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Friday, October 1, 2010

Surviving to Stir Things Up: An Abortion Survival Story

“You are the salt of the earth . . .” – Matthew 5:13

Gianna Jessen, (whose testimony is recorded in the accompanying video), is an example of being salt and light in a very profound way. She is “God’s girl.” She survived a saline abortion. Now she’s stirring things up by unashamedly speaking the name of Jesus Christ.

God reverently and “wonderfully” forms us “from the womb” (Psalm 139:13-14; Isaiah 44:2). God’s law protects the unborn (Exodus 21:22-25). Those who support and practice abortion show they don’t “know the works of God” (Ecclesiastes 11:5). Jesus was especially firm and protective of children (Luke 17:1-4).

As someone who was personally involved with abortion I can tell you that it is an emotionally painful and grievous life situation. It’s never as simple as those who support or who are selling abortions make it out to be. There is physical pain for the mother who has the abortion. There could be lasting complications. There is tremendous guilt and emotional pain for the mother and, in many cases the father. Even those who casually participate in abortion, (if that is possible) if they allow the Spirit to speak to them, come to deeply regret having anything to do with ending the life of a little child.

Arguments about abortion are intense and emotionally charged. There are few issues in our day that cause greater anger and animosity. But what is often lost in the discussion is the life of the silent one in the womb. It is the preborn child who is most affected by abortion; their life is at stake. And yet it is the preborn child whose rights are too often subordinated to rights of the mother. The preborn child sees the outcome of abortion in terms of a necessity in life. There are situations where a mother’s life is in the balance in considering abortion. But there are also too many instances where the mother unilaterally makes her decision to abort based on convenience. Who will stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves? Gianna Jessen is an example of a little one who miraculously survived and is now standing up for other preborn children.

If you have had an abortion(s) or are involved with the performing of abortions in some way, there is forgiveness with God. You are responsible for sinfully taking a life. But as serious a sin as abortion is, God says to us, “Come now, and let us reason together,’ says the LORD, ‘though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18). How can we be forgiven and freed from the guilt of abortion? We need to repent or admit and forsake our sin. We need to then come to God and ask His forgiveness not on the basis of any of our own good works or efforts, but on the sole basis of Jesus’ completed and sufficient atoning work on the cross. The blood of Jesus Christ shed on the cross for you is able to cleanse you from such sin (Heb. 9:14; 1 John 1:7, 9). The water of the word of God can clean you from such sin (Heb. 10:22; Eph. 5:26). Then you need to receive God’s forgiveness in faith (John 1:12). The Bible says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (Rom. 8:1). If you forsake your sin, trust in Jesus and receive by faith God’s forgiveness for your sin, you are no longer under God’s just condemnation for that sin. God forgives you. He is “the Father of mercies and God of all comfort” (2 Cor. 1:3). You re a new creature with a fresh start in life through faith in Jesus (2 Cor. 5:17).

Listen to Gianna’s testimony. She speaks of life purpose, the providence of God, and the mercy of God. She speaks of the sin of selfishness, arrogance, and the consequences. She is evidence of how God can cause all things to work together for His good (Rom. 8:28). She is evidence of ho God’s light is greater than Satan’s darkness. Encourage others to watch this video which so clearly depicts what is lost in abortion. We are in a battle between light and darkness. We must, by God’s grace and the power of the Spirit; shine God’s light must in the dark womb of abortion. “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8).

Gianna Jessen from LMF CAM on Vimeo.

If you have questions or need counsel on the issue of abortion contact Pastor Claude at .

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