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40 days for death? The dangerous spirituality of Planned Parenthood

In imitation of the Christian 40 Days for Life program, Planned Parenthood is embracing its own version of a 40-day prayer, in what they call a “show of support” for women. As the minds behind the “Official Committee of Six Rivers Planned Parenthood” push their abortion agenda to the limit, they have now produced a doctrinal outline of sorts, where PP and its “Clergy for Choice” exalt abortion as “sacred” and themselves as the “compassionate people of faith and wisdom” who value all human life. Christians will find the prayers disturbing, along with the possibility that others may be led into the same spiritual confusion.

Even if we could accept the thesis that the unborn is not really human or really alive (which we cannot), this strange “prayer” is still laden with spiritual errors and disordered thinking. But it provides us a rare chance to look at what has been revealed: that there are spiritual leaders and forces behind the abortion movement, and that not only are these in conflict with the teachings of Jesus, but they utterly defy Him as the way, the truth, and the life, even as they pretend to call upon his Name.

The 40 Days format, written by “Faith Aloud,” is so obviously twisted, chock-full of Planned Parenthood’s usual messages of moral relativism, which says:

  • There is no universal human good or natural law.
  • Compassion equals enabling women to have abortions.
  • Freedom and equality for women are found in sex with no consequences.
  • Care for others in the form of teaching and warning the sinner (spiritual works of mercy) is actually fear of choice and hate speech.

Furthermore, these people praise abortion workers (rather than the women who give birth) as heroes, all the while projecting hostility onto those who pray to protect life.

What you will not find in the 40 “prayers” is the message of forgiveness, of hope in repentance, of belief in the gospel, or of the power of the cross.

The intention on Day 14 says: “Today we pray for Christians everywhere to embrace the loving model of Jesus in the way he refused to shame women.” If we presume that this alludes to the woman caught in adultery (John 8), it is true that Jesus did not shame the woman. All Christians do well to convey to those in trouble that God loves them no matter what sins they have committed and that they should come to him for healing and reconciliation. But the rest of the message should not be forgotten. Jesus saved the life of the woman, demonstrating the Will of God and the value of life. He convicted her accusers of their own sins, and then, after refusing to condemn the woman himself, he set her free, saying, “Go and now sin no more!”

The theology that Planned Parenthood has embraced refuses to recognize sin or accountability, the need for repentance, love in terms of self-sacrifice, or even adoption, which is so holy an option that all believers are called “adopted children of God.”

We do not talk much about blasphemy today, but there is no greater spiritual danger than blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, called the “unforgivable” sin. That is what we risk when we call good evil and evil good. Such was the situation when the Pharisees accused Jesus of using the power of Satan to cast out demons in Matthew 12. Isaiah 5:20-24 warns, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness[.] … Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice to the innocent. … [T]hey have rejected the law of the Lord Almighty and spurned the word of the Holy One of Israel.”

Jesus warned: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves. By their fruits you shall know them. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 7: 13-21).

Can Planned Parenthood’s prayers – intentions that champion abortion, with victims numbering in the tens of millions – possibly be considered in accord with the Will of God? Can the one who said, “Let the little children come to me and forbid them not, for to such is the kingdom” (Mt. 19), and “deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me” (Mk. 8) be willing to favor the request to facilitate abortion? The scriptures tell us that when we keep the commandments, our prayers are heard. “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7).

“… love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law[.] … You shall not commit adultery, You shall not kill.” -Romans 13:8

Jesus’s entire mission had to do with showing us how to have abundant life by loving others through our own self-sacrifices. He expects us all to support the weak and needy, not to kill them; “… you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?” (1 John 3:15-17).

God will forgive us if we confess our sins. He will never turn anyone away who comes to him in sincerity. But there is no scripture that supports a woman’s “right to abortion.” Abortion is a rejection of God’s law of love and leads to death: “The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God” (Romans 8:9).

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” -1 Peter 3:12  

In fact, the lies and killing of Planned Parenthood put that organization right in the camp of the enemy: “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44).

Spiritual blindness, deafness, and hardness of heart will result from an abortion agenda. It was the hard-hardheartedness and obtuse spirit that grieved Jesus when he asked, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they kept silent (Mk. 3).

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Jesus could not be more clear about the goodness of creation, about new life, or about how we are to treat children. It is even rooted in our relationship with Him: “Then He took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when He had taken him in His arms, He said to them, ‘Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me'” (Mark 9:34-36).

  • Kristen M

    The other day I had a dream. I was sitting in a church where President Obama was speaking. He eventually got around the the topic of abortion. At this point I had enough of it; I stood up and interrupted him. I don’t know what came over me but I got on my soapbox and I didn’t get off. What was powerful about the dream was the fact I said something in the dream that I had never thought of during my waking hours.

    This is what I said, “What if Jesus was pro-choice? What if Jesus said ‘I don’t have to save those “people”. They aren’t even born yet.’ If he had, we who call ourselves Christians would have no privilege to do so. The only ones that would have benefited from Jesus’ death and resurrection would have been those who had been born and were living during the time that he died on the cross. Once those people died, that would have been the end of the Christian church. Why? Because He would have only died for those who had been born. Thankfully, Jesus saw all life as precious, even those lives that would be born and live thousands of years after He left the earth and went back to heaven. While we may not be able to see faces and names of future people like I am sure Jesus did on the cross, we as pro-lifers do the same thing. We don’t just try to save the born, though we do do that too, but we also try to save our future generations and we will continue to fight to save our future generations until we come to the day when abortion is officially abolished.”

    I woke up shortly after that dream and I was astonished by the words that I spoke in my dream. Like I said, I had never thought of them while awake.

    Now normally when debating abortion, I do not tend to use my Christian beliefs as I know many pro-choicers aren’t Christian and it would not make any difference to them what my faith had to say about abortion, however in this dream I was in a church, talking to church people.

    These people who are “praying for abortion” are claiming a Jesus I do not know. I would encourage them to think about the point I just brought up. When Jesus died on the cross he died for everyone, even us who weren’t born yet. He saw us as people even though we wouldn’t be around for a very long time. If Jesus saw us, who weren’t even a thought in anyone’s mind yet and thought of us as human and worth dying for, should we not also think of those children who are living, growing beings, who just happen to live inside their mothers, as humans worth saving as well?

    • Karen A Dudek

       Thank you for sharing your dream Kristen. I agree with you and you raise many fine points. I must say I am surprised that PP would even try to fool the church into thinking they had any authority at all regarding their 40 Day ‘prayer’. It really shows that they do not understand the church, faith, Jesus, the Trinity, the Paschal Mystery…etc. I have seen them get young Christian women to trust them for the few good things they provide in spite of the fact that they use those things to provide a smokescreen so they can keep doing abortions. But we must keep speaking the truth to them. Many Christian women get abortions even though they believe that it is wrong. The harm it does is tremendous!

    • MoonChild02

      Talk about a divinely inspired dream! Wow! That’s amazing!

    • Wade Felty

      You probably ate too many sour cream and onion chips before bed. 

  • rebeccarose7

    Thank you for this article! I do indeed recognize that “In fact, the lies and killing of Planned Parenthood put that organization right in the camp of the enemy…” I hope that others who read this article will be enlightened to the same fact!

    • Karen A Dudek

       Thank you! I hope so too!

    • Minnie

      Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 7: 13-21).  All subscribers and applauders of  this piece need to reflect deeply and investigate every singly aspect of their own lives to be assured that they are entirely pro life. But, if any of you find language or arguments to support the death penalty, or the national rifle association, or ongoing use of gasoline, or support wars fought to protect the US appetite for gasoline, or a huge military budget to support those wars, or don’t support social services that help the weakest in our midst, particularly those who do go ahead and have children who  cannot provide for the poor unfortunates’  physical, emotional or spiritual care, or if any of you support politicians who do all or even some of the above you also belong with those who call Lord Lord who the Lord will not be welcoming into his kingdom.  
      Planned Parenthood does not “champion abortion”.  It champions the care of women and children.  But, in case the author and the applauders forgot this one essential point, in the end the Lord will be the judge of us all. 

      • rebeccarose7

        Um, I don’t think that the author forgot anything… Planned Parenthood only *claims* that it champions the care of women…. but, when abortion is its biggest money maker, it makes it seem like this is how women are really cared for. And it can’t really be the care of children when it’s responsible for the death of so many. Maybe you’re referring to sexual health for teens. While sexual health for anyone who is sexually active is important, PP is NOT what teens need…

        And while I appreciate you including a Bible passage and using a thoughtful interpretation, I think we agree to disagree. The Lord certainly will judge us all, but it is one thing to support one thing that is controversial. For instance, considering we have a 2nd amendment, I don’t know why the Lord would be against the NRA. You can certainly be Christian while being a member of the NRA, I know several. It is another, however, to advocate for the killing of so many of God’s innocent creation. You cannot actually be for abortion, the killing of God’s innocent children, and be a true Christian following the teachings of Jesus. 

      • liveaction

        It is patently false to claim that Planned Parenthood champions the care of children. Planned Parenthood, through abortion, kills children. It also has refused to report statutory rape of children. http://www.liveaction.org/projects-of-live-action

  • Stephanie

    beautiful, truthful essay. And yes, PP does have spiritual leaders, those who are opposed to Jesus yet claim His name as their own- we need to pray for them, fervently, and pray that no more would be deceived by their wickedness disguised as good

  • Wade Felty

    So I guess you are giving up the ghost that you guys are anything other than a front group for Protestant and Catholic fundamentalists? ”
    this strange “prayer” is still laden with spiritual errors and disordered thinking. But it provides us a rare chance to look at what has been revealed: that there are spiritual leaders and forces behind the abortion movement, and that not only are these in conflict with the teachings of Jesus” – so all pro-lifers have to accept your theology? What does this mean for all of the “secular pro-lifers” you always tell me about? ”
    We do not talk much about blasphemy today, but there is no greater spiritual danger than blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, called the “unforgivable” sin.” Thank you Theologian-in-Chief, you should have run with Ricky boy your buddy! Haha and you finally equate the pro-choice side with Satan! Congrats, you’ve lost it! 

    • Karen A Dudek

       PP chose to talk Christianity and this is its language.  It’s all in the bible. You can go ahead and believe in your random universe all you want. Just don’t kill babies and we are OK.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NCF5O4BJ4VJDAD2TTTTERPVOYY Rich

    Karen,
    I like your analysis and I agree with it 100%.
    I do think that right now there’s a lot of deception going on on the part of many, starting with President Obama. All these “wolves in sheep’s clothing” are depicting “evil as good and good as evil”.
    As Jesus said, we have to be “simple as doves and prudent as serpents” (or in other words hold on to the Truth and be on guard from and denounce false prophets) when in the midst of these wolves.
     
    Also, Kristen M, thank you for sharing your dream! I think we all got a grace from God through your words of wisdom!

    Thank you!

  • Anabenderas

    I know. This idea is so ridiculous!