Planned Parenthood on Trial

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Like many in the Christian community, I’ve found the recent string of undercover videos revealing the butchering and subsequent selling of aborted babies at Planned Parenthood facilities… troubling, to say the least. As if abortion itself was not enough of an atrocity, now so-called “doctors” are in the business of chopping up the just-murdered babies’ bodies and selling their parts for money. The fact that it’s done in the name of “science” is somehow supposed to excuse it all. On social media, the defenders of Planned Parenthood can only talk about how the practice is “legal,” since the pay they received was only for “reimbursements.”  That’s a highly questionable claim in itself.

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But what the videos reveal is not just disturbing to those of us that are considered “conservative.” Camille Paglia is a self-described “dissident feminist.” She said in a recent interview, “Now I am a former member of Planned Parenthood and a strong supporter of unconstrained reproductive rights.” Translation: she supports abortion on-demand. She continued, “But I was horrified and disgusted by those videos and immediately felt there were serious breaches of medical ethics in the conduct of Planned Parenthood officials.” Now, I’d like to know exactly to what ethics she’s referring, as I have no doubt my ethics differ from hers. But still, at least there is some sense that she sees wrongdoing on the part of Planned Parenthood.

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The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth

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Exodus 20:26  “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

The title of this post is borrowed from chapter nine of Dr. Albert Mohler’s excellent treatment of the Ten Commandments, Words From The Fire.  Mohler makes the case that the worst possible lie we can tell is about God.  If our theology is wrong we are, in essence, lying about God.

As we think about our responsibilities as it relates to the Ninth Commandment, we understand that not only should we not bear false witness against God, but we also should refrain from bearing false witness against our neighbor.  In the broader sense, the Ninth Commandment forbids lying, but the primary focus of the commandment is witness.  Consider question 112 of the Heidelberg Catechism:

Q: What is required in the ninth commandment?

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The Daily Discovery (August 1-2, 2015)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Homosexuals Aiming for Your Kids – “The New York Times reported on July 27, 2015 that the ‘Boy Scouts End Ban on Gay Leaders.’  The Boy Scouts of America claims its child abuse prevention program is the best in the country. However, there have been over 2,000 cases of abuse in the Boy Scouts. Here are some examples.”

Church Responsibility – “I love the The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It is a compelling story and so, so well-made. If you have seen the films, you might recall a brief scene in the first part of the saga, The Fellowship of the Ring, where Frodo Baggins attempts to slip away from his traveling companions in a boat so he will not put them at risk any longer. It is a noble action, met by nobler response from his gardener and trustworthy friend, Samwise Gamgee.”

Novel Presents Abortion as “Funny” – “A new graphic novel, reportedly the ‘first graphic novel about abortion,’ apparently illustrates ‘two women going through the ‘abortion process.” Supposedly it is an ‘often funny,’ and ‘even humorous look at what a woman can go through during an abortion.’ Reportedly the description of the book heavily emphasized the idea that the book was humorous. Interestingly enough this graphic novel about abortion apparently doesn’t even show the actual abortion—it doesn’t even show a baby on the ultrasound screen monitor! Why not? Well, presumably it’s because in reality, abortion—the murder of a baby inside of his or her mother’s womb—is simply not funny.”

Image Bearers at Planned Parenthood – “Unborn babies bear God’s image. It is His sanctity that makes them holy, not their own. It is not their genetic background, their capacity to feel pain, their wide open futures, their potential capabilities that makes them imbued with dignity and value. It isn’t their relative moral innocence, but the image of God, graciously given to all, no matter the circumstances of their conception, no matter their viability, no matter the relative development of their organs.”

The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth – “The title of this post is borrowed from chapter nine of Dr. Albert Mohler’s excellent treatment of the Ten Commandments, Words From The Fire. Mohler makes the case that the worst possible lie we can tell is about God. If our theology is wrong we are, in essence, lying about God.”

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The Daily Discovery (July 31, 2015)

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Pray for Your Children – “As I was putting two of our sons to sleep, I was praying with our three-year-old on his little toddler bed. He hasn’t yet learned to close his eyes while we pray, and I can feel his intense gaze looking up at me when I pray over him each night.  As I bowed my head, a hollering little voice came from the crib on the other side of the room: “PRAY! PRAY! PRAY!” My other son was so impatient and worried that I would forget him. I could hardly stumble through my prayer with his older brother.”

Couldn’t God Have Used Evolution? – “During the Scopes Trial in 1925, ACLU attorney Clarence Darrow placed William Jennings Bryan (seen as the man representing Christianity) on the stand and questioned him about his faith. In his questioning, Darrow pitted Bryan’s faith in the Bible against his belief in modern scientific thinking. Darrow questioned Bryan about the meaning of the word day in Genesis. Bryan’s answer rejected the clear teaching of Scripture, which indicates that the days of Genesis 1 are six actual days of approximately 24 hours. Bryan accepted modern evolutionary thinking instead when he said, “I think it would be just as easy for the kind of God we believe in to make the earth in six days as in six years or in six million years or in 600 million years. I do not think it important whether we believe one or the other.”1 This is not the first time a Christian has rejected the intended meaning of God’s Word, and it certainly will not be the last.”

The Wild Brothers—A Challenging Family “Reality Program” – “In a day and age when the culture by and large has turned away from God’s Word and openly ridicules those who choose to stand firmly on God’s Word, it’s hard to raise our children to love the Lord and honor, obey, and trust His Word. But it’s so important that we teach the next generation to stand on the authority of God’s Word from the very beginning, and to think biblically. That’s why we provide you with powerful resources that will help you as a parent to accomplish the task of training up your child in the way he or she should go (Proverbs 22:6).”

Be Clear, But Don’t Dumb Down the Bible – “Is the average person today living in a post-Christian world really capable of understanding the theology of the Bible? Should a pastor avoid doctrinal themes and terms in favor of preaching messages that are less intellectually demanding and more relevant to his listeners?”

The Nation, The Church, and the Immigrants – “No one denies that US immigration policy is a mess. One poll found that 63 percent of Republicans want to deport the estimated 11 million illegals in the United States. Sniffing a popular cause, Congress has jumped aboard with legislation focused on identifying, arresting, and punishing violent criminals among illegal aliens.”

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Why Genesis is the Best Book in the Bible

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Series: Best Book In the Bible
Every Christian knows the importance of reading their Bible, but many are overwhelmed with the task of devouring such a monstrous book! Often times, when Christians lose steam in their yearly reading plans, they can become frustrated and feel defeated. It is for this reason that individual book studies can be a lifesaver. In the Best Book in the Bible series, we will provide entry points into faithful study through “selling” you on why you should fall in love with the various books of the Bible.

Today, more than ever it seems, the questions pertaining to the foundation of life and humanity are at the forefront of discussion and debate. Our understanding of the beginnings of life on earth, government, marriage, sexuality, God, evil, and more, are all bound up in our understanding of origins. The book of Genesis deals directly with these, which is why no other book of the Bible is more viciously attacked. It is for this reason that every believer should endeavor to study it. But this study is a blessed one; the key to understanding the Old Testament, and even, the whole Bible itself!

Main themes: origins, promise

Favorite verses:
“Then [Abraham] believed in the Lord; and He credited it to him as righteousness.” (Gen. 15:6)

“But as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.” (Gen. 50:20)

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The Daily Discovery (July 28, 2015)

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The Loss of Infants: What is their Destiny? – “What comfort can we offer to parents whose infant dies in infancy? And what is the real tragedy of abortion?  Reformed Confessions have spoken to this issue, Charles Spurgeon has addressed the question, B.B. Warfield has as well, and many of us have some view on what happens to infants dying in infancy or babies that are mercilessly slaughtered in their mother’s womb. But there is no clear unanimity from Christian theologians over the centuries.”

One Simple Way to Encourage Your Pastor – “I’m not talking about stroking your pastor’s ego just to make him (or you) feel good. I’m not talking about perfunctory praise. And I’m not talking about idle flattery. Don’t tell your pastor anything you don’t really mean.  But if your pastor’s sermon helped you see more of Jesus, or helped you turn from sin, or helped you understand the Bible better, or helped you be a better spouse, or helped you trust God in the midst of suffering, or stirred your affections for the things of glory, tell him. It doesn’t have to be every week or even every month.”

10 Bible verses to help you through bereavement – “Losing a loved one is never easy, and grief can be an incredibly painful process. Here are 10 Bible verses to help you through bereavement, and remind you that God is good, and his promises are for us even in our darkest moments.”

Judgment at Christ’s return – “When Christians understand their proper role in their relationship with their Saviour as that of a δοῦλος (slave) of the Κύριον ᾿Ιησοῦν Χριστόν (Lord Jesus Christ) then this whole Lordship Salvation debate just looks silly. We do not make Jesus Lord, He is Lord. Those whom He saves are His δοῦλοί and their responsibility is to serve Him according to His will for the rest of their lives. However, as the passage above reads, this does not include everyone, far from it. There are enemies of the cross of Christ. While these δοῦλοι of the Κύριον ᾿Ιησοῦν Χριστόν will spend eternity with Him, these enemies ‘whose end is destruction.'”

Mark Driscoll Confirms Move to Phoenix – “Looks like a sweet deal on the mailing list. I wonder if this is the mailing list which caused Justin Dean so much trouble (link, link). In any case, I wonder where the independent auction was advertised. Who knew about it and participated? And what does ‘first access’ mean?”

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The Daily Discovery (July 27, 2015)

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Believing What We Cannot Comprehend – “If anything be but in the Bible, I never for a single moment think of questioning it. Miracles? Strong historical statements? I believe them all; I can almost go as far as the old woman who said that she not only believed that the whale swallowed Jonah, but that, if the Bible had said that Jonah swallowed the whale, she would have believed it. It says nothing of the kind, but I would go even to that length if it were a clear, positive statement of the Scriptures.”

How’s That Pagan “Conservatism” Workin’ Out For Ya, Christian? – “Will we be ruled by Christ the King’s clear and detailed life- and civilization-sustaining standard as lovingly revealed in His perfect Word?  Or will we instead insist on being ruled by the man-centered, mankind-enslaving will and words of men?”

Craig Groeschel – God is Knocking on Your Heart’s Door – “Did you know that God is standing at the door of the unbelieving heart and knocking away, just waiting for that heart to answer and open? Did you know that God is begging and pleading with you to ‘please, please, please, please, let Me in!’  Is that really what’s happening? Craig Groeschel at Lifechurch.tv thinks so.  And is it really as simple as opening up your heart to let God in? Is that the gospel? That’s what Craig says in this video. But what about turning from sin, and taking up your cross, and faith in Jesus Christ alone?”

Coming to Jesus in unbelief – “The ‘after the two days’ refers to the two days Jesus and His disciples spent in Sychar of Samaria ministering to the people there. The statement by our Lord about a prophet not having honor in his own country contrasts the believing response of the Samaritans with the unbelief of our Lord’s own people in Galilee and Judea. The Jews reticent faith depended on our Lord’s performance of miracles while all He did in Samaria was preach the truth. The Samaritans responded, but the Jews were not open to Him, but more often than not, exhibited reluctance and hardness. In my translation, the verb ‘received’ from v45 is ἐδέξαντο the 3rd person, Aorist tense, Indicative mood, Middle voice case of δέχομαι or dechomai, ‘essentially means to receive something, but it can also mean to welcome someone.'”

Integrity and Personal Holiness – “Do you sometimes struggle to tell the difference between the church and the world? The church is now so adept at compromising with the world that it has forgotten how to be uncompromising. Many modern churchgoers have let the culture influence and corrupt their values, tastes, and practices—blurring the lines between sin and righteousness, and the clarity of God’s truth.”

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[Fire Away! Podcast] Episode 040 – Your Sin Will Find You Out

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  • On today’s show Landon reviews his apology to Karen Swall Prior and his resignation from the Pulpit & Pen before answering some listener questions.  Then, he covers a number of topics in the ‘potpourri’ segment of the show.

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The Daily Discovery (July 24, 2015)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB:
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Just How Sovereign is God? – “I believe that every particle of dust that dances in the sunbeam does not move an atom more or less than God wishes— that every particle of spray that dashes against the steamboat has its orbit, as well as the sun in the heavens— that the chaff from the hand of the winnower is steered as the stars in their courses.  The creeping of an aphid over the rosebud is as much fixed as the march of the devastating pestilence— the fall of sere leaves from a poplar is as fully ordained as the tumbling of an avalanche.”

The Players in Earth’s Final Battle – “Gog, Magog, Meshech, Tubal, Persia, Cush, Put, Gomer and on and on.  These are lands and peoples identified in the Ezekiel 38 War that sets the stage for the return of Jesus Christ to judge all men.  Without an understanding of who these people and nations are in our times it makes watching for signs of the season of the Lord’s return–something Jesus encouraged us to do–far more challenging.”

Praying the Bible – “Crossway published a terrific little book on prayer that can have a big impact on your prayer life. Donald S. Whitney’s book, Praying the Bible, is under 100 pages. It’ll take no time to read, but it’ll give you plenty of practical, insightful counsel on how to enrich your prayer life by praying through Bible passages.”

Planned Parenthood Criminal Minds – “Planned Parenthood is a Huge supporter of Hillary, But we haven’t heard a peep from her on the selling of baby body parts.”

Undercover Videomaker: ‘Even Worse’ Planned Parenthood Videos Coming – “Center for Medical Progress founder David Daleiden says his group has hundreds or thousands of hours of undercover video of abortion providers that will be released in the coming weeks and months, and that some of it is “even worse” than the two videos already aired to the public.”

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[Fire Away! Podcast] Episode 039 – We Will Not Bow

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  • On today’s show Landon discusses the future direction for EntreatingFavor.com and the FireAway podcast before playing a message from John MacArthur about the current state of America.

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