Poll Finds Most Non-Mainline Pastors Spoke About Abortion From Pulpit Within Past Year

Photo Credit: Terri Heisele
Photo Credit: Terri Heisele

A poll conducted by the Barna Group finds that most non-mainline Protestant pastors have spoken about abortion from the pulpit over the past year, while the majority of denominations considered to be apostate did not.

Barna’s quarterly Pastor Poll inquired of 513 Protestant senior pastors and 88 Roman Catholic priests last December and January as to whether pro-life issues are a part of their assembly.

Mainline congregations were defined as American Baptist, United Church of Christ, Episcopal, Evangelical Lutheran, United Methodist and Presbyterian Church USA. All other Protestants, including non-denominational congregations, were classified as non-mainline.

Those polled were asked, “Have you, personally, ever talked about the pro-life cause from the pulpit or mentioned it in a sermon?”

While 73 percent of non-mainline pastors stated that they had discussed the issue, 59 percent of mainline ministers said they had not at any time. 91 percent of the Roman Catholic respondents had made abortion a part of their message.

The leaders were also asked, “Is your church currently involved with any pro-life cause activities?”

7 percent of non-mainline pastors said that their congregation had its own programs or activities, but 56 percent said that their assembly actively supports pro-life organizations and activities led by those other than their church. 20 percent said that they don’t believe their members are involved with the pro-life cause.

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For mainline ministers, 2 percent said that their congregation had its own programs or activities, and 24 percent stated that their assembly actively supports pro-life efforts. 49 percent of mainline respondents said that they don’t believe their members are involved with the pro-life cause.

85 percent of Roman Catholic priests said that their congregation was active in pro-life activities.

The group Students for Life, which also runs the Institute for Pro-Life Advancement, recently posted the poll results online. Students for Life had commissioned Barna to conduct the poll.

“Often, being introduced to the pro-life position comes through one’s faith, and if that introduction isn’t persuasive and nothing is ever said again in the place of worship about the tragedy of abortion, opportunities are missed to build a well-educated and passionate pro-life community,” said President Kristan Hawkins in a statement.

“The base of our movement is found in churches but if Christians aren’t hearing the pro-life message on a regular basis, they aren’t going to be able to get active saving lives, converting others to our movement, and, ultimately, changing the hearts and minds needed to transform our culture,” she stated.

A previous poll also found that 54 percent of women who had an abortion self-identified as Christian, and 76 percent of those who ended their child’s life said that their church had no influence on them in the matter.

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  • Amos Moses

    This should surprise no one ……… sold out to the world means not sold out to Christ ……

  • Amos Moses

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  • WorldGoneCrazy

    Abortion should be preached every week from every pulpit, since nearly 20,000 innocents are killed each week by abortion in America alone. Every church should have a pro-life ministry, since the Savior we serve is the Lord of Life. (See John 14:6) Each pro-life ministry should include the following elements, as a minimum: rescuers on the sidewalk, support of the local crisis pregnancy center, pro-life apologetics training (to be incorporated into the sermons), and outreach to women within the church and other churches who are in crisis pregnancies or who are post-abortive, especially teenagers. There is forgiveness to be found in Christ Jesus for a repentant women who paid an abortionist to kill her child and even for repentant abortionists themselves.

    Pastors, there are all kinds of great abortion sermons online – here are several from John Piper, but there are many others – the first one is fantastic (just take the spaces out):

    http://www .desiringgod .org/topics/abortion/messages

    “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ – Jesus (Matthew 25:45)

    “Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this, does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not He who guards your life know it? Will He not repay everyone for what they have done?” — Proverbs 24:11-12

    “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    • BobbyHead

      The correct number of babies killed each week in the United States is almost 4,000 murdered

      • WorldGoneCrazy

        Per day, you mean. 3000-4000 per day, depending on sources. Roughly a 9-11 every single day.

  • BobbyHead

    The progressive liberals are calling the U.S. Constitution a living document. This means you
    can interpret the meaning of it any way that fits the present progressive mob thinking of the day by wicked judges. That’s why we need and addendum that puts God Almighty and His Son Jesus the Lord of all, in an updated U.S. Constitution.

    This should be a new preamble to the U.S. Constitution:

    WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES recognizing the being and
    attributes of almighty God, the divine Authority of the Holy Scriptures, the
    law of God as the paramount rule, and Jesus the Messiah, the Savior and Lord of
    all, in order to form a more perfect union do ordain and establish this Constitution
    of the United States of America.


    If our founding fathers knew what would happen to America today they would have added the God of the Bible and His Son, the Lord of all, Jesus the Christ. It should be updated Article [I] (Amendment 1 – Freedom of expression and religion)

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of a National Christian Church, or prohibiting the free exercise of all Christian Churches and Christians thereof. Any Christian has the right to share his faith anywhere and anyplace including any government agency and military post or unit; and there shall be the freedom to place Christian scripture anywhere
    and on any government document; there cannot be any abridging the freedom
    of speech, or of the press or any media; or the right of the people peaceably
    to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    • Amos Moses

      The founders knew that experiment had already been tried ….. in England ….. that is why many came here ……….. look at the back and forth of Henry the 8th, his son, his daughter Mary (also known as “Bloody Mary” who killed many Protestants, hence her moniker) ……. they were well aware of the consequences ….. if God/Christ had wanted that for this country …… then it would have been so ….. He is sovereign ….. it is as He has ordained ……………….

      • BobbyHead

        No where did I say to bring back a church state, you’re not reading correctly

        • Amos Moses

          You want to amend the Constitution ……….. did i read that correctly ….. or do you think the founders should have written it differently …………. and what is the difference ……….

          • BobbyHead

            You obviously don’t know the Constitution or you would have picked up the difference, the major difference and what I said.

          • Amos Moses

            If Christ had wanted that we would have that…….

          • BobbyHead

            So what you’re saying is we should never do anything even with God’s guidance.

          • Amos Moses

            i am saying God/Christ is sovereign and if He wanted that … that is what we would have …… are you into the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) ……………..

          • WorldGoneCrazy

            I know you are just talking Constitution here, but be careful, Amos: I have had 3 “christians” recently approach me in front of our abortuary and tell me that abortion is “God’s Will.” I asked all 3 if they would protest with us if they were whipping black people in there, and all 3 said “no.”

            2 of the 3 were black.

            Read that sentence again.

            Those 3 would LOVE your statement “If Christ had wanted that, we would have that.” Not to mention that is violated from the Garden forward.

            It’s a convenient excuse for the Church to sit back and remain silent. (Not accusing YOU of that, obviously.) Which is what a large percentage of churches are doing on slavery, I mean, abortion.

          • Amos Moses

            i did not say to remain silent ……….. and no, not an accusation, i get that …… and to a degree what those people said about abortion being Gods will ….. He allows evil …. He allows heresies ….. it is part of His decree that we have a limited free will in a fallen world …… so that evil would be made manifest and that God would be glorified ……… is God glorified in abortion ….. sure is ….. because those that support it have made themselves manifest in evil …… and those who oppose it have glorified Him by standing for righteousness ……….. scripture is all about Gods glory ….. He is glorified in saving whom He will save ……… and those He will not ………..

            What Bobby is talking about seems to be dominionism ……. and that is a tenet of the NAR ….. and that is not what God has decreed …….. and why i asked if he held those beliefs ……….

          • WorldGoneCrazy

            Right, I gotcha, Amos.

            BTW, it is now 4 – this time a black atheist would not protest the whipping of black people were it going on in a building like an abortuary. One just came up to me this morning.

            I told him that on the one hand, he was being a good atheist, like Stalin, but on the other, he was denying science by dehumanizing the human in the womb.

            You never saw so much dancing, Amos. Oh wait, yes you have: here on Christian News. 🙂

          • Amos Moses

            What i am saying is we cannot do anything He has not decreed ………..

          • BobbyHead

            You are now sounding as stupid as that idiotic photo of Rochester you use. And no I’m not white.

          • Amos Moses

            So ad hominem ……….. scripture says who God will save …. He will save those He wants saved ……. there is no glory for God if He saves everybody or if He saves nobody ….. you nor i can change scripture just because we do not like what it says ….. God decreed they be made able to make a free choice ….. he created men not robots …….. and God gets to choose who is saved ….. we do not get to choose …..

          • Amos Moses

            so do you think you are able to act outside of what God has decreed …………

          • Amos Moses

            “If our founding fathers knew what would happen to America today they would have added the God of the Bible and His Son, the Lord of all, Jesus the Christ. It should be updated Article [I] (Amendment 1 – Freedom of expression and religion)”

            So you want to amend ……… and as i said …… the founders knew of that experiment and rejected it …………. and if Christ had wanted that we would have it …………

  • Emmanuel

    Sin should be discussed from the pulpit every week.

    • Aye it should, we fail daily…

  • TheBottomline4This

    Our Pastors speak about all of the mainline sins in the world…be it Abortions, Homosexuality, Adultery, the Trans issue, Gay “Marriages”, etc. Anything that is accepted or tolerated in society, our Pastors address. I’m thankful to be in an Independent non-denominational Church that isn’t caving to society. Churches that do cave are just showing that they are not true Christian Churches.

    • Amos Moses

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    • WorldGoneCrazy

      Thank your pastors then: they are quite rare.

    • Ken Faivor

      I’m thinking it must be a small congregation then. Nothing scares people away faster then talking about sin.

      That’s also the reason Pastors don’t want to talk about it, less people means less revue.

  • Amos Moses

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  • Rick

    Ezekiel 16:36 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because you have poured out your lust and exposed yourself in prostitution to all your lovers, and because you have worshiped detestable idols, and because you have slaughtered your children as sacrifices to your gods,………THE RESULT…….SEVERE JUDGEMENT.

  • Rick Derris

    I bet most of those churches never taught about helping the poor.