(See “What the Bible Does Not Teach, Part A” for an introduction to this blog.)
The Bible Does Not Teach: (Continued)
5. The Ten Commandments Are Still Binding
One of the most important things that Jesus did while here on this earth was to live under the Law perfectly and without sin. By doing so, Jesus ended the Law. Now, being declared righteous before God comes through Jesus Christ, not your attempts to follow the Law by your own human strength. And, living righteously comes from the power of Christ living in you, not by trying to follow the Law.
Not being under the Law may sound counter-intuitive at first. But, it makes sense when you understand that Law = self-effort while Grace = the power of the indwelling Christ in you. It is far better for Christ to be your power to live righteously than for you to try to live perfectly under a law standard. Under the Mosaic Law, one violation of the Law was the same thing as breaking the entire Law. God never placed the Gentiles under the Law because no one who was under the Law was ever able to fulfill it.
6. Daily Confession of Sins
All sins were forgiven and forgotten on the Cross of Jesus Christ. Only the eternal and unforgivable sin of unbelief was not forgiven on the Cross. Even though people are sincere when they confess their sins, the practice is actually a denial of the Cross of Jesus Christ. Even though you may not mean it, when you confess your sins, you are saying that you don’t really believe that God forgave and forgot your sins. And, the notion of “family forgiveness” is completely foreign to the Bible. The practice of daily confession of sins comes from a misunderstanding of 1 John 1:9 where “fellowship” is speaking of “salvation” fellowship, not an in and out daily fellowship with God. The letter of 1 John was written to the Jews, not the Gentiles; the first chapter is a restatement of the Gospel to the Jews.
The practice of tithing during New Testament times did not even begin until 300 years after Christ. So, if tithing really was something God wanted you to do, all of the Apostles and all of the believers until the 4th century completely missed the boat. Faith means that every activity of a believer is initiated by Jesus Christ living in your born again heart instead coming from your human “tent.” Jesus gifts some people with generosity. In other words, Jesus lives His life through some people by generously giving resources, whether it be money or other things. Tithing is a self-effort practice, based on human works, not faith. Many of the people that God has blessed with wealth fulfill their “obligation” by giving 10% and then spending the rest on themselves. In the meantime, millions of believers around the world go hungry or do not own a Bible.
8. The Canonization of Scripture
The people who assembled the New Testament did an excellent job. Still, it was a human activity. There is not one critical thing missing from the Christian Bible that is found in an extra biblical document. The books and letters that comprise the Bible are in agreement and there are no contradictory teachings among them. The notion that the Scriptures were canonized has led to a culture where the books of the New Testament have been grossly overanalyzed to the point where detail has caused the simple message of Christ to be lost. Most of the books of the New Testament were personal letters written to a collection of churches in a certain region; they should be read as such. Certainly there are many passages that deserve a careful and detailed reading; among the many are Romans 6 & 8, 2 Corinthians 5, 1 Corinthians 2 and John 14-17.
These additional verses will be helpful in understanding this blog.
All Sins Forgiven:Mark 3: 28; John 1:29; Acts 13:38; Romans 5:10a; 2 Corinthians 5:19; Colossians 1:20; Colossians 2:13; Hebrews 8:12; Hebrews 9:22,26; Hebrews 10:12,17,18; Hebrew 2:9; Hebrews 7:27; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 2:2,12.
Gentiles Never Under Mosaic Law: John 1:17; Romans 2:12, 14a; Romans 3:20a; Romans 9:4; Romans 10:4; 1 Corinthians 9:20b; Galatians 3:12; Hebrews 8:6-10,13; Hebrews 9:15; Hebrews 10:1,9b;