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FROM MURDERING THOUSANDS OF UNBORN BABIES TO A CHRIST-LESS “CONVERSION” INTO
APOSTATE, UN-CHRISTIAN CATHOLICISM
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; that at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
CONVICTED, BUT NOT BY THE WORD OF GOD, THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST EXCLUSIVELY:
SHE DOESN’T LIKE THE WORD “MURDERING”;
PREFERS “KILLING” AS LESS LEGALISTIC
ABORTION: CATHOLIC FILMMAKERS BEHIND “UNPLANNED” MOVIE DEPICT “GOSPEL-LESS” CHANGE, INVITED PRIEST TO “EXORCIZE” THE SET
A movie about the true story of former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson, written, directed and co-produced by two Catholic filmmakers who are most known for scripting the “God’s Not Dead” films, opened at #5 at the box office this past weekend. While some have praised the production as being “heartrending entertainment” that will “shake the country to its core,” others have noted various concerns, from the behind-the-scenes spiritual ecumenism, to the movie’s gospel-less change, to its depiction of some abortion opponents as over-the-top “zealots.”
“We need to hear more of both sides in this day and age,” Executive Producer Steven Katz told the Quad City Times. “This shows there are zealots on both sides of the debate.”
“Unplanned” is released by Pure Flix Entertainment, a distributing company that identifies itself as “a Christian movie studio that produces, distributes, and acquires Christ-centered movies.” It states that its goal through releasing films under the umbrella of faith and family “is to influence the global culture for Christ through media.”
The company decided to get on board with “Unplanned” and roll it out as a faith-based film for Christians and the movie-going public at large.
The production is based on the true story of Abby Johnson, a now pro-life Roman Catholic who formerly worked as the director of the Planned Parenthood in Bryan, Texas, where thousands of college students attended Texas A&M University.
Johnson began as a volunteer escort for women who were arriving for abortions, and later worked as a counselor until being offered to take over as director.
Johnson — who had two abortions during a previous relationship and marriage — says that she used to counsel women that babies cannot feel anything during the abortion procedure, and believes she had a part in an estimated 22,000 abortions. She states that she thought she was helping women, and that is why she became involved with the organization.
However, in 2009 she was called into the back room to personally assist with an ultrasound-guided abortion.
Holding the probe over the woman’s abdomen, she states that she could clearly see the 13-week-old child’s profile — head, arms, legs, fingers and toes — and then saw the baby trying to move away from the abortionist’s cannula, which soon sucked the child into a tube via the suction aspiration method, ending his or her life.
“As the cannula pressed in, the baby began struggling to turn and twist away,” Johnson writes in her book “Unplanned.” “It seemed clear to me that the fetus could feel the cannula and did not like the feeling.”
As the suction device was turned on, “[f]or the briefest moment, it looked as if the baby was being wrung like a dishcloth, twirled and squeezed. And then, the little body crumpled and began disappearing into the cannula before my eyes.”
“The last thing I saw was the tiny, perfectly formed backbone sucked into the tube, and then everything was gone.”
Johnson soon quit her job with Planned Parenthood, joined the efforts of a pro-life group, and began sharing her experience publicly.
THE SPIRITUAL MELTING POT BEHIND THE MOVIE
Konzelman and Solomon
Catholic screenwriters Chuck Konzelman and Cary Solomon, most known for scripting the popular “God’s Not Dead” films and “Do You Believe,” state that Hollywood producer Megan Harrington gave them a copy of Johnson’s book and suggested that the men make the story into a movie.
The filmmakers, who agreed to move forward, along with others, wrote the script for the production and also served as directors and producers.
“I asked the Lord what He wanted me to do. Do you want me to be a Jew? Do you want me to be a Buddhist? I’ll do whatever you want. He was all over me. He led me to the Catholic Church,” he said. “I’d walk into the religious section of a bookstore, and a book about the Catholic Church would fall at my feet. I studied the Catholic Church, its teachings, its history and the saints. I knew He was leading me there.”
Konzelman and Solomon told the Catholic News Agency last month that they made arrangements for a priest to exorcize the set and to “bless the cast and props.”
“We tried to do mass and adoration as much as we could,” Solomon outlined to the outlet. Other offerings were available for evangelicals.
“Right from the outset, when we started planning this film, we knew we were going to need a prayer ministry,” Konzelman said. “We knew we were going to need protection. We knew there was going to be a lot of spiritual warfare surrounding the filming of this project.”
“The prayer ministry team that we put together was Catholics, evangelicals — all kinds from every denomination,” added Solomon, as photographs flip through, demonstrating the ecumenism of those involved — photos that include a nun and a priest.
Social media pages for the “Unplanned” Prayer Team feature various “decrees” over the film and society in general, including “Swift breakthrough in provision,” “Leaders hearts are returning toward life,” “The Church is waking up” and “Shame will be removed.” Quotes include those by Graham Cooke, known for his teachings on prophecy; Jennifer LeClaire, former head of Charisma Magazine; and husband and wife duo Nate and Christy Johnson, who are members of the Australian Prophetic Council.
Posts shared to social media also include a nun’s review of the film, as well as one by a Catholic priest, in addition to a mix of Catholic and evangelical endorsements.
The film’s cast features both evangelicals and Catholics, such as Lila Rose of Live Action, a Catholic; Mike Lindell of My Pillow, an evangelical who donated $1 million to the film effort; and Kris Vallotton of the controversial Bethel Church in California. Contemporary Christian artist Matthew West wrote and recorded the soundtrack for the film.
Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel Ministries in Plano, Texas, told Christian News Network that while he applauds Johnson for leaving Planned Parenthood and speaking out against the organization, he is concerned about the ecumenism with the project.
“I’m concerned the evangelicals are once again joining hands with Roman Catholics on a social issue, albeit a very important one,” he stated, adding that the Bible says in Galatians 1:6-9 that those who preach another gospel are to be an anathema.
GOSPEL-LITE OR GOSPEL-LESS?
Hughes Credit: Facebook/WWUTT
Gabe Hughes, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Junction City, Kansas, watched the film, and while he said he liked the production as a story, he also had a number of concerns.
“This is a pro-life film more than it is a Christian film, and those two things are not synonymous. … [N]ot all who call themselves pro-life are Christians,” he wrote in a blog post on the production. “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.”
Hughes noted that in one scene, Johnson, played by actress Ashley Bratcher, asks her husband how she will get over the guilt of what she has done. He replies, “You say you’re sorry and God will forgive you. … Because He’s God.” Hughes said that there is much more to the message of the gospel than the individual expressing regret, and the audience needs to hear it.
“We are forgiven when we know that we have sinned against a holy God and what we deserve is death, but God sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins and conquer death by rising again from the grave. All who believe in Him will not perish but will have His eternal life,” he wrote.
“If we ask forgiveness for our sins, God cleanses us from all unrighteousness because Jesus died in our place — not ‘because He’s God,’ but because He is ‘just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus’ (Romans 3:26). He forgives because Christ has paid,” Hughes continued. “We receive the immeasurable riches of His grace by faith in Christ alone and no other way. That’s the gospel. When you hear that message and you believe it, you will turn from your sin and become a follower of Jesus.”
Hughes said that this important component was absent from the film, and stated that he was also concerned that Johnson’s “conversion in the story was from pro-abortion to pro-life, not from sinner to saint,” and that it also portrayed her and her husband as “always church-going Christians.”
“Abby was not an unbeliever who became a believer in this film. She never had a come-to-Jesus moment … ,” he stated.
According to Konzelman and Solomon, Johnson did indeed attend services throughout the time that she was employed at Planned Parenthood.
“Abby and Doug were regular churchgoers … and there were a number of times where the sermon and what she was doing for a living were in conflict,” they told The American Catholic.
In one Facebook comment online, Johnson stated during a discussion, “Every time I profess that Jesus is lord and savior of my life by consuming His body and blood, I am saved. Luckily, I can receive that salvation every day of the week.”
DEPICTION OF ‘ZEALOTS’ VERSUS PRAYERS, CANDLELIGHT VIGILS
Scene from “Unplanned”
Hughes outlined that he was additionally concerned that “Unplanned” depicts a segment of those who stand against abortion outside of Planned Parenthood as a group of unruly, wild protesters “carrying Bibles, hurling insults, and making death threats.”
“But these are the only ones in the whole film to call abortion murder. The movie shows it’s murder, but it won’t say it’s murder,” he wrote.
The trailer for the film shows a group holding signs such as “abortion is murder” or images of aborted babies as Johnson pulls in the parking lot to the abortion facility. One man is dressed as the grim reaper, and another, holding a Bible, is later depicted calling out to Johnson that she is a “baby killer.”
Executive Producer Steven Katz told the Quad City Times that he believes the movie shows “there are zealots on both sides of the debate.”
Johnson herself has stated that she does not agree with using the images of aborted children outside of abortion facilities, and does not like to use the word “murder” for abortion, because it is a legal term and abortion is currently legal, but rather “killing.”
She additionally cautioned during one speech posted online that women who have obtained an abortion should not be referred to as “murderers” or someone who should have “kept their legs closed,” both of which are reportedly exemplified in the film.
“The pro-choice movement is watching you. The women who’ve had abortions, they’re watching you. When you call them murderers, they’re watching. You’re impeding their ability to heal,” Johnson said. “When women who are considering abortion are told that they should have kept their legs closed, of if they didn’t make such poor decisions they wouldn’t be in this situation in the first place, they’re watching you. Your words can be life or death for their child.”
“And my particular interest: Abortion clinic workers past and present, they’re watching. When you call them baby killers, when you say that they should burn in Hell, they see that,” she stated.
In her book “Unplanned,” Johnson also opined, “We [both sides] all long for a story that shows ‘our’ side is right and good and ‘their’ side is wrong and bad, don’t we? But I testify that there is good and right and wrong on both sides of the fence. And even more shocking — we have far more in common with the other side than we might imagine.”
Hughes, in noting that the film itself depicts a bloody abortion pill abortion, as well as Johnson (Bratcher) picking through baby parts in a petri dish, remarked, “She’s opposed to using graphic imagery like pictures of aborted babies — unless that graphic imagery is in her movie, I guess.”
Portrayed contrastingly in a positive light, however, is the work of 40 Days for Life, a largely Roman Catholic effort that holds prayer vigils outside of abortion facilities. Participants pray quietly or silently, and sometimes events include candlelight vigils or rosary prayers.
Shawn Carney, who is depicted in the film and is a co-founder of the organization, is a Roman Catholic, and is a graduate of Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Catholic High School in Tyler.
A page on the 40 Days for Life website outlines for an upcoming event in Boston, “Come join us as we pray the Holy Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood” and “Come give witness to life as we pray the Stations of the Cross during Lent. We will be led by a different priest each week.”
A document posted online for a New York chapter of the organization instructs participants to “remain silent” and not to “engage in debate or confrontation with the public,” and that “we do not condemn or place judgment.” Signs are to be those from the organization, or featuring a pregnancy center hotline, or of a “positive nature.”
Gendron, who himself has ministered outside of abortion facilities and is a former Roman Catholic of 30 years, agreed that Roman Catholics take a different approach to addressing the abortion facility in their community.
“It’s quite a contrast between Roman Catholics who stand out front with a statue or a picture of the virgin Mary and they stand there praying repetitious prayers to Mary as they pray the rosary,” he said. “Of course, Mary can’t hear any prayers, and the Bible tells us not to pray other than the almighty God through the one mediatorship of Jesus Christ.”
Gendron, who now leads a ministry to reach Roman Catholics, explained that it is vital to share the word of God with abortion-minded women, for as Scripture states in Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
“From personal experience, … I engage people with the gospel of Jesus Christ, recognizing that the women are about to commit a most serious sin of murder — murdering their baby in the womb — and it is only the power of God’s word will bring conviction that what they are about to do is a serious sin,” he outlined.
“We know that faith comes from hearing and hearing the word of Christ, so as we share the gospel with these women who are in crisis pregnancy, we know that the word of God can penetrate through the most stubborn heart when the spirit of God applies the word to their heart,” Gendron added.
“I’ve actually seen the women turn away from aborting their baby as we’ve shared the gospel, and so it’s very encouraging to see the power of God’s word at work.”
(Natural News) Despite its strong Christian origins, the United States of America is rapidly descending into total amorality and godlessness, with statues openly honoring Satan now appearing on government property all across the country.
Back in December, for instance, it was reported that the Chicago chapter of the “Temple of Satan” was given permission to place a Satanic statue in between a Christmas tree and a menorah at the Illinois statehouse during the holiday season, in open defiance to both Christianity and Judaism.
According to reports, the four-foot sculpture depicted a black-colored fist clenching an apple, which was meant to represent the sin of Adam and Eve when they ate of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, in violation of God’s edict placing the tree and its fruit off-limits.
Below this Satanic statue was a placard stating, “Knowledge is the Greatest Gift,” along with a Baphomet-embedded pentagram – just to ensure that everyone viewing the statue knew that it was there to honor Satan.
“Under the Constitution, the First Amendment, people have a right to express their feelings, their thoughts,” stated Dave Druker, a spokesman for the Illinois Secretary of State, in defense of the statue’s grotesque presence. “This recognizes that.”
Satanists erect massive Baphomet statue in front of Arkansas Capitol building
Reports indicate that the giant, eight-foot-tall bronze statue depicted Satan in the form of Baphomet, a transgender rendering of Lucifer as the “goat monster,” holding up its two fingers below a giant pentagram.
The “Satanic Temple” had been trying for three years to get permission to place the statue in front of the Arkansas Capitol as part of an effort to find a permanent home for the blasphemous, human-goat avatar.
In this case, proponents of the hermaphroditic Baphomet statue had previously attempted to have it placed next to the Christian Ten Commandments placard in front of the Oklahoma Capitol building, only to have the Supreme Court strike down the monument for violating state law governing the separation of church and state.
That’s when the Satanic Temple moved on to Arkansas, where a similar Ten Commandments monument was set to be built in Little Rock, and where the Baphomet was intended to be placed as a direct affront to Christianity.
While both of the aforementioned statues ended up only remaining on their respective government properties temporarily, the boldness with which the “Church of Satan” is now demanding that its Satanic paraphernalia be openly displayed for the world to see suggests that the moral decline of this country is accelerating.
“The stunning truth is simple and self-evident: Like all the other evil tech giants – Apple, Google, Twitter, Youtube, Pinterest, etc. – Amazon is actually run by Satanists who actively seek the murder of children via abortions and vaccines,” warns Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, about the encroaching threat of Satanism into every aspect of American life.
For more related news about the spread of Satanism in America today, be sure to visit Evil.news.
Americans living roughly 75 miles north of the Mexican border are being terrorized by foreign gang members and illegal aliens, according to a resident of Encino, Texas, who says a border wall is needed to protect U.S. citizens.
A woman identified only as “Soila” told NBC affiliate KVEO that “hundreds” of illegal aliens pass through her neighborhood on any given day, while Mexican cartel members threaten her family and friends — and even attempt to invade her property.
“We no longer can go out without a gun; you can’t go for a walk,” Soila said. “My neighbor and his daughter were chased by men with masks. She was riding her 4-wheeler down 281 — they saw her and they jumped the fence and started chasing her.”
“Huge groups — and we’re not talking 10 or 15, we’re talking about 40, 70 — and the last few months it’s getting worse. They really need to go after the coyotes because we have seen so many abandoned families, women with children just left out there. These people are not educated — they don’t know east or west, they don’t know where the sun rises and sets. You ask them, ‘Have you ever seen a map of Texas?’ They don’t even know how big Texas is.”
Soila tells of multiple confrontations between her husband and gang members who use intimidation to silence and control opposition, adding that her neighbors are scared to call Border Patrol due to threats.
“12 young men dressed in black — my husband automatically stops, and they just put a finger to their lips and it’s like, ‘You better not say anything,’” Soila said. “They know what we drive, they know where we live.”
“There was a young man, [my husband] kept telling him to stop right at the gate, but he kept coming. My husband cocked the gun, and right on his left-hand side, 12-15 more pop out. They were trying to get in towards the house.”
Soila says a border wall is desperately needed, and that those who oppose it are foolish or protecting their short-term financial interests.
“Whoever tells you there is no danger out here and we don’t need the wall, they have no idea what they’re talking about,” she said. “They don’t care as long as the businesses keep thriving in McAllen or Brownsville.”
A mom armed with a pistol saved her 5-year-old daughter from being kidnapped at a West Virginia mall Monday night.
The incident happened in Old Navy at the Huntington Mall in Barboursville around 6PM as Mohamed Fathy Hussein Zayan, 54, from Alexandria, Egypt, “grabbed the child by the hair and attempted to pull her away,” reports WYMT.
“Police say the mother then pulled out a handgun and told the suspect to let go of the child. The mother told police the man then let go of the girl and ran out of the store into the mall.”