Sunday, July 22, 2012

Why Capital Punishment and Freewill Offerings are not commanded by Jesus

I stumbled upon the Interactive Bible Website which is non-denominational and I'm very not happy how they contradict commandments of Jesus. The Two things I want to talk about is Capital Punishment and Freewill Offerings. Are we commanded to do these things? Before I give you the answer, I will explain what the origins of Capital Punishment and Freewill Offerings.

Origin of Capital Punishment:

It was given from God to the Jews to punish anyone who break His Laws, including the Ten Commandments and the Levitical Laws

Why do non-denominational Christians think that this still applies today?

As they claim, it purges sin from the general public.

God insitutes capital punishment.

Capital Offenses for Unrepentant Christians who continue to sin.

Arguments and misinterpretations in Support for Capital Punishment:

"beware, for they do not bear sword for nothing (Romans 13:1-7)

Notice that this is not a literal sword, but this sword is The Word of God.

Paul is willing to die if he is sinner (Acts 25:11)

Notice that Paul never said that if he sinned he is willing to die. Let's me give you a commentary:

"For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Caesar."

What does Paul mean by being an offender? It's not that he's a sinner like he killed The Christians blamelessly. He is referring that if he be an offender to the Sanhedrin and the Jewish Laws and committed heresy by preaching the Gospel of Jesus under the penalty of death, he would not refuse to die. But none of the things that the Sanhedrin accuse him, no one may deliver him unto the Roman Government. He appeals to Caesar.

Scriptural Proof that rejects Capital Punishment:

God is not a government (John 18:36)

Jesus doesn't take vengeance on His Children in the New Testament (John 8:7)

Jesus commands us to be like little children.

Jesus commands us to forgive others

Jesus commands us to love our enemies, bless and pray for them.

If a criminal commits murder, but repents, apologizes, and ask for forgiveness, we must do do. Remember that Jesus forgave the prostitute Mary of her sins.

Conclusion and rebuttal to this support of Capital Punishment:

We are not commanded to hate others of their crimes.

We make mistakes, backslide and fall away, but we can learn to get back on the path of righteousness.

I (even God) do support the Death penalty, but this should not apply to petty crimes. Murderers should be put to death unless they repented.

Origin of Freewill Offering

This doctrine came from the Protestant Denominations and adopted into the non-denominational churches. Like Tithing, church members are required to put money of whatever they have in a collection plate.

Why do non-denominational teachers claim that this doctrine applies in the New Testament?

Many non-denominational teachers refer to the Old Testament Law of Moses like the Protestant Denominations, and even referring to Luke 12:48,  Hebrews 2:13, and 2 Cor. 8:24.

Is does it have connection to the Old Testament?

No. In the OT, Jews were required to offer sacrifices at the Temple of God,  including a lamb for the remission of sins.

Does this apply to the New Testament?

No. Jesus already offered Himself freely for the sins of the world. Giving a freewill offering is not required for the remission of sins.

Scriptural Proof that rejects Freewill Offering:

Jesus does not authorize this teaching in the Church. (Matthew 7:22-23)

The Church is not an institution.(1 Timothy 5:16) I however do not reject 2 Corinthians 9:13. We as believers in Christ are required to do good deeds unto all mankind (Galatians 6:10)

While it is our job to do missionary work (Help, feed, clothe and preach the Gospel to the poor) in our homeland and other countries, we are not commanded to do it in the Church.

Freewill offerings deprives mankind's free will and freedom of choice.

Eternal Life cannot be earned by giving a Freewill Offering to a local church, it is a free gift.

What about 1 Corinthians 16:1-2? Do you believe we must contribute money to the Lord's Church? No. Does the scriptures teach about giving money to the Lord's Church? Absolutely not. Many bible versions (NIV, NLT, ISV, God's Word bible) teach we must give money to the Lord's church, and this is wrong. Even the ISV teaches that at the end of the Sabbath we must put money in the Lord's church. The Sabbatarians (aka Seventh-Day Adventists) use the ISV to give money to their church. But in the original King James Bible that we officially use does not as well as the ASV, Aramaic Bible, Douay-Rheims Bible, Darby bible Translation, Young Literal Translation). The Lord doesn't authorized us to give money to His Church . God has prospered us not to hand out collection plates before the Lord comes back. So 1 Corinthians 16:2 forbids giving money to the Lord's Church not permitting. Verse 1 teaches collecting lost souls for the saints (The Church), not money however we do have to give many to those who are in need.

Who's church is it? It's the Lord's Church, not yours. Do we collect money or lost souls for the Lord's church? We collect lost souls for the Lord's Church, not money.

Remember the Parable of Talents, the Lost Coin and the Lost Sheep, it about collecting (saving) lost souls to Him. I will not hear from Ultimate Reconciliation supporters implying that the Jesus is going to force lost souls to His Church and God the Father. Did Jesus not say that we should preach the good news and gather the lost sheep for Him? Jesus appointed us as His Shepherds (GK: Preachers) though that He is the Good Shepherd.

So what about your money. Jesus commands us to give it to the poor not Him.

What about the rich couple in the book of Acts,  did they died for robbing the church?

When we look into the Book of Acts, Paul was disgusted that the rich couple brought money to the Lord's Church. The Rich couple didn't understand that Paul spoke in metaphor, they should give all, that is themselves, as give their old lives up, not their money. The Rich couple was still living in their material wealth that they claimed to be Christians. They were spiritually robbing the Lord's church. Paul could've told them to give their money to the poor.

What about the poor woman who put her money in the collection? Jesus didn't say that we should do the same as the poor woman. The poor woman is the symbol for the Church, and the money symbolizes the lost souls that we must contribute (save) all we got.

1 comment:

  1. One of the best sermons I've read regarding the death penalty :

    Divine Institutes
    Book VI : Of true worship

    From Chapter 20. Of the Senses, and Their Pleasures in the Brutes and in Man; And of Pleasures of the Eyes, and Spectacles :

    For when God forbids us to kill, He not only prohibits us from open violence, which is not even allowed by the public laws, but He warns us against the commission of those things which are esteemed lawful among men. Thus it will be neither lawful for a just man to engage in warfare, since his warfare is justice itself, nor to accuse any one of a capital charge, because it makes no difference whether you put a man to death by word, or rather by the sword, since it is the act of putting to death itself which is prohibited. Therefore, with regard to this precept of God, there ought to be no exception at all; but that it is always unlawful to put to death a man, whom God willed to be a sacred animal.

    - Lucius Caecilius Firmianus Lactantius


    St. John the Baptist, resurrected by the power of the Most High.