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5 reasons why stealing is always wrong

Saturday, August 3, 2019, 8:42 am | Randy Thomasson

“It’s mine!” Remember hearing this from a young child or saying it yourself?

Little children know stealing is wrong — as long as they’re the victim of the theft. Otherwise, it’s all too easy to fall into self-deception and “justify” a little stealing here, a little pilfering there, nothing that will be easily
noticed or missed. But God sees it all, doesn’t He?

Likewise, a liberal in an immoral city might claim there’s no absolute truth. But steal from him or lie to him and he’ll say that was absolutely wrong to do!

Because theft is rampant in our culture and our government, and because we’ve all stolen something (no matter how small), SaveCalifornia.com urges you to teach your children and grandchildren that stealing is absolutely wrong because:

1. Stealing always disrespects an owner. Instead of caring what the owner’s free will is, the thief will take what he wants, even if the owner has not given his voluntary, non-coerced consent. For this reason, stealing always devalues the person, deeming the thing to be taken more important than the person it’s being taken from.

2. Stealing always harms an owner. Theft always decreases a legal owner’s profit, use, or enjoyment; theft causes a rightful owner to suffer loss, no matter how small. Because stealing always subtracts from what an owner owns. Whether the owner knows or doesn’t know you stole from her, God sees and knows what you did.

3. Stealing always harms the character of the perpetrator. By agreeing to sin, and agreeing to harm an owner, a thief immediately lowers his standards, becomes untrustworthy, and finds it all the easier to steal more often, in greater amounts. This is the hardening of the heart, the scarring of the conscience, and the depravity of the soul.

4. Stealing always grieves Creator God. From Genesis to Revelation, the Word of God calls stealing a sin and prohibits it. This is why Western Civilization reflects God’s laws when it makes it punishable to steal, beginning with “petty theft” or “larceny,” whenever someone takes or uses property without the owner’s informed consent (the very definition of theft). As the Author of morality, God views any stealing as a crime against Himself, for He cannot fellowship with sin.

5. Stealing always begins with coveting. Security experts know that if a thief can’t see something or doesn’t know it exists, it’s less likely that theft will occur. In the same way, the Bible informs us that all sins start on the inside before they manifest on the outside.

As Christian writer Tim Challies writesOne way of looking at things is to see the tenth commandment as the internalization of the eighth commandment. Just as adultery of the heart is lust, and murder of the heart is hatred, so theft is the heart of covetousness. When Achan stole some of the devoted things from Ai, he first “coveted them” and then “took them” (Josh. 7:21). Likewise, James says, “You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel” (James 4:3).

Types of stealing

Petty theft
Burglary
Robbery
Embezzlement
Knowingly receiving stolen property
Cooperating with thieves
Identity theft
Intellectual property theft
Illegal Entry
Shoplifting
Looting
Vandalism
Dishonest business practices
Cheating on taxes
Refusing to pay debts
Keeping property you found without making an effort to find the owner
Claiming the work or knowledge of others to be your own
When politicians defraud voters
When union bosses coerce money from workers
When stealing anything from your employer
When stealing food or drink from a restaurant

The Early Church had a high moral standard against all forms of theft: “…they were accustomed to meet on a fixed day before dawn and sing responsively a hymn to Christ as to a god, and to bind themselves by oath, not to some crime, but not to commit fraud, theft, or adultery, not falsify their trust, nor to refuse to return a trust when called upon to do so.”

Show your children and grandchildren this and then talk about it, especially what moral standard kept some people from stealing: LA Riot Looters: ‘A Colorblind Orgy Of Wrecking And Taking’ (national news report of 1992 Los Angeles riots)

David Pratte explains what the Bible says about stealing: “When I was about 6 years old, my family visited a neighbor down the street. I saw lying on the floor a toy Mickey Mouse watch — it didn’t really even tell time, but it looked like a wristwatch. I wanted it, so I picked it up, put it in my pocket, and took it home. Of course, I felt terrible, because I knew better. Besides, I couldn’t wear it without my parents asking me where it came from. Next time we visited that neighbor, I took it back and put it where I had found it. I never told anybody, and nobody ever said anything about it, but I learned my lesson. Most people do not want to think of themselves as thieves, because they know stealing is wrong.”


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Yes, you can still have as many bullets as the bad guys

Monday, April 1, 2019, 2:25 pm | Randy Thomasson

Unconstitutional California Attorney General Xavier Becerra versus constitutional U.S. Judge Roger Benitez

What a great victory for innocent families in California!

A federal judge in San Diego has ruled as unconstitutional a 2016 voter initiative limiting ammunition to 10 rounds in the magazines of handguns, shotguns, and rifles.

On March 29, U.S. Judge Roger Benitez, an anti-communism, Cuba-born, constitutional judge — who President George W. Bush nominated in 2003 — has ruled that the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America defeats the bad law passed three years ago by foolish or anti-family California voters.

Benitez ruled that in response to “a few mad men with guns and ammunition,” California’s law “turns millions of responsible, law-abiding people trying to protect themselves into criminals.” Benitez wrote that “Individual liberty and freedom are not outmoded concepts.”

The judge also said that Proposition 63 “hits at the center of the Second Amendment and its burden is severe.”

Prop. 63’s path to the ballot was led by Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom, who raised money and collected signatures statewide. His unconstitutional heart must be aching over his unexpected defeat. He must hate that this constitutional judge got here to California!

What’s next? You can expect that uber-liberal California Attorney General Xavier Becerra will appeal this just and constitutional ruling to the full Ninth Circuit federal appeals court. But win or lose, I expect this issue to ultimately go to the U.S. Supreme Court and win for family protection nationwide.

Meanwhile, you can still match bullet for bullet any home invasion attacker. He will never obey limits on guns and ammunition, and thanks to a pro-Second-Amendment judge who didn’t lie about his allegiance to the United States Constitution, you can have as many bullets as a would-be killer has, like in this KSG25 25-round shotgun. Because whoever has the most rounds in his gun — wins.

Personally, I’m relieved that I can keep my 15-round magazines that go with my home-defense handgun without fearing that firing it to save innocent lives could result in me going to jail for a year under Prop. 63. What nonsensical tyranny Gavin’s initiative is and was!

Newsom declares war against victims, voters, the law & God

Sunday, March 17, 2019, 6:11 pm | Randy Thomasson

Don’t let anyone deceive you about what Governor Gavin Newsom has done to the death penalty. One of SaveCalifornia.com’s jobs is to stand for truth and expose lies. In such a time as this, I hope this information will equip you to stand for what’s right in God’s sight.

When Newsom decreed that he alone could eliminate capital punishment in California, he was wrong before the voters, wrong before the California State Constitution and statutes, wrong before victims and victims’ families, and wrong before Creator God. Here’s why:

1.  Newsom is wrong before the voters: In 2016, Californians solidly defeated repealing the death penalty for murderers, and, at the same time, voted to speed up the legal appeals process for convicted murderers, to put them to death instead of forcing taxpayers to coddle them with room, board, and medical care until natural death. The California Constitution explicitly prohibits the State Legislature from changing or repealing initiatives passed by the voters (Article II, Section 10c). Nowhere does the State Constitution permit Governor Newsom to undo the vote of the people, but it specifically states that “The Governor shall see that the law is faithfully executed.” But since when did Newsom care about the vote of the people — on man-woman marriage, or on the death penalty, which he’s been trying to undo for years?

2. Newsom is wrong before the California State Constitution and the California Penal Code: The Governor’s constitutional power to reprieve (delay legal punishment), pardon (declare free from guilt or blame, and set free a convict), or commute (decrease the punishment given to the guilty) is only on an individual, case-by-case basis. Yet Newsom issued a broad “moratorium” on capital punishment, unconstitutionally “reprieving” the death penalty for 737 cold-hearted murderers.

By doing so, Newsom has violated the Constitution’s single-person restriction of Article V, Section 8:

SEC. 8.  (a) Subject to application procedures provided by statute, the Governor, on conditions the Governor deems proper, may grant a reprieve, pardon, and commutation, after sentence, except in case of impeachment. The Governor shall report to the Legislature each reprieve, pardon, and commutation granted, stating the pertinent facts and the reasons for granting it. The Governor may not grant a pardon or commutation to a person twice convicted of a felony except on recommendation of the Supreme Court, 4 judges concurring.

Newsom’s so-called “moratorium” — which he declared “shall be instituted in the form of a reprieve for all people sentenced to death in California” — is nowhere in the State Constitution or the State Penal Code. What’s more, Newsom’s blanket “reprieve” violates the California Constitution’s required process for a governor to change the sentence of any convict. Even former Governor Jerry Brown knew there was a process of application by a prison inmate that was required before a governor could grant a pardon or a commutation. Newsom calling his action “a reprieve” is his ‘s apparent attempt to wiggle around the specific processes for pardons of convicts and commutations of sentences.

The rules to be granted a pardon, commutation, or reprieve require that an convicted inmate not eligible for a Certificate of Rehabilitation must apply directly to the California governor’s office, and, if any are granted, the governor’s office must provide the California State Legislature with a report listing all granted pardons and the reasons they were granted. But Newsom disregarded all these laws. Shirking the law, and the reasonable justification that the law requires, he has imposed his personal dislike of the death penalty upon all of California, sending a very clear signal to teenage boys and young men that they indeed can get away with murder. We need a lawsuit against Newsom by victims’ families.

3. Newsom is wrong before victims and victims’ families:

Liberals don’t understand justice, but reasonable people do. People who know there’s still a difference between right and wrong know that if something you own is stolen from you, it must be returned or paid back. This includes money, property, and more. It includes when someone injuries you or leaves you physically disabled. And this “payback,” otherwise known as justice, certainly applies when an innocent person is murdered. This is why some people, who previously opposed the death penalty, support it once a family member is brutally murdered.

In the sentencing phase of murder trials, victims’ family members often have the opportunity to tell a jury about the loss and damage to their family. A book on this explains“Thus far the most crucial (and the most institutionalized) role for co-victims is to provide testimony during the penalty phase of the trial. The legal community refers to this testimony as victim impact evidence (VIE), which is the only way for murder victims’ families to give information about the victim and tell how the murder has affected them personally.” 

Gavin Newsom siding with murderers — essentially making them “the victims” — is deeply hurtful to real victims’ families. Up and down California, parents, siblings, grandparents, and children of murder victims are speaking about the deep pain and renewed agony that Newsom’s unjust act has caused them:

Marc Klaas, father of Polly, who at age 12 was kidnapped and strangled before she could be raped
“He is advocating on behalf of pure evil. He is the champion of the death row inmate in California. Death row is filled with individuals who killed cops, women, babies, children.”

Maria Keever, whose 13-year-old son Charlie and his 9-year-old friend Jonathan were sadistically raped, tortured, and murdered
Keever said the decision disgusted her, and that Erskine got his wish. “That’s what he always wanted,” she said. “He wanted the death penalty off and he got it.”

Cindy Rael, mother of Brandi, who at age 34 was shot to death and then torched with fire
“There is one question I would like to ask the governor: What if it was his daughter who was brutally murdered?”

4. Newsom is wrong before Creator God: The criminal laws we live under are largely based on the Word of God in the Bible. God’s commands of “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” and “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” are the foundation of the Penal Codes of the United States and every state, including California. This why the Moses holding the Ten Commandments is depicted multiple times on the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

In a constitutional republic, murder is always wrong; in a pure democracy, it’s not. In our republic of the United States of America, our federal law is strongly against murder:

Murder is the unlawful killing of a human being with malice aforethought. Every murder perpetrated by poison, lying in wait, or any other kind of willful, deliberate, malicious, and premeditated killing; or committed in the perpetration of, or attempt to perpetrate, any arson, escape, murder, kidnapping, treason, espionage, sabotage, aggravated sexual abuse or sexual abuse, child abuse, burglary, or robbery; or perpetrated as part of a pattern or practice of assault or torture against a child or children; or perpetrated from a premeditated design unlawfully and maliciously to effect the death of any human being other than him who is killed, is murder in the first degree. Any other murder is murder in the second degree.

And in murder convictions, federal law commands the death penalty, stating that convicted murderers “shall be sentenced to death.”

In California, the Penal Code likewise condemns murder, stating, “Murder is the unlawful killing of a human being, or a fetus, with malice aforethought.” And the death penalty for murderers is still justified under California law, despite our state law making it optional:

“If the defendant has been found guilty of murder in the first degree, and a special circumstance has been charged and found to be true, or if the defendant may be subject to the death penalty after having been found guilty of violating subdivision (a) of Section 1672 of the Military and Veterans Code or Sections 37, 128, 219, or 4500 of this code, the trier of fact shall determine whether the penalty shall be death or confinement in state prison for a term of life without the possibility of parole.”

These laws requiring or permitting the death penalty for murder are a reflection and application of the pure morality of Creator God’s words in Scripture. The best Bible study I’ve seen on why murderers absolutely lose their right to life is “What does the Bible say about the death penalty?” It shows how “Jesus, Paul, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Hebrews, Revelation, and an angel all give strong support for the death penalty.”

Among the Old Testament passages commanding the death penalty is Genesis 9:5-6:

“Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man’s brother I will require the life of man. Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man.”

In Numbers 35:31-33, Creator God makes clear that the death penalty is not optional for murderers:

“Moreover you shall take no ransom for the life of a murderer who is guilty of death, but he shall surely be put to death. And you shall take no ransom for him who has fled to his city of refuge, that he may return to dwell in the land before the death of the priest. So you shall not pollute the land where you are; for blood defiles the land, and no atonement can be made for the land, for the blood that is shed on it, except by the blood of him who shed it.”

In the New Testament, Romans 13:4 makes it clear that good government executes murderers:

“For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.”

Therefore, Gavin Newsom’s executive order taking the side of murderers is blatantly against the Word of God, which sides with the innocent and the vulnerable. Creator God gave the death penalty so that young men in particular would be afraid of ever murdering anyone and so that an untold number of would-be victims would be protected. God always makes a distinction between the innocent and the guilty, and so should we.

What can we conclude?

Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom has declared himself “king,” and not under the People, the Constitution, or the written statutes.

Governor Newsom has taken the side of murderers, telling young men everywhere that yes, they will get away with murder.

Newsom is at war with Creator God, Who demands justice for bloodguilt by requiring authorities to execute convicted murderers.

It’s ironic that Newsom is siding with murderers (and you’re paying for their room and board and everything else with your taxpayer dollars), while Newsom’s doing everything in his power to kill “unwanted” babies in the womb, who have done no wrong and are completely innocent. Where’s the justice in this?

Ultimately, anyone against the death penalty for murderers doesn’t adequately love innocent human beings. Anyone who says the New Testament is against the death penalty is misinformed. Anyone who voted for Gavin Newsom is now indirectly pro-murderer.

Please share this important information with everyone you can. The People of California must know who’s right, and who’s dead wrong.

In January 2017 Exeter resident Christopher Cheary was sentenced to death for the murder of 3-year-old Sophia Acosta. Her great-grandmother Ruth Williams is now speaking out about the governor’s decision. “I remember her sleeping in my bed and holding my hand. She would say, ‘Nana, I love you.’ Nobody can bring that back but she has the right to have justice.” Williams believes Christopher Cheary does not have the right to live after a jury convicted him of murdering, raping and torturing little Sophia in May of 2011. “That was the closure we had. To see him die was my closure and I would’ve walked to San Quentin… I don’t care – I would’ve walked there to watch it,” she says.
Family of raped and murdered 3-year-old speaks out against death penalty decision