What stance have you taken? What stance have you taken?
What stance have you taken?

Pro-life or pro-whatever currently occupies your time

By Jim Phelps


Exodus 21:22 (ESV) reads, “When men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her children come out, but there is no harm, the one who hit her shall surely be fined, as the woman’s husband shall impose on him, and he shall pay as the judges determine.” In this article, fighting and premature births as they are correctly defined won’t be discussed. What will be discussed is the act of men and women who rip fetuses from a mother’s womb, cut apart fully formed babies, and sell their body parts.

These people are vile, disgusting, and slaves to sin. Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin” (John 8:34, ESV). There are great repercussions to sin, “For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23 ESV). Without forgiveness and redemption, there is a great eternal consequence. The consequence of our action—or our inaction—is marked by a number of sobering biblical warnings. When you sin against the Lord, “…be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23, ESV). “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap” (Galatians 6:7, ESV). May God allow us to love others and use each one of us to help change a sinful heart.

Rights of all

In his article, “Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation” for The Human Life Review, Ronald Reagan wrote these profound words in 1983:

“Abraham Lincoln recognized that we could not survive as a free land when some men could decide that others were not fit to be free and should therefore be slaves. Likewise, we cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion or infanticide. My Administration is dedicated to the preservation of America as a free land, and there is no cause more important for preserving that freedom than affirming the transcendent right to life of all human beings, the right without which no other rights have any meaning.”

Where it begins

John Calvin, in his commentary on Exodus 21:22, gives us great insight to the issue of life and where it begins:

“If men strive, and hurt a woman. This passage at first sight is ambiguous, for if the word death only applies to the pregnant woman, it would not have been a capital crime to put an end to the foetus, which would be a great absurdity; for the foetus, though enclosed in the womb of its mother, is already a human being, (homo,) and it is almost a monstrous crime to rob it of the life which it has not yet begun to enjoy. If it seems more horrible to kill a man in his own house than in a field, because a man’s house is his place of most secure refuge, it ought surely to be deemed more atrocious to destroy a foetus in the womb before it has come to light. On these grounds I am led to conclude, without hesitation, that the words, ‘if death should follow,’ must be applied to the foetus as well as to the mother.”

Stand for life

When a fetus is aborted, it dies. Oftentimes, it’s ripped from a mother’s womb, cut apart into smaller pieces, and the body parts can be sold. To the Christian, it can be called murder, slaughter, or even genocide. Call it what you will. Over 3,000 babies are aborted every day in the United States. How much longer will so many of us sit idly? Do the readers of this article move on with our daily lives, unaffected? Or do we link arms with others, reach out to those who are aborting or performing the abortions, kneel down and pray together, then stand up and fight for life together?

Jim Phelps and his wife, Cori, are passionate followers of Christ. Jim is particularly interested in mobilizing men and strengthening small groups. Learn more at 2717ministries.org or contact him at info@2717ministries.org.

To help answers difficult questions on this topic, check out Abortion: A Rational Look at an Emotional Issue, By R.C. Sproul, on Ligonier.org.

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