Friday, March 31, 2017

Bogus boycott of B&B

Say the word "boycott" and many of us Christians immediately perk up. There's something about
rallying behind what has been perceived as a sinful abomination against biblical principles that can sometimes bring out the worst in us...ME INCLUDED.

As a fan of the original Beauty and the Beast (B&B) movie I was initially excited for my children to enjoy this timeless classic as I had in its animated form in the early 90s. But my hopes were quickly dashed against the sharp rocks of liberalism as word of an intertwined "gay agenda" surfaced.  The director, Bill Condon, was quoted as intending to promote and recreate the character "LeFou" (French for "the fool") as homosexual.  A myriad of other quotes were posted including the idea that the film was a metaphor for AIDS. The latter turns out to be false and was an idea taken more from the story of the animated version's executive producer and lyricist Howard Ashman who died of AIDS.  This was slander though since Ashman was diagnosed as HIV positive after the B&B production started and died of AIDS well after it was completed.

Still, the idea that the director would add a "gay scene" to this beloved classic sent many of us in a frenzied, blind boycott (blind being the key word).  More time was spent critiquing the intentions of the director and the supposed inserted scenes than actually watching the movie. Despite my initial protests I decided that I would give the movie a chance so we took our entire family for an afternoon out.  I had heard a few reviews beforehand but was still prepared to wash my children clean of the attempted worldly indoctrination. What I witnessed was worse than I feared...I was revealed to be an overreacting fool!

We sat fully engaged in one of the most enthralling films I have seen in a long time. The cinematography was excellent as the backdrop of Belle's character was opened for the audience.  The development of her character as well as Gaston, the Beast, and the rest of the case was truly artistic.  The few liberties the writers took actually filled in a lot of questions the cartoon adaptation left open.  Belle's missing mother was explained, the Beast's missing family and upbringing were revealed, the tie between the servants turned enchanted objects in the castle were revealed, and even the reason why no one in the nearby village remembered the former prince of their realm was beautifully explained.

(SPOILER ALERT...TURN AWAY)
The most intriguing point of the film was the redefining of Belle's father who previously was the inventor of the family. In this production he was a protective father and artist. The reasoning for this was revealed as Belle's history unfolded. She, her father, and mother lived in Paris (where else would a French artist live) when at a very young age her mother contracted the plague. At her mother's plea to save Belle's life her father swept her up and fled to the country to prevent her from becoming ill as well. Belle was raised in a protective home but a nurturing one which instilled creativity and compassion by a loving father.

LaFou's character development should have accompanied a name change as who he was in the conclusion of the film was not the same character of the animated screen. He had instead realized the folly of blindly following Gaston and fought alongside the castle servants at the climax of the film precipitated by a brief admission of guilt to the teakettle Mrs. Potts.

But what of the "gay scene"? Well...it wasn't there.  I know some will say that the scene in which LaFou is seen dancing with another man or the scene where one of the castle assailants readily accepts his redresseing by the enchanted wardrobe as a woman would be the crux of the protest, I would heartily disagree.  The supposed cross-dressing man lasted about 2 seconds and LaFou's dance was less than that.  But what about the director's intention to promote the gay agenda?  If this is true then he failed miserably.  The only thing he may have accomplished was to rally some of us Christians behind a baseless, fruitless boycott which showed just how easily swayed we can be.

I have absolutely no negative artistic critiques against this movie.  It is one of the few that I can fully give 5 stars to without reservation.  There were numerous redemptive qualities revealed in the Beast, Belle, the castle servants, and even LeFou.  No, I'm not going to allegorize the movie into a Bible study so don't even try to do so yourself.

Go see the movie, don't see the movie...whatever you decide please ensure that it is not because of the overinflated boycott against it pushed by misinformed brothers in Christ like me.

In service of the reigning King,
Adam

Saturday, November 5, 2016

BILL MAHER IS RIGHT!

To my brothers and sisters who are voting/endorsing Donald Trump,

I have not been silent on social media regarding my position this election cycle but I did not find a case for needing to blog...until now.

WARNING:  The video below contains BLASPHEMY and FOUL LANGUAGE!  DO NOT watch this with your younger children!!!


As much as I cannot stand listening to Bill Maher, there is no denying that he is absolutely correct regarding the hypocrisy of evangelicals who are overwhelmingly voting for Donal Trump.  Even when a pagan who hates God with every fiber of his being states an obvious fact we must admit when he is right.

Evangelicals, by which he is actually referring to Christians, who are voting for Donald Trump have again brought reproach upon the name of the Savior whom they profess.  I am sorry for my brothers and sisters who take offense but this is an undeniable fact at this point.  As Maher points out, you are voting and endorsing a person who time and time again has broken every facet of God's Law without repentance.  As though this were not enough, he even points out that at least the Mormons are consistent...and that hurts!

Even a one-legged man has at least one leg left to stand on.  In your case, you have not only cut both legs out from under you, you have hoisted them high in the air with "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN" banners nailed firmly to them all the while waving enthusiastically behind your TRUMP/PENCE yard sign.

You stand with us to proclaim the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman...but you back an adulterous, perverse man who brushes off his reference to a woman as just "locker room talk" as your POTUS!

You stand with us to proclaim the sanctity of human life...but you exalt a man who says babies in the womb deserve to die in certain situations!

You stand with us on the exclusivity of salvation in Christ...but you give hardy approval to someone who says he's never needed to ask God for forgiveness!

You stand with us in declaring the sovereignty of God...but you vote pragmatically and are angered when shown that there is NO biblical basis for voting for this man!

Now, your stance is noticed by unregenerate men like Maher as hypocritical not because he is a hater of God but because he knows how to see through people who profess one thing and do another.

The world will hate those who are the sheep of the Good Shepherd.  They will hate us for declaring Christ as God, the only way of salvation, and all other religions/cults as false and damnable.  They will hate us because of Christ...but now they mock you because of your hypocrisy.

They don't despise you for your stance on Scripture, they despise you because you only stand on it when it is convenient.

They don't despise you for being involved in the political process, they despise you because your political pragmatism is no better than their own.

They don't despise you because of the sweet Gospel you proclaim, but because of the course and foul-mouthed man you now declare as the last vestige of hope for our country.

There are many cases in our country's history where Christians have not lived consistent with Scripture and the lost world has noticed (slavery, unjust wars, abortion) and this is just one more example.  The only difference is now it's televised and one of the most ardent atheists of our day has called you out!

I am sorry that Bill Maher is right in this regard.  We sometimes sin knowingly and unknowingly.  We sometimes speak and act in ways that are contrary to Christ and His Word.  And this is a shining example of this fact.  We have brought reproach to our testimony.

I have no doubt that the lost world will use this for some time as an example of our inconsistency and will further call us into question every time we attempt to declare the truth.  No matter who becomes the next POTUS, Christians have already lost.

But Christ is still King and He reigns for all eternity.  May this be another step in our sanctification.  May you receive this in spirit of Proverbs 27:6.  May He grant us mercy despite our unbiblical decisions and their lasting consequences!

For King and Kingdom,
Adam

Saturday, April 2, 2016

#ENDABORTIONNOW

Imagine a world where domestic violence was permissible.  The government takes the stance that what a couple does in the confines of their own home is their business.  However, a concerned group decides that this is morally wrong.  They present a bill before their state legislative body as such:

"We have completed extensive research regarding domestic violence and determined that spousal abuse is proportionately higher in regards to husbands physically abusing their wives.  Further inquiry discovered that most husbands engage in this form of abuse between the hours of 6pm and 11pm Tuesday through Saturday.  We therefore are proposing a bill that would make it illegal for a husband to abuse his wife between the hours of 6pm and 9pm."

Hearing of this movement others in another state propose a similar bill:

"After interviewing numerous husbands who have admitted to physically abusing their wives we have determined that the best method to curb this immoral act is to create an opportunity for the husband to hear from his wife her reasons why he should not abuse her.  The husband and wife would visit a abuse mediator who would allow a safe environment for the wife to state her case.  Once the husband has heard her side, the two sign a statement and the husband is then allowed to make an informed decision."

That...is...ridiculous
Sounds a bit ridiculous, doesn't it?  If you have been paying attention you likely know exactly where this is going.  Why regulate something as atrocious as domestic violence?  Why simply limit when a husband could abuse his wife?  Why continue to give him the authority to beat her only after he has afforded her the occasion to give a defense against his violence towards her?  Why not simply make domestic violence illegal, punishable, and an unthinkable act?  Great question...now let's ask the same questions regarding abortion.

Let's face the facts, despite some strides the pro-life movement has been a utter FAILURE.  It has failed to abolish abortion from this country.  It has succeeded in regulating abortion and some might say in saving many babies, but apply those same positives to the scenario above.  Imagine saying "While husbands can still beat their wives, our efforts have helped to limit when they could do so and resulted in some women being spared the physical abuse that others continue to endure".

Who's the victim?
Another problem that is finally coming to a head is the determination of who are the perpetrators and accomplices in abortion and who are the victims.  Many will point to the recent flip-flopping comments of Donald Trump as sparking this discussion, but this debate has been going on for some time now.  The "Babies Are Murdered Here" documentary helped to bring this discussion more to the forefront and cause us to begin biblically thinking what the abolition of abortion would look like.

If abortion is illegal then those who perform, pay, and support them must be held accountable for their actions.  Note though that I mean EVERYONE involved must be punished.  The only individual not punished in such a horrific act is of course the victim....in the case of abortion, the only victim is the baby (or babies) who died at the hands of the abortion "Doctor" solely at the request of the mother and/or father.

The mentality among many in the pro-life movement is that the mother of the child needs to be protected from accountability for her actions.  Remember though, the mother is the one responsible for the immediate care of the baby in her womb.  When she willingly seeks out an abortion, schedules the act with the abortion clinic, and steps into the room where they will end the life of her child, she is not a victim...she is one of the perpetrators.

She is just as guilty as the mother who drowned her twin boys in the bathtub.  She is just as guilty as the teen mother who murdered her newborn baby girl by stabbing her only moments after she was born.  The mother seeking and following through with an abortion is not a victim....HER BABY IS!!!!

TGC failed...the church and babies
The Gospel Coalition's article responding to Trump's statement is by far one of the most recent revealing published statements that show the true underlying problem with the pro-life movement.  It is non-sensical, illogical, and massively unbiblical as it operates solely in a unbiblical worldview and partners primarily with those who are not Christian (i.e. Romans Catholics).  It is highly unnecessary for the believer to argue or contest against abortion by entering into the arena the world has created.  For too long we have allowed the world to establish the rules, set the boundaries, and define the wording used in the abortion issue.  THAT TIME IS AT AN END!

On April 8th, Apologia Radio and Apologia Church are hosting a live streaming event that will prayerfully ignite the local church and equip them to remove the false pro-life thinking and replace it with biblical positioning.  By working through a biblical worldview and with the work of Jesus Christ in His Church, we can see an end to abortion.

Finally, to the mothers and fathers...
In closing, let me speak to the mothers and fathers who have chosen or are considering murdering their pre-born child.  If you choose to murder your baby through any means, you are a MURDERER.  We say this not because we hate you but because we love you enough to speak the truth.  Unlike those in TGC, placating politicians, and the incrementalist pro-lifers, those of us who seek to abolish abortion actually care for you and your child enough to use biblical language to warn you.

There is forgiveness in Christ, but if you continue to play the role of victim and do not take responsibility for the death of your child you cannot truly be repentant.

May God awaken His Church as we seek to glorify Him by preaching His Gospel and working to abolish the atrocity of abortion.

In Christ alone,
Adam

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Apathy or properly informed: Can we vote for the lesser of two evils?

It's a quiet Saturday morning when your doorbell rings.  You open the door to find two men standing before you with a clipboard.  They are dressed in jeans and polo shirts, with one shirt reading "The Vault" and the other "The Den".  They inform you that they are both attempting to purchase commercial property in your neighborhood but were told by the city council that the residents were allowed to decide what type of business to allow.  They don't need every vote but one option must receive the majority.

The first man tells you his business will bring numerous jobs, more than his opponents, to the area.  Many young women will be offered high paying positions as strippers in his establishment.  He promises tight security, increased public interaction, and that his business will support many community activities.

The second man quickly interjects with his proposal.  His business would admittedly not provide as many jobs but have much less liability through its entertainment options.  His adult book/video/novelty store would bring in higher revenue due to their website and online options.

You are handed the clipboard with two columns, one for each business option.  In one of the columns you must write your full name and address, checking the box to cast your vote for the business you would prefer.  Your decision will be made known to the city council as well as your neighbors.  Which do you vote for?

The reasonable answer would be to not vote for either.  You are under no obligation to be a part of allowing either sinful business into your neighborhood.  Of course, your refusal to vote for neither does not mean that one will not set up residence.  In fact, you know your neighbors well enough that you are certain at least some of them will cast a vote.

If the answer to this scenario is so simple, why then do so many well-intentioned believers feel that when they vote anywhere else they MUST vote for the "lesser of two evils".  They insist that voting for one candidate is a right that many have fought for, died, and still defend to this day.  You are almost seen as un-patriotic...and sometimes unChristian...for not casting a vote.  But not casting a vote is a right secured in the same manner as the right to cast a vote.

It's another issue altogether to take an apathetic stance towards voting.  "My vote doesn't matter anyway", "I don't really care", etc. are some of the basic responses of apathetic voters.  But refusing to vote does not always mean one is apathetic.  If they decide not to vote because they have researched and found no candidate that meets the criteria for that office, then their vote is in fact a vote of "No Confidence".  

"But if you don't vote then there is a better chance for the more ungodly candidate to step into office".  

That is true...but not voting for either sends two messages:

1) There were no candidates qualified for the position which in turn tells those who supported the candidates to support and nominate more qualified candidates the next time around.

2) You are more concerned with qualification and following the majority of the group with which you are most closely affiliated.

Shall we simply be as the Israelites in 1 Samuel who cried out for a king to lead them with no regard for God's standard of ruling?  While I agree with others that we are not electing a Pastor or Bible teacher, we are electing someone who must know where justice originates and acknowledges the Highest Authority.  To elect anyone who does not is to elect someone whose basis for morals, ethics, and practice are borrowed from the Christian worldview (as any good presuppositionist knows) but are not rooted in the firm foundation of Scripture.  Such a view can easily be swayed, moved, or altered as the newly elected official's position evolves while in office.

Voting for the lesser of two evils is not only a fallacious position but it simply ignores the third option of giving a vote of no confidence by refusing to support either evil.  Evil does not need our vote, we allow it in power each time we settle on one of its softer supporters.

Thanks for stopping by!

Serving the Sovereign Savior,
Adam

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Adopting the wording of the world

A man walks into a crowded restaurant and selects two patrons sitting quietly at a table.  He calmly walks up to them, removes a gun from his jacket and shoots them both.  The next day news reporters fill the headlines with details of the account.  Imagine if one report sounded like this:

“At approximately 8pm last night, an alleged gun carrying citizen removed two restaurant patrons from their seated positions as they enjoyed dinner.  The man, acting of his own free will, chose these individuals based on personal preference and with no desire to cause harm to the other guests in the establishment.  The two selected patrons are sadly no longer in attendance at the restaurant and unfortunately will not visit in the near future.  The owner is saddened by the absence of his customers.  The citizen will be charged with cessation of physical functioning of others.”

Of course such a story would result in the immediate dismissal of the reporter and a quick retraction by the new outlet.  The words “shooter”, “murdered”, “killed”, or anything of the sort were purposefully excluded lending a sort of neutrality to the details of the event.  The man murdered  two individuals in a place where attendants should feel safe from such acts of violence.

Words have meaning and direct words are meant to portray a direct meaning.  But some fellow Christians believe certain words which define particular acts should not be used.  Such is the position of Karen Swallow Prior, a Professor of English at Liberty University and Religious Fellow with the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. 

In her article “Loving our Pro-Choice Neighbors in Word andDeed” she states “…referring to abortion providers as ‘abortion ghouls’, clinic volunteers and words a ‘deathscorts’ or ‘bloodworkers’ and women who obtain abortions as ‘murderers’ is worse than inflammatory: it is unchristlike”.  She quotes Proverbs 18:21 and 12:18 to support the carefully selection of words as her basis.

Our speech is to be carefully guarded but she misses the importance of calling sin and those who commit it by the correct terms.  One wonders if she may have a Bible translation that excludes the following passages: 

“But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” –Matthew 3:7 (spoken by John the Baptist)

You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” –Matthew 12:33 (spoken by Jesus Christ)

You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell?” –Matthew 23:33 (spoken by Jesus Christ)

“You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires.” –John 8:44a (spoken by Jesus Christ)

among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind” –Ephesians 2:3 (spoken by the Apostle Paul)

What of the word “murderer” that Karen Prior says we should refrain from when defining abortion? 

“But if he struck him down with an iron object, so that he died, he is a murderer. The murderer shall be put to death.” –Numbers 35:16

Direct words have an intentional impact because they are labeling the actions or character of the person who is being addressed.  Karen Prior has allowed her understanding to be altered by the worldly definition of “hate”.  To call someone who knowingly, willingly takes the life of another human a murderer is not hateful…it is correctly labeling them based on their action.

Likewise, to call abortion murder and those who perform such murders is not hateful. 

Words such as “deathscorts” and “aborutaries” (a term she did not use) are modern slang to identify what self-titled clinics and volunteers are actually engaged in.  By using titles such as these they are being deceitful by hiding the reality of what occurs within the clinic walls.

Intentionally inflammatory rhetoric is not in question here.  Such language should be addressed.  But “calling a spade a spade” is just an attempt to correctly identify, define, and label what has been sugar—coated and guarded by the unregenerate world for so long.  For any professing Christian to say otherwise is for them to cater to their rhetoric of the world and lack true love for their neighbor by calling out sin and declaring salvation in the Savior.

Until the whole world hears,
Adam

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Two kinds of ministry fruit

It was another sad day at the Choices abortion clinic Saturday morning.  Many fathers and mothers came to have their children aborted at the hands of legally paid assassins.  My oldest daughter joined me as well as my Pastor (it was his first time involved in abortion clinic ministry).  Today, we were given a glimpse of the fruit of regular ministry.

We often look for one type of fruit in ministry, what we would call positive outward fruit.  But sometimes, fruit is used to show us the effective nature of faithful ministry.  Such was the case today with two evidences.

The first is seen in the picture to the right...the increased height of the fence bordering the clinics' parking spaces.  The cement wall behind the fence is what we normally stand on to engage clinic workers and parents who come to murder their children.  It is owned by the Inidian restaurant in front of the clinic.  They have graciously allowed us to stand here and even offered drinks during the hot summer Saturdays.  This spot has proven one of the better locations to reach the parents. I have been able to hand out more tracts and engage more people from this spot.  This new addition makes it impossible to do so now.

While we could create a platform to elevate us above this, we were also informed that we no longer have permission from the owners of the restaurant to stand there.  Choices has posted appreciation in the past to the restaurant for catering events so I believe the owners have simply caved to pressure from the clinic and are trying to remain "neutral".  Simply put...I believe Choices bullied them into this decision.

The reason this was erected was because we have harmed the business of the clinic, women and men have turned away from murdering their children, and countless have heard the Gospel proclaimed from this vantage point.

The second fruit was the increasingly hateful response of the security guard, Marcus, who works outside the clinic each Wednesday and Saturday.  He is normally cordial and somewhat indifferent but today he was rather angry.  He readily admitted a particular sin to another brother who was ministering with us.  Marcus also stated that he was tired of being called a coward and that in the past he would've "snapped a man's neck for that (comment)".

A woman who brought her sister to the clinic came over to talk to me.  As you will see in this video, Marcus became rather agitated when the woman would not give her name immediately:


As we thought on this later, I believe this is evidence of the impact the preaching of the Gospel and the exposure of abortion is having on Marcus.  Week after week he hears sin identified, the reality of abortion exposed, and Christ proclaimed.  The fact that this has an impact on him is hope that his heart may not yet be hardened.

Please pray for Marquesia and her sister.  While they left shortly after this video ended, they came back only 15 minutes later.  Marquesia said she was still tryting to convince her sister not to go through with the abortion but they were still inside the clinic when we left.

Please continue to pray for Marcus' salvation, for this clinic to be shut down, and for all its workers to come to Christ.

For His glory,
Adam (and family)

Thursday, August 6, 2015

One word...

While ministering alongside several brothers and sisters at the Choices abortuary in Memphis, TN Saturday I was again able to engage in a conversation with their security guard.

I had spoken to Marcus and shared the Gospel with him several times before.  He knows me and I have come to learn a lot about him.  One particular exchange between myself and Marcus seemed to stand out more than any other time.

As a young mother stepped out of the car and headed into the clinic one could not help but notice the evidence of her pregnancy by her small bump.  This was the first time I had seen someone enter the clinic who looked that far along in their pregnancy.  I felt a knot in the my throat like I had never felt before.  At that size she could evidently feel the baby kicking and moving.  Saturdays are one of the two days they set aside for abortions.  Knowing this and the fact that she was dropped off by someone driving the car rather than driving it herself, I am almost completely certain she came for the purposed of murdering her child.

My voice was joined by several others in crying out to her, but in less than 10 seconds she had entered the building and the door behind her closed.  Something stirred in me and I asked Marcus "Did you see that young woman?  Did you see how evident it was that she was pregnant?"  Marcus turned his head away. 

"What do they call that?  That bump she had...what do we call that Marcus?", I repeatedly asked desiring for him to answer.  "Why can't you say it?  Just fill in the blank:  It's called a _____ bump." 

The only reply he could muster was "Why do you ask me a question you already know the answer to?"

"So why can you just say it?", I replied.  For 5 minutes I begged him to answer the question and for 5 minutes he refused to do so. 

Make no mistake, while some are uneducated regarding the reality of the human life that exists from the moment of conception, most are not.  They know full well that when a mother and her unborn child enter a clinic for an abortion only one of them leaves alive.  They know that small bump is because of the precious life growing inside her.  They know and they don't care.  In the depravity of their own hearts they know and they willfully choose to hate the life of another and love themselves more.

For Marcus, he just couldn't say one word...BABY.  It’s the same word every abortion clinic and every pro-choice advocate hates to be confronted with.  But it is the one word which describes the creation God is weaving inside of the womb as they shake their fist at Christ and pay assassins to murder their child. 

BABY!
 
Until He returns or calls me home,
Adam