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Death Penalty: Relic Of Barbarism Or A Biblical Demand?

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Tonight, we will be talking about an issue that has once again been in the American news, the death penalty.

It's been one year since the State of Georgia executed Troy Anthony Davis in a case that sparked renewed debate on the subject.  In Pennsylvania, Terrance Williams is scheduled to die on October 3rd for a murder in 1984:



In Williams' case, the defense is now arguing that repeated sexual abuse at the hands of the victim drove him to bludgeon his presumed abuser to death.  A convenient way out of death row, or a genuinely mitigating factor?  Would Jesus be cool with, say, North Korea executing their citizens forbelieving that the ruling Kim dynasty are mere men, and not demigods?

Just an aside:  Aren't we ALL already under a death penalty? "That soul that sinneth, it shall die." Ez. 18:20

For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.  Rom. 13:3,4

"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices--mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law--justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former." Matt. 23:23