The Incorrigible Son and the Implications for our Modern Era, Part I

The purpose of this paper is to affirm that the incorrigible son is worthy of death[1] in the New Covenant. After years of despicable rulings sending juvenile delinquents back home with their parents (who fear for their lives) or to prison (where they will come out a more qualified delinquent), it is time that the people of God look to God’s inspired Word for guidance. The church has for too long despised God’s Holy Law, and as a result, it has forgotten God’s instructions to parents and civil government concerning the incorrigible Son.

The penology of the Old Testament is fair and just, because it reflects the holiness of God. Therefore, it must not be seen as a secondary source, but as a primary source of ethics for all peoples and all nations. The result of not following God’s Law is that human rulers and judges will strike it down at every opportunity. Consider the outlawing of the death penalty for juveniles made by the Supreme Court[2] in 2005 or the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize abortion on January 22nd, 1973.[3] These decisions will have no end unless a Biblical ethic is in place guiding and ruling our societies.

This nation is in ruins. As Bob Dylan wrote in the sixties: “The times, they are a-changing.” In fact, we can safely say that this time in our history connects directly with another time in history: the time of the Judges. Back then they said, “We will do what is right in our own eyes;” (Judges 21:25) today the judicial system legislates what is right in their own eyes. Only when we return to the Scriptures as the basis for our judicial system will the people respond: “ Let us do what God commands.”

The idea of a penal system is a horrendous thought for Psychiatrists and Psychologists alike. Even in this country, they are trying vigorously attempting to outlaw spanking. In their opinion, spanking is tantamount to parental abuse. This, they believe, will lead the child to become rebellious and violent as they grow up. The truth, of course, is the exact opposite. When parents spare the rod (Proverbs 13:24) they are functioning as criminals. This would be equivalent to a police officer seeing a man rob a bank and do nothing about it for fear that it might hurt his self-esteem. All attempts to disobey God’s requirements for the family will end in chaos, for both family and society.

The family is crucial to the well being of any society. All of God’s promises whether curses or blessings are given to “you and your children.” In fact, the very first murder recorded in Biblical history occurred inside the family. In Genesis 4, we read that Cain killed his brother Abel, hence, setting forth the dismantling of that present society. At that moment, God forbade the death penalty. Cain was already aware that he deserved death. God was unfolding his redemptive purposes, and later the Spirit of God would say that He would no longer contend with man (Genesis 6:3). While the death penalty was not applied in the early days of human history, the world became full of corruption and violence. This led God to destroy all humans and animals in the land (Genesis 6:12-13).

[1] If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and, though they discipline him, will not listen to them…Then all the men of the city shall stone him to death with stones. So you shall purge the evil from your midst, and all Israel shall hear, and fear. Deuteronomy 21:18,21.

[3] Stevens, Leonard. The Case of Roe v. Wade. G.P. Putnam’1996.


About Uri Brito

I am the Pastor of Providence Church (CREC) in Pensacola, Fl.
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8 Responses to The Incorrigible Son and the Implications for our Modern Era, Part I

  1. Hi Uri, where are the other parts? I can’t find them.

  2. Uri Brito says:

    Dee, I will be posting the other parts throughout the week. When the series is over, I can send you a copy of the paper in word format. Would you like that? I would make it available, but if I did so, I wouldn’t get any hits on my site.

  3. Adam Naranjo says:


    I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this series, and will be linking to it from me site.

  4. Yes Uri, please do send it to me.

  5. Great stuff; the contempt in which Biblical law is held even by “Reformed” Christians really worries me. My series on ‘Theonomy: An Informed Response to Some Critics’ was started off in reply to someone who mocked the stoning of juvenille delinquents on another weblog.

  6. Uri Brito says:

    I read that one Daniel. It is a shame how people despise the law without understanding its purpose.

  7. Pingback: Uri's Paper on The Incorrigible Son « Perspectively Speaking

  8. Uri Brito says:

    This piece has been edited…I fixed a few spelling mistakes and re-organized the links.

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