Friday, February 14, 2020

Muskogee Pastor's open letter to Senator in support of SB13 and abolishing abortion

From Muskogee pastor Brett Baggett:

This is my letter to Senator Greg McCortney concerning SB 13:

Beloved Senator McCortney,

Thank you for your service as one of our Oklahoma State Senators and as the chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee. And thank you for your time to read this email.

My name is Brett Baggett and I am an Oklahoma Baptist pastor of Ekklesia Muskogee. I have been an Oklahoma Baptist my entire life. My grandfather was an Oklahoma Baptist pastor for 50 years, my father was an Oklahoma Baptist pastor for 35 years, and I have been an Oklahoma Baptist minister/pastor for 13 years. I am grateful to know that you are an Oklahoma Baptist as well.

As a fellow Oklahoma Baptist, a citizen of Oklahoma, and a pastor whose purpose is to preach God’s word and shepherd a portion of His flock, I exhort you to obey God and not man. On behalf of the pre-born, let SB 13 go through the legislative process. Please bring it up for discussion in the committee and also, I implore you, vote yes. I am happy to provide any kind of testimony needed. I will have your back. This is a righteous bill that lines up with what God declares in Genesis 9, Psalm 82, and Romans 13, to name a few passages.

Brother, you and I both know we stand before our holy God and both of us will stand before Him to give an account for everything we have and have not done. For the sake of God’s glory, your conscience, and for the sake of the 5,000 plus pre-born Oklahoma citizens being slaughtered every year in Oklahoma, let SB 13 get a hearing. Again I say, I will have your back, come what may. Oklahoma Baptist’s will have your back, come what may. Abortion must be abolished.

SB 13 is not a secession bill, it is constitutional, and many other states are bringing these kind of abolition bills forward.

Jesus does not say please (though I have and will). Jesus makes commands and we obey. He commands governing authorities to “Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked” and condemns those who "show partiality to the wicked" (Psalm 82).

I beg you, serve God and care not for the opinions of man. Given what He says in His word, I am confident that He will smile upon your bringing SB 13 up for discussion and subsequently voting yes. This is right. Abortion must be abolished so that all human lives—people made in the image of God—are equally protected.

I praise God that He sent his Son to do the opposite of abortion for us. He did not kill us for his sake, He gave himself up to be killed for our sake. O how glorious the gospel is!

I am praying for you, I have your back, and I will honor you before others if you let SB 13 go forward. You can go down in history as a man who stood up for those being carried away to the slaughter and said, "No more murder of anyone created in the image of God." What an opportunity!

Please call, text, or email if I can serve you or pray for you in any specific way. I look forward to receiving your return email, call, or text.

Your brother in Christ,

Brett Baggett
Lead Pastor - Ekklesia Muskogee


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