Transforming the 'Gates of Hell' into the 'Gates of Heaven'
A vision for revival in our community and nation
by Tim Palmquist
For too long, it has seemed that front-line pro-life ministries* were at cross purposes
with churches. While both look to the Bible for guidance, pro-life ministries have
seemed to focus more on law, while churches focused on grace; pro-lifers seemed to
focus on justice, while churches focused on mercy; pro-lifers seemed to focus on guilt,
while churches focused on forgiveness.
But I believe that God is now challenging us to
"Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new
thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the
desert, and streams in the wasteland." (Isaiah 43:18-19)
You see, if we consider the true purposes of pro-life ministry and the purposes
of the Church, I believe that we will see a harmony of purposes, such as:
shepherding the flock
proclamation of God's Word
worship and praise
motivating God's people to service
speaking up for those who cannot speak for
being "salt" and "light" (having a positive influence
Churches are already doing some of these things well, and pro-life ministries are
also already doing some of these things well, but I hope to show how each one of
these areas points to an opportunity for partnership between front-line pro-life
ministries and local congregations.