Ultimately, calling people to respond to God's grace through regeneration has to be our primary focus.
—Archibald D. Hart
Pastor Jones was perplexed. For the fourth time this month Cynthia, a twenty-four-year-old single woman, had come to see him, each visit more puzzling than the last.
Cynthia had grown up in his church, where her parents were long-standing members. Cynthia had professed faith at a youth meeting when she was fourteen and had been a leader in the youth group before going away to college. Now she was home again, looking for a job.
At her first session, Cynthia explained that two years earlier she had started dating a young man. They became serious but fought often and frequently broke up.
"A year ago, I discovered I was pregnant," she finally said. "And against my better judgment, I had an abortion."
Troubled by both the relationship and the abortion, she felt "locked in," unable to extricate herself from either the relationship or her past behavior.
"What can I do?" she wailed. ...1