LTE – Pastor Tom Newton “Who Gave Us the Right to Take Life?” NOV 28, 2016


Who gave us the right to take life?

A much needed answer to abortion, same-sex marriage, and Euthanasia.

Recent news from Canada’s Highest Court has prompted me to write on the subject of euthanasia. Euthanasia comes from the Greek word meaning a “good death” – or, what advocates of euthanasia would say, “a human way to die” – an attempt to reduce suffering, pain, and prolonged illness. The human motive for euthanasia may sound good to many. However, other issues must be addressed, such as the moral issue. “The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up” (1 Samuel 2:6). Who made us God? Who gave us the right to take life? Let’s look at the answer in two ways.

First: After the world-wide flood of Noah’s day, God instituted capital punishment (see Genesis 9:6). This sovereign commandment was given to the countries of the world to restrain murder, manslaughter, and various premeditated acts of violence. (All these sins were the underlying cause for Noah’s flood, the judgment of God.) This commandment was to be enforced in righteousness and equity for the good of all mankind. So who gave the right to take life? God did, and that to His authorized, delegated authorities.

Second: Euthanasia is the final thrust of the three-pong attack upon another God ordained institution: the family. The first thrust of attack upon the family was the slaughter of the unborn: abortion. Abortion, in all its forms, “frees” us to live immorally without dealing with an unwanted pregnancy. The unborn are murdered from, and in, the womb.

The second thrust of attack occurred when the High Court of Canada legalized same sex-marriage. One of the main God-intended blessings of marriage is the procreation of children: “be fruitful and multiply.” Two men or two women can not reproduce, no matter how hard they try! (Adoption in this case is a humanistic attempt to pacify one’s guilty conscience.) The standard of marriage is clear as stated by God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ: “And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Matthew 19:4-6). Who gave us the right to take life? Abortion is murder, taking the life of one who is created in God’s image. Same-sex marriage sidesteps God’s direct command to “be fruitful and multiply,” thus limiting future generations to come – a form of genocide!

Euthanasia is the final attack on family and life. It is a humanistic, unlawful attempt to undo the damaging effects of the fall – the sentence of death (…for as in Adam all died” 1 Corinthians 15:22) that has passed upon all mankind for its sin in the Garden of Eden. Pain, suffering, misery, and even death are all effects of the righteous judgment of God upon us for our sins.

God’s lawful deliverance from the effects of death is through faith in His Son, the risen Author and Sustainer of life. Euthanasia is the Devil’s way of ending life prematurely in hope of damning as many sinners as he can to Hell before being reached by the saving Good News of the Gospel of Christ.

Who gave us the right to take life? The Supreme Court? You and I are not above God’s Law. Abortion murders life at its beginning. Same-sex marriage murders life in the prime of life. Euthanasia murders the last remaining life out of the infirmed (and often unwanted and unproductive) suffering sinners – just what the Devil wanted!

Written by Pastor Tom Newton, Calvary Baptist Church, Cornwall, ON.


  1. Pastor Newton you are absolutely right and my husband and I as well as my family can tell you that the society is mighty sick in the head today. It has been around 15 since I stopped watching TV and I don’t purchase music either and I know how records and movies are made. You lived in the Hollyweird life and you know what I am talking about.

  2. Some day Newton will come to realize that people won’t be forced to live by his particular interpretation of his book of fairytales.

  3. I’d rather live with laws that are reasonable. Canada seems reasonable compared to some others who interpret everything so they get their own desired interpretation.

  4. “reasonable” – Jdg 17:6  “In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes”. It would be reasonable and just for the Living God to send us all to Hell. So why doesn’t He? Psa 9:17  “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God”. 

  5. Pretty much impossible to discuss anything rationally with Newton, but I’ll offer this…. The population of the planet has almost doubled from 4 billion in 1974 to 7.6 billion now. It is expected to double again before 2050. Somehow, I don’t think we have to worry about the world population collapsing because of same-sex marriage etc.

  6. I agree with Further. Trying to discuss anything rationally with PTN is like trying to put out a office building fire with a sprinkler.

  7. My husband had a young brother 15 years younger than himself who was born with Down Syndrome and he died in 2011 and my husband took that hard. Many years ago in the early 60’s the doctor said not more than 20 years to live but he lived till age 51 or 52 or something like that. Nobody has the right except God and that is so true.

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    I don’t know Hugger. I’ve debated PTN on this subject and seen him retreat gracefully twice.

  9. Pastor those who deny God are going to face a real hell that is coming sooner than they all think. As a Catholic I have heard about the 3 days of darkness but what is coming is so much worse. I wonder what Furtz and Hugger and some others are going to do when God comes after them for denying Him. This is no joke at all and mighty serious.

  10. We may not be above God’s law however God in his infinite wisdom gave us the ability to rationalize. Not all agree with the will of the majority and no law or logic deems that the choice of the majority is always right, fair or just. Society exercises its freedom of choice and either reaps the rewards or suffers the repercussions of poor decisions. Ask a Roman or Ontarian.

  11. When my husband’s younger brother died both he and his sisters said that Rony never did anything bad to anyone and he suffered when he died and was with the nuns in a certain place because it was too hard to look after him anymore at home being an adult with special needs.

  12. My husband received an e-mail on his phone from his surviving sister who is being looked after as well by nuns and she is close to 80. She told my husband that she will know in a few days if she has alzheimers disease. We should know by Friday. She has changed so much over all the hell that she went through over the years.

  13. Perhaps PTN has “retreated gracefully” with you. With Furtz, myself and others not so much.

  14. The really weird thing is that Newton is on the record advocating for the return of the death penalty. Those who break his imaginary god’s law, or do not worship his imaginary god should be put to death! If Newton ruled the world with absolute power, the planet’s population would be reduced to a handful of bible-thumping born-agains.
    Jules, I’m not worried. Life is too short for that BS.

  15. Furtz society has gone completely insane nowadays and many times I agree with the death penalty for those who commit murder and cannot be turned around for the better. I do agree with Pastor Newton. God is not imaginary and when he does His Chastisement you will be running for the hills I guarantee that or for the caves.

  16. “I don’t know Hugger. I’ve debated PTN on this subject and seen him retreat gracefully twice”- how do I not recall this? On euthanasia?

  17. Pastor Tom…if the Christian God is a God of love then it would appear that you might be more aligned with the Muslim God who advocates death to homosexuals and non believers, violence towards women when required by their husbands etc. If you converted I might better understand your tendency to suggest violence against non believers. Maybe the West is not for you.

  18. David writes “…advocates death to homosexuals and non believers, violence towards women when required by their husbands etc.” Surely you are mistaken about me, and others that follow the Living Christ according to the Holy Word of God. When have I advocated such things? Yes sodomites were put to death under Mosaic law but we are not now under such Law. Christ came into the world to save sinners!

  19. Newton, if you are no longer advocating the death penalty and the subjugation of women, your beliefs must be evolving. That would be good. Now, if you can work on your homophobia, and your hatred of other religions, you’d really be getting somewhere!

  20. PTN…you have never retreated from a “debate” with me. You just keep pushing and pushing until others give up in most cases. Then you disappear.

  21. Furtz -you are in the dark again about what I believe and what I don’t believe. Only being really saved from the meat ball monster will help you. Joh 8:12  “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life”. 

  22. Newton, you have made it very clear over and over for several years what you believe. The hateful crap that you’ve posted on the internet over the years doesn’t evaporate. It’s all there for all to see if they’re so inclined.

  23. Pastor Newton Furtz and others like him will certainly be deceived and I am not kidding. People are following the dark and they don’t even know it and it will be their souls that will be lost – the body rots but the soul lives on. People who do not believe in God will lose everything and burn in hell and hell is real – Fatima is real and people better wake up because many souls are burning.

  24. WW3 may be here soon and we all have to pray. When I was a young child I never gave the Lord the thoughts that I have today and I went to Catholic schools and Catholic churches but as I got older I can feel the presence of God and He wants me to wake up and follow Him and that is the truth folks. Wake up.

  25. There is something in Ephenians 6:12 that would speak about many people of this world in darkness and in satanism. The passage in this part of the Bible will tell you about it. So many people are into satanism today and you wonder about child abuse, the entertainment industry, etc. I knew about this for many many years and sick over it that I don’t watch TV at all nor do I purchase music.

  26. You wonder why the bad things are happening – secret societies in the towns and if you are not part of it then you cannot make a business and are shunned – all evil. They switch spouses and think that they are gods – they are not Christian but hide behind Christianity. The same with the world leaders – they all belong to this witchcraft. The US was formed on 1776 – witchcraft.

  27. Whatever you do Jules, be sure to have a few pre prepared spaghetti dinners in your emergency kit that you keep by the front door. No matter how bad “The Rapture” might be, a good feed of pasta with meat sauce and cheese will get you through the ordeal. There has to be a bible passage that proves what I say is the truth… No?
    God, please save us from your followers…

  28. “Those who break his imaginary god’s law, or do not worship his imaginary god should be put to death!”- Furtz, the 9 commandment says -“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor”. Furtz- you are in trouble! There is grace for forgiveness, and new life in Christ. Turn from your meat ball god, and “…seek Him while He may be found”

  29. Pastor Newton people don’t know about the AntiChrist and the Great Chastisement coming of fire from the sky instead of just the great flood. Planet X is on its way as well. If people knew the truth the churches would be over filled to capacity beating their breasts about their sins but nothing will change what is coming – God is going to punish the world.

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