“Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.” (Exodus 22:18)
Except in this age of grace, in this age we are not allowed to kill those who practice the dark arts of sorcery.
“Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.” (Eccl. 8:11) And so in this age of grace, when the majority of those in positions of power are themselves evil, rulers with little morals of mankind much less the knowledge of the Word of God or the desire to apply it to the lands they rule, we are to acquiesce to their laws. At best protesting by voicing our concerns, but little else.
We are to be wise as serpents, but gentle as doves, we are to turn the other check, we are to be in submission, and I know no other way to state this at the moment, to evil. “But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.” (Matt. 24:43)
Can one kill without it being considered murder by the Lord? Should born-gain believers defend themselves when they are attacked? If we are to give that thief who steals our coat our cloak also, what if he tries to steal your vehicle, your money, your house and everything in it? Are those who serve the Lord Jesus Christ for the glory of God expected to just roll over, allow all their possessions to be taken, be pummeled to death, are we to allow ourselves to be the perpetual victims?
Consider this, if an armed man breaks into your house and begins to physically assault your wife and children, what will you do? Kneel down and pray, call the law enforcement center and hope they get there before that evil man completes his desire to harm those you love and cherish, or defend them, and yourself?
Many of you reading this would think if this was the Old Testament days I would defend and protect my family, but now that it is the New Testament time, the age of grace, I am simply supposed to say, “Thy will be done,” and allow the evil to have its way, after all, Romans 8:28 stands as a truth, does it not? “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” (2nd Tim. 3:12)
This is not persecution for the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, this is evil, and we are to stand against evil, the fear of the Lord is reverential trust in the Almighty and a hatred of evil. So then, is protecting yourself and those you love, in fact all those that you know and come across, against evil persecution for the Lord, or in direct contradiction against the word of the Savior to turn the other cheek?
Now you have something to contemplate deeply, don’t you.
There is no vengeance implied in this short letter, there is the decision to be made of the action you should take in the moment when evil arrives at your doorstep. What do you think the Lord will say to you on your day of accounting, “You should have let that evil person kill you and your family,” or “Why did you not stand against the evil?”
I leave you here to your thoughts.