Silent No More
Fifty years have gone by, and 63 million children have been sacrificed in America since Roe v Wade was passed. Though it was never law, we acted is if it was and we ignored God’s words beginning in Exodus 20. We placed the Supreme Court above the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and violated that First Commandment to have no other gods. Then we violated the 6th Commandment with impunity.
Do not murder. Exo 20:14 TLV
And then we violated this one equally.
If a man presumes to kill his neighbor with craftiness, you are to take him from My altar and put him to death. Exo 21:14 TLV
Now in a Post Roe America, this battle has gone state-by-state and as a nation we are splitting parallel to the North versus South of the Civil War, without a Mason-Dixon Line. Our lines are drawn at our state borders and I live in Colorado – a Roe Slave State where it is legal to murder a child at any time during a pregnancy, including partial birth abortion. The battle sits much closer to home now that it is away from Washington.
That second text is perhaps the clearest description of our system of child sacrifice which we handily call abortion. That word is softer in our hearing, thank you to so much social engineering through the use of language. If we had called it child sacrifice or murder, which it is, perhaps we would not have allowed it to go on so long. Presumption is entirely present when appointments are made.
Where would we be today if we had called it child sacrifice or murder.
Scripture thankfully also speaks to what we must do to purge our land from innocent bloodguilt.
So you shall purge the guilt of innocent blood from your midst, when you do what is right in the sight of the LORD. Deut 21:9 ESV
If you are ready to take on all the forces that are behind child sacrifice, then begin to ask and answer this question:
What do I need to do in order to do what is right in the sight of the LORD?
Recall the words of Paul:
I say this because you are each saying, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Kefa,” or “I follow Messiah.” Has Messiah been divided? Paul wasn’t crucified for you, was he? Or were you immersed into the name of Paul? 1 Cor 1:12 – 13 TLV
We tend to call it “Inter-faith” but that is wrong. We hold the same Bible, we believe in the One Messiah. We have cultural differences in how we look at the one unalterable Word of God.
We differ in how we hold what we call worship. Do I lift my hands or not? Do I kneel? What is the order of our service? Do we have coffee in the foyer? Is it a foyer or a lobby? What day(s) do we meet? And on, and on, and on.
If you believe we cannot unify around the sin of child sacrifice and admit our guilt together and come with repentance and end the shedding of innocent blood regardless of our cultural differences, read no further. You have much work to do with yourself first.
And please do not write to me – I do not have the time or the heart to argue petty differences. These are cultural differences even if we like to say “Inter-faith.” A Hindu in India is another faith, my Baptist friend is not. He and I come from different cultural expressions of our one faith.
Consider these texts, one from the “New” and one from the “Old” (although our God is timeless).
There is one body and one Spirit, even as you also were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, the One above all and through all and in you all. Eph 4 -6 LITV
As for the congregation, there shall be one statute both for you and for the alien that lives with you, a never ending statute throughout your generations; as you are, so shall the alien be before Yehovah. Num 15:15 LITV
All are treated alike. Before God there are no divisions, no denominations, no movements but only individuals who either love him by keeping his commandments or reject his commandments as hating him (Exodus 20:5 – 6) With that in mind read on.
From the Eastern Orthodox Church
The following came from a writer in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Another culture. From an Eastern Orthodox annual dinner: the main dish for the meal is Kibbeh, a dish made of bulgar wheat, minced onions and finely ground lean beef with Middle Eastern spices. In addition to the kibbeh, Malfouf (cabbage rolls), Loubieh (greens beans simmered in a tomato sauce served over rice), salad, and baklawa round out the meal. …” Any questions?
Now read this about abortion – some of the clearest thinking I have read.
Who are the Guilty?
For the woman who has had an abortion (and survives), the guilt and pain attending this act are far more bitter and galling than any penance which could possibly be prescribed by the Church. There are priests who tell of women who continue to agonize over an abortion after countless confessions and absolutions. The duty of the Church with respect to these poor sufferers is to bring them to peace with themselves and God, purging them of the delusion that they are unworthy of God’s forgiveness and salvation. Bringing the Peace of God to a woman so blighted is a spiritual labor which may take years. Such is the deadly fruit of abortion for its second victim, the woman.
However, and in addition, for every woman who has an abortion, there are hundreds, perhaps thousands who have contributed to her sin and suffering and the death of her child and bear the heavy burden of guilt no less (and, in some cases, more so) than she. These too, if they are Orthodox Christians, must come before Almighty God in the Sacrament of Penance, repent and turn away from their sinful acts.
The physicians and medical staffs who do the actual abortion procedures.
The clerical staff, maintenance workers and others whose work in abortuaries allow them to continue to murder children and desecrate women.
The politicians who vote for abortion legislation or who are too timid, apathetic or ambitious to stand for life.
The social workers who counsel abortion and deliver women into the hands of the murderers.
The judges and lawyers who use the legal system to promote abortion as a “right” and persecute those who fight against the killing of the unborn.
The members of the media who hide the reality of abortion, telling half-truths and lies to lull the American people into accepting abortion as a “right” and a “social necessity.”
Those who are “Orthodox” on Sunday morning and, in the world outside the Church, consider themselves “neutral” or even “pro-choice,” supporting with their resources the advocates of abortion.
Those who are directors of foundations, corporations and companies who fund the powerful advocates of abortion such as the National Organization of Women.
Those who work for the companies which make the suction machines whose only function is to dismember and kill children in the womb and the crematories used to burn the bodies of the slaughtered.
Those whose money and research produce prostaglandins and other aborti-facients such as the IUD, the so-called “birth control” pill and the human pesticide, RU-486.
Those who promote, advance and/or perpetrate experiments on living children in the womb or who have been aborted in the cause of so-called “fetal tissue research.”
Those who work for and/or support Planned Parenthood, which is the world’s largest and richest abortion procurer, promoter and provider. (Further, it is necessary to discover if one is supporting a seemingly unrelated organization which advocates abortion, such as the vast majority of conservation and environmental groups.)
Finally, the guilty are all who stand idle and allow the killing to continue without protest.
To paraphrase the great philosopher Edmund Burke, evil will triumph when good men do nothing.
The Responsibility of the Church
There is not, nor can there ever be, an oikonomia (Greek for “household management”) which allows people engaged in such sinful activities to go to Confession on Saturday, Communion on Sunday and work as usual on Monday. If there is no change of heart, no turning around, if they believe that they can continue to spill innocent blood however removed they might be from the abortion procedure itself and remain an Orthodox Christian, they are deluding themselves.
For the Sacrament of Penance to be valid it is necessary for them to abandon their sinful lives, repent and try to make amends for the great evil they have done. Any priest or bishop who practices oikonomia by knowingly allowing such people to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ without demanding that they cease their bloody course will have to answer for the souls of those who have profaned with his permission, the Holy Eucharist.
Answers in Exodus
Again – “If there is no change of heart, no turning around, if they believe that they can continue to spill innocent blood however removed they might be from the abortion procedure itself and remain an Orthodox Christian, they are deluding themselves.”
For “and remain an Orthodox Christian” try substituting “and remain a Messianic” or “and remain a Lutheran” or “and remain a Roman Catholic” or “and remain an Evangelical” or whatever you want to put into this context. The name you use does not matter, what matters is this:
And when you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you. Yea, when you multiply prayer, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood. Isa 1:15 LITV
This was written to “the daughter of Zion” in verse 8 but addressed to the “rulers of Sodom” and the “People of Gomorrah” because the actions of Judah and Jerusalem were no different than those who had been overthrown and destroyed for sin. The name did not matter, the only thing that mattered was what had been done.
How to enter the battle for lives.
Are you ready to take on the rulers, authorities, powers, dominions, principalities or any other term used for the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places?
This is not a light calling. This is however the right calling.
We begin with “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at Hand!”
What drives us forward is to live out the whole Bible – The Wholly Bible, from cover to cover by doing justice, not just talking justice; loving mercy, not just studying mercy in comfortable and agreeable Bible studies and walking humbly with our God, not talking about how that might look (Micah 6:8).
We will bring justice to the fatherless and help to the helpless by stopping the doing of evil and the learning of how to do good. We will reprove the oppressors who are becoming wealthy off the slaughter of innocents (Isaiah 1: 16-17). Our desire is to confront our culture by practicing pure and undefiled religion: to look after the orphaned (read fatherless) and widows (read husbandless) in their affliction, and to keep ourselves unstained by the world (James 1:27).
We are not fighting other people although it may look that way. We are battling the spiritual forces of wickedness who inhabit the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12). Our weapons are not the weapons of the world system – we have weapons much more powerful than theirs that they do not likely know we have.
For the weapons of our warfare are not those of the world. Instead, they have the power of God to demolish fortresses. We tear down arguments and every proud obstacle that is raised against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive in order to obey the Messiah. 2 Cor 10:4-5 ISV
The only way to defeat the rulers, authorities, powers, dominions and every other title in their realm, and end child sacrifice in America is to come together in the unity of repentance.
We are all guilty of the blood that has been shed for the past 50 years. This happened while we fought one another rather than fighting the spirit behind this sin. When we acknowledge our sin of infighting and not unifying in saving our sons and daughters, and come together “to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word” (Heb 12:24) – the sacrifice of our One Lord – we will begin to see the end of this holocaust.
Our battle cry is “This starts with me.”
Don’t wait to gather others, begin by repenting on your own, alone if need be. The spiritual forces of wickedness hate true repentance for they have nothing to offer as a counter attack. Let the Spirit of the Living God lead you, use the words from the Eastern Orthodox Church to lead you if needed. Those words are true of all of us.
And may God richly bless you as you begin to take on the American Holocaust in the only way it will be defeated.