Summary: We cannot compromise the Word of God because Scripture forbids us to (Rev. 22: 16-21)
NO COMPROMISE! STAND FIRM!
Thesis: We cannot compromise the Word of God because Scripture
forbids us to (Rev. 22: 16-21)
Said William Penn: "Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it."
Stand With The Right
Never be afraid to stand with the minority which is right, for the minority which is right will one day be the majority; always be afraid to stand with the majority which is wrong, for the majority which is wrong will one day be the minority.
-- William Jennings Bryan
Introduction: Throughout Scripture the Christian believer is told to stand firm in his faith. We are exhorted by the Gospel and Old Testament writers to stand firm. I believe that this church as well needs to stand firm. We need to plant ourselves on the Word of God and stand.
I. IF WE STAND FIRM IN THE WORD, GOD WILL DELIVER US FROM ANY ENEMY. (Exodus 14: 13-14)
A. We can be assured that if we stand firm, God will deliver us and vanquish our enemies away.
1. Our two instructions are clear in Exodus.
a. Stand firm
b. Be still
2. As we do these two things God promises to fight on our behalf.
a. Assurance that victory is ours because God cannot and will not lose.
B. Example: II Chronicles 20: 1-30
1. Note Verse 17 Read
a. God will fight the battle.
b. He will bring the victory.
c. All you have to do is stand firm.
d. We are told not to fear or be discouraged but have faith in God and praise Him.
2. If we face the enemy and don’t run away, we will be victorious.
3. It does not matter how large they might be they cannot win if God is not on their side.
II. The battle over abortion and the Biblical view
A. We need to seek guidance of the Lord, He will reveal truth.
1. The Facts -God exposes the truth through prayer and direction in research. The following information taken from Donald Shoemaker’s book ABORTION THE BIBLE AND THE CHRISTIAN
a. What is the issue we face?
1.) It’s the issue of the change in American thinking reflected in legislation which started in 1967, and which culminated in the U.S. Supreme Court decision of January 22, 1973.
2.) The abortion trend represents a change in many basic values in North America.
a.) Whereas Scripture places a premium on the joys of the home, the worth of child-bearing and love for offspring it is being promoted as second best to the pursuit of a career, your own personal life, and a materialism which can seemingly afford almost everything except another child.
b.) The Bible gives warning that in the last days "natural affection" (normal affection between parents and offspring) will wane. I wonder if this is the case today.
3.) The "every child has a right to be wanted" is given as grounds for abortion without attempting to change basic attitudes which cause us not to want children. Overlooked is the tragedy of the dramatic drop in adoptable infants due largely to the abortion trend.
4.) To accept abortion our concept of "human worth" must be changed.
* The media is trying to do this in the United States.
2. The basic argument of Pro-Choice is that a woman has the basic right to do what she wants with her body.
a. The Bible’s response is:
1.) Only God has absolute rights. The only rights I have are really privileges God allows me to possess out of Grace. Mankind has no absolute rights.
2.) No one has rights to his own body. Whatever liberties God has extended to us, the freedom to do with our bodies as we wish, is not among them. The Christian is instructed: "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price, therefore, glorify God in your body." (I Cor. 6:19, 20)
a.) In marriage especially, one’s control over his or their own body is delegated to the marriage partner. "The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; and likewise also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does." (I Cor. 7:4)
b.) Note even if the mother had rights over her own body, the developing preborn baby is not part of her body. This is a biological fact, the preborn child has a separate blood supply, separate brain waves, separate circulatory system, separate heartbeat, and its own separate will.
1.) Life magazine in the April 30, 1965 issue noted that from the day of fertilization the human embryo is antigenetically foreign tissue to its mother.