The Lies of Lila Rose and Live Action

*This abortion intrument’s purpose was to hold the baby’s head with the spiked ends. Once the head was held, a long thin probe was
pushed deep into the skull. The instrument held the baby’s head, so once it was cut off, it would not float around in the uterus.

I abhor abortion. I consider it a grave evil and a terrifying loss. It is the outright murder of babies by their mothers with the help of men and women whose consciences are seared.  Because it is so monstrous I welcome any and all efforts to stop it, especially through the efforts of Lila Rose and the Live Action group. They have become infamous through the use of undercover operations where they go to planned parenthood clinics and pretend to be victims of statutory rape, pimps with underage prostitutes, and so forth. After they give a clever and convincing story, they catch clinic workers offering illegal advice and services. They record these interactions on video and post them on YouTube, the result which has been a fair amount of public outcry and a blow to these abortion clinics and organization.

I love this about them. I love the effort- that they’re doing something and that their efforts have seen tangible results and impact. Some states have opted to introduce or pass legislation to defund planned parenthood, in part based on these videos. That is a wonderful, phenomenal relief.

There’s only one thing though.

Lila Rose and her organization are lying to these people. As pleased and grateful as I am to see such a murderous industry exposed, it does not change the fact that they are using lies, deceit and falsehoods in the pursuit of exposing these people. They are pretending to be people they are not. They are telling the nurses and aid stories about themselves that are made up. They are communicating falsehoods about their backgrounds and the situations they’re in.  That is wrong.

It is sinning in order to expose another sin. Are they helping reduce the number of abortions? Probably. I sincerely hope and pray they are. But just like we don’t murder abortion doctors, and we don’t blow up abortion clinics, likewise we don’t lie in order to further our goals.

So a few questions; 1. Can Lila Rose and Live Action, from a Biblical perspective, justify their actions in light of their lying and deceit? Is there a Biblical case that can be made here? 2. Should they stop these undercover attacks for the very fact that they are lying in the process? 3. What should our attitude be towards Live Action be?

6 thoughts on “The Lies of Lila Rose and Live Action

  1. That’s not a comparable analogy. The people hiding Jews did not actively go out and force the issue with the Nazis. Plus I would argue that the Nazi’s were asking illegitimate questions.

  2. Yeah… it seems sketchy what they’re doing. When someone uses deceit in the scriptures, it doesn’t usually turn out so well for them. There have got to be better ways of going about taking down planned parenthood.

  3. “It is sinning in order to expose another sin. That is wrong.” I feel the exact same was as you. Personally, I don’t believe that the ends (in this case, less abortions) justifies the means (deceit). Two wrongs, do not make a right.

    But, I do think we need to do something real to stop abortion. I just don’t believe that we should carry on in that manner. It may temporarily help (kind of), but the bottom line is that it does not solve the problem. Furthermore, it puts a bad name to those who also don’t believe in abortion.

    Anyway, my point is it’s wrong to “fight” evil with evil. It’s not right.

  4. Rahab lied to the officials asking about the Israelites and she is included in the “faith hall of fame” in Hebrews. Joshua 2:3-6 says, “So the king of Jericho sent this message to Rahab, ‘Bring out the men who came to you and entered your house, because they have come to spy out the whole land.’ But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. She said, ‘Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they had come from. At dusk, when it was time to close the city gate, the men left. I don’t know which way they went. Go after them quickly. You may catch up with them.” (But she had taken them up to the roof and hidden them under the stalks of flax she had laid out on the roof.) Rahab lied about where the men were and yet James 2:25 says, “…was not Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?”

    Jacob stole the blessing from his brother Esau by lying to his father and he is one of the three men God identifies Himself by – “the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” This act of theft and deceit is never condemned, nor does Jacob suffer much for it. In the end, he’s one of the fathers of the Hebrew faith.

    Ex. 1:15-20 says, “The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, ‘When you help the Hebrew women in childbirth and observe them on the delivery stool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.’ The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, ‘Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?’ The midwives answered Pharaoh, ‘Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.’ So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous.”

    2 Kings 10:18-21 says, “Jehu brought all the people together and said to them, ‘Ahab served Baal a little; Jehu will serve him much. Now summon all the prophets of Baal, all his ministers and all his priests. See that no one is missing, because I am going to hold a great sacrifice for Baal. Anyone who fails to come will no longer live. But Jehu was acting deceptively in order to destroy the ministers of Baal…. all the ministers of Baal came; not one stayed away. They crowded into the temple of Baal until it was full from one end to the other.” And as verses 25 to 30 show Jehu ordered his guards to go in and kill all those who worshipped Baal. After the bloodshed and killing had concluded the Lord said to Jehu in verse 30, “Because you have done well in accomplishing what is right in my eyes and have done to the house of Ahab all I had in mind to do, your descendants will sit on the throne of Israel to the 4th generation.”

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