The Washington Post reported that Rev. Carlton Veazey and others gathered in Bethesda, just outside of Washington D.C. to pray for and bless the doctor and nurses who perform late-term abortions at the clinic.
Veazey said in his prayer, “God of grace and God of glory, in whom we move and live,” as he opened a prayer for the well-being of the doctor and nurses who facilitate abortions at a clinic here and for their patients. “Keep them safe and keep them strong. And may they always know that all that they do is for Thy glory.”1
Keep them safe, certainly! I don’t advocate violence done to doctors and nurses who perform late-term abortions. But praying they are kept strong, (I assume so they can continue their horrendous practice), nope, not happening. I was thinking about some kind of paralysis to take place when they begin their work. How about temporary blindness, something beyond the blindness they already suffer from? Or some kind of speech impediment so they can’t spread the lies of abortion being a solution to a problem.
Then Veazey prays for them to know they do it for the glory of God? I have to ask, how do late-term abortions glorify God? What about abortion would honor and exalt God, much like our worship on Sunday morning?
If abortions give Glory to God why not higher a worship band? Christians can gather around and worship outside the clinic. For that matter, Veazy could hold his Sunday morning worship service outside the clinic, they would not even have to higher a worship band, just use the talent within his own congregation. If abortions glorify God why not celebrate it like we do so many other aberrations in our culture?
The Roman arena once a bloodbath of human degradation and suffering was celebrated as entertainment by the Romans, but this pails compared to the 3000 abortions that take place each day in the U.S.
Reverend Veazey was joined with four other Christian pastors and a Rabbi who obviously feel the life of the unborn is superseded by the health and free will of not only women but men who support abortion. Rabbi Charles Feinberg who was there supporting the blessings on the clinic and staff said about abortion “…but it is never murder. It only becomes that once the baby is born.”2
I could point out the absurd weakness of such a view using the SLED tactic, but I have done so already in other posts. What I want to understand is how someone can suggest that God is glorified by abortion.
What does it mean to glorify God? How do we do that? What does scripture say on the topic of Glorifying God? In the NIV you can find the word ‘glory’ 160 times in the Old Testament. The word glory in Hebrew, (kabod) can be used in a positive or negative sense. The root in a bad sense means to be heavy, but in the good sense, it means to be rich, numerous, or honorable. You will find it quite a few times in Exodus when God hardens the Pharaoh’s heart. Exodus 14:4, Exodus 14:17, and Exodus 14:18. Another example of the word, (Tip’eret) can be found in Ester 1:4 which means splendor, honor, fine, or beautiful.
If we look in the New Testament, the Greek word for glory (doxa) means splendor, brilliance. So the question is how do we give glory to God when He already has it? What do we do when we worship Him? We are ascribing worth to Him, acknowledging His value, splendor, and brilliance. In worship we recognize God’s attributes, what He does for us through redemption, adoption, and sanctification. Trusting what He has done through the cross with the gift of salvation and affirming this trust in our daily actions and thoughts.
Got Questions considers both the Old and New Testament when exploring what it means to glorify God wrote. They wrote, “Putting the two together, we find that glorifying God means to acknowledge His greatness and give Him honor by praising and worshiping Him, primarily because He, and He alone, deserves to be praised, honored and worshipped. God’s glory is the essence of His nature, and we give glory to Him by recognizing that essence.”3
John Frame who wrote, Apologetics to the Glory of God explained three types of apologetics. Apologetics for proof, apologetics for defense, and apologetics for offense. In 2 Corinthians 10:5 Paul tells us to destroy speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God and to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Suggesting that abortions glorify God certainly falls under what Paul was talking about in Corinthians. Taking an offensive approach Frame wrote about liberal theologians like Rev. Carlton Veazey, “Liberal theologians who refuse to be subject to the Bible and who freely incorporate non-Christian ideas into their theologies, also regularly deny the biblical Creator-creature distinction. They insist on thinking autonomously (i.e., recognizing no absolute standard outside themselves), denying the Creator’s authority over them.”4
Veazey and others who manipulate and twist scripture to suit and justify their political agenda are no better than a dog who returns to lap up his own vomit. 2 Peter 2:20-22 They give the appearance of being part of the body but are actually rejecting God’s word and His commands, (2 Peter 2:21) They have their own agenda and use or spin scripture to support their view. Sure they claim to be Christian but are actually rejecting what they once knew, or never knew. For some this passage is difficult because it suggests that some who have been saved have fallen away, but whether they have fallen away or were never saved in the first place is irrelevant to this discussion.
I celebrated with other family members this past weekend the union of my great nephew Josiah Gill to his wife Natalie. I was reflecting on how the two become one much like the egg an sperm become one.
The embryo or fetus is an individual separate from their mother. To suggest the embryo is part of the mother and therefore the mother has the ‘right’ to do with her own body what she wishes to do is not supported by science.
For example, the embryo has his or her own sex, most notably if it is a boy how could it be part of the mother? Fetus’ have their own individual fingerprints not only different from the mother, but different from anyone else in the world. The fetus has their own DNA. Finally, we all know that embryos can be conceived in a petri dish. If an embryo is part of the mother, then following that logic the embryo is part of the petri dish, but obviously, they are not.5
This behavior is really nothing new. Veazey is not the first and will not be the last to use his position, title, and personal theology to support his opinions on the abortion issue. What is sad though is how he uses scripture to justify his decision. A decision that is clearly counter to what scripture teaches and destroys lives all around him.
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)
1. Zauzmer, Julie. “Clergy gather to bless one of the only U.S. clinics performing late-term abortions.” Washington Post, Washingtonpost.com. 29 January 2018. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2018/01/29/clergy-gather-to-bless-an-abortion-clinic-which-provides-rare-late-term-abortions-in-bethesda/
3. “What Does It Mean to Glorify God?” GotQuestions.org[i], Got Questions, 21 Feb. 2018, www.gotquestions.org/glorify-God.html.
4. Frame, John. “The Message of the Apologist.” Apologetics to the Glory of God P & R Publishing, 1994, p.42
5. Geisler, Norman. Jimenez, Jason. “Is Abortion Murder.” The Bible’s Answers to 100 of Life’s Biggest Questions Baker Books, 2015. p.204
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