A new blog post at the ERLC tells Christians not to preach against abortion from the pulpit, on the street corner, and not to use pro-life/anti-abortion bumper-stickers or slogans in social media. It is hurtful to women, they argue.
The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention is supposed to represent the views of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. However, it is run by a leftist political operative and former Democratic staffer, Russell Moore. In the ERLC’s latest attempt to steer evangelicalism to the left, its blog is now telling people not to preach against abortion, whether in the street or from behind the pulpit.
Please note before proceeding that the ERLC utilized Karen Swallow Prior as a research fellow for years, who famously wrote in Christianity Today that “Abortion isn’t murder” and “calling abortionists murderers is unchristlike.” Russell Moore continued to defend Prior during and after that controversy and then helped secure her a job at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Also, please note that as the pro-life movement had the best year (2019) in the movement’s history with groundbreaking anti-abortion laws in many states, the ERLC was utterly silent on the topic.
In a post by Phoebe Cates published at the ERLC website today (November 18, 2019), which was written for the primary purpose of telling readers to be sympathetic to abortive mothers and that “they don’t need you to tell them abortion is wrong.”
Cates goes on to say that polls indicate that 66% percent of women report knowing that abortion is wrong. This means, if the figures are to believed, that 34% of women still need to be told that abortion is wrong. It’s like Cates can’t do math or something.
But it gets worse.
So, you don’t have to post internet memes and videos, display bumper stickers, or make rude comments to tell me how terrible abortion is. Nor do you need to shout it from street corners or pulpits—I know. My mother knows. Over 66% of women know.
What Cates argues for is that Christians be compassionate and kind and loving and remember that there’s “the power of death and life in the tongue.”
Therefore, Cates suggests, we keep our opinions on abortion to ourselves and just remind people about Jesus’ love.
Here is Jesus’ love on display:
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.Matthew 18:6 KJV
Phoebe Cates does not love babies. The ERLC does not love babies. If they did, they would have courage, speak truth boldly, and hold back those stumbling toward the slaughter.
If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;Proverbs 24:11 KJV
The type of “love” and “compassion” shown by Cates, Russell Moore, and the ERLC is actually hatred cloaked in Christianese. Their kind of love makes Jesus want to vomit them out of his mouth.
Abortion doesn’t remain legal because of Planned Parenthood. It remains legal because of people like Phoebe Cates and Russell Moore.