Has the Death Penalty for Murder, Homosexuality, Adultery… Been Rescinded in the New?
Has God Changed His Mind Because of “Grace”?
The Moral Code of the Law given to Moses, i.e. the Ten Commandments and Death Penalty Statutes were not rescinded by Jesus. On the contrary, He actually “beefed them up” as He stated that sins such as murder and adultery can be committed in the heart even if not acted upon (Matthew 5:21-28).
The Law demanded the death penalty for certain transgressions including adultery, homosexuality, and certain cases of incest (Exodus 22, Leviticus 18 & 20). Again and again the verdict is given, “They shall surely die.”
Before we go any farther—please understand— we are NOT espousing anyone who commits sexual sins, including homosexuals, to die or be killed! In fact, under “GRACE” God does not put to death, in the sense of criminal justice, anyone for these sins. Even so, neither has He rescinded the death penalty for these wicked sins! God still maintains they “are worthy of death” (Rom. 1:32).
What was sin under the Law is sin under Grace. And what was worthy of the death penalty under the Law still carries the sentence of death under Grace. Continue reading Has God Relaxed the Moral Code of Old Testament Law?