Posted by Gary on January 18, 2013
Ephesians 5:11 “Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them…”
On Wednesday, we witnessed President Obama surround himself with children as he addressed the nation on the issue of gun violence. There are many words that might be used to describe the President’s use of these children including: opportunistic, political and exploitive. But, these words will not suffice. More accurate words would be: sinful, deceitful and wicked.
Let’s begin here…do the children that the President hid behind to shield himself from the scrutiny his actions deserve, understand with adult comprehension the matters that they wrote to the President about and that the President used to advance his Constitution trampling agenda? Certainly these children think it is terrible that other children were shot and killed as do we all. These children want shootings like this to stop and of course, children and adults alike concur.
But, do these children understand that there are matters involved here that pertain to the Constitution that must considered along with and even above our need to solve a problem? Do they understand that the President may have another, greater, motive in regard to gun laws beyond his displayed concern for children? In short, do these children understand that this matter and the motives of those involved are not as simple as, “We don’t want children to be shot”?
Quite simply, these children, who are children in their understanding and comprehension were used as pawns in a matter that is above them and beyond their current capacity to understand. This however did not deter the President for he sees these children as emotional leverage to accomplish his goals for who is going to say anything harsh to the President while he is surrounded by children? This quite simply was cowardice on the part of the President but to his advantage and he has no qualms about violating truth and decency in his aim to systematically dismantle the America that our forefathers established and that you and I have been blessed to lived in.
Well ok, let’s take the President on his terms…he obviously believes that these children are mature enough to come into adult realms and issues and that they should play a role in making adult decisions. I would ask the President since he feels these children are capable of such adult understanding and decisions if he has treated them like adults by being honest with them about his views concerning all children’s lives?
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Posted by Gary on November 26, 2012
“Pediatricians treating teenaged girls should consider writing just-in-case prescriptions for the morning-after pill, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said on Monday.” (from NBC News)
Today we read that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that teenage girls be given an emergency prescription by their doctors for the “morning after pill”.
America increasingly encourages teen, unmarried sex with of course, the way to eliminate the children who are often conceived from the sex teens partake in. Sex is good, babies are bad. Yes young teen, you have a right to have sex, even if someone has to die in the process.
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Posted by Gary on January 7, 2011
We learn today that the city that never sleeps spends many of its waking hours killing babies. New York City health department statistics reveal that 41% of all pregnancies in the city are terminated (see news story here).
In 2009 New Yorkers killed 87,273 babies. The rate of abortion in the state of New York is 38%. 48% of all pregnancies in the Bronx are aborted. The national average is 19%. Americans on the whole kill 1 out of every five children conceived in our wombs.
As you listen to television and radio you are left with the impression that our country’s great problem is the economy. What a master deceiver the devil is. While on one hand he leads us to slaughter our children with the other hand he covers our eyes leading us to believe that there is no connection between our murder of the children who bear God’s image and our national demise.
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Posted by Gary on August 28, 2009
In the post preceding this one I shared some thoughts on Senator Edward Kennedy and his advocacy of abortion. I have wondered what will be said by the priest that officiates his funeral tomorrow. It should be interesting. According to the catechism of the Catholic Church, to have an abortion is grounds for excommunication. From the catechism:
2272 Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense.
The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life.
"A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae,"76 "by the very commission of the offense,"77 and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law.78
The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy.
Rather, she makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of society.
Catechism of the Catholic Church: PART THREE: LIFE IN CHRIST -SECTION TWO THE TEN COMMANDMENTS -CHAPTER TWO YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF -Article 5 THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT
If having an abortion is grounds for excommunication, what does the church say about those who have helped to legalize abortion, have spoken in favor of it and have voted against attempts to stop abortion or curtail it?
Today I came across this article in Time mentioning the pope’s silence since Kennedy’s death, intimating that Edward Kennedy and the rest of the Kennedy family are not in good standing with Rome:
One veteran official at the Vatican, of U.S. nationality, expressed the view of many conservatives about the Kennedy clan’s rapport with the Catholic Church: "Why would he even write a letter to the Pope? The Kennedys have always been defiantly in opposition to the Roman Catholic magisterium."…
Back at headquarters, however, there is little room for nuance. "Here in Rome Ted Kennedy is nobody. He’s a legend with his own constituency," says the Vatican official. "If he had influence in the past it was only with the Archdiocese of Boston and that eventually disappeared too."
Posted by Gary on August 27, 2009
Ezekiel 18:23 "Do I have any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord God, rather than that he should turn from his ways and live?”
Ephesians 5:11-13 “
Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.”
Thoughts here flow from the recent passing of Senator Edward Kennedy. As the passage from Ezekiel above makes clear, God does not take pleasure in the death of the wicked and our attitude as His people should be the same. I have many things I think in regard to the late Senator but I do not delight in his death. Senator Kennedy is now in eternity and my heart is bent toward mercy for anyone who is now in that realm in which nothing can be changed and all things are permanent and eternal. I remember a professor of mine in Bible college quoting another teacher with this phrase:
“Eternity is God taking our choices and making them permanent.”
While I do not delight in Senator Kennedy’s death, his life and what he championed bears examination. Senator Kennedy’s death begins what will be an ongoing line of legislators who sponsored the death of millions of unborn children entering eternity.
Now here a master work of the devil is put to work…you and I are not to evaluate another person’s life and talk with any sense of judgment regarding what they did or taught others to do. I have heard this over and over since Kennedy’s death, we are not to say anything, we are to put all differences aside (as if our differences are about who will win the Super Bowl or who makes better peanut butter, Skippy or Jif?)
Again, I do not mean a certain kind of talk concerning the deceased, if God takes no pleasure in their death than I must be careful about how I react to it. I am talking about an honest review of a person’s actions and philosophy and its impact on the world and the devil will not have us do it.
I will grant that Senator Kennedy brought about good in certain ways during his time in the Senate but he was also the advocate of one of the greatest evils that has ever come about in human history, the legalization of infanticide, the slaughter of unborn children, everyone of them bearing the image of God since conception.
Of course most of us are well past this…it is law, the Supreme Court has said it is ok and so the rest of us need to get over it right? We will not.
If abortion is not wrong in the eyes of God then there is no reason for concern. If it is, and Kennedy’s church, Roman Catholicism has declared it is. More importantly, the Bible declares that life begins at conception and that we are known by God as His creatures before we are formed in the womb. Therefore, killing children in the womb is sin. Accepting Biblical truth and even the declaration of his church, Kennedy has been the agent of great evil in the sight of God and against mankind.
“Hush” says the devil, you are not to think about or discuss such things concerning this man, he has died and it is not nice to talk about him. What a schemer the devil is, he would have us think that great sin is talking about a man after he has died while all the while we witness and do nothing about the slaughter of children. How nice Americans are in these days…civil, kind unwilling to talk about a man’s role in the slaughter of children. While we were being nice today 1,500 children were put to death in America and 115,068 worldwide.
Because talking about these things is mean, most people will never evaluate Kennedy’s life in the light they should which is, to what degree did his life reflect the truth and glory of God. Through the call to niceness, the devil continues to keep us in the dark. Tremendous evil continues and we will not see it or turn from it.
You can see a report of Kennedy’s history of voting on life issues here.
By the way, challenging a person to consider their actions before God and where they will spend eternity is the nicest thing you can ever do. I do wonder if any priest, bishop, cardinal or pope ever warned the Senator about the evil of his ways and what it would mean for him in eternity?
Posted by Gary on January 23, 2009
Today is January 22, 2009. On this day 36 years ago abortion on demand became the law of our land. Since then we have put to death 40,000,000 of our children. Do you care?
I can hardly believe the day has come and on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade no less. I must confess my surprise that deliverance would come under our new president Barack Obama but alas, it has. Did you miss the news? If we can take President Obama at his word today we can expect soon the end of the practice of abortion. Here is his statement:
“First, I can say without exception or equivocation that the United States will not torture…
How we have prayed for this, the day when America would recognize the torture it has inflicted on others. Since 1973 we have tortured and murdered over 40,000,000 of our children. Let us all rejoice that today we came to recognize that torture is wrong and have committed ourselves to torture no more.
Imagine, no more:
Suction Aspiration: “General or local anesthesia is given to the mother and her cervix is quickly dilated. A suction curette (hollow tube with a knife-edged tip) is inserted into the womb. This instrument is then connected to a vacuum machine by a transparent tube. The vacuum suction, 29 times more powerful than a household vacuum cleaner, tears the fetus and placenta into small pieces which are sucked through the tube into a bottle and discarded.”
Dilation and Curettage (D&C): “This method is similar to the suction method with the added insertion of a hook shaped knife (curette) which cuts the baby into pieces. The pieces are scraped out through the cervix and discarded [Note: This abortion method should not be confused with a therapeutic D&C done for reasons other than pregnancy.]”
Dilation and Evacuation (D&E): “This method is used up to 18 weeks gestation. Instead of the loop-shaped knife used in D&C abortions, a pair of forceps is inserted into the womb to grasp part of the fetus. The teeth of the forceps twist and tear the bones of the unborn child. This process is repeated until the fetus is totally dismembered and removed. Usually the spine must be snapped and the skull crushed in order to remove them.”
Salt Poisoning (Saline Injection): “Used after 16 weeks (four months) when enough fluid has accumulated. A long needle injects a strong salt solution through the mother’s abdomen into the baby’s sac. The baby swallows this fluid and is poisoned by it. It also acts as a corrosive, burning off the outer layer of skin. It normally takes somewhat over an hour for the baby to die from this. Within 24 hours, labor will usually set in and the mother will give birth to a dead or dying baby. (There have been many cases of these babies being born alive. They are usually left unattended to die. However, a few have survived and later been adopted.)”
Prostaglandin Chemical Abortion: This form of abortion uses chemicals developed by the Upjohn Pharmaceutical Co. which cause the uterus to contract intensely, pushing out the developing baby. The contractions are more violent than normal, natural contractions, so the unborn baby is frequently killed by them — some have even been decapitated. Many, however, have also been born alive.
Hysterotomy or Caesarean Section Used mainly in the last three months of pregnancy, the womb is entered by surgery through the wall of the abdomen. The technique is similar to a Caesarean delivery, except that the umbilical cord is usually cut while the baby is still in the womb, thus cutting off his oxygen supply and causing him to suffocate. Sometimes the baby is removed alive and simply left in a corner to die of neglect or exposure.
Partial-Birth Abortion: Five steps to a partial birth abortion:
- Guided by ultrasound, the abortionist grabs the baby’s legs with forceps.
- The baby’s leg is pulled out into the birth canal.
- The abortionist delivers the baby’s entire body, except for the head.
- The abortionist jams scissors into the baby’s skull. The scissors are then opened to enlarge the skull.
- The scissors are removed and a suction catheter is inserted. The child’s brains are sucked out, causing the skull to collapse. The dead baby is then removed.
(Abortion procedure information taken from LifeSiteNews)
In the majority position of the Supreme Court decision (pp.7-8) that upheld the ban on Partial Birth Abortion Justice Kennedy made reference to this description of Partial Birth Abortion by a nurse who participated in the torture:
“Dr. Haskell went in with forceps and grabbed the baby’s legs and pulled them down into the birth canal.Then he delivered the baby’s body and the arms everything but the head. The doctor kept the head right inside the uterus. . . .
The baby’s little fingers were clasping and unclasping, and his little feet were kicking. Then the doctor stuck the scissors in the back of his head, and the baby’s arms jerked out, like a startle reaction, like a flinch, like a baby does when he thinks he is going to fall.
The doctor opened up the scissors, stuck a high-powered suction tube into the opening, and sucked the baby’s brains out. Now the baby went completely limp. . . .
He cut the umbilical cord and delivered the placenta. He threw the baby in a pan, along with the placenta and the instruments he had just used.”
Were you aware that these are the types of things we have been doing to our children for the last 36 years?
I do not rejoice at the thought of anyone being mistreated or harmed but when I watched the President today make his announcement with all the implied disdain for methods used to get information from detainees at Guantanamo Bay I was angered. America is not going to torture? Strapping a man on board and submerging him in water is torture but the above murderous procedures are not?
How righteous and smug the new administration was today, they have corrected our tortuous ways. Be very afraid children, never has such a large collection of infant murder supporters been gathered together and given authority.
Already we see that President Obama is at work in the abortion realm as Fox News reports: “President Obama will issue an executive order on Thursday reversing the Bush administration policy that bans the use of federal dollars by non-governmental organizations that discuss or provide abortions outside of the United States.”
When President Obama was campaigning he made a promise to sign into law the Freedom Of Choice Act (FOCA). You need to make yourself familiar with this repeal of nearly every restriction that we have succeeded in imposing on infant murder.
I refuse to have the false charge of being unpatriotic keep me from revealing the sinful, murderous reality of what is being done by our country. Multitudes today believe that we have purged sin and ascended in righteousness, America no longer tortures we are told. Yes, we do.
Posted by Gary on January 21, 2009
The model for every pastor’s preaching, teaching and praying is the Prophets, Apostles and the Lord Jesus Christ. We are only truthful and faithful to the degree that our preaching, teaching and praying resembles theirs.
Concerning Rick Warren’s prayer today I want us to use imagination rooted in Scripture and ask the following: "Would Moses have prayed a prayer similar to Warren’s?" "What would Jeremiah have prayed if he were offering the invocation?" "Leave the words but remove Rick Warren and insert John the Baptist instead. Would, could, John the Baptist have approached God as Rick Warren did?
When the ecstasy wears off we have some serious thinking to do about the events of this day and what they portend for the future. But for now I would take hold of us and hand us the spectacles of Scripture. I ask you, I gently shake you as I ask you. Stop and think. Would the Prophets, Apostles or the Lord Jesus Christ have prayed in the way that Rick Warren did today?
For weeks I have tempered myself and called myself to be as gracious as possible, fearing what Warren might do today. I must say it was worse than I feared.
Can you imagine the Apostle Paul asking God to help us remember that what unites us is "not religion" but "our commitment to freedom, and justice for all"?
The God who commands all His creatures to love and serve Him only is to overlook our false gods and idolatry and remind us that our greatest commitment is to give freedom and justice to other men? Our greatest duty is not to other men, not even in bringing them freedom and justice. Our first and greatest duty is to worship, revere and serve God and Him alone:
Exodus 20:2-6 "I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments."
How can a servant of the jealous God bring our idolatry right into His presence and far from confessing it ask Him to remind us of some duty that in our idolatrous hearts we think is higher than honoring the one, true, God alone?
I defy you to tell me that any of the Prophets or Apostles would have prayed something like this.
Christians, we must be discerning.
Posted by Gary on November 14, 2008
A South Carolina Catholic priest has had the audacity to tell his parishioners that their claim to faith should govern their choices in life. In a day when you and I are told that we can define what being a Christian is or that we can practice Christianity cafeteria style (“I’ll take that, but not that”) the Reverend Jay Scott Newman has spoken clearly:
"Voting for a pro-abortion politician when a plausible pro-life alternative exits constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil, and those Catholics who do so place themselves outside of the full communion of Christ’s Church and under the judgment of divine law. Persons in this condition should not receive Holy Communion until and unless they are reconciled to God in the Sacrament of Penance, lest they eat and drink their own condemnation."
Under the judgment of divine law? Reverend Newman don’t you know that we don’t believe such a thing even exists? At least not for people who go to church. We really believe that judgment only awaits only a few people and of course not us or anyone we love. Judgment belongs to people who do horrible things like murder people, you know like Hitler and his six million or Stalin and his thirty million. You don’t mean to assert that our annual murder of forty two million babies will bring divine judgment do you?
Condemnation? Reverend Newman you and your kind are the real extremists, you mean to tell us that we are sinful and evil people who deserve to be punished. Even worse you would have us believe that God actually condemns people and sends them to hell. Maybe your God Reverend Newman but not our God, our God is love. Yes, we know His Word contains many warnings of His justice and holiness but we know that God finally realized that He was being unloving and harsh and changed Himself:
Malachi 3:6 "For I, the LORD, do not change…”
Jesus doesn’t have anything to do with judgment:
Revelation 19:11-15 “And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.”
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Posted by Gary on November 6, 2008
Psalm 127:3-5 “Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; they will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.”
Our family is grateful to God for the gift He gave us this past Tuesday of a new daughter, Anna Grace. Anna is our sixth child and we are grateful to God for each one of them. We welcome you little Anna. May you come to know Christ the Savior. We pray that you will serve Him all your days and do His will. May you marry a man who knows and serves God and bear children for God’s glory.
You enter a world that is hostile toward God and for all its talk, toward children also but do not worry, your God is mighty and will prevail. In our eyes you are a gift and a blessing not a punishment.
On your behalf and on the behalf of all children we will go out to the gate to speak to God’s enemies to call them to repent and be reconciled to Him and we will not be ashamed.
Posted by Gary on November 4, 2008
Proverbs 29:2 “When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when a wicked man rules, people groan.”
If you know me or have read anything on my Blog you know that it is my conviction that the hope of the Christian must never be in politicians or the political process. I have asserted and am convinced that we followers of Jesus have traded Gospel truth and power for political activism. The Church of Jesus Christ needs to repent and return to God as our hope. We must be willing to live Godly in Christ Jesus and embrace the persecution that will follow (2 Timothy 3:12).
It is time for me to practice what I preach for it appears that Barack Obama will be our next president. America has chosen a leader who has no equal in determination to murder the unborn. America, you are determined to ruin yourself. You believe you have found the answer to your problems but what can Mr. Obama do for you?
Isaiah 1:15-16 "So when you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; yes, even though you multiply prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood. Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil…”
Psalm 94:20-21 “Can a throne of destruction be allied with You, one which devises mischief by decree? They band themselves together against the life of the righteous and condemn the innocent to death.”
One of the men of my church recently said to me that the outcome of this election will likely reveal just how displeased God is with us. God is just, He gives to men and nations according to their deeds (Revelation 2:23). You may say what you want but it boils down to this. Human beings bear the image of God so to murder someone is to attack God Himself:
Genesis 9:6 "Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of God He made man.”
To willfully choose an advocate of child murder as our leader is our declaration to God, we hate Him and will attack His image by murdering our offspring, we will not have God rule over us.
Here is the silver lining, perhaps a wicked ruler will cause the Church to turn to God and to understand again that our hope, power and victory must come from Him. Those of us who have been redeemed and know righteousness groan.
Our hope is in the Lord our God.