A Declaration by The International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church

Concerning the Action of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Partial Birth Abortion in Carhart vs. Stenberg[Decided June 28, 2000]

Today the United States Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of a state’s right on the issue of abortion in Carhart vs. Stenberg. Through this act, America has closed the door to allow any state the right to protect the life of the unborn within its boundaries. We, the American people, have just witnessed one of the most uncivilized, unchristian and barbaric acts ever to be carried out by a nation’s supreme legal body. This case is known popularly by the procedure that defines the essence of the case, and is described as Partial Birth Abortion. We, in The International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church, believe this new precedent brings us to the point where the question must be asked, are we civilized or are we barbarians?
The majority of Americans oppose abortion and view it as reprehensible. Partial Birth Abortion is a most vicious act of violence against an innocent human being, one who has no ability to defend himself. This act is particularly heinous as the child is just moments from taking his or her first breath.
People of faith should be outraged that our nation has become so barbaric. It is unacceptable to silently reap the good fruit of a booming economy and unprecedented technological advances at such costs as the precious blood of innocent children, both born and unborn.
We, the Church of Jesus Christ, can no longer be silent! We are obligated to proclaim the truth of the gospel which includes the protection of the unborn and sounding an alarm for a nation that is in peril of losing its soul. In God’s Word, His wisdom is given so clearly to us in Proverbs 21:3 "To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice." Many of the leaders of our nation have embraced wholeheartedly the "Holocaust" that plagues our nation, and have placed themselves as icons in the movement to legalize the killing of children through abortion. Such deplorable behavior would have been unthinkable one generation ago and be assured it will not end here. Will their next ruling allow for unwanted children to be legally disposed of after the birth process?

Representing the will of the American people, a bipartisan majority of both Houses of Congress voted to ban partial birth abortion. However, the President, by his veto of that ban, has blocked the will of people and opened the door for this Supreme Court decision. As Patriarch of The International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church, I speak for all bishops, priests, clergy, and laity in condemning this action to kill innocent children, the image bearers of God. I pray that we continue to prophetically speak out against this horror as well as continuing to offer the unconditional love of God to a world desperately in need of grace and mercy. May God have mercy on the United States of America!



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