I will adress everyone in just a sec. but i reall want to finsh this sermon.
III. Things that Are Murder
Webster defined murder as The act of unlawfully killing a human being with premeditated malice, by a person of sound mind. To constitute murder in law, the person killing another must be of sound mind or in possession of his reason, and the act must be done with malice prepense, aforethought or premeditated; but malice may be implied, as well as express. and the verb To kill a human being with premeditated malice. To destroy; to put an end to.
We know this definition, which is almost universally accepted. But, the Bible talks about murder in other areas.
A. Being angry without a cause - Matthew 5:20-22 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
Notice that the Bible does not say being angry. It is being angry without a cause which is murder. Justified anger has a solution. Either the offender admits guilt and makes restitution or the offended grants forgiveness, or both. Anger without a cause has no solution. Ultimately it finds an expression which is always negative. It may express itself in character assassination, or random violence, or even actual murder. Because it is the root of murder, it is murder. Jesus warned about it. Paul gave good advice when he said in Ephesians, Be angry and sin not.
B. Abortion - Exodus 21:22-23 If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart [from her], and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges [determine]. And if [any] mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life,
Abortion is murder. In this judgment God said if two men fight and accidentally cause accidental injury to a pregnant mother there are consequences if the child is prematurely born as a result of the injury. If both mother and baby are fine, the offender may be sued for money and forced to pay for pain and suffering. If either mother or baby dies as a result of the blow, the offender is to be put to death.
An unborn baby is afforded the same protection as a baby after birth. The scriptures contain several references to unborn children as people. In Jeremiah and Psalms he speaks of the unborn being the person. In Luke 1 the word used to describe John the Baptist in the womb is the same word used to describe Jesus in the manger. A child is a child from the time of conception. Its life is as sacred as that of the born.
C. Destroying your own life - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
Suicide is murder. You are murdering yourself. Is it the unpardonable sin? No! But, it is objected, how can you confess the sin and be forgiven if you are dead? The answer is simple. We are not saved because we confess our sins. We are saved because we have received the salvation provided by God in Christ.
But suicide is not always obvious. Sins of the flesh which shorten our physical lives, self-destructive behavior i.e. gluttony, tobacco, alcohol, drugs, lack of sleep, etc., all shorten our lives and rob God of the opportunity to glorify Himself through us. They are sin. They are murder.
D. Destroying a church - Proverbs 6:19 A false witness [that] speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
Destroy the reputation of a church and stand guilty for the souls it could have reached.
E. To Reject Christ -
Hebrews 6:4-6 For [it is] impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put [him] to an open shame.
Hebrews 10:26-36 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance [belongeth] unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. [It is] a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
As wicked as murder is, it will not send you to heaven or hell. Rejecting Christ will. Jesus died for your sins. He paid the full price for your disobedience. He offers his finished work to you. He offers you forgiveness, sonship, and eternal life in heaven. To reject Christ right now is the equivalent of crucifying him again. That is the only sin which God will not allow to pass in silence.