the morning saving babies and casting out demons. We lobbed prayer grenades into this deathcamp as we opened up with prayer before the dawning sun. The building started to glow. Watch for an explosion of grace and conversion of murderers and murderesses very soon. We then sprayed the complacent and apathetic hospital that houses the two abortionists, Shah and Palmer, with biblical birdshot. That turned heads while others ducked for cover. Sister Kristina had several Molotov cocktails at the ready; the new Molotov cocktails, laced with heavy-duty humility are fervent prayers known only to God and to her but there they were in her anti-demonic rebuke missiles.
Bang! – Ken unloaded the Big Boy Bazooka together with a few mortar rounds on lingering demons. The BigBoy is Ephesians 5:1-16 where not only sexual immorality is exposed as death but even [hold your breath] "foolish talk or coarse joking".... where we are to have "nothing to do with the foolish deeds of darkness but rather expose them." Demons hate to be exposed. They love embeddedness. They were smoked out today and were outgunned what with our imported foot soldiers and interdenominational weaponry. Thanks Fr. McCloskey
The four demon possessed deathscorts were individually circling the more active proclaimers circling 7 times and chanted an unintelligible chant. They were attempting to put a hex on them. Angela took notice of this and sounded the trumpet. "pray against these demons". The weary social proclaimers dropped their donuts and stood with their brothers and sisters and started praying against these evil forces. And the demons crawled back down. "Get behind me Satan. I rebuke you in the Name of Jesus and by His blood we are saved. We claim the victory in Jesus’ name."
Mark 3:15 Romans 8:38-39 We stayed the course during all of this and 2 babies left this house of murder and mayhem still alive! We were blessed with two churches, Trinity Baptist and Grace Baptist, standing at these gates of hell today.
The problem is we’ve been in churches but the church hasn’t been in us. We’ve also got people sitting in the pews who say that their silence and inaction only means they are not taking a position one way or the other. That is a lie. There is no such thing as not taking a position on abortion. When a man sees helpless children being slaughtered and does nothing to stop it, he is taking a stand. His failure to intervene is tacit approval for the killings to proceed. Then you’ve got Christians who say that abortion is simply not any of the church’s business. That too is a lie. If the killing of God’s most precious creation is none of the church’s business, then we may as well turn every church in America into a bowling alley. A vast majority of churches are not involved in the fight against abortion because it takes courage and character they simply don’t have .The silent and dormant church is the abortion industry’s single greatest ally. The abortion holocaust would end overnight if just a fraction of this nation’s 600,000 churches became active in the battle. Instead, we have church leaders who look us right in the face and say, "I know that abortion is murder, but I’ve got people sitting in my pews who feel differently, and I’m not going to offend them." Of course, if someone was killing off tithers instead of unborn children, you can be certain that these old boys would be speaking out loud and clear, and they wouldn’t care who felt differently or who might be offended. The pro-life effort is going to succeed whether they are on board or not, and every ounce of energy we squander trying to get them to do the right thing is an ounce we don’t have for the battle against abortion.
A time will come when every preacher, every priest, and every politician in America will be pushing and shoving to get to the front lines of the pro-life effort. I can even tell you when that seemingly unlikely event will occur. On the day it becomes obvious to that the victory over the abortion holocaust is at hand, these guys will come running out from behind their mammas’ skirts, grinning from ear to ear, giving high-fives to everyone they can get in front of, and slapping every back in sight. Then, with their arms draped over our shoulders, they’ll start crowing about how they were with us all along. They are what I call spiritual prodigals.
Be encouraged, ~ Angela
On Tuesday at midnight abortions, the impregnators took turns at their smoking shifts outside this death chamber, acting badly, and behaving like jackals as the women they brought were inside killing their unborn children.
Thursday appeared to be Mother-Daughter Day at this abortion chamber where lives and families are destroyed all in the name of "Choice". Nolan witnessed to a mother and daughter who decided to keep the baby who allegedly was conceived by incest. The young mother is only 12 years old. They took the Bibles and resource information and prayed with Nolan before they left. A "weapons of mass destruction" b.c. pills saleslady was confronted by those standing in the gap. "I'm here to prevent abortion," she said. Proclaimers informed her of the burden of bloodguilt she shared in, as birth control pills are chemical abortions, and destroy a human life already concieved…
On Friday, A "National Records Storage" van located in St. Louis, MO pulled onto the abortuary's parking lot. This would explain how Hope(less) abortion personnel are getting rid of partial birth/late-term abortion clients records, that the government is currently requesting from these abortion mills and Planned Parenthood.
On Saturday, a distraught father stood with the faithful proclaimers sharing his tearful story of how he felt forced into helping kill his unborn child due to his girlfriend's drug addiction and frustration with the courts where he has been seeking custodial rights to both of his children, born and unborn. He thanked the saints and we prayed and tried to console him. Another woman from Iowa sought the comfort of those standing for the least of these, as her ex-husband brought their underage daughter to this Hope(less) altar of sacrifice to kill her unborn grandbaby. You see the abortion industry has seduced our young people into thinking teenagers have more rights than those parents who are raising them and are ultimately liable for them. She was a Christian and knew this was wrong, but could not understand the "No parental consent law" in Illinois. She accepted the tracts and bible, and we prayed with her. Can you imagine what this altar of Baal would be like, if no one was standing in the gap?
The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing, would solve most of the world's problems~ Gandhi
Thousands and thousands of wonderful pro-life people work very hard to end this evil holocaust in our land There are only a few that would tear down this work for their own selfish needs. God must destroy the pro-life temple and build a new one. God must destroy this temple we have built in order for Him to build a new one. God must bring a new vision into this movement or all our advances will crumble before our eyes. It would be better for God to tear the pro-life movement down rather than for the devil to expose how we truly are. Strong words, but very much needed. Proverbs 6:16 "There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him; haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers." The spiritual wrecking balls must be brought into place. The first stronghold we must destroy is our PRIDE. Small pro-life groups want to become big pro-life groups. Big pro-life groups want to become bigger, and they will do everything they can to crush their opposition. With the pride comes publicity and then comes power and then money. We are willing to do anything to become famous. We seduce others to follow us in publicity stunts. While their followers get hammered, the leaders stand to the side and get all the publicity. The second stronghold is finances, it may be about time that we go into the temple called Pro-Life, and make a whip to drive the money-changers out. Millions of dollars are made each year by shameless charlatans who have as their main goal the fleecing of the sheep. Weekly, and sometimes daily, fund raising letters come into our homes pleading, begging and boasting about how much they need and how much they will do if they get it. There are letters with offers, letters with special sign-up sheets that promise to overturn a certain bill or pass one through. All the time these petitions are used to put more people on the mailing list and fleece more of the sheep. I wonder what would happen if we just went on faith. Perhaps God would bless our efforts. The third stronghold that holds back the pro-life movement is "Woe unto you, you scribes and Pharisees". Math. 23:1-37 We have become so righteous in our faith that we have become what we hate. Babies are dying all over the Country each day and all we worry about is our petty religious differences. We major on minors and then wonder why we are standing by ourselves at a death camp. We just run people off who do not agree with our theology of the day or are not Godly enough, or have the abilities we have. I see very little love in our movement anymore. We have become pro-life robots, walking as dead men just doing a job. We condemn the President while we do very little, except talk and complain. We condemn the Congress while we give our pastors and churches a free ride. The end of abortion is not up to President Bush, or Congress- it is up to us. Our pastors will never come to help us as long as we continue to live and act as we do.
Now we must build the pro-life temple. In an effort to build the walls we must repent of our sins. We are guilty of child killing; our families are guilty; our President is guilty; Congress is guilty and our pastors are guilty. We are in over our heads in the sin of abortion. Mother Theresa said that God expects us to be obedient rather than successful. We must expose the evil in our movement. As the Bible tells us, we must remove the log from our own eyes before we can get the speck out of our brothers’ eyes. Do not become an enabler to those that would fleece the sheep. Find out what the pro-life group does to save babies. Matthew 7:20 "Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them." If it is all talk and no action, then write them a letter and refuse to give them any money, and tell your friends not to support them either. Please give to those that are in the battle- not to ones that simply talk about it. We must first stop child sacrifice if we are to bring America back to God. ~Pastor Ed Martin
Remember, a gift will get you anywhere, but character will keep you there. "your gifts don't depend on your hips, lips, or fingertips. It's not external, but internal power on the inside. Be encouraged~ Angela
Matthew 5:11- ‘Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me."
You know, one of my favorite sayings is: "If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got." Unfortunately, that could be the motto for the pro-life movement. We keep doing the same things year in and year out while thinking that one day we'll get different results. We've been at this for 31 years now, but we don't have thirty years worth of experience. What we've got is one year's experience thirty times. The primary reason this situation exists is because some pro-life organizations are being run by people who worry about what they will do for a living if abortion ends tomorrow. They are what I call crusaders who have fallen in love with the crusade. I am not suggesting that these people are not pro-life. What I'm talking about is priorities. It may be uncomfortable to hear, but the reality is that there are people within the pro-life community who no longer see their primary objective as stopping abortion, but perpetuating their own organizations.
But there are some courageous Christians who are lifting off the covers. Just recently from the NRLC: ‘Keep abortion legal' in South Dakota. When asked, Jim Rudd, Editor of the Covenant News, about Right to Life's hostile opposition to criminalizing abortion, he said, "Pro-life activists have watched National Right to Life groups undermine the legal and judicial process behind the scenes for thirty years. I think what makes this stab-in-the-back in South Dakota so unusual, is the fact that the state house actually passed a crime bill which forced Right to Life out in the open. You need to remember NRLC is in the abortion business, and they're scurrying around right now to protect their funding base and jobs," he said. You mean Right to Life is in the abortion business? And if abortion is a crime then they will be out of business: "Exactly. If pro-life America makes abortion illegal Right to Life will have to find a new job. They've been in the abortion regulation business for thirty years; it's the way they are organized. Making abortion illegal scares them because they don't know how to do anything else. For example, just imagine how many people NRLC has in their company retirement plan. You make abortion illegal, how are they going to fund their old-age pension plan," he added. What do you think pro-lifers should do: "I think pro-lifers across the nation should put NRLC out of business by criminalizing abortion in all fifty states. ‘Make Abortion Illegal' needs to be our battle cry. It's time we see this bloodshed outlawed, and put these groups out of business that give pro-life Christians a bad name," he concluded.
Thousands and thousands of wonderful pro-life people work very hard to end this evil holocaust in our land There are only a few that would tear down this work for their own selfish needs. God must destroy the pro-life temple and build a new one. God must destroy this temple we have built in order for Him to build a new one. God must bring a new vision into this movement or all our advances will crumble before our eyes. It would be better for God to tear the pro-life movement down rather than for the devil to expose how we truly are. Strong words, but very much needed. Proverbs 6:16 "There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him; haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers."
The spiritual wrecking balls must be brought into place. The first stronghold we must destroy is our PRIDE. Small pro-life groups want to become big pro-life groups. Big pro-life groups want to become bigger, and they will do everything they can to crush their opposition. With the pride comes publicity and then comes power and then money. We are willing to do anything to become famous. We seduce others to follow us in publicity stunts. While their followers get hammered, the leaders stand to the side and get all the publicity.
The second stronghold is finances, it may be about time that we go into the temple called Pro-Life, and make a whip to drive the money-changers out. Millions of dollars are made each year by shameless charlatans who have as their main goal the fleecing of the sheep. Weekly, and sometimes daily, fund raising letters come into our homes pleading, begging and boasting about how much they need and how much they will do if they get it. There are letters with offers, letters with special sign-up sheets that promise to overturn a certain bill or pass one through. All the time these petitions are used to put more people on the mailing list and fleece more of the sheep. I wonder what would happen if we just went on faith. Perhaps God would bless our efforts.
The third stronghold that holds back the pro-life movement is "Woe unto you, you scribes and Pharisees". We have become so righteous in our faith that we have become what we hate. Babies are dying all over the Country each day and all we worry about is our petty religious differences. We major on minors and then wonder why we are standing by ourselves at a death camp. We just run people off who do not agree with our theology of the day or are not Godly enough, or have the abilities we have. I see very little love in our movement anymore. We have become pro-life robots, walking as dead men just doing a job. We condemn the President while we do very little, except talk and complain. We condemn the Congress while we give our pastors and churches a free ride. The end of abortion is not up to President Bush, or Congress- it is up to us. Our pastors will never come to help us as long as we continue to live and act as we do.
Now we must build the pro-life temple In an effort to build the walls we must repent of our sins. We are guilty of child killing; our families are guilty; our President is guilty; Congress is guilty and our pastors are guilty. We are in over our heads in the sin of abortion. Mother Theresa said that God expects us to be obedient rather than successful. We must expose the evil in our movement. As the Bible tells us, we must remove the log from our own eyes before we can get the speck out of our brothers' eyes. Do not become an enabler to those that would fleece the sheep. Find out what the pro-life group does to save babies. Matthew 7:20 "Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them." If it is all talk and no action, then write them a letter and refuse to give them any money, and tell your friends not to support them either. Please give to those that are in the battle- not to ones that simply talk about it. We must first stop child sacrifice if we are to bring America back to God.
Be encouraged~ Angela
All week long out-of state babies were being brought across state lines to be killed. New Jersey and Illinois are notoriously known for being the "Dumping Grounds" for pre-born babies. At midnight abortions, 4 pre-born babies lives were saved including "Bridget" who verbally fought with Angela all the way into the death-camp, saying things like, "You don’t care".. "You’re lying..you won’t take this baby"…Well, after the 4 saints standing in the gap bowed their heads in prayer, twenty minutes later, "I got something for you" could be heard coming from the walk in front of the death house, we turned and there Bridget stood, smiling at the proclaimers, "I said, I got something for you!" Angela ran into her arms and they hugged and cried rejoicing that Bridget didn’t go through with the abortion of her 16-week old baby on the promise that Angela would adopt this lil one! PTL!
All week, "black-genocide" was being carried out at this extermination camp. On Friday in a down-pour of rain and violent windy weather, unfortunately, we were locked out of our pregnancy van as soon as we arrived at this abortuary, and it was a full-house. We stood shivering and wet, but we kept crying out to the mothers waiting in line to sign the death warrants out on their preborn babies. Finally a locksmith showed-up and for the next forty minutes he attempted to get the van unlocked. By this time the assist deathcamp director, Allison Hile came out laughing and ridiculing our unfortunate situation as the Hope(less) butcherettes looked on, Bro. Jeff began witnessing to her, but Allison professed her love for the Devil and declared, "I’ve been doing this for 24 years, I’m not about to change" and kept snapping pictures with her camera. The locksmith took note of this display of wickedness, and we prayed. After he unlocked our van, PTL! He came over to the proclaimers and professed his love for the Lord and gave encouragement to the saints, "You’re doing the right thing, God Bless you"!
On Saturday it was noted that a lot of the cars were here from the previous day and one mother and male friend from Iowa came back for the third day. If it takes three days to kill a baby, then, this gruesome procedure is not being performed to save the life of the mother, however, this is the main excuse as to why we have abortion on demand, and late-term abortion. Go figure! At the end of the killing day, this mother had to be carried to her car. It was a horrible sight. Praise and worship filled the death-scented air, as voices lauded "He reigns", It's all God's children singing "Glory, Glory, Alleluia, He reigns.. and all the powers of darkness, tremble at what they just heard, cause all the powers of darkness can't drown out a single word. Chorus.."Glory, Glory..He reigns! "
This week, The Passion of the Christ will be viewed by thousands of believers and hopefully non-believers. If you are a Christian, perhaps mere words are insufficient to articulate the depth of human emotion that has moved through your entire being, or maybe God will plow your heart and use this film to call you back to your first love and your first works. Revelation 2:4,5. Perhaps your heart will be broken over the terrible price that our Savior paid. Perhaps you are seeing His word in a more distinct light. And this is all good. But the truth is over 4,000 babies are being crucified everyday. And the comparison of the passion of the Christ can be made to the passion of the unborn.
They are being dismembered, tortured, and killed each day. They are being crucified for the sins of their parents.
People are saying, "I didn't realize how horrible Christ's suffering was until I saw "The Passion of the Christ." Until we actually see an abortion, with a six-minute movie like the Hard Truth, or the nine minute movie, The Silent Scream, we don't realize what these babies, the ultimate sacrifice go through. And maybe when we in America, namely the Church of Jesus Christ see abortion, then we will do something about it. On a human level, our opening passage of Scripture in the book of Acts implicates several groups that were involved in the murder of Jesus. God's Word implicates Herod, Pontius Pilate, the Gentiles, and the people of Israel. In one sense, God indited the entire known world at that time for the crucifixion of His Son. No one escaped responsibility.
Like Pontius Pilate the Church washes its hands and says, "I didn't do it, it's Planned Parenthood, it's Bill Clinton, it's NARAL's fault, not mine!" They are being used as tools to bear the responsibility of the 45 million innocent lives whose blood is being shed to pay for the sins of their mothers and fathers.
James 1:27 Since abortion was legalized, millions of women have faced one of the most traumatic, life-altering situations imaginable – they choose to have an abortion. These women live in our neighborhoods, go to school with our children, worship in our churches. Many experience tremendous guilt and grief as a result of their decision.
Psalm 139:34 "See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."
These women are often acutely aware of their offenses against God, and in their anguish and regret think that they have committed an unpardonable sin. Therefore, just as the church must communicate the truth about the forgiveness offered through Jesus Christ.
1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." Psalm 32:1 " Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered." When the body of Christ ministers His Truth and grace to those facing the decision of abortion or those experiencing the consequences of abortion, then we are fulfilling the mandate to "look after orphans and widows in their distress."
When the church is silent on the issue of abortion, it is in effect surrendering the truth.
The testimony of anguish and guilt from men and women within churches who have received or paid for abortions is one tragic expression of this (Proverbs 24:11-12)
When the church is faithful, standing for righteousness (obedience to the revealed will of God) in defense of those who cannot defend themselves, persecution can be expected. II Tim. 3:12
Persecution is a blessing which produces perseverance, character, and hope. Rom. 5:3 Phil. 1:29 I Peter 4:12-14. Additionally, the blessings of seeing lives saved and troubled souls delivered, of witnessing the effective Word of God accomplishing its task- these too accrue to the faithful church. Isaiah 55:11-12 Matthew 5:10-13
"To the world you may be one person, But to one person you are the world."
Be encouraged ~Angela
Raw, bitterly cold weather greeted the proclaimers as we came upon this "crime scene"… we gazed upon the body of a rather large white rabbit. Laying as if someone placed it onto this abortuary's parking lot. Was there a message in this act? At least this pet's owner knew where the dead are. Nothing thrives here, the spirit of murder hangs over this city of slaughter. Dead babies… Dead bunnies.. Numbers 35: 33 "Do not pollute the land where you are. Bloodshed pollutes the land, and atonement cannot be made for the land on which blood has been shed, except by the blood of the one who shed it.."
PTL! We had two saves this day. After some counseling Leslie, expecting her fifth child decided not to go into this deathcamp, and Daniel and Hazel walked her over to Dr. Mark's office for her first O.B. visit and to get hooked up on resources. She thanked the proclaimers for being outside these gates and their help. James 1:27 " Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress..."
Strong winds ripped through our clothing as we stood in the gap for the least of these at the late-term midnight abortions. It was a packed death-house. Pia came back out and Saints asked her "You didn't kill your baby, did you?" "No", she replied. She accepted the bible with resource numbers and information, we hugged her and she left the mill with a LIVE baby! We reminded the mothers and fathers of February designated as "Black History" month, the question was being put to the parents standing in line to sign the death warrants out on their unborn children,.. "What kind of history will be leaving for those that survive the black holocaust that is ravaging, America? A young man sitting in a car, who had been listening yelled out the window "You're right! His lady friend came out of the clinic and told the proclaimers, she couldn't kill her child. Thank you Jesus!
Linda, Rob and Shelby their niece drove from Missouri to this house of slaughter, all along the way, they were trying to convince this girl this was not the answer afterall she has lost three other babies in the past two years to fetal demise due to drug-abuse and recently 2 months ago an elective late-term abortion. Linda pulled their van onto the parking lot and bolted into the arms of the proclaimers tearfully asking for help, direction and forgiveness. Shelby and her uncle walked into the belly of the beast. Saints prayed with Linda and when she tried to enter Hope(less), personnel would not let her in. You see, after talking and praying, Linda, this girl's aunt, was considered a threat to the babies scheduled to die today. They held her husband Rob inside, until Linda threatened to summon the local police..and then only after it was inevitable..that they had killed Shelby's unborn baby did the butchers of Hope(less) let Rob out to be with his wife. We prayed and held this family up in prayer. They were devastated. But, it was a divine appointment. God used his saints to show this family the truth of abortion. It leaves victims ..one dead and many walking wounded. Two precious babies did manage to leave this aborturary..ALIVE this day!
Everything good in America has been fashioned into a weapon to beat down our gates. The law is a perfect example of this. Once it protected good and punished evil. But in America today, according to the Supreme Court's thirty-year-old ruling, you can legally kill an unborn child. In fact, you can "make a killing"—ching, ching--by killing children. If I were to defend this "right", I'd be considered a hero, standing up for "women's rights". Now if I were to try to prevent such a killing by attempting to stop an abortion "doctor" or "patient" form killing a baby, I would go to jail. And needless to say, be written off as a right wing fascist. In America today, according to the recent ruling of the Supreme Court, there is now a right to sodomy. If I were to defend this right, I'd be considered a human rights advocate. And if I refused to hire a sodomite or rent an apartment to a "gay" couple, I could be in big legal trouble. And of course I'd be called a Nazi. Somewhere along the line contemporary society got this notion that we are more compassionate, more loving than our narrow forefathers. After all, they allowed slavery, killed animals, and smoked cigarettes. So we became lenient with the guilty. More "humane" with the worst among us. And necessarily we became more harsh with the innocent.
Today we have a Republican President. A Republican majority in the House and Senate. A supposedly "conservative" Supreme Court. A growing army of conservative talk show hosts, authors, and columnists. And we're losing ground. The federal government continues to grow, and our culture continues to spin out of control. Why? Because we are too embarrassed to assert our morality. We have removed our morality from the national equation, thinking that it would be the polite thing to do, and we expected the same of our adversaries. But we did not count on the fact that they would act in bad faith, laughing at us as we backpedaled our values, and they gleefully inserted their amorality into the vacuum we left for them.
Evil is not fair. Evil is not just. Evil is not interested in a Mexican standoff. It's a struggle to the death, and it's about time we understood the commitment it will take to win. Our president understands this principle in the war on terror. He needs to understand that his attitude must be the same on every front, particularly our domestic security front. The time for politicking is gone. Politicking gets people killed in today's world. There is really only one way out. To realize the foolishness of our ways. To recognize the wisdom of our forefathers, that our "compassion" is merely leniency for evil, resulting in the dishonoring and ultimate dismembering of good.
America is a Christian nation. We are tolerant, yes, of the existence of other religions or no religion at all, but we can never be tolerant of evil. Reclaiming our nation means reasserting our morality in every area of life: legal, medical, political, entertainment, and education. Particularly education. We are losing our young to the corrupt, and until that reverses, we will continue to suffer. Tolerance for evil is clearly something we can no longer afford to tolerate.
The "right to enslave," the "right to kill".
"A slave is the property of the owner and can be bought and sold, used or even killed by the owner at the owner's discretion.' Although he may have a heart and a brain, and he may be a human life biologically, a slave is not a human person. (Dred Scott Decision) A black person only becomes a legal person when he or she is set free. Before that time we should not concern ourselves about him because he has no legal rights. If you think slavery is wrong, nobody is forcing you to own slaves. But don't impose your morality on someone else! Eleven years later, in 1868, the 14 th Amendment was enacted to right this dreadful wrong!
An unborn baby is the property of the mother and she can have the baby killed by abortion. This can be done AT ANY TIME UNTIL BIRTH. Although he may have a heart and a brain, and he may be a human life biologically, an unborn baby is not a legal person. (Roe vs. Wade) A baby only becomes a legal person when he is born. Before that time we should not concern ourselves about him because he has no legal rights. If you think abortion is wrong, nobody is forcing you to have one. But don't impose your morality on someone else! Over three decades passed since the Supreme Court made its infamous abortion decision. How many more years will the killing go on?
Be encouraged ~Angela
The week started off on a high note, with a phone call from Karen, a woman we met at midnite abortions. She left a bittersweet message on how impressed she was with the proclaimers that she met outside the Hope abortion Clinic. A few weeks back when she brought her son and his girlfriend to the abortion clinic, with God's grace, we interceded, and with much discussion, prayer and a visit to Dr. Mark, they journeyed home to have a baby and left a little bit more educated and informed on abortion and the resources that were made available to them that fateful day. Unfortunately, the young girl miscarried this baby. Karen called to once again thank us and let us know that we not only touched one life but we affected three and "she claimed to be an avid pro-choicer until our encounter but now proclaims life and will join us outside these gates." PTL!
February is noted as "Black History Month"…We, the gate keepers couldn't help but notice the increase of future black generations that are being marched into these extermination camps. What kind of a history are we leaving for those who survive the holocaust that is happening in our own neighborhood? Twenty years from now, when the black vote is needed, who'll be here to vote? Think about it. An entire race is being wiped out. Three out of five aborted babies are black. This incidence of abortion has resulted in a tremendous loss of life. It has been estimated that since 1973 Black women have had about 10 million abortions. Michael Novak has calculated "Since the number of current living Blacks (in the U.S.) is 31 million, the missing 10 million represents an enormous loss for, without abortion, America's Black community would now number 41 million persons. It would be 35 percent larger than it is. Abortion has swept through the Black community like a scythe, cutting down every fourth member."
At midnite abortions Constance and Terry chose life for their baby this day! Proclaimers pleaded for the life of this 24 week baby. "Kerri" returned to the assembly-line baby-killing factory to finish the grisly-deed. Kerri drove all the away from Peoria, IL. She was in the military. Her friend felt badly for bringing her, as she spoke with us clutching her own toddler. She said Kerri had to borrow her mom's credit card to pay for their motel room. We then noticed her flat tire. She pleaded for the Hope(less) deathcamp guard to help her, he declined. She then asked permission for one of the proclaimers to come onto the parking lot to help her change her tire. Once again, the guard said "No!". So the young girl maneuvered her disabled car onto the street, off clinic property, so brother John could lay in the snow and falling sleet so that he could change her tire. Sometime later "Kerri" barely able to walk, came out of the mill with her brown bag, looking rather pale and dishelved. Her baby was dead. Her friend helped her in the car, and came around to John and thanked him and hugged him for his kindness.
Our country is on a downward spiral of immorality like none we have ever seen before. Special rights for homosexuals have become the latest project for Hollywood and the liberal elite. Pornography fills our Internet, our TV's, our movies. Killing of the unborn continues unabated with our younger generation calling it murder but, in the same breath, saying it should be legal. Drugs and rape ravage our society. Promiscuous sexual activity is a game. Public education, to a large degree, is deteriorating in a continual exercise of political correctness. Violence is a means of resolving an argument or just an activity for sheer enjoyment. The institution of marriage is under severe attack.Who is to blame for this downward spiral?
It isn't the pornographers. It isn't Hollywood or the liberal elite. It isn't Planned Parenthood. It isn't the people who make the guns. It isn't the people who run our schools. It isn't the drug dealers. They're only doing what is expected of them. Unfortunately, we Christians are not. I truly believe if it were not for a handful, the Lord's remnant, that stands on righteousness and proclaims God's Word, that He would destroy our nation. As the comic character Pogo said, "We have met the enemy and he is us." Am I saying that we as individuals have caused all this moral decay? No. Absolutely not! But what I am saying is that we collective Christians – members of the Church – have retreated into our houses of worship and turned them into houses of comfort.
Those of us who stand in the pulpit and sit in the pew have withdrawn from the public square so much and so often that we are no longer allowed in the public square. Am I painting with a broad brush? Sure I am. Am I indicting everyone who calls himself a Christian? Of course not. But I am saying, taken as a whole, we have abandoned our responsibility to society. Our efforts have basically been designed to make Christianity popular and comfortable. And in the process we are no longer salt and light. We have built our buildings, hosted our activities, boasted of our numbers and sought endless ways to entice people to join our church. We have, to a very large degree, turned our efforts to getting people into church instead of getting the Church into people.
There is an incredible amount of authority that is being wasted because the Church of Jesus Christ is not only sleeping, it's on life support! This type of church failure was never more evidenced than in Germany during Hitler's reign. The Christian church had the power and authority to stop the holocaust. Impossible you say, then consider this fact. In Israel in the holocaust museum the most important part of that museum was a framed copy of a newspaper article translated into English. This article explained how the Church rose up in righteous anger when the government began to kill handicapped children. The result had such an impact that the government stopped this atrocity. No such outcry came from the church for the Jewish children slaughtered in their innocence. They had no parent able to protect them, no government that would protect them and no Church willing to save them. How long can we be silent? Many of us watched the Super Bowl recently seeing two teams battle for the coveted victory. The Victors were glorified, the vanquished will be forgotten. Those spectators who just watched the game will not share in the victory.
We the churches have become spectators. In general, we don't even cheer on those that are battling for the lives of our children. We have become so hardened to violence we have given the world we live in over without a fight. The little 11 year old Floridian girl is dead now, brutally murdered because a thirteen year history of a habitual criminal wasn't enough to keep him off the streets. Ezk.7:11 "Violence has grown into a rod to punish wickedness" . It's like a hardening of the arteries has come over our courts system, our churches, and our society. It takes a village to produce a killing field. We have failed to take seriously Christ's command to go into the world teaching all that he taught. Instead we ignore the cries of our children. We are no different than the churches that ignored the cries of those being led to their slaughter. Listen carefully and you will hear their cries, you can feel their pain. James 4:17 "Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins." Is there still time to turn this around? Maybe, maybe not. But, one thing is certain. The church can't do it by following the same path we have been on for the past half-century. " If you always do what you've always done, then you'll always get what you always got". Now is the time to take inventory, get involved. Individually, I can't do everything. But, I can do something. And by the grace of God I will do what I can. And, I will start today.
Be encouraged, Angela
Sources: Rev. Bob Behn and Rev. Don Wildmon
As the week started and continued with inclement weather and bitterly cold conditions, proclaimers stood for hours in the gap at both extermination camps, interceding with prayers and calling out with offers of help so that they could make a real choice, one that won’t hurt them or scar them the rest of their lives.
Once again, it was noted that three out of the five mothers standing in line to sign the death warrants out on their unborn children were Black Americans. We almost had a 22 week pregnant mother (Marguerite) convinced not to kill her baby, but, she didn't want to be burdened with another child, as she has 5 already, and no male leadership in the home… she goes to church, so I asked her, "does your pastor speak-out against abortion?" She replied "No"… "Does he speak on sin and God's judgement?"… "No"… and she turned around and began marching into the death house to finish the grisly two-day procedure. But, she stopped and turned around and said "thank you for trying".
As the smell of death loomed over this once vibrant city, now innocent blood flows freely from this altar of Hope (less) sacrifice, proclaimers burrowed into the ditches surrounding these gates of hell. It was bitterly cold as the winds tore though our layers of clothing. The Gospel of Jesus Christ went forth, as we not only witnessed to the lost souls going into this sacrificial temple, but to the hecklers and complacent residents who crossed our paths. Steve, the baby body parts courier pulled onto the lot and I introduced him to the saints. He's catholic, and believes in "choice." It's just a job, and look at all the wonderful research their laboratory performs on these babies. When I asked him how his daughter is doing, he exclaimed, "Hey, tonight, I get to baby-sit with all three of them".. I asked, "your grandkids?" "Yes!" I replied, "hey Steve, isn't it great to be a granddad?" Then he got this convicted look on his face and said, "Angela, why don't you get some of those pregnancy care brochures to hand to these girls while they're sitting in the waiting room, they could read about other alternative.." "I do Steve, but the guard usually grabs them out of their hands and throws them away… But Steve, you've got connections, why don't you ask Sally Burgess or Allison Hile, the directors of this death camp, if I could put a few of my S.V. brochures in the Hope (less) waiting room. How ‘bout it Steve?" He realized who's paying his salary, and declined. "Angela, I don't think they'd go for it." Oh, Nuts! Well, it was worth a try…
Across the river at Auschweitz- East aka Planned Parenthood, the blood money truck pulled onto the iron-fenced death-camp lot. Dunbar Money truck appropriately colored red, the color of blood. An armed guard went into the extermination camp and came back out carrying a large bag presumably with the blood $ made off a woman's "choice". How much innocent blood does it take to fill up an armored truck? 2 Timothy 3:2 "In the last days, people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money…"
Since there is no local coverage at this deathcamp during the week, we have been splitting our time between Hope(less) and Planned Barrenhood. After 3 1/2 weeks the Lord blessed our faithfulness with our first saved baby this day. A young couple from Illinois. They came to P.P because they knew proclaimers would be at Hope(less) Surprise! And PTL! They shed tears of joy as they went home to have a baby. Winds were so cold that they burned any exposed flesh on the watchmen keeping the vigil outside these gates. A tearful young girl "Molly" and Eric came out of this death-house into proclaimers' arms, they needed help. Molly explained that the abortion clinic technician couldn't tell her if she had a tubal pregnancy or not, and couldn't help them and were told to go find help elsewhere. We made a few phone calls while saints held and tried to comfort this distraught young lady and her friend. We were able to instruct her to go to a nearby hospital where a pro-life- Christian physician would be waiting. We prayed with them and carefully hugged her, they thanked us for being there. A group from Grace Baptist Church, in Granite City, IL, for the past month has been faithfully coming to pray outside these gates. PTL! "one candle lights another".
When you've got the devil backed in a corner he will rear his ugly head through those closest to you. The devil will try and attack you where he can hurt you the most. Not through unsaved people but through fellow believers. Through your family and church. Today, in our day and age there are Carnal Christians who are so envious of the work that has been done through the Lord by their fellow brothers and sisters that they would come against and attack their brothers and sisters The devil never sleeps, he's on the job 24x7. The believers go to sleep. That shows how the devil works. If you don't have a purpose, Satan will give you one. He comes to rob, to kill, and to destroy. When God is moving in your ministry- really moving- you won't be able to keep the people away. The greater calling and anointing upon that person's life, the greater the attack. The greater the attack, the greater the anointing.
Nehemiah 4:1-2 "When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, "What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?" This is exactly what's happening. We are rebuilding the wall that the devil has destroyed and Christians (carnal) are attacking us, "Will they restore their wall?" Our prayer is Nehemiah 4:4-5, "Hear us, O our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity. Do not cover up their guilt or blot out their sins from your sight, for they have thrown insults in the face of the builders." When our enemies see that we have almost finished rebuilding the wall they are very angry. They stir up trouble and plot against us, Nehemiah 4:8 . They say, "we will be right there among them and will put an end to the work." Nehemiah 4:11 Nehemiah 4:15 "When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to his own work."
Nehemiah 6:15-16 "So the wall was completed. When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of God."
Satan loves to launch his severest attacks right after you have experienced a major victory. Think of all the victories this ministry has had. The anointing attracts attack "and when the Philistines heard that David was anointed king…" 1 Chronicles 14:8 There will come times when your own shield of faith has so many darts in it that you feel you can't hold it up anymore. You look your shield over. And there isn't room for another dart. Sometimes you'll be so tired and battle-worn you feel that you can't stand anymore. When the enemy has surrounded you for months or even years, and your shield of faith is full of darts and you feel you can't carry it much further, then you get hit by one final blow-the grand finale of them all. But don't you dare give up! You're at the point of your breakthrough. The anointing…sets apart a person for a particular work or service, and it imparts into that person a supernatural strength and authority that he or she didn't have previously. The moment God makes real in your spirit the power of the anointing in your life, it changes the way you live. You get bold and aggressive. You do things that you would never have done before. You talk as you have never talked before. You really believe that Satan cannot defeat you anymore. And the stronger the anointing gets, the bolder you become. We are breaking through, not breaking down! That's why God gives us storms, He's preparing us for the real battle.
Be encouraged~ Angela
The week started off by paying homage to a great civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. We couldn't help but notice how many lil' future MLK's were being marched into this extermination camp. Over half of the 200 hundred babies that were killed this past week, were black. Where is the outcry from our black churches, leaders, brothers and sisters? These children are being denied the very basic right that Martin Luther King died for, civil rights. Covenant children are being slaughtered by the carloads. We had to face a personalized license plate "HE ROZE" that took their unborn child into this altar of Baal. Fish pins and crosses hanging off their visors mean nothing anymore, unless they are to ward off vampires or the fish pins mean they're fans of Mrs. Paul's fish-sticks. Otherwise, they're a reproach to God.
The black woman's womb has become a tomb. Three out of five pregnancies will end up aborted. Abortion has become a means of birth-control to a moral problem, not a social or economic problem as Margaret Sanger, the "Father of Planned Parenthood", years ago, brainwashed society into thinking. "Human weeds" is what she called our black brothers and sisters. "Several years ago, when 17,000 aborted babies were found in a dumpster outside a pathology laboratory in Los Angeles, California, some 12-15,000 were observed to be black." Wake up, Black America, and relive Dr. Martin Luther King's Dream! The way of abortion is the way back into bondage"! ~Erma Clardy Craven, Social Worker and Civil Rights Leader
A Barnes-Jewish Mammography van sat on the street along side Planned Parenthood offering free mammograms to women, while unsuspecting mothers were entering this deathcamp to kill their children, what irony! Researcher Dr. Joel Brind has though a series of studies introduced the link between elective abortion and breast cancer, and yet the AMA is silent on this vital information . Why? Because it’s all about money! And, the abortion industry has a lot to spread around. What a disservice to women. Proverbs 12:10 "the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel".
On the disdainment of Roe V Wade a march for life and rally were met with bitter cold and gale force winds as about 50 proclaimers stood in the gap outside these gates of hell in Granite City. Services began with the clergy Fr. Chris who drives an hour and a half to the Valley of Slaughter and Pastor Steve Battles from Wood River, IL.. Latter Rain ministries from Litchfield, IL . a hours drive, headed up the praise and worship music. God was glorified and two mothers' hearts were changed. Ronald and Yvette came back out of this deathcamp , tearfully thanking the proclaimers for giving them a real "choice" . Another young mother with presumably the father of baby in two, came out of Hope(less) smiling and told Daniel, "I'm keeping my baby!" And took the information from him.
The f.o.b. was in a different frame of mind, let's just say he wasn't exactly celebrating at this point. On Friday saints picked up the proclaiming line and moved it in front of Gateway Regional Medical Center to expose the truth and give them free advertising on behalf of the chief abortionist Yogendra Shah and his sidekick Alan Palmer who kill children and butcher women. This hospital continues to cover up and look the other way including C.E.O. Mark Benz.
Saturday, was a record day of ‘mass murder", one in which we haven't stood through since Feb. 2001,at Hope(less) where an approximate 83 preborn babies lost their lives at the hands of "American terrorists". Rescuers cried out for the approximate 63 lil' girls and boys, at least 12 of these were from the previous day. Over half of these babies were black Americans. But, PTL! Four mothers' hearts were changed including Krystal from Missouri, who was twelve weeks pregnant, and two young girls from Tennessee, who were reluctant in going in and the driver was crying at the sight of the graphic sign, they too were thankful someone cared enough to tell them it was wrong, and God had a plan for that baby.
"You are our epistles written in our hearts, known and read by all men." 2 Corinthians 3:2 We confront the spirit of murder every day. Lies and pride seem to be the two main devices the devil uses within the pro-life community. Some of us are more concerned of what Man sees of us, rather than what God sees of us. We put Man on a pedestal, instead of our Lord. The high cost of low-living is Sin. Sin promises much, but pays so little. The sin of omission, the sin of idleness, the sin of callousness, sin of stubbornness and the sin of jealousy. "Dirty Prolifers", that tiny little remnant that has fought the good fight, lived out Proverbs 24:11-12 Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, ‘But we knew nothing about this,’ does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?".. & Psalms 82:3-4
Defend the fatherless.. on the streets, in the midst of this adulterous and perverted Nation. They have witnessed the surrender of the Church of Jesus Christ to almost every form of perversion, bloodshed, and tyranny in our once great country. The wretched condition of our nation indicts us and reminds us of what has transpired under our watch. Precious few men of God and Christians have made a public stand to resist evil, and to speak out against the godless direction our nation is heading in. Those who have stood have become objects of scorn. They are despised by this world, ridiculed in the press, considered an embarrassment to the church, but prayerfully, they are still highly prized in heaven. They have tried to prune the fruits of America’s idolatry with very little support.
The American Church, you know their names: First Church of Convenience, St. Apathy's, First Assembly of Goats, by their silence and inaction has inadvertently strengthened the hands of the oppressors, victimized the weak, and emboldened the powers of darkness. Little do we realize that this very posture is what is pouring fuel upon our enemies. It has inflamed them to now strike at the very root of our liberty, prayer on a school bus, "God Bless" in a school greeting. Thomas Jefferson once declared, "The price of liberty is eternal vigilance." Our Founding Fathers, our Pilgrim Forefathers, the Reformers, the Martyrs, and every righteous spirit that has been justified by faith have sowed the blood, sweat, and tears to pass on a legacy of freedom. We are living off the fumes of their legacy. The capital of liberty they invested is being squandered and the demand for another investment is now crying out to us. Will we heed the call, will we make an investment to insure freedom for our children’s future, or will we allow the government of the people, by the people, and for the people to perish from the earth? They that have gone before us have faithfully run their lap of the race, fought the necessary battles, made the righteous stands, and were willing to sacrifice. If their godly heritage is to continue, we must realize, it is our turn now!
Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Niemoeller were among a small number of pastors who led the Christians of Germany in standing up against the Nazi terror by violating the law to intervene for the Jewish people. The Underground Railroad was participated in by preachers as well as thousands of committed Christians. The courageous civil disobedience of the Ten Boom family in Holland is well known. All this illegal intervention saved the lives of about 10,000 human beings at the cost of jail, steep fines, confiscation of property, jobs, it may even cost you your life. We must choose between obeying God or man.
"In Germany they came first for the communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up." ~ Martin Niemoeller
So many men want desperately to give their lives to a cause bigger than themselves. Even those of us who have given our hearts to Christ can live so badly if we are not fighting the battles Christ has called us to fight. Men were born to be warriors and protectors. Women were born to be nurturers. A man is never better than when he is laying his life down for his Lord, his family, his church, and his nation! Men do valiantly when they are engaged in the battle. They are, however, notoriously bad when they stay home while the battle rages. "In the spring of the year when kings go out to war, David stayed home…" 2 Samuel 11:1 You know the rest of the story. "This is the year we take the sword of the Spirit out of its sheath. No longer will we rattle it so that the world may wonder what power there is. No longer will we simply write and preach sermons about what this sword can do. NO, this year we will unsheath the Word of God and let it do its awful, yet wonderful work." Flip Benham
Be encouraged~ Angela
Of all the evil atrocities, and systems that have come down the pike, and industries in our world, they were all built on a foundation of lies. Nazism was destined to rule, because Jews were "non-persons" to be destroyed at will..Communism where state ownership would increase production and prosperity and the state would wither away,- but it has only brought poverty, bankruptcy and famine. Over eight million people are starving in North Korea as a result
John 8:44 "You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he LIES, he speaks his native language, for he is a LIAR and the father of LIES." Proverbs 8:36 "All those who hate me love death". The truth will, win out. But these LIES gripped the hearts of the nation. Abortion on demand has brought about the destruction of over 45 million based on more LIES than the LIES of Nazism, Communism and of all the wars throughout human history. It has left a horrible black blotch upon our nation and the Declaration of Independence.
Dr. Francis Schaeffer said of all the inalienable rights what good is liberty and the pursuit of happiness without LIFE?" and, without life you have nothing. And we have stood by and destroyed it by the carloads and it’s all based upon LIES, by the father of LIES. But the truth is coming out. How one perceives the battle is how one will fight it.
57% people used to be pro-abortion and 43% pro life. That statistic has since then reversed to 43% pro-abortion and 57% pro-life. Is it a baby? The most common question asked by mothers seeking abortions. NO, it’s NOT! It’s a blood-clot, or tissue, or cells, but with the help of ultrasound and modern technology, we can expose the LIE.
But, women were dying in back-alley abortions before the 1973 decision of Roe v.Wade.. LIE! Dr. Bernard Nathanson, the former co-founder of National Abortion Rights Action League, and former abortionist, admitted after his conversion from pro-abortion to pro-life, he LIED and inflated the number of deaths from the 10,000 reported to the actual 10 deaths, and they were committed by the unscrupulous bottom-feeder doctors who could not make it in the reputable medical community. The same doctors who are performing them on unsuspecting mothers ,today..LIES! More women have died and been maimed by abortionists since the passage of legal abortion in 1973, behind the sanitized fascades with deceptive titles such as "Hope for Women".
To understand the controversy between pro-abortion and pro-life one only needs to show up for the battle and see the LIES. To be the "point-man" on these frontlines is to confront and engage the father of LIES. Abortion was built on a foundation of LIES, and everyone knows that a foundation built on sand will soon crumble, that is what our nation is seeing today.
American philosopher George Santayana once warned that, "those who do not remember the past are condemned to relive it." A knowledge of the alarming kinship between past and current atrocities constitutes an indispensable step toward halting the modern resurrection of one of history’s most monstrous chapters. Today’s war on the unwanted unborn will never come to an end until more people realize how closely it resembles the Nazi war against the unwanted expendables of the Third Reich.
Since 1974,over 366,000 preborn babies have been killed in the history of the Hope aboratorium in Granite City, IL. Between Oct.2000 and Oct. 2001 appox. 13,104 lil’boys and girls were slaughtered. In the past year, that number of senseless deaths of preborn babies, has been cut in half to aprox. 7,328. In the past four years, 853 babies have been saved with 12 of those babies being adopted by Christian families, along with 10 salvations. Approximately 298 preborn babies have been rescued in the past year outside this extermination camp. Why? In thirty years of abortion on demand in Granite City, IL, not one law has been passed that saved a baby. There’s no "pro-life police" "policing" these assembly- line slaughterhouses. What has made the difference? Diligent faithful watchmen, crying out and rescuing,..standing in the gap, pleading the case of the widow and the fatherless. Taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to these very gates of Hell and living out their faith on the streets.
Sometimes it is very difficult for us to comprehend the magnitude of the toll that the abortion holocaust has taken over the past 31 years. When one says that over 45 million children have been slaughtered by legalized abortion since January 22, 1973, the numbers just don't seem to register.
If this shocks you, perhaps you might want to rethink who the real ‘terrorists' are. We are being destroyed as a nation, by an enemy from within. We are being destroyed by a LIE that was birthed in the very pit of hell.
The LIE took its physical form in the Roe v. Wade decision issued by the Supreme Court of the United States of America , on January 22, 1973 . Yes, the Supreme Court in its malevolent and demonic illogic, magically found in the United States Constitution a woman's right to ‘privacy' (meaning she could kill her own child in the womb if she desired).
Never mind that our Founding Fathers, Presidents, Legislators, and Supreme Court Justices for almost 200 years had never found such a precedent. Today the LIE has become law. It is a LIE that transcends every racial, ethnic, political, and geographic boundary. It is a LIE that cuts across every human heart in America . It is a LIE that divides us (red states verses blue states). It is a LIE that is destroying us.
Abortion reveals, more than any other single issue, the devastation of this LIE and what its true identity is. Abortion shows us that the real battle in our nation is spiritual in nature and therefore can never be resolved politically. It is a battle over, "Who is Lord and whose laws reign." We are enmeshed in a battle between two worldviews, the seed of the serpent, and the seed of the woman (read Genesis 3:15).
The (seed of the serpent), the source of the LIE , says something like this: "My rights, my body, my choice, my thing. I determine who lives and I determine who dies" not the church, not the state. I do what I want, whenever I want. My one commandment is, "Don't judge me!'"
The (seed of the woman) the source of truth, says something like this: "Not my will, but Thine be done. I am not my own. I have been bought with a price. My body and my gifts do not belong to me. They have been given to me to serve others. I belong to Christ, and He alone determines who lives and who dies. God will judge me!"
One worldview (the LIE ) brings enslavement and death. The other (the truth) brings liberty and life. Which one do you choose? God has given us a choice. There is, however, no middle ground! "They overcame him (the devil) by the blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their own lives so much as to shrink from death." Revelation 12:11.
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! Flip Benham
Be encouraged ~Angela
197 babies killed. 6 babies saved. 847 babies saved since January 2000!
"For 31 years, America the Beautiful, has been either complicit or complacent in a grievous sin against God and a brutal crime against humanity. Abortion, the American holocaust, is responsible for shedding the blood of the innocent that has defiled and polluted the "home of the brave and land of the free." In every conceivable way abortion has violated that which has made our nation good, strong, and free. We pray this is the year that America begins to throw off the pagan philosophy deceptively called "quality of life" which has produced the culture of death and return to the Biblical truth, which advocates the "Sacredness of Life." We pray this is the year America starts the journey back to her founding creed, "We hold these truths to be self-evident. That all men are created equal and they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life…" R. Thomas
Many people say they are pro-life and claim to be against abortion but in reality they conform to the old pro-abortion bumper sticker theology "Against abortion? Don't have one!" They would never bother to cross a street to save an innocent child from the hands of the hired killer lurking at the local Planned Parenthood. The definition of what it means to be pro-life, however, is not in whether one supports a crisis pregnancy center or Operation Rescue. It is not being against partial birth abortion or even voting for George Bush. It is a way of life. Someone who is truly "pro-life" will conform to the Biblical characterization. They will have a broken heart over the atrocities that also grieve God. They will weep and mourn for the sins of the people and for the innocent whose blood is shed thereby. They will not bow the knee before the false idol gods of sexual perversion, child-sacrifice, "convenience," or "choice" neither will they turn a blind eye to the defenseless as they are unjustly murdered in their local communities. They will not cower in the winepress. They will speak for the speechless, support the woman in need, work to affect change, and warn the wicked.
Innocent blood and judgment are inexorably linked. When innocent blood is shed, justice in some form must certainly follow. Regrettably, there is nothing being done today to expunge the bloodguilt for the babies being murdered in abortion mills. Their innocent blood is ever before the throne of God and their persistent voices plead with Him for vengeance. They say, "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until You judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?" (Revelation 6:10) Sooner or later the Lord will answer their cries and take that burning coal from atop the altar of God and hurl it to the earth in retribution for the innocent blood. (Revelation 8:5)
Billy Graham once made an acute observation to the effect that if God does not judge San Francisco, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. Today he may has well said the United States. It is possible that America is already within the clutches of remedial judgment. One needs only to analyze the current societal dilemmas to see the hand of God moving upon our land. God will always chasten His people before he sends cataclysmic destruction. Hebrews 12:7-8
The United States is a nation founded upon God's Laws more than any other country. Since she has been at least partially in compliance with His will, she has benefited from the blessings of the Lord, which He has poured out upon this nation. Because of God's love for the United States, she is not languishing in ruin at the bottom of the ocean today as are the cities of Noah's era. God has displayed long-suffering and mercy but now the Lord's hand is reaching down from heaven to touch the soil and inhabitants of America. He is warning this nation, preparing her for a final day of reckoning.
The social ills of our day have not grown to plague our society overnight. The drug epidemic, once troubling only a fringe of our society, is now claiming the lives of our young and old, destroying families and taking a dramatic toll on our nation. School shootings once shocked Americans, but have now become nearly commonplace. Unbridled pornography along with all the filthy sexual deviance associated industry of filth that now ranks in the top-ten money producing businesses in our nation. Divorce, marital infidelity, and rebellious children were once a source of shame to American families, but are now considered the standard way of life. In all of these God has shown that His hand of protection is being withdrawn.
The root cause of droughts, floods, and wildfires are not Global Warming but God's discipline on a rebellious nation stained with bloodguilt. AIDS, cancer, mutated antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and other pestilence are judgments from God Deuteronomy 28:27. Since God places wicked people to rule over nations that are in rebellion to Him, Bill Clinton and the ungodly congressional officials are clearly a judgment from the Lord. God is attempting to capture this nation's attention by affecting something American's hold dear- their pocketbooks. These warnings manifest themselves in the form of high taxes, inflation, rampant energy costs, and an unstable stock market in order to force another stiff-necked people to cry out to God in repentance for deliverance.
America is under a curse from the Lord today but her people refuse to recognize God's hand in the matter. Watching television and making "weekend getaways" in SUVs have become obsessive national pass times through which a self-absorbed people can distract themselves from having to consider God's chastening. Like Israel, prior to the Babylonian captivity, she ignores God's warnings, dismisses the prophets, persecutes those who act upon their beliefs, and denies her corrupt and dangerous state Luke 6:23. "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 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." Galatians 6:7-8
America looks prosperous and healthy at first glance but she is poor, blind, and naked inside. She has sown to the wind like a disobedient child who thinks there are no consequences for her actions, not realizing that her parent approaches with a paddle. Like the church of the Laodiceans in Revelation 3:14-22, this nation would do well to buy a salve for her eyes so that she would be able to see. "Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent." Revelation 3:23
For far too long, we have circled the wagons and held down the church fort. These are the desperate times that call for brave souls who will dare desperate measures in service to their King. The status quo, business as usual, comfortable Christianity is not going to meet the challenges coming upon America in 2004. The Body of Christ must step up to the plate in our national affairs to be a force of righteousness once again that will provide the moral, ethical, and spiritual guidance our nation needs. Like Peter, who complained to Jesus, (Luke 5:1-5) "We have toiled all night and have caught nothing" we must hearken to the words of our Lord and launch out into deeper waters if we are going to see the harvest we are praying for in America. Casual, crossless, and non-sacrificial Christianity will not launch out far from the shores of mediocrity. Thus timid souls will never experience the mastery of our Savior that will come to our aid against the storms that our adversaries will certainly bring against us as we press the crown-rights of King Jesus in or sin-soaked, blood-stained, and perverted nation.
It was Thomas Paine who wrote these inspired words to challenge the patriots in his day as they faced their time of testing, "THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated." This is the year we should like William Carey, "Expect great things from God and attempt great things for God."
"Disturb us, O Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves; when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little; when we have arrived in safety because we sailed close to the shore.
Disturb us, O Lord, when with the abundance of things which we possess, we lose our thirst for the water of life; when having fallen in love with time, we have ceased to dream of eternity; and, in our efforts to build the new earth, we have allowed our vision of the new Heaven to grow dim.
Stir us, O Lord, to dream and dare more boldly, to venture on the wider seas where the storms shall show Thy mastery, where losing sight of land we shall find the stars. In the name of Him, who has pushed back the horizons of our hopes and invited the brave to follow Him?"
Be encouraged~ Angela
156 babies killed. 2 babies saved. 841 babies saved since January 2000!
What does this mean? "Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, ‘But we knew nothing about this,’ does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not He who guards your life know it? Will He not repay each person according to what he has done?" Proverbs 24:11-12
"Defend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and needy, Deliver the poor and needy; free them from the hand of the wicked." Psalm 82:3-4
Rescue, contrary to popular perceptions, is more than an act of sitting in front of the door leading to an abortionist’s death chamber; it is a way of life. We rescue when we use our mouths to speak up for the oppressed. We rescue when we fall on our faces before God and weep over the innocent blood spilled in our land. We rescue when we rebuke the baby killers and their minions. We rescue when we lay down our lives for the defenseless little babies who go to their deaths every day. This is the pure and undefiled religion of visiting widows and orphans in their desperate struggle for life.
The winepress churches of our day must stop acting like the Levite and the Priest in the parable of the Good Samaritan. Jesus said the man who was righteous and followed God’s decrees was the man who pulled the dying man from the pit and aided in his recovery, all the while bearing the full weight and cost of his rescue effort. Is this not what the Lord means when He tells us to bear each other’s burdens?
As Christians, we must be ever ready to sacrifice our own lives for others. When we signed up at the grand "Christian sign-up sheet" few of us read the fine print. It read in part, "Must be ready to esteem others higher than yourselves. Must be willing to lay down your life for others." This is what Jesus meant when he said, "Love your neighbor as yourself." God-fearing men and women understand that the Christian life will appear strange to the people of this world. In order for you to live you must first die. In order for you to be first you must be the last. If you want to be great in the kingdom of God you must first become the servant of all. In order for you to become full, you must become empty. In order for you to love God you must hate sin. In order for you to gain your life you must first lose it. This is the Christian way.
For believers, rescue is the marching order of the day. Jesus came on the ultimate rescue operation to save mankind from the weight of its sin. His victory over death and sin is fully manifest in our own lives only when we begin to rescue. The mission field is right in your hometown and the arena for service is within your own community'’ gates. Abortion-minded moms fill our pews and crowd our streets. We must reach out to the women and men who believe there is no other choice but to shed the innocent blood of their own precious babies. We must be willing to sacrifice our jobs, homes, and the prospect of a "normal life" for the cause of Christ and to rescue the babies slated for death. In a nation whose laws promote ‘abortion on demand’ (child sacrifice) the price of rescue will be high.
We must run this race to win. As Christians, we must not shrink back in the face of adversity but should rather trust God to preserve and empower His people who desire to walk in obedience. The Scriptures speak clearly. "Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world." 1 John 4:4 "Resist the devil and he will flee from you." James 4:7 These are covenantal promises from The One who never breaks His Word.
Do not wait until you are lying upon your deathbed to examine your life’s accomplishments. Take a moment now to ponder the time God has given you here on earth and review your life’s work. What did you do with the days of your youth? What did you do with the gifts the Lord has provided to you? Were you a good steward of your time, energy, resources, and the breath in your lungs? Could you answer hard questions from your children like, "What did you do, Daddy, when they were murdering children at Planned Parenthood? Did you stand and fight? Did you do anything to save the millions of babies who perished on the altar of Baal?" In the end, all that matters in life is what we were able to do for others in obedience to God’s Word.
In Ezekiel 9 God was going to pass judgment on Jerusalem because of the abominations that had been done in that city so he ordered an angel to go through the city marking only the foreheads of the people who had sighed and cried over the abominations done there. The others with the angel were told to go through the city and kill everyone who did not have the mark. God told them to begin at His sanctuary. The church? Have you sighed and cried over the abominations that are now rampant in America? We have abortion, homosexuality, pornography, and the list is long. We need to pray and work for godly leaders to be placed in authority over us.
Ezekiel 22: God told Ezekiel the time had come to judge the city because of the innocent blood that was in it, for God could find no righteous man to stand in the gap for the nation. The book of Jonah shows us that God does not want to have to judge a nation- His desire is for people and nations to turn back to Him in true repentance and be restored to right relationship with Him. Proverbs 29:2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. Proverbs 14: 34 "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people."
Thomas Jefferson said, "The care of human life and happiness and not its destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government." He also said, "I tremble for the future of my country when I'm reminded that God is just, and that His justice will not sleep forever." Abraham Lincoln said, "To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men." Dante's Divine Comedy: "The hottest parts of hell are reserved for those people, who in times of moral crisis remain neutral ." Edmund Burke said, "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing." Ephesians 6: tells us we are not fighting against flesh and blood, but principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
2 Chronicles 7:14 God tells His people, "If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
We need a praying, vibrant, God-fearing Church in America. Our country needs to repent as a people and turn back to what made our country great – a belief in the Bible as God's infallible Word to us. God says He will heal our country, if His people turn back to Him in true repentance. We as a nation deserve God's judgment, but we need His mercy because of our grievous sins as a people. I believe the silence is deafening in our pulpits and in our local churches – all of which makes up the body of Christ. Who will God hold responsible?
The sin of our time is "… the sin that believes nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it is willing to die." Dorothy Sayers
Be Encouraged~ Angela
178 babies killed. 3 babies saved. 839 babies saved since January 2000!
Is abortion terrorism? It all depends on which end of the knife you're on. I've said this before, "the most dangerous place today, it's not the Golden Gate Bridge, it's not the Sears tower, it's not even the Iraqi desert, it is in a mother's womb". Some choice. If Mary and Joseph had visited Hope(less) or Planned "Barrenhood" they could of sacrificed the preborn baby Jesus on the altar of stainless steel to the god of convenience, after all Mary had every excuse, she's only a teenager, un-married, no housing, and at Mary's whim, or Joseph's urgency, the Prince of Peace could of become, Choice on earth. As the abortion industry does it's all to mock the birth of Christ. Planned "Barrenhood" uses the word "choice", in place of abortion, and the abortion industry is using Christmas to continue spreading their message of "dead and mutilated babies and wounded and butchered mothers" Choice use to mean chocolate or vanilla, regular or decaffeinated, leaded or un-leaded.
A look at some of the "choices" of the potential human being: He gets a vacuum to suck his brains out, sharp knives, forceps/clamps with 3 sharp teeth at end. Also, an injection in his heart, he gets to be poisoned, chemical peal, and he gets to feel the pain of being dismembered. His burial is by sewer. SOME CHOICE! Choice and murder are the same thing depending on what side of the knife you're looking at.
A baby can potentially be, I'm being politically correct here, a pig, tissue, a skyscraper, a box of Kleenex, a scud missile, a cow…potential,... my foot, we call it a baby. Your doctor doesn't say, "let's check on your potential human baby."
"America is now experiencing the same kind of religious terrorism that abortion providers have endured for over a quarter of a century while providing health care for women." Yes, 4400 little baby boys and girls are being terrorized, tortured, and murdered every day in America by those who would have you believe that they are the ones being terrorized. These terrorists don’t knock at the door of the mother’s womb – they barge in and begin ripping off arms and legs of defenseless children. When we show them the horrible carnage of what they do, they simply call it a "product of conception" and tell us that we are the ones terrorizing them by holding pictures of aborted children. This self-promotional campaign would be better called the victimization of the abortion industry. It portrays itself as a modern day hero suffering through the day to day terroristic threats and acts of violent Christians in its efforts to provide women health care (see "At least women knew what they were getting with a coat hanger!")What it really fears, however, is that these Christians will be allowed to remain in the streets offering mothers a real choice at abortion mills. Yes, the entire industry is crumbling and it knows it. Abortions are at their lowest level since 1976. New doctors are not entering into the abortion industry. There are 675 fewer abortion mills today than there were in 1991. The battle for the lives of children is being won as gentle Christians live out their faith at abortion mills. This is what it wants to stop at all costs. When one loses an argument morally, scientifically, and theologically he can resort to one other ruse to win – Thus we have the abortion industry’s latest campaign: "Choice on earth". The abortion industry is doing all that it can, with the dog licking support of the media, to remove the focus from itself and the horrific terrorism it perpetrates upon innocent children in the womb, and place it upon Christians. The abortion industry is deflecting the blame from the true terror of its murderous ways by vilifying those who would dare to expose the truth of what it does to children and their families.
On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court decreed that every child conceived in America could be legally butchered for any reason whatsoever, at any time until the moment of birth. With that ruling, the American holocaust began, and we were soon to learn that it was going to make Hitler and his Nazi storm troopers look like a Girl Scout troop.
One of my favorite sayings is: "If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you got." Unfortunately, that could be the motto for the pro-life movement. We keep doing the same things year in and year out while thinking that one day we'll get different results. We've been at this for about thirty years now, but we don't have thirty years worth of experience. What we've got is one year's experience thirty times. The primary reason this situation exists is because some pro-life organizations are being run by people who worry about what they will do for a living if abortion ends tomorrow. They are what I call crusaders who have fallen in love with crusade.
As for the church, the reason why the vast majority of churches are not involved in the fight against abortion is actually quite simple. It takes courage and character they simply don't have. Trading moral authority for comfort, convenience, and popularity has become a tradition of the modern clergy. When Africans were being captured, bought, sold, and brutalized, church leaders conveniently decided that slavery was none of their business and looked the other way. And when the Nazis began to slaughter millions of innocent human beings, also claiming that their victims were not fully human, the church again decided it was none of their business and looked the other way. So now that another group of "not fully humans" are being legally butchered by the millions, we should not be surprised that spineless priests and spineless pastors are choosing to look the other way.
Some pro-lifers say that if we will just educate the clergy about abortion, they will get on board. That is nonsense. These guys may not know all the repugnant details about abortion, but every pastor and priest in America knows that it is the deliberate killing of an innocent and defenseless baby. They also know that they have an obligation to fight against it. So don't be misled.
The missing ingredient here is not education, but courage. The silent and dormant church is the abortion industry' single greatest ally. The abortion holocaust would end overnight if just a fraction of this nation's 600,000 churches became active in the battle. Instead, we have church leaders who look us right in the face and say, "I know that abortion is murder, but I've got people sitting in my pews who feel differently, and I'm not going to offend them."Of course, if someone was killing off tithers instead of unborn children, you can be certain that these old boys would be speaking out loud and clear, and they wouldn't care who felt differently or who might be offended.
We've also got people sitting in the pews who say that their silence and inaction only means they are not taking a position one way or the other. That is a lie. There is no such thing as not taking a position on abortion. When a man sees helpless children being slaughtered and does nothing to stop it, he is taking a stand. His failure to intervene is tacit approval for the killings to proceed.
Then you've got Christians who say that abortion is simply not any of the church's business. That too is a lie. If the killing of God's most precious creation is none of the church's business. Then we may as well turn every church in America into a bowling alley. The greatest thing would be for the church to fight abortion exactly like it would fight the government if they tried to take away the church's tax-exempt status. Compared to that, World War II would look like a third grade food fight. The fact is, the pro-life effort is going to succeed whether they are on board or not, and every ounce of energy we squander trying to get them to do the right thing is an ounce we don't have for the battle against abortion.
Yes, the battle for the lives of unborn children is being won as gentle Christians live out their faith in the streets of their cities. One by one, abortion mills are closing. One by one abortion industry employees are giving their hearts to Christ. One by one, mothers are choosing life for their children. Jesus is bigger than the abortion industry and He is the One it should fear!
Sources: Life Dynamics - Operation Save America
Happy birthday Jesus!
Remember the reason for the season as we look forward to serving the Lord even more in 2004!
Be encouraged, ~ Angela