The following are notes from what was discussed at our first abolitionist meeting:
The Biblical Mandate for Abolition
Defending foundational doctrine.
Denying the humanity of the unborn undercuts the very foundation of what we believe.
We are made in the image of God. Abortion attacks that image.
2.) The incarnation of Christ
It denies the truth of the incarnation of Christ. Matthew 1:18 says that Mary was “found to be with child of the Holy Spirit” and an angel later informed Joseph in Matthew 1:20 “that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.” This was all in reference to Jesus before His birth. There was no distinction between before and after birth in reference to both His humanity and His Deity. When God became a man; when the Word became flesh, God was a fertilized egg, a blastocyst, an embryo, a fetus and then a newborn baby. Denying the humanity of any child before birth is to own a heretical view of the Gospel.
The Great Commission
We are to go make disciples, and teach them to observe everything that God has commanded (Matthew 28: 19-20). If we are not teaching those that come to Christ to observe what He taught, we are not fulfilling the Great Commission. When the Guttmacher Institute reports that “Thirty-seven percent of women obtaining abortions identify as Protestant and 28% as Catholic”, there is something seriously wrong in our churches. We have failed miserably in carrying out the Great Commission when people flippantly claim the name of Christ and feel completely justified in killing their own children. We have not made disciples at all.
The value of human life
Since we have already established that God sees the unborn as fully human, we will refer to His view in regards to the value of human life. There is no difference in terminology or value assigned to a child before and after birth so all references regarding the value of human life apply equally to the unborn. So, does God make a distinction in intrinsic value between one person and another? More specifically, does He place less value on those who are smaller, weaker, sicker, less able or more dependent and greater value on those who are bigger, stronger, healthier, etc? No, He doesn’t. In fact, in regards to compassion and assistance, the biblical view is exactly the opposite. We all are made in God’s image, but as demonstrated in the life of Jesus, God has a special compassion for those who are the youngest and weakest among us. He healed the sick and disabled, demonstrating many times over His desire to strengthen and protect the weak, not destroy them. When both the Pharisees and His own disciples pushed children and babies aside, Jesus puts them in a place of prominence. He says to let the children come to Him “for of such is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:13-15, Mark 10:13-16) and that someone receiving a little child in His name, receives Him (Mark 9:36-37). In Matthew 21:16, Jesus quotes Psalms 8:2 “out of the mouths of babes and nursing infants, You have perfected praise.” In Mark 9:42 and Luke 17:1-2, Jesus says that if someone offends a little one, it would be better for him if a millstone were tied to his neck and he were thrown into the sea. It seems that God has great interest in protecting the young and is quite vengeful against those who would harm them. Viewing an unborn child as less valuable, unwanted, or disposable completely contradicts the view God has of them.
Children and conception are a gift from God
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward.Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth.Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.
Genesis 49:25 (NKJV)
By the God of your father who will help you, And by the Almighty who will bless you With blessings of heaven above, Blessings of the deep that lies beneath, Blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
A child, conception in particular, is a gift from God. Abortion rejects and destroys what God deems a gift and reward.
Ignorance or lack of personal offense is no excuse
In Joshua chapter 7, God was angry at the entire nation of Israel for one man’s sin, even when no one else knew of his sin. We cannot claim ignorance to escape judgment. If we are continually seeking God, He will show us who is responsible for the sin that we are all charged with. If the righteous do not seek out and get rid of the sin among them, God holds them all accountable. We are all guilty if we allow sin to continue and do nothing about it. If God punishes a whole nation for the unknown sin of one man, then how much more in danger are we when we know that abortion happens all the time and we do nothing to stop it?
God’s view on justifying abortion
He who justifies the wicked and he condemns the just, Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.
Many parents, doctors, politicians and even professing Christians allow for circumstances where killing an unborn child in justifiable. In doing so, they allow for a child who has not committed a crime deserving of death to be executed by live dismemberment. God calls this an abomination.