Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done? –Proverbs 24:11-12
R.C. Sproul Jr. reminded his audience at Indiana University last week that professing evangelical Christians account for one in every six abortions – approximately 200,000 babies murdered every single year. Do you find this shocking? You should not. After all, King David was a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14) and he committed murder to cover up his sexual sin. Just because we are saved does not make us immune to heinous sins.
One of the sins of ancient Israel that brought the wrath of God upon them was the practice of infant sacrifice. A baby would be burned alive to appease a pagan “god.” One of the ancestors of Jesus Christ did that very thing. It is almost certain that at least some of those sacrificing their babies to Molech were covenant believers, so that Christians would go along with murdering children made in the image of God should not be a surprise. As always, repentance must begin with God’s covenant children if we are to have any hope of pagans turning away from this evil.
As Dr. Sproul said last week, if we Christians would stop murdering our own children, perhaps pagans would do the same. But Christians have bought into the lie that children are a burden, while Scripture teaches that children are a blessing from the Lord. Not that children cannot be challenging, but do we believe God and His Word or not?
I don’t know if Casey Farrington attended Dr. Sproul’s speech or not. I hope she did, because she would have seen that her prediction that the speech would “further fracture the Bloomington community” was wrong. Dr. Sproul’s position was certainly a strong defense of the unborn and a witness against the evil of abortion, but it’s difficult to imagine how he could have delivered a more inclusive discussion of the topic. In fact, fully half of the lecture was directed at how evangelical Christians get abortion wrong and how we need to repent of our wickedness on it.
Click here for a couple broadcasts by Dr. Sproul’s father on the subject of abortion, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Click here for my defense of comparing abortion to the Holocaust.