Error of the Modern Christian: Rejecting God’s Law
By Gray Clark
There are many arguments Christians use today to reject God’s law—either in whole or in part—under the heading “God’s law was nailed to the cross.” The purpose of this article is to provide evidence that God’s law was not nailed to the cross. Some of the many sections of God’s law that Christianity at large has rejected are these: 1) seventh-day Sabbath replaced by first day Sabbath (Sunday), 2) all festivals of the Bible (Leviticus 23) ignored, and 3) food laws (Leviticus 11; Deuteronomy 14) ignored and not obeyed. This article is designed to be given to Christian friends who believe that the law of God was nailed to the cross.
The various verses used to support the law of God being nailed to the cross are misunderstood. One example is Colossians 2:14: “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.” Christians who use this verse to abolish or reduce God’s law are wrong. The “handwriting” that Jesus took to the cross was sins of the Christian (Romans 5:8-11) and the curse of death (Galatians 3:13).
The defense of God’s law begins with God’s judgment being by God’s law. “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill, Now if thou commit adultery, yet if thou kill, thou are become a transgressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty” (James 2:1-12). Acts 17:31 tells Christians that “Because he (God) hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness.” Deuteronomy 11:26-28 teaches judgment will be by God’s law: “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse. A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God...And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God.” Without the knowledge of God’s law, how can one know sin? To not obey God’s law is sin. We know and can judge sin by God’s law, “For sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4). Judgment in this world and at the White Throne Judgment will be by application of God’s law (Revelation 20:11-14), for there is no other measure for righteous judgment than God’s holy law. God’s law is “for ever” (Psalm 119:89, 144, 152, 160). Therefore, if the law was “nailed,” how will judgment be?
How can Christians find fault with God’s law when Jesus did not? For example, in His sermon on the mount, Jesus plainly stated, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill…till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled” (Matthew 5:17-18). Jesus fulfilled the ritual blood sacrifices (Hebrews 9:12; 10:3-4; 1 Peter 1:19) for all Christians from Adam to the Second Coming. The fulfilling of the law would appear to be in perfect love, which will not occur in this imperfect world, but when the perfect world comes, as Paul wrote: “love is the fulfilling of the law” (Romans 13:10). Another strong support of God’s law from Jesus is His answer to the Pharisees when they asked, “which is the great commandment in the law?” (Matthew 22:36). The answer that Jesus gave was right out of the Old Testament and in two parts: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind (might in Deuteronomy 6:5)” (Matthew 22:37). Therefore, Jesus told the Pharisees that the total “might” of the “mind” was to be directed toward the love of God. Then He said: “This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself (from Lev 19:18)” (Matthew 22:38-39). What an endorsement Jesus gave here to the law first stated in the Old Testament! Jesus had an opportunity to reduce or negate the law, but He did not. He affirmed it.
This takes us to Revelation 12:17, which states: “And the dragon was wroth with the woman (Israel), and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” This verse teaches exactly who Satan, the dragon of Revelation 12:9, is and who he targets for attacks: those who obey the commandments of God and are servants of Jesus Christ. Notice the close and inseparable connection of God’s law and Jesus Christ in this verse. What this author gleans from this verse is that a Christian cannot be fully Christian and reject God’s law.
Jesus said in John 14:16: “If ye love me keep my commandments.” These commandments go back to all law beginning in Genesis 1:11-12—the Ten Commandments and all the subdivisions of them, such as the statues and judgments. Remember, Jesus gave a summary of the law from Matthew 22:37-39 earlier stated here.
Speaking of reducing the law of God, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus actually increased and magnified the spiritual value of the law. The Prophet Isaiah recorded in Isaiah 42:21 that God would “magnify the law.” Jesus did that. Adultery is an example: the Old Testament required actual physical intimacy to have occurred, but Jesus magnified that, saying, “But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart” (Matthew 5:28).
Paul writes in the Corinthian letter that “God is not the author of confusion, but of peace…Let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:33, 40). With this truth, does it really make sense that the author of God’s law would have it to be abrogated at the cross within three years of His support for it at the beginning of His ministry? Jesus is the Creator just as much as the Father and Holy Spirit are. Being Creator, He created the physical laws of the universe and designed mankind to live by and Israel to be in covenant with Him. Jesus is Creator, as He is the Word (John 1:14). “In the beginning was the Word…and the Word was God” (John 1:1). Paul writes that God “created all things by Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 4:9). One more: “all things were created by him (Jesus), and for him” (Colossians 1:16). Therefore, the law came by Jesus Christ, Who never retracted any of it. Keep in mind that the New Covenant, that great key of Christianity, is about God’s law. “I will make a new covenant with the house of Isarel and with the house of Judah…I will put my laws into their mind and write them in their hearts” (Hebrews 8:8, 10). This is the affirmation of the promise God made in Jeremiah 32:33 (Ezekiel 36:36) that will be fully in place in the Kingdom. The very law that Christianity rejects is the same law God put in our hearts.
American Christians are most supportive of conservative Supreme Court justices such as Judge Gorsuch being appointed to the Court to uphold man’s Constitution. However, when it comes to God’s law, from the Supreme Law Giver (James 4:12), the same attitude wanes. This does not equate or make any sense.
When Jesus came to the earth as a man, He opened His earthly minister “preaching the gospel of the kingdom” (Matthew 4:23). This gospel is about the one-thousand-year kingdom to follow the Second Coming of Christ, of which He will be the king and rule by—you guessed it—God’s law.
This is the problem that occurs when Christians believe the law was nailed to the Cross: first, all the physical laws of the universe remain true. Surgery and other medical procedures rely upon all functions of the body following precise laws. Engineering has no meaning if laws are not reliable. Satan’s job is eased so much when Christians believe they do not have to follow the Commandments of God, for doing so separates Christians from the rest of the world. The Christian love message to God is to obey His law (John 14:15). This love message is weak in the Christian world today because of our failure to obey God’s law. Most Christians will not see it this way because in their heart they love God; but, in obeying God’s Word, they fall short because they negate and ignore His law and consequently fail to express adequate love for Him.
Second, let us look at curses/consequences for not obeying the law. Remember: there is a blessing for obeying the law. Follow this biblical truth closely and then ask yourself this: was the law really nailed to the cross? “Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye harken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers” (Deuteronomy 7:12). This is God’s charge to His people. We are to obey His law, and in return, He will shower us with blessings, as this verse affirms: “And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which though knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee” (Deuteronomy 7:15). So, Christian folks, how is the illness and disease barometer doing in America? The answer reveals that we are very sick indeed—proof positive that God’s law is still on the books, and Christians have failed to obey it.
Dear Christian, can you not see that failing to follow the food laws of the Bible will result in sickness and diseases? That is why Jehovah earmarked the unclean foods as an abomination. Does one really think that praying over swine, shell fish, and catfish will change what God already created them to be? God designed these creatures to clean up messes, like the vulture cleans up road kill. Yet we accept that the vulture is not part of our food chain. We are not designed to eat the messes these scavenger creatures eat. They are God’s garbage disposal. Eating unclean creatures invites sickness and disease.
Speaking of food, consider another law we fail to obey. It is the law against hybridization, which is the in ability of the next generation of plant and animal to not be like their parents. The law reads, “Thou shalt not sow they vineyard with divers seeds: lest the fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown, and the fruit of thy vineyard, be defiled” (Deuteronomy 22:9). “Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed” (Leviticus 19:19). These laws conform to the first law given in the Bible: the law of “kind after his kind” (Genesis 1:11-12) mentioned ten times in Genesis chapter one. Many vegetables that we eat today are hybrid. Corn is a good example. Hybrid corn does not have the food value of straight strain corn that the Indians and frontiersmen of America ate. For example, Country Gentlemen corn seed has more nutrition than hybrid Ambrosia corn seed; Golden Bantam than Golden Cross Bantam. God’s corn was good enough to sustain life then, when other foods were scare. In addition, GMO seed is another change in seed that is further removed from God’s originally created seed. Does one really think that a steady diet of hybrid corn will sustain life? It is my firm belief that hybrid and GMO foods contribute to the illnesses and diseases because they violate God’s law.
God commanded the seventh-day Sabbath. It “is the sabbath of the LORD thy God” (Exodus 20:10). It is a day He determined for rest and a holy convocation (Leviticus 23:3). Man has no authority to call for a Sunday Sabbath at the expense of Saturday, the seventh day. God gave no power to man to do that. Failure to rest and worship on the day God chose is sin. How many folks suffer consequences in the body because of their lack of Sabbath obedience? Also, I have observed that Sunday worshippers buy and sell on Sunday after church, ignoring that part of the law entirely. Nehemiah understood that buying and selling is forbidden on God’s Sabbath day (Nehemiah 10:31), so he closed the gates to the city on the Sabbath. This truth has been lost in man’s switch to Sunday. God’s Sabbath day is a “no work” day (Exodus 20:10).
Jesus did not abrogate the law in any way. The illnesses and diseases of Christians can be tied to the disobedience of God’s law. To be antinomian is to help Satan, who wars against those who keep God’s Commandments. Always try to remember and be prepared to defend the roll God’s law plays in the New Covenant.