Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Pastor Larry DeBruyn's Memorial Service

Now Posted on YouTube

The Memorial Service for our departed friend Pastor Larry DeBruyn was held on January 7th. The service was officiated by his lifelong best friend, Bob Gifford, who pastors the Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Dale City, Virginia. The church people were doubly sad, as they had also just lost a longtime faithful missionary, Mrs. Doom; so viewers will note there are several mentions of her throughout the course of the service.

The service may be accessed at YouTube:
https://youtu.be/NyUD_ZOMMlE

Pastor Bob Gifford opened the service with a beautiful sermon and moving tribute to Pastor Larry. He told anecdotes from their long friendship, as they both served the Lord in ministry. Pastor Gifford told how Pastor DeBruyn was obedient to the Lord at great cost to write on biblical discernment in the latter years. Pastor Bob's wife Jane then stood to read letters commending Larry's ministry while in the pastorate.
Pastor Bob Gifford remembering his friend Larry.

Warren Smith was unable to attend the service but, thanks to the technology offered him by Berean Call, was able to record a special message remembering his friend Larry which was played for the service. Lynn Leslie then read aloud the series of tributes mailed in (these are reprinted in our previous post). Some from Pastor Larry's mission workers also sent in video recordings which are included in the YouTube memorial service.

Sarah Leslie delivered a eulogy, recalling the story of Larry's prolific research and writing with the Discernment Research Group. She told of the vast influence of Pastor Larry's writing ministry across the world, both in writing and traveling to the mission field.

Gaylene Goodroad, who frequently writes for Herescope, and her husband Steve were among Pastor Larry's faithful parishioners. She related a moving story of how Pastor Larry ministered to her in a time of need, and spoke of what a blessing he was to their family. In introducing her Pastor Gifford commended the women who worked alongside Pastor Larry in discernment as 'Deborahs'.

The last part of the memorial service was an extended time of sharing and remembering Pastor Larry DeBruyn. Many stood up and spoke very nice things about this godly man. He will be sorely missed!
Church member Matthew Jenkins and Lynn Leslie
sharing a jaunty hat moment after the service,
along with Sarah Leslie and Gaylene Goodroad

Warren Smith wants our readers to know that his most recent booklet/tract, just published, is dedicated to his good friend Pastor Larry. What a fitting tribute!
Read Warren's booklet HERE
Over the years Pastor Larry DeBruyn contributed in one way or another to well over 300 articles posted on Herescope. Below is the written text of the remarks I made eulogizing Pastor Larry. Mention was also made of the term 'larrydebruynism' which we all used humorously to refer to his unique turn of a phrase that so often appeared in his article titles, subtitles, and writings on Herescope. By God's grace, and with the blessing of Pastor Larry's friends and family, we will be taking steps to preserve his work and publish his writings so that his ministry will continue to bear precious fruit.


Remembering Larry DeBruyn
By Sarah H. Leslie, Jan. 6, 2018

“Behold, bless ye the LORD,
all ye servants of the LORD,
which by night stand in the house of the LORD.”

(Psalm 134:1)

The Lord has removed a watchman who was standing on the wall. Larry DeBruyn was plucked by the Lord off the wall, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” Pastor Larry was a night watchman who witnessed the impending darkness of demonic idolatry descending over the land. He faithfully and boldly sounded warnings about the dangers coming into the body of Christ. With his passing, Isaiah 57:1 comes to mind. The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.”

I will tell some of the story of how Pastor Larry came to be a globally renowned discernment and apologist writer. In 2005 the Discernment Research Group began publishing the Herescope blog. The history of this research group goes back to the mid 1980s when my husband Lynn and I banded together with a group of likeminded Christians to research the New Age and occult that was coming into the church. We first called ourselves the Iowa Research Group, and in the early 1990s we began publishing and sharing research with discerning Christians who were banding together on the Internet. Herescope had been the name of a monthly column in the magazine my husband and I had published in the 1990s called The Christian Conscience. We had spent several decades writing, publishing and standing against the occult, paganism, false doctrines, New Age beliefs, heretical doctrines, dominionism, and weirdness that was coming into the church.

Pastor Larry’s writing first came into my hands in the mid 1990s when he wrote a short article concerned about Promise Keepers, a topic that I had also written about – in retrospect it seems significant that I had written about its pagan mysticism, a subject that Pastor Larry would eventually become quite familiar with. I didn’t know who Larry was at that time, nor do I recall who sent me the article, but I remember it because it was noteworthy. 

It was our friend Warren Smith, whose Christian testimony is that he came out of the New Age movement, who first introduced us to Pastor Larry. We had known Warren since the early 1990s, and had gone on to publish the first edition of his two books Reinventing Jesus Christ and Deceived on Purpose.  Warren felt that Pastor Larry’s unique gifts and deep spiritual insight, as well as his scholarly style of writing, made him well-suited to our ministry’s particular mission.

Indeed, Pastor Larry found a comfortable niche with our ministry. He began giving us permission to republish the discernment articles he was writing. Many discerning saints appreciated his gentle but forthright style of writing. Pastor Larry took great pains to be well-documented and researched, delivering a clear pronouncement of biblical truth against the error. Many readers expressed gratefulness that he had written a credible and scholarly article they felt comfortable printing off and taking to their pastor and church leaders.

One noteworthy attribute of Larry’s personality was his clever wit and wonderful sense of humor. When we discovered that we both shared a love of satire we began to work together more closely. It all started when the late Pastor Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries and I were inventing new words to satirize the weird stuff going on in the evangelical church world. It was really a silly, quirky thing that we enjoyed doing, and it took the edge off of the dark horrors we were researching. Pastor Larry DeBruyn quickly joined in our hilarity, and added in the necessary theology to our posts. We ran a whole series on Herescope called “Neologisms for Evangelicals.” The favorites were our many deviations on the term Sola ScripturaPlura Scriptura, Sola Mystica, Sola Experientia, MantraScriptura, and so on. How I will miss those quick phone calls from Larry. He would dictate words for me to type in, but he would have to stop because he was laughing so hard he couldn’t speak!

During this process Larry and I discovered that we worked very well together. From that point forward we began to more closely research and write together. Meanwhile Pastor Larry was retiring from his pastorate. At first he was uncertain about his future. I remember when Pastor Larry called me, quite discouraged, feeling very meek that his life’s work wasn’t going anywhere. He loved his Eastern European mission work and wanted to go on more mission trips. He had become quite involved with Discernment Ministries and frequently spoke at our conferences. His articles were being read across the globe. Yet he felt disheartened, wondering if he was producing fruit for the Lord.

One weekend he made a special trip to Pastor Jeff Whittaker’s church in Niles, Michigan to meet a group of pastors from Australia. A short while later Pastor Larry was invited to travel overseas by these pastors to go to Australia and New Zealand. Pastor Larry was off on his global travels! While he was still healthy he also traveled to South Africa and taught at a Bible School in Zimbabwe. God definitely did not retire him.

Pastor Larry used his time not traveling to become a more prolific writer. Of the 940 posts we have put up since 2005 Pastor Larry either wrote or contributed significantly to over 300 of them. Over the years he always wondered how many “hits” we had on his posts on the blog, and then would quickly add in humility, “Not that it really matters.” But it did! Writing on the Internet sometimes feels like writing into a giant vacuum – is anyone out there paying attention, listening, heeding the warning, repenting? We very seldom see the fruits of our work. Plus, on Herescope the silly blog counter never worked right, and it didn’t keep track of visitors accurately. But I could access the real figures on the blog and I’d assure him that tens of thousands of people across the globe were reading and disseminating his articles. Knowing this, plus being blessed periodically by wonderful kind letters he received from readers, encouraged Pastor Larry to continue his tedious and painstaking work of research and writing.

Pastor Larry became a bulwark for the rest of us doing discernment work, particularly for Gaylene Goodroad and I. We were writing about some very dark heresies coming into the church. It is an odd quirk of the Lord’s that He placed we two women in Larry’s life, and him in ours. Gaylene and I both have powerful testimonies of coming out of the occult and eastern mysticism. Gaylene was involved in the martial arts and her testimony is written in an online booklet My Life inthe Way. My testimony has never been written, but I survived the hippie era where I was deeply involved in transcendental meditation and the occult, as well as having many other extraordinary life experiences. Pastor Larry provided us significant biblical counsel on how to write about these dark heresies. He also publicly affirmed our remarkable callings and took extra steps to cover us with his pastoral oversight.

Pastor Larry had a unique gift to walk the fine line between warring theological camps by standing on the firm ground of Scripture itself. He had a unique gift of being able to think through theology in a way that was not divisive but solidly biblical. We never saw him have a bitter spirit nor exhibit an attitude of contentiousness. He did not believe in attacking men, but rather focused his efforts on exposing the new (often repackaged old) bad doctrines coming into the church. Pastor Larry’s heart’s desire, often expressed to us, was to simply contend for the faith: the Gospel of Jesus Christ, His shed blood on the cross for our sins, His death and resurrection, and His soon second coming. Pastor Larry was so meek that there were several noteworthy occasions when he was working on an article where he chose to set it aside when he learned that it might fuel a dispute between brothers, or cause more contention in the body of Christ. Always he strove for peace.

Early on in our discernment work we prayed for the Lord to raise up godly pastors who could stand with us as we watched and warned. Very few men have been willing, and even fewer have had the courage, to take on the ministry of discernment. This ministry truly is the “offscouring” of the modern church era, much disparaged and maligned, with few rewards and much grief. Yet, Pastor Larry entered this ministry and began tackling head-on some of the hardest issues facing the church. He had a willing heart to obey God in this difficult ministry, knowing he “wrestled not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Pastor Larry was very bold in his proclamation of the Gospel of Salvation. He saw all heresy as an attack on the Gospel and thus he stood firmly as a watchman on the wall to proclaim the truth against the error. This often meant he had to research the error, and as awful as that was, he would rejoice even more in learning what great blessing God had given us in His Son Christ Jesus. Towards the end of his life Pastor Larry often told me that God had blessed him with great insight into how the Gospel stands as a beacon of light and truth against all spiritual wickedness in high places. This emboldened him all the more and he was writing on this topic up to the very end of his life.

A year ago in December Pastor Larry’s health took a serious turn for the worse. I did not hear from him for many weeks and it seemed that he might die. At this same time we were experiencing a difficult struggle in our discernment work. I prayed fervently, then prayed and fasted, that the Lord might give us Larry for more time. About a year ago one day the phone rang. It was Pastor Larry. He started the conversation with, “I’m alive! I didn’t die!” He didn’t see my tears as I wept for joy, praising God. The extra days that God gave him to us were filled with much ministry work, a huge writing project against a new form of Universalism, and a great deal of joint research on a book he was writing against ancestor worship. The week he died I was in the midst of trying to track down a few quotations he wanted to use. It is our prayer that with God’s help these unfinished manuscripts will be completed.

We praise God for Pastor Larry’s life and how it enriched ours… and yours. 

“Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another:
 and the LORD hearkened, and heard it,
and a book of remembrance was written before Him
for them that feared the LORD,
and that thought upon his name.
And they shall be Mine, saith the LORD of hosts,
in that day when I make up my jewels;…”
 
(Malachi 3:16-17a)


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Remembering Pastor Larry

TRIBUTES to Pastor Larry DeBruyn

The following are just a few of the tributes that were read at the Memorial Service for our dear colleague Pastor Larry DeBruyn on Sunday January 7th in Dale City, Virginia. Pastor Larry's service will be posted on YouTube in the next few days. We will put up a post with the details.

October 7, 1944 - Dec. 28, 2017


When Jewel Grewe called me and said she wanted to hold a Discernment / Berean Call Conference in South Africa in January 2016, we were thrilled to hear that Larry deBruyn would be accompanying her. Having read his books and articles, we were looking forward to meeting Larry in person. Larry’s father-heart came through and we found him so easy to converse with and despite his own hardships he had experienced, his concern and love for people was evident. With a zeal and passion for the Truth he selflessly served the Church of Jesus Christ travelling to different countries with his precise teachings and power-point presentations that were a blessing to us all.   
The words of this beautiful hymn “Brother let me be your servant” reminds us of Larry!  He will be sorely missed by us all…  until we meet again… 
I will hold the Christ-light for you
In the night-time of your fear;
I will hold my hand out to you,
Speak the peace you long to hear.
I will weep when you are weeping,

When you laugh I'll laugh with you;
I will share your joy and sorrow
Till we've seen this journey through.

When we sing to God in heaven
We shall find such harmony,
Born of all we've known together
Of Christ's love and agony.
Brother, let me be your servant,
Let me be as Christ to you;
Pray that I may have the grace

To let you be my servant, too.
Julie Leo, South Africa,
The Berean Call & Discernment Ministries office
Condolences from The Theological College of Southern Africa which is based in Zimbabwe.
The College Community in Southern Africa expresses its heartfelt condolences to Pastor Larry Debryn's family, the Saints in the USA on the passing on of our beloved minister of the Lord's flock across the world. While it seems a loss for us all we exhort the brethren all over the world to celebrate his life as a gift from God that was given and has now been taken.
We had the privilege to be ministered to by Pastor Larry in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on the 30th of January to the 7th of February 2016. This is almost 2 years ago but we were still feeling the blessing of lectures during those days. We were continuing to pray for his return trip anytime this year but the Lord has seen it fit to call him home. We then will continue to praising the Lord for the wonderful gift that he was.
From the Zimbabwe Bible College
Remembering Larry DeBruyn
Most people who know the name Larry DeBruyn, know him as a discerner and apologist. Indeed, he was those things par excellence. He wrote and spoke indefatigably against error and his work is visible all over the internet and on countless bookshelves and in the hearts of thousands. Not only did he have an excellent grasp of the theological issues but he exhibited a Christ-like spirit towards even his opponents. There are many who attempt to defend truth, but not many who do it with the right attitude. Larry was one of a select few who spoke and wrote, not because he had a chip on his shoulder but because he cared.
He cared for truth, but he also cared for those who are deceived as well as those who are the deceivers. This concern for the people as well as the doctrine was no doubt borne out of his many years in pastoral work. Yes, he was an excellent apologist, but he was also a true shepherd of the flock.
Indeed, he was more than an apologist. He was also a teacher who cherished every opportunity to teach the truth wherever the Lord would open a door for him – across the world, to every culture and to large and small gatherings alike. Once again, there are many who can point out error but Larry was one of a few whose passion was as much for truth as against error. As a teacher he remained faithful to the fundamentals of the faith at a time when most are defecting to the left and right. Today teachers are dime a dozen, but those who remain faithful to the faith once delivered are very rare indeed. Such was Larry DeBruyn.
More than an apologist, pastor and teacher, Larry was also a friend. Many years ago I was struggling with a very difficult situation in a very difficult church. I was in despair and ready to quit. Unexpectedly Larry called and spent time encouraging me with the same comfort he had been comforted with in a similar situation. When it seemed that all others had forsaken or forgotten, Larry had not, and I will never forget his kindness at such a dark hour. Larry was a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
No one is indispensable and the Lord knows what He is doing when He calls His warriors home but Larry will certainly leave a huge gap in the ministry and amongst my friends. Apart from his roles as a family man, Larry was a true apologist, teacher, shepherd and friend. His reward will indeed be great!
“Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His saints.” (Psalms 116:15)
Pastor Anton Bosch, 1/4/18
Sun Valley Community Church
Late Pastor Larry
We have learnt through TCSA of the untimely passing on of Pastor Larry. Untimely in that it was our desire for the dear pastor to continue with the good work and investment of this divine partnership. However, we accept that the Almighty had better ideas. 
We nevertheless take comfort that what Larry achieved will forever remain etched in the memories of those who were blessed to have interacted with. That interaction still has positive impact to this day and we prayer for its continuation in the future. 
Please pass our sincere condolences to the surviving families, the Christian community in the States and the wider Christian community at large. Pastor Larry’s contribution was purposeful in a life well spent. 
May the Lord continue to comfort all of us in the full knowledge that a reunion awaits us yonder. 
For and on behalf of Assemblies of God Zimbabwe 🇿🇼,
Nathan Setlhako (Chairman - National Executive)
My name is T.A. McMahon and I’m the Executive Director of The Berean Call, a ministry founded by Dave Hunt. It’s my privilege to share some memories and thoughts about my friend Larry.
When I first met Pastor Larry, the Lord had directed him into writing in the area of spiritual discernment, which he took to not only with grace but also with the heart of a shepherd who had great concern for God’s sheep in our days of growing deception.
For those of us in discernment ministries we are aware of the great diversity of false teachings that the Adversary continues to use to deceive the body of Christ. Some are billboard obvious yet they are nevertheless seductive.
Others are very complex and intimidating in the sense that they seem to be supported by science. It was the latest concepts of that nature, such as quantum spirituality, that were not science but rather false teachings or pseudoscience. Larry was wonderfully able to explain the errors simply and then show how they undermined the truth of God’s Word.
Quantum physics and its relation to quantum spirituality was not something I was particularly interested in trying to figure out, or was even capable of, although I saw the serious influence it was having in Christendom. Those who promoted the Word/Faith Movement were using quantum spirituality to support their corruption of both God’s Word and in particular the critical biblical doctrine of Faith.
Those who were into the teachings of pantheism and panentheism, that God is nothing more than an impersonal force or energy and that God is in everything, i.e., everything is God, were also deceiving multitudes. Larry made a valuable contribution through his work in debunking the false science involved thereby helping the discernment of and the equipping of biblical Christians.
Larry and I spent time together in South Africa and he helped me greatly in my own lack of understanding regarding quantum spirituality. His explanations enabled me to see how the latest pseudoscientific concepts fit into the ongoing deceptions Satan had been promoting since the Garden of Eden, and which Dave Hunt and I had been writing about for decades.
Larry understood that God had given him the grace—and time—to do a unique work, and he was ever so thankful.
South Africa was a special time. We both took very seriously the work God privileged and enabled us to do. On the other hand, Larry was the main laugh track on the personal videos we made during that trip that featured some of my blunders, from unintentionally exploding a smoothie blender the contents of which decorated a kitchen—to the crashing of my parafoil kite in our hosts’ most cherished tree—to dredging their pool for my sunken GoPro camera.
There nothing quite like having a smiling, heavyweight Dutchman towering over me each morning inquiring as to what adventure I might have in store for the day!
Larry spoke at our Berean Call Conference a couple of years ago and it was obvious to all that the niche that God had called him to fill regarding discernment was wonderfully fulfilled. He finished the race by grace.
I’m going to miss him, yet I thank Jesus for the time I had with him.
TA McMahon, Berean Call
Pastor Larry was a dear friend. I will greatly miss him. He had send me a message only two days before I heard that he was admitted to the hospital. I never expected it to be his last one to me. 
For nearly ten years, ever since he picked me up at the airport in Indianapolis, IN when I had arrived from Switzerland in order to drive me to the Discernment Conference in Niles, MI, I cherished his friendship and close cooperation in the Discernment Research Group. He had a keen mind and a great love for his Savior Jesus Christ. While he recommended me as a guest preacher to American pastors and often drove me himself to one or the other church or ministry venue, I don’t recall that we ever spoke about anything else but the truths of the Bible and how it needed to be defended effectively against all of the heretical teaching which had crept into the evangelical churches. I benefitted from his godly counsel and deeply spiritual insights. I don’t believe there was even one incident that I disagreed with his views on the Bible or anything else. He pointed me to resources in my research whenever he could and was glad when I was able to help him in his. Once, when I preached in his church, he gave me an expressive Bible software program as a gift. I still use it almost every day. While much more could be said about Pastor Larry, when I think of him only one thought comes immediately to mind: His great dedication to know the Bible, as best as he could, preach and teach it to others with a passion, and live out its truths moment by moment in order to glorify God and be a blessing to others.
Again, I miss him dearly but am glad to know that he can see Jesus Christ, his Savior, face to face now and be in His presence for all eternity.
Dr. Martin Erdmann

I was Pastor Larry’s secretary for over 14 years and was fortunate to get to know him very well.  If you did not have this opportunity, you missed out on a very dear friend.  Most of you know he was a wonderful Biblical scholar with such deep insight to God’s word, but he was also a very caring, compassionate, sensitive man.  He loved the Lord, and he loved His people.  There were so many times I saw the soft, gentle side of him as he was helping someone during a difficult time.  He helped my husband and me during the time our 21 year old son had a massive stroke.  He not only visited and prayed for Brad while we was in the hospital and rebab, but he took the time to talk with Dave and me as we were handling this devastating blow, adding his tears to ours.  He was my confidant, as I was his, and I counted that a privilege. 
He was also a very generous, giving man.  I recall one time a young lady in our church asked him his opinion of which study Bible to purchase. Knowing the family was tight on money, Pastor Larry purchased his recommendation and had it sent to her house.  She was so grateful!  That was just one of many, many times I saw his generosity. 
We would have coffee breaks in my office occasionally.  Anyone who was in the church at the time would gather in my office for a few minutes of fellowship.  Often it would turn into a mini Bible lesson as Pastor Larry discussed a topic that was on his mind at the time.  I loved that!
One thing that makes me smile whenever I think of him is how he tickled himself so when he told a joke.  Everyone would laugh…..but his would always be the loudest.  I think he loved the telling as much as the joke itself.
Pastor Larry was a dear man and I will miss him so much.  As I said, anyone who was able to get to know him well was blessed with a true friend.  I was privileged to be one of them.
Debbie Kennedy
Pastor Larry DeBruyn wholeheartedly and lovingly served his Master and Lord Jesus Christ and the believers in each church that he pastored. We were fortunate enough to live under his leadership and to become friends with him and Margie. Gaylene first discovered Franklin Road Baptist Church when we were looking for a new church home in 2008. I was cautious about getting involved with another church without understanding the church’s position on Christian doctrine and was hoping to read something more than a mission statement. I wanted to know how the church put the doctrine into practice. I found this answer in Pastor Larry’s Pastor Letters that were posted to the FRBC website at the time. He had written an entire series of letters about practical, everyday Christian living for the membership of FRBC.
There can be no doubt that Pastor Larry had a true calling as a Pastor. The most compelling evidence is his fervent work after his retirement as a Senior Pastor. He continued his teaching ministry in many countries, served with Discernment Ministries in both writing and editing articles and began his own website and blog. He never retired in the American sense of retirement, instead he moved from one phase of Christian service to another. This is also true of his death. He has simply moved from Christian service in this life to the perfect form of Christian service and worship of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Steve Goodroad



Friday, January 05, 2018

Pastor Larry's Service to be Live-Streamed

MEMORIAL SERVICE for Pastor Larry DeBruyn
...details are still being worked out... stay tuned...



Saints whose lives have been positively impacted by the ministry of Pastor Larry DeBruyn have been inquiring about how they might be able to either listen (audio) or watch (video) Pastor Larry's memorial service. Details are still being worked out. 

The service will be conducted on Sunday morning, January 7, 10:30 EST by his lifelong best friend, Pastor Bob Gifford, at the Sovereign Grace Baptist Church, 14703 Silverdale Drive, Dale City, Virginia 22193. The church's website is http://www.sgbcva.com. Warren Smith, Sarah Leslie and Bob Gifford will be eulogizing Pastor Larry.

For those who are a bit tech savvy, here is one method to listen. Go to Mixlr.com. At the bottom of the homepage click "Start Free Trial". It will take you to a page where you can download the app where it says you can try it for free 14-day. You will have to set up a user name and password in order to use the app. Search for SOVEREIGNGRACE.

Check back frequently on this blog as we will post updated information, as we learn more details. There will be other listening options. 

UPDATE: Audio only will be available by logging into http://mixlr.com/sovereigngrace/

A video of Pastor Larry's service will be posted on YouTube in a few days. Stay tuned. . . .
 


Written memorials expressing how Pastor Larry positively impacted their life of faith can be submitted to herescope@gmail.com. These will be provided to his wife and family. Please keep all in prayer in the days and weeks to come.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Pastor Larry DeBruyn

Passed Into Glory

Oct. 7, 1944 - Dec. 28, 2017

It is with great sorrow, accompanied by great joy, that we inform our readers that our dear friend Pastor Larry DeBruyn has gone to be with the Lord after a final battle with illness. Pastor Larry was a great warrior for the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and his ministry spanned the globe.

Pastor Larry was an integral part of the Herescope blog publication process and served as a pastor overseeing the Discernment Research Group. Pastor Larry's wise counsel, scholarly wisdom, firm guidance, adherence to biblical integrity, and godly life ministered to all of us. We will miss him greatly.

Pastor Larry found great comfort in the words to the hymn Christ Liveth in Me.

  1. Once far from God and dead in sin,
    No light my heart could see;
    But in God’s Word the light I found,
    Now Christ liveth in me.
    • Refrain:
      Christ liveth in me,
      Christ liveth in me,
      Oh! what a salvation this,
      That Christ liveth in me.
  2. As rays of light from yonder sun
    The flow’rs of earth set free,
    So life and light and love came forth
    From Christ living in me.
  3. As lives the flow’r within the seed,
    As in the cone the tree,
    So, praise the God of truth and grace,
    His Spirit dwelleth in me.
  4. With longing all my heart is filled,
    That like Him I may be,
    As on the wondrous thought I dwell
    That Christ liveth in me.

One of Pastor Larry's favorite poems, from a recent PowerPoint presentation he made:


This teaching graphic accompanied his talk:


Pastor Larry boldly warned about the Spiritual Seduction coming into the church, and many of his conference talks are still available HERE. He was the author of many books (available from Discernment Ministries), including Church on the Rise: Why I am not a Purpose-Driven Pastor, UNSHACKLED: Breaking Away From Seductive Spirituality,  Drumming Up Deception: Whether in celebration or in contemplation: "feeling" the beat!, and God's Present of "His Presence". He also authored many articles; one of his favorites was Altered States: A Different Gate, a topic that he researched extensively. His many articles are archived on both Herescope and his own website Guarding His Flock. During his last year Pastor Larry was working on several important book manuscripts and articles yet to be published.

Pastor Larry, we will all miss you. We ask for prayers, that the Lord give us grace, wisdom, strength and boldness to continue to stand for His Truth during these last days.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

It's Christmas! “Harry Potter” Visits “The Shack”


Idolatry in the Wizarding World of Myth Making


By Pastor Larry DeBruyn
Looks like the concept of “god” in the book and movie The Shack is spreading.[1] Fiction and fantasy have merged. J.K. Rowling, author of the occult Harry Potter series of books, popular reading among even many Christians, has announced that like The Shack, she believes God is a Black Woman.”[2]  (Rowling’s declaration, as well as The Shack‘s fiction, reminds me of The Black Madonna.)[3] Both Rowling and Wm. Paul Young write from a worldview where almost anything or anyone, even God, can be imagined to be whatever mythmakers want or need her/him/them to be; kind of like Christmas, upon a whim, when we wish upon a star, Christ can become Claus. From Disneyworld to Star Wars, magic creates myths.

But deliverance from a magical worldview where minds whimsically make a fantasy out of any reality—believe to conceive—can only come from reading the Scriptures. Now I can hear the protest, well didn’t Moses and Jesus work magic, do miracles? No because both, as well as other prophets and the apostles, performed miracles of God to expose the fraudulent marvels perpetrated by fake spiritualists. The biblical and revelatory miracles, culminating with Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, testified against those the magicians worked; Moses against Pharaoh’s (Exodus 7:1-9:35), Daniel against Babylon’s (Daniel 2:37-39), Jesus against the Jew’s (Matthew 12:22-29; 9:34; Acts 19:13), Peter against a Sorcerer’s (Acts 8:8-14-24), and Paul against the seven sons of Sceva (Acts 19:11-20). By miraculous workings through Jesus and the other Prophets and Apostles, God introduced miracles from the unseen world above (heaven) to refute and rebuke the miracles being performed by magicians in phenomenal world below (earth). (See John 8:21-24.) Upon Jesus’ healing of the paralytic, the crowd exclaimed, “We have never seen anything like this!” (Mark 2:12). Any presumption that we inhabit a Disneyland-like world raises “real” contradictions with the Christian faith. So the question arises: Who are we going to allow to define God, Jesus or Young and Rowling?
Only the Scriptures, God's revelation and disclosure about Himself, can move people, especially Christians, from a world of magic below into the majestic world of God on high (Isaiah 2:10; Psalm 93:1). Only by reading the Bible and believing the words of Jesus can the Christian become separated from the world of make-believe and introduced into the reality of who God is. Only God is qualified to tell humanity about Who He is.

The Apostle John wrote of Jesus that, “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” (Emphasis added, John 1:18). Interestingly the verb “declared” (Greek, exegeomai) is “used in Greek writing of the interpretation of things sacred and divine, oracles, dreams, etc.”[4] So this verse teaches that God’s One Son interprets who the One Living God is. As regards the divine being, we must allow Jesus to define God. If we don’t, we indicate we are against Him, and that is to be against Christ, to be anti-Christ (1 John 4:1-3).
To the Samaritan woman Jesus declared that, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him worship Him in spirit and truth” (John 4:26). “Spirit” is colorless, neither white nor black. Jesus Himself, it can be inferenced, was neither white or black but likely a brown-skinned middle eastern Jew. Though in His divine essence God is “raceless” He is not “genderless.”
In the Gospels Jesus constantly referred to or addressed God as Father (John 8:16; 14:2; 17:6; etc.). Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father. . .,” not “our mother” who is in heaven (Matthew 6:9). Unlike the world of the mythmakers, that’s the way God is and He does not change (Malachi 3:6; Romans 1:21). Incidentally, Jesus is “the only begotten Son,” not daughter of God (Isaiah 9:6; John 3:16). Christmas celebrates the birth of God’s Son, not daughter (Luke 2:1-20). Sure we can deny this, but this is Christianity, and anybody can either take it or leave it, accept it or reject it.
To conclude, I think that Jesus knows more about God than either Wm. Paul Young or J.K. Rowling. Why? It’s because Jesus is One with the Father (John 10:30). He is God and who is more qualified to tell us about God than God? Though they may think otherwise, Young and Rowley are not “gods” and therefore are not positioned to define God. They may think they are, but they aren’t.
In defining who God is, I choose to believe Jesus. He is The Prophet (Deuteronomy 18:15; Acts 3:22). He speaks for God who is His Father and His Father for Jesus His Son (John 5:37; 8:18). Peter confessed, a confession (not about himself) that serves as the bedrock of the church for over two-thousand years, that Jesus is, “the Christ (one Christ), the Son (one Son) of the Living God (one God)” (Matthew 16:16). So who will you believe? In this decision about who you believe God is, give heed to the Apostle John’s last words of his first letter: “Little children, guard yourselves from idols” (1 John 5:21).

Endnotes
[1] In describing the god Papa, Young twice notes him/her to be a “large black woman”... a “big black woman.” Wm. Paul Young, The Shack (Los Angeles, CA: Windblown Media, 2007): 84, 86.
[2] Lucas Nolan, “J.K. Rowling: God Is a Black Woman,” December 13, 2017, Breitbart (http://www.breitbart.com/big-hollywood/2017/12/13/j-k-rowling-god-is-black-woman/).
[3] When in Warsaw, Poland, in the Spring of 1990, I personally saw a Black Madonna inside a Roman Catholic Church I visited. The graphic is of the Black Madonna of
Częstochowa, Poland from the Wikipedia Black Madonna page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Madonna
[4] James Strong,The Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible: Showing Every Word of the Text of the Common English Version of the Canonical Books, and Every Occurrence of Each Word in Regular Order, Electronic Ed. (Ontario, Canada: Woodside Bible Fellowship., 1996).
Republished with permission. Original is posted at: http://guardinghisflock.com/2017/12/17/idolatry/. For further reading see the many articles about The Shack posted on the Herescope blog, especially http://herescope.blogspot.com/2009/10/unshackled.html and http://herescope.blogspot.com/2017/05/truths-we-believe-about-god.html
Pastor Larry DeBruyn is the author of UNSHACKLED: Breaking Away From Seductive Spirituality which is available from Discernment Ministries: 903-567-6423.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Prince of Peace

The Hurt of War amidst the Hope for Peace
A Christmas meditation by Pastor Larry DeBruyn
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon His shoulder:
and His name shall be called Wonderful,
Counsellor, The mighty God,
The everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace
.

—Isaiah 9:6, KJV
(Source)
One of my favorite Christmas carols, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, contains the same line in all five stanzas; that being the sweet refrain, “peace on earth, good-will to men.”[1] Yet lurking ominously in the midst of this song lies this reckoning which contradicts the hoped for reality:
And in despair I bowed my head: “There is no peace on earth,” I said, “For hate is strong, and mocks the song Of peace on earth, good-will to men.” [2]
With the exception of a few decades, the history of the world is the history of war.
Even now by announcing its move of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the United States government has taken a step towards its eventual recognition of Jerusalem, not as an international city as currently endorsed by the world’s nations, but as the capitol of the nation of Israel. The announcement has been greeted by demonstrations and protests, both organized and spontaneous, with masked masses burning both Israeli and U.S. flags, shouting defamatory and inflammatory protests and raising clenched fists in the air as they call for war.
(Source)
Then, too, civilization remains under similar attack with so-called anti-fascists contradictorily employing violent means to seek a peace that is not there, with North Korea threateningly firing missiles over the Pacific Ocean towards the U.S. mainland, with Russia threatening by military conflict to seize eastern Ukraine, with ISIS and Al Qaeda, Boko Haran and other terrorist groups operating in the world, with massive movements of immigrant populations from one country to another the world over, all of this and more contradicts any romantic notion that there will be peace on earth and good will toward man any time soon. Perish the thought . . . but a devastating World War III may be just around the corner.
Throughout the world, terrorists have successfully interrupted the normal flow of civic life, especially where western interests are at stake. From Bali to New York, bombs have exploded and planes have been flown into tall buildings. The possible detonation of a dirty bomb by terrorists in a public place gravely concerns urban security and city officials. Dirty bombs not only do extensive damage in the vicinity of the explosion, but they will also emit low levels of radiation throughout an extended area several miles in diameter from the center of the blast. Just how severe a health hazard the radioactive materials pose over a long period of time is unknown. There may not be enough hospitals to treat the sick. Then too, if detonated in the stratosphere over earth, EMPs (electromagnetic pulse bombs) could send the world into chaos by destroying the electronic grid our utilities and communication systems (TVs, cell phones, Internet, etc.) absolutely depend on. Welcome to the new “dark ages.”
(Source)
Violence and war are ugly. Every time I read or hear of the death of one of our soldiers in Niger or Afghanistan, I wince for reason of the pain that surviving loved ones—parents, wives, children, and friends—go through. Not only is war ugly, it’s also heartbreaking.
A generation ago we read about suicide bombings in Israel, a place that seemed a world away. But now those same types of bombings threaten our homeland. Jihad, the version of holy war perpetrated by Muslim terrorists-extremists, has come to this continent, and, for the foreseeable future, America probably will never be the same again. Hate continues to mock the song “of peace on earth, good will to men.” Christmas Day may provide a delusional day for us to forget the reality we live in, but the threatening fact of war, not peace remains.
Ironically, though, Jerusalem, the city whose name means “city of peace,” remains the epicenter of contention for international peace. Through the prophet Zechariah the Lord declared:
Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah. And it will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it.
—Zechariah 12:2-3
Yet it is also decreed that Jerusalem will not be a besieged city in perpetuity, for One is coming to that city whose name is “Prince of Peace” (Hebrew, Sar-Shalom, Isaiah 9:6).
(Source)
From Jerusalem, a city whose history bespeaks turmoil and dispute down through the ages, One is coming again, Jesus the Messiah, whose legacy will not be that of a brutal tyrant—though He will be a mighty warrior—but rather that of a “peaceful prince.” During His reign, “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them(Isaiah 11:6, KJV). During His reign, nations shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more(Micah 4:3, KJV).
Rulers and leaders, both ancient and modern, have staked their claim in human history as warriors. Today, their names live in infamy—Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Attila the Hun, Napoleon, Mao, Hitler, Stalin, Hussein, Bin Laden, and Ahmadinejad. Iron-fisted rulers have made themselves notorious through war. Never has the world known a real Prince of Peace.
But as promised by the prophet Isaiah, Be joyful with Jerusalem and rejoice for her, all you who love her . . . For thus says the Lord, ‘Behold, I extend peace to her like a river, And the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream’ (Isaiah 66:10, 12). As Jerusalem is presently a hub for conflict, so one future day that city will become an international center for peace when the Prince of Peace governs her. Like a river, peace will flow out of Jerusalem to the uttermost parts of the world. Of this future Ruler, one scholar notes that His reign will “bring a cessation of war and a wholeness, or health, to society.”[3]
The world will not always exist in harm’s way. Isaiah saw the prospect of a coming different world order, one in which the whole earth would dwell in peace, one in which there would be no end to the increase of His [i.e., Messiah’s] government or of peace (Isaiah 9:7). Yet even in the coming day, given the antipathy of the world’s system toward Him, I doubt that the Lord Jesus Christ will be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. Even so, we would cry out, Maranatha! which is to say, “O Lord come!” (1 Corinthians 16:22).

ENDNOTES
[1] Henry W. Longfellow, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” The Celebration Hymnal (Dallas, TX: Word/Integrity Music, 1997): 267.
[2] Ibid.
[3] Herbert M. Wolf, Interpreting Isaiah (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1985): 98.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Un-Sacred Spaces

Theology to Justify Abortion


“In almost every message to our staff, I talk about our doing sacred work,” Dr. Laura Meyers, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, told the news outlet. “This confirms the sacredness of the work we do.”

Later, she said pro-lifers “tried to separate those of us working on or supporting the right of women to choose a from a sense of deep spirituality. So today is a shift in that narrative.”[1] [emphasis added]

Clergy blessing Planned Parenthood [2]


“...the whole world lieth in wickedness.”
(1 John 5:19b)

By Pastor Jim Jenkins 

The occasion for my controversial remarks to a group of pastors happened shortly after the grand opening of the new Planned Parenthood facility in Eugene, Oregon. The mayor (the former head of the local Planned Parenthood organization) had been effusive in her praise of the work of Planned Parenthood. The ceremony was replete with all the trappings one might expect at the opening of a hospital or new school.

So a few days later, when I was attending the monthly meeting of the district pastors in the denomination I served for over thirty years, I brought up the very troubling article that was featured in the Register Guard newspaper titled “Local Clergy Persons Christen New Planned Parenthood facility.”[3] There was a picture of joined hands obviously belonging to clergy bedecked in clerical robes and, yes, they did in fact have some form of liturgical rite to “bless the ground” of a building that would be used to facilitate termination of babies.

When I voiced my concern to my fellow pastors about “christening” an abortion facility, nearly every one of them began to squirm and divert their eyes from me. The message was clear. “Don’t go there… Let’s talk about something else.” I then described what actually takes place in late term abortions, and not a few of my colleagues gave a look that said, “It’s inappropriate and I am offended that you would bring this up.”

These events marked my first exposure to the newly developing narrativea postmodern theology that abortion is a rite of sacred choice and the abortion chamber is a sacred space.  

Clergy statement blessing Planned Parenthood[4]
Years later, we as a nation would be repulsed by the news that Planned Parenthood executives were being courted by pharmaceutical companies to sell the ‘products’ of abortion.[5] This is a sanitized way to refer to severed body parts and carefully preserved tissue. How would these evangelical ministers respond to the terrible facts?



The Emerging Evangelical Narrative
In 2014, my book, Fatal Drift… Is the Church Losing its Anchor? was released. In it I chronicled the rapid degradation of the very notion of such a thing as propositional truth. I cited as one example a book titled A Faith of Our Own—Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars. The author, Jonathan Merritt, had impressive credentials. He was a contributor to Newsweek, has appeared on some national talk shows. His father is a former head of The Southern Baptist Convention.

Merritt’s book made the case for a postmodern, progressive makeover of evangelicalism—a kinder, gentler, more civil (he used that word a lot) conversation about what he deems to be the major Culture Wars issues. I wrote the following

One thought seems to repeatedly come out in the ‘conversation’ though, ‘Christians need to be silent about the so called ‘culture wars’ issues - cases in point - gay rights and abortion. Even the term ‘culture wars’ is probably the result of talking points created to silence the so called ‘religious right.’

Merritt’s book reflects a bias that it is the Christians who need to adapt, and that the poll he quotes makes a huge assumption that declining numbers in church attendance are the direct result of Christian involvement in politics. I would offer that there is another completely plausible explanation for the decline in attendance. It may well be that we are living in in the Last Days, and that a falling away that was prophesied in the Bible is taking place. It can also be that people are leaving churches because of liberal neglect of Biblical preaching.

Merritt's position is that the debate about abortion and gay marriage is already over. The church has lost and it’s time to move on. Move on to what?

He along with other Emergent Church notables like Donald Miller (Blue Like Jazz) lecture Christians about become associated with political positions… all the while espousing their own very well defined and culturally accepted political stances on the very issues they cite as ‘divisive’.

Here is why I think this is this occurs. A detailed discussion about poverty will not cause offense. Becoming an activist against the proliferation of nuclear weapons will not result in one being labeled as a controversial ‘culture wars’ combatant, for this issue aligns with the current progressive narrative, and does not require identification as a person who believes that the Bible speaks with authority about the ‘other’ issues.

The Emerging Theology for Abortion
Recently I read a book titled Life’s Work—A Moral Argument for Choice by Doctor Willie Parker (Atria Books, 2017). (See the recent Herescope post Oprah Magazine: God's “in” Abortions?)

In his opening remarks Dr. Parker gives a clue as to his philosophy. He will conclude his book with a case for a Theology of Abortion. It is a fair assessment that Dr. Parker equates the women’s right to choose with the Civil Rights movement. He also makes it a point to state numerous times that he has no sentimental notions about the fetus (the baby):

“I do not engage in or perpetuate any of the culture’s sentimental notions about the primacy of motherhood in womens’ lives; I regard the meeting of sperm and egg as a biological event no less miraculous but morally qualitatively different from a living, breathing human life, imbued with sacredness only when mother or the parents, deem it so.” (p. 14) [emphasis added]

Perhaps most striking to me is the author’s ‘testimony’ of being born again and filled with the Holy Spirit and claiming to be called by God to abort babies. After giving a detailed account of his conversion, he goes on to relate a very telling incident:

“In the years since my Issues & Values paper [in which he espouses the view that abortion is a ‘black and white’ issue, ed.], I had become sexually active, and for the first time I had to cope with the emotionally fraught aftermath of a broken condom. My girlfriend at the time, an ambitious woman with her sights on a very competitive residency, made me promise tearfully that if she became pregnant I would support her decision to terminate the pregnancy and not ask her to bring a fetus to term. She had worked hard all her life and wanted to become an orthopedic surgeon more than anything. Moved by her anxiety that I might fail to be a loving support to her, and my own strong desire to defy the stereotype of the sexually irresponsible black man (even though nothing in my personal history indicated that I might conform to it) I easily agreed—an agreement that cost me nothing because she did not become pregnant.” (p. 25)

He goes on,

“It is a testament to the strength of my Christian faith that it took me so long to revise my stance on abortion, for the seeds of my personal revolution were in me from childhood.” (p. 26)

As I read this I found myself thinking, “Where was the strength of his Christian faith when he had sex outside marriage?”

Dr. Willie Parker's 'sacred decision' abortion theology[7]

Abortion as Liberation Theology
I noticed that throughout the book, Dr. Parker's statement of Christian faith is mentioned in parentheses or coupled with some kind of disclaimer. For instance, this is how he responds to what he called Pentecostalism:

“That was a miracle That same understanding informs my approach with my patients. As they feel compelled to explain themselves, to rationalize their abortion decision, they often feel the need to invent a narrative that makes them appear virtuous, or that cleans up the details of their circumstances in order to evoke my compassion… When I sense this, I tell them of my understanding (though I keep God out of it) ‘Your need makes you worthy You are fine the way you are.’ Mike [his former pastor, ed.] taught me that if invited it to happen, I could be baptized in the Holy Spirit—Speak in tongues, and heal the sick and cast out demons and more; that the Spirit would lead me toward the most Divine version of myself.” (p. 122)[emphasis added]

This use of Christian language to defend abortion occurs throughout his book. Case in point Dr. Parker’s take on the Good Samaritan:

“It was like a punch, at once in my spiritual gut. The Scripture came alive and it spoke to me. For the Samaritan, the person in need was a fallen traveler. For me it was the pregnant woman. The earth spun and with it this question turned on its head. It became not: Is it right for me to perform abortions? But rather: Is it right for me as a Christian to refuse to do them? And in that instant, I understood that I, like the Levite and the priest, had been afraid—afraid if what my Christian brothers and sisters might think of me.” (p. 36)

Later on in his book he describes what he glibly referred to as being “born again from being born again” (p. 204) [emphasis added].[6]

Citing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Willie Parker writes,

“I read Dr. King and then I read the books Dr. King had read, the twentieth century theologians who built a progressive Christianity that put God at the center of history and made justice God’s priority: Reinhold Niebuhr and Paul Tillich who led me to a more complex understanding about moral absolutes. I read their forbears, Hegel and Schleiermacher and Kierkegard

It was as if I could feel my mind expanding—exploding—with each book. I began to understand that I had to find a thinking person’s religion or abandon God entirely. My mentor in this journey toward a broader understanding of Christian identity was another Mike, a former Roman Catholic priest named Mike Rivage-Seul. Mike was a professor at Berea who taught Issues and Values, that course I loved….

Ordained around the time of the Second Vatican Council a period of upheaval in the Church, Mike had left the priesthood and fallen in love with a woman and married her—though his commitment to his faith stayed strong. As his faith evolved, Mike became devoted to liberation theology, a re-articulation of the gospels’ message on radical love for the poor and the marginalized.” (pp. 166-167) [emphasis added]

From a basis of a faith of his own (to borrow Merritt’s phrase) Dr. Parker would go on to justify abortion on demand as a remedy for relieving the psychic pain of the mother—a palliative measure in his eyes.

But his new theology of abortion is not new at all. It is classic Liberation Theology cast in the mold of Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Father Pfleger, President Obama’s spiritual mentors during his community organizer days in Chicago.

Dr. Parker's final paragraphs sums it up well. In his worldview the bloody procedure room has been redefined as a sacred space, and the grisly act is a sacred choice that is “like God.” Observe his theology:

“Is God vested one way or another in whether you as an individual, become pregnant? No. Is pregnancy sacred because there will be a baby, ultimately in a bassinette, beautiful, maybe the next Obama? No. The process is bigger than you are. The part of you that is like God is the part that makes a choice. That says, ‘I choose to.’ Or ‘I choose not to’ That’s what’s sacred. That’s the part that’s like God to me.

The procedure room in an abortion clinic is as sacred as any other space to me because that’s where I am privileged to honor your choice. In this moment where you need something that I am trained to give you, God is meeting us both of us where we are.” (p. 212) [emphases added]


The Contrast Between Two Lives
As I wrote this article there was something in the back of my mind… rather, someone. It is another African American doctor of some note who also has a testimony of being born again. He, like Dr. Parker, came from a similar background of poverty and faced daunting challenges.

His mother was raised in Tennessee in a very large family and dropped out of school in third grade with limited prospects. She married (at age 13) a man who turned out to be a bigamist, who left her as a single mom with two children. Although she herself couldn’t read she insisted that her two boys get two library books each and read and submit written reports.

One of her sons had huge anger issues—stories of attacks with hammers and one instance of a stabbing. That boy, terrified by what he did, called out to God. He went on to achieve unimaginable heights.

At age 32, he became the youngest Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery in American History. He is famous for successfully separating twins that were conjoined at the head. He went on to run for President. He is now the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Dr. Ben Carson would never have been born had his teenage mother landed in a Planned Parenthood consulting room. The millions of lives he will influence in his current role would be denied the gifts he brings. His life’s work would have never taken place. Dr. Ben Carson has no hesitation whatever giving all the glory to Jesus… Not the Jesus of Liberation Theology… No, the only begotten Son of God. The only real answer for all those who face an unplanned pregnancy.


“And we know that the Son of God is come,
and hath given us an understanding,
that we may know Him that is true,
and we are in Him that is true,
even in his Son Jesus Christ.
This is the true God, and eternal life.
Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
Amen.”

(1 John 5:20-21)

Ed Note: The reader is reminded of what was stated previously in an article on this same topic:

Having quoted Parker, it needs to be stated that while the “act” of abortion is outside of God’s love neither the aborted baby nor mother are outside of God’s love. In the traumatic aftermath of having aborted a baby, many women have found forgiveness in and through the Cross of Jesus Christ (Romans 3:23; 1 Timothy 1:12; 1 John 1:7-9). Further, we harbor no personal malice toward Dr. Parker nor do we wish for any harm to come to him because he is an abortion provider. God is his judge, and along with the rest of us, Jesus will judge all of us (John 5:25-29).

Endnotes:
1. Micaiah Bilger, “Religious Leaders Bless Opening of New Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic, Call It 'Sacred Work',” Life News, Jan. 12, 2017,   http://www.lifenews.com/2017/01/12/religious-leaders-bless-opening-of-new-planed-parenthood-abortion-clinic-call-it-sacred-work/
2. Image adapted from image posted at Dave Urbanski's article, “Clergy members bless new Planned Parenthood Clinic: 'God let your spirit rest upon these caregivers',” The Blaze, January 13, 2017, http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/01/13/clergy-members-bless-new-planned-parenthood-clinic-god-let-your-spirit-rest-upon-these-caregivers
3. See endnote 1 above for a description of a similar ceremony.
4. Micaiah Bilger, “FBI May Launch Criminal Investigation of Planned Parenthood for Selling Aborted Baby Parts,” Life News, September 29, 2017, http://www.lifenews.com/2017/09/29/fbi-may-launch-criminal-investigation-of-planned-parenthood-for-selling-aborted-baby-parts/
5. Emphasis added. Image adapted from the article by Micaiah Bilger, “Religious Leaders Bless Opening of New Planned Parenthood Abortion Clinic, Call It 'Sacred Work',” Life News, Jan. 12, 2017,   http://www.lifenews.com/2017/01/12/religious-leaders-bless-opening-of-new-planed-parenthood-abortion-clinic-call-it-sacred-work/
6. Ed note: This phrase aptly describes the downgrade, totally upturned on its head, transformation described in the first chapter of the book of Romans. 
7. Quote obtained from Dave Urbanski's article, “Clergy members bless new Planned Parenthood Clinic: 'God let your spirit rest upon these caregivers',” The Blaze, January 13, 2017, http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/01/13/clergy-members-bless-new-planned-parenthood-clinic-god-let-your-spirit-rest-upon-these-caregivers

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