Counsel of Chalcedon

Operation Rescue

Having been directly involved in Operation Rescue at one time, and having initially supported its actions and tactics, I have on further thought changed my opinion as to the validity of the methods of Operation Rescue as a Christian method to stop abortions. Many arguments and reasons have been well stated elsewhere. It is not my purpose or intent to repeat those arguments. I would like to add a consideration based on the use of the sword by Peter recorded in John 18:10-11.

Those who are involved in Operation Rescue believe that Proverbs 24:11-12, "Deliver those who are being taken away to death, and those who are staggering to slaughter, O hold them back ...," is a command of God which must supersede obedience to the civil magistrate. Christians must obey the "Higher law" of God.