In the face of the coming abolition of the death penalty, The Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCED), in keeping with their mission toward "discipling of our nation where Jesus Christ is the only Savior and Lord," has issued a statement opposing the proposed move. "We uphold the principle of life for life. The punishment must fit the crime. The penalty must be commensurate to the gravity of the offense."
However, in an earlier statement, the PCED's Savior and Lord had this to say: "You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also." And in another instance, in defense of one accused of a capital offense, he said to the implementing authorities, "Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her." (The accused was granted a stay of execution.)
No word yet as to how the members of the PCED will resolve this apparent ambiguity between their leader's personal statements and the PCED's official stand supporting the death penalty.