THE SIXTH COMMANDMENT

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You Shall Not Murder

imgID109864791.jpg.gallery“Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed; for in the image of God He made man.” Genesis 9:6

 

If there is one Commandment which the majority of people think they have never transgressed, it is the Sixth Commandment. “You shall not murder.” Exodus 20:13. Murder is considered to be a minority crime. Yet as Christ taught us in the Sermon on the Mount, hatred is also a breach of this Commandment. In fact as one considers the fullest implications of the Sixth Commandment and the family of offences that it covers, this is a most relevant Commandment for this murderous age.

 

There are so many ways in which this Commandment is violated on a daily basis.

 

Confronting an Abortionist

During “Human Rights Day,” I took part in the Africa Christian Action Pro-Life protest outside an abortionist’s home in Pinelands. When the “doctor” drove up in her Volvo she demanded “What are you doing outside my home? Are you the people who have been distributing these leaflets?” she waved one of the You Can Stop Abortions in Pinelands! leaflets. “Well, I want you to stop. You are embarrassing me in my neighbourhood. I don’t want my neighbours to know what I do.”

“If what you are doing is right, why would you be embarrassed about your neighbours knowing your occupation?” I asked.

“Because it’s controversial. Not everyone approves of abortion. You are embarrassing me.”

“You are killing babies.” I told her.

“No, I don’t kill babies. The mothers do”, she responded.

“Well, the mothers may pay you to kill their babies, but you are the one who actually does the procedure.”

“But it’s their choice. They sign the life of their baby away. I’m just providing a service.” She responded.

“So, you are like a hit man, who takes money to kill people?”

“You could describe it like that,” she smiled. “I’m providing a service. It’s the mothers’ choice.”

“You are concerned about what your neighbours, today, think,” I responded. “But you should be more concerned about what Almighty God will say to you on the Day of Judgement. You do believe in God don’t you?”

“Yes, I believe in God.” She answered. But she denied that she was a Christian.

“Well, you have an appointment. ‘It is appointed unto man once to die and after that the Judgement.’ One day you will have to stand before Almighty God and give an account of everything you have done.”

“Maybe,” she responded with a shrug, “but you are speaking to the wrong person. You need to be involved in sex education in schools. I have to do abortions for twelve year olds. You won’t believe how many young girls come to me for help. It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. There’s a tremendous demand for what I am doing and very few willing to do it.”

“Well, of course we do go to schools; and groups like True Love Waits are involved in vigorous sex-education in the schools. We do believe that education is our highest priority. I have worked in the Fire Brigade and the Army. Those are often dirty jobs. Firemen and soldiers can say they are saving lives. Abortionists cannot say that. You are not saving lives, you are ending lives. The fact still remains that life begins at conception and abortion is murder.”

The abortionist responded: “That’s your opinion.”

“No, that is a scientific fact. Surely you as a doctor know that life begins at conception?”

“That’s not the point.”

“Yes, that is exactly the point. Make no mistake, the day will come when future generations will look back on abortion in our time the same way we now look back on the slave trade and the Rwandan holocaust.”

“Maybe,” she said, “but we won’t be around then, so it won’t matter to us.”

“Do you not believe in the immortality of the soul? It will most certainly matter to you in eternity. There is a God in Heaven, a Day of Judgement. Heaven and hell are very real. It will most certainly affect you after you have died and throughout all of eternity.”

It was remarkable that this abortionist spoke so freely about “the mother” and “the baby.” Normally abortionists try to dehumanize their victims by speaking of “the patient”, “the product of conception”, or “the foetus”, “performing a TOP” (Termination of Pregnancy). However, this abortionist had no problem consistently referring to “the mothers,” who “sign their baby’s life away.” At no time did she question the facts that life begins at conception and that abortion is the killing of an innocent baby. Her justification was merely that it is legal and she is doing what the mothers are asking (and paying her) to do.

 

Accessories to Murder

We cannot only single out the abortionists for the prevalent crime of abortion. It is also the politicians who have legalised the killing of children in the womb and those voters who continually vote for Pro-Abortion parties that enable this abortion holocaust to continue. They truly are accessories to murder.

 

The Sanctity of Life

In Matthew Henry’s Commentary the Sixth Commandment is defined as concerning: “Our own and our neighbour’s life: ‘Thou shalt not kill’; thou shalt not do anything hurtful or injurious to the health, ease and life, of thy own body, or any other person’s, unjustly. It does not forbid killing in lawful war, or in our own necessary defence, but forbids all malice and hatred to the person of any (for ‘he that hateth his brother is a murderer’) and all personal revenge arising therefrom; also all rash anger upon sudden provocations, or hurt said or done, or aimed to be done, in passion: of this our Saviour expounds this Commandment. Matthew 5:22”

There are numerous ways in which the Sixth Commandment is violated:

  1. Murder can be committed with the hands. “There are six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him… hands that shed innocent blood…” Proverbs 6:16-17
  1. Murder can be committed with the mind. Malice is mental murder. (Matthew 5:22). “Whoever hates his brother is a murderer and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.” 1 John 3:15
  1. We can murder with the tongue. “Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body and sets on fire the course of nature and it is set on fire by hell… it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison… with it we curse men who have been made in the similitude of God… but if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your heart do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic.” James 3:5-15
  1. We can also murder with the pen. King David condemned Uriah the Hittite to death by writing to his commander Joab: “And he wrote in the letter saying, set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle and retreat from him, that he may be struck down and die.” 2 Samuel 11:15
  1. We are guilty of violating the Sixth Commandment when we consent to an innocent person’s death. Saul of Tarsus consented to the stoning to death of the deacon Stephen. He recognised that this made him a murderer (Acts 22:4).
  1. We commit murder by not defending another when it is within our power to do so. “Deliver those who are drawn toward death and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say ‘surely we did not know this,’ does not He who weighs the heart consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?” Proverbs 24:11-12
  1. Those who take part in a conspiracy to destroy the life of another are also guilty of murder. “My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. If they say, ‘come with us, let us lie in wait to shed blood; let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause’… My son, do not walk in the way with them, keep your foot from their path.” Proverbs 1:10-15
  1. Failure to execute capital punishment upon murderers is also a breach of the Sixth Commandment “Bloodshed pollutes the land and atonement cannot be made for the land on which blood has been shed, except by the blood of the one who shed it.” Numbers 35:33

“Anyone who kills with the sword, must himself be killed by the sword.” Revelation 13:10

“If anyone takes the life of a human being, he must be put to death… whoever kills a man must be put to death… I am the Lord your God.” Leviticus 24:17-22

“Anyone who strikes a man and kills him shall surely be put to death… If a man schemes and kills another man deliberately, take him away from My altar and put him to death… Anyone who kidnaps… must be put to death.” Exodus 21:12-16

 

The Role of Government

The Bible is very clear that God has instituted civil government as “an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrong-doer.” Romans 13:4. Civil government is called to be a minister of God’s justice: “To punish those who do wrong.” 1 Peter 2:14

The primary duties and responsibilities of civil government are the protection of law-abiding citizens and the punishment of law-breaking criminals. Psalm 101 reminds us that the duty of God-honouring rulers is to destroy the wicked, to root out evil and to protect the law-abiding.

In the Bible the question is asked: “Why do people commit crimes so readily? Because crime is not punished quickly enough.” Ecclesiastes 8:11

During parliamentary hearings in 1996 over proposed changes to our abortion laws, I was challenged to provide just one verse from the Bible that forbids abortion. I quoted Exodus 20:13 “You shall not murder.”

Every year over 20,000 people are murdered in South Africa. Roughly 80,000 babies are killed through abortion. It is not only those directly involved in these crimes of murder that are guilty of violating the Sixth Commandment. The guilt is shared by all those politicians who abolished the death penalty for murder, while instituting the death penalty for babies through abortion. Also guilty of being accessories before, during and after, the fact are the journalists who promoted abortion and who cover up the facts in order to ensure that the holocaust against the unborn continues. Those pastors who fail to expound the Scriptures faithfully on when life begins and that a Christian’s responsibility is to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, are also accessories to murder. Of course, all those voters who continue to vote for pro-abortion parties are also accessories to murder.

“Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously and plead the cause of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9

 

Protecting the Innocent

The Sixth Commandment positively requires the preservation of our own and our neighbour’s, life and safety. This is done by rendering prompt assistance to others, or by protecting them from injuries in the spirit of mercy and good neighbourliness.

 

Related to a Murderer

Tracing one’s ancestry is very popular. Many people spend days, weeks and months tracking down sources on the Internet and poring over records in archives to search for their family history. One is often pleasantly surprised to discover some prestigious relative perched on a branch of the family tree. It is most encouraging to find some relative whose life and accomplishments left some positive legacy for generations to follow. On the other hand, most family trees also include individuals whom we would rather forget about – relatives who did not live good lives, even some who were thieves, pirates or murderers. Each one of us can be sure of one thing. No matter who you are, you have at least one relative in your family lineage who was a murderer. In fact, did you realise that you are related to the very first murderer? The very first person to be born on the planet, Cain, murdered his brother Abel. The second person to be born on planet earth, Abel, was the first victim of murder.

The situation deteriorated so badly that “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth and He was grieved in His heart.” Genesis 6:5-6

 

Judgement

God sent a Flood upon the earth to destroy the vast majority of people, providing for the salvation of only eight human beings (Noah, his wife, their three sons and three daughters-in-law) and many thousands of animals. God determined to cleanse the earth of man’s violence and decadence and start all over again. He preserved the family of one righteous man, Noah and when the waters receded, God issued foundational Commandments for civilization including: “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed; for in the image of God He made man.” Genesis 9:6

 

Capital Punishment

This is a universal Law. For those who hold the Word of God as authoritative, capital punishment is not a matter of choice, or opinion poll, or even of court or parliamentary decree. It is God’s clear command. God instituted capital punishment long before the enactment of Mosaic Law. In fact, capital punishment was declared not only for Noah’s time, but “for all generations to come.” Genesis 9:12. Those who show contempt for the right to life of others forfeit their own lives. Like the amputation of a diseased limb to save the rest of the body, society needs to cut off murderers.

This is the primary purpose of government. “For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong… for He is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for He does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrong doer.” Romans 13:3-4

By obeying God’s Law and punishing murderers with the death penalty, a nation can cleanse itself from the guilt of innocent blood. On the other hand, a nation that refuses to avenge the taking of innocent human life, must share the guilt of the murderer (Deuteronomy 21:1-9).

 

Is Capital Punishment Consistent with Being Pro-Life?

However, inevitably, as we stand for the right to life we are accused by pro-abortionists of not being consistent. How can we support capital punishment if we claim to be “Pro- Life”?

To this we need to challenge them on their consistency: “Do you believe in abortion?”

“Oh yes, of course, we are pro-choice!”

To which we must then ask: “Do you believe in capital punishment for murderers?”

“No! Absolutely not!” they respond in horror at the thought.

Then we can respond: “It would appear that the difference between our positions is quite simple: We believe in protecting the right to life of the innocent and judiciously taking the life of guilty murderers. Whereas you believe in killing the innocent babies, but sparing the guilty murderers! The Bible declares that God hates ‘the hands that shed innocent blood.’ Proverbs 6:17 and ‘Woe unto him that calls evil good and good evil’ Isaiah 5:20”.

 

A Modern Equivalent of Child Sacrifice

Abortion is a modern equivalent of child sacrifice. Just as God’s people opposed Pharaoh’s decree to murder newborn boys in Egypt (Exodus 1:15-22) so we need to protect pre-born babies from abortion today. Just as King Herod sought to kill babies in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:16), so abortionists are attempting to butcher babies today.

 

Life Begins at Conception

The sanctity of human life is an essential article of the Christian Faith. The Bible makes it clear that life begins at conception (Psalm 139:13-16; Isaiah 44:2; Jeremiah 1:5; Luke 1:41). The unborn baby is then genetically, physiologically and organically a distinct person. At that moment life begins. At about three weeks after conception, the baby’s heartbeat can be detected. Six weeks after conception the baby has its own lifelong brainwave. If the absence of a brainwave is considered a sign of death, why then is the presence of this brainwave not accepted as confirmation of life? Birth is not a magical act that turns a non-human into a person. Birth is only a change in environment for a life that began many months before. Every abortion stops a beating heart. Every abortion ends a brainwave. Every abortion is the murder of a helpless and innocent person. If we do not stand up and oppose abortion then the blood of innocent babies will be upon our heads (Ezekiel 33:1-6). As Christians we must love our neighbour – and this includes our pre-born neighbours.

 

Self-Defence

During a mission’s presentation in a church in America, the pastor objected to pictures of Christians, even pastors, in Sudan carrying weapons and asked how Sudanese Christians could justify taking up arms against the Sudan government. “Christians may not kill!” he declared.

I asked him what Americans celebrate on the 4th July. He seemed somewhat confused, so I reminded him that the founding fathers of his country had unilaterally declared Independence from Great Britain on 4 July 1776. The British called this a rebellion. The American colonists took up arms against the Crown because the British parliament had failed to rule the Americans in accordance with Magna Carta of 1215 and the English Declaration of Rights of 1689. King George III had violated his Coronation oath. The American founding fathers maintained that the British government was no longer “an authority” deserving submission to, but a tyrannical “power” to be resisted. How then could Americans object to Christians in Sudan doing what they had done in 1776?

I then pointed out that in the entrance way to their own church building they had a framed colour picture on the wall of early Americans settlers walking to church, carrying their rifles with their Bibles. I reminded him that many churches in America in the 17th Century fined men if they came to church without a rifle! 1 Timothy 5:8 requires men to make provision for their family and declares that any who fail to do so deny the Faith and are worse than an infidel! Churches penalised members who showed such irresponsibility as to fail to carry a weapon for the defence of their family members.

I then had to point out that Sudan - with slave raiders kidnapping children, burning crops, looting cattle, poisoning wells, destroying churches and crucifying pastors - is far more dangerous than America in the 1600s!

 

Faith and Firearms

The 39 Articles, the foundational statement of the Church of England, clearly states in Article 37: “It is lawful for Christian men to carry weapons.” The Westminster Larger Catechism, considered the finest expression of Biblical teaching, states under the Sixth Commandment that the prohibition against murder requires as our Duty: “All careful studies and lawful endeavours, to preserve the life of ourselves and others by resisting by just defence against violence, protecting and defending the innocent.” (Q.135).

Under Sins Forbidden, the Westminster Standards include: “The Sins Forbidden in the Sixth Commandment are: all taking away the life of ourselves, or of others, except in the case of public justice, lawful, or necessary defence; the neglecting, or withdrawing the lawful necessary means of preservation of life; and whatever else tends to the destruction of the life of any.” (Q. 136). In other words, God’s Law forbids any government restrictions or interference in the right and duty of self-defence. Furthermore it also forbids our neglecting these means for protecting the innocent.

The Common Law has always recognised this. From the Dooms of King Alfred, the Laws of Cnut, the English Declaration of Rights of 1689, all the way through to the US Bill of Rights, all these recognised the inalienable right of all free men to keep and bear weapons for self-defence.

The first President of America, George Washington, declared: “Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under Independence. To secure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and the pistol are equally indispensable. The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference. They deserve a place of honour with all that is good.”

Pioneer missionary William Carey, whose landmark book, “An Inquiry into the Obligation of Christians to use Means for the Conversion of the Heathen” launched the modern missionary movement, listed in the final chapter as essential equipment for any missionary: “Knives, powder and shot.”

Mary Slessor, the pioneer missionary to Calabar in Nigeria, included Maxim machine guns in her checklist to a mission team coming to a very violent, slave trade ravaged area of Nigeria.

David Livingstone, the pioneer missionary and explorer who opened up Africa to the Gospel, was well-equipped with some of the most advanced weapons then available, including a six-barrelled revolver and a double-barrelled rifle. For the 1840s this was most advanced. On occasion Livingstone was compelled to use weapons for protection against wild beasts and to persuade slave traders to set the captives free. At one point, when criticized, Livingstone responded: “I love peace as much as any mortal man. In fact, I go quite beyond you, for I love it so much I would fight for it.” Blessed are the peacemakers – not the pacifists. To make peace requires resolution, courage and action.

Bishop MacKenzie of the Church Missionary Society, was involved in several fire fights against slave traders in the Shiri Valley (present day Malawi) and set many captives free.

When world famous cricketer turned pioneer missionary, C.T. Studd, undertook the first baptisms in a river in the Congo, he needed to warn off the crocodiles with a revolver in one hand while baptising the new converts with the other!

 

Pacifism is Unbiblical

Pacifism is an unbiblical position. Although being able to appeal to superficial arguments of conscience and quote the odd verse out of context – the whole spirit and thrust of pacifism is anti-Christian. Pacifists may be sincere – but they are sincerely wrong. A Christian, by definition, must be active – with his, or her, sleeves rolled up, being willing to get his hands dirty protecting the innocent, defending the defenceless and saving lives from unprovoked aggression. Christian love is not mere words and sentiment. True love shows itself in action (1 John 3:18).

If all the people with a conscience refuse to fight, then it will leave the battlefields in the hands of people without a conscience.

Pacifism finds its roots in humanism. It does not seem to understand the Biblical teaching of the depravity of man. In common with humanism, pacifism shares a false idea of man. It sees man as basically good. Pacifists also often display more concern for the aggressor than the defender, more sympathy for the criminal than for his victim. Pacifism also has a false idea of God. It fails to understand the holiness and justice of God. It ignores the wrath of Almighty God against sin.

 

God is Not a Pacifist

The Creator of all life “determines whether you live or die” Daniel 5:23. God destroyed the Egyptian army in the Red Sea (Exodus 14:15); the Lord opened up the earth to swallow Korah and those who were rebelling against Moses (Numbers 16); God killed 180,000 Assyrian soldiers who were attacking Jerusalem (2 Kings 19:32-35). God killed Ananias and Sapphira because of their lying (Acts 5:1-11) and Herod because of his pride (Acts 12:23). God continues to use His “four dreadful judgements” – sword and famine and wild beasts and plague (Ezekiel 14:21) in order to lead sinful people to repent. “Now see that I, even I, am He and there is no God beside Me; I kill and I make alive, I wound and I heal; nor is there any who can deliver from My hand.” Deuteronomy 32:29

 

Pacifism Fails to Face Reality

If all Christians became pacifists, would all the Muslims, Atheists and Communists also become pacifists? It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favour of vegetarianism – while the wolf remains of a different opinion.

 

To Defend and Protect

Much of the Bible is written by soldiers and for soldiers. Joshua was a mighty man of God, a mighty soldier commanding the Israelite army in battle with the Amalekites (Exodus 17) and in the conquest of the Promised Land.

King David was “a man after God’s own heart” and the writer of many of the Psalms. David was able to write: “Blessed be the Lord my rock, who trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle – my loving kindness and my fortress, my high tower and my Deliverer, my shield and the One in whom I take refuge, who subdues the people under me.” Psalm 144:1-2

Throughout the Bible the work and calling of soldiers are frequently mentioned, yet never with any suggestion that a military career could be dishonourable or un-Christian. When John the Baptist was asked by the soldiers what they should do, he never suggested that they leave the army. John the Baptist commanded them not to extort money, not to accuse anyone falsely and to be content with their pay (Luke 3:14). He told them how to be good soldiers. The four centurions (Roman officers) mentioned in the New Testament are all commended in one way or another (Luke 7:9; 23:47; Acts 10:1-48; 27:43). The centurion at Capernaum was praised for his faith. Cornelius and the Italian regiment had the great honour of being the first gentiles to be baptised by the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ (Acts 10:1-48).

War can be horrible. Most wars have been fought without any righteous justification. However, the Christian Church has always maintained that there is such a thing as “A just war.” Just as there is no guilt for killing an intruder in one’s home (Exodus 22:2), from the principle of self-defence, a nation is responsible to protect its citizens from aggression.

Aggression is condemned in the Scripture, but defensive killing is accepted as necessary and right.

The Good Samaritan was obeying the Sixth Commandment when he stopped and cared for the man who had been brutally attacked by robbers and left to die along the side of the road. The priest and the Levite who walked by on the other side of the road violated the Sixth Commandment by failing to give the aid necessary to this stranger in distress (Luke 10:27-37). If we are determined to obey the Sixth Commandment in a positive way, we must ensure that we do not neglect to care for people who are suffering, either physically or spiritually.

However, are we not like the priest and the Levite when day after day we pass by people who have been beaten and bloodied by satan and sin? When people’s lives are in ruins and they are in jeopardy of dying in their sins and coming unredeemed before the Judgment seat of God, do not we who have the Spirit of Christ within us have the obligation to offer the Living Waters of Jesus Christ and the Oil of the Holy Spirit, to those who are perishing in sin all around us? Will you continue to pass by people who are rushing into eternity without Christ, without God and without hope?

 

Duties Required

The Westminster Larger Catechism lists under the Duties Required in the Sixth Commandment:

The duty to preserve our own life (Ephesians 5:28-29); the duty to preserve the life of others (1Kings 18:4); and the duty to resist all thoughts and purposes and subdue all passions, which tend to the unjust taking away of anyone’s life (Jeremiah 26:15-16; Acts 23:27) “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.” Ephesians 4:26-27 (Proverbs 1:10- 15; Genesis 37:21).

The Sixth Commandment also requires the duty of just defence against violence (Proverbs 24:11-12) “Deliver the poor and needy; free them from the hand of the wicked.” Psalm 82:4

“So the people rescued Jonathan and he did not die.” 1 Samuel 14:35

The duty to comfort the distressed and to protect and defend the innocent (1 Thessalonians 5:14; Matthew 25:35; Proverbs 31:8-9).

 

Sins Forbidden

Under the Sins Forbidden in the Sixth Commandment the Westminster Larger Catechism identifies:

The sin of neglecting, or withholding, the lawful and necessary means for the preservation of life (Matthew 25:42-43; James 2:15-16; Ecclesiastes 6:1-2).

The sin of unjustified anger (Matthew 5:22).

The sin of hatred “Whoever hates his brother is a murderer and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.” 1 John 3:15

The sin of envy “Envy is rottenness to the bones.” Proverbs 14:30

The sin of desiring revenge “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to God’s wrath; for it is written ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay’, says the Lord.” Romans 12:19

It covers the sins of quarrelling, striking and wounding (Galatians 5:15; Proverbs 23:29; Numbers 35:16-18).

The Sixth Commandment “You shall not murder” is a very broad Commandment, requiring many duties and forbidding many sins. Negatively it forbids every unlawful injury inflicted upon our own, or our neighbour’s, person. Our neighbour may be injured by our neglecting him, or by our not assisting him, according to our abilities. Again, we may injure our neighbour by external force or violence, or we may also break this Commandment internally by anger, hatred or desire for revenge.

 

Protecting Life and Liberty

Obviously, we must avoid the Sins Forbidden in the Sixth Commandment by having nothing to do with suicide, euthanasia, abortion and murder. But we must also endeavour to fulfil the positive side of the Sixth Commandment: To seek to do everything we can by “all careful studies and lawful endeavour, to preserve the life of ourselves and others by resisting by just defence against violence, protecting and defending the innocent.”

Channels of Life

We need to be channels of spiritual life by proclaiming the Word of God, being His witnesses and leading people to the foot of the Cross. The opposite of murder is to love our neighbours, to love strangers, to even love our enemies and to minister to their needs, both physical and spiritual.

 

The Worst Murder in History

We also need to consider the most heinous, most vicious murder ever committed in history. At Calvary’s Cross, mankind’s sin resulted in the murder of the most innocent victim of all time: God’s own Son, Jesus Christ. He submitted willingly and became a victim of this heinous violation of justice so that we – the very people responsible for his suffering and death – might in turn find life and joy forever.

 

Have you repented of your complicity in the death of our Lord Jesus Christ?
Have you found life in Christ?
Are you pointing people to the Saviour day by day?

 

Dr. Peter Hammond
Livingstone Fellowship
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Cape Town South Africa
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