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What does the Bible say about the death penalty/capital punishment?

What does the Bible say about the death penalty/capital punishment? By GotQuestions.orgThe Old Testament law commanded the death penalty for various acts: murder (Exodus 21:12), kidnapping (Exodus 21:16), bestiality (Exodus 22:19), adultery (Leviticus 20:10), homosexuality (Leviticus 20:13), being a false prophet (Deuteronomy 13:5), prostitution and rape (Deuteronomy 22:24), and several other crimes. However, God often showed mercy when the death penalty was due. David committed adultery and murder, yet God did not demand his life be taken (2 Samuel 11:1-5, 14-17; 2 Samuel 12:13). Ultimately, every sin we commit should result in the death penalty because the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Thankfully, God demonstrates His love for us in not condemning us (Romans 5:8).

When the Pharisees brought a woman who was caught in the act of adultery to Jesus and asked Him if she should be stoned, Jesus replied, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her” (John 8:7). This should not be used to indicate that Jesus rejected capital punishment in all instances. Jesus was simply exposing the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. The Pharisees wanted to trick Jesus into breaking the Old Testament law; they did not truly care about the woman being stoned (where was the man who was caught in adultery?) Full Story


MSBCOC Spotlight

What sort of New Year’s Resolution should a Christian make?What does the Bible say about racism, prejudice, and discrimination? - God does not show partiality or favoritism, and neither should we. James 2:4 describes those who discriminate as “judges with evil thoughts.” Instead, we are to love our neighbors as ourselves (James 2:8). In the Old Testament, God divided humanity into two “racial” groups: Jews and Gentiles. God’s intent was for the Jews to be a kingdom of priests, ministering to the Gentile nations. Instead, for the most part, the Jews became proud of their status and despised the Gentiles. Jesus Christ put an end to this, destroying the dividing wall of hostility (Ephesians 2:14). All forms of racism, prejudice, and discrimination are affronts to the work of Christ on the cross.


In Remembrance
In Rememberance Of: Leroy Homer, Jr. | August 27, 1965 - September 11, 2001Leroy Homer, Jr.
August 27, 1965 - September 11, 2001

LeRoy Wilton Homer, Jr. was the Officer of United Airlines Flight 93, which was hijacked as part of the September 11 attacks in 2001, and crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killing all 33 passengers and seven crew members. Homer, son of a West German and an American soldier who was stationed in West Germany, grew up on Long Island in New York where he always dreamed of flying. As a child, he assembled model airplanes, collected aviation memorabilia and read books on aviation. He was 15 years old when he started flight instruction in a Cessna 152. Working part-time jobs after school to pay for flying lessons, he completed his first solo trip at the age of 16 and obtained his private pilot’s certificate in 1983.


Bible Study
Blasphemy Against the Holy GhostBlasphemy Against the Holy Ghost - Down through the years, Matthew 12:31-32 has been the occasion of great concern to devout, God-fearing people. This concern is the result of a gross misunderstanding of what our Lord was actually saying. It is the sequel to a perversion of His teaching and is productive of the usual effect of such perversion in depriving men of the peace, contentment, and happiness of soul and mind, and the joy that God intends for us to have in Christ. It would, in the very nature of the case, be impossible for one to “rejoice in the Lord always” (Philippians 4:4) if there was the slightest possibility of his having sometime inadvertently committed a sin that could not be forgiven.


Health & Wellness
Depression and ChristianityDepression and Christianity - Have you ever just wanted to crawl into a hole and hide from everything and everyone? I certainly have. Sometimes the troubles of this life seem too much to bear. As Christians we tend to view depression as an issue of the mind rather than as a thermometer of the heart. What do I mean by that? If she would just start thinking positively, she wouldn’t feel so gloomy all the time! If she hadn’t made all of those poor decisions she wouldn’t be feeling depressed now. Many people correlate depression with an act: thinking negatively, or doing things that go against your beliefs (personal sin) that cause you to feel depressed. Alternatively, I believe depression is a way to gauge the health of our hearts.


Church Announcements & Upcoming Events

EVENT | Red Dress Sunday

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Red Dress Sunday was initiated by St. Agnes Hospital in February 2005 with the participation of many churches. Red Dress Sunday is an annual event held at the Star on the Sunday before Valentine’s Day that educates women and men about the risk factors of heart disease and how to achieve and maintain a heart healthy life style not only spiritually but also physically. Women are asked to wear red outfits and men to wear red ties.

Sponsored by: Women's Ministry

For more information, contact:
Sister Pershell Elliott or Deacon Donna Williams
Telephone: 410-727-5515

EVENT | Black History Sunday

Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Black History Sunday is a time we set aside to honor African Americans who have made contributions in the United States and around the world. Because we are celebrating Morning Star’s 125th year Anniversary, we have decided to celebrate Black Church Life at Morning Star Baptist Church of Christ for this year. Come and help us celebrate the “Star’s” history and honor some of its members. The Church is invited to wear their Afro -Centric attire.

Sponsored by: Family Life Ministry

For more information, contact:
Deacon Betty Fowler
Telephone: 410-727-5515

EVENT | She is Strong Mother’s Day Tea

Saturday May 9, 2015 from 12 Noon - 3pm

Enon Baptist Church
601 N. Schroeder st. 21217

Theme: She’s Strong (Proverbs 31:30)

Honoring Deaconess Hattie Williams

Rev. Beverly D. Cromartie
Associate Minister, Morning Star Baptist Church
1063 W. Fayette St., Baltimore, MD 21223

Lady Ray, Chair
Sis Tuck, Co-Chair
Tickets: $35.00
Vendors, food and bring your favorite tea bags!

Live music from “The Korner” of MSBCofC

For more information, contact:
Lady Casey Ray ~ 443.367.1215
Emmanuel United Baptist Church ~ 410.523.2500

Sponsored by:
Emmanuel United Baptist Church
“We are Emmanuel United... But this is the City of Agape”


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