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Church Exhortation

Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?  – Luke 6:46

There seems to be a great disparity in the church between being faithful to the Great Commission and being faithful to love our neighbors as ourselves. While the liberal church has turned the Gospel into a social justice campaign, thus making it a social gospel of works that does not save, the conservative evangelical church has largely reacted to the other extreme to forsake any commitment to mission work that hints of social justice. We believe our calling is both to preach the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ and obey all that Christ has commanded (Matthew 28:18-20), including loving our neighbor as ourselves (Mark 12:31).

[Click here to see the “Call to Action on Abortion” letter to the Church]

For over 40 years, the American church in the pro-life movement has attempted to fight abortion apart from the Gospel by using human philosophy, evidential apologetics, and religious-right wing political activism. Others in the American church have dismissed the fight against abortion as being an earthly concern, a political or social issue, and none of the church’s business as it is not “the main thing”. Well, we believe the work of abolishing human abortion is part of the main thing of what it means to be a Christian as we are commanded to love our neighbors and care for orphans, whether born or pre-born. The “main thing” is the Gospel, and loving our neighbors is the necessary result of believing in the “main thing”.

It is time for the Church to wake up. After 40 years of legalized murder of children within the womb, the church remains largely silent on legalized child killing in America. In fact, many church people have been impacted by abortion in some fashion, but have never been confronted in this sin, have never been offered the hope and forgiveness that is in Christ (including for the sin of abortion), and are ignorant of the fact that they can actually do something about abortion. Dr. John Piper decried such silence in his book, Brothers, We Are Not Professionals:

The cowardice of some pastors when it comes to preaching against abortion appalls me. Many treat the dismemberment of unborn humans as an untouchable issue on the par with partisan politics. Some have bought into the incredible notion that they can be personally pro-life but publicly pro-choice or noncommittal… The law of our land is immoral and unjust. That should be declared from tens of thousands of pulpits in America…

Similarly, Dr. R.C. Sproul has said:

I’ve written over 70 books. The book that had the shortest shelf life of all of my books was my book on the case against abortion. I talked to pastor after pastor and sought to understand why they weren’t using this material (for which we also made a video series). They told me, “Well, we agree with it but we can’t do it in our church.” And I said, “Why?” They responded: “It will split the congregation.” And I said, “So be it!” A million and a half unborn babies are slaughtered wantonly in the United States of America every year in the name of women’s rights. If I know anything about the character of God after forty years of study, I know that God hates abortion.

And finally, the late Francis Schaeffer appropriately pointed out:

Every abortion clinic should have a sign over it saying: “This facility open by permission of the local church”

Each year, 31,000 infants are brutally murdered in our state’s abortion facilities. This means 85 children are slaughtered every day in North Carolina. In Charlotte alone, the equivalent of a Sandy Hook first grade classroom is exterminated every single day. Wouldn’t you like to be proactive in keeping women from darkening the doors of an abortion mill in the first place by being the prophetic voice in the culture you are called to be?

We have 21 abortion mills and thousands of churches in North Carolina, yet, these abortion mills have hardly faced any opposition by Christians who should be there on the front lines pleading justice, defending the weak, and preaching the Gospel to loose the bonds of wickedness. Where are you, Church?

The churches in our state must rise up and commit to preaching the Gospel and exposing the works of darkness at these abortion mills and throughout our local communities.  Simultaneously with this call to action we must also provide real life support to the real needs of abortion-minded & abortion-determined parents. In doing this our hope is that sinners will be set free from the bondage of sin and these children will be shown mercy by the grace of God to escape a tortuous death and be granted Life.

Hear the word of the Lord from Isaiah 58:6-7:

Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?

Are you ready to answer the call, Church?

Dr. John MacArthur sat down with Dr. R.C. Sproul during the week of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. During part 2 of the interview, Dr. MacArthur stated:

Our goal has to be to awaken the church.

We emphatically agree. Please listen to these interviews to know what is at stake: John MacArthur and R.C. Sproul Discuss the National Tragedy of Abortion-On-Demand

If you are ready to step into battle, please see our Assistance pages, Sidewalk Ministries page, and/or contact us.

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