Why do some Christians object to the keeping of the Law or Ten
Commandments? What is wrong with the law?
Some Christians object to the keeping of the law or Ten Commandments (we
shall refer to the Ten Commandments as the law in this article) for several
reasons; but in so doing they throw out the baby with the bath water.
Their biggest reason for objecting to law keeping is that they think that law
keeping is legalism, and that since the Bible speaks against legalism, the
Bible, therefore, speaks against law keeping.
These objecting Christians confuse the texts that say that we cannot make
it heaven by law keeping with the fact that the law is necessary and ought to
be kept, which the Bible itself tells us that we ought to do, for example,
Paul writes in Romans, (Rom 2:13 KJV) For not the hearers of the law are just
before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
What these well-meaning Christians do not realize is that, while keeping
the law in order to be saved is wrong and impossible; law keeping, and the
necessity of law, are essential, not as a means of salvation, but because
God's universe cannot exist in the absence of law. Everything, including
saints, are governed by law. God is an orderly being, and works within
the framework of law. Jesus tells us that the man's greatest duty is to
Love God and one's fellow man. This is the summary of the law.
Here for example are Jesus' words when asked which is the great commandment in
the law, (Mat 22:37 KJV) Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God
with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. (Mat 22:38
KJV) This is the first and great commandment. (Mat 22:39 KJV) And the second
is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (Mat 22:40 KJV) On
these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Notice that Jesus divides the law into two parts, love to God and love to
one's neighbour. In order words, if we love God we will not commit
idolatry, use his name in vain, nor neglect is holy Sabbath. And if we
love our fellow men, then we will not want to steal from them, or murder
anyone, and so on. In fact, the Bible actually says this precise thing.
Here is Paul again, (Rom 13:8 KJV) Owe no man any thing, but to love one
another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled
the law. (Rom 13:9 KJV) 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.
In the above texts Paul actually says that loving one's fellow man is in
fact keeping the law of God. So you see, my friends, there is nothing
wrong with the law, it is holy, just and good ((Rom 7:12 KJV) Wherefore the
law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good). The problem
is not the law, the problem is man's attitude to the law. Like the Jews
of Bible times, some people today seem to think that by doing things,
whether it be works, or law keeping, one can earn one's way to heaven.
The apostle Paul makes it quite clear, that to hold that belief is to make of
no effect the substitutionary life of Christ. In other words, if we are
to make it to heaven, then it is due only to what Christ has done for us.
And we have had no part in this salvation. The only part that we humans
have is to accept by faith the life of Christ in our behalf.
However, not because we are saved by grace and not by works of the law,
does it mean that we can live rebellious lives and disobey the law. Paul
puts paid that assertion when he says, (Rom 6:15 KJV) What then? shall we sin,
because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. And again
he writes, (Rom 3:31 KJV) Do we then make void the law through faith? God
forbid: yea, we establish the law.
So, my friends, there is nothing wrong with the law of God. It is
beautiful and ought to be our meditation daily, ((Psa 1:2 KJV) But his delight
is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night).
I leave with you the words of Christ, (John 14:15 KJV) If ye love me, keep my
commandments. God bless.
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