1. Presidents and Governors sign pardons before they leave office
2. Richard Nixon was pardoned by Gerald Ford
3. Because of overcrowded jails, many are out on parole.
4. Whats the difference?
Study these words
a. Parole = not forgiveness, grace, remission; just under greater freedom than jail, many restrictions and requirements must be met
b. Pardon = an executive act of forgiveness, restores basic rights, ends punishment, involves remission, grace, forgiveness
2. Scriptural Pardon
a. Executive act Ephesians 2:4-7
b. Remission of sins Ephesians 1:7
c. Grace Romans 3:23; Ephesians 2:8
d. Ends punishment Romans 8:1
e. No further restrictions Romans 7:6
f. Restores rights Ephesians 2;19
3. Why do we want parole?
a. We are sinful deserve punishment
b. Fail to believe in or understand grace
c. Tied to a legalistic system
i. Not sure that full pardon is legal
ii. Not deserving of a full pardon
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