Few people will doubt but that we live in a lawless and violent age; where moral standards, once held sacred, are being abandoned with impunity. Drug abuse, sex abuse, violence, murder and rape plague our cities. Most will agree that lawlessness is a growing problem. People are becoming ungovernable. The rising cost of crime, and it is the tax payer who ultimately foots the bill, is causing concern throughout society and there seems little the authorities can do to curb it.
An even more sinister trend is developing in the churches of Christendom. Here too we see lawlessness being preached and practiced. Millions of ministers and their congregations are now turning their backs on the law of YaHuWaH condoning behavior which only a few decades ago would have been openly condemned from the pulpit. This is a serious trend: for the church is supposed to teach law and order. Yet today we see prominent church leaders openly attacking the commandments of the Almighty YaHuWaH. On TV, in the press, on radio and now on the Internet, self-appointed prophets, prelates and priests openly admit to breaking divine commandments - held sacred since time began. Shocking sexual misbehavior is now openly flaunted as so-called 'new light,' 'new wine' and 'liberating faith' mock the sacred commandments of YaHuWaH the Almighty Elohim! Millions of Christians believe that they are 'ABOVE THE LAW!'
Strange as it may seem, this upsurge in immorality and lawlessness is not new. It has all happened before. What is new is the world-wide publicity lawless churchmen receive. Never a week passes but another 'spiritual outlaw' is seen in the pulpit or on TV decrying the commandments of YaHuWaH. The church is in the grip of a 'lawless depression' where blatant sin is rampant. Speaking many centuries ago the Almighty said this about the disregard for His Torah (instructions, law) by professed spiritual leaders.
|Isaiah 24:||5: The Earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the Torah, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.
6. Therefore hath the curse devoured the Earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate...
|Zephaniah 3:||4: Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the Torah.|
Does it really matter how people behave in private or public? Do YaHuWaH 's laws still exist and are we expected to obey them? Or are the Messiah? Millions of Christians would answer:
Is this the case? Does being 'under grace' cancel the need to obey the ten commandments?
This is a vital question, the answers to which will determine how you behave and how you will stand on the fast-approaching Day of Judgment. For make no mistake, according to YAHUSHUA the Messiah you will have to answer for all your actions, yes for every idle word, on that awesome day. Ignorance will be no excuse; certainly not after you've read this article.
|Matthew 12:||36: But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
|Revelation 20:||12: And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before YaHuWaH ; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.|
Yes, moral laws are necessary. No society can function properly without rules and regulations. Without laws people soon revert to the level of brute beasts, the 'law of the jungle.' Human society needs rules and regulations. Where there is no law there is anarchy. This fact applies on the road, in the air, in the home, the classroom, the office and the factory. To avoid chaos, law and order is absolutely essential.
Yes, moral laws are absolutely necessary? Every Christian, indeed every believer of all the major religions on earth, will agree that society must have moral standards if we are to avoid anarchy. But who defines moral standards? Certainly we humans cannot. The answer is: YaHuWaH alone has the authority to define moral standards; because He created us. Where does He define moral standards? The answer is He defines moral standards in His Torah. In other words, YaHuWaH 's Torah, as recorded in the Bible, identifies the moral standards He wants humanity to live by. If YaHuWaH 's Torah didn't exist no one would know right from wrong.
|1 John 3:||4: Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the Torah: for sin is the transgression of the Torah.|
The answer is No. Every one of the Eternal's commandments is perfect. All are spiritual, pure, good and complete. They are all faultless. It is unthinkable that the Most High even wrote one imperfect instruction. To harbor such an idea is unworthy of a true believer. Here are a few texts about YaHuWaH 's perfect commandments which the reader will do well to study and remember: because blindly rejecting or attacking the law of the Almighty is courting disaster to say the least.
|Psalm 19:||7: The Torah of YaHuWaH is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of YaHuWaH is sure, making wise the simple.
8: The statutes of YaHuWaH are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of YaHuWaH is pure, enlightening the eyes.
The high level requirements of the sacrificial laws, however, are eternal. They still apply. Let me further explain this little known truth. When a person sins in this day and age he/she must still come to the Almighty with the blood of a sacrifice: for 'without blood there is no forgiveness of sin.' This mandatory parameter (that without blood there can be no forgiveness) is the very reason why those commandments concerning animal sacrifices were given. They were given to teach mankind that the penalty for sin is death; and that forgiveness is only possible if the sinner comes to YaHuWaH with the blood of a substitute. Prior to the Savior's death on Calvary literal lambs, goats and bulls were slaughtered to prefigure the real substitute - YAHUSHUA the Messiah. Those practical lessons mean that if a repentant sinner wants forgiveness from sin, he/she must approach the Almighty with the blood of a sacrifice. In this dispensation (since the Savior's death on Calvary) all we need to obtain forgiveness is faith in the blood of the Lamb of YaHuWaH. In other words before you can find forgiveness from sin, you need faith in the cleansing power of the blood of YAHUSHUA the Messiah. You cannot receive remission (forgiveness, pardon, acquittal, absolution) for your sins in any other way! This is what the Bible teaches. In short, the high-level reality of the Torah on sacrifices (that we need faith in the blood of the Messiah before forgiveness is possible) still exists. It hasn't been done away with.
|Psalm 111:||7: The works of His hands are verity and judgment; all His commandments are sure.
8: They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.
I repeat, the new covenant believer does not need to sacrifice a lamb, a goat or a bull to gain forgiveness. All he is required to do is to confess his sins to YaHuWaH and ask forgiveness in His Son's name. The blood of YAHUSHUA the Messiah (the only begotten Son of YaHuWaH) cleanses us from sin. But, and here is the point I am making, the law that states that forgiveness is not possible without blood, still stands. It is still in force. It is eternal and it applies today. If you want forgiveness now, you must still go to YaHuWaH the Father with faith in the blood of the substitute - YAHUSHUA the Messiah, the Son. See Animal Sacrifices for more information on sacrificial laws.
At their high level, every one of YaHuWaH 's laws is eternal. They will all, I repeat - all, last for all time. Unlike the animal sacrifice laws, many of YaHuWaH 's commandments still apply on both levels. For example the law forbidding adultery. It still applies on the physical as well as the spiritual level. Physically sleeping with another man's wife is as wrong today as it was before the Savior died on Calvary. On a still higher plane that same law forbids 'mental adultery' and higher still - 'adulterating truth with error.' These acts are high level adultery. Other examples of laws that still apply on both levels are:
|Psalm 111:7-8||"The works of His hands are verity and judgment; all His commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness."
|Matthew 5:17-19||"Think not that I am come to destroy the Torah, 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 Torah, 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."|
|Ecclesiastes 12:13-14||"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear Elohim, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For Elohim shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil."|
|Matthew 19:17||"... if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments."|
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