Christ and the Perpetuity of the Law

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”  (Ecclesiastes 12:12-13)

-

Many religious people today claim that they are true Christians, yet these people are foremost in spreading some errors condemned by the Bible or not biblical in its nature. Strange kind of gospel has been introduced in this age which aim is to destroy the credibility of the word of God and His reputation as an infallible God. Often that His goodness was mis-interpreted by the religious preachers thus church members are becoming too old and passed without knowing the fullness of God’s will. One of the prominent false teachings today is denying of the importance of the Law of God; a teaching declaring that since we are in the period of God’s grace and that faith is essential to attain salvation, Christians doesn’t need the Law of God anymore. By misquoting biblical texts, these preachers indoctrinate the people on how to attain salvation without emphasizing the importance of God’s law in their life. Hence, God declared in His words, “I am profaned among them”.

A government without law is dull. The ruler rules absolutely according to his desire, and the people act the same as the ruler. But God is a God of order, and He don’t want His people to live in a harmful freedom that today’s preachers are actually injecting to their flock. God’s law is the foundation of His government not only on earth but originally in heaven. Christ in His prayer declared;

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:9-10)

The law of God is the will of God. David said; ” I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.” (Psalms 40:8). When we invited Christ in our heart, the same way we are letting the government of His Father to rule within us, and as David said, we should be delighted to do His law.

Many Evangelicals and Born-Again preachers are using the argument that God’s law is so much difficult to fulfill. They ignorantly say that no one can fulfill the law since everyone is a sinner, hence Christ came into the flesh to fulfill what His people cannot fulfill, and by faith alone in Him, we are becoming partakers to what He fulfilled. Then they finally declare, “We don’t need the Law or do any good work in order to attain salvation. Faith alone is the key to salvation”. Oh my friends! These are definitely lies. John the Beloved stated in his letter;

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” (I John 5:3)

The commandments of God are not grievous unlike what false preachers taught. In fact, it is the duty of man to fear God and keep His commandments. First of all, He created us and loved us. The love of God persuades us to follow His commandments, because by following His commandments we are preserving the life He had given to us. Ignoring the law of God is ignoring the Creator, and making ourselves nonsense. Secondly, there will be a judgement and we will be judged according to our deeds whether it be good or evil.

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”  (Ecclesiastes 12:12-13)

Many people misinterpreted the law as grievous and impossible to be fulfilled. It is because the law is of spirit and many people are of flesh. No way that flesh will satisfy the law neither anything that belongs to spirit. God knows it, so He made an extraordinary thing enable the people to fulfill what the law states. Of course, He will never give any commandment that impossible for man to obey. God is the Provider and He is also the Sustainer. He gave the law and He provides the way to fulfill it. No one can fulfill the law, unless he will be directed by God. Paul said;

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. (Romans 8:3-5)

By faith in Christ, we are all resurrected into spirit  from being dead in the sinful flesh. And now that Christians are resurrected as children of God in the spirit, we can now walk according to the spirit, according to the law which is of the spirit. Christ is not against the law neither He came to abolish the law. He came to establish the law and to seal it by the His precious blood.  Jesus Christ stated,

 “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven”. (Matthew 5: 19)

Paul said, “For the wages of sin is death” and “sin is the transgression of the law.” (Rom.6:23; I John 3:4) All people have sinned so we must die according to the law. But Christ came into the flesh, putting all our sins unto Himself and died in our stead. The death of our Lord shows the immutability of the law; it shows how powerful are the words written in the law. Now that Christ freed us from the curse of the law because of our own transgressions, we can now freely walk into a new form of life, a life saved from the wages of our past transgressions. Is it mean that the effectiveness of the law lost its ground? God forbid. John said, “sin is the transgression of the law”, so the existence of sin signifies the existence of the law. Thus Paul declared in his epistle;

” Let not sin (transgression of the law) therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:12-16)

God never gave us the license to sin or to transgress the law after we had saved from it. Why? Because if we sin, we are placing again ourselves as slaves of what we are doing. We are freed, so we should not go back to those sins that enslaved us in the past. We’re already freed so we can now freely turn ourselves as slaves of God’s righteousness. In short, a man who had been freed from sins, from the curse of the law, and now placed under the power of God’s grace is a person who walks away from making sins. He doesn’t kill, he doesn’t worship idols, he doesn’t steal, he doesn’t covet, he doesn’t lie, he doesn’t commit adultery, and if there’s anything that can separate him from God, he walks away from it. A person who had been saved from sins is a person who walk harmoniously with the commandments of God as what King David said, “Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.” (Psalms 119:115.  And again, John  the Beloved said;

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law…

 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God“(I John 3: 4,8-9).

Advertisements

The Gospel That Gives License To Sin

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12)

-

Yes. I’m already saved.“, this was the bold reply of a friend of mine when I asked her about salvation, seeming that she received a limitless passport  to heaven on the day she accepted Christ as her personal Lord and Savior. Carmela, that friend of mine, was just one of those people who have been planted by this kind of false hope as they listen to the preaching of some Born Again and Evangelical pastors who made salvation as a simple statement of mouth.

Like her, many Born Again and Evangelical members believe that in order to be saved, the only thing which we should do is to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and personal Savior by faith. And once you accepted Him through faith, you have now an assured salvation in heaven. No need of good works or following the commandments of God, but through faith alone, we will be saved according to them.

Sorry to say this, but I think this kind of belief is not just unbiblical but shameful, careless and dirty in its entire content. Imagine a person who thinks he was already saved and destined to heaven no matter what he will do, whether he do evil or not. Remember what happened in LA Fitness Gym in Pennsylvania on August 4, 2009? When a man named George Sodini fired 50 rounds into an aerobic class before turning the gun on himself. The shooting resulted four deaths (including Sodini himself) and nine injured. George Sodini was a member of the Tetelestai Church where he sat quietly for many years, listening to the deceptions of his preacher. Talking about the pastor of his Church, Sodini wrote in his blog dated Dec. 31, 2008,

this guy” (Alan “Rick” Knapp) “teaches (and convinced me) you can commit mass murder then still go to heaven. Ask him.

And in a post dated August 3, 2009, Sodini said;

“Maybe soon, I will see God and Jesus. At least that is what I was told. Eternal life does NOT depend on works. If it did, we will all be in hell. Christ paid for every sin, so how can I or you be judged by GOD for a sin when the penalty was already paid. People judge but that does not matter. I was reading the Bible and The Integrity of God beginning yesterday, because soon I will see them.

Excerpt From Sodini's Blog

After the horrible incident in Pennsylvania, Pastor Knapp’s deacon, Jack Rickard commented on Sodini’s death and said;

“George is going to heaven, but he’s not going to get his rewards,” (SOURCE )

Kenneth Nally, another believer of this unscrupulous doctrine, committed suicide in 1980 after he was taught that even self-murder would not stop a person once saved from going to heaven. Definitely! This kind of belief would reclaim many people to Satan, the author of all lies and abominations.

I also remembered a certain time when I tried to ask a Born Again pastor who preaches about the assured salvation. I asked him, “Pastor. If doing good works is unnecessary for salvation so that I decided to cease from giving my tithes, am I still saved?”  The pastor answered and said, “Definitely not, son. If you will cease from giving your tithes and offerings, you will become a robber, because the Bible said, ‘ye rob God’.” See??? Born Again and many Baptist and Evangelical pastors who hold this kind of shameful doctrine are just after to our tithes! They don’t care about our salvation. They don’t care whether we will become evil or not, but what matters most is our money. They telling their members that in salvation, good works are unnecessary things, except the giving of tithes and donations!

Born Again and Baptist preachers founded this kind of unscrupulous belief by misunderstanding the Pauline text mentioned in Ephesians, where it says;

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8,9)

If we will meticulously read the verses, which many illogical Evangelical and Baptists preachers misunderstood, we will notice that the salvation mentioned here by Paul was written in past tense, signifying that this kind of salvation was already a past experience. What was that experience? From what they were saved? In verse 5 it says;

Even when we were dead in sinshath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Before they became Christians, believers in Ephesus are chained in darkness and in sins. They are pagans and victims of evil rulers of darkness. Paul said; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world. (verse 12). From this state, they were saved. Since they are in darkness of ignorance, and that they don’t any knowledge about the truth, of course, they don’t need to work to be saved. In the first place, what kind of work they must do if they were ignorant about truth? Any work done outside the truth means personal works and personal righteousness, and these are the works that are unnecessary to be saved from sins. Salvation from sin is a gift from God. It is through faith alone and no need of any work SINCE they are ignorant about the truth. Thus, Paul stated;

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.

Sadly to say, many Evangelical pastors mis-interpreted the Ephesian texts. They neglected to read the following verses that would defy their careless interpretation. Paul said;

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (v.10)

From the power of darkness and sins, people are transferred into the kingdom of the Son in light through the grace of God. Paul said,

Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.(Colossians 1:12,13)

And again,

For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (Ephesians 5:8)

Now that we are in the light, we should not make ourselves idle. We must work with God. We must work in the light where we were translated. Paul said to Timothy;

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 

That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works; (II Timothy 3:16,17)

We cannot do anything for God if we are still in darkness. And everything we will do to save ourselves, without the workings of God in our lives, are all in vain. But God translated us into the light of His Son so that we will able to work for salvation. This same experience happened to the Ephesians after they were saved from sins. The book of Revelation declared unto them;

I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.

Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. (Revelations 2:2-5)

Paul himself testified that Christians must not let themselves to become idle. He said in his epistle;

For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. (II Timothy 6-8)

Christians should finish their course. We should do our assignments. Unless we finished the track prepared before us by God, we will never receive the crown of life that awaits us in heaven.

Before I end this article, I’m challenging all pastors who preach about the assured salvation. Prove to me that Paul was mistaken when he said;

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12)

And for Christians, particularly those who had been deceived by false salvation that Born Again and Evangelical pastors preached to you, READ YOUR BIBLE. Discover the deepest part of salvation taught by the gospel. Do not be lazy, and do not let these pastors of hell to exploit your pockets and then finally bring you into perdition.