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It is Legal, But it is Not Lawful

It is Legal, But it is Not Lawful

Being a Laymen, I’ve had some unique opportunities. We’ve held a golf tournament, we’ve traveled to an event in Alabama, we’ve even been on different podcasts. One of the most exciting events we attend is our local Pregnancy Care Center annual fundraising dinner. This is the second dinner we have had the pleasure of attending.

Last night, Star Parker was the guest speaker. Her testimony is incredible. She was enslaved by the welfare system, her words not mine, and had several abortions. She was saved by the grace of God and was educated. She now works in Washington to end abortion and the welfare system. Something she said kept ringing in my ear, she said: “it’s legal, but not lawful.” “It’s legal but not lawful.” This is so true. Abortion is legal. I can’t argue with this statement, but that doesn’t make it right.

Let me explain what I mean by that. By the onset of this country, slavery was a part of our heritage. For the first 90 years, it was legal. Generation after generation was forced into slavery that killed millions. Politicians argued that slavery was legal. It was in the constitution, but was it right? Men, women, and children were sold as items, and forced to work on plantations. Families were torn apart time and time again. We can all agree that it was, and will always be wrong to enslave another human being. Yet, the church stood idol as slavery was woven into the fabric of our society. It was legal, but was it lawful?

In 1933 a man was elected Chancellor of Germany. After some political maneuvering, he became the sole heir of power in Germany. He thought that to strengthen the power of his nation he should rid his country of Jews. He slowly passed laws that isolated them. A slow fade of morality allowed this to happen until the hatred of a people was accepted into the fabric of that society. Jews were loaded on to dark, damp trains and carried off to concentration camps. They were told if the worked hard in those camps they would earn their freedom. They worked themselves into starvation. Then, in a group of hundreds, man, woman, son and daughter were herded into a large “shower rooms.” In there, they would eagerly huddle round shower heads hoping to get the first bit of clean water they’ve seen in months. Naked, waiting, gas poured out of those heads instead of water, and millions died. It was legal, but was it lawful?

Legend has it that as those trains ran down the track, it would pass by churches. Christian churches. The people in those churches could hear the cries of help. Those people, those Christian people, were told to “sing a little louder.” It was not a song praise, is was a song of avoidance. I’m not going to sing a song of avoidance any longer.

500 million of our taxpayer dollars are given to Planned Parenthood every year. Dr. Bruce Ashford, provost at Southeastern Baptist Theological seminary and Fox News Columnist, once said if we are to end abortion, we have to support our local Pregnancy Centers. Ones that actually educate women, and provide real support. Imagine if that $500 million went to the states to support foster care and adoption agencies. What can North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina do with an extra $10 million in its orphan care system? What if a portion of that money went to pregnancy care centers that care for the woman and child? If the woman is given life as a viable option? Then we would not need abortions mills.

One of the critics of the left that really gets under my skin is that we are accused of not being pro-life we are pro-birth, and that we care nothing about that woman or child. Even if that were true, at least that child has life and is not murdered before it can take a breath. But that argument is furthest from the truth. Our local pregnancy center cares for the woman, child and father. They provide for the woman’s needs, get her the care she needs while she is pregnant, and educates her on how to take care of her child. They also give her what she needs after the baby is born, and she can stay in the program for up to two years after the birth of the child. If the mother chooses abortion, they are there to counsel her afterward.

Personally, I choose to fight through adoption. My family choose to adopt through a Christian Agency. We will provide for the woman’s medical needs and support her and take this child as our own. What is most important, this woman will hear the Gospel. Do not throw this garbage out that we are not Pro-Life, we actually care about the person, the mother, and child.

The abortion industry is not pro-life or pro-choice. They are pro-death because that equates to dollar signs. When a woman is faced with the decision to abort, they are attempting to avoid a consequence. A baby is a beautiful consequence of sex. It is a chance every time a man has sex with a woman. When you attempt to avoid a consequence, it only makes it worse. What do I mean by worse? The consequence of ending a pregnancy is death. A life must die for that woman to avoid the consequence of sex. Death is not the only consequence. That woman’s body is damaged, she will feel guilt and shame. She will have to live with this consequence for the rest of her life. There is hope though, and for women who have gone for an abortion, I urge you to find some help in counseling with a Christian Counselor.

You might argue that having the child will also be a consequence for the rest of her life. Yes, but let me say this, the most unselfish act is when a woman gives her child up for adoption. There is not a single act on the planet that demonstrates love more, than when a mom is willing to give her child up for adoption to parents who are able to love that child as their own. When a mom does this, she takes a consequence and turns it into a blessing, for her, for the parents, and especially for the child.

It is legal, but it not lawful. Abortion is legal, and the war wages on to end it. We will fight on all fronts, and we will be relentless in our pursuit to end this unlawful act. We will also do everything we can to provide life as viable option for the mother who is faced with a crisis. We strive to provide a home for the child, support of mother, and above all, we will demonstrate to love of Christ.

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Why I’m a Baconist

Why I’m a Baconist

I hate labels, and in the Christian faith, there are tons of them. If you don’t believe me, drive down any hometown main street. Count the different churches you find. Baptist, Methodist, Assemblies of God, Presbyterian, I bet there is a lot. If you listen to the Laymen’s Cup, and if you don’t you should, you would know that very early on I argued, a lot. Until Kemp spoke to me and said as plainly as he could “Shaun, you don’t like being put in a box.” He was right. If I’m going to be labeled, I want it to be as Christian who speaks the Gospel. That’s it. After years of searching, I finally found a label that I can get behind. Here it is, I’m a Baconist. After tasting the savory saltiness of this great theology, I’m diving in. Like a fat kid at the summer pool, I’m going deep. I’m a full blown, 5-point Baconist. What is a “Baconist?” Like every good theology, Baconist has an acronym for what they believe. Naturally, it is “BACON.” Let me go into detail.


B – Bad People.


This is what we Baconists like to call “vegetarians.” All of us, at some point, were vegetarians, but if you are reading this, I bet you have been called out of that life, and into the glories of the meat of it all, Christ. The enlightenment did not do us a favor. After the enlightenment period, people were convinced that we were naturally good people. We are good people, who went bad. The problem with that way of thinking is that it is bad theology. We are bad people, who sin. Paul explains in Romans that through Adam, we have inherited sin or “vegetarian” theology. What the Bible says is this; “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned” Romans 5:12. Through Adam, we are all guilty of sin, if that isn’t enough, we also sinned, therefore, we are also guilty of our own sin. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23. There it is; we are all naturally bad people.


A – Already Elected.


We Baconists believe in election. This is one of the most debated topics of this theology. We know from the “B” that all people are bad. Therefore, no one can choose God, because we are naturally enemies with him. (Romans 3) In the Scriptures we see God choosing a people for his glory. Early in the Bible, Genesis, in fact, we see God choosing his elect. Two sons, born twins. The oldest, Esau, was to inherit a birthright from his father, one that would carry on the line of Abraham. Instead, what do see? God chose the younger, Jacob. Why? Because he’s God and he can do whatever he wants. Is it fair? Yes, because it was God who did it.

Let’s move to the New Testament. Paul, I know I already used him once, but he’s kind of a genius, clearly states in Ephesians the doctrine of Election. In the first chapter, he used words like “chose,”  What is a Baconist“predestined,” and “adopted.” Look up Ephesians 1:4-5. Then go to Chapter 2. He starts off saying “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins.” Paul is telling his Ephesian brothers what their condition was before Christ. Dead! That’s strong language. How can a dead man choose God on their own? Again, go back to Romans 3. Paul gives the answer in verse 5 “even when we were dead (there is that strong language again) in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved.”  God, through his son, made us alive. Why, again, because he’s God.


C – Completely Atoned for.


Oh, how atonement reminds me of the crispiness of beautiful bacon. Atonement is when a wrong has been made right by a good. What does this mean to a Baconist’s life? We are sinners, and through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, we can be forgiven. This means we can be atoned for our sins. As a Christian, I know that my sins are completely atoned for. When Jesus was on the cross, he said: “It is finished.” (John 19:30) All of my sins are completely atoned for. There is this caveat, though. Not everyone’s sin is forgiven. There are people, who will die without Christ, and they will pay for their sins in hell. While this is most unfortunate, this is the truth. We have a just God, and people will pay for their sins. Therefore, this atonement is not for everyone.


O – Overwhelmingly Called


To understand this part of the Baconist theology, you must go back to the “B – Bad people.” Think of limp bacon, no matter how you cook it’s bad. If we are in fact, bad, or limp bacon, then how can we call on God? It’s simple, we cannot. Look at what Romans 3 says about calling on God, seriously, go, I’ll wait. Did you pick up on verse 10, how about 11 and 12? It seems pretty clear to me, that in our fallen state, we cannot call on God. How does one come to faith then? It is through God’s call and election. If we are called, we cannot say no. God makes us alive from a dead state. (Eph 2:1-5) Once we are alive then we follow God out of obedience. Now, go look at John 6:39-40. Don’t get lazy on me, go. You see, God has called, Jesus provided grace, and now all that are elected will be a part of the body.


N – Never Falling Away


As a Baconist, this is my favorite. Have you ever tasted great bacon? Thick bacon with a hint of smoke. Cooked so well, it crumbles when you take a bite? Well, that’s what “N” is for to the Baconoists. We’ve cooked up the meat of the argument, now it’s time to dig in. We were bad people, who through election were made alive, our sins were atoned for by his calling alone. Now, as children of God, we will not fall away. I use one passage on this subject, even though all of Scripture attests to this. Romans 8:37-39 “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate is from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” How can you not smile with joy when you read this passage? Listen, brothers and sisters, God is not going to suffer for our sake, call his enemy to life, adopt you as his own child, and then abandon you. That’s not in his nature. He is love, and being love, he is complete. He has done all the work to bring us to salvation, and his work is able to sustain us.


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