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To all those who want to scream that the scriptures supporting the death penalty is Old Testament then let me remind you that the TEN COMMANDMENTS are also Old Testament so if you are going to throw out the laws of the Old Testament then you are left with little to live by. The new age religion has no problem with "God is love." God is harsh too. If you want to overlook the scriptures that bother you then you cannot call yourself a Christian because you are writing your own Bible.

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Genesis 26:11Bible quote And Abimelech charged all [his] people, saying, He that toucheth this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.Genesis 26 verse 11, Exodus 19:12-13Bible quote(verse 12) And thou shalt set bounds unto the people round about, saying, Take heed to yourselves, [that ye] go [not] up into the mount, or touch the border of it: whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death:

(verse 13) There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether [it be] beast or man, it shall not live: when the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount.Exodus 19 verses 12-13
, Exodus 21:12-29, Exodus 22:18-24Bible quote(verse 18) Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.

(verse 19) Whosoever lieth with a beast shall surely be put to death.

(verse 20) He that sacrificeth unto [any] god, save unto the LORD only, he shall be utterly destroyed.

(verse 21) Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

(verse 22) Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child.

(verse 23) If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry;

(verse 24) And my wrath shall wax hot, and I will kill you with the sword; and your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless.Exodus 22 verses 18-24
, Exodus 31:14-15Bible quote(verse 14) Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it [is] holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth [any] work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.

(verse 15) Six days may work be done; but in the seventh [is] the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth [any] work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.Exodus 31 verses 14-15
, Exodus 35:2Bible quoteSix days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to the LORD: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death.Exodus 35 verse 2, Leviticus 19:20Bible quoteAnd whosoever lieth carnally with a woman, that [is] a bondmaid, betrothed to an husband, and not at all redeemed, nor freedom given her; she shall be scourged; they shall not be put to death, because she was not free.Leviticus 19 verse 20, Leviticus 20:2, 9-16, 27, Leviticus 24:16-23Bible quote(verse 16) And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, [and] all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name [of the LORD], shall be put to death.

(verse 17) And he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death.

(verse 18) And he that killeth a beast shall make it good; beast for beast.

(verse 19) And if a man cause a blemish in his neighbour; as he hath done, so shall it be done to him;

(verse 20) Breach for breach, eye for eye, tooth for tooth: as he hath caused a blemish in a man, so shall it be done to him [again].

(verse 21) And he that killeth a beast, he shall restore it: and he that killeth a man, he shall be put to death.

(verse 22) Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I [am] the LORD your God.

(verse 23) And Moses spake to the children of Israel, that they should bring forth him that had cursed out of the camp, and stone him with stones. And the children of Israel did as the LORD commanded Moses.Leviticus 24 verses 16-23
, Leviticus 27:28-29Bible quote(verse 28) Notwithstanding no devoted thing, that a man shall devote unto the LORD of all that he hath, [both] of man and beast, and of the field of his possession, shall be sold or redeemed: every devoted thing [is] most holy unto the LORD.

(verse 29) None devoted, which shall be devoted of men, shall be redeemed; [but] shall surely be put to death.Leviticus 27 verses 28-29

Numbers 1:51Bible quoteAnd when the tabernacle setteth forward, the Levites shall take it down: and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites shall set it up: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.Numbers 1 verse 51, Numbers 3:10, 38Bible quote(verse 10) And thou shalt appoint Aaron and his sons, and they shall wait on their priest's office: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.

(verse 38) But those that encamp before the tabernacle toward the east, [even] before the tabernacle of the congregation eastward, [shall be] Moses, and Aaron and his sons, keeping the charge of the sanctuary for the charge of the children of Israel; and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.Numbers 3 verses 10, 38
, Numbers 15:35-36Bible quote(verse 35) And the LORD said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp.

(verse 36) And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the LORD commanded Moses.Numbers 15 verses 35-36
, Numbers 18:7Bible quoteTherefore thou and thy sons with thee shall keep your priest's office for every thing of the altar, and within the vail; and ye shall serve: I have given your priest's office [unto you] as a service of gift: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.Numbers 18 verse 7, Numbers 35:16-24, 29-31, Deuteronomy 13:5, 9Bible quote(verse 5) And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn [you] away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.

(verse 9) But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.Deuteronomy 13 verses 5, 9
, Deuteronomy 17:6-11Bible quote(verse 6) At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; [but] at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.

(verse 7) The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you.

(verse 8) If there arise a matter too hard for thee in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, [being] matters of controversy within thy gates: then shalt thou arise, and get thee up into the place which the LORD thy God shall choose;

(verse 9) And thou shalt come unto the priests the Levites, and unto the judge that shall be in those days, and enquire; and they shall shew thee the sentence of judgment:

(verse 10) And thou shalt do according to the sentence, which they of that place which the LORD shall choose shall shew thee; and thou shalt observe to do according to all that they inform thee:

(verse 11) According to the sentence of the law which they shall teach thee, and according to the judgment which they shall tell thee, thou shalt do: thou shalt not decline from the sentence which they shall shew thee, [to] the right hand, nor [to] the left.Deuteronomy 17 verses 6-11
, Deuteronomy 21:22-23Bible quote(verse 22) And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree:

(verse 23) His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged [is] accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled, which the LORD thy God giveth thee [for] an inheritance.Deuteronomy 21 verses 22-23
, Deuteronomy 24:16-17Bible quote(verse 16) The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

(verse 17) Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of the stranger, [nor] of the fatherless; nor take a widow's raiment to pledge.Deuteronomy 24 verses 16-17
, Deuteronomy 25:3Bible quoteForty stripes he may give him, [and] not exceed: lest, [if] he should exceed, and beat him above these with many stripes, then thy brother should seem vile unto thee.Deuteronomy 25 verse 3

Joshua 1:18Bible quoteWhosoever [he be] that doth rebel against thy commandment, and will not hearken unto thy words in all that thou commandest him, he shall be put to death: only be strong and of a good courage.Joshua 1 verse 18, Judges 2:18-23Bible quote(verse 18) And when the LORD raised them up judges, then the LORD was with the judge, and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge: for it repented the LORD because of their groanings by reason of them that oppressed them and vexed them.

(verse 19) And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, [that] they returned, and corrupted [themselves] more than their fathers, in following other gods to serve them, and to bow down unto them; they ceased not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn way.

(verse 20) And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel; and he said, Because that this people hath transgressed my covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not hearkened unto my voice;

(verse 21) I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of the nations which Joshua left when he died:

(verse 22) That through them I may prove Israel, whether they will keep the way of the LORD to walk therein, as their fathers did keep [it], or not.

(verse 23) Therefore the LORD left those nations, without driving them out hastily; neither delivered he them into the hand of Joshua.Judges 2 verses 18-23
, Judges 6:31Bible quoteAnd Joash said unto all that stood against him, Will ye plead for Baal? will ye save him? he that will plead for him, let him be put to death whilst [it is yet] morning: if he [be] a god, let him plead for himself, because [one] hath cast down his altar.Judges 6 verse 31, Judges 21:5Bible quoteAnd the children of Israel said, Who [is there] among all the tribes of Israel that came not up with the congregation unto the LORD? For they had made a great oath concerning him that came not up to the LORD to Mizpeh, saying, He shall surely be put to death.Judges 21 verse 5, 2 Samuel 19:21-22Bible quote(verse 21) But Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered and said, Shall not Shimei be put to death for this, because he cursed the LORD'S anointed?

(verse 22) And David said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah, that ye should this day be adversaries unto me? shall there any man be put to death this day in Israel? for do not I know that I [am] this day king over Israel?2 Samuel 19 verses 21-22
, 1 Kings 2:24Bible quoteNow therefore, [as] the LORD liveth, which hath established me, and set me on the throne of David my father, and who hath made me an house, as he promised, Adonijah shall be put to death this day.1 Kings 2 verse 24, 2 Kings 14:6Bible quoteBut the children of the murderers he slew not: according unto that which is written in the book of the law of Moses, wherein the LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children be put to death for the fathers; but every man shall be put to death for his own sin.2 Kings 14 verse 6, 2 Chronicles 15:13Bible quoteThat whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.2 Chronicles 15 verse 13, 2 Chronicles 23:7Bible quoteAnd the Levites shall compass the king round about, every man with his weapons in his hand; and whosoever [else] cometh into the house, he shall be put to death: but be ye with the king when he cometh in, and when he goeth out.2 Chronicles 23 verse 7, Ezra 7:25-26Bible quote(verse 25) And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of thy God, that [is] in thine hand, set magistrates and judges, which may judge all the people that [are] beyond the river, all such as know the laws of thy God; and teach ye them that know [them] not.

(verse 26) And whosoever will not do the law of thy God, and the law of the king, let judgment be executed speedily upon him, whether [it be] unto death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of goods, or to imprisonment.Ezra 7 verses 25-26

Job 31:28Bible quoteThis also [were] an iniquity [to be punished by] the judge: for I should have denied the God [that is] above.Job 31 verse 28, Job 23:7Bible quoteThere the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.Job 23 verse 7, Psalm 149:6-9Bible quote(verse 6) [Let] the high [praises] of God [be] in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;

(verse 7) To execute vengeance upon the heathen, [and] punishments upon the people;

(verse 8) To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;

(verse 9) To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.Psalm 149 verses 6-9
, Jeremiah 18:20-21Bible quote(verse 20) Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have digged a pit for my soul. Remember that I stood before thee to speak good for them, [and] to turn away thy wrath from them.

(verse 21) Therefore deliver up their children to the famine, and pour out their [blood] by the force of the sword; and let their wives be bereaved of their children, and [be] widows; and let their men be put to death; [let] their young men [be] slain by the sword in battle.Jeremiah 18 verses 20-21
, Jeremiah 38:4Bible quoteTherefore the princes said unto the king, We beseech thee, let this man be put to death: for thus he weakeneth the hands of the men of war that remain in this city, and the hands of all the people, in speaking such words unto them: for this man seeketh not the welfare of this people, but the hurt.Jeremiah 38 verse 4, Ezekiel 23:24, 45Bible quote(verse 24) And they shall come against thee with chariots, wagons, and wheels, and with an assembly of people, [which] shall set against thee buckler and shield and helmet round about: and I will set judgment before them, and they shall judge thee according to their judgments.

(verse 45) And the righteous men, they shall judge them after the manner of adulteresses, and after the manner of women that shed blood; because they [are] adulteresses, and blood [is] in their hands.Ezekiel 23 verses 24, 45
, Matthew 10:21Bible quoteAnd the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against [their] parents, and cause them to be put to death.Matthew 10 verse 21, Mark 13:12Bible quoteNow the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against [their] parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.Mark 13 verse 12, Luke 21:16Bible quoteAnd ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and [some] of you shall they cause to be put to death.Luke 21 verse16, Luke 23:32Bible quoteAnd there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death.Luke 23 verse 32, Acts 12:19Bible quoteAnd when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the keepers, and commanded that [they] should be put to death. And he went down from Judaea to Caesarea, and [there] abode.Acts 12 verse 19, Revelation 13:10Bible quoteHe that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.Revelation 13 verse 10

Jack Van Impe talks about the death penalty

Rexella begins the subject of capital punishment at about 6:30 into the video and Jack speaks through about 15:10.



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Three Good Reasons for Supporting the Death Penalty








Three Good Reasons for Supporting the Death Penalty

Writer: James L. Melton | MeltonLion@aol.com | 1997 | www.Biblebelievers.com/jmelton/punish.html

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And whosoever will not do the law of thy God,
and the law of the king, let judgment be executed
speedily upon him, whether it be unto death,
or to banishment, or to confiscation of goods,
or to imprisonment. Ezra 7:26
In the year 1993 alone, over 18,000 people were arrested for murder in the United States. Yet, in the past twenty years, there have been less than 300 executions. Today there are over 2,500 murderers on "death row", but less than fifty of them will be executed this year. That's 15,000 to 20,000 murders per year with less than fifty executions!

Although eighty percent of Americans still favor the death penalty, many are beginning to have second thoughts as the liberal establishment marches ahead with it's never-ending crusade against morality, freedom and justice.

For the few Americans who still believe that God's opinion is more valuable than anything any news network or politician has ever said, we'd like to present the straight honest Biblical facts about murder and capital punishment.

As you read the forthcoming words, please remain mindful of the fact that the words in bold type are not the words or interpretations of men, but they are rather the inspired words of Almighty God. You are expected (by God) to believe them.

[Note: On this page we will use brown italics instead of "bold" type to quote scripture as is used throughout this website. -POR Admin-]

To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. Isaiah 8:20

The Death Penalty Honors God

The death penalty was first instituted by God Himself in Genesis 9:6:

Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

Man didn't invent the death penalty, so man has no right to abandon it. We live in an age when everyone is far too concerned with "human rights", and God has been practically ignored, as if He had no rights at all.

God does have rights, and it is His right to do as He pleases with His own creation. Man is the highest form of life on this earth, created in God's own image, and crowned with glory and honor (Psalm 8:5Bible quoteFor thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.Psalm 8 verse 5). God has given man the MORAL DUTY to execute those who choose to take the lives of others. Exodus 21:12 says,

He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death.

Do you wish to honor God? Then you must support the death penalty, because God commands it.

Someone says, "Well, that's just the Old Testament law. The New Testament doesn't support the death penalty." I beg your pardon! Have you read Acts 25:11Bible quoteFor if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Caesar.Acts 25 verse 11? Have you read Romans 13:1-4Bible quote(verse 1) Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

(verse 2) Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

(verse 3) 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:

(verse 4) 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.Romans 13 verses 1-4
? What about Revelation 13:10Bible quoteHe that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.Revelation 13 verse 10? Friend, God has never changed His law of Capital Punishment for murderers!

He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. Revelation 13:10

If the death penalty is no longer in effect,
then why is this verse even in the New Testament?

In Acts 25:11 the apostle Paul says,

For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Caesar.

Paul admitted that some things were "worthy of death," and that he was willing to "die" if he was guilty of such an offense. If the death penalty is not for today, then why didn't Paul tell us?

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