Biblical Reasons for the Sanctity of Life

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

If your pastor preached on the sanctity of life, I would love to hear his/her sermon! Please post links in the comments below.

To equip you with Bible verses on the sanctity of pre-born life and to explain the spiritual consequences of abortion, I recorded a video. Below the video, you’ll find links to resources.

Resources

Best Pro-Life Bible Verses

Spiritual Effects of Abortion

Find post-abortion healing classes at your local pregnancy resource center. You’ll find links to USA and international directories and much more on my website.

Worship to End Abortion: 40 Daily Prayers

In Christ,

Cheryl

Pray Righteously

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

Sometimes, we are in difficult situations, trying to love others while disagreeing wholeheartedly.

You may have this situation in online discussions over abortion.

You may have this situation in your home, disagreeing with your spouse over how to raise your children.

So what is the first thing you do?

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:16b)

Yes, we need to pray. But before we ask God to give us a hand, we need to pursue a righteous relationship with Him.

Righteousness is not something to strive for. Righteousness is something to surrender to.

Surrender—now there’s a word people don’t like! No one wants to surrender because that means they lose the battle.

But why would you want to be in battle with God?

  • He reverently and wonderfully knit you together in your mother’s womb because He loves you (Ps 139:13-14).
  • He has a plan and a purpose for your life, which is designed for you to enjoy  (Jer 29:11-12).
  • He wants to give you everything to finish your race well (Heb 13:20-21).
  • He works everything together for your good (Rom 8:28).

So, the first step to getting everyone moving in the same direction is to start with ourselves.

That’s what I had to do.

Many years ago, I wanted my husband to change. We were in disagreement about just about everything. I didn’t like his attitude. We didn’t enjoy spending time together.

I thought the only way God was going to change my husband was if I fasted while praying for him. I was certain that God would listen to me then.

But just hours into the fast, someone at church said, “Often we are focused on our husbands when we should be focused on ourselves.”

As my teenager would say—that felt targeted. There was a big bullseye on my heart, and that statement hit right in the center.

I had to work on me, so I filled myself with the Holy Spirit through Bible study, through giving up my self-righteousness, and through prayer for myself.

That same someone at church taught me that I can ask for more of the Holy Spirit, as Luke 11:13 tells us.

Verse 13 is at the end of the “ask, seek, knock” teaching by Jesus, but we usually read the story in the book of Matthew.

In Luke’s telling, Jesus ends his parable by saying:

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13)

As believers, we have the Holy Spirit—but if you’re living life as a grumpy Christian, then certainly you know that you could use more of the Spirit.

When we have more of the Spirit, we have more fruit of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).

Do you feel
⇒ loving
⇒ joyful
⇒ at peace (that means not worrying!)
⇒ patient (even when your food order doesn’t arrive right away!)
⇒ kind (even to your barista!)
⇒ good
⇒ faithful (never substituting lattes for God!)
⇒ gentle (always saying things God’s way!)
⇒ self-controlled (even around chips, chocolate, and chai lattes!)
24×7 ?

Yeah, I didn’t think so. Now would be a good time to ask God for more of the Holy Spirit, don’t you think?

This is just one thing that we’re learning and praying for in the MybodyMyworship Group on Facebook as we worship to end abortion. Will you join us?

In Christ,

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Pray for Post-Abortive Women & Men

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

This Sunday is Sanctity of Life Sunday. I praise the pastors who are brave enough to address abortion from the pulpit, and I’m looking forward to hearing all the recordings of what they say!

Will Everyone Show Up?

But most post-abortive women won’t be there.

Women who have not yet healed from their abortions may avoid church on Sunday.

Many post-abortive women won’t go to church at all because they don’t think they are worthy of God’s love.

Many post-abortive women in and out of The Church think abortion is the unforgivable sin.

We need to pray for these women!

Post-Abortive Men, Too

…and for the men who pressured, supported, or coerced women to have abortions.

Often, men don’t realize that their souls are suffering because of their role in abortion, so let’s pray that sermons preached this Sunday open their hearts to the Holy Spirit’s leading.

Let’s Pray & Worship for the End of Abortion

Worship to End Abortion: 40 Daily Prayers
This 30-page booklet will guide you through prayer and worship to end abortion. An Amazon exclusive.

Let’s pray that post-abortive women everywhere trust the agape love of the Lord to forgive them of all of their sins so that they can live close to the Lord in complete righteousness for the rest of their days here on earth (e.g., no more abortions or extramarital sex) as well as for eternity.

Friends, there are not enough people from this generation going to heaven!

We need to do our part in praying and worshiping for:

  • the end of abortion
  • complete healing for all post-abortive women and men (even the angry ones)
  • our churches to be welcoming to the millions of women and men who have been hurt by abortion

That’s what the Great Commission looks like!

Note to Post-Abortive Women & Men

If you have had an abortion, be kind to yourself as you follow God’s leading to complete healing.

Healing is a process. Participating in a post-abortion healing class is part of the process.

Contact your local pregnancy resource center to get enrolled. This time of year, they get a lot of calls, so they are likely starting a new class soon. Don’t hesitate. You’re worth it!

If you’d like to know my healing story, read ReTested: The Story of a Post-Abortive Woman Called to Change the Conversation.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Pray for Pastors Ahead of Sanctity of Life Sunday

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

We have a busy week starting with the Women’s March on Saturday and ending with the March for Life the following Friday.

Are you praying and worshiping for the end of abortion?

This weekend is not only Martin Luther King Jr Day but also Sanctity of Life Sunday.Cheryl as the walking deadjoy sucked right out of Cheryl

Please pray for pastors as they prepare their sanctity of life sermons.

Many pastors shy away from preaching about abortion because they view it as a political issue. But first and foremost, it’s a spiritual issue!

Please encourage your pastor! Don’t badger him or her! Just share your support.

And if you’re a pastor looking for more Bible verses beyond Psalm 139 or want another perspective on God’s love for life, visit these two pages:

And you are always welcome to contact me for a testimony or to ask me questions.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Pro-Choice Movement Stuck in the 60s & 70s

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

I recently watched the movie “On the Basis of Sex,” the story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And you should watch it, too, because you need to understand your audience.

The movie is well done, and it reminds us of our history.

I don’t particularly care for the ACLU today, and I am greatly disappointed that Ruth Bader Ginsburg is for pro-abortion laws.

But Ruth Bader Ginsberg and the ACLU did a lot of legal work in the 1970s to give women and men equal rights. And for that, we should be grateful.

But I stopped and thought about all the things I hear the pro-choice movement say today.

I thought about Alyssa Milano‘s announcement of her two abortions and everything she had to say against men.

And I realize that it’s as if the pro-choice movement is stuck in the 1960s and 70s, thinking that women do not have equal rights.

How ridiculous!

But it’s worse. The pro-choice movement—led by women like Gloria Steinem, who actually remembers what it was like in the 1970s—keep telling the younger generations that we women don’t have equal rights. Or that sex is unfair.

Really? Haven’t they noticed?

It’s the age of women!

Women are in leadership roles.

Women have all sorts of legal protections for having children and working in whatever kind of job they want.

Women have been very successful with babies on their hips. Ask Taraji P Henson!

It seems that women are upset that men can have sex and walk away, but women can’t. That’s what I heard Alyssa Milano say. That’s the new equal rights they are fighting to keep.

The pro-choice movement is fighting to keep the right to have sex with anyone and everyone and still be able to walk away from both the responsibility of a child and the relationship with their sex partner.

What the pro-choice movement doesn’t seem to realize is that once they have an abortion, they are spiritually dead.

Their souls are dead.

They have no conscience. Or, they become depressed—cutting, drinking, drugs…

Is this not oppressive of who we are as women?

Why would we allow anyone to oppress us? This is the age of women!

Abortion oppresses women.

And men benefit from abortion!

They don’t have to pay child support. They don’t have to parent. They don’t have to be tied to the mother of their children for the rest of their lives.

Abortion allows men to go around and have sex with whoever they want without any legal consequences.

So, pro-choice movement, listen up! Abortion allows men to oppress you. Don’t allow anyone to oppress you. Do not let him convince you to have an abortion.

Tell him to man up and get a job.

Rant over.

In Christ,

Cheryl

P. S. to pro-life men, please influence pro-choice men!

2020 Year of Pro-Life Men?

Dear Christians Sisters and Brothers,

Abby Johnson declared 2020 the year of the man’s voice in the abortion debate.

But pro-choice women will just continue to get mad at pro-life men–just ask Alyssa Milano.

What we need are pro-life men teaching pro-abortion men! Because men have a great deal to gain by keeping abortion legal.

With abortion, a man doesn’t have to pay child support.

With abortion, a man doesn’t have to take time to parent his children.

With abortion, a man can walk away from the relationship at any time.

Children tie a man down.

So what we really need is to convince men to change their thinking–to be pro-life.

According to a study by Care Net, men are the most influential on a woman’s choice. So even though women don’t want to admit it, baby daddies are the biggest influencer.

We need good Christian men influencing spiritually lost men for life and for Christ.

In Christ,

Cheryl

New Year’s Resolution for Life

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

Last year on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade—January 22, 2019—New York announced its late-term abortion law. They lit up their city in pink. We weren’t ready. Will we be ready for what happens this year?

Last year, everyone was surprised that any state would allow abortion right up to birth, but what they didn’t realize is that New York was not the first to make late-term abortion legal.

Then thanks to Virginia Governor Northam, it became very clear that abortion is murder. (Listen starting at minute 38 to WTOP’s Ask the Governor with Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam – Jan. 30, 2019.) It no longer matters whether the baby is in the womb or birthed. If the baby is unwanted, then it’s okay to murder her.

With that revelation, the undecided suddenly started paying attention to the debate.

We have spent this last year debating, arguing, and fighting about whether abortion should be legal.

Many states have liberalized their abortion laws.
Many states have made their abortion laws more conservative.

Are We Ready for the New Year & Sanctity of Life Month?

Once again, Sanctity of Life Month is upon us. Are we ready? Do we know how to talk…

  • to those who have not yet decided whether they are pro-life or pro-choice?
  • about the value of life while being kind?
    (speaking the truth in love!)
  • about the value of life without talking politics?

Skip Politics

As soon as we talk about abortion, people put us into a political conversation, assuming that we are all Republicans.

We are so divided politically. And some people think Republicans are heartless. Some people think we must get all of our social programs in order before we can end the legalization of abortion and assume that all Republicans are against social programs.

I hate politics because my elected officials don’t represent me. They represent their platform and the money that paid their way into office. I am not a Republican. I am not a Democrat. I refuse to choose any political party, but I always vote pro-life because if we don’t value life in the womb then we aren’t going to value the lives of those who need social programs (and my siblings are two of them—read ReTested for that story).

But I do support the Democrats for Life of America because I believe they are the key to changing laws. But they need more money than the Planned Parenthood lobbyists who pay for late-term abortion legislation.

Make Disciples

We must remember that the goal is not to convert people to a political party. The goal is to make disciples, which includes teaching Christ’s ways (Matthew 28:19-20). When people love Christ, they value life. When they value life, our politics will change.

Christians First

We must start with Christians. As many as 36% of abortions are by women who go to church at least once per month (“Abortion and the Church” by Care Net). It doesn’t matter which denomination. That number needs to be zero. We’re arrogant if we think God will rescue our country when we Christians don’t value life.

Teaching Christ’s Ways

We must stop pointing fingers and start teaching.

  • Can you point to more than Psalm 139?
  • Can you explain that Jesus was against abortion?
  • Can you point to verses in the New Testament?
  • Can you explain what abortion does spiritually to women and men who choose it?
  • Do you teach men (of every generation) to support and parent their children?
  • Are you talking to men about their responsibilities in this battle?
  • Are you praying for the end of sex trafficking?
  • Are you teaching men and women to stay away from porn?
  • Are you teaching the sanctity of sex to your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors, and Sunday School students?
  • Is your heart prepared?
  • Are your prayers effective?

What is the Lord asking you to do in this battle for life?

Your New Year’s Resolution

Let me suggest two things:

  1. Make prayer and Worship to End Abortion your New Year’s resolution. The shop-amazonWorship to End Abortion: 40 Daily Prayers booklet provides you with sample prayers.Join the MybodyMyworship Group on Facebook to learn, pray, and worship together starting this Friday at 8:30 pm ET.

    Not on Facebook? Tell me in the comments below.

  2. Send me your questions about how to respond to what people say. I’ll use your questions and my recommended responses as blog posts, and then we can all support each other with suggestions in the comments.

Thank you for supporting life for defenseless babies and for the lost women and men who are scared, whose hearts are veiled, who are blind to the evil one and his schemes.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Teaching throughout Sanctity of Life Month

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

January is quickly approaching! And it is Sanctity of life month, a great opportunity to teach Christians and the people in our communities the value of life.

Not just the value of pre-born babies, for we all know that they were fearfully and wonderfully made by our Creator God, but also the value of the women who choose abortion and the men who influence them.

Join me tonight on Facebook Live at 8:30 PM eastern time for my teaching on the spiritual effects of abortion.

On Monday, December 30, I’ll answer the question: Why Not Politics?

Then beginning Friday, January 3, I will lead 40 days of worship to end abortion. We will worship and pray to God, asking that abortion will become unthinkable, not just illegal in the United States.

Only one day in the 40 days is written specifically for the United States. Other than that one day, the 40 days apply to the whole world.

I pray you’ll join me in becoming humble Christians who cry out to the Lord for a change in the hearts of the abortion minded throughout the world.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Featured in After the Abortion Photography Series

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

On my way to an author conference, I drove to Fort Wayne, IN to dress up like a zombie—not for Halloween but for the After the Abortion Photography Series by Angela Forker, featured on Facebook.zombie-cheryl

In my book, ReTested: The Story of a Post-Abortive Woman Called to Change the Conversation, I describe my abortion to be as perfect as the pro-choice movement promised, but I also explain how I later realized that my joy was sucked out of me right along with my baby.

Angela captured my lack of emotions perfectly, She’s a talented woman.

I was already planning a drive to Columbus, OH for an author conference when I found out that Angela lives just a few hours away in Fort Wayne, so I started my trip a day early.angela-forker

Angela is a sweet soul full of talent and compassion—an obedient servant of God.

I’m also excited to share that my book, which is endorsed by Abby Johnson and Kim Ketola, is a finalist for the conference’s Author Academy Awards, an honor bestowed for literary merit and publishing excellence in the writing and publishing industry.

The award ceremony is tonight. Prayers are appreciated!

In Christ,

Cheryl

Walking Dead—the Natural Result of Abortion

Dear Christian Sisters & Brothers,

This is the last post in The Spiritual Consequences of Abortion Series, which includes:

To review, here’s what happens when we murder and have sex outside of marriage:

  • When we keep silent about our sin, our bodies waste away (Psalm 32:3).
  • The Lord’s hand is heavy upon us (Psalm 32:4).
  • Our vitality is drained away (Psalm 32:4).
  • We yearn to hear joy and gladness again (Psalm 51:8).
  • We can’t wait for our broken bones to rejoice (Psalm 51:8).
  • We want to be renewed with a steadfast spirit (Psalm 51:10).
  • We want to feel the Holy Spirit within us (Psalm 51:11).
  • We want to be restored with the joy of salvation (Psalm 51:12).

After studying Psalms 32 and 51, I understood what happened to me after I aborted my daughter: My vitality was drained away. That’s why I described myself as the walking dead.

My joy was sucked away. I wanted to feel the joy of my salvation, but I couldn’t until I took responsibility for my sins then confessed and forgave.

Saving Mothers, Too

Abortion not only murders our unborn, it kills women’s souls.

Speaking from experience, sin of this magnitude increases the gulf between us and God.

Reconciling with God becomes a much more difficult thing to do. There’s a big difference between reconciling with God after using His name in vain than after murdering His child.

Therefore, we don’t lose just one of God’s children to abortion but two—the woman and her baby.

And if the father of the baby (1st among influencers over a woman’s choice)—or the grandmother (3rd among influencers) or grandfather (10th among influencers)—supports, pressures, or coerces the woman to have an abortion, then we lose even more.

I say all of this to ask you to compassionately reach the abortion-minded—all those who support abortion as a choice—for Christ so that we not only save the babies but also their mothers, fathers, and grandparents.

Christ came for the tax collectors and the prostitutes, and we are to do the same for all sinners, even those who make us angry.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Author of ReTested: The Story of a Post-Abortive Woman Called to Change the Conversation, finalist for the Author Academy Awards

Citation:
Care Net. 2016, July. “Study of Women Who Have Had an Abortion & Their Views on Church.” Go to: https://resources.care-net.org/free-resources/#lp-pom-text-318