The unforgivable sin. Is it abortion? Many believe so, even (or perhaps especially) those in God’s church. However, the Bible makes it clear that abortion, or breaking any of the 10 commandments for that matter, can be forgiven. While sin breaks God’s heart and injures our communion with Him, to the truly repentant, no sin is unforgivable. The “unforgivable sin” mentioned in Mathew 12:31-32 pertains to a specific group of people (religious rulers), at a specific time (when Jesus lived on the earth), in a specific context (they had just witnessed Jesus perform a miracle but refused to believe Jesus was the Christ and instead attributed the miracle to Satan). There are countless articles and sermons on the topic and I’ve recommended several below. But rather than repeat what’s already been made clear, I’d like to pose another question. If abortion is not “the unforgivable sin,” then why do so many men and women torment themselves with fear that they’ve committed it?
I believe part of the answer is this: the silence of the church. Not that the church fails to condemn abortion in general or that some pastors do courageously speak on the issue (praise God!) but rather, that when forgiveness is preached, abortion is rarely mentioned, even though a full third of the women (and men) in church have suffered the shame and heartbreak for this tragic choice. If it is mentioned, there is often little communication on how to find the hope and healing so many desperately need. While there are addiction recovery groups, divorce support groups, pornography accountability groups—there is often no mention of abortion recovery, despite the countless resources available. Why the silence? I believe one reason might be a weak (or missing) partnership between churches and their local Christ-centered pregnancy care centers. Here are some things you can do to help:
- Ask your church to financially support your local pregnancy resource center (PRC) as part of their community outreach/missions
- Share this link of a powerful and timely sermon on abortion by Pastor Chip Ingram
- Invite your local PRC to speak at your church, small group, or special event
- Support your local pregnancy center financially and/or as a volunteer
- Have your small group participate in your PRC’s annual Walk for Life
- Donate copies of “Worthy of Love: Finding Hope After Abortion” to pregnancy centers/churches
We can work together to break the silence. If we don’t, the belief that abortion is the unforgivable sin will only further solidify within the hearts and minds of those still suffering, as they will logically conclude that if abortion cannot even be mentioned in church, it must be the unforgivable-even unspeakable-sin. How this breaks the heart of God! Nothing grieves God more than for His people to fail to recognize and receive the grace and forgiveness He poured out by His own blood on the Cross, for all people, for all time, for all sin.
If you or someone you know has suffered the heartbreak of abortion, please contact your local pregnancy care center where compassionate, trained counselors are ready to help. To find one in your area, visit CareNet.com or Heartbeat.com
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Shadia Hrichi is an Author and Speaker and her Bible Study, Worthy of Love: Finding Hope After Abortion will be released October 1, 2013. Visit www.worthy-of-love.com to preview a chapter, pre-order copies, read testimonials, or donate books to pregnancy centers.
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Shadia serves on the Board of Directors for RealOptions Pregnancy Centers, holds a BA in Psychology, MA in Criminal Justice, and is currently completing a Masters of Biblical and Theological Studies at Western Seminary. For more information, please visit www.beautifulvoice.org.