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Monday, June 3, 2019

Lies That Kill

Nancy Leigh Demoss Wolgemuth has had a wonderful ministry to women for many years called Revive Our Hearts. Her husband Robert has been a successful book publisher, author, and he’s developed skills as an agent for authors as well. The two make a good team.

Several years ago, Nancy published a book titled Lies Women Believe,  subtitled And the Truth that Sets Them Free. She engages women in several areas including lies about marriage, priorities, God, sin…and themselves. Of course, Nancy offers a path to truth with a capital T.

Robert has produced his own version of this book with similar themes in Lies Men Believe. He tackles subjects such as the beliefs that pleasure and entertainment can be truly satisfying. Or if a man means well, that’s good enough.

Both of these books point back to a key word: truth. In an age of “fake news” and scams that attempt to steal our minds and our money, knowing what is real and true has become more difficult. Lacking discernment, however, can be quite costly.

We should understand the difference between mistruths and lies. A person can unwittingly believe untrue information and spread it in some form of ignorance. Lies are more egregious. They strongly imply intent. That is why lying is truly sin. And why people attempt to fend off the label, “liar.”

Indeed, we have liars amongst us in many forms. Among the liars I have come to mistrust most are those who favor abortion. Their lying perpetuates a pattern of human destruction. The pro-abortion legal victories and passing of legislation thrive on the persistence of lies.

Here are three offered for your consideration, recently spread in the news:
  1. A pregnant woman is not a mother. It may sound like I am making this up. However, last Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of an Indiana abortion law requiring medical facilities to provide dignified burials or cremation to children aborted at their establishment. During the debate over this case Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, “(A) woman who exercises her constitutionally protected right to terminate a pregnancy is not a ‘mother.'” I recently saw a meme with a smiling baby in the womb, waving upward and saying, “Hi Mommy.” He gets it. Ruth doesn’t.
  2. There is a constitutionally protected right to terminate a pregnancy. Check the opening words of our Constitution: “We the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” Mull those words over and try and conclude that ripping babies from wombs meets the criteria.
  3. A fetus is not really a human being. 
Paul Stark wrote an excellent piece about this lie in 2017 for the website of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life. (link below) He writes about the scientific ways to view a new life in the womb:

“Four characteristics of the unborn human (the zygote, embryo, or fetus) are important:
Distinct. The unborn has a DNA and body distinct from her mother and father. She develops her own arms, legs, brain, nervous system, heart, and so forth.
Living. The unborn meets the biological criteria for life. She grows by reproducing cells. She turns nutrients into energy through metabolism. And she can respond to stimuli.
Human. The unborn has a human genetic signature. She is also the offspring of human parents, and humans can only beget other humans.
Organism. The unborn is an organism (rather than a mere organ or tissue)—an individual whose parts work together for the good of the whole. Guided by a complete genetic code (46 chromosomes), she needs only the proper environment and nutrition to develop herself through the different stages of life as a member of the species.”

Those are only three of the many “lies” being spread about this costly and tragic plague on our society. Next week, I’ll offer more.

Jesus said, “…and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32, ESV)

I can hardly think of anything more damaging to a culture that to kill its children. The lies that foster that are among the worst. And they rob us of true freedom.

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