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Thursday, September 1 2016
Colossians 3: Spiritual Self Defense
"Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience"
In any civilized society, lawful self-defense is the right of everyone. If there is no lesser option, it is legal to kill someone who is about to commit murder (consider carefully the Biblical difference between killing and murder; see Your Right Of Self Defense).
The principle applies not only to criminal people, but to criminal immorality that will deprive you of your spiritual life (see Why The Immoral Will Not Become Immortal) just as much as a criminal will deprive you of your physical life. Notice how the Christians at Corinth "put to death" the choice of behavior that would have surely taken their eternal life.
"6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
The LORD is the Judge (see How Will Jesus Christ Judge The Earth? and What Does Grace Really Mean?). Mankind has declared many perversions to be right, or even a "right" (see Why Should Perverted Rights Be Called Lefts?), but that is no justification or excuse. Those who do wrong are not in charge of what is truly right (see Iniquity In History And Prophecy and Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?).
Notice how the apostle Paul refused to exercise those of his legal "rights" that were wrongs (see They Aren't Rights If The LORD Says They're Wrongs).
"6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any." (1 Corinthians 6:12 KJV)
Living a genuine Christian life is a matter of looking above and beyond to the destination (see Aim High), not to mere places along the Way that can become a dead end for those who make them so (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners).
"3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory." (Colossians 3:1-4 KJV)
As he taught everyone else, Paul emphasized that God's people must "mortify" (i.e. put to death) the immoral behavior that is as lethal an enemy as one could ever have. No one but you can deprive you of your salvation.
"3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 3:6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 3:7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:" (Colossians 3:5-10 KJV)
"3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
Fact Finder: What protects the LORD's people from attack? How does wearing it cause more attacks than would otherwise happen?
This Day In History, September 1
891: Arnulf defeated the Vikings from Scandinavia at the Battle of Louvain in Belgium.
1159: Pope Adrian IV died at age 59. Born as Nicholas Breakspear, he was the only Englishman to become pope.
1532: Anne Boleyn was made Marquess of Pembroke by her finance, King Henry VIII of England.
1557: Jacques Cartier died at age 66. During his 3 voyages between 1534 and 1543, the French explorer discovered the St. Lawrence River and other major findings throughout eastern North America.
1666: The Great Fire of London began in a bakery on Pudding Lane. Over the next 4 days, the fire destroyed 75% of the British capital.
1676: Nathaniel Bacon led an uprising against English governor William Berkeley at Jamestown, Virginia, resulting in the settlement being burned to the ground. "Bacon's Rebellion" came as a result of the governor's refusal to defend the colonists against the "Americans" (i.e. the "Indians").
1707: The Treaty of Altranstadt was signed during the Great Northern War (1700-1721) by Swedish king Charles XII and Holy Roman emperor Joseph I.
1715: King Louis XIV of France died after a 72 year reign - the longest of any major European monarch.
1870: Prussia defeated France at the Battle of Sedan in the last battle of the Franco-Prussian War. Napoleon III surrendered himself to the Prussians.
1904: Helen Keller, 24, graduated from Radcliffe College. Blind and deaf from the age of 2, she became a champion of those with disabilities.
1905: Alberta and Saskatchewan joined the Canadian Confederation.
1914: The last-known passenger pigeon died, at the Cincinnati Zoo.
1923: A magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck Japan. Yokohama and Tokyo were destroyed, killing over 140,000 people and destroying the homes of 2.5 million people.
1939: Adolf Hitler's massive (52 army divisions) invasion of Poland. The Second World War (1939-1945) began that day in response to Germany's invasion of Poland (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1941: The Yellow Star was made obligatory for all Jews in Hitler's "Third Reich" to wear (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1945: Within months after the war ended in Europe, the official statistics of the Jews murdered in the Satanic Nazi "Final Solution" were 2,800,000 Polish, 800,000 Soviet, 450,000 Hungarian, 350,000 Romanian, 180,000 German, 60,000 Austrian, 243,000 Czechoslovakian, 110,000 Dutch, 25,000 Belgian, 50,000 Yugoslav, 80,000 Greek, 65,000 French, 10,000 Italian.
1962: The United Nations announced that the population of the world had reached 3 billion. It has since more than doubled.
1969: A coup in Libya established Muammar al-Gaddafi as leader (see also Libya In History And Prophecy).
1980: Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope (a cross-Canada run by Fox, who had lost a leg to cancer) ended near Thunder Bay, Ontario.
1983: Korean Air Flight 007 was shot down by a Soviet warplane after the commercial airliner strayed into Soviet airspace. All 269 passengers and crew were killed.
1985: Divers located the wreckage of the Titanic on the ocean floor, approximately 900 kilometers (560 miles) south of Newfoundland. It sank on April 15 1912 with a loss of 1,500 of its 2,200 passengers.
1991: Uzbekistan declared independence from the Soviet Union.