Molech and Abortion, June 1984
John C. Rankin
An article I wrote in early 1984 was published in a church newsletter, the Royal Teleline, of the South Manchester Church of God, New Hampshire.
Molech and Abortion
In Leviticus 20:1-5, the Lord pronounced severe judgment on those in Israel who sacrificed their children to the Canaanite idol Molech. This idol was a brazen statue, hollow inside to make it capable of being heated. It had the form of a bull’s head, with outstretched arms to receive the children to be sacrificed. The little ones would be burned to death in the heated arms — in this process of “worshiping” Molech.
Not only did God severely judge those who sacrificed their children to Molech against those who closed their eyes when a member of their community gave a child to Molech.
Back in Leviticus 18:6-13, God prohibits a list of various sexual aberrations. The only item not explicitly sexual on the list is in v. 21, where the sacrifice of children to Molech is prohibited. Yet it is proper that it should be listed alongside adultery, incest, homosexuality and bestiality — for Molech and sexual perversion both rebel against the order of God’s creation.
From the beginning, when God first created us in his image, he set the universe in an order that reflects his character. Part of this order highlights the family as the foundation for human society. And the family is based on the sacred nature of monogamous marriage (one husband — one wife), which produces the stability for children to be born and raised.
Ever since he first deceived Adam and Eve, Satan’s primary objective has been to attack the image of God in humankind — to subvert God’s ordering of relationships. Sexual aberrations are one type of approach he uses, and with the cult of Molech, he has succeeded in devastating the bond between parent and child, attacking the most innocent, vulnerable and helpless of the human race.
A clear parallel can be drawn between the sacrifice of the human children to Molech around n1300 B.C., and the sacrifice of human fetuses in the present day house of Molech — the abortion clinics. The Canaanites sacrificed their offspring to the god and religion of Molech; present-day humankind sacrifice there offspring to the god and religion and religion and secular humanism.
The Canaanites burned children with fire in public assembly; pro-abortionists burn the children with saline solution, invading and doing violence to the otherwise safe haven of mother’s womb.
Both of these idolatries reject the Creator of the universe, and the sanctity of human life. And the little ones get trampled in the dust.
God judged those who closed their eyes to the evil of Molech. Because so many closed their eyes, held their noses and stopped their ears, millions of Jewish people and others in the Nazi concentration camps of World War II. The apostle Peter says that judgment begins with the household of God. And today in the U.S. alone, there is a relentless holocaust of unborn children, a “slaughtering of the innocents” at the rate of one every 20 seconds.
Are we closing our eyes and thus inviting God’s judgment, or are we willing to learn the truth and take action to defend the unborn?