Matt Chandler, lead pastor of The Village Church in Texas, recently preached against abortion from the pulpit, doing what many U.S. pastors apparently avoid like the plague, according to a survey’s findings and the observation of some Christian leaders.
Chandler, married father of three, president of the church-planting Acts 29 Network, and co-author of such books as The Explicit Gospel and the upcoming The Mingling of Souls, took on the subject of abortion late last month as part of an on-going sermon series.
It was just in December when Chandler shared a stage with respected theologian and former pastor John Piper, who stated his belief that “there are cowards in the pulpit who won’t touch the subject of abortion with a 10-foot pole.”
It was at the “A Time to Speak” panel event where Piper made that scathing remark, and also included race as one of the rarely-, if ever-touched sermon subjects.
Chandler, who has spoken from The Village Church pulpit on racism and white privilege in the past, made it clear in his Sunday, Jan. 25 a sermon titled “The Sanctity of Life,” that he is not among the alleged “cowards in the pulpit.”
“I don’t believe this is a political issue,” Chandler says to the multi-campus Village Church before launching into his sermon, the video of which was made available online. “I believe this is a scientific issue and a deeply theological issue. I’m not trying to make political statements.”
Chandler goes on to state that by delivering his anti-abortion message, he was “treading a strange space.” He also acknowledges his need for the Holy Spirit to grant him “all the boldness” to “tell everyone in this room that abortion is murder.”
“It is the murder of a human being. I’m going to have to say it. I’m going to show it to you in the Word. I want to prove it to you with science. I want to just lay it before you and say abortion is murder. It’s a holocaust like the world has yet to see,” he adds.
Chandler then notes the tens of millions of deaths attributed to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and Germany’s Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler.
“The United States since Roe v. Wade, not globally but the United States, has blown past both of those brothers and have made them look angelic as we have slaughtered wholesale 55 million little boys and little girls.”
He adds, “I gotta say that. If I don’t say that, then all the things that the secular world says about megachurch pastors become true about me: that I want you to like me, and I want your money, and I want to be famous and I want… I’m far more afraid of God than I am of you.”
But “I am no fool,” says Chandler. “There are murderers among us.
“At the same time that I prophetically and boldly and courageously say, ‘Abortion is murder,’ I also need to step into this space knowing we are guilty of it. Many of us are guilty of it. Maybe we weren’t the ones who had the abortion. Maybe we coerced and pressed somebody to have the abortion or just paid for the abortion. I need to say to you…listen to me…where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post