Monday, July 20, 2009

Will God Forgive Abortion?

Last Sunday our Pastor answered one of the tough questions that was submitted to him by a member of our congregation that was “I had an abortion. Can God forgive me?” My initial quick response was “Yes, how is he going to have a whole sermon on that?”

He invited two women who have had abortions to come and share their story of how they found forgiveness when they attended a HEART workshop and it was very interesting! First though, he made the point that in God’s eyes, sin is sin and all sin separates us from God, whether it’s just a lie or a murder. This is based on lists of sins found in Galatians 5:19 and also in Proverbs 6:16-19.

Pastor Dan pointed out that abortion is a sin because life begins in the womb as indicated in Psalm 139:13-14. “Do not kill” is one of the commandments (Exodus 20:13). The penalty for sin is death, eternal separation from God but the gift of God is life through God’s Son, Jesus.
For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23 and But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (NIV)
Jesus died for everyone while we were still sinners and paid that price. If we accept Christ death on the cross was for us and repent of our sin, we can be forgiven!

These women shared that they felt guilty after the abortion and participated in self-destructive behavior such as drugs, alcohol, divorce and even attempted suicide which are all common among women who have abortions. The one woman got actively involved in pro choice in order to help herself feel better. Both these women had a hard time forgiving themselves for aborting their babies. Both had different reasons. One did it because after her first baby, she just didn’t want to go through the pain of having another so aborted her second child. The other woman who shared was from a troubled home and looked for love in the wrong places. When she got pregnant with a man’s child who she did not love, she did not want to keep the baby because she didn’t think she could love it.

Both these women shared that they found a workshop called Healing Effects of Abortion Related Trauma connection with The Cleveland Pregnancy Center. Through this 7-week confidential, Christ-centered workshop designed for those who have experienced abortion, they found forgiveness. I John 1:9 says that, “If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness.” No exceptions! It doesn’t say, “except for abortion or murder or lying.”

By thinking God would not forgive them, they were told that they were ascribing more power to the sin than to Christ’s shed blood which really got their attention. "Christ died once for all, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God." --I Peter 3:18

These women explained that most keep the fact they had an abortion to as few people as possible and really don’t want anyone to find out about it. That is why this workshop is strictly confidential. If you had an abortion and feel your life is messed up and there’s no hope, give the Cleveland Pregnancy Center a call at 440-243-2520 and just ask about the HEART workshop. There is forgiveness and help for you available. I hope this post will help someone find it.

Pastor Dan of Parma Heights Baptist Church is preaching on tough questions submitted to him by members of our congregation for the summer. I thought this was a great idea and submitted a couple of my own (this one wasn't mine if you're wondering). Most likely, I'll post summaries each week on my Zemeks' Updates blog under either the "Parma Heights Baptist Church" or "Life Is Tough but God Is Good" sections. Only the exceptionally good ones will make it to this blog.

46 comments:

Cindy @ Fenced in Family said...

Thanks for sharing about this, Karen. God bless those ladies at your church for seeking Him first and for sharing their experiences with others.

Princess said...

Mistakes are part of life. It is always good to seek God, he takes care of us no matter what bad decisions we have made.

<3

Mountain Woman said...

Karen,
This series should be most interesting and insightful. I wish I were there to actually listen to your Pastor.
Thank you for sharing this most important post about God's love and forgiveness in our lives.

Julehya said...

GOD always forgives. It is us that is less forgiving of our human imperfections.

Cheers!

LUCKYLADY said...

AMEN FOR A FORGIVING GOD

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

Cindy: Glad you found this interesting. It really took a lot of courage for those ladies to share their story.

Princess: You are absolutely right!

Mountain Woman: Glad you found this post of interest. This was a very unusually interesting presentation. Although it was specifically related to being forgiven for an abortion, it certainly is applicable to any sin.

Julehya: So true!

Lucky Lady: Praise God!

Matt @ The Church of No People said...

Sounds like a great sermon. Can't think of a better way to illustrate forgiveness than to use the issue that most divides Americans today!

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The above posts have been removed because I couldn't read them.

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