Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A Challenge To Gun Control Advocates

By Pastor Bruce K. Oyen

    This is a challenge to gun control advocates. But let me first say that I can understand why a lot of individuals are advocating stricter gun control laws. After all, the senseless and horrible murders of so many persons in the United States has shocked us all. This is especially the case when the victims are children.
    It is my opinion that only persons in the military need military assault weapons. But we who believe in gun ownership rights are concerned about too much government control of the right to own guns. Our question is, where will it stop? Our fear is, it might not stop until no one but a privileged few can own guns. All admit that if guns are outlawed, outlaws will still get guns.
    Now it is time for my challenge to gun control advocates. We know that your motive is to protect the innocent, especially children. So, why don't you become abortion control advocates? Thousands, yes, thousands, of innocent children lose their lives at the hands of abortionists each year in the USA. Why don't you vote against abortion? Why don't you use legal and harmless means to make it illegal? You don't really think women should have a right to have their unborn children killed, do you?
     We who believe the Bible to be what it is: the Word of God, can turn to many passages in it that support the concept of the intrinsic value of human life. And Psalm 139 is a key passage. It is given at the end of this posting. I hope you will read it carefully. Look for the statements that apply to the subject under consideration. This Psalm has the potential to turn pro-choice persons into those who are pro-life and, therefore, anti-abortion.
     Here is a link to an article on this subject:

Psalm 139

New King James Version (NKJV)

God’s Perfect Knowledge of Man

For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off.
You comprehend my path and my lying down,
And are acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word on my tongue,
But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.
You have hedged me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is high, I cannot attain it.
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.
13 For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
When I awake, I am still with You.
19 Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God!
Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men.
20 For they speak against You wickedly;
Your enemies take Your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate them, O Lord, who hate You?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.

This quote of Psalm 139 was taken from this website:

"Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved."

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