The Ten Commandments: Are they still relevant? – Part 6
In Part 5 we finished with John 6 as the Lord Jesus makes his proclamation that in order to receive salvation, a person was required to not only eat His flesh, but they would have to drink His blood as well. For the Jews that had been following His ministry, this offended them to the deepest level, and the Lord Jesus probably lost at least one half and possibly three fourths of those that had considered themselves to be His disciples.
What these people did not perceive was this: they were not going to have to indulge in physical cannibalism, but it was going to be a spiritual eating and drinking, thereby digesting for themselves the true meaning of what He was about to do, i.e. lay His life down for the many. By taking in and receiving His flesh, they would procure for themselves complete healing or total ‘shalom,’ or ‘nothing missing, nothing broken.’ So this would then comprise a complete healing for their spirits, their souls and their bodies. By taking and receiving (or drinking in) His pure and perfect blood, they would procure for themselves total remission of past sins, transgressions and iniquities, as well as for those that they might commit in the future.
So let us now turn to another passage in the book of Romans that qualifies as a ‘context specific example.’ I will say again that basically, I had totally been taught that we do not have to follow any of God’s laws any longer. And that this writer was fully immersed in this particular doctrine and I also fully believed and used this phrase as a perceived means of self-defense (although it was really a state of rebellion towards God), and so it almost became for me like a like a memorized mantra, “I’m not under law, I’m under grace.” So where did this writer turn to for this belief? Or better yet, what Scripture was used to hammer this belief deeply into my thought processes? Of course, we have already examined some of the Scriptures, but now let us look at:
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
So simple isn’t it? After all, isn’t it in black and white? Do you need it spelled out for you, one might ask? But is it as cut and dry as it looks? In my many years of observations of how Christian tenets have been watered down and my observations of Christian brothers and sisters….well, there is a distinct and wide chasm between true Christians and ‘pew-potatoes.’ Wow! Some might remark, “Aren’t you being a tad bit hard?” My answer to that is this: Did not the Lord Jesus say, “If ye love me, KEEP my COMMANDMENTS?” Yes, He did. Also, did not the Lord Christ also say that not only would He have ‘wheat’ in His field, but that there would also be ‘tares’ in it as well?
Unfortunately, many of these ‘tares’ have suborned themselves and wormed their way into the pulpits and have preached Scriptural doctrines such as Romans 6:14, but with a slight twist to it, thus making it heretical. Namely, it isn’t GOD’S GRACE, but ‘cheap grace.’ The slant that has been attributed to this verse of Scripture has been nothing more (in many instances) than a cover for their covetous practices. It has been used as a mantra to cover up their full intention of continuing to live sinful lives while also hiding behind 1 John 1:9. How does this writer know these things? I used to live in that neighborhood because that is what I was taught as a babe in Christ.
Most Christians today, if they could meet the Lord Jesus Christ and see for themselves, how He walked and talked when He lived in His physical body, wouldn’t like Him very well at all. Why? Because, while the Lord Jesus Christ was full of mercy and compassion, He also knew how to play a game of hardball when it came to dealing with those who hid behind a cloak of holiness when in reality they were like white sepulchers. He didn’t mince or water down His words, nor did He serve up milk-toast mixed up into a scripture-mash. He served up hard words designed to lead one to repentance, with unleavened bread and bitter herbs on the side.
Other ministers have also seen the tide rolling in even before the 1960’s and wrote about it, warning the churches that this deception was coming. One such minister was Dietrich Bonhoeffer who was martyred under the Nazi Regime and so this article will close with one of his quotes, and this series will then continue with Part 7 and we will unpack some Scriptures.
“Cheap grace,” writes Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “means the justification of sin without the justification of the sinner. Grace alone does everything, they say, and so everything can remain as it was before….Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.