Virtually every socially acceptable sin in our culture, from homosexuality to transgenderism to pornography to abortion, can be traced back to the rapidly emptying pews and the increasingly “fluffy” messages in America’s churches as Christians have grown timid and cowardly, refusing to call sin out for what it is.
So when someone comes along who is willing to risk being offensive to stand up for what is right with no concerns for the negative social repercussions, millions of Christians around the world would do right to feel convicted.
According to the South Carolina Morning News, Joe Biden was denied communion over the weekend because of the Democratic presidential candidate’s unapologetic pro-abortion stance.
Rev. Robert Morey made the highly laudable decision to block Biden, a professing lifelong Roman Catholic, from taking communion while the former Vice President visited Morey’s Saint Anthony Catholic Church in Florence, South Carolina.
“Sadly, this past Sunday, I had to refuse Holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden,” Morey told the Morning News, adding that he believes that “any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching.”
“Holy Communion signifies we are one with God, each other and the Church. Our actions should reflect that. Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching,” he continued.
“I will keep Mr. Biden in my prayers,” Morey added.
A spokesperson for the Biden campaign would not confirm to the Morning News that he had attended the church but said if he did so, it was only in a “private capacity.” The campaign official then directed the paper to a public appearance Biden made Sunday at Jerusalem Baptist Church in Hartsville, where he had a markedly different reception.
The Morning News reports:
The former VP focused a majority of his roughly 25 minute remarks on why people are called to a life of service. He read a line from the Epistle of John, a lesson he said all “in public life should take to heart.”
After reading the quote, Biden said the takeaway as “Talk is cheap, action and truth, that’s what matters in the world.” Biden added that it’s “not enough just to wish the world a better place. We have to make it so.”
He stressed the numerous injustices that remain in the country like deep-seeded[sic] racism and looking the other way rather than helping each other up. He never mentioned President Donald Trump by name, but strongly suggested that he has paved the US to this crucial point where the country is in “the battle for the soul of this nation.”
“The country is moving in a direction that we’ve seen before that is not healthy,” Biden said in his address to the congregation.
Reaching the very height of irony, Biden told the churchgoers that now is not the “moment to give lip service to our beliefs” and that fighting for so-called social justice “isn’t about Democrat or Republican. This is about the nation rising up and saying, not here, not us.”
If those aren’t the words of a seared conscience, what are? While Biden and his fellow nominally Christian leftists like to rip Bible verses out of context to support their political stances, he ignores the whole of Scriptural counsel that leaves us with no choice but to shout from the rooftops that all human life is made in the image of God and is sacred from the moment of its creation.
The rest of the 2020 Democratic pool is no better when it comes to claiming Christian affiliation while wholly disregarding fundamental Scriptural applications in culture and law.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she is a Methodist. Sen. Bernie Sanders was raised in the Jewish tradition, and while he claims not to be a practicing Jew, the socialist candidate was quick to play the anti-Semitism card when criticized for being a millionaire earlier this year. U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris claims to be a Baptist. South Bend, Indiana Mayor and “married” homosexual Pete Buttigieg was baptized a Catholic but is now a practicing Episcopalian.
What does this quasi-religious motley crew have in common? They all adamantly support abortion, something completely incompatible with the Christian faith they claim to have.
As we’ve previously reported, Pastor Rhyan Glezman, the brother of Buttigieg’s “husband,” has boldly called on the candidate to repent for contorting Scripture to defend sin:
“I feel a sense of responsibility and stewardship of my faith to stand up and say something, to say, ‘No, that’s not true,’” Pastor Glezman said, explaining his opposition to his “brother-in-law” to the Washington Examiner. “God places a very high value on all human life. Everyone is created fearfully and wonderfully in the image of God with intrinsic value. That doesn’t start at the first breath, it starts when we enter our mother’s womb.”
“If we’re going to say we’re for all people and we love all people, but we don’t value human life in the womb, that’s being a hypocrite,” Glezman continued, rebuking Buttigieg for his “outrageous” use of Scripture. “You’re hypocritical if you don’t stand up for all life. So that’s why I’m speaking out.”
Glezman even went so far as to slam Buttigieg as a “modern-day pharisee” who has “manipulated” and “weaponized” the Word of God for his own political gain, and is “making up their own rules and regulations and, basically, if we don’t celebrate and endorse their interpretation of Scripture, our religion is fallible.”
“This isn’t a little issue, especially when we’re talking about life,” he declared. “This is not just a political conversation. We’re talking about human life. These are human beings.” Glezman stated, noting that each of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are “very anti-life” and “very anti-God,” not just Buttigieg.
Saints, we cannot afford another moment of sycophantic silence over these issues. The longer we go without speaking out against these atrocities, the more babies are murdered. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that the culture of death is going to be gentle and passive.
There is no room to be polite, to be “open-minded,” to try to get along when it comes to abortion. Anyone who believes that abortion is murder should boldly rebuke anyone who claims to be a Christian and yet supports the legal slaughter of God’s precious children.
It’s time to flip some tables in the temple, people! Are you with us?
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