What is Abolitionism?


THE ABOLITIONISM MOVEMENT IN AMERICA TODAY IS BUILT ON FIVE IDEOLOGIES AND TWO MODES

Five Tenets of Abolitionism

THE REIGNITION OF THE ABOLITIONIST MOVEMENT IN AMERICA TODAY IS BEING BUILT ON THE FOLLOWING FIVE PRINCIPLES

Biblical

We strive to bring the truth revealed in God’s Word into conflict with the worldly wisdom of man. Rather than leaving the Bible out of our engagements, we are determined to that it should be the foundation for everything that we do. The concept of abolitionism (the removal of evils) is derived from the word of God. It follows from the call to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God (Micah 6:8). God’s people are explicitly instructed to wash themselves, make themselves clean, and remove the evil of their deeds from his sight, to cease to do evil, learn good, seek justice, reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan and plead for the widow (Isaiah 1: 16-17). The Bible does not merely command believers to abstain from evils but also to “expose them” (Ephesians 5:11). Abolitionism also follows from the practice of “pure and undefiled religion”: to look after the orphans (abandoned children) and widows (women in need) in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained by the world (James 1:27).The work of abolition is also required if we are to consistently keep the two great commandments in a culture that dehumanizes and destroys our fellow image bearers and neighbors (Luke 4:18-19).

Abolitionism also stands or falls on the truth of two interrelated theological propositions derived from the Bible and nowhere else.

  1. Human beings are created in the image of God and reflect His image.
  2. The Creator Himself became a man in order to rescue mankind from sin, self-destruction, death, and eternal separation from God.

Historically, these two propositions have laid the foundations for all human rights movements and campaigns for human equality. They have been a bulwark standing between humanity and the monstrous inhumanities of history. Slavery abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison called the belief that God created man in his own image “a death-blow to all claims of superiority, to all charges of inferiority, to all usurpation, to all oppressive dominion.”

Providential

We rely on the Providence of God, not the pragmatism of man. Abolitionists do not trust in war-horses or chariots. We trust in the spiritual means and methods God has given to us in His Word. Abolitionists have always cried, “duty is ours, the results are God’s!” We look to the Spirit of God to lead us, believing He is our ever present guide and that He is not silent. We depend upon the Providence and Sovereignty of God. “… He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things.” (Acts 17:25)

It is the power of God working through His Holy Spirit that changes hearts. Yet we acknowledge that God has deemed men active participants in this drama. He gives us choices, and these choices have consequences. (Matt. 9:38, Acts 27:22,31) We are called to be faithful – to walk in righteousness – to speak the truth in love -and to trust in him above our own understanding.

Gospel

We recognize that the chief weapon we possess in the fight against abortion is the gospel. Abortion is sin and the only answer for sin is repentance and a saving faith in the finished work of Christ. The Gospel alone can truly and permanently mobilize human action, motivate moral behavior, and mandate consistent, compassionate social justice. It brings redemption from destruction; it is the wellspring of love, hope, and joy, and the real answer to abortion.

Christ’s Great Commission to the church is not limited to evangelism, but also requires discipleship. Christ told his disciples to “Teach… them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” (Matt. 28:20)

Christian, faithfully obey the Great Commission! Love God with your all your heart, soul, and mind. Call all men to faith and repentance. Teach and exhort obedience to all that Christ has commanded. Make disciples that love what God loves and hate what God hates. Make disciples who desire – along with their Father in Heaven – to seek justice, to correct oppression, and to take up the cause of the 3,500 abandoned children who are murdered every day. If we love our preborn neighbors as we love ourselves, we will not rest until abortion is abolished.

We are committed to an uncompromising adherence to the good news that God stepped down into human history as Jesus Christ. He was conceived in the womb of a young, unmarried woman who did not choose to be with child. He lived a sinless life, and by His

death redeemed a lost, wandering, and wicked people from sin, punishment and eternal separation from God. The fullness of the Gospel of God is supreme above all philosophies and ideologies and without the Gospel there would be no call for, or means of, Abolition.

Body Driven

We believe that Abolition is an Obligation of the Church. We seek to awaken the Church to fulfill her ordained purpose to be salt and light in this sin spoiled and darkened world. The primary means God has ordained to display his manifold wisdom to the world is through his people, his body and bride. The church must take the gospel to the ends of the earth and bring it into conflict with every dark deed of man.

Christians are to “abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good” (Rom. 12:9), to expose evil (Eph. 5:11), and to destroy the ungodly thinking that defends evil (2 Cor. 10:5). We are exhorted to rescue the weak from death, snatch the falling from flames, and hold back the stumbling from the slaughter.

Immediate

We demand the immediate and total abolition of abortion.

We believe that allowing abortion in some cases along the way to its total abolition is neither strategically sound nor consistently Christian. You cannot abolish any evil by justifying or allowing it to continue in some cases. Any strategy for ending abortion in this country which allows for the continued occurrence of some abortions for the sake of eventually outlawing the rest, though seemingly pragmatic, is compromise and it’s promises of effectiveness are false.

We reject incremental abolition and the gradual regulation of evil.

This fight is not an issue of what seems practical, achievable, or reasonable. It is an issue of obedience to God. We must make no compromise with Sin or the means of fighting Sin. Abortion is the abominable sin of child sacrifice and as such we call for its immediate and total abolition. God never accepts a gradual repentance of sin (individually or nationally) but rather demands a radical cutting off and turning towards Christ alone in total faith. Jesus declared to sinners, “Go, and sin no more.” (John 8:11) Repentance is not evolutionary transition from darkness to light over time. Repentance is a complete reversal of belief, thought, and action.

Two Modes of Abolitionism

ABOLITIONISTS MUST MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ENGAGE EQUALLY IN WORKS OF ASSISTANCE AND AGITATION

Assistance

Helping the helpless; Caring for the Abandoned and fatherless; Practicing “True Religion”; Showing Compassion for those caught up in the culture of death; helping to restore those who have committed the sin of abortion to find forgiveness, healing, and redemption in Christ.

Abolitionists must not simply stand-up and speak-out against the injustices they seek to abolish. They must also give their lives to helping those caught up in the culture that contains those injustices. This means caring for the numerous children who were not destroyed by abortion yet born into a life of maltreatment, neglect, abandonment, and abuse. This means opening our homes to the fatherless, and our hearts to the forsaken through adoption and foster-care. This means assisting women with financial, emotional, physical, and spiritual counseling and care. This means doing to others as you would have them do to you.

Agitation

Destroying Speculations; Undermining Misinformation; Awakening the Apathetic; Unsettling the Indifferent; exposing evils, not just abstaining from them.

Abolitionists make a practice of bringing the darkness of abortion out into the light of day.

This means putting the horrors of abortion on display before the happy-go-lucky world. This means speaking out about spiritual destruction which abortion causes to men, women, children, the family, and the entire fabric of our so-called modern society. This means exposing the abortion industry as a multi-million dollar business built on the blood of oppressed people. This means exposing the way the abortion “issue” is used as a political football by lobbyists on both sides of the aisle to insure their party’s power and place of influence. This means pointing out the fact that most churches do little to stand against abortion and that most pastors are terrified to speak out against child-sacrifice from the pulpit.

Please check out our Nationwide Agitation Project – Project Nineveh.

All on fire: Abolitionism 101

The Five Tenets | Two Modes | Differences with Pro-Life Movement

Abolitionist Russell Hunter from the Abolitionist Society of Norman presents the five tenets of abolitionism, and briefly summarizes what defines abolitionism as opposed to the Pro-Life Movement in this third talk from the November, 2013 “All On Fire” conference in Portland, Oregon.

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