Steve Ertelt – Sacrilege In Montana

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Jim Rudd                                                                        June 13, 2001

     

Sacrilege In Montana

There is little doubt that the division within the pro-life movement is the greatest impediment to the advancement of our just cause.

Christians are commanded by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among us (1 Cor. 1:10), yet, the pro-life movement is divided. Jesus said, “If a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” (Mark 3:25)

Subsequently, this division within the pro-life movement is being promulgated at the expense of innocent human life.

An example of this “division” has recently reared its ugly head in the state of Montana. Local newspapers reported that a Mr. Steven Ertelt, Director of Montana Right of Life, an affiliate of National Right to Life Committee, opened his mouth and spewed forth a sulfurous stench against Christian missionaries who were on tour through that state.

Missionaries to the Preborn, under the supervision of the Reverend Matt Trewhella, pastor of Mercy Seat Christian Church in Milwaukee, are on a two-week ‘Truth Tour’ through the West — South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska — to proclaim the Christian message of repentance of the sin of abortion and to demand the administration of Justice.

Rev. Trewhella said, “If we refuse to repent and see this bloodshed outlawed, then God will bring his rightful judgment on this nation.” Trewhella sums up the Christian pro-life position concerning abortion in that one sentence, “repent and see this bloodshed outlawed.”

However, Mr. Ertelt said, “We encourage people not to participate in their activities. It’s just not the way we go about trying to advance the pro-life perspective.” Ertelt’s statement begs the question — in just whose perspective and activities is he encouraging people to participate?

Reported in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, a representative of National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, Stacey Anderson, told people not to engage the Christian missionaries in public debates. Both Ertelt and Anderson “agreed that the Missionaries represent an extreme position in the abortion debate.”

The “extreme position” both of them agreed to oppose is the Christian missionary activity of calling sinners to repentance! Christians out on a mission field calling sinners to repentance of their sin is in obedience to Holy Scripture (Rom. 10:14-15).

Ertelt’s perspective and activities provide us with a great example of what Jesus meant when He said, “He that is not with me is against me.” (Luke 11:23)

The pro-life movement, just like the Body of Christ, is made up of many different body parts. Missionaries to the Preborn are actual Christian missionaries. They are not some kind of pro-life social club or political organization. They are trained missionaries under the authority of an ordained minister and pastor, Matt Trewhella. Furthermore, it is my understanding that Missionaries to the Preborn have several other ordained ministers within their ranks.

Concerning the recent attack by Mr. Ertelt against these Christian ministers, the Scriptures are clear: When the “men of God” (2 Tim. 3:17) are officiating their holy duty in the proclamation of His Holy Word (2 Tim. 4:1-5), they are to be held in respect by all men (Deut. 10:8; 12:19).

God always means what He says and commands, “Touch not my anointed, and do my prophets no harm.” (Psalms 105:14-15)

The sin of touching God’s anointed is called “sacrilege” defined as “the deliberate or inadvertent violation of sacred things.” Those who are called out and set apart by God to officiate His Word (2 Tim. 4:1-2), have a privileged status and responsibilities before God, and offenses against them are regarded as sacrilege.

To strike at them is to strike at God. To speak ill of them is to speak ill of God, Whom they represent. Sacrilege brings God’s wrath upon all those who touch His anointed. (Num. 16:1-33; Josh. 6:26, I Kings 16:34; 1 Sam. 2:30-33; Psalms 78:56-64; Jude 10-11). The Lord’s warning is clear, “Touch not my anointed, and do my prophets no harm.” (Psalms 105:14-15)

For whoever speaks in the things of God, if they speak not according to the word, it is because there is no light in them. (Isa.8:20)  Nothing is to be accounted sin, but that which is made so by the Word of God.

We can see this attack upon Christian missionaries not only as a personal attack against a particular group of Christians in the commission of their ministry, but even more seriously as a sacrilegious crime against God and His anointed.

We need to understand that just because people have jobs working against abortion in non-profit front organizations for the Republican party does not make them believers in Jesus Christ. For far too long the secular news media have been willing and able to interview backbiters and talebearers within the pro-life movement, giving them a platform to make odious belittling comments against Christians. They despise what is holy and just in order to advance and promote their own selfish ambitions. But as long as what they say is under the guise and pretence of being “pro-life” then the Christians are expected to suffer insult, be silent, and ignore it.

Consequently, the pro-life movement’s utter failure to “see this bloodshed outlawed” is not the case of sin in the camp as much as it is Christians being unequally yoked in associations with unbelievers. Concerning such association the Scripture is clear:

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”   (2 Cor. 6:14-18)

As Christians engaged in ministering to people murdering children by abortion, we must see to it that it be really the Christian faith that we believe, profess, propagate, and contend for. We must not allow ourselves to be robbed of any essential articles of Christian faith by the pretence of ungodly men who call themselves “pro-life,” yet lie in wait to deceive and injure.

When our Brothers come under public attack for professing and propagating our Christian faith, then we all come under attack. In times of such notorious opposition we will, we must, “contend for the faith.”

Since innocent human beings are depending on us to “see this bloodshed outlawed,” we must speak the same thing, in the same mind and in the same judgment. For except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it.

Jim Rudd
Washington, D.C., Director
Christian Street Preachers Alliance
email: editor@covenantnews.com

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