Posted by: adventlife | February 9, 2012

A Truly Pro-life Adventist Pastor, by Nic Samojluk

Some years ago a friend of mine asked his Adventist pastor how come he never preached about abortion, to which he responded: “If I did that, some of my members might be offended.” Can you imagine John the Baptist or any of the Old Testament prophets giving an answer like that? These men of God were not afraid to preach against immorality and sin, and many of them paid with their lives for doing their sacred duty.

Have you ever heard a sermon in an Adventist church about the evil of unborn child killing? If you did, it must have taken place either a long time ago, or else perhaps in a church located in another continent, but not inNorth America. Nevertheless, believe it or not, there is an Adventist pastor who did just that, and he wrote to me about this experience. Here is what he said:

December 20, 2011 at 6:04 PM (Edit)

“Hi Nic,

We had a Celebration of Life Sabbath on Dec. 10 at ourWorcester,MASDA Church. I preached on “The Gift of Life” from Ps. 139:13-16, and we hosted the director of the localCompassionPregnancyCenterwho gave out baby bottles for church members to fill with change and then to donate to their center so they can buy an ultrasound machine. The director also presented a seminar after potluck at 2 pm about what the center does, and offer some observations on the personal effects of abortion and the issue in general. She fielded questions for an hour. 30 church members stayed for the seminar which included a short video on life development in the womb. Before I offered the closing prayer, I quoted one part of the SDA position on abortion..”The church does not condone abortion for reasons of birth control, gender selection, or convenience.”

There was no negative reaction to the seminar or the sermon, but much positive to both. My message had 3 points based on the text: 1) An unborn child is a wonder; 2) An unborn child is a package of unlimited possibilities; 3) An unborn child is known and loved by God. The concluding appeal was to do what we can for unborn kids by supporting such ministries asCompassionPregnancyCenterand by making responsible sexual decisions, avoiding sexual immorality and/or bringing kids into the world we can’t take care of. I avoided politics in the sermon, except for a comment that “In a time when social justice is a popular subject, I wish we heard more about the rights of the most vulnerable social group in the world, unborn children.” I also said: “I find it amazing that our whole country gets whipped up into a frenzy when we think a parent has killed a young child but when we hear that millions have been killed only months before birth, we go home and eat our suppers as if nothing happened.”

Thanks for keeping this subject on the minds of SDA people.
Barry Kimbrough”

December 20, 2011 at 6:06 PM (Edit)

As I read the content of this email, I thought: What would happen if we had thousands of such valiant Adventist preachers? Wouldn’t such an action produce a revival of the faith of the Adventist pioneers? You are probably aware that those who laid the foundation of the Adventist movement were solidly on the side of pro-life instead of pro-choice, which is for all practical purposes equivalent to pro-abortion and pro-death of innocent unborn babies.

Let us not forget that Jesus said that our eternal destiny will hinge on the way we treat “the least of these.” I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of any other group of human beings more deserving of the “the least” label than the unborn!

I did a Google search for Pastor Barry Kimbrough and got the following information:

“Barry Kimbrough is pastor of the Tauntonand FoxboroSeventh-dayAdventistChurchesin southeast Massachusetts. His five-minute daily radio program, “Morning Light,” has aired on WPEP and WVBF for over two years. You may reach him at morninglightwpep@yahoo.com.”

More:===> If this topic is of interest to you, I suggest you secure a copy of the book I recently published entitled: From Pro-life to Pro-choice: The Dramatic Shift in Seventh-day Adventists’ Attitudes Towards Abortion from the printer. Here is the link: http://lulu.com. You will need to type my name, Nic Samojluk, in the blank “Search” space to access my book’s web page.

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