The Sanctity of Human Life

THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

1)      INTRODUCTIONOur founding fathers, in the charter of this republic spoke clearly, stating “we hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.   we live in a society and a time in which this is no longer true.

WE LIVE IN A SOCIETY AND CULTURE THAT HAS DEVALUED HUMAN LIFE.  THE VICTIMS ARE THE VERY YOUNG, THOSE YET UNBORN, THE VERY OLD, THE CRIPPLED AND THE LAME, AND THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED, THOSE WHO CAN NO LONGER TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES, THOSE WHO ARE NO LONGER USEFUL TO OUR SOCIETY.

SINCE ABORTION  WAS LEGALIZED IN 1973, IT IS ESTIMATED THAT OVER 43 MILLION BABIES HAVE HAD THEIR LIVES TERMINATED IN THE UNITED STATES ALONE, THAT IS ON THE AVERAGE 4000 PER DAY, TWO ABORTIONS FOR EACH LIVE BIRTH. 46 MILLION BABIES ARE ABORTED WORLDWIDE EACH YEAR. (ABOUT 3 x THE POPULATION OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, EVERY YEAR.)

TODAY, WE CELEBRATE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE; TO GAIN GOD’S PERSPECTIVE ON THE INESTIMABLE VALUE GOD PLACES UPON EVERY HUMAN LIFE.

2)    GOD CREATED MAN IN HIS OWN IMAGE AND AFTER HIS LIKENESS (GEN. 1:27)

A)   WE DO NOT UNDERSTAND ALL THAT MEANT BY THIS VERSE OF SCRIPTURE, BUT WE KNOW THAT GOD MADE MAN IN THE IMAGE AND LIKENESS IN, WHICH HE APPEARED IN THE PERSON OF HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST.

a)    HE MADE US SPIRITUAL BEINGS; OUR SPIRIT WILL LIVE FOREVER THROUGHOUT ETERNITY FUTURE EITHER IN GOD’S PRESENCE OR FOREVER ALIENATED FROM GOD AND EVERYTHING THAT IS GOOD.

b)    HE MADE US MORAL BEINGS BEARING GOD’S LIKENESS.  HE PLACED WITHIN US A CONSCIENCE THAT TELLS US WHAT IS RIGHT AND WHAT IS WRONG.

c)    HE MADE US INTELLIGENT BEINGS WITH THE CAPACITY FOR REASONING AND THOUGHT, WITH TREMENDOUS CREATIVITY AND GENIUS.

B)   GOD NOT ONLY CREATED US, HE LOVES US AND SENT HIS SON JESUS CHRIST TO DIE FOR OUR SINS AND BRING US SALVATION AND GIVE US ETERNAL LIFE.

a)    WE HAVE THE AWESOME POTENTIAL FOR FELLOWSHIP AND RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ETERNAL GOD THAT MADE US.

b)    OUR HIGHEST PURPOSE IS TO WORSHIP HIM AND TO REFLECT HIS LOVE AND HIS GLORY AND HIS HOLINESS JUST AS THE MOON REFLECTS THE LIGHT OF THE SUN.

3)      WE ARE FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE (PSALMS 139:13 – 17 AMPLIFIED)

A)   OUR BODIES WERE KNIT TOGETHER IN SECRECY IN THE DARKNESS AND WARMTH OF OUR MOTHER’S WOMB. GOD FORMED OUR INWARD PARTS.  ACCORDING TO BARNES NOTES THE WORDS “CURIOUSLY WROUGHT” LITERALLY MEANS, “embroidered.” The Hebrew word to weave with threads of various colors. The reference here is to the WEAVING TOGETHER THE various tissues of the human frame – OUR BONES, tendons, nerves, veins, arteries, AND muscles. NO tapestry can be compared with this; no art of man could “weave” together such a variety of most tender and delicate fibers and tissues as those which go to make up the human frame, even if they were made ready to his hand: and who but God could “make” them?

B)   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.  WHO CAN LOOK UPON A HUMAN EMBRYO AND KNOW WHAT COLOR OF HAIR, WHAT COLOR OF EYES, HOW MUSCULAR, HOW INTELLIGENT THAT CHILD WOULD GROW TO BE, ONLY THE GOD WHO MADE HIM.

C)   ALL OUR DAYS WERE WRITTEN IN HIS BOOK BEFORE WE HAD LIVED ONE OF THEM. GOD WHO HAS A PLAN AND PURPOSE FOR EACH OF US.

a)   GOD TOLD JEREMIAH: JER 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

b)    BEFORE WE WERE CONCEIVED HE KNOWS WHEN WE ARE TO BE BORN AND WHEN WE ARE TO DIE AND WHAT WE WILL BECOME: OUR POTENTIAL.  WHO CAN LOOK UPON PARTIALLY FORMED HUMAN EMBRYO AND KNOW WHAT THAT CHILD WILL BECOME, ONLY THE GOD THAT MADE IT.

D)   How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Jer 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

 4)    LIFE BEGINS AT THE MOMENT OF CONCEPTION – A MIRACLE OF INCREDIBLE COMPLEXITY. 

A)   THERE ARE THOSE THAT TELL US THAT HUMAN LIFE DOES NOT BEGIN UNTIL BIRTH BUT THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION AND THAT LIFE MUST BE PROTECTED. (EX. 21:22 – 25)  THIS PASSAGE CLEARLY SHOWS THAT GOD EQUATES THE VALUE OF HUMAN LIFE WITHIN THE WOMB WITH THE VALUE OF HUMAN LIFE OUTSIDE THE WOMB.

B)   CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING FACTS REGARDING THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE HUMAN EMBRYO:

a)    WHEN FERTILIZATION OCCURS, WHEN THE MALE SPERM AND THE FEMALE EGG COME TOGETHER, THE SPERM DELIVERS 23 MALE CHROMOSOMES PACKED WITH MAN’S DNA, WHICH IS JOINED WITH 23 FEMALE CHROMOSOMES ALSO PACKED THE WOMAN’S DNA.  DNA IS THE BLUEPRINT OF LIFE. AT THE VERY MOMENT OF CONCEPTION, EVERY FEATURE AND ATTRIBUTE OF THAT NEW LIFE IS DETERMINED.  THE COLOR OF THE BABY’S EYES, THE COLOR OF ITS HAIR, THE PITCH OF ITS VOICE, ITS INNATE ATHELETIC ABILITY, ITS INTELLECTUAL CAPACITY, ITS INHERENT ABILITY IN MUSIC OR MATHEMATICS ARE ALL DETERMINED IN THAT INSTANT.  WE ARE FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE!

b)    WHEN THE FEMALE EGG IS FERTILIZED IT IS A SINGLE CELL OF APPROXIMATELY 150 MICRONS IN DIAMETER (150 MILLIONTH OF A METER).

c)    ON DAY TWO IT BEGINS TO DIVIDE, ONE CELL BECOMES TWO CELLS, WHICH  DIVIDE TO BECOME 4, WHICH DIVIDE TO BECOME 16, WHICH DIVIDE TO BECOME 32 AND ETC.  THIS PROCESS OF DIVISION OCCURS ONLY 45 TIMES TO CREATE THE BILLIONS OF CELLS MAKING UP THE FULLY FORMED HUMAN BODY.  FOR YOU MATHEMATICIANS THAT 2 RAISED TO THE 45 POWER.

C)   BY DAY 7 THE COMPACT BALL OF CELLS, WHICH IS THE HUMAN EMBRYO, INVADES THE UTERUS BY EMITTING DIGESTIVE ENZYMES THAT WEAKEN THE WALLS OF THE UTERUS SO THAT IT CAN EMBED ITSELF INTO THE WALL OF THE UTERUS.

D)   BY THE 4TH WEEK IT FULLY IMPLANTS ITSELF IN THE UTERUS WALL WHERE IT WILL RECEIVE A SUPPLY OF BLOOD AND LIFE SUSTAINING NUTRIENTS.

E)   BY THE 25TH DAY THE CELLS BEGIN TO DIFFERENTIATE UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE GENETIC BLUEPRINT OF THE DNA:  THE BEGINNINGS OF THE EYES, EARS, AND LIMBS CAN BE SEEN.

F)    BY THE 7TH WEEK UPPER LIMBS ARE BENT WHERE THE ELBOWS ARE BEING FORMED.

G)   WITHIN 10 WEEKS THE FETUS IS FULLY FORMED, ABOUT ¼ INCH IN SIZE.

H)   BETWEEN 20 TO 22 WEEKS THE FETUS BECOMES VIABLE, IT HAS A REASONABLE CHANCE OF SURVIVAL IN THE WORLD OUTSIDE THE MOTHER’S WOMB.

I)     FROM THE MOMENT OF CONCEPTION ON, NOTHING IS ADDED EXCEPT FOOD AND WATER AND THE PROPER ENVIRONMENT TO BRING THAT LIFE INTO EXISTENCE – IT IS CLEAR THAT HUMAN LIFE BEGINS AT THE MOMENT OF CONCEPTION, CONTRARY TO WHAT MANY ARE SAYING.

5)    WHAT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS CHRISTIANS TOWARDS THE UNBORN?

A)   Prov 24:11-12: Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. 12 If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done? NIV

B)   WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO THE INNOCENT AND THE UNBORN AND THE ELDERLY, WHO CANNOT DEFEND THEMSELVES.

C)   WE SHOULD UNDERSTAND WHAT GOD’S WORD TEACHES ABOUT THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE AND TEACH OUR CHILDREN.

D)   WE SHOULD REGISTER TO VOTE AND WRITE OUR CONGRESSMEN AND SENATORS AND EXPRESS OUR VIEWS THAT THE LAWS SHOULD BE CHANGED TO REFLECT THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE AND THAT THE BILL OF RIGHTS AND THE CONSTITUTION OF UNITED STATES PROTECT THE UNBORN.

E)   WE SHOULD SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS THE PREGNANCY CARE CENTER, THAT SHOW COMPASSION AND GIVE YOUNG WOMEN AN ALTERNATIVE TO ABORTION.

F)    WE SHOULD PRAY FOR THOSE IN THE ABORTION INDUSTRY THAT GOD WILL OPEN THEIR EYES AND UNDERSTANDING TO WHAT THEY ARE DOING, THAT THEY WOULD REPENT.

G)   WE ALSO PRAY FOR THE YOUNG WOMEN THAT ARE CONSIDERING ABORTION – THAT GOD WOULD LEAD THEM TO CHRISTIAN CLINIC WHERE THEY WILL RECEIVE COMPASSION AND COUNSELING AND LOVING CARE.

H)   WE SHOULD PROVIDE ASSISTANCE AND AID AND COUNSELING TO SINGLE MOTHERS AND MOTHERS TO BE.

I)     WE SHOULD SPEAK OUT AND TAKE A STAND AGAINST THOSE WHO SEND A MESSAGE TO OUR YOUTH THAT IT IS OK HAVE SEX SIMPLY FOR THE PLEASURE IT BRINGS WITHOUT REGARD TO MARRIAGE AND COMMITMENT, THAT WE CAN HAVE A SEX OUTSIDE OF MARRIAGE WITHOUT CONSEQUENCES.  IT IS A LIE AND A TRAP OF SATAN.

J)    SOME OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF CASUAL SEX INCLUDE: THE KILLING OF UNBORN CHILDREN WITH THE ASSOCIATED GUILT AND SHAME, SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES, UNCARED FOR AND UNWANTED CHILDREN, FINANCIAL HARDSHIP, AND A LOSS OF OUR SENSE OF SELF WORTH AND SELF ESTEEM. 

K)   WE SHOULD REPENT FOR OUR SINS AND THE SINS OF OUR NATION AND OUR SOCIETY2 Chron 7:15: if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. NIV

6)    IN CLOSING I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO THOSE HERE THAT MAY HAVE HAD AN ABORTION AND ARE SUFFERING FROM THE PAIN AND THE GUILT.   GOD LOVES YOU AND GOD FORGIVES YOU, IF YOU ASK HIM.  THERE IS NOTHING THAT YOU HAVE DONE THAT GOD WILL NOT FORGIVE, IF YOU SINCERELY ASK HIM, BUT THERE ARE OFTEN CONSEQUENCES OF THAT REMAIN.   I WOULD YOU TO OBTAIN COUNSELING FROM THOSE SPECIALIZING IN THIS AREA.   MY COUNSEL TO THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE CONSIDERING AN ABORTION IS DON’T, NO MATTER HOW DIRE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES.  GOD HAS A BETTER WAY; YOU CAN TRUST HIM.

 

 TODAY WE ARE GOING TO RECEIVE YOUR OFFERING FOR THE PREGNANCY CARE CENTER A LOCAL ORGANIZATION THAT OFFERS REACHES OUT TO YOUNG WOMEN WHO ARE PREGNANT AND DESPERATE, OFFERING THEM HELP AND HOPE.  YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO GIVE AT LEAST A DOLLAR FOR EACH ONE OF YOUR CHILDREN.  SOME OF YOU CAN DO MORE.    THE PREGNANCY CARE CENTER HAD HUNDREDS OF WOMEN VISIT THEIR CLINIC. MANY OF THESE WOMEN ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS THEIR SAVIOR.  MANY BABIES HAVE BEEN BORN UNDER THEIR CARE. THESE BABIES WOULD VERY LIKELY HAVE BEEN ANOTHER ABORTION STATISTIC HAD THEY NOT BEEN THERE TO PROVIDE THIS CARE.  LET US PARTNER WITH THEM IN THIS COMPASSIONATE MINISTRY.

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