Speaking Out on the Abortion Bill

Senior pastor, Andrew Allan-Johns was pleased to add his name on behalf of Anchor to the letter from Canterbury Christian Churches to the Prime Minister and Members of Parliament.

13 March 2020

A letter to the Prime Minister & Members of Parliament from the Christian Churches of Canterbury

Dear Prime Minister & Members of Parliament,

The Christian Churches of Canterbury which are listed below, who represent 21,108 people within our great nation, wish to strongly state their opposition to the proposed Abortion Legislation Bill which is currently being considered.
Both science and reason point to the fact that those within the womb are no less human than those outside of the womb, only differing in terms of their size, level of development, environment, and degree of dependency.
As the current elected government, you have been entrusted with the weighty responsibility of protecting the human rights of every living New Zealander, especially those who are the most defenceless and vulnerable.
In the attempt to uphold the rights of some New Zealanders, this Abortion Legislation Bill fatally terminates the rights of others, which is why we urge you to reconsider your support of this Bill, and vote NO at the 3rd and final reading.
In this final hour, we pray that you will have the courage to make the right decision, standing up for the rights of those kiwis who are without a voice.

On behalf of the following Christian Churches in Canterbury:

Ps Jason Winslade, Redemption Church
Ps Joe Fleener, Rolleston Baptist Church
Ps Nick Clevely, Covenant Grace Baptist Church
Ps Rob Harrod, Grace Baptist Church
Ps Mark Pavelka & Ps Wendy Gerrling, Gleniti Baptist Church
Rev Dave Clancey, Trinity South Christchurch
Rev James de Costobadie, Latimer Church
Rev Andrew Allan-Johns, Anchor Charismatic Anglican
Ps Tony Blackie, Beckenham Baptist Church

Ps Andrew de Vries, Reformed Church of Bishopdale
Ps Andre Powell, Cornerstone Church Rolleston
Ps Jon Hales, Riverside Community Church
Rev Toby Behan, Anglican Life Rangiora
Ps Max Palmer, Life Church International
Ps David Waldron, Reformed Church of Christchurch
Ps Elijah Wong, Christchurch Chinese Abundant Life Church
Rev Dr Stephen McNabb, Christ Church Roimata
Ps Warren Gouman, C3 Church Christchurch
Rev Andy Carley, All Saints Anglican Church
Ps Pat Lamborn, Connect Church Christchurch
Ps Murray Woodfield, Calvary Chapel Christchurch
Ps Ben & Amy Kendrew, Arise Church Christchurch
Ps Albert Couperus, Reformed Church of Rangiora
Rev Dr Clint Ussher, The Well Church
Ps Gideon Hoekend, Harmony Church
Ps Lincoln Rout, Rutland Street Church
Ps David MacGregor, Grace Vineyard Church
Ps Bruce Fraser, Rechurch
Ps Kathleen Macdonald, Restoration Ministries
Ps Hamish Gallowy, Hope Presbyterian Network
Ps Kerry Brewerton, Rangiora Baptist Church
Ps Jared van Berkel, Thrive Church
Ps Gavin Topp, Oikos Ministries International
Rev Jay Behan, St Stephen’s (Church of Confessing Anglicans)
Ps Ken Shelley, King’s Church
Ps Nigel Ripley, Burwood Christian Centre
Rev Peter Hurricks, Anglican Parish of Halswell & Prebbleton

Ps Bill Avenell, Ashburton Baptist Church
Ps William Lopez, Jesus Is Lord Church
Rev Dr Peter Carrell, Anglican Bishop of Christchurch
Rev John Fox, Anglican Christian Disability Trust
Ps Daniel Wu, Canterbury Chinese Christian Church
Ps Bernhard Wewege, Every Nation Church

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