When Pastors Void the Law and Commandments

Pastors have forsaken God’s laws and commands, and in fulfillment of His many warnings and promises, He has forsaken America.

As we look around at even professed Christians, we wonder why Christianity does not keep “believers” out of the worse sins of the world: murder, theft, fornication, adultery, sodomy, &c. We see even adulterers and sodomites claiming to be good Christians who are growing in the Lord. Obviously, they are serving the god of their own belly, for it is not the God of Scripture.

We should be very distressed over the lack of the fear of God, as many professed Christians ignore what is required of them, and even militate against the laws of holiness as given in the Commandments.

Jude commands that we contend for the faith as it was once delivered to the Old Testament saints. He warns of the ungodly men who creep in unawares, and are determined to undermine the truth; they try to convince us that the law and commandments no longer apply in the “age of grace”. But they ignore the fact that the “age of grace” started in the Garden, and will last until time is no more.

It is clear that people today, even God’s people, do not fear God. As the fear of God has disappeared from Christianity, it has disappeared from the world. The result is that adultery, fornication, drunkenness, theft, murder (abortion) and all kinds of evil, including self-seeking power, have replaced the fear of God.

Why is there no longer any fear of God, even in those who claim to be God’s people?

The answer is found in Exodus 20:18 And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. 19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. 20 And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.

The fear expressed in v. 20 did not suddenly appear, as we see from the events leading up to v. 20. We will follow the events starting in Chapter 19.

19:1-6, God promises to make his redeemed people a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation if they “will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant.” Though the Commandments were already known, they had not been written down yet.

19:8, the people lightly and glibly said, All that the Lord hath spoken we will do.

19:9-15, the Lord called Moses up on the mountain, and charged him to warn the people against approaching the mountain. Moses went back to the people, and commanded death to any living thing that might touch the mountain.

19:16-25, Moses went back up on the Mount, and God sent him back again to warn the people not to touch the mountain under penalty of sure death.

V. 23, Moses reminds the Lord that he had already charged the people not to touch the Mount, but the Lord sent him back again to warn them anyway.

Chapter 19 shows us that the people at this point had no fear of God. They knew of His power, for He had destroyed Egypt; now He promises that if they will obey Him, they will be His special people, to which they quickly agree. In other words, they considered themselves special, and had no fear of Him.

In Chapter 20, the commandments are given in the hearing of all the people.

20:18-21, after hearing the commandments and seeing the power of God exhibited, they feared God, and asked for a mediator.

Conclusion:

Vv. 22-26, the people considered God “the man upstairs” who would see them safely through this life to the promised land with little or no problems. They did not fear God until they saw the majesty of God, and heard His commandments. Then they realized they must have a mediator.

It is clear that people today, even God’s people, do not fear God. As the fear of God has disappeared from Christianity, it has disappeared from the world. The result is that adultery, fornication, drunkenness, theft, murder (abortion) and all kinds of evil, including self-seeking power, have replaced the fear of God.

When Christians do not see nor understand God’s holiness and fear him, can we expect the unsaved to fear God? Can a person be saved without seeing the Holy God, and his own sinfulness which alone shows his need of the One Mediator?

Without the law and Commandments, man cannot grasp sound doctrine nor God’s holiness.

Exodus is the central passage of the whole of Scripture. It contains the law without which no man can know the mind nor holiness of God. Paul tells us that without the Commandments, we cannot know the sinfulness of man nor the mercy and forgiveness of God through Jesus Christ. The Commandments reveal God’s character. It stops every mouth, and leaves man hopeless without the Mediator.

The mercy, grace and love of God are great doctrines that we love to hear about. But the reasons for these wonderful attributes are based in the holiness of God that is revealed in the law and commandments.

It is the law that shows us our need of God’s mercy and grace, and of a Mediator.

Our lawless situation today is because the law and commandments have not been and are not being taught in the church nor in the home.

Why should we study the Commandments?

I. Exodus 24:12 And the LORD said unto Moses, Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give thee tables of stone, and a law, and commandments which I have written; that thou mayest teach them.

We are commanded to teach the law and commandments. Throughout the Old Testament, we are told that our primary responsibility is to teach the law and commandments to the next generation. That next generation is, of course, our children, but it also includes the next generation of Christians. New converts are to be instructed in the holiness of God, and their responsibility to be holy. Have we not been commanded to “Go into all the world and teach…”?

This responsibility falls to the fathers and to the pastor-teachers of God’s people. They were not given to hang on the wall and admire. The law and commandments are to be meditated on and their implications developed and implemented.

The whole world is responsible to those commandments, or there would be no necessity of going into all the world and preaching the gospel.

Our lawless situation today is because the law and commandments have not been and are not being taught in the church nor in the home.

II. Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

The law defines sin. It reveals the fallen nature of man. It alone makes the sinner a sinner. The fallen nature seeks to be right with God on human levels, and none of them are according to the law. As it did the people of old at the Mount, the law shows the need of the Mediator.

Without the knowledge of sin and fear of God, there can be no Savior.

III. Romans 13:9 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.

The Law and Commandments define the holiness of God, and establishes the standard of holiness for man. (Lev 20:7, 1 Pet 1:15, 16.)

IV. 2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Man’s imagination does not define good and bad, but the law and commandments determine good and bad, for which we will answer to God one day.

V. 11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

The law produces fear of the holy God. Paul said that he knew the terror of the Lord, so he persuaded men not only to salvation in Christ, but to obedience of the faith – that is, to be holy even as God in heaven is holy.

The law of the Lord is not all curses and warnings. It has many promises and blessings. Here are just a few:

Psalms 1 is a well known passages of promises, blessings and prosperity, all conditioned upon delighting and walking in the law and the Commandments.

Psalms 19:7-11, tells us that the law of the Lord is necessary for conversion, wisdom, rejoicing, purity, enlightenment, fear of the Lord, wealth, warning of danger and the condition of great reward. But just admitting the validity of the law of the Lord brings no promises. Rather, the promises come by being doers of the word, and not hearers only.

V. 7, The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: Modern “conversions” are without the perfect law of the Lord, when those “conversions” have no change from sin to holiness. Paganism reigns.

Not only is the law of the Lord necessary to convince men of sin, and to show the need of a mediator, it alone defines holiness, so men can fulfill the command to be holy even as the Lord is holy.

Psalms 37:31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide. Note the very slippery slope toward destruction when the heart is not set on the law of his God. Multitudes of professed Christians are unknowingly slipping toward destruction, taking what is left of the “Western Christian Society” with them.

Psalms 103:17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; 18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them. Knowing and keeping His covenant and commandments results in the mercy of the Lord. Our society is seriously lacking the mercies of the Lord, showing our despite of His covenant law.

Psalms 119:1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD. Failure to walk in the law of the Lord begs for God to remove His blessings, and to replace them with His curses, v. 21.

Psalms 119:98 Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me, 99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. 100 I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts. True wisdom is not found in the world’s profane and vain babblings, which are not only unprofitable, but can only increase one in ungodliness. True wisdom comes only from knowing and doing thy commandments. (1 Tim 6:20, 2 Tim. 2:16, Titus 3:9.) The results of Christians allowing their children to be trained in the world’s profane and vain babblings are now seen in a wicked, antiChrist culture.

More wisdom and understanding than all my enemies, teachers and my elders comes from knowing and mediating on thy commandments, testimonies and precepts.

Psalms 119:110 The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts. It is the knowledge of and the practical applications of God’s precepts that will keep us and the next generation out of the snares of the wicked one.

Psalms 119:142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth. Truth is thy law. Christ said that He is the way, truth and life. Christ was actually the law of righteousness incarnate in the flesh, dwelling among men. He was the perfect picture of the law, commandments and precepts of God in action. Thus, following Christ means following His truth as revealed in the law and commandments.

Psalms 119:163 I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love, Errors and half-truths sound good and are appealing. It is by knowing God’s law that enables us to separate truth from error. Paul repeats this law of v. 163, as he tells us that knowing The Truth prevents us from following error: Ephesians 4:14. (If one would take the time, he could trace down all of these laws into the “Gospel Age of Grace”, though that “Age” started in the Garden.)

Psalms 119:150 They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law. Knowing and doing the law and commandments keeps us and those under our care out of mischief.

Proverbs 4:2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. Good doctrine, including the doctrine of Free Grace, is firmly established in the law, prophets and the psalms. Those who contend for good doctrine and for the faith once delivered to the saints must contend for the law and commandments. How many churchmen contend against the law and commandments by denying its applications for our day?

Proverbs 4:4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. (Pro 7:2.) Knowing and keeping the law and commandments produces life.

Proverbs 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: The law and commandments alone show us how to live and prosper in our fallen world.

Proverbs 10:8 The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall. The prating fool is slow to hear and swift to speak. Instead of receiving good instruction from the law and commands, he fights against it. The result is that he shall fall. There are many such fools operating under the name Christian.

Proverbs 13:14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. The law is the only foundation of life and protection from the snares of the wicked one. Those who reject the law and commandments are subject to captivity by the devil at his will. (2 Tim 2:26.)

Proverbs 28:4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them. They that forsake the law, even unintentionally or through ignorance, prase the wicked, but those who love the law will contend for the truth against the wicked who have forsaken the law.

Proverbs 28:7 Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father. Wisdom is knowing and keeping the law. The church is overrun with fools (anti-wise) today, from the leadership down.

Proverbs 28:9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination. God hates the prayers of those who intentionally ignore the law.

Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. Keeping the law is necessary in order to have a proper vision of God, and to claim His blessings.

Not only are there terrible curses connected with ignorance of and/or ignoring the law, but there are more promises connected with honouring, knowing, teaching and doing the law and the commandments than we can possible develop, so,

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. Ecclesiastes 12:13

* The purpose of the law is to restore God’s glorious and good purpose in creation.

* The purpose of the law is to instill the proper fear of God into not only His people, but into the world. (Matt. 28.)

* The purpose of the law is to produce genuine conversion. Without the knowledge or fear of God, can there be genuine conversion.

* The purpose of the law is to produce holiness, as we are required to be ye holy even as He is holy.

* The purpose of the law is to drive home the need of the One Mediator between God and man, and that mediator is not Moses nor the law as given to Moses. It is The Man, Christ Jesus.

Our conscience is clear in all our sin only because of the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, and purged our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. (2 Cor 5:21, Heb 9:9, 14, 28,10:2, 22, 1 Pet 2:24, 3:18.)

Psalms 36:1 The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.

Romans 3:18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.

Scripture clearly tells us that the lack of fear of the Holy God is a result of not knowing and not teaching the law with its implications and its demand for holiness. God’s holiness has been removed from the Gospel, resulting in no gospel at all. If there is no brokenness over sin, why is a Saviour needed?

God’s holiness has been removed from Christianity, and what is left is no different than what the pagans have. Turning from the path as revealed in the law and Commandments, Christians have replaced God’s law with pagan, humanistic law. They have learned the way of the heathen, allowed their children to be trained in the way of the heathen, followed the way of the heathen, and have turned from the path of Christianity as revealed in the law of the Lord.

Pastors have voided the law and commandments, producing lawless followers, and we are now reaping the terrible rewards promised to the heathen.

– Ovid Need