Pope Rejects Capital Punishment

4 08 2018

Pope Francis 2This is real news. It’s official. The Roman Catholic Church by Pope Francis this week formally declared the death penalty “inadmissible.” What is wrong with that?

Pope Francis officially updated Catholic teaching, calling the death penalty “inadmissible” – The Catholic Catechism will argue that “dignity of the person” prohibits capital punishment.

Pope Francis Says No to Centuries of Church Teaching – His announcement that the death penalty is now ‘inadmissible’ has no basis in Scripture or the Church Fathers.

The pope’s death penalty announcement reminds us what is pure and holy – And since the goodness in us — the humanity — is worth preserving, we ought not inflict death as a punishment

So, again, what is wrong with that? Let’s consider just three contradictions to the Pope’s declaration.

Scripture teaches capital punishment. Pope Francis rejecting the death penalty contradicts the Bible. He is wrong.

Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man’s brother I will require the life of man. ​​“Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed; for in the image of God ​​He made man. Genesis 9:5-6

 

All humans are unrighteous. The Pope presupposes that humans are basically good and “dignified.” He is wrong.

As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; … for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:10, 23   In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. 1 John 3:10

No man is above Scripture. Roman Catholic doctrine places the Pope above the Bible. That is wrong.

For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:16-21

As soon as we put man over God we lose. All reasoning is circular. If you start with man, you will end with man. If you start with God, you will end with God.

“And if it seems evil to you to serve Yehovah, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve Yehovah. Joshua 24:15

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain.

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists              (Read more)


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5 08 2018
Russ Leach

Hi Les, In 1977 or 78 (time flies), we met with Bishop John C Marshal, Bishop of Burlington VT.. Our meeting was about the inability to reconcile the teachings of the church with the scriptures.  The bishop told us that the “Church” gives us the scriptures and the Church will interpret the scriptures to us. As lay people, we cannot understand the scriptures. The new position of the Pope is just the church interpreting to scriptures….. Russ

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5 08 2018
elishasees

That is so true. It is like rabbinic Judaism that says the rabbi knows better than the scripture. Great to hear from you. Love and blessings to both of you. Shalom.

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7 08 2018
jmshistorycorner

I fully agree with you! This is the same Pope who declared that evolution is true, and that God “isn’t a guy with a magic wand” – meaning He isn’t capable of creating in the style Genesis proclaims. And who claimed that having a relationship with Yeshua/Jesus is “dangerous”.

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