The number one cause of death among black Americans is abortion. It is an odd and unusual report that religious leaders in Washington, D.C., are celebrating the opening of a death clinic right in the middle of the black community. A multi-ethnic gathering of so-called spiritual leaders blessed Planned Parenthood’s newest mega-facility and affirmed that the work of the abortion clinic is “sacred” work.
What we are witnessing is a gross insensitivity to the almost 1,500 abortions of black babies a day that occur in America. When these spiritual leaders should be resisting the culture of death that has so adversely impacted demographics of black America, they have join forces with the one organization that has targeted the community under the directive of its founder, Margret Sanger. Ms. Sanger said of our community: “Negroes are like weeds, we need to get rid of them.”
These so-called “spiritual leaders” bring a whole new meaning to the term “turncoats.” Our community is suffering from many challenges and pathologies, which are devastating our children, families, and general well-being. Abortion kills more black people than heart disease, cancer, diabetes, gang violence, and car accidents combined. How can it be that our so-called spiritual leaders affirm this evil practice in the light of these horrifying statistics? Their support of this corrupt institution should call into question whether they represent the spiritual perspective on the sanctity of life.
Over 20 religious leaders representing black, white, Jewish, Muslims, Hindu, and other religious groups blessed Planned Parenthood and called it a “sacred work.” This event is another indication that we are living in a time of great deception. The Bible warns us that deception would typify end times events. Romans 1:22 reads: “Professing to be wise they became fools.” The actions of these leaders express an open rejection/rebellion of the Bible’s view concerning the sanctity of life. Their support of abortion is clearly foolishness at the highest level. According to Romans 1:32, “Although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.” This is precisely what these leaders have done; they have essentially given their approval of the systematic destruction of our babies and the continual dismantling of our families.
Although many of these spiritual leaders claim to be Christian, their actions here are antithetical to the teachings scripture. Christians now more than ever need to know the difference between what I call Culture Christians, and Bible-believing Christians. To be sure, a clear line of demarcation must publicly be made to distinguish Biblical Christianity from Cultural Christianity. Cultural Christianity subscribes to and seeks first the philosophies of men above the divine perspectives as revealed in the inerrant word of God. Social justice and moral issues are processed through the filter of current philosophical analysis above “what saith the Lord.” The Bible warns us of these false prophets in 2 Peter 2:1: “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.”
Here we see two groups we need to pay attention to — false prophets and false teachers. They are the source of destructive heresies that promote doctrines of demons in the church. For these spiritual leaders to bless Planned Parenthood and suggest to the Christian community that their work is “sacred” is an abomination to Jesus Christ and all that is Christian. Their support of Planned Parenthood contradicts what the Bible teaches concerning the sanctity of life in God’s word. Biblical Christianity, on the other hand, seeks first the divine perspective and employs it as an evaluation of man’s philosophies. Social justices and moral issues are seen and defined through the lens of scripture. The biblicist considers first “what saith the Lord” above the opinions of men.
It is scurrilous what these so-called leaders have done that is clearly deceptive and misleading to the body of Christ. The responsibility to protect ourselves from this kind of deception begins with us through a right relationship with God through His word. Notice in Colossians 2:8 Paul warns the church at Colossus: “See to that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world rather than according to Christ.” Paul calls us to know the difference between Christ’s teaching verses that of men.
Stephen E. Broden is the senior pastor at Fair Park Bible Fellowship, founder of Protect Life and Marriage Texas, and member of the National Black Prolife Coalition.
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