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March for Life 1/24/11

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well.  My frame was not hidden from You, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139:13-16

Today is the annual March-for-Life Rally held in Washington D.C.  Since this past weekend marked the anniversary of Roe v. Wade court decision, let’s review some of the recent stories relevant to these events.

Every time I see the video below, I can’t help but think of my little girl growing inside her momma.  She was such an answer to prayer.  Because of a history of complications we were able to watch God form our little girl in the womb via ultrasounds at nearly the same rate as shown in the video.  To think that someone could advocate killing an innocent unborn life is not only appalling and repulsive but speaks directly to the depravity and wickedness of man. 

Below is a video of abortion survivor, Gianna Jessen.  If you haven’t yet seen this, it is a must see.  Keep in mind her mother attempted to abort her at 7 ½ months.  Go back and watch the video posted above and look at the tiny little real features of a baby at that age.  Also of note, this procedure was performed by the counsel of Planned Parenthood.

Gianna Jessen from LMF CAM on Vimeo.

In His Own Words: A Radical Pro-abortion President

Dr. Al Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, offers reflection upon the President’s statement this past weekend marking the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.  In that statement the President adds, “I am committed to protecting this constitutional right. I also remain committed to policies, initiatives, and programs that help prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant women and mothers, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption.”  He concluded by saying, “And on this anniversary, I hope that we will recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.”  Sounds noble and just doesn’t it?  Get pregnant unintentionally and simply abort the baby.  Why let him/her get in the way of your dreams?  Here’s a thought: How about except the CONSEQUENCES of your poor decisions.

March for Life

For those interested, this story highlights the event today at the March for Life rally.  The rally features Rep. Michelle Backmann (R-Minn.) as the featured speaker.  1.2 million babies are aborted annually.  1.2 MILLION silent murders taking place everywhere from government funded Planned Parenthood clinics to back-alley doctors’ offices. 

Below is a video posted on Lane Chaplin’s VLOG I’ve included the commentary and details about the video that were provided in his post.

You can order the entire DVD here.

An excerpt from the new production from The Apologetics Group “The Abortion Matrix: Defeating Child Sacrifice and the Culture of Death” — specifically from Chapter 3, “The Devil’s Mousetrap.”

Is there a connection between pagan religion and the abortion industry?

This powerful presentation traces the biblical roots of child sacrifice and then explores the social, political and cultural fall-out this sin against God and crime against humanity has produced in our amoral, increasingly pagan society.

Conceived as a sequel and update to the 1988 classic, The Massacre of Innocence, the new title, The Abortion Matrix, is entirely fitting. It not only references abortion’s specific target ? the sacred matrix where human beings are formed in the womb in the very image of God ? but it also implies the existence of a conspiracy, a matrix of seemingly disparate forces that are driving this holocaust.
The occult activity surrounding the abortion industry is exposed with numerous examples. But are these just aberrations, bizarre yet anomalous examples of abortionists who just happen to have ties to modern day witchcraft? Or is this representative of something deeper, more sinister and even endemic to the entire abortion movement?

As the allusion to the film of over a decade ago suggests, the viewer may learn that things are not always as they appear to be. “The Abortion Matrix” reveals the reality of child-killing and strikes the proper moral chord to move hearts to fulfill the biblical responsibility to rescue those unjustly sentenced to death and to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves (Proverbs 24:11,12; 31:8,9).

SPECIAL NOTE: This video is still in production and we are in the red trying to get it completed. As you might expect, the spiritual warfare surrounding this production ? as well as with our other major new production “Is Gay OK?” Ten Things Every Christian Needs to Know ? has been intense; our main audio recording system crashed, there has been sickness, financial attacks, we could go on. We would deeply appreciate your prayers: for wisdom, protection, provision and encouragement. And we would also ask you to consider partnering with us in the project financially. Any gift, large or small would be greatly appreciated. With any gift of $25.00 and above you will receive a pre-release copy of the DVD when it is complete; $100.00 and above and you will be listed in the credits as a partner who helped make the video possible; a gift of $1,000.00 or more and Eric Holmberg will come to your church, school or pro-life group (in the US) to speak, preach, and/or help lead a prayer vigil at your local abortuary using the new “Liturgy for Life” that he and his team has developed. You can give a gift online by clicking HERE — or you can send your tax-deductible contribution to:
The Apologetics Group
5543 Edmonson Pike #88
Nashville, TN 37211

Product Details
• Written by: Jay Rogers and Eric Holmberg
• Produced and Directed by: Jay Rogers with James Gelet
• Hosted by: Eric Holmberg
• Interviewees Include: George Grant, Peter Hammond, RC Sproul Jr., Paul Jehle, Lou Engle, Rusty Thomas, Flip Benham, Janet Folger and many more.
• Format: Color, DVD, NTSC, Full Screen
• Language: English
• Region: All Regions
• Number of discs: 1
• Rating: Not Rated
• Studio: The Apologetics Group, Forerunner TV, R3VOLUTION MEDIA
• DVD Release Date: 2011
• Run Time: Approximately 165 minutes

Bucket Drops 1/14/11: Abortion

I apologize for the lack of posts this week.  I had written several blogs, but due to some time constraints I was never really able to proofread and think through them completely.   Lord willing I will be more consistent next week.  You may have noticed from time to time, I select some news stories that are pertinent to Christian life and I republish them under the heading of “Bucket Drops” in reference to the passage in Isaiah 40:15 where the nations are referred to as but a drop in the bucket in measurement to God.  With upcoming anniversary of Roe v. Wade (January 22, 1973) this week there were a lot of blogs and news stories covering abortion, so that’s the focus of this edition of “Bucket Drops.”

Chilling Almost Beyond Belief

Starting off is this post from Al Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  In this story, Mohler discussed the shocking figures recently released on New York City’s abortion rates.  He notes that nearly 40% of all pregnancies end in abortion, while the number among African Americans is a staggering 60%!  Why are all the Christians who clamor for justice so silent on the issue of abortion?  Surely there is no greater segment of the population that needs justice more than the helpless, defenseless, unborn babies.

Couple aborts twin boys because they want a girl using IVF

This story, covered by Politics Daily, is quite appalling as it discusses the decision by two Austrailian parents to abort their twin boys, because they want to use IVF to ensure they have a girl to replace the one they recently lost.  So this is what it comes to?  Killing innocent life because they weren’t the sex you had hoped for?  Surely to this horrific sin there is no end to the evil and twisted outcomes that man will come up with.

Health Care Reform: A Pro-life Legal Analysis from AUL

This article from the Crosstalk Blog highlights the research findings of a study into the healthcare reform bill that is sure to be reanalyzed with the newly elected House of Representatives.  The opening statement from the research article says, “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) allows federal tax dollars to directly subsidize insurance plans that cover abortions.” 

Study: Contraceptives raise abortion rates

Interesting study, but no real surprise.  I wonder how long it will be until the mainstream media picks up on the fact that “the Pill, IUDs, Depo-Provera and Norplant cause early abortions.” Oh the depth of lies that have been told in order to promote the murderous agenda of abortion.

Should Churches observe Sanctity of Life Sunday

In this post, Dr. R.C. Sproul argues that abortion should be an issue that churches address in what has been called “Sanctity of Life Sunday.”  He argues “Sanctity of Life Sunday is as fitting, as sensible, as reasonable as observing the Incarnation from the pulpit. Just as we must preach the glory of the incarnation, sometime, if not in December, so we must preach the horror of this evil sometime, if not in January.  To be silent is to be complicit”.  While also asserting, “abortion in America is, in the judgment of my very wise father, the greatest evil in our history. The American holocaust dwarves the evil of Nazi Germany in both numbers of the dead, and the numbers of we who know what is happening.”

 Below is a video from Dr. Sproul in which he discusses the re-release of his book “Abortion – A Rational Look at an Emotional Issue”

“Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as dust on the scales; behold he takes up coastlands like fine dust.” Isaiah 40:15

Book review: The Plight of Man and the Power of God

Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones was born in Wales in 1899 and at the age of 27 he gave up a promising medical career to become a preacher.  From 1938 to 1968 he was minister of the Westminster Chapel in London.  Admittedly prior to this book I’ve had very limited exposure to the work of Lloyd-Jones, except for the occasional quotes mentioned in sermons.  While I may not agree with some of his more charismatic views, this is a commendable book.  Just 5 chapters totaling 120 pages, The Plight of Man and the Power of God offer’s Jones’ expositional insight into the latter half of Romans chapter 1, Paul’s introductory thesis on the sinful nature and depravity of man.  This is a powerful little book that is bold in its description of: man’s attempts at “religion”, morality, the depth of our sinful nature, the wrath of God on sin, and the only solution, namely Jesus Christ.

Lloyd-Jones sets the tone early with his exposition on Romans 1:21, “For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”  In this chapter he states:

“Men resent the very idea of God and feel that it means and implies their liberty is somehow curtailed.  They believe that they are fit to be masters of their fate and captains of their souls, and believing that, they demand the right to manage themselves in their own way and to live their own lives.  They refuse to worship and to glorify God.  They disown Him and turn their backs upon Him and say that they do not need Him.  They renounce His way of life and shake off what regard as the bondage and serfdom of religion and a life controlled by God.  That is why man has always turned from God.  He confuses lawlessness and license with freedom; he is a rebel against God and refuses to glorify God.”

If ever there was a statement that summarizes the nature of religion in this country, it is this powerful quote from Lloyd-Jones. 

In chapter 2 the focus shifts to Romans 1:18, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth” as Lloyd-Jones addresses the morality of man, an appropriate read given the modern day attempts at “moralistic therapeutic deism” that has become so prevalent in the Church today.  He summarizes as follows, “It [morality] provides us with no power to restrain ourselves from sin, for its arguments can easily be brushed aside.  It provides no power to restore us when we have fallen into sin.  It leaves us as condemned failures and, indeed, makes us feel hopeless.  It reminds us that we have failed, that we have been defeated, that we have not maintained the standard.  And even if it appeals to us to try again it really condemns us while so doing and dooms us to failure.  For it still leaves the problem to us.  It cannot help us.  It has no power to give us.  And having failed once, we argue, we are likely to fail again.  Why try, therefore?  Let us give in and give up and abandon ourselves to our fate.”  Precisely the problem that every person faces who attempts to use morality to gain righteousness.

Chapter 3 summarizes “The Nature of Sin” as detailed in Romans 1:18, 28, 32, “And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.” Romans 1:28 “Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.” Romans 1:32  Here he states that the Apostle Paul’s “first great principle is that sin is deliberate.  At once he levels against sin the charge of deliberateness.”  This is a point that often gets overlooked today as many are willing to view sin as something they just do and simply cannot help themselves, which in turn leads to a life of licentiousness.  

In Chapter 4 Lloyd-Jones addresses the very topic that seeker-sensitive, easy believism churches so quickly dismiss, namely the nature of the wrath of God.  He affirms this is the case even in his day as he states, “I content myself with saying that as men have ceased to believe in the wrath of God, and have discarded the idea of law and righteousness, so their moral standards have gradually deteriorated and conduct has become lax and loose.”  Finally, as he concludes his exposition, Lloyd-Jones settles in on Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”  This verse provides the solution for each of the previous problems he identifies by stating Jesus Christ is the only way and that we must “believe on Him…yield ourselves to Him…and begin to make of Him our only boast here and now.”

In summary this book by Jones hits home with several of the major issues facing the Church today, primarily with the attempts to replace Christ with morality, the avoidance and lack of sin recognition, and a lack of understanding for the wrath of God.  This is a worthwhile book that is written in a straightforward tone with language that draws in the reader and doesn’t leave them trying to decipher what the author is saying.  Though some of his views later in life may have diverged more from reformed tradition, nevertheless Martyn Lloyd-Jones is a solid expositional preacher and The Plight of Man and the Power of God is a commendable effort.

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