An Oklahoma preacher encourages a congregation, and the brotherhood, to work against abortion.
by Rick Popejoy, preacher with the Lindsay OK church
Horrible and despicable deeds, put into practice by ancient men, came to be practiced by God’s people in the days of Jeremiah. God’s own people began to worship the false gods of Molech and Baal. The worshiper would take their newborn babies and offer them as human sacrifices (Jer. 7:31-32; 19:5-6; 32:35; 2 Chr. 33:6).
This practice came right out of Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot’s daughters, in an act of rebellion against both Lot and God said, “let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him” (Gen. 19:32) and that is exactly what they did (Gen. 19:33-35). As a result both daughters had children. The youngest daughter’s son became the father of the sons of Ammon (Gen. 19:36-38). Molech is described as “the abomination of the children of Ammon” (1 Kgs. 11:7).
Astonishing how that one sin of indiscretion by one or two, can lead down a slippery slope of surpassing all moral national boundaries.
While the Ammonites primarily sacrificed post-natal children, it is no coincidence that God condemns them in the book of Amos “because they have ripped up the women with child of Gilead, that they might enlarge their border” (Amos 1:13). In other words, they took the children right out of the womb for their own profit.
Today we have given the false gods of human sacrifice new names: Career, Convenience, and Money. We have now come full circle in our evil. Today, mothers walk into the slaughterhouses of abortion clinics to have their offspring ripped from their bodies so that their careers are not hindered, their conveniences are not disturbed and the money in their bank accounts does not dwindle. Now that’s real progress!
In my sermon delivered on the 39th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, I said,
“Today, we must speak up for the innocent ones. One of the things that Jeremiah spoke against was the practice of taking their little children and throwing them into the fires at Hinnom (Jer. 7:31-32). A couple of weeks ago in this series I spoke about the moral atrocity of abortion and the upcoming anniversary of Roe vs Wade. One good man, almost in tears, met me at the back and ask the question, What can we do to stop this wrong? Here is my answer to that man (and to all of us):
“We must speak up! Therefore, I offered this challenge to the congregation. Let me challenge every member of this congregation to join me in a Speak Up For The Innocent Campaign. The goal of this campaign is simple: To stop Americans killing of their own children. The plan: that every day we will speak to someone in some form about the innocent children we send to the slaughter houses of abortion clinics in American, above 4000 daily!
“Ask everyone you know to join in this campaign. Write letters to family members, friends, television and radio stations; congressmen, judges, the President (running or residing). Use every means possible, through emails, tweets, comments on Facebook or any social network. Flood our communities with the message that we can no longer tolerate this moral massacre, and that we are outraged by the carnage of convenience. Plan to do this with me, every day, for an entire year (until January 22, 2013). At the end of this year, we will evaluate what has been accomplished and where to go next in this battle for the children. Let us rid ourselves of this legacy before the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade.”
I must admit that I was somewhat disappointed at my brethren’s response to this subject. As one good sister pointed out on Facebook, “It’s amazing how many people, members of the church don’t think about this due to believing we can’t win! We are the David and this is the Goliath!” Because the Lord’s church has a grasshopper complex (cf. Num. 13:33) it rarely has any impact upon society. It has lost it’s savor and in most cases is good for nothing (cf. Mat. 5:13)!
Then I read Jerry McDonald’s article on this same subject and was invigorated. Here is a sample:
“Even religious people have become desensitized against abortion. Something that ought to bother every man, woman, boy or girl who claims to follow Christ to the point that they get fighting mad about it, just doesn’t seem to bother us anymore. We say, ‘Oh, well, I won’t ever have an abortion, so it is not something that I need to get involved in.’ One preacher once told me that he thought that I was wrong for trying to fight abortion because after all those babies would go to heaven and if they lived they might not. What kind of reasoning is that? Whether they go to heaven or not is not the issue. The issue is, ‘Who gives us the authority to kill those innocent babies?’ God doesn’t! Oh, yes, it was the United States Supreme Court; the same institution that once said that the black man was the property of his white owner. Now who today is going to say that the Supreme Court was right in that decision?”
I then found out that many of my brethren here in Lindsay had taken me up on the challenge and are now working hard daily to speak out about this cruel subject.
Are you ready to be an iron pillar? Join us in speaking up for the innocent ones, before it’s too late – not too late for them — too late for us! We have been silent too long!
- Preach and teach frequently against America’s 4000 daily abortions.
- Ensure repeated emphasis on sexual purity since 80% of abortions are performed on single women. The sin of fornication leads to the vast majority of pregnancies terminated by induced abortion.
- Offer ongoing Bible studies specifically designed for women and men who have committed the sin of abortion and wish to avail themselves of the healing power of scripture. These studies can be adapted for individual self-study or group-study.
Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us