Hillsong NYC Pastor Carl Lentz Denounces "Shameful and Demonic" NY Abortion Bill
In the wake of New York's horrific abortion expansion bill, Christians and assorted pro-life advocates within the state and nationwide have spent the subsequent days reeling from the bill's passage. Several have spoken out against it, but Hillsong NYC pastor Carl Lentz chose to heed James 1:19, encouraging Christians to be slow to speak and slow to anger.
However, once Lentz spoke up about the new law, he did so with righteous fury in an Instagram post over the weekend.
Lentz commented on the bill in a manner many on social media have as well, by sharing a photo of his children.
“I found this old photo recently, and I remember it taking me years to process that these LITTLE PEOPLE, had come into our world!" he wrote. “A miracle, without a doubt."
Lentz proceeded to voice his disgust that children like his precious kids could now be aborted at any moment up until birth: “And I’m saddened and angry that we are now a state that has made it legal to have an abortion even into the last day of a pregnancy."
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“I spent hours talking to lawyers and people who hold opposing views on this issue,” Lentz added, explaining why he took extra time before voicing his thoughts.
“Although it is layered and there is language in it that some are claiming will protect mothers in peril, the only way I can describe where we are and where this is all headed…is evil, shameful and demonic,” he continued, nodding at the untenable argument that late-term abortion exists to save mothers' lives.
“I don’t use those words lightly, but they are applicable here,” he continued. “Some have said this is strictly a ‘women’s rights issue.'”
Sure, it's a women's rights issue, he clarified: “We simply believe that WOMEN IN THE WOMB deserve the right to life, deserve the right to breath,” he said. “Laws like this say unless you have a voice, if somebody deems you ‘viable/non viable’ you have no protection.”
“Psalm 139, tells us otherwise,” Lentz continued. “Psalm 139:13-14 reads: ‘For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.'”
“God will help us raise our collective voices, to see this change,” Lentz said, calling on Christians in New York to fight back.
“This cannot stand,” he wrote. “I know @hillsongnyc and many many other churches and organizations have been working hard for years to create options and help for those dealing with a pregnancy that is overwhelming for many reasons.”
“I’m also aware that often ‘pro-life politics’ (while also supporting the death penalty, of course) have been quick to condemn abortion and the people that have them and then be invisible and hypocritical when it comes to helping women in need, in poverty, those who cannot gain access to proper medical care and creating policies that can help those that don’t choose abortion,” Lentz said, turning his attention to pro-lifers who need to step up to encourage a culture of life.
“Those are facts,” he wrote. “But this law isn’t about politics. This is about generations of babies that have no defense.”
“Despite this dark day," Lentz concluded, "our future is STILL bright because we know where our help comes from. #occupyallstreets.”