Doug Wilson comments...
If someone died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses under the law of Moses (Heb. 10:28), how much more, the author of Hebrews urges, will certain offenses incur punishment under the new (Heb. 10:29-31)? So why do we tend to assume that while a murderer was executed without mercy under Moses, now that Christ has come, murderers will be reconciled to everyone in the world in one great Ophrified group hug? Might not the glory of the new covenant ethic mean that in a Christian republic a serial murderer will be caught faster, tried more justly, and hanged from a higher tree?
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