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The Law of Christ and Paul

In fundamentalism and its Spirit-filled branches there has be a consistent belief that the New Testament is all that we need as a believer. We are told that the Old Testament is old covenant, and it is not for the Church. We are routinely told that the Law of Moses has been done away with, and that it has been voided out.  And maybe some brave soul has stood up to all of this and declared that the law had a purpose, the law is there to only to show sin – to the sinner.

Paul does tell us in one place that we are not under the law, but in another place Paul tells us that the Law is our schoolmaster, and in another place Paul tells us that the Law is our teacher of sin and of righteousness.  So which is it? Is the Old Testament and the Law banned books for believers as was taught not too many centuries ago and still harbor in our hearts today? Or is it as Paul suggests that the law is indeed our schoolmaster and that we as “New Covenant” believers have to read it, and meditate on it, and as the Holy Spirit opens it up to us be instructed by it? 

Romans 6:14  For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.  What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.  Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

The question then begs to be asked here, how do we know whose servants we are? How do we know whether we are the servants of sin or the servants of righteousness? There are some lists of sin in the New Testament in Hebrews, Romans, I Corinthians, and a few other places. Recently in a Church a 80 something fundamentalist preacher told the class that Hebrew was written for the Jews and that the sins talked about in there were for the Jews. He then said that in the book of Romans the sins listed were not for the Church either that Paul was talking about the Jews. I then asked about the sins listed in the book of I Corinthians to which he coolly replied that is written about the unsaved and it was written for the unsaved to read. Then he read a few verses in his King James Bible with the word  “All” in it to prove that believers were sinless so that Christ and Apostles couldn’t have been talking to us. Now even if we don’t have the same brazen beliefs that this old fool had – deep within out hearts we still believe the same thing and we are every bit as big a fool as he was. The last thing we would ever suspect is that we have something wrong with us. The last thing we would ever suspect is that there is something wrong with our Church. The last thing we would ever suspect is that there is something wrong with our pastor – after all he hears all and knows all from God. He is God’s anointed mouthpiece.

Now if there’s something wrong we somehow instinctively know where to look and it begins with anyone but myself, it goes on in any church but my church and then its any pastor but my pastor. It’s always somebody else. It’s always them and  not us. See if we had been reading the Law we would see it is filled with Thee’s and Thou’s not Them’s and The Other Guy’s.    

Galatians 3:24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Paul says here that the Law was the early Church’s schoolmaster. – That the Law was designed to bring them to Christ, that they might be justified by faith. – How if we have removed the schoolmaster and use in its place the traditions and teachings of men in can we rightly be brought to Christ? 

Well, we came to Christ at an altar call – the Pastor had the weepy music playing and spoke in a sad voice about accepting Christ and made everyone close their eyes and everyone bow their head so someone could sneak into the kingdom and then He prayed with me for 30 seconds and I cried and I was told I was now saved and eternally secure.

Where is any of this in the bible? Please enlighten me and give me the chapters and verses? It’s right next to the scripture about Peter and John dragging around Christ’s pulpit, the other passage that tells us of the miracle offering that Christ took from the 5000 with His large golden offering plates so that he could build his Church without spot and wrinkle.

The truth is that we have thrown out the schoolmaster and with our PC pastors of the past twenty years we have not been able to use the “S” word in Church. We can’t talk about sin in Church because we are told that we will scare off the unbelievers. We are told that should we talk to loudly about sin we might confuse and scare off the weak in the Church as well. And we are told that if we dare not preach that there is sin in this church and pray for the Holy Ghost to come and burn it out we would scare off our seasoned members as well.

And with the schoolmaster dead what do we have in the Church today? We have a salvation without repentance, a regeneration without the any remission of sin. We have crossed into a terrible day. It is a fearful thing to know that there are entire churches and denominations that people have been told that they are saved with a wave of the hand. What has really happened is that these wolves in sheep’s clothing have blinded their hearers with their conceits, and smooth words. They perverted the way of righteousness and corrupted their followers so that in the unlikely event that they do run into the truth they have been so inoculated against it so that they will no longer be able to repent and be converted.       

 1 Timothy 1:8-10 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane . . . and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

Paul says we know the law is good – if a man use it lawfully.  Paul never envisioned a generation that would void the law, and have thrown it aside. In Paul’s day there were no Christians that did not refer to Law. We do so to our peril because we have been told that we have a new and better covenant. We do so because we do not understand that by men renaming and redefining terms they have turned the truths of the Gospels into lies.

Paul says the law is to teach us what is lawlessness.  The law is to teach us what disobedience is. The Law is to teach us what ungodliness is. The law is to teach us what sin and sinners are. The Law is to teach us what is unholy and profane. And the law is to teach us what is contrary to sound doctrine. So if we disregard the law, as has been popularly taught for the last few hundred years – we have gutted the basis for our learning of righteousness, and sound doctrine.       

Romans 2:18 And knowest His will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;

Paul again speaks of the Law. And tells us that our knowing God’s will and ability to recognize the things that are more excellent are instructed to us from reading the Law of Moses.

Romans 3:18-20 There is no fear of God before their eyes.  Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 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.

 One of the lessons that God has driven home to me in recent months is that Christ came to save sinners. And if there is not a knowledge of sin, if there is not a personal revelation that we are corrupt and that this is no clean thing that dwells within us, then Christ can not save us. Did you ever think that it was strange that the Apostles continually expose their shortcomings and speak continually of sin within the church? Why does Paul continually tell us that he is the chief of sinners in the Church? Why does Paul tell us that he fears that he might be disqualified, he fears that he might miss the call of God in his life and that he fears for those in his churches?  Could it be that Paul understood some things that the Word of Faith People of our day understand not?

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness

So what did Paul the Apostle mean by all scripture is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness? Can we arbitrarily remove the Law of Moses as a source for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness?  The answer is God Forbid!  No matter what you PC Pastor or faith teacher may tell you, neither they nor you have no authority to remove the Law from it’s position as our schoolmaster.

Galatians 1:7-9 . . . But (if) there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.  8But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

Paul uses very strong words here. If it is by us, or an angel from heaven preach any other Gospel than what we first delivered unto you let him be accursed and Paul includes himself in that curse.  And on the Law being our Schoolmaster we can see that many Pastors and ministries are preaching another Gospel. Something other than what is plainly said in these verses, and that should scare the hell out of you.  Because most of us have been taught this Old Covenant, New Covenant guff that we should not be wasting our time reading the Law and the Old Testament because they are of little of no profit to us. While many preach and shout about the devil and tell us that they know him on a first name basis and that they talk fuss and cuss at him every day. The Bible tells us that the devil is a single created being. And if he is the god of this world what kind of king does not sit upon his throne? And what kind of king would he be if he spends all day listening to little half-baked preachers that yell and curse at him all the time.

I’ll tell you what he’s doing he’s sitting back in his chair twiddling his thumbs while all the devil boasting first name friends of his are carrying his water for him. This is a fearful day. I am terrified for the church for the judgments I see coming. I have been lied to you have been lied to your pastor has been lied to and if we don’t read the word of God and see past what we have been trained to see it is all over. It is so all over.

Romans 7:7-8  What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.  But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.

This is one of the key questions of our day; Is the Law of Mosses sin unto us? We have been taught that Christ death on the cross nulled out not just the law, but the entire Old Testament. Now if this was so don’t you think that Paul the Apostle would have said so? Instead Paul the Apostle makes this statement without the law sin is dead. From the verses above we can see that if the schoolmaster of law is dead then who or what is to teach the church what is lawlessness and disobedience, ungodliness, sin, unholy, profane unto the Lord and anything that is contrary to sound doctrine?

The Spirit of the Lord spoke in my ear if you want to have the teaching and the doctrines of Paul the Apostle you must read the bible of Paul the Apostle.

If you want to have the teachings and doctrines of Christ you must read the Bible of Jesus Christ.

Read now with understanding the words of David.

Psalm 1:1-3 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

How can our reading of the Law and meditating on it cause us to be like a tree planted by the rivers of water? How can it be that by reading the law and mediating upon it day and night will make us to bring forth fruit in his season and it shall make our leaf to not wither. My pastor taught me that those were the promises to only the overcomers in the book of Revelation.

Psalm 19:7-11 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.  Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

Open now your hearts and receive light, do not become entangled once more with the yolk of bondage.