Pentecostal Sermons & Bible Studies by Pastor Jim Feeney, Ph.D.

Are You ‘Pro-Choice’? Or Do You Honor God & His Word?

Summary:  “Pro-choice” -— The term has become a euphemism for advocacy for abortion, the deliberate, forcible termination of the life of a developing baby in the mother’s womb. When you describe or illustrate the savagery of the abortion procedure, most people are rightly repelled by it. But today its shocking barbarity is cloaked in more tolerable phrases like “pro-choice” or “a woman’s right to choose” or (amazingly) “reproductive health” — despite the fact that abortion is fatally unhealthy to the developing baby! Let’s look at some Scriptural reasons why the pro-choice position cannot possibly be held by any true Bible believer. God is clearly, unequivocally pro-life.

The ‘pro-choice’ position contradicts the biblical fact that reproduction was instituted by God Almighty for the bearing of children

Matthew 19:4-5  “Haven’t you read,” [Jesus] replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?”

Genesis 1:26-27, NASB  God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply

Reproduction is a creative process instituted by God from the beginning. As Jesus rightly pointed out, “the Creator made them male and female…a man…[and] his wife” and intended them to “become one flesh.” In the very first chapter of the Bible, having created them male and female, “God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply’.”

God’s marriage plan for a husband and wife includes sexual relations. And God designed that one-flesh relationship to include the bearing of children — Be fruitful and multiply, He said.

The pro-choice endorsement of abortion-on-demand directly contradicts and frustrates what Almighty God instituted for the bearing of children. The choice to abort babies in the womb terminates what God intends to bring forth to life.

It is God who enables a man and his wife to conceive and bear children

Genesis 4:1, NLT  Now Adam had sexual relations with his wife, Eve, and she became pregnant. When she gave birth to Cain, she said, “With the Lord’s help, I have produced a man!”

Eve recalled God’s exhortation to her and Adam — “Be fruitful and multiply” — and she acknowledged that bearing children involves the Lord’s creative help. The deliberate choice of abortion spurns God’s divine involvement, His help, in producing children.

The pro-choice extinguishing of a life in the womb directly interrupts and terminates an ongoing, creative work of God

Isaiah 44:2  This is what the Lord says—He who made you, who formed you in the womb

Jeremiah 1:5  Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.

Psalm 139:13, NLT  You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.

God Himself forms the child in the womb. It is He who “knits us together” in our mother’s wombs. God’s direct involvement — this is important! — in the reproductive process begins at conception, not at birth. Abortion interrupts and abruptly terminates this ongoing, creative work of the Lord.

Abortion also interrupts God’s intended futures for babies who are still in the womb. For example, considering the verse above, abortion would have frustrated Jeremiah’s calling by God to be a prophet.

The choice for abortion is a choice to devalue & reject what the Lord intends to be ‘a gift’ and ‘reward’ to parents

Psalm 127:3, NASB  Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward.

Children are a “gift…a reward” from the Lord. To take their lives while in the womb is to despise the Lord’s good gift and reward. My wife and I have 7 adult children. Each one is a blessing to us, and we readily acknowledge them as God’s gracious “gift and reward.”

Sometimes you’ll hear the defenders of abortion-on-demand say something like this: “How can I bring a child into the terrible circumstances he or she will face in this world?” Let me illustrate the error of that attitude from the history of my first pastor, the late Richard C. “Dick” Benjamin (1925-2019). Dick grew up in Depression-era Montana in a tiny town of 60 residents. The large family he was born into lived in a very small house that they jokingly called “2 rooms and a path” [to the outhouse!] Many pro-choicers would question the wisdom of bearing children into such difficult circumstances. Well, here’s the rest of the story. Dick grew up, turned his life over to Jesus Christ as a late teen, and spent more than a half century in Christian ministry. The church he founded and pastored in Anchorage, Alaska, served many thousands of people over the years. And that church sent out teams to plant more than 70 churches in the USA and overseas. Pastor Benjamin’s ministry in the Alaska church became the inspiration for the establishment by Dr. Berin Gilfillan of ISOM, the International School of Ministry, which has become the world’s largest video Bible School. ISOM is now in more than 80 languages and 150 nations. Pastor Benjamin’s mother obviously made the right “choice” — the choice to bring him to birth, raise him, and let him go forth to make his mark on the world and on the lives of tens of thousands for all eternity. Abortion would have canceled out the remarkable fruit for eternity of Dick’s life. He was my esteemed spiritual father, and I thank God that his mom considered him to be a gift and chose life for her son.

Abortion deprives the elderly of one of God’s greatest blessings: grandparenthood!

Proverbs 17:6a, NLT  Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged.

My wife Linda and I share the joy of having 24 grandchildren. They are a daily blessing to us. We think of them and pray for them every day. 15 of the 24 live in driving distance of us, so we have the joy of watching their sporting events, their school plays, and more.

I can’t imagine not having those grandchildren in these, our senior years. Tragically, abortion deprives millions of the elderly of one of God’s great intended blessings — being grandparents!

God hates & detests what abortion does; it ‘sheds innocent blood

Proverbs 6:16-17  There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him …[17] haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood.

God hates and detests “hands that shed innocent blood.” And I ask you to ponder sincerely: what on earth is more innocent than a baby being formed by God and growing safely in his or her mother’s womb?

One of the Ten Commandments is “Thou shalt not kill” (in the sense of, thou shalt not murder). That child in the womb is a baby” (see my article here) — not just “fetal tissue” or the “products of conception,” which are terms used in the pro-choice camp to hide the hideous reality of the barbaric execution of human babies in the womb — now in some locales even up to the moment of birth!

The choice for abortion runs intrinsically contrary to the nurturing, maternal instinct God has placed in women

1 Kings 3:16-28  …[23] The king [Solomon] said, “This one says, ‘My son is alive and your son is dead,’ while that one says, ‘No! Your son is dead and mine is alive.’” Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword for the king. He then gave an order: “Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.” The woman whose son was alive was deeply moved out of love for her son and said to the king, “Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!” But the other said, “Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!” Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother.”

Two women were arguing before King Solomon, each insisting that the living baby before them was theirs. The king said to bring a sword and divide the baby in two, then give each woman one half. The real mother cried out not to cut the baby, but to give it alive to the other woman. But the other woman, who was not the true mother, was OK with the king’s proposal to execute the baby. The reactions of the two women revealed to the king which one was the true mother.

You see, God has built into women a nurturing, protective nature. Wise King Solomon used that fact to discern the true mother of the baby and to return the child to her. Abortion goes drastically contrary to that nurturing, maternal instinct implanted in women by God Himself. I once knew a lady who, as a young woman, had agreed to have the baby in her womb aborted. For the rest of her life that decision haunted her, and she spoke of it with great sorrow decades later. Abortion radically assaults that protective, maternal instinct implanted in women by God Himself.

The Savior Jesus — thank you, Mary! — was ‘born of a woman,’ He was not a ‘pro-choice’ casualty

Galatians 4:4  …God sent His Son, born of a woman

1 Corinthians 11:12  For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. But everything comes from God.

What an honor! Mary was selected by God to carry and give birth to Jesus. The Savior of the world was to be “born of a woman.” She declared, “All generations will call me blessed” (Luke 1:48). Her very special pregnancy and childbearing would be a blessing, not just for her, but for the whole world.

More broadly speaking, in the apostle Paul’s words, every man (and woman) since Adam and Eve is “born of woman … [and this] comes from God.” God’s intention from the beginning has been that pregnancy should culminate in birth. To exterminate by abortion that which the Lord intends to be “born” is an affront to God and His divine plan

An angel announced to Joseph that his intended wife Mary would miraculously “conceive … from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:20-21). Our very salvation by Jesus began with a birth in Bethlehem. Imagine if Mary had terminated her pregnancy while the Savior was still in her womb. The theological ramifications are staggering!

While on earth, Jesus showed His great love for little children

Matthew 19:13-14  Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Mark 10:16  And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.

Jesus loved little children. He was not too busy for them. Rather, He commanded His disciples to let the little children come to Him. He took them in His arms and blessed them. Imagine how the Lord must feel when their lives are snuffed out in the womb! Imagine the wrath the abortion doctors and their willing staffs will face when they are confronted by the Lord at the Last Judgment.

Jesus’ heart is to receive and embrace and bless little children. You’d better not hinder any of them from the opportunity to come to Jesus. A most savage, barbaric way of hindering them is to kill them in the innocence and sanctity of their mother’s womb. These vicious murders will surely be the subject of Jesus’ wrath at the judgment seat of Christ.

In multiple contexts, when you’re faced with life versus death, blessings versus curses, God’s Word says to choose life!

Deuteronomy 30:19  This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.

The speaker was Moses. He was relaying God’s message to Israel prior to their entering the Promised Land. He set before them contrasting pairs: life and blessings versus death and curses. And what was God’s exhortation? — “Choose life!”

In principle, the Lord’s words surely apply in many other contexts, and clearly to the pro-life versus pro-choice issue. A pro-choice position embraces death. God says to choose life.

Jesus said that the devil, Satan, has been “a murderer from the beginning” (John 8:44). His successful temptation of Adam and Eve introduced death into the human race (Genesis 3). Consistently in the biblical record we see Satan focusing on death. By sharp contrast, God is a life-giving God. In the creation “the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life” (Genesis 2:7). Spiritually also, God’s vision for mankind is life, eternal life — “The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). In every aspect of your life on this earth, don’t choose the devil’s way, which is death, but God’s way, which is life.

Every single one of you reading this today is alive on this earth because your mother chose to give you life, not death at the hands of an abortionist. You were “born of [a] woman,” not surrendered by her to execution. Life is the plan and the heart of God Almighty, who commanded our earliest parents to be fruitful and multiply.

In Sum

• God is for the bearing of children.

• He divinely enables it.

• God forms and “knits together” the baby growing in the womb.

• Pregnancy is an ongoing, creative process of the Lord, not for us to interrupt.

• God intends children to be His gift and reward to parents.

• The newborn children are a “crowning glory” to their grandparents.

• To abort these little ones is to incur God’s hatred by shedding innocent blood.

• Abortion is a horrible assault on women’s God-given nurturing, protecting, maternal instincts.

• The Savior Jesus was born of a woman.

• Jesus the Son of God greatly loves little ones.

• Satan’s focus is death; God’s focus is life, as His people’s focus should also be.

• A prevailing principle of God Almighty in multiple Scriptural contexts is: “Choose life!”

The pro-choice position is a direct affront to all the above Scriptural considerations and cannot possibly be embraced by any who consider themselves to be God-honoring, Bible-obeying believers. The lives of the most innocent of God’s blessed creations are at stake.

A closing appeal

The lives of millions of precious, yet-to-be-born babies hang in the balance. “Pro-lifers” are aligned with God’s consistent pro-life emphasis from the Garden of Eden to today. “Pro-choicers,” sadly, have succumbed to Satan’s murderous death focus. I believe that many of them, including some who identify as Christians, have simply failed to see God’s unwavering support of life and blessings, rather than death and curses (Deut. 30:19 - “Choose life!”). If our life-affirming message today speaks to your hearts, please consider sharing this article in whatever way you can — email, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. Your help in sharing this vital biblical message may save one or more innocent babies’ lives in the womb. Thank you for sharing God’s Word on behalf of His beloved little ones.

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