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What the Bible Says
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"Will ye pollute Me among My people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save souls alive that should not live...?" Ezekiel 13:19
How is God polluted according this this passage? By slaying the innocent and letting capital criminals live. God declares the slaying of innocent human beings to be absolutely wrong, and He insists that murderers be executed. He takes it as a personal affront when people allow the innocent to be killed and allow the killers of the innocent to live. Rejecting God's ways is not without sanction. The Bible says that the shedding of innocent blood brings a curse upon the land and its people. It also says that the curse can only be lifted by executing the shedder of innocent blood.
Hear the Word of God on this matter:
(with my commentary interspersed)
According to God's law, the babies were
recipients of the right to life just like born people. One of the
evidences for that is that killing a preborn child was a capital crime! Time hasnít rendered this statute
obsolete any more than it has nullified the sixth commandment: "Thou shalt
not murder." It is hypocritical and
inconsistent to appeal to the sixth commandment to condemn the killing of
innocent preborn children, and then reject what the next chapter says should be
done to those who break that commandment!
There is no ambiguity according to the passages cited above. Killing innocent human beings is a
capital crime. If murderers aren't
executed, then the curse of innocent blood rests upon us.
A common view of government today is that the government is some all-powerful institution that has the power to make law and violate law as they so choose, and that citizens are obligated to be subject to them regardless of what they dictate, just because the majority of us voted them into power. This is an unbiblical view of government. We are to render unto Caesar that which belongs to Caesar, and unto God that which belongs to God, but we are NOT to render unto Caesar that which belongs to God! The deification of Caesar is idolatry, and incompatible with a working faith and submission to King Jesus. Jesus is the highest power, and He ordains "higher powers" (Rom.13:1-2) to certain obligations, and He places limitations upon their rights. When a government official or a politician in power usurps power that which God has not granted him by legalizing sin, outlawing righteousness, or violating the God-given liberties of his subjects, he has become anti-christ, criminal, tyrannical, and illegitimate to that extent.
John Locke said in his Second Treatise on Government, Chapter 18, Of Tyranny: "Wherever law ends, tyranny begins, if the law be transgressed to another's harm; and whosoever in authority exceeds the power given him by the law, and makes use of the force he has under his command to compass that upon the subject which the law allows not, ceases in that to be a magistrate, and acting without authority may be opposed, as any other man who by force invades the right of another."
The government and its citizens are
made of the same cloth. We're all
made in the image of God with the same moral obligation, summed up to love
God supremely and our neighbors equally.
An individual citizen cannot rape another person, and neither can those
he helps get elected to power. Rape
is wrong whether its one person doing it or a thousand, whether human
legislatures have outlawed it or justified it, whether its an ex-con doing it or
Bill Clinton. Implied in the
Biblical commandment that forbids rape is that the victim has a right not to be
violated without her consent. Rape is objectively evil because it violates
the God-given rights of another.
The rebuttal comes, "Turn the other cheek", "Forgive, and ye shall be forgiven", "Love your enemy", "Judge not", and "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord."
These passages are indeed reconcilable with the concept of justice aforementioned. Romans 12:19 says, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay." Certainly, as Rom.12:19-21 and the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5 teach, we have an obligation to be slow to judge and quick to forgive, to have a merciful, generous, and longsuffering disposition toward those who offend us; in short, to be morally perfect like God (Matthew 5:42). You may forgive someone who is killing you, but you have no obligation nor right to forgive someone who kills someone else. You may even forgive a thug who is raping you, but you have no right to forgive one who is raping a little baby to death with a sharp surgical instrument while he is yet in his mother's womb! In light of the victims with an appointment to go under the murderer's knife the next day, letting the murderer live may be the most UNLOVING thing our nation could possibly do! The New Testament commands Christians to judge in I Cor.6:1-8, John 7:24, and I Cor.6:2-3. If Christians are not fit to judge as God commands, how can we expect non-Christians to do it? Murderers should be executed according to God's Word, our refusal to hold a personal grudge and willingness to feed our enemy when he's hungry notwithstanding.
The principle of civil justice found in the
Old Testament is repeatedly reiterated in the N.T. Jesus affirmed the
death penalty specifically in Matthew 15:3-9, where He rebukes the religious
people for excusing capital criminals and not putting them to death: "Ye have
made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. Ye
hypocrites... In vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the
commandments of men." Jesus also supports the death
penalty indirectly in Matthew
5:17-19 and in Matthew
First of all, this was no great new dispensationalist way to deal with penitent sinners. God forgave repentant capital criminals in the Old Testament, too (King David, murderer of Uriah and adulterer with Basheba). Secondly, it would have been unlawful for Jesus to put her to death even if she was still impenitent. Executions were to take place publicly and the witnesses were to be the first to put her to death - the witnesses had left and Jesus was alone with the woman. Furthermore, Leviticus 20:10 says, "And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death." The Pharisees claimed that the woman was caught in the act, so where was the man?! One of the Phariseesí sin was NOT executing Godís judgment properly! So the law of Moses did not demand her execution in this instance and Jesus, therefore, did not neglect it by pardoning her on condition of repentance. I conclude, therefore, that this passage does not undermine, but rather affirms God's criminal justice system.
The rebuttal also comes forth that executing murders is murder, and therefore is wrong. That is foolish. Killing a murderer isn't "murder" any more than arresting a kidnapper is "kidnapping". Arresting kidnappers and executing capital criminals is enforcing the law, not breaking it.
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