Reverend Katherine Ragsdale is a soon-t0-be president of the Episcopal Divinity School, near Harvard. In this she will become the first female president of this school, so this is ground-breaking in their circles.
Yet she made the news recently, and I picked up her incredibly shocking story in World Magazine–a well-respected and very successful magazine which I enjoy reading. This story was cramped into the back page, but it should have been headlines–of the New York Times.
In one of her recent messages, she taught her disciples in this way:
Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Let me hear you say it: abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done. Let me hear you!
I was floored by her declaration. It never occurred to me that there were people in this world that believed this. Hilary Clinton could not go out and say this, yet she is arguably one of the most liberal Americans in politics–she would get blitzkrieged by the media. Any pro-choice (call it by it’s name, pro-abortion) backer will tell you that abortion is a necessity, by their standards, and a way to help out women in tragedy. Ragsdale calls abortion an incredibly positive thing , something to be sought after:
When a woman becomes pregnant within a loving, supportive, respectful relationship; has every option open to her; decides she does not wish to bear a child; and has access to a safe, affordable abortion–there is not a tragedy in sight–only blessing! The ability to enjoy God’s gifts and call is simply blessing.”
Really? Her view of abortion is very much in a minority so-far, to journalists she still does not exist. But what if her ideas take off? She is opening the door to bring in the “blessing” of abortion. Ragsdale also goes on to share that those who work in the abortion clinics, and who help women make the “right choice” are holy. Holy!
Rev. Ragsdale not only is pro-abortion, she is anti-birth.
So where do her ideas come from? She didn’t just wake up one day and decide to believe that “Abortion is a blessing”.
In 2005 it started showing in her messages that she had very strong feminist feelings. In 2003 she came out and stated that she was a lesbian, and she defended it by saying that it was all about: “Me, me, me.”
None of these ideas that she holds belong in the church–they never have been and never should be. The Bible is the center of the Christian Faith, and her sexism is a form of racism, her lesbianism is answerable to the same sin that had Sodom and Gomorrah burnt to the ground, and her selfishness is the greatest of all sins–pride (the want to become God, to control ones life).
But this is not her worst crime against the Faith. Also in 2003, on Easter Sunday, she stated that the Resurrection may never have happened. Going even farther back, to Easter in 2002, she said this:
The suffering and death of Jesus, according to the theory of Atonement, pays for our sins and buys our salvation. It’s an interesting theory, but not one that I find compelling.
Rev. Ragsdale, you are not only terrible in your theology (Who did Christ have to pay for our salvation?), you have missed the boat completely. You are a blind woman leading the blind.
There is a good reason why every single one of the Epistles talk so adamantly against false teaching and false teachers–they exist, they always have and always will.
Rev. Ragsdale is teaching heresy. In defense of the Resurrection and the death of Christ, the Apostle Paul has this to say:
1Co 15:19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
1Co 1:18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
Gal 6:14 But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
To put it simply: the Salvation of the world rests upon the facts of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I am sorry Rev. Ragsdale, you cannot pick and choose the parts of the Bible that you enjoy; you either believe every single word of it to be true and inspired of God, or you believe none of it.
I have always viewed abortion as a money issue. Aborting children is a money-making venture. And obviously a very well-paying one (especially with government money pouring in)! Abortion clinics are not open to help women, they are open to provide a money-making service. What, you think volunteers work there?
Most people who are pro-abortion do not think abortion is a blessing, Rev. Ragsdale is a minuscule minority in this. Her views absolutely blew me away, because I have never heard such a declaration, and by a so called “Christian”. We are in big trouble with these kinds of people paving the way for the future of Christianity in America.
But what about 5 years from now, will she still be a minority?
I will leave you with a quote from John Piper towards President Barack Obama. It was in response to the Presidents address in the celebration of the 36th-year anniversary of Roe vs. Wade (when abortion was deemed legal in America):
“No, Mr. President, you are not “protecting women”, you are authorizing the destruction of five…hundred…thousand…little women every year.”
I could not agree more, Mr. Piper. Abortion is murder, science almost proves this and our conscience (unless we suppress it) leaves us without a doubt.
To Rev. Ragsdale, I say this:
No, Reverend Ragsdale, abortion is not a blessing and those that actively endorse, willingly let it happen, and instruct others to believe as you do will be judged. Only God has control over life and death, and the murder of one-million children each year in this country shall not be overlooked by God.
Will not the judge of the whole earth do what is just? (As Abraham appealed to God when he heard of the incoming doom on Sodom and Gomorrah).
In America, we are blindly committing murder–or are we really blind?