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Sat Jan 7 12:58:47 CST 2006
The death penalty honours God
The death penalty was first instituted by God Himself in Genesis 9:6: "He
who sheddeth man's blood, shall his blood be shed: for in the image of
God, man was made." Man didn't invent the death penalty, so man has
absolutely no right to abandon it. We live in an age when everyone is far
too concerned with "human rights", and God has been practically ignored,
as if He had no rights at all.
God, of course, does have rights, and it is His right to do as He pleases
with his own creation. Man is the highest form of life on this earth,
created in God's own image, and crowned with glory and honour (Psalms
8:5). God has given man the moral duty to execute those who choose to take
the lives of others. Exodus 21:12 says, "He that smiteth a man so that he
dies, shall be surely put to death." Do you wish to honour God? Then you
must support the death penalty, because God commands it.
Someone says, "Well that's just the Old Testament law. The New Testament
doesn't support the death penalty." I beg your pardon! Have you read Acts
25:11? Have you read Romans 13:1-4? What about Revelation 13:10? Friend,
God has never changed His law of capital punishment for murderers!
Revelation 13:10 says, "He that leadeth into captivity shall go into
captivity: he that killeth with the sword, must be killed with the sword.
Here is the patience and faith of the saints." If the death penalty is no
longer in effect, then why is this verse even in the New Testament?
In Acts 25:11 the Apostle Paul says, 'For if I be an offender, or have
committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be
none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto
them. I appeal unto ceasar." Paul admitted that some things were 'worthy
of death,' and that he was willing to 'die' if he was guilty of such an
offence. If the death penalty is not for today, then why didn't Paul tell
In the very next book, Paul reaffirms the truth. Notice very carefully
Romans 13:1-4. Did you see that? Those in authority are ordained by God
(just as in Genesis 9:6) to execute wrath upon evildoers. Paul said, ...he
beareth not the sword in vain... A sword is used for one thing: KILLING!
Killers are to be killed, and God's will has not been fulfilled until our
governing bodies have executed wrath upon all those who have killed
Let's take it a step further. Did you know that God has actually promised
to BLESS us if we follow His plan of using the death penalty? Notice
Deuteronomy 19: 11-13.
God wants things to go well with us! God wants to bless our nation, but He
can't do it with killers running loose or with them sitting in prison
receiving free meals, free housing, free clothing and free legal
That's insane! That's wicked! I cannot honestly ask God to bless Uganda
while we allow such wickedness to prevail. He will not do it! He cannot go
against His own words. We must honour God and obey his own word before we
can expect to receive His blessings.
(source: Opinion, Stephen Abili - Sunday Monitor)
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