The Abuser as Kidnapper and Slave Master
Whoever steals a man and sells him, and anyone found in possession of him, shall be put to death. (Exodus 21:16)
“If a man is found stealing one of his brothers of the people of Israel, and if he treats him as a slave or sells him, then that thief shall die. So you shall purge the evil from your midst. (Deut 24:7)
…understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, (1Timothy 1:9-10)
I hope that the impact of these verses soaks into our minds deeply. And in particular, I hope that those churches and church leaders and church members who enable and protect abusers will get a spiritual whack that will wake them up to the nature and gravity of their crime.
Abusers are man-stealers. Abusers enslave people. Kidnappers and slave masters are to be put out of our midst. God’s Law pronounces their crime to be a capital one and all who do not repent of this evil will most certainly perish in hell for all eternity.
Abusers are kidnappers and enslavers. Talk to any abuse victim. Most all of our readers know this quite well, having lived (or are still living) in these bonds. Abusers kidnap their victim by deception, then keep them enslaved with all kinds of evil tactics. Financial abuser and bondage are a very, very common chain used to imprison the victim. Where can she go? She has no access to the money. He watches her use of every penny. She can’t afford an attorney. The possibility of leaving and getting her own housing and car is simply impossible. She is a slave. She has been kidnapped and imprisoned.
The Lord pronounces the wicked man-stealer’s punishment to be carried out with extreme prejudice. That is His Law. His people are to purge such a wicked one from their midst and will have the blood of the innocent on their hands if they do not.
Think on this further. Abuse is about what? It is about unjustified power and control. Power and control = ownership. Enslavement. Kidnapping. Abuse puts people in prison unjustly and torments them. Abusers, in other words, are driven by the same spirit as their diabolic father, the devil. All of them.
But Pharaoh said, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, and moreover, I will not let Israel go.” (Exodus 5:2)
Now, think this through quite carefully. The Lord Jesus Christ is REDEEMER. The Son of God came to set His people FREE. Therefore, His church is to be a community of freemen where the very atmosphere exudes liberty. And yet, here we find this plague of bondage called abuse growing like a corroding fungus in our midst. What will such “christians” do on that Day? What will such churches do who not only fail to purge this evil from amongst themselves and render aid and rescue to the victims, but who add to her chains? What will you do when the Son of Man comes, you who have so sorely treated His bride? You have told His Bride she must remain in prison, abused by her kidnapper and enslaver? All who deny divorce for reason of abuse and all who refuse to help her get free…all stand guilty before Him.
Abusers are kidnappers. Abusers are enslavers. Purge this evil from among yourselves.