Statement from Brian Autry to Grove Avenue Baptist Church - January 31, 2019

I need to make a statement on some events that affect our neighbors and speak to them because the church is called to be salt and light. This week, Virginia has made national news due to a horrific abortion bill that came before a House of Delegates committee.
The Scriptures say: Genesis 1:27, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
Psalm 139:13, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb.”
As a father of three and a pastor who has ministered with families who have dealt with tragedy and hard decisions, I recognize the gravity of situations people face and also hold sacred the value of human life.
The recently proposed bill to further unleash abortion on demand in the Commonwealth of Virginia was nothing short of infanticide. Some have said comments of elected officials were taken out of context, but respectfully, words have meaning. In this case, the words and the persons involved are recorded on video so you may watch for yourself.
We know the context, and it makes the statement no better. While we respect the office of the Governor and also recognize he is a medical physician, the view articulated by the governor and others who supported this bill is nothing short of infanticide.
Speaker of the House of Delegates Kirk Cox, an active member of The Heights Baptist Church spoke to the importance of standing for life in the House of Delegates chamber. I am thankful for him and others who are standing for life, and pray, that by God’s grace, our Governor and other officials will hear the cries of the youngest and most helpless among us.


1. We need our legislators to pass a Constitutional Amendment to prohibit tax dollars from being used to pay for abortions.
2. Add April 3 to your calendar and plan to join, The Family Foundation, at the first annual Virginia March for Life in Richmond at the State Capitol grounds. Join together in letting the Governor know that we are pro-life, and we do not support abortion! So please plan to be in Richmond at the Virginia March for Life on Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

3. Let’s pray.