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By PASTOR EARL M. McGUFFEY q 2 Mrs. Carl (Susan) Roncagllone. e Bostic of White and Carl James Jr. of Charleston were e on June 18, 1988 United Methodist Springs. double- ring core- Roy. Mark DeHaven. at the organ, presented of traditional wedding to the altar and given in her father, the bride gown of white satin, sleeves, a princess a full skirt extending cathedral train. She Cascade bouquet of sonja roses, mini- Carnations and baby's up with satin stream- Were: Maid of honor, of White Sulphur of the bride, Tammy Bostic acted as with Kathy Brock- Nancy Cash of tnd Katic McKean of sister of the lione served as man. Ushers were gia, "Bo" r of the bride of White Duran Hoiton of Tomy Ramos of Robert Wolfe of Jacksonville, Florida, cousins of the groom, John King of Lewisburg and Pat King of Morgantown. Jan Lilly of Hinton attended the guest book. The bride's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Edward Bostic of White Sulphur Springs, the groom's parents are Dr. and Mrs. Carl James Roncaglione, Sr. The receiption was held following the ceremony at the church's fellow- ship hall. The bride attended Greenbrier Community College and will be a student at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. The groom, a graduate of Hamp- ton-Sidney College, attended gradu- ate school at West Virginia Univer- sity and is enrolled in the Cumber- land School of Law at Samford Uni- versity in Birmingham, Alabama. Following a wedding trip to The Homestead in Hot Springs, the couple is residing in Birmingham. Is it right for government to put someone to death because they have murdered someone else? This question is often raised, and many times welt-meaning people will ar- gue that it is never right to take a life because the Bible says, "Thou shalt not kill" (Exodus 20:13). They are opposed to capital punishment and use the Bible to support their view. But the Bible does not speak against capital punishment, it speaks in favor of it. The sixth commandment states, "Thou shall not kill" (Exodus 20:13). This is a commandment addressed to men concerning God's standard for their conduct. God says it is wrong to take someone's life. But if man breaks that commandment, then he must face the penalty. And the penalty is found in the next chapter. Exodus 21:12 says, "He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death." The same standard is carried over in the New Testament. In Ro- mans 13 we learn that God ordained human government to be a "minister of God" to protect and praise those who do good (v.3,4). But govern- ment is also a "minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil" (v.4). And therefore, evildoers should be afraid because government "bareth not the sword in vain" (v.4). Now what is a sword used for? Is it used to smack someone's hand? No, a sword is used a kill. And God has given government the right to take life, to wield the sword. If someone deliberately took the life of one of my loved ones, I would not have the right to avenge him by taking his life. But I should be able to count on government to execute the proper revenge. God says, "Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord" (Romans 12:19). and" God uses government as His minis- ter to repay, to be the "revenger to execute wrath" (Romans 13:4). Paul, who wrote Romans 13, showed that he believed in capital punishment. When he stood before Festus he said: "If I be an offender, or have committed anything worthy of death, I refuse not to die" (Acts 25:11). He believed that government had the right to take life if the cdme so warranted it. Now, why is murder so serious that God would demand capital pun- ishment? The answer is found in the very beginning of human history. When God created man, He created him "in His image, in the image of God created He him" (Genesis HOWARD L. SCHOONMAKER Republican for COUNTY COMMISSION GREENBRIER COUNTY SUPPORTS The Mountain Messenger, Tues~lay, October 4, 1988 3B 1:27). Man was separate and dis- tinct from the animals. He was made in God's image. He bore God's like- ness, and became God's represen- tative on earth, to subdue and have dominion over all other living things (Genesis 1:28). It was serious busi- ness to kill a man, for you would be striking at the image of God. And so God said, "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made He man" (Genesis 9:6). Therefore, the Bible supports capital punishment as the appropri- ate response of government to the sin of murder. ........ ...... : ~ Feamster wins e Special music announced for fall Revival Special music for Salem Presby- terian Church Fall Revival has been set for Sunday, October 9th. Dixie Hoke of Second Creek and Newport News, Virginia will sing. The follow- ing singers will also sing: Monday - The Believers - a quar- tet from James Chapel Methodist Church at Clintonville will present a prog ram; Tuesday - the Select choir from Greenbrier East high School. The speaker for the service will be the Rev.and Dr. Ed Foore of Rock Lake Presbyterian Church, South Charleston. All services begin at 7:30 p.m. at the church located on 219 at Organ Cave, 4 mils south of Ronceverte. Pastor Rev. Yale Gunn invites the public. Mike Feamster of White Sulphur Springs has won the final round of National Teen Talent Competition, at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, at the Grand Hotel and Convention Cen- ter, on August 9, 10 and 11 with this own creation of a drum percussion solo, entitled "Sounds of Praise", originating from Psalms 150. He recently won a blue ribbon in the district Talent at Hot Springs, Virginia, a first place trophy in Con- terence Talent at Dublin, Virginia, and a first place trophy in Regional Competition at Greenville, Tennes- see. These accomplishments made it possible for him to compete at the National finals. In this competition, he was Mike, the son of Buck and Linda FGamster of White Sulphur, is a member of the White Sulphur Pente- costal Holiness Church and repre- sented his church and the West Vir- ginia District in Teen Talent. Th!s annual talent contest is made pos- sible through the Pentecostal Con- ference to encourage its young people in the church to use their tal- ent to glorify God. awarded a large trophy and a $1000 scholarship to Southwestern Col- lege, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and a $300 scholarship at Emman- uel College and School of Christian Ministries, in Franklin Springs, Geor- ia. Revival services The Monroe County Parish of the United Methodist Church will have revival services October 3-October 7 at the Hollywood Tabernacle. Serv- ices will begin each evening at 7:00 p.m. The Rev. Norman Arrington will ~e the guest speaker. Each evening Roy. 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