NAE’s new statement reverberates around the country

National Association of Evangelicals

The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) recently changed their 40-year pro-death penalty position, noting serious concerns with the death penalty and acknowledging growing opposition and differing views on the issue among Evangelicals. NAE’s board of directors voted for the resolution giving guidance to the NAE’s more than 45,000 congregations from nearly 40 different denominations, serving millions of Americans.

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Evangelicals change 40-year pro-death penalty position

National Association of EvangelicalsThe National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) has a new position on the death penalty. The resolution, passed by the Board of Directors, outlines serious concerns with the death penalty and acknowledges growing opposition and differing views on the issue among Evangelicals.

The resolution represents a significant shift for the organization, which had a position in staunch support of the death penalty for the last four decades. The resolution gives guidance to the NAE’s more than 45,000 congregations from nearly 40 different denominations, serving millions of Americans:

“Because of the fallibility of human systems, documented wrongful convictions, and our desire that God’s grace, Christian hope, and life in Christ be advanced, a growing number of evangelicals now call for government entities to shift their resources away from pursuing the death penalty…”

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