Lord, raise up the Black Nazirites! Raise up artists for LIFE!
Lord, raise up the Black Nazirites! Raise up artists for LIFE!
When Bound4LIFE began October 4, 2004, the Lord highlighted Ezekiel 4 to us. The language of the first three verses gave us understanding about what we were being called to. Ezekiel was called to participate in a strange activity and told that it would be a sign to the nation. He was told to lay siege to a figurative representation of Jerusalem. God revealed to him that out of it the siege of the real city would then literally be made manifest. “Set your face against it, and it shall be besieged, and you shall lay siege against it.”
For six and half years we have stood in prayer with red LIFE tape covering our mouths. This stand that began in front of the Supreme Court has now spread to courthouses and abortion facilities all around the nation (and other nations!). This is what we call “The Silent Siege.” For our Spanish-speaking friends it’s “El Sitio Silencioso.” It’s not a protest–It’s a prayer meeting.
What might seem like a pointless exercise to the uninitiated is in reality a powerful stand in both the spiritual realm and the natural. This stand is first and foremost a way to engage God’s people in the spiritual battle that is raging over a generation. In the process, countless believers have now received the Lord’s heart for the ending of abortion, and this is now what fuels their ongoing prayers and works of compassion. Secondly, the LIFE tape is a prophetic sign to the nation that sees it. It has been said that “LIFE tape subpoenas the conscience of the nation,” and we believe this is true. The media has taken the message of the LIFE tape and inadvertently spread it further than we ever could have with a megaphone.
Over the last few years some have asked, “Why a ‘siege?'” We know, it’s a strange word. A little antiquated, but this is the language that God gave us. The point of a siege is to pull down an opposing stronghold or outlast their resources that have been stored up. A siege cuts off the supply lines. Suddenly this word begins to make perfect sense when you consider that supply lines need to be cut off from the abortion industry–supply lines of taxpayer funding, young women seeking abortions, doctors willing to perform abortions, etc. We take our stand and cry out in prayer, “Lord manifest the siege of the abortion industry and this death decree.”
Ezekiel called for the siege of Jerusalem in a strange prophetic act, but then something amazing happened. In chapter 24, the Lord told him to mark the day on his calendar because a real siege had begun on the city. What started in prayer, then actually happened in reality.
On February 4 the New York Times ran a startling headline–“The Siege of Planned Parenthood.” Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, used this headline and declared to her entire email base that they were in fact under siege. I was so impacted by this headline. Who uses this kind of language? It was as though God was confirming to us that what we’ve been praying for all these years has now been made manifest. I marked that day on my calendar even as Ezekiel was told to do.
This siege has come in many forms, but all of them have erupted rather suddenly. The New York Times mentioned the Live Action undercover videos revealing Planned Parenthood aiding and abetting in sex trafficking. Fueled by the illegal activity revealed in the videos, many leaders in Congress are currently pushing to defund Planned Parenthood at the federal level. Associated Press quoted Guttmacher Institute yesterday saying, “It’s just this total onslaught…” in the article “Wave of anti-abortion bills advance in the states. ” The pro-abortion group NARAL tweeted that they are tracking 351 bills in the states related to abortion. In some states like South Dakota and Florida, unprecedented things are happening. By Planned Parenthood’s own admission the siege is real.
If you’re not already, I strongly encourage you to begin to pray for the ending of abortion. This is more than just a good idea; this is the heart of God. I believe that in the place of prayer God will reveal to you His heart for this and any hidden strategies He may have for you. Leave nothing to chance. Don’t wait to see what happens next. Join with God’s heart now and give yourself to fighting for the next generation and the destiny of this nation. Refuse to make peace with abortion. Lay siege to it, and it will be besieged! “A wise man attacks the city of the mighty and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust.” (Pr 21:22 NIV)
Two of the five abortion clinics that closed last Monday were located in Oakland! Only one abortion clinic remains here! God moves at the sound of our voice! A group of us from IHOP East Bay went to the two closed abortion clinics in Oakland this past Sunday and found a sign on the gate of the Oakland-MacArthur facility (pictured to right).
The Oakland-Eastmont facility was located inside a shopping mall where people shop for clothes and shoes. Unfortunately, the part of the mall that the clinic was located in was closed at the time of our visit. We were able to pray at the glass doors locked doors inside the mall.
We declared over both facilities – “This abortion clinic will not open again as an abortion clinic! These buildings will be well-equipped, Christ-centered pregnancy clinics that will speak LIFE in Oakland! Romans 10:13 – “For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved!” We plead a better blood than the blood that was spilled here! We plead the blood of Jesus over this facility! Redeem the land! Redeem the land! Restore every person affected by abortion at these facilities! “We cry out for the voiceless ones! We cry out for the voiceless ones! We will be a voice for the voiceless!” Abundant LIFE will be spoken at these clinics! Redeem the land! LIFE! LIFE! LIFE!”
In 2008, California had 522 abortion providers; the number of abortion providers in our neighboring states; Arizona – 19, Nevada – 13, Oregon – 29. In the United States, twenty-two states had 0-9 abortion providers, ten states had 10-19 abortion providers, seven states had 20-39 abortion providers, 11 states had 40-99 abortion providers, 2 states had 100 or more abortion providers. New York had 249 abortion providers second only to California. (SOURCE: “Abortion Incidence and Access to Services In the United States, 2008” – Guttmacher Institute 2008)
As of last Monday (March 1st), California has five less abortion providers in the Bay Area! We will rejoice in every battle won for LIFE and when the war for LIFE is won in California, God will get all the glory! California will be a pro-LIFE state! As California goes, so goes the nation!”
Many thanks to the many heros for LIFE, like Walter Hoye, who have given thier life to Oakland. Walter Hoye was falsely accused and imprisoned for sidewalk counseling in Oakland in 2008. In 2009, through much prayer and petition, all charges were dropped against him. Also, many thanks to all of the prayer from all the churches and houses of prayer in the Bay Area as well as those from out of state. I met a young woman from IHOP KC on a shuttle van from our hotel to TheCall San Diego in 2008. and as we talked, she found out I just started Bound4LIFE in San Jose and was so excited to meet someone she has been praying for. It was quite an encouragement to us fighting for LIFE here in California!
Our continued prayer for Oakland – “Reveal Yourself to the displaced workers of these previous abortion facilities! Reveal Your mercy! Reveal Your grace! Reveal Your unconditional love to them! Let Your kindness bring the workers and the owners to repentance! Abundant LIFE in Oakland! Abundant LIFE in Oakland! Abundant LIFE in Oakland! Nazirites arise in Oakland! Evangelists arise in Oakland! Revival arise in Oakland! Let a culture of LIFE arise in Oakland! Let the drug dealers hand out tracts instead of drugs with ‘clean hands and pure hearts’! ”
Pictures from Oakland intercession last Sunday:
Sign on church down street from Oakland-MacArthur facility- (with this facility closing, a lot of violence will end!)
As of February 28, due to lack of funds, Golden Gate Community Health is closing 5 abortion clinics in the Bay Area. On March 1, GGCH posted an official press release on its website citing finances as the reason for closing its doors. Last August, Planned Parenthood removed their name as well as their funding from this affiliate claiming gross financial mismanagement that consisted of 7 clinics in San Francisco, Sonoma, Marin, Alameda and San Mateo counties. Golden Gate Community Health leaves behind a legacy of tragedy and poor ‘choices’. In 2003, Eighteen year old Holly Paterson died due to complications a prescription of RU-486 from a Planned Parenthood Golden Gate Facility. In 2005, Planned Parenthood Golden Gate produced an animated cartoon, ‘Super hero for Choice’ which depicted an African-American woman as a super hero who shoots pro-lifers with a gun filled with condoms. Once the pro-lifers are covered with a life-size condom, they are disintegrated bringing great joy to the ‘Super Hero for Choice’. The video also portrayed a man teaching abstinence to a group of teenagers as a demeaning, ignorant, outdated, superstitious cartoon villain who is then verbally insulted and thrown in a garbage can by the super hero. There are many other violent acts against those who disagree with the super hero of “choice”.
In 2007, PPGG also produced “Safe is Sexy” TV ads which were too inappropriate to post on this blog and just a few months later attempted to remove pro-life radio ads that promoted scientific facts of human development. When GGCH lost its affiliation and funding in 2010, it was inevitable that the five remaining clinics would eventually close its doors.
Prayer – “Lord, comfort the hearts of the workers who are without jobs, encounter their hearts with Your love for them! It is by Your kindness are we lead to repentance. Turn the Sauls into Pauls! Dreams and visions of You! Let these workers be trumpets for the unborn! Those who will give themselves for a culture of LIFE! Miraculously meet every emotional, physical and financial need of these workers! Comfort every heart that has been affected by abortion in these clinics! Speak Your truth of forgiveness and grace to ever mother and father who choose to abort! Root and ground them in Your love! In Your amazing love!”
Declaration – “Christ-centered, well-equipped pregnancy clinics will rise up in place of these abortion clinics! LIFE for babies, mothers and fathers will be declared in these pregnancy clinics! Encounters with the One true living God will occur in these clinics because ground has been taken for Your Kingdom! The blood of Jesus is enough to wash away the blood that has been shed in these clinics! Your precious blood is enough!”
April 2007 – Planned Parenthood Golden Gate releases a ‘Safe is Sexy‘ TV condom ad mocking religion as well as other ‘Safe is Sexy’ TV ads (too inappropriate to show).
January 2008 – Planned Parenthood Golden Gate attempts to remove Pro-life radio ads.
August 2010 – Planned Parenthood Golden Gate loses its affiliation with Planned Parenthood, renamed Golden Gate Community Health. They close two of the clinics which left 5 clinics open.
February 2011 – Golden Gate Community Health closes remaining 5 clinics.
In Christ’s love,
NEW YORK, Feb. 22, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – “The most dangerous place for an African American is in the womb.” That’s according to a new SoHo board that was placed by the group Life Always about half a mile from one of three New York City Planned Parenthood abortion facilities which jointly reported nearly 17,000 abortions in 2010.
“During Black History Month, we celebrate our history, but our future is in jeopardy as a genocidal plot is carried out through abortion,” said Life Always Board Member Pastor Stephen Broden.
“We have seen the heartbreaking effects of opportunists who happen to be black abortionists perpetrating this atrocity; it’s not just babies who are in danger, it’s also their mothers, and our society at large,” he added.
The campaign launch is designed to raise public awareness of Planned Parenthood’s targeting of minority neighborhoods. It comes just weeks after the city health department’s annual Vital Statistics Report revealed that the abortion rate in the city is 41 percent – nearly twice the national average. The percentage was much higher among black women. Planned Parenthood’s annual report states that they perform 300,000+ abortions annually.
“This campaign highlights the tragedy that abortion is the number one killer since 1973 in the black community and the truth that we must confront in a city with a near 60 percent abortion rate for black women,” said Life Always Board Member Rev. Derek McCoy.
The campaign points to the Website thatsabortion.com which features recent Census and Centers for Disease Control data showing that African Americans constitute about 13 percent of the American population, yet receive 36 percent of abortions.
This billboard is Life Always’ first in the state of New York and kicks off their national campaign. For more information, visit www.thatsabortion.com .
Life Always describes itself as “a nonprofit organization which aims to raise public awareness of life issues through advertising. Life Always campaigns share research and confrontational truths about life issues to educate and empower individuals to choose life, always!”
by Steven Ertelt | Harrisburg, PA | LifeNews.com | 2/15/11 4:29 PM
“Governor Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania announced major changes today following the revelations associated with the horrific conditions and the women and children Kermit Gosnell killed in abortions and infanticides. Those changes include accepting the resignation of, or dismissing, employees who failed to follow state law on monitoring abortion centers.
Corbett said he is upset at the way state officials in the administrations before his ignored the problems reported to the state health department about Gosnell’s abortion center and how it was violating health and safety standards.
“This doesn’t even rise to the level of government run amok. It was government not running at all. To call this unacceptable doesn’t say enough. It’s despicable,’’ Corbett said.
“It will be up to a jury to decide Dr. Gosnell’s guilt or innocence. It is up to me to decide how to stop such horrors from taking place again,’’ Corbett said.
On the first day of Corbett’s administration, a Philadelphia County grand jury report went public concerning the women Gosnell killed in a failed abortion, other women he injured in botched abortions, and the hundreds of babies Gosnell killed in abortion-infanticides where he purposefully birthed the babies in order to cut their spinal cords with medical scissors. Gosnell’s staff, who were untrained and unlicensed, engaged in medical procedures and his abortion center was filthy and covered in blood.
After getting the report, Corbett immediately ordered his nominees for Secretary of Health, Dr. Eli Avila, and Secretary of State, Carole Aichele, to review the charges and problems and recommend changes to the existing system of monitoring abortion centers to ensure they don’t happen again elsewhere. Corbett also held people responsible, — including seven members of the staff of the Department of Health, as well as the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, a branch of the Department of State, who are no longer employed.
Another four employees named in the grand jury report have resigned.
Michael Ciccocioppo, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, told LifeNews.com his group is delighted by the governor’s actions.
“We applaud Governor Tom Corbett for his leadership in responding to the atrocities found at Kermit Gosnell’s West Philadelphia abortion facility. The tragic loss of life there and the manner in which women were brutalized in that abortion center were truly horrific,” he said.
“We agree with the Governor that the state failed to properly oversee the facility, and we welcome the sweeping changes the Corbett Administration is making in an effort to protect women. The Gosnell case was a wake-up call for Pennsylvania and demonstrated the horrific conditions that can exist inside an abortion center,” Ciccocioppo added. “We are hopeful that the General Assembly will show similar courage in enacting legislation that will provide strict scrutiny of abortion facilities throughout the Commonwealth.”
According to the governor’s office, here are some of the changes the Corbett administration will implement:
At the Department of State:
•All complaints concerning a person or facility should be assigned to the same attorney. This will ensure proper management of each specific case.
•All attorneys will cross check all files, opened or closed, with other staff attorneys to ensure that any patterns of misconduct do not go unnoticed.
•Reports will be more detailed, including history of any prior complaints or violations.
•Attorneys will receive formal training on investigative procedures and instruction on rules and regulations, including prosecuting complaints.
At the Department of Health:
•Abortion clinics will now be held to a higher standard. Inspectors will come from the Division of Acute and Ambulatory Care, which is also responsible for inspecting Pennsylvania’s hospitals and out-patient surgery facilities. Registered nurses from the Department of Health will be trained to inspect these types of facilities for quality assurance and enforce regulations.
•All facilities will be inspected annually. Additional random inspections will be done unannounced, including weekends and evenings.
•Abortion facilities will be added to the same Department of Health computer system used to monitor hospitals and other medical facilities. This will make sure inspections are done in a timely fashion and standards are met. The computerized system will also track complaints, serious events and investigations.
•Inspection reports will be posted and searchable on the Department of Health website, just like other healthcare facilities.
•If inspectors find a deficiency, plans of correction will be required within 10 days, submitted online and automatically be made available to the public on the department’s website. Failure to comply will result in another on-site inspection. Failure to file a second plan of correction within a second 10-day period will result in an immediate suspension for the facility.
•Any facility that fails to report a serious incident – either to the state or the patient – will be fined up to $1,000 a day from the time of the serious event until the time the report is made. (A “serious event” is when a patient receives some level of harm, ranging from a minor, temporary injury to death, requiring additional health care treatment.)
•All serious events at abortion facilities will be reviewed within 48 hours by a physician and an on-site investigation will be conducted within five business days.
•Abortion clinics will be subject to the same complaint process as hospitals and other medical facilities in Pennsylvania.
•Abortion clinics will prominently display a poster with a 24-hour toll free number to the complaint line. Posters will be in English and Spanish. Any facility that fails to display the complaint information will be subject to possible suspension.
•Complaints will be taken from any source, entered into the computer system and assigned to the field office inspector, as they do for hospitals and surgical facilities. All complainants will receive a letter of acknowledgement and a follow-up letter after the investigation.
•All new abortion providers will be required to attend training on the state’s rules and regulations. All hospitals will be trained about reporting complications from abortions.
Together, the two departments will:
•Establish a set mechanism for sharing monthly data between agencies, including complaints, serious events, complications, deaths and investigations.
•Establish a process for joint investigations by agencies, including time frames and responsibilities.
•The Governor’s Office will continue, along with the departments of Health and State, to monitor the situation to decide whether additional action, either regulatory or legislative, is necessary.
The abortion industry has been forced to suspend two abortion businesses that employed embattled abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell, who has been the subject of national controversy over his abortion business in Philadelphia.
Following revelations that Gosnell is associatedwith two other abortion centers in Louisiana and Delaware, the National Abortion Federation made the decision to suspend the memberships of both. Atlantic Women’s Medical Services, the Delaware abortion business that employed Gosnell one day a week to do abortions, and the Delta Clinic abortion center of Baton Rouge, have both had their memberships suspended. Leroy Brinkley owns both abortion businesses. Atlantic operates abortion centers in Wilmington and Dover.
Delaware law does not require inspections of abortion centers but Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden said his office will launch a “wide-ranging” investigation of Gosnell and probe his work at the Delaware abortion facility given the vast problems at his Pennsylvania abortion center.
Gosnell has been charged with eight counts of murder and several of his staff at the abortion center, including his wife and sister-in-law, have been charged as well in the case with assisting in botched abortions, practicing medicine without a license or covering up the actions of those who did. The counts include grisly infanticides that involved Gosnell snipping the spines with scissors of babies who had purposefully been prematurely born so they could be killed moments later.
Mongar died November 20, 2009, after overdosing on anesthetics prescribed by the doctor, Williams said. Mongar’s family filed a lawsuitagainst Gosnell’s abortion business seeking damages.
“We want justice, this doctor has to be out of that clinic or he should not be treating anybody,” Damber Ghalley told CNN. “And the things that happen to my sister, I don’t want to happen to anybody in the future.”
He told CNN “the clinic was so dirty, filthy with blood stains and a dirty floor, everywhere dirty, I cannot describe how dirty it was.”
Authorities searching the facility last year found bags and bottles holding aborted babies scattered around the building, jars containing babies’ severed feet lining a shelf, as well as filthy, unsanitary furniture and equipment.
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