Our culture would have us believe it doesn’t really matter what you believe, as long as you’re sincere, true to yourself.
When we say so piously—be true to yourself—what exactly does that mean? Was Hitler “true to himself?” Is a serial killer “true to himself?” Is the sex molester true to himself?
It’s not about being true to yourself. No, there’s a much higher calling. God’s standard. It’s being true to God’s way. True in your obedience to Him. True in what He says in His Word.
Sincerity is never enough. It’s truly inadequate. You can be sincerely—wrong!
Know how to live out your faith!
Add that to the fact that Planned Parenthood brings in over $150 million in annual abortion revenue from the over 300,000 abortions they commit each year.
It’s a brisk business. Last year alone this alleged nonprofit brought in a $127-million profit.
This is an organization that has been politically well connected and largely untouchable until recently! But then came the undercover videos from the Center for Medical Progress!
If there’s anything these videos taught us, it’s this:
In Big abortion and the baby part selling business, Planned Parenthood is king. They don’t want you to keep your baby, and they’ll do whatever it takes to make sure that doesn’t happen.
When a woman walks into a Planned Parenthood clinic—the clinic sees dollar signs!
If I could give you anything I wanted, I’d give you. . .joy.
Joy is so important in the life of the believer. Nehemiah 8 says that “the joy of the Lord is our strength.”
Our strength! It literally flows strength into our spirit and from our spirit into our emotions, from our emotions into our physical being. The joy of the Lord is your strength. It’s not just some trite saying. It’s reality. Psalm 28 adds, “The Lord is my shield.” And it says, “My heart leaps for joy and I’ll give thanks to Him.”
I’m not talking about happiness.
I’m talking about a deep, abiding joy that comes from intimacy with God—that produces strength into your spirit. Receive the gift. Receive joy!
Joy—that abiding intimacy with God!
It’s a verifiable fact: pro-life pregnancy centers offer free help and hope to women all over the country, in almost 2000 more centers than Planned Parenthood has.
And I’m pleased to report that a federal court in Baltimore recently upheld a district court’s decision that three pro-life organizations, not even located in Maryland, cannot be required to produce thousands of pages of files by the Baltimore City Council—in a lawsuit in which the pro-life organizations have no involvement!
It’s ludicrous! And a judge ruled the city’s requests were “grossly excessive.”
The subpoenas were just another form of harassment by pro-abortion groups—and in this case, the court did the right thing in squashing these subpoenas and letting these organizations continue advocating for and helping pregnant women.
Seventeen Sheriff’s offices and police departments across the country received complaints from Freedom From Religion Foundation—wrongly stating—that displaying “In God We Trust” on their vehicles is unconstitutional.
In response, an Alliance Defending Freedom attorney sent letters to all 17 of the Sheriff and police departments saying, “Americans should not be forced to abandon their heritage simply to appease the animosity of anti-religious groups toward anything that references God.” The letter further urged the departments to ignore the unfounded demands.
The fact is—courts have upheld the national motto in a wide variety of other contexts for decades.
It’s a ploy by atheist groups to eliminate any mention of God in the public square!
We look at other parts of the world and we pray for the persecuted church. And well we should.
I’m asked all the time, is there a likelihood of persecution of the church here?
All it takes for us to experience full-fledged persecution, is to not be protected by good laws. Not having righteous people interpreting and enforcing them.
It’s naïve of us to think if we have good laws, that’s all we need.
If you have wicked individuals interpreting or enforcing them, there’s a problem. Just ask churches and individuals who’ve stood for traditional marriage in the State of California. Ask them what happened. Bricks thrown through church windows. Swastikas painted on the sides of buildings.
Persecution is not simply coming to America—it has come.
Live out your faith!