How do we determine whether or not a specific law is GOOD LAW or BAD LAW? I’ve been thinking about President Obama’s recent stance on gay marriage and Billy and Franklin Graham’s response to it. It’s like cowboys shooting it out at the O.K. corral in Tombstone, Arizona back in 1881!
Christians are taught to be obedient to the HOLY BIBLE, the undisputed, irrefutable, infallible Word of God. The Bible tells us to obey the laws of man (Titus 3:1). But what happens when man’s enacted human legislation is in direct conflict with God’s Biblical law? Automatically we will say that God’s LAW supersedes man’s law. Man’s LAW is good if men use it within the boundaries of good. Does this mean that man’s law is not good if men use it to legalize sin? DID YOU KNOW GOD ADDRESSES THIS ISSUE IN THE BIBLE? Let’s see what the Bible says in 1 Timothy 1 (KJV).
8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;
9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
It’s in there as plain as day. The law is good IF man uses it lawfully. So this means, ultimately, ANY LAW that is enacted in direct conflict with God’s written Word (let me clarify: not man’s interpretation of God’s Word but what it says at face value) is BAD LAW. Laws should be made to expose lawlessness not to excuse or protect SIN.
The scripture goes on to mention murderers, liars and “them that defile themselves with mankind“. This latter phrase is translated from one Greek word: ἀρσενοκοίτης (arsenokoitēs) (Strong’s G733). It is used only twice in scripture, here and in 1 Corinthians 6:9. It refers specifically to one who lies with a male as with a female, sodomite, homosexual.
NOTICE, the lawless, disobedient, ungodly, sinners, unholy and profane, murderers, manslayers, whoremongers, sodomites, slavers, liars are all in the SAME CATEGORY and labeled as being: CONTRARY TO SOUND DOCTRINE!!!
Enacting laws to justify SIN is unlawful. People cannot cheat and expect to get just rewards.
Trying to cheat God is NO EXCEPTION. “And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.” 2 Timothy 2:5 (KJV) Essentially, people who PRACTICE sin or anything contrary to the Holy Bible’s teaching cannot receive rewards that are given to the righteous. Case in point Romans 1:26-32. In this scripture the Bible lists 24 things and says those who PRACTICE these are “worthy of” death.
The scripture does NOT stop at “death” though, so don’t you stop there! We know that “…Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…” 1 Timothy 1:15 (KJV) The word WHOSOEVER in John 3:16 covers EVERYONE. And we know this means if ANYONE is truly sorry for practicing sin, repents to Christ and ceases to practice these things, they are forgiven and given a brand new start at life. This change can happen at anytime. It’s never too late when the person is alive but too late only when he/she is dead!
Mankind has drifted far from God because of the desire to indulge in the instantly gratifying pleasures of sin. Legislators are human too and very often fail to consider God’s LAW when enacting human legislation. This results in BAD LAW. People have free will and can choose to practice whichever sin they want even though this displeases God.
Passing laws to legalize sin or to attempt to make practicing sin humanly “right” is a tool of Satan in the war for souls. Can you imagine how many people will go to hell because they have been tricked into believing that since the law “legalizes” their particular sin, it is right? It should not be a surprise to any Christian that Satan is working overtime to drag as many people to hell as he can. Also, it should not be a surprise that he will try to do this by any means necessary, including using the laws of man.