Daily Devotional for Wednesday November 14, 2012
Abortion is a Big Deal
(Psalms 139:13-15; Jeremiah 1:4-5)
***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, I am confused, please help me. The Bible says if you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth 'Jesus is your Lord and Savior' you will be saved. Then is there a second condition, that you must also surrender your life 100% in addition to believing to be saved?
ANSWER: NO! Salvation is by faith and God's grace..plus NOTHING! Ephesians 2:8,9. The fact is you surrender your life to Christ when you make that decision by faith. That is what you are doing, giving your heart and life to Jesus. The Bible says we have been bought with a price. Surrendering to Christ is what happens when a person makes the choice to accept Jesus.
Abortion is a big deal since it is legalized infanticide! One of the most disturbing issues that came from the recent election was the glorification of a woman's "right" to kill her baby. The sad fact was there was really no difference in President Obama, a staunch supporter of infanticide, and Mitt Romney, who as Governor of Mass. instituted $50 co-pay abortions in his ROMNEYCARE as a compromise to get Democrats in his state to support his healthcare plan.
KILLING INNOCENT BABIES IS NOT AN ISSUE YOU COMPROMISE ON!!!
During the election, much conversation was centered around a woman who was raped, the victim of incest, or having her life in jeopardy. Here is the bottom line. At the moment of conception you have a life that was created by God, and a life that only God can decide when it is over. The ELECTIVE CHOICE to end the life of a baby in the womb is no different than taking a gun into your local 7-11 and shooting the clerk in the head to kill that person. ABORTION IS MURDER!
I am often asked if abortion is acceptable in the case of rape and incest. The answer is NO! Some people think that if you have an abortion and kill the baby that was the result of either of these horrible acts, it makes it easier for the woman to move on with her life. In reality, the exact opposite is true. What really happens is the horror of an abortion is something a woman NEVER forgets.
In having to deal with the memory of the abortion, it also brings back the memory of the violent act of rape or incest that caused the pregnancy. This makes getting beyond such a tragic experience that much more difficult. Also, when the life of the mother is at stake this is NOT an abortion, it is a medical procedure! This is not a choice the mother makes to kill the baby for whatever reason, but a decision made by doctors in order to save the mother's life!
Please understand, pregnancies from rape or incest are a fraction of 1%, and a medical decision by doctors to take a baby in order to save the life of a mother is a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of 1%! Bringing these RARE situations into the discussion is done simply to muddy the waters and make those who stand for life look like extremists who are out of touch with society. The fact is, anyone who supports the legalized killing of babies is out of touch with God!!!
I am getting sick and tired of people telling me to stop talking about abortion. I am getting even more sick and tired of people like Rick Warren and others on the "religious left" who say talking about abortion is too divisive and that we need to stick to issues most people agree on like poverty and AIDS in Africa.
I fully understand why people don't want to talk about abortion. INFANTICIDE is not a pleasant subject! But we can't just be silent and act like it doesn't exist, especially due to the FACT that in the next 24 hours, another 4,000 innocent babies will be slaughtered in this nation!!!
I would love to stop talking about abortion. Let's get the US Govt out of the baby killing business and let each state decide whether they want to kill babies in their state. This will not end abortion, but it will at least not allow men and women treat it any longer like a trip to the dentist to have a cavity filled!
It will also cause the adoption industry to be reformed so adopting a child doesn't require 5 lawyers, 6 years, and the amount of money it costs to by a small home. It will also cause the church to start taking responsibility for putting together programs to help deal with babies that need to be cared for and placed in the home of a loving mother and father.
However, until we get to that place, I refuse to be silent and it is a subject that MUST be talked about. Every time there is some sort of natural disaster with people dying, the news media is all over the story. Any death is sad, but it always makes me wonder why so much is made of 5, 10, 50 people tragically losing their life, and nobody even thinks about the fact that every 24 hours we murder apx 4,000 innocent babies in this nation.
I am virtually certain that there are only a handful of people out of the several million who will read these words today, that even stopped for a second to reflect that in the last 24 hours we killed 4,000 babies in this country. We have become so desensitized, have come to accept abortion to the point we don't even think about it any longer.
Here is why abortion IS a big deal. Did you ever wonder if there is a correlation between the fact we started to legally kill babies in this nation in 1973, about the same time we began to see a massive spiritual decline in his nation? Coincidence? I think not! Just like in our individual lives, our nations blessings are tied to our obedience to God. Legally killing babies is a big deal since how can we ever expect God to bless a land that is flooded with the blood of incident babies?
I know that it is not politically correct to talk about abortion any longer. Sadly, very few nationally known pastors will EVER talk about this issue. It is bad for their business. Those who now make up this growing group known as the religious left who fill their churches with the seeker/purpose driven/emerging church watered down message don't like this issue since it hurts their marketing efforts for warm bodies. Except for a handful of brave Catholic bishops and priests, you hear virtually nobody in the marketplace taking a stand against this blatant act of murder.
I have been saying for years that this one issue alone is enough to bring down God's wrath and judgment on this nation. Sadly, President Bush squandered our last real opportunity we may ever have to deal with this issue politically. President Obama is a stanch defender of the practice of infanticide. He is a hero to those in the pro death movement. The business of killing babies around the world has flourished under Obama.
Those who defend him state that it is the law, that he is only upholding the law. The fact is, he has voted 100% of the time during his political career to uphold the legalized killing of babies. If he truly believed in life, he could have voted to make abortion illegal and work towards that end. I contend that any politician who votes to uphold abortion has the blood of innocent babies on their hands and is truly an evil person!!!
As a side note. For those in the pro death movement who want to make believe this is about women's health rights, that is a bunch of garbage. This is about the LIFE OF A HUMAN BEING! I agree a woman has the right to do whatever she wants with her body, BUT NOT THE BODY OF SOMEONE ELSE! That baby may be inside her, but it is still a separate human life created by God!
I love you and care about you so much. I refuse to be bullied into silence on what is by far the most critical spiritual issue there is. You simply can't close your eyes and act like this brutal act of murder doesn't exist. I see the Hollywood crowd and people who normally spit in the face of God get so upset about the atrocities committed to on animals. Why aren't these same people as upset with the fact every 24 hours we slaughter 4,000 innocent babies??? Where is their outrage about that???
On the Liveprayer.com homepage, we have a special 55 second video clip of an actual abortion being performed. If you have not watched it, YOU MUST! This is what happens to over 4,000 innocent babies EVERY DAY in this nation! Since God led me to get this footage and put it on the website nearly two years ago, we have had over 7,000 emails from women who were contemplating having an abortion, watched the video, and changed their mind (Watch the incredible testimony of baby Delilah also on that same link). http://www.liveprayer.com/aborsion.cfm
Despite the several death threats and scathing emails I get every month just from having that video on my website, I want the world to see what really happens to millions of babies here in the United Sates and around the world every year. Abortion is a big deal since it not only kills 1.5 million babies in this nation alone, but it is already bringing down the wrath and judgment of God on this nation for practicing infanticide, unless you are as spiritually blind as our leaders in Washington who think they can fix the problem.
The only way to fix the problem is to stop killing babies and turn back to God and His Truth!!!
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