imagesCAIWUWE0Today there are many arguments in the body of Christ concerning the law of God. Some have completely disregarded it in their walk. Others have attempted to “Judaize” believers into believing that their salvation will only come by obedience to the law. There are also many Christians that occupy the space in between. There seems to be a lack of understanding in why the Law was given. What was its purpose? We know that ALL FLESH is convicted under the law, we are all guilty, and without Christ there would be no hope for life in us. In my own studies I’ve found that the Law of God appears to be an expression of who God is, in terms that we as humans can understand. It was by His spoken word that it was brought. Why did he give it to the Israelites at Mount Sinai? After all they seemed perfectly content in what they were doing, making statues, worshipping them, backbiting, complaining, killing each other, stealing from each other, etc. Why on earth would God need to give these people instructions? The simple answer is- they didn’t know Him? They knew many Egyptian gods at that point in history, but they did not know the Creator. They knew of Him via Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but they did not know Him. They did not have an understanding anymore of what was “good” and what was “evil.”

untitledImagine you are a Father, and you found your long lost son who had been taken from you. Your son is then returned to your custody, only for you to find that he has learned nothing but evil in his upbringing- vanity, stealing, killing, lying, committing adultery, worshipping all kinds of “dead” gods, worshipping the things he made with his hands, etc. On top of this he has no faith or trust in anything or anyone including you- his father. It’s as if he isn’t even of your seed anymore. As a father, you have two choices- either just let it be and allow your child to be a misfit, or you establish stern rules, guidelines, and a system of rewards for obedience and severe punishments for disobedience. In the flesh, we know of this as “tough love.” God, the Father of the Israelites was in this exact situation when he brought them out of Egypt. He had to teach His people from scratch about what is “good” and what is “evil,” and he also had to teach them how to trust in Him again in the same way that Abraham had trusted in Him. We can see from scripture that the determination of what is good and what is evil- came by the Law that was given by God:

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him! Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.” ~ Isaiah 5:20-24

imagesCAYEYVIDIn Isaiah, we see that it is by the law of God that we are able to define what is evil and what is good. This passage is very pointed and serious, declaring “WOE” to those that blur the disctinctions of good and evil, as defined by God. WOE to those that do evil, justify evil, recommend evil, or teach evil. It is due to humanity’s error of trying to redefine what is good and evil, that we’ve ended up in this fallen state. Adam and Eve at the temptation of the serpent, sought to call what was “evil” by the command of God, “good.” They convinced themselves that it would be good to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge, while God had already defined that this would be an evil act. We are warned to discern properly between good and evil:

“For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” ~ Hebrews 5:13-14

“Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.” ~ 3 John 1:11

We are taught to TEST ALL THINGS with SCRIPTURE and using the LAW OF GOD (at the time, only the OT texts were available):

“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” ~ Isaiah 8:20

untitled“Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” ~ Mark 7:7

“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22

Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” ~ Titus 1:14-16

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” ~ 1 John 4:1

“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” ~ Acts 17:11

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

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 3:16-17

untitledWe can see here, that the commandments of MEN always seek to redefine what is “good” and what is “evil.” God has already defined this for us. The commandments of men always contradict the Law of God. Christ lived according to the law of good and evil given by God. Today we that name the name of Christ and believe are also called to depart from our iniquity/disobedience:

“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” ~ 2 Timothy 2:19

The word “iniquity” used here comes from the original Greek word “adikia” meaning: properly, the opposite of justice; unrighteousness, as a violation of God’s standards (justice) which brings divine disapproval; a count (violation) of God’s justice, i.e. what is contrary to His righteous judgments (what He approves). Where do we find the definition of God’s justice, righteousness, righteous judgments, things He approves of? We find it in the Law (Genesis-Deuteronomy), and the Prophets (Joshua-Malachi). When we name the name of Christ- we also must depart from our lawlessness/unrighteousness. This is how we come to know Him. Realize the unchanging nature and character of God:

“For I am the LORD, I change not.” ~ Malachi 3:6

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.” ~ Hebrews 13:8

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above , and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” ~ James 1:17

Having understood this- realize that the characteristics of GOD are the same, as the characteristics of the LAW OF GOD.

God Is Good, The Law Is Good

“And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.” ~ Luke 18:19

“But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully” ~ 1 Timothy 1:8

God Is Holy, The Law Is Holy

“But the Lord of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.” ~ Isaiah 5:16

“Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.” ~ Romans 7:12

God Is Perfect, The Law Is Perfect

“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” ~ Matthew 5:48

“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.” ~ Psalm 19:7

God Is Pure, The Law Is Pure

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. ~ 1 John 3:2-3

“The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.” ~ Psalm 19:8

God Is Just, The Law Is Just

“He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.” ~ Deuteronomy 32:4

“Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.” ~ Romans 7:12

God Is True, The Law Is True

“He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true.” ~ John 3:33

“The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.” ~ Psalm 19:9

God Is Spiritual, The Law Is Spiritual

“And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.” ~ 1 Corinthians 10:4

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” ~ John 4:24

“For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.” ~ Romans 7:14

God Is Righteousness, The Law Is Righteousness

“In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord Our Righteousness.” ~ Jeremiah 23:6

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

God Is Faithful, The Law Is Faithful

God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” ~ 1 Corinthians 1:9

“All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me.” ~ Psalm 119:86

God Is Love, The Law Is Love

“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” ~ 1 John 4:8

“Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” ~ Romans 13:10

God Is Unchangeable, The Law Is Unchangeable

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” ~ James 1:17

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.” ~ Matthew 5:18

God Is Eternal, The Law Is Eternal

“And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the Lord, the everlasting God.” ~ Genesis 21:33

“The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness. ~ Psalm 111:7-8

imagesCATYDP1RDo you sense a similarity between God and the Law of God? Could it be, that the Law of God is the expression of the character of God written in a way that man can understand it? Could it be that through the Law, God is teaching men to “know Him?” King David acknowledged that the law stands forever. Jesus/Yeshua confirmed that until heaven and earth pass, the law will remain. We must acknowledge that if the character of God never changes, then the character of the Law of God also remains as it was. By the Law of God, we discern what is good and what is evil. We also know from scripture that the law is the “Schoolmaster” that brings us to Christ. Remember the condition of the Israelites when they came out of Egypt. They were as babies without any knowledge or understanding of what was good. They needed to be taught. The Law was their schoolmaster. It was given to teach them from scratch what it looks like to “KNOW GOD.” The Law/Schoolmaster leads to Christ- who was a new creation born of the Holy Spirit, who obeyed the Law of God by the holy nature that was born within Him in this new seed. Once we are reborn with water and the Holy Spirit, we become crucified with Christ, and it is not us that lives any more, but Christ who lives in us. We become reborn of the seed of God. If Christ lives in us, don’t you think we ought to walk as He walked in obedience to the Law of God? When Christ is in us, we learn to do “GOOD” as we walk in the Holy Spirit. What is “good” can be known by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and confirmed (discerned) by knowing and understanding the Law of God (God’s written word)! Remember- what seems good to a man, can be an abomination to God. We learn what is “good” by His Word. Test every spirit that comes to you, and hold on to that which is “GOOD.”

Calling Evil Good, & Good Evil

We can see from searching the scriptures that good and evil are determined by the Law of God. This is a standard that has not changed, as God does not change. That being said, we must ask- does the standard set in Christianity today match the standard set in the Law of God? If you place the standard of God, next to today’s doctrines and commandments found in the Christian churches, I think you’ll find a drastic difference. Let’s give a few examples:

untitledCoveting– The churches today generally encourage wealth, financial security, prosperity, etc. They tell us that is ok to see the wealth of another and desire that for ourselves, to desire a retirement, the nice house, the nice car, the fancy vacation, the latest toys, fashion, etc. Most churches accept this and even preach this to varying degrees. They will call it “good” to desire riches and wealth, and to work hard for it. The biblical testimony, and the law both tell us “Thou shalt not covet.” In other words- be satisfied with what God has given you, and don’t look at your neighbor and desire his things. This behavior of coveting according to the Law of God, is “evil.” The Word of God discourages seeking after earthly wealth, and rather encourages a thankful heart no matter what the situation, rich or slave. The wealthy in the churches are sought after, envied, and in many cases corrupt the body of Christ as they serve money. Woe to those that call evil good, and good evil.

Lust– To varying degrees, many Christian denominations not only don’t discourage their young people from the bondage of having a lustful eye for members of the same or opposite sex, but some even encourage it. I’ve even heard the comment by Christian ministers- “Its ok to look but don’t touch.” We know from the commandment of Christ himself, that he who even looks at a woman to lust after her, has committed adultery with her in his heart. This practice is “evil” according to the command of Christ- yet many Christians see this practice as ok or “good.” Woe to those that call evil good and good evil.

untitledWorship at “Holy” Altars, Images, Buildings– Many churches today are engaged in worship at altars, statues, images and in holy buildings. They call it “good” to do this. In some cases they teach that one can only have an experience with God or receive the blessing of God if they come to the holy altar, statue, building. According to the Law of God, this practice is “evil.” We know from the first and second commandments, that we are to only worship the one true God, Creator of heaven and earth, and that we are not to make any graven images, nor are we to bow down to them or worship them. The first Apostles scolded the Pharisees telling them GOD DOES NOT DWELL IN TEMPLES MADE WITH MAN’S HANDS, or anything else made with man’s hands. Yet many Christians today believe that unless you “go to church,” “go to the altar,” “pray to the statue,” etc. you will not be right with God. Woe to those that call evil good, and good evil.

untitledSunday Worship– The vast majority of Christians today come together for worship on the day Sunday. After services, they engage in all kinds of worldly activities, from sports events and drinking parties to mainstream award shows. It is known as “good” practice to do this every week, and those that do not go to church on Sunday are typically frowned upon. We know from the Bible, that the commandment of God states- “Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy.” Yet due to uneducated masses of Christians, they don’t realize that Sunday is not the Sabbath Day. Sunday rather is a day on the Roman Gregorian Calendar, with origins in Sun God worship. Worship on Sunday is rooted in heathen practices dating back thousands of years. I know first hand, that when I’ve spoken against Sunday worship, I’ve been branded as “evil.” Woe to those that call evil good, and good evil. Remember the SABBATH Day to keep it holy.

untitledChristian Holiday Worship– We find that mainstream Christianity is engaged in honoring holidays like Christmas, Easter, Lent, Good Friday, etc. Failure to do this in the Christian community gets you branded as “evil.” We know from the Law and the Prophets that we are not to learn the ways of the heathen (Jer. 10:2). Rather we are to honor the holy days that God assigned even beginning with Abraham. Christmas is rooted in pagan god worship as it marked the birthday of the Sun God. Lent was a heathen practice of the OT known as “weeping for Tammuz,” one of their foreign gods. Easter is rooted in the worship of the god Ishtar. Christian leaders today have taken these heathen holidays/holy days, and called them “good” because they’ve added Jesus’ name to the celebration. The Law tells the people of god to be separate from the world, holy, and to honor his times and holy days. To speak against Christmas, Easter, Lent etc. gets me branded as “evil” and unchristian. Woe to those that call evil good, and good evil.

Celebrating Biblical Holy Days– As someone who honors the holy days of God as outlined in the Law (Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, Day of Firstfruits, Pentecost/Feast of Weeks, Day of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles), I’ve come under scrutiny by mainstream Christians that think that this practice is “evil.” Their indoctrination in Roman Catholic heathen holidays now converted to Christian holidays has caused them to think that these “commandments of men”, are actually commandments of God- as if God commanded the celebration of Christmas or Easter. They call Good Friday “good,” and the celebration of Passover outdated or “Jewish.” Even Gentiles of the OT were commanded to be circumcised and honor the Passover if they were around the Ancient Israelites of the OT. Woe to those that call evil good, and good evil.

imagesCA7WH7WGThis is just to name a few examples, as there are so many more. To walk as a true disciple of Christ today, looks very different than what you will find in mainstream Christianity. It requires us eating the “meat” of the Word of God so that we can rightly determine what is good, and what is evil. Many practices in the world today seem good to a man, but they are evil in the sight of God. Using Jesus’ name in idolatry, doesn’t make idolatry good- it remains evil in the sight of God. The characteristics of God and the characteristics of the Law of God are one and the same. They are both good, holy, perfect, pure, just, true, spiritual, righteousness, faithful, love, unchangeable and eternal. The only way to discern what is good and evil today, is to turn to our savior and redeemer Yeshua/Jesus, to know the Law of God, repent for your sin against it, believe in Yeshua/Jesus who died for our sins against it, and walk in the Spirit with Christ in the light of it. Our Creator desires to know us. How bad do you desire to know Him? Be careful to know what truly is “good” and what truly is “evil” today.

“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He 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. ~ 1 John 2:3-5