Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Second Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect from the First Day of Lent is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.

Daily Bible Verse

Friday, June 05, 2009

Opinion: The Slaying of a Baby Killer

I will not belabor this for long nor will I go into many details. However, judging from the Bible's emphasis on divine judgment, I would say that Dr. George Tiller was cut off by God Himself. Yes, the divine instrument was a human being who was misguided by his own hatred of abortion and the murder of unborn children. Scott Roeder committed a crime of murder in assassinating George Tiller. From the perspective of civil society and the rule of law, Roeder is a criminal and deserves to receive the full penalty for his crime.

Terrorism of any kind, vigilante justice of any kind is forbidden in Romans 13:1-7. Unfortunately, murdering Tiller will only increase the wickedness of those who support abortion. God often hardens the hearts of the wicked (Exodus 4:21; 7:3, 13; 9:12; 10:1, 20, 27; 11:10; 14:4, 8; 14:17) so that they do even more wickedness and bring even greater judgment upon themselves in the final judgment where we shall all stand before God (Psalms 1:5; 9:16; 75:7; Romans 2:2; 11:3; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Peter 4:17; Jude 14, 15; Revelation 20:11-15). God often uses unjust nations to punish the nation of Israel in the Old Testament. Likewise, wicked kings were often assassinated in the Old Testament and such actions were ordained of God yet the person doing the assassination later faced judgment for his own sins and crimes against God and man. God even sends lying spirits to bring the wicked Ahab to battle to be killed by an arrow. (See 1 Kings 22:20-23; 29-38).

While George Tiller got what he deserved, it was a crime and unfortunately will only serve to make a martyr out of a murderer. How ironic. I strongly disagree with the terrorist tactics of the far right in the pro-life movement and the reason is that it is not only illegal and criminal but it actually does more to harm the effort to save the unborn because it gives a false legitimacy to the murders and promoters of the murders of unborn children.

Likewise, I admire Bill O'Reilly for using his platform to speak the truth bluntly concerning the immorality of the abortion mills and the assembly line nature of abortion clinics and the abortion industry. It is a travesty that a man like Tiller could become a multi-millionaire by legally murdering unborn children. The irony of this is beyond any stretch of the imagination. However, O'Reilly's rhetoric should be toned down since he could be accused of "inciting" the terrorist act committed by Roeder.

In my opinion, Tiller and other so-called "Christians" exposed themselves when they gave "memorial" services for unborn children murdered at their clinic. (See Wichita Memorial). This sort of reversal of biblical morality is predicted in the Bible, of course:

"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight!" (Isaiah 5:20-21, ESV)[1]

Even though this criminal act of terrorism by Roeder put an end to the murder of tens of thousands of unborn babies, it will only incite the pro-murder side to even more liberal laws, more repression of religious freedom and freedom of speech. However, God has His own secret purposes behind all of this and nothing happens by chance (Deuteronomy 29:29; Proverbs 16:33). God has decreed whatsoever happens from before the foundations of the world and will accomplish His will even through the acts of terrorists. One could justly argue that even the 9/11/2001 attack was the judgment of God falling against this nation even though the act itself was a crime perpetuated by Islamic fundamentalists and terrorists.

" At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?”" (Daniel 4:34-35, ESV) [2]

[1] The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001. Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
[2] Ibid.


Anonymous said...

Well said. I, too, believe that there are much better ways, if we only pray and wait on the Lord to guide our words and actions.

Praying for the answer.

Mark said...

Absolutely!! I enjoy hearing TRUTH! Great post! Do you mind if I post on my site? I will point others back here ...

God bless you, Charles!


Charlie J. Ray said...

Not at all, Mark. Please do link to this page and feel free to post it on your blog as well. Please post the link if you publish it on your page? God bless, Charlie

Dizma said...

I agree 100 % with this article. Thank you, Charlie and God bless.

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