Aye, there is no disputing the words of Christ from the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew's Gospel.
Yet, in these days after Epiphany we cannot forget that Matthew is the only Evangelist to tell us of the murderous action of Herod against the Innocents of Bethlehem.
I have yet to find it in my heart to love or forgive that tyrant king.
* as of August 19, AD 2009, a liberal protestant SECT, not part of the holy, catholic and apostolic CHURCH.
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Wasn’t the BTK murderer also a member of ELCA in Kansas?
I have no sympathy for George Tiller. The man was proud to be performing obviously evil acts on the most helpless and unprotected people alive. Government sanctioned him doing so, a Governor was happy for him to do so in her state. The “church” he belonged to was happy to have him as a member. The guy is a sicko and all of society around him patted him on the back and told him what a great public service he does killing third trimester babies.
I’m not all for everyone just going out and killing whoever they think deserves to die. In this particular case of this man having decades of murdering babies before they’ve been born, I do not feel bad at all for him dying the way he did. He died a much less painful and more merciful death than those he butchered himself.
His former LCMS congregation excommunicated him.
This was meant for his repentance, his healing from sin, and his salvation.
He refused this Godly medicine, and joined a “tolerant’ (sin-tolerant, really) ELCA parish.
Everything else that happened was a result of Tiller’s refusal.
We are instructed to forgive those who harm us individually. We are not instructed to forgive those who harm others. This is a grave misunderstanding. We can only forgive people who have harmed ourselves.