Tuesday, April 30, 2013

"And Such Were Some of You..."

Kermit Gosnell is a 72 year old abortionist who ran the "Women's Medical Society" in West Philadelphia from 1972-2011. He performed illegal late term abortions in his clinic, (abortion is legal at any point in a woman's pregnancy, but past 20-24 weeks depending on the specific clinic, I believe it has to be done in a hospital; not a free-standing clinic,) and killed these babies using a method he referred to as "snipping". He would give the mother specific medicines to induce labor, the baby would be born alive, and he would insert scissors into the back of the baby's neck, then proceed to "snip" the spinal cord. His clinic was highly unsanitary, with blood stained furniture and equipment- like something out of a horror movie. You can see the whole story here.(Warning: graphic images)

 Theresa and I, along with our families and other Christians, minister at A Preferred Women's Health Center here in NC. The two abortionists that practice at this "health center" are Jimmy Issac Newton and Ron Virmani. Newton has been known to touch women inappropriately during exams and has called and harassed them at their homes. When Christians confronted Virmani at his house last July, his response (watch here) was quite interesting and made local news. Years ago, he was banned from practicing medicine at any of the Presbyterian hospitals in Charlotte because he botched so many ob/gyn surgeries, so he decided to kill babies for a living. Ambulances have shown up at this clinic numerous times, and one woman, that I know of, went home after her abortion and bled to death due to Virmani's incompetence.

All three of these men are wickedly evil. But they are no more wicked than the abortionist that murders babies in your city; the things that happen in their clinics are no more horrendous than the things that happen in your local abortion clinic; and abortion is not evil because an abortionist occasionally and accidentally takes the mother's life along with her baby's. Yes, the woman's death is tragic; but that is not what makes abortion wrong. Abortion is wrong because it is the intentional slaughter of unborn children.

BUT! Even though these men are murderers lost in their sin, God. Still. Loves them. He loves them with an indescribable, unconditional and unsurpassable kind of love, the same way he loves you and me. If the Creator of the entire universe loves them in such an incredible way as this, we as fallen human beings are more than capable of loving them as well. We should be praying for these men and women, that they would turn from their wicked ways and run to Jesus for forgiveness.

"And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." ~ 1 Corinthians 6:11

Monday, April 22, 2013

Abortion Myth #5

"It's not a big deal."

Is it possible abortion is not a big deal after all?  Is it possible that it's only an outpatient surgery, no worries or memories? Is there a chance it's not as serious as we thought, that you can still laugh, have fun, and carry on with your lives even though you've had an abortion? Lets see.

You would consider being born a big deal right? Of course! You breath air for the first time, you see your mom and dad, you can actually be held by your grandparents; it's the beginning of your life outside the womb, to continue growing into a child, and an adult. 

I think most of you would say the first time you rode your bike without training wheels was a big deal. It marked a milestone of your growing up.  A new skill that made you feel proud.  Yes, you fell off a few times but you did it!

When people get married they throw a party, get a marriage certificate, go on a honeymoon etc.  They do it because it's a big deal.  They have found the love of their life and want to make the day they get married something special!

There are many other "big deals" that happen in one's life. Graduating, having children, maybe your best friend-all things you don't easily forget.  When someone pays to have their children killed they can try and pretend that it is not a big deal, but it is.  It is a big deal to murder, and especially to murder your own babies. it's not just a huge event in the life of the parent, it's extremely substantial for the baby.  Think about it!  Getting torn limb by limb or poisoned to death is the biggest deal of their very short-lived life. And being butchered wasn't just a big deal, it was their only big deal.  And not a pleasant or happy one at that!

Even though it's possible to believe that it's not a big deal to us, it's a big deal to God.  After all, He made these children, who were so mercilessly torn apart. And He made these parents, who committed the horrible act of murder. And He made all of us, who are saying "it's not a big deal" to one of the biggest deals of all time.  In Matthew 10: 29-30 Jesus states that He knows when a sparrow falls, and that all of the hairs on our heads are numbered.  If those minute details are such a big deal that He would take notice of them, how His heart must grieve over the millions of lives extinguished in this modern day holocaust!

 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall to the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. ~ Matthew 10: 29-31


Monday, April 15, 2013

Victims or Murderers?

"Immediately after the procedure, I was sad...but I absolutely do not regret my decision and would go back and do it again in a heartbeat." This quote is from a woman named Brittny, who's video describing her abortion you can watch here.

  Many people believe that women who have abortions are victims because they are lied to, misled, pressured, or in a rough situation, when the fact of the matter is that post-abortive women are murderers. That may sound harsh even to those of you who claim to be pro-life, but if abortion is murder, then what does that make a woman who procures an abortion? We wouldn't beat around the bush about what a man is when he rapes a woman-he would be a rapist. When a woman violates her unborn child by having him or her ripped to pieces, she is a murderer. We would say the same of a woman who killed her five year old, wouldn't we?

In the short year that my family and I have ministered at an abortion mill, I have seen a woman hop out of her car and skip (literally, skip) inside, mocking the entire time. I have watched women cut up and jokingly call themselves baby-killers. I have listened to these supposed victims laugh hysterically over the murder of their own flesh and blood. I have heard them say things to the affect of, "I know it's a baby, and I'm going in there to kill it." These women are not victims, they are murderers in desperate need of Jesus. While this is not the attitude that all women have towards the murder of their children, their attitude or whether or not they flaunt their sin is not what makes it wrong. I have seen women go into this evil place crying and hiding their faces as well, but that still does not make them victims. That just shows that their consciences have not been completely obliterated.

At the same time, these women need to be treated with love. They need to hear the truth, they need to be warned of their sin, and we have to give them the gospel...and the gospel is, quite often, offensive! But giving them Jesus is the most loving thing you could possibly do for them, and by far the most important. Even if they ultimately decide to keep their baby because they "changed their mind" about abortion, that doesn't mean that they won't be back at that same clinic in a couple of years. It's their heart that must be changed,because if their heart isn't changed and they don't run to Jesus and repent of their sin, they are still on their way to hell, regardless of whether or not they choose life for their baby.

Brittny goes on to say, "It was a decision that I had made to make MY life better, and it was the right decision." Women need to wake up and realize that murdering their children is never the right decision, regardless of the fact that they think it will make their life better or easier. In actuality, abortion snuffs out babies precious and short-lived lives, and wounds women...often leaving them distraught, depressed and laden with guilt. It is the church's responsibility to step in and defend unborn life, save these women the grief and blood-guilt, and ultimately lead them to Christ. Something tells me that if half of the Christians in America would put their energy, time and resources towards ending abortion, it wouldn't be very long before it was abolished.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The History of Abortion

The tragedy of abortion has taken place since ancient times. The first recorded evidence of induced abortion is from the Egyptian Ebers Papyrus in 1550 BCE, when many methods were non-surgical. Physical activities like weightlifting, climbing, paddling, or diving were commonly performed to bring on labor, while others included fasting and bloodletting.

The Stoics claimed that an unborn child was plant-like and did not become human until birth, therefore believing that abortion was morally acceptable...and according to Aristotle, a male embryo didn't gain a human soul until 40 days after conception, 90 if they were female. Before that, they supposedly had vegetable or animal souls. This so called "justification" for abortion that unborn children are not living human beings has been around for thousands of years.

Abortion was legal in the United States up until the point of "quickening" (when a mother could feel movement from the baby), until 1821 when New York made post-quickening abortions a felony. Eight years later, they made pre-quickening abortions a misdemeanor.

Abortion tonic in a glass bottle shaped like a baby. Circa 1850  

 The criminalization of abortion in the US skyrocketed during the 1860's, and by 1900 it was almost entirely illegal in every state. The only situation that was considered acceptable was when the mother's life was at risk. But, in 1959 the American Law Institute proposed a model penal code for state abortion laws. The code advocates the legalization of abortion in cases of rape and incest, the physical or mental health of the mother, and fetal "deformity". A lot happened from 1959 to 1973. New York allowed abortion on demand up until the 24th week of pregnancy, and similar laws were passed in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington state. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on it's first case involving abortion in United States v. Vuitch in 1971, and upheld a District of Columbia law that permitted abortion only to protect the mother's life or "health". But the Court makes it very clear that by "health" they mean, "physical and psychological well-being", therefore allowing abortion for virtually any reason.

By 1972, 4 states were allowing abortion on demand, 13 states had and ALI-type law, Mississippi allowed abortion in cases of rape and incest, Alabama for the mother's physical health, and 31sates still only allowed abortion to save the mother's life.

On January 22, 1973, abortion became legal through all 9 months of pregnancy in all 50 states, for any or no reason at all. Since that day 57,000,000 children have been murdered in the name of "choice". That number is unfathomable, but you can watch The Sound of Abortion to have at least a rough idea of how many unborn babies lives have been barbarically brought to a screeching halt over the past 40 years.This legalized flood of innocent blood has been allowed to go on for far too long and should have been brought to an end a long time ago.

"We are attempting to vanquish something far worse than abortion. We are at war with the worldview which makes it acceptable in the first place." - AHA

~ Kaitlin

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Abortion Myth #4

"A fetus is not a life"

    Wow. this one is so far-stretched I have a hard time believing anyone could actually believe that.  But I know that Satan is good at tying blind folds, so there must be people who choose to believe that abortion just "terminates the pregnancy" instead of
believing that abortion kills babies.  The "fetus" is most certainly alive! If it wasn't alive, abortion wouldn't be murder.  But abortion is murder because the fetus (baby) is very much alive.

Let's look at what the Bible says about unborn children being alive.  God is not a liar, so His word is not a lie.  Where he says "she was with child", he's not joking.  He means they were pregnant with a baby, not a frog or a cat.  He means baby, not "blob of cells" or "backed up period".  Psalm 137:3 "...the fruit of the womb is a reward...": Luke 1:41-44 "...the baby lept in her womb": Genesis 25:21-23 "...his wife Rebekah became pregnant. The babies jostled each other within her...": Matthew 1:18 "she was with child": Revelation 12:2 "she was with child": Psalm 139:13-16 "For you created by inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb...": Isaiah 49:5 "...who formed me in the womb to be His servant": Job 31:15 "...He who made me in the womb...": Jeremiah 1:5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you...".  Notice that He does not say "it".  He says "you" and "child" and "babies."

Part of how the Abortion industry is lying to us, is by giving children "medical" names to make you begin to think they are not children anymore. Here are a few. Product of Conception (P.O.C.). In layman's terms, that means a baby. Also known as fetus.  They think that if they speak in Latin you'll be tricked. Don't be tricked. I've looked it up- fetus means "young one." Young what? Young baby! :) I've also heard "potential human being." Does that mean it might be something else? They are human beings with potential.  In 2006, 88% of abortions were on babies 12 weeks and under. Look at these photographs from the womb. They are living babies 12 weeks and under.  Are they not amazing? And someone would have the nerve to call these children a backed up period?!  Just because they are small, does not mean they are not alive.  Just because some people are shorter than others does not mean they are not alive.  Just because someone is older than someone else does not mean the younger is not alive.  Just because you are called a fetus or a P.O.C. does not mean you are not alive.  You are alive if God says you are alive.  These babies are living human beings.   By 5 weeks the baby has all major organs, brain, spinal cord, intestines and appendix as well as it's urinary tract. And by 9 weeks an unborn female has her uterus; and her ovaries are already producing reproductive cells! That's not a potential human being, that IS a human being. 
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"The world dehumanizes people in order to justify their destruction." ~AHA
Millions of people have chosen to believe that the unborn child was not a human yet, so they can justify abortion. Abortion is the destruction of unborn babies that are alive. There is no justification for that!  Numbers 32:23 “You may be sure your sin will find you out.” We can try and hide our sin by saying, “oh, it’s not really a baby yet” but our sin will find us out.  People can shrug their shoulders and say “It’s not a life” but the blood that is spilling from these unborn babies is crying out to God from the ground for justice.  Do not be deceived, a fetus is a life!