Nancy Campbell Says to Pregnant Women: God is INTERESTED in Every Minute Detail of Your Baby’s Life

Nancy Campbell Says to Pregnant Women: God is INTERESTED in Every Minute Detail of Your Baby’s Life March 20, 2017

CulpeperBaptistby Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser

Maybe you’ve been longing for this day. Or maybe it’s a surprise! Maybe it wasn’t the news you wanted to hear! Whatever the reason, I want to remind you that it is a MIRACLE FROM GOD. God is the author of this life. He destined this child. He has plans and purposes for this precious one. Let’s contemplate on the MIRACLE.

God chose you to be the MOTHER of His child.  God is INTERESTED in every minute detail of your baby, from creating every part of his/her body in the womb to His plans for his/her life in the future

— Nancy Campbell, Above Rubies, It’s a Miracle!, March 13, 2017

If, as Nancy Campbell believes, the Bible is a Christian-God-inspired and inerrant text, and everything found within its pages is true, what can we can conclude about God and his supposed interest in every minute detail of the lives of infants? What conclusions can we come to about God’s love for children? Is God who Campbell says he is? Is God really pro-life? Is he really L-O-V-E?

I agree with Campbell in one respect: women becoming pregnant is quite an event. One might wonder, though, if the God who created this process failed human engineering class. Surely, there are better ways to bring new little humans into the world. God impregnated Mary without Joseph’s sperm and the messy act of sexual intercourse. Why couldn’t God do that for all women? And while he’s at it, why can’t God make sure every fertilized egg implants in the endometrium. Campbell and other Evangelicals rail against abortion, yet God’s inability — he is the First Cause, he who opens and closes the womb, right? — to ensure implantation make him the number one abortionist in the universe. It seems, based on the evidence, that God is one lousy miracle worker.

Campbell says that God has a destiny and a plan for every child — what that plan and destiny is, Campbell does not say. So, we must let the Bible and history tell us God’s wonderful, awesome plan for every miracle child. Can anyone reasonably conclude that God means good for children, that he loves them, and as he does for the sparrow, cares for their every need? In Genesis 6-9, we find the story of Noah and the flood. By Noah’s day, millions of humans lived on planet earth. All of them were the descendants of Adam and Eve and their children’s incestuous relationships. These descendants began having sexual relationships with fallen angels, producing what the Bible calls giants. God became so incensed over this (Why didn’t God kill off the angels instead of killing everyone?) that he decided to kill everyone save Noah, his wife, sons, and their wives. (No children?) Out of the millions of living people, God chose to save only eight. Left to drown were millions of dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, hamsters, guinea pigs, and lots of children and pregnant mothers. If God is pro-life and deeply interested in the welfare of babies, why did he drown countless babies and fetuses in the flood?

How about the story of Moses and the Israelites in Egypt? Let my people go, Moses said to Pharaoh. Using ten plagues to make his point, God:

  1. Caused the waters of Egypt into blood
  2. Caused frogs to inundate Egypt, including their cooking ovens and beds
  3. Caused a plague of lice
  4. Caused flies to swarm the land of Egypt
  5. Caused the cattle to become diseased
  6. Caused the Egyptians to be infected with boils
  7. Caused large hail to fall on Egypt, killing countless people
  8. Caused a swarm of locusts to destroy Egypt’s crops
  9. Caused three days of darkness to fall on Egypt

and — drum roll please — number 10: God killed the first-born child of every Egyptian family (and any Israelites who didn’t put blood above the doorposts of their home).

Who killed these babies and children? God did. The very same God that Campbell says is pro-life and the very same God who has a destiny planned for every baby. I guess being murdered in your home is a “destiny” of sorts, but I suspect Campbell is using the word “destiny” in a positive sense. Wanting to pump pregnant women full of Jesus, Campbell wants these women to know that the awesome God of the universe has a wonderful, super-duper plan for their fetuses.

Everywhere you look in the Old Testament, you see God smiting and killing people for their sins. Some of those who got on God’s bad side were non-combatants and innocent civilians. Did God give them a pass, punishing instead those who actually pissed him off? Nope. On multiple occasions, God commanded men, women, children, and fetuses be killed, regardless of their culpability. Can it really be said that God is interested in the minute details of the lives of babies — or anyone else for that matter?

Well that’s the Old Testament, Bruce. Fine, let’s talk about the slaughter of all the children under the age of two by Herod at the time of Jesus’ birth. Herod did it, not God, Campbell might say. What a minute. I thought God has a divine plan for every baby? Was his plan for these children to be born to loving parents only to have them hacked to death a year or two later?

And what can I say about the book of Revelation, one of the most anti-human, anti-children, anti-babies books in the Bible. Campbell, a Bible literalist, believes that Jesus will one day judge and destroy the human race — except for those who are Christians, of course. Revelation is the script for God’s upcoming horror show. Will pregnant women or children get a pass and escape God’s violent, bloody temper tantrum? Not according to the Bible. Again, how can an honest reader of the Bible conclude that God is the least bit interested in babies and children?

Consider modern history for a moment. Think of all the wars, genocides, famines, and plagues. If the Christian God holds the world in the palm of his hand, and nothing happens apart from his purpose and plan, what conclusion must we come to about God’s actions throughout human history? Does the evidence at hand suggest that God is loving and kind, and, as Campbell implies, has an awesome plan for EVERY baby? I wonder what Nancy Campbell would say to this mother and child:


Pray tell, exactly what is God’s wonderful plan for this woman and her child? This child had only known suffering and pain. Where is Campbell’s wonderful, action-figure God?

I urge mothers to steer clear of the Nancy Campbells of the world. They are snake-oil salesmen, selling a God that does not exist. There is no God who has a plan for your children. There is no God who has a wonderful destiny for your children. Your children’s futures depend on you and your fellow humans. It’s up to us. We are the only gods who can love and care for children. Surely, this is good news, yes? Imagine how it would be for mothers and their children if Campbell’s God is real? Imagine how awful it would be if the “kind, loving” God of the Bible acted today as he did in the Bible and throughout past human history. Thanks be to the gods, he is not real. We, collectively, hold the future of our progeny in our hands. It is up to us to build a world where love, kindness, and peace provide a foundation for children to grow and mature. The God-sellers have had their day, Time for us to, as John Lennon so wonderfully wrote:

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today… Aha-ah…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace… You…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world… You…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

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Spiritual Abuse Survivor Blogs Network member, Bruce Gerencser blogs at The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser He writes from the unique perspective of having been a pastor for many years and having seen it all in churches. His journey out of being a true believer and pastor has been an interesting and informative one.

Bruce Gerencser spent 25 years pastoring Independent Fundamental Baptist, Southern Baptist, and Christian Union churches in Ohio, Michigan, and Texas. Bruce attended Midwestern Baptist College in Pontiac, Michigan. He is a writer and operates The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser blog. Bruce lives in NW Ohio with his wife of 35 years. They have six children, and eleven grandchildren.

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  • Anonyme

    I believe in a merciful God…or at least a benevolent Creator…but tragedies of this world (the ones out of the control of humans) conflict with this often. However, I can’t abandon this belief, as I (personally) think there is a spiritual plane.
    I have also questioned, albeit to myself only, the “God is prolife, so abortion is bad” line. Between my mother, my oldest sister, and my sister-in-law, there are six miscarriages. A friend had a miscarriage, and her sister had four miscarriages and, very recently, a stillbirth after 8 months.
    It is hard to mesh my belief in a Creator with things like this yet I still believe. Not sure if I’m just very devoted, or very misguided.

  • Aloha

    I think if you’re going to take the trouble to believe in a god and worship, then at least believe in a good God!

    Rabbi Kushner put forth a proposition that God cannot fix all the troubles of the world. He is a loving god who would desire to do so, but can’t solve all these problems.

    There are certainly many tragedies all around us, and perhaps the modern era is more civilized and comfortable than previous eras have been. But we can still believe in a good god who cares about us like a loving parent.

  • Mary Hannah bates

    I am an adopted person who is anti-adoption. Many feel that their god wanted me to lose my mother and be given a new mother (I guess cause their god can’t get it right the first time). I love the story of moses and the plagues for the adopted family. Even moses did not fall for the adoption bullshit and went home to his real mother. Plan for my life my Aunt Fanny.

  • RetroPam

    Now I have the most beautiful song ever written, and probably ever will be, stuck in my head.

    Random tears for the rest of the day. Not just for the beauty of that song, but for the sadness of that picture.

  • Nightshade

    Too bad he’s not interested enough to change a few diapers or take a nighttime shift or two, do something actually useful for a change.

  • katiehippie

    Why can’t god fix all the troubles? Can’t he do everything?

  • Aloha

    The traits of omnibenevolent (wholly good) and omnipotent (wholly powerful) at some point clash. Since bad things happen all the time, it’s not really possible for God to be both.

    The god of the Bible is usually defended as omnipotent, but loses points when it comes to omnibenevolent. But it seems like a better idea to believe in a god who is omnibenevolent, even if the power gets lost in transition.

  • Plain English

    I used to do something similar in belief, Anonyme. Later, I stopped. No God worth his salt would stand-by while his own son was tortured and murdered. I don’t think all the rigamarole in the world about fallen creatures needing a sacrifice cuts any mustard. What a hill of dung that story is! Would you offer up your child to redeem the world? Would any decent biped do such an anti-life thing? It mocks true love and does not define it in any manner. And the all-powerful could have just snapped his fingers to change it all… Hard to believe that we still have such a need to maintain our imaginary friend. I am sorry to those of you who believe that my lack of belief is blaphemous but I am between a rock and a hard place there. What am I to do? Just breathe quietly while Trump praises God?
    As for Nancy Campbell, she will not be satisfied until women are completely enslaved to the imaginary friend. She speaks of an interest in children but she lives active disdain for freedom of women unless that freedom is entirely defined by her understanding of black book verses and I assume her husband’s directions in the matter, as she is his helper, and only free to speak if he allows it. The crock of malarkey just gets more and more foul, the more you leave it to rot and ferment.

  • Rebecca

    Well, not with out obliterating free will.

  • Rebecca

    I don’t usually agree with all of Ms. Campbell’s posts as I”m not a fundamentalist Christian, but I resonated with this one. I certainly feel that all of my children are a miracle and a gift from God.