Would Leviticus 5:1 apply today to so many high profile politicians refusing to testify, even when served with a subpoena?

Leviticus 5:1 “If you are called to testify about something you have seen or that you know about, it is sinful to refuse to testify, and you will be punished for your sin."  (NLT)

Leviticus 5:1 - 19

ESV - 1 If anyone sins in that he hears a public adjuration to testify, and though he is a witness, whether he has seen or come to know the matter, yet does not speak, he shall bear his iniquity. 2 Or if anyone touches an unclean thing, whether a carcass of an unclean wild animal or a carcass of unclean livestock or a carcass of unclean swarming things, and it is hidden from him and he has become unclean, and he realizes his guilt.

Clarify Share Report Asked December 05 2021 My picture Jack Gutknecht

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When interpreting Old Testament laws the born again Christian must be watchful and careful. There are ceremonial laws, moral laws and civil laws found in the OT. 

Ceremonial laws stated how God wanted to be worshiped by the Hebrews. The book of Leviticus has numerous laws about how God wants it done. Christians are not required to bring a bull to the priests to be slaughtered and the blood thereof be sprinkled about the altar (Lev 1:5) for the forgiveness of sins. The Christian has the blood of Jesus Christ instead, who was the perfect sacrifice.

The moral laws, as stated in the Ten Commandments, and elsewhere are of course binding on all of mankind. Nine of the ten commandments are repeated in the New Testament. God is a moral God and He expects His children to be moral children. 

The civil laws are laws that prohibited witchcraft and idolatry; also included are the health laws, inheritance laws, and the penal code for adultery and murder. The prohibition of eating pork is included in this category, as is the commandment of stoning to death anyone caught in the act of adultery or for a murderer.

As to your question about whether or not Lev 5:1 is still binding today, I would say yes. I believe this would come under the heading of the moral laws of God, and the moral thing to do in a court of law would be to testify exactly what you know about the situation at hand regardless of the circumstances.

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