By Pastor Kevin Folger
Cleveland Baptist Church, Cleveland, OH
Text: Psalm 94
Introduction: We are going to read the 94th Psalm this morning. As we read I will make some comments. Let me give you a little background so that you have a better understanding of what are reading. The author of this Psalm is crying out to God to show Himself. The wickedness around this pious man was more than he could stand vv. 1-3. Notice he catalogs some of the sins of this people vv. 4-7. Now notice that prophet shares with them and with us a message… vv. 8-15. Then he asks some questions.. vv. 16-20.
It as if in v. 20 the prophet asks the question why are those in authority allowed to make laws that make wrong seem right? Then he answers that question by acknowledging the fact that evil exists in this world v. 21. We are told that the Devil is the god of this world. He is the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience. Now note where this man is looking for answers, he realizes that God has His way of righting wrongs vv. 22-23.
Now I shared that with you this morning because as I see it, that seems to be where we are as a people and a nation. Today is what has been designated as Sanctity of Life Sunday. 26 years ago 7 of the 9 members of the Supreme Court passed a landmark decision in case known as Roe vs. Wade in which they declared that life in the womb is not protected by the Constitution in this society. Therefore abortion on demand became the law of the land. Can’t you see how vv. 20-21 fit into that… “THEY FRAMED MISCHIEF BY LAW.” The word “MISCHIEF“ carries the idea of “wickedness, perverseness, sorrow.” Then he says they gather themselves against the soul of the righteous, and condemn innocent blood. The idea is expressed means that the most innocent and most upright in society suffer and die because of their wickedness. Notice in particular the last verse….
We have had 26 years of the most innocent of our society dying in the abortion mills of America. David Miller in an article entitled “Abortion issue is U.S. holocaust” printed in The American Family Journal gives these sobering statistics. “NOW A GENERATION INTO THIS AMERICAN HOLOCAUST, IT IS ESTIMATED THAT OVER 37,000,000 BABIES HAVE DIED AT THE HANDS OF ABORTIONISTS. THIS IS MORE THAN SIX TIMES GREATER THAN THE 6,000,000 JEWS MURDERED BY HILTER. THEIR NAMES WOULD FILL THE VIETNAM VETERANS’ MEMORIAL WALL OVER 700 TIMES. DURING THESE 25 YEARS, ONE CHILD WAS ABORTED FOR APPROXIMATELY EVERY THREE BORN.”
I challenge you this morning Christian to go through your Bible and look for what God says about the shedding of innocent blood. God will forgive a lot of things, and He will forgive the sin of abortion, but there is a price that is paid by the individual and the nation for that sin. I believe that we as a nation of people this morning have already begun to experience the judgment of God. God has begun to bring on this nation its own iniquity…
Who would have ever believed we have an impeachment trial going on in the Senate dealing with such perverse and graphic material? Think about the fact of who is crusading for the President. Mr. Larry Flynt not exactly Mr. Noble.
Who would have ever believed that we have such a low moral standard for leadership in our nation? Yet the attitude of the people is, as long as we have a good and strong economy, as long as there is peace and prosperity in the nation leave things alone. As long as the economy is good the devil himself could run and win.
They tell us that violent crime is down, but it seems to me that our city streets are not all that safe, that gangs and guns rule.
Our young people are not growing up in innocence but at younger ages are becoming street smart. They set by the hour and play video games filled with blood and violence. They listen to music that promotes coarse behavior and morality. They turn on TV and they find programs that promote raunchy and promiscuous behavior. Hollywood keeps cranking out more and more filth that our society consumes with an insatiable appetite. They go on the internet and bring on to the screen things that are so vile and perverse that no human should see. In school they are taught that there are no moral absolutes, that sexuality is just another appetite to be satisfied. Parents are sadly missing from the formative years of young people’s lives. They grow up with out discipline and without love. Many times the parents that are there for their children, lack the core moral and social values that mold character and change the face of the nation.
The heroes of the youth of America are perverted rock stars, raunchy shock jocks and morally bankrupt movie stars and starlets.
The elite in our society have told our kids that there is no God, that they are descendents of animals. They in turn tell the kids that they are gods. That all they have to do is tap that inner hidden potential and they have anything and be anything they want. Then we wonder what is wrong with them when they take a gun and murder their parents and classmates? We wonder what is wrong with them when they have a baby and dump its body, and leave it to die in a garbage can or a dumpster?
It would seem to me that God is allowing our iniquity to come back up like a sewer backs up. Our nation is dying and many of us are too blind to see. We want to come to church and let the preacher entertain us. Make us laugh and feel good about ourselves. Let’s not talk about the sin sick soul of America.
This morning I want to preach about the issue of The Shedding Innocent Blood. The Evil of Abortion. I want you to see what Abortion has done to this nation and to any nation that allows its practice.
I. Abortion Devalues the Sanctity of Life.
A. SANCTITY OF LIFE IS DEFINED.
Jer 1:5 “BEFORE I FORMED THEE IN THE BELLY I KNEW THEE; AND BEFORE THOU CAMEST FORTH OUT OF THE WOMB I SANCTIFIED THEE,”
B. ABORTION IS DEFINED
b. Any deliberate procedure that removes or induces the
expulsion of , a living or dead embryo or fetus.
i. 18 days after conception heart beats on its own.
ii. 6 weeks quickly moves in the wom
iii. Brain waves present at 8 weeks grabs,
swims freely, heartbeat measurable.
iv. 12 weeks cries, sucks thumb, sleeps and wakes,
All organs systems function, including mental.
Can definitely feel pain.
v. From this point on nothing new develops just growth
and maturing process.
b. The Word of God declares personhood of a child yet in the womb
Jeremiah 1:5 “BEFORE I FORMED THEE IN THE BELLY I KNEW THEE; AND BEFORE THOU CAMEST FORTH OUT OF THE WOMB I SANCTIFIED THEE, AND I ORDAINED THEE A PROPHET UNTO THE NATIONS.”
Psalms 139:16 “THINE EYES DID SEE MY SUBSTANCE, YET BEING UNPERFECT; AND IN THY BOOK ALL MY MEMBERS WERE WRITTEN, WHICH IN CONTINUANCE WERE FASHIONED, WHEN AS YET THERE WAS NONE OF THEM.”
c. The viability of human life…
b. Euthanasia is now also practiced. There are states that
are voting on laws that allow for Dr. assisted suicide. Dr.
C. Everett Koop has said that in the future euthanasia will
dwarf abortion in size and scope.
c. We see science trying to mettle with life by cloning.
David Miller again states: “WE’VE CREATED AN ATMOSPHERE IN THIS COUNTRY THAT SAYS LIFE IS NOT SACRED. IT IS CHEAP IF YOU CAN CREATE IT IN A TEST TUBE OR PETRI DISH.”
II. Abortion Divides the Nation.
A. SLAVERY DIVIDED OUR NATION.
A. LIKE ALL WICKED SIN ABORTION SEARS THE CONSCIOUS OF A PEOPLE.
A. THE BIBLE IS PLAIN WHEN INNOCENT BLOOD
IS SHED GOD BRINGS WRATH UPON THAT
NATION OR PEOPLE.
FIRST: If you have never trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior you need to get Saved.
SECOND: If you are saved, and your not living for Jesus you need to get right with God. I am amazed that in my counseling the things I learn that people tolerate and practice as Christians. I may be talking to someone this morning, and you say you are a Christian, you may have had an abortion. You need to make it right with your God. There are many of God’s people who take a casual approach toward morality. Get right with God and read His Word and get His mind on these issues.
THIRD: We need to pray and beseech God for our Nation. Be an intercessor in your prayer life. Ask God to work to end this is horrific sin and change the hearts of the nation.
FOURTH: Get involved in the pro-life ministry of our church. See Bro. Jim Jones and do something to turn back the tide.
FIFTH: Go soul winning, the greatest impact that Christians can have on the culture is to tell people about the saving grace of God.
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