Part 172 In consideration of a Christian in war or legal killing as a police officer, one individual asked, “Can Christians kill their enemies?” The question was indeed worded in a way that would seem obvious but demands further clarification. God has never allowed “murder” (i.e., unauthorized killing). Paul divinely categorizes “murder” as one of the sins of the flesh (Gal. 5:19-21). Likewise, God forbids unauthorized killing in the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20:13). However, God did sanction the killing of the unjust and wicked in the Old Testament for Israel (Lev. 20:2; 24:16; 1 Sam. 15:2,3). In the New Testament, God allows the governments of the world and the ministers of government to “execute wrath upon him that doeth evil” and further states that they “beareth not the sword in vain” (Rom. 13:4). God empowers the ministers and officers of the executive branch to use the sword (a weapon used to kill) to enforce the law. The government has the divine right by God to use the death penalty and soldiers and police officers have the right to use deadly force to ensure the law of the land. However, those that abuse this right will be judged by God (2 Cor. 5:10). If government authorizes a Christian to use deadly force to keep the law of the land, then God gives them the power to do so (Rom. 13:5).