by Pastor Art Kohl

Quick Reference and Review

This section is a compilation of all subjects discussed. Each subject has been condensed to one paragraph as a quick reference and review of what was detailed in the chapter on that subject.

1. Abortion

On twenty six occasions the Lord refers to a pregnant woman as being “with child”—eighteen times in the Old Testament and eight times in the New Testament. The fruit in the womb is never referred to as “tissue mass.” To abort the child is to shed innocent blood. Nationally (not individually) there is no forgiveness for the shedding of innocent blood. There is only judgment. II Kings 24:4 says, “And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the LORD would not pardon.”

2. Animal Rights

The Lord teaches man to take care of His animals. Proverbs 12:10 says, “A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast ... .” Man was given dominion over the animals. Man has been given authority by God to tame animals, use animals to make clothes out of, use animals for sacrifices (Judaism), use animals for our food, help man work, help man travel and use in battle.

3. Civil Disobedience

Believers in the Lord are to be in complete subjection to the government and officials over them. Believers are also to be under the supreme Law of God. When the two conflict with each other the believer is to obey God and not men. The Hebrew midwives refused to kill the baby boys that Pharoah ordered them to kill. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to bow to state ordered religion. Daniel refused to bow to state ordered religion. Peter and John refused to stop preaching even though forbidden to by those in authority. Other examples are given in chapter three.

4. Corporal Correction

Children need corporal (of the body) correction. There are times they need to be spanked. The Heavenly Father is said to chastise His children. Proverbs 3:11-12 says, “My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.” The Lord expects earthly parents to do the same. Proverbs 13:24 says, “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.” The co-chairs of a 1996 American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Corporal punishment reported “spanking in and of itself is not detrimental to a child or predictive of later problems.” Psychologist Diana Baumrind’s 20-year study on discipline found that those parents who spank moderately or occasionally are less likely to explode in rage at their children. This could be why since Sweden outlawed spanking in 1979 that their country has seen a fourfold increase in serious parental abuse of children. (Source of statistics: Dr. John Rosemond, P.O. Box 4124, Gastonia, N.C. 28054.)

5. Death Penalty

The Death Penalty is the first order human government was ever given in the Bible. Genesis 9:6 says, “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.” God gave the nation of Israel a list of at least twenty-six crimes that should be punished by the death penalty in that country. To the Gentiles, the New Testament promotes capital punishment (Romans 13:1-5; I Peter 2:13-14). Even Jesus submitted to capital punishment at the hands of the Roman government (Gentiles). He did not resist (and He was not even guilty.)

6. Euthanasia

God created man a living soul. A being with a body, spirit and soul. He claims ownership over each of us even appointing a time when we must all die and a future judgment. Euthanasia is the taking of life before God’s time. Assisting a suicide is to put oneself in the place of God. It is also a violation of the Hippocratic Oath. Readers Digest reported that in the 16 out of 62 assisted suicides performed by Dr. Jack Kevorkian the people did not even have a terminal illness.

7. Gambling

Gambling is the fastest growing societal cancer in our land today. We are just beginning to see the havoc this scourge will wreak on marriages, families and all of society. It violates twelve Biblical principles (see Chapter 7). One of the most famous verses in the Bible could certainly be applied against gambling. I Timothy 6:10, “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

8. Homosexuality

Homosexuality is described in the Bible as abuse. No one should be for abuse. It is a practice where men abuse each other and women abuse each other. No people or government should condone abuse in any way, shape or form. Homosexuality is also fatal. It takes 30 years off of the average life of those practicing this lifestyle. It is called an abomination in the Scriptures and is strongly spoken against in both the Old Testament and New Testament. “Sexual orientation” is a phrase tossed around in American politics that should strike fear in every American. It is too vague. Too general. What does it mean? How is it defined? Would it include pedophilia, necrophilia, beastiality, incest? We should oppose any special rights or laws based on sexual preferences.

9. Military

History is war. Currently (5/99) Americans are in a conflict in Kosovo. There will always be conflicts therefore we must have a strong military. Jesus said, Luke 11:21, “When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:” There has been a terrible trend in America of decreasing our military and military spending over the last six years. We now are scrambling to find fighting forces for what might happen. The stronger the military the greater the deterrent to war.

10. Pornography

What liberal judges say and what God says about obscenity are two different things. Nakedness is wickedness. When man or women walk around half naked it is an abomination to the Lord. It brings a country low. II Chronicles 28:19 says, “For the LORD brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel; for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the LORD.” The 18th chapter of Leviticus tells us that nakedness leads to sexual sin and sexual sin leads to disease and God’s judgment on a land or city. The church is commissioned to clothe the poor. Dress codes in our schools might be a start but someone needs to be brave enough to call the obscene, obscene! Men and women of such backbone in our judicial system need to be prudent and start ruling against pornography.

11. Taxation

Jesus paid taxes and taught us to pay taxes. His mother and her husband paid taxes. The New Testament teaches us to pay taxes. God’s example of taxation is flat, fair and equal. He expects all to give ten percent to the work of the Lord whether poor or rich. The Lord teaches equity or equalness in government. Psalms 99:4, “The king’s strength also loveth judgment; thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob.” Tax exemption of Religious works has a Scriptural foundation. Ezra 7:24 says, “Also we certify you, that touching any of the priests and Levites, singers, porters, Nethinims, or ministers of this house of God, it shall not be lawful to impose toll, tribute, or custom, upon them.” It benefits a society morally, socially and economically if we have a moral self governing people. True religion produces such people. Society benifits with honest, moral, law abiding people in the land.

12. Welfare

Simply said, if a man does not work neither should he eat. Some cannot work because they are disabled, it is good to help them. All others should work. A man should be expected to care for his own family. Even widows are to be cared for by family, not government. Families are to take care of each other not the government. This Biblical doctrine needs to be rediscovered and shouted from the roof tops. Government should judge the poor - who is worthy of temporary help and who is not. Socialism, then communism creeps into a country that lets government take care of the people and not family.

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