Abolitionism 101

“Christians who are not abolitionists may not be because they haven’t thought about these things, but taking seriously the incarnation, taking seriously the gospel and what [Jesus] came to do, leads us to be abolitionists.”

“The church, that sits by silently doing nothing about the abortion holocaust going on down the street, they need to repent.”

“Those of us like me – I wasn’t part of the pro-life movement.  I wasn’t.  To become an abolitionist, I had to repent…I wasn’t loving my neighbor.  I was loving my born neighbor, a little, but I wasn’t loving everyone who bore God’s image in the place of the incarnation.”


Abolition today is a movement that fights against the slaughtering of unborn children and image-bearers of God through the practice of abortion.  It follows in the footsteps of prior abolitionist movements, such as the fight to abolish slavery, by approaching the issue from a biblical, gospel-driven perspective.  This emphasis distinguishes Abolition from the Pro-Life movement, which largely relies on worldly wisdom and practices in its efforts against abortion.

Anyone new to the abolitionist way of thinking will undoubtedly have a lot of questions about the things we do and why we do them. We in Philly have found the following three videos from the All on Fire conference to be particularly helpful in introducing someone to the principles and tenets of abolition.


Abolitionism 101 :: Defining Abolition


Abolitionism 101 :: Every Age Has Its Abolitionists


Abolitionism 101 :: Five Tenets of Abolitionism


Take Action

For reasons outlined in the videos above, we believe that it is every Christian’s responsibility to fight abortion – not simply those with a special calling.  If you are interested in becoming involved, let us know; we would love to connect you with other abolitionists the area.  Also, check out some of our suggestions on what you can do right now to start fighting abortion from a biblical perspective.

One of the easiest things you can do is to help spread the ideology of abolition within your church, among your friends, your family, and any other believers in your life.  Consider sharing this page on Facebook or other social networking sites, and inviting other Christians to watch these videos with you in your home.

We hope you will join us in the fight for our unborn neighbors and image-bearers.