“The gospel of life” is shorthand for all that God says and summons regarding innocent human life. Answering that call, PassionLife works as a prolife global missions partner to missionaries and indigenous Christian leaders, where the plague of abortion, infanticide and gendercide is especially concentrated.
Specifically, we teach biblically grounded bioethics and prepare Christian communities to make the case for life within their secular culture and offer pregnancy crisis intervention services in their neighborhood, bringing the grace of the gospel to the guilt and grief of abortion.
As 2 Cor 2:15-16 affirms, the fragrance of Christ always goes forth as the aroma of life.
You are embracing the gospel of life when you:
Expanding pro-life ministry into a global missions movement
Unifying Beliefs and Guiding Values
The Passionlife community of directors, staff, volunteers, donors and prayer partners are united in the historic Christian faith, as articulated in the Apostles Creed.
The Apostles Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried: he descended into hell*; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy, catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen
In addition, there are seven core values that we seek to promote in all we do:
1. The Importance of the Gospel
We believe only God, through faith in Jesus Christ, can forgive, cleanse, and transform people so that their happiness and God’s glory are united. In all we do, we seek to commend the truth, beauty and power of the Gospel.
2. The Dignity of Women
We believe that the role of women as child bearers is ordained of God and worthy of the special support needed in overcoming the fears caused by an unplanned pregnancy.
3. The Sanctity of Human Life
We believe that all human life is of inestimable worth and significance in all its stages. Elective abortion, being the intentional killing of an innocent human being, represents the preeminent moral crisis of our time, making the unborn the just focus of our intervention.
4. The Irreplaceable Value of Fathers
We believe that fathers are endowed by God with a sense of responsibility to be the primary providers and protectors of their children and that those children derive distinct benefits from having a loving mother and father.
5. The Soundness of Sexual Purity, Marriage and Family
We believe and promote that marriage is a permanent, lifelong relationship between a man and a woman, and the foundation of a healthy society; that abstinence before and faithfulness within marriage offer the best hope for experiencing long-term, intimate and familial happiness.
6. The Glory of Adoption
We believe that adoption, being a reflection of God’s own plan of adopting many sons and daughters through the gospel, is an honorable, life-affirming outcome; that mothers may consider adoption as God’s provision for their lives, and an answer to prayer for others.
7. The Transforming Power of Neighborly Love
We believe that neighborly love is the compelling power for all prolife work; and that the Good Samaritan’s practical, personal and direct example of the life-saving power of neighborly love is the paradigm for all pregnancy crisis intervention and prolife advocacy.
Theological Conviction and Collaborative Effort
PassionLife is evangelical and Protestant in doctrinal convictions and practice. Yet we work together with Catholics, other Protestant groups and secular organizations willing to promote equal rights for the unborn and develop crisis pregnancy intervention services.
When it comes to social reform–ending slavery in America, twin killing in Africa, widow burning in India, foot-binding in China, or abortion worldwide, Christians have always worked with others in ways that would be inappropriate if you were starting a church or a seminary. As Greg Cunningham has reasoned, if your “two-year old daughter stumbled into a swimming pool and needed medical attention, you would gladly work with Catholic paramedics to save her life…If we are willing to work with Catholics to save our own child, what’s wrong with working with them to save somebody else’s (unborn) child?”
In this spirit, we help hospitals, secular community leaders, and pregnant mothers of all religions or none, find life-affirming solutions to crisis pregnancy.
How does our collaborative spirit impact our commitment to the supremacy of the gospel?
In practice, it’s not difficult to keep the eternal needs of people in view while at the same time, working to restrain evil and stop innocent people from being unjustly killed.
After all, the same God who commissioned us to faithfully proclaim the good news to the guilty, also commissioned us to faithfully protect the innocent from slaughter:
Rescue those who are being taken away to death;
hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. Pr 24:11
Our experience is that rescuing the innocent always enhances the witness of the gospel.
Previous generations of Christians have also shown the way. The work of the underground railroad and the testimony of faith in Christ went hand in hand. Rescuing Jews in the 1940’s gave Corrie Ten Boom and her family great opportunity to exhibit the love of Christ and tell of his works. Later on, it was her prolife work that gave her a worldwide platform for proclaiming the gospel. In contrast, those who ignored the plight of the innocent, brought disrepute to Christianity—a failure from which Germany and much of Europe, has still not recovered.
For more on this, we recommend Scott Klusendorf’s post: Co-Belligerents or Good Samaritans.