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by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Lord's Day Evening, January 25, 2004

"They judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge. Shall I not visit for these things? saith the Lord: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?" (Jeremiah 5:28-29).

Last Tuesday night, as is my custom every January, I listened to the President give his State of the Union speech on television. It was a terrific speech - but, as he finished, I noticed that something was missing. Pat Buchanan and Peggy Noonan also noticed what was missing - and commented on it when they were interviewed by Christopher Matthews after the speech. George W. Bush became the first Republican President in twenty-three years to give a State of the Union Address without mentioning abortion. It sent a chill down my spine.

Don't get me wrong. I like Mr. Bush. But I hope he continues to take a strong stand against abortion. I hope he believes that the slaughter of 44 million unborn children is a crime against humanity, and the greatest violation of human rights that has ever occurred on American soil. I hope Mr. Bush agrees with President Reagan, who said,

There is no cause more important for preserving…freedom than affirming the transcendent right to life of all human beings, the right without which no other rights have any meaning (Ronald Reagan, Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation,Thomas Nelson, 1984, p. 38).

I hope Mr. Bush agrees with President Reagan. But President Reagan said, "There is no cause more important than…the transcendent right to life of all human beings." If Reagan was correct, and no cause is more important than the right to life, President Bush needs to say it loud and clear!  President Reagan said it every year, in his State of the Union messages. Mr. Bush, himself, said it last January. Has he changed because this is an election year? Is he playing politics with the lives of unborn children? I hope not.

"They judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge. Shall I not visit for these things? saith the Lord: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?" (Jeremiah 5:28-29).

The Supreme Court Has Been Wrong Before on Human Rights!

Last Thursday was the thirty-first anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision to permit abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy. One out of every seven Americans has died as a result. But the Supreme Court was wrong. They were just as wrong in the 1973 abortion decision as they were in 1857, when that same court, the Supreme Court, ruled that Negroes were not citizens of the United States. That same Supreme Court denied Dred Scott his freedom even though he had enjoyed it while living in Wisconsin Territory. The Supreme Court was wrong in 1857 and they were wrong in 1973. President Reagan said,

This is not the first time our country has been divided by a decision that denied the value of certain human lives. The Dred Scott decision of 1857 was not overturned in a day, or a year, or even a decade. At first, only a minority of Americans recognized and deplored the moral crisis brought about by denying the full humanity of our black brothers and sisters; but that minority persisted in their vision and finally prevailed (President Reagan, ibid., p. 19).

After thirty-one years of propaganda and sloganeering by the abortionists, a large majority of the American people still agree with President Reagan, that wholesale abortion through all nine months of pregnancy is just plain wrong!

Actor Jack Nicholson is With Us on Abortion!

A surprisingly large percentage of those under the age of twenty-five believe it is wrong. Nearly 70% of our people, across all age groups, believe that there should be tighter restrictions. And it may surprise you to learn of some of the people who agree with us. For instance, actor Jack Nicholson. I was browsing through some magazines in a convenience store a few days ago and I saw the cover of the January 2004 Esquire magazine. I don't read Esquire, but there was a photo of Jack Nicholson on the cover, and the words, "The Meaning of Life." I opened the magazine to see what Nicholson had to say on the meaning of life. One thing he said really surprised me. Jack Nicholson said, "I would never want to vilify somebody who considered abortion murder. I was an illegitimate child myself. I may not have existed today" (Esquire, January, 2004, p. 71).

There you have it, in print! Of all people, Jack Nicholson is on our side! Speak up Jack! We need to hear you again on this - for, as President Reagan said, "There is no cause more important."

The Courts Have Become Too Powerful

The fathers of our nation never meant for the courts to have the power they do today. Often, when our people vote for something today, these courts overrule the decision of the people within a few days. I say that they have taken away much of our democratic process and replaced it with five of the nine justices on the Supreme Court. Why not let our people speak, as they once did, in the voting booths across our land?

Four of the men on the Supreme Court are good people. Their decisions uphold the values that most Americans cherish. But the other five, in their long, black robes, have robbed us of the right to determine in the voting booth that every child, even an illegitimate one like Jack Nicholson, has the same rights we do - the right to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

President Reagan Was Against the Abortionists on the Court

Again, President Reagan said,

Make no mistake, abortion-on-demand is not a right granted by the Constitution. No serious scholar, including one disposed to agree with the Court's result, has argued that the framers of the Constitution intended to create such a right…As an act of "raw judicial power" (to use Justice White's biting phrase), the decision by the…majority in Roe v. Wade has so far been made to stick. But the Court's decision has by no means settled the debate. Instead Roe v. Wade has become a continuing prod to the conscience of the nation (President Reagan, ibid., p. 16).

The Supreme Court has deeply divided our nation over an issue that we should long ago have been allowed to decide for ourselves - in the voting booth.

President Reagan said, "As a nation today, we have not rejected the sanctity of human life. The American people [people like you and me - and Jack Nicholson] have not had an opportunity to express our view on the sanctity of human life in the unborn" (President Reagan, quoted in Quotable Reagan, Towle House Publishing, Nashville, 2001, p. 98).

We as a people have waited patiently for a Republican President to nominate another decent American to the Supreme Court, another Rehnquist, Scalia, or Clarence Thomas, men who believe that the Constitution protects the rights of all Americans, black or white, yellow or Hispanic, and, yes, our own American offspring. These children must no longer be treated as the Negroes were when the Court ruled that they were not citizens because of their race. These forgotten children must no longer be treated as "new Negro slaves," stripped of their God-given citizenship and right to exist!

Cats, Alligators, and the Screwball Mentality of the Abortionists

I read in the newspaper the other day that a woman in Novato, California faces three years in prison for keeping too many cats. She would not be facing prison if she had committed "too many" abortions. Thus, the welfare of cats has become more important to these wacko abortionists than human life! Madness has befogged the minds of many sitting in their judicial robes in courts across the land! The Bible says,

"The heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead"
     (Ecclesiastes 9:3).

A man in Australia held his baby in his arms while he fed an alligator. A video of this was shown repeatedly on television. There was a great worldwide cry over this man endangering his baby. But the man is an expert animal trainer, and the baby seemed to me to be in no more danger than it would have been in an SUV, the way most of those people drive!  I won't argue the point - but I will say this: the baby was about a month old. If it had been five or six weeks younger, in the womb, there would have been no outcry whatever if the man and his wife had allowed an abortionist to stick a needle into its brain, and rip out its arms and legs.

What has happened to the minds of people that jail an old woman for three years for keeping cats, or who rail at an animal trainer who feeds an alligator with his baby in tow? I say that these people have lost their ability to think rationally.

"Madness is in their heart while they live" (Ecclesiastes 9:3).

They worry far more over cats and alligators than they do about the wholesale slaughter of 44 million babies.

The Death of the West

Patrick J. Buchanan wrote a book titled, The Death of the West. In that book, Buchanan said,

The Death of the West is not a prediction of what is going to happen, it is a depiction of what is happening now…the old are already dying off faster than the young are being born. There is no sign of a turnaround…This is not a matter of prophecy, but of mathematics…[America] will be overwhelmed by a Third World that is five times as populous and will be ten times as populous in 2050. The ability to pull out of this dive diminishes each year…Yet Western women are terminating their pregnancies at a rate that represents autogenocide for…their nations…Is it reversible? For if it is not, we can begin to write the final chapters of the history of our civilization…Western men and women may simply live out their lives until they are so few they do not matter (Patrick J. Buchanan, The Death of the West, Thomas Dunne Books, 2002, pp. 23, 24, 266).

No wonder President Reagan said, "There is no cause more important for preserving… freedom than affirming the transcendent right to life of all human beings."

"They judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge. Shall I not visit for these things? saith the Lord: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?" (Jeremiah 5:28-29).

Come Out From Among Them

What can a young person in our crumbling nation do? Turn in your Bible to Revelation, chapter eighteen, verses four and five. Let us stand and read these two verses aloud.

"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities"
     (Revelation 18:4-5).

You may be seated.

As America rushes toward judgment, flee from the wrath to come! "Come out of her, my people." This is a call to leave the world and its ways, and come to Christ. Leave behind you this sinful world, and come into the local church. And come to Jesus, the Son of God - for only Jesus can save you from your sins. The Bible says,

"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers…come out from among them and be ye separate…And [I] will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty" (II Corinthians 6:14, 17, 18).

That's the reason we say, "Why be lonely? Come home - to church. Why be lost? Come home - to Jesus Christ." "Thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21).

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Scripture Read Before the Sermon by Dr. Kreighton L. Chan: Jeremiah 5:21-29.
Solo Sung Before the Sermon by Mr. Benjamin Kincaid Griffith:

"The Battle Hymn of the Republic" (by Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910).