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Was executed Virginia woman, Teresa Lewis, really a Christian?
examiner.com ^ | Sept. 24, 2010 | Réne Girard

Posted on 09/25/2010 1:10:07 PM PDT by jackspyder

On Sept. 23, 2010, in Jarrat, Virginia, 41 yr. old Teresa Lewis was executed by lethal injection in connection with the murder of her husband, Julian Lewis and her stepson Charles "C.J." Lewis in October 2002. Thousands of individuals petitioned VA Governor Robert F. McDonnell to change her sentence to "life in prison" to no avail. (SaveTeresaLewis.org) News reports around the nation mentioned the story citing details about female executions (the last one in the U.S. was here in Texas in 2005; of the current 10 TX females on death row, 4 are from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex - details).

The News Media has also reported on Ms. Lewis's life including the fact that she was a church-going Christian caught up in sex and drugs who callously prayed with her husband shortly before allowing the men who shot Mr. Lewis and his son into the Lewis's home as part of an elaborate plan to reap the benefits of Mr. Lewis's life insurance policy. She reportedly involved her 16 yr old daughter who had sex with one of the gun-men. Is it possible for someone to be a Christian and do something that cold and corrupt?

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TOPICS: Current Events; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: christian; execution; mcdonnell; teresa; virginia

1 posted on 09/25/2010 1:10:10 PM PDT by jackspyder
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To: jackspyder

Only reliable way to find out is to throw her body into the river and see if it floats.


2 posted on 09/25/2010 1:12:14 PM PDT by Walts Ice Pick
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To: jackspyder
Was executed Virginia woman, Teresa Lewis, really a Christian?

If she was then she's a dead Christian.

3 posted on 09/25/2010 1:13:48 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: jackspyder
Is it possible for someone to be a Christian and do something that cold and corrupt?

Why do people think that being a Christian means you become sinless? This shows a complete misunderstanding of Christian faith.

Christians, like all humans, engage in sin because we are sinners first. While Christ will offer unlimited forgiveness for those sins, He does NOT automatically set aside the worldly consequences of that sin. Thinking otherwise also misrepresents the faith.

If this person sincerely asked for forgiveness of all of her sins from Jesus before she was executed, then she will have had no problems getting into heaven.

4 posted on 09/25/2010 1:15:45 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Walts Ice Pick
Who knows. Who cares. She deserved the death penalty, like many other women who murder in cold blood. God knows whether she was a Christian, and now she knows the truth about herself.
5 posted on 09/25/2010 1:16:45 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Walts Ice Pick
Who knows. Who cares. She deserved the death penalty, like many other women who murder in cold blood. God knows whether she was a Christian, and now she knows the truth about herself.
6 posted on 09/25/2010 1:16:59 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Walts Ice Pick
Who knows. Who cares. She deserved the death penalty, like many other women who murder in cold blood. God knows whether she was a Christian, and now she knows the truth about herself.
7 posted on 09/25/2010 1:17:02 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: jackspyder

I dunno. Obama says he is....


8 posted on 09/25/2010 1:17:17 PM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: Non-Sequitur

Only way they could have improved this situation was if they took her remaining accomplice and gave him the needle at the same time. She may have had a low IQ however her husband and stepson are as dead as if she were a genius.


9 posted on 09/25/2010 1:17:17 PM PDT by chittlin (chittlin)
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To: jackspyder

The most important question is..... the ones she had killed, where they Christian?


10 posted on 09/25/2010 1:17:34 PM PDT by ColdOne (GOP. Gutless Old Politicians :^))......November and Beyond!)
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To: Non-Sequitur

In my opinion no. Refer to the doctrine of apostasy. Hope I spelled that right.


11 posted on 09/25/2010 1:17:34 PM PDT by crghill (You can't put a condom on your soul. Viva Arizona!)
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To: jackspyder

She was a major sinner, so obviously not a Christian.

/SARC


12 posted on 09/25/2010 1:17:42 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (Gone Galt and loving it)
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To: hinckley buzzard
Sorry about the threepeat. Don't know how I did that.
13 posted on 09/25/2010 1:18:04 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: jackspyder

I am not reading the whole article, but there are bad people who happen to claim — and worship under — every faith. No faith is immune.

In my religion it is said, and I believe it to be true for all, that G-d provides a good option in every choice a human has to make. She chose evil.


14 posted on 09/25/2010 1:19:38 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: jackspyder
I see no reason to stay an execution just because a murderer is a "Christian." Coming to faith in Christ does not exempt one from governmental punishment for murder. Christ's blood covers one's sins in the eyes of God, but not in the eyes of the government.

If she truly has faith in God and His Son, and committed this deed, the sooner she is sent to the presence of God, the better.

15 posted on 09/25/2010 1:20:36 PM PDT by Guyin4Os (A messianic ger-tsedek)
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To: jackspyder

I think she’s like those liberal DemocRATS who are always telling the morons in the “media” that they are “a Republican that voted for Bush, TWICE, and have a son/daughter serving in Iraq but now support Obama”. See my tag.


16 posted on 09/25/2010 1:20:43 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Don't listen to what they say, watch what they do.)
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To: crghill

youre joking right? Please tell me you are joking....


17 posted on 09/25/2010 1:24:12 PM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: hinckley buzzard

Alright hinckley buzzard, just who the hell are you? I am from Hinckley, and I live under the buzzard notoriety. Give me your nearest crossroads.


18 posted on 09/25/2010 1:42:36 PM PDT by SgtHooper
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To: Guyin4Os

Agreed. Let God sort em out.


19 posted on 09/25/2010 1:44:52 PM PDT by SgtHooper
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To: jackspyder

Does it matter? Should “real” Christian converts be exempt from the death penalty after committing a capital crime? It’s not unusual for prisoners to “find the Lord” in prison.


20 posted on 09/25/2010 1:46:48 PM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: SaxxonWoods

true repentance and belief can come at anytime


21 posted on 09/25/2010 1:50:22 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: jackspyder

We can only judge her actions, not what her state of grace with God is. I hope she made peace with Him for her spirit’s sake.


22 posted on 09/25/2010 1:51:27 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: R. Scott

it wasn’t just about finding the Lord in prison, she was going to church and singing in the choir before the murders


23 posted on 09/25/2010 1:55:42 PM PDT by jackspyder
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To: Guyin4Os; SgtHooper

those people on her side said she not have received the death penalty because the guys who actually pulled the triggers, committed the murders, did not receive the death penalty


24 posted on 09/25/2010 1:59:58 PM PDT by jackspyder
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To: jackspyder

If she was a Christian, then her supporters ought to be happy to send her to heaven.

Becoming a Christian only absolves you of your sins. You still must pay for your crimes.


25 posted on 09/25/2010 2:00:01 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: jackspyder

She was a “genuine imitation” Christian.


26 posted on 09/25/2010 2:02:58 PM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: hinckley buzzard
Sorry about the threepeat. Don't know how I did that.

When I accidentally post duplicate messages, I use the "Report Abuse" button under the post to ask the administrator to remove the duplicate. It is usually deleted within seconds.

27 posted on 09/25/2010 2:03:41 PM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: jackspyder

If she was, at the time of her death, she’s with the Lord now. How bad can that be?


28 posted on 09/25/2010 2:10:07 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Christine O'Donnell, Sharron Angle, Luna Lovegood. Get it?)
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To: jackspyder

If we could only measure the tempurature of her current surroundings ...

For the purposes of her punishment, it doesn’t matter. She did the crime, she’s gotta take her licks. I hope she found Christ before it was over.

SnakeDoc


29 posted on 09/25/2010 2:38:47 PM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("When you have them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow." -- Teddy Roosevelt)
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To: jackspyder

I have no idea if she was a christian but see no reason people in prison couldn’t repent and be saved.


30 posted on 09/25/2010 2:44:31 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: jackspyder
those people on her side said she not have received the death penalty because the guys who actually pulled the triggers, committed the murders, did not receive the death penalty

Just because the government failed to execute them does not argue for the government to fail in executing her. It is an injustice that the guys who pulled the trigger were not executed. No need to compound the injustice by not putting her to death.

31 posted on 09/25/2010 2:53:55 PM PDT by Guyin4Os (A messianic ger-tsedek)
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To: jackspyder

Only she and Jesus know the truth of that and at this point neither are saying much.


32 posted on 09/25/2010 3:13:48 PM PDT by Grunthor (Tax cuts for the poor! If the poor can keep more money they may start hiring again!)
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To: jackspyder

She was a particularly vile and dispicable woman.


33 posted on 09/25/2010 3:14:03 PM PDT by FrdmLvr ( VIVA la SB 1070!)
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To: jackspyder

Christians are not and should not be exempt from punishment for wrongdoing. 1 Peter 2:20 “But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it?”

If she did not believe in God, she certainly does now. James 2:19 “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.”

Was she a believer when she died? Only God knows the heart but her actions should display a love for God or not. 1 John 3:10 “This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.”


34 posted on 09/25/2010 3:22:00 PM PDT by 1forall (America - my home, my land, my country.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

If God wants her and she’s in Heaven, I’m okay with that. IF God doesn’t want her, who are we to argue. I have no doubt that God has made the right decision on her fate, and I am glad that decision is in His hands rather than mine.


35 posted on 09/25/2010 3:39:07 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: jackspyder

I don’t know if she was a Christian, but I don’t doubt that she was a sociopath.


36 posted on 09/25/2010 3:48:36 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: pnh102

“Why do people think that being a Christian means you become sinless? This shows a complete misunderstanding of Christian faith.”

Yes, as long as we live in these bodies of flesh, sin will be an issue....but, as a Christian I am so grateful to know that Christ knew this as well. And took my sins, my many sins upon Himself and died FOR me.

If this woman truly recognized herself as a sinner, one who Christ died for.... if her faith and trust was in Him and what He did for her, then she was a Christian, regardless of the heinousness of her actions. After all, King David, a man after God’s own heart, arranged for Uriah to be placed where he would surely die, because he, the king, coveted the man’s wife....... Though killed in battle, God laid the blame for Uriah’s death squarely on the head of the king. There were consequences, decided by God, for David’s sin. But God still loved David, in spite of his actions.

God knows what we are. Whatever was in the heart of Teresa Lewis..... only God knows. He is now dealing with her according to whatever was there, in her heart. He will do exactly the same with the rest of us, case by case, individual by individual.

I hope she truly was a saved woman. If God and the holy angels weep over lost sinners, then so do I.


37 posted on 09/25/2010 3:56:20 PM PDT by pj_627
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To: jackspyder

Does it matter? If she was a Christian and had asked for forgiveness then she could be in heaven as I type but there are temporal punishments for actions in this world. The people are still dead, their relatives still have to live without them and she was culpable.


38 posted on 09/25/2010 3:58:55 PM PDT by tiki
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To: jackspyder

So what?


39 posted on 09/26/2010 8:36:33 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: FrdmLvr

What about the men that did the actual killings? How come they did not get the same punishment? I don’t understand the law and punishment in this case. They acted on their own to carry out the killings but she is the one who receives the worse sentence. Can anyone explain this?


40 posted on 09/26/2010 8:45:26 AM PDT by jerseyrocks
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To: jackspyder

By their fruits you shall know them.


41 posted on 09/26/2010 10:59:22 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: jerseyrocks

She was rightly executed and the men should have been executed, too. It was premeditated murder for hire. But just because they got it wrong with the men doesn’t mean she shouldn’t have been executed.


42 posted on 09/27/2010 2:18:03 PM PDT by FrdmLvr ( VIVA la SB 1070!)
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To: jackspyder

She most likely found God waking down to hall.


43 posted on 09/27/2010 2:19:16 PM PDT by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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