The pagan religions practiced child sacrifice. One of the many pagan gods, Baal, was worshipped as the key to fertility and prosperity. To entice Baal to bless their land, mothers were required to present her firstborn child to the priest. Baal was represented by a huge stone, or brass, statue carved in the image of a bull’s head and the upper body of a man. The arms were extended to receive babies and fire belched from a hollow area in the chest.
“They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons, and shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrifice to the idols of Canaan; and the land was polluted with blood. Therefore the wrath of the Lord was kindled against His people, so that He abhorred His own inheritance. And He gave them into the hands of the gentiles, and those who hated them ruled over them. Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand.” Psalm 106:37-42
As the priests of Baal carried each baby up the stairs and laid the victim in the arms of the horned idol of Baal, the baby was consumed in the flames. This was the religion of Baal and of those who worshipped Asherah. The Ammonites who worshipped Molech and the Phoenicians who worshiped Kronos also practiced child sacrifice. These pagan religions required the parents to have their children pass through the fire as a sacrifice to their demon gods.
The true people of God have always found themselves fighting against religions that want to sacrifice the most innocent blood of all. The Lord commanded, in Deuteronomy 18:10, that when you come into the land of the heathen, you are not to sacrifice your children. We read in Proverbs 6:17 that the Lord hates those who shed innocent blood.
In Exodus 1:16 we read that Pharaoh commanded the midwives to kill every male boy that was born to the Hebrews in Egypt. The pharaohs of today still want to kill babies.
In the New Testament the Gospel begins in Matthew 2:16 with King Herod ordering his soldiers to go to Bethlehem and kill all the male children up to age two.
We read in Numbers 35:33 that the land comes under a curse when innocent blood is shed.“Do not pollute the land where you are. Bloodshed pollutes the land, and atonement cannot be made for the land on which blood has been shed, accept the blood by the one who shed it.” Numbers 35:33
The contest between Pharaoh and Moses in Exodus was primarily a clash between the death-obsessed, child killing, mystical humanism of Egypt and the way of life in serving Jehovah, the God of Israel. The climactic battle on Mount Carmel between Elijah and the prophets of Baal was a battle against a religion centred on child sacrifice (1 Kings 18).
Carol Everett was involved in the abortion industry. Not only did she perform abortions, but she also had an abortion. When asked: “What is the governing force behind the abortion industry?” Carol answered: “Money. It is a very lucrative business. It is the largest unregulated industry…most of the clinics are run in chains because it is so profitable.”
Carol explained: “Every woman has two questions, ‘is it a baby?’ and ‘does it hurt?’ The abortionist must answer ‘No.’ He/she must try to secure the consent of the woman in the collection of the clinic’s fee. The women are told that they were dealing with a product of conception or a glob of tissue. They were told that there would be only slight cramping, whereas, in reality, an abortion is excruciatingly painful.”
When asked what type of counselling was offered at the clinic?, Carol Everett answered: “We didn’t do any real counselling. We sold abortion.” In answer to how they disposed of the aborted babies, Carol explained: “We put them down the garbage disposal.”
A former abortion counsellor, Debra Henry admitted: “ We were told to find the woman’s weakness and work on it. The women were never given any alternatives. They were told how much trouble it was to have a baby.”
Former abortion counsellor, Nita Whitten admitted: “It’s a lie when they tell you they are doing it to help women, because they are not. They are doing it for the money.”
Former abortion counsellor, Kathy Sparks, said: “The counsellor at our clinic would cry with the girls at the drop of a pin. She would find out what was driving them to want to abort the child and she would magnify it.”
Former abortionist, David Brewer, M.D., admitted: “My heart got calloused against the fact that I was murderer, but the baby lying in a cold bowl educated me to what abortion really was.”
Former abortionist, Antony Levatino, M.D., said: “I want the general public to know that the doctors know that this is a person, this is a baby. That this is not some kind of glob of tissue…”
Former abortionist, Joseph Randall, M.D., said: “The picture of the baby on the ultrasound bothered me more than anything else. The staff couldn’t take it. Women who were having abortions were never allowed to see their ultrasounds.”
Former abortionist, MacArthur Hill, M.D., confessed: “I am a murderer. I have taken the lives of innocent babies and I have ripped them from their mothers wombs with a powerful vacuum machine.”
Former abortionist, Bernard N. Nathanson, M.D., was once a pioneer and leader in the abortion industry. He led the campaign for the legalisation of abortion in America and admitted that he and other abortion advocates blatantly lied to congress in order to get abortion legal. Dr. Nathanson presided over 60,000 abortions before being converted. Not only did Dr. Nathanson leave the abortion industry, but he has since been dedicated to fighting against abortion. Dr. Nathanson admits that abortion is murder. He has produced such documentaries as The Silent Scream, and written the book: The Hand of God – a journey from death to life by the abortion doctor who changed his mind.
In the Old Testament, the same Hebrew word is used to describe pre-born babies and children. In the New Testament, the same Greek that is used to describe babies or children, is used for John the Baptist while he was still in his mothers womb (Luke 1:41-44; 2:12, 16; 18:15-17).
“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leapt in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: ‘blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favoured, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leapt with joy.’” Luke 1:41-44
God has called some people to His service from the womb:
“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.” Jeremiah 1:5
“…it pleased God, who separated me from my mothers womb and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles…”Galatians 1:15-16
“The Lord called me from the womb; from the body of my mother He made me…the Lord, who formed me from the womb to be His servant.” Isaiah 49:1, 5
“For You created my most innermost being; You knit me together in my mothers 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, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:13-16
Life belongs to God. “In Him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28
“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of Heaven and Earth. He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.” Acts 17:24-25
“The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.” Psalm 24:1
“Know that the Lord is God. It is He who has made us, we are His.” Psalm 100:3
“This is what the Lord says – your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the Lord who has made all things.” Isaiah 44:24
God created man in His image and commanded mankind to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1:26-28). The sanctity of life is declared (Genesis 9:6). The conception of children is seen as a gift from God (Genesis 21:1-2; 25:21).
Children should not die for the sins of the parents (Deuteronomy 24:16). Since all life was created by God and belongs to Him, no one has the right to murder. “You shall not murder.” Exodus 20:13
The case laws of Exodus actually deal with protection of pre-born babies: “If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely, but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life…”Exodus 21:22-24
The Bible asks the question: “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!” Isaiah 49:15
It seems incredible that any mother could forget her baby, but this is evidently not just a hypothetical question. Many millions of mothers do seem to have forgotten their babies enough to have scheduled an appointment to have them killed.
God is concerned for the weak and helpless. The Bible teaches us that we need to defend them. “Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” Psalm 82:3-4
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves…speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9
Jesus said: “Whoever welcomes a little child like this in My Name welcomes Me.”Matthew 18:5
“See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in Heaven always see the face of My Father in Heaven.” Matthew 18:10
“Your Father in Heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.”Matthew 18:14
Children are a blessing from the Lord “Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in their gate.” Psalm 127:3-5
God is the Creator. Pre-born babies are persons. Life is precious. Murder is to be severely punished. Abortion is a modern equivalent of child sacrifice. Just as God’s people opposed Pharaoh’s decree to murder newborn babies in Egypt (Exodus 1:15-22), so we need to protect pre-born babies from abortion today. Just as King Herod sought to kill the babies in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:16), so abortionists are tempting to butcher babies today.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.” Proverbs 31:8
Every year over 80,000 babies are killed through abortion in South Africa. It is not only those directly involved in these crimes of murder that are guilty of violating the 6 th Commandment. All those politicians who worked for, and voted for, legalised abortion in this country share the guilt.
Also guilty of being accessories before, during, and after, the fact are the journalists who promoted abortion, and cover up the facts in order to ensure that the holocaust against the unborn continues. Those pastors who fail to faithfully expound the Scriptures on when life begins, and what a Christian’s responsibility is, to speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves, are also accessories to murder. And of course, all those voters who continue to vote for pro-abortion parties have also violated the 6 th Commandment and are accessories to murder.
Life begins at conception. Abortion is murder. It is our Christian duty to speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves. To rescue the perishing. To hold back those staggering towards slaughter.
Dr. Peter Hammond