Pope Francis is misleading the world and here is how. He reportedly made this statement, “Capital punishment is an offence to the inviolability of life and to the dignity of the human person. It likewise contradicts God’s plan for individuals and society, and His merciful justice. It does not render justice to victims but instead fosters vengeance. The commandment Thou Shalt Not Kill has absolute value and applies both to the innocent and to the guilty.”
Pope Francis is contradicting the teaching of the Holy Spirit. I don’t know if it is through ignorance or by direct assault, but the Holy Bible does not teach what he is saying. Romans 13:1-4 has these words:
Let every soul be subject to the higher authority, for there is not authority but of God. The powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resists the authority, resists the ordinance of God, and they that resist shall receive to themselves judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good works but to the evil. Will you not then be afraid of the authority? Do that which is good and you shall have praise of the same, for he is the minister of God unto for good. But if you do that which is evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain, for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that does evil.
Notice the last part of that. The authorities are the arm of Almighty God to take vengeance on evildoers. That is a very basic, fundamental, easily discerned truth. Almighty God is truly a God of mercy AND He is truly a God of justice/vengeance. He HATES evil. He loved us so much, that in order to rescue us from His fierce wrath against sin, He had to sacrifice His own Son in our place. Nothing else could possibly appease Him. You may think this is contradictory, but it is not. Everyone is ready and willing to jump on board the mercy/grace train and ride it to forever, with nary a consideration of Almighty God’s fierce hatred for sin.
Pope Francis is wrong on several counts. #1 capital punishment was instated by Almighty God Himself. Read the Books of Leviticus and Numbers if you do not believe me. Murder, kidnapping, adultery, homosexuality, bestiality, etc. REQUIRED capital punishment.
#2 Capital punishment does not in any way contradict Almighty God’s plan for individuals and society; instead, it is an integral part of His plan to keep society functional.
#3 Capital punishment is not only to avenge the innocent, but it is for the express purpose of appeasing Almighty God’s fierce anger against sin. Notice again the passage in Romans 13. Capital punishment by the authorities is specifically the hand of Almighty God’s vengeance against evil. Yes, you heard me right: Almighty God takes vengeance against society-destroying sins in this fashion.
#4 The commandment, “Thou shalt not kill” means: You shall do no murder. Pope Francis is wrong in saying that “thou shalt not kill” applies to the innocent and the guilty. It is the express duty of authorities to execute guilty individuals for capital crimes.
#5 Pope Francis misuses the terms inviolability and human dignity. There is a line that can be crossed by human-beings, that demands a capital punishment response. Almighty God not only cares for individual human-beings, but He also cares for society. When an individual does things that are overwhelmingly destructive to society, the death penalty is sometimes the only appropriate response.
It is completely inappropriate for Pope Francis or the Church or anyone else to override the Word of Almighty God! I repeat without apology: It is inappropriate for Pope Francis, the Church, or anyone else to supersede the Word of Almighty God. It was inspired by the Holy Spirit and violators usurp its authority at their own peril.