by Ernest Easley

Is Capital Punishment for Today?
Ernest Easley
Matthew 5:17-19; Genesis 9:6

We need God to answer for us this question: Is capital punishment for today? And if so, why is it that today there are 35 states that support the death penalty while 15 states do not? And if so, why then in recent years has the average been about one execution for every 700 murders committed?
While 64% of Americans support the death penalty for a person convicted of murder , the greater question for us is: Does God support the death penalty? Are there any circumstances where capital punishment should be practiced? And what about the 105 people currently living on death row here in Georgia? Does the government have the right to put them to death?
In 1988 here in Georgia, Emmanuel Hammond abducted 27 year old Julie Love, a fitness instructor, on the side of the road after her car had run out of gas. After he raped her, he shot her in the head and then dumped her body in a trash pile.
Did the government have the right to put someone like Emmanuel Hammond to death? Is capital punishment moral? And is there a conflict between capital punishment and Christianity?

Is Capital Punishment for Today?
Matthew 5.17-19
17 "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."
Now when Jesus said that He didn't come to "destroy the Law but to fulfill it," what law was He talking about? What law did Jesus fulfill? Well, first He fulfilled the moral law and second He fulfilled the ceremonial law.
He fulfilled the moral law through His sinlessness and He fulfill ...

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