Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Death Penalty for Adultery?

When someone says that homosexuality is worthy of death according to the Bible, people inevitably will bring up other sins that were also punishable by death in the Old Testament. They think they are somehow catching us in hypocrisy, but the truth is, Bible believing Christians DO agree with those other Old Testament penalties as well. This sermon on the Correlation Between the Old Testament and the New Testament provides an overview of the differences between then and now. In short, though, we just need to realize that God’s laws were the law of the land in those days. Today, adultery is not punishable by law in the United States, but it should be.

Yes, a righteous government would implement the death penalty for those tried and convicted of adultery. We all know normal people who have unfortunately committed this grievous sin, and of course we wouldn’t want them to die for it. If we were to somehow vote in a law making adultery illegal, it would not be retroactive--it would be the law going forward, and adultery rates would plummet and so would divorce rates.

Think about it, though. Do you really think as many people commit adultery in societies where it is punishable by death? Of course not…so you can relax about your Aunt Trudy who cheated on her husband thirty years ago. If Aunt Trudy had lived in a society that enforced the death penalty for adultery, chances are she would never have committed that sin in the first place.

How many people would risk their lives to sleep with someone other than their spouse? Occasionally someone would try to get away with it—just like some people commit murder despite the consequences. But most don’t. In countries where adultery is still a capital crime, it’s not an everyday occurrence and usually ends up in the news. Just as capital punishment is a strong deterrent against murder, it has the same effect on other crimes.

Telling us that we would not want people we know and care about to be put to death is a straw man argument. We don’t want our friends and family to be convicted of murder either, but they probably won’t kill anyone, so we don’t worry about it. When the children of Israel committed adultery, they knew the risk going in.

Here is a sermon on Preventing Adultery.


Matt McGahan said...

Truth God's ways are perfect!

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Anonymous said...

...And one more for good measure

'And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.' Acts 13.39

Seems like, if a person repents towards God, and places their faith in Him, then we don't deserve the capital punishment in this life...


groundwire123 said...

"This sermon on the Correlation Between the Old Testament and the New Testament provides an overview of the differences between then and now."

I would actually like to watch that serman. Do you have a link or title pastor? Thanks and great article. People forget or are lied to in public schools that we used to convict this sin and many others.

Anonymous said...

I always suspected Trudy was an old hoe!

Anonymous said...

Also people don't usually have their sins endorsed by the governmemt. There is no, for example, "adultery month". Most folks don't have parades for their sins either.
Just the homos.

Anonymous said...

Where in the Bible does it say homosexuality is to be punished? Chapter and verse, please? I can't find it. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Seriously??? Number one, the Ten Commandments show us that NONE of us are without sin. Are you, Pastor Anderson, without sin? Have you never looked at another woman with lust in your heart (which is what adultery is)? Not even for a moment before you shook your head and came to your senses? Please! Give me a break. (Matthew 5:28)

Secondly, in what nation in history did legalism make for a kind and loving society? No society, not one. When such laws are instituted to punish "sinners" you end up with witch hunts...and proud, arrogant, prideful "Christians" calling out others for their sin, while standing there as pathetic Pharisees foolishly thinking they have the authority to call out sin while their own hearts are filthy. (1 Samuel 16:7)

Love is the cure for sin. Love is the cure for hatred. Love is the cure for pride. Love is the cure for legalism. Jesus is love. Try Jesus on for size, Pastor. Then maybe you can have victory over your own sin.