Belgium made international headlines last week for extending euthanasia to children. Apparently, killing terminally ill children on demand isn’t quite edgy enough for the right-to-die camp. Now, a decade after legalizing euthanasia, the Netherlands is debating doctor-assisted suicide for depression. Yes, depression.
As if sex-selective abortion wasn’t immoral enough—and as if opening the door to playing God at the sickbed of young children wasn’t appalling enough—it may soon be more convenient to kill off people who suffer from sadness.
Launched in 2012, the Life-Ending Clinic targets people whose family doctors flat-out refuse to help them end their lives. But the clinic isn’t merely helping the terminally ill go on to eternity a little sooner than planned to avoid suffering. This death dungeon is essentially murdering people who report chronic depression and don’t want to wake up fighting the battle in their mind again tomorrow.
“We consider it self-evident that someone who is terminal can turn to euthanasia,” Life-Ending Clinic Director Steven Pleiter told The Daily Beast. “Now we are entering a phase in which there will be more debate about patients who are not terminally ill, among them psychiatric patients and those with dementia.”
What in the world is going on here? I understand how devastating depression can be. I suffered with this malady for more than a year—and spent a good part of that year in bed sleeping. I understand the thoughts of hopelessness that come with this disorder. Nevertheless, the role of physicians is to facilitate medical miracles, not medical massacres.
“Well, they will just kill themselves anyway,” some may say. No, they probably wouldn’t. According to a Mayo Clinic study, outpatients treated for depression had a suicide risk of 2 percent. That compares to a 1 percent risk for the general population.
The decision to walk out your convictions is difficult. But imagine if you were faced with a child that is going to have two faces? On Chosen Generation Radio, Jennifer discusses the story of an Australian couple who are facing this reality. They are going to keep their baby in spite of the doctors' vehement efforts to convince them to abort. Also, what do we do when confronted with the continual barrage of shifting morals and the examples that the progressive left keeps forcing us to accept?
Doctors want to put a premature end to their unborn baby's life, but one Australian couple refuses to take this hypocritical action just because their bundle of joy has two faces—and two brains. That Australian couple, Renee Young and Simon Howie, are my pro-life heroes this week.
The parents were admittedly shocked when an ultrasound revealed their twin baby girls were actually one baby with two faces and two brains. A 3-D ultrasound shows the baby has only two legs, two arms and one body.
Who wouldn’t be shocked and upset? That’s a natural reaction. But when doctors called for an abortion “because it would be looked upon by the public as a freak,” the couple stood on the side of life—and love—saying they would give birth to their baby and surround it with “people who love it.”
NBA center Jason Collins and University of Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam aren’t drinking buddies, but they may soon have more in common than a love for the sports at which they excel.
If reports from the New York Times and ESPN are accurate, Sam, who came out gay to his teammates during college, is poised to repeat Collins’ professional basketball revelation in the football arena. Like Collins did in the NBA, Sam is set to become the first openly gay player in the NFL.
Like Collins, Sam has skills that are taking him to the upper echelon of the sports world. The first-team all-American was named the Associated Press defensive player of the year in the Southeast Conference—and his teammates named him Missouri’s MVP. With such a positive experience in college, he has decided to brave the tougher NFL waters. The New York Times is suggesting the young star could become a symbol for the country’s gay rights movement or a flash point in a football culture war—or both.
As I was meditating on 2 Corinthians 10:4, I got a revelation about our words as weapons. This is not a positive confession revelation, although I believe in confessing what the Word of God says rather than confessing negative thoughts and feelings—and that’s totally scriptural. No, this is not a new twist on a good confession. This is a spiritual warfare strategy that will send the devil fleeing as we submit our words to God and resist the temptation to allow our mouths to issue weapons Satan uses against us.
The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for the pulling down of strongholds in our minds. But the weapons of Satan are carnal, mighty in our flesh for the erecting of strongholds in our minds—and we’re the ones arming him.
Jesus “disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them” (Col. 2:15). Many who oppose spiritual warfare practices point to that Scripture and say we don’t have to fight because the devil is already defeated. Yes, the devil is already defeated, but Paul nevertheless told Timothy to “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Tim. 6:12) and told the Ephesians we “wrestle against ... principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of the age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12).
If Jesus disarmed principalities and powers, why are we still wrestling them? We still wrestle, in part, because we are arming the enemy with the words of our mouth, handing him our God-given authority to use against us. Satan has no authority over us unless we give it to him, just like the serpent had no authority in the garden until Adam gave it to him.
Last week we watched an historic debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye. What were the implications? President Obama prayed at the National Prayer Breakfast. What does that say about his spirituality? Are pulpits in America doing enough to preach and prophesy God's will in the face of rising persecution? Check out Jennifer discussing these and other issues on the radio.
"To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord," (Ephesians 3:10-11).
This verse says that the wisdom of God will be revealed through the church. Last week we talked about the wounded condition of so many people because of the church. But, is it because the church speaks truth or is it because the church is not truly living up to her full potential? Being hurt by the church when she speaks of the things that are righteous and true versus when we are injured by believers not acting like the church is not the same thing.
Placing our trust in men and not in God and expecting men to fulfill the role that only God can fulfill in our lives is often what leads to being hurt in the church. How can Pastors do a better job of handing off their members to God rather than perhaps feeling that they need to resolve all of their members issues? Would this solve some of the hurt issues both for the minister and for the members?
Has your prophetic gift been misunderstood? Do people reject your prophecies? Check out this video teaching on the topic and break free from the spirit of rejection.
There are two sides to prophecy: the one who delivers the word and the one who receives it. Last week we talked about receiving personal prophecies that just don’t make any sense at all to the natural mind—or even necessarily bear witness with your spirit. Indeed, some prophetic promises are so exceedingly, abundantly above all you could ask or think that it’s tempting to dismiss them without even praying it through.
Now, let’s flip things around. Have you ever delivered a prophecy that someone flat out refused to receive even though you were convinced it was from God? The prophecy was pure. It didn’t breed fear, seek to control, or violate Scripture. The prophecy exalted Jesus and was delivered in a spirit of humility. Nevertheless, it wasn’t received—and maybe you were even harshly criticized or labeled a false prophet for delivering it.
I’ll repeat what I said last week: I believe in judging prophecy before receiving it as Holy Spirit-inspired truth, but as I explain in my book “Did the Spirit of God Say That,” judging prophecy isn’t always an exact since. That means you could be delivering a perfectly accurate prophetic word that’s perfectly passed over as false. What’s a prophet to do?