THE LIBERTY LEADER3
Digging Into The Word
AUTHOR’S NOTE: Recently achurch member sent me an arti-cle on the young four year oldgirl who was tortured and mur-dered by her mother’s boy-friend in Smithﬁeld, NC. Thechurch member wanted answers from God’s Word onhow to deal with this horriﬁc event… this is how I re-sponded to her.“The only way to understand this horrible situation is toseek to understand SIN. Not each person's
individualsin, but Sin as a whole that infects the human race. Ro-mans 5:12 says: "When Adam sinned, SIN entered theworld. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread toeveryone, for everyone sinned".When we think of sin, we generally
think of our sin:lying, stealing, cheating and
sex outside of marriage.Those things are sin... but the Sin we have to considertoday is Sin in general. That kind of evil
has beenpassed down from parent to child since Adam & Eve.That sin affects the whole world as we know it. Romans8:20-21 says: "Against its will, all creation was subjectedto God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looksforward to the day when it will join God’s children inglorious freedom from death and decay." Not what isthe result of sin? Romans 6:23 says: "For the wages of sinis death". Wherever sin is
freedom, death is thenatural result. What we saw in this horriﬁc event wasSin having its natural result in this little girl's life.You maybe thinking: "What about the guy that did this?Does he have no responsibility?" YES! The Bible clearlyteaches that each of us has a choice. Romans 6:16 says:"You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or youcan choose to obey God, which leads to
(good) living". If what has been said is true, this man chose to be a slaveto sin which led to this little girl's death.
What does the Bible say should be done to him? Again,if this man is proven guilty, then Romans 13:2 says: "Soanyone who rebels against
is rebellingagainst what God has instituted, and they will be pun-ished". What punishment does he deserve? Justice de-mands death in this situation and God has always giventhe government the right to take someone's life in thename of justice. Romans 13:4 says: "The government hasthe right to carry out the death sentence. It is God’s ser-vant, an avenger to execute God’s anger on anyone whodoes what is wrong". (GWT) What about forgiveness?This man can
receive forgiveness if he asks God for it...this is not the unpardonable sin. However, forgivenessof sin doesn't mean
freedom from consequences--heshould still die.What about the little girl? This is where you
have toreally see things through God's eyes. Every indication isthat this girl
stayed in a living hell.
If the charges of sex-ual molestation &
physical beatings are true, then shewas a tormented soul indeed. Now, what is the mostloving thing God could do for her? Well, based on Scrip-ture the most loving thing He could do for her
her to Heaven through death.
Heaven is a place soawesome that a tortured man once said: "Our sufferingis light and temporary and is producing for us an eter-nal glory that is greater than anything we can imagine".2 Corinthians 4:17 (GWT) He's saying that even theworst
here on Earth for that little girl
wouldseem like nothing once she experienced Heaven for amoment. You see for the Christian and children underthe age of accountability (which this girl most certainlywas), death is a blessing--not a curse. Death is a doorthat leads to eternal blessings, happiness and safety.Death is the greatest gift God could give this little girl.God showed
His love for her by
taking her to Heaven.Even with all this amazing truthfrom God's word, this is still a hor-rible event.
My heart breaks for
thischild and is full of righteous angerat this man. BUT, seeing thingsthrough God's truth is always bet-ter. We can take heart that
our good& loving God was in control of thisevent
in control of our livestoday.” By Pastor Randy Hand
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