The Ten Commandments
Today the Decalogue is being forcibly removed from schools, government institutions and other public places. Having no Moral law taught or displayed cannot be without repercussions as we now find sex, pornography, violence and crime have become accepted as normality in television, movies, music and the internet. If all this moral decay isn't disturbing enough, we now observe Christian organizations with their internet sites exhorting that we no longer have to observe the Ten Commandments. Some of these web sites not only attack the validity of God's law of liberty but also condemn other Churches that do teach loving obedience to the law as Jesus Christ instructed. A few decades ago, anyone claiming the law was abolished was accused of antinomianism. Yet today, we see more and more Christians embracing the thought of not having to obey this magnificent law that God personally spoke and wrote in stone at all. To keep or not to keep? This has become the pivotal issue as we approach the closing crisis of Earth's history.
How can we know the Ten Commandments Bible Truth?
Some Christians have been heard saying, “The Holy Spirit told me we don't need to obey the Ten Commandments anymore.” With so many contradictory teachings, how can one possibly know what is true or false anymore? There is of course only one way and that is the Holy Bible. God's Spirit will never tell us anything that is contrary to His Word. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Hebrews 13:8. The Holy Spirit of God will always be in harmony with the Holy Word of God. The Bible is and should always be our final authority. 2 Timothy 3:16. Pushing aside all other areas of confusion for the moment, let's go straight to the end of the story and read the final word on what the Holy Bible says in regards to these ten great laws written in stone by God Himself. Note from these easy to understand eschatological verses who enters the city gates of heaven and eats from the tree of life and who does not.
Revelation 22:14-15 “Blessed are they that do his Commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.”
Many today are no longer looking for truth, but instead are looking for a smooth, easy, comfortable religion that will allow them to live the way they please and still give assurance of salvation. There is indeed no true religion that can do that for them. One will say the Decalogue is a law of love guiding us in how to love God and man. Another will say there is now a new law in Christ and all we have to do is love one another. And yet still others will say it is no longer ten but nine Commandments or they were all nailed to the cross. So much contradiction yet most do not see Satan at work here. Why would anyone who truly loves God and their neighbour want to abolish God's law of liberty anyway? The question to such people should be, “which of the laws that God wrote in stone do you have a problem with and do not want to obey?” Unless there are one or more laws one does not want to obey, then one should have no problem with the law that Paul says reveals what sin is. (Romans 7:7) And if all we have to do is love God with all our heart and our neighbour as ourselves, does this mean we can take the Lord's name in vain, worship idols or even deny God the quality time of praise and worship He wants from us on His Holy day? What about others; does it mean we can lie, steal, murder, disrespect our parents or sleep with another's spouse? If one loves God with all their heart and others as themselves, they will be obeying every single one of them. This is why Jesus said in Matthew 22:40 after quoting these Old Testament words that ALL the law hang on these two Commandments. Some think the words of Jesus here exclude the fourth Commandment but Jesus was quoting from Deuteronomy 6:5 which reads, “And you shall love the LORD your God with all thine heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.” Did loving God with all thine heart include the fourth then? There can be no doubt as Deuteronomy 6:5 is just seventeen verses after the second reading of the Ten Commandments. See the greatest Commandment for more.
Have the Ten Commandments been changed?
Speaking of the fourth, how many Churches today know that Revelation 13:2 states that Satan through pagan Rome would give power and authority to a Church that changed the Commandments? About 400 years ago every single Protestant Church knew this yet today Satan has succeeded in having almost all lose this truth. Our adversary's primary goal was to have them change the fourth Commandment which Daniel 7:25 informs us would happen. Satan had purpose in this and over 50,000,000 Christian saints were murdered and tortured as heretics during the dark ages and yet most people today have no idea why. See who changed the fourth Commandment.
Jesus while referring to the Ten Commandments used these easy to understand words. Note that in John 14:15, that He is actually quoting from the second Commandment, “If you love me, keep my Commandments.” and in John 15:10, “If you keep my Commandments, you shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's Commandments, and abide in his love.” Jesus obeyed the Fathers Commandments and He asks us to demonstrate our love for Him by doing the same. We also find in 1 John 2:4, “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his Commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” The words of this last verse are something to consider very seriously. For example. What are the implications of not observing God's law considering that Jesus and His Word are truth? (John 14:6 and 17:17) The words of Christ in Matthew 7:21-23 come to mind where He says that not every one that called Him Lord will enter into the kingdom of heaven. He refers to those who claimed to know Him and even did miracles in His name. But Jesus will profess to them that He never knew them and instruct them to depart from Him because they practiced lawlessness. Very sobering words indeed.
Note that all the above verses use the Greek word entole (pronounced en-tol-ay) that is always used when referring to the Ten Commandments in the New Testament, thus one can see how God feels about our loving obedience to His law. 1 John 5:3 “For this is the love of God, that we keep his Commandments: and his Commandments are not grievous.” Satan is the great deceiver that Jesus said if possible could deceive even the elect (Matthew 24:24) and it is he that desires to keep this world in chaos and disobeying our Lord and Saviour. He began attacking the law of God from the very beginning starting with the Commandment that defines worship of our Creator. Timothy warned us that the time would come when Christians will choose not to endure sound doctrine but instead pursue the lusts of the human heart, seeking after false teachers with itching ears and will turn their ears from the truth in preference of fables. (2 Timothy 4:3-4) I firmly believe that scripture reveals that we are in those days now. It is my heartfelt prayer that you glean all you can from these pages with a desire for the real truth. (John 14:6 and 17:17)
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