God hates murder. The Bible teaches that human beings are unique among all the species of life that God has put on the Earth, because they are made in the image of God. Someone who kills another person in cold blood is guilty not only of causing harm to his brother or sister, but of desecrating a sacred image. God takes it personally when human beings murder each other.
Abortion is murder. The Bible makes it clear that unborn children are made in the image of God just like other human beings (Jeremiah 1:4-5, Job 31:14-15, Psalm 139:13-14). The sin of abortion is an especially horrible sin because the victims are so powerless to defend themselves. Of course God hates every kind of sin, but He is especially angry when it is committed against someone who is weak. The Bible says: “A Father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation.” (Psalms 68:5-6). Therefore I believe that God hears the silent cry of pain given by unborn children when they are ripped apart with pieces of metal or by deformed by chemicals. His love for them requires Him to be angry towards those who have brutally mutilated them.
So how do you think God feels when churches that call themselves Christian receive tithes from those who make their livings committing this kind of murder? Frankly, I think God is appalled. The Old Testament is clear how God views those who kill children and then try to worship Him afterwards:
“On the very day they sacrificed their children to their idols, they entered my sanctuary and desecrated it. That is what they did in my house.” (Ezekiel 23:39)
As Christians we need to take a stand against this kind of sin. We should not want our local church gatherings to be defiled by abortion doctors and nurses the same way the ancient temple was defiled by those who sacrificed children to idols. Churches need to be very careful about whom they allow into their fellowship. Frankly, I think it is disgusting that some churches today not only allow abortion doctors to become members, but they let them partake of communion as well! This is blasphemy on an extreme scale. The wine that symbolizes the innocent and Holy blood of Christ should not pass through the lips of someone who still makes a living by shedding innocent blood! Concerning communion, the Bible says:
“He who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body” (I Corinthians 11:29).
I think an abortion doctor who eats the Lords’ supper clearly falls into this category, and will face horrible judgment in the hereafter if he does not repent. This kind of hypocrisy should never be knowingly allowed in a church, and if it is allowed by accident, the one who did it should be told to pray to God for forgiveness. It is no small sin to blaspheme God by abusing the memory of the body and blood of Christ.
That is not to say, however, that we should never allow abortion doctors to pass through the doors of the church. Unbelievers and sinners should always be welcomed to observe true Christian worship, whether they be murderers, adulterers, thieves, liars, or gossips. God loves everyone, and wants them to repent of their sins in order that their relationship with Him might be restored (I Timothy 2:4, II Peter 3:9). Those of us who are true Christians are not better than they are, since we too have committed horrible sins in our past. I pray that many abortion doctors will walk into truth-preaching churches in the following years, hear the gospel and repent of their sins. God loves abortion doctors, and so do I.
About a year ago I communicated with a pastor over the internet who said that it was inappropriate for a church to take a position on the abortion issue. He claimed to personally believe that abortion was wrong, but he did not preach it from his pulpit, because he did not think that this would allow him to show Christ-like love to those in his congregation who were pro-choice. I disagree! I believe his silence was more a symptom of convenience than love. It is not loving to allow a person to sin without warning them of the judgment that they are storing up for themselves (Ezekiel 33:1-20). As Christians it is our responsibility to warn others about the impending consequences of their sins.