SERMON: WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT ABORTION
January 25, 2004
Thirty-one years ago this past Thursday, on January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized
abortion in the infamous
decision. As Christians, we need to remember that what is
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opinion, but by what the Bible says. So I want us to look at what the Bible says about abortion. I
could (and have, in a public school classroom) argue against abortion without reference to the
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want to explain what it says on this important subject.
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iews on others.
Many evangelical pastors refrain from speaking on the subject because it is controversial and
potentially divisive. And many pastors dodge it because they have drifted from the Bible as the
source of absolute moral truth.
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pastors have a biblical worldview, which he defined as believing that absolute moral truth exists,
that it is based upon the Bible, and having a biblical view on six core beliefs (the accuracy of
biblical teaching, the sinless nature of Jesus, the literal existence of Satan, the omnipotence and
omniscience of God, salvation by grace alone, and the personal responsibility to evangelize).
Southern Baptist pastors ranked highest, with 71 percent holding to a biblical worldview. Among
other Baptist pastors, it fell to only 57 percent. Other denominations ranked much lower.
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every age. Furthermore, the Bible warns that God will judge every person based on His righteous
standards (Acts 17:31; Rev. 20:11-15). We cannot plead ignorance as an excuse for disobedience
or apathy (Prov. 24:11-12). God holds us accountable to the standards of His Word, whether we
know those standards or not. We dare not be uninformed!
Also, our consciences need to be informed by Scripture, not by popular opinion or slogans. I
have found professing Christians who have been influenced by the popular pro-abortion rhetoric.
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