before the sun goes down

"Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the LORD do that which is good in His sight" (I Chronicles 19:13).

Monday, December 26, 2016

Tenets of Abolitionism—Introduction—What we HOLD to (Part 1 of 6)

We presently live in a culture that murders its children. Over 3,000 little preborn humans are sacrificed to the god of self every single day.  This atrocity is called abortion, and 21,000 babies will be butchered by the end of this week. That is the same number who were killed last week!  We are living in the midst of a Holocaust that has slain over 60,000,000 innocent little children!

The question we pose to ourselves and to others is: "What does Christianity look like in a culture that kills its children?"

My family are abolitionists.  Abolitionists of Human Abortion.  We (and many other fellow Christians across the United States and in some other countries) are seeking for this great evil—which is protected under "color of law"—to be abolished.  We are not part of an "organization", but rather children of the living God with a desire to obey our Heavenly Father in loving our neighbors as we love ourselves.

Our family is also not part of the Prolife Movement.  We do not call ourselves “prolife” or identify with any organization within the movement.  This may seem wrong or at the least peculiar to many in the Church who are unacquainted with the ideology and practice of Abolitionism.  What follows this introduction in 5 different blog posts will hopefully answer your questions and lay to rest any doubts as to why! 

There are many others who have written on this topic and I am grateful for all I have learned from them. I want this to be but another shout in the battle for fellow warriors to take proper ground, hold it manfully, and strive lawfully in the engagement for lives, souls, and the glory of our King.

Abolition is based on 5 Tenets.

The word "tenet", comes from the root teneo, meaning "to hold".  This is also the root for other English words such as tenacity, maintain, continue, tenable, attentiveness, and retain.  A tenet is a doctrine, precept, or principle to which a person holds fast as true, and will not let go.

I urge you to take the time to read these following blog posts, search the Scriptures that are included, and prayerfully consider what the Christian's response must be to this great evil in our land!

Abortion must be abolished.

The Pun is a Tool

A mosaic of puns at work one day while moving shovels, rakes and other tools.  

I like to "implement" puns into whatever I am doing.

Various Puns Vocalized:

"When push comes to SHOVEL, we can HANDLE this!"
"When you tell the plain truth about a digging tool, that's calling a SPADE a SPADE."
"Ho, HOE, my fine fellows!"
"We're really RAKEing in the dough now!"

The mind ADZE another, which I want to make into a joke, so I AXE my friend:
Me: "What king of jackets do ditch-diggers wear?"
Coworker: "TRENCH coats." (I work with quick thinkers!)
Me: "I see that you DIG what I am saying."

Thought of another that I told myself:
Me: "Did you hear about the singles bladed axe that was accused of giving a piece of wood a splitting headache?"
Myself: "No. Did he do it?"
Me: "We don't know yet, but it has been aWEDGEd that he did.  One tool said she even SAW it happen.  Sounds CLEARCUT to me."

I should do a follow up pun, but if you have heard one joke about a single bladed axe, you've heard a MAUL.

The HOLE idea of a pun rant is to pun till you hit an EMBLANKMENT.  Not being one to throw in the TROWEL, I make a last DITCH effort.

Me: "Did you hear about the spy who did a stakeout in a ditch?"
Coworker: Waits for my answer.

I know.  PITiful.

WELL, around this time, some of you might be groaning in a GUTTERal tone, and others may be PIPEing up, "SEWER is this going?"

I have thought of putting in a PLUG for something, or singing an ending jingle in FAUCETo, but I have the sinking feeling that this post is going down the DRAIN.  Just felt LEAD to share with you.

Furthermore, 
ABORTION is child sacrifice and MUST BE ABOLISHED. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

CATO, the Incorrigible

I have an affinity for powerful quotes.

Place: Roman Republic


Time: 2nd Century B.C. (During the latter years of the Punic Wars against Carthage)


Quote: "CENTERUM AUTEM CARTHAGINEM ESSE DELENDAM"


English: "Furthermore, I consider that Carthage must be destroyed."


This is a oratorical phrase in popular use in the Roman Republic, most famously uttered by the Roman senator, Cato the Elder (234-149 BC), in his speeches.

Cato was a man who believed that Carthage, the foremost enemy of Rome in that day, must be destroyed.  And so he said so.  All the time.

Cato used these words frequently and persistently, no matter the subject of his discourse.

Cato used it emphatically and zealously.

Cato used it with determination, unswayed by pressure to cease or tone it down.

Cato used it almost to the point of absurdity.

Cato was incorrigible.  

Incorrigible means "that which cannot be corrected or amended".  This is usually used in a negative sense, but I want to show the positive sense of the word.  

Consider the following aspects of being incorrigible:
1. Impossible to alter from its course or set onto a different path.
David Livingstone was incorrigible.  He said that he would not "swerve one hairbreadth" from what God called him to do.
2. Impervious to correction, taunts, pressure, intimidation, punishment, or pain.
Richard Wurmbrand was incorrigible. During his ten years being tortured in a Communist prison for not bending the Truth of Scripture, he made one deal with his tormentors: "You beat me.  I'll preach to you.  Then we will BOTH be happy." 
3. Invariable, unalterable, immutable, hence, impossible to improve upon. 
The laws of nature and mathematics are incorrigible.

Impossible to alter...Impervious to pressure...Invariably set...Incorrigible.

That was Cato.  

"Carthage must be destroyed."

He never let the issue go to the back burner in the thoughts of his peers, his audience, his acquaintances.  He was avoided, laughed at, even despised for this continual declaration. But finally, Carthage was indeed destroyed.

Now I cannot truly speak to the virtue of said destruction.  But I DO say we need a Cato in our day.  A Cato for the abolition of human abortion.

Consider:
1. The Holocaust that has murdered over 60,000,000 of our neighbors here in the U.S.A.,
2. The continued slaughter of 3,000+ more children EVERY DAY, 
3. The judgment of the true God that we justly deserve for our national blood guilt,
4. The apathy of the culture, even of those who say they are against the violence, 
5. The constant distractions of entertainment, media, society, and our own selfish pursuits and desires that crowd out thought of the plight of our preborn neighbors and our duty toward them before God.

Taking all these into account,
I am constrained to proclaim that we need such a person as Cato today

Someone to tirelessly expose the sin of child sacrifice before the eyes of a pathetic public!
Someone to keep the need for justice, mercy, and equity toward the least of these ringing in our ears!
Someone to call for/put forth bills for the total and immediate abolition of abortion!
Someone who REFUSES to live at peace with child sacrifice!
Someone who will agitate the culture toward repentance and righteous action!
Someone to keep the demand constant!  To make the clarion call for abolition perpetual!

Until human abortion is ABOLISHED

A Cato in the United States Legislature.  
A Cato in every State Senate and House of Representatives.  
A Cato in every city council. 
A Cato on every street corner. 
A Cato in every church body.  
A Cato in every family.  

Why settle for one Cato in each sphere?  All Christians should be like Cato in this wise.  Catos all over!  Calling out the declaration to "Cease to do evil!  Learn to do well!"  "Abortion is evil and it must be abolished."  "LET US REPENT!"

Abortion must be abolished.  And it will be abolished when WE cease to tolerate it. 

Jesus said, "Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh" (Matthew 12:34).  Oh, that our hearts would be so filled with the love of God and our neighbors that people would find abolition in every conversation, on every social media post, on our lips, and in our lives!   

This fills my mind, and thus I am compelled to say,

"Furthermore, I consider that ABORTION MUST BE ABOLISHED."

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Day of Infamy

On December 7, 1941, an attack was made upon the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor by Japanese bombers.  The onslaught was swift and vicious.  360 warplanes from Imperial Japan destroyed, sank, or severely damaged battleships, other vessels, and aircraft.  2,403 Americans were slain and 1,178 were wounded, many while valiantly trying to repulse the violent enemy.  It was a critical, surprising blow upon a nation that had not been fighting yet in WWII.

What was the response?  National mourning and outcry.  Weeping in homes, schools, and churches. Individuals, families, communities, and the country as a whole were filled with horror and indignation at the deed that slew so many.  The president called December 7th, "a day that shall live forever in infamy." 

What was the response?  The United States reeled in shock and wheeled into action.  It was that act and the call for justice and vindication that drew the U.S. into the Second World War.  In about four years, the war was over, the Allies victorious.

The motto of WWII was "Remember Pearl Harbor".

It is appropriate to remember such a day as December 7th, 1941, a day of infamy.

BUT what about December 7th, 2016?  Well over 3,000 Americans were murdered on our own shores.  They had no warning, no way to escape, and no way to fight back.  

They were beheaded, dismembered, burned, and poisoned to death.

The violence done against them was sought for by those who should have been their most ardent protectors - their own parents.  And it was all done under "color of law", protected by the U.S. National and State governments.

Think of it.  EVERY DAY in America since 1973, we have murdered more Americans than the Japanese killed at Pearl Harbor.

In WWII, an estimated 418,500 Americans were killed.  That is less than half the amount of Americans WE murder each and every year.

Remember the weeping and outcry after Pearl Harbor?  

What has been the response to the war on Womb Harbor?  Over 60 million American girls and boys have been destroyed, and the nation is unmoved.  Our entire culture has become guilty in some manner, whether by Complicity, Collaboration, or Callousness. In the Prolife movement, and in the churches of Jesus Christ, the two places where opposition should be most expected, we find Complacency, Cowardice, and Confusion.  We have bought into the lie of Compromise.  We are living at peace with child sacrifice.  We make "prolife legislation" to regulate the murder rather than end it.  We make unrighteous and iniquitous decrees, telling who can kill babies, when, where, how, and in what cases they can be murdered.  Woe unto us (Isaiah 10:1).  We are crying "Peace, peace, when there is no peace" (Jeremiah 6:14).  We have followed the crowd to do evil and wrest the judgment of the most vulnerable in our culture (Exodus 23:2).   

What must our response be?  Isaiah 1:16-18 is a good start. 

We need to repent.  
We need to humble ourselves and confess the sin of silence, absence, and unjust action in the face of this attack upon our neighbors (Luke 10:27).  
We need to sigh and cry over this violent abomination we have allowed (Ezekiel 9:4).  
We need to cry mightily to the God of Heaven as Nineveh did, that He might show mercy, though we well deserve judgment for our personal and national sin (Jonah 3:8-9).  
We need to arise and demand justice and equity for the least of these (Isaiah 1:17; Jeremiah 22:3; Matthew 25:40)!  
We need to valiantly engage this dark and decaying culture with the light and salt of the Gospel (Matthew 5:13-16)!  
We need to open our mouths for those who have no voice and are being carried to be slain (Proverbs 24:11-12; 31:8-9).
We need to be of good courage and behave ourselves valiantly for our people and for the kingdom of God, and trust the results to the LORD (I Chronicles 19:13).

Let us recognize the great infamy of which we are guilty.

[Infamy: 1 the state of being well known for some bad quality or deed.  2 an evil or wicked act.]

EVERY DAY is "a Day of Infamy" for America.  Never forget that.

Remember Pearl Harbor and Abolish Human Abortion.

Prayer Targets to Shut Down Abortion Mills

Nearly all Christians know that we should be praying about the onslaught upon the preborn in our midst.  

However, I find that many are at a loss of specific things for which to pray.  So here are some definite targets of prayer concerning child sacrifice. I hope it is edifying to some, in hitting the mark of intercession with our God about the violence against the fatherless.
  
BELIEVERS: O Lord of the Harvest, I pray that You would awaken Your people.  That we as churches would be convicted to go to this field, to labor for life and souls at the gates of death.  That the sidewalks would never be empty when babies are being sacrificed; but on the contrary, that Bible believing Christians would line the sidewalks and be such a shining presence for the testimony of Christ that the mills will not be able to withstand the truth,

and may THAT be why the abortion mills close down

PARENTS: O Father, I pray for parents to whom You have granted conception, who are considering or planning to have their offspring murdered.  Turn their hearts away from their own selfishness and toward their children!  Cause them to value their babies, and protect them from this horrific onslaught!  Work in their consciences, reproving them of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment!  May fathers and mothers valiantly welcome and defend the children given to them by God, and may business therefore at Planned Parenthood and other mills grind to a halt,

and may THAT be why the abortion mills close down.

WORKERS: O Lord of all, I pray for those who work at the mill, that they would have no rest and no peace in their jobs.  Lord, open their eyes, and break the hardness of their hearts!  May they humble themselves, repent and trust in Christ, and find healing in Christ!  

May they forsake the foolish and live.  Lord, lead them to jobs that do not involve the shedding of innocent blood!  May the nurses, the receptionists, the IT support—everyone—from the administration to the janitors, run from this business,

and may THAT be why the abortion mills will close down.

ABORTIONISTS: O Giver of Life, I cry unto you for those physicians who have left true medicine to engage in the violent onslaught of defenseless children in the womb.  I pray for those "healers" who have turned the Hippocratic oath into the "Hypocritic" oath.  Lord, they condemn the innocent blood and contemn You.  There is no fear of God before their eyes.  Let not man prevail against You!  Convict them.  Show them how abominable the shedding of innocent blood is to You.  Pierce their calloused souls with Your word!  Teach them to fear the Lord!  Cause them to heed the Gospel!  May they turn from their pride to bow the knee to Christ openly and without reserve.  Then, saved and forgiven, cause them to stand against abortion themselves, and cry for its abolition!  If they will not, take them away, so that they cannot continue this atrocity.  May those who slaughter children repent or be removed, so that no doctor will take money to murder babies,

and may THAT be why the abortion mills close down.

COMMUNITY: O Righteous Judge, awaken particular regions across the nation, and especially the citizens of cities that have murder mills!  May their eyes be opened to the wickedness done in their midst, and may open eyes weep in remorse and repentance.  Expose the abominable practices of these; show their depravity, their unethical doings, their greed and cruelty. 

Confound their crafty conspiracies, and show them to be hateful.  May it become evident and loathsome to the community, the businesses surrounding them, companies who service them, the media, city officials, and even their own client base.  May the horror of what abortion is so take hold upon citizens, that they cannot remain silent and unmoved.  Cause the people of towns that contain human sacrifice centers within their city limits to rise up and say, “NO MORE! We will no longer stand by and allow this bloody holocaust to continue on our turf!”  May they cry out out mightily to God for mercy and seek the clearing away of blood guilt from their border.  Ah, that the public sentiment, public presence, and public pressure would cause the abortion industry in ___________ to shrink away in shame,

and may THAT be why the abortion mills close down.

STATE LEADERS: O LORD of Hosts, I pray for state leaders and other lesser magistrates, that have collaborated and compromised with child sacrifice, including those "prolife" leaders who seek to regulate murder, rather than abolish the slaughter within their jurisdiction.  Cause them to remember that they will answer, not only to man, but also to You for their acts as authorities.  Teach them the fear of the LORD.

May they be confronted by the people under them (who will follow the widow's example in continual coming), to execute judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor.  May they repent of their cowardice, complicity, and compromise.  Cause them to cease to do evil and learn to do well. Lord, move them to defend the poor and the fatherless, to do justice to the afflicted and needy.  May legislators put forth bills of total and immediate abolition of abortion.  May lesser magistrates on each level interpose for the innocent, and stand to protect the vulnerable.  Use them to punish the evil doer, and reward the righteous, in essence to do their duty,

and may THAT be why the abortion mills close down.

 NATIONAL LEADERS: O King of kings, Ruler of nations, I pray for those who lead this country, from judges to the legislature, to the president, that You would turn their hearts as the rivers of water.  That they would see that they have framed mischief by a law, and permitted, funded, and promoted the murder of millions of their own citizens (over a million each year), indeed, the most vulnerable of our society.  That they would be put in fear, and know themselves to be but men.  That they would cry to You for mercy and turn their hearts to Jesus Christ, and our nation’s policies, laws, and positions to TRUE justice for all.  May these United States rise, denounce this bloody industry for the holocaust that it is, and utterly abolish human abortion,

and may THAT be why the abortion mills close down.

May this be useful to aid and arm the prayers of my brothers and sisters.

Keep in mind...

Many will say that we need to pray over the evil of abortion, and prayer IS vital.  
However, let us NOT simply PRAY, when God has commanded us to OBEY.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Things My Father Taught Me

My father, Stanley Kevan Myers taught me a lot.  Here are some of those things...

How to love to read books.
How to come as soon as I was called.
How to swing a hammer and use a circular saw.
How to camp and tent and love adventure.
How to appreciate good food and graciously eat whatever I was given.
How to receive correction and discipline.
How to milk ghoats and get eggs from a chicken's laying box.
How to run, hike, and climb.
How to skip a rock.
How to drive a car.
How to endure thirst, heat, cold, and pain, and keep going.
How to be a diligent worker, with a good attitude.
How to bait a hook (was with me when I caught my first trout).
How to hunt and clean a deer (you shoot it, you clean).
How to build a tree stand or shelter off the land.
How to sing with all my heart.
How to observe, identify, and love animals: domestic, lifestock, and wildlife.
How a man is to love and give himself for his wife and children.

He taught me to love water, forests, and mountains.
He taught me to value my family's heritage.
He taught me to love my family, my neighbours, and strangers.
He taught me to be a man of honour and duty.
He taught me to honour my elders.
He taught me to stand up for the weak and the vulnerable.
He taught me never to hit a girl.
He taught me to delight in worshipping God with a local church.
He taught me to know, fear, love, and serve the true and living Triune God.
He taught me to search the Scripture, and reckon them to be true.

I cannot tell you all the things my dad taught me, But I can tell the the most important thin he ever taught me.

From before I was born, He would talk to me, and preach the Gospel to me in the womb.  And when I was 3 1/2 years old, and came to him greatly troubled, telling me that I was a sinner, on my way to Hell, he showed me the way of salvation.  

He reached out and got his Bible, and opened it to John 3:16, the same verse his dad turned to, wqhen Dad went to him at age 4.

He declared what Jesus Christ, the Son of God had done on my behalf, laying down his life shedding his blood on the cross, taking my punishment, and rose the third day so that I could be saved.  At the young age, I bowed my heart, believed on the Lord Jesus Christ and was turned from death unto life!

SO SO SO grateful for my father!

And I pray that the heavenly Father will make me into the "Da" that me children need, the kind of Dad and I had growing up.



Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Number 1 DESTROYER of Families Everywhere (and in the church)

When you think of a sin that destroys families, what comes to mind?

Pornography? 

Drunkenness?

Bitterness?

Rebellion?

Adultery?

Greed?

Abortion?

Yes, all these sins are grievous evils that will bring destruction to families and lives.

And they (as well as many other sins) are rampant in the world, and tragically, in so MANY churches today as well.  We are to be SALT and LIGHT in this decaying and dark generation, but we have largely gone dim, diluted, and dirty with those very sins ourselves.  

But what is the Number ONE Sin, the Enemy of Families Everywhere?

This sin is the underlying foundation for all the other sins. 

Idolatry of Self.
One word for this in the Scriptures is INIQUITY.  
Going "one's own way."  
Putting myself before anyone else.
Selfishness.  

Yes, I am saying that the Number ONE destroyer of families is that which looks out for "Number ONE".

This is the root.  The rest is the fruit.  Adding sin to sin.

Child sacrifice, Pornography, Pride, Revolting feminism, (A)pathetic manhood, Rebellion, Homosexuality, Covetousness, Bitterness, Laziness, Bullying, Drunkenness, Gluttony, Greed, Adultery, and so forth are rooted in worship of the false god of Self.  What Self wants goes.

When Selfishness reigns in the heart
  • Husbands turn from loving, leading, laboring, and laying down their lives for their wives and children.  It turns them to arrogance, unfaithfulness, slothfulness, preoccupation with vanity, indifference, diverse lusts, abuse, malice, neglect, and loathing toward their duties before the Lord.
  • Wives turn from loving and honoring their husbands and being wise keepers of the household.  It turns them to bitterness, covetousness, gossiping, vanity, pleasure-seeking, haughtiness, scorn, and rebellion against God-given design and roles
  • Parents turn from loving, valuing, nurturing, disciplining, and training their children.  It turns them to either devalue or idolize their offspring, to view babies as burdens, to cut off further (or any) children, to unwisely pander to the children they do have, to not correct or reprove them, to neglect, abuse, or provoke them to wrath, to irresponsibly turn over their instruction to the ungodly, and their heart to the world's viewpoint, cares, and pleasures, modeling for them bad examples, or inconsistency, teaching them to be complacent or unbalanced about wickedness.   
  • Children turn from loving, honoring, and obeying their parents, and submitting to the Lord their Creator.  It turns them to disobedience, to self gratification, gluttony, laziness, insolence, rebellion against righteous authority, participation in whatever feels right, and shortsighted pursuit of the crowd of their peers.
Idolatry of Self destroys individuals, families, churches, communities, and nations.

Throughout "the volume of the Book" we see this selfishness described and warned of .

We see how the first human family fell because they chose to do what THEY wanted to do (Genesis 3).  They chose to trust the serpent's words over God's word, eat the fruit that was pleasing to THEIR eyes, and seek to be wise so THEY could decide good from evil.  Mankind chose Self to be "as gods".  They doubted God's character and rebelled against God's command, and brought destruction upon the whole human family. 

We see iniquity bring destruction and God's judgment in many households in the Bible, including Eli's family: I Samuel 3:13 "For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not."

Notice that iniquity, "my own way rather than God's way" was found both in Eli's boys (Hopni and Phinehas) and in Eli himself.

We see it warned of in II Timothy 3:1-4
3:1 "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come."
3:2 "For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,"
3:3 "Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,"
3:4 "Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;"
Notice how all those sins are sandwiched in what mankind loves: Self and what Self wants.

Today, we indeed see selfishness promoted and glorified in our culture.  It is accepted, expected, and applauded.  From songs entitled "I Did It My Way" to fast food slogans "Have It Your Way", the message is everywhere.  We are told to "Look out for Number ONE" by which they mean yourSelf.  Psalm 49:18 "Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself."  There is a lot of focus on self help, self image, self confidence, self pity, self improvement, etc.  Much of this is based on the worldly thinking that Self is supposed to be king.  The problem is that when we exalt our selves, our thoughts, our agendas, and our desires over God and His law, we commit sin.

Matthew 24:12 "And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold."

This is true whether applied to a person or a society.  When iniquity (selfishness) abounds in the heart, when we are devoted to our own way, then the care, concern, and compassion for others will necessarily grow feeble and cold. 

We see it today working out on an individual level.  Someone selfishly engages in fornication, then when a child is conceived, they go and murder that child, adding sin to sin. Fornication leading to Murder, and at its foundation - Selfishness.  Abortion is a human sacrifice to the god of Self, the modern form of Molech.  

Over 3,000 girls and boys in the womb will be slain today, due to the selfishness of their parents.  And it happens EVERY DAY.

Many of those who selfishly kill their child (whether chemically or surgically), are professing to be Christians.

There are also multitudes of people going to Bible believing churches who would never have an abortion themselves, and proudly call themselves "prolife", but who are not taking time... 

  • to actually "sigh and cry" over this abomination, vexed in spirit, weeping in prayer over the murder of millions of innocent babies made in the image of God, "under color of law" (Psalm 94:20-21; Psalm 119:126,136;158; Ezekiel 9:4; II Peter 2:8).  
  • to stand at the Gates of Death to rescue the weak and warn the wicked, preaching, praying, pleading, providing, and provoking others to love and good works (Proverbs 1:20; 8:1-4; 24:11-12; 31:8-9; James 1:27; Hebrews 10:24).
  • to engage with their culture in the public square, on the street, at the coffee shop, on social media, face to face, exposing the evil and bringing the Gospel into conflict with child sacrifice with words and literature (Proverbs 28:4; Ezekiel 22:2; Ephesians 5:11; Titus 1:8-9).
  • to actively seek the total and immediate abolition of "legal" child sacrifice, to work to bring justice, mercy, and equity for the fatherless (Exodus 22:22; Deuteronomy 24:17; Psalm 82:3; Jeremiah 22:3; Isaiah 1:16-17; Micah 6:8; Malachi 2:6; Matthew 5:7; Luke 11:42; Romans 12:9-18,21; I Corinthians 15:34).                                                          

These are only the Biblical responses of a Christian in the face of a society that practices, protects, and promotes child sacrifice.  This is not radical Christianity, but normal Christianity.  

However, hundreds and hundreds of thousands of believers in our nation know what is happening and yet go about their business as usual.  We are all occupied with our own agendas, career plans, entertainment, recreation, extracurricular activities, pursuits, and passions.  We want to stay in our comfort zone and not do the inconvenient thing.

What is at the root of the Callousness, the Complacency, the Cowardice, the Compromise, and the Complicity found in Christians who do not rise to open their mouths for the fatherless?

Selfishness.

It is quite easy to talk a lot about love, but easy also to forget that true agape love is not selfish.  Charity (agape) "...seeketh not her own..." and "...rejoiceth not in iniquity..." (I Corinthians 13:5,6).

We are to seek to know and respond as Christ would about the cause of "the least of these":
Job 29:16 "I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out."

Proverbs 29:7 "The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it."

Verily, we need to see the horror of this idolatry, confess and forsake it, go to the Saviour for forgiveness and cleansing, and love the LORD our God with ALL our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love our neighbours as ourseleves.  

May we henceforth live not unto ourselves, but for Him to Whom we belong.
II Corinthians 5:15 "And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again."

The following is something I say to my children and pray for my family every day, that we will- "Say 'NO' to Self, and 'YES' to Jesus every time." (William Borden)

Pilgrim's Progress

Faithful: Well, if you will, we will fall to it now; and since you left it with me to state the question, let it be this: How doth the saving grace of God discover itself, when it is in the heart of man?

Talkative: I perceive, then, that our talk must be about the power of things; well, 'tis a very good question, and I shall be willing to answer you.  And take my answer in brief, thus: First, Where the grace of God is in the heart, it causes there a great outcry against sin.  Secondly--

Faithful: Nay, hold; let us consider of one at once: I think you should rather say, it shows itself by inclining the soul to abhor its sin.

Talkative: Why, what difference is there between crying out against, and abhorring of, sin?

Faithful: Oh, a great deal!  A man may cry out against sin of policy; but he cannot abhor it, but by virtue of a godly antipathy against it.  I have heard many cry out against sin in the pulpit; who yet can abide it well enough in the heart, and house, and conversation.  Joseph's mistress cried out with a loud voice, as if she had been very holy; but she would willingly notwithstanding that, have committed lewdness with him [Genesis 39:15].  Some cry out against sin, even as the mother cries out against her child in the lap; when calls it "slut" and "naughty girl", and then falls to hugging and kissing it.

Talkative: You lie at the catch, I perceive.

Faithful: No, not I; I am only for setting things right.

Titus 2:11-14 
2:11 "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,"
2:12 "Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;"
2:13 "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;"
2:14 "Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works."

II Timothy 2:19 "Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity."

"Down, Self!  Christ is my King!"

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Christians as Customers

I am stirred to share a memory from three years ago of something that happened outside the now shut down and demolished murder mill in Kansas City, KS.  

As I stood that morning at the abortion mill, pleading for the lives of my preborn neighbors, I was both verbally and physically threatened.  This is not infrequent in itself, but there was something that made this specific incident stand out.

The aggressor was a large man, bringing his granddaughter to the gates of death to have his great grandchild killed.  As I tried to plead with the young woman, he lumbered over and screamed at me, saying he would call the police on me.  I welcomed the idea, but he didn't follow through on his threat.

He cursed and used gross vulgar language in every sentence.  I answered from Psalm 10—a passage which describes the wicked who shed the blood of the innocent: "His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity" (Psalm 10:7).  God gave me Scripture after Scripture to wield—although intensely stirred I was able to remain calm throughout the interactiion.  He continued using expletives and ended up knocking into me with his stomach.  I considered calling the police myself, since this could qualify as assault, but instead persisted in earnestly delivering truth from the Sword of the Spirit.  

I told him he needed to have "repentance toward God and faith toward Jesus Christ" (Acts 20:21), and he brazenly retorted, "Don't you tell me I need to repent

I'm an ordained minister!"  

"Whoever you are," I replied, "out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh and your lips betray your heart!" He was using vile language because he knew he was doing wrong.  And I told him so.  I declared that he was breaking God's command to "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of [his] mouth..." (Ephesians 4:29).  I warned him not to take the name of the Lord in vain, nor murder his little great grand baby.  

He could not defend his actions, but resorted to vain threats of beating me, running me over with his car, and other things I will not repeat.  Finally he got back in his car, and drove off, still ranting, leaving his granddaughter inside alone to face the murderer of her child.  

Remembering this incident again, I leave him in the Lord's hands, knowing that the word of God that pierced him that morning will continue to work.  May he be humbled before God and repent.

I have no way of knowing, other than his own declaration, whether or not he was an ordained minister, but I must say that I and many others across this nation have seen 
people going into abortion mills: 

with Jesus fish, Christian bumper stickers, Bible verses, & Prolife license plates on their cars,  
with Christian T-shirts, cross necklaces, and other accessories on their person,
with Christian words in their mouths, quoting Bible, claiming salvation, and telling us that they are faithful members of churches, even deacons and pastors.  

And they have rebuked us for preaching the Gospel and pleading for the lives of our neighborsin many cases their own children.  I weep even now to think of it.

Not to mention the professing Christians we have seen who work at these bloody businesses, give business to Planned Parenthood by using them for other services, and provide transportation, so their friends can get to the abortuary and murder their children, thusbecoming the getaway driver for a homicide in the worst degree.  All of this making them Particeps Criminis "participants in the crime".


I cannot tell how you how broken hearted I am to have repeatedly been told by "brothers and sisters" who are about have their babies poisoned, burned, or ripped to pieces that "I'll be in church tomorrow!"

Ezekiel 23:39 "For when they had slain their children to their idols, then they came the same day into my sanctuary to profane it; and, lo, thus have they done in the midst of mine house."

The grievous fact is that more professing Christians will go the child sacrifice centers of our country as customers than as ambassadors for Christ.
This is OUR holocaust.  Let us repent.

Plain Thoughts from Romans 1:23, Basic as 1-2-3

Just some plain thoughts about the following verse (plain thoughts come easily to a Kansan).

Romans 1:23 "And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things."

Thought #1  We were made to glorify our Creator.

Isaiah 43:7 "Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him."

Revelation 4:11 "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."


Thought #2 He will not share His glory with another.

Isaiah 42:8 "I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images."


Thought #3 When a man glorifies any other that the Lord of Glory, it always ends up with shame on sinful humanity.

Psalm 4:2 "O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah."

Hosea 4:7 "As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame."

Philippians 3:19 "Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)"

As Christians, what should our prayer be for those who arrogantly rebel against God and His glorious Gospel and who seek instead after vanity and their own way (iniquity)?

Psalm 83:16 "Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O LORD."


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Let Us Be NOT Ashamed


Romans 1:16 "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."

There is a hymn, which says,
"Am I a soldier of the Cross?
A follower of the Lamb?
And shall I fear to own His cause 
Or blush to speak His name?"

A few questions to ponder...
-Are you a Christian?
-Washed in the blood of the Lamb Who died to redeem your soul?
-Are you ashamed of His name and the Gospel?
-Are you ready to stand for His name?
-Even in a generation that despises His name?
-Even when others are silent?
-Even when it means you will be mocked, snubbed, or hated?
-Even when a man with a gun is aiming for your head?

I know the weakness of my flesh, but IN CHRIST (the position of the true Christian) there is strength.  The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation.  He gave all for us.  
-Should we shrink from giving all for Him?  
-Doesn't He have us anyway?  
-Are we not strangers and pilgrims, here only as ambassadors for our King (Hebrews 11:13; I Peter 2:9-11; II Corinthians 5:18-20; Galatians 1:10)?  
-Our affections on this above (Colossians 3:1-2)?
-Our focus on pleasing He Who hath chosen us to be His soldiers (II Timothy 2:4)? 

The second verse of that hymn goes on to say,
"Must I be carried to the skies
On flowery beds of ease?
While others fought to win the prize
And sailed through bloody seas?"

Let us have the mindset of Yosef Tson (the Pastor in Romania who stood up boldly for the kingdom of God in face of KGB threatenings), that dying for Christ, would not be terrifying to us (Acts 4:29). 

-Should we not see it as our reasonable service to live as unto Him, completely yielded (Romans 12:1)?
-Are we not already crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20)?
-Is not our life hid with Christ (Colossians 3:3)?
-Are we not live for Jesus, Who died for us (II Corinthians 5:15)?

Let us glory in the Lord and rejoice that we may be counted worthy to suffer for His sake, whether it be slight or severe.

Philippians 1:27-29 "Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;"
28 "And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God."
29 "For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;"

In this generation, we find it wholly appropriate to mourn and be in anguish over sin, and the hardness of the enemies of Christ, and at the same time, to rejoice and be exceeding glad to have the honour to make Christ known and share in the stigma of the cross.  In this day, I, as a believer in the crucified and risen Jesus Christ, am to live the seeming contradiction, that is only possible IN CHRIST-- that of weeping and leaping for joy: 

II Corinthians 6:10 "As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things."

Weepers and Leapers.  Who will be that?  Christians.

Let us pray for our brothers and sisters, both those near, and those round the world, who are suffering for the testimony of Christ Jesus, pray for comfort of the Spirit, grace, protection, patience, power, joy, and the preas of the word of God to a watching world, working even in the hearts of the persecuters, redounding to the glory of God!

Let us also prepare ourselves, "praypare", yield all to our Lord, and ask Him to help us for what may lie ahead for us, to make us READY to preach, pray, live, and die at a moment's notice.  Remember, 

"THOSE WHO ARE YIELDED TO GOD ARE THOSE WHO WILL BE WIELDED BY GOD" to the praise of His glory!

The hymn concludes with,
"Sure I must fight if I would reign
Increase my courage, Lord
I'll bear the toil, endure the pain
Supported by Thy word."

There is still time to win a battle before the sun goes down.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Defund? Or Defend?

In the past year there has been an outcry to DEFUND Planned Parenthood.

Prolife leaders are demanding it!

Prolife citizens are demanding it!

Prolife politicians are demanding it!

Some are calling for Planned Parenthood to be defunded because they were selling body parts of babies they had slaughtered.

Other more right-minded people are calling for Planned Parenthood to be defunded because they are killing the babies, period.

Some brothers and sisters in Christ have asked for my thoughts about whether we should go for the DEFUND button, and as Paul said before Agrippa, my response is, "I think myself happy...because I shall answer for myself this day..." (Acts 26:2).

Donald Trump has sent a letter to Prolife leaders, making an attempt to get them to back his candidacy.  In it, one of the things he promises to do is to "defund Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions, and allocate the funding elsewhere."

This is an attractive offer.  It sounds really good.  We really don't want to give money to fund the murder of the innocent.  

BUT wait a minute!

This is treating abortion like an undesirable form of healthcare, rather than MURDER.  It is like saying we are not going to fund this group because they insist on using faulty pregnancy tests, which are not reliable.  We will not give them funds until they buy quality products.  
Abortion is NOT faulty healthcare!  

It is Homicide in the worst degree!  

People, image-bearers of our God, are being murdered by the thousands every day!  

These are the MOST innocent and MOST vulnerable people in all our society!

And they are being murdered in the place where they should be the MOST safe!

CONSIDER:

If it became “lawful” in the States, for bearded people to be seized and hacked in pieces, I would be horrified if... 

-those in civil authority 

-fellow American citizens 

-good American Christians made their rallying cry: 

“Not with my money!”  
“Don’t make us pay for it!”  
“No Federal funding!”
"DEFUND the slaughter of the unshaven!"

I would want them to demand that the murder of bearded people be ABOLISHED!  That justice be done!

The answer is not to defund Planned Parenthood.

The answer is to defend the innocent, and deliver them from the hands of the oppressor.

Jeremiah 22:1-3
1 “Thus saith the LORD; Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and speak there this word,”
2 “And say, Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, that sittest upon the throne of David, thou, and thy servants, and thy people that enter in by these gates:”
3 “Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place.”

The government has the responsibility before God and man to punish the guilty, and protect the innocent. Planned Parenthood has murdered more than ISIS, the KKK, and the death camp of Auschwitz combined.  Their murderous activity must be made to cease.

We should NOT be saying, "Naughty Planned Parenthood, we are withholding allowance till you behave better."

We should be saying "Murder is evil.  We must repent of our apathy, cry mightily unto God, and return our laws to reflect justice, mercy, and equity for all.  We will not be silent until child sacrifice, the murdering of over 3,000 Americans EVERY DAY is removed from being protected "under color of law"!  That is, we will protect the lives of all the innocent!
The total and immediate abolition of abortion.

[As a side note, Trump’s motion in the letter makes it sound as if Planned Parenthood is the only killer of babies.  According to the Guttmacher Institute, only 27.5% of all abortions in the United States are committed by Planned Parenthood.  There are many other abortion providers who would not be affected.  Moreover, the fact is that if government funding ceased for Planned Parenthood, there are enough liberals and pagans (business moguls, Hollywood celebrities, etc.) in America with millions to donate and keep it afloat with private funds, so that the murder could continue with even more impunity.]

Be not content with DEFUNDing Planned Parenthood.  

DEFEND the Innocent!!!

Demand the Abolition of Human Abortion!

There is still time to win a battle before the sun goes down.