Ministering life through truth at an abortion mill, where pre-born babies are being murdered and mothers and fathers may lash out in hatred toward the truth, is an extremely challenging thing. Emotions are high and the enemy is fast at work. No matter what, however, we must remember why we are there – to plead for the lives of these babies being led to the slaughter, to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to call on men and women to repent and believe for the forgiveness of sins.
I provide this brief outline of Scriptural material for the purpose of aiding those engaged in abortion ministry, or those preparing to do so. It will be to our benefit if we go into such an environment with a framework in mind by which we intend to communicate biblical truth that is especially relevant to this context. The Christian is encouraged to use this as a guide upon which to build.
Proverbs for Thought
Before getting into the main content of this material, consider the following passages from Proverbs and how they apply to the area of ministering at an abortion mill. I actually like to quote some of these proverbs while ministering at the abortion mill, and they can be used as springboards for conversation.
Proverbs 10:23 “To do evil is like sport to a fool, but a man of understanding has wisdom.”
Proverbs 12:5, 15, 17, 26, 28 “The thoughts of the righteous are right, but the counsels of the wicked are deceitful…. The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise…. He who speaks truth declares righteousness, but a false witness, deceit…. In the way of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.”
Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”
Proverbs 15:3, 9 “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good…. The way of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but He loves him who follows righteousness.”
Proverbs 22:3 “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished.”
Proverbs 24:11-12 “Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, ‘Surely we did not know this,’ does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?”
Biblical & Theological Framework
I. Man is made in the image of God
Genesis 1:26-27; 9:6
The fact that man is made in the image of God is one of the most precious and foundational truths in all of Scripture. It basically tells us that we were created in a unique relationship with God, are moral beings, have innate dignity, and are to represent God on Earth. This is true of the pre-born as much as it is of those who have already been born. One does not become image of God as they pass through the birth canal. They are image of God from conception. The baby in the womb is a human being and is to be protected as such.
II. Children are a blessing from the Lord
Psalm 113:9; 127:3
Genesis 1:28; 9:7; 33:5
The Bible refers to children as a gift, a reward from the Lord! Sadly, our society tends to view children as a “burden” and a “problem”. In the eyes of many, children are a hindrance to self-fulfillment and progress, and therefore their lives need to be prevented, at whatever cost (except abstinance). Abortion is a direct attack, not only against the blessedness of children, but against God’s command to “be fruitful and multiply”. Life is a beautiful thing, and God takes pleasure in it. Abortion only brings death, and unjustly so.
III. God is holy and righteous and is to be feared and obeyed
Psalm 5:4; 7:11; 89:14
Prov. 1:7; 9:10; 5:21; 15:3
We must not shy away from proclaiming the fearful expectation of judgment upon the wicked by the holy and righteous God and Creator of all. We must warn them of the coming day of wrath. Abortion destroys God’s image-bearers and transgresses His holy law (“You shall not murder.” Ex. 20:13). God will not hold back His wrath forever; justice will be served. We must warn them that if they do not repent, they are only storing up for themselves wrath in the day of wrath (Rom. 2:5).
IV. There is forgiveness of sins in and through Jesus Christ alone
John 3:16-18, 36; 5:24
Romans 5:6, 8; 6:23; 8:1
2 Corinthians 5:21
1 Peter 3:18
If your ministry at an abortion mill is without the gospel, then it can hardly be called a ministry. We are not merely seeking to prevent the murder of these children and calling for justice for the victims, but we are heralds of King Jesus’ good news. The ultimate remedy for such wickedness is widespread repentance brought about by gospel proclamation and the Spirit’s sovereign work through the word. In short, we are not only seeking to save lives, but to save souls. It’s not an either-or ministry, but a both-and ministry.