Innocent Blood: Challenging the Powers of Death with the Gospel of Life, by John Ensor
Endorsed by Trevin Wax, Burk Parsons, John Frame, and Scott Klusendorf.
The gospel of Christ is the gospel of life, and the Christian’s defining reality. 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.
The shedding of innocent blood, primarily through abortion, has now marked an entire generation. Yet God’s command to defend the innocent is unchanged. We can obey that call.
John Ensor is author of The Great Work of the Gospel: How We Experience God’s Grace, and Doing Things Right in Matters of the Heart, both from Crossway. He 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 lives in Roswell, Georgia.
“Beautifully shows us how our glorious God delights in our courageous fight for the innocent.”
“God’s Word tells us to be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks us a reason for the hope within us, and it also tells us that we should do this with gentleness and respect. This book does just that. With decades of experience and true wisdom, John Ensor beautifully shows us how our glorious God delights in our courageous fight for the innocent, and that he commands us to fight, not with the words and weapons of man but with the living and active Gospel of Jesus Christ as we depend on the Holy Spirit to change hearts, renew minds, and protect the innocent—for the sake of the precious innocent of all ages and for the incomparable glory of God for eternity.”
—Burk Parsons, associate pastor, Saint Andrew’s; Editor, Tabletalk
“Innocent Blood is a powerful indictment of those responsible for the abortion holocaust and those who have not joined in attempts to stop it. The author presents many biblical passages that should constrain our consciences and our actions. There are areas of theology about which sincere Christians can disagree, but this is not one of them. The Scriptures are as clear as they can be that God’s people have the responsibility to stop the shedding of innocent blood.”
—John Frame, Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary
“Innocent Blood brings Christians face to face with the horror of abortion and our responsibility to intervene. Better yet, by showing how our activism is to be motivated and fueled by the gospel, Ensor challenges us to devote our lives to magnifying Jesus Christ through seeking justice for the unborn.”
—Trevin Wax, author of Counterfeit Gospels and Holy Subversion, editor at LifeWay Christian Resources
“Stellar! John Ensor provides a bridge between the defense of innocent human life and the proclamation of the gospel. His concisely worded thesis is theologically grounded, philosophically sound, and gives pastors the tools to engage the culture on the burning moral question of our day. I wholeheartedly recommend this book!”
—Scott Klusendorf, Speaker and author of The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture (Crossway)