KISSIMMEE, Florida (www.forerunner.com) – Sanctity of human life advocates were joyful to hear the news last week that a circuit judge had granted a temporary injunction to prohibit all surgical abortions and diagnostic testing at 610 Oak Commons, the site of a brand new $2 million Planned Parenthood center.
This week, Jenna Tosh and Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando (PPGO) filed for a counter-injunction to keep their abortion mega center in business.
In a supplemental affidavit, PPGO CEO Jenna Tosh has cited “irreparable harm” to their business reputation “as well as to the reputation of other Planned Parenthood affiliates generally.”
Jenna Tosh deserves an Oscar for her acting performance as PPGO CEO since 2011.
The Kissimmee Abortion Mega-Center Timeline
As early as 2012 and 2013, two Florida State House Democrats, Senator Darren Soto and Representative Ricardo Rangel, invited Planned Parenthood to come to Osceola County.
Senator Darren Soto and Representative Ricardo Rangel betray Osceola County to the abortion giant, Planned Parenthood.
On December 20, 2012, Senator Soto praised PPGO for their school programs.
On November 1, 2013, Senator Soto again praised PPGO for their sex education in his wife’s classroom in Orange County and sad he would like to see it in Osceola County. Soto said he hopes to get Osceola County teen pregnancy rate down too. (Both Orange County and Osceola County’s teen birth rates are equivalently down the same percentage since 2006 despite PPGO’s absence in Osceola.)
Planned Parenthood external affairs director, Anna Eskamani, stated that although the state law requires abstinence education, states students are instructed that they can text their sexual questions and get real time responses from one of Planned Parenthood’s sexperts.
Rep. Rangel said he toured Planned Parenthood, saying, “it was a great tour,” and knew that Planned Parenthood was planning on “doing something like that here in Osceola County.”
The shocking part is how warm and friendly these two Roman Catholic representatives are to having an abortion center representative at their meeting. They even commended Planned Parenthood’s sex education programs in Orange County schools and spoke of their entry in Osceola schools as though it were a done deal.
I first got wind of a proposed Planned Parenthood mega-center by hearing Florida Right to Life’s executive director, Rachel Burgin talk about PPGO’s plans to expand into Osceola and Brevard counties.
“Planned Parenthood is recruiting young girls into their abortion business with money — your money,” Burgin said.
She mentioned that federal grant money would also enable PPGO to expand into Osceola and Brevard counties.
In August, I was given the address of a proposed center near a future SunRail station at 231 Ruby Avenue in downtown Kissimmee.
In September, I was told by a realtor that the building was off the market and in the closing process. They would not give me the name of the buyer. Several months later, there was still no movement and as of this date, the building has not closed.
In November of 2013, Florida Hospital and the Orthopaedic Associates of Osceola, led by Michael Karr and Marcus Kornberg conspired to remove a deed restriction on “pregnancy terminations” at a former OB-GYN clinic at 610 Oak Commons. This was done to pave the way to open the building for use for an abortion center run by Planned Parenthood.
City zoning also wrote a letter to Planned Parenthood saying that the building was zoned for a medical office, but did not specifically reference a surgical center. We later discovered that no surgical center exists in Kissimmee under this specific zoning code. It is important to not here that Tosh specifically inquired whether an “outpatient surgical center” would be permitted in this zoning district.
In December 2013, $310,000 was paid as a down payment for the Kissimmee mega-center in the Oak Commons medical park. The rest of the $1,090,000 million is mortgaged. Additional improvements were made to the $1.4 million building to bring the grand total to $2 million according to PPGO.
According to Tosh’s affidavit, PPGO spent ten months in 2013 finding the current site for the abortion mega center. In doing so, they were also aware of two Declarations of Covenants with Osceola Regional Medical Center (ORMC) directly across the street that prohibit surgical centers and all diagnostic testing in Oak Commons.
The Tallahassee Connection
In January, 2014, I worked with Noles for Life (the FSU Students for Life “Seminoles” group) and Tallahassee Abortion Abolitionist, Matt Ferro, in exposing Jacksonville abortionist, Todd Rasner. This OB-GYN practitioner had been traveling to Tallahassee twice a month to perform abortions. Evidently, he did not perform abortions at any of the Jacksonville abortion centers or in his office on a regular basis. We used this knowledge as an opportunity to expose his practice of child killing to his pro-life patients during an Awareness Campaign at several sites in Jacksonville.
Matt Ferro then had the opportunity to dialog with Rasner for over an hour in his office in Jacksonville. Rasner explained he would be quitting doing abortions in Tallahassee center. He assured us it had nothing to do with our presence there, but had been a long time coming. He claimed that he was in Tallahassee only to help the abortion center through a transition because they had had some “problems.”
The owner-to-be of the North Florida Women’s Services Center was Stephen Wiley Duncan, an abortionist who was indicted on nine felony counts of drug prescription fraud in 2009. Duncan ran an illegal chain of pill mills throughout the Florida panhandle. According to legal documents, Duncan prescribed weight loss drugs to patients over the phone without consultation. After he was enjoined by law to close these mills, he decided to take over the North Florida Women’s Health Center and change the name to North Florida Women’s Services Center. While Duncan is on active probation status, Rasner is serving as the medical director of the new abortion center on paper, although he lives in Jacksonville and the abortion center is not required to have a medical director by Florida law since it is a first trimester only abortion clinic.
The Kissimmee Timeline Continued …
In March, the abortion center in Tallahassee announced it was closing, but we found out a few days later it was simply changing hands. I wrote to the Agency of Health Care Administration to obtain a copy of the new license. While doing so I asked for any abortion clinic applications in process for Osceola. I was sent an application from PPGO listing 610 Oak Commons in Kissimmee as the location. The application was received by the Agency for Health Care Administration on February 7th, 2014.
I then found that PPGO had bought an 8,800 square foot building. This was confirmed by a property deed and mortgage filed in the Osceola clerk’s office under the name of Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando.
This made no sense on a number of levels.
First, the center is directly across the street from a major hospital, ORMC. The presence of abortion opponents and pro-life evangelists who often preach, chant, sing and hold signs along Oak Street would certainly not enhance the reputation of Planned parenthood in the medical park where it had setup its “chop shop.”
Second, the business that sold the property to Planned Parenthood was the Orthopedic Association of Osceola (OAO), under the corporation called K&K Land Holdings-Kissimmee Inc. It simply makes no sense that OAO would want their patients to be subject to the daily spectacle of pro-life activism. Nor does it make sense that they run the risk of losing the business of their pro-life patients when they discover that they helped to bring the largest abortion provider in America into Kissimmee.
I immediately seized on this second non-sequitur my first volley against PPGO. We created a Facebook page called Stop Planned Parenthood of Kissimmee, which exposed OAO’s complicity in creating a blight on our largely conservative Roman Catholic and evangelical Christian community. I thought it ironic that the “KKK” would sell an abortion center to Planned Parenthood, the greatest oppressors of minorities in America. The Tampa Avenue Planned Parenthood center in Orlando is located in the heart of the African American community. This new center is in an area that is at least 80 percent Hispanic and black minorities of various nationalities.
Third, PPGO ran into a vociferous and organized group of pro-life activists who have been well-organized through a group of Catholic medical doctors – some of whom have businesses in Oak Commons. None of these medical offices are allowed to perform surgery or diagnostic procedures due to a covenant with ORMC.
Within two weeks an organized resistance of hundreds of prominent Osceola and Orange County pro-life leaders emerged to stop Planned Parenthood. A group of 70 physicians signed An Open Letter to the Citizens of Osceola County which appeared as a full-page ad on page two of the Osceola News Gazette to encourage Kissimmee, Florida, citizens to join them in attempting to stop Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando from opening an abortion mill in their community.
In April and May, hundreds of pro-lifers filled the Kissimmee City Commission meetings. On one occasion the public comments went on for over two hours. On the second occasion, Dr. John Littell gave an impassioned one-hour presentation on the numerous organizations in Osceola that offer alternatives to abortion and implored the city to enforce zoning laws or the deed restrictions.
“There is no service offered by Planned Parenthood, other than abortion, that is not offered at a lower price or for free elsewhere in Kissimmee,” Dr. Littell frequently stated.
Drs. Littell, Jose Fernandez and John Hartman filed a petition with the City to enforce the zoning code. The only City Commissioner who tried to investigate the zoning and deed restrictions was Wanda Rentas, who met with Jenna Tosh and later moved to look into the zoning issue. No other City Commissioner seconded her motion.
During the public comments Mayor Jim Swan and City Attorney Don Smallwood made frequent reference to the fact that they could not risk a lawsuit from Planned Parenthood.
During this time, Robert Krieger, the CEO of ORMC, met personally with Jenna Tosh. She claimed during the meeting that they would not be doing any surgery in violation of the covenant. Despite the fact that abortion is Level II surgery, Krieger did nothing to preclude PPGO from doing abortions at its center.
The Kissimmee abortion center did a ceremonial opening with leftist congressman Alan Grayson doing a “ribbon cutting” in May. Over 200 pro-life activists showed up in opposition and the media day was overshadowed by the overwhelming opposition to abortion by the community.
At the Stop Planned Parenthood of Kissimmee Facebook page, we began promoting various events, including a large regional event held by Operation Save America (OSA) in early June. We had about 40 out-of-town missionaries to the preborn spend four days in Kissimmee with an equal number of local activists joining us at Planned Parenthood site. We also held Awareness Campaigns in the neighborhood streets of the OAO group members who sold the property to Planned Parenthood.
I personally invited OSA to Kissimmee, because over the past 21 years I have observed that OSA’s national and regional events often serve as a “spiritual catalyst” to set the providence of God in motion to end abortion in cities where these events are held.
“We don’t take credit for it, but we have found that when we mobilize the local church to simply show up at the gates of hell, God answers our prayers,” said OSA director Flip Benham.
During the week the OSA was in town, a partnership of doctors, MMB Properties, represented by Dr. Johnston Massey, filed a lawsuit against PPGO seeking a temporary and permanent injection.
On June 30, 2014, PPGO’s license for a first trimester abortion clinic was approved.
The Kissimmee abortion mega center then opened on Thursday, July 10, 2014.
Two weeks later a temporary injunction was granted.
In furtherance of these intentions, PLANNED inquired of the local zoning authority whether zoning was proper for both a medical clinic and outpatient surgical services. In fact, the application specifically states that PLANNED intends to operate an “Out Patient Surgical Center,” which is the identical language used prohibitively in the Declarations.
It appears that Jenna Tosh has sunk herself. Although the national news media has not covered this important story, many pro-life websites, such as Live Action, took notice that the injunction itself along with Jenna Tosh’s affidavit expose many of Planned Parenthood’s lies.
In what appears to be an erroneous report, media have stated that the [covenant] restrictions in place block Planned Parenthood from performing mammograms. Planned Parenthood does not perform mammograms. The procedure is not in their financial interest. Abortion is. But that has not stopped their president from lying, saying that they do, in fact, perform them.
On July 28th, 2014, a counter injunction was filed along with affidavits from PPGO officers, employees and contractors.
How Fungible Federal Grants Benefit Planned Parenthood
Since all money raised by a non-profit organization is fungible. It is possible with creative accounting to leverage funds toward other purposes. Although Planned Parenthood cannot pay for abortions directly with tax money, it has been argued that they subsidize abortion by funneling this money into the broad category of “education.”
In 2011, for instance, PPGO spent exactly $1 million on “education” according to their 990 forms. These funds then enable PPGO to offer surgical abortion, which provided 37 percent of their income ($1.4 million of $3.8 million) in 2011. Tosh even explains how this is done in her affidavit by explaining what will happen if PPGO is not able to operate as an abortion center in Kissimmee:
If PLANNED PARENTHOOD’s Kissimmee health center is unable to offer surgical abortion or do ultrasounds (which will necessarily preclude us from providing other services as well), then PLANNED PARENTHOOD will lose quite a significant amount of revenue. Although the particular services at issue may comprise a small percentage of the total services typically provided by our health centers, PLANNED PARENTHOOD’s inability to provide these services will result in the Kissimmee health center losing many patients who will not come to us in the first place if we no longer can provide these services. Revenue from all of the other associated or subsequent services we would likely provide for those patients will thus also be lost.
For example, Planned Parenthood health centers discuss contraception with their patients and often prescribe it to women who have come to the health center for abortions. Many of these women will then continue coming to the health center afterwards for contraception as well as a variety of other health services. Thus, although surgical abortion services may constitute a small portion of the total services to be provided at the Kissimmee health center, our physicians’ inability to provide surgical abortions will result in the loss of future patients who would then return to us multiple times for other services the health center can provide.
Rather than admit that abortion is their cash cow, Tosh makes the argument that patients won’t come through their doors for condoms or birth control pills unless they receive abortion services first. Of course, this business model also works in reverse. The more teenagers and young adults that PPGO can lure in through their education and contraception programs, the more abortion services they can provide. Then those who receive abortion will return “multiple times” for birth control pills.
So while PPGO claims that federal grant money does not pay for abortion, the $1 million they spent on education in 2011, most of which was provided through federal funds, isn’t nearly enough to keep their doors open.
This is tantamount to making the argument that PPGO needs to serve the community and the federal grant money designated for this purpose isn’t enough to keep them going. In order to serve the community, they need money that is provided through abortion. These abortion services are needed to provide more abortion related services, which in turn enables them to provide more contraception and education, for which they receive funding.
It’s a clever ruse, I’ll give them that.
The rest of Tosh’s affidavit reads like the testimony of a child caught with her hand in a cookie jar. Tosh goes on to claim that they will be forced to relocate if the temporary injunction remains in effect for even three months.
… if the Kissimmee health center is unable to provide surgical abortion and cannot make use of diagnostic imaging services for more than three months, then PLANNED PARENTHOOD will be constrained to seek another site for its Kissimmee health center. To be viable, PLANNED PARENTHOOD’s Kissimmee center must be able to provide all the basic services necessary to attract and keep enough patients.
Despite the fact that it is important for Defendant PLANNED PARENTHOOD to be able to offer surgical abortions to those women who need and request them, the provision of abortions is not “a central component of PLANNED PARENTHOOD’s corporate activity.”
She is content to “double down” on the impossible lie that although Planned Parenthood’s $1.3 million annual income from surgical services is central to their survival, that abortion is not central to PPGO’s services. If this makes no sense to you whatsoever, don’t worry. Little else of PPGO’s argument makes sense either.
To prove that PPGO does not provide abortions, Tosh invokes the legacy of Margaret Sanger, which seems also irrelevant to her argument.
In fact it was in Brooklyn, New York back in 1916 that Margaret Sanger established a birth control clinic that was the predecessor to Planned Parenthood. That was over a half century before the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade effectively legalized abortion throughout the United States. The national organization adopted its present name of Planned Parenthood Federation of America in 1942, which was over thirty years before the Roe decision. At that time it sponsored over 200 centers across the country. None performed abortions.
In addition to the unfortunate mention of the avowed racist and eugenicist, Margaret Sanger, Tosh also lays the blame on pro-life activists who have unfairly focused on the fact that PPGO, by their own account, take the lives of over 2,400 preborn children each year.
The $1.3 million they received for in surgical services in 2011 can easily be aligned with an average abortion cost of $542, which is fairly lose to the national average. My own estimates derived from conversations and “surgical services” listed on their tax forms with sidewalk counselors ranged between 2,800 to 3,000 little ones killed each year. But for the sake of argument, I will use their own numbers. Why would they lie after all?
The fact that PLANNED PARENTHOOD does offer abortions has brought considerable attention to the organization as a result of abortion opponents. Those opponents consistently fail however to focus upon the vast number of other services which PLANNED PARENTHOOD provides and the many activities in which it is involved that are unrelated to abortion.
Those vast number of “other services,” outnumber abortion by about 100 to 1, according to Jenna Tosh. Let’s analyze for a minute how that could work. If the 2,400 abortions provided by PPGO each year are “one percent” of their services, then are we to believe that they provide 240,000 non-abortion related service? That would be 657 “services” per day at all three of their locations. What are counted as services? Is each birth control pill and each condom distributed counted as a separate “service”? Only that would seem to make sense. Why not just take her word for it?
Sink, sank, sunk
But wait, it gets worse. In her affidavit, Jenna Tosh laments about all the time and money that PPGO has “sunk” into an abortion mega center that may never kill a single unborn person by high priced surgical means.
If the injunction is allowed to remain effect, unstayed, then PLANNED PARENTHOOD will be significantly harmed. PLANNED PARENTHOOD stands to lose all the time and the over one million dollars it has already sunk into acquiring and opening the Kissimmee health center. It took us approximately ten months to find the current site for the Kissimmee health center. Another eight months were necessary to improve the facility and open the site. PLANNED PARENTHOOD had to expend costly resources to ensure that the walls, ceiling, and floors in the building were all replaced. A full rewiring and computer server installation was necessary, and an adequate security system had to be properly installed.
I believe that it will take us at least ten months to find another suitable property for this health center and another eight months to fully prepare that site. The result will be no small loss of revenue. PLANNED PARENTHOOD will not be providing health care services in the Kissimmee area throughout this time. The move will require us to divert significant resources away from all of our other services and programs.
I have to applaud the use of the word, “sunk.” Hopefully, it describes their situation. It’s more than likely that Tosh is over her head at this point. She was hired in 2011 as a young and competent replacement to PPGO’s long-standing CEO Susan Idtensohn. Tosh, a PhD candidate with the University of Central Florida in Public Affairs-Governance and Policy Research, seemed to be a bright, young alternative to the “old guard.” Idtensohn was an outspoken baby boomer born in 1946. She often shot from the hip and was more than forthcoming in her comments about Planned Parenthood’s negative public image. Idtensohn even agreed to engage in debates with local pro-life activists, on topics such as, “Is Abortion Black Genocide?”
Jenna Tosh instead is content to read from canned propaganda talking points and seems out of her league when confronted with PPGO’s contradictions. My prediction is that Jenna won’t hold her job for long. Given her acting skill set, she can probably follow in the footsteps of her brother-in-law, Daniel Tosh of Comedy Central’s Tosh.0 as a stand-up comedian or even appear on a TV show such as Pretty Little Liars. I hope and pray for the sake of her eternal soul that such a career change is accompanied by sincere repentance. However, given her incompetence as an abortion giant’s CEO, it would be good for the preborn babies of Central Florida if she drags down PPGO on her way out.
“Abortion is not surgery” claims Planned Parenthood CEO in contradictory statements
KISSIMMEE, Florida (www.forerunner.com) – Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando (PPGO) has for over a year conspired with Florida Hospital and several city officials to open an 8,800 square foot abortion mega center in the heart of the Hispanic and minority community of Kissimmee.
Planned Parenthood’s Kissimmee abortion mega-center has been the target of public outcry since their plans to open across the street from Osceola Regional Medical Center were uncovered in March 2014. (Photo credit: Amber Carroll.)
On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, a circuit judge granted a temporary injunction forbidding surgical abortion and all diagnostic testing at the newly opened center.
A lawsuit filed by a partnership of neighboring doctors held that there is a restrictive covenant with Osceola Regional Medical Center that prohibits outpatient surgical centers in the medical park known as Oak Commons.
The judge ruled that PPGO “purchased the property with the knowledge of the restrictions and proceeded at its own peril.”
Planned Parenthood did a ceremonial ribbon cutting in May with incendiary leftist congressman Alan Grayson in tow. Although PPGO CEO Jenna Tosh announced they were open for business, they planned to begin doing abortions with a full-time medical director and abortionist sometime in August.
Tosh has said at various times to the press that abortion is “less than ten percent” of what they do.
When Jenna Tosh appeared in court this month, she appeared even more evasive and deceptive in her comments. She claimed on one hand in a signed affidavit that abortion was about “one percent” of their services. Tosh also claimed that the organization would not be able to survive financially if they lost this projected income.
Tosh argued that the covenant restricting surgery in Oak Commons did not apply to PPGO because abortions are “not surgery” because they do not involve “incisions.” The Court responded in an ironic tone:
The Court notes that Ms. Tosh’s education does not involve and formal medical training and cannot escape the fact that Ms. Tosh’s own words repeatedly employ the phrase “surgical abortions.”
If Tosh seems outrageous and arrogant in her claims, consider the following lead-in to a local Channel 13 News report.
The new Planned Parenthood facility in Kissimmee has been barred from performing its most controversial of services – medical procedures [emphasis added].
The obvious word “abortion” is changed here in favor of the misleading and impossible notion that all “medical procedures” are controversial. Why hide the fact that the only controversial medical procedure PPGO performs is abortion?
“Abortion” has been replaced by generic code phrase “reproductive health services.” In the recent Hobby Lobby, Supreme Court case, the press promoted the false idea the family-oriented business wanted to bar its employees from “access to contraception,” rather than choose not to pay for two specific forms of drugs widely considered to act as abortifacients.
The pro-abortion propaganda machine must deceive their audience with rhetorical smokescreens and euphemisms. The “A” word is rarely mentioned in the mainstream media. This belies the fact that plain speaking on the issue of abortion is a losing proposition for their side.
Whenever biblical truth is obscured in a culture, people will resort to suppressing plain facts that expose human depravity. The effort to deny truth results in self-deception and blindness to obvious reality. All alternative worldviews are contrived to deny the truth of God.
C.S. Lewis, once wrote about liberal critics of the Bible, “They claim to see fern-seed and can’t see an elephant ten yards away in broad daylight.”
Likewise, modern journalists have lost the ability to communicate sensibly on the topic of abortion. They have descended into a vague Orwellian “Newspeak.” Consider the following quote from a Planned Parenthood press release touting its proposed New Orleans abortion mega-center:
The overwhelming majority of Planned Parenthood services focus on prevention including contraception, breast and cervical cancer screenings and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. If these protesters were truly committed to reducing unintended pregnancies, the need for abortion and the alarming rates of sexually transmitted infections and HIV in this community, they would stop the harassment and work with Planned Parenthood and other health care providers to address these dangerous health disparities.
- Jewel Bush, Communications Director, Louisiana Planned Parenthood
Compare this to the press release describing the Kissimmee abortion mega-center:
… the new center will be a full-service reproductive health center, offering everything from AIDS/HIV counseling to breast-cancer screenings to vasectomies and well-woman screenings…. if the opponents of the new center were truly committed to reducing the number of unintended pregnancies, they’d be working with Planned Parenthood to increase access to affordable birth control and comprehensive sex education.
- Jenna Tosh, CEO, Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando
Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortion provider, receives over half a billion dollars per year from taxpayer funds. Their local public relations directors are either not capable of speaking for themselves – or else they are glibly unaware that the talking points fed to them are nothing more than bald faced lies. The liberal press perpetuates the charade by acting as the propaganda arm for the abortion giant.
For several years I have had questions about the timing of prophetic events. I have the general understanding that many evangelical Christians share, which is that the Great Tribulation spoken of by Christ, as well as John in his Revelation, is yet to come. I am not dogmatic about prophecy for several reasons, the most significant reason being that I don’t pretend to understand it all.
There are some stances that are held by many evangelicals concerning prophecy that I do not see much evidence for, but again I don’t have all the answers myself. When it comes to prophecy, I don’t believe anyone has all the answers nor were we intended by God to have all the answers. I do believe, however, that God does not leave us without ample information concerning prophecy nor does he want us to be completely mystified by prophecy.
I assume that you are routinely sent questions about your viewpoint. I’ll admit that while reading scripture I have often wondered if some of the events that are generally held by Christians to be futuristic, have not already come to pass. At the same time, I consider differing views on prophecy with guarded reservation.
Frankly, I see a pattern in some realms of the church that tend to worship intellectualism above the simplicity of the Gospel of Christ. I believe God gave us a brain in order to use it, but it seems that man, saved or lost, cannot resist worshiping his own intellect. The study of prophecy seems to avail itself too often to this pattern. This, again, is why I am not dogmatic in my particular view of prophecy.
I am genuinely interested in understanding as much as possible concerning prophecy and how it relates to world events. I hope you won’t mind responding to some questions I have. Thanks in advance.
Pastor Chad Kibodeaux
Mauriceville Assembly of God
Three Questions and Three Answers
1. Based on your postmillennial viewpoint, how do you contend that the Great Commission is still applicable? I realize that the church seems to be making advances in nations such as China and Africa, but overall the world is becoming darker and much more sinful. I understand the concept of ebb and flow, but the ebbing seems to be far outweighing the flowing. How do you reconcile that with a gradual advance of God’s Kingdom?
According to this source, the number of Christians in the world today is growing by 25.2 million per year. “The total growth of Christianity (25,210,195) adds the equivalent of more than the population of Australia (21,555,500) or the state of Texas (23,904,380) of new Christians to Christianity every year.”
How did that all begin?
Let’s use the “business report analogy.” What would you say about a business corporation that began with $120 dollars (the number of disciples in the upper room in Acts 2:15-26) and then ten days later, it turned a profit of $3000 and the profit continued to grow each day for several years? 2000 years later, this business corporation had grown to encompass over one-third of the world’s wealth. Certainly, the man who started that business would be heralded as a great genius, if not worshiped as God.
According to Acts 2:41, we know about how many disciples of Jesus there were on the day of Pentecost, April 20th, 30 AD — “about 3,000 souls.” In modern times, we consider this a great revival. But how did Christianity grow to what it has become today?
How many disciples were there in 100 AD? How many were there in 500, 1000, 1500, 2000 AD? We can make some rough estimates, but there is no way of knowing for sure. First of all, there are false believers in every age. We have to number professing believers who hold to orthodox doctrine and claim membership in a church.
We know that the growth of Christianity in the Roman Empire was dramatic in the first 500 years. From modern demographic studies, we see that the population of the Roman Empire was 70 to 100 million at its peak in the early second century. By 500 AD, the Empire had shrunk to about 55 million. About half of the population of the Roman Empire was Christian by this point.
But surprisingly, the growth of the church was slow in the Apostolic era of the first century. If you count the large urban centers of the Roman Empire there were no more than 150 large cities. Churches in the first century were mainly city-based. Let’s say that by 100 AD, Rome had 100 thriving city churches of about 1000 members on average. I think that estimate is generous. If so, there would have been no more than 100,000 believers after 70 years of growth.
Is that a success or failure?
To put this in perspective, the whole world had a population of about 180 million people in 100 AD. This means that 100,000 Christians were 0.055 percent of the world population. Christianity, apart from the miraculous revivals we read about in the book of Acts, had a slow start.
Some historians are far more generous than this and suppose that by the second century Christianity had become a larger group of up to 500,000. Still this is only .27 percent of the world population.
That makes it all the more amazing that by 500 AD, Christianity had become the dominant religion in the Roman Empire and missionaries were being sent to northern Europe. By this time, there were less than 20 million people in Europe, apart from the Asian and African cities of the Roman Empire, which had more than twice as many. In all there were about 55 million people in the Roman Empire. Professing Christians made up about half of that number by 500 AD. This was about 10 percent of the total world population.
From there, we see slow but steady growth until the time of the Reformation in the 1500s when both Roman Catholics and Protestants began sending missionaries to the New World. This rapid growth was fueled of course, by the Age of Exploration and the new inventions that came from the Renaissance, especially the printing press.
By the 1800s, Christianity was advancing so rapidly that even most secular history textbooks of that era stressed the idea of Christian progress, that the world was improving due to advances in every area of learning. Most Christians believed this advance in progress was due to the Gospel. As more and more people would converted to Christ, individual lives would reform and the world would become a better place.
By early the 1900s, most of the Christians were in the western hemisphere and Europe, while there were almost no Christians in Africa, Asia and other areas of the world. But in the 20th century there was a huge thrust of the Gospel in the so-called Third World.
Now fast forward to 2014. Today, the number of professing Christians make up 35 percent of the world population — about 2.3 billion Christians. “About 1.5 billion are estimated to attend church regularly at over 5 million congregations, up from 400,000 believers 100 years ago.”
It is now true that more people are converted worldwide every day than in the entire era of the New Testament. Many of these new converts are the products of huge spiritual awakenings in Africa, Asia and the Pacific islands in the latter half of the 20th century.
I published this article 23 years ago in 1991. Understand that the criteria for “Christian” is different here. The U.S. Center for World Mission study focuses mainly on who they would consider to be highly committed Christians, not merely professing Christians. So they suppose the percentages of committed Christians are lower in modern times, but were higher in the early centuries of persecution. Here is an excerpt from that study:
According to the U.S. Center for World Mission, Christian evangelism in the last 100 years has reached a growth curve that is now increasing exponentially. Comparing the ratio of Christians per unconverted people in the world, the following statistics have been noted:
In the year 100 A.D. (about 70 years after Jesus Christ’s ministry began), there was a total of one believer for every 360 unbelievers on the planet Earth (or .27% of the world’s population).
In the year 1000, the ratio became 1 to 220 (or .45% of the population).
In 1900, the ratio became 1 to 27 (or 3.7%).
In 1980, the ratio became 1 to 11 (or 9.1%).
In 1990, the ratio was 1 to 7 (or 14.3%).
Given information from subsequent studies that 1.5 billion of 7.2 billion people are committed Christians —
In 2014, the ratio is 1 to 5 (or 20.8%).
Here is a paradox. Evangelical Christians have become generally more pessimistic in the last 100 years. There used to be more postmillennialists who thought the world was becoming a better place due to the great evangelical world missions thrust that began in the 1800s. Ironically, now that Christianity is the largest religion in the world, most evangelicals are premillennialists who think the world is predestined to get worse and worse until the end.
2. What would you say to a challenge of your belief if it were likened to a doctrine that would lend itself to an apostate church mindset? Specifically, that it would seem to play very well into the “seeker-friendly” mindset of many pastors who focus energy on entertainment and a “feel good” message to add numbers to their local congregations. It seems that so many of these congregations name the name of Christ, but it is a Christ of their own making, a Christ that fits conveniently into lives that are saturated by our sinful culture. The church growth in America, for instance, seems to be concentrated among these types of congregations that preach a pseudo-gospel very different from that of Christ and the apostles, yet the growth of these congregations is seen by many as the advancement of the church. Wouldn’t that mindset go hand in hand with your understanding of the millennium?
We have to distinguish between the growth of the church and the growth of the kingdom of God. Certainly, there is an overlap between the two. When men represent the church, especially as ordained ministers, too many fall into the trap of representing themselves and their own agenda. When we represent Christ’s victorious kingdom, we act as ambassadors representing the King of the universe. We stand for something greater than ourselves.
So while church growth is certainly a sign of the growth of the kingdom, the kingdom of God does not depend on large numbers in the visible church. In fact, the postmillennial view is that the elect are to rule and reign with Christ presently in history even when they are not the majority. I certainly agree that doctrinal purity and membership in a doctrinally orthodox church is necessary in order to represent Christ. We see during times of revival and reformation a re-emphasis on the primary doctrines of the Christian faith.
The foundation of the United States of America as a free republic was based in large part by the participation of Christians in developing the political philosophy of civil liberty. Christians were not the only people involved in the process, but the Christian idea of liberty won the day because those who did participate had the most forceful and persuasive worldview.
In every area of life in which Christians participate, we ought to be the leaders and apply the biblical laws and principles to our field of endeavor. That is the kingdom of God invading the earth. Of course, that includes the church in its own sphere of influence, but the kingdom is much greater than that. We need not be the majority or even large in numbers, but we must be confident that the children of God are destined to reign and rule with Christ and advance His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
3. As much as there maybe some gain in the church, and I thank God for the gain, how do the contemporary martyrs that are being imprisoned, tortured and even killed on a regular basis, fit into your understanding of the millennium?
What I understand from the New Testament and the writings of the early church fathers, the Apostolic Church of the first century was organized along the lines of urban areas. In other words there was the Church at Rome, the Church at Corinth, the Church at Alexandria, Lyons, Ephesus, Antioch, etc. If you count the large urban centers of the Roman Empire there were no more than 150 large cities.
There were approximately 3120 Christians in 30 AD. The 120 in the upper room and the 3000 souls added to the church on the day of Pentecost. This number may not have included women and children.
Now fast-forward to 64 AD. We know at this time there was a “falling away” of sorts due to the first persecution under Nero. Then later around 96 AD there was a second persecution under Domitian.
Throughout the first 300 years of Christianity, there were ten persecutions under ten different Roman Emperors. There was apparently an explosion of growth after each of the ten Roman persecutions. As Tertullian said, “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.”
We should expect the same to happen today. As martyrdom is on the increase in the world, we may be seeing a short term falling away in those cultures, but soon there will be an explosion of faith in those same areas.
4. How does the rise of Islam, its quest for global dominance and some of it’s terrorist tactics, specifically the beheading of “infidels” (Rev. 20:4), their hatred for Jews and Christians and their belief in the imminent appearance of the twelfth Imam or Mahdi, which seems to fit very nicely with the idea of a coming Antichrist that will rise to world power, fit into your viewpoint?
Islam is a Dynamic Monarchian heresy. It was a heresy prevalent in the early church that was defeated along with Modalistic Monarchianism and Arianism as an anti-Trinitarian error. Islam emerged in the eight century after Mohammed had conversations with both Jews and heretical Christian monks on the Arabian Peninsula who taught him monotheism.
Islam spread mainly among illiterates who could not read the Bible in their own language. In nations that were conquered by the Saracens (Arabs) in the Middle Ages, Christians were forced to convert on pain of death or were forced to pay a tribute tax. Although Islam considers both the Old and New Testament to be inspired writings of God, they hold the Koran to be of higher inspiration. Islam can only be maintained as the dominant religion in countries where the Bible is suppressed and civil penalties are enforced on converts to Christianity.
Since Islam appeared, it has looked at times to be unstoppable. In the Middle Ages, many Christians saw Islam as a fulfillment of prophecies found in Revelation. The religion has advanced by the sword. No Christian nation once overcome by Islam has yet been able to reclaim the culture. But we may be seeing the beginning of a reversal of that trend in our day. In Muslim countries where the Bible is available, we see numerous converts to Christ. Since much of this activity is underground, we have no idea as to the extent of these conversions.
It is reported that great revivals are occurring in the Muslim nations such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Libya and Sudan. Mission researchers estimate more Muslims have converted to Christianity in the last 10 years than in the last 15 centuries of Islam. The superiority of the Bible as God’s Word over the Koran is sufficient to see this work of transformation of the Muslim world take place.
It is true that the Muslims look to the coming of the “12th Imam” and even see Jesus as a prophet who will come again to judge the world. This may not herald the end-times antichrist as much as it opens them to the true revelation of Jesus found in the Word of God – the Bible. Ultimately, it is the truth of the Gospel that converts people. Eventually Islam will be overcome by Christianity.
This isn’t the “Gospel” — but it’s a good take on what life ought to be about. It was meant as an explanation as to why Bill Watterson stopped drawing the hugely successful Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, A Cartoonist’s Advice.
Some might wonder what this cartoon below has to do with Christianity. But to me it illustrates what Christianity is supposed to be all about. Modern evangelicalism emphasizes “salvation-only” as a personal state and does not include social contact theory (covenantalism) as part of our salvation. Salvation has first to do with the person obviously. Christ died to save sinners and that is a glorious thing. But once you are saved, then what?
If you read the story of Abraham, the idea is that salvation is not simply going to heaven, but God taking Abraham’s descendents and building them into a nation that would later effect the salvation of the whole world. Salvation extends into our family, our ministry and vocation — and from there into the whole world. That is the main difference between Puritanism and Pietism, between covenantal theology and dispensational theology. One type of Christianity focuses on getting ourselves to heaven. Another type focuses on how God can use us to bring the kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven.
Note that the artist in the cartoon loves his work more than the money that his work gives him. That represents the covenantal view of work, otherwise known as the Protestant work ethic. Everything we do is to glorify God. Our material prosperity comes because God cares for us. Christians have always prospered when they have worked hard — not because industry brings wealth, but because industry is wealth — and this wealth has meaning only if it glorifies God. In everything we do, the words of the Westminster Catechism are true, “The chief end of man is to know God and to enjoy Him forever.” This saying represents our salvation.
Note also, the father is more concerned with loving and spending time with his daughter and not simply providing for her by affording more and more material things. That should be our attitude toward our children because it is God’s attitude toward us. God holds us in the palm of His hand. Yes, children should be trained and disciplined according to God’s Word. But beyond that, only God can accomplish His work in them. Our relationship with our children ought to reflect our relationship with God and Him toward us. There is nothing we can do to work goodness into ourselves or into our children. We can only enjoy our children and cherish them as God’s gift to us. A friend of mine pointed out to me that our own children are precious angels, but other people’s children are selfish, disobedient brats. This too is a picture of our salvation.
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves” (Matthew 7:15).
Since my conversion to Christ, I have witnessed a plethora of testimonies on how souls came to the saving grace and knowledge of Jesus. Not once did I hear, “My life is great. Things are going my way. Everything I touch prospers, so I figure it’s time to surrender my life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.” The majority of testimonies went something like this, “My life is in tatters. My mind is tormented. I’m financially bankrupt. My body is sick and I’m dying.”
Brokenness and contrition are the common expressions for those who taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalms 34:8). God’s Word promises, “The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit” (Psalms 34:18). King David exclaimed, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart- These, O God, You will not despise” (Psalms 51:17). Isaiah concurs, “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word” (Isaiah 66:2).
When things are going good, most refuse to recognize their need for God. This may explain why Jesus warned that it is hard for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God (Matthew 19:23). When all needs, desires, wants and passions are fulfilled and while the rich surround themselves with “yes men,” who will disturb the “gravy train”? Not many will dare to shatter the illusion with calls of humility, repentance, and acknowledgment of truth. Self-sufficiency may play well in the world’s system, but in eternal matters, it is a losing proposition. When life falls apart and folks are at their wits end, however, many anxious souls mercifully awaken to their need for Christ’s redemption, healing, and deliverance.
Centuries before our Lord warned of wolves in sheep’s clothing, a man by the name of Aesop wrote fables. One of his most famous concerned a wolf. He wrote:
A wolf found great difficulty in getting at the sheep owing to the vigilance of the shepherd and his dogs. But one day it found the skin of a sheep that had been flayed and thrown aside, so it put it on over its own pelt and strolled down among the sheep. The lamb that belonged to the sheep, whose skin the wolf was wearing, began to follow the wolf in the sheep’s clothing; so, leading the lamb a little apart, he soon made a meal of her, and for some time he succeeded in deceiving the sheep, and enjoying hearty meals.
Both Aesop and Jesus warned that appearances can certainly prove deceptive. Throughout human history, men have masked deadly agendas in virtue. The Apostle Paul exposed this deception in the New Testament. He stated, “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.”
As you can see, Satan does not appear as evil. In addition, he is always willing to grant men good reasons to commit evil. He comes as an angel of light and his ministers masquerade as ministers of righteousness. G K Chesterton grants incredible insight into this ruse, “The modern world is full of Christian virtues gone mad.” Thus, in the name of love, tolerance, and compassion the enemy of our souls kills, steals, and destroys.
There is one organization in our day that exemplifies this classic wolf in sheep’s clothing scenario and that organization is Planned Parenthood. Under the guise of providing affordable women’s health care- they promote promiscuity and savage babies made in the image of God.
Apparently, Planned Parenthood has fallen upon hard times. Its death camps are closing down at rapid pace. This is despite the fact that Obama usurped our tax dollars to prop them up! What is the abortion giant to do? It appears it too is turning to God. Tragically, it is not in repentance and the acknowledgment of the truth, whereby souls are saved. No, Planned Parenthood is using God to assuage women’s guilt as it assists them in murdering babies.
The “religious leaders” within Planned Parenthood utilize faith in God and His love to condone violating His holy commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.” Here is their controversial letter to unsuspecting women:
The decision to have an abortion is personal. Though your reasons may be complicated and private, you’re not alone. As religious leaders from a number of religious traditions, we’re here to support you in your decision.
Many people wrongly assume that all religious leaders disapprove of abortion. The truth is that abortion is not even mentioned in the Scriptures-Jewish or Christian-and there are clergy and people of faith from all denominations who support women making this complex decision.
The beliefs of each person are deserving of respect, and each person deserves care and compassion. No one should be allowed to force their faith teachings on anyone else.
We believe this decision is yours, made with your doctor and anyone else you choose to bring into the conversation, such as a spouse, partner, parent, or clergy person.
God loves you and is with you no matter what you decide. You can find strength, understanding, and comfort in that love.
This is blasphemy of the highest order. To place God in violation of His own commandment is delusional. For decades, Planned Parenthood has had no problem murdering the innocent for blood money and exploiting the fears of women. Now Planned Parenthood adds to its infamy. It is placing God’s approval upon that which He condemns. It is this spiritual treachery that has earned Planned Parenthood the ignoble title, “wolf in sheep’s clothing.”
To what shall I liken Planned Parenthood?
On a few occasions, our Lord made powerful comparisons in order to reveal His Kingdom. He taught, “To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it?” (Mark 4:30). In Matthew 22, He likened the Kingdom of heaven unto a certain king who made a marriage feast for his son. In Matthew 13, He likened the Kingdom to a “pearl of great price.” Included in Matthew 13 is the comparison of His Kingdom to “hidden treasure.” In other passages of Scripture, the Lord likens His Kingdom to a net, a householder and laborers in a field. All these, plus others, reveal to seekers of God the nature of the Kingdom of God. It reveals to repentant souls what they inherit through being spiritually reborn by the regenerating power of the Holy Ghost (Titus 3:5).
With that in mind, to what shall I liken Planned Parenthood? This organization is like rat poison. Most of the of what is contained in the product is good for the rat, it is just the small amount of poison that kills him. Planned Parenthood is like a drug rehab center that supports the local crack house. Through its sex education programs, future clients are guaranteed at its abortion mills.
Planned Parenthood is like the Walmart of the abortion industry. This makes them a beast of a different stripe. You could hurt their abortion practice, but not close their doors. They must be cut off from the government dole. It is Planned Parenthood’s access to taxpayer dollars that allows this evil organization spread evil like a spiritual and moral cancer.
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading advocate and provider of abortion. Either directly or indirectly, through their pagan sexual philosophy and abortion practice, one third of entire generation 41 years old and younger have been murdered in their mother’s womb. Since 1973, close to 60 million preborn babies made in the image of God have been destroyed and their innocent blood shed by the sin and crime of abortion. This deadly legacy serves as an everlasting memorial to commemorate Planned Parenthood’s participation in the culture of death.
The roots of Planned Parenthood are in eugenics
Charles Darwin spread the heresy of evolution in his day. Francis Galton, his cousin, added the racial component to it, which he labeled Eugenics. It was this worldview that fueled Margaret Sangar’s vision and mission exemplified in Planned Parenthood. “More from the fit and less from the unfit” was one of her mottoes. Of course, she was the goddess who determined who was fit to live or not. She viewed some races as human weeds that should never be allowed to spawn.
In a letter to Clarence Gamble in 1939, Sanger wrote:
We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through religions appeal. We don’t want the word to get out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.
This is the reason why the majority of Planned Parenthood abortion mills are located in minority areas. This is not a coincidence, but by design. Under the guise of helping poor, minority women, this wolf in sheep’s clothing is exterminating their races.
Planned Parenthood promotes immorality
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 states, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”
Planned Parenthood has never met a sexual expression, no matter how deviant, it did not worship. In its world, the wages of sin is not death, it is just an excuse to visit its clinics. Planned Parenthood has services that will atone for any sin of fornication, adultery, molestation, or pedophilia people commit.
As with any other business, Planned Parenthood wants to prosper. The best way to ensure future clients is to create an appetite for its products. Planned Parenthood’s sex education programs are merely recruiting opportunities. Its programs guarantee future clients at its death camps. To encourage young people to be promiscuous and immoral, makes its services golden. But all that glitters is not gold.
Planned Parenthood is a criminal organization
Besides its crimes of committing murder, Planned Parenthood has committed other crimes as well. Planned Parenthood has been caught defrauding our government, overcharging for its services, bilking tax payers, misappropriation of funds and a host of other offenses. Its greatest crime besides the slaying of the innocent for blood money, however, is its enabling of sexual assault against minor girls.
There is overwhelming evidence that Planned Parenthood has for years provided safe cover for sexual predators and pedophiles. Documentation emerged that reveals Planned Parenthood was caught red-handed providing a safe haven for grown men who prey upon and sexually abuse young girls (www.ldi.org and www.childpredators.com).
Life Dynamics, a Texas based research group, conducted a covert survey. A young woman posed as a 13 year old child who was seeking an abortion to conceal her illicit and illegal sexual activity with an older man. She called over 800 Planned Parenthood and National Abortion Federation facilities across America. The results of this survey are absolutely appalling. The vast majority of these facilities agreed to conceal the crime even among those who acknowledged it was statutory rape. Some Planned Parenthood employees coached the caller on how to avoid detection. Some revealed how she could circumvent parental notification law and what to say or not to say when she came to the clinic. Most encouraged her to lie, conceal her age and the age of her predator, or just give false names.
All these phone calls were recorded and demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt that Planned Parenthood is either complicit or complacent when it comes to the rape and sexual abuse of our children. These molesters merely bring their prey to Planned Parenthood and use them to get rid of the evidence (by murdering children). Planned Parenthood returns these girls back to their abusers (without reporting them) so the cycle of sexual assaults continue unabated.
These are just some of the rotten fruit communities suffer once this wolf in sheep’s clothing set up its bloody shops. In the midst of this debacle, the words of our Lord are crucial. Jesus instructed, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16).
Psalms 82:3,4 exhorts, “Defend the poor and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy; Free them from the hand of the wicked.” In Aesop’s fable, the sheep were protected when the shepherds were vigilant and the dogs stood guard. When they were deceived by the wolf, however, little lambs suffered harm. Perhaps, it is high time for the church’s shepherds to rise up, take the rod of God, expose this wolf in sheep’s clothing, and deliver the little lambs from being devoured in Jesus’ name!
Rev. Rusty Lee Thomas, Assistant Director of Operation Save America, is helping to spearhead the New Orleans outreach from July 19-26, 2014. According to Thomas, “The great need of the hour is for multitudes with broken and contrite hearts to seek God to deliver our nation from evil. We love our nation and pray that we will return to the God of the Bible, who alone can hear from heaven, forgive our sins, and heal our broken, wounded land. Offering life and hope at abortion clinics is merely our prayers of repentance in action. Together, the church can make a difference.”
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