TWO ASPECTS OF OBEDIENCE-
Two major aspects of obedience are for the purposes of:
-1)Becoming like Christ and exhibiting the moral and personal characteristics of Him.
-2)Knowing what our gifts and calling are when it comes to advancing the gospel and the kingdom.
NURTURE THE NATURE/Becoming like Christ-
Man is created in the image of God and therefore, he was made with the capacity for morality. When man fell, he did not lose this capacity but rather, his capacity was tainted with self-morality and the propensity of immorality. Man did not become amoral through the fall, but rather immoral. Both thorns and thistles now grew among the good plants and fruit (Gen 3:18). Jesus reveals how immorality can accompany morality when He says:
“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them.” (Matt6:1)
Paul explains the existence of morality and immorality prior to and/or outside of the Law:
“for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them.”
I say all this because many who promote the Law make an appeal on the basis of its moral components and especially those of the 10 commandments. I can’t be definitive on this, but many times you will find the idea among Law proponents that there is no morality outside of the Law. They assume that man was created as an amoral being. Moral monopoly is one of the reasons many atheist reject the Bible; Atheists can be very virtuous in their morals and therefore reject the idea that they need God for the purposes of exhibiting morality.
(As a side note: Even ancient Egypt had an expansive codified system of morality called “ma’at”. I would recommend a study into this to understand what type of system and lifestyle Israel was brought out of.)
The Law and its penalties entered to draw the line between morality and immorality in regards to the character of God and the character of man.
When people retain the idea of a moral monopoly through the Law, many times it may spill over into the concept of Christ. They see morality as being bound to written commands and therefore, the idea that a person such as Jesus could supersede the substance of morality in the Law becomes an abomination. Moral monopoly through the Law almost always places Jesus as someone who is subjected to it rather than Lord of it. You will see this in people who believe that Jesus only fulfilled the sacrificial aspect of the Law as opposed to the idea that He Himself carries a greater moral capacity than the Law. These same people are the ones who will usually tell you that God had to expound on the Law to Adam and Eve in order for them to have any comprehension or capacity for morality. The idea that God had to teach the Law to Adam and Eve assumes that they were not created with the nature and image of God that loves God and man.
In view of Christ, the HRM offers a very bizarre type of religion and obedience. When a person is born again or born of the Spirit, he has not identified himself to a religious structure of morality. A born again person understands that there has been a moral restructuring that has taken place within. This person has an even greater revelation of a moral restructuring and especially if he came to Christ specifically because of the knowledge of his prevalent immorality to the commandments. Born again people immediately realize that Jesus Christ has been the one single person all along who has always possessed this moral vibrancy that they have just recently become partakers of.
Born again people, despite some struggles, do not have to be convinced of the morality of the Law. They now see its existence within their own mind and body even if it varies in the degree of intensity and understanding.
Little do they realize at the point of their new birth, but what has been formed in them is the very life of Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit.
Everybody struggles with sin from day one, but new Christians rarely have to be told to obey. They will feed and consume all that is necessary to nurture the new nature they have discovered. They will go and do whatever they feel is necessary to further this new life.
As life progresses and the newness wears of, our obedience on this point remains the same. The moral restructuring and exhibition of their life came by faith and it is maintained by faith. It is maintained or nurtured by abiding in Christ through the Holy Spirit.
As we mature, we add to our knowledge of this moral life and Christ-likeness and how it is exhibited but there is nothing we can do of ourselves because our life is not the source of this morality. Our obedience is to nurture the life of God within us because it is the source of morality, and it is the claim of Jesus Christ that only He possesses this life within Himself.
The false idea is that obeying moral commands produces the life of Christ within us. This is totally bogus. There is no obedience to God without the life of Christ. Pure obedience is a fruit of the life of Christ, not the source.
We initially obey God by submitting to the gospel, but apart from that, there is no obedience without the establishment of the moral life of Christ. No matter what works are involved in our life, the establishment of the moral life of Christ does not come through those works. It ultimately comes down to the revelation of the life of Christ by faith. The morality of Christ is not a revelation of ourselves but a revelation of Him.
To say that we have to obey moral commands in order to be moral is to say that Jesus Christ is not the source of morality and neither has His life been formed in us through the Redemption.
It’s only by faith that we obtain the disposition and life of Christ. We may have to act or obey whatever we see as necessary to nurture that life and God may call upon our shortcomings in that area, but that life does not come to us by acting or doing. It has already come to us by faith:
“Work OUT your own salvation with fear and trembling”
That verse does not say work IN your own salvation.
Morality precedes obedience and it must, otherwise obedience would be the work of self-morality, but the HRM can only see the moral life of Christ as something that comes about after obedience. This is why it’s so important to understand that Jesus was the first person to born of the Spirit. He didn’t simply go to heaven because of His obedience; He obeyed God because He came from heaven with the moral life of God within Him. Jesus did not spend His ministry trying to work in the life of God but rather, He spent His ministry trying to exhibit or work out the life of God within Him for the benefit of others and to the glory of God. The Pharisees spent the Sabbath trying to be moral, but Jesus spent the Sabbath making men whole through the moral life of God.
But as always, I’m sure this will be twisted because many still don’t see the source of morality in the life of Christ. They don’t believe that morality for the believer comes from being crucified with Christ so they will seek to discredit the life of Christ in a person, if that person does not fit their version of morality through the Law. They may or may not challenge the fact that the moral life of God is worked in us through Christ, but they will at least attempt to say that if a person does not keep Saturday Sabbath, then that person is not exhibiting the moral life of Christ. This is because the inclusion and exhibition of the moral life of Christ is still viewed as being dependant on the Law/Sabbath. They don’t understand that the Law serves to shore up man’s lacking of the moral life of Christ. They give more credibility to the image of God through the commandments than the image of God through the life of Christ. Too many people think they can have what Christ has by doing what Christ did. It does not work that way. You cannot even begin to do what Christ did until you have what He has.
The life of Christ does give us an example of how to live, but the wrong way to look at the moral life of Christ is to assume that our imitation of Him is the same as duplicating Him. As Oswald Chambers points out, the guarantee of Christ’s disposition is not found in imitation, but impartation. There is no guarantee that doing what Jesus did outwardly will automatically guarantee Christ-likeness inwardly. There is a difference between being like Christ in our actions, and being Christ-like in our disposition.
Coincidentally, as I am writing this article, I noticed a comment on a Hebrew Roots site which says that keeping the 10 commandments ‘produces’ love for God and love for our neighbor. Comments like this fail to understand that doing something is no guarantee that it came from a pure source or motive. This type of works mentality and self-morality assumes that God is blind to the condition of man’s heart and that He has no calling upon their motives or considerations.
When you really probe this mentality, you will be amazed to find that people seem to believe that God has instituted certain works which, when they are done, constitute the nature of love and Christ-like morality.
“…because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
When people believe that keeping the Law constitutes love, they fail to see that many people in this world keep the Law but have no use and/or don’t believe in Jesus Christ. So according to Jesus, their “obedience” has no love:
“… that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.”(John 5:23)
The same goes for the rich young ruler in Matthew 19 who kept all the commandments, yet wasn’t willing to follow Christ. Jesus revealed that his commandment keeping had no love or consideration for man, nor God. This man did not have Christ-like morality.
WALKING IN THE SPIRIT/Listening to the Spirit’s calling to advance the kingdom-
Now that we have looked at morality through Jesus Christ, let’s take a look at obedience according to the Spirit when it comes to ministry.
Let me be clear in saying that I am not promoting ambiguous obedience that is determined by the personal preference and discretion of the believer through feelings and/or sensuality. I believe in good old fashioned Bible based obedience to Jesus Christ and His Word in the scriptures.
I say that because the scriptures are we observe and learn what sin, righteousness and obedience are. It is were we learn about God and His objective in this world. There’s not one shred of new age/feel good/easy believe-ism about my doctrine.
I talk alot about walking in the Spirit and I’m sure that can come across as some type of new age mysticism, but it’s not. Jesus made it clear that the Holy Spirit has a definite and specific purpose and ministry in relation to God’s truth and the words and person of Jesus Christ.
Along with revealing and imparting the life of Christ to us in every area of our life, there is something else which most people refer to as “the Spirit’s leading”.
The Spirit establishes the nature and morality of Christ within us so that we may ‘serve’. It is what we are married to, which Paul speaks of in Romans 7:4-6, 1 Corinthians 3:6-9, and Galatians 2:19-20. We are no longer on the hamster wheel of morality and immorality and repentance of dead works. This is so we may properly serve God.
For those that rely on the commandments for completion, I’m sure this is all looked at a shaky ground and quicksand. As a matter of fact it is, because it involves faith. If a person doesn’t give much credibility to obedience through the Spirit then let’s take a look at what the Bible says and I think you will be surprised. Here are some questions and examples to begin with:
How did Jesus know that the hour of His miracles and ministry had not yet come in John 2:4?
What command was Jesus obeying when he was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted in Matthew 4:1?
What made Jesus stay behind and not go to Lazarus when he was sick in John 11:6?
Let’s look obedience in regards to the Holy Spirit in the NT. There are numerous scriptures listed below but please read them all in order to get a grasp of what I am saying.
“I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit’.” (John 1:33)
“until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.”(Acts 1:2)
“And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” (Acts 8:29)
“And while Peter was pondering the vision, the Spirit said to him, ‘Behold, three men are looking for you’.”(Acts 10:19)
“And the Spirit told me to go with them, making no distinction. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house.”(Acts 11:12)
“While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them’.”(Acts 13:2)
“So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. (Acts 13:4)
“And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia.”(Acts 16:6)
“And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them.”(Acts 16:7)
“Now after these events Paul resolved in the Spirit to pass through Macedonia and Achaia and go to Jerusalem, saying, “After I have been there, I must also see Rome.”
“And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there”
“except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me.”
“Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.”
Well, a person can chalk these verses up to the supernatural that was limited to the time of the apostles, but I would disagree. There is much here that has to do with compulsion, constraint, and leading which is something that is very much alive among all Christians or at least should be.
The new believer can become overly hyper-sensitive to the idea of the Spirit’s leading so much that he thinks God’s will hinges on whether he puts his right sock on first or the left one, but nevertheless, the verses above show that there is a very down to earth, “nuts and bolts” application of the Spirit to everyday situations. People can take this too far because they think it should be an everyday occurrence.
The Spirit, along with scripture, is part of the moral and ministerial working of the life of Christ within us. The Law does this from an external compulsion but,
“For what the Law could not do, God did by sending His own Son…so that the righteous requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
Paul ties the workings of God with Abraham to the Spirit or promise of the Spirit. I have no doubt that this has to do with the fact that Abraham acted on faith and saw what no one else could see and therefore the same goes for us through the Spirit. Through the Spirit we hear and see and we act on those compulsions and it forms God’s two-fold moral and ministerial purpose in us and through that we might bear fruit unto God.
“Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?— just as Abraham ‘believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness’…So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham…that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
OBEDIENCE TO FAITH-
How do we obey faith?
Faith is the substance of our walk with God, but the Bible says that the Law is not of faith.
The Law is not of faith because it spoon-feeds us morality and righteousness. We don’t have to grasp anything by faith because its all there in print.
A person can read the Bible their whole life, yet never submit to Christ because that person is not trying to seek or grasp God. When we come to Christ for salvation, we obey God by faith in the substance and revelation of the gospel. We see something that can’t be seen by others and we reach out for it.
Hebrews 11 teaches us that people acted and obeyed because of faith in something they saw and hoped for. The Bible explains that we have been given what all these people hoped for and the mystery of God’s will has been revealed to us in Christ:
“And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.”
“having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.”
God has put everything in the realm of faith because that’s where everything is at its purest. We have found completion in Christ but we long for the glorification of that completion. Paul doesn’t say that the righteousness of God is revealed through obedience, buy rather by faith:
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ… For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from FAITH to FAITH…”
What does “from faith to faith” mean?
Its the same as Abraham who acted upon what no one else could see and each time, his glimpse of God became greater and the fulfillment of God’s work became more apparent.
We are to be seeking the maturity of what we have already seen in Christ and what has been revealed to us- in Him. We may encounter some things that may seem burdensome and arduous but we have to look to Christ and the realm of faith to put everything in context to understand the difference between works and acts of faith. (Many times, it’s our own fault that we view things as jumping hurdles rather than opening doors.)
The HRM continually tries to tie the Law to faith. They present obedience to something that can be seen rather than obedience to what that something was meant to reveal. Does that make sense? Let me explain it better.
The HRM does not believe the Law foreshadowed anything except Christ’s coming. Therefore they don’t believe that the Law was meant to reveal any other substance and therefore, we should not be seeking the fulfillment of anything other than obedience to written commands that can be seen by anyone. The only type of faith that the HRM presents is a belief that Jesus is the Messiah. Other than that, they believe that we have not been given any other substance through faith that we are to seek and act upon.
People who walk by faith have all been given something from God that no one else can see except for those who walk by faith also, and many times we are given something that even fellow believers cannot see. Some believers are given a desert to walk through and others have been given mountain tops, but each one knows that it is something in the realm of faith that God has ordained yet no one else can see.
“Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light…”
The HRM on the other hand, wants you to be doing something that everyone can see. They want to test everything against the tangibility of the Law.
These are poignant lyrics to the chorus of Micheal Card’s song entitled “That’s What Faith Must Be”:
To hear with my heart
To see with my soul
To be guided by a hand I cannot hold
To trust in a way that I cannot see
That’s what faith must be
OBEDIENCE TO THE BIBLE VS. OBEDIENCE TO THE LAW-
There’s a reason that Christians believe that the whole Bible is applicable to them.
Why do Christians believe that God parts the waters for us?
Why do we still believe in manna from heaven?
Why do we believe the fourth man walks through the fiery furnace with us?
Why do we believe that God still shuts the mouths of lions?
Why do we believe that shepherd boys still slay giants?
Why do we believe that walls of Jericho still come tumbling down?
Why do we believe that our God is mighty in battle?
Why do we believe in a land flowing with milk and honey?
Why do we see Jesus walking on the stormy seas of our life?
Why do we kneel at the Cross of Christ that can’t be seen?
I think you get the point………………….I hope.
The whole Bible is about the reality of God and His ability on behalf of His people, but there’s still something missing. We don’t have any Pharaohs, Philistines, Assyrians and Babylonians do we? Nope, so what is the point to it all? Our enemies are not physical; we wrestle not against flesh and blood. We wrestle against the sinful nature of our Adam.
One aspect of obedience is to conform ourselves to this storyline and portrayal of God, His holiness, and His ability throughout the Bible but the application is spiritual in most cases because, as I said, we don’t have the physical characters and characteristics of the OT.
How does the Law fit into this? It would seem that the HRM would have us believe that all the things I mentioned are indeed applicable to us on a spiritual level, except for the Law. I guess there’s no inward spiritual application for the Law or is there?
Can anybody guess how God’s righteousness that was once written on stone, might come to us in some other form that we could identify with in order to be presented as acceptable to God and live therein? Hmmmmmmmm.
What we have to understand is that everything in the Bible was working up to the revelation of Jesus Christ who would truly be strong in battle to conquer our enemy of sin.
For centuries, Christians have been working to identify with, and conform themselves with the entire scope of the Bible made possible through Jesus Christ, but along comes the HRM who says that sin is still alive and the kingdom of God is still the kingdom of Israel and therefore we must conform ourselves to the Law in order to conquer sin and be set apart in the kingdom.
This conformity that is proposed by the HRM isn’t about idolatry, covetousness, rebellion, deception, sexual immorality, hatred, theft and disregard for God in all areas of our heart mind and soul. It’s about a day, dates, and food. Not just 1 day in 7, but a specific 1 in 7 that has no spiritual application or transferable moral principle that foreshadowed something to be revealed and found in Christ.
Even the most devout, serious and sincere person who keeps 1 in 7 for all the right reasons, principles and virtues doesn’t pass the test of the HRM because they are not looking for all those qualities. They are looking for a specific day.
The HRM version of obedience and conformity really presents God as having been absent from humanity for 2000 years because there is very little physical evidence to support the idea of God dwelling with His people. We have no representative army of God, we don’t have an ark or a temple, no nation, no borders etc etc.
Many in the HRM would seem to be glad to tell you that the reason for the lack of physical evidence and similarities to Israel is due to the fact that the body of Christ has been apostate for 2000 years. As *newcovenant* pointed out to me; God was laying the groundwork in the physical in order to prepare the world for the spiritual. God had to reveal Himself to man’s perspective before he could get man to see things from His perspective.
“Unless a man is born again, he cannot SEE the kingdom of God….If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?
Sadly, many people cannot see God unless they can see certain physical traits of the Law and ancient Israel. They are still waiting for a revelation along these lines rather than seeing Christ as the revelation to all that was foreshadowed in the Law and OT.
The reason we establish the Law as Paul said in Romans 3:31, is because it is part of the whole package, narrative and context to the life of faith, but the HRM throws out this whole version and narrative of the Bible on the basis and belief that everything should centered around the tangible aspect of the Law.
Don’t try and tell me that all the things I listed above are spiritually applicable and transferable through Christ but then try to say that Law has no greater substance, implication, revelation and transferability then it did when it came in physical, written format on stone. If the Law is moral, how can someone say that the morality and life of Christ has no greater capacity than written laws?
“But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.”
(2 Corinthians 3:7-9)
Jesus Christ is not the final chapter in the book of the Bible-He is the author and finisher of our faith. He has written the pages of history and we need to conform to that narrative of Himself that he has worked to reveal. Jesus Christ has worked to secure the world to God for all who may come. The whole Bible is a sign of His work, not only in the world, but in application to us who have been given the chance to see it in hindsight and presently as it works in us.
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed IN HIMSELF, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—IN HIM.”
“For my eyes have seen Your salvation
which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, the glory of Your people Israel.”
Christians align themselves with the whole Bible because they understand that it’s a complete narrative about the redemption of fallen man from beginning to end. The story neither begins nor ends at Sinai. It began in the beginning with Him who is the Beginning. It will end in the end with Him who is the End, and of His kingdom, there shall be no end.
Besides, the foreshadowing of Christ’s work in us is previously foreshadowed in the story of Abraham by the example of God’s rejection of our Ishmaels and the and the fulfillment and promise of His Isaac. The plot didn’t begin at Sinai, it thickened. God already made that clear to Abraham 400 years earlier in Genesis 15:13-16.
Abraham is the father of Israel and there’s a reason for that.
THE LAW: OF MOSES, OF THE SPIRIT, OF CHRIST-
Every Bible based religion or denomination believes in living according to the Bible’s commands in some way or another even if its no more than the golden rule, “do unto other as you would have them do to you”.
The problem begins when you get into greater moral commands that address things like lust or very personal and deep rooted issues like envy, strife and selfishness.
Commands are meant to be kept, otherwise God would be insincere and facetious for giving them, but people don’t keep them and God is fully aware of this and was pre-cognizant to this dilemma.
Many in the HRM have a clever way of whitewashing the 10 commandments and the rest of the Law into about 4 or 5 main commandments that are really more about being different from other groups than they are about being holy. Jesus Christ shatters this type of simplistic, social and earthly holiness.
The reason people whitewash the Law and other commandments is because they have no other form of religion besides an inanimate set of rules. Even if they don’t keep them, at least it makes them feel good to be holding up a standard of some sort. The Law was never meant to be an inanimate set of rules. They are moral, and morality is not some existential force of the cosmos. Morality pertains to beings and their interaction with other beings. The Law is our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ because it is a moral reflection of God.
When the Law was given, the burning question that should have been asked is “why do morals have to be ascertained through written commandments and penalties?”
When Jesus Christ came, He embodied those morals like no one else. The righteousness of God was no longer a list, but a person. Instantly, the HRM will say that my statement proves that Jesus was a reflection of the Law but I have already proven that wrong. The Decalogue/Law provided a glimpse of God until Christ would come and reveal the Father in Himself.
The HRM has to continually make morality and the nature of God to be something seen and obtained through religious and inanimate means. They even have to form Jesus into some type of list or example of a list because they cannot let go of the idea of morality through codified, inanimate and external means.
“and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith…”
When the commandments are whitewashed, it diminishes the effect that they should have in making us yearn for a better means to see God.
We see God by faith in Jesus Christ, and if our schoolmaster is diminished in some capacity, we will never truly grasp faith, nor grasp God and His life,likeness, and morality by faith.
The progression from Moses to Christ and the Spirit is the progression of being conformed into the likeness of God through His Son but death lies between the two.
Christ died and we die with Him to be raised in the likeness of His resurrection. Our obedience is now according to His life in us which is free from the Law because He died to it and so have we also.
Do you want me spell it out and put up a list of what to keep and what not to keep? That’s not going to happen and not because I’m afraid to, but because that’s not the type of faith that I am trying to persuade people to look at or establish. Everyone can read the Bible for themselves.(Acts 15:21)
“Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
For the HRM, this verse means “keep the Law”, but it doesn’t say that. Keeping the Law isn’t the absence of sin. The nature of Christ dwelling within you by the compulsion of the Spirit is where sin is nullified by faith, not works. The permeation of the life of Christ is the only remedy for sin, and the life of Christ does not come by observances and abstinences. I don’t think that even God is going to spell it all out for you. He didn’t for Abraham.
“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…”
“Seek and ye shall find” That is your obedience.
I hope that the Biblical framework and narrative of this article and series of articles is helpful and insightful.
As I always say, if my articles are vague, that’s because it’s up to the individual to fill in the blanks, but I will ask this question:
What is Biblical redemption and what is the Redemption of Jesus Christ to you?
A great deal of this article was spent trying to object to the religious and unregenerate mindset of how we obey God through a medium of external commands and laws.
In reality, I loathe the idea of calling out and scrutinizing a single group of people in the way that I do with the HRM.
It’s not people that I am against, but a mindset, mentality and philosophy. We are all prone to faults. I don’t seek competition of doctrine but rather, clarity.
God is holy, righteous, and authoritative, but with all respect, mercy, and careful consideration, I have to say that the HRM does not present God as someone who dwells with His people through His Son. They may believe differently, but that doesn’t seem to be what they present.
I have no objection to what a person wants to obey. I say do it! Live for God with all your heart mind and soul! But don’t think that you are qualified to teach men the construct and mechanics of the Bible simply because you have a passion for God and uphold obedience. There are over 800 commandments in the New Testament as well, so trying to argue about the Sabbath or Pork does not make anyone of us an instant theologian and shepherd.
This article has absolutely nothing to do with the debate as to where a person will spend eternity based on obedience. Even if the HRM believed that no one could ever lose their salvation, it wouldn’t matter because their doctrine does not measure up to the function of the Cross and the Holy Spirit when it comes to holiness, righteousness, and obedience.
I am one of the most doctrinally unbiased people in my opinion, so I have nothing to defend here. I simply believe that the HRM is trying to pound a square peg into a round hole.
In these articles, I have proven the sinful nature and how the HRM is blind to the function of the Law concerning it and how redemption and the Cross is in direct relation to the fall of man.
If I am wrong on the Bible and wrong about the HRM then tell me and I will ask this question: After salvation, how does a person establish and live in righteousness and holiness? These articles speak for themselves concerning that.