Exhortations to Abortion-minded Mothers and Fathers

As the group from our church recently stood outside the Planned Parenthood center and watched woman after woman enter, it was painful to realize that the Word of God had so much to say to them, and that we had such little opportunity to say it.

As the unwilling mothers took a dozen or so steps from their cars to the doorway of that place of death, we hurriedly called out to them phrases like:

“Don’t hurt your baby,” or
“Come and talk it over,” or
“Come see the ultrasound pictures of my own baby.”

Rev. Warren Gardner spoke from Leviticus 20:1-5 about the sobering truth that God himself will take vengeance against those who give their children to Molech and who do not repent.

The Doorkeeper
While we stood speaking to women entering the clinic, there was a Planned Parenthood worker standing on the sidewalk to escort them inside and away from the pleading words of truth that we were speaking.  Since this woman, the doorkeeper, was outside the whole time that we were there, I watched her and pondered what she was doing.  The words of David came to mind: “I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” (Psalm 84:10)

I spoke across the parking lot to the doorkeeper at this place of death to tell her that it is a sweet and wonderful thing to be a doorkeeper in the house of God, to keep out all that is unfit for the presence of God, but to welcome in penitent sinners into the blessed presence of God.  However, it is a fearful thing to be a doorkeeper for the tents of wickedness, upon which the judgment of the Lord will fall when he comes again.

Does Abortion Give True Liberty? 
When we arrived just before the abortion center opened, there was a couple getting out of their vehicle to head toward the door.  I called out to them in the words of Reuben when he was pleading against the plot to murder young Joseph: “Do not sin against the child.” (Genesis 42:22)  The man responded angrily, which was difficult for me.  However, this same couple came back through the door a little while later to smoke on the sidewalk.  I called out to them and quoted Genesis 49:21, “Naphtali is a hind [deer] let loose: he giveth goodly words.”

Having recently heard a helpful sermon on this text by one of our denomination’s ministers, I used the text to describe the believer’s freedom from the guilt and power of sin and to ask this couple whether abortion can give true liberty.  No, indeed, it cannot.  It is a sin that entangles the one who commits it in a thicket of guilt, just like Naphtali was entangled in guilt for those long years during which his part in the sin against Joseph went unconfessed.  True liberty is found in turning from sins committed and sins intended unto Christ!

Speaking “Goodly Words” About the Saviour
An abortion center is one of the “lurking places of the villages” (Psalm 10:8) where lions lie in wait to catch the poor and make the poor fall by their strong ones (verses 9 and 10).  Inside of an abortion center, parents and doctors agree together to employ poisons and knives against the lives of helpless infants, while rulers and judges fail to stop the bloodshed.  This is an unfair fight.  We should speak out against it.  Some might consider it too aggressive to call upon strangers to repent.

However, the call to repentance is also a call to liberty!  An abortion center is a fitting place for the Lord’s people, as “Napthalites,” to be present speaking “goodly words” about the liberty that is to be found only in turning from sin and turning to Christ.

We want our neighbors to be as hinds let loose!  We want their young endangered children in the womb to be like hinds let loose, rejoicing and perhaps in time learning to praise God for delivering them!

Lord willing, members and friends of Reformation Presbyterian Church plan to conduct a Gospel-centered pro-life ministry at abortion facilities in the metro Atlanta area on a monthly basis. For more information or to attend, please contact us at 770.789.7001.

-Pastor Brent Evans, Reformation Presbyterian Church, September 2018

Rev. Warren Gardner Speaks at the Planned Parenthood Pro-life Rally

[The following address was given by Rev. Warren Gardner on April 23, 2016 at the Lawrenceville Planned Parenthood Pro-life Rally in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Of the 75 people in attendance, approximately 15 were abortion workers as shown in the images below.]

Reverend Warren Gardner at Planned Parenthood Rally April 2016

Reverend Warren Gardner at Planned Parenthood Rally April 2016

“I am delighted to be here today to speak on behalf of the “unwanted unborn”. The atrocious murder of the unborn will not end merely because we are here today.  Change will not take place unless God enables us to persuade our neighbors that this practice of abortion is evil. As a Christian and a minister of the Gospel, there are three messages from God that I would like to deliver to you.

The first message from God is from Psalm 125:3: “For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, lest the righteous reach out their hands to iniquity.

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The Witness Magazine

The Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) regularly publishes a denominational magazine entitled the Witness.

The Witness Magazine published by the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing)

The Witness Magazine published by the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing)

In June of every year, a special evangelistic issue of the Witness is produced.

There is a double issue for July/August which includes a report on the most recent General Assembly, which is held in May of each year.

Subscription information can be obtained by contacting the Witness magazine.

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American Congregations of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing)

American Congregations of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing)

The individual American congregations within the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) labor to promote the sound doctrine, biblical patterns of worship and spiritual principles of the church of the Reformation within our own land, and to develop church structures here which are committed to these truths by constitutional pledges. American congregations of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) are located in Snellville, GA; Greenville, SC; St. Louis and Columbia, MO; and Mebane, NC.

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Jeremiah 6:16 “…Ask for the Old Paths, Where the Way is Good, and Walk Therein…”

“Thus saith the Lord, stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein; and ye shall find rest for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16

From Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary on the Bible regarding Jeremiah 6:16:

III. They are put in mind of the good counsel which had been often given them, but in vain. They had a great deal said to them to little purpose,

(1.) By way of advice concerning their duty, Jeremiah 6:16. God had been used to say to them, Stand in the ways and see. That is, (1.) He would have them to consider, not to proceed rashly, but to do as travelers in the road, who are in care to find the right way which will bring them to their journey’s end, and therefore pause and inquire for it. If they have any reason to think that they have missed their way, they are not easy till they have obtained satisfaction. O that men would be thus wise for their souls, and would ponder the path of their feet, as those that believe lawful and unlawful are of no less consequence to us than the right way and the wrong are to a traveler! Continue reading

Eulogy for Houston “Phil” Phelps

Houston “Phil” Phelps
September 5, 1932 — January 28, 2014

The funeral service for Houston “Phil” Phelps was held at the Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home in Marietta, Georgia on February 1, 2014. The following message was delivered by Rev. Warren Gardner.

The Witness of God’s Word Regarding Death and God’s Promise of Eternal Life

Let us seek God’s presence through prayer:

“O Lord God, we petition you to make your presence known among us. 

You have identified yourself to us in so many ways: as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Lord God Almighty, The Lord who Provides, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and among many others — the God of All Comfort.  What comfort to know that there is life after death!  What a kindness that the Lord Jesus has gone to prepare a place for those who put their trust in Him!  What love that this is all made possible by the Lord Jesus’ sacrifice of Himself for our sin and His continual prayers in Heaven on behalf of those who trust in Him!  Continue reading

Press Release: Atlanta Pastor Becomes First American Moderator of Scottish General Assembly

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HISTORY IN THE MAKING: ATLANTA PASTOR BECOMES FIRST AMERICAN MODERATOR OF A SCOTTISH PRESBYTERIAN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Rev. Warren Ewing Gardner of Reformation Presbyterian Church in Atlanta Appointed Moderator of the 2013 General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing)

ATLANTA – January 7, 2014 – In an action unprecedented in the history of Continental Scottish Presbyterianism, an American – Rev. Warren Ewing Gardner, minister of Reformation Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia – was appointed as Moderator of the 2013 General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing).

The General Assembly convened in Edinburgh, Scotland from May 20 through May 24, 2013. Rev. Gardner delivered the Moderator’s Address at the General Assembly on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, entitled, “The Challenge of Living in the Environs of Sodom” based on the Scripture text, Ezekiel 16:46-59. Continue reading

‘The Challenge of Living in the Environs of Sodom’ – Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) 2013 GA

The Moderator’s Address was delivered to the 2013 General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) on Tuesday, 21 May 2013. It is based on the Scripture text Ezekiel 16:46-59.

It is an honourable custom that this Assembly should commence with an address. With the Lord’s help I will speak to some of the trials that the church faces in these days. It is amazing how similar our present circumstance is to the challenges faced by righteous Lot in Sodom. Christ’s Kingdom is not of this world. In every generation the church of the Lord Jesus Christ is comprised of a faithful remnant and also of multitudes who have contempt for faithful doctrine and who conduct their lives in a shameful manner. When we consider the breadth of the whole church in our day, we observe great diversity. A few are like Elijah in the wilderness, thinking we alone are left. Then there are those of the ilk of the ‘seven thousand who have not bent their knee to Baal’ who still live faithfully in the midst of a corrupt society. And sadly there are the professors of faith who are hardly distinguishable from the world – confessing Christ but by word and deed denying Him. No, our situation is not new! I would now draw our attention to the words of the prophet Ezekiel as the Lord our God reproves His church for excesses that dwarf the sins of Sodom and Samaria. I would submit to you that in Ezekiel 16 the Lord clarifies the sins of Sodom and highlights the challenges that we face in our own day. Continue reading

Story of Faith – The Dumb Boy’s Examination

A clergyman once paid a visit to a deaf and dumb asylum in London, for the express purpose of examining the children in the knowledge they possessed of divine truth. A little boy, on this occasion, was asked in writing: “Who made the world?” He took up the chalk, and wrote underneath the question: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Continue reading

About Reformation Presbyterian Church in Metro Atlanta Georgia

Reformation Presbyterian Church is a local congregation of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing). The worship services of Reformation Presbyterian Church are held at 11:00 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. on the Lord’s Day (Sunday) at 925 Dogwood Road, Snellville, Georgia 30078.

Following the morning service, there is a meal at the church, with the families of the church bringing food to share. Visitors are invited to be our guest at this meal. Following the afternoon worship service, a brief fellowship time, a Westminster Shorter Catechism class, and a congregational prayer meeting are held. Continue reading