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Innocent Blood [Kindle Edition]

John Ensor
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Book Description

The gospel of Christ is the gospel of life, and the Christian’s defining reality. Yet the shedding of innocent blood, primarily through abortion, has now marked an entire generation.

Innocent Blood explores a series of questions so as to reveal vital connections between the gospel and the call to defend the unborn. These questions include:

-What does the Bible mean when it says that “life is in the blood”?

-What does the Bible say about blood-guilt? How is it that we are all stained by it and accountable for it even though few of us have taken a human life?

-What remedy does God provide for the guilt of shedding innocent blood?

-What are we to do when confronted with the shedding of innocent blood, and where does our courage to take action come from?

-What is the link between protecting the innocent and proclaiming good news to the guilty?

Not a book on social issues per se, nor a book on missions, Innocent Blood integrates the two and calls us to courageously challenge the powers of death with the gospel of life.


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About the Author

John Ensor is a leader in the rapidly expanding pregnancy help movement, and known mostly for his multiple efforts to help Christian communities establish ultrasound-equipped clinics in the neediest neighborhoods of our major cities. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Global Initiatives for Heartbeat International— initiating pregnancy-help ministries in Asia and other unreached areas. He lives in Roswell, Georgia.

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  • File Size: 411 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1936760290
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cruciform Press (September 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005KV1C9M
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I wasn't sure I was going to read Innocent Blood by John Ensor. It wasn't because I had any disagreement with the premise of the book... it was that I didn't really want to think about it. As I suspect the vast majority of us know, there are few subjects touchier than abortion. No one's having casual conversations at Starbucks about whether or not it's morally justifiable or compatible with Christian faith, nor does it make for good dinner conversation.

And I wonder if the reason I didn't want to even have to think about it was more because I don't like the idea of being seen as "one of them"--the (well meaning) pro-life folks who often stand outside the local hospital with signs and gruesome pictures. And as much as the idea of doing that makes me uncomfortable, you've got to hand it to them for doing something instead of the nothing that I'm often guilty of.

But, as Christians, are we allowed to be silently pro-life? If we're privately opposed to something but not also publicly, what does it say about us--what does Scripture have to say to us on this matter?

Bloodguilt

Ensor, citing Deuteronomy 19:7-10, explains that, "God's people are called to prevent both the death of innocents and the bloodguilt that results" (p. 8). Biblically, he says, we are not permitted to be silent. And the result of his study is a plea that forms the structure of this book:

"My plea is that whenever we encounter such a situation we resolve not to accept it, rationalize it, bury it under allegedly higher priorities, or pretend we do not know it is happening. Instead, like those who came before us and who are commended for their faithfulness, may we fight the shedding of innocent blood with all our moral might and practical effort, on the spot and for the long haul.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gut check on how pro-life you really are! October 5, 2011
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"Abortion is the defining experience of this generation. It is an experience involving the shedding of innocent blood, a sin of bloodguilt, a sin that can only be addressed by a forthright, compassionate, and unapologetic gospel." In his new book Innocent Blood, John Ensor makes a passionate plea for the church to "prevent the death of innocents and the bloodguilt that results." Ensor grounds this plea in Deuteronomy 19:7-10:

"Therefore I command you, You shall set apart three cities. And if the Lord your God enlarges your territory, as he has sworn to your fathers, and gives you all the land that he promised to give to your fathers...then you shall add three other cities to these three, lest innocent blood be shed in your land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance, and so the guilt of bloodshed be upon you.

The numbers are staggering:

1. There are 42 million induced abortions performed worldwide very year.
2. At the current rate, one-third of all American women has or will have had an abortion by the age of 45.
3. Women who have an abortion are at an elevated risk of death caused by many things such as suicide and depression.
4. China alone is responsible for over 400 million deaths by abortion which is 25% more than America.
5. 56% of the world's female suicides occur in China which is five times the world average.

Ensor's aim is simple, to present a biblical case for why believers should not partake in the shedding of innocent blood and do what they can to stop it from happening. This is a call to protect the innocent among us.

Who are the innocent among us?

They are

"The harmless, pure, or free from guilt before our fellow man or the laws of man.
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4.0 out of 5 stars About Abortion and Innocent Blood January 20, 2013
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I learned a lot in this book, and it is very different but great book to read. I still need to reread it again though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much-Needed Look at God's Heart Toward Human Life December 8, 2012
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What are Christians called to do about abortion? Is proclaiming it as murder really helping? Is being silent about it an option?

John Ensor's book INNOCENT BLOOD dives deep into the issue of abortion, but not in a way that condemns those who've been involved in it in the typical Christian judgmental fashion. Though any talk about abortion in relation to God's thoughts about it is assured to make many people uncomfortable and many people offended. In fact, Ensor implicates all of us in the bloodguilt of abortion. The book looks at the issue from God's perspective, and explores several key Old Testament texts to reveal God's heart toward not only the unborn, but all people. Human life is precious to God, therefore human beings have a responsibility to defend human life against anything and anyone that threatens it. Ensor makes the case that if we claim to be pro-life, yet do nothing to help protect the unborn, we may be pro-life in our declaration, but we're pro-choice in practice. Suddenly the condemnation isn't just on those who take part in abortion, but on Christ followers as well. Yet the greatest beauty is found in the cross where Jesus took on the bloodguilt of abortion and the killing of the innocent in our world.

I can't cover all the insights of INNOCENT BLOOD here, but I would recommend all Christ followers to read the book. Ensor's book is a call to love human life as God loves it, and love requires the defending of human life where possible. He also connects abortion as an attempt for the devil to stop the spread of God's love to the world. After all, think what the world would have been like if the apostle Paul would have never been born.
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