The Just Punishment of Sin

As morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, "Up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be swept away in the punishment of the city."
GENESIS 19:15
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The Just Punishment of Sin
God has appointed three social classes to which He has given the command not to let sins go unpunished. The first is that of the parents, who should maintain strict discipline in their house. . .. The second is the government, for the officers of the state bear the sword for the purpose of coercing the obstinate and remiss by means of their power of discipline. The third is that of the Church, which governs by the Word. By this threefold authority God has protected the human race against the devil, the flesh, and the world, to the end that offenses may not increase but may be cut off. Parents are the children's tutors, as it were. Those who are grown up and are remiss the government curbs through the executioner. In the Church those who are obstinate are excommunicated. Thus the divine Majesty, as It makes use of the service of human beings in accordance with Its manifold wisdom and unlimited insight, is everywhere discernible. If some are remiss in their calling and either connive at offenses or do not punish them in earnest, they take the sin of others upon themselves. . .. Therefore whether we are officers of the state or private citizens, we should of one accord oppose sins, lest the wrath of God come upon us and we all be consumed together.
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