Ministers of Justice from 30 different countries met in Rome for an International Conference, entitled “For A World Without The Death Penalty.”
Pope Francis is calling for an “international consensus,” arguing that the commandment “Thou Shalt Not Kill” has absolute value and includes both the innocent and the guilty.
I guess that settles it! The pope of Rome is considered the ‘Vicar of Christ’ on Earth. If he says it, that’s the end of discussion…right? He speaks for Jesus, on Earth. The only other person who might argue effectively against him would be The Donald, who claims ‘no one reads the Bible more than I do.”
The pope’s logic is impeccable. If God said it, that settles it! Of course, there is hardly anything the Roman Catholic Church teaches (regarding Bible doctrine) that is actually found in The Bible….even Their Bible!
Truth? The command: “Thou shalt not kill,” is actually a condemnation of murder, not the mere killing of someone. If you read the O.T. book of Leviticus, you will find at least 18 specific instances where people ARE to be executed…by stoning.
In some cases the parents are required to throw the first stone!
So, what’s going on? Why would the pope make such an obviously WRONG analysis, missing the clear instruction of God? Ans? Because this Church never lets God’s Word interfere with what they want to believe or teach!
After the Flood, God instituted Capital Punishment for those who would wantonly and with malice aforethought murder another human being! [Gen. 9:6] That Law has never been rescinded.
What the pope is referring to is the Law delivered to Moses on Mt. Sinai. That law was to guide / control the Nation of Israel. As I just pointed out, that Law did NOT change anything God said about Capital Punishment!
His command to Noah was BEFORE there was a Nation of Israel.
The commandments given to Moses were FOR the Nation of Israel.
The Purpose of Jesus, on Earth, was to ‘do away’ with THAT Law.
The casual argument is offered in the words of Jesus, when He said He did not come to do away with the Law, but to fulfill it [Mt 5:17]. That fulfillment occurred in His Death, Burial & Resurrection! Now? Now the message is to the whole world, Jew and Gentile alike: Repent and Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ!
The Law of Moses? Paul specifically said he did NOT preach that! Acts 15:24 …we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:…
The Church is NOT Israel! The Church is NOT under Mosaic Law! “Law” kills!! [II Cor. 3:6] In Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, the concept of physical circumcision is used to sum up the totality of The Law (Rom.2 & 3). In this argument he clearly pits law against grace!
Is circumcision (keeping the law) profitable (spiritually), Paul asks? Yes! But only IF you keep the entirety of that law! If you don’t keep it, perfectly? That law rises up to condemn you! The very behaviors you prize will condemn you before God!
ALSO: When The Law speaks, is speaks only to those under that law! (3:19) Are you a Jew? A Jew under Law? Then listen to The Law! Are you a Christian? A Jew who has Repented and Believed on the Lord Jesus Christ? Then the law has no authority over you! Keep the ceremonial parts that speak of Jesus or of God’s forgiveness, etc., but not because you must!
Why? Because by the keeping of the law, no flesh shall be justified in the sight of God! (3:20) Why? Because ‘law’ brings the knowledge of sin, not the remedy! And where the Spirit of the Lord is? There is Liberty, not bondage to a set of rules [II Cor. 3:7)
This concept is Fundamental to biblical Christianity, which rises and falls on this principle!! If you reject or simply do not understand this principle, The Bible says you are not Saved!!!
Why? Because, in the keeping of the law (as a means of personal righteousness before God) you repudiate everything Jesus stands for! Who would do that? Certainly NOT someone who has been ‘enlightened’ by the Spirit of God, through The Word of God! Certainly not someone in whom dwells the Spirit of God ‘both to WILL and to DO according God’s good will!” (Phil. 2:13)
The pope? Any and all who argue, using God’s Word, against capital punishment, executed by God-ordained authority structures (civil government — which is also ordained of God) is either very, very ignorant of God’s Word, or arguing against what he knows, for some other purpose!
Just this week we learned of an American Muslim intent on expressing jihad in these United States (because he couldn’t get to the Middle East) and admitted his target of preference was Churches! Why? Because no one there is carrying a gun!
Remove The Ultimate [Earthly] Penalty for the Ultimate [Earthly] Crime and see how many of these types will begin to proliferate!
There are Nations — Western Nations (code for Christian nations) — that have already outlawed Capital Punishment! But they repudiated Christianity first! AND…they are struggling with control over crime…as are we…for the same reason!
Why? Because the human heart is fundamentally evil! Remove the controls — internal / external — and he will begin to express that evil. Remove the penalties? It’s the Barbary Coast all over again! [Note: The Barbary Coast was dominated by Islam, not Christianity]
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