Part IV – Should Christians keep the Law of Moses – Getting right with God

It’s time to put all this together – yes you can walk humbly before the LORD and you can begin the process of taking your first steps in obedience to the Father. That process doesn’t require you to do everything all at once – just pick one or two things you feel are manageable and begin. God will guide you!

God Bless you

Lis

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Part III – Should Christians keep the Law of Moses – Blessings and Curses

We can see evidence of the blessings and curses of the law – consequences for obedience and disobedience – in our society today. I talk in this short video about just one.

Shabbat Shalom

Lis

Part II – Should Christians keep the Law of Moses? – But Paul!

We are told that the words of Paul do away with the Law – this doesn’t fit with his words when he says in 2 Corinthians 6:14: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” – that word “unrighteousness” is “lawlessness” in the Greek. This indicates that believers should be lawful! Indeed Paul also said that if it was not for the Law he would not have known what sin was.

Lis

Paul and the law

This is a great short video about Paul and the commandments of God. For those who think that Paul says the law is done away with – think on.

For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Matthew 5:18 NKJV

God Bless you

Lis

One Reality Ministry in terrible error

I watched a great video by this ministry recently. It was well put together, and I’ll even go so far as to share it here:

It’s pretty hard-hitting. I’ve watched it a couple of times, and a few other videos and enjoyed them. He quotes Matthew 7:23 and uses a translation which clearly states:

But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’

Which is from the NLT.

I thought the ministry might get added to my Resources page. Until today.

Collin Retkowski who is the face of the ministry, talks in the video below, which I watched today, about being sinless. Being a sinless Christian.

He cites several people in the bible who were righteous before God (Job and Noah being just two), but sadly he makes the fundamental error, in spite of using Matthew 7:23 in other videos, of saying that the “ceremonial laws and the Mosaic Law” are done away with.

Nowhere does Yeshua say this – in fact this ministry is preaching the most dangerous doctrine of all – faith, plus works = salvation – without defining what those works are to be.

When we try to follow Christ and be like Him without reference to the Law, we tangle ourselves up in legalism. We define and redefine sin without reference to the Law which lays out for us so clearly what is sin! That’s what legalism is – the constant redefining of the law to allow us to do, or to restrict, things we think are right or wrong.

To give you an example straight out of the world today, of what legalism is, consider the speed limit. The sign says that the limit is 30 miles per hour. If we were to apply that as it is, which would be fair, we would say that travelling at 31 miles per hour is clearly breaking the law, so why don’t we? Why don’t people get a speeding fine for going at 31 mph? Because lawyers got involved, and said that, as speedometers are not accurate enough, it wouldn’t be fair, and so mostly our authorities only apply the speed limit allowing a 10% margin for error. This is legalism. One law wasn’t enough, so another rule must be added.

What most Christians think is sin is vastly removed from what the bible says is sin. In fact, he’s right that many Christians believe that feeling tempted is sinful, rather than waiting until you have sinned to feel bad.

But the simple aim of every believer should be a close, righteous walk with God – obedience is the ONLY answer to sin, because it clarifies what sin is! We can’t keep changing our minds because when we do, we begin a dangerous game – Collin says that Jesus will say in that day ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’, but then rejects the very law God gave us to keep us from sinning.

Please pray for Collin, because right now he’s in a dangerous place. He believes himself to be sinless, yet rejects the law, and this is an impossible place to be (and teach others from).

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May the fear of God bring you into all wisdom.

Lis

Love your neighbour as yourself

We see these words in Leviticus 19:18 – God tells us:

Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.

Can you think now how many statutes are required because we have left this commandment behind? If we have compassion on our neighbour, as we would hope he would have on us, many statute laws of man would not be required. Harassment from loud music – not a thing anymore. Anti-social behaviour? Gone. All kinds of pain and suffering could be alleviated by this simple law – but only if we applied it.

When we don’t slam the door at 6 a.m. on our way to work we do it because we don’t want to wake the neighbours – that’s just the kind of consideration we all need to have. Don’t light that bonfire when the wind is blowing towards your neighbour’s washing – pretty simple. It also extends to how we treat our environment – litter laws, and pollution laws, not leaving an engine idling for long periods – all these things are covered simply under that one commandment, yet instead we have thousands of regulations which are in place instead (and, note, rarely applied).

That commandment also encompasses more than just consideration, it includes the way we correct and rebuke our neighbours too! Love is not license, it’s pointing out things which are wrong, with love, and expecting better.

David says, and I love this psalm so much, in psalm 141:5:

Let the righteous strike me;
It shall be a kindness.
And let him rebuke me;
It shall be as excellent oil;
Let my head not refuse it.
For still my prayer is against the deeds of the wicked.

Yes, absolutely! Rebuke me and I shall grow wiser still! How beautifully humble David is!

Let us love our neighbours, resolve disputes and keep government out of our lives – if only we kept the law of God!

Lis

Man’s legalism leads to destruction

God has a way of doing things that He wants us to follow. He gave us written instructions on how to walk rightly before Him, but we exchanged His “light yoke” – Torah – for our own legal system.

Our legal system is built on leaven. Every little law contains within it more little nuances and regulations. Systems like this make lawyers lots of money as they seek to continually redefine these laws and their meaning and scope. It’s vital that we understand why this system is so toxic. It has enabled countries which once walked in a set of basic Christian tenets, if not the Law of God, to be manipulated until they (we) legalised things which God abhors. Homosexuality and abortion to name two.

And this system is ridden by those who seek our destruction.

Here’s a great and very relevant example of what I mean:

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In case the image isn’t loading for you, the gist of it is “Migrants traveling to US sue Trump, government; claim violation of constitutional rights.”

Ok, so let’s just take a moment and examine this. Who is suing the government? Not the migrants, but lawyers. Not one of those migrants, I would guess, is qualified and knowledgeable enough to launch their own legal proceedings against the US government (I couldn’t do it, and I bet you couldn’t either). They have been advised by a group of lawyers who are, at a guess, left-wing, and, based on their desires, they are going to help non-US citizens to sue under the notion that they even have constitutional rights. Only American citizens have those, surely?

Only a system which is based on legalism and leaven could allow such an attempt to subvert the rule of law in the United States.

Only a system which is based on “loopholes” and “precedent” could create such a situation.

This will hopefully get thrown out, but the concern is that it will spawn more and more cases similar, and perhaps all it will take is for one judge to hear the case and the floodgates may be opened.

We need to acknowledge the absolute righteousness of God’s Law so that in our hearts we know right from wrong, even as we must live, obediently, in societies which go against that Law.

God Bless you

Lis