Interior Protection of a Nation

[Disclaimer: The quote below is taken from the Dictionary of Doctrine website. When I originally posted the excerpt below I purposely did not include a link to the source. The reason for this is that I recognized the materials to be taken from the work of R.B. Thieme, Jr. The Dictionary of Doctrine site provides no attribution that I know of and, knowing that R.B. Thieme, Jr., Bible Ministries is very vigilant in protecting their copyrights, I didn’t want the site to “go away.” I ended out discovering that the owner of the Dictionary of Doctrine site had modified some of Colonel Thieme’s teaching in a way that would have made him apoplectic. I notified some people who are associated with R. B. Thieme, Jr., Bible Ministries of the existence of the Dictionary of Doctrine site. The site is still there and I have no idea if any action will ever be taken by R. B. Thieme, Jr., Bible Ministries against it.]

This week’s installment on the Laws of Divine Establishment deals with “interior protection” of a nation’s citizens from crime. There should be nothing in this post that is surprising to those who have read much of the scriptures but I am sure a lot of Christians will strongly disagree with many of the statements made here.

The modern world, which really isn’t so different from the pre-modern world, does not view the role of government in the same way that scripture does. Scripture emphasizes the protection of people’s lives and property and refuses to apply different standard to different people no matter what. Justice is justice and it is independent of how much money a person has, what ethnic group they belong to, or what their religious beliefs are. The Bible rejects group identity politics (this is different than nationalism) which have become so popular in the United States and, from what I can tell, around the world. It is as wrong to kill a wealthy man as it is a poor man. It is also just as wrong to steal from a wealthy man as it is a poor man (that statement is rejected by most people today).

So, blind justice is a biblical principle which is quickly being forgotten today. We all “forget” truth at our own expense.

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PRINCIPLES INVOLVED UNDER NATIONALISM[1]

Interior Protection

Interior protection in a national entity, which is the guardian of human freedom, is achieved through proper enforcement and administration of the Law, supported by the people and whatever form of government exists. There must be equitable systems of establishing evidence in the courts, strict punitive measures for those who are guilty; (Eccles 8:11) and the immediate release of those who are innocent. The entire internal security of a people is based upon the justice and skillful administration of its Law, which is designed to punish the guilty and to protect the innocent.

Capital Punishment

How tragic is the apathy and lack of respect in this country today in regard to the Law and its enforcement! Our police officers can be shot down and, except in rare instances; only minor disciplinary action is taken against the offender. After spending a short time in jail, criminals are released to repeat their crimes! When a murderer’s guilt is properly established by conclusive evidence in a court of Law, that person should be removed from the earth. Execution is the only answer! The Law must have “teeth,” capital punishment!

There is a wide area of disagreement today regarding the validity of capital punishment. Its opponents and proponents alike cite the Bible to prove their position. Is the death penalty indeed a Biblical Principle? Is killing condoned under any circumstances? What about the sixth
Commandment of the Decalogue, “You shall not murder?” (Exo 20:13) The failure to “rightly divide the word of Truth” has resulted in many unfortunate distortions of the Concept of “killing.” The Bible authorizes three types of killing: (1) killing the enemy in battle for the preservation of national freedom; (Deut 7:2; Eccles 3:3; Eccles 3:8; Mark 13:7) (2) for personal self-defense; (2Sa 21:17; Eccles 3:3) (3) for the function of the state in executing the criminal. (Num 35:30-31; Rom 13:4)

RATSACH, the Hebrew word for “murder,” is used in the sixth Commandment rather than KATAL, the usual word for “kill”; therefore, it is a prohibition against homicide. (cf. Matt 19:18) This Commandment is designed for the preservation of Divine Institution Number One — Volition. Murder deprives an individual of his life and freedom. Since the operation of free will is the basic issue in the angelic conflict, the heinous crime of murder was an invention of Satan to obliterate this very Principle.(John 8:44) Indeed, could he succeed in the total destruction of the human race, he would win the angelic conflict by default! Thus, it is obvious that this strategy of the devil to neutralize the angelic conflict must be restrained by the most drastic measures — a life for a life. (Exo 21:23)

Why, then, you may wonder, did God not pronounce the sentence of capital punishment on the first murderer in human history — Cain? The answer to this question will also give us an insight into the Biblical history of Law and the development of the Divine institutions, which include capital punishment.

Up to that point in human history, there had been no physical death, let alone murder. In fact, it required the intellect of Cain, a reversionistic[2] believer, (Gen 4:13-16) under the influence of satanic thinking, to devise a way to kill his brother. The New Testament commentary on Cain’s crime is described by the Greek work SPHAZO in, (1Jn 3:12) which means “to kill as a sacrificial animal.”

In His omniscience, God was cognizant of Abel’s murder from eternity past; omnipresent God actually witnessed the scene and knew every detail; Divine justice now demanded a trial. (Psa 116:15) Since the Laws of establishment were not yet instituted, the first murder became a matter for the personal attention of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Heaven. Cain’s trial, therefore, would be unique. However, only those details essential to our understanding of the angelic conflict have been recorded.

Under the perfect justice of God, Cain’s trial was absolutely fair in every respect. But Cain’s response to the interrogation repeatedly revealed a distortion of Truth and disorientation to reality so typical of the reversionistic criminal mind. He covered for his violence by deceit and thus disclaimed all responsibility for his own decisions and actions. He further evaded the Lord’s question regarding the whereabouts of Abel by twisting the Doctrine of privacy. His retort, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” stated a true Doctrine — he was not his brother’s keeper! (Rom 14:4-13) However, note his hypocrisy: he claimed to respect Abel’s privacy only after he had permanently violated it; then he turned around and used it in his defense!

Even though there was as yet no standard established for the crime of murder, Cain knew by conscience he was doing wrong; otherwise, he would have seen no necessity to bury the evidence! But nothing is hidden from God, and the blood of his victim cried to God for vengeance.(Gen 4:10; Heb 12:24) Divine justice cannot and did not overlook the crime. To do so would be a compromise of God’s essence. However, the implication is that ignorance is no excuse. Intent is not a factor with God, as it is in our present Law. We define homicide in terms of first, second and third degree, which involves intent. The murder of a loved one is of little consequence in our mixed-up, reversionistic society, which always ignores the blood crying from the ground and pities the murderer! But the blood of a murder victim sends up signals to God until justice overtakes the culprit. (Job 16:18-19; Isa 26:21; Eze 24:7-9; Rev 6:9-10)

Antediluvian Law

In the Postdiluvian Civilization, under the Laws of Divine establishment, the crime of murder would demand the death penalty. But since Cain’s crime occurred before God had given man the Principle of capital punishment, the Lord imposed a unique sentence, which would be representative of the Antediluvian Civilization.

“Now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. “When you cultivate the ground, it will no longer yield its strength to you; [Produce] you will be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth.” (Gen 4:11-12)

This was a harsh penalty for a man who loved his profession and was proud of his superior agricultural abilities. Cain was not executed because at that time there was no law against murder, nor had a punishment been designated. Although it was both sin and evil, murder had not been defined in relation to the Laws of establishment. Even more important, to remove Cain from the earth in this stage of history would destroy the meaning of the angelic conflict. Throughout man’s history, Cain’s and all progeny, must have the opportunity to be saved. In these extenuating circumstances, the justice of God placed Cain under a lifetime sentence which involved a double curse.

First, Cain would no longer be permitted to pursue his profession of farming. The earth would no longer respond to the cultivating hand of Cain. Second, Cain was set apart from society as an established criminal. People could not look at him without saying, “There is Cain, the murderer”; and this would constitute a form of isolation. This twofold punishment was the forerunner of imprisonment for the separation of the criminal from society. A third punishment, execution, would not be added until the establishment of the Divine institution of nationalism. (Gen 9:6; Gen 10:32) God knows exactly how to fit the punishment to the crime; in Cain’s case, it was calculated to make him miserable for life! Yet it was a grace punishment, a reminder to Cain of his need for rebound, for at any time, he could exercise positive volition toward God and Truth.

Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is too great to bear!(Gen 4:13)

Cain was more concerned about the consequences of his crime to himself, than about the crime itself. This is true of the criminal mind: there is no conscience or remorse involved for violating the freedom and rights of another — only self-pity and occupation with his own rights! Yet Cain ignored the fact that his crime had canceled the rights of his brother; consequently, he had forfeited his own personal rights.

In his punishment, Cain was deprived of a normal life because criminals are abnormal. Not only is it ludicrous, but it is also dangerous for the law to recognize the insanity plea for a criminal. Insanity is part of being criminal! Criminals are always divorced from reality! Furthermore, regardless of a criminal’s frame of mind, he still acts from his own volition and must be held responsible for his actions.

“Behold, You have driven me this day from the face of the ground; and from Your face I will be hidden, and I will be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” (Gen 4:14).

Cain realized the severity of the sentence; and although he had rejected God’s Plan of Spiritual maturity, he did not wish to be driven out of the area of blessing. (Jud 1:11-13) Unbelievers as well as believers benefit from the proper function of the Laws of Divine establishment. But, like Cain, many shirk or even defy the very Laws that sustain them. Our jails today are filled with Cain’s reversionistic counterparts who want the grace blessings of this country without the responsibility of obeying its Laws. The “sick society” is one that is filled with a maximum number of anti-establishment reversionists. Unless they are saved and or renewed in their Thinking, (Rom 12:2) God will eventually have to destroy the nation!

When Cain surveyed the monstrous situation that he had created by his crime, he became afraid for his own life. In his reversionistic imagination, he already anticipated a large army of revenge-seekers from the ever increasing line of believers ready to avenge Abel’s death. He at once recognized the trend of the Antediluvian Civilization toward violence. By introducing murder into the human race, Cain had set a precedent which might boomerang on himself at any time.

When a criminal violates the laws of establishment, he becomes wary of everyone, for the law no longer constitutes a defense. Whenever establishment is set aside or destroyed, its protective vigor dwindles and society, stripped of freedom and privacy, becomes a deadly jungle in which every individual must fend for himself. In such an unstable environment, the constant threat of violence prevents living a normal life.

The Divine judgment gave Cain such a sense of insecurity that he appealed his sentence. His appeal also explains the reason for the necessity of capital punishment. Without this restraint, people would take the Law into their own hands to avenge the murder of loved ones and would turn the world into a great blood-feud.

So the LORD said to him, “Therefore whoever kills Cain, vengeance will be taken on him sevenfold.” And the LORD appointed a sign for Cain, so that no one finding him would slay him. (Gen 4:15)

Cain had to be shielded from human reprisal; but more important, Law-abiding citizens must be protected from the temptation of taking criminal action against the murderer. Though the criminal, by his Lawlessness, has forfeited his freedom and deserves punishment, any punitive measures are the prerogative of duly authorized personnel, not of any private individual. Whoever pursues vengeance deprives himself of the same establishment benefits lost by the criminal.

“Sevenfold” expresses the intensity of Divine retribution toward the avenger who takes the Law into his own hands. Anyone seeking to retaliate against Cain would be guilty of a worse crime; moreover, he would reduce himself to the level of the criminal! Uncontrolled, emotional vigilante action is never justified, nor is it a legitimate solution to crime. Vigorous, lawful measures on the part of Law enforcement officers and increased punishment in the hands of professional judges; are the ingredients which stem the tide of vicious criminal activity.

The “sign of Cain,” therefore, represented a Principle of Divine Law in the Antediluvian Civilization. It was not an additional punishment, nor was it the source of the melanoderm races, [Black] as some commentators have fancifully alleged. Whatever its appearance, it was merely a visible sign to designate the offender and to restrain further violent activity. Prison bars today are analogous to the mark of Cain. Just as jail cells isolate the prisoner from unauthorized punishment, so Cain’s protective warning sign said in effect, “Do not attack this man and become a criminal yourself. Divine justice has already been enacted!”

God’s judgment took the place of human government to provide a Law to protect the fledgling human race from destroying itself in one massive vendetta. The insertion of Law into the human race was also a safeguard for the freedom, privacy and function of mankind so that evangelism might occur in every generation. Cain’s sign became the antediluvian procedure and a forecasting of the future system of Law under Divine establishment. It would be replaced by human government in the Postdiluvian Civilization. Not until after the population had expanded and the angelic conflict had become a full-scale engagement with the human race, did God ordain capital punishment as the establishment solution to capital crimes such as murder and rape(Gen 9:5-6; Exo 21:12-14; Num 35:30-31) When government fails in this responsibility, as has the administration in the United States during the past decade, Law enforcement becomes so weakened that crime cannot be controlled, and the freedom of the Law-abiding citizen can no longer be protected.

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[1]Just so no one gets the wrong idea I would like to mention once again that this is not my original work. I believe that it is based at least in part on the work of R.B. Thieme, Jr who did excellent work on the laws of divine establishment (I link to his site in the sidebar). I am providing the information here because I firmly believe it is important for it to reach a wider audience.

[2] Reversionism is an act of reversing or turning in the opposite way, or a state of being so turned.  As believers we were designed to execute the predesigned plan of God.  But in reversionism we turn the other way and cannot be distinguished from our pre-salvation status.  We are believers thinking human viewpoint. Reversionism is the act of reverting to a former state, habit, belief, or practice of post-salvation sinning.  Reversionism is a reversal of your priorities, your attitudes, your affections, the object of your personal love accompanied by the destruction of your impersonal love, and the change of your manner of operation and personality.

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