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Bible Commentary Adam Clarke

Christian Evil-Doers shall be Punished!

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Contrary to popular Church (man-made) teachings, Yahweh delights in Justice and Righteousness and will afflict evil-doers (Jer. 9:24). Psalm 62:12 is a foundational theme throughout the Word of Yahweh, which proclaims, "…For, thou, wilt pay back unto every man—according to his deed." All Christians are aware that unbelievers will be punished for their evil deeds but very little thought has been given to the truth that Church going Christians, who practice evil deeds, which may be legal, will be punished by Yahweh, who is the Judge. The recipients of these evil-doers must receive justice (retribution, vindication (shepet)), an example of which, was Paul, who stated in 2 Timothy 4:14, "Alexander the coppersmith, of much baseness towards me, hath given proof,—the Lord will render unto him according to his works." This article is to reassure those who have or are suffering evils from their Christian brothers and sisters that Yahweh has promised them that they will be avenged, "…for it is written—Mine, is avenging, I, will recompense; saith Yahweh" (Rm. 12:19, Heb. 10:30). If you are one of the Christian evil-doers, then this article is a warning to you to repent and restore the innocence person or face the Anger of Yahweh.

(This article only addresses those who are members of Christ's Body, he being their Head. When I say punish, I am meaning, "he that acteth unrighteously, shall get back what he had unrighteously done," or "each one may get back the things done by means of the body, according to the things which he practiced, whether good or corrupt.")

The following narrative, which is pertinent to our topic, was not addressed to the Body of the Christ but rather to those who will be living when the Son of Adam comes in his glory, as well as to those who were living during this time period. This lesson displays only two groups of people, who chose two different paths, resulting in two different outcomes. It displays the difference between the circumcision of the heart and the circumcision of the flesh. "But, whensoever the Son of Man shall come in his glory, and all the messengers with him, then will he sit on his throne of glory; And there will be gathered before him, all the nations, and he will separate them one from another, just as, the shepherd! separateth the sheep from the goats,— And he will set, the sheep, indeed, on his right hand, but, the goats, on the left. Then, will the king say to those on his right hand: Come ye, the blessed of my Father! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; For I hungered, and ye gave me to eat, I thirsted, and ye gave me drink, a stranger, was I, and ye took me home, Naked, and ye clothed me, sick, and ye visited me, in prison, was I, and ye came unto me. Then, will the righteous answer him, saying: Lord! when, saw we thee—hungry, and fed thee, or thirsty, and gave thee drink? And, when, saw we thee—a stranger, and took thee home, or naked, and clothed thee? And, when, saw we thee—sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And, answering, the king will say unto them: Verily, I say unto you—Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of these my least brethren, unto me, ye did it" (Mt. 25:31-40).
"Then, will he say unto those also, on his left hand: Depart ye from me, accursed ones! Into the age-abiding fire, which hath been prepared for the adversary and his messengers; For I hungered, and ye gave me not to eat, I was thirsty, and ye gave me not to drink, A stranger, was I, and ye took me not home, naked, and ye clothed me not, sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then, will, they also, answer, saying: Lord! when saw we thee—hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and ministered not unto thee? Then, will he answer them, saying: Verily, I say unto you—Inasmuch as ye did it not, unto one of these least, neither unto me, did ye it. And, these, shall go away, into, age-abiding, correction, but, the righteous, into, age-abiding, life" (Mt. 25:41-46).

The rules for those who bow to Yahweh, to those who seek an age-abiding life on the New Earth is very simple; "Thou shalt love Yahweh thy Elohim—with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might and Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. In these two commandments, all the law, is contained, and the prophets (Mt. 22:36-40, Deu. 6:4-9). When we harm innocent people, at a minium, we should pay for their damages and bring an offering to Yahweh, which is his Son, our propitiatory offering, thereby being reconciled back to Yahweh; fellowship being restored (Rm. 3:25, 1 Jn. 1:9). by doing so, our punishment has been accepted, implemented and paid; no other reprecussions will be awaiting us; life goes on. We impose these same rules on our children. 1 John 5:3 declares that life can be simple, "For, this is the love of Yahweh—that, his commandments, we be keeping, and, his commandments, are not burdensome (heavy in weight)."

Rebellion, on the other-hand, is defiance; a renouncing an allegiance; a challenge to combat. Fidelity to Yahweh, which is the first commandment is paramount. A believer who repeatly murders, commits adultery, steals, fornicates etc. etc. is a problem child, as was Cain. This child of Yahweh will very possiblly be punished by Yahweh in this life, as was Cain and if the full punishment was not achieved while the person lived, then, to be just, the punishment should be completed in the life to come. How the punishment is to be given in the resurrected life on the New Earth, if necessary, is known by Yahweh, who is Just and Righteous. Perhaps, a Christian who unjustly enslaved an individual for 50 years, as was done in the Southern U.S.A., may have to be the slave to him who was enslaved by him, for 50 years, on the New Earth. I believe this would be fair for the Christian evil-doer and it would be just for the Christian innocent person to be somewhat restored for his trials.

What about Grace?
The 'New Age' believers of today, who are the 'Unconditional Love People,' will say, 'That teaching was in the Old Testament but is not for us today because we live in the Age of Grace, where all is Love and Peace; an Age where sin is not punished, only forgiven; forgiven whether you repented of your sin or continued in your sin.' (See Appendix A) Paul wrote in his epistles:

2 Corinthians 5:10, "For, we all, must needs be made manifest before the judgment seat of the Christ, that each one may get back the things done by means of the body, according to the things which he practiced, whether good or corrupt."

Colossians 3:24-25, "Knowing that, from the Lord, ye shall duly receive the recompense of the inheritance,—unto the Lord Christ, are ye in service; For, he that acteth unrighteously, shall get back what he had unrighteously done, and there is no respect of persons;"

2 Thessalonians 1:5-6, "A proof of the righteous judgment of Yahweh, to the end ye may be counted worthy of the rule [basileia] of Yahweh, in behalf of which ye are also suffering:— If, at least, it is a, righteous thing with Yahweh, to recompense, affliction, unto them that afflict you."

But people will say, 'What about the woman caught in adultery, when Jesus said, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first," or when Jesus was on the cross and said, 'Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do?" Neither of these events are in the ancient text, meaning they did not occur.

The false teaching, the 'Unconditional Love of God,' has empowered people to sin without remorse because, 'We are in the Age of Grace, Right!' If this is so, then why would the following proclamations be in the Church Epistles?

1 Cor. 6:9-11, "Or know ye not that, wrong-doers, shall not inherit, Yahweh’s rule [basileia]? Be not deceiving yourselves:—neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor sodomites, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners—shall inherit, Yahweh’s rule [basileia]."

Gal. 5:19-21, "Manifest, however, are the works of the flesh, which, indeed, are—fornication, impurity, wantonness, idolatry, enchantment, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of wrath, factions, divisions, parties, envyings, drunkenness, revellings; -and such things as these: as to which I forewarn you, even as I have forewarned you,—that, they who such things as these do practise, shall not inherit, Yahweh’s rule [basileia]."

Eph. 5:5-15, "For, this, ye know, if ye take note—that no fornicator, or impure or greedy person, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the rule [basileia] of the Christ and Yahweh. Let no one be deceiving you with empty words; for, because of these things, is coming the anger of Yahweh upon the sons of obstinacy: Do not, then, become co-partners with them; For ye were, at one time, darkness, but, now, are ye light in the Lord,—as children of light, be walking, For, the fruit of the light, is in all goodness, and righteousness, and truth,— Putting to the test what is well-pleasing unto the Lord; And be not joining in fellowship in the unfruitful works of darkness, but, rather, be even administering reproof; For, of the secret things which are brought to pass by them, it is, shameful, even to speak! All things, however, when reproved by the light, become manifest, for, all that of itself maketh manifest, is, light."

2 Tim. 2:11-12 "…If we have died together, we shall also live together, If we endure, we shall also reign together; If we shall deny, he also, will deny us."

In our present age, we received the remission of all our past sins when we made Yahoshua our Lord. We can receive forgiveness of sin, after our conversion if we confess our sins, as promised in 1 John 1:9 but if we continue in our sins, day after day, without any attempt to stop, then there is no repentance because the individual did not attempt to turn from their ways, resulting in the anger of Yahweh coming upon the sons of obstinacy (Mt. 18:15-17). Many Christians have been given a licence to commit sin, rejecting the above verses and only accepting the following verses:

"…saved, through means of faith, and this hath come to pass—not from you, of Yahweh, the free-gift! Not from works, lest anyone should boast" (Eph. 2:8-9);

"a righteousness of Yahweh, through faith in Christ, unto all that have faith" (Rm. 3:22);
"For, the-law of the spirit of life in Christ Yahoshua, hath set thee free from the law of sin and of death" (Rm. 8:2).

"And, if, by spirit, ye are being led, ye are not under law" (Gal. 5:18).

They are told, 'Yahweh would not punish his child,' because paid for all of our sins, past, present and future. The scripture, "For, we all, must needs be made manifest before the judgment seat of the Christ, that each one may get back the things done by means of the body, according to the things which he practiced, whether good or corrupt" can not be true. In this Age, we have a Savior, who saved us, by his works, our works determine whether we receive rewards or punishment in this life and in the coming resurrected life. The scriptures concerning grace must be reconciled with the scriptures concerning judgment to tell the full narrative.

Legal Sins
In the 1700 and 1800's, slavery was legal in many States of the U.S.A. Christian Church members and even pastors owned slaves or they voted to maintain slavery, if they were Democrats. They had their Bible verses and the approval of the Church that what they were doing was accepted by Yahweh. The question we should ask ourselves, 'Would any of these Christians trade places with their slaves?' If not, then they were doing unto others what they would not want done to them, which is breaking the Second and First Great Commandment. What would be the just punishment for an enslaver who enslaved a person for 50 years, who was treated with cruelty, having their wife and or children taken from him? Would not justice, at a minimum, require the same treatment?

A major legal sin commited today is done by Christian women. Many Church going Christian women are committing sins that are legal, as was slavery. For example, one-half of Christian marriages end in divorce, meaning that many women are receiving court appointed child support from their ex-spouses. They also have court appointed custody of the children. Would these Christian women, who go to Church each Sunday, trade places with their ex-spouses? In other words, would these women voluntarily pay child support and allow their ex-spouses to have major custody of the children? If they say yes, then do it unless the ex-spouse declined! They are loving their neighbor as themselves. If they say no, then they are committing sin by not loving their neighbors as themselves; they are doing to others what they would not want to be done to them! These afflicted ex-spouses will receive justice from Yahweh for the evil-doings of their ex-wives. These women will be punished for their deeds, as promised by Yahweh. These women, in front of Yahweh, can not defend their actions by saying their actions were legal, neither can a prostitute say, to Yahweh, that their profession was legal, as it is in Nevada, nor could a slave owner make the same case.

The other abounding legal sin is being a member of the Democratic Party. One-half of Christian men and women that vote are Democrats. In the U.S.A, abortion, sodomy, and stealing (from the rich by Estate Tax, etc.) are legal because of the Democratic Party. If a Christian is a member of the Democratic Party, then they, by their voting, have enabled their legislators to pass evil laws, which empower the abortionist, sodomist and thief to carry out their wickedness; without their voting, these activities could not exist. These Democrat Christian voters will be punished by Yahweh for being accessories to murder, sodomy and stealing, all of which are prohibitions in the Ten Commandments.

Yahweh's Justice
King David, in Psalm 28:4-5 proclaims, "Give them, according to their deed, and, according to the wrong of their practices,—According to the work of their own hands, give thou unto them, Bring back their own dealing to themselves. Because they heed not The Deeds of Yahweh, or the Work of his hands, he will pull them down, and not build them." Yahweh's justice is not just restoring what has been taken but adds additional penalties, as can be seen in Exodus 22:1-9:

1 When a man stealeth an ox or a sheep, and slayeth it, or selleth it, with five of the herd, shall he make good—for the ox, or with four of the flock, for the sheep.
2 If, in the place of breaking in, the thief be found and he is smitten so that he dieth, there is due for him no shedding of blood:
3 should the sun have arisen upon him, there would be shedding of blood due for him,—he is, surely to make restitution, if he hath nothing, then is he to be sold, for his theft.
4 If the thing stolen is, found in his hand—whether ox, or ass, or sheep, alive, with two, shall he make restitution.
5 When a man causeth a field or a vineyard to be depastured, or hath sent in his own cattle and stripped the field of another, he shall, surely make restitution, out of his own field, according to the yield thereof; or, if, all the field, he depasture, with the best of his own field, or with the best of his own vineyard, shall he make restitution.
6 When a fire breaketh out, and hath come upon thorns, and so there is consumed a stack of sheaves, or the standing corn, or the field, he that kindled the fire, shall surely make restitution.
7 When a man giveth unto his neighbour silver or jewelry, to keep, and it is stolen out of the house of the man:
8 if the thief be found, he shall give in restitution, double: if the thief be not found, then shall the owner of the house be brought near unto God to swear that he hath not laid his hand on the property of his neighbour.
9 For any affair of trespass—for an ox, for an ass, for a sheep, for a mantle, for anything lost, as to which one could say—This is, it, unto God, shall come the affair of them both,—he whom God shall condemn, shall make restitution of double, to his neighbour.
An example of justice, as recorded in Yahweh's Word, was fulfilled by the Israelities on Adoni-bezek, as recorded in Judges 1:6-7, which states, "But Adoni-bezek fled, and they pursued him,—and took him, and cut off his thumbs, and his great toes. Then said Adoni-bezek—Seventy kings, with their thumbs and great toes cut off, have been picking up crumbs under my table, as I have done, so, hath God requited me. And they brought him into Jerusalem, and he died there." Adoni-bezek was fully aware that justice was carried out upon him.

Yahweh's justice for the Great Babylon, is recorded in Revelation 18:5-7, which cries out, "For her sins have reached to heaven, and Yahweh has remembered her iniquities. Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her. In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’"

People may believe that the death of the Christian evil-doer is justice enough but this leaves the inflicted ones without justice. Restitution is always desired but how do you restore the stolen years of one's life by slavery; the death of a loved one, etc.? If death was the remedy, without restitution or punishment, then the Christian evil-doers appear to have gotten away with their wickedness. Justice will be served by Yahweh because every human being who dies will be brought back to life at Christ's return or in the Resurrection of the Just and Unjust. Death is not the final judgment! Yahweh knows all the details of the evils placed upon the innocent. Christ, our Judge, will deal the exact, just penalty upon the unrepentant Christian evil-doers, which brings justice and resolution to the innocent parties. The innocent parties will also be rewarded and restored, by Christ, for the injustices bestowed upon them because Yahweh is an Elohim of Justice.

"Let the heavens rejoice, and the earth exult, Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof…Before Yahweh, for he is coming, For he is coming to judge the earth,—He will judge the world, in righteousness, And the peoples, in his faithfulness" (Ps. 96:11-13). Those Christians who have or are enduring wickedness take comfort in the truths that Yahweh will avenge you, as promised. Yahweh is Just and the Judge of all the Earth, who as with the Egyptians, sees your outcry to him. Injustice can be borne by the innocence if they realize that Yahweh will serve Justice on the Christian evil-doers, as he has promised in his Word. "For we know him that hath said—To me, belongeth avenging, I, will recompense; and again—Yahweh will judge his people. A fearful thing it is to fall into the hands of a Living Elohim" (Heb. 10:30-31)! Christian evil-doers should pay heed to this truth by repenting and restoring the wronged ones. Christian divorced women who are taking court appointed child support, who are not sharing the children 50/50 with their fathers must repent or face the Anger of Yahweh. Christians who are Democrats must leave the Democratic Party and vote as Yahweh, in his Word, directs.

(When quoting scriptures, from the Rotherham Emphasized Bible New Testament, I will substitute the Hebrew words
Yahoshua (yeh-ho-shoo’- ah) for Jesus, Yahweh and Elohim for God and the LORD and ruah for pneuma (spirit).)

(For footnotes, read the PDF version.)



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