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A closer look at the Sixth Commandment: How it relates to the Church and the Christian’s responsibility to stop the murder of the preborn

By Angela Wittman

The Westminster Shorter Catechism asks and answers this question:
Question 67: Which is the sixth commandment?

A: The sixth commandment is, Thou shalt not kill. -  Exodus 20:13.

Question 68 goes on to ask what is required in the sixth commandment and responds with:

The sixth commandment requireth all lawful endeavours to preserve our own life, and the life of others.

Francis R Beattie (1848 - 1906) in The Presbyterian Standards, chapter 24, section II, The Sixth Commandment, explains in greater detail what is required of God’s people concerning this command [emphasis mine]:
In a general way, this command requires all lawful endeavors to preserve our own life and the life of others. This is further explained by the Larger Catechism to include resistance of all thoughts, subduing all passions, and resisting all temptations, which tend to the unjust taking away of the life of any. It also requires just defence of life against violence, and patient bearing of the hand of God. T…