Are you relying on God or man? In a world where being socially connected to network is a norm. Have we eased into depending on others? When we avoid taking God’s help, we invite unnecessary battles in life. God desires total dependence on Him. Why not? He is our Heavenly Father!
For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.
2 CHRONICLES 16:9
The best way to live is by trusting God
God’s eyes are going to and fro, searching for those who wholeheartedly depend on Him alone.
King Asa depended on King Aram of Syria instead of God to fight King Baasha. He used his wealth to solve the situation, rather than trust in the outstretched hand of God. Not only did he take the easy way, he put the prophet in prison who brought word from the Lord.
When we have much materially, we end up using the power of our abundant resources to solve problems rather than turn to God in prayer. Living in earthly riches brings its own traps, weakening us spiritually. We end up moving away from the character of God. Get bitter and angry, rather than repent and stay humble.
There was a time when Pastors and Elders would wait on God to build a church. A common scene in Pentecostal environment is God showing a place, when the church does not even have the capacity to purchase. In time, God not only provides the place for a church, but also the resources.
We live in a time of great abundance. Examine your life to arrest every form of convenience that affects your walk with God. The end is near. Maranatha, Praise God and Amen.
Michael Brown reminds Christians they are overcomers despite current circumstances
January 21, 2022
Jeremiah the prophet had a very difficult life. He was called by God at a young age – most likely as a teen – yet was forbidden by the Lord to marry or have children. He was rejected. Hated. Beaten. Imprisoned. Mocked. Falsely accused. Abandoned to die. And he never altered his message for a period of 40 years, proclaiming judgment and destruction if his nation would not repent.
But sometimes things got too intense. The pressure was too great, the sting of rejection too painful, the dire message too overwhelming. And at times like that, even Jeremiah broken down, not changing his message but telling the Lord he was done. “I don’t need to prophesy any longer!”
This is recorded in Jeremiah 20, after he had been put in the stocks and then had delivered a message of judgment to the man who locked him up. He wished he had never been born. He tried to suppress the message, but he could not. It was like fire in his bones.
It happened in Jeremiah 15, after he had delivered yet another agonizing word of death and devastation and bereavement. “Woe is me!” he proclaimed. He had really had enough.
And it happened in Jeremiah 12, after his own family had turned on him and close relatives wanted to put him to death (see Jeremiah 11:18-23). It was time to make his complaint known to God, and we read it beginning in Jeremiah 12:1.
Unfortunately, many of our English translations take the sting out of his words, with translations that say something like, “Righteous are You, O LORD, when I plead with You; Yet let me talk with You about Your judgments” (NKJV). What the Hebrew is really saying is this: “I know that You’ll always come out in the right when I lodge a complaint with You, nonetheless, I’m going to bring charges (or, make a judgment) against You” (my translation). Those are biting words!
Specifically, Jeremiah questions the way the Lord runs His world, saying:
Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease? You have planted them, and they have taken root; they grow and bear fruit. You are always on their lips but far from their hearts. Yet you know me, LORD; you see me and test my thoughts about you. Drag them off like sheep to be butchered! Set them apart for the day of slaughter! How long will the land lie parched and the grass in every field be withered? Because those who live in it are wicked, the animals and birds have perished. Moreover, the people are saying, “He will not see what happens to us.” (Jeremiah 12:1b–4)
And how does the Lord reply? How does our gracious heavenly Father treat His hurting, loyal son? He rebukes Him! He basically says to Him, “Jeremiah, if you’re having a hard time making it in your little hometown of Anathoth, how are you going to make it in a big city like Jerusalem? If a little pressure from your family makes you question how I run my world, what are you going to do when things get rough?” Or, to use a traditional (but, today, politically incorrect phrase), “Jeremiah, man up!”
The Lord said to him, “If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?” (Jeremiah 12:5) And this was just what Jeremiah needed. He was strengthened and continued in His mission. “No more complaining, Lord! I realize this is bigger than me.”
To be sure, the Lord also offered him comfort, basically saying in the verses that follow, “Jeremiah, I understand. My own family has turned on Me too, and I must hand them over to judgment.” But that was not the first thing God said to him. Instead, He pushed back against the prophet’s complaint and jarred him back into reality.
That is exactly what some of us need. We need to be jarred back into reality. We need a divine jolt to our senses. We need a holy wake-up call.
For many of us now, things may be bad, and for some of us, things may be very bad, even dire, even overwhelming. I am not downplaying the pain or the panic or the crisis or the craziness. Death is death. Upheaval is upheaval. These really are unprecedented times. But then again, they are not so unprecedented after all. Throughout history, we have experienced living hell in this world, and throughout history we have survived. What’s more, throughout history we have overcome.
In the words of Paul, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: ‘For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Romans 8:36–37)
Do you see what Paul is saying? We are being slaughtered like sheep (quoting Psalm 44:12) because of the Gospel. We are experiencing trouble and hardship and persecution and famine and nakedness and danger and sword. We are going through terrible times of suffering and hardship and pain, but none of it can separate us from Messiah’s love. Through Him, we are more than conquerors. This makes me want to shout!
Throughout history, God’s people have experienced hardship of every kind, be it persecution for the faith or be it the difficulties of life. And throughout history, God’s grace has carried us through, making His strength perfect in our weakness. There is no shortage of His power and grace today.
So, to the weak God says, “Be strong in the Lord!” (See Joel 3:10b; Ephesians 6:10.) You might be weak and frail, but in Him, you are an overcomer. And so, the Spirit says to us, “Don’t feel sorry for yourself. Don’t throw a pity party. Don’t identify with your problems. Instead, put on God’s armor and be strong in Him. You are a more than a conqueror through Jesus!”
My American colleague in Australia, cultural commentator Bill Muehlenberg, put things in perspective for us. He wrote, “There is nothing like a major crisis to show us what we are made of. And for the Christian, there is nothing like a major crisis to show us if we really have faith – if we have real, life-saving faith. Profession of faith is easy-peasy. Real faith that holds us up in difficult times is another matter altogether.”
But that real faith is at the core of our being in Jesus. To repeat, in Him, we are overcomers.
This is our time to be strong. This is our time to toughen up. This is our time to stand.
Sometimes He delivers us from crisis. Sometimes He walks with us through crisis. Sometimes He welcomes us to our heavenly home in the midst of crisis. But always He is there. And sometimes He moves in extraordinary ways, beyond our imagination. He can do that in our midst today, here and now. He remains the same forever.
Most of us today still do not have it so badly, although some are facing the worst trials of their lifetimes. Either way, it’s time we take hold of God’s grace, the grace that takes us over, not under, the grace that empowers our hearts and minds, the grace by which we overcome. “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith” (1 John 5:4).
Let us live, right here and right now, in this victory. The gospel was made for hard times. And so were you.
Lawmakers order police to remove proponents of suppressed COVID drugs
By Art Moore January 23, 2022
In a Twitter video, Virginia Democratic state Sen. Louise Lucas crumples a piece of paper to signify what Democrats intend to do with Republican bills (Video screenshot)
A bill in the Virginia state Senate that would have allowed health-care providers to prescribe ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine was blocked by Democrats after they shut down a public comment session and ordered state Capitol police officers to remove citizens from the chamber.
As the Democratic majority on the Senate Education and Health Committee moved to kill the Republican bill, Democratic committee Chairwoman Sen. Louise Lucas cut the remote audio feed of Charlottesville radio show host Rob Schilling as he expressed support for the legislation, reported the National File.
After the 9-6 party-line vote, Lucas banged her gavel and ordered police officers to remove the doctors, family members of COVID patients and others who came to speak in favor of the bill.
“Virginians are dying,” a woman who was ordered to leave shouted.
Holding up a copy of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s book “The Real Anthony Fauci,” she said of the the White House coronavirus adviser who has suppressed the use of ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19, “People across this nation are dying as a result of this man.”
Another woman shouted, “Tyrants!” as she and others were kicked out.
The sponsor of the bill, Republican state Sen. Amanda Chase, told National File that Democrats “will legalize marijuana but prohibit the use of ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of COVID in a right to try state like Virginia.”
“If Virginians are going to be given the right to try marijuana, then give them the right to try life-saving ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine,” she said.
The National File noted that after the vote, the committee chairman, Lucas, posted a video on Twitter in which she vowed to form a Democratic “brick wall” that will throw Republican bills in the trash. She illustrated her declaration by crumpling up a piece of paper and tossing it aside.
Supporters of Dr. Paul Marik greet him as he enters a Norfolk, Virginia, courthouse Nov. 18, 2021, to ask for an order allowing him to treat COVID-19 patients with ivermectin (Twitter video screenshot)
His lawsuit argues Virginia’s Advanced Directive statute gives hospitalized patients the right to choose what treatment they receive as long as a doctor determines it to be appropriate.
“This is not about ivermectin. This is about the bedside doctor being able to do what doctors have been doing for decades, and what doctors do across the world,” he said. “Doctors decide what is the best treatment for their patients, and they alone are responsible for the patient and the treatment of the patient.”
He said ivermectin is among other “safe off-label drugs that they are prohibiting me from using.”
As WND reported, ivermectin is featured on the NIH website as a treatment for COVID-19 that is “under evaluation.”
Ivermectin is approved by the FDA for other treatments and has been successfully used off-label for COVID-19 patients. From 10% to 20% of all prescribed drugs are used off-label. Ivermectin has been shown to be effective as a preventative and early- and late-stage treatment in 130 studies, with 84 peer-reviewed, including 66 with results comparing treatment and control groups. Studies have demonstrated its ability to inhibit the replication of SARS-CoV-2 as well as its strong anti-inflammatory properties.
NIH points out on its “antiviral agents” page that among the serious side effects seen in patients who take remdesivir are severe renal failure and liver damage. Ivermectin, on the other hand, is “generally well tolerated.” The World Health Organization, in November 2020, recommended against the use of remdesivir in hospitalized COVID-19 patients. The WHO said at the time that there was “no evidence that remdesivir improves survival and other outcomes in these patients.”
Meanwhile, ivermectin, whose inventors won a Nobel Prize, has a better safety record than several vitamins, with an average of only 160 adverse events reported every year. It has been safely administered several billion times around the world, virtually eradicating diseases such as river blindness in Africa.
The ivermectin side effects observed, according to the NIH, include “dizziness”; “pruritis,” which is an irritating sensation that creates an urge to scratch; nausea and diarrhea. The NIH said unspecified “neurological” adverse effects have been seen in the treatment of parasitic disease, but it’s unclear if they are connected to the drug or to the underlying conditions.
Biden [sound clip]: I’ll make a special appeal to social media companies and media outlets, please, deal with the misinformation and disinformation on your shows. It has to stop. Covi-19 is one of the most formidable enemies America has ever faced.
Malzberg: Our president scolding our media and social media platforms to censor what he calls, misinformation about covid. Joining me now, to discuss this and more, is feminist, author, and CEO of the Daily Clout, Dr. Naomi Wolf. She’s also the author of Outrageous Sex Censorship and the Criminalization of Love, and the End of America (those are two separate books).
Doctor, welcome back, so good to see you. What we just saw from Biden, is so disturbing on so many levels, directing the media. In addition, it ignored the fact that Biden’s own CDC and others in government keep giving us changing and conflicting information on COVID constantly. So where do you think we’re heading when it comes to all of this?
Wolf: These are huge questions and they are also related to how the White House has allowed a President who is suffering from cognitive impairment to have a two hour press conference. I’ve said before that I believe the coup has already taken place in the sense that many thoughtful people have persuaded me with evidence that we are not in a situation in which are adversaries are not benefiting from our decline, and in some ways not hasting it.
Wolf: And, so , what that has to do with our president now invoking social media and tech companies allegiances to the Democrat party, and I say this sadly as a lifelong Democrat, to censor Americans is incredibly disturbing because we have a first Amendment. But tech companies are not supposed to be creating a one party, party line, and that’s exactly what they’re doing. And he’s asking them to merge and intensify this unholy oligarchy that’s been created with the DNC and whoever has benefited from the DNC and tech companies and pharma in a way that is going against more and more emergence of a collapsing narrative around covid.
Malzberg: I want to get to another example of trying to reign in the media. We recently had almost what they said 300 physicians and scientists writing to Spotify, demanding they reign in Joe Rogan show and put an end to what they call to “COVID lies”. Now we’ve seen, that not all of these 300 scientists and doctors are not scientists or doctors at all. We’ve also had doctors fired for prescribing certain medications for COVID.
Wolf: Right. It’s an all-out war. I was just looking this morning at the AMA’s talking points, where doctors are supposed to give their patients who are afraid of side effects from vaccines. They are completely in violation of the science, and they come from the NIH and they are not correct. I have so many doctors come to me saying that they have been threatened with losing their licenses if they let people with pre-existing conditions know what the risks are or give them informed consent. And that it illegal, and these people will go to jail. It’s against the neuro [inaudible] code, against the ADA, it’s against every law for informed consent that doctors are supposed to sign on for.
Wolf: You’re right to point out the nonsensical letter for the “misinformation” signed on by a lot of veterinarians and dentists. But even if it was signed by doctors, the history of science shows that science proceeds to open debate, medicine proceeds to open debate.
Wolf: People used to think you’d need to give women hysterectomies to keep them from being angr and insane. Or that you needed to give women of color sterilization in order to purify the race. Those were mainstream scientific positions. In my own lifetime, silicon breast implants were being prescribed with no awareness that there were health consequences. They had to be withdrawn…[inaudible], so on and so on.
Wolf: So the fact that we are in a CPP style environment, media environment, in which scientists in Doctor Malone who helped to invent the MRNA vaccine and podcasters are told “you must not speak about whatever it is your concerns are”. That is not an American or Western reality. It is a truly totalitarian reality. I have to say as a CEO of a tech company that is rolling out as a Facebook competitor, it is a really good time to be not Big Tech, GETTR, other alternative platforms that are not big tech or aligned with the oligarchy are really expanding. People need free speech.
Steve: Naomi, I want you to watch this. Watch this.
Goldberg [sound clip]: It means that every time you sneeze or talk, you are spreading more hassle for them. They are trying to clean their country up. They are trying to put everybody in a mask, and here you come. You think tennis needs you that badly? No, honey. No.
Steve: That’s Whoopi Goldberg on the View this past Wednesday with her…
Naomi: You know, Steve, I’ve watched that clip before we got on the air…
Steve: I just want to explain to the folks that she’s weighing in on Australia’s deportation of the world’s number one tennis player, Novack Djokovic, who was unvaccinated and was attempting to defend his title in the Australian Open. This saga was finally over when the court upheld a ruling of the health administer in that country, cancelling his visa. This after he was granted a medical exemption to enter the country., Now there’s talk he may be banned from the French Open as well. What do you think of Whoopi’s logic there? (laughs)
Naomi: Well, I was going to say that now I understand why so many of my former friends and loved ones who watch shows like the View and watch CNN, NPR and read the New York Times, they are so delusional respectfully, they are insane. It’s because they are watching nonsense like this. Studies show that categorically, and even the CDC confirms, vaccinations doesn’t even affect transmission. So they whole narrative that President Biden repeats that you have to get vaccinated for other people. It’s a totalitarian lie. It’s a lie that is propagated in order to otherize the unvaccinated and to justify the CCP style social controls….
Steve: Naomi…Naomi…I want to get to one more, sorry to interrupt, before we run out of time. I have to ask you about this now deleted tweet from former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, of which some interpreted it as urging Democrats to give Senate Kristen Sinema the back of their hands. Many interpreted it to mean as encouraging an act of violence against the Senator for voting against ending the filibuster. Like you said, you’re a Democrat, were a Democrat, worked with Clinton and all that, and this is Reich, what do you think of these kind of attacks and specifically what Reich put up and then took down?
Naomi: You know, yeah, I don’t agree that he was encouraging violence against women. I think that’s too literal of a reading. But I absolutely see that, and I’m writing about this now, the kind of encouragement of otherization, withholding of groceries, withholding of medical care, withholding of free assembly of the unvaccinated or of people who are standing in the way of the Democratic agenda, leads to the kind of worsening of sensibilities that leads to cruelty. And we’re seeing unbelievable cruelty, nice people like Robert Reich, pleasant guy, right, are now feeling comfortable expressing in public. It’s shocking, but if you study history it’s not that surprising because just otherizing the unvaccinated.
Wolf: The fact that I can’t walk into a restaurant in my own city, New York City, the great melting pot, the great liberator of refugees from totalitarian regimes from around the world. It leads to the Nazification of public discourse that we are seeing. It’s tragic and it ends in a very bad place, but I’m not surprised to see people saying things now they wouldn’t have said two years ago.
Steve: Naomi, I can go on with this conversation, and unfortunately I can’t. Thank you so much for coming bac on and we will speak to you again soon.
Naomi: It’s my great pleasure, thank you Steve.
PHOTOS AND VIDEO: Over 20,000 Americans March in Washington DC Against Vaccine Mandates and Medical Tyranny
Bret Weinstein, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Dr. Paul Alexander, Dr. Robert Malone, Dr. Peter McCullough, Dr. Jessica Rose, Dr. Pierre Kory, Dr. Paul Marik, Dr. Christina Parks, Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, Dr. Ryan Cole, Dr. Richard Urso, Vaccine Injured Representatives, Civil Rights, and Constitutional Law Attorney Tricia Lindsey, Will Witt, union activist Tramell Thompson, Lara Logan, Del Bigtree, Steve Kirsch, Chris Martenson, Jo Rose, and Firefighters with Operation Freedom of Choice, Wendy Williams, Samuel Eaton, Rick Sterl, Will Jones.
Here’s video from the march and rally today by TGP reporter Alicia Powe.
POWERFUL! Professional Cycling Champion and Vaccine Victim Kyle Warner: “We Were Asked to Do Our Part for Our Country and Then Cast Aside in the Name of Profits!” (VIDEO)
By Jim Hoft January 23, 2022
The Gateway Pundit previously reported on Kyle Warner, a 29-year-old mountain bike race champion, who was diagnosed with pericarditis, POTS, and reactive arthritis a month after he took the second dose of the Pfizer COVID vaccine.
Kyle Warner now says his career was ruined due to the diagnosis and heart problems after taking the government-promoted COVID vaccine.
Kyle Warner: In an instant I went from winning mountain bike races to being completely bedridden. The last six months have been a revolving door of doctor, hospital and cardiology visits… I wasn’t aware of the fact that the companies giving the shots were given total legal immunity by the US government. I learned the Covid vaccines were not eligible for the vaccine injury compensation program due to their unapproved status. This means the people behind me qualify for the government aide program specifically established to help injured Americans with vaccine injuries. Zero corporate liability. Zero backup plan. What could go wrong?… We are not conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers. We are Americans, just like you, from every different background possible. Yet, we are united by one thing. We were asked to do our part by our country and then cast aside in the name of profit!
This was a very powerful speech! Warner has been castigated by the left after speaking out against his horrific experience.
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Well, we, of course, have the responsibility tonight to set our hearts toward the cross and the things of Christ, and we also are very mindful of the fact that we are on the brink of a new year and this is a good time to kind of do a bit of a spiritual inventory.
And as I thought about that, I was drawn to a text of Scripture that I would call to your attention for a few moments: First Peter. First Peter. You might want to turn to it and we’ll look at a couple of scriptures here in the first chapter of 1 Peter that will help us focus not only on the cross but on setting our priorities.
In the thirteenth verse of 1 Peter chapter 1, Peter writes, “Therefore, prepare your minds for action.” Now, the Authorized says, “Gird up your loins” – pull all the loose ends of your life together. This is kind of military language. When a soldier went into battle, he made sure that he pulled his tunic up, tied it around him tightly so that he could move freely and not be encumbered or hindered or give any opportunity for the enemy. And as a soldier pulls all the loose ends together to go into serious combat, so we are called upon to prepare our minds for action, to call all of our thoughts into control.
And then he says, “Keep sober,” and what that essentially means there in verse 13 is to get your priorities right. Think seriously, think accurately, think nobly, be sober-minded. He adds, “Fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” So in pulling in the loose ends of life, setting your priorities, you keep in mind the future revelation of Jesus Christ. We do everything we do in view of the return of the Lord when what we have done will be evaluated, and for that we will suffer either reward or the loss of reward.
As you think about your life at the beginning of a year, that’s a good way to begin. This would be a time for you to begin to pull in the loose ends. That would be sinful loose ends, that would be wasteful, useless things that occupy your life, and get your priorities where they should be as you anticipate the face of the Lord Jesus Christ and His glorious return or your arrival in His presence in glory.
Now, just exactly what is foundational to that? I think in this chapter there are a few things that we can look at that essentially give us a bit of a foundation for getting our lives in order, pulling in the loose ends, establishing the priorities. And I’m going to suggest a couple of them that I think you can mark out in your life as consistent perspectives that will help you keep your priorities right.
And the first one that I want to talk about, I guess I could call it, “Remember who owns you.” Remember who owns you. If you’ll go down to verses 18 and 19, the very familiar words, “Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood as of a lamb unblemished and without spot, the blood of Christ.” Here we have a call to a holy life. In fact, that call is familiar to anybody who reads this chapter because it stands out dramatically in verse 16. “You shall be holy for I am holy.”
What are the elements of living this holy life, this life with right priorities, this life without loose ends, this life that’s fixed on the return of Christ and our eternal reward? The first thing is, I believe, to remember who owns you. All of that simply to say that you have been bought with a price. According to the New Testament, you’re not your own, you’re bought with a price. That is the testimony of 1 Corinthians 6:19 and 20, that is the testimony of Acts chapter 20, verse 28, “You are purchased with the blood of God,” it says there, which, of course, refers to the blood of the incarnate God, the Lord Jesus Christ.
This blood is precious. Why? Because the Lamb who shed it is precious. “The blood” here obviously refers to His death. We’re aware of the fact that it is by the death of Jesus Christ that we have been purchased by God, we have been redeemed, we have been bought. This is Galatians 3:13, that He redeemed us by coming a curse for us, that He purchased us with His own blood.
It is foundational, I think, to the believer to never lose sight of the fact that you do not own yourself. You do not exist as an independent person. You have as your ambition to please Him, as we read in 2 Corinthians 5 this morning, because He owns you. You are, in every sense, a slave of God, a slave of the Lord Jesus Christ. You have been purchased out of the slave market, you have been redeemed with an inestimable price, the precious blood of the Lord Jesus.
And as you look at your life day to day, incident to incident, event to event, it has to always be in the front of your mind that I am not my own, I have been bought. And that purchase is forever, the price was imperishable; the purchase, therefore, is imperishable as well. He paid, as it were, an imperishable price for an imperishable ownership of every true believer.
And so from the standpoint of the foundational focus of the Christian life, it starts with recognizing that you are not your own. Every decision you make, then, should be made with the glory of the Lord in view, with His praise in view, with His worship in view, with His reputation in view. How will this reflect on Him? How will it bring honor to Him? How will it enable me to serve Him? That’s what is the controlling reality of our lives. We live to bring honor to the One who purchased us. Remember who owns you. You are not your own. You have been bought.
And it’s a good thing you have been bought because in the slave market of sin, as a slave of sin, you were headed toward eternal damnation. You have been bought in order that you might be a slave of righteousness and a slave of God and of Christ.
The second thing to think about when you begin to assess how to focus on the right things, how to get your priorities right, is to remember the covenant of salvation. And Peter points that out. Go back to the beginning of chapter 1. And I don’t know if you think about salvation as a covenant, but that is precisely the way it is presented here. “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia who are chosen” – and now we jump from the temporal identification to the eternal selection – “who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood.”
That is quite an interesting statement. To be chosen, to then be sanctified by the work of the Spirit, and that would encompass justification, regeneration, conversion, redemption – they would all be bound up in that. Sanctification is a very big word, it means to be set apart from sin. It can refer to our progressive sanctification, it can refer to our ultimate sanctification, or it can refer to that aspect of our sanctification that is connected to our redemption, our justification, our regeneration.
The point I want you to notice is the sequence. You have been chosen, you have been chosen, obviously, in eternity past, you have been set apart by the work of the Spirit, that would be the regenerating work of the Spirit which is the first sanctifying act, to, or with a view or with an effect to, obey Jesus Christ. In other words, we have been saved in order to be obedient. And then this interesting phrase: “and be sprinkled with His blood” – and be sprinkled with His blood. Does that go back to the atonement? Doesn’t that seem to be out of order? Aren’t we sprinkled with His blood first of all?
Well, the New Testament never describes salvation as being sprinkled with blood. It never describes it that way. So this is not describing something that we’re familiar with in the New Testament. Rather, this is something from the Old Testament. Turn for a moment to Exodus chapter 24, and in Exodus chapter 24, the people of Israel make a covenant with the Lord. Moses has come to them with the Word of the Lord, the law of the Lord, and he recounts it to the people in verse 3. All the ordinances and all the people, verse 3, answered with one voice and said, “All the words which the Lord has spoken we will do.”
This was a covenant. They committed themselves verbally that they were going to obey the law of God. Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord, then he arose early in the morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain with twelve pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel. He sent young men of the sons of Israel, and they offered burnt offerings and sacrificed young bulls as peace offerings to the Lord. Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins and the other half of the blood, he sprinkled on the altar.
Then he took the book of the covenant and read it in the hearing of the people and they said, “All that the Lord has spoken, we will do, and we will be obedient.” So Moses took the blood and literally splattered it on the people and said, “Behold, the blood of the covenant which the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.” This is a very fascinating moment.
Covenants were a very important part of Old Testament life, as you know. This is a covenant that these people are making before God to be obedient, and to signify this covenant and to create a symbolic representation of the covenant, blood is taken, it is put in flat saucers, and it is just sloshed over the whole crowd. It rains blood on all of them as, literally, a symbol of their devotion to keep the covenant. It’s almost like saying, “If I’m unfaithful to this, may I shed my own blood.”
Covenants between people in the Old Testament were very common, and they were associated with blood in a very usual way. The people of Israel saw their response to the law of God as a promise, same as the word covenant, essentially. and they wanted to say to God, “We promise to obey you.” The purpose of sprinkling the blood was to consecrate the parties. Some of the blood is put on the altar, which symbolizes God’s side of it. The other blood is sloshed on the people, symbolizing their side of it.
You say, “Well, what does this have to do with us?” Well, go back to 1 Peter. Peter borrows this language, very interestingly. He says that we have been sanctified by the work of the Spirit, that’s our regeneration. We have then entered into a covenant to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood. Symbolically, we enter into the same kind of attitude as the people in the Old Testament. We are brought into a covenant of obedience, a covenant of obedience.
This is not referring to the sacrificial blood of Christ on our behalf, but rather the blood of a covenant, which symbolizes the devotion and the commitment to obedience. So Peter is saying as the people in the Old Testament vowed to obey the Word of God, so when you come to Christ, when you experience the fulfillment of your election – namely, the sanctifying work of the Spirit – it results in obedience and in a covenant of obedience. I guess you could say it this way: Have the integrity to keep your promise of obedience.
I doubt that there was any blood splattered on you when you were saved, pretty sure that didn’t happen, but symbolically when you became a believer, if you were saying anything at that moment, you were saying, “I commit myself to obey you.” That is essentially what is bound up in confessing Jesus as Lord, right? If you say Jesus is Lord, you have just put yourself in a position of being submissive and obedient to Him. And consequently, that is a covenant, you made a promise. You turned from your sin, you repented of your sin by the work of the Holy Spirit, you put your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ savingly by the work of the Holy Spirit, and you promised and you affirmed that Jesus is Lord and thereby, you affirmed as well your commitment to be obedient.
You know, sometimes we set that aside, don’t we? We think that after we’ve made that covenant at the point of our salvation, as time goes on, we take more and more control of our lives back, and we need to go back to the original covenant. Peter’s point here is that you need to remember who owns you, who bought you, and you need to remember the covenant you made to be submissive and obedient to the Lord. Those are the focuses that will help you establish your spiritual priorities.
There’s a third one and it’s bound in this same section of Scripture. Go back to verse 14 for a moment. “As obedient children,” that’s what defines us, that’s the outworking of that salvation. That’s also the expression of the legitimacy and integrity of our covenant promise. “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance.” You don’t go back and obey another master, namely lust. You stay faithful to your Lord. You maintain the covenant of obedience to Him.
And here is the focus that I want you to see, verse 15, “Like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’” And here’s the motivation. “If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth.”
Now, I want you to just focus on the concept of father because the third point that I want you to note is in order to keep your priorities right, number one, you recognize who owns you. Number two, you remember your covenant with the Lord that you made at your salvation. And number three, you recognize all sin as a violation of a relationship – you recognize all sin as a violation of a relationship. And that is the essence of what it is saying here.
You are to be obedient children. You are to stay away from living by the lusts that used to control your life. You are to be holy in all your behavior, for He is holy, and here it comes in verse 17, “If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, then conduct yourself in fear during the time of your stay on earth.”
Christianity is a relationship, it is a relationship to God, and all sin is a violation of that relationship. That is so very important to understand. All sin is a violation of that relationship. The Scripture talks about it not only in reference to God, but in reference to the Holy Spirit where it commands us not to quench the Spirit, not to grieve the spirit. We are told in the New Testament to do all that we do to honor the Lord, to do whatever work we do to the honor of Christ.
Everything is spoken of relationally. Yes, we are commanded to obey the moral law of God, the law that is unchanging. That is the same in the New Testament as it is in the Old Testament, the moral and the spiritual law, but the New Testament much more calls us to maintain the integrity of the relationship that we have. God is our Father, and we are to love the way He loves and we are to behave the way He behaves as far as we can. We are to love our enemies, and you’re never more like God than when you love your enemies and express forgiveness as He expresses forgiveness.
When you sin, you don’t really sin against a creed, you don’t really sin against a code, you don’t sin against an institution, even the church, you sin against a person. And that takes you back to Psalm 51 where David says that my sin is against you, “Against you only have I sinned and done this iniquity in your sight.” It is essential for us to understand that sin is the violation of a relationship.
There’s a fourth principle that I think I see in this opening chapter in 1 Peter that helps us get our priorities right, and this looks at it a bit on the negative sight. Embrace the effects of adversity, embrace the positive effects of adversity. Verses 6 and 7, “In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you’ve been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold, which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
Again, this is that heavenly perspective. It’s the same perspective that we saw in verse 13 where you’re living your life with a view to the revelation of Christ. Here, you’re living your life with a view to the praise and glory and honor again that appears at the revelation of Christ, when Christ is revealed, either in His coming or when you see Him face to face, having left this world.
And verses 6 and 7 tell us that we are not just to rejoice, not just to be accepting of trials, but – strong language – greatly rejoice, though you have been distressed for a little while by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold, which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found.”
I’m going to stop there for a moment. The greatest gift that you can have as a believer, I’m convinced, is assurance of your salvation. The toughest thing to try to live with as a Christian is doubt about whether you’re really saved. That is a very difficult thing to experience and many believers do experience it. The antidote, if you will, the cure for doubt is suffering, trial. Why? Because when trials come, various trials come and your faith stands the test of those trials and doesn’t collapse and doesn’t fail, that’s the proof of your faith. And the proof of your faith, as he says there in verse 7, is more precious than gold.
The most valuable thing you have is the confidence that your faith is the real thing, that your faith is the real saving faith, that you’re a true believer. The more trials you have, the longer you live and the more you accumulate trials, the stronger your faith becomes.
I can tell you after many years of living as a Christian, it is not my triumphs that prove my faith, it is my trials that prove my faith. The proof of the legitimacy and the reality of my faith is that it has stood the test of trial after trial after trial after trial and it comes out strong and stronger in every case.
If you want to get your life in focus, if you want to pull in the loose ends, if you want to set your priorities right, if you want to live in the light of the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, then you have to embrace the wonderful, positive effects of adversity, and the dominating positive that comes out of adversity when your faith is tested, it is revealed then to be the real thing.
On the other hand, if your supposed faith collapses under trial, when things just don’t go the way you want them to go, and if you walk away from the Lord and abandon Him and turn from your profession of Christ – as some have done, of course, in all generations, even in the New Testament time – then you have evidence that your faith is not the real thing. Not the real thing.
The deepest pains in life, the most challenging difficulties, the heartbreaking disappointments that come in relationships in this life with family and friends, the many other disappointments, the physical infirmities, the losses that we all suffer are all opportunities for our faith to be tested. And when it is tested, if it’s the real thing, it is proven to be genuine, and that is more precious than gold, which is perishable.
So just for tonight, I want to leave you with those four simple principles. If you want to pull the loose ends of your life together, remember who owns you. That is at the very beginning of all of this. You have to be committed to the fact that you are not your own and that the price that was paid was an infinite price, a staggering price.
Remember the covenant that you made when you were saved and renew that vow of obedience, which you were so eager to make when you were so desperate to be saved. And thirdly, consider all sin as a violation of a personal relationship with a loving God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and embrace adversity for its good work of making your faith evident. Peter says, “This is what proves you are real.” That is a great gift. Let’s pray together as we come to the Lord’s Table.
Lord, we’re grateful for the simple, straightforward way in which the Scripture points us in the direction that we need to go, the way that we need to live to honor you, to enjoy you, to enjoy your blessing, and to gain an eternal reward, which will be for us an everlasting joy. We thank you that the Scripture is so clear and so direct. Give us the grace to live this way, to pull in the loose ends, to establish our priorities and live in the light of eternity.
Father, we thank you for our congregation in a church of faithful people, covenant-keeping people, people who understand what it is to have a true relationship to you and who cherish that relationship and never want to violate it.
Thank you for a congregation of people who understand the power that trials and adversity has in life, assuring us of our faith and giving us that assurance that is the most precious of all blessings.
Lord, we thank you for purchasing us with the precious blood of Christ and for taking ownership over our lives so that you’re responsible for us, to care for us, to provide for us, to discipline us, to reward us, to meet our every need. We rest in that reality.
And, Lord, we’re so grateful that in this congregation there is so much commitment so widespread to these realities. We feel like, even in saying the things I’ve said tonight, that I’m simply reiterating what the congregation is already committed to.
We thank you, Lord, that you’ve given us such great exposure to the truth and you’ve given us such a great love for you in response. You’ve prompted that in our hearts, you’ve shed that love abroad in us by the Holy Spirit. We’re grateful.
Over the years, legislators have asked about or made the point that when they use the Scriptures as their basis of authority when arguing a point, their opponents commonly say, “But I don’t believe in the Bible.” Does this mean believers should refrain from using the Word of God as their authority? In this study I will attempt to be biblically informative as to how we should respond to those who reject the veracity of Scripture—lest we refrain from using the ultimate epistemological1 source made known to mankind by his Creator.
Thousands of times over the Bible claims to be the Word of God. For example, in 2 Timothy 3:16, Paul states, All Scripture is inspired by God.… The Greek word for inspiration (theopnuestos) means “breathed out of God.”2 In 2 Peter 1:20–21, Peter states, But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.3 Furthermore, the Bible is referred to as the oracles of God in Romans 3:2. Accordingly, is Scripture not sufficient or a reliable basis for all matters pertaining to truth and life? Can we not continually depend on the Word of God as our absolute epistemological source to ascertain what is right— both in our personal lives and in the formatting of good legislation? Of course, we can.
Therefore, how should we respond to someone who rejects the Bible’s authority? Certainly not by jettisoning the use of God’s holy, inerrant Word to mankind which too many a legislator in the past has been intimidated into doing. To do so is to give one’s opponent the home-court advantage. If we discard the Word of God, we will have to prove our case with similar, inferior epistemological sources. By abandoning Scripture, in essence, we elevate all opposing ideologies to an equal level. The mature believer will avoid forsaking this perfect source. Please allow me the opportunity to develop this idea herein.
II. THE REALITY OF SUPPRESSION
Unregenerate members of Congress know that the Bible is true; they conveniently suppress that knowledge. This biblical fact is revealed in many passages of the Bible. Therefore:
Should we believe the person who says, “I don’t believe what the Bible says,” or should we believe what the Bible says about that person?
To further understand what is happening in the minds of Bible rejecters, examine Romans 1:18–21. Herein, the Apostle Paul states clearly:
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks.…
Notice the loud exclamation of this passage, i.e., man inherently knows about God and His ways. God’s ways are evident within them, states the apostle. In other words, man has a conscience that has been given to him by his Creator. The conscience is an instinctive function and ability of the brain that provides man with the capability to ascertain good from evil. Such a phenomenal ability is part and parcel to being created in the image of God. Herein is the ability to pass judgment on one’s own thoughts and actions. In Romans 2:15, Paul brings further light and definition to this wonderful internal moral compass speaking about mankind, stating:
In that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them.…
The Law can best be understood here as God’s moral precepts which were first condensed in the Ten Commandments and then later expanded upon in the Mosaic Law of the Pentateuch. Notice that this law is written in individuals’ hearts; it is evident within them.
Accordingly, the conscience is to the moral world of man what nerve endings are to a person’s physical world. Both are designed by the Creator to protect man from moral and physical danger; both of which, without a warning device, are capable of harming or even destroying him. Man’s conscience, like the physical nervous system, is God’s built-in alarm designed to go off loudly when violated.
Jeremiah the prophet underscores this truth from the Old Testament. He records God’s words spoken through him to the nation of Israel and ostensibly to all of mankind when he revealed God’s statement: “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it …” ( Jeremiah 31:33). It follows that since God made man, he would carry His resemblance.
Greg Bahnsen, a student of the great apologist,4 Cornelius Van Til, summarizes this assertion so well, stating:
“The human mind is created by God and therefor in itself naturally revelational of God.”5
Fascinatingly, when speaking to the West Point graduates in June of 2002, President George W. Bush revealed his personal and profound understanding of the conscience of man and that truth is evident within stating, “Moral truth is the same in every culture, in every time, and in every place.”6 In the context of this quote, the former President evidently holds to this truth as a foundational presupposition for the way in which he governed and led. All officeholders should aspire to the same. Educating those who would destroy or break the law written in their hearts is needless and irresponsible. In one sense, there is no need to educate a fellow legislator on a moral issue because according to Romans 1:19, that which is known about God is evident within them, for God [has already] made it evident to them. They already know the right thing to do morally; they simply suppress that knowledge.
III. THE TESTIMONY OF THE CONSCIENCE
Notice from the book of Genesis— prior to Moses’ reception of the Ten Commandments7—several passages that serve to illustrate the full and operational mechanism in man known as the conscience. It is not that the discernment of right from wrong is learned later in life or that it is shaped by varying cultural considerations or by a person’s environment along the way; rather, that discernment has always been fully developed and present within the human race—and each member of Congress:
Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” And he said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9).
In context, Cain had just murdered his brother. Accordingly, he knew very well where his brother’s body was! So Cain lied to God and made up an excuse. His phrase, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” was ripe with arrogant sarcasm because Abel was a keeper of the sheep (Genesis 4:2). Why did Cain lie unless, of course, he was covering up something and he was fraught with guilt? The chronological point: how else did Cain know that what he had done was wrong apart from his conscience?
“Perhaps my father will feel me, then I will be as a deceiver in his sight, and I will bring upon myself a curse and not a blessing” (Genesis 27:12).
How did Jacob know that what he and his mother were stewing up was wrong and therefore deceptive when they contrived to fool Isaac into blessing Jacob in Esau’s place (Genesis 27:1–28:7)? Again, this story illuminates the presence of an internal ability to ascertain right from wrong. In Genesis 6:5, Moses states, Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Scripture again attests that man is internally aware of his wicked ways; he knows!
IV. THE TESTIMONY OF THE CREATION
Not only has this knowledge about God’s attributes and divine nature been written on man’s conscience, or as we say today, his heart, Romans 1 also states that God’s actual character is clearly seen by that which surrounds man. In other words, God’s very nature is also evident to man as witnessed by God’s surrounding creation. In this regard, Psalm 19:1 states, The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. As previously stated, Paul said under the inspiration of God, that God is clearly seen, being understood through what has been made … (Romans 1:20b).
In the book of Acts, Paul further elaborates on God’s revelation of Himself through nature when addressing a pagan audience. In Acts 14:17, he writes, and yet He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness. According to Scripture then, man has no excuse to deny God’s existence. God continually witnesses of Himself to man both in him (through conscience) and around him (through creation).
V. THE REASON FOR SUPPRESSION
By way of recap, we have seen that it is not that man doesn’t know of God’s existence or what constitutes sin; rather, he suppresses it.8 Even though man has a God-given sensing ability internally and externally to inherently know what is right and what is wrong, Scripture says that he willfully attempts to suffocate it. Why? John 3:19–20 reads:
This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
Man’s corruption of God’s morality does not stem from a lack of education. Rather, the educated and calculated willful rebellion of God’s precepts characterizes every sinner. While some may display this rebellion in active, outward ways and to a higher degree, others are passive in their resistance and hostile toward their Maker. As a matter of fact, in Romans 8:7, every unbeliever is said to be at war with God (cf. Colossians 1:21). As seen in John 3, this aggressive suppression of moral truth extends out of the evilness of man’s sinning ways. This sinful rebellion is further illuminated by the following passages that highlight his bias in the direction of, and toward sin.
Unregenerate people in general, legislators in specific, are not morally naïve, blank pallets innocently standing by to be scrolled on by the faithful members of the House. They are not tabula rasa.9 The aforementioned Scriptures reveal quite the contrary. Unbelievers carry a bias toward sin because of their endemic sinful nature (cf. Genesis 3). They find themselves resisting the truth lest they be confronted by their own evil ways.10 And when left with the choice between suppressing that which they know and outwardly manifesting hypocrisy, many are those who will opt for the former. That duplicity explains why so many avoid Bible study in the Capitol. They are living in sin, and they know it, and to sit in an environment where the Scriptures are being proclaimed is hugely uncomfortable. They find it better to tell themselves the lie that the Scriptures aren’t true.
Psalm 14:1 punctuates this pressure to avoid hypocrisy people face. The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” Note that the identification tag for being called a fool in Scripture is not so much related to a person’s lack of intellectual ability as it is a reference to a diminished moral integrity.11 Accordingly, what the Psalmist means is that the person who lacks moral integrity has gone so far in his heart as to deny God’s existence by declaring to himself and those around him that “There is no God.” In an attempt to live with the continual crossing of his conscience comes a need to deny the Creator because it routinely screams of the presence of God! Akin to the Microsoft monopoly trial of the past, God has delivered every human being into the world with His programming already installed! The God program always pops up!
Biblically, to declare, “There is no God” or “I don’t believe in the Bible” is equivalent to the fireman who switches off the alarm in his attempt to gain some needed rest.
So, don’t buy the excuses of suppressors. Learn to view suppression as someone’s crying out for help. The governmental leader who states rebelliously, “I don’t believe in the Bible” needs someone to come alongside and help him or her to quit overpowering (by way of self-deception) that which they know to be right. Accurately diagnosed, on display is a strong will in need of deliverance from sin. They need a loving believer to call them to repentance and liberate them from their bondage through reception of the Lord Jesus Christ. Is there any wonder why God mandates every believer to evangelize? The prescription is the central cure to the ailment.
The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it? ( Jeremiah 17:9).
But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised (1 Corinthians 2:14).
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God (2 Corinthians 4:3–4).
But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:13).
To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled (Titus 1:15).
Mankind possesses a strong and continual testimony to the existence of God directly from God—no matter where they live in the world. This is known theologically as general revelation, meaning God’s character attributes and nature are evident within him (via his conscience) and around him (via creation). However, in his sin, he suppresses that knowledge. Accordingly, his greatest need is to be exposed to special revelation, the proclamation of the Gospel, which upon repentance and submission to it, he is set free and made anew. Paul succinctly stated this truth in 2 Corinthians 5:17:
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
Further regarding special revelation, Cornelius Van Til wrote:
Whenever the unbeliever encounters the gospel in Scripture, he recognizes the voice of God speaking authoritatively in its words; the divine character, convincing testimony, and self-authorizing quality of its message cannot be evaded. Unbelievers immediately discern and understand the evidence about God in their natural experience and recognize the voice of God when they read the Bible.12
This is supported by Isaiah 55:11 which amplifies the role of Scripture in converting the soul:
“So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”
It stands to reason that Christians in the capital need to regularly and consistently proclaim the Scriptures and not shy away from them because someone supposedly “doesn’t believe in them.” For in the proclamation of the authoritative Word of God, whether or not someone is rebellious toward God, is the power to change the capital and the culture. In the proclamation of the Word of God lives and nations are changed!
William Penn, one of the fathers of our country, keenly understood that capitols and their cultures are the consequences of conversions:
“Governments, like clocks, go from the motion men give them; and as governments are made and moved by men, so by them they are ruined too. Wherefore governments rather depend on men than men upon governments. Let men be good, and the governments cannot be bad; if it be ill, they endeavor to cure it.
But if men be bad, let the government be never so good, they will endeavor to warp and spoil it to their turn.
I know some say let us have good laws and no matter for the men who execute them; but let them consider that though good laws do well, good men do better; for good laws [are in] want [of ] good men and [will] be altered or evaded by ill men.”13
William Penn was wise to see this truth. Don’t pay any attention to those who say, “The Word of God is out of date; we shouldn’t use it as our authority.” They are those who are ignorant of what this lesson just explained. Only the Scripture changes hearts, which change laws, cultures, and capitals.
Explain to those who “Don’t believe in the Bible” that you are here to help liberate them from their willful suppression of that which they know to be truth.
Accordingly, rather than refrain from using the Scriptures, proclaim boldly to those who are bluffing all around you (cf. 2 Timothy 1:7).
1. Epistemology is “the study of the method and grounds of knowledge.” In other words, it indicates what your basis is for knowing something to be true.
2. Grammatically similar Greek constructions (Romans 7:12; 2 Colossians 10:10; 1 Titus 1:15; 2:3; 4:4) argue persuasively that the translation “all Scripture is inspired” is accurate. Inspired by God literally means, “breathed out by God” or “God-breathed.” (MSB)
3. Note in 2 Peter 3:15–16 that Peter testifies that Paul was writing Scripture. First Thessalonians 2:13 testifies to the fact that the apostles knew they were speaking and writing the Word of God.
4. An apologist is someone who defends the faith (cf. 1 Peter 3:15).
5. Greg L. Bahnsen, Van Til’s Apologetic: Reading and Analysis (Philipsburg, New Jersey: P&R Publishing), 251.
7. The Ten Commandments does not occur until the book of Exodus.
8. The first chapter of Romans goes on to teach that when mankind continually suppresses the truth of God that is shed abroad in his heart that he begins to dull his conscience. This is known as a reprobate mind, where the conscience no longer functions properly. And gone, then, is the ability to internally discern right from wrong. This condition is akin to a man with leprosy who, due to nerve damage, can no longer sense danger and becomes susceptible to many a problem that leads to his ruin.
9. Latin for “a smoothed tablet” or “a blank slate.”
10. Theologically, this is known as the noetic effects of sin. Noetic refers to the mind and intellect.
11. Reference Isaiah 32:6, For a fool speaks nonsense, and his heart inclines toward wickedness: to practice ungodliness and to speak error against the Lord, to keep the hungry person unsatisfied and to withhold drink from the thirsty.
12. Bahnsen, Van Til’s Apologetic, 261.
13. Edward Channing, A History of the United States, Vol. II, A Century of Colonial History, 1660–1760, (New York, The MacMillan Company, 1908), 118.
‘Injecting something into your body is a very personal choice’
By Bob Unruh January 22, 2022
COVID-19 and its variations undoubtedly are a dangerous threat to the health of a nation’s population, and hundreds of thousands have died of it in America since it apparently came out of a Chinese research lab two years ago.
Those include skin problems, neuropathy and numbness, headaches, heart problems, respiratory ailments, blood clots and memory problems, among many more, including death. And they’ve come after someone has gotten a COVID-19 shot.
Now there’s a plan in the state of Arizona that, while it may not prevent any of those complications, will make it clear that employers who mandate the shots for their workers are liable for the results.
Republicans in the Arizona legislature explained that in response to the many corporations requiring their workers to get the experimental shots, Sen. Wendy Rogers has proposed a plan to hold employers responsible for “any health complications associated with any required medical products or procedures.”
The proposal, SB 1254, “would protect employees who suffer any adverse reactions, injury, disability, loss of wages, pain and suffering or medical expenses correlating to the employer mandate. Furthermore, if any injuries arise within 120 days after receiving an employee mandated medical product or procedure, it would be presumed that the product or procedure is the cause,” the Republicans announced.
A range of damages would be allowed through the courts, including those allowed for death.
“Injecting something into your body is a very personal choice,” said Rogers. “We continue to hear personal testimony from people who’ve received the vaccine and are now experiencing negative effects. These COVID-19 vaccines are so new, nobody really knows what the fallout is going to be on each person’s individual health. Employers should be ready to face the consequences of any health problems associated with any forced medical procedures or products required of these hardworking men and women to maintain their employment.”
The bill is co-sponsored by Majority Whip Sen. Sonny Borrelli, Sen. David Gowan and Sen. Kelly Townsend, all Republicans.
“There’s a reason we refer to doctors as ‘practicing’ medicine. Because it’s not just about science. It’s also about the personal skill and knowledge of specific medical professionals, about variations in technical applications and about some dimensions that can only be described as an art,” the report said.
It reported the nearly 600,000 adverse events and pointed out nearly 8,200 people have died following getting vaccinated.
And it explained those reports are coming in from around the world, too.
It explained just the tip of the issue, “There were 5,273 reports of facial paralysis, including a Hong Kong report of higher risk of Bell’s Palsy correlated with CoronoVac (Sinovac Biotech) shots, a vaccine not used in the U.S. There have been 696 reports of Guillain-Barre Syndrome paralysis. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned against the syndrome being connected to the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen shot.”
The Centers for Disease Control has claimed that the benefits of the COVID shots outweigh the risks.
Top vax-mandate opponents to lead rally, testify in D.C.
Robert Malone, Peter McCullough, others joining RFK Jr. at National Mall
By Art Moore January 21, 2022
Lincoln Memorial (Pixabay image)
Drs. Robert Malone and Peter McCullough will join Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and many other opponents of COVID-19 vaccine mandates at a rally at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., this Sunday.
The event, Defeat the Mandates, will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Washington Monument with a march to the Lincoln Memorial.
At 12:30 p.m., a program at the Lincoln Memorial will begin featuring recording artists, prominent physicians, journalists, pro athletes, actors and thought leaders.
Participants in the one-mile march are asked to arrive at the Washington Monument by 10:30 a.m.
On Monday, Malone and McCullough will join Dr. Pierre Kory and Dr. Aaron Kheriaty of the University of California-Irvine School of Medicine at a panel session in Washington, D.C., hosted by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.
Johnson’s office said invitations have been extended to the CEOs of Pfizer and Moderna, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky and “other individuals who have developed, promoted, and led the response to the pandemic over the last two years.”
See Dr. Robert Malone talks about the D.C. rally on “The Joe Rogan Experience”:
Rand Paul Says Democrats’ COVID Mandates Will End When Business Owners Push Back
On Friday, United States Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) opined the government should stop telling healthy citizens to be tested for COVID-19.
Paul told Fox News broadcaster Laura Ingraham during an episode of her show “The Ingraham Angle” it would be a good first step towards ending the pandemic.
The senator, who is also a physician, was talking about the benefit of natural immunity gained by people who survive a bout of COVID-19 and how powerful the response is against future variants.
Ingraham cut his reply short as she informed Paul that Dr. Anthony Fauci recently offered a doomsday prediction.
“The worst-case scenario is we’re on our way there and we get hit with another variant that actually eludes the immune protection,” Dr. Fauci said, adding, “I hope that’s not the case.”
The junior senator from Kentucky oozed disdain as he said, “The man never fails to have the most pessimistic outlook possible and an outlook that requires more government intervention and an outlook, by the way, that elevates him to diva status so he can keep telling us what to do.”
“The bottom line is this pandemic will end when we stop telling people to get tested who are not sick,” he added. “And, it is also going to end when people economically resist.”
Paul expressed that the end of the pandemic will come when owners of small businesses like bars and restaurants protest against shutdowns that hurt their business.
“When the restaurant owners finally push back, when they march in the streets and when we all tell people to take a flying leap, you’re not going to come in my restaurant and force any mandate, that’s when this will end,” Rand said during the interview. “But, it’s going to take resistance — economic resistance — by restaurant and hotel owners in these blue cities where Democrats are forcing these mandates.”
The Fox host next asked the senator his thoughts on a California proposal to allow children 12 years old and up to receive vaccinations without parental consent.
“I believe it’s medical malpractice to force vaccines on children, particularly adolescent males,” Paul responded. “We now have the scientific evidence that shows the risk of myocarditis for young males is greater for the vaccine than it is for the disease.”
He added the risk of myocarditis increases with every dose, saying more than 90 percent of recorded cases occurred after patients received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“What do you think happens when you give them a third dose?” he asked.
1 At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. 2 (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. 4 And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. 5 He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. 7 She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.
Paying taxes isn’t something we like to do, but this time God orchestrated it.
– This time it was a miracle because God moved a whole nation to get Mary to Bethlehem so prophecy could be fulfilled at Jesus birth.!
Augustus wasn’t a man of God and didn’t know he was helping complete God’s prophecy made 750 years earlier.
God often uses evil men to carry out His purpose.
– He did to chasten Israel.
– To crucify Jesus.
– That’s what He did here.
The Birth— Luke 2:7 — She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.
If people who have trouble with the virgin birth would check a little closer, they’d see everything about the supernatural Christ is supernatural.
His beginning (as a man) was supernaturally ordained:
Galatians 4:4 — But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law.
His body ordained:
Hebrews 10:5 — That is why, when Christ came into the world, he said to God, “You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings. But you have given me a body to offer.”
– Talk about Designer Genes!
His Blood ordained — 1 Peter 1:19-20 — It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but he has now revealed him to you in these last days.
His purpose was ordained to get the job done! — Hebrews 9:26 — If that had been necessary, Christ would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But now, once for all time, he has appeared at the end of the age to remove sin by his own death as a sacrifice.
His family was ordained
Every human being is predestined to be adopted into God’s Family and share Heaven with God and His angels.
Even though God predetermined that we should be with Him in His Kingdom, it’s up to us as individuals to accept His Gift.
The arrangements were made but Satan threw a monkey wrench into the plan when he tempted Eve and Adam to sin — God then had to make Salvation available to us by our choice.
Each of us has been chosen to share in God’s Family but as Free-moral agents we have the power to choose God or not to choose God.
We have 2 grandchildren that, at the moment, have opted to reject their mom and her family.
They’ve listened to and bought into lies told by their biological dad and at this moment are living outside of the blessings belonging to our family.
Because of their choices they’ve missed out on birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, and aren’t even listed as beneficiaries to inherit what should rightfully be theirs when we die.
They’ve made the choice! Our family desperately wants them to come back into the fold!
In the same way, Satan has told lies that have alienated God’s children from Him.
He wants them to come back to Him, but it’s their choice as individuals whether they do or don’t.
This rebellious rejection of God is causing sinners to miss the inheritance God has for them.
Ephesians 1:4-7—Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.
Because the Wages of Sin is Death and we’re born sinners, God had to redeem us unto Himself.
Not one person on earth could be good enough to earn Heaven — only a man with no sin of His own could achieve that by dying in our place — MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Jesus is God — He alone could atone for the sins of the world population!
His Atonement is universal and is offered to every man, woman, and child, but we must choose to accept this wonderful gift!
We must choose personally — nobody can choose for us.
How was this Gift delivered?
You’d think something this important would be with a lot of fanfare and folderol.
This Gift was delivered in the most humble way — so even the poorest could know they were included.
THEMANGER — Luke 2:7 — She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.
Things haven’t changed! THERE’S STILL NO ROOM FOR JESUS!
Jesus desires a relationship with His Creation but the coldness of the world crowds Him out. . – The world has no room for JESUS!
The parents at the Mesa grade school made a fuss over Silent Night and The Little Drummer Boy being included in the children’s Christmas program.
The dad made the most fuss. He said, “This is neither the time nor the place.”
What are we celebrating? I wonder if their children are going to receive gifts to celebrate this Holiday that starts with the Name of Christ!
Most homes crowd Him out! — Luke 9:58 — But Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.”
Jesus can certainly identify with the homeless people.
He wants to give you a home in Heaven!
HAVE YOU LET HIM IN YOUR HOME?
When we lost our home in 2008, I had to retrieve mail sent to the old house because the address change hadn’t been fixed yet — the father of the man who took our house said, “There is such a spirit of peace in this house, I understand a minister used to live here!”
Jesus wasn’t welcome in His own Synagogue:
Luke 4:28 — And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, and rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.
When He announced who He was the people in the synagogue were furious.
Jesus isn’t welcome in most churches today.
Matthew 7:21-23 — “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’
Jesus isn’t welcome in our Society
Luke 2:7 — She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.
This describes the confusion of the world.
They don’t recognize the Gift of God that can bring Peace and Hope so they avoid Him.
All the prophets told the place, manner, and time of His birth.
There was and is still no room.
But there was room in: In Pilate’s Hall! On Calvary’s Cross. In Joseph’s tomb!
But let’s go on with the rest of the story:
Luke 2:8-18 — That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others — the armies of heaven — praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished,
– They were favored by a visit from angels — glory shone about them.
– Imagine the thrill of seeing angels!
– God included these shepherds in this wonderful news showing God cares for the lowly and the humble.
They were Frightened!
God’s mercy produces love and compassion.
God’s glory always produces fright.
Isaiah 6 — “Woe is Me”
Acts 9 — Saul (Paul) fell to the ground
Revelation — John fell like a dead man.
Today, too many people take God too flippant and casual.
We should approach Him with respect and reverence!
THE ANGEL’S MESSAGE
It was Simple and very understandable.
People try to make the Plan of Salvation too difficult.
1 John 1:9 — But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
The message stimulated the shepherds to action.
They didn’t just continue to sit like bumps on a log.
They got up and got busy — happily responding to the Gift God had just given them
Too many Christians think when they’re saved thats an end in itself.
Not so! There should be a NO PARKING sign on the altar.
When we’re saved, we should get busy for the Lord — the shepherds told everyone!
The message brought Satisfaction
Nothing’s more satisfying than knowing your sins are forgiven and are under the Blood of Christ and that if you died right now you’d be with Him in Glory!
JESUS WAS BORN WHERE? AND WAS LAID IN WHAT?
I ASK YOU, WAS THIS ANY WAY TO TREAT A KING?
HE WAS BORN IN BETHLEHEM JUST LIKE THE PROPHETS SAID HE WOULD BE.
HE WAS LAID IN A HUMBLE MANGER SO YOU COULD KNOW HE’S AVAILABLE TO YOU!
HE DIDN’T STAY A BABY — HE GREW UP AND BECAME YOUR SAVIOR!
CLAIM THAT GIFT WITH ALL ITS BENEFITS OF SINS FORGIVEN, JOY, PEACE, AND ETERENAL LIFE!
There was a young man getting ready to go to college.
He knew the vastness of the college campus he was to attend and thought he needed a car to make it to his classes on time.
His classes were all over that huge campus and scheduled close together.
Also he felt a car would help his social life.
He asked his dad to buy him a car he’d already picked out.
Dad said, “Come back this afternoon and we’ll talk about it.”
That afternoon he went to Dad’s office expecting to receive money for a car.
Instead, Dad handed him a book and said, “Son I want you read this book. It’ll help you in your college career.”
The son said, “But Dad, I really need the car right away.”
Dad said, “After you read the book, we’ll discuss a car.”
Angrily, the son stomped out of the office, took the book home and threw it on the floor of his room.
He went to college without a car!
At Christmas break he came home and asked his dad about a car.
Dad answered, “Have you read the book?”
Talk about getting upset at the unreasonableness of his dad!
All through 4 years of college, every time he came home he’d ask about a car.
Each time the answer was, “Have you read the book?”
Finally, he graduated, got married and had a family of his own.
Years later he asked his dad just what was so important about that book?
Dad said, “Do you still have the book?”
The now grown-up son said, “Yes, I kept it but have never read it!”
Dad said, “Get it and open it.”
When the son opened the book, he found a check written for the amount of the car he’d wanted for college.
The money was there all time, but he wouldn’t open the book to find it.
GOD HAS GIVEN US A WONDERFUL BOOK CONTAINING INFORMATION WE NEED FOR FORGIVENESS OF SIN, JOY AND PEACE THAT PASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING, AND ETERNAL LIFE.
IT TELLS OF HIS WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS PLAN FOR ALL HIS CHILDREN!
HAVE YOU OPENED THE BOOK YET?
MERRY CHRISTMAS! OPEN THE BOOK AND FIND THE ANSWERS YOU NEED!
Hope. Scripture says it is the essence of faith. And these are hopeful times for the pro-life faithful. Many are daring to hope the arduous quest to overturn a Supreme Court opinion that cost millions of lives over the past 50 years is almost over.
That quest began almost immediately after the Court issued Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion across the country. The first annual March for Life was held one year later, on January 22, 1974. And it’s been an annual event ever since — drawing tens of thousands of pro-life advocates to our Capitol.
Always peaceful and surprisingly upbeat, the March in recent years has been dominated by Christian teens and 20-somethings who cannot sit idly by while their classmates and friends are sucked into a life-ending vortex that sacrifices unborn children for convenience. These dedicated young people have hope that our nation can overcome a culture of death.
This year the March is on January 21 — just 5 days after Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, when churches nationwide celebrate the sacred value of life, expected and unexpected. It’s a date chosen to correlate with the tragic day Roe was handed down. Thousands of pastors annually take this day to remind their parishioners of the assurance in Psalm 139 that God knit them together in their mother’s womb, and that they are “fearfully and wonderfully made.”
That each of us are uniquely, divinely designed is also a source of hope — even as our perceived security is threatened on all sides by pandemics, violence, and political uncertainty. The God who made us promised to be with us through it all. In fact, Paul the Apostle encouraged Roman believers to rejoice in tough times because it develops perseverance, character, and hope.
And that brings us to why the ever-hopeful pro-life movement is even more optimistic this year.
It’s been tough times since 1973. But last May, the Supreme Court agreed to take up a case challenging Mississippi’s law that protects unborn children and their mothers from dangerous and painful late-term abortions. This is a big deal, because the Supreme Court usually takes cases to reverse them. The lower courts struck down the Mississippi law because it limits abortion after 15 weeks gestation — at least 6 weeks before the baby has any hope of being viable.
Past Court decisions have severely limited pre-viability abortion regulations, based on the assumption that a state has more interest in protecting fetal life once the child has a chance of living outside the womb. That arbitrary line makes little sense, given that a child at 15 weeks has all the same limbs and organs as any other human being. Like any other child, he or she just needs time to mature. After all, even a toddler cannot survive on its own. And wouldn’t the state have more interest in protecting young life that is more vulnerable?
Based on that reasoning alone, many legal experts expect the Supreme Court to uphold Mississippi’s 15-week regulation in this case (Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization) and allow states more freedom to protect pre-viability life. And that hope was greatly encouraged after the Court heard oral arguments on the case in December. At least 6 of the 9 justices expressed concern about a court deciding for the whole country when society has an interest in protecting unborn children and their mothers from the pain and horror of abortion.
That means there is hope that the Court will not just uphold the law, but actually overturn Roe and allow states to regulate abortion like any other medical procedure. The longing expressed by hundreds of thousands of marchers for almost 50 years would be fulfilled. The theme of thousands of Sanctity of Life Sunday sermons would be realized. And the prospect of stopping the loss of millions of unborn lives would become attainable.
Of course, we likely won’t know for sure what the Supreme Court will do till the end of its term in June. And the pessimist would remind us that Scripture also says, “hope deferred makes the heart sick.”
But the second part of that Proverb providentially declares, “a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”
That’s a reason for faith, which is the substance of things hoped for.
As a Former Planned Parenthood Director, I’m Proud to March for Life to End Abortion
Abby Johnson | Jan 21, 2022
Looking into the vast crowd at my very first March for Life 12 years ago was terrifying. I had left my job as a Planned Parenthood clinic director only three months earlier and basically became overnight famous within the pro-life community.
I had just undergone a radical conversion after witnessing the destruction of a 13-week-old fetus during an ultrasound-guided abortion. At the March for Life in Washington, D.C., there will be several former abortion workers in that big crowd, people who dispensed abortion pills to women maybe in that same crowd or held their hand as they laid on the table or coerced them into something they knew was wrong.
I was wary heading to that first March for Life because I was on the opposing side of these people for years. I had angrily protested against them. I had said mean things to them, especially the people who prayed on the sidewalk outside my clinic. Would they judge me? Would they shove everything I had said back in my face? Even worse, would they say I wasn’t worthy of redemption, that abortion workers should be hated and despised for what they did?
It didn’t exactly go the way I had expected. At that first March for Life, many people had heard my story of seeing the ultrasound and walking out of the clinic. Women were coming up to me and they were literally falling on me crying and sharing their stories of abortion regret.
Yet I did hear that abortion workers don’t deserve love, that we are despicable human beings for working in abortion clinics. This was especially prevalent in the early years after I left Planned Parenthood and began to put a face to the people who worked in the clinics. We are human, too. We make mistakes, some bigger than others. But so many of us have had the courage to walk away and recognize the destruction we were causing to women, to their children, and to their families.
I believe it is the stories of these abortion workers, stories of heartache and pain and redemption, that need to be told. Why? Because of my experiences, and those of many former abortion workers who have come with me to the March for Life, I’ve learned our stories of repentance have the power to heal those affected by the tragedy of abortion.
Both men and women who have been hurt in some way by abortion needed to see our repentance because we represented so much to them. We represented those doctors who ended the lives of their babies. We represented the nurses that held their hands and told them, “It would all be over soon,” or in some cases, the nurses who physically held them down on the table when they screamed out in pain. We represented the clinic workers who lied and told them that their babies were “just tissue” and that they wouldn’t regret their abortion. And really, we represented a society that had regrettably normalized abortion – and these women didn’t even realize how much they needed to see a repentant abortion clinic worker until they saw me.
It wasn’t even me necessarily. But seeing someone who had a hand in their pain cooled a burning spot of anger in their lives that maybe they had been holding onto for many years. Some of them didn’t even recognize the anger until they realized that it was gone.
Most of the former abortion workers we help get out of the industry and then who attend the March for Life feel like they will be judged by the attendees. But they aren’t. Many people come up to them and thank them for their bravery and courage. Others offer to pray with them. It’s an incredibly humbling experience.
Then there are the protesters, those who appear along the route or at the Supreme Court. They have shouted down former abortion workers, including those who speak about the regret they have of their own abortion. It breaks my heart to watch this happen because I used to be on that side. I used to be screaming at pro-lifers. I was so, so angry. But at every March for Life, I get the opportunity to say I’m sorry to the women who have abortions, that I’m so sorry for my work in the abortion clinic. And afterwards, I see the peace in the faces of the women listening. They just want someone to acknowledge their pain and see them. And I do. All of us former abortion workers walking in the March for Life do.
We’ll be there at the March, holding our signs that say we are “Quitters.” Our stories are different but we, too, have our place in the movement. It’s a special feeling to have walked away from our work at the abortion clinic and to now walk in solidarity with other pro-lifers who want to end abortion. It feels good to know we are finally on the right side.
LifeNews Note: Abby Johnson is the CEO and Founder of And Then There Were None, which helps abortion workers leave their jobs and find life-affirming ones. She’s also the author of “Unplanned“, which has been made into a feature film of the same name.
Washington, DC – The 49th annual March for Life rally and march on the grounds of the National Mall begins at 12:00 p.m. Eastern on Friday, January 21.
The March for Life is the world’s largest pro-life demonstration, drawing tens of thousands of Americans from across the nation for the rally and march to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The event has taken place annually since the Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, which created a right to abortion.
Speakers at the rally this year will include actor and producer Kirk Cameron; Lisa Robertson of Duck Dynasty; Fr. Mike Schmitz, host of the Bible in a Year podcast; and George Schuberg, student speaker at Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia.
How much of a deep thinker are you? I randomly stumbled upon this picture while roaming about the internet street.
I have different perspectives about it.
At first, I see a man who isn’t thinking far ahead. He’d rather pick a bread to quench his immediate hunger instead of the key that’ll set him free to get even more.
And then, I thought deeply about hunger. Hunger can be deadly. When you’re hungry for something, you’re all about it. You wouldn’t even consider identifying something else. When you’re hungry for someone, even someone more beautiful than them can’t catch your attention.
That man needed food and freedom. However, hunger for food superseded that for freedom. Don’t we all know what literal hunger makes us feel?
I kept staring at this picture and there came my second perspective. I heard a story a couple of years back. There’s an elephant that has been caged all his life. One day his owner was going out and he left the cage open. And then someone asked, “won’t the elephant escape?” The owner laughed. “This elephant cannot escape.” He answered with so much certainty. The man in the picture is the elephant. When you have caged an animal for a very long period of time, they have gotten accustomed to staying there. By the time you give them the opportunity to leave, they won’t. This is because that is what they have been conditioned to. Hence, the reason he picked the bread. He didn’t recognise freedom at all. Probably because he’s never had it or he’d lost it for so long that he could not identify it.
The further I looked, the more angles I saw. What if this man knows he gets to eat free bread in the prison that he can’t afford outside? In the fear of the unknown, he picks the known. Don’t they say the devil you know is better than an Angel you do not know (A Nigerian Adage)? If he takes the key and sets himself free, what’s the assurance of getting food out there?
Hmmm. Why did the prisoner choose the bread and not the key?
What do you think? Can you decipher this picture? Let me know your perspectives in the comments.