Abortion Hurts Women Spiritually

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

This headline makes me so angry! No wonder so many women in The Church abort—they are not hearing the truth!

36% of women who abort go to church at least once per month (Care-Net 2016).

Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17 NASB)

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32 ESV)

As a post-abortive woman myself, let me explain what abortion does to women spiritually.

I have yet to hear the following message in any Sanctity of Life sermon, but every woman and man needs to hear it.

God is Holy, and He Hates Sin

God has set standards for how we are to live, not because He wants to control us or take away our fun but because He loves us as a perfect Father does.

Now, we do not have perfect fathers here on earth, and many of you have broken relationships with your imperfect fathers. I realize that our broken view of fatherhood makes it difficult to see God as a loving Father, but perhaps you can imagine with me.

Anyone remember the TV show Leave It to Beaver? Remember how the father worked hard, provided for his family, and loved his wife and his boys?

How about the father in the Brady Bunch?

My Three Sons?

How about Liam Neeson’s character in the “Taken” series of movies? Clearly he’s imperfect but fiercely protective of his virgin daughter.

God, as Our Father, Creates Standards for Us Because He Loves Us

God is love. (1 John 4:8)

From the Old Testament to the New, God removed the food standards (all the standards for eating kosher foods), but He did not remove the moral standards. We can read these moral standards in the 10 Commandments and other places.

Jesus reiterated the 10 Commandments by telling His Jewish audience to love God and love people.

When our parents create boundaries for us—or standards—we know that if we do not follow their rules, we will experience consequences, such as a time-out when we’re little or losing privileges when we’re teenagers.

God, our loving Father, taught parents to create standards because that’s what He does. We are to reflect His fatherhood. We are imperfect people and therefore imperfect parents (just ask my boys), so we do not reflect God perfectly, but we are called to try.

God’s standards include keeping sex within marriage and not murdering. (Before you get mad at me, remember that I have not kept either of these standards.)

If you need a reminder of the Bible verses that show these standards, see the links below to my other websites:

Best Pro-Life Bible Verses

Bible Verses on Sexual Immorality

So, what happens when we break God’s standards? I think the best example is to look at King David’s life.

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David’s whole story shows us a man of great faith (God calls Him a man after His own heart [Acts 13:22]) but also a man of a great imperfections.

Let’s look at what happens to David when he does not keep sex within marriage and then murders to cover his sin.

You are probably familiar with David and Bathsheba’s story, but let me give you a quick reminder. The short version is that David used his kingly power to have sex with another man’s wife and then killed the man to cover up his sin (see 2 Samuel 11).

Today in the United States, you might expect a rich man to offer his mistress money for an abortion or even pressure her into having an abortion. But that’s not what David does.

Why not? Because the Hebrews valued babies.

Until Nathan confronts David, the king thinks he has gotten away with his sin of extra-marital sex and of murder.

After Nathan explains things, David immediately takes responsibility and confesses his sin (see 2 Samuel 12).

The Spiritual Consequences of Murder and Adultery

David then goes into the Tent of Meeting and sings his confession, as recorded in Psalm 51. He also sings Psalm 32. From these two Psalms, we learn what happens when we murder and commit adultery:

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

Why do we desire the Holy Spirit? Because when we have more of the Holy Spirit, we have more fruit of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal 5:22-23).

In my memoir, ReTested, I explain my 14 or so years between my abortion and my confession as walking through life dead inside. I called myself “the walking dead” before there was a TV show by that name!

Pastoral Leadership

So, Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and United Church of Christ pastors in Tennessee, when you tell women that it’s okay to abort, you are telling them that it’s okay to live separated from God, that God doesn’t mind that they murdered, that it’s okay to walk around like zombies.

The truth is that Jesus came to set us free (Galatians 5:1) and so that we can have abundant life (John 10:10). Abortion does not result in abundant life. It results in drained vitality (Psalm 32:4; John 10:10).

Your letter to Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is not the kind of leadership we women deserve. We deserve to be:

  • taught the truth (John 8:31-32; Acts 17:10-11).
  • gently rebuked like Nathan gently rebuked David (2 Samuel 12) and Jesus gently rebuked the woman at the well (John 4:4-42) and the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11).
  • taught the path to renewed vitality (Matthew 6:12-15) so that we can live abundantly (John 10:10).

Further, for those women who do not believe that Jesus is the Christ who died for our sins (Romans 5:8), was raised from the dead (Romans 10:9-10), and today sits at the right hand of God, you are telling them that it’s okay to be forever separated from their babies and spend eternity separated from God.

And just to appeal to the practical nature of running your local church, if you want women to serve in the church, get them freed from their sins.

Freedom Is Available, and It’s Awesome!

If you have been involved in an abortion—whether you had one yourself or “supported” a woman through one—you can have your vitality renewed, like I did.

The path to renewed vitality is confession (Matthew 6:12, 14-15) and returning to God (John 8:11).

We protestants do not spend enough time talking about the benefits of confession. Let me just tell you from my own experience that confession and forgiveness results in freedom and abundant life!

And freedom is awesome!

Post-Abortion Healing Is Available!

Post-abortion healing classes are offered through pregnancy centers and some churches using curricula like Surrendering the Secret and Forgiven and Set Free. The Catholic Church offers Project Rachel.

Men who have pressured a woman, drove her to the clinic, or paid for the abortion need healing, too. Some pregnancy centers offer classes for them as well. A common curriculum is Healing a Father’s Heart.

The links to books above are affiliate links. Any remuneration that I receive from affiliate links are used to pay for my three websites: CherylKrichbaum.blog, MybodyMyworship.org, and FacesofAbortion.com. Please contact me if you have any questions.

In Christ,

Cheryl

Be Part of the Movement

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

Be part of the movement to talk directly to women’s fears with love. Order your copy of ReTested and join me tonight 7-8:15 EDT for “How to Talk to the Abortion-Minded.”

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In Christ,

Cheryl

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Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

If you believe in evangelism, then here’s an opportunity to win women for Christ. Learn how to attract the abortion-minded with honey, not vinegar. Join me Friday night.

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In Christ,

Cheryl

Women Talking to Women

Here’s the challenge for male pastors–and politicians: Many women don’t want to hear about crisis pregnancy “choices” from a man. If this is your challenge, please contact me so that I can help you speak to abortion-minded women.

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“How to Talk to the Abortion-Minded” in 1 Week

Join me in 1 week to hear about my new book series written to equip you in your pro-life conventions. You’ll also get practical tips you can start using now to win people for Christ and for life.

Join us online 7-8:15 pm Eastern Time, and invite your pro-life Christian friends to watch, too. If you’re in the Washington, DC area, message me, and I’ll send you the details.

The goal is to equip YOU with your conversations and social media posts about abortion, but the book will also uplift you on Holy Week.

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Pre-order on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

My Joy Was Sucked Out

Dear Christian Sisters and Brothers,

This is what abortion does to women. What’s worse is that we don’t even realize it until we’re healed and looking back at our lost years.

Thankfully, post-abortion healing is available. Spread the word!

Contact your local pregnancy center or Surrendering the Secret.

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I hope you’ll join me next Friday on Facebook Live or YouTube Live at 7 pm Eastern Time. Be sure to forward this email to your pro-life Christian friends.

Not only will the event help you with your abortion conversations, but the book will provide you with a good read for Holy Week.

You can pre-order ReTested: The Story of a Post-Abortive Woman Called to Change the Conversation on Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hard cover, soft cover, or ebook. (Audio will be released later.)

In Christ,

Cheryl

Press Release: New Pro-Life Book Releases April 12

For Immediate Release
Name of Press Contact: Cheryl Krichbaum

Date: April 1, 2019—no foolin’!
Contact: facesofabortion.com/contact.html

New Pro-Life Book Releases April 12

  • Endorsed by Abby Johnson and Kim Ketola
  • Story of surviving life tests, striving to fix life tests, then thriving through life tests by worshiping in Word and worship music
  • Introduces how to talk to the abortion-minded

Media kit at facesofabortion.com/retestedmedia.html

Sterling, VA – ReTested: The Story of a Post-Abortive Woman Called to Change the Conversation by Cheryl Krichbaum releases Friday, April 12.ReTested book cover

 “My joy was sucked out of me right along with my baby, and I have been fighting to get it back ever since.” ~Chapter 2

Endorsed by Abby Johnson (“Unplanned” movie) and Kim Ketola (Cradle My Heart), ReTested is the first book in the Faces of Abortion Series, the pro-life response to #shoutyourabortion.

Whereas #shoutyourabortion aims to justify abortion stories, the Faces of Abortion Series shares stories not to justify what women have done but to explain how their thinking led them to abort. In ReTested, Cheryl shares her own story with sadness, shame, and regret because there is no justification for shedding innocent blood.

But if pro-life Christians are going to love women over the life line, then we need people like Cheryl explaining what abortion does to women, how it drains vitality (Psalm 32:4), and how women need healing through the forgiveness of Jesus Christ to be completely restored and living life abundantly.

“I was okay right up until my baby was gone. I could feel my face fall. I wasn’t okay any more.” ~Chapter 2

The book is not just about abortion but also about dealing with family member’s mental illness and about worshiping God through all of life’s tests. You’ll find interview questions and background information about all these topics at facesofabortion.com/retestedmedia.html

ReTested includes over 100 Bible citations in the Appendix in addition to as many verses within chapters. You’ll also find references to additional resources, including Care Net, Surrendering the Secret, And Then There Were None, and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI).

ReTested is available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hard cover, soft cover, and e-book. The audio book will be released at a later date.

Cheryl Krichbaum is an author and speaker who equips Christians to share compassionately with the abortion-minded so that abortion by church attendees is reduced from 36% to zero.
CherylKrichbaum.blog @CherylKrichbaum

Press Release: New Pro-Life Book Praises Worship Music

For Immediate Release
Name of Press Contact: Cheryl Krichbaum

Date: April 1, 2019-no foolin’!

New Pro-Life Book Releases April 12

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  • For family-friendly radio, we can discuss worship music without discussing abortion
  • Endorsed by Abby Johnson and Kim Ketola
  • Story of surviving life tests, striving to fix life tests, then thriving through life tests by worshiping in Word and worship music
  • References many contemporary worship songs as well as traditional hymns

Media kit at facesofabortion.com/retestedmedia.html

Sterling, VA – ReTested: The Story of a Post-Abortive Woman Called to Change the Conversation by Cheryl Krichbaum releases Friday, April 12.

“I was quietly crying. Daniel asked if I was okay. ‘No,’ I said.

‘Mom, listen to Christian radio,’ Joshua said. That’s one smart boy. I found KTIS at 98.5 FM. Listening to Christian music helped me calm down.” ~Chapter 7

The book is not just about abortion but also about dealing with family members’ mental illnesses and about worshiping God through all of life’s tests. Although the book series is about abortion, ReTested has a bigger story of how to thrive even when life’s tests are difficult.

The author explains how worshiping through song made a dramatic difference in how she responded to difficult circumstances. You’ll find interview questions and background information about worship, abortion, and mental illness at facesofabortion.com/retestedmedia.html

“After I picked up Joshua, we headed back to town. We often listen to worship music from my playlist or WGTS 91.9 FM, our local Christian radio station, while in the car. I noticed the peace on my son’s face as he listened and sang along with the music.” ~Chapter 13

ReTested includes over 100 Bible citations in the Appendix in addition to as many verses within chapters. You’ll also find references to additional resources, including Care Net, Surrendering the Secret, And Then There Were None, and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI).

ReTested is available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hard cover, soft cover, and e-book. The audio book will be released at a later date.

Cheryl Krichbaum is an author and speaker who equips Christians to share compassionately with the abortion-minded so that abortion by church attendees is reduced from 36% to zero.
CherylKrichbaum.blog @CherylKrichbaum