Isaiah 5:20-24

Isaiah 5:20-24
21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

“20) Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that count darkness as light, and light as darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
21) Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
22) Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink,
23) who justify the wicked for a reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!
24) Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust; because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.”

The unbeliever, for reasons known only to himself…

“The unbeliever, for reasons known only to himself, either is unable, or unwilling, to concede the love of God. That—not the current evil, pain, or suffering that he currently endures— is the greatest tragedy of his life.”

– from p.105 of “The Many Faces, and Causes, of Unbelief” by Bert Thompson.

“Aborting in the Name of Jesus” by Russell Moore. (and my notes/comments on it).

“Aborting in the Name of Jesus”
http://www.russellmoore.com/2014/08/04/aborting-in-the-name-of-jesus-2/

Read the linked post first and then my comment, if you wish.

Here is the post from the linked website so you can read it here or just click on the link to read the same thing on the website, whichever is more easier or better for you.

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“Aborting in the Name of Jesus” Written August 04, 2014 by Russell Moore.

“It is one of the most disturbing articles I’ve ever read. The current issue of Esquire magazine profiles the “abortion ministry” of Willie Parker, a doctor who flies in and out of my home state of Mississippi to perform abortions at the state’s only abortion clinic. The word “ministry” isn’t incidental. Dr. Parker says he aborts unborn children because Jesus wants him to.

Parker, the article says, preached in Baptist churches as a young man, before going into medicine. He had, he says, a “come to Jesus” moment where he became convinced that he ought to do abortions. “The protesters say they’re opposed to abortion because they’re Christian,” he says. “It’s hard for them to accept that I do abortions because I’m a Christian.”

The profile portrays Dr. Parker as he prepares women for the abortions he is selling them. He tells them to ignore everything but their own consciences, and then, of course, he informs their consciences that abortion is morally acceptable. “If you are comfortable with your decision, ignore everything from everybody else.”

Apparently, he knows how to ignore everything else, including the conscience. The article quotes him talking a woman through an abortion by telling her that her unborn child is “very small.”

In the most chilling passage of the article, Parker has just aborted triplets, and is sorting through the aftermath. He then points out the body parts of a nine-week unborn child he has just aborted. “There’s the skull, what is going to be the fetal skull,” he says. “And there are the eye sockets.” Parker points out, “That’s an eye.”

The article states: “Floating near the top of the dish are two tiny arms with two tiny hands.”

Parker says that he is not disturbed by these body parts because he is “not deluded about what this whole process is.” It doesn’t disturb him, he says, it just tells him the woman’s uterus is empty, and she’s no longer pregnant. He doesn’t consider the “fetus” a person because the child is totally dependent on the mother, and “that dependence puts it in the domain of her choice.”

Parker says his “come to Jesus” moment, persuading him of the “call” to abortion, happened when he heard a sermon by Martin Luther King Jr. on Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan. By performing abortion, Parker sees himself as the Samaritan, caring for the beaten neighbor on the side of the road.

That would be true, of course, if the Samaritan in Jesus’ story had euthanized the neighbor, to put him out of his misery. Of course, he didn’t. Instead, the Samaritan took the neighbor on as his own kin, nursing him back to health and caring for him, a picture that looks a lot like what many of the pro-life churches and organizations Parker dismisses are, in fact, doing for women in crisis and their babies.

Ironically enough, the one left for dead on the side of the Jericho Road was also totally dependent. Without the embrace of love and the kindness of a passer-by, he was left for dead. He was hardly viable on his own. The priest and the Levite passed on, Dr. King preached rightly, probably because they were afraid. Fear paralyzed them from seeing the humanity of another. The road to Jericho was filled with “choice,” as person after person averted his eyes from the hurting human being in front of them. The one on the roadside was dependent, totally dependent, on one who saw life as better than death.

Dr. Parker could be that Good Samaritan. Instead, he looks into the sonogram screen and says, “And who is my neighbor?” (Lk. 10:29).

Let’s pray and work for an end to the injustice of abortion. Let’s pray and work for better solutions for women in crisis. But let’s pray for doctors like this as well.

There is no one living who is beyond the call to salvation, and there is no sin that cannot be overcome by the redeeming blood of Christ. Jesus confronted Saul of Tarsus on the way to commit violence, and turned him around, using him to carry the gospel to all of us. And the Lord can do the same now. The gospel can even save one who is so far gone that he believes he is aborting in Jesus’ name. That’s good news for all kinds of sinners. We can pray that this abortion doctor hears and receives that sort of mercy that transforms the direction and purpose of his life. We can pray for a “come to Jesus” moment that puts him on the right side of the Jericho Road.”

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My comment about the linked post:
An example of someone calling evil good. Much could be said about the doctor and his actions but this much should be clear to any clear-thinking Christian: the doctor who says he’s doing abortions in the name of Jesus (says Jesus told him to do it), says that he’s helping people when in reality he’s just destroying innocent lives and using the name of Jesus and the term ‘Christianity’ as a way to continue his evil works and worse, tries to make evil look less serious, deceives many women, the doctor is deluded, he’s deceived by the Devil and he’s self-deceived and without a doubt he’s not a real Christian, never was, he’s just manipulating people and using Jesus as a way to get more patients/customers desperate exploited women and if you support such doctors’ work then you’re guilty of supporting evil, specifically the murder of innocent babies. If that’s the sort of thing you support, you really need to rethink your world view and check whether your morals aren’t distorted. There’s no Biblical support for abortion, and Jesus isn’t blessing abortion doctors, you can be sure of that. The doctor didn’t hear anything from Jesus but was obviously deceived by the Devil disguised and whispering lies to get the doctor to do the evil things he does but that doesn’t excuse the doctor, the doctor’s responsible for all his action and must cease doing what he’s doing, repent and turn from his ways and confess his sins to God, sins such as murder and blaspheming God’s name and Jesus’ name.

My comment elsewhere previously written, on the same thing, this comment differing at least a little from the above comment:
About the doctor: That doctor can say whatever he wants but the real Jesus Christ said we will know them by their fruits and that doctor’s fruits are rotten and it’s obvious that he’s not a real Christian nor repentant, regenerate; he’s not saved. If he were Christian, he wouldn’t support abortion in any way, (Christians don’t support the murder of innocent babies,) and he would be led by the Holy Spirit to discern right from wrong and he would have enough sense to know right away that whatever “Jesus” he heard from was a fake, likely the Devil or a demon trying to deceive him to do evil and claim it’s done because Jesus said it should be done. He’s not like the Good Samaritan, he’s like  robbers who beat the man nearly to death except the doctor finishes the job by killing the babies. He’s very confused, very deceived, not just by the Devil but also self-deceived, which is a horrible combination of deception. The doctor is doing evil and calling it good and he needs to stop immediately, repent of his evil ways, stop performing abortions and come to the knowledge of the real Jesus Christ, not a murder-supporting demon whispering lies.

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Isaiah 59:1-8, 11-14

Isaiah 59:1-8, 11-14

“1) Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
2) But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.
3) For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
4) None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.
5) They hatch cockatrice’ eggs, and weave the spider’s web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.
6) Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.
7) Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.
8) The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.

11) We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.
12) For our transgressions are multiplied before Thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;
13) In transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
14) And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.”