Monday, June 01, 2009

Fighting Murder by Murder?

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Romans 12:19

A Kansas doctor who performed late-term abortions, Dr. George Tiller, was shot to death in his church Sunday. Anti-abortion foes can expect to be painted as vigilantes and decried because of the actions of his murderer. Vigilante justice is not biblical. The power of the sword (execution for crimes) was not given to the church; the power of the keys (excommunication) was. The question that should be asked is: Why was Dr. Tiller, an abortionist, serving as an usher in church? He should have already been excommunicated! The sorry state of churches in this country today speaks volumes as to many of our societal ills.

As a result of this weekend's events, Paul Hill, who took justice into his own hands and killed an abortionist in 1994, will likely be back in the news. Paul Hill wrote to Dr. Gary North trying to justify his actions and Dr. North wrote an excellent reformed response condemning Mr. Hill. You may read North’s response here.

1 comment:

RosieBoo said...

So many churches lack leadership of high integrity...been there done that :) The church needs to keep its house in order.