Question 28: Is capital punishment biblical?

Answer:  The answer is “yes.” It is found in the Noahic covenant of Genesis 9:1-17 (specifically in verses 5-6). This covenant is unconditional, which means that its provisions are still very much in effect today. The covenant mandates capital punishment for one crime only, and that is premeditated murder. Countries that abolish capital punishment for premeditated murder are violating biblical standards. Governments have the authority to add other crimes that would require the death penalty, but as far as the law of God is concerned, only premeditated murder requires the death penalty.

For more information on this topic, see MBS 21 The Eight Covenants of the Bible,’ by Ariel Ministries.  

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Arnold Answers is a bi-weekly Q & A with founder and director of Ariel Ministries, Dr. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum.