Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Must we repent before we come to Christ?
A. The Bible does not teach that the sinner must repent before he can heed the invitation of Christ: "Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."---Matthew 11:28.
It is the virtue that goes out forth from Christ, that leads to genuine repentance. Peter made the matter clear in his statement to the Israelites when he said: "Him has God exalted with His right hand to be Prince and a Savior, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins."---Acts 5:31.
We can no more repent without the Spirit of Christ to awaken the conscience than we can be pardoned without Christ.
Christ is the source of every right impulse. He is the only one that can implant in the heart enmity against sin. Every desire for truth and purity, every conviction of our own sinfulness, is the evidence that His Spirit is moving on our hearts.
Q. What is the whole [complete] duty of mankind?
A."Let us hear the conclusion of the
whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments: for this is the
whole duty of man.
For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil."---Eccl. 12:13,14. Note, here we can see that the old testament people are under the very same law of liberty as the new: James 2:8-10.
Q.: Is it true that Jesus our righteousness came to do away with
the law? A.: Well it depends which law? The law of Moses had a law
of ceremonies contained in ordinances that included feasts and
ceremonial Sabbaths pointing to the cross of Christ. Yes, the are
done away because they found its fulfillment at the crucifixion.
But people that do not like Christ's Sabbath of the law of holy, moral and spiritual Ten Commandments will tell you that they are also fulfilled in Christ.
Q: [FAQ Does the Gospel free us from the
A: Depends which law? The ceremonial fulfilled in Christ or the holy, moral and spiritual law of the Ten Commandments which are a reflection of God's character?] " Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God."---1.Corinthians 7:19
The apostle always had a great fight with the party of the circumcision. What better way to put it than to say, it is worth nothing today, but better be in harmony with the holy law that points out sin and sinners!
The new Christianity greatly diminishes or even deny obedience and sanctification which God requires of us. Christ as our example is set at naught!
Q: Is it true that the lawlessness of
the anti-Christ stands revealed in these last days?
A: Yes, but where do you hear this these days since the protest of Protestantism has stopped? Lawlessness can mean less law. By over emphasizing what Christ has done for us, the minimize the law to such extend that it does not matter what you do. The lawless one is seated already in the synagogue or church. Only those who keep the commandments of God by the faith of Jesus can expose the law less one.
Q: Is there a prophecy of Jesus?
A: Yes, The Lord is
well pleased for His righteousness sake, He will magnify the law and
make it honorable."---Isaiah 42:21
One only has to read the Gospel in Matthew to see how Jesus magnified His holy law. He put the magnifying glass on hatred and adultery in chapter five and commanded that not the tiniest part or particle of that law such as a comma or stroke be neglected. Jesus and Matthew made the Ten Commandments part of the Gospel.
Here is Dr. Luke's account: "And a
certain ruler asked Him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to
inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou Me
good? none is good, save one, God.
Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honor thy father and mother.---Luke 18:18,19.
Commandments cannot save us, but we cannot be saved without them either. As already noted, Paul also upheld them: "circumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God."---1.Cor.7:19
What about John the disciple of love? "Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law." ---1. John 3:4
Q: Doesn't it sound a bit fanatical what you present?
A: When someone is in love, we are hot for that
person. So it is with God's love. A liberal Christian may give a lot
of lip service, but his heart is far from real love.
"And hereby we do know that we know Him,
if we keep His commandments.
He that saith, I know Him, and keeps not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him."
"Whosoever abides in Him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth has not seen Him, neither known Him."
"Little children let no man deceive you, he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous."
"He that commits sin is of the Devil." "Whosoever is born of God does not commit sin: for His seed remains in him: and He cannot sin, because he is born of God."---1.John 2:3,4; 3:7-10.
So long as we have Christ our righteousness abiding in us, we cannot sin. We have this assurance from God.
Babylon is the symbol of self-righteousness!