“How Do You Defend Deuteronomy 13:13?”

Question From E-mail:

Hello, I just read your claims on this page (Accusations of Evil.com) I challenge you to come to evilbible .com & debate your claims. Just take one passage deuteronomy 13:13 & try to justify it.

I can’t see how you can win the argument. If D 13:13 was correct then every city in the world would have to be destroyed because at least one non beliver could be found living there. How can you really justify this?

I don’t expect you’ll come to evil bible because you know that from a moral point of view you would have to approve of murder which is a sin it itself. This is an example of a contradiction. I think you are just misguided & in need of help. This help awaits you on evil bible. Have you ever thought that Jesus may have been a nice guy who was misquoted? Give it a try & do yourself & everyone else a favour. Cheers, Alpal

Answer:

Dear AlPal,

As the article you referenced explains, skeptics make a habit of ignoring the context of passages like Deuteronomy 13:13. This scripture would have to be taken completely out of context and the historical background completely ignored in order to come to the conclusion that any modern city needs to be destroyed for having sinners in the city limits.

This commandment was given by a Holy God named Jehovah to His covenent people, Israel–the natural offspring of the children of a man named Israel (Jacob). His twelve sons became known as the Twelve Patriarchs. The descendants of these twelve men became known as the Twelve Tribes of Israel. This Nation, called Israel, was established as a Theocracy under the leadership of Moses. The men of Israel were circumcised as a sign of the covenant that they alone held with Jehovah, binding them to the 613 laws given to Moses.

Deuteronomy 13:13 applies specifically and ONLY to circumcised Jews who lived voluntarily under the Law (Torah, or the commandments of Moses). Any careful reading by anyone with basic reading skills will reveal this. See Deuteronomy 5:27 and Joshua 24:24 for examples of the Jewish Nation volunteering to serve God under His Law.

Is there a Nation, today, whose entire populace has entered into a blood covenant (circumcision and sacrifice) with Jehovah God? No, there is not. Modern Israel is the fulfillment of God’s promise to revive the dead nation who had been dispersed throughout the world. But they have come back in unbelief and are not a Theocracy. In fact, they are the closest thing to a Constitutional Republic in existence in the Middle East.

So, unless you find a Theocratic Israel whose men are circumcised and whose entire populace are voluntarily involved in a Covenant with the One speaking in Deuteronomy 13, you have nothing to fear. God will not destroy entire cities until the time comes when Man turns to the Antichrist in rebellion and recieves his mark in their hands and foreheads as an act of allegiance and worship in order to buy, sell and trade (Revelation 13:11-18).

As far as your reference to a “moral point of view”, I am an absolutist. I believe in absolute morality as given and established by God. The moral code is clearly set forth in Exodus 20:1-17 and applies to the New Testament believer as qualified and clarified by Christ and the Apostles.

The New Testament also clears up a misunderstanding of the nature and use of the Law. The Temple Law is fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ, therefore there is no need for an earthly temple or blood sacrifice in addition to that which was provided in Jesus on the Cross.

Paul wrote in Galatians 3:22, “But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.” Please read the book of Galatians for a clear understanding of the Law and what place it can play in your life if you recognize your inability to keep the Law completely (which is the only way it would help any of us sinners).

Dietary Law relates specifically to the Mosaic Covenant (Law) as well. The Christian is not a circumcised Jew bound to the Mosaic Law. We are born again and circumcised in the heart, and now filled with God’s Spirit. Please read Acts 10:9-16 and Colossian 2:16-23 to see that these matters are clearly established for the Christian.

The Moral Law is set forth perfectly in the New Testament for the Christian. We are still told to avoid breaking God’s moral code (blasphemy, idolatry, sex outside of marriage, theft, murder, etc.). Galatians 5:15-26 spells this out clearly.

Who has the authority to establish morality? Certainly sinners like you and I do not. But God the Creator is the Standard. He establishes right and wrong. He personified this perfection in the person of Jesus Christ, the incarnate God in human flesh. And Jesus, being God, died on the Cross.

How fair is that? A perfect Man dies for sinful people like us. Why? Because God, who sets forth morality and Law, knows that we are not capable of keeping it perfectly so He died in our place. He only asks us to believe in His payment on the Cross and trust in the power of His Resurrection (John 3:16 and Romans 10:9-10).

I do hope that these answers are helpful. Feel free to reply with any questions. I cannot always answer e-mail same day, but I do try. And may God save the souls of all those involved in perpetrating false accusations against God’s word, at evilbible.com and elsewhere.

In Jesus,

Pastor Greg