Abortion As Sacrament

“In almost every message to our staff, I talk about our doing sacred work,” says Dr. Laura Meyers, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington. “This confirms the sacredness of the work we do.”

This religionization of abortion is sick, but it’s also fascinating. If the world really is ruled by malevolent gods (Ps 82:1-6; Eph 6:12; 1 Cor 2:8; Col 2:15), and Satan is in charge of them (Luke 4:5-6; 2 Cor 4:4; John 16:11), then there is a twisted logic to the pattern of human, and especially child sacrifice that occurs in pagan religions.

Given that Satan’s original subversion was aimed at the image of God in man, by disqualifying him from rulership of the earth (cf Gen 1:26-28; Gen 3:5); and given Satan’s knowledge of God’s affection for the dependent and innocent; and given also Satan’s hatred of man in general, it makes sense that satanic religion converges on child sacrifice and treats it as a sort of sacrament (along with a few other things that directly or indirectly attack the image of God). It’s a triple-whammy aimed at the heart of the human dynasty:

  1. A father who, rather than defending the life of his child, permits the mother to murder him is emasculated, and subverts his headship over her in the worst possible way (though of course, Satan has cunningly eliminated this headship anyway in most cases by eliminating marriage); he thus disqualifies himself from the image of God, which Genesis cashes out in terms of rulership on behalf of God.
  2. A mother who murders her child violates the most basic familial obligation while also overruling her man, and thus twice disqualifies herself also.
  3. A child killed in the womb is one less human ruler for Satan to have to worry about; he snuffs out the image of God before it even emerges into the world.

That this continues in secularized cultures is surely not surprising, since a secularized culture has by definition handed over rulership to Satan; what’s fascinating is how he can adapt to a situation where he is largely disbelieved in, and continue to prompt people to appropriate the language of religion unironically in the name of abortion, without apparent regard for the contradiction.

It should also be no surprise that the “faith leaders” in this article include so many women, and were led by a Jew. It’s not a subtle inversion of God’s design for human rule and religious order; but then Satan doesn’t need to be subtle because sin is so blinding.

(Also interesting is the stone ceremony, which is so reminiscent of pagan sympathetic magic.)

There is a paradoxical gamble involved in Satan’s strategy, however. The world is his dynasty, and abortion deliberately culls potential members from that dynasty at the earliest possible age. Whereas it used to happen more occasionally on the altars of Molech, now it has evolved into an industry so efficient as to destroy 1.4 billion people in a third of a century.

Meanwhile, God’s dynasty, the assembly of his people, regard children as a blessing—they trust God to perpetuate his rule through them. So while Satan chops his own dynasty off at the knees, God’s dynasty continues to run the race with vigor and endurance. How will Satan prevent it from eventually displacing his own? (Answer: he won’t; Rev 11:15.)

For Further Discussion:

Abortion and Historical Theology by Nicole Leaman


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