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J. Herbert Nelson misses the mark in his critique of Hobby Lobby decision PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

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badge-washingtonJ. Herbert Nelson is Director of the PCUSA's Office of Public Witness in Washington D.C. It is his job to advocate on behalf of the PCUSA to legislative branches of the U.S. government (as directed by actions of the General Assembly) and also to educate and inform Presbyterians of current legislation and equip the membership of the church for their own advocacy efforts.

His recent statements about the Supreme Court decision in favor of Hobby Lobby were posted recently by the Presbyterian Mission Agency—Office of Public Witness. Nelson's comments are, egregiously, filled with misinformation and hyperbole about both PCUSA policy on contraception and the impact of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decision on women. His letter reads much like the social media rhetoric of the culture which we, as Christians, are called to stand against. One expects a more measured and informed communication from an office that speaks on behalf of the whole denomination.

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Three person embryo fertilization: Why should Christians be concerned? PDF Print E-mail
Baby in utero, MONTH ONEFor you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. ..I am fearfully and wonderfully made… intricately woven. . . your eyes saw my unformed substance. . .the days formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:13-16
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Presbyterians Pro-Life Blog PDF Print E-mail
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A House of Molech PDF Print E-mail
Written by P.J. Southam   

The Bible teaches us that one of the false gods vying for the allegiance of God’s people was Molech.  Molech was a Canaanite underworld god.  Those who worshiped Molech sometimes burned their infant children as human sacrifices.  God’s people are commanded not to do this.  Leviticus 18:21 tells us “You shall not give any of your children to devote them by fire to Molech, and so profane the name of your God.”  These sacrifices took place in the Hinnom valley, just outside of Jerusalem, the city God chose that his name would be there.  When I pilgrimaged to Israel my group visited the Hinnom valley, within sight of the temple mount.  Here is a holy place and an unholy place, close together geographically, yet vastly far apart in holiness and godliness.

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Planned Parenthood: Babies Alive: 7998; Babies Aborted 332,278 PDF Print E-mail

The numbers tell the story: Planned Parenthood does 165 abortions for every one woman who receives pre-natal care at their clinics. They do 1,186 abortions for every one woman they refer for adoption. These are the facts from their just released 2009 report. The results are clear—when taxpayers fund Planned Parenthood, babies lose their lives!

Take a look at the numbers!

    Pregnancy tests: 1,158,924
    Abortions: 332,278
    Prenatal Care Clients: 7,021
    Adoption referrals: 977

In addition Planned Parenthood provided contraception services for 2,327,662 clients.
“Emergency Contraception Kits” were supplied to 1,537,180.

How should the Church respond to the ugly truth these numbers reveal? Planned Parenthood claims to be an organization that is looking out for the health of women, but recent videos have revealed their failure to protect minors from sexual abuse. They have failed to inform women of the risks of abortion and have given false information about the development of the baby in the woman's womb.


Obviously we ought to stand up, speak out, and call our Senators. Our government should stop funding Planned Parenthood. There are many other medical facilities that offer BOTH the health care that women need and health and LIFE for their babies!

There is another more powerful response that the Church can make and that is to tap into the power of God through prayer. 40 Days for Life is an organization built around prayer, fasting, and vigil outside abortion clinics including those of Planned Parenthood. The next campaign begins on Ash Wednesday, March 9.

I’ve signed up for a 4-hour vigil in my city. It really is the least I can do. I will also be praying and fasting from certain foods during the 40 day period. I will cry out to God to end abortion in our nation and in the world. I hope you will join me! Go to the 40 Days for Life website and click on your city to find out how to sign up to pray and keep vigil. Jesus said we should let the little ones come to him. Surely we can find the time to ask God to preserve their lives!

 
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