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Key Social Issues Facing Christians

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Rooney

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Social Issues Facing Christians

James P. Rooney

Copyright © 2015

All Rights Reserved

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Bible verses are in the New King James Version (NKJV) unless otherwise noted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contents

 

Introduction - 4

Chapter 1:    “In the beginning…” – 5

Chapter 2:     Abortion – 10

Chapter 3:     Marriage, Divorce, and Sex – 13

Chapter 4:     Capital Punishment – 24

Chapter 5:     Drugs – 25

Chapter 6:     Gambling – 30

Chapter 7:     Suicide / Euthanasia – 34

Chapter 8:     Music – 35

Chapter 9:     Holiday Myths – 38

Chapter 10:   Politics – 44

Chapter 11:   Tithes and Offerings - 46

Chapter 12:   Forgiveness – 50

Epilogue - 52

 

 

 

 

Introduction

 

This book is written to address some important issues that we as Christians must take a stand on.  The Bible gives us direction as to what our position should be on these matters yet many who claim to be Christians adopt positions that go contrary to the Word of God.  If we are going to say we are believers in Jesus Christ, we must be willing to follow Him.  To do otherwise makes us disobedient.

It is amazing to me to see how many Christians practice open sin and theological error in some of the areas addressed in this book.  This ought not to be. We will be accountable to God for the things we support. As salt of the earth, we need to set the example and follow God’s Word completely even if it causes us to suffer economically or otherwise.

This book covers some of the most important social issues of our day. These issues will also be important in the future. Whether you are a Christian or not, I hope you will read this book to see what the Bible has to say about these very important matters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 1

“In the beginning…”

 

Where Did We Come From?

It is not in the scope of this book to deal in a thorough way with the argument of evolution versus creation.  However, I would like to make some comments about this subject.

I want the reader to think a moment about all the organization of the Universe. Think about the countless number of solar systems.  Look at our solar system.  How interesting it is that our sun is the exact right distance from the Earth to provide the proper warmth and light we need for our existence. Too close to the sun and we die of heat. Too far away and we die of cold.  The atmosphere just happens to protect us from the harmful parts of the sun’s rays. Notice how our planet tilts just the right way and rotates once each 24 hours to provide us with day and night.  We have days to complete our work and nights to rest and sleep. Planet Earth also happens to revolve around the sun every 365 days to give us our seasons and mark calendar years.

Look at our planet.  It is marvelous to look at from space.  There is green vegetation, flowing rivers, plant and animal life.  The oceans are teeming with fish and all kinds of sea life. All life is supported by the resources of the Earth.  Notice that we have gravity that keeps us from flying off into space.  We have clouds that provide us with rain water. 

Next think about men and women.  Where did they come from? Think about the amazing complexity of these beings.  Notice we are all structured much the same, with an intricate composition of skin, bones, nerves, and organs.  Think about how often in a lifetime the heart beats to pump blood around miles of veins.  What about the brain?  It is a magnificent computer.  We each have one.  Each human being is made up from a different DNA code. It is very complex. Who gave us this code?   Think about all the molecules, proteins, and atoms that make up the human body.  What a marvelous machine we are.  We can reproduce ourselves. Think about the complexity of how a sperm unites with an egg and produces a human being over a 9 month period. We all live, grow old, and die in about the same life span, approximately 60 to 100 years old.

Now think about how we as humans build things.  We plan.  In constructing a building, we have architects who draw detailed sketches. Engineers are consulted.  Contractors build from these detailed plans. Much thought and planning goes into the structure.

So, how could we have such a wonderful planet called Earth, with so much organization in the Universe and bodies that are so wonderfully built?  How could this master plan have developed? Where did we get our intelligence from?

There are two views.  Let’s discuss them briefly.

 

Evolution

Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines evolution as follows:

Biology: a theory that the differences between modern plants and animals are because of changes that happened by a natural process over a very long time

: the process by which changes in plants and animals happen over time

: a process of slow change and development

As I understand evolution, the animal and plant life that we have today evolved from lower forms of life in the past. 

This brings to mind several questions.  Where did the lower forms of life come from?  Where did that first single cell come from?  Where did the planets come from?  Where did all these solar systems come from?

The main answer science gives us is the Big Bang Theory.

 

The Big Bang Theory

Again, as I understand this theory, billions of years ago there was a tremendous explosion that produced all the planets and solar systems that we see in the Universe today.  That is where we as humans came from, after evolving from lower forms of life to what we are today.

More questions come to mind.  Where did the matter come from to cause this huge explosion? How does something come from nothing? Are we really to believe that all the order of our solar system, our planet Earth, and our own bodies came about by some cosmic accident?  Can some mathematician calculate what the odds are of that happening? 

 

Creation

The other view is creation.  It is the belief that there is a divine Creator, God, who is the Master Architect and Planner, who by His wise Providence created all things. There is no accident that could have caused all this order and intelligence.  It is all by the One who has more intelligence and power than we can imagine.

 

What Does The Bible Say About Creation?

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Gen. 1:1)

This one verse tells us that God, that Master Architect and Planner, created the Universe.  There is no attempt to prove the existence of God.  There is no debate.  The Word of God clearly states that God did this.  Chapter one of Genesis shows us how God created everything.  He is all-powerful and all-knowing. His greatness and power knows no bounds. He speaks things into existence. Doesn’t it stand to reason that some Being of great intelligence and power designed and brought into existence the worlds as we know them?

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.  (John 1:1-3)

16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.  (Col. 1:16-17)

10 And:“You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. 11 They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment;
12 Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed.
But You are the same, And Your years will not fail.”
(Heb. 1:10-12)

Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
2 Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.3 You turn man to destruction, And say, “Return, O children of men.” 4 For a thousand years in Your sight
 are like yesterday when it is past, And like a watch in the night.
(Psalm 90:1-4)

 

Which View Takes More Faith To Believe?

Many people do not take the biblical account seriously because they say it is all about faith and it is something we can’t prove. 

Well, can we prove the Big Bang Theory?  Do we have a proven explanation of where the matter came from that caused the Big Bang? 

As rational, intelligent beings, are we to believe that all the order, complexity, and beauty of our solar system, planet, and human life just all accidentally happened by some random accident? Somehow this explosion happened, but we don’t know how or if it did.  The dice was rolled, by itself, and the Universe with all its order, complexity, beauty, and life just happened.

I’m sorry, but that takes much more faith than I have to believe such a story. It makes much more sense to believe that a Supreme Being, with infinite knowledge and power, created all things as the Bible has told us.

Whatever view you hold to, it is based on faith.  Which faith makes more sense?  To me the answer is clear. God created all things!

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 2

Abortion

 

When Does Life Begin?

There has been a raging controversy for decades as to when life begins.  Back at the turn of the 20th century many believed that life began at birth.  As science and medicine have advanced it is now indisputable that life begins at conception. At that point, the baby starts growing inside the mother’s womb. There is no denying this. Abortion advocates want pregnant women to have the right to abort or kill their unborn babies.  They refer to this as a women’s right to choose or pro-choice. Some states allow abortion depending on what trimester the pregnancy is in. Any birth control method that terminates the pregnancy after conception is abortion.

Life is a precious gift. All life is created by God, the divine Creator.  God is the only One who has the right to end His creature’s life.  God will, at times, abort an unborn child by miscarriage. He does this for His own purposes and reasons. The Bible makes it clear that God creates, forms, and develops the baby in a woman’s womb.

13 For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
  (Psalms 139:13-16)

2 Thus says the LORD who made you
and formed you from the womb, who will help you: (Isa. 44:2)

 

You Shall Not Murder

The sixth commandment of the Ten Commandments is “You shall not murder.” (Ex. 20:13)  All life is to be most highly valued.  One of the most precious things that we have is our lives. Those who murder others are considered the worst of criminals. Almost all civilized societies condemn the killing of another person.  There are exceptions; for instance, for self-defense. We have seen the horrors of mass murders both by nations and by individuals.  Hitler, Stalin, and other dictators have murdered millions of people. We have seen the terrors of serial killers who for their own fiendish pleasure or purpose have murdered many innocent persons.  We are shocked by the millions tortured and murdered during the Holocaust of World War II. Yet many don’t understand the terrible holocaust of the unborn.  The statistics concerning the number of defenseless young babies that have been aborted over the past 100 years are staggering. This great sin is repulsive to God, and He will judge those nations and individuals who commit it.

However, for those who have aborted their unborn children there is total forgiveness through faith in God’s Son, Jesus Christ.  I will speak more on this later.

 

What About In The Case Of Rape?

This is a very emotional question to answer.  The brutal act and crime of rape is abhorrent to civilized societies.  A rapist deserves the full penalty of the law.  However, what is the Christian way to handle a child conceived by this terrible act?

Only God can create life.  Only God has the right to abort a life.  Is it fair to kill an innocent unborn child because of the evil deed of another?  Do two wrongs make a right?  Any child that God has created should always be allowed to live.  The mother and father can be brave and raise the child with all the love they can give it.  If they can’t love or take care of the child, they can give him or her up for adoption to be given to a couple who can love and nurture the child the way the baby deserves.  One day that child may become President of the United States, a great musician or artist, or a wonderful mother or father.

 

What About In The Case Of Protecting The Life Of The Mother?

In this day and age, with science and medicine progressing to the point it has, this question almost is a moot point.  With caesarian (c- section) surgery and other medical techniques, the life of the mother is almost never at risk.

What I’m about to share may be shocking to some but I believe it is biblical.  The physician should use all means to save both the mother and child.  The doctor or others must not play God and decide who should live, either the mother or the child.  That is God’s decision, for He created them both.  The doctor should try to save both even if that means both may die.  I know that I will be criticized for this position. Many will say it is extreme.  Some will say that is easy for me to say because I am a man.  However, I believe we should not be making decisions as to which of God’s creatures must live and which should not.  We do the best we can, using all medical technology we have, to save all life.  We leave the results to God and trust in His wisdom and power to do what is right and good in His eyes.   

 

 

Chapter 3

Marriage, Divorce, and Sex

 

Marriage

God instituted marriage when he created Adam and Eve and brought them together as man and wife.

18 And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” 19 Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.

21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. 22 Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.

23 And Adam said:

“This is now bone of my bones
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man.”

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. (Gen. 2:18-25)

God’s biblical plan for marriage was for a man to have a wife and for them to enjoy each other in emotional and physical intimacy.  A man was to have his wife so that the two could enjoy each other and to have children to populate the earth.  Sexual intimacy within the bounds of marriage between one man and one woman is what is best for both partners of the marriage and for any offspring that the Lord might bless from this union. 

Here is what the Apostle Paul said in the New Testament about marriage.

It is good for a man not to touch a woman. 2 Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. 3 Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband. 4 The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. 5 Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 6 But I say this as a concession, not as a commandment. 7 For I wish that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that. (1 Cor. 7:1-7)

Here we are given some excellent biblical advice concerning marriage.  Sexual relations outside the bounds of marriage are immoral and sinful. It is fornication. Marriage is between a man and woman.  The husband and wife must not refuse to have sexual relations with the other except by mutual agreement during a short time of fasting and prayer.  Remaining single is fine.  However, if one is full of sexual passion it is better for that person to marry than to remain single and burn within or perhaps even commit immorality.

It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles—that a man has his father’s wife! 2 And you are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he who has done this deed might be taken away from among you. 3 For I indeed, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged (as though I were present) him who has so done this deed. 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

6 Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

9 I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. 10 Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.

12 For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? 13 But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.”  (1 Cor. 5:1-12)

God condemns sexual immorality which is having sexual relations with someone other than one’s spouse.

 

Divorce

The divorce rate is shockingly high for first time marriages and even higher for second and third marriages.  Christian marriages fail at about the same rate as those of non-believers which is about 50%.  Why do so many marriages fail?  Many couples go into marriage with the attitude that if it doesn’t work out they can easily walk away by divorce.  There is no lifetime commitment to work through the many struggles and difficulties in marriage.

God hates divorce!

For the Lord God of Israel says that He hates divorce, For it covers one’s garment with violence,  Says the Lord of hosts. (Mal. 2:16)

People get divorced for all sorts of reasons. Incompatibility, mental cruelty, physical abuse, finances, sexual problems, child rearing issues, addictions, boredom, differences in expectations, communication problems, growing apart, and marital infidelity are the main ones.

However, Jesus said that there was only one reason that a person could divorce his or her spouse.  That reason was adultery.  Jesus made this clear when the Pharisees, trying to test Him, asked him a question about divorce.

3 The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?”

4 And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’[5 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

7 They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to give a certificate of divorce, and to put her away?”

8 He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. 9 And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.”

10 His disciples said to Him, “If such is the case of the man with his wife, it is better not to marry.”

11 But He said to them, “All cannot accept this saying, but only those to whom it has been given: 12 For there are eunuchs who were born thus from their mother’s womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He who is able to accept it, let him accept it.” (Matt. 19:3-12)

10 In the house His disciples also asked Him again about the same matter. 11 So He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. 12 And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”  (Mark 10:10-12)

Marriage is not something to go into lightly.  It is a serious, life- time commitment and contract between a man and a woman.  It truly is for better or worse, in sickness or health, till death do us part.  It should be based on an unselfish love toward each spouse.  Divorce should never be considered unless one spouse commits adultery.  Just as a widow or widower is free to marry again, so too is the faithful partner in a divorce able to remarry in the Lord.

However, it would be better for the couple to stay together if the unfaithful spouse truly repents and promises never to commit adultery again. This would take real love and strength for one to take back an unfaithful spouse. However, it is entirely up to the aggrieved spouse who has the legal right before God and man to divorce the unfaithful spouse and move on with his or her life.

Some churches / denominations feel that Scripture does allow for divorce in the case of a person abandoning their spouse.

14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy. 15 But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases. But God has called us to peace. (1 Cor. 7:14-15)

In the vast majority of cases, when a person abandons his or her spouse, that spouse has already committed adultery or will commit it.

 

Homosexuality / Bisexuality / Bestiality

In our liberal and permissive society, alternative sexual lifestyles are becoming more and more accepted. However, homosexuality, bisexuality, and bestiality are forbidden in Scripture and are an abomination to God.

13 If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. 14 If a man marries a woman and her mother, it is wickedness. They shall be burned with fire, both he and they, that there may be no wickedness among you. 15 If a man mates with an animal, he shall surely be put to death, and you shall kill the animal. 16 If a woman approaches any animal and mates with it, you shall kill the woman and the animal. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood is upon them. (Lev. 20:13-16)

26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. (Rom. 1:26-27)

Yet, with the Word of God so clear on these issues, we see so-called Christian churches accept into their membership those who participate in these sinful lifestyles thus supporting it.  To make matters worse, some of these churches even ordain ministers who practice these sinful lifestyles.  These churches and their leaders will be judged harshly by our Lord.  No one who continues to be involved in these transgressions will ever enter heaven.

as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. (Jude 7)

 

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’S)

We see in the Bible how God sent plagues on those who committed grievous sin against Him. God has sent STD’s to punish those who participate in an immoral lifestyle whether that be through illicit sex or sharing needles in drug use.  HIV/AIDS often results in death. Disobeying God has serious consequences.

The consequences of sin often cause disastrous results for those who are innocent bystanders.  A baby may be born with an STD or a drug addiction because of the sinful acts of parents. This is a very sad situation.  Perhaps someone get AIDS because of a tainted blood transfusion received in a hospital.

Some things we can understand and other things we can’t.  One thing we do know is God is in control and has promised to work out all things for good for those He has called.

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.  (Rom. 8:28)

Pornography

Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines pornography as follows:

“movies, pictures, magazines, etc., that show or describe naked people or sex in a very open and direct way in order to cause sexual excitement.”

Years ago, pornography was limited to several magazines that specialized in showing naked or partially naked women.  Now, with the internet, one is only several clicks away from viewing others performing all kinds of sexual acts.  This is especially troubling because young children now have easy access to pornography, and parents must be hands on with preventing these images from corrupting these young minds.  Parents must constantly monitor what their children see at home and outside the home. Computers children have access to should have filters on them and the computer(s) should only be placed in open areas of the house.

Viewing pornography is an addiction just like having an addiction to alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. It is an addiction that can only be broken through prayer and a relationship with Jesus Christ.  It is similar to all other addictions in that one can’t just have a little bit of it.  As some drugs will lead a person to harder drugs, so too will soft porn lead one into hard core porn. One is constantly striving to get more highs that lead to other sins and to personal devastation. 

Pornography is used by Satan to destroy marriages.  He uses it to destroy ministries. It denigrates the beautiful sexual relationship and union established by God between a husband and wife. It causes one to have a lack of respect for both men and women. In marriage it has caused some to seek sexual satisfaction and fulfillment with persons other than their spouse.

Christians must not allow pornography to come before their eyes.

But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.  (Matt. 5:28)

For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. (1 John 2:16)

“I have made a covenant with my eyes; Why then should I look upon a young woman?  (Job 31:1)

14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. (James 1:14-15)

Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, interviewed serial murderer Ted Bundy right before Bundy was executed.  Bundy admitted his desire to rape and kill women came from his addiction with pornography. 

“Ted Bundy, an infamous serial killer, granted an interview to psychologist James Dobson just before he was executed on January 24, 1989. In that interview, he described the agony of his addiction to pornography. Bundy goes back to his roots, explaining the development of his compulsive behavior. He reveals his addiction to hard-core pornography and how it fueled the terrible crimes he committed.

A road that leads to nowhere…

When Ted Bundy was thirteen years old, he discovered “dirty magazines” in a dump near his home. He was instantly captivated by them. In time, Bundy became more and more addicted to violent images in magazines and videos. He got his kicks from seeing women being tortured and murdered. When he tired of that, there was only one place his addiction could go - from fantasy to reality.” (From Pure Intimacy – Fatal Addiction: Ted Bundy’s Final Interview)

Only evil and harm will come from being involved with pornography.  It produces sinful / lustful thoughts and can lead to fornication, adultery, divorce, torture, and murder.

We must also be careful what we put before our eyes regarding all forms of entertainment which includes television, movies, concerts, and other forms of entertainment. If the entertainment shows inappropriate sexy dress, dancing, or bodily movements, it should be avoided by the Christian.  Much of what we see on these mediums is a form of pornography. There are television and movie reviews on the internet which will reveal the sexual content, language, negative and positive spiritual aspects of the entertainment to guide us.  Christians must be vigilant in this area to protect themselves and their families.

 

Polygamy

There are some who practice polygamy which is having more than one spouse at a time. This is outlawed in most states.  Normally this is where one man may have multiple wives. This practice is one that is not acceptable before God.  Although there are some instances in the Old Testament where this was practiced as in the case of Jacob, it was never condoned by God.  In almost all cases, it caused problems within the marriage unit.  God’s plan for mankind is for marriage to be between one man and one woman. (Note Genesis 2:18-25 previously noted.)  The husband and the wife are to become “one flesh.”  Having more than one spouse at the same time is committing adultery.

Pastors and deacons, the spiritual leaders and examples in our churches, are commanded to be the husband of one wife.

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; (1 Tim. 3:2)

Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. (1 Tim. 3:12)

 

Sex Change

There are some individuals who attempt to change their sex. They feel that they were born wrong as either a man or a woman.  They will use hormones and surgery to correct that mistake as they see it. However, the Word of God is clear.  God created us as either a man or woman.

  27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.  (Gen. 1:27)

God doesn’t make any mistakes.  He planned in eternity past to create us as either a man or woman.  We should not try to undo what God has created us to be.  That is really an insult to Him. He knows what is best for us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 4

Capital Punishment

 

In most societies, a person who murders another person receives the strongest condemnation, judgment, and punishment allowed by law.  Should a person who murders another person receive the death penalty? There is great debate over this issue. 

What does the Bible say about this?  

“Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man.” (Gen. 9:6)

12 “He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death.”  (Ex. 21:12)

God places great value on His creation of mankind.  He made man in His own image. No person has the right to destroy that image or creation. 

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. (Rev. 13:10)

God has commanded that the governing authorities are to execute those who murder others. 

3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 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. (Rom. 13:3-4)

 

Chapter 5

Drugs

 

When it comes to taking drugs, there are some principles we can apply to determine if this is right or wrong for the Christian. The improper use of drugs can destroy a person’s life and terribly affect the lives of that person’s family.  When we think of drugs, we are referring to all forms of drugs that one can ingest in pill form, smoking or chewing, inhaling, injecting into the body, or using some other method to get the drug into the body’s system.

We are talking about all kinds of drugs such as over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs, tobacco, alcohol, amphetamines, barbiturates, soft or recreational drugs such as marijuana, LSD, chemically produced concoctions, and hard drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and morphine.  This list is not all inclusive.

Let’s look at some principles or guidelines we can use to see if  drug use is permissible for a Christian.