Biblical and Theological

Scripture, the Imago Dei, and the Incarnation of Christ

Abolitionism is not a secular or humanistic philosophy. Not at all. Abolitionism is rooted in the truth of Holy Scripture. We believe that the Scriptures, of both Old and New Testaments, are the inspired, inerrant, infallible, and authoritative Word of God written. The Bible is the revelation of God’s will for salvation, and the ultimate authority on all issues of life, faith, and practice of the Christian religion and we affirm that there is nothing in life that God has not spoken on in His word. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises. (Psalms 19:1-3, Proverbs 22:19-21, Romans 2:14-20, Romans 15:4, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 1 Peter 1:25)

Abolitionism is rooted in two Biblical and certain doctrines.

  1. Human beings are created in the image of God and reflect His image.

  2. The Creator Himself became a man to rescue humanity from sin, self-destruction, death, and eternal separation from God.

When we murder or oppress humans beings, we murder and oppress the Image of God. Matthew 25:40 says

“The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’”

When we tolerate injustice (especially injustices such as abortion and other forms of murder), we condone not only the oppression of fellow human beings but also blasphemous treason and regicide. It is as if we were tolerating the persecution or the murder of Christ Jesus Himself.

We sometimes forget the significance of our King coming to earth in the womb of a woman (Matthew 1:18-25). The incarnation did not happen in Bethlehem in a barn. The incarnation happened the very second that Mary became pregnant with our King. Jesus, our King, our provision, our comforter, our advocate, the ruler and judge of all the cosmos, was incarnate in the womb of a poor Jewish woman. A single cell organism. How beautiful and how significant is it that at the second of incarnation, there was a bright flash, and the light of the World became flesh? The beginning of life brings light. Jesus, The Firstborn Son of God, became like us, became like how we were at one time - a tiny human being in a womb. Unable to be seen without a microscope, our King was placed in a woman to bring about the redemption of His people and all the World (Ephesians 1:7, John 3:16-17).

These theological propositions form the basis for abolitionism. Abolitionism loses its strength of having a robust orthodoxy when either of these theological concepts are twisted or abused. Abolitionism ceases to be abolitionism when the doctrine of the Image of God becomes diminished, shifted, or assaulted.