|This small book is a devastating critique of CARE (Christian Action,
Research and Education. CARE has promoted itself as an
organisation based upon Christian principles. Williams
demonstrates from a range of source material that this claim in no
Williams first examines the message presented to the
public by the pro-abortion organisations, which follow the same format
throughout: abort, adopt, and keep. They all offer what is
euphemistically called 'non-directive' counselling. Using their
collateral 'experience' they offer their wares to enquirers.
Feelings play a prominent role in assisting women to reach the 'right'
Amazingly, when Williams puts CARE under the microscope, he finds
that they follow the same format. So much for their vaunted claim
to approach issues from a specifically Christian perspective.
Offering the same three choices as the pro-abortionists is hardly a
What we see then is a shared commitment between the pro-abortion
organisations and CARE. Firstly, abortion is distinctly offered as
an option. Secondly, advice is 'non-directive'. Thirdly,
morality is based largely upon feelings.
Williams next examines what CARE does 'on the ground'. Here we
are taken on a tour of CARE's various counselling centres, namely: Hull,
Northern Ireland, Ealing and Glastonbury. Williams presents a
clear body of evidence to demonstrate that effectively CARE operates as
a pro-abortion organisation.
In chapter 4, Williams examines CARE's Manual and what we are
presented with are unpleasant facts that will send a shiver down the
spine of all who ever supported CARE. Here we discover secular
counselling and humanistic psychology. The most grotesque aspect
is the view present of Christ by CARE as an insipid non-judgemental
Jesus who is reduced to a mere compassionate blob. Williams
dissects CARE's philosophy of 'compassion' with precision and perception
leaving us in no doubt that what CARE presents bears no
resemblance to Scriptural teaching
In chapter 5, we are treated to an examination of CARE's moral
guidance - if you believe it is right that's an acceptable choice; on
sex education - contraception, the morning-after pill, along with
informing parents of all the street language of sex. In short
CARE, FPA and Brook are all on the same wave-length. Williams
concludes this chapter by charging CAre with promoting false teaching to
its constituents and the public.
Williams bring the book to a close with an exposition on the Bible
and abortion making plain that abortion is murder.
Here then is a well-aimed and timely book. For too long
Christians are taken as suckers by every Tom, Dick and Harry who flies a
'Christian' flag. Gullibility and credulity are dangerous things.
Cornelius van Til once spoke of the necessity of an exclusively
Protestant protest. Would that we had more of such instead of
these quasi-ecumenical groups, some of which have their literature
produced by Rome edited for different constituencies. Nowhere is
an exclusive approach needed more that in areas of ethics and morality.
going on in Christian Crisis Pregnancy Counselling?
Isabel Courtney, housewife
and mother - Published in Evangelicals Now, April 2006
The Wakeman Trust, London + Belmont House Publishing
pages. £3;50: ISBN 1 870855 45 0
According to official figures, in the U.K.
almost one in four of all pregnancies end in termination and a record
number, 194,200, were carried out in 2004, an increase of 3,500 on the
previous year. If this rate of increase of 2% continues, the 200,000
mark will be reached in 2006.
In this book, Dr Williams, who was Director
of Public Health in Croydon for many years, shows that the advice
offered by a leading Christian organisation (C.A.R.E.) is badly
compromised and is in practice no different to that given by secular
organisations. The result of Dr Williams examination of the message of
pro-choice abortion counselling including information from British and
American pro-choice organisations is clearly set out and he writes with
true Christian compassion arising from his absolute commitment to the
Word of God. This book is a call to us to think again about the value of
human life and to be salt in our generation. I highly recommend the book
to all Christians who are concerned about the way in which our country
has set the Lord’s standards to one side, with the most tragic
consequences for so many of our young people.
Review by Dr John Ling,
submitted to Evangelical Times, but not published
What Is Going On
In Christian Pregnancy Crisis Counselling?
E. S. Williams,
Wakeman + Belmont House Publishing
book is a broadside against CARE, the well-known mainstream Christian
charity, and in particular, against the way it runs its pregnancy
counselling network, which now consists of about 160 centres throughout
The author analyses the
approach used by several big-time abortion agencies like the British
Pregnancy Advisory Service and Marie Stopes International. Basically,
they offer pregnant women three choices – parenthood, adoption, or
abortion. According to Ted Williams, CARE does exactly the same. The
abortion agencies also major on non-directional counselling, the woman’s
feelings, personal values, informed choice, and so on. According to Ted
Williams, CARE does exactly the same.
What then, you may ask, is
distinctively Christian about CARE’s approach? This is the heart of Dr
Williams’ case. How can a Christian organisation counsel a woman to
consider the option of abortion? ‘It is a terrible wrong that such
advice should be given by secular clinics, but is it not worse for it to
be given by church-based centres? It is as if the Bible does not exist’
The author’s uncomfortable
conclusions are that ‘CARE’s … ideology makes void the absolutes of
God’s moral law’ (p. 79) and that ‘CARE is an apostate organisation’ (p.
Ted Williams has a point.
Many readers are already dismayed, for example, by CARE’s liberal
approach to sex education, by its woolly thinking regarding the status
of the human embryo, and by the conscious decision of its offshoot
organisation, CARE for the Family, to omit all reference to the Bible in
its literature. It is a sad, sad day when any Christian organisation
loses its way. According to this book, CARE has yet another case to
Dr John R. Ling,