Clergy are fighting back against Illinois’ extreme abortion law in a way you wouldn’t expect

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When the Illinois Senate passed the most radical pro-abortion bill in the country, Governor J.B. Pritzker was there on the floor, congratulating and hugging Senators who pushed it through.

But not everyone’s happy about it.

And now, the State’s clergy are fighting back in a way you wouldn’t expect.

Pastor Corey Musgrave opened the State House of Representatives in prayer just days after the chamber voted to pass the nations’ most extreme pro-abortion bill.

There, he quoted Scripture and asked for God to judge Illinois for the “sanctioned destruction of the innocent unborn.”

Christian Headlines reports:

“God, we have made our appeals to the leaders of Illinois this week, on behalf of those innocent babies who do not yet have a voice . . . We have been a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves as you have commanded us. Those appeals were denied.

“But we have one final appeal left, and that is to the courts of heaven. God Almighty, I make an appeal to heaven today, to you the perfect judge, the one who presides over heaven’s court. I ask you to rise up, Oh God, and judge Illinois, for the sanctioned destruction of the innocent unborn. For when your judgments are in this state, the inhabitants of Illinois learn righteousness.”

Musgrave began his prayer by thanking God for the state’s many blessings. But he said the state had turned from God.

“God, none of our evil actions have been hidden from you,” he prayed. “You see everything. Lord, you have told us those things which you hate, and among them, are hands that shed innocent blood. I stand here in this house, in this high place in Illinois, and ask you, O God, creator of heaven and earth, if there is any blood more innocent than a baby that is wonderfully being created in the womb – God those unborn children are not hidden from you.”

“In this House, I pray for justice to roll down like water and righteousness like a mighty river. In your judgment, I pray that you would remember mercy, For we know that you, Oh God, do not want anyone to be destroyed. I ask this in the name of your Son, the one who died for a sinner like me, the one who was appointed to judge the living and the dead.”

WATCH Musgrave deliver this spiritual rebuke of the Illinois State House below:

But while Musgrave spoke truth to power with his prayer in the State House, he’s not the only clergy fighting back.

According to LifeSiteNews, the Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois has prohibited pro-abortion legislators from receiving the sacrament of Holy Communion.

His decision states that Catholic lawmakers may not present themselves for Communion in his diocese and priests are expressly forbidden from giving the Eucharist to both the State’s Senate President and the Speaker of the House.

What are your thoughts on how clergy are fighting back against the nations’ most extreme pro-abortion law?

Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. It is a good, positive start! I heard on a Christian Radio Station that back in the 1920’s, the churchbody decided to not participate in local politics, but to focus just on their own community and missionary work. This most certainly has contributed for close to 100 years, to the deterioration of Morality and Critical Thinking in the elected offices. This stepping down, descent, disinterest, abdication of direct influencing their communities in legislation, elections, laws, morals, character has done so much damage that backpedaling at this point may not be possible. It was IMMORAL for Priests, Pastors, and Deacons to have made that decision those many years ago. The American Revolution’s home plate were the churches! God expects us to fight for liberty, truth and justice! We are not suppose to be weak sheep, silently willing to go to the slaughter. Our responsibility is to FIGHT for what is right with God’s hand leading us. REFOCUS, AMERICAN CHURCHES, SYNAGOGUES! Each generation must fight for the Constitution and not be lame or lazy about it. We have BLINDLY voted according to Party Lines, without VETTING EACH CANDIDATE, and the devil is now fully, happily at the helm. WAKE UP and GET ACTIVE from city level on up. NOW; don’t wait for the next generation! We were only ONE election away from Communism being implemented and the Constitution repealed, folks.

  2. Any Catholic politician who votes in favor of abortion should be denied the Sacraments and that includes Joe Biden.

    • Any Church that bows to these politicians should also loose their congregation. Don’t bow down to the political infanticide. Stand tall with our Creator. He made these children and they should have life. God, please give our Churches strength to stand up for the rights of the unborn. Committing murder isn’t your way Lord. Amen.

    • Henry Rockwood: YES! YES! YES! And the same needs to apply to Nancy Pelosi and All in positions of leadership who propose, support, agree with, etc., ANY form of abortion!!!!!

    • Add Nancy and Cuomo. I am so afraid what will happen if we don’t stand up. God can have his wrath on this nation. Wake up sleepers !!!

    • You are so right. I will alway be a Catholic but I do not support the church at the present time and I will not be buried out their doors u til they return God to the helm.

  3. Those that voted and passed the abortion legislation are CRIMINALS in the eyes of God and man … they all should be arrested and put in prison for MURDER !

    • The fate they wait for on this plane of existence is nothing compared to their fate once they reach heaven. They’ve made their choice, now they’ll reap the whirlwind.

      The Lord Jesus was quite clear in Psalm 127:3-5 – “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.”

  4. That Bishop has it wright now we need other Catholic Bishop to step up..Lke Nancys get the point ???I am a catholic

  5. Pro abortionists are an abomination under G-d. They will eternally be damned if they do not show contrition/ repentance. We, your children beg for the scales on the eyes of these sinners to be removed, by he whose name shall remain ineffable.

  6. it is about time this country is taken to task for the abortion stand i believe if all clergy prayed for this our country would be a better place. the Pastor musgrave did exactly what the Bible say he should do. Thank God there are still some people that read their Bibles.

  7. We are to proclaim the truth of the Word of God. The House Chaplain prayed a powerful and accurate prayer. I hope more bishops, pastors, and and all those who love Jesus and His Father will rise up and become involved. We cannot hide our heads in the sand or under a blanket while the most innocent of the innocent are being dismembered and murdered.

    Build and support Women’s Crisis Centers which offer alternatives to pregnant women, even sponsors to help support them keep the baby to term and adoption services to reach out to those couples so desirous of a baby that they cannot have. May God richly bless and protect Pastor Corey Musgrave!

  8. The Illinois Senate has condoned murder of the innocent. God is the Judge, and He will judge, according to His law and Will.
    I pray this Nation will become again, One Nation under God.

    • but in these cases the Merciful God will not practice Mercy. He just cannot. Since all the aborted babies were murdered mercilessly !! Only repentance will get mercy. But a murderer cannot bring back to life of the aborted.

  9. It’s about damn time that the clergy spoke out on this issue. And that applies MOST to Catholic Clergy!

  10. Where is our cardinal?? Is he just too close to the Illinois pols and afraid to speak out. I am disgusted with our representatives and our Catholic clergy.

  11. Maybe all these politicians should seek a medical answer and find a way for men to either have birth control or something to render them sterile and that along with birth control for women so that there would be no need for any kind of abortion. However that means we would have no babies or family or generations to carry on. Right. Life might become extinct or people an endangered species. Time to start thinking about respecting life not disrespecting life.

  12. Glad to see the Catholic Church following through on its teachings instead of giving a pass to those that call themselves Catholics (Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, etc) but don’t believe in some of the Church’s basic tenets e.g. killing a fetus is a grave sin.

    • Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden aren’t Christians. The Democrat politicians have already said that Democrats aren’t Christians. That is why they vote for the most heinous of crimes to be legal.

  13. Good that they’re sstanding up, but I fear it’s too late. God’s judgment IS going to fall on America, & destroy us, if we don’t rise up to prevent this. And, I don’t mean by violence either. God’s people are only called into violence when necessary to defend family, & country. But, meanwhile, who’s going to try to stop this??

  14. Have you never heard of Fr. Frank Pavone who heads Priests for life and the March for Life in Washington,D.C. every January And another in San Francisco later on. Canada also hosts one and thousands of people of all ages attend. You will not see or hear about it on regular TV stations because they support the Left and abortions. You would see it and hear it on EWTN. They also have weekly programs on abortion. Another powerful organization is Students for Life. They go into schools and colleges to give talks and demonstrations against abortion.

  15. I don’t know why the radio station K-Love, which is a Christian station, didn’t advertise the movie “Unplanned” except they bow down to politics. The movie is not shown to younger women and given an X rating because it shows the truth about how they tear babies apart to get them out of their mother’s womb. The abortion clinics would loose money if more young women saw this movie.

  16. It is such a shame that it is necessary to get down on the level of the people who passed this heinous bill. Those who voted for it will get their reward in the judgement day. It has been said those who are not Christians know the only heaven they will even know in this life, but those who are Christians know the only hell they will ever know while in this life.

  17. Why would the leaders want to participate in an activity so central to the catholic church’s teaching[Mass and reception of the Holy Eucharist]
    At the final judgement God will judge and give out punishments to those who killed the unborn
    It is not enough to profess a belief in word-but more important to act in the defense of the unborn.elderly,and those who are deemed a burden to the society and the world

  18. This video must be shown in all TV Channels . God bless Pastor Musgrave for his very solemn prayers & the Bishop who followed suit by his instruction to his priests .Wake up Christian America 🙏🙏🙏

  19. These same politicians are all against the death penalty. When I heard you can get an abortion up till birth, that just blew me away. It’s insane. I’m sure there’s a special place in hell for baby killers.

  20. Good!! More Christians regardless of denomination need to take stand against any and all politicians who would support the murder of unborn babies!!

  21. I guess we could let religion guide America like religion guides Saudi Arabia and Iran. Because at the end of the day, Islam and Christianity are the same. And as lil dee trump says, there are some good people, some bad people.

    • Ask many people answered beautifully until I got to this one from Eric. Eric Laws are part of having government Does the law against killing a fellow human being have anything to do with establishing a Religion. No of course not. If we don’t have laws forbidding deeds against natural law ghen we have anarchy.

  22. I beg to differ. All religions are NOT the same and I find that kind of attitude insulting to the God of Heaven…our Creator.

  23. Yes, Greg is right. Christianity and Islam are far far different. Christians believe Jesus Christ is divine, the Son of God. Our God came to earth as a man to redeem us. He founded our Church.There is no greater love. Islam was founded by a warlord by the name of Mohammed. He was far from being a perfect let alone be God. His Religion is a heresy of the Christian Religion and is fraught with evil concepts.

  24. This seems like a message for the wrong-doers, but remember that God starts judgement with his own first. This is actually a call for the Christians to really reflect on who they are and get themselves aligned with God and his word. When the fire of God falls, you’ll either catch it, or be consumed by it. If you feel convicted for not living right or being a partial Christian, as I admittedly have recently, then it’s time to step up with God because I know enough from my background that these sorts of prayers are very, very strong messages to us Christians first. We need to wake up. We weren’t called to allow the world to influence us, we are meant to influence the world.

  25. What ever happened to people being more careful. There wasn’t always birth control we lived thru it without having a baby. Now with birth control why do we need abortions. I feel like maybe if someone doesn’t want there baby many people that can’t have children would love to have them,Make the laws easier so they can have them.I feel this country has come along way under God less keep it going

  26. I think many of these positions and the women that want their babies killed, really do not know God. Christians or followers of Christ know and can feel right from wrong. I pray every day for these innocent babies that are being tortured and murdered. It will be better for these people to never have been born than to hurt these little children.
    I agree with your many comments. All these actions are a sign we live in the last days.

    • As a fellow Christian, I totally agree with you. And when people continue in their sins, God gives them over to a reprobate mind (Rom. 1-28). Therefore, people who continue in a life of sin, can never accuse God of sending them to hell…if they end up in hell, it’s only because they chose to go there by refusing His gift of salvation. Yes, we are living in the last days, but for Christians who have been saved by the blood, the best is yet to come!

  27. Wow!! A Catholic Bishop that is finally doing his job of educating his Diocese regarding the teachings of the Catholic Church, and at the same time, punishing those officials who have been guilty of public scandal, in claiming to be Catholics, but disregarding the Church’s teachings. I’m impressed. I had thought that all the US Catholic Bishops were asleep at the wheel. Thank you for your leadership, Bishop.

  28. Thanks to these men who are spiritual leaders who follow the words of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. If pastors, priests and any other men professing to share God’s word don’t fulfill this commitment, they need to resign and find a secular job.

  29. I agree that any Catholic that voted yes to that bill should be denied Communion. These leaders are setting a very bad example to all the children that are being taught religion in school. Any adult that thinks killing innocent babies can be determined by civil act in the Congress of the United States or the chambers of any State in the Union.

  30. If you want to correct these atrocities, the simple thing to do is eliminate career politicians, put term limits on these imbeciles. These morbid parasites will do anything to remain in office, anything. Right now they’re playing two people who are atheists, and also big big big business ie planned parenthood. Someone is making millions and millions of dollars selling baby parts from these aborted infants. Wake up America no one would be so against newborn life than someone who is profiting from it. Not only are they getting your tax dollars but they are getting millions of dollars selling the byproducts from abortion ie Dead infants who were murdered by medical doctors. I just wonder how much money the doctors are making for murdering unborn infant children

  31. Are you wondering why our Country going through so many problems difficulties and many more will come? Because we became a Godless Country. Our Founding Fathers would not recognize this country at all.
    Our politicians’ corruptions combined with the BLOOD of the most innocent human beings: BABIES. Of course from corrupted hearts no good laws will come out we experience it daily. One day we appear in front of the throne of GOD. Including those who mercilessly making laws to kill innocent human babies. They won’t have lawyers there but the ocean of blood of the aborted babies will lingering around these lawmakers and killers, just like the Holy Innosense. Yes babies died by killing abortions but will get eternal happiness unlike their hostile murderers who will get their eternal punishment. God is merciful but not stupid. ENOUGH is ENOUGH !!!!!!!!!

  32. To add to my above statement, I wonder how much possible kickbacks these career politicians may be receiving As a reward for their disgraceful and despicable actions.

  33. Tony
    I think a lot of us are missing the point. Career politicians are only concerned about how much money they can put in their pockets. They don’t care about good versus evil, love versus hate, right over wrong all they care about is how to continue their Extravagant lifestyle. Most go into office as middle-class citizens and come out as multi millionaires. They look at us as servants at their feet and think of them selves as royalty. Until we wise up and demand term limits for these parasites we can beat our head into the wall and nothing is going to change. They vote for their own raises, they decide the percentage of the increase, they make laws for the citizens and hold them selves harmless from those laws, they exempted them selves from insider trading restrictions etc. etc. Also I’ll bet a dime to a dollar that most don’t uphold the fact that there is a God. Their religion is probably the almighty dollar. I’ll also bet that the fear of them answering to the Almighty on judgment day is not even considered.

  34. Just to be clear, the bishop would be fine with the destruction of fertilized eggs in a lab as long as they are not in a woman’s body. Is that a correct assumption?

  35. I am so happy that Pastor Musgrave took a stand. I pray that more pastors, priests, rabbis, ministers will also take a stand and not be afraid to speak the truth. We have to vote our faith. My faith in God is first, and my decisions are based on my faith. You can’t call yourself a Christian and accept pro-choice. You can’t close your eyes any longer, and sit on the sidelines. We have to take a stand for what is right or else we are going to lose our freedom of religion, our freedom of speak and our freedom to stand up to the Democratic Party who are trying to force their ungodly agenda on us. God help this country, especially Illinois.

  36. Thank you God for those pastors who lift there voices up in defense of these unborn innocents, and in the places where it can do so much good. Please God protect them and help us to lift our own voices up to you. Let us return to the God fearing nation we once were.

  37. I don’t think anyone that would make such a Godless decision really cares whether someone prays for their conviction or that they have any interest in Holy Communion.

  38. It’s time to step up and stand with God and defend our constitution. I pray that God has not yet turned his back on the United States. God bless America

  39. while I personally don’t believe in abortion there is always adoption I don’t think church and politics should mix

  40. This is another example of Democrats complete DISREGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE AS WELL AS MORALITY and the day may come that these same sort of Governors and legislators may DECIDE THAT YOUR LIFE HAS NO VALUE AS WELL. Think about that before you VOTE FOR A DEMOCRAT AS WELL BECAUSE THESE LATEST GENERATIONS ARE NOT THE SAME DEMOCRATS OF THE PAST

  41. God will answer honest prayer when it is asked according to His Purpose as this prayer and the Bishop’s actions surely were. The legislators that vote for abortion are surely on the pathway to Hell anyway.
    I pray for the Christians in Illinois to be spared even as Lot and his family were spared. I hope there are more Christians in Illinois than just a few families. Watch for God’s answer. He will act.

  42. Money is involved here, very big money, as well as the church ” 501 – a/c-3 ” tax exemption, is on the line it’s the only thing that makes sense. The other is the paster is about to get some FAT money for backing the bill, the first he is getting the bums rush, The other is his bribery you of the church need to find out fast or your Chapel will be no more, HELL it may be turned into ” A Planned Parent Hood Clinic ” Before you even get a start . . .

  43. This country was founded as one Nation under God. It is not one nation under democrats, not one nation under planned parenthood, not one nation under liberals. It was founded because the country the founding fathers came from was ruling the people tyrannically and there was no freedom to life, liberty or religion. Murdering of innocent babies in the womb is morally wrong and is a grave sin, Its cowardly of those who do or have abortions because these innocent babies can not fight back for their life. I agree it is a huge money maker for planned parenthood and the demon politicians. Pro choice women chant “My body, my choice” but what about those babies’ bodies and their RIGHT for life! Many people hardened their hearts and turned away from God. God said in the Ten Commandments THOU SHALL NOT KILL. These are ten commandments not ten suggestions. One can not be a Christian and be pro death. IF you are Christian and Pro choice which means Pro death you are a HYPOCRITE!!! God is merciful but He is also a Just GOD. The door to hell is wide and the gate to heaven is narrow. We all die from old age or illness one day and we all have to go before God for judgement whether you believe in God or not. Thank God for President Trump and Vice President Pence that they are strong supporters of life from the Womb to the Tomb. Dont be afraid to vote for them in 2020. God please continue to Bless America and put an end to Abortion (the slaughter of these Innocents).
    Suzy

    • Uhm correction, one nation under god wasn’t part of the United States until 1954, in response to the Communist threat of the times.

      If a fetus is unable to survive without a woman’s womb, then it is a part of the woman’s body. Bodily autonomy means a person has control over who or what uses their body, for what, and for how long. Its why you can’t be forced to donate blood, tissue, or organs. Even if you are dead.  Even if you’d save or improve 20 lives. It’s why someone can’t touch you, have sex with you, or use your body in any way without your continuous consent.

      A fetus is using someone’s body parts. Therefore under bodily autonomy, it is there by permission, not by right. It needs a person’s continuous consent. If they deny and withdraw their consent, the pregnant person has the right to remove them from that moment. A fetus is equal in this regard because if I need someone else’s body parts to live, they can also legally deny me their use.

      By saying a fetus has a right to someone’s body parts until it’s born, despite the pregnant person’s wishes, you are doing two things.
      1. Granting a fetus more rights to other people’s bodies than any born person.
      2. Awarding a pregnant person fewer rights to their body than a corpse.

      You say you are pro-life yet you are for the death penalty. Isn’t that being hypocritical?

  44. When an Eagle’s egg is protected by law and an unborn baby is not something sadly wrong, God help us .

  45. I don’t understand how anyone who professes to be a Christian could promote the “MURDER” of tiny helpless babies!??? These same people would probably report someone who was mistreating an animal. Such a hypocritical bunch of people! These people who complain about immigrants being treated unfairly….but, they still refuse to hand over money to the border for the care of these illegal people……

  46. Very thankful for his boldness to pray what he did. I pray others will follow suit and pray the same. I’m surprised, though, that no one walked out or cut him off. God gave them listening ears, and I pray they take His words to heart.

  47. Well! I’ll bet those representatives didn’t expect this! But what’s with that dingleberry doofus to the left of Pastor Musgrave, constantly fiddling with his tie or cell phone? Everyone else appeared to be respectfully listening.

    MAGA/KAG †
    TRUMP 2020

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