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What doest thou here, Elijah?”

How often is that question put still! When a Christian worker, sorely needed, deserts his post, because of some unforeseen difficulty, or some selfish gratification and ease; to that couch of indolence, or to that forest glade where soft breezes blow, the question comes, “What doest thou here?”

When a child of God is found in the theater, the dancing saloon, or the place of evil companionship; sitting in the seat of scorners, or walking in the way of the ungodly- again must the question come as a thunderbolt out of a clear sky, “What doest thou here?”

When one endowed with great faculties digs a hole in the earth, and buries the God- entrusted talent, standing idle all the day long among the loungers in the market place, again must the inquiry ring out, “What doest thou here?”

Life is the time for doing. The world is a great workshop, in which there is no room for drones. God Himself worketh as the Master- builder. All creatures fulfill their needful functions, from the angel that hymns God’s praise to the wasp that buries a corpse. There is plenty to do. Evil to put down; good to build up; doubters to be directed; prodigals to be won back; sinners to be sought. “What doest thou here?” Up, Christians, leave your caves and do!

Do not do in order to be saved; but being saved DO!

(F.B. Meyer – Elijah)

This is a plea to the early twentieth-century Christian but it is as applicable today as it was then. Have we forgotten that we are in a war? Is there not a cause? Why do we justify wasting our time in frivolous things when there are battles to be won? Do you not see the victory just awaiting the obedient child of God? I think we have allowed ourselves to be blinded by both the cares and the pleasures of this world. Often we have bound ourselves as bondmen to the world’s master. We have no reason to serve the god of this world. He no longer has a hold on us. Once we were the children of the devil but now we have become the sons of God. There is great victory and power in being adopted by the King of the universe! Why subject ourselves to anything or anyone else other than our rightful Master?

“I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:1-2

As Believers, we have been saved from death to live as a holy sacrifice unto God. This is our reasonable service. Often we think that anytime we do something for the Lord that we are doing something great or extra. No. Living as a holy, acceptable sacrifice unto God is what is expected. We are the vessels that God has so graciously used.

  When we repent of our sin and trust in the Lord for salvation we receive a new occupation. No longer are we thieves, drunkards and idolaters. We become soldiers.

“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” 2 Timothy 2:4

“Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:11

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

Will we be able to say that about our lives? Have we fought the fight or are we more concerned about what people think of us? Have we put on the armor of God or are we just too busy to take the time? A soldier has no other option than to follow the commands of his Leader. He makes the rules of engagement. How selfish of us to accept the gift of salvation only to trample the name of our Savior. Is this not what we are doing every time we fail to obey His voice?

“What doest thou here?” Ask yourself this question. Are we doing what the Lord wills? Why do we pursue the things we do? Why do we spend our time doing the thing that we do? Where is our focus? What is the first thing we think of when we wake up in the morning? Where is our heart? The answer lies in where our treasure is. We can not serve two masters but so often we try to do just that.

More often than not we sleep while a desperate battle rages all around us. It is time to stand, to awake, to fight.

“Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:14-17

We have nothing to fear as children of God. Victory is sure when the Lord is on our side. If God be for us who can be against us?

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

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This is a video of a young woman that I talked to at Sandpoint High School. At first she was really reluctant to talk but by the end thanked me for the conversation.

What does faith look like in action? We don’t have to fantasize or dream up an example. It really isn’t up for debate. The Bible makes it very clear. Christians find a lot of pleasure in discussing this subject as if it is some deep mystery. If you really want to know the answer you don’t have far to look. Most likely you have read it over and over again. Some of the greatest missing truths in the modern church today are hid right in the open. The problem isn’t that people don’t know the answer but that they are unwilling to act on the knowledge that the Lord has already given to them in His Word. My goal isn’t to always dis the churches but they haven’t given much to praise them for. For the most part the churches of North America are dead. They have the Bible. They people sit year after year in the pews and soak in the truths of His Word. People like to hear messages reaffirming the truths they already know. It feels spiritual to shout amen on the front row. An emotional tear for the lost satisfies our burden to speak the Gospel. A moving, motivational message is tucked neatly into our repertoire of good doctrine. We have become satisfied with hearing. We have become addicted to doctrinally sound sermons. The church has become a house of entertainment. Is it not true? Do not the majority of Christians feel their duty is done by listening intently to a Sunday morning message? Where is my proof for such a claim? The evidence is all around you! Where are the Christians willing to make their faith public? Why are not they decrying the evils of our land that they already know are wrong? Christianity has been confined to the church building. You already know that the church is not the building but often your actions cry, “Hypocrisy!” Am I condemning? No. You have condemned yourself. The Christian has bought into the lie that the world is at peace with the message of Christ. The only reason they hold to this false idea is the fact that they have never spoken the vibrant light of Christ to the sin depraved world around them. I’m not talking metaphorically. We have heard enough of that. I mean practically sharing the light of Christ right where you are; with your neighbor. I’m talking about faith in action. Christianity is NOT a private faith. But believing that isn’t enough. Don’t nod your head or amen in approval unless you are willing to live the life outwardly that God has commanded of us. It is our reasonable service. Reasonable.

That doesn’t mean going the extra mile for Christ. It’s just the expected action of a true Believer. You might as well stop reading this if you aren’t going to act on what you know because I’m not trying to fill your head with more information. I’m not trying to make you feel guilty. I’m not trying to pressure you into action. I’m not even trying to convince you of your fault. You already know what you need to do. I’m just trying to leave you with no excuse for living a Christian life in the corner of a church building on Sunday. Some may be offended when they read this but I would implore you to look at the fruit in your own life and see if what I am saying is not true. We will use the Bible verse that says, “you shall know them by their fruit” to make judgments against others but it is time we turn that verse against our own lives. Where do we stand in light of this passage? Are we guilty or innocent? And will we act accordingly to the answer we will be forced to give? The thought is sobering. That is okay, it should be. This is serious.

So what does the church in action look like? Certainly not what we see in the majority of those that claim the name of Christ. The Bible says in James that “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this; to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” Is this just a suggestion for a nice church program or a standard that God has set for His church? I think the answer is obvious. This is the church in action. This is when faith works. A faith that isn’t working is no faith at all. Read it again, it’s Bible. I’m not going to apologize for the message. James didn’t. It is the Word of Almighty God. The example James gives us is a shocking resemblance of the churches today.

“If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”

This is practical faith in action. How horrifying the thought that James is writing of us. Why do we insist on clinging to illusions of piety? Is it enough just to believe? This isn’t a doctrinal debate. It isn’t about works vs faith. Why must they be in conflict? Faith must have works or it isn’t faith. There are no exceptions. If you disagree you’ll have to take it up with God. This applies strongly to abortion abolition and evangelism but really it applies to every area in our lives. We are to be “unspotted by the world.” If there is something in your life that is in conflict to the pure religion of Christ get rid of it. If there are no works accompanying your faith maybe it’s time to examine your faith. Don’t make excuses anymore. Don’t cover your sin with humor or complacency. We can’t negotiate with God.

Proverbs 21:13 says, “Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.” What are we stopping our ears at? What have we conveniently ignored? Might it be the unborn children being slaughtered at the rate of 3,500 a day? Maybe it’s the lost soul you call neighbor. Or that insistent sin that we just can’t give up to our loving Savior that died for that sin. Ask yourself the question. I think you already know the answer. Don’t let your preconceived ideas get in the way. There are no safe havens for sin in the Christian’s life, in God’s eyes. He sees. He knows. Don’t use “waiting on the Lord” as an excuse for inaction and apathy. You have before, so have I. Don’t let the devil win another victory. Your action may look different than your brothers and sisters in Christ but it must pass the Lord’s inspection. It must be pure religion. Not everyone’s works looks the same. We need to stop comparing ourselves to others.

I could write until the Lord returns trying to clarify about what I am writing and than apologize for sounding harsh but I’m not going to. I’m not going to apologize for the truth. You can take it or leave it. I am tired of Christians using the Bible to justify their apathy and sin. The Lord didn’t give us His Word so we could war against each other or to sit back in our comfortable click of Christianity. But it is “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” I’m not condemning because if we aren’t living our faith we are condemned already.

I don’t want this to be a dramatic essay or emotional dissertation. This is a plea for those bought with a price to live like it. A living church will be salt and light. What good is light when it’s locked up inside your church building or home? Many have found a comfortable place of peace soaking in the blessings of God. So many embrace the love that the Lord has given them. So many live, to learn the Bible and pray. Good for them. The people walking down your hometown streets hate God. They spit in His face everyday and they’d spit in yours if you told them of God’s future judgment. The devil has gripped their hearts and blinded their eyes. We have learned to be at peace with those that deface the name of our God and live a quiet, private faith. We are more concerned about being the friend of those that embrace murder, fornication and hate than exposing them to the light of Christ’s redemptive grace and just punishment.

  This should break your heart. This should move us to action. This should draw us closer to Christ and forsake the evil relationships and desires we cling to with tenacity. Maybe you have never seen the evil in the heart of man. Maybe it isn’t real to you. Salt burns wounds but it also cleanses. The walk of the Christian can be painful at times. Lonely. Sacrificing. But there is joy and peace in serving our Creator. Taking the first step in a faith that works can be terrifying. But who can stand against us when God is on our side? You will have doubts cloud your judgment. You will face fear and rejection. You will be criticized by both the sinner and the saint. You will be called judgmental and hateful. Slander will become your companion. Welcome to the company of the first century Christians. I’m not saying we are heroes or martyrs.

No, this is just our reasonable service.

Life begins at conception.

How do you prove it? Many pro-life groups have attempted to do this through scientific research and though their evidence may be compelling, all you need is common sense. Those that believe abortion is not murder won’t normally be swayed by this sort of thing. The evidence that life is present doesn’t change their mind. They already know that conception is the beginning of life. What they won’t admit is that it is a human life; that it is a human being worth protecting, no matter its age. If you tell the pro-choice crowd that a fetus is a baby, the majority of them will either laugh in your face or get angry. They have been brainwashed with an illusion. The youngest of the human race have been dehumanized. Instead of a baby they are called a fetus. Aborting a fetus sounds so much cleaner than murdering a baby. The crime that normally demands the death penalty or life in prison has now become a convenient medical procedure.

  If a fetus’ humanity begins at a certain point of development, who gets to determine the age when they become human? If we allow the laws to say that a fetus can only be aborted before twenty weeks we are condoning the murder of all the babies younger than that. Most babies are aborted during the first trimester, before week 13. What happens when the laws allows the slaughter of newborns or one year olds? Today the unborn are not considered human beings, tomorrow it may be the elderly or mentally handicapped. Most pro-life groups champion the laws that little by little limit abortion. Many states have attempted to pass bills that don’t allow abortions when babies can feel pain. On the surface it seems to be a good thing until you consider all of the babies that are murdered because supposedly they don’t feel pain. Is it fair that they are forgotten while the pro-lifers celebrate their victory for pro-life legislation? Does a baby earn the right to live only when they can feel pain, or when they have a heart beat, or brain waves? Even an animal fetus has a heart beat and brain waves. This doesn’t prove anything. Since when has development been the deciding factor of the value of human life? There should be no exceptions for murder. All abortions are murder.

A human life doesn’t just magically appear.

  That may seem obvious but when you try and regulate human life you are forced to conclude that it becomes human somewhere during the development. Do you suddenly become human at birth, or when you have a heart beat? Maybe it begins at week twenty or when a baby is no longer dependent on her mother. It becomes too ambiguous. Maybe a human life is formed when human life begins at conception. What a thought! At the moment of conception the foundation of human life is formed. It is a human life. How could it be anything else? Basic common sense allows no other possibility. Age should have no part. If a two year old child is no less human than a thirty-five year old man why would a human being that is only days old be less human than a newborn?

  What is there to prove? Common sense speaks for itself. The burden of proof lies with those that support abortion. What if they are wrong? We believe that every baby should be protected. Many others want the right to destroy them. They don’t want to believe that life begins at conception because they’d have to admit they are killing innocent human lives.

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The sound of crunching snow alerted me of someone approaching from behind. Nonchalantly I stole a quick glance at the advancing figure. It was young girl about ten years old walking an excited and friendly looking dog. The girl seemed a little apprehensive but despite her caution the rowdy dog pulled her forward with a few sharp tugs on the leash. Smiling, the girl stood before me, a look of wonder and childish innocence etched in her face. I turned my sign in her direction and said, “Hi. How are you?”

We were at the high school and were able to have a few conversations with some of the students about abortion and the Gospel of Christ. Some listened while others ignored us. That is just part of the high school outreach. But the high school is also a place were the kids from Hope Elementary are dropped off to either be picked up by their parents or to walk home in the brisk afternoon air. Sometimes we are given the opportunity to speak with some of these kids on their way home.

“Good, thank you.” she replied while staring at the image of an eight week old fetus displayed in full color at the center of my sign. It also read, There is life in your womb. Abortion is not the answer.

“What do you think of the signs?” I prodded. She looked up at me and answered, a hint of wonder in her voice.

“They are awesome.”

“Yeah, they are pretty amazing aren’t they?” She nodded and I continued.

“So do you know what that is?” I pointed at the image.

“It’s a baby.” She glanced from the sign, to my face then back to the sign again a little confused. My heart soared. This ten year old girl knew it was a human life. Some professors and doctors don’t even know that.

“Yes, you are right. See the tiny hands and feet?” The girl smiled and peered at the precious baby that millions of our own country men hate and regard as anything but a human child. This was the perfect time to tell her why we were standing there in the cold holding signs with pictures of babies on them. I knew she was dying to know.

“So do you know why we are standing here with these signs?”

“Um…no.”

“Yeah, it’s kind of weird isn’t it?” I smiled to let her know she could agree. She quickly nodded.

“We are here because some people don’t want their babies. Instead of loving them they kill them so they don’t have to take care of them anymore. Some people don’t believe that they are really babies so we have to tell people that they are.” The girl’s eyes widened. She had never heard of that before.

“That is so sad!” She was moved at the gravity of the issue.

“People call it abortion but it is really murder and it needs to stop.”

She understood that lives were being destroyed. She knew that we were speaking out for unborn babies. And she knew that it was wrong. Why won’t the rest of the world see these simple truths?

When we hold signs exposing the sin of abortion we see a lot of differing reactions. Some positive, some negative. But even after seeing it over and over again I am still amazed at one of the most common objections we get for holding the signs. The images of the babies have been called, disgusting; grotesque; disturbing; gross; offensive and even, “something you only see in horror movies.” Does that fit the picture of a human baby? How has our society warped the image of a precious child being formed in the womb into something grotesque and offensive? The lies that have been feed to us through the schools, media and court rulings have been effective in turning the hearts of the fathers and mothers against their children. The devil has won in his attempt at dehumanizing the offspring of our own race. Throughout all time Christians have stood against the evils of the day. At times it has been racism and sexism. Now it is ageism. Some say that your humanity is based on the color of you skin or from which race you are a part of. Others say your worth is determined by gender. Today the majority of Americans believe this is based on age. These are all lies. That is grotesque. That is offensive.

If the people we talk to on the street knew it was mass homicide that is taking place at the rate of 3,500 a day they would have no problems with us standing out there, demanding justice be done.

The real reason they are offended isn’t because we are showing “disgusting” pictures but because we are shattering their false illusions. It is easier to believe in the pro-choice slogan that “it is just a blob of tissue” because you don’t have to accept the painful reality that 1.2 million human lives are being ruthlessly destroyed every year in our own country. They don’t like the signs because they don’t like the message. They don’t like the message because they refuse to believe abortion is murder. People must see the images of babies. They must see the tiny hands; the intelligent eyes; the precious feet. These are being formed by God the very moment they are ripped apart limb by limb in abortion. I hate even to write such words but it is reality.

Abortion is murder and we must tell the world.

  Right now as I sit here and remember all the faces of the people that passed me by on the street today, I am overwhelmed at how lost and hopeless these people really are. There is no hope for a hurting soul desperately searching for meaning and purpose in the pleasures the world has to offer. I see the scowling face of the elderly lady wrinkled in disdain. A confused man blankly stares and ponders. A patronizing smile plays disapprovingly across the face of a portly woman. The mischievous, care-free spark of expression in the green gray eyes of a young man my age. I hear the faint echo of laughter. Laughter born of ignorance and callous. A profane scream clashes ironically with the pent up tears locked behind a lifeless stare.

  Everyone is a unique human being with a soul hand-crafted and fashioned by the hands of a loving Creator. Every person bears a life designed with a purpose known only by God. They are all called by God. He desires the heart of every one of them. I may only see the ugliness of their sin and rejection of truth but God sees His creation. He has compassion.

  Today we stood on the corner of Cedar and Main in Sandpoint, Idaho and reproved the evil works of darkness. And darkness was there. If ever you thought man was naturally good, your mind would be changed the instant you saw the disturbing callous of two girls laughing about death, murder and abortion as they wait for their light to turn green. If that doesn’t do it try having a hateful woman flip you off and scream out the window, “I wish your mom would’ve had an abortion!” Suddenly the quaint, tourist town becomes a war zone. The enemy is intent on killing. We are his target.

  Who is our enemy? Sometimes I think we forget who we are fighting. Our warfare is spiritual. We don’t fight against flesh and blood. We are standing against the gates of Hell. Satan is our adversary not the people we pass by everyday. Satan loves to use the weak and hurting but they are not who we are fighting against. They must be rescued. They are lost in darkness and sin. Man is evil but he is not our foe. We must bring them to the light of salvation to be rescued from the clutches of the devil.

  Today as I held signs I saw raw humanity displayed for what it really is. They have been bitten by the teeth of bitterness. They have been manipulated and abused by others around them. They have become jaded to the powerful message of Christ’s redemption because the church has failed to be Christian. I’m not making an excuse for their sin but explaining why they are lost in it. Some people act like monsters when confronted with the seriousness of their sin but there is a hurting and hardening heart behind the layers of bitterness.

  We mustn’t forget that we are told to love them. Were not we once one of them? Did not Jesus die for the monsters we used to be? Is their sin of hate any different than the apathetic concern we display to this dying world? Could the story of the Good Samaritan be a parable of our lives? I hope so. After we have accepted the free gift of salvation, that the Lord has so lovingly given to all who will receive, how can we refuse to offer that love to others? That is selfishness at its worst. For those of us that actively participate in abortion abolition we have become in danger of great hypocrisy. We decry the selfish motives of abortion such as woman that say that if they don’t abort their babies it would ruin their life or that it’s their body and no one has a right to tell them what to do with it. These women are selfishly keeping others from living so they can live the life they want. How similar that is to us when we refuse to have compassion on those that are headed for an eternal death after we have been granted life. The cross wasn’t for Christ but for us. The crosses we bare as Christian aren’t for us but for others around us. We want the world to see the importance of the baby’s life while failing to see the importance of the lives all around us.

  We must be bold and uncompromising with our message but we cant forget to lovingly show them their sin and guilt. It is the goodness of God that leads us to repentance and as ambassadors for Him we must show that goodness to others. A sincere smile goes a long way. It strikes right at the heart. I’ve seen those that hate me respond in wonder when I treated them with kindness in return for malice. Lets not forget to share with the world the compassion of Christ. Every word must be spoken in love. If we have not charity all we will be is a thorn in the sinner’s side. We must show them, with compassion, their disease of sin and then the bloody cross of redemption. While Jesus hung dying on the cross He cried, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” Let that be our prayer when we are reviled. When we truly see God’s love for us and what He has saved us from we will have no problem caring for our angry and hurting neighbor. When you stand for truth you will be accused of hate speech. Lets not give them any legitimate reason to do so.

On Jan. 13th and 14th we did abortion abolition for the first time in Clark Fork, Idaho. We held signs and invited people to talk with us about abortion.
I was able to talk with three students for a few minuets. They said that they agreed with us but had some objections to our signs. The signs showed images of live unborn babies and messages of God’s forgiveness for the sin of abortion. They considered the signs to be “grotesque.” I explained why we need to hold signs and expose the evil of the American Holocaust.

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On January the 13th and 14th we began abortion abolition work at the Clark Fork High school for the first time. Clark Fork Idaho is a small town of only 500. Nothing like this has ever been done here and we were all interested to see the reaction of the community. I was truly amazed at the response. I would guess that 90% of all the reactions were positive. We did get an occasional snow ball or apple thrown at us. Some yelled profanities but those came from a small group of young people at the High School. The majority of the people that passed us by, as we held signs, smiled, honked their horn in approval or gave us a thumbs up. At first glance this seems to be a wonderful thing. All these people that believe abortion is wrong! Honestly it is encouraging to be supported in your stand but is this a victory or a revealing of a deeper problem in the Christian heart? A friendly wave is nice. A smile is appreciated after standing in the cold for hours. A “hurrah” for our efforts is welcomed but there must be more. If they really believe that abortion is wrong why aren’t they doing something about it? Why wouldn’t they stop and ask how they could help? Where is the action that follows a true belief? I know that I cant speak for everyone but it is quite evident that the majority of professing Christian are apathetic if not callous to the atrocity of abortion. If every Christian stood up for what the Word of God proclaims as truth and justice our country would be a different place. According to the US census bureau almost 50% of all US citizens consider themselves to be Christian. Where is the proof? I think for the most part they consider their friendly wave or supportive thumbs up to be their proof. Belief is enough for them. They have become satisfied with being a hearer of the Word and not a doer.

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This is where the vast majority of “pro-lifers” and Abolitionists split ways. To be pro-life has become a political standpoint. Often it follows the whim of the people. God’s character of liberty, justice and love have been detached from the issue. Some use it as an excuse for apathy. They feel satisfied by voting their responsibility away. I understand that people are busy with the everyday responsibilities of life but people can find time for whatever their heart desires. I don’t think it is a belief problem but a heart problem. The Christian heart has become lazy. The Christian has chased the pleasures of the world and now have found themselves too bogged down to do the work of the Lord. We find time for the things we care about. Doesn’t the Creator care about the lives of the unborn? Shouldn’t we?

In Nazi Germany the Christian congregations would sing louder every time a train load of Jews were being shipped by like cattle to drown out the sounds of human agony. Imagine singing Pass me not, a few decimals louder than normal, to drown out the screams for help in the background. Do you think those sounds of worship were sweet to God? I think He hated them. But we can’t blame the German Christians because they were just too busy. At least they were going to Church singing of Christ’s redemption. They were “being still and knowing God” while humanity rushed by in cattle cars by the millions. Am I mocking the Scriptures? No! I’m trying to expose the irony of the Christian that sings praises to God in church for “saving them from the miry clay” while saying nothing about the human beings reduced to ashes in their backyard.

Why do I always compare abortion to the Jewish Holocaust? Because abortion is another Holocaust. This Holocaust has just been given a clean, innocent name. The only difference between the two is that in the Jewish Holocaust 6 million were murdered. The American Holocaust has claimed more than 53 million lives and the number is climbing at the rate of 3,500 a day.

Some say, “But what can I do?” Nothing if you are satisfied with the status quo. People don’t really understand the severity of this Holocaust. Many have chosen ignorance or callous. I plead with every Christian cleansed by the blood of Christ to obey your Savior’s voice. The love of God will move us to action. I’m not advocating doing abortion abolition in the flesh or under our own power because that will most certainly fail. But standing and speaking in the powerful confidence of the Holy Spirit.

What would happen if the 90% of Clark Fork that knows abortion is murder would demand that human abortion must stop? Can you imagine if 150 million American Christians stood up for what is right? Can this generation turn the world upside down for Christ like the Christians did in the 1st century? The answer is up to you. It always starts with one. Every fire starts with a single flame. Let us sweep this nation with the purging light of Christ’s Gospel.

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  Sometimes speaking to people about abortion can be intimidating. People have made the issue so complex that it seems almost impossible to comprehend. How do we answer the many questions posed by those that support child sacrifice? Answering their questions may be simpler than you think. Basic logic triumphs over any “pro-choice” slogan. We must rely on the Holy Spirit to guide our tongue but we are also commanded in the scriptures to “study to show thyself approved” (2 Tim. 2:15) and to “be ready always to give an answer to every man.” (1 Pet. 3:15)

  This post was written to help equip you with an answer. The list of questions is by no means complete but highlights the most common questions and objections that you will face while speaking out for the unborn.

“What about in the case of rape?”

  This is probably one of the most common questions that you will hear. Truly, in essence, abortion and rape are the same crime. It is a stronger perpetrator committing a crime against the weaker victim. Only with abortion it is the crime of murder. Both are helpless victims. Why should the baby pay the death penalty for the crime of her biological father? Abortion just adds murder to an already wicked crime. Obviously our heart should go out to the women that are faced with such a crisis pregnancy but it is never justifiable to commit a crime to cover another crime. There are stories of women that have found healing in the birth of their children. Often the precious baby is the only good to come out of such a tragedy. The way a child is conceived doesn’t determine the innocence of that life.

What if the mother’s life is in danger?”

  Technically every pregnancy has the potential of being dangerous for the mother but the majority of pregnancies are not. But for the small percentage of those that do pose a threat to the mothers life both the mother and the child should be cared for. Both lives are of equal value. A doctor doesn’t stop trying to save one life by killing the other. Both are patients and both deserve medical attention. With the medical care today this situation is extremely rare. No one wants to see a mother die because of a pregnancy but why is it justifiable to sacrifice the life of an unwitting child in attempts to save her? The unborn children have been dehumanize in our pleasure seeking society.

You can’t tell me what to do with my body!”.

  This almost seems legitimate at first glance until you see the blaring flaw of logic. It isn’t her body! The baby inside of her body is a unique human being. The tiny hands, the small developing brain, the precious heart beat; are those the mothers hands and brain and heart? Even the question defies logic. No one would consider a foreign parasite to be their body why the human baby growing in the womb? Mothers have been given the wonderful responsibility of carrying the child but the baby is not the mother’s body.

I’m not telling a woman what to do with her body, I’m telling her it is a sin to kill her child.

You are a man so you don’t understand.”

  Obviously this only applies to male abolitionists but it is something you will hear a lot. They would be right to say that I don’t understand what it is like to be a woman and I would never claim that I did but I don’t have to be a woman to know that abortion is wrong. Do I have to be black to know slavery is wrong? Do I have to be a Jew to know that the Holocaust was wrong? The answer is a resounding, “NO!”

  This is a foolish excuse that sidesteps the whole issue altogether. Not to mention that there are many woman abolitionists that hold the same view.

God forgives all sins.”

  This is a tragic excuse and we, as Christians, are to blame. It is either a feeble attempt to cover their guilt or an apathetic attitude toward life and sin. Both are sad results of a sin depraved culture. First of all it doesn’t really excuse abortion because in order to use this argument you must first admit that abortion is a sin. So truly this is a misconception of forgiveness and grace.

Does God forgive all sin? Be careful how you answer that question. How can God forgive a sin for which the sinner isn’t repentant? He can’t. We are forgiven by accepting His grace not cheaply using it to hide our guilty, blood stained hands. He will forgive the sin of murder once they see their need and turn to Christ in repentance. “Shall we sin that grace my abound? God forbid.”

Well, babies go to Heaven.”

  This is one of the weakest arguments that I have ever heard. The destination of the dead victim doesn’t change the severity or legitimacy of the crime committed against them. Murder is still wrong! Does that mean we are justified in killing anyone headed for Heaven? The thought is absurd.

It is just a blob of tissue.”

  I think of Jesus Christ, the Almighty God entering Mary’s womb. All of God was condensed into a few tiny cells. The Creator of the universe was encased in the fragile body of a human fetus. Was God just a blob of tissue? Did He cease to be God in the womb of a virgin? No. He was the Mighty Father, Son and Holy Spirit just as He is today in the form of one of life’s most precious gifts; a human child.

  30 days after conception the heart begins to beat. 42 days after conception brain waves can be recorded. Is this just a blob of tissue?

They can’t survive on their own anyway.”

  This is the viability argument. This may be true but is has no real baring on the issue. Many abortions are done in the early weeks of gestation but many others are committed against babies that can live outside of the womb. Either way it is still wrong and it is still murder. Many have used this very argument in the past to support euthanasia. Still others use it to justify not taking care of the elderly and mentally handicapped. Honestly, following this logic leads to an evil conclusion. When someone becomes a burden on society they are killed. No baby can take care of itself. It needs the care of a mother. Does that make it less of a human? The handicapped and mentally ill cannot take care of themselves but do their lives no longer matter. This is an argument based solely on selfishness.

Keep the main thing the main thing”

  You will hear this complaint from Christians. I have written a post explaining in detail why this mindset is wrong here: https://voicesofdissidence.wordpress.com/2015/01/10/keep-the-main-thing-the-main-thing/

Dont judge!”

  Whenever you challenge the way people believe they will feel judged. You show them that they are supporting murder and child sacrifice and often they will retort using something they know nothing about: the Bible. Every other time in their life they discredit and scoff at the Bible until they have an opportunity to twist it to their advantage. Often I have heard, “Don’t judge lest ye be judged!” This is Matthew 7:1 taken completely out of context. What they are saying is this, “Don’t tell me that what I am doing is wrong!” What Jesus is saying is that we will be held accountable for the very same things we accuse others of doing. He is talking about hypocrisy. Jesus goes on to say that we must remove our huge faults before we can point out the small faults in others. It must be read in context. If we supported abortion in any way and yet were still out their condemning it, they would have a point. But we aren’t. We are exposing the works of darkness. (Ephesians 5:11) Jesus says to “judge with righteous judgment.” (John 7:24)

  They feel judged because they have been smitten by their conscience. This is the wonderful, God-given meter that should be the starting point on the road to salvation. The sinner must know he is guilty before he will seek repentance.

Do you believe in the death penalty?”

  This question is posed as a way to prove an inconsistency in the Abortion Abolitionist’s worldview. All it is is a red herring in logic and a weak argument at best. If you can, avoid being derailed by this question. If you have to give an answer ask them a question back, “Who deserves to live? The mass murderer on death-roe or the helpless unborn baby?” Saying that a wicked criminal deserves to pay for his crimes is not inconsistent with the belief that abortion is murder. In all reality the guy on death-roe has forfeited his right to live, the baby has never been given the chance.

It’s just a fetus.”

  Saying, “it’s just a fetus.” is like saying, “it’s just a toddler.” Fetus is a name that people have given to a human child in a certain stage of development. People say that abortion is justified because the baby isn’t developed all the way. Either has an infant or a toddler. Are they less human because they are not yet adults? This is ageism and is the heart of the abortion issue.

Abortion is just reproductive choice.”

  No, the reproduction has already taken place. The parents have already made a decision and the child shouldn’t have to suffer the death penalty because of the result. Obviously accidents happen but that is no excuse for murder.