The contemporary West is a very spiritual place despite the claims and doublespeaks otherwise.
Sure, we don’t speak about our false gods as though they are people like the cultures of old but we worship them nonetheless and in much the same ways false gods have always been worshipped.
Rather than Marduk, Baal, or Artemis, our false gods are ideological and go by names like Abortion, the false god of I demand the right to murder my own child using other people’s money, Welfare, the false god of I’m a victim and I demand people who work fund my life, and Tolerance, the false god of shut up and accept whatever I want or I will slander and ad hominem you into social exile.
While the latter two extract figurative blood, the former false god literally drinks the blood of children.
The following article by Joseph Chambers is a brutal but sadly necessary commentary on the current state of idol worship in the West:
The aborting of unborn children is the darkest act of human existence. The Islamic terrorists who march around the world looking for ways to destroy all religions and governments that differ from Islam are not any more vile than a mother who destroys her own child in her womb. The pro-abortion doctors and liberal politicians in our Western world who support this depraved industry might well be judged by the Creator more seriously than the Islamic terrorists. How did we descend to accepting the mindset that murdering an unborn child is acceptable? Could this fall have started when we stopped saying “mother with child” and started saying “pregnant woman?” This terrible tragedy of sacrificing millions of children cannot be understood without understanding Bible prophecy.
First, let’s reflect on the sacred facts concerning a mother’s womb, and then consider some statements of what occurs during the act of abortion.[i] We will limit the description to the most common methods.
The Sanctity of Life from Conception
Before we consider the methods of abortion, let’s look at the ethical reality of childbearing and the sacred facts surrounding the establishment of life in a mother’s womb. The Creator of this universe could speak each life into existence as He did with Adam and Eve and simply “eject” new people into our world. Instead, He made men and women His partners in multiplying and spreading the human family. While we are partners with God in many of His actions, such as bringing converts into the spiritual family, this alliance is especially unique: A husband and wife physically unite to plant a seed of life in a very safe location of the mother’s body. This life, shortly after the egg is fertilized, becomes a separate entity from the mother and begins the physiological process of developing towards a self-sustaining existence. But miraculously, the womb of the mother is so sacred that the life inside instantly possesses an eternal soul as well. There can be no point in the child’s development that a soul somehow “occurs”; this eternal soul can only be counted from conception.
To summarize: The Creator has given mothers and fathers the divine capacity to set a life—and soul—in motion. The womb of the mother is somehow similar to a “holy of holies,” where the eternal existence of the child grows as the body to house the soul develops. To call this marvelous transaction anything but sacred is impossible. Understanding the Creator’s grand design for human life and its extension of itself reaches far beyond just biological facts. To consider disrupting this holy process by invading the safe dominion of the mother’s womb and mutilating the life within should be unthinkable. Whether the child lives or dies, the father and mother will face this soul in eternity. The biblical acts of our eternal existence do not allow for anything less. It is truly awesome.
Abortion Procedures in the Various Stages of Gestation
Now, with a firm grasp of the spiritual and biological realities of new life within a mother’s uterus, we’ll turn our attention to the infinitely more difficult-to-read-about topic of physically ending that life.
Abortion performed during the first trimester of a woman’s pregnancy is usually carried out with a “manual vacuum aspiration.” In some cases, an electric vacuum is used. A long, thin tube is inserted into the uterus and, when suction is created, the developing child is drawn out. Often, a tool called a curette is used in order to make certain that none of the baby’s parts are left in the mother that would cause infection or require surgery.
A different procedure is necessary for an abortion performed between the sixth and fourteenth week of the pregnancy. Labeled a “suction curettage” method, it is described on the http://www.pregnancycenters.org Web site as the following:
This is the most common surgical abortion procedure. Because the baby is larger, the doctor must first stretch open the cervix using metal rods. Opening the cervix may be painful, so local or general anesthesia is typically needed. After the cervix is stretched open, the doctor inserts a hard plastic tube into the uterus. He then connects this tube to a suction machine. The suction pulls the fetus’ body apart and out of the uterus. The doctor may also use a loop-shaped knife called a curette to scrape the fetus and fetal parts out of the uterus. (The doctor may refer to the fetus and fetal parts as the “products of conception.”)[ii]
A third method of ending the life in a mother’s womb during the first trimester is the administration of RU486 (Mifepristone) medication, also known as the “abortion pill.”
This drug is only approved for use in women up to the forty-ninth day after their last menstrual period. The procedure usually requires three office visits. On the first visit, the woman is given pills to cause the death of the embryo. Two days later, if the abortion has not occurred, she is given a second drug which causes cramps to expel the embryo. The last visit is to determine if the procedure has been completed.[iii]
It is extremely evident that a second-trimester abortion—called dilation and evacuation (D and E)—is far more serious than a first-trimester abortion, and is certainly more dangerous for the mother. While the length of the pregnancy is reported using different time periods, the D and E is generally performed from thirteen to twenty-four weeks after conception. By this stage of pregnancy, the child has developed greatly, has a clear heartbeat, and bears all the marks of a person. Pictures of these babies after they’ve been aborted—either whole or in parts—are unbearable to look at. The following partly describes the procedure:
This surgical abortion is done during the second trimester of pregnancy. At this point in pregnancy, the fetus is too large to be broken up by suction alone and will not pass through the suction tubing. In this procedure, the cervix must be opened wider than in a first trimester abortion. This is done by inserting numerous thin rods made of seaweed a day or two before the abortion. Once the cervix is stretched open, the doctor pulls out the fetal parts with forceps. The fetus’ skull is crushed to ease removal. A sharp tool¼is also used to scrape out the contents of the uterus, removing any remaining tissue.[iv]
A typical procedure performed during the third trimester is called dilation and extraction (D and X), also referred to as partial-birth abortion. These ominous terms should be enough to change the mind of a mother concerning the destruction of her child. This procedure may be used from twenty weeks into the pregnancy to full term (forty weeks). This is basically a three-day procedure that begins with the injection of medication into the baby’s heart to stop it from beating. The abortionist must use an ultrasound to locate the heart for this process. During the first two days, there is a gradual enlarging of the mother’s cervix by laminaria (“sticks of seaweed which absorb fluid and swell dilation”[v]). On the third day, the abortionist bursts and drains the amniotic sac, then uses the dilation and evacuation procedure to remove the child. Here is an excerpt from the http://www.americanpregnancy.org Web site describing what a woman undergoing the procedure can expect to happen to her unborn child once her water breaks:
The fetus is rotated and forceps are used to grasp and pull the legs, shoulders, and arms through the birth canal. A small incision is made at the base of the skull to allow a suction catheter inside. The catheter removes the cerebral material until the skull collapses. Then the fetus is completely removed.[vi]
More details about the stomach-turning procedure are explained in the following excerpt:
Under the Intact D&X method, the largest part of the fetus (the head) is reduced in diameter to allow vaginal passage. According to the American Medical Association, this procedure has four main elements. First, the cervix is dilated. Second, the fetus is positioned for a footling breech. Third, the fetus is partially pulled out, starting with the feet, as far as the neck. Fourth, the brain and material inside the skull [are] evacuated, so that a dead but otherwise intact fetus can be delivered via the vagina.
Usually, preliminary procedures are performed over a period of two to three days, to gradually dilate the cervix using laminaria tents.¼ Sometimes drugs such as pitocin, a synthetic form of oxytocin, are used to induce labor. Once the cervix is sufficiently dilated, the doctor uses an ultrasound and forceps to grasp the fetus’ leg. The fetus is turned to a breech position, if necessary, and the doctor pulls one or both legs out of the birth canal, which some refer to as “partial birth” of the fetus. The doctor subsequently extracts the rest of the fetus, leaving only the head still inside the birth canal. An incision is made at the base of the skull, a blunt dissector (such as a Kelly clamp) is inserted into the incision and opened to widen the opening, and then a suction catheter is inserted into the opening. The brain is suctioned out, which causes the skull to collapse and allows the fetus to pass more easily through the birth canal. The placenta is removed and the uterine wall is vacuum aspirated using a cannula.[vii]
What Must Our God Think?
Every leg, arm, or other body part torn from a baby’s body in the process of eliminating an unborn child is recorded in God’s great world of knowledge. Every fingerprint that sets apart a living soul is uniquely planned long before conception in the womb. No two fingerprints of all the billions created have ever been duplicated. The Creator, Who uses a mother’s womb as His workshop and her love as His partnership, has designed every part. At some time in His ageless past, He planned every soul and designed every life. He said, “All souls are mine.” They may be torn from His heart, but they will never be removed from His knowledge.
The Holy Ghost inspired a clear statement of this fact. The Spirit said:
For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. (Psa. 139:13–16)
More beautiful words could never be written! Human life is not just another animal; evolution is the world’s biggest lie! The Sovereign God has a plan for His human family, and no living soul is exempt. Every part of the physical body was designed by the Creator. He did not just create Adam and Eve and leave the rest of the world’s population to the process of addition. Each living soul is uniquely designed and individually planned. Any other possibility defies common sense.
Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Ghost in Mary’s womb (see Matt. 1:18 and Luke 1:35), and immediately His presence affected both Mary and others around her. Elizabeth and her son—six-months after conception—were filled with the Holy Ghost by the presence of Mary and her womb-borne “Savior and Deliverer” (see Luke 1:39–45). This kind of activity in the wombs of these mothers testifies to the glory of an unborn child! That our God would choose to send even His only Son to redeem mankind by using His creative ingeniousness of a mother’s womb forever proves the existence of life from conception. Jesus Christ is eternal, and there was no nine-month lapse in His conscious existence. He did not come to live on earth when He was born; He came when He was conceived by the Holy Ghost in Mary’s womb.
The blood of every murdered baby is crying from the earth! Can you hear the moans of sorrow? The Heavenly Father can. When Cain killed Abel, the Father cried to this first murderer, “Where is Abel thy brother?” Cain answered back with a lie and an excuse, “I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?” Then, God spoke awesome words: “What hast thou done? The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground” (Gen. 4:9–10). The judgments of God are gathering like a pent-up storm that is soon to be unleashed. Blood, the innocent blood of the multitude of little ones who were never allowed to see the light of day, is crying¼and God is listening.
All God asks of us is to weep in repentance and stand up in defense that we may end this sacrifice of our babies! Jeremiah said that “crying and sighing” was our duty in the face of every abomination of sin. If we will both “weep in repentance” and “stand in defense,” our God will continue to raise up pastors and political leaders who will put their careers on the line for the unborn. Roe v. Wade has a death warrant that is being signed by the praying people of America. The anger and mindless actions of the liberals in America are a testimony that the death warrant against that landmark Supreme Court Decision of January 22, 1973, may soon be served.
The Guilty Church World
It seems impossible that those in our “church world” have allowed this to happen. Christian churches are in almost every part of America; their real estate value totals in the billions of dollars. Many ministers live in the comfort of an elite class, spending extravagantly on comfort, education, missions, social events, and advertisements. How and when did we forget the moral challenges of the entire Holy Bible? Jesus Christ was crucified because He disrupted the comfort of the compromised. He neither owned a camel to ride on nor had a bed to sleep on, but He stormed the gates of hell.
Dr. Francis Schaeffer said it perfectly in his book, The Great Evangelical Disaster:
Accommodation, accommodation. How the mindset of accommodation grows and expands. The last sixty years have given birth to a moral disaster, and what have we done? Sadly, we must say that the evangelical world has been part of the disaster. More than this, the evangelical response itself has been a disaster. Where is the clear voice speaking to the crucial issues of the day with distinctively biblical, Christian answers? With tears we must say it is not there and that a large segment of the evangelical world has become seduced by the world spirit of this present age. And more than this, we can expect the future to be a further disaster if the evangelical world does not take a stand for biblical truth and morality in the full spectrum of life. For the evangelical accommodation to the world of our age represents the removal of the last barrier against the breakdown of our culture. And with the final removal of this barrier will come social chaos and the rise of authoritarianism in some form to restore social order.[viii]
Sacrificing to the “Gods” of Confusion
As the church world has departed from separation from the world, the world’s ways have captured the church. No one believed that allowing all the innocent-appearing compromises would culminate in the sacrifices of children in abortions, but it did and always does. The god of this world is never satisfied with partial worship; he wants our all. To give him an inch is the spiritual equivalent of giving him all, because that’s his game. When we open the door, he then has right of possession.
The families of God have always lived in the midst of corruption and evil influences. It is impossible to escape the presence of sin and satanic powers as long as we are living on this side of the resurrection and final redemption. When Jesus prayed His pastoral prayer for the disciples, He framed that prayer to show our vulnerability.
And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. (John 17:11)
I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. (John 17:14-16)
We are in the midst of absolute filth. Satan is the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4). Our families stand in victory only when we live out the prayer in the above paragraph. We are in the world but not a part of it. There is absolutely no other way to build our Christian homes but by constantly standing vigil over their foundations and principles. As the children of Israel were traveling through the wilderness toward the Promised Land, the Lord warned them of these evil influences and what they would do to the houses of Jewish families:
The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to theLord thy God. Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing. (Deut. 7:25–26, emphasis added)
The families of the Lord must learn to abhor every semblance of evil and wickedness reflected on the ungodly side of the world system. When we translate the terms of the above Scripture into modern language, it paints a very clear picture. The phrase “graven images of their gods” easily reflects the gods of music and the vulgar dress that accompanies the music culture. The celebrity sports culture has permeated the American lifestyle until we put up with sports figures who are absolute moral perverts and stadiums that are nothing but big beer-and-gambling-party houses. We tolerate the utter desecration of the Day of the Lord, the day Jesus was resurrected and the day that was established as our Sabbath, yet most people treat it as a “holiday” rather than a “holy day.” This powerful warning in Deuteronomy stated that the abominations of the world will make your home a cursed thing and would create a snare to your family. Ministries like Bill Gothard’s, mine, and many others have documented how children and young people have been snared and led to rebellion by the presence of evil in the home. Movie star pictures on a bedroom wall; toys, games, and entertainment with witchcraft influence; and decorating or dressing in the attire of godless people, etc., will snare the lives of those who live under these abominations. We cannot take fire into our bosoms and not be burned.
It is impossible to name all the many items, expressions, and images that have come to represent the work of demon spirits in our culture. Secular television is saturated with the filth of immorality and pagan influences. A good part of recent Hollywood productions has used themes from varying religious ideas and heathen cultures. We cannot bring these snares into our homes without consequence.
God’s warning to the ancient children of Israel is certainly a warning to our modern lives today as well. Satan’s techniques have not changed. We are approaching his last effort at world control, and we’re going to see evil manifested in an unparalleled fashion. Our homes must become places of spiritual light. Truth must be an open book so that our children are protected. Satan is like a cockroach: He hates the light and flees when it is made manifest.
Satan Always Wants Blood in the End
Our world has fallen so far from the truth of the Bible that the sacrifice of blood is the final price Satan demands. Some people think the church has recently turned away from the truth to this point of darkness, but we started at least fifty years ago. I remember hearing A. W. Tozer preaching here in Charlotte, North Carolina, about forty years ago. He stated that he had preached himself out of the pulpits of his own denomination. Can we grasp what has happened? It’s almost impossible to believe that our churches say almost nothing about four thousand babies being aborted every day in America. Between the Roe v. Wadedecision of January 22, 1973 and 3:30 pm on March 23, 2010—the time I completed writing this chapter—we have murdered 5,477,630 babies. Now, add four thousand for every day since that date. That is approximately one dead baby every twenty seconds.
In their book, Entertaining Spirits Unaware, authors David Benoit and Eric Barger stated:
It is obvious that if we think that the “civilized world” is rid of such horrors [as sacrificing human lives], we need to think again. The spirit of Molech is alive and well in America today. Satan’s desire to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10) is vividly displayed through both the emotional and physical acts of child abuse and the ultimate practice inspired by this horrific god/abortion. Abortion may not be carried out in consideration of an actual deity, but they are surely an act of human sacrifice, taking life on the altar of convenience to appease the god of “self” and sexual promiscuity.[ix]
No doubt abortion is an act of worship to the god of the “adamic nature.” By birth, man’s nature is capable of hideous actions, and when it is untaught and unchanged by divine grace, it normally descends deeper and deeper into vileness. I have often said that man does not have to be possessed by spirits or demons, but can digress to being a demon himself. If a holy angel can become a demon—and a multitude did—then a human can become of a similar nature.
The people of the nation Israel were God’s chosen people, and they experienced great miracles of care and protection. Consider the Red Sea crossing, the Great Flood of water in the desert, and the fire that covered a mountain and left it burnt black until this present hour. Those are only three of a supernatural list. Yet, the Israelites turned from God to offer their children as sacrifices to the fire in worship of Molech. Listen to the prophet Jeremiah bemoan their descent into false worship to a vicious false god:
Because of all the evil of the children of Israel and of the children of Judah, which they have done to provoke me to anger, they, their kings, their princes, their priests, and their prophets, and the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And they have turned unto me the back, and not the face: though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not hearkened to receive instruction. But they set their abominations in the house, which is called by my name, to defile it. And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin. (Jer. 32:32–35)
It is amazing how quickly human nature can turn from the miracles of a true faith and begin to worship false gods. As in the book of Acts, the apostle Luke warned us of this descent:
Then God turned, and gave them up to worship the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, “O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to Me slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilderness? Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.” (Acts 7:42–43)
Man is incurably idolatrous unless he is possessed of a vibrant faith and a disciplined will. A multitude of Americans are claiming to worship the God of biblical revelations and are worshipping Molech at the same time. I do not believe it is possible for Spirit-led believers to offer their unborn children on an abortion clinic altar. I shall not forget when my wife, Juanita, was carrying our children: Both of us would woo and whisper to these little ones growing in their sacred chamber. As the time of their birth drew near, we planned names and enjoyed every thought of their soon arrival. As my children grew into young adults, I would weep every time I thought of their departure from our home. They were absolutely dear to us from the moment their mother knew she was “with child.” (Remember how all of us used to speak of pregnancy: “with child.” It was unacceptable to say the word “pregnant” in public. Isn’t it amazing how far we have come!)
We are saved by grace alone, but sin must be identified. One of the major problems in the church of America is that we have played down the effects of sin. The church world has done this in the name of grace. Since we are saved by grace and not by our righteousness, then sin is considered of little consequence. The modern way is to talk about grace, love, and positive things, and to leave off sin and the dark side of life. Satan loves this kind of thinking.
While we have watched the church world play this little game, sin has infiltrated our schools, our culture, our homes, and our churches. Just like Lot in Sodom, the righteous will survive and ultimately escape the impending judgment, but the web of evil that has ensnared our houses, our children, and our youth will still be in place. Those lives caught in this web (like Lot’s family) will be the crowd that will not hear the warning of the judgment to come.
Let’s sprinkle again our houses with Christ’s blood as we remind our families that they must remain in the house to be protected. How do we sprinkle this blood? By faith! The Old Testament worshippers used a hyssop branch, but we live and act by faith. That blood is sprinkled as you trust Him only and cling to His cross with abandonment. We bring nothing to the altar of His sacrifice except total trust. Declaring ourselves helpless, we trust only in Him. We must teach this trust to our families over and over again.
[i] This subject is of such an emotionally charged, serious, and inherently graphic nature that this material might be disturbing to some readers. I promise you that I have sobbed before God in heartrending grief every time I have reviewed the manuscript. What you are reading has been bathed with tears.
[ii] “Considering Abortion? Learn About Abortion Procedures and Abortion Risks,” Option Line (http://www.pregnancycenters.org/abortion.html.).
[v] “Intact Dilation and Extraction,” Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Intact_dilation_and_extraction&oldid=362555048.
[vi] “Surgical Abortion Procedures,” American Pregnancy Association(http://www.americanpregnancy.org/unplannedpregnancy/surgicalabortions.html.
[vii] “Intact Dilation and Extraction.”
[viii] Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway, 1984) 141.
[ix] David Benoit and Eric Barger, Entertaining Spirits Unaware (Oklahoma City, OK: Hearthstone, 2006) 26.