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- Author: Alexander Campbell
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Campbell, Alexander - Is Capital Punishment Sanctioned by Divine Authority?
Expository Topics Christian Living
Is Capital Punishment Sanctioned by Divine Authority?
An Essay by Alexander Campbell
Alexander Campbell, editor of the Christian Baptist and the Millennial Harbinger, was often asked to present his thoughts on various "hot topics" of the day. Some viewed the matter of capital punishment as solely a political issue, one that a preacher should not be bothering with. Others believed that the words "thou shalt not kill" extended to governments, and so it was a Christian's responsibility to speak out against it. Still others held the belief that Romans 13:1-ff gave governments the divine responsibility to execute capital punishment.
This work is a single-chapter essay of approximately 20 pages.
Campbell was an able debater, an eloquent preacher, and a man who--when he was home--spent (literally) ten hours per day in Bible study. Through his work, tens of thousands of souls were brought to Jesus Christ. His primary motivation from the beginning to the end of his ministry was to get people to leave their denominational creeds and names and doctrines behind, and all unite simply as Christians, using only what could be found and proven from the Scriptures as the basis of fellowship.
Most associate him with the church of Christ, though his preferred description of the church was "disciples of Christ."
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