Still confused about whether or not to keep the Seventh Day Sabbath?

From an excellent article on The Refiner’s Fire.org 


  1. YHWH established, sanctified and blessed it. (Genesis 2:2,3; Exodus 20:11, 31:15)
  2. It is to be celebrated on the Seventh Day. (Exodus 20:9-11)
  3. It’s one of the Ten Commandments. (Exodus 20:11)
  4. The Shabbat is for everyone, not only for “the Jews.” (Isaiah 56:2-7)
  5. It reminds us of His goodness. (Ex 23:12 and Deuteronomy 5:15)
  6. It was made for men. (Mark 2:27)
  7. It expresses His favor. (Nehemiah 9:14)
  8. It’s a sign between YHWH and His people. (Exodus 31:13,17)
  9. It’s a shadow of the Millenium with Yeshua. (Hebrews 4:4,9)
  10. Yeshua is the Lord of the Shabbat. (Mark 2:28)
  11. Yeshua kept and taught on the Shabbat. (Luke 4:16, 31; Luke 6:6)
  12. It’s a rest for our bodies and a break from the work week. (Exodus 20:10; Leviticus 23:3; Deuteronomy 5:14; Nehemiah 13:19 and Jeremiah 17:21)
  13. It’s a day for worshiping YHWH and reading the Scriptures. (Acts 13:27, 15:21 and 16:13)
  14. It’s a day for preaching the Word and proclaiming the Kingdom. (Numbers 28:9; Acts 13:14, 17:2, 18:4; Matthew 12:5 and John 7:23)
  15. It’s a day for exercising mercy. (Matthew 12:12, 13:16 and John 7:23)
  16. It’s called the holy day and is considered an honor to Him. (Isaiah 58:13)
  17. YHWH’s chosen ones keep it and rejoice in it. (Nehemiah 13:22)
  18. The chosen ones testify against its violation. (Nehemiah 13:15-18,20,21 and Jeremiah 17:27)
  19. The Shabbat is perpetual. (Exodus 31:16 and Matthew 5:17,18)
  20. Blessed are those who honor it and keep it. (Isaiah 56:2, 6; 58:13,14)
  21. The wicked profane the Shabbat and find it a burden and do whatever they pleasure on it, including work on Shabbat. (Nehemiah 13:15-17, Isaiah 56:2 and 58:13; Amos 8:5)
  22. Yeshua never, ever abolished the Shabbat. (Matthew 5:17-18)
  23. Moses and Nehemiah kept the Shabbat; Yeshua’s disciples kept it, as did Paul and the women. (Numbers 15:32-34; Nehemiah 13:15, 21; Acts 16:13; Acts 13:14; Luke 23:56)
  24. The Shabbat is a “forever” command that can’t be changed. (Deuteronomy 4:2)
  25. The spirit of the beast has changed the Shabbat. (Daniel 7:25)
  26. The Shabbat will be kept in Yeshua’s Kingdom. (Isaiah 66:23)
  27. Yeshua’s followers are those who KEEP the commandments! (Revelation 12:17)
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Still confused about whether or not to keep the Seventh Day Sabbath?

What the New Testament Says About the Commandments

READ YOUR BIBLE!  THE LAW IS NOT ABOLISHED!

[Mat 5:17-18 ESV] 17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

[Luk 16:17 ESV] 17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void.

[Mat 5:19 ESV] 19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

[Mat 19:17 ESV] 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.”

[Luk 1:6 ESV] 6 And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord.

[Jhn 14:15, 21 ESV] 15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. … 21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”

[Jhn 15:10 ESV] 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.

[1Jo 2:4 ESV] 4 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,

[1Jo 3:24 ESV] 24 Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.

[1Jo 5:2-3 ESV] 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.

[2Jo 1:6 ESV] 6 And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.

[Rev 12:17 ESV] 17 Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea.

[Rev 14:12 ESV] 12 Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.

What the New Testament Says About the Commandments

7 Deadliest Signs You are a Hypocrite

joshuainfantadoMay 23, 2018

You and I have been a hypocrite. You don’t believe me? Here are the 7 deadliest signs of hypocrisy you probably don’t know.

Are you a hypocrite?

Jesus Christ or Yahshua our Messiah heavily condemns hypocrisy. He lambasted the Pharisees for being a hypocrite. They received a heavy penalty for the sin of hypocrisy.

The problem with hypocrisy is it is difficult to detect for the person committing it. If you are given a sense of discernment, reading the Bible should be enough for you to determine whether you are a hypocrite or not.

However, in most cases, it takes another person to point it out to the one who is being a hypocrite.

You’re probably thinking by now that you are not a hypocrite, that you are living an honest and pure life. Well, the truth of the matter is that WE ALL HAVE BEEN A HYPOCRITE, including myself. Sadly, we commit this sin without knowing it or even if we already know it, we simply ignore hypocrisy.

For this reason, it is crucial for us Christians to know the signs of a hypocrite. By being familiar with these signs, we will be aware of what to change in our lives and become better followers of God.

In this post, let me share with you the 7 deadly signs of a hypocrite.

Sign no. 1: hypocrites pretend to be someone they are not

The word hypocrite came from the Greek word hupokrites, meaning an “actor under an assumed character” (Strong’s Dictionary). A hypocrite uses a mask to hide his true identity and be perceived by others in a way that he is not.

Hypocrites take the pain and effort to look sanctimonious, divine, and sinless. They want people to believe that they are more righteous than others.

Jesus Christ has this to say to hypocrites:

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.”

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to menbut inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness (Matthew 23:25-28).”

Strong words from the mouth of our Messiah.

Hypocrites are public saints but private sinners. Though they look divine, godly character is far from their hearts.

Job 8:13 tells us:

“… The hope of the hypocrite shall perish.”

Though the hypocrites may triumph for a little while, they will ultimately be discovered. They can only do so much to hide their true character. Soon enough, people will know the truth and they will be known by their fruits (Matthew 7:16).

Sign no. 2: Hypocrites love the praise of men

So, why does a hypocrite puts a great effort to look righteous? Because a hypocrite highly values the praise of men.

Matthew 6:1-2 tells us:

“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise, you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, THAT THEY MAY HAVE GLORY FROM MEN. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.”

You see, hypocrites are after the fame and glory this world could offer. For them, it is the praise and recognition of men that give them value and honor.

Jesus Christ further illustrates how hypocrites love the praise of men. He continues:

“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streetsTHAT THEY MAY BE SEEN BY MEN. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward (Matthew 6:5).”

Hypocrites love to pray and what’s their main purpose? Is it to draw closer to God? No. They pray for hours and hours so that people may see them pray and cause them to think that they are pious and holy people.

Matthew 23:14 adds that hypocrites love to pray long prayers for a show.

Another example how hypocrites attract attention to themselves is through fasting.

We read:

“Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their facesTHAT THEY MAY APPEAR TO MEN TO BE FASTING. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward” (Matthew 6:16).

Yes, hypocrites may succeed in impressing people and getting their praise, but sadly, as Jesus Christ repeatedly mentioned, they have their reward. Instead of obtaining an everlasting reward from God, they settled for the TEMPORARY applause of people.

If what motivates you to do good is to obtain people’s attention and praise, then you a hypocrite. If you only work when your boss is around, if you are just a Christian during church services, if you give something just to impress people, then I’m sorry to say this but you are a hypocrite.

Plain and simple.

Sign no. 3: A hypocrite is more concerned on correcting others than themselves

Another sign of being a hypocrite is that they avidly point out the mistakes of others while ignoring theirs. For a hypocrite, they see themselves as righteous and see others as sinners. Thus, they take it to themselves to correct others.

While hypocrites may be right in identifying sin when they see one, they must first correct themselves before they can correct others.

We read in Matthew 7:3-5:

“And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? HYPOCRITEFirst remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

Jesus Christ is telling us here that a hypocrite is quick in pointing out the sins of others while he is suffering from a bigger and more serious sin.

As what was popularly mentioned, “Practice what you preach.” You can’t expect people to believe you when your life is filled with sin as well.

It was also said, “I rather see a sermon than hear one.”

So, be careful at judging others when you don’t even take the effort of correcting yourself.

Sign no. 4: A hypocrite puts more importance in man-made tradition

In one instance, the scribes and Pharisees were furious to see how Jesus openly violate their tradition. They asked Christ:

“Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread” (Matthew 15:2).

Christ explained to them how they put so much importance on their human tradition that in the process, they violate God’s commandment of honoring their father and mother.

Christ further said:

“You have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition” (verse 6).

Because of a hypocrite’s willingness to look holy to other people, he will desperately think of different ways on how to achieve this. Thus, these hypocrites create man-made traditions to create more opportunities to look pious.

Isn’t this strategy all too familiar today? Let me give you an example. In our country, there are hundreds of fiestas dedicated to different saints. They say it is a time to honor so-called saints, but in reality, they take this as an opportunity to get drunk, stay up late, and play loud music until the rooster crows!

(Be sure to read “The Shocking Reasons We Should Stop Praying to Saints.”)

After going to the church, they would spend the rest of the day in festivities and in most cases, forgetting what they just heard from the preacher.

Sad, but true.

Sign no. 5: A hypocrite’s heart is far from God

Jesus continued His discourse with the scribes and Pharisees by quoting Isaiah.

We read in Matthew 15:8-9:

Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:

‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth,
And honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ”

Hypocrites have mastered the art of lip-service.

They know how to fake it through their words. On the surface, through their flowery and religious words, they seem to be praising God.

But God isn’t interested in what they are saying, but rather God is more interested in the substance of their hearts.

In the same manner, we can go to church services, sing hymns and praise to God, and listen to sermons but if our hearts aren’t right with God, we are simply being hypocritical.

Jesus further cemented His statement on how hypocrites simply value more their traditions rather than keeping God’s commandments. They are experts in “teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”

Hypocrites believe that they can be more righteous than God.

They disregard God’s commandments and replace it with their own invention. This is a sign of their hearts being far from God even if they spend so much time worshiping God, praying, and fasting.

Sign no. 6: A hypocrite forgets about the weightier matter of the law

Hypocrites got their focus on the wrong things. They think much of themselves to the point that they forget what truly matters.

We read in Matthew 23:24:

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the lawJUSTICE AND MERCY AND FAITH. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!”

The scribes and Pharisees are highly meticulous in paying their tithes. They make sure that they have all the calculations right. Even the smallest grain, they still count and put every effort to never overlook anything.

Now, there’s nothing wrong in doing your best in following the law. As a matter of fact, Jesus Christ even said that these are things they ought to do – meaning, they should give their tithes.

(Please be sure to read, 10 Reasons Why I Tithe.)

There’s nothing wrong with the law. If there’s something wrong here, it was their attitude.

They were strict, precise, and meticulous in following the less significant matter of the law while they are careless in observing the WEIGHTIER matters of the law.

What are these? They are justice, mercy, and faith.

They neglected being just to their neighbor.

They forgot to be merciful to others.

And most certainly, they put more faith in themselves than God.

Jesus went on to say that these hypocrites are blind guides who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel! The hypocrites will warn others of every small violation of the law but will not bother correcting them or their selves when it comes to sins with bigger consequences.

They were so strict that keeping the commandments and laws of God has been a burden!

I John 5:3 tells us:

“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”

Now, don’t get me wrong. It is never the intention of Jesus here that we don’t take “little” sins seriously. In fact, He is telling us to beware of both the lesser and weightier matters of the law. We can’t simply be too concerned about little sins and at the same time, forget about the bigger sins.

That would be hypocrisy.

We must be about overcoming every sin in our lives, be it small or big. In doing so, we can avoid becoming a hypocrite.

Sign no. 7: A hypocrite is self-righteous

If it is difficult to identify hypocrisy, wait until you mixed it up with self-righteousness.

The combination of hypocrisy and self-righteousness is FATAL. It can easily make a Christian spiritually blind and terminally deceived.

(Be sure to read 10 DEADLIEST Signs of Self-Righteousness You Probably Don’t Know.)

Matthew 23:29-30 tells us:

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’”

As you can see here, a hypocrite seems to be serving other people but it was never from the heart. They can put up a show of good deeds and yet, they don’t actually want to do it. In truth, they are just forced to do so to please other people.

Here is where hypocrisy meets self-righteousness. Jesus explained that while they are honoring the memory of the prophets, in their heart, they are speaking of how righteous they are.

The hypocrite believes that if they were alive during the time of the prophets, they would not have joined those people who have killed them!

For the scribes and Pharisees, they believe that they will NEVER fall into the same trap of persecuting the prophets. But here they are persecuting the greatest prophet of all time – Jesus Christ!

Because of their self-righteousness, they can’t see that in fact, they are committing the same mistakes that their forefathers committed. These hypocrites think that they are better than their ancestors, but in fact, they are doing the same thing with Christ.

A self-righteous hypocrite would think of themselves as more spiritually superior than others. They are quick to find faults in others while ignoring their own sins.

Final words

Hypocrisy is among the greatest sins of Christians all throughout the ages. It has led many astray. Due to hypocrisy, many unbelievers are turned off to Christianity, thinking that we are no different to others.

Sadly, hypocrisy isn’t just found among members of the Church, but also among its leaders. We have all been hypocrites at some time of our lives. In fact, this sin is a struggle for many of us.

Now, here’s the hope that we all have: hypocrisy, like any sin, can be overcome. You may not successfully eliminate it from your life overnight, but the important thing is that you are struggling against it.

As long as you are putting an effort of eliminating hypocrisy in your life even little by little, God can see your heart and will commend you for that. He is more than willing to help you overcome hypocrisy and live a genuine and blessed life. Just pray and ask for His help.

No one’s perfect but we must aim for perfection (Matthew 5:48). That’s how high God has set the standard that we all should live by.

With these seven deadly signs of hypocrisy, I hope you will have a clearer picture of what it is all about. And by having this fresh insight, you will have a better idea on how to overcome it.


 

7 Deadliest Signs You are a Hypocrite

Obey All Laws?

Here is a good discussion I found on what laws fall into YHVH’s realm and those that do not.  Just a starting point to think about, I found it well written and to the point.

From: https://www.minneapolischurch.net/civil-laws-to-obey-or-not-to-obey

 

Civil Laws – To Obey or Not To Obey?

  1. The Bible commands us to submit to and obey civil government.

    1. Is there a limit to our submission?

    2. If so, how do we determine when to obey and when not to obey?

    3. In grey areas, how do we decide which laws to obey and which to disregard?

  2. Only God has ultimate authority; all other authority is limited.

    1. God is the sovereign ruler over all (1Ch 29:11-12).

    2. God will not give His glory to another (Isa 48:11).

    3. All power was given to Jesus Christ when he rose from the dead (Mat 28:18).

      1. Power is authority.

      2. Authority n. – 1. a. Power or right to enforce obedience; moral or legal supremacy; the right to command, or give an ultimate decision.

      3. Therefore, all authority was given to Jesus.

    4. Jesus is the only potentate (1Ti 6:15).

      1. Potentate n. – 1. A person endowed with independent power; a prince, monarch, ruler.

      2. For a man to claim absolute authority over another person is for him to usurp the office of Jesus Christ.

  1. God requires us to obey principalities, powers, governors, and magistrates.

    1. God has ordained that there be powers, and that every person be subject unto them (Rom 13:1).

      1. Power n. – II. As a person, body, or thing. 6. a. One who or that which is possessed of or exercises power, influence, or government; an influential or governing person, body, or thing; in early use, one in authority, a ruler, governor.

      2. Subject adj. – I. 1. That is under the dominion or rule of a sovereign, or a conquering or ruling power; owing allegiance or obedience to a sovereign ruler or state, a temporal or spiritual lord, or other superior.

      3. For us to resist legitimate government powers who are executing legitimate laws is for us to resist the ordinance of God (Rom 13:2).

      4. This even includes paying taxes (Rom 13:6-7).

        1. Tribute n. – 1. a. A tax or impost paid by one prince or state to another in acknowledgement of submission or as the price of peace, security, and protection; rent or homage paid in money or an equivalent by a subject to his sovereign or a vassal to his lord.

        2. The power to tax is also limited, as is all other power.

        3. If taxes are so high that a person can’t provide for his family, then he must opt for the higher law and not pay them, or at least part of them (1Ti 5:8).

        4. Gideon is an example of this (Jdg 6:3-6 c/w Jdg 6:11-12).

    2. Christians are supposed to submit to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake (1Pe 2:13).

      1. Every ordinance is clearly a qualified every, as will be shown in the remainder of this study.

      2. We should submit to legitimate civil government to silence foolish men who say that we are against government (1Pe 2:15).

    3. Christians are to be subject to principalities and powers, and obey magistrates (Tit 3:1).

      1. Principality n. – 1. The quality, condition, or fact of being principal; chief place or rank; pre-eminence. Now rare. 2. The position, dignity, or dominion of a prince or chief ruler; sovereignty; supreme authority. 3. The sovereignty, rule, or government of the prince of a small or dependent state.

      2. Magistrate – 1. The office and dignity of a magistrate; magistracy. Obs. 2. A civil officer charged with the administration of the laws, a member of the executive government. chief magistrate, first magistrate: in a monarchy, the sovereign: in a republic, usually the president.

      3. This means we have to obey the president when he is executing legitimate laws.

    4. We should render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s (Mat 22:21).

  1. The purpose of civil laws

    1. The purpose of civil laws is to punish evil.

      1. Governors are to punish evil doers and praise them that do well (1Pe 2:13-14).

      2. Rulers are to be a terror to evil works, not good works (Rom 13:3).

      3. Rulers are to execute wrath on them that do evil (Rom 13:4).

    2. God’s law determines what is good and evil.

      1. God’s law is good (Rom 7:12; 1Ti 1:8).

      2. Anything that is opposed to God’s law is evil (2Ki 17:13).

    3. Therefore, we must obey every ordinance of man that forbids and punishes evil, as God defines it.

      1. This would include laws against murder, theft, assault, extortion, rape, sodomy, breaking contracts, etc.

      2. Christians would be also be obliged to obey civil laws against evil things that are “victimless crimes” such as fornication, sodomy, intoxication, and self-mutilation, but they would not necessarily have to be in support of the state making such laws if they thought those laws should be enforced within the local church.

    4. Laws that do not punish evil or praise good are not legitimate laws and we are therefore not required by God’s law to obey them.

      1. If a law is punishing or forbidding something that is not evil, then it is not a legitimate law because it isn’t performing the function for which God ordained civil law (1Pe 2:14).

        1. We are to submit “unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers” (1Pe 2:14).

        2. As – 33. a. With prepositions, as has the general sense of as far as, so far as, and thus restricts or specially defines the reference of the preposition; e.g. as against, as between. as anent, as concerning, as for, as to, as touching (Fr. quant à), have all the sense of ‘as it regards, so far as it concerns, with respect or reference to.’

        3. According to the definition of as unto, we must submit to governors as far as they are executing laws that punish evildoers.

        4. When they go beyond that, and exercise authority not delegated to them by God, we are not required to submit to them.

      2. If a law is punishing or forbidding something that is good, then it is not a legitimate law because it is performing the opposite function for which God ordained civil law (1Pe 2:14).

      3. If a government is praising evil and punishing good doers, then that government is illegitimate because it is doing the opposite of what God has ordained (Rom 13:3-4).

      4. If a government is a terror to good works and doesn’t execute wrath on them that do evil, then that government is illegitimate because it is doing the opposite of what God has ordained (Rom 13:3-4).

      5. If the government is framing mischief by a law (Psa 94:20), then that government is illegitimate and God is against it (Psa 94:21-23).

      6. Governments that call good evil and evil good are cursed by God (Isa 5:20).

    5. Examples of illegitimate and unjust laws

      1. Any law that requires someone to give a marriage license to two sodomites is an illegitimate law which must not be obeyed.

      2. Any law that requires someone to participate in a sodomite wedding or participate in or condone sin in any way is an illegitimate law which must not be obeyed.

      3. Any law or order that sanctions or allows the murder of innocent people such as abortion laws or military orders to kill people who are not aggressing against us are illegitimate and unjust laws which must be disobeyed.

  1. We ought to obey God rather than men.

    1. When a civil law comes into conflict with God’s law, we must always obey God’s law.

    2. We ought to obey God rather than men (Act 5:29; Act 4:19-20).

      1. When the government forbids us to do something God commands us, we must disobey the government.

      2. When the government commands us to do something that God forbids, we must disobey the government.

    3. We should render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s (Mat 22:21).

      1. But not all things are Caesar’s.

      2. We must render unto God the things which are God’s (Mat 22:21).

    4. Examples of obeying God rather than men:

      1. Daniel refused to obey the commandment of the king which said he could not pray to God (Dan 6:7-10).

      2. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to bow down to the idol that Nebuchadnezzar had made (Dan 3:14-18).

      3. The Hebrew midwives refused the Pharaoh’s order to kill the Hebrew babies (Exo 1:17 c/w Heb 11:23).

      4. Esther broke the law by going in unto the king without being called (Est 4:16).

  1. What about laws that are not in direct conflict with God’s law?

    1. Are Christians obliged to obey every ordinance that a government or a bureaucrat dreams up?

      1. What if a mayor decrees that every pedestrian must only low-crawl on the sidewalks in his town?

      2. What if a state legislature passes a law that states that all citizens of the state must dye their hair black?

      3. What if the president of the USA signs an executive order stating that every citizen must eat anchovies on Thursdays?

      4. None of these laws directly conflict with the law of God; so does that mean that we would be required to submit to them? Obviously not.

        1. These laws are not punishing evil and praising good, and are therefore not legitimate laws that have to be obeyed (see Section IV).

        2. These laws would be totalitarian in nature and a lawmaker who enacted and enforced them would be usurping authority which is not his to wield.

    2. Today in the United States of America, it is not humanly possible to submit ourselves to “every ordinance of man” (1Pe 2:13).

      1. “According to the CCH Standard Federal Tax Reporter, as of 2013, it now takes 73,954 regular 8-1/2″ x 11″ sheets of paper to explain the complexity of the U.S. federal tax code!” (Political Calculations, 2-13-2013)

      2. “According to CNS News, there are now 169,301 pages in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is double the number of pages in 1975. ” (Breitbart, 9-11-2012)

      3. If a man spent one hour per day reading just the U.S. Federal tax code and the Code of Federal Regulations, assuming it takes one minute to read one page, it would take 11.1 years to read them (243,255 pages / 60 minutes / 365 days).

      4. This doesn’t even include all the international, state, county, local, and municipal laws.

      5. Keeping every jot and tittle of every law in the USA in 2015 is obviously not what Peter had in mind when he penned this commandment.

    3. Sometimes it is permissible to disobey civil laws.

      1. Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress to hide it from the government (Jdg 6:11-12).

      2. Paul evaded government thugs who were trying to capture him unjustly (2Co 11:32-33).

    4. Sometimes laws should be obeyed for convenience or expediency.

      1. Jesus paid taxes so the government would not be offended (Mat 17:24-27).

      2. We should obey legitimate government laws for the Lord’s sake and conscience sake, not for the government’s sake (1Pe 2:13; Rom 13:5).

    5. Specific examples of laws which do not directly conflict with the word of God, but we are still not obligated to obey:

      1. Laws forbidding gun or gold ownership:

        1. Are Christians obliged by the law of God to turn in their guns if a bureaucrat says they have to?

          1. This ordinance would not be forbidding us from doing something God commands since He didn’t directly command us to own a gun.

          2. But God does affirm our right to self defense (Luk 22:36; Luk 11:21).

          3. A bureaucrat has no right to tell someone else what they can or cannot own, and to do so, he would be usurping authority that belongs only God.

          4. Owning a gun is not inherently evil, so therefore the bureaucrat is not acting as God’s minister by punishing that act (Rom 13:4).

          5. Therefore, Christians are not obligated by God to obey such an ordinance of man.

        2. Furthermore, for a bureaucrat to enact a law which confiscated guns would be for him to break at least two of God’s laws by doing so:

          1. “Thou shalt not steal” (Rom 13:9).

          2. Extortioners shall not inherit the kingdom of God (1Co 6:10).

          3. Extortion n. – 1. The action or practice of extorting or wresting anything, esp. money, from a person by force or by undue exercise of authority or power; an instance of this; an act of illegal exaction.

        3. The same principle would apply to laws forbidding owning precious metals.

      2. Speed limit laws

        1. There is nothing inherently evil about traveling 56 MPH on a public road for which one’s tax dollars paid.

        2. If a bureaucrat prints a sign that says 55 MPH and has a government worker drive it into the ground along the road, does that automatically make traveling at 56 MPH an evil and morally reprehensible act?

          1. If posting a sign makes an act evil, then a bureaucrat posting a sign which says “thou shalt not smile” makes smiling evil.

          2. Passing a law forbidding something that is not evil doesn’t make it evil.

        3. What if a bureaucrat decided that in the interest of public safety the speed limit shall be 1 MPH on all interstates?

          1. Would we be obliged by God to obey that ordinance?

          2. If not, then why would we be obliged to obey another arbitrary speed limit imposed by the whim of a bureaucrat?

        4. Does a law that says “thou shalt not travel more than 55 MPH on this highway” fit the criteria for an ordinance of man that must be obeyed?

          1. In that there is nothing inherently evil about traveling at a speed of 56 MPH, a governor would not be punishing evildoers (1Pe 2:13-14) or being a terror to evil works (Rom 13:3) by punishing people for disobeying this law.

          2. In that there is nothing inherently evil about traveling at a speed of 56 MPH, we are not obliged to be afraid to do it because it is not evil (Rom 13:4).

          3. Our conscience should not condemn us for doing something that is not evil, but if it does, then we should obey the law so that we do not violate our conscience (Rom 13:5), which would be a sin (Rom 14:14,23).

        5. There is a point at which it would become dangerous to oneself and others to travel beyond a certain speed, and to do so would be foolish, which the law of God would then forbid.

        6. This is a grey area, and it is therefore up to every man’s conscience and common sense to decide what that speed is and to stay under it.

        7. It is wise to obey many laws for expedience sake (1Co 10:23). Ask yourself:

          1. Is it wise to put yourself and others at a higher risk for injury if you drive 10 MPH over the speed limit?

          2. Is it worth your time to get pulled over and have to deal with the police?

          3. Is it worth paying an expensive fine and higher insurance premiums for speeding?

          4. Do you want to give the government more revenue by your speeding ticket that they will use to further oppress you?

        8. The same principle can be applied to “crimes” such as jay walking, not licensing an animal, selling lemonade on your lawn without a license, etc.

 

  • In these grey areas, a person’s conscience will have to be their guide.

 

Obey All Laws?

Man Have I Sinned!

You ever find yourself concerned with the cares of world to the point where your whole continence is completely out of sync with Yeshua’s?

I’ve been hating my job lately because of all the politics going on and the place being ran down by incompetent management.  For weeks I’ve been letting it build up and my whole attitude has become like the world, not like Yeshua whom we are called to imitate.

Last night while driving the 50 mile trek home after work, I was listening to two YouTube videos about Tzitzits, one from New2Torah, and 119 Ministries.  I’ve embedded them below.

What YHVH got through my thick head last night was that while I’ve been in His Word, I’ve not been obeying His Word with my actions.

The point was brought home by the videos and the fact that I see the same going on in the Hebrew Roots movement as I complain about in the Christian church who like talking the talk, but not walking the walk.

The Christian church say’s “be like Jesus” but then they refuse to obey his words.

Meanwhile, the Herbrew Roots people (those identifying as the “Lost Tribes of Israel”) refuse to obey concerning His Mitzvot on Tzitzits, etc.

The Tzitzit was given to YHVH’s children in Num 15:38 to remind them of His Mitzvot and was worn by Yeshua, so shouldn’t we also if we are to walk as He did?

[1Jo 2:6 ESV] 6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

Bottom line is this… if you claim to be His, you should be walking as he did or t least trying to.  When you come across a direct commandment YHVH gives to his people (He has only one people, native or grafted in.) in the Bible, try to obey it.

Yeshua wore Tzitzits, do you?

 

 

Man Have I Sinned!

Everyday is my Sabbath!

Well that’s the problem now isn’t it?  Everyday is not YHVH’s Sabbath!

We need to determine which day is the Sabbath before we can keep anything on it.  The Bible clearly states that this is the 7th day that was created by God.

He commands us to observe the day of rest in the 4th Commandment, to not only remember it but to keep it Holy, to sanctify it as God did.

You can see that the Hebrew word used for both acts is the same in the following text.

Gen 2:3 TLV  Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified [H6942] it, for on it He ceased from all His work that God created for the purpose of preparing.

Exo 20:8-10 TLV  “Remember Yom Shabbat, to keep it holy. [H6942]  (9)  You are to work six days, and do all your work,  (10)  but the seventh day is a Shabbat to Adonai your God. In it you shall not do any work—not you, nor your son, your daughter, your male servant, your female servant, your cattle, nor the outsider that is within your gates.

The word Shabbot or Sabbath is still to this day easily recognized and used interchangeably in many languages with Saturday.  There is no language that does so with Sunday.

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Unlike the Sunday Christian, a true believer of the Bible has to conclude that God who created this special day and who specifically named it His Sabbath, a name that is seen throughout the world as affiliated with Saturday (the 7th day of the week) is probably NOT “OK” with us just picking any day of the week to observe as our Sabbath.

I was told at Applegate Christian Fellowship (a Sunday worshiping church and Calvary of Costa-Mesa offshoot) that the important part is that we pick one day a week to rest and reflect on God.  If you have to work Saturday or Sunday, then pick Tuesday or whatever day you have off and make that your Sabbath.  Blasphemy! 🙂

 

Are Christians required to keep the Sabbath?

You tell me.  Do you think God requires Christians to…

  1. Refrain from having other gods before God (YHVH)?
  2. Refrain from creating graven images and bowing down to them?
  3. Refrain from taking God’s (YHVH) name in vain?
  4. To honor your father and your mother?
  5. Refrain from murdering people?
  6. Refrain from adultery?
  7. Refrain from stealing?
  8. Refrain from bearing false witness against others?
  9. Refrain from coveting?

Seems Christians would agree that they are required to keep those other 9 commandments, what’s missing from the “Christian” faith?  Oh yeah, commandment number 4, remember the Sabbath to keep it Holy.

I’m guessing that the answer is YES, you are required to keep the Sabbath commandment just as you are required to keep all His commandments.

Does not keeping the Sabbath mean we are not saved?  No.  Does it mean we are sinning against God? Yes.

There will come a point in any truth seeking Christian’s life where they will need to decide between “playing church” and seeking to do the will of the Father.  At that point, you will struggle with the Sabbath because the world is geared against it.

I can attest from my own experience though that if you stand firm in your belief, God will not forsake you.  When I lost my job, I determined that I would not work Sabbath and stated so on my interviews.  In my industry this is unheard of as working Sabbath is just a part of the deal.  Yet I stood for what I believed and was hired on at a better pay despite not working Sabbath.

Trust God, stand firm in His Word and see what happens!

 

Everyday is my Sabbath!

Col 2:14 – Jesus Nailed The Law To The Cross!

Ask just about any Christian if they believe they should keep YHVH’s “Law” and you will likely see them flipping to this verse to prove that the “Law” no longer applies and that we are saved by grace and no longer need to follow the “Law”.

Really?

Colossians 2:14

(ESV)  by canceling the record of debt [G5498] that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

(KJV)  Blotting out the handwriting [G5498] of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

(NASB)  having canceled out the certificate [G5498] of debt [G5498] consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

(TLV)  He wiped out the handwritten record of debts [G5498] with the decrees against us, which was hostile to us. He took it away by nailing it to the cross.

In Cor 2:14 it clearly states that the “certificate of debt” is being removed on the cross, not the decrees or ordinances.

Thayer’s Greek Lexicon describes this record of debt as…

 ...metaphorically, applied in Colossians 2:14 ((where R. V. bond)) 
to the Mosaic law, which shews men to be chargeable with offences 
for which they must pay the penalty.

The Mosaic Law (“The Torah”, or first 5 books the Bible written by Moses) does indeed show us where we have gone astray of YHVH’s will and in doing so we are held accountable for that sin.

Rom 5:12-13 NASB  Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned—  [13]  for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed [G1677] when there is no law.

We “owe a debt” for those sins that the Law made clear to us and in doing so, imputed [G1677] or “put on our account” that which we could not pay.

Rom 6:23 NASB  For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This is what Yeshua took away on the cross… the death penalty charge for our sins of not following YHVH’s commands, His perfect law. (Psa 19:7)

Can we all agree that the purpose of the cross was to remove our sin debt?

Rom 5:8 NASB  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners [G268], Christ died for us.

What was nailed to the cross was the debt you owed for breaking YHVH’s Law… Death!  Paid in full by Messiah Yeshua, the free gift of YHVH.

Rom 6:23 NASB  For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Messiah Yeshua paid that penalty for you, that should you believe into Him you might be saved from the only punishment (death) suitable for the breaking of YHVH’s commandments (Torah) which according to 1John 3:4 is the very definition of sin.

1Jn 3:4 NASB  Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.

Rom 4:15 NASB  for the Law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, there also is no violation.

To teach that Col 2:14 proves that YHVH’s Torah has been replaced with Yeshua’s sacrifice on the cross, is an absolute false teaching! 

 

If you read Col 2:14 to say that the Law no longer exists, then you are saying that there is nothing to drive sinners to the free gift Messiah is offering as payment for the death penalty that disobeying YHVH’s Torah imputes.

Gal 3:24 NASB  Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.

Ask yourself this:

  • If the Law is done away with with Yeshua dying on the cross, then what are we repenting from when we turn to Him for salvation?
  • If the law points out what sin is, how can we still be sinners if it’s “done away with”, “nailed to the cross” and no longer relevant?
  • How can Christians on one hand tell would be converts “repent of your sins and accept Jesus” and then on the other hand say that YHVH’s Torah is no longer valid, when it’s what defines the very thing that you must repent of, sin!

Rom 5:19-6:2 NASB  For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.  [20]  The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,  [21]  so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  [6:1]  What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?  [2]  May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?

The Bible teaches very clearly that you are no longer bound to the debt owed for your past sins when you accept the free gift of salvation through reliance on Messiah Yeshua’s (Christ Jesus’) work on the cross.

Nowhere does the Bible say that YHVH’s perfect Torah (Psa 19:7) is no longer applicable. That same perfect law that He promises not even an “iota or dot” will pass away from before the Earth passes away. (Mat 5:18)

There should be no doubt on the matter, considering Yeshua’s own plainly spoken words on the matter…

Mat 5:17 NASB  “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.

Joh 14:21 NASB  “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”

1Jn 2:4 NASB  The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;

Be a Berean, Read Your Bible!

 

 

Col 2:14 – Jesus Nailed The Law To The Cross!