Thursday, November 7, 2019

Biblical Reasons to be Pro-Life

1. Every human being is important because humans are made in the image of God. 

- “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27). This imago dei includes a baby still in her mother’s womb. 
- The Psalmist rejoices, “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works,
 And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You,
 When I was made in secret,
 And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
 And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them”
(Psalm 139:13-16). 

2. God is intimately involved in the process of making each baby still in his mother’s womb. - “Did not He who made me in the womb make them?
Did not the same One fashion us in the womb?”
(Job 31:15). 
- “Thus says the Lord who made you
 and formed you from the womb, who will help you…”
(Isaiah 44:2). 
- Job reminds God, “Your hands have made me and fashioned me…” (Job 10:8). 
- How a child grows is a mystery even in the modern scientific age, but the Bible proclaims that God is involved in the process. “As you do not know what is the way of the wind, Or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, So you do not know the works of God who makes everything” (Ecclesiastes 11:5). 

4. God orchestrates the birth of every baby. 
- “Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery?” says the Lord.
“Shall I who cause delivery shut up the womb?” says your God”
(Isaiah 66:9); 
- “But You are He who took Me out of the womb;
 You made Me trust while on My mother’s breasts. I was cast upon You from birth.
From My mother’s womb
 You have been My God”
(Psalm 22:9-10). 

5. God has a plan for each baby before they are even born. 
Jeremiah was called to be a prophet before he was even conceived. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you: Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5). 
Isaiah echoed this same sentiment. “…The Lord has called Me from the womb;
 From the matrix of My mother He has made mention of My name”
(Isaiah 49:1). 

6. Abortion is murder. 
- Most people are familiar with the sixth commandment, “You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13). It is even more grievous to murder the innocent, “Do not kill the innocent” (Exodus 23:7) and who is more innocent than an unborn baby? 
- Solomon in his wisdom condemns the “…Hands that shed innocent blood” (Proverbs 6:17). This condemnation would include abortion doctors who are paid to kill innocent babies. “Cursed is the one who takes a bribe to slay an innocent person” (Deuteronomy 27:25). 
- The sixth commandment is again mentioned in the New Testament and even strengthened by the additional motivation of love, “For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law” (Romans 13:9-10). The killing of a baby in the womb is the antithesis of love. 

7. It is deeply evil to kill babies for the sake of convenience. 
- The sacrificing of children to false gods is strongly condemned. “They served their idols,
 Which became a snare to them. They even sacrificed their sons
 and their daughters to demons, and shed innocent blood,
 the blood of their sons and daughters,
 whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan;
 and the land was polluted with blood. Thus they were defiled by their own works,
 and played the harlot by their own deeds”
(Psalm 106:36-39). 
- The modern day equivalent may be sacrificing one’s children on the altar of convenience or for the sake of a career. The prophet Hosea describes the horror of those who kill babies in a mother’s womb. “Samaria is held guilty, For she has rebelled against her God.
 They shall fall by the sword,
 Their infants shall be dashed in pieces,
 And their women with child ripped open”
(Hosea 13:16). 
When children were sacrificed on the red hot arms of Moloch, drums were beat so the parents would not hear their screams. Today, the unborn are sacrificed in the name of abortion. It’s legality does not silence their screams.

8. Even in the case of rape it is not right to kill the unborn fetus. Two wrongs do not make a right. 
- The baby in the womb should be allowed to live even if his father committed a horrible crime, “The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself” (Ezekiel 18:20). 

9. To defend the innocent is the duty of every Christian.  
- In contrast to the condemnation of those who kill the innocent, one is commended for defending the innocent. “Defend the poor and fatherless;
 Do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy;
 Free them from the hand of the wicked”
(Psalm 82:3-4). 
- In fact, if one knows the innocent is being killed and holds back from saving them, God will not fail to judge the one who fails to act, “If you faint in the day of adversity,
Your strength is small. Deliver those who are drawn toward death,
 And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, “Surely we did not know this,”
Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it?
 He who keeps your soul, does He not know it?
And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?
” (Proverbs 24:10-12). 

10. Throughout the Bible, children are a blessing from the Lord. 
- “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
 So are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;
 They shall not be ashamed,
 But shall speak with their enemies in the gate”
(Psalm 127:3-5). 

11. Even babies in the womb can be used by God. 
- When Mary, the mother of Jesus, entered the house of her cousin Elizabeth, the baby in Elizabeth’s womb leaped for joy. Elizabeth calls the baby in Mary’s womb “blessed.” “Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy” (Luke 1:39-44). 

12. The fetus in the womb is a human being. 
- Is a fetus in the womb a human being? The Bible answers, “Yes!’ For example, the book of Job equates the unborn child with the born child. It makes no distinction between a fetus and an infant. “Or why was I not hidden like a stillborn child,
Like infants who never saw light?”
(Job 3:16). 
- In a similar way, if a man hits a woman and causes her to miscarry, he is responsible just as if he had killed a grown man. “If men fight, and hurt a woman with child, so that she gives birth prematurely, yet no harm follows, he shall surely be punished accordingly as the woman’s husband imposes on him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if any harm follows, then you shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe” (Exodus 21:22-25). 
- When Rebecca was about to give birth to Esau and Jacob, the twins are called “children” while they are still in her (Genesis 25:22). 

Monday, October 28, 2019

Should Women Preach?

Recently, John MacArthur told Beth Moore to "go home" because he does not believe in woman preachers. What do I think about woman preachers?

I like what Reinhard Bonnke said in response to the question, "Should women preach?" He replied, "If I was a drowning man, I would not care if it was a man or a woman who tossed me a life line." There are too many people dying and going to hell to tell over 50% of the body of Christ they are not able to preach. Philip the Evangelist had five virgin daughters who prophesied, in order to prophecy those girls had to be able to speak. God does use woman, especially if He can’t find men. If He cannot find a woman, He will use a child. If He cannot find a child to preach, the rocks will cry out. The Gospel must be preached and God is willing to use any gender who is willing to be used.

* Deborah was a judge in the Old Testament (Judges 4:4).

* “The Lord gives the command; The women who proclaim the good tidings are a great host” (Psalm 68:11 NASV).

* The woman at the well brought her whole village to Jesus (John 4:29-30).

* Woman were the first to announce the good news of Christ’s resurrection (Matthew 28:7-8).

* Peter prophesized that your sons and daughters would prophesy (Acts 2:17).

* Priscilla helped to explain the Gospel to Apollos (Acts 18:26).

* The daughters of Philip the evangelist prophesied (Acts 21:9).
* The daughters of Philip the evangelist prophesied (Acts 21:9).
* Junia was likely a female apostle (Romans 16:7).
* In Christ, both male and female are equal. “…there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28 NKJV).

I am thankful for women preachers like Beth Moore, Joyce Meyer, Sharon Daugherty, Marilyn Hickey, and my wife, Jessica Shen King. The sinful world needs to hear their voices preaching good news!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Woe to Me If I Preach Not the Gospel

This month I was asked to be on the advisory board of the Next Generation Alliance (NGA), an organization dedicated to helping evangelists. Over 700 evangelists from a broad spectrum of Christianity are members of the NGA. By serving on this board, I will be able to encourage and train evangelists. Because of this new opportunity, your support of our ministry will be multiplied in a mighty harvest of souls around the world.

Daniel King Showing Luis Palau
a picture of the Kid's Fest in Juarez, Mexico
The Next Generation Alliance is led by Evangelist Luis Palau, who is known as the Billy Graham of Latin America. When I was fourteen years old, he came to Juarez, Mexico to do an evangelistic festival. I was invited to minister to 7,000 children at his KidsFest. It was partially his example that put the dream in my heart to be an evangelist.

If you are an evangelist, I encourage you to join the NGA. Click here for more info. 

Luis Palau shared a powerful message on evangelism recently. He read from 1 Corinthians 9 and made three big points.

1. WOE to me if I do not preach the gospel!
Paul writes, For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. WOE to me if I do not preach the gospel!” (1 Cor. 9:16)

What drives this idea of “WOE?” We feel “WOE” because we do not want to make God upset. We feel “WOE” because our hearts are moved with compassion for the lost. We feel “WOE” because we know the lost are only a footstep from hell.

As an evangelistic ministry, we feel compelled to preach the Gospel. We preach the Gospel because we love the lost. We will not give up preaching the Gospel no matter how hard it is or what obstacles we face.

2. We are called to WIN souls.
Paul continues, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to WIN as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to WIN the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law…so as to WIN those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law…so as to WIN those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to WIN the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.  I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.” (1 Cor. 9:19-23)

Five times in this passage, Paul mentions the word “WIN.” He says he wants to WIN as many souls as possible. He becomes all things to all people so that he can save people from hell.

The word “WIN” implies warfare. Evangelism is the epitome of spiritual warfare. When we preach the Gospel, Jesus is the winner and the devil is the loser. Winning is important to God.

As evangelists, we use our words to persuade people. We can never have enough converted. We still have more people to reach for Jesus. We are in a battle and we want to WIN the fight for every soul!

3. We are called to RUN for a prize.
Paul writes, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners RUN, but only one gets the prize? RUN in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not RUN like someone running aimlessly…” (1 Cor. 9:24-25)

Four times, Paul mentions the word “RUN.”  We RUN to get a prize. Paul preached for a reward. The Lord motivates the soul winner with the promise of a reward.

An evangelist is always on the RUN. We are in a hurry. We RUN to the next place to preach the Gospel. We RUN as fast as we can because time is passing quickly. When God opens up a door, it is important for us to RUN through the door before the door closes.

We need to take advantage of open doors. We do not dare give up preaching no matter how hard it is. We continue to RUN because there is an everlasting crown that is waiting for those who WIN the lost.

So, in 1 Corinthians chapter 9 we find these three important words: WOE, WIN, RUN. Today I encourage you with these three sentences that motivate me:  
WOE if we preach not the Gospel.
WIN as many as you can.
RUN through every open door.

Thank you so much for all you do to help us to WIN souls and to RUN to the nations! You are so valuable to us and we appreciate you.

Excited About Reaching the Lost,

Daniel King

P.S. In a few short weeks, we leave for our next Gospel crusade in the Buddhist nation of Burma (Myanmar). We still need funds to pay for this outreach. Will you help us rescue people from hell with the Good News of Jesus Christ? I’ll be waiting to hear from you. Thank you for your generosity!