Rev. Raphael Warnock, the Democratic Senate candidate for Georgia, is being called on by over two dozen black ministers in an open letter to denounce abortion because it contradicts biblical teaching.
According to CBN News, the letter, signed by 28 ministers primarily based in Georgia, criticize Warnock after he called himself a “pro-choice pastor.” Warnock, an ardent supporter of abortion, asserted that he will "always fight for reproductive justice,” calling abortion an act of "human agency and freedom."
In the letter signed by the ministers, they argued that Warnock’s pro-abortion beliefs contradict the Bible and traditional teachings of the Christian faith.
“Abortion is fundamentally in conflict with the plain reading of the Bible. The Bible clearly teaches that human life is created by God beginning at conception,” the letter asserts. “As Psalm 139 proclaims: 'You knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am wonderfully and fearfully made."
The ministers then asserted that as a Black Christian pastor, Warnock has “a duty to denounce the evil of abortion, which kills a disproportionate number of Black children.”
“Your open advocacy of abortion is a scandal to the faith and to the Black community,” they added.
The letter concludes by highlighting the disproportionally high number of abortions black women have across the country.
"Despite making up only 13 percent of the female population, Black women represent 36 percent of all abortions, and Black women are almost five times more likely than their white counterparts to receive an abortion," the letter explains. "In some cities across the country, more Black children are aborted every year than are born alive."
The open letter, which was prepared by Human Coalition's Rev. Dean Nelson, was sent to Warnock’s campaign office last Friday.
In response to the letter, Warnock’s campaign spokesman Michael Brewer argued that Rev. Warnock “believes a patient's room is too small a place for a woman, her doctor, and the U.S. government and that these are deeply personal health care decisions – not political ones."
"He also believes those who are concerned about life ought to be focused on the incredibly high rates of infant mortality and maternal mortality and working to make sure we are expanding access to health care, not taking it away," Brewer continued.
During last week’s Georgia Senate debate between Warnock and his Republican opponent Sen. Kelly Loeffler, Loeffler criticized the pastor for his pro-choice beliefs.
"I'm not going to be lectured by someone who uses the Bible to justify abortion," Loeffler contended.
Warnock was also denounced by Loeffler and pro-life groups for using Scripture to justify abortion.
Further, as Christian Headlines previously reported, in a recent interview with Faithwire, Evangelist Alveda King said Warnock "should offer real, genuine service to his parishioners that cannot include abortion."
King, the niece of the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said that Warnock is doing a “disservice” to his congregation at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta for not giving them alternatives apart from abortion.
“There are better ways to live,” she argued. “Let me as pastor of this church help you so you don't have to kill a baby and hurt your own body.” King is among the ministers who signed the letter to Warnock.
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer. He is also the co-hosts of the For Your Soul podcast, which seeks to equip the church with biblical truth and sound doctrine. Visit his blog Blessed Are The Forgiven.