“The Way of The Master”, oh really?

While I love the Brothers at “The Way of the Master” and their efforts to evangelize the lost, I am deeply perplexed at how they “justify” one aspect of their teaching.

I am sure many of you have tuned in and watched Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron on their very popular TV program, “The Way of  The Master”. It is an “in your face” type of evangelism, that in itself, appears to be pretty good and produces some fruit as well. It has even been promoted in the form of a Bible study and now they do conferences throughout the US.

Here is the problem I have, while they approach people on the sidewalk and get these people to examine their life and usually come to see that they ARE sinners in need of a savior, “The Way of The Master” also promotes a false teaching concerning The Sabbath. While the tactics they use to “convict” people by using the Ten Commandments are great, they themselves don’t practice the 4th commandment of God, and by their own admission on their website on this subject, they make several doctrinal errors in their comments on this subject.

 With that in mind, I want to remind them and any of you who fall into this teaching, of the Words of Yahushua, Christ Jesus. From the book of Matthew we find these words;

14Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

 15Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

 16Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

 17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

 18For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

 19Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

 20For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

What my Brothers at “The Way of The Master” are overlooking in this passage [ and they elude to part of it on their site], is the fact of how Jesus said He wasn’t “destroying the law” as in doing away with it completely, which is what TWOTM site suggest, on the discussion of the Sabbath. If that was the case, then their own approach to using the Ten Commandments as a standard to evangelize by, are also made null and void. What Jesus did on the cross was to “establish the law” or “fulfill the law”. Romans 3: 31 says it this way;

Romans 3:31 (King James Version)

 

 31Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

Now I know where TWOTM gets their belief from, which MAKE NO DOUBT, it is flawed, BUT when Christ referred to us being a “light” to the world, HE is saying, by our lifestyle, by our words and actions, we are “establishing the law” or as it says in the NLT, we are “fulfilling the law”.

Now look at what else Jesus said inthe Matt. 5 passage in verse 19;

19Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus tells us that if “Whosever”, that’s anyone,  breaks one of the least commandments and then “Teaches men so”, that person shall be the least in the kingdom of heaven. Listen to this passage from the book of James;

James 2:10 (King James Version)

 

 10For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

This is given as confirmation AFTER the cross, and during the “dispensation of Grace” period that so many claim, that if anyone breaks one “point” or part of the law, he is guilty of them all. James is also referring to the fact of “Loving God and Loving your neighbor” or brother. This is supported in Jesus’ teachings in Matthew again in Ch.22;

 35Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,    36Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

 37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  38This is the first and great commandment.   39And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.   40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Jesus tells us that ALL the law hangs on these two;

FIRST and formost, LOVE GOD with ALL you heart,soul and mind. Jesus teaches over and over that principal . And based on that alone, if we Love God, unconditionaly as HE Loved us, we will walk in HIS ways, thus fulfilling our Faith in Him and it doesn’t become a “burdensome thing”, but it becomes our Lifestyle.

Secondly, we are taught to Love our neighbor. That comes easy to those who are walking in the unconditional Love of The Father, because then we Love them as HE Loves us.

Then, in closing, we don’t become like the “Pharisees” who taught the letter of the Law of Moses, along with hundreds of added on things that they put in[ man-made doctrines]. Jesus said this of the Pharisees;

Matthew 23

 1Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,   2Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:

 3All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.   4For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.   5But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,

 The Pharisees taught one thing to the people, BUT, they themselves didn’t even practice what they taught, THUS doing what Jesus said in Ch5: 19 and also doing what James reminds us in Ch2:10.

I invite anyone to find ONE ABSOLUTE commandment from God or Yahushua, Christ Jesus, that supports the act of rebelling against the 4th commandment of Honoring The Sabbath. The Brothers over at The Way of The Master, would do well to DO WHAT the Masters taught in HIS Word, and not follow after the doctrines of man and traditions of religion. The ONLY acceptable standard is The Plumbline of God, HIS Holy Word !!

You can’t hold one standard over people whom you are trying to reach with the Gospel and NOT live by the same standard. That in the Words of The Master is being a “hypocrit”!!! 

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