Have any of you as a believer done something seriously wrong, a wrong which directly transgressed against one or more of the Ten Commandments, and felt so terrible, so guilty, that for some time you wouldn’t allow yourself to pray, even denying yourself the privilege of going to church maybe, or refusing to read the Bible because you felt that in some way such spiritual actions would be presumptuous, or even insulting to God? Did you bide your time, take some “time off” religious things and wait until an appropriate time had passed, guilt somewhat muted, conscience not so sensitive to your sin, and then start praying, attending church, and studying the Bible?
I know I have. And it is a great mistake. Because we are judging our relationship with God based on our own righteousness, or lack thereof. We wait until we are a ‘better person’ before approaching God. Let me tell you something. It doesn’t matter how ‘good’ you have been, or for how long, you still cannot approach God on any other basis than to trust in His grace. The Christian life isn’t about how good or bad we are, it is all about how good God is. It isn’t about what we do or don’t do, it is about what God has done and is doing. It isn’t about our striving to obey God’s commandments, it is about abiding in Christ and allowing Him to change us day by day into His image and likeness. Never is there a time when we cannot approach God and be accepted into His loving embrace. All love, all forgiveness, all grace, all mercy is our heavenly Father to all who come to Him in faith.
That said, there is a large faction within the Christian community that denies the validity of the Ten Commandments to the New Testament Christian. Because, they say, Jesus died to save them from sin, therefore the law that points out sin no longer applies. It was “nailed to the cross”. Done away with, at least for the Christian. Of course it still stands as a valid and relevant standard of conduct for the unbeliever, (else how could they know they had sinned without the law) many Christians claim, but for them? No, not at all. The Law does not speak to the Christian, he has been forgiven, ‘set free’;he is no longer under bondage, and of course the modern Christian will supply many Biblical references in support of their claim. On this subject I have some very strong thoughts, and have often ‘come out fighting’ so to speak in defense of God’s law of Ten Commandments, believing them to be just as applicable to the modern Christian as they were to the nation of Israel in the wilderness of Sinai. I have decided to post a series of short articles explaining my view, and pray that you may gain a little understanding of the nature of God’s law, its relationship with the gospel of grace, the difference between God’s law and Moses’ law, and how God’s law does indeed pertain to the Christian of today.
I do hope these series of posts will engender some discussion, and motivate you to at least consider the matters raised and give them prayerful thought. God bless.
- The Ten Commandments – Part II (answersfromthebook.org)
- The Ten Commandments (answersfromthebook.org)
- Teaching Children the Ten Commandments (textsincontext.wordpress.com)
- Ten Commandments Monument in Front of Junior High Gets Boarded Up and Removed (patheos.com)