YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY (Exodus 20:14). Jesus commented on this commandment saying, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let not man separate” (Matthew 19:4-6). Adultery is simply when one engages in or desires sexual intercourse with someone to whom he or she is not married. Any thought or activity which disregards God’s design for marriage as a life-long union of one man and one woman adulterates His design.
King David, who had adulterated God’s design (2 Samuel 11-12), brought grief and turmoil upon himself and his family (13-18). Grief and turmoil still follows the sin of adultery in our day. David, instead of being proud of his behavior as many are today, humbly confessed his sin, repented with the prayer, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10). Though God did not remove the consequences of adultery, King David could enjoy God’s forgiveness and a clean heart as you also can through Jesus Christ. Come to Peace Lutheran Church to hear God’s commandments affirmed and forgiveness proclaimed. Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m.
YOU SHALL NOT MURDER! This is one of the Ten Commandments, a commandment that protects human life. Governments were designed by God to protect human life. Some regard Genesis 9:6 as the institution of government in the world: “Whoever sheds mans’ blood, by man shall his blood be shed, for in the image of God He made man.” In this sinful world governments at times do the opposite. They promote murder. On January 20, 1942 senior Nazi officials met in a Berlin suburb and planned what they thought would be “The final solution.” They legalized the murder of thousands of German citizens. On January 22, only 31 years later, the Supreme Court legalized the murder of what has since been estimated to be sixty million unborn human beings.
When the prophets of the Old Testament said, “Their hands are full of innocent blood,” they are also describing people operating Abortion Clinics and some hospitals across the nation. Government further removed protection of the unborn in 1993 by lifting the ban on mifepristone, also known as RU-486, an abortion pill. Not only does it take the life of the unborn, according to the FDA, in 2011, as reported by WORLD MAGAZINE, 339 mothers suffered blood loss requiring transfusions, 250 suffered infections, and 14 who had taken the drug died. May God open our eyes to see what is happening as we cry out for mercy. Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m.
YOU SHALL NOT MURDER! (Exodus 20:13). God created, preserves, and protects all life, but God gives special dignity and protection to every human life. God created humanity in His own image. Furthermore, He redeemed every human life by the holy, precious blood of Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son.
Those guilty of purging millions under communist and Nazi rule did so first by removing God from their minds. They slaughtered humans as though they were animals. All who murder, including those who slay the unborn, ignore God whose Word says, “In the image of God made He man” (Gen. 9:6). Harsh words of judgment are spoken to those whose “hands are full of blood” (Isaiah 1:15).
Yet God offers forgiveness to those who submit to His Word: “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; thought they are red like crimson they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18). Come to Peace Lutheran Church to learn of sin and the forgiveness of sin through Jesus Christ. Sunday service time is 9:00 a.m.
“Honor your father and your mother” (Ex. 20:12). By giving this commandment God establishes human authority. Authority includes teachers, employers, and government officials. Authority is necessary in a fallen world. Suppose there were no parents in the home, no teacher in the classroom, no law enforcement officer on the street, no judge in the courtroom! There would be chaos. Might would make right. The powerful would take advantage of the weak. The world would be a fearful place to live. There must be authority to restrain the ways of sinful humanity.
However, all human authority is comprised of sinful people. History has shown when this authority is absolute, such as in dictatorships, monarchies, etc. people may also live in terror. Our founding fathers recognized that even representative forms of government must have checks and balances; hence the three branches of government, legislative, executive, and judicial. Sinful humanity, also in government, must be restrained.
Less human authority is needed when people are a “new creation in Christ Jesus” (2 Cor. 5:17), live in daily repentance, trust God’s forgiveness, and are empowered by the Holy Spirit to love and care for one’s neighbor. Here is the true basis for freedom. Come to Peace Lutheran Church. Sunday Service is at 9:00 a.m.