Godly comments on Dr. Kermit Gosnell

Many in the world today are taking a long look at the abortion industry because of the May 14, 2013 guilty verdict and life term penalty handed down by a jury (which included 9 out of 12 pro-choice jurors)  to Dr. Kermit Gosnell. During this time of reflection I wanted to put forth some of the pro-life’s best arguments.

In the film series “WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE HUMAN RACE?” the arguments are presented  against abortion (Episode 1),  infanticide (Episode 2),   euthanasia (Episode 3), and then there is a discussion of the Christian versus Humanist worldview concerning the issue of “the basis for human dignity” in Episode 4 and then in the last episode a close look at the truth claims of the Bible.

Francis Schaeffer

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I truly believe that many of the problems we have today in the USA are due to the advancement of humanism in the last few decades in our society. Ronald Reagan appointed the evangelical Dr. C. Everett Koop to the position of Surgeon General in his administration. He partnered with Dr. Francis Schaeffer in making the video below. It is very valuable information for Christians to have.  Actually I have included a video below that includes comments from him on this subject.

Francis Schaeffer: “Whatever Happened to the Human Race” (Episode 1) ABORTION OF THE HUMAN RACE

Published on Oct 6, 2012 by 

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What Would Jesus Tweet About Kermit Gosnell? / By Erik Koliser

April 17, 2013 By Leave a Comment

Many evangelical Christians, pro-lifers and political conservatives are currently celebrating like New England Patriots’ party boy, Rob Gronkowski at a Las Vegas night club. And rightfully so for these conservatives “blew up” (as Business Insider puts it) the trial of abortionist, Kermit Gosnell for the last 3-4 days finally bringing this atrocious crime and trial into the spotlight and media mainstream. I guess you could say that I should be dancing with them as a fellow pro-lifer who tweeted about the media blackout several times over the last couple days with a similar agenda in mind. However, if I can be completely transparent with my evangelical, conservative friends, I find myself hesitant to do any type of fist pumping or body slamming with this so-called pro-life victory and the reason why is because of a flashback conversation I once had with a fellow Christian pro-lifer.

Let me make a few things clear before sharing this conversation. I believe that life starts at conception (Psalm 119:13,16) and that abortion is murder. I believe we live in a culture that somewhat celebrates death, or is at least immune to it, and that Christians need to celebrate life and children by all means necessary. Lazy, irresponsible, sinful, and poor excuses for men knock up their women and bully them into abortions. Selfish, idolatrous women choose to sacrifice their children in abortion so they don’t have to sacrifice their future dreams and comfortable lifestyles. Cruel, heartless doctors kill innocent babies as Satan deceives them into thinking that they are just helping their mothers.

Abortionist Kermit Gosnell, represents this and much more, as the gruesome details continue to come out in his trial. This is part of the reason why I got so excited when entering into a conversation with a fellow pro-life Christian about the things other Christians were doing to stop abortion in my city at the time and share the gospel with those who were thinking about going through with the procedure. That was until I heard the tone and attitude that this Christian portrayed when they talked about people who actually went through with the abortions. Their demeanor, tone, and words were callous, hateful, and lacked any type of compassion as the person said they did nothing for the people walking out. They spoke with grace, love, and mercy when talking to people who didn’t go through with abortions but the doctors and women who followed through with the murder of their child formerly in the womb… well, they didn’t seem to deserve that same type of grace, love, and mercy that the ones who chose life, even if the ones who chose death were blind in doing so.

The reason why this conversation, and at times the pro-life and other political movements can irk me, is not because of what they stand for, but usually what they end up fighting for in sacrifice of the gospel. Now I very well know I may be stepping on some toes here and I don’t want any pro-life Christians to misconstrue my words. I’m not cowering on issues that the Bible has made clear and I’m not afraid to call abortion murder, whether it’s in the first, second, or third trimester. I have mentioned how abortion is a sin in sermons and believe that Christians should take strong steps to reverse Roe v. Wade. I’m pro-life, but even more so pro-gospel, and sometimes the politics and emotions that carry over on this issue can be anything but a reflection of the gospel. And I’m sorry, but I can’t but help to think what Jesus would tweet in 140 characters or end his blog post with concerning these issues after reading His words with the Samaritan woman at the well, or the apostle Paul, after killing one of God’s children.

Abortion, which many look at as a social justice issue is really a gospel issue because every true social justice issue is truly a gospel issue. For example, it’s hard having faith in a Creator when you’re unrepentant to what He considers as His creation. The sacrifice of our Heavenly Father’s Son on the cross for our own sin becomes unthinkable to a parent who sacrifices their own child for their own sin. A culture that is blind to death and justifies murder will have a hard time seeing the beauty of life and wanting a resurrected life. Abortion is obviously a Gospel issue but not when the fight against abortion goes against other critical, important parts of the Gospel, specifically God’s picture of grace. And this lack of compassion and ignorance of grace is exactly why I’m semi-scared of where Christians will land when all of this Kermit Gosnell trial & media stuff boils over and the cards are shuffled into place.

It is God’s grace in the gospel, the good news that Jesus loves and died for the worst of sinners and will forgive us, that will justify us and reconcile us to a Holy God when we didn’t do anything to deserve this love or earn it that is simply unbelievable to a world in desperate need of salvation. It’s also the very thing that makes Christianity stand out from all other so-called religions. Of course, this all happens when hearing the gospel and responding to it in repentance and faith but the sad thing is that when I read all of the tweets, Facebook updates, and blog posts about Kermit Gosnell and abortion, the last thing I see is any type of desire or hope that repentance and faith would happen to Kermit Gosnell or anyone who defends abortion, late-term or not.

In fact, in the midst of this social-media-Kermit-Gosnell-storm, Brennan Manning, author of The Ragamuffin Gospel, died and I remember thinking how hypocritical us Christians looked as we tweeted out hatred for Kermit but honor for a man who would’ve said Kermit is exactly who Jesus would’ve loved.

That conversation with the pro-life, conservative Christian who didn’t want to try to reach the women walking out of the abortion clinics but only the women walking into the abortion clinic left a bad taste in my mouth because that person and many other Christians forget that the gospel is for the worst of sinners in which many of them consider abortionists to be in that category of.  Pro-lifers can lose that spirit of compassion in their call to save the physical in sacrifice for the spiritual.

As a former server in several restaurants, I had several conversations with co-workers who had abortions, many who would now admit they were wrong. As I shared the gospel with them and loved on them, they just couldn’t get past what other Christians had said and how they made them feel when going through with those abortions. In fact, it was only a month ago where I attended a pro-life breakfast where a great Christian organization that rallies churches in helping stop abortions from being done in their own community and a similar concern for the “worst of sinners” came up. After hearing the compelling call for action in churches to stand outside of the abortion clinic and try to stop women from walking in, and if possible, share the Gospel with them, a pastor in the room mentioned how he believed there was a fine line in telling these ladies truth about their decisions but also doing it in a way that will turn them off to anything Jesus has to say outside of conception and murder. He then told a story from his own congregation where a woman that’s been visiting his church for years and won’t give her life to Christ because of how other pro-life Christians treated her in the previous city that she lived in when they found out about her abortion. We all know that could be an excuse for this woman but I’m sure we’ve all seen our fair share of pro-life Christians who allowed their emotions to get the best of them when trying to fight for justice and end up looking unjust because of how they represented God’s grace and compassion in their words and actions.

I believe we can easily lose sight of God’s compassion for sinners and His grace in the gospel when we sometimes fight against an abortion culture. We brought awareness to the Kermit Gosnell trial and God’s desire for justice but have we magnified his heart for the worst of sinners as well? Right now, pro-lifers have the chance of a lifetime to show the atrocity of abortion. But will we error so far to the side of telling people “I told you it was murder” that we’ll forget to say that we love those who murder because Jesus loved them first.

1 Peter 4:7-8 says,

The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. 8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.”

But we can’t love people enough for their sins to be covered because we’re so focused on exposing these sins.

As Christians, part of our purpose in this culture of death is not to just save the physical lives of babies and women but to win people over to the gospel. Only then are we bringing that who are spiritually dead to life and that’s where the real culture war is won. I’m not saying we should exactly stop in the ways we’re fighting or bringing awareness to the consequences of abortion, but that we need to do a better job in championing grace along with justice that comes along with the gospel. The church has been in awkward positions before where they have to choose between fighting for justice while using certain questionable ethics or trying to share the gospel and allowing changed hearts to change policies and societies as a whole, and again, I’m not saying that we have to choose one or the other but both.

That’s why I’m not saying that we need to exactly stop protesting clinics, fighting for reversal of policies, or calling out the media for biased reporting for a pro-choice agenda. I’m just arguing that we need to show the light of God’s grace in the gospel just as much as we are trying to expose what is being done in the dark of the abortion culture. After all, it’s called scandalous grace for a reason and it doesn’t get any more scandalous than a bunch of sinners saved by grace saying that they love Kermit Gosnell despite his murderous ways and hope that he comes to a point where he repents and has faith in a Savior who will give him life out of his culture of death.

My personal prayers have shifted as I hope for justice on earth with all of those innocent babies and deceived mothers, but also with a different type of justice for those sinful souls who have been involved. A type of justice that is served with Jesus’ death on the cross in a great exchange for those who were unrighteous to become righteous, instead of the blood many of us Christians will call for concerning abortion and murder in Revelation 21:7-8. After all, us liars and idolaters are right there with Kermit Gosnell until the Grace of God we did not deserve was poured out on us.

I know, I know… how can we talk about giving grace and forgiving the people who kept severed baby feet in jars, fetuses in the refrigerator next to their lunches, and actually beheaded live born babies in the name of abortion? Bob Goff, Author of book Love Does, asked a similar question when standing face to face with a certain man in prison several years ago. Bob Goff, who I like to call “the Christian Dos Equis man” because of the crazy unbelievable adventures he’s been on, prosecuted the very first witch doctor in the country of Uganda. These witch doctors would cut off little boy’s penises in hopes that the sacrifice would please their false god. Villagers were too afraid to charge and prosecute these witch doctors for their inhumane acts against children but Bob Goff stood up for them. He even adopted one of the child victims. After charging, arresting, and prosecuting the very witch doctor who cut off the penis of his adopted son, Bob stood face to face with the witch doctor as he told Bob that he’s not worthy of forgiveness.

Bob knew it was God opening up a door to share the gospel but actually agreed with the witch doctor wanting this man to receive wrath over grace. Bob begrudgingly shared the gospel with him and the witch doctor ended up getting saved, to the conviction of Mr. Goff in his hatred toward this man for what he did to his son in this past. This witch doctor was given a platform in his Uganda jail to not only share the gospel with other prisoners but lead them to Christ, and Bob still visits the former witch doctor, now brother in Christ, in this Ugandan prison. The same scandalous grace that this witch doctor received is the same grace the abortion culture should be hearing from us, even if we don’t think they deserve it because it’s in the way of our political purposes.

It would mean loving on the women walking out of the abortion clinic just as much as we are trying to stop them from going into the abortion clinic.

It would mean hoping and praying for Kermit Gosnell to come to Christ just as much as we hope and pray that the liberal media will start covering his murder trial.

It would mean ending some tweets, Facebook posts, and blog articles about Kermit Gosnell and the abortion culture with a simple reminder that these people need Jesus more than exposure and laws in place to make what they do illegal, and that sometimes the best way to back up the words of the gospel is our actions of compassion and love.

It’s letting the world know that a great injustice was done on 3801 Lancaster St., but that justice is not just served in the courthouse, or on the front page of the newspaper, but sometimes with a God who puts that just punishment and sentence on His own perfect, righteous Son in order to free and forgive those who are guilty and deserved that punishment.

It’s preaching the gospel in grace along with a gospel in justice.

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Connect with Erik on Twitter and read his column at Veritas here.

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Tony Perkins: Gosnell Trial – FOX News

Published on May 13, 2013

Tony Perkins: Gosnell Trial – FOX News

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