I must confess that I am a little confused... For years in the abortion debate we have been told that abortion must be available to protect the life of the pregnant woman. It would seem that staying alive has been very important to our women to the degree that if a baby must lose his life to keep her alive, so be it.
Now we see our women increasingly willing to go into combat. Perhaps this is stating the obvious ladies but going into combat often results in losing ones life. How is it that we are finding women willing to lose their life for country but not for the infants in their wombs? I can at least understand the consistency of "I don't want to die by any means, for any reason". But I am having trouble understanding "I will risk my life to fight in combat but not to give birth to my baby."
In God's economy, men are to be willing to risk their lives for their wives, children and country. This is how a man shows his courage and lives out his created purpose as defender. Ladies, if you want to be courageous and be willing to lay down your lives, also...
Here is a case that perfectly illustrates the wickedness of our social systems today.
It's not hard to see there are major problems, but which one should we focus on? There are bribes, threats, child abandonment, contract killers, kidnapping, child-trafficking, and it's all going down in Connecticut and Michigan. The number of people involved is mind-boggling. Oh, and it's all perfectly legal.
A week ago, the Financial Timesreported the following stats issued by Chinese government officials. Since implementation of their forced abortion policy in 1971, the government reports their doctors have slaughtered 336 million little ones. That's 8,000,000 murdered babies per year; 666,666 murdered babies per month, 153,846 murdered babies per week; 21,918 murdered babies per day, 913 murdered babies per hour, 15 murdered babies per minute, one murdered baby every 4 seconds—non-stop for forty years.
Meanwhile across the world Jews put on their morality plays memorializing those who died in the Holocaust and rich whites organize local militias to lynch "slavery-deniers."
330,000,000, and that's just the forced abortions. Chinese government officials also released stats on sterilizations and implantation of IUDs. Since 1971, government doctors have done 196 million sterilizations of men and women and have implanted 403 million intrauterine devices...
RC Sproul Jr. will give two addresses on abortion tomorrow evening (Friday, April 5th; 7 PM in Ballantine 013). As promo for the call to repentance, Michael Foster and Jason Chen went out to interview Indiana University students...
The weekend with RCJR and his loving daughter, Darby, was very good for us here at Clearnote Church, Bloomington. What joy to have a brother come alongside and put his shoulder to your plough.
We regret to say, despite every bit as much effort on our part to publicize his two talks on the slaughter of the unborn given on the campus of Indiana University as we gave Doug Wilson's talks on homosexuality a year ago, no one bothered to get mad or express the slightest disagreement. That's abortion today—utterly passé. No one but those who claim the Name Christian either love or speak up in behalf of the unborn.
RC preached Sunday morning on the solidarity of our Lord with His people in our suffering pointing particularly to Jesus' rebuke of Saul using the first-person pronoun, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?" (Acts 9:4). Videos or recordings of some of the messages will be up soon. Keep watch here for their announcement.
I'm very grateful to Doug and Nancy (last year) and RC and Darby (this year) for strengthening us here in Bloomington by their faithful witness to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Darrell Todd Maurina has done us all a great service by providing us a history of the so-called “spirituality” of the church and how R2K adherents appeal to “Old School” Presbyterianism. There’s been a lot of blowback from this post, especially where he emphasizes the inherent cowardice.
Probably what disgruntled men the most is that he named names like D. G. Hart, Michael Horton, R. Scott Clark, Mitchell Mahan, Todd Bordow, Matt Tuininga, Steve Zrimec, and I would add Tullian Tchividjian and Brian Lee to the list.
It can be complicated wrapping your arms around what R2K is because their defining characteristics are labeled using terms embraced by nearly every Reformed believer. R2K is a relatively recent anomaly formalized a bit more by men who have loaded familiar terms with new meaning. They read the past through an anachronistic lens and attempt to impose this on us. Given this fact, I would take issue with some of Mr. Maurina’s points because I think he gives far too much credibility to the development of what we call “R2K”.
R2K is really a reaction of particular men against the failures/weaknesses of evangelicalism (real, and sometimes simply imagined). It’s a product of particular men’s resentment toward the last 50 years and very likely no more than a reaction of particular men against their upbringing. Michael Horton makes no bones about...
Recently, after speaking on the House floor about the horrors of Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s abortion clinic in Philadelphia, I began wondering if my mother had ever thought about ending her unplanned pregnancy. My parents never gave any indication that it was ever a consideration, but was it?
If there’s one thing I have been convinced of over the years, it’s that some Pro Life® organizations try balancing an apparent allegiance to God’s “no” with a false notion of propriety. I say “balance," but what it comes down to is that some of these organizations absolutely will not ever say “no,” but then they’ll tell you “no!” when you actually say God’s “no”…you know?
Saying God’s “no” is antithetical to the peace they enjoy, but their peace is only what the world has to offer. God's "no" disrupts the equilibrium of an otherwise airy existence...
But then when someone else says God’s “no," it draws attention to the fact these Pro Life® groups won't say "no," and it’s embarrassing, really. Why they refuse to say “no” is quite principled, we’re assured; but I think it boils down to the following:
A false sense of propriety, and
Some may balk at my number two, but keep in mind that there is no Pro Life® movement unless abortion continues. There are ministries and careers to preserve—not just babies. But more, no one wants to give money to organizations that are impolite. These groups need our money for their salaries.
Take, for instance, Oklahoma's Holy Innocents Foundation (HIF), a group dedicated to the adoration of the Eucharist on behalf of the unborn...