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When Does Life Begin

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July 21, 2019
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  • This is our subject today... "When Does Life Begin?" On our
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  • STRAIGHT UP series, we have desperately attempted to deal
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  • with the most explicit and... explicit and important questions
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  • of our times. Life issues. Really, questions of life and
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  • death. And we are communicating that there is only one opinion
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  • that really counts. Not my personal opinion, not legal
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  • opinion, not cultural opinion or my friend's opinion but the only
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  • opinion that really matters is the opinion of Almighty God. He
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  • answers the great questions of life. And frankly I believe the
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  • most important issue facing America today is the value and
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  • the worth of every human life... the value of the immortal,
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  • eternal soul created by God! And a biblical world view, looking
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  • at this question through the eyes... through the lens of
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  • God's Word will really settle the abortion question and the
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  • issue of when life begins. Now the debate rages, of course.
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  • Perhaps you've had discussions with your friends regarding when
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  • life begins. You've listened to politicians talk about it and
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  • we've watched the media as the politicos and the philosophers
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  • of this world have ... have engaged in this debate. So some
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  • say life begins at birth when the baby is out of the womb. And
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  • that is before birth, therefore, the baby is called a fetus or a
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  • product of conception. Others say life begins when the fetus
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  • has grown and developed enough to live outside the womb. This
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  • is called viability. The problem with determining viability is
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  • that scientifically this is a moving target. It's not...
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  • there's not a reliable standard as to when viability takes place
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  • within the womb. Some would suggest between five and six
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  • months, and therefore believe that life begins at viability.
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  • Others say life begin... begins when a baby has a measurable
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  • brainwave. The argument goes something like this: Because the
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  • secession of life... the end of life is determined by the
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  • ceasing of the brain function... the death of the brain, then it
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  • is reasonable to suggest, they say, that life begins when the
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  • brain is alive and is functional. And so a brainwave
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  • is observable at about six weeks after conception. Still others
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  • claim life begins when the heartbeat can be measured. Thus
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  • the answer would be life begins three to four weeks after
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  • conception. And then, of course, others say life begins at
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  • conception, that is, when the male and female cell... cell
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  • unite, life begins. So who is right? Well, science can
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  • certainly be helpful to us at this point because science is
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  • very clear on the fact that a unique DNA schedule is framed
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  • and formed when the life is formed at conception. And what
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  • happens at conception has never happened before; that is, what
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  • is produced at conception has never existed before and will
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  • never exist just like that again! And it is clear at
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  • conception that what is given, we believe by the hand of God,
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  • is... is not a vegetable... it's not broccoli or an animal but a
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  • living, breathing soul! A human being with personhood. It's sad
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  • to hear abortion activists refuse to use the word baby for
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  • the unborn and instead use the word that is less intimate
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  • like fetus or product of conception, as if the baby was
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  • an appendage of the mother, like an appendix or a gall bladder.
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  • So then the biological mother is given the ultimate choice...
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  • (after all this is a part of her body)... to continue or end the
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  • life of the innocent unborn! And yet the same mother who would
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  • call that which is within her a fetus one second after birth
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  • would say "That's my baby... my baby." Yet did you know the word
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  • fetus is Latin and it actually means child? Life is a process
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  • that begins in the womb according to science. And each
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  • person begins at conception, is nourished in the womb, is
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  • delivered into the world and nurtured and grows into
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  • adulthood and even in cell structure beyond adulthood. This
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  • is the obvious and overwhelming evidence as seen in science. But
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  • remember, we said scientific proof, legal proof, personal
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  • proof or opinion... that doesn't matter as compared to what God
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  • said. So ultimately... certainly for the followers of Christ what
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  • matters most is God's opinion. And the Bible teaches us that
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  • life in the womb is formed and framed by God sovereignly and is
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  • therefore sacred to Him! Both born and unborn! Psalm 139 is
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  • about the omniscience and the omnipresence and the omnipotence
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  • of Almighty God. And in... in the passage he refers to life in
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  • the present tense, He refers to life in the past tense, He
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  • refers to life in the future tense, and, yes, He refers as we
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  • are about to read, to life in prenatal tense. 13) For you
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  • formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my
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  • mother's womb. 14)I praise you, for I am fearfully and
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  • wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it
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  • very well. 15) My frame (referring to the skeletal
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  • framework) was not hidden from you, when I was being made in
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  • secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 16)Your
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  • eyes saw my unformed substance (which could be translated
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  • embryo) ; in your book were written, every one of them, the
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  • days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of
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  • them. And so there it is! If this was the only passage we
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  • had, this is all the evidence we need regarding when life begins.
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  • Life begins in the womb. But this is not all the evidence we
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  • have. Consider Jesus. Our Savior stepped into humanity... stepped
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  • into personhood through the portals of a virgin's womb not
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  • at His birth in Bethlehem but rather at His conception
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  • announced at Nazareth. The Scripture records, Matthew 1:20:
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  • But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the
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  • Lord appeared to him in a dream (This is Joseph), saying,
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  • "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife,
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  • for what... or that which is conceived in her is from the
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  • Holy Spirit. Our Lord's life and virgin birth is linked to this
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  • issue of when life begins. So if you accept abortion, you must
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  • reject the Bible, including disregarding or denying the
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  • virgin birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. You can't have it both
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  • ways... if you believe the Bible if there's an authoritative word
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  • for every generation the Word of God. Life begins at conception!
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  • This is explicit in the Bible. As a matter of fact the Bible
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  • tells us that life begins not in the womb but in eternity in the
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  • heart and mind of a sovereign [strike] God [strike] who knew
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  • our names [strike] and our time and birth date [strike] and
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  • death date [strike] before we were born. Ah... we read that in
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  • Psalm 139, about our lives being written in His Book. And then in
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  • Jeremiah 1, verses 4 to 5: "Now the word of the LORD came to me,
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  • saying, "Before I formed you in the womb... before I formed you
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  • in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I
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  • consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations." There
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  • was a prophet alive in the womb of his mother but known of God
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  • before time began! So Jeremiah in 20... chapter 20 and verse 17
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  • spoke of his mother who did not kill him in the womb. "... so my
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  • mother would have been my grave..." How tragic that the
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  • safest place... what should be the safest place on earth... a
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  • mother's womb... has become a grave to millions of innocent
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  • babies. Ephesians 1:4: "...even as He chose us in
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  • Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy
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  • and blameless before Him in love" So because life is
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  • sacred... because life begins in the heart and mind of God and
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  • conception in the womb begins this process of life, the
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  • Christian cannot remain silent as these little ones... these
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  • innocent ones are terrorized and murdered. Listen to the
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  • Scripture again, Proverbs 24[:11]: "Rescue those who are
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  • being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to
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  • the slaughter. If you say, "Behold, we did not know
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  • this,..." How can we turn our heads? How can we say... In
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  • light of the information that we have today how can we say,
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  • "...we did not know this? does not he who weighs the heart
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  • perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know
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  • it, and will he not repay man according to his work?" To take
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  • an innocent life, born or unborn, is to break the sixth
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  • commandment which says "Thou shall not murder." It is a
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  • serious offense in the law of God. Exodus 21[:22-23]: "When
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  • men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her
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  • children come out, but there is no harm, the one who hit her
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  • shall surely be fined, as the woman's husband shall impose on
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  • him, and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if there
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  • is harm, then you shall pay life for life..." The Bible speaks of
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  • those whose hands shed innocent blood. Proverbs 6[:16-17]:
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  • "These six things, yea, seven that the Lord hate..." and right
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  • at the heart of that are "hands that shed innocent blood." But
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  • some object, "Oh, it's my body! It's my choice! What about me!"
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  • The Bible teaches I... us that our bodies do not belong to
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  • ourselves, but our bodies belong to God! Blood-bought! Purchased
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  • at the cross! First Corinthians 6[:19-20] "Or do you not know
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  • that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom
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  • you have from God? You are not your own,..." You cannot say,
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  • "It's my body!" "for the body is the temple of God... "you were
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  • bought with a price. So (what?) glorify God with your body." The
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  • church [strike] must take a stand!
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  • [Music]
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  • From the origin
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  • of life to capital punishment, same-sex relationships and much
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  • much more, culture's views often differ drastically from what the
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  • Bible says about truth. And it is critical that Christians be
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  • able to engage our culture appropriately over such divisive
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  • cultural issues like abortion, even alcohol and to do it with
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  • wisdom, love and grace. I want to help you do that by sending
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  • you my book, "Culture Wise." Tackling seven hotly-debated
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  • topics "Culture Wise" will equip you to think and speak
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  • biblically about the issues that we're facing today. My prayer is
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  • that as you grow confident in God's truth that you will grow
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  • in your compassion towards people who so desperately need
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  • to know Jesus and to hear God's word. So please give a donation
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  • Jesus on this station and around the world. And visit us online
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  • at jackgraham.org or call to order your copy of "Culture
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  • Wise". And thank you for helping reach more people around the
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  • world with the message of Jesus.
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  • The Scripture says [Romans
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  • 12:21]: "Overcome evil with good." Now there is much that
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  • could be done and should be done regarding political activism on
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  • this issue... our votes should be heard, ah.... I love what
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  • Jerry Falwell said years ago. I've never forgotten it...
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  • regarding political candidates and this issue. Falwell, like
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  • only Falwell could say it, said, "I wouldn't vote a man in as
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  • dogcatcher who was prochoice because he'd probably kill the
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  • dogs!" [applause] How's that for straight up? How's that for
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  • straight up? But regardless of your vote, let your voice be
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  • heard! Take a stand among your friends and people you love...
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  • in your own family! You know, it's amazing how many Baptist
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  • people are prolife until their daughters get pregnant! May God
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  • help us! And just so you'll know the statistics... I'm wrapping
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  • up here, but just so you'll know the statistic: only one percent
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  • of abortions are due to rape or incest. Six percents are due...
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  • percent are due to health problems of the mother or the
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  • child, the other 93 percent are for reasons such as the baby
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  • being unwanted or ill-timed or inconvenient. Mother Teresa said
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  • this: "Only God can decide life and death. That is why abortion
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  • is such a terrible sin. You're not only killing life but
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  • putting self before God. Yet people decide who has to live
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  • and who has to die. They want to make themselves Almighty God!
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  • They want to take the power of God in their own hands! The way
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  • to say, "I can do without God; I can decide!" That is the most
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  • devilish thing a human can do." America needs to repent of our
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  • sin of this holocaust. Morality is the strength of this nation.
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  • Our military is great and strong and we respect it and celebrate
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  • it, but the strength of this country is not primarily in our
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  • military, but in our morality! [applause] [Proverbs 14:34]
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  • "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any
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  • people." So, let this be a cry, a call, a plea for morality!
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  • Sexual immorality and sex outside of marriage has become
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  • now the rule, not the exception! May God help us to repent of our
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  • sin. [2 Chronicles 7:14] "If My people who are called by My
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  • name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn
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  • from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will
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  • forgive their sin and heal their land." [applause] May God help
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  • us to pray! We've already lost a generation. Did you know that
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  • more babies have been aborted... far more babies have been
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  • aborted... 4 times the babies have been aborted in America
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  • since 1973 than all the men and women killed in combat since the
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  • Revolutionary War and all the American wars that have
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  • followed! Thank God for those who have perished in battle but
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  • put it in perspective! 9-1-1 thrust the world into a battle
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  • against terrorism... America into this battle. Over 3000
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  • Americans perished on that fateful day. We give them love
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  • and respect and we remember their families this day! But
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  • over 4000 babies are aborted [strike] every [strike] day
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  • [strike] in America [strike]! Put that in perspective. "Choose
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  • life, not death!" Can you imagine what has happened? In
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  • Genesis [25:23] "Two nations are in your womb" God said, "and two
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  • peoples from within shall be divided. The one shall be
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  • stronger than the other. Two nations are in your womb... the
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  • nation is in the womb!" Can you imagine just the sheer loss of
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  • potential and economic power due to the 45 million that have been
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  • lost? Ah... we're hearing now that this current young
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  • generation of Am... Americans may be the first generation to
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  • make less... have a lesser lifestyle than their parents
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  • before them. And in great part this can be attributed to the
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  • loss of life in this generation! And the sheer monetary power
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  • that is now lost! May God help us. The future of our nation is
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  • at stake and a culture of life must become a reality. Now to
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  • those who have aborted babies: it is a sin, but not an
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  • unpardonable sin. Run to the mercy seat. Find grace. The hurt
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  • and the grief and guilt you feel, and nobody much talks
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  • about the regrets and the hurt and the guilt and the trauma
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  • that people live with for a lifetime, but that hurt and that
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  • pain and that guilt and remorse, regret that you feel, Jesus bore
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  • that all on the cross for you. He died for your sin. The Good
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  • News is that you can be set free and fully forgiven. Listen to
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  • the beautiful words of Paul in Romans 8, verse 1: "There is now
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  • no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." He opens
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  • up His life to you. He died for you; He lives for you. His love
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  • is eternal. And if you will confess your sin and repent of
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  • your sin and receive Christ... [Isaiah 1:18] "Come now, let us
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  • reason together. Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall
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  • be white as snow. Though they ah... are red like crimson, they
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  • shall be as wool!" "There is a fountain filled with blood drawn
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  • from Emmanuel's vein. And sinners plunged beneath that
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  • flood lose all their guilty stains." Take the plunge! Come
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  • to Christ and His cross. The one who said to a woman taken in the
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  • very act of adultery, [John 8:11] "Neither do I condemn you:
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  • go and sin no more!" If you are considering an abortion, please,
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  • for God's sake, don't [tap] do [tap] it. Don't make a decision
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  • that will take an innocent [tap] life [tap] and a decision that
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  • you will regret for the rest of your days! And don't say, "Well,
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  • my baby is unwanted. It's an inconvenience..." when there are
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  • thousands of couples... multitudes of couples right now
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  • who are praying to adopt a child! Don't do it! Make the
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  • compassionate choice; make the courageous choice. Choose life!
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  • There is hope, there is help, there is healing for you and you
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  • can find grace enough in times of need. Strong message...
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  • straight up as I can get it. Jesus came in grace and truth. I
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  • hope you hear truth; I hope you hear grace today. I hope you
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  • know that you're in a grace place. While we are holding high
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  • the standards of God which we are called to do in the
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  • Scripture... while the prophetic voice of the church must be
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  • heard in this generation, we also extend the arms of the love
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  • of God to you this day who will come to Him and find fully and
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  • freely deliverance and healing and change forever. So wherever
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  • you are in this room listening to me, watching... radio and
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  • television... right now, where you are, pray and receive Christ
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  • as your Savior. Take the plunge; run to the mercy seat. Pray a
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  • prayer like this: Lord Jesus, I know I've sinned and broken Your
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  • commandments. Thank You for dying for me, for Your love
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  • which bore my sins on the cross. I believe You rose again. The
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  • Bible says [Romans 10:9]: "If we confess with our mouths the Lord
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  • Jesus, and believe in our hearts that God has raised Him from the
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  • dead, we will be saved." So believe in your heart, and
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  • confess Him now by calling upon Him. Lord Jesus, you've said
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  • whoever calls upon Your name will be saved. I call upon Your
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  • name. Come into my life and cleanse me and change me. Make
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  • me Your child. May I live for You in the power of Your Spirit,
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  • a brand new life until You come for me.
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  • [Music]
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  • On our Straight
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  • Up series we have dealt with some of the most important
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  • questions of our times, life issues, really questions of life
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  • and death and we are communicating that there is only
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  • one truth that really counts, not my personal opinion, not
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  • your opinion, not a legal opinion, a political opinion, a
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  • cultural opinion or your friend's opinion, but really
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  • only the opinion that matters is what God says. What God Almighty
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  • teaches us in His word. He answers the great questions of
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  • life. The problem is that so many in this nation have
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  • abandoned the Christian faith which has been understood as a
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  • consensus belief and behavior in our nation for 200+ years. I
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  • believe the most important issue facing America today is the
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  • value and the worth of every human being, every human life,
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  • the value of the immortal, eternal soul created by God and
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  • a biblical worldview, looking at this question though the eyes,
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  • through the lens of God's word will really settle the abortion
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  • question and the issue of when life begins. Every generation
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  • must be willing to stand for truth and live for
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  • righteousness, to be a prophetic and a pastoral voice in our
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  • world. And to help you stand for life and to have a biblically
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  • based worldview on controversial issues like same-sex
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  • relationships, pornography, theories of evolution, let me
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  • send you my book CULTURE WISE: Thinking Rightly about Seven
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  • Societal Wrongs. And this empowering, equipping resource
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  • is our way to say thank you for your generous donation that will
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  • help us bring the message of Jesus Christ to our nation and
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  • beyond, to bring us back to biblical truth and hopefully end
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  • the holocaust of abortion. So, call the number on the screen or
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  • visit us online at jackgraham.org to donate to our
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  • ministry and receive your gift. Thank you so very much for
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  • joining us today and thank you for your financial support of
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