Tiffany Roberts – pregnant, takes ecstasy, hospital
Gives birth to twins at 23 weeks – both die
Both test positive for cocaine, oxycodone
Charged w/ murder, then charges dropped
TN law – injuring unborn – assault or homicide
What about abortion?
Exception for women who injure own unborn
2014 law passed to charge women who injure own
Expired 2016 – not renewed
Women afraid to give birth in TN
Refused to get treatment to avoid arrest
I. Sanctity of Human Life
A. Ge 1:27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
1. Ge 9:6 “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man.
B. Every individual has value
1. Mt 10:29–31 “Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31“So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.
2. Including babies
3. Ps 127:3 Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward.
C. People think they have no value
1. Believe they’re trash – used and thrown away
2. 1 Co 3:16–17 Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are.
3. 1 Co 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?
II. Progressive Nature of Sin
A. Addiction is an extreme example of all sin
B. Jas 1:13–16 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. 14But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 15Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. 16Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.
1. David and Bathsheba – 2 Sam 11
2. Not moment – inquired about her
3. No indication of rape – she came to him
4. Pregnancy – need to cover up consequences
a. Deceive – murder
b. Child died – family fell apart
C. Ro 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
III. Redemption from Destruction
A. Solution: Jesus Christ
1. Jn 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
B. Heb 12:1–2 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
1. Ro 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
2. Ro 8:5–7 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so,
C. Help from Christians
1. Galatians 6:1–2 Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.