THE TRUTH BEHIND THE PRO-LIFE MASK

I am a Christian and have been for 40 years. I serve God with righteous convictions and strive to live a life of integrity and truth. My hope and trust is in God’s saving grace and mercy given through his Son Jesus Christ.

I live daily under an awareness that I am accountable to a Holy God, to whom I will one day give an account for my life.

Like most evangelical Christians in the United States, I have, politically, taken a pro life position for most of my adult life. While I continue to hold to the truth that human life is indeed sacred, I no longer process my thoughts about abortion through the same “religious & political” filter that I have in the past.

After my own soul searching, I have reached the conclusion that Christian union with (or loyalty to) right wing politics is not necessarily a good thing for Christian evangelism, nor is it good for promoting the sanctity of human life. This is because many evangelicals have become susceptible to a mob mentality about abortion, and the political right knows this and uses evangelicals to their advantage.

This mob mentality concerning abortion attacks anyone with an opposing view as a baby killer because abortion is murder. Thus, anyone voting for a democrat is disqualified to be called a Christian. There is no reasoning, no dialogue, no in-depth conversation, absolutely nothing. Just a slamming of the gavel because if you don’t think like us, you’re going to hell.

This a bad position for evangelicals to take.

It is a bad position because it demands others to embrace a moral stance without any dialogue or any expression of patience for those who may hold differing opinions. The real truth is most evangelicals could not open the Bible and make a case against abortion if they were put on the spot to do so.

If ending abortions were as important to evangelicals as many claim that it is, there should be more evangelicals searching the scriptures to have a Biblical perspective, along with scientific research so as to be well informed and equipped to engage in discussions about abortion on an intellectual level.

When God gave to Moses the Ten Commandments for the children of Israel to follow, he did not give Moses a moral code with no explanation. Instead, God took the time to explain the commands in detail, and how the commandments were to be interpreted and the consequences applied in different situations in real human life. God did this so that Moses and the leaders of Israel could teach the people how to live by God’s law.

As a result of the politicization of Christianity, along with the influence of unscrupulous ministers who are not expositors of the scriptures, many evangelicals simply don’t know how to interpret and apply God’s truth so as to engage in true biblical evangelism. They never think outside the pro life political box.

If we are being honest we must ask the question, do we really care about the sanctity of human life? Why do we think we have the moral high ground over others if we aren’t equipped, or even willing to be engaged in real compassionate evangelism? When did hate your enemies become an approved behavior for Christians? The real truth is, many evangelicals are masking something just as evil as the murder of unborn children they accuse the pro-choice advocates of – “Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.” ~ 1 John 3: 15

The real truth is many who are pro-choice are so out of love and respect for the mother and respect of individual privacy. They are not vicious baby killers as they are accused by the very people who should be able to share the truth of the love of Christ with them.

Who is wise and has understanding among you? He should show his works by good conduct with wisdom’s gentleness. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your heart, don’t brag and deny the truth. Such wisdom does not come from above but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where envy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every kind of evil. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without favoritism and hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who cultivate peace. ~ James 3:13-18




THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH

Within the apostolic & prophetic movement there has been a reimagining of Jesus from that of a lamb to a roaring lion. This trend is also occurring within the music associated with the apostolic and prophetic movement. For example, the lyrics in one worship song says, “Let the Lion roar, let the Lion roar, split the heavens…”

The modern day apostolic & prophetic movement is obsessed with authority, government, dominion, and Christian nationalism. Thus the image of Jesus as a roaring lion (dominant and powerful) rather than a lamb (meek and humble) is more desirable for their message. It has been said that Jesus came as a lamb the first time, but he will return like a lion when he comes again. The teachings and prophecies of the apostolic/prophetic movement reflect this notion. In fact one meme on a social media platform shows the face of a lion with the words, “I am returning but not as a lamb.”

Is this a correct biblical message that should be preached about Jesus? Is he no longer to be worshipped as the lamb of God? Is he not returning as the lamb of God? Is he not returning as the lamb of God but as a lion? What does the Bible teach us?

The scripture that is cited to portray Jesus as a lion is Revelation 5:5, where Jesus is mentioned as “the lion of the tribe of Judah.” This is the only text in all of the New Testament that uses the description “lion” in reference to Jesus. In context it has to do with Jesus’s physical descendancy, thus the description “lion of the tribe of Judah” and can be traced to Jacob’s prophecy in Genesis 49:8-10. Jesus is the ruler, the King, and priest who came from the tribe of Judah and from the linage of David, and as a lion is strong in prevailing over its enemies. so Jesus prevailed over sin and death in his flesh.

Then one of the elders said to me, “Stop crying. Look! The Lion from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has been victorious so that He may open the scroll and its seven seals. ~ Revelation 5:5

Notice that there is no mention of the second coming of Jesus in Revelation 5:5. It is said, “the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book…” (Rev 5:5 KJV).

The Lord of glory, who descended from the linage of David from the tribe of Judah, prevailed over sin like a lion prevailing over his enemies, and because he conquered sin and death, he alone is/was worthy to open the sealed book which contains the judgments of God. No one else in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth was found worthy? Only Jesus!

In the very next verse after Jesus is referred to as the lion of the tribe of Judah he is referred to as the slain lamb in the midst of the throne, the four living creatures, and the elders.

Then I saw One like a slaughtered lamb standing between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent into all the earth. ~ Revelation 5:6

As mentioned already, only once do we find the word lion used to describe Jesus in the New Testament (Revelation 5:5). In contrast, the word lamb is used more than 20 times in the book of the Revelation alone, to describe Jesus.

In the book of the Revelation, Jesus is worshipped as the lamb (5:12-13). As the lamb, he opens the seals which reveals God’ judgments (6:1). His wrath is referred to as “the wrath of the lamb” (6:16). He is redeemer as the lamb ( 7:9-10,17; 12:11). The book of life is called the “book of life of the lamb” (13:8). The 144,000 witnesses follow the lamb (14:1,4). Those who follow the beast, and reject God will suffer God’s wrath in the presence of the lamb (14:10). Those who are victorious over the beast, sing the song of Moses and the song of the lamb (15:3). The 10 kings who serve the beast make war against the lamb, and the lamb overcomes them because he is Lord of lords and King of Kings (17:14). The righteous are gathered to the marriage of the lamb (19:7,9). The bride (God’s people) is the lamb’s wife (21:9). The city of God (in Heaven) has 12 foundations, and the names of the 12 apostles of the lamb are on the foundations (21:14).

Finally, the Lord God and the lamb are the temple within the heavenly city, And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. (21:21-23).

The overriding message of the book of the Revelation is that Jesus is the lamb of God. The King that would arise from David’s linage is the meek and humble Savior, Jesus. He is Lord of lords and King of kings. He is the one who redeemed us with his precious blood, and the only one worthy to reveal God’s judgment on his enemies. The lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, is the holy lamb of God.

And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! ~ John 1:36

SHUTTING DOWN CHURCHES

In the book of the Revelation it was Jesus who shut churches down and not the government. Jesus told the church at Ephesus, “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen , and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly,  and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” ~ Revelation 2:5

In Revelation 1:13 John saw Jesus in the midst of seven candlesticks. According to verse 20, the seven candlesticks were the seven churches that John saw. Tribulation was coming and John was writing to the 7 churches to warn them about things which must shortly come to pass. It wasn’t worldly governments, persecution, or tribulation which would remove any of the candlesticks (the churches), it was Jesus. Jesus threatened to remove the candlestick of the church of Ephesus if they did not repent.

We would do well to heed Jesus’s message to the seven churches. In fact we are commanded to do so. Seven times in the second and third chapters of the book of Revelation we are commanded, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Yet in our world today many evangelical ministries in the United States have gone far from the truth of the gospel and are convinced that a “deep state” within the federal government is actively at work, attempting to shut down churches through covid restrictions. They never consider that just maybe their failing plight has to do with the judgment of the Lord because they have fallen from the truth of the gospel, and are responsible for turning so many away from Christ.

Jesus said “upon this rock (Jesus is the Christ) I will build my church; and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” ~ Matthew 16:18.

In the book of Acts, the church of the Lord Jesus Christ grew under persecution and God did great miracles, and history shows that the true church of the Lord Jesus thrives in growth under persecution. Those among American evangelicals who have turned the gospel into a political warfare need to wake up and realize that God is not happy with the message they are communicating to the world, and judgement does begin in the house of the Lord.