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Temple Baptist Church - 10-17-2021John 14:1-6 Introduction: My message this morning will be simple in content and yet profound in practical application. There will be no great “depths of theology,” but rather a simple, down-to-earth message geared to help each of us. A. I believe that all of God's people, at one time or another-in one way or the other, have troubled hearts. 1. Moses, a man who spoke to God face to face, was troubled. Numbers 11:11 And Moses said unto the LORD, Wherefore hast thou afflicted thy servant? and wherefore have I not found favour in thy sight, that thou layest the burden of all this people upon me? 2. David, a man after God's own heart, was troubled. 1 Samuel 27:1 And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul: there is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul shall despair of me, to seek me any more in any coast of Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand. 3. John the Baptist, the greatest preacher born of woman, was troubled. Luke 7:19 And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? 4. Paul, the greatest missionary who ever lived, was troubled. 2 Corinthians 7:5 For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears. 5. The list could go on but I think we all get the message. There are times when each of us has a troubled heart. B. One of the signs of the last days (I know that this verse is speaking of the Tribulation Period, and I am simply making application) is “Men's hearts failing them for fear.” With great knowledge comes great fear. With our ability to see or hear the news in a moment's time lends to more and more worries. When I was a boy, people did not know what was going on around the world like they do now. C. The number one killer in America today is stress related problems. God's people are not exempt, and I know of even preachers who have taken their own lives when their fears were not handled properly. People are different and their areas of concern are often diverse. D. Some people are strong in certain areas while having weakness in others. We can have great faith in one area of live and then have a trembling soul in another. This makes it easy for us to indict others when they become troubled or worried while we worry about our problems in other areas. 1. Fearful Concerning Our Health2. Fearful Concerning Our Finances3. Fearful Concerning Our Families4. Fearful Concerning Our Future5. Fearful Concerning Our Foes6. Fearful Concerning Our Failures E. The key to peace of heart could be summed up in one word: TRUST! Trust is a big word! Troubled and fearful are the exact opposites of trust. God's Word says much about trust and we will tie those verses to those concerning fears. F. Fear is a hard taskmaster that can both control and ruin the lives of God's people. Even those who have placed into the Lord's hands the safe keeping of their souls have concerns and fears. Fear and faith are polar opposites and cannot cohabitate. Fear imprisons, faith liberates; fear paralyzes, faith empowers; fear disheartens, faith encourages; fear sickens, faith heals; fear makes useless, faith makes serviceable-and, most of all, fear puts hopelessness at the heart of life, while faith rejoices in its God. G. Martha, the sister of Lazarus, was troubled about “many things.” Luke 10:41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things. H. Some people worry about not having anything to worry about while others live in a more peaceful existence. One of the main culprits in this area of worry and distress is found in Psalms 25:17, which reads, “The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.” (Notice that the troubles were enlarged in the heart. Not that the problems were enlarged for they remained constant but they became enlarged when the heart became troubled and fearful. The more you worry about something the worse it seems to get.) J. God's Word commands us not to worry - Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 1. There Is The Certainty Of Troubled Hearts – “be troubled” - 2 Corinthians 7:5 For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears. (Notice I said, “The certainty of troubled hearts.” Everyone is plagued with this problem. Even God's men are troubled in heart at times.) 2. There Is The Choice Of Troubled Hearts – “Let not” - John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (It is simply up to us when and how much we worry! We can either have a trusting heart or a troubled one.) 3. There Is The Cause Of Troubled Hearts – “if it were not so” (Troubled hearts are a result of unbelief and mistrust.) Mark 4:35-38 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? a. They Relied Upon Their Own Strength – “so that it was now full.” (They rowed and bailed until all hope was gone before awaking the Lord.) b. They Failed To Realize Who Was With Them – “Master” (Dear Lord, you got us into trouble again!) 1) The Realization Of His Omnipresence2) The Realization Of His Omniscience3) The Realization Of His Omnipotence c. They Forgot Who They Were – “carest thou not” (You had better believe that He cares! Oh, yes He cares!) d. They Forgot His Promise – “Let us pass over unto the other side.” 4. There Is The Cure Of Troubled Hearts – “ye believe in God, believe also in me” a. Trust In The Lord - Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Psalms 62:8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.Psalms 56:3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. b. Rest In The Lord - Psalms 37:7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. c. Commit Unto The Lord - Psalms 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. Job 23:10-11 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.
The third-party inquiry, though, critiques lack of transparency by pastor John Ortberg, who resigned last year.A third-party investigation at one of northern California’s most prominent megachurches that consumed its congregation and former pastor’s fractious family ended this week with a report that found no evidence the pastor’s adult child had acted on his confessed attraction to minors.“After interviewing 104 witnesses and reviewing or analyzing more than 500,000 documents, Zero Abuse Project did not find any disclosure or other direct evidence the volunteer in question sexually abused a child,” said the report by the firm hired by Menlo Church near San Francisco to study its handling of the confession.In 2018, one of Pastor John Ortberg’s offspring, referred to only as “Individual A” in the report, but identified in earlier news reports as Johnny Ortberg, confessed to having long been sexually attracted to children.John Ortberg, a bestselling author who played a role in exposing misconduct by former Willow Creek pastor Bill Hybels, did not report the confession to church staff or other leaders. Nor did he remove Individual A from volunteering with children at the church or insist the volunteer stop coaching as a youth sports team.The matter remained secret until another Ortberg family member, Daniel Lavery, informed church leaders. The pastor was suspended in late 2019 and was allowed to return, but the congregation was not told about the family connection between Individual A and their pastor.“… Zero Abuse concludes that the decision of the Senior Pastor not to disclose to church leaders or others the conversation he had with the volunteer, as well as the decision of the church Elders not to be fully transparent about this situation, caused significant damage to the ...Continue reading...
Temple Baptist Church - 10-10-20212 Samuel 6:1-11; 6:12-23 Introduction: A. We have preached for a couple of weeks on the life of David: the only man in the Bible that God said was a man after His own heart. When God makes a statement like that, it behooves us to look closely at the character and life of this man that made him so described. We understand that David was a man of contentment and character which make for attributes of greatness in the sight of the Lord. B. This morning, I want to look at David in the light of his worship of God. Worship is of the utmost importance in God's people. Worship is the missing ingredient in the lives of many and is reflected in the lack of biblical worship within the local church. We will never worship publically until we have learned to worship privately. C. In 2 Samuel 6:1-11, we find David's first attempt at moving the Ark of the Covenant back to the Tabernacle where it belonged. In the story, we find the danger of worldly worship characterized. 1. The Ark was taken captive by the Philistines over 20 years earlier and remained with them for 7 months. 2. God chastened the Philistines, so they made mice and emerods of gold, placed them in the Ark, placed the Ark on a cart pulled by two milk cows, and sent it back to the Israelites. 3. The Ark was placed in the house of Abinadab where it remained for 20 years. 4. In 1 Chronicles, chapter 13, David attempted to bring the Ark back to the Tabernacle by also placing it on a "new cart" that was pulled by oxen with Uzza and Ahio driving. a) The "new cart" was good enough for the Philistines, so it was deemed good enough for David. Why did David not know? Why did the high priest not know? b) Because none of them consulted the Word of God given to Moses concerning the movement of the Ark: it was to be covered, the staves placed within the rings, and the priests carrying it upon their shoulders. 5. They were having a real worship service in the eyes of the world: David and all Israel playing instruments with all their might. To the world, Philistines, this was the way to move the Ark. To David and all Israel, it was a wonderful experience. To God, the new cart and oxen were not the way to move His presence. The oxen stumbled and Uzza put forth his hand to stabilize it and God smote him that he died. 1 Chronicles 13:7-11 And they carried the ark of God in a new cart out of the house of Abinadab: and Uzza and Ahio drave the cart. (8) And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets. (9) And when they came unto the threshingfloor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled. (10) And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: and there he died before God. (11) And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach upon Uzza: wherefore that place is called Perezuzza to this day. Numbers 4:15 And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the sanctuary, and all the vessels of the sanctuary, as the camp is to set forward; after that, the sons of Kohath shall come to bear it: but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die. These things are the burden of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of the congregation. 6. David got angry with God, but the problem was with David. GOD IS NOT IMPRESSED WITH NEW CARTS! God is not impressed with worldly attempts at worship! A lesson in what is not acceptable worship and David's great failure that cost a good man his life. a) The New Cart of worldliness. b) The New Cart of contemporary music and praise bands. c) The New Cart of entertainment. As one great preacher said, "The time will come when preachers quit feeding sheep and begin to entertain goats." d) The New Cart of shallow preaching. e) The New Cart of perverted "bibles." f) The list could go one but we, as God's people, need to cling to the Old Paths wherein is the good way. Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 7. Sometimes, good men get things wrong but great men correct them and get things right! D. In 2 Samuel 6:12-23, we find David's second attempt at moving the Ark of the Covenant back to the Tabernacle where it belonged. David now moves the Ark after "due order" and God is pleased. In our text, we find several aspects of David's public worship that we can apply to our lives. 1. David worshipped in Obedience. Verse 12. "So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David" a. Earlier, David did a right thing the wrong way and it cost him a good man: Uzzah. b. God is not impressed with "new carts!" Spirit is nothing without truth and truth is always "after the due order." (1 Chronicles 15:13) John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. c. David sought after the Lord and got it right! 2. David worshipped in Gladness. Verse 12. "with gladness" People no longer enjoy God's house, they just endure it or they ignore it or they forget it. Psalms 122:1 A Song of degrees of David. I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. Psalms 27:4-5 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. (5) For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. Psalms 42:4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday. 3. David worshipped with Sacrifice. Verse 13, 17. "he sacrificed oxen and fatlings … and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD" a. Tithes and offerings are an important part of our worship. Impossible to worship God and rob Him at the same time. Malachi 3:8-10 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. (9) Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. (10) Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. (7) Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. b. One of the greatest thrills of the Christian life is worshipping in giving. 4. David worshipped with All his Might. Verse 14. "And David danced before the LORD with all his might … leaping and dancing before the LORD" The King of Israel was actively engaged in worship! As your pastor, I want to be involved in the worship service. I want to sing in the choir. 1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 5. David worshipped with Noise. Verse 15-16. "So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet" a. Sing with joy. Psalms 100:1-4 A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. (2) Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. (3) Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. (4) Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. b. Sing out loud. I love to sing loud! When I get on the wrong verse or the wrong page, I disrupt the whole crowd.
Temple Baptist Church - 9-26-2021Revelation 17:5 Introduction: We will deal with the political system in chapter 18, but the Bible places the religious system first in chapter 17. This is the reverse of chapter 13 where the beast of the sea, the political system, is mentioned first and the beast of the earth, the religious system is mentioned last. The Scripture has a reason for the reversal. It is the religious system that will cause the people of earth to worship the political system (the beast of the sea), by making an image to the beast and causing the image to speak. Those who will not worship the image of the beast will by martyred. It should be obvious to even the casual reader that chapter 17 refers to the end-time political system as the Roman Catholic Church. A. As we begin tonight, I want to point out that the word “Babel” is a transliteration of the Hebrew word “Babylon”. These two are the same. The first World Power, Babel, was a humanistic (the "god of self"), idolatrous (the "gods of imagery and idols), anti-God nation (the "god" of human government) under the dictatorship of Nimrod. The building of the Tower of Babel was similar in intent with the desire of Lucifer in the Book of Isaiah to overthrow God. Isaiah 14:13-14 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: (14) I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. B. When God confounded the language, the people of Babel were scattered abroad over all the earth. Though their language was confounded, those who were scattered over all the earth had the same political and religious systems which they brought with them out of Babel and set up in all parts of the world where they migrated to. Today's globalism is already set up as it was in the beginning. Genesis 11:3-4 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter. (4) And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. (The desire of man is to be unified in rebellion against God while God's desire for men is that they be separated or scattered.) Acts 17:26-27 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; (27) That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: (God will allow globalism when it is the appointed time.) C. Every pagan religion and government in the world sprang from the same religious root, Babel! They all have the same humanistic, idolatrous, anti-God mentality. They just mentally rebuilt the same "tower" that sought to do away with the one true God only to be replaced by their inferior little "gods." Genesis 11:8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. (In our day, globalism is once again bringing these different nations together along with their political and religious systems.) D. Both the political structure and the religious beliefs were passed down from one world power to the other: from Babel to Assyria (who were idol worshippers), from Assyria to Egypt (who were idol worshippers), from Egypt to Babylon (who were idol worshippers), to Medo-Persia (who were idol worshippers), from Medo-Persia to Greece (who were idol worshippers), and from Greece to Rome (who were idol worshippers), where the Roman Church began as the Roman Catholic Church (which were and continue to be idol worshippers). All seven world powers are known for their worship of images and idols along with polytheism. The Roman Catholic Church is polytheistic: the worship both Mary (Mariolatry) and Jesus Christ! Every island, every jungle, every nation has its images and idols while their gods are not the God of the Bible. E. In the end-time, the world will once again be reunited through Globalism into one government and one religion. The government will be socialism under Antichrist and the religion will be "MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH" under the False Prophet. F. The official beginning of the Roman Catholic Church is found in the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD. The Roman Catholic Church was born in the blasphemy and idolatry of Rome and operates contrary to the Word of God. I do not want to do a history lesson tonight, so I will bring this down to the "Harlot" churches it ultimately produced. Harlotry produces harlotry! G. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, a Roman Catholic priest, posted his Ninety-five Theses, propositions for debate concerned with the question of indulgences, written (in Latin) on the door of the Castle Church, Wittenberg, Germany. This event came to be known as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther tried to reform the Roman Catholic Church from within, but was excommunicated in 1521 by Pope Leo X. H. Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli and John Calvin were the most noted of the reformers who wanted reform the Catholic Church while remaining within it. This is contrary to the Scriptures. It is never right to do wrong in order to get a chance to do right. The Word of God teaches separation, not reformation. 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? (15) And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? (16) 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. (17) Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, (18) And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. J. Though the newly formed Protestant Churches disagreed in many ways with the Roman Catholic Church, they also agreed with some of its false teachings and brought these heretical teachings into these reformed churches: some sacraments, rituals, dress, sprinkling or pouring instead of emersion, pedobaptism, holy communion, etc. K. Through the years, many of the preachers of Protestant churches preached a clear gospel while maintaining their liturgical services. As the years passed, they began to revolve back into the false teachings of Roman Catholicism. Personal merit and baptism were taught as essential to salvation. Today's Protestant churches bear little resemblance to those of the past centuries and their congregations reflect these changes. L. One of the most prevalent signs of the end-times has been the change in Baptist churches, especially in the past 100 years. I do not believe in Baptist Succession! From the days of Christ, there has been a succession of people who followed the Scriptures and were named Anabaptists by the Roman Catholic Church. Today's Baptist churches, for the most part, are both liberal and compromised. M. This next statement will probably get me into trouble with many but one of the men who helped bring about these Harlot churches was the "Reverend Doctor" Billy Graham. Billy Graham was not a friend of the Bible though he is heralded as such. As early the 1960's, Roman Catholic priests sat on the stages with Billy Graham while he preached. Other Catholic priests help deal with the people who came forth during invitations. If a Catholic came forward during an invitation, he or she was directed to a Catholic priest for help, so they remained both Catholic and lost! N. Research on Billy Graham's actions and statement concerning his affiliation with Roman Catholicism are readily available from numerous sources for those who care to check my preaching. Billy Graham was given an honorary doctor's degree by the Belmont Abbey in 1967 by Roman Catholic priests. Billy Graham was also closely associated with the Catholic Pope in Rome along with many other Catholic priests. He made it alright to be a Christian and Catholic, a state that does not and cannot exist as the two are contrary to one another. O. I do not want to spend a lot of time on Billy Graham, but I will say that he was not a friend of the Bible and, therefore, not a friend of the Gospel! The following statement was made by Billy Graham while being interviewed on Robert Schuller's "Hour of Power" in 1997: “I think that everybody that loves Christ or knows Christ—whether they're conscious of it or not, they're members of the Body of Christ,” Billy Graham said. “And that's what God is doing today. He's calling people out of the world for His name.” “Whether they come from the Muslim world, or the Buddhist world, or the Christian world, or the non-believing world, they are members of the Body of Christ because they've been called by God,” Graham continued. “They may not even know the name of Jesus, but they know in their heart that they need something that they don't have, and they turn to the only light that they have.” P. Now, down to our day. Both Protestant and Baptist churches work together with the Catholic Church. Most notable would be during the time around Easter. I personally do not like to use the word "Easter" but had rather used the phrase "Resurrection Sunday." Forty-one days before "Easter," Shrove Tuesday is celebrated as it is the day before Ash Wednesday or the beginning of Lent. Shrove Tuesday or "Fat Tuesday" or "Mardi Gras." Lent, forty days before Easter and the purple draped crosses are seen in front of most churches in our areas as the announcement to passing people that Lent is being observed. Q. During Lent, Roman Catholic, Protestant, Baptist, and other churches have ecumenical services, prayer breakfasts, etc. together. This makes being Catholic alright with so-called Christianity and so-called Christianity alright with the Catholics. Thus, we see the harlotry spoken of in Revelation 17:5 coming to fruition in these last days as both Protestant and many Baptist churches accept Roman Catholicism as another Christian denomination. Revelation 2:20, 24 thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols ... the depths of Satan … R. Here we sit today and have been here for several decades!
In the U.S., the week of September 5-11 marks National Suicide Prevention Week. Suicide is an indisputably painful topic to consider, summoning grief for all those who have lost a loved one to it. This tragedy does not take only one form, however; even as the nation remembers those who grievously have been taken by suicide, a steadily increasing number of states have created an avenue for legal physician-assisted suicide (PAS).When Oregon passed the nation’s first Death With Dignity Act in 1997, it was an anomaly that can be traced as a root cause of the pervasive devaluing of human life we see in America. Following this legislative model, nine other states and the District of Columbia have created “death with dignity” statutes or provided state Supreme Court protection for PAS: California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Vermont, and Washington. Perhaps most alarmingly, seven of these 11 jurisdictions have created their provisions since 2016.The National Alliance on Mental Illness states their desire for “any person experiencing suicidal thoughts or behaviors to have a number to call, a system to turn to, that would connect them to the treatment and support they need.”Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Ron Wyden claims that his state’s Death With Dignity Act “has helped to improve end-of-life health care for thousands of Oregonians. We are proud Oregon leads the way […] providing peace of mind for the terminally ill.”Though the soothing language of these two perspectives is similar, their messages are decisively contrary; the former urges patients to resist suicidal thoughts, while the latter encourages their fulfillment.The paradox of the American desire to prevent suicide, while simultaneously creating legal avenues for it, demonstrates a deep disparity between the proclaimed values of the nation and the legislation being passed by its representatives. It is illogical to oppose suicide when a healthy individual performs it, but to champion the “right” to commit it when a person is terminally ill.Though advocates for these laws cry “Death with dignity,” the message they send to those with terminal illnesses is that their lives are burdensome, unworthy, and less dignified than everyone else’s. When considering that those struggling with depression are more likely to request assisted suicide, it is clear that causing vulnerable patients to regard their own lives as less worthwhile creates the demand for PAS.Consistent messaging about the purpose that every human life possesses is crucial in order to successfully advocate for suicide prevention. If terminally ill patients are told that they qualify to end their own lives due to physical suffering or deterioration, how can mentally ill individuals be told to turn away from suicidal thoughts caused by their mental strife? The increasing prevalence of PAS in the states contradicts the culture of suicide prevention, which is so widely accepted that the nation designates a week to recognize it.The Death With Dignity National Center, which advocates for the legalization of PAS across the states, ironically advises those who have not yet received their suicide prescription, “While you are waiting, don’t forget to live your life and look for a little bit of joy in every day.” Outside of the context of PAS, this advice would ring true; actual “death with dignity” must come naturally, and the life that exists before it must be treasured and lived abundantly.In order to appropriately recognize the worth and purpose of human life, we must ban PAS and take a consistent stance in opposition to all forms of suicide.Joy Zavalick is Research Assistant for the Center for Human Dignity at Family Research Council.
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