Definition of Infidel: One who is unfaithful. One who strays and gets involved in an illicit relationship, or strays from a particular faith.
“If your brother, your mother’s son, or your son or daughter, or the wife you cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul, entice you secretly, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods’ (whom neither you nor your fathers have known, of the gods of the peoples who are around you, near you or far from you, from one end of the earth to the other end), you shall not yield to him or listen to him; and your eye shall not pity him, nor shall you spare or conceal him. “But you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people“.
Is this a passage from the Koran telling the Muslims to kill the infidels? Nope. This is not from the Koran. This is a command from Yahweh God written in the Scriptures telling the Israelites to kill their infidel friends and relatives. It is found in Deuteronomy 13: 6-9.
Yikes! What’s going on here? Tighten your seat belt, here we go…
(We are not advocating violence! God forbid! Please read everything before drawing conclusions.)
What Saith The Spirit?
Now put yourself in the position of the Israelites. Imagine that you are living back then and you hear the sweet voice of the Holy Spirit bringing this passage to your remembrance, and then whispering to you saying, “Remember my command; Now go kill your kids, your spouse, and your best friend”. This wasn’t a joke, or some empty command. This was a bone-chilling reality for the Israelites. The Israelite people in the O.T. may not have been filled with the Spirit, but they were still led by the Spirit, and could hear His voice. Whatever way you choose to believe about how the Holy Spirit related to Old Testament people, please keep this in mind: Do not fool yourselves into thinking that the Holy Spirit was somehow absent and not involved in this command. If you were an Israelite back then, would the same Holy Spirit that fills you now really have prompted you to kill your infidel friends and family back in that time? You can answer that by asking this question: Who were Ananias and Sapphira testing when they fell dead??? Peter said they were testing the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:9). The Father and the Spirit don’t play the game of “Good Cop/Bad Cop”. The Father and the Spirit are always on the same page. The Dove carried a sword.
Why This Command? It Was Both A Test For Them, And A Demonstration For Us
Think about this: The greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. What does that kind of passion look like? What does God mean? What is God looking for? In the Old Testament, it looked EXACTLY like the Deuteronomy 13 passage we just saw above. Really? Brother Dan, are you sure about that? Yep. Look at verse 3 that comes right before the passage about killing the infidels. It says, “The LORD your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.” I challenge you to read the whole passage to see if this is wrong; In order to pass the test of truly loving God, it required you to kill anyone who tried to entice you away from loving Him! This was the scriptural benchmark! This is what God expected! This is how you passed the test back then! I’ve heard dozens of sermons on loving God, I’ve heard preachers give dozens of examples, but I don’t recall one preacher who ever dared to point me to this passage that clearly shows how God tested and measured whether or not you loved Him with all your heart and soul back then. Chances are, they probably never had anyone show them either. This was an extreme test! Was Jesus any less intense? Watch what happens when Jesus came.
What Did Jesus Say About All This?
Jesus explains it this way: “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law— a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household. He further said, “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.” Like Father, Like Son. They are in many ways on the same page. BUT, Jesus did not tell us to kill the infidels. He fulfilled the Law (click here) so that we are not under the Deuteronomy command to kill infidels anymore! Thank you Jesus! DO NOT KILL BETRAYING INFIDELS! Jesus explicitly told Peter, “Put your sword away!”–John 18:11.
Now look at that painting above. Why did Jesus tell them to bring swords anyway? Was it just to fulfill prophecy, or did it also serve another purpose? I believe they were in the midst of transitioning from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant. Jesus was allowing them to see the weakness of the Old Covenant. Peter clearly demonstrated the outward love set forth in Deuteronomy 13 and sought to kill members of the betraying party (thankfully he didn’t wear glasses that day, and he ended up cutting like Mr. Magoo! LOL). Yet inwardly, that love was not made perfect and when he didn’t have a sword in his hand, the tongue in his mouth denied Christ.
Jesus doesn’t call us to slay the infidel; But, don’t mistake that for being less intense. He tells us that our devotion to Him needs to be so strong and radical that we would choose to hate anything that stands in the way including our family. When it comes to our level of devotion, the Father and Jesus are in agreement. The difference is that Jesus took the Father’s commands and applied them inwardly. Same passion, deeper application. Today He wants us to take that same level of passion and apply it towards killing the carnal desires of our inner heart, rather than killing infidels. “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.”–From Matt. 5. “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry”–Colossians 3.
Does The Spirit Still Prompt You To Kill?
Read this: “For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live”–Romans 8:13. The same Spirit that prompted the Israelites to kill the infidels around them, will now prompt you to kill the spirit of infidelity within you. He’s the same Spirit who produces the same love in you for God.
To be candid, this was not a pleasant subject for me to write about. The words of Jesus and the Old Testament are extreme. If you never read another post again, I wouldn’t blame you. Yet, I cannot hide from the truth. The Dove carries a sword.
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