A Beast

Judie Brown
By Walter Hoye II
August 31, 2011
Reproduced with Permission

"Sin is the MONSTER we love to deny.

It can stalk us, bite a slice out of our lives, return again and bite again, and even as we bleed and hobble, we prefer to believe nothing has happened. That makes sin the perfect monster, a man-eater that blinds and numbs its victims, convincing them that nothing is wrong and there is no need to flee, and then consumes them at its leisure.

We've all been assailed by this beast, sometimes face-to-face, but all too often from a direction we aren't prepared to defend, and it's only in recognizing the beast for what it is that we can hope to escape at all. In Jesus Christ we are forgiven and empowered to overcome sin, but opening the door and tossing the beast kitchen scraps of our character is no way to drive it off. Toying with an animal that is actually toying with us is a sure way to lose part of ourselves.

I was watching it happen to some friends of mine the year I began writing The Oath. As the rest of us just kept on praising the Lord, loving one another, smiling, and trying not to be judgmental, some really good people walked stupidly, blindly into the jaws of sin. The tooth marks still show today, in ruined marriages and soiled ministries. The rest of us should have said something."1

- The Oath by Frank E. Peretti

Abortion Is a Beast Among Us

"Because from inside, from the heart of men, come evil thoughts and unclean pleasures." - (Mark 7:21, Bible in Basic English)

Abortion is an ancient sin. The product of a long forgotten luciferian oath. Like the fictitious residents of Frank Peretti's Hyde River, America also has a hidden sin and a deadly secret. Just like something sinister was at work in Hyde River, an imaginary and isolated mining town in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, so is something evil at work in America today. Under the cover of darkness, abortion, like a bloodthirsty beast strikes thousands of times a day, every day, taking life in the most chilling and savage fashion imaginable. Like the compromised community of Hyde River watched in terror as her residents suddenly vanished, so America, privately wondering "who will be next," idly watches as women, children, and whole families are eaten alive by abortion. Yet the more America is pressed for information, the more she seems to close ranks, almost as if she has been sworn to secrecy. Nevertheless, like Hyde River, when America's secrets are exposed, the true extent of the danger will be revealed. And in my opinion, what America will discover is something far more deadly than anything she has ever imagined.

How to Kill a Beast!

"And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army." - (Revelation 19:19, KJV)

After 38 years of failed strategies, could it be true that America, like Steve Benson, Peretti's fictional wildlife biologist, has fallen in love with the beast in the mirror? Could be it that America no longer has ears to hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth from the men and women suffering from the guilt and shame of abortion? Could it be that America no longer has eyes to see beyond the needs of a hedonistic lifestyle that religiously and narcissistically serves self? Could it be that after the lost lives of over 53 million aborted babies, America no longer has a strategy to kill the beast and end abortion? Could it be that America no longer has the moral conviction to kill the beast that doesn't just stalk its victims, but has the power to turn hearts black with decay as it slowly fills their souls with darkness? Could it really be that America has taken "The Oath"?

I Don't Think So!

And offer the following stratagems to be implemented simultaneously:

Brothers, we really need to talk.

Reference: 1. Frank Peretti, The Oath, W. Publishing Group; 1st Edition (July 1995), Introdudction, p. ix.