April 29, 2016
St. John Chapter 13
34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Sometimes i wonder why am i trying to help people who didn’t ask for help, or who don’t want help, or people who hate me. Finally i realized i’m not helping people. I’m helping God.
“When is Scalia coming down to breakfast?” “I don’t know, he must have slept in. But would you pass me that platter of sausages? I don’t know what they put in them, but these sausages are really good today!”
When it comes to Scripture, and learning and teaching correct doctrine, i look around and i see bad doctrine everywhere, in all the churches. Some people have twisted Scripture around to make people think that all you have to do is believe in Jesus, and you will be saved, which we can clearly see is false because JEsus commanded us to keep God’s commadments. Some people falsely think “once saved always saved”, which again contradicts what Jesus taught us, to keep God’s commandments. You can’t just keep God’s commandments for awhile, then stop, go back to sinning, and still be saved. This is terrible doctrine! Also, people controvert Scriptures and take some Scriptures such as John Chapter 3 verse 9 to make it sound like once a person is saved, they are incapable of sinning, and therefore, they don’t have to worry about it anymore.
1 John Chapter 3
9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
This Scripture is True, as long as that person remains in God. Otherwise, once they no longer remain with God, then they can sin. This does not mean that once a person is saved, they are somehow miraculously made “perfect”. There is no such thing. But some people have twisted Scripture around to make it easy for people to get away with not having to keep God’s commandments. This makes people happy, because they think they are going to be saved, and they don’t even have to do anything. They think they can get to Heaven without even trying. In fact, they believe they can do anything they want, and they will still go to HEaven! These kind of bad doctrines only make people happy here on Earth. ONce people find out in Heaven that they were deceived and missed out on Heaven, they will no longer be happy with that “easy to follow” doctrine. Scripture reminds us several times what happens to Christians who fall back on their faith and break their covenant with God and go back to sinning. Once people are saved, they are still capable of sinning, and unfortunately, many of them do.
2 Peter Chapter 2
20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21 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. 22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
St. Luke Chapter 9
62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
Hebrews Chapter 10
26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
So lets dispose of the false doctrine of once saved always saved and being saved without having to keep God’s commandments. These are clearly non-Scriptural and no Christians should be teaching these false doctrines. We must be righteous everyday, and we must keep God’s commandments every day. We preach repentance and remission of sins. You must stop sinning. Now i want to talk about another false doctrine that causes a lot of confusion. And that brings us to todays Test Question. Todays Test Question is a Bonus, because it is more difficult than average. So if you get the answer correct then you will get ten extra points and a gold star.
1. What day does Scripture tell us to keep the Sabbath on?
E. Any day
I finally understand about the Old Testament and the New Testament. This question causes a lot of confusion among Christians. However, with good teaching, we can easily understand what Jesus and Scripture tell us about keeping the Sabbath. My first question to people who want to know if they should keep Saturday as the Sabbath because that is what the ancient Jews did, is “Are you an ancient Jew?” and if people don’t know, then the answer is NO, and if they say No, then of course, they aren’t required to keep the ancient Jewish law. Because they aren’t ancient Jews bound to that ancient law. Those ancient Jews were disbanded and scattered and they no longer exist as any tribes anymore. They don’t exist, like the ancient Mayans. But that’s just for one reason. Another reason that people don’t keep the ancient Jewish law is because Jesus came and superceded the Old Testament laws. Jesus overwrote all the old laws, and He gave us the New Testament, with the New Commandments. These are what we need to keep, not the ancient Jewish oral traditions. Jesus reprimanded the Jews for keeping the ancient oral traditions, and He would reprimand us for also keeping them, if we were! If we continue to keep the old oral traditions of men, then we are refusing to obey Jesus commandments! When Jesus came, He threw out all those old testament and oral traditions, such as preparation day, and all the other ancient Jewish practices.
St. Matthew Chapter 12
9 And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue: 10 ¶ And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him. 11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? 12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days. 13 Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.
Why did Jesus say that it is lawful to do well on the Sabbath days? Because the Pharisees, by their tradition of men, by saying that you can’t do anything on Sabbath, they were trying to make it unlawful to do good on the Sabbath! This is not logical, and neither is it Scriptural. All these ancient oral traditions of men Jesus threw out, and replaced them with the New TEstament.
St. Matthew Chapter 15
THEN came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, 2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. 3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
Jesus told them that they were breaking the commandment of God by keeping the old traditions! So if we keep the old traditions, sabbath, preparation day, etc etc, then we are also breaking God’s commandment! Don’t do it!
St. Mark Chapter 7
6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. 9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
So forget about the traditions of men, and being afraid to do well on the sabbath, for it is not unlawful to do well on any day! But it is unlawful to keep the old traditions of men instead of keeping God’s commandments!
So we can see the correct answer to the Question is D. Neither. Jesus doesn’t command us to keep sabbath on any particular day. Jesus tells us to pray at home, in our bedrooms, alone. Every day is a good day to do well. Every day is a good day to be righteous. There is never a day that we should take off from being righteous. There are seven days in a week, and none are less than the others. Righteousness never takes a day off.
St. Matthew Chapter 6
5 ¶ And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.