"Test all things; hold fast to what is good."
1 Thessalonians 5:21

Ever take the time to see if what you believe is biblical? That it is in accordance with God and His good doctrine? Take the Test and see where you stand...

Scripture shows we need to hold to God's good doctrine and not follow the false teachings and man made doctrines that are so prevelant today. Some of the items are simple errors that have little effect on our lives, others can make a huge difference on how we live - either obedient, rebellious or just out right disobedient. The bible also states we are to examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith...

 

"Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you? - unless indeed you are disqualified." 2 Corinthians 13:5

 

So take time to look at the questions and see if you are holding to things that are not biblical. 

Adam & Eve sinned by eating an Apple

Now lots of people think that Adam and Eve sinned by eating an apple - however if we look at the scriptures we see this is NOT the case. 

 

Genesis 3:1-6 "Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman "Has God indeed said, 'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden ' And the woman said to the serpent, 'We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the FRUIT of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said "You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die." Then the serpent said to the woman 'You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.' So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its FRUIT and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate."

 

The Hebrew word "Fruit" is found in Strong's concordance H6529 which means 'fruit of whether of the Earth &/or field'. Interesting is that in the figurative sense it means ones actions, our good fruit as seen in the New Testament so many times. 

 

Now the running joke in a lot of Christian circles is that it was Eve who sinned and blew it for everyone. However notice it states that Adam was WITH her. So if we do not read anything into the passage and take it at face value, Adam sinned by NOT being the spiritual head of the family and confronting the enemy. So in all actuality Adam sinned first! Lets look at what God said later in Genesis chapter 3...

 

"Then to Adam He (God) said, 'Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which

I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it', cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall

eat of it all the days of your life."

 

We also see that when the enemy presents things as temptations we often add to God's word. In other words we try to 'help' God in doing things. In both the Old Testament and New Testament we see the command to "Not add to" or "take away" from God's word. Unfortunately we are just like Adam and Eve at times; where we ignore to act on what God commanded us to do, as Adam did. Or we are like Eve and add our two cents to help God as we see when she said "you shall not... touch it". So here we see that one of the enemy's tactics is to get us to add to or take away from God's word, so we believe something different than what He intended. Is it possible that just like Adam & Eve we too might believe and do things that God does not want us to do because we base our beliefs on something different than what He instructed? 

 

So what did Adam and Eve eat? Was it an apple? The scripture is not clear but we do find an interesting find in the following verse...

 

"Then the eyes of both of them (Adam and Eve) were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and the sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings." Genesis 3:7

 

Here in verse 7 we see that Adam and Eve sewed together fig leaves and some say they ate from a fig tree. Perhaps there was a fig tree next to the apple tree of forbidden fruit? Maybe it was some other fruit? Whatever it was, scripture is not clear but we do know that disobedience to the Father is not good.

 

So when someone says "Adam and Eve" sinned by eating an apple, fill them in on the details.

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Delilah cut off Samson's hair

I remember being in sunday school learning about the bible and one of those accounts was about Samson. The strong man who had a problem with doing what he was instructed. He was a Nazarite, dedicated to God however he gave into many temptations like we do today as believers. He has problems to include marrying a pagan, breaking His vows as a Nazarite (instructions given by God), giving his parents honey that came out of a dead animal carcass, he murdered 30 men out of revenge (even though God is our avenger). He finally married Delilah and most believers were taught Delilah cut off he hair which he said was the source of his strength. Check out this...

 

Judges 16:16-20 "And it came to pass, when she pestered him daily with her words and pressed him, so that his soul was vexed to death, that he told her all his heart, and said to her, “No razor has ever come upon my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If I am shaven, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.” When Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, “Come up once more, for he has told me all his heart.” So the lords of the Philistines came up to her and brought the money in their hand. Then she lulled him to sleep on her knees, and CALLED FOR A MAN AND HAD HIM SHAVE OFF the seven locks of his head. Then she began to torment him,[a] and his strength left him. And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” So he awoke from his sleep, and said, “I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free!” But he did not know that the Lord had departed from him."

 

So Delilah did not shave off his seven locks of hair (most people don't know this either) but betrayed her husband to the enemy. This is a prime example of why we are to not marry an unbeliever because our focus is different. When you have an unbelieving spouse and the other spouse continues to ignore the commands of God for how we are to live our lives, the only results is more sin. At its worst there is a time where the Lord leaves us to our own devices.

 

Also notice that Samson thought the power came from him and NOT the Lord! We see this similar pattern throughout scripture. Where man thinks he can take God's place and decide what he can and can't do, regardless of what God says. This only results in more sin and slaverly. A scary point is seen in verse 20 where Samson says "I will go out as before..." to defeat the enemy however he never knew that the Lord departed from him. How arrogant and prideful does a person have to be to NOT notice that God has left them? Yet in our lives we do the exact same thing! Instead of following what God states as how we are to love Him and those around us, we usurp His authority and try to take His place. We end up setting ourselves up as idols who think they know more than the Creator who knows everything. Now after Samson had his eyes poked out and was put in prison, we see he repented of doing things his way and turned back to God. Oh what a merciful God we have who does not give us what we deserve.
 

So do we too have the same problem as Samson? Where we ignore God and His word and do what we want? Are you doing this today? Are you tired of being frustrated and thinking God is with  you while you continue to sin? If so, if might be time to examine your life and find out what God wants  you to do.

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Jesus had long hair - hmmm...

 

 

As you can see from the picture this Jesus has long hair - matter of fact almost every movie about Jesus has Him with long hair. However is this scriptural? Lets look at what the bible actually says... 

 

1 Corinthians 11:14 "Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him?"

 

Now this verse comes from a passage that talks about head coverings but many don't even read the entire passage. What we do see from this verse is that according to Paul, the apostle to the gentiles, long hair was not a good thing.  So why do we see so many pictures of Jesus with long hair? Because the enemy is hell bent on changing what God has put forth in His word. You see the enemy does not have to make BIG changes - he understands that the best way to deceive people is to make small changes. Those small changes, lets say of only a couple of degrees off the straight path does not mean much now but if you go 1,000 miles down the road, you will find yourself off the path. 

"But what about Leviticus 19:27?" "Doesn't it say to not cut your hair?" Well lets take a look at it...

 

Leviticus 19:27 "You shall not shave around the sides of your head, nor shall you disfigure the edges of your beard."​

 

Now does this mean if you trim your beard a certain way your sinning against God? No, of course not. So what is this about? That is the question we must ask "What is the purpose of this verse?" You see back then a lot of pagans used to worship their false gods by ripping out their hair and beards. When they prayed for good harvest or mourned the death of a person they ripped out their hair to prove they were dedicated followers. So if you trim your beard or mustache and do NOT follow a false god, then your okay. You see in the Old Testament people were identified by their ACTIONS. No one during those times trimmed their hair, beards & mustaches in the fashionable ways we do today. So when we look at the Hebrew definitions in this verse we see the word "shave" is naqaph, in Strong's concordance its H5362 and it means to "strike off". The word "disfigure" is Strong's shachath H7843 meaning to "destroy, to ruin" and to "act wickedly".

 

So this passage means to not rip out or destroy one's hair by striking it off one's skin as an act of wickedness - and it all relates to the following of a false god. You see God NEVER tells His children or His bride to commit acts of violence against their body. Rather we see where God gives good gifts and gives instructions that benefit us and NEVER tells us to rip out our hair or cut our bodies. In the New Testament we see we are to live like the Messiah did and He never did these things or tell His disciples to do them. Instead we see the Messiah healing people and making them whole in body, mind and spirit.


So when you watch a movie, see a picture or graven image of Jesus with long hair, remember what the truth of scripture states.

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Money is the root of all evil

This is one of the most misunderstood scriptures because it leaves out a small detail. Just like how the enemy, satan/the serpent in the garden deceived Eve, all you have to do is remove one word. So lets look at what scripture actually says...

 

1 Timothy 6:10 "For the LOVE of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."

 

You see its the LOVE of money that causes problems. If we are greedy and go after money then we are missing the mark. We are in a sense looking to a piece of paper to provide peace and safety in our lives. In other words we are setting up Money as an idol. We see other scriptures showing how the LOVE of money is a sin. 

 

Matthew 19:16-22 where the rich young ruler comes to the Messiah. "... 'but if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.' He said to Him, 'Which ones?'

 

Jesus said 'You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not bear false witness, honor your father and your mother and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.'

 

The young man said to Him 'All these things I have kept form my youth, what do I still lack?'

 

Jesus said to him "If you want to be perfect go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, and come and follow Me.'

 

But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful for he had great possessions."

 

Many other scriptures show that the LOVE of money or idolatry is NOT who Jesus walked and neither should we. So when someone says "money is the root of all evil" tell the truth of God and His word.

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Three wise men (magi) visited baby Jesus

 Now this statement has been taught to believers for as long as I can remember. Even people who do not believe in God can tell you there were three wise men/magi that visited Jesus when He was a baby in the manger. There is even a christmas carol "We three kings" supports this lie (BTW there were not kings either). So why do we put so much focus on these magi/wise men? Perhaps if we look at scripture we will see what is the truth.

 

Matthew 2:1-12 "Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.

So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,Are not the least among the rulers of Judah;For out of you shall come a RulerWho will shepherd My people Israel.’”

 

Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have foundHim, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.”

 

When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.

 

Notice it does NOT say three wise men. Neither do we see any indication that these magi are christians or followers of God and His word. How about we look at the definitions of the term "wise men" and see if it gives any indication if these men were Godly or not.

 

If we look at Strong's concordance the phrase "wise men" or "magi" is G3097 magos which means a magus, the name given by Chaldeans, Medes, Persians and others that included pagan priests, physicians, astrologers, seers, interpreters of dreams, soothsayers, sorcerers, etc (in other word all who were ungodly); also defined as a false prophet and sorcerer.

 

So we see that there were no "three wise men" but a collection of "magi" (seers, soothsayers, sorcerers, etc) who gave three gifts which were gold, frankincense and myrrh. Yes they worshipped Him but there is no indication they were believers according to the definitions that are used. Matter of fact we see there God commanded that His children are to NOT do such things as these people did...

 

Deuteronomy 18:9-14 "9 “When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you. 13 You shall be blameless before theLord your God. 14 For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the Lord your God has not appointed such for you."

 

Now some will argue saying "There is no way a non-believer could pretend to be a believer!" Really? We even see confirmation, a second witness of this in the New Testament in Acts 8:9-25 where a sorcerer believed, was baptized & followed Philip. If you look at Strong's for sorcerer in Acts 8:9 we see its defined as mageuo G3096 meaning a magician to practice magical arts - the root word for this is G3097 magos! So again we see that what is being preached today in regards to the three wise men/magi is not true. 

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Abraham, Isaac & Jacob were Jewish



What is amazing is how many believers think these people were Jewish. I used to think the same thing. However when we look at scripture we see the truth. The origin of the Jewish people is clearly seen that Abraham was not a Jew. The word 'Jew' refers to those of the tribe of Judah, one of the twelve tribes of ancient Israel. In 2 Kings 16:6 it shows the first biblical usage of the term. This was many centuries after Abraham’s lifetime. As the name indicates, the tribe of JUDAH descended from the man named JUDAH. He was one of Jacob’s twelve sons as seen in Genesis 35:23. Jacob was one of Isaac’s two sons (Genesis 25:26). Isaac was one of Abraham’s two sons (Genesis 21:3). Abraham was, therefore, Judah’s great-grandfather. He was not a Jew, but was rather one of their ancestors, and should appropriately be called a Hebrew (a descendant of Eber—Genesis 11:17-26).

 

Genesis 15:7 And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.

 

Nehemiah 9:7 Thou art the LORD the God, who didst choose Abram, and broughtest him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him the name of Abraham;

 

So there we have it, Abram, later named Abraham by God came from Ur in Chaldea. This means Abraham was a Chaldean and he was not a Jew. 

 

So why is this important? Well the enemy wants to twist God's words so we will disregard the truth. To get people to follow a lie (as he is the father of lies) so they will depart from the truth of God's good doctrine. You see most people will ignore the bible if it deals with anything "Jewish". The enemy has poisoned the well, made a bias among people to disregard God's instructions in anyway, shape or form. There is a phrase if you do not stand for something (God's truth) you will fall for anything.

 

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"God helps them who help themselves"



This passage is attributed to the bible so much its not even funny. Some pastors have even preached on this in their sermons. If you do a search for this phrase in EVERY bible translation you will get this... "NO RESULT FOUND". So why is this so popular? Its simple - the enemy wants people to rely on themselves rather than on God. Its a twisted way to get people to NOT look to God and His word but themselves. Does this mean we don't have to do anything?

 

Of course not, we see many examples in the bible where we are to "hear & do" God's word, to do His good works. We don't do this to help ourselves but because we love God.

 

Ephesians 2:10 "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,

which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."

You see we are not supposed to do things that help or serve ourselves but Him...


Romans 6:16 "Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are the one's slaves whom you obey, whether to sin leading to death OR of obedience leading to RIGHTEOUSNESS?"

 

If we help ourselves its from a selfish heart - not from a heart of a servant who obeys God and His word. So when someone says this phrase remember the focus on where our walk should be.

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Noah's ark had 2 pairs of every animal

This immediately brings to mind the sunday school song "Noah's Arky, Arky" where it says the animals came into the ark by "twoosies". Now its a good way to teach children and adults with songs but there are some small details that are missed in Genesis 6 and 7. Consider the truth in scripture...

 

Genesis 7:1-3 "Then the Lord said to Noah, 'Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation. You shall take with you SEVEN each of every CLEAN animal, a male and his female; TWO each of animals that are UNCLEAN, a male and his female; also SEVEN each of birds of the air, male and female, to keep the species alive on the face of all the earth."

 

We see Noah took 7 each of the clean animals, 2 each of the unclean and 7 each of birds. Now we see the truth it was not 2 pairs that was taken and if we read the entire account we see all the animals came in the ark by pairs ref. Genesis 7:9 (two by two they went into the ark). So what is more important? That the animals came into the ark by pairs or what the 7 pairs of clean and 2 pairs of unclean were for? If we continue to read the flood account we notice in Genesis 8:20-21 when the flood was over...

 

"Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every CLEAN animal and of every CLEAN bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma."

 

Now your probably asking "But what does CLEAN and UNCLEAN mean?" Lets continue on and see.

 

Most believers say the law / instructions of God was first given on Mount Sinai in Exodus 19 & 20. If you study the commandments, laws & statues of God, we see the same words CLEAN and UNCLEAN in these passages. So the question is... "So how did Noah know what animals were clean and unclean?" Its obvious that God's commandments were given by God to Noah. We also see evidence of this prior to the flood. Instead of getting into full detail about this go to #10 "There was no law prior to Mount Sinai" in this quiz.

 

In closing we see the enemy use slight errors and misdirection to take the focus off the importance of God and His word. Its takes the focus off what is important and makes it void. So next time when someone says that Noah took 2 pairs of every animal direct them to God's word for the truth.

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Jesus was a pacifist 

Many people claim Jesus was a pacifist; that He was full of love, healed people and he was not violent at all. While in His ministry He did do these things there are times when He acted in a violent, angry manner. What people tend to miss are the following scriptures...

 

Ephesians 4:26 "Be angry and do not sin;" do not let the sun go down on your wrath..."

 

This passage refers to this scripture...

 

 Psalms 4:4 "Be angry and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed and be still".

 

Many forget to mention when Jesus drove out the money changers in the temple...

 

John 2:14-17 "And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen and poured out the money changers and overturned the tables. And He said to those who sold doves "Take these things away! Do not make My Father's house a house of merchandise!" Then His disciples remembered that it was written "Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up."

Psalm 69:9

 

Now Jesus did some pretty violent stuff - he made a whip and drove out these people and animals. Yes this action fulfilled the scripture in Psalm 69:9 but WHY did Jesus do this? What was the purpose? You see the enemy wants people to focus on being a pacifist or not rather than the REAL subject of this passage.

 

If you study the scriptures we see this refers to the tithe! They could sell their animals locally for money, then travel then take the money and buy the animals needed celebrating and rejoicing in God you and your family. So Jesus didn't drive out the money changers because God was against this - God was the one who told them to do it in the first place as we see here...

 

Deuteronomy 14:22-26 "You shall truly tithe all the increase of your grain that the field produces... and you shall eat before the Lord your God, in the place where He chooses to make His name abide... but if the journey is too long for you, so that you are not able to carry the tithe... then you shall exchange it for money, take the money in your hand and go to the place which the Lord your God chooses. And you shall spend that money for whatever your heart desires; for oxen, sheep, for wine... you shall eat there before the Lord your God and you shall rejoice, you and your household."

 

So what was going on here? If you do some research you would see the reason Jesus drove them out was because the temple and the religious leaders of the day had kicked out the foreign believers from the temple! No wonder Jesus was mad!

Notice what the parallel scripture states about this situation... 

 

Matthew 21:13 "And He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer...

but you have made it a den of thieves."

 

If you look at (a) if refers back to the Old Testament...

 

Isaiah 56:7 "Even them (the foreign / gentile believers) I will bring to My holy mountain and make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; for My house shall be called a HOUSE of Prayer for ALL NATIONS."

 

In other words Jesus was mad about the religious leaders who added to God's word (the pharisees) and those who took away from His word (the sadducees). Instead of letting God let His love, grace and salvation to ALL people, they decided to exclude all the other nations of the world. No wonder He was mad and drove them out.

 

Another reason Jesus drove out the money changers and those who sold animals were engaging in usury. You see scripture forbids taking advantage of people using high/excessive interest rates. Matter of fact they were not to charge interest at all!

 

Deuteronomy 23:19-20 "You shall not charge interest to your brother - interest on money or food or anything that is lent out of interest. To a foreigner you may charge interest but to your brother you shall not charge interest, that the Lord your God may bless you in all to which you set your hand in the land which you are entering to possess."

 

You see the religious leaders were charging the money changers and sellers of animals to do business in the temple. So to pay them the money changers had to increase the cost of good & services against those that followed God = usury / interest. So the religious leaders not only kicked out the gentile believers they also charged people interest when God told them not to. No wonder Jesus was angry and drove them out.

 

Now back to the pacifist that who still says "Well that was different, that is about God's house and not about everyday people and weapons." Please consider the following scripture...

 

Luke 22:35-36 "And He said to them, 'When I sent you without money bag, knapsack, and sandals, did you lack anything?'

 

So they said, 'Nothing.'

 

Then He said to them, 'But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one."

 

You see there is a difference between being a martyr for the gospel as many of the His followers experienced, versus defending oneself and others from violent crime. We see other places in scripture showing we are to love our family and our neighbors; isn't defending them from assaults, rape & murder love? Can we not use a weapon to do this? Yes we can and we even see this in the Old Testament in Exodus 23:7 where it states to NOT kill the innocent and shows the differences between murder (killing with unjust cause) vs. accidental killing, etc.

 

So while Jesus did not use any weapons He does not forbid us to have them today. What we must understand is that defending our family is important but if we have to take a life that is very serious. However most will not have to do this and thankfully so but all of us have to deal with hate. You see the Messiah brought this point out in Matthew 5:21-26...

 

"You have heard that is was said of old, 'You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.' But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment... '

Now a lot of people think that this was a NEW law or commandment. That Jesus was bringing out something NEW but actually He was quoting the Old Testament. Please read the following scripture...

 

Leviticus 19:17 "You shall not HATE your brother in your heart..."

 

What Jesus was doing was pointing out while the religious leaders & their twice the son of hell converts, made great pains to point out their righteousness by obedience in not murdering people, were falling short because they hated their brothers in their hearts! Hmmm... so much for the traditions and doctrines of men.

 

Anyway lets focus on where we fall short of God and His word; to examine ourselves and test everything to see if what we believe is in accordance with God's word. If  you want to buy a gun that fine but understand the HUGE responsibility of doing so. Until then put better locks on your doors, put security lights around your house and don't walk down dark alleyways.

In the mean time study and show yourself approved and be like a Berean.

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There was no law prior to Mount Sinai

Most believers have this belief that God's law, His instructions for life and blessing was given on Mount Sinai. We have talked to lots of believers and pastors who support this belief but have we searched the scriptures to see if this is actually the case? When we look at the passages dealing with God's law on Mount Sinai we see terms like "commandments", "statutes", "charge" etc in Exodus 20. Bible scholars agree the giving of the law happened around 1513 B.C.E. So the question we need to ask is this...

 

Are there any examples or instances of God's law or the words "commandments" or "statutes" prior to Exodus 20? Lets look at the scriptures and find the truth.

 

When we do a search for "commandments" we find a very interesting passage where God Himself talked to Isaac...

 

"And I (God) will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws. So Isaac dwelt in Gerar." Genesis 26:4-6

 

If we look at the time of Abram/Abraham we find God indeed gave him His commandments, statutes and laws and this occurred around 1940 B.C.E. Now this is just one example of where God's law is seen prior to Mount Sinai, so are there any others? Again lets look at scripture...

 

"because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression." Romans 4:15

 

For God's judgment and wrath to come there must first be a law given; a law &/or commandment must have been given then transgressed for His punishment to come about. So we need to search and see if any judgment &/or punishment was given by God prior to Mount Sinai. If we see any examples then we have to conclude God did indeed give His law, commandments prior to Mount Sinai. So are there any examples?

 

God's law on Mount Sinai included offerings - and in Genesis Cain and Abel gave offerings to God... "... Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground of to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering." Genesis 4:2-4

 

Our God is not unfair and why would our loving Father not give Cain and Abel what was required for an acceptable offering? Interesting eh? The next thing we see is Cain eventually killing Abel because he did not meet God's standards and what was the result of that? God punished Cain. Why did He punish Cain? Because he sinned...

 

"So the Lord said to Cain, "Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, SIN lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it." Genesis 4:6-8

 

Notice the word SIN - this clearly shows that prior to that God must have given a law &/or commandment prior to this point. When did He do this? God walked and talked with Adam and Eve in the garden. We also see where God talked to Cain and we can safely conclude He probably talked with Abel too. If we continue to search the scriptures we see many instances where God spoke with people and examples of those people walking in obedience and when they disobey. We even see where those who followed God in the Old Testament were priests and instructed others in the ways of God. These ways included God's laws, His commandments, etc.

 

Now if we remember Romans 4:15 we have to conclude that God only punishes when a commandment is transgressed; in this being the case we know that His law, commandments, statues, etc were given prior to Mount Sinai. Other examples of God's punishment is the flood.

 

"Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of

the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." Genesis 6:5

 

Wickedness is defined by Strong's concordance as H7451 רַע ra meaning bad or evil. When we look at the root word its H7489 רָעַע ra-ah meaning to be wicked, be ethically evil; it also means to break or shatter. When people break God's laws or live their lives as if no commandments were given that is wickedness; in the New Testament also refers this as lawlessness. So the result of mankind breaking His commandments,laws & statutes was the flood. Again we see where God gave His commandments prior to Mount Sinai. Other examples of God's commandments being broken prior to Sinai include idolatry, blaspheme, breaking the sabbath, dishonoring parents, murder, stealing, lying, coveting and much worse. Interesting to note these are the same laws that God gave at Mount Sinai. We see throughout scripture God is the same yesterday, today and forever; and how God defines sin is the same too.

 

So when people say God's commandments have been done away with and/or that they were first given on Mount Sinai remind them of the truth of scripture.

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The harvest is great, but laborers are few and the 12 disciples... Really?

A lot of believers, to include some pastors think Jesus and the above statement applied to the 12 disciples. While many sermons focus on the twelve if we look at the New Testament we see there were more than the original twelve during Jesus' ministry. If we look in the New Testament we see the following...

 

Luke 10:1-2 "After these things the Lord appointed SEVENTY others, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. Then He said to them "The harvest is truly great but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest."

 

Now some believers say these were not real disciples however if we read the next few verses we see the truth...

 

4 "Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road... 9 and heal the sick and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you.' 10 but whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say 11. 'The very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you.' 12 but I say to you that it will be more tolerable in that Day for Sodom than for that city."

 

These so called 'not real' disciples were told to heal the sick! So much for them not being real disciples. If we read further we see when the seventy returned they had much joy and said...

 

"... Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name." to this Jesus said to them in verses 19 & 20... "Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven."

What an amazing trip the seventy had going from city to city and town to town. It was not about having authority over demons but preaching the message to the lost, to repent! Now lets look at another verse in this passage that many pastors misquote in verse 7...

 

"and remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages."

 

Unfortunately many pastors take one part of this verse out of context ("the laborer is worthy of his wages") to try and guilt their congregations to give more money, to pump them up for 'pastor appreciate days'. They misuse this verse to compel people to tithe 10% of their paychecks to support their lifestyle. Unfortunately a lot of people forget this scripture about giving...

 

"So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver."

2 Corinthians 9:7

 

In this passage we see this was applied to the seventy disciples that were NOT pastors of congregations but to traveling evangelists that were sent out with nothing. They were paid NOT with money, a salary, housing allowances, etc but with food that was only intended to sustain them by those who accepted the message; it was not to give them cars, houses, rolex watches, $1,000 suits, etc. No wonder Jesus said 'the laborers are few' because He was talking about people that lived the life of loving God and obeying His commandments; its not about increasing a salary.

 

So the next time someone tells you Jesus only had twelve disciples, point them to the truth of scripture.

All the Old Testament covenants have been done away with...

A lot of believers have been taught that all the Old Testament covenants have been done away with. Matter of fact the majority of believers think there was one Old Covenant and it was replaced by another one, the New Covenant. However when we look at scriptures we see many covenants, matter of fact we see 7 of them that God made - Adamic, Noahic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, Davidic, Messianic and the covenant of peace during the New Millennium. However there other covenants such as the salt covenant and a covenant of peace. This does not include all the other covenants where people in scripture made them with others Now a lot of believers are surprised by all these covenants yet many don't know or have looked at this next covenant...

 

"And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth. Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth. 

 

And God said: "This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature

that is with you, for perpetual generations: I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for

the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth." Genesis 9:9-13

 

Here we see a covenant where God said its duration is for "perpetual generations". So what does that mean? How long does that last? Does it still apply today? First off it does still apply - how many of you have ever seen a rainbow? That is physical proof when God says a covenant is applicable today.

 

Perpetual is definded in Strong's Concordance as H5769 עוֹלָם owlam meaning forever, everlasting; a continuous existence = for eternity. With that said are there other covenants and/or commandments that use the word perpetual (owlam)? 

 

"Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations

as a perpetual covenant." Exodus 31:16

 

We notice the Sabbath is a perpetual covenant and we, believers today, are grafted into Israel according to Romans 11...

 

"And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you." Romans 11:16-18

 

This in itself should make us rethink our beliefs and if they are indeed based on God's good doctrine or the traditions and doctrines of men.

 

So now you know the truth when it comes to God, His word and the covenants - especially those covenants and commandments which God says are to endure for all times.

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There is no grace in the Old Testament

Its unfortunate so many believers today think that the Old Testament is nothing but law and the New Testament is grace. However if we look at scripture we see that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. That means God's grace is should be evident in every book of the old testament. Grace is defined as...

 

In the Old Testament there is one basic Hebrew word which has been translated “grace.” That word is chen, which is pronounced khane. This word is derived from the root word chanan (pronounced khawnan), which means “grace, favor, goodwill, kindness, gracious and pleasant.” The adjectival form of c/zen is channuwn (pronounced khannoon), which means “gracious.” The Hebrew root word chanan means “gracious, to favor, to be favorably inclined, to pity, to be compassionate, to make acceptable.” It can also mean “to bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior, to be moved to favor by a petition or request, to show favor, to grant or give favor or to graciously show mercy and pity”(Genesis’ Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon). Grace today is normally seen as "the free and unmerited favor of God as manifested in His blessings and ultimately the salvation of sinners". Many believers know this definition but they cannot point in scripture examples of God's grace in the Old Testament. Why? Because they have been taught there is no grace in the OT. Nothing could be further from the truth.

 

Lets go over a few examples of God's grace in the Old Testament...

 

  • God gave grace to Adam and Eve in the Garden before the fall and after

  • Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord - Genesis 6:8-9 and God saved him & his family

  • Abraham was called by God, an act of grace, in which all nations would be blessed

  • Moses also found grace in the eyes of the Lord - Exodus 33:12-16.

 

*Note: there are numerous examples of God's grace in the Old Testament but you get the point

 

For some reason in today's American Christianity we think that grace was new thing added and is totally separated from the Old Testament. Nothing could be further from the truth. Consider the following scripture...

 

"And the Lord passed by before him and proclaimed, 'The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and GRACIOUS, longsuffering and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin..." 

Exodus 34:5-7

 

With that said grace is found throughout the entire bible and the reason is that God is the same for all times. In the Old Testament we see God is eternal... "For I am the Lord, I change not." Malachi 3:6. This is also confirmed in the New Testament "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and into the ages of eternity." Hebrews 13:8.

 

So when we see that grace is in the whole bible, perhaps we need to examine the rest of what we believe.

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Jesus said don't obey the Pharisees...

First of all, when you mention Moses' seat, most people have no clue as to what it is but we will get to that later on. Secondly, a lot of believers, clergy and laymen, think that Jesus told His followers to NOT obey the religious leaders of the day (the Pharisees, Sadducees, scribes, etc). Many think Jesus came to do away with obeying God's commandments​ as seen in the Old Testament. But is this what Jesus actually taught? Did He actually say that after His death & resurrection the instructions / commandments of God would be done away with and replaced with a 'feel good' christianity where grace makes void God's law? Lets look at the scriptures to see if this is the truth...

 

"Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples saying: "The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works for they say and do not do. For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers." Matthew 23:1-4

 

Notice Jesus said this to a multitude of people & His disciples... that what ever they taught from Moses' seat, a reference to where the scriptures, and only the scriptures were taught, that they people were to observe those things. There is a distinction between the scriptures that were taught and supposed to be observed versus the additional traditions and commandments of men which Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for. The religious leaders added to and took away from God's word which Jesus stated were heavy burdens. God gave His children, that included Israel and the foreigners who followed Him in the OT, instructions for life and blessing. Yet the religious leaders rebelled against God and His instructions. We see this throughout the New Testament... 

 

Mark 7:8-13 "For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men... He said to them "All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition... making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do."

 

Matthew 15:8-9 "These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men."

 

Jesus was quoting Isaiah 29:13 and addressing their rebellion and sins of omission - meaning they were not observing God's instructions. It was no wonder they were not experiencing His life and blessing; because they were continuing in sin. So how does the bible define what sin is?

 

"Whoever commits sin also transgresses the law: for sin is transgression of the law." 1 John 3:4

 

You see just like in a family, where the parents make the rules of the house for their children; things they should do and things they should not do - the law / commandments of the house. The problem comes when the children ignore or rebel against the parents rules and 'sin'. When this happens, the relationship in the family is strained. If you ever had a rebellious teenager, you know what thats like; there is no peace, no speaking, no heart to heart relationship that shares the pains and joys of life. The distance that occurs in this type of relationship can feel like a thousand miles. So the same too it is with God, His children and His instructions. The bible is filled with examples of people who followed Him, who rebelled against His instructions that were meant to give us life and blessing. Yet today we see the same symptoms of rebellion and continued sin; of not having our prayers answered, frustrated even though we are going to church and bible study, where there is a distance from God. Sometimes to the point where we don't even think its worth it. 

 

The strategy of the enemy from the beginning is to get us to question God and either rebel or ignore His instructions. Remember when we are obedient we are living in life and blessing. Its like when we drive the speed limit...

 

When we get our driver's license we are entering a new world where there are laws to obey. Some laws are things we should do and others on things we should not do. If we obey these laws and the speed limit, then it allows us to travel with liberty. To not be burdened down with breaking the law or paying the penalties for doing so. However many believers claim since Jesus fulfilled the law (ref. Matthew 5:17 "... I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.") so we no longer have to - many pastors claim the word 'fulfill' means to "do away with" in regards to God's commandments - that because Christ fulfilled the law, we don't have too. Its like a saying a person who fulfills the requirements and laws of the police academy that they or anyone else does not have to obey any of the laws anymore. However that is not the case. Lets look at how 'fulfill' is defined in scripture...

 

The word "fulfill" in Strong's concordance is G4137 πληρόω pleroo which means to make full, to fill up; to render full so that nothing shall be wanting, to complete. However many pastors teach it means to complete thus it means God's law has been 'done away with'. It should be interesting to note that the definition continues with this...

 

G4137 pleroo... to fulfill, i.e. to cause God's will, as made known in the law, to be obeyed as it should be,

and God's promises, given through the prophets, to receive fulfillment.

 

The great news if we obey as we should we will have life and blessing from God. We won't be engaging in satisfying the sinful deeds of the flesh, again & again & again. We won't be bogged down by sin and how it effects our relationship to God and those around us. We can love Him and our neighbors and do what pleases the Father. Still not convinced? Lets look at another place the word pleroo is used by Paul, the apostle to the gentiles...

 

"For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ has not accomplished through me, in word and deed, to make the Gentiles obedient - in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of the Christ." Romans 15:18-19

 

Now you might be saying "I don't see where 'complete', 'done away with' or anything similar is found here". Yet the word pleroo is here...

Notice the phrase "have fully preached" is G4137. This presents a problem for those who teach it means "to do away with" as seen in Matthew 5:17. If we take that definition and place it here in Romans 15:19 then it would sound something like this...

 

"I have (pleroo) 'done away with' the gospel of Christ"

 

All bible scholars and believers would reject such a crazy translation and use of 'done away with' in this passage, or any other. So why do so many people hold to the definition of God's instruction have been done away with? Simple, that is what they were taught and what they continue to believe and teach. Its the traditions and teachings of men, rather than the good doctrine of God!

 

Lets see how Matthew 5:17 would sound IF we used the translation 'have fully preached'...

 

"Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to 'have fully preached'."

Matthew 5:17 

 

Now this example does not cause conflict with other scriptures - a reasonable person can see it makes sense when we look at Jesus' ministry. That Jesus came to get the believers of the day to stop against adding to God's word & His commandments; in other words that He came to "fully preach" what God put forth in the scriptures; to rightly divide and preach the truth! If we read the gospels we see Jesus spent a lot of time correcting the religious leaders of the time so they could teach the people what was right in God's eyes! To do away with the traditions and commandments of men but to repent and go back to following God in His ways (ref. ).

 

However a lot of believers today, Instead of being like the Bereans (ref. Acts 17:11) who searched the scriptures to see if what Paul was saying was in accordance with God's word, they traded His truth for a different message. Everyone, even though they have good intentions, have erred when it comes to God's word. So now is the time to correct this error and rightly divide His word of truth (ref. 2 Timothy 2:15).

 

So when someone says that Jesus said we are to not observe what the Pharisees taught from the scriptures, let them know the truth. That His instructions have not been done away with.  That we are to not make void His law as seen here...

 

"Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law." Romans 3:31

 

What we see is we are to not ignore God's instructions or choose to continue in sin by using grace as an excuse - rather as believers we are to NOT continue in sin but live a life that is consistent with a daily behavior of loving God & our neighbors in both the Spirit and letter of the law, just like the Messiah did. He is our example on how to live. He is perfect but grace is the safety net when we sin. We simple repent, ask for His forgiveness and drive on.

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Jews and Christians have different laws

To be honest this topic does not come up much is American Christianity today because most believe and teach the Old Testament is old and has been done away with. The New Testament is thus "all we need" and New is better than Old right? Yet when we are called to be like the Bereans who search the scriptures and test to see if what we believe is biblical. With that said, let us look and see if Jews and Christians have different laws, commandments or instructions from God in both the Old Testament and New Testament. Let us start here...

 

"One law shall be for the native-born and for the stranger who dwells among you." Exodus 12:49

 

The word 'stranger', other translations use 'foreigner', 'sojourner', etc is defined all the same. When we look at Strong's concordance its H1616  גָּר ger which means sojourner, a foreigner. It also says its people who are temporary inhabitants. So what we see is that God's law/instructions were not just for the Israelites, the Jews but for all people because our time on Earth is temporary compared to the time we will spend in eternity. Lets look at another scripture...

 

"You shall have the same law for the stranger and for one from you own country; for I am the Lord your God." Leviticus 24:22

 

Again we see that His law, which are instructions for how we are to love Him, our neighbors which He blesses us for observing them, applies to ALL people, not just a select few. Today most people have a hard time with this but even in the bible God brought this up many times because they had the same problems with understanding that God's instructions were intended for all people. 

 

"You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations, either any of your own nations or any stranger who dwells among you." Leviticus 18:26

 

and again here...

 

"The stranger who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself  for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God." Leviticus 19:34

 

At first glance this verse looks like it might come from the New Testament because of the instruction to love others as yourself. Seems like God is the same, yesterday, today and forever. Now the question is how long does this apply? Was this just for the people of the Old Testament? If this is the case then perhaps we don't have to obey God's instructions today. However IF there are scriptures showing how long His law/instructions apply THEN we can come to a definitive answer that His law is for all people for all times... 

 

"One ordinance shall be for you of the assembly and for the stranger who dwells with you, an ordinance forever throughout your generations; as you are, so shall the strangers be before the Lord. One law and one custom shall be for you and for the stranger who dwells with you." Numbers 15:15-16

 

So its clear that in the Old Testament there was one set of laws, commandments and instructions for believers, both Israelite and foreigner who follow God. Now let us look at the New Testament and see if the law of God, His commandments and instructions are present for both Israelite/Jew and foreigner/gentile believer.

 

Perhaps the best place to start is with the words of Jesus Himself...

 

"Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will be no means pass from the Law till all is fulfilled."

Matthew 5:16-18

 

It should be noted that the word "fulfill" is the Greek word pleroo G4137 πληρόω which means to make full, cause to abound, to carry into effect, bring to realization. It does not mean to do away with. Pleroo is also used in Romans 15:19 where Paul says he "fully preached (pleroo) the gospel of Christ". The translation of pleroo is "fully preached" and if we take that and put it Matthew 5:16-18...

 

"Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to "Fully Preach" (pleroo)." 

 

What the Messiah was addressing when He dealt with the scribes and Pharisees was the fact that they were not fully preaching God's word, commandments and instructions. They were "adding to" and "taking away" from God's word, hence the rebukes Jesus gave and why He said what He did in Matthew 5. Yet despite this clear teaching from our Savior, many still claim God's law has been done away with.

 

How we treat people is taught in Old Testament and Jesus brings this to light here...

 

"Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets."

Matthew 7:11-13

 

This passage does not indicate a sliding scale of morality but its within the standards of God's law and confirmed by the writings of the prophets. It should be noted that Jesus did not preach a different words/message or have a different authority than the Father as seen in these two scriptures...

 

"For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command,

what I should say and what I should speak." 

John 12:49

 

"Do  you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I

do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works."

John 14:10

 

So what we need to do now is to look at the New Testament to see if the law has been done away with or if elements of the law are still in place. With that said, lets look at the book of Acts where we find Paul, the apostle of the Gentiles and the Sabbath of the Lord. The Sabbath is one of the commandments that God wrote with His own finger on the tablets know as the ten commandments. If there is one person in the New Testament that can show whether or not the the Sabbath is still applicable today, its Paul. Consider the following...

 

"So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them on the next Sabbath... On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God."

Acts 13:42 & 44

 

Acts 13 was written about 48 AD, about 18 years after the death and resurrection of the Messiah. So if the Sabbath was done away with, the disciples and Jesus Himself would have taught Paul about this. So much for those that claim Paul is a heretic because he promoted and practiced the Sabbath. Notice in the book of Acts never did Paul state the Sabbath was only for the Jews. In Acts 13 we see Paul did not tell the Gentiles that the Sabbath was only for the Jews, so lets meet on Sunday. Nope, it never happened. 

 

More scriptural proofs of the Sabbath being not only observed but promoted by Paul to both Jews and Gentile believers...

 

"And he (Paul) reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded both Jews and Greeks."

Acts 18:4

 

At this time Acts 18 was written about 54 AD - so Paul is still promoting the Sabbath to all. We even see that Paul defends himself against those who falsely claimed he broke God's law/commandments, which includes the Sabbath...

 

"But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect (believing Jesus is the Messiah),

so I worship the God of my fathers, believing ALL things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets."

Acts 24:13-14

 

This is a very important passage because here Paul is being falsely accused of breaking not only the law of Rome but the law of God as well. It should be noted that Jesus was also falsely accused of breaking the law of God but we also found to not have sinned against God's law. If Paul's promoting and keeping the Sabbath to Gentile believers was a problem then the disciples would have corrected it. However we see no rebuke. What we do see in 2 Peter is an explanation about Paul and His writings.

 

"... our beloved brother Paul, according of the wisdom given to him (by Jesus on the road), has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable people

twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the scriptures."

2 Peter 3:15-16

 

Paul's writings are perhaps the most misunderstood because at times he seems to defend the law of God and others, he condemns it. Yet the scriptures in question are often dealing with two different subjects. Those that are trying to promote a works salvation doctrine and then those who are saved by grace and AFTER becoming believers, Paul reminds them that they are to obey God's instructions and not continue in sin. This hard for many people, however a lot of pastors and even more believers have never read the following where Paul addresses the situation of those who promoted a works salvation...

 

"And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, they declared all things that God had done with them. BUT there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, that is was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses."

Acts 15:4-5

 

Here Paul addresses those who claimed salvation by grace was not enough and that one must also get circumcised and keep the commandments in order to be 'saved'. Scripture tells us that we are saved by grace through faith and not by works that any should boast ref. Ephesian 2. So when we see Paul rebuking and talking on how the law never saves anyone, or uses the phrases 'law of sin and death" it is pertaining to unbelievers, the unsaved and defending the gospel of grace. Then there are other passages where Paul, the apostle to the Gentile/foreign believers states the law is holy, righteous and good ref. Romans 7:12 and that we should do away with the law in our daily lives in the following verses...

 

"Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law."

Romans 3:31

 

"But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer

but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does."

James 1:25

 

For those that were trying to promote a "works salvation" Paul and others condemned and rebuked them; they reminded the believers that no works will justify anyone ref. Galatians 2:16, 3:11, etc. Yet the epistles & passages written to those who were ALREADY believers (saved by grace) we see promotion of living and obeying God's law; a daily life of righteousness and NOT transgressing the law but keeping the commandments as the Messiah did...

 

"You see then that a man is justified by works and not by faith only."

James 2:24

 

"For not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified..."

Romans 2:13

 

We also see the importance of keeping God's commandments in the Book of Revelation...

 

"and the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with he rest of her offspring,

who KEEP the Commandments of God AND the faith of Jesus."

Revelation 12:17

 

"Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God AND have faith in Jesus."

Revelation 14:12

 

"Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life,

and may enter through the gates into the city." 

Revelation 22:14

 

Notice that in the books of Revelation, Daniel, Ezekiel, we do not see where there are two different sets of laws/instructions for Jews and Gentile believers. With that said, study to show yourself approved and test what you believe against the whole counsel of God.

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Obeying is Falling from Grace

Now many believers think that God's law is not applicable today because the bible says the following..

 

"Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. "

Galatians 5:4

 

So does one verse taken out of context prove that if you obey God's instructions you have fallen from grace & thus going to hell? I don't think so but let look at what the book of Galatians is really talking about.

 

The Galatians were being falsely taught to keep God’s Law as part salvation. These false teachers belonged to the “Circumcision Party” - Galatians 2:7-12; 5:12 and “Works of Law” as seen in Galatians 2:16;3:2;3:5;3:10. These teachers were promoting the false doctrine that required Gentiles to be circumcised and justified for salvation.

 

What Paul was doing was confronting this false teaching this is seen in here...

 

"Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law:

for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified."

Galatians 2:16

 

Paul continues to address this throughout the book of Galatians. So when we see that this one verse is not rebuking those who obey from the heart but those who promote a works salvation, it clears up the misconception that if one obeys God's instructions you are not falling from grace. If we search the scriptures we see that Paul taught that one should be obedient from the heart AFTER salvation.

 

"Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law." Romans 3:31

 

"Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good." Romans 7:12

 

"For I delight in the "law of God" after the inward man:" Romans 7:22

 

"But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me

into captivity to the "law of sin" which is in my members."

Romans 7:23

 

 

The Messiah even said in Matthew 5:17-19...

 

"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I do not come to destroy, but to

fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law,

till all (law and prophets) be fulfilled. 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."

 

 

Jesus even stated that not one of God’s commandments was to be “abolished” or “put an end to” until all of the Law and Prophets are fulfilled and Heaven and earth pass away. Heaven and earth passing away by being made new is the last prophetic event foretold in scripture. Isaiah 65:17 "Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.

 

"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away..."

Revelation 21:1 

 

Please note that this event has clearly not yet happened.

 

One problem is that many believers think 'fulfill' means to do away with. “Fulfill” in Matthew 5:17 is pleroo, G4137 from G4134; means to make replete, to fill (up), fulfill, (be, make) full, fully preach, perfectly supply. So Jesus came to fully preach and teach us the full meaning of God’s law.

 

The Galatians made the mistake of applying the false doctrine which taught that they must be circumcised for salvation. This is legalism, not simple obedience from the heart AFTER one is a new creature in Christ. 

 

1 Timothy 1:8 "But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully..."

 

John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

 

John 14:21 “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”

 

John 14:23-24 “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loves me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.”

 

John 15:10 “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.”

 

1 John 2:4-5 “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.”

 

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

 

2nd John 1:6 “And this is love, that we walk after his commandments.”

 

In Galatians Paul was simply trying to bring the Galatians back into God’s grace through faith and teach against the error of using the Law of God FOR salvation. Nowhere in Galatians does Paul teach that we should NOT keep the Law of God in heartfelt obedience AFTER salvation. If he did, he would be contradicting himself, God, the Messiah, and numerous other passages in scripture. 

 

So when if some says that obeying God is 'falling from grace" point them to the scriptures for the truth.

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There was no sin prior to Mount Sinai

Now this might sound funny but a lot of believers think this is the case. Why? Most claim there was "no law prior the Mount Sinai" and use this as proof that the law was only given to Jews. So lets look at the logic of this statement even though it makes no sense. 

If there was no law prior to Mount Sinai then why do we see sin during those times? As we pointed out before, sin is transgression of the law ref. 1 John 3:4. Consider the transgressions that led to the flood - how much sin, adultery, stealing, murder, etc that permeated the world then God pronounced judgment on the earth. The new testament even shows where there is no law, there is no transgression...

 

"... because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression" Romans 4:15

 

Many claim God's law was not around prior to Mount Sinai  but that falls apart when we look at what God's word actually says. Lets look at some more examples of the law prior to Mount Sinai - the murder of Abel by his brother Cain in Genesis 4:8-14. That wickedness (transgressing God's commandments) was so great and that mankind was so evil He pronounced a punishment for the earth in Genesis 6:5-8. 

 

Again when we look at scripture we see that God is the same, yesterday, today and forever; and what was a sin in the OT was a sin in the NT and its still a sin the New Millennium. We have one set of instructions (the law) for one body that is overseen by one shepherd.

 

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All sacrifices have been done away with

Many have been taught since Jesus gave His life as a sacrifice - the lamb of god that takes away the sin of the world, that there are not going to be any more sacrifices. You see the majority of believers today believe a type of christianity that is devoid of biblical proofs. The claim there are no more sacrifices falls short of what we see in scripture. Lets test this claim and see if its true.

 

We will test this claim by looking at the bible passages that talk about what happens in the New Millennium.

 

"Also the sons of the foreigner who join themselves to the Lord, to serve Him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be His servants - everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, and holds fast My covenant - even them I will bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations." Isaiah 56:6-7

 

Another passage that bible scholars agree deals with the New Millennium is Ezekiel 46. In this chapter we see things that mainstream christianity says has been done away with. This passage shows the manner of worship and its very eye opening...

 

‘Thus says the Lord God: “The gateway of the inner court that faces toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the Sabbath it shall be opened, and on the day of the New Moon it shall be opened. The prince shall enter by way of the vestibule of the gateway from the outside, and stand by the gatepost. The priests shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings. He shall worship at the threshold of the gate.

 

Then he shall go out, but the gate shall not be shut until evening. Likewise the people of the land shall worship at the entrance to this gateway before theLord on the Sabbaths and the New Moons. The burnt offering that the prince offers to the Lord on the Sabbath day shall be six lambs without blemish, and a ram without blemish; and the grain offering shall be one ephah for a ram, and the grain offering for the lambs, as much as he wants to give, as well as a hin of oil with every ephah. 

 

On the day of the New Moon it shall be a young bull without blemish, six lambs, and a ram; they shall be without blemish. He shall prepare a grain offering of an ephah for a bull, an ephah for a ram, as much as he wants to give for the lambs, and a hin of oil with every ephah. When the prince enters, he shall go in by way of the vestibule of the gateway, and go out the same way." Ezekiel 46:1-8

 

Here we see references to the sabbath still being observed not to mention burnt offerings, grain offerings, etc throughout Ezekiel 44 - 46. Unfortunately many christians today think in the New Millennium they will be floating around on clouds playing harps and flying around like angels. However the scriptures show this is NOT the case. Lets look at more passages.

 

We even see in Zechariah 14 during the New Millennium that we will observe the Feasts of the Lord, specifically the Feast of Tabernacles...

 

"And it shall come to pass that EVERYONE who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. And is shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, on them there will be no rain..." Zechariah 14:16-18

 

We see more references to sacrifices in Isaiah 56:7...

 

"Even them (referring to gentile/foreign believers) I will bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; for My house shall be called

a house of prayer for all nations."

 

We see more proof of observing the sabbath, feasts of the Lord / new moon festivals in Isaiah...

 

"and it shall come to pass that from one New Moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, all flesh shall come of worship before Me." Isaiah 66:23

Remember that this is a scripture that deals with a time on earth during the New Millennium! 

 

One of the big problems with most believers is that they have been taught ALL the sacrifices have been done away with, which is not the case. Still there is confusion as to WHY these sacrifices and burnt offerings will be conducted. They are to be commemorative or remembrances of how holy God is, what the Messiah did for us through the His life life, death & resurrection. These sacrifices are to be a reminder of what happened. One reason for these sacrifices and offerings during the 1,000 years of the New Millennium is that many people will be born during this time and they will need to understand what Christ did for them. Just as the OT sacrifices pointed forward to the Messiah so the millennial sacrifices will look back in the commemorative fulfillment. Just as the body is commanded to continue the Lord's supper (do this in remembrance of Me - which was the feast of ) so we will continue in these sacrifices and offerings so we don't forget what sin is, how lost we were or what the Messiah did for us.

 

The new moon festivals, the feast of Tabernacles and the sabbaths were commanded to both Israelites and foreigners in the OT and in the New Millennium these will be ways in which we, all nations, will worship God. One of the big differences between the OT and NT is that gentile/foreign believers were forbidden to enter the temple (Deut 23:1-8) but it will be permitted in the New Millennium (Ezekiel 46:1-5). They will have fellowship with God by keeping His commandments, His sabbaths, Feast days, etc. Having faith in the Messiah AND keeping God's commandments is very important; so much so its mentioned in the book of Revelation...

 

"Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God AND have the faith of Jesus." Revelation 14:12

 

So during the tribulation we see that keeping the commandments (which include His sabbaths, feasts, etc) and having faith in Jesus is possible and its even attributed helping those endure those terrible times. Obeying His commandments are so important they are directly tied to the tree of life...

 

"Blessed arear those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life,

and may enter through the gates into the city." Revelation 22:14

 

We even see in the New Testament that one way that we love God is by keeping His commandments...

 

"For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. An His commandments are not burdensome." 1 John 5:3

 

"This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that

as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it." 2 John 1:6


These scriptures show that His commandments are not burdensome and that the ones in question are the ones they had in the beginning. So when someone says there are no more sacrifices, offerings, sabbaths of feast of the Lord, point them to the truth of God and His word.

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No one can obey God's commandments

Well... if you don't count the Messiah most believe this to be true - that no one has ever obeyed God's commandments. If I was a betting man I would bet the farm that this is true but what does the scriptures show about this?


Genesis 26:4-5 "And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of the heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statues, and My laws."

 

Interesting how devoted Abram / Abraham was in following God. For most of us we cannot fathom how he did it. Why? Because sin is so rampant in today's society; its so common place we don't even question it - many invite it in with open arms, then wonder why their relationship with God & their family is do lacking. In a lot of churches we cling to "saved by grace" and that "the law has been done away with" mentality that might have something to do with it. For those that haven't heard of these phrases, many churches don't preach on this so many never hear it. Now when we look at Abraham's life was he perfect? No, but he did press on and run the good race. Why? He knew that sin would strain his relationship with the Creator. Abraham had a different view about sin - God does not like sin (which is transgression of His law, commandments, statutes, etc ref. 1 John 3:4) and he followed God, so he knew he had to leave that sinful behavior behind. He valued his relationship with the Father more than anything, including family - remember the test where he went to sacrifice Isaac? Talk about a man of God. If only we had the same godly point of view that Abraham had in our lives today. 


Unfortunately many believers today use the "the law has been done away with" mentality as an excuse to keep compromising on God's laws (sin) dismiss these "little sins". The things they don't have victory over and keep having problems with over and over again. It mostly centers on Coveting and Adultery, which eventually leads to idolatry by setting us up as the authority of knowing what is good, bad & acceptable today instead of God. Most believers claim they are good christians yet the pornography among christian men is at an all time high. Statistics show that almost half of America's clergy admit to viewing porn on a regular basis and they are the mature "men of God". Focus on the Family reports that 7 out of 10 pastors who call their help line claim to be ADDICTED to porn. In 2000 a survey of 564 pastors showed that 75% said they do not make themselves accountable to anyone for their internet use. It really makes you wonder if attending a handful of years going to bible college or seminary really makes one a mature 'man of God'. If the spiritual leaders of the church are having this much trouble with these two commandments what about the everyday Joe & Jane Christian is doing with their time in front of a TV, computer or book. One survey found 50% of Christian men and 20% of Christian women say they are ADDICTED to pornography! So what about those who are not addicted? In 2003 34% of women readers of Today's Christian Woman's online newsletter admitted to intentionally accessing internet porn. Don't do internet porn ladies? Well a lot of women have their 'soft porn' except its more emotional and relationship based - ever read a romance novel? Whatever you do... Don't! Its porn without pictures. Are men any better? No. An informal poll at a 1996 Promise Keepers rally showed 1 out of 3 men struggled with porn. Needless to say in both cases men and women covet something they do not have and we end up robbing God of His authority and set up our desires over His. Almost all believers and a lot of pastors don't hold to the seriousness of upholding scripture when it comes to ministry. Consider the following...

 

"Therefore an overseer (a spiritual leader in a church) then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach..." 1 Timothy 3:2

 

How can a pastor, youth minister or bible study leader be 'the husband of one wife' when they spend so much time coveting and committing adultery in their mind over and over again. Didn't Jesus preach on this?

 

"You have heard that it was said to those of old 'You shall not commit adultery' but I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart/" Matthew 5:27-28

 

It makes you wonder why our churches are NOT teaching God's word or obedience to His commandments. You see the church for the most part, ignores this problem because the majority don't have the answer to fix it because they have been taught to NOT observe what God instructed. They have forgone the relationship with the Father and exchanged it for a list of of bible factoids. Preaching the relationship one must have with God is foreign and frustrating because most of us today want a step by step list of what must I do to be saved or a list of what I must do to overcome such and such sin. You see its so hard for most in the church today to lead the body in a relationship with the Father when they themselves don't have a heart for Him or His word! Most pastors today have a hard time explaining why David was a man after God's own heart, who delighted in His law/commandments. If you don't understand what this means, then something is indeed missing.

 

Why? Perhaps because we have downplayed sin & obedience to God's commandments by preaching that the "law has been done away with". You see the enemy's job is to trick us into thinking that God's ways, His instructions, commandments & statues in the Old Testament are OLD and thus no longer applicable today; I mean we are NEW testament believers. The Old is... well old and outdated right? What hogwash! God is the same yesterday, today and forever. What was a sin in the OT is a sin in the NT and its still a sin in the New Millennium  Matter of fact those that say we don't have to obey God's commandments today are often the ones who have more problems with various types of continued sin.

 

 

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No Feasts of the Lord in New Millennium



When we asked a number of Christians what the world will be like in the New Millennium, sadly most had no idea what it was. Its the 1,000 year reign of the Messiah here on earth after He returns ref. Revelation 20. Now there are many different thoughts if this is a literal 1,000 years but what we can do is look at the scriptures to see what people will be doing during that time with the Messiah.

 

If we read in Ezekiel 44-46 we can see that the Feasts of the Lord and His Sabbaths will be observed in the New Millennium. Let us look at the scriptures and see who will NOT be allowed entry into the Millennial Temple...

 

"... Thus says the Lord God: "O house of Israel, let Us have no more abominations. When you brought in foreigners, uncircumcised in heart and uncircumcised in flesh, to be in My sanctuary to defile it - My house - and when you offered My food, the fat and the blood, then they broke My covenant because of all your abominations. And you have NOT kept charge of My holy things, but you have set others to keep charge of My sanctuary for you." Thus says the Lord God: " No foreigner, uncircumcised in heart or uncircumcised in flesh, shall enter My sanctuary, including any foreigner who is among the children of Israel."

Ezekiel 44:6-8

 

Here we see this applies to both Israel and foreigners who follow God. This passage is about the still to come, New Millennium God will not allow those who are uncircumcised of heart or flesh will enter God's sanctuary. But what about the Sabbath of the Lord, His feasts or the offerings? Let us again consult the scriptures and look at the following...

 

"... These shall be for grain offerings, burnt offerings, and peace offerings... All the people of the land shall give this offering for the prince of Israel. Then it shall be the prince's part to give burnt offerings, grain offerings and drink offerings, at the feasts, the New Moons, the Sabbaths, and at all the appointed seasons of the house of Israel..."

Ezekiel 45:15-17

 

"In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, you shall observe the Passover, a feast of seven days; Unleavened bread shall be eaten. And on that day the prince shall prepare for himself and for all the people of the land a bull for a sin offering." 

Ezekiel 45:21-22

 

So for both Jew and foreign believer there will be offerings, feast and sabbaths of the Lord. Why? Simply because they have never been done away with. Remember God stated that these things were perpetual, forever, everlasting, without end = for all times. Now some might say "This can't be the New Millennium because the prince gives a sin offering! This proves your wrong!" However Christ is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin by His sacrifice on the cross. Notice that a bull is used for the sin offering (its not a sacrifice). Now why would we need to have a sin offering? Are not our sin forgiven? Yes they are, once and for all as scripture states. What the sin offering is for is NOT the sacrificing for sin again but its an offering of remembrance. A bull is symbolized as strength in the paleo-Hebrew which means it is only by God's strength are we saved from sin.

 

We also see the feasts of God - Passover and the feast of Unleavened bread. In other New Millennium passages, for example Zechariah 14 we see the whole world will observe the feast of Tabernacles...

 

"And it shall come to pass that EVERYONE who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up

from years to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and of keep the Feast of Tabernacles."

Zechariah 14:16-20

 

So when someone wonders what they think they will be doing during the New Millennium you can point to scripture and show them that it will include God's Sabbaths, Feasts and offerings as we fellowship with Him, both for Israel and foreigners who follow Him.

 

 

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Obeying the commandments is legalism

Many believers think that obeying the commandments of God is legalism but lets look at this in detail. We know that sin is transgression or breaking of the God's law ref. 1 John 3:4. ​It means we either obey or disobey. Now we can sin a couple of ways - one by doing something that God told us not to do (sin of commission) or by NOT doing something He told us to do (sin of omission . We also see that what God defines as sin is the same throughout all time, that is a given. We see the Messiah walked a perfect and sinless life and the Apostle Paul states we are to follow him as he follows Christ. There doesn't seem to be a problem among believers except when it comes to obeying certain commandments.

 

​Everything is fine and dandy when you ask most believers if we should obey God. Now bring up the topic of observing the sabbath, keeping the Feasts of the Lord and see what happens. Most will say that is legalism and doing so puts one under the bondage of the law, which some say negates salvation because your now trying to earn your salvation by obeying instead of the one time sacrifice of Christ. sounds logical but nothing could be further from the truth. 
 

Why? 

 

We do not see anywhere in scripture where having faith in Jesus and keeping His commandments is a sin. We do see if we reject Him and try to earn salvation by good works, that will never work. Lets examine this simple logic...

 

​God's commandment tell us to not steal and if we do not, then we walk in the freedom from the sin of stealing and that is good. However if we observe the sabbath suddenly that is legalism?!? How can something God said was a blessing for mankind be changed to sin? Do we see anywhere in scripture where His sabbaths that were declared as holy and a sign between Him and His people forever/eternity is now in the New Testament a sin? No. Even in the passage of Jeremiah that tells us about the New Covenant, there is no taking away parts or portions of His law...

 

"Behold the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a NEW COVENANT with the house of Israel (we are grafted into Israel according to Romans 11)... says the Lord; I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people... For I will forgive their iniquity and their sin I will remember no more." Jeremiah 31:31-34

 

Notice this is the NEW COVENANT and it does NOT say any part of His law has been dropped or done away with. So if we leave aside the doctrines and traditions of men which is being taught in a lot of churches today, we can clearly see how God wants our obedience to His law/instructions. Unfortunately most ignore Jeremiah 31 and so many other passages. 


 

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Jesus is the only righteousness I need

Many believers think that Jesus is the only righteousness we need and that it true. If it were not for Jesus death & resurrection, taking our sin upon Himself, we would still be lost in sin with no hope of being redeemed. He does cleanse us from all unrighteousness...

 

"For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by

one Man's obedience many will be made righteous." Romans 5:19

 

Unfortunately many think that once they say the 'sinner's prayer' they have no responsibility to live a righteous life. They think "If I sin, and its a lot, all I have to do is ask for God's forgiveness and I'm good." Well there is a problem because if they keep doing the same sins over and over again and it does not grieve us to the point of repentance, then something is wrong. Most have a paradigm that the law, God's instructions for life and blessing, has been done away with. If we have a real relationship with God, we should have a different relationship in regards to our sin. ​We should see sin as He sees sin - as something that offends the Most Holy. Yet because a lot of bible colleges teach God's commandments have been done away with we are left in world of satisfying the flesh and not being set apart and holy. Then they wonder why there is no life or blessing in their lives; they wonder why there is no victory over sin. This is what happens when you compromise on God and His word. So does the bible say we need to live a righteous life?

 

"Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?" Romans 6:16

 

Its pretty simple, we are called to walk a life of obedience to God and His word, not a life of continued sin with no victory. Still not convinced? Need a second witness about righteousness?

 

"If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him." 1 John 2:29

 

"Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous... whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in Him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God."

1 John 3:4-9

 

Another problem is that we sell ourselves short and think since the church does not have the answer to why we keep on sinning, then its okay to keep sinning. Yet this is not the life of righteousness that God calls for - now are we to be perfect? Of course not, we have His grace so we can repent, confess and get back running the race to win. So after reading in those verses about obeying, what are we to obey?

 

"Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts." Romans 6:12

 

We know sin is transgression of God's commandments so this shows we should be obedient to His commandments and walk in His blessings. Lets look at Jesus' own words...

 

"If you love me, keep my commandments... He who has my commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him." John 14:15 & 21

 

"If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments

and abide in His love." John 15:10

 

So our daily righteousness, from a loving heart, is about keeping the commandments. It should be noted that being obedient after we become believers is not 'works salvation'. We obey because we know He is our example and as Paul said, we need to imitate Him and His walk. Paul even said its not about trying to be 'Jewish' but this...


"Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of god is what matters."

1 Corinthians 7:19

 

You see after we are made new creatures in Christ our lives are to be set apart - its not about race or what denomination you belong to. Its not about walking in lawlessness but righteousness - obedience to His commandments. Now a good question to ask is this... "Is there a passage in the bible where it shows us what commandments we are to follow and where they are?" Yes there is...

 

"Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says "I know Him" and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk just as He walked. 

 

Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning.

The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning (God's instructions for life & blessing found in the Old Testament) ." 1 John 2:3-7

 

This shows we should want to walk according to His commandments as its a way the love of God can be perfected in us. This passage even tells New Testament believers where to look to find the old commandment - this term 'old commandment' refers to the Old Testament way of life, which includes following His commandments which is our daily righteousness. Consider the words of King David, who was a man after God's own heart...

 

"Let my cry come before You, O Lord; Give me understanding according to your word. Let my supplication come before You; Deliver me according to Your word. My lips shall utter praise, for You teach me Your statues. My tongue shall speak of Your word, for all Your commandments are righteousness. Let  your hand become my help, for I have chosen Your precepts. I long for Your salvation, O Lord, and Your law is my delight. Let my soul live, and it shall praise You; and let Your judgments help me. I have gone astray like a lost sheep; Seek Your servant, for I do not forget your commandments." Psalm 119:169-176

 

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Only Jews observe the Sabbath...

Thats what I used to think because thats what I was told when I asked the pastor. However the majority of denominations don't even broach the subject so nobody asks to begin with. This is a problem because most believe this to be true but fact is gentiles did observe the sabbath throughout the scriptures. Matter of fact in the Old Testament we see that the laws, commandments and instructions God gave were NOT just for the Jews but for the gentile/foreigners/strangers what followed God out of Egypt. BTW when God gave His instructions on Mount Sinai there were NO Jews because the name refers to those who come from the tribe of Judah which did not come on the scene for XXX years later. Lets check out the scriptures starting with the Old Testament, the New Testament and the passages dealing with the tribulation/New Millennium to see if the sabbath is to be observed through all times, for Israel and the foreigners/gentile believers.

 

"One law shall be for the native-born and for the stranger who dwells among you." Exodus 12:49

 

The word 'stranger', other translations use 'foreigner', 'sojourner', etc is defined all the same. When we look at Strong's concordance its H1616  גָּר ger which means sojourner, a foreigner. It also says its people who are temporary inhabitants. So what we see is that God's law/instructions were not just for the Israelites, the Jews but for all people because our time on Earth is temporary compared to the time we will spend in eternity. Lets look at another scripture...

 

"You shall have the same law for the stranger and for one from you own country; for I am the Lord your God." Leviticus 24:22

 

Again we see that His law, which are instructions for how we are to love Him, our neighbors which He blesses us for observing them, applies to ALL people, not just a select few. Today most people have a hard time with this but even in the bible God brought this up many times because they had the same problems with understanding that God's instructions were intended for all people. 

 

"You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations, either any of your own nations or any stranger who dwells among you." Leviticus 18:26

 

and again here...

 

"The stranger who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself  for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God." Leviticus 19:34

 

At first glance this verse looks like it might come from the New Testament because of the instruction to love others as yourself. Seems like God is the same, yesterday, today and forever. Now the question is how long does this apply? Was this just for the people of the Old Testament? If this is the case then perhaps we don't have to obey God's instructions today. However IF there are scriptures showing how long His law/instructions apply THEN we can come to a definitive answer that His law is for all people for all times... 

 

"One ordinance shall be for you of the assembly and for the stranger who dwells with you, an ordinance forever throughout your generations; as you are, so shall the strangers be before the Lord. One law and one custom shall be for you and for the stranger who dwells with you." Numbers 15:15-16

 

Notice God's law, His one ordinance for all people and it is an ordinance forever! The word 'forever' in Strong's concordance is H5769 עוֹלָם owlam which means forever, always, everlasting, perpetual; in short it means for ETERNITY which is also one of the definitions of owlam. So we see God's commandments are to be observed for all times. 

"But those verses are in the Old Testament and the law has been done away with" Unfortunately many cling to this mantra because they are New Testament / New Covenant believers. So have you ever looked at the scripture that defines exactly what the New Covenant entails in regards to God's law? The problem is the majority of laymen (regular church goers) have never even read this scripture. Now many pastors haven't read it either but what is even worse are those who ignore and will not teach what scripture, God's word, says about the New Covenant. Lets look at what the bible actually teaches...

 

"... I will make a New Covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah (remember we as gentile believers are grafted into Israel according to Romans 11) - not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers... but this is the covenant that I will make with house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God and they shall be My people... For I will forgive their iniquity

and their sin I will remember no more." Jeremiah 31:31-34

 

Notice that the law, not part or some, but all the law is to be written on our hearts and minds. Why? Because God does not want us to sin, which is transgressing His commandments (ref. 1 John 3:4)  against Him or the people around us. If we are ignorant of what the New Covenant entails by either not teaching it or making excuses to do away with living a daily righteous life, then we are doing a disservice to God and everyone else. Sin is transgressing/breaking God's commandments and we see throughout scripture the result is are 'curses'. IF we obey THEN God blesses us. Back to topic of the sabbath...

 

Many despite all the previous scriptures many will say as I used to, "those are old testament verses". Okay, lets look at the New Testament and how its not only present during the time of Jesus but more importantly its presence AFTER Jesus resurrection. If the sabbath is still present and promoted among both Israelites and gentile believers (some translations use the words Jews and Greeks or Jews and Gentiles) then perhaps we need to change doctrines which are not in accordance with His word. Lets check the scriptures...

 

"And He (Jesus) said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath." Mark 2:27

 

Unfortunately many believers and pastors claim the sabbath was only for Jews/Israelites but lets look at some definitions to see of this is true. Strong's concordance defines the word "man" G444 not as Jew or Israelite but this...

We see that in the context of Mark 2:27 Jesus states clearly the sabbath was made for all mankind! Why? Because God meant it as a blessing for all mankind. We can also see something that MOST do not - please pay attention to the following because its very important...

 

IF the sabbath was made for man (and it is), THEN its still to be observed

as long as there are people on the Earth! 

 

The problem is most believers and a LOT of pastors don't see the truth of this. Of course if you have been taught the sabbath was done away with in bible college, then you wouldn't need to even discuss this with the laymen. 

 

Lets look at what blessings are had by observing God's commandments...​

 

"“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God:

 

“Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.

“Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.

“Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.

 

“The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. “The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you. “The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you.

 

And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath,

 

IF you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.

So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go

after other gods to serve them."

Deuteronomy 28:1-14

 

We also see this more clearly stated here...

 

"You shall therefore keep His statutes and His commandments which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which the Lord your God

is giving you for ALL time." Deuteronomy 4:40

 

Remember these instructions were given to both Israelites and strangers that followed God! What an awesome God we serve! There is NO other god that blesses their children so much! 

 

But wait... still not convinced because you say "I don't need to observe the sabbath because Jesus IS my sabbath rest!". I used to say the exact same thing but lets look at what Jesus actually taught...

 

"and He (Jesus) said to them, "The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath." Luke 6:5

 

So if Jesus is our sabbath, then why did He say is the Lord of the Sabbath? Did He ever say He was "our sabbath rest"? Nope you cannot find that phrase anywhere; nor can you find any results for the phrase "sabbath rest" or any other variation...

So where did the belief of "Jesus is my sabbath rest" come from? It actually came from taking a scripture out of context... 

 

"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

 

The problem is the word rest here is NOT sabbath as we can see...

The word "REST"

Strong's G373 is NOT the word "SABBATON" G4521

So its clear Jesus NEVER claimed to be the Sabbath. Now do we ever see Jesus tell His disciples that the sabbath was done away with? IF we can find just one place where Jesus states the Sabbath is being observed during the end times THEN its proof it was never done away with. Lets check the following scripture where Jesus talks about the tribulation times & the sabbath...

 

"And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the SABBATH. For then there will be great TRIBULATION, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be" Matthew 24:20-21

 

So if the sabbath was done away with why did Jesus not mention this during His discourse about the end times? The only conclusion you can come to is the sabbath has not been done away with. Need more proof? Lets look at another scripture that all theologians agree is about the New Millennium and see if the sabbath is still observed...

 

"Thus says the Lord God: The gateway of the inner court that faces toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the SABBATH  it shall be opened, and on the day of the New Moon it shall be opened...

Likewise the people of the land shall worship at the entrance to this gateway before

the Lord on the SABBATHS and the New Moons."

Ezekiel 46:1-3

 

So we see that in the New Millennium ALL believers will worship God on the Sabbath! For those that think this time will be floating on clouds and playing harps, this should awaken them to the reality of what we will be doing. It includes observing the sabbath. In light of the proof we have to conclude when God states the sabbath is an everlasting and perpetual covenant He means it!

 

So the next time when someone asks about sabbath, though most probably won't, you will know the truth about the sabbath; that it applies to both Israelites and foreigners who follow God. Not only was the sabbath commanded by God in the Old Testament, in the New Testament, after the resurrection of Jesus and also in the New Millennium. Since God stated its an everlasting and perpetual covenant perhaps we need to get rid of the false teachings about it and start obeying Him.

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Obeying God's commandments in the Tribulation/End Times is not important

As has been brought out before, many pastors do not even broach the subject of God's commandments let alone how important they are in the end times. For some reason pastors teach everything but how we are to live our lives today. Many teach how to manage you 'christian' finances, have sermons on 'better sex'​ or how to get 'your best life now' and everything else but HOW we are to love God and our neighbors via obeying God's commandments. We will go over the scriptures on how important obeying God's commandments later.

 

Since most pastors don't even bring up the topic of obeying God's commandments they have to fill the void with teachings that won't offend the audience. You see most churches are strapped with debt and expenses. Many churches have a vested interest in NOT preaching the truth that offends. What is offensive? The preaching against sin, the breaking of God's commandments is offensive to those who are taught that the law, God's commandments, has been done away with. The preaching of walking as Jesus walked, in accordance with God's commandments with a loving heart, is offensive to those who have been taught the commandments have been done away with. Lets look at the scriptures showing the importance of obeying God's commandments...

 

"And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." Revelation 12:17

 

The dragon is the enemy and the woman is the bride - the two things that God's children have that make them victorious over the enemy is having faith in Jesus and keeping His commandments. Also note what it does NOT say is just as important. We do not see the enemy raging against those who just have faith; we do not see the enemy concern about those who legalistically keep the commandments. What riles up the enemy are those who have faith and keep the commandments of God from a loving heart; those that walk as the Messiah walked. Lets look at another passage in Revelation...

 

"Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus."

Revelation 14:12

 

Some translations use the phrase 'here is the endurance of the saints'. The word "patience" according to Strong's concordance is G5281 ὑπομονή - hypomone with is defined as "the characteristic of a man who is unswerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings".

So we see those who endure the end times / tribulation are those who keep the commandments of God AND have faith in Jesus. Notice what the passage does not say - it shows the enemy is not concerned with lukewarm christians. We already know the remnant is a small collection of believers and that during the end times 2/3rds of "believers" will fall away. Could it be that those who fall away are those who 'believe' but do not walk in God's commandments? Perhaps we should look at this scripture...

 

"You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe - and tremble!" James 2:19

 

 Notice the demons who rebelled against God and sinned (transgressed God's commandments) and kept sinning. Their belief in God is not questioned just their wicked actions which got them kicked out of heaven. So again we see how important it is to obey His commandments but lets see if there any reward for having faith in the Messiah and keeping His commandments...

 

"Blessed are those who do His commandments, they they may have the right to the tree of life,

and may enter through the gates into the city." Revelation 22:14

 

Wow, this scripture is huge and most believers don't know it exists. A lot of pastors we have talked to ignore it because it goes against what their denomination teaches and that is problematic. It can shake their entire belief system, what they have been taught as truth for decades is not true and that can be devastating. However God loves us and His truth sets us free once we repent and walk as He wants us to walk.

 

So the next time you hear someone say obeying God's commandments is not important let them know about these scriptures in Revelation.

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Jesus made NEW laws for believers in Matthew chapter 5...

Many times believers rely on what was taught to them and to never question those things. However as we have seen over and over again, often what we learned is not always the gospel truth. In regards to God's instructions many say they have been done away and take a portion of Matthew 5 to justify this. The claim many make is this... "Jesus made NEW laws for believers in Matthew 5". They present the following argument...

 

"In Matthew 5:22 it says Jesus presented the old law, "thou shalt not murder" and replaced it with a brand NEW law, "don't hate or be angry with your brother in your heart without cause or you will be in danger of judgment." Sounds good right?

 

What people seem to forget is the logic is false to begin with - NEVER do we see where the sin of MURDER was ever replaced because murder is still a sin today. God's word says He is the same yesterday, today and forever; so what was a sin in Old Testament and its still a sin in the New Testament and still a sin in the tribulation/New Millennium. IF murder was a sin in the Old Testament and it was replaced in the New Testament THEN we would not see any reference to murder again. Lets look at scripture and see if there is reference to "murderers"...

 

"He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God and he shall be my son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, MURDERERS, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." Revelation 21:7-9 

 

So its clear that the sin of murder has NOT been replaced with hating your brother in your heart. So is there any Old Testament scripture talking about not hating your brother? You see many who do not the scriptures make this claim but when we search we find the following scripture...


Leviticus 19:17 "Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart..."

 

Since we found this scripture, and its one of God's commandments, it also proves Jesus did not make up a NEW law to replace the old "thou shalt not murder". Yet despite the clear findings in scripture, people still hold to the false claim, God's instructions, commandments, etc have been done away with by stating Jesus made a new system of belief, that He spoke new things. Interesting but do we see this in scripture too?

 

For some reason many believers think Jesus came with a new authority, a new belief, a new way of doing things - one that supersedes what the Father put forth in the Old Testament. If that was the case then why did Jesus preach "repent or perish"? Repent means to turn back to the original. Back to the topic of Jesus supposed 'new' authority - lets look at what Jesus said in regards to that...

 

"For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command,

what I should say and what I should speak." John 12:49

 

"Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me?

 

The words that I speak to  you I do NOT speak on My own authority,but the Father who dwells in Me does the works."

John 14:10

 

Ok so Jesus did not speak of His own authority but the Fathers. So lets look a what Jesus said in regards to the words He spoke - was it a new doctrine or something else...

 

"Jesus answered them and said, "My doctrine if not Mine, but His who sent Me." John 7:16

 

Again we see that Jesus did not come to replace the Father's authority OR replace His doctrine. This is proven by Jesus' message to "repent or perish". Repent means to turn back to what was first preached. This is especially clear when we read about the New Covenant entails in Jeremiah 31:31-34. If you read that portion we see God's law was NOT done away with but actually we see the opposite, where we are to write His law on our hearts and minds...

 

"Behold the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a NEW covenant with the house of Israel (todays believers are grafted into Israel ref. Romans 11)... I will put My LAW in their minds and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people... For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more." Jeremiah 31:31-34

 

The problem is many believe the New Covenant has done away with God's law - His instructions for life which He blesses us for obeying but we see that is NOT the case. So what was Jesus talking about in regards to Matthew 5? He was addressing people that were claiming to be righteous because they did not murder. However Jesus pointed that their obedience to not murdering was not the problem but the commandment in Leviticus 19:17 of hating their brethren was the sin they were hiding in their hearts from God. THAT was what they needed to repent of in this case!

Summary of the Doctrine Test

 

The purpose of the Doctrine Test is to highlight how much we think we know versus what the bible actually teaches. This should give us pause if we are misled on these simple facts, perhaps we are misled on our beliefs. The days are short and we should have the correct doctrine and beliefs along with living a life that pleases the Father.

 

Its time to test what we believe and if what we believe is wrong then we need to repent, confess, ask forgiveness from the Father. In other words we need to conform to His image and not an image that comes from wrong teachings. That means we need to look at the definitions of words in the bible. To look at things like the Sabbath, the Feasts of the Lord, not to mention to die to self as much as possible.

If we are indeed the bride of Christ then we need to start living like it - we need to repent of our sin and complacency and do what pleases the Father.

Please consider this information and pray.

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