Is the Bible silent on abortion? It appears that way because so many Protestant churches are and these protestant churches may be because the leadership has been. What a sin of omission. Years ago Dr. R. C. Sproul of Ligonier Ministries prepared a series of video lectures as educational materials for churches to instruct members about the serious ethical and moral implications of abortion. These materials tried to encourage churches to be more proactive in protesting abortion by engaging the culture in which they resided. The result was that the vast majority of pastors refused to teach this because of their fear of dividing the church. These pastors responded by saying that they would “divide their churches.” Dr. Sproul said “What could be a greater evil than such a division [than] remaining silent on the most ethical issue that the United States has ever faced?” (Tabletalk Magazine, April, 2013, p 26). At least the Catholic Church is stronger in their Pro-life stance and I thank God that at least they are. For more on what you can do as a pro-life advocate, visit the National Right to Life organization.
Dr. Sproul rightly said that “The principle reason for the existence of any government is to maintain, sustain, and protect the sanctity of human life…and it is the sacred duty of the church and every Christian to oppose [abortion]” (p 27). In this same magazine, Dr. Randy Alcorn quoted a study by David Reardon and associates in the book Victims and Victors where the accounts of 192 women who experienced pregnancy due to a rape. Ninety percent of the victims said they would discourage over victims of sexual violations from having an abortion but not even one who gave birth to the child regretted having done so. Dr. Alcorn stated that “Imposing capital punishment on the innocent child of a sex offender does nothing to the rapist and nothing good to the woman. Creating a second victim never undoes the first. Abortion does not bring healing to the rape victim” (p 25).
Scriptures are clear that God sees us as fully human, even while still in the womb:
Psalm 139:14-16 “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”
What is called an “unformed substance” could be called an embryo or even a zygote where the egg and the sperm are joined together. Even before we were born God has said that every one our days were “written” in His book.
What used to be one the safest places on earth for a baby, a mother’s womb, is now one of the most deadliest. The danger comes not from within but from without. The fact that the baby has his or her own unique DNA indicates that this is a unique and individual person. She or he is fully human and God sees this as a person not a mass of tissue. Are believers not called to “defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed? Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked” (Psalm 82:3-4).
Scientifically it is inaccurate to say that a human embryo or fetus is not human only because he or she is not yet fully developed or born. This is like saying that a toddler or an infant is less than human because they are not yet an adult. Dr. Alcorn asked, “Does someone become more human as he gets bigger?” If this is true, then an adult is more human than a child or a 6’ 5” linebacker is more human than an office worker. Does our right to live increase with age and size? Certainly not! The late President Ronald Reagan once said that “I notice that everyone who supports abortion has already been born.” Given the fact that you are reading this, you should thank your mother that she didn’t have an abortion and those who support abortion should thank their mothers that they didn’t! God has said that “hands that shed innocent blood” are an abomination to Him (Prov 6:16).
Jeremiah writes that “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations” (Jer 1:5). Paul was called by name even before he was born, writing that “God, who set me apart from my mother's womb and called me by his grace” (Gal 1:15). Even Isaiah wrote that “Before I was born the LORD called me; from my mother's womb he has spoken my name” (Isaiah 49:1) and that “he who formed me in the womb to be his servant” (Isaiah 49:5).
God thundered out His command, “Thou shall not murder” as one of His eternal commandments because He knows that there is a sanctity in life and only He has power over life and death. We are Jesus’ sheep and we will all have to give an account of our lives someday. Are we, His sheep, to remain silent on such a titanic issue? Yet studies indicate that a great number of professing Christians support a woman’s right to take the life of an unborn child. How can we reconcile this since God is pro-life? This is nothing less than a slaughter of innocent lambs. Like Abel’s blood cried out to God so too does the blood of these innocent ones. I do not call it pro-choice for the babies have no choice. It is pro-abortion, not pro-choice.
When we take innocent lives, we usurp only what God has the right to do. Over 50 million babies have died as innocent victims since Roe V Wade was decided in 1973. The number of babies killed each year exceeds those who have been killed in all of the wars in America’s history, combined! This amounts to over 3,000 deaths in the womb every single day. In New York City alone, 41% of all pregnancies ended in abortion. God help our nation to repent of this infanticide. If God did not withhold His judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah, how much more could He not fail to judge a nation that is killing babies in the womb? Just as a man, whatever a nation sows, shall they also reap. God help us all.
Jack Wellman is Senior Writer at What Christians Want to Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible.