Do you have evidence that under the New Covenant Jesus has put h*m*sexuals to death? Do you have evidence that under the New Covenant He has let them live long enough to repent and then furthermore accepted their repentance and made them Saints? Do you realize that these same Saints could stand in positions of judgment?
ME, what "new covenant" are you referring to?
Allowing man to live restrained only by his conscience was a total disaster. So, when Noah got off the Ark, GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first command to Noah was to execute murders: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Whoso sheddeth manÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s blood, by man shall his blood be shedÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.Ã¢â‚¬Â (Gen. 9:6). Theologians call this the Ã¢â‚¬Å“Dispensation of Government.Ã¢â‚¬Â This was not just a one-time command from God. God further reinforced this command through Moses and extended the death penalty to other crimes besides murder. And even before the Mosaic Law, God executed the inhabitants of two whole cities (Sodom and Gomorrah) for the crime of h*m*s*xuality. Today, h*m*sexuals are pushing for equal rights, performing their filthy acts on TV, marching proudly in parades, and are lusting after our children (instead of LotÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s angelic guests). Ignoring GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s law has dire consequences.
The number one argument that nicer-than-God Christians use is Ã¢â‚¬Å“But that was in the Old Testament!Ã¢â‚¬Â In other words, in the Old Testament God was so mean! But then God went to Government sensitivity training and changed in the New Testament. Question: Does the New Testament support the death penalty? Answer: Jesus, Paul, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, thief on the Cross, Acts, Hebrews, Revelation, and even an angel--all support the death penalty.
GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Way of Deterring Crime
The Apostle Paul did not object to execution. He knew and defended his rights as a Roman citizen. Yet, while on trial, he volunteered an endorsement of capital punishment to the Governor of Caesarea:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“For if I [Paul] am an offender, or have committed anything deserving of death, I do not object to dyingÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.Ã¢â‚¬Â Acts 25:11
God said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Vengeance is MineÃ¢â‚¬Â showing that vengeance is inherently good. Individuals are not to avenge themselves, but must allow God to avenge in His way:
Repay no one evil for evil. Ã¢â‚¬Â¦do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, Ã¢â‚¬ËœVengeance is Mine, I will repay,Ã¢â‚¬Â says the Lord. Paul, Rom. 12:17, 19
Paul instructs us not to seek our own revenge, but to Ã¢â‚¬Å“give place to wrath.Ã¢â‚¬Â Paul then explains that the proper channel for wrath is the Ã¢â‚¬Å“governing authorities.Ã¢â‚¬Â The place for wrath is government:
Let every soul be subject to the governing authoritiesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ For rulers are not a terror to good works but to evil. Paul, Rom. 13:1, 3
Godly rulers are a terror to evildoers. God commands earthly government to execute criminals with the sword:
For [the governing authority] is GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ministerÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ But if you do evil, be afraid; for he [government authority] does not bear the sword in vain; for he is GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Paul, Rom 13:4
A sword does not flog. It beheads. Paul instructs believers to Ã¢â‚¬Å“not avenge themselves, Ã¢â‚¬Å“but rather give place to wrath.Ã¢â‚¬Â Governments are the place for wrath for they are Ã¢â‚¬Å“GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s minister, an avenger to execute wrath.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The author of the book of Hebrews also supports the death penalty. The certainty of an earthly punishment under the Mosaic Law indicates the sureness of an eternal punishment for those who reject Jesus Christ:
Anyone who has rejected MosesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ law dies [present tense] without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfootÃ¢â‚¬Â¦. Hebrews 10:28-29
Execution teaches men of the certainty of GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s eternal punishment. When governments neglect the death penalty, people scoff at the second death. The New Testament reinforces Old Testament support for the death penalty:
Be afraid of the sword for yourselves; for wrath brings the punishment of the sword, that you may know there is judgment. Job. 19:29
The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeanceÃ¢â‚¬Â¦. So that men will say, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ã¢â‚¬Â¦Surely He is God who judges in the earth.Ã¢â‚¬Â Psalm 58:10-11
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Will you profane Me [asks the Lord] killing people who should not die [babies in the womb], and keeping people alive who should not live [Tookie Williams, Karla Faye Tucker, Scott Peterson, abortionists, kidnappers, h*m*sexuals, etc.]Ã¢â‚¬Â¦?Ã¢â‚¬Â God, Ezekiel 13:19
Jesus Affirmed the Death Penalty
Jesus affirmed the Mosaic Law and He blasted the Pharisees [and todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Pope] for opposing GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s commands:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? For God commanded sayingÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ Ã¢â‚¬ËœHe who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ But you sayÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.Ã¢â‚¬Â Jesus, Matthew 15:3-5; Mark 7:8-11
Jesus here did not shrink from even this harsh, symbolic statute which His Father had given to Israel to illustrate the eternal death deserved by those who cursed their heavenly Father. But while there has since been Ã¢â‚¬Å“a change of the symbolic lawÃ¢â‚¬Â (Heb. 7:12), quoting Jesus on this shows that He did not oppose the death penalty concerning moral law.
The Two Thieves on the Cross
One of the two thieves that were crucified next to Jesus agreed with Him and endorsed the death penalty: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him saying, Ã¢â‚¬ËœIf You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, Ã¢â‚¬ËœDo you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrongÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬Â (Luke 23:39-41). This thief not only endorsed GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s death penalty, but he repented and Jesus assured him that Ã¢â‚¬Å“this day you will be with Me in Paradise [AbrahamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s bosom]Ã¢â‚¬Â (Luke 23:43). These two thieves were not only criminals who stole, but the Greek word used to describe them was a criminal who not only stole but murdered their victims. They were criminals deserving of the death penalty.
Angels Agree With God
Angels in heaven agree with just execution:
And I heard the angelÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ saying: Ã¢â‚¬Å“O LordÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ You have judged these things. For they have shed the blood of saintsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ and You have given them blood to drink. For it is their just due.Ã¢â‚¬Â An Angel, Revelation 16:5-6
GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Two Witnesses in Revelation Will Carry Out Execution
God will equip the two witnesses in Revelation to execute those trying to harm them.
And if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killedÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ Revelation 11:5
If You Live by the Sword, You Die by the Sword
Revelation penman, the Apostle John, also taught that you reap what you sow:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¦he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. John, Revelation 13:10
Casting the First Stone
If Jesus didn't support the death penalty, why did He say Ã¢â‚¬Å“He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first,Ã¢â‚¬Â regarding the adulteress? She repented, and Jesus Christ [who is God] has authority to forgive criminals and commute their death penalty. God did not delegate this authority to man. God also forgave David; yet in neither Testament, Old nor New, did He repeal the death penalty law. Further, the Pharisees here tried to trick Jesus (John 8:6) into a conflict with Pilate since the Romans had revoked the JewsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ authority to put criminals to death (John 18:31). Did Jesus repeal the law in His sermon?
Who Can Forgive Whom?
Jesus taught: Ã¢â‚¬Å“If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive himÃ¢â‚¬Â (Luke 17:3). Jesus authorizes you to forgive those who Ã¢â‚¬Å“sin against you,Ã¢â‚¬Â not those who murder your neighbor. Only God can forgive him and only Ã¢â‚¬Å“if he repents.Ã¢â‚¬Â A murderer can be forgiven only by his victim and by God and then only if he repents. Since his victim is dead, he must seek forgiveness from God. But earthly judges or government officials are not allowed by God to show mercy (Num. 35:31; Deut. 19:13, 21; Pro. 6:30-31). On the testimony of two or three witnesses, guilt is established (Num. 35:30; Deut. 17:6; 19:15; Heb. 10:2; 1 Tim. 5:19).
Is God Concerned for the Body or the Soul?
If only the Pope and Christian leaders were as zealous for saving menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s souls as they are for saving menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s bodies. If we look to Scripture, God is much more concerned about our eternal souls than He is our mortal bodies. Immediately after the Fall, God cut off manÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s access to the Tree of Life. God did not want men living eternally in a sinful state. His sinful nature will only make him more evil.
And the Lord God said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live foreverÃ¢â‚¬Â: Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So He drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. Gen. 3:22-24
Immediately after the Fall, manÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s gene pool, created perfect by God, was Ã¢â‚¬Å“freshÃ¢â‚¬Â. Men lived hundreds of years. When evil people live long lives, the majority become more evil.
And the Lord said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“My Spirit shall not always strive with [rule in] man, for that he also is fresh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
For What Shall It Profit a ManÃ¢â‚¬Â¦?
Jesus did not come to redeem our bodies. Jesus had the power to heal and resuscitate physical bodies before the Cross. Jesus also left us with no doubt that these bodies of ours were disposable.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?Ã¢â‚¬Â Jesus, Mark 8:36-37
Jesus said that it was better to enter heaven with missing body parts than to be whole and go to hell. Before reading the following quote, please understand that Jesus does not want us to amputate arms and legs. Jesus used hyperbole to show how much more value He places on our souls than our bodies.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.Ã¢â‚¬Â Jesus, Mat. 18:8
Jesus said that if you value your physical body more than your soul, you will lose both.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it.Ã¢â‚¬Â Jesus, Mat. 16:25
Ã¢â‚¬Å“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, the same shall save it.Ã¢â‚¬Â Jesus, Mark 8:35
The Apostle Paul agreed with Jesus Christ: Ã¢â‚¬Å“For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peaceÃ¢â‚¬Â (Rom. 8:5).
I Know What God Says, But I ThinkÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
What I think, you think, the Pope thinks (or decrees), or Protestant clergy think matters not one iota. The German Nazis in World War II felt that it was okay to exterminate the Jews, contrary to GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s law. Our Supreme Court thought it was okay to murder innocent babies in the womb. Over 50 million babies have had their arms and legs ripped off in abortion mills in America since their decision. But all this is not new. We can read in the Book of Judges: Ã¢â‚¬Å“In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did what was right in his own eyesÃ¢â‚¬Â (Judges 17:6)
But it is much worse today. Our rulers (US Government authorities) are doing Ã¢â‚¬Å“what is right in their own eyesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and allowing citizens to also break GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s law. At least when King David committed murder and adultery, he did not make these crimes legal for all citizens. Today, our President, Congress, and Supreme Court have legalized murder (abortion), h*m*s*xuality, and adultery for everyone. And, if you go to your local court house in any State in America, you will discover that a perjurer (false witness against his neighbor) has not been prosecuted in years, especially Ã¢â‚¬Å“expert witnesses.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Death Penalty for Jesus Christ
Lastly, God had His own Son Jesus Christ die on the Cross for all the sins of man. JesusÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ death on the Cross is at the heart of the death penalty. Jesus went willingly to the Cross to balance the eternal scales of justice. If God did not commute the death penalty for His innocent Son, then neither should we commute the death penalty for an unrepentant murderer, rapist, kidnapper, or child molesting sodomite.
Godless Supreme Court
Lately, our Supreme Court has been weakening the death penalty laws. For example, they ruled that we canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t execute juvenile murderers. In Scripture, when a murder is committed, God asks only one question: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Was it as accident?Ã¢â‚¬Â God does not care if you had a bad father, bi-polar disorder, or a bad hair day even. If you commit murder, you are to be put to death.
When our Supreme Court votes to outlaw the death penalty, I want them to exempt one family. I want them to exempt my family! As the patriarch of my family, I want the death penalty for any member of my family who commits a crime for which God commands the death penalty. I do not want any of my children or grandchildren thinking that they can commit a capital crime worthy of death and not be punished. I value their eternal souls more than their physical bodies.