Sanctity Life Sunday - 27 January 2013
One of the most urgent and important issues confronting the Church today is the right to life of pre-born babies.
The 1st of February will mark the 16th anniversary of the legalisation of abortion on demand in South Africa. Since 1 February 1997 over one million, one hundred thousand babies will have been killed in South Africa - by abortion - legally. On 27 January all churches are encouraged to observe a solemn and serious time of repentance and prayer for the national sin of abortion.
A growing number of Christians worldwide are beginning to recognise the abortion holocaust as the greatest crime being committed in the world today. The most dangerous place in the world is not Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan or Zimbabwe.
The most dangerous place in the world is the womb. Pre-born babies are being killed in their mother's wombs at a greater rate than any other section of society. The mortality rate of pre-born babies varies from 1 in 3 to 1 in 4.
It is an urgent priority for the Church to expose, oppose and end this war against children made in the image of God.
According to the South African Christian Handbook there are over 20 million churchgoers in South Africa. If most of these churchgoers could understand what the Bible teaches about when life begins, the sanctity of life and our Christian responsibility to stand up for the right to life of the pre-born - then we could save thousands of babies from abortion.
Most of the medical personnel in our country are church members. Most of the mothers go to church. Most of the voters in South Africa claim to be Christians. If Christians in South Africa could stop and look at the abortion holocaust in the light of Scripture; if we could understand something of the heart of God on this disgraceful abomination - then we would be roused to action.
There are over 36 000 churches in South Africa. There are over 30 000 ministers in the country. If just half of them could be inspired to study what the Word of God says on when life begins and what is abortion; if only half the churches in South Africa observed Sanctity Life Sunday in Bible study, repentance and prayer - then we could begin to end the legalised killing of babies in South Africa.
“Could you men not keep watch with Me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40
To assist pastors in informing and inspiring their congregations to prayer and action, Africa Christian Action is offering a Sanctity Life Sunday package: This includes Pro-life sermons, prayers of repentance, Scripture study on the Sanctity of Life, articles on How to Stop Abortions and Save Lives and The Fight For Life audio CD by Taryn Hodgson (includes powerpoint). Sanctity Life Sunday packages are R35 each (plus postage and packaging). All of the above resources can also be downloaded from the Pro-life Resources page - click here.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves…" Proverbs 31:8
Will you mobilise your congregation to observe Sanctity Life Sunday?