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There is nothing Christian about abortion 

Can you claim to be “born-again” when you won’t allow others to be born in the first place? Here’s how abortion strikes at the heart of the Christian faith.
Catholics and evangelicals are often told how obsessed we are with so-called “culture war” issues like marriage, religious freedom, and abortion. If we’d only stop being so political and focus on proclaiming Christ, say some, we’d win a lot more converts.
But this isn’t how a Christian worldview works. The Scriptural premise, that God made human beings in His image, naturally leads us, as it has Christians throughout history, to protect and cherish those who bear that image. Ignoring evils perpetrated against bearers of the divine image denies what we know to be true about God. In other words, a distorted view of human beings always goes hand-in-hand with a distorted view of God.
Take, for example, a new book by self-proclaimed “born-again” Christian, Willie Parker titled, “Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice.” As Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission describes, the book is a would-be manifesto on the morality and even godliness of abortion.
Parker, an OBGYN, has performed countless abortions. He describes working a circuit of Planned Parenthood clinics in the South, performing abortions “over and over, like the athlete who goes to the gym after practice to shoot three-pointers.”
And as the recipient of Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger award, it’s clear Parker has made the fight to keep abortion legal a major life goal. But unlike most pro-choice activists, this OBGYN tries to root his case for killing the unborn in his Christian faith.
Citing writers like C. S. Lewis (who would definitely take exception), Parker argues that abortion is consistent with Christian love. He even claims that Jesus Himself would have been an abortion supporter. In a 2015 New York Times piece, Parker recasts Christ’s beloved parable of the Good Samaritan as an endorsement of the so-called “right to choose”:
“It is the deepest level of love,” he writes, “that you can have for another person, that you can have compassion for their suffering and you can act to relieve it. That, simply put, is why I provide abortion care.”
Not surprisingly, Parker radically dehumanizes the unborn to reach his conclusion that killing them is an act of love. To call a fetus a “baby,” he argues, is to “anthropomorphize” the entity in the womb. Even liberal women do this, he complains, when they come in for ultrasounds and hear their babies’ heartbeats. He can’t understand what he calls the “fetishization of motherhood and children.” Little wonder for someone who compares killing the unborn to practicing basketball.
But he also finds it necessary to depersonalize God along with His unborn image-bearers. Parker chides believers for viewing the Almighty as a personal Being Who judges the living and the dead, calling this a “tendency to anthropomorphize God.” And the idea of conception or birth as “a miracle,” he writes, “does an injustice to God.” He prefers, instead, to view life as a “process.”
As Russell Moore points out, Parker’s willingness to strip the unborn of their identity has led him to strip God of His identity. Let me be clear: there’s nothing biblical—and therefore nothing Christian—about Parker’s views about either God or man. And so, there’s nothing Christian about his views of or participation in the killing of innocent unborn life.
And Parker’s Judas routine just makes matters worse. Only his thirty pieces of silver takes the form of fawning endorsements from Cecile Richards and Gloria Steinem, both of whom are more than happy to gloat, “See, you can be a Christian and support abortion.”
But moral issues like abortion are inseparable from the core beliefs of Christian worldview, like the imago Dei. To embrace abortion requires rejecting what God has revealed about both Himself and about humanity.
Parker and other self-proclaimed Christian abortion supporters may claim they’re doing “life’s work.” But what they preach is no good news at all. It’s a gospel of death.

God’s Grace is enough ( a thought on the Bible ) 

Listen to a thought on the Bible right here, or read it below.

If you are a follower of Jesus, and right with God you should always be happy, along with healthily, right? 

   Hi I’m Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible.

This is what it says in 2 Corinthians 12.

:8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

  The teaching which says you should always be healthy, and happy is a lot of times referred to the health,and wealth gospel.

 We can learn from what Paul teaches in 2 Corinthians 12,that the health, and wealth gospel is not Bible.

 There are times God will take away our pain, but other times like for Paul here he wants to teach us something. He wanted to teach Paul his grace was sufficient to see him through his trial.He might want to do the same for you. You see God’s grace not only allows us to come into a relationship with Christ. It also allows us to deal with setbacks, and the hard stuff in life.

   Those who teach the wealth, and health gospel must believe Paul was not right with God. Though they may not admit that. 

     I don’t know what you are facing today. It may be a divorce, death of a love one, a health issue, a child who is struggling in the faith. A parent who is getting older. Like I said I don’t know what you are facing, I do know just like it was for Paul,God’s grace is enough to see you through what you are facing. 

   The Bible says we can do all things through Christ, but we must let him into the driver’s seat. He is not our copilot. He is the Master, the Lord, and Savior.Turn your issue over to him. Do it today.

 That is a thought on the Bible.

Until next time,

I’m Billy David Dickson 
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Lordship of Christ, the grace of God, and repenting of sins

( Below is my thoughts on some Christian doctrines which I put in a newsletter I send out to friends. I hope it will bless you. Most of all my desire is it would challenge you.)

     I have a question for you. What did you do to get right with God, or what can you do to stay right with the Lord? 

       I have heard teachings which say we should not use the term accept Christ. We should just preach repentance, and the Lordship of Christ. I also know of a speaker who said the best thing God gave us was the law, the Ten Commandments. 

   I believe the law is a powerful tool we can use to show good, and religious people they are sinners. The law is not the best thing God gave us. The law can not save one soul. 
       At the same time there are souls who love the Lord,who are concerned by what they call easy believism. 

              I saw this years ago when I helped out at a junior high camp. The speaker for the most part asked who wanted to go to heaven. That was his way of getting kids to embrace Christ. Now I know God can use a soul’s desire to go to heaven to bring him to Christ. At the same time that is the end result of a relationship with God.That should not be the main goal in receiving Christ. I am sure God saved some of those kids who wanted to go to heaven. But I believe we need to be careful when our preaching is just about going to heaven. 

    On the other hand I think those who are concerned about using the term accepting Christ are missing something. If they are not careful they may forget God’s grace, love, and mercy. They may judge other ministries. And at times if they do not watch out, they could become fruit police. “She doesn’t have true saving faith because she has not really repented. That ministry is just telling people to accept Christ. They are not preaching the need to repent.”What does it mean to repent? It means to turn away from known sin. To embrace Christ is an act of repentance. Yes, we should preach sin. But preaching sin, and the law will not make one right with God. It is God’s grace which saves us. I think some churches don’t preach on sin along with repenting enough. All churches,and believers should preach grace. After all that is what will save us. Some folks need to be shown they are sinners by using the law. Others just need to be shown God loves them. My experience has been those who concerned about making salvation too easy, is they don’t preach grace along with God’s love enough. 

Far as not telling folks to accept Christ. What does the Bible tell us in John 1:12. “To those who receive him, he gave the right to become children of God.”If it is done the right way,it is Bible to tell folks they need to receive Christ. Also we don’t make Christ Lord, or Savior. He is both of those. When we come to Christ we receive him as those. 

  We in the body of Christ should learn from each other. Those who are concerned about easy believing have some good points. 

John 3:16 written on the head of a former NFL player who took his own life, ( only God knows where his heart was ) 

Read the post, and the story. 

Martin Luther boldly confronted the unbiblical idea of indulgences

Martin Luther fought an uphill battle to bring the Bible back as the prime rule of faith and life in the church of his day. His efforts brought about the Reformation. He boldly confronted the unbiblical idea of indulgences, by which money would release a soul from purgatory.

Listen to a 15 minute Sermon.

The debate on the doctrine of grace, and Luther ( view of a Catholic, and the view of a Protestant ) 

( Read the two pieces below, and check them out with Bible to see who you agree with. A church can be wrong, or a spiritual leader can be wrong, but God,and his book the Bible are never wrong. )

Grace Alone’ 500 Years Later A Catholic perspective.
Grace Alone’: Luther Nails It A Protestant responds to Catholic critiques of ‘Grace Alone.’

A good post on NFL player who went the wrong way, and ended up taking his own life 

Here is a posting from Facebook. 

Bible answer man is still a follower of Jesus, but his move to join the Eastern Orthodoxy church is not helpful 

We do not see all that God is doing in the world, and we certainly don’t determine who is or isn’t a follower of Jesus. Hank Hanegraaff certainly hasn’t ceased to be a Christian (as some have said) any more than my parents have. Not that my opinion matters most, but I, for one, will continue to listen to him, even though I think the move to Orthodoxy is unhelpful for someone who has been the “Bible answer man.”

Though I think there are better answers for “the Bible answer man” then converting to Orthodoxy, I still can acknowledge that my own tradition needs to be reevaluated in light of scripture and, yes, the practices of the early church. During such times, it’s worth considering (and hearing why) Hanegraaff made such a move (along with Rod Dreher, Michael Hyatt, Frederica Mathews-Green, John Mark Reynolds, and many others). I can, and should, learn from their journey, though I may not take the same road.

Don’t normalize cultural church forms.

I’m not moving toward Eastern Orthodoxy, so let me add why. For one, I think the tendency towards (big-O) Orthodoxy and its liturgy is missiologically unhealthy, not just theologically problematic. Many segments of Orthodoxy take Hellenistic (or other) cultural forms, consider them normative to today’s context, and apply them as the “true” or “authentic” way.

That’s not helpful and it actually hinders the advance of the gospel, which in part explains why American Orthodoxy has far more converts from evangelicalism than it does from secularism.

Don’t import, export.

A better approach than importing and normalizing cultural church forms is one that is built on Sola Scriptura. In the way of Jesus, and walking in the Spirit, I believe we need to go back to scripture for each and every generation of Christians and ask, “What would it look like to live out this timeless scriptural faith in this time and in this place?”

This, then, exports the truth of scripture to our modern context.

Perhaps the 500th anniversary of the Reformation is a good time to remember the value of Sola Fide, Sola Gratia, Solo Christo, and Sola Deo Gloria as signposts for our unique expression of the gospel that goes deeper than tradition. In fact, it brings us to principles which are expressed in different cultural languages using different cultural methods.

(And it is worth remembering that the solas are biblical truths restated, not cultural truths discovered 500 years ago.)

Stay with the message.

We want to lovingly and graciously acknowledge that others will follow Hanegraaff and swim the Tiber or swim the Bosporus, but ultimately we are reminded that evangelicalism is a movement based on scripture sought to be lived out in a context. I believe Hanegraaff has walked in a place that is unhelpful and undermines his lifelong ministry of pointing people to the truth.

( Hank Hanegraaff’s Switch to Eastern Orthodoxy, Why People Make Such Changes, and Four Ways Evangelicals Might Respond )

A Good Friday spanking ( Bible thought for kids ) 

Folks every so often I have decided I am going to post a Bible commentary that is mainly for children, and or young people. I thought Good Friday would be a good day to start doing that. I hope if you are a parent, or have young people in your life you will share these thoughts with them.Even us adults may learn from these thoughts. So don’t skip them, because you are not young, or don’t have young lads around you.Below is today’s Bible thought for kids.
( Listen to the Bible thought here, or read it below. )

   Hi boys, and girls: You may think Good Friday has nothing to do with you.

I’m Uncle Billy with a thought on the Bible.

Guess what Good Friday is for everyone adults, children, and teens.

     What happened on Good Friday? We will get to that in a second.

          When I was kid there was a Disney movie called Tom Swayer. If you have never seen it ask your parents about it, or ask their permission to get the DVD, or watch it on You Tube.

    In part of the movie the kid Tom, and a girl named Becky Thatcher are writing notes on their slates to each other,while the teacher’s back is turned. 

      Then Becky drops her slate. The teacher turns around,and demands to know who the slate belong to. Tom jumps up and says it is his slate.

    The teacher tells Tommy to go to the front of the room. The teacher then takes a switch, which is a whip,and spanks Tom good.

   What Tom Swayer did makes me think of what Jesus did by going to the cross for us. Jesus was sinless. Yet he took your punishment, and my punishment. We deserved to be punished because all of us are sinners. We deserve to go to hell, which is where our sins are sending us. Yet God loved us so much that he had Jesus go to the cross. Because a Holy God demands punishment for sin. Boys, and girls when you do something wrong your parents might give you some kind of punishment.Just like your parents have rules, God has rules on how to go to heaven. 

   Romans 5:8 tells us that the Lord loved us so much that Christ died for us while we were yet sinners.

   If you have never turned away from sin, and trusted in what Jesus did for you, I encourage you to do that. Going to church, or doing a lot of good works won’t get you into heaven, or make you right with God. It is changing your mind about sin, and trusting in what Jesus did for you.

Jesus not only died for our sins, but God the father proved Jesus was God, by raising his son from the dead. Which we will celebrate this Sunday. A day most folks call Easter. I prefer to call it resurrection Sunday. 

That is a thought on the Bible.

Until next time,

I’m Uncle Billy 
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This blog may be reproduced in whole or in part with a full attribution statement. Contact Billy or read more commentary on https://billydteacher.wordpress.com/.

Has Hank Hanegraaff, ( the Bible answer man ) left the Christian faith,( the answer ) 

( Below is part of an article which is posted on the Bible answer man’s website. ) 

Through Christian Research Institute staff and friends, I’ve become aware of chatter on the Internet—the gist of which is that I’ve walked away from the Christian faith. Amid Holy Week I pray that those forwarding this notion may have an ever-deeper encounter with our crucified and resurrected Lord. May they and their loved ones be blessed and their faith strengthened. If I have caused any to stumble, I humbly ask forgiveness.

My purpose in this post is not so much to respond but to reassure. As I have never been more in love with my wife and family, so, too, I have never been more in love with the Lord Jesus and His body the church. As such,

I confess my faith in the deity of Jesus Christ — “the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages; Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten not created, of one essence with the Father, through whom all things were made.”

I affirm the doctrine of original sin — “sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12).

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