PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ

(Official communication to the public)

1/24/18

 The predominant idol we read about in Israel’s history is that of Baal worship.  Of course this happened only after God was being removed from the public square, government, education, law, culture and their lives. Baal came from the Canaanites, the very people Israel was to drive out of the Promised Land.

Baal was the god of war, lord of the sky, master of wind, lightening and storms. He was also the god of fertility and prosperity. The people sought Baal to make their fields fruitful and their lives prosperous (materialism). To secure his favor they built altars on hill tops, valleys and their groves. To him they sacrificed grain, livestock and other valuable offerings.

As Israel continued its move away from God the sanctity of human life was thrown to the wind, along with marriage and sexuality, including gender identity. Finally with God out of the picture Baal worship made the ultimate power grab by demanding the most innocent and helpless of citizens – their children! 2 Kings 17:17  They sacrificed their sons and daughters in the fire. They practiced divination and sought omens and sold themselves to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, arousing his anger.  This was the practice of laying a baby on the white hot outstretched bronze arms of their god for sacrifice hoping for prosperity and fertility. This practice was not localized or on the fringe, it was sanctioned by the government and viewed as a sacred rite. One would find it hard to believe that one of the most basic human rights in Israel given by God would eventually be judged as evil and the killing of innocent babies as an incontestable right. Life was no longer sacred, death was.

January 22, 1973 marks the 45th year of legalized abortion (murder); that is 59 million innocent and helpless babies sacrificed to the gods of selfish materialism and naturalism.  While this is morally wrong, there is forgiveness and healing for those who confess their sin and turn to Jesus for forgiveness.  Yes God is merciful and will forgive the sin of abortion.  1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

 

Pastor Bob

By The Way:   Sunday 28, 9:00 AM Morning Worship/Gideon Sunday.  Sermon: God’s Kingdom Come.

Annual reports due the 28th.

 

10:15 Sunday school.

 

February 11, 10:20 AM.  Annual Meeting