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    Does your church hold a biblical view on abortion or are they 'pro life' without foundation?

    In the run up to decriminalisation last year all of the main church denominations, and almost all others, were quick to denounce the changes to our laws and declare themselves to be 'pro-life'. But what do they actually mean and why haven't their convictions manifested themselves into action since the change to the law?

    Simply put the majority of clergy have little to no idea on the theological aspects of abortion and how it should impact upon their ministry. As a result many refuse to take an abolitionist stance towards abortion, instead opting for pragmatism and pessimism in the hope that a series of 'pro life victories' (which aren't victories at all) will reduce the number of abortions taking place. The result, however, is that they only perpetute laws that permit the murder of their unborn neighbours.

    So what should the stance of our clergy be? Abolitionist Societies in the USA have prepared a resolution that is a clear biblical exposition of abortion that should be the standard for how Christians should think, and therefore act, on the issue of abortion. We have adapted this resolution to a Northern Ireland context and encourage you to ask your clergy about their views on abortion and use the following points as a litmus test of these views.

    What the Bible says about life, the taking of life and the laws that permit it

    The Bible unequivocally states that:

    • from the moment of fertilisation, all humans are created in God’s image by, through, and for Jesus to the glory of God, and all souls belong to Him (Genesis 1:27; 4:1; 21:2; Isaiah 7:14; Colossians 1:16; Romans 11:36; Ezekiel 18:4).

    • as God’s image-bearers, all humans both display His divine worth, power, and attributes, and possess the same objective worth before God, not varying on the basis of incidental characteristics; such as ethnicity, age, size, means of conception, mental development, physical development, gender, potential, or contribution to society (Rom 1:19-20; Gen 1:28; 9:6; Matthew 18:6).

    • all humans are created with God’s law written on their hearts, which works with their conscience to accuse or excuse them before God, and to undermine law and conscience is to ask, “Did God really say?” (Rom 2:14-16; Gen 3:1).

    • to murder any preborn image-bearer is a sin, violating both the natural law of retributive justice as set forth in the Noahic covenant, as well as the sixth commandment forbidding murder, and as such, is ultimately an assault on God’s image, seeking to usurp God’s sovereignty as Creator (Gen 9:5-6; Exodus 20:13; Proverbs 6:17).

    • God clearly declares that all human life is a sacred gift and that His Law is supreme over man’s life and man’s law (Psalms 127:3-5; 139:13-16; Rom 2:15-16; Acts 10:42; 17:31; 1 Corinthians 4:5).

    • God commands His own people to “rescue those who are being taken away to death” and holds them responsible and without excuse when they fail to do so (Prov 24:11-12).

    • God establishes all governing authorities as His avenging servants to carry out His wrath on the evildoer; and commands these authorities to judge justly, neither showing partiality to the wicked, nor using unequal standards, which are abominations (Psa 82; Rom 13:4).

    • Section 9 of the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) act 2019 is an iniquitous decree which has deprived the innocent of their rights, and usurped God, who sovereignly ordained the authority of the United Kingdom Parliament (Isa 5:23; 10:1-2; Psa 2; Matt 22:21; John 19:11; Acts 4:19; 5:29, Rom 13:1).

    • the Northern Ireland Assembly have a duty before God to uphold justice, asserting their God-ordained and constitutional authority to establish equal protection under the law for all, born and preborn, by intervening, ignoring, or nullifying iniquitous decrees when the United Kingdom Parliament condone such injustices as the legal taking of innocent life (Daniel 3; 1 Kings 12; 2 Kings 11; Jeremiah 26:10-16; 36:9-31; 37:11- 21; 39:7-10).

    What the Bible says our response to abortion should be

    The Bible is clear that, as followers of Christ, we should therefore:

    • state unequivocally that abortion is murder and reject any position that allows for any exceptions to the legal protection of our preborn neighbours, compromises God’s holy standard of justice, or promotes any God-hating partiality (Psa 94:6; Isa 10:1-2; Prov 24:11; Psa 82:1-4).

    • not embrace an incremental approach to ending abortion because it challenges God’s Lordship over the heart and the conscience, and rejects His call to repent of sin completely and immediately (Gen 3:1; John 8:44; Rom 2:14-15; 2 Corinthians 11:3).

    • affirm that the murder of preborn children is a crime against humanity that must be punished equally under the law.

    • engage, with God’s help, in establishing equal justice and protection for the preborn according to the authority of God’s Word, and call upon ministers to use their God-given gifts of preaching, teaching, and leading with one unified, principled, prophetic voice to abolish abortion.

    • call upon the United Kingdom Parliament and the Northern Ireland Executive to repent and “obey everything that [Christ] has commanded,” exhorting them to bear fruit in keeping with repentance by faithfully executing their responsibilities as God’s servants of justice, and working with all urgency to enact legislation using the full weight of their office to interpose on behalf of the preborn, abolishing abortion immediately, without exception or compromise (Mark 6:18; Matt 28:18-20; Rom 13:4, 6).

    The role of the church in abolishing abortion

    The flowers of abolition are growing in Northern Ireland. However, it is important that our churches adopt a biblical approach to the issue of abortion and act accordingly. The sooner they do, the sooner we can end this evil in our land. In the meantime between forty and sixty of their preborn neighbours are being murdered in hospitals each week across Northern Ireland.

    We welcome comments and questions and are available for presentations and information evenings for churches and their leadership structures. 

    Further information is available by contacting info@cbrni.org or by contacting us via our facebook page.

     

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