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HEART newspaper: Heart Publications | December 17, 2018

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Landmark conference breaks Church’s silence on abortion

Landmark conference breaks Church’s silence on abortion

Breaking the Silence conference, hosted by Brephos, Emmanuel Centre, London, 16 October 2018

Speakers Professor John Wyatt, Aisling Hubert, Dave Brennan, Pauline Peachey, Jonny Fan and Matt Cliff outside the Emmanuel Centre, Westminster

When was the last time your church spoke about abortion? If your mind comes up blank, you’re not alone – new research shows this weighty and sensitive issue has been a blind spot for Christians. One organisation, Brephos, is convinced that to end abortion, we must end our silence and put on a landmark conference, Breaking the Silence, to encourage and equip church leaders to tackle this taboo topic.

Church leaders pray for Jonny Fan from Chengdu, China

As Brephos founder Dave Brennan puts it, the Church is “absolutely key – especially those in leadership. Until abortion is talked about openly in churches across the land, this movement is severely limited.”

Dave Brennan preaches the Gospel in response to the culture of abortion

Speakers included renowned perinatologist Professor John Wyatt, and Chinese pro-life activist Jonny Fan. They took 100 delegates through what abortion is, what God says about it, and how to end it.

Grounded in Scripture and science, honesty and compassion, each speaker brought something of their own expertise to the discussion – from medical ethics, to helping post-abortive women, to social reform. As an unexpected highlight, Fiona Bruce MP dropped in, and apologising for ‘hijacking’ the conference, briefly spoke on a radical bill which could lead to abortion on demand.

Fiona Bruce MP ‘hijacking’ the conference to warn about the dangers of a radical new bill before Parliament

There was no doubt that delegates were moved by what they heard, with many gasps and a few tears from the audience during the course of the day.

Dave Brennan closed with a ‘sample’ Sunday sermon, emphasising that the unborn is our neighbour, that abortion is a form of child sacrifice detested by God, and that as God’s people, we are absolutely required to act, even if it costs us something. Our silence on this issue, he says, is a hindrance to revival. But repentance is not too late.

Camilla Olim