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Should a true Christian attend the “March for Life?”
Right off someone is surely thinking, “of course!”, “why not?”, “why are you even asking?” and, “shouldn’t we do everything possible to end abortion?” Now, before I continue, I will say we should absolutely hate abortion, no doubt about it. The heart of the matter, and what I would like to address in this article, is can the enemy use what seems good and actually cause harm? The answer to that question is an emphatic yes!
The consideration of Isa. 5:20, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” and 2 Cor. 11:14, “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light,” will help illustrate the concept that something may appear as light and actually be quite dark. These verses are played out on occasions when man is exalted rather than Jesus; when man is said to have the solutions if one will just join the right causes. An initial concern about this event is that when anything is presented as a solution for man’s sinful activities besides the Blood of Jesus, then more harm is done than good. In the case of abortion, we can expend a great deal of effort to convince women not to get abortions, but if these women are not saved, they will spend an eternity in hell. We can obviously see which concern takes top priority here. When a woman is saved and born again, she will not choose abortion, because that is murder.
A second concern about the “March for Life” is the ecumenical nature of the event. The pope has an agenda and it's one the entire Catholic church has pursued since Vatican II. It involves bringing the "separated brethren" back to Rome. Many evangelical leaders (Rick Warren, Kenneth Copeland, James Robison, Joel Osteen, Russell Moore all visited the Vatican in 2014), have joined in with this ecumenical movement, to the detriment of the evangelical church. The true church has been persecuted for the last two thousand years and millions have died because they would not accept Catholicism. Nothing has changed. Catholicism is a religion based on the traditions of men, not just another denomination within Christianity. I would encourage anyone who already hasn’t to read about the differences between Catholicism and Christianity. (1) In addition, there are two audio programs at this link (2) that will provide information about ecumenical efforts towards dialogue between Catholics and Christians.
People often quote John 17:11, "Holy Father, keep through Thine own Name these whom Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, as We are," as a call for unity among Christians. However, in this verse, Jesus is praying for His followers to be one, not for believers to unite with unbelievers. And, the absolute fact of the matter is that many calling themselves Christians today have not placed their faith in the Jesus of the Bible, but rather in a Jesus of their own imagination. True believers need to pray for false converts, but under no circumstances should they unite with them. (3)
March for Life was started by American pro-life activist Nellie Gray in 1974, following the Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade, which decriminalized abortion the previous year. Gray was a native of Big Spring, Texas and a Roman Catholic convert. (4) So, due to the fact that its founder was Catholic, and she worked closely with Catholic churches and bishops, attendance at the annual event has predominantly been Catholic. Not recognizing the Biblical directive concerning separation by true believers, evangelical leaders have recently advocated for a greater presence of evangelicals at the event as evidenced by this quote: “I don’t want to see any fewer rosary beads at the March for Life, but I want to see more evangelicals here also at the March for Life,” said Dr. Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Commission (ERLC), to a gathering of Evangelical leaders during last year’s March for Life. “Our absence is a shame. And so we don’t need any less ‘Ave Maria,’ but we need some more ‘Amazing Grace’ in the mix as well.” (5)
In a biographical article about Nellie Gray we see a statement concerning her motivation for holding these events: “Everybody is trying to say we are imposing our religion, but we are actually just following our religion and American patriotism,” she told the Post. “God almightily created man and woman in his own image, and we recognize that. The United States Constitution recognizes that the human being is endowed with a right to life, and of course the churches must be involved in this. We must carry out our patriotism and our love of God almighty through such events.” (6)The fact that she wanted to demonstrate patriotism and a love of God is quite unusual. Where in God’s Word are we given directions concerning the concept of patriotism? Rather, we are told we are pilgrims in this world (1 Pet. 2:11) and our inheritance is in heaven (1 Pet. 1:4). The concept of Christians and patriotism speaks to Dominion Theology which is discussed later in this article.
Concerning Catholics participating in speaking roles at this year’s event, at the 1:32:29 mark of this video (7) (Note: this video will be referenced throughout the article) we hear Patrick Kelly (8)Chairman of the Board for March for Life, and a Catholic, introduce himself and welcome everyone to this event. He says this is the largest civil rights demonstration in the world. But, a true believer would have to ask where in God’s Word are we ever instructed to demonstrate for civil rights? This attitude is man-centered, focuses our eyes on this life, and pushes God to the side. Kelly continues by introducing the singing of the National Anthem with the statement let’s “honor America.” I wish people could understand the complete hypocrisy of such a statement. This is an event protesting the death of close to one million babies a year, which has been legal since the Supreme Court ruling of Roe vs. Wade in 1973. Therefore, it is beyond ridiculous that anyone could use the phrase “honor America” especially at this event.
At the 1:36:03 mark we hear Jeanne Mancini speak. She is the President of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund (9) and a Catholic. The following statements by Mancini are from an interview she conducted with Lifesite News. (10) She says this concerning working for the March for Life organization: “The irony of it is, we are not actually an inherently religious organization. We are non-sectarian—though most who work here have a deep faith. We are very prayerful and pray together as a staff. We seek God’s guidance on what our next steps should be.” Since the definition of non-sectarian is, “organizations not affiliated with or restricted to a particular religious group,” this means the members of the staff to whom Mancini refers could practice any faith or none at all. She states they pray together, but we know that most every religion believes in prayer and true Christians should not pray with members of other religions.
The following statement by Mancini speaks to the fact that March for Life has mainly been a Catholic event from its inception as noted earlier: “We’ve definitely seen more evangelical groups get involved over the last few years. Having come from a background of working at Family Research Council, it was difficult for me to comprehend why—for the most part—my pro-life evangelical brothers and sisters weren’t participating in the March for Life.” These pro-life evangelicals to whom Mancini refers obviously recognize they should not join with Catholics thereby creating an ecumenical event.
Another quote from this article by Mancini is: “In addition, many groups are joining with us who are not faith-based. One group, Secular Pro-Life, is truly an amazing organization; I’m always impressed with the different resources they have to offer. We encourage all groups to be involved in the March for Life as long as their approach to being pro-life is non-violent.” This statement shows the obvious point that one doesn’t have to be a Christian to be pro-life. This means there may be untold numbers of unbelievers at these events and, again, Christians are to remain separate.
Continuing with the discussion of Catholic speakers at the event, at the 1:38:33 mark of the video we hear the beginning of Kellyanne Conway’s (President Trump’s campaign manager) speech as she states: “I am a wife, a mother, a Catholic…” which receives huge applause.
We hear Vice-President Mike Pence begin speaking at the 1:46:55 mark. Much was made of his attendance as the first Vice-President to ever do so. Many are also excited about his faith. However, we should be concerned about some of his statements regarding his beliefs: “But even more important than being a family man, Mike Pence considers his faith in Jesus Christ the most crucial aspect of his life. Pence shared, ‘I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican. In that order.’ And added that his ‘Christian faith is at the very heart of who’ he is. Pence continued, ‘I made a commitment to Christ. I’m a born-again, evangelical Catholic.’ In addition, Pence shared, ‘I would encourage you, if you are inclined to do as the Pence family does from time to time, to bow the head and bend the knee. Pray that America will once again stand tall, stand strong. ‘[Prayer is] the last best hope of earth,’ that’s what Abraham Lincoln called it. It’s still true.” (11) However, praying this for America is also part of the false teaching of Dominion Theology referenced later in this article. We should, rather be praying for souls. In addition, saying that prayer is the last best hope of earth is not scriptural. Titus 2:13 describes our true hope: “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” Pence states that he is an “evangelical Catholic,” but there truly is no such thing. The word evangelical means “of or according to the teaching of the gospel or the Christian religion.” The New Testament is the book which describes the beliefs of the Christian faith and in the New Testament there is no mention of the papacy, worship/adoration of Mary (or the immaculate conception of Mary, the perpetual virginity of Mary, the assumption of Mary, or Mary as co-redemptrix and mediatrix), petitioning saints in heaven for their prayers, apostolic succession, the ordinances of the church functioning as sacraments, infant baptism, confession of sin to a priest, or the office of priest at all, purgatory, indulgences, or the equal authority of church tradition and Scripture. All of these beliefs and practices are part of Catholicism which is a religion based on the traditions of men.
At the 2:01:25 mark we hear Cardinal Timothy Dolan pray over the occasion. He is the American cardinal prelate of the Catholic Church. Appointed by Pope Benedict XVI, Dolan serves as the tenth and current Archbishop of New York. (12) “We praise you, God and Father of us all, Sovereign of all life, for assembling us to proclaim the dignity of each human person, and the sacredness of human life. Thank you, heavenly Father, for the gift of a nation where life itself is considered an inalienable right, where the dignity of each human person a self evident truth. Our prayers are the more fervent as they rise from Christians, Catholics, Orthodox, Jews, Islam, and people of all faiths in this ‘one nation under God.’ Our supplication is the more hopeful today as we rejoice in the solidarity of hundreds of thousands who believe so ardently in the civil rights of the innocent baby in the womb, deserving full protection of the law and the right to life. Our praise and intercession is powerful, as we make it in the Holy Name of Jesus, the Son of God incarnate in the womb of His Mother, the Savior who revealed Himself as ‘the way, the truth, and the life.’ Amen.” However, since Christians have been encouraged on a regular basis to attend events which include prayer (consider the “Decision America Tour” and “The Response” events), most don’t stop to consider whether their attendance pleases God. They don’t even stop and question whether God listens to prayers at such events because they just assume all prayer is a wonderful thing. However, only false converts would cheer the prayer of a man who is part of an unbiblical, religious system. Cardinal Dolan says God is the Father of us all, but John 1:12 says we become the sons of God when we believe on the Name of Jesus, so Dolan has given all in attendance a false sense of security. Then he erroneously asserts that God hears the prayers of people of all faiths. It is evident, however, from these scriptures (John 9:31, Psalm 34:15, Proverbs 15:29, etc.) God does not listen to the prayers of lost people, or false believers, unless they are calling out to Him in repentance. We must remember the example of Elijah in 1 Kings 18. While gathered at Mt. Carmel, Elijah didn't tell the children of Israel to join up with the prophets of Baal to pray to God because of the three-year drought they were experiencing, but rather to separate! 1 Kings 18:21: "And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word."
At the 2:18:19 mark we hear Mia Love begin to speak. She is the U.S. Representative from Utah's 4th congressional district, the first Haitian American, and the first black female Republican in Congress. She is also the first African American to be elected to Congress from Utah. Love was raised as a Roman Catholic in the faith of her parents and moved to Utah in 1998 after converting to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (13) However, Mormonism is a religion based on the traditions of men (14) and true believers will witness to Mormons rather than pray with them.
Speaking at the 2:32:40 mark is Abby Johnson. She was raised a Baptist and now a practicing Roman Catholic, she was the director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas. (15)
Karyme Lozano’s speech occurs at the 2:47:30 mark. “Since finding her way back to the Catholic faith seven years ago, famous Mexican telenovela star Karyme Lozano has had the opportunity to tell many people how praying the rosary has been of vital importance in her life. Lozano hopes she will soon have the opportunity to show the public at large as well. Lozano is slated to star in and help produce the short film ‘Eyes of Mercy,’ the latest endeavor from Vox Dei Productions depicting the power of the rosary.” (16) True believers will know that praying the rosary is completely unbiblical and want nothing to do with this practice.
During the march itself, there was much evidence of the Catholic participation at this event. There were signs with quotes by Pope Francis and Mother Teresa, and pictures of the pope, for example. The picture below is just one of many references to Catholicism.
Pope Francis sent a greeting to the participants at this event, in addition to his apostolic blessing. “His Holiness Pope Francis sends warm greetings and the assurance of his closeness in prayer to the many thousands of young people from throughout America gathered in the Archdiocese of Washington and the Diocese of Arlington for the annual March for Life. His Holiness is profoundly grateful for this impressive testimony to the sacredness of every human life. As he has made clear, “so great is the value of a human life, and so inalienable the right to life of an innocent child growing in the mother’s womb, that no alleged right… can justify a decision to terminate that life” (Amoris Laetitia, 83). He trusts that this event, in which so many American citizens speak out on behalf of the most defenseless of our brothers and sisters, will contribute to a mobilization of conscience in defense of the right to life and effective measures to ensure its adequate legal protection. To all present the Holy Father cordially imparts his Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of strength and peace in the Lord. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State.” (17)
A third concern is that this event presents elements of dominionism. (18) At the 58:32 mark of the video we hear the following: “You are the generation that will abolish abortion, in Jesus’ Name.” At the 1:00:51 mark the group, “Transform DJs”, begins to sing “Break Every Chain” with the following verse playing at the 1:00:26 mark:
There's an army rising up
There's an army rising up
There's an army rising up
To break every chain
Break every chain
Break every chain
While some verses of the song correctly say, “there is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain,” the inclusion of lines which say “an army is rising up to break every chain” means this song is presenting a false teaching. Christians do not have the power to break any chains and it is part of the teaching of dominionism which puts such supposed power in the hands of Christians rather than totally in the hands of Jesus (Luke 4:18-19).
It is interesting to note the following: “This year's theme is ‘The Power of One.’ (19) Jeanne Mancini said it references both the impact of a single vote and a quote from J.R.R. Tolkien (a Catholic), who wrote in "The Fellowship of the Ring": "Even the smallest person can change the course of the future." Again, we notice the concept of man solving man’s problems which is impossible because the root of man’s problems is sin. Jesus paid the price for our sin; He is the only One Who can give us new life in Him.
It is also interesting to note that an article published by National Public Radio referred to the “worship” portion of the March for Life event as a “Christian rock concert.” (20) Many may not realize the explicit ecumenical nature of “Christian” rock concerts, but this is true of Hillsong, Jesus Culture, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman events, just to name a few. (21)
Again, we don’t have to be Bible-believing Christians to be pro-life as the picture below so clearly shows. There are millions of members of other religions, atheists, gays, so on and so forth, who would identify as pro-life. A very important question we need to ask is, in fighting against one evil, should we unite with those who don’t recognize the God of the Bible? With those who teach contrary to His Word? Actually, when we unite with those who blatantly announce their sin, we are minimizing that sin, and basically saying fighting for the pro-life cause is more important than witnessing to those who desperately need Jesus’ forgiveness.
So, in conclusion, we have seen that true believers joining together with those of other faiths and presenting a united front, knowingly or unknowingly, gives credence to these false, pagan beliefs; such joining together flies in the face of clear, Biblical commands to remain separate (1 Cor. 6:11-14 and Rev. 18:4, for example). Besides the ecumenical aspect, we have seen that emphasizing man’s efforts pushes the gospel of salvation to the side and offers no hope of being born again and spending eternity with Jesus. Additionally, we have seen the inclusion of the false teaching of dominionism at this event. For these reasons a true believer will not join the March for Life activities, but will rather present the gospel to a lost and dying world.
Mrs Connie Wright - USA
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