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The Christian and The Law

What is the relationship between the Christian and the Law? Does the Law of Moses, including the dietary Law, have any place in a Christian’s life? We are told in 1 Timothy 1:8 that the Law is good, but then Paul goes on in verse 9 to tell us that the Law is not made for the righteous person, but for the unrighteous.

1 Timothy 1:8-10

8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;

9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine (KJV)

In other words, the purpose of the Law in this New Testament era is to convict the unrighteous of their sins, not to govern the life of the believer. Paul writes this in the book of Galatians:

Galatians 3:24-25

24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. (KJV)

by Berean Husband


Notice What I’m Not Looking For In a Church

Just wanted you to notice that what I’m looking for in a church is not a legalistic church but a Biblical church.

I did not include the following items in the post What to Look for in a Church:

1) Ladies must wear dresses at all times.

2) Ladies must never cut their hair.

3) Ladies all must have long hair.

4) The pastor is always right – you are wrong.

5) Church cannot use drums or any instrument other than a piano in worship.

6) Only a KJV Bible is acceptable – Bible checked at the door. If it is good enough for Moses and Paul it is good enough for you.

7) Dresses must be ankle length or no more than two inches from shoes. Tape measure at the door.

8 ) American flag must be displayed on the stage.

9) Christian flag must also be displayed.

10) All Movie viewing must be banned.

11) Full tithing is required or church discipline will ensue.

12) Members must be present at all services unless an pre-approved excuse is given.

13) All men must wear beards.

14) No man may have hair that touches the ear or collar. If it is good enough for the military, it is good enough for the Lord.

15) Driving a new car shows a preoccupation with material things.

16) Ladies wearing bright colors are vain – only black, brown, and blue will be accepted.

17) If it isn’t in the approved hymnal, it can not be sung.

18) Absolutely no electronic music or media to be used in the church.

19) Pastor must always wear a three-piece suit.

20) No smiling or looking like you are happy – we must all be sober and reflective at all times.

This would be a lot more humorous if it wasn’t actually happening in many churches.