In unqualified terms: the killing of Dr. George Tiller is murder

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

JP: With regard to the slaying of Kansas abortion doctor George Tiller, the opinions of Albert Mohler and Tony Beam express my view exactly!

A Wicked Deed in Wichita — A Test for the Pro-Life Movement


The cold-blooded murder of Dr. George Tiller on Sunday morning presents the pro-life movement in America with a crucial moral test — will we condemn this murder in unqualified terms?

Violence in response to the horror of abortion is rare, but not new. According to some news reports, Dr. Tiller was the fifth physician to be murdered by abortion opponents. In other cases, abortion clinics have been bombed and workers have been hurt or killed.

But violence in the name of protesting abortion is immoral, unjustified, and horribly harmful to the pro-life cause. Now, the premeditated murder of Dr. George Tiller in the foyer of his church is the headline scandal — not the abortions he performed and the cause he represented.

We have no right to take the law into our own hands in an act of criminal violence. We are not given the right to take this power into our own hands, for God has granted this power to governing authorities. The horror of abortion cannot be rightly confronted, much less corrected, by means of violence and acts outside the law and lawful means of remedy. This is not merely a legal technicality — it is a vital test of the morality of the pro-life movement.

Murder is murder. The law rightly affirms that the killing of Dr. George Tiller is murder. In this we must agree.

Another valuable commentary by Tony Beam:

Tiller’s Murder Points to the Death of Civility in Public Discourse


George Tiller’s murder illustrates the irony of ironies. The taking of a life in the pursuit of the sanctity of human life is absurd. It falls in the category of someone who would set fire to a forest to bring attention to the importance of trees. If life is precious it is precious inside and outside the womb. The life of George Tiller was precious because he was created in the image of God and he carried the possibility of redemption…

Tony Beam bio: here

JP: Yet another comment:

Ray Pritchard: Should We Be Glad George Tiller Is Dead?


How should we feel about his violent death? My own judgment is that we should utterly condemn that lawless act of murder that took place in a house of worship during a Sunday morning worship service. I say this for several reasons:

  1. George Tiller was murdered–pure and simple.
  2. The murderer short-circuited the legal system.
  3. He took vengeance into his own hands when vengeance belongs to the Lord.
  4. He broke the Sixth Commandment.
  5. He took a life that was not his to take.

And of course there is more . . . this act gives the pro-abortion lobby another opportunity to paint the pro-life movement as violent and dangerous . . . it pulls the focus away from saving babies and helping women with unplanned pregnancies . . . it puts us on the defensive . . . it distracts us from the reality that the abortion debate must be a soul debate.

Have we forgotten that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood”? Killing George Tiller enrages and inflames, but it does not move us any closer to the goal of seeing real heart change so that human life is regarded as worthy of protection inside the womb.