The Planned Deceptions of the Movie “Unplanned”
The following are the notes to the discussion found at this link (https://www.facebook.com/tammy.cheetham.77/videos/601451260354586/) for anyone who would like to study the subject more in depth.
Yes, we wanted to discuss this movie as many hope it will have quite an effect on people’s beliefs concerning abortion, yet there are some aspects that are rather concerning to say the least. Here are the major deceptions we will be discussing: 1) Focusing on Abby Johnson as the heroine of the movie so the viewer is influenced to look to a person instead of Jesus 2) The presentation of another Jesus in the movie 3) The promotion of the NAR throughout the film 4) The presentation of Catholicism as just another denomination within Christianity 5) Influencing people to think there is a crisis so overwhelming that it is perfectly fine to join with those of other belief systems in an attempt to end it.
Now, for a short introduction, on March 29, the film “Unplanned” debuted in packed theaters across the United States. It took fourth place at the box office for two weekends in a row, grossing nearly $12.5 million. “Unplanned” dramatizes a true story told by Abby Johnson, a former clinic director for Planned Parenthood. Johnson left the organization after observing, firsthand, the horrors of abortion and the booming business built around it. (http://www.spiritoferror.org/2019/04/the-unplanned-influence-of-the-new-apostolic-reformation-on-a-box-office-success/8214) And, the most recent figures show the total sales have reached $17.2 million. (https://www.breakingchristiannews.com/articles/display_art.html?ID=27620)
Before we proceed, we want to make it clear that we are pro-life and absolutely against abortion. While we do not doubt people’s love and sincerity in fighting against abortion, we want people to recognize that whether people have eternal life or not is of ultimate importance.
We believe if those working in the pro-life movement truly understood this they would focus on salvation rather than just on preventing abortion. You know, first and foremost, people need to hear about the ultimate act of love – of Jesus dying on the cross for our sins – the act that made it possible for lives to be saved for eternity. And, concerning this matter, 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 the top priority here. And, we are not opposed to individual Christians witnessing outside abortion clinics and so forth; the problem comes when these join with Catholics and others as if we all believe the same gospel. Once someone works with those of other faiths on such causes, it is so easy to either change one’s view about that faith, or to join it, and you will be explaining this concept in greater detail later, sister Tammy.
We have used this example many times because it is quite applicable to so many situations today and I will go ahead and mention it again. In 1 Kings 18:2 we read of a time when there was a sore famine in the land of Israel. This was a time of national crisis for Israel as many would say we are having today concerning abortion. But, did Elijah join with the prophets of Baal in an attempt to end this famine which could have resulted in the death of many, many people? Did he say, oh, let’s put our theological differences aside for the good of our nation and we can work those differences out later? No, he absolutely did not! In fact, he made a very clear distinction between true believers and followers of a false god. In verse 21 we read: "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."
We need to remember the enemy is sly and comes as an angel of light in so many instances. You know, I fully realize there may be some people who will listen to this discussion and still say none of the information you give matters because the issue of abortion is so important. Many will say the end justifies the means because we should be willing to go to any lengths necessary to end this scourge. However, this is a Jesuit concept, not a biblical one, and so we should reject it. (http://www.reformation.org/jesuit-oath.html)
You know, sister Tammy, we have often discussed the fact that people can understand a principle such as the ends do not justify the means when it stands by itself, but when we apply it as in this case, people just cannot grasp it.
So, we are truly praying for eyes to be opened. Sadly, we have already seen so many join together in false unity to “make America great again”; to mourn when tragedies occur; to usher in a coming “great revival,” and so forth. And, now, the idea of ending abortion by whatever means necessary is likely to be one of the most successful coups the devil has masterminded thus far. But, we see how all these issues are just conditioning people to join together in preparation for the rule and reign of the Antichrist.
Now, I want to continue by sharing portions of three articles that give different perspectives of the story of “Unplanned” than what is generally being portrayed by the pro-life movement at this time. The first article is entitled “Unplanned: The Mythology of the Pro-life Movement.”
Here are a few oddities about this pro-life film: The film makers would have us believe that Abby Johnson became the director of a Planned Parenthood and that she worked in one capacity or another in that institution for eight years without having ever known anything about what abortion is. There is a scene in which she examines an aborted baby’s hand in the P.O.C. (products of conception) room long before she was ever promoted to the position of director, presumably some years before the watershed event of the abortion assist.
She’s also had two abortions herself. These facts defy common sense. (To explain a bit more, the actual epiphany for her supposedly occurs when she sees the baby trying to move away from the abortion instrument and this moment inspires the tagline of the movie, “what she saw changed everything.” But, as the author of the article points out with the scene of her examining a baby’s hand in the P.O.C room she was privy to the horrors of abortion long before that one specific moment of viewing the ultrasound. And, here is part of a Facebook post she wrote on Jan. 8, 2015: “When I worked at Planned Parenthood, I was trained to be a POC technician. POC stands for "Products of Conception." Sometimes, if the staff were feeling funny, we would say that it stood for "Pieces of Children." (https://www.facebook.com/abbyjohnsonprolife/posts/928588813817859?__xts__=68.ARDq6Xsq1uQyaOlDCW2JtdmhEYLBceHHFEel6mCaBjdPs0aLAzWKkW81qO3B4efWYqk487Pb298GUxPpA2JVzUyYNhhyfWd3jgFrOSmTgijDty-XnoPnrpl6JdMNyFoZbriHqAoG724Mop69JFmZH9E88Bi0PBnqBFmIjeH9_kUwx5CtQNw37FBYFUpy64Z_GR1Pq9UN0NwYsrE5eSspIZk3YGmdGwkqR7hbTmnY1OeY_d4fd1mOM4gVM3Iz3S2nwb3fkfJrdtPLnSYe9Bc9KIvn_wMF3i9UPXD2B8lIp3xAILzNDAf-EFTmgqh5sZmrYIxuqEtj2Qg2I9uAzE0&__tn__=-R)
(In addition, she had two abortions herself and the aftermath of the one she had by taking the RU-486 pill is also depicted in the movie in a very bloody bathroom scene. And, I am not pointing any of this out to be unkind towards Abby Johnson, but just to notice some things that might easily be missed).
Continuing with the article: Planned Parenthood staffers are also victims of mean men who yell in front of clinics and their churches that preach against abortion. They are victims of a greedy corporate entity while their motives are pure and focused on helping women. At one point the film makers chose to depict the Planned Parenthood staff as heroic when they doubled up their appointments in order to get all of the abortions in just before a hurricane made landfall by playing the song ‘You’re An Overcomer’ (by the singer Mandisa) over that sequence. (And, we can’t imagine why the directors would choose to paint Planned Parenthood staff in a good light at all, except that Abby Johnson is the heroine of the movie as I mentioned at the beginning).
But, some more important and overwhelming problems are as follows: This film does not refer to Jesus Christ. It does not refer to His work on the cross or repentance and faith in Him alone. The message in this film is that abortion is wrong because it hurts women, not because it kills babies. It is not wrong because it is a violation of God’s Law (1 John 3:4). In this film, abortion is destructive but it is a man-centered destruction. Becoming pro-life is not true conversion. It is merely self-reformation. Salvation belongs to the LORD and it comes only through Jesus Christ (John 14:6).
The author states, I believe that the only way to end this (speaking of abortion) is with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The pro-life movement often says that we need to change hearts to change minds on this issue. I only know of ONE way to do that–with the truth that Jesus Christ died for sinners and rose from the dead. The one who repents and trusts in Him alone for salvation will be saved. The one who does that has a new heart (2 Corinthians 5:17). (And, we say amen and amen to these statements).
Then, the author of this article says, on Jan. 18, before the March for Life in Washington, D.C., he was able to attend an event held at the Family Research Council. During that event, the writers of “Unplanned” and Ashley Bratcher (the actress who plays Abby Johnson) gave a live stream interview regarding the film. In that interview, the writers bragged about prayer meetings that included Roman Catholics, Protestants, rabbis, and atheists (http://gospelspam.com/unplanned-the-mythology-of-the-pro-life-movement/)
We want to play a short segment of this interview in just a minute. (https://frc.org/prolifecon) (start at the 32:12 mark to 34:02)
As I mentioned, it features the writers of the film who are also the directors and producers. One is Cary Solomon and the other is Chuck Konzelman along with Ashley Bratcher. The segment with all three starts at the 26 minute mark for anyone who might want to go back and listen to more of it. In the beginning they basically discuss how they all became involved in the movie. So, sister Tammy, would you begin playing this now, please?
Thank you so much.
(So, we hear the directors mention praying over this project and being guided and seeing miracle after miracle such as Mike Lindell giving them $1 million dollars when they were almost out of funds. But, I want to insert here that the directors are both Catholic and Mike Lindell is Catholic as well. And, he says Jesus told him to give the producers this money.
Well, sister Tammy, how many times have we discussed people who say they saw Jesus, they heard from Jesus, and so forth. We will hear many more reasons why we should not believe God had anything to do with this film, but from what we have already learned we should doubt that Mike Lindell heard from the true Jesus of the Bible. We should doubt that the producers were guided by God. God is not the author of confusion as we read in 1 Cor. 14:33).
Then we hear that there were a half-dozen people on the set as a ministry prayer team praying day and night. And, they would have a voluntary prayer time 15 minutes before production started each day and then they would wander the set looking for those needing prayer. Then the interviewer says, so you went to make a movie and church would break out. And, Cary Solomon says, that’s the funny thing. We had Catholics, evangelicals, priests, pastors, from all over the country, rabbis, I mean it was an amazing thing. The one thing that everybody from every denomination understood – we even had atheists praying – I don’t know how that works, but this is an issue that crosses those lines.
(Now, we see their presupposition, that the issue of abortion is so important we will join with anyone, clearly laid out. I realize this is a Catholic saying this, but how many evangelicals are saying the same thing? This is exactly what we have heard from evangelical pastors concerning the annual March for Life event. Dr. Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Commission (ERLC) said, “I don’t want to see any fewer rosary beads at the March for Life, but I want to see more evangelicals. Our absence is a shame.” (https://juicyecumenism.com/2016/01/13/35331/) And, it doesn’t surprise us that this interview with these Catholic directors was conducted at a Family Research Council event because this is an ecumenical organization. Just for one example, Jeanne Mancini, who is the current president of March for Life, previously worked as a policy director at the Family Research Council. (https://cruxnow.com/interviews/2017/01/26/director-march-life-wants-make-inclusive/)
Jeanne Mancini is, of course, Catholic and would have had quite a bit of influence as a policy director. Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council since 2003, attended this year’s March for Life event and then spoke on Fox News concerning it that evening. (https://www.frc.org/frcinthenews/20190118/tony-perkins-on-the-46th-annual-march-for-life) And, actually, the ecumenical prayer that occurred on the set of this movie is a microcosm of what occurs at the March for Life event. People from all religions, secular humanists, and atheists all attend the March for Life. And, since there is so much pertinent information that applies to our discussion today, I am going to share the Facebook notes to the discussions we have had for the 2018 and 2019 March for Life events). (https://www.facebook.com/notes/connie-schuetz-wright/should-true-christians-attend-the-march-for-life-event/336981756805803/) (https://www.facebook.com/notes/connie-schuetz-wright/should-true-believers-attend-the-march-for-life-event/553839015120075/)
The second article I want to mention reiterates the point that the gospel is not in this movie. The title of this one is “A Pastor's Review of Unplanned: Uncertain of its Own Message.” (http://pastorgabehughes.blogspot.com/2019/03/a-pastors-review-of-unplanned-uncertain.html)
The author writes: This is a pro-life film more than it is a Christian film, and those two things are not synonymous. The God-fearing Christian cherishes all human life as sacred from conception to natural death. But not all who call themselves pro-life are Christians. While the movie might win some people to the pro-life side of the political aisle, no one will leave the theater a Christian because no one will have heard the gospel.
And, here is an example from the film to show this specifically: When Abby is sobbing in her living room, she asks her husband, Doug, how she will ever get over the guilt for the babies she killed. Doug says, "You say you're sorry and God will forgive you." She says, "But how can He do that?" Doug replies, "Because He's God." Now, it is true He absolutely is God, but, if we ask forgiveness for our sins, He cleanses us from all unrighteousness because Jesus died in our place. The phrase “because He’s God” in itself is obviously not the gospel. (You know, sister Tammy, we say all the time that Jesus Christ is being put into a corner so often these days; barely referenced or not all. And, this is just another example. So, by leaving Jesus out of the equation, so to speak, they have created “another Jesus” – one that doesn’t have to forgive us of our sins; one we don’t even have to know. Let’s make it abundantly clear; mankind cannot get to God, cannot be redeemed, without Jesus, without His Blood, without His sacrifice, plain and simple.
Now, some people might think, well, this is a pro-life movie; who says it has to present the gospel?) But, Abby Johnson herself said mostly the film is about the “amazing, ready mercy of Jesus Christ that is available to everyone — whether you’ve been touched by abortion or not — that Christ is so ready to redeem us.” (http://catholicphilly.com/2019/03/news/national-news/unplanned-film-on-abortion-is-story-of-hope-forgiveness-and-love/) (And, yes, this mercy is available to everyone who repents and comes to Jesus which she leaves out of her statement. And, then, she believes her statement is a major message in the film, but this is not verbalized in the movie).
She, rather, articulates this as a theme during a webinar with Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, who is chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities. During the webinar he said this story “has the power to open hearts, change minds and inspire people.” He also compared Johnson’s story of conversion to that of Saul to St. Paul, but “for the pro-life movement.” And, then he stated, “I think stories are the way people are moved today, not so much by reason. And film in particular has the ability to inspire people.” (So, we see the lifting up of a person, which I already mentioned with Abby being the heroine of the story. This stirs the hearts of the unsaved specifically because they don’t want to admit they need a Saviour; they want to fix whatever is wrong themselves. And, comparing Abby Johnson’s conversion to Paul’s, truly highlights the emphasis of the movie as being being pro-life, but not about eternal life. We know that Paul focused his preaching on obtaining eternal life, not on the here and now. And, then the reference to stories, instead of reason moving people, highlights the fact that people’s emotions cause them to almost turn off their thinking skills).
The third article I wanted to mention is entitled “The Convert” and was published in Feb. 2010, just a few months after Abby Johnson left Planned Parenthood. This article, an interview, and a Facebook post by her will cast some doubt on the story concerning her departure from Planned Parenthood.
I want to make a point from the interview first. This interview is with Glenn Beck and was published on March 30 of this year. They were discussing the life-changing incident as we have already mentioned and Abby says she went home that night and talked to her husband about what had happened. He said, “Abby, you know the truth. What are you going to do now?” She said, “I think I’m going to have to leave.” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MxgS95iN90&fbclid=IwAR1AORJeG4sExK2wRJyPFmcRkN3mj7jU5uGwFAWXsQyurljRIQiPzBF67HY&app=desktop)
However, the article entitled “The Convert” that I just mentioned, quotes another article’s statements that on Sept. 27, 2009, the day after Johnson says she witnessed the ultrasound-guided abortion and had her epiphany, she appeared as a guest on the Bryan public radio program “Fair and Feminist” to discuss her work at the clinic. In the hour-long interview, Johnson gives an enthusiastic defense of the clinic and ridicules the 40 Days for Life protest. In the interview she didn’t sound like someone who’d had a life-changing experience the previous day or who had soured on her employer’s mission.
This other article reported that on October 2, Johnson was summoned to Houston to meet with her supervisors to discuss problems with her job performance. She was placed on what Planned Parenthood calls a “performance improvement plan.” It was just three days later, on Monday, that Johnson made her tearful appearance at the Coalition for Life. The following day she faxed Planned Parenthood a resignation letter, which mentioned nothing about a crisis of conscience.
And, then we have the Facebook post from the night she quit:
“Alright. Here’s the deal. I have been doing the work of two full time people for two years. Then, after I have been working my whole big b-u-t-t off for them and prioritizing that company over my family, my friends and pretty much everything else in my life, they have the nerve to tell me that my job performance is “slipping.”
WHAT???!!! That is crazy. Anyone that knows me knows how committed I was to that job. They obviously do not value me at all. So, I’m out and I feel really great about it!”
Johnson received condolences and encouragement from a number of Facebook friends, most of whom were shocked by her announcement. She never mentioned being pressured to increase abortions, having witnessed the ultrasound-guided procedure, or having suffered a moral crisis. (https://www.texasmonthly.com/politics/the-convert/) (So, let’s look at these dates again. On Sept. 26 Abby has her life-changing moment. That evening she tells her husband she’s going to have to leave the clinic and this is because she now knows the truth concerning abortions. On Sept. 27 she appears as a guest on the Bryan public radio program “Fair and Feminist” and gives an enthusiastic defense of the clinic and ridicules the 40 Days for Life protests. On October 2, she is summoned to Houston to meet with her supervisors to discuss problems with her job performance. On October 5, she makes a tearful appearance at the Coalition for Life. On October 6, she faxes Planned Parenthood a resignation letter, which mentions nothing about a crisis of conscience. That evening she makes a Facebook post announcing her resignation, but basically says the reason is because Planned Parenthood does not value her. So, considering all of this I have to say I am a bit skeptical about the entire premise of the movie).
Now, we want to move on and discuss the NAR’s influence on this movie. Some of this information is from an article at the Spirit of Error website and then I conducted more research concerning several of the points that were made. (http://www.spiritoferror.org/2019/04/the-unplanned-influence-of-the-new-apostolic-reformation-on-a-box-office-success/8214)
One way the NAR has influenced this movie is that Kris Vallotton, the senior associate leader of Bethel Church in Redding, California, the most prominent church in the controversial New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), has a cameo in this movie as a minister in a church Abby and her husband visit. His cameo comes during one of the movie’s scenes when the character of Abby Johnson is narrating the movie. She explains how she and her husband felt the need to bring some spirituality into their lives. Suddenly, they are shown sitting in a church, listening to a pastor preach about the God-given value of all human life, based on Psalm 139. (But, I find it rather odd that Abby would even say they felt the need to bring some spirituality into their lives because she has stated many times they were members of an Episcopalian church until she became pro-life. So, I have to think this is a contrived situation created just for the film) (http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/from-abortion-worker-to-catholic-apostle)
One thing about the NAR is their main goal is to become mainstreamed into the evangelical church world and they would be happy to read the following information concerning cameos in this movie: (https://stream.org/unplanned-movie-cameos-mike-lindell-abby-johnson/Minister)
This is from stream. org – The subtitle is Kris Vallotton as Evangelical Pastor
“Unplanned” touches little on Abby and Doug Johnson’s journey of Christian faith, which is recounted in her 2010 memoir and elsewhere. At one point, after Abby had become clinic director, the film shows a scene of them attending a non-denominational evangelical church.
The pastor preaches from Psalm 139, specifically verse 13. It states: “For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” This preacher is portrayed by real-life Christian minister Kris Vallotton.
A full-time pastor and author for decades, Vallotton serves on staff at Bethel Church in Redding, California. (https://stream.org/unplanned-movie-cameos-mike-lindell-abby-johnson/Minister) (So, anyone unfamiliar with the names, Kris Vallotton and Bethel Church, wouldn’t have a clue from this description that there was any connection to the NAR).
Now, back to the article from the Spirit of Error website. We learn that one of the film’s co-producers is Fabiano Altamura, the co-founder and dean of Bethel Conservatory of the Arts at Bethel Church. Altamura also appears as an actor in the film along with Laura Hunt, a student from Bethel Conservatory of the Arts.
And, here is some information about Altamura from a link at Bethel Conservatory. com. It says he is a graduate of the Arts Educational Schools in London, and has worked as an actor, writer, director, and producer for over 20 years…Passionate about training creative revivalists who perform in the Presence from their true identity, he created the Dream Circle, a technique allowing actors to take risks in a safe space. (https://www.bethelconservatory.com/faculty)
(Now, I have no idea what “perform in the Presence from their true identity” means, but it has a New Age sound to me).
The next point is that the movie’s soundtrack includes Bethel Music throughout. Here are the names of the songs and those writers and performers who are from Bethel church:
"MERCY AND MAJESTY - INSTRUMENTAL" - Written by Brian Johnson and others and performed by Brian and Jenn Johnson.
"CECIE'S LULLABY" – Written and performed by Steffany Gretzinger.
"TO OUR GOD – WITHOUT WORDS" – Written by Brian Johnson and others and performed by Brian Johnson.
"WE DANCE" - Written by Steffany Gretzinger & Amanda Cook.
"YOU'RE GONNA BE OK" – Written and performed by Jenn Johnson and others and performed by Jenn Johnson.
"IT IS WELL – WITHOUT WORDS" - Written by
Another point is that Bethel Church had so much influence on the film that the film’s makers released a personalized trailer featuring a special “shoutout” to Bethel Church, delivered by the real Abby Johnson. It is the regular trailer with a message by Abby Johnson at the beginning: “Thank you, Bethel church, for everything you do to build a culture of life.” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBOBLUAtPjY)
And, for anyone unfamiliar with the problems with Bethel Church here is a summary from an article at Lighthouse Trails: It is “a combination of the Word of Faith error and the prosperity gospel of Kenneth Copeland and Kenneth Hagin, the signs and wonders of Oral Roberts and Benny Hinn, the false assumptions of the “spiritual warfare” and hyper-deliverance movement, the “prophetic movement,” and the gnostic mysticism of the Toronto Blessing.” (http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=20820)
(And, I couldn’t find any source that explained the connection of why Kris Vallotton was chosen for a cameo or why Bethel songs were included and so forth, but it is not a coincidence. The false systems of Catholicism and the NAR have joined forces many times in an attempt to validate each other.
One was the Azusa Now event, on April 9 of 2016, in which NAR leader, Lou Engle, kissed the feet of Catholic leader, Matteo Calisi, in a supposed act of reconciliation between Evangelicals and Catholics. (https://christiannews.net/2016/04/10/lou-engle-of-the-call-prostrates-himself-kisses-foot-of-catholic-leader-as-act-of-reconciliation/)
Another example is that several NAR leaders, including Mike Bickle, Che Ahn, Kris Vallotton, and Stacey Campbell, visited the Vatican on June 10 of 2016. These leaders sang the pope’s praises and he, in turn, made this comment: ““We must invite the prophets back into the church and welcome them with open arms.” (http://www.spiritoferror.org/2016/06/nar-leaders-meet-with-the-pope/6045)
And, then, Pure Flix, the company who distributed the film has, curiously, formed a “strategic alliance” with the International Coalition of Apostolic Leaders, a global network of “apostles” promoting the New Apostolic Reformation.
From the Pure Flix link at the ICAL website we learn: Pure Flix is the World Leader in faith and family media. Pure Flix develops strategic alliances to provide enhanced opportunities to evangelize and equip people using today's most influencing tool - high-quality movies.
Mission: To create films that impact our culture for Christ. From the founding of Pure Flix it has always been our vision and calling to serve alongside the church by providing affordable and effective Movie Ministry Solutions to use for Outreach, Church Growth, Fellowship Opportunities, Small Group Ministry and Sermon Messages.
The Pure Flix Strategic Alliance with ICAL (International Coalition of Apostolic Leaders) will provide solutions for local churches and ministries to reach more people, more effectively for evangelism and training. (https://www.icaleaders.com/pure-flix) (Well, as soon as we see the phrase, “impact our culture for Christ,” we know this group ascribes to Dominion Theology.
I truly hope people will take note of this information concerning Pure Flix because I often see people on Facebook mentioning them in a positive manner).
And, then, besides the planned deceptions in the movie itself, we see that the “Unplanned” website features an ad for a companion devotional that was made to accompany the movie. This means that some of the deceptions will continue to have an impact long after people view this movie. Titled “Planned from the Start: A Healing Devotional,” (https://www.unplannedfilm.com/devotional) the book is endorsed by multiple NAR apostles, prophets, and teachers, including the “apostle” Kynan Bridges, the “prophet” Joshua Mills, and the “soaking worship music artist” Julie True. The devotional’s author, Lorraine Marie Varela, has written another book promoting NAR spiritual warfare practices, including the issuing of “prayer directives.”
The interactive devotional is filled with moments for reflection and personal stories from those who have experienced their own journeys of trauma and redemption. It invites readers to begin healing from the pain of post-abortion trauma to realize freedom and wholeness. (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1732962502/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0) (Well, we read in Ps. 147:3 that the Lord “healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” But, when we see that a book is filled with “personal stories” we know the focus will be on these people and not on God. You know, this is how the enemy works and it is so subtle that many miss it).
And, because we should always check out the background and beliefs of people if we’re reading their books, let’s discuss Lorraine Marie Varela for a few minutes. Some of this information is from a site selling her books and some is from her own “ministry” website:
She is an author and screenwriter who loves to connect people with the heart of God. She began her writing career with her devotional, “Powerful Moments in the Presence of God,” featuring inspirational words alongside her photographs taken in fascinating places throughout the US and abroad. She and her husband Gabriel followed the leading of God and moved to Southern California to be ambassadors to the entertainment industry. They began a ministry called Inspiring Faith International, leading a prayer and ministry team on the film set of “Unplanned” as we learned earlier in the discussion from the director of the film in the interview with the Family Research Council.
At the about link for their ministry, “Inspiring Faith International,” we learn the following: This is a ministry that was founded to, well… inspire faith! We desire to ignite the hearts of everyone we meet to go deeper in connection with God’s heart, no matter where they are on their journey with Him. We do this by sharing the miraculous stories of His Divine intervention in our lives, always pointing back to the Word of God. Our goal is to mentor and disciple others as we take these messages of life and hope into the church… and welcome others to join our ministry trips as we travel into the world.
Our supernatural journey of faith began seventeen years ago with a powerful word given by God in the middle of the night: “Go!” It is a word that carries us still. Out of multiple astonishing encounters with the Lord, Lorraine has written two books and one feature length screenplay that is currently under development with a film production company in Hollywood. (Well, that she supposedly heard the voice of God in the middle of the night and that she has managed to write two books and one screenplay based on astonishing “encounters” with the Lord are huge red flags).
Now, I want to add to the story she tells about receiving this word “go!” This is from the first section of her book, “Powerful Moments in the Presence of God.” This section is entitled “The God Who Speaks.” She says she had received the word “go” not very long after drifting off to sleep one night and then in the early morning hours, before the sun was up, the voice of the Lord awakened her again. This was the message she says she heard from the Lord: “Lorraine, I have a word for you. You are not familiar with this word, so after I speak it, I want you to write it down so there is no confusion. The word is duong. It is spelled d-u-o-n-g.” So, long story short, the word duong means way in Vietnamese and Lorraine was supposed to give this word to the Buddhist woman who did her nails, as a method for introducing Jesus to her as the Way, the Truth, and the Life. (However, elsewhere Lorraine says she was raised as a Christian so I am sure she already knew this about Jesus herself and she could have just shared this with the woman without hearing a voice tell her to do so. And, sister Tammy, you and I keep coming across people who are teaching false doctrines and when we do further research they either say God audibly said such and such at some point in their lives, they have seen angels, taken trips to heaven, and so forth). (https://www.amazon.com/Powerful-Moments-Presence-Lorraine-Varela/dp/0800796837#reader_0800796837)
Continuing with her ministry page: Specifically, God has given us two primary messages to bring to the Body: Practicing the Presence of God, and Developing the Heart of Intercession.
In April 2011, we received prophetic encouragement at a discipleship training school on the island of Cyprus. It changed our hearts and the way we travel through the nations. From that time until now, our focus when we go to the nations is to:
- honor and engage with people in their own culture
- reach out to the marginalized and forgotten
- engage in prayer walks and prophetic declarations
- walk in signs, wonders and miracles as we pray for people we meet
- travel with a benevolent heart
- serve local ministries
- encourage local leaders
- carry the love of God wherever we go (https://inspiringfaith.us/about/)
(Well, several of these phrases are mainstays in the NAR. You know, it is quite heartbreaking to think women who need healing from their abortions are going to be influenced by someone who is involved in this belief system. We know that a little leaven leavens the whole lot and it doesn’t take much for people to think they’ve really received some help and then end up following errant beliefs).
And, now I want to read an endorsement of the devotional by Shawn Carney. He is the co-founder and president of 40 Days for Life and he is the one Abby Johnson talked to at the Coalition for Life office the day before she quit Planned Parenthood. He said: “The pro-life movement is a movement of converts and therefore a movement of hope. There is nothing more unnatural than paying a healer, a doctor, to take the life of a child. Abortion is devastating, and the ‘relief’ it promises is nowhere to be found in the aftermath. This beautiful book is a finger that points to healing, hope, and freedom that is possible through Jesus Christ. He is the Great Healer, and these pages show His power to restore our brokenness. (https://www.unplannedfilm.com/devotional)
(Now, while he does make some true statements we must remember he is a Catholic. We cannot get a true picture of Jesus Christ and what He can do in our lives from someone in a religious system based on the traditions of men, plain and simple).
And, just to show the ecumenical connections, here are some endorsements for the 40 Days for Life movement (https://40daysforlife.com/endorsements/) POPE FRANCIS, Via Vatican Secretariat of State - “The Holy Father greatly appreciates the dedicated work that you and everyone involved in 40 Days for Life are engaged in to promote respect for the lives of all unborn children. His Holiness assures you of his prayerful support for you, your colleagues and all those whose prayer, fasting and sacrifices are saving countless lives and giving glory to God.”
(Well, you can’t get any more ecumenical than having the pope’s endorsement).
JIM DALY - President, Focus on the Family - “40 Days for Life is a testimony to the power of prayer and what can happen when we’re consumed by a magnificent obsession, namely that life is sacred. If you’re growing weary over the increasing level of disrespect of the most innocent among us, I would urge you to remember that situations are not always as they appear. God is on the move even amidst the darkness.”
(And, believers should certainly be praying, and we do believe life is sacred, but what is more important – this physical life or eternal life – as we have already mentioned).
DR. ALVEDA KING, Niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - “40 Days for Life brings 2 Chronicles 7:14 into 21st century focus. As one human race, we become united in prayer. Glory to God!”
(Well, we have discussed the problems with 2 Chron. 7:14 in so many discussions so we won’t take the time to now, but suffice it to say that this verse doesn’t apply to the New Testament church of today as Christians do not have land that needs to be healed. We are strangers and pilgrims, looking for that city! And, then, she says as one human race, we become united in prayer? That would include members of all other religions so this is absolutely false teaching!)
ARCHBISHOP JOSE GOMEZ, Archbishop of Los Angeles - “I recommend to you the peaceful, prayerful witness of 40 Days for Life. This interfaith, international movement invites people to pray and fast for 40 days to end abortion and to work for a culture in which all human life is welcomed as sacred. This program has proven effective in saving the lives of unborn children and sparing women and men the pain and sorrow of abortion.”
(And, there were many more, but this was just one example to show that the entire anti-abortion movement has become quite ecumenical).
And, now back to the article at the Spirit of Error website.
The author of the article states: “A few hours after I published this, I came across the Facebook page for the official Unplanned Movie Prayer Team. A scroll through the page reveals that NAR leaders and practices played a major part in the prayer that took place on the set (as we already know from Lorraine Marie Varela and her prayer team being on the set). But, for another example, we want to play a Facebook video of NAR “prophetess” Christy Johnson who is from Australia, delivering prophetic words to the directors and the film crew. Would you go ahead and play that now, sister Tammy? Thank you so much. (https://www.facebook.com/UnplannedPrayer/videos/398816180919314/)
(So, she feels the Lord say, well, done, good and faithful servants to the directors and film crew, but the directors are Catholic and they don’t truly know Jesus, so He wouldn’t be saying this to them. And, then, the Lord is going to strike the hearts of America through this movie? Again, God is not the author of confusion. He is not going to use a movie which promotes false religious systems, and could actually lead people to join those systems, to wake people up to the evils of abortion! The entire premise that this movie is crucial in accomplishing this epiphany in people’s hearts and minds is just ridiculous. People know that abortion is evil; anyone thinking otherwise has deceived himself or herself).
And, here is a statement from the website Christy Johnson has with her husband, Nate: We see a world where God’s sons and daughters are awakened to the truth of who they are in Christ establishing the Kingdom of heaven here on the earth. Our desire is to see God’s people permeate the earth with the glory of Jesus. Our mission is to serve you, through our online courses, our prophetic words, and anything else we might offer—we’re in this to make a difference in your life. To help you know your identity in Christ, be founded in love and walk in your royal authority. (https://nateandchristy.co/about/)
(Well, we recognize the Dominion Theology phrases right away. We notice that they truly believe in another Jesus with their idea that they and others will establish the Kingdom of heaven on the earth when Rev. 19:11-16 clearly states that Jesus Christ returns to rule and reign. We say it all the time, but many will mention God, Jesus, faith, salvation, and so forth, but they really have created their own belief system because most of what they teach is not found in God’s Word).
And, then, for the last bit of information from the article at the Spirit of Error website: The bottom line is that efforts have been underway to normalize and mainstream the NAR (as I have already stated) despite its aberrant teachings and practices. This film will further the normalization. Make no mistake: the decision to include Vallotton in the film was not merely accidental or coincidental. Nothing is accidental on the set of a major film: everything – every prop, every line, every actor – is given careful consideration and planning.
And, to close out the section on the NAR, I want to read a couple of paragraphs from an article by someone who often warns about the NAR. He says: The bottom line is Bethel and the NAR present a false gospel, with a false christ, that can only lead to false conversions. The damage wrought by Bethel is eternal and we ought to keep that in mind when we consider what we are willing to compromise to see progress on the abortion issue.
I read tortured argument after tortured argument about the evil of abortion and the righteous desire to end the scourge, although overturning Roe will certainly not come close to ending it.
(And, he is absolutely right that overturning Roe doesn’t guarantee an end to abortion because when the evil heart of man wants to commit evil it will always find a way).
Here is some pertinent information from an article at nbcnews.com: “Historical and contemporary data show that where abortion is illegal or highly restricted, women resort to unsafe means to end an unwanted pregnancy, including self-inflicted abdominal and bodily trauma, ingestion of dangerous chemicals, self-medication with a variety of drugs, and reliance on unqualified abortion providers,” the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says. “Today, approximately 21 million women around the world obtain unsafe, illegal abortions each year.”
In the U.S. before Roe v. Wade, ACOG says an estimated 1.2 million U.S. women got illegal abortions every year, and says unsafe abortions killed as many as 5,000 of them. (https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/abortion-u-s-five-key-facts-n889111)
The author of the article continues, I want you to consider one question: If the devil offered you overturning Roe in exchange for one eternal soul, what would your answer be?
If your answer was anything except an immediate and resounding "no" then you have some Bible reading to get back to. Seriously. There are only two choices. We are either gathering people to Christ or scattering them away. No matter how righteous we think our motivation is we cannot lead people to a false gospel and a false Christ, and that is exactly what we are doing by endorsing a film so heavily but-tressed by Bethel Church.
Our job is not to protect this life but to point people to the only way to have eternal life.
(And, someone is thinking, that is harsh to say it’s not our job to protect this life. I would add we don’t do anything to take life or support that in any way, but if we think about all the ways life is taken, we have to ask, can we possibly do anything about all of them? Can we end war? Can we end famine and starvation? Can we end natural disasters? This is why we often say that man does not have the solutions; the only solution is Jesus Christ. And, as believers pointing people to Him is the only thing we can do of any eternal value).
Now, I want to mention an interview Abby Johnson has with the host of a program called “Journey Home” on EWTN, the Catholic channel. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItYF1jJ4tLg)
In this interview she tells her story and gives a lot of information concerning becoming Catholic. She had been raised in a Baptist church, but left there after she began working for Planned Parenthood because the church took a stand against abortion. She and her husband began attending an Episcopalian church because they supported her work with Planned Parenthood. But, then when she became pro-life, that church asked her to leave. She and her husband began looking for another church to attend and since she had become friends with several people in the pro-life movement who were Catholic, they invited her to church. She states that she grew up believing Catholicism was all rules and rituals but she came to the realization that those rules were incredibly freeing. She said she needed rules and traditions.
I want us to listen to a couple of minutes from this interview about her finally feeling forgiven for her work at Planned Parenthood. Would you plan that clip, please, sister Tammy. Thank you so much. (Well, and I don’t mean to be unkind, but she sounds rather flippant to me when she says I kept wondering has He, referring to Jesus, gotten over it. And, then she says it wasn’t until she went to confession for the first time - hearing the words she was absolved of her sin – that she had peace. But, this contradicts what she said in the Glenn Beck interview that we referenced earlier. In that interview concerning how she dealt with the knowledge she had participated in 22,000 abortions, she stated: “Thankfully I grew up with a really strong faith foundation. I grew up believing God does forgive us when we’re truly repentant. I truly was. I was reminded I couldn’t right the wrong and that wasn’t required of me anyway.” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MxgS95iN90&fbclid=IwAR1AORJeG4sExK2wRJyPFmcRkN3mj7jU5uGwFAWXsQyurljRIQiPzBF67HY&app=desktop)
(And, I am sure she’s not the only person to ever say they feel peace when a priest absolves them of their sins. But, it is heartbreaking to think after all Jesus has done; how the veil was rent in two; so we have direct access to the throne and can come boldly before it, that any person would rely on the words of man to feel forgiven).
Sister Tammy, that is all that I have for this time, except to say that believers should think twice about promoting this film. Do we really want to support something created by members of a false religious system (Catholicism) that has the fingerprints of another false religious system (the NAR) all over it? And, now, sister Tammy, would you share the information you have gathered please?
I would like to just talk about the problems surrounding the ecumenism and in such endeavors as these which sister Connie has already shared about today. I would just like to share about an organization that really explains many of the spiritual implications I see surrounding this movie.
Operation Rescue is one of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the nation. OPERATION RESCUE – http://www.operationrescue.org/about-us/who-we-are/
I read this from an article and will leave all the links to the sources in our notes which sister Connie will share later - While the founders of Operation Rescue may have intended only to save the lives of the helpless children that are destroyed through abortion, they now find themselves serving an entirely different purpose.
"I have never seen such an instrument for ecumenism as Operation Rescue is," said Catholic priest Patrick Malone, head of St. Mary Catholic Parish just outside Wichita. Malone explained that Operation Rescue "has a very strong evangelical flavor nationwide, but the experience here has been that the operations break down barriers that have separated churches as we stand for the common cause of the unborn child." Recognizing that the movement offers a tremendous opportunity to sweep millions of Protestants under the guidance of the papacy, Catholic leaders are now encouraging Roman Catholics to join Operation Rescue and shape its future direction. It's already working. said Malone, "People I've demonstrated with, attended rallies with and spent time in jail with--the evangelicals and others--apologized again and again to me" for the views they had held of the Catholic Church.
At Indianapolis 1990, Catholic priest Michael Scanlan gave a testimony about being arrested during an Operation Rescue demonstration. He spoke of the close fellowship between Catholics and Protestants in the jail and said many of the Protestants attended the masses which were held there. He also said that after these ecumenical experiences, some Protestants began reciting the rosary during Operation Rescue demonstrations. (https://www.jesus-is-savior.com/False%20Doctrines/ecumenical_movement.htm)
You see the problem with joining together with other religions as believers really does cause much compromise. The focus of the ecumenical event takes over, in this case the issue of abortion and often it leads to these kinds of problems. I really do believe you can have a Catholic and a Christian in separate camps so to speak, voicing their concern over morally wrong actions, yet believers are to keep the faith completely distinguished and not getting into prayers together and any spiritual endeavor that seeks to unify all religions to bring about a peace on earth that leads to an acceptance of the antichrist spirit. It really is not scriptural, and we are admonished to remain separate, not even allow someone with another gospel into your house and not even bid them God speed. The objective of keeping separate is so that people see Who Jesus is because false teachers proclaim another, they voice a Jesus that says just don’t abort your baby, don’t cuss or don’t lie, etc., to mean that is what makes them a Christian. We are to keep the gospel absolutely paramount and this also means when we are exposing sins such as the murderous atrocities taking place when one aborts a living being. It is very sad that many have compromised and have given in to the joining of hands instead of living in the light of the Word of God.
Operation Rescue does profess to preach the gospel, but with this kind of compromise, it would be better that they would remain silent because so much deception and compromise arises. A lot of people may disagree and state that Paul would rejoice, no matter the situation when the gospel was preached as Philippians 1:15-18 states, but the true meaning of these verses is that they actually had the true Jesus, but their attitudes and motives were wrong in the preaching. We must never confuse this to mean a Catholic, Mormon or SDA proponent advocating a belief in Jesus is okay! God forbid we encourage these false teachings that are out there to deceive millions. –
Philippians 1:15-18 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel. What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.
This was taken from Abby Johnson’s Facebook on 13 October 2014 page - Abby Johnson: ProWoman, ProChild, ProLife
“Here's the deal. I am a Catholic Christian. I love Jesus. I have a personal relationship with Him. I pray only to Him. I ask His Mother to pray for me...just like I would ask any of you for prayer. The scriptural doctrine given to me by the Catholic Church draws me nearer to the Trinity.
You don't have to agree with what you think the Catholic Church is about. I have never in my life gone to a page owned by a Protestant or Evangelical and disrespected their faith. NEVER. I have no desire to attempt to drive a wedge between them and Christ. I'm just happy that they have found a way to worship God that fits them, just as I have.
Just as I would never, ever think of disrespecting you and your beliefs (no matter what they are) don't come on MY page and disrespect mine.
And certainly don't ask me to "not talk about Catholicism" just because you aren't Catholic. This is my page where I share about my conversion, prolife stories that I find interesting, my family and yes, my faith.
If you don't like having to hear me talk about the Church that drew me back to Christ, then you are free to leave. Asking me to not speak of Jesus and how I have found him so intimately in the Catholic Church is like asking me to stop breathing. My faith is in me. It is who I am.
For those who stay, let's respect our theological similarities, focus less on the differences, and work together for LIFE.”
You see here again there are many problems with this statement, especially with this lady and her very soul. She is very much confused as to the problems with the Catholic religion and believes it is okay to ask Jesus’s mother to pray for her when the Bible clearly calls this necromancy as Mary is not here in the flesh like any of us are. Mary was saved and called Jesus her Saviour so she is not on the earth and we are given all admonition within the Word of God to pray Dear Heavenly Father in the Name of Jesus. The doctrine given by the Catholic church is far from scriptural and as we have discussed on many occasions the problems with these. We cannot just pick out a bit here and there that is true and think that the whole lot of this religion is okay. Many religions do have an element of truth, but one drop of poison is all it takes as a little leaven ruins the whole batch. Her statement about this church drawing her back to Christ actually makes me wonder what Christ she actually had to begin with.
Her idea of distinguishing a way to worship Christ is very much as though she believes Catholics and Christians actually do worship the same Jesus. Very concerning and I must say there is only one way to worship Jesus Christ and that is in Spirit and in Truth. Let us never be deceived by well-meaning deceived people and let us share the truth in love in hopes these would repent and come away from this erroneous religion that seeks to steal, kill, and destroy souls into the Babylonian system that in the end will be burned and lost forevermore.
This is one of the major tragedies people are having in thinking that we can all unite for LIFE so to speak no matter what our differences are theologically, but the problem is Catholics profess to be saved, to know Jesus and this is very, very dangerous for souls being misled and for the billions headed into the lake of fire in the end. The eternal soul of lives matter and this ought to be the thrust of our concern with all these ecumenical endeavors taking place all over the world.
I must just point out that myself and sister Connie do speak out against abortion, we hate it, and pray for the one committing this act to repent and believe in Jesus because this is how we treat the murderer, the thief, the gossiper, the homosexual, lesbian or transgender, too. We just need to make sure we adhere to God’s Word and do it His way instead of compromising and joining in fellowship as though we all believe the same gospel. God can forgive any of these sins and wants people to repent and believe while there is time. I do believe Christians can voice their concerns over these sins in a manner that does not have to compromise and that is clear. We can hate what God hates and love what He loves by using our mouths and always in hopes that people would understand that Jesus can forgive. When people don’t care about their sins and carry on in these atrocities, God reminds us in His Word that He is the Judge of the living and the dead, meaning in this life or in death, people will not get free from His vengeance if they do not turn to Him.