Capital Punishment (81-35)

Whereas the committee charged to prepare a study on capital punishment has completed the study; ;and

Whereas  the study has been put in the hands of our people; and

Whereas  the study has sought a broad and yet comprehensive view of capital punishment;

Be it Therefore Resolved that we receive the report of the Task Force on Capital Punishment and that copies of the report be made available upon request to Advent Christians;

Be it Further Resolved that the delegate body of the 1984 General Conference Convention come ready to respond to the Task Force report on Capital Punishment, and to continuing discussion and other published studies provoked by it, determining that:

  1. A Biblical stand should be made against it.
  2. A Biblical stand should be made for it.
  3. A study of the Bible does not resolve the debate, thereby leaving the issue to individual conscience and interpretation.