Monday, September 18, 2006
Why Post Abortion Support is Unbiblical
A man tormented by the guilt of murder will be a fugitive till death; let no one support him. Proverbs 28:17
It is God, not us ourselves or our "feelings" which determines what is right and what is wrong. God has not left us to decide about the morality of murdering an innocent person. It is no secret. There can be no doubt. God has declared in His commandments Thou Shall Not Murder. Murder an innocent person, which includes perhaps most especially the murder of pre-born children (who are of all people the MOST innocent and blameless), is NOT right, it is wrong. Always. Abortion is not simply a 'decision' or a 'choice' or a 'mistake,' killing a baby is a violent act of aggression. It is sin. All religions of the world forbid the shedding of innocent blood with the exception of one. Satanism. Satan requires the sacrifice of infants.
The Bible makes it clear that God has been so kind as to place His holy law in the hearts of men and women. Rom 2:15 declares: "Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another ..." and Rom 1:20 explains: "For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse ..." Thus, we may conclude that mothers who murder their children by abortion are without excuse before God and men. Mothers hear the voice of their God-given conscience before and after they butcher their young. In fact, the word conscience means "with knowledge". Aborting women kill their babies with knowledge that it is wrong. Every woman who murders her child does so with keen intention and malice and forethought in a blatant and grievous violation of God's Law. God is gracious to warn those who murder innocent people what will become of them. They will NOT be allowed into heaven. A place is reserved for them in the lake of fire in hell with the devil. (See Rev. 21:8 & 22:15)
Here at Sanctuary Ministries we believe that we have been commissioned by Christ to provide a holy witness to abortion-bound women and their children. We take His charge very seriously. God has given us the option to seek Him as to whether we must continue to engage the murdering woman who has already slain her innocent baby. (Although we recognize that at least half of the aborting women we counsel have already killed one or more children.) God also prescribes for us the manner in which we are to engage the murderer. One of the very clearest biblical mandates for how to treat a murderer is Proverbs 28:17 (at the top of the page) in which the Word of God expresses the recommendation that no one should support a person who is guilty of murder. In a powerful commentary on this passage of Scripture the respected Bible expositor Matthew Henry explains:
"The murderer shall be haunted with terrors. None shall desire to save him from deserved punishment, nor pity him."
Henry also notes:
"What continual frights those are subject to that go on in wicked ways. Guilt in the conscience makes men a terror to themselves, so that they are ready to flee when none pursues; like one that absconds for debt, who thinks every one he meets a bailiff. Though they pretend to be easy, there are secret fears which haunt them wherever they go, so that they fear where no present or imminent danger is, Ps. 53:5.
Those that have made God their enemy, and know it, cannot but see the whole creation at war with them, and therefore can have no true enjoyment of themselves, no confidence, no courage, but a fearful looking for of judgment. Sin makes men cowards."
In Proverbs 28:17 we are clearly instructed NOT TO SUPPORT the murdering mother, who is only a fugitive from justice in this life, for she will pay dearly for her sin in the life and death to come. God desires that we allow the God-given conscience (and in the case of murdering mothers, the maternal instinct, which is also a divine and holy gift of His grace) to do its work of reproving of sin and accusing the woman who kills of her mean offense toward God and her little one. As Christians we are often strangely tempted to pity the woman who has murdered her son or daughter. I use the word tempted purposely and particularly because I believe that it is the diabolical temptation of the forces of darkness that oppose God, namely the world, the flesh & the devil, which teach and condition us to comfort the mother who kills. This patronizing post-abortion support can and often does result in our consoling and comforting the murderer (typical humanistic therapeutic response) rather than agreeing with God and the voice of her conscience and warning her to flee from her sin and the wrath to come by calling her to genuine biblical repentance and a life of holiness unto God. Warning an abortive woman, before and after the murder of her child (or children) is the biblical response. According to II Chronicles 19:10 many passages in Ezekiel 3: 33, God WARNS US that if we FAIL to warn the murdering mother, we are guilty of the blood of that woman and her child OURSELVES. I feel that this is so important and essential to communicate because God will judge us according to how well we obey His commands. The blood of those who are perishing will be on our hands if we FAIL in our duty to warn. We must not be derelict. We must not disobey. We must not commiserate the murdering mothers. We must warn them.
It is helpful to remember that the mother's sin of murdering her baby is never abiding alone in the child-killer. The woman who plans and executes her baby is usually (but not always) involved in the habitual sin of fornication, and sexual immorality is a very serious transgression of the Law. No fornicator shall inherit the kingdom of heaven! Many abortive women are adulterers as well. Add to that the use of drugs, lying, stealing, dishonoring parents, cursing the Lord, etc, she is a worker of iniquity, a lawbreaker. LOST and hell-bent on pursuing her own pleasure with little or no thoughts for others or for God. Women who murder their babies are self-seeking, self-gratifying and self-indulgent. They are sinners through and through. [It is interesting to note that the same is true of those who work in the abortion killing business, but there doesn't appear to be as much sympathy for them in the Christian community.] It seems obvious to Christians (and even to society) that one shouldn't console or comfort a person who does crack or molests children. We understand that it is good and right and healthy for shame to be associated with and attached to the perpetrator. Indeed, in violation of the law, citizens who are uncovered as having been involved in these activities would be arrested and charged with a crime. All would agree that it is just for them and good for the community if they are penalized and required to "do their time".
God speaks to us through the light of His Law. When well-meaning Christians support women who have murdered their babies, they are fulfilling the old adage "killing them with kindness". I am afraid that it is true in this case that "the road to hell is paved with good intentions". It is more than mere folly to palliate or extenuate the sin of murdering an innocent child by offering the murdering mother such commonly heard platitudes as: "You did what you thought was right" "You did the best you knew under the circumstances and the pressures you were under" "Don't blame yourself" "We know you are grieving." "You are already forgiven" "I love you" and even "Jesus loves you." When I hear those things come from the lips of Christians and extended to women who have murdered their precious, voiceless, helpless infant, I literally shudder. It is so near to excusing and even justifying the sin of child-murder that I fear for these hapless Christians. Words like that dismiss and dishonor the humanity of the child who suffered and died, and they dishonor and, even more importantly, they misrepresent God. In his commentary on Pro 28:4, which teaches: "They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them" our friend and brother Matthew Henry notes:
Those that praise the wicked make it to appear that they do themselves forsake the law, and go contrary to it, for that curses and condemns the wicked. Wicked people will speak well of one another, and so strengthen each others hands in their wicked ways, hoping thereby to silence the clamour of their own consciences and to serve the interests of the devil's kingdom, which is not done by any thing so effectually as by keeping vice in reputation. 2. Those that do indeed make conscience of the law of God themselves will, in their places, vigorously oppose sin, and bear their testimony against it, and do what they can to shame and suppress it. They will reprove the works of darkness, and silence the excuses which are made for those works, and do what they can to bring gross offenders to punishment, that others may hear and fear.
Most women who murder their babies quickly go on to do what most unrepentant sinners do, they recommend child-murder to other mothers! This evil behavior is perfectly described by God in Romans 1:32: "Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them." Willful rebellion and lawlessness will lead to the invocation of more wrath being stored up for her in the day of judgment and lead to a further hardening of the heart and the conscience. But by the behavior of Christians one would think that the murdering mother has somehow earned MORE pity from God instead of greater punishment. In addition, it appears that Christians think that somehow these murderers will be a exception to the biblical description of the result of sin and rather than go on to become more callous to murder that they will be extremely sensitive to the wrongdoing of murder. According to God, that thinking is BACKWARDS. Sin has the opposite affect on the one who sins than Christians who pity women who murder seem to think. Murdering a baby makes many women HARDER toward their future children and the children of others. It also makes them more casual about other kinds of sin.
There is something called holy caution and it's benefits are great. It is our privilege and honor to WARN women who murder their infants so that they might FEAR the Lord and experience the beginning of wisdom. While one would be "tempted" (there's that word again) to believe that you can make a murderous mother "happy" by consoling her, it is, in fact, the opposite. Henry observes: "Happy is the man who always keeps up in his mind a holy awe and reverence of God, his glory, goodness, and government, who is always afraid of offending God and incurring his displeasure, who keeps conscience tender and has a dread of the appearance of evil ..." The truth is, God is not concerned that we are happy or that murdering mothers are happy. He wants to make us HOLY! When Christians placate women who murder their children by verbally "hugging" them, they are actually doing the opposite of what they intend. They add to the danger of the woman's soul by helping her to build an altar to HERSELF, which is one of sinful presumption. This can and often does serve to harden her heart, mock her just fear of God and defy the judgment of God. This presumption will be her ruin. After these well-meaning Christians (not to mention their unbelieving friends and family) have lavished the murdering mother with pity and consolation, many of these women will experience a self-satisfying contentment that " all is well" and even more than well, for all the attention they are getting. I have even met women who bought themselves gifts of consolation and reward (jewelry, massages, a new outfit) to remember the "difficulties" of the experience of murdering their babies. "Be good to yourself", they hear from Christians and tell themselves and one another. "After all, you've been through so much. Pamper yourself. You deserve it after such an ordeal!" To illustrate this phenomenon to the extreme some women who murder their babies are even purchasing "abortion dolls". These are little miniature likenesses to babies at different stages of gestation. Both women who are planning the murder of their babies AND women who have already murdered their child by abortion are buying a doll that matches the gestation of their own victims to have a memento of their experience of slaughtering. They enshrine the experience of murdering their baby! In fact, you will have no trouble finding voices of post-abortive women who call killing an infant a "woman's sacrament". Indeed the devil would agree. Abortion is a sacrament of Satan.
What is the biblical, holy response to the women who murder their babies? Do not pity the murderer. Do not offer her condolences. She hired an assassin to shed the innocent blood of her child, for heaven's sake! She violated her God-given conscience, which spoke the holy Law to her. If God brought Christians into her path to reach out to help her and give her holy counsel BEFORE she murdered her baby, she is DOUBLY guilty. And do not forget ADOPTION! Randy Alcorn wisely noted that "There is no such thing as an unwanted child. Only unwanting adults." The murdered child is a wanted child. Every single woman who plans and executes her son or daughter REFUSED to allow any of the thousands of couples who wanted her baby to become his loving, forever parents.
What the murdering mom did was indefensible and she is without excuse.
Proverbs 28:17 warns us NOT to comfort, aid or abet the murdering mother. Matthew Henry explains:
This agrees with that ancient law, Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed (Gen. 9:6), and proclaims, 1. The doom of the shedder of blood. He that has committed murder, though he flees for his life, shall be continually haunted with terrors, shall himself flee to the pit, betray himself, and torment himself, like Cain, who, when he had killed his brother, became a fugitive and a vagabond, and trembled continually. 2. The duty of the avenger of blood, whether the magistrate or the next of kin, or whoever are concerned in making inquisition for blood, let them be close and vigorous in the prosecution, and let it not be bought off. Those that acquit the murderer, or do any thing to help him off, come in sharers in the guilt of blood; nor can the land be purged from blood but by the blood of him that shed it, Num. 35:33.
But, you say " What if the woman 'feels sorry'? What if she is 'feeling guilty'? My friends, the mother who has murdered her infant SHOULD feel sorry! Do not rush to relieve her! Like all murderers, the woman who has hacked her own son or daughter to death or had him pulled whole or delivered alive into a toilet IS GUILTY, so she SHOULD feel guilty because she IS GUILTY! Her guilt is legitimate and healthy! Please, do not make the mistake of presuming that because she is feeling "sorry" that the murdering mother is genuinely repentant. The Bible describes a counterfeit repentance. There is a sorrow that is worldly (self-pity) which leads to death which II Corinthians 7:10 speaks of: "For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death." In my first-hand observations of thousands of aborting and post-abortive women each year for over 14 years, "worldly sorrow" affects as many as half of the women who kill their babies to at least some degree. (The rest of the women are "glad" and even "exhilirated" and feel "empowered" by the murder of their infant.) The ones who feel "sorry" usually only express this in a temporary and self-serving way. This is made plain and obvious and proven by the fact that studies of post abortive women (from several years ago) revealed that half the women who kill one child by abortion go on to kill other children. [Note: By my own personal face-to-face inquiries of aborting women I believe that far more than half kill again and that more women are having multiple abortions in America now than any other time in history. We may yet catch up to the Russian women who murder their babies more than any other mothers in the world.] I cannot help but wonder ... How long will the Christian community and post-abortion ministries continue saying the same inane secular humanistic therapeutic things to aborting women and still expect different results?
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 1:7 (see also Ps 111:10, Pr. 9:10)
How long will we be fools ourselves and bring foolishness instead of fear to the women who kill their babies? We must forsake our rebellion and do what God requires! Warn murdering mothers!
Women who murder their babies certainly need to hear the biblical gospel, and be warned to " Repent or perish ". May you hear His voice clearly and respond in obedience, experiencing the fear of the Lord and harkening to the strict instructions of God in reaching those murdering mothers are perishing while it is still day. May you and thousands of those you engage with the gospel live to praise Him with their lips and their life both now and forevermore.
Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust. Psalm 40:4
True and False Repentance by Charles G. Finney
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