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

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.

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