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Is The CM Position On Abortion Softening–Where Do They Stand?

September 12, 1999
Bill Bouknight
4488 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38118

Dear Bill,

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

I have addressed this letter to you because you are the President of the Confessing Movement, but I am sending copies to all Board members of the CM, Lifewatch, and the Jude list. It is my goal to open the discussion now, before General Conference, about the sacred worth of each human life.

First, let me take this opportunity to praise the CM Board’s willingness to wade into the quagmire of the life vs. death debate at the CM Conference. It is always good for each of us to consider what God has shown us about life and to attempt to apply it in our lives.

Item # 5 on the Indianapolis Affirmation reads as follows: We urge General Conference to affirm more strongly the sanctity of the unborn child and reject unreservedly partial-birth abortion.

I applaud this statement for rejecting unreservedly partial-birth abortions however, does this mean the CM Board is reserved about rejecting all abortions? Does the CM Board believe that some abortions (in the case of rape or incest) may be justifiable?

I know that this is a difficult question for some to answer, but official CM clarification on this point is very important to pro-life Methodist across America.

Please consider that if the CM professes to believe in the Bible and is calling upon our Bishops to " remain true to the teaching of Scripture..." , then we must also follow Scripture.

We dare not state that on the one hand we reject Homosexual marriage and partial-birth abortions based on Scripture and then make exceptions for rape and incest. There is nowhere in Scripture where God makes these exceptions*. Scripture teaches that God knows us and has a relationship with us before we are born. David states in Psalms 139:13-14, "For thou didst form my inward parts, thou didst knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise thee, for thou art fearful and wonderful. Wonderful are thy works!" Isaiah 44:2, "Thus says the Lord who made you, who formed you from the womb and will help you:..." 49:1,"...The Lord called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name." Jeremiah 1:5, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you;...." Luke 1:15, " ... he will be filled with the Holy Spirit , even from his mother’s womb." So, if God is able to form us, knit us, help us, calls us, names us, knows us, consecrate us and is able, if He wills, to fill us with the Holy Spirit all before we are born; then He can handle the circumstances surrounding our conception. We risk playing God if we teach or council anyone that a life inside the womb is anything but a gift of sacred worth from God and the baby should not be sentenced to death because of the tragic or horrible situation in which the child was conceived. Women need to know that the most loving option is to give life to the child. My wife and I can personally testify to the fact, that even a child which was conceived during a rape can bring great blessings and resolution to the birth mother and tremendous joy to us, the adoptive parents!

I pray that the Board of Directors of the Confessing Movement will hear the word of the Lord regarding life and will faithfully apply the same standard to yourselves that you are demanding of our Bishops and clergy, " to guard, defend, and teach the historic apostolic faith without apology. If there are clergy and laity who cannot abide by and remain true to the teachings of Scripture and our church, we encourage General Conference to provide for an exit process with pension, property, and with out penalty."

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration in response to my questions.

Your brother in Christ,

Don Thompson
2118 Laconia Rd.
Somerville, TN 38068
901-466-1560 or 901-550-2904


* See Also the Confessional Statement of the Confessing Movement

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