A firm foundation: Christian theology & abortion, Part 3 PDF Print E-mail

38 Sep 17PPL’s Board of Directors recently affirmed our core values during a series of conference calls. At the very heart of all of the efforts of this ministry is the Gospel. Part 3 of our series on this 1995 foundational publication in which PPL proclaims the forgiveness of sin and the resurrection is especially timely!

We Proclaim the Forgiveness of Sins

It is, above all, at the Lord’s Supper that the church gathers together as one. There at the Lord’s Table, by the sacrifice of Jesus’ body broken for us and his blood shed for us, symbolized in the bread and wine, Christ renews our covenant and our communion with our God and with one another.

The Table is the sign of God’s enabling our confession and repentance which is met by the forgiving grace extended through Christ’s death on the cross. At the Table we discover that no sin exceeds God’s grace to forgive; at the Table we find ourselves accepted by our Lord, and at the Table we are restored and joined together as one Body, with Christ as our Head. All persons can be forgiven and made new in Jesus Christ. (2 Cor. 5:17).

The Christian Church is called to hold out that invitation of the Gospel, with its forgiveness and acceptance and communal oneness to all persons. It is through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, administered by his body, the Church, that the old life of sin and death, which is the end of every abortion decision, can be done away with. The new life in Christ of faithfulness and goodness can begin.

Abortion is commonplace in our society. Many in our congregations have participated in abortion decisions in some way and are bearing a heavy burden of unresolved guilt. At our Lord’s Table we are assured again and again that because we have come to Jesus in repentance and faith, our Redeemer surely has taken upon himself the full burden and penalty of all our sin, and has removed them from us forever. We are freed to start anew, assured that we are fully accepted and deeply loved by our Savior. The message of the Church is the joyful news of the mercy of God: “Friends, believe the good news of the gospel: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.”

We Proclaim the Resurrection

Presbyterians Pro-Life affirms and proclaims the good news of the Scriptures and of the Christian Church, throughout its history, that the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ wills for us and for our children—born and unborn—life and not death. “You shall not kill,” he has commanded us. God has no pleasure in the death of anyone. And when God raised his Son Jesus Christ from the dead he broke the power of death and willed life for us—eternal life, abundant life, in the joy of his company.

We rejoice in the resurrection. God’s risen Son now abides in our midst as our forgiving host every time we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. We know that he is present as Lord whenever two or three are gathered together in his name. And we live by his promise that he will be with us to the end of the age (Matt.28:20). In his Son, God has willed life for every person he creates in the womb. Presbyterians Pro-Life calls the modern church to reaffirm, with the ministry of its voice and actions, the central doctrines of the biblical faith of the church universal for two thousand years as we proclaim and live out the joyful good news.

Read PPL's complete publication, A Firm Foundation: Christian Theology & Abortion.



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