Showing posts with label abortion. Show all posts
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Monday, April 1, 2019

My Uncontrollable Sobbing While Watching 'Unplanned' Scared My Wife - MICHAEL BROWN

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My Uncontrollable Sobbing While Watching 'Unplanned' Scared My Wife

MICHAEL BROWN
This weekend, history was made as the Unplanned movie opened in more than 1,100 theaters across the nation. And you can expect the backlash to be intense. And I mean very intense. The foundations of the pro-abortion movement, in particular, those of Planned Parenthood, will be challenged. Evil will be exposed and hope will be exalted.
By all means, make your plans to flood the theaters this weekend, not just for your own benefit, but to help send a message to the movie industry that this movie needs to be seen. That means it needs to be widely available.
If you're not familiar with the background to Unplanned, it tells the real-life story of former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson, who is now a pro-life champion.
Earlier this week, on my radio show, I spoke with Ashley Bratcher, the Christian actor who plays Abby in the movie. She explained what it took for her to become Abby Johnson, and as you'll see, she did it with excellence.
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I was able to watch an advance release of Unplanned in the privacy of my home, but I was caught off-guard by one pivotal scene.
To be clear, I've been involved in the pro-life movement in varying degrees for many years. And I've often shared the horrifically-graphic, deeply-moving images of aborted babies.
Back in the early 1990s, the day before participating in an Operation Rescue event in Washington, DC, we had an all-day prayer meeting at my house.
During our prayer time, I passed around one of those graphic pictures—the mangled body of a late-term aborted baby. And as those present saw the picture, each began to weep. "What have we done?" cried out one of my friends.
You could say, then, that I was emotionally prepared for whatever was coming in Unplanned. Except I wasn't.
I had about 45 minutes free before going to teach a night class at our ministry school on a Tuesday night, so I told Nancy (we've been married for 43 years) that I was going to start watching the movie in my study while having my dinner salad.
You see, I thought the movie would proceed chronologically with Abby's life and so, it would be a while before any disturbing images might appear. That meant I could sit at my desk, have dinner and watch the first part of the movie.
Without giving anything away, let's just say that an important scene in the movie occurred earlier than I expected. (For those concerned about bringing children to Unplanned, first, there are far more graphic images of aborted babies found online than anything seen in the movie. Second, if your kids are old enough to have an intelligent discussion with you about abortion, they are old enough to see the movie.)
As the scene unfolded—it is something witnessed at Planned Parenthood clinics every day of the week, and it was scientifically fair and honest—I was completely overcome, sobbing uncontrollably. Yet there was nothing manipulative or contrived about the scene in the least. Just the simple reality of an abortion. And I lost it.
For the next 15 minutes, I tried to compose myself, shutting the movie off and distracting my mind (after first pouring my heart out to the Lord in prayer). Then, when I thought I was ready, I went to talk to Nancy, who hadn't heard me tell her I was about to watch Unplanned.
I managed to get out the words "I have to compose myself" before completely losing it, sobbing and unable to speak.
As you can imagine, this totally scared Nancy, who thought someone close to us had just died. (What would you think if your spouse came walking into your room and was sobbing so intensely he or she couldn't talk?)
When I finally did speak, I barely got out the words, "That movie," before explaining the rest.
Then, a few minutes later, when I shared with my students about recent, aggressive, pro-abortion developments, one of the students asked if we could stop and pray.
We did, and the class never happened, as we spent the better part of the next 2 ½ hours in prayer, often weeping and wailing for the lives of the unborn.
Honestly, I am amazed that Pure Flix was able to get Unplanned into so many theaters, knowing how hotly opposed this movie will be.
In fact, I have learned that the number rose from 900 to 1,100 theaters (at last report) due to popular, advance demand. I also heard that one theater cancelled the showing but had to reinstate it after a local outcry.
Not everyone will be affected the way I was. But I'm confident that all who see this movie with an open heart and mind will be positively and deeply impacted for the cause of life.
Make your plans to be there this weekend. Perhaps this will be a turning point in the history of the modern, pro-life movement.
It's way, way past time.
Listen to the podcast to hear an interview with Abby Johnson and 40 Days for Life's Shawn Carney.
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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Twitter censoring pro-life movie UNPLANNED - LIVE ACTION Lila Rose


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Abortion advocates and their allies in the media will stop at nothing to silence pro-life voices.
Inexplicably, Twitter suspended the official account for the new pro-life movie, Unplanned, earlier today during its opening weekend.
Fortunately, after a swift and immediate backlash, Twitter restored the movie’s account this afternoon, but that’s not the only challenge this movie has faced...
In addition to Unplanned receiving an R rating, the movie was also denied rights to music from Disney, Sony, and Universal, and was rejected for advertising on almost every TV network outside of Fox News.
Steve, it’s clear abortion advocates are desperate to kill any buzz from building for the film, because they know just how powerful this story is...
I’m not sure what you know about the movie, but it’s the true story of former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson and her pro-life conversion.
I am grateful to have had a part in the making of this movie, as I play a reporter in the film. In real life, my photo was hung up inside Abby's clinic so Planned Parenthood staff could identify me if I was undercover at their facility, and Abby and I eventually became friends later.
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With the two Abby Johnsons...real life Abby (middle) and movie Abby (Ashley Bratcher - left).
Abby was actually a “star” employee at Planned Parenthood, but that all changed after she witnessed an ultrasound-guided abortion on a baby at 13 weeks. Ever since that moment, she has been an outspoken advocate for the preborn, and has founded a ministry, And Then There Were None, to help clinic workers leave the abortion industry behind.
This is why abortion advocates want to silence this movie. If a Planned Parenthood employee could change their mind after learning the truth about abortion, then any “pro-choice” individual could too.
I hope you will make time this weekend to go see Unplanned - as its success on the opening weekend will determine if theaters continue to show it.
Make sure you take your family, friends, neighbors, but most importantly, if you are able to convince them, take someone who is “pro-choice” to see the film!
Even the most hardened pro-abortion individuals can change their minds, they just need to have their eyes opened. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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Lila Rose
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Friday, March 8, 2019

Dutch Sheets: "Find Your Voice and Make a Stand!" - The Elijah List

Dutch Sheets: "Find Your Voice and Make a Stand!"


The Elijah List  Mar 8, 2019
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"To Ignore Evil is to Become an Accomplice to It"
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German pastor, anti-Nazi dissident (he died in a German concentration camp) and author of The Cost of Discipleship, poignantly stated, "Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak, is to speak. Not to act, is to act." The great reformer and civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr., said, "To ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it." 
Sadly, these warnings are as appropriate and applicable to the Church of America today as at any time in history, for an evil beyond the scale of the holocaust is underway. We have now moved from killing babies, dismembering them and selling their body parts, to murdering struggling infants that have survived the brutality of abortion. America has lost its soul.
For various reasons, most spiritual leaders in America have chosen not to speak out on abortion, elections, and many other important moral issues of our day. These reasons include:
• a belief that spiritual leaders should remain separate from the political realm because it is "evil" and "divisive."
• a belief that spiritual influence in peoples' lives does not give them a right to speak into their followers' social, moral, or political views.
• a theological belief that this is not their responsibility.
• a fear of losing congregants.
• a fear of losing financial support.
• a fear of the IRS.
I'm sure there are other reasons which could be listed. However, regardless of the reasons, no honest person can refute the fact that most leaders in the Church have disengaged from public involvement in politics and national moral issues. While I respect my peers in the Body of Christ and understand the challenges facing them in today's polarized and volatile culture, I fear that our choice of silence on many issues has come at a devastating cost. 
Inevitably, this absolution has also filtered into the pew. Few Christians are willing to make a stand on social issues, preferring to remain aloof and silent. Only about half of Americans who claim to be evangelical Christians are even registered to vote, and many who are registered don't bother to do so. 
Most statistics make it clear that evangelicals could turn any national election in America if we all voted, and did so based on Biblical values, not party lines. Yet most spiritual leaders fail to confront this. (Photo via Pexels)
A Disengaged Church
Not only does the disengaged Church fail to vote or actively involve itself in social issues, most do not even pray regarding the challenges we face in America. A recent experience of mine in the Sunday service of a prominent mega-church exemplifies this fact. It occurred on the weekend during which President Trump would be making his decision regarding retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's replacement. This decision had the potential of shifting the balance of power on the Supreme Court to a conservative, pro-constitutionalist, pro-life majority, something America has desperately needed since the 1960s.

The decision was so monumental that it would doubtlessly affect the lives of the children, and even the grandchildren of those present that day. Indeed, President Trump's appointments to the court will undoubtedly be two or three of the most significant decisions of our lifetime.
Can't You Talk Louder, God?
In light of this decision's magnitude, and since the pastor himself referred to his church that day as "a praying church," I kept waiting for someone to lead in a prayer for wisdom and guidance from Holy Spirit to POTUS Trump, enabling him to make the right decision. If not a 15-30 minute time of corporate prayer (perhaps this imminent decision was more important than the sermon that day!) then at least 5 or 10 minutes of prayer. No? Then how about a one or two sentence prayer while praying over the offering or sermon.

When no prayer was offered, I held out hope that at the close of the service they would at least encourage people to pray about this decision on their own. As you have probably guessed by now, it was never mentioned. I was stunned, grieved and angered. Tragically, this is the norm, not the exception. 

The Church in America today may be the most culturally disengaged Church in our nation's history.
Based on the facts, any honest deduction must conclude that the American Church's silence and withdrawal from the public square has allowed those who do not espouse Biblical values nor honor our Christian heritage to take over much of America's leadership. Obviously, the opposite could have occurred: had the Body of Christ been engaged we could have prevented abortion, infanticide, the rejecting of America's Christian roots, the taking over of our education system by humanists and secularists, God's expulsion from the public square and more. By default, we helped create that which we loathe.
Can the Fruit the Church's Silence Be Reversed?
Can the fruit of America's sin and the Church's silence be reversed? Yes and no. Just as those who were killed by the Nazis could obviously not be brought back, we obviously can do nothing to undo the deaths of 60 million aborted babies. But we, like the allied forces of WWII, can stop the senseless killing and heal the land (2 Chronicles 7:14). This pro-death scourge on our nation's history need not continue.

I believe God is offering the American Church – and consequently our nation – an opportunity for a historical course correction. For this to occur, however, a fundamental change must occur in the minds of Believers: we must choose to re-engage and become the salt and light Christ intends us to be. We must cease being conformists and reclaim our voice.

Our times have dictated that there is no longer a middle ground. We are even now being weighed in the balances – and our decision will tip the scales – toward either continued apathy and irrelevance or the healing and discipling of a nation. (Photo via Pixabay)
We MUST make our choice, and we must do so NOW.
Find Your Voice and Make a Stand
If ending the lives of surviving, struggling babies on bloody abortion tables is not enough to motivate the Church of America and its leaders to regain their voices, I'm not sure what can. If literal infanticide, celebrated by governors and legislatures around this nation with cheering and lit-up buildings, is not enough to awaken the conscience of the American Church, then I fear it is too late.
Leaders, please do not try and circumvent this decision by pinning America's future on "the sovereignty of God."

God's sovereignty does not negate our choices nor absolve us of the consequences.

The prophet Ezekiel was told, "When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you will surely die,' and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand" (Ezekiel 33:8 NASB). We, the Church, are God's voice in the earth and we must speak.
Church of America, I plead with you: find your voice and make a stand. 
Dutch Sheets
Dutch Sheets Ministries

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Dutch Sheets is an internationally recognized author, gifted teacher and conference speaker. He travels extensively, challenging Believers for passionate prayer and societal reformation. Seeing America experience a sweeping revival and return to its Godly heritage is Dutch's greatest passion. He is a messenger of hope for America, encouraging Believers to contend for awakening. Dutch has written over 23 books, many of which have been translated into over 30 languages. His international bestseller, Intercessory Prayer, has sold over 1 million copies worldwide. Dutch has pastored, taught in several colleges and seminaries, and served on the board of directors of numerous organizations. He is fondly known to many as Papa Dutch. Treasuring time spent with their family and grandchildren. Dutch and Ceci, his wife of over 39 years, enjoy quiet walks in the woods, reading, and playing a little golf. They reside at the base of the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
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Friday, February 22, 2019

Preparing For Revival (Day 2) - Jeremiah Johnson on The Jim Bakker Show


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Quotes

Failure to accurately interpret the signs of the times leads to a culture of prayerlessness. –Jeremiah Johnson
This is the hour to stand, to speak for truth, and to partner with God’s heart. –Jeremiah Johnson

Scriptures

Isaiah 58:1 KJV Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.
1 Peter 4:17 MEV For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God, and if it begins first with us, what shall the end be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
John 3:18 MEV He who believes in Him is not condemned. But he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Hosea 6:2 MEV After two days He will revive us. On the third day He will raise us up, that we may live before Him.
Esther 4:14 MEV “For if you remain silent at this time, protection and deliverance for the Jews will be ordained from some other place, but you and your father’s house shall be destroyed. And who knows if you may have attained royal position for such a time as this?”
1 Timothy 6:10 MEV For the love of money is the root of all evil. While coveting after money, some have strayed from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Revelation 6:12 MEV I watched as He opened the sixth seal. And suddenly there was a great earthquake. The sun became black, like sackcloth made from goat hair, and the moon became like blood.
Revelation 6:15-17 KJV And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Isaiah 5:20 MEV Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who exchange darkness for light, and light for darkness; who exchange bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Matthew 16:18 KJV And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Millions of Women Will Be Haunted by This Come Christmas - SHAWN CARNEY CHARISMA NEWS

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Millions of Women Will Be Haunted by This Come Christmas

SHAWN CARNEY  CHARISMA NEWS
It was early morning on Christmas Eve. We were newlyweds, had no kids yet and were pulling out of the driveway to head to my wife's parents for Christmas.
"We should drive by the clinic, just in case" my wife Marilisa said.
"No," I rebutted, "Come on, surely not today; they're closed."
My gut sank as I pulled around the corner and saw Planned Parenthood's gate open. This was their regularly scheduled day for abortions, and I naively thought they would be closed. I was wrong. Marilisa and I spent much of the day offering alternatives on the other side of the fence.
Nobody grows up wanting an abortion.
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Women do not leap out of their cars and scream about reproductive rights as they enter an abortion facility. They don't quote Planned Parenthood, celebrities or political talking points. And when they are leaving, the last thing they will do is "Shout My Abortion," as Oprah is encouraging. No, they're not even thinking about Oprah, as surprising as that might be to her.
Abortion is no longer rhetoric at that point; it is real and final.
I've heard hundreds of testimonies from women who have had an abortion, and they always remember the date of their abortion and their due date if they were given one. There is one thought that covered me that entire Christmas Eve we spent counseling (and beyond): These women will remember their abortion every Christmas for the rest of their lives.
Christmas and abortion just don't pass the gut check, even for those who support abortion.
There is one consistent exception to that: Planned Parenthood.
Their cold and disconnected approach to women and abortion is highlighted at Christmas. They believe abortion to be a sacrament celebrated on any unborn baby on any day of the year. Just last year, a new Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Texas started doing abortions the week of Christmas. Not the traditional Christmas grand opening.
Planned Parenthood must remain sterile, insensitive and loud when defending abortion ... and this is good news for the pro-life movement. Abortion simply cannot be justified in the face of science, reason or faith, and its current defense proves that. Abortion advocates are louder than ever.
Yet the noise is off-putting.
The pro-life movement is filled with converts—those who've had an abortion, those who've worked at Planned Parenthood, and doctors who've done abortions. It is truly a movement of converts, and therefore of hope.
And noise is always silenced when opposed with hope.
Planned Parenthood can attempt all they want to use Christmas to normalize abortion or make it seem like any other surgery. But nature and the human heart will beg to differ.
As we celebrate Christmas and enter a New Year, and as we gather in January at the March for Life in Washington to mark 46 years of legalized abortion, there is more momentum in the pro-life movement than ever before. Despite those 46 years, this movement—built on science, reason and faith—gets younger and more motivated by the day.
There was noise surrounding the birth of Christ: an unexpected pregnancy, exile and poverty.
That noise was silenced by the hope from the baby in the manger. The peace that comes with Christmas came through the womb and overtakes the noise. The noise distracts us from the fear and anxiety that leads to abortion, from the barbaric reality of the abortion itself and from the pain that follows.
Christmas does the opposite—it silences, reveals and restores our flawed view of life, ourselves and each other.
As Fulton Sheen wisely put it, "The Christmas gift of peace was the uncoiling of the links of a triple chain that first unites a person with God, then with himself, then with his neighbor."
Shawn Carney is the president/CEO of 40 Days for Life and the author of The Beginning of the End of Abortion: 40 Inspiring Stories of God Changing Hearts and Saving Lives.
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Abortion: The One Issue That Can Make Enemies of Israel and America at the UN - Israel Today

Abortion: The One Issue That Can Make Enemies of Israel and America at the UN

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 |  Israel Today Staff
Ever since President Donald Trump's election, Israel and the United States have present a strong united front in the halls of the United Nations. But on Monday, America found itself being voted against by Israel at the General Assembly.
The issue up for debate was sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement.
The Trump Administration sought to water down portions of a non-binding resolution pertaining to the matter, in particular clauses that affirmed a woman's right to terminate her unborn child. The US was backed in this endeavor by Russia, China, India, a number of Muslim countries and the Vatican.
"We do not recognize abortion as a method of family planning, nor do we support abortion in our reproductive health assistance," US diplomat Courtney Nemroff told the world body.
But Trump's amendment to the resolution was defeated, and among the countries voting against it was Israel.
Abortion is rampant in Israel, though rates have been declining for the past two decades. While it requires approval by a special committee, that approval is so easy to obtain that abortion is often used as a form of birth control in the Jewish state. Even so, about half of the estimated 40,000 abortions performed every year in Israel take place at private clinics without committee approval. This is technically illegal, but there have been no known prosecutions related to the practice.
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