A Return to God's Ethical Standards
This can only be between a male and female, clear from Genesis onwards.
Gen. 1: 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Marriage involves companionship, there being a social and spiritual union as well as a sexual one.
Mal. 2:14 Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witnessbetween thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.
I Cor. 7:2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.
4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.
As regards to the sexual union, these relations are threefold:
Gen. 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Gen. 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
Prov. 5:18 Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.
19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished always with her love.
Sexual intercourse before marriage is not permitted and is referred to as “fornication” in the Holy Scriptures.
Acts 15:20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.
I Cor. 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
Sexual intercourse outside of marriage is called “adultery” in the Holy Scriptures.
Ex. 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Matt. 19:9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
Sex is ordained by God for marriage only.
Matt. 13:4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
Marriage is a lifetime commitment.
The Pentecostal Church of Scotland fully recognises the existence of evil forces looking to steal our young people away from the Word of God.
To counteract this activity the Pentecostal Church of Scotland will issue a certificate entitled “True Love Waits” with appropriate God-given scriptures to young people who desire to express their decision to save themselves for their wedding night.
Eph. 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32
This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
God did not ordain same-sex sexual relations, sex being within a family context only.
Both the Old and New Testaments condemn the act of homosexuality, Jude 7 referring to the sins of Sodom as still being sin today.
Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
Not only does homosexuality defile the persons involved, it also defiles the land where it is permitted.
Whatever man may have done to apparently legalise homosexuality in Britain, in God’s eyes which never change homosexuality is a gross sin requiring repentance by the individual and in the nation as a whole where it is tolerated.
Under our Protestant Constitutional Acts, conflicting laws to the Acts have to bow the knee, for Constitutional laws are higher as they have been God given.
The Pentecostal Church of Scotland will, therefore, continue to expose the sin of homosexuality and express God’s Word as the Holy Ghost gives us utterance.
Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.
24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:
25 And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.
The Pentecostal Church of Scotland does not accept that somehow Jesus in the New Testament released mankind from adhering to this law, but rather there is a greater emphasis on the Church staying pure.
Rom. 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
III. Medical Ethics
It is the conviction of the Pentecostal Church of Scotland that this issue is No.1 on God’s medical ethical agenda. God wants us to deal with the issue of bringing life rather than death to the child in the womb. How can a nation possibly hope to control its youth when the nation is guilty itself of allowing innocents to be slaughtered mercilessly?
It is reported that 6.7 million abortions have been performed by doctors in Britain since the implementation of the 1967 Abortion act – deemed illegal under our nation’s Constitution.
The first God-given principle given to us is to save life. The whole issue we believe is dependent on whether or not a child in the womb is fully human, potentially human or subhuman. British Constitutional obligations on government are to protect life rather than destroy it depending on whether or not the child in the womb is a living being or not. ThePentecostal Church of Scotland declares without doubt that a child in the womb is fully human, and no human being including the child’s mother has any right whatsoever to kill a child precious to God, and all those who declare that life is above death.
It is understood by The Pentecostal Church of Scotland that those who favour the availability of abortion would consider a child in the womb as either being potentially human or subhuman. If the government of the day understands the child in the womb as fully human, then that government would be guilty of the crime of murder if it allowed the crime of abortion to take place.
It is recognized that those who take the subhuman perspective might well regard having one’s first breath as the point of the beginning of a human life. The Bible, however, points out human beings continue to exist after they stop breathing.
For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better. Phil. 1:23
Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord; (For we walk by faith, not by sight;) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. II Cor. 5:6-8
And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: Rev. 6:9
In addition to this the scripture refers to human life in the womb long before breathing begins from the point of conception.
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.Psalm of David. Psalm 51:5
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.Matthew 1:20
As well as this scriptural proof, it is also a fact medically that many who stop breathing are later revived or have life aided by a machine. Having the first breath therefore clearly does not mark the beginning of humanness.
It is also the position of the Pentecostal Church of Scotland that medical proof does not support the concept that a baby in the womb is subhuman for if self-consciousness is essential to humanness then those who have found themselves in a coma are not human.
It is also a scientific fact that an embryo is not an extension of the mother for the baby has its own sex from conception, and after forty days has its own individual brain waves. Within a few weeks the baby has its own blood type and unique fingerprints, birth simply, therefore, changing the method of receiving oxygen and food.
In reply to the argument that “legalized” abortion has saved lives, it is simply not true to say that it has saved thousand of mothers from dying, but is true to say that it has killed millions of babies.
We in the Pentecostal Church of Scotland believe it to be our call to save the lives of these babies.
Information from Norman Geisler’s book on Christian Ethics gives figures of 1/100 of 1% maternal death rate whereas abortion operations have a 100% death rate. It is the position of the Pentecostal Church of Scotland that even saving the lives of hundreds of mothers does not justify costing the lives of millions of babies.
6.7 million babies have been slaughtered in Britain since 1967 and so it is the position of the Pentecostal Church of Scotland that if we are to show to generations growing up that violence and abuse against others is wrong, then government has to show its repentance for being the main perpetrator of it.
Figures show from the U.S.A. that between 1973 when abortion was legalized and 1982 child abuse increased by more than 500% proving the Biblical principle of sowing and reaping. If you therefore, place violence onto youth, youth will return violence back to you particularly from a world now seemingly devoid of family stability.
The Young Generation is growing up surrounded by immorality and violence. Instead of changing the Word of God to match the change in social conditions, the Pentecostal Church of Scotland in not removing the Ancient Landmark opens up its arms for sinners to repent.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Gal. 6:7
It is the position of the Pentecostal Church of Scotland that deformity is no justification for abortion pointing out in making this statement that this reason for abortion covers only a tiny percentage of abortions carried out.
If abortion for the deformed unborn is acceptable then so is mass execution for mentally and physically handicapped people. On stating this, however, it is the position of the Pentecostal Holiness Church Continuing that if a nation repents and follows God, in Britain’s case according to its Constitution then God is obligated to honour us by healing us; Ex. 15:26; Deut. 28.
On the subject of the mother’s rights here, it needs to be pointed out that there is not one known organization working with physically and mentally handicapped people in favour of slaughtering those who they care for. It is widely accepted that mothers bond with such children very successfully and to care and love such a child is certainly God’s will for a family as we stand together for complete and absolute healing, not death.
To argue for the mother to have rights to decide to kill the unborn is the same as arguing for murder to be legalized in society. With the exception of criminal rape each person involved in intercourse is responsible for the consequences of this, therefore in the vast majority of abortions the “guest” has been invited in, and so, therefore, the law of this nation to be in line with its Constitution must not permit individuals to be able to decide whether or not to kill a baby, for the status of the unborn biblically and scientifically is that we are dealing with a human being.
There are two innocent parties of three involved in a rape that results in a pregnancy. The two innocent parties in a rape instigated by a man are the mother and the baby. Why then should the baby pay the ultimate price for the illegal intercourse? To quote Norman Geisler; Abortion does not take away the evil of the rape; it adds another evil to it. The rape problem is not solved by killing the baby. Penal correction therefore should be given to the guilty party, and to the 50% of people who in such cases seem to not want the baby, then adoption should be offered as opposed to abortion.
It is, therefore, the position of the Pentecostal Church of Scotland to view a foetus as fully human, Biblical and non-Biblical evidence following. The evidence, which we regard as overwhelming, therefore, places a human being in the womb, a human being that has the same rights to life as those human beings outside the womb.
The Bible calls unborn children “children” the same word used of infants and young children. This is consistent with a medical report given through the Abortion Gallery Website - http://www.mttu.com/abort-pics/ on a child in the womb eleven weeks after conception:
HEART IS BEATING (SINCE 18-25 DAYS)
BRAIN WAVES HAVE BEEN RECORDED AT 40 DAYS
THE BABY SQUINTS, SWALLOWS, AND CAN MAKE A FIST
THE BABY HAS FINGERPRINTS AND CAN KICK
THE BABY IS SENSITIVE TO HEAT, TOUCH, LIGHT AND NOISE
THE BABY SUCKS HIS OR HER THUMB
ALL BODY SYSTEMS ARE WORKING
THE BABY WEIGHS ABOUT 1 OUNCE AND IS 2 1/2 TO 3 INCHES LONG THE BABY COULD FIT COMFORTABLY IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND
Following is a child of the Wetzel family at 16 weeks in the womb and after birth: