This is a group for people who are interested in seeing one Nation or even one World under God, according to the Bible; where every community has a set of male elders, who are the head of each household. These Elders meet at the "City Gates" to administer the Law of God, marry, divorce... The only Laws and Rules that no longer apply are the animal sacrifice laws, and temple laws, because Jesus / Yeshuah is and was the final sacrifice for our sins. These Laws are the Laws that God gave us, and the laws God says to follow, and are not the laws men made up. These Laws are listed at http://www.christiancourts.com/ in a Free Downloadable PDF (not the ebook it's out of date currently) in plain English. Today in the USA there are many Muslim Communities, practicing and enforcing Shariah Law; therefore Christians who are sincere about following God's Laws should have the same right to constitute their own communities according to the Scriptures. We must "Petition" the US Government to allow us to have our Christian Courts and Communities. This will require: #1 Discussing the Christian Law Book, and getting it into it's final form. #2 Drafting a Petition on the US Government Website. #3 Making a Promotional YouTube Video to advertise the Petition, and get people to sign it. #4 Paying for the video to be advertised, and presented to the Christians in the 50 United States of America. If and when this Petition is approved by the US Government, we must find enough signers who are willing to constitute Christian Communities, in areas where the most interested parties are. Only those who live in, or travel to these Christian Communities will be subject to their jurisdiction, and or other Christian Communities, as the Bible requires each Christian Community to hold each other accountable, and to provide an alternative location for man slaughter cases. In support of our Petition is this May 4th 2017 Executive Order http://www.mindblowingidea.com/CHRISTIANITATISCURIA/EXECUTIVE%20ORDER%20May%204th%202017%20Free%20Speech%20Religious%20Liberty.pdf As well as years of history and practice of the Christian Courts, and the History of the Puritans. Other groups such as the Amish have enjoyed the right to obey the Lord, and uphold the Lord's Laws according to their beliefs as well. It's time that Christians have the same rights as other Religions, and a safe haven where: #1 The Death penalty exists, #2 The right to bear arms exists, #3 Rape, Murder, and other abominations are not tolerated, #4 Where Children can be brought up in the Word of God, and not forced to learn Common Core or other religions. The number of people who claim to be Christian, and desire to follow God's Laws seems to be a minority. To learn more please visit http://www.christiancourts.com/ Fees for this website (just the Christian Courts section) are approximately $60 in 2019. Politicians are getting involved in Religion. They are insisting and insuring that Islam is brought into DC, and that people setting in power are Muslim, and Female for Equality and Cultural Diversity. The Government allows Shariah Law communities, and here in WA State they allow crime such as murder, rape, child molestation, and drug use to go unchecked. The State of California is trying to outlaw the Bible and any other books that speak out against Homosexuality. Both put us at risk. What says that these things are wrong, or that they put us at risk, or that we have any right to regulate or stop these crimes, or the Shariah Law? Religious Intolerance isn't enough to stop evil. There must be an unchanging (un legislated) standard that we can use to benchmark evil, and good, and to protect good people from evil. Today good people are defined as homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals, pot heads, abortionists, Catholics, Muslims, and Liberals. Good and evil use to be defined by the Bible. When the ROMAN Empire fell, the statutes were so confusing, that they ditched them all and went back to the Bible, because it was the only thing that made sense. So like it or not, when Politics Collapses, and Good people are left, The Bible is the standard of Choice. The question is, does the US Government have to collapse, before it is corrected by the Bible? The choice is up to every day people like you. Get involved. Go to WWW.CHRISTIAN COURTS.COM
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  • God's News For Today ~ Tuesday May 21st 2019
    Studied with the King James Bible

    TRUST IN GOD, NOT OTHERS

    There is not a day that goes by that Christians don't trust the Lord to keep us safe from the Devil’s swift attacks. I say swift because Satan will involve others that we may trust to handle whatever problem we are facing to do his dirty work. Satan wants us to seek help from others because he has more control over us, he knows his limited power can gain a stronger foothold. Yet our enemy is defeated because we've chosen to depend on someone else, and He is our Father God.  Therefore God clearly tells us in His word  that it's best for His Children to come to only trust in Him because man alone cannot defeat Satan's attacks. See> (Psalm 118:8-9) 8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. 9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.

    Every Christian needs to know that Satan wants to attack us when he knows we are most vulnerable. Now since we know Satan has no power over us when we trust our Lord, don't you think a good way to prevent Satan would be to better our relationship with our Lord? The better our relationship with Christ, makes it more difficult for Satan to succeed in an attack, because God's grace and mercy will surely help us. See> (Hebrews 4:16)16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

    My final thoughts
    It's so important and is a good reason for us to have friends that are Christians, because God works with our brothers and sisters in Christ. This is what I do and every day I have victory over Satan. This is what Our Father God tells us we need to do, and I promise you good folks that if you aren't already doing this, don't take my word on it, believe your Father God's word. Only then my brothers and my sisters will y 'all know that doing things God's way really does work, amen.

    Prayer
    Dear Lord, we come to you this morning asking for you to help us help those who are trusting others, rather than trusting you. Help us show them how to grow confidence in You so that when Satan attacks them, they will victorious. In Your name Jesus Christ we pray, amen.

    Rev James Erick
    God's News For Today ~ Tuesday May 21st 2019 Studied with the King James Bible TRUST IN GOD, NOT OTHERS There is not a day that goes by that Christians don't trust the Lord to keep us safe from the Devil’s swift attacks. I say swift because Satan will involve others that we may trust to handle whatever problem we are facing to do his dirty work. Satan wants us to seek help from others because he has more control over us, he knows his limited power can gain a stronger foothold. Yet our enemy is defeated because we've chosen to depend on someone else, and He is our Father God.  Therefore God clearly tells us in His word  that it's best for His Children to come to only trust in Him because man alone cannot defeat Satan's attacks. See> (Psalm 118:8-9) 8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. 9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes. Every Christian needs to know that Satan wants to attack us when he knows we are most vulnerable. Now since we know Satan has no power over us when we trust our Lord, don't you think a good way to prevent Satan would be to better our relationship with our Lord? The better our relationship with Christ, makes it more difficult for Satan to succeed in an attack, because God's grace and mercy will surely help us. See> (Hebrews 4:16)16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. My final thoughts It's so important and is a good reason for us to have friends that are Christians, because God works with our brothers and sisters in Christ. This is what I do and every day I have victory over Satan. This is what Our Father God tells us we need to do, and I promise you good folks that if you aren't already doing this, don't take my word on it, believe your Father God's word. Only then my brothers and my sisters will y 'all know that doing things God's way really does work, amen. Prayer Dear Lord, we come to you this morning asking for you to help us help those who are trusting others, rather than trusting you. Help us show them how to grow confidence in You so that when Satan attacks them, they will victorious. In Your name Jesus Christ we pray, amen. Rev James Erick
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  • God's News For Today ~ Weekend edition May 18th-195th 2019
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    MAKING GOOD CHOICES

    It wouldn’t be fair for mankind if God expected us to live our lives making good decisions, if He hadn’t told us through many examples of bad and good, right from wrong in His word. See> (1 Corinthians 10:11) 11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
    God did this so we can use His word as a guide during our life activities knowing God will guide us towards making our right decisions and choices.

    This is the reason God wrote mankind their instruction manual on how to live a Christian lifestyle in a cruel and evil world. See>(Micah 6:8) 8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

    We all need to commit at least one hour a day to study and read our instructions on how-to live-in God's grace and glory. It's our responsibility to feed our brains the wisdom God's provided for us.
    God didn't write It all down so it can lie on a shelf collecting dust, while we fall from God's grace.
    It's when we don’t, or we stop reading God's word, that we'll begin to fall back into our old ways because everyone of God's children need to read God's word, and receive God's instructions and guidance to maintain living Christian lifestyles. That's why God provided us a way to renew and feed our minds through His truths. See> (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19). Our minds are renewed through the truth of God's Word.

    My final thoughts
    Boy, God sure knew what all of us would require living glorifying Him down here on earth. All we need to do is make it our goal to seek God's wisdom daily through prayer, and a bible study as we honor Him in everything we do, so that everything we do will give God His glory, amen.

    Prayer
    We thank You Father God for ensuring all of us a way to refuel our thinking tanks as we are walking in your footsteps down here, where it would be impossible to live righteously without the guidance and knowledge we receive each day when we learn and grow closer to You, reading Your instructions on how to do so. We pray in Your name Jesus Christ, our Lord and our Savior, amen.

    Rev James Erick
    God's News For Today ~ Weekend edition May 18th-195th 2019 Studied in the King James Bible MAKING GOOD CHOICES It wouldn’t be fair for mankind if God expected us to live our lives making good decisions, if He hadn’t told us through many examples of bad and good, right from wrong in His word. See> (1 Corinthians 10:11) 11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. God did this so we can use His word as a guide during our life activities knowing God will guide us towards making our right decisions and choices. This is the reason God wrote mankind their instruction manual on how to live a Christian lifestyle in a cruel and evil world. See>(Micah 6:8) 8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? We all need to commit at least one hour a day to study and read our instructions on how-to live-in God's grace and glory. It's our responsibility to feed our brains the wisdom God's provided for us. God didn't write It all down so it can lie on a shelf collecting dust, while we fall from God's grace. It's when we don’t, or we stop reading God's word, that we'll begin to fall back into our old ways because everyone of God's children need to read God's word, and receive God's instructions and guidance to maintain living Christian lifestyles. That's why God provided us a way to renew and feed our minds through His truths. See> (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19). Our minds are renewed through the truth of God's Word. My final thoughts Boy, God sure knew what all of us would require living glorifying Him down here on earth. All we need to do is make it our goal to seek God's wisdom daily through prayer, and a bible study as we honor Him in everything we do, so that everything we do will give God His glory, amen. Prayer We thank You Father God for ensuring all of us a way to refuel our thinking tanks as we are walking in your footsteps down here, where it would be impossible to live righteously without the guidance and knowledge we receive each day when we learn and grow closer to You, reading Your instructions on how to do so. We pray in Your name Jesus Christ, our Lord and our Savior, amen. Rev James Erick
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  • God's News For Today ~ Today Wednesday May 15th 2019
    Studied in the King James Bible

    THE GREAT PROVIDER

    See>(3 John 1:2) 2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth
    God wants all His children to prosper in every aspect of our lives, not just in our wealth and securities but in our relationship with Him as well. When God's children prosper it brings Him joy because it's His will that we prosper. We should love to please and give joy to our God. Everyday we need to do good things, because the good works we accomplish in His name brings God joy and pleasure to see His children love Him and are obeying His will.
    See>(Psalms 35:27) 27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.

    God tells us He wants to take care of all our needs, since He's the creator of everything he has everything we need. See>(Philippians 4:19)19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

    My final thoughts
    All we need to do to receive the things we need from Our Father God, is to believe in Him and have faith in His mercy, because not only does God desire to give us what we need but He wants to give us good things when we ask Him. See>(1 Chronicles 16:34) 34 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. Also See>(Psalm 100:5) 5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

    Prayer
    Lord, please help those who don't already have faith in your goodness, in that You desire for us to want or need anything, for You will take care of us. It's hard these days for some folks to let go of their need to provide everything themselves that their families require. So we pray You'll help them learn to trust in God for these things. We pray in Your name Jesus Christ, amen.

    Rev James Erick
    God's News For Today ~ Today Wednesday May 15th 2019 Studied in the King James Bible THE GREAT PROVIDER See>(3 John 1:2) 2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth God wants all His children to prosper in every aspect of our lives, not just in our wealth and securities but in our relationship with Him as well. When God's children prosper it brings Him joy because it's His will that we prosper. We should love to please and give joy to our God. Everyday we need to do good things, because the good works we accomplish in His name brings God joy and pleasure to see His children love Him and are obeying His will. See>(Psalms 35:27) 27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant. God tells us He wants to take care of all our needs, since He's the creator of everything he has everything we need. See>(Philippians 4:19)19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. My final thoughts All we need to do to receive the things we need from Our Father God, is to believe in Him and have faith in His mercy, because not only does God desire to give us what we need but He wants to give us good things when we ask Him. See>(1 Chronicles 16:34) 34 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. Also See>(Psalm 100:5) 5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. Prayer Lord, please help those who don't already have faith in your goodness, in that You desire for us to want or need anything, for You will take care of us. It's hard these days for some folks to let go of their need to provide everything themselves that their families require. So we pray You'll help them learn to trust in God for these things. We pray in Your name Jesus Christ, amen. Rev James Erick
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  • David
    We learn more about God's view of bloodshed from David. David is a man who loved God and who was loved by God. God raised him up to defend Israel. God sent David to physically fight to defend Israel. When David killed Goliath and Philistines in battles, it was at God's command. They were righteous killings. Now, with that understanding, let's look at a few passages:

    1 Chronicles 28:3 "But God said to me, 'You shall not build a house for My name, because you have been a man of war and have shed blood.'

    1 Chronicles 22:8 But the word of Jehovah came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build a house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight.

    David wants to build a house for the Lord. This is a good desire. But God says, "David, you are disqualified from doing this." Why? Not because of the murder of Uriah. Not because of his adultery with Bathsheba. It is because of the wars, and because David had
    "shed much blood upon the earth in my sight." David had killed men in the sight of God, and that disqualified him from this spiritual service.

    But wasn't David obeying God in engaging in these wars? Yes. Did David sin in shedding this blood? No. But shedding blood is so significant to God that David was unfit to for certain "ministries".

    Killing someone is not a light thing. Our culture casually depicts killing. In television, movies, and video games, killing, whether it is legitimate or illegitimate killing, is portrayed with such a frequency that most people are relatively desensitized to it.

    Here is the bottom line: Shedding blood, taking the life of another, is a big deal. Your life is forfeit if you wrongfully take the life of another. Even if you take life in a permitted manner, it is serious enough that it can disqualify you from certain types of spiritual service. Even if you are the "good guy", you are "marked" in the eyes of God. I didn't say you are guilty. I am merely showing that God viewed Godly David differently because David had killed men (though righteously).

    Bloodshed must have the same significance to us. It is never a light thing, even if you are in the right, even if you do it righteously.

    As we move on, I want to ask this question: Does the believer have an obligation to resist evil and to protect life? Think about it.

    Having looked at the obligation to preserve life, and the Biblical view of bloodshed, let's now look at passages dealing with self-defense and the use of lethal force.

    Old Testament Passages on Lethal Force and Self-defense
    We start in the Ten Commandments.

    Exodus 20:13
    Exodus 20:13 You shall not murder.

    Murder is wrong. This means the premeditated killing of others is wrong. Killing in a fit of emotion is also wrong and is prohibited here. But as we will see later, accidently taking the life of another is wrong. We must do all that we can to avoid it and stay as far away as possible from taking life.

    Having stated this prohibition, let's look at some of the qualifiers to this prohibition.

    Leviticus 24:16-17
    Leviticus 24:16-17 16 'And whoever blasphemes the name of the LORD shall surely be put to death. All the congregation shall certainly stone him, the stranger as well as him who is born in the land. When he blasphemes the name of the Lord, he shall be put to death. 17 ' Whoever kills any man shall surely be put to death.

    From verse 17, we see that "killing" was a crime requiring capital punishment. "Killing" here is defined above. But note that not all killing is wrong. In the immediately preceding verse 16, there were times (such as in civil judgments) in which "killing" was commanded and sanctioned. Blasphemers were to be killed. Likewise, in verse 17 itself it commands that "whoever kills any man shall surely be put to death." So we already see two qualifiers to the command "thou shalt not kill."

    Killing a man in capital punishment for murder or blasphemy was permissible.

    We saw earlier in the examples of the ox and the roof that if you caused someone's death through your negligence, you were also deserving of capital punishment. So, killing a man for causing negligent death was permissible.

    Exodus 21:12-15, Numbers 35:6-34, and Deuteronomy 19:1-13
    Exodus 21:12-15, Numbers 35:6-34, and Deuteronomy 19:1-13 give further qualifications to the prohibition to kill. Here the Lord deals with accidental killing where there is no negligence.

    God defines accidental killing this way in Deut. 19:4: "...whoever kills his neighbor unintentionally, not having hated him in time past...". It even gives an example: "as when a man goes to the woods with his neighbor to cut timber, and his hand swings a stroke with the ax to cut down the tree, and the head slips from the handle and strikes his neighbor so that he dies".

    These passages establish the cities of refuge. If you are not familiar with the system described here, I commend it for your study.

    God says here, if you commit unintentional killing--that is, if you accidently kill someone, and it is not motivated by anger or hatred, and there is no negligence involved--then your life is forfeited. You are guilty of killing and could be put to death by the avenger of blood, but there is a way of escape. If you committed accidental killing, and there was no negligence, you would not be put to death if you fled to one of the designated cities of refuge.

    This is like house arrest. In fact, it is stronger than house arrest! Number 35:25ff says that if you wander out of the city of refuge, you may be put to death if the avenger of blood finds you. The person guilty of accidental killing had to stay in a city of refuge until the death of the high priest. Then he was free to return home. (By the way, this is a beautiful picture of Christ's work—Christ, the city of refuge in whom we must remain hidden! And Christ is the high priest whose death takes our guilt and sets us free.)

    It shows that killing someone accidently, with no malice, without negligence, made your life forfeit. It was almost as serious as murder in God's eyes. God makes a merciful provision, but it did not remove the fact that you were worthy of death for unintentional killing.

    Premeditated, intentional killing, as well as killing in passion, was absolutely forbidden. Such a one had no protection in the cities of refuge and was to be handed over and put to death (Ex. 21:14f, Deut. 19:11ff, Num 35:16ff ).

    This far, we see that killing someone out of 1) hatred, 2) negligence, or 3) sheer accident were subject to capital punishment. In the case of sheer accident without negligence, God established a network of cities of refuge which made merciful provision to spare the life of the killer. With that important background, let's look at passages speaking about victims of crime.

    Exodus 22:2-3
    Exodus 22:2-3 2 "If the thief is found breaking in, and he is struck so that he dies, there shall be no guilt for his bloodshed. 3 "If the sun has risen on him, there shall be guilt for his bloodshed.

    There are two cases here. In the first case, if someone breaks into your home at night, and you kill him, you are not held guilty of murder. You are not deserving of capital punishment. You do not need to flee to a city of refuge to preserve your life. The understanding is that at night, it is dark, and if someone has invaded your house, they do not announce if they are there merely to steal jewelry and tools. In the dark, you have no way of knowing if someone is coming to kidnap, to rape, or to murder. You are thus blameless if the criminal is killed in that situation. The passage does make it clear that if a man is breaking in at night with the intent of theft or worse (rape, murder, kidnapping, etc.), the defendant can righteously defend himself with lethal force to prevent the commission of the crime.

    In the second case, it says "if the sun has risen on him", and you kill the intruder, you are guilty of his bloodshed. The understanding is that in daytime, there is light, and you can discern the intentions of the home invader. The crime in question here is theft ("if the thief"). It is not legitimate to kill someone who is merely stealing your property. In creating civil laws, we see here that not all crimes are worthy of death.

    In the daytime, it is assumed that the intention of the intruder can be discerned. If he is a thief, he may not be killed by the defendant. However, if the intruder is there to commit a different crime—assault, murder, kidnapping, rape, etc.—different laws/rules would apply. Though the crime of theft is not worthy of death, kidnapping was worthy of death (Exodus 21:16, Deut. 24:7) as was murder.

    Matthew Henry writes: "...if it was in the day-time that the thief was killed, he that killed him must be accountable for it, unless it was in the necessary defense of his own life. ... We ought to be tender of the lives even of bad men; the magistrate must afford us redress, and we must not avenge ourselves."

    Now let's look at two examples of defending your own life against murderers.
    Nehemiah 4:8-23
    In Nehemiah 4, Israelites have been sent back from captivity to rebuild Jerusalem. They were rebuilding their lives with the sanction of the civil ruler, King Artaxerxes. This was not a wartime scenario. It was closer to a racial integration scenario where racists wanted to kill them. Think of the KKK threatening black homeowners and students. They are surrounded by people who hate them and want to kill them.

    These were citizens, not soldiers. Nehemiah 4:13 says that people stationed "people by families" around the city. These were not trained soldiers or law enforcement officers. They were merely concerned residents and settlers—citizens, not professional soldiers or law enforcement agents.

    Note that these families were armed, with "their swords, their spears, and their bows." This is a situation where they are willing to apply lethal force to defend themselves.

    Let's briefly discuss swords, spears, and bows. Swords and daggers killed Ehud, Amasa, and eighty priests. At longer ranges, we know bows and slings killed men like Goliath, King Joram, and King Ahab. Spears killed men like Asahel, Absaolm, the Israelite man and the Midianitish woman, and many others. These are handguns, shotguns, and rifles. These are implements of lethal force. In fact, at close range, a sword is more deadly than a handgun. These ancient weapons are as deadly as their modern counterparts.

    Note that they are carrying these weapons for personal defense and civil defense, and that these are "assault weapons", namely, the same types of weapons that armies would use for offensive purposes. And why wouldn't they want assault weapons (for those weapons are the most effective weapons for defending oneself)? Why would you not want to use the best tools available for the task at hand?

    Against what are they defending themselves? The crime of unlawful, racist murder. Hate crimes. They are defending their lives and their homes. Nehemiah 4:14 specifically says, "...fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses." It is good and right to defend your family, even using lethal force weapons.

    One final observation: In self-defense, these citizens did not merely own weapons. Rather, where they perceived a risk of harm to their persons, they carried their weapons with them, as many people legally carry weapons with them today, for the purpose of self-protection:

    Nehemiah 4 17 Those who were rebuilding the wall and those who carried burdens took their load with one hand doing the work and the other holding a weapon. 18 As for the builders, each wore his sword girded at his side as he built, while the trumpeter stood near me. ... 21 So we carried on the work with half of them holding spears from dawn until the stars appeared. .... 23 So neither I, my brothers, my servants, nor the men of the guard who followed me, none of us removed our clothes, each took his weapon even to the water.

    If you live somewhere where you have reason to be concerned about crime, this would be similar to legally carrying a weapon to defend your family, even when running daily errands to the store.
    David We learn more about God's view of bloodshed from David. David is a man who loved God and who was loved by God. God raised him up to defend Israel. God sent David to physically fight to defend Israel. When David killed Goliath and Philistines in battles, it was at God's command. They were righteous killings. Now, with that understanding, let's look at a few passages: 1 Chronicles 28:3 "But God said to me, 'You shall not build a house for My name, because you have been a man of war and have shed blood.' 1 Chronicles 22:8 But the word of Jehovah came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build a house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight. David wants to build a house for the Lord. This is a good desire. But God says, "David, you are disqualified from doing this." Why? Not because of the murder of Uriah. Not because of his adultery with Bathsheba. It is because of the wars, and because David had "shed much blood upon the earth in my sight." David had killed men in the sight of God, and that disqualified him from this spiritual service. But wasn't David obeying God in engaging in these wars? Yes. Did David sin in shedding this blood? No. But shedding blood is so significant to God that David was unfit to for certain "ministries". Killing someone is not a light thing. Our culture casually depicts killing. In television, movies, and video games, killing, whether it is legitimate or illegitimate killing, is portrayed with such a frequency that most people are relatively desensitized to it. Here is the bottom line: Shedding blood, taking the life of another, is a big deal. Your life is forfeit if you wrongfully take the life of another. Even if you take life in a permitted manner, it is serious enough that it can disqualify you from certain types of spiritual service. Even if you are the "good guy", you are "marked" in the eyes of God. I didn't say you are guilty. I am merely showing that God viewed Godly David differently because David had killed men (though righteously). Bloodshed must have the same significance to us. It is never a light thing, even if you are in the right, even if you do it righteously. As we move on, I want to ask this question: Does the believer have an obligation to resist evil and to protect life? Think about it. Having looked at the obligation to preserve life, and the Biblical view of bloodshed, let's now look at passages dealing with self-defense and the use of lethal force. Old Testament Passages on Lethal Force and Self-defense We start in the Ten Commandments. Exodus 20:13 Exodus 20:13 You shall not murder. Murder is wrong. This means the premeditated killing of others is wrong. Killing in a fit of emotion is also wrong and is prohibited here. But as we will see later, accidently taking the life of another is wrong. We must do all that we can to avoid it and stay as far away as possible from taking life. Having stated this prohibition, let's look at some of the qualifiers to this prohibition. Leviticus 24:16-17 Leviticus 24:16-17 16 'And whoever blasphemes the name of the LORD shall surely be put to death. All the congregation shall certainly stone him, the stranger as well as him who is born in the land. When he blasphemes the name of the Lord, he shall be put to death. 17 ' Whoever kills any man shall surely be put to death. From verse 17, we see that "killing" was a crime requiring capital punishment. "Killing" here is defined above. But note that not all killing is wrong. In the immediately preceding verse 16, there were times (such as in civil judgments) in which "killing" was commanded and sanctioned. Blasphemers were to be killed. Likewise, in verse 17 itself it commands that "whoever kills any man shall surely be put to death." So we already see two qualifiers to the command "thou shalt not kill." Killing a man in capital punishment for murder or blasphemy was permissible. We saw earlier in the examples of the ox and the roof that if you caused someone's death through your negligence, you were also deserving of capital punishment. So, killing a man for causing negligent death was permissible. Exodus 21:12-15, Numbers 35:6-34, and Deuteronomy 19:1-13 Exodus 21:12-15, Numbers 35:6-34, and Deuteronomy 19:1-13 give further qualifications to the prohibition to kill. Here the Lord deals with accidental killing where there is no negligence. God defines accidental killing this way in Deut. 19:4: "...whoever kills his neighbor unintentionally, not having hated him in time past...". It even gives an example: "as when a man goes to the woods with his neighbor to cut timber, and his hand swings a stroke with the ax to cut down the tree, and the head slips from the handle and strikes his neighbor so that he dies". These passages establish the cities of refuge. If you are not familiar with the system described here, I commend it for your study. God says here, if you commit unintentional killing--that is, if you accidently kill someone, and it is not motivated by anger or hatred, and there is no negligence involved--then your life is forfeited. You are guilty of killing and could be put to death by the avenger of blood, but there is a way of escape. If you committed accidental killing, and there was no negligence, you would not be put to death if you fled to one of the designated cities of refuge. This is like house arrest. In fact, it is stronger than house arrest! Number 35:25ff says that if you wander out of the city of refuge, you may be put to death if the avenger of blood finds you. The person guilty of accidental killing had to stay in a city of refuge until the death of the high priest. Then he was free to return home. (By the way, this is a beautiful picture of Christ's work—Christ, the city of refuge in whom we must remain hidden! And Christ is the high priest whose death takes our guilt and sets us free.) It shows that killing someone accidently, with no malice, without negligence, made your life forfeit. It was almost as serious as murder in God's eyes. God makes a merciful provision, but it did not remove the fact that you were worthy of death for unintentional killing. Premeditated, intentional killing, as well as killing in passion, was absolutely forbidden. Such a one had no protection in the cities of refuge and was to be handed over and put to death (Ex. 21:14f, Deut. 19:11ff, Num 35:16ff ). This far, we see that killing someone out of 1) hatred, 2) negligence, or 3) sheer accident were subject to capital punishment. In the case of sheer accident without negligence, God established a network of cities of refuge which made merciful provision to spare the life of the killer. With that important background, let's look at passages speaking about victims of crime. Exodus 22:2-3 Exodus 22:2-3 2 "If the thief is found breaking in, and he is struck so that he dies, there shall be no guilt for his bloodshed. 3 "If the sun has risen on him, there shall be guilt for his bloodshed. There are two cases here. In the first case, if someone breaks into your home at night, and you kill him, you are not held guilty of murder. You are not deserving of capital punishment. You do not need to flee to a city of refuge to preserve your life. The understanding is that at night, it is dark, and if someone has invaded your house, they do not announce if they are there merely to steal jewelry and tools. In the dark, you have no way of knowing if someone is coming to kidnap, to rape, or to murder. You are thus blameless if the criminal is killed in that situation. The passage does make it clear that if a man is breaking in at night with the intent of theft or worse (rape, murder, kidnapping, etc.), the defendant can righteously defend himself with lethal force to prevent the commission of the crime. In the second case, it says "if the sun has risen on him", and you kill the intruder, you are guilty of his bloodshed. The understanding is that in daytime, there is light, and you can discern the intentions of the home invader. The crime in question here is theft ("if the thief"). It is not legitimate to kill someone who is merely stealing your property. In creating civil laws, we see here that not all crimes are worthy of death. In the daytime, it is assumed that the intention of the intruder can be discerned. If he is a thief, he may not be killed by the defendant. However, if the intruder is there to commit a different crime—assault, murder, kidnapping, rape, etc.—different laws/rules would apply. Though the crime of theft is not worthy of death, kidnapping was worthy of death (Exodus 21:16, Deut. 24:7) as was murder. Matthew Henry writes: "...if it was in the day-time that the thief was killed, he that killed him must be accountable for it, unless it was in the necessary defense of his own life. ... We ought to be tender of the lives even of bad men; the magistrate must afford us redress, and we must not avenge ourselves." Now let's look at two examples of defending your own life against murderers. Nehemiah 4:8-23 In Nehemiah 4, Israelites have been sent back from captivity to rebuild Jerusalem. They were rebuilding their lives with the sanction of the civil ruler, King Artaxerxes. This was not a wartime scenario. It was closer to a racial integration scenario where racists wanted to kill them. Think of the KKK threatening black homeowners and students. They are surrounded by people who hate them and want to kill them. These were citizens, not soldiers. Nehemiah 4:13 says that people stationed "people by families" around the city. These were not trained soldiers or law enforcement officers. They were merely concerned residents and settlers—citizens, not professional soldiers or law enforcement agents. Note that these families were armed, with "their swords, their spears, and their bows." This is a situation where they are willing to apply lethal force to defend themselves. Let's briefly discuss swords, spears, and bows. Swords and daggers killed Ehud, Amasa, and eighty priests. At longer ranges, we know bows and slings killed men like Goliath, King Joram, and King Ahab. Spears killed men like Asahel, Absaolm, the Israelite man and the Midianitish woman, and many others. These are handguns, shotguns, and rifles. These are implements of lethal force. In fact, at close range, a sword is more deadly than a handgun. These ancient weapons are as deadly as their modern counterparts. Note that they are carrying these weapons for personal defense and civil defense, and that these are "assault weapons", namely, the same types of weapons that armies would use for offensive purposes. And why wouldn't they want assault weapons (for those weapons are the most effective weapons for defending oneself)? Why would you not want to use the best tools available for the task at hand? Against what are they defending themselves? The crime of unlawful, racist murder. Hate crimes. They are defending their lives and their homes. Nehemiah 4:14 specifically says, "...fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses." It is good and right to defend your family, even using lethal force weapons. One final observation: In self-defense, these citizens did not merely own weapons. 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