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).

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Upside Down

Our culture in the United States is functionally upside down
  
                             
One striking example is the area of education.

The Professors:
The ones most trusted in Academia and most esteemed to teach in "higher education"--passing knowledge to the next generation

are the ones who are subverting even the existence of knowledge, and leaving students with NO basis for truth and reason.

All the while, the Bible gives us the picture of what is right side up.  "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; but fools despise wisdom and instruction" (Proverbs 1:7).  This is confirmed multiple times, in multiple ways, through the entire scriptures.  It is the word of God alone that gives us the standard of what will make us wise and what will (even though believing ourselves to be wise) make us fools.

But it is especially acute in the area of abortion.  Consider these...

The Prey: 
The ones who are the most innocent, the most harmless, and the most vulnerable people in the land 

are the ones who are the most condemned, hated, and targeted with violence and execution. (Preborn)

The Procurers:
The ones who should have the most vested interest in caring for and protecting these innocent victims 

are the ones who are actively seeking out their slaughter, hiring assassins to murder them. (Parents)

The Practitioners:
The ones who have sworn an oath to help the weak, to heal, and to "do no harm"

are the ones who commit the most murders in the land (hundreds and thousands each), and are hired to do so.

The Powers:
The ones who are sworn to uphold the document that does recognizes the victims' rights and guarantees equal protection

are the ones who dehumanize the victims and secure the ability to destroy their lives.

The ones who are bound to make sure laws are according to the Constitution

are the ones who pervert the Constitution in their opinions.  Indeed, the ones whose task of impartial judgment (symbolized by a blindfolded individual with scales and a sword) are the ones who are partial in their judgment, stripping equal justice from the poorest and most needy.

The ones who are elected to write laws to establish equity for all the people in the states

are the ones making mischief by laws that are inconsistent and arbitrary.

The Pragmatists: 
The ones who are dedicated to do "what works" for good end results

are the ones who keep doing what isn't working (in explicit opposition to the word of God) destroying the possibility for good end results.

The Perpetuators: 
The ones who are the most lauded in the ProLife Movement as the champions of the preborn

are the ones who are diligently stopping the bills that would abolish abortion and finally protect the preborn, and thus are prolonging the Holocaust.

The Permissioners:
Many millions of Christians, whose opinion largely is opposed to the murders of their preborn neighbors (in the their votes, in their charity, and in their prayers)

are the ones who are allowing the murders which take place in their cities and states to continue without taking meaningful action to stop it or even go to speak up for the weak in the place where it is being committed.  

The truth that is becoming more and more evident in this upside down world (a truth that Francis Schaeffer actually penned 30 years ago) that boldly states:

"Every abortion clinic should have a sign in front of it, saying, Open by permission of the church."  Francis Schaeffer


This sad state of affairs is poignantly illustrated in the symbol of abolition.  The upside down A represents the culture that has subverted God's righteous Law, to allow for the slaughter for fellow image bearers, humans in the first stages of life.  Even many in the ProLife Movement are using worldly reasoning and actions in their opposition of the evil.  Abolitionists are seeking to turn this whole system to right thinking and right action, in accordance with God's Higher Law, illustrated by the upright A in the symbol.

The world, and our society may say,

"These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;" (from Acts 17:6),

But in reality, we are seeking to turn things right side up.

ABORTION MUST BE ABOLISHED.

Missouri--Abortion Free? Or Not.

There has been much made of the recent news that the last freestanding abortion mill in Missouri is not performing abortions at this time.  This is heralded as a victory of Missouri's regulatory laws.  Many ProLife editorials and leaders are now calling Missouri "the first Abortion Free State" and this news is being shared throughout social media!  

But is it true?

As one born in Missouri, who loves Missouri, and who has preached in the Capitol building in Jefferson City, the Capitol of Missouri, year after year--calling for residents and the legislature to repent for allowing this great evil to be allowed under "color or law"--I feel pressed to speak.

First, I am glad to hear that children are not being murdered in the St. Louis Planned Parenthood at this time.  

But in reading this article, we must understand that it does not mean that any of those children are being spared--in fact, any mother who would contact that specific Planned Parenthood, will simply and easily be referred just over the border to Granite City, Illinois.  Or, depending on where the mother lives, just over the state line on the western side into Kansas, to Overland Park.

It should also be stated that while abortion may not presently be happening at freestanding abortion mills in the Show Me state, this could change as soon as they want to follow the specific ProLife regulations put forth in the bills that have passed.  

Moreover, untold numbers of babies are being murdered by abortions bought at Walmart, CVS, or Walgreens--"on the corner of Happy and Homicide" through Plan B and other abortifacients.  Freestanding abortion mills (or doctor offices for that matter) are not needed when mothers chose to kill their babies earlier--another fruit of ProLife regulatory legislation.

Online.  Did you know that mothers can simply order the kill pills online and have them delivered straight to their front door!

And at hospitals.  Barnes Jewish Hospital, for instance, will still murder babies for a fee--the only requirement for "pregnancy termination" is a preborn child must present abnormalities or the mother must present pregnancy complications.  

So what if regulations grew so high in number that abortion decreased in number because there were to many hoops to hop through, too much red tape?  Here is my detailed answer to that question. 

So, to put it plainly: No! Missouri is not abortion free.  

But it can be!

A bill of abolition is set again to be put forward again this year!

LET'S NOT GET DISTRACTED BY FAKE VICTORIES.

Missourians need to support the bill of total and complete abolition put forward by Mike Moon, and demand that the legislature in the state of Missouri establish equal protection under the law for preborn humans.

#SHOWMEABOLITION

Abortion must be abolished in Missouri.

Blood Guilt and Manasseh

We find in the word of God a record of a king named Manasseh.  He was the son of godly King Hezekiah, but chose the way of iniquity and idolatry and led Judah into gross abominations in God's face.  

Deuteronomy 18:9 "When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations."

First on the list?

Deuteronomy 18:10 "There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire..."  CHILD SACRIFICE.

But Manasseh disregarded the Law of God, and led his people into those very things.

"So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err, and to do worse than the heathen, whom the LORD had destroyed before the children of Israel" (II Chronicles 33:9). 

"Moreover Manasseh shed innocent blood very much, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; beside his sin wherewith he made Judah to sin, in doing that which was evil in the sight of the LORD" (II Kings 21:16).

"And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin" (Jeremiah 32:35).

The shedding of innocent blood defiles a people and pollutes a land.  Not Judah--not even Jerusalem, the apple of God's eye--was spared the devastating judgment for the sin of child sacrifice.  

That was the kingdom of Judah.

"And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them.  Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils,  And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood" (Psalm 106:36-38).  

Let's look at another nation, say, the United States of America.  Here is a pie chart showing the comparison of deaths in various wars that the United States have been involved in:


We murder roughly the same number of innocent image-bearers in the womb each year, as American military personnel who have died in all American wars put together. 

We have slain over 65 million children under "color" of law, and those are just the reported abortion murders.  

I tremble for my country.

Innocent blood stains "the amber waves of grain".

It gushes in a trespass higher than the "purple mountain majesties".

It flows "from sea to shining sea".

The Blood Guilt Runs Deep

Bloodguilt splatters all of society, which promotes the shedding of innocent blood, celebrating the slaughter of son and daughter as they exult in the worship of Self and so many other false gods.

Bloodguilt splatters ProAbort leaders who have pursued the murder of color of law,

AND

Bloodguilt splatters ProLife leaders (politicians, organizations, etc.) who have produced iniquitous bills and measures to regulate that murder INSTEAD of establishing equal protection under that law, thus prolonging the Holocaust (Jeremiah 22:3; Psalm 82).

Bloodguilt splatters the medical community, which swears to "do no harm" at yet calls homicide "healthcare", and practices the butchering and poisoning the most vulnerable; who kill with forceps, needle, vacuum, or pill, assassinating their victims for a fee; and as doctors and nurses bring on themselves curses from the One Who said, "Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person" (Deuteronomy 27:25).

Bloodguilt splatters mommies and daddies, who procure the murder of their children, and also grandmas and grandpas, and other relatives, and friends, who push for that murder, who pacify the conscience, saying 

"It's for the best."

"You're not ready yet."

"It's not really a person yet."

"God knows your heart." 

And for those who play an active part, such as driving the mom to the assassin's business and providing immoral support?  Bloodguilt.

It also splatter Christians and churches, who have permitted the murder of our neighbors:

By our silence and absence from the gates of death (Proverbs 31:8-9; I Corinthians 15:34),

By our neglect to obey God in seeking to deliver those ready to be slain (Proverbs 24:11-12).

By our failure to warn the wicked to turn from his wicked and trust on Christ (Ezekiel 3:18-19 & 33:7-9).

By not demanding that our leaders cease to do evil in regulating murder, and prod them to do well in establishing equal protection of the preborn (Isaiah 15-18 & 59:2-4).

By (sincerely and/or misguidedly) paying financially to support candidates, ProLife organizations, and bills that are partial and wrest protection of the ones we think to help (Exodus 23:2-3,6-7; James 2:8-9).

It splatters on pulpits, whose pastors do not speak about it in church or in the open public square for fear of offending someone, and it splatter on pews and parishioners, some of whom subsequently have not done their duty to love their neighbors as themselves in word AND deed, and some of whom are murdering their babies, thinking it no bog deal, because it is not dealt with by the Christian community as it ought to be (Ezekiel 22; 23:37-39).

Because God's Law and Gospel are not brought into conflict with the culture of child sacrifice.

We are told in the Scriptures...

The bloodguilt runs deep indeed.

"Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people" (Proverbs 14:34)

The name Manasseh means "causing to forget".  Have we forgotten Who the LORD is?

"Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver" (Psalm 50:22).

"Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?"

Let U.S. repent.  Let US repent.

Abortion must be abolished.


Thursday, January 7, 2021

Sackcloth and Ashes NOW

If the body of Christ would repent of our apathy in regards to child sacrifice, cease to do evil in regulating murder, and learn to do well in engaging for the criminalization of murder by abortionabolishing this great evil in each stateit would not matter who was our President.

I implore the people of God to REPENT.  

Let us take the example of another people who greatly deserved the wrath of God.

 "But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.  Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?" (Jonah 3:8).

Let us humble ourselves and heed rebuke for our complicity, collaboration, compromise, and complacency concerning the horrific slaughter of the preborn.

Let us repent of our silence and absence.

Let us cry mightily unto God for forgiveness and mercy.

Let us turn from the violence that is in OUR hands.

Let us call for justice and equity for the oppressed and defy the evil and unconstitutional court opinion that says you must allow for the murder of some people.

Let us go to the gates of death to rescue the perishing.

Let us exhort one another to be salt and lightbringing the Gospel into conflict with the culture of death.

Let us quit ourselves like men.

And, let us do exploits in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior.

Abortion must be abolished.


Now That's What I am Chalking About.

 Once an individual (or family) has come to embrace the tenets of abolition, there comes a question:

"How are some practical ways that I can get truth out to my neighbors, to expose the evil of the preborn holocaust, bring the Gospel to bear, and point them to where they can learn more about being on the right side of history?"

There are a multitude of ways to do this, 

some more involved than others, 

some taking more time or resources,

some more daunting perhaps.

Here is but one way of many...

It is true that you might not be able to do ALL the types of seeding the culture...

But just about anyone can grab a piece of chalk and write something when they park the car.  

Write something right.

When you are out and about, consider how you  can share truth with others, including those you may never meet, but who will come along after you have left.

Ever wonder how you could witness the truth about the Gospel and the abortion holocaust with people you don't know without even talking with them or seeing them? 

What if you put messages like this on the sidewalk when you went for a walk each day?  




Or when you stopped to pump gas?



Or when you parked at the store?





On your own steps. 

Or the street corner.


You might write a little.

Or you might write a lot.


You may simply leave a Web site for someone to look up.

Or you may just put down a symbol to stir curiosity, so that people have to seek out for themselves what it means.

Later, you just might see people reading what you wrote.  


If they are trying to wash it away, that can be a sign of conviction.  It's doing its job.


You may come back later and find that someone responded, and you can add more.

Who could be encouraged, convicted, challenged?  Only the Lord knows.

Why not sow some seed today and trust Jesus for fruit?

And of course, it also can be done at most abortion mills, right at the gates of death.








Abolitionists call it by various names:

#TruthChalk

#PavementPreaching

#SidechalkCounseling


That's what I am chalking about.

It doesn't have to take long to do.

It is not vandalism.  It washed away easily, so will last till the next rain, or bucket of water, or sprinkler cycle.

It certainly doesn't cost much. Sidewalk chalk is inexpensive.

It is so easy that even grown ups can do it!  An individual, a family, or a group of youths, or a church, can take this and run with it, sharing truth with their society wherever they go.

So #WritewhatsRight.

Abortion must be abolished.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

"You Aren't Doing It Right."

It just so happens that occasionally when a follower of Jesus Christ is evangelizing in the public square, another Christian will approach him.  

Of course, one may assume that the newly arriving believer is there to stand in solidarity with a brother, and help hold another sign, 

to hand out Gospel tracts,

take a turn proclaiming truth to the hearers, 

or maybe just stand nearby to lift up the engagement in prayer support. 

Or that at least that they will say, "Amen!" or "So grateful to see you out here for the Gospel!"

However, that is not nearly as common as you might think!  

Most often, they approach with the statement: "You are not doing it the right way."

I personally endeavor, when in such a situation, to listen before I speak.  I know that it is good to be patient and humble when dealing with a brother or sister in Christ, even when they are communicating criticism.  Criticism can be constructive.

But sadly, most often their advice does not contain good instruction or biblical directives, merely personal opinion.

And I have found that they most likely do not have experience in open air evangelism or abortion mill ministry themselves, but they are certain that what I am doing should be done another way. 

A way that is not so bold, not so offensive, not so loud.  

Below are several of their objections, and Scriptural foundation for why we do what we do.  

I. 

Objection:

"Loudly preaching in the city streets is never effectiveopen air preaching is not a productive way to communicate truth."

Scriptural foundation:

Proverbs 1:20 "Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets:"

Proverbs 1:21 "She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words..."

Proverbs 8:1 "Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice?"

Proverbs 8:2 "She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths."

Proverbs 8:3 "She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors."

II. 

Obection:

"Jesus had one on one conversations with peopleHe was personal!  He did not, nor would not, condone street preaching.  [Sadly, this statement reveals a shocking lack of knowledge of what Jesus actually did.] 

Scriptural Foundation:

As we read the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), we find that during Jesus' time here on Earth, He spent a huge portion of His ministry preaching to multitudes, which included places like the sea shores, mountainsides, streets in towns and cities (all open air).  Jesus went where the people were.  

Mark 5:21 "And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea."

John 6:3 "And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples...Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him..."

Rom 10:14-15 "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!"

Luke 14:23 "And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled."

Fact check: My street preaching has lead to many one on one conversations, as well as ongoing discipleship.

Reality check: Jesus preached more in the public square than most Christian pastors or Bible teachers do today.  

III. 

Objection:

"Calling out to people sounds like you are yelling at themyou are turning them off by your manner.  And holding pictures of aborted babies (at the places that are killing babies) will only repel a mother from coming to talk with youshe needs your compassion, not your condemnation."

Scriptural foundation:

Ezekiel 33:8-9 "When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul."

Ezekiel 7:23, 22:2 "Make a chain: for the land is full of bloody crimes, and the city is full of violence.  Now, thou son of man, wilt thou judge, wilt thou judge the bloody city? yea, thou shalt shew her all her abominations."

Proverbs 31:8-9 "Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy."

It is sad that many believers, when exposed to street ministry, will boldly state in passing (or in outright condemnation on the ministry), "You are doing it all wrong!"  

They assert that anything we do that might "feel" fanatical or uncomfortable to them must be ineffective and unloving.  That opinion is based solely on a humanistic worldview and exposes their wrong thinking.  

I remember one such man who was concerned with my manner of ministry specifically outside of the abortion mill. He urged me to "follow Isaiah 58" instead of what I was doing (which happened to be calling out to women with truth and the gospeloffering them help and hope in Christ, and our families willingness to assist them in their time of need).

Isaiah 58 gives directives for believers to fast and pray in order to loose the bands of the oppressed, brake every yoke of those burdened with sin, to give bread to the hungry, and to bring the poor into our own homes (important parts of loving our neighbor as we love ourselves)but the very first verse of Isaiah 58 tells the reader exactly how God desires His word to be proclaimed.  I quickly turned in my Bible and read out loud the very beginning of the passage to that man, 

"Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgressions, and the house of Jacob their sins" (Isaiah 58:1).

I then turned to him and stated, "Brother, I appreciate your exhortationbut that is exactly what I am doing."


Most Christians who react to the public proclamation of the Gospel (outside of some scheduled respectable church service) as to being loud or too forthright or lacking a personal touch, have actually never engaged in such a discipline themselves.

The following is a line of dialogue that I have experienced on many occasions: 

(A. approaching Christian  B. Bible preaching Christian)

A. "I don't think you should evangelize the lost this way."

B. "Oh? If there is a Biblical way to do it better, I would be grateful to learn.  Could you share with me how YOU evangelize the lost?"

A. "Um, I don't really, haven't ever, well, I don't actually go out to evangelize the lost..."

B. "Then I must say that I think the way that I am doing it is better than the way that you are NOT doing it."

Let's get busy with the work of Evangelism, Church.  It is our duty!  Work for the night is coming.

Abortion must be abolished.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

About the Middle Finger

The following may be a "handy" reminder for Christians who engage in the public square:

Those who stand for the Gospel publicly and who speak out against child sacrifice (the sin of abortion) in our culture wil often encounter people who do not appreciate the light being shone into their darkness.

Whether they are walking into the murder mill or they are simply driving by, there seems to be a common responsethe middle finger.

Somehow our society has attributed this gesture as a way to curse and speak in a vulgar way without words.

It is easy as a human to be downcast, or downright angry, when someone arrogantly lifts their middle finger at you. Many Christians are alarmed or offendeddiscouraged, or indignant.

I would submit, however, that there are certain things we can and should remember when encountering this perverted form of opposition from those who hate God.

Stop and Remember...

Remember that the curse causeless shall not come. [Proverbs 26:2]

Remember to bless those that curse you.  [Matthew 5:4; Luke 6:28; Romans 12:14,17-21]
Do not be afraid to wave at those who seek to curse you.  I have seen it dismay the receiver, on a number of levels.  First, it is completely counter intuitive to human nature and confuses those with blasphemy in their hearts.  Secondly, it shows that they cannot rile us.  Our response can cause coals of fire on their headsthey will have to wrestle with the fact that we responded more civilly and more loving than they, although the narrative they believe makes Christians the "haters". And thirdly, I have seen instances in which they have been confounded in their plan, and have believed that we thought they were supporting what we were doing (and who wouldn't?).

Remember to rejoice. [Matthew 5:10-12; II Timothy 3:12]
We are commanded in Scripture to rejoice and be exceeding glad at any persecution that comes.  God has promised that those who live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer.  And really, I would have to say that getting a finger thrown in our face is the lowest level of persecution we could receive.  God says, blessed are the persecuted, the reviled, and the evil spoken of for His sake.

Remember that only fools make a mock at sin. [Proverbs 14:9]

Remember that this could be a sign of the Holy Spirit's conviction. I am always grateful for indicators that the Lord is working in the hearts of men. I’d rather see some type of reaction than none at all.

Remember that a finger is not an argument, (the finger is just an appendage of the hand, which you cannot extend but for the grace of God), and if someone has to resort to a gesture instead of giving a reasoned response they are evincing that they have lost the debate.

One thing that always comes to mind when I see someone show me the middle finger when I’m calling out to them on behalf of children in the womb, is that at least they are doing something

Most Christians won’t even lift a finger to stand against murder by abortion so rampant in our land.

And there is a question.

It is worth asking.

The question is, what are YOU doing to bring the Gospel into conflict with abortion?  What are YOU doing to love your preborn neighbor in word and deed and truth (engaging for equal protection under the law in a day when the culture at large, including the ProLife leadership and legislatorsand the church at largeare allowing the abomination of child sacrifice to continue under "color of law")?

Need ideas?  Contact me.

Abortion must be abolished.