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Legalism vs Liberalism Part 5

On Sunday mornings, the liberal preacher preaches to the audience made up of some of the biggest sinners in town, and never thinks that it is his job to help these people save their souls. He does not care, for these are the ones who wield the greatest influence in town. Instead of taking a stand for the truth, when it would cost him his nice new parsonage, gas allowance, and six weeks paid vacation; these brethren “play straddle the fence” while the church is polluted and corrupted. When the Devil moves in, the church blows up, and God’s people finally get their eyes opened and move out! The picture of the popular church is seen when the Devil is seen laughing on one side of the fence as he steals God’s sheep and the Lord stands on the other side saying, “cry aloud and spare not.” This preacher looks to his community popularity as he is labeled man of the year or “easy to get along-with.” The Chamber of Commerce praises him for his freedom from bigotry and his broad views. He speaks learnedly and dabbles and babbles in antithetical fields and on occasion, when no dissenters are present, he touches lightly upon some phrase of the gospel. He never mentions Hell. Doctrines against damnation that Jesus preached is out of date and too old- fashion for him. He denies God His justice and wrath as he speaks on God’s mercy, grace and love… And the people love it!! Every service, when the invitation is extended (if it is), nobody ever expects someone to come forward to repent. He lays awake at night trying to figure out how to label differences between right and wrong as “non-essential distinctions” and of “no vital importance.” Unfortunately, sinners confess Christ without having repented, they are baptized in water in a form of mockery and naturally are born dead. New Testament Christianity is of no concern. The worshipper is never introduced to the love that Christ had for His church!
When they advise young preachers, they’d tell them to preach carefully because they don’t want to hurt their position or standing with the eldership, who must a weak on “the issues.” The apostle Jude’s warning to “earnestly contend for the faith” is seen as something that fits another time and another era. Unlike the apostle Jude, some of our brethren are not really sure what that faith is-they’re still trying to make up their minds. A definition of the gospel of Christ to them, is preaching to avoid hurting the feelings of the elders wife’s parents who are not members of the body of Christ, unfortunately, they will not learn it here. If we all went to a doctor concerning health and we ran into a doctor with the same direction in mind, how long do you think we could live under his care? Yet, some of our brothers and sisters seem determined to try to face all odds, fight all obstacles, and attempt to be a savior in a congregation that hasn’t been composed of the saved for a long time, now! He’s like a man with water in the boat, staying in the water, never jumping to safety, he stays in the boat with a teacup emptying the water as fast as he can, thinking that he can save the boat, himself, and his family that attend there! All of us know the end result of the guy in that boat but it’s a shame there’s one person who doesn’t know the outcome and that is the Christians sitting in the pew with all that danger surrounding them, yet is not told in advance the preacher’s intent, without his approval.
Poison can be administered that condemns the soul in many ways. One of the surest ways to leave man condemned is to poison God’s Holy Book. Obviously, a translation that sounds foreign and different and has not had much research done to establish its credibility, is key. How gullible people are when the version of the Bible, or a perversion, is used instead of one that is exacting and demanding? To wrest the Scriptures, to twist, to torture or to turn the minds of the student comes without effort. Never fear my friend, the modern translations are used for a reason and it is up to you and I to love God enough to demand His word or absent ourselves from that assembly!!

Who Are the Jews? Defining Judaism Part 4

It is time for us to learn a little more about Herod, the Great. He was known as “the madman who murdered many priests and his own family, including his wife,” “the evil genius of the Judean nation,” “and the greatest builder in Jewish history.” He was a loyal supporter of Hycrannus II and was named King (basileus) of Judea by Mark Antony. He had to win his throne by waging a 3 year war against Antigonus. He was married to one of Hycrannus’s daughters (whom he later killed), who also was an Hasmonean. He was a convert to Judiasm, an Edomite by ancestry, and brought many priests from Babylon intermixing them with the Jewish priests and their doctrines. His leadership of the Jewish religion was greatly questioned by the Jewish priesthood as he paid for his embellishments by exorbitant taxes which did not go to pay for the operation of the Temple of Jerusalem. He had no loyalty to Moses or that law and like other presidents, some of which we have today, feigned faith in what he did not believe. Interestingly, while Herod was re-building the Temple, he would accept no help from the Pharisees or Sadducees nor the doctors of the Law—he “did it his way.”
In Matthew 2:1-23 Herod is shown to be the King who became known for the “Massacre of the Innocents.” Alarmed at a replacement to his throne, Herod assembled the chief priests and scribes of the people and demanded to know where the Christ child was to be born after he had been informed by the Magi of His birth. They told him, Bethlehem (unlike Joseph Smith of the Mormon religion who said Christ was born in Jerusalem) It is interesting that no other external historical record is given of the “massacre” other than the Bible, yet not question, it is the reason why, in a dream, Joseph, on his return from Egypt, settled in Nazareth (to stay clear of Herod’s son who had been assigned to reign after Herod’s death). Herod killed himself. He always had had trouble with paranoia and depression. After his death, Archelaus was named king but was considered by Rome too incompetent to rule and was replaced by a Roman prelate until 43 A D.. That is how we got Pilate.
The Jewish religion was and is in a mess. After the return from Babylon and the lack of a prophet to give religious guidance, their religion was a combination of what most think of Christianity—a mixture of what they remembered, what they had practiced in Babylon in paganism, and what they added for the convenience of themselves. The priesthood had inter-married with pagans and serious consideration to “being of Aaron’s family” was not considered since none could oblige that were in power. There was a rabid attempt among all the Jews to trace their ancestries back to Jacob for pedigree. Any man who could was known by the title “Hebrew of the Hebrews” and was automatically given a place of supreme honor among the people. This explains the two chapters in the preamble to the ancestoral records of the Christ! One can understand why they who had this ability were immediately enemies of those who could not!! Like Herod, they great cause to destroy their qualified competitor, especially if they, like our Lord was able to “divide the sheep from the goats.” John 8:44
The peaching of Christ is pretty simple: “He that is of God hears God’s words. You therefore hear them NOT, because you ARE NOT OF GOD.” John 8:47 “Jesus answered them, ‘ I told you, and you believed not: the works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. But you believe NOT BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT OF MY SHEEP, as I said unto you. John 10:25-26 Christ taught in many places in parables. The words of our Lord were not for ALL men. To His disciples He said: “unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: but to them it is not given.” Matthew 13:11 “All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables: and without a parable spake He not unto them.” Matthew 13:34

Legalism vs Liberalism Part 4

Simple obedience to what God requires of us-and presenting God’s requirements as law-is not legalism!! There are those who present what they call the love of God as opposition to the commandments of God, thinking God contradicts Himself being overwhelmed by His heart of love-allowing people to do as they desire, instead of as He commands. There are some who suppose it legalism who respect the law of the new covenant, insisting upon obedience to the requirements of God. The New Testament makes it clear that submission to the commandments of God IS the condition of eternal salvation! What seems to bug the dissenter most is the detail. We, who follow the law of God in exactness, demand it!! The divine oracles were never divided into important details and unimportant details. True, there are commandments in the New Testament that do not relate to us, the context would decide that, but who among uninspired men, can decide which command is important or unimportant?
David declared: “all Thy commandments are righteousness.” Psalms 119: 172 It is open rebellion to God question anything He had written! Talk of minor matters of the gospel of Christ being insignificant is atheism!! Complaining because someone, in the judgment of the complainer, is hung up over the details of the Scriptures is opposed to covenant we swore to when we confessed Christ!! Jesus said: “woe to you, scribes and Pharisees; hypocrites! For ye tithe mint and anise and cummin, and have left undone the weightier matters of the law, justice and mercy. Do not follow after their work for they say and do not.” Matthew 23:1-3. The Pharisees were legalist, not because they were careful to keep the law of God, even the details about law, but because they added to the law. Hear Jesus: “ye have made void the word of God because of your tradition. You hypocrites, well spoke Isaiah the prophet of you, saying: “this people honor Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me. But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as their doctrines the precepts of men.” Matthew 15:6-9
We “speak where the Bible speaks’” we say, but sometimes “when the Bible is silent,” we speak anyway. We had surely better be careful not to add to that which is written, or take away from that which God has spoken. The apostle John, by inspiration wrote: “whosoever goes onward and abides not in the gospel of Christ, hath not God: he did abides in the teaching, the same hath both the Father and the Son. II John 9.
Some today are more worried about collecting a paycheck and not nearly as worried about checking in to heaven at peace with God! They define the love of God as compromise and never think of it, as discipline. They’re more interested in making sure that they word their teaching and preaching so exact that no listeners feelings will be hurt, but never worry about hurting God’s feelings! I have never been to a doctor’s office, been given a shot, where whether or not there would be pain, stopped the medicine from being given! It is the doctor’s duty to administer, according to his oath, the right medicine to heal and cure. There is no difference in that and preaching the gospel, if the gospel preacher spends all his time concerned about hurting somebody’s feelings he may start considering to spend a little time not hurting God’s feelings by rejecting God’s word! To cry foul, foul or legalism, legalism as a means of not carrying out the commission of Jesus Christ as he commanded, will never be accepted by God! That was the feature movie in Hell. Who could ever think themselves so important as to think they could make God change His word, just to satisfy them?

Who Are the Jews? Defining Judaism Part 3

When Alexander the great died of a drunken stupor at the age of 32 in Babylon, he had already planned the dividing of his kingdom to his generals who would govern as the Diadochi (the successors). Antipater, Perdiccas, Ptolemy, Seleucus, Antigonius, and Lysemachus. Thus began the Hellenism of the then known world. The “hegemony” or head of these factions was finally re-established in these Greek City States. Of interest to this study, Ptolemy governed Egypt and Seleucus governed parts of Syria and Judea. South of Judea (which had self-governed itself for a while) were the Idumeans. The Idumeans were descendents of Esau, the brother of Jacob the son of Israel therefore the grandson of Abraham. The Idumeans were non-Jews at the beginning who later became what would be known as “the Jews.” During the Maccabean revolt, the Hasmonean dynasty of the Jews were completely overrun and forced to incorporate all the customs of the Jewish society. From this time forward, most scholars admit the distinction of Jew and Idumean was non-existent.
Coming from Babylonian captivity, the Jews who came back to the Palestine area had no distinct prophet or wise men to guide their return to the active faith of Moses. Mixed and intermingled with the sons of Esau, they brought into their practice of religion paganistic customs of Babylon.
This is what Christ came to when He lived in Nazareth. There were two groups of people living cheek to cheek, speaking almost the same language, and reeling under the oppressive yoke of Roman rule. By this time many of the Idumean-Jews had worked their way into the priesthood, bringing along their pagan oral teachings. These teachings were known as the “teaching of the elders.” The two leaders of this “oral tradition” were the Pharisees and Sadducees. This is why our Lord spent so much of His time teaching and re-establishing much of the teaching He had given to Moses. It seems the Edomite element of these Jews utterly rejected Christ. During the centuries that have followed, these people continued to develop and propagate their highly altered form of the ancient Hebrew revelation and form a faith unknown to that of the “pure-bred” Jew. Their faith is now the teachings of much of the Babylonian Talmud. Matthew 15:2,9; Mark 7:3,13.
Judiasm would possibly have expired had it not been for the decree of the emperor of the Khazarian Empire in our modern Ukraine. This mixed Russian, Eastern European, and Mongolian people took to the “teachings of the elders.” When the nation ceased, what had been considered Khazarians were now calling themselves Jews. They have since been called the “thirteenth tribe.” Having been expelled from Constantinople, they developed the Khazar trade and contended with Mohammedans and Christians for the theological allegiance of this pagan people.
It is common knowledge that as of a century ago, most so-called Jews in the world were found in Eastern Europe, with the highest percentage concentrated in Poland. For the second time these “remnant” religious people were hi-jacked with a substantial portion of their faith from sources other than the Hebrew Scriptures. When Rome overthrew Jerusalem in A.D. 70, the ancestral records were destroyed and have never since been in existence. Now, for the second time this people are taken over with no genetic link to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob/Israel, Judah or any other Hebrew. From historical records, 96% of the so-called Jews of today are descended from this Khazarian branch and are of the Khazar tribes of Russia, Eastern Europe and Western Mongolia. The other major sect of Jews are the Sephardic Jews which are a people from the mixing of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, Jebusites, Griganshites, Kenites, Edomites and some (maybe) true undefined true Israelites. All of these above mentioned peoples were the avowed enemies when there was a true Israel!!

Legalism vs Liberalism Part 3

The church has been castigated and the disciples of Jesus accused of not fulfilling their mission for failure to use the power and energy of the kingdom of God in an attempt to correct what someone imagines as a social injustice! The profane proposal was actually made that the church for which Jesus died be prostituted to concern herself over social issues. All attempts to turn the church from her divine mission and involve her in political matters reveals the Sadducean mentality.
We’ve been told that it is a matter of Christian duty, even Sadducees can talk of duty when they are promoting items of social and political concerns, for us to become Christian law-breakers. They have discussed in our hearing those things which will is called “the morality of civil disobedience”, and have undertaken to prove that Jesus and the apostles were nothing more than a social action group mainly concerned with leading demonstrations designed to disrupt the flow of traffic in downtown Jerusalem, this they think would force the attention of the city fathers to the need of programs of things like urban renewal or raise the wages of the date pickers. One would gather the impression from reading the writings of such men that Jesus was crucified for trying to organize a labor union!
We’re all interested, no doubt, in improving society and strengthening our economic order; we are anxious, too, to get a better balance of justice throughout the world; we’re solicitous for the physical welfare of all men and filled with compassion for the hungry of the earth. The Lord Jesus Christ did not die upon the cross of Calvary in order to inaugurate a head start program! The Son of God came “to seek and save the lost,” Luke 19:10, “to give His life a ransom for many,” Matthew 20:28, and He has taught us “to work not for the food which perishes, but for the food which abideth unto eternal life, which the Son of Man shall give unto you.” John 6:27 If it is a matter of emphasis, then let Jesus be the one who emphasizes. Christ requires us “to go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that disbelievers shall be condemned.” Mark 16:15, 16 Salvation is man’s greatest need, and it is so that Jesus pointed all the energy and power of His church in that direction. We must not permit the sacred body of the Lord to be delivered from this divine mission regardless of how worthy some other project may seem to be. We can not be blinded by the “gods of this world.”
Legalism, as reflected in Paul’s old party, continues to be a problem in the church. “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithes of mint and anise, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith.” Matthew 23:23 To careless readers, the passage appears to suggest that Jesus thought the Pharisees were wrong because of their concern over details and obedience to the tithing law of the Old Testament. But the Master went on to say, “these you ought to have done, and not have left the others undone.” The Son of God approved the Pharisees when they tithed such seemingly minor things, but admonished them also to be aware of their duty to follow after justice, mercy, and faith.
The Pharisees were no legalist when they demanded that people keep the ordinances, statutes, and commandments of God’s law. Jesus told his disciples to obey the Pharisees; “the scribes sit in the seat of Moses: all things therefore whatsoever they bid you, these do and observe: but do not ye after their works; for they say, and do not.” Matthew 23:1-4
The Pharisees were legalist, not because they were careful to keep the law of God, even the details of that law, but because they added to the law. Hear Jesus: “Keep My commandments.”

Who Are the Jews? Defining Judaism Part 2

They “think of themselves more highly than they ought.” They are called a “stiffnecked and rebellious people.” They have been given a “strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.” They are people that are spoken of “that He made clay and it was marred in the hand of the potter; so He made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.” “Go to this people and say; ‘Behold, I frame evil against you and devise a device against you: return ye now everyone from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good. And they said. “There is no hope. We will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart.” “Therefore will I do unto this house which is called by My name, wherein you trust, and unto the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh. And I will cast you out of My sight, as I have cast out all your brethren, even the whole seed of Ephraim. Therefore, pray NOT thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to Me: for I WILL NOT hear thee.” Jeremiah 7:14-16
Yet, these are NOT that people we know as Jews!! In the 2nd century B.C. John Hycrannus of the Hasmonean dynasty, took the Kingdom of Judah which came from Babylon (around 536 B.C) with a religion with many pagan elements in it, established a system of oral teachings that Scripture condemns as the “tradition of the elders,” Matthew 15:2-3, conquered a people directly to the south of Judah, the Edomites (descended from Esau) who had been disinherited because the older son of Israel had married a Hittite woman, thus destroying forever the pure genetic pedigree of his descendants, subjugated them and gave them a choice to either die or convert to the religion, language, and culture of Judah!!
This was forbidden by the law of Moses. Deuteronomy 7:1-5; Leviticus 20:24, Joshua 23: 12-13; Ezra 9:1-15; and Nehemiah 13:23-30. With death or conversion, most chose to convert. The true descendant of Abraham chose conversion. Hycrannus had them circumcised and use the laws of the Jews. Dora, Marissa, and Idumea from that day forward kept the entire law of the Jews. The Edomites were incorporated into the Jewish nation, and the whole providence was known as ”Idumea.” As a separated people, the Edomites disappear from the pages of history and are known as Jews. Over the next century as imperial Rome cast its long shadow over the Middle East, these Edomites or Idumeans were gradually absorbed into Jewish society. Many of them, such as Herod, achieved high status, working their way into the priestly and aristocratic classes. Those who leveraged their way into the priestly professions had a strong proclivity for the pagan oral teachings (teachings of the elders) brought back from Babylon. Dominance in the two mainstream religious parties, the Pharisees and Sadducees, was soon theirs to enjoy and capitalize upon.
This situation helps us understand the words of Christ when He lived and walked the hills of Galilee and Judea. There were two groups of people living in the land of Judea. They spoke the same language, were under the oppressive yoke of Roman rule, and were together in that time called Jews.
In A. D. 70, the city of Jerusalem and the Kingdom of Judah was utterly shattered by the Romans. Many survivors were scattered throughout the Roman world, finding refuge where they could. The Edomite element of these Jews, who had utterly rejected Christ, lodged themselves in various enclaves in the Roman Empire including the great city of Byzantium (Constantinople). During the centuries that followed, these people continued to develop and propagate their highly altered form of the ancient Hebrew faith in which the Biblical aspects were almost completely submerged in layers of pagan philosophy and rules. It was during this era that their oral tradition was codified into a written textual form called the Talmud. It has been the foundation of the religion of Judaism for many centuries!!

Legalism vs Liberalism Part 2

The liberal will demand that teaching on obedience is inert legalism and therefore diminishes the respect for God’s authority. This half–breed Sadducee is more dangerous to the truth than might be considered. He appears to be sound in the faith but, in fact, undermines the very foundation upon which the gospel rest!
Everywhere in Holy Writ, we are commanded to be concerned about divine law, and always careful to render to sacred injunctions against intermittent obedience. The Sadducee-like teacher tries to get around any simple requirements of God’s law he does not care for. This tell us that the apostle Paul preached faith, yet denied the principles of the Bible. This is inexcusable ignorance to teach the New Testament with it’s decrees and documents deny that there is a law! The apostle Paul writes under the direction of the Holy Spirit these words; “for I delight in the law of God after the inward man.” Romans 7:22 Again, he writes “to them that are without law, as without law not being without law to God, but under law to Christ, that I might gain them that are without law.” 1 Corinthians 9:21 Again, Paul writes “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 Again, “behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah; for this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord: I will put My laws into their minds and on their hearts also will I write them…” Hebrews 8:8, 10. “He that look into the perfect law of liberty…“ James 1:25, and “if you will fulfill the royal law,” James 2:8 and in verse 12 writes; “so speak ye, and so do, as men that are to be judged by a law of liberty.” It should be impossible for James 2:12 to be ridden out of God’s word: “law and grace cannot exist together.” How could one so judge “the law of liberty!”
You will find that the contemporary Sadducee, like his brother of the 1st century, is interested mainly in right here and right now; they have but little real concern about the future world. They ignore Paul’s admonition,” if then ye were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are upon the earth. For you died, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life shall appear, then shall ye also be with him manifested in glory.” Colossians 3:1 – 2 These modern day elitist are more concerned about social issues and rghting community wrongs than they are about heaven and eternal rewards! They are continually urging us to be involved in such things as mass transportation; feeding the physical body; communication; electricity production; pollution of the atmosphere; hygiene; garbage disposal; the brutal police state; crooked governmental financial officers; and if the ice is melting too fast in the Arctic! They think the method of preaching the gospel is through a man’s stomach, whether he wears the right clothes, and forever for rid yourself of committing the unpardonable sin, which is hurting their feelings about doctrine!!
The church has been castigated about ethnic division more than fulfilling the mission given us by Jesus Christ to use our power, energy, and influence to preach the gospel of the kingdom of God as a means to correct social injustice. All attempts to turn the church from her divine mission and involve her in political matters reveals a Sadducaic mentality. We have been told that it is a Christian duty for us to become Christian lawbreakers. We are to be more interested in leading demonstrations designed to disrupt the flow of traffic in downtown Jerusalem, and thereby forced to the attention of the city fathers to institute a program of urban renewal and raise wages than preach the gospel of Jesus Christ!! One would almost get the idea that Jesus was crucified to rectify social injustice then save the church!!

Who Are the Jews? Defining Judaism

Most of us are very familiar with the name Jew. This is the given name of a people that began to be some 2500 years ago after the creation of man. World history reveals a remarkable story in which one group of people assumed the identity of another. The vast majority of people who are today called Jews are NOT, in terms of strict definition of the term, Jews at all.
The term ”Jew,” actually a later comer to the Old Testament, originally meant one who can genuinely claim genetic descent from Judah, one of the twelve sons of Jacob. It is Hebrew, the word is “Yhadi,” meaning “of Judah.” Later, it was a kind of a slang word given the whole people because the tribe of Judah was the largest numerical tribe among them.
The true people of Judah were a numerous part of the ancient, twelve-tribed Israelites. As you and I know, the name “Israel” means those who belong to God. It was given to them as a reward won from a wrestling match between Jacob and Christ to shore up Jacob’s faith in the wisdom of God. In time, the Israelites divided into two kingdoms. The southern one was called the “Kingdom of Judah,” and the region it occupied, “Judea.” All of its inhabitants, of whatever tribe, were often called Judeans, and in time “Jews.” As time passed, the Northern Kingdom was taken into captivity and scattered to the north and west somewhere around 700 B.C..
The Kingdom of Judah was later taken to Babylon in 586 B.C , where many stayed and never returned to their homeland. Seventy years later a remnant returned, and gradually, with much struggle, regained its status of nationhood. Unfortunately, the religion they returned with had picked up many pagan elements while in Babylon, this gradually evolved into a system of oral teachings that Scripture condemns as the “traditions of the elders.” Matthew 15:2-3 This “good ole boy” religion was what Christ found when He came to dwell in the flesh and bring the Church of Christ into existence. One could just imagine He who was the author of Judaism and the struggles He had to go through when He “came unto His own and His own received Him not.” John 1:12 When the life of Christ is studied, and one does not see the immediate problem which our Lord faced when He came in physical flesh, they cannot see the immediate differences which He taught and that taught by the scribes and elders. There is something else often overlooked in this study. When Jesus referred to the Jews He always told them they were not the people of God!! It rightfully angered them. When He referred to the Temple of God, He was referring to something they no right to occupy and since they could not be blessed as the “people of God” Christ called them children of Satan. John 8:44.
When some of the Jews returned to their homeland they had no prophet from God, no wise man, nor any credible written law they could follow, so, they made up their own. At this juncture in history, an unusual development occurred that muddled the meaning of the words Judah, Judean, and Jew. Int the second century before Christ, a dynamic priest-king of Judah, John Hyrcanus of the Hasmonean dynasty, conquered the people directly to the south of Judah, the Edomites. These people were also known by the appellation Idumean.
The Idumeans were descended from Esau. Jacob-Israel’s twin brother, Genesis 36:8, married a woman named Adah, a Hittite, thus destroying forever the pure genetic pedigree of his descendants. For this, Esau essentially was disinherited. Rebecca, Esau’s mother, was told by God that Esau would serve Jacob before their birth. She was the only human being alive who had this knowledge. When it came time for Isaac to “bless” his sons, his inheritance from Abraham, she had to act. Genesis 25:23

Legalism vs Liberalism

We hear a lot about legalism and we have discussed a whole lot about liberalism. Legalism is a disposition to make laws; liberalism is a disposition to disregard law. The former seeks to bind where God has not bound, and the latter would reduce what God has bound. The both extremes are wrong. The problems of legalism and liberalism confronting the church today are not new, but HAVE EXISTED in all the history of THE Churches of Christ.
The Sadducees of Jesus day were religious liberals and perhaps best known for saying “there is no resurrection neither angel, nor spirit.” Acts 23:8 However, we also know that they insisted upon being free of the judgment of the Mosaic Law. They were determined not to be restricted by legal regulations of any kind. Hence, they repudiated all refining deductions from the law, and appeal simply to the letter thereof, which was easier to circumvent. Jesus had no word of commendation for the Sadducees, only profound reverse warnings, “take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees…. Then understood they that He bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.” Matthew 16:6,12
Some teachers of today are altogether in the party of modern Sadducees in denying the virgin birth, vicarious death, victorious resurrection, venerable ascension; denying also a coming judgment and a future reward, and affirming a this world only doctrine. Such teachers have to have no respect for what is written in the law of God, unless it happens to serve their supervised purpose. Other teachers are liberals with reference to some things only being true to the word in other matters. Some teacher, for instance, might stoutly affirm his faith in the resurrection of Jesus and yet seek to relax the law of God in other areas, labeling teaching on obedience that which would hurt legalism, diminishing respect for God’s authority—and all authority! Such a person is part Sadducean. These half-breed Sadducees is the more dangerous of the two. He appears to be sound in the face, but, in fact, undermines the very foundation upon which the gospel rest.
Everywhere in holy writ we are commanded to be concerned about divine law, and always careful to render to sacred injunctions on obedience. In the sermon on the Mount, where Jesus laid down the foundation principles for His coming kingdom, the master unequivocably declared that obedience to the gospel is the condition of acceptance with God. “Not everyone that saith unto Me Lord, Lord shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that will do the will of My Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21 Both Testaments emphasized absolute necessity of complete obedience; as the apostle Paul by inspiration wrote, “he became the author of eternal salvation to all them that obey, Him.” Hebrews 5:8.
The S and is what you Sadducean like teachers among us today attempt to get around the plain and simple requirements of God’s law. A few of these modern Sadducees have gone so far as to say there is no law for the disciples of the Lord. “Christ died to free man from the bondage of the law principle,” they write. Then they set verses which teach that Jesus died to free men from the Mosaic law, as such verses to you prove their position. When he refuses to see that he who takes his position changes from one law to another law; the termination of the first law does not mean the law principle ended! The apostle Paul by inspiration writes; “for the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus made us free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2 The apostle refers to the law of Christ which makes us free from the law of Moses. A Sadducee of our time, being unmindful of Paul’s statement, must then declare that Paul preached that faith is to deny that that was advocated by law. Such a statement is an absolute foolishness!!

Christianity: The Anointed Ones | Part 24

“Thou hast loved righteousness and hated iniquity,” so explains the great chapter of Psalms 45. These subjects have not been discussed in previous writings. Now, we discuss something that is of utmost importance. The anointed of God have an enviable position higher than any man! Declared by inspiration, be real careful how you deal with the Lord’s anointed!! “Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity (wickedness): therefore God, thy God, has anointed Thee with an oil of gladness above thy fellows.” Psalms 45:7  It is God the Father, that says to the Son here, “Thy throne, O God! Is forever and ever,”as it appears in Hebrews 1:8, Hebrews 1:9, where this is quoted to prove that Christ is God and has a more excellent name than the Angels (messengers of the preceding dispensations). Our mediator is God, else He neither would have been able to do the mediator’s work nor fit to wear the mediator’s crown. Observe the eternity of this promise; it is forever and ever. It would continue on through ages of timelessness, in despite of all opposition of the gates of hell; and in the blessed fruits and consequences of it, it shall last as long as the days of heaven, and run parallel with the line of eternity itself! Perhaps even then the glory of the Redeemer, and the blessedness of the redeemed, shall be in a continual infinite progression; for it is promised “that not only of His government, but of the increase of His government and peace, there shall be no end” (Isaiah 9:7), when the kingdom shall be delivered up to God even the Father. 1 Corinthians 15:24

Whatever Christ does in His kingdom, He does to redress His subjects of any wrong: He hates wickedness. Because He loves righteousness and hates iniquity; He loves us who do righteousness and hates those that do wickedness. By the holiness of His life, the married Kingdom shows the great design of His counsel in what is called “the gospel.” He has made it conspicuously clear, that the sufferings of Christ and those who are in Christ have been established above man! In the commission of His new position as mediator, and the “head” of those that are taken into covenant with Him, He (as well as we), are anointed with the “oil of gladness.” This oil of gladness is the Spirit of God, that divine unction that qualifies us for this undertaking. Isaiah 61:1: “the Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because He has anointed Me.” Called the “oil of gladness,” there is delight that fills Christ in carrying out mediation. In recompense of what Christ did and how He suffers for the advancement of righteousness, He advocates for the righteous in the destruction of sin. He brings divine protection to we who have the joy of being in that exalted estate. So Christ takes it upon himself in His position as mediator, to defend the honor of we who wear His name! As the psalmist David declares, “the Lord’s anointed!!”

This anointing which proceeded from the Father, called “the oil of gladness,” denotes a joy that was Christ. Christ is said “to be above all of His brethren,” We receive of the Spirit by measure, John 3:34, but our position and pre-immanence is above the Angels. The robes of His estate are even declared to smell of myrrh, aloes, and cassia which were typical of the unction of the Spirit which Christ, the great high priest of our profession, received. In His royal palace, and the right hand of the Father, described as Ivory Palaces, we, the brethren of Christ, are again made perfect; who are invited into “the joy of their (our) Lord!” In particular, the appearance of we who have been anointed with the Spirit of God is compared to the splendor of the ladies, which is alluded to here, Psalms 45:9, richly dressed in honor that excel all others. We who have been born from above, who are the children of the King of Kings, who attend the throne of the Lord are Christ daily with prayers and praises, honor Him who is blessed forever more. Our attending this Court of Honor speaks of the church as the Queen herself, His consort, pre-determined by an everlasting covenant, for she was betrothed to Him of old. This church, assembly, our government called the Lamb’s Bride, who is graced with ornaments, called “fine linen, clean and white” (Revelation 19:8), is allowed to enter into the Father’s throne room, covered in the richest array. As we owe our adorning to “the precious blood of the Son of God!” Here, He champions our cause!!