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9 Christian Denominations With the Most Conservative Stance on Euthanasia

By    |   Tuesday, 12 May 2015 07:31 PM

With a few notable exceptions, the vast majority of Christian denominations are steadfastly against all forms of euthanasia to end one’s life during periods of physical and emotional pain and suffering.

While there has been support within the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association to make self-imposed end-of-life decisions, an overwhelming majority of modern Christian denominations continue to denounce the practice of euthanasia.

Below are nine Christian denominations against euthanasia:

1. Assemblies of God

This Pentecostal denomination has long spoken out against physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia.

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In this statement, church leaders say, “Our firm belief in the sanctity of human life is put to the supreme test in situations where the life of elderly or comatose patients is sustained by artificial procedures developed through medical science and technology.”

2. Baptists

Numerous sects of the Baptist faith have spoken out against all forms of euthanasia. The National Baptist Convention does not speak for or against the procedure, though the organization’s articles of faith places belief in placing life and death decisions in the hands of God.

In a 1992 resolution, the Southern Baptist Convention encouraged the prohibition of assisted suicide and the improvement of medical care and pain management.

3. Catholicism

The Roman Catholic Church has made a firm stance against euthanasia.

Fr. Frank A. Pavone, at Priests for Life, summed up
the denomination’s belief.

“We do not decide when our life will end, any more than we decided when it began. Much less does someone else — a relative, a doctor or a legislator — decide when our life will end. None of us is master over life and death,” wrote Pavone.

4. Episcopals

The Episcopal Church in 1991 adopted a resolution against all forms of assisted suicide, including euthanasia. The resolution, in part, states it is “morally wrong and unacceptable” to end one’s life, even in the face of suffering that comes as the result of an incurable illness.

5. Lutherans

Many sects within the Lutheran denomination have gone on record against all forms of euthanasia. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is one such group, as evidenced by this statement on end-of-life decisions. The ELCA unabashedly states ending life created in God’s image runs contrary to the church’s teachings.

6. Methodists

In a statement addressing suicide, the United Methodist Church lays out its belief plainly and simply at the final sentence of the multi-paragraph passage: “The church opposes assisted suicide and euthanasia.”

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The church has long spoken in favor of dying “to proclaim Christ’s glory” — a statement church leaders say runs contrary to the plausible theories of euthanasia.

7. Mormons

Leaders within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints went on record long ago in opposition of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. Many Mormons staunchly believe taking one’s life is against God’s commandments.

8. Presbyterian Church USA

While many sects within the Presbyterian denomination have not made a statement specifically in opposition of euthanasia, broader belief statements indicate it is not widely accepted. The Presbyterian Church USA, for example, has adopted a mission statement that points to the intrinsic value of human life.

9. Seventh-day Adventist Church

In a 1992 document, “Care for the Dying,” leaders within this denomination spoke out against all forms of preplanned death, which came as little surprise.

One of the core principles within the Seventh-day Adventist Church is the linkage between a person’s physical body and his or her soul.

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