When my wife and I were married, we spent most of our first year and a half of marriage in jail, separated for the “crime” of caring for the little ones who are sacrificed at abortion clinics.
I don’t recall with absolute certainty, but I believe it was March of 1990, during, or just after our 3rd month in the Atlanta, Fulton County Jail, that I was reading through the book of Galatians, and was in chapter three.
After reading verse five: “Does the Holy Spirit work miracles among you because you obey the works of the law, or because you believe what you heard?” the Holy Spirit then spoke to me:
“I am not going to end abortion in this land because you rescue those unjustly sentenced to death, or even because you love your neighbor as yourself. I will work that Miracle when My people have the Faith to believe children are a blessing.”
As it is written in the next verse: and “Abram believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness.” See Genesis 15:1-6 for Abram’s offense against God after being given a vision of His Word in peace, with promise of protection & provision. Abram’s righteous desire was simply this: children without number and he desired NOTHING else at that time.
Abram believed God was good in the blessing of UNLIMITED children and it was THIS faith that God credited to him as righteousness.
The following is the true story relating to that Key Scripture for our time.
1 You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified.
2 I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard?
3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?
4 Have you suffered so much in vain—if it really was in vain?
5 So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard?
Once gain, here is where the Holy Spirit spoke to me abruptly at this point: “I am not going to end abortion in this land because you rescue those unjustly sentenced to death, or even love your neighbor as yourself. I will work that Miracle when My people have the Faith to believe children are a blessing.”
At that point I got immediately depressed. It was at least a year before I even realized what the next verse was and that it carried an immense importance in relationship to the Foundation of the Faith we call Christianity. I had caught a glimpse of the depths to which we have fallen from True Faith that is Pleasing to God. I was waking up…ever so slowly.
6 So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
Instead of reading on, I stopped and considered, in a very sober, even depressed state of mind why Kim (my wife) and I had set out on our journey from Binghamton, NY to Atlanta, GA in the first place…
Our consideration before The LORD was this: we knew God, and both felt the call which had been given by a pro-life leader at the time to “Come to Atlanta and Die.” He was looking for people willing to spend their entire lives behind bars, if necessary, to bring to light the plight of these precious children whose bodies were being torn apart each day, while the Church stood by in apathy, ignorance, and silence.
At the same time, we were newlyweds, and according to “the law” we had a “right” to a year off, before a man could be drafted into war. Yet, we both felt the call, so we went. I reasoned that God was just “upping the ante” adding the offense of “separating those that God had joined together” to the murder of little ones (fetuses) and declaration of “non-personhood” that the civil government had put forward as if legitimate law. We also reasoned that in “The Body of Christ” when one suffered, all suffered, so perhaps God would work through our visible suffering to touch His people in ways that the “invisible” suffering of these children was unable to accomplish. (If we say we love God who we can’t see, and have no pity on our brothers who we can see, then we prove ourselves to be liars, and the love of God is not in us.)…
Yet, now, I had no hope to see this work come to fruition on the path we were on. Short of Victory, I saw no purpose in continuing this work, and yet I had to come to grips with the fact that I had no idea of what “to do” next. We had come all this way, sacrificed so much (3 months of jail time remaining, and several other cases open that needed to be closed out, probably including more jail time.) So, in this depressed state, I called my dad. He had been so very influential at key times in my life, and I thought he might have some insight for me to make sense of things and get on track.
When I called my dad, my mom picked up and we talked instead. Looking back, it was probably the longest conversation we ever had. Mom was a very quiet and pious woman. Amazing in so many ways as she lived a life with a work ethic that was incredible, sought no praise, but drew it out naturally from everyone I have ever met that knew her, both friends and family. She was cheerfully optimistic at all times, with almost no exceptions, seeing silver linings around every cloud. If someone broke an arm, this woman would cheerfully say “well at least you have the other!” — and she meant it! Yet, upon hearing the depth of my concern over hearing that God was not going to end abortion (child sacrifice) as a result of our current work, she very soberly shared a story that charged my life with further depth of meaning beyond what I had known before:
“Joe, I think there is something I need to tell you at this point. I haven’t shared this with you before. It’s about some things that happened before you were born and when you were too young to understand…”
- Please read Testimony Pastor’s Counsel – page 2 – for the story of a pastor’s counsel given to my parents to prevent my existence, under threat of not receiving the Church’s mercy ministries, and this before I was conceived, while I was sinless, known only in the heart of God.
Her testimony settled my heart to understand that there was some greater purpose, and the guiding hand of God was working through it all.
Kim and I worked through our remaining court appearances and jail sentences as quickly as we could anticipating a time of refreshing and preparation to understand the direction we would be going in next where God would eventually bring an end to abortion. By November 1990, we were done with the outstanding cases, and settled in to restart our newlywed life, anticipating babies of our own, while seeking God for His way to simply help people truly believe children were a blessing to be desired.
At the local church we went to, we found the atmosphere had changed since we left. Over the next year, several sermons seemed slanted against our past activities to show God’s love for the children who were being killed at abortion clinics. It seemed different phrases, or voice inflections would be used in various sermons about “works of the flesh,” and when he would “hint” in our direction, 8-10 heads would nod in unison and turn in our direction from all around us. We apparently were the topic of several conversations, but the pastor had never spoken with us directly. He began to preach on “vision” for the church, but after several weeks, we hadn’t grasped clearly what his “vision” for the Church was. We felt increasingly uncomfortable, that perhaps our future and theirs were heading down different paths. So Kim and I invited the pastor and his wife over for dinner to discuss the importance of the headship of Christ in both Church and family matters, feeling that agreement there would eventually lead to resolving any conflicts that would arise.
Disagreement there would indicate it was time to come out and be separate, as we cannot serve both God and money. Our congregation, was like so many churches, a 501(c)3 organization, and we felt they were ignorant of how much they were being manipulated and controlled by the civil authorities through pressures to maintain this “favored” status in the life and practice of the church. Agreement, which we weren’t really expecting, would eventually lead to seeing daylight for the hope of victory in the Church and on behalf of the children.
The meeting went so much better than we expected and 7 miracle children were conceived as a result. Yet, a couple of years later, things went horribly wrong, as the relationship suddenly and unexpectedly fell apart. The core questions of authority in The Church that we sought to resolve never were actually addressed. A co-pastor was announced, to our shock and dismay who saw things completely contrary to our understanding in regards to life issues and financial integrity, and what that means today, in relationship with true service to God. Hindsight being better than foresight, it is now clear that the 2 greater concerns that I was going to speak with them about were never really addressed that night with the pastor and his wife, nor in any follow up. Our relationship was built on sand and destined to fall.
In July 2009, I reached out to that pastor and his wife online and sent him the following e-mail to renew acquaintances, as I believed the work to restore Faith to believe children were a blessing in the Church was to begin in earnest. I had been told by the Holy Spirit: “Now is the time. Bring My children back into the Body of Christ.” Below that is the pastor’s response to my memory of the meeting in our apartment.
Hi Gary & Linda,
I hope you are well. You no doubt remember Kim & Joe Wright. We went through a time of tremendous high and low together and then apart in the early 1990’s.
I have often shared with people through the years the time you and Linda were at our little apartment in Johnson City. We were hoping to learn more
of your vision for the church, and if it included pro-life work anymore.
As I shared my concern for proper authority in The Church and Family with Christ as The Head of each, questioning the role of civil government in
those institutions, you stopped me.
You said you could hear something different in me than other pro-life people at the time. You didn’t know what it was, but you thought [The Holy Spirit was telling you] there was something I wasn’t telling you.
Put on the spot, I opened up to you about something I had no expectation you would receive with joy, but even perhaps offence. I shared how the Lord had
shown me through His word that “God wasn’t going to end abortion in our land because we rescued those unjustly sentenced to death. But rather, he would
end abortion when His people believed children were a blessing.”
Your response was “That’s IT! Did you hear that Linda?” as you slapped the table and stood to your feet. [“That’s the heart of God on this!”]
A few weeks later you announced that Linda was pregnant, Julie Hempstead was pregnant, and Pamela Helmel was pregnant. Pamela’s husband was told for 2
years that he could no longer father a child because of Hodgkins disease.
This was a one cell resurrection of life! [*** Who dares despise the day of small beginnings: Zechariah 4:6-10]
Many people’s hearts opened to the idea that children were indeed a gift from God over the next year.
If your memory is different, feel free to edit this account and send it back.
When we look forward to the restoration of all things, is it not the hearts of the fathers toward the children where we find the pivotal turning point?
If you can think of us with compassion, and without any offence, pray for us as we are drawn earnestly at this time to “lay up treasures in heaven.”
May you be blessed in Christ, and may your family be well.
The Lord is near.
Hi Joe & Kim,
Great to hear from you both!
It’s been a long time since we’ve had any communication but it’s always refreshing to hear from brothers & sisters that we haven’t been in touch with in awhile.
As to the details of the account(s) below, you have a better memory than I, (Gary), have.
We are most grateful that our heavenly Father and His Holy Spirit continue to work in our hearts and lives in ways that only He can “perfecting holiness in the fear (reverence) of God.” What a joy to witness the ongoing work of The Spirit that proves to be a pleasure in the heart of the Father when He sees the transformation of His dear children before His eyes…”for we go from glory to glory!”
The Lord has seen fit to direct us to Ohio and we have been here for the last 12 years. He has blessed us with one natural child (Matthew, who is age 17 now) and many spiritual children. We still stay in touch from time to time with a fair amount of brethren from the Binghamton area and believe God is in the process of furthering the work of restoration in the hearts of all His people. For “love covers a multitude of sins.”
We will certainly pray for you as you have requested. You DO have 4 beautiful children. I’m sure they have been a blessing to you and Kim beyond words.
We are including a recent photo of Matthew.
May the blessings of Christ and the richness of His grace be continually made manifest.
In His love,
Gary, Linda and Matthew
[***] On the following Sunday, it was announced that these 3 women were pregnant, and 4 more couples raised their hands announcing their pregnancies as well! (This church only had about 150 people — about half of whom were single college kids!)
… We had just begun to witness a miracle from the faith to believe children are a blessing, as many children were added to that small congregation in the next few years. And we were not going to “despise this day of small beginnings. “Yet the outcome for that little church ended in strife, an outcome that, among other things caused me to set my gift in His call in that part of my life “on the altar,” (resulting in relative silence, and almost no direct involvement in pro-life activity for about 15 years from 1994-2009. I wrote some [very few] materials, but didn’t seek to distribute them.)
This story is very important in understanding the background of clarity of my Testimony by which I have learned to approach life and circumstances which has set me apart to do God’s will with a moral compass that actually works, that is, a heart that God Himself found acceptable to work through, even in this dark hour. My intent is to write this, not just as a testimony of history, but as a guide to understand The Heart of the Father, in His Patience that is so important in regards to Salvation, so others can be found with hearts filled with Faith, pleasing to God, offering our bodies to bear children unto Him, and in-so-doing speeding His return. Making Love, and NOT war:)
It is through this heart, that He has given me, (that is, it is through God the Father, Himself, living His Desire through me), that He has fulfilled His patience, and that The Accuser of the Brethren is cast down, The Bride of Christ is Awakened, The Holy Spirit Pours out once again and Israel comes to recognize their Messiah.
This work is already underway, whether I am alive in the flesh or not makes no difference. I overcame. I won the Prize.
There is no stopping the great cloud of witnesses that have entered the fray in the unseen, higher dimensional world, who will eventually break through into the seen world, that every eye will “behold Him” just as He has promised.
The TOTAL Victory He has purchased at the cross is so much more valuable than the suffering I have experienced in my life which has been poured out, and is still being so. I am amazed at what He has done, with so little I had to offer, like the boy with 5 loaves and 2 fish.
I offer this testimony to encourage you to despise your life in this world, and run each day to win the prize for which you are called heavenward, until the sands of time eventually run out, offering their lives to be fruitful in His hands in EVERY way. All else is meaningless, simply chasing after the wind.