The following piece is an adaption of selections from a book titled “When Justice is Aborted” by author Gary North. A free audio book and PDF copy of this book can be found at:

The true saint finishes what he begins. Finishing one’s assigned task is even more important than what you initially say you will do. Consider what Jesus said to the chief priests of the temple and to the elders:

28 “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go work today in the vineyard.’ 29 And he answered, ‘I will not’; but afterward he regretted it and went. 30 The man came to the second and said the same thing; and he answered, ‘I will, sir’; but he did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?” They *said, “The first.” Jesus *said to them, “Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him; and you, seeing this, did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him.” (Matthew 21:28-32 NASB)

If a cause is righteous, the true faithful saints will come, even if they initially say that will not come. When the U.S. Supreme Court handed down the Roe v. Wade opinion in January of 1973 there was no initial waves of protest from Protestant Christians. It was not until several years later that Christians began to figure out what is really involved in the publicly sanctioned practice known as abortion: murder, covenantal faithlessness, and the threat of God’s visible wrath. Even today, if you visit your local abortion center, only a handful of Christians (if any) will be found at these places of death. Those few Christians who seek to rouse the public and warn them of the impending judgment are labeled fanatics, incendiaries and rabble-rousers; most often these labels are placed on them by other Christians. The true faithful saints will persevere however. The first son, who initially says no, will eventually show up for duty. He is the true heir of the inheritance. However, the longer he waits, the higher the cost.

If he waits too long to get involved the confrontation will have elevated, it will have increased. He will be entering into a far riskier war. He will find that many, who have already served considerable time in the trenches, will have moved onto further battlefronts. He will find his lack of understanding of the enemy, and his lack of experience in the warfare, a hindrance to jumping into the battle. He will also stumble across those who became weary of the battle and the struggle that head home in search of peace and affluence. But, history does not move backwards. The confrontation will escalate. Something must give.

This fact scares those Christians who desire to bear no personal responsibility as representatives of Christ and the covenantal corporate fellowship of His people. Many of them will silently slip away from the battle. Others will signal and lead people into retreat in the name of true service to Christ. Their official excuse will be that the battle has escalated to an illegitimate level of confrontation. One must wonder, did they suppose the confrontation over such a serious life/death issue would be settled at a church potluck or through a comfy men’s retreat? These defectors make it more difficult for those who have delayed joining the fight from its early stages. As the defectors, and the soldiers, both claim a higher moral vision many will be confused as to which direction to go.

The battle over such a heinous attack on the Imago Dei will undoubtedly attract fanatics from both sides of the battle who lack self discipline and self control. Be discerning about quickly locking arms with anyone, and everyone, who says they want to fight.

If only a handful of true faithful saints ever appear for duty in this life/death battle over abortion, then God will surely bring about his visible wrath upon this nation. When those who have been freely, and legally, adopted through Christ’s atonement take seriously God’s law they will place themselves visibly in His covenant. This is the visible testimony to the nation regarding the faithfulness of God.

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16 NASB)

It is this visible obedience that is the heart, the essence and the outflowing of a Christian’s kingdom citizenship.


By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; (1 John 2:3-4 NASB)

22 and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight. 23 This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. 24 The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us. (1 John 3:22-24 NASB)

Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. (1 John 5:1-4 NASB)

And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it. (II John 1:6)

14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. (Revelation 22:14)

Who then is the true faithful saint. Who is the true revolutionary? The person who seeks peace and affluence and obeys the laws of Satan’s kingdom, or the one who resists?

Satan calls the person who freely obeys his representatives a “law-abiding citizen”. God calls the person who freely obeys Satan’s representatives a “covenant-breaker”. Satan calls a person who resists his representatives a “revolutionary”, “fanatic”, incendiary” and “rabble-rouser”. God calls a person who resists Satan’s representatives a “covenant-keeper” and a “peace maker”.

There must be a fundamental break with Satan in the life of every Christian as they transition from wrath to grace or from death to life. This fundamental break is supposed to be visible in the life of each Christian. Therefore, with Respect to Satan’s kingdom, each Christian becomes a “revolutionary”, “fanatic”, incendiary” and “rabble-rouser” at the point of his conversion. His covenant with Satan is broken and his covenant with God is established. In order to claim their inheritance with Christ (life), one must renounce their inheritance with Satan (death).

Amazingly enough, most Christians today are not informed or educated on the revolutionary implications of their conversion. Today’s “soul winning techniques” are purposefully designed to diminish and soften the radical distinction between the saved and the lost, covenant keepers and covenant breakers. The potential convert is being asked to make a clean and radical break with everything evil in his past. This is all too often downplayed and softened in today’s presentations of the Gospel. As the convert matures, he begins to see this break with evil as definitive. He recognizes that he must publicly and systematically break with evil. Essentially, he must make his born again status public as a revolutionary against Satan’s kingdom.

As he makes this break from evil visible, he is warned by fellow Christians that he is “going too far”. He is becoming a  “revolutionary”, “fanatic”, incendiary” and “rabble-rouser”. In short what his fellow Christians are saying is that he is becoming an embarrassment to those who have not yet matured in the faith as far as he has. He is also making those who are not truly faithful saints uncomfortable. His visible and continuing faithfulness is a disturbing testimony against their own continuing compromises with evil. They are afraid of, or downright opposed to, the public confrontation with evil. Why? Because either they are still immature in their faith, or they have no saving faith at all.

This is what the battle over abortion is all about: Bringing Christ’s kingdom into revolutionary conflict with Satan’s kingdom. Bringing the Gospel into BOLD conflict with the evils of our age.

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