LAWS STILL APPLY TO CHRISTIANS?
By Jim Searcy
(A Doctrine Statement Of The GJiGT)
It is good to ask the Holy Spirit, the trustworthy Teacher, when we read that word LAW in our Bible - What LAW are we talking about? It is important to ask ANY teacher, ANY time, the word LAW is mentioned. What law are we talking about? If we will do that, then we may see through much of the strong delusion and confusion of these last days of the great falling away from THE Faith. Are we talking about 1) The Law of Sin and Death? 2) The Law of Moses? 3) The Oral Law? or 4) The Royal Law?
Most Christians would argue that things like the Sabbath, the Holy Days, and clean and unclean meats, are no longer binding on Christians under the new covenant. Sadly, the Bible speaks of such a great world wide famine for hearing the Word of God. It is sad how many Holy Bibles are different than the promised seventh purification.
So called scholars have put holes where there are things that modern people do not like. Yes, there really are DIFFERENT Bibles. Many faithful children would laugh at the very idea of different bibles; but, modern, enlightened, scholars, and Pooh-Bahs, see nothing wrong with the very idea of different bibles. While they gladly assume the priestly task of separating the Holy from the profane, it is sad how few seem to see how absurd, and shameful this is, when standing in a pulpit with a profane bible. The scholars and bible publishers seem to have a new version every year. That is good for bible sales and the global religion business in general. Few seem to know, or care, what God said in that MORE SURE word of the promised seventh purification.
Holy Bibles are NOT made by cutting holes where we find things we do not like. What happens if we come upon something in the Bible that we do not believe? What happens if we find something in the Bible that we do not think could apply to modern, enlightened, pluralistic, tolerant, Christians? What happens is a set up for Strong Delusion. What should be done about those things we do not understand?
Is it wrong to cut those things out? Is there something wrong with the common practice of going through the Old Testament, picking and choosing which laws are in force, and which ones are not? Many of todays antinomians would be offended if someone told them the truth that antinomianism, (big word meaning anti-law), even their enlightened dispensational brand of antinomianism, has always been heresy, according to the Lord Jesus Christ, the apostles, and the Holy Bible. Antinomianism has always been heresy in THE Church of THE Lord Jesus Christ. The Body of Messiah is known by the way they love one another, not for their feel good, vain, powerless, practice of feigned affection.
One common suggestion is to say the Ten Commandments are the only Old Testament laws still binding on Christians. We do KNOW and, should be able to agree, that STILL IS Gods Royal Law of Love, Life, and Liberty. The New Testament is very clear and proves that the Ten Commandments are still in force (Matt. 19:17-19; Romans 7:7; 13:9; Eph. 6:2-3; James 2:10-12). Hopefully that PERFECT ROYAL LAW of Love, Life, and Liberty would lead someone to find and recognize the "Strait Gate," that God IS God. For indeed Messiah, whose name is called the Word of God, is the end, or destination, or goal to which the Royal Law leads and guides. Rom 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. People of REAL faith in Yeshua, establish the law, by DOING the Law, in the Power of His Spirit, and for the Glory of the Father, in the name of Yeshua, Jesus.
Such a solution with only the Big 10, more often than not, sadly, still does not lead to the Strait Gate. We do know that the vast majority, on the BROAD way of the Churched majority, have the 9 and the optional one. Roman Catholics and Orthodox have 8 and the optional one, but they split the last one in 2 parts so they still have 10, even though they eliminate #2 all together. Those on the BROAD way choose the application of Christian terms to the 2 big pagan feasts, and have nothing to do with the 7 Feasts of the Lord. Things like Holy Days, tithing, clean and unclean meats, are outside the realm of reality for those on the BROAD Way. The stock answer, if anyone would ever question the vain Powerless Religion practices of the BROAD way, would be Legalism, and/or We do not want to fall from Grace.
But what about that Fourth Commandment, the one that begins with "Remember?" When did God change it? Are the so called legalists that observe, and do Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, going to hell, because they have fallen from Grace? Does such reasoning sound much like the essence of the LIE that Satan gave Adam and Eve in the garden? The essence of the devils lie is that they would be more like God by disobeying God? If following such a lie, had such bad consequences, what makes people from the pulpit to the back pew, think like that today? Obeying Gods commandments is NOT legalism, it is obedience. Obedience is even essential for REAL Faith. That will shock some socks off. Legalism is obeying the doctrines and traditions of men, rather than God. Blessings follow obedience, and curses follow disobedience. Children can understand that.
So, are there any laws of God for the Christians today? Has God done away with such things?
The majority of enlightened, spiritual, religious people today, think such a subject to be unimportant or unrelated to them. What about the Bible Sabbath which Jesus and Paul and the apostles NEVER forgot to Remember to keep holy? How have today's enlightened spiritual Christians rationalized that one away? The majority do seem to have forgotten the one commandment in Gods Royal Law, that begins with Remember.
The Sabbath still applies because it is part of the grouping of Laws that Jesus reduced to two, and then to the one, called LOVE. The Ten Commandments are really 10 simple instructions in LOVE, the first 4 how to Love God, and the second 6 how to Love our neighbor. They teach love in reality and truth. James is very clear. James is the one who uses the New Testament Term ROYAL Law. (James 2:8) That is the Law about which James said that if a person offend in one point, he has become guilty of all. James 2:10. This is a good and valid comparison because we do know, for sure, that according to Gal. 5:3, that "whole law" includes EVERYTHING.
To the heathen, to the totally unchurched, and to CHILDREN today, the BROAD way principles of biblical interpretation, according to modern dispensational pluralism and tolerance, seem very much like the lie of Satan. In the Garden of Eden, humans were told by the devil to doubt what God said. In the Garden, Satan told humans that God would not really punish sin. Lucifer told humans that they would be more like God by disobeying God. How come such things are being taught in Christian churches on Sunday?
Figuring out which Old Testament laws are still binding on Christians, and which ones are not, has become laughable to many. A child who has not watched any TV could see the problem is quite simple. Jesus Said you MUST become as a Child. Jesus Said you MUST be born again. Many who call themselves Christians either need to be born again, or to be born again, AGAIN, or have someone show them the STRAIT GATE. Jesus clearly told us, the ONLY way, we may enter His Kingdom.
The New Testament uses the word DISPENSATION to mean stewardship or administration of a ministry. DISPENSATION refers either to Paul's administration of his ministry in his apostolic office, or God's administration of His plan of salvation of the world. Paul did have a part in working out God's eternal plan of salvation. All of us have a part in working out Gods eternal plan of salvation, for ourselves personally, at the very least.
Take a look at some of the problems with modern dispensational theology. Dispensationalism teaches that God works with human beings very differently, in different time periods, in His master plan for humanity. Yes, this is done with a straight face, every Sunday, even though heaven and earth have obviously not passed away yet. It was Yeshua, Jesus, the I AM, who gave Moses the words recorded in Genesis - Deuteronomy. If that presents a problem to anyone Consider 2 Tim 3:16 ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God, and Mal 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change NOT; and Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ the SAME yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Mat 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall NOT pass away.
The dispensational teacher draws sharp distinctions between the Old and New Testaments. There is NO biblical justification for this foolishness. The spirit which justifies such sharp distinction, could not be the Holy Spirit of Truth, which always glorifies Jesus, whose Name is called the Word of God. Dispensational theology says God worked with the Jews from the time of the giving of the law very differently from how He works with Christians. That, of itself, is proof dispensational teachers are as those spoken of in 1 Tim 1:7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm. The Dispensational teacher also says, today, since the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, that God has changed, in how He deals with men. It is interesting to note, that the first to teach this foolishness of dispensational theology, John Darby, was on Lucifers payroll. Yes Brethren, that is a FACT.
Here are some things James Blevins had to say writing the "Dispensation" topic in the Holman Bible Dictionary:
The Role of J.N. Darby - This two-stage return of the Lord, unheard of before 1830, became the platform for a movement called "dispensationalism." Miss McDonald's pastor J. N. Darby (1800-1882) picked up on her idea and began to make use of it in his sermons. Darby was responsible for developing the two-stage coming of Christ into a fully developed eschatology or theology. He had been an Anglican clergyman until 1827 when he left the church to join the Plymouth Brethren.
(Jims comment - It is documented historical fact that John Darby was put on the payroll of the Illuminati controlled British East India Company. The Illuminati sent Darby to America for the specific intent to hook up with a lawyer, C.I. Scofield, to WEAKEN THE STRONG FAITH OF AMERICAN CHRISTIANS.)
Darby set forth the idea that God has set up seven time periods called dispensations for His work among human beings. The seventh or last dispensation will be the millennial reign of Christ (Rev. 20). In each dispensation, people are tested in reference to the obedience of God's will according to a specific (CHANGED) revelation of that will.
The Role of C. I. Scofield - Darby visited the United States on several occasions and won many advocates to his theology. However, C. I. Scofield popularized the dispensational system in his study Bible of 1909. He set forth seven dispensations in God's dealing with human beings. 1. Innocency, 2. Conscience, 3. Human Government, 4. Promise, 5. Law, 6. Grace, and 7. Kingdom.
(Jims Comment - there is NO Biblical foundation for these vain imaginations which exalt themselves against the knowledge of God. God can NOT Lie and God does NOT Change - those are the TWO IMMUTABLE FACTS of the Christian Faith. Consider 2 Tim 3:16 ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God, and Mal 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change NOT; and Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ the SAME yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Mat 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.)
Darby's Dispensational Program of Eschatology - Beyond the seven dispensations, the Darby movement had a definite program of eschatology in five steps. 1. A two-stage coming of Christ--rapture and parousia. 2. Seven years of tribulation on earth for those not raptured. The last three and a half years will be the time of the antichrist. One hundred forty-four thousand Jews will accept Christ and become evangelists. 3. Christ will return with the church, conclude the battle of Armageddon, and rule for a thousand years. 4. Belief in an unconditional covenant with Israel. Thus God is working through Israel and the church. In the millennium, national Israel will be restored. 5. All Old Testament prophecy will be fulfilled literally.
Some of the more popular advocates of dispensationalism have been C. H. MacKintosh, W. E. Blackstone, H. A. Ironside, A. C. Gaebelein. More recently Hal Lindsey has made the system a best seller in The Late Great Planet Earth.
The Book of Revelation has become a Key book in the dispensational approach. Dispensationalists see the rapture taking place in Revelation 4:1 and the rest of the book (chs. 4-18) dealing with the seven years of tribulation. Thus the book has very little significance for Christians who will not be on earth during that time. (Thanks to James L. Blevins - Dispensation - Holman Bible Dictionary)
Most recently, Tim LeHaye made another fortune trafficking in the souls of men, with his infamous perversion of sound doctrine, called the "Left Behind" series of books and movie.
THERE IS NO BIBLICAL FOUNDATION FOR THIS ILLUMINATI FINANCED PROGRAM OF DARBY THEOLOGY, ALSO KNOWN AS DISPENSATIONAL THEOLOGY, DISPENSATIONALISM, OR PRE-TRIB LALA LAND. THIS SATANIC PLOT TO WEAKEN THE STRONG FAITH OF CHRISTIANS WAS ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMS EVER DEVISED BY SATANISTS TO DESTROY THE CHRISTIAN FAITH.
Many times in the MORE SURE word which is written in the promised seventh purification, God says He does NOT Change.
Dispensationalism, in classical Darby style, says there are NO miracles since the days of the apostles. It relegates the entire teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ to the scrap heap of religious philosophy and history. It is NOT Biblical. This sort of Dispensational teaching ends up with a vain powerless religion, that gives reasons why God did not mean what He clearly has said. Dispensational teaching produces a vain powerless form of godliness that denies the power of God. God speaks of such dispensational teaching in 2 Tim 3:5 describing it clearly as, "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."
The dispensational teacher sees the Old Testament as a period dominated by law, obedience, and (in some versions) salvation by works, while the New Testament is characterized by grace, love, and faith. This vain powerless form of religion should be forced to see, and admit the radical difference between faith and practice of Jesus. The faith and practice of the Apostles is very different than that of enlightened modern dispensational Christianity of today. There is no room for demons or the workings of Satan or a personal devil in modern dispensatonal theology. Dispensational theology has embraced the falsely so called science of psychology. Ever heard the term Christian Psychologist? Why not Christian Idolater? The faith and practice of Jesus and the apostles is totally different than the vain powerless feigned affection to be generally and typically called Christianity today.
The dispensational premises and anti-law heretical theories are without foundation or context in the Holy Bible. With such absurd departure from the clear simple teaching of the Scriptures, the argument of silence becomes very powerful. The dispensational argument is that unless an Old Testament command is repeated in the New Testament (or, especially, Paul's letters), it is no longer in force. This school of Biblical interpretation assumes that all Old Testament commands are abolished, unless specifically repeated in the New. Because the evangelical/fundamentalist Protestant Christian world's theology oozes with these kinds of notions, and the world as a whole is not set up to obey God's Old Testament commands, mentally resisting against this school of thought is very difficult. You can expect to be called a cultist, a Judaziser, or at least odd, for resisting it. Yet the duty of love and truth to our King Jesus, requires that if we must stand against everyone, that we will stand. We are to let the Holy Spirit lead and choose the battles for which we are to earnestly contend for THE Faith.
Brethren, I commend to you that which Jesus commended. Ye MUST be Born Again. Ye MUST become as a Child. Ye MUST enter the Strait Gate. God IS God. God Can NOT Lie. God does NOT Change. The KJV Holy Bible is the very word of God as God promised to preserve and purify seven times. (Ps 12:6-7)
The Holy Bible INDEED is the wise alternative. The KJV Holy Bible will make much more sense than all the fuds, thuds, and duds, of pre-trib lala land. Many in the Strong Delusion could see that the differences between the two Testaments have been exaggerated. THERE IS NO BIBLICAL REASON FOR BELIEVING THAT GOD HAS CHANGED. God has always saved people in the same way in both old and new testament time frame reference periods. That Christianity grew out of a 100% Jewish belief system is undeniable, in FACT.
Paul was FALSELY accused of being "anti-law." Rom 3:8 And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just. Rom 6:15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
Paul felt the need to engage in purification rituals because he had to accommodate many in the early church who had believed and were "all zealous of the Law" (Acts 21:20). The early church, FOR 9 YEARS AFTER the Resurrection and Pentecost, was entirely Jewish, up until after Cornelius and his gentile family were converted to Christianity (Acts 10).
Sometime between the time of Jesus and the apostles, it is obvious that the BROAD mass of gentile Christians, largely abandoned the Sabbath, the Passover, and other hallmarks of what is commonly thought of today, to be Jewish faith and practice. Yet what is often called Jewish, really should be called Biblical. Does this give us perhaps a clue, why the vast majority of people through all of history, have a Satanic, illogical, irrational, hatred of Jews? If there is one constant in history, it is Jew hatred.
The abandoning of Sabbath, and the Feasts of the Lord, and other things which Jesus and the apostles taught and practiced, have been changed over the centuries due to wave, after wave, of anti-Semitic persecution. The persecution was a tidal wave under the emperor Hadrian early in the second century A.D. in response to the second major Jewish revolt (A.D. 132-135).
An even bigger tidal wave of anti-Semitic persecution came with Constantine and his court theologian Eusebius in the fourth century. Constantine was the first pope and retained his title of Pontifus Maximus, or Supreme Pontiff, or High Priest of Pagan sun god religion. Constantine put Christian terms on his sun god religion. Constantine was BOTH the Emperor of the Roman Empire, and Supreme Pontiff, high priest of paganism. Constantine, with the help of his court theologian Eusebius, blended pagan sun worship with worship of the Creator, called it Christianity, and made it the state religion of the Roman Empire. The pagans got to keep their celebrations and simply had to go along with the new state imposed Christian terminology.
Constantine and Eusebius made this application of Christian terms to the pagan celebrations and that is why traditional Christianity, whether Catholic, Orthodox, or Protestant, came to accept Sunday and Easter as replacements for the Sabbath and Passover. These plainly came out of the paganism of the Roman empire.
Naturally, the gentiles who came to increasingly make up the bulk of the membership of the church, found these customs easy to accept. After all, when the Roman government came looking for those practicing the Sabbath, the Passover, and other apostolic biblical practices, to punish them, not keeping them, was an asset: "We aren't Jews! We're Christians!"
This is the unacknowledged foundation of the dispensationalist school of Biblical interpretation. Dispensational teaching is to explain, accept, and justify, such a Biblically UNAUTHORIZED substitution of pagan customs, for Old Testament observances. It uses a preconceived interpretation of Paul's letters to interpret the Gospels, and the New Testament to interpret the Old Testament, while denying any significant feedback interpretation going the opposite way. This produces the vain powerless religion which is without foundation or context. This is the BROAD way of making the masses feel good on their way to hell. It does have opulent forms of godliness and magnificent buildings. However, it either denies the power of God, or replaces it with the counterfeit spiritual power of Jannes and Jambres.
2 Tim 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
2 Tim 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
2 Tim 3:9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
Brethren, there are BIG problems that happen when people do NOT receive the Word of God. The Holy Bible is a consistent Whole. We do NOT make a Holy Bible by cutting holes and or removing the things we do not like, or do not understand, or that do not agree with our beliefs. If our belief does not agree with the Holy Bible, consistently Gen 1:1-Rev 22:21, then it is NOT a new version perversion bible that we need, but a revision of our beliefs.
The Strait Gate? Glad you asked. The Strait Gate = God IS God.
It is time NOW, with all holy boldness, to call heresy just what it is. While Dispensationalism, (AKA pre-trib lala land, AND/OR the church replaced Israel), is not damnable heresy, clearly it is heresy, which will lead many to be damned in its Strong Delusion. Anti-nomianism has always been heresy. If the majority becomes heretic, the heresy does not stop being heresy. It is just part of the fulfillment of last days prophecy.
2 Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
2 Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
2 Th 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Dispensationalism, blinds people so that they can not understand the prophets in the Holy Bible. It is a FACT that Dispensationalism did not exist anywhere in Christianity until the 19th century. One thing that goes with the abomination of dispensationalism is anti-nomianism. Since we are now standing, sitting, or lying down, we do know that heaven AND Earth has NOT yet passed away. Mat 5:18 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 be fulfilled. Luke 16:17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.
Anti-law dispensational theology is the false teaching that since faith alone is necessary for salvation, one is free from the moral obligations of the law. The word anti-nomianism is not used in the Bible, but the idea is clearly expressed. Paul appears to have been accused of being an anti-nomian Rom 3:8 And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just. Rom 6:15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
The entire demonic structure of
dispensational theology crumbles when we do not allow the New
Testament to be separated from the Old Testament. There is NO
justification for the teaching that the New Testament is to be
separated from the Old Testament. It is time such false teaching
be exposed. The Word of God should NOT be separated. The New
Testament is NOT more inspired than the Old Testament anymore
than the Old Testament is more inspired than the New Testament.
The New Testament is NOT different from the Old, it simply has a
better priesthood with better promises. ALL Scripture is the Word
of God. The Holy Bible is a consistent whole, and those saying
otherwise, have not studied to show themselves approved unto God
on the subject, and should be ashamed.
The separation of the Holy Bible into Old and New sections, has created more dividing walls of hostility, and ignorance, and denominations than we can count. Denominations are divisions. There should not be divisions in the body of Christ and when we allow a division in the Holy Bible, divisions in the church will be the inevitable result.
Here are some of the FALSE
doctrines, abominations, and doctrines of devils that come from
the division and separation of the Old Testament from the New
1. The WRONG idea that ONLY the New Testament is valid authoritative teaching for Christians.
2, The WRONG idea that the New
Testament without the Old Testament is TOTALLY sufficient for
instruction in the Christian faith and the Old Testament teaching
is not needed.
3. The WRONG idea that because Christ has already come and fulfilled, completed, finished, and done away with everything written in the Old Testament.
4. The WRONG idea that the Old Testament is good ONLY for
historical perspective and should not have any authoritative value in
any Christian's life, as Christ is our only authority now.
5. The WRONG idea that any effort to obey any custom or commandment of the Old Testament is evidence of religious bondage and "keeping the Law," or is evidence of "salvation by works," or would be in conflict with Christ's salvation by faith.
NOW FOR THE BIGGIE THAT COULD CAUSE THE CHRISTIAN WORLD TO CHEER THE ANTICHRIST WHEN THE ANTICHRIST DOES THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION
6. The WRONG idea that ANY sacrifice of the Old Testament is removed and should not ever be done again, because Christ is the final sacrifice for everything.
Many Christian teachers today, really believe that the teaching of
the Old Testament is valid only for historical perspective. This removes the essential foundation and context for even being able to understand the New Testament, as Jesus told us in John 5:46-47. Removing the foundation and context of the Old Testament from the New Testament allows the wolves in sheeps clothing to get away with any perverse New Testament idea because things taken out of context become pretexts for anything. This is the state of the ChurchDUMB today in the great falling away from THE Faith.
That is good for the religion business. The separation of the New Testament from the Old Testament becomes a barrier set up to keep people in ignorance, confusion, and without strong faith. It prevents them from understanding what Moses actually taught. This is so far removed from the teaching of the Apostles, that it is amazing how some teaching such things, would claim the same Holy Spirit of inspiration of the Apostles.
When the Apostle Paul wrote this to Timothy, what Scripture was he
referring to? THINK.
2 Tim 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction
in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly
furnished unto all good works. THINK.
Now with your mind washed by the Word, and renewed and regenerated by the Holy Ghost, was Paul referring to his letters to Timothy and others, or was he referring to the writings of Moses and the Prophets?
When Peter wrote his letter to the believers, what Scripture was he
2 Pet 1:20-21 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture
is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old
time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
Was Peter referring to his own letter or to the writings of Moses and
Consider when James referred the Gentiles to the teaching of Moses
for instruction in the "essentials" of the faith after the first council in Jerusalem with Peter and Paul.
Acts 15:21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach
him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.
This truth may shock you; but, the Holy Ghost should quicken your
renewed mind to understand that James did, IN FACT, EXPECT Gentile Christians to go and receive the instruction of Moses from synagogues on the Sabbath day! Yes, Brethren, like it or not, that is the bottom line of how James summarized his instruction, from the Acts 15, Jerusalem Council, by referring the Gentile Christians to the teaching of Moses! Yes, on the SABBATH, in accord with the 4th Commandment, that JESUS wrote with His finger in
STONE, so not even the pope could change it. The teaching of James and all of the Apostles is completely consistent and agrees with Moses.
True, Apostolic, Holy Ghost teaching of the New Testament is completely consistent with Moses and the Prophets. True, Apostolic, Holy Ghost teaching in fact, MUST be based upon Moses and the Prophets, OR IT IS OUT OF CONTEXT, AND WITHOUT FOUNDATION, AND IS OF A SPIRIT WHICH IS NOT THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH.
Brethren, this may be a tough pill to swallow, but God commands father's to teach Torah to their children. (Lev 10:11, Deu 4:10, Deu 6:7, Deu 11:19, Deu 31:19) There is not such a command for fathers to teach the Gospel to their children. It is only the teaching of Torah which keeps children free of danger of receiving another gospel, or another Jesus. We most likely only THINK we understand Yeshua, without the instruction of Moses. Without a special MIRACLE work of the Holy Ghost, we will not KNOW with fullness of understanding, what Jesus taught, without the instruction of Moses.
1 Cor 8:2 And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth
nothing yet as he ought to know.
Brethren it is TRULY as Yeshua said: John 5:46-47 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?
Do todays New Testament Holy Ghost preachers really understand what Jesus taught if they do NOT believe the words of Moses? According to what Jesus said in John 5:46-47 the answer would be NO.
The writings of
the Apostles are the word of God just as much as Moses and the
Prophets, BUT NOT MORE SO. The writings of Moses and The Prophets
are the word of God just as much as the writings of the Apostles,
BUT NOT MORE SO. All 66 books of the KJV Holy Bible are
Scripture, and the very Word of God. However, to say the writings
of the Apostles are more important than Moses and the Prophets,
is ERROR. To say the writings of Moses and the Prophets are more
important than the writings of the Apostles, is ERROR. All 66
books are the Word of God. 2 Tim 3:16 All scripture is given by
inspiration of God. God Said So. God IS God. God can NOT Lie. God
does NOT Change. Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ, (whose name is called the
word of God), the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
It is necessary that we stress the ERROR of separating the New Testament from the Old Testament. It is necessary that we stress the ERROR of discounting, devaluing, or discarding any of the Word of God. ALL Scripture from Gen 1:1-Rev 22:21 is the Word of God. We should stand strong against anyone who discounts or devalues, or separates the writings of Moses and the Prophets, as compared with the New Testament. We should stand just as strongly against anyone would DARE to discount, devalue, or separate the writings of the New Testament from the teaching of Moses and the Prophets. The Apostles taught EXCLUSIVELY from the Old Testament to instruct the FIRST Century Christians. A good example of this FACT is, how Yeshua Himself, taught the disciples on the road to Emmaus after He was crucified, immediately after His resurrection:
Luke 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
Luke 24:31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he
vanished out of their sight.
Luke 24:32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn
within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to
us the scriptures?
It was Moses and the Prophets, that was taught to new believers in Yeshua, in that FIRST century. It was that teaching of Moses and the Prophets, that caused their hearts to burn within them like those on the road to Emmaus.
We can be
absolutely certain of the FACT that the Old Testament is the
writing which the First century church of Jesus Christ relied
upon. The information in the back of my KJV, says that the first
gospel was written by either Matthew or Mark in about 70AD,
Paul's Epistles from about 51-64AD, and Revelation was not
completed until very near the END of the First century in about
95AD. The New Testament could NOT possibly have been assembled
until the SECOND Century at the EARLIEST. From that FACT, we do
KNOW there is sufficient instruction in the Old Testament alone,
to convince a reasonably minded person, that Yeshua is the
Messiah. The evidence of the New Testament with its miracles, and
fulfilled prophecies, is dessert. The main course for believing
in Messiah is the Old Testament. The main course for spiritual
warfare tactics is the Old Testament. The main course for the
second coming, and millennial kingdom, is in the Old Testament.
Without question Moses is the greatest Prophet of the Messiah. Jesus said so in John 5:46-47. The Old Testament prophets have much more to say about the second coming, and the millennial kingdom, than the New Testament does. But how many Christians know this?
Standing for the truth makes lots of enemies in these last days of Strong Delusion. Expect to be called wrong, ignorant, legalist, and even cultist. Meanwhile, because blessings follow and overtake those walking in obedience expect to witness devils being cast out in the name of Yeshua, see the sick be healed in the name of Jesus, and yes, even witness Him raise the dead, and the greatest miracle of all that sinners would find His grace to repent.
Sadly, the wise and prudent pooh-baahs of churchDUMB will call it ANYTHING BUT truth, goodness and righteousness. Yet, we really should have NO time or interest in the vain powerless religion based upon rationalizing why God did NOT mean what He said. Those are the ones who are WRONG. Jesus said you MUST be born again. People who say they have been born again, who are in those vain powerless religions of rationalizing why God did NOT mean what He said, become living proof of the devils favorite lie. Such are living proof that the once saved always saved doctrine of devils, is a lie. Yet, for those who will seek and find His grace to repent, you can be born again, AGAIN. Alleluia Yeshua.
Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
YES THOUGH SATAN
CAN NOT CAST OUT SATAN EVEN GREAT ANOINTED DELIVERANCE MINISTERS
WILL HEAR HIM SAY DEPART FROM ME, YE THAT WORK INIQUITY.
It is time all ministers NOT holding the KJV Holy Bible as they enter their bully pulpits be told they have not studied to show themselves approved unto God. It does not matter how many men approve their doctrines, which mock the Word of God. If heresy becomes the dominant majority belief it still remains heresy. Those preaching or teaching to Gods people from profane bibles and not the KJV Holy Bible should be ashamed. They should be ashamed if they do not agree that the Old Testament is profitable for instruction in righteousness. Such should be ashamed, if they do not agree that Sabbath is for all people (natural born Israel and the adopted grafted in Israel of God) to be a SIGN between them and God. The Sabbath is a sign between the God the Creator and His people, that He, the ONLY True God, sanctifies them.
According to 2 Tim 2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Such should be ashamed to be IGNORANT of that FACT of the Word of God. They should be ashamed to prefer Xmas and Easter, the Christianized heathen and pagan holidays, over the Biblical Feasts of the LORD. How long halt ye between 2 opinions?
Child of God, according to the Holy Bible most in 501c3, dispensational, sun god day, pre-trib, the church replaced Israel, and the new testament replaced the old, lala land church folk look like a Baal worshipers. To the Baal worshipers it is time to say - Have a ball on the way to hell, if you want to continue serving Baal, in the vain powerless religion of rationalizing why God did NOT mean what He said. Call your self-righteous spirits of deception the Holy Spirit and you still remain deceived.
The feasts of the
LORD are NOT exclusively Jewish, or things of the past. Indeed,
pastors, potentates, and Pooh-bahs, should be ashamed NOT to
teach that they are Biblical, and that they teach about the
Messiah - His first coming (the Spring holidays), the giving of
the Law and the Spirit (the Summer holiday), and the second
coming (the late Summer and early Fall holidays). Such should be
ashamed, for NOT teaching just as Paul taught, "Sabbath and
holidays are a shadow of things to come." Remember, words
like "mere" and "only" were added before the
word shadow in the NON Holy or profane English Bibles. This was
one of many typical intentional efforts to diminish the value of
the Old Testament, which teaches us about Sabbath, and Feasts of
the LORD, and Biblical holidays, and spiritual warfare.
If the apostles were making such a total and drastic break with their Jewish past, why is the New Testament so full of Old Testament citations, references, and quotations, which are made to justify Christian theology? This is especially true regarding the identification of Jesus of Nazareth, as THE Messiah, and Son of God, the second person of the Trinity or Godhead.
Hundreds of direct Old Testament quotations are used to establish the FACT, and cornerstone, of the Christian faith, that Jesus is BOTH Creator and Redeemer, the very "I AM," who spoke to Moses and Abraham. Jesus, God the Son, the second person of the Trinity, is Both Creator and Redeemer. Jesus is the capital "P" Prophet of Deuteronomy 18. Of all the prophets only the Capital "P" Prophet, Jesus, and the little "p" prophet Moses, were given to minister in DOCTRINE. The 12 Apostles that Jesus chose were to establish the DOCTRINE of the Messiah.
Careful study of the Gospels would bring the modern anti-nomians of dispensationalism head on with a MAJOR problem. The Lord Jesus Christ did NOT hint at any such a radical change soon to come, concerning the Old Testament law, during His public ministry. Instead, He specifically denied any anti-law Old Testament interpretation of His ministry.
There is no other way to see Matt. 5:17-19: Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am 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 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.
Why should Jesus tell the disciples "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe ALL things whatsoever I have commanded." Mat 28:19-20. SUCH WOULD BE NONSENSE IF THERE WAS A RADICAL CHANGE BETWEEN WHAT HE TAUGHT AND THE OLD TESTAMENT LAW. Most of what He had spoken would become irrelevant, if there were to be a radical ending of the Old Testament Law. We should see this exactly what dispensational theology does to bring the Strong Delusion and Great Falling Away from THE FAITH.
In fact, the ONLY thing that the New Covenant brought was a BETTER priesthood, with better promises. The big thing the New Covenant brought was the new heart of flesh by the Holy Spirit. His Holy Spirit empowers the keeping of the SAME Royal Law of love, life, and liberty, that Jesus wrote in stone for Moses, now being written on our heart by His Spirit.
It is the SAME with Paul. We see scores of old testament quotes like the clear implication of his citation of Genesis 15:6 and Hab. 2:4 in Gal. 3:6, 11. Paul clearly taught that humans are saved the SAME way under both the Old Covenant and the New. He noted that "David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works." (Rom. 4:6) Then Paul quotes from Psalms 32, which clearly indicates the salvation of the Old Testament was the SAME as that of the New Testament. The role of the law, or obedience, relative to salvation or justification, was the SAME for the Jews before the crucifixion as it is for Christians today, in God's sight. It makes no difference if Jewish tradition, and the oral law, say otherwise.
We can not avoid the fact, that WHEN Paul wrote to Timothy, that the majority of the New Testament did not yet exist. "ALL" scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. And look what he wrote to Timothy in the verse right before that in verse 15 - And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Because the majority of the New Testament had not been written when Paul wrote that, "ALL" Scripture is given by inspiration, and that Timothy had been raised as a believer in the true God through the "holy scriptures," the conclusion is obvious and unavoidable. Paul primarily meant the Old Testament when he wrote this. If the Old Testament is so largely irrelevant to Christians, why would Paul say this? Why would Paul tell us that the record of Israels wandering in the wilderness - "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for OUR admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come." (I Cor. 10:11, I Cor. 10:6, Rom. 4:23-24).
Such FACTS against dispensational theology and its presupposed radical discontinuity between Jewish and Christian FAITH are irrefutable.
This is only the tip if the dispensational iceberg of religious corruption and confusion. However, such facts show how the "new covenant" teachings of so many churches, presuppose a fundamentally flawed general way of interpreting the Bible, which should be rejected.
Most who call themselves Christians today would be quick to tell us that the Jerusalem Council of Acts 15 abolished the Law of Moses. What do you think? Did that Jerusalem Council of the apostles, in Acts 15, put an end to the whole Law of Moses? The majority would say yes. However, since God IS God, we do not get a vote on it. The answer is not related to majority opinion. The answer can ONLY be based upon God Said So, in the MORE SURE word, of the promised seventh purification, in the KJV Holy Bible.
The majority can and will cite texts to attempt to prove that the whole Old Testament law was done away. But what did that Apostolic Jerusalem Council in Acts 15 decide, concerning circumcision and the law of Moses? The Acts 15 The Jerusalem Council, when correctly and truthfully seen, describes circumcision. Circumcision is the ONLY issue under discussion, and not the whole law of Moses. That is the Simple Truth when considering what was made no longer binding on the gentiles.
Acts 15:1 states the issue clearly: "And certain men which came down from Judea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved." This same subject is repeated in Acts 15:5: "But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses." At the council, Peter got up and discussed the gentiles having been justified by faith, and mentioned (v. 10) that a "yoke" should not be placed on the gentiles that the Jews could not bear. The whole law was NOT the subject here, but circumcision was. This should be clearly seen since the context was a general discussion of the justifying role of circumcision.
Paul said much the same as Peter. "But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised: And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:" In Acts 15, in verse 24, we again see the reference to circumcision, "Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:" (The law - WHAT LAW - referred to the Oral rabbinic traditions, and ADDITIONS to that which was written in the bible. It was NOT referring to the law of Moses; but, to that which the rabbis ADDED to the law of Moses.)
The argument in Acts 15:5 is surely not that the Gentiles must be circumcised AND required to obey the law of Moses. It is ONLY about circumcision. The Greek Textus Receptus actually has three verbs in the form of "to run," "to jump," "to laugh," that are not conjugated, which means they will be changed when given a subject, like "I run," "you jump," "he laughs." The actual verbs are 'to be circumcised', 'to charge' and 'to preserve'. In other words, the first is accomplished with a view toward the second. Can you see how clearly that shows the reason it would be done is to PRESERVE the Law of Moses. One could accurately say that the Gentiles are "to be circumcised, and thereby charged with a view to preserving the law of Moses."
I do not like to get this technical; however, it is very important when considering how to interpret Acts 15. For if the main subject was circumcision, and how the gentiles were to be considered Christians, then interpreting this apostolic council to mean almost the whole law of Moses was abolished, is about as deep in error, and about as far opposite from the direction of the truth, as one could go.
The gentiles OBVIOUSLY felt the need to become part of the covenant community of Israel to be saved. That was, in FACT, what brought about the Acts 15 Apostolic council, from the very beginning. Paul publicly withstood Peter in Galatia over that issue. Here, the council considered the church NOT as a new Israel arising out of the rejection of the old, but as Israel being RESTORED, according to God's promise. This is very clear by James referring to Amos 9:11 - In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old. The Jews had disputed among themselves over which laws the gentiles, who wished to obey God, had to observe.
It is interesting also to consider the FACT that the only time that the Lord Jesus Christ ever used violent force, He quoted Isaiah 56. It is interesting to consider what the Lord quoted there, in its full context, and how it does relate to this issue.
Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.
The standard, more liberal, Jewish interpretation of the law, said the gentiles needed only to observe the same four laws that the Jerusalem Council eventually selected, which all come from Lev. 17-18, because (gentile) foreigners were specifically mentioned in them. The important, bottom-line point, is that the four laws the Jerusalem council listed, were NOT arbitrarily, or randomly, picked out of the law of Moses. Those four should NOT be seen as the FULLNESS of all that is still binding from the law of Moses upon Christians. Those four are rightly seen RATHER as what, IN PARTICULAR, allowed the gentiles to be grafted into spiritual Israel, also known as the church of the Lord Jesus Christ, Yeshua THE Messiah.
The Royal Law is called the Royal Law because the King wrote it in stone for Moses. It is the Royal Law because the King, by His Spirit, writes that Royal Law of Love on our heart, when we enter that Strait Gate, by being born again. The 10 Commandments really are 10 simple instructions in real genuine biblical LOVE, 4 how to love God and 6 how to love our neighbor.
So how do we know what has been abolished and what still applies? The best approach is to draw upon Christ's example in the Sermon on the Mount. There we see how He expanded the meaning of two of the Ten Commandments (Matt. 5:21-30). The law against murder became the reality that God does not want us to hate anyone and calls us to walk in forgiveness, and forgive those who trespass against us. The law against adultery applied also to men lusting after women in their heart. Therefore, the basic solution to knowing what still is in force, is whether it can be derived directly or indirectly from the Ten Commandments, since we know they are still in force.
The parts of the Old Testament law which expand upon the general meaning of each of the Ten Commandments are still in force. For example, the commandment against adultery also means the laws against homosexual sex (Lev. 20:13), bestiality (Lev. 20:15-16; 18:23; Ex. 22:19), incest (Lev. 20:17,19; 18:6-14), and fornication (Lev. 22:28-29; Ex. 22:16) are still in force.
The two Great Commandments (Matt. 22:36-40), which are to love God above all and love your neighbor as yourself (Deut. 6:5, Lev. 19:18), should CORRECTLY BE SEEN as a summary of the Ten Commandments. The first four commandments teach us how we are to love God, and the last six teach us how we are to love our neighbor.
Rom 13:8-10 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
It can NOT be overstated that the word is LOVE. The word is NOT feigned affection, or nice, natural, feel good, human emotion. The FACT that Jesus could summarize the law this way, does NOT mean the specific points of His Royal Law have been abolished.
Jesus said, that in the last days, because iniquity would abound, the love of many would wax cold. We have great professors of feigned affection, and natural human emotion, but FEW, very few, who seem to understand the Real Biblical Love, which Jesus taught.
Brethren, "love" MUST be defined as God would have it, not as we humans might want it. Although there is the exception of the two Great Commandments, the Ten Commandments still can be used to figure out what other laws in the Old Testament, are still in force, by seeing if they amplify or clarify the spiritual meaning of the 10 Commandments. This combination of the Ten Commandments, the two Great Commandments, and the various laws of Moses that can be derived from them, make up the Royal Law of Love, Life, and Liberty, in the Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ. It expresses God's will for mankind for any place and time.
We know what laws in the Old Testament are replaced by the BETTER priesthood, by referring to where the New Testament clearly abolishes some law. Then, in turn, we can figure out which laws indirectly were abolished from the ones which plainly have ended. For example, notice Heb 9:9-10 - Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could NOT make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. This scripture, along with Heb 10:1-18, show that the animal sacrifices FOR SIN were abolished. Notice, in particular, verse 18: Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering FOR SIN. The reference to "divers washings" is particularly noteworthy, because it means all the laws tied to ceremonial cleanness were ended. Therefore laws like those that excluded women from Israel's assemblies due to their menstrual periods and childbirth are no longer binding (Lev. 12:4-8; 15:19-33). Because we see the end of the animal sacrifices, FOR SIN, we know that the Levitical priesthood which offered them also has been abolished (Heb. 7:12, 18-19):
For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. On the one hand, there is a setting aside of a former commandment because of its weakness and uselessness (for the Law made nothing perfect), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God. For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
Paul, as well as the Jerusalem Council, plainly say that circumcision is NOT a requirement for Christians (Gal 5:2, 11; Gal. 6:15; Rom. 2:26-29; Col. 3:11; Acts 15:1, 5, 7-11, 23-29). From this we should KNOW clearly what is still in force, the TEN COMMANDMENTS, not 9, not 8, but the Ten Commandments. We KNOW the animal sacrifices FOR SIN, the Levitical priesthood, and the laws of ceremonial cleanness are NOT required because of the BETTER priesthood. The changing of the priesthood means a changing of that law to do away with that part which was fulfilled in the cleansing sacrifice of Messiah.
This principle should make it simple for any Christian to go through the Old Testament 613 laws, and figure out which ones are still in force and which ones are NOT. The Holy Spirit of Truth makes this process simple, and truthful, and free from the deception of those who wrest the scriptures, to make disciples after themselves, to their own destruction.
Take a look at an example of the application of these principles. Let us investigate whether the Holy Days are still binding on Christians. Since they are not mentioned in the Ten Commandments, one could argue that the weekly Sabbath is in force, but the laws about the Feasts of the Lord and Holy Day laws are not. First, let us consider how the festivals are implicitly contained in the Sabbath commandment as annual Sabbaths. A great and most insightful verse regarding the Sabbaths is Exo 31:13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.
That one verse, if you will notice there is an "S" on the end of "My Sabbaths," should speak volumes to you on this subject. In Leviticus 23, we find that "The Lord's appointed times" include the weekly Sabbath and the Holy Days together. While one could object that the time during which the annual Holy Days occur is never actually called "holy," the fact remains that the same regulations against work occur on them as concerning the weekly Sabbath. For example, for the Feast of Trumpets, we have this command: Lev 23:25 Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.
Just as Moses was on holy ground when he saw God in the burning bush, and so he had to take off his shoes, we show that a given piece of time is holy, by avoiding all unnecessary worldly work on that time. We turn away from doing our own pleasure on that day (Ex. 3:2-5; Isa. 58:13-14).
The New Testament scripture, not just the Jews, calls the First Day of Unleavened Bread "for that sabbath day was an high day," (John 19:31), which was on a Thursday in A.D. 30. Why should we believe that Thursday Sabbath and High Day is not holy also? Such days are holy independently of whether any human being recognizes them as such.
The Feasts of the Lord are holy days that honor the Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Days can be, and in fact should be, considered under the fourth commandment. It is just the same as the way the laws against fornication and bestiality are covered also by the seventh commandment. There is every reason to believe the Feasts of the Lord, Holy Day Annual Sabbaths are still binding, so long as no clear abolition is found in scripture concerning them. Since both The Lord Jesus Christ and the early church observed these days, and made mention of them, they are still binding. When we reject dispensationalist principles of biblical interpretation we have no problem to see this. (Acts 18:21; 20:6, 16; 27:9; I Cor. 5:7-8; Col. 2:16; John 2:13, 23; 5:1; 7:10; 7:37; Luke 2:41-43; 22:8).
Now for the final example. No, there is a better idea. Most people, though they may be curious to know how these principles would apply to tithing, would just stop reading right now, and MISS THE MAIN CONCLUSION OF THIS WHOLE SERIES. So let it be sufficient for you to work out that exercise, and you can go to this link for the best that may be in print on that subject, by Brother R. W. Caviness. Here is that link. http://www.moresureword.com/return.htm
Doctrine is to know and understand what God said. Jesus Christ, God the Son, was manifested to destroy the works of the devil. The devil is the father of lies. Jesus is the truth personified. No one could ever compare with Him for knowing and understanding what God said, or teaching and giving others to understand what God said. It was Jesus Christ, the Alpha-Omega, the Aleph-Tav, Creator and Redeemer, the I AM, who spoke to Moses from the burning bush, and gave Moses all that he recorded in the Torah. It was His Holy Spirit of Truth who inspired all of the holy men to write ALL of the Scriptures.
It was His Holy Spirit moving in men to preserve and fulfill Gods promise that we have the Seventh purification of the More Sure written word of God in the KJV Holy Bible. Therefore, when Jesus gives doctrine, (understanding of what God said), that is the best understanding we can have. God can NOT deny Himself. We should test, to know when that understanding is given by His Holy Spirit of Truth. We do not want to think it is by His Holy Spirit, and be deceived by the devils spirits, which seek to counterfeit that Holy Spirit of Truth.
There are some features of Christ's doctrine that have been made especially important by the Lord. Just as He said, we are not to neglect the smaller matters; but, also as He said, the greater matters should NEVER be left undone. The smaller matters should revolve around the more important matters. While we consider large and small matters of righteousness we NEVER neglect or leave undone the WEIGHTIER matters of the law.
Jesus made it clear, that it was a shame that the Pharisees concentrated, and got themselves lost, in the picky little details of their own additions to what Moses had been given to write. They were so lost in their own ideas, their own additions to what Moses had written, that they had left undone, and not even considered, the more important things of God. This is always an indication of spiritual corruption and spiritual decay, when focus is not kept on the MAIN THING.
Jesus said it very plainly, and we better have ears to hear. "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye tithe mint and anise and cummin, and have left undone the weightier matters of the law, justice, and mercy, and faith; but these ye ought to have done, and not to have left the other undone. Ye blind guides, that strain out the gnat, and swallow the camel!" (Matt. 23:23-24)
Brethren, it is up to every single one of us, to do what we can, to bring in the day of big things among us, by keeping the Main thing the MAIN THING. Then our little things also may be done rightly and be well-pleasing to God! For when "justice, and mercy, and faith," are kept most important, they will, of themselves, deal with the smaller matters, and will go far to settle minor questions and picky difficulties.
Brethren, without maintaining our focus on justice, and mercy, and FAITH, it is spiritual bankruptcy, to banter about the smaller matters, It matters NOT how religiously we dig into these picky matters, they will have NO value before God.
So what if the church at Ephesus works, and toils, and sweats, and bleeds, and cries elephant tears of emotion, for His name's sake without growing weary? So what if they have tried the false apostles and opposed the Nicolaitans? It is worth NOTHING, if they were losing their "first love." If we do not get our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ FIXED, by finding His Grace IN REPENTANCE, our Lord will remove our candlestick. God who is Love, who is the LIGHT within us, will be removed. And the saddest thing of all, is that we will NOT KNOW. Our light shall shine no more. The light we have will be the dark delusional deception of the father of lies. We will compare ourselves with ourselves and religiously flatter ourselves. Our testimony for Christ will be a laughing stock, and even cause His Name to be blasphemed among the heathen.
True love is shown by works, doing what God said to DO, just because God said so. What if the works are done without love? "If I bestow all my goods to, feed the poor, and I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profiteth me nothing." (1 Cor. 13:3) Why? Because God IS LOVE. If we are deceived and think we are following His Spirit, while in fact, we are following the very good counterfeit religious spirit, it will profit us NOTHING. Why? That WHY is the answer. It is being done in our deceived vanity because we have lost our "first Love." We think we are rich and increased with rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing. And the Lord Jesus Christ says we "knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked."
So what is the answer? According to what the Lord Jesus Christ said, look at the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith. The highest of those which He gave is FAITH. Faith is to KNOW what God said, and to DO it, just because God said so. That is why faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Faith works by LOVE, and NOT by feigned affection.
Have you read the Word of God the way God said to read it, line upon line, precept upon precept upon precept, every word in order from Gen 1:1-Rev 22:21? Is watching a TV program more important than reading the KJV Holy Bible in a disciplined line upon line precept upon precept manner? Disciples are disciplined ones. Our FAITH honors God. When we pray we talk to God. When we read His Word, God talks to us. What is more important? What can we tell Him that He does not already know? What can He tell us that we need to know?
I do hope you understand that it always comes back to the Word of God. Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Remember your first love, Jesus Christ, whose name is called the Word of God. We have a blessed hope. Our faith is the substance of that hope. Faith works by love not feigned affection. The just shall live by Faith. Luke 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?