What Does The Bible Say About

ABORTION?

Excerpted from Life Institute's upcoming book.

© 1997 by Life Institute

  1. Before You Begin

    A word to those who have had an abortion.

    Why this book was written.

    Introduction
  2. The Image Of God

    Understanding the value of life.

  3. When Does Life Begin?

    Scientists may argue, but the Bible is clear.

  4. Created By God

  5. Created For A Purpose

  6. Children Are A Blessing

  7. Life Or Death?

  8. Murder

    Why is it wrong?

  9. Innocent Blood

    Understanding the spiritual significance of abortion.

  10. More Child Sacrifice

    The relationship to abortion.

  11. We Are Responsible

    Why apathy is not an option for Christians.

  12. Let's Review

  13. Abortion for Rape, Incest or Deformed Babies

    Are there exceptions for abortion?

  14. Abortion To Save The Mother's LifeA special case?

 




Before You Begin

If you’ve had an abortion...

This study is not meant to bring condemnation or guilt upon anyone who has had an abortion or who has helped someone have an abortion. If you have asked God’s forgiveness for your abortion, then you are not only forgiven, but your sin has been forgotten by God.

GOD IS FORGIVING

Ps 86:5 5 You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you.

GOD DOESN’T KEEP A RECORD OF OUR SINS

Ps 130:3-4 3 If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? 4 But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared.

GOD REMOVES OUR SINS FROM US

Ps 103:12 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

GOD FORGETS OUR SINS

Heb 8:12 12 "For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more."

Isa 43:25 25 "I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.

JESUS SETS US FREE FROM OUR PAST SINS

John 8:36 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

JESUS TAKES AWAY OUR GUILT

Rom 8:1 1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,

All of these verses present Biblical truth about God’s forgiveness, but they only apply after we have confessed our sin to God, repented, and asked Him to forgive us. Then, He forgives, forgets, and releases us from the bondage of our sin. Receive God’s forgiveness and His healing. He is a redeemer!



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INTRODUCTION

There are probably hundreds of pro-life books available today. David’s son Solomon warns against making too many books.

Eccl 12:12-14 12 Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.

Yet, as I consider why the church is failing in it’s response to abortion, I feel that the first and foremost reason is that we have not understood the spiritual significance of abortion. We will never understand that significance until we each do an in-depth study of God’s Word on this issue.

Let me say right now that the word abortion does not appear in the Bible. However, that does not mean that God is silent on the issue. The following Scriptures cover a variety of aspects of God’s view of the sanctity of all human life. We will be looking at Scriptures regarding God’s involvement in creating human life, and the status of life before birth. We will also look at God’s view of murder, child sacrifice, the shedding of innocent blood, the corporate or community responsibility for these acts, and the Christian response.

As you will see, abortion is not just a social or political issue, it is a spiritual one that has the same spiritual significance today as it did in the Old Testament.

I have spoken to numerous pastors from a wide variety of theological backgrounds, who have all told me that regardless of what type of seminary or Bible school they went to, they weren’t really taught anything about the Biblical view of abortion. I pray that God will use this booklet to help you understand that abortion is a gospel issue.

To debate or even consider the issue of abortion without studying God’s Word is futile. On several occasions when I have preached outside of abortion clinics, committed Christians who were active in pro-life ministry would ask in amazement where I found all those scriptures. Most pro-life Christians know of only a handful of verses pertaining to this topic. I pray that this study will equip the saints for the work of ministry, by giving the church a solid Biblical foundation for our pro-life position.

I find it outrageous that anyone would dare claim that the Bible doesn’t deal with abortion. Patricia Tyson, director of the Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights says, “In the Bible, he’s (God) absent on the issue.” 2

Not only do many non-Christians automatically accept that kind of statement, but unfortunately many Christians do as well. Adolph Hitler said, "The great masses of the people…will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one." 3

The only thing worse than pro-abortionists claiming that the Bible is silent on the issue of abortion is for pro-life Christians to be uneducated on the Biblical view of abortion.

Martin Luther powerfully explained the importance of us having a strong understanding of scripture.

Christendom must have people who can beat down their adversaries and opponents and tear off the devil’s equipment and armor, that he may be brought into disgrace. But for this work, powerful warriors are needed, who are thoroughly familiar with the scriptures and can contradict all false interpretations and take the sword from all false teachers—that is, those very verses which false teachers use and turn round upon them so that they fall back defeated. But as not all Christians can be so capable in defending the Word and articles of their creed, they must have teachers and preachers who study the Scriptures and have daily fellowship with it, so that they can fight for all the others. Yet each Christian should be so armed that he himself is sure of his belief and of the doctrine and is so equipped with the sayings from the Word of God that he can stand up against the devil and defend himself, when men seek to lead him astray. 4

My prayer is that this book will equip you to become one of these powerful warriors that Martin Luther speaks of!

The apostle Paul said it so well to Timothy. 2 Tim 3:16-17 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

When Jesus faced the devil for that famous battle in the desert, He used Old Testament Scripture as His weapon. No matter what temptation the devil threw at him, Christ responded with Holy Scripture. Why then, when we debate the issue of abortion, do so many well intended Christians use medical facts and statistics, and leave out the Word of God?

All scriptures quoted are from the New International Version, except those which are individually marked.

It is important to know that the Bible, in its original languages of Greek and Hebrew, used the same words to describe the life of a pre-born baby as an infant or child.

In the New Testament the Greek word brephos is often used for older children, infants, and new-born babies. In Acts 7:19 brephos refers to the children killed at Pharoah’s command. In Luke 1:41 and 44 the same word is used for John the Baptist while he was still in his mother’s womb. The Greek word huios means son, but is used in Luke 1:36 for John the Baptist before birth. In the Old Testament the Hebrew word yeled is usually used for children, or a child or boy, but in Exodus 21:22 it is used for a child in the womb. In Genesis 25:22 the word yeladim (children) is used for Rebecca’s children struggling in her womb. In Job 3:3 Job uses the word geber to describe his conception, but geber is a Hebrew noun that is usually translated as man, male, or husband. 5

These examples help us to see that God places the same value on life before and after birth.

Please take a moment right now to pray and ask God to open your heart and illuminate His Holy Word as you study this topic. Ask Him to align your heart with His.

END NOTES

1. Dr. D. James Kennedy, forward Operation Rescue (Whitaker House, 580 Pittsburgh Street, Springdale, Pennsylvania 15144, 1988)

2. Patricia Tyson, THE CHOICES WE MADE, (Random House, Inc., New York, 1991) page 110.

3. Mein Kampf (My Battle) [1933], vol. I, ch. 10 Bartlett's Familiar Quotations is licensed from Little, Brown and Company, Inc. Copyright 1882, 1891 by John Bartlett. Copyright 1910, 1914, 1919, 1942, by Anna Sprague DeWolf and Louisa Bartlett Donaldson. Copyright 1937, 1948, © 1955, 1965, 1968, 1980 by Little, Brown and Company, Inc. All rights reserved.

4. Martin Luther as quoted in SANCTITY OF LIFE (WORD PUBLISHING, 1990) pages

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THE IMAGE OF GOD

Let’s start at the very beginning with the very first chapter of Scripture. We are about to discover an incredible truth, that we are created in the very image and likeness of God!

Gen 1:27-28 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

There are three significant points in these two verses. The first is that God made man in His image. We are created as a likeness or representation of God our Creator. We are the only part of creation that is made in the image of God. The second point is that His very first command was a blessing-to be fruitful and increase in number. It is clear that God’s plan is for man to have children. The third point is that man is to rule over all the other living creatures. We live in a sad time when many animals, even the eggs of animals, are more revered and have more legal protection than unborn children.

These next two verses also teach that we are created in the likeness of God.

Gen 5:1-2 1 This is the written account of Adam's line. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. 2 He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, he called them "man."

James 3:9b 9 men, who have been made in God's likeness.

In light of the fact that we are created in the image and likeness of God, how can anyone possibly endorse the destruction of His image through abortion?



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WHEN DOES LIFE BEGIN?

As we study the subject of abortion, it is important for us to see what the Bible says about when life begins. Some supporters of abortion try to say that the Bible teaches that life begins when a baby takes it’s first breath. They point to one Scripture as the basis for this position.

Gen 2:7 7 the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. They say that this verse teaches that life begins when the person starts breathing, and that prior to this the object in the womb is merely a potential life. We must recognize that this verse is unique in that it is referring to the first man, Adam. Adam was not born of a woman, and therefore was never in a womb. This one-of-a-kind situation can not be used to “prove” that life begins at birth.

Our next series of verses teach that life begins at or even before conception.

Ps 139:16 16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Isa 46:3 3 "Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all you who remain of the house of Israel, you whom I have upheld since you were conceived,

Judg 13:5 5 because you will conceive and give birth to a son.

Luke 2:21 21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived.

Jer 1:5 5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."

The bible frequently speaks of life before conception when it looks towards the generation yet to be conceived.

Heb 7:9-10 9 Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak, 10 for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.

Gen 3:15 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."

2 Sam 7:12 12 When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. Onan, recognizing that life begins at conception, even spilled his seed on the ground to prevent the propagation of future generations.

Gen 38:8-9 8 Then Judah said to Onan, "Lie with your brother's wife and fulfill your duty to her as a brother-in-law to produce offspring for your brother." 9 But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his; so whenever he lay with his brother's wife, he spilled his semen on the ground to keep from producing offspring for his brother. 10 What he did was wicked in the LORD's sight; so he put him to death also.

The fact that life begins at or before conception means that abortion at any stage of pregnancy is the killing of a human life.



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CREATED BY GOD

Some theologians believe that although God created Adam and Eve, He then gave then the ability to procreate, and He stepped out of the creation process. Our next twenty-one Scriptures show that this belief is totally un-Biblical.

John 1:3 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

Read that verse again. “without Him nothing was made that has been made.” Nothing! No one is a “mistake”!

Ps 100:3 3 Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Job 31:15 15 Did not he who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?

This next passage is probably the most commonly quoted pro-life Scripture. It speaks wonderfully of God’s intimate involvement in our creation.

Ps 139:13-16 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Isa 44:2 2 This is what the LORD says-- he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you: Do not be afraid, O Jacob, my servant, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.

Acts 17:24-25 24 "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.

Have you ever seen a potter create something out of a simple lump of clay? It is amazing to watch the artist’s masterful hands mold and shape that seemingly unimportant pile of mud into a beautiful masterpiece. This next verse parallels that to God’s work in creating each of us.

Isa 64:8 8 Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

Job 33:4 4 The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

Isa 42:5 5 This is what God the LORD says-- he who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and all that comes out of it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it:

Ps 119:73 73 Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands.

Isa 44:24 24 "This is what the LORD says-- your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the LORD, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself,

Isa 46:3 3 "Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all you who remain of the house of Israel, you whom I have upheld since you were conceived, an have carried since your birth.

Job 10:8 8 "Your hands shaped me and made me.

Eccl 11:5 5 As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother's womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.

Mal 2:10 10 Have we not all one Father? Did not one God create us? Why do we profane the covenant of our fathers by breaking faith with one another?

Ps 71:6 6 From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother's womb. I will ever praise you.

Ruth 4:13 13 So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. Then he went to her, and the LORD enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son.

Job 10:10-12 10 Did you not pour me out like milk and curdle me like cheese, 11 clothe me with skin and flesh and knit me together with bones and sinews? 12 You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit.

Ps 22:9-10 9 Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you even at my mother's breast. 10 From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother's womb you have been my God.

This next verse refers to twin babies in the womb as children, not potential children as the pro-abortionists would have us to believe.

Gen 25:22 22 But the children struggled together within her; and she said, "If all is well, why am I like this?" So she went to inquire of the LORD. (NKJ)

These verses have shown us that God gives us life, makes us in the womb, forms us, knits us together, ordains all our days before they begin, upholds us from the moment of conception, and brings us forth from the womb.

These verses should give us great joy. Our self esteem and significance should rest in the fact that the Lord God Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, chose to create us, and did so in an incredibly personal and intimate way. We are special because God made us special.

Author Frank Peretti humorously illustrates the ridiculousness of the mandatory humanistic teaching in the government schools in the United States. During one class they try to promote self esteem and self worth to the students, and then in the next class they teach the students that they have evolved from pond scum. 1

END NOTES 1. Frank Peretti, Focus On The Family ( radio broadcast date)



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CREATED FOR A PURPOSE

We have just seen numerous Bible verses teaching that we are created by God. Our next verse not only affirms that we are created by Him, but also that we are created for Him!

Col 1:16 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.

Johnny and Pat Hunter, pro-life leaders who are active in working with African American churches, sing a special song as they travel across the globe called There’s a Purpose. The chorus is:

There’s a purpose for each breath you take, each move you make, each step you take, there’s a purpose, a reason why you live! 1

God has a special and unique purpose for each of us!

Our next nine verses describe God doing incredible acts such as calling people to His service, naming them, filling them with the Holy Ghost, ordaining them, separating them for ministry, all prior to birth!

Judg 13:5 5 because you will conceive and give birth to a son. No razor may be used on his head, because the boy is to be a Nazirite, set apart to God from birth, and he will begin the deliverance of Israel from the hands of the Philistines."

Gal 1:15 15 But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased

Isa 49:5 5 And now the LORD says-- he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD and my God has been my strength--

Isa 49:1 1 Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the LORD called me; from my birth he has made mention of my name.

Luke 1:15 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth.

Luke 1:31 31 You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.

Luke 2:21 21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived.

Jer 1:5 5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."

Rom 9:11-12 11 Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad-- in order that God's purpose in election might stand: 12 not by works but by him who calls-- she was told, "The older will serve the younger."

This next verse shows God’s desire for children who are yet to be born to know about Him.

Ps 78:5-6 5 He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, 6 so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. END NOTES 1.



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BLESSINGS FROM GOD

There is a common attitude today, even among Christians, that children are a burden, but our next eleven verses show us that God calls them blessings.

Ps 127:3-5 3 Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him. 4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. 5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.

Gen 49:25 25 because of your father's God, who helps you, because of the Almighty, who blesses you with blessings of the heavens above, blessings of the deep that lies below, blessings of the breast and womb.

Ps 128:1-3 1 Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in his ways. 2 You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. 3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your sons will be like olive shoots around your table.

Gen 17:20 20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation.

Gen 22:17 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies,

Gen 26:24 24 That night the LORD appeared to him and said, "I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham."

Gen 28:3 3 May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and increase your numbers until you become a community of peoples.

Ps 107:38 38 he blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased, and he did not let their herds diminish.

Isa 51:2 2 look to Abraham, your father, and to Sarah, who gave you birth. When I called him he was but one, and I blessed him and made him many.

Gen 17:16 16 I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her."

Deut 28:4 4 The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock-- the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.

Deut 7:13-14 13 He will love you and bless you and increase your numbers. He will bless the fruit of your womb, the crops of your land-- your grain, new wine and oil-- the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks in the land that he swore to your forefathers to give you. 14 You will be blessed more than any other people; none of your men or women will be childless, nor any of your livestock without young.

Notice that these previous verses not only consider children to be a blessing, but indicate that the more God blessed His people, the more children they received.



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LIFE OR DEATH

Scripture contrasts this blessing of life with the curse; which is the opposite of life—death. There is no neutral ground. If we don’t choose life, which is God’s blessing, then we are choosing death, which is His curse.

Deut 30:19 19 This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live

Notice that our choice doesn’t just affect us, but the future generations as well. If we choose life, not only will we receive God’s blessings, but our children and our children’s children will be blessed also.

There is a fine line between life and death. I used to occasionally picket on the main highway in front of an abortion clinic. One day I changed positions to the driveway entrance to the clinic. I watched the pregnant women going in, some arrogant, some defiant in their attitudes. Hours later, as they left after their abortions, their attitudes had changed. They looked sad and depressed. Some of them were obviously having serious pain. For the first time, my heart was broken over abortion. I realized that although I had watched a mother and child enter the clinic, only the mother came out. The baby, that had been living in the peaceful tranquility of it’s mother’s womb only hours before, was now dead. His or her tiny body had been ripped to shreds and discarded, either into the trash can or down the drain. The mother who had exercised this “choice” was emotionally, psychologically and spiritually ripped to shreds.

My life was not, nor will it ever be, the same after that day. I saw how fragile the line between life and death really was.

On another occasion I collected some of the contents of the trash dumpster behind an abortion clinic operated by a graduate of the famous Harvard Medical School. As I sorted through the clinic’s garbage, I came upon the remains of the bodies of several aborted babies. Even though I was familiar with the stages of fetal development, it still amazed me to see how perfect and how precious these tiny babies were. Their little arms and legs were severed and lifeless, although a few short hours before, they were kicking and swimming in their mother’s womb.

Only God can create life, but unfortunately man has the ability to destroy it, and the act of abortion destroys the most innocent life on earth.

Nothing I can think of better illustrates the delicate line between life and death, than the true stories of Gianna Jessen and Heidi Huffman. Both of their mothers not only considered abortion, but did in fact have abortions. In both cases the abortions were unsuccessful. God intervened and spared the lives of these two young women. Heidi 1 and Gianna 2 were both born and are now Christians. They have traveled extensively speaking up for the unborn.

END NOTES 1. Celebrate Life magazine, January-February 1996, pages 11&12.

2 . Focus On The Family magazine cover story March, 1995.



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MURDER

Now that we have seen God’s involvement in creating human life let’s look at His view of murder.

Gen 9:5-7 5 And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of his fellow man. 6 "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man. 7 As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it."

Pay close attention to what you have just read, in fact, please read it again. There are three very important points in these three verses.

Verse five shows us that God requires vengeance or retribution for every life that is taken. America’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln referred to this Biblical fact in his second inaugural address.

"Fondly we do hope—fervently do we pray—that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsmen’s 250 years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn the sword, as it was said 3,000 years ago, so it must still be said, 'The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.'” 1

President Lincoln was saying that America’s Civil War was God’s judgment on America for it’s participation in slavery, and was bringing vengeance for the blood of slaves that had been shed.

Verse six explains why murder is wrong, because it destroys the very image of God. The approximately one hundred and fifty million abortions which take place worldwide every year are not only destroying precious preborn children, they are actually destroying a part of the image of God, each and every time!

Finally, notice that in verse seven God repeats His command from Genesis 1:28. Isn’t it interesting that immediately after explaining His position on the destruction of human life, God renews His plan and desire for man to be fruitful and increase in number. Some translations even add the word abundantly.

Of course, we are all familiar with the sixth commandment:

Exod 20:13 13 "You shall not murder.

Exod 23:7 7 "Keep yourself far from a false matter; do not kill the innocent... (NKJ)

The first act of murder in human history was when Cain killed Abel. Let’s look into Scripture’s account of this murder to help us understand God’s view of the destruction of His creation.

Gen 4:8-11 8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let's go out to the field." And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. 9 Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is your brother Abel?" "I don't know," he replied. "Am I my brother's keeper?" 10 The LORD said, "What have you done? Listen! Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground. 11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand.

These verses give us our first look at God’s view of the shedding of innocent blood. The voice of Abel’s blood actually cried from the ground to God the Creator. Verse eleven shows us the relationship between innocent bloodshed and the land where it is shed. We will see that this connection will reoccur throughout Scripture.

Num 35:33 33 "'Do not pollute the land where you are. Bloodshed pollutes the land, and atonement cannot be made for the land on which blood has been shed, except by the blood of the one who shed it.

Our next verse was used in the first pro-life sermon I ever heard, preached by Pastor Larry Edison in the early 1980’s.

Exod 21:22-23 22 "If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman's husband demands and the court allows. 23 But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life,

Some people may ask the question, “Is abortion murder?” Let me share with you the exact words of an abortion doctor in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.A. when a group of Christians asked him, “Do you kill babies?” The doctor said, “Yes I kill babies, but only little ones.” 3

While writing this book, a leading American pro-choice advocate, Ron Fitzsimmons, director of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers, also admitted that abortion is murder.

One of the facts of abortion is that women enter abortion clinics to kill their fetuses. “It is a form of killing”, he said, “You’re ending a life.” 4 I still remember hearing Bishop Austin Vaughn compare today’s abortion holocaust with two examples in the Bible of the mass slaughter of babies, when Pharaoh and Herod ordered the massacre of the innocence. 5

Exod 1:15-16,22 15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, 16 "When you help the Hebrew women in childbirth and observe them on the delivery stool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live." 22 Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: "Every boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live."

Matt 2:1-3,12-18 1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him." 3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. 13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up," he said, "take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him." 14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: "Out of Egypt I called my son." 16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. 17 Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: 18 "A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more."

Bishop Vaughn pointed out that there were only two babies known to be rescued during these holocausts. Moses and Jesus. Both were rescued as a result of civil disobedience. The Midwives refused to kill the babies at birth, and Moses’ mother refused to drown him. The magi refused to go back and tell Herod where baby Jesus was, because they knew Herod would kill him.

If the purpose behind these two previous holocausts was to prevent the birth of Moses, the deliverer of God’s people, and Jesus, the redeemer of mankind, do you wonder what the current holocaust of abortion is trying to prevent?

END NOTES 1. Mother Theresa, addressing the National Prayer Breakfast, Washington, DC, February 5, 1994.

2. Abraham Lincoln ( Second Inaugural Address) inscribed on the walls of the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.

3. Dr. Donald Diefendorf(sp) July, 1992

4. & 5. Bishop Austin Vaughn ( Pro-life rally attended by the author, January, 1991)



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INNOCENT BLOOD

If you are a Christian then you understand the wonderful, atoning, redeeming power of the blood of Jesus, which was shed on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins.

We sing great old hymns like “Nothing But the Blood”, and “Power In The Blood”. When we partake of The Lord’s Supper we drink wine to in remembrance of His shed Blood.

But there is another power, which comes from a different type of blood, which doesn’t bring redemption or forgiveness, but curses and judgment. The shedding of innocent blood.

Before we look at more verses related to innocent blood, let me ask you a question. What blood could be more innocent than that of a precious baby in it’s mother’s womb, peacefully awaiting birth?

Keep that thought in mind as you read the following Scriptures.

II Ki 24:4 4 including the shedding of innocent blood. For he had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the LORD was not willing to forgive.

Notice that God was not willing to forgive this incident of the shedding of innocent blood.

The next verse says that the shedding of innocent blood is evil in God’s eyes.

II Ki 21:16 16 Moreover, Manasseh also shed so much innocent blood that he filled Jerusalem from end to end-- besides the sin that he had caused Judah to commit, so that they did evil in the eyes of the LORD.

Jer 22:17 17 "But your eyes and your heart are set only on dishonest gain, on shedding innocent blood and on oppression and extortion."

Our next verse talks about preventing the shedding of innocent blood in our land so that we won’t be guilty of the bloodshed. We’ll examine this concept called bloodguiltiness in more depth later.

Deut 19:10 10 Do this so that innocent blood will not be shed in your land, which the LORD your God is giving you as your inheritance, and so that you will not be guilty of bloodshed.

This next verse describes God’s wrath upon the land where innocent blood is shed.

Joel 3:19 19 But Egypt will be desolate, Edom a desert waste, because of violence done to the people of Judah, in whose land they shed innocent blood.

Ps 106:34-42 34 They did not destroy the peoples as the LORD had commanded them, 35 but they mingled with the nations and adopted their customs. 36 They worshiped their idols, which became a snare to them. 37 They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons. 38 They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was desecrated by their blood. 39 They defiled themselves by what they did; by their deeds they prostituted themselves. 40 Therefore the LORD was angry with his people and abhorred his inheritance. 41 He handed them over to the nations, and their foes ruled over them. 42 Their enemies oppressed them and subjected them to their power.

I have personally preached many sermons from this last passage. Allow me to mention several significant points. Verse thirty-four tells that God’s people were disobedient to His commands. The following verse shows that because of their disobedience they followed the ways of the world. How true this is today. In the Great Commission of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as recorded in Matthew chapter 28, we are told that Jesus has been given all authority, and that He commands us to go and disciple the nations, and to teach them to observe all that He has commanded us. Instead of us obeying this commission, instead of the church changing the world, the world has changed the church. In many nations the church is following the ways of the world. The voting record of Christians is the same as non-Christians, the divorce rate in the church is the same as in the world. The children of believers are just as rebellious as non-believers. Instead of the church reforming the heathen we have mixed with them and we serve their idols, just as verse thirty-six describes. Christians today are serving the same idols: materialism, money, education, career, selfishness... Next we see the abortion connection. Verses thirty-seven and thirty-eight describe God’s people sacrificing their sons and daughters by shedding their blood. Notice that as a result the land was polluted with the blood and God began to hate His people to the point of turning them over to be ruled and oppressed by their enemies.

Proverbs chapter 6 lists six things which God hates, seven which are an abomination to Him:

Prov 6:16-19 16 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, 19 a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.

Our next verse shows that we must remove the guilt of innocent bloodshed from our land.

Deut 19:13 13 Show him no pity. You must purge from Israel the guilt of shedding innocent blood, so that it may go well with you.

Ezek 16:36, 38 36 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because you poured out your wealth and exposed your nakedness in your promiscuity with your lovers, and because of all your detestable idols, and because you gave them your children's blood, 38 I will sentence you to the punishment of women who commit adultery and who shed blood; I will bring upon you the blood vengeance of my wrath and jealous anger.

IKing 2:31 31 Then the king commanded Benaiah, "Do as he says. Strike him down and bury him, and so clear me and my father's house of the guilt of the innocent blood that Joab shed.

IKing 2:33 33 May the guilt of their blood rest on the head of Joab and his descendants forever. But on David and his descendants, his house and his throne, may there be the LORD's peace forever."

Isa 59:7 7 Their feet rush into sin; they are swift to shed innocent blood. Their thoughts are evil thoughts; ruin and destruction mark their ways.

The next two verses are clear commands not to shed innocent blood.

Jer 7:6 6 if you do not oppress the alien, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm,

Jer 22:3 3 This is what the LORD says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of his oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the alien, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.

Jonah 1:14 14 Then they cried to the LORD, "O LORD, please do not let us die for taking this man's life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, O LORD, have done as you pleased."

This next passage shows us the most terrible act of shedding innocent blood of all times, the death of Jesus. Notice that the field bought with the pieces of silver was forever called the Field of Blood. This is just one more example of the connection between the land and the innocent blood shed therein.

Matt 27:3-8 3 When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. 4 "I have sinned," he said, "for I have betrayed innocent blood." "What is that to us?" they replied. "That's your responsibility." 5 So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself. 6 The chief priests picked up the coins and said, "It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money." 7 So they decided to use the money to buy the potter's field as a burial place for foreigners. 8 That is why it has been called the Field of Blood to this day.

Rev 6:9-10 9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. 10 They called out in a loud voice, "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?"

Do you wonder if the hundreds of millions of aborted babies are asking God the same question? God will judge any nation that participates in or allows the shedding of innocent blood, unless the people repent!

END NOTES 1. Eric Holmberg, A Massacre of Innocence, Pro-Life E-News Canada.



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MORE CHILD SACRIFICE

The next eleven Scriptures we will look at deal with a type of child sacrifice which was commonly practiced as a form of worship to the gods Molech and Baal. The babies were burned alive as an offering at the high places. Scripture tells us that satan seeks to kill, steal and destroy. The devil who received the blood sacrifice of the babies in the Old Testament times hasn’t changed. Today the babies are being sacrificed in “Family Planning Clinics”, but the result is the same. God’s precious children, created in His image, are being slaughtered by the millions; and Satan must be thrilled to not only receive these sacrificed children, but to watch the very image of God being destroyed.

Pastor Skip Robokoff explains that satan knows that he can’t beat God. He knows that if he attacks God directly he will lose, so instead of taking a direct shot at God, he does the next best thing. He attacks and destroys God’s image by destroying His most valued creation. 1

Lev 18:21 21 "'Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the LORD.

Deut 18:10 10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft,

II Ki 16:3 3 He walked in the ways of the kings of Israel and even sacrificed his son in the fire, following the detestable ways of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites.

II Ki 17:17 17 They sacrificed their sons and daughters in the fire. They practiced divination and sorcery and sold themselves to do evil in the eyes of the LORD, provoking him to anger.

II Ki 21:6 6 He sacrificed his own son in the fire, practiced sorcery and divination, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the LORD, provoking him to anger.

II Ki 23:10 10 He desecrated Topheth, which was in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, so no one could use it to sacrifice his son or daughter in the fire to Molech.

2 Chr 33:6 6 He sacrificed his sons in the fire in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, practiced sorcery, divination and witchcraft, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did much evil in the eyes of the LORD, provoking him to anger.

Jer 32:35 35 They built high places for Baal in the Valley of Ben Hinnom to sacrifice their sons and daughters to Molech, though I never commanded, nor did it enter my mind, that they should do such a detestable thing and so make Judah sin.

Notice in the previous verse that God says that not only did He never command them to sacrifice their children, it never even entered His mind that they would do such a detestable thing.

Ezek 16:20-22 20 "'And you took your sons and daughters whom you bore to me and sacrificed them as food to the idols. Was your prostitution not enough? 21 You slaughtered my children and sacrificed them to the idols. 22 In all your detestable practices and your prostitution you did not remember the days of your youth, when you were naked and bare, kicking about in your blood.

Ezek 20:31 31 When you offer your gifts-- the sacrifice of your sons in the fire-- you continue to defile yourselves with all your idols to this day. Am I to let you inquire of me, O house of Israel? As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I will not let you inquire of me.

Ezek 23:37-39 37 for they have committed adultery and blood is on their hands. They committed adultery with their idols; they even sacrificed their children, whom they bore to me, as food for them. 38 They have also done this to me: At that same time they defiled my sanctuary and desecrated my Sabbaths. 39 On the very day they sacrificed their children to their idols, they entered my sanctuary and desecrated it. That is what they did in my house.

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1. Skip Robokoff (from a sermon at a pro-life rally attended by the author, January 1991, New York).

2. Randall A. Terry Operation Rescue (Whitaker House, 580 Pittsburgh Street, Springdale, Pennsylvania 15144, 1988) page 141.



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WE ARE RESPONSIBLE

After reading the previous verses most Christians would say, “OK, God creates each and every child in His image, He hates the shedding of innocent blood, and has judged and destroyed His people for participating in these abominable acts. But I’m against abortion and I’m not participating in it in any way, so I don’t have anything to be guilty of, right?”

Wrong! Responsibility for innocent bloodshed was taken very seriously by God’s people.

The following passage in Deuteronomy explains that when a man was found dead, the villages had to measure to see who was closest to the dead body. To be free of bloodguiltiness they then had to be able to pray two things: Our hands have not shed this blood, nor have our eyes seen it. We cannot pray this today. We may not be personally shedding innocent blood through abortion, but we have all seen it. In fact, we probably all know who is committing abortions and where they are being committed.

Deut 21:7-9 7 and they shall declare: "Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it done. 8 Accept this atonement for your people Israel, whom you have redeemed, O LORD, and do not hold your people guilty of the blood of an innocent man." And the bloodshed will be atoned for. 9 So you will purge from yourselves the guilt of shedding innocent blood, since you have done what is right in the eyes of the LORD.

This next passage explains the responsibility of the members of the community to deal with those who are sacrificing children.

Lev 20:1-5 1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 "Say to the Israelites: 'Any Israelite or any alien living in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech must be put to death. The people of the community are to stone him. 3 I will set my face against that man and I will cut him off from his people; for by giving his children to Molech, he has defiled my sanctuary and profaned my holy name. 4 If the people of the community close their eyes when that man gives one of his children to Molech and they fail to put him to death, 5 I will set my face against that man and his family and will cut off from their people both him and all who follow him in prostituting themselves to Molech.

Dr. James Dobson, director of Focus On The Family, explains our responsibility for allowing abortions, by comparing us to the citizens in Nazi Germany.

“After World War II, German citizens living around Nazi extermination camps were required to visit the facilities to witness the atrocities they had permitted to occur. Though it was technically “legal” to kill Jews and other political prisoners, the citizens were blamed for not breaking the law in deference to a higher moral code... And some day, the moral issues involved here will be as clear to the world as the Nazi holocaust is today.” 2

This next verse explains that the guilt for innocent bloodshed falls not only upon the one shedding the blood, but upon the land and the people where it is being shed.

Jer 26:15 15 Be assured, however, that if you put me to death, you will bring the guilt of innocent blood on yourselves and on this city and on those who live in it, for in truth the LORD has sent me to you to speak all these words in your hearing."

This next verse explains that the guilt of murder will torment us until death!

Prov 28:17 17 A man tormented by the guilt of murder will be a fugitive till death; let no one support him.

Our next verse comes right after God tells His people how sick and tired He is of all their religious activities.

Isa 1:15 15 When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood;

Isa 59:1-3 1 Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. 2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. 3 For your hands are stained with blood, your fingers with guilt.

Wow! We’ve just seen that we don’t have to be the ones shedding innocent blood to be guilty of it, but that if we even know it’s being shed, then we become responsible, and as a result of our bloodguiltiness God won’t even hear our prayers.

This makes abortion take on a whole new status, doesn’t it? Fortunately, God prescribes a solution so that we can be in a right relationship with Him. Right after He tells us that He won’t hear our prayers, He tells us what to do.

GOD’S SOLUTION

Isa 1:16-17 16 wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong, 17 learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.

In order to fully understand our Christian responsibility towards stopping abortion, we must understand two types of sin: sins of commission and sins of omission. Many Christians have felt guiltless about abortion because they weren’t committing that sin. But the scriptures we’ve just seen show that our responsibility goes beyond committing this sin. We are guilty of sins of omission if we are not doing the good that we should do.

James 4:17 17 Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.

Matt 25:45 45 "He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'

Apathy is not an option for Christians—it has eternal ramifications.

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1.Mother Theresa, addressing the National Prayer Breakfast, February 5, 1994.

2. Dr. James Dobson Focus On The Family (radio broadcast August 12, 1988)



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LET’S REVIEW

So far our study has shown us that:

God is the Creator of every life.

We are created in God’s image.

God is intimately involved in our creation.

God creates us for a purpose.

God commands us to choose life.

Murder destroys the image of God and violates God’s commands.

God hates the shedding of innocent blood.

God has poured out His wrath and judgment upon cities and nations who shed innocent blood.

Child sacrifice is a form of idol worship.

Considering these clear lessons from Scripture, we must conclude that abortion is always wrong. There can be no allowable circumstance for abortion. Despite this biblical evidence, some Christians, especially politicians, try to make allowances for abortion if the mother’s life is endangered, or in the instance of rape, incest, or deformity of the baby.

In the next chapter we will take a detailed look at these special circumstances.



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ABORTION IN CASES OF RAPE, INCEST, OR DEFORMED BABIES

Pro-abortion television celebrity Larry King once exposed the hypocrisy of pro-lifers who allow exceptions for abortion by asking, “If you believe that abortion is murder, then why is it acceptable in cases of rape or incest?” 1

In other words, if abortion is sin, how can it ever be acceptable?

In the Mosaic law rape and incest were crimes punishable by death. However, the children who may have been created by these crimes are not guilty.

Deut 24:16 16 Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their fathers; each is to die for his own sin.

In Exodus 6:20 we read that Moses and Aaron were products of an incestuous relationship.

20 Amram married his father's sister Jochebed, who bore him Aaron and Moses. Amram lived 137 years.

In Luke 3:33 and Genesis 38: 13-29 we discover that the lineage of our Lord and Savior, Jesus, comes from a case of incest. Phares or Perez, the son of Judah was conceived through an incestuous relationship between Judah and his daughter-in-law Tamar.

Luke 3:23,33 23 Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph, the son of Heli,... 33 ...the son of Amminadab, the son of Ram, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah,

Gen 38:15,16,27-29 15 When Judah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute, for she had covered her face. 16 Not realizing that she was his daughter-in-law, he went over to her by the roadside and said, "Come now, let me sleep with you." "And what will you give me to sleep with you?" she asked. 27 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 28 As she was giving birth, one of them put out his hand; so the midwife took a scarlet thread and tied it on his wrist and said, "This one came out first." 29 But when he drew back his hand, his brother came out, and she said, "So this is how you have broken out!" And he was named Perez.

If you would allow abortion in the case of incest, then Moses, Aaron and Jesus would not have been born!

What if an unborn baby is deformed?

Lev 19:14 14 "'Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the LORD.

Deut 27:18 18 "Cursed is the man who leads the blind astray on the road.

If we are not to curse the deaf, and if God curses the man who leads the blind astray, then how does God feel when we kill a preborn baby because of a handicap or deformity?

Exod 4:11 11 The LORD said to him, "Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD?

Isa 45:9-11 9 "Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker, to him who is but a potsherd among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, 'What are you making?' Does your work say, 'He has no hands'? 10 Woe to him who says to his father, 'What have you begotten?' or to his mother, 'What have you brought to birth?' 11 "This is what the LORD says-- the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker: Concerning things to come, do you question me about my children, or give me orders about the work of my hands?

John 9:1-3 1 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" 3 "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.

Rom 9:20 20 But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? "Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?'"

Eccl 11:5 5 As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother's womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.

In light of these scriptures, we must conclude that man should not argue with God over any of His creation.

God impressed this point into my heart, through the well-known Baptist Evangelist David Ring. David is a victim of Cerebral Palsy, which has left him with a strong limp, and a voice that is very difficult to understand. Instead of complaining, David quotes the Psalmist David by saying, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made!” 2

The Bible also makes numerous other references to people who are handicapped, which clearly reveal God’s love, and His plan for all of His creation.

Isa 35:5-6 5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. 6 Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.

Isa 29:18 18 In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see.

Zeph 3:19 19 At that time I will deal with all who oppressed you; I will rescue the lame and gather those who have been scattered. I will give them praise and honor in every land where they were put to shame.

Matt 11:5 5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.

Luke 14:13-14 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."

Luke 14:21 21 "The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.'

If we support abortion in the case of handicapped or deformed babies then we prevent God from fulfilling His purposes in their lives.

An important note is that the MARCH OF DIMES organization, long noted for working to prevent birth defects, has in recent years turned to promoting abortion as a solution to birth defects. Imagine any other situation where we would kill the “diseased” to cure the disease! 3

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1.Larry King (CNN broadcast of Larry King Live, viewed by the author, date unknown).

2. David Ring (part of a sermon at a pro-life rally attended by the author, Tallahassee, Florida, late 1980’s).

3. Randy Engel, A MARCH OF DIMES PRIMER The A-Z of Eugenic Killing



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ABORTION TO SAVE THE LIFE OF THE MOTHER

As we consider allowances for abortion, we must remember Jesus’ teachings of the value of each life.

Matt 18:6 6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. (KJV)

This is an incredibly strong verse, but it shows us how incredibly valuable every life is in the eyes of Jesus.

Matt 18:12-14 12 "What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.

The following text is the best argument for not allowing any exceptions for abortion that I have ever heard.

"At this point we want to consider what is frequently alleged to be a special case in which an exception is granted by those who would otherwise oppose all abortions. This special case is that abortion may sometimes be necessary to save the life of the mother. The situation is one in which the mother’s very life is threatened by the continued existence of a pregnancy. It is posed as a question of one life or the other.

It is necessary first of all to reduce the emotional character of this “special case’ with its accompanying misrepresentation. In many instances one would be led to believe this is an ethical decision faced regularly by physicians and parents. This is not to deny in any way the extremely painful choice when such a decision should confront us. But medically speaking, such a situation would be extremely rare in today’s world. Advances in medical technology and in the knowledge and treatment of pregnancy complication have carried us to the point where almost any pregnancy can be carried to term or to the point where premature delivery can be accomplished with good results. The moral and ethical question is more theoretical than practical.

We have seen how the Word of God considers an unborn child as a person, entitled to the same provisions God gives for all human life. The destruction of such life without proper biblical warrant is a grave sin. The question must therefore be formulated in terms of whether it is ever justifiable under any circumstances to sin, indeed to sin against an absolute prohibition of God Almighty. God’s sovereignty and providential care govern all things. Being perfect in holiness and righteousness, hating all sin, God will not place His creature in a situation in which sin would be approved or justified. To so affirm would be to make God the author of sin. If the intentional killing of an unborn child is sin, there is no special case, that could warrant its being committed.

It must be pointed out that there is a vast difference between the threat of death to the mother and the certain (intentional) death of the baby in the alleged special case for abortion. No man, trained physician or not, is able to say with 100% accuracy that a woman will definitely die because of a pregnancy. The woman’s life is not in her own hands or in the hands of her physician, but it rests in the hands of a loving, sovereign God, who is holy and righteous. We do not pretend to understand all that God does, nor would we imply that this is an easy question for one who must face it. Like other areas of the Christian walk, this calls for us to have a strong faith and trust in God to carry on a pregnancy in these circumstances." 1

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1. Presbyterian Church in America’s Report Of The Ad Interim Committee On Abortion, adopted in June, 1978. ©Committee for Christian Education and Publications).