Mormons Forbid Their People From Carrying in Utah Churches

The Mormons have had a long standing problem with Biblical doctrine, but now they seem to have a problem with the Second Amendment.  This is just further evidence that the Mormons do not understand the Bible.  One problem with the Mormons is that they do a bait and switch routine when it comes to the Bible.  They pretend to believe the King James Bible is the word of God, then they switch to the Book of Mormon.  The truth is that they do not believe the King James Bible.

The Mormon leaders apparently do not trust their people to carry firearms.  Frankly, I agree with their leaders.  I would not trust a bunch of people that do not believe that the King James Bible is the word of God.  I would not trust a bunch of people that reject the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

When it comes to carrying a firearm the problem is with the evil wicked hearts of men, not firearms.  Firearms are just tools that take on the morality of their owners.  The fact that Mormons ban their people from being armed at church is just one more reason not to be a Mormon.

Matthew 15:19 (KJV) For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

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King James – The Divine Right of Kings to Rule

Over the years, I have heard different pastors and others criticize King James for the divine right of kings to rule.  What these pastors and others’ do not understand is that the Roman Catholic Church wants to rule over all the kingdoms of the world.  The Roman Catholic Church would use Jesuits and Catholic priests to stir up the people against a king that was disobedient to Rome.  The priests would preach against the king and the Jesuits would work behind the scenes against the king.  By doing this, the priests and Jesuits would turn the Catholic population of a nation against the king and this would result in a potential civil war.  Other ways of dealing with wayward kings was with the assassin’s sword or poison.  In other cases “fifth columns” allowed the pope’s armies to enter a country unknown to the king.  This is the problem that King James had since he was a Protestant king. The Roman Catholic Church wanted King James dead and replaced with a Catholic king or queen that would submit themselves to Rome.  The Gun Powder Plot of 1605 was a Catholic plot to kill King James.  King James was considered a heretic king and worthy of assassination.

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Isaiah Wall of the United Nations

Isaiah Wall of the United Nations

A portion of Scripture from Isaiah 2:4 appears on a wall located across the street from the United Nations building in New York City known as the Isaiah Wall.  The wall quotes part of Isaiah 2:4 “they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks:  nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”  This is an example of the United Nations trying to use the Bible to teach Christians that they need to willingly disarm and become pacifists.  The problem with this teaching is that the United Nations uses only part of Isaiah 2:4.  They use the part that they believe justifies gun control.

Let’s read the passage with verses before and after Isaiah 2:4 to get a context of the meaning of Isaiah 2:4.

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Capital Punishment in Scripture

By Brandon Staggs

Quote from Wikipedia:

In 1999, Clayton Lockett kidnapped, beat, and shot nineteen-year-old Stephanie Neiman and ordered an accomplice to bury her while she was still breathing. She died from two wounds from a shotgun fired by Lockett.

At his 1999 murder trial both DNA from the dead victim, fingerprints from the duct tape used to bind the victim, and eye witness testimony led to his murder conviction.

In 2000, he was convicted of murder, rape, forcible sodomy, kidnapping, assault and battery and sentenced to death.

He was executed on April 29. As you probably know, his execution didn’t go smoothly.

One of the drugs used in lethal injections, sodium thiopental, is in short supply. The EU has banned the export of this drug for purposes of lethal injection and the only US company that produced it discontinued doing so in 2011.

Oklahoma tried a different mix of drugs. These drugs had been used successfully by Florida but with different dosages.

Of course, Lockett wasn’t exactly cooperating; he had to be tasered after cutting himself before the execution. He asked for an expensive last meal, and when that was denied, he refused to eat anything at all. According to the currently available information, they had a hard time finding a suitable vein to give him his lethal injection and it’s possible they were not properly administered. This could be due in part to him being dehydrated.

But in the end, Lockett died within an hour of his schedule execution.

Many have used this situation to call for more restrictions on capital punishment. On May 5, President Obama ordered Attorney General Eric Holder to “review the application of the death penalty” in the US. He called what happened in our state “deeply disturbing.” He spoke of racial bias and exculpatory evidence. What’s deeply disturbing is his willingness to use this incident as an opportunity to lash out against capital punishment.

The Lockett conviction had nothing to do with his race and his guilt was clearly determined. Obama is more concerned with his liberal agenda and disseminating propaganda than having justice for Stephanie Neiman served and is shameless in exploiting this incident for his political gain.

We could get into a lengthy discussion about the merits of capital punishment in society. Typically people come down to whether or not the death penalty acts as a deterrent to murder or whether or not it is justice served. And those are interesting and valid points.

But,

God’s word is my final authority, so I’d like to talk about the Death Penalty for Murder out of the Bible.

Most people think of the death penalty being the “eye for eye” part of the Bible. In the Law of Moses.

Ex 21:24Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,

But actually, the Death Penalty for murder was codified when Noah and his family stepped off the Ark hundreds of years before that.

Ge 9:6Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

This makes the penalty for murder a divine decree.

It also gives the divine reason for this penalty, which transcends any earthly reasoning we could give.

It is because man is made in God’s image.

Ge 1:26“likeness”

Jas 3:9Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

God abhors the unjustified bloodshed of the human race so much that even animals are to be put to death when they kill a man:

Ex 21:28-29If an ox gore a man or a woman, that they die: then the ox shall be surely stoned, and his flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall be quit. 29 But if the ox were wont to push with his horn in time past, and it hath been testified to his owner, and he hath not kept him in, but that he hath killed a man or a woman; the ox shall be stoned, and his owner also shall be put to death.

And even the owner is responsible as a murderer if he was wilfully negligent.

Virtually every civil society in history has had the death penalty, but as our cultures have embraced secularism and atheism en masse, the death penalty has been steadily done away with.

There are about 200 countries in the world. The UN recognizes 195 “independent states.” Of those 195, 100 of them have outright abolished capital punishment, and another 48 of them allow it by law but have not used it for more than 10 years. 7 more countries allow the death penalty only in exceptional circumstances such as certain crimes committed during a time of war. Only 40 of those 195 countries still practice capital punishment. That’s about 20%.

Europe: Only one European country, Belarus, is still using capital punishment. That is one country out of 49.

In 2012 there were less than 3000 [only 2678] legal executions in the world. China accounts for approx. 2000 of those.

These statistics come from articles on Wikipedia.

Even in our country where it is still the law, it is rarely used.

Out of our 50 states the death penalty is illegal in 18 states.

In 2010 there were 3,108 convicted criminals on death row and there were only 39 executions. That’s less than 2%. Compare that with 14,772 murders in the same year.

Ge 9:6Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

Evolution has taught us that we are not created in God’s image. If we understand the Scriptural reason for capital punishment we should not be surprised that as cultures abandon even the basic belief in Creation they will turn against this just law and even begin to believe it is immoral to have it.

Isa 5:20Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

It is not good to withhold the justice of capital punishment when God has decreed it to be so. It is actually evil, and modern culture calls this evil good.

If you want to see more of this you can look up the Deaith Penalty Information Center. Their website is devoted to making people think God’s decree about capital punishment is wrong and evil. People need to be careful when they decide to call God’s decrees immoral.

Shouldn’t this have gone out with the law of Moses?

Well it is part of the law of Moses,

The Bible shows a high standard of evidence required for administering the death penalty

De 17:6-7At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death. 7 The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you.

I don’t believe we live under the law of Moses, but I do believe we can learn from it. God wants people who serve him to put away evildoers from among them. The death penalty still serves as a means of putting the worst offenders in our society away from us, and you don’t need to be a Christian to benefit from that.

But We’re under grace now, we should forgive, right? No more of this eye for eye stuff?

Note that Ge 9 is hundreds of years before God gave Moses the Law.

And besides that, the stated reason for capital punishment has not changed: we are still a race made in the image of God.

We know what the legal definition of murder is, but: Murder is emulation of Satan

Satan was a murderer from the beginning

Joh 8:44Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Shouldn’t Christians seek to abolish the death penalty?

Paul didn’t (cite the situation, Ac 25:11)

He trusted the Roman system of justice to properly adjudicate the matter. Verse 16 shows their standards.

Ac 26:10 – Paul admits some were put to death unjustly, but still never suggests the penalty itself is unjust.

While we are under grace and should not seek an “eye for an eye,” the just administration of capital punishment is still the purview of a civil government. (Ro 13:4)

Optional section

Capital Punishment for Causing Miscarriage

Ex 21:22-25If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. 23 And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, 24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

Note that:

–         Fruit is a child.
Ps 127:3Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

–         No mischief follow = nobody dies, including the child. Premature birth

–         Mischief follow = either the woman or the child dies. Miscarriage caused by the men striving.

–         (Non-lethal harm is described in verses 18-19 and referenced again here in verse 22)

What wickedness when our culture makes a virtue out of something God hates so much!