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Abortion: Evil in Our Midst (cover) Basement Tape #152

Basement Tape #152: Abortion, Evil in Our Midst

Abortion is a sin that runs deep in our nation. It is not only in the world, but in the church. In this conversation we focus on what makes the sin of abortion peculiarly evil. We consider how the silence of the church on the practice of abortion and sexual sin has contributed to the problem. We consider the injustice of this practice and the dangers of seeing abortion as a political issue. What can be done about this evil and are there legitimate reasons to remain uninvolved in this battle? Join us for a conversation about the Evil in Our Midst.

Should we allow abortions to save the life of the mother?

No. Neither should we allow bank robberies, kidnappings nor terrorist attacks to save the life of the mother. The truth is that abortion has as much to do with saving the life of a pregnant mother as a bank robbery does. An intentional abortion is a self-conscious decision to take the life of an unborn child, and that is never, never necessary to save the life of a mother. Challenging Situations We talk this way, however, because we live in a world which sometimes produces deep challenges. Since the fall of man we have all been conceived dying. Medicine, however,. . .
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Why are evangelicals guilty of one in six abortions in America?

Christians Can & Do Murder Before I offer up my thinking on the why’s, two things need to be said. First, the source of this statistic is here. Second, while we cannot know the hearts of others, it is important to understand that murder is not beyond a true believer. David, a man after God’s own heart, committed murder in order to cover up the adultery he committed. We Christians are reborn, indwelt, and we do in fact grow in grace. In addition, we do not practice gross and heinous sins. We do, however, from time to time, commit them,. . .
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Seeing the Humanity in Abortion-bound Women

Seeing the Humanity in Abortion-bound Women

Abortion Zombies I see dead people. The ones who haunt me most however, are the ones I don’t see. Though it happened twenty-five years ago I still begin to sob as I remember that day where I prayed and sang outside an abortion mill in Jackson, Mississippi. For the first time I watched a pregnant woman enter a building carrying a baby in her womb. A few hours later I saw her walk out, and wretched as I grasped the horror that her baby was now in the trash. I saw the dead mother, a walking zombie. But I never. . .
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Mini-Conference—Abortion Clinic Sidewalk Ministry

Join Us Day: Thursday, February 6 Time: 6:00-9:00pm Location: 571 Highway 126, Bristol, TN, 37620, Seventh Day Adventist building. Directions HERE. What: Abortuary Ministry Mini-Conference with Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr., Orientation & Training with Evangelistic Minister Charles Humphrey & Babies Are Murdered Here film viewing Why Should I Go? If the thought of sidewalk ministry in front of the local abortion mill is intimidating to you, you’re not alone. This mini-conference put on by Saint Peter Presbyterian Church in Bristol Tennessee is FREE and open to all who would like to attend. Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. will be speaking on. . .
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Ask RC: Why Won't My Pastor Preach Against Abortion?

Ask RC: Why won’t my pastor preach against abortion?

Three Reasons I’ve Heard Here are the three reasons I hear most frequently, and two I suspect. First, I have heard from some pastors that the issue is a political one, and they think it necessary to avoid political issues. Some argue that they avoid political issues because they are divisive, others because the government forbids it. They are right on the first count, wrong on the second. Of course every truth divides. Every truth. Preach “Puppies are cute” and the kitten crowd might get upset. Preach “The sky is blue” and the gloomy brigade will demand to know what. . .
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Ask RC: How open should we be with small children about great evils like abortion?

As a lifelong homeschooling dad I’m used to the charge that I am guilty of “sheltering” my children. (My response to the accusation is simple- what are you going to charge me with next, feeding and clothing them?) I’m not ashamed to shelter my children. I was still a boy when my own father bestowed on me what he called “Patriarchal Principle #1”- You don’t have to live in a garbage can to know it stinks. So my children do not consume mass media as freely as many of their peers. They don’t know what sexting is, nor do they. . .
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Should Christians Protest at Abortion Mills?

Ask RC: Should Christians protest at abortion mills?

Yes and no. As I have argued here, there are some fine reasons why Christians should be a constant presence at their local abortion mill. It is true that different believers, even different churches have different callings. Trouble is, too often we “feel called” to that which is most comfortable, most respectable. If there are ten churches within a five mile radius of the local mill, and everyone of them supports Bible study programs for successful businessmen something is wrong. Just remember that both the priest and the Levite had some thriving ministries to get to back in Jerusalem as. . .
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Ask RC: May women preach at abortion clinics?

Of course not. Not only may they not, but they can not. They are not permitted to, and they are not able to. They may not preach because preaching is a function of those called to that ministry, those who rule in the church. And Jesus tells us that women are not to teach in the church and are not to rule over men in the church (I Timothy 2:12). It is, however, precisely because they may not that they can not. To be more clear, preaching is the authoritative exposition of the Word of God, given from one with. . .
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Ask RC: Why Won't My Pastor Preach Against Abortion?

Ask RC: Why won’t my pastor preach against abortion?

Here are the three reasons I hear most frequently, and two I suspect. First, I have heard from some pastors that the issue is a political one, and they think it necessary to avoid political issues. Some argue that they avoid political issues because they are divisive, others because the government forbids it. They are right on the first count, wrong on the second.  Of course every truth divides. Every truth. Preach “Puppies are cute” and the kitten crowd might get upset. Preach “The sky is blue” and the gloomy brigade will demand to know what you have against grey. . . .
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Abortion: Pro-Lifers and the Art of Compromise, part 2

In politics we are told, the art of compromise is brought to bear fruitfully in the struggle between parties and opposing ideals. The cherished hopes of right and left, conservative and liberal, are often fought under the precept that everyone must give a little in order to reach an agreement. Compromise then, is seen as almost an ideal, something for which to strive in the effort to rule well. Those who are unyielding, who refuse to shake hands at some center, are viewed as obstinate perfectionists who are playing at a game wrong for them. Those rare few are thought. . .
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5 Reasons the Church Stands Guilty Over Abortion

Five Reasons The Church Stands Guilty Over Abortion

It is my conviction that too often those of us who think ourselves prophetic are actually cowards. One can easily enough, in the evangelical church, earn a reputation for boldness by railing against the sins of either an unlistening world, or the church down the street. We stand in the streets of Jerusalem pronouncing God’s judgment on Nineveh. Or we preach against the sins of Jerusalem while safe in Shiloh. Trouble is, my prophetic words against safe prophetic words are safe; they will generally find welcoming ears. That is, no one who reads me making this case is likely to. . .
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Roe v. Wade—40 Years and Counting (to 55 million Abortions), part 1

After 40 years of public battles over this American holocaust there is no end in sight. Pro-life (or ostensibly pro-life as we shall see) activists have lobbied, picketed, introduced legislation, worked on committees, and in general made noise for their position. Entrenched against the pro-life advocates stands the unyielding pro-abortion crowd. As we enter this fifth decade of battle it seems fitting to consider, or more wisely perhaps, to reconsider, how better to structure our resistance. Now, the very word resistance indicates a passive or defensive position. No one who is advancing in their cause uses the word resistance. Resistance is what. . .
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Ask RC: What kind of people walk into your local abortion mill?

There are any number of common myths, lies we tell ourselves, to somehow make it all seem not so horrible. The first lie is that the clientele at the local mill is made up of sweet faced high school girls who got carried away with their boyfriends, and come in blissfully ignorant of what goes on inside.  There are people at the mill that fit this description, but they are exceedingly rare. The second lie is that they are women in hopelessly desperate straits that see no other way out. The boyfriend has threatened to beat her if she doesn’t. . .
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Ask RC: Should Christians refuse to pay taxes when they are used to finance abortions or other great evils?

Taking Abortion Seriously It is one of my great passions, the desire to see me, and the evangelical church take the evil of abortion more seriously, to have our hearts more deeply broken, and our actions more faithful. We have all, I fear, come to accept the status quo. We are content to vote for Republicans hoping they will give us justices that will slow down the horror. What we are generally unwilling to do is go through any kind of hardship to stop abortion. When I am asked about this, should we stop paying taxes, I am at least. . .
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5 Reasons You Should Go to Your Local Abortion Mill

Five Reasons You Should Go to Your Local Abortion Mill

I know it is a scary thought. I know it is outside our comfort zone. And so at best we pray for those who go, those spiritual super-heroes that are better than we are. At worst we get angry at them for making us feel guilty. Going to the mill, however, will not save your soul, will not assuage your guilt. Jesus did that. If you will go, however, you will no longer fear, but will know that He is with you, wherever you go. Here then are five reasons you should go, pray, speak. First, you should go to. . .
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Ask RC: Is it just to kill abortionists?

Yes, and no. Yes it is just for the state, which has been given the power of the sword as God’s minister of justice (Romans 13), to put to death those who take it upon themselves to commit murder. Abortion is murder. Those who perform it, and those who procure it, in a just society, would receive the strongest civil penalty there is, death. Both, of course, like the rest of us, can and are forgiven by their Maker if and when they repent in Christ. The many millions of Christians in the church who are tainted by guilt on. . .
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Ask RC: Is abortion ever permissible?

No. Abortion, whether it be surgical, or chemical, or even a hormonal means to avoid implantation of the unborn child, is always wrong. It is the taking of the life of a judicially innocent human being which is not only wrong, but an abomination. Most of you, I suspect, are already persuaded that abortion for frivolous reasons is wrong. Many of you, however, likely also have a list, longer or shorter, of exceptions to that rule. The easiest one to deal with is the health of the child. Some of you may believe it fitting to abort an unborn child. . .
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Ask RC: How much weight should our opposition to abortion carry in our voting decisions?

God calls us to think His thoughts after Him. That means all of His thoughts. That is, we ought to have a sound and biblical view on everything the Bible touches on. Where it touches on political issues, we are called, again to have sound biblical views. We need to think biblically about what is just war and what is not. We need to think faithfully about taxation, and the size and scope of government. We need to think through what obligation, if any the state has to protect property, to protect our lives. That said, there are precious few. . .
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How much weight should abortion carry in our voting decisions?

How much weight should our opposition to abortion carry in our voting decisions?

Thinking Biblically About Everything God calls us to think His thoughts after Him. That means all of His thoughts. That is, we ought to have a sound and biblical view on everything the Bible touches on. Where it touches on political issues, we are called, again to have sound biblical views. We need to think biblically about what is just war and what is not. We need to think faithfully about taxation, and the size and scope of government. We need to think through what obligation, if any the state has to protect property, to protect our lives. Abortion is. . .
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