PPL: What is our conviction? PDF Print E-mail

By Donald A. Elliott, PPL President
Reprinted from Presbyterians Pro-Life NEWS, Spring 1996

"…in recent decades [our denomination] has responded to other voices than those of biblical authority, confessional guidance, and righteousness is life…"

As Presbyterians who are pro-life, what is our conviction? How is it distinctive from the convictions of other pro-life organizations? Are we just one of the many expressions of the pro-life movement that is called to do a little bit of all the tasks needed to restore the sanctity of human life in our society? Or are we answering a unique call of God that no one else will fulfill unless we do it? I believe it is the latter.

Standing for the protection of all innocent human life…

Our unique call has been clarified over the years, and it is to restore the witness and ministry of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in regard to the life issues, specifically abortion and euthanasia. Our denomination historically has stood for the protection of all innocent human life, but in recent decades it has responded to other voices than those of biblical authority, confessional guidance, and righteousness in life. Because of this change, it has been clear that our denomination is incapable right now of standing for life; therefore, there is a need for renewal.

…and the power of the Gospel

Here is PPL's distinction: to work and pray for the renewal of our denomination in order that the church's witness and ministry might stand for biblical righteousness in regard to all innocent human life.

So our conviction is that the church is not what it should be. Many are beginning to share this conviction because of membership decline, financial difficulties, the absence of evangelistic zeal, and the possibility of the ordination of homosexuals. But we who are pro-life Presbyterians have been convinced of the desperate condition of the denomination for many years now because of the inability to stand for life in the face of great cultural pressure. As a matter of fact, we have said good-bye to many who have shared our conviction, and have left the church because they began to think there was no hope.

But we are not without hope. This is why our conviction must be more than a negative - - simply recognizing that the church is not what it should be. Our conviction must be positive - - based in the sovereignty of our God, the truth of the Scriptures, the power of the gospel, and the call to faithfulness.

In the face of godless men who were teachers in the church, Jude wrote,

But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. (Jude 20,21)

Let this be our conviction.

 

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