SC Republican Senator Larry Martin continues to oppose pro-life legislation…

Update (3.28.16): Two weeks ago, after learning that other Senators were going to recall S.719 from his committee (which would have locked up the Senate for some time), Senator Martin relented and assigned the bill to a favorable subcommittee. This committee, chaired by Senator Lee Bright, passed the joint resolution and it is now on the docket for the Tuesday, April 5 full Judiciary Committee meeting. The vote will be close. Senator Martin has said he will back the legislation in committee so that it returns to the full Senate…but will then oppose it. Please pray that his mind changes. Pray that our conversations will be used to change the legislators’ thinking.

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SC State Senator Larry Martin continues to obstruct the passage of a joint resolution (S.719 / H.4093) that would allow the citizens of South Carolina to vote for a constitutional amendment on the November 2016 ballot. With the passage of this joint resolution, we the people would be able to vote whether or not to add the following language to the SC Constitution:

Section 3.a.    The privileges and immunities of citizens of South Carolina and the United States shall not be abridged, so that no person shall be deprived of life without due process of law, nor shall any person be denied the equal protection of the laws. These rights shall extend to both born and preborn persons beginning at conception.

Sen. Martin refuses to take even the first step in this process, to assign the bill to a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee. Please contact Sen. Martin and urge him to move the resolution forward.

Another day of witness and an invitation…

I have very little doubt that my brothers in the Presbyterian Church in America would state privately that abortion is a modern genocide. Yet when it comes to prophetic ministry to state that truth publicly, there is more silence than talk. Will our Lord judge us well for such inconsistency?

Along with a number of people from Trinity, I drive for over thirty minutes to stand at the gates of hell, telling the residents of Greenville that children are being murdered within her gates, that she has a death-camp in her midst. I do so one day of the six days a week the abortuary is open. I invite my brothers and pastors from the PCA to put some flesh on those theological bones by practicing true religion outside the Greenville Women’s Clinic.

A map showing PCA churches near the place in Greenville where babies are murdered.

A map showing PCA churches near the place in Greenville where babies are murdered.

Would you consider being there one of those six days? Will you join us?

Let the contemplations of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (as told by Eric Metaxas) inspire you…

The Scriptures said that faith without works is dead, that faith “is the evidence of things not seen.” Bonhoeffer knew that one could see some things only with the eyes of faith, but they were no less real and true than the things one saw with one’s physical eyes. But the eyes of faith had a moral component. To see that it was against God’s will to persecute Jews, one must choose to open one’s eyes. And then one would face another uncomfortable choice: whether to act as God required.

Bonhoeffer strove to see what God wanted to show and then to do what God asked in response. That was the obedient Christian life, the call of the disciple. And it came with a cost, which explained why so many were afraid to open their eyes in the first place. It was the antithesis of the “cheap grace” that required nothing more than an easy mental assent, which he wrote about in Discipleship (Metaxas, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, 278-279).

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Abortion stats in SC…

I just now received the following stats in my email (from sclife.org). The Greenville Women’s Clinic (where Trinity Child Rescue witnesses) is not the only organization in the Upstate performing abortions (see also, Greenville Memorial Hospital and Spartanburg Regional Medical Center). You may find yourself wanting to cut these other facilities some slack because their numbers are so much lower than the others…but you shouldn’t. Each of these abortions was a loss of life, and though the physicians may argue that the life of the mother was in jeopardy, I don’t buy it.

C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Sergeon-General, said:

“Protection of the life of the mother as an excuse for an abortion is a smoke screen. In my 36 years of pediatric surgery I have never known of one instance where the child had to be aborted to save the mother’s life. If toward the end of the pregnancy complications arise that threaten the mother’s health, the doctor will either induce labor or perform a Caesarian section. His intention is to save the life of both the mother and the baby. The baby’s life is never willfully destroyed because the mother’s life is in danger.”

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Another day of witness outside the place in Greenville where you can kill your unborn child…

It was another intense day of spiritual warfare at the gates of hell. Children were killed, the Word of God was preached, idolatry was on display, prayers were made to God, blasphemies were shouted…

Please pray for a women (I don’t know here name) who told me I was going to hell because I didn’t reverence Mary. She was concerned that I didn’t pray to her or believe she didn’t die. I told her repent of her idolatry and believe in Jesus Christ, the one mediator between God and man (1 Tim. 2:5).

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Another day of witness at the place in Greenville where you can kill your unborn child…

IMG_1424This time I’m posting before we make the 40-minute drive over to the Greenville abortuary [It turned out to be a little longer than normal because of a flat tire on I-85.]. Every day this week my younger children, ages 3 and 5, have been praying that the place would close down. Perhaps we’ll arrive this morning and the two hit-men who are protected by the unjust laws of this land will have closed up shop and settled in Florida (that’s where hit-men retire, right?).  As I gear myself up for calling people to repent and believe in Jesus Christ, many other women are preparing themselves to arrive at the abortuary for a vastly different purpose. They’ve collected the $500 needed to pay for either type of abortion; they’ve arranged for someone to take them there and then home; they’ve silenced consciences screaming at them that this is a child in the womb. Each of these women will see us as they enter the parking lot. They will hear one last warning—God’s Word says do not murder—before they choose either to be a mother or a murderer.

Father, give these women, created in Your image, ears to hear. Give them love for their children. Allow them by Your Sovereign hand to take upon themselves the yoke of Jesus before they take upon themselves the heavy, destructive, hellish yoke of child-sacrifice. Allow us to see repentance and tears. Protect the orphans within their mothers’ wombs. Use us. In Jesus Name. Amen.

 

Call SC Senator Peeler…

senatesealIf you live in SC–particularly in Harvey Peeler’s district–please call State Senator Harvey Peeler’s office and let his staff know that you would like to see Senate Bill 204 make it out of his Medical Affairs committee for a floor vote. Here’s the text of the bill:

A BILL

TO AMEND SECTION 44-41-10 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS CONCERNING ABORTIONS, TO PROVIDE THAT A LICENSED PHYSICIAN WHO PERFORMS AN ABORTION MUST ALSO BE BOARD CERTIFIED IN OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY; AND TO AMEND CHAPTER 41, TITLE 44, BY ADDING SECTION 44-41-25 TO PROVIDE THAT A PHYSICIAN PERFORMING AN ABORTION OUTSIDE OF A HOSPITAL MUST HAVE ADMITTING AND STAFF PRIVILEGES AT A LOCAL CERTIFIED HOSPITAL.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    1.    Section 44-41-10(b) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

“(b)    ‘Physician’ means a person licensed to practice medicine in this State who is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology.”

SECTION    2.    Chapter 41, Title 44 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

“Section 44-41-25.    Any abortion not performed in a certified hospital may only be performed by the pregnant woman’s attending physician who must have admitting privileges at a local certified hospital and staff privileges to replace on-staff physicians at the certified hospital.”

SECTION    3.    If any section, subsection, paragraph, subparagraph, sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this act is for any reason held to be unconstitutional or invalid, such holding shall not affect the constitutionality or validity of the remaining portions of this act, the General Assembly hereby declaring that it would have passed this act, and each and every section, subsection, paragraph, subparagraph, sentence, clause, phrase, and word thereof, irrespective of the fact that any one or more other sections, subsections, paragraphs, subparagraphs, sentences, clauses, phrases, or words hereof may be declared to be unconstitutional, invalid, or otherwise ineffective.

SECTION    4.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

The purpose of the bill is to define who can perform abortions in the state. If the bill passes, those who are paid by women to kill their children would have to be board certified in OBGYN and have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Yes, it is a half-measure but one we hope will lead to the closing of the three abortuaries in SC.

Peeler’s office number is 803-212-6430. You may also send him a message here.

The other members of the committee are here. Check to see if your Senator is on the committee and give him a call.