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Personhood MS Founder Ministers in America's Most Dangerous City

When we declare the truth that all human beings are created in the Image of God and deserve legal protection as Persons from the moment of conception until natural death, the cynical (but untrue) accusation that "you don't do anything for the mothers to reduce the number of abortions" is oft quoted by our opponents. What they really mean is: "you should support more government programs, and not fight for laws that give equal protection to the tiniest people."

Here is but one of the things that the church of Jesus Christ does in the Mid South to offer help to women in crisis pregnancy and transform communities without ONE PENNY OF GOVERNMENT FUNDING.

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Personhood and the Incarnation


Christmas is the day that we celebrate the first coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We refer to this amazing event as the Incarnation or the doctrine of the God-Man. The doctrine that the second Person of the Godhead took on the form of human flesh and dwelt among us has been the subject of much debate throughout Church history.  Have you ever wondered why would God become a man? Surely God could have forgiven sin without taking on human flesh. 

In the 12th century a renown theologian by the name of Anselm, raised the issue and then answered it in a three part treatise. Personhood was a reoccurring theme throughout.

In his main work, Cur Deus Homo, he states, “No one, however, ought to make satisfaction for the sin of man except man; and no one can make this satisfaction except God Himself. He who makes satisfaction for human sin must therefore be God-man." He went on to say that the first act of sin was directed primarily against the personhood of the Son, and if that is so, then it is more fitting that the Son become incarnate, "for the one to whom more particular [or direct] injury was done is the one to whom the punishment or pardon for that fault is more fittingly entrusted."

Here is the logic behind his declaration: Because God is infinitely just, a man had to atone for the sins committed by man. That man had to be sinless in order to satisfy God's justice. But, because God is also infinitely holy, no one but God himself could make satisfaction to God for the infinite weight of human sin. Anselm’s declaration was that the Son of God became incarnate in order to redeem humanity, and to show us just how valuable humanity truly is to God.. 

Rejoice! Jesus became the God-Man at the moment of conception—not birth. He IS the reason for the season!

WE CELEBRATE HIS INCARNATION!

"And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS." [Luke 1:31]

"And the Word became  flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth."     [John 1:14]

Personhood Alliance, by His grace and His truth, seeks to represent to all government just how valuable humanity is to God.


 

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Biblical Case for Changing Unjust Laws—Justly

Would you vote for a law where a 20 week fetus is given an anesthetic and then “humanely” aborted? Montana is considering just such a bill. This bill is “unjust” and displeases the Lord who will hold accountable a nation who despises His ways.

“Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands far away; for truth has stumbled in the public squares, and uprightness cannot enter.  Truth is lacking, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey.      

The LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice.”   Isaiah 59:14-15

The prophet Isaiah speaks with the voice of God to a culture that was facing God’s judgment for its wholesale denial of justice and righteousness.  

Justice is an immutable, unchangeable attribute of God that in the context of law— rights human wrongs— and does so in a manner that comports with God’s character. It involves personal responsibility to God’s unchanging laws. “What does God require of you O Man, but to do justly . . . “ (Micah 6:8). The bible makes it clear that justice does not originate from fallen human reason and is, instead, what God says it is (Habakkuk 1:7).  Judges 21:25 illustrates a nation in apostasy. This is God’s summary judgment, “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”

Using God’s definition of justice, then any human law which advocates for the shedding of innocent blood is by definition . . . an unjust law. (2 Kings 24:4). An unjust law is an evil law. (Isa 59:7) For a politician (ie. king) to vote for such a law is to become complicit with evil.  (2 Kings 21:16) And any who vote for it are “Cursed by God” (Dt. 27:25).

Six years ago I had a conversation with Mary Balch, State Legislative Director for National Right to Life Committee (NRLC). She wanted to discuss a new legislative strategy, called at that time, the “Fetal Pain Bill”. It banned abortions for children who could feel pain. She asked me what I thought. I said to her, “Mary, what is to stop a pro-abort from sponsoring a law to give an anesthetic to the small child and then killing it anyway?” My question as it turns out was prophetic—with one element of inaccuracy—it was not the pro-abortion crowd which sponsored it—it was the pro-life lobby! “It’s the next step in a carefully coordinated strategy being pioneered by pro-life activists . . . “ said pro-abortion advocate Tara Culp-Ressler, speaking of the Montana bill.

Fast forward to last Wednesday (March 11th). Montana pro-lifer, State Rep. Albert Olszewski, offered HB 479, the fetal anesthesia bill. It immediately received backing by the Montana Family Foundation’s Jeff Laszloffy, who boasted that the third effect of the bill is that , “Anesthesia must be administered prior to aborting any fetus after 19 weeks gestation.” Let me get this right . . . the pro-life/pro-family movement is now OK with giving anesthesia to a 20 week old child and THEN killing it? How could this ever be just?

We see the same thing at a national level. HR 36, the 20 Week Pain Capable Bill is being reconsidered by Congress in the next few weeks. All major prolife groups admit . . . upfront, that it discriminates against innocent children based on their manner of conception (abortion for rape and incest exceptions) AND have refused to publicly object to the injustice of killing some that others may live. “It’s all about saving the most babies!” “This is all the Republicans will allow us. Isn’t it expedient that some die that we may save the majority?”   I find it disturbing that Caiaphas used this same logic to condemn the Lord Jesus to a painful death on a cross.

“So the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered the council and said, “What are we to do? For this man performs many signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans [Republicans[i]] will come and take away [our seat at the table[ii]] both our place and our nation.” But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all. Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish" John 11:47-50

Nearly all pro-life/pro-family groups support this bill. I predict that we won’t even be given the time by House leadership to lobby for the removal of language that condemns innocent children to death.  Have you heard of ANY national group calling for the removal of the injustice in this law? Is this acceptable? The silence is deafening!  I was told by prominent pro-life leaders that ALL future “prolife” bills will have this form of injustice embedded in law. The movement has become apostate.

 Is the Montana bill going to be the new norm for the movement? Why not? Think of all the “babies we could save from a painful death? Let’s give them a shot of Novocain and then let’s hack them to death.” (I use the graphic term “hack” because it is a biblical term [1 Samuel 15:33]). I am NOT advocating violence against pro-aborts, I AM illustrating that our movement has more parallels with an apostate Israelite king (Saul) than with godliness because we refuse to see our actions from God’s perspective, His character and His ways. Colin Harte, in his book Changing Unjust Laws—Justly, says,

“ . . . the protection of each human life is a fundamental requirement of any system of human law, any law obligating, permitting, or . . . the deliberate destruction of a human being must be judged to be intrinsically unjust.”[iii]

 Isaiah said, “Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands far away; for truth has stumbled in the public squares, and uprightness cannot enter.” “The polls show that the people are not with us.” Sadly, the pro-life movement has succumbed to a utilitarian philosophy. The good that we seek “cannot enter.” because it is thwarted by the supposed “greatest good for the greatest number.” This my friend, IS DOING EVIL THAT GOOD MAY COME!

Georgia Right to Life began 15 years ago educating the public and our legislators that the intentional taking of life based on the manner of conception was NOT God’s way. Today, Georgia can boast, by God’s grace, of being the only state in the nation where the constitutional officers (Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State School and Insurance Commissioners, etc.), have stated in writing, that “. . . regardless of race, age, degree of disability, manner of conception, or circumstances surrounding a terminal illness, that the civil rights of the pre-born at an embryonic or fetal level, the elderly, and those with mental or physical infirmities are protected by law”. They are pro-life without a rape and incest exception.

The Apostle James said, “You have not because you ask not.” (James 4:2) Georgia Right to Life acted on this promise and God has shown that with His help political change can be successful.  This political change has resulted in just law. Georgia is one of only two states in the nation (MI is the other) which have no “rape and incest” exceptions in the legal code. It is our goal to remove any legislator that violates this clear biblical standard. The movement has been called after all . . . to be STANDARD-BEARERS NOT KING-MAKERS.

Another of God’s promises to Isaiah state that that those who stand in the gap for truth will “become prey” themselves, or at the very least . . . called the Westboro Baptists of the pro-life movement.[iv]

Isaiah 59:18-19 concludes the matter by stating His actions toward those in Israel who pervert His justice,

“According to their deeds, so will he repay, wrath to his adversaries, repayment to his enemies; to the coastlands he will render repayment.  So they shall fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun . . . “

God have mercy on our nation for surely Your judgment can not sleep forever.

Dan Becker

President

Georgia Right to Life

 

 

 


[i] NOT in the bible, but added by me for contextual illustration

[ii] NOT in the bible, but added by me for contextual illustration

[iii] Changing Unjust Laws Justly: Pro-life Solidarity With “The Last and the Least”, The Catholic University of America Press, Washington D.C., 2005, pg236.

What IS Personhood?

Simply put, Personhood is nothing less than the prolife battleground of the 21st century.

As a movement, we know what our goal is: to have our government and culture recognize that every innocent human has an inalienable right to life. It is important that we learn the lessons of history and rely on the moral clarity of our God-given moral law to guide our efforts not on demoralizing legal and moral subterfuge.

Mr. Gualberto Garcia Jones, National Policy Director for Personhood Alliance, has this to say in his article titled “Prudence And Moral Clarity In The Quest For Personhood”: “The close relationship between the social conscience and representative democracy is at the heart of American and world history. Behind every major twist and turn of history there is a social movement driven not by legal subterfuge and political compromise but unabashed truth, courage, and clarity.

In his famous letter from a Birmingham jail, Martin Luther King sums up the belief that we must attempt to end abortion right now:

"We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct action campaign that was "well timed" in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word "Wait!" It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This "Wait" has almost always meant "Never." We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that "justice too long delayed is justice denied."

Personhood is the biblical teaching of the sanctity of life.

Throughout Church history, the doctrinal teaching on this issue has been based on Genesis 1: 26-27: humankind is created “in the image of God” (Imago Dei) and therefore, has worth at all stages of life. This is the bedrock of Western civilization’s understanding and practice of human dignity.

Because we bear the image of God, all humankind—by extension every human life—possesses a “special-ness,” a unique value and worth that demands respect and legal protection. Each human life, from its earliest stage of development, is a unique Person who bears God’s likeness and deserves the same protection under law that is afforded all other “persons” in our society.

For this reason all human life must be respected and protected in law. This respect is due regardless of the manner of conception, whether through the marital act or through a heinous act of rape or incest; whether the egg is fertilized “in vitro” (IVF) or through the “ex utero” process of somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), otherwise know as cloning. Regardless of the manner, age, or degree of disability or  dependency, a human life has immeasurable worth in the eyes of God—an inestimable, intrinsic value that must be acknowledged by the culture and protected in its code of law.

Unfortunately, the current interpretation of our United States Constitution limits its protection to “born” persons. Whether this was intentional or a result of simple ignorance of prenatal science in the 18th century, it is clear that this limitation implicitly violates the doctrine of Imago Dei and that it has resulted in a branch of the prolife movement that is focusing its educational and legislative efforts on promoting Personhood as the answer to the emerging biotech issues facing us in the 21st century.

Personhood is also the solution to our growing, tragic abortion epidemic.

Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, who was in the majority of Justices who ruled in favor of abortion during the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, said in his section of the ruling that, “(if the) suggestion of personhood [of the preborn] is established, the [abortion rights] case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the [14th]  Amendment.”

Isn’t that amazing? The very same ruling that gave us abortion on demand through all 9 months of pregnancy in America also gave us the solution to protecting all human life in the womb and undoing the terrible damage done by the ruling. That is why Personhood Alliance takes the position of personhood as a foundation for our activities protecting innocent life: because it is found in Scripture, it is vetted through our nation’s history, and it would be upheld by the United States Supreme Court.

Personhood is the only strategy that takes us beyond the abortion rights debate and appeals to the conscience of an abortion-minded mother to spare her unborn child.

Personhood as a strategy transfers the focus from women’s health and rights, transforming the argument into a human rights issue that transcends abortion and allows us to address the entire spectrum of sanctity-of-life issues, including cloning, IVF, euthanasia, and the newly emerging eugenics movement.

The policy for a post-human future is being debated today. Delaying a Personhood strategy is simply not an option. The future waits for no man.


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