A couple of weeks ago, as many believers who try to stay informed know, LifeWay Research released the results of a study they did on physician assisted suicide. What they found out was very disturbing to me. A substantial number of Christians felt physician assisted suicide was an acceptable practice for ending one’s life. When you also consider LifeWay’s findings a year ago that 70% of women who had abortions call themselves Christian–many of whom regularly attend church–it sadly becomes undeniable that the culture of death has infiltrated the church.
This flies in the face of what God teaches in his word, especially since he makes it plain that life and death are in his hands and that all souls are in his power to determine when they live or die (Ezekiel 18:4-32). Taking innocent life, from the womb to the tomb, is murder and a reversion back to the barbaric practices of paganism we are warned against in the Bible. Science now proves life begins at the moment of conception since the embryo has it’s own unique DNA. That’s why I question if people in the church who agree with these deadly practices truly love God.
Plenty of verses lead me to call them into question, such as the following:
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live. Deuteronomy 30:19
2 Samuel 1:5-16– David commanded the young Amalekite to be put to death for euthanizing (murdering) Saul, the Lord’s anointed, even though the young man gave the excuse that he knew Saul would not recover.
The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. Proverbs 14:27 (Snares of death would include abortion, physician assisted suicide, and euthanasia, but God wants us to have a fountain of life–body, soul, and spirit.)
The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil. Proverbs 19:23 (Genuine fear of God favors, preserves, and guards life.)
I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye. Ezekiel 18:32
And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Matthew 10:7-8 (Jesus, the Great Physician, wanted people to be healthy and restored to life, not to be put down.)
Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. James 5:14-15
…ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. 1 John 3:15 (The murderer must repent of murder (including abortion, assisted suicide) to be accepted in God’s kingdom.)
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 3 John 2
People who call themselves Christian and think abortion, physician assisted suicide, and euthanasia are okay need to examine themselves to see if they are really in the faith because from where I stand, the fruit on their tree looks rotten and evil to the core. Lord help us see your truth.