My christian friend had an abortion. What should I do?

What responsibility does a believer have toward the assembly if he knows of another assembly believer who has had an abortion?

This question requires a delicate answer. The callous thinking of the unregenerate has colored the views of many believers. Our final court of appeal is the Word of God. What saith the Scriptures?

First, it would advisable to know the background. Did the abortion occur before the believer was saved or in the assembly? If so, it would not be an assembly issue.

Luke 1:41 says "the babe leaped in her (Elizabeth's) womb." The word for "babe" also describes a child old enough to be acquainted with Scripture (2 Timothy 3:15). John was a child in his mother's womb as much as he was after being born. Intervention in the process that would result in birth terminates the life of a child.

A believer, knowing of this evasive moral procedure, should encourage the other believer to make this known to responsible brethren in the assembly. That failing, he must act, not on the basis of hearsay, but conclusive, undeniable evidence (Matthew 18:15-17). The elders are then responsible for any action taken. The sanctity of God's assembly must be maintained. It is the dwelling place of God, a holy temple (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).

E. McCullough