Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

OKUMC Statement on capital punishment


Since the State of Oklahoma has recently resumed implementing the death penalty, we think it’s is important to remind everyone where the United Methodist Church stands on the death penalty (capital punishment).
The United Methodist Church opposes the death penalty.  The United Methodist Church in its Book of Discipline has made the following declaration on the implementation of the death penalty at any time:
We believe the death penalty denies the power of Christ to redeem, restore, and transform all human beings. The United Methodist Church is deeply concerned about crime throughout the world and the value of any life taken by a murder or homicide. We believe all human life is sacred and created by God and therefore, we must see all human life as significant and valuable. When governments implement the death penalty (capital punishment), then the life of the convicted person is devalued and all possibility of change in that person’s life ends. We believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and that the possibility of reconciliation with Christ comes through repentance. This gift of reconciliation is offered to all individuals without exception and gives all life new dignity and sacredness. For this reason, we oppose the death penalty (capital punishment) and urge its elimination from all criminal codes.
                                    Social Principles ¶164.G
   United Methodist Book of Discipline 2016
We encourage everyone to be in prayer for all those directly affected by the implementation of capital punishment. We also pray that every decision made will be directed by the Holy Spirit and a result of seeking God’s will. 


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