Pastors across Jamaica are speaking out against international pressure to legalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions in their country.
During an online service Friday, Dr. Romeon Facey, bishop of Freedom Evangelical Association in Portmore, called on society to provide better support for mothers and babies and reject the demand to legalize killing, the Jamaica Observer reports.
Facey said aborting an unborn baby is “not the will of God,” and fathers need to do a better job of supporting their children.
“Any day that Jamaica believes that with the [high] murder rate we have already, that we can make it [legalizing abortion] law, we will force the hand of God upon this nation,” the bishop said, according to the report.
“I don’t think that abortion is the right thing to do. It is not the will of God. Any preacher that says abortion is the will of God, they are lying to you. They have not really studied the Bible. They are just talking about the same thing that has been regurgitated in our society,” Facey continued.
Mourning so many fatherless homes, he urged men to take responsibility for their children.
“We have too many children in this country who are … left without fathering and with struggling mothers who can barely take care of themselves,” he said. “If you are a man of God who is not taking care of your child, you should be ashamed.”
Facey encouraged Christian men especially to set a good example for their children and society.
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“In the Christian community, we need to show a better example because we are called to be sons and daughters of the Most High God,” he said. “God loves children and because of this love we should take care of our own. It is God’s will for fathers to train up their children and show them the reality of the Lord Jesus Christ in their lives.”
The bishop asked government leaders to consider adding parenting classes in schools instead of legalizing abortion.
“I have seen it in the United States where children are given a child and they teach them how to take care of that child,” he said. “There are things that we can teach in our society, and there are things we can teach in the classroom to shape the minds of our youth.”
Many Christian leaders are speaking out against abortion in Jamaica.
Earlier this month, Bishop Dr. Alvin Bailey, a prominent Christian leader in the nation, urged Jamaicans to reject a radical new report from the Caribbean Policy Research Institute calling for legalizing abortions, the Jamaican news outlet Loop reports.
Bailey, the chairman of the Jamaica Churches Action Uniting Society for Emancipation (CAUSE), slammed the report as an “abomination” because it advocates for the killing of unborn babies as well as the legalization of secret abortions for young girls without their parents’ knowledge or consent.
“This is an abomination and is contrary to Christian values. To condemn to death our unborn children for the expediency of socio-economic benefits is contemporary barbarism,” Bailey said.
The report, funded by the European Union, urges Jamaica to legalize abortions for underage girls without their parents’ knowledge or consent. It also supports taxpayer-funded abortions and asks that lawmakers be allowed to cast a secret vote “on the issue of legalizing abortion in order to protect their integrity,” the local news reports.
Bailey accused the institute’s leaders of being “spiritually deprived” despite their academic and intellectual achievements.
“Let’s face the harsh reality. The views of the pro-abortionists have less to do with liberating women and allowing them the freedom to choose,” the evangelical Christian pastor said. “It is about advancing the global agenda of powerful and influential international agencies, by paying the price in order to gain access to funding for Jamaica.”
Many pro-life countries are facing intense international pressure from rich, western nations to legalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions. Recently, African pro-life leaders accused rich western countries of exploiting the coronavirus pandemic by pressuring poor countries seeking international aid money to legalize abortions.