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									             CAPITAL
           PUNISHMENT
                 Is It Scriptural?
What should the Christian’s Attitude be Toward it?
     Does “being humane” have any merit?




  Guillotine      Gallows        Injection Gurney
   TIMOTHY MCVEIGH’S
      LAST WORDS…
• “Out of the night that covers me, black as the
  pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods
  may be for my unconquerable soul. In the fell
  clutch of circumstance, I have not winced nor
  cried aloud. Under the bludgeoning of
  chance my head is bloody, but unbowed.
  Beyond this place of wrath and tears looms
  but the horror of the shade, and yet the
  menace of the years finds, and shall find, me
  unafraid. It matters not how strait the gate,
  how charged with punishments the scroll, I
  am the master of my soul.”
   TIMOTHY MCVEIGH’S
       UNBOWED,
     UNCONQUERED?
• “Jesus answered them, Most assuredly, I
  say to you, whoever commits sin is a
  slave of sin.” {John 8:34}
• “Do you not know that to whom you
  present yourselves slaves to obey, you are
  that one's slaves whom you obey, whether
  of sin leading to death, or of obedience
  leading to righteousness?” {Romans 6:16}
   TIMOTHY MCVEIGH’S
       UNBOWED,
     UNCONQUERED?
• “But evil men and impostors will grow
  worse and worse, deceiving and being
  deceived.” {2 Timothy 3:13}
• “For it is written: As I live, says the
  LORD, Every knee shall bow to Me, And
  every tongue shall confess to God. So then
  each of us shall give account of himself to
  God.” {Romans 14:11,12}
      SIN HARDENS THE
•
                    HEARTO man, whoever
    “Therefore you are inexcusable,
    you are who judge, for in whatever you judge
    another you condemn yourself; for you who judge
    practice the same things. But we know that the
    judgment of God is according to truth against
    those who practice such things. And do you think
    this, O man, you who judge those practicing such
    things, and doing the same, that you will escape
    the judgment of God? Or do you despise the riches
    of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering,
    not knowing that the goodness of God leads you
    to repentance? But in accordance with your
    hardness and your impenitent heart you are
    treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of
    wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of
    God.” {Romans 2:1-5}
CAPTAIN OF HIS SOUL?
• “Then the dust will return to the earth as
  it was, and the spirit will return to God
  who gave it.” {Ecclesiastes 12:7}
• “But God said to him, 'Fool! This night
  your soul will be required of you; then
  whose will those things be which you
  have provided?” {Luke 12:20}
• “But I will show you whom you should
  fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed,
  has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to
  you, fear Him!” {Luke 12:5}
  THEORIES OF MEN
       FAIL!
• TRUE IS RELATIVE. Was McVeigh’s
  action True for him?
• WE SHOULD NOT JUDGE. Should we
  not judge this man’s actions?
  Evil? Good? Neutral?
• BARBARIC PRACTICE. Europe
  condemns USA practice of it.
• CAPITAL PUNISHMENT WILL
  NOT DETER CRIME.
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT--
    COMMANDED
• UNDER THE     • “Whoever sheds
  PATRIARCHAL     man's blood, By
  LAW             man his blood
                  shall be shed; For
                  in the image of
                  God He made
                  man.” {Genesis 9:6}
 CAPITAL PUNISHMENT--
     COMMANDED
• UNDER THE      • “Then the LORD said to
  LAW OF MOSES     Moses, ‘The man must
                   surely be put to death; all
                   the congregation shall
                   stone him with stones
                   outside the camp.’ So, as
                   the LORD commanded
                   Moses, all the
                   congregation brought him
                   outside the camp and
                   stoned him with stones,
                   and he died.”
                   {Numbers 15:35,36}
 CAPITAL PUNISHMENT--
     COMMANDED
• UNDER THE         • “Then it shall be that
  LAW OF MOSES-IN     he who is taken with
  ACHAN’S CASE        the accursed thing shall
                      be burned with fire, he
                      and all that he has,
                      because he has
                      transgressed the
                      covenant of the LORD,
                      and because he has
                      done a disgraceful
                      thing in Israel.”
                      {Joshua 7:15}
 CAPITAL PUNISHMENT--
     COMMANDED
• UNDER THE      • “So fire went out from
  LAW OF MOSES     the LORD and
                   devoured them, and
                   they died before the
                   LORD.”
                   {Leviticus 10:2}
                 • “Then the anger of the
                   LORD was aroused
                   against Uzzah, and
                   God struck him there
                   for his error; and he
                   died there by the ark of
                   God.” {2 Samuel 6:7}
 CAPITAL PUNISHMENT--
     COMMANDED
• UNDER THE LAW OF   • “While it remained, was it
  CHRIST               not your own? And after it
                       was sold, was it not in
                       your own control? Why
                       have you conceived this
                       thing in your heart? You
                       have not lied to men but to
                       God.“ Then Ananias,
                       hearing these words, fell
                       down and breathed his
                       last. So great fear came
                       upon all those who heard
                       these things.” {Acts 5:3,4}
 CAPITAL PUNISHMENT--
     COMMANDED
• AUTHORIZED BY GOD! • “Let every soul be subject
                       to the governing
                       authorities. For there is
                       no authority except from
                       God, and the authorities
                       that exist are appointed
                       by God. Therefore
                       whoever resists the
                       authority resists the
                       ordinance of God, and
                       those who resist will
                       bring judgment on
                       themselves…”
                       { Romans 13:1,2}
 CAPITAL PUNISHMENT--
     COMMANDED
• AUTHORIZED BY GOD! • “For rulers are not a terror
                           to good works, but to evil.
                           Do you want to be unafraid
                           of the authority? Do what is
                           good, and you will have
                           praise from the same. For he
                           is God's minister to you for
                           good. But if you do evil, be
                           afraid; for he does not bear
                           the sword in vain; for he is
                           God's minister, an avenger
                           to execute wrath on him
                           who practices evil.”
                           { Romans 13:3,4}
 CAPITAL PUNISHMENT--
     COMMANDED
• ENDORSED BY THE • “For if I am an
  APOSTLE PAUL      offender, or have
                     committed anything
                     deserving of death, I
                     do not object to dying;
                     but if there is nothing
                     in these things of
                     which these men
                     accuse me, no one can
                     deliver me to them. I
                     appeal to Caesar.”
                     { Acts 25:11}
           THE CROSS
• SYMBOL OF LOVE TO • “For when we were still
  MANY                without strength, in due
                        time Christ died for the
                        ungodly. For scarcely for
                        a righteous man will one
                        die; yet perhaps for a
                        good man someone
                        would even dare to die.
                        But God demonstrates
                        His own love toward us,
                        in that while we were
                        still sinners, Christ died
                        for us.”
                        { Romans 5:6-8}
        THE CROSS
• CRUEL METHOD •   “For Christ also
  OF               suffered once for
  PUNISHMENT       sins, the just for the
  TO OTHERS        unjust, that He
                   might bring us to
                   God, being put to
                   death in the flesh
                   but made alive by
                   the Spirit.”
                   { 1 Peter 3:18}
             CAPITAL
           PUNISHMENT
                 Is It Scriptural?
What should the Christian’s Attitude be Toward it?
     Does “being humane” have any merit?




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