I do not want to detract from the courageous stance that Dan Jackson has taken in standing up against oppressive governance practices.
At the same time, I would like to reflect upon a comment made by Dan, in passing, that typifies many people’s view that God does punish.
It has rightfully been pointed out that the GC Compliance initiative is out of harmony with the principles and practices of the Kingdom of God because it incorporates punishment and hence coercion.
If the GC Compliance initiative is inappropriate because it incorporates punishment, and hence coercion, why do we believe that God uses/will use punishment, when coercion is not a part of the Kingdom of God? Something doesn’t add up.
I only raise this view because it has major implications for the nature and character of God and hence for the God that we are representing to the world at the closing end of earth’s history. Might it actually be that God is the One who is trying to save us from the punishment that SIN inherently causes due to its very nature of being lawlessness (ie, the wages of sin is death)? Might this have been a truth that Jesus was trying to point out 2000 years ago?
If this is true, gospel presentation could look something like this: Each of us has the freedom to choose one of two options. You are free to live according to the way of this world (doing what seems right in our own eyes) but it will inevitably and inherently lead to your self-destruction. This outcome is unavoidable if you choose this option. Or you can choose to embrace and live in accordance with the principles and practices of the Kingdom of God which will inevitably and inherently lead to abundant eternal life. What option do you choose?