A former church friend has been posting a series of articles on Facebook that claim that God's law was nailed to the cross and no longer applies. In the course of our discussions, I've sent him a series of questions to help him ponder his position. Perhaps these same questions can help other believers who have been deceived.
- The BIble is full of examples of Yeshua/Jesus observing the Sabbath, he says that he is "Lord of the Sabbath", and there are no examples of when he kept Sunday as a special day of worship. We are also told to walk as he walked. How can you not follow his example, yet claim to be a follower of him?
- Yeshua/Jesus said he was the same yesterday, today, and forever. I'm not aware of any exceptions he made to modify that statement, hinting at a change of the law. The Old Testament says things like, "I change not" (Malachi 3:6) and "I will not alter the words that come out of my mouth" (Psalm 89:34). Can you find any of his words in Scripture that that indicate that he came to change any of God's laws?
- Yeshua/Jesus tells us to pray that our end time flight would not be on the Sabbath (Matthew 24:20). Why would he do that if he did away with the Sabbath? I don't find any other commandments that he tells us to pray we don't have to break.
- If the law could have been changed, why wasn’t it just changed when man sinned, long before the cross? Wouldn't God sending his son to die for our sins be an unnecessary act of theater if indeed the law could be, or was, changed at his resurrection?
- Yeshua/Jesus walked the earth for 40 days between his resurrection and his ascension. Yet there is no record of him telling his disciples the law had been changed. Can you find any instances where he did? If they were taught of any change, why would they disobey that change by keeping Sabbath, Pentecost, and other feast days in the book of Acts?
- Yeshua/Jesus said that not one jot or tittle of the law will pass away until heaven and earth pass away. Have heaven and earth passed away?
- You use Paul’s words to justify your teaching that the law has been finished and done away with. Yet Paul clearly states that he never taught against Torah, and that it was unprovable accusations that he did. (See Acts 18:12-13; Acts 24:13-14; Acts 25:8; Acts 26:22) Yet you make those same accusations against him today. By Paul’s own words, you are falsely accusing him of teaching against Torah. But just for sake of argument, let’s say that Paul indeed taught that the law was done away with. On what authority is this done? Where did God give him or any other man authority to change God’s laws? Do you worship Paul above the God of heaven? Or are you instead doing exactly what Peter warned in 2 Peter 3:16, twisting Paul’s words to your own destruction?
- Why is satan called the lawless one if in fact the law was done away with by God or his Son? Wouldn’t that make God, instead of satan, the lawless one? (2 Thessalonians 2:8 – KJV translates the word as “wicked” which is the Greek anomia, G459, lawless).
- If God’s law is truth (Ps 119:142; Malachi 2:6), it is the truth that sets us free (John 8:32), and receiving not the love of the truth leads to damnation (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12), how can you believe you are saved by teaching against God’s law?
- Please explain Hosea 4:6. It says that we are destroyed for rejecting God’s law, yet you teach that God’s law is done away with and that those who break God’s law weekly are the ones who are saved. Aren’t you unintentionally fulfilling Isaiah 5:20, calling good evil and evil good, by teaching that obedience to God's law is sin?
- If the law was done away with, why do the numerous lists in Scripture of offenses that will keep people from inheriting eternal life include both commandments and statutes? (See Revelation 21:8; 2 Timothy 3:2-5; Galatians 5:19-21) If the law was done away with, how can the breaking of it keep people from inheriting eternal life?
- Exodus 31:16-17 says that the Sabbath is a “perpetual covenant”. Perpetual means “eternal, everlasting”. God says that he changes not (Malachi 3:6). What makes you believe that God changed the sign of his eternal covenant?
- When Yeshua/Jesus said on the road to Emmaus that he began "with Moses and all the Prophets" teaching what was in Scripture concerning himself (Luke 24:27), where do Moses or the prophets teach that the Messiah will come to do away with the law, or start a new religion apart from the law?
- If it was God that changed the times and laws, why are we told it is the anti-christ who thinks to change times and laws? (Daniel 7:25)
- We are told that the road to destruction is wide, and the road to life is narrow. (Matthew 7:13-14) Only eight were saved in the time of Noah. Only three were saved out of Sodom and Gomorrah. Only eleven disciples stood with Yeshua in the end. Yeshua says that many who beieved they were following him will be turned away from the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 7:21-23). What Scriptures lead you to believe that following the majority is the right path?
Please consider all of these questions carefully. Time is short, and your eternal salvation may be at stake. Here is a relevant quote that I also found on Facebook today: "If you believe what you like in the Bible and reject what you don't like, it isn't the Bible you believe, but yourself!" No truer words have ever been spoken. If you really are bowing your knee to the One True God of Scripture, then worship him like he tells you to worship him!