FIRST-TRUMP#top..........Sound the alarm in Zion..... ...........................


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2For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. (Rom 14:)

There are certain verses in the Bible that we of the "Mainline" churches, the "right" church, like to use in order to condemn those who believe otherwise than we do. Why do I say "We" when I write? Because of the four churches I attend (or have attended in the past 13 years, I still attend two of them), they are all definitely "Mainstream." The difference between me and most other "Mainstream" church attenders is that I haven't turned my belief system over to them just because I sit in their pews and participate in their activities and social events.

One of the favorite accusations hurled at the non-conformist churches is that of abstaining from certain food, observing certain days, and following strict rules and guidelines. Are these rules and regulations found in the Bible? Yes, there's no denying that they're clearly spelled out in the Bible. Did Jesus follow these dietary restrictions and observance of days? I think we will all agree that Jesus did everything exactly right and that He did follow those rules. He didn't follow them to the liking of the Pharisees and other rulers of His day, because He shunned their "Traditions." But He did obey what God prescribed in the Old Testament.

Did the Apostles follow the dietary rules and observe the Sabbath? As I read the Bible, they did. We have an incident where Peter was told by God to eat unclean, that is, unacceptable food. Did this mean he set aside his upbringing to follow another set of rules? I don't think so. The message that came with the net let down from Heaven was not that he can't follow the rules he was raised to follow, it only meant he was not to condemn or disallow those who choose to not follow the rules of the Jews. This is especially significant if in fact what we're told from the pulpit is true, that is, that those "Clean" foods are healthy, and the unclean are damaging to our health. It would make no sense to become stupid and haphazard with one's health merely because a person is given the ok to do so.

If Jesus, the Apostles, and the early Christians followed the restrictions (I'm saying if they did, I not making a claim that they did. That is not my point here), then where do we get the idea that we can condemn and look down our nose at those who choose to follow these rules today? We have taken the reverse to such an extreme that we have become Pharisaical in our view, saying that what has stood for a thousand years is now a reason to cast dispersions on another who bears the name Christian. Is there Biblical evidence that such thinking is justified? Certainly there is, just as there is Biblical evidence that space men once came to earth (See UFO's AND THE BIBLE). Let's take a look at this damaging evidence against the non-conformists:

1Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. 2For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. (Rom 14:)

It appears that a weak Christian follows the dietary restrictions God Himself established. It's difficult to get around this statement by Paul. Let's take a look at another verse:

8Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. 9But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? 10Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. 11I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain. (Gal 4:)

Another strong statement by Paul. The evidence is piling up against the following of the Old Testament observances. Here's another:

20Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21(Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? 23Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh. (Col 2:)

Again, strong evidence against following the law. Is Paul telling us that a Christian should be lawless? There are those churches that preach this very thing, but I myself do not think this is Paul's meaning.

What is the message we're to derive from these verses? What is it Paul's trying to tell us. Let's take a closer look at the verses above, as well as other verses that tell us about being weak in Christian understanding.

First, before we head out half-cocked as they say, let's take a look at the Greek word that's used to express weakness. There are three words used in the Greek, the two which we will be looking at are almost identical and have the same meaning. The third is used only once, and it clearly means to be physically impotent. Here is the word we wish to study:

WEAK - G770 - as-then-eh'-o From - G772; to be feeble (in any sense): - be diseased, impotent folk (man), (be) sick, (be, be made) weak.

It seems pretty clear (at least it seems so to me) that the word does in fact mean what we assume it to mean. It means a person is "weak." By the way, the other word used in the New Testament to express weakness is G772, the root word for the one I've printed out here. It is also the one Jesus used in the garden before His arrest.

We've established what the word means, now let's look at all the times the word has been used in the New Testament and see how it is applied. I find doctrine, especially doctrine used to bolster up a particular church and put down others, is used exactly the same way the Pharisees used it to try and condemn Jesus. It (doctrine) becomes exclusive and only looks at the point it wants to see and ignores or denies anything that contradicts it. Let's not be a Pharisee. Let's look at the "Rest of the story" as Paul Harvey would say:

First we'll look a little deeper into the passages that contain the verses used to condemn. Here's the first example:

1Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. 2For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. 3Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. 4Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. 5One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. 6He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. 7For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. 8For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's. 9For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. 10But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. 13Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way. 14I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died. 16Let not then your good be evil spoken of: 17For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. 18For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. 19Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. 20For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence. 21It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. 22Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. 23And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. (Rom 14:)

Did you read the above carefully? Did it look any different to you this time then it did in the past? What is Paul saying here? Is he condemning those that refuse to eat certain foods? If you read such a condemnation in these verses, then I think you should consider using another translation. Paul is telling us not to condemn others for what they choose to eat or not eat. He's saying that it's a sin to put a stumblingblock before a "weak" brother or sister. In fact, as I read the above, if we were to convince a person who thinks it's wrong to eat meat, to agree with us and eat meat anyway, then we would be causing that person to sin because they're not following their conscience.

Read the Bible carefully. Don't count on others, no matter how highly respected they are in the church, to understand the Bible and God's will. This is especially true if they're telling you to look down your nose or condemn others for what they believe.

16Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. 18Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God. 20Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21(Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? 23Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh. (Col 2:)

Thus we have another of the strong statements against the obeying of Old Testament ordinances. But take careful note: This is not against the people who follow these rules, but about the uselessness of following them. There is an exception to what I just said in that Paul is talking against those who would try to get a person who lives under liberty to follow these observances, and there are certainly those today who try to force their views on others. At the same time this holds true of those who do not follow the rules trying to force their beliefs on those who feel they should obey them, as we've seen in the previous verses. "Let each man be persuaded" we read, and follow that which we are persuaded is correct.

40And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? 41Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. (Mat 26:)

Looking deeper into what the Bible tells us about being weak, we find that Jesus confesses that in His flesh, at least at this moment, He is weak. Is Jesus weak in faith? Is Jesus a weakling? Of course not. What we see here is that being weak is not necessarily a bad thing. It's not a good thing, at least not in this application, but neither is it a reason to condemn.

34Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. 35I have showed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. (Acts 20:)

What does Paul tell us we should do? Should we condemn the "weak" and castigate them? I see where we're told to support the weak. How much support is there in trying to cast another person down while making one's self look right and proper? Isn't that what the Pharisees were doing?

18Who [Abraham] against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. 19And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb: (Rom 4:)

An example of faith in action. Does it lend support to our investigation? Not as far as I can see. But like I said, I'm showing all the times the word is used.

1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. (Rom 8:)

Again we see that we are free from the law, but that doesn't mean we're free to sin. Quite the contrary. We're to demonstrate the righteousness of the law in our person. We're to fulfill the Spirit of the law as did Jesus. Did you see anything in these verses that says we, as Christians, are free to do as we please? If you did, I suggest you read it again, without your denominationally colored glasses on.

1We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. 3For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me. 4For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. (Rom 15:)

Are you a strong Christian? You are? Then are you lending support to that weak brother and sister? Or are you pointing the finger at them? If you're not helping the one you see as weak, then by what we read here, aren't you saying that you are the weak Christian?

24But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29That no flesh should glory in his presence. 30But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. (1Cor 1:)

The weak things God uses. Isn't that what you read here? Not many mighty, strong, wise are chosen or used. This being the case, which would you rather be? For myself, I would much rather be weak and chosen, then to be rich and famous and cast out. Let's see if anyone else feels that way about weakness:

10We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised. 11Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace; 12And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: 13Being defamed, we entreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day. (1Cor 4:)

Paul is making a mockery of the attitude held by those who would put down the Apostles in an effort to lift themselves up. We see this today with the wealthy TV evangelists who make themselves look so important living off the praise and the money of the poor. Meanwhile there are others who remain poor for the Kingdom of God's sake.

7Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. 8But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. 9But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. 10For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols; 11And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? 12But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. 13Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend. (1Cor 8:)

Do you want to stand before the King and try to explain why you disregarded you're brother's weakness by tempting him to do what you consider your liberty? I didn't think so. Then, how much worse would it be if you had to explain your condemning him for what he believes is right? This especially if you are successful in your efforts to get him to act against his conscience?

19For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. 20And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 21To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. 22To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you. (1Cor 9:)

Freedom is not a license to do as we please. It is a means by which we might serve others. The life of a Christian is not one of self-indulgence as is so commonly believed. Rather the life of a Christian is a life as was lived by Jesus, that is, in service to others. If a person feels they are the center of God's purpose and blessing, then what does that say for their Christianity?

29For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. 30For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 31For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 32But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. (1Cor 11:)

Is it possible that part of what Paul is talking about here is referring to being weak and sickly in the knowledge of the Word, and in the practice of the same? Just a thought.

Notice that if we want to avoid judgement with the world, we must judge ourselves. This is what we're attempting to do with these studies, to see what we might have been doing and seeing wrong, and once we've seen our wrong, to repent of that wrong. That's my purpose. What is yours?

7Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's. 8For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed: 9That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters. 10For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible. 11Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present. (2Cor 10:)

19For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise. 20For ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face. 21I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak. Howbeit whereinsoever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold also. (2Cor 11:)

Again Paul is being facetious. He goes on from here to point out all the ways he is anything but weak or cowardly.

He also points out that we judge from outward appearances, but God, we know, judges the heart. None of us can know the heart of another person. The one who appears to be the greatest of Christian, might in fact be the worst of heathens in his or her heart. The opposite is true as well. It's just not in our providence to judge others.

7And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (2Cor 12:)

Again we see that it is the weak God uses. And because of this Paul accepts his weakness gladly. In his previous life (before conversion) Paul was after the glory for himself. He was well on the way to the top as far as man could see the top as being. But we find he gladly surrenders that glory, along with his life, for the glory of our Lord.

Our weaknesses are our strengths, because it's our weaknesses that demonstrate God's glory. We find this in the Israelites as they came out of Egypt as well. Jericho was taken by foolish means. Gideon was told to send most of his soldiers home. Jesus was born of a carpenter, in a hole in the ground, by a nondescript young girl. We must recognize our weakness before we are given any strength at all. Those we point out as weak may very well be far stronger in the Lord than are we.

1This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. 2I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time; and being absent now I write to them which heretofore have sinned, and to all other, that, if I come again, I will not spare: 3Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you. 4For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you. 5Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? 6But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates. 7Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates. 8For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. 9For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection. 10Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction. (2Cor 3:)

We have two points worth looking at here. One we've been seeing, and that is the gladness with which Paul accepts his weakness. The other is that even Jesus, in effort to fulfill His mission, had to surrender His strength and become weak. God only uses weakness, not strength. "Not many mighty...."

8Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. 9But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? 10Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. 11I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain. (Gal 4:)

This is one of the passages we looked at in the beginning. We see Paul giving the Galatians church the old one-two punch for wanting to follow the laws, that of days, and food, etc. It appears as if Paul is really against the following of these observances. Yet we've seen that this is not so. How can we reconcile these two very different outlooks? Is Paul for, or against these observance? Obviously he's against them, but to what extreme? It appears here that he's about to call those who follow these observances unsaved. Let's see if we can better understand what Paul is talking about by looking at the situation he's addressing. Here's a verse or two from the same chapter a bit farther into the letter:

21Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? 22For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman (Gal 4:)

Is Paul talking about the whole law of the Jews, that is, animal sacrifice, and everything else the Pharisees were regarding as absolutes? Paul was having a lot of trouble with the Judaizers that followed him around attempting to get new converts to follow the laws of the Jews such as circumcision and the like. Is it possible that these are the ones Paul is against? Let's look at the beginning of the book and see who Paul is writing to and about:

6I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. (Gal 1:)

Paul isn't talking about someone following the Gospel as he preaches it, but about those who are perverting the Gospel. Isn't it possible that Paul isn't referring to what he has been saying, that is that it's ok to observe days and restrict food, but rather there are those who demand these rules be followed? By following a demand, a law, a person is no longer under grace. Grace allows a person to do the right thing from the heart. This is what Paul, and the Bible teaches us. The law forces a person to do what is right (or wrong for that matter) in order to avoid punishment. This is the "works" that we hear so much about, that is, doing something because we have to.

God wants those who obey and who follow righteousness to do so out of love, not out of fear of reprimand.

Is what I've given the correct meaning of this passage? I'm not going to be one of those people who thinks they know the workings of God. But to me this makes more sense than to think Paul is contradicting himself, and the Gospels.

11Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. 12And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 13And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves. 14Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. 15See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. (1Thes 5:)

Again we see Paul admonishing the Christian to support the weak. If we want to convince those who feel they have to observe ordinances that our grace, our law of liberty, is effective, then how better to do so than to demonstrate our love and acceptance of those who feel so compelled?

8If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: 9But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. 10For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 11For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. 12So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. 13For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath showed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. (James 2:)

If we want to be given mercy instead of judgement, then we had better be showing mercy, and not judging others.

13Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 14Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. 15For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 16As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. 17Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. 18Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. 19For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. 20For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. 21For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 24Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 25For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. (1Peter 2:)

Is a Christian free from the law? According to this passage a Christian is not only expected to follow the law of liberty, that is of grace, but also all the laws of the land. Plus the laws laid down my a boss, or a parent, or a school, or a slavemaster, or whoever. We are not free from law, but rather we're to freely submit ourselves to all laws, no matter how unfair. Jesus gave us just such an example. He submitted Himself to the most cruel punishment imaginable, and He did not resist. And to be sure He was subjected to a very unfair trial and punishment. He told us this would happen to those who follow Him as well. Are you free from the law? How minor is that ordinance, the one that tells a person what to eat. And yet we use such trivial things to throw up walls between us and them, members of the body of Christ.

Is my point in all this to try and get you to follow rules and obey the Old Testament laws? Am I saying that those who do so are right and those who don't are wrong? Of course not. I only want everyone to see that there is no justification for condemnation of those who choose to worship God in a different way than we do, and calling them sinful, lost, or not a true believer. In fact, as we see, it's those who condemn others for their beliefs that are clearly seen to be condemned themselves.

1Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye. (Mat 7:)




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