Faith to Obey: "Know ye
not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye
are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?"
When Christ was tempted,
it was the written word of his Father, and his determination to obey it,
that kept him from yielding and committing sin. He continuously preached
obedience beginning with the Sermon on the Mount: "Not everyone who says
unto me Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he that does
the will of my father who is in heaven." (Matthew 7:21)
To our collapsing culture
obedience is a foreign word. George Barna did a survey of 152 separate
items comparing the lost world and the Judeo- Christian churches, and he
said there is's virtually no difference between the two. Our speech is
often more like that of the world, using the world's slang expressions
referring to God and Christ and other speech that is far less than pure
and edifying. We treat lightly the sins of gossip, anger, and bitterness,
and forget that we are forgiven "only" as we forgive others.
Biblical commands with regard
to modesty in dress have been discarded, in order to conform to the world's
fashion of exposing as much of the body as the law allows.
When was the last time you
heard a Judeo-Christian preacher teach on 1 Timothy 2:9-15: "In like manner
also, THAT WOMEN ADORN THEMSELVES IN MODEST APPAREL, WITH SHAMEFACEDNESS
AND SOBRIETY; NOT WITH BRAIDED HAIR, OR GOLD, OR PEARLS, OR COSTLY ARRAY;
But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. LET THE
WOMAN LEARN IN SILENCE WITH ALL SUBJECTION. But I SUFFER NOT A WOMAN TO
TEACH, NOR TO USURP AUTHORITY OVER THE MAN, BUT TO BE IN SILENCE. For Adam
was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being
deceived was in the transgression..."
When something wrong has
been done, it is now customary to turn to a counselor or psychologist to
find some way to feel justified without obeying God.
Major Judeo-Christian denominations
have annual debates over whether or not to accept homosexuals (queers,
perverts, degenerates, deviates, reprobates) as leaders. Since God's Law
on the subject is clearly spelled out, it is obvious that a great many
members of these Judeo-Christian churches HAVE NO INTEREST IN OBEYING GOD.
In fact, David Wilkerson, in his book, "America's Last Call," says that
the sin of America has outdone every other generation, including that of
Noah's day, Sodom and Gomorrah, and any other time in history.
Current popular theology
has allowed the fact of God's grace to crowd out the necessity of obedience.
It says that since we are saved by grace, nothing is to be done for salvation
except to say a little prayer and invite Jesus into your hear, A SUGGESTION
NOT FOUND ANYWHERE IN THE SCRIPTURES! The first command of Christ was "REPENT"
then be "BAPTIZED." That's something to do, and it means to turn from one's
own way to obey God, and to be Baptized for the remission of sin. While
it is true that there is no way one can earn salvation by works; by His
grace, God saves us through the death of His son, it is also true that
saving faith produces works of obedience. True faith motivates one to keep
God's Commandments, Laws, and Statutes out of love for God (John 14:15),
a faith that is "working through love." (Gal. 5:6)
Paul asked, "Shall we continue
in sin that grace may abound? God forbid," He then explained that in baptism
the old man is crucified with Christ, that we should no longer serve sin,
but "live unto God." Then he asked, "What then? Shall we sin, because we
are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know you not, that
to whom you present yourselves as servants unto obedience, his servants
you are whom you obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto
righteousness. But thanks be to God that whereas you were servants of sin,
you became obedient from the heart to that form of doctrine which was delivered
to you; and being made free from sin, you became the servants of righteousness."
(Romans 6:1-6, 15-18)
So a Christian is one who
seeks to obey God and thus be a servant of righteousness. In these days
of rancid moral corruption, sexual depravity, and greed, Christians should
stand in stark contrast to the world in general. But unfortunately; tragically,
the truth of George
Barna's report puts us to shame.
Why do we sometimes find
it so hard to obey? Perhaps it is because "stolen waters are sweet, and
bread eaten in secret is pleasant." (Proverbs 9:17) Christ recognized that
sometimes "the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." (Matthew
26:41) James wrote that "in many things we all stumble." (James 3:2) John
wrote (to Christians) that if we claim to be without sin we deceive ourselves.
(1 John 1:7)
For such failures God's grace
is still available for His children. "If we confess our sins he is faithful
and righteous to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)
It may be that our pride
will not permit us to let go of our own control to submit to Him. Or do
we fear being criticized as being fanatic, old fashioned, politically incorrect,
or religious nuts?
In the case of Adam and Eve
they had more confidence in Satan's insidious lie than they had in
God. Often that which the world offers appears to be much better deal than
what one can see as the consequence of obeying God. And people fear the
government more than God, so they obey the dictates of thieves, murderers,
traitors, queers, perverts, and etc.
King Saul was commanded to
destroy all of the heards of the enemy, but he couldn't see the point in
getting rid of all that valuable livestock, so he overruled the command
of God, and lost his kingdom and his life. It is easy to rationalize that
we can serve God better by making concessions to the world and its demands.
Today's "church growth" experts would have us believe that do what pleases
the crowd, then incorporate that into the church. Heaven help the True
Christian preacher in the trendy church who follows Paul's advice to Timothy
to "reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and teaching." (2 Timothy
John wrote that God's Commandments
are not grievous (1 John 5:3); but evidently they are to many people inside
and outside the Judeo- Christian church, who make a great effort to avoid
them. It is hard to obey a law that one despises, but when convinced that
it is beneficial, it becomes natural to comply with it. King David, like
many of us, learned through his own sinful experience that the laws of
god were given for man's own good. Then he could sing, "The law of Jehovah
is perfect, restoring the soul." (Psalm 119:7)
Therefore, it comes down
to a matter of faith. Do we believe that God's Laws, Commandments, and
Statutes actually provide the very best direction? Did Christ tell the
truth when He said, "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness
and all these things (necessities of life) shall be added unto you." (Matthew
6:33) Can we have faith that to reject the fashion of the world is the
best way to serve God, according to Paul in Romans 12:1-2: When we have
faith that all of God's ways are better than any of the ways man can devise,
then His laws, commandments, statutes cease to be grievous, and we can
sing with the psalmist, "Oh how love I thy law!... How sweet are thy words
to my taste."(Psalm 119:97, 103)
Christ didn't obey God out
of fear of punishment, nor self-interest. His obedience did not gain the
esteem of His peers, nor even of his own family. Nor was it because He
delighted in pleasing the government. He obeyed because He delighted in
pleasing the Father. "I do always the things that are pleasing to my heavenly
Father." (John 8:29) it was His primary goal and desire throughout his
life. "I seek not mine own will, but the will of him that sent me."(John
Millions of people take medication
daily in order to soothe minds that are troubled by anxiety, anger, hatred,
covetousness, and guilt. While the medication may reduce the symptoms,
the only way to perfect peace is through obedience to God. "Great peace
have they that love thy law, and they have no occasion of stumbling." (Psalm
119:165) by contrast, "the way of the transgressor is hard." (Proverbs
There can be no peace in
the human mind as long as one is operating contrary to the Creator's instructions.
God's way is the only right way, and therefore the only way to peace. His
express purpose is to bring our every thought and action into harmony with
His will, and when this happens there is a peace of mind that the world
cannot take away. We are to surrender any other purpose; riches, security,
comfort, man's praise, even life itself if necessary, in order to do His
Does the lord demand perfect
obedience? It is the experience of every devout Christian, that the better
we get to know God the more clearly we see how we have failed and come
short of perfect obedience, and have all the more reason to give thanks
for His grace. But this is far different than the times past when we knew
full well that we were disobedient.
Obedience to exactly which
laws? It isn't clear to every one who some scriptures are to be applied.
Some debate over whether or not a woman must wear a hat in church, or exactly
how one must observe a day of rest. According to Paul, when in doubt, we
are to follow our conscience in faith. (Romans 14) But there is no debate
over matters of honesty, justice, charity, and the plain teachings of Christ.
One knows very well whether he is living after Christs' example to please
God, or living to please himself. "He that believes on the son has eternal
life; but he that obeys not the son shall not see life, but the wrath of
God abides on him." (John 3:36)
Also when reading this in
the Bible those unbelievers, antichrist Jews and etc., they will say that
God is a murderer because they do not know the Scriptures. For God said
that He would have war with Amaleik forever because they were the first
to battle Israel when He was leading them out of Egypt. (Exodus 17:16)
God was merely showing Israel that they should avenge themselves on their
enemies; the Jews.