This article was first delivered by Pastor Naphtally Ogallo at the Reformed Family Conference in Zambia.
Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy by the removal or expulsion of a fetus or embryo from the uterus, resulting in its death.
‘An abortion can occur spontaneously due to complications during pregnancy or can be induced. An abortion induced to preserve the health of the pregnant woman is termed a therapeutic abortion, while an abortion induced for any other reason such as is done at the woman‘s request is termed an elective abortion. The term abortion most commonly refers to the induced abortion of a human pregnancy, while spontaneous abortions are usually termed miscarriages. Abortion (induced) is the deliberate termination of pregnancy.’
Almost all bodies and organizations concerned with ‘Abortion’ basically say: it is here we can’t stop it so let’s handle it ‘safe’. The emphasis now is on ‘unsafe abortion’.
Clearly, the majority are not talking of stopping abortion but legalize it. The fact that campaigns are done around the world to legalize it must make us stop and ask ‘why need to legalize it?’ Isn’t it a silent but conscious admission that naturally it ought never to be so?
“Unsafe abortion mainly endangers women in developing countries where abortion is highly restricted by law…” (WHO)
“By contrast, legal abortion in industrialised nations has emerged as one of the safest procedures in contemporary medical practice, with minimum morbidity (injury) and a negligible risk of death.”(WHO)
Facts and Figures
“Approximately 56M abortions take place each year worldwide. That is 126,000 a day, 87 every minute, almost 2 every three seconds. Abortions account for 80,000 maternal deaths globally each year” (Africa Christian Action).
America is leading in cases of abortion with about 55M cases so far recorded since 1973 (Lifenews.com)
“In every 100 births, 31 are aborted = 30%. 100,000 abortions per year.”
8M plus babies have been aborted in Britain since 1968 when the abortion Act came into effect. About 552 every day. The chief executive of Society for the Protection of Unborn Children in UK (SPUC) says:
“Our country has been deprived of millions of never-to-be repeated lives by the hidden horror of abortion”. (Evangelical Times June 2016).
8.3M abortions were reported between 2010 and 2014
In 2013, African Population and Health Research Center reported that over 400,000 abortions were recorded in 2012. Another study reports of 310,000 every year.
Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa reports that 52,000 cases of abortion between 2003 and 2008 were recorded.
In 1972 the law was ‘any intent to procure abortion’ earns you 7 years. Any woman involved in abortion gets 14 years. Anyone involved in assisting/supplying… for abortion receives 14 years.
The complaint by Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) is ‘this is not enough leverage’; “This does not give women full choice and control over their bodies.”
Reasons for abortion
“Abortion is not permitted except as may be provided for by an Act of Parliament.”
A report showed that teenagers mention stigma (shame/disgrace) of childbirth outside of marriage, the inability to support a child financially, being forced to drop out of school and keeping it from parents as the main reasons.
Termination of Pregnancy Act (TOP) in 1972 allowed termination of pregnancy (abortion) on health and socio-economic grounds = when her own life and health, or the health of other members of her family, may be put at risk by the pregnancy, or when the fetus may be expected to be damaged or diseased.
In 2005 amendment was made to include rape and defilement (incest).
Reasons get more worrying
Many people when asked about Hitler and the holocaust (murder of the 6M Jews) they condemn him outright. But ask the same people and they support abortion! Their reason is ‘one is considered human 3 days after birth; others give it 7 years; others say 40IQ; one general scare is handicaps.
The Pro-choice [in America] often say they shouldn’t be thought of as ‘trigger happy’ in the matter of abortion. But they then go ahead and shoot themselves on the foot: “The President of Planned Parenthood in America Madam Ilyse Hogue is on video saying that she aborted for convenience; she wanted to follow her career (achieve her dream).” To quote her:
I’m Ilyse Hogue. I’m the president of (National Abortion Rights Action League) NARAL Pro-Choice America, which I might not be if I hadn’t had access to a legal abortion twenty years ago when I got pregnant due to a contraception failure.(LiveActionNews of Feb.8, 2016)
This woman is simply saying that motherhood is a hindrance to women. ‘Legalize abortion to empower women with the right [to] manage themselves better.’
Astonishingly, the NARAL leader just had a twins (June 2015) and - surprise! - she is still the head of NARAL! Hogue made the announcement on her Facebook page last June:
“June 17th, my husband and I were thrilled to meet our new daughter and son when they came into the world at 11:29 and 11:34 am respectively. We’re still getting used to being new parents with all of the flood of emotions– overwhelming joy and confusion and awe.”
Planned Parenthood sees pregnancy as a disease which require treatment and that abortion! Dr. Willard Cates (FHI 360) wrote a paper “Abortion as treatment for unwanted pregnancy, the second sexually transmitted disease”.
NARAL and its President, Hogue presents a picture that actually weakens a woman/mother and her own child.
Erika Bachiochi (Pro-life feminist) speaking on CNN on 2015 Jan 22nd challenged NARAL:
“When we belittle the developing child in the womb, a scientific reality that most pro-choice advocates have come to admit, we belittle and distort that child’s mother. We make her out to be one with property rights over her developing unborn child (much as [like] husbands once had property rights over their wives).
We give her the inhumane…right to decide the fate of another human being, of a vulnerable child — her child — to whom she properly owes an affirmative duty of care…The sign of a strong woman is not in how quickly she will sacrifice her own flesh and blood for personal ambition, but in how she maintains her dignity and that of her child while working through a challenging situation to find real solutions. Many women in much more difficult circumstances than Hogue’s have chosen a better way: instead of viewing their own offspring as expendable “mistakes,” they have faced their challenges while embracing and protecting life.”
Abortion as political tool
In 1984 US President Ronald Reagan worked through to come up with a policy known as “The Mexico City Policy [this] is an intermittent (alternating) United States government policy that required all non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that receive federal funding to refrain from performing or promoting abortion services as a method of family planning with non-US government funds in other countries.”
The interesting thing is that when the Republicans are in power the policy is upheld. As soon as the Democrats get to power then the policy is rescinded (overturned/withdrawn)! Example: Bill Clinton (D) got to power and Jan.22nd 1993 he rescinded it. Jan.22nd 2001 George Bush (R) enforced it. Jan.23rd 2009 Barrack Obama (D) rescinded it! =>Murder of babies is become a political tool in American politics!
Procedure in abortion
1st three months (1st trimester) they use Dilation and Suction (DNS) or Dilation and Curettage (D&C). Basically crushing then sucking the baby through a tube. I leave you to think of the dangers involved even upon the mother.
2nd three months (2nd trimester) they use a needle to reach amniotic sac which is the baby’s safe home. They suck out the natural fluid and replace it with salt solution, burning the baby and within 24 to 72 hours the baby is forced out.
3rd three months (3rd trimester) hysterotomy (surgical operation) is done to abort. However, some babies come out alive then killed!
GOD’S WORD ON ABORTION
The fact that governments around the world make laws to regulate abortion tells you. There is a Higher Being we are all answerable to. It is God! The guilt that plagues the woman that aborts the first time tells her she is answerable to God. So what does God say about abortion? Abortion is murder in God’s sight and He takes it seriously.
1. God and conception
Conception is an act of the sovereign God.
We must begin from the beginning; the origin of life. Even though conception happens when a male and female have sexual relationship, it is due to God’s sovereign act and will.
Genesis 17:21 But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear to you at this set time in the next year.
Genesis 18:10 And he said, I will certainly return to you according to the time of life; and, behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son...
Genesis 18:14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.
Genesis 21:1 And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah as he had spoken.
Genesis 21:2 For Sarah conceived, and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.
2Kings 4:17 And the woman conceived, and bore a son when the appointed time had come, of which Elisha had told her.
Luke 1:24 Now after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and she hid herself five months, saying,
Luke 1:25 Thus the Lord has dealt with me in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.
Conception or pregnancy is not an accident or a disease or a mistake! It is a visitation of God. Taking place at the sovereign pleasure of God alone.
2. God and His image in man
What is conceived is a human being, precious to God and expects care and protection
It is God’s image
Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…”
Genesis 1:27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
“in God’s image” = in moral likeness, knowing good and evil, capacity to love, reason
It is a human being
Those women who conceived carried and bore human beings
1 Samuel 1:20 “…Hannah conceived and bore a son…”
1 Samuel 2:21 “…visited Hannah, so that she conceived and bore three sons and two daughters…”
Psalm 51:5 “…in sin did my mother conceived me”
Isaiah 7:14 “…Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son…”
Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you (Jeremiah; a person); Before you were born I sanctified you…”
That human being requires care/protection
God gives the child in the womb a very special care.
The womb is structured in three amazing ways:
 Perimetrium = thin lining connecting the uterus and the body lining
 Myometrium = most import and provides muscular contraction needed during childbirth
 Endometrium = Contains glands. Through it the placenta is formed which supplies oxygen and nutrition to the baby
The womb functions also in three wonderful ways:
 Protection from harm/danger
 Provision for food or Nutritional support
 Prevention from infection or Waste removal
Numbers 11:12, 13 “Did I conceive all these people? Did I beget them…that you say ‘Carry them…
Isaiah 49:15 Can a woman forget her sucking child
Even when that conception is going to bring about inconvenience as in the case of David and Bathsheba
2 Samuel 11:5 The woman conceived and told David ‘Am with child’! David did not plan to kill the child and so erase all evidence. Instead he thought of others things…!
Psalms 127:3 Behold children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is His reward.
God condemns those who murder
Exodus 20:13 “You shall not murder.”
Genesis 9:6 If you shed man’s blood yours will be shed; ‘A life for a life.’ => This is Capital Punishment.
But why is human life valued so highly? Because man is made in the image of God. He is special hence David could say “I am fearfully and wonderfully made…”
=>To murder a human being is to murder that which is most like God. It is attack on God Himself (Deuteronomy 19:15ff)
Capital Punishment is also taught in New Testament! Matthew 26:51 and Acts 25:10f; Romans 13:4; Proverbs 6:16-19
=>When you shed innocent blood you meet with God’s full wrath (Genesis 4:10; cf. Hebrews 11:4; 42:22)
4. God and murdered babies
What does God do with millions of murdered babies? Or Do all aborted and babies who die in infancy go to heaven automatically?
Notice the following arguments:
It is argued: ‘Those who die in infancy have an “excuse” (Romans 1:20) in that they neither receive general revelation nor have the capacity to respond to it.’
But is this the true position of God’s word?
While it is true that God cares for babies right from conception, the fact that they die in infancy does that qualify them for heaven? I will disappoint some here but the answer is NO!
A belief in automatic entrance in heaven for dead babies would destabilize the whole basis of salvation.
This kind of thinking fails to put into account balanced teaching of the Scripture.
The words “I shall go…” (2 Samuel 12:23) simply mean that. Those words also do mean die or depart. David simply means ‘I eventually will die too’. To take this to mean that the child went to heaven is to stretch the words beyond limit. But also, this is not in line with biblical doctrine of salvation.
Doctrine of salvation
Salvation is absolutely essential to entering heaven. Those who will be saved are the elect ones. Election is not an end in itself. We know those who are elect by the fact that when they hear the gospel preached, they are regenerated/born again and then they believe and walk in holiness.
We all treat pregnant women with respect. Why? Cos of what they carry. We all love babies. But our emotional attachment to babies must not make us go overboard. Though God fully knows and understands us, He does not express similar human emotions.
Conceived in sin
David got it right:
“In sin did my mother conceive me” (Psalm 51:5). God treats us not in terms of age but state.
“The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.” (Psalm 58:3)
“Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth...let them melt away... let them be cut in pieces...let (every one of them) pass away; (like) the untimely birth of a woman, (that) they may not see the sun...” (vv.6,8)
David asks God that these persons who would live and practice wickedness were better off not born!! These are very hard words; imprecatory Psalms. David knew the state of children; evil is set in their hearts. They are potentially capable of every evil thing. ‘Naturally every child would turn out to be like Hitler or Amin. But when that nature is changed by God’s saving grace then one would turn to be like Spurgeon’ (K B Napier)
Take note of Isaiah 48:8 “...for I knew that you would deal very treacherously, And were called a transgressor from the womb.”
To quote K B Napier
“...any child who enters heaven does so only if he has been elected and he has, in his tender years, been born again.”
To be born again follows the first and natural birth. And ‘be born again’ comes about when one has heard the gospel then believes and is saved. This new birth is mandatory to entering heaven (John 3:3). Yet it is a sovereign work of God that no sinner can bring upon themselves (cf. v.7)
Question: What sends people to hell? It is not because of the daily sins we do. That is false! “We go to hell for the inborn state of Sin that causes the daily sins!” This is fundamental Reformed Biblical teaching. But it is being avoided! This is the ‘original’ Sin that entered the human race when Adam fell, plunged whole human race into life against God.
It is for this sin that Jesus died and took our place and now brings us to God.
Question: How does that view address the matter of aborted children?
Answer: Just this, this teaching underscores the horror of abortion. Abortionists are cutting short lives/souls of those who should leave to hear the gospel which alone is able to save their souls. Abortionists are exactly as the Pharisees of Jesus’ day:
Matthews 23:13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. 23:15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.”
Anyone involved in abortion, God’s judgement hangs upon you!
5.The church’s duty in this situation
What can the church do towards abortion?
1. Preach the urgent gospel of repentance and faith in Christ alone to all. This leads to new creation and holy living before God.
Yet another month of God’s goodness.
A part from my lower back pain, I have recovered well and pressing on with the Lord’s work.
We were privileged to host this year’s African Pastors’ Conference (APC) at our church on July 16th and 17th. Over seventy delegates were registered. As usual, there was again a large number of Pastors from churches outside of Eldoret. This meant arrangement for accommodation and all meals. Many of these Pastors were accommodated in our yet to be finished church office area. Our speakers, Jeffry Gage from South Africa and Benjamin Dean from United Kingdom handled their subjects very well. We had the privilege of hosting in our humble home these two men together with two other brothers who managed the conference books. Thank the Lord with us and pray for fruit to follow this very needful theme of Definitive Features of a Biblical Church.
Kisumu Reformed School of Theology (KReST) held its third session of teaching and learning in the first week of August. Over fifteen students were in attendance and received instructions in two courses. Pastor Sam Oluoch taught the Doctrine of Last Things (Eschatology) while I handled the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit (Pneumatology). They were also able to sit for their final exams of the previously taught courses: Pastoral Counselling under Pastoral Theology and the Doctrine of Man & Sin under Systematic Theology. Among the most pressing challenges for this steadily growing school of discipline are reference books and students’ accommodation which we believe would be settled by the college acquiring its own parcel of land. Please pray for KReST.
Our church has been very much behind as regards making itself known on the Internet platform. We recently, therefore, built a new church website www.gracebaptisteldoret.org after we ran into unexplained challenges with our previous one. Even though the setup has been costly and its annual subscription high, we believe it is the right way to go. We also produced a short YouTube introductory video https://youtu.be/cg9Q3irHkQk for the church. Already some visitors have come to worship with us being guided by these. We thank the Lord for all these technologies and pray we will make greater use of them for His glory. We are in the process of editing our sermon audios and will load them properly for easier access. Please visit our website and learn more about us. We welcome any help or advice towards making it better. Do know that you are most welcome to visit and worship with us.
A very encouraging trend is slowly developing among our young church members. After the afternoon Sunday service, we go out to visit brethren in their homes, especially those who fail to attend the Lord’s Day worship. Two Sundays ago, a group of us walked over and visited the family of my fellow elder whose wife and son have been going through ill health. After that we went to the home of other church members. In both homes, we sang and encouraged the hosts. It is also an opportunity for discussions on biblical issues including talking about the sermons of the Day. During the last Lord’s Day, the brethren came for fellowship in our house. As I write this report, are involved with our Reformed Youth Conference being held in the city of Nakuru. I will give this report in my next Ministry Report God willing. Thank you for your continued support.
In Christ alone,
I am 22 years old, the first born of three kids in my family. I am born again and I owe it all to Christ. I made the profession of faith quite young and can't quite remember the exact date but the year must have been 2006. It was in a crusade and after preaching on the cross, the preacher called forward those who wanted to be saved and I moved forward. That's when I repented of my sins and confessed Christ. My life afterwards probably even before I could generally be regarded as a good kid outwardly and in some respects inwardly (by my own judgement). I knew the basics of Christianity which was: be a good boy and you'll go to heaven. This probably could be attributed to the fact that I was born and raised in a Christian family my father himself being a pastor. But ideally my life was marked with a sense of awareness between good and wrong, my responsibility and impending judgment. Even what is usually said of pastor's kids that they are morally the worst, couldn't be said of me at the time and later on in life before coming to the knowledge of the doctrines of grace with the little wisdom I had, I thought to myself that probably my nature wasn't so violent, that I was in nature more inclined to behave in a good manner and not have undesirable passions as my peers. But now in retrospect I am convinced even then it was God's hand that kept me from sinning in the manner of other children. Fast forward to high school, still a good kid, top of my class even given a position in the Christian union though not a diligent worker. But then I joined university and in my second week or so, the friends that I had made went to one of their hostel to "chill" and while going about our normal conversation we could hear a guy next door sharing the gospel and (personally) the way he was engaging them fascinated me and I hope he knocked on our door which he did. Though he didn't share much since it was already late we exchanged contacts and said he would look for us or rather we could invite him anytime we were free. Classes started but after a few weeks or days he invited me to watch a video titled "God of Wonders" with some other first years he had shared the gospel with. The video must pierced my conscience in away because at the end when he wanted to leave I told him that I would love to receive Christ as a savior. This was because I saw myself as backslidden. He guided me in prayer which I did by myself and from then on we became friends. Close to the end of the year he invited me to a conference and upon attending I was amazed or rather shocked to find out that there are young people out there who genuinely love God and you could see it and I wanted that. As you would figure this made me stick closer to him if I hadn't already, maybe because I was in a way avoiding him knowing what he represented and being caught up with campus life. At the end of the conference he gave me a book titled the "Love of God" by Oswald Chambers. Read it, didn't "feel" much of it and soon forgot it. 1st semester was over but before going back home he gives me another book titled "Sovereignty of God" by A. W Pink. While at home still with the energy I had gotten while in campus I could read the bible even shut down the TV something which surprised my father just to read it. I also took up the book to read and that's when things became jumbled up. I could see its reasoning and to some extent approve of it but fear of falling to some strange things was more prevalent. This was due to my consulting my parents on what the book said. My father didn't give me a straight answer, I am not sure, my mother rebuked the book by just reading the first page and warned me this is one of the things she had told me about before joining university, that good people are lost in university because of some supposed knowledge they acquired. So I put the book away hadn't even finished it, had only gotten to the chapter of God's sovereignty in salvation. Went back to school and upon meeting my friend he asked me whether I had completed the book told him no and asked for a week to do so, which I did. Upon completion I accepted what the author taught but the only problem I had was if I was one of the elect. Seeing my life and there not being a way for me to know, and drowned in despair that I had no say in the matter I decided to let myself go. But that would prove hard to do as my conscience would not permit me some peace. So I decided to try and live rightly which was hard but couldn't give up. All the while I was continuing to learn more of reformed theology which has made such a tremendous impact in my life.
I thank God for the work he begun in me the race which am still running hoping and trusting that he will ensure its completion.
I am a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, a husband and father of two (the second born is a few weeks old only). I became a Christian in the 2011. However, prior to that, I grew up in the catholic church. I was baptized as an infant and later on was confirmed. I was very religious and appeared to many people as being well behaved and upright. However, even then, I knew that all this was just a mask hiding the true sinner that I was. I had no saving relationship with God and I delighted in my sins, not willing to let them go. But the turning point in my life was to come years later, in my first year in university. I joined the University of Nairobi in October 2010. In God's providence, I was immediately introduced to a Christian student ministry and was invited to attend their meetings and bible studies. It was during my first semester that I got to hear more about the gospel and began to understand why Jesus died on the cross. During this time, I got involved in a sin that was later discovered. I began to feel a deep sense of guilt for what I had done and this went on for a number of weeks. God mercifully showed me my own sinfulness and I knew that I deserved nothing but hell. But then the Lord opened my heart and for the first time I understood and believed that Christ really did die for my sins. My burden of sin and guilt was removed and I felt a real sense of God's love. From then on I desired to know God more and to know His word more. I desired to forsake my sins and to follow the Lord and serve Him. It has been a journey of growth and sanctification since I first believed, albeit with various seasons of spiritual dullness and little fruitfulness. But the Lord has kept me this far and I'm fully convinced that the One who begun a good work in me will complete it. All to the praise of the glory of His grace!