How to Love Your Neighbor in a Culture of Death

How to Love Your Neighbor in a Culture of Death

Yesterday, I preached from Romans 13:8-14 on Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.  The overall goal of the sermon was to point to the abnormality of the culture of death that’s sadly become a normal reality for our children.

The village of Tomtor is a Russian village in one of the coldest places in the world – the Omyakon valley.  The Tomtor village is the coldest permanently inhabited settlement in the world.  Temperatures plummet to -71C, so cold that airplanes cannot land there in winter.  Interestingly enough, the children who are born into this village life learn to eat reindeer and survive the frigid temperatures.  They grow up believing their life is normal, when in all reality, it’s abnormal to be that cold.  Until they are taught otherwise, in their little circle of life, they think their lifestyle of surviving the cold is a normal thing.

As our children grow up in our educated, progressive, advanced, and sophisticated culture of America – they are taught that it’s a normal thing for a mother to murder her unborn child in an abortion clinic for under $500.  They grow up hearing celebrities and actress like Jemima Kirke publicly sharing her abortion story. Kirke claimed that aborting her unborn baby helped her through unfortunate economic circumstances.  The mainstream culture of America praises such decisions, and celebrates it under the banner of “reproductive freedom” and “equality of women.”

If not taught otherwise, our children will grow up believing that abortion is normal, when in all reality there is nothing normal about a mother killing her baby.  If we don’t teach our children the truth, they will leave our homes and go off to the university where they will sit in classrooms taught by liberal professors who will continue to brain wash them with lies.  Peter Singer, a professor at Princeton said “the life of an adult pig deserves protection more than that of a new born human baby, and . . . the parents should be free to kill their young children already born if they deem them unacceptably disabled.”

The culture of death is abnormal, and Jesus taught us to love our neighbor as ourself.  Paul picked up that same truth and encouraged the church at Rome to do the same thing.  His main emphasis was love – which fulfills the entire law.  The flow of the argument is as follows:

  1.  If you love God supremely (with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength), you will by natural progression love your neighbor as yourself.  Until you obey the first table of the law, you cannot move on to the second table.  The first table of the Ten Commandments is focused on loving God.  The second table is focused on loving your fellow human.  Love is the key.
  2. If you love your neighbor, you will not steal his wife, murder him, steal his possessions, or covet his possessions.  Love is the opposite of taking advantage and abusing your neighbor.
  3. The church must wake up as time is progressing.  Christ is coming soon and the church must not be sleeping.
  4. The church must put off the works of darkness and put on Christ.

As we consider these words, we can easily see how loving our unborn neighbor is important.  We must not allow our unborn neighbor to be taken advantage of and murdered without speaking up.  We must tell the truth to law makers, politicians, and the general public.  We must likewise start by educating our children that the culture of death that surrounds us is abnormal.

Teaching our children to avoid sexual immorality and drunkenness is more than a check box.  It’s one clear way to love your neighbor.  Practicing such sinful lifestyle choices places unborn children at a significantly higher risk of being aborted from the day they are conceived.  We must labor to teach our children holiness and this prevents unwanted pregnancies and will ultimately reduce the number of abortions.

Furthermore, as we stand in the gap for the unborn, we must be honest with ourselves and with those we love.  There is a better way.  There is a better alternative than abortion.  Yes, abortion is murder, but the church should likewise talk openly about the beauty of adoption.  The culture of death is abnormal, but for the culture of adoption to be absent from the local church is likewise abnormal.  Do we truly care for the orphans?  Do we truly care for the unborn?  One way to fight this battle is by promoting and building a culture of adoption within your local church.

Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, performed 327,653 abortions in one year (2013-2014).  The United States government gave Planned Parenthood $528.4 million dollars in that same time period.  Although the largest abortion provider in America has been caught in scandals and proven to be careless with human life – they are still funded by tax dollars and they still operate legally in America.

No matter what President Obama or other politicians say – if you don’t love your unborn neighbor, you are no different than the priest and Levite who passed by the injured man on the side of the road without showing him mercy (Luke 10:25-37).  If you claim to love God but you refuse to show mercy to your unborn neighbor, your religion is hypocrisy.

DBG Spotlight (9-30-15)

DBG Spotlight (9-30-15)

Yesterday, before Congress, Ms. Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood testified regarding the troubling allegations that have surfaced in recent weeks in form of a series of videos that have exposed their practices of selling human body parts for financial profit.  Below you will see some of the testimony and some of the recent documented lies of Planned Parenthood.

Full testimony by Ms. Cecile Richards before Congress on Tuesday, September 29th 2015

Ms. Cecile Richards is questioned by Trey Gowdy

Ms. Cecile Richards claims the videos were highly edited

An article appearing in The Wall Street Journal back on August 27th provides conflicting reports to Ms. Richards’ claims.

Planned Parenthood’s financial profits seem to contradict their own statements

Planned Parenthood lied about providing health care services such as mammograms

DBG Spotlight (8-26-15)

DBG Spotlight (8-26-15)

Yesterday, the 8th Planned Parenthood video has been released.  Once again, the issues are clearly presented.  The organization that receives 50 million dollars from the United States government annually is guilty of murdering little unborn babies and selling their body parts.  It’s time that we respond in this nation.  Our response should be to outlaw the barbarous act of baby murder.

The 8th Planned Parenthood Video + A Prayer at the Protest, and Counsel for Healing from an Abortion – Justin Taylor has a packed post on the Planned Parenthood scandal and abortion issue.  First he provides an overview of the latest video regarding the Planned Parenthood debacle.  Next, he posts some words from John Piper regarding the protests.  In addition, David Powlison talks about how to work through the shame and guilt of an abortion and seek healing.

Trichotomy: A Beachhead For Gnostic Influences – While working through some questions for our upcoming pastoral staff Q&A, I ran across this article by Kim Riddlebarger on the issue of Trichotomy vs. Dichotomy.  I don’t agree with every point in this article, but it was quite helpful as I worked through the issues.

Zambian Reformed Conference  – This week the 26th annual Zambian Reformed Conference is being held in Zambia, Africa at the Lusaka Baptist Church.  Preaching in the conference is Joel Beeke, Steven Lawson, Voddie Baucham, Conrad Mbewe and others.  If you would like to listen to the sermons, you can find them on the Lusaka Baptist Church website.

Should Women Wear Head Coverings? – Benjamin L. Merkle describes the cultural implications and theological implications related to women wearing head coverings.  He writes, “But Paul’s argument from creation in 1 Corinthians 11:8–9 is not directly given to mandate women must wear head coverings. Rather, his argument from creation explains how man is the image and glory of God, and how the woman is the glory of man. Christian women are not required to wear head coverings today when praying, since the symbol of a woman’s head being covered is different today than it was during the time of Paul (at least in many cultures). Consequently, Paul’s argument from creation is only indirectly linked to the need for head coverings.”

DBG Spotlight (8-12-15)

DBG Spotlight (8-12-15)

As a long distance runner, I really enjoyed this video by Desiring God.  However, I’m quite sure that non-runners will likewise find it encouraging.  God wrote a book!

Dividing Line – Alpha & Omega Ministries – James White discusses the Roman Catholic Church, Bart Erhman and a biblical variant, and he ends by discussing Hillsong.

Sex is More AND Less Important Than You Think – Trevin Wax points out the cultural problems with sex and rightly describes what God expects from His church.  He writes, “The Church must not only say that sex is serious, but also show this to be the case. To ‘put sex in its place’ means that Christians will need to take sexual sin more seriously than our culture does.”

The 6th Planned Parenthood Video – Justin Taylor gives a quick rundown of the undercover videos, and gives a summary of the most recently published – video #6.

Target to Move Away From Gender-Based Signs – Denny Burk points to a recent news story that reveals the cultural agenda to move away from gender distinctions.  He writes, “We’ve gone from traditional gender distinctions being outmoded to being “harmful”? Is it really “harmful” for the Barbies to be in a different section from the G.I. Joes?”

DefundPP

Why Politicians Support Planned Parenthood

Why Politicians Support Planned Parenthood

In recent days, we’ve been bombarded with graphic undercover videos detailing the mutilation of babies for profit by Planned Parenthood – an American government funded organization that brings in over 1.2 billion each year.  The outrage is necessary, but were the videos necessary to cause the outrage?  With advanced science and technology in the most advanced nation in the world, should we really need an undercover video to stoke the fires of our hearts over this issue?

Yesterday, as we continue to await the release of the fifth video in Planned Parenthood scandal, the Senate was in session to deliberate over the issue and to call for a vote to defund the government sponsored organization.  Several things happened as the American public awaited the answer from the Senate floor.  A video was released by Hillary Clinton supporting the organization and this comes after she was recorded as stating the recent videos were “troubling.”  Late yesterday afternoon, the vote came in and the push to defund Planned Parenthood failed.  The vote was 53-46.  Although the majority of votes were in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood, it requires a 60 vote minimum.  Why do politicians continue to support Planned Parenthood?

Popularity Transcends Morality

Politicians are very slippery on these issues, especially during a political season.  In the latest video by Hillary Clinton, she openly stands with Planned Parenthood calling it a vital part of American health care.  Clinton, like many politicians, defend the actions of Planned Parenthood by avoiding their actions and focusing on health screenings and other “positive” treatment options that are provided by the organization.  The fact is, until the American public stands for life, the politicians who represent the American people and depend on their vote will continue to support the baby mutilating organization known as Planned Parenthood.

Their Eyes Are Blinded

Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood president, told NBC News, “This wasn’t an effort to discover wrongdoing. This was a three-year effort to create wrongdoing and it was unsuccessful.”  Many people embrace what she said as truth.  They firmly believe that crushing little babies above and below certain areas in order to preserve the targeted organs for sell is not morally wrong.  Melissa Ferrell, director of research, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, in the latest Planned Parenthood video, stated that “Intact fetal cadavers at 20-weeks is just a matter of line items.”  She went on to talk about being able to provide 18-22 week neural specimen without any problem.  How can people sit and casually discuss the barbaric mutilation of babies over a meal or coffee, and the answer is simple – their eyes are blinded and their consciences are seared so that what they do seems normal (2 Corinthians 4:4; Romans 1).

In the days of the Judges, every man did what was right in his own eyes (Judges 21:25).  Today, in America, the general public and leaders continue to do the same.  We are living in a time when Cecil the lion matters more than the selling of body parts from mutilated babies through abortions performed by Planned Parenthood.  A man named Jake Fishman wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Times defending the actions of Planned Parenthood by stating, “an amputation, a colectomy or even open-heart surgery, where the surgeon has to break through the breastplate” can be considered barbaric.  Just like that, many people miss the point.  Heart surgery and amputation is about preserving life – not taking it away.

Politicians and law makers continue to do what seems right in their own eyes.  Rather than taking a stand for unborn human life, they continue to create loopholes, protect Planned Parenthood, and sponsor the barbaric murder of unborn babies.  The sanctity of life matters.  It matters more than other issues that take the cake in the political conversation.  Just how will the Republican politicians answer the Planned Parenthood question during the debate this Thursday?  How will they try to evade the issue?  It’s time that the American people listen and vote to uphold the sanctity of human life.  It’s time for us to weep for babies – not lions.

The Pulpit Is Impotent

When we have many pastors who are unsure if calling abortion sinful is crossing the line in their role as pastor, it’s no wonder the people in the pews are confused.  When there is no prophet in the pulpit who will stand and tell the truth, the people will be led astray by popular opinion.  Men will not teach their families to oppose the barbaric practices of abortion when the Word is not proclaimed faithfully.  Little girls will be raised to think that an “unwanted pregnancy” is merely an inconvenience that needs to be dealt with in order to pursue academic, athletic, and as Hillary Clinton calls it, “family planning” goals.  The way in which this unwanted pregnancy is dealt with in the abortion process is nothing less than murder.  It’s a barbaric practice that needs to be outlawed in our land.

The calling to preach the truth involves the mandate to tell the truth.  To preach the Word of God means to tell people what God has to say regarding the issue of life, the sanctity of life, and the sin of murder.  We need a prophet in the pulpit who would be willing to call out to Washington like John the Baptist did with Herod.  How would John the Baptist address the open practice of abortion for profit in America?  What would Paul say if he walked out of the subway into the grass of the Washington D.C. lawn and started preaching the truth?  If asked, what would you say about abortion?  Do you know what the Bible says?

As Christians, we don’t fight against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6).  We are in a spiritual war.  However, the church of Jesus Christ cannot sit back and remain silent on these issues.  We must stand firm, preach the truth, and seek to change culture by the gospel.  Standing upon the clear teachings of Scripture regarding the sanctity of life is essential.  For far too long, the church has remained silent or muzzled on this issue.  Until the American people see the importance of preserving life and protecting the unborn babies – politicians will continue to support this bloody organization.  Justin Taylor has provided specific information on how to contact your representative in Washington and make your voice known over this issue.  You can visit his article over on the ERLC site.

Psalm 139:13-16 – For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. [14] I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. [15] My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. [16] 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.


See how did each senator voted regarding the defunding of Planned Parenthood on August 3rd 2015.

Babies Are Murdered Here

Undercover Planned Parenthood Video #5

DBG Spotlight (7-15-15)

DBG Spotlight (7-15-15)

You already know that Planned Parenthood is a bloody organization, but this undercover video will give you a peek behind the depraved curtain of their “murder for money” agenda.

Russell Moore issued a letter to Speaker Boehner, requesting an investigation into the practices of Planned Parenthood (a government sponsored organization).  Russell Moore’s article, although banned from Facebook at first, has now been unbanned and is worth your time:  Planned Parenthood and the Atrocity of Corpse-Selling.

Planned Parenthood issued a public statement in response to the undercover video that has now gone viral in a matter of hours.

Seven Subtle Symptoms of Pride – Fabienne Harford identifies some common and deadly symptoms of pride that we should all be on the lookout for.

On My Shelf: Life and Books with Tom Schreiner – Tom Schreiner reveals what’s on his nightstand, books he re-reads, his favorite fiction, what he’s learning, and more.