This morning I want to touch on a very sticky subject and praying for the edification of the word as it applies to us in this day and age. My brothers and sisters of The Mystical Order and our associates the word of God is our best and greatest teacher. It has light to guide us, comfort to cheer us and to make the introduction short it is the travellers map. It is also our chart and compass and this morning I am asking Jesus Saviour to pilot us.
There are rapes that occur in the Bible. If someone is raped, does this justify having an abortion? What perspective can we gain from the Bible on these issues? One thing I know the Bible doesn’t hide the Truth. The Bible is a unique book. It is full of historical accounts, poetry, wisdom literature and it certainly paints a picture of the characters in the Bible. The Bible never tries to hide the dark side of human nature and it records all of the character’s strengths and all of their weakness. There are examples of rape, murder, incest, and all kinds of depravity. God does not put rose colored glasses on the pages of the Bible.
INCEST AND RAE IN THE BIBLE
One of the most infamous of all cases of rape and incest is that of Amnon, the son of David, who laid a trap for his sister in the hopes of lying with her. In 2 Samuel 13 we read that “Amnon became so obsessed with his sister Tamar that he made himself ill. I admonish you not to draw any quick conclusion, but with an open mind understand what the word of God is saying to us. She was a virgin, and it seemed impossible for him to do anything to her” (v 2). Amnon was “in love with Tamar, [his] brother Absalom’s sister” (v 3). Amnon pretended to be ill and told Tamar, “Bring the food here into my bedroom so I may eat from your hand.” And Tamar took the bread she had prepared and brought it to her brother Amnon in his bedroom. But when she took it to him to eat, he grabbed her and said, “Come to bed with me, my sister” (v 10-11). Tamar responded by saying, “No, my brother!” she said to him. “Don’t force me! Such a thing should not be done in Israel! Don’t do this wicked thing” (v 12). Tragically, Amnon “refused to listen to her, and since he was stronger than her, he raped her” (v 14). There was a plan and it didn’t happen by mistake. Sin is conceived in the mind and then goes into action. The rapist must have a plan to be successful in his acts and unfortunately he tries to prey on those closest to him.
Rape was a penalty punishable by death in the Old Testament. In Deuteronomy 22:25-27 it is written that “if in the open country a man meets a young woman who is betrothed, and the man seizes her and lies with her, then only the man who lay with her shall die. But you shall do nothing to the young woman; she has committed no offense punishable by death. For this case is like that of a man attacking and murdering his neighbour, because he met her in the open country, and though the betrothed young woman cried for help there was no one to rescue her.” Of course, the woman did nothing wrong in this case and she is naturally under no condemnation. However the man has committed a crime worth at that time of capital punishment (death). In our society today rape goes unnoticed, but never when a child is the product of such unlawful sex act. The man has transferred his DNA to the woman and it is usually seen in the child. As we continue to unfold the word of God you will see for yourself what the scripture says and how we must control ourselves and mind the lust of our flesh.
Many people will say abort the child on hearing the report of rape or incest. The act on the man is terrible and sinful and punishable by God and the law of the land. Yet some people get away because of the great cover-up and the matters never reach the court system. My brothers and sisters it is time that we wake up to reality and be aware of the happenings around us. As ministers I am putting you on notice that you will have to equip yourself to counsel and guide when someone come to you in this situation. You must know the law and how to handle a case so the minimum of damage is done to the victim.
What Does The Bible Say About Rape and Abortion
The baby who is born of adultery or rape is completely innocent and there is no Scripture nor is there precedence for having such a baby killed or the fetus aborted.
Does the End Justify the Means?
Of all the rapes that occur in the Bible we see that God is vehemently opposed to it, however no where in the pages of Scripture do we see that a baby is to be killed or aborted just because a rape or incest occurred. The baby who is born of adultery or rape is completely innocent (“poor child”) and there is no Scripture nor is there precedence for having such a baby killed or the fetus aborted. God is the Author of Life and no other. Babies are most precious to God since they have not yet reached the age of accountability. Whatever the age of accountability is, and the Bible gives no specific age because each person is different, it is most certainly not the babies fault. God is against any and every abortion even in the event of rape, incest or adultery. I was discussing this subject with another Bishop brother and he said there has to be an exception. The only exception of course is if the mother’s health is endangered and then it’s clear that the mother’s life must be saved over that of the fetus or baby. I am not sure I agree with him, but it seems to me in my mind that he has a point. However, my brothers and sisters; clearly the Sixth Commandment covers the unborn or newly born by saying, “You shall not commit murder” (Ex 20:13).
All humans, babies included, are made in the image of God (Gen 1:26-31, 2:4-25, James 3:9-10). Children are brought forth from God (Gen 4:1). Why would God want to destroy the handiwork of His hands, as it is written in the Psalms (139:13-15) “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.” Even “From birth I was cast on you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God” (Psalm 22:10). Hallelujah and the word is so simple that if we take it little by little and a bit here and there we will get the understanding of what God is telling us.
God is the Protector and Defender of Children
Part of the reason that God commanded Israel to take over and destroy the other nations were that they were sacrificing their own children in the fire and this was a great abomination to God. He hates this and God has stated that He would not even hold His own nation guiltless of this crime (2 Kings 17:17-18, Psalm 106:35-38). He is the defender of the helpless (Isaiah 1:13-17). The first part of the definition of pure religion given by God deals with orphans and widows but it doesn’t say how young the orphans must be to be qualify (James 1:27). We can assume all parent-less children are orphans, even at birth. If the mother doesn’t want the baby and neither does the father and the plan is to abort him or her, then that child is still an orphan in God’s eyes and it is nothing less than murder to God. It is a human being even before birth as Jeremiah and David wrote under the inspiration of God (Jeremiah 1:5, Psalm 139:13-15 and elsewhere).
I cannot judge a person but I will like to know the place of an abortionist in the sight of God. My brothers and sisters in Christ we have to remember that all life comes from God and He has an appointed time for each of us and that include the fetus. Life begins at conception and not at birth. So as we close this message ask God to reason with you and see how best we can understand this word.
You may have had an abortion and God is always merciful to forgive you and there is no sin that God can not forgive (1 John 1:9) but if people believe it is okay to have abortions and they support it, they can not also be worshiping God simultaneously. Why? Because that is a contradiction to His Word and the Scriptures previously mentioned. God is the Giver of Life and only He has the right and authority to take it. The fact is that we all have an appointment to die but God Himself has appointed this day and we have no right to supersede His divine right in the sanctity of life (Heb 9:27). Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10b).
Life begins at conception, not at birth. So when a woman is raped and conceived she stands before the world full of shame even though she was forced upon. She will have to carry that shame for the rest of her life and has to walk very circumspect in her community. Many times the child grows up not knowing a father or the real father. But this is the real truth as recorded in the word of God. Let’s see what God says through Jeremiah the Prophet, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart” (Jeremiah 1:5). Amos (1:13) displays God‘s righteous indignation against those who kill babies or fetuses in the womb writing, “This is what the LORD says: “The people of Ammon have sinned again and again, and I will not let them go unpunished! When they attacked Gilead to extend their borders, they ripped open pregnant women with their swords.” God will not hold them guiltless nor will He let them go unpunished who kill the unborn. How much more clear can these Scriptures be? This is not my opinion but God Almighty’s. If this makes you mad, then you are getting mad at the wrong person, but it still needs to be said! I am responsible to God to minister and I am only the messenger. I brought you a simple message but you should hear what Brother William Branham had to say on this very subject.
We see that God is the Author of Life (Gen 1), that He is the defender of the defenseless (Isaiah 1:13-17), that He calls a human being a person by name before they are even born (Jeremiah 1:5), and that He will not allow the taking of human life to go unpunished (Amos 1:13). Rape and even incest are no reasons to take an innocent, human life. It is like punishing an innocent victim because of someone else’s crime or sin. With the exception of endangering a mother’s physical life, an unborn baby, fetus or embryo are sacred to God. They are viable human beings with the right to life and the right to live. There are many couples who can not have their own children who are on waiting lists as potential adoptive parents and this list is exceedingly long. This is a sensitive area, a touchy subject, a controversial issue, but it is worth fighting for – for those who can not defend themselves. God expects us to preserve life and He makes no exceptions to the rule. God is the Giver of Life and He is the only one who has the right to take it. So I pray that your hearts will be blessed and have a nice day.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
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