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True religion is not a matter of voluntary choice which is without repercussions. The life of a society is its religion, and if that religion is false, then the society is headed for death. Obedience to God is not a matter of taste; it is a question of life or death (Lev. 26:23-24). Idolatry is treason to the King or Sovereign, to Almighty God. It is a capital offense (Deut. 17:2-7). To the modern mind, treason to the State is logically punishable by death, but not treason to God. But no law-order can survive if it does not defend its core faith by rigorous sanctions.
- Rousas John Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical Law 66 (1973).