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Thank God Crystal Kelley Chose Life, But Can We Talk?

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Crystal Kelley

“Choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!” – Deutoronomy 30:19

In VitroCrystal Kelley was a surrogate mother for a couple who wanted to have another child, their fourth. She entered into a contract to carry the couple’s baby for $22,000. When it was discovered that there were medical problems with the pregnancy, the parents offered Crystal $10,000 to terminate the pregnancy (have an abortion).

The temptation of lots of money to a single mother almost caused Crystal to make a deadly decision for the baby. When the parents refused her counteroffer of $15,000, Crystal was relieved as she knew she could not abort the baby growing inside her in opposition to the insistence of the parents.

As reported by CNN, “They said they didn’t want to bring a baby into the world only for that child to suffer,” Kelley said. “They said I should try to be God-like and have mercy on the child and let her go. I told them it wasn’t their decision to play God.”

First of all, let’s be very clear on this point. Being “God-like” would not mean killing a baby. If that is what God would do He would not have sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to suffer and die on the cross for our sins in order that we may be saved. Likewise, we are called to join our suffering with Christ’s for the salvation of souls, not eliminating the suffering by killing each other.

Crystal was right to say that it wasn’t the parents’ decision to play God. Life is for God to create and to take and no one else’s.

But the real problem in this surrogacy debate begins before the contract is signed. Like the abortion debate, although the choice whether to choose life or death is vital, the real problem begins before the pregnancy.

Both examples above involve seeking our own wills and not God’s will. If we as a people would choose to follow God’s design we would make different choices.

When we begin to “play God” we get ourselves into a whole lot of trouble as is evident in our culture today. We believe we know what is better for us than God does. The problem is that God acts out of agape love while we act out of selfishness.

God’s designs is that life would enter the world through conjugal love. Conjugal love has two components; procreative and unitive. To go against either is to go against God’s design.

We go against God’s design for procreative conjugal love when we choose to use contraception. Instead of following God’s design for love and marriage, abstaining from sex until we get married and then being responsible through natural family planning, we follow our desires and self-gratification and engage in sex, sometimes casually, sometimes with multiple partners, all the while contracepting in order to avoid the natural consequences of our action. And when the contraceptives fail, as is often the case, we further complicate the situation by killing the life which God created, again turning away from God’s will. That life that we are now trying to abort was not created accidentally by God but is a part of God’s design. But we know better, don’t we?

With surrogacy we want to have a child so bad that is our own that we go to any measure to make that happen. But are we thinking about ourselves or are we thinking about the baby. In the perfect surrogacy situation, the parents each contribute their 23 chromosomes and they are implanted into the surrogate and with any luck, God will permit life to be created. This leaves out the unitive aspect of conjugal love. Additionally, I can think of a host of problems that could arise from the whole process, like the surrogate falling in love with the baby she feels kicking and moving in her womb; like the parents having marital problems and divorcing while the surrogate is still pregnant; like the surrogate becoming greedy and demanding more money to continue the pregnancy; and so on.

Whether you think abortion is right or wrong; whether you think surrogacy is right or wrong, I believe we all are, as a whole, good honest people trying to live our lives the best we can; the best we know how. In doing so, sometimes our compassion is misplaced. Like the parents of the baby in the surrogate story, I believe they really wanted to be compassionate to their baby girl whom “they didn’t want to bring . . . into the world only for that child to suffer.”

Life is difficult and we have many difficult decisions to make throughout our lifetime. Thank God He left us a manual to follow when we don’t know what to do. Really, say, “Thank you God for giving us your Word, the Bible.” Through the Bible we can do the right thing even when our emotions are telling us to do something different.

I applaud Crystal Kelley for defending the life within her womb. It took courage to stand up for that life and trust that she would find adoptive parents willing to care for a medically fragile baby.

I also applaud all the other pro-life warriors who don’t make the headlines but are out there just the same on the frontlines fighting for unborn babies, some medically fragile, some not.

And I thank God for the Bible which gives me the courage to speak up for those that cannot speak for themselves.

When will humans ever learn? Movies like Gattaca cleverly depict the fallacies of gene pooling.

To God be the glory!

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God’s Rejoining, Restoring, Rebuilding, Reviving Grace

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

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Benny Hinn Remarried“But ‘God made them male and female’ from the beginning of creation. ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.” (Mark 10:6-9 NLT)

Friends, I am absolutely overjoyed by the Benny and Suzanne Hinn remarriage. Dry bones can live. Restoration of Holy Matrimony will blossom. Godly relationships among families too! Oh the Blood of Jesus. Power of Holy Ghost. Praise be to GOD. Thank you JESUS!

It’s not just about the marriage of the famous celebrities, Benny and Suzanne Hinn. We rejoice because God is healing marriage. Let us pray for all natural godly marriages between one man and one woman.

Natural marriage between one man and one woman is a sacred institution ordered by God as the means of fulfilling God’s command to be fruitful and multiply. Any other definition of marriage goes against God’s design.

Let’s pray that the remarriage of Benny and Suzanne Hinn will, as evangelist Reinhard Bonnke said, heal and restore millions of broken marriages.

Please take a moment to read about this blessing.

Evangelist Benny Hinn and his ex-wife Suzanne were remarried on Sunday after being divorced since 2011.

The Hinns’ divorce was widely reported and represented the latest of several high-profile Christian leaders who have recently divorced. Pastor Jack Hayford, Suzanne’s father Roy Harthern and evangelist Reinhard Bonnke repeatedly referred to the significance of the Hinns’ remarriage, calling it miraculous.

“This is too wonderful,” Bonnke told the crowd, noting that this miracle of remarriage was even greater than the miracle of any marriage. “I see a river of the balm of Gilead flowing to millions of broken marriages.” He said he believes those marriages will be restored as a result.

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God, Guns, & the Constitution

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Photo by Joe Mahoney

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My good friend, William Owen, Jr. is working on a project, God, Guns, & the Constitution. He recently organized a Town Hall Meeting in Richmond, VA on February 2, 2013.

The “God, Guns, and the Constitution” forum at the Richmond Christian Center featured panelists Rev. William Cook, Founder and Director of the Black Robe Regiment of Virginia; Pastor Steve Parson, Pastor of the Richmond Christian Center; and Bill Owens, Sr., of the Coalition of African American. Town Hall’s featured speakers are Larry Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America; Attorney Patrick McSweeney of McSweeney & Crump, P.C.; Mr. Sam Gray, CEO and President of Family Insight; and, Rep. Joe Morrissey, VA House of Delegates (D – 74th district). The forum was moderated by William Owens, Jr., for the God section, and former 3rd District congressional candidate, Dean Longo for the Guns and Constitutional Section of the meeting.

The town hall meeting focused on a look at the gun control issue from a religious perspective.

The free, non-partisan town hall meetings, God, Guns, and the Constitution, offer a forum for discussing the issues of faith, guns, and self-determination with respect to the Second Amendment. God, Guns, and the Constitution seeks to bring these issues to the forefront of the nation’s communities through public gatherings and a call-to-action. The goal is to arrive at proposed solutions to share with national, state and local representatives, as well as citizens.

Look for town hall meetings being set up in FL. TX, CO, NC and other states.

If you are interested in hosting a town hall meeting in your area or want to keep up with this very important issue. please visit godgunsconstitution.org.

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NAACP Forsakes Tonya Reaves and Natural Marriage, Favors Reproductive Genocide

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

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NAACP NOIn the wake of seemingly endless moral debacles such as Planned Parenthood’s slaughter of Tonya Reaves, a young Chicago mother, and Washington’s almost manic stronghold tactics to weaken natural marriage, thousands of African Americans are outraged by the NAACP’s support of abortion and homosexual marriage.

NAACP protests demanding that they support reproductive justice and natural law are mounting. Hundreds of NAACP members have already burned their membership cards in protest of NAACP’s stance on various issues like gay-marriage and their support of and alliance with Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in America who is responsible for the charge towards the reproductive genocide of Blacks.

This year we shudder to recall the pain and suffering of the millions of mothers and our dead babies after 40 years of the landmine decision of Roe vs. Wade which made abortion legal in the United States in all nine months of pregnancy. My Great Grandfather, Dr. Adam Daniel Williams pastored Ebenezer Baptist Church for over 25 years and was a founding member of the Georgia NAACP. He and his successors; my Granddaddy M. L. King, Sr., Uncle M. L. King, Jr., and my father A. D. King, Sr. all taught and embraced biblical governance. This means that historically and currently the “King Family Legacy” embraces natural law.

Our bloodline embraces the teachings of Jesus Christ, outlined in the Holy Bible. The Bible is clear on the tenants of natural life, natural marriage and family. The NAACP’s departure from the wisdom and life affirming principles of the Bible is very alarming, and must be confronted to ensure the safety, security and future of our children.

In their book LIFE AT ALL COSTS, I and other Black leaders point out that the NAACP has done little in the recent past to protect and advance the reproductive continuity of Black people in America, and less to support women by offering healthy pregnancy options including pregnancy support groups and adoption.

“In fact, their alliances with Planned Parenthood and the anti-natural marriage lobby helps to ensure that the numbers of African American births continue to be curtailed,” the leaders say.

America is under attack by a three-headed monster, racism, reproductive genocide, and sexual perversion. This monster is destroying America from within. America needs to repent for not shunning the sins of our forefathers.

We need to forgive and receive forgiveness for the harmful, hurtful influences of slavery and subsequent ties to sexism and racism. We need the blood of Jesus to cleanse us and the full armor of God to protect us. I am a spokesperson for the SILENT NO MORE AWARENESS CAMPAIGN; and have received forgiveness and healing for my own abortions.

The NAACP needs to return back to their roots and start fighting for biblical values before they become obsolete. It’s been 150 years since Emancipation was penned. Babies are still not free. Wake up NAACP.

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Looking Ahead to Next Year

Monday, November 19th, 2012

The year 2013 will mark the 40th commemoration of Roe V. Wade and the 50th Anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech.

Interestingly enough we’re just now celebrating the 50th anniversary of the James Bond movie series as well. Yours truly happened to have gone to see the latest Bond movie, Skyfall, and I found it poignant and current.

I also note that in many of the television programs now and things like that, we had a brief cycle where you had the question of abortion and a woman’s right to choose come up in the music, movies and television programming,

And now the homosexual agenda is kind of prevalent with men saying that they’re married to men and women saying they’re married to women.

So, my question now becomes, “Where do we go from here in 2013?

Certainly we have an actual obligation and we should take it up joyfully and energetically to continue to advance the message of life and the message of natural family values which includes marriage between one man and one woman, good education for our children, and lifestyles for those that we love being chaste and living lives that express agape love.

If you look at the book of Revelations in the Bible, we are living in the end times and we should be preparing ourselves. But our message of eternity, salvation, and love of Jesus Christ should continue to be front and center in our messaging. And so our end goal should be, not only to be convincing people to appreciate the sanctity of life and not abort babies and to support natural family planning and marriage, but to accept Jesus Christ as the loving Lord who desires to bless us all.

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African American Outreach Prayer

Friday, November 16th, 2012

ABBA Father, dear Creator God,

In your Word you command us to pray

For all who serve you in public office,

That we may lead peaceful lives.

We intercede for those in the offices of

President of the United States,

In the Congressional Black Caucus,

And in federal, state, county and local offices.

We ask for a new outpouring of your Spirit,

The Spirit of truth and life,

The Spirit of repentance and conversion,

The Spirit of courage and grace;

Let peace and love abound,

For ourselves and for those holding political offices.

May we be instruments of Your Holy Spirit

And witnesses of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

In which alone we find hope for our nation and the world.

We ask this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

-Written by Father Frank Pavone and Dr. Alveda King

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Ignoring African Americans’ and women‘s voices will not win elections.

Friday, November 9th, 2012

The Republican Party did not do justice to the appeals from African Americans and women who said, “Let our voices be heard during this election.” It seems that there was very little understanding that not knowing how to talk about rape and incest in cases of abortions and not looking at the women’s viewpoints did not help and then not including the African American’s voices in the election efforts did not help win the election.

The African American community reached out continually but there were no significant meetings between the national black pro-life community and the Party.

Also, there were many in the African American community who were concerned with the issue of natural marriage and our voices were not able to resonate with the Party.

And then you had the Senatorial or the Congressional candidates who were running for office and they were not able to articulate the woman’s viewpoint regarding rape and incest and the abortion issue and how abortion harms women.

Then too, the deaths of women including black women by abortion that should have been a factor or feature that should have caused women to take another look during this election cycle were overlooked.

So African Americans who were primed to not vote God’s way because if natural marriage were ignored. Many Christians regardless of ethnicity ended up in the same boat.

Obviously there is a serious disconnect or misconnect. Now what?

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Working With Dr. Day Gardner

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

I just wanted to tell you about my good friend, Dr. Day Gardner. We have been working together for many years and have been particularlly busy as of late. We are both members of the National Black Prolife Coalition along with many other Black leaders where we contributed to the book, LIFE AT ALL COSTS, An Anthology of Voices From 21st Century Black Prolife Leaders. We have been working on a new campaign, Could Have Been Me, for the elections cycle. We have also been involved with a new organization, www.GodSaid.org trying to encourage people to follow God’s ways.

Also, be sure to visit her website at National Black Pro-Life Union.

I am so blessed to have such a good friend in Day!

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We Need Christians To Pray This Prayer Now Throughout America.

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

•CORPORATE PRAYER : November 6th we pray as one voice…Don’t miss this powerful 5 minutes of praying exactly the same words. God Save and Bless America!

Father God, Lord and Master of all the earth, today we’re gathered together as one voice, one nation, and one family. We acknowledge you as the one and only God, that because of Jesus we gratefully can also honor and call our Father. Together we declare and receive your promise that “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” We need your blessing Father, so please place your hand upon the heart of this country and your people and cause our hearts to beat in rhythm with your purpose. We speak with a loud and clear voice so the heavens will hear our praise and glory to the name that is above every name!

This is the day you have made, and it is to you we direct our attention, as we listen to your voice of wisdom. Today people all over this country are going to utilize the great freedom of choice given to each citizen by going to their respective polls where men and women will be selected to lead this great land. We are here raising our voices, letting you know that though there are multiple opinions about every candidate, there is only ONE that matters. We choose to stand with you Father. We choose what you choose…that the lives of the unborn are precious in your sight, that marriage is sacred between a husband and wife, that the poor and elderly, widows and orphans are dear to your heart and should not be trampled upon, that there is one God and only one, and upon this truth, our country, America, was established.

We ask that you illuminate the candidates that are most aligned with you. Bring them to the office that will best suit your purpose and use their gifts. And for the one that is to lead this great nation, let the one who will hold the most important position in the world, have a heart for you and your holy wisdom, given liberally to all who ask. May they grow in their faith each day they are in office. Cause them to walk in righteousness as they lead our country honorably and with integrity here at home and with those allies to whom we have allegiance. For righteousness exalts a nation.

You have called us the head and not the tail…the first and not the last, the people of your pasture, the flock under your care, the chosen generation! So please restore to us our FIRST love, helping us not to succumb to the temptations of this world in any choices that we make, but rather to walk with our heads held high because we belong to you and are the called according to your purpose! As we vote this day, may we vote with wisdom, conscience and love, according to your life and Word that is within us.

Let your kingdom come and your will be done on earth…in this country, in this election, and in us …as it is in heaven! For its all about your kingdom and your glory forever and ever. Now…Let heaven make a record of this prayer, prayed on this day at this hour by this people, offered in the mighty and perfect name of our Savior and King, Jesus. Amen

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Could Have Been Me!

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

There is plenty of time to vote today. As you go to the ballot box I urge you to educate yourself on the candidates and the issues and cast a responsible vote that will take this country in the direction that is best for America.

Check out Billy Graham’s message on voting Biblical Values

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