Reformed Theology At what point should local law enforcement become involved in crimes committed in the local church?  Calvinism

At what point should local law enforcement become involved in crimes committed in the local church?

Reformed Theology At what point should local law enforcement become involved in crimes committed in the local church?  Calvinism
At what point should local law enforcement become involved in crimes committed in the local church?

This has been something I have had on my mind for quite some time but I never seem to be able to find a solid answer for this anywhere. My immediate assumption usually boils down to "Immediately because, why not? A crime has been committed!", but I want to gather as many thoughts on this as I can because this is a pretty big (and serious) issue that the church needs to consider more, I think.

We know that sinners sin. It's only natural that they do. We know that even saved sinners sin, because we are still in our natural bodies that desire to sin, but have the immediate help of the Holy Spirit to hopefully keep us from sinning. Saved and unsaved sinners both are capable of committing the same sins, and this tragically includes immensely grievous sins such as rape, molestation (adult or child), theft, domestic abuse, physical violence, etc. This list can go on. Not only are the particular things that I listed sins, but they are also crimes that are punishable but local authorities and governments. People outside the church have no problem picking up the phone and calling 911 or going to the local police department and reporting a crime. What gets to me is that it seems like Christians (particularly ones in leadership, but lay people are included) try to actively avoid getting law enforcement involved when crimes such as the ones listed above are actually committed within a local community of believers.

Why is this? It's seems pretty clear to me that when Paul was talking about local authorities and the power that they wield (Romans 13:1-7) he was, of course, speaking directly to how Christians need to see that federal government is instituted by God to keep the peace and maintain order. It's not about the relationship between the government and unbelievers. Federal government is currently God's ordained means of meeting out justice when sin and crime is committed. If we know that government is to be feared and respected because it is God's current ordained means of justice, why then do many Christians actively try to keep law enforcement out of serious church affairs? Shouldn't we be more keen to embrace it because it is God's ordained means? Paul says that we need not fear the government if we do good, but we are to be afraid if we commit evil, because law enforcement does not wield the sword in vain. Shouldn't we also be afraid if we do fail to report criminal activity? Some crimes like rape, molestation, and domestic abuse, are serious enough that not reporting them if you knew they were happening can result in you also facing some kind of criminal charge or jail time (whether the crime was actively covered up or passively ignored).

Like I said at the beginning, my stance is one of getting the police involved ASAP if the offending action is indeed a crime punishable by the local government. Do you agree or disagree? Any other points of view?

This has been something I have had on my mind for quite some time but I never seem to be able to find a solid answer for this anywhere. My immediate assumption usually boils down to “Immediately because, why not? A crime has been committed!”, but I want to gather as many thoughts on this as I can because this is a pretty big (and serious) issue that the church needs to consider more, I think.We know that sinners sin. It’s only natural that they do. We know that even saved sinners sin, because we are still in our natural bodies that desire to sin, but have the immediate help of the Holy Spirit to hopefully keep us from sinning. Saved and unsaved sinners both are capable of committing the same sins, and this tragically includes immensely grievous sins such as rape, molestation (adult or child), theft, domestic abuse, physical violence, etc. This list can go on. Not only are the particular things that I listed sins, but they are also crimes that are punishable but local authorities and governments. People outside the church have no problem picking up the phone and calling 911 or going to the local police department and reporting a crime. What gets to me is that it seems like Christians (particularly ones in leadership, but lay people are included) try to actively avoid getting law enforcement involved when crimes such as the ones listed above are actually committed within a local community of believers.Why is this? It’s seems pretty clear to me that when Paul was talking about local authorities and the power that they wield (Romans 13:1-7) he was, of course, speaking directly to how Christians need to see that federal government is instituted by God to keep the peace and maintain order. It’s not about the relationship between the government and unbelievers. Federal government is currently God’s ordained means of meeting out justice when sin and crime is committed. If we know that government is to be feared and respected because it is God’s current ordained means of justice, why then do many Christians actively try to keep law enforcement out of serious church affairs? Shouldn’t we be more keen to embrace it because it is God’s ordained means? Paul says that we need not fear the government if we do good, but we are to be afraid if we commit evil, because law enforcement does not wield the sword in vain. Shouldn’t we also be afraid if we do fail to report criminal activity? Some crimes like rape, molestation, and domestic abuse, are serious enough that not reporting them if you knew they were happening can result in you also facing some kind of criminal charge or jail time (whether the crime was actively covered up or passively ignored).Like I said at the beginning, my stance is one of getting the police involved ASAP if the offending action is indeed a crime punishable by the local government. Do you agree or disagree? Any other points of view?
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