When the enemies of eternal life and mortal life fight for abortion/death, there are three BIG LIES that they use to convince people of their position! Young people are particularly vulnerable to these lies. They have little personal power and immature cognitive long-term evaluation capacity. They hear and see the deceptions of the world with few spiritual resources. Here are the 3 Big Lies:
This is the first of three blog posts about how to fight the 3 BIG LIES that affect the life movement today. As we seek to bring Truth in the culture to which God has called us, we need to think very clearly about these three lies. We need to help our staff and volunteers think through them, first for themselves, and then for our clients. In this post, we’ll look at the lies. If you have comments or take issue with these, let’s dialogue here about it!
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1Corinthians 1:18 (NKJV)
While contending that Christianity is a “has been” or is now “irrelevant” to modern life, why do the enemies of Christ and the cross race about in a frenzy, doing all they can to eliminate Christian crosses (even ones in the middle of the desert) from the public landscape?
As moral decay and deception build in western culture, the symbol of the Cross becomes ever more offensive to those who hate what it symbolizes – the relationship of God to man restored through the substitutionary death and resurrection of Jesus Christ – the Truth that sets a person free! The cross is a dangerous thing!
In 2011, Michael Youssef, PhD, wrote a book entitled “When the Crosses Are Gone,” highlighting this issue (Kindle edition). Many are not just suspicious of the cross. They hate and fear this symbol of eternal life, freedom, and spiritual strength.
After all, if the Someone of the Cross and His claims are true, then the religion of Secular Humanism (SH) is not true. If the promised unique, positive, spiritual change actually happens for every person who trusts Christ alone for salvation – and such changed people are empowered by the Word and Spirit of God — then deceiving them with the lies of the world is harder and harder to accomplish! Indeed, we empowered people have the joyful assurance that we can rely on God to protect and defend us from all attempts to enslave us to the secular gods of Sex, Money, and Power. So the Cross is a serious threat.
When this kind of fear is applied to the life movement in which we serve, and to pregnancy centers, it helps us to understand why some people want to see our doors close. We know, and can share, the Truth that sets people free from the gods of this world that enslave them. We’ll give tips for overcoming this lie in Post #2.
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” 1 Timothy 6:17 (NLT)
Paul Kurtz, PhD, who died in 2012, was a great champion of Secular Humanism (SH), and wrote the Humanist Manifesto 2000, which focuses on a “planetary nonreligious approach” to life here and now (no supernatural stuff allowed). SH holds that only the power of human beings is needed to solve the problems of mankind. Indeed, according to SH believers, we would be much better off without Divine help or support.
SH is a social and political philosophy that more-or-less says, “We’re on our own, guys! So let’s use science, ethics (with no basis in spiritual truth), and education (with only a variable human moral framework) to set our course!” We’ll discuss how to work with this belief in Post #2.
“…neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:39
This Big Lie can be summed up this way, “Your life is only valuable if another person says it is. In fact, if the right person or group says you are not valuable, you may be eliminated (killed), shunned, or humiliated.”
Many people have bought into this lie. In fact, many girls believe that if a certain person (boyfriend, husband, mother, father) does not love her that she is worthless and must do whatever is requested by the person to prove her worth. Old people who are no longer productive are considered worthless by some. Then there are the people eliminated because they believe differently than the guy in power (Name-a-Tyrant), the baby in the womb of her mother, the people of a race different from the one condemning them (Hitler/Sanger), or people with somewhat lower mental capacity than average (Sanger redux).
Since this lie is epidemic among those who come to our centers, we will spend an entire blog post (#3) discussing how to overcome it.
There is Truth that sets us free from these lies and, once we have integrated Truth, and commit our centers to it, we can help others discover and live in Truth, too.