Kidnapping!

kidnapping

Kidnapping!

Overcoming Sin through Christ

A Comprehensive List of Sins

(Alphabetically Arranged)

Richard Hollerman

The plan of this study is simple.  We will look at a large number of sins, one by one, alphabetically.  We will define the sin, describe it, and comment on it, along with noticing Scripture references on the particular entry.  Some illustrations will be offered along with the description.

Kidnapping

When was the last time you heard or read of the sin of kidnapping? Apparently it is not a prominent one in people’s mind, but today there are perhaps millions of people in the world (especially in Thailand, Africa, the Far East, and even some in the United States) who have been kidnapped and taken against their will to end up in slavery of various sorts. We may immediately think of the millions upon millions of Africans who were taken from their homes and homelands. This was a horrific example of kidnapping that was a blight on Africa, South America, Central America, and North America—and elsewhere.

The kidnapping of Africans was practiced particularly by Muslims in the continent. But the result of this could be felt in North America and even more in Central and South America and elsewhere. We are feeling the effects of it until this day. (Ironically, God may have used this despicable sin for His glory. Probably millions of pagan and Muslim blacks in Africa were sold to North Americans and came to Christ–or were at least exposed to Christianity–and may not have it it was not for the evil of the slave-trade or, more precisely, kidnapping!)

Although this is not a prominent sin of the Bible, it is clearly condemned.  Under the Law of God through Moses, we read, “He who kidnaps a man, whether he sells him or he is found in his possession, shall surely be put to death” (Exodus 21:16).  We further read, “If a man is caught kidnapping any of his countrymen of the sons of Israel, and he deals with him violently or sells him, then that thief shall die; so you shall purge the evil from among you” (Deuteronomy 24:7).  We can see how evil it was for the sons of Jacob (Israel) to sell their brother Joseph as a slave (cf. Genesis 37:18-36).

In the New Testament, Paul says that the Law is good if used lawfully, then he says that kidnappers and other sinners sin by violating what is “contrary to sound teaching” (1 Timothy 1:8-11).  The Greek word here is andrapodistes, a “man-stealer; kidnapper.”[1][1]  Another lexicon has, “slave-dealer, kidnapper.”[2][2]  The slave-traders of the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries were clearly in violation of this sin.  As mentioned above, even on earth today, slave-trading continues, albeit in an undercover form.  Slave-holding has even been discovered in America, involving people from other countries (especially women and children) being held against their will.

Let’s realize that kidnapping is a sin and wherever it may be found, it must be exposed. It must be condemned. It is a sin!

 

 

[1][1]Mounce and Mounce, Greek and English Interlinear New Testament, lexicon.

[2][2] Bauer, Arndt, Gingrich, Danker, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament.

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