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2-5-2015   Jordan’s King Abdullah Bears A Sword, Too!

All authority belongs to God, and those to whom He designates. “Civil Government” is charged with corporal punishment, for in Romans 13:4 NKJV: “For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.” When ISIS savagely burned to death a Jordanian Muslim, Jordan’s King Abdullah wasted no time. Immediately two ISIS prisoners were hanged, and the King promised war against them to “be relentless and will hit them in their own ground.”  Jordan’s King is, himself, a Muslim, and that makes it even more amazing how God can get non-Bible believers to do His Will! Contact us for a free copy of my booklet, “Terrorism in the Streets.”

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#corporal-punishment, #isis, #muslim, #sword

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(#167) The Proverbs of Solomon 24:11-12-What Baby’s Blood Is On Your Hands?

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 24:11-12: “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 hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?”

This proverb does not contradict “capital punishment,” for God has decreed to all mankind that murderers should die: “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man” (Genesis 9:6). Those who bear false witness in a court of law, once discovered, should receive the penalty they thought would go to the one they witnessed against (Deuteronomy 19:16-20), that “those who remain shall hear and fear, and hereafter they shall not again commit such evil among you.” Today, since “the authorities that exist are appointed by God,” then they “should not bear the sword in vain,” rather “he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil” (Romans 13:1-4).

When this “sword” is used against those who are doing “good,” the rest of us must “deliver” them! When government justifies the slaughter of innocent babies with “abortion,” it is against God! Thus, when someone is unjustly accused and condemned to death, our spirits should be stirred and actions aroused to “deliver” them from the hands of those who are about to kill the innocent. We cannot justify ourselves by saying “Surely, we did not know this,” for God knows whether or not we knew, and He will hold everyone accountable for what they knew but did not do. We cannot pull the blanket of “ignorance” over our heart and hide from God, for “I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 17:10; Revelation 2:23).

No one knows about tomorrow, but God, so we must act today. “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit;’ whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.’ But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4:13-17).

God will hold accountable every Supreme Court Justice, President, Congressman/woman, and citizen who has mandated, supported, encouraged, advised, and consented to this slaughter of innocents. They, like King Herod (Matthew 2:16-21), will face their Maker with babies’ blood on their souls, unless they turn to the blood of the baby of Bethlehem whom God spared (Acts 2:38)! Christians cannot let those who govern think “they did not know this,” but by teaching, voting, discussing, and praying, try to bring moral sense back into their decision(s).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#abortion, #babies, #bible-study, #capitol-punishment, #children, #innocent, #jesus-christ, #proverbs, #slaughter, #sword

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Bible Principles in Gaddafi’s Death

Libyan Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and his son Mutassim were executed by “rebels” the day they were discovered in their hometown. Thursday, October 20, 2011, Gaddafi was pulled from his hideout in a drainage pipe alive, but viciously beaten and then shot while pleading for his life. While this may jar our sensibility and provoke moral outrage, we need to consider some “rules” laid down by Jesus Christ and His Apostles that overshadow such conduct by “rebels.”
1. James 2:13: “For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” After 42 years of Gaddafi’s merciless genocides, it should not surprise anyone to see him receive no mercy when those who were raised under his “jackboot” were empowered.
2. Matthew 26:52: “But Jesus said to him, ‘Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.'” The idea that “all who take the sword will perish by the sword” simply means that everyone (no exceptions!) who use violence and force to maintain their “authority” will ultimately be brought down by that same rule. History confirms this. God’s decree has stood for thousands of years for after the flood in Noah’s day, He said, “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man” Genesis 9:6. That this was to be the violent end of the Jews as God’s people AND of those who made it so, John wrote, “He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints” Revelation 13:10. Despots and dictators who abuse their authority, whether Communists, Fascists, Socialists, “Rebels,” Military Juntas, Autocrats, Totalitarians, all who have abandoned appealing to the dignity of mankind and rule by the sword, will be brought down in time! The only questions remaining are, by whom, when, and how?
3. Romans 1:28: “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting.” He then lists sins which, when practiced, demonstrate character bereft of morality expected by God. The phrase “God gave them over” indicates that such people and practices have caused even long-suffering God to draw a line of tolerance with them. The expression in verse 32, “those who approve of those who practice them” should alert everyone who “votes and elects into government office” people guilty of these things is just as guilty of their sins! It should cause Christians to have higher standards in their choices at all times.
4. Indeed, God has decreed in Romans 12:19: “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.” Yes, Gaddafi is dead at the hands of those whom he suppressed for decades, but not without Biblical principles being involved. People who are so filled with anger, hatred, or vengeance that they would resort to the same methods as godless Gaddafi are people sorely in need of Jesus Christ and His forgiveness. The story of Gaddafi, and all like him, is not over, HE IS IN THE HAND OF THE JUST GOD!
—–John T. Polk II

#gaddafi, #libya, #mercy, #sword, #vengeance