STOP LEGAL MURDER IN OHIO
By Dr. Patrick Jonston
June 22, 2011
A Biblical Case for the Ohio Personhood Amendment
Article 1, Section 1 of the Ohio Constitution states, “All men are, by nature, free and independent, and have certain inalienable rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and seeking and obtaining happiness and safety.”
The Ohio Personhood Amendment will insert Section 1(b):
Person defined: The word “person” or “persons” applies to every human being at every stage of the biological development of that human being or human organism, including fertilization.
Fetuses are people, too
It is a verifiable fact of science, not to mention common sense, that human beings in the womb are people – they are people - with just as much of a right to life and liberty as those who sit in the halls of the Ohio state legislature. A person’s life begins at fertilization; from this point on, we are 100% human, alive, sexed, moving, and growing. Dead things, non-living things do not do this. You, my friend, are just a fetus grown up. Human embryos and fetuses are people, too.
It is also a verifiable fact of God’s Word, which is the final word on this and all matters. The Bible confirms repeatedly that a woman is pregnant with a child - not products of conception, not a blob of tissue. In Genesis 25, Rebekah’s children struggled within her. In Psalm 139, the inspired writer insists that he existed in his mother’s womb – not a non-living, non-human “product of conception” that became him later on. Pregnant women were considered “great with child,” and Mary was found “with child of the Holy Ghost.” In Exodus 21:22-24, God mandates the same civil penalty for those who would kill the preborn as for those who would kill the born. Preborn human beings are children to God, and the intentional killing of innocent human beings at any stage of existence is unlawful and criminal - His Word is clear.
God Almighty, the Ohio Constitution, and the Constitution of the U.S. agree
Our elected representatives are obligated by God to protect the innocent by punishing those who would assault them, according to Romans 13:1-7. Our state government is ordered to respect the God-given rights of life and liberty, according to the Ohio Constitution, to which they take an oath. Moreover, the U.S. Constitution forbids the government from depriving one of life or liberty without due process. Abortion is the unlawful usurpation of the God-given right to life and liberty.
Forty-five to fifty thousand innocent children die in Ohio every year by abortion. We are guilty of a great travesty.
We must choose between conflicting kingdoms
When men call good evil and evil good, and when the edicts of man and God contradict, who is right? When Federal or state rulers dictate that innocent people may be killed without penalty, the God who penned in tablets of stone “Thou shalt not murder” overrules them. Truly, God reigns over all. Justice Harry Blackmun, who authored the infamous Roe v. Wade decision, was not granted permission to rebel.
The question for Ohioans is, with whom shall you agree? With whom shall you side? The kingdom of light, or the kingdom of darkness? The kingdom of justice, or the kingdom of injustice? Shall we give consent to the opinions of human judges who justify aborting the life of a human being in the womb, or shall we defer to the Judge of all the earth? It is not lawful and never can be lawful to intentionally kill an innocent human being, all the attempts of sinful man to legalize it notwithstanding. We only respect Roe v. Wade insofar as we defy divine law. We only respect the Supreme Court’s unlawful dictates insofar as we defy the Judge of the all the earth. God’s standard of morality and justice is His law - the commandment “Thou shalt not murder” has not been amended to accommodate for the abortion of un-welcomed children.
John Locke said in his Second Treatise on Government, Chapter 18, Of Tyranny: "Wherever law ends, tyranny begins, if the law be transgressed to another's harm; and whosoever in authority exceeds the power given him by the law, and makes use of the force he has under his command to compass that upon the subject which the law allows not, ceases in that to be a magistrate, and acting without authority may be opposed, as any other man who by force invades the right of another.”
Ohio has the right and obligation to defy the Supreme Court’s attempt to legalize the killing of innocent Ohioans. We must defer to the rulings of the Court more supreme than they, whose Chief Justice is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
“With God, all things are possible.” Ohio’s state motto
Just as God’s legislation transcends man’s and satan’s, so does God’s power. In His Word, the Holy Bible, He gives us the tools to fight and achieve victory “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12-18). God says that He will answer the prayers of His people, if we pray according to His will in faith, not doubting, but believing in our heart that the things that we pray will come to pass. His Word says that the gates of hell will not prevail against His church, the people who believe in Jesus Christ. Our faith in Him is the victory that overcomes the world. With God, all things are possible.
Abortion will come to an end in our land if God’s people will take a stand and prayerfully do His will, trusting God’s power to come to their aid. His eyes are even now roaming to and fro through our state, looking to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is perfect towards Him. He doesn’t require a majority. The Bible says that there is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few. He is looking for a faithful remnant, an upright leader, who will unsheathe the Sword of the Spirit and charge the battlefield in the name of Jesus. “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.”
The divine warning and holy mandate for Ohio
The Bible is clear that God’s curse resides upon the land where innocent people are killed without retribution. (See Numbers 35:30-34, Jeremiah 18:7-10, Proverbs 6:16-17, Psalm 9:17, Jeremiah 7:5-7, Isaiah 1:15-17.) Deuteronomy 21, verses 1 through 9, tell us that the curse of innocent blood falls upon the community nearest the crime, and that curse can only be lifted through the dissemination of justice. It is the local community where the assault has been committed that is ultimately responsible for punishing assailants to protect the innocent.
Ultimately, Ohioans have no business pointing our fingers at the Supreme Court, the U.S. Congress, or the leftists entrenched in both major political parties for the shedding of innocent blood that Ohio allows. The federal government’s jurisdiction is limited by the Constitution, which only grants the feds jurisdiction over three crimes: piracy, counterfeiting, and treason. Criminal justice is a local matter. God’s wrath abides on Ohio for the innocent blood that has been shed in our state, and God obligates Ohio’s leaders to do justice to protect the innocent from assault and murder, and thereby purge our land from the guilt of innocent blood. Until there is justice for them, there will be no mercy for us.
False remedies that perpetuate the Holocaust
For many years conservatives have thought that if we could incrementally use the power of legislation to decrease the number of abortions, then we would do well. Regulating the killing of innocent children is insufficient to fulfill our moral and Constitutional obligation to do justice to protect the innocent. If the law ends with “and then you can kill the baby”, it merits our condemnation. Our attempt to regulate the abortion industry has made us responsible for the slaughter our legislation justifies, and intensifies rather than abates the wrath of God.
Regulating the child-killing is the strategy of the proponents of the so-called Heartbeat Bill in Ohio. This bill is designed so that it will not save a single baby’s life. It’s a pathetic, compromised bill that violates in the most egregious manner the principle of God-given inalienable rights. (For an evaluation of the Heartbeat Bill, click here.)
We have thought that if we could appoint enough “strict constructivist” judges to the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, then that will repair the breach in our justice system and protect the innocent. But our Republican “pro-life” Presidents keep appointing pro-abortion candidates to the bench! Even G.W. Bush’s last appointment, Sam Alito, when he was a judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals, ruled New Jersey’s Partial Birth Abortion Ban unconstitutional, and cited Roe v. Wade approvingly in the process. With “pro-lifers” like Alito, who needs pro-choicers?
Moreover, overturning Roe v. Wade is insufficient to protect the innocent preborn in Ohio, as it would simply send the matter of abortion back to the states, and not protect the God-given, constitutionally-protected right to life and liberty of all Ohioans. Even the overturning of Roe v. Wade would bring us back to the same question that I place before you today: will Ohio and its leaders, through our apathy and reluctance to prosecute abortionists, continue to side with the Supreme Court in their vain attempt to nullify the law of God, or will we side with the King of Kings and nullify the unconstitutional, unlawful opinions of the Supreme Court?
Christians have thought that if we could just preach the Gospel and win the hearts of enough people, then abortion will end. Yes, we must preach the Gospel, but the Bible states that all will not believe the Gospel, and if we allow unbelievers to kill their children without penalty, then the curse of innocent blood will still abide on our land. Civil law was designed by God to restrain the selfish and protect the innocent, and it is the obligation of civil rulers to be a “terror” to evil works, and to be “a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil” (I Timothy 1:8-11, Romans 1:1-7). We are not loving our neighbor as ourselves, we are not being “Good Samaritans” to the helpless afflicted, if we tolerate their discrimination and slaughter.
The Ohio Personhood Amendment: The Remedy
Many Ohioans are praying and working diligently to protect the right to life of all preborn children in Ohio. The Personhood Amendments designed to do just that.
We need your help. Indeed, the preborn, the smallest, most helpless assault victims in our state need your help. God Almighty, the father of the slaughtered fatherless, requests your help. With God’s help, we will protect the innocent preborn in Ohio from slaughter. We will love our preborn neighbor as we love ourselves.
“Open thy mouth for the dumb (those who can’t speak for themselves) in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:8-9).
“How long will you judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy: rid them out of the hands of the wicked” (Psalm 82:3-4).
“If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? And he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? And shall not he render to every man according to his works?” (Proverbs 24:10-12).
Please visit the website dedicated to Ohio Personhood Amendment, sign up, and learn how to get involved.
Contact Dr. Johnston at www.RightRemedy.org.
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