Tuesday, April 6, 2010

"Religion, Values, and Capital Punishment" (Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.)


"In Acts 25:11 Paul even offers himself for capital punishment, if it can be proved that he deserves it. In Hebrews 2:2 the writer gives a New Covenant evaluation of the criminal sanctions of the Old Testament: they represent a "just reward." This also should be expected in that the law is "holy, just, and good" (Rom. 7:12). Consequently, Paul defines the civil magistrate as the "minister of God" who has the God-given right to wield the sword of execution (Rom. 13:4) as a temporal indicator of the wrath of God (Rom. 12:19-13:4)."

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