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And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
 
For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babeleaped in my womb for joy. And this shall be a sign untoyou;
Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger.And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. Luke 1:41,44; 2:12,16.
 
If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judgesdetermine. Ex. 21:22
 
The Bible declares that the unborn are created by God, as God created Adam and Eve in his image.
 
For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’ womb. Psalm 139:13
 
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Gen. 1:27
 
Old Testament punishment for those doing harm to the unborn is the same as to an adult.
 
If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judgesdetermine. Ex. 21:22
 
Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. Gen. 9:6
 
Christ Jesus was human from the point he was conceived in Mary’s womb.
 
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.
 
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:20, 21
 
And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee,named Nazareth.
 
To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. Luke 1:26, 27.
 
God’s image includes male and female, and it is a scientific fact that sex is determined from conception.So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him;male and female created he them. Gen. 1:27
 
Unborn children have personal characteristics like sin and joy!
 
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Psalm of David. Psalms 51:5
 
The Bible uses personal pronouns to describe unborn children.
 
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and Iordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Jeremiah 1:5
 
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.And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew1:20,21
 
The Bible declares that God knows the unborn personally and intimately, just as He would know any other person.
 
My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, andcuriously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there wasnone of them. Psalm 139:15,16
 
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee;and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Jeremiah1:5
 
The Bible declares that the unborn are even called by God before birth.
 
And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to inquire of the Lord.
 
And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger. Gen. 25:22,23.
 
And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren and bare not. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto the woman, and said unto her,
 
Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son. Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing: For, lo, thou shalt conceive and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shalt be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.
 
Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not whence he was, neither told he me his name: But he said unto me,
 
Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death. Judges 13:2-7
 
Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The Lord hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.
 
And now, saith the Lord that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and my God shall be my strength. Isaiah 49:1,5
 
But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, Galatians 1:15
 
Scientific evidence presented by Norman Geisler in his book on Christian Ethics certainly is consistent with biblical passages, it being a genetic fact that a fertilized human ovum is 100% human, the sex of the child having been determined at conception, the female ovum having 23 chromosomes, male sperm likewise having 23 chromosomes, the normal adult human having 46 chromosomes and so at the very moment of conception when the males sperm and female ovum unite, a new, tiny, 46 chromosome human exists.
 
This scientific fact therefore fully supports the Biblical perspective that a child in the womb is 100% human and so constitutionally in Britain the Chapel Pentecost declares that all violent action taken against a child in the womb is already a crime of murder, this Church not even recognizing the Abortion Act of Parliament as it promotes death and not life, a concept not in keeping with British Constitutional values.
 
Euthanasia
 
In today’s social climate there is tremendous pressure to adapt the Word to suit the changing conditions, and this is particularly acute in the area of medical ethics. God’s Word, however, does not change even though there might well be situations arise in Church life where euthanasia is being considered, whether it be active, passive or natural passive. Active euthanasia allows the taking of a life to avoid suffering whereas passive allows death to occur to avoid suffering.
 
As regards to active euthanasia, the Chapel Pentecost standing on the British Constitutional Acts is in no position either Biblically or constitutionally to allow the taking of a life.
 
Thou shalt not kill. Ex. 20:13
 
As regards to passive and natural passive euthanasia which allows death rather than takes life, the Chapel Pentecost understands that with a secular humanist approach this makes sense, but Britain does not have a secular humanist Constitution and so this cannot be allowed to take place in Britain.
 
God holds human beings responsible for human life, human life being sacred for God made mankind in his image.
 
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Gen. 1:27
 
Having bloodshed and violence in the earth resulted in the flood, God not permitting the taking of blood.
 
The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. Gen. 6:11
 
Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. Gen. 9:6
 
Jonah appealed to God to take his life. God did not accept this request.
 
In addition to this, God certainly did not approve King Saul’s suicide and Abimelech’s assisted suicide.
 
Therefore now, o Lord, take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live. Jonah 4:3
 
Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armour bearer would not; for he was sore afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword, and fell upon it. ISam. 31:4
 
Then he called hastily unto the young man his armourbearrer, and said unto him, Draw thy sword, and slay me, that men say not of me, A woman slew him. And his young man thrust him through, and he died.Then God rendered the wickedness of Abimelech, which he did unto his father, in slaying his seventy brethren: Judges 9:54, 56.
 
Biomedical Issues: New medical techniques and discoveries have brought about new ethical issues for the Church to deal with. These new practices include artificial insemination, test-tube babies, surrogate mothers, organ transplantation, organ harvesting, gene splicing and cloning.
 
It has to be remembered that Britain is a nation of the Judeo-Christian tradition and so a secular humanist approach in relation to government of biomedical issues is strictly prohibited. The Chapel Pentecost standing on the British Constitutional Acts will not allow the humanist, secular approach to pre-emanate for this relates the answer to decisions of patients, doctors, society, family or whoever? Are we really to discriminate, therefore on the basis on which we operate – age, race, social rank?
 
Scientist and medics can literally be allowed to play God unless there is a Church that stands up for the nation’s Christian Constitutional Acts.
 
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. Col.1:18
 
For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent. Acts 18:28-30
 
Giving Christ Jesus the pre-eminence enables God to be God and thus avoiding the consequences of the humanist approach, which might cure some problems with the cost of producing greater ones. Unless there is an acknowledgement with medical research of the Creator, then such research is bound to fail, the sensible motor mechanic giving heed to the manufacturer’s handbook to bring about the cure of a car, likewise the scientist and doctor must give heed to God’s handbook so as to bring about a successful conclusion.
 
To deal with recent medical advances the Chapel Pentecost is committed to allow organ transplantation, hundreds of people having had their lives extended, its concept being completely in line with God’s Word
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Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John15:13
 
In allowing transplantation to continue the Chapel Pentecost emphasizes personal choice in the issue for no one should be forced to participate, the individual being responsible for his own body.
 
It is understood that the fresher the organ is then the greater chance of success there is, and so the Chapel Pentecost affirms in this context that it is unlawful for anyone to extract an organ that results in a person’s death.
 
It is understood that death is difficult to define but in general terms it is acknowledged that when breathing, pulse, nerve reaction and brain waves have ceased then a person is dead.
 
….. but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it. Ecc. 7:12
 
In relation to genetic surgery this is only permitted on the basis of restoring life as God intended, and is not permitted for creating, God’s will being for us to be perfect even in a fallen world. As regards to the scientific ability to know the sex of a baby in a mother’s womb then this is fully acceptable; detection being fully acceptable whereas selection is not.
 
Invall matters, therefore, the Chapel Pentecost is committed to the concept of marriage and the family. It is important to understand that medical advances are to restore and not create.
 
Please note - the Chapel Pentecost in stating “will allow” is relating this comment to our nation’s Constitution, the Protestant Church being obligated to ensure that the Monarch adheres to Her constitutional promises before God and does not sign acts that allow abortion and immorality in our God-given nation.
 
We acknowledge the considerable assistance in presenting this ethical statement of the following excellent book of Christian Ethics. Norman L. Geisler Christian Ethics c. 1989 Baker Book House Company. Apollos (an imprint of I.V.P.) Leicester, England.