MEMPHIS — A pro-life group in Memphis, Tennessee is expressing concern that a local Presbyterian church is set to donate funds from their upcoming 5K race to an abortion facility in the city.
John Brindley with the Abolitionist Society of Memphis recently told reporters that one of the pastors at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church in Memphis has “justified in his mind that it is somehow okay” to support the facility financially.
On the website for Memphis CHOICES, which outlines that it provides surgical abortions up to 15 weeks for both adults and minors, the facility advertises the church’s upcoming “Race for Grace.”
“CHOICES is honored to have been selected as one of three non-profits to benefit from the 2013 Race for Grace sponsored annually by Shady Grove Presbyterian Church in Memphis,” it writes. “If you support CHOICES’ philosophy of comprehensive, integrated reproductive health care services, we hope you will register and participate in this year’s Race for Grace.”
While the facility notes that proceeds will be earmarked for assisting with developing a prenatal care and midwife deliveries business plan, some are nonetheless perplexed as to why a professing Christians would support an abortion facility. The outlet OneNewsNow also notes that the donations to the facility “frees other funds to use for abortion.”
Brindley told the publication that he plans on going to Shady Grove Presbyterian Church on a Sunday and stand outside with photos of aborted babies to show the congregation the reality of abortion.
“We’re practicing Matthew 18,” Brindley writes on his Facebook page, and then quotes the passage, “If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church.”
He explained that Christians from the city have met with the “pastor” on three separate occasions, but that he nonetheless decided to go forward with allowing funds to be sent to the CHOICES abortion facility.
“After Christians have met with the pastor of Shady Grove Presbyterian Church twice, it looks like he is going to allow the race committee to go ahead with their support of this place that kills unborn babies each week in Memphis,” Brindley wrote. “The next step is to expose evil where it exists. Please help us get the word out.”
He likewise stated that the Shady Grove’s donation is a serious concern–regardless of the type of earmark for the funds.
“Just in case someone is thinking that it’s not a big deal since the money is earmarked for pre-natal care, consider that they are entering into a covenant relationship with an organization that believes it is alright to rip apart the unborn and throw them away like trash,” Brindley outlined.
“What would you think of a church in Nazi, Germany that earmarked money to a local concentration camp restroom renovation project? They just want to be Jesus to the Jewish prisoners who should have clean bathroom facilities, right?” he continued. “It’s just that the people who are receiving the money are exterminating the Jews on the other side of the building.”
The “Race for Grace” will be held on November 2 in Memphis. Brindley also notes that the CEO of the Memphis Planned Parenthood serves as a deacon at Idlewood Presbyterian Church in the city.