Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas; Or Happy Holidays, Xmas?

At this time of year some Christians write articles saying the use of holiday and Xmas, instead of Christmas is just fine. After all, “holiday” comes from “holy day,” and the “X” is an abbreviation of the Greek name of Christ. Some say early Christians, under persecution, used the “X” as a secretive way of referring to Christ and Christianity. I disagree. 

I understand “Happy Holidays” is sometimes used to include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. However, it is also often used to be politically correct and so no one will be offended by the “Christ” in “Christmas.” It is regularly used to secularize Christmas. As a comedian said, “I’m dreaming of a secularized generic holiday.”

I also agree that some Christians can get obnoxious in arguing with store clerks about Christmas. Please use a winsome attitude in wishing someone a Merry Christmas!

I still like “Christmas” as being more understandable, meaningful, and descriptive than “Holiday” and “Xmas.”

A holiday can be as much Presidents Day or Columbus Day as Christmas. Very few would ever stop and consider, or know, that the word began as “Holy Day.” To most it just means a day off work. Holiday has become a generic term.

We may derive comfort that to a very few the X stands for Christ.

But the X seems to be just as secretive today as it may have been in the first or second centuries.

I doubt one in a hundred knows or considers, “Oh, the X in Xmas stands for Jesus Christ who was born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem.”

I also doubt many know much about the ancient Greek language.

Abbreviations are often not understood, so why not take the time and effort to write it out?

Many more Americans understand the name Christ, rather than understand the name “X.”

To many, “X” stands for the unknown. Others may view Xmas as X-ing out the name of Christ.

I would not recommend an evangelistic preacher to go around preaching about X. They might think you’re talking about Malcolm.

So while I may not angrily protest, I do prefer stores have the courage to actually use the word Christmas. Recently I heard the Houston mayor speak of the city “Holiday Tree.” And yes, I suspect she was trying to not offend atheists, non-Christians (who usually have no problem with using the word Christmas), and to be politically correct.

So to all I wish you a Merry Christmas!

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, December 18, AD (In the Year of Our Lord) 2014.

Articles:
"Merry Christmas" is Preferred by Customers
10 Commandments for Christmas
Young Preachers - Finding a Place to Preach; Part 1
More articles / Labels in lower right margin. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Quotes On The Free Will Of Man

Some time ago a Calvinist angrily said that there is no such thing as free will in the Bible. He was seriously wrong.

Free will is found throughout the Bible. Every time God gives a command, that command speaks to our free will. Every time Scripture says receive, repent, turn, believe, trust, have faith, call on the name of the Lord, it is speaking of man’s free will.

If man does not have free will:
1. Then men are robots and puppets, doing only what they are instructed, or hard wired, to do.
2. Then God is the author of sin. Some actually openly agree with this statement.
3. Then God does not love everyone; some people God wants to go to Hell.
4. Then God is mocking man, who has no ability to choose, when He commands him to choose, repent, believe, accept.

Without free will, this world becomes a fatalistic puppet show.

I recently told a fellow pastor of how two strong Calvinists had now become atheists. The pastor replied, “There’s not much difference between the two.” I would not go that far, but some have noticed the similarity between hard determinism (man has no free will) and atheistic fatalism. As Kenneth Keathley, author of “Salvation and Sovereignty,” said, “Most determinists are not Calvinists, but atheists and Muslims.”

A few quotes on free will:
“I just happen to believe that God is sovereign enough that He can make a man totally free if He wishes to do so.” -Paige Patterson, president, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX, SBC president.

“Now, if you say that only certain people are elect and only certain people, therefore, can be saved, you take all the ‘whosever’s’ in the Bible and make them a lot of mumbo jumbo. The Bible is full of ‘whosoever will.’”
On Matthew 23:37, “Now, friend, if they could not rather than they would not, this is the biggest charade in history. Jesus is weeping salty tears, and He said, ‘I would, but you would not.’ That’s not unconditional election.”
-Adrian Rogers, SBC president and pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova, TN.

“Indeed, it is manifest that every call, every threat, every expostulation, every exhortation in the Bible supposes that man is a free agent. If he be not free, if he be the passive victim of inexorable, irresistible destiny, the Sacred Volume is a compilation of glaring inconsistencies--of sheer downright falsehood and mockery...
If we attempt to explain and reconcile the doctrines of predestination and free agency, we find impassable barriers hemming us in, and sharp adamant striking us back. Their harmony we must leave with God.”
-Richard Fuller, Predestination; 1885. Quoted by Peter Lumpkins at SBCTommorrow. Fuller was president of the SBC. He was a strong Calvinist who also believed in the free will of man.

“And yet, and yet, with us down here in this world, there's no violation of our moral integrity, or our free choice, or the sovereignty of our own lives. The two go together. The great decree of Almighty God leaves me absolutely and perfectly free. I am not bound; I am at liberty. The decree of God has in it my own free choice, and the two are not antagonistic. They go together in the will of God.”
-W. A. Criswell, SBC president, pastor of First Baptist Church, Dallas, TX.

“Reasons that make free will important:
* Without free will, how can we be truly responsible for our actions?
* Without free will, what truth is there in words of praise for another’s efforts, courage or creativity? If the person is simply reacting chemically and has no choice in his or her actions, then such praise is meaningless.
* Without free will, we cannot have any measure of dignity over any other aspect of nature. There is nothing special about being just another cog in a machine.
* Without free will, what value is there to the love we have for another? Similarly, what value is there in friendship? Love is simply one set of chemical reactions to another’s chemical reactions.”
“Scripture has revealed that people are bearers of God’s image. God did not make us mere machines. We have the ability to choose that makes us morally responsible.”
-W. Mark Lanier, Christianity on Trial, IVP; 2014.

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, December 16, AD 2014.

You may be interested in these brief books:
“Predestined for Hell? Absolutely Not!” by Adrian Rogers
“An Examination of TULIP” by R. L. Sumner
“What is Calvinism?” by Peter Lumpkins
 
Other articles:
Books on Calvinism, Predestination
Unlimited Atonement, Jesus Died For All
Adrian Rogers on Predestination, Calvinism
Paige Patterson on Calvinism
Roy Fish on Calvinism; part 1 of 2
10 Commandments for Christmas
More articles in lower right margin. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

10 Reasons To Be Thankful

1. The American Pilgrims in AD 1621 had a grateful heart and little else. We seem to have all else, except a grateful heart. Think of all the conveniences you have that the Pilgrims didn’t. Have you thanked God lately?

2. The Pilgrims, while not perfect, came to America seeking God and found Him. We can find Him too, when we seek Him (Isaiah 55:6; Jeremiah 29:13).

3. Just as the Pilgrims had in their day, we have the Bible, God’s inspired, inerrant Word, to show us the way. The Bible is as true and relevant today as it was in 1621.

4. We live in a country where our Presidents have issued Thanksgiving Proclamations through the years. It began with President George Washington, continued with Abraham Lincoln, and continues today.

5. We should be thankful that we live in a country where everyone is free to worship according to the dictates of their conscience. America is a beacon to the world for religious liberty.

6. America is the breadbasket to the world. Not only do we provide enough food for our own people, but also send it throughout the world. No one reading this should go hungry tonight. If you are hungry, there are government and church groups that would be happy to help.

7. America, though not perfect, is the most giving and generous nation in the world.

8. We serve a merciful God who knows all about us yet still loves us and offers us forgiveness. While we were still sinners, Jesus Christ died for us. For that we should be eternally grateful.

9. We should be thankful, because gratitude makes us better people. It is an antidote to selfishness. Adults should practice thanksgiving, and teach it to their children.

10. The Bible tells us to be thankful.

“Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.” -Psalm 107:1

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, November 20, AD 2014. 

Other Articles (Labels) in lower right margin. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Brief Word On Atheism And Unbelief

From time to time I receive comments in favor of atheism. Sometimes a long involved argument in favor of atheism. There are some very evangelistic, militant atheists out there. 

On this site I do not intend to go into great detail and debate the intricate arguments for atheism. Some will believe in Christ and the Bible, and some will not. But for the honest doubter with sincere questions about the evidence for Christianity, the Bible, and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, I have good news. The evidence is great. I challenge you to consider this evidence.

I would refer anyone with such questions to the books:
 
“I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist” by Norman Geisler & Frank Turek
“Evidence that Demands a Verdict” by Josh McDowell.
“The Case for Christ” by Lee Strobel.
An interesting children’s book is “Yellow and Pink” by William Steig.

As one atheist admitted, “What concerns me is that so many intellectual, brilliant people do believe in God, Christianity, and the truthfulness of the Bible.”

It has been said if you believe the first four words of the Bible (“In the beginning God”), then everything falls into place and makes sense. Reject the first four words of the Bible, and life is meaningless and nothing really makes sense.

While concrete evidence for the literal, bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ abounds (as well as much evidence for the trustworthy nature of the Bible), it is also true that salvation comes down to faith, trust, in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Jesus died for all, and I wish and pray that all may know Him and the power of His Resurrection.

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, November 11, AD 2014.   

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Lester Roloff Letter to Joe Brumbelow / Separation

Christ is the Answer Roloff Evangelistic Enterprises
Evangelist Lester Roloff
Box 1177
Corpus Christi, Texas 78403
Telephone 882-4211, Area Code 512

September 8, 1982

Brother Joe E. Brumbelow, Pastor
West Heights Baptist Church
633 Scott
Corpus Christi, Texas 78408

My dear Brother,

I appreciate you so much. You’ve been a faithful friend through many years and I’m glad that denominational lines do not stop us from fellowshipping one with another. Thank your people also for the privilege of being there.

May the Lord richly bless you and your family.

Lovingly, In Jesus’ Name,

[Signed] Brother Roloff

LR:ic

P.S. Enclosed is a love gift for you and your family.

***
My dad, Joe Brumbelow, had previously pastored First Baptist Church, Dawson, TX in the area Lester Roloff had grown up. Early in his ministry, Roloff pastored Shiloh Baptist Church in the country outside Dawson. In later years Shiloh disbanded and most joined FBC, Dawson. Brother Roloff preached for Brother Joe at his church in Dawson. Of course, Joe was later pastor at West Heights Baptist Church. Both FBC, Dawson and West Heights were Southern Baptist churches. 

I grew up Southern Baptist, but often heard independent Baptists preach. I remember them regularly sharing pulpits and preaching at the same meetings on the same platforms. The Sword of the Lord under John R. Rice and R. L. Sumner printed sermons of Southern Baptists (both living and past) like R. G. Lee, W. A. Criswell, Vance Havner, Hyman Appelman, L. R. Scarborough, B. H. Carroll and a number of others. Yet some independent Baptists today believe they should separate from and not fellowship with Southern Baptists.

Joe Brumbelow was openly a Southern Baptist. In 1982 he was active in the SBC Conservative Resurgence that made sure Southern Baptists would stand for the inerrancy of the Word of God. Lester Roloff was independent Baptist and obviously knew that Joe Brumbelow had been a Southern Baptist during all of his ministry. Yet Brother Roloff had no trouble preaching at a Southern Baptist church and fellowshipping with Southern Baptists. The above letter plainly demonstrates that fact.

It is also of interest that less than two months after this letter was written Brother Roloff died in a plane crash. Joe Brumbelow, and my brother Mark Brumbelow attended the funeral, or as they called it, “Graduation Service,” at the Convention Center in Corpus Christi. Mark was living in Dawson at the time and also took Aldon Nesmith to the funeral. Aldon Nesmith was a deacon at First Baptist Church, Dawson and was Lester Roloff’s first convert.

Also, Mark Brumbelow tells me the “ic” on the above letter referred to Miss Ida Cavett, Brother Roloff’s secretary.

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, November 8, AD 2014.

Note: On the subject of separation, see Fundamentalist Foibles! by Dr. R. L. Sumner. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

SCRIPTURE INDEX for Ancient Wine and the Bible

Scripture Index
Ancient Wine and the Bible: The Case for Abstinence  by David R. Brumbelow, Free Church Press; 2011

 
Introductory Notes: 
Last week Pastor Steve White of Grace Baptist Church, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, encouraged me to make a Scripture Index of Ancient Wine and the Bible and post it online. It should have been done three years ago. Brother Steve, you convinced me, but you sure cost me a lot of work! Thanks for your nudge for me to do this, also for your encouraging words about the book. 
 

This Scripture Index is made available for you to look up resources on particular Bible passages more quickly and conveniently. I pray they will provide an additional resource to help in taking a Scriptural stand against beverage alcohol. If we revise Ancient Wine and the Bible, this Scripture Index will probably be included.

A handful of pages referred to, may not list the verse, but they reference the verse. So you may not see the chapter and verse on that particular page.

Some pages may just refer to the verse in passing, while others will more directly deal with the passage.

If more than one consecutive page is listed as dealing with a verse, it probably is dealing with the verse in more detail. But not always.

If you notice errors, please let me know and they will be corrected.

Please be aware that important backup and background information about Scriptures about wine may not be listed with each verse. So read and mark up the entire book and resources the book includes.

The Footnotes (p. 281-304) in the back of the book can also serve as an index of sorts.

This Index is not in as neat a format as I would prefer.  Limiting factors include my computer abilities, blogger, and internet hookup. 

A subject and name index, God willing, will be posted later.

Thanks to all who have purchased and are using Ancient Wine and the Bible as a resource. Thanks for all the encouraging comments whether by mail, internet, or in person. They have meant much.

Note:  R. L. Sumner pointed out you can copy the Scripture Index, put it in 3 columns, reduce the print size, and it will fit on one page front and back. You can then print it, fold it, and put it in the back of the book. I’ve done this; if anyone wants a free copy, send me your email or mailing address.  Or, you're welcome to do it yourself. 

 
-David R. Brumbelow, P.O. Box 300, Lake Jackson, TX 77566 USA.
nsbc77562@LWOL.com
October 7, AD 2014

 

Genesis 9:20-21 p. 36, 135, 239, 246

Genesis 14:18 p. 121

Genesis 19:30-38 p. 135

Genesis 21:14 p. 34

Genesis 21:19 p. 34

Genesis 24:14-19 p. 34

Genesis 26:18 p. 34

Genesis 27:28 p. 108

Genesis 40:11 p. 18, 24,50, 88, 96, 111, 117, 175, 277, 284

Genesis 43:34 p. 116, 148, 161

Exodus 7:21-24 p. 34

Exodus 12:11 (Passover) p. 41, 59, 173

Exodus 29:40 p. 159

Leviticus 10:8-10 p. 134, 137, 154, 171, 236

Leviticus 23:13 p. 109

Numbers 6:3 p. 156

Numbers 15:10 p. 109

Numbers 18:12 p. 105, 110

Numbers 18:27 p. 108

Numbers 28:7 p. 159

Deuteronomy 2:6 p. 34

Deuteronomy 4:9 p. 241

Deuteronomy 7:13 p. 105

Deuteronomy 14:7 p. 155

Deuteronomy 14:26 p. 99, 112, 153-164, 200, 278

Deuteronomy 18:4 p. 110

Deuteronomy 29:6 p. 155, 159

Deuteronomy 32:14 p. 96, 115

Deuteronomy 32:33 p. 120

Judges 7:6 p. 34

Judges 9:13 p. 78, 105, 120, 195-198

1 Samuel 14:27 p. 198

1 Samuel 30:11 p. 34

2 Samuel 16:2 p. 117

2 Samuel 23:15 p. 34

1 Kings 17:4, 10 p. 34

2 Kings 3:17 p. 34

2 Kings 6:22 p. 34

2 Kings 18:31 p. 34

1 Chronicles 12:40 p. 108, 198

Ezra 6:9 p. 116

Nehemiah 5:18 p. 28, 111, 123

Nehemiah 8:10 p. 107, 111, 120

Nehemiah 9:25 p. 164

Nehemiah 10:36 p. 164

Nehemiah 13:12 p. 110, 111

Nehemiah 13:15 p. 104

Job 22:7 p. 34

Job 32:19 p. 177

Psalm 60:3 p. 120

Psalm 104:15 p. 120, 195-198

Psalm 110:7 p. 34

Psalm 119:83 p. 114

Proverbs 1:31 p. 214

Proverbs 3:10 p. 18, 20, 94, 97, 102, 105, 126, 184, 201, 203, 262

Proverbs 4:17 p. 120

Proverbs 5:15 p. 34

Proverbs 9:2, 5 p. 95

Proverbs 9:4-5 p. 115

Proverbs 20:1 p. 22, 28, 100. 110, 115, 120, 128, 129, 133, 137, 143, 145, 151, 156, 162, 181, 184, 197,262, 297

Proverbs 21:17 p. 115

Proverbs 22:22 p. 169

Proverbs 23:22 p. 168

Proverbs 23:29-35 p. 22, 28, 95, 103, 110, 115, 120, 127, 128, 129, 137, 143, 145, 156, 162, 181, 182, 184, 197, 258, 260, 262

Proverbs 25:16 p. 33

Proverbs 25:21 p. 34

Proverbs 25:27 p. 33

Proverbs 27:9 p. 198

Proverbs 31:4 p. 120, 152

Proverbs 31:4-5 p. 134, 143

Proverbs 31:4-6 p. 162, 241

Proverbs 31:4-7 p. 179-180

Ecclesiastes 7:17 p. 168

Ecclesiastes 9:7 p. 197

Song of Solomon 5:1 p. 48, 117, 120, 159, 161

Isaiah 1:22 p. 34

Isaiah 5:22 p. 95

Isaiah 16:10 p. 18, 20, 94, 96, 104, 126, 184, 201, 203, 262

Isaiah 24:9 p. 112, 155, 161-162

Isaiah 25:6 p. 95, 178-179

Isaiah 27:2-3 p. 112

Isaiah 28:7 p. 137, 238

Isaiah 43:20 p. 34

Isaiah 49:26 p. 107

Isaiah 51:17 p. 207

Isaiah 55:1 p. 121

Isaiah 56:12 p. 162

Isaiah 58:11 p. 148

Isaiah 65:8 p. 18, 20, 78, 112, 120, 126, 184, 203, 215, 262

Jeremiah 2:18 p. 34

Jeremiah 17:9 p. 214

Jeremiah 31:12 p. 109

Jeremiah 35 p. 135, 137

Jeremiah 40:10, 12 p. 78, 113

Jeremiah 48:33 p. 108

Lamentations 2:11-12 p. 113

Lamentations 5:4 p. 34

Ezekiel 44:21 p. 135, 171

Daniel 1:8 p. 114, 137, 241

Daniel 1:12 p. 34

Daniel 10:3 p. 114

Hosea 2:8, 9 p. 105

Hosea 4:11 p. 105

Hosea 9:2 p. 109

Joel 1:5 p. 106

Joel 1:10 p. 96

Joel 2:19 p. 109

Joel 2:24 p. 105, 109, 126, 201

Joel 3:18 p. 116

Amos 4:8 p. 34

Amos 9:13 p. 107

Jonah 3:7 p. 34

Micah 6:15 p. 96

Habakkuk 2:15 p. 137, 143

Haggai 1:6 p. 148

Zechariah 9:17 p. 118, 120

Matthew 5:21-28 p. 169

Matthew 6:6 p. 135

Matthew 9:17 p. 118, 177-178

Matthew 10:42 p. 34

Matthew 11:18-19 p. 151-153

Matthew 16:12 p. 110

Matthew 16:24 p. 15, 137

Matthew 22:37 p. 134

Matthew 26:2 (Passover) p. 41, 59, 173

Matthew 26:26-30 p. 170-175, 204-205

Matthew 26:29 p. 119, 120, 143, 153, 172-175, 174, 179

Mark 2:22 p. 118, 177-178

Mark 9:41 p. 34

Mark 14:22-26 p. 170-175, 204-205

Mark 14:25 p. 119, 143, 153, 172-175. 174, 179

Mark 15:23, 36 p. 26, 96, 119

Luke 1:15 p. 157, 161

Luke 1:47 p. 141

Luke 5:37-38 p. 118, 177-178

Luke 5:39 p. 178

Luke 7:34 p. 151-153

Luke 12:1 p. 110

Luke 22:18 p. 119, 143, 153, 172-175, 179

Luke 22:19-20 p. 170-175, 204-205

John 1:1 p. 143, 234

John 1:12 p. 275

John 2:1-11 p. 139-151, 172, 215, 224

John 3:16 p. 154

John 4:13 p. 34

John 8:32, 36 p. 214

John 8:34 p. 137


John 10:20-21 p. 151

John 15 p. 121

Acts 2:13 p. 90, 93, 98, 106, 175-177

Acts 4:30 p. 143

Romans 3:20 p. 190

Romans 3:21-28 p. 190, 275

Romans 3:23 p. 141

Romans 5:8 p. 275

Romans 6:23 p. 275

Romans 10:9-10,13 p. 275

Romans 11 p. 235

Romans 12:3 p. 131

Romans 14:19,21 p. 134, 137, 217-218

1 Corinthians 3:16 p. 134, 137, 241

1 Corinthians 5:6-8 p. 110

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 p. 134, 137, 241

1 Corinthians 8:9 p. 134, 135, 137, 241

1 Corinthians 10:33 p. 135, 241

1 Corinthians 11 p. 150, 170-175

2 Corinthians 5:13 p. 131, 241

2 Corinthians 5:20 p. 240, 241

2 Corinthians 6:17 p. 181, 241

Galatians 2:16 p. 190

Galatians 3:3 p. 190

Ephesians 4:15 p. 13

Ephesians 5:15 p. 133, 137

Ephesians 5:18 p. 22, 120, 234, 239-240

Colossians 2:16 p. 180-181

Colossians 2:16-17 p. 181

Colossians 2:20-22 p. 180-181

1 Thessalonians 5:6-8 p. 130, 131, 156, 169

1 Timothy 3:2 p. 131, 169, 170

1 Timothy 3:3 p. 137, 168-170, 241

1 Timothy 3:8 p. 168-170

1 Timothy 3:11 p. 131

1 Timothy 4 p. 180-182

1 Timothy 4:5 p. 182

1 Timothy 5:23 p. 18, 164-168

2 Timothy 4:5 p. 130, 131

Titus 1:7 p. 137, 168-170

Titus 1:8 p. 131, 169

Titus 2:2-6 p. 131

Titus 2:13  p. 143

Hebrews 4:15 p. 143

Hebrews 9:15 p. 142

Hebrews 9:28 p. 143

1 Peter 1:13 p. 130, 131, 137

1 Peter 1:18-19 p. 171

1 Peter 2:5-9 p. 134, 135, 180

1 Peter 4:7 p. 131

1 Peter 5:8 p. 130, 131, 137, 143

1 John 1:7,9   p. 215

 
1 John 2:1 p. 137

Revelation 1:6 p. 134, 180

Revelation 1:8 p. 143

Revelation 5:10 p. 134

Revelation 14:10 p. 119

Revelation 19:16 p. 152

 

Ancient Wine and the Bible: The Case for Abstinence can be purchased at Free Church Press, LifeWay, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, your local bookstore, and many other places on the internet.

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The Wit and Wisdom of Pastor Joe Brumbelow is also available on the internet.

Scripture Index for Ancient Wine and the Bible

© David R. Brumbelow, October 7, AD 2014

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, October 7, AD 2014. 

For more information:
Ancient Wine and the Bible - the book
Wit and Wisdom of Pastor Joe Brumbelow, and Cookbook
Dr. R. L. Sumner on "Ancient Wine and the Bible"
Alabama Baptist Review of "Ancient Wine and the Bible"
Dr. Brad Reynolds' Book Recommendations on Alcohol
 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Thou Shalt Not Kill

Thou shalt not kill. -Exodus 20:13; KJV

Many have mistaken this to mean:
1. You cannot kill animals.

In Scripture, however, it is normal to hunt, fish, and raise livestock for food. You should not torture or mistreat animals, but they are provided for food and other resources.

2. You cannot take another human life under any circumstances.

There is, however, justifiable homicide, the justified taking of another human life. Examples: self defense; a just war; a capital offense and a legitimate trial and execution.

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

He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death. -Exodus 21:12

If the thief is found breaking in, and he is struck so that he dies, there shall be no guilt for his bloodshed. -Exodus 22:2

Actually, the above commandment is more accurately translated (from Hebrew) as, “You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13, NKJV), and most modern English Bible translations do such.

But all human life is sacred. All are made in God’s image.

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. -Genesis 1:27

If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. -Romans 12:18

And remember Jesus Christ died for all and rose again, loves all, and desires all to trust in Him as Lord and Savior (John 3:16-18; 1 John 2:1-2; Romans 5:8; 10:9-10; 1 Timothy 2:4,6).

*******

One reason for the above study.

I recently heard a police officer speak of how he had to take a life in the line of duty. While he said it was ruled a justified shooting, he said he would still have to face God, who said without qualification, “Thou salt not kill.” Since it was in a large group setting, I did not get the chance to speak with him about this issue. He obviously had a misunderstanding of Exodus 20:13. Had I or my brother Mark, also present, the opportunity to speak with the police officer, I think we could have put his mind more at ease.

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, October 1, AD 2014. 

Articles:
Gun Control in Light of Connecticut School Shooting

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