Prayer Targets: Schaeffer-Koop; Aborting the Human Race; Infanticide Protection; Streaming Watchmen

Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984, bio) wrote over twenty books read by millions. He and his wife, Edith, founded L’Abri Fellowship International study and discipleship centers. Dr. C. Everett Koop (1916-2013, bio) was a groundbreaking pediatric surgeon and Surgeon-in-Chief of the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. President Ronald Reagan appointed him U.S. Surgeon General and he continued under President George H.W. Bush. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pediatric Surgery, Koop wrote many influential books in the field of medical ethics. Together they wrote Whatever Happened to the Human Race (1979)and awakened the conscience of evangelical Christians to the unmitigated evils of abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia. Here are excerpts:

The Abortion of the Human Race — Cultures can be judged in many ways, but eventually every nation in every age must be judged by this test: how did it treat people? Each generation, each wave of humanity, evaluates its predecessors on this basis. The final measure of mankind’s humanity is how humanely people treat one another.

The great dramatic moments of history have left us with monuments and memories of compassion, love, and unselfishness which punctuate the all-too-pervasive malevolence that dominates so much human interaction. That there is any respite from evil is due to some courageous people who, on the basis of personal philosophies, have led campaigns against the ill-treatment and misuse of individuals. Each era faces its own unique blend of problems. Our own time is no exception. Those who regard individuals as expendable raw material-to be molded, exploited, and then discarded-do battle on many fronts with those who see each person as unique and special, worthwhile, and irreplaceable…

[W]e feel strongly that we stand today on the edge of a great abyss [1979]. At this crucial moment choices are being made and thrust on us that will for many years to come affect the way people are treated. We want to try to help tip the scales on the side of those who believe that individuals are unique and special and have great dignity. Yad Vashem is the monument in Jerusalem to the six million Jews and others who were killed in the Nazi Holocaust… Yad Vashem is a fitting place to begin, for it reminds us of what, unhappily, is possible in human behavior. Those who were murdered were people just like all of us. More important to realize is that those who murdered them were also people just like all of us. We seem to be in danger of forgetting our seemingly unlimited capacities for evil, once boundaries to certain behavior are removed…

What will our choices be? What boundaries will we uphold to make it possible for people to say with certainty that moral atrocities are truly evil? Which side will we be on?

The Thinkable and the Unthinkable — There is a “thinkable” and an “unthinkable” in every era. One era is quite certain intellectually and emotionally about what is acceptable. Yet another era decides that these “certainties” are unacceptable and puts another set of values into practice. On a humanistic base, people drift along from generation to generation, and the morally unthinkable becomes the thinkable as the years move on. By “humanistic base” we mean the idea that men and women can begin from themselves and derive the standards by which to judge all matters. There are no fixed standards of behavior, no standards that cannot be eroded or replaced by what seems necessary, expedient, or even fashionable.

The most striking and unusual feature of our moment of history is the speed with which eras change. Looking back in history, we notice that some ancient cultures lasted a thousand years. Today the passing of eras is so greatly speeded up that the 1960s stand in sharp contrast to the 1970s. Young people of the seventies do not understand their older siblings of the sixties. What was unthinkable in the sixties is unthinkable no longer.

The ease and speed of communication has been a factor in this. A protest in South Africa can be echoed by sympathizers in New York in just a few hours. Social conventions appear and disappear with unprecedented rapidity.

The thinkables of the eighties and nineties will include things which most people today [the late seventies] find unthinkable and immoral, even unimaginable and too extreme to suggest. Yet — since they do not have some overriding principle that takes them beyond relativistic thinking — when these become thinkable and acceptable in the eighties and nineties, most people will not even remember that they were unthinkable in the seventies. They will slide into each new thinkable without a jolt…

For centuries Western culture has regarded human life and the quality of the life of the individual as special. It has been common to speak of “the sanctity of human life.”

For instance, the Hippocratic Oath, which goes back more than 2,000 years… The Declaration of Geneva (modeled on the Hippocratic Oath includes: “I will maintain the utmost respect for human life from the time of conception…” But when the University of Pittsburgh changed to the Declaration of Geneva in 1971, the students deleted “from the time of conception” … [Other schools have followed].

But the fully developed concept of the sanctity of human life we have known came from the Judeo-Christian world-view which dominated the West for centuries. Biblical doctrine was preached not as a truth but as the truth. This teaching formed not only the religious base of society but the cultural, legal, and governmental bases as well. It answered the major questions people ask. Who is God? What is He like? Who are we as people? How ought we to live together? What meaning does human life have? Judeo-Christianity formed a general cultural consensus. It provided the moral and social values by which things were judged. It was never perfectly applied, but it did lay a foundation for a high view of human life in concept and practice. People viewed human life as unique-to be protected and loved-because each individual is created in the image of God. (Schaeffer & Koop, 1979, edited for space)

Infanticide Still Being Protected — Drs. Schaeffer and Koop would not be surprised that leaders in the Democrat-controlled House denied for the 47th time this week a GOP request for a House vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, essentially an anti-infanticide measure. This time, Rep. Denver Riggleman (R-Va.) made the “Unanimous Consent” request regarding H.R. 962 on behalf of the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) and 189 co-sponsors. Scripture and science affirm that human life begins at conception, thus all voluntary abortions are the illicit taking of an innocent human life. But this bill requires physicians who deliver a live baby from a failed abortion attempt to provide the same care that would be given infants born under normal circumstances. To not do so would be infanticide by any measure.

The Democrat resistance against this bill comes in the wake of a wave of successfully enacted and restrictive state abortion laws, more than at any time in modern history. They have gained traction amid America’s horror over the New York Legislature’s gaudy celebration of its passage of the country’s most liberal abortion law and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s videographed casual approval of born-alive infanticide. Amid it all, the number of Democrats who say they are pro-life is growing and so is the pro-life movement. Planned Parenthood has launched a nationwide campaign to push back against this new tide of pro-life activists. Those who’ve labored for life since Roe v. Wade was decided are seeing a harvest from their prayers and work. FRC President Tony Perkins says he believes the new sentiment is evidence of repentance at work in America. But the effort by some to make “birthday abortions” legal is a testimony to the accurate prophetic predictions Drs. Schaeffer and Koop made 40 years ago. A Discharge Petition, forwarded by House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Rep. Wagner, has accumulated 199 member signatures (3 Democrats) — 218 are needed to force the bill out of committee and onto the House Floor for a vote. (See FRC’s End Birth Day Abortions Campaign; For the 47th time House Democrats Refuse Infanticide Vote; Life Lessons from the States; What happens to a child born alive?; The Party Extremism Built)

  • Father, thank you for your grace that brings repentance and is changing many hearts after so long a departure from You and Your fundamental moral laws. Please bring the barbaric inhumanity of the infanticide of millions of born and unborn children to an end. Please grant us repentance! Restore our humanity. May America yet honor You and abandon our human reasoning that without You has become so badly twisted. In Jesus’ Name, Amen! (Lev 20:1-5; Dt 12:31; Ps 106:35-38; 127:3-5; 139:13-16; Pr 14:12; Gal 5:19-21; Jas 4:17; 1 Ptr 1:13)

FRC’s Watchmen on the Wall Pastors Briefing will Live-Stream Thursday & Friday! — FRC is working hard to serve America’s pastors and help them restore a biblical worldview to their churches and the communities of our nation. The annual Watchmen on the Wall National Pastors Briefing and smaller briefings across the land help us keep pastors informed and inspired to make the difference only they can make in America. Join us online (see a list of speakers; see complete schedule; click HERE beginning at 8:10 AM on Thursday, May 23 and 7:25 AM on Friday, May 24. Forward this info to pastors and fellow intercessors so they, too, can participate).

  • Heavenly Father, use this week’s Briefing to empower pastors across the land to revive and restore a vital biblical world-view to the American people! Equip, encourage, and embolden them to preach Scripture as THE TRUTH and may our nation be delivered from the humanistic relativism that has trapped and sunk us to moral and spiritual depravity. May their powerful teaching be so pervasive as to revive not only the religious base of society but our cultural, legal, and governmental bases as well! May this be the most powerful and effective Watchmen on the Wall Pastors Briefing yet! May the pastors and ministers who attend in person and who view online be inspired, informed, and transformed. May their usefulness in Your hand be multiplied. Grant all Americans grace to humble ourselves, pray, seek Your face, and turn from our wicked ways. Forgive our sins and heal our land! (Jer 2:28-29; John 21:17; Acts 3:19-21; 20:17-32; 2 Tim 4:1-5; Jude 1:3; Rev 22:7; 18-19)

Finally, Sunday night Franklin Graham kicked off his Decision America Northeast Tour in Portland, Maine. Thousands came, and hundreds made decisions for Christ. It was a night to remember. One pastor said: “Our faithful God has launched a new season with prayer, salvations, and UNITY among churches in Maine!” Keep Franklin Graham and the Northeast Tour in your prayers as the Team travels to Burlington, Vt. on May 21; Manchester, N.H. on May 23; Springfield, Mass. on May 25; East Providence, R.I. on May 26; Bridgeport, Conn. on May 28; and Syracuse, N.Y. on May 30. For many years the intercessors in New England have been praying and believing God for the next Great Awakening to break out in New England! Please encourage friends and family who live near these cities to attend, especially those you know need the Lord!

The House passed the anti-religious liberty “Equality Act” Friday, but experts say the bill will not be taken up in the Senate. Pray that that will be the case! Thank you for praying!


Rev. Pierre Bynum
Chaplain & National Prayer Director

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