Ignorance of the Law Excuses Someone


God is the prime executor of justice on earth (Jeremiah 9:24).

“…But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.”

In God’s justice, the worst crime done ignorantly, especially of unbelievers, is pardonable (1 Tim 1:13).

“Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.”

Unpardonable crimes are those willfully committed having fully received the knowledge of truth (Hebrews 10:26)

“For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins…”

Genuine repentance is the only thing needed for absolution (Prov28:13).

“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”

Confession must be done, firstly, to God, then to the offended party (Psalms 32:5; James 5:16).

“I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.”

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

To merit God’s pardon, we have to learn how to forgive our offenders (Matthew 6:14-15).

“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Therefore, ignorance is pardonable.

In the truest sense of God’s justice, no biblically inclined mind and thinking will conform to the internationally accepted fallacy of human principle on laws  Ignorantia legis neminem excusat.

The principle  states, “Ignorance of the law excuses no one from compliance therewith”.

The primary logical question is: How can you comply with a law you do not know?

The lawyer Apostle Paul said, where there is no law, sin cannot be imputed (Romans 4:15).

“Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.”

“Because the law brings punishment from God. Where no law exists, there can be no sin”

God’s law is just and is the formidable bastion of justice (Romans 7:12).

“Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.”

Is it justice being served if somebody is being prosecuted for an offense based on a law not known to him?

There is a provision in the fiber of the Philippine jurisprudence, and in most civilized countries of the world, known as the “Blackstone’s formulation”.

“In criminal law, Blackstone’s formulation (also known as Blackstone’s ratio or the Blackstone ratio) is the principle: “better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer”, expressed by the English jurist William Blackstone in his Commentaries on the Laws of England, published in the 1760s.”

If, because of an innocent person, it is better to set free ten criminals, will it be prudent and just to prosecute a real innocent person because of his non-compliance with a law he is ignorant of?

In my opinion, it sounds stupid!

I am not a lawyer by profession.  I am nothing; but my knowledge about God’s law and justice obliges me to say that these two principles in international law utterly contradict each other.   I am reminded of a verse in the book of Job that says:

“The earth is given into the hand of the wicked: he covereth the faces of the judges thereof; if not, where, and who is he?”

It is noticeably ridiculous that the symbol of justice in almost all courts or law is a blindfolded woman with a balance on her hand.

In the Holy Book, it is influence and money that covers the eyes of an unjust judge (Exodus 23:8).

“And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the officials, and subverts the cause of those who are in the right.”

“Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man…” (Luke 18:2)

I hope all judges will be just.

Pardon my ignorance of your laws!

Sincerely in Christ,

Bro. Eliseo Fernando Soriano

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29 thoughts on “Ignorance of the Law Excuses Someone

  1. truly deserves “mashable’s most educational to follow” blog. thank God i can now participate and watch LIVE BIBLE EXPOSITONS _ ONLINE.

  2. I do believe what Brother Eli said ” God is the prime executor of justice on earth “. A compassionate God, merciful and fair to everybody will never do injustice to anyone for it is His will that all men be saved. God knows the heart of a person, He can pardon or excuse those who truly are innocent and the Lord can always give consideration to those who deserve it.

    I hope judges of the courts of men will realize that no matter how great they may be here on earth, there will always be faults in their implementation of justice because they are also but human. Reality is a lot of them ( lawyers, judges, justices ) are innocent and ignorant when it comes to the laws of God up to this moment and if God will implement the kind of justice they themselves implement then they will definitely be punished . It is not a shame for people like judges, lawyers and professors of law to study and learn real justice by listening to Brother Eli, please find time to hear the words of God through the preaching of Brother Eli.

    Perfect justice will come from our perfect God. Thanks be to God !

  3. Job 37:23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.

  4. AMEN!!! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!i am always thankful to GOD of having a Leader like you, Bro Eli Soriano!!! You’re the best thing that ever happened to me!!! no amount of words can express the deep feeling i have, one thing im sure of, I WILL OFFER TO GOD MY DEEPEST GRATITUDE EVEN UNTIL ETERNITY because of YOU… may GOD have mercy on me too, so that i may also enjoy life eternal with OUR CREATOR!!! May GOD always give you the strength and knowledge, and wisdom so that you’ll able to reach more and more people seeking for their souls’ rest…I CANT HELP BUT KEEP ON MISSING YOU BRO ELI!!! I hope and pray, that someday…we’ll be together once more, you are,…. here in front of us, your brethren, wait and longing for you to come… MAY GOD TAKE CARE OF YOU ALWAYS, we need you Bro Eli!!!!! THANKS BE TO GOD ALMIGHTY!!!!

  5. Ignorance of the law excused me at one time. Through baptism, I was cleansed. I was a sinner before I came to know the Member – Church of God International. The society is using the media as a general circulation so the people may know the laws of the land. In comparison, God has the bible too. But I don’t understand what is written in the bible. I can read, but I don’t understand what it meant before. The laws of the land being printed, I could understand, but, what if, the printed media or any media for that matter, did not reach me for some reasons.
    The society did not send anybody to make sure I know the laws of the land, but God did. God put wisdom without measure to this chosen one, and this makes him distinct from the rest.
    I am very sure he is apart from the false preachers of this world.
    And to me he is no other than Brother Eliseo Soriano.

  6. good day!! thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift..thank you bro.eli for this page on your blog…lagi ko po hinihintay at inaabangan un mga bago nyo po sinusulat…kasi I really learned a lot from your blog…sana po patuloy nyo po ito..because your blog really deserved to won as “best educational to follow”. To God be the Glory…

  7. In my 17 years of being a customs representative (personeros), I’ve been transacting in various gov’t. agencies/offices: BOC; BIR; LTO; DA; DTI; BFAR, esp. CITYHALL, etc.; shipping lines, banks, etc., i could’t count anymore how much fines, demurrage, surcharges, storage fee, late payments fees & other penalties for their hidden charges, system errors, due dates fall in holidies, in-charge was absent, etc. We paid all of their faults.
    THEY SIMPLY SAYS: “SIR, COMPANY POLICY”
    All I can say: HAAAAAA! WHERE IS JUSTICE?

  8. GLORY TO GOD and may HIS PEACE be always with us all. It is easy to understand you Bro Eli, maybe because GOD has wanted that enlighthened members of the MCGI should received the good fortune of understanding Bro Eli’s message. Many wise men tried and intended to have a justice system as fair and just as possible. No matter how wise men do, we can never measure up to GOD’s justice. The principles in law, especially here in the Philippines are applicable only to the poor and the law abiding. The corrupt government officials of this administration and the justice system is easily swayed in favor of the arroyo’s cronies like the ampatuans and the leaders of bogus curches like the iglesia ni manalo, quiboloy, catholics and many others. The silent and few officials who do their job are prosecuted and persecuted like what they have done to Bro Eli and Bro Daniel.
    Maybe it is not ignorance of the law for them but BENDING THE LAW for them is the appropriate term. Keep fighting for GOD’s TRUTH Bro Eli, Bro Daniel, we are with you.

  9. Thanks be to God! I realized that even though I am ignorant of the Laws of man, I do not remain ignorant of the Laws of God.

    Thanks be to God for Brother Eli, for his sincere words inspired by the Holy Spirit.

  10. i hope brother eli… you could write something about the real meaning of NEW YEAR… there are many ways of celebrating NEW YEAR around the world..but how does the nation of GOD Celebrate NEW YEAR and what it is the significance of this?

    more power brother eli🙂

    The world is blessed because of you.

  11. No doubt!, bro. Eli Soriano is the most sensible preacher of our times and He truly deserves Mashable’s Most Educational Blog to follow. More power to you bro. Eli and God bless.

  12. I do believed Bro.Eli,and The Bible Authenticity which cannot be denied nor even in any area which Twisted Faith persons always pushing everybody to believe.Ignorance of the Law should excuse those who do not have any resources to know or to be able to literate about Mans Laws…The Bible is also my main Basis in any life aspects nor Issues nor any Debatable things especially involving our Faith and our Salvation which is very Essential and very Sensitive which Others do not know.Bro.Eli,Bro.Daniel we are always right behind you both for Support and I know that THE FATHER ALMIGHTY is always right behind you both in propagating HIS WORDS…..GODBLZ to both of you!!!we are proud of having TRUE PREACHERS like you and we are very very lucky of having you to always feeds us What should our souls to eat in the proper time….Stay safe and we Pray for your Safetyness and Health..

    • Where can we get in touch with you and edith mandigma. Are you the Larry Simbol who worked with Teatro Pilipino before?

  13. To Pollwatch;

    You are galdly invited join our this new years celebration this coming April 2010. Because this Month is beginning of New Year in the Bible. You will not only read How new yr in the bible is celebrated but you will also feel and see how it is done. god bless

  14. After reading this blog, I feel so overwhelmed that I have become a member of the Church of God. Actually, for the nth time!

    Thanks be to God for the gift of blog!

  15. perfect! our preacher bro eli is 100% of God, no doubt about it. those who wish to challenge him you better think first. no one can stop the will of God.

    thanks be to God for giving us bro eli and bro daniel. (n_n)

  16. The extremely unwieldy and almost impossible juridical process of establishing statutory ignorance of any legal personality makes it vital and very necessary for a man made judicial system to use a PRESUMPTION that a legal personality is at least AWARE and has a FAIR UNDERSTANDING of a particular law or statute AFTER due public notice has been made about the statutory provision. It is extremely difficult to prove ignorance under normal circumstances and it would be very easy for anybody to escape from the law simply because he claimed ignorance from it. HOW CAN YOU PROVE IGNORANCE IF YOU KNOW YOU LIVE IN A SOCIETY WHERE A SET OF PUBLIC NORMS AND STANDARDS DO EXIST? EVEN IF YOU DO NOT KNOW A SPECIFIC LAW, YOU DO KNOW THAT THERE ARE LAWS TO BE FOLLOWED AT LEAST. It will be a GRAVE INJUSTICE for all law abiding citizen of ANY civilized state to include ignorance of the law in the jurisprudence of civil and criminal innocence. It therefore makes it VERY NECESSARY for a LEGAL PRESUMPTION to be included in legal jurisprudence to PRESUMPTIBLY ensure equity and justice to any and all citizen of a state. Inherent limitations and weaknesses in any judicial system may exist relative to bureaucracy but it MUST NOT be a reason enough to compromise judicial equity with an extremely difficult to prove and highly prejudicial IGNORANCE OF THE LAW.

    Ignorance of the law is primarily a matter of conscience which is very difficult to establish in court under ordinary circumstances. NOT EVEN THE BEST HARVARD EDUCATED JUDGE CAN ASCERTAIN WITH ABSOLUTE CERTAINTY THE ESSENCE OF A PARTICULAR HUMAN CONSCIENCE WHICH IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE THE IGNORANCE OF LAW. In a capitalist society, which gives democracy its framework, necessitates that power emanates from the people AND PEOPLE ALONE which PRECLUDES a much more POWERFUL and MOST ESSENTIAL type of power which is the DIVINE POWER or power from God. The fact of which is empirically evident on most fundamental laws of almost all democratic state which is the SEPARATION OF THE CHURCH AND THE STATE. The reason for the concept of SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE is the basic human right of FREEDOM OF RELIGION which comes from yet another basic concept which is FREEWILL. It is necessary to separate the power of the church and state because of the INTENT of the law to protect the basic human right of FREEWILL and also to avoid BIASES and DISCRIMINATION within the state. The spirit of the law here has a noble intent which is to promote equity and to protect and secure basic human rights.

    IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS THEREFORE it is this FREEWILL of every human being that necessitates the legal presumption of IGNORANCE OF THE LAW EXUSES NO ONE. The inevitable problem area with this legal framework however is the DIVERSITY OF INDIVIDUAL INTERESTS and CIRCUMSTANCES THAT DIRECTLY MODIFY A PARTICULAR FREEWILL. It is ONLY the QUALITY OF ACTUAL CONSCIENCE that directly modifies freewill and this EXTREMELY SUBTLE AREA of QUALITY OF ACTUAL CONSCIENCE that is extremely difficult to establish in court which necessitates the legal provision “ignorance the law excuses no one from compliance therewith”.

    Democracy uses legal standards set by its sovereign people ALONE which precludes DIVINE POWER due to the intent of the human law NOT TO VIOLATE FREEDOM OF RELIGION. This stems from the fact that there exists an almost infinite number of distinct religious views and standards which DIRECTLY MODIFIES the quality of individual human conscience. WHICH DIVINE POWER WILL THEY USE IF EVER? THE POWER OF THE GOD OF CATHOLICS? THE GOD OF THE IGLESIA NI MANALOS? ETC.

    But for me personally, there is only one source of divine power which is THE GOD OF THE BIBLE ALONE. That God unfortunately does not belong to catholics nor to the iglesia ni cristo of manalo nor with any other religious groups claiming direct divine intervention. It is my belief that this God of the Bible is not known by almost all religion dominating my country and all country if I may. HAD ONLY THE DIVINE POWER OF THIS GOD OF THE BIBLE INCLUDED IN ANY LEGAL FRAMEWORK, SUCH LEGAL PRESUMPTION “IGNORANCE OF THE LAW EXCUSES NO ONE FROM COMPLIANCE HEREWITH” WOULD BECOME ILLOGICAL FOR IT IS DECLARED BY THIS GOD HIMSELF IN THE BIBLE THAT;

    “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

    I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”

    – Jeremiah 17:9-10

    HAD MOST OF THE WORLD KNOWN THIS GOD OF THE BIBLE, THE INHERENT WEAKNESS OF THE DEMOCRATIC LEGAL FRAMEWORK WILL CERTAINLY BE ELIMINATED.

  17. This website is deserving to become the most educational to follow, I believe not in this earth only but in the whole universe, like what the bible says that even angels want to hear the Mysteries in the bible, Bro Eli Goodluck the power and the loving kindness of the lord will guide you always together with Bro. Daniel Razon..me ryan

  18. I am hoping to God that many will response to CALL of God to every readers of this BLOG. More power to every one of us! Especially to Brother Eli Soriano!

    I now appreciate life! The real life! 1 cor. 2:9. Thanks be to God!

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