Does the Bible Say Anything About Abortion?
Dr. Rogers preached many messages dealing with current issues facing our culture. However, his message “Why I am Pro-Life” deals with the hot-button issue of abortion, a problem that has plagued our society for nearly half a century.
The issue of abortion has been brought to the forefront of America’s attention in an even more compelling way by the release of undercover videos revealing what goes on behind closed doors in abortion clinics and resulting congressional hearings. Simply stated, Dr. Rogers once said, “Planned Parenthood does for parenthood what Orkin does for bugs.”
But what does the Bible have to say about abortion? In this message, Dr. Rogers gave these reasons why he was pro-life—from Scripture.
Our Digging Deeper study is from that message, so let’s look at what God has said and is saying through His Word. It is literally a matter of life and death, and the soul of this nation is at stake. We cannot expect God’s hand to be stayed and His judgment withheld when as a nation we have ended the lives of more than 55 million innocent unborn human persons.
This study will contain both the biblical case for life from the Word of God and a compilation of Dr. Rogers’ own thoughts about the issue. All statistics have been updated to reflect the current year.
1. Turn in your Bible to Isaiah 5:20:
In one of the most poignant verses in Scripture, Isaiah describes the day we now find ourselves in. Fill in some key words:
“Woe unto them that call _______ ________ and good evil; that put ___________________ for ____________, and light for darkness; that put ____________ for____________, and ___________ for __________!”
2. Turn now to the book of Deuteronomy, chapter 30. This is the last book in what is called “The Pentateuch”—the first 5 books of the Bible. Deuteronomy is different from the other 4 books because it is composed almost entirely of three sermons—the words of Moses to the children of Israel. Moses is about to die. At the end of 40 years of service, God will soon take him home.
In chapters 29-34, Moses speaks to them for what will be the last time. Very shortly, Moses ascends Mount Nebo where he dies. A man’s last words to his people are important. He gives them a solemn warning—a reality check, if you will—of what will happen if they follow God…and their fate if they choose not to follow Him.
Begin reading with the first verse of chapter 30.
a. What is Moses warning them of in verse 1?
b. What does God promise to do for His people in v. 3?
c. But it is conditional upon the choice they make in v. 2. What is that choice?
3. The promise of blessing juxtaposed against cursing continues back and forth throughout this chapter, culminating in the last two verses, 19 and 20:
19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: _______________ ___________ _____, that both thou and thy seed may _______:
20 That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey His voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto Him: for He is thy _____, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
“Therefore choose life.”
Surely the entire message of the Bible can be summed up in John 3:16—what God has done to redeem mankind—and His invitation to “therefore choose life.”
Some people like to say they’re for “a right to choose,” but then don’t complete their sentence. Choose what? What do you choose? They can’t say, “I’m for the choice to kill a baby in the mother’s womb,” because it doesn’t sound very good.
The decision to end an innocent life in the mother’s womb really is a choice between life and death, and as God’s Word clearly says in Deuteronomy 30:19, “Choose life.”
Understand that you are free to choose.
You are not free not to choose.
And you are not free to choose the consequences of your choice.
I’m going to give you from the Bible three reasons why I’m pro-life.
Number One: It is a matter of life.
I am pro-life because God, the life-giver, is forming these little children within the mother’s womb.
4. Turn now to Psalm 139. David is speaking about God’s intimate, complete knowledge of each individual. God doesn’t love “all of us”—He loves each of us.
Speaking of development within the womb, the Psalmist said:
13 For Thou hast possessed my reins [inmost being, inner parts]: Thou hast _________________ me in my mother's womb.
14 I will praise Thee; for I am __________________and __________________ made: ___________________are Thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
15 My substance was not hid from Thee, when I was __________ in secret, and ___________________ _______________ in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Thine eyes did see my ___________________, yet being unperfect; and in Thy book _____ _____ ______________ were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
This passage, inspired by the Holy Spirit, reveals that when a mother is pregnant, God Himself is forming a child within her. “Wonderfully and fearfully made” literally means awesomely made. It also tells us that little baby is the object of God’s love and concern.
I am pro-life because what is being formed in the womb is a human being.
5. Turn to Jeremiah 1:5. You often hear people use the word “fetus” rather than the word “child” or “baby.” The Latin word sounds a little more antiseptic—we can be more emotionally detached from the word “fetus” than baby.”
In Latin, “fetus” means “baby, child”; to say “fetus” is to say “child” in Latin. No matter how small, it is a child. It’s all simply a continuum. You and I were once a child all the way through in gradual development. Just because he is little and young has nothing to do with the reality that he or she is a human being. When conceived, a baby is as small as a grain of sand. But a new human being has begun, no less a person than the child or adult walking around.
In Jeremiah 1:5, who is the “I” speaking?
Before I ____________ thee in the belly I ________ thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I _______________ thee, and I _______________ thee a _____________ unto the nations. Jeremiah 1:5.
To be “sanctified” means to be set apart for special service to God. The vessels in the Temple were “sanctified.” Jeremiah was ordained in his mother’s womb. You don’t ordain a blob of tissue. God said, “Before I formed you, I knew you, Jeremiah. You are My prophet.”
6. Turn to Luke 1:41: Before the Lord Jesus Christ was born, His mother Mary went to visit her cousin Elisabeth. Elisabeth was also pregnant—but farther along than Mary. Elisabeth was carrying John the Baptist. As Mary approaches Elisabeth, look at what happens.
And it came to pass that when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe [John the Baptist] ______________ in her womb, and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost. Luke 1:41.
Then Elisabeth says to Mary,
43 Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb….
44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in ________ ears, the ________ ____________in my womb for ______.
Note that Elisabeth doesn’t say the baby leaped because of some natural reflex. In the presence of his Lord, even in his mother’s womb, he leaped for ________. Protoplasm doesn’t have emotions.
Do not tell me this was not a child, not a human being, not made in the image of God, and that it’s all right to take a little baby who can leap with joy in the presence of the Lord Jesus and put it to death.
The word Luke uses for babe throughout this passage is brephos. Thayer’s Lexicon says, “The word brephos is an unborn child, embryo, fetus, a newborn child, an infant, a babe.” Whether in the womb or out of the womb, the Bible uses the same word.
7. We have a further example later in Luke. Turn to Luke 18:15. Jesus is ministering to the crowd when some little children are brought to Him to bless them. Luke continues,
And they brought unto [Jesus] also ____________ [brephos], that He would touch them. Luke 18:15
Brephos is the same word used to describe John the Baptist in his mother’s womb.
God does not distinguish between prenatal and postnatal life but speaks of babies in the womb as people and persons.
Dr. Bernard N. Nathanson, obstetrician/gynecologist, was director of the largest abortion clinic in the western world. But his eyes were opened. He suddenly changed his tune after his clinic had performed 60,000 abortions. Resigning, he said; “I’m deeply troubled by my own increasing certainty that I had in fact presided over 60,000 deaths.” Think of it. He stated there is a “vector of life.” From the moment of conception, there’s “a self-directed force of life that, if not interrupted, will lead to the birth of a human baby.” The child conceived is a human being from the moment of conception. Doctors and nurses who had worked with Dr. Nathanson told him of nightmares, depression and personality changes they and other clinic personnel were experiencing because of the taking of innocent life.
I am pro-life because the Bible says it is a crime against God to kill innocent life.
8. Turn to Proverbs 6:16-19: Note especially verse 17.
16 These six things doth the Lord _______: yea, seven are an ________________ unto Him:
17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and ________ _______ _______ _____________ ___________,
18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, ________ that be swift in running to ________________,
19 A __________ ______________ that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
On God’s “hit parade” of seven things He hates, God hates abortion. The taking of life in the womb is an abomination to Almighty God. What could be more clear? Abortion sheds the blood of the most helpless human beings on earth.
Number Two: It is a matter of LOVE
I am pro-life because abortion transgresses The Golden Rule.
9. Turn to Matthew 7:12. In His Sermon on the Mount, Our Lord said the Law and the Prophets could be summed up in one simple concept.
“Therefore ______ things whatsoever ye would that ____ ________ ____ ____ ____ ______, do _____ ______ ____ ____ ______: for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12
“The Golden Rule” is generally accepted by all civilized cultures as a standard by which we should act: “Whatever you want people to do to you, treat them the same way.”
How does abortion fare when measured against The Golden Rule? Let’s consider: Would the mother carrying the baby in her womb want to be put to death? Then don’t put that child to death. Mr. Supreme Court Justice, would you want to be killed by being dismembered by some vacuum device? Then don’t attempt to find a “right” to that in the U. S. Constitution.
Doctor, would you want to be trapped in a room and have corrosive acid poured on you, forced into your lungs and stomach, left to convulse for hours until you die (a saline abortion)? If you don’t want that to happen to you, don’t do it to someone else.
I am pro-life because abortion goes against the natural instinct God has given.
10. Turn to the first chapter of Romans, verse 31. The Bible is describing a generation in the last days:
31 “without __________________, covenant breakers, without ____________ ________________, implacable, and ___________________.”
Describing a society on its last legs, God says one of the marks will be people without understanding. They will be covenant breakers. And “…without natural affection.” That day has come today.
It’s a basic maternal instinct to protect the unborn. “Without natural affection” [in Greek, astorgos] means lack of love toward one’s own children. Sexual perversion and heartlessness toward the unborn are the last steps on the road down. They are contrary to basic human instinct.
Number Three: It is a matter of LOGIC
I am pro-life because God expects us to protect and deliver the innocent.
11. Turn now to Proverbs 24:11. This is a frightening Scripture:
11 If thou forbear to [do not] deliver them that are drawn unto __________, and those that are ready to be ____________;
12 If thou sayest, “Behold, ____ ________ ____ ____;” doth not He that pondereth the heart consider it? and He that keepeth thy soul, doth not He know it? and shall not He render to every man according to his works?
What does God know about what’s going on?
Do you think you can be neutral? Do you think it’s only a problem for Congress to solve? Do you think it’s your pastor’s problem, not your problem? You say, “I'm not pro-abortion. It's not my problem.” I tell you, it is your problem. Those who know the Lord dare not be silent. The Bible says so.
I am pro-life because God commands His people to speak up and confront evil.
12. Turn to Isaiah 58:1-6:
1“Cry aloud! Spare not! Lift up thy ___________ like a trumpet, and show My people their transgression, and the house of Israel their sins.”
Read verse 2. At first glance it might appear that God is pleased with His people. But is He? Look closely at verses 2-5. Is God pleased with them?
What has angered the Lord?
It is a sobering thought. You and I can fast and pray and rend our clothes and put on all manner of religious behavior, but that is not what God is seeking!
Read verses 5 and 6. Note that v. 6 stands in contrast to v. 5:
5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord?
6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? [What is the fast God has chosen?] to _________ the __________ of ___________________, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the _________________ go free, and that ye break every yoke?
Tiny, helpless human beings led to the slaughter are the oppressed as much as any other oppressed minority.
I am pro-life because God pronounced a curse upon anyone who is paid to take the life of an innocent person.
13. Turn to Deuteronomy 27:25
_______________ be he that taketh ___________ to slay an ______________
_______________: and all the people shall say, “Amen.”
The ultimate selfishness is the appalling multimillion-dollar abortion industry itself, which pays good money. Many abortionists are living lavishly, but every brick in their spacious homes represents a child’s bone and the mortar is the baby’s blood. They are in the business of killing for hire. The curse of God is on it. When a doctor is in the business of taking human life, I can tell you without fear of contradiction, the curse of God is upon him.
I know some people don’t like hearing that. I don’t like preaching it. But the Bible says, “Lift up your voice like a trumpet and spare not and show my people their sin” (Isaiah 58:1).
How can we ask God to bless America when we allow this in America?
One last passage before we close.
I am pro-life because it resonates with the heart of God.
14. What is the heart of the Lord toward these little ones? Turn to Isaiah 40:10-12:
See the strength of Almighty God in this passage. Contrast it with His gentleness in the middle verse. Ponder this carefully and slowly:
10 Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and His arm shall rule for Him: behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him.
11 He shall feed His flock like a shepherd: He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.
12 Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, and meted out Heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?
a. In verse 11, we see the Good Shepherd contrasted with the omnipotent God, the mighty Creator of the universe. How does our Lord treat the most vulnerable among His flock?
b. Circle these verbs in v. 11: feed, gather, carry, lead. How does He lead?
As Isaiah 58:1 commands, we need to speak with the voice of a trumpet. No stutter, no stammer, no apology, and no fear. No let-up, back-up, or shut-up until we're taken up.
We are at the close of the biblical passage portion of this Digging Deeper study. If you would like to know more of what Dr. Rogers said on this subject, the following are his additional thoughts when he preached this message:
On the day you are reading this, in America 3,000-4,000 lives will be snuffed out. They’ve not had the benefit of a trial; they’ll have no counsel to represent them. They’ll be executed in a cruel, inhumane way. Though they’ve committed no crime, one will die about every 21 seconds.
Who are the co-conspirators of this atrocity? Who is putting the unborn to death?
- Supreme Court justices. Six of them, high priests of humanism, wrapped in their robes, sided with Justice Harry Blackmun to rule this.
- Governmental social planners. Some like Planned Parenthood receive your tax dollars and mine.
- Willing physicians.
- The willing mother or father of the child.
- Abortion clinics, getting wealthy on the death of the unborn.
- Many others who are silent and unconcerned. Or too timid to speak out.
- Politicians who put self-interest and re-election above the lives of innocent children.
January 22, 1973, was a day which will live in infamy, one of the darkest in American history, like 9/11 or Pearl Harbor. In America it is now legal to kill a baby. That probably just went right past you. It is now legal to kill a baby.
The only requirements are:
1. The baby still lives inside the mother, at least a portion of the baby. (Part of the baby can now be outside the mother.)
2. The mother wants the baby killed.
3. A doctor is willing to do the killing.
The Court ruled in 1973: “A state is forbidden to proscribe (forbid) abortion any time prior to the birth if in the opinion of one licensed physician an abortion is necessary to preserve the life or the health of the mother.”
Few would argue about “life of the mother.” But note that key word “health of the mother.” The court elaborated: “All factors, physical, emotional, psychological, familial and the woman’s age, relevant to the wellbeing of the patient” could legally justify the taking of an innocent human life.
Roe ruled abortion is permitted if the woman says it would (1) distress her (2) produce psychological harm (3) tax her mental and physical health by child care, or (4) bring distress associated with an unwanted child. That is, “If I don’t want this child, then that’s my mental health condition that okays the child being put to death.” Or, “We can’t take of the baby; kill it.” Or, “We didn’t get married. We are pregnant. Kill the baby.”
Most people are aware of Roe v. Wade, but few of Doe v. Bolton, companion piece to Roe v. Wade, legalizing any abortionist to kill a baby through all nine months of pregnancy. It is even legal to kill a baby while the mother is in labor and the baby is partially delivered, partially out of the birth canal.
In America, if you crush a bald eagle’s egg you can be fined $5,000 and spend a year in jail, but you can make a handsome living killing babies in the mother’s womb. Pharaoh and Herod must now take second place to America. Pharaoh, who murdered the little babies, and Hitler, who slaughtered millions in his gas chambers, are going to have to take a back seat; they’ve fallen back into the shadows.
In America, a teenage girl can receive amoral sex education in school and be given contraceptives with government money, and if she comes up pregnant, she can be taken to a Planned Parenthood clinic without her parents’ knowledge or consent, where she can have the baby killed. Yet many of these same schools would not dare give an aspirin without parental consent. That is barbaric. It is also crazy.
Some Pro-Abortion Arguments and My Answers to Them:
- “It’s not human.”
Scripture has already settled this, but you may hear the following argument.
Someone wrote “Dear Abby” saying they were a pro-choice because “to believe the ovum and sperm united are human life would like believing a vehicle was in existence after a nut and bolt were joined together at the beginning of an auto assembly line.” So if you have an egg and sperm come together, that’s no more life, they say, than a nut and bolt in a car factory is a car.
What convoluted logic! There is a great difference. A nut and bolt are only a nut and bolt. They will not one day become a Cadillac! But when the egg and sperm come together, that is a human life, and no carburetor, fender, steering wheel or engine is added. Everything is already there! All that little life needs is nutrition and water to grow. You don’t add anything. It’s a human being already.
A young man, John de Haas, was the object of an attempted abortion in Korea. But they bungled the procedure. The little baby came out, his body injured, his head, because they had scraped and twisted and torn it, was bent out of shape, but he was breathing. When they took this baby from his mother's womb and he was laid there, cast aside, they noticed that there was still life. Someone in the operatory there had compassion on this so-called “aborted fetus” and said, “No! You'll not continue to commit this murder,” and stood between John and further harm. His body was mangled. His arms were twisted and mutilated. But they went to work. By a miraculous sequence of events, Reverend and Mrs. John DeHaas, missionaries in Korea, found that little Korean boy, adopted him, raised him, and now he’s perfectly healthy. As a little boy, John gave his testimony on Jerry Falwell's television program. He quoted Scripture verses, sang songs, and he loves the Lord Jesus Christ. How glad he is to be alive! Don't let anyone tell you that these little ones are not human beings. John was a baby!
- “I can do whatever I want with my body. A woman’s body is hers to do with as she wishes. She has freedom of choice.”
No, you don’t have complete control over your own body. You don’t have a right to ingest crack cocaine or be a prostitute. You can’t even ride a motorcycle in this state without a helmet on. We don't have an absolute right to our own bodies.
And the child is not merely “part of the mother’s body.” He or she is a new life, altogether different, with their own unique DNA, circulatory system, often a different blood type than the mother, and certainly their own unique fingerprints. The nucleus of a human cell has 46 chromosomes, 23 from the father and 23 from the mother. The child is is as much a part of the father as the mother. It is life, and it is life from God. The mother is carrying a completely different person. She does not have freedom of choice in God’s sight to kill another person, even if that person is living inside her body. The baby is in her body; the baby is not her body. I have no right to kill an unwanted guest in my home. They may cause me inconvenience, but I have no right to put them to death.
- “Without abortion, the poor will be overburdened.”
We’re told having a child overburdens the poor. But 53% of those getting abortions have no other children. Over 33% are going back for the second, third, and fourth abortion. In many instances they are professional women who do not want their profession interrupted, or have conceived through illicit sex, or just don’t want to be bothered with a child.
- “Life begins when the child begins to breathe.” The baby is already receiving oxygen through the umbilical cord.
- “Abortion is sometimes necessary to save the mother’s life.” Only in the rarest instances. In fact, former Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Coup said that with medical advances, abortion is never needed today to save the mother’s life: “With all that modern medicine has to offer, partial birth abortions are not needed to save the life of a mother.” Dr. Jerome LeJune, world famous geneticist, said he would set out to save the life of a mother, and if in the process the child dies, it would be tragic. “I would do everything I could to save the life of the mother, but I would never attack and kill an unborn child.” With today’s medicine, the need for an abortion to save a mother’s life is extremely rare.
- “What if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest?” Only one-tenth of 1% of today’s abortions are performed on babies conceived because of rape. This argument does not hold water. Of course, rape is a terrible, horrible, heinous crime, but the baby didn’t commit the crime. Ethel Waters, who is now in heaven, sang many times in the Billy Graham crusades. A great Gospel singer, she was born out of a pregnancy due to rape. Who would say Ethel Waters should not have been born to bless the world? Ruth, an ancestress of the Lord Jesus Christ, was a descendent of Moab, born out of an incestuous relationship. You can’t play God in cases like that.
Let me ask a question. If there is a one month old baby in the crib, born to a victim of rape, would you kill the one month old baby? If you wouldn’t, don’t kill the baby when it is one month before being born.
- “There may be a danger of deformity.” There may be. Are we going to eliminate everyone we feel is defective or deformed? To be allowed to live, how perfect do you need to be? If we eliminate the deformed in the womb, why don’t we eliminate the deformed after birth? An eminent professor at Yale University now advocates just that: keep the baby for a while to decide whether or not you want the child to live (infanticide). If we are going to eliminate the deformed, who draws the line where we stop?
- “I’m personally against abortion myself, but I don’t want to take away someone’s right to choose.” You hear politicians use this as an “out” all the time. Let's suppose we had been alive back in the days of Nazi Germany. Suppose people were saying Hitler ought not to be killing the Jews in the Holocaust. But suppose one of our politicians were to stand and say, “I am personally against killing Jews, but what somebody does in his own private gas chamber is his business.” Do you see the parallel with “I'm personally against abortion, but what somebody does with their own body is their business”?
- “I choose not to have this baby.” No, you already have a baby. Your choice is, are you going to choose a live baby or a dead one? You already have a baby; that’s the point.
- “Unwanted babies are victims of child abuse.” Statistics prove children who were unplanned or unwanted when conceived are no more apt to be abused than others. And there are many loving couples standing in line saying, “Give us that baby. We will love and take care of it.”
- “We need to be concerned about the population explosion.” The old “population bomb” myth was put to rest years ago. In fact, many countries are below zero population growth now. There are childless couples wanting babies, begging for babies, wanting to adopt babies, and can't get them. We may be eliminating the person who has the cure for cancer because we put them to death.
What Should Christians Be Doing?
1. Be informed. Do not continue with your head in the sand.
2. Find out where the candidates stand on the issue of life.
3. Vote for pro-life senators and representatives.
4. Work for a constitutional amendment banning abortion.
5. Teach sexual morality at home and in the church. Parents and the Church—the voices who need to be speaking the most—are often the most silent.
6. Forget our self-righteousness and have compassion for the unwed mother so she is not afraid to come to us. Be filled with love, not a hypercritical spirit.
7. Show the love and forgiveness of the Lord Jesus Christ for those who’ve had an abortion. There is mercy, forgiveness and grace with Almighty God. He removes the guilt. He may not remove the pain, but He will remove the guilt.
8. Speak out clearly. Remember,
“Cry aloud, and spare not...” Isaiah 58:1
“If thou forbear…” Proverbs 24:11-12
Speak up in the office, on the street, at the ball game, in the Sunday School class. Refuse to be swayed by high-sounding arguments of liberals, humanists, or social planners. They haven’t got a clue.
9. Pray that God will give us time as a nation to repent! We are on the threshold of disaster. We need to bring this nation to God in repentance saying, “God have mercy on us for the shedding of innocent blood.”
I believe we are making progress. The abortion rate is dropping. People are finally getting their eyes opened. But the battle is raging.
I'm not nearly so much afraid of what terrorists are going to do to us as I am what God is going to do to us in this country of ours. We'd better get right with God. But I thank God that the Bible still teaches in 2 Chronicles 7:14:
“If My people who are called by My name shall humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked way, then will I hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and” [hallelujah] “heal their land.”
Do you know who's failed, primarily? We preachers of the gospel have failed. The churches in America have failed. We once had a biblically based morality in the United States, but that is fast receding over the horizon, and today we're living in a different society where it is “morality by majority,” and expedience rather than a fixed face of right or wrong. And I believe that there's little wrong in America today that could not be changed radically, dramatically, and swiftly if we had a generation of preachers who would stand up in pulpits across America and say, “Thus saith the Lord. Thus saith the Lord.”
I'm living for that day when we have a revival of righteousness in America and I want to believe it's coming, that God—not any preacher, not any president, but God—is going to do something in America. Oh, for God to do something! Lord, haste that day. Don't you long for a burning, sweeping, glorious revival to blow across America?
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