Eric Thompson

Pro-Life is the Only Biblical Position on Abortion – Pastor Greg Laurie

The topic of abortion is very personal to me — not just because I am a pastor, but because I myself was not planned. I was conceived as a result of a one-night stand and could have become another abortion statistic.

Thankfully, that did not happen.

God Planned Our Lives Before Birth

Though it took me a while to discover it, my life was planned by God:

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. —Psalm 139:13–16 NLT.

I can look back and see that, truly, “every moment was laid out” (Psalm 139:16 NLT). That’s true for every child. God has a plan for him or her, even before birth:

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations. —Jeremiah 1:5 NLT

Notice that God says, “I formed you in your mother’s womb.” God doesn’t say, “I waited until you were born to have a plan for you, because you were not yet really a human, but only a mass of tissue.”

Each child is created by God and is granted the gift of life at conception. I am grateful my mother brought me to term. And I believe, unequivocally, that each and every child should be given the chance to live.

God has a plan for every single baby conceived, regardless of the circumstances. There is no such thing as an illegitimate child. Illegitimate parents, perhaps, but not children.

We read Paul’s words in Galatians, “Even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace…” (1:15 NLT). And we read in Jeremiah that God’s thoughts about us are “thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV). God cares for us, thinks about us, and has plans for us — before we’re born and after! But despite this fact, abortions are so tragically commonplace.

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