Category Archives: Pro-Life

Saturday Sampler: March 5 — March 11

Lollipop SamplerElizabeth Prata, blogging in The End Time, echoes my sentiments in her article, A note of encouragement: Don’t be discouraged about the Internet. With so much animosity on social media these days, her perspective refreshes me.

If you haven’t been reading Leslie A.’s fascinating series on developing discernment in Growing 4 Life,  please start. This week she writes Learn to Discern: What Is Your Paradigm? What a helpful and insightful blog post!

Oh yes, in my 46 years as a Christian I’ve watched plenty of my friends turn away from Christ. Some of these defections hurt worse than others. So I appreciate Jordan Standridge’s 4 Thoughts About People who Walk Away from the Lord in The Cripplegate this week.

In Not Your Mom’s Prosperity Gospel, Rebekah Womble of Wise In His Eyes discusses ways that evangelicals try exploitative tactics in attempts to manipulate the Lord Jesus Christ. Don’t try these at home.

Tim Challies’ piece, Stop Calling Everything Hate, uses good common sense. Although that type of sense grows less common by the day, evidently.

An assignment in her Moral Theology class prompted Kim Shay to write Ethical Adventures for Out of the Ordinary. Writing about the evils of abortion isn’t as simple as she thought it would be.

Challenging the stereotypes of Calvinism,  Steve Altroggie of The Blazing Center writes 5 Reasons I’m A Calvinist. Notice how he roots each reason firmly in Scripture.

Praise God for Michelle Lesley writing Basic Training: The Bible Is Sufficient to remind us that we no longer need personal revelations from God. I wish such essays were unnecessary, but I appreciate people like Michelle who boldly stand for the sufficiency of Scripture.

 

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Neither Donald Nor Hillary, Thank you

american-flagWhat could I possibly say about this year’s dismal election that hundreds of Christian bloggers more articulate and knowledgeable than I haven’t already said? I come down, after months of prayer and reading, on the side of believing that God has sovereignly placed America under judgment, no matter who wins.

So why am I writing about it today? Perhaps just to satisfy myself that I’ve made a responsible decision in choosing not to vote for president this time around.

Marking my ballot for a woman who militantly  supports abortion simply isn’t going to happen. Even without her Benghazi debacle and email server putting national security at risk, Mrs. Clinton’s position on strengthening Roe v. Wade precludes me from  voting for her. If other Christians vote for her, okay. I’ll trust that they’ve prayed about it and have clear consciences. But my conscience absolutely forbids me to cast my vote for her.

Enough said about Hillary.

Some of my friends cling to the belief that Donald Trump, despite his many character defects, wouldn’t be as bad as Hillary Clinton. They assure me that he would appoint pro-life judges to the Supreme Court, possibility overturning Roe v. Wade. For a few weeks in August and September, their reasoning tempted me to consider voting for him. I thought back over the 36 years that I’ve vehemently opposed abortion, and imagined the sweet taste of  a SCOTUS that started protecting the unborn. I thought maybe voting for Trump might be worth the moral compromise.

But I can’t make that Faustian deal with the devil. As abominable as abortion is, it’s not worth knowingly casting my vote for a man who essentially embodies immorality in every aspect of his life.

Donald Trump can declare himself to champion pro-life causes all he wants, but he can’t convince me of his  virtue. James Dobson insists that Trump recently became an evangelical Christian. Would that be the same James Dobson who introduced psychology into evangelical churches? Um, yes. He’s hardly a poster child for Biblical discernment! Methinks the good doctor is letting his politics cloud his spiritual judgment. Since his proclamation of Trump’s conversion, I’ve seen no evidence of repentance or faith.

And how many of Trump’s sexual partners (consensual or otherwise) may have aborted babies that he fathered? How many women working in his strip clubs and casinos? Maybe none, but certainly his establishments fostered other types of sin. Additionally, he made his millions exploiting workers that he often didn’t pay, swindling those who enrolled in his bogus “university” and taking advantage of tax loopholes.

Frankly, I’m highly skeptical that he sincerely embraces the pro-life position anyway. In my opinion, he has temporarily adopted it to attract Republican voters. Would he really nominate pro-life justices to the Supreme Court? Possibly. In his first term. To get re-elected. After he figures out that Mexico really won’t pay for his Wall.

If I voted for Hillary, I’d knowingly vote for an extremely wicked woman. If I voted for The Donald, I’d knowingly vote for an extremely wicked man. My vote represents my Christian convictions, and the Lord holds me accountable for it.  Consequently, I believe I should abstain from voting for either.

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Saturday Sampler: July 3 Through July 9

Square Face LadiesI must heartily recommend that you go to The Watchman’s Bagpipes to read Glenn Chatfield’s assessment of Rachel Held Evans and Homosexuality. Whatever you think of his tone, please consider his actual points.  All in all, this article provides an excellent rebuttal to Evans’ emotional and unbiblical response to the shooting in Orlando.

Rachel, who blogs at danielthree18, gives an impassioned and well-reasoned account of her ministry in her piece, Why I Contend. Those of us who have lost friends because we dared to speak against the teachings of Beth Moore will find encouragement through Rachel’s words.

Writing for Ligonier, Albert Mohler discusses The Sexual Revolution and the Witness of the Church. Homosexuality may be nothing new, but the militancy of the LBGTQ community certainly is.

I just love A Beautiful Thing, the blog for women that Jessica Pickowicz started this past May! Please make time to read her post entitled Devotional Theology: God’s Authoritative Word. Her message can’t be emphasized enough!

In Assisted Suicide: A Quadriplegic’s Perspective, Joni Eareckson Tada reviews the new hit movie, Me Before You, for Revive Our Hearts’ True Woman blog. I’ll most likely pass on the movie myself, since John and I already demonstrate that disabled people can live joyful lives,  but I appreciate Joni for bringing it to my attention. (Note: I’m not endorsing Revive Our Hearts by linking to this particular article.)

Stand to Reason’s Tim Barnett tackles the worn out red herring,  Jesus Said You Shouldn’t Judge, that non-Christians love to throw at us. I appreciate his skill at turning that accusation around by demonstrating how they violate that very passage.

I could have easily written Why I Am Not Continualist, but Tim Challies writes it for me. He offers Biblical reasons for rejecting Charismatic theology, supplementing them with practical observations.  I wish more Continualists would consider his points and examine Scripture to see for themselves.

Carl Trueman, in his commentary, Trouble in Bakersfield for the magazine called First Things, tells about Reformed pastor Chad Vegas resigning from the local school board rather than support transgender bathroom policies.  I admire pastor Vegas for standing on Biblical convictions,  but I grieve at our nation’s growing intolerance of those convictions.

I close with this open letter that Pastor Don Green of Truth Community Church in Cincinnati,  OH posted on his Facebook page. His boldness to stand for Biblical values in a society that now openly rejects the Lord and His Word reminds me of my reasons for starting this blog almost a year ago.
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Saturday Sampler– June 5 Through June 11

Five Easter BabiesIn her Abandoned to Christ article, June Proclaimed LBGT Pride Month, Sunny Shell makes a compelling case for praying that God will extend mercy to President Obama. Whether or not you agree with his policies (obviously I don’t), you should pray for his salvation regularly.

In Confirmation Bias: Why You Protect Your False Beliefs, Steve Kozar (who writes the Messed Up Church blog for Pirate Christian Media) helps us examine whether we base our beliefs on the Bible or on what our favorite Christian speaker teaches. His article reminds me why personal Bible Study is so important.

Like Rachel, I Don’t Have Enough Faith. Find out why that’s a good thing.

Cripplegate narrates Spurgeon’s account of The Woman Who Needed to Simply Believe as an encouragement to people who doubt their salvation.

Mike Leake, in his article Jennifer Knapp, Trey Pearson, and the Cross We Bear, hit the nail on the head. Whether we struggle with homosexuality or some other life-dominating sin… Wait! Why should I tell you Leake’s conclusion? Check out his blog post for yourself.

Kim Shay (blogging at Out of the Ordinary) has a terrific suggestion for summer reading. She encourages women to lie On the beach with a commentary. Check out the comments section to see  my response.

Tim Challies draws from both personal experience and, more importantly, the authority of Scripture as he explains Why I Am Not Armimian. As an extra bonus, he shows that true Reformed Theology actually promotes evangelism.

Can I write a Saturday Sampler without linking to a Michelle Lesley blog post? Probably not. And her article, 10 Ways Godly Women Can Help Improve the Spiritual Health of their Churches definitely merits mention!

Is rape really a legitimate reason to seek an abortion? Before you dismiss that question as hard-hearted, you might want to read My birthmom was raped. Even if you don’t bother with the article, please watch the video below:

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Resisting The President

Rainbow Bible02Going through my email this  morning, I came across Enemies of the State, Todd Pruitt’s latest article on the Mortification Of Spin blog. If you haven’t read it yet, please click the above link and read Pruitt’s insightful examination of President Obama’s executive order forcing public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their perceived identity rather than their biological one.

Pruitt’s main point in his blog post warns Christians that Obama’s order further threatens Bible-believing Christians who oppose this policy, adding to the restrictions on religious liberty that we’ve already seen as a result of Obergefell and (I would add) Obamacare. He warns that we will suffer increased marginalization as we say no to the demands of the LGBTQ  agenda.

I’ve been saying similar things for the last 30 years (even without factoring transgender issues into the equation). From my study of pro-abortion attitudes, and especially from my involvement in ex-gay ministry, I’ve long known that Bible-believing Christians would more likely than not suffer serious persecution in my lifetime. When I joked about having adjoining jail cells with one of my co-workers, a part of me knew that I quite possibility could face prison for calling homosexuality a sin. Pruitt merely echoes what I’ve spent half my life saying.

But Pruitt made a comment, almost as an aside, that I found intriguing.

Sadly, the church has in too many cases equipped our young people with a facile “being Christian is fun” theology which will quickly wither and die under the heat of this new revolution. Likewise the Joel Osteens and Steven Furticks of American evangelicalism will find out just how impractical their ministries have been.

As soon as I read that paragraph, I knew he’d summarized my main purpose for starting The Outspoken TULIP ten months ago. In my blog post just this past Tuesday, I started to explain that I created this blog in response to the SCOTUS ruling last June legalizing same sex marriage in all 50 states. I’d been using Google’s Blogger program for nine years (it’s free), but realized that Google would have the legal authority to shut down my blog if a reader reported it as offensive (actually, they’d suspended me once). I figured WordPress would have a harder time doing so…especially if I plunked down $99 annually to use their  service.

But I had no intention of writing a political blog. I still don’t. Instead, I seek to encourage women back to Biblical Christianity because the political climate of western society places increasing demands on us to compromise God’s Word to accommodate sinful practices like homosexuality, abortion and transgenderism. We easily make these compromises because we’ve already compromised so much on doctrinal matters.

We have little time left to practice Christianity openly. President Obama’s ultimatum to public schools should wake us up to the reality that serious persecution knocks on our door. We can’t afford to continue fooling around with false doctrine; we need the Lord Jesus Christ to transform us by His Word.

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. ~~Romans 12:1-2 (ESV)

Ladies, don’t misunderstand me as advocating political action to “restore” America to her supposed Christian foundations. That’s simply not going to happen. But as our government pressures us to accept policies that conflict with God’s Law, we must be so uncompromisingly grounded in the Lord that we’ll refuse to acquiesce to the ungodly demands of the world.

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He’s Wrong–Pray For Him

Pray For AmericaYes, I’m horrified that President Obama has ordered public schools to make bathrooms available according to a child’s perceived identity rather than his or her biological identity.  Horrified, but not at all surprised. Maybe a little angry at his bullying approach to the matter, especially when I think back eight or nine years to my mom’s complaints that President Bush acted unilaterally in many of his decisions.

President Obama has not, in my opinion, been good for the country. I knew he was trouble when he first ran for president in 2008, and prayed furiously that he’d never see the inside of the Oval Office. Over the years I’ve watched him force various parts of his agenda on the American people, circumventing the Democratic process. In short, I’m not exactly this president’s biggest fan.

As a Christian, however, I refuse to rejoice in my president’s failings. I feel repulsed and infuriated that Donald Trump’s butler thought somebody should shoot Obama. Even though I strongly oppose both the president’s policies and his methods, I refuse to disrespect him. Rather, I choose to pray for him in obedience to Scripture.

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. ~~1 Timothy 2:1-2 (ESV)


During the Bush administration, evangelicals quoted this passage with great enthusiasm, and found it easy to pray for a man who championed biblical values. But the apostle Paul wrote in a time  when Rome ruled the world, persecuting Christians for daring to proclaim that Jesus had greater authority than Caesar. Thus, praying for the welfare of those who persecuted and oppressed them probably didn’t come naturally. Their obedience to pray for their ruthless and heathen leaders must have demanded much more resolve than 21st Century American Christians need to summon in praying for Obama.

Sadly, American evangelicals often confuse politics with Christianity, as if voting Republican is an essential tenet of our faith. Certainly, the Word of God should inform a Christian’s political views. For instance, my belief that babies are fully human from the moment of conception makes it next to impossible for me to support a pro-abortion candidate. As I said yesterday, my performance in the voting booth must reflect, as best they can, Scriptural values and priorities.

But when evangelicals compromise Biblical standards for the sake of politics, they obviously turn politics into an idol. Refusal to pray for President Obama reveals their wicked rebellion against the Bible’s explicit command to honor our temporal leaders.

President Obama, despite his insistence that he’s a Christian, has demonstrated that he does not care about the Bible’s teachings–or at least that he will not let them rule his behavior. From that, I believe I can safely conclude that he isn’t genuinely saved. Therefore I believe I can rightly pray for his salvation. I can also pray that God will give him wisdom. And (because of people like Trump’s butler), I can pray for his protection.

Obama’s policies trouble me. Some of his actions horrify me, actually. But I pray that God will help him reverse his erroneous agenda, learn from his many mistakes and leave the White House in 2017 with a good legacy and a saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Though any downfall he might experience (especially as he enforces transgender bathroom policies in public schools) would benefit my political party, I don’t allow myself to take pleasure in his failures. Not when I can pray that God will bless him.

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Autobiography With Purpose: God Had Me Before Birth

NewbornShe suffered two miscarriages, and then her son was stillborn. As soon as she knew she was pregnant with me, Mom obeyed the doctor’s orders by staying in bed–flat on her back–during the entire pregnancy.

When I still hadn’t arrived by the tenth month, Mom found little humor in a friend’s comment: “I thought only elephants gestated this long!” My mother, usually a  stickler for proper etiquette, retorted, “Oh shut up!” as she slammed down the phone. She felt frustrated and undoubtedly fearful. At age 37, she had little time left for her dream of being a mother to come true.

But my September 30, 1953 arrival, a full month after the due-date, failed to be the joyous occasion my parents had expected. Because I weighed only five pounds and had extreme jaundice, the doctors immediately whisked me away to an incubator. I remained in the incubator for a month, during which time the doctors urged my mom to put me in an institution and forget she ever had me. They explained that I’d be little more than a vegetable, and faced a life of severe physical and intellectual disability.

My parents brought me home.

As I look back on the history of my birth, I admire the courage and determination of both my parents, and especially my mom. They were both from Christian Science backgrounds (and attended a liberal Presbyterian church once my little sister came to complete our family), so I suppose their faith was in their love for me. And I certainly praise the Lord for blessing me with parents (particularly a mom) who refused to accept the predictions and advice of medical “experts.”

Obviously, even at my conception, God worked sovereignly in my life, showing that He had His plans and purposes to glorify Himself through me. Of course He won’t change the world through me, but He has use for me in His kingdom that I’ll understand one day. Meanwhile, His protection of me during Mom’s pregnancy and the first month of my life reminds me of Psalm 139:13-16:

13 For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them. (ESV)

The Lord blessed me with parents who wanted me. He used their tenacity in the face of hopelessness to make sure I had a life that would lead me to Him.