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Discover the Book - Aug. 22, 2007

  • 2007 Aug 22
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Biblical Convictions Of Citizen Of Heaven -- On Earth

Part 2 continued from August 21st

 

 

 

 

 

Point Three—Biblical Convictions start with the Bible, because we are Citizens of

Heaven—Living on Earth

 

How do we live out those Biblical Convictions about God’s revelation of what is right and wrong? How do we reconcile living on earth with all this evil and all of the sin that surrounds us? To answer that let me just address three areas of current controversy. There are countless other areas I could address from the Scriptures, but this morning let me limit this to just these three:

  • GOD is Pro-Life— God is opposed to Abortion and Euthanasia. He is the Creator of Life, the One who grants conception.  
  • GOD is Pro-Marriage God is opposed to Gay Unions, as well as divorce, adultery, fornication, pornography, and any other form of immorality.
  • GOD is Pro-Work— God is against indolence, sloth, entitlements, oppression of the poor by the rich, and ever form of false hope produced by gambling and lotteries.

 

Remember the responsibility we have to expose evil? Here is how we do so, using God's Word!

 

We should be Exposing The Dark World of Abortion

 

Open with me to Ephesians 5:11 “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them”.

 

Paul tells us that we have a personal responsibility to “ have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness”. That means ‘avoid, stay away from, have no contact with’ evil. But that doesn’t mean isolation, it means a personal commitment to consecration. But the verse goes on to say that we have a public responsibility, one that we often have forgotten—we are to expose evil.

 

The Greek word ‘reprove or expose’ means to point out in a public way those things that are in opposition to God's Word. Here is the dictionary definitions of elengcho: “to convict, refute, confute; generally with a suggestion of shame of the person convicted; by conviction to bring to the light, to expose; to admonish, reprove, to call to account, show one his fault, demand an explanation.”

 

So how should we respond to abortion since GOD is Pro-Life—God is opposed to Abortion and Euthanasia. He is the Creator of Life, the One who grants conception. All human life is His personal act of power as the God of this Universe allowing another human in His image to be conceived.

 

“Abortion is one of the darkest works of the human race – it is child sacrifice. And the only way it can survive is for darkness to survive. Wherever the light of truth and love comes, darkness flies away. Therefore it is one of the great callings of the followers of Jesus to let their light shine in both ways: to live a holy life and to expose darkness. The aim is partly negative: reveal the error hidden in the darkness, but mainly positive: to bring people to love the light and be made light in the Lord Jesus.”

 

So what do we, as Christ's children, need to expose in our world as His salt and His light to those around us?

 

Since then about forty million abortions have been performed in America. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • We need to expose the fact that there are nearly 1.5 million children murdered by abortions each year in America. That means we have hidden the remains of over 40 million murdered bodies since the Supreme Court overturned the right to life of babies 21 years ago.
  • We need to expose the fact that 70% of abortions are performed between the seventh and tenth week when the baby is already sucking his thumb, recoiling from pricking, responding to sound. All his organs are present, the brain is functioning, the heart is pumping, the liver is making blood cells, the kidneys are cleaning fluids, and there is a fingerprint. His genetic code is uniquely and unquestionably human. And, if we are willing, he can be seen by ultrasound.
  • We need to expose the fact that 50% of all abortions are performed on women who have had at least one abortion already.
  • We need to expose the fact that 43% of all American women will have at least one abortion by the age 45.
  • We need to expose the fact that 33% of all babies conceived and viable in this country are killed by abortion.
  • We need to expose the fact that 31% of all abortions are done on women who say they are Catholic.
  • We need to expose the fact that 20% of these are performed on teenagers.
  • We need to expose the fact that 16% are done on women identifying themselves as "born again" Christians. Ensor concludes, "Indeed, the abortion industry could not survive financially without paying customers drawn from the church (pp. 21)."

Remember that modern day abortion is as hideous as the horrific child sacrifice by wicked parents recorded in the Old Testament. God hates both eras of child sacrifice. He condemned and judged the worship of false gods (Molech and Baal) in the Old Testament, and the child sacrificing gods today--convenience and materialism.

 

We need to expose the World to Christ's Powerful Gospel Hope

 

To anyone who has had one or more than one abortion, here or somewhere else—Christ's words are for you. If 43% of all women in America have a child they are carrying killed by abortion, then doubtlessly some here this morning have felt that horror to their soul. If you know the pain and guilt of being a murderer of your very own child, listen to these “great climactic words of the apostle Paul, heralded to sinners in Antioch of Pisidia in Acts 13:38-39: "Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man [Jesus Christ] forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and in him everyone who believes is justified from everything from which you could not be justified in the law of Moses" (my translation).

 

There is forgiveness – all sins wiped away, even abortion, and there is justification, the declaration of righteousness, over against every kind of sin you have ever done. How can this be? The life and death of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, pardons all debts and provides all righteousness for everyone who believes. Those who have been forgiven much, Jesus said, will love much (Luke 7:47). Oh, how sweetly the post-aborted women and men in this church should love Jesus Christ! ”  

 

We need to Learn How To Shine Our Life into the Darkness of Abortion

 

If God is Pro-Life, and He is, what would He have us do in light of our child sacrificing culture that lies in darkness all around us? Here are just a few suggestions that all of us should pray about today.

  • Consider adoption. If you are physically and spiritually able to—you should at least be praying about helping take some unwanted children of this world into your home and raise them in the light of the Gospel and for the Glory of God.
  • Consider regular support of Crisis Pregnancy Centers. Most of us can’t interact with young girls (and older ones) at the point of their crisis. There is a ministry that can and does. They have the plan, they have the skill, and they have the track record—all they need is the support of God’s people. Think about this—is it enough to be against abortion without being for life in a tangible way.? Serve and support pro-life ministries in Christ's Name.
  • Consider direct involvement. Perhaps some of you need to start m aking your presence know at the abortion clinics of the Tulsa area. How about other forms of involvement, like writing or phoning or visiting and talking, if you can, with those who work there, volunteering in a Crisis Pregnancy Center, participating in some way through a Chain of Life, literature distribution, fund raisers for Life.
  • Consider using your most powerful tool--always pray. If you haven’t started yet, get literature about the horrors of abortion, and start to plead with the God of Heaven to deliver us from this evil. Ask for lives to be intercepted by loving believers before that babies life is taken, pray for a baby to be born and adopted, for a godly home to take it, and for a soul to come to faith in Christ's offer of salvation through your investment. Think of it as another way to take someone with you to Heaven..
  • GOD is Pro-Life— God is opposed to Abortion and Euthanasia. He is the Creator of Life, the One who grants conception.  
  • GOD is Pro-Marriage— God is opposed to Gay Unions, as well as divorce, adultery, fornication, pornography, and any other form of immorality.
  • GOD is Pro-Work— God is against indolence, sloth, entitlements, oppression of the poor by the rich, and ever form of false hope produced by gambling and lotteries.

 

Remember the responsibility we have to expose evil? Here is how we do so, using God's Word!  

 

This sermon will continue tomorrow August 23rd and we will start with “Exposing the Grave Errors of Homosexuality”.

 

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