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  Jesus Endorses Abortion?
by J. Grant Swank, Pastor
December 2002

Planned Parenthood is sending out Christmas cards that say "Choice" on Earth. How would Jesus have felt about abortion?

It’s nuthouse time again. Christmas can do that. It’s the season for contrasts—stark ones at that: truth versus untruth.

Not only does Planned Parenthood prostitute the virginal birth truth by plastering their "Choice on Earth" logo throughout the culture, but now they prop up an apostate clergyman to mouth that Jesus would endorse abortions.

One wonders how Jesus could take such a stand when obviously He was most thankful that Mary, in a supposed fix with being pregnant and not married, chose NOT to abort Him, assuming she had a choice in the matter since her brain was in healthy working condition!

Nevertheless, PP, never known for its premium spiritual sensitivities let alone its biblical knowledge, has publicized the gross foolishness of PP’s December agenda—"Choice on Earth" plus Jesus-would-go-for- abortion.

So it is that the Reverend Mark Bigelow, pastor of the Congregational Church of Huntington in Centerport, NY, a local express house for the worldwide United Church of Christ—not known for its biblically reliable moorings—let loose with an epistle to Bill O’Reilly, host of The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News Network:

"In your show you said that Jesus was not pro-choice and you were sure he would be insulted were he to see this card," referring to Planned Parenthood's "Choice on Earth" holiday greeting card.

"Even as a minister I am careful what I presume Jesus would do if he were alive today, but one thing I know from the Bible is that Jesus was not against women having a choice in continuing a pregnancy," he continued.

"Jesus was for peace on earth, justice on earth, compassion on earth, mercy on earth, and choice on earth," Bigelow added.

Oh my oh my oh, the Reverend Bigelow. You, the appearing-biblically-true padre within an exceptionally
theological liberal Protestant denomination, are quite sure of yourself on the matter of Jesus’ consciousness? ". . .one thing I know from the Bible is that Jesus was not against women having a choice in continuing a pregnancy. . "

And with what chapter and verse do you support your hubris? Show us, minister. Where is your biblical exegesis?

None. There is none. There is no chapter and verse back-up. Not one.

Yet you have the brass to state that Jesus would give women of His day and any day the choice to murder a baby.

If it were not blasphemous, it would be one macabre hoot, the Reverend Bigelow.

True: Jesus is on the side of peace and wonder and niceness and all those pleasant experiences. But Jesus is not on the side of killing a child. For certain.

Surely you, the Reverend Bigelow, have both your bachelor’s degree plus a master’s of divinity degree as well as a few years in the parish ministry. With all that going for your decision making powers, how are you then ever so obviously sophomoric as to broadcast your utter apostasy?

Since you are an employee of a denomination, I next wonder if any of your superiors have taken you to task for espousing such an unbiblical premise. Of course, after forty-plus years in the pastorate, I know better than to wonder that.

I am fairly confident that you have had nothing but UCC clerical support, realizing the devil-may-care theological environs in which you employ, which of course makes the situation all the more tragic. God must weep.

Then again, mother told me there would be days like this.

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Joseph Grant Swank, Jr., Pastor, New Hope Church, Windham ME

Graduate of accredited college (BA) and seminary (M Div) with graduate work at Harvard Divinity School.

Married for 41 years with 3 adult children.

Author of 5 books and over 2000 articles in various Protestant and Catholic
magazines, journals and newspapers. Writer of weekly religion column for
PORTLAND PRESS HERALD newspaper, Portland ME.

Hobbies: Traveling to South America, Europe, Middle East, Canada; writing;
watercolor painting; meeting new friends.

Current occupations: Pastor; Teacher at Alternative Learning School for
at-risk youths.

Pastorates: Calgary, Alberta; Indianapolis IN; Akron OH; Fishkill NY;
Manchester CT; Walpole MA; Windham ME.

Winner of First Prize Writing Contest which yielded a three-week guided tour
of the Middle East.

Columnist for websites: MensNewsDaily.com, IntellectualConservative.com, MichNews.com,
Chalcedon.com, rePUNK.com, ConservativeTruth.com, FreeRepublic.com (USO Canteen Chapel link), WoundedShepherds.com (Insights link).