If the idea of a "Christian abortionist" makes your head spin, you may want to take the opportunity this week to listen to a debate between abortionist Willie Parker and pro-life author Mike Adams.
Self-described "Christian abortionist" Willie Parker has spent a good portion of his career trying to synthesize his zest for killing the unborn and his professed embrace of a Christian tradition. But the Bible is true: a man cannot serve two masters. Dr. Jeff Myers is president of Summit Ministries, which is sponsoring the Parker-Adams debate this week. Parker, he says, peppers his words with religious imagery but has clearly chosen the other side of the abortion divide.
"He compares himself to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jesus, and says that by doing abortions he's doing God's work," Myers tells OneNewsNow. "All of his rhetoric about it is so messianic that it almost seems like he believes he's some kind of an abortion-providing Jesus."
At the other podium will be Summit Ministries' faculty member Dr. Mike Adams, who knows something about the ability of a heart and mind to change: he started his academic career as an atheist and Democrat.
"First, he's just going to demonstrate that pre-born humans are persons, and they're worthy of protection under the law," Myers explains. "And then he's going to talk about the biblical idea that every person is made in God's image."
The ministry leader says the debate is unlikely to dislodge anyone who is already committed to a belief in abortion – but he contends it will be helpful to those on the fence, particularly those in the church that haven't thought through their convictions on life.
"The church needs to have its conscience pricked on this issue," he argues. "There are a lot of believers who are on the fence about the abortion issue – and they need to take a stance and say, No, this is not God's work."
The debate takes place Thursday night (February 21) at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where Adams is a professor of criminology. Individuals can register online to watch a live stream.