Old Choctaw On Abortion And Infanticide

December 17, 2016


I have been rereading John Wesley’s journal and have come across many things that did not catch my eye on the first read.  There is an interesting dialogue with an old Choctaw man named Chicali.

Wesley said,

"If red men will learn the Good Book, they may know as much as white men. But neither we nor 
you can understand that Book unless we are taught by Him that is above: and He will not teach 
you unless you avoid what you already know is not good."

Indeed, this is the problem for many Christians.  We do not walk in the light we have and yet what God to give us greater light and specific answers to our questions.  There is no sense taking a class if calculus if we have mastered basic math skills.

Chicali then replied,

"I believe that. He will not teach us while our hearts are not white. And our men do what
they know is not good: they kill their own children. And our women do what they know is not 
good: they kill the child before it is born. Therefore He that is above does not send us the 
Good Book."

OUCH!!!  Burned by a ‘pagan!”  How many who claim to be followers of Wesley would be fine with abortion?  Yet, here is a man that worships nature and the Great Spirit who created it that says it is evil to commit abortion and infanticide.  Many other groups that call themselves Christian are not as wise as this Choctaw man and we have the good book that teaches against the shedding of innocent blood and there is no one more innocent than an unborn or partially unborn child.

Chicali says these are the actions of one who heart is not pure or clean.  If we are washed clean by the blood of Jesus Christ, the Word and the Holy Spirit, how then can we support what God does not and even non-Christians condemn?  He believed that God would not send His message to people who practiced such things.  In this, he was wrong because God sent His Son and the Word to call sinners to repentance.  We know that later in history some Native Americans willingly accepted the “Good Book”, but sadly many had it forced upon them and they later rejected it because of that and that sad testimony of those who called themselves Christian.

Paul spoke about Gentiles who kept the Law better than the ones who had the Law and the Prophets.

Rom 2:
11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;
13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

While the conscience is not a 100% valid guide because of the Fall, there are many cultures that share similar beliefs of what is right or wrong and even some stories similar to the Bible.  Not surprising since only eight got off the ark.
That fact that conscience is defiled shows why we are not all in 100% agreement and some people can do horrible acts with no pangs of conscience.  Indeed, many commanders and guards during the Holocaust had no conscious because they swallowed the premise of evolution that we are just high tech apes with no greater authority than ourselves so what we deem right is right not what God deems right.  They suppressed their conscience and seared it. Chicali was far more wise than those people whose great education and intellect only took them to the abyss.   We were made in the image of God and though we are now a broken image,  we still mirror Him in some places. The complete image is marred by pieces being missing and very wide cracks, but it is still there and the Holy Spirit can win the worst of us and restore us.

We have the Good Book and we need to reread it, not revise it to our will, but rather allow it to revise us to His will.  If God can speak to the conscience of an old Choctaw man so that he could wisely assess his people, it is a sign of apostasy that we cannot hear Him when He speaks by the Word or in the still small voice.

Heb 5:
11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.
12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Some are actually deaf because they are Christians in name, but are spiritually dead.   Others are dull of hearing because the cares of this world keeps them from the Word or because they trust more in the rituals and commandments of men thus they do not search the Scriptures to see if their ministers are telling the truth.  They have drank the Kool-Aid, so speak.  Others are just too lazy as the word dull means in Greek and are happy to be saved from the fire and have no fire in their hearts for more.

Hence we have those who should know better not able to discern good from evil and teach others who may not even get the sincere milk of the Word, but rather a milk substitute.  They will remain forever babes and unskillful.  This may explain why so many Christians are cranky from persistent colic.  It is far past time for Christians to put away the things of children and grow up.  Get some some spiritual teeth and eat meat.  If all you get at your church is milk, which may be sour, it is time to move on.  Accept no substitutes in milk or meat.  Dive into the buffet the Lord provides and allow the Holy Spirit to prepare the correct portions for you.  Then you shall be teachers and warriors that men like Chicali would be willing to hear. Maranatha!

The Journal of John Wesley

 

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