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How America Pollutes God

"Will ye pollute Me among My people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save souls alive that should not live...?" Ezekiel 13:19


How is God polluted according this this passage?  By slaying the innocent and letting capital criminals live.  God declares the slaying of innocent human beings to be absolutely wrong, and He insists that murderers be executed.  He takes it as a personal affront when people allow the innocent to be killed and allow the killers of the innocent to live.  Rejecting God's ways is not without sanction.  The Bible says that the shedding of innocent blood brings a curse upon the land and its people.  It also says that the curse can only be lifted by executing the shedder of innocent blood. 


Hear the Word of God on this matter:


Numbers 35
30 Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death by the mouth of witnesses: but one witness shall not testify against any person to cause him to die.
31 Moreover ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, which is guilty of death: but he shall be surely put to death.
32 And ye shall take no satisfaction for him that is fled to the city of his refuge, that he should come again to dwell in the land, until the death of the priest.
33 So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: for blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it.
34 Defile not therefore the land which ye shall inhabit, wherein I dwell: for I the LORD dwell among the children of Israel. 


Deuteronomy 19
11 But if any man hate his neighbour, and lie in wait for him, and rise up against him, and smite him mortally that he die, and fleeth into one of these cities:
12 Then the elders of his city shall send and fetch him thence, and deliver him into the hand of the avenger of blood, that he may die.
13 Thine eye shall not pity him, but thou shalt put away the guilt of innocent blood from Israel, that it may go well with thee...
20 And those which remain shall hear, and fear, and shall henceforth commit no more any such evil among you.
21 And thine eye shall not pity; but life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot. 

Let me summarize these two passages.  No less than two witnesses were required to put a murderer to death.  God gave the nation a certain number of "cities of refuge" where one who killed another could flee to be safe from the "avenger of blood".  It was, after all, legal for a citizen to slay a murderer outside of a "city of refuge".  For one accused of murder to be brought out of a city of refuge, a judge was to be consulted for a trial, and if the accused was found guilty he was to be put to death by "the avenger of blood".  "Pity" was outlawed.  Letting murderers live served to "pollute" and "defile" the land, and "the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it."  Executing murderers was the only way to "put away the guilt of innocent blood."


Exodus 21 (with my commentary interspersed)
12 He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death..
22 If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her
(premature labor), and yet no mischief follow (the baby and mother are healthy): he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.
23 And if any mischief follow
(baby or mother are injured or killed), then thou shalt give life for life,
24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
25 Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe. 


According to God's law, the babies were recipients of the right to life just like born people.  One of the evidences for that is that killing a preborn child was a capital crime!  Time hasnít rendered this statute obsolete any more than it has nullified the sixth commandment: "Thou shalt not murder."  It is hypocritical and inconsistent to appeal to the sixth commandment to condemn the killing of innocent preborn children, and then reject what the next chapter says should be done to those who break that commandment!  There is no ambiguity according to the passages cited above.  Killing innocent human beings is a capital crime.  If murderers aren't executed, then the curse of innocent blood rests upon us. 

Who Rules You, God or man?

Who is the arbiter of right and wrong?  Who is the standard of righteousness?  Do nine people in black dresses have the right to overthrow His moral law and declare another instead?  Do 435 elected politicians have the right to declare that we are to worship the state instead of God and receive a mark on the back of our hand to buy or sell?  No!  God is the standard of right and wrong, of justice and injustice.  He is at the steering wheel of the universe.  And man, however powerful or popular, has no more right than Lucifer to try to overthrow Godís law and set up a counterfeit standard of morality and justice. 


A common view of government today is that the government is some all-powerful institution that has the power to make law and violate law as they so choose, and that citizens are obligated to be subject to them regardless of what they dictate, just because the majority of us voted them into power.  This is an unbiblical view of government.  We are to render unto Caesar that which belongs to Caesar, and unto God that which belongs to God, but we are NOT to render unto Caesar that which belongs to God!  The deification of Caesar is idolatry, and incompatible with a working faith and submission to King Jesus.  Jesus is the highest power, and He ordains "higher powers" (Rom.13:1-2) to certain obligations, and He places limitations upon their rights.  When a government official or a politician in power usurps power that which God has not granted him by legalizing sin, outlawing righteousness, or violating the God-given liberties of his subjects, he has become anti-christ, criminal, tyrannical, and illegitimate to that extent. 


John Locke said in his Second Treatise on Government, Chapter 18, Of Tyranny: "Wherever law ends, tyranny begins, if the law be transgressed to another's harm; and whosoever in authority exceeds the power given him by the law, and makes use of the force he has under his command to compass that upon the subject which the law allows not, ceases in that to be a magistrate, and acting without authority may be opposed, as any other man who by force invades the right of another."


The government and its citizens are made of the same cloth.  We're all made in the image of God with the same moral obligation, summed up to love God supremely and our neighbors equally.  An individual citizen cannot rape another person, and neither can those he helps get elected to power.  Rape is wrong whether its one person doing it or a thousand, whether human legislatures have outlawed it or justified it, whether its an ex-con doing it or Bill Clinton.  Implied in the Biblical commandment that forbids rape is that the victim has a right not to be violated without her consent.  Rape is objectively evil because it violates the God-given rights of another. 

The same is true for every other God-given right, whether itís the right to live, the right to liberty, or the right to property; these rights are inviolable and inalienable.  Implied in the sixth commandment that forbids murder is that the victim has the right to live.  The elected leader has no more right to kill an innocent person than those who elected him to power.  The government may not do to the people what the people themselves may not do to each other. 

According to this nationís founding documents, which we are very fortunate to have, our Federal government is obligated to protect and secure these God-given rights.  The Bible teaches this in Romans 13:1-7, which is quoted in part above.  The government represents the interests of God and the people in the promotion of peace and justice, and is obligated to lawfully promote their good by leaving them free and making others leave them free.  (Frederic Bastiat's classic work, "The Law", provides the philosophical underpinnings of this Biblical idea.)  When our rulers usurp authority that has not been granted them, trespasses the boundaries that God has erected around them, and endorses injustice against those within their jurisdiction, we may respond to them, under God's blessing, just as we may respond to a foreign terrorist who violently ousted our leader and declared himself our ruler thenceforth.  Of course, as delineated in the Declaration of Independence such actions are resorted to after much longsuffering and the exhaustion of lesser means. 

"But that's the Old Testament!  The New Testament says to forgive!"


The rebuttal comes, "Turn the other cheek", "Forgive, and ye shall be forgiven", "Love your enemy", "Judge not", and "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord."


These passages are indeed reconcilable with the concept of justice aforementioned.  Romans 12:19 says, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay." Certainly, as Rom.12:19-21 and the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5 teach, we have an obligation to be slow to judge and quick to forgive, to have a merciful, generous, and longsuffering disposition toward those who offend us; in short, to be morally perfect like God (Matthew 5:42).  You may forgive someone who is killing you, but you have no obligation nor right to forgive someone who kills someone else.  You may even forgive a thug who is raping you, but you have no right to forgive one who is raping a little baby to death with a sharp surgical instrument while he is yet in his mother's womb!  In light of the victims with an appointment to go under the murderer's knife the next day, letting the murderer live may be the most UNLOVING thing our nation could possibly do!  The New Testament commands Christians to judge in I Cor.6:1-8, John 7:24, and I Cor.6:2-3.  If Christians are not fit to judge as God commands, how can we expect non-Christians to do it?  Murderers should be executed according to God's Word, our refusal to hold a personal grudge and willingness to feed our enemy when he's hungry notwithstanding. 


The principle of civil justice found in the Old Testament is repeatedly reiterated in the N.T.  Jesus affirmed the death penalty specifically in Matthew 15:3-9, where He rebukes the religious people for excusing capital criminals and not putting them to death: "Ye have made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.  Ye hypocrites... In vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."  Jesus also supports the death penalty indirectly in Matthew  5:17-19 and in Matthew  23:2-3. 

Roman 13:1-7 is a very powerful New Testament passage that reinforces the Old Testament concept of the death penalty.  "Rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil."  A civil ruler is "the minister of God to thee for good... if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain, for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil."  "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay" saith the Lord (Rom.12:19), and He doesn't wait until Judgment Day to do so!  He delegates authority to His earthly "ministers" to exact vengeance upon criminals! 

Commonly, the protest will be heard that Jesus did not execute the woman caught in the act of adultery, in John 8.  As a matter of fact, Jesus did tell those holding the stones to throw them, if they themselves were not guilty of any crimes! "Cast the first stone!" he ordered to "him that is without sin".  This was no new concept - the God of the Old Testament also forbade hypocritical judgment.  Convicted in their consciences, the stones dropped to the ground and Jesus was left alone with the woman.  "Where are your accusers? Has no man condemned you?", he asked, to which she responded, "No man, Lord."  Notice that she didn't justify her sin, and she confessed Christ to be Lord.  He then forgave her on condition of her repentance: "Neither do I condemn you: go and sin no more."


First of all, this was no great new dispensationalist way to deal with penitent sinners.  God forgave repentant capital criminals in the Old Testament, too (King David, murderer of Uriah and adulterer with Basheba).  Secondly, it would have been unlawful for Jesus to put her to death even if she was still impenitent.  Executions were to take place publicly and the witnesses were to be the first to put her to death - the witnesses had left and Jesus was alone with the woman.  Furthermore, Leviticus 20:10 says, "And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death."  The Pharisees claimed that the woman was caught in the act, so where was the man?!  One of the Phariseesí sin was NOT executing Godís judgment properly!  So the law of Moses did not demand her execution in this instance and Jesus, therefore, did not neglect it by pardoning her on condition of repentance.  I conclude, therefore, that this passage does not undermine, but rather affirms God's criminal justice system. 


The rebuttal also comes forth that executing murders is murder, and therefore is wrong.  That is foolish.  Killing a murderer isn't "murder" any more than arresting a kidnapper is "kidnapping".  Arresting kidnappers and executing capital criminals is enforcing the law, not breaking it. 


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