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For those that are diligent truth seekers, we offer an exercise that may lead to answers and truth for both you and your ministers.  Today’s Christianity assumes that God’s commandments are no longer binding or necessary, or that some commandments are essential while others are non-essential.  Today’s Christianity denies that we are commanded to worship on the true Sabbath and keep it holy, but rather we should worship on a day called Sunday.  Today’s Christianity enforces observance of Sunday, Christmas, Easter, Lent, Good Friday, infant baptism, confirmation, worship at alters, respect for sacred objects, etc.  Here listed are 11 questions that we encourage you to ask your Christian ministers.  These are questions that will make both you and them think a bit.  Of course, these questions will challenge the normal thinking of today’s average Christian, yet the truth will become clear when studied with care, and it remains forever.  These questions will help to expose false teachings that have been passed down from generation to generation over many centuries.  There are many more questions to be asked of ministers, but this is a start.

Ask your ministers- FROM THE BIBLE, please answer these questions:

1. What scriptures (OT or NT) were Jesus, Peter and Paul speaking of when they referred to “the scriptures”?

2. What is “Sin” and “Righteousness” as defined by the bible only?

3. Based on Jesus’ own example from the story of Lazarus and the Rich Man, was the message of Jesus to be any different than the message of Moses and the prophets (Luke 16:19-31)?

4. If God was going to destroy his law and make it irrelevant, than why did Jesus have to die for us?  Why didn’t God just discard the law (in effect destroying sin) in the first place if that was His ultimate intention? 

5. If God’s law is no longer binding and Christians are no longer expected to obey it, then why in Revelations when describing the end times saints does it mention that they keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, and that they do His commandments (Revelation 14:12 & 22:14)?

6. When was the biblical Sabbath Day changed to Sunday, and by whose authority?

7. If sin means to disobey God’s commandments, and the 4th commandment of Exodus 20 is to remember the Sabbath Day, if I decide to ignore the true Sabbath after having knowledge of it, am I sinning?

8. Is there any warning in the bible about sinning (disobeying God’s commandments) after receiving knowledge of the truth?

9. Why are the practices of Christianity today (infant baptism, confirmation, Good Friday, Lent, Christmas, Easter, Sunday worship, worship at carved altars, sacred objects, Statues etc.) foreign to the practices of the first Christians that you find in the bible?

10. Why is the 2nd Commandment of Exodus 20 in the bible different from the 2nd Commandment of the Catholic Church and many various Protestant Churches?

11. In Jesus’ warning (Matthew 7:21-23) that not everyone who calls upon or does marvelous works in his name will be saved, he indicated that those that he will command to depart from him will be “workers of iniquity (lawlessness in the Greek)”.  What did he mean by workers of iniquity, and how do I make sure I’m not one of them?

YFT Comments:

1. What scriptures (OT or NT) were Jesus, Peter and Paul speaking of when they said:

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“Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.” ~ Matthew 22:29

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” ~ 2 Timothy 2:15

“But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 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 perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” ~ 2 Timothy 3:14-17

“And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.” ~ 1 Corinthians 4:6

“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” ~ 2 Peter 1:20

Some ministers today will say that they are referring to the entire bible, all of the OT and NT scriptures.  Ask yourself, was the New Testament written at this time?  Many fail to acknowledge that the scriptures that are being referred to here are the Old Testament Scriptures.  At the time of these writings, the New Testament didn’t exist.  The Old Testament has been so downplayed among Christians today, that many neglect to even read or consider it’s writings.  Little do many realize, the entire plan of salvation is documented in the Old Testament, from the beginning, to the New Heaven and the New Earth.  The Old Testament prophets prophecied even of our times today.  This same Old Testament is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction and “instruction in righteousness.”  If Christianity could realize how precious the OT word of God is, this would remove all division from among Christians.  It would remove arguments stemming from NT “translation”, as the original Hebrew writings of the OT are some of the best preserved writings in the history of man, and can be accessed and studied by all in their original form.  Paul indicates that NO MAN is above that which is written in the Old Testament, and Peter lets us know that no prophecy of the Old Testament is of any private interpretation.  Mysteries, knowledge and instructions from God can be learned in the Old Testament scriptures which remain very relevant for Christians today.  Heed the instructions of the original Apostles and learn these scriptures.

2. What is “Sin” and “Righteousness” as defined by the bible only?

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Many ministers today will say that sin means to “miss the mark.”  This is a very common response, but what really do these two terms mean?  If you are given this answer, you should ask “what mark?”.  Where in the scriptures does it tell us that sin means to miss the mark?  You will see from scripture, that sin is defined very clearly as is righteousness.  Growing up I never had an understanding of these two terms, yet the bible explains them clearly for those that seek the information.

Sin- The act of disobeying God’s commandments in thought or action

“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” ~ 1 John 3:4

“… I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.” ~ Romans 7:7

Righteousness- The act of observing God’s commandments, walking in them, and doing them in thought and action.

“And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the Lord our God, as he hath commanded us.” ~ Deuteronomy 6:25

“My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.” ~ Psalm 119:172

“Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law ~ Isaiah 51:7

“And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.” ~ Luke 1:6

3. Based on Jesus’ own example from the story of Lazarus and the Rich Man given below, was the message of Jesus to be any different than the message of Moses and the prophets?

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Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” ~ Exerpt from Luke 16:19-31

Above is a parable that Jesus gave concerning a rich man and poor man that both died.  The rich man was in torment and requested that someone be sent “risen from the dead” to warn his family to repent and return to the commandments of God.  Abraham responds to the rich man- “if they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.”  We know that Jesus is the one that would become risen from the dead soon after.  Here Jesus is indicating that if man will not heed the warnings of Moses, or the warnings of the prophets, than they will not heed the warnings of Jesus himself when he is risen from the dead.  The message of Moses and the prophets was, repent and return to commandments of God.  The message of Jesus was the same (as was the message of the Apostles).

“From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” ~ Matthew 4:17

For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” ~ Matthew 5:18-19 (Jesus)

if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” ~ Matthew 19:17 (Jesus)

4. If God was going to destroy his law and make it irrelevant, than why did Jesus have to die for us?  Why didn’t God just discard the law (in effect destroying sin) in the first place if that was His ultimate intention? 

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The answer to this question is simple.  God didn’t destroy the law at all.  The law remains, and it’s precepts stand until the end of time as we know it.  It is because the law is unchanging, that Jesus had to die to cover the sins (disobedience of God’s law) of mankind.  Jesus came to show man that it is possible to be obedient to all of God’s commandments, if love lives in the heart and the spirit.  Jesus introduced mankind to the New Covenant, where God’s law becomes written into our hearts and we obey it from the heart.  Some ministers will admit that God’s law still exists, but will refer to the writings of Paul that we are no longer under God’s law, but rather under grace.  While this statement is true, it is a half-story.  It is like a teenager saying “Mom said that I can go to the movies and do whatever I want”, when Mom really said “If you obey me and do everything I ask of you the best that you can, I will allow you freedom to go to the movies if you honor me and are obedient to my wishes when you go.”  When you examine the ENTIRE testimony of Paul and the Apostles, you will see the whole story, a story that reveals that God’s commandments remain, and God’s chosen who have come to Jesus in repentance can be cleansed and restored to obedience to God’s law and will.  Below is the other half of the testimony of the Apostles that your minister may have overlooked concerning the commandments:

Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.” ~ 1 Corinthians 7:19 (Paul)

And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.” ~ 1 John 2:3 (John)

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” ~ 1 John 5:2-3 (John)

And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, that, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.” ~ 2 John 1:6 (John)

that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” ~ 1 John 2:4-6 (John)

“Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.” ~ Romans 3:31 (Paul)

“For there is no respect of persons with God. For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.” ~ Romans 2:11-16 (Paul)

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” ~ Romans 6:1-2 (Paul)

“What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” ~ Romans 6:15-18 (Paul)

“But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.” Galatians 2:17-18 (Paul)

5. If God’s law is no longer binding and Christians are no longer expected to obey it, than why in Revelations when describing the end times saints does it mention that they keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, and that they do His commandments?

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Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” ~ Revelation 14:12

Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” ~ Revelation 22:14

The answer, is that God’s laws are binding, and those that come to Jesus in repentance cleanse themselves in his blood and become rehabilitated, desiring to walk according to God’s commandments from the heart under the New Covenant of Jeremiah 31:31-34 & Hebrews 8.

6. When was the biblical Sabbath Day changed to Sunday, and by whose authority?

“My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.” ~ Psalm 89:34

The biblical Sabbath day was never changed in the bible.  In Hebrews 4, Paul even indicates that the Sabbath remains for the people of God.  The early Christians are recorded as being observant of the Sabbath as well in the NT scriptures, and other early Christian writings.  What changed?  To understand this, you must study the historic record.  Sunday worship was establashed by Emperor Constantine and early Catholicism in the 4th century AD.  This was followed by severe persecution (inquisitions) of early Christians that sought to remain obedient to the Sabbath Day commandment.  Protestantism has continued in this Sunday worship with only a few small exceptions where small groups have decided to become obedient to the true biblical Sabbath.  As you can see from the Psalm above, God spoke the Sabbath Day commandment at Mount Sinai, and will not alter the thing that has gone out of His lips.  No earthly power, no emporer, no Pope, and no man is authorized to change the commandments of God.

7. If sin means to disobey God’s commandments, and the 4th commandment of Exodus 20 is to remember the Sabbath Day, if I decide to ignore the true Sabbath after having knowledge of it, am I sinning?

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Some ministers will say- even Jesus disobeyed the Sabbath so we follow his example and we no longer have to obey the true Sabbath.  This is false.  Jesus never disobeyed God’s law of the Sabbath (or else he could not have fulfilled the law).  Jesus did however disobey the laws of the Pharisees which were added to God’s laws without authority.  The Pharisees had many overbearing man-made laws of the Sabbath that had nothing to do with God’s law.  Jesus also through his example revealed to us that mercy and love is appropriate for the Sabbath day, and good works of mercy and love are good for the Sabbath day.  In no way did Jesus abolish the Sabbath- but he fulfilled it perfectly and showed us also how to fulfill it.  Jesus taught in the synagogue, healed, fed his disciples and did many wonderful works on the Sabbath.  He did not seek personal gain, money, or earthly things on the Sabbath.  There is no record of Jesus buying or selling on the Sabbath, but he is recorded as teaching and performing works of mercy and love (ie keeping the day holy).  If one accepts the truth of the bible, it cannot be denied that disobedience of the Sabbath commandment is sin in God’s eyes.  To try to uphold the other commandments, and deny just this one, is seen by God as a rejection of all.  We are called to repent, and return to obedience to God’s commandments out of love for the Father and love for our neighbor.

“If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. ~ James 2:8-12

8. Is there any warning in the bible about sinning (disobeying God’s commandments) after receiving knowledge of the truth?

Many ministers will somewhat vaguely say that you should just repent from doing bad things, and do good things.  What does this mean.  What is defined as a bad thing?  What is defined as a good thing?  The bible is so much more specific than that, and it leaves nothing to the imagination.  Sin as mentioned above is clearly defined, and there is a warning about this:

For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, ~ Hebrews 10:26

9. Why are the practices of Christianity today (infant baptism, confirmation, Good Friday, Lent, Christmas, Easter, Sunday worship, worship at carved altars, sacred objects, Statues etc.) foreign to the practices of the first Christians that you find in the bible?

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Some ministers today will say- times have changed.  I ask, does God change?  According to the bible, God does not change, nor does he alter anything that he has ever spoken.  The first Christians, including the Gentiles were found to be learning and becoming obedient to the commandments of God.  According to the record in Colossians 2, which was a gentile congregation living in a gentile city, these gentiles were honoring the Sabbath day, Holy Days, Meat laws, New Moons, etc.  These are all practices of the OT Israelites, and yet the gentiles were learning obedience to them.  At what point in the bible did God do away with his Holy Days, Sabbath days, New Moons, etc?  Where in the bible did these come to an end?  The answer is, they didn’t.  These commands of God are the same yesterday, today and forever.  Ask your ministers the following questions- Where in the bible is Christmas established?  Where in the bible is Easter established?  Where in the bible is a single baby baptized?  Where in the bible is Sunday worship established or even mentioned?  Where in the New Testament did the first Christians worship at altars or honor sacred objects?  I assure you that there is no biblical answer supporting any of these rituals or holidays.  I can also assure you that there are many biblical answers for why we should honor the true Sabbath day, new moons, holy days, meat laws, adult baptism, etc.  If you research the origins of many Christian practices today, I think you may be surprised at what you find.

10. Why is the 2nd Commandment of Exodus 20 in the bible different from the 2nd Commandment of the Catholic Church and many various Protestant Churches?

Some will not have an answer to this question.  They may say that the commandments aren’t really relevant anyways, so why discuss this topic. The true answer can be found in the historic record, where Emperor Constantine in the Fourth Century AD along with the primitive first Catholic Leaders had it removed, while splitting the 10th Commandment into two commandments.  This ushered in the way for all kinds of idolatry to take hold of the people in Ancient Rome of course all in the name of Christianity.  Today many Protestant Churches have continued with the same incorrect Catholic commandments.  From prophecy concerning “The Beast“, we learn that it would “change the laws and change the times”- Daniel 7:23-27.  This is one of those changes.  As a follow up question, you may ask your minister the question….. Is it, or will it ever be ok for anyone to remove or change one of God’s commandments? 

11. In Jesus’ warning (Matthew 7:21-23) that not everyone who calls upon or does marvelous works in his name will be saved, he indicated that those that he will command to depart from him will be “workers of iniquity (lawlessness in the Greek)”.  What did he mean by workers of iniquity, and how do I make sure I’m not one of them?

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” ~ Matthew 7:21-23

In examining the original Greek word used for iniquity (Anomia), the meaning of this term is lawlessness.  The definition of lawlessness is to be without the law.  Are today’s Christian denominations preaching to have the law, or are they preaching that the law is gone and no longer binding or relevant?  Unfortunately the majority are preaching that God’s law is irrelevant.  Yet Jesus warns, he will tell those that are without the law- depart from me, ye that work lawlessness.  Which group will you belong to?

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