Walter Hoye

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Absolute Transparency

In Abortion on November 29, 2010 at 3:07 am

Absolute Truth

Absolute truth is defined as inflexible reality: fixed, invariable, unalterable facts. For example, it is a fixed, invariable, unalterable fact that there are absolutely no square circles and there are absolutely no round squares. While absolute truth is a logical necessity, atheistic humanists argue against the existence of absolute truth. Humanistic exclusion of God necessitates moral relativism. For example, Humanist John Dewey (1859-1952), co-author and signer of the Humanist Manifesto 1 (1933), declared, “There is no God and there is no soul. Hence, there are no needs for the props of traditional religion. With dogma and creed excluded, then immutable truth is also dead and buried. There is no room for fixed, natural law or moral absolutes.” (John Dewey, “soul-searching,” Teacher Magazine, September 1933, Page 33.)

Absolute Abortion

According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI), abortion is a common experience. At current rates, about one in three American women will have had an abortion by the time she reaches age 45. Statistically, a broad cross section of women have abortions. 57% of women having abortions are in their 20s; 60% have one or more children; 86% are unmarried; 57% are economically disadvantaged; 88% live in a metropolitan area; 78% report a religious affiliation; 41% of women obtaining abortions are white non-Hispanic; 32% are black non-Hispanic; 20% are Hispanic and 7% are of other racial backgrounds; 17.3% of all abortions in the United States are performed in California.

Absolute Transparency

In mathematics a statement is transparent when all that matters is what the statement asserts. Thus “the only thing that matters about a statement is its value” (“Referential Transparency”, M. Caldwell and E. Scattergut: Principia Skifflea; Volume 3, Cambridge, England 1936). The famous economist, Ludwig von Mises, put it this way; “the only thing that matters about a statement is whether or not it’s true.” According to AGI, it is true, transparent and of great value that abortion is a common experience. What appears to be absolutely true, transparent and of value to me, from my experience in the abortion battle, is that we must do more for women and children. In my opinion, the Body of Christ has failed to live up to the biblical mandate (James 1:27; Job 31:17,18; Isaiah 1:17,23) of caring for women and children while remaining uncorrupted by the world around her (2nd Peter 3:14).

Brothers, we really need to talk.

Does Abortion Free Women?

In Abortion on November 22, 2010 at 12:08 am

What Is Abortion?

Abortion is an intrinsically evil act that gravely violates the dignity of an innocent human being by taking his or her life. Abortion is not just another surgical or medical procedure that is hygienic and safe. Abortion gravely wounds the dignity of those who support it and leaves those who commit it in profound psychological and moral trauma. Marginalizing abortion marginalizes the sanctity of human life itself and dehumanizes the members of any society.

Why Is Abortion So Accepted?

The social acceptance of abortion is one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century. Abortion is nothing new and the reasons for it can be found rooted in the Church’s failure to consistently and effectively demonstrate the love of Christ in the terms found in James 1:27 (BBE).

“The religion which is holy and free from evil in the eyes of our God and Father is this: to take care of children who have no fathers and of widows who are in trouble, and to keep oneself untouched by the world.”

Until the quality of life for women and children is improved by the practical applications of unconditional love, many woman will continue to be attracted to the false of sense security abortion provides.

Does Abortion Free Women?

The freedom, independence, empowerment and sense of security promised women by abortion is a lie. Can equality for women be achieved at the expense of murdering their children? Of course not. Abortion is oxymoronic, a “cruel kindness” if you will. Abortion is the lie that promises to improve the “quality of life” at the “expense of life.” Embracing abortion as a necessary social policy to guarantee life will ultimately result in the end of life. Abortion not only fails to free women, it ultimately promises to enslave us all.

Brothers, we really need to talk.

Abortion And Church History

In Abortion on November 15, 2010 at 3:05 am

Abortion And Church History

According to the Epistle of Barnabas 19:5, “You shall love your neighbor more than your own life. You shall not slay a child by abortion. You shall not kill that which has already been generated.” In Paedogus 2:10.96.1, Clement of Alexandria said “those who use abortifacient medicines to hide their fornication cause not only the outright murder of the fetus, but of the whole human race as well.” According to “A Plea for the Christians, 35.6” Athenagoras argued, “What reason would we have to commit murder when we say that women who induce abortions are murderers, and will have to give account of it to God? … The fetus in the womb is a living being and therefore the object of God’s care.” In Apology, 9.4 Tertullian said, “It does not matter whether you take away a life that is born, or destroy one that is coming to the birth. In both instances, destruction is murder.”

Personhood Is Taught In The Bible

Personhood was endowed by God at the moment of creation. The Bible teaches that men and women are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). David says in Psalm 51:5 that he was a sinner from the time is mother conceived him. In Psalm 139:16 we learn that God knitted David in his mother’s womb. Job 10:8-12 described the way God created him before he was born in detail. In Isaiah 44:2, God says He formed Isaiah “in the womb.” In Jeremiah 1:5, God tells Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you”. Dr. Luke says John the Baptist was ending his second trimester in Elisabeth’s womb when he leaped for joy at Mary’s greeting (Luke 1:41,44). Even the angel Gabriel told Mary that she would be “with child and give birth to a son” (Luke 1:31).

Christ Himself Loves The Child In The Womb

“My children, I am suffering birth pains for you again until Christ is formed in you.” — Galatians 4:19 (GodsWord)


Every child in the womb … 

» Has been created by God (Genesis 1:27 – NLT)
» Has a life plan laid out by God (Jeremiah 29:11 – NIV)
» Has a Saviour who died for their sins (1st Corinthians 15:3 – KJV)

Christ Himself loves the child in the womb and proved it by becoming like him by spending nine (9) months in Mary’s womb clearly showing how precious He considers the child in the womb to be. The word “Christian” means “Christ-like” so the true meaning of being “Christian” is living and acting like Christ. The Apostle Paul expressed deep sorrow and great pain for some Christians in Galatia because Christ was not yet formed in them (Galatians 4:19).

Perhaps Galatians 4:19 explains how the founders of the “Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC),” (i.e., Clergy and Lay Leaders from mainstream denominations) provided women with referrals to abortion services before the Supreme Court legalized abortion in Roe v. Wade in 1973. Hmmm … I wonder if Galatians 4:19 could also explain how 73% of the women who obtain an abortion claim a religious affiliation.

Brothers, we really need to talk.

Data: Abortions Vs. Live Births (1970-2009)

In Abortion on November 8, 2010 at 1:39 am

Trend Analysis

The term “trend” describes the general direction in which the data is moving. The term “trend analysis” refers to the concept of collecting information and attempting to spot a pattern, a direction, or trend, in the information or a mathematical technique that uses historical results to predict future outcome.

Data: Abortions Vs. Live Births (1970-2009)1

Year Black
Abortions
Black
Live Births
Ratio
Abortions|Births
Ratio
Abortions|Pregnancies
 
1970 140.98 640.00 22|100 18|100
1980 460.00 568.00 52|100 34|100
1990 570.00 684.00 68|100 41|100
2000 580.00 623.00 76|100 43|100
2009 576.13 635.46 79|100 44|100

Interpreting The Data

The abortion to live births ratio reveals there are 79 abortions for every 100 live births in the Black community. The trend here is frightening as for every one (1) Black baby born alive, practically one (1) Black baby dies by abortion. The abortion to pregnancies ratio reveals there are 44 abortions for every 100 pregnancies in the Black community. The trend here is equally as frightening as almost half of all pregnancies (44%) in the Black community end in abortion. Here is another number that is more than horrifying, according to the Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) 73% of the women who obtain an abortion claim religious affiliation.2 It appears that since 1970 more and more Black women are finding abortion to be the answer to the challenges they face in a crisis and/or an unintended pregnancy.

Brothers, we really need to talk.

References:
1. Data analysis from Dennis Howard, Movement for a Better America, Inc., Mt. Freedom, NJ, based on abortion data from the U.S. Statistical Abstract (1978-2010), and economic data from the US Statistical Abstract (1978-2010) and the World Almanac (1990-2010). Abortion data derived from the Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI).
2. New Release: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 “Abortion Has Become More Concentrated Among Poor Women.”

What Are Your Biblically-Based Non-Negotiable Principles?

In Abortion on November 1, 2010 at 12:01 am

Non-Negotiable Principles

By definition, non-negotiable principles are values that cannot be bought, sold, exchanged or transferred. Such values are impossible to settle by arbitration, mediation, mutual concession, or demand. When these values are personal they often define who we are. As we face the November 2nd, 2010, General Election in California, I am wondering if we (i.e., Christians) have biblically-based non-negotiable principles that define us and guide us in our decision making? I am often asked what are my biblically-based non-negotiable principles? Well, here they are.

Biblically-Based Non-Negotiable Principles

  1. Godly Judges (Isaiah 1:26; Proverbs 14:34; Psalm 2:10-12; Ezra 7:25; 2nd Chronicles 19:6,7)
  2. Protecting Pre-born Human Life (Exodus 1:14-21; 20:13; Leviticus 20:3; Jeremiah 32:35; Psalm 139:13-16; Isaiah 44:2,24; Matthew 2:16-18; Luke 1:44)
  3. Opposing The Ennoblement Of Homosexuality (Genesis 1:27; 2:24; Leviticus 20:13; 1st Kings 14:24; Jeremiah 6:15; Romans 1:26,27; 1st Timothy 1:9-11)
  4. Parental Rights (Deuteronomy 4:9,10; 6:6-8; 11:18-20; Ephesians 6:1; Colossians 3:20)
  5. Publicly Acknowledging God And Honoring Him In Policy (Proverbs 3:5,6; Psalm 107:2; Matthew 5:37; Romans 1:28
  6. The “Ten Commandments” (Exodus 20:2-17; 34:27,28; Deuteronomy 5:6-21; Matthew 5:17)
  7. Helping The Poor (Deuteronomy 15:11; 24:12; Job 29:12-16; Psalm 41:1; Proverbs 14:21; 19:17; 21:13; 31:20, Matthew 19:21; 25:34-40; Mark 10:21; 14:7; Luke 14:13,14; 18:22; Galatians 2:10; James 1:27)

What Are Your Biblically-Based Non-Negotiable Principles?

The above are my biblically-based non-negotiable principles that define my Christian witness and guide my decision making. I encourage each of us to embrace their own set of biblically-based non-negotiable principles. As I travel and speak, I have the opportunity to meet men and women whom I believe are committed Christians. These are men and women who have trusted their soul salvation to the Lord Jesus Christ alone and have committed their lives to living by His Holy Word. Yet when I introduce the concept of biblically-based non-negotiable principles I often receive blank stares. So, as we face another election, let me ask a question: What are the biblically-based non-negotiable principles that define your Christian witness and guide your decision making as you represent the light of Christ in this very dark world at the ballot box?

Brothers, we really need to talk.