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Law and Punishment God
- I am not an expert in criminology. I do not want to offer
simple solutions to complex problems.
- The Bible does speak to the subject of law and
- There is a danger that our emotions will over ride our
commitment to the Bible.
- God has ordained that a reasonable system of law and
punishment be established.
- Because His Holy nature demands it.
- 1 1 John 1:5 "God is light, and in Him is no
darkness at all."
2 God is Holy He
could never condone cruelty, murder, theft, etc.
3 The primary purpose of law enforcement and
punishment for crime is to vindicate the
authority of law as an expression of Gods
- Because it benefits mankind
1 Deter crime
2 Protect the public
3 Exert an uplifting influence
Principles of Punishment
- Only governmental authorities given the legal right to
A. Lynch mobs are wrong. Personal vengeance,
"law in our own hands."
B. Compare Romans 12:17-21 and 13:1-8
C. There is no contradiction. Personal vengeance is wrong
D. God will punish through civil governments (13:1-8)
- The punishment must be in direct proportion to the
nature and degree of the wrong.
A. Exodus 21:24-25 "Eye for eye, tooth for
tooth." This is not harsh. It is a demand for
perfect justice. Make sure the punishment fits the crime.
B. Too harsh a penalty results in bitter, anger and
C. Too lax a penalty results in lawlessness, chaos and
- The Lord demands a fair and equitable justice for all
levels of society.
A. Rich or poor, black or white makes no
difference to justice.
B. Statue of "Justice" with a blindfold on.
Justice is not blind to facts and evidence. But, Justice
must be blind to who the person is race, sex,
color, education, position, wealth, etc.
C. Leviticus 19:15 "Do not show partiality to the
poor or favoritism to the great."
D. Amos 5:12 "You oppress the righteous and take
bribes and deprive the poor."
- Punishment must be administered with a sense of
A. Justice must use compassion on the criminal
and on society.
B. Justice may even demand death but never with
Arguments for Capital
- Some arguments AGAINST capital punishment.
A. Examples of injustice the rich get off,
poor are punished.
B. There is inequity in the system. We must seek to
C. When a man is executed, society becomes guilty of
D. Jail (being held against ones will) Is
E. Fined for speeding (taking money against ones
will) It this stealing?
F. We can not "Play God" and decide who
should live or die.
G. "Playing God" would be to decide if one
could be saved in heaven or not.
H. Killing is wrong. (Exodus 20:13)
I. The Hebrew word is for murder. Not all killing is
wrong accidental, self-defense, war, animals (for
food), policemen (protect society).
- It was demanded in the Bible.
A. Genesis 2:17 "In the day you eat of it, you shall
B. Genesis 9:6 "Whoso sheds mans blood, my man shall
his blood be shed."
C. The death penalty was demanded for many offenses:
Adultery Leviticus 20:10; Incest and sexual
perversion Leviticus 20:11-14; Premarital sex
Deuteronomy 22:21; Rape Deuteronomy
22:25-26; Bestiality Leviticus 20:15-16;
Kidnapping Exodus 21:16; Cursing / Hitting
ones parents Exodus 21:15-17; Witchcraft,
occult, sorcery Exodus 22:18; False teachings /
Prophesying Deuteronomy 13:1-10; Blasphemy
Leviticus 24:16; Sabbath violations Exodus 35:2;
Murder Exodus 21; Worship of other gods / Idolatry
Exodus 22:20; Sodomy (Homosexuality)
D. God, Himself, was either directly or indirectly
involved in the death penalty.
The flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, Egyptians first
born, Kadesh-Barnea, Korahs rebellion, Nabal,
Uzzah, 185,000 Assyrians, Jews in wilderness, Lots
wife, Ananias and Sapphira, King Herod.
- It is reasonable.
A. Capital punishment satisfies the human sense of
B. Life is sacred and precious.
C. The death penalty is not cruel or barbaric. It is
perfectly fair. Many have admitted their guilt and the
justice of their punishment.
D. Luke 23:41 Thief admits that it is reasonable
the he should die.
- It is an effective deterrent.
A. Many statistics bear this out.
B. When not administered fairly, swiftly, and
consistently less of a deterrent.
C. Today 10% of those sentenced to death will be
D. When the Supreme Court struck down the death penalty
murders rose quickly.
E. Murder has increased 96% since 1971 court decision.
(9,000 to 17, 630)
F. Out of the 17,630 murders only 25-30 are
executed for their crime.
G. Some try to claim that capital punishment is not a
deterrent. The purpose is punishment, not deterrent to
H. Should we do away with all laws? Prison does not
insure that no more cars will be stolen or drugs sold on
- It protects the innocent.
A. A criminal put to death will harm no more.
B. From 1960 to 1970 19 men who killed a policeman
had previously been convicted of first-degree murder.
C. Some states now have a "three strikes
youre out" policy. Often this is two strikes
- Pray for the leaders of our government.
A. 1 Timothy 2:1-2
B. 1 Peter 2:13-16
C. You may disagree with them politically on some issue,
but still pray for them to use wisdom and courage to do
what is morally right.
D. The purpose That you may lead a quiet and
- Submit willingly to authority.
A. Romans 13:1 "Submit himself to the
B. We ought to obey God rather than men Acts 5:29
C. NOT when I disagree, dont like it.
D. 1 Peter 2:13-14
- Be a witness to the nature of God as it relates to man
A. 1 Peter 3:15 Be ready to give an answer for the
hope that you have.
B. Help people learn the distinction between right and
C. If right and wrong become matters of personal opinion
there is no supreme moral lawgiver and ruler.
D. Christians must also speak out for human rights
(around the world) as well as here in the USA.
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