Letter: God to mete out fate of terrorists

From: Fred Allman

Columbus

For many years as a follower of the gentle Jesus, I have been an opponent of capital punishment, believing that God’s mercy and forgiveness of sinners are limitless. But current events in the Near East have caused me to rethink the whole thing and espouse the death penalty for hardened merciless killers.

Thinking about this and studying the Bible I believe I can make the case for capital punishment. In fact, I believe that we can say that God himself practices capital punishment. He passes the death sentence on unrepentant sinners. He does have a holy law, and evil unrepentant sinners are in violation of that law.

Here is God’s proclamation on the subject, “The wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23) “The soul that sinneth shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:20).

Of course, God does accept and forgive sinners, but look at these terrorists in Syria and Afghanistan. They have gone so deep in wickedness and sin that they have lost all knowledge of righteousness and truth.

What is the only thing you can do with them? You kill them and put them out of their misery. You could say that it is an act of mercy. This is what a just merciful God does. What else can he do?

He passed this sentence on the German Nazis, and this is also the destiny of these monsters. Now, to demonstrate the reality of God’s judgment on these wicked men, he is going to make an example of their henchman, “Jihadi John,” who has been doing all these grisly beheadings. This character has a short time to live. The justice of a holy God will soon catch up with him.

Jihadi John, you can run from God, but you can’t hide.

“I say to the wicked, you will surely die.” (Ezekiel 33:14)