March/April, 1999 Volume XIII Number 5

"Now I've got'cha!"

by Paul deParrie

My former pastor, a former drug dealer, was walking down an Anchorage, Alaska street one night when he heard someone following him - three rather serious-looking men.
Being he was still a drug dealer at the time, I was acutely aware of the potential danger. He was unfamiliar with the area and, though usually armed, he was minus his handguns, so he turned down the next street. It was a blind alley!
He quickly headed to the end of the alley, turned around and faced the men just as they rounded the corner, and said, "Now I've got'cha!"
Uncertain, the men looked sideways at one another and at him - and slowly backed out of the alley and left.
Of course, my former pastor was bluffing, but when I am asked about how I feel about the $109 million verdict here in Oregon I recall this story.
The difference is: Planned Parenthood won't back out and God is not kidding.
While Planned Parenthood may think they have tracked down a bunch of anti-abortion activists with their lawsuit, it will definitely backfire on them.
Human perception is a funny thing. The funniest thing about it is, it is not eternal.
From the purely legal aspect, it is better if we win this on appeal so that it will set a true precedent - similar to my "stalking" case. This would be good - if that's what God has in mind.
Oh, did I forget to mention (for the benefit of the FBI snoops and pro-aborts reading this) that God is the One who is in charge of this case? You can't win a case against us unless you get permission from Him. In addition, When you "win" you lose and God wins.
Planned Parenthood is also trying to get the FBI to convert their novel interpretation of the First Amendment into criminal proceedings. It is unlikely, but even supposing it were to happen, what's the worst? Jail?
I am reminded of what a great victory the Devil once had many years ago when he had Paul the apostle tossed in the clink. Satan finally had that pesky and effective preacher off the street so he couldn't lead souls to Christ. What a win! Hah! All Paul could do from his cell was write letters - to the Ephesians, the Galatians, the Corinthians, the Romans.
"Now I've got'cha!" God said.
Similarly, the Devil got Pilate and the High Priest (speaking of separation of church and state) to crucify Jesus. The whole world of darkness and sin was his to command - for three days.
"Now I've got'cha!" God said.
The eternal perspective on this is that God always wins. If we stay on His team, we end up on the winning side - even if we lose temporarily. (It might even be viewed as flattering that the Enemy considers us so effective that he exerts himself so much to stop us.)
None of this is really new to any of you. This is not a novel teaching, but sometimes we need reminding.
Try looking up the word "remember" in your Bibles. God is forever exhorting us to "remember."
"Remember when I fed the five thousand . . . ?"
"Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt . . . "
"Remember his marvellous works that he hath done . . . "
The two things we are to remember best are His mighty works of deliverance and His mighty works of judgment.
These are remembered in order that we don't forget Who is really in charge.
These are remembered in order that we don't forget what is the fate of the righteous - and what is the ultimate fate of the wicked.

2 Timothy 2:1-4
1-Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2-And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
3-Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
4-No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

The war is there. If we do not fight it, we are deserters. As the old poem (once misused by the anti-war crowd) says:

Suppose they gave a war
And nobody came?
Then the war would come to you.

"Now I've got'cha!"
Bye-bye First Amendment
Glaring hypocrisy: Is the pro-abortion crowd blind or brain-dead?