The Personhood of the Unborn

Psalm 139:16 “Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. “

The Psalmist is acknowledging the fact that God knows absolutely everything about him and always has. God even knew him in his mother’s womb before he was fully formed. Although this psalm is more about God’s care and interest in David than about David, it is still a latent recognition and appreciation of David’s personhood even before his birth.

Herein is the crux of the debate about abortion. The unborn baby, the fetus is denied his or her “personhood”. As such, these children have no rights under the law. It is, therefore, legitimate to burn them alive with saline or tear them limb from limb with a D & E procedure (Dismemberment and Evacuation).

What would be considered a ghastly, grisly, and gruesome death outside the womb is called a procedure inside the womb. What should be considered chillingly sadistic was recently called “very humane” by Ms. Priscilla Smith, an abortion rights advocate and Director and Senior Fellow at the Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice at Yale Law School.

As intrauterine imaging increasingly advances and the window to the womb is increasingly vivid, one wonders at what point abortion advocates will acknowledge the absolute heinousness of what they are approving.

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Thanks & Praise Service

Join us Tuesday evening November 20 at 7:00 pm with your testimonies of praise.

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Ladies Christmas Tea

Ladies and girls are invited to join us for our annual Christmas Tea on Saturday December 1 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. There is a sign up list in the lobby to help and so we can know the number. Or you can call the church at 639-4239 to make your reservation by November 25.

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According to the Riches of His Grace

Referring to Jesus’ death on the cross, the Bible tells us “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the    riches of his grace;” (Ephesians 1:7)

Redemption refers to the actual penalty of sin being paid. Forgiveness refers to the personal offense to a holy God being pardoned. It is important to understand that these two take place according to the abundance of God’s grace – His undeserved favor.

Suppose you are trying to raise funds for, say, The Society for Wayward Cats. You go to see a millionaire. You say with all the sincerity you can muster, “Mister Millionaire, would you help save wayward cats?” “Yes, I would,” he replies. You wait with bated breath as he writes out a check. He hands you a check. You look; it is for $5. That $5 check would be “out of” his riches. But if he gave you a check for $10,000 that would be “according to” his riches. That would help a herd of wayward cats!

Think you have gone too far for even God to forgive you? Know that God’s saving work in Christ – redemption and forgiveness – is not “out of” but “according to” the riches of his grace.

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Saint or Rebel?

One evening I received a visit by a pastor who had been dismissed from his church. He asked the people of the church why they were letting him go.     He said his church people had told him, “All you preach is obedience.”  I said to him, “I guess they didn’t want to be obedient.”

I understand that preachers can get stuck on certain themes and become one note musicians. It often happens when they stop studying or are having too many demands on their time and cannot study. However, it is a curious thing that professed Christians would dismiss a pastor because he told them that they should obey God.

The Bible tells us, “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, ‘I know him’, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.” (I John 2:3-5)

Although being accepted with God – “saved” if you will – is by grace through faith and “not of works” (Eph. 2:-8-9), assurance of this is not based in some mystical religious feeling but upon objective facts. One of those objective facts is a willingness to obey God. All I can say about someone who claims he has accepted Jesus and yet has no desire to obey Him is a doubtful and reflective, “Hmmmm!”

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Nothing But the Truth

For many years I have served as either a law enforcement chaplain or as a reserve police officer. My exposure to this world has taught me there are often many sides to a story. The perpetrator, the victim, law enforcement and the lawyers involved may all have different versions of the same event. These versions can be tainted by desires.

The accused desires to remain free. An officer may desire to close a case and lawyers certainly desire to win a case. The victim may desire retribution or vengeance and might say things with a certain slant. The point is that what we desire can influence what we say is true or how we say what is true.

In the end a judge or jury makes the determination of what version of events is really true. But even then, the question remains as to whether the real objective truth has been known. The Bible book of Romans  says that  “…. God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.” (Romans 2:16)

What is really true is seen by the One Who knows the secrets of the heart. As one sci-fi drama said years ago – “The truth is out there.” Human desires notwithstanding, one day the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth will come out.

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