God and Capital Punishment (from Apologetics Press)

In 1984 leaders of 13 major denominational churches in Florida signed a joint document condemning capital punishment. They described the death penalty as being extremely harmful, immoral, an action that encourages violence and demonstrates disrespect for human life and is inconsistent with the love of God. The conduct of these religious leaders is a classic example of refusing to think right about God. Capital punishment is a principle that is divine in origin and permanent in nature. It embraces all of time. God intends for the death penalty to be employed as an act of justice by duly authorized authorities for as long as man should inhabit the earth. Read >>

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Hugh’s News & Views (Gus Nichols’ Letter)

GUS NICHOLS’ LETTER TO HIS FAMILY AT HOME

Following is a letter the late great gospel preacher Gus Nichols (1892-1975) wrote to his family at home in Jasper, AL during a meeting in which he was preaching in Montgomery, AL in 1938. It is a graphic description of the electrocution of two criminals at Kilby Prison, an Alabama state penitentiary in Montgomery. Leonard Johnson (mentioned in the letter) was co-founder of Montgomery Bible College, later Alabama Christian College, now Faulkner University. I assume brother Johnson was the local preacher where brother Nichols was conducting the meeting. I am indebted to Larry Whitehead of Birmingham, AL, editor of The Alabama Restoration Journal (currently in a state of suspension), for sharing this letter with me. I will alert the faint of heart that it is a horrifying description of what brothers Nichols and Johnson witnessed so many years ago. Too, this particular edition of “News & Views” is about twice as long as usual, but I did not want to divide the letter into two parts. It is as follows: Continue reading

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If you’re an imperfect sinner, quit sinning and start maturing

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You’ve read this rant before, no doubt, but in the last week, the “imperfect sinner” hype has popped up before my eyes at least a dozen times. So I tweeted:

There are several problems here with the use of “imperfect” and “sinner.” First, we’re using them in senses that are strange to the Bible. Don’t we proclaim to be a people who call Bible things by Bible names? If so, we need to change our language. Continue reading

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