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

Theresa May departs as Prime Minister, and some more words on voting…

I said a prayer for Theresa May today – I caught a glimpse of her tears and I felt so sorry for her. Not because she has been wronged – she’s done a terrible job of Brexit, and I think deliberately so between her and Angela Merkel. Not because of that but because she is human, and therefore this is painful, and her tears show her humanity even if her policies have been terrible for the people of this country. I prayed that God would protect her from all the bile and vitiol which is being sent her way, and that He would protect her body, soul and spirit with regards particularly to her physical health (she has Type 1 Diabetes) and her mental health.

The European election results are not even in yet, and the country faces the prospect of Theresa May leaving office, and being replaced by Boris Johnson who is a clown. I think it most likely that the turmoil will continue for some time. Just how many seats will the Brexit Party have won? We should know on Sunday.

But of course, I didn’t vote yesterday, just as I said I wouldn’t. The more I look at it the clearer it becomes:

If I vote, I am giving my permission to the winner of the vote to make law on my behalf in complete contravention of God’s word, specifically Deuteronomy 4:2:

You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God that I command you. [ESV]

If I say OK to that then I am complicit in the violation of God’s Law in my country – only one is lawgiver!

There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor? James 4:12 ESV

Praise God!

For the LORD is our judge; the LORD is our lawgiver; the LORD is our king; he will save us. Isaiah 33:22 ESV

Politics is the subversion of the Law of Moses for ends which most of us know are not good. Let us return to the LORD!

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

Blueprints

Every house built today has a set of plans – someone has spent a long time designing with practicality (we hope) in mind. Every service to our homes must also be routed wisely, and the builder of the house must be able to read and understand those plans in order to end up with a house which is both structurally sound and pleasing (we hope!) to the eye.

Functionality is built into every recipe we use. We know who can be trusted to produce reliable recipes, and we follow those recipes carefully, more or less, to ensure good results which are delicious and healthy (we hope!).

But of course, just as there are different people there are different tastes. Different architects design different styles of homes, and different cooks produce different recipes. Having said that, some basic principles apply: there are structural laws that must be applied to buildings to make them safe, whatever their intended appearance on the outside, and there are also structural principles in things like bread and cake baking which must also be applied for consistent results. If you vary the proportions, they simply won’t work, and although that sponge cake may taste OK, if the consistency is more like a hockey puck, good luck trying to persuade anyone to make it a second time.

And so when I look at the area of health I wonder why there is really no one way. Just one way which works for all humans – there really isn’t! Whilst, of course, I am biased towards and keep God’s dietary laws – they are really quite easy and were one of the earliest changes I made in my walk with God, when it comes to health beyond that I am in flux.

You see, in my body, damage has been done – and I don’t know how far back this goes. I don’t know how long ago my gut trouble started. I do know when it got worse, and I do know that antibiotics were the culprit (and what dealt with the sepsis I was experiencing). It’s awful to think that there is no one right way to deal with the issue – there are, however, many people who will tell you what worked for them (and many who denounce these people as being wrong (because it didn’t work for them)).

You see I like to have a plan. I can bake without a recipe, and often do, but in order to do something I’ve never done before, I need a recipe to know how to do it, and practice to become proficient. Just as many builders could, in theory, build an extension for you without a plan, because they’ve done it so often, they had to learn how, and follow plans many times (and of course, they require plans where planning consent is required anyway).

But with my gut journey I feel as though I just keep finding myself at the end of a cul-de-sac and having to turn around and go back. The only things I have discovered along the way is that eating basically is best – natural food with as few additives as possible. But what annoys my gut this week might not next, and more annoyingly, what doesn’t annoy my gut today may well annoy it tomorrow.

So I’m saying all this to say this: we have a blueprint for our society which God wrote Himself for our benefit. With it I know what is right and wrong, and I know what I can and cannot do. I know my rights and responsibilities, if you like. I love God’s Law! Without that blueprint, we have a society where everyone does what is right in their own eyes – and the church teaches obedience, but what to?

A teaching from yesterday, which I’ll put at the end of this post, brought up some good points, and one relates to Romans 1: [emphasis added]

22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

That last verse makes clear that they knew the law and the judgement of God according to it, yet not only did they practice these wicked things, but approved of them who also did so! Today the church teaches that the Law of Moses is done away with, and so, without God’s blueprint all these things become permissible – what is there to stop witchcraft if the Law is gone? The church now embraces sins which God abhors because they want to build a house which is not structurally sound? They don’t even know what they are doing. God does, and did when He caused Israel to suffer as they sinned – bringing them back to Him in repentance and bringing order (His Law) back to their society. Without that blueprint all kinds of wickedness prevailed! Things which are now infiltrating the church are part of that.

So you see why I wish there was one blueprint for my health recovery – one single route which I could follow! But that is not part of God’s Law, and so I have to try to work it out prayerfully with Him, working out what I must deny myself for my health’s sake, and what I can have and when. How much easier it is to follow a proven plan – why on earth does the church continue to reject God’s?

God Bless you

Lis