II Kings 15 records the story of Menahem, a King of Israel. Not much is said of Menahem except that "he did evil in the sight of the Lord." One of his evil deeds is described in the chapter just referenced. It says, "Then Menahem struck Tiphsah and all who were in it and its borders from Tirzah, because they did not open to him, therefore he struck it; and he ripped up all its women who were with child."
Hosea 13: 16 is a partial description of what God planned to do to Israel if they did not repent and obey Him. It says, "Samaria will be held guilty, for she has rebelled against her God. They will fall by the sword, their little ones will be dashed in pieces and their pregnant women will be ripped open."
Amos Chapter 1 contains a series of judgments against neighboring lands. The judgment against Ammon contains the following promised threat, "For three transgressions of the sons of Ammon and for four I will not revoke its punishment, because they ripped open the pregnant women of Gilead in order to enlarge their borders."
These three biblical passages illustrate a series of truths about the practice of ripping open pregnant women and killing their babies. Sometimes God ordained the action as an example of a horrific sin that needed to be punished, as is the case with Menahem. Other times God ordains the action as an example of His own punishment upon a stubborn and rebellious people, as was the case with Hosea. And other times God declares that those who rip open pregnant women will be punished for their actions. For my purposes today I want to focus upon the passage in Hosea where God clearly threatens His people with judgment in the form of the terrifying act of ripping open a pregnant woman and killing her baby.
The passage in Hosea clearly teaches that God will not be mocked. It also clearly teaches that God will bring providential judgements upon those who mock Him and rebel against His revealed will in the Bible. The residents of Samaria were punished with multiple acts of pregnant women being ripped open and their babies being dashed upon the rocks because they had "rebelled" against God. If God is willing to judge His covenant people with such horrific acts is it too much of an intellectual stretch to believe that He would also be willing to judge the reprobate with the same act? I don't think so and neither should you.
I know there are many heretics and soft-headed armchair theologians who deny that God would ever do anything of the sort that is described in the three passages I have quoted above. They will deny the historicity of the passages or they will advance the heresy of Marcion and assert that the God of the Old Testament has either died or changed His mind about such things. The God of the New Testament, or so I am told, abhors such actions and would never ordain them for any reason. Others, who have created an all-loving god in their own image, will simply say that God only does good things to human beings and anyone who suggests otherwise is a monster to be avoided. Still others, Evangelicals mostly, will say that God did not do any of those things and attribute the acts of ripping pregnant women open to Satan. I am not going to address you air-heads today. It is sufficient to say you are all nuts and very, very wrong.
Last week a Longmont woman who was seven months pregnant was lured to the home of a murderess who wanted her baby. While in the home the murderess attacked the woman with a knife and ripped her open, taking her baby from her womb. The baby died immediately. As you might expect, that simple act of violence has caused an eruption of responses from various special interest groups and others seeking to exploit the situation to their advantage. As you also might expect, any attempt to interpret the event from a biblical perspective has been met with an even greater amount of outrage. It is one thing to rip open the belly of a pregnant woman, that is bad enough, but it is another thing entirely to talk about biblical law in the public square, that will simply not be tolerated!
Gordon Klingenschmitt is a Colorado State Representative. He is also a Christian minister who has a radio program entitled "Pray in Jesus Name." Shortly after the news came out about the attack upon the pregnant woman Gordon made a comment that has outraged the God-hating public. He said, "This is the curse of God upon America for our sin of not protecting innocent children in the womb, and part of that curse for our rebellion against God as a nation is that our pregnant women are ripped open."
Gordon was immediately denounced for his comments. He was denounced by both Republicans and Democrats. He was denounced by the media and he was denounced by radio talk show hosts. In fact, I can't find a single person who has not denounced him for what he said. Colorado House Republican leader Polly Lawrence said, "I just want to take this moment to make it very clear that these comments that were made do not reflect our caucus...and we soundly reject them."
So what do you think? Is Gordon correct? I hesitate to ever say that a particular event that takes place is the fulfillment of a particular biblical prophecy or passage. In the absence of an authoritative interpreter like a prophet I believe it is impossible to definitively link events with passages. On the other hand, it is possible to speak about events like pregnant women being ripped open in general. What do I know in general? I know that God has ordained everything that comes to pass. That means that God ordained the horrific event that took place in Longmont last week. I also know that God brings providential judgements upon sinful people and oftentimes he brings those same judgements even upon saints living among a land of sinful and rebellious people. One of the providential judgements He brings is having pregnant women get their bellies ripped open and their children dashed against the rocks. He has done it before and there is no reason why He would or could not do it today.
I also know beyond any shadow of a doubt that the Socialist Democracy of Amerika is the single most evil nation that has ever existed in the history of the world. The SDA military has murdered over 27 million people around the world since 1900. Only a tiny handful of those 27 million dead were killed on SDA soil while invading our country. The SDA has the highest rate of incarceration of its citizens of any nation in the history of the world. How can I explain the rate of incarceration except to admit that we are more evil than everyone else. In addition, ccording to the Centers for Disease Control, there have been over 54 million abortions in the SDA since 1973. How ironic it is that a center for the control of "disease" would be reporting abortion statistics. The wanton slaughter of 54 million innocent citizens of the SDA far surpasses any genocide in the history of the world. The Holocaust does not even come close to the carnage we have in the SDA. Lenin's and Stalin's purges do not come close. Chairman Mao's starvation of 30 million of his own people also falls short. 54 million citizens represents 17% of the total population of the SDA today. What more evidence is necessary to prove that the SDA deserves the wrath of God?
So is Gordon right? I suspect he is. God is bringing, and will continue to bring, a multitude of savage punishments upon the reprobate citizens of this immoral land. Sometimes, perhaps often actually, even His people are caught up in the judgment. That is the price to be paid for living among a nation of people of unclean lips.