The vision, history and beliefs of Loxafamosity Ministries.
Abort73 exists under the banner of Loxafamosity Ministries, and is our response to God's call to establish justice, expose evil, minister to the needy and helpless, and extend love to every human person.
Abort73.com is part of Loxafamosity Ministries, Inc. (LMI), a non-profit 501(c)3 Christian education corporation. Abort73.com is an online resource designed to creatively and comprehensively educate people about the injustice of abortion, and provide them with simple tools to help pass that education along to others.
Motivated by our Christian calling to establish justice, to expose evil injustices, to minister to the needy and helpless, and to extend love to every human person, Abort73.com aims to expose the practice of abortion as an injustice of historic proportions. We believe the best way to do so is to persistently, creatively, and comprehensively educate individuals (esp. students) with the massive body of evidence that stands against it. We strategically target a young audience (e.g., high school and college students) and are taking full advantage of the technology available to educate as many people as possible (i.e., the internet). We think it is good and necessary to use both secular and theological arguments to make our case against the practice of abortion. Since abortion claims the lives of thousands of the helpless unborn everyday and millions every year, we cannot do nothing.
Before giving a list of propositional statements about our religious beliefs, we would first make the following qualifications: (1) human language helps us to distinguish our finite realities, whereas the truly infinite God is beyond our linguistic grasping, (2) any "statement of faith" is the product of finite and sinfully flawed individuals grasping at the Infinite and is therefore prone toward imperfection, and (3) the Biblical writers were not overtly concerned that believers give mental assent to a list of abstract propositions but were more concerned that believers live faithfully (which, of course, included a belief in certain facts). That said, here is our attempt to articulate our beliefs in propositional form:
- We believe all Scripture is inspired by God. The Bible tells the story of God's plan of salvation from creation to new creation; it is authoritative and sufficient for all matters of faith and practice and is able to make a person wise unto salvation and equip for good works.
- We believe one God created the world, a God who is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness and faithfulness, who keeps promises, forgives sin and punishes the guilty. He may be known personally and reveals himself in Scripture as a Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- We believe God created the world as "very good," making humans his image-bearers (the Imago Dei) and rulers over creation. However, through willful disobedience at "the Fall," humankind brought upon itself (and the world) God's curse, the consequences of universal sin and death, leaving humanity (and the entire creation) in need of salvation, healing, and renewal.
- We believe Jesus is God's unique and royal son, the image of the invisible God, the world's true Lord and Messiah, fully human and fully Divine. He was sent from the Father, in fulfillment of OT covenant promises and prophecies, to accomplish salvation for humanity and all creation by inaugurating God's kingdom and new creation through his exemplary and sinless life, his sacrificial and substitutionary death on the cross for sin, his resurrection from the dead, his ascension to the right hand of God, and the giving of the Spirit. He will fully and finally consummate salvation upon his imminent return.
- We believe personal salvation, divinely speaking, involves God's powerful and merciful rescue from slavery to sin, union with Christ in his death and resurrection, transformation to new life, and inclusion among God's people, the church. Humanly speaking, salvation comes when a person hears the gospel of Jesus, repents of sin, and believes in and follows Jesus as Lord and Savior. Every believer is called and expected to live out his/her salvation through increasing obedience (i.e., getting baptized, routinely taking the Lord's supper, growing in Christlikeness, participating in the life of the local church, and evangelizing).
- We believe the church is the present anticipation of God's salvation, kingdom, and new creation. The church is the bride and body of Christ, God's family and renewed humanity, his sin-forgiven, redeemed, reborn, Spirit-led, and justified people from every tribe, tongue, and nation, called to be a "light to the world" and sign of God's love and healing of creation.
- We believe that the calling of the church has inescapable social implications. The announcement of the gospel of Jesus, that God has dealt with all of humanity's sin on the cross, implies a denouncement of every form of evil, injustice, and oppression. Included in such things are destructive violence, political corruption, abortion on demand, sex slavery, drug traffic, environmental abuse, economic exploitation, etc. Also, the commands to establish justice and "love your neighbor," as modeled by Jesus and rooted in the Imago Dei, involves an active caring for the marginalized, needy, and helpless. Included among these are the poor, the sick, the handicapped, widows, orphans, abortion-vulnerable children, etc. Both through evangelism and social action, the church should work to combat injustice and seek to bring signs of healing and hope to the world. Since human beings are made in the image of God, every person, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, or age, has value and should be respected and served, not exploited.
HISTORY AND VISION
On Jan 1, 2000, Loxafamosity began as a website attempting to communicate a biblical worldview across a variety of issues. In June 2004, it became Loxafamosity Ministries, Inc. (LMI), receiving 501c3 status. The founder and director of the organization, Michael Spielman, having done pro-life work for a number of years with the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR), saw a need to more efficiently use the internet as a means of educating students about the injustice of abortion. If widespread change were going to happen in this country (and the world), it was imperative to reach and teach young people in new and creative ways. With the formal incorporation of Loxafamosity Ministries, a vehicle was in place to embark on a new project - Abort73.com.
Abort73.com officially launched in 2005. Today the website reaches thousands of unique visitors each day, and Abort73's presence on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, Flickr and Twitter reaches countless more. For a fuller explanation of Abort73's marketing and outreach strategy, visit "Education Before Legislation" and "Marketing Past the Stereotypes."