Many people say “The law is done away”
They forgot to tell the Bible. They think there ought to be a law against the Bible teaching law, commandment-keeping and works. So they remove the unnecessary words, in their mind.
♦ Take out Gen. 2:3 about God sanctifying [setting apart] the seventh day. The Sabbath got changed to Sunday when Jesus was resurrected. Paul said you can esteem one day above another or every day alike, your choice.
Actually, Jesus was resurrected on Saturday late afternoon, just before sunset, exactly three days and three nights in the grave like He said would be the only sign of His messiahship (Matt. 12:40). And Paul was talking about days a person chooses to fast, not days of worship (Rom. 14:2). We should study into these two issues for ourselves!
♦ Remove Gen. 2:17 forbidding eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Satan was right that they wouldn’t die because they’re immortal souls, predestined to go to heaven or hell upon death.
Actually, Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden and from having access to the Holy Spirit, which was symbolized by the Tree of Life. Their progeny has eaten from the forbidden tree ever since and earned the death penalty for sin against the law (Rom. 6:23.) God is calling only a few to be His firstfruits at the return of Christ. How are we responding? (Matt. 13).
♦ No need for Gen. 26:5 about “Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.” All Abraham had to do was believe.
Actually, Abraham became the Father of the Faithful because He showed His faith by his prompt works of obedience to what God said (James 2:21-26). Faith without works is dead—not Isaac in this famous Bible story!
♦ For sure take out the Ten Commandments (Exo. 20 and Deut. 5), especially that fourth one! Love is the fulfilling of the law and the end of the law. Christ in us frees us from the burden! Somebody needs to stop Moses from going back up the mount for new tablets and let them stay smashed to bits!
Actually, “This is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3).
Whoa! So far we’ve looked at just the first five books of the 66 books of the Bible! We don’t have time to excise the rest of the Old Testament one book at a time.
But that’s okay because those who believe the law is done away also believe the whole Old Testament is done away. Replaced by the better New Covenant established by Jesus Christ shedding His blood on the cross. So save us all the trouble and just get rid of the first two-thirds of the Bible. Next …
Jesus’ words have got to go
Start with the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus said not only can we not murder or commit adultery, but we can’t even hate or lust. How dare Him make the law even more binding, according to the spirit of the law! Who does He think He is! God?
Then He says “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill” (Matt. 5:17. Hey, that’s what we think!
Then He says “depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” (Matt. 7:23). Hey, we don’t need more practice, we’re good at it!
Poor Jesus! He says “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me” (John 14:21). We’re the ones who love You. We’re the ones who understand that love is the fulfilling of the law and does away with the need for law and commandments and works.
So forget piecemeal hacking! We’ll just remove the Gospels since Jesus did away with the law by His death on the cross. How should we know why He would do away with everything He had taught! Wised up, I guess.
At last we get to Paul who preached the end of the law
And he overturned and contradicted everything the Bible had taught up until then. People say he taught we are under grace not law, with no works required.
OK, take out the part where the Jerusalem elders told Paul that “you yourself also walk orderly and keep the law” (Acts 21:24). Remove where Paul said “by the law is the knowledge of sin” (Rom. 3:20). Where Paul said “do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law” (Rom. 3:31).
And how can we put up with Paul stating “Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good … For we know that the law is spiritual” (Rom. 7:12-14). Spiritual? C’mon, Paul! How can you say it will never have an end when we know the Bible does away with the law!
Or where he proclaims “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be” (Rom. 8:7). How dare Paul call us carnal when we’re so righteous for eschewing legalism!
Over and over this Apostle to the Gentiles keeps keeping the law and teaching others to do so. Imitating Christ just like He said (Matt. 5:19). We’d be content to just keep on twisting the parts where he writes thoughts “hard to understand” (2 Pet. 3:16) because people would understand that. But he has to go and keep making some plain statements that even we can’t twist to our own destruction!
We’d better just get rid of his 14 books in the Bible.
There! Since we believe the law is done away,
Somebody should have told the Bible!
We’ve just removed all law and commandment-keeping and works from the Bible. We can make the Bible say whatever we want it to say! Even though Paul said “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
And several times the Bible warns against not only adding words to it, but also taking away words from it. That warning also comes in the very last chapter of the Bible—in Rev. 22.
No problem. When we took out all the references to law and commandment-keeping in the Bible, all of those warning pages were removed also!
We just have the two covers left. Bible study is a snap now! Trouble is, if we don’t repent of thinking God would ever do away with His law, we’ll be the ones done away with.