- Socially acceptable, but biblically wrong.
- Follows tradition instead of Truth.
The problem is not really the problem.
- The problem:
- We don’t believe the Bible.
- We don’t know the Bible.
- We believe we are smarter than the Bible. Genesis 3:4-6, NKJV
Most of our problems are spiritual problems.
Romans 13:1, NKJV; Proverbs 29:2, NKJV; Proverbs 31:8-9, NIV
- The main reason we have so many spiritual problems is because we don’t have an Ultimate Authority.
- With no ultimate authority, it results in no authority and everyone does what is right in their own eyes. Proverbs 26:12, NKJV; Judges 17:6, KJV; Deuteronomy 12:8, KJV; Proverbs 4:12, NKVJ
God’s Word has to be the Ultimate Authority or there will be no real authority.
- When there is no ultimate authority we have chaos and confusion. 1 Corinthians 14:32-33, NKJV
- Let what God’s Word says about the matter, settle the matter. 2 Timothy 3:16, NKJV; MSG
How to respond to those who disagree with us? 2 Timothy 2:25-26, NLT2; NKJV
How to respond to those who have had an abortion? Remember God’s Word (Ultimate Authority) Micah 7:19, NKJV; Philippians 3:13-14, NCV; Philippians 3:13, TEV; 1 John 1:9, NKJV; Psalm 103:12, NCV
How did this wrong view of abortion come about? Proverbs 29:2, NKJV
- The government is only a reflection of the people.
Romans 1:21-27, NCV; Romans 1:24, KJV; Romans 1:26, KJV; Romans 1:27, NCV
- All sin starts when men and women think they are smarter than God.
What the Bible says about abortion; What the Bible really says about life.
Psalm 139:13-16, NIV; Jeremiah 1:5, NIV; Luke 1:41, NIV; Genesis 25:22-26, NLT2
What are we to do?
- We are to show mercy gentleness, and kindness to those who have had abortions.
- Teach the truth to our own families and church families.
- Get involved in changing the laws or making a stand for the right laws.
“In him [Jesus Christ} we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” Ephesians 1:7
No one can honestly deny the devastation caused by abortion on demand. It is a serious thing to choose to take another human life, especially when that person is your own flesh and blood.
True, some argue that a fetus isn’t a person until birth occurs. However, Scripture suggest the opposite – that life begins at conception. The biblical account of Jesus’ conception, period of gestation, and birth certainly give credence to that: “You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus” (Luke 1:31).
Add to that the statement made about Elizabeth in the same chapter: “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb” (Luke 1:41). Notice that it doesn’t say, “the fetus leaped in her womb,” or “a blob of tissue leaped in her womb.” It says, “the baby leaped” for joy.
Some forty times Scripture refers to conception as the genesis of life in the womb of the mother.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful; I know that full well. 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, your eyes saw my unformed body. (Psalm 139:13-16a, emphasis added)
Probably the most conclusive Scripture on this subject comes in God’s remarks to Jeremiah, the prophet: “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart.” (Jeremiah 1:5, emphasis added).
The Lord unequivocally states that Jeremiah was Jeremiah long before birth. God knew exactly who he would be from the start. He was a person long before God finished fashioning his body.
How can anyone read such verses and not believe that life begins at conception? Thus, to abort a baby on demand is to take a life. From the first few pages of Genesis on, Scripture teaches that life is precious to God. The Lord commands us to respect its sanctity. Indeed, “Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children are a reward from him.” (Psalm 127:3)
If you have read this far, you may be saying, “I know, I know…abortion is murder, abortion is sin. My heart grieves within me over the evil I’ve done. But does this mean I’m condemned the rest of my life because I had an abortion or was a party to someone else’s abortion?”
In His abundant grace, God says, “No, my child. Not only does My grace and mercy cover your sin, but I also want to give you My strength to get on with your life. Today I want to liberate you from the guilt Satan is using against you.”
COUNSEL FROM GOD’S WORD
- Understand that God isn’t ‘picky’ with His pardon.
Nowhere in Scripture does it say God has a sin manual at His fingertips, which classifies some sins as wicked and others as terrible, horrible, or just plain bad. No, sin is sin in the eyes of God. But His grace covers a multitude of transgressions. While the consequences may vary from sin to sin, the guilt that comes from, say, coveting doesn’t differ from the guilt of lying, stealing, or unrighteous anger.
God’s promise makes no distinction when He says:
“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. (Isaiah 1:18b)
- Understand the true nature of a loving God.
While God has established the standard by which He intends us to live, He also is loving and patient. In giving thanks for the boundless depths of God’s love, the psalmist says: “For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.” (Psalm 57:10)
The psalmist also reminds us:
“The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding
in love. He will not always accuse; nor will he harbor his anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according
to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so
great is his love for those who fear him.” (Psalm 103:8-11)
In our depravity, as members of a fallen race, you and I are capable of heinous crimes and sin. But no
matter how low we stoop, how horribly we sin, our sin will never be greater than God’s grace.
The apostle Paul put it this way, “But where sin increased, grace increased all the more.”
(Romans 5:20) That promise isn’t intended to be a “license” for us to go out and see how much we can sin, so God can use His endless supply of grace. It is intended to reassure you and me that when we fail, do something foolish, or fall into the worst sin we can think of, there is an inexhaustible supply of divine grace to cover our sin.
- Remember, God has forgotten your past sins and He wants you to forget them, too.
We used to sing a chorus years ago that went like this.
Gone, gone, gone, gone, all my sins are gone,
Now my soul is free and in my heart’s, a song,
Buried in the deepest sea,
yes, that’s good enough for me
I shall live eternally, praise God –
my sins are gone!
The prophet, addressing God, makes this great affirmation:
“You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins under-
foot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.” Micah 7:19
What a promise! You can lay hold of it and believe it! God has removed our guilt and no longer sees our many sins. The psalmist says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12)
Paul put it into good perspective: “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on.” (Philippians 3:13b-14a)
If God says you’re forgiven, and He has agreed never to bring up that sin again, then believe him – you are forgiven! If He won’t bring up the sin, why should we? To do so is to doubt His Word.
God would have you now minister to others anguishing over the same guilt you once experienced. Because of what the Lord has done in your life, you’re in a unique position. Study God’s Word and make yourself available to help others.
More biblical counsel
1 John 1:7-9