Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Are the 10 Commandments Binding?

Are you bound to obey the Ten Commandments even if you profess to be a Christian and not of the Jewish faith? Do you believe that Christ, who came not to destroy the Law but fulfill it, somehow eliminated the requirements of obedience to the Torah, i.e. the Law or instruction from God? If you do, please stay away from my house, business, family, and friends. Why, you may ask. It is because you cannot be trusted. If you believe that you may murder, steal, lie, and covet and be in right relationship with God, then I can't trust you with those who I care about. The following story makes the point:

One of those commonly called Antinomians one day called on Rowland Hill to call him to account for his too severe and legal gospel. "Do you, sir," asked Rowland, "hold the Ten Commandments to be a rule of life to Christians?" "Certainly not," replied the visitor. The minister rang the bell, and on the servant making his appearance he quietly said, "John, show that man to the door, and keep your eye on him until he is beyond the reach of every article of wearing apparel and of other property in the hall!" -- Clerical Anecdotes

1 comment:

Steve Finnell said...

The Ten Commandments were given by God to the nation of Israel as a covenant. The Ten commandments were not given to those living under the New Covenant. Nine of the Ten Commandments have been restated under the New Covenant. The one commandment that has not been restated under the New Covenant is remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
New Testament Christians worship on the Lord's Day, "Sunday."


Exodus 34:27-28 The the Lord said to Moses, "Write these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel." 28 So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did not eat bread or drink water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the Ten Commandments.

The covenant was made with Israel. It was not made with those living under the New Testament (The New Covenant).


Ten Commandments with Israel. (Exodus 20:1-17)
1. "You shall have no other Gods before Me.

Restated in the New Testament. Matthew 4:10

2. "You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.

Restated in the New Testament. 1 John 5:21, Revelation 21:8

3. "You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.

Restated in the New Testament. Matthew 6:6, Acts 19:13-16, Matthew 5:33-37, James 5:12, Matthew 7:21-23, Mark 7:7

4. "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Exodus 20:8-11....9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.....

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy has not been restated in the New Testament.

5. "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.

Restated in the New Testament. Ephesians 6:1-3

6. "You shall not murder.

Restated in the New Testament. 1 John 3:15

7. "You shall not commit adultery.

Restated in the New Testament. 1 Corinthians 6:9

8. "You shall not steal.

Restated in the New testament. Ephesians 4:28,

9. "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Restated in the New Testament. Luke 3:14, Matthew 15:19

10. "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall shall not covet your neighbor's wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or any thing that belongs to your neighbor.

Restated in the New Testament. Ephesians 5:5

Christians under the New Covenant did not and do not worship on the Sabbath nor did they, nor do they keep it holy. Christians worshiped and worship on Sunday, the Lord's Day, the first day of the week.

Acts 20:7 On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul began talking to them, intending to leave the next day, and prolonged his message until midnight.

1 Corinthians 16:1-2 Now concerning the collection for the saints, I directed the churches of Galatia, so do you also. 2 On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come.

Sunday is not the Sabbath, it is the Lord's Day.

The Sabbath that Christians should be concerned about is their final resting place.

Hebrews 4:9-11 So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. 10 For the one who has entered His rest has Himself also rested from works, as God did from His. 11 Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.

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