Planned Parenthood, not content to justify the killing of the unborn, is now issuing a “pastoral letter” to prospective abortion clients that suggests that the Bible has nothing to say about abortion – and that God “and is with you no matter what you decide” – suggesting that God doesn’t care whether you kill or keep your baby because it’s just you that He loves and cares about anyway.
Perhaps a comparison of the Planned Parenthood position as stated in the “pastoral letter” published in progressivestoday.com with God’s clearly stated position in the Bible would be pertinent:
PLANNED PARENTHOOD: The decision to have an abortion is personal… The beliefs of each person are deserving of respect, and each person deserves care and compassion.
THE BIBLE: “Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13 [show/hide]Exodus 20:13
"You shall not murder. (ESV)
In God’s eyes, Planned Parenthood comments are the same as saying that the decision to murder someone else is personal and deserving of respect. Life starts at conception, and murder is still murder from the point of conception onwards – whether the child has been born or is waiting to be born. Planned Parenthood says that each person deserves care and compassion – obviously except the unborn, who in their view deserve the abuse and cruelty of the abortion process.
PLANNED PARENTHOOD: Though your reasons may be complicated and private, you’re not alone. As religious leaders from a number of religious traditions, we’re here to support you in your decision. Many people wrongly assume that all religious leaders disapprove of abortion… there are clergy and people of faith from all denominations who support women making this complex decision… No one should be allowed to force their faith teachings on anyone else. We believe this decision is yours, made with your doctor and anyone else you choose to bring into the conversation, such as a spouse, partner, parent, or clergy person.
• And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. (2 Corinthians 11:14, 15 [show/hide]2 Corinthians 11:14
And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. (ESV)
• But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:13 [show/hide]2 Timothy 3:13
while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. (ESV)
PLANNED PARENTHOOD: The truth is that abortion is not even mentioned in the Scriptures—Jewish or Christian.
THE BIBLE: “Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13 [show/hide]Exodus 20:13
"You shall not murder. (ESV)
Abortion is just another politically and socially correct euphemism for killing, murder and bloodshed of the unborn, which are all strictly forbidden and condemned throughout the scriptures, especially in the shedding of innocent blood such as that of babies. The word obviously could not feature in the scriptures as the term “abortion” was only introduced in the mid 16th Century, derived from the Latin language.
PLANNED PARENTHOOD: Our religious traditions have somewhat different opinions about abortion, but we share some basic understandings: No one knows the circumstances of your life as well as you know them; no one knows what‘s in your heart better than you. Allow yourself to be at peace with your decision.
THE BIBLE: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked;
Who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings (Jeremiah 17:9, 10 [show/hide]Jeremiah 17:9
The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately sick;
who can understand it?
PLANNED PARENTHOOD: Our religious traditions have somewhat different opinions about abortion, but we share some basic understandings: God loves you and is with you no matter what you decide. You can find strength, understanding, and comfort in that love.
THE BIBLE: God loves you - yes (John 3:16 [show/hide]John 3:16
For God So Loved the World
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (ESV)
) – BUT “Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. (James 1:13-15 [show/hide]James 1:13-15
Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God," for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. (ESV)
PLANNED PARENTHOOD: If you’d like to speak with a clergyperson, your local Planned Parenthood health center can refer you to someone who will be supportive of you and your decision.
These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood…(Proverbs 6:16-17 [show/hide]Proverbs 6:16-17
There are six things that the LORD hates,
seven that are an abomination to him:
haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,
One would expect only secular, humanistic, atheistic, globalist and satanic groups to endorse abortion; however a shocking number of professing churches also endorse it. Stand for Life.net explains: What three organizations have backed abortion on demand? The answer that many might respond with is Planned Parenthood, the Democratic Party, NARAL or some women’s group. How about three of the largest church organizations in America: the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (10,500 congregations), the Presbyterian Church (10,000 congregations and 2.3 million members), and the United Methodist Church (8 million members).
The following is a sampling of other churches and religious organizations that believe in abortion. The group Religious Coalition For Reproductive Choice listed a wide variety of members (as at November 2009):
United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
Women’s League for Conservative Judaism
American Ethical Union National Service Conference
Society for Humanistic Judaism
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Jewish Reconstructionist Federation
Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association
Central Conference of American Rabbis
North American Federation of Temple Youth
Union for Reform Judaism
Women of Reform Judaism, The Federation of Temple Sisterhoods
Women’s Rabbinic Network of Central Conference of American Rabbis
United Church of Christ
United Methodist Church
General Board of Church and Society, United Methodist Church
General Board of Global Ministries, Women’s Division, United Methodist Church
Unitarian Universalist Association
Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation
Young Religious Unitarian Universalists
Continental Unitarian Universalist Young Adult Network
American Jewish Committee
American Jewish Congress
Catholics for Choice
Christian Lesbians Out (CLOUT)
Church of the Brethren Women’s Caucus
Disciples for Choice
Episcopal Urban Caucus
Episcopal Women’s Caucus
Jewish Women International
Lutheran Women’s Caucus
Methodist Federation for Social Action
National Council of Jewish Women
Presbyterians Affirming Reproductive Options (PARO)
Women’s American ORT
YWCA of the USA
The Stand for Life article concludes with the question: “How do we as a society give credence to all of the churches and related organizations that confess their belief in God and the Bible, but on the other hand think that it’s perfectly fine to kill someone who was created in God’s image?”
Part of the answer is that the Bible warns of a “falling away” in the last days before Jesus returns. The rapid rate of the apostasy of the Church is being seen in its widespread acceptance of abortion (among other abominations), which is also a satanic practice of human baby sacrifice as in the days of the worship of the demon god Molech (Leviticus 20:1-5 [show/hide]Leviticus 20:1-5
Punishment for Child Sacrifice
[20:1]The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, "Say to the people of Israel, Any one of the people of Israel or of the strangers who sojourn in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones. I myself will set my face against that man and will cut him off from among his people, because he has given one of his children to Molech, to make my sanctuary unclean and to profane my holy name. And if the people of the land do at all close their eyes to that man when he gives one of his children to Molech, and do not put him to death, then I will set my face against that man and against his clan and will cut them off from among their people, him and all who follow him in whoring after Molech. (ESV)
), which attracted the judgments of God.
Jesus is Savior.com also reported that in 2004, hundreds of thousands of abortion rights supporters gathered in Washington, D.C., for the “March for Women’s Lives.” The gathering was chock full of professing Christians, and illustrates the ignorance and wickedness of those entrusted with protecting the rights of the unborn:
“Several religious bodies also offered their unqualified endorsement and financial support to the event, marching side-by-side with their secular counterparts in the abortion rights movement. Among the officially participating denominations were the Episcopal Church, Church, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the United Methodist Church (through the General Board of Church and Society and the Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries), the United Church of Christ (UCC), the American Friends Service Committee, and the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Representatives of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church, and the Episcopal Church (U.S.A) marched with official banners from their respective denominations. A sign on the front door of the United Methodist Building on Capitol Hill that day declared that God was speaking through the UCC to support the march. Earlier that morning, the UCC’s political action branch (which is housed in the United Methodist Building) hosted a breakfast for the march participants.
Another group active in supporting and participating in the march was the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC), a pro-abortion political lobby supported by the aforementioned Protestant groups, among others. On the Friday before the main event, RCRC organized an effort to lobby members of Congress after a send-off luncheon in the United Methodist Building.”
So, no wonder at all that Planned Parenthood and similar “pro-choice” groups are able to obtain and circulate religious sounding God-loves-you-and-your-decision abortion scripts to tempt pregnant women with. Planned Parenthood certainly doesn’t lack for friends professing Christianity or Judaism. Leaders and adherents of such groups can however fully expect to hear Jesus’ words of eternal judgment in Matthew 7:23 [show/hide]Matthew 7:23
And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.' (ESV)
one day if they do not repent: “And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Make no mistake:
But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
Revelation 21:8 [show/hide]Revelation 21:8
But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death." (ESV)