Since Friday's horrific school shooting I've been hearing of all types of solutions from arm chair quarterbacks. I've heard this statement several times from Church People, "We need to post the 10 Commandments in every school house in America!" When I hear this type of thing I immediately slap my bald head with the palm of my hand and utter a...."Duh!" When are we ever going to get it???
Once again we see the Church in complete ignorance of what God has done for her through the cross of Christ. Many might think that I'm a heretic when I say this, but Friends....let's take the 10 Commandments down! If you have a plaque of them hanging in your home, take it down! It is not only not necessary, but to try to apply the 10 Commandments to your life will place you under law that will eventually bring you to condemnation! How's that for a totally rebellious statement?
How about some Scripture here? OK!
You might want to read II Corinthians chapter 3 to begin, but let's take a look at a couple of verses for the sake of time...
3:6, "He has enabled us to ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant NOT OF WRITTEN LAWS but of the Spirit. The OLD WRITTEN COVENANT ENDS IN DEATH; BUT UNDER THE NEW COVENANT, THE SPIRIT GIVES LIFE."
Did you read that correctly..."The old written covenant ends in death!" So why would we want that haning in our home, our churches, our court houses or our schools? We need life, not death!
3:7a, "The old way, with laws etched in stone (the 10 Commandments), led to death..."
3:9, "If the old way, which brings condemnation, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new way, WHICH MAKES US RIGHT WITH GOD!"
Now this is simple...Old ='s condemnantion; New ='s righteousness. Which do you want?
Of course this 3rd chapter of II Corinthians continues on speaking of how the veil covers the hearts of those who read the Old Covenant. Friends, this is very important reading for all who claim the blood of Christ as their way to salvation. We must understand these things in order to live in the fullness of the New Covenant. Yet, I'm so sad to say that many in the Church just don't get it!
I believe that the Book of Galatians is the most mis-understood and neglected book in the entire New Testament! I wish every pastor or Bible teacher would spend months of study personally and then teach it to their congregation. Wouldn't be awesome if in this coming New Year, 2013, that the message of New Covenant Grace would spread through every church in America. I can almost see pastors getting up some Sunday morning and begin their sermon with words like this, "Folks...I've been teaching you wrong all of these years!" Then go on with, "There is nothing you have to do in order to make God pleased with you! From now on you can stop all works and efforts because the Lord Jesus Himself has done it all for you! Now all you have to do is simply believe and walk out this new life of holiness that God has given you...after all, He makes you holy and it's not anything you can do!" Wow!!!! Talk about change coming to America!
Let me close with a couple of verses from Galatians.
2:16, "Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because of our faith in Christ, not because we have obeyed the law. FOR NO ONE WILL EVER BE MADE RIGHT WITH GOD BY OBEYING THE LAW."
So many try to mix Grace with law. That's bad too. You have to be either hot or cold, not luke warm!
Church...the answer for America is NOT the law or any form of it. The answer first belongs to you and I and we, the Church of Christ, must get it! It is imperative that we leave the Old Covenant behind, and that means any mix of the Old and the New, and walk fully into the glory of the New Covenant. The result will be a spiritual awakening that will sweep over us and then spread over America from shore to shore! We are heading into the most exciting times of Church history. You and I are on the verge of a powerful wave of awakening. Even now it is beginning to spread through the Church. Of course those with religious spirits don't like what is happening, but this move of God cannot be stopped! The Revelation of Christ is spreading like wild fire, a fire that cannot be extinguished, and God's people are entering into true freedom, thus walking closer to the Lord than they have ever walked before. This thing is building up pressure that cannot be contained much longer... The True Gospel of Christ is about to spread over America changing the very values of a nation! I'm thrilled to be a small part of this move of God. How about you?
Grace and Peace!