Does the Commuting of Prison Sentences Promote Lawlessness?


The country is still talking about President Obama’s announcement this week to commute the sentence of 214 prisoners. In all, he has commuted 562 sentences during his presidency, more than the past nine presidents combined, according to Fox News.

Dr. Alex McFarland (, a nationally known pastor, religion and culture expert, radio and television host, and author of the new book “Stand Strong America,” has visited many prisons to minister to inmates, and in fact, has clearance at about 30 of the country’s most secure prisons.

In talking and praying with inmates right in death-row cells, McFarland says he’s learned that a preacher, pastor or other minister is not permitted to make any type of “deal” on behalf of the prisoners to shorten their sentences.

So why, McFarland asks, is President Obama automatically commuting the sentences of 214 prisoners he’s most likely never met with or talked to? Why are incarcerated criminals walking now?

McFarland added that the President, and the next Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, are promoting amindset of lawless culture.”

Fox News further reported that White House counsel Neil Eggleston stated: “All of the individuals receiving commutation today—incarcerated under outdated and unduly harsh sentencing laws—embody the president’s belief that ‘America is a nation of second chances.’”

McFarland goes one step further to say that God is also all about second chances, but that the Bible is clear about consequences to actions that deserve them—even consequences delivered in love.

McFarland’s new book, “Stand Strong America,” is co-authored with evangelist and apologist Jason Jimenez and addresses the idea that Americans are weary of the poor character and decisions of their leaders, including laws that may not coincide with their faith. The book provides Americans real answers and courage to stand strong in the midst of uncertainty and fear—offering a vision of hope that reignites the fervor and courageous faith that existed when the republic of America was created. Learn more at

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Alex McFarland

Alex has preached in over 2,200 churches throughout North America and numerous more internationally. He also speaks at Christian events, conferences, debates, and other venues to teach biblical truths and preach the gospel.

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