Good strategies to de-fund Planned Parenthood

See the latest from Unborn Scheming Baby in Republicans move to defund Planned Parenthood at the state level.  Here’s one example:

Minnesota Republicans introduced SF 1224, a bill that does not mention Planned Parenthood by name, but which prohibits state grant funds from being given to any organization that provides abortions or refers patients for abortion.

If passed, the bill would remove state funds from all of the 24 clinics that Planned Parenthood operates in Minnesota.

Every bit helps.  Less $$ to Planned Parenthood will result in less abortions.  Don’t believe the nonsense about the public funding only supporting the condoms / pap smears side of PP.  If the government sends you money it ultimately gets spent any way you like.

Also see Planned Parenthood overview for how, in addition to being the top destroyer of human life in the country, they systematically hide statutory rape and sex trafficking (when not teaching your kids to ignore your perspectives on human sexuality).

Lakers to work with churches on fighting blasphemies

The Los Angeles Lakers will work with Christian churches on ways to keep blasphemous slurs out of basketball.

The Lakers and the church announced a partnership Friday, three days after Kobe Bryant was spotted on a national television broadcast yelling a common blasphemy in frustration over a referee’s call. Bryant was fined $100,000 by the league, and the sixth-leading scorer in NBA history issued multiple apologies.

“We want to reaffirm our commitment to all our fans and our appreciation for the support we receive from all segments of society,” Lakers spokesman John Black said. “We also understand the importance of positive messages in helping us convey this. We appreciate the input we’ve received from Christians the past two days, and will look forward to working with them on ways to help educate ourselves and our fans, and to help keep language like this out of our game.”

Christians said their churches will advocate zero-tolerance policies for blasphemy at sports events, similar to a policy adopted by the New York Yankees at the new Yankee Stadium.

“In light of this blasphemy, there is a real opportunity to build support for our community and educate fans of Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the NBA about the use of such words,” Barrios said. “The Los Angeles Lakers have taken a positive step, and we look forward to working with them to create messages from players and coaches that combat bullying.”

Churches said NBA executives also have agreed to meet with the organization to discuss educational tactics for the NBA’s young fans.

Bryant cursed and used the blasphemy when referee Bennie Adams called a technical foul on him during the third quarter of a victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night in Los Angeles’ regular-season home finale.

Bryant apologized personally to Christians, who had issued a statement condemning Bryant’s words.

Oh, sorry, my mistake.  What the headline really said was Lakers to work with GLAAD on fighting gay slurs (click the link for the real article).  Using the names of God and Jesus in vain in sports, media and entertainment will continue on as usual, with no apologies.  Perhaps the “tolerance & acceptance” crowd could branch out and use the names of Allah and Mohammad as curse words for a week and see how that works out.

Bidens make $379,000 and donate $5,360

Wow, a whole 1.3%.  How generous for a guy who wants to take money from neighbor A by force to “give” to neighbor B and claim it as a virtue on his account.  And that doesn’t even take into account how much free stuff and extravagant benefits the guy gets.  See Obama’s tax return: Income down — to $1.7 million.

I was glad to see the President finally upped his donation percentage.  He used to give just 1%.  Yes, the same guy who says we have to give more, be our brothers’ keeper (even though he isn’t his own brothers’ keeper), etc. has been really cheap with his own wallet until just recently.

He says his proposed tax increases will affect him, but he failed to take advantage of the opportunity to pay extra anyway.  All these millionaires who are asking to be taxed more can self-tax all the like.  It is completely legal.  I’ll wait here . . .

Liberals who don’t give generously should not even be listened to. Their foundational hypocrisy proves their untrustworthiness.  Obama, Biden, Kennedy, Kerry . . . it is a long list.  It is truly an upside down world when they are considered to be the generous ones for giving away other people’s money.

Wendy Wright schools Richard Dawkins

In the interest of being fair and balanced, be sure to read Why do you Christians always throw the Bible in my face?

Warm-up: Please read about these gears and seriously meditate on whether you think they just evolved to fit together and operate like this.  More here.

insect gear

Now see this link about pictures on fruit fly wings.  Do you seriously think that those clear pictures just evolved?

Now go to the 4:30 mark of this video and see what this octopus does.  Evolutionists would have you believe that this octopus evolved via random mutations to be able to change its (1) brightness, (2) pattern, (3) color and (4) texture to match the surrounding algae.  Hat tip: Uncommon Descent

UPDATE 3: Please watch this video — especially if you are a Dawkins fan.  You’ll love it.  

UPDATE 2: Here are special articles that visitors should enjoy: The Atheist’s Dilemma and To the atheists who judge God.  Also see Simple Yet Powerful Apologetics for additional examples of our facts and logic..  Oh, and everything else on this blog!  And if you love or hate my blog, you will really love or hate the Wintery Knight blog, so definitely don’t miss that!

And definitely don’t miss Evolutionist: Let’s Admit it, We Don’t Fully Understand How Evolution Works.

Also, I continue to get unproductive comments making it obvious that this post wasn’t read.  If it is apparent from future comments that you haven’t read it then they won’t be approved.

For example, I concede that Wright isn’t a good scientist or debater, yet no one notices that.  They ignore the challenge to explain why Dawkins says he won’t debate leaders in the field then debates an easy target like Wright.  They ignore his errors on “junk DNA.”  They ignore his ghoulish and creepy views on pedophilia, infanticide, abortion and adultery.  And so on.  

Oh, and if you are an atheist, please own it and don’t lie and pretend to be a pro-evolution Christian.  Busted!

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I’m disappointed that people continue to comment with fact-free Darwinian cheer-leading and ignore specific points about the errors of Dawkins and other evolutionists on things like “junk DNA.”  Do the commenters not know about those?  If not, why weren’t they aware?  

And how about Dawkins’ repugnant and inconsistent beliefs on infanticide and adultery, or his refusal to debate scientists and philosophers who are much more skilled than Wright?

It seems like these people have been brainwashed by the education, mainstream media and entertainment establishments and are not thinking critically.  If we supposedly evolved to believe lies about religion then how can you be sure you didn’t evolve to believe lies about evolution?

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ORIGINAL POST

Richard Dawkins has long insisted that he won’t debate creationists because it would elevate them more than him and other such excuses.  But he apparently found a creationist he wasn’t scared of debating (apparently the guy who won’t debate “creationists” spent an hour with her!).  This is too bad, because now he’ll never dare to debate someone like Stephen Meyer or William Lane Craig (even atheists have mocked him for that bit of cowardice).  If a non-scientist / non-philosopher like Wright can show how ridiculous his views are then the scientists and philosophers would eat his lunch.  Is she a good scientist or debater?  Not at all, but he is worse.

Hat tip: Ray Comfort

He disingenuously tries to write off the Haeckel’s embryo fraud as a “Victorian mistake,” when he knows it lasted over a century in our country’s textbooks.  That is deception, and people with the truth on their side and who are confident in their views don’t need that.

When she pointed out the obvious, namely that DNA shows commonality and is not necessarily proof of evolution, he immediately launched into his personal attacks about hidden agendas and rejection of science.  Hmmmm . . . if hidden agendas are possible, perhaps he has one?  Oh yes, he does: His rationalizes that his brand of evolution makes it possible to be an intellectually satisfied atheist — even though evolution can’t explain the origin of the universe, how life came from non-life and more.  His desperation to rationalize his rebellion against God leads him to ignore vast amounts of evidence.

Speaking of rejecting science, it is too bad she didn’t ask him to share his views on “junk DNA.”  I wonder if he is remorseful about being so forceful just a few years ago about how it is evidence for evolution.  Turns out it wasn’t junk after all — just like Intelligent Design would have predicted.  That sound you hear in the background is the New Atheists scrambling to pretend that the fact that DNA does’t have “junk” is evidence for their side instead of an embarrassing mistake they made.

I also wonder if he even knows about front-loaded DNA and how that doesn’t fit the Darwinian model.

She nails him on who really wants to present all the evidence.  She shows the logical conclusions of the Darwinian worldview and he attributes that to the Victorians as well (wow, what an awful age!).  Richard seems to have grasped that it is always nice to have a scapegoat.  It is right out of Leviticus 16!  But if his worldview is true, there is no reason for him to criticize the Victorians or anyone else.  Blind, purposeless evolution must have made them do it.  What else could have caused it?

And don’t forget that Richard Dawkins defends the moral goodness of infanticide and adultery.  Wouldn’t you love to be his child or spouse?  At least he was (temporarily) consistent with his worldview, even though he hides it at other times.

Then there is this recent anti-science gem by Dawkins:

With respect to those meanings of ‘human’ that are relevant to the morality of abortion, any fetus is less human than an adult pig.

Dawkins and most pro-abortion people ignore the scientific fact (and basic common sense) that a new human being is created at fertilization.  How anti-science can you get to disagree with all the mainstream embryology textbooks?  And he’s a biologist!

As always, remember that:

1. Darwinian evolution has huge issues scientifically speaking, but even if it was true it wouldn’t prove atheism true.  That’s because it doesn’t explain how the universe came into existence, how life came from non-life, and how to ground things like morality.  These are enormous issues that Darwinism doesn’t and will never address.

2. Darwinian evolution has huge issues scientifically speaking, but even if it was true it would select for survival, not truth.  Darwinists have no reason for confidence that their evolution resulted in them being able to discern the truth.  If believing lies helped the species survive better — including lies about evolution — then that’s what would happen.

3. Darwinian evolution has huge issues scientifically speaking, but even if it is true it is 100.00% responsible for my conversion from atheism to Christianity, based on my belief in the evidence that Jesus lived, died and rose again for my sins.  So don’t be mad at me for believing in God, be mad at your beloved Darwinian evolution.  (Thanks, btw, as I wouldn’t trade the joy and peace of being a Christian for anything.)

4. Atheism has no logical explanation for Christianity, but Christianity knows why atheists are the way they are.  Romans 1:18-20 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

5. You don’t get to unilaterally set the terms and conditions with God any more than you do with your parents, employer or teachers.  If you think you get to sit in judgment of the creator of the universe then you are being foolish.

6. We have great evidence for the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.  Eternity is a long time.  Repent, believe and bask in God’s grace while you can!  If you come to him on his terms He will adopt you, forgive all your sins and grant you an eternity with him in Heaven.  If not, you will spend an eternity in Hell.  Your pride will vanish in the instant that you die and realize that your rebellion against your creator has bought you nothing of value in this life and nothing but torment forever.  All the pleasure of sins that you thought a God-free universe would bring will leave you empty and worse off.

But God loves to forgive, so turn to him while there is still time.  Find a good, Bible-believing church and study the Bible carefully as much as possible.  Do it while you still have time.  You can take the punishment for your countless sins, or trust in the Savior that died in your place to accomplish what you never could.  

Lying about lying

See Leonard Pitts’ attempt to broad-brush conservatives as the reigning liars in our political scene.  His lead argument: A misstatement made by Sen. Kyle that was corrected the same day (I’m not defending Kyle, just analyzing Pitts’ larger theme, his lame defense of Planned Parenthood and his sloppy journalism).

Let’s examine some of his points and also consider the things Pitts leaves out of his analysis.  I realize columnists can only include so much information, but these would obviously not fit in with his theme.  And either he is a woefully uninformed journalist or highly deceptive.

  • Why does Pitts list cancer screenings as the first item Planned Parenthood provides, especially while omitting that their CEO falsely claimed that Planned Parenthood provides mammograms and that a loss of Federal funding would end these.?  Note that some politicians repeated this lie.  How many CEOs don’t know what services their organization provides?  Was this incompetence or a deliberate lie about a highly emotional, most-favored-disease issue to sustain public funding for her organization?  Why hasn’t she or the mainstream media, such as Pitts, highlighted and corrected this error?
  • If abortion only accounts for 3% of Planned Parenthood’s services, why don’t they stop them or get rid of them?  I mean, if such a tiny part of their business is causing all this fuss, there are some very simple solutions.
  • Does Pitts not know that while abortions themselves are only counted as 3%, many of the 97% of the other services are associated with the abortions?  It is an accounting game to minimize the portion of abortions.
  • Why didn’t Pitts note that 97% of pregnant women who go inside Planned Parenthood come out not pregnant?
  • Planned Parenthood has been caught countless times, both on audio and on video, hiding statutory rape.  That alone should result in them being not only being de-funded but put out of business.  Businesses who commit serial felonies don’t get to point to other (alleged) good things they do to avoid responsibility.  They have been caught many times hiding sex trafficking, which includes victims of human trafficking.
  • Margaret Sanger, PP’s founder, was a racist eugenicist.
  • Planned Parenthood targets minorities and is the largest provider of abortions in the U.S.  Abortion rates for blacks are 3x that of whites and the rate for HIspanics is 2x that of whites.  Margaret’s dream lives on.  But in Pitts’ mind, he thinks conservatives are the racists.
  • Pitts used Sarah Palin’s “death panels” line as an example of lying, but she has been proved right.  Of course, they aren’t called death panels, but that was never her claim.
  • Too bad Pitts didn’t read Things Planned Parenthood’s ‘Truth Team’ Forgot to Mention with more facts about PP (Hat tip: John)
  • Will Pitts’ next column be about why Democrats are much more likely to be tax cheats?   He’d have more facts for that.

Easter eggs, Santa, etc. in churches . . .

I yearn for churches that have enough faith in God to hold the same views about the Bible that He does — and then actually study and apply it carefully.  Then they would see the truth, advance his kingdom and give him glory.  Instead, they use all kinds of tricks to get people into church – as if that is what the early church did.

The “bait and switch” method is un-biblical, but what is worse is that these churches always seem to forget to switch.  That is, they water things down to draw people in then withhold the truth from them.  Pretty soon no one there remembers the truth.

Glenn made good points in The Watchman’s Bagpipes: “Easter” vs Resurrection Day:

I have to address the issue of Easter and Christians.  Some cities are dropping the word “Easter” from their annual egg hunts and other such frivolity, and Christians are in an uproar about the removal of all things “Christian” from such events.

Okay, Christians:  Can you explain to me what all this egg and bunny stuff has to do with the resurrection of our Lord?  The fact that Christians adopted these pagan practices for celebrating on Easter (let alone adopting a fertility goddess’ name for the day) is an affront to the name of Christ to begin with.  So quit belly-aching about anyone dropping the name “Easter” from these pagan celebrations.

In light of this, I find it abhorrent that so many churches sponsor Easter egg hunts and have such programs; again, what do these have to do with the resurrection of Christ, or any Christian doctrine?

I used to think highly of 2nd Baptist in Houston, but last year their Easter billboard was simply their pastor, Ed Young, and the Easter Bunny.  Because they definitely wouldn’t want to mention Jesus . . .

Glenn also had a sadly thorough rundown of recent random apostasies and heresies.

I want this T-shirt the next time I teach Decision Making and Will of God

Courtesy of Brandon

I love how it highlights that if someone claims God told them something then the burden of proof is on them to prove it.

Decision Making and Will of God is one of my favorite lessons to teach.  From a previous post:

This is such a crucial topic, because we make big and small decisions all the time and are constantly living with the consequences of past decisions.  Someone asked if God speaks to you about specific decisions when you are reading the Bible, such as whether you should pay off your mortgage.   I think this is about how you apply the Bible to decision making and not about whether God sends individual messages through his word.

For example, if you want to know whether paying off your mortgage is the right thing to do, you have a couple options:

  1. Ask God for a supernatural sign for the answer, whether it is a yes or a no (a la Gideon).  My guess is that He won’t decide for you that way, but it is always his option.  One thing we know about God is that if He wants to tell you something directly He isn’t very subtle.
  2. Use the wisdom model of decision making.  You don’t have access to God’s sovereign knowledge (Will I lose my job?  Will interest rates go up or down?  Etc.).  You do have unrestricted access to his moral will via the Bible. Example: Is it immoral to pay off your mortgage early?  No, unless that means you won’t have enough money to feed your kids.  After moral considerations, look to the wisdom angle.  Ask God for wisdom, as He promises to deliver — but as with Solomon, He doesn’t promise to decide everything for you.  Read the Proverbs (and more).  Seek the counsel of others.  Consider the pros and cons.  That’s how to make wise decisions.  Finally, provided the options are moral and wise, consider your personal preferences.  We have tremendous freedom in Christ to do many things with our time and money.  Will paying off your mortgage make you happy?  If so, then do it.

Here’s a picture of what is looks like:

Decision making and the will of God

Really short version: Aside from direct and clear personal revelation from God, you don’t have access to his sovereign will when making decisions.  Therefore you must look at other factors.  If it isn’t moral, don’t do it.  If it is moral but not wise, don’t do it.  If it is moral and wise, then use your personal preferences.

Using this model you can end up with a wise and biblical decision, but you have avoided the traps of the “God told me to ____” routine.  People who run around saying that God told them this and that convey a super-spirituality that can leave less mature believers wondering if they really have a relationship with God (i.e., “God doesn’t tell me every little thing to do, so maybe I don’t really know him.”).

The “God told me ___” routine can also be outright blasphemy, as when “Christians” claim that God is moving in a new direction counter to what He revealed in the Bible.  The United Church of Christ “God is still speaking;” theme is a good example of that.

Saturating yourself in the word is a key success factor in making good decisions. If we focus on worldly wisdom things go badly:

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

But if we repent and do everything we can to see things from God’s point of view we will make better decisions.

Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

This model will help you make good decisions in all areas of life.  You can also use it to help friends, children, etc. make good decisions.  I even use it at work as a “faith flag” at times.  If people ask career advice, for example, I pull out this diagram and share it with them (i.e., “At the risk of getting all religious on you, here’s the method I use to make decisions like that.”)

P.S. A kid came into my wife’s elementary school library yesterday and asked if she had any books on how to make good choices.  She thought of the diagram above and laughed.  Let’s just say I refer to this model now and then.  She thinks I should write a children’s book on decision making.  I think she is kidding.

Hat tip to Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason for much of this, including the diagram.

More about consciousness

A commenter on the Consciousness and abortion–two simple arguments to remember post made this claim without substantiation in an effort to discredit the reasoning in the post.

Since sleeping is considered one of the three states of consciousness . . .

Even <em>if</em> that was true in the sense that someone, somewhere held that view, he was in conflict with basic dictionary definitions:

1. aware of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc.
2. fully aware of or sensitive to something (often followed by of ): conscious of one’s own faults; He wasn’t conscious of the gossip about his past.
3. having the mental faculties fully active: He was conscious during the operation.

Not to mention this from the World English dictionary:

1.    a. alert and awake; not sleeping or comatose
b. aware of one’s surroundings, one’s own thoughts and motivations, etc.

This was also a golden example of how poor the “personhood” argument is:

So if sleeping is the metric you want to use to demonstrate consciousness, then fetuses are not conscious before around 7 months; and if consciousness is one of the indicators of personhood, then fetuses are not persons before around 7 months; and if fetuses are not persons before around 7 months, there is no obstacle to abortion prior to that time?

It is interesting how the “personhood” crowd is left using terms like “around” for determining when something goes from [allegedly] morally good / morally neutral medical procedure to capital murder.  The burden of proof is on them to establish a clear line or err way on the side of life.  It is like saying, “The person was cut open around the time of death.”  Uh, was that the cause of death or was it after the death (i.e., an autopsy)?  Either could be true with vagaries like “around.”

The “ethicist” Peter Singer thinks the line is months after birth, but he doesn’t define it with precision.

If your ideology can’t define a clear line about when you can and cannot destroy innocent but unwanted human beings, you might want to rethink it. 

Islam wants to blanket Africa with mosques. How will the church respond?

International Cooperating Ministries is a terrific organization that plants churches around the world — often in areas where Christians are persecuted.  They work “toward the mission of nurturing believers and assisting church growth worldwide. With our partners, we leverage simple church growth principles to see our vision of growth in the faith of individual believers, the number of people within each church, and the number of churches within a nation-truly actualizing Christ’s commission to “make disciples of all nations!””

Islam is very aggressive in planting their mosques around the world.  When we go to Kenya we typically see more ornate mosques each time.  Why can’t the church be more intentional about helping believers in these countries?  They don’t need fancy churches, just some solid buildings where they can meet for worship and ministry.

At the top of a hill in the center of Uganda’s Capitol City of Kampala, stands the lavish and ornate multi-million dollar “Gadhafi National Mosque.” Paid for with proceeds from Libya’s oil sales to the West, this Muslim palace is the cornerstone of Gadhafi’s religious vision for Uganda and the foundation for his ultimate goal; to build a mosque every 5 kilometers in this East African nation. Will he accomplish his objective? Maybe not. As you may have heard, he has his hands full at the moment. The Lord has a different plan for Uganda and He is using ICM to implement it. The mission God has given our team is to blanket Uganda with churches and church/orphanages.

via Gadhafi: Mosques Should Blanket Uganda | ICM’s Church Builders Africa

ICM primarily builds churches (roughly $7,000 each) and church/orphanages (roughly $25,000).  The church/orphanages are exciting projects because they not only help the local church and the orphans, but the widows who take care of the orphans as well.  Almost sounds kinda biblical . . .

Here is their basic model:

When a church is built in a poor village, it more than stands out among the surrounding mud and thatch huts … it shines!  And that’s just the beginning of the community’s transformation when a new church is opened…

• Worshippers abandon the shady tree that previously served as their Sunday sanctuary.

• Curiosity draws unbelievers to the new church and the congregation doubles.

• Weeknight small group Bible studies are started using the Mini Bible College.

• Church members share their faith with neighbors, citing God’s miraculous provision of a beautiful new church.

• Weekdays, the building is filled with eager children who now have a school.

• The village leader holds community council meetings in the place where Christians worship every Sunday.

• Visiting doctors and nurses use the church as a temporary medical clinic during their humanitarian missions.

Soon, the pastor is raising up young leaders and they each start new churches in neighboring villages where they meet under a tree – and the whole process starts over again.

When a church is built in a poor village, it more than changes lives, it transforms a community … and reaches a nation!

The transformation begins . . . with your help!

They use a “web” approach, so that each church that receives a building needs to help 5 other churches start in their vicinity.

They offer a “mini-Bible college” to help the churches have sound doctrine.

One of the things I like about them is that their administrative costs are paid for by a foundation, so 100% of what you give goes straight to the projects.

They build churches around the world, including many countries where persecution is rampant.

Check out their web site and see what you think.  You might want to donate or get a group to raise funds for a church.  Perhaps you’ve been seriously blessed and could pay for a whole church yourself!  Think about that for a while.  It is a great way to encourage other believers, help widows and orphans, and spread the Gospel!  Who knows, you might get to go visit them someday in this life, but if you are a believer you can be sure you’ll catch up with them in Heaven someday.

As Jesus said, where your treasure is there your heart will be also.  When you donate to projects around the world your heart will go there as well.

91% of Planned Parenthood clinics help hide statutory rapists

Listen to the audio and read the transcripts.

Here’s a sample from Sunnyvale, CA:

CALLER: It’s just, well my friend told me that since like I’m going to be 14 in March that you guys would actually have to tell my parents that I’m getting an abortion. But my boyfriend is 22. Is he old enough to take care of it and you wouldn’t have to tell anybody about anything?

CLINIC: We wouldn’t contact your parents regardless of how old you are.

Can someone explain to me why these people aren’t in jail?  And why we’re even having to debate whether to keep funding Planned Parenthood?  Does it ever occur to people that Planned Parenthood uses some of the taxpayer money they receive to lobby for their taxpayer money?  And that if they break the law and hide statutory rapists then they might just lie about other things as well?

See Planned Parenthood Clinics Help Statutory Rapists Cover Their Tracks | RedState.

Planned Parenthood claims to support women’s health. Their institutional actions, though, indicate they support criminal activity that would harm a child. How? By facilitating abortions for children raped by adult men. Fully 91% of the abortion clinics contacted would help an underaged girl receive an abortion even when the clinic counselor knew the father was an adult male.

. . .

Far from being champions for women, abortion mills exploit them–even the young and raped. They cover up the crimes of grown men to what end? To keep abortion an absolute “right”? To protect their business?

In the last year, we’ve seen abortion mills shut down due to deplorable conditions. We’ve seen women maimed and even killed. We’ve seen jars of baby body parts on shelves.

And from the Planned Parenthoods of America, we’ve seen obfuscation and straight up lying. No, they don’t perform mammograms. No, they don’t focus on preventative health for women.

What Planned Parenthood does do is make a lot of money aborting babies. And, it seems, they are willing to abort the babies of babies who were raped by adult men trying to get rid of the criminal evidence.

Why does our society destroy 90% of those with Down Syndrome?

Updated with a great video at the bottom, courtesy of Marie

See Life Training Institute Blog: Down Syndrome, Fear, and a Young Man’s Hat.

My friend and founder of Cobb Pregnancy Services Ogden Tabb told me how after his daughter Alison was born with DS and he and his wife became pregnant with their third child the doctor was recommending amniocentesis. When Ogden asked him why the doctor answered, “So you can decide whether you wish to abort the child or not if it has Down syndrome.” He looked across the room at his daughter Alison and said, “So if my next child is like that beautiful, healthy, loving little girl over there you are offering me the option of killing it?” That was all the inspiration he needed to start what has become one of the greatest pregnancy centers in the country.

I previously wrote about prenatal testing for Down Syndrome and one of our World Vision sponsor children who has it .  I’m glad she was conceived in Honduras and not the U.S., or she’d probably be long dead.sindy.jpg

This topic reminds me of a piece I did on Moral Schizophrenia:

I can’t help but think about the bizarre extremes our society goes to when it comes to the disabled. Consider all the positive and noble things done for the disabled:

  • Handicapped parking spaces, accessibility to buildings, etc.
  • Celebration of their accomplishments in events like the Special Olympics
  • Countless technological aids to help them use computers and work
  • Fund raisers and ministries to find cures and to provide care and encouragement

Yet what is society’s general attitude towards unborn humans who may be disabled when born? The current climate is that it is OK, and often preferable, to kill them before they are born. For example, abortion occurs roughly 90% of the time in pregnancies where Down Syndrome is diagnosed. Some babies are even aborted for correctable problems like club feet or cleft palates.

Jocylen Elder, former Surgeon General of the U.S. said abortion “has had an important and positive public-health effect” because it reduced “the number of children afflicted with severe defects.” She pointed out that “the number of Down Syndrome infants in Washington state in 1976 was 64 percent lower than it would have been without legal abortion.” She meant this as a victory of sorts, but what message does this send to the disabled and their families?

Of course we don’t wish medical problems on anyone. There is always an element of tragedy when they occur. Yet what about all the joy and life lessons they bring? And disabled people are less likely to commit suicide, so they aren’t necessarily less happy. We may rationalize that we are “helping” them, but who are we really trying to help?

Parting thoughts:

  • How long will it be until insurance companies pressure people to abortpotentially disabled humans?
  • If autism could be detected in utero as Down Syndrome is, how many fewer autistic people would be with us?
  • I know several people who were encouraged by their doctors to have abortions because problems were suspected. Yet the children in question are alive and healthy!

Interesting Facebook chat about Rob Bell

Rob Bell has gotten a lot of well justified criticism over the universalist heresies (that is, everyone goes to Heaven) in his Love Wins book.  Ironically, now Bell is saying he’s been misinterpreted and that he’s not a universalist — which means that Rob’s universalist supporters disagree with him.  What chaos!

The Sola Sisters have a good analysis of why Rob’s responses to his critics fall short.  Here’s an example they highlight:

…..Hell, as a period of “pruning” in which God is continuing to woo each person who is there until they end up in heaven (Bell’s version, p. 91 “Love Wins”) as compared to
……Hell as an eternal punishment for those who have broken God’s moral laws, and who are paying the penalty of their sins with their own lives (God’s version).

I ended up in this Facebook thread on a friend’s page.  The “Pastor Universalist,” as he ended up calling himself, eventually deleted all his comments, leaving mine all alone on the thread (it now reads like some weird soliloquy). Again, this guy is defending Bell and his universalism, even though Bell is now trying to deny his universalism.  There’s just the pesky problem of this book he wrote where he seems pretty clear about it.

FB friend: Has anyone wondered why Rob Bell has not been accused of being divisive with his apostate treatise on Hell “Love Wins”?

Me: Good point. It is only divisive to disagree with Rob.

FB friend: I can help but to see the parallels in the insanity budgeting/gov. shutdown blame circus.

Pastor Universalist (PU): Well then what is the alternative …..Either God so Loved the world that he gave his only Son to die for it….or he hates it and is going to kill everyone off….. What does your Bible read?

Me: It is about the definition you pour into the word. Does love win? Of course. But Rob Bell ignores countless scriptures to interpret that as universalism — as if what Jesus said about Hell is true then love lost. Was Jesus being loving when He told the Pharisees that they would die in their sins if they didn’t believe who He was? God wins. Love wins. Justice wins.

PU: BTW ….allow me to address your question as well….The reason that many have not accused Rob Bell of being an Apostate is because there are many who believe that his offerings are scripturally sound and follow the essense and Heart of the New Testament doctrine….

Me: Bell and his followers can’t even get John 3:16 right. John specifically mentions that those who believe in him won’t perish — meaning that those who don’t believe in him will. If that wasn’t clear enough, verse 18 will help

Me: Should you believe Rob Bell or Jesus? (Hint: Go with Jesus)  Rob Bell (Love Wins, p. 66): Could God say to someone truly humbled, broken, and desperate for reconciliation, “Sorry, too late”? Many have refused to accept the scenario in which somebody is pounding on the door, apologizing, repenting, and asking God to be let in, only to hear God say through the keyhole: “Door’s locked. Sorry. If you had been here earlier, I could have done something. But now, it’s too late.”

Compare that to Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:1-13): Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, “Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.” Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, “Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.” But the wise answered, saying, “Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.” And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, “Lord, Lord, open to us.” But he answered and said, “Verily I say unto you, I know you not.” Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

PU: And Yes Neil…..It really does depend on your study and Interpretation of Scripture…. Christiaity is a Universal Doctrine….In otherwords….availible to all who ask and recieve… However…To Judge someone as an Apostate is a strong acusation…. Remember that Jesus also spoke that by whatever measure you Mete out….you will also recieve……To build a case for Love winning is a great step of Faith… To Hate is carnal and God is Love… So to believe that God can save is also a great step of Faith….. It is easy to write other people off as lost and unreconciilable to God… But to hold a Vision of salvation is a great Gift….

Me: ‎”To Judge someone as an Apostate is a strong …acusation…. Remember that Jesus also spoke that by whatever measure you Mete out….you will also recieve”
Seems odd that a universalist would warn me about warning about false teachers.

Me: ‎”It is easy to write other people off as lost and unreconciilable to God… But to hold a Vision of salvation is a great Gift….”
The question isn’t whether it is easy or hard to do, but what scripture teaches.

PU: That’s Pastor Universalist to you brother…. And again…You are accusing….. I am going to exhort you to be careful here….”

Me: Why be careful? After all, on your view I go to Heaven even if I don’t trust in Jesus. How could trusting in Jesus and making (allegedly) false accusations be a bad combo? Or do you have a passage that says those who don’t trust in Jesus go to Heaven, but those who do trust in Jesus and make false accusations don’t?  What if you are making a false accusation against me? Howzabout we focus on the actual passages in question instead of lobbying threats?
I exhort you to heed the many passages about sound doctrine –http://tinyurl.com/4yja58j . And if you are a pastor then that is all the worse. I know of many, many false teachers. Titles mean little to me if their doctrine is false.

PU: OK Neil…..checking out…..believe whateewr you have faith for…Blessings to you…..May you find Christ….”

Me:  Ha! Oh, so now I haven’t found Christ? What a hypocrite. Please re-read your quotes about warnings.

Me: My new blog post is dedicated to you: False teaching universalists can’t even get John 3:16 right. Here’s what they think John meant: John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Oh, and BTW, those who don’t believe in him also have eternal life. Which, now that I think about it, means that I should have left the whole perishing thing out of this passage. After all, everyone is going to Heaven no matter what they believe. But I don’t want to have to start over, so I’m going to leave it in. My, I do tend to ramble on sometimes. That’s just me, the Apostle John. Now on to verse 17 . . . V. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. D’oh! I did it again!

Consciousness and abortion–two simple arguments to remember

One of the common pro-legalized abortion arguments is that the unborn don’t have consciousness, so they do not have a right to life.  Here’s a good response by Christopher Kaczor (Hat tip: Life Training Institute <== a superior pro-life training organization.  Check ‘em out.):

Requiring actual consciousness renders us non-persons whenever we sleep. Requiring immediately attainable consciousness excludes those in surgery. Requiring the basic neural brain structures for consciousness (but not consciousness itself) excludes those whose brains are temporarily damaged. On the other hand, if potentiality for consciousness makes a being a person, then those sleeping, in surgery, or temporarily comatose are persons, but so also would be the normal human embryo, fetus, and newborn.

Also note this great response (it is either a paraphrase or a direct quote from Roxanne):

To legally remove someone from life support who is not conscious you must demonstrate that there is little or no hope of recovery and that you are acting in that person’s best interests, as they would so act if they were conscious. Abortion fails on both counts.

False teachers worship government instead of Jesus

False teachers* continue to whine and fast** over the U.S. budget, ignoring that their plans involve taking from others — most of whom can’t vote and who may not even have been born yet (and won’t be, if these pro-aborts have their way).  It is illuminating how the Democrats gave up billions of dollars in spending rather than lose a few hundred million that goes to Planned Parenthood.

Their “churches” aren’t giving themselves because they are too busy with their #1 priority of advancing the anti-biblical gay agenda.  Therefore, they must ask the government to take from neighbor A to “give” to neighbor B.  How generous of them!  And how un-biblical!

There is no greater concern among the churches of Christ than for those in this nation who live in poverty. This could hardly be otherwise because Jesus himself lived among the poor: loving them, eating and drinking with them, healing them, and speaking words of justice and assurance that God’s own love for the poor is unsurpassed.

via GOP Sets Fire To Matthew 25; Will President Obama Put Out The Flames?

Note the hyperbole: If you don’t force future generations to pay for your wish list now, then you are burning the Bible.  What hyperbole. And as usual, the ones pretending to care about the least of these also want your tax dollars to pay for the destruction of the true least of these, the unborn.

More importantly, notice the non sequitur: Jesus spent time with the poor and loved them, therefore the government needs to redistribute money from producers to non-producers.  These false teachers parrot these sound bites so much they don’t even realize there is no logical connection — or they know and don’t care, and the media lets them get away with it.

And even though these false teachers don’t even understand Matthew 25, shouldn’t the ACLU be alarmed about that whole separation thingy?  After all, why would anyone expect Obama to advance that passage?

The motto of the United Church of Christ and other apostate denominations should be: “Caring for the least of these — or destroying them — with your money.”

*False teachers include people like Jim “the Gospel is all about wealth redistributionWallis and race-baiting Chuck “Jesus is not the only way” Currie

** Normally I’d never comment on anyone’s weight, but unless the camera adds 90 lbs. I’d say that false teachers like Chuck and Jim are pretty fast-resistant.

Help Provide for the Needs of the Families of Persecuted Christians in Prison

See Voice of the Martyrs.  You won’t hear these stories from the mainstream media.  Christians around the world get persecuted for their faith.  VOTM does a great job of communicating their needs and helping them.  Few Christians and “Christians” in the U.S. take any risks for their faith, but the persecuted Christians risk their health, lives and property daily.

Hebrews 13:3 Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.

 

Dmitry Shestakov and Shi Weihan

 



John 3:16, Rob Bell style

False teaching universalists can’t even get John 3:16 right.  Here’s what they think John meant to write:

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Oh, and BTW, those who don’t believe in him also have eternal life.  Which, now that I think about it, means that I should have left the whole perishing thing out of this passage.  After all, everyone is going to Heaven no matter what they believe.  But I don’t want to have to start over, so I’m going to leave it in.  My, I do tend to ramble on sometimes.  That’s just me, the Apostle John.  Now on to verse 17 . . .

. . .

V. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.  D’oh!  I did it again!  Where’s my eraser?