Are Today’s Christians Taking God’s Commandments as Suggestions?

posted by Jael Ever @ 10:54 AM
October 4, 2016

first-of-five-books    The Word “commandment(s)” is in the King James Version of The Bible 333 times in either the singular or plural form.  These times include the first five books of God’s Holy Word, and the last four books of that Same Holy Word. (Actually when one considers that Apostle John wrote his Gospel, three epistles and The Book of Revelation in or after 90 AD, it can be inferred that the word “commandment(s)” is in the last five Books of The Bible as well.

What is surprising to believers today is that this Word is used almost as much in The New Testament as in The Old Testament.  So just why do today’s Christians assume that the Word simply does not mean the same for New Testament believers as it did to God’s people in the Old Testament?  Do they simply assume that in this Age of Grace, God does not mean what He says?

Moreover, several times in Books from Matthew to Revelation, Pharisees and other “religious” leaders assumed they had the right to demand that people obey their versions, manipulations and substitutions of God’s Commandments in The Old Testament.  This is reason The LORD Jesus did not begin His ministry using Jewish temple workers and authorities, because they had substituted the laws of God with the laws of men. For instance look at his dealing with religious leaders on one occasion:

“And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

“This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground,as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

“And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more(John 8: 3 – 11).”

Now actually, the Old Testament Law required that BOTH the man and the woman be stoned.  For instance, Leviticus 20: 10 says:  “And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.”  Could The LORD not have written in the ground: “where is the man”?

Moreover, The LORD Jesus said of the Pharisees and other so-called teachers of The Law: “But he the-ten-commandmentsanswered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.

“But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.

“Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men (Matthew 15: 3 – 9).

However, when The LORD and His Apostles in Books from Matthew to Revelation use the word “commandment(s)”–outside of those times when they speak of the Pharisees, etc.—-they speak of God’s Holy Word to believers, and that Word demands that believers obey that Word or receive the consequences of disobedience.

For instance, The LORD says: “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. . . . 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. 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 . . . 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. (John 14: 21, 15: 10, 15: 12).”  So what is one to assume will happen to those who don’t keep His commandments as stated in wholesale Christian Bibles?

Finally in his epistles, Saint John makes the Biblical meaning of the word commandment(s)clear:  “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him (1 John 2: 3 – 4).” Beloved, we now live in the last of the last of the last days.  People are falling away from churches, perhaps because they sense insincerity of those professing Christianity.  The only way the world, backsliders and unbelievers will ever know true Christianity is if those of us who are truly born again begin to actually love one another without reservation! We best start doing it now before it is everlastingly too late!

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