- Chapter 1 - Abortion: The Religion of Witchcraft and Child Sacrifice
- Chapter 2 - Abortion in Biblical Perspective
- Chapter 3 - Abortion ... The Devil’s Mousetrap
- Chapter 5 - The History of Human Sacrifice
- Chapter 6 - Modern Witchcraft and Child Sacrifice
- Chapter 7 - Witchcraft, Feminism and Child Sacrifice
- Chapter 8 - Do What Thou Wilt - Witchcraft and Satanism
- Chapter 9 - Defeating Jezebel
- Chapter 10 - Tearing Down the High Places
Chapter 4 – The Origin of Child Sacrifice
by Eric Holmberg and Jay Rogers
In confronting the sin of abortion, we must begin by focusing on it from a spiritual perspective. For as the Bible reminds us:
“Our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).
Our primary enemy in fighting abortion is not the abortionist, the courts, or those who advocate for abortion-on-demand. Our enemy is the one who was a murderer from the beginning – Satan and the spiritual forces under his command.
Throughout history, these spiritual forces have operated primarily amid pagan cultures, inspiring people to sacrifice human infants to their deities as part of a complex ritual to gain favors from them.
And while few involved in abortion today are consciously engaging in child sacrifice, we need to understand that in the end that is precisely what abortion is: the sacrifice of a human life for the convenience or needs of others. In this respect, it is no less barbaric than the human sacrifice practiced to ensure, for example, a successful harvest. But beyond this, there is a spiritual, satanically inspired dimension that gives frightening realism to abortion’s identification with literal child sacrifice.
The Bible supports this idea as often we see a particular action viewed by God as a manifestation of another, more fundamental sin – and sometimes one with a root in the occult. For example, Rebellion is called witchcraft (1 Samuel 15:23). Greed is likened to idolatry (Col. 3:5). Both lustful looks and desiring first the things of this world are equated with adultery (Matthew 5:28, James 4:4). Simply hating ones brother is akin to murder (1 John 3:15). And in the same way, abortion is simply a form of child sacrifice.
Lot and His Daughters
The biblical origins of child sacrifice can be found in the account of Lot and his daughters:
“And Lot went up from Zoar and stayed in the mountains with his two daughters…Then the first born said to the younger, ‘Our father is old and there is not a man on earth to come into us after the manner of the earth’” (Genesis 19: 30, 31).
Now it so happens that there actually were men available not too far away geographically. But Lot’s daughters had something different in mind. The “earth” throughout scripture is a symbol of the fallen, unregenerate realm, the arena over which Satan exerts his authority. James tells us, for example that there’s a wisdom from above that is “pure and peaceable,” but there’s also a wisdom from below which is “earthly, natural and demonic” (James 3:15,17).
In the same way that many modern feminists want men purely on their own terms – for example merely as sperm donors – Lot’s daughters wanted a man in this “manner of the earth.”
“So they made their father drink wine that night and laid with him” (Genesis 19:29-38).
Through this gross act of rebellion – against both their father and God – both women became pregnant; the oldest with a son she named Moab. His descendents, the Moabites, ultimately became an idolatrous nation and one of the primary enemies of God’s people – Israel.
The youngest daughter’s son – Ben Ammi – became the father of the sons of Ammon. In the Book of Kings we learn that Moloch was “… the detestable idol of the Ammonites” (1 Kings 11:7). The name Moloch in Hebrew means: “to ascend the throne” – to, in other words, usurp God’s rightful authority. Leviticus tells us that Moloch worship involved “giving one’s children to him” – an idiom meaning to offer them as a sacrifice.
“Any one of the people of Israel or of the strangers who sojourn in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech shall surely be put to death” (Leviticus 20:2).
While the Ammonites primarily practiced infanticide – sacrificing post-natal children – it’s no coincidence that it was the Ammonites that God condemned in the book of Amos for a particular form of blood-thirstiness:
“For three transgressions of the sons of Ammon, and for four, will I not revoke its punishment, because they have ripped open the pregnant women of Gilead in order to enlarge their borders” (Amos 1:13).
More than just expanding the boundaries of one’s lands, “enlarging their borders” can also suggest pushing the envelope as far as what is considered acceptable human conduct. How common this still is today as what was once considered a crime against humanity is now accepted by our courts as a so-called right; as people insist that abortion is just a “choice” and pro-lifers are to keep religion – meaning God – out of sight and mind.
Baal and Moloch Worship
“And they built the high places of Baal that are in the valley of Ben-Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire to Moloch” (Jeremiah 32:35).
“They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons as offering to Baal” (Jeremiah 19:5).
Here the Bible implies what modern archaeologists and anthropologists have discovered: that Moloch and Baal represent the same pagan god. The wife of Baal is Asherah and the wife of Moloch is Ashteroth. Asherah and Ashteroth represent the same fertility goddess. This demon was known to the Greeks as Aphrodite; to the Egyptians as Isis; and to the Phoenicians as Tanet. And surrounding all of them evolved a network of fertility cults that practiced sex magic, ritual prostitution and child sacrifice.