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The Sovereignty of God & Abortion

In April of 2011, the United States had the largest outbreak of tornadoes in its history with over 358 tornadoes recorded. On April 27 of that year, the city of Tuscaloosa Alabama was struck by one of those tornadoes; a massive F4 that had a width of over a mile and a half with winds that were estimated to be over 190 miles per hour.  One could only imagine the devastation a force such as that could cause. Indeed once the tornado had run its course, over 40 lives would have been lost, and hundreds suffering from multiple injuries. 

  A few weeks after the storm, the news continued to show pictures of the devastation and give eyewitness accounts of that day.  I remember seeing a row of businesses and how each one had been leveled and thinking of what about the abortion clinic? Did it get leveled?

  I did some browsing and the abortion clinic in Tuscaloosa was still standing. “Of all the places in town for an “act of God” to occur, this is what survived.

  The hardest pill to swallow is that God is sovereign, which is not a name for Him, but a fact.  It is easy if you just see Him sovereign over just natural disasters, but if we are to truly see Him as a sovereign God, He must be sovereign over everything. That includes the evil actions of men and the murder of children through abortion.

  As Creator and Ruler of the universe, everything is subject to His will. If God is able to speak all into existence, able to split the Red Sea for His people to cross, and to do far more wonders, I have to say that if He were to decree that no babies were to be murdered ever again by abortion, it would be done.   

  My only answer that why such an evil is committed by men as of that of the murder of babies, is that God has His reasons.

“For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? “ Romans 11:34

  God’s word reminds us of many accounts where He has done things that if reading for the first time, may have left us with our hands on our foreheads saying, “What is He doing?”  The bigger picture always reveals God’s perfect purpose and plan. Take note briefly in the book of Exodus.

   Here we are given the account of Moses; a man called by God to deliver the nation of Israel out of Egypt from the hand of slavery.  As the word of God reads, Moses goes and confronts Pharaoh, tells him all that God has instructed him to say. Pharaoh would listen and allow him to go till God would harden his heart and he would change his mind and deny Moses the right to leave. God would them place each time one of a number of plagues upon him and his people.

  Why would God instruct Moses to tell Pharaoh to let His people go, then harden his heart so that he would deny what Moses was asking?

   We read much later in Israel's  history, under the leadership of Joshua. Spies have been sent into Jericho. They encounter the prostitute Rahab who tells them how the fear of the Israelites had fallen over all in the land, for that had heard all the Lord had done leading them out of Egypt, and to the kings beyond the Jordan,  Joshua 2:8-10.  The bigger picture reveals that all that God had done, the plagues, the hardening of Pharaohs heart had struck fear into the many Israel would later conquer.  

Note as well the story of Job and consider too, that if any of us have ever looked at our life and thought we faced a great calamity, one must only look at Job’s life and see how minor ours begin to appear.  The book begins with a conversation between God and Satan. The first chapter tells us that God introduced His servant Job to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fearsGod and turns away from evil?“    

  Satan then responds by telling God to “stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has and he will curse you to Your face.”  

  God then – not responding to Satan’s challenge, but places all that Job has in Satan’s’ hand, all except his life.  Satan then departs the presence of the Lord and we read how all of Jobs servants were struck down by the Sabeans, Chaldeans, and fire from heaven; how Job lost all his livestock, and not to mention, all of his children, all in one day.  Job 1:1-11     

  Here and in events that take place around us today, We must not forget that as Christians who trust in a God who is completely and undeniably sovereign over all creation, we can only find comfort when we look and we see the evil actions of men, actions such with the murder of babies through abortion, because His word shows us, just like in the few accounts I have mentioned. That it is not Satan in control of this world, but a holy and just God. Satan to often given to much credit. As my pastor puts it, “Satan is just a dog on a leash that can only go as far as God allows him.”

Consider who brought Job up first, not Satan.  Who placed all that Job possessed in the hand of Satan, all but his life? Who gave permission to send the Sabeans , Chaldeans, and the fire from heaven? The Lord God.

The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble. “ Proverbs 16:4

 “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.  Proverbs 15:1

 “All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?” Daniel 4:35

The reason I write this is not to relinquish our responsibility to begin with to labor to save souls and rescue babies from abortion. By no means is that my intent! I find it more motivating and a grace of sorts that I am not the one in control of how many babies are murdered/saved or how many will perish to hell. Why I will weep and plead with the sinner at the clinic or the street corner, I have to rest that God is sovereign and works all things according to His good will and pleasure. Philippians 2:13 

Knowing this should not diminish our desires or passions to reach the lost grounds where the sinner may roam, but increase it without number. Because as we trust in Him and His word, it is there we obey and do all things for the glory of God, even if no babies are saved and not one sinner repents. Our motivation rest not on our results, but on God.  So go my friend, stand at an abortion clinic, find a sinner somewhere, and trust in God and no magic words or phrases to save the souls and babies. And do so for no purpose than for His glory alone.

Light the darkness,

David

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Should Christians Protest at Abortion Mills? By RC Sproul Jr.

602880_248941998572716_2093239611_nYes and no. As I have argued here, there are some fine reasons why Christians should be a constant presence at their local abortion mill. It is true that different believers, even different churches have different callings. Trouble is, too often we “feel called” to that which is most comfortable, most respectable. If there are ten churches within a five mile radius of the local mill, and everyone of them supports Bible study programs for successful businessmen something is wrong. Just remember that both the priest and the Levite had some thriving ministries to get to back in Jerusalem as well. Our neighbor is the baby being led to the slaughter. Keep Reading


A Recipient of God’s Unending and Undeserved Mercy.

 

This past Thursday, my good friend Jeshua Screws and I were unanimously, by a jury of our peers declared “Not Guilty” of 3rd degree trespass after we had been arrested in June of 2011 for stepping onto tAbortion Mill on Perry Sthe property of Reproductive Health Services. As I noted from the time of our arrest and to this day, we only did so to avoid the sprinkler that had been installed not to water the grass, but to keep us from witnessing and counseling those who come to the clinic.

I want to express my sincere gratitude to my friends who have encouraged and prayed for us from the very beginning.  To the wonderful team of attorneys, who at their own expense graciously assisted us in this case. To all I am extremely grateful.

Indeed to God who hold the hearts of kings in His hands and who numbers our steps. I am beyond words grateful for His hand in this and the opportunity to speak of His great name.  His mercy and grace are unmatched and undeserved. To Him alone be the glory.

While there is so much that occurred throughout this ordeal and the trial, I want to share just a bit of something the Lord pressed on my heart as I prayed as the jury was deliberating our innocence.

Reproductive Health Services is Montgomery Alabama’s only abortion clinic and has been owned and operated by June Ayers since 1985. Ms. Ayers June Ayersdoes not appear in good health and often walks with a stick or with assistance from those at the clinic. She has not been always polite to us, at times cursing and giving us the middle finger. Her frustration and anger toward us is expected though.  She disagrees with our beliefs and we affect her bottom line.

However, even with the estimated 25,000 babies that have been slaughtered with her acknowledgement at this one clinic, she is still a recipient of God’s unending and undeserved mercy.

I acknowledged His act of kindness that as she walked about the courtroom slowly and dependent upon a simple stick to help her around, a stick created by the God that she so bluntly rebels against.  What a picture of God’s unending love!  That long before the world began, God planned that a seed would grow and from it a tree will come.  That the tree that grew would produce none other than the piece of wood that would hold her up. A woman who has committed her life to murdering unborn children that are created in the image of God.

The fact that He does not consume her is a portrait of His compassion toward sinners like her and each of us.

Considering this, I am reminded that none of us are deserving of even the breath we take. That the breath given to us is a gift God’s holds in His hand. How undeserving we are, everyone of us!  For each of us, every man that has ever lived has lived in rebellion against God.  As noted in Isaiah 53:6, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way.”  From our first father Adam who rebelled in the garden to us and our children, all men have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. John 3:16.

Every man has committed numerous and aggravated offenses against a holy and righteous God.  Although not many of us may guilty of crimes such as the murder of babies, we often mock His providences, we covet the vanities of this world, we blaspheme His name by professing to know Him, yet live a life not representing of His calling.  And still, He shows unmatched grace that flows to us as it does to the chief of sinners.

The grace that I am trying to illuminate is alive and is none other than the person of Jesus Christ. It is in Christ that God, in spite of our many transgressions, our sins, our iniquities; that before the foundation of the world as part of God’s plan and foreknowledge, to bring glory to Himself and save sinners, Christ would be nailed to a tree.

That is grace my friends, unmerited favor!

That Christ, the perfect spotless Lamb would lay down His life as a ransom for sinners such as you and me, that by His blood we would be redeemed from the wages of sin which is death. For Christ did not die for His sins or wrongdoings, because He had none; He died for ours, to all who trust and believe in His name. Not only did He die, but he defeated death and rose from the grave and He lives today.

What joy is that! What motivation to serve Him in all honestly and truth! To live as free men that live as if they were not just set free from some sort of angry oppressor, but from sin. To be reconciled to God, to be made right with Him. What joy, thanks, gratitude we should respond with to have to such a thing happen to us. It is not as if He has simply only redeemed those the world esteems as highly, such as kings and princes, but whom kings and princes would consider peasants; that the Kings of all Kings and Lord of Lords would know our names and adopts as His own.

The CrossWho can truly fathom my friends the love of God. That before the foundation of the world, God would plan that a seed would be planted and from that seed a tree would grow. There God would demonstrate for all the world to see, His unmatched love and justice.

Please pray for June Ayers and all who come to this clinic. May God work His wondrous works  and draw them all to Christ.

Soli Deo Gloria ~ For the Glory of God Alone

David


For Life & Eternity: Basic Sidewalk Missionary Etiquette

Many of you may not have heard of Patte Smith, but she is a pro -life missionary who has been sharing the gospel and rescuing the unborn at abortions clinic for many years.  She is a blessing to know and offers some discerning insight for all who wish to be involved in the rescuing of the unborn outside abortion clinics. Below is a note she wrote that is a must read and basically a manuel for all who stand outside abortion clinics and minister to those who come there. Patte can be reached at Sanctuary Ministries  and lives in North Carolina with her husband Scott Smith who is a full time evangelist and friend as well. He can be reached at http://schoolmasterministries.com/  

For Life & Eternity: Basic Sidewalk Missionary EtiquetteA gift by Patte Smith

Who are we? We are simply sinners who have been redeemed by the grace of God.

(1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

What are we doing? We are missionary servants of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are merely Spirit-empowered people obeying the Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20 & following our Savior out to the field of souls. (Luke 14:23, 19:10).

What (or rather WHO) are we supposed to be like? Keep in mind that we are representing our Servant-King. Our behavior should always be above reproach. The Lord’s heralds must be humble. Ask Jesus to clothe you with humility. (I Peter 5:5)

What is motivating our ministering at the killing place? Our motivation is LOVE from a pure heart. (I Timothy 1:5) Jesus taught that the greatest commandment was to love God above all else and that the second was to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:29-31). When we speak to those who are killing their babies, working at the abortuary, passing by or pro-lifers who are with us on the street, we are to be speaking the truth in LOVE.

What does holy LOVE look like?

  • Holy love shows compassion – Matthew 9:36
  • Holy love exhibits gentleness and respect – 1 Peter 3:15
  • Holy love is expressed in kindness and patience – 2 Timothy 2:24-26
  • Holy love speaks the truth graciously and in love – Colossians 4:6; Ephesians 4:15

How are we to behave?

Imagine how Christians would behave if they were standing outside Auschwitz as Jews were being led to slaughter & we wanted to SAVE the innocent victims from being murdered.

Be earnest, alert & prayerful. Pray always. Keep yourselves in humble dependence & intercede for those who are perishing & for those who are engaging the perishing.

Be sober-minded. This does not mean that you must be dour-faced  (sullen, gloomy, severe, stern), but it does mean that you should be ever mindful that you are in a place where infants are perishing. It is a solemn occasion. Do not joke amongst yourselves. This is serious business. Please avoid laughing out loud. But, we are not as those without hope. Ask Jesus to give you joy in Him, even when you are engaging the perishing mothers & their children, for He truly is our strength. May the quiet confidence & peace of the Lord be reflected on our face as we prayerfully depend upon Him in our holy labors. Be friendly & open-faced as you interact with the perishing.

 

Dress modestly. Please dress as befitting a holy servant of the most high God. Your beauty is a gift of the Lord and there is no shame in it. However, it is important for the Lord’s handmaidens to be pure, discreet, chaste in their apparel. Wear clothing that adorns you in a way that frames & features your face, rather than other parts of your body. Practically speaking this would mean avoiding overly tight-clothing, making certain that you are not showing cleavage or midriff. It is best not to wear short shorts as some men have reported to me they are distracted by them.

 

Avoid unnecessary conversation. It is distracting & we need everyone to be prayerfully in the battle.

Avoid standing in groups (or in a line). We want to avoid intimidation. We do not want the mothers (& others) to feel like they are being ganged up on. Spread out in twos on the sidewalk, by the driveways & in the back. Remain in a particular area unless or until you are directed (or compelled by the Spirit) to engage a person away from your area. Feel free to pray together, especially when a witnessing encounter is going on or a confrontation has erupted.

Do not stand & stare at the people who are going into the killing place. You may look at the person (people) with compassion, then gently avert your eyes, or look at the missionary who is pleading with the mother & pray.

If you are new to this ministry, defer to those who are more experienced. Observe. Listen. Pray. Do not stand overly close to the missionary while he or she is witnessing. Avert your eyes & listen. Allow the seasoned missionaries to engage the abortion-bound first, unless they indicate to you that they would like you to go first. If the seasoned missionary is otherwise engaged, please do introduce yourself to the lost person & share the truth with them.

Do not speak out when someone else is speaking. Do not talk over anyone. There should only be one missionary at a time engaging a mother or couple.

AGAIN, Only one person at a time will be smiling gently & offer the abortion-bound mothers & the accomplices a ministry packet. (But, one person could be on each side of the car quietly offering a packet & engaging the passenger & driver.)

It is preferable for a man to engage a man & a woman to engage a woman.

NOTE: This is not a hard-and-fast rule. It is just a basic guideline. Men have a mantle of authority which the Lord will use regardless of the gender of the person he is speaking with. But, sometimes men respond better to a woman. That is simply the truth. Seek discernment from the Spirit of God.

The Pre-eminence of preaching the Word of God:

We believe that the preaching of the Bible must always have THE central place in our witness. We believe that nothing can, or should, take the place of the preaching of the Word. Therefore;

When a man (or woman) is preaching from the front (or back) the Christians who are standing nearby should, whenever possible, look at the preacher & listen intently to the Word with all reverence. Pray for the seed of the Word to penetrate the hearers.

Do not QUARREL:

And the Lord’s servant must not strive/quarrel but be kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, in meekness correcting/instructing his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth… ~ II Timothy 2:24-25

Do not quarrel & strive. There is nothing wrong with responding to outbursts from the lost, giving an answer, with reasoning & the Word of God. But, seek the Spirit’s help to avoid unnecessary tit-for-tat arguing. Guard against the natural desire & impulse to ‘have the last word.‘ When you speak, look to share the truth, as much as is possible, from the Law & testimony & principles of holy Scriptures. Speak what is necessary & then wait. Sometimes silence is necessary. Let the Word of God do the work God sends it forth to do.

Pray always. (Luke 21:36) Pray throughout our time of ministry on the street. We know that apart from Jesus Christ, we can do nothing (John 15:5). We desperately need the help of the Holy Spirit. Please pray earnestly each day that God will use us for His glory and that He will grant the saving of many babies alive.

Be assertive: Once you have gotten your feet wet & are released to interact with the abortion-bound women & men, be assertive. Keep your eyes open for people who are arriving or going back to their car. If no one else is ministering to that person (or persons) please, be bold & courageous in Jesus. Take the initiative & introduce yourself to them. Ask good questions. Listen to the answers. Respond in humility & witness to them regarding the truth as it is in Jesus. Speak to them as if they were your beloved sister or brother or your very own son or daughter. Be kind. Be compassionate. But be unashamed of the Lord Jesus & His Word.

Confront: Don’t be afraid to be called ‘confrontational’.

To confront means:

to stand/present for acknowledgment, contradiction, set face-to-face, to be in one’s way, to bring together for examination or comparison

Confrontation means:

  1. the act or instance of confronting
  2. a situation of mutual hostility between two powers
  3. a state of conflict between two antagonistic forces

Beloved, if you are purposely engaging a person whose intention is to murder a helpless innocent baby, there is most certainly an element of holy confrontation involved. Ephesians 5:11 exhorts us to: ‘Take no part (have no fellowship) in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose (reprove) them.’ 

 

As an aside, remember that the person who is planning to murder an infant is not really primarily sinning against YOU. So, don’t let them turn this into something about YOU personally. The abortion-bound are sinning against God & their baby (or someone else’s baby). Their hostility is against the innocent person in the womb & the One who designed, created & is sustaining them & the pre-born infants. While they may very well be hostile towards (against) you, their goal is to do violence against their sons & daughters (or pre-born neighbors). The hostility that exists is first & foremost, the enmity between them & God. The sinful, carnal, unregenerate mind (including the minds of religious false converts) is set on the flesh & is hostile toward God (Romans 8:7) So, don’t take it (or make it)PERSONAL. Do not be defensive. It’s not about YOU. The battle belongs to the Lord. Use the sword of the Spirit & speak with the Word of God.

 

Do not be antagonistic (overly hostile, aggressive or unfriendly), but there is nothing wrong with speaking the God’s honest truth in love. As far as is possible, let the Law (& it’s threatenings) do it’s work in the soul & conscience of the hearers. Reiterate what God says about the children in the womb. (Ps 127:3, Ps 139:13-16, Job 10:8-12, etc) Do not be afraid to repeat the commandment “You shall not murder” or “Do not shed innocent blood in this place” (Jeremiah 7:6) & ask the abortion-bound what they think of these commandments & the prophesy from Revelation 21:8. Be sure to pause & wait for their answer.

AVOID DISTRACTIONS: Ask the Lord to give you wisdom & discernment regarding whether someone is genuinely asking a question or raising a concern or wanting to talk or they are just working for the evil one to distract you from ministering. (Matt 7:6) Do your best to determine who is the aborting mother & try to speak with her & her baby, whenever possible. Mothers will often try to get you away from their aborting daughter. Boyfriends/husbands will try & keep you from speaking to their lover/wife. Be on guard. Ask Jesus to make you wise as a serpent & innocent as a dove. (Matt 10:16)

And finally, brethren,

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave iti to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans 12:9-21