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Is Abortion the Responsibility of the Church?

Is Abortion the Responsibility of the Church?

One of the most frequent responses I hear from pastors when asked why they don't address the issue of abortion in their congregation is this:

"The pro-life mission is not the mission of the Church. The Church is responsible for the Great Commission."

That may sound like a spiritual answer that shows high concern for keeping the call of making disciples at the top of the Church's priorities; but in reality, this answer shows a deep misunderstanding of the responsibility of the Church. 

So what is the correct understanding? 

To answer that question, let's go straight to the Great Commission passage in question: