Are these Old Testament Commands really relevant in today’s world?
Does the Savior of mankind require of His true followers (True Christians) obedience to the Ten Commandments? Do you really know what the Bible teaches on this subject?
(All Scripture in this article is from NKJ unless otherwise noted.)
The world we live in today is obviously not trying to live by the Ten Commandments, or many other Biblical related concepts for that matter, but millions alive today claim to be Christians. Have the Commandments become obsolete? Are they still binding on Christians of today, and if so; why don’t most religions teach the keeping of all of them?
Does the passage that says “sin is the transgression of the Law” (1John 3:4) include the Ten Commandment Law of God? Why do some religions teach Jesus Christ came to do away with the Ten Commandments, which is considered to be the basics of the very Righteousness of God? Ps 119:172 says; “My tongue shall speak of Your word, for all Your commandments are righteousness.” Why did Christ say for us to “seek first the kingdom of God” and His “righteousness” (Matt.6:33) if He in fact was going to do away with those Commandments that are HIS righteousness? Does that make much sense?
Is it possible that most “Christian” churches in the United States of America and elsewhere in the world have chosen not to teach the keeping of all the Ten Commandments, because it would expose their rebellion and the fact they are not really obeying God as true Christians? As you continue to read, please think about these things and consider what the Bible reveals about this!
Many people in this country today, and perhaps all around the world where “Christianity” is believed and practiced, have a wide variety of beliefs concerning the Ten Commandments. The questions put forth above reflect that varied approach. Some have been deceived into believing that it is only a “good idea” not to lie, cheat, steal and murder! Homosexuality and lesbianism is no longer considered an abomination to God, as the Bible clearly teaches and many states are now falling into the sin of “legalizing” same sex marriages. Adultery (the 7th Commandment) should not be committed, in the minds of some, if a person is married, but if not married, then you should at least practice “safe sex” and “be careful” so as not to contract any STD’s or AIDS seems to be the normal and modern approach. Is this country moving toward a Sodom & Gomorrah life style, which was destroyed by God for those very sins? (Gen.19:24-25) This sexual immoral mentality has already lodged in the minds of some of the clergy who are now embracing this life style! (Of course some in the “priesthood” have even been caught in the scandalous activities of homosexual behavior and abuse of young children in decades gone by.)
Looking around at this country today, as it steadily moves away from good moral conduct and solid Christian values, surly we can see our blessings as a nation are being taken away. However, the thinking continues, among the more religious, that we should acknowledge God and love neighbor, respect parents and even go to church several times a year when it is convenient, but this really amounts to being tolerant of sinful life styles that God has never condoned! The mindset is that the 4th Commandment (which is a test of obedience) doesn’t really mean what it says anymore. The majority, not realizing men began changing it over 1900 years ago in order to keep Sunday to honor the pagan sun god. The average person today grows up believing that Sunday is the normal Christian Sabbath, never being taught any different. The majority think that keeping Christmas and Easter, along with other days not mentioned in the Bible, but are considered “Christian”; would show that we all love Jesus and acknowledge Him as Savior. Those doing this, without doing anything Christ taught or trying to live a righteous life based on the Bible and His example think that just professing Christ as savior is enough.
That common thinking of the majority makes one feel that they are doing okay as Christians and that the Ten Commandments of God are basically just ten suggestions. This world we live in today makes it virtually impossible for one to really live by the Laws of God anyway; which also is the common thinking. Physically this may be true; one really cannot keep them beyond the letter and certainly not in the spiritual intent, without first repenting, then being baptized in order to receive the Holy Spirit. The Law of God is spiritual (Rom.7:14—is still Holy, V.12) and the righteous man/woman is required to worship God in Spirit and truth (John 4:24)—so the Ten Commandment Law of God is still very much in force by the NT Bible and is a requirement to really be a Christian.
In Catholicism the Biblical 4th Commandment Sabbath is not taught at all by most because it has been perverted and moved to position number three. Why would they do this? The “idolatry” command (#2) was removed early on and still is today by those who worship or idolize certain men of power. Some of these are now called “saints”, even the “mother Mary” and other images and objects are worshipped against the command not to do so. It was done by a powerful and popular religion that embraced paganism and persecuted those who would not adhere or acknowledge that as being “Christian”. This very nation, (USA) at least most of its leaders/politicians, are following that practice by trying to push God out of everything today and they have for the most part been successful! They do not realize they are following a different spirit that has them under his influence, the god of the age and who deceives most of the world. (See Rev.12:9, 2Cor.4:4 & Eph.2:2)
Let us turn our attention more toward the Scriptures now and see what they actually reveal about the example that your Savior and mine has set and what the word of God in the New Testament has to say about all of this. If you believe in the Bible at all, then you will know that all the Scriptures are inspired of God, which is proven from the NT and includes the OT. For example, 2 Tim 3:16-17 says; “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Christ Himself stated that He was the truth! John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” He also said that His words were Spirit and it is the Spirit that gives one life (Eternal)! John 6:63 "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”
We are also told by Christ that we are to worship God in Spirit and in truth, (John 4:23-24-given above) and we see that He also states that for one to enter into life (Eternal) one must keep the Commandments, and then lists some of the Ten. (Matt.19:16-21) Matthew, chapter five reveals Christ teaching that not even one “jot or tittle” would pass from the Law and that no one who teaches disobedience to the Commandments would be in the kingdom of heaven. (V.17-20) Reflecting back on what is revealed about the Spirit giving life, given above, we also learn from Scripture that we have to have the Spirit of God in us to be considered Christian. Rom 8:9 “But you are not (considered) in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.” (Or not Christian)
When reading in the book of Acts, we find that the apostles told the religious leaders of their day that they had to obey God rather than men, and that God gave them the Spirit because they obeyed Him. (Acts 5:29, 32) We find absolute proof of this from Christ Himself, when He told the disciples that if they loved Him they would keep the Commandments, and He would give them the Holy Spirit. John 14:15-17 (RSV) "If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you”. (After repentance, baptism and the laying on of hands by true servants of Christ, as other Scriptures show.)
Christ said He and the Father are one, (meaning in mind, purpose and Law as a Family—not one single being or a trinity) and Hebrews 5:9 also shows that salvation hinges on obedience to Christ! The apostle John was also inspired to write that one does not really even know God without keeping the Commandments. (1John 2:3-4) Titus tells us that God cannot lie, (Titus1:2) so sin is truly the breaking of God’s Law and therefore the Ten Commandment Law is still binding on Christianity today. Did Christ teach the keeping of all the Ten Commandments contained in the Old Testament? Matt 19:17-19 (Christ said) “---if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments." 18 He said to Him, "Which ones?" Jesus said," 'You shall not murder,' 'You shall not commit adultery,' 'You shall not steal,' 'You shall not bear false witness,'
19 'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" Notice that Christ named Commandments number 5-thru-9 and then summed it up by stating the second great command, (Matt.22:39 & Lev.19:18) which is lesser in priority than the first great Commandment of loving God, so that means also keeping the first four. (Matt.22:37 & Deut.6:5)
A person who desires to be a Christian must also remember that Christ did not have the NT Scriptures in written transcript to go by, but only the Old Testament was recorded on the scrolls at that time. To prove further that He would not have done away with the Commandments, we only have to reflect on what is written in Heb 13:8-9 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 9 Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines.”------ Again, if this was inspired of God, we are obligated to believe that what Christ did when He walked this earth, is the same thing we need to do today, as Christ said that He kept His Father’s Commandments. John 15:10 "If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.”
Remember what Christ said in Matt 22:40 "On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets." He was clearly referencing the two Great Commandments and all the other Ten, plus the writings of the prophets. Some of these Commandments show love for God and the rest show love for human kind.
To claim to be “Christian” and not truly try to follow the teachings of Christ is taking His name in vain, which violates the 3rd Command. Acts 11:26, in the last part of the verse shows that those who believed and followed the teachings of Christ and His servants were called Christians; “And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch” so the meaning here is to be a follower of Christ and what His way of life was about.
IN conclusion, we have covered many New Testament Scriptures that should prove to believers that not only are the Ten Commandments to be obeyed, but the seventh day Sabbath (as the 4th Commandment in the Bible) is the Sabbath that Christ and the apostles kept. Heb 4:9-10 “So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God; 10 for whoever enters God's rest also ceases from his labors as God did from his.” (RSV—see also Gen.2:2-3) No truly converted person being led by the Holy Spirit will ignore and violate these Commandments for their own self-interests and physical gain. When a person is sometimes caught off guard and does unintentionally break them, (which does happen) they will be moved by the Spirit to immediately go to God and confess that transgression and seek reconciliation by sincere repentance. They will strive to remain faithful and endure to the end of their life or Christ’s return. These will be the ones seen to be with Christ forever as the called, chosen and faithful! (Rev.17:14) May God speed that day and help us keep the Commandments in the meantime! (tcogmso)