Good Morning Family.
If you don’t know who I am, my name is Rob.
I’m one of the elders and pastors here at Hillside.
It’s great to see you all here this morning.
Let’s start things off with Prayer.
We’re going to spend our time in the 139th Psalm this morning
wonderful psalm of worship as david is in awe of the complete power of God.
He spends most of this Psalm being overwhelmed by God’s
omniscience - omnipresence
He’s overwhelmed as he ponders the knowledge of God
And that God is everywhere at all times.
You could say he’s overwhelmed and in awe of how big and great God is.
We’ll be diving into verses 13-16 specifically.
And the subject matter will be abortion.
Before we get into it I want to make a couple of things clear from the beginning.
The first thing I want to throw out there...
What you’ll hear taught at this church is that
Abortion is murder.
No other way to put it.
Abortion is the premeditated, medical dismemberment, of a human baby.
Abortion is Murder.
The second and as important thing
I want to make clear is that in this family,
if you’ve had an abortion,
pressured someone or paid for someone to have an abortion,
or been that guy who got your girlfriend pregnant then took off - and played that role in abortion.
Then I want you to know that the sacrifice of Jesus is infinitely bigger than your sin
and we want to love you and walk with you in the mess.
Abortion is not an unforgivable or disqualifying sin.
There is no place in scripture that would lead us to believe that you’ve stepped out of bounds so much that you cannot be forgiven.
In fact Moses, David, Paul -
All wrote more of the scriptures than any other men
Moses/Egyptian, David/Uriah, Paul/Stephen
Too often I’ve seen Christians destroy people on Facebook and get downright ugly about things like this
without taking into account at all, the hurt, guilt, and anguish being felt should someone who’s been through this see what they’ve written.
We’re too quick to speak and too slow to listen.
Quick to make sure everyone sees us and hears our opinion and knows what we think...
Never stopping to feel the compassion of Christ for those who’ve gone through this and are in pain.
So I want to say to anyone who’s been involved in abortion in any way, that I’m going to say some hard things today, but you are not without hope.
You are not alone.
And you don’t have to go through this alone.
We long to walk with you through this.
On January 22, 1973 the United States Supreme Court ruled that unduly restrictive state regulation of abortion was unconstitutional.
In a majority opinion the court held that a set of Texas statutes criminalizing abortion in most instances violated a woman’s constitutional right of privacy,
which it found to be implicit
in the liberty guarantee of the due process clause of the 14th Amendment in which it states
“…nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law”.
To add a bit of perspective to the issue...
How many people were killed in the holocaust?
- 17 million!
What about Stalin?
How many of his own countrymen did he kill?
- 23 million!
Since this date; since Roe vs. Wade - The United States has dismembered 60 million of its own babies!
This is an evil that matches any evil that has been recorded on planet earth
It’s greater than any massacre or genocide in the history of mankind.
Let’s dive in and see what scripture says.
many times we have this belief, but we’re not quite able to back it up.
So let’s look at what the Bible has to say about life,
David says to God, “You formed my inward parts;”
The word used here for inward parts is used elsewhere to describe kidneys or other organs
but in other places is used to describe the inner man,
conscience, inner being, mind, or soul.
This is a big deal because as science has progressed they’ve had to admit the child in the womb isn’t simply a clump of cells.
so the argument has had to shift.
Where they used to say, it’s not a life yet,
Now they would say, Of course it’s a life but it’s not a person.
When does personhood happen?
When does a human being receive a soul?
At what point does a baby receive a soul or
become a true entity or
think or feel?
David says in Psalm 51:5… which is ironically the Psalm he wrote when he was repenting for adultery and murder...
This doesn’t mean David was conceived out of wedlock or anything like that.
David was the youngest in a big family.
Nothing shady happened there.
David is saying that from the moment of his conception he was in sin.
This means he had a soul - he was a sinner in the womb - he already had Adam’s stamp on him.
Now, I realize that some of us think little Johnny came out perfect and he wasn’t born a sinner…and we can discuss why that’s wrong later we can put you on the nursery schedule and you can let them convince you.
“Wove me in my mother’s womb.”
Some of your translations will have knitted there rather than wove.
Both are good translations.
Point is that God, IN THE WOMB, plays an intricate role in developing and creating every single thing about every single person ever.
Who knits in here or crochets?
You select the type of material, colors, size of hooks.
Every step of the way you’re intentional and you’re thinking about the big picture;
the finished product is in your mind.
God’s creation of every human being is an intimate one.
David being overwhelmed by God’s creating him begins to praise God.
“My soul knows it very well.”
How beautiful that the same soul that God put in David,