O happy day!

(Tim) If you and the brothers and sisters of your church were regularly standing outside of your local abortuary, offering help to the women going in to kill their little babies, you would have days of God showing His glory and mercy like this account of today's work sent out by the the souls of Church of the Good Shepherd who keep vigil at Bloomington's killing place.

Praise God that He showed mercy on two mothers and their little ones--particularly since today was the thirty-fifth anniversary of the legalization of abortion by the United States Supreme Court who, on January 22, 2009, issued their infamously cruel ruling, Roe v. Wade.

Now, for our correspondent's report on their work this morning here in Bloomington outside Planned Parenthood, saving two babies from being murdered...


Today we arrived at Planned Parenthood to see a new sight, fifteen “Pro-Choice”/Pro-Murder demonstrators. Their signs said such things as “My body is not public property,” “Women deserve better than coat hangers," “Baby Free By Choice,” and “Pro-Choice Healthy Families." This was discouraging until the eighteen plus people from Church of the Good Shepherd and other Protestant churches showed up. Later, there were around 150 people at the Jericho March--perhaps quite a bit more.

The Lord used the pro-abortion people in an amazing way. A Jericho marcher from Evansville saw them and felt compelled for the first time to join us and speak of her abortion--the Lord used her words and we had two children spared from slaughter today! Two in one day!

By the end of the morning, even the pro-abortion people began to listen to what we were saying...

(though they would not engage us in discussion--they were all Indiana University students, and therefore too open-minded to talk to us). One of the abortuary's escorts seemed on the verge of tears when one of us took her hand and asked if she had had an abortion and was trying to justify that evil. I don’t know her name, but we need to pray for her, as well as the other women we spoke to today.

It was an incredible day. We came that morning seeing the forces of death and evil well-organized and arrayed as for battle. This bolstered us; everyone seemed to speak with a new boldness and our Father chose this day to claim as a victory for Christ.

Praise Him for He is truly great!

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"Holiness doesn't consist simply in avoiding evil ourselves. We must expose and oppose it. The godly don't stop after saying God's "yes," but always follow through saying God's "no," also." - Tim Bayly

The moment I read those words was probably the exact moment I realized that Stephen Baker was correct by calling my words against the protests "foolish." Whose feet should I grovel at?

Praise the Lord! God is so good!

Alex,

I'll say something maybe I shouldn't since I'm not trying to kick you when you've got your hat in hand.

My wife read your words on that old blog and they rang in her head for a week and she was dreading the day she'd be back at Planned Parenthood - she kept saying, "Why'd he have to say the exact thing I say to them every week - that 'It isn't too late to change your mind'?" She rarely gets so frustrated as when she read your post, in fact it really surprised me. Besides, all the counselors say many other things as well.

You unwittingly said the exact words that would tear down a person who demonstrates at Planned Parenthood.

Everyone told her not to worry about it and in the end she felt confident about what she was saying and she said the same words on Thursday like always.

I'd say that if anyone's you should grovel at her feet and you've already done that. I think the bloggers all understood why you said it, no groveling was necessary! But thanks all the same.

You wouldn't believe how stupid we've felt down there and the Lord seems to use even the most foolish things. Faced with the darkness at PP one quickly realizes that there are no words that don't sound stupid to those who have not ears to hear and you spend more time in prayer and speak whatever the Lord gives you to say anyway, no matter how stupid it sounds to you sometimes.

In the end, it's not anything we do but rather the Lord uses our obedience more than the specific things we say.

Turns out the woman who spoke of her abortion today is from the same town as one woman who's child was spared today, she spoke for the first time and is now going to tell her story to her church to get them involved.

Thanks brother, for your post, we really appreciate it.

Clint, the only thing I don't understand from your comment is why you think that maybe you shouldn't say it. I sometimes enjoy a swift kick in the rear. Tell your wife I'm sorry.

Also, tell her to take my comments 25% as seriously as she would take anyone else's comments here... maybe less. Most of the people who comment on this blog bring up things that I have never heard of and are way above my line of thinking. That's no excuse since nobody has control over my tongue except for me, but maybe it will help out if I say more foolish things in the future.

Alex,

After years of knowing Christians who do not want Godly accountability and getting unkind responses for trying to tell my brothers the truth in love, which I also wanted back, I am still not used to people taking criticism so well!

You're right, Alex. I won't feel like I shouldn't say those things but you have to promise to speak the same way to me or even more directly! Okay?

One thing that hit me was that during the Rally for Life, I sugar-coated criticism for people not coming to PP, inadvertently maybe apologizing for Stephen Baker's great sermon. I realized it as soon as I'd spoken. Then later when I realized that the pro-abortion people were rallying at PP, I thought of how we needed more Pro-Life people there thinking, "I should have spoken as Stephen spoke, this is too important to be soft about."

I'll definitely be fiercely looking for more Pro-Life people for PP if the Pro-Abortion people are there again next week.

So maybe we all need to speak more directly.

Dear Alex,

I find it odd that you don't see why one would think that we wouldn't say something after we hear someone tell us that it is foolish to say it. I think maybe you give us more credit than we deserve. What I mean, is that we are all so prideful all the time and it humbles us to speak at Planned Parenthood. It causes us to say uncomfortable things to people we don't know and unfortunately sometimes to people we do know. We question what we say all the time. We feel like bumbling idiots most of the time, knowing that if this work were up to us there would be no hope for these poor babies. It is only by God's grace that anyone ever hears our feeble words. My point is that we are always questioning what we say and wondering quite sinfully, if it is effective. 1)We are commanded to do this regardless of the effectiveness and 2)we do not trust God nearly enough and are most often surprised if not totally in shock when God simply does what we have been praying He will do-take our feeble words and make them into something to be used for His glory.

I thank you sincerely for your apology. I was angry and upset at first when I read your post from November (thankfully I didn't see it until December and so was kept from any sinful response in public), but when I saw how many people jumped on you I felt bad and then realized from your response that you were merely thinking aloud and had stood corrected. I was no longer upset. I appreciate how well you took the criticism and I could learn something from that also. No need for groveling of any sort-we are all here to discuss and to learn and I thank you for being iron sharpening iron.
-Clint's wife,
Ginger

PS-Go easy on me, I've never posted anything here before.

Dear Ginger,

Welcome. And thank you for speaking for us all--myself included--in saying how foolish and bumbling and humiliated we all feel when we are out in front of Planned Parenthood. Never do I see my sin as clearly as there.

You may wonder how I can speak of being out there when I'm almost never there, now?

There were years when I was. We all have our apostolates and mine's (largely) now somewhere different. But how proud I am to have the privilege of serving this congregation.

With respect and affection,

Man! Ginger got a little long-winded there, don't you think?

;c)

--Ginger's Biggest Fan

(Glen's Wife, Rachel)

Ginger,

Thank you so much for being a "fool" for Christ! I'm sending a hug via your biggest fan since I don't have an email address for you or your husband. I'm so glad we had a chance to meet when I was there.

Kamilla

Great story!

BTW, has anyone on here seen that idiotic anti-abortion commercial about the fetus that grew up to be Obama?

Prolifers really need to start using their heads.

The commercial is certainly not aimed at people who are thrilled at who has been elected president. It may not be idiotic if it gets just one person to have a reason not to have their baby killed.

The anti-abortion commercial Mike S. references is running on Black Entertainment Television (BET) in select markets. That means it's reaching an audience that overwhelmingly supported Obama AND has an overwhelmingly high abortion rate. I think that these pro-lifers were using their heads in a way that could prove rather effective.

Does anyone have the link for the commercial?

BTW, Alex, Ginger misunderstood when you said, "why you think that maybe you shouldn't say it" - she thought you were referring to the "it's not too late" comment not what I'd written to you.

I didn't realize until she mentioned it to me last night.

Forgive me if I'm straying too far from the conversation.

Reading about feeling foolish in speaking against abortion in front of Planned Parenthood reminded me of two books that I've read in the past couple of years. One is David Wells's "No Place for Truth," and the other is Robert Bellah's "The Lonely Crowd," of which Wells also made use.

Bellah has a typology of three generations of culture--the traditional, the individual, and the alienated (I think he uses different terms). The traditional sees its identity in its history and customs that have been handed down. The intrusion of "others" has no significant impact upon their self-image and there is little fluctuation in their beliefs. The individual generation is less tied to history and customs and finds his self-image tied to deep-seated values given to him by his parents and by the cultural freedoms that were brought about by the prosperous economy of the U.S. after the industrial revolution. The individualistic man finds his moral compass not in the history of his people, but in the abilities he possesses of himself. He is more affected by the "other" than is the traditional man, but the effect of the "other" is to spur on the individual toward proving himself all the more.

The last group is the alienated. No longer possessed of a history and customs, no longer confident in an inner sense of morality and purpose, the alienated generation looks to his neighbor for his self-image, and his neighbor in turn looks to the major source of cultural cohesiveness--i.e. media and entertainment. The spectacle of entertainment places a premium upon unattainable aspects of humanity, especially external facets. The inability to find oneself in the immediate world means that the alienated man is constantly "mediated." He is constantly self-aware, but lacks any confidence because he is always seeking what the social norms are for his situation.

The great fear of the traditional man is breaking with custom, or transgressing the taboo. He is never in so much anxiety as when he feels forced to break custom, or when custom has no answer to his dilemma.

The great fear of the individual man is breaking with his inner compass. He is never in so much anxiety as when he feels forced to break his own rules, or when he has failed to accomplish his self-set goals.

The great fear of the alienated man is breaking with his social norms. He is always in anxiety, for in the multi-cultural and pluralistic environment he finds himself constantly pulled in different and often contradictory directions. Never able to stand against these crashing tides, the alienated man always feels like a fool, though his exterior may present the most confident and secure personality.

So what's my point? My point is that Christians are tempted to fear when they speak out against abortion because it is so much against every tide that our present culture presents. Any Christian who has undergone even moderate exposure to the culture during his or her youth feels the tension between this dominant mode of being and the one which Jesus calls him or her too in the power of God. We must remember that it is not our peers to whom we are beholden to please, change, or otherwise motivate (for only the spirit of God may move the hearts of men). Rather, we have a God who brings out the virtues of each of these cultural forms without their vices:

1. God command us to remember our history--our sinful origins, our great redemption by a great and longsuffering God, and His great promises which govern our outlook on the future.

2. God has given us the mind of Christ so that within our hearts we have access to the truth of His Word that will serve to motivate our self-understanding--to be able to question customs that are not a true part of the history God has called us to manifest and to be able to stand up against false "others," and strive the greater for the prize God has set for us in Christ Jesus.

3. God has given us a love for others that enables us to perceive the pains and joys of the "other" and to rejoice, rebuke, and restore the other to his or her place in the Kingdom, if God so wills. Rather than being alienated, the Christian is an instrument of reconciliation.

We must always remind ourselves that never has their been a culture that has perfectly reflected God's own design in Scripture. Insofar as we are placed in this moment in time we may compare what we witness with what God calls us to in Christ. We need not fear to break taboos that ought to be crushed, we need not fear to look to God's Word as our moral compass despite the ridicule of others, we need not fear to be the social outcasts of the norms that others so fearfully seek to pay homage to in their confusion and despair.

I believe it was Augustine who earliest echoed Paul and was later reiterated by Calvin: We know our true selves when we know Christ. To know that Christ deplores the slaughter of babies is to know that our words against the same are always salt to the world: salt that some will savor, salt that some will feel burn in their open wounds, and salt that some will spit out for the calloused heart that has lost its taste for glory.

Just excellent, Joshua.

Thank you, dear brother,

I was going over some notes tonight and decide to change my email sig quote. I thought this would be a good place to leave it as well:

One this is certain: When the time has come, nothing which is man-made will subsist. One day, all human accomplishments will be reduced to a pile of ashes. But every single child to whom a woman has given birth will live forever, for has has been given an immortal soul made to God's image and likeness.

-- Alice von Hildebrand in "The Privilege of Being a Woman"

Kamilla

I am amazed by the fact that the Church in America has so much compassion for the unborn (its more than we sometimes think in both quantity and quality), and yet our elected officials do almost nothing to stop it. I wonder if we are unified in purpose without a clear strategy? It seems to me that the pro-life community (along with those that are at least queasy about abortion) could convince our congressional leaders to hold publicly televised hearings on the issue of abortion. The only way to change the law is to change the hearts and minds of people; only God can change hearts, but good information can change minds.

Even worse, the officials that do want to do something talk in terms of parental consent, waiting periods, outlawed 3rd trimester, etc. I'm all for these things if it make abortion less likely, but if we don't get to the heart of the issue, it will only get worse. The political silence on this issue is nothing less than satanic. While I often disagree with the tone of discussion on this blog, I very much appreciate the firm stance against the mass slaughter of children.

I'm really torn on this every time it comes up. We were at a rally in Indy today where one of the elected officials talked about how the laws won't matter if we don't change the hearts (he kept calling it culture).

Should the church be a counter culture? Yes. But can we spend all of our time getting immersed in the culture so that we can change it. No.

I tend to agree with him but also he's just hoping to make his job easy - so that he won't have to take a stand on something the people don't want. Our leaders know that for all our pro-life talk, our nation wants to keep abortion legal or else it would be illegal or PP would go out of business due to lack of customers.

Also, as Christians we have to work any way we can, including politically, to stop evil in our midst or we will be judged for it. I end up getting torn between the time and effort of keeping up with our legislators, and the effort put into spending more time talking to the people directly to change their minds and hearts.

However, I tend to think that we'll have to start with our churches and families. Where are the good pastors who speak against abortion? Where are the people who do it, what do all of us say when our co-workers bring up these issues etc. myself included...

We are woefully silent.

Brothers and sisters,

If you weren't at CGS to hear it, you should listen to this sermon from Pastor Tim Bayly.

http://www.shepherdchurch.com/documents/SermonAudio/2009/S.01.25.09.mp3

The evangelical church is not going to speak up.

She won't speak up because she is hamstrung, crippled by her own complicity with the culture of death. While this complicity does involve evangelical christians getting abortions and encouraging their wives and children to get them, this is not the tap-root beneath the silence.

Long ago our parents and grandparents mingled with the culture and bought into the church the sins of feminism and family planning. These sins are now so much a part of us that we don't even recognize their effects. They have silenced the moral authority we should have been speaking with and allowed that we only "shoot warning shots" over the bow of of the death cultures' most grievous sin.

Today, as Nancy Pelosi proposes free birth control to all Americans as a way to reduce the burden of life on the economy, what will evangelicals say? "Hooray, now we can get it free."

I fear there will be no voice against abortion until judgment has begun in the household of God and the church repents of her feminism and contraception use.

Here's the link for the commercial reference above:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2CaBR3z85c&eurl

I wish someone had shown it on a huge screen during Obama's inauguration.

BTW, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised at the incredibly low estimates (tens of thousands) of the number of people who attended the March for Life. I was stationed with the GAP display on 4th St. & Pennsylvania Ave. and it took 1 & 3/4 hours for the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd spanning all six lanes of Penn. Ave. to pass by our display en route to the Capitol & Supreme Court. Those who man the GAP display at this same site each year estimated the marchers at 300,000 to 400,000 - nearly double last year's numbers. Several groups of young people - pro-life clubs from junior high and senior high schools - were in front of the display waiting to join in the march, and we were privileged to have many good conversations with them, encouraging them to be outspoken in this fight for life and not to be taken in by Planned unParenthood's rhetoric. I was personally encouraged to see SO MANY young people at the march.

Thank you Carole, for going to Washington. I was also inspired by our little Colorado Springs March for Life, to see many teenagers. One teenager gave a speech about how she and her peers were insulted when given birth control and told they had no self-control. They are a generation that I pray will put their 60's free-love, grandparents to shame in their purity and stand for life.

We're all proud you were there to represent us Carole and thanks for bringing back this encouraging info. I'm really encouraged to hear about the youth too. It's a real blessing.

Next year we should plan a huge CGS field trip to DC!

Leslie, this is great - it's sad and wonderful to see our children having far more virtue than we have. One thing that was a focus of Brad Lindeman's speech at the Indy Rally yesterday was that he said we need men to lead women not to sex and and abortion but to repent and speak up and lead this - since it's going to be men not women who win this war. I agree 100% but of course we need everyone.

Lindeman sounded like what was said at David's Mighty Men the previous day.

I'm VERY VERY thankful to the leadership of my church - I almost feel an almost survivor's guilt sometimes because I know virtually no other churches are being fed the way we are.

Thanks for the post David. These are exactly the sort of testimonials we're going to try to relate or even read to the woman at PP - that when faced with the reality of what they're doing 99% of them would most likely change their minds. We keep trying to make them realize what they're doing - this article could be helpful.

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