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Sign the Partial Birth Abortion Petition

Posted by thelamp on October 18, 2006

Advocates for life are eager to have their day in court, and it’s just a couple weeks away. On Nov. 8, the nine justices of the highest court in the nation will hear oral arguments in two cases involving partial-birth abortion. Click here to sign the CMC petition to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The facts about partial birth abortion are gruesome. The baby is delivered feet first, all but the head. Then the doctor kills the child – in a horribly painful fashion. The majority of Americans find the procedure repugnant.

That’s why Congress outlawed it in 2003; and why President Bush signed the partial-birth abortion ban into law. Planned Parenthood and others have challenged this legislation all the way to the top of the judicial system. Now the nation’s high court must make a life-or-death decision.

Members of the Center for Moral Clarity have been active, vocal warriors in the battle for life. CMC even filed a legal brief with the Supreme Court explaining why justices should uphold the ban. The struggle is not over yet. Pastor Rod Parsley, CMC’s founder and president, implores Bible-believers to pray for each member of the court. Pray that he or she will interpret the law and not legislate from the bench. Pray that they will do the right thing for these precious babies.

Although citizens cannot demand the court’s cooperation, we can encourage them to rule in favor of life. Oftentimes, citizens feel helpless as they see these horrendous activities taking place. Today, there is something you can do.

Click here to sign the petition, which respectfully requests the court to do what is right to save lives. Then ask your family and friends to do the same thing. Forward this link to them today. Also click here to have a copy of the compelling “Almost Born” DVD sent to you for your online gift of any size. “Almost Born” is a tremendous resource to share in your Sunday School, Bible Study or to help educate your friends on the issue


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Vote Your Conscience and Your Values

Posted by thelamp on October 18, 2006

Media and political analysts are speculating that values voters are discouraged and may not show up at the polls. A strong turnout of Christian voters can prove them wrong.

People of faith struck a nerve in the 2004 presidential election. Supporters of traditional moral values initiated a momentum that must not falter now. Here’s an example of why voting is so important: On Oct. 10, the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear a challenge against the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

That means states have the right to define marriage the way they see fit, and aren’t bound to recognize same-sex marriages from other states.

“There is no fundamental right to same-sex marriage in the United States. Marriage is the union of one man and one woman,” said Pastor Rod Parsley, founder and President of the Center for Moral Clarity. “That’s the way it has always been in this nation, and I’m extremely grateful to the U.S. Supreme Court for upholding states’ rights to ban same-sex marriages from other states.” (Click here to read Pastor Parsley’s statement to the media.)

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision is encouraging news as Election Day approaches because voters in eight states have marriage questions on their ballots. It’s reassuring to know those votes really do matter. Keep in mind that in the 2004 election, more than 25 million churchgoing Christians failed to vote. So, encourage everyone in your sphere of influence to vote this year.


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Tragedy Offers Lesson in Love, Forgiveness

Posted by thelamp on October 18, 2006

The nation was numbed recently when a deeply tormented milkman entered an Amish school, lined 10 girls in front of a chalkboard and open fired, killing five as well as himself. Every life is special. The premeditated killing of another human being is a violation of a very basic and fundamental moral principle—a moral principle that Bible-believers hold dear: the sanctity of human life.

As devastating as this violent tragedy was, the victims’ families responded with genuine forgiveness as taught in the New Testament. Amid the grieving, before the fallen youth had been laid to rest, their killer – 31-year-old Charles Carl Roberts – had been forgiven.

Immediately following the massacre, the local pastor and members of the girls’ families stood next to the body of a 13-year-old girl. Her grandfather used the occasion to witness and teach one of the most valuable messages of the Gospel: forgive others of their transgressions against you.

“We must not think evil of this man,” admonished the grandfather. The congregation’s pastor described it as one of the most touching moments in his 25 years of Christian ministry.

As proof that his sin had been absolved, members of the devastated Amish community attended the murder’s funeral. Believers are instructed to defer anger and glorify the Lord by passing over a transgression. That mandate often is easier said than done.

The Center for Moral Clarity is committed to defending biblical truth and restoring the nation’s wayward culture. That mission is not only fulfilled by pointing out society’s failures. It’s also incumbent upon CMC to exalt uncommon character and acts of Christian love. This is one.


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Two Women Wed

Posted by thelamp on October 18, 2006

A group of about 50 people gathered on Sunday, Oct. 8 for a wedding ceremony at Capron Park in Attleboro, Mass. The ceremony was for two brides: 45-year-old Wendy Becker and 46-year-old Mary Norton, both of Providence, R.I. This is yet another example of why America needs a constitutional amendment protecting marriage.

Most Americans – not just evangelical Christians – want marriage defined as a union between one man and one woman. They’ve said as much loudly and clearly.

“The words ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ are losing their meaning,” said Pastor Rod Parsley, author of the bestselling book, Silent No More. “God defined marriage in His Word. He didn’t ask judges in black robes or two percent of Americans for a new definition.”

The most recent abominable union in Massachusetts was made possible by a court decision and a governor’s unwillingness to challenge that ruling. In 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Court proclaimed that same-sex marriages were legal there. Consequently, gay couples have been flocking to the New England state for the past three years.

Initially, officials refused to issue a marriage license to the women. Another judge continued the assault on the sanctity of marriage by ruling that the pair has the right to get married in Massachusetts. Why? According to the judge, simply because Rhode Island does not have a law against it.

The governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, has said he doesn’t want his state to become the Las Vegas of same-sex marriage. Yet he didn’t challenge the latest same-sex marriage victory. Instead, he relented rather than further burden Massachusetts courts with an issue that should be decided in Rhode Island.

More gay couples are sure to test the waters.

One of the brides insisted that she and her new wife are not impacting anybody else’s relationships. That’s not true. The two women are raising a family. They have a 3-year-old son, who served as the ring bearer. Their 6-year-old daughter was the flower girl. What could be further from the family structure God designed? This is precisely why the Center for Moral Clarity has been working diligently to defeat the legalization of same-sex marriage, which unequivocally defies God’s law.

“A federal marriage amendment is absolutely essential to prevent a handful of judges from damaging our family structure beyond repair,” added Parsley. “It is clear that we must continue an assertive strategy to protect marriage and society as we know it.”


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Don’t Be Intimidated Into Silence

Posted by thelamp on October 18, 2006

Some people think it’s wrong for churches to be involved politics. These people want to keep Christians silent, so they’re trying to intimidate pastors who may be unfamiliar with Internal Revenue Service regulations.

Churches must follow IRS rules in order to keep their tax-exempt status. Of course that’s important, because it means churches will have more money to do their good work in communities across the country.

Pastors do need to know what they can and cannot do – or say – from the pulpit.

Churches are permitted to conduct voter registration drives – the deadline for the Nov. 7 election has passed in most states, but not all. They can also conduct get-out-the-vote drives.

Churches and their pastors can take positions on issues, like the marriage amendments in eight states, the abortion issue in South Dakota and so on. In Ohio, CMC is working to defeat a ballot issue that would expand legalized gambling.

What churches cannot do is speak for or against candidates for office, or do anything that reflects positively or negatively against candidates. The IRS hasn’t made the distinctions crystal clear about what is and is not permitted, but in general a church that doesn’t mention candidates in the pulpit is in good shape.

The Center for Moral Clarity encourages church leaders to guide their flock as required by Scripture. Don’t be intimidated by anyone who wants to silence Bible-believers. Instead, know the federal regulations governing and abide by them (click here to download the 2006 Fact Sheet on political activities permitted by the IRS).


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