Pray for Pastors Ahead of Sanctity of Life Sunday

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

We have a busy week starting with the Women’s March on Saturday and ending with the March for Life the following Friday.

Are you praying and worshiping for the end of abortion?

This weekend is not only Martin Luther King Jr Day but also Sanctity of Life Sunday.Cheryl as the walking deadjoy sucked right out of Cheryl

Please pray for pastors as they prepare their sanctity of life sermons.

Many pastors shy away from preaching about abortion because they view it as a political issue. But first and foremost, it’s a spiritual issue!

Please encourage your pastor! Don’t badger him or her! Just share your support.

And if you’re a pastor looking for more Bible verses beyond Psalm 139 or want another perspective on God’s love for life, visit these two pages:

And you are always welcome to contact me for a testimony or to ask me questions.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Pro-Choice Movement Stuck in the 60s & 70s

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

I recently watched the movie “On the Basis of Sex,” the story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And you should watch it, too, because you need to understand your audience.

The movie is well done, and it reminds us of our history.

I don’t particularly care for the ACLU today, and I am greatly disappointed that Ruth Bader Ginsburg is for pro-abortion laws.

But Ruth Bader Ginsberg and the ACLU did a lot of legal work in the 1970s to give women and men equal rights. And for that, we should be grateful.

But I stopped and thought about all the things I hear the pro-choice movement say today.

I thought about Alyssa Milano‘s announcement of her two abortions and everything she had to say against men.

And I realize that it’s as if the pro-choice movement is stuck in the 1960s and 70s, thinking that women do not have equal rights.

How ridiculous!

But it’s worse. The pro-choice movement—led by women like Gloria Steinem, who actually remembers what it was like in the 1970s—keep telling the younger generations that we women don’t have equal rights. Or that sex is unfair.

Really? Haven’t they noticed?

It’s the age of women!

Women are in leadership roles.

Women have all sorts of legal protections for having children and working in whatever kind of job they want.

Women have been very successful with babies on their hips. Ask Taraji P Henson!

It seems that women are upset that men can have sex and walk away, but women can’t. That’s what I heard Alyssa Milano say. That’s the new equal rights they are fighting to keep.

The pro-choice movement is fighting to keep the right to have sex with anyone and everyone and still be able to walk away from both the responsibility of a child and the relationship with their sex partner.

What the pro-choice movement doesn’t seem to realize is that once they have an abortion, they are spiritually dead.

Their souls are dead.

They have no conscience. Or, they become depressed—cutting, drinking, drugs…

Is this not oppressive of who we are as women?

Why would we allow anyone to oppress us? This is the age of women!

Abortion oppresses women.

And men benefit from abortion!

They don’t have to pay child support. They don’t have to parent. They don’t have to be tied to the mother of their children for the rest of their lives.

Abortion allows men to go around and have sex with whoever they want without any legal consequences.

So, pro-choice movement, listen up! Abortion allows men to oppress you. Don’t allow anyone to oppress you. Do not let him convince you to have an abortion.

Tell him to man up and get a job.

Rant over.

In Christ,

Cheryl

P. S. to pro-life men, please influence pro-choice men!

2020 Year of Pro-Life Men?

Dear Christians Sisters and Brothers,

Abby Johnson declared 2020 the year of the man’s voice in the abortion debate.

But pro-choice women will just continue to get mad at pro-life men–just ask Alyssa Milano.

What we need are pro-life men teaching pro-abortion men! Because men have a great deal to gain by keeping abortion legal.

With abortion, a man doesn’t have to pay child support.

With abortion, a man doesn’t have to take time to parent his children.

With abortion, a man can walk away from the relationship at any time.

Children tie a man down.

So what we really need is to convince men to change their thinking–to be pro-life.

According to a study by Care Net, men are the most influential on a woman’s choice. So even though women don’t want to admit it, baby daddies are the biggest influencer.

We need good Christian men influencing spiritually lost men for life and for Christ.

In Christ,

Cheryl

New Year’s Resolution for Life

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

Last year on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade—January 22, 2019—New York announced its late-term abortion law. They lit up their city in pink. We weren’t ready. Will we be ready for what happens this year?

Last year, everyone was surprised that any state would allow abortion right up to birth, but what they didn’t realize is that New York was not the first to make late-term abortion legal.

Then thanks to Virginia Governor Northam, it became very clear that abortion is murder. (Listen starting at minute 38 to WTOP’s Ask the Governor with Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam – Jan. 30, 2019.) It no longer matters whether the baby is in the womb or birthed. If the baby is unwanted, then it’s okay to murder her.

With that revelation, the undecided suddenly started paying attention to the debate.

We have spent this last year debating, arguing, and fighting about whether abortion should be legal.

Many states have liberalized their abortion laws.
Many states have made their abortion laws more conservative.

Are We Ready for the New Year & Sanctity of Life Month?

Once again, Sanctity of Life Month is upon us. Are we ready? Do we know how to talk…

  • to those who have not yet decided whether they are pro-life or pro-choice?
  • about the value of life while being kind?
    (speaking the truth in love!)
  • about the value of life without talking politics?

Skip Politics

As soon as we talk about abortion, people put us into a political conversation, assuming that we are all Republicans.

We are so divided politically. And some people think Republicans are heartless. Some people think we must get all of our social programs in order before we can end the legalization of abortion and assume that all Republicans are against social programs.

I hate politics because my elected officials don’t represent me. They represent their platform and the money that paid their way into office. I am not a Republican. I am not a Democrat. I refuse to choose any political party, but I always vote pro-life because if we don’t value life in the womb then we aren’t going to value the lives of those who need social programs (and my siblings are two of them—read ReTested for that story).

But I do support the Democrats for Life of America because I believe they are the key to changing laws. But they need more money than the Planned Parenthood lobbyists who pay for late-term abortion legislation.

Make Disciples

We must remember that the goal is not to convert people to a political party. The goal is to make disciples, which includes teaching Christ’s ways (Matthew 28:19-20). When people love Christ, they value life. When they value life, our politics will change.

Christians First

We must start with Christians. As many as 36% of abortions are by women who go to church at least once per month (“Abortion and the Church” by Care Net). It doesn’t matter which denomination. That number needs to be zero. We’re arrogant if we think God will rescue our country when we Christians don’t value life.

Teaching Christ’s Ways

We must stop pointing fingers and start teaching.

  • Can you point to more than Psalm 139?
  • Can you explain that Jesus was against abortion?
  • Can you point to verses in the New Testament?
  • Can you explain what abortion does spiritually to women and men who choose it?
  • Do you teach men (of every generation) to support and parent their children?
  • Are you talking to men about their responsibilities in this battle?
  • Are you praying for the end of sex trafficking?
  • Are you teaching men and women to stay away from porn?
  • Are you teaching the sanctity of sex to your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors, and Sunday School students?
  • Is your heart prepared?
  • Are your prayers effective?

What is the Lord asking you to do in this battle for life?

Your New Year’s Resolution

Let me suggest two things:

  1. Make prayer and Worship to End Abortion your New Year’s resolution. The shop-amazonWorship to End Abortion: 40 Daily Prayers booklet provides you with sample prayers.Join the MybodyMyworship Group on Facebook to learn, pray, and worship together starting this Friday at 8:30 pm ET.

    Not on Facebook? Tell me in the comments below.

  2. Send me your questions about how to respond to what people say. I’ll use your questions and my recommended responses as blog posts, and then we can all support each other with suggestions in the comments.

Thank you for supporting life for defenseless babies and for the lost women and men who are scared, whose hearts are veiled, who are blind to the evil one and his schemes.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Teaching throughout Sanctity of Life Month

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

January is quickly approaching! And it is Sanctity of life month, a great opportunity to teach Christians and the people in our communities the value of life.

Not just the value of pre-born babies, for we all know that they were fearfully and wonderfully made by our Creator God, but also the value of the women who choose abortion and the men who influence them.

Join me tonight on Facebook Live at 8:30 PM eastern time for my teaching on the spiritual effects of abortion.

On Monday, December 30, I’ll answer the question: Why Not Politics?

Then beginning Friday, January 3, I will lead 40 days of worship to end abortion. We will worship and pray to God, asking that abortion will become unthinkable, not just illegal in the United States.

Only one day in the 40 days is written specifically for the United States. Other than that one day, the 40 days apply to the whole world.

I pray you’ll join me in becoming humble Christians who cry out to the Lord for a change in the hearts of the abortion minded throughout the world.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Featured in After the Abortion Photography Series

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

On my way to an author conference, I drove to Fort Wayne, IN to dress up like a zombie—not for Halloween but for the After the Abortion Photography Series by Angela Forker, featured on Facebook.zombie-cheryl

In my book, ReTested: The Story of a Post-Abortive Woman Called to Change the Conversation, I describe my abortion to be as perfect as the pro-choice movement promised, but I also explain how I later realized that my joy was sucked out of me right along with my baby.

Angela captured my lack of emotions perfectly, She’s a talented woman.

I was already planning a drive to Columbus, OH for an author conference when I found out that Angela lives just a few hours away in Fort Wayne, so I started my trip a day early.angela-forker

Angela is a sweet soul full of talent and compassion—an obedient servant of God.

I’m also excited to share that my book, which is endorsed by Abby Johnson and Kim Ketola, is a finalist for the conference’s Author Academy Awards, an honor bestowed for literary merit and publishing excellence in the writing and publishing industry.

The award ceremony is tonight. Prayers are appreciated!

In Christ,

Cheryl

Walking Dead—the Natural Result of Abortion

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

This is the last post in The Spiritual Consequences of Abortion Series, which includes:

To review, here’s what happens when we murder and have sex outside of marriage:

  • When we keep silent about our sin, our bodies waste away (Psalm 32:3).
  • The Lord’s hand is heavy upon us (Psalm 32:4).
  • Our vitality is drained away (Psalm 32:4).
  • We yearn to hear joy and gladness again (Psalm 51:8).
  • We can’t wait for our broken bones to rejoice (Psalm 51:8).
  • We want to be renewed with a steadfast spirit (Psalm 51:10).
  • We want to feel the Holy Spirit within us (Psalm 51:11).
  • We want to be restored with the joy of salvation (Psalm 51:12).

After studying Psalms 32 and 51, I understood what happened to me after I aborted my daughter: My vitality was drained away. That’s why I described myself as the walking dead.

My joy was sucked away. I wanted to feel the joy of my salvation, but I couldn’t until I took responsibility for my sins then confessed and forgave.

Saving Mothers, Too

Abortion not only murders our unborn, it kills women’s souls.

Speaking from experience, sin of this magnitude increases the gulf between us and God.

Reconciling with God becomes a much more difficult thing to do. There’s a big difference between reconciling with God after using His name in vain than after murdering His child.

Therefore, we don’t lose just one of God’s children to abortion but two—the woman and her baby.

And if the father of the baby (1st among influencers over a woman’s choice)—or the grandmother (3rd among influencers) or grandfather (10th among influencers)—supports, pressures, or coerces the woman to have an abortion, then we lose even more.

I say all of this to ask you to compassionately reach the abortion-minded—all those who support abortion as a choice—for Christ so that we not only save the babies but also their mothers, fathers, and grandparents.

Christ came for the tax collectors and the prostitutes, and we are to do the same for all sinners, even those who make us angry.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Author of ReTested: The Story of a Post-Abortive Woman Called to Change the Conversation, finalist for the Author Academy Awards

Citation:
Care Net. 2016, July. “Study of Women Who Have Had an Abortion & Their Views on Church.” Go to: https://resources.care-net.org/free-resources/#lp-pom-text-318

The Consequences of Unconfessed Sin

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

This is a continuation of The Spiritual Consequences of Abortion Series, which includes:

Today, we continue to how King David described the consequences of unconfessed sin.

Despite David’s efforts to cover up his sin, the fighting men seem to have figured out that David had Uriah killed given that Bathsheba’s father was one of the mighty men (2 Samuel 23:34; 11:3) and that her grandfather Ahithophel later conspired against David (2 Samuel 15:31).

Certainly, those working in David’s palace knew that David got Bathsheba pregnant (2 Samuel 11:3-4) and tried to fool Uriah (2 Samuel 11:8-10, 13).

Perhaps all the people in Jerusalem figured out David’s sins (because not all rumors are false) but were afraid to say anything.

Until Nathan confronts David, the king thinks he has gotten away with his sins of extra-marital sex and murder (2 Samuel 11:27).

David Confessed His Sins

After Nathan explains things, David immediately takes responsibility and confesses his sin (2 Samuel 12:1-13).

As you know, David sang nearly half the Psalms. I say sang because psalm means song. Did he write them before he sang them, or did he sing them and then write them down? We don’t know.

But after he takes responsibility for what he did, David goes into the Tent of Meeting and sings his confession, as recorded in Psalm 51.

He also sings Psalm 32. In Psalm 32, David elegantly described what happened while he had unconfessed sin:

When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. I acknowledged my sin to You and my iniquity I did not hide. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”; and You forgave the guilt of my sin. (Psalm 32:3-5 NASB, emphasis mine)

From Psalm 32 and from Psalm 51, we learn what happens when we murder and commit adultery:

  • When we keep silent about our sin, our bodies waste away (Psalm 32:3).
  • The Lord’s hand is heavy upon us (Psalm 32:4).
  • Our vitality is drained away (Psalm 32:4).
  • We yearn to hear joy and gladness again (Psalm 51:8).
  • We can’t wait for our broken bones to rejoice (Psalm 51:8).
  • We want to be renewed with a steadfast spirit (Psalm 51:10).
  • We want to feel the Holy Spirit within us (Psalm 51:11).
  • We want to be restored with the joy of salvation (Psalm 51:12).

More Holy Spirit!

Like King David, once we have confessed we can feel the Holy Spirit within us, and perhaps then other people will see that we have more fruit of the Spirit—

  • love
  • joy
  • peace
  • patience
  • kindness
  • goodness
  • faithfulness
  • gentleness
  • self-control (Galatians 5:22-23)

But there’s more! In Luke 11:13, Jesus gives us permission to ask for even more of the Holy Spirit.

Join me tomorrow when I connect the whole series, explaining how the story of David, Bathsheba, and Uriah relates to the spiritual consequences of abortion.

In Christ,

Cheryl

The Hebrews Valued Babies

Dear Christian Women & Men,

On Friday, I started a series on the spiritual consequences of abortion. You may want to go back to “The ‘Perfect’ Abortion” and “Abortion in the Bible?” in which you’ll learn the story of David, Bathsheba, and Uriah.

Let’s continue to learn about why David chose to kill Uriah rather send Bathsheba away for an abortion.

Today in the United States, you might expect a rich man to offer his mistress money for an abortion or even pressure her into having an abortion.

But that’s not what David does. David could have sent Bathsheba to another nation to have the baby killed in utero using potions or to give birth and then have the boy sacrificed to Baal.

But David didn’t do that. Why not? Because the Hebrews valued babies.

The Hebrews valued their family lines—their genealogies and their offspring. You have probably encountered lists of family genealogies in the Bible and rolled your eyes at trying to pronounce all those ancient names! Family lines of:

  • Adam (Genesis 5)
  • Cain (Genesis 4:16-22)
  • Noah (Genesis 10)
  • Shem (Genesis 11:10-32)
  • Ishmael (Genesis 25:12-15)
  • Isaac (Genesis 25:19-20)
  • Jacob/Israel (Genesis 35:22-26)
  • Esau (Genesis 36:9-43)
  • Joseph (Genesis 41:50-52)
  • Jacob’s grandchildren (Genesis 46:8-27)
  • census by tribe of genealogical record (Numbers 1:5-43)
  • Samuel (1 Samuel 1:1-2)
  • David (Ruth 4:18-21)

We’re only at the ninth book out of 66, and we haven’t even gotten to Jesus’ genealogy through Joseph (Matthew 1:1-17) or through Mary (Luke 3:23-38).

But the reason the genealogies are listed is because families and family lines are important to God. The Hebrews knew that. Therefore, preserving their own family line was important to them.

We also know that Hebrews valued children by how women reacted to not being able to have children:

  • Sarah/Sarai (Genesis 16:1-2)
  • Abimelech’s wife and female maids (Genesis 20:17-18)
  • Rebekah (Genesis 25:21)
  • Rachel (Genesis 30:1)
  • Samson’s mother (Judges 13:2-3)
  • Hannah (1 Samuel 1:2)
  • Michal (2 Samuel 6:23)
  • the Shunammite Woman (2 Kings 4:14-17)
  • New Testament Jew Elizabeth (Luke 1:7)

So when people say to you, “The Bible doesn’t talk about abortion.” You could respond by saying, “That’s because the Hebrews valued children.”

Join me again tomorrow to learn what David did after he had Uriah killed.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Abortion in the Bible?

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

Yesterday, I posted about the psychological risks of abortion. Today, I’m starting a series on the spiritual consequences.

Why don’t we tell Christian women the risks to their souls before they choose life or abortion?

Of the women who are aborting, 36% go to church at least once per month. It doesn’t matter which denomination—from Catholic to Evangelical.

Abortions have been had by women in your church—some before she knew Christ and some afterward.

Before scheduling a meeting with your pastor or priest, read this blog series yourself. Because as a member of The Church, you are as much of the solution to our society’s ills as the leaders of your local church.

Finding Evidence in the Bible

After I was completely healed from my abortion, I asked God what happened to me spiritually. I knew there were no stories of abortion in the Bible, but I asked Him if there were a story that explained the spiritual consequences of my abortion. He led me to King David’s murder of Bathsheba’s husband Uriah.

David Had Bathsheba’s Husband Killed

You are probably familiar with David and Bathsheba’s story, but let me give you a quick summary. David stayed home when he should’ve been in battle (2 Samuel 11:1). He sent all his men to war, including Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah (2 Samuel 11:3, 23:39; 1 Chronicles 11:26, 41). While at home, David used his kingly power to have sex with Uriah’s wife (2 Samuel 11:2-5).

What we don’t know is whether David and Bathsheba “had eyes for each other” before the adultery or whether she had sex with him because he was the king and reasoned that she couldn’t say “no.” However, there are two indications that the latter is more likely true.

First, Bathsheba is referred to as “woman” and “Uriah’s wife” all through Second Samuel Chapter 11, which tells the story of infidelity and murder, leaving David as the focus of the story. We don’t learn her name until Chapter 12 verse 24 when David is consoling her after their baby dies.

Second, Bathsheba’s grandfather (2 Samuel 23:34; 11:3), who was David’s counselor (2 Samuel 15:12), later conspired against David (2 Samuel 23:34; 11:3; 15:12, 31). Therefore, I lean toward kingly pressure that today we call rape.

Whichever the case, the king is responsible for following the law of the land (Deuteronomy 17:18-20).

David tries to cover up his adultery by tricking Uriah into having sex with his wife. But Uriah is a man of higher character than David and won’t sleep with his wife when he should be away at war (2 Samuel 11:6-13). So David had Uriah killed to cover up his sin (2 Samuel 11:14-17).

David broke two commandments—adultery (Exodus 20:14; Deuteronomy 5:18) and murder (Exodus 20:13; Deuteronomy 5:17)—both of which had legal consequences of capital punishment (Leviticus 20:10; 24:17).

To learn more about how the story of King David’s affair and cover up relates to abortion, return tomorrow at 1 pm Eastern Time.

In Christ,

Cheryl