Friday, February 22, 2013

Late-Term Abortionist Quits, Encouragement Needed

Abby Johnson [a former Planned Parenthood staffer who left the grisly business and started blowing the whistle on the abortion industry through speeches and the remarkable book, Unplanned] recently shared an email from an anonymous former abortionist. She made her living doing partial-birth abortions but recently had a change of heart and made the decision to leave the abortion industry. Although the woman has walked away from the abortion business, she is now suffering with severe grief and regret.

Brad Mattes, Executive Director of Life Issues Institute, responded by saying, “It is time for pro-lifers to step up and act in love offering prayers and encouragement. We should be rallying around this person at this crucial time.”

How can you join in providing some of that appropriate encouragement with a personal e-mail? Check out the rest of Brad's message right here.

Here's the note I sent along:

I just learned through Brad's Facebook page of your decision to stop performing abortions. From the depths of my heart, I thank you. Your decision, as you may already understand, involved many prayers. Most of those prayers are from Christians throughout the world who are praying for breakthroughs, for babies to be saved, for people involved in abortion decisions to choose life, and for the conversion of abortion providers. But I have no doubt that some of the prayers were more specific; that is, there were evangelical, Catholic, and Orthodox Christians who were praying quite pointedly for you.

As they learn of your decision, those prayers will multiply even more. You do indeed have friends and supporters.

Brad's message mentioned that you are struggling a bit with guilt and grief. That is understandable and, to a degree, completely appropriate. Nevertheless, please understand that the grace of God has been extended to every person through the cross of Christ. Jesus paid the debt of sin completely -- all sin, everyone's sin. And salvation, redemption and a complete cleansing of the soul comes through simple faith in Christ's loving sacrifice. For those who trust in His atoning death, they are promised that God will remember their sin no more, that their sin is as far as the east is from the west, that their sin is buried in the deepest sea, that our sins (though scarlet) have been washed whiter than snow -- you get the idea.

Christians are sinners who have been forgiven because they accepted Christ's glorious gift; namely, Himself.

I will be praying that the richness of God's love would be manifest in your life. And that you will embrace the completeness of the salvation He offers. For therein is peace, joy and victory.


Denny Hartford
Director, Vital Signs Ministries
Teaching Pastor, Faith Bible Church