But Is It a Person?

Value of the Life vs. the Happiness of the Mother

On January 11, 1982, an article appeared in Newsweek titled, But Is It a Person? After five pages of scientific evidence showing that a baby in the womb is indeed human life, the article concluded that the problem was not in determining the beginning of life, but when “other considerations such as the health or even the happiness of the mother begins to outweigh the value of that life.” …scary proposition, if you ask me. For if I can arbitrarily decide that my happiness has more value than a life inside the womb and thus terminate it, then it’s just a few short steps for society to arbitrarily decide to take anyone’s life if that society deems it to be in its best interest. By the way, this type of reasoning was what led to the death of millions in Nazi Germany during WWII. In part 2 of The Christian Manifesto, Dr. Francis Schaeffer speaks on the issue of abortion and of how this nation is rapidly “moving toward a totally humanistic society.”

The Christian Manifesto – Part 2 of 3

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Prophetic Words

Is it possible that the prophetic words Dr. Schaeffer spoke a generation ago have come to pass, that we have already become a “totally humanistic society” in which humanistic ‘theology’ now guides our country instead of the Christian principles upon which our founding fathers built this nation?

Is It Too Late For Revival?

The great revivals of the past not only called for individual salvation but also brought forth real social change. The only question remaining is this: Is revival enough to change the direction of our culture? Or do we need another Reformation of the same magnitude as Martin Luther nailing his Ninety-Five Theses on the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg to rid this country of the ‘psychological indulgences’ designed to absolve guilt for what the Bible calls sin, indulgences casually given out by the ‘high priests’ of this society: the therapists, clinicians, physicians, the courts, and liberal theologians? Though it is essential that Christians stand against this onslaught from the enemy, true change will only come as God’s people go to their knees and pray for the Spirit of God to change the heart of this nation.

So How Did We Get Here?

This past weekend I attended the Texas Psychological Association annual convention and listened to seven ministers speak on the following topic:  Ethical Standards, Psychological Research on Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, and Transgendered (GLBT) Issues, and the Church. It sounds pretty dry, I know, however it was anything but. The panel included an Episcopal priest, a Presbyterian pastor, a Methodist minister, a seminary professor, a Lutheran pastor, a Baptist minister, and a Reformed Jewish rabbi, each of whom spoke in support of homosexuality. (An interesting side-note: Several of the ministers remarked that in those denominations holding to their view, the membership numbers were declining.)

Painful Struggle

I was moved when a young lady in her early thirties stood and shared the pain of growing up a lesbian without the support of a father who happened to be a Presbyterian minister. She had clearly struggled for years to find love and to love herself. My heart went out to her. Several passages flashed through my mind of instances when Christ, too, was touched by the pain in others.

A Different Kind of Homosexuality

One of the ministers commented that homosexuality in the Bible is not the same homosexuality we see today. That when the Bible refers to same-sex sexual behavior, it does so out of a “thorough ignorance” of what is now known about sexuality and its complexities,  suggesting that science, not the Scriptures, is the absolute final authority on what is truth. I mulled over what might happen to the absolute final authority of science if, in the next month’s research journal on human sexuality, a study came out that completely contradicted last month’s research. Science is forever discovering new things that invalidate what we proclaimed to be true yesterday. In the 80’s, for example, science declared that eggs were bad for you. And yet, based on current studies, the Diet Channel suggests that this not the case. Who knows, maybe in another thirty years eggs will be bad for you again.

What Has Driven This Change?

When I think of how our culture has changed in the past sixty years on issues such as abortion, prayer in school, attempting to legalize marijuana (as we recently saw in California), and homosexuality, I struggle to understand how we got here? What changed in the moral fabric of our society to the point that we rationalize away the Scriptures to bring Christianity more in line with the present culture? And what has been the driving force behind this push?

Steady Gradual Change

This change didn’t happen over night, though many predicted this day would come. One such individual was Dr. Francis Schaeffer who in 1982 spoke of the impact of secular humanism on the culture in America and the deafening silence of “Bible believing Christians” in speaking out against its influence creeping into the Church. He stated that “secular humanism has displaced the Judeo-Christian consensus that once defined our nation’s moral boundaries.”  While you may not agree with everything Dr. Schaeffer says, his words seem eerily prophetic for the day in which we live.

A Christian Manifesto

In A Christian Manifesto, Dr. Schaeffer speaks of the role the courts played in advancing this humanistic agenda. “The whole law has shifted,” he states. “Law is arbitrarily decided by a few people on what they think is good for society at that given moment and it can be changed.” Though these words were spoken almost three decades ago, they are as current as your most recent Twitter Tweet.

A Christian Manifesto – Part 1 of 3

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