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There’s a Fierce Spiritual Battle at the Heart of Abortion

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As should be obvious from the intensity of the outcries to the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, when it comes to abortion, we are not talking about a topic that is just hotter than any other. Abortion is birthed by a force of darkness that will bitterly resist every effort to combat it, and which requires earnest and sustained prayer and alertness to the spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:10-20). The abortion battle is fought in the realm of thoughts and ideas.

Paul says, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). That’s why I believe that if the darkness of child-killing is to be overcome with the light of truth and compassion, it will require spiritual warfare, fought with humble and consistent prayer (Ephesians 6:10-20).

As I develop in my novels Lord Foulgrin’s Letters and The Ishbane Conspiracy, there are demonic forces behind child-killing. Abortion is Satan’s attempt to kill God in effigy by destroying the little ones created in God’s image. We are not dealing here with “one more social issue,” but a unique and focused evil in which Satan has deeply vested interests.

Here’s how the demon Prince Ishbane describes abortion in a letter to Foulgrin, a subordinate demon, in The Ishbane Conspiracy:

I’m delighted at Brittany’s willingness to sacrifice her child on our altar. Praise Moloch. There’s nothing the Enemy [God] hates more than the shedding of innocent blood. So there’s nothing we love more. Nothing defines our control of a culture more than the frequency of child killing. Whatever they kill children in the name of—whether Moloch or choice or convenience or compassion—doesn’t matter. What matters is the killing itself.

The Enemy’s fond of His tiniest sludgebags. Often He uses them against us. He uses babies to turn irresponsible adults into responsible ones. He makes those who’ve scorned family values embrace them. What happens to the person who gives himself to care for the child? The elderly? The handicapped? He grows in compassion. Patience. Self-sacrifice. He becomes disgustingly less like us and more like the Enemy.

The more of the brats we can eliminate, the better. Our slogan on earth is “every child a wanted child.” In Erebus we say it plainly: “Every unwanted child a dead child.” When it comes to unwanted children, the Enemy seeks to remove the “unwanted.” We seek to remove the “children.”

Keep telling Brittany she’s making the best choice for every person involved. Just make sure she doesn’t think of the primary person involved.

Clouding Brittany’s brain comes down to the pronouns. As long as the baby is an “it,” not a “he” or “she,” we win. Make it “terminating a pregnancy,” never “killing a baby.” It’s all semantics. If a woman wants her baby, everyone recognizes the baby’s real. Kicking inside her. Clearly visible in the ultrasound. “Do you know if the baby’s a boy or a girl?” they’re routinely asked. But if they want to kill the baby, then shut their mouths about such things. Make them pretend.

We’ve exalted the word choice to a sacred mantra. Keep their focus on the grand notion of choice and off the particular choice in question. Ask them if they’re pro-choice and they’ll say yes. Don’t let them ask the obvious: “What choice are you talking about?” Are they pro-choice about rape, kidnapping, gay bashing, racial violence, and assault and bat­tery? Of course not. Are they pro-choice about killing preborn children? Of course, because every choice is good, isn’t it?

Don’t let them see what laws against murder and rape and kidnapping and child abuse do—they all restrict a person’s right to choose. In the Enemy’s moral framework, one per­son’s choice ends where another’s begins. The woman doesn’t choose to be raped. The Jews don’t choose to be gassed. The blacks don’t choose to be hung. The babies don’t choose to be aborted.

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Randy Alcorn is the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (www.epm.org), a nonprofit ministry dedicated to teaching principles of God’s Word and assisting the church in ministering to the unreached, unfed, unborn, uneducated, unreconciled, and unsupported people around the world. Before starting EPM in 1990, Randy served as a pastor for fourteen years. He is a New York Times best-selling author of over fifty books, including Heaven (over one million sold), The Treasure Principle (over two million sold), If God Is Good, Happiness, and the award-winning novel Safely Home. His books sold exceed ten million copies and have been translated into over seventy languages.