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Some thoughts on Haiti.

I know that the “popular thing” to do right now is rush down to Haiti and help out. YES, as Christians we should. BUT. what then?
The headlines on MSN.com say that the U.S. is taking the lead in the effort to “aid” this country. BUT, what then?

“I am weary with repenting”, saith The Lord [ Jeremiah 15:6 ]

TRUE healing for Haiti can ONLY come from YAHWEH, whom they have rejected. For over 200 years ago, Voodoo and witchcraft became a main source of power for Haiti, and the current leader has declared it a “religion” acceptable for Haiti. When ANY “king” seeks power from any source but YAHWEH, then scripture is clear of the outcome. People who can’t see God The Father in this, had better WAKE UP. HOW LONG, O LORD, will you put up with a rebel who runs to and fro?

Look Up, you who call yourself Christian, but are not! Your redeemer draws closer. And His Judgement as well!!
The U.S. has a leader who says we are not a nation of Christians. The SAD fact is, he is close to being right. For many have forgone the truth, and run after the things of the world. Calling themself Christian, yet denying the very power there of.
YES, run to Haiti and help those in need. BUT, run with God The Father, as the Healer and Truth. Yes give them food and water, clothing and shelter. BUT, give them The Bread of Life along with The Waters, that they may never hunger or thirst again. Bind up the wound of those who are hurt, BUT release The Healing power of God on the sick. Give them THE TRUTH!! Less we too fall into the snares of the enemy.

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A Man After God’s Own Heart !

A Man After God’s Own Heart!!

 [Sermon Notes from 10-24-09]

There have been many different views of the saying that David was a man “after God’s own heart”. Most teach that it was about the “heart of Worship”, which is derived from the fact of David’s worship, musically of YHWH. Some conclude it to be from the time spent in the hillside as a shepherd. What ever you believe from these two may be the truth, BUT, I want to share with you another look at “David, A man after God’s own heart”.

 

Turn in your Bibles to 1Samuel 24.

Here we find David on the run from King Saul, for as we know from previous scripture, that King Saul had a “spirit” enter him, a “spirit of jealousy” or a “spirit of fear”, driven by “jealousy”. David had become famous in the sight of the people of Israel, because of his defeat of Goliath and the Philistines. Saul felt jealous, as David became more popular than he. Later, Saul sought to kill David. This is where we are with this story here in Chapter 24.

Here we find King Saul had went into a cave to rest himself. Little did he know that David and his men were in this same cave. David’s men began to tell him that God had delivered his enemy, Saul, into his hands. They edged David on to get justice by killing King Saul [ver 3&4] Then David arose and cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe.

NOW, listen to verse 5; “And it came to pass afterward, that David’s heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul’s skirt”.

David’s heart, [ his spirit man, conscience] began to trouble him for what he had done. David told his men that he should NOT do this thing to “my master”, The LORD’S anointed. David’s spirit would not let him kill his enemy.

Beloved, THIS is where David showed that he truly was a man “after God’s own heart”.

In Matthew 5, we find Yahushua, Christ Jesus, giving His famous sermon on the “BE Attitudes”.

 Here Jesus taught us to be “poor in spirit”, that is to say “humble”. David became humble when given the opportunity to kill Saul.

Jesus taught us that if we mourn, we shall be comforted. David’s heart was grieved because of what he had done and was considering doing to King Saul. David found comfort and strength, by not doing what he had all right to do.

Jesus taught us to “hunger and thirst after righteousness” [ Justice] David, in the flesh, had the right to go after and kill his enemy, BUT, the Heart of God is to love your enemy. That is TRUE righteousness.

Jesus taught us to be “merciful”, and in doing so, we would get mercy back. What you sow, is what you reap. If you sow hatred, you get hatred. If you sow love, you get love. David had the chance to sow something, death to an enemy or life to his own soul, by sowing mercy.

Jesus taught us to have a “pure heart”. Boy, that is a hard one, especially when someone is “out to get you”. David’s heart of vengeance was turned into the ” pure heart” of God, by showing love to an enemy, and forsaking the old thoughts of destruction for revenge and gaining the Heart of God, which is Love.

Jesus taught us to be “peacemakers, and they shall be called children of God”. David, knowing that though he had been chosen to be the future king of Israel, recognized that Saul was still The LORD’S anointed one. David became a peacemaker, by walking away from the chance to kill Saul. In doing so, David actually was fulfilling his destiny to be a “child of God” and into his “inheritance” as promised by God.

Jesus taught us that those who are persecuted and reviled by man, for HIS name sake, will be blessed. David certainly had been reviled and persecuted by King Saul, BUT, David knew “who he was and Whose he was”.  Upon discovering the truth of what had happened to him, King Saul recognized that David would become a great king over Israel.

Beloved, we are called to be “the Salt and Light of the earth” [Matt5 :13] If we are who we are called to be, Children of God, then we should strive to become known as a “man after God’s own heart”.

How many times in our own life do we feel that we have been done wrong?

How many times do we feel like “getting Justice”.

A friend of mine once said that, “many people want the God of Justice for someone else, BUT want the God of Mercy for ourselves”.

God’s heart is for us to pray for mercy for our enemy. Then we shall obtain the mercy we want. Then God’s Justice is fulfilled.

When someone has done you wrong, don’t “kill them” by lowering yourself to their standards by gossip, etc. Ask for mercy for them. Father, Forgive Them!!

Can we become like David? Can we get a pure heart? Can we give mercy? Can we become “poor in spirit” which is humble ourself?

When we start doing these things, THEN, maybe we can become known as a “man after God’s own heart”!!!!!!! 

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Rosh Hoshanna or Feast of Trumpets? Which one is for Christians?

While there are some who would say that neither one is for Christians, I will come right out and tell them, “WRONG”. I am going to keep this as simple as possible. Anyone wanting to get into finer points of this subject, feel free to do so. That’s why I posted it as a blog, so it can be discussed.

Rosh Hoshanna was started by man, during the captivity in Babylon.

Feast of Trumpets was instituted by YHWH in Lev.23:24 and called a “memorial” meaning to always be observed.

Rosh Hoshanna points to the sin nature of man.

Feast of Trumpets points to YHWH and the Second Coming of Yahushua, Christ Jesus, who MADE us free from our sin nature.

There are those who say that because Rosh Hoshanna fall on a sabbath this year, that they should not blow the Shofar.

YHWH says in setting up the Feast of Trumpets, “ye shall have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets”!!

Rosh Hoshanna celebrates a “New Year” in the month of Tishrei. Why? In the Hebrew it means “head”, but in the Babylonian language, it means “beginings”. This is in direct conflict with YHWH, as He calls it the 7th month from the month Abib, which He gave to Israel in Exodus 12:2, ” This month shall be unto you the begining of months: it shall be the first month of  the year to you”. So we see that man, because of  the influence of Babylon, turns his back on YHWH and does what is right in his own eyes.

Some of those who celebrate Rosh Hoshanna, believe that the afternoon of Rosh Hoshanna, they are to “cast their sins” into a stream of flowing water, by throwing pebbles into the stream.

Yahushua said to cast them on Him! He already dealt with the sin.

Rosh Hoshanna is an annual “time of reflection”, to deal with sin.

Yahushua has already been Sacrificed ONCE AND FOR ALL who sin. The writer of Hebrews,l reminds us NOT to crucify Christ afresh, not to go back to repentance over and over [Hebrews 6:6]  

I WILL celebrate the Feast of Trumpets, until Yahushua comes back!!

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“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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“A Case of Stolen ID”

  

 I would like to report a crime !!

There has been a case of ID Theft !

That’s right, someone has stolen the ID of a host of people and tries to steal mine too, from time to time.

 

This is and age old problem and has many walking around with a case of “Mistaken Identity”.

 

It all started back in the Garden, you know, when satan tried to confuse Eve and succeeded, by planting a seed of “doubt and unbelief”, which brought a “harvest” of mistaken ID. In doing so, satan was able to steal our authority from us and has kept our minds in a state of confusion ever since.

 

The text for this message today comes from Luke 7 : 9;

 9When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

 

As Jesus was making His way into Capernaum, he was greeted by elders, who had been sent on behalf of a Roman Centurion. They told Jesus what all this Gentile Centurion had done on behalf of the Jewish church and was asking that Jesus would come and heal the servant of this Centurion. As they approached closer, according to Matthew’s account, the Centurion approached Jesus.

Matthew 8:7-9 (King James Version)

 7And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.

 8The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.

 9For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it

 This Roman Centurion recognized the Authority that Christ Jesus walked in.

This is similar in the case when Jesus asked the disciples;

 

 

From Matthew 16;

 13When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

 14And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

 15He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

 16And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

 17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not

revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

 18And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

 19And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and

whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

 

Notice what is said here. Peter, by revelation from the Father, recognized the authority of Jesus by calling Him Christ and confirmed that by saying that Jesus was the Son of the living God.

In both cases, the Centurion and Peter, there comes a moment of blessing as they recognize Jesus’ authority. The Centurion’s servant is healed and Peter is bestowed with the “keys of the kingdom of heaven”.

Those of us who have called on the name of Jesus and have recognized Him as Christ, The Son of the living God, also inherit the “keys to the kingdom of heaven”, along with the power, the authority, that comes with being a “Born Again” child of God.

BUT, the devil comes for but one thing, to steal, kill and destroy. Satan wants to confuse us by stealing our identity, by telling us “You ain’t a child of God”, “You’re just an old sinner”, “you won’t never amount to anything”, “why you ain’t nothing but poor old white trash”. Even Jesus was confronted in such a way when He was in Nazareth, as many said, “why he’s just Jesus, the son of that old carpenter Joseph”.

The devil tries to kill you by stealing your dreams. By stealing your children. By destroying your very identity !

OH!!!!!!! BUT, the devil is a liar and the father of lies.

The Bible tells us in 1 Peter 2;

3If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

 4To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,

 5Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by

 Jesus Christ.

9But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of

him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

 10Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained

 mercy.

Listen to the Words of Jesus in the Book of Revelations;

2: 17  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the

hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that

receiveth it.

 

Beloved, do you hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying here?

You aren’t anything what the devil says, BUT, you are “Living Stones”, “an holy priesthood”, “a chosen generation”, “a royal priesthood”, “an holy nation”, “a peculiar people”, says the Spirit of the Lord !

You are an “Overcomer” and The Lord will give you a “new name” and the only one who will know it is you.

CAN I TELL YOU A SECRET ? That new name is JESUS !!! When Abba Father looks down from Heaven, He no longer sees what satan say’s about you. God, The Father, sees the “new creature” formed in the very image of Christ, covered by the very Blood of Christ.

When you get to know “Who you are and Whose you are”, then you can walk in the very authority that ALL, Born Again, Children of the Most High have been given to us all, who are in Christ Jesus, and HE in us.

Now, I know that some of you may have some problems with this teaching, and that’s OK. You just need to recognize that satan will try his best to keep you from receiving the truth. He will try to shut you down and keep you bound up.

 I know what the doctrines of man teach you in most mainline churches. That’s religion and will keep you bound up in legalistic junk that has no place in The Kingdom of God. The relationship that you grow into as a Child of God, will set you free from that stuff.

 When the devil tries to tell you of your past, you need to remind him of his future.

 When religion tries to tell you that “you are just an old sinner saved by grace” , say WHOA, I am saved by Grace and washed in The Blood of The Lamb. My Father has forgotten my sins, “As far as the east is from the west”.

When the doctors tell you that you have only a few weeks to live, tell them you don’t receive that word, BUT by the Word of my testimony, I have already Overcome death and BY the Stripes of Jesus, I AM HEALED !!!

It’s time The Body get it’s identity back. That the enemy will flee from you, as you remind them of “Who you are and WHOSE you are !!”

 

 

 

 

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What if there is no Rapture?

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What if there is No Rapture?

Dedicated to the Memory of Bro. Eli Mast

 

Brother Eli was one of those elderly men of the Church that you will never forget.        

  Most anytime I would visit him, or go to pick him up for fellowship, the conversation would always gravitate to the subject of “The Rapture”.  We talked about this subject quite often and shared similar believes on a pre-trib Rapture of the Church.

  I went to visit with Bro. Eli a couple of weeks ago and as we were sitting on the edge of his bed, as usual the conversation went to what seemed to be his favorite discussion, the rapture. BUT, this time, with a weak and failing body, he said, “I don’t think I am going to get to see The Rapture after all”. Bro. Eli was ready to go home to meet The Father, and had been as long as I have known him. Bro. Eli did just that, in his sleep on the 9th of March, 2009. For those of you who are into numbers and following the Scriptures, 9 is representative of judgment and also completion. Eli has completed his race!!

 

  A couple of months ago, while bringing the message at our fellowship, I was quickened in The Spirit to ask this question, “What if there is no Rapture? “

Are you ready to meet your maker at ANYTIME?

  With all the stuff going on around us in the world, there is a lot of expectation in the Body of Christ, that, MAYBE the Rapture is VERY CLOSE. Maybe, This Year!

  The problem then becomes, that Yahushua, Christ Jesus, declared that NO MAN knows when this will occur. We are not to lose focus of The Kingdom of God, and get so locked up in world events and thinking on The Rapture. Scripture declares that everyone will be going about in their own daily routines, as in the days of Noah. If anyone had known for sure about the flood, PERHAPS they would have paid more attention to what that “crazy old boat builder” was saying.

 

  This morning, in my time with The Lord, He took me to Hebrews 11, “The Faith Chapter”. Listen to this scripture:

  

     8By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

 9By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

 10For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

As I read that scripture, I was reminded of the question, “What if there is no rapture?” and very much reminded of my dear Bro. Eli.

  As Abraham made his journey into an unknown land, a land of promise and hope for a bright tomorrow, he did so with the focus on “A city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God”. Abraham lived in a strange country, that is to say, a place of unfamiliar surroundings and unfamiliar people. He lived in tabernacles or tent like structures. They were not permanent houses, and that was OK with Abraham, for his Faith and Hope was fixed on a different home.

Here is some more from that chapter of Hebrews;

13These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

 14For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.

 15And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

 16But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

  All the great “Heroes of Faith” died without receiving the complete promises of God, in this place, BUT they all kept their faith in God. If they had thought about it hard enough, in the natural, they probably would have packed up and went back to their more familiar surroundings. BUT, they all confessed that they were “strangers and pilgrims on the earth”. They knew that this place wasn’t their home and that God “Hath prepared for them a city”. The book of Revelations, Ch 21 describes this city. These people desire a “Better country”, one that is “Heavenly”.

  Bro, Eli desired that same place. At 95 years of age, he was focused on his “Heavenly Home”, with his “Heavenly Father”.

From the Book of Genesis 25: 8Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.

 9And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, which is before Mamre;

 10The field which Abraham purchased of the sons of Heth: there was Abraham buried, and Sarah his wife

Brother Eli Mast has met his Maker, face to face, and had longed to do so! He was ready!! The question for you today, “Are you”? Are you ready to meet God the Father right now? It could happen at any minute! One way or the other, you will.

 The Rapture might come anytime. For some of us, we may go before the Rapture. We should live every minute of every day “Rapture Ready”, that is to say, you could go

 

 

Just like that! I paused to show you, at any second, your time could come.

I encourage you that are ready, to hold fast to your Faith. I beg you that aren’t 100% sure, PLEASE , get that way.

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Just What is Legalism ?

Throughout Christiandom, the term “Legalistic” or “Legalism” is used in referrence to any form of biblical law-keeping and should be avoided. The word is used widely , especially against practices as keeping the Sabbath on Saturday or adhering to other laws given in the Old Testament.
However, this use of the word is incorrect. It is not legalistic to obey God’s laws correctly. To be legalistic is to misuse God’s laws in a way they were never intended to be used. Such was the case of the Pharisees’ interpretations, which actually undermined God’s law.
The Pharisees, an excessively strict branch of Judaism whose religious interpretations dominated popular thinking at the time of Christ, were examples of this. They added many of their own humanly devised rules and regulations to God’s laws, which had the effect of misrepresenting and misapplying them.
Their added interpretations of God’s laws so distorted the original intented purpose, that they rendered them ineffective [Matt. 15:6], nullifying them. By following the Pharisees’ interpretations and edicts, the people were no longer following God’s law [John 7:19]
This mistaken view of God’s Law led many to reject Yahushua, Christ Jesus, as the promised Messiah, even though that very law had prophesied of Him [ John 5:39,40 & Luke 24:44]
This was why Christ so strongly condemned the lack of understanding and hypocrisy of the religious leaders of His time. He taught a return to the correct teaching and practice of God’s laws according to their original intent and purpose, and also that He was the promised Messiah.
The apostle Paul also wrote extensively against those who would pervert the proper use of God’s laws. This is particularly apparent in the book of Galatians. What Paul addressed was not the correct keeping of God’s law, which he himself elsewhere upheld [Romans 3:31 ; 7:12,14,22,25], but a claim of justification [ the forgiveness and restoration of a sinner to a state of righteousness ] could be achieved by circumcision and strict observance of the law.
Some false teachers [ Galatians 2:4; 5:10,12 : 6:12-13] subverted the Galatian churches by wrongly insisting that circumcision and the keeping of the law were sufficient requirements for justification and salvation, apart from faith in Yahushua, Christ Jesus.
Paul condemned this bad teaching by stating that obedience to the law has never made eternal life possible [Galatians 3:21] Paul made it clear that justification, that is, being made right in God’s eyes, is only possible through the blood bought sacrifice of Yahushua, Christ Jesus [ Galatians 2:16; 3:1-3, 10-11,22 ; 5:1-4 ] Paul made it clear that forgiveness of sin requires a sacrifice, and even the strictest observance of the law can’t remove the need for that sacrifice.
To rely ipon the keeping of any law to make one righteous in God’s eyes, instead of faith in Christ, IS LEGALISM.
If all one focuses on is obedience to the law apart from the motivation of pleasing God The Father, Loving Him and loving our neighbor, this distorts the purpose of the law [Matt. 22:36-40 & Rom.13:10]
and is legalism.
If we believe that any keeping of God’s law, in itself, can earn salvation as our reward, we are guilty of legalism.
Technical obedience, or strict obedience to the exact letter of the law, while searching for ways to get around the original purpose and intent of the law, is legalism.
But, Yahushua, Christ Jesus, and the remainder of the Bible make onething perfectly clear; Proper obedience to the law of God IS NOT LEGALISM.
After conversion, a Christian is given, or should be given by The Holy Spirit, a much fuller understanding of the intent and purpose of God’s law. The laws of God were given FOR OUR GOOD, not our slavemasters. He understands the importance of faith in the person and sacrifice of Yahushua, Christ Jesus. He is given a more complete understanding of why he is to be obedient, but it remains for him to obey. That is NOT LEGALISM.
To obey God’s biblical commands in a proper attitude is NOT LEGALISM, but showing our Love for the one who first Loved us!!

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