Posts Tagged ‘Abortion’

  1. Planned Parenthood, Abortion, and the Gospel

    Posted on July 31st, 2015 by Jonathan

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    Explainer: What you should know about fetal tissue donation: “The videos have caused many people to question the morality of a process they had previously been completely unaware even existed. Here is what you should know about the ethics and legality of fetal tissue donation…” (Joe Carter)

    The Gospel is for Baby-Killers: “After the Lord saved me, it took me over a decade to speak openly about my abortion. For years the only friend who knew about it was my husband.… It’s been hard to be on social media for the last three weeks.” (Patti Withers)

    10 Quick, Important Developments On The Planned Parenthood Scandal: “Whether or not the story generates major media attention, the Center for Medical Progress’ expose of Planned Parenthood’s participation in the harvesting and sale of fetal organs continues to feature major updates. Here are 10 of them.” (Mollie Hemingway)

    Meet the Filmmaker Exposing Planned Parenthood: “Planned Parenthood doesn’t do shipping or packaging—all of that is handled by the middleman biotech companies that they sell to. And those groups sent all of their own people in to handle all the processing of the specimens.” (David Daleiden)

    That Hand Was Made to Hold: “If that baby had been allowed to live for a few more months, it would have come out of the womb with a grasping reflex.” (Betsy Childs Howard)

    Abortion, Weeping, and Hope: “As I opened the Word I discovered that what I thought was a bunch of cells in a petri dish was actually the created work of God knitting and molding into a mothers’ womb (Psalm 139:13).” (Trillia Newbell)

    Looking Away from Abortion: “Dwelling on that content gets you uncomfortably close to Selzer’s tipping point — that moment when you start pondering the possibility that an institution at the heart of respectable liberal society is dedicated to a practice that deserves to be called barbarism.” (Ross Douthat)

    Don’t Hate, Pray for Pro-Choice Champions: “As Christians, we must not give in to the cultural tendency to denigrate and demonize people on the other side of the political aisle. How can we make a stand for the unborn and yet also love our political opponents? By praying for them by name.” (Trevin Wax)

    Is Our Stance on Abortion Too Flimsy?: “They — you? — have a conviction by association, a conviction that flakes the first moment the issue gets real for them, or requires that they actually do something about what they say they believe.” Jonathan Parnell

    Is Cecil the lion more devastating than the Planned Parenthood videos?: “Both news stories offer — regardless of one’s views on either issue — an opportunity to consider the moral responsibility that comes with knowledge — and the moral responsibility that comes with willful ignorance.” (Karen Swallow Prior)

    A Five Minute Video Overview of Abortion: Full of facts, figures, and – ultimately – clarity. (Abort73)

    Straining Gnats and Siding with Pharaoh Over the Midwives: “Here’s my question: who’s the hero of the story? Or, rather, who’s the villain? What’s your instinctive answer? In your gut, who provokes your anger? Who do you judge to be of dubious character? Who is being wronged here?” (Derek Rishmawy)

  2. The Child Yet Unborn: New Radical Together Podcast

    Posted on July 28th, 2015 by David Burnette

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    You’ve probably seen the recent videos exposing the sale of body parts of aborted babies by Planned Parenthood, the world’s largest abortion provider. These undercover videos put out by The Center for Medical Progress offer a disturbing, yet vivid reminder of the evil of abortion.

    Because the two major political parties in the U.S. are typically on different sides of the abortion issue, it’s all too easy to forget that abortion is not primarily a political issue. In fact, it’s not fundamentally a women’s or children’s issue. In the latest Radical Together podcast episode, “The Child Yet Unborn,” David Platt argues from Scripture that abortion is first and foremost a God issue. He points to Psalm 139:13-16 to make this very point,

    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.

    Regardless of what our society calls the unborn–a fetus, a clump of cells, or merely tissue–it is God’s view that matters, and his intimate relationship with the unborn is clear from Scripture. Believers must, therefore, speak and work for truth and justice on this issue.

    This week’s podcast is the first of two episodes dealing with the topic of abortion. Be sure also to check out our Counter Culture ministry partners to see how you can engage this issue–to speak with courage for the unborn and to reach out with compassion to those who feel as if abortion is their only option.

  3. How to Make a Pro-Life Argument in Two Minutes

    Posted on July 23rd, 2015 by Jonathan

    Over the weekend, in the wake of the first gruesome Planned Parenthood video (the second one has since been released), Justin Taylor posted the above video on his blog. Its aim is to help you defend life as the national conversation about abortion is brought back to the forefront.

    In it, Scott Klusendorf shows you how to establish a clear, concise, and compelling defense of the pro-life stance, one that would be useful even in conversations with unbelievers. In sum: “Use science to show that the unborn are human; use philosophy to show that there is no relevant difference between what we were in the womb and what we are today that would justify killing us.”

    For a full written version, go here.

    (HT: Justin Taylor)

  4. Exposing and Engaging Planned Parenthood & Abortion

    Posted on July 15th, 2015 by Radical

    Below is the disturbing video that’s been going around in which a Planned Parenthood doctor talks about the organization’s practice of selling the body parts of the aborted babies. It is horrific on a number of levels, shedding even more light on the evil of Planned Parenthood and abortion.

    We hope you’ll be helped by the responses of some Christian leaders:

    Planned Parenthood and the Atrocity of Corpse Selling – “Is it not clear that these are not health-care providers but pirates and grave-robbers of those who have no graves?” (Russell Moore)

    Outraged at Planned Parenthood? Here are 6 Things You Can Do Now – “What should you do with the outrage you feel at the abortion industrial complex, the wicked conglomerate, Planned Parenthood, that targets vulnerable young women for profit? Here are [six] things we can do, right now…” (Daniel Darling)

    Planned Parenthood: How Much Longer? – “Mind-changing momentum is beginning to build, and to our surprise, it’s not so much from the direct work of pro-life advocates, but from the unmasked mishaps of abortion activists themselves.” (Jonathan Parnell)

    The sale of fetal body parts: gruesome–and shockingly legal – “The discussion in the video is graphic, gruesome, and disturbing. What’s even more shocking is that this practice may actually be legal under current federal law.” (Joe Carter)

    This Kind Cannot Be Driven Out by Worldview Training and Legislation: The Place of Prayer and Fasting for the Pro-Life Movement – “What looks foolish to the world (forgoing food to pray for the protection of the unborn) may look utterly foolish to the world, but it will be pleasing to the God who sees and rewards in secret.” (Justin Taylor)

    We Know They are Killing Children–All of Us Know – “We have killed fifty million babies. And what increases our guilt as a nation is that we know what we are doing. Here’s the evidence that we know we are killing children.” (John Piper)

  5. Session 2 Highlights for Secret Church 15

    Posted on April 24th, 2015 by David Burnette

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    In Session 2 David Platt addressed the topics of abortion, orphans & widows, and poverty. Here are a few highlights …

    ABORTION

    1 Key Passage:

    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 139:12-16)

    2 Memorable Quotes:

    • “To endorse or even to be neutral about killing innocent children created in God’s image is unthinkable in the Scriptures, was unthinkable to Christians in church history, and should be unthinkable to Christians today.” (Randy Alcorn)
    • Think of a little girl named Rachel. Rachel is two months old, but she is still six weeks away from being a full-term baby. She was born prematurely at 24 weeks, in the middle of her mother’s second trimester. On the day of her birth Rachel weighed one pound, nine ounces, but dropped to just under a pound soon after. She was so small she could rest in the palm of her daddy’s hand. She was a tiny, living, human person. Heroic measures were taken to save this child’s life. Why? Because we have an obligation to protect, nurture, and care for other humans who would die without our help—especially little children. Rachel was a vulnerable and valuable human being. But get this … If a doctor came into the hospital room and, instead of caring for Rachel, took the life of this little girl as she lay quietly nursing at her mother’s breast, it would be homicide. However, if this same little girl—the very same Rachel—was inches away resting inside her mother’s womb, she could be legally killed by abortion.” (Gregory Koukl)

    3 Brief Takeaways:

    • Abortion is first and foremost an affront to God.
    • God values the unborn and has an intimate relationship with them
    • While God will judge those who have participated in the sin of abortion, the gospel is sufficient to redeem fully those who have participated in abortion in any way.

     

    ORPHANS AND WIDOWS

    1 Key Passage:

    For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. (Deuteronomy 10:17-18)

    2 Memorable Quotes:

    • “It seems to me that widows have entered into a dimension of dependence on God that prepares them for the ministry of intercessory prayer. The widow’s mite was recognized and commended by Jesus because ‘she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on’ (Mark 12:44). Perhaps the widow’s ‘might’ is most mighty when these women band together as helper-defenders in intercessory prayer. Older women who do not have the daily responsibilities of jobs are another power source for intercessory prayer.” (Susan Hunt)
    • “We care for orphans not because we are rescuers. . . . We care for orphans because we are the rescued.” (David Platt)

    3 Brief Takeaways:

    • God cares for and protects orphans and widows, and he commands his people to as well.
    • We ought to pursue orphans as a response to God mercy toward us.
    • Caring for widows pleases God and demonstrates the gospel.

     

    POVERTY

    1 Key Passage:

    “Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered.” (Proverbs 21:13)

    2 Memorable Quotes:

    • “Tell me what you think about money and I can tell you what you think about God.” (Billy Graham)
    • “I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditure excludes them.” (C.S. Lewis)

    3 Brief Takeaways:

    • God is the sovereign owner of all things, and we are his stewards.
    • God cares for and defends the poor, and he commands his people to as well.
    • The Christian’s use of money and possessions carries eternal consequences.
  6. 5 Ways the Final Judgment Frees Us to Engage Culture

    Posted on March 9th, 2015 by David Burnette

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    When it comes to the critical cultural issues of our day, God’s Word should ground not only what we believe, but also how we respond. It’s this latter part that is often most difficult.

    For instance, when the biblical position on marriage is thoughtlessly labeled as bigotry, it’s easy to get combative. Or, when we think about the legalized killing of millions of unborn children, often in the name of convenience, it’s hard not to get angry. Even thinking about an evil like human trafficking can be too much to stomach. We simply shut down. On the other hand, some Christians get really fired up when it comes to social issues, believing that they can muster up enough energy on their own to put a dent in world hunger.

    To correct these kinds of reactions, there’s a foundational biblical reality that we need to take hold of, though this reality may at first sound like an obstacle to cultural engagement. I’m talking about God’s judgment on the last day. Here’s how Paul describes it: “[God] will render to each one according to his works.” (Romans 2:6).

    If we believe this, that God will punish every evil deed, that perfect justice will be carried out in the future, that no one is really getting away with anything, then we are in a much better position to engage culture. Not because we revel in the punishment of those who disagree with us – we pray for their salvation and work for their good – but because we’re reminded of where true justice comes from, and it’s not from us.

    If all this still sounds like a de-motivator to engage cultural issues, consider below five different ways the doctrine of God’s final judgment should free us as we face a shifting and increasingly hostile culture:

    1. It frees us from a vindictive spirit.

    The fact that God will bring every sin to account means that we don’t have to. Judgment is God’s prerogative: “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord” (Romans 12:19). While it’s true that we should hate evil (Romans 12:9), and that there is a place for righteous anger (John 2:13-17), it’s also true that our attempts at justice will always fall short. Our role is to love our neighbors, to seek their good, even while we speak with conviction and warn them about things that will ultimately harm them.

    2. It frees us from being overwhelmed.

    Yes, the issues in our culture, not to mention those around the world, are too big for even an entire denomination of churches to handle. But we don’t have to be overwhelmed by the enormity of the evils in the world if we trust that God will ultimately make things right. We can simply play the part he has given us. That may mean adopting, for instance, without feeling like we have to solve the world’s orphan crisis. Or it may involve contacting your congressman about legislation concerning sex slavery, even if you can’t travel to the mountains of Nepal. Knowing the end of the story frees us to act in the present. We can expose the “unfruitful works of darkness” (Ephesians 5:11) instead of being paralyzed by them.

    3. It frees us from self-reliance.

    The thought that we, in our own power and determination, can put an end to any sin, much less sins that seem to be woven into the fabric of some cultures, is flat out arrogant. Yes, God has given us opportunities to speak into various issues and to act in ways that make a significant impact, but we cannot eradicate sin. We can’t rid people of lust, self-centeredness, and other heart-problems; only the gospel can do that. But when we remember that ultimate justice is God’s work, that it comes by his power, we are forced to rely on him as we engage these issues. We’re reminded that our efforts will bear fruit in God’s timing and in God’s way.

    4. It frees us from anxiety.

    From a human standpoint, there’s plenty to worry about when we consider the issues of our day. Our freedoms, our families, and in some cases our economic livelihood seems to be in jeopardy. However, knowing that God is sovereign over all things should keep us from giving in to hopelessness. We don’t look to the daily headlines for hope; we look to Christ. After all, our future is not dependent on legislative and political trends. God will eventually bring the success of the wicked to a screeching halt (Psalm 37:9).

    5. It frees us from self righteousness.

    The finality of God’s judgment and the horror of hell should inject all of our cultural engagement with a healthy dose of humility, particularly as we consider our own sin and the mercy God has shown us in the gospel. We are accepted by God, not because we are on the right side of cultural issues, but because we are hidden in the One who has died for us and risen again (Colossians 3:3). Christ himself paid the penalty that God’s inflexible justice requires.

    In the end, relying on God’s final judgment to bring about perfect justice does not lead to apathy or inaction. Instead, it frees us to engage cultural issues, even those that seem insurmountable, because we know that God can use us to effect real change, and because we know that perfect justice will, one day, be carried out. In the meantime, we pray that those who now disagree with us will have their eyes opened to the truth. We want them to experience the future hope that we now look forward to:

    He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. (Revelation 21:4)

    – For more on engaging cultural issues in our day based on the gospel and the authority of God’s Word, go to www.counterculturebook.com.

  7. Memorization, Abortion’s Lunacy, Racial Bias, Freedom

    Posted on February 27th, 2015 by Jonathan

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    How Memorization Feeds Your Imagination: This is the first of 5 posts in which Joe Carter gives us tools to improve our ability to memorize Scripture. “By the time this series is complete you’ll be able to memorize short lists (such as the Ten Commandsments), learn techniques for memorizing long and detailed lists, and have memorized—and be able to recall—thirty key events from the fifty chapters of Genesis.”

    Four Unthinkable Conversations: This creative piece by John Knight shows the lunacy of aborting babies who test positive for disabilities in the womb. He goes further, saying that such abortions actually serve as strong evidence for discrimination against the disabled and must be met with protective legislation.

    Which Comes First–The Race or the Arrest?: “When asked whether it mattered that Garner was black and all the officers on the scene were white, New York Police Commissioner William Bratton said, ‘I personally don’t think race was a factor.’ But it’s not that simple.” Bethany Jenkins goes on to explore implicit racial biases, how those can lead to unfair policing, and how the gospel is the solution.

    Stand with Barronelle Stutzman: Washington’s attorney general offered to settle with the Christian florist he filed a law a law suit against, but she didn’t bite. Read her stirring response in which she courageously stands for truth and freedom. Then stand up with her.

  8. Counter Culture Hits Shelves Today

    Posted on February 3rd, 2015 by Jonathan

    Counter Culture is now available wherever books are sold.

    Lately, there seems to be no shortage of troubling headline news. I’m not just talking about tragedies, although there are plenty of those. I’m talking about public policy, popular opinion, and legal rulings that fly in the face of what it means to follow Christ. Can we choose to fight some battles and ignore others? How can we be courageously uncompromising, yet at the same time compassionate?

    These are the type questions David Platt’s new book, Counter Culture, seeks to answer. The subtitle gives you an idea of what he covers: A Compassionate Call to Counter Culture in a World of Poverty, Same-Sex Marriage, Racism, Sex Slavery, Immigration, Abortion, Persecution, Orphans, and Pornography. You can read more on what it is about, as well as how you can order it, on the book website: CounterCultureBook.com. This site will be a hub for ways you can actively get involved in countering the culture on these various issues.

    Here are a few other book-related resources that may be of interest to you.

    1. Download the first chapter for free from the homepage of the book site.
    2. LifeWay is releasing a small group study in conjunction with the book.
    3. The book site offers some suggestions for ways you can get involved in each of the issues discussed in Counter Culture.
    4. Refer to the Resources page of the book site for supplemental teaching on each chapter.
    5. Topic-specific booklets will also be made available for each of the issues in the book.
  9. Abortion, Social Media Motherhood, Liberty, & Evangelism

    Posted on January 23rd, 2015 by Jonathan

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    Abortion and the Gospel: “Too often, pastors and church leaders assume that, when talking about abortion, their invisible debating partner is the “pro-choice” television commentator or politician. Not so. Many of the people endangered by the abortion culture aren’t even pro-choice.” Russell Moore encourages us to meet the culture of abortion (and all its casualties) head on with the Gospel of Jesus on Roe v. Wade‘s anniversary week.

    Social media and our narrow view of motherhood: Specifically aimed at mothers caught in newly packaged keep-up-with-the-Joneses game of comparison on Facebook, Instagram, and the like, Catherine Parks’ encouragement to broaden the range of people you follow on social media is instructive to everyone. “At the heart of it, our requirements for one another are too small, rather than too great…”

    9 Myths About Abortion Rights and Roe v. Wade: This week marks the forty-second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v. Wade. Kevin DeYoung seeks to set the record straight by highlighting nine false conceptions people commonly have about abortion rights and Roe. “Get informed. Keep praying. Be ready to act.”

    Supreme Court Defends Freedom in Landmark Religious Liberty Case: Joe Carter gives us the basics on the recent Supreme Court ruling on Holt v. Hobbs, in which the Court upheld an Arkansas inmate’s right to grow a half inch beard out of religious conviction. Quoting Eric Rassbach, “This is a victory not just for one prisoner in Arkansas, but for every American who believes and wants the freedom to act on those beliefs.”

    2 Big Reasons Evangelism Isn’t Working: “While a person’s response to Christ is ultimately a matter that rests in God’s sovereign hands—something we have no control over—a person’s hearing of the gospel is a matter we do have control over and responsibility for.” Jonathan Dodson goes on to unpack two of the reasons he thinks people find our evangelism unbelievable.

    It?: A powerful poem about abortion from John Piper.

  10. God’s Authority and the Sanctity of Human Life

    Posted on January 16th, 2015 by David Burnette

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    In view of Sanctity of Human Life Sunday coming this weekend, the following excerpt from David Platt’s new book, Counter Culture, is worth reflecting on as we think of God’s sole authority to give and take life:

    As you read through the Bible, you won’t find the word abortion anywhere. But that doesn’t mean Scripture is silent about it, for the core truths we’ve already seen in the gospel concerning who God is, who we are, and what Christ has done speak directly to the issue of abortion.

    Consider the way the Bible describes the relationship between God and the unborn baby. The psalmist writes to God:

    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. (Ps 139:13-16)

     As we read these words, we’re reminded of the core gospel truth that God is the Creator. He alone has the power and authority to give life. Elsewhere in the Bible, Job says, “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life” (Job 33:4). He also says, “In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind” (Job 12:10).

    God is not only the Giver of life; he is also the Taker of life. Again, Job confesses, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away” (Job 1:21). God himself declares, “I put to death and I bring to life” (Deut 32:39, NIV). This is why murder and suicide are both sins. It is God’s prerogative alone, as Creator, to give and take innocent life.

    In light of these biblical realities, it becomes abundantly clear that abortion is an affront to God’s sole and sovereign authority as the Giver and Taker of life. (60-61)

    In the coming weeks, we’ll be talking more about how our views on the critical social issues of our day should be motivated by the gospel and the authority of God’s Word. For more on how you can get involved on the issue of abortion and a number of other critical social issues, go to www.counterculturebook.com. Counter Culture releases on February 3rd.