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The spiritual armor described in Ephesians 6 provides two offensive weapons for the Christian — the word of God and prayer. If Christians are to overcome the spiritual forces driving abortion, as well as the other sins taking root in our nation, then we cannot neglect these two crucial duties.
Prayer is a powerful weapon because God is a real Person, the One who creates and sustains our very breath (Isaiah 42:5). Moreover He is a god who actually cares about the things that we ask of Him (Matthew 6:25-33, James 4:1-3). He doesn’t write us a blank check, so that we can spend His goodness on our own destructive pleasures; rather He is a good Father who gives to us the things that we actually need.
Above all, we need revival in this nation — a fresh outpuring of His Holy Spirit if we ever hope to see an end to abortion and the degradation of our nation. Consider making a commitment to pray regularly for our nation, for the children being slaughtered around us every day, and for the parents, that they might find the cross of Jesus Christ as their only refuge and salvation from sin and death.
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13)”
The second weapon given to Christians is the word of God. In the garden of Eden, Satan’s strategy to kill mankind was to plant a lie — to have us question God’s word — “Did God really say…” (Genesis 3:1). His strategies have not changed (John 8:44); he is killing our nation with a set of lies. Therefore to defeat the enemy we need to be followers of Jesus who know, trust and speak the truth of God’s word to this dying culture.
At the center of the Biblical narrative is the gospel (good news) message of forgiveness and hope that Jesus brought into our world (Hebrews 10:7). Abolitionists believe that abortion is sin, and the only answer to sin is the gospel. Therefore any strategy to fight abortion which does not ground itself in good news of Jesus Christ is doomed to failure.
To understand Jesus’ work in our world, and how His sacrifice relates to your life, you need to begin by understanding your relationship to God. Everyone reading this paragraph is a human being, and human beings are created “in the image of God,” basically meaning that we are designed to reflect the likeness and character of God to all of creation (Genesis 1:27-28). Early on however, we chose to rebel against God and believed Satan’s lie rather than God’s truth; as a result we fell into sin (disobedience) and death (1 Corinthians 15:21-22).
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-24)
God hates sin because it destroys everything that we were supposed to be, and it ultimately leads us to destroy the people around us, who are also created in the image of God. There is no greater example of this truth in our culture than abortion, where 30% of all women (and thus presumably men) will murder a child before the age of 45. Because God is perfectly just (He cares about and executes justice), He cannot allow sin to go unpunished; the punishment for sin is spiritual death in Hell for all of eternity (Matthew 18:8).
But the good news of Jesus Christ is that there is hope for the murderer. There is hope for the pornography addict. There is hope for the crotchety old religious person. There is hope for the wicked sinful people that we are. God so loved the world that He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ to live a sinless life, then die in our place so that we don’t have to. He took the penalty for our sin, then He rose from the grave to bring us back to life. (John 3:16-21, 1 Peter 2:24, 1 Corinthians 15:20-22)
That new life then begins to change us, from the inside out. Instead of being selfish and caring only about ourselves, we become a new creation that genuinely cares about God and the good of other people.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come…Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:17, 20)
Christians are nothing more than wicked people who have been forgiven and set free from the sin and death that once held us. Now we are ambassadors of Jesus Christ, sent into this dying world to share the love and forgiveness of God, and to warn others of the wrath to come.
If you don’t know Jesus, turn to Him and live! He is the most incredible man you will ever meet, and you will never regret the day that you trusted in what He did to save your life. If you want to know Him, check out Psalm 51; you can read it as a prayer for your own life. And let us know if you make a decision to follow Jesus — it would be a great encouragement to us; we can get you a Bible, and help you to navigate some of the challenges that often come to new believers.
On the other hand, if you want nothing to do with Jesus, that is entirely your decision. But understand that Jesus spoke about Hell far more than He spoke Heaven, and whether you believe in Him or not, you are still going to have to deal with the reality of what is coming.
“The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.” (Matthew 13:41-43)
As ambassadors of Jesus, we hold before you two choices — life and death. Your fate is not determined by how good you have been; as noted above, we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God. It is what you do with Jesus that determines whether you will inherit eternal life, or eternal death. Please, turn to Him today and live, while you still have time.
“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” (Psalm 34:8)
Theresa Cobb talks about her experience with abortion, and the grace of God that was poured out on her life as she came to know Jesus and to see abortion as He does.
The gospel is the only message that can solve the problem of abortion. Abortion is not a political football, a necessary evil, or an unfortunate decision that should be kept hidden for the sake of being nice. Abortion is sin, and the only answer to sin is the life, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our commitment to keeping the gospel central to our work is one of five core tenets that drive the work of abolition. Learn about the others below:
We affirm the five tenets of modern abolition put forward by the Abolitionist Society of Norman and the International Coalition of Abolitionist Societies. We believe that any movement against evil must be
We believe that scripture alone should be the foundation for everything we think, say and do as Christians (2 Tim 3:16-17, Acts 17:11); this is especially true for the practice of abolition. If the Bible is God’s revelation to man, and if the Bible is an account of what God is doing to abolish wickedness from our world, then any attempt we make to mirror our Father’s endeavor should reflect what we see Him do in that revelation. All five tenets of abolition are justified and grounded in the conviction that God’s word alone must be the foundation for everything we believe.
Two theological propositions in particular undergird every abolitionist movement in history. The first is that all human beings are made in the image of God (Gen 1:27, 9:6), and the second is that God Himself became a man to redeem man from his sins (Jn 1:14, Is 9:6). As anti-slavery abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison once stated, the image of God in man “is a death-blow to all claims of superiority, to all charges of inferiority, to all usurpation, to all oppressive dominion.”
Often Christian activists will exclude the gospel from their efforts because those they are engaging don’t believe in the Bible, and it is therefore concluded that they must be won by reason built on common ground. This however commits the Pretended Neutrality Fallacy, and ignores the biblical assertion that there is no common ground between the word of God and the wisdom of man (Matt 12:30, Jas 4:4, Luke 16:13).
We believe that the gospel is central to changing the hearts and minds of those in our culture. Abortion is sin, and the only answer to sin is repentance and a saving faith in the finished work of Christ. Those who want to leave the gospel out of the discussion are leaving out the cure; parents are sacrificing their children precisely because they do not have the gospel, and we aim to bring that truth as salt and light into conflict with the evil of our age.
If the cure for abortion and other evils is the gospel of Jesus Christ, then abolition can only be carried out by those to whom the gospel has been entrusted (Matt 28:19-20). The body of Christ alone is empowered to be salt and light in a dark world (Matt 5:13-16); we alone expose evil by our light (Eph 5:6-11); we alone destroy the ungodly thinking that defends evil (2 Cor 10:3-5); we alone can carry out the work of abolition.
We furthermore assert that abolition is the duty of every Christian. We reject the attractive yet poisonous idea that fighting social ills is a task given only to Christians with a special calling or gift. In the parable of the good Samaritan, Jesus calls all Christians to love their neighbors when they are downtrodden and oppressed, and we live in a nation that is full of the blood of innocent men, women and children. Any Christian today who is able and does not stand against the abortion holocaust, or sex-trafficking, or rape etc. in meaningful, practical, self-sacrificial ways is guilty of the same sin committed by the priest and the Levite in that story (Luke 10:25-37, Jas 2:14-17). Such was the case with many of us, but we have repented, and are now encouraging other Christians to do the same.
We demand the immediate and total abolition of abortion. Many activists will compromise with abortion so that laws which allegedly work toward its abolition can be passed (for example, allowing abortion in the case of rape). We however recognize that this practice is neither strategically sound nor consistently Christian. Compromise with sin breeds more sin (1 Cor 5:6). Throughout scripture, God never calls us to repent gradually, but requires a radical cutting off of our wickedness (Matt 5:23-30). Jesus did not tell sinners “from now on, sin less and less,” He told them, “from now on sin no more.” (John 8:11)
Certainly the Bible recognizes a process of gradual sanctification (2 Cor 3:18, Col 3:10, Phil 3:12), but it never lowers the standard by calling sinners to sin less. We are not saying that abolition will happen overnight; we are simply insisting that the standard we convey in our speech, actions and laws must always reflect the unflinching law of God.
Therefore, like the successful abolitionists of slavery, we reject the “popular but pernicious doctrine of gradual abolition” and instead recognize that immediatism is the only biblical response to entrenched evil. We reject fetal pain bills, rape exceptions, laws against partial birth abortion etc. that compromise with evil and educate the culture with an unbiblical standard of law. Bad ideas produce bad fruit; therefore we reject any legislation which presents an alternate standard of right and wrong – even if only intended to be temporary – and endorse only those laws which mirror the standard of God as defined in scripture.
We therefore also affirm the Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrate, that God’s law is to be of greater authority in our lives than man’s law. This idea once served as the bedrock of American jurisprudence, but has been slowly undermined and must now be restored. We recognize that all authority is given by God (Dan 2:20-21), and that insofar as a ruler submits to God’s law, we as Christians are to submit to that ruler (Rom 13:1-7). However when a ruler rebels against God’s law, we recognize that in that matter we are not called to compromise, but are instead called to disobey his rule and submit to God’s authority (Dan 3:14-18, 6:10). Lesser magistrates serving under wicked tyrants must resist their wickedness to rein in their tyranny, and we the people must support those who make such a stand.
As reflected throughout these tenets, we rely on the providence of God, not the pragmatism of man. Our beliefs flow from scripture, so they will seem foolish to worldly thinkers. However, we recognize that “the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men,” (1 Cor 1:25) and we seek to conquer evil by His wisdom and strength, not by our own (Ps 20:7).
Worldly Christians discard the gospel, preferring to meet unbelievers on their own terms using their own wisdom; we rely on God’s solution to sin, the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Worldly Christians join with unbelievers who are opposed to abortion so that they can have greater numbers; we recognize that our God doesn’t care about numbers (Jdg 7), that there can be no union between light and darkness, and that the worldview held by unbelievers is the very thing which makes abortion acceptable in the first place. Worldly Christians will compromise with evil, falling for the lie that sin can be regulated into gradual submission; we fall on our knees before the living God in repentance, and call our nation to immediately do the same.
Our trust for victory is solely in God. We may be personally defeated, but our principles never. Truth, justice, reason and humanity must and will gloriously triumph as we stand on God’s Word by the power of His Holy Spirit.
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When the word of God is dwelling within a heart that is full of the Spirit, that should produce a certain kind of “fruit” in our lives (John 15, Galatians 5:19-25). We should look and act differently from the unbelieving world around us. Chief among the fruit of the Spirit is love (1 Corinthians 13) — love for God, and love for the people around us.
And one of them, a lawyer, asked [Jesus] a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:35-40)
The Bible contains many commandments that define what God expects from believers — what the fruit of the Spirit should look like in different circumstances. In the passage above however, Jesus tells us that all such commandments flow from the commandment to love. When Jesus was asked to clarify what loving a neighbor looks like, He responded by telling a story known as the Parable of the Good Samaritan.
And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
[Jesus] said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?”
And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
“But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’
“Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?”
He said, “The one who showed him mercy.”
And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.” (Luke 10:25-37)
In this story, Jesus describes a man who was left dying on the side of the road. Rather than help him, the religious people of his day ignored his plight, and instead passed by on the other side of the road.
This is very similar to the religious culture of America today. We are a nation filled with iniquity — women are routinely raped and sex-trafficked, and children are slaughtered by the millions. In Pennsylvania alone, over 30,000 children are murdered every year. That is the equivalent of ten 9/11 terrorist attacks in one state in one year; across the U.S. as a whole, it amounts to over 300 such attacks per year.
Yet we Christians are content to pass on by these people, doing precious little to help our neighbors lying abandoned on the side of the road. We spend our time going to Christian concerts, reading Christian books, going to Christian Bible studies, eating together at Christian fellowship meals etc. None of these things are bad; however so often we are failing to do the most central thing that Jesus asks of us — to love one another, self-sacrificially. The good Samaritan made a sacrifice to show practical compassion to a complete stranger, and we are told to do likewise.
So if you are a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, we would ask you to seriously, prayerfully consider whether or not you are living consistently with the greatest commandment that He has given to us. Are you loving your downtrodden neighbor self-sacrificially, or are you passing him by on the other side of the road? We abolitionists have asked ourselves this same question, and many found themselves falling short. But that is why Jesus died on a cross, so that there can be forgiveness for our sin and disobedience. If this is an area where you too are falling short, we would invite you to repent with us, to start actively seeking justice for those being oppressed and destroyed all around us.
Here are a few simple ways you can begin:
Thank you again for signing this petition to end abortion in Pennsylvania. God bless!
Abolitionists of Pennsylvania