Fake Grace and the Non-Gospel
by Bob & Suzanne Hamrick
NOTE: In Acts 4:12, the Apostle Kefa (“Peter”) is speaking to the Sanhedrin. Kefa was a Jew, speaking to the Jewish religious authorities about religious matters, and Hebrew was the only language allowed under such circumstances. According to Matthew 1:21, our Lord’s original name is the Hebrew for “he wll save”, Y’shua (Strong’s H3442). Kefa tells the High Priest that “there is no other name under heaven, given among men, by which we must be saved.” Which is why we call him Yeshua. In obedience to the Creator’s commands (Isaiah 42:8, et al.) as recorded for us in the Christian Bible, we use His Self-given Hebrew Name, hwhy / YHVH, which we pronounce Ye-hu’-ah. We arrive at this pronunciation by comparing the spelling of YHVH/ hwhy (right to left) Yod Hey Vav Hey, with the spelling of the Hebrew name of the tribe of Judah, Yehudah, Yod hey vav dalet hey. Remove the dalet/“d” sound from Yehudah and you get “Yehuah”.
In addition to “God” and “Lord”, we also use “El” or “Elohim” (capitalized) as titles (not names) for our Father YHVH where appropriate. Finally, we refer to what Christianity calls the “Old Testament” as the Tanakh, the Hebrew name for it, and to what Christianity calls the “New Testament” as the Renewed Covenant Scriptures. There being no word in Greek or Latin for “Torah” (which actually means “teaching” or “instruction”), and in keeping with the translators’ goal of separating Christians from the Torah, they rendered it as “the Law”. We therefore render the phrase “the Law” in the New Testament as “Torah”, as being the most probable original sense.
We also recognize that almost all of the “New Testament” was originally written in Hebrew or Aramaic (with the possible exception of the gospel according to Luke), and only later translated into Greek and Latin by the so-called “church fathers” (i.e., “fathers” of what later became the trinitarian Roman Catholic church). By the time of the Roman emperor Constantine, these men had already decided to sever the original apostolic faith (Jude 3) from its Hebraic roots and to merge it with Roman sun-god worship, or Mithraism. This is how today’s “Christianity” (labeled “the new Roman religion” by Constantine!) was actually birthed, and why it retains so many vestiges of paganism in it today. Details on request. This process was continued by the translators of the King James and most modern Bible versions, as evidenced by the many trinitarian and Calvinist insertions which do not appear in the earliest “New Testament” texts and letters of the so-called “church fathers”. Details on request.
“We’re not under the Law! We’re under grace!”
Any time you want to hear these words, just tell most “Christians” that you keep the Fourth Commandment (the Seventh-Day Sabbath), or that you keep the commanded Feasts of YHVH Elohim, or the Biblical dietary laws (which are not the rabbinic/Jewish “kosher” laws!), or wear the blue-threaded tassels (tzitzit) as He commands (Numbers 15:38-39). They believe, because they have been taught it, that the above statement from the Apostle Sha’ul (“Paul”) in Romans 6:14-15 means that, by a simple declaration of faith, all who have merely believed in “Jesus Christ” for their salvation have somehow been freed from any concern about actually having to actually obey any of the commandments of Father YHVH Elohim or of His Son.
It was apparently Martin Luther who first dared to put forth this rabidly anti-Torah, anti-Law, antinomian concept as doctrine! In his Third Tractate of 1520, On Christian Liberty, Luther asserts, solely on his own authority, that a Christian person is spiritually subject to no man or to any law. On his own “authority” Luther inserted the word “alone” into Romans 3:28, making it read: “For we maintain that a man is justified by faith alone apart from works of the Law.” Then, having made the change, he went on to teach that because we are justified by faith alone, no “Christian” (as he redefined it) is any longer under obligation to keep any of the laws of God! Could Satan himself have phrased it any better? How is this NOT a “commandment of men, taught as doctrine”, as explicitly condemned by both Father and Son (Isaiah 29:13; Mark 7:7)? How is it not ALSO an addition to inspired Scripture, and equally condemned (Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32)?
THERE IS NO BASIS FOR HIS ASSERTION ANYWHERE IN SCRIPTURE!!!!
And, as is well known, Luther called the entire book of James an “epistle of straw”! Why? Because James, anticipating Luther’s antinomian lies, clearly taught the necessity of obedience to the Ten Commandments! Notice James 2:10-12: “For whoever shall keep the whole law (Torah), and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For he who said, ’Do not commit adultery’ also said, ’Do not murder.’ Now if you do not commit adultery but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. Therefore, we should so speak and so do as if we will be judged by the law of liberty.” It is exceedingly clear in this passage of inspired Scripture that James is talking about the “points” of the commandments of God, and not just the Ten Commandments, either! He tells Christians that they must keep the whole law/Torah, or else. This is NOT to say that those who do will never sin! What it does say is that when one sins, one must sincerely repent of one’s sin, and sincerely resolve to sin no more, as detailed in 1 John 1:5-10:
5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Yeshua his Son cleanses us from all sin.
8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
James then concludes by teaching Renewed Covenant Scripture Christians to “so speak and to so do” as if they are going to be judged by God’s law. Nevertheless, the Protestant “reformers” carried over most of the anti-Jew, anti-Torah, anti-obedience attitudes they had come to adopt in their rebellion against “Mother Rome.” Yet, precisely like Rome, they were and are still involved in a paganized system of false doctrines, wrong Holy Days and false concepts of God, which God Himself describes as manifestations of “the great whore” of Revelation 17:4-5:
“The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”
The brazen, rebellious illogicality of Luther’s attitude seems to escape them, as does the fact that ALL of the rest of the Bible, both “Old” and “New” Testaments, explicitly contradicts it.
But today’s “Christianity” has effectively turned what Yeshua, Sha’ul and Kefa (“Peter”) actually taught on the subject of “the Law”/Torah upside down, inside out and backwards! Where Yeshua and all of the Renewed Covenant writers are actually preaching against the requirements of the “oral law”/Talmud of the Pharisees, Luther’s “Christianity” generally interprets these same Scriptures as being directed against the written Torah itself, against the very Word of God, against the Constitution of the Covenant, against the Ketuvah/Wedding Contract between YHVH Elohim and His chosen people.
But this is the same Torah which Ya’acov (“James”) calls “the perfect law of liberty” (James 1:25 & 2:12), and Yochanan (“John”) says is “not burdensome” (1 John 5:3)! The key to this MISunderstanding is the phrase “under the Law”. To Sha’ul and to all of the other writers in the Renewed Covenant Scriptures, “under the law” surely meant “subject to the penalties of the Law/Torah”, and nothing more! And this is perfectly clear from both the text and the context of their writings on the subject.
“Under the Law”?
As an illustration, imagine that you are driving down the street in your car. The insurance is paid up, your driver’s license is current and appropriate for the vehicle you are driving, the vehicle is not overloaded or mechanically deficient in any way, you are well under the posted speed limit, and you are not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Are you “under the law”? That is, are you subject to the penalties of the motor vehicle laws of your state? You are not. Why are you not “under the law” in such a case? Because you are obeying it! You are surely NOT “under the law” unless and until you break it, at which point you are liable to the punishments prescribed for your violation, whether you are caught at it or not!
And this is exactly the sense of what our Lord Yeshua, Sha’ul, and all of the other writers of the Renewed Covenant Scriptures (“New Testament”) intended to convey, and as Sha’ul is clearly saying in Romans 3:19:
Now we know that whatever the Law (Torah) says, it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God.
“The whole world” is necessarily all those who do NOT keep Torah, who are clearly outside the Covenant of Grace! So one is actually UNDER THE LAW when ONE IS NOT KEEPING TORAH, and one is UNDER GRACE when one IS KEEPING TORAH! “Under the Law” and “in a state of grace” are mutually exclusive conditions. But “Christianity” has managed to effectively reverse the actual intended meaning of this key phrase!
“Christianity” would have us believe that we are
“under the law/Torah” when we are obeying it!
In fact, anyone who believes that they are free to break ANY commandment because they are “not under the law, but under grace” is in the very process of being tricked into the Lake of Fire! Count on it! Our heartfelt obedience to Torah (keeping the commandments, etc.) is but one more of the several necessary – but insufficient by themselves – conditions of salvation, along with our faith in the effectiveness of our Lord Yeshua’s sacrifice, etc.! Our heartfelt obedience to ALL of the Commandments of BOTH Father and Son is but one of the Keys (plural) to the Kingdom of God/heaven. (Matthew 16:19)
And the Lord Yeshua tells us that he did not come to do away with even the tiniest part of Torah (Matthew 5:17-48), but to complete it.
Mat 5:17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to complete (Greek – pleroo Strong’s G4137 – to “complete”, NOT “fulfil”).
Mat 5:18 “For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from Torah until all is accomplished.
Mat 5:19 “Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:20 “For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:21 “You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’
Mat 5:22 “But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the Lake of Fire.
Mat 5:23 “Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,
Mat 5:24 leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.
Mat 5:25 “Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.
Mat 5:26 “Truly I say to you, you will not come out of there until you have paid up the last cent.
Mat 5:27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY’;
Mat 5:28 but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Mat 5:29 “If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.
Mat 5:30 “If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell.
Mat 5:31 “It was said, ‘WHOEVER SENDS HIS WIFE AWAY, LET HIM GIVE HER A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE’;
Mat 5:32 but I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the reason of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
Mat 5:33 “Again, you have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT MAKE FALSE VOWS, BUT SHALL FULFILL YOUR VOWS TO THE LORD.’
Mat 5:34 “But I say to you, do not swear falsely, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God,
Mat 5:35 or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING.
Mat 5:36 “Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.
Mat 5:37 “But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil.
Mat 5:38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘AN EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.’
Mat 5:39 “But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
Mat 5:40 “If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also.
Mat 5:41 “Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two.
Mat 5:42 “Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.
Mat 5:43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’
Mat 5:44 “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
Mat 5:45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
Mat 5:46 “For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
Mat 5:47 “If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
Mat 5:48 “Therefore you are to be complete, as your heavenly Father is complete.
With every one of the above eight “But I say to you” commands, Yeshua actually increases our obligations to keep the requirements of Torah from what they had been before his arrival! Before Yeshua, righteousness derived solely from obeying the literal requirements concerning sacrifices and offerings, tithings, observance of holy days, etc. And prior to Yeshua’s arrival, this was not only necessary, but sufficient, as is witnessed by this passage in the Renewed Covenant Scriptures concerning the parents of Yochanan (“John”) the Baptizer, before the birth of Yochanan or Yeshua!
Luk 1:5 In the days of Herod, king of Judæa, there was a priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
Luk 1:6 They were both righteous in the sight of Elohim, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of YHVH.
After Yeshua, his true disciples/talmidim are also required to do these things (and more!) from the heart, sincerely, nothing held back.
But, in direct contradiction of these explicit teachings of the Lord Yeshua and his disciples, most versions of “Christianity” (“the new Roman religion”, both “Catholic” AND “Protestant”) today insist that, since “Jesus took the Law out of the way and nailed it to his cross” (misquoting Colossians 2:14), this means that “the freedom we have in Christ” (Galatians 2:4) is freedom from the need to keep ANY of the commandments at all to be saved! Wow!
And the “translators” of the “New Testament” have compounded the deception by MISinterpreting the sense of many original texts wherever they could, to FURTHER the Lutherian lie! Consider this, from Sha’ul’s (“Paul’s”)Epistle to the Church at Ephesus:
Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Eph 2:14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility
Eph 2:15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace,
Eph 2:16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.
This “Christianity” teaches that this is Sha’ul actually agreeing with Luther, when it is NOTHING OF THE SORT! The “dividing wall of hostility” was a partition in every synagogue of Apostolic times, which separated the Gentiles (non-Jews) who were studying to become Jews from the rest of the Jewish congregation. The Rabbinic law stated that such Gentiles were liable to be put to death if any of them were to cross over or around that partition into the rest of the congregation! But there is NO SUCH PROVISION in the written Torah/Law! It is a “commandment of men, taught as doctrine”. It is a provision of the rabbinic Jews’ so-called “oral Torah” or “oral Law” (Talmud) that Sha’ul is teaching against – “the law of man-made commandments expressed in ordinances” – and surely NOT the written Torah by which he and his Master Yeshua lived and taught all their lives!
In Leviticus 26:14-15, Father YHVH equates not keeping all of His commandments with breaking His covenant . . .
But if you will not listen to me and will not do all these commandments, if you spurn my statutes, and if your soul abhors my rules, so that you will not do all my commandments, but break my covenant . . .
Torah is also the Marriage Covenant (Ketuvah) between Father YHVH and the children of Israel, into which all true believers are spiritually grafted, both “Jew” and “Gentile” alike (Romans 11:17; 19; 23-24), truly making the “one new man” of Ephesians 2:15. So for anyone who claims to be a disciple of Yeshua of Nazareth to somehow consider themselves to be “free” of the requirements of the Covenant by which he or she is sanctified, would be like a man or woman claiming to be married, but refusing to be faithful to their spouse! And, just as this behavior in a civil setting would surely be grounds for divorce by the offended party, so is it in the case of our willful, continued, and unrepentant DISobedience to the written commandments of YHVH Elohim and of His Son, our Lord Yeshua! But “divorce” in this case means the loss of one’s salvation! And this is exactly what the Lord Yeshua is warning us all about in Matthew 7:21-23, surely some of the most terrifying verses in the entire Bible, since they are aimed squarely at those who believe themselves to be righteous because of their ability to work miracles in the Father’s and the Son’s names, but who are NOT righteous according to the Father and the Son!
21 “Not everyone who merely calls me Lord is going to enter the Kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven (those who live by “every word which comes from the mouth of God” – Matthew 4:4; Deuteronomy 8:3 – who obey ALL of the commandments of God and of His Son as they are written).
22 On that day (Judgment Day) many (Greek polus – the great majority) will cry out to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’
23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”
There are two enormous additional errors responsible for “Christianity’s” anti-Torah (antinomian) beliefs. First, even a superficial examination of the Greek language of Colossians 2 reveals that Sha’ul (“Paul”) was referring to the “certificate of indebtedness” by which we were made slaves to sin, which Yeshua surely did cancel out by “paying the debt” for us. Sha’ul was surely NOT referring to the entirety of, or any part of, the written Mosaic Law, a.k.a., Torah, which he testified that he believed and kept his entire life. (Acts 24:14-16)
Second, “the freedom we have in Christ” (Galatians 2:4) is surely NOT freedom to ignore Torah, but freedom from the commandments of men (Isaiah 29:13) which were invented and taught by the Pharisees, Sadducees, etc., (i.e., the Jews’ “oral law”, what has become today’s Talmud, etc.). This is merely Sha’ul’s continuation of the identical teachings of his Master, our Lord Yeshua, exactly as we would expect. (Matthew 15:9; Mark 7:7)
It is utterly inconceivable that the Apostle Sha’ul would even imagine teaching a completely new “gospel of grace” which would serve to overturn the very Hebraic basis of the true Gospel of the Kingdom of God/heaven, especially since his Lord and Master explicitly stated that he had not only NOT come to do away with Torah (“the Law”), but to fulfil complete it (Greek: pleroó, to complete). This completion is to be of prophecy (Matthew 5:17) by being the person prophesied to appear as HaMashiach/The Promised One. He was also sent to show us how Torah must be kept from the heart, in sincerity, not merely by performing rituals, and to confirm and validate those portions of Torah which related to the Messiah. He also said (Matthew 5:17-18) that the entire Torah and the Prophets (the entire “Old Testament”) would remain in full force and effect until heaven and earth pass away. Have they passed away? No? Then according to our Lord Yeshua, Torah is still in effect, and the requirement that we obey it, ALL of it.
But what about Romans 10:4: “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”? This is a perfect example of an intentional reversal of the original sense of a passage by the translators, whose agenda had ZERO to do with truth, and everything to do with injecting their false trinitarian and antinomian beliefs into the Body of Christ! The Greek word usually translated as “end” in Romans 10:4 is telos, which actually means “goal” or “purpose”. It is the root of the word teleology, defined as “The philosophical interpretation of natural phenomena as exhibiting purpose or design.”
Substituting either of these words in the text quickly reveals just how deceptive the King James and other modern translations can be to the unwary! “For Christ is the purpose of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”
So our Lord Yeshua surely did not “complete” Torah it by ending it (which would have contradicted his own explicit statement of purpose above), but by adding the essential missing ingredient which would allow the Gentiles to be included in the Mosaic Covenant: salvation by faith.
When is the grace of God NOT the grace of God?
Answer: When it is preached as being an excuse for licentious (lawless) behavior that the Bible says is sin. When is a gospel not The Gospel? When it is preached as being what Messiah “meant”, while actually leading the sheep astray. Is this happening in your church? Probably so.
Most Christians simply do not realize that the so-called “Gospel of Grace” is a 100% post-apostolic contrivance, a novel teaching which was injected into the original faith “which was once and for all given to the saints” (Jude 3). It is designed to separate disciples of “Jesus Christ” from the true Hebraic roots of the original faith, and to lead them astray into fatal error, exactly as was prophesied by the Apostle Kefa (“Peter”) in 2 Peter 3:15-17:
15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable distort, as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction.
17 You therefore, beloved, seeing that you already know these things, beware lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness.
The word “wicked” above is athesmos, which literally means “lawless”. In this context, it surely means, “those who do not obey Torah”. Kefa (“Peter”) is here warning the disciples of Yeshua that some people were already distorting the teachings of Sha’ul (“Paul”), and that these false teachings will lead them away from their prior steadfast obedience to Torah, and to their own destruction. To which we say, “AMEN!”
If this teaching is not opposed and exposed for what it is, it will surely continue to lead untold numbers of additional trusting Christians into the Lake of Fire. We speak of that teaching which says that Christians have somehow been “freed” from the necessity to keep the commandments of God by Messiah’s sacrifice on the cross. This is a Satanic lie straight from the slimy lips of the King of Liars, as we prove herein. How is this possible? Only through the deceptions of the devil, and those who unwittingly cooperate with him.
Avoiding Deception . . .
The first key to avoiding deception is to understand and admit that you can be deceived. This may be difficult for some, since many Christians – especially those of a Calvinist/Lutherian persuasion – have been taught to believe that they cannot be deceived. But consider the following, from Jessie Penn-Lewis’ (1861-1927) classic work, “War on the Saints”:
“Christians who are true and faithful, and honest, can be deceived by Satan, and his deceiving spirits, for the following reasons:
(a) When a man becomes a child of God, by the regenerating power of the Spirit, giving him new life as he trusts in the atoning work of Messiah, he does not at the same time receive fulness of knowledge, either of God, himself, or the devil.
(b) The mind which by nature is darkened [Eph. 4:18], and under a veil created by Satan [2 Corinthians. 4:4] is only renewed, and the veil destroyed, up to the extent that the light of truth penetrates it, according to the measure in which the man is able to apprehend it.
(c) “Deception” has to do with the mind, and it means a wrong thought admitted to the mind, under the deception that it is truth. Since “deception” is based on ignorance, and not on the moral character; a Christian who is “true” and “faithful” up to the knowledge he has, must be open to deception in the sphere where he is ignorant of the “devices” of the devil [2 Corinthians. 2:11], and what he is able to do. A “true” and “faithful” Christian is liable to be “deceived” by the devil because of his ignorance.
(d) The thought that God will protect a believer from being deceived if he is true and faithful, is in itself a deception, because it throws one off guard, and ignores the fact that there are conditions on the part of the believer which have to be fulfilled for God’s working. God does not do anything instead of a person, but by the person’s co-operation with Him; neither does He undertake to make up for a person’s ignorance, when He has provided knowledge for him which will prevent his being deceived. [Such as Scripture!]
(e) Messiah would not have warned His disciples “Take heed … be not deceived” if there had been no danger of deception, or if God had undertaken to keep them from deception apart from their “taking heed,” and their knowledge of such danger.
The knowledge that it is possible to be deceived, keeps the mind open to truth, and light from God; and is one of the primary conditions for the keeping power of God; whereas a closed mind to light and truth, is a certain guarantee of deception by Satan at his earliest opportunity.” — End of quote from “War on the Saints”
Having the Love of the Truth . . .
The second thing is to make absolutely sure that you love God’s truth no matter where it may lead you. Without this internalized, heartfelt, all-in commitment to God’s truth, we are all sitting ducks for Satan’s schemes. In fact, Sha’ul warns us that the Father will Himself deceive those who do not have this love of His truth. This being the case, what chance does anyone have of avoiding a deception if it is from God Himself? Answer: None whatsoever.
10 …because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. [2 Thessalonians 2:10-12]
Our Lord Yeshua Messiah (“Jesus Christ”) warns us over and over again to be alert to the possibility of deception. Believe this: if it were not possible for us to be deceived, his warning would have been totally unnecessary, and our Lord never uttered any unnecessary words. Therefore, anyone who believes that they cannot be deceived (because they are among “the elect”?), such person is already deceived and in deadly peril. Satan does not lie to no purpose, and his purpose is to trick us all into the flames with him if he can. Please note that in Matthew 7, our Lord directly links the difficulty in finding the strait and narrow way, with FALSE TEACHERS and their teachings.
Matthew 7:13 Enter in at the strait [narrow, hard to find] gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many (Greek: polus – the great majority) there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait [confined, restricted, difficult] is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few (Greek: oligo – a tiny number) there be that find it.
15 Beware of false prophets (teachers), which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?
17 Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that does not bring forth good fruit is cut down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits shall you know them.
21 Not every one that merely calls me Lord shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
22 Many (Greek: polus – the great majority) will say to me in that day, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out demons? and in your name done many wonderful works?”
23 And then will I profess unto them, “I never knew you: depart from me, you that practice iniquity [Greek: anomia anomia – lawlessness, or TORAHlessness].”
24 Therefore whosoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it did not fall: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that hears these sayings of mine, and does not do them, shall be likened unto a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
28 And it came to pass, when Yeshua had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. [Matthew 7:13-29]
Here is our Lord’s warning concerning a particular spirit which he says will characterize a large percentage of all those who consider themselves to be his “disciples” in the last days before his return (Revelation 3:13-19):
13 He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodicæans write; These things says the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
[Side note: Here our Lord refers to himself as “the beginning of the creation of God.” If he describes himself as being CREATED BY GOD, how could he possibly BE GOD?]
15 I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I would you were cold or hot.
16 So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spit you out of my mouth.
17 Because you say, “I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing;” and do not know that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I advise you to buy from me gold tried in the fire, so that you may be rich; and white raiment, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness does not appear; and anoint your eyes with eyesalve, so that you may see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
He gave a similar warning to the Pharisees, who also mistakenly thought that they had it all together (John 9:39-41):
39 And Yeshua said, “For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.”
40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, “Are we blind also?”
41 Jesus said unto them, “If you were (physically) blind, you should have no sin: but now because you say, ‘We see;’ therefore your sin remains.”
One thing that the “church of the Laodicæans” and “the Jews” (today’s rabbinic Jews) have in common is a belief in their own authority to change Scripture – which is actually the revealed character of the Creator God of the Bible – into a Godless, invented “oral Torah” which allows them to fabricate their own religion. In short, they believe that they can give themselves the right to change Scripture! What they do not realize is that, in this, they are displaying exactly the same spirit of rebelliousness that Satan does:
Isa 14:13 “But you (Satan) said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north.
Isa 14:14 ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’
But “they will” also share in Satan’s destiny, in the Lake of Fire. And so with all “Jews” who follow the “oral Torah”, the Talmud, Zohar, Kaballah, etc., instead of the commandments of God as they are written in the Hebrew Torah/Tanakh.
NOTE: Those of us who are “contending for the faith once given to the saints” (Jude 3) are surely NOT changing Scripture when we find errors in popular Bible versions! Such errors are always deviations from the established doctrines and teachings of the Lord Yeshua and of his disciples.
In Yeshua’s time, it was the Pharisees’ “oral law”, which they claim that YHVH Elohim gave to Moses separately from what is recorded in the written Torah, supposedly with whispered instructions to memorize it, and to not write it down. Right. We are not making this up. After the destruction of the second Temple in 70 AD and the scattering (Diaspora) of the Jews from Jerusalem, they had to write it down, and it became what is now called the “Talmud”, the “Mishneh Torah”, the “Zohar”, “Kaballah”, etc., all of which are rooted in the Babylonian mystery religions.
Origins of the Fake Grace Lie . . .
The idea that Yeshua’s arrival signaled the end of the need for the faithful to obey the commandments (Torah) has been pushed since shortly after the very beginnings of “Christianity”. This started with the Roman Emperor Constantine, who decided to highjack it as a vehicle for regaining his fading control over the Roman people. This was largely achieved by effectively stripping the original apostolic faith (Jude 3) of every last vestige of its Hebraic origins, and making the keeping of that original faith a capital crime against Rome! Here are two public oaths which were required of all subjects of Rome, and especially of all disciples of Yeshua of Nazareth:
“I accept all customs, rites, legalisms, and feasts of the Romans, sacrifices, prayers, purifications with water, sanctifications by Pontifex Maximus (“Chief Bridge-builder”, referring to the union of church and state in his person, an official title of the Roman Emperor, later of the Roman Catholic pope), propitiations, and feasts, and the New Sabbath (Sun-day), all new chants and observances, and all the foods and drinks of the Romans. In other words, I absolutely accept everything Roman, every new law, rite and custom, of Rome, and the New Roman Religion.”
“I renounce all customs, rites, legalisms, unleavened breads and sacrifices of lambs of the Hebrews, and all the other feasts of the Hebrews, sacrifices, prayers, aspirations, purifications, sanctifications, propitiations, and fasts and new moons, and Sabbaths, and superstitions, and hymns and chants, and observances and synagogues, absolutely everything Jewish, every Law, rite and custom, and if afterwards I shall wish to deny and return to Jewish superstition, or shall be found eating with Jews, or feasting with them, or secretly conversing and condemning the Christian religion instead of openly confuting them and condemning their vain faith, then let the trembling of Cain and the leprosy of Gehazi cleave to me, as well as the legal punishments to which I acknowledge myself liable. And may I be an anathema (cursed and cut off) in the world to come, and may my soul be set down with Satan and the devils.” (Stefano Assemani, Acta Sanctorum Martyrum Orientalium et Occidentalium, Vol. 1, Rome 1748, page 105)
Additionally, around 365 AD, the Council of Laodicæa ordered, in one of their “canons”:
“Christians must not Judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day. Rather, honoring the Lord’s Day. But if any shall be found to be Judaizers, let them be anathema (cursed and cut off, by being killed) from Christ”.
This then, is the true historical origin of the change of Christianity’s “Sabbath” from the God-commanded seventh-day to the pagan-Roman-emperor-commanded first day, SUNday! Since the keeping of the seventh-day Sabbath is an eternal sign of the covenant between God and man (Exodus 31:17), all who fail to “keep holy the Sabbath” are breaking God’s commandment (Exodus 20:8) every week of their lives! This was the start of The Great Apostasy prophesied by the Apostle Sha’ul (“Paul”) in 2 Thessalonians 2:3. It is the root cause of why the great majority of today’s nominally “Christian” denominations have not the faintest idea of who “Christ” really was and is!
Before we go any further, we need to back up a bit, and see just where all this deception originated. It is actually rooted in the very first prophecy in the entire Bible, at Genesis 3:15, where God is cursing Satan for his works, and prophesying about the Redeemer who would come:
And I will put enmity between you (the serpent/Satan) and the Woman (spiritual Israel), and between your seed (all who bear the Mark of the Beast, whether spiritual or physical) and her seed (all who bear the spiritual Mark of YHVH/God); he (Yeshua) shall crush your head, and you (Satan) shall wound his heel.” Genesis 3:15
When Satan is described as a serpent, it is his essential nature that is being described, and not necessarily his physical shape. How do poisonous snakes kill their prey? By injecting them with their poison. What is Satan’s “poison”? The LIE! This is a prophecy that Satan will “wound” the Body of Christ by injecting his LIES into it! And how does he do this? With FALSE TEACHINGS. Any false teaching which is accepted as truth by the believer effectively REPLACES the truths of God in the life of the believer, with the inescapable result of the loss of salvation. This is precisely what our Lord Yeshua was warning us about with his sermon about no one being able to serve two masters (Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13). We MUST discern the Truth, and live by it/him. Period. Throughout the rest of this article, you will see repeated references to things being injected into the original apostolic faith. Please take note of these, for they are all from the same spiritual source: Satan, the Serpent, according to Genesis 3:15.
Since Apostolic times, this same spirit has manifested in the teaching that the Apostle Sha’ul supposedly taught a “new and improved” post-Pentecost “Gospel of Grace” which effectively replaced the teachings of Yeshua of Nazareth, and supposedly “freed” his disciples from the “burden” of obedience to the written Torah of Moses. Boosted by the edicts of the Constantinian Council of Nicæa in 325 AD, which made the “deity” of Yeshua official (on pain of death for dissenters), the new Roman religion (i.e., 100% Gentile) “Church of Jesus Christ” rejoiced in its new-found “freedom”, since they believed that they were “no longer under the Law, but under grace” (misunderstanding Romans 6:14-15). However, those who refused to “rejoice” in this new “freedom” were burned at the stake, crucified, or thrown to the lions for the entertainment of the other new “Christians”.
So today’s wildly popular teaching of what we call Christianity’s “fast-food grace” and the “no-fault gospel” is specifically designed – as is the belief in a “Pre-Tribulation rapture of the Church” – to appeal to the Laodicæan spirit which is still abroad in the Body of Messiah today. Totally ignoring what our Lord said that the purpose of his mission was (to preach the gospel of the imminent Kingdom of God/heaven on earth), this manufactured gospel of licentious grace teaches that Messiah was sent (the Shaliach of YHVH Elohim) primarily because of the “impossibility” of man’s keeping the written Torah of YHVH Elohim, especially including the Ten Commandments.
Those who teach this seem to believe that the Creator is a slow learner, that He did not know that man would not be able to keep Torah perfectly, but that He only “discovered” this problem slowly, over a period of about 1,445 years, between the giving of Torah and the birth of Messiah. Amazing!
But in fact, all of history is unfolding exactly according to the divine Plan (Word/Logos) of YHVH Elohim, and there is no “learning” on His part whatsoever. It has ALL been planned by our God. All of it.
What is even worse, these “hireling shepherds” teach that we need not be concerned about this supposed “impossibility” of keeping Torah, because Messiah’s sacrifice on the cross supposedly paid the price for ALL our sins (they’re all “covered by the Blood”), and our “Abba” Father-God’s all-encompassing love, grace and mercy covers whatever “doctrinal shortcomings” we may have. Unfortunately for this view, the Bible description of the parents of John the Baptist, Zacharias and Elisabeth, even before the birth of Yeshua, in the New Testament (!), specifically contradicts it:
6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in ALL the commandments and ordinances of YHVH blameless. [Luke 1:6]
No, that’s not a typo. Nor does this say that they never sinned. Implied in the statement of Luke 1:6 is that when they did sin, they immediately repented of it, and followed the requirements of Torah which were then appropriate to repentance. So Torah can be kept, as the Bible insists. But in one sense, those who say that Torah is inadequate unto salvation are correct , because Torah was given to show us the impossibility of achieving righteousness and salvation by way of Torah alone.
16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of Torah, but by the faith of Yeshua Messiah, even we have believed in Yeshua Messiah, that we might be justified by the faith of Messiah, and not by the works of Torah: for by the works of Torah shall no flesh be justified. [Galatians 2:16]
So how are we to reconcile these two apparently contradictory statements in Holy Scripture? The only answer is that Zacharias and Elisabeth did, in fact, believe in the prophesied Messiah. And, we know that Zacharias himself prophesied and was visited by the Angel of YHVH, so why should it be difficult to believe that he and Elisabeth were given prophetic understanding of the significance of the advent of the Messiah, and believed? As with Abraham, they believed God, and it was reckoned to them as righteousness. Yet despite this imputed righteousness, they still kept Torah, in simple obedience, as keepers of the Mosaic Covenant into which they had been born, and this is part of God’s definition of their righteousness. Not all of it, but an essential part of it. It is but ONE of the many “keys to the Kingdom” promised by our Lord Yeshua in Matthew 16:19.
In other words, keeping Torah is still an essential, but insufficient in itself, condition of salvation. If it were not so, would He not have told us? [John 14:2] In fact, He has told us what is necessary, over and over again, in every conceivable way, and that He does not change (Malachi 3:6).
You shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall you diminish anything from it, so that you may keep the commandments of YHVH your God which I command you. [Deuteronomy 4:2]
But He answered and said unto them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God by your traditions?” [Matthew 15:3]
“Thus have you made the commandment of God of no effect by your traditions.” [Matthew 15:6]
“But in vain they do worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.” (Yeshua here quotes his Father in Isaiah 29:13, referring to the “oral Torah/Law”, invented by the Pharisees, etc., and continued today as the Talmud, etc.) [Matthew 15:9]
“... IF you expect to enter into eternal life, KEEP the commandments.” [Matthew 19:17]
“Full well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your own traditions.” [Mark 7:9]
And they were both (Zacharias and Elisabeth, parents of John the Baptist) righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of YHVH, blameless. [Luke 1:6]
And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment. [Luke 23:56]
“A new commandment I give unto you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” [John 13:34]
“IF you love me, KEEP my commandments.” [John 14:15]
He that KNOWS my commandments, and KEEPS them, he it is that loves me: and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. [John 14:21]
“IF you keep my commandments, you shall ABIDE (remain) in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in His love.” [John 15:10]
“This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you.” [John 15:12]
Wherefore Torah is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God (is what matters). [1 Corinthians 7:19]
If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of YHVH. [1 Corinthians 14:37]
For you know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Yeshua. [1 Thessalonians 4:2]
That you KEEP this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Yeshua Messiah: [1 Timothy 6:14]
Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth (the Jews’ “oral law”). [Titus 1:14]
For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. [2 Peter 2:21]
That you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of our Lord and Savior: [2 Peter 3:2]
And hereby we do know that we know him, IF we KEEP his commandments. [1 John 2:3]
He that says, “I know him,” and does not KEEP his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. [1 John 2:4]
And what is to be the fate of ALL liars?
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” [Revelation 21:8]
Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you have heard from the beginning. [1 John 2:7]
Whosoever commits sin breaks also Torah: for sin is the breaking of Torah. [1 John 3:4]
The wages of sin is death. [Romans 6:23]
Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sins, it shall die. [Ezekiel 18:4]
And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and DO those things that are pleasing in His sight. [1 John 3:22]
And this is His commandment, That we should believe on the name of His Son Yeshua Messiah, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. [1 John 3:23]
And he that keeps His commandments dwells in Him, and He in him. And HEREBY we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit which He has given us. [1 John 3:24]
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep His commandments. [1 John 5:2]
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are NOT burdensome. [1 John 5:3]
And this is love, that we walk after His commandments. This is the commandment, That, as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it. [2 John 1:6]
And the dragon was furious with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which KEEP the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Yeshua Messiah. [Revelation 12:17]
In Revelation 12, the two distinguishing characteristics of “the remnant of the seed of the woman” are that they:  “have the testimony of Yeshua Messiah” [Revelation 12:17]; and  keep the commandments of God. Who are those who “have the testimony of Yeshua Messiah”? Those for whom Messiah will witness before the throne of his Father. It should be obvious that this refers ONLY to his Torah-true disciples and not all who merely claim to be his followers (Matthew 7:21), and not to any Jews (at this point), for no one, Jew or Gentile, who has not accepted Yeshua Messiah as Lord and Savior has his testimony yet. This is not to say that such Jews will not be saved, just that they have not yet been saved, nor will they be until his return and they accept him as HaMashiach/ The Messiah.
“He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white garments; and I will not blot out his name out of the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before His angels.” [Revelation 3:5]
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that KEEP the commandments of God, and the faith of Yeshua. [Revelation 14:12]
Blessed are they that DO his commandments, SO THAT they may have right to the Tree of Life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. [Revelation 22:14]
Moreover, we have the mind of Messiah [1 Corinthians 2:16], which is the indwelt holy Spirit of Father YHVH, who makes the keeping of His Commandments not only possible, but mandatory, as we show herein. But Messiah’s sacrifice in NO WAY frees us from the requirement to keep God’s holy Torah! If it did, then all of these above verses, and more, are false.
“Yea, God shall be found true, though every man be a liar.” [Romans 3:4]
We are responsible! But if we slip, we immediately repent, and we have forgiveness in Messiah.
7 But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, (then) we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Yeshua Messiah His Son cleanses us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 IF we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. [1 John 1:7-10]
So, anyone who does this is bearing false witness against the holy Spirit of YHVH, which is the Father YHVH bearing witness that the testimony of the Son is true. Denying the witness of the holy Spirit is blasphemy against the holy Spirit of YHVH, which is the unforgivable sin. (Matthew 12:32; Luke 12:10)
Summary . . .
O YHVH, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come to You from the ends of the earth, and shall say, “Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.”
Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are not God?
Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know my hand and my might; and they shall know that my name is YHVH. [Jeremiah 16:19-21]
In perfect fulfilment of this prophecy, the great majority of BOTH “Christians” AND “Jews” today believe – as a result of beliefs thay have inherited from their fathers (and mothers), and what they have heard preached all their lives – that they do NOT have to keep the commandments of God as they are written in the Bible, to be saved.
What you have just read absolutely contradicts all such teachings. It also contradicts the teaching of “eternal security” or “once saved, always saved”, which maintains that one’s salvation is assured for all eternity at the moment that any individual accepts Messiah as Savior and Lord, regardless of future sin in one’s life, whether repented of, or not! If that were true, then salvation would be insured regardless of unrepented sin, and ALL MANKIND would be necessarily be saved, which is “universalism”, which is explicitly contradicted by all of the rest of Scripture.
Not only do we not find this teaching of “licentious grace” even suggested anywhere in Scripture, but the testimony of the entire Bible is, in fact, diametrically opposed to it. Our Lord Yeshua said, “IF you love me, keep my commandments.” [John 14:15] How could he have made it any clearer?
It is absurd to think that the Apostle Sha’ul, entirely on his own, would somehow feel, not only free, but compelled to cook up a completely new “gospel of grace” which would directly contradict and effectively replace the original Gospel of the Kingdom as preached by Yeshua and all of his other disciples as recorded in the “New Testament”.
But all it takes to get through this monstrous deception, is to take a closer look at the original meanings of some key words and phrases in the oldest Greek texts, and at the actual contextual meanings of many of the Hebraic figures of speech used throughout, as we show herein.
If it were not possible for us to keep his commandments, why would he command us to do so? In what conceivable sense is this teaching of licentious grace not denying the very Gospel of Yeshua Messiah itself, for it injects a non-existent means of salvation which is directly opposed to the clear, consistent teaching of Scripture, and the words of our blessed Lord Himself?
Is it not therefore proven to be a FALSE Gospel, “another Gospel”, as was cursed by the Apostle Sha’ul (“Paul”)?
In fact, the entire short epistle of Jude, the last book before the Book of the Revelation, is concerned with this single topic, the Church being seduced and led astray by false teachers – who have no proper respect for God’s authority – into abandoning the foundational precepts of the Mosaic Torah:
Jud 1:1 Jude, the servant of Yeshua Messiah, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Yeshua Messiah, and called:
Jud 1:2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
Jud 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
[This should inform us that, at the time of the writing of the Renewed Covenant Scriptures (“New Testament”), there WAS ALREADY IN EXISTENCE a SINGLE, ORIGINAL, distinctly identifiable FAITH (an ESTABLISHED SET OF BELIEFS), which was ALREADY under attack at the time of the writing of this epistle.]
Jud 1:4 For there are certain men who have insinuated themselves into our company, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into licentiousness (Torah-lessness), and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Yeshua Messiah.
Jud 1:5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though you once knew this, how that YHVH, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.
Jud 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own assigned habitation, he has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness until the Judgment of the great day.
Jud 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
Jud 1:8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers (the “certain men” of v. 4) defile the flesh, despise authority, and speak evil of the honorable.
Jud 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil over the body of Moses, dared not rebuke him personally, but said, YHVH rebuke you.
Jud 1:10 But these speak evil of those things about which they know nothing: but what they do know they know naturally, even as mindless animals, and in those things they corrupt themselves.
Jud 1:11 Woe unto them! for they are like those who acted as Cain did, and those who ran greedily after the error of the false prophet Balaam for reward (such as a salary, 401-k, IRA, etc.!), and those who perished in the rebellion of Korah.
Jud 1:12 These are blemishes in your feast day celebrations, when they feast with you, gorging themselves without fear: they are like clouds without water, driven about by winds; trees whose fruit has withered, dried up, doubly dead, plucked up by the roots;
Jud 1:13 They are as restless waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; as the fallen angels of heaven, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
Jud 1:14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, YHVH comes with ten thousands of his saints,
Jud 1:15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
Jud 1:16 These are grumblers, complainers, pursuing nothing but their own lusts; and their mouth speaks great boastful words, flattering people to gain their support.
Jud 1:17 But, beloved, you remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Yeshua Messiah;
Jud 1:18 How that they told you there will be mockers (those who ignore &/or outright reject Torah – Isaiah 28:14) in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
Jud 1:19 These are the ones who identify themselves by their own sensuality, not having the Spirit.
Jud 1:20 But you, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the holy Spirit,
Jud 1:21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Yeshua Messiah unto eternal life.
Jud 1:22 And on some have compassion, making a difference:
Jud 1:23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
Jud 1:24 Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
Jud 1:25 To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.
Conversion . . .
The clear testimony of Scripture is that not only CAN we keep his commandments, but that we MUST keep them, IF we are to inherit the prize. This is accomplished through the “keeping power” of the indwelt holy Spirit of Father YHVH, as long as we “abide in Messiah”. This is one of the results of conversion, wherein we become as little children, recognizing and internalizing what our proper attitude toward the true Creator God should/must be, and humbling ourselves under His mighty hand.
Even Kefa/“Peter”, after having walked with Yeshua for the full seventy weeks (NOT 3½ years!) of his public ministry, was not “converted” until after our Lord’s crucifixion and resurrection, even as our Lord Yeshua prophesied would happen. “But I have prayed for you, that your faith not fail: and when you are converted, strengthen your brethren.” [Luke 22:32] Nor is this “conversion” some arcane thing that applied only to the Apostles. The words of our Lord:“Verily I say unto you, Unless you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” [Matthew 18:3] Peter could not “strengthen his brethren”, and help them to be converted until he had been converted himself.
Prior to that time, Peter and the rest of the apostles assumed that, since Yeshua was obviously the Promised One, the Messiah, he must be there to establish the earthly kingdom promised to the Jews in the Tanakh (“Old Testament”), with which they were all familiar from childhood. In other words, they thought that he was there to bring an end to the Roman occupation of Judæa, and that they would be reigning and ruling with him thereafter. This is what the mother of James and John was asking for when she asked that her sons might be seated on either side of him, at the head of the table, when he established his earthly kingdom. [Matthew 20:20] It wasn’t until after Yeshua’s resurrection that Peter and the other apostles really began to understand what his ministry was all about.
Sin IS the Transgression of Torah . . .
“Whosoever commits sin transgresses Torah, for sin is the transgression of Torah.”-1 John 3:4
The basics of Torah are the Ten Commandments. But Yeshua and the apostles taught, and we must accept it, that all must keep Torah (obey ALL of the commandments in the “Old Testament” as they apply to the individual today) in order to gain salvation. Everything in the Bible affirms this, and it is ONLY the twisted interpretations of “Christianity” which deny it! Anyone who teaches otherwise is preaching “another gospel” as the apostle Sha’ul (“Paul”) cursed in Galatians 1:8-9 :
8 “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have already preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that you have received, let him be accursed.”
So, is Sha’ul here cursing himself, as he surely would be if he had, in fact, put forward a “Gospel of Grace” which effectively replaced the original Gospel of the Kingdom of God/Heaven originally preached by Yeshua and ALL of his talmidim (disciples)? We think not. So what are the issues here?
Those who seek to justify the abandonment of the Torah do so primarily on the basis of mistranslations and misinterpretations of the Renewed Covenant Scriptures. It can easily be proven that the Apostle Sha’ul NEVER preached against any of the commandments of God as written in the Hebrew Scriptures (Tanakh), NOR against the need for all disciples of Yeshua of Nazareth to keep them unto salvation! <GASP!>
YES! The entire Tanakh (Torah/Nevi’im/Ketuvim – Torah of Moses, the Prophets, & the Writings, what Christians call the “Old Testament”) is the Ketuvah/Wedding Covenant (contract) between the children of Israel and the God of the Bible, and outside of that Covenant, there is nothing but annihilation in the Lake of Fire for any human being, according to all of Scripture. Faith in the shed blood of our Lord Yeshua is the essential first step toward salvation, but it is INsufficient by itself, even as we are told in the “New Testament”:
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (John 1:12)
“Power to become” is language describing an ongoing PROCESS, and surely NOT a singular EVENT in the life of the believer. The REST of the process is described as “working out your salvation in fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12), and as “overcoming”:
For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. (1 John 5:4)
And many more similar verses at Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12; 21:7.
The Torah of the Renewed Covenant is written on the hearts of those who are truly the Father’s and the Son’s. This includes the spirit of Torah, in addition to – and not instead of – the letter of it, as a result of the individual Christian’s:
1 being born again of the Spirit;
2 being converted (becoming as a little child before our “Abba” Father);
3 abiding (continuing) in Messiah, which is characterized by our steadfast OBEDIENCE to his commandments, which repeat and reinforce the Father’s commandments in the written Torah/Tanakh. This last is the combined result of the keeping power of the indwelt holy Spirit of YHVH, our having a heart towards God, our spiritual focus, and our continuing acts of will to remain “in Him” no matter what the world, our flesh, and Satan may throw at us.
Consider that, of ALL of the original children of Israel above the age of twenty who came out of Egypt, only TWO actually made it into the Promised Land! Yes! Which two? Joshua and Caleb. One Hebrew (Joshua) and one Gentile (Caleb). Why only these two? Father YHVH repeatedly tells us why: because only they “followed YHVH wholly” (in complete obedience). [ Numbers 32:11-12; Deuteronomy 1:36; Joshua 14:8-9, 14.]
As previously mentioned, one of the logical consequences of the teaching of licentious grace is that, once one accepts Messiah as Savior and Lord, one would necessarily be immediately “saved” for all eternity, and would enjoy “eternal security” (“once saved, always saved”). But again, the clear testimony of ALL Scripture says that this is not true. If it were true, then universalism (every human being will be saved) would also necessarily be true. But we know that universalism is impossible, for Scripture tells us that, although Messiah’s sacrifice surely did pay the price for all sin, that price can ONLY be accessed through the repentance of the sinner. “The soul that sins (unrepentantly), it shall die.”
Yeshua and the apostles repeatedly and consistently state that salvation is conditional, being dependent upon our doing of essential things. This is consistently and amply demonstrated with expressions such as “except you . . .”, “unless you . . .”, “that you . . .”, “if you . . .”, and so forth.
But what does the Bible say about this process of salvation?
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” [John 1:12-13]
So salvation is a lifelong process, and being born again* is only the very first step in it.
[Note* – This should not be “born again”, but “begotten again” or “conceived anew”, since no one will be actually “born again” until they receive their glorified body when they are either raptured at our Lord’s return, or resurrected then, at the first resurrection.]
So, becoming “born again” (to use the conventional term) is an essential – but insufficient in itself – condition of salvation, which actually only gives us the power to become “sons of God” at some future time, but does not immediately transform us into “sons of God”. Which is why our Lord promises to give us the keyS (plural) to the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 16:19): there’s more than one key! Which is why Sha’ul instructs us to “work out your salvation in fear and trembling.” [Philippians 2:12] If our salvation were assured at the moment we were “born again” (i.e., when we first asked the Lord Yeshua to forgive our sins and to be the Lord of our life), what would there be to fear? Absolutely nothing. But there it is. So we must endure, persevere, continue, walk out, work out, finish the race, etc., in order to gain the prize, which is salvation.
Note: In John 1:12-13 above, each born-again believer receives the power to become a son of God, but does not actually achieve that status until some time later, at the individual’s rapture or resurrection. Those who “endure to the end” will be, but not until after they “put on immortality”. Since some “sons of God” are obviously fallen angels, being a “son of God” has ZERO to do with salvation, but only with the category of creation to which one belongs.
The generic term “sons of God” refers to several different kinds of creatures, any of those who belong to a unique, singular act of creation by God. So, as Adam was specially created by God, he was a “son of God”, as was Eve, since she was uniquely “fashioned” by God from Adam’s body. The angels were apparently all created by God at once, so they are all “sons of God”, even the fallen ones who followed Satan in his rebellion. Yeshua is surely the ONLY begotten (engendered by YHVH in a woman) Son of God, as all of Scripture affirms. (Luke 1:35) This entitles him and him alone to be called “the Son of God”, which was a specific title reserved in Hebraic thought for the Promised One, HaMashiach. (Matthew 26:63, et al.)
We know that the God of the Bible is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He changes not. (Malachi 3:6) And the unbalanced gospel of God’s all-encompassing love, grace and mercy (the un-gospel) makes it easy to ignore the clear teachings of both “Old” and “New Testaments” concerning the more fearsome aspects of our God’s nature, His justice, judgment and wrath.
“…sin is the transgression of Torah.” [1 John 3:4]
“The soul that sins, it shall die.” [Ezekiel 18:4,20]
“The wages of sin is death.” [Romans 6:23]
“Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, IF you continue in his goodness: otherwise you also shall be cut off.” [Romans 11:22]
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” [Revelation 21:8]
As previously mentioned, the argument that we “cannot” keep Torah is directly contradicted by the testimony of Luke 1:5-6 regarding the parents of John the Baptizer, concerning their lives long before our Lord Yeshua was born, died and resurrected:
5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in ALL the commandments and ordinances of YHVH blameless.
Moreover, the argument that we “cannot” keep Torah is directly contradicted by the testimony of all Scripture every time we are told in no uncertain terms to “keep the commandments”! How can a person ignore the plain message of such consistent instructions, and still have a clear conscience? If one truly is “born again”, one will be convicted by the holy Spirit of Father YHVH, and one will not be able to continue in such blatant sin. According to all of Scripture,
if one IS able to continue in what the Bible describes
as sin, then one is surely NOT “born/begotten again”.
This is true, regardless of one’s beliefs. And just because one believes something, does NOT mean that it is true! Nor does one’s sincerity in one’s MISbeliefs in any way dictate God’s acceptance of same! Our acceptance of false teachings which we find attractive will never excuse us from the consequences of our error. “Ignorance of the law is no excuse”, not only in civil society, nor before almighty YHVH and His Son (Leviticus 5:17).
“Now if a person sins and does any of the things which YHVH has commanded not to be done, though he was unaware, still he is guilty and shall bear his punishment.” – NASB
We are all equally responsible. Anyone who believes that because they are “not under the Law, but under grace” means that the commandments of YHVH and of His Son do not apply to them, are in for a horrible awakening, when it will be too late to correct their tragic error.
The Bible also details the consequences of such unbelief and refusal to keep the commandments:
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him [Yeshua] a liar, and his word is not in us. [1 John 1:8-10]
But since the testimony of the holy Spirit of YHVH is that Yeshua Messiah is the Truth, anyone who calls Him (the Father) a liar is blaspheming Him, which is the unforgivable sin!
6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Yeshua Messiah; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. [1 John 5:6]
32 And whosoever speaks a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaks against the holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. [Matthew 12:32]
So, whoever calls Yeshua Messiah a liar is himself a liar:
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: [1 John 1:6]
And again, what is the fate of “all liars”?
8 “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” [Revelation 21:8]
Tying all of this in with “sin is the transgression of Torah”, one would be well-advised to have a healthy respect for the commandments of God as written in the Hebrew Scriptures and the keeping of them. Anyone who denies the necessity of keeping God’s Torah is teaching that salvation is possible regardless of sin, which is surely not in any legitimate Bible ever written.
As we have personally discovered, one of the things that happens when one is both truly “begotten again”, AND freed from the inherited anti-Torah prejudices that come with all “flavors” of Protestant Christianity, AND with Roman Catholicism, AND with rabbinic Judaism, is that one’s attitude toward the Torah of YHVH changes radically. Whereas Torah was previously seen as a burdensome, legalistic straitjacket which threatened to suck all of the joy out of one’s entire “Christian” walk, it is suddenly transformed into a profligately liberal blessing and the super-abundant provision of a loving God Who seeks nothing but the very best in life for all of His children. We are then consumed with discovering all we can about this wondrous new-found treasure, so that we can please our King, and His Son, exactly as the Psalmist says:
1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful (those who scorn Torah – Isaiah 28:14).
2 But (instead) his delight is in the Torah of YHVH; and in his Torah does he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For YHVH knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish. [Psalm 1]
7 The Torah of YHVH is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of YHVH is sure, making wise the simple.
8 The statutes of YHVH are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of YHVH is pure, enlightening the eyes.
9 The reverence of YHVH is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of YHVH are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them is your servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
12 Who can understand his own errors? Cleanse me from my secret faults.
13 Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in your sight, O YHVH, my strength, and my redeemer. [Psalm 19]
1 <A Maschil of Asaph> Give ear, O my people, to my Torah: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:
3 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.
4 We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of YHVH, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he has done.
5 For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a Torah in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:
6 That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:
7 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:
8 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God. [Psalm 78]
The only authority by which anyone might ignore Torah would be through a provision of Torah itself. No such authority exists or can be cited for not keeping any of the Ten Commandments, including the Fourth Commandment, that we keep holy the seventh-day Sabbath. This is also the first and oldest commandment [Genesis 2:3], whereby we honor YHVH Elohim as the Creator. It is also the only commandment which begins with the admonition to be sure to REMEMBER it. In Mark 2:27-28, Yeshua said that, “The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.” So the Sabbath is a gift to us from God, but we still imagine that we are “free” to say “Thanks, but no thanks” to God our Creator? Really?
Yeshua is both “the Son of man” and “the Son of God” (Luke 1:35), and he is surely destined to be Lord of all at his return. The context of his comments here is to correct the misbelief of the Pharisees, who erroneously taught that there were no exceptions to the restrictive traditions which they had invented concerning allowable behavior by Jews on the Sabbath.
Yeshua tells them here that their teachings are wrong, that the requirement to “keep holy the Sabbath” is not supposed to be an ironclad straitjacket, and that there were perfectly valid reasons for doing things on the Sabbath which were normally forbidden. The key is in the motivation (heart) of the person involved, and especially that such actions be unusual, exceptional, unforeseen, and not engaged in for the purpose of circumventing Torah. None of which is to be taken as an excuse not to “keep holy the Sabbath” as prescribed in Torah on a regular basis.
The Fourth Commandment was given as an eternal commandment, not just to God’s chosen people at Mount Sinai, but to all mankind, even before the creation of Adam, to be a thanksgiving memorial by all mankind for YHVH Elohim’s sovereign act of creation, which includes us. We ignore such solemn instruction at our eternal peril.
In short, 1. Sin is the transgression of Torah;
2. Torah is the Ten Commandments at a bare minimum; and
3. God will not save sinners who are continuing in sin, whether knowingly or in ignorance.
Therefore, according to the explicit Word of God, no one who
habitually breaks any of the Ten Commandments
– and especially unrepentantly –
has any prospect of salvation whatsoever.
Lev 5:17 Now if a person sins and does any of the things which YHVH has commanded not to be done, though he was unaware, still he is guilty and shall bear his punishment.
Does this sound to you as though Yeshua’s disciples are free to breeze through life with the unsaved world, because their sins are “covered by the Blood”? We think not. The entire Bible tells us that YHVH Elohim is the same, yesterday, today and forever, and that He is just as much about justice, righteousness and judgment as He is about love, grace and mercy.
Knowing full well its attractiveness and popularity, we nevertheless must label the teaching of such licentious grace for what it is: unbalanced, heretical, and blasphemous, and those who believe it and teach it as apostate. It completely ignores the fearsome aspects of YHVH described in the Bible, both “Old” and “New Testaments”. But Yeshua said that he is come for judgment, and specifically to judge those who claim to see, but who are truly spiritually blind, for blindly trusting in their carnal, man-made theology:
And Yeshua said, “For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.” And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, “Are we blind also?” Yeshua said unto them, “If you were blind, you should have no sin: but now you say, ‘We see;’ therefore your sin remains.” [John 9:39-41]
Not coincidentally, this spiritual blindness is also one of the characteristics of the Laodicæan Church, the seventh and last of the churches being warned of their shortcomings in Revelation:
Revelation 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodicæans write; These things says the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
15 I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I would you were cold or hot.
16 So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spit you out of my mouth.
17 Because you say, “I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing;” and you do not know that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I advise you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness does not appear; and anoint your eyes with eyesalve, that you may see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
And Messiah says that unless those who break his commandments will repent (agree with God that they are in sin, and turn away from their sinful behavior), they will “all likewise perish”. He said that he did not come to call the righteous (i.e., those who are living according to the written Torah), but sinners (those who admit their sins, repent, and follow him). But in order to repent of one’s sins one must first be made aware of what they are. This requires a knowledge of Torah. Only then is complete repentance possible.
Because all of us are equally responsible for what we believe before the throne of Holy YHVH, we should all – especially those who assume the mantle of teachers – be fully aware of the possibility of deception, both of the sheep and of ourselves. There are severe consequences promised to those who fall in love with their own teachings (“traditions”) as is chillingly borne out by YHVH in Ezekiel 14:1-11. We pray that all will take this to heart.
14:1 Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me.
2 And the word of YHVH came unto me, saying,
3 “Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their own hearts, and put the stumblingblock of their sin before their face: should I be inquired of at all by them?
4 Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, ‘Thus says Adonai YHVH; “Every man of the house of Israel that sets up his idols in his heart, and puts the stumblingblock of his sin before his face, and comes to the prophet; I YHVH will answer him that comes according to the multitude of his idols;
5 That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.”
6 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord YHVH; “Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.
7 For every one of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that stays in Israel, which separates himself from me, and sets up his idols in his heart, and puts the stumblingblock of his sin before his face, and comes to a prophet to inquire of him concerning me; I YHVH will answer him by myself:
8 And I will set my face against that man, and will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of my people; and you shall know that I am YHVH.
9 And if the prophet be deceived when he has spoken a thing, I YHVH have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.
10 And they shall bear the punishment of their sin: the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeks unto him.”
Those who preach the doctrine of permissive grace as evidence of an imagined “freedom in Messiah” are actually promoting, not liberty, but license and licentiousness, which is actually slavery to sin disguised as freedom, and the worship of a God and a Messiah who do not exist! “License” is defined as “deviation from normal rules, practices, or methods in order to achieve a certain end or effect; latitude of action, especially in behavior or speech; a lack of due restraint; excessive freedom; heedlessness for the precepts of proper behavior; licentiousness.”
In fact, Torah is an expression by God of Who He is.
God Is: Torah Is:
GOOD Luke 18:19 GOOD Romans 7:12
HOLY Isaiah 5:16 HOLY Romans 7:12
JUST Deut. 32:4 JUST Psalm 19:7
LOVE 1 John 4:8 LOVE Romans 13:10
RIGHTEOUS Exodus 9:27 RIGHTEOUS Psalm 19:9
TRUTH Deut. 32:4 TRUTH Psalm 119:142, 151
PURE 1 John 3:3 PURE Psalm 19:8
SPIRITUAL John 4:24 SPIRITUAL Romans 7:14
UNCHANGING Malachi 3:6 UNCHANGING Matthew 5:18
ETERNAL Genesis 21:33 ETERNAL Psalm 11:7,8
LOVE = OBEDIENCE
NO OBEDIENCE = NO LOVE
Learn to joyously keep ALL of the commandments, we pray, and save yourself while you may.
Working together with Him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain.
For He says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. — 2 Corinthians 6:1-2
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