by Pastor Erik Eskelund
"...Today would have been Laura's first Mothers' Day....
"...In the days and weeks following Laura's death, I wondered how many times I may have postponed speaking the truth in an attempt to first be loving. Call it tact, call it being 'winsome' or shrewd, but is it perhaps a misunderstanding of the severity of consequences and the power of prevention? It may be that I have not equated warning with love. Discipline with love. Boundaries with love. The answer, 'No!' with love.
"Since Laura's death, I have become much more bold....
Matt Chandler, lead pastor of The Village Church in Texas, preached on the subject of abortion late last month as part of an on-going sermon series on prayer.
"I don't believe this is a political issue," Chandler says to the multi-campus Village Church before launching into his sermon. "I believe this is a scientific issue and a deeply theological issue. I'm not trying to make political statements."
"It is the murder of a human being. I'm going to have to say it. I'm going to show it to you in the Word. I want to prove it to you with science. I want to just lay it before you and say abortion is murder. It's a holocaust like the world has yet to see," he adds.
Chandler then notes the tens of millions of deaths attributed to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and Germany's Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler.
"The United States since Roe v. Wade, not globally but the United States, has blown past both of those brothers and have made them look angelic as we have slaughtered wholesale 55 million little boys and little girls."
He adds, "I gotta say that. If I don't say that, then all the things that the secular world says about megachurch pastors become true about me: that I want you to like me, and I want your money, and I want to be famous and I want… I'm far more afraid of God than I am of you."
But "I am no fool," says Chandler. "There are murderers among us.
"At the same time that I prophetically and boldly and courageously say, 'Abortion is murder,' I also need to step into this space knowing we are guilty of it. Many of us are guilty of it. Maybe we weren't the ones who had the abortion. Maybe we coerced and pressed somebody to have the abortion or just paid for the abortion. I need to say to you…listen to me…where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more."Read more at ChristianPost.com
Crusade for Life has published a new booklet entitled "Ending Abortion In America." This easy-to-read booklet introduces the basic issues relating to abortion and its history, identifies the core problem which has hindered pastors and churches from becoming involved in meaningful pro-life action, and outlines a strategy which has already been proven to be successful in rescuing our nation from self-destruction.
For legal abortion to end in America, Christian pastors must apply their talents, influence, and pulpit privileges to seven leadership urgencies. The need is dire.
Urgency 1: Restore integrity to Pro-life within the church, that our eyes might see and our ears hear.
Please, Pastors, implore us the church to discern the very literal American Holocaust—the
massive killing of fellow Americans....
Implore us to embrace not the “abortion issue” but the humanity of its victims. Why do we proclaim endangered Preborns to be precious human beings and then evade their defense? Do we doubt their humanity and personhood?
Implore us to extend “pure and undefiled religion” to ‘orphans’ rendered ‘fatherless’....