Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Some reading material from my precious friend, Patte Smith

Cursed is (s)he who takes a reward to slay an innocent person
Deut 27:25

It is easy for anyone to see that abortionists and the owners of abortuaries take financial reward to slay the innocent persons in the womb. No one argues about that. And few would object to the fact or even the justification of that scripture pronouncing a curse upon the physicians who pay for their homes and boats and vacations by poisoning, dismembering, sucking the brains out and delivering live babies into toilets.

But, what about the mothers who kill their sons and daughters? What is their incentive for slaying their own innocent child in the womb?

According to the report by the Department of Agriculture in 2006 the reward for the mother who kills her baby is enormous. The average cost of raising a child from birth to age 17 (if the average family income is $,000) is $197,700! This figure does not include the expenses of a college education. If the family income is less than $44,500 (average $27,800) the cost of raising a child is still $143,790. Since nearly half of the mothers who kill a child will go on to kill at least one more, her reward increases. For instance, if a lower income mother murders one baby, her reward is $143,790. When she murders her next son, her reward for slaying innocent persons is now doubled, a whopping $287,580! I know a woman who killed all three of her babies and remains childless today. Her earthly reward totals $431,370 plus the benefits I will discuss later in this article.

While the abortion clinic charges anywhere from $400 for early killings to $25,000 for later murders, the fee that the mother pays must be divvied up to pay for staff, building, etc, etc. The abortionist gets a cut, but compared to what the mother gets as her reward, the abortionist and staff get peanuts for slaying an innocent person. Naturally, the killing staff’s rewards multiply much faster than an aborting mothers does because they can kill over 25 babies every day for many years. But, due to the fact that when the mother murders her baby she experiences a daily reward in that she does not have to purchase food or clothing or pay for child care for her son or daughter. According to Runzheimer International Miami is among the least expensive cities for day care. The price for a month of day care for one child there is $381.67 a month. Boston’s day care is much higher at $1,091.80 a month. Naturally this figure of reward by savings is doubled when the second child is murdered, tripled with the third child, etc, etc.

Another aspect of the aborting mother’s reward is time and energy. As I watch my sister care for my dear little nephew I see how much of her day is spent consumed with attending to his welfare and his needs. She must nurse him, cook for him and feed him three times a day, seven days a week. She must dress him and wash his clothes. She must rock him to sleep and rouse from her own bed when he awakens at night. She must bring him to the doctor when he needs a check up and when he is sick. She must discipline him when he is fresh and listen to him when he needs to communicate with her. In the years to come she will have to prepare him for his lessons and help him with his homework and get him safely off to school or manage his education from home. The daily tasks of caring for children are monumental. The sacrifice of time is incalculable. I read a magazine article that stated that women who do not have children have THREE MONTHS MORE SPARE TIME PER YEAR than their counterparts who have children. If this is true, and it seems entirely reasonable to me, every time a mother murders an infant she gains THREE MORE MONTHS OF FREE TIME A YEAR for all of the years that she would have raised that child. What a reward!

We have seen what the mother’s temporal reward for shedding the blood of her baby is. Now we come to the curse.

Cursed is she who takes a reward to slay an innocent person.

First, what exactly is a curse?

Curse: divine malediction, pronouncing disfavor and doom, a call for evil to come upon a person, anathema, destined for/devoted to everlasting destruction, to be exterminated, not to be redeemed, held in abomination, objects of loathing, severely condemned, excluded from fellowship or alliance with Christ.

Although the aborting mother receives a reward, the Bible says that she and the reward are accursed because everything she GAINS for slaying an innocent person is drenched in the blood of her babies. Bloodguilt saturates her money and her time for the rest of her life and what is even more awful, into eternity.

Why is shedding innocent blood so serious that God swears a solemn oath of a curse upon the mother?

God’s moral Law is clear. His Commandment charges: You shall not murder. Abortion is not just any murder. The slaying of a babe in the womb is among the worst kind of murder. Matthew Henry, in his commentary on this passage, explains why (emphasis and notes are mine):

(1.) Murder unseen, when a man does not set upon his neighbour as a fair adversary, giving him an opportunity to defend himself, but smites him secretly (v. 24), as by poison or otherwise, when he sees not who hurts him. See Ps. 10:8, 9. Though such secret murders may go undiscovered and unpunished, yet the curse of God will follow them.

(2.) Murder under color (cover/excuse) of Law, which is the greatest affront to God, for it makes an ordinance of His to patronise the worst of villains, and the greatest wrong to our neighbour, for it ruins his honour as well as his life (attacking the sancity of the child’s personhood, value, inherent dignity as sacred image & likeness of God): cursed therefore is he that will … condemn, and so to slay, an innocent person, v. 25. See Ps. 15:5.

It has always disturbed me that mothers who kill their infants by abortion are so often placed in a special category of sinners. Not the category of the accursed as the Bible counts the aborting mom, but an entirely different one from Holy scriptures. Post abortive women are treated as if they are very nearly NOT even culpable for their diabolical sin, let alone entirely responsible and under the judgment of God for their premeditated murder. God has not made a special dispensation that makes forgiveness automatic when a mother slays an innocent person for a reward. Killing a son or daughter by abortion has become a sacred cow, if you will. The literature of post abortion ministries is rife with terms like ‘mistake’, ‘poor decision’. Indeed conversations with Christians regarding post-abortive moms include such excuses for murdering babies (‘she didn’t really know what she was doing’, ‘she did what she thought was best at the time’, ‘she wouldn’t have done it she had understood what abortion was’, etc) as to all but remove the culpability of the mother and make her into the victim of the sin instead of the perpetrator who shed innocent blood for great personal gain and reward.

The Bible has a far different explanation for why mothers murder their babies. Their heart is evil. Jesus said:
"For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders ..."
Matthew 15:19
I met an aborting mother at the killing place who said something that I’ll never forget. As I approached her to offer her my help through her pregnancy, she put her hand up to stop me. She said; “Don’t bother. It’s no use. I’ve killed my baby already. To me, in my mind, she’s already dead. It’s already done.” Women are not basically good. Abortion is pre-meditated. Murder begins in what the Bible describes as the ‘desperately wicked’ (Jeremiah 17:9) heart and the darkened mind of the aborting mother. Mothers aren’t sinners because they sin, they sin because they are sinners.

What is the curse for mothers who murder their babies by abortion?

There are profound physical, psychological and emotional ramifications and most important, spiritual danger to the mothers for committing the sin of murdering a child. Scripture records the results of willful disobedience (transgression of God’s law which forbids slaying an innocent person) to be: a hardened heart, darkened understanding, alienation from the life of God, futile thoughts, reprobate (rejected with a mind of which God cannot approve, whose moral sense is perverted and whose minds are beclouded with their own speculations), vain in their imaginations, of corrupt minds.
In other words, they become hardened, defiled and eventually even seared and evil in their conscience. Mental illness may very well be one of the outworkings of the sin of murdering their innocent sons and daughters. Mothers can go mad over their bloodguilt.

This is not mere speculation. Here are some of the biblical proof texts:
1. Romans 1:21
because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts (vain in their imaginations), and their foolish hearts were darkened.
2. Romans 11:10
Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see, And bow down their back always.”
Romans 11:9-11 (in Context) Romans 11 (Whole Chapter)
3. Ephesians 4:18
having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart;
4. Rom 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
5. Tts 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny [him], being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
6. 2Ti 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
7. 1Ti 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
8. Tts 1:15 Unto the pure all things [are] pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving [is] nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
9. Hbr 10:22 ... evil conscience ...
10. Gal 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
11. 2Pe 2:14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:

Now it is important here to address the degrees of sin and of culpability for murdering one’s own child. We have met girls as young as eleven years old having labor-and-delivery abortions at Orlando Women’s Center. They didn’t even know what was happening to them. We have seen brutal mothers pushing their unwitting children through the doors of the killing place. We know women who were brought to killing places by their incestuous fathers when they were teenagers. I have a dear married friend who took her very much wanted child to be murdered because her perception was that the disease of pregnancy called hyperemesis gravidarum was torturing her to death. I have known mothers who were deceived and held down while the abortionist cut their children into pieces. No one will deny that there are degrees of culpability.

By now you are probably wondering: What about the fathers?

I haven’t written about the murdering fathers because, frankly, my ministry and the ministry of most crisis pregnancy centers and post-abortion ministries, is to the moms who kill. Of course, the fathers share in the reward for murdering their babies and they most assuredly will inherit the curse. But, let’s be honest, for all intents and purposes many of the dads of aborted infants would not have helped support them even if they had allowed them to be born. Far too many moms are left with the entire responsibility of raising children. Be assured that there will be an awful recompense for fathers who kill their babies. In light of the fact that God Himself has given man the responsibility to protect and provide for women and children, I have no doubt that the guilt of the father is even greater than the mother’s. The black-hearted scoundrels who impregnate women and help them kill the child God allows them to conceive, will have their day in God’s holy court of judgment. Woe unto them!

How are we to minister biblically to both abortion-bound and post-abortive mothers?

What then is to be done when mothers are lining up in droves at the doors of the killing places all over America and the world? First let’s consider that about half of the women who want to kill their babies today are post-abortive mothers from yesterday and consult the Word of God for advice:

Know this, the Law is made for ... manslayers
I Timothy 1:9 & 10

The moral Law of God, His commandment, “You shall not murder” is written on the heart of every human being. Everyone. This includes abortion-vulnerable mothers.
When we use the Lord’s appointed means we confirm and affirm what a killing mom already knows. We have an ally to truth and eternity in the aborting woman’s conscience. Romans 3:20 explains “By the Law comes the knowledge of sin.” As Christians our goal is to rescue the threatened infant and see the mother come to repentance and faith to be saved. Therefore, let us not withhold what is both good and necessary to help show the lost mother the way of salvation. Remember, “The Law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul.” Psalm 19:7

We must trust the Word to accomplish its divinely appointed goal. The Law speaks to the conscience of a murdering mother. Unless she sees herself as a great sinner, she will never see Christ as a great Savior. Do not fall prey to humanistic drivel and diminish the sin of abortion by calling it a ‘mistake’ or an ‘accident’, but as Charles Spurgeon recommended; “Always by your speaking boldly seek to put sin to the blush.”

The lives of precious infants are at stake. The souls of the murdering mothers is at stake. And friends, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is at stake. Jesus didn’t come to save people from their ‘decisions’ or even their ignorance. Christ bear the shame of the Cross for our ‘mistakes’. The Son is not the Lamb of God who takes away the ‘regrets’ of the world. Jesus Christ died for our sins.

Unless an aborting mom genuinely repents and forsakes all of her sin and trusts wholly in Christ to forgive her and cleanse her and make her new, she will perish under the curse and spend eternity in hell for every last deed of darkness she committed. It isn’t kind to lie to her by saying she made a mistake. It is a lie that God forgives her if she has not turned from her sin. It is cruel to misrepresent God and His glorious gospel.

Bring back the shame of abortion. If you are ashamed of Jesus and His Gospel, the Lord will be ashamed of you at His coming. Say it: You shall not murder. Bring back the stigma of abortion. And by all means, bring back the Word of God, which declares:
“I have set heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your seed may live …” Deuteronomy 30:19

Patte Smith
Sanctuary Ministries

24 July, 2007

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