Curt had a problem. He didn't love his wife Cindy
anymore. "It's not fair to Cindy for me to keep pretending to
love her," Curt thought to himself. "But to put her through
the pain of a divorce would be even worse. I've heard her say
many times that she would rather die than get divorced."
Curt prayed "Dear Jesus, I know you want me to be
happy. Please help me find a way to be happy without
breaking Cindy's heart." As he prayed, he pictured himself at
Cindy's funeral. "That would solve everything!" he exclaimed.
"If only she were dead, I would be free! Cindy would be
happy in heaven with Jesus, and I would be happy on earth."
A sense of peaceful confidence flooded over Curt. "I know
that God will forgive me if I do what I have to do."
"God will forgive me"
Their 20th anniversary was approaching, so Curt told
Cindy that he had special plans for their celebration. He took
Cindy to her favorite restaurant. After an evening filled with
fond reflections of their life together, Curt stepped out the
door with Cindy. "Wait here just a minute, Cindy," Curt said.
"I forgot something inside."
"Goodbye, dear wife," Curt whispered to himself as he
walked back into the restaurant. He paused, listening for the
A few days later, as Curt knelt at Cindy's grave, he
prayed "thank you Jesus, for your marvelous grace. You died
for me on the cross, to pay the penalty for my sin. Thank you
for forgiving me!"
If you believe that this scenario sounds too horrible to be
true, I challenge you to spend a few minutes on the sidewalks
outside the local abortion chamber. The reality of this
common tragedy will become all too obvious.
You'll watch as a pregnant woman walks into this killing
center, and someone calls out from the sidewalk, offering help
and information, hoping to persuade her to repent of her
decision to abort her child. The woman responds confidently,
without missing a step: "I prayed about this. God will forgive
"God will forgive me"
You have a blessed day!" Soon, the child God chose to
place in the sanctuary of her womb has been torn to shreds,
and the pieces of this precious little person's body have been
dumped into a bloody bucket.
Were it not for her confident assurance of God's
forgiveness, this woman would likely have considered her
options more carefully. But her understanding of the "gospel"
became the key to this woman's decision to abort her child.
Is this the fruit of the true gospel?