Friday, October 6, 2017

 False Christians and the Law of Moses

There is a trend developing among false Christians that has been in existence since the days of the apostles. The book of Galatians records how gentile Christians were taking up the practice of law keeping.  Paul was angry with these gentiles and wrote this letter to them explaining there error.  In the scripture below Paul says that we are not to entangle ourselves again in the yoke of bondage. 

KJV Galatians 5:1-4
 1.  Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
 2.  Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
 3.  For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
 4.  Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
 What is this yoke of bondage?  It is the law.  Here are some scriptures about the law.

KJV Acts 15:1-6
 1.  And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.
 2.  When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.
 3.  And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.
 4.  And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.
 5.  But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.
 6.  And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.
 7.  And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
 8.  And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
 9.  And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
 10.  Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
 11.  But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
To attempt to keep the law while claiming to be a Christian is a direct violation of what it means to be a Christian.  The law is the yoke upon the neck mentioned above in verse ten.  In Galatians 5:4 above and underlined, plainly states that if you keep the law while claiming to be a Christian you deny Christ as the gospel of Jesus has no benefit for you. 

There are certain false Christian leaders that are using the ancient holy days of Israel to get money from their followers; they are using these days to fleece the sheep to support their expensive life styles.  They teach tithing along with the annual holy days to rake in the money.  They say these days are God's special appointment with you and promise God's blessings upon you if you cough up the money.  I have good news for all people; God does not need or want your money.  These false leaders are liars and are trying to rob you using these ancient days from the old covenant. 

Years ago there was a church called the Worldwide Church of God led by a false apostle, Herbert W. Armstrong, who used these days to collect offerings and taught the payment of three tithes.  Armstrong is dead but splinter groups formed afterwards by the dozens.  All these people are modern day Galatians who put the yoke back on the necks of people and entangle them in the law.  They make Jesus of no effect and deny the gospel of grace.   This Armstrong false teaching raked in the money big time for their false church and some main stream false Christian leaders have taken notice of this and they want to cash in too.  

The law is not the vehicle to bring salvation because scripture says we are saved by grace through faith and not by the deeds of the law.

KJV Ephesians 2:8-9
 8.  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
 9.  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

KJV Galatians 3:11
 11.  But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
 KJV Romans 3:20
 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.

KJV Romans 3:28
 28.  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
Keeping the law will not please God.  Faith pleases God.

KJV Hebrews 11:6
 6.  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Keeping the law denies faith and the works of the law denies grace.  Law keeping denies the work Jesus did; his gospel, his sacrifice.  

Anyone who says that you must keep days and give money is like those Pharisees in Acts 15 or the people in Galatians.  They use scripture to deceive people to deny Christ and this is the method of Satan.  They speak great swelling words of emptiness. While they promise you freedom they bring a yoke for your neck.  These people are antichrist, against Christ, and also against you.  

 This is departing from the faith and denying the Lord Jesus Christ that was predicted to happen in the latter days.  It is the work of Satan; using scripture to deceive.  This Satanic teaching uses old covenant works of the law to supplant the faith and grace of the new covenant thereby deceiving people to deny Jesus and the gospel.  This is antichrist that we heard should come.