The Sanctity of Life
Within our Life and Faith Distinctive is the following commitment to life…
Procreation is a gift from God, a precious trust reserved for marriage. At the moment of conception, a new being enters the universe, a human being, a being created in God's image. This human being deserves our protection, whatever the circumstances of conception.
Inherent within this statement are some important truths that confront some of the grievous actions of the sinful world around us.
Biblical revelation clearly and consistently affirms that human life is formed by God in His image. Therefore, all life everywhere is worthy of honor and dignity (Genesis 1:27; 9:6).
God alone is the Author of life and He alone numbers our days, from the moment of conception until natural death (Job 14:5–7; Psalm 39:4).
The Bible commands us to honor our parents and the aged (Exodus 20:12; Leviticus 19:32; Ephesians 6:2).
The Bible affirms that “children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord” and calls us to “speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death.”
Instead of following God and His Word, our culture has redefined life and created choices for human beings that attack the plans and purposes of God. This has led to the following:
Our nation has seen a holocaust of an estimated fifty-seven million unborn babies aborted since the legalization of abortion in 1973 (Roe v. Wade).
Our nation has disregarded the elderly and vulnerable through legislation or court rulings that have effectively legalized physician-assisted suicide in many states.
Our nation has sought to force Christians to act against their consciences through recent federal directives seeking to compel religious organizations and individuals to provide or pay for coverage of abortifacient technologies and services.
Because of the great divide between what our world says regarding the dignity and respect of human life and what is clearly articulated in the Scriptures, we affirm the following so that no one can be mistaken about our position for human life whether at conception or the end of life:
We repudiate the genocide of legalized abortion in the United States and call on civil authorities to enact laws that defend the lives of the unborn.
We welcome and commend legislation that ensures that all mothers will be fully informed by medical providers of the life development of their unborn children.
We see the importance of preaching and teaching the whole counsel of God’s Word regarding cultural issues that may seem intolerant or offensive to those who see life as a choice or a human-assisted death as a viable option.
We call on our fellow citizens of good will to collaborate with us on behalf of justice, the protection of human life, and the cause of human flourishing.
We encourage continued and expanding partnerships with local ministries that care for and protect the unborn, the vulnerable, and the aged.
We call on all our members to show the love of Christ through appropriate means to those women most vulnerable to the victimization of the abortion industry, and to show grace and mercy to those individuals who grieve with repentance over past abortions.
We call on all our believers to care for the elderly among us, to show them honor and dignity, and to prayerfully support and counsel those who are providing end-of-life care for the aged, the terminally ill, and the chronically infirmed.
We commend the efforts of those who seek to join with us in the defense and protection of human life at every stage.
We will continue to pray and work for the repeal of unjust laws and inhumane practices that degrade any and all human life, all the while looking toward the day when our Lord will make all things new and “Death will no longer exist; grief, crying, and pain will exist no longer, because the previous things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).