Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Opus 2013-225: Monday Pulpit: Debate on the Death Penalty

I teach a Sunday School class of high school and college students.  One of the issues that comes up fairly regularly is the issue of capital punishment.  There are a lot of Christians in the world that have decided that the death penalty is too cruel and should never be invoked.  Many refer to the words of Jesus, such as,
(Matthew 5:38-9 KJV)  Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:  But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Sunday, at the church we were visiting, the pastor was demonstrating how God set up a form of representative government in the elders of Israel.  In the process he pointed out that one of the responsibilities of the elders was to punish murderers.  You can review Deuteronomy 19 for the way in which cities of refuge were set up for people guilty of manslaughter.  The Bible covers the nuances.  But if you keep reading you find that in cases of first degree murder the penalty was death.  Even if such a criminal made it to a city of refuge he was to be executed. 

One of the key arguments today is that life is precious and we should not take life, even in punishing murderers.  That was addressed also.
(Deuteronomy 19:13 NAS77)  "You shall not pity him, but you shall purge the blood of the innocent from Israel, that it may go well with you.
I use the NASB here because I think it is a little more clear.

Notice that one reason given is so that things will go well with the rest of society.  Maybe we need to look at our practices and ask if banning the death penalty is just another ingredient why God may not be smiling on us any more.

This is not offered as a final and conclusive “gotcha!”  It is simply one more piece of the puzzle we must consider as we try to remove the false teachings of the pagan, new age culture that have inserted themselves in our sense of right and wrong.

homo unius libri


  1. It always amazes me when people get all watery-eyed over the death sentence for guys who have raped, TORTURED and murdered their victims.

    1. Me too. It makes no sense. It would seem like some of that compassion would be directed toward the ones they destroyed or the future targets is they are put back in circulation. Maybe our lack of discernment is why we need God's word to get us straight.

      Grace and peace.


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