Sunday, November 23, 2008

Good News for Life --from Lutherans for Life



This is a church bulletin insert from the Lutherans for Life website.


Philippians 2:14-16 says:

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life...

We are to hold out the word of life, to hold it forth as a beacon in the darkness of the crooked and depraved generation we are in. God's truth endures forever, that's why we stand on it. The world and all its ideas and notions will pass away.

The word of God compels us to stand for life. Our love for God drives us to speak up for the unborn generation.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

"Losing Ground - Moving Forward" by Jim Lamb

I am posting this article "Losing Ground- Moving Forward by Jim Lamb of Lutherans for Life in the USA. This was written in the context of the recently held US national and local elections. He wrote that even if pro-abortion politicians get elected and abortion laws get enacted, the value of life itself does not diminish.

The more the Church, the body of Christ, must shine the light of the word of truth and expose deeds of darkness for what they are.

The popularity of what is wrong does not diminish the truth of the word of God.

We have to be the salt and light in a decaying and dark generation, even if being salt and light is unpopular.

We are to be witnesses for God's truth, whether or not we are liked for doing so.
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Losing Ground - Moving Forward by Jim Lamb, Director, Lutherans for Life


Respect for the value of human life lost more ground yesterday:

*We elected the most pro-abortion president ever to sit in the White House.
*The State of Washington legalized assisted suicide.
*Michigan legalized unrestricted destruction of human embryos for research purposes.
*California said no to requiring that minors to obtain parental consent for an abortion.
*Colorado failed to pass an amendment affirming that life begins at conception.
*South Dakota failed for the second time to ban most abortions in the state.

Yes, respect for the value of human life lost ground, but the value of human life itself cannot be diminished, for it comes from God:

*Every human life is created and gifted by God.
*Every human life is someone for whom Jesus Christ paid the price of His blood.
*God desires to call every human life into His Kingdom according to His purpose.
*The objective reality of the God-given value of human life increases the travesty of what we did yesterday, but what we did yesterday does not decrease that reality.

The Good News is that Jesus Christ continues to live and reign to all eternity. God has put all things under His feet. He is in charge of the nations and governments. We trust in Him to use governments according to His will for the sake of His people. But we do not trust in government to restore respect for the value of human life.

That is why Lutherans For Life will continue to assist pastors and congregations to connect the Word of Life to the life issues so that hearts and lives will be changed. That is needed more than ever.

Many Christians, undoubtedly not understanding the full scope of what they were doing, were part of yesterday's collective voice that diminished respect for life. Fear of the economy, fear of pain and suffering, fear of embarrassing and difficult situations overrode their fear of God and trust in His love demonstrated in Jesus.

Ground was lost yesterday.

But Lutherans For Life will continue to move forward striving to do all we can to help Lutheran congregations apply the life-changing message of the Gospel to the life issues.

We will continue to seek to restore respect and reverence for the gift of life within the Church so the Church will once again be part of a collective voice that restores this respect in our country.

Your servant For Life,

Jim Lamb

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

"There Are Too Many Israelites!":Pharaoh's Population Control Program

In the Bible, there is one person who complained that there are "too many Israelites": Pharaoh.

Exodus 1:9 "Look," he said to his people, "the Israelites have become much too numerous for us.


His solution? Slave labor.

Exod 1:9-13
"Look," he said to his people, "the Israelites have become much too numerous for us.Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country."So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites and worked them ruthlessly.


What happened? The more the Israelites increased.

Pharaoh's next solution? Infanticide, by talking to the midwives to kill the babies.

Exod 1:15-16
The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, "When you help the Hebrew women in childbirth and observe them on the delivery stool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live."


What happened? The midwives did not kill the babies because THEY FEARED GOD.

Exod 1:17
The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.



What happened to the midwives?
Exod 1:20-21
So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.

Pharaoh's next solution? Infanticide, by throwing the baby boys in the river

Exod 1:22
Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: "Every boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live."

What did Moses' mom do? She did not throw him into the river, but she placed him in a basket. She placed him up for adoption. And he ended up being used mightily by God to deliver Israel.

Exod 2:1-3
Now a man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman,and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months.But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.
Are there really "too many Filipinos"? What is wrong with having a large population? Will reducing the number of hungry people solve the hunger problem? Or do politicians who steal money from the government want to lessen the number of their constituents so they would have less people under their responsibility, so it won't be so obvious that the money for the new school building is missing because the number of students are less?

Who are we to say that we have to reduce the number of people in the next generation when we have been allowed to live ourselves?

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Citizen Link.org: Abortion Survivor Gianna Jenssen

Saline Abortion Survivor Gianna Jenssen challenges US presidential candidate Barack Obama about his consistent opposition to the Illinois Born Alive Infant Protection Act, which sought to protect babies who survived abortions from being subjected to infanticide. (Once the lungs have filled with air, an infant is considered born alive and any killing beyond that point is infanticide.) Obama's response? He put out an ad that called Gianna's challenge to him a "despicable lie". Read this 5-question interview "Friday Five: Abortion Survivor Gianna Jenssen" on Citizenlink.org and be touched by Gianna's testimony.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Saying No to Abortion One Human Being at a Time by Penny Starr

Read this article from Cybercast News Service. The writer, Penny Starr, shares how she has never regretted keeping her son, whom people around her said she should have aborted.

Saying No to Abortion One Human Being At A Time by Penny Starr

Excerpt from the article:

"People like to frame abortion as a women’s rights issue or with innocuous descriptions like “reproductive freedom” or “reproductive health.” They say having an abortion is a “personal” and “private” matter between a woman and her doctor.

The truth is - and no amount of debate can change this fact – that starting at conception a human life begins to take shape, and if that life is not ended by the cruel tools of an abortionist, a child will emerge.

And I am not the only person who is eternally grateful that I chose life instead of death.

His name is Paul, my beloved son."

Monday, October 20, 2008

Oral Contraceptives: One can still get pregnant

Oral contraceptives are believed by many as not being an abortifacient. Manufacturers say it is not abortifacient. However, let us remember that life begins at conception. Therefore anything that kills a conceived life from the time of conception is essentially an abortifacient. Life begins at conception, not at implantation into the uterine wall. The living human being began his or her life at the moment the haploid cells of his mom and dad came together to become a zygote.

You are probably wondering, why is an oral contraceptive an abortifacient?

There are two types of artificial contraceptives: one that prevents the sperm and egg from meeting (like the condom) and another that makes the uterine lining hostile to a conceived life (IUDs and birth control pills). The birth control pill primarily acts to suppress ovulation(release of eggs) by tinkering with the body's negative feedback mechanism for the female hormones that cause the release of eggs by the ovaries. However, this action is not written in stone. It is not foolproof and 100% effective. Eggs can still be released and subsequently fertilized by a sperm, conceiving a new life, a human being.

This is from the product monograph of an oral contraceptive in the US:

"The pregnancy rate in women using conventional-dosage oral contraceptives (containing 35 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol or 50 mcg or more of mestranol) is generally reported as less than one pregnancy per 100 woman-years of use. Slightly higher rates (somewhat more than one pregnancy per 100 woman-years) reportedly occur with some oral preparations containing 35 mcg or less of ethinyl estradiol, and rates of about 3 pregnancies per 100 woman-years reportedly occur with oral contraceptives containing progestins only." This is from Medscape.com.


So pregnancy still occurs. This only means that an egg can still be released AND fertilized even if a woman uses birth control pills.

Furthermore, the product monograph states:
"Conventional-cycle combination products are usually associated with a shortened period of endometrial proliferation followed by an early but brief and limited secretory activity in the epithelium of endometrial glands. After several oral contraceptive cycles, thinning or regression of the endometrium may occur, resulting in reduced menstrual flow or possible amenorrhea."This can also be seen on Medscape.com

An embryo needs to implant his or herself onto his or her mom's uterine wall, on the endometrium. However, if the birth control pill makes the endometrium hostile by thinning it, where will the embryo implant?

There is a 2007 study in the Obstetrics and Gynecology journal, Obstetrics & Gynecology 2007;110:1003-1009 © 2007 by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Its title is "Pregnancy Risk Among Oral Contraceptive Pill, Injectable Contraceptive, and Condom Users in Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Thailand"

(I disagree with the title "pregnancy risk". Pregnancy is NOT a disease.)

However, the abstract states these results:
"The overall 12-month cumulative probability of pregnancy of injectable contraceptive users was 0.6% (95% confidence interval [CI] 0.3–1.0), with similar risks in Uganda (0.3%, 95% CI 0–0.7), Thailand (0.6%, 95% CI 0–1.2), and Zimbabwe (1.0%, 95% CI 0.3–1.7). The 12-month cumulative probability of pregnancy for OCP users was 9.5% (95% CI 8.1–11.0%), with similar risks of pregnancy in Uganda and Zimbabwe (14.6%, 95% CI 11.7–17.4; and 10.2%, 95% CI 8.0–12.5, respectively) but substantially lower risk in Thailand (0.5%, 95% CI 0–1.2). The overall 12-month cumulative probability of pregnancy for women intending to use a given method at baseline was 2.0% (95% CI 1.4–2.6%) for injectable contraceptives, 15.7% (95% CI 14.1–17.3%) for OCPs, and 25.8% (95% CI 23.2–28.4) for condoms. Women in Thailand experienced lower pregnancy risk with condoms (18.4%, 95% CI 11.1–25.7) than in Uganda (29.5%, 95% CI 25.7–33.4), and Zimbabwe (23.3%, 95% CI 19.4–27.2)."


This just goes to show that oral contraceptives are not 100% reliable in suppressing ovulation. Pregnancy can still occur, which means that eggs are still released. These eggs can still be fertilized to conceive a new human being. However, that new human being can die because of a thinned endometrium. This explains how an oral contraceptive pill can cause death of an embryo and thus have an abortifacient effect.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

"Bella" movie promoted by Jaeson Ma

Watch and listen as campus minister and youth preacher Jaeson Ma of Namesake shares about the movie "Bella" to Hongkong students. Jaeson Ma himself was almost aborted by his mom, but his mom ran out the clinic. Jaeson Ma also shares about Eduardo Verastegui, the handsome actor in Bella, who gave up his Hollywood career because he didn't want to make a movie that offended his God. This is a powerful message by Jaeson Ma.




Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Pro-life Exhibit at UE: UE is PRO-LIFE!

Promotional Poster made by the UE Recto University Student Council
based on our Psalm 35:1-2 picture. Note the UE logo in the word PRO-LIFE.


this was my organizer's ID. note the text at the bottom:
UE IS PRO-LIFE!


The Lord opened a door for us at Christian Pro-life Resources through the help of the University Student Council of UE Recto.

We held our 3rd run of the pro-life art exhibit at the Admissions Lobby, near the USC office. Eight pieces of pro-life paintings by UE alumna E.R.A., an AB Fine Arts graduate ('07, from UE Caloocan) were displayed on easels. Also on display were two tarpaulins with pro-life pictures and rubber fetal models, that were actual sizes of 7, 8, 9, 10, and 12 week old babies in the womb. We also gave away "Diary of An Unborn Baby" fliers in Tagalog and English.


2 Corinthians 10:4-5 says, "The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."

I read this passage before we went to set up the exhibit. When we got to the site, it was small, but even if it was small, I knew that the artworks in the exhibit had the divine power to demolish strongholds in the students' minds that set themselves up against the knowledge of God. They were not our weapons, they were God's. In the King James version, 2 Cor 10:4-5 says, "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." So even if MTV, which is the antithesis of moral values and godliness, had a larger set up at the UE quadrangle, it was no match to God's power. We were not intimidated. Because the Bible says in1 Sam 14:6, "Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few."


The USC also organized the Pro-life Seminar at the P.O. Domingo Center for Information Technology, a cool high-tech building. I gave a lecture on "The Sanctity of Life from the Biblical and Medical Viewpoints". Eman Cauriz of the JREV worship team was also there and he sang four songs.

We also showed the music video of Nick Cannon -"Can I Live". To view it on this site click on this link: Can I Live by Nick Cannon video

"UE is PRO-LIFE" is a prophetic declaration. A declaration of life for the unborn generation. A declaration of life to the young people who may be tempted to kill their babies through abortion. God has put the Christian officers of the USC where they are now to be a prophetic voice praying for God's glory to be made known and manifested in their University.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Singapore: Regrets of a child of 'stop-at-two' era (from StraitsTimes.com)

Population control advocates like to cite Singapore with its two-child policy(stop-at-two policy) and its economic prosperity as a role model for the Philippines. They like to point out how "poor" the Philippines is compared to Singapore because Singapore has managed its population well.

For those who have been misinformed, did you know that now Singapore is now giving away "baby bonuses" to encourage births? why? they need to import "brains" (some are Filipinos, who went to SIngapore not because they couldn't find a job here but because SIngapore needed them) because they have few young adults.

Here is an opinion, from the Straits TImes newspaper, sent by my Christian friend from SIngapore:

View it at this link: http://www.straitstimes.com/ST%2BForum/Online%2BStory/STIStory_275523.html

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Sep 6, 2008
ST.com News: Regrets of a child of 'stop-at-two' era



I WAS born in the 'stop-at-two' era, and am the younger of two siblings. My mother followed the recent baby bonus updates sardonically, and here is why.

My mother was pressured heavily when she was pregnant with her third child. Whether it was a boy or girl, she never got to find out as the pressure on her was so great (nurses chiding her to follow the law, having to pay a fine should she produce more than two) that she had an abortion a few weeks after she found out about her pregnancy. Had she not aborted that child, I would have a younger sibling of age 25 years, who would have helped to boost Singapore's economy in one way or another.
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The reproductive health bill being pushed in our congress by Rep. Lagman "suggests" a two-child policy. (My question: if it is just a "suggestion", why put it into law?)

Do we really want to go Singapore's way?

People are human resources. They are the riches of a nation.

"Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him." Psalm 127:3

Friday, September 5, 2008

The Unborn Baby's Prayer - in Bahasa Indonesia and in Spanish

I just wanted to share these two pro-life pictures I made based on Psalm 35:1-2. Like the Philippines, abortion is also illegal in Indonesia but it still occurs. For those with friends in Indonesia, you may send this to them.

Chabacanos in Zamboanga understand Spanish, and many FIlipinos understand Spanish due to required Spanish courses in college more than 20 years ago. You may send this to them or to friends in Spain or in Latin American countries

Friday, August 29, 2008

R.P. on LifeSiteNews: Philippine Court Rejects Claims of New York Based Pro-Abortion Group

Philippine Court Rejects Claims of New York Based Pro-Abortion Group
Court dismissed effort to overturn executive order promoting natural family planning

By Samantha Singson

NEW YORK, August 28, 2008 (C-FAM.org) - The Philippine Court of Appeals recently rejected claims made by a radical pro-abortion group based in New York. The court dismissed an effort seeking to overturn an executive order promoting natural family planning. The petition was filed earlier this year by a group of Manila residents who relied heavily on legal advice and material from the international pro-abortion litigation group, the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR).

Executive Order No. 003 was instituted in February 2000 by then-mayor of Manila, Jose Atienza. The executive order “upholds natural family planning not just as a method but as a way of self-awareness in promoting the culture of life while discouraging the use of artificial methods of contraception.”

CRR admits that the executive order technically applies only to city health centers and hospitals and does not explicitly ban “artificial” contraception. But CRR and the petitioners alleged that the executive order created “serious and lingering damage to residents” and that the executive order has in practice resulted in a “sweep” of contraceptive supplies and services from city health centers and hospitals. Further, they claim that the executive order “deprive(s) many women of their main source of affordable family planning supplies.”

“Imposing Misery,” a CRR publication severely critical of the executive order, claims that the Philippines is in violation of international law and has a legal duty to “ensure right of citizens to a full range of family planning services and information.”

The document argues that the Philippine government is required to provide contraception under its international legal obligations. The document specifically mentions the CEDAW Convention, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as the non-binding Beijing Platform for Action. CRR’s international law argument relies almost exclusively on the non-binding interpretations of the treaty monitoring bodies, which have routinely overstepped their mandates by criticizing sovereign states on their abortion laws and reproductive health programs.

CRR regards the challenge to the Manila executive order as an important test case. According to CRR’s 2007 annual report, a positive decision to rescind the ban “would establish constitutional protections for reproductive rights throughout the country. It could also be used to defend similar rights in neighboring countries, as well as in Catholic countries throughout the world.”

Government officials have defended the focus on natural methods of family planning, as modern contraceptives have not been banned and are still available commercially throughout the country.

Though the Philippine Court of Appeals has dismissed the petition, the petitioners have vowed “to take their case to the international courts,” and other domestic avenues to challenge the order remain open.

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Let us be aware of the tactics employed by pro-abortion groups like the Center for Reproductive Rights to impose their "reproductive rights" agenda on our nation. They are trying to change Philippine laws by their litigation tactics. They want the laws to open the doors of the Philippines to artificial contraceptives, some of which are abortifacients, and the legalization and/or condoning of abortion. For them, lack of access to abortion, which is the murder of an innocent unborn baby, is a "social injustice", but in fact it is the killing of the helpless unborn baby which is the injustice.


The Bible says in Psalm 94:20-21:
"Can a corrupt throne be allied with you-- one that brings on misery by its decrees? They band together against the righteous and condemn the innocent to death."

In the KJV the same passage says:
"Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law? They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood."


An abortion decree, whether it is legalization (like Roe v. Wade in the US) or condoning of abortion (like the proposed Reproductive Health Bill by Rep. Lagman), brings misery and death to millions of babies. Abortion sheds innocent blood. CRR has got it all wrong--- it is legalization of abortion that imposes misery, not the upholding of natural family planning.

Monday, August 25, 2008

"Life" Tape in Thai


This is a picture of a pastor from Northern Thailand, who is wearing "life" tape over his mouth to stand with us in our ministry for the unborn generation. This was taken during the Jesus Revolution Now Thailand Outreach 2008, by my friend who is a partner of Christian Pro-life Resources for the Philippines. Go to our Asian Youth for Life website , which we have organized to be a starting point for future ministry expansion in Asia.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Barack Obama at Saddleback Church: I Am Pro-Choice, I Believe in Roe v. Wade

When he was asked by Ptr. Rick Warren: when does a baby have rights?He answered to this effect, stuttering as he answered:I Am Pro-Choice, I Believe in Roe V. Wade...If people believe with all their heart that life begins at conception... I respect that view.


Read what he said on the CNN politics website
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I will never forget a conversation I had a long long time ago, when I was in college, with a girl in UP Manila whom I was following up after she decided to accept the Lord at an evangelistic crusade that our church held there. When I finally met up with her, she told me,"I don't want to be a Christian anymore. Pro-choice ako e, e diba Christians are pro-life?" I went away stunned. She rejected Christ because she's pro-choice. Her pro-choice beliefs were more important to her than the Lord.

God created life. Abortion kills God's creation. To kill God's creation is a sin against God. It is hatred toward God and the baby. It is the shedding of innocent human blood.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Unborn Baby's Prayer

This verse is the unborn baby's prayer to God.

I made this graphic using powerpoint and screen shot software.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

High-Tech Birth Control: Health Care or Health Risk?- fr. CWA website

The Reproductive Health Bill being pushed in our Congress wants to include contraceptives as "essential medicines". Instead of allowing Filipino citizens to choose what safe and moral family planning method they want, the Bill will force employers to buy contraceptives for their employees and will make the government import all these contraceptives to the tune of a 2-billion-peso budget. Why does the government need to do this? Is pregnancy is a disease? Why not focus on the top ten causes of sickness and death in the Philippines? Why make abortifacient contraceptives like the pill and the IUD part of "essential medicines"?

Here is a pdf file(Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat is needed to view it) from the Concerned Women of America website. (CWA was founded by Beverly La Haye, wife of Tim La Haye of the "Left Behind" books) Read it at this link: Birth Control:Health Care of Health Risk?

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Speaking Up for the Next Generation

Why do we speak up for the next generation? Because the word of God compels us.

"Our children and their children will get in on this As the word is passed along from parent to child. Babies not yet conceived will hear the good news-- that God does what he says." Psalm 22:30-31, The Message Bible

"Rescue the perishing; don't hesitate to step in and help. If you say, "Hey, that's none of my business," will that get you off the hook? Someone is watching you closely, you know-- Someone not impressed with weak excuses." Proverbs 24:11-12, The Message Bible

"Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and-outers. Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute!" Proverbs 31:8-9, The Message Bible

"Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I'd even lived one day. " Psalm 139:16, The Message Bible

Sunday, August 3, 2008

What About the Babies?

Another spate of press releases were churned out this past week by the proponents of the Reproductive Health Bill. They either extol the bill and its alleged "benefits" to the nation and/or attack the Catholic church.

Why is the reproductive health bill of such grave importance to these people? It has a budget of 2 Billion pesos. Who stands to gain primarily from the importation of contraceptives? These are the contraceptive manufacturers and the suppliers of contraceptives. And they want to legalize "post-abortion care" .(Care? For the mom maybe. What about the baby? Who cares about the baby whose life has been ended by his mom and by whoever forced the mom to kill her baby? What about the baby's life?) Who stands to earn from post-abortion care? Doctors who will remove the remains of the dead babies?And also suppliers of manual vacuum aspirators and paraphernalia which, incidentally, are also used for carrying out abortions in other countries.

Why legalize post-abortion "care", when it is already being done in our hospitals? Legalizing it will put funds into it and will punish non-obedience to the law. But the legalization of post-abortion "care" itself DISREGARDS the baby's life. Killing of babies through abortion is a crime in the Philippines, the law upholds the baby's life. It makes the mom who aborted and the abortionist who carried it out, liable and accountable to the law for killing the baby.

There was a story in the Philippine Inquirer, last July 29, on page 4, entitled "RP Catholics bash groups against contraceptive ban". It said there, "The Catholic Church...views abortion as a grievous sin."

It made me think---abortion is a grievous sin, even for the Protestants and Christians! This is not a "view" as the writer of the story put it. Has abortion just become an "issue" where people take sides or opposing views? As far as the Bible is concerned, abortion is a terrible sin against God, it is murder, it is the shedding of innocent blood. Murder itself is an act of hatred toward God because God created life, and only He can say when a life is to end. Innocent blood cries out to God for justice, like Abel's blood did when his brother Cain killed him.

So I say, what about the babies? Their blood cries out to God for justice. Post-abortion "care" must not be legalized. This population control bill in our country must now be the stimulus for Protestant Christians and Christian churches all over the country to take a stand for life, and not just sit on the fence while the Catholic church is taking a beating in the media.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

R.P. on LifeSiteNews: 15 Filipino Bishops Lead 12,000 in Prayer Rally Celebrating 40th Anniversary of Controversial Humanae Vitae Encyclical

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski

MANILA, Philippines, July 28, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A Mass and vigil was held on Friday at the University of Santo Tomas to mark the 40th anniversary of the encyclical letter of Pope John Paul VI on human life, Humanae Vitae. One goal of the rally was to pressure lawmakers into abandoning the proposed Reproductive Health and Population Development Act, which has passed the committee level in the Philippine House of Representatives.

The Act would create a new agency called the Commission on Population (POPCOM) which would "encourage" families to have only two children, and promote the use of a variety of abortifacient drugs, including the IUD and the pill.

In a massive gathering of pro-life supporters, leaders from the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), members of the Christian charismatic group El Shaddai, politicians, personalities, students, professionals and laborers massed at the university parade grounds to the peel of hundreds of church bells throughout the city.

"This will express the Catholics' firm belief in life and their commitment to stand up for life," Manila Auxiliary Bishop Bernardino Cortez said.

The prayer rally carried the theme "Biyaya ng Buhay, Biyaya ng Pamilya (Blessing of Life, Blessing of the Family)," and was aimed at convincing lawmakers, especially those still undecided on what stance to take regarding the Reproductive Health (RH) bill, that it was unnecessary and would harm Philippine society in the long run.

Archbishop Paciano Aniceto of San Fernando said, "We pray that they change their minds. They are also trying to weigh matters. The first-termers, for example, they don't have much lawmaking experience and they are not really aware of the backgrounds and certain issues in Congress, like this [RH bill]. This is destroying the family, which is the foundation of all government and civilization."

Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, said there was hope that legislators would not let the bill pass the House after the prayer rally.

"I hope they don't rush it. There's still a chance that they will have a change of heart," he said.

In his homily, Archbishop Lagdameo called for a "change in attitude" in society and stressed the Church's stand against contraceptives.

"We need a change of attitude. The attitude of 'what is mine is mine absolutely and I can do with it as I wish,' or the belief that 'my money entitles me to consume or control on my own terms as much as my money will buy' is not permissible anymore," he said.

"We in the Catholic Church...advocate only natural family planning methods as the only morally acceptable way of practicing responsible parenthood."

He said the Church does not forbid the advocacy of the increase or decrease of population provided that the religious beliefs of the couple on sexual and family morality are respected, and warned that the family as an institution is being threatened by the Reproductive Health bill.

"The subtle attacks on family and conjugal morality through legislations that promote artificial methods of birth control are couched in attractive but deceptive terminologies like Reproductive Health Care, population management, anti-discrimination of women and children, reproductive rights and patients' rights," he said.

The Archbishop said that poverty is not caused by overpopulation but by misuse of public funds.

"If all the money that goes to graft and corruption of government or is used for the wrong reasons were spent for our increasingly poor population, we will have indeed both population and true progress, a population that is the resource and object of development," he said.

"If only government would be really pro-poor, there would be less and less poor people," the prelate added.

Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales told married couples that if they conduct themselves with discipline and self-control, they would be "in possession of true values of life."

"If there is discipline in the marital bed, then there is discipline in the streets, there is discipline in schools, there is discipline in the government," Archbishop Rosales proclaimed.

He then compared the act of ending the life of an unborn child to King Herod's order to slaughter the infants of Bethlehem after Christ was born.

"Wherever this happens, in the clinics, health centers, or hospitals, ending the life of a child inside a mother's womb is a repeat of Herod's massacre of the innocents … and a Herod could be your neighbor," he said.

Pat Buckley of the European Life Network and a pro-life lobbyist at the UN and the Human Rights Council in Geneva, said of the Philippines Reproductive Health bill: "The act not only sets the scene for the introduction of abortion, it is also aimed at substantially reducing the population by various means including abortifacient birth control and sterilisation."

"While some of the language is about choice there is also coercion. Medical personnel will be forced either to comply or to refer people to someone who will. This is a direct attack on conscientious objection."

"There are also a range of penalties if various people do not comply, from dismissal to fines and imprisonment. There is also a provision that says any person who maliciously engages in disinformation about the intent or provisions of this Act shall be subject to penalties. This is a grave attack on freedom of speech and is aimed at the pro-life community and the Church."

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Last Abortion Clinic in South Dakota Closes after Law Requires Patients be Informed of Possible Side Effects

SIOUX FALLS, SD, July 24, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - On Monday, July 21, eight women arrived at the Planned Parenthood office in Sioux Falls in South Dakota for abortions, but were instead met with locked doors and a hand-written note indicating the only abortion clinic in South Dakota was closed.

Planned Parenthood closed its doors after their abortionists, who are flown in from other states, refused to work under the new law that went into effect last Friday. The law orders abortionists to inform patients of the humanity of their babies and that the procedure could affect their mental health two hours before the abortion is set to be performed. The law also provides that abortionists can be sued if they do not comply.

This law was the brain-child of attorney Harold Cassidy and passed with the help of determined pro-life leaders Dr. Alan and Leslee Unruh, who pushed for the regulation in the face of opposition, even from some in the pro-life movement. The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals cleared the way for the law's enactment last week.

It remains unclear if the Planned Parenthood office has permanently ceased the practice of abortion. However, several women who were scheduled for abortions this week went to a pro-life center instead, where some have reportedly changed their minds about having abortions.

"The closing of this clinic is historic in that South Dakota is, for the time being, the first abortion-free state," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. "It didn't take the overturning of Roe v. Wade, and it didn't take a new President or a new Supreme Court. It took the courageous determination of pro-life heroes like Mr. Cassidy and the Unruhs who saw an opportunity to save lives and pressed on until their dream became victory."

"We applaud their efforts and encourage other states to emulate their campaign," said Newman.

The Unruhs are currently involved in the Vote Yes For Life Campaign, which would effectively ban abortions in South Dakota, putting the finishing nail in the coffin of the abortion industry there.

Text of the new law and links to the court decision can be found at http://www.voteyesforlife.com

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We rejoice with them! This means more babies saved in South Dakota! More women spared from abortion!

News from the US: South Dakota Law Goes Into Effect: Women Must be Told They Are "Terminating the Life of a Whole Separate, Unique Living Human Being"

By Jenna Murphy

PIERRE, SOUTH DAKOTA, July 22, 2008, (LifeSiteNews.com) - This past Friday, a law mandating that South Dakota's physicians tell all women seeking an abortion that they are "terminating the life of a whole separate, unique living human being" went into effect.

Though the state law was passed in 2005, Planned Parenthood successfully challenged the legislation in the courts, causing a preliminary injunction to be established that prevented the law from being put into effect.

That injunction, however, expired on Friday, and now all physicians performing abortions at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Sioux Falls - the state's only acknowledged abortuary - must present the client with the specific language as it has been formulated by law. A woman must certify in writing that she understands no earlier than two hours before the procedure is conducted (Slevin, Washington Post, 7/20).

The law also mandates that a woman who seeks an abortion must be told that she is willingly putting herself at a higher risk of suicide and depression and that in choosing to end the life of her child she is terminating an 'existing relationship' that is protected by the US constitution and that her "existing constitutional rights with regards to that relationship will be terminated."

Another related law took effect on July 1, requiring doctors in South Dakota to ask a woman seeking an abortion if she wants to see a sonogram of her baby.

About 700 abortions are performed in South Dakota each year.

Although 32 states have informed consent regulations, South Dakota is the only state that includes the reference to an unborn baby as "a whole, separate, unique living human being."

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Friday, July 25, 2008

The Population is not the Problem

Population per se is not the problem hindering our economic development as population controllers claim. And it is so discriminatory to the poor to say that they are too many. What about the well-known Senator and his alleged 81 children? Why don't they legislate against that? Because he's rich? You cannot have a law that applies to only one socio-economic class. Hunger and poverty are caused by many factors, and they cannot be blamed on population alone nor be solved by population control.

To aim to reduce the number of mouths to feed is not the solution to hunger or poverty. All the more so because the means they want to use to reduce the number of mouths involves the death of the innocent. Let all the corrupt officials return the money they have stolen, and we will have more than enough to feed our countrymen.

But even if they don't repent and return the money, as Christians, as long as we live, we must still hold them accountable to the word of God, whether about stealing and greed or about killing the innocent. We must still be the salt and light of the earth and expose the deeds of darkness, whether or not they repent of their greed.

Protestants/Christians should also speak up against population control and abortion and its attempted institutionalization through the proposed bill, and not be quietly staying on the sidelines as the Catholic church speaks up against population control and abortion. Christians must know that abortion is not a "Catholic" issue, but the shedding of innocent blood in the Lord's eyes.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Lyrics of "Silent Screams" by My Brother's Scars

HAVE WE ANY REASON

TO CONTINUE WITH THIS TREASON

WE HAVE TURNED OUR BACKS FOR FAR TOO LONG

WE IGNORE THE CRIES OF THE UNBORN
PRE-CHORUS

CAN YOU HEAR THE SILENT SCREAMS

CALLING OUT FROM THE WOMB

WE’VE LET THE PLACE OF LIFE

BECOME A LIVING TOMB
CHORUS

THEY ARE CALLING, CALLING OUT FOR HELP

*WILL YOU HEAR THEM

THEY ARE REACHING, REACHING FOR YOUR HAND

*WILL YOU LOVE THEM

LOVE THEM ENOUGH TO TAKE A STAND
VERSE 2

ARE WE SCARED OF PERCEPTION

DO WE DREAD THE GLANCING EYES

WHAT ARE WE SO AFRAID OF

HOW CAN WE STAND IDLY BY
PRE-CHORUS

CAN YOU HEAR THE SILENT SCREAMS

CALLING OUT FROM THE WOMB

WE’VE LET THE PLACE OF LIFE

BECOME A LIVING TOMB



CHORUS

THEY ARE CALLING, CALLING OUT FOR HELP

*WILL YOU HEAR THEM

THEY ARE REACHING, REACHING FOR YOUR HAND

*WILL YOU LOVE THEM

LOVE THEM ENOUGH TO TAKE A STAND
BRIDGE

AND THEY SAY WE HAVE NARROW MINDS

THEY SAY WE ARE TAKING AWAY RIGHTS

THEY FORGET THAT THERE’S

NO CHOICE FOR THE BABY WHO DIES
CHORUS

THEY ARE CALLING, CALLING OUT FOR

*THEY ARE REACHING OUT FOR’

THEY ARE CALLING, CALLING OUT FOR HELP

THEY ARE CALLING, CALLING OUT FOR HELP

*WILL YOU HEAR THEM

THEY ARE REACHING, REACHING FOR YOUR HAND

*WILL YOU LOVE THEM

LOVE THEM ENOUGH TO TAKE A STAND

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My Brother's Scars band (pic from their myspace page)

My Brother's Scars is a Christian alternative rock band.Listen to the song on their MySpace Page at http://myspace.com/mybrothersscars

This is who they are: (also from their myspace page)

"My Brother’s Scars is a more than just a band. They are a ministry to those who are hurting and searching. They perform Alternative Rock with the message of Jesus Christ. They also lead powerful rock style praise & worship.

In the summer of 2005, founder and lead singer, Jeremy Barker had surgery to remove a melanoma from his shoulder. After surgery there was no cancer remaining and by the grace of God none has returned. What remained were scars. He realized how great it was to have this constant reminder of God's grace. Motivated by this new lease on life, Jeremy felt convicted to re-commit his life to God and to allow God to give his life eternal significance. As a result he and 3 of his brothers-in-law formed My Brother's Scars. The name refers to the scars left behind when we've been broken and healed by God. In all of our lives we've reached a place of brokenness and had to turn to God for His divine healing. Etched into our minds are the memories of how low we've been and how great God's mercy and grace were to bring us up out of these times. The band members have changed, but their calling has not.

The mission of MBS is to tell people about what God has done for them and to comfort others through difficult times of breaking, to tell those who have not found Jesus Christ about His loving sacrifice, and to compel those taking God's grace for granted to serve Him with all they have.

Jude 22, 23 "Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear-hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh."

Thursday, June 19, 2008

My Pro-Life Batik Artwork


I made this batik "artwork" (obviously amateur) on a cotton throw pillow case when we went to a beach resort located south of Manila last December 2007.

I patterned it after the Philippine flag, but I put the word "JUSTICE" in the blue part and an outline of an unborn baby and an outline of the Cross of Jesus above it. The blue part of our flag signifies peacetime. But I placed Justice there because the unborn babies cry out for justice even in peacetime. It is the Lord, represented by the Cross, who will give them Justice. I then put "LIFE" in the red part, red signifying the blood of the unborn babies and the word "LIFE" being a prophetic word being spoken over the unborn babies and their mothers. The red part of the Philippine flag actually signifies wartime. In fact during wartime the Philippine flag should be hoisted with the red part on top. But for this batik artwork I made, red signifies Christians warring in prayer and intercession for the unborn babies and their mothers.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Justice Loves Babies book by Danielle and Darlene Wibeto, Illustrated by Sarah Atkinson


This is the synopsis of the book from the Justice Loves Babies official website:

"Justice is a little boy who loves babies. He is eagerly waiting for the birth of his sister, Destiny. He wants to be the first to hold her. Justice talks to Destiny every day in her mother's womb and prays that she would live and be strong.

Soon his father, who is a doctor, will help his mother bring Destiny into the world. But one night Justice has a dream about other babies who were not allowed to be born. "Not all babies get the chance to live like Destiny does," his mother tells him. "Never stop praying for the babies."

This story emphasizes the worth of life and the impact of prayer. JUSTICE LOVES BABIES will change the way children treasure life by helping them understand that a life begins in the mother's womb. Like Justice, they can pray for Destinies to be born everywhere.

Help us spread this message of life!"
There is a short video clip of the book's story on the website.

The book can be ordered on the IHOP (International House of Prayer) website.

You can also view the MySpace page of Justice Loves Babies.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

In Australia: Emily's Voice Pro-life Website

This is the text from the Emily's Voice website

"Emily’s Voice aims to:

* Be motivated by love for the both the mother and unborn child.

* Help every Australian fall in love with the unborn.

* Shine a bright light on the dark side of the womb.


Emily represents at least 80,000 little Australian each year who won’t be given the chance to experience life outside the womb.

Emily represents an entire primary school of Aussie children who are lost every day through abortions.

Our nation desperately needs to discover Emily and the 80,000 unborn children she represents. To discover love, to discover beauty and to discover life itself.

Motivated by love the mother and the unborn child, Emily’s Voice strives to take our nation on this journey of discovery.

We aim, with your help, to give Emily a voice."


They also have a "Discover Emily" media campaign wherein the organizers of Emily's Voice shows a video of an unborn baby ("Emily") on TV.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

John Calvin on the Unborn Baby and the Horror of Abortion

"...for the fetus, though enclosed in the womb of its mother, is already a human being, and it is almost a monstrous crime to rob it of the life which it has not yet begun to enjoy. If it seems more horrible to kill a man in his own house than in a field, because a man's house is his place of most secure refuge, it ought surely to be deemed more atrocious to destroy a fetus in the womb before it has come to light."

• Protestant theologian John Calvin(1509-1564), Commentaries on the Four Last Books of Moses, Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, published 1950, 3:41,42.
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from a flyer of Presbyterians Pro-life, downloadable as a PDF file

Friday, June 6, 2008

Life: A Biblical Perspective- Bible Study Outline from Presbyterians Pro-life

You can view this on the Presbyterians Pro-life website at this link. I posted the entire outline here also:

I. OUR CREATOR

Who is the creator of all life? Who created each of us?

Genesis1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Job 10:8-12 "Your hands shaped me and made me. Will you now turn and destroy me? Remember that you molded me like clay. Will you now turn me to dust again? Did you not pour me out like milk and curdle me like cheese, clothe me with skin and flesh and knit me together with bones and sinews? You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit.

Job 33:4 The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

Psalm 8:4,5 what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.

Psalm 95:6 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;

Psalm 100:3 Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Psalm 119:73 Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands.

John 1:3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

Acts 17:24,25 "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.

Revelation 4:11 "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being."

Colossians 1:16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.


II. GOD, THE UNBORN, AND THE CHILD

Is God involved in our development within the womb?

Job 31:15 Did not he who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?

Psalm 139:13-16 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Isaiah 44:2 This is what the LORD says-- he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you: Do not be afraid, O Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.

Isaiah 44:24 "This is what the LORD says-- your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself,

Is God concerned about us in our unborn (fetal) state or only after birth? Do we have an identity prior to our birth? our conception? Does God have a relationship with the unborn?

Isaiah 40:11 He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.

Isaiah 49:1 Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the LORD called me; from my birth he has made mention of my name.

Isaiah 49:16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.

Psalm 22:9,10 Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you even at my mother's breast. From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother's womb you have been my God.

Jeremiah 1:5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."

Luke 1:15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth.

Luke 1:41,44 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby* leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. ... As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby* in my womb leaped for joy.
*The biblical writers, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, used the Greek word "brephos," here translated as baby, referring to the unborn child. Brephos is also found in I Peter 2:2 translated as newborn babies and II Timothy 3:15 as infancy.

Galatians 1:15,16 But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man,

Ephesians 1:3,4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love

Is the fetus a human being?

John 16:21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby* is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. (*Baby is translated from the Greek word, "anthropos," which literally means man or human being.)

What is God's relationship to children?

Psalm 71:6 From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother's womb. I will ever praise you.

Psalm 127:3 Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him.

Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."


III. LIFE OR DEATH: OUR RIGHT TO CHOOSE?

Does God give us a choice between life and death? What is His choice for us? (When a pregnancy has been "terminated," what has happened?)

Deuteronomy 30:19 This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live

Exodus 20:13 "You shall not murder.
(See also Exodus 20:1, Matthew 5:21, Matthew 19:18, Romans 1:29, James 2:11, Revelation 21:8, Revelation 22:15)

Have we been given the "right" to choose death for the unborn?

Genesis 9:6 "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man.

Jeremiah 7:6 if you do not oppress the alien, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, (See also Jeremiah 22:3,17)

Exodus 23:7 Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty.

Deuteronomy 27:24,25 "Cursed is the man who kills his neighbor secretly." Then all the people shall say, "Amen!" "Cursed is the man who accepts a bribe to kill an innocent person." Then all the people shall say, "Amen!"

Proverbs 6:16,17 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,

Amos 1:13,14 This is what the LORD says: "For three sins of Ammon, even for four, I will not turn back [my wrath]. Because he ripped open the pregnant women of Gilead in order to extend his borders, I will set fire to the walls of Rabbah that will consume her fortresses amid war cries on the day of battle, amid violent winds on a stormy day.


IV. EVERY WOMAN'S RIGHT TO CONTROL HER OWN BODY - FREEDOM TO CHOOSE

Does every woman have the right to control her own body? Is it her own body? (Does the definition of every woman include the female fetus?)

Ezekiel 18:4 For every living soul belongs to me, the father as well as the son --both alike belong to me. The soul who sins is the one who will die.

Psalm 127:3 Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him.

I Corinthians 6:19,20 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God --this is your spiritual act of worship.

Is the "freedom to choose" the primary consideration in the abortion issue? Can freedom be abused? (Consider the fact that the freedom we are talking about is the freedom to choose to abort.)

I Peter 2:16 Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.


V. THE HARD CASES: THE HANDICAPPED, RAPE, AND INCEST

Who is the creator of the "unwanted," "unlovable," "handicapped," "mistake"? Are these cases justifiable reasons for abortion?

(Refer also to Scriptures under "I. OUR CREATOR")

Exodus 4:11 The LORD said to him, "Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD?

Isaiah 45:9-11 "Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker, to him who is but a potsherd among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, `What are you making?' Does your work say, `He has no hands'? Woe to him who says to his father, `What have you begotten?' or to his mother, `What have you brought to birth?' "This is what the LORD says-- the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker: Concerning things to come, do you question me about my children, or give me orders about the work of my hands?

Romans 9:20,21 But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? "Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, `Why did you make me like this?'" Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?

I Corinthians 1:27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

Should the innocent pay for the sins of others? Who are the innocent in a pregnancy resulting from rape or incest, and is abortion acceptable in these cases?

Deuteronomy 24:16 Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their fathers; each is to die for his own sin.


VI. OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO THE UNBORN, THE WOMAN IN CRISIS, AND OUR GOD

Is abortion the solution to crisis pregnancies?

Isaiah 49:15 "Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!

Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.

Do we have a responsibility to God?

Genesis 9:1,5 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth... And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of his fellow man.

Isaiah 58:10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Matthew 25:34-36,40-43,45 "Then the King will say to those on his right, `Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' ... "The King will reply, `I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' "Then he will say to those on his left, `Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'..."He will reply, `I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'

What is our responsibility as Christians to those who are handicapped, unwanted, unloved?

Proverbs 21:13 If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.

Galatians 6:2 Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Proverbs 24:11,12 Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, "But we knew nothing about this," does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?

Should Christians be involved in the discussion? What are our responsibilities as Christians in influencing our nation's policy on abortion? Should we be concerned about "pushing our morality" on others in trying to establish a pro-life policy?

Matthew. 5:13 "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.

Romans. 10:14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

Acts 4:18-20 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, "Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard."

Exodus 23:2 "Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd,

Must the church take a stand?

Revelation 3:15,16 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm --neither hot nor cold --I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

When those involved in abortion feel convicted by their actions, what should they do? Who do they need? Does God forgive those who have had abortions?

I John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Ephesians 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace

Isaiah 43:25 "I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.

Proverbs. 28:13 He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

I Peter 4:15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler.

I John 3:15 Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.

Jeremiah 22:17 "But your eyes and your heart are set only on dishonest gain, on shedding innocent blood and on oppression and extortion."

Proverbs 8:36 But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death."

I John 2:1,2,12 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense --Jesus Christ, the Righteous One ... He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world...I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.


Based on a Bible Study designed by Deborah L. Anderson

Thursday, June 5, 2008

"I Changed My Stand" by Pastor Zolton Phillips III, from the Last Days Ministries website


The following are excerpts from an online article from Last Days Ministries' website.

To read the full text of the article online, click on this link: "I Changed My Stand" by Pastor Zolton Phillips III .

It is the testimony of Pastor Phillips. He worked with Planned Parenthood, America's largest abortion provider, and he was even a member of the Clergy Advisory Board. However, everything changed when he witnessed an abortion and saw that the baby came out alive. He appealed to the nurse to help the baby but the nurse replied "I can’t because they’ve signed the papers that he’s dead." After that, he and his wife began to search the Scriptures. God spoke to them Jeremiah 1:5: "Before I formed you [Jeremiah] in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you..." He concluded that if the Lord knows him, then he has to be alive. He became pro-life ever since.
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" I’ll never forget that day. Inside the dilapidated brick building, a former minority hospital, I was greeted by a nervous nurse and two hurried doctors. I donned the standard white coat and entered a room where I saw a very pretty young lady, anxiously sitting on the edge of an old hospital bed. There were brief introductions and then I stepped to the back and listened to the doctor tell this woman what would happen. He emphasized three things: 1) "There will be no pain to speak of." 2) "You will walk into the room." 3) "You will walk back from the room." I’m not sure what prompted them to say such things, except possibly to reassure her that this was not a major medical operation.

We went into the procedure room. I stood at the head of the lady as her legs were placed in the stirrups, the doctor sat down, and the nurse stood at his side. Following four cervical injections that were painful to the lady, she was dilated by a series of rods increasing in size. Then an ominous-looking machine with a gauze bag inside a jar was pushed close to her. The vacuum tube was put in position, the machine turned on, and a sucking sound I’ll never forget filled the room. As a mass of fluid and blood went into the jar, the gauze bag caught the fragmented body parts where I saw what appeared to be a tiny hand catch in the bag.

I asked the nurse, "Is that what I think it is?" She said, "Yeah."

After it was over, the ashen-faced woman staggered back to the other room, supported by no one until I went to her aid. The rest of my day was filled with gloom.

I spoke with some people at Planned Parenthood about my uneasy feelings and was told they would disappear after seeing a few more abortions.

I did see other abortions - two vacuum curette and one saline. After the saline abortion, the baby was born alive. Shocked, I appealed to the nurse saying, "Hey, he’s trying to live, help him!" She replied, "I can’t because they’ve signed the papers that he’s dead."

When I came home, my wife and I began to do a lot of talking and praying and searching the Scriptures - something I had not done thoroughly enough. After a period of searching, God spoke to both of us at the same time. Jeremiah 1:5 was the verse God used to change my mind. "Before I formed you [Jeremiah] in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you..." If the Lord knows him, then he has to be alive.

There was considerable guilt over my involvement. I still struggle with it. Maybe my work didn’t have that much of an effect, but I was a part of the movement. That haunts me very seriously at times. Then when I realize the grace of God, the haunting begins to disappear and I’m better able to accept His forgiveness and forgive myself.

Nevertheless, it amazes me that we Christians can be so blind, especially when I consider that the reasons society gives for justifying abortion today would have killed our Christ before He was born: He was conceived out of wedlock, conceived in an impoverished woman, uncared for by society, and an embarrassment to family members.

"...Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matt. 25:40 KJV)

Dr. Zolton Phillips III served as past president of Presbyterians Pro-Life, a group working against abortion within the Presbyterian denomination. He and his wife Sue, formerly from Florida, now live in Blackstone, Virginia, where he is pastor of the Blackstone Presbyterian Church. They both continue to be active in pro-life advocacy.


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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

A Child is A Gift from God, Not A Punishment- article from CWA website

from the Concerned Women for America website4/1/2008

Washington, D.C. — In recent remarks, Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois) opined that if one of his daughters should become pregnant as a teen, having the baby would be a punishment. Senator Obama said “I’ve got two daughters, 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby.”

Concerned Women for America (CWA) President Wendy Wright responded, “Stigmatizing the babies conceived by teenagers is not the way to reduce teen pregnancies. Instead, it provides an excuse for aborting them. Regardless of their parentage, all human beings should be treated with respect and dignity. Our society would take a dangerous step backward from the Judeo-Christian belief that we are all created equal if we were to treat one class of humans — those born to teenagers — as a curse. Sen. Obama should clearly recant and not sidestep this issue — no baby is a ‘punishment.”

Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, Director and Senior Fellow of CWA’s Beverly LaHaye Institute, concurred: “Unfortunately it appears that Senator Obama heard a lot more politics than theology as he listened to the sermons in his church. Scripture unequivocally informs us that children are a gift from God, and while there are serious consequences to having sexual intercourse outside of marriage, a baby is not a punishment meted out for sin. Many a woman has come to understand that despite the circumstances of a baby’s conception and birth, her little one is a precious miracle that she loves and cherishes unconditionally.”

Crouse added, “One of the attitudinal distortions that results from abortion-on-demand is callousness toward pregnancy, motherhood and babies. We are diminished as a nation when we view babies as anything less than God’s gift. Who can doubt that hardened hearts and darkened souls are the fate of those who lose the ability to stand in awe at the miracle of life?”

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

SPUC in UK: Speaking Up against Embryo Experimentation

Since last year, I have been on the mailing list of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children in the UK.

I have even met the President of SPUC, John Smeaton, when I attended a pro-life conference here in the Philippines in January 2007. He was one of the speakers/reactors.

One of their great concerns at the present is the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, which will let human embryos be used for experiments and research, and horrifyingly, even for producing interspecies hybrid embryos.

SPUC has produced a flier as part of their lobby against the bill. I am posting the flier here:


You may view or download this flyer as a PDF file at this link:
http://www.spuc.org.uk/hfeleaflet.pdf

You may also want to learn more about the HFE bill in the UK by downloading/reading this PDF file from the SPUC website:
http://www.spuc.org.uk/hfebriefing3.pdf

Babies are a Blessing

this pic is from hh76.com

I disagree with people who say that there is a "teen pregnancy epidemic". Since when did having a baby become a disease? Teen immorality and promiscuity are the problems. Sexually transmitted diseases resulting from sexual promiscuity are epidemics. Pregnancy and children are a blessing.

I am convinced that the term "teen pregnancy epidemic" was coined by pro-abortion, pro-death advocates, in order to make abortion, which is the killing of an unborn baby, the "solution" to the so-called "epidemic".

We say NO to abortion and YES to life, YES to motherhood, YES to babies.this pic is also from hh76.com

The Culture of Death

"How can infanticide be wrong and abortion be a basic right? Both mean the killing of a baby, and both represent the Culture of Death at its most deadly." -Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. A Life Quote from Lutherans For Life www.lutheransforlife.org

What is the culture of death?

The culture of death is when:
  • killing a baby is considered a "human right"
  • killing a baby is considered an "act of compassion", and having a baby is a curse and a burden
  • killing a baby is "modern", and abortion-restricting laws are "primitive"
  • killing a baby is "just a medical procedure", and having a baby is a "disease" (like calling teen pregnancies an "epidemic")
  • killing a baby who's still an embryo to harvest his or her stem cells is done for "science" and "health care"

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Compilation of Pro-life Scripture Passages

I made a Word Document of Pro-life Related Scripture Passages. This may be useful to pastors, teachers, and church workers .

Click on this link to copy/download the verses: http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dgvz5dgh_428d88mfhf

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Visit our "Asian Youth for Life" website

Visit our Asian Youth For Life website by clicking on the picture below:

God's heart is big enough for unborn babies in all nations. The Lord weeps for every aborted baby. The Lord weeps every time a mother decides to kill her baby. The Lord weeps when nations wipe out their citizens through abortion for the sake of population control.

Sadly, these things that the Lord weeps over are all happening in Asia. Asian Christians must stand up for LIFE. Asian Christians must speak out and pray against abortion because God is the Author of life and abortion kills that life that God created. Abortion sheds innocent blood. Blood that cries out to the Lord for justice.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Bella: a pro-life movie from Hollywood

Bella is a life-affiriming movie that was shown in North America in 2007. It's about a friendship between a chef and a waitress at a Mexican restaurant in New York City. The waitress is pregnant (NOT by the chef) and is fired by the restaurant owner, the chef's brother, for always being late. The chef follows the waitress and they talk and they meet the chef's family. The waitress keeps her baby in the end. It is a clean movie because no sex is ever seen or depicted or implied. It is hailed by pro-life organizations because it upholds life. View the movie review of Christian Answers.net on Bella.

The picture above is from Jaeson Ma's blog, it is from the "Bella 10 movement". According to Jaeson Ma, who sang "Justice from Heaven", Bella has saved 13 babies already from abortion. 13 women have decided to keep their babies after watching Bella. Bella will be avaible in DVD in the U.S. soon, and the Bella 10 movement aims to mobilize people to buy and watch and give away the DVD to encourage people with its pro-life message.