The punishment of evil doers.

I Peter 2:13-15 Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, 14 or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men—

There are two primary reasons that God set up government. For the punishment of evil doers and for the praise of those who do what is right. This is also stated in Romans 13. Too many Christians seem to think that forgiveness and punishment are opposites and that they can’t co-exist, Yet the scriptures clearly teach both. To rob a victim of abuse of justice is a sin and is disobedience to the Word of God. Christians seem to think that protecting their buddy or their family member from the consequences of their sin is some how okay with God and yet we read throughout His Word that we are to seek justice.

Psalms 82:3 “Defend the poor and fatherless;Do justice to the afflicted and needy.”

Psalm 89:14

New King James Version (NKJV)

14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne;
Mercy and truth go before Your face.

Proverbs 21:3

New King James Version (NKJV)

3 To do righteousness and justice
Is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

Isaiah 59:4

New King James Version (NKJV)

4 No one calls for justice,
Nor does any plead for truth.
They trust in empty words and speak lies;
They conceive evil and bring forth iniquity.

Those are just a few of the verses that deal with justice. When our church leaders ignore the plight of the abused, they are violating the very Word they claim to uphold.This verse that says ‘no one calls for justice,’ is exactly what is happening in most of our churches today. We are to come to the aid of those who are being abused and we are to passionately seek justice for them. The church needs to be a place of refuge for those who are hurting from abuse not for those who rape and molest. The offenders have chosen their path, they have forsaken their own mercy and brought judgement upon themselves. Mercy and Grace for the offender would be to visit them in prison, to share the gospel with them in prison to pray for them while they are in prison….not to keep them out of prison where they can continue to rape and molest.

  

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About Dale Ingraham @ Speaking Truth In Love Ministries

We started Speaking truth in love Ministries to address the issue of sexual abuse within the faith community. My wife, Faith, is a survivor of many years of abuse by her father who was a pastor at the time. We go into churches, colleges and conferences to speak about this issue.
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2 Responses to The punishment of evil doers.

  1. I’ve met with a few perpetrators who were caught and did prison time in their youth. I’m not here to say it will transform every perpetrator, but for several I know it actually helped them. I think accountability is more about their freedom than anything else, isn’t it? It brings them face to face with the magnitude of what they have done. While that ‘justice’ may give a victim a sense of peace, it seems to me that, ultimately, it offers the perpetrator a shot at life, and serves as a warning to others tempted to do the same thing.

  2. Your right Trudy. If there is any real hope of true repentance it will likely come when the offender experiences the full weight of the consequences of their sin and crimes.

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