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Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. (James 1:27)

(Tim, w/thanks to Kamilla) When I entered the ministry in the Presbyterian Church (USA), I was involved in fighting against its policies endorsing the murder of the unborn. National policy statements were pro-abortion and, putting their money where their mouths were, pastors and church workers were able to get abortions reimbursed through the denomination's self-funded health insurance plan. Finding this out, I signed on to the board of Presbyterians Pro-Life and got to work opposing Molech worship inside the temple.

PPL had an advisory board and one of its members was Sam Moffett. At the time, Sam was serving as a Princeton Seminary prof and was one of the elder missions statesman of the world. Moffett's father had been the first missionary in northern Korea and Sam had been born in 1916 in Pyongyang. Following the Korean War, he served in South Korea for a quarter century with his wife, Eileen.

All this as preface to my recalling something Sam mentioned to me on the phone twenty-five years ago. Talking about our denomination's approval of the slaughter of the unborn, he commented how, when he was younger, he'd often seen newborn baby girls left to die on the river banks of China.

But this is North America in 2010; and it's not just girls but also boys, not just babies but also the unborn, the feeble, and the elderly; not a nation devoid of the Gospel but a nation where the airwaves and bookstores and web spew Christian truth into our bookcases and iPods, with every other street corner home to a Trinitarian theist church.

We can't blame our habitual bloodlust on thousands of years of paganism.

(Here I've pulled two paragraphs from my original text.)

Meanwhile, the news not found or discussed on any Reformed blog (we leave it to the Roman Catholics to care about stuff like this) is that by order of the civil magistrate a Sri Lankan pastor is being murdered.

Seeing dying baby girls on the river banks, Reformed Christians preached the Gospel to China and Korea. But who will preach it to New York and Atlanta and Nashville and Jackson and Louisville and Grand Rapids and Colorado Springs and Wheaton?

You say they already have the Gospel, but do they?

And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it. For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. (2 John 1:6-9)

Forgive me for saying the obvious. America doesn't need to send out any more foreign missionaries to China or Korea. What we need is men set apart by the laying on of hands and prayer to preach the Gospel here to our churches, to us and our parents and children. We need men who refuse to turn to one side or the other, but are single-minded in their proclamation of the Gospel for the salvation of mankind. We need men who won't waste their lives chasing after $uccess and board memberships and doctorates of theology and ministry, but men who will spend their lives preaching repentance and faith.

Godly men who remember what the Holy Spirit said about pure religion.