When God called Israel out of Egypt, his goal was to establish a godly, lawful society that would prosper and be different than the idolatrous, lawless societies that were predominant in that day–the same reasons the church is called out of the world today. Their lawlessness and idolatry went hand-in-hand and served only to weaken their nations and endangered the lives of the most vulnerable and innocent. Among the many civil laws established for Israel to preserve their nation were laws set up to avoid the evils of mob rule and the giving of gifts to leaders with the evil intent of demanding quid pro quo.
Fast forward to the New Testament and we see the same type of threats from mob rule and gifts with evil intent during the time of the early church. New Testament prophecies even warn us mob rule and gifts to leaders for evil intent would be a mark of the end times (2 Peter 2:1-3; Revelation 17:1-2). Quid pro quo done for evil intent is how the halls of power all over the world have been corrupted, whether it’s DC’s swamp, London, Riyadh, Caracas, Brussels, or Tehran. In many cases the evil quid pro quo has plotted to churn up the simple-minded to push for mob rule, which is why atheist Bill Nye the science guy is happy about the prospect of the older generation dying off so the social justice warriors of the younger generation can use mob rule to bring in the socialism of climate change initiatives. That same quid pro quo also has led to plots to use mob rule via Muslim refugees to rid the world of “Western” values influenced by the Bible.
However, we can fortify our minds against being duped by “special favors” with strings attached and mob rule by heeding God’s timeless principles in the following scriptures:
1 Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.
2 Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline [follow] after many to wrest [thwart] judgment…
7 Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.
8 And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous. Exodus 23 [emphases mine]
18 Judges and officers … shall judge the people with just judgment.
19 Thou shalt not wrest [thwart] judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous. Deuteronomy 16 [emphases mine]
10 My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
11 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause:
12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:
13 We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil:
14 Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse:
15 My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path:
16 For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. Proverbs 1
Whenever someone speaks vehemently and very publicly against the Bible and the principles within it, even in religious settings, you can bet their motivation is most likely tied to some personal, selfish gain they wish to get out of it by doing a special favor for someone.