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  • Apr 28 / 2011
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Lie #2 Confrontation is Unloving

Recently a few topics in our Speak for the Unborn Resource Guide have been weighing heavily on my heart. I am so thankful for our Resource Guide because it is full of biblical truths to encourage us on the sidewalk and also in our lives. If you haven’t read our Resource Guide, please do! It is available on this page and to the right.

I would like to highlight, “Truths to Motivate and Lies to Avoid” (found on pages 6-7).
The whole section is excellent, but The “Lie to Avoid” that has stood out to me most recently is Lie #2 “Confrontation is Unloving”. Our resource guide actually sums it up on page 7 as the following:

“Our culture does not believe this. It is only when you confront someone for their sin that they say that confrontation is unloving. What about the slogan, “Friends don’t let friends drink and drive?” Our culture knows that a true friend takes the car keys away to prevent their drunk friend from killing themselves or someone else. Our culture knows that it is loving to flush one friends drugs down the toilet.

Further, the overall message of the Bible is that man is very sinful, that the whole world is under a curse and awaiting destruction through fire. It is within this framework that verses like “He who hates reproof is stupid” (Proverbs 12:1) makes sense. If I am fundamentally messed up at my core and someone is helping me not to be messed up, then to reject their reproof would be stupid.

Psalm 141:5 says, “Let a righteousness man strike me—it is a kindness; let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head; let my head not refuse it.” When we, in righteousness, rebuke those going in for abortions, the Bible says it is a kindness. Let’s believe these truths.

1 Corinthians 13:6 says, “{Love} does not rejoice at wrongdoing {of abortion}, but rejoices with the truth.” In the Bible truth and love are always linked together. Therefore, let us love women enough to tell them that abortion is a sin against a holy Judge. “

 

On the sidewalk, we are often accused of being “judgmental” when we seek to lovingly plead with women to change their minds and to flee from sin.  But that is not the truth at all! The Bible tells us that it is pure love and kindness when we beg someone to stop sinning–in order to avoid future judgment and wrath– by turning to Jesus.

I think it is possible that the reason confrontation is considered unloving is because many people, even Christians, do not understand how Holy our God is. It seems it is popular in our culture  to believe that God is not offended by sin. Yet, the Bible is clear about God’s character.

 

God is Holy (page 17 of S4U Resource Guide)

“ A lot of people think God is cool with their sin. People think God is passive, just kickin’ back on a couch unfazed as we sleep around and kill our children. No, that is a lie from the Devil to get us to keep sinning. God is a holy God who detests sin.

For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;  evil may not dwell with you.
The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers.
You destroy those who speak lies; the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man. (Psalm 5:4-6)

You who are of purer eyes than to see evil
and cannot look at wrong (Habakkuk 1:13a)

 

And maybe that is why we hear some of these “Objections” on the sidewalk:

Objections (found on pages 19-20 of the S4U Resource Guide)

“I can just ask for forgiveness later”

For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. (Hebrews 10:26-27)

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. (Galatians 6:7)

 

“I Am a Christian”

Prove it. Prove it by obeying God’s command not to murder. Jesus said, “If you love me you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15) so prove your love for him by obeying him right now.

I can tell you that I am an orange cat, but that doesn’t make me one. The Bible says that the fruit of your life proves whether you are a Christian or not. And the Bible says that Christians don’t murder. Prove that you are a Christian and listen to the Words of the Bible and don’t walk into that abortion clinic. If you walk in there you are telling the world that you don’t care about God and his Word and are denying Jesus Christ.

 

We, as sidewalk counselors, used to believe all these “Lies to Avoid”, and hate these “Truths to Motivate”! We were the ones who hated confrontation, we didn’t believe that God hated our sin, we thought we could go on sinning…and we did! We believed we could pick and choose what we believed in the Bible, so we could keep doing what we wanted to do.

This is because the Bible says that, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (Rom. 3:23) and that our sin has earned us judgment from a just and holy Judge, “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). God makes a way for us to be made right with Him through his perfect Son who never sinned: Jesus. “He himself, bore our sins, in his body on the tree that we may die to sin and live to righteousness, by His wounds you have been healed.” (1 Pet 2:24).

God mercifully opened up our eyes, to help us to turn from our sin through faith and repentance. “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9).

And as a result, our whole lives have changed and bear witness that we are children of God! “No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.” (1 John 3:9)

It is this message that motivates sidewalk counselors to lovingly confront sin and to beg men and women to turn to Christ.  This is our deepest desire. We, as Christians can rest assured that confrontation that, “rescues those who are being taken away to death” is compassionate and loving.

  • Apr 27 / 2011
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Sidewalk Counselors: We Are Not Alone!

A little perspective goes a long way, especially when your surroundings seem anything but encouraging. When you sign up as a sidewalk counselor you have to know all the odds are against you. You’re going to be one of only a handful of Christians who show up to humbly oppose a larger number of clinic escorts and lovingly confront overwhelming numbers of women intent on abortion. And in Louisville, that equates to witnessing almost 3,000 families welcoming the chance to kill their children each year.

In light of these numbers, I many times look around and wonder why more Christians aren’t involved in sidewalk counseling. While I know that God has given us plenty of examples in the Bible of how he uses insignificant numbers to accomplish amazing victories (i.e. David vs. Goliath, Gideon and the 300 soldiers, Israel vs. Jericho, etc.), it still would be so encouraging to see the church gathering together over this prevalent spiritual issue.

Well, today I have been encouraged by the reminder that sidewalk counseling goes far beyond the streets in downtown Louisville! God has moved the hearts of many other believers to take on this same burden to serve the lost in their cities too. Please read this great article from a sidewalk counselor in Oregon who shares many of our same experiences and is full of hope for our work in the Lord:

http://www.epm.org/blog/2011/Apr/27/advocating-unborn-very-small-sacrifice

And if you aren’t currently sidewalk counseling, consider this woman’s reasons for getting out there (and I fully agree with them!):

What motivates me to do this? Here are some reasons:

1. It’s something I can do. Anyone can, and it’s an extremely small sacrifice of time and energy in light of eternity. There are many prolife organizations doing wonderful work for the unborn and their moms, but being near the entrance to the clinic is the last-ditch effort to “rescue those being led away to slaughter” (Prov. 24:11). (That’s Sharon, one of our receptionists at EPM, holding a sign outside the clinic.) I wonder what would happen if people showed up in droves to simply stand and pray outside all the abortion clinics in America. Just the sheer numbers alone would save lives because light shines brightly in the darkness.

2. I believe God answers prayer, not always in the way I anticipate but in ways I may never know this side of eternity.  It’s a privilege to stand and pray for the clients and workers going in and out.  I pray those we encounter will know we’re advocating not only for their unborn child, but also for them.  We also pray for those driving by the clinic and for the many other facets of prolife work going on around the country.  

3. It gets me out of my comfort zone. I don’t like leaving that zone J, but I know it’s good for me and strengthens my trust in the Lord when I encounter other difficult circumstances. And that’s a very good thing.

Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:26-31

Praise God for working greater plans than we could ever imagine, and how great that we get to be a part of them?!

  • Apr 18 / 2011
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Thank You for Not Killing My Sister: Abortion and Down Syndrome

When talking to people about abortion there are two topics that usually come up: rape and disabled babies. With his amazing foresight, God has allowed me life experience with both of these issues. If you have not already, I would challenge you to read my post: Rape, Abortion, and Adoption. But as for now I would like to discuss the topic of Abortion and Down Syndrome.

I found the following quote in an article on medicalnewstoday.com:

Although no national data are available, the abortion rate of fetuses with the condition [of Down Syndrome] was found to be 59% in one California study and 92% in an English study.

The truth is, babies that are determined to have Down Syndrome are often aborted here in the US and abroad. Why? Through my conversations with people and just being around Pro-Choice thinking, I am told that it is because of quality of life that one would have to endure if brought into the world with Downs. It is said that those with Downs (or really any other disability) have a lower quality of life and therefore they would be better off if they were never born. What a tragic reality! And a reality that is not based on truth! I hope in this article to confront the practice of aborting babies with DS through two means.

Heather and Stacey (my wife)

First, meet Heather. Heather is my sister and was born in 1978 with Down Syndrome. If you are not aware, DS is a chromosomal condition that often results in mental retardation and usually impairment in physical growth as well. Heather has both and just recently has had her fourth open-heart surgery to try to repair damage that has resulted from this condition.

What I want you to realize is that Heather is a person. And not just a person, she is a lovely human being, one of my favorites actually. She has a remarkably sweet disposition and I would challenge anyone in the world to try to not like her! Heather is a woman full of joy! She is a woman who loves life and loves others and is a blessing! When I found out in college that she was going to need her third open-heart surgery I wept for days. Why? Because I love her, because I cannot imagine my life without her, because she is one of the sweetest and most precious people I know. Heather lives a life filled with joy and it is so contagious.

So, the first way that I want to confront the practice of killing children with DS is to say: do not assume that they will have a lower quality of life than you. Allow Heather to be an example. With all of the anxiety, anger, and bitterness that has come and gone in my heart through the years, I can actually guarantee you that Heather has a much higher quality of life than I do. She has smiled more, laughed more, and missed out on much of the sorrow of life. And she is not an exception. I have found that most men and women with DS find more joy in life than most other people walking the earth.

However, the second way I want to confront this practice is to say: It does not matter. Someone having a lower quality of life does not give us the right to kill them. This is an accepted truth when people are outside of the womb. We would not vote for a government program to kill off all people with disabilities. No one would say that what Hitler did was right. And yet, we live in a world where 59-92% of all children with DS are killed before they even have a chance to breathe. Friends, this is wrong. And these poor helpless babies cannot defend themselves.

The reality of the matter is that we are not killing babies with DS for their own sake, but for ours. I will not deny that raising a child with DS is more difficult. Whereas with most children you need to invest 18 years in raising, Heather still lives at home. She has required special diets, special exercises, and numerous visits to doctors, surgeons, and hospitals. And when she was born my family was so poor. However, we are called by Christ to deny ourselves and even lose our lives!

Luke 9:23-25 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?

When we call women to sacrifice to bear a child with DS we are not calling them to something different than what is expected of all of us. Christ said that we must deny ourselves and take up our cross daily! And the gain, Christ! Being a brother and not a dad, I was able to be a part of most of the joys of raising Heather and few of the sacrifices. But I spoke to my mom yesterday and she said that abortion was never an option for her. They rejoice to have chosen life for Heather. But the gain in being obedient to God is not just the joy of Heather, it is the joy of Christ. Living for ourselves may gain us this whole world, but we will eventually lose everything! Lose everything for Christ’s sake and you will GAIN EVERYTHING!

So, this is my call to America to repent. James 4:2 tells us, “You desire and do not have, so you murder.” America, we have desired ease and when there is something or someone that stands in the way we have killed. DS babies are just one example of this, but they are a very clear example. Let today be the day that we stop killing children so that we can live an easy life. Let us instead consider these children as more important than ourselves. Let them live! And do it for joy! Do it for the joy of obedience. There is nothing in this world like that joy!

And I want to end this article with a Thank You to my parents for not killing my sister. Heather’s middle name is Joy and that is the perfect name for her. Heather is one of the greatest joys in my life and I cannot imagine having never known her.

  • Mar 09 / 2011
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Why We Love Life!

Today I read my new favorite post on the Pro-Life movement. This is a must-read for anyone interested or invested in the abortion debate. If you are pro-life, read this article and be reminded that we stand for a beautiful, God-honoring truth; and if you are pro-choice, read this blog post and understand to a fuller extent why Christians are so adamant about defending life and defeating abortion.

The article is short and sweet, so I’ll just repost its content here:

LIFE International understands that the horror of abortion is a global tragedy. Their mission is to multiply life-giving ministries wherever abortion is provided around the world. To see a little more of the heart that drives their mission, Kurt Dillinger responds to a few questions I recently asked him.

What biblical truth is the primary foundation for your ministry’s approach to the global mission field created by abortion?

Jesus says in John 10:10 that “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Our enemy is attacking God by destroying his image-bearers, the pre-born, along with the potential they have to be worshipers of him.

The hope for a woman and man facing an unplanned pregnancy is to know the Life-giver and to make wise, life-giving choices for their child. God’s plan for mother, father, and child is that they would have life to the full! Our response to this must be to follow our Savior in his mission: offering the hope of the gospel to a world in desperate need of his abundant life.

How does following Jesus and receiving his forgiveness direct the vision and activity of LIFE International?

The greatest and most profound pro-life initiative ever to take place in the history of mankind was when God sent his Son to die on the cross for our sins (John 3:16-17). That is the pro-life movement we’ve joined and the one we’ve invited others to join with us. At the cross we see that people are of inestimable value and worth to God. His message of unconditional love and forgiveness is what the world needs to hear.

How is the sanctity of human life viewed in the majority world?

Cultural attitudes and worldviews that devalue human life have infected the global culture in general and the Christian culture as well. For example, in places around the world, we have seen married pastors carry on with multiple mistresses. Church leaders send their wives and daughters to have abortions. Some Christian husbands even abuse their wives to enforce submission. Christian women may have dozens of abortions during their childbearing years. Each of these examples demonstrates how every nation has a flawed theology of life.

Kurt Dillinger is the founder and president of LIFE International. Kurt and his wife, Gail, have been married for 32 years, and have three children, Abby, Maggi, and Calvin.

And here is the original link if you’d like more information or similar articles: http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/the-cross-the-greatest-pro-life-initiative-ever-taken?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DGBlog+%28DG+Blog%29&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher

  • Mar 02 / 2011
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Pro-Life Optimism

The pro-life movement almost always feels like an uphill battle. While both sides of the debate normally regard themselves as the underdog, it is far easier for our end to get discouraged when we see the hundreds of women come in every week for new abortions. Every life saved is a miracle and a reason for tremendous joy, but every life lost weighs on us with an unspeakable burden. Will it ever end?…

Well, if you’re like me and you feel this way about our evangelical pro-life efforts, it’s time to refocus for a bit. First, I recommend you read and meditate on Bible passages about trusting the Lord through overwhelming trials, such as 2 Chronicles 20, the whole book of Job, or Psalm 73. Then you should read an incredibly encouraging new blog post from Trevin Wax. He has a great article on his blog today entitled, “Top 10 Reasons I am Optimistically Pro-Life.”  In short, here are his reasons:

10. Recent Polls

 9. Abortion’s Treatment on Television and in Movies

 8. The Revulsion to Sex-Selection Abortion

7. The Exposing of Planned Parenthood’s Corruption

6. Planned Parenthood’s Recent Talking Points

5. Abortion as a “Tragic Choice”

4. Young People

3. Ultrasound Techonolgy and Pregnancy Support Centers

2. The Third Wave

1. God Hears



Definitely read the article to get more details and links to additional info. And be encouraged friends, this could be the tipping point in our culture we’ve been praying for!

  • Feb 21 / 2011
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Benard Nathanson (1926-2011)

Today the pro-life community mourns the passing of Dr. Benard Nathanson as he lost his battle with cancer. Dr. Nathanson was a former abortionist who became pro-life through the technology of the ultrasound. He fought boldly for the protection of the unborn and is probably most widely known for his film The Silent Scream. Before his conversion, however, he was a founding member of NARAL. Jill Stanek writes today:

As one of the founding members of NARAL, Dr. Nathanson later described the lies he and his fellow abortion proponents devised to push the legalization of abortion. These included fabricating polls saying Americans supported abortion as well as illegal abortion statistics. “The actual figure [of illegal abortions] was approaching 100,000, but the figure we gave to the media repeatedly was 1,000,000,” Nathanson later said.

Perhaps Dr. Nathanson’s greatest contribution to the pro-life movement was his production of the documentary, The Silent Scream. This remarkably powerful film showed a baby gaping his or her mouth in a silent scream of agony while being aborted.

You can read the rest of her post here.

Steven Ertelt at LifeNews.com has also written about Nathanson today.

Nathanson wasn’t always pro-life and he started out as an abortion practitioner based in New York City who presided over more than 75,000 abortions.

But the doctor hoped he saved many more lives than that after witnessing an ultrasound and becoming pro-life. He then dedicated his life to ending abortions and his video, the Silent Scream, is considered a classic because it was the first to use the technology of ultrasound to make the unambiguous case that unborn children are human beings who deserve legal protection starting at their earliest days.

Quoting Nathanson himself, he continues:

“Once we had ultrasound in place, we could study the fetus and see it was a member of our community. If you don’t do that, you’re just a creature of political ideology. In 1970, there were approximately 1,100 articles on the functioning of the fetus. By 1990, there were 22,000. The data piled up swiftly and opened a window into the womb,” Nathanson continued.

Please read the rest of his article here.

Dr. Nathanson wrote about his journey from pro-abortion to pro-life in his autobiography called The Hand of God: A Journey from Death to Life by the Abortion Doctor Who Changed His Mind.

The pro-life community is grateful to this doctor who admitted he was wrong and fought for the rest of his life to save the smallest members of our community who are fully persons, and fully persons from conception.

4 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:4-5)

  • Feb 01 / 2011
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Planned Parenthood Caught on Video Aiding Sex Traffickers

If you haven’t heard of Lila Rose and her group, Live Action… you need to! She is known for her undercover exposes of abortion clinics providing “health services” to minors claiming to have been victims of statutory rape. In most cases, abortion clinic staff not only neglected to report the abuses, but encouraged the minors to cover up the incidents and simply have an abortion and be on their way! Lila even visited our local EMW Abortion Clinic and you can see the video here:

Kentucky EMW Abortion Clinic Fails to Report Child Sex Abuse

Today, Lila has released another sickening video showing a New Jersey Planned Parenthood actually giving advice to a pimp on how he can get abortions for underage sex traffickers. See the evidence here:

Planned Parenthood Aids Pimp\’s Underage Sex Ring

You can find the rest of the story at Live Action’s Blog at http://liveaction.org/blog/planned-parenthood-aids-sex-ring/. I can’t agree more with their closing statement:

“This proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Planned Parenthood intentionally breaks state and federal laws and covers up the abuse of the young girls it claims to serve,” said Lila Rose, President of Live Action. “Time and time again, Planned Parenthood has sent young girls back into the arms of their abusers. They don’t deserve a dime of the hundreds of millions they receive in federal funding from taxpayers. Congress must cease funding and the Department of Justice should investigate this corrupt organization immediately.”

Let’s pray our government does not turn a blind eye to many injustices taking place in these abortion clinics! May God use this young woman’s efforts to expose sin and close down our country’s abortion mills!

  • Jan 20 / 2011
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Another Ugly Side to Abortion Hits the News This Week

Saturday is the 38th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision which has made legal the slaughter of millions of children. Here in Louisville, several pro-choice groups have come together in order to “celebrate” this day with events during the week leading up to Saturday. And as horrific it was for me see events set up to celebrate this decision, something even more horrible caught my attention yesterday.

In light of the events mentioned above, there are two articles that are worth noting. The first, written by Dr. Albert Mohler, is in reaction to the Pennsylvania doctor mentioned above and the internationally publicized abortion of twin boys conceived via IVF because the couple wanted a girl.

An excerpt:

The Christian revulsion over abortion and the destruction of human life is based in the knowledge that God is the Author of all life and of every life, without exception. Abortion is the business of death, and it is the great wound that runs through the nation’s conscience. These shocking accounts may sear their way into the nation’s collective conscience, but unless the basic logic of abortion rights is overturned, such accounts will erupt again and again.

You can read the rest of the article here.

The other post is a chapter Justin Taylor wrote for For the Fame of God’s Name: Essays in Honor of John Piper called “Abortion is about God: Piper’s Passionate, Prophetic Pro-Life Preaching.”

The opening paragraph:

Evangelicalism—in the Reformed camp or elsewhere—is not exactly overflowing with models of how to preach exegetically faithful, powerfully prophetic, culture-engaging, hope-giving, gospel-centered sermons on the politically charged and personally painful topic of abortion. But for the past twenty years John Piper has been doing just that. In this chapter I want to survey Piper’s sermons and writings on abortion as an encouragement and a model for preachers—and all believers—to honor God and defend the defenseless by proclaiming God’s Word and engaging the world on the issue of abortion.

It is very important for the local church to preach the Gospel and the whole counsel of the Bible. We are to be shaped by God’s word; we do not bend what it says to fit our own, sinful agenda. And one of the issues addressed by the Word is the precious gift of life which God created which means taking a life inside the womb is murder, regardless of the legal status.

  • Jan 17 / 2011
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Kentucky Gets an “F” for Abortion Access

I’ve never been so proud to earn a failing grade! NARAL (National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League) has released their annual ratings of each state’s access to abortion services; and thankfully, Kentucky is at the bottom of the class. See below for KY Right to Life’s summary:

Kentucky Right to Life is pleased to announce that again, for 2010, NARAL (now known as “Pro-choice America”) has ranked Kentucky 46th out of 50 states with a grade of “F” in terms of “access to reproductive services” (abortion).

Thanks go out to all the dedicated pro-life activists who continue to uphold the sanctity of human life in Kentucky.

By passing Fetal Pain and Ultrasound Informed Consent legislation, perhaps in 2011 KY can move to 50 out of 50 and earn an “F-“

http://www.prochoiceamerica.org/government-and-you/who-decides/who-decides-2011-report-card.pdf 

Michael Janocik

Assistant Director

Kentucky Right to Life Assn

 

Remember to contact your representative and ask them to pass SB 9!

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