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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Motherhood Is Just One Among Many Options

Albert Mohler posts a distrubing note about the abortion industry in Great Britain. Many troubling quotes come from this article, but one struck me this morning. According to a representative of the leading abortion provider in Great Britain, "Motherhood is just one among many options open to women and it is not surprising that younger women want to prioritise other things. We should stop seeing abortion as a problem and start seeing it as a legitimate and sensible solution to the problem of unwanted pregnancy." This is precisely what the Apostle Paul was referring to in 1 Timothy 2:15 when he says, "but women will be preserved [lit. saved] through the bearing of children, if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint." Paul's point in the context of the passage is that women, particularly in the church in Ephesus, were abandoning their roles as mothers for other roles, primarily that of public teachers in the church. According to Paul and Moses in Genesis, this isa similar role reversal to that which took place in the garden of Eden. In other words, to reject the role of motherhood for other priorities, is to reject God's purposes and design. This is tantamount to making oneself God and exchanging His purposes for one's own. The result: an outright rejection of God Himself. A woman is not saved merely by having a baby. The terminology and context suggest her salvation is connected to her acceptace of God's design for motherhood. In other words a woman demonstrates her faith by her submission to the purposes of God, continuing in them with faith, love, sanctity and self-restraint. Herein is another mark of why the abortion industry is not merely anti-life, but anti-God.


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