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Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Boston Legal on ABC Chooses Death Over Life

"The demands of those who require that religion, and especially Christianity, should be ignored in our national, state, and municipal laws, are not only unreasonable, but they are in the highest degree unjust and tyrannical."
[Charles Hodge. Doctor of Divinity, Princeton Theological Seminary, around 1840(?). ]

Last night, November 10, 2008 on the program, Boston Legal, the ABC network put forth its ungodly propaganda in favor of abortion. The legal case was that of a 15-year-old Chinese girl who wanted to exercise the judicial bypass law of her state where she could overrule her mother by going before a pro-choice judge. Truly we live in the last days.

Not only did the program openly mock Christianity but it upheld the right of the state to indoctrinate the children of Christians and to prevent Christian parents from having a say in whether or not their daughters who are still minors in their care should kill their unborn child or not. This is blatantly an interference between church and state and the freedom from government interference in religious matters of the church and of individual citizens. One of the lawyers said something about not taking the case and then remarked in a derogatory and sarcastic tone of voice that this teenage girl would "go to hell" for aborting her baby.

The real issue here is not whether or not the girl will go to heaven or hell or what she believes. What this really involves is the power of the state to violate the moral law of God against murder of the unborn. Does the state have a God-given right to pass legislation or make judicial decrees which violate natural law and divine moral law? To any Bible believing Christian the answer must always be no. As John Calvin and the other Reformers said, the civil law cannot regenerate a soul or bring true repentance or saving faith. However, the civil law does put fear into the hearts of the wicked by an outward restraint of their wickedness (See Romans 13:1-7; 1 Timothy 1:8-11).

When the wicked and the ungodly rule a nation Christians are still obligated to obey the law except when that law violates the law of God. In the case of the state interfering with the religious freedom of Christians to raise their children according to the Bible and their own conscience, then the state must be disobeyed at all costs. By whatever means necessary the state must be opposed when the state oversteps its authority and tries to impose unjust and ungodly laws upon Christians.

In the case of the judicial bypass law, Christians should seek whatever legal remedies necessary and Christians should vote for political leaders who oppose such legislation. It is indeed a travesty when Christian parents could face possible prison sentences if they interfere with their child's "right" to murder her own unborn child. A possible scenario would be a parent charged with "kidnapping" or worse for preventing a child from going to an abortion clinic. Is this freedom I ask you? Or is this not a foretaste of a developing totalitarian government which will not tolerate the rights of its own citizens to have and to hold their own moral laws and values within a Christian worldview?

The United States Bill of Rights guarantees us the right to freedom of religion yet that right is limited by the right of the state to interfere with the rights of Christians to teach their children right from wrong and to keep their children from violating the law of God by murdering their own unborn child. If this is any indication, a further erosion of the Christian's right to freedom from government interference in religious matters is occurring before our very eyes. I believe the frog in the kettle illustration is appropriate here. We're in the kettle and the heat is gradually being turned up so no one notices what is going on. However, soon the water will be boiling and it will be too late to leap out of the pot.

Already in Canada it is illegal to publicly declare homosexuality is a sin. What will be next?

Sadly, even though the Boston Legal episode gave lip service to the regrets of an abortion and pretending it is a difficult decision, their bottom line was that abortion is a necessary "evil" because of "freedom." I ask you how this is freedom when it blatantly destroys the freedom of the unborn child and the freedom of parents to decide what is best for their own minor daughter? Does the state have a divine right to decide who lives and who dies? Does the state have a divine right to decide what Christian parents may or may not do in the best interest of their own minor daughters?

Ironically, the female lawyer, played by Candice Bergen, pointed out that in China daughters are aborted because of a bias against girl babies. She even called it a holocaust against women. But the lady judge in the final analysis asked, "Do we really want to go down that road?" In other words, anything that might interfere with a woman's "right" to an abortion must be opposed at all costs, even if it IS a holocaust against women and the unborn. Licentious and perverted evil masquerading as "freedom" is not freedom at all. Rather it is genocide justified by an immoral, ungodly, and atheistic society which is totally ignorant of the fact that even nations must one day give an account to God.

In Holy Scripture we see over and over again where nations rise against nations in war and that such wars are often the means by which God judges or punishes ungodly nations which refuse to acknowledge the moral law of God and which oppress and murder its own citizens. (See Dt. 8:17-20; Acts 7:7, 45). In this case the oppression involves overruling the rights of Christians to oppose the murder of their own grandchild! It involves the murder of an unborn child who is also a United States citizen with the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Ironically, political and theological liberals claim to be helping the poor by their social engineering agenda. Often this agenda is even disguised in the garb of civil religion as represented by the liberal mainline churches and the so-called "evangelical left." But in the closing of the show, James Spader remarks to William Shatner that abortion is mostly utilized by the poor to prevent unwanted babies. Whether or not this is accurate is questionable since many middle and upper class women abort their babies for the sake of convenience.

Be that as it may, Spader's justification is that the poor commit more crimes and children in poverty grow up to be criminals in prison, etc. So ironically, according to Bader's character, in the 1990s the crime rate dropped because of the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. So, according to this logic, the end justifies the means. If killing unborn children, no matter how dispicable the holocaust, lowers the crime rate then it must be right. What is particularly appalling here is the blatant disregard for the lower classes. Not only is it prejudice and bigotry to assume that the lower classes are nothing more than low class criminals who deserve to be either aborted or thrown in prison, but it ironically, like China imposes government sanctioned abortion laws to get rid of the less valuable human beings in society. In China, girls are devalued. Here in the USA, according to ABC's Boston Legal, the poor and the lower classes do not deserve to live. Instead, the government should promote a propaganda campaign to get rid of the less desirable lower classes.

Another irony here is the shortage of workers for industry and construction and agriculture. We are importing illegal workers by the millions who come here to supply the missing labor force which was aborted by the pleasure of selfish women's rights advocates in the name of a perverted view of "freedom." The bigotry against poor blacks and poor whites here is so obvious only a fool could not see it.

Once the dam develops a hole it is only a matter of time before the trickle becomes a fountain and the fountain becomes a river. Then the inevitable breach of the dam occurs. Once the government begins to infringe upon the religous freedoms of Christians it is only a matter of time before political oppression and persecution begins. The sort of vitriolic hatred for Christians and Christian values we see in the media today is only the tip of the iceberg, the first trickle before the dam breaks.

The real question here is not whether or not moral views are being legislated and whether evil is restrained or not. The real question is what is the moral law of God and who is properly upholding it? Is it the atheistic and secular forces who wish to outlaw Christian values and the divine right to life? Or will it be Christians rising up in a unified opposition to evil, immorality and the totalitarian state we see developing before our very eyes?

My constant prayer is that God will change America and bring our nation back to the Christian values, culture and society we once had. Once it is lost it will be almost impossible to regain.

From the Book of Common Prayer:

"Almighty God, whose kingdom is everlasting and power infinite; Have mercy upon this whole land; and so rule the hearts of thy servants, Barack Obama, the President-Elect of the United States, Charlie Crist, the Governor of the State of Florida, and all others in authority, that they, knowing whose ministers they are, may above all things seek thy honour and glory; and that we and all the people, duly considering whose authority they bear, may faithfully and obediently honour them, according to thy blessed Word and ordinance; through Jesus Christ our LORD, who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth ever, one God, world without end. Amen."

I might add that this prayer does not assume that Obama or any other governmental leader is a Christian or born-again. But it does assume that they will acknowledge their responsibility before God to do what is right and just. So far it appears that Obama will side against the unborn and for murder, genocide and injustice. Let us pray that God will change Barack Obama's heart and mind on this issue? Let us pray for his salvation and for the salvation of our nation before the judgment of God falls upon us all.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Charlie

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