This is a spiritual war with no surrender and no compromise, and just as Moses instructed Israel's leaders to see what their Canaanite physicial enemy was like, so we must know in these New Testament days what satan, our spiritual enemy is like.
Satan is described many ways in scripture.
This sample should suffice.
Where Jesus came to bring LIFE - and that in abundance - satan comes to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.
What satan does is evil. There is no truth in him. No light.
However he is well able to masquerade his evil intents as light.
Thus so many unredeemed people see the mass abortion of unwanted babies as cultural advancement. As redeeming new 'light'. Reducing the number of unwanted children; Reducing the number of abnormal children; Providing a safe and inexpensive form of contraception.
A quick check on scripture will confirm how God views life in the womb.
However when society operates as if there is no God, and holds to the belief that life has randomly emerged through evolution from pond scum, then human life is not - at any age - regarded as sacred.
Richard Dawkins confidently wrote in his book 'The Only Game In Town',
Dostoyevski correctly said that "If God does not exist then everything is permissable"
But thankfully God does exist.
The Creator of life. He alone has the right - and the wisdom - to tell us what is good and what is evil.
Satan persuaded man to take that role on to himself - to be his own God - and the rebellion began, and the rest is horrible history.
Thus, killing babies in the womb is not a neutral issue for Christians.
It is not something we can agree to disagree on.
In the pregnant womb is the miracle of a living person, made - not in the image of a chimpanzee, nor even an angel - but bearing the image of God. (Genesis 1:26-27)
A living person with a spirit and a soul, encased within a rapidly developing body. (1st Thessalonians 5:23)
A living person with unique DNA, unique fingerprints, unique eyes, unique personality. Even with unique toe and tongue prints.
A living person with dignity, value and worth equal to any adult walking the earth. Equal to the one writing this and equal to the one reading this.
Indeed genetic evidence caused the pro-abortion magazine New Scientist to write,
Our lives are book-ended. Heart starts, we live. Heart stops, we die.
Abortion is the deliberate shedding of blood at any age or stage.
And God takes this very seriously.
Giving abortion sugar-sweet cover titles such as 'Women's Reproductive Health Care' or 'Woman's Choice' does not mask the cold reality of wilfully shedding innocent blood in the womb. The law calls it abortion. God calls it murder.
As Christians we must see it as God sees it, and call it as God calls it.
Abortion is the deliberate killing of a unique human life within the womb, and when a nation legalises the wilful taking of life in the womb then that nation's invisible but very real spiritual protective boundary walls are broken down. What a nation sows it will reap. Pressed down and overflowing. Sow righteousness and reap righteousness. Sow shedding of blood, reap shedding of blood. Sow murder, reap murder. Is this why blood shed and murder now dominates so much of our news? Will it increase until as a nation we cry out to the Lord for help?
The womb was always meant to be a safe place for new life to begin, and so in God's eyes - the only eyes that matter - those who for convenience sake hire someone to go into their womb and destroy that unique life will be held accountable by God, as well as the person who actually commits that murder in the womb.
And no un-repentant murderer will ever enter heaven.
Only the sacrificial death of God's Son - through the shedding of His Blood - can suffice for the truly repentant sinner who has innocent blood on his or her hands.
But outside of that, no.
The only place where sin, guilt, shame, grief and sorrow can be met with forgiveness compassion and mercy.
Jesus came with grace and truth. These two must never be seperated.
Behind every person who has chosen - or being forced into - an abortion there is always a background story. Some are selfish stories, some cold and callous stories, but also some truly heart breaking stories. (some with wonderful endings)
As followers of Jesus we know (only too well) the offences we have been forgiven for, and so, despite the necessity of never compromising on truth, we must have genuine compassion, understanding, warmth and grace to pass on the comfort that we have already received.
But back to abortion.
De-humanising always starts with language.
It has always been Satan's startegy.
Prior to the holocaust, Nazis de-humanised the Jews, often referring to them as rats, or as "the plague". In the Rwanda genocide the Hutus de-humanised the Tutsis, referring them as cockroaches. Slave owners throughout history de-humanised their slaves, viewing them as sub-human animals. The mass killing of Aboriginals in Australia was easy because they were de-humanised. They were 'not fully human'.
Thus, babies growing in their mother's womb must be de-humanised before people can feel guilt free, - and even celebrate - their murder in the womb.
Embryo, fetus, parasite.
Never baby, or child. Never boy or girl. Never son or daughter.
Just carefully chosen guilt free words to avoid taking ownership of the terrible truth.
In scripture we see the language God uses when He refers to life in the womb.
In the next chapter Jesus - wrapped in swaddling clothes - is referred to as baby - the same word used within and without the womb.
Not only that, but the Bible talks about the identity, the purpose and the behaviour of babies still within their mother's womb.
Anyone with an interest in promoting abortion does not talk about life in the womb as God does, and as Christians should.
Evolution champion Richard Dawkins de-humanised life in the womb when he tweeted, 'any foetus is less human than an adult pig'
Most people are guilt free knowing pigs are slaugtered.
It's all about language.
When a mother does not want an abortion the doctors or nurses will refer to the fruit of her womb as 'her baby' or 'her child'. Her 'son' or 'daughter'.
If she chooses an abortion then the babies humanity is removed.
Abortion was originally legalised for medical reasons, where continuing the pregnancy would result in long-term and serious damage to the woman's health, but once the boundary walls were breached it quickly grew to abortion on demand.
Even to sex-selective abortions. (where boys are more favoured than girls)
Just choice. Thumbs up and baby lives. Thumbs down and baby dies.
That is whitewash to cover the real depth of the moral darkness.
Just 1% of women obtain an abortion because they became pregnant through rape, and less than 0.5 % do so because of incest, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
C. Everett Koop, U.S Surgeon General 1982-89 said,
Allowing another 0.5% for other extenuating circumstances - such as very severely deformed babies in the womb - that leaves 98% of abortions are healthy women aborting healthy babies.
An article discussing the ethics of abortions on the BBC web site finished by stating,
Many think abortion is justified, and even to be encouraged, in order to stop the world's population exploding out of control, but experts say the world is actually heading towards population collapse.
In such a collapse, the old will outnumber the young creating severe imbalances.
Economies will suffer. Some could even crash. Main infrastructures - such as financial systems and healthcare - could be negatively impacted.
Population Research Institute president Steven Mosher told lifesitenews,
Abortion has no moral light in it. It is darkness.
Satan has always inspired those under his sway to sacrifice new born infants to the false gods he provided nations with such a Baal-Molech, Chemosh, Astarte, Dagon, etc. He led them to believe that by doing so their lives would be better.
Hence the many times God left His people in no doubt how seriously He took the wilful killing of their children.
Jesus perfectly reflected His Father's heart for 'the least of them.'
He especially mentioned the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and the prisoner, saying,
Adding that those who mistreated such vulnerable people
I think it is safe to say that the naked, helpless and vulnerable child in the womb comes under such a covering.
Or put another way, can you picture Jesus doing an abortion?
Romans who did not want their new born babies for any reason - such as economic, birth defects, gender, illegitimacy or 'evil omens' - abandoned their babies on hillsides outside the city.
The Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity says,
After Constantine, laws began to protect these abandoned children, defending them as free persons.
Babies are conceived through sexual intercourse. All kinds of contraceptives are available, but in the current sexually permissible amoral culture, sex anywhere, anytime, anyhow has become fashionable, with the inevitable consequences being conveniently dealt with, whether disease by medicine, or pregnancy by abortion. 143 women had
The facts speak for themselves. Today every third pregnancy in the UK is aborted.
Data for England, Wales and Scotland shows 143 women had their eighth abortion in 2018.
Five teenagers were among 718 women who had at least their sixth abortion.
The womb - designed to be a safe 'room' - is now - statitiscally - one of the most dangerous 'rooms' on earth. Life enters there at its peril.
Few people ever have, or ever will, see what happens within the womb during abortion. It is 'light' cleverly sanitised and marketed as cultural progress.
In these four videos former abortionist, Dr, Anthony Levatino, an Obstetrician-Gynecologist who has performed over 1200 abortions, describes the abortion procedures.
1st Trimester surgical procedure. (more common)
A child killed by saline solution.
Which title fits best?
Slaughter of the innocents? Women's reproductive health? Pro-Choice?
More importantly, which title would God apply?
This is a 24 week old child that could legally have been aborted. (He is now a healthy boy)
Imagine your horror if suddenly, in the image above, you saw His arms and legs being ripped off. And his head being pulled off.
You would know you were seeing a pre-meditated, wilful and deliberate act of murder taking place.
This is what the shedding of blood looks like.
That's what God sees.
If you support abortion then all abortions are being done in your name.
Jesus said you judge a tree by its fruit.
The agressive, (often) violent, at times fraudulent, untruthful, inhumane and vulgar behaviour of many abortion supporters and abortion providers speaks volumes about the aggressive demonic spirit driving the ideology.
In this video abortion supporters chant 'We will fight, we will win, throw the fetus in the bin"
Abortionist Kevin Gosnell was convicted of murdering three infants who were born alive during attempted abortion procedures, convicted of involuntary manslaughter of one woman during an abortion procedure, convicted of 21 felony counts of illegal late-term abortion, and 211 counts of violating the 24-hour informed consent law. The case was made into the movie titled 'Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer' (trailer) The press did their best to ignore the issue, crowdfunding giant Kickstart refused to let the producers raise money through their site and Facebook banned advertising for the movie. The full details are simply horrific.
The USA's largest abortion provider Planned Parenthood refers to itself as a 'Reproductive Health Care Provider' and under this 'caring' banner it carries out hundreds of thousands of abortions per year.
However, the dark underbelly of this - the world's largest - abortion provider was dramatically brought into the light when pro-life advocates David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt went undercover and took a series of secret videos which shocked America.
The videos showed Planned Parenthood executives and workers haggling over the prices of baby body parts, picking through bloodied arms and legs of aborted babies in a pie tray, and discussing how to alter abortion methods in order to obtain better body parts for sale.
In the USA the sale or purchase of human fetal tissue is a federal felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to $500,000, yet Planned Parenthood were selling baby parts to various buyers.
Despite repeated attempts to get the defendant's testimonies kept from the public during the court case, the full horror of the abortionists' work was revealed to all.
Into the full glare of international publicity came the exposure of selling beating baby hearts, intact heads and selected organs such as brain, heart, heart with veins and arteries attached, liver and sinus.
Dr. Theresa Deisher of Stanford University School of Medicine testified that “some of the babies had to have beating hearts when they were harvested...it means that the baby hearts that are being sold to biomedical companies have to be harvested from the chest of living babies. Their hearts have to be cut out while they're beating. This is a monumental barbarism.”
Whistleblower Dean Alberty worked inside the Planned Parenthood abortion center as a fetal tissue procurer for a company called Opening Lines. He spoke of receiving aborted babies intact and of “cutting open the chest and seeing the heart was still beating.”
He testified that at one point the abortion doctor brought him 24-week-old twins born alive after a failed abortion in Kansas City. When Alberty said he did not want to harvest organs from living children, the abortionist then “drowned them in a pan,”
Indeed the jury saw a photograph of a six-month-old unborn baby submerged in the “artificial placenta” (a tank of artificial amniotic fluid) where researchers could see how long they could keep them alive for, until they drowned.
One of the United States longest practising abortionists, Dr. Forrest Smith, an obstetrician-gynecologist who is an abortionist in Califirnia told the San Francisco court that not only did Daleiden's and Merritt's videos expose the gruesome truth about the abortion industry's trade in fetal body parts, but that things are even worse than they knew.
He testified that it is almost certain that some of the abortionists featured in the undercover videos deliberately altered abortion procedures in a way that both led to the birth of living babies with beating hearts, and put women at risk. The goal in these cases would be to obtain fresher, more intact organs. The trial became a mockery of justice.
Planned Parenthood's representative avoided giving details about this when questioned by Florida House of representatives.
Despite Planned Parenthood's wrong doings and the gruesome evidence provided the jury declared David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud, breach of contract, and trespass and violation of state and federal recording laws.
As one media commentator wrote 'One can easily imagine the outcry if undercover activists were similarly punished for exposing, say, the routine mistreatment of animals'
Abby Johnson was a star employee with Planned Parenthood, but had never witnessed an abortion. One day a she passed by a surgery room she was asked to step inside and assist in an abortion. This was her first time watching the procedure on an ultrasound.
In the end, the baby lost the battle and Abby promised herself that she would never again participate in this procedure.
Two weeks later, Abby quit her job, walked out of the clinic and joined the pro-life members of Coalition for Life, a group that held prayer vigils outside the clinic where Abby used to work.
The 2019 film 'Unplanned' was made telling her story.
Abortion supporters tried vigorously to stop cinemas showing the film, and nearly succeeded. Some TV channels refused to air ads for the film due to its subject matter. Despite the controversy and a limited promotional campaign, the film was a moderate box office success and quickly grossed $19 million on a $6 million budget.
Now out on DVD it has become a major pro-life witness.
Television producers love to show in-depth documentaries on real life issues. They have often shown major surgery in close up detail.
But no secular producer has dared to produce an in-depth documentary on what actually happens on the real life issues inside the womb during an abortion.
They instinctively know that if people saw what happens to the living child inside the womb, then that remnant spark of righteousness within us all would likely respond.
And the powers of darkness do not want that.
That would show that this new 'light' was darkness masquerading as light.
There is good news for the genuinely repentant heart that comes into agreement with God, and asks for His mercy and His forgiveness.
I will finish with a quote from Mother Theresa. She said,
Twitter and Facebook banned the quote, but at a US Senate Subcommitte hearing they could not explain why.
She also said,
And that sums the issue up perfectly.