By Dr. Patrick Johnston
Illinois governor Pat Quinn abolished the death penalty in Illinois with a stroke of his pen this month, and commuted the sentences of those on death row to life in prison.
In justifying his actions, he flexed the superiority of his moral standard. “To have a consistent, perfect death penalty system… that’s impossible in our state. I think it’s the right and just thing to abolish the death penalty and punish those who commit heinous crimes — evil people — with life in prison without parole and no chance of release.”
So if Governor Quinn’s system of justice is “right and just,” then what is the system of criminal justice that God prescribes in his Word? Wrong and unjust? What an indictment he levels upon the Word of God and character of God!
Just What Is “Right and Just” to Governor Quinn?
Governor Quinn is extremely concerned about convicting the innocent. The false convictions in their justice system is one of the reasons he gives for overturning the death penalty. The expense of a death penalty conviction is another reason given. Does Governor Quinn consult what God’s Word says should be done to be more certain of convictions and keep it inexpensive? No. Instead, he abandons the death penalty altogether and resorts to life without parole, which at Tamms Correctional Institute in Illinois can be solitary confinement for life at the cost of over $60,000 per inmate per year. To Governor Quinn, convicting the innocent is a travesty to be avoided at all cost, whereas sentencing those whose guilt is insufficient for the death penalty but sufficient for life in solitary confinement – that’s tolerable.
Proverb 17:15 says, “He that justifeth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord.” God’s Word says that falsely convicting the innocent and falsely acquitting the guilty are “both” an abomination to God. They should be equally avoided, and God’s Word shows us how to avoid both abominations.
The standard of justice of the governor of Illinois is unbiblical, and therefore false. His philosophy is to err on the side of mercy for the criminals, even if it means injustice for the victims and the innocent, even if it means forcing the victims’ loved ones to pay to clothe, house, entertain, feed, medicate, and legally defend those that raped and murdered their loved ones. And the victims and the innocent must cough up billions of dollars for Mr. Quinn’s system of justice upon pain of fine, prison, or property confiscation. And that’s Governor Quinn’s “right and just” system?
What Is the Basis of Governor Quinn’s View of Morality and Justice?
What is the basis of right and wrong according to Governor Quinn? Is his opinion the basis of morality and justice? His opinion is that the death penalty is wrong if you cannot be 100% certain that a conviction is true, and he’s certain that you can never be 100% certain. But why does he consider his opinion “right and just”? If his basis is simply that it’s his opinion that his opinion’s right, then he’s engaging in circular reasoning, which is a logical fallacy. It’s everybody’s opinion that their own opinion is right, but if that’s the basis of their belief that their opinion is correct and their neighbor’s incorrect, then they are being illogical.
Does Governor Quinn think that a democratic consensus determines morality? Is right and wrong determined by voters or polls? If so, then on what basis does he so confidently condemn the death penalty in states where it is democratically popular, as in Texas? How can he condemn any evil that is popular with the majority – such as slavery in the colonial era, or persecution of religious minorities in Muslim lands?
If Governor Quinn believes “might makes right”, and he’s simply imposing his will on the state of Illinois because he can, then on what basis can he condemn any evil that is practiced by any tyrant or dictator against innocent subjects? If might makes right, how can he condemn genocide?
That Governor Quinn has a moral view and can impose it on the state does not justify it. What is his basis for his extra-biblical code of morality and justice? If he were to venture to answer the question and justify his moral authority, you would find very quickly that Governor Quinn has his feet planted firmly on thin air.
The Christian morality is true because of the impossibility of the contrary. If we reject the Christian faith as revealed in the Bible, then we have no basis for morality or justice at all! The biblical Christian worldview is the view that God has given us a law revealed in conscience and in Scripture, by which He expects us to govern ourselves. His law is good and just and He will hold us accountable to this standard on a future day of judgment. Lastly, the biblical worldivew has a plan of salvation through repentance (returning to obedience to divine law) and faith in the shed blood of His Son Jesus. Agree with it or not, at least the Christian worldview can justify itself. Governor Quinn’s view of morality and justice cannot even justify itself.
What About the Separation of Church and State?
Some ACLU-certified demon from hell publicized the idea that the church should stay out of politics, and most churches have bought the lie, hook, line, and sinker. Most churches remain neutral on politically sensitive subjects such as the death penalty. That is a shame because the Bible has all the right answers. Christians should not be tolerant of alternative moral standards and counterfeit Saviors, any more than a physician who has found the cure for all diseases should tolerate disease.
Whatever our American forefathers meant by a separation of church and state, it certainly was not a separation of God and state that our leaders are forcing upon us today. The separation of church and state certainly didn’t preclude our forefathers from praying Christian prayers in the statehouses, from printing Bibles at taxpayer expense for distribution in public schools, and from teaching the Bible and God’s law to public school students.
The first amendment says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Congress – not the states. The states could have state-sponsored Christian denominations and most states did at the signing of the Constitution. The first amendment did not prevent that.
Even if our American forefathers did envision the kind of separation of God and state that the ACLU and its friends in government coercively force upon us, the American forefathers are not the ultimate standard for right and wrong. We worship the author of the standard by which we live, and “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.” When a godless government demands allegiance to it at the expense of our state’s allegiance to God and His Word, what they demand of us idolatry.
When government leaders insist that we “walk in the statutes of the heathen,” we must remember that Israel was condemned and cast out of the Promised Land for doing this.
It was William Penn, for whom Pennsylvania was named, who said, “Those who will not be ruled by God will be governed by tyrants.”
God, who is the foundation of morality and justice, must be the cornerstone of all government if the people are to be free. The alternative to the rule of God through men is the rule of man as god, and man unrestrained by divine law is a cruel tyrant who will, sooner or later, wreak havok on the church. Human governments are comprised of humans, and humans must either serve God or satan, righteousness or sin (Matt. 6:24, Rom. 6:16). There is no middle ground where governments can be neutral with regard to the claims of Christ. Jesus said, “He that is not for me is against Me, and he that gathereth not for me scattereth abroad.” All governments, like all people, are either the friend of God or the enemy of God (James 4:4). Man must either come under the yoke of God’s word, which Jesus said is “easy” and “light”, or he will come under the yoke of counterfeit deities and the gavel of divine judgment.
“Thus saith the Lord.”
What is the church’s offensive weapon against principalities and powers, and against spiritual weapons in high places? Ephesians 6 says it is the word of God, that two-edged sword that unleashes the omnipotent power of heaven against the devil through the church.
Most pastors are content to spurn what God’s Word says about politically-sensitive subjects and let the democratic consensus or those in power decide such matters. This is a recipe for national calamity. When teaching math, math teachers don’t let the students vote on the right answer. When teaching the English language, we don’t let the strongest kid in the room decide the rules of grammar, or the most popular professor decide how words should be spelled. No, we consult a reliable, enduring standard. We appeal to a math book or a dictionary.
Well, what is the standard for morality and justice? If the Bible is God’s Word, the Bible is that standard. If the Bible is not the standard, and if democracy or “might makes right” determines the bounds of morality and justice, then Christians need to stop pretending to believe the Bible to be the Word of God. We prove what we believe through what we say and do (James 2:14-26). Where the Bible speaks to relevant issues, we must not be silent. The church must be at the forefront of these public policy debates because we have the right answers from God’s Word.
It is not just a passion to obey our Savior that should move the church to wield that two-edged sword, it is compassion for our fellow man that should move us to act. Because God’s plan actually saves lives and prevents crime and murder! God’s Word protects the innocent better than anything mankind can conjure. Deuteronomy 13:11 confirms that when a capital criminal is put to death, its disincentive is powerfully effective: “All Israel shall hear, and fear, and do no more such evil as this that was done among you.” We have God’s promise on the matter. We cannot improve on the love and compassion of Almighty God. His Word reveals His will, and His Word says that murderers should be executed. His Word forbids rulers and judges to extend leniency to guilty criminals: “thine eye shall not pity him, that it may go well with thee” and “take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer: he shall surely be put to death.”
Since Jesus Is Coming Soon and the Anti-christ Is Going to Take Over the World Anyway, Shouldn’t We Just Preach the Gospel?
For too long the church has focused on what happens inside the four walls of the church, and has abandoned the arena of civil justice and public policy to the devil. For far too long, the second coming of Christ has been an excuse for our withdrawal from influence government policy, when it should be the opposite: the second coming of Christ should motivate us to full obedience to God’s Word, not partial obedience. The power Christ gives us over “every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God” should provoke us confidently conquer in His name, to take back the land that the devil has stolen, and as much as is possible, to teach all nations all things whatsoever He has commanded us.
Being salt and light in society is a mandate for the church – not just to save the lost from hell, but to take authority over principalities and powers in high places, to tread demons underfoot, to be “Good Samaritans” to the poor and helpless, and to expand the kingdom of God.
When an earthquake destroys buildings in a city, construction workers are in high demand. When disease is predominant in society, physicians are in demand for their counsel and medicines. As society continues to deteriorate as a result of following counterfeit standards of morality and justice, the church will have a grand opportunity to make God’s case to our leaders and to the public. The pulpits of the church must thunder forth the truth that obedience to God’s Word brings blessing and rejecting God’s Word for man’s brings judgment, not just to us individually, but to our nation. When calamity comes upon our nation, there will be too many churches blaming Muslims, or blaming the government, or blaming the military, or blaming the Democrats or Republicans, when we should be blaming ourselves for our sins. National sin always, sooner or later, brings national judgment.
God’s Word Speaks to All Matters of Life, Is Meant for All, and All Nations Will Be Accountable
The Old Testament Scriptures are not directed only to Israel, just as the New Testament Scriptures aren’t meant only for Christians. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16). More profitable for than a popular opinion polls, more profitable than a Supreme Court decision on the matter, and more profitable than what increases our popularity and grows our churches.
In Deuteronomy 4:6 and 7, God said that the Gentile nations would observe the law in Israel, and would see the wisdom in it and know that God was among them. God wanted Israel to be a light to the Gentiles because the law that God had given them revealed His will for all. God’s law testifies to God’s wisdom and love. God’s law resonates with the consciences of men.
In Psalm 2, God says that all nations and kings will be accountable for following God’s Word and submitting to Christ, or disregarding God’s Word and rebelling against Christ. In Jeremiah 18, God says that all nations will be judged by whether they they obey Him or not. “Every nation that forgets God,” Proverbs says, “shall be turned into hell.” Psalm 33 says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”
The American pulpits must boldly and uncompromisingly speak the word of the Lord to this nation. Our nation and our states have forsaken the God of our forefathers. We must return to the Lord if we are to avert national judgment. Over and over again, the Bible tells us that we will all individually be judged according to our works, but so will nations. People are judged for the crimes its government de-criminalizes, and for the sins of its leaders. Homosexuality and the shedding of innocent blood were often the last straw that brought God’s wrath upon a nation. When David sinned in numbering Israel, 70,000 Israelites died of a plague sent by God’s hand. How much more so does the United States deserve judgment when the leaders that we elect sin against God and celebrate abortion, sodomy, and injustice in our justice system?
The Great Commission Is Not Just to Preach the Gospel, but to Teach “Every Word” of God
Most churches have embraced the idea that they should focus on the salvation of individual souls and stay away from matters related to civil authority. Certainly the Great Commission includes preaching and saving the lost, but that’s not all: “Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them… teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matt. 28). Part of the Great Commission is to teach people all things whatsoever Jesus commanded us.
What did Jesus teach on the matter of civil government? Jesus repeatedly affirmed the law of God as given to Moses (Matthew 5 and Matthew 23). In Matthew 15, verses 1-9, Jesus endorsed the death penalty when someone curses their parents, and He rebuked his hearers for compromising the inspired penalty with their traditions.
Jesus taught that we should render unto God the things that are God’s, and to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s (Matthew 22:21). We have no duty to render to Caesar the things that are God’s. Caesar, or the state, has no right to usurp God’s authority and invent counterfeit standards of morality and justice.
Certainly, the New Testament makes some Jewish commands non-obligatory to Gentiles, such as circumcision, Sabbaths, feast days, and atoning sacrifices. But the authority of the Old Testament is the basis for the inspiration of the New Testament, and we should never disregard God’s Word on any matter on which God speaks in any part of the Bible. “Man shall not live by bread alone,” said Jesus, “but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” Every word. We reject a jot or tittle to our peril.
Didn’t Jesus teach that we were to give mercy to others, and not demand an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth? In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus was reproving an abuse of the law, punishing others as a matter of personal vengeance. He was not teaching that we should de-criminalize crime and let everybody off the hook from any civil penalty imposed upon them – that would be anarchy, and contrary to God’s character. He is a just and holy God who punishes evil, as evidence by the existence of hell. Those who presume to be nicer than God in their judgments against criminals deceive themselves.
We should also teach “every word of God” to rulers, or if God wills, become them. Eleven of the first 13 colonies had inscribed into law that one could not be a candidate for public office unless he were a Christian. John Jay, the first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, said, “It is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.” Rulers should obey God in their position of authority just as employers should obey God in their position of authority and fathers should obey God in their position of authority. No one is exempt from God’s rule or word.
Romans 13:3-4 says, “Rulers are not a terror to the good works, but to the evil.” Evil defined by whom, you might ask?
Keep reading: “For he is a minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain.” What does God’s civil minister bear? A key, to keep people locked in jail? No – a sword, which is symbolic of power to execute or cut off.
Let’s keep reading: “For he is a minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” Who has the God-given jurisdiction of vengeance? God’s civil ministers. Who does he “execute wrath upon?” He that “doeth evil.” Evil as defined by whom? God, whose ministers civil authorities are.
“Where ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath” – that is, for fear of the penalty – “but also for conscience sake.” When a tyrant demands sin, or apathy to sin, or forces his subjects to fund sin upon pain of fine, prison, or property confiscation, or insists that we worship them or take a mark on our hand to buy or sell, the consciences of men don’t urge compliance – they object! The governing standard for rulers is the law of God, He who is the standard of morality and justice. Every other standard is a counterfeit, an imposter, a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a serpent offering forbidden fruit.
What About the Woman Caught in the Act of Adultery?
In John 8, the Pharisees brought a woman to Jesus they claimed that they “caught in the act of adultery.” The passage says that they were trying to trap Jesus. Their motive wasn’t the justice, nor to promote disincentive that God’s law provided. Their motive was injustice.
“Moses said that we should stone her, but what do you say?” they inquired. Jesus ignored them and wrote on the ground. They asked again, and Jesus responded, “Those among you who are without sin, let him cast the first stone.” The Bible says that these Pharisees became “convicted by their own conscience”, dropped their stones, and walked away.
Jesus asked the adulteress, “Who accuses you?” She responded, “No man, Lord.” Then He told her, “Neither do I condemn you. God and sin no more.”
God forgave capital criminals in the Old Testament, so this not a New Testament phenomenon. He forgave King David after he committed adultery with Bathsheba and murdered her husband to cover it up. Jesus forgave the adulteress on condition of faith and repentance: “Go and sin no more.” So there is no new paradigm for dealing with adultery in John 8.
Secondly, the law said that “the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.” If this woman was “caught in the act” as the Pharisees claim, where was the man? Maybe Jesus wrote on the ground the Bible verse that stoked their cold consciences and produced their conviction: “Lev. 20:10.” Or maybe He wrote the name of the man that they let escape judgment. Or maybe He wrote the names of the women that these men committed adultery with. Whatever the case, these deceitful men, who were trying to trap Jesus, were suddenly “convicted by their own conscience” and dropped their stones. It wasn’t obedience to God’s law that brought conviction to their otherwise dull consciences, it was disobedience to God’s law that convicted them. God’s law is not unconscionable.
Well, if the Old Testament penalty for adultery was appropriate, why didn’t Jesus cast the first stone at her? That would have been unlawful, for God’s law requires the witnesses to be the first to cast the stone. Jesus wasn’t an eyewitness to the crime, and there had to be two or three anyway for a capital crime. Moreover, such executions were to take place publicly, and Jesus was left alone with the woman.
This passage in John 8 doesn’t refute the law of God regarding adultery, but rather, reiterates it. After all, Jesus told those that weren’t hypocrites to cast the stone at her.
How Is the Law of God “Perfect, Converting the Soul”? (Psalm 19)
The salvation of souls would be more likely if God’s law were predominant in government and society. “The law of God was not made for the righteous,” I Timothy 1 says, “but for the lawless, for homosexuals, for murderers, for kidnappers.” Why? The law magnifies conviction for their sin, which is a necessary prerequisite for salvation.
The commandments and judgments of God also restrain the outward acts of selfish men. It cannot change their hearts or make them righteous – they need faith in Jesus’ blood for that. But for fear of the penalty enforced by the state, it can keep them from acting out their sinful lusts.
Romans 3 says that the law of God makes all the world guilty before God. Paul said, “I had not known sin but by the law” (Romans 7). Just as it’s easier for a physician to prescribe a remedy if the disease and its complications are common knowledge in society, it’s easier for a soul-winner to prescribe Jesus as the remedy for sin if the law of God has broadcast the knowledge and guilt of sin in society. As Paul said in Galatians, “the law is our schoolmaster to lead us to Christ”. When the law of God is a predominant influence in society and government, it acts as a schoolmaster to show sinners their sin, to convince them of guilt, and show them their need for a Savior and Deliverer. It is the salt on the tongue that makes them thirsty for the water of life from the wells of salvation.
“Lower the law and you dim the guilt by which men perceive their sin. This is a serious loss to the sinner rather than a gain, for if you lower the law, you have deprived the Gospel of its most power auxillary [weapon].” Charles Spurgeon
“Evermore the law must prepare the way for the Gospel. To overlook this in instructing souls is almost certain to result if a false hope, the introduction of a false standard of Christian experience, and will fill the church with false converts. Time will make this plain.” Charles G. Finney
In the great awakenings throughout church history, we see an emphasis upon the law of God to induce conviction of sin and the fear of God. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge, saith the Scriptures. If the law of God were exalted in society and reflected in public policy, the schoolmaster that leads men to Christ would have megaphone to the hearts and consciences of sinners, the fear of God which is the beginning of knowledge would be more prevalent, and the Gospel of grace would be harder to resist.
The Abandonment of God’s Law in Society Results In Tyranny and National Judgment
When the state abandons the law of God, tyranny is inevitable. We Americans like to hail the glories of democracy, but democracy can be just as devastating as an oligarchy or a monarchy in destroying the freedom of the people. It’s not the type of government that brings freedom, it’s the standard to which the government and its people adhere.
We might make it to heaven if our nation and our government continues to tread God’s law underfoot, but our children and our children’s children will lose their freedom. They may make it to heaven if they keep the faith, but they may have to do so in prison or in hiding from their state-sponsored persecutors.
Jesus said that the church is the salt of the earth, and if the salt loses its saltiness, it is good for nothing, but to be cast out and trodden underfoot by wicked men. Judgment first begins at the House of God. Before God punishes the nation for its sin, He punishes the salt for tolerating it.
Jails Are Not Biblical
I spoke with a pastor several weeks ago, and I made the statement that jail was not biblical. He cocked his head to the side and thought about it for a moment. He initially appeared jolted by the simple statement, but then he nodded. “You’re absolutely right.”
Now, how many newspaper articles and media reports about prison has this pastor been exposed to, and yet never had evaluated that penalty with the Word of God? How can students of Scripture just accept the traditions of society as normal, appropriate, and just, when God’s Word is so clear on the matter? The penalties God’s Word endorses are execution, restitution, public flogging, and “eye for an eye, tooth for tooth” for assault. When God’s Word and man’s opinions contradict, God is always right.
How to Abate the Wrath of God On America Because of the Shedding of Innocent Blood
Numbers 35 tells us that where innocent blood has been shed and justice has not been done, that the land is defiled and is in danger of judgment. The curse of innocent blood brings God’s wrath upon the inhabitants of the land. Justice is redemptive in the sense that it quenches the wrath of God upon the land for the shedding of innocent blood.
In many states, Personhood laws and amendments are being proposed and defended as a means to grant the right to life to the preborn statewide. This is the biblical model, for Deuteronomy 21 tells us that justice is local: it’s the city or state nearest the crime that bears the divine penalty for not doing justice when innocent blood is shed in its jurisdiction. It’s also constitutional, as the only crimes the central government can be involved in, according to the Constitution, is treason and invasion. Article 10 states that whatever is not explicitly granted to the federal government belongs to the states or the people. The federal government has no business punishing child molesters and murders – it is outside its jurisdiction, and firmly in the jurisdiction of the states. Constitutionally and biblically, justice is local.
But a statewide abortion ban is only as effective as it is enforced. Good law doesn’t abate God’s wrath. Israel had best law, penned by finger of God, and they faced severe judgment for their disobedience to it – starvation, economic disaster, disease, defeat in battle, captivity, and slavery.
Christians think that they serve God in their hearts and everything will be fine, but we don’t understand that corporate judgment comes upon the whole nation if the nation does not serve God. When God punishes a nation, the Daniels, Shadracks, Meshacks, and Abednegos go bound in chains into captivity with the ungodly? Don’t we realize that we are all guilty of America’s sin if we subsidize it through taxation, perpetuate it with our consent of their ungodly legislation and judicial decisions, and encourage it with the caressing silence of our pulpits? If God’s Word extolled a means whereby we could avoid judgment and our children remain free, would we even care about our children and the survival of liberty in our country?
But At Least We Have the Death Penalty in Some States
If we evaluate capital punishment in the United States of America with the Word of God, we must admit to several deficiencies. All the problems with capital punishment and its lack of disincentive result from failing to follow God’s Word on the matter.
God’s Word mandated a high bar for conviction. Two or three witnesses, or incontrovertible pieces of evidences (like DNA evidence, video surveillance evidence, or eyewitnesses) were necessary for a conviction. Circumstantial evidence was not admissible. This increased confidence that convictions were true and protected against false convictions.
In a capital case, perjury was a capital offense. For example, if a woman lied and said that her husband was with her when the capital crime was committed, when in truth he was guilty of the crime, she committed a capital offense. If someone lied to get someone falsely convicted of a capital crime, the perjurer had committed a capital offense. This secured against false convictions.
There were no prison sentences for lesser murders. If there was insufficient evidence to convict, the accused went free. This secured against false convictions. Too often in our system, the judge and jury will give the death penalty if evidence is strong, but if evidence is weak, they’ll issue a life sentence instead. What injustice! The accused is either guilty or not, and if innocent, it is just as cruel to put the accused in a cage the rest of his life as it is to put him to death.
Executions were to take place publicly, not out of the public eye, but in the midst of the public square. The people were the executioners, starting with the eyewitnesses. This was designed to leave a profound affect upon the observers, that such crimes were to be avoided. This was designed to gratify the thirst that the witnesses and the family members have for justice. As a physician I have seen many adults still suffering from a molestation that they endured when they were children, and not seeing justice done is often one of their most painful wounds for them. Seeing the molester beside them in the grocery store, or at the mall, or at family reunions, or at parole hearings forces them to relive their painful experience all over again. Too often, the molested become molesters themselves: seeing a child molester put to death will break that cycle.
Furthermore, executions were to take place quickly. This protected the disincentive potential of a capital penalty. When it takes twenty years to execute a capital criminal, and reporters and the public do not even remember the victim or the crime, it loses its disincentive affect. Ecclesiastes 7:9 says that when a sentence or a penalty is not executed speedily, the heart of the sons of men are fully set in them to do evil. Delayed justice is injustice.
Notice how God’s system keeps justice inexpensive. No prisons, no ambulance-chasing parasites, no eight million dollars for spilling McDonalds coffee on yourself, and no multi-billion dollar prison bureaucracy that profits off of crime. No huge tax expense on the public and on businesses. God’s Word mandates a swift, effective disincentive that protects the innocent and is light on expense.
God’s system is compassionate for the victims and their family. No worrying about early release, which is more and more common with overcrowded prisons. No worrying about parole for good behavior. No worrying about an escaped convict coming to take vengeance on eyewitnesses. No worrying about prisoners completing their terms and returning commit the crime again, as statistics show that they frequently do. You can imagine that it would be a healing thing to throw the stone at the man who molested you or murdered your child, so much more so than having to go to the parole board every year to try to convince them not to let the rapist or murderer go free.
Truly, in every way, God’s ways are best. God’s ways are the most loving. God’s will, as expressed in His law and His Word, is the best way for us to live as individuals and as a nation. Man cannot improve on God and His Word.
Our duty as Christians is to exalt God in our lives and to promote His ways in our spheres of influence. If we do not return as a nation to God and His law and execute murderers as God commands, judgment will come upon our country – devastating, bitter, and enduring judgment. The church holds the key to the survival of our nation for our children and our children’s children, should the Lord tarry.
God is so longsuffering; it’s not too late to turn our country around! Nothing is impossible with God – don’t let unbelief keep you from promoting the remedies of God’s Word. Don’t you let the fear of man keep you from wielding His two-edged sword. Man of God, prophet of the Lord, pastors and teachers, God’s oracles- stand upon the firm foundation of God’s Word! The freedom of your posterity, the glory of God, and the future of our nation depend upon it.