Here is an email (at the end of these my comments) circulated by people who hate God and who are spiritually blind and by those who have no comprehension of holiness or morality. God is SOVEREIGN. He is Creator and Lord and King. He is the Lawgiver. The Lawgiver determines the Law; His subjects do not determine for themselves which laws they want to recognize; that is not obedience, but self-pleasure, deluding itself that it is obedience. God does things for His Own Pleasure, after His Own Counsel, according to His Own Will, for His Own Glory. All of our suffering is the result of turning from what God commanded and it is not an excuse to claim that God's ways are "archaic". Those who think so do not believe in God. They believe in a false god they have made in their own mind after their own image. Those who MOCK what God commanded MOCK GOD.
Blessed is the man whom the Lord REBUKES! Because if ye be without rebuke or chastisement, ye are not sons but bastards.
Christ, the Personification of Wisdom declares, He that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul; all those who hate Me love death.
There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
The Word of the Lord endureth forever.
Not one jot or tittle shall pass from the Law
God is Holy. He commanded us to be Holy for He is Holy. That Standard of Holiness cannot change because God is Holy, Perfect, and Immutable, any change would be to unholiness and imperfection. God is Holy and cannot change. Since He said "Be holy for I am Holy", since He cannot change, He would then have to say, "I am Holy and cannot change, but you may now live however you like". He never said such... neither did Christ. Christ, when He forgave, said "go and sin no more." The last books of the Bible written in the NT, the epistles of John, frequently talk about sin, what we should do if we sin, and declares that "sin is trangression of the Law"... all nonsense to talk about if the law was abolished. Christ did not cancel the Law, He cancelled the curse, the sin-debt against His elect who turn from death unto life and obey through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
All sin is a moral issue, including the Sabbath. What part of "Thou shalt" and "thou shalt not" do you not understand? Sin is not merely what sinful man (most Christians included) is willing to recognize as sin, but what God has declared in each command. "Christians" who think they can pick and choose which of God's Law they consider to be "moral issues" and which they determine are not, are no better than nonchristians who think that there is any moral code outside the Bible (and those who think so have not even begun to think, and recognize some man or body of men as gods who have the right to arbitrarily impose their will on everyone else). Likewise, those "Christians" who eagerly (and falsely) label any law they don't want to keep as "ceremonial", are hypocrites and liars, or at best, profoundly spiritually retarded. We are not moral "free agents" and we are not here on a sight-seeing cruise. We are here to serve God and do His Will and those who do not are not of God (but there is always hope that God may convict them through His Holy Spirit and give them repentance unto life).
God does all things first and foremost for HIMSELF, not for us.
God even forgives the sins of the elect of His people who repent FOR HIS OWN SAKE...
I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for Mine own sake,* and will not remember thy sins.” (Isaiah 43:25)
... this does not mean that He does not forgive us for our sake also, but our wishes and desires and needs are second to His... that in all things HE might have the pre-eminence..
all that is screwed up in the world, all that is corrupt, immoral, perverse, that causes suffering and tyranny is the result of humanists who fancy themselves as Christians, attempting to dissect the Word of God like a biology class frog, and like a child who takes apart a clock and then puts it back together and then throws out all the "left over, unnecessary parts"... who think they have the magic touchstone to determine (ILLOGICALLY) which parts of God's Word are "obsolete" and to be discarded... and the inevitable result is that those who continue their unholy work will eventually throw the entire Bible out with the trash. God informs us that Judgment will begin in the house of God (that is, with God's people)--because we His people know better (or ought to, if we obeyed to meditate upon His Law day and night as He commanded, and if we kept the feasts as He commanded in which the entire law was read in the hearing of all the people). Christ said he who did not know his master's will shall be beaten with few stripes, but he who knew (or was supposed to know and was perfectly capable of knowing, but refused to know*) his master's will and did it not shall be beaten with many stripes.
[* --which I call the "Three Stooges Syndrome". One cries out, "I can't see! I can't see!" and when the other truly concerned implores, "Why not?" the first replies, "My eyes are closed!" That describes most Christians. But ignorance is no excuse for disobeying the law and ignorance itself in most cases is a choice.]
Christ's death replaced (but did not abolish), fulling perfectly, eternally the sacrifices for sin / atonement for the elect of God's people who are those who repent (and as evidence of their true conversion, live in obedience to God, repenting when they sin; not pretending that God needs no longer to be obeyed). Christ's death did not abolish the law of gravity or the first or second laws of thermodynamics or any other "natural" law or Divinely revealed law other than those few laws that provided atonement for sins. What was abolished was the CURSE of the Law, the JUDGEMENT--the death sentence that was against us, because Christ bore it in His own body and paid it for us Himself. The dietary laws, economic laws, racial laws, marital laws, sexual relation laws, Sabbaths / feasts, agricultural laws DID NOT HAVE A THING to do with atonement and none of those laws were abolished or "fullfilled" in Christ's death because they had nothing to do with propitiation for our sin, but they have moral foundation and physical reasons why God gave them and Christ said not one jot or tittle shall pass from the Law. If you break a window in your house YOU DON'T THROW YOUR WHOLE HOUSE AWAY AND GET A NEW HOUSE (if you do, you are an idiot), you replace the window.
[Those who think the sabbath and feasts were "abolished" in Christ, don't understand Scripture. Just because Christ is our Passover does not mean we are not to observe that which we were commanded to observe throughout all our generations forever; Passover was not a sacrifice for sins. It was and is an act of obedience, a lesson / illustration, and a memorial—to remind us the consequences of disobedience and rebellion—and God's Powerful and miraculous (to us) deliverance when we repent. When Christ said of communion, "do this in remembrance of me" it was at the end of the feast of passover (which runs concurrent with the first day of unleavened bread, since the passover lamb was to be eaten with unleavened bread and bitter herbs to remind us of affliction and the need for repentance)... if one does not keep passover and yet takes communion he is not doing "this" in remembrance of Christ as He commanded and his keeping communion is doing what he wants instead of what Christ commanded. Just because Christ is our rest does not mean He replaced / abolished the Sabbath, which was commanded throughout all our generations forever. God Himself rested on the Sabbath to set the example and those who think they don't need to honor the Sabbath exalt themselves above God. God would not even allow any work on His own Tabernacle or Temple to be done on the Sabbath--so what work or self-pleasure do you have that is more important that God's Temple (which ye are or are supposed to be; and that Temple is to be Holy, set apart, and dedicated for GOD'S USE the way HE commanded, not as man—self-deluded, self-righteous Christians especially included—wants to live). Christ's death replaced, fulfilled ONLY the part of the Law that dealt with atonement for sins, which the Sabbaths or Feasts did not do. Tell me, how many Christians with the above anti-intellectual arguments eat bread (or any food) and drink water (or any fluid)...? Christ is the bread of life and the living water. If they drink and eat, yet do not obey God and honor the sabbath and feasts, they are hypocrites. Christ is also the true vine, do they eat any fruit, drink fruit juice or wine? We are to be clothed in Christ's Righteousness, do they wear clothes? Christ is the light... do Christians have light bulbs in the houses, headlights on their cars, do they ever use flashlights? Such people do not understand the Scriptures and have not even begun to think. They don't want to, because their vapid anti-intellectual arguments would be shown to be naked, so they engage in talking around the issues, and when they cannot reply, they simply dummy up and continue to live the way they want to. If you read through the books of Judges, Kings, Chronicles (or even Numbers through Deuteronomy or Ezra through Malachi) you will see how hard hearted, sinful, selfish, and godless most Israelites were; and most Christians are no different. They have no desire to obey God unless what God demands is something that they want to do; and thus, they have no desire to obey God at all; God is merely "collateral blessing" in that He is just so lucky to be obeyed the 2% of the time that His people don't mind doing what He commanded.... but like a dog or children, the rest of the time, He is just expected to be quite and leave us alone. And Christians wonder why we are under judgment! (those few who are not so brainwashed they they actually realize that we are under judgment and all of Christendom is about to fall to the savages).]
Scripture says those who say they know God and don't keep His Commandments are liars and the truth is not in them; that is, they don't know God and the Holy Spirit is not in them. This applies to all those who think God abolished His Law, or that they they can pick and choose via "Smorgasbord Theology" WHICH LAWS by their own decree, they think they need to keep, or which they don't mind keeping, and the rest is tossed out in the garbage while they go back to the desert bar for more strawberry shortcake. By doing so, they declare themselves to be God: if they are the ones with the Divine authority to determine whether God needs to be obeyed or whether God was having an "off day" when He thought up and imposed some "senseless" law that "wore out".
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God. Those who don't fear and obey God and don't even care whether or not they may be sinning against Him, don't even know Him (and if they think they do, they are deluded) and have no concept of Holiness, because they are not of God; or at least, God has not yet quickened them to realize the importance of Eternity.
The Westminster catechism asks:
What is the chief end of man?
Answer: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever.”
End does not mean termination. If that were the case man’s chief end would be to lie in the grave and rot.
However, the Westminster catechism obscures the truth of Solomon which it echoes, when Solomon sums up all universal truth in one sentence:
"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 Westminster catechism's wording "enjoy him forever", to those who are in spiritual darkness, may imagine that God is the by-product or tool we use for our own happiness. The only true context is that God blesses those of His sons who live in obedience to His Commandments, therefore, our enjoyment of Him is the result of the blessings He showers upon us as the result of our obedience (which is the by-product of His Spirit actually being in us to give us the desire to obey, and empower us to actually obey).
God is Holy. What He declared to be sin never becomes wholesome behavior. What He declared to be abominations never become holy. What He declared to be evil never becomes good. Let God be true and every man a liar—that is, while God will ever be True, man will ever be untrue—unless man repents and humbles himself and submits to what God decreed. Every knee shall bow. The only difference is whether each will bow out of love and respect and submission; or out of being vanquished as a foe before being cast into Hell. Those who choose to believe that Hell is a myth, will one day repent of their stupidity and arrogance, but it will be too late. Sadly, some people sometimes only learn the value of what they had or almost had, after they lose it forever.
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Why Can't I Own a Canadian?
Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a radio personality who dispenses advice to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22 and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following is an open letter to Dr. Laura penned by a east coast resident, which was posted on the Internet. It's funny, as well as informative:
Dear Dr. Laura:
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them:
When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?
I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15:19- 24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.
Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?
I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?
A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination - Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?
Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?
Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?
I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?
My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? - Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)
I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.
Your devoted fan,