Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Jake Was Not a 'Clump of Cells'

The following article contains images that may not be appropriate
for younger readers. Viewer discretion is advised.

Last night we received an email, via our Living Waters, general email address, from Leslie (South Dakota). Leslie wrote:

I was reading your latest newsletter about the "180 baby" and wanted to share with you a picture of my baby. We did desperately want this baby. He was not unwanted. Unfortunately, something was just wrong and he was born too early. I was 13 weeks along. When I "lost" the baby, I was in Target shopping. I called my doctor and she told me that many people think that they are losing the baby but it is usually just a clump of cells. I took him to her just to prove her wrong. His name is Jake, and he is praising Jesus with all the hosts in Heaven.



And here is a picture of Jake...a baby boy.

A little person.

A human life.

You cannot look at Jake and see a "clump of cells." Only the most hardened of hearts and dishonest of minds could look at Jake and not see a baby boy. And one example of the hardness of hearts and the dishonesty of minds is given in Leslie's email, when she shared her doctor told her that Jake was likely just a clump of cells. Yet abortion clinics, doctors, nurses, abortion advocates, politicians, and teachers continue to refer to unborn children, in the early stages of physical development, as a "clump of cells."

As my good friend, Brad Snow, pointed out, most pro-abortion people use the term "clump of cells" in such a way as to infer what is growing in the womb is something unorganized becoming organized. Interestingly, this way of thinking fits nicely with an unscientific, nonsensical, even atheistic worldview. Those who hold to such a worldview often see the universe, the word around us, and life in general as unorganized, lacking design and purpose, and the utterly random, happenstance result of something coming to life, existing, and evolving out of nothing (a scientific impossibility).

So, Brad and I decided to do a little checking. What exactly is a "clump?"

Medical dictionaries define the term this way: "a clustered mass of particles (as bacteria or blood cells)."

A term related to "clump" is "agglutination," which is defined this way: "a reaction in which particles (as red blood cells or bacteria) suspended in a liquid collect into clumps and which occurs especially as a serological response to a specific antibody."

One of the many synonyms of the word "clump" is "hodgepodge," which is defined this way: "a heterogeneous mixture; a jumble."

This definition aroused my curiosity, so I looked up the definition of "heterogeneous" and discovered the word means this: "different in kind; unlike; incongruous; composed of parts of different kinds; having widely dissimilar elements or constituents: The party was attended by a heterogeneous group of artists, politicians, and social climbers."

Take another look at Jake. Does he look like a clump, a hodgepodge, a heterogeneous mass of cells that are different in kind, unlike, incongruous, having widely dissimilar elements?

No. Jake was a beautifully designed little boy who was intricately woven in his mother's womb. "For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well" (Psalm 139:13-14).

If you have ever had an abortion, you did not remove a clump of cells from your body. You ended the life of your baby.

If you have ever encouraged or coerced a woman to have an abortion, you did not encourage or coerce her to have a clump of cells surgically removed from her body. You aided and abetted the systematic killing of the woman's baby--and your baby, if you were the father.

If you are a doctor or nurse who is involved in abortions, you are not relieving women of tissue, you are killing children--children like Jake.

If you profess to be a Christian and you believe a woman should have a right to do this to the Jakes of the world, then you should examine yourself to see if you are even in the faith. You are not pro-life. For no follower of Jesus Christ would knowingly and wantonly buy the lie that what grows in a mother's womb is a "clump of cells." And no genuine follower of Jesus Christ would serve as a co-conspirator in the murder of the unborn by voting for politicians who are pro-abortion.

But your sins are forgivable, but only through genuine repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.

Please read the following closely. Your very soul may depend on it.

When you die (and we will all die someday), you will stand before God and give an account for your life--every decision made, every action taken, every idea thought, every word spoken. He will judge each of us according to the perfect moral standard of His Law. If we have sinned against Him in any way (and all sin is against God)--if we have lied, stolen, looked with lust, taken His name in vain, hated another person, or coveted someone else's possessions; He will find us guilty of breaking His Law.

We also sin against God when we fashion a Jesus in our mind to suit ourselves--when we create a Jesus in our imagination with whom we are comfortable. This is called idolatry. It is idolatrous to change the character of Jesus Christ and make Him into Someone who turns a blind eye to sin or even applauds sin.

When you stand before God, if He finds you guilty of breaking His Law, He will punish your sin. And the punishment God has ascribed for sin is eternity in Hell. He must do what is right, because He is holy, righteous, and just.

I don't want that for you. I don't want that for anyone.

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift. In addition to being holy, righteous, and just; God is also, loving, merciful, and kind.

2,000 years ago, God the Father sent His Son to earth in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus was and is fully God and fully Man, yet without sin. Unlike you and me, He never once violated the Law of God in thought, word, or deed. He couldn't because He was and is God in the flesh--the sinless Lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world.

Jesus lived the perfect life (a life pleasing to God the Father) that neither you nor I can live. About 33 years into His earthly existence, He voluntarily went to the cross. He suffered and died a horrific, bloody death to take upon Himself the punishment you and I rightly deserve for our sins against God. Three days later, He forever defeated sin and death when He rose from the grave. He is alive today, and He will return at a time of the Father's choosing.

What God commands of you is the same thing He commands of me and all people everywhere. He commands that we repent (turn from our sin and turn toward God); and, by faith alone, receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

You may have heard this (or something similar) in the past, maybe even in church. But it is not enough to nod your head in agreement and then believe in a Jesus whose character is different than the one, true Jesus of the Bible.

Like everyone else, you must come to Jesus Christ on His terms, not your own.

Please, repent of your sin and, by faith and by faith alone, receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, while He has given you time.


Leslie, we are very grateful to you and your husband for allowing us to share your testimony and your pictures of little Jake. We pray, as I know you do, that Jake's short life and early death will serve to awaken the world to the reality that babies like Jake are not clumps of cells. They are people, created by God for His glory.

And let me encourage everyone who reads this article to watch this important documentary.