Tuesday, February 11, 2014

They Don't Only Hate the Babies They Kill

This morning, the man driving this car brought his wife or girlfriend to the FPAMG abortuary in Mission Hills. As I stood outside the driveway, holding my cross, the man intentionally steered the car in my direction, causing me to back up to avoid being hit, before he turned the car sharply to make it into the abortuary parking lot.

Finding no place to park in the lot, he came back out of the parking lot cursing at me and threatening me. The man drove toward the front entrance of the abortuary. Fearing he would do as so many cowardly men do and drop the young woman off at the front door, we walked in that direction.

The man parked the car on the main street in along the west side of the abortuary. As he and the young woman walked toward the front door, I told her that if she was here for an abortion, there was a crisis pregnancy center across the street. The woman, who seemed to have tears in her eyes, said, "I've already had the abortion." She was apparently at the abortuary for a post-abortion appointment.

The man continued to breath out abuses and threats. He spit at Don, and then he went after Steve who was holding a small camera. Fearing the man was going to assault Steve, I stepped toward the man. The man turned toward me, made more threats, which I tried to assure him he would not carry out, and then knocked the digital recorder out of my hand.

The man walked into the abortuary, which the young woman had already entered.

No one was injured, including the man who made the threats.

I decided we would not call the police because I was quite certain nothing would be done.

This is the type of person who murders unborn children. It is no surprise that any man who would encourage or coerce a woman to murder her child would also harbor hatred for other people.

As we left the abortuary, I stopped and placed one of Living Waters' In the Womb gospel tracts on the windshield of the car. I included a note letting the man know I forgave him, and I left my email address in case he wanted to contact me.

Babies are murdered at these places, folks. The Christian community needs to stop sanitizing, minimizing, and ignoring what actually happens when men and women come to these places with murder in their hearts. And those who choose to murder their children do not limited their hatred to the child they kill, more often than not, for convenience sake.

If you have not yet seen the documentary Babies Are Murdered Here, please take the time to watch it, now.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Ken Ham Answered the Higher Call

Much of Christendom, as well as parts of the atheistic and scientific blogosphere, are writing and chattering much about last night's debate between creationist Ken Ham and atheist Bill Nye. I feel the need to also weigh in. But, contrary to my modus operandi, I plan to be brief.

Ken Ham wasn't as presuppositional in his creation apologetic as some Christians would like. He likely didn't provide enough evidence for some evidentiary apologists in the Christian ranks. But he preached the gospel.

When a man is given a platform in front of potentially millions of people--most of whom hate Jesus and His gospel--and he faithfully and unashamedly preaches the gospel, and then Christians respond with, "he preached the gospel, but.....," there's a problem. And it's a serious problem.

The gospel, and the gospel alone, is the power of God for salvation (Romans 1:16). One man preaching the gospel, even if he can't pronounce or spell "presuppositional" or "evidentiary," let alone competently and effectively employ either apologetic tactic, is fully equipped and fully armed to be used by God to lead men to Christ.

Don't get me wrong. Apologetic tactics have their place in evangelism, and I respect those who are accomplished apologists. And for the record, I personally ascribe to the presuppositional approach and employ tactics I hope are consistent with the discipline, in my evangelism efforts. However, apologetic tactics will never be more than a secondary, supporting tool for the evangelist, not for the gospel. The gospel needs no such support. The gospel simply needs to be proclaimed.

Scripture commands that the Christian always be "prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in [him]" (1 Peter 3:15b). My hope is in Jesus Christ and Him alone. My hope is in the gospel of my Lord and Savior--nothing else. My hope is in His perfect life (2 Corinthians 5:21), propitiatory death (Romans 3:21-26, and glorious resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:20-22)--nothing else. My hope is in the reality that the Holy Spirit testifies with my spirit that I am and adopted child of God (Romans 8:16)--nothing else.

And the reason for my hope? God has caused me to be born again (1 Peter 1:3). He has taken my heart of stone and given me a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26). He has made me a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). Because of and by His goodness, He led me to repentance (Romans 2:4). His gospel became an aroma of life for life to me (2 Corinthians 2:15-16). He removed the veil from my eyes (2 Corinthians 4:3-6) so that now I can see the truth that set me free (John 8:31-38). And He has assured me that His Word provides me with the assurance to know I am saved (1 John 5:13).

No apologetic argument convinced me of the above truths. God, by His grace and mercy, through the faith in His Son, which He gave me as a gift, through a miraculous work of the Holy Spirit, has allowed me to come to understand these truths that He so kindly inscripturated.

To some (maybe many), Ken Ham was not the hoped for apologist or debater last night. So be it. What Ken Ham did do last night was far more important than winning a creation/evolution debate. He answered the higher call. He preached the gospel.