“Brood of vipers!” Those weren’t just Jesus’ words to the Pharisees in Matthew 23:33, they were also the first words that came to mind when I read the “Pastoral Letter to Patients” penned by Planned Parenthood’s “Clergy Advocacy Board.” Wow. It just has to anger you and break your heart at the same time to see the effort put out by these self-proclaimed “religious leaders” to deceive women.
These sorts of “clerics” are the ones about which Jesus warned us. They come in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves (Matthew 7:15). “[H]ypocrites!” was the charge of Jesus against them, “For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence” (Matthew 23:25). That is exactly right.