Sept 02 – The Thalidomide Tragedy

In the early 1960s,the drug Thalidomide prescribed for pregnant women produced an epidemic of very serious birth defects around the world. But a young Canadian doctor, Frances Kelsey, a novice medical examiner working for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration insisted on scientific evidence of Thalidomide’s safety. Her vigilance helped spare women in the United States from one of the worst drug disasters in history. Doctor Kelsey died last month. What a reminder of the danger of endorsing something, just because it seems that almost everybody says it’s okay. For example- it’s popular to reject faith in the Bible as God’s inspired Word, when no Book in history has so much evidence for being accurate. But perhaps the greatest danger of all is the acceptance of the erroneous idea that we get to heaven by being good, or being religious, The Bible clearly states that it is “by grace we are saved through faith, and that not of ourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works…”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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