If we live in a society that does not enforce the death penalty according to Biblical Law, is it ever right for Christians to enforce it themselves?

No. Christians are to live according to the law of the land. Peter says this very clearly:

1 Peter 2:13-15
(13) Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority,
(14) or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.
(15) For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.

Christians are to obey the laws of the land, and other people become distrusting of them when they do not. A good example is those who say they are Christians and kill abortion doctors or bomb abortion clinics. Christians should be the most trustworthy of people, yet society as a whole is suspicious of them because of the few who break the law and some others who then hail these people as some kind of heroes. Does anyone really think that Jesus Christ would stand outside the house of an abortion doctor and shoot him through the window with a high powered rifle? At the time that Christ and the apostles lived, gladiator shows were a regular occurrence, and many of the gladiators were not volunteers. They included slaves and even people accused of minor crimes. A case could be made that having people fight to the death was a national sport in Rome. As evil as that was, we do not read about Jesus or Paul committing arson or burning down a coliseum or encouraging others to do so.

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  1. God did place those to take down cities, governments, like Sampson who was given great strength, he killed many by making their building fall. Same for Moses, God gave Moses the power to prevail and stand before the local government before many children were taken out in order to free the people. To say no one is ever to go against the governments even if they are bad because God has appointed thru time those to free his children. Maybe the one person with the guts to shoot a hidious baby killer made a statement to give Christians strength to not give in or give up the battle among us. I’m not disputing the truths above but rather requesting a more truthful account of the bible. If I am wrong please correct me as all I want to get at is the full explainable truth we all need to be at a FULL peace in our hearts of what God’s heart really is.

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