Notes from a sermon by Dr. Greg Sloop, Lead Pastor of the Kannap0lis Church of God, preached on January 22, 2016 (Sanctity of Human Life Sunday) in the 10:30 am service.
Psalm 106:34–39 (NKJV)
34 They did not destroy the peoples,
Concerning whom the Lord had commanded them,
35 But they mingled with the Gentiles
And learned their works;
36 They served their idols,
Which became a snare to them.
37 They even sacrificed their sons
And their daughters to demons,
38 And shed innocent blood,
The blood of their sons and daughters,
Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan;
And the land was polluted with blood.
39 Thus they were defiled by their own works,
And played the harlot by their own deeds.
The “Logic” of Abortion
I am not ready for a child
I cannot provide this child a good home
I have a career
I am too young
Mother Teresa of Calcutta, India, was the keynote speaker at the 1994 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. The scene was unforgettable: On either side of the podium sat President Clinton, Vice President Gore, and other dignitaries. Aids rolled the frail, eighty-three-year-old Mother Teresa to the podium in a wheelchair and had to help her stand to her feet. She stood on a special platform, and even with that the four-foot-six-inch woman could hardly reach the microphone.
Nevertheless her words sent shock waves through the auditorium. She rebuked America and its leaders for the policy of abortion.
“Mother Teresa said that America has become a selfish nation,” writes Philip Yancey, “in danger of losing the proper meaning of love: ‘giving until it hurts …’ ”
Mother Teresa said, “If we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill each other?…Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love but to use any violence to get what they want.”
Mother Teresa pleaded with pregnant women who don’t want their children: “Please don’t kill the child,” she said. “I want the child. Please give me the child. I want it. I will care for it.”
She means what she says. Mother Teresa has already placed three thousand children with families in Calcutta.
She is a model of self-sacrificing love, speaking out on behalf of the weak and giving herself to serve them.
395 Philip Yancey, “The Riddle of Bill Clinton’s Faith,” Christianity Today, 25 April 1994, 29. Chuck Colson, “How to Confront a President,” Christianity Today, 25 April 1994, 64.
Larson, Craig Brian. 750 Engaging Illustrations for Preachers, Teachers & Writers. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2002. Print.
The Hope of Life…Cut Short
Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
The Viability Argument
When does life begin? 8 weeks? 24 weeks? 36 weeks? Birth?
Is it murder if the child could not live outside the mother?
Even the law says that someone who attacks an expectant mother and the fetus dies is guilty of manslaughter.
The illogical thing about the law is that it also allows the abortion of a fetus in the name of women’s rights.
The Magnificent Plan of the Creator
Jeremiah 7:5–7 (NKJV)
5 “For if you thoroughly amend your ways and your doings, if you thoroughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbor, 6 if you do not oppress the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, or walk after other gods to your hurt, 7 then I will cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers forever and ever.
Psalm 33:10–12 (NKJV)
10 The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.
11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
The plans of His heart to all generations.
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.
Earthly Logic is an Epic Fail (Selfish, Pragmatic)
Heavenly Logic is Counterintuitive (Selfless, Holy)
There is Hope in God
He has a Magnificent Plan for Your Life