I know a guy who stands in front of the Augusta, Georgia abortion clinic five days a week attempting to convince women not to murder their babies. He has had a lot of success, and has varying levels of contact with the parents that decide not to abort. There are times when people don’t ever talk to him, but they leave the parking lot never to be seen again, and there are times when he’s been involved with throwing baby showers for the women who chose to keep their baby. Here’s an interesting conversation he had via text message today with a father.
“Lord, we thank you that today we get to gather together with freedom…independence, O God, from the threat of tyranny or violence against us, because we are Christ followers” John Serio, pastor of Springs Journey Church, the closest church to the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood.
This is part of the first prayer during the church service today. I have a question for Mr. Serio: Are babies in the womb free from tyranny and violence?
Shortly before praying that, he saw pictures of aborted babies, and was reminded that 60 million Americans have been murdered without receiving justice. At that same time, he threatened to call the police on us for standing on the public sidewalk with signs. He also sent a bogus cease and desist letter (on the church letterhead) threatening to sue my friend for his free speech activity.
I guess we can’t really expect him to have learned about freedom of speech, since that’s the 8743rd amendment…Oh wait, freedom of speech is in the first amendment. Never mind. He’s obviously never done any sort of street evangelism.
The purpose of AHA’s Church Repent project is to get Christians to believe that babies really are being murdered, and start acting like it. I don’t know what action that leads to, but continuing to spread government propaganda about how free we are isn’t helping the unborn. Saying that this country is free from violence and tyranny when babies are being slaughtered less than a mile from his church shows a heinous lack of love for his neighbor.
The blood of helpless babies is being shed, and Serio is helping to keep it hidden when he prays such falsehoods to God in front of his congregation. If there has ever been a church that needed to repent, to start acting like babies are really being murdered, Springs Journey Church is it.
The Tenth Commandment is, “You shall not covet.”
I’m starting to recognize a lot of covetousness in the public sphere. I don’t think the average Christian has a solid grasp on what covetousness is. I would define it as wanting something so badly that it is a sin, or being willing to steal something, or prompt someone else to steal it.
I went to a Planned Parenthood rally yesterday in Colorado Springs to remind them that abortion is murder with several friends. The Colorado Springs socialists showed up, and they were kind of like Antifa wannabes. One dude covered his face with a bandanna, they blocked the sidewalk, and stole signs.
They said that they want to seize the means of production so that it can be owned by the workers. One young guy said he works 40-60 hours a week for $25,000 and his eeeeevil boss makes hundreds of thousands by owning the company and exploiting him. He covets more free time and money to the point that he wants the government to steal the means of production from the current owners.
Another example of covetousness was a letter to the editor during the last election over the issue of whether the Canon City sales tax should be raised to pay for new roads. A guy wrote that he wants new roads, and the sales tax would be a way for out-of-towners to help pay for them. He revealed his sinful covetousness to the whole town.
I can’t remember the last time I heard a pastor explain this. What if Christians were taught to apply the Bible to their politics and voting? What if the guy who wrote the letter to the editor knew that Christians would immediately recognize his sinful attitude? Why does he feel no shame in expressing his sin in public? Because Christians haven’t taught God’s law.
There are enough Christians in this country that if covetousness in politics was taught to be a sin, very few tax increases would ever pass again. Is covetousness in the voting booth less of a sin than covetousness in day-to-day life?
I posted the video of a 16 and 19 year old brother and sister confronting the culture of death in front of a Pennsylvania high school here. If you haven’t seen it, you should watch it.
Several big-name, conservative media sites posted the video. For example, on MRC, it was viewed over 800,000 times the last time I checked. Those calm, cool and collected teen-agers behaved well beyond their years, and had the opportunity to go on the Tucker Carlson show on Fox News. You can watch that below, but I think they did very well for the short time they had in preaching Christ, and exposing viewers to abolitionism.
While I’m sure those few minutes spent with a furious lunatic yelling at them were unpleasant, you never know what God is going to use for his purpose and in His way.
There are guys I’ve liked and listened to a long time, that are showing an irrational hatred for AHA. Guys like James White and Tony Miano are just acting weird.
Here are some examples.
Why is James White referring to other Christians as jihadis? Because they have a different ecclesiology?
And this is just strange behavior from Tony Miano. He thanks the abolitionist girl for handing him literature, until he finds out she’s AHA and then he turns on her. Notice he doesn’t hold the guy who also interrupted him to say it’s AHA material to the same standard.
He’s sitting in a public place, and everyone is just supposed to know that he’s reading the Bible to people via the internet, and is not supposed to be interrupted?
And there’s more from Tony. His comment with the red box around it is mind blowing. He has no evidence, but that won’t stop him from bashing other Christians.
And it’s not just reformed guys. Last summer, Robert Beech with Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel behaved much the same way as James White and Tony Miano.
I hate to criticize these guys, but they’re mistaken on this topic. And I want to make it clear that I’m with AHA. They’re not perfect, and I can disagree with them on some things, but I aspire to be as bold and courageous as them.
Here’s an example of a high-profile preacher who seems to not have an irrational hatred. I think it’s commendable that he’s heard some rumors and has some misgivings, but is willing to not jump to conclusions.
Bojidar Marinov said it best:
“The rule is this: You can be already doing tons of work which you think is enough. If it doesn’t produce fruit, you should be willing to listen to opinions of how to produce fruit. If a church is already doing a lot, great. If that church thinks that’s enough and no one should challenge it to do more, that’s not great.”
“And in general, the very idea that challenging the church to more action and more effective involvement is “damaging reputation” is so patently absurd that even the fact such argument is used is already a testimony to the moral failure of the American church. All these churchmen seeking safe spaces. I guess the next thing is gender-neutral pronouns for these same churchmen.”
Hebrews 6:1-2 says, “Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.”
A friend mentioned that if you search the Sermon Audio website for “baptism”, 20,000 sermons come up. Baptism is one of the elementary doctrines listed in Hebrews 6:1-2.
Keeping things dumbed down and sticking to Christianity 101 seems to me like it could be the reason for why American Christianity is in such a mess. A high percentage of Christians are stuck on basic doctrines their whole life. Those who consider themselves theology nerds never seem to move on either. They just dig ever-deeper on these elementary doctrines.
The most respected pastors are those who come up with interesting new ways to teach these basic doctrines. But it seems no one ever moves on. Not mentioned on the list of elementary doctrines, but one that, in my experience, is endlessly rehashed is how we are to respond to trying times.
At the G3 conference, where a lot of celebrity preachers are teaching this weekend, these basic doctrines are being studied again in more depth, and I’m sure it will be uploaded to Sermon Audio again. Some abortion abolitionists showed up to strike up conversations with some of the attendees in the lobby. They were kicked out and threatened with arrest.
So, what should we be doing, if not laying again the foundation of basic doctrines? We don’t continue to study first grade math. We grow up and get jobs where we’re all expected to be able to do basic math in our heads. That is, we get jobs. We work. So, working to abolish abortion would be one thing that mature Christians should be doing. But the supposedly mature G3 Christians are threatening to call the police (in violation of 1 Corinthians 6) on the abolitionists who are trying to move on to maturity. Hebrews 5:14 says that those who are mature will have the power to discern good and evil because of constant practice. That is, they will be able to make wise decisions, and point out what is good and what is evil.
I’ve heard that the reasons that the pastors in some denominations wear a robe while preaching is because in the past, Christians established courts to judge disputes between Christians. Those Christian judges were so wise that unbelievers started going to them. They were able to discern good and evil. Then, the civil government wanted to be associated with them, so they persuaded them to wear the robes of judges.
Christianity works. It is the only true worldview and when biblical principles are applied to society, it will be successful. No other worldview will function properly. They all lead to death. But rather than working to apply Christianity to every area of life, we’ve checked out of society.
Of course, new Christians need someone to help them learn about basic doctrines. But why should everyone in church have to sit through another sermon on a basic topic while a few new Christians in the room learn the basics? By this time we all ought to be teachers so that anyone of us can teach the new Christians the basics.
Here’s what RJ Rushdoony had to say about this. It is four minutes worth listening to.