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2023-09-19 at 14:55 #420864Nat QuinnKeymasterMOBILISE Your FRIENDS and FAMILY to STAND for LIFE
– INTERNATIONAL LIFE CHAIN Sunday – 1 OCTOBER 2023
“For You created my innermost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb…my frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body…” Psalm 139:13-16
Life Begins at Conception
The sanctity of life is an essential article of the Christian Faith. The Bible makes it clear that life begins at conception (Psalm 139:13-16; Isaiah 44:2; Jeremiah 1:5; Luke 1:41). The pre-born baby is then genetically, physiologically and organically a distinct person. At that moment life begins. At about three weeks after conception, the baby’s heartbeat can be detected. Six weeks after conception the baby has its own lifelong brainwave.
Life is Sacred
If the absence of a brainwave is considered the sign of death, why then is the presence of this brainwave not accepted as a confirmation of life? Birth is not a magical act that turns a non-human into a person. Birth is only a change in environment for a life that began many months before. Every abortion stops a beating heart. Every abortion ends a brainwave. Every abortion is the murder of a helpless and innocent human being.
Life is Threatened
The most dangerous place in the world is not Iraq, Ukraine, Egypt, Syria, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, or the Congo. 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.
A growing number of Christians worldwide are beginning to recognise the abortion holocaust as one of the greatest evils being committed in the world today. It is an urgent priority for the Church to expose, oppose and end this war against children made in the image of God. “They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons. They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters… the land was desecrated by their blood.” Psalm 106:37-38
Modern Day Child Sacrifice
Abortion is the modern equivalent of child sacrifice. Just as God’s people opposed Pharaoh’s decree to murder new born boys in Egypt (Exodus 1:15-22), so we need to protect pre-born babies from abortion today. Just as king Herod sought to kill the babies in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:16), so abortionists are attempting to butcher babies today.
Sunday, 1st October, is International Life Chain Sunday. On previous Life Chain Sundays, up to one million Christians in over 1,400 locations worldwide have stood for the right to life of pre-born babies. Life Chains have been held every year since 1987 in the USA and since 1992 in South Africa. Over two million babies have been killed through abortion in South Africa since 1 February 1997, legally.
Show You Care
We hope that you will show that you care by participating in a Life Chain in your city. If you are in, or near Cape Town, we certainly hope that you will make the time to join us at the entrance to the Waterfront, opposite the Cape Town International Convention Centre in Buitengracht Street, downtown Cape Town, on Sunday 1 October from 2pm to 4pm.
The Life Chain is a family-friendly event, children are welcome. Those who have difficulty standing can bring folding chairs. Please also bring a hat and your own water. Bring as many friends and family with you, as possible.
Inform and Intercede
Africa Christian Action’s placards provided at the Life Chain, have pro-life information and prayer points on the back for participants to engage in prayer, as they stand and silently proclaim the truth about abortion. With messages such as “Abortion Kills Babies” “Abortion: One Heart Stops, Another Heart Breaks,” “Choose Life! So that you and your children may live,” and “Babies are a blessing,” Life Chain participants have informed millions of passing motorists as they line the streets of their cities, large and small, across America, Canada, South Africa, Zambia and in other countries worldwide. “Wisdom calls aloud outside, she raises her voice in the open squares. She cries out in the chief concourses, at the openings of the gate in the city, she speaks her words.” Proverbs 1:20-21
Stand for Life
The Life Chains, will be one of the positive and practical ways we can stand up for the sanctity of life and speak up for the right to life of pre-born babies. We also trust that you will be able to encourage your church leaders to promote and pray for the Life Chains.
Speak Up for the Pre-born
Through these Life Chains we pray that God will enable us to reach:
- Mothers who are considering abortion,
- Medical personnel who must decide whether to participate in abortions or not,
- Christians who need to consider volunteering to work at a Crisis Pregnancy Centre,
- Pastors who need to preach on when life begins and how we are to love our pre-born neighbours,
- Journalists who should present the other side of the abortion story,
- Politicians who need to enact legislation to protect pre-born babies from the violence of abortion,
- Lives that will be saved.
“If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength! Rescue those who are led away to death; hold back those staggering towards slaughter. If you say, but we knew nothing about this, does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Will He not repay each person according to what he has done?” Proverbs 24:10 -12
New Pro-Life Film: What Is It?
The Living Waters team behind award-winning movies like “Evolution vs. God,” “The Atheist Delusion” and “Audacity” is back at it, changing people’s minds on abortion and proclaiming the Gospel. This riveting documentary will equip Christians, change minds, and (by the grace of God) be used to bring sinners to a saving faith. It is an effective, humorous and dynamic tool for Evangelism and Discipleship.
View the inspiring new pro-life film, “What Is It?” here: https://livingwaters.com/
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Contact Africa Christian Action for advice and resources, or to organise a Life Chain in your area. “Could you not watch with Me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40
Pro-life sermons, PowerPoints, articles, books, DVDs, leaflets and posters are available to help you mobilise your congregation in the Fight for Life.
“Who will rise up for Me against the evildoers?
Who will stand up for Me against the workers of iniquity?” Psalm 94:16
View and download the Life Chain Sunday poster: https://www.christianaction.
org.za/index.php/component/ jevents/icalrepeat.detail/ 2023/10/01/252/-/life-chain- sunday?Itemid=101 Dr. Peter Hammond Africa Christian Action PO Box 23632 | Claremont | 7735 | Cape Town | South Africa Tel: +27 21 689 4480 website | email
Please pray for and support Africa Christian Action and it’s stand for life https://www.givesendgo.com/
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