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Testimony – I am Redeemed. I am Loved.

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testimonyOn this very day last year I publicly shared my testimony and wanted to share it on this blog as well.  I woke up that morning and immediately my mind wandered, just like it does most of the time.  I knew that day was coming; I had thought about that day for years.  I hadn’t planned to blog about the significance of that date but there I found myself writing.  I started writing just to let go of the baggage I carried but also so that one day my boys could read about their momma’s testimony and know how much I wanted to be their mommy.  On that day, I decided to share with whoever was reading whether it was just one person or 3,000 people what that day means to me.

I prayed and pleaded with God about what He wanted for my life.  I finally let go and let God speak to me.  This is what I heard, “My love, you think you’re finished with your story, but you have no clue.  There is one thing that you and I both know you think about secretly in the dark that I want you to bring to light.  HELP my children.”  He told me to deal with this, speak the word, and finish my story.

Today, I’m wishing a Happy 16th Birthday to my UNBORN BABY… due date January 5, 1998.

Why am I telling something so personal?  Believe me, I NEVER wanted to.  God convicted my heart one day and it hasn’t stopped yearning for these unborn babies.  I want to help the people who have made this decision to forgive themselves and I want to hopefully convince someone who is contemplating abortion that you don’t just “do it” and it’s over.  You have to deal with this for the rest of your life.  I have eleven years of school pictures I’ve missed out on and I want them to understand that this decision will affect them for the rest of their lives.  Here’s my story:

Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, “Let the little children
come to me, and do not hinder them, for the
kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

I found out a few days before I graduated from high school that I was pregnant.  I didn’t believe in killing a baby and I didn’t want to kill this baby.  A baby made out of sin, yes, but it was my baby. My boyfriend didn’t want me to keep the baby and even told me I didn’t have a choice, that I was having an abortion.  I begged him to let me keep the baby and even told him child support wasn’t needed.  I was already showing and attached to my baby.  I was almost at the limit to have an abortion which made it that much more difficult.  I was over three months.  I had been reading up on pregnancy and trying to eat healthier so my baby could grow big and strong in my womb.  I was willing to do this as a single mother and never ask one thing of him, but he didn’t care.

I had always believed that a baby is a human from conception and you could never convince me otherwise.  Others told me it was just an embryo and to think of it like it was a fish.  But I knew its heart was beating and God knew that baby before it was in my womb.  Regardless, I allowed myself to be taken to the abortion clinic.  I cried as we were walking up.  As I lay on that cold table with my feet in stirrups, looking at the doctor that was going to take this life out of me, I wondered if he had kids.  I wondered what he thought about what I was doing.  I wondered if he knew I didn’t want to do it, that I had been threatened and convinced otherwise.  When he stuck that ultrasound tool on me to see where the baby was and how far along I was he didn’t move the monitor where I couldn’t see.  I looked at that perfect baby floating around and moving in my womb.  I saw life.  In less than one minute, that life would no longer be in my womb, it would stop growing instantly and there would be no more creation inside of me.  It was already a human being growing, forming, so it could look like me and every other human being that God had created.  Two years from that moment, it would have been giggling and jabbering and writing all over the walls.  I saw creation and life, even through my sin.

I had an abortion that day, with a baby that was due in January of the following year, a baby that I think of everyday of my life and always will.  That baby was made out of sin, and so have a million more babies that have grown up to serve God in powerful ways.  I left that clinic that day, and I was no longer pregnant.  God cried that day and I cried with Him.  I was sick with myself.  We had just eliminated a problem that would have only been in the way of our future. This baby needed my womb to survive in a little while longer and it had been destroyed, without even knowing how to fight or cling to me for dear life.

That day I did something I would take back right now, only to see that child’s smile, only so I could have been a better person a lot sooner.  I look around my house, and sometimes my imagination runs wild enough to imagine that my now 16 yr old child would have been a Christian by now.  Maybe if it was a girl, we’d be getting pedicures together today or maybe if it was a boy, he’d be pitching the baseball to my husband.  Maybe this child of mine would have braces and be coming up to me right now to ask if their friend could spend the night.  Just maybe….  I wish this part of my life could be turned the other way around.  Maybe I would have considered abortion but in the end decided against it and had the baby.  Then I wouldn’t have to wonder who it was.  A boy or a girl?  My child would have a name and a personality and a LIFE.

There’s always reasons, they say, that life turns out the way it is.  What reason was there for this?   I had just killed my own child.  How could God ever love and forgive such a shameful act when I couldn’t even forgive myself?  My baby never had the chance to breathe one breath outside of my womb.  Babies fight for their lives every single day and parents grieve because their baby didn’t make it.  How could people be so selfish and how could I now be one of those people?  I never got to see what God could have made out of such a tragedy.

I was now going through the worst depression of my life.  The pain of holding my stomach and no longer eating for two and preparing for our future hit me hard every single day that my belly wasn’t growing.  I never felt those first kicks.  I never got that chance.  Being a mommy was all I wanted since I was 13.  I was 18 now and didn’t have a clue where my life was going.  I was so depressed that I just did not care about anything.  I tried so hard to move on.  I wasn’t happy and really never moved forward or tried to get my life back on the right path.  The depression kept me in the same cycle and I found myself pregnant again just 4 months after my first abortion.

Yes, I had gotten pregnant again.  I became angry all over again, total opposite of what I thought I would feel to have the chance to be a mommy again.  What I had imagined wasn’t what I was feeling at all.  This time I was mad that a new baby was in there when the other baby should have been in there.  I resented this pregnancy because I shouldn’t have been five weeks pregnant; I should have been seven or eight months pregnant.  I was so blurred and clouded with confusion, that I didn’t beg this time, I didn’t plead to keep this baby.  We’re supposed to learn from our mistakes.  I hadn’t learned from mine.  I lay on that same table with my legs up in stirrups, and I don’t mean to make light of this situation.  To me, I saw it for what it was.  There is no way I would have been pregnant if I had not had the first abortion.  I should be wobbling around with a huge belly and feeling the baby move and curl up inside me, feeling life.  Instead I felt nothing.  I didn’t deserve to be a mother.

By this time I truly felt that I didn’t deserve happiness or anyone to love.  Not after what I had done.  I deserved to be condemned to Hell, the place I wouldn’t want my worst enemy to be.

Through my abortions, I’ve learned that life can be redeemed, that I have been redeemed.  I’ve learned that God does forgive me and that He does still love me.  I’ve learned that I do deserve to be loved and I’ve learned that my friends still love me, despite my previous choices.  I’ve learned that abortion is not an easy answer and the problem isn’t gone within minutes.  I’ve learned that the effects of abortion are life-long.  I hurt every day and every year for the children I do not have in my arms.

I had always worried about judgment from others.  I no longer worry about that.  I’ve figured out that even the “perfect” people have baggage and they too have made mistakes.  But know this, I only share my testimony because I want people to know who I am, why I believe in a God I’ve never seen, and how I long to fulfill His purpose through me.  I know what abortion is and I know the effects they cause a woman.  Choose life for your child and don’t make the same mistakes I did.

-Shayna

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Christian Response to Miley Cyrus VMA Performance

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mileyOur family didn’t watch the VMA’s because quite frankly we didn’t expect anything wholesome or appropriate from the awards show.  I did, however, watch Miley’s performance on YouTube after my social media accounts were flooded with improper and derogatory comments about the poor girl, not only about her performance but about her actual life and her eternity as well.  I knew I also needed to watch the performance because, like much of America, I have teenage children in my house and needed to know what the appropriate response to their questions and statements should be.

I watched and immediately felt horror for this poor innocent child who has clearly been affected by the outside world.  What must this child, and yes Miley Cyrus is still a child at the young age of 20, have been taught (or not taught) to think this public behavior is okay?  How have we failed these Disney stars that continually seem to fall so far from their previous innocent roles on public television?

And ever so humbly, God reminded me of my teenage years.  How thankful I am that I wasn’t in the public eye for so many people who did not know me to judge my worth and eternal value!   I’m fairly certain I would have failed that test.  God reminded me that he views all sins as sins and that my sin of laziness or losing my temper with my children are just as equal in the eyes of God, which is far more important than what man believes.

As Christians, we should not be bashing this poor girl so hatefully and most definitely not so publicly.  In fact, we should not be condemning her at all.  This is where we, as Christians, must use discernment and practice biblical judgment.  Our judgment should simply be that we do not want our children listening to her music or seeing the VMA video.  Our biblical judgment must stop there.

We sin when our judgments defy the command from Paul in Ephesians 4:29, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”  It pains me to see my brothers and sisters in Christ talk so poorly of this child of God while failing to remember their times of disobedience and immoral choices.

John 8:7 says, “And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”  Are you my fellow Christian willing to throw that first stone?  Are you willing to bear ALL your sins on your social media status or on national television?

I challenge you brothers and sisters to spend time in prayer for Miley Cyrus.  Every time you hear about her racy video, see a comment about her life or eternity, or see the inappropriate pictures people are posting about her, to simply pray for her.  How might her life be changed if all Christians stood in the gap in complete and humble prayer for her soul?  What might her testimony be after she encounters the Holy Spirit after un-judging Christians fell to their knees and prayed for her redemption?

This should be our response.  Will you join me in praying for her?

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Furious Love Review and Giveaway

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Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked
with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it. -Mark 16:20

While God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts
of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. -Hebrews 2:4

So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness
to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands. -Acts 14:3

The amazingly raw and incredible films, Finger of God and Furious Love, both created by Wanderlust Productions, set out to reveal modern day miracles through God’s mighty power.  But more than just miraculous events happen; God’s heart for His people is exposed as well as the war between good and evil.  The films prove the hand of God in everyday action and the amazing love He has for each of His children.

The Furious Love Event Collection is a documentary response to these two films with the sole purpose to inspire churches worldwide to spread the Gospel through the amazing wonders and love of God.  The speakers from the hit films came together in April 2011 with the intent to inspire and charge the church to “love radically, love excessively, and, above all, go and be the hands of God.”

The inspirational speakers include:
Heidi Baker
Rolland Baker
Shampa (Shanti) Rice
Robby Dawkins
Philip Mantofa
Angela Greenig
Mattheus van der Steen
Greg Boyd
Will Hart

Who doesn’t want to be inspired by God?  And who doesn’t want to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ?  Within just minutes of hearing their testimonies, you too will be completely inspired to set out within your own community and travel throughout the world to preach the good news of Jesus Christ.  Your heart will be forever changed and empowered to prove God’s love for all of humanity time and time again.  Your mind will be transformed as you take a deeper look into the realms of good and evil.  Your mission for Christ will become so stimulated that you will ache to spread the word of God immediately!

You can order each individual event separately or you can order the complete 11 box set online for just $114.89.  Other products from Wanderlust Productions include the original films Finger of God, Furious Love, and the most recent Father of Lights.  Additional products include books, music, and video downloads.

The good news….

The Judgmental Christian has been blessed with the opportunity to offer this COMPLETE 11 box Furious Love Event Collection to one of our readers for FREE.  What a blessing to be able to share these inspirational and spiritual films to one of our readers!  Thank you Wanderlust Productions for this unique occasion.

To enter the giveaway, click HERE to learn how you can enter for a chance to have this box set.

Homosexuality Q&A

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What-The-Bible-Says-About-Homosexuality-300x2251. What about when people say they “are born this way”?

The Bible is very clear about this issue.  In Genesis 1:27, “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”  God is perfect in all ways and He made us in His OWN image!  We are born of perfection; sin is what makes us unclean and imperfect.

2. Times are changing, surely God would be okay with everybody just being happy and getting along versus fighting over the way some people choose to live?

What God wants is for His children to live in obedience to His word and live with a purposeful heart to spread the good news of the gospel.  God gave us commandments and principles to make our lives better and He promised us in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man.  God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”  God knows the human heart, after all He created us!  He knows we fall subject to sin but He also provides a way out of sin.  We too often choose to go our own way in life thinking it is easier.  But God tells us in Proverbs 3:6, “in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”  God wants obedience, He wants us to long for and rely on Him, He wants us to have faith in His ways, and He wants you and me to have victory in Christ.

3. Why should we care how other people live their lives if they aren’t hurting anyone?

Everyday Christians should be on a mission for Christ.  We should be seeking and saving those who are lost.  Acts 22:15 says, “You will be his witness to all people of what you have seen and heard.” Someone at one time took the time to reach you, to preach to you the good news of Jesus Christ.  We should also be doing the same for others.   We are also called to rebuke fellow believers when they are sinning.  James 5:20 reminds us to, “remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”  As Christians, we need to know when we are sinning so that we can repent and turn from our evil ways.  Sometimes we don’t recognize when we are sinning and even when we do we need to be held accountable to our fellow believers.

4. But what if you have feelings for the same sex?

We are all sinners just as it says in Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.  However, as Christians we must recognize our sins and change our mindset to praise God.  While we are born of perfection, we are subject to sinful thoughts and actions.  This sin is no different than an alcoholic struggling to not drink, a mother struggling to keep her voice down, a father fighting the urge to work late, or any person fighting any sin that keeps him away from giving God glory.  We need to recognize our sinful thoughts and ask God to change them.

5. Can a person repent of their homosexual activities and inherit the kingdom of God?

Absolutely!  We are all sinners and are all in need of the redemption and saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Romans 10:9-11 reminds us, “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with your heart you believe and are put right with God, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.  As the Scripture says, ‘Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.’”  To be truly repent means to turn your back on sin completely.  You must believe in ALL the Bible and praise God in all circumstances.

6. Is it possible to be a Christian and be gay?

This is a question that is best left between each individual person and God.  I believe that as a Christian we should turn our back on ALL sin.  We cannot justify our sins to please our desires of the flesh.  As a Christian, we should strive to be like Christ in all that we do, in every way, and every day.  To knowingly sin and continue to sin, is not a true repentant heart aiming to serve God in every way.

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How to Write a Testimony

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testimonyNo one can deny your personal experiences in life and how the hand of God helped you through trials and troubling times.  These hardships and sufferings are a part of your testimony and shape your walk with Christ.  The Bible is filled with testimonies and examples of how God saved people from difficult times and used them for His glory.  Your LIVING testimony has the power to point people to the love and redemption of Jesus Christ as well.  Your story can prove to others that God is love and that we are all broken and in need of a Savior.

How do you write a testimony?

1. Recognize the power of a written testimony.  There are recorded events and testimonies written throughout the Bible that we use today as examples and encouragement.  Your testimony can be the same for someone else.  Testimonies are messy but that’s the beauty in everyone’s story.  The power of overcoming the devil is something to be joyful about!

2. Devote time in prayer.  Can your testimony bring others to Christ?  Will your testimony provide a truth of redemption, God’s grace, and His everlasting love?  Reflect on your life before being rescued, your journey to finding Christ, and where God is leading you today.

3. Explain your sin.  What was life like before you surrendered your life to Christ?  What were you dealing with?  What emotions did you feel?

4. Share how you realized you needed a Savior, a solution to your problems.  Tell the readers how you came to know God and our Savior.  What brought you to the point of needing to be rescued?

5. Reveal how God is working in your life today.  How is life different with Christ as your focus?  What lessons in life has God taught you?  How have your thoughts and attitude changed overtime?  Tell the readers how your faith brings you through current sufferings.  How your life has been impacted today is just as important!

Helpful tips:

1. Stay focused on your story.  Remember the most important times and critical moments in your story.  Not every detail needs to be shared or readers may get lost in your novel versus your testimony.

2. Give specific examples of how God worked in your life.  Exercise wisdom and write as God leads you.  Do not give specific examples about your sins; your sin is not the focus of the testimony.  Make your testimony tangible with raw emotions and real events so that others can relate.

3. Be honest and real about the events in your life.  There is no reason to lie or exaggerate the truth.  Testimonies are painful and sometimes chaotic; remember the redemption at the end of your story.

4.  Do not use names or describe the sins of other people.  This is YOUR testimony, not theirs.

If you’re interested in sharing your testimony, message us on Facebook.

No Other Gods

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It isn’t by mistake that God begins the 10 Commandments with the command to have no other Gods before Him and to not make idols in any form of any kind.  But what is an idol?  An idol is ANYTHING the heart wanders to for comfort.  We turn to our idols when we are missing Christ in our life.  And we all struggle with idolatry!  Our idols can be bad things that need to be completely removed from our lives or even be GOOD things that we use in excess that keep our hearts from focusing on God.  Ask yourself these questions….

What vies for your attention?
What is your greatest fear?
Where do you run for comfort in troubling times?
What do you complain about the most?
What causes you to be angry with God?
What do you want more than anything else in life?
Does your idol take away your time with God?

God knows the tendencies of the human heart to wander and He wants NOTHING to compete for His spiritual attention.  The Bible tells us in 2 Kings 17:15, “They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless.”   Do we really want to become worthless?  Do we want to be viewed as worthless in the eyes of God?  God sees past our current knowledge and desires; He knows what’s best for us.  Things that direct our hearts toward God  is where we should be putting our focus.  Idols keep our hearts from God and will never satisfy our desires.

We must cast away our idols and rely fully on God for our redemption, our salvation, and our comfort.   We must fully rely on God to satisfy our every need.  Flee from idolatry!  Flee to God!  Confess your idols and replace them with Christ.  Bad things (alcohol, pornography) need to be destroyed and removed from your life.  Good things (cell phone, clothes) need to be handed back to God and used according to His purpose.

Remember, every act we commit is redemptive when we turn to God.  Our relationship with Jesus Christ will fill EVERY need or desire we have in life.

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Christian Response to Presidential Elections

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Well, the presidential elections are over and Obama has been reelected into office.  Now what do we do?  How do we support our government and president who claims to be a Believer yet his words, actions, and decisions do not align with Biblical Commandments or teachings?

Let’s first compare our president’s beliefs compared with the Bible:

  • Obama said in a 2004 interview with Cathleen Falsani, “I believe that there are many paths to the same place…. All people of faith – Christians, Jews, Muslims, animists, everyone knows the same God.”  This is contrary to John 12:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”
  • Obama supports abortion.  In Psalms 139:13 it says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” It also says in Proverbs 6 that the Lord hates the shedding of innocent blood.
  • Obama supports homosexuality. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, “Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers not male prostitutes not homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
  • In a 2007 interview, Obama recited publicly the Islamic prayer saying, “Allah is Supreme! Allah is Supreme! Allah is Supreme! Allah is Supreme! I witness that there is no god but Allah! I witness that there is no god but Allah! I witness that Muhammad is his prophet!”

The truth is our nation’s president is NOT a Christ-follower.  So what do we do?  How do we respect our governing president who believes things contrary to the Christian faith, contrary to the very beliefs our country was founded on?  How do we teach our children to respect authority when we find it hard ourselves to respect our governing officials?

We rely on God’s word for His truths, for His redeeming love and unmerited grace, for His forgiveness of our sins, and His tender mercy.  We remember that God still sits on the throne in Heaven, that Jesus is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, regardless of who the President of any nation is.  We remember to open our Bibles for His truth and answers.  We remember our Savior sent from God who died for our sins and that through Him, and only Him, we will one day be in Heaven.  We remember the cross and that it stands as a symbol of our true and ultimate salvation.  We remember to pray continuously, in every circumstance.  And we remember that God will never leave us or forsake us.

We sit down with our children and talk to them about right and wrong.  We talk to them about our gift of free will and the effects those choices may have.  We discuss with them the return of our Lord Jesus Christ and how the Bible remains our one certainty in this fallen world.  We teach them by example to pray for Jesus’ return through the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:10.  We teach them to stand firm in their faith and not conform to this world.    We prepare them for the persecution of Christians and how to remain a shining light for Jesus.  We teach them to obey the laws of God and to not obey the laws of man when they conflict with the laws of God.  And we live our lives accordingly, allowing them to bear witness to what this all looks like.

We continue to speak the truth of God’s will.  We share with others the gospel of Jesus Christ and introduce them to the forgiveness and redemption of Christ.  We share with others the signs of the end times.  We do not waiver on God’s truth or conform to the ways of the wicked.  We plant our feet in God’s word and hold to its truth, because our life depends on it.

We trust that God appointed our president.  We believe that God has his hands in every situation and will continue to work GOOD in every trial and tribulation.  We trust that God remains sovereign and we respect and not resist our governing authorities as the Bible tells us in Romans 13:1 and we must remain courteous and gracious.  We may not like or care for the sitting President, but we still show respect to the position.

We pray!  We pray for those who partake in the now-legal recreational drugs, for those who choose unemployment as well as those affected by unemployment, for the needy to be taken care of, and for our healthcare.  We pray for our unborn, that their mothers choose life.  We pray for the born who may be subject to after birth “abortions.”  We pray for our religious freedoms and our freedom of speech.  We pray for the sanctity of marriage, our military that protects our lands and families, we pray for our allies and enemies, and we pray for the nation of Israel.  We pray for our nation’s leaders, our neighbors, friends, and family.  Jesus tells us in Luke 23:34, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”  We pray for those who are lost and who do not yet have a relationship with Jesus Christ.  God can change hearts and it should be our prayer that our leaders look to the Bible for truth.

And we love!  We love those who wrong us.  We love those who disagree with us.  We love those who challenge us, persecute us, and hate us.  We love because we were once sinners who did not follow the ways of God.  We love because we are loved, even as sinners.  We love because God loved us.  We forgive because God forgives us.  We allow grace for mistakes because God gives us grace.  We allow God to do the judging and for God to provide the mercy for sins.  We are called to Biblical behavior.  We are called to love.

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Biblical View on Abortion

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For those that want a Biblical perspective on abortion, here is what I believe to be true and right.

“You shall not murder.” -Exodus 20:13

“You shall not murder.” -Deuteronomy 5:17

“’You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’” -Matthew 5:21

“The commandments, ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not covet,’ and whatever other commandments there may be, are summed up in this one rule: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  Love does no harm to its neighbor.  Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” -Romans 13:9-10

“For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,’ also said, ‘Do not murder.’  If you do commit murder, you have become a law breaker.” –James 2:11

Murder is a sin.  The killing of innocent life is a sin regardless of the age of the “human”.  The Bible does not tell us murder is a sin and then afterwards list several occasions where we can take an innocent life and it not be a sin.  As a matter of fact, it clearly warns us that adultery (which by definition is sexual relations outside of marriage) can lead to murder, the actual killing of one person (another adult, newborn child, or unborn child) to cover up the crime of adultery.

He knew.  God knew how perverted and corrupt humans would become and this verse holds true even today.  In Biblical times they killed the innocent to cover up their crimes and yet we are still doing the same today.  [Read the story of David and Bathsheba]

There is not one instance, where abortion is okay by biblical standards.  Not adultery with another married person, not premarital sex, not rape, and not any medical condition justifies the killing of the unborn child.

What the Bible does tell us is to “live by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).  Maybe you did commit the sin of adultery and are now pregnant.  Or maybe you were an innocent bystander who was raped.  And maybe you have been that faithful, devoted follower all your life and you are now in a medical position where ending the life of your child will ultimately save yours.  Whatever the case may be, the Bible does not justify abortion.  It says to live by faith.  Put your faith in God to do what is right and best for your life and family.  Have faith that He will heal you.  Have faith that He will use your situation, whatever it may be, to bring others to Christ.

Why do I speak so openly about this topic?  Because abortion only serves to fill lives with guilt.  I have never personally had an abortion but know many who have.  I have done my fair share of sins that still leave with an insurmountable level of guilt and that haunt me and affect my daily life.  Sin is a sin and guilt is exactly what Satan wants us to live with.  Our goal as Christians should be to keep His word, spread His good news, and to keep all people from committing sin.  Yes, we are not perfect and cannot ever achieve perfection.  But we can certainly try!

“If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.” –Isaiah 7:9

“Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God.” –Romans 4:20

If you are in an unwanted situation, have faith that God will provide for you.  He can provide money to support your new addition.  He can lead you to a family that has been praying and longing for a child.  God can also heal you and give you and your child life.  But have faith that God will do what is best for you and your unborn child.  What blessings these times will be!

If you have had an abortion, let God redeem you.  Let Him heal you and restore your life.  The Bible talks so much of the power of redemption and the power of changing lives.  Your story can save lives too!  Your story can keep others from the guilt they may feel.  Your story can reach others and bring people to Christ.  Ask God to forgive you and allow Him to start working in your life today.

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