With the release of an undercover video today, the world learned, I hope, that a modern day Molech exists. Molech, as described in the Old Testament of the Bible, was an Ammonite god who required propitiatory child sacrifice. A couple sacrificed their firstborn by burning the child on a metal idol of Molech, believing that Molech would ensure financial prosperity for the family and future children. The Israelites were strictly forbidden to practice this form of worship (Leviticus 18:21, 20:2-5; 2 Kings 223:10; and Jeremiah 32:35) as it is in stark contradiction to the sanctity of life espoused throughout the Bible. Today’s Molech is the abortion industry, sacrificing babies for the idol of financial greed, veiled in the hopes of the development of new cures through biomedical research.

Biomedical research, like all the sciences, is ethically and morally neutral. The application of biomedical research, however, can be right or wrong. I have no problem with biomedical research in general. In fact, I had a previous 18-year career in biomedical research and can attest that the majority of biomedical research is ethically sound. However, basing bioethics on the truths of the Bible, abortion and the associated harvesting and selling of body parts from aborted babies is ethically, morally, and biblically wrong.

Watching the undercover video, one is immediately overwhelmed with the cavalier attitude of Mrs. Nucatola, casually eating her meal while she describes the grotesque manner in which organs and body parts are harvested, illustrates the supply and demand economics of the business, and describes how Planned Parenthood knowingly is skirting if not breaking the law. The modern day Molech should be well pleased – in addition to the untold millions received in selling aborted baby organs and body parts, Planned Parenthood receives over $500 million from US tax payers from government grants and reimbursements (Planned Parenthood annual report).

It is time for the church to practice the Old Testament, to “destroy the idols” and “take down the high places.” How do we do this? There are at least three things we can do. First, pray for our leaders and our nation. Human depravity can only be turned back by the gospel of Jesus Christ. Second, work through our legal system, flawed as it is. God placed the institution of government on earth and meant it for good. Call for the Supreme Court to hold Planned Parenthood accountable for laws they may have broken and the atrocities they have conducted. In addition, continue to be diligent in asking legislators to forbid the sale of fetal tissue. Third, continue to be salt and light in the world and uphold the sanctity of life so that the imago Dei is not defiled.

There have been over 58 million abortions since Roe vs. Wade (1973).

Editor's Note: Dr. Charles W. Patrick, Jr. serves as VP for Strategic Initiatives and adjunct professor in the School of Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was formerly a research scientist and administrator at a comprehensive cancer center in the field of tissue engineering and as a professor taught bioethics and biomedical engineering.