BONDAGE TO THE WRITTEN LAWS
By Dr. Richard Ing
Under the Old Testament, God required that certain days be
set aside as special Sabbaths, or feast days.
He also gave specific instructions regarding temple affairs, sacrifices
and rituals that had to be strictly followed.
So precise were those instructions that the priests dared not divert
from them by using their own intellect and good intentions. Nadab and Abihu, Aaron's two priest sons,
offered strange fire to the Lord and God sent fire from heaven to devour
them. Lev. 10:1; Nu. 3:4.
The "do's and do nots" under the Old Covenant
became a curse because no man could obey all of the law to do them. "For
as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written,
Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the
book of the law to do them."
Gal. 3:10. If you followed one
part of the written law, you were required to obey all of them.
The apostle Paul was sent by God to minister to the
uncircumcised Gentiles and preached that "the
just shall live by faith. And the law is
not of faith." Gal. 3:11-12. "For
if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a
transgressor. For I through the law am
dead to the law, that I might live unto God." Gal. 2:18-19.
Faith in Jesus Christ and works of the law do not go together.
The apostle Paul rebuked those that celebrated certain times
and days as being special or part of Christianity. "Ye observe days, and
months, and times, and years. I am afraid
of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain." Gal. 4:10-11; Col. 2:16.
Some of the Jews who claimed to be Christians insisted that
the Gentiles had to be circumcised in order to become a Christian, as they were
under the Old Covenant. Paul resisted
them and stated, "If thou, being a
Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why
compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?" Gal. 2:14. In other words, if the converted Jews now
live free from the bondage of the written law, why do they require the Gentile
converts to live according to the written law?
Jesus Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law. Gal.3:13.
We are no longer bound by holidays, celebrations and festivals as those under
the Old Covenant. The Lord even released
us from the bondage of needing a temple of wood and stone to worship Him. He did away with the elite priesthood with
their exalted statuses and titles. God
made our body the temple
of God and put the
Holy Spirit in us in place of an elite priesthood reserved to the privileged
only. But the flesh has reinstated the
Old Covenant, thus making the cross of Jesus of non-effect. Those that observe special feast days,
months, times and years, have returned to the Old Covenant and are fallen from
grace. "Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are
justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace." Gal. 5:4.
The early church never celebrated Halloween, Christmas or
Easter. These observances bring curses
upon the church. They put us back into
bondage to the flesh and the written law.
"O foolish Galatians, who
hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus
Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye
the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?" Gal. 3:1-2.
Not that the laws of God are not righteous. They were put into our hearts.
Christmas is as much a "work of the law" as is
circumcision, wearing a skull cap, washing hands in a laver before entering
church, making the sign of the cross, wearing priestly gowns, building an altar
to God or a replica of the ark of the testimony and carrying it down the aisle in
a procession before service. I've
visited such Christian churches before.
Many Christian churches have reinstated much of the Old Covenant
observances. "A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump." Gal. 5:9.
The scary thing is that the flesh craves attention. It loves to be religious and receive
credit. But if a Christian goes back to
obeying the written law, he is responsible keeping all of the law. Worse, he has fallen from grace. Gal. 5:3-4.
Decisions must be made that could affect where you are with
God. In an earlier article, I mentioned
that God destroyed His people in the days of Isaiah, the prophet, and one
hundred and twenty years later, in the days of Jeremiah, because the people
were worshiping the Virgin (Is. 47:1), Madonna ("Lady" in Italian. Is. 47:5, 7), the Queen of Heaven (Jer.
44:17-19), and observing December 25, the birthday of Tammuz, the sun god of
Babylon (Eze. 8:14), by putting up Christmas trees in their homes (Jer. 10:1-5)
and giving each other gifts.
Are you under the Old Covenant or do you live by the faith
of Jesus Christ and His grace? You
cannot obey the Old Covenant laws and rituals and be under the grace of God and
the cross at the same time.
The truth will make you angry, but the truth will make you