The Prolife Christian

After a recent arrest of an abortion ‘doctor’ in Philadelphia, Prolifers have come out from the woodwork screaming ‘DEATH PENALTY’. True, this doctor did horrible gruesome things to children and women, but who is in charge of Life and death?

It’s hard to see people that say prolife but have a different view when the rubber meets the road. All Life is sanctified and given by God only and it is up to Him when death is necessary. These ‘Moderate Prolifers’ are the fair-weather friends of Life.

Many, many Evangelical Christians are in favor of the Death Penalty, even some that I know personally. If we give man the authority to kill, what have we to preach about? Life when it’s proper and lawful? How can that be when the Bible says ‘Thou shalt NOT kill’?

Does God judge through man?

Yes, in Genesis 9:6 He plainly said: “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed; for in the image of God He made man.’

What is being taught in the pulpit, Life or death?

Christians love to bring up the Old Testament ‘eye for an eye’ mentality but the reality is that we are in a new covenant WITH Christ, ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself’.

Scripture balances Scripture.

Confusing? No, if God judges a man or woman to death, He will use whom He will use. However, if a man or woman takes the Life another, Leviticus 19:18 says, ‘You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.’

God is LORD. Just God. Through Him justice comes:

  • At the altar – for forgiveness and restoration
  • At the ‘woodshed’ – those he loves he chastises; sickness, finances
  • Through His mercy – die prematurely

Christians should never believe in the death penalty BUT accept it as law, as Scripture says in Romans 13:

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.

2 thoughts on “The Prolife Christian

  1. Hi Katherine,

    This is an interesting subject you brought up because now you have me thinking. I am one of those “pro-life” Christians that believe in the death penalty.

    Usually I study a particular topic to be able to ‘know why I believe that way,’ but I’d have to say on this one, you got me.

    For one, I’ve always heard preachers state that they are in favor of the death penalty, and even go as far as suggesting that Jesus would have been too. I’m not sure where they are getting their ‘reference’ for this from. Like I said, I really enjoy the subject of ‘apologetics’ because as the bible says, we should be able to let people know why we believe what we believe. (Something to that effect).

    I have heard that where it says, “thou shall not kill,” the KJV translation is incorrect and should have been translated, “thou shall not Murder.” (I’ve not personally checked this out). I have heard more than one preacher say this.

    One thought that does come to mind would be in cases of war and/or self-defense. In the latter, it is our right to defend ourself and/or a friend or loved one who is being threatened. Whether the use of ‘deadly force’ is neccesary is determined by the force with which we are threatened with. When it comes to war, if you are of age and are selected, you have to go.

    I really don’t believe the bible teaches ‘pacifism’ as some odd religions teach. The OT is full of war and worse. The NT mentions the War of Armageddon and how Jesus Christ will march into battle to defeat the devil and his followers. This would be a “Just War.”

    Other than what that, I haven’t really given that much thought into the death penalty. I have heard that when an execution is carried out by the state, it’s done in such a way that no one person ‘knows’ who was the one who actually ’caused’ the death of the prisoner. They have any number of ways of doing so, depending on the method being carried out. You could probably make the case that they are ‘all’ responsible I suppose.

    Anyway, like I said, you really got me stumped on this one. I’ve pretty much gone the way of the general consensus. Just thought I’d add my 2 cents worth, lol.

    Thanks for making my head hurt now! (Just kidding, LOL):)

    • You bring up a good point as well, and I did not address it because I haven’t sat down with my husband and talked about it: When considering the issue of murder, what about acts of war? A very good friend of mine that is associated with FWC said that war is not in the New Testament, thus we (Christians or Americans, I do not know) are not to be in war or participate in acts of war. While I do not agree with war, I consider that issue to be addressed in Romans 13 that I had mentioned in the article today. I am looking forward to studying that out! Thanks so much for your comment!

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