The traditional Church has made the Pro-Choice Pro-Life debate very complicated.
Let me explain.
When it comes to the issue of abortion, the traditional Church, both Catholic and Evangelical take the stand that God is Pro-Life and against Pro-Choice. Choose life, the church says, let the baby live. And now it gets complicated.
One part of the church, (Augustinian, Calvinist, Reformed, Presbyterian) teaches those who will receive true life, eternal life, cannot choose it, it has been predetermined by God from the foundation of the world as to who will receive life and who will be eternally damned. Perhaps we could phrase “eternally damned” as “eternally aborted from the foundation of the world.” So for this part of the church, the issue of abortion is really a non-issue, it is to make much of nothing.
The rest of the traditional church, Arminian, teaches we must choose in this lifetime whether we want to receive life. If we don’t choose Jesus and serve Him as Lord in this lifetime, we are eternally damned. However, most Arminians make an exception to this rule — if children, before the “age of accountability” die, they will automatically be given eternal life. The length of the age of accountability varies from denomination to denomination. Under this scenario, abortionists become the world’s greatest evangelists for they guarantee the child will live eternally by killing them, while those who are pro-choice put all children in harm’s way. Based upon the requirements the church has made as to who actually “Chooses to get saved,” most of the world is damned to everlasting punishment.
So then, under the Calvinist/Augustinian or Arminian branches of the Church, the issue of Pro-life and Pro-choice gets rather messy. For Calvinists the issue is really a non-issue, pointless, meaningless. God has already made up His mind who will receive real life and who will be eternally damned/aborted. And if Arminians REALLY believed what they are taught, they would be praising abortionists as the greatest evangelists instead of condemning them. Adrea Yates, who drowned her children before the age of accountability, really did the right thing for her children, if the majority of the church was right about having to “choose Jesus” and “choosing” to live a life proving they really repented.
The traditional church and its gospel in which scarcely anyone received eternal life is really pretty pathetic. God either hates most of mankind so much He is going to torture them forever or God’s love is so weak and pathetic He can scarcely draw anyone to Him. Both images of our heavenly Father are quite pathetic.
Now there are scores of Scripture that declare our heavenly Father and His Son both Pro-choice and Pro-life. They have chosen from the foundation of the world to give eternal life to all mankind. It is their Choice and it is their Life. What I find absolutely remarkable is that this truly Good News is considered bad news to both sides of the traditional church. They don’t like a God who chooses to give eternal life to all mankind.
It’s insanity, isn’t it? I am so grateful, we have a Father who will deliver us all from garbage.