Sanctity of Life: Sermon
sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons. They shed innocent blood,
the blood of their sons and daughters ...the land was desecrated by their blood.
Abortion is a modern equivalent
of child sacrifice. The births of both Moses and Jesus were accompanied by a massive
slaughter of the innocent. Both the Old and New Testaments record widespread infanticide
being unleashed in attempts to eradicate the people of God.
Just as Gods
people opposed Pharaohs decree to murder new-born boys in Egypt (Exodus
1:15-22), so we need to protect pre-born babies from abortion today. Just as King
Herod sought to kill the babies in Bethlehem (Matt. 2:16), so abortionists are
attempting to butcher babies today.
The most dangerous place in the world
is not Bosnia, Somalia, Sudan or the Congo. The most dangerous place in the world
is the womb. Pre-born babies are being killed in their mothers wombs at
a greater rate than any other section of society. The mortality rate for pre-born
babies varies from one in four to one in three.
A growing number of Christians
worldwide are coming to recognise the abortion holocaust as the greatest crime
being committed in the world today. It is an urgent priority for the Church to
expose, oppose and end this war against children made in the image of God.
is a Matter of Life and Death
The sanctity of human life
is an essential article of the Christian Faith. The Bible makes it clear that
life begins at conception (Psalm 139:13-16; Isaiah 44:2; Jeremiah 1:5; Luke 1:41).
The unborn baby is then genetically, physiologically and organically, a distinct
person. At that moment life begins. At about three weeks after conception the
babys heart beat can be detected. Six weeks after conception, the baby has
its own life-long brain wave.
If the absence of a brain wave is considered
a sign of death, why then is the presence of this brain wave not accepted as a
confirmation of life? Birth is not a magical act that turns a non-human into a
person. Birth is only a change in environment for a life that began many months
before. Every abortion stops a beating heart. Every abortion ends a brain wave.
Every abortion is the murder of a helpless and innocent human being.
is a Matter of Logic
It is of the utmost hypocrisy for
us to denounce the atrocities committed under apartheid, or to condemn those who
stood by and allowed the Nazi and Communist holocausts to be perpetrated
if we allow the abortion holocaust to continue in our own country. How incredible
that South Africa has replaced apartheid with abortion!
In the name of
Human Rights, pro-choicers are depriving pre-born babies of the right
to life. Instead of discrimination based upon race, we now have discrimination
based upon age. Can we condemn discrimination based on race, while allowing discrimination
based on age?
Of what worth is human dignity if babies are denied the right
to life? The right to life of pre-born babies is one of the most urgent and important
issues confronting society today (Matt. 18:5, 10, 14; Isaiah 44:24; 49:15).
kind of convoluted logic and mental gymnastics can interpret the right of
life clause in the Constitution to protect guilty murderers from execution,
but not prevent innocent babies from receiving the death penalty through abortion?
If the right to life of the most helpless and innocent members of society
pre-born babies is not upheld then the Bill of Rights is a worthless
piece of paper. A society that is capable of burning, smothering, poisoning or
dismembering little babies deserves the wrath of God.
How is it possible
that a highly trained and experienced judge - after careful deliberation of all
the evidences and arguments, presented by both prosecution and defence, in the
calm, objective environment of a court of law - cannot choose to impose the death
sentence upon a duly convicted murderer. Yet a young teenager without the
permission of her parents can make an emotional and spur of the moment
choice to have her innocent unborn baby killed through abortion! A tragic decision
she may regret for the rest of her life. The parents do not even need to be informed
after the fact!
It is also illogical that the mother of an illegitimate
baby must now obtain the consent of the father before the child can be adopted;
but a married mother can have an abortion without her husbands consent...
or even knowledge!
By making the murder of pre-born babies legal, easy
and taxpayer funded, the Choice of Termination of Pregancy Bill defies
It is a Matter of Love
heart of Christianity is love. Love for God and love for our neighbour (Mark 12:30-31).
The golden rule by which all believers must live is:
do to others what you would have them do to you . . . Matthew 7:12
you as a mother would not like to be attacked and torn to pieces - then dont
allow it to be done to your baby. If you as a doctor would not like to be poisoned
to death - then dont do it to a baby. If you as a member of Parliament would
not like to be snatched from your home and dismembered - then dont legalise
and finance such violence against babies: do to others what you would
have them do to you.
If we do not stand up and oppose the legalised
killing of babies by abortion then the blood of those innocent children will be
upon our heads (Ezekiel 33:1-6).
Christians must love their neighbour -
and this includes our pre-born neighbours. Caring for the fatherless, protecting
the helpless, defending the innocent and speaking up for the voiceless is true
Christian love in action.
Rescue those being led away to death;
hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, But we knew nothing
about this, does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not He who
guards your life know it? Will not He repay each one according to what he has
done? Proverbs 24:11-12
South Africa needs to rebuild respect
for life. Everyone is made in the image of God and has the right to life - irrespective
of their degrees of awareness, health or development. Everyone has been endowed
by the Creator with the right to enjoy and defend life and liberty.
evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts... let justice roll on like a
river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! Amos 5:15,24
Atrocity Aided by Apathy
It has been said that every abortion
clinic (abortuary) could hang a sign outside declaring:
abortion clinic is open by the implied consent of the local church.
person put it this way:
Satan is counting on each of
us in the coming year to mind our own business while he gets away with murder.
He is counting on us to be more concerned with our comforts, conveniences, and
prosperity than with the lives of helpless babes. He is counting on us to make
excuses for why we should not get involved in social or political
issues. He is counting on us to say we oppose abortion and then to fold our arms,
while our actions lag far behind our rhetoric. He is counting on us to stay out
of his way.
All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good people
to do . . . nothing.
Sanctity Life Sunday
strategic focus of this right to life campaign is Sanctity Life Sunday. The closest
Sunday to 1 February has been selected as it is the closest Sunday to the anniversary
of the legalisation of abortion in South Africa (1 February 1997).
goal is to have most pastors in South Africa preach on what the Bible teaches
on the subject of abortion on the 30th January. Sanctity Life Sunday should be
a solemn and serious day as we reflect on our Christian responsibility to deal
with the ugly reality of abortion in our society. It should be a national day
of repentance for the national sin of abortion.
According to the South
African Christian Handbook there are over 13 million church members and 3 million
adherents, in South Africa.
If most of these church goers could understand
what the Bible teaches about when life begins, the sanctity of human life and
our Christian responsibility to stand up for the right to life of the pre-born
- then we could save thousands of babies from abortion.
Most of the medical
personnel in our country are church members. Most of the mothers go to church.
Most of the voters in South Africa claim to be Christians. If Christians in South
Africa could stop and look at the abortion holocaust in the light of Scripture;
if we could understand something of the heart of God on this disgraceful abomination
then we would be roused to action.
There are over 36 000 churches and preaching
points in South Africa. There are over 30 000 ministers in the country. If just
half of them could be inspired to study what the Word of God says on when life
begins and what is abortion; if only half of the churches in South Africa observed
Sanctity Life Sunday in Bible study, repentance and prayer - then we could begin
to end the legalised killing of babies in South Africa.
you men not keep watch with Me for one hour? Matthew 26:40
Priorities to Promote the Sanctity of Life
Alliance for Life (NAL) (which includes Africa Christian Action, Christians for
Truth, Doctors for Life, Pro-life, United Christian Action and many other pro-life
ministries) has identified the following seven goals as our priorities in the
fight for the right to life of pre-born babies:
most Christians in South Africa about when life begins and what abortion really
2.To inspire thousands of Christians to make a public stand against abortion
in the Life Chains.
3.To encourage mothers in crisis pregnancies not to abort
their babies. Adoption is one loving option.
4.To persuade medical personnel
in SA to have no part in child killing.
5.To challenge voters not to support
candidates who support abortion.
6.To save the lives of pre-born babies and
recruit volunteers for crisis pregnancy centres.
7.To mobilise most pastors
to preach on when life begins and the sanctity of life on Sanctity Life Sunday.
What Should You Do?
My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.
Obtain and read: Fight for Life - a pro-life
handbook for Southern Africa and Making a Difference a Christian Action
Handbook for Southern Africa. Write to Africa Christian Action and request
free copies of Scripture and the Sanctity of Life; Its
My Body and Abortion - The Facts. You can also request a Resource
List of available pro-life videos and books.
My people who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek
My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will
forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
is a tragic national disgrace and we should pray for God to have mercy upon us
and to revive His Church to oppose this evil. Pray for the mothers in crisis pregnancies,
pray for the counsellors at crisis pregnancy centres, pray for the medical personnel
who are faced with life and death choices, pray for those who make the laws, pray
for the voters and for the judges. Pray that Gods will may be done, and
that lives will be saved.
Whatever you did
for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did it for Me.
Our first priority is to see that our congregation is informed,
interceding and involved. Each of us must be involved in prayer and persuasion
to save lives. Pray for mothers going through crisis pregnancies, for pre-born
babies who are in danger of abortion and for pro-life ministries.
organise for a pro-life speaker to address your school or work place and for pro-life
videos such as Eclipse of Reason, The Hard Truth and City
of Refuge to be shown to your youth group, womens group or home fellowship.
Join ACA and order a copy of the Christian Action Starter Pack. Then encourage
some other concerned friends to join with you in starting a Christian Action Group
or Pro-life ministry in your home, workplace or church. Distribute pro-life literature.
Volunteers to help at a Crisis pregnancy centre are always needed. Go through
your cupboards and see if there are baby clothes and accessories, in good condition,
that you no longer need and can donate to a crisis pregnancy centre.Consider adopting
Start now to educate and enlist others in the campaign to end
abortion. Mark your calendar and encourage others to plan now to take part in
the next Life Chain, 1st Sunday in October (and if possible join ACA outside Parliament
on the closest Sunday to 1st February (the anniversary of the legislation of abortion
in South Africa) for a prayer vigil and placard protest. We can all do
something. We must all do something positive to love our neighbours and
to save lives.
Children are a gift from God for blessing the family, the
church and the world. Life is precious. We are called to love our neighbours and
this includes our unseen pre-born neighbours.
Rescue those being
led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. Proverbs
Will you put feet to your faith?
Lives are at stake.