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What to tell pro-life groups who oppose Personhood

Many political experts expect Personhood, a state amendment that would end legal abortion with no exceptions, to pass in Mississippi by a wide margin in November 2011. If Mississippi Personhood passes with the voters, then the genie is out of the bottle. The pro-aborts then get to decide if they want to sue and risk challenging Roe v. Wade or let Mississippi be an abortion free state. They almost certainly will challenge it.

iPerson If the Personhood gets to the the Supreme Court and the “swing vote” Justice Anthony Kennedy upholds the Mississippi Amendment, that will not end legal abortion in all 50 states. The only road then is to get it passed in 38 out of 50 (three-fourths) of the states that are needed to pass a U.S. Constitutional Amendment. If the Supreme Court strikes down Personhood, the result is the same. The only road is to get 38 states to pass a Personhood Amendment. Either way, Personhood in 38 states is the only road to victory.

Our goal is not to overturn Roe v. Wade because that would not end legal abortion in any state. The states would then have to make their own laws. Our goal is to pass a Personhood amendment to the US Constitution in 38 states. These would probably include most of the states where abortion was illegal prior to 1973.

The way to do that is to get the public support first in the ballot access states and work to build support in the legislatures over time. We don’t know how long the process will take. But we do know the tide public opinion is turning. The majority of Americans in poll after poll now consider themselves to be pro-life. We also know that raising the question of Personhood has helped to turn public opinion in every state where it has been tried. We should continue to raise the question and spark public debate until we are successful.

Therefore, there is no sense in waiting for the make-up of the Supreme Court to change.

Furthermore, some pro-life groups who perviously hedged or opposed Personhood are now endorsers. James Dobson endorsed Personhood after he left Focus on The Family. Some of the Right to Life chapters are turning. Several Americans United for Life (AUL) members in Mississippi left the organization to support Personhood. The American Family Association (AFA) is now in charge of passing Personhood in Mississippi.

Tony Perkins and some of the state Family Policy chapters are on board now.

Kansas Family Policy Council supports the Personhood Amendment for the state of Kansas. Human life starts at the beginning of our biological development, and all human beings should be afforded the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as stated in the Declaration of Independence. – Donna Lippoldt, Director, Kansas Family Policy Council

The Family Policy Council of West Virginia looks like it is giving tacit if not official support at their website. This is a must read article because it shows that West Virginia FPC understands the big picture. Personhood is not about overturning Roe v. Wade or even abortion primarily – we are thinking about sanctity of life issues that are 50 years down the road – and that is how we can win.

Personhood proponents really don’t see much of a downside to the vote in November. They believe that, win or lose; they will be the winners in the long run as the personhood movement gains national attention and gains momentum needed to advance in other states.

So what are the chances in Mississippi? Here is what is most shocking to me. Personhood Mississippi has received endorsements from many leading Democratic legislators including House Speaker Billy McCoy. Senator Eric Powell, yet another Democrat, endorsed the Personhood Amendment and also stated that he believed the amendment would pass overwhelmingly. It’s crazy that state pro-life groups are being trumped by Democrats on this!

Further, even though the American Catholic Bishops have not endorsed Personhood, the Vatican supports Personhood by canon law and some prominent pro-lifee leaders, such as Frank Pavone, have given tacit support. This has generated some dissonance within the Catholic hierarchy.

Some of the groups that were most adamantly opposed to Personhood now want to run the show in Mississippi. Personhood is an infant movement that has yet to mature, but things are happening very fast right now. We are learning a lot as we grow. The main thing to remember is not to throw rocks at churches and Christian organizations who are hedging because many of them will be joining us in the near future.

If you have the opportunity in your sphere of influence, it would be a great idea to sit down with these pro-life leaders over a cup of coffee and map out the long term scenario asking, “What might happen if …?”

If you are wondering what is holding up the major pro-life organizations in Florida, Mississippi (or wherever you live), now you have some talking points when you encounter their opposition. If they tell you they fear Roe will be strengthened, please politely explain to them why Roe is irrelevant. Reversing Roe will not end abortion in any state. Further we don’t need to reverse Roe to end abortion in all 50 states.

The Dred Scott decision that ruled a slave was not a citizen with rights under the U.S. Constitution was never overturned. Slavery was later abolished by a constitutional amendment. That is also how we will end abortion in all 50 states. Florida is one of the 38 states that can pass Personhood — but perhaps the most difficult one in which to gain ballot access. All the more reason to get busy now with being the standard bearers for the nation.

Jay Rogers lives in Kissimmee, Florida. He is a Personhood Florida volunteer.

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Freedom: The Model of Christian Liberty (DVD)

“Give me liberty or give me death!”

Patrick Henry’s famous declaration not only helped launch the War for Independence, it also perfectly summarized the mindset that gave birth to, and sustained, the unprecedented experiment in Christian liberty that was America.

The freedom our Founders envisioned was not freedom from suffering, want, or hard work. Nor was it freedom to indulge every appetite or whim without restraint—that would merely be servitude to a different master. No, the Founders’ passion was to live free before God, unfettered by the chains of autocracy, shackles that slowly but inexorably bind men when the governments they fashion fail to recognize and uphold freedom’s singular, foundational truth: that all men are created in the image of God, and are thereby co-equally endowed with the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

This presentation is a similar call, not to one but many. By reintroducing the principles of freedom that gave birth to America, it is our prayer that Jesus, the true and only ruler over the nations, will once again be our acknowledged Sovereign, that we may again know and exult in the great truth that “where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17).

Welcome to the Second American Revolution!

This DVD features “Liberty: The Model of Christian Liberty” along with “Dawn’s Early Light: A Brief History of America’s Christian Foundations.” Bonus features include a humorous but instructive collection of campaign ads and Eric Holmberg’s controversial YouTube challenge concerning Mitt Romney’s campaign for president.

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Amazing GraceAmazing Grace: The History and Theology of Calvinism (DVD)

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Just what is Calvinism?

Does this teaching make man a deterministic robot and God the author of sin? What about free will? If the church accepts Calvinism, won’t evangelism be stifled, perhaps even extinguished? How can we balance God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility? What are the differences between historic Calvinism and hyper-Calvinism? Why did men like Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Spurgeon, Whitefield, Edwards and a host of renowned Protestant evangelists embrace the teaching of predestination and election and deny free will theology?

This is the first video documentary that answers these and other related questions. Hosted by Eric Holmberg, this fascinating three-part, four-hour presentation is detailed enough so as to not gloss over the controversy. At the same time, it is broken up into ten “Sunday-school-sized” sections to make the rich content manageable and accessible for the average viewer.

Running Time: 257 minutes

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The Four Keys to the Millennium (Book)

Foundations in Biblical Eschatology

By Jay Rogers, Larry Waugh, Rodney Stortz, Joseph Meiring. High quality paperback, 167 pages.

All Christians believe that their great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will one day return. Although we cannot know the exact time of His return, what exactly did Jesus mean when he spoke of the signs of His coming (Mat. 24)? How are we to interpret the prophecies in Isaiah regarding the time when “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Isa. 11:19)? Should we expect a time of great tribulation and apostasy or revival and reformation before the Lord returns? Is the devil bound now, and are the saints reigning with Christ? Did you know that there are four hermeneutical approaches to the book of Daniel and Revelation?

These and many more questions are dealt with by four authors as they present the four views on the millennium. Each view is then critiqued by the other three authors.

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Dr. Francis Schaeffer - How Should We Then Live? (DVD)

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After 40 years of intense study and world-wide ministry, Dr. Francis Schaeffer completed his crowning work of scholarship – to present profound truths in simple film language. Dr. Schaeffer’s brilliant analysis of the past and predictions for current trends have proven so uncannily accurate that this amazing series still feels contemporary almost three decades after its initial release. Ultimately, Schaeffer concludes that man’s only hope is a return to God’s Biblical absolute, the truth revealed in Christ through the Scriptures.

Available for the first time on DVD, this documentary spectacular also includes intimate in-depth conversations with Francis and Edith Schaeffer. With the on-disc study guide, this presentation forms a unique course of comprehensive study. While this series forms an innovative analysis of the past, this outstanding work is more than history. Each episode focuses on a significant era, yet speaks clearly to 21st-century man with answers for modern problems.

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The Real Jesus: A Defense of the Historicity and Divinity of ChristThe Real Jesus: A Defense of the Historicity and Divinity of Christ (DVD)

Who is the Real Jesus?

Ever since the dawn of modern rationalism, skeptics have sought to use textual criticism, archeology and historical reconstructions to uncover the “historical Jesus” — a wise teacher who said many wonderful things, but fulfilled no prophecies, performed no miracles and certainly did not rise from the dead in triumph over sin.

Over the past 100 years, however, startling discoveries in biblical archeology and scholarship have all but vanquished the faulty assumptions of these doubting modernists. Regrettably, these discoveries have often been ignored by the skeptics as well as by the popular media. As a result, the liberal view still holds sway in universities and impacts the culture and even much of the church.

The Real Jesus explodes the myths of these critics and the movies, books and television programs that have popularized their views. Presented in ten parts — perfect for individual, family and classroom study — viewers will be challenged to go deeper in their knowledge of Christ in order to be able to defend their faith and present the truth to a skeptical modern world – that the Jesus of the Gospels is the Jesus of history — “the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He is the real Jesus.

Speakers include: George Grant, Ted Baehr, Stephen Mansfield, Raymond Ortlund, Phil Kayser, David Lutzweiler, Jay Grimstead, J.P. Holding, and Eric Holmberg.

Ten parts, over two hours of instruction!

Running Time: 130 minutes

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