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Church Of God In Christ, Inc. Official Statement On Abortion

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The Official Statement on Abortion Church Of God In Christ, Inc.

June 11, 2019

Posted: August 26, 2022

The Church Of God In Christ believes the Bible to be the only inspired and infallible word of God. Thus, in accordance with sacred Scripture, we acknowledge life as a sacred and gracious gift of God and affirm that He is the Creator of all life and that human beings are created in His image (Genesis 1:26-31).

As the Bible is clear that life begins at conception in the womb (Psalm 139:13,15; Psalm 22:10-11, Galatians I: 15, Luke I:41, Jeremiah 1:5), we recognize the precious gift of life and must speak to the painful and difficult issue of abortion as an act that is antithetical to Christian belief (Exodus 20:13, Psalm 106:35-38, 2 Kings 17:17, Deuteronomy 5:17, Revelation 22;15), and to an industry that has garnered trillions of dollars in profit while simultaneously creating health risks for women such as PTSD.

The Church of God in Christ opposes abortion:

We denounce irresponsible sexual behavior and acts of violence that contribute to the large number of abortions each year.

We grieve with all who struggle with the difficult circumstances that lead them to consider
abortion. We affirm that God is merciful and forgiving and that His love is extended to those who have gone through abortion procedures.

Recognizing that each person is ultimately responsible to God, we encourage men and women in these circumstances to seek spiritual counsel as they prayerfully and conscientiously consider their decision.

We condemn violence directed against abortion clinics, their staff and clients, as well as
sanctions and discrimination against medical professionals whose consciences prevent them from being involved in abortions.

As abortion disproportionately affects communities of color, the Church Of God In Christ
systematically denounces the heinous destruction of human life through abortion.

We commit to support the following actions to mitigate unplanned pregnancies and to address the current abortion crisis:

The Church Of God In Christ takes seriously the obligation to help form the consciences of her members and to speak to the broader society concerning the sacredness of human life, which should only be procreated advisedly and in full accord with the biblical understanding of conception and birth within marriage as blessed by God.

We therefore encourage each of our congregations to assist their members in becoming informed regarding the spiritual, physiological and psychological aspects of sex and sexuality so that the birth of each child is a joyous and solemn occasion in the life of a family and the community.

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