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Abortion as sacrament: why religious language is still used in a secular culture

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3 minutes to read A brief analysis of abortion in terms of Satan’s attack on the image and kingdom of God.

“In almost every message to our staff, I talk about our doing sacred work,” says Dr. Laura Meyers, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington. “This confirms the sacredness of the work we do.”

This religionization of abortion is sick, but it’s also fascinating. If the world really is ruled by malevolent gods (Ps 82:1–6; Eph 6:12; 1 Cor 2:8; Col 2:15), and Satan is in charge of them (Luke 4:5–6; 2 Cor 4:4; John 16:11), then there is a twisted logic to the pattern of human—and especially child—sacrifice that occurs in pagan religions.

Given that Satan’s original subversion was aimed at the image of God in man, by disqualifying him from rulership of the earth (cf. Gen 1:26–28; Gen 3:5); and given Satan’s knowledge of God’s affection for the dependent and innocent; and given also Satan’s hatred of man in general; it makes sense that satanic religion converges on child sacrifice and treats it as a sort of sacrament (along with a few other things that directly or indirectly attack the image of God). It’s a triple-whammy aimed at the heart of the human dynasty:

  1. A father who, rather than defending the life of his child, permits the mother to murder him is emasculated, and subverts his headship over her in the worst possible way (though of course, Satan has cunningly eliminated this headship anyway in most cases by eliminating marriage); he thus disqualifies himself from the image of God, which Genesis cashes out in terms of rulership on behalf of God.
  2. A mother who murders her child violates the most basic familial obligation while also overruling her man, and thus twice disqualifies herself also.
  3. A child killed in the womb is one less human ruler for Satan to have to worry about; he snuffs out the image of God before it even emerges into the world.

That this continues in secularized cultures is surely not surprising, since a secularized culture has by definition handed over rulership to Satan; what’s fascinating is how he can adapt to a situation where he is largely disbelieved in, and continue to prompt people to appropriate the language of religion unironically in the name of abortion, without apparent regard for the contradiction.

It should also be no surprise that the “faith leaders” in this article include so many women, and were led by a Jew. It’s not a subtle inversion of God’s design for human rule and religious order; but then Satan doesn’t need to be subtle because sin is so blinding.

(Also interesting is the stone ceremony, which is so reminiscent of pagan sympathetic magic.)

There is a paradoxical gamble involved in Satan’s strategy, however. The world is his dynasty, and abortion deliberately culls potential members from that dynasty at the earliest possible age. Whereas it used to happen more occasionally on the altars of Molech, now it has evolved into an industry so efficient as to destroy 1.6 billion people in 40 years.

Meanwhile, God’s dynasty, the assembly of his people, regard children as a blessing—they trust God to perpetuate his rule through them. So while Satan chops his own dynasty off at the knees, God’s dynasty continues to run the race with vigor and endurance. How will Satan prevent it from eventually displacing his own? (Answer: he won’t; Rev 11:15.)


Jayro Boy

I am very curious as to this relationship between pagan rituals and abortion. I don’t disagree, but perhaps you could write more on this subject?


Hello Bonn,

This is an interesting post. I was really surprised to read the quote from Dr. Meyer. It is jarring to apply that kind of thinking to the taking of a life. Although, as you mentioned, children were offered to Molech as sacrifices, I had never heard, or read, anyone referring to abortion as a sacred thing. It clearly isn’t.

I wondered if you were familiar with the practice of “infant exposure” in antiquity. From what I’ve read Christians and Jews also participated in the practice. It was another way that many people were “born into slavery”, in that they were picked up from the garbage dumps by people, then raised to certain age and sold. It seems people were getting rid of infants for their own purposes even then.

Here’s a link to a short article on it, if you’re interested:

Thanks for the food for thought today.

Linda Allard


“It should also be no surprise that the ‘faith leaders’ in this article include so many women, and were led by a Jew.”

Why is it no surprise they were led by a Jew? Orthodox Judaism prohibits abortion. “Reform” is a heretical sham.

Dominic Bnonn Tennant

Hey Joshua, what I was angling at was that it must tickle Satan to use the people God originally chose in this way, given that they were supposed to carry the kingdom of God into the world.

Dominic Bnonn Tennant

Hey Linda, I am passingly familiar with infant exposure—enough to know that it was sharply condemned by all the Christians who wrote on it in the first centuries of the church. I’m not aware of any who participated in the practice; indeed, to my understanding Christians would regularly rescue exposed infants, and it was the Christian theology of children itself which gradually eliminated the practice as Christianity became dominant in the culture.

That isn’t to say that some Christians wouldn’t have done it. I’m just not aware of that being the case. I suppose the same could be said of abortion today. No doubt some Christians, even regenerate ones, have been guilty of abortion. And a great many professing Christians have.

Seems to me that any professing Christian who kills their child has just offered prima facie proof that their profession is a lie.