Wednesday, April 21, 2010
YOU SHALL NOT MURDER: Duties Required, Sins Forbidden
'The duties required in the sixth commandment are, all careful studies, and lawful endeavors, to preserve the life of ourselves and others ...by just defense thereof against violence ...
The sins forbidden in the sixth commandment are, all taking away the life of ourselves, or of others ... or the neglecting or withdrawing the lawful and necessary means of preservation of life...'
Westminster Larger Catechism
Q. 134. Which is the sixth commandment?
A. The sixth commandment is, Thou shalt not kill.
Exodus 20:13, Deuteronomy 5:17
Q. 135. What are the duties required in the sixth commandment?
A. The duties required in the sixth commandment are, all careful studies, and lawful endeavors, to preserve the life of ourselves and others by resisting all thoughts and purposes, subduing all passions, and avoiding all occasions, temptations, and practices, which tend to the unjust taking away the life of any; by just defense thereof against violence ...
Ps. 82:4. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.
Prov. 24:11–12. If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; if thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works? See 1 Sam. 14:45; Jer. 38:7–13.
Q. 136. What are the sins forbidden in the sixth commandment?
A. The sins forbidden in the sixth commandment are, all taking away the life of ourselves, or of others ... or the neglecting or withdrawing the lawful and necessary means of preservation of life... striking, wounding, and whatsoever else tends to the destruction of the life of any.
Gen. 9:6. Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.
Num. 35:31, 33. Moreover ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, which is guilty of death: but he shall be surely put to death.... So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: for blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it.
Rom. 13:4. For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
See Deut. 20 compared with Heb. 11:32–34. And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthah; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
Ex. 22:2. If a thief be found breaking up, and be smitten that he die, there shall no blood be shed for him.
Matt. 25:42–43. For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
James 2:15–16. If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
Num. 35:16–17. And if he smite him with an instrument of iron, so that he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death. And if he smite him with throwing a stone, wherewith he may die, and he die, he is a murderer: the mur- derer shall surely be put to death. See verses 18–21.
Ex. 21:29. But if the ox were wont to push with his horn in time past, and it hath been testified to his owner, and he hath not kept him in, but that he hath killed a man or a woman; the ox shall be stoned, and his owner also shall be put to death. See verses 18–36.
Excerpted from the Westminster Larger Catechism with proof texts
If abortion is an act of violence which takes away the life of our innocent neighbor, what is it that we, the Church & it's leaders, are to DO in faithful obedience to the biblical mandate that is inherent in the Sixth Commandment?
Posted by Paula at 1:16 PM