This post was split into two separate parts due to the length and the amount of time I wanted to spend developing the thought behind it.
If you haven’t read Part 1, you may want to in order to understand the background of Part 2.
Happy Sabbath everyone!
If you’re just here because you read the title and thought “Is this guy even Christian? What is this heresy,” hold tight and you’ll understand.
Hopefully you read my post a few days, and if you did, you’ll remember my interaction with a Muslim I know who we’ll called Tobias for the sake of privacy.If you did’t read it, I advise you to, but it’s not absolutely necessary.
Tobias’ main question was “Why don’t Christians follow the law of God when Christ said He didn’t come to abolish the law?” He was legitimately confused by their sincerity to convert him to Christianity but their lack of commitment to the Law of God.
If you ask a number of Christians why they worship on the first day of the week and not the seventh (see Exodus 20: 8-11), or why they don’t follow the diet laws in Leviticus 11, both specified in the Law of God and made very clear, a great number of the responses may be “because we’re freed from the law”.
Unfortunately, as common as this belief is, there are many contradicting, and even heretical (oh no I said the H-word), underlying principles that are being set up against Christianity.
Let’s examine it, shall we?
I want you to imagine a line-up of seven people, objects, shapes, whatever you want, draw it if you have to, and label them like this:
Sin, Law, Grace, Savior, Gospel, Preacher, Church
We’ll begin our examination of the problem and it starts with a little, deadly thing called sin.
Sin is bad. I know this, you know this, God knows this. Even if you’re not Christian, you know the word sin has a very negative connotation. Sin is defined in the bible like this:
“Whoever commits sin commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. (1 John 3:4 )”
So sin is lawlessness. In other words, sin is the transgression of, or breaking, the law. Now we know from the book of Romans that there is a beautiful, larger-than-sin property of the universe that is called grace. Grace is sufficient for us to save us fromsin, which is breaking the law.
So grace is pardon for sin, which is breaking the law, and the Savior died that we might have grace which is pardon for sin, which is breaking the law.
You guy’s with me so far? Alright let’s keep going then.
Now, the Savior gave us the Gospel, which is the good news, about the Savior. Now the preacher preaches thegospel in the church.
Now the problem is that we have, in Christendom, men and women fighting the Law of God in the Church and they say that the Law is done away with. (Now remove Law from your imaginary line-up.)
But now, since the law is “done away with”, sin is also removed and done away with for
“…sin is not imputed when there is no law (Romans 5:13).”
(Now remove Sin from your imaginary line-up.)
And if you do away with Sin, you don’t need Grace which is pardon for sin which is breaking the law (Remove Grace from your line-up). And if you don’t need grace, you certainly don’t need a Savior (Remove Savior) who DIED so that we may have grace which is pardon for sin which is breaking the law.
And in that case you don’t need a Gospel (Remove Gospel) because the Gospel is the story of the Savior who died so that we may have grace which is pardon for sin which is breaking the law.
And if that’s true, what in the world do you need a Preacher for (Remove Preacher)? And if you don’t have the preacher, you might as well forget about Church (Remove Church).
Now look at what you have left.
It’s very simple. If you remove the law, you remove the need for a Savior to give us grace and save us from sin. You remove the very namesake of our beliefs and religion. Do you see how illogical that is? Does it make any sense, then, to say that we are freed from having to follow the Law because of the grace given by our Savior?
This is the problem that my friend Tobias, and hopefully, you as well, saw: without a Law, there can be no God. Of course there are much deeper theological implications regarding the origins of morality and the nature of God, but this is just an overview of the thought process.
The Law is now such a beautiful and amazing concept in that, without the Law, we would not have a Savior to catch us when we fall. We would not have be able to have an intimate, loving experience with our Creator that we can depend on to save us from even the darkest nights of terror. If you take away the Law, you take away our dependence on Jesus’ love and sacrifice for you and for me.
So, who needs the Law anyways?
All of us.