Megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress, a Fox News contributor, got a Bible lesson from the Internet over the weekend after he lashed out at Pope Francis for opposing the death penalty.
In a declaration last week, the Vatican said that “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person.”
On Sunday, Jeffress complained about the Catholic Church’s stance.
“Pope Francis is dead wrong about capital punishment,” he wrote on Twitter. “God has commanded government to use the death penalty to demonstrate the seriousness of murder.”
Jeffress went on to quote the book of Genesis: “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man.”
Pope Francis is dead wrong about capital punishment. God has commanded government to use the death penalty to demonstrate the seriousness of murder: “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man.” — Genesis 9:6
— Dr. Robert Jeffress (@robertjeffress) August 5, 2018
The Baptist pastor was quickly slammed by commenters who pointed out that Jesus rejected retribution as a form of justice.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth,’” Christ told his followers in book of Matthew. “But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.”
Read some of the replies to Jeffress below.
You’re issue is with scripture not the pastor
— Dennis Ramsey (@Nightsights7) August 5, 2018
Your issue is with the gospel. Read Matthew 5. Jesus pretty clearly rejects eye for an eye justice.
— Peter Bissinger (@pdbiss) August 6, 2018
Dude, you paid for an ad to promote vengeance and death. Time to re-evaluate your spiritual priorities.
— Dashka Slater (@DashkaSlater) August 5, 2018
You forget that Christ came to fulfill the old law and bring about a new law. Love thy neighbor. Vengeance is not Christ-like.
— Brian Timberlake (@Briguythewise) August 5, 2018
That's the thing about these religious zealots. They forget all the love the Bible preaches and look for the things that will keep them white, rich, and in power.
— Robbie (@RobertDevious) August 6, 2018
Stop using scripture to justify your ungodly bloodlust, you emaciated racist fool.
— Ragnarok Lobster (@eclecticbrotha) August 6, 2018
Pretty sure there’s a straightforward commandment saying “Thou shall not kill”
I didn’t know there were footnotes under it.
Life in prison is a just punishment for murder.
Capital punishment is a human’s answer for vengeance. We can be better.
— Raymond Edwards (@ESunkin) August 6, 2018
I don't know if you heard about this one incident of capital punishment where this one dude from Nazareth got sent up on bogus charges and was murdered by the state. It was His opinion thereafter that capital punishment sucked & I stan for His take bigtime
— The Mountain Goats (@mountain_goats) August 6, 2018
Hi, how'd that death penalty work for Jesus?
— Eric Tiedemann (@Tiedes59) August 5, 2018
Genesis? My God! You haven't even gotten to the good parts!
I'm assuming you haven't read NT part where Jesus says,"Turn the other cheek" in Mattew 5:38-42.
If you stay in the OT, you're gonna be pretty pissed when you find out you can't wear clothes of different fabrics.
— Amanda Blount (@amandablount2) August 6, 2018