Saturday, May 09, 2009

ABORTION IS MURDER
...but Notre Dame still to honor President Obama though he is committed to the destruction of unborn children


Yesterday, a group of faithful law abiding citizens, led by Alan Keyes, were arrested on the campus of Notre Dame University for trespassing while peacefully protesting against the murder of abortion fueled by the University's inviting of pro-abortion President Obama as their commencement speaker on May 17th as well as to receive an honorary doctorate. Considering Obama's radical stance on abortion, this has outraged many across the country from both Protestant and Catholic traditions. Twenty-two protesters were arrested in all. 

President Obama is not shy that he is the most aggressive, pro-abortion President and politician in the history of our nation. He is committed to the murder of unborn children and supports abortion legislation at every stage of pregnancy including "live abortions."

Abortion is the Silent American Holocaust. 

So beloved, with a heart heavy for this issue and burdened with the slaughter of millions of unborn children - may I encourage you to please pray fervently for our nation that the Lord would bring her to her knees in heaven sent renewal unto salvation to wash this land of the blood of this holocaust. Pray for revival to poured out upon the church, that in getting in right in our obedience to Christ that one of the manifested fruits would be that we would stand in the gap and not be silent for unborn children. Pray for reformation to sweep across our land so that we would have the biblical courage to herald the gospel and stand faithfully in our cities to see the lives of unborn children spared, rescued, preserved and protected. Pray, as this weekend we honor our mothers, that in getting right with God the womb in which He births new life would become sacred once again in our nation. And lastly, that with hearts overwhelmed with the great love of God in Christ Jesus which has been given to all of His sheep, pray for President Obama - that if he doesn't know the Lord Jesus Christ beyond a Sunday phrase or casual cultural experience, that God would grant him repentance from sin and the grace to believe the gospel and saving faith to know Jesus as Lord of his life. And if he does know the Lord, that God may open his blind eyes to the reality of this issue - that it is not political, but spiritual. That the abortion of millions of unborn children that he so willingly supports is not a matter of choice or convenience, but murder. For then, and only then, will he turn away from this barbaric practice of the death of countless lives of unborn children.

Children are not things to be thrown away; they are blessings and gifts from God.

He hath showed thee, O man, what is good,
and what doth the Lord require of thee,
but to do justly, and to love mercy, 
and to walk humbly with thy God?
-Micah 6:8 

14 comments:

donsands said...

Thanks for the post.

As a Christian first, I pray for the president, and nay leaders who embrace abortion as a good thing, that they would come to Christ, and to repentance, and to know the truth.

As an American, second, I think it is good that we have the liberty to stand up for the millions of babies being torn apart in the womb, burned to death with a saline solution, having their brains sucked out, and being left to cry themselves to death in a closet.

God surely hates abortion; the killing of innocent children.

"Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward." Psalm 127:3

A reward, not a punishment.

LivingDust said...

As a Christian first, I find it difficult to pray for the POTUS and those in political office in Washington DC. I know that they are mere humans like me, but based on their actions, pronounced policies and agendas, I find it not in disagreement with the Spirit of God to ask that our political leaders fail, and fail miserably, in every endeavor. They are, with knowledge and forethought, systematically destroying our Constitutional Republic form of limited government and burdening the people of this nation with a millstone of public debt. They believe that that nobody is noticing their deceptions, but the American people are not ignorant of their insatiable desire to increase government power and influence over our lives. The evil of on-demand abortion that so many women fall for, and later regret, is an offense to God for which we will all give an account. Our government has failed and we have failed by tolerating a court decision that has some how codified death for the unborn. Lord, forgive us for our in action.

Michele Rayburn said...

Steve said:

Hey Notre Dame, speaking of torture: when you "honor" Barack Obama, ask him why he feels "waterboarding" a terrorist is torture but a saline burning bath to an innocent unborn infant is not.Excellent point. Maybe our Supreme Court Justices and Legislators should be required to witness a few hundred abortions at all stages of pregnancy, especially the ninth month, before they make laws. (And yes, I know that the Supreme Court is not supposed to make laws, but they do. They're responsible for Roe v. Wade.)

As for Notre Dame, you can't expect Roman Catholics, who for the most part are unregenerate, to be discerning or firm in their convictions regarding their stand on abortion. Until someone is born again, their conscience is seared.

I was a Roman Catholic until the age of 23, and I know that my conscience was seared, until I was born again. There was no clear distinction between right and wrong until my heart was changed by a rebirth of my spirit by the Holy Spirit, through faith alone in Jesus Christ.

Would Alan Keyes really have been so bad if he were elected President? I never could understand why he had such a hard time. Maybe it's because he is so "opinionated", and the majority of people prefer a smooth talker. We're all paying the price now, aren't we?

SJ Camp said...

LivingDust
As a Christian first, I find it difficult to pray for the POTUS and those in political office in Washington DC.

Paul gives the antidote:

"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior," (1Tim. 2:1-3)

As Solomon says "that God directs the heart of the king." Meaning, that no elected official no matter how corrupt they maybe are not free agents. God is Sovereign - even using the wicked for His purposes.

I understand your sentiment, but prayer still is more powerful than Washington's inside political agenda. Amen?

SJ Camp said...

Donsands
Wonderful thoughts as always. Good to have you weigh in on this post.

SJ Camp said...

Michele
Some good thoughts as well. The only point I would disagree goes to the issue of right and wrong for unregenerate people.

Clearly, according to Romans 1 and 2, the law of God is written on the hearts of all people AND we know that all unregenerate people suppress the truth in unrighteousness. IOW, they know right and wrong; they suppress it; they are acting in disobedience to God's law which has been written on the hearts of all people and therefore God's wrath burns against us all until we are born again and brought into peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

All to say, people know instinctively murder is wrong; stealing is wrong; adultery is wrong; lying is wrong, etc. AND they also know that taking the life of an unborn child is wrong. They know this.

But I do agree, only God can transform the life, restore a seared conscience to being whole, and cause one to act in right obedience to His truth.

That is why we need to be a praying people for our nation, our leaders, POTUS's not withstanding, and all in authority over us. Amen?

Michele Rayburn said...

Hi Steve,

I agree completely that unbelievers suppress the truth in unrighteousness, that they know in their hearts right from wrong.

When I say "there was no clear distinction between right and wrong", what I meant was that in suppressing the truth in unrighteousness, I would justify in my mind that sin wasn't sin. I would lie to myself. There was no black and white, only gray areas regarding truth, in many cases. But, yes, again I agree with you, it is because of suppressing the truth in unrighteousness.

I had no heart convictions about right and wrong because I had no Word of God to prove to me what was right. And so I would determine in my depraved mind what I thought was right for me. Again, suppressing the truth in unrighteousness.

Once I knew the Lord and His Word, I finally had convictions about right and wrong. I couldn't lie to myself anymore.

And that's why I said, "you can't expect Roman Catholics, who for the most part are unregenerate, to be discerning or firm in their convictions...". They have no convictions about right and wrong, because I think only God can give them that. And without God's Spirit to teach them, they will not be firm in their "convictions". Their "convictions" can easily be changed by outside influences.

They basically learn right and wrong from society, even from their Church. But because they are unregenerate, because their conscience is seared, though they know right from wrong, they cannot be expected to have unwavering convictions, or biblical discernment that would cause them to be steadfast in anything they think they believe.

Just a little observation into the mind of the unregenerate when they suppress the truth in unrighteousness, and what happens as a result...

But you're right. The bottom line is that their problem is that they suppress the truth in unrighteousness, and as God says, therefore they are without excuse. I don't want to sound like I'm excusing their behavior. Just trying to explain it.

Katoikei's Jukebox said...

Steve,
In Nathanson's video he talks about gang funds being involved. Would this mean that indirectly President Obama is putting his seal or in some way owes the Mob for his election ? It puzzles me that a man who apparently loves God, cannot see God in the faces of the unborn.
Shalom,
Katoikei.

Blue Collar Todd said...

It is hard to take Notre Dame's committments seriously when they do something like that.

I am thankful that the group Live Action has exposed Planned Parenthood for the evil they commit and cover up. Finally some local governmental bodies are cutting their funds. We also need to address the sad fact that many Christians still support this pro-abortion absolutist and even call President Obama pro-life.

Such a fact reveals a troubling trend within our churches. One that will eventually have to be faced as a Totalitarian State is almost here and will seek to replace the Church as the moral guide and center of life.

Jaybird said...

Michelle said, "As for Notre Dame, you can't expect Roman Catholics, who for the most part are unregenerate, to be discerning or firm in their convictions regarding their stand on abortion. Until someone is born again, their conscience is seared."

Ma'am,
May I point out that the Roman Catholic church is the most consistently pro-life institution in the world. May I also remind you that all Christians in the US were anti-contraception until the Episcopal Church in 1930's Lambeth conference opened the door...for only married people. Contraception was illegal in many states. These laws were put on the books by Protestant lawmakers.

It is a tragedy that Notre Dame's president is not setting a good example here, nor are many of our so called Catholic politicians, but, as Jesus says, the wheat will always grow up the tares. Remember Judas was one of Jesus' chosen disciples. If he was our only example, then we'd be in sad shape.

Just recently, our holy father, Pope Benedict XVI, was criticized in Africa for saying that condoms don't prevent AIDS. He was subsequently slaughtered in the press.

Please join with faithful Catholics in praying for God's help and mercy in the face of this sad state of affairs vis a vis Obama getting the honorary doctorate at Notre Dame.

I am happy that you have received the gift of conversion. My husband also experienced a dramatic born again experience after being Catholic for 31 years. I, a very anti-Catholic person, was blessed to be used by God to help him develop a personal relationship with Christ...but it was ultimately the prompting of the Holy Spirit who did this great work.

Surprisingly, incredibly so to me, we are now both Roman Catholics, but I won't get into that here on Steve's blog.

I will just ask you to consider that we Catholics honor people like Gianna Molla, who was faithful to Christ's teachings, not those who reject life.

I ask you to Google this great lady.

God bless you

Michele Rayburn said...

Jaybird,

It would be easiest for me to respond to your comment line by line.

You said:

May I point out that the Roman Catholic church is the most consistently pro-life institution in the world.>I wasn't addressing the RCC's policy as an institution. I was addressing the unregenerate state of the Roman Catholic as a person, who given a choice, would gladly have a person speak at their college and even award them an honorary degree, because of that person's stature and ability to give their college recognition, even though that person does not represent their views. That shows how they are inconsistent.

And at the same time, they are not being discerning in how that would undermine their credibility as a pro-life institution. They apparently do not see or care about the long term consequences of their actions.

So, what is their pro-life stand for? Without discernment or consistency, it seems to be shallow, if not worthless. They apparently have no qualms about being called hypocrites either for some reason.

You said:

It is a tragedy that Notre Dame's president is not setting a good example here, nor are many of our so called Catholic politicians, but, as Jesus says, the wheat will always grow up [with] the tares. Remember Judas was one of Jesus' chosen disciples. If he was our only example, then we'd be in sad shape.Then you agree with me. They're inconsistent. And you yourself are likening them to Judas. And you liken them to "tares" which are considered unbelievers.

There is a remnant of true born-again believers who still remain in the Roman Catholic Church. But when people like myself realized that they did not preach the true gospel, we left. There are plenty of Bible believing churches to go to. There's no need to stay there once your eyes have been opened.

Just one side issue I feel compelled to deal with:

You said:

Just recently, our holy father, Pope Benedict XVI, was criticized...There is only one Holy Father, and that is God our Father.

I had to laugh the other day when a Priest who was so much younger than me was on TV and he was called “Father”. How silly is that? Now if he were born again, I could call him "brother", and it would fit better!

Jesus said, "Do not call anyone on earth your father, for One is your Father, He who is in heaven." (Matthew 23:9)

And that sounds to me like a command.

Looking back on my years as a Roman Catholic, I noticed one thing that the RCC did consistently. They consistently did the opposite of what the Scriptures said in several areas.

For example:

The Scriptures say "Do not forbid to marry". They forbid Priests to marry.

The Scriptures say "Do not call anyone on earth your father". They have thousands of Priests called "Father".

Jesus was crucified once. They crucify Him every Sunday in the Mass.

When I think of the RCC, it's hard for me, because I think of all the wasted years I spent not knowing Christ, not growing in wisdom, and living without hope to the point of despair. Those were my darkest days.

I never even saw a Bible until a born again Christian gave me one in college. And I never heard the true gospel until born again people told me. And none of them were Roman Catholics. I had to witness to them. And I know a lot of them.

In His Love,
Michele

Jaybird said...

Hi Michelle,
Among the Jews, God's chosen people, were holy and unregenerate people. Among Catholics, same thing. Among Protestants, same thing. It is only by God's grace we are saved. On this, Catholics and Protestants agree.

As this is a blog post on the horror of abortion, I don't want to get sidetracked. I share Steve's concern that Obama is speaking at Notre Dame, and I join with other faithful Catholics who are lifting prayers to heaven about this sad state of affairs.

I do want to continue dialogue with you, so I invite you to drop me a quick line at my email, and maybe we can talk more. Jesus prayed in John 17 that we all be one. I understand and have shared your objection to some Catholic practices, but I fear you might have some misunderstandings about some beliefs (for example, we do not re-sacrifice Christ. It IS absolutely a sacrifice, but it is one sacrifice, the same one that has been offered "before the foundation of the world.") ANYWAY...more on that later, if you want to talk.

God bless,
Jaybird
drjaybirdc@hotmail.com

ps - I bring my Bible to Church! (even though the readings of the day are provided in the missalettes. We go through the entire Bible every three years in the Catholic Church.)

Michele Rayburn said...

Hi Jaybird,

Just wanted to say a couple of things.

You said:

It is only by God's grace we are saved. On this, Catholics and Protestants agree.We can't agree with Catholics about what grace is, because Catholics define it differently, unbiblically. They think that they receive grace by something they do. So, it is no longer grace, when you add your works to it, as it says in Romans 11:6:

"And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work."You said:

Jesus prayed in John 17 that we all be one. I understand and have shared your objection to some Catholic practices, but I fear you might have some misunderstandings about some beliefs (for example, we do not re-sacrifice Christ. It IS absolutely a sacrifice, but it is one sacrifice, the same one that has been offered "before the foundation of the world.")Two things:

1) When Jesus prayed that we may be one, He didn't mean that we should be one with any and all who call Him Lord, but don't do the things that He said. (Luke 6:46)

He was referring to those who know God, through faith in Christ alone apart from works, that they may be one:

"...to as many as You [Father] have given Him [Jesus]...to the men whom You have given Me out of the world...I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours...Holy Father [the only Holy Father, btw], keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are." (John 17:2-11)

So, Jesus does not want us to be one collectively with all religions, but one in the faith with those who are given eternal life by God. (John 17:2)

2) I don't share objections with some Catholic practices. I object to the entire religion. There's no "misunderstanding". I understand what they are all about. And I reject it. They redefine Biblical concepts and that's how they mislead people, as I just told you about their definition of "grace".

And now you yourself are trying to redefine "sacrifice", and in doing so, have contradicted yourself. What you said in the above quote is a complete contradiction.

Steve posts frequently on the Roman Catholic Church, so you and I can have a field day then!

Meanwhile, if you do a "Search" on his own blog (see the upper left hand corner of his blog), you can read all his previous posts on the RCC, such as "How To Know If You Are A Real Christian" (May 7, '07).

In His Love,
Michele

yankeeridge said...

I am pro-life but its hypocritical for laymen to remain mum while speakers to favor the death penalty are welcomed for commencement. At least the Popes are consistent in opposing both. That is the problem with politics as Christians get involved in the muck and lose their witness while the unsaved observe anger and hypocrisy, two fruits I missed while reading Galatians.
Some christians are so confused they actually believe there is biblical virtue in being conservative. We live by different rules folks and we are sometimes conservative sometimes liberal. We should be pro-life, anti-war and anti-torture. And our pro-life position is different than the usual conservative pablum that life begins at conception. We oppose abortion because we know we have no right to interfere with God's plan for someone's life, and know that even before conception in the womb he knew us. That is the miracle of three-dimensional salvation. Embrace the difference.