Choose Life: Easter 2005 and Terri Shiavo


“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: that thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice: and that thou mayest cleave unto him, for he is thy life, and the length of thy days…” – (Du.30:19,20).

“And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand. And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the Sabbath day; that they might accuse him. And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill?”  (Mk.3:1-4).

“I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” – (Jn.11:25).


I’m preaching this sermon on Easter- 2005. This is God’s day of life for every man who gets saved by Jesus Christ, God’s Son. Easter is God’s hope and proof that you also can resurrect from death unto eternal life.


He proved He was God when His blood He shed

And He proved He was God when He raised from the dead.


With the bloody death of Christ on the cross and His resurrection three days later, God was showing us what he said in (Du.30) that the Lord “He is thy life.” And that he has set before us life and death, blessing and cursing – “Therefore chose life.” The cross and the resurrection show us “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” – (Rom.6:23). Don’t reject God’s precious gift of His Son by not repenting of your sins and getting saved and born again by Christ. Because you then are under the curse instead of the blessing and will be sentenced to eternal death in the Lake of Fire. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life: but the wrath of God abideth on him” – (Jn.3:36). O earth, earth, earth – choose life instead of death. Don’t be a loser for eternity and choose sin and death.


We have something else happening during this Easter time that is also showing us the choice between life and death. I’m talking about the much publicized life and death struggle of Terri Schiavo in Florida. She is presently being starved by doctors because her husband and a judge want her dead. The method of killing her is by removing her feeding tube and starving and dehydrating her to death. Physicians over the last four decades have been slowly leaving their calling as healers and are being encouraged to allow patients to die by neglect or non-treatment and also assisting in dying. We are setting the stage for a dictator in this country like Hitler who did the same evil things – only now that we’re doing it it’s not evil any more but good. Today we see no value in protecting the rights of a disabled woman whose life has been deemed not worth living – We are choosing death not life. Starvation and dehydration are presently becoming a widespread practice from infants to the elderly by doctors.


   Withholding medication or mechanical intervention is allowing nature to take its course. Withholding food and water is killing – it’s homicide. Terri is not brain dead or in a coma. Terri is not in a vegetative state. Terri is not dying. Terri is not in pain or agony – she is not suffering. Terri is a disabled person, not a brain-dead vegetable and Terri’s death will reinforce that one is ‘better off dead than disabled.” Terri is being killed first because her husband wants her dead and second because a judge wants her dead and third because more and more doctors want people like her dead. It’s the fruit of this ungodly nation and our turning away form the Lord Jesus. We are becoming more and more evil and so we are choosing the curse and death instead of choosing life. And we are choosing hell and eternal death  instead of heaven and eternal life. We are rejecting the Lord Jesus who is the Resurrection and the Life and the Prince of Life and because we love our wickedness and sin and our nation is falling fast into ruin.


   The judiciary and doctors have killed unwanted, unborn children by abortion since 1973 and presently there is a concerted effort to legalize doctors assisting terminally ill and severely disabled patients to die. This is termed “Physician Assisted Suicide” (Euthanasia). We are turning back to satanic darkness and our doctors are becoming witch doctors using their power to kill as well as cure. They are the ones who carry out the sentence of death even though others make it legal. With abortion and euthanasia,  the doctor ceases to be the healer and protector of life and becomes a destroyer of life. “Mercy Killing” is becoming a reality in America. All the sign posts are up. Life has lost its’ value. Legal execution by medical doctors – death with dignity – starts first and then the laws will be expanded to accomplish the real goal – to get rid of people who are a burden to society. We have a lot more doctors who are inclined to be ‘doctors of death’ like Dr. Kevorkian than people realize. Soon we will not be able to make this choice, the government will make it for us, as is happening in Holland today, where they kill you even without your permission. Doctors cannot be both healers and killers and be called civilized. It leads to a schizophrenic society. First we euthanatized our pets and then we started euthanatizing humans. This is the slippery slope of ungodly physicians who practice veterinary medicine on people. The same shots that euthanatize our pets will soon be routinely used on us and they will not ask our permission.


   In Hitler’s Germany, the physicians, and psychiatrists had already accepted this satanic ungodly way in which human life was valued. And it set the stage for Hitler’s holocaust. The doctors at the time were literally given a license for “compassionate killing.” Our medical profession in the U.S. is going the same way and soon it will be “medical science under a dictatorship.” And because a dictator here would rule the world he would be an emperor – the last emperor who is the beast – Antichrist. He will be the last emperor before the Lord Jesus comes back at Armageddon as King of Kings and the true everlasting Emperor of planet earth.


   I believe that only a true Christian society can preserve the sanctity of life and have a true compassionate nation. Our nation was founded by Godly Christians and their views about life and the dignity of an individual in the sight of God. Christians out of compassion, founded hospitals, orphanages, schools and other ministries to meet the needs of those who are ill, uneducated, pregnant, poor and mentally ill. They believed that people were made in the image of God and that God’s Word was truth. They used the Holy Spirit in them to bring healing to those who were suffering. But now the hospitals are more and more becoming killing centers because they have turned away from Christ and godliness. We are like Germany just before Hitler – they  rejected Christ and the cross – so God gave them an Antichrist and the crooked cross – the swastika. Our Hitler is coming soon. It is not happenstance that Terri’s maiden name was Schindler. That’s a German name and points to Oskar Schindler and “Schindler’s List” and Hitler’s euthanasia and Holocaust.


    Terri is not being kept alive by artificial means. All she has is a gastric feeding tube that provides food and water to her stomach and it gets connected only at meal times,. Tens of thousands of disabled people have feeding tubes and it is not considered to be “artificial life support.” If food and water is “life support,” we’re all on “life support.” The judge had only allowed the removal of Terri’s feeding tube, not regular food and water. Terri’s husband illegally ordered this. The law allows the removal of “life-prolonging procedures”, not regular food and water. Our judiciary has almost quit killing guilty, vicious criminals but more and more is murdering the innocent. We as a nation are choosing death in the physical realm because we have chosen sin and death in the spiritual realm first. Shame on this wicked nation.


   But having said this about Terri Shiavo and her struggle of life and death, let me say that it pales greatly in comparison to the choosing of eternal life or eternal death. If Terri is kept alive for a short number of years, she will still die. She will still receive God’s sentence of death upon her because of her sins and because she’s not saved she will be judicially and righteously cast into the lake of fire by a just and Holy God for eternity. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin: and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” (Rom.5:12). This is the first death but there is a second death –“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” – (Rev.20:15). “This is the second death” – (vs.14).


   God has brought the Terri Schiavo case to worldwide attention and it is concluding with her death at Easter time to show everyone in the world that life – eternal life – is found only in Jesus Christ. God wants us to connect death and life with the Lord Jesus at Easter. “Who only hath immortality” – (I Tim.6:18). He only has the keys of knowledge to conquer death and give immortality to those who repent of their sins and believe on him and are saved. “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and , behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” – (Rev.1:18).


   Will you chose the blessing of eternal life in Christ instead of the cursing of eternal death. Be one of the chosen few and call upon the name of the Lord Jesus to save you. Repent of your sins, and come to him with an honest and contrite heart and you will be saved. Pass from death unto life and be born again through Christ which is the beginning of everlasting life. Have your name written in God’s book of life. “I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” – (John 11:25).


   God hath set before U.S. the choice of life or death. Do not be deceived by Satan who “Was a murderer from the beginning.” “Don’t be deceived by the so-called “deadly compassion” of euthanasia.


Choose eternal life in Christ


Preacher Mike Storti

5000 N. LaCholla #76



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