As the group from our church recently stood outside the Planned Parenthood center and watched woman after woman enter, it was painful to realize that the Word of God had so much to say to them, and that we had such little opportunity to say it.
As the unwilling mothers took a dozen or so steps from their cars to the doorway of that place of death, we hurriedly called out to them phrases like:
“Don’t hurt your baby,” or
“Come and talk it over,” or
“Come see the ultrasound pictures of my own baby.”
Rev. Warren Gardner spoke from Leviticus 20:1-5 about the sobering truth that God himself will take vengeance against those who give their children to Molech and who do not repent.
While we stood speaking to women entering the clinic, there was a Planned Parenthood worker standing on the sidewalk to escort them inside and away from the pleading words of truth that we were speaking. Since this woman, the doorkeeper, was outside the whole time that we were there, I watched her and pondered what she was doing. The words of David came to mind: “I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” (Psalm 84:10)
I spoke across the parking lot to the doorkeeper at this place of death to tell her that it is a sweet and wonderful thing to be a doorkeeper in the house of God, to keep out all that is unfit for the presence of God, but to welcome in penitent sinners into the blessed presence of God. However, it is a fearful thing to be a doorkeeper for the tents of wickedness, upon which the judgment of the Lord will fall when he comes again.
Does Abortion Give True Liberty?
When we arrived just before the abortion center opened, there was a couple getting out of their vehicle to head toward the door. I called out to them in the words of Reuben when he was pleading against the plot to murder young Joseph: “Do not sin against the child.” (Genesis 42:22) The man responded angrily, which was difficult for me. However, this same couple came back through the door a little while later to smoke on the sidewalk. I called out to them and quoted Genesis 49:21, “Naphtali is a hind [deer] let loose: he giveth goodly words.”
Having recently heard a helpful sermon on this text by one of our denomination’s ministers, I used the text to describe the believer’s freedom from the guilt and power of sin and to ask this couple whether abortion can give true liberty. No, indeed, it cannot. It is a sin that entangles the one who commits it in a thicket of guilt, just like Naphtali was entangled in guilt for those long years during which his part in the sin against Joseph went unconfessed. True liberty is found in turning from sins committed and sins intended unto Christ!
Speaking “Goodly Words” About the Saviour
An abortion center is one of the “lurking places of the villages” (Psalm 10:8) where lions lie in wait to catch the poor and make the poor fall by their strong ones (verses 9 and 10). Inside of an abortion center, parents and doctors agree together to employ poisons and knives against the lives of helpless infants, while rulers and judges fail to stop the bloodshed. This is an unfair fight. We should speak out against it. Some might consider it too aggressive to call upon strangers to repent.
However, the call to repentance is also a call to liberty! An abortion center is a fitting place for the Lord’s people, as “Napthalites,” to be present speaking “goodly words” about the liberty that is to be found only in turning from sin and turning to Christ.
We want our neighbors to be as hinds let loose! We want their young endangered children in the womb to be like hinds let loose, rejoicing and perhaps in time learning to praise God for delivering them!
Lord willing, members and friends of Reformation Presbyterian Church plan to conduct a Gospel-centered pro-life ministry at abortion facilities in the metro Atlanta area on a monthly basis. For more information or to attend, please contact us at 770.789.7001.
-Pastor Brent Evans, Reformation Presbyterian Church, September 2018