Saturday, March 26, 2011
ANOTHER LIST. ANOTHER RELIGION.
ANOTHER LIST. ANOTHER RELIGION.
There are some among us who would tell us that we need to compile all the lists of Jesus’ commands, and then follow them. Now we have 77 commands to follow. We have become what Jesus stood against, practitioners of religion, who must have a list in order not to sin. I stand against this, as it has misled many through the centuries, and kept people out of the
. Kingdom of God
I wrote the following letter to a Christian forum in response to another useless thread that was being posted regarding the “Commands of Jesus” list.
Why didn't the apostles compile a "commands of Jesus" list to replace the "commands of Moses" list? They were with Jesus, and they heard Him every day.
Beware of adding to the truth of Scripture with your own ideas about how to compile our Christian duties. Another list. Just what Christ ordered?
Have none of you investigated the source of the Commands of Jesus list cited here by one brother? Have none of you gone in and read the websites done by John McConnell and his heirs? Do you not realize this man who founded Earth Day, and Earth Trustees, is a pan-religious earth-worshipper? He claims Christ, yet embraces all religions, and places a healthy, peaceful earth as the goal of mankind. He may say he believes in Christ, but he exhibits the marks of a worldly man--worried about caring for the earth more than for the souls of men.
I am amazed at how so many are so flippant about embracing ideas of men and "new" theologies here. Don't we know that the gospel of Christ is laid out clearly in the whole Bible, from Genesis to Revelation? Why are we not preaching and teaching the same gospel handed down to us by Peter, Paul, James, John, and the others given the charge by Christ Himself?
You say, now we need a list of the commands of Jesus? Well, take a look at where that religious "thread" has taken some. Read John McConnell's vision for earth. Go to his Earthlink website. Read his aims and goals. Do you find these in Scripture anywhere?
He is like so many others who have strayed from Christ. He believes that man is the key. That man can save himself and his planet. He doesn't believe in a Sovereign God who is accomplishing His purposes on the earth. He believes that it is up to us to accomplish God's purposes on the earth, and thus to save this planet and establish an earthly kingdom full of peace and tranquility for mankind.
That is where your lists lead us, brothers. Another list, another religion.
Christ is all, and in all who seek Him. He will empower us to live His life in this dark and sinful world, thereby bringing Light and Life to men. And yes, He summed up all His commands in the simple phrase, "Love God and love your neighbor as yourself."
Paul said it. I put it before you. Are you greater than the Lord Jesus and greater than Scripture? This was said by Paul, and either you believe it or you deny it.
"...he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.
The commandments, 'Do not commit adultery',
'Do not murder', 'Do not steal', 'Do not covet',
and WHATEVER OTHER COMMANDMENT THERE MAY BE,
are summed up in this one rule: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'
Love does not harm to its neighbor,
THEREFORE LOVE IS THE FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW."
Please, brothers, can we simply encourage one another to seek Christ as the central focus? Do we have to gravitate toward these supposedly deep and detailed discussions of men's thoughts on everything? I am an educated man, yet I seek, like Paul, to count everything that was profit to me as loss for the sake of knowing Christ. Some here seem to find too much joy in debating and throwing lofty arguments back and forth about this or that fine-point issue.
What this can lead to is evident in Scripture also. We should not seek the controversial. Paul exhorted Timothy about those who were always fomenting controversy by their words.
"These promote controversies rather than God's work—
which is by faith.
The goal of this command is love,
which comes from a pure heart,
and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
Some have wandered away from these
and turned to meaningless talk.
They want to be teachers of the law,
but they do not know what they are talking about
or what they so confidently affirm."
1 Timothy 1:4-7
For an example, go to this John McConnell's websites and learn the tragic consequences of a man who started out wanting to do something new for Christ, and ended up as part of the current worldwide deception Satan is promoting.
Let's talk about a pure heart, a good conscience, and sincere faith in Christ, as Paul says. Let's talk about urging one another on toward love and good works, which we are called to do. Let's stop debating every new idea somebody has about how to package up the gospel, or how we need to read this or study that, and then we'll be on the right track.
Blessings on all who seek Christ above all,
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