It is hard to pass from one week to the other without becoming involved in a discussion of the Law. There is a lot of controversy in todays religious arena. There is controversy surrounding the healing virtues of God, there is controversy concerning the Law. There is a greater controversy concerning who should teach. Paul's ministry of times were derailed in his attempt to deal with controversy. These, and I use the word "petty" controversies have made Christianity its worst enemy.
In preparation for this year Martin L. King's celebration a controversy erupted over whether he said he was a drum major or not. There were those who believed in their convictions so strongly that they allowed the wrong interpretation to be engraved in stone. Dr. King never said he was a drum major, he used the word "IF" thus the word drum major became a metaphor. When I was a child there was a great divide concerning the shape of the Earth. Many of God's messengers preached a message that the earth was square. When tower and skyscrapers began to dot the horizon God's messengers were there to predict doom.
If the religious community would pause for a moment and step outside of their immaculate sainturaries, look around in the communities the suppose to serve they would realize that Christianity is a dying religion. The leaders of the religious orders are guilty of polluting the Gospel. Luke 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? Jesus posed this question when talking to his disciple.
The pious elite has divided the religious field into denominations, and each denomination expressing a valid or stated truth. It is the believability of God that suffers in all of this confusion. A serious look at our nation, our community and our young people will validate this truth. The truth is that most of these controversies have no value when it come to salvation as offered by Jesus Christ. These controversies merely serve as a distraction, they pollute and destroy the real Gospel. The book of Revelation contains seven letters to the churches, these letters are often ignored, but they hold a real message to the churches. Revelation 2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumbling-block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. Revelation 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
Our youth have become discombulated and are running to and fro in search of answers, and there is none forthcoming. We speak of the healing virtues of of God while we rush to the doctor's office. The churches are morphing into an arena of entertainment, and in all seriousness we are writing checks in the name of God and he is not honoring them.
When the Devil approached Eve in the garden, he injected confusion in the word of God. From that day forward deliberate confusion has been the greatest tool of the Devil. At the top of the list is the attempt to blend the Law and the dispensation of Grace. Next we will discuss why so many are claiming that God is doing so much, when according to his word in Revelation he is preparing to render judgement.
The Scriptures make a clear distinction between "Law" and "Grace," putting "Law" in one Dispensation and "Grace" in another. This should be one of the simplest things in the Bible to understand, yet is one of the most confusing aspects of the scripture. The basis of the dissent is formed upon Jesus quoting a scripture in Luke 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. "The Law was given by (through) Moses, but Grace and Truth came by (through) Jesus Christ." John 1:17. By the "Law" we are to understand the "Mosaic Law," the "Law" given to Moses by God on Mount Sinai. It was threefold.