The pro-life movement is alive and well. Increasing thousands show up each year at the March for Life in Washington, D. C. Estimates of the crowd size in 2015 ranged from half a million to 800,000. These came to show their care for the unborn who have been openly under lethal attack by the pro-abortionists since the 1973 Roe vs. Wade ruling by the U. S. Supreme Court. Crisis centers are now found throughout the nation giving an alternative to those who face unanticipated pregnancies. And the number of abortions in the U.S. is diminishing from a high of 1.6 million in 1990 to somewhat over 1 million in 2014.
Yet our government subsidizes organizations that promote the killing of these innocent lives. The Congress passed legislation in December 2015 which included what was termed “full funding” of Planned Parenthood, which in 2014 aborted 327,653 pre-born babies according to their own report (the latest year total available). In addition, the elected leader of our government gave a eulogy for the organization when he said, “Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you.”
Why the thanks? Because abortion is the ultimate birth control. It is how those who are “in trouble” because of their sexual liberty get out of trouble. What could
be more simple in solving the problem of an unwanted pregnancy than aborting the “product of conception”? And it’s legal. Plus it is blessed by the “leader of the free world.” Also it is considered by many “religious” people to be a compassionate response to a difficult problem. What could be wrong with that?
Here is what’s wrong. 83% of abortions in America are obtained by unmarried girls and women. So they are having sexual relations outside of marriage in direct violation of the seventh commandment, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”
Involved in every abortion to these unwed mothers-to-be is this sin (except victims of rape, who are not guilty, see Deut. 22:25,26). And the ones having the abortions are not alone in the sin. Each one has a partner in sin. It takes a male and female together for there to be conception.
According to one study, 53% of women who had abortions felt pressured by others to undergo the procedure. Often it is the father of the unborn child who applies the pressure. And in many cases he goes off scot-free while the woman or girl is left to deal with the consequences of their sin. So she is abandoned, frightened, pressured, and often feeling guilty as she deals with the difficulty she experiences. And the clock is ticking. There is no going back. Once she has conceived there is a developing baby. This is multiplied over and over in America until of those involved, over a million each year opt to have the life of the growing baby snuffed out. But that does not end the ordeal.
God is not mocked nor is He silent. One study of post-abortive women found that there was a ten year period of denial and repression after which the impact of the decision to abort becomes more acute. It is not only the women whose consciences awaken. A middle aged man who encouraged a woman to have an abortion told me years later how that had weighed on him for decades. He experienced what the psalmist felt after his sin. “For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me” (Ps. 32:4a). God does not leave people alone. Be sure of it, your sin will find you out. Even if others never know and it seems hidden from sight, sin will be outed. Lies, denials, and excuses are no match for the conscience when the Holy Spirit does His work of convincing the world of sin.
The wrong of abortion is rightly pointed out by pro-lifers. But often what leads to the abortion goes unmentioned. This is the forgotten sin. Breaking God’s commandment regarding sexual relations is only compounded by terminating the pregnancy. It does not undo the sin. Also, the sin remains even if there is no pregnancy after sexual relations out of wed-lock. Escaping pregnancy by birth control or lucky timing does not escape the guilt of violating God’s ways.
No matter how strong a man is, he is seldom strong enough to withstand the temptation of a strange woman to whom he has deliberately gotten close. Seeing how near one can get to an improper line is a dangerous thing, especially if the imagination is constantly fueled by influences that glorify unlawful sex. Instead, the young man is urged to, “Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away” (Pr. 4:15). Even godly Joseph could not stay close to temptation, but instead fled from the presence of an alluring woman. This is the answer to those strong desires whether they are from a man or a woman. “Flee fornication” is God’s instruction.
The world is not a friend to grace and it is not a friend to the Christian who tries to be pure. Music, movies, advertisements, entertainment, and often friends or acquaintances in a chorus glorify that which violates God’s truth. Solomon asked, “Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?” (Pr. 6:27). He was warning his son about the danger of putting himself in the way of temptation.
Instead of warning of the danger, the world promotes it. Birth control devices are handed out in public schools. Sex education courses assume that promiscuity is the norm. Feminists are calling abortion a “sacred rite.” All this to promote the idea that sexual activity is normal even among those who are not married and the ultimate fallback if something unplanned happens is abortion. If we can just eliminate the consequences, then the activity is “sanctified.” What an open door for all kinds of promiscuity! No wonder the same President who applauds Planned Parenthood is one of the greatest cheerleaders for the mainstreaming of homosexuality. One concept flows naturally into the other.
While we are debating the nuances of life and the definition of marriage, the forgotten sin goes on with little said about it. Yet God’s word has not changed. “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind… shall inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Cor. 6:9,10).
There is one hope for this: “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21b). Repentance acknowledges this prevalent yet forgotten sin as an act against God’s law. Faith looks to Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross as the only solution to for sin and uncleanness. This hope is real, as many have found who have humbly fled to Christ for refuge and experienced the joy of forgiveness and cleansing.
Here is a word from the Lord: For those who are endeavoring to walk in their integrity, flee fornication. For those who have fallen into this forgotten sin, repent and believe. Pray with the psalmist David who had thus sinned: “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” (Ps. 51:7).