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26 January, 2007 / theexpositor

Church bears ‘some responsibility’ for abortion tragedy?

On my radio program today, I commented on Dr. Richard Land’s recent statement that the church was at least somewhat responsible for abortion being legalized.

The Baptist Press story stated,

“That could never have happened without at least the acquiescence of people in our churches — Protestant and Catholic alike,” said Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

Scott Reiber, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Vicksburg, MS emailed the following comment,

Would abortion have been legalized if the Church had stood up?  I don’t
think so.  Why?

1–Problem was that in the early part of the last century most mainline
churches abandoned the Word of God as being just that, the Word of God.
So there was no moral authority about sexual ethics and the value of human life.

2–Problem was that among Evangelicals the idea was that the world — meaning life — including medicine, law, politics — virtually every area of life — was hoplelessly corrupt and going to become worse and worse. Christians could not dirty their hands by being involved in these areas. Just snatch a few brands from the burning because Christ was coming.  In part this was a reaction to the social gospel of the liberals, but in the
end it abandoned virtually every area of human endeavour to the world. And
the results???  Abortion, infanticide, euthanasia – what area do Christians
dominate in our culture?