This is an article I’ve wanted to write for some time, but I kept delaying it for various reasons. A friend has recently asked me to address this topic because most mainstream Christians that he has attempted to bring to Christian Identity are either not certain about how we should relate to the Law or they are convinced the “Law has been done away with.”
There is for certain some truth to that statement. But this matter must be analyzed in much greater depth. There are many who believe that Christians must obey no law whatsover, that we are simply “under grace” and all we have to do is “have faith”, be nice and love other people and that’s where our duties as Christians end. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Before I move further I must say that I will address this matter from two opposite angles, for there are Christians who hold the opposite view concerning the Law: they believe we are just as much under the Law of Moses now as we were under it during the Old Testament days. This is also the case for some followers of Christian Identity, whom we often refer to as “CI Judaizers”. But mainstream Christians do not even believe that we ever were under the Law of Moses, since they believe we are merely “Gentiles” (which they falsely believe to signify “non-Jews”). They insist, however, that even though we are not “Jews” (a term which they erroneously use instead of ‘Israelites’), we have to follow a Law pertaining to a covenant that we never signed (according to mainstream churchianity).
This second stance is as just as wrong as the first one I mentioned. They are two extremes, opposed to one another, but equally false. The truth lies in none of them, as we shall see.
The Law of Moses is not the Law of God
The first thing we need to understand is that the eternal Law of God and the Law of Moses (or the Sinaitic/Levitical Law) are not one and the same thing. Failing to understand this point creates much confusion. The Law that was given to Israel through Moses was a codification of Yahweh’s Law, but there were aspects of it which were clearly meant to be temporary and there were parts of it which did not reflect the perfect nature of God’s Law. We know this for certain because when Christ preached to the Israelites of Judaea He made it clear that in certain aspects we were to act differently from how the Israelites of the Old Testament had been instructed to.
Let us take a look at the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 5:
Verses 17 and 18 state the following: “You should not believe that I have come to dismiss the law or the prophets. I have not come to dismiss but to fulfill. For truly I say to you: until heaven and earth would pass, by no means should one iota or one stroke pass from the law until all things should happen.” (CNT) It is obvious that Jesus Christ Himself was born under the Law and lived by the Law of Moses. According to His own words, nothing could be abolished until it would be fulfilled.
As an Israelite man, Christ fulfilled the Law in the same manner as every other faithful Israelite was doing it, by observing its precepts and fulfilling its requirements. But as God Incarnate He fulfilled the Law in a different manner. He achieved that end when He died on the cross. For those of you who do not understand why Christ had to die in order for us to have our sins forgiven I recommend you read the following two Christogenea articles:
1. Christian Foundations
2. The Divorce Discourse: Luke 16:16-18
The Mosaic Law served as a wedding contract between Yahweh and the Israelites, who were (collectively) His wife. That is why their idolatry was always portrayed by God as adultery and whoredom in the Old Testament. If the wife committed adultery, she had to die. If, however, the husband died first, the wife was free from him and also from the penalties which demanded that she be put to death. Yahshua Christ (Yahweh Himself) died so that his wife Israel could live.
Consider the following. On one hand, Christ said the Law would not be abolished. On the other hand, He died to free Israel from the penalties of the Law, since when He died the wedding contract (the Mosaic Law) became void. At the same time, He instructed His devout followers not to violate the commandments of the Law, but to live by them and teach others to do the same: “Indeed he who may break the least one of these commandments and teach men as much, he shall called least in the kingdom of the heavens. But he who should do and should teach, he shall be called great in the kingdom of the heavens.” (Matt. 519)
Apparently, we have a contradiction here. Both the antinomians and the judaizers can use plenty of biblical verses to support their position, but none of them are correct and the Bible most certainly does not contradict itself. Whenever we are under the impression that the Bible supports two contradictory positions on a certain topic we must study the matter carefully to learn the deeper truth and to reconcile the verses which apparently contradict one another, rather that side with one of the two positions and reject the other. A good example is the Godhead. Most Christians either subscribe to Trinitarianism or to Arianism, they either believe that God is “three persons in one” or they believe that only the Father is God, while Jesus Christ is a created being. Both are false and, as we shall see, the same rule or the same principle applies to the Law.
In the following verses of Matthew chapter 5, Christ explains the difference between the perfect and eternal Law of God and the Law that Israel received at Sinai:
“You have heard that it had been said to the ancients ‘You shall not murder’, and he who would murder shall be subject to judgment. But I say to you that each being angry with his brother shall be subject to judgment! He who would say to his brother: ‘Worthless!’ shall be subject to the council, but he who would say: ‘Stupid!’ shall be subject to Gehenna for the fire!” (v21-22)
The Israelites of old (with their petrified hearts) received a Law which they were mostly expected to fulfil in letter. The Law, as taught by Christ in the New Testament, is to be fulfilled in spirit. This means we must seek to understand the deeper aspects of the Law, not only that which is readily observable at the surface. The previous two verses clearly illustrate the contrast between the letter and the spirit of the Law. If you slander or humiliate your brother you have killed him because we are not supposed to do such a thing to our brother, so you have made him be something else, but certainly not your brother, by behaving in such a way towards him.
“You have heard that it has been said ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that each who beholds a woman for which to lust after her has already committed adultery in his heart. Now if your right eye entraps you, take it out and cast it from you, for it is better for you that one of your members would be lost and your whole body not be cast into Gehenna! And if your right hand entraps you, cut it off and cast it from you. For it is better for you that one of your members would be lost and your whole body not depart into Gehenna!” (v27-30)
The same “letter vs spirit” principle applies here. During the Old Testament days sin was only imputed if one engaged in unlawful sexual intercourse with women. Under the New Covenant, however, the desire or intention to commit such acts is also imputed as sin. Even the “innocent thoughts that don’t harm anyone” are imputed as sin. You can sin with your heart, not only with your body or words.
“And it has been said ‘He who would put away his wife must give to her a bill of divorce.’ Now I say to you that each who puts away his wife except for reason of fornication makes her to commit adultery, and he who would marry a divorced woman commits adultery.” (v31-32)
Under the Old Law one could simply get tired of his wife and find someone more attractive and more pleasing and then cast away his wife with a bill of divorce. But this is not God’s eternal Law as far as marriage is goes. You may notice here that even though the wife is not to blame because her husband wants to divorce her, she is the one who commits adultery after being put away. That is because, according to God’s Law of marriage, the husband and the wife are ‘one flesh’. (Genesis 2.24) The husband may send her away, but they are still one flesh. Their bond or marriage is only broken when another man takes that woman and has sexual intercourse with her. Therefore, they both commit adultery, as Christ said. Both the divorced women (who was not to blame) and the man who later took her as his wife commit adultery. However, it is also Christ who later makes it clear that the one who carries the moral responsability for their sin is the husband who put his wife away: “And replying He said “Have you not read that the Creator from the beginning ‘has made them male and female’?” And He said “’Because of this shall a man leave father and mother and attach himself to his wife, and they shall be two into one flesh’, 6 so that no longer are they two, but one flesh. Therefore that which Yahweh has yoked together man must not separate!” They say to Him: “Then why had Moses instructed to give a letter for a bill of divorce and to put her away?” He says to them: “Because Moses for the hardness of your hearts had permitted you to put away your wives, but from the beginning it had not been thusly. Now I say to you that he who should divorce his wife – not for fornication – and should marry another commits adultery!” (Matthew 19.4-9, CNT)
Christ not only explains that you can commit adultery in other ways besides sleeping with a woman who has not been put away by her husband, He also makes it clear that Moses (with God’s authority) made a concession to the Israelites of old and allowed them to do something which goes against God’s Law of marriage, because of their hardened hearts. Judaizers rarely if ever address this point.
“Again, you have heard that it has been said to the ancients ‘You shall not swear falsely’, and ‘You shall make atonement for your oaths to Yahweh’. Now I say to you not to swear at all, not by the heaven, because it is the throne of Yahweh, nor by the earth, because it is a footstool for His feet, nor upon Jerusalem, because it is the city of the great king, nor should you swear by you head, because you are not able to make one hair white or black. Now your word must be yea, yea, no, no, and what is in excess of these is from of evil.”
The above verses also reveal the difference between God’s perfect Law and the Levitical Law. But there is probably nothing that will illustrate the difference between the Law of Moses and the Law of God than the following verses:
“You have heard that it has been said ‘An eye for an eye’ and ‘A tooth for a tooth’. Now I say to you, not to oppose evil, but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn for him also the other. And to him desiring for you to be judged and to receive your cloak, give up to him also the shirt. And whoever shall press you for one mile, go with him two. Give to him asking you, and you should not turn away from him wishing to borrow from you. You have heard that it has been said ‘You shall love him near you’ and ‘You shall hate your enemy’. Now I say to you: love your enemies and pray for those persecuting you, that you may be sons of your Father who is in the heavens, because His sun rises upon evil and good and rains upon righteous and unrighteous. For if you should love those loving you, what reward do you have? Do not also the tax-collectors do the same? And if you should greet your brethren only, what do you do that is extraordinary? Do not also the heathens do the same? Therefore you shall be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
The contrast between the old and the new is undeniable. The old Levitical Law was tolerant towards the fleshly nature of man and was specifically given in a format which would suit the hardened hearts of the old Israelites. The fact that the Israelites were rebelious and stubborn or stiff-necked is common theme throughout the Old Testament. Christ made it clear that this was the case and that things would be different under the New Covenant. Yahweh God promised to put His Law in our inward parts, in our hearts and He achieved this by giving His Holy Spirit to us, in abundance. He expects us to be perfect, just as He is perfect. Of course, we cannot achieve this end by our own efforts. Christ said: “I am the Vine, you are the branches. He who is abiding in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you are not able to do anything.” (John 15.5, CNT)
During the Old Testament days any act of offense or slander was to quickly be punished, once the matter was clarified by witnesses and judged by the elders. Revenge was permitted and the Israelites always seeked to apply it. This is not God’s perfect way, however. If we want to be perfect like He is then we must forgive those from among our brethren who wrong us, who hate us, who persecute us, just as He has forgiven our own errors, in spite of the fact that we never did anything to deserve forgiveness from Him.
The essence of the previously quoted verses is not some mindless pacifism or defeatism in front of the enemy, as many pagans and detractors of Christianity suggest, but love and selflessnes towards our own brethren. That is why Christ said that the essence of the Law and the Prophets is loving our God with all our heart and loving our neighbour (our kin) as we love ourselves. I myself never understood the meaning of this second commandment until I found and embraced Christian Identity. In the years before I found CI I had began to delevop an extremely powerful feeling of love towards the white race and all things white. I began to love every white person (children in particular) and I developed an emotional pattern which made me willing to sacrifice myself for their sake. At first, I felt guilty, because I was “discriminating” against non-whites. But then I had to admit there was no way I could ever see non-whites as my neighbour or my brethren and I was never willing to serve them and sacrifice myself for their sake. Later, as I grew in my knowledge and understanding of the Scriptures, I realized I had been correct. The white race is my kin. The nations of Israel are my brethren whom I must serve with all I have. Without an ounce of CI knowledge I subconsciously understood the difference between Adamic non-Israelite and Israelite, as I always felt a greater connection to the Celto-Germanic nations than to Slavic and Mediterranean nations. That doesn’t mean I do not love non-Israelite Adamic people or that Slavic and Mediterranean nations aren’t Israelite at all, we can’t know for sure today who is only Adamic and who is also Israelite, as most of us do not possess genealogical papers which prove our origins. But the main point is, once we understand who our neighbour is loving that neighbour becomes a simple task and it happens almost without effort.
Where there is no law, there is no sin
Ok, so far we have established that the eternal and unchangeable Law of God and the Mosaic or Levitical Law are NOT one and the same thing. This is something that judaizers, in particular, need to understand. The next thing the reader must understand is that: “where there is no law, neither is there transgression.” (Romans 4.15, CNT) Most Bible versions translate this verse as: “where there is no law, there is no sin.” The Apostle John wrote the following: “Each who is practicing wrongdoing also practices lawlessness, and wrongdoing is lawlessness.” (I John 3.4)
In the KJV this verse reads: “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” Judaizers understand this concept very well and they deserve credit for it. Antinomians, on the other hand, do not.
The Apostle Paul wrote that: “for until the law fault was in the Society; but fault was not accounted, there not being law;” (Romans 5.13, CNT) It’s ridiculous to claim that doing this particular thing is ok, while doing another particular things is sin, while rejecting the Law. Sin is the transgressing of the Law, period. If the Law did not tell you not to commit murder, murder would not be imputed to you. So, if you do not submit yourself to any divine law, why do you, as a Christian, teach that it is wrong or sinful to murder, steal, cheat, commit adultery, etc. ? You probably have no idea why. Most antinomians defend themselves by claiming they follow some general “do good” or “be nice” rules. I’m sorry for being so rude and straight-forward, but this is complete bullshit. There is no such thing in the Scriptures as “try to be nice or good in general”.
Earlier in his letter to the Romans Paul wrote that: “indeed through the law is knowledge of error.” (3.20) The KJV reads: “for by the law is the knowledge of the sin.” Antinomians act like this verse doesn’t exist in the Bible. To put it in simple terms, if you reject the Law (regardless of what you believe about the distinction between God’s Law and the Mosaic Law) you have no moral authority to tell anyone that doing this is right and doing that is wrong, period.
The “trad” churches (Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox) have replaced the Law of God with their church rules and canons, because they understood that in the absence of a law chaos would automatically reign over their churches and ultimately over the entire Christian society (there were no Protestant churches back then). The Protestants later came up with the “saved by faith alone” concept, which is also nonsense. Faith without works is dead (James 2.17), plain and simple. And it is not our faith that saves us, it is God’s favour and Christ’s redemptive work that have earned salvaration (preservation) for us. Yes, non-believing Israelites and other Adamites will also be saved. I’ll write about this in the future.
If by now I have managed to confuse you even more rather than clear up things in your head, it is perfectly normal. I have presented two apparently contradicting positions: one which seems to be in favour of the Law (and against antinomians) and one which seems to be against the Law (and against judaizers). Be patient, there is much more to be said. Let us move on and discuss the Epistle to the Galatians, one of the biblical books which antinomians typically use to teach against the need to live by the Law. There are many passages in Galatians which seem to indicate that we are no longer under the Law. That is certainly true, but remember what we have discussed earlier: the Law of Moses and the Law of God are not one and the same thing. I have provided plenty of evidence in support of that position. Paul did teach that we are no longer under the Law, but he was referring to the Levitical/Sinaitic/Mosaic Law. He never spoke against the idea of obeying God’s Law. As a matter of fact, Paul wrote that: “Do we then nullify the law by faith? Certainly not! Rather we establish the law.” (Romans 3.31)
Now, if we are no longer under the Law, how do we establish (uphold) the Law by faith? It’s simple. God has put His Law in our inward parts. This was His promise to the children of Israel (Jeremiah 31.31-33) and a favor offered to them (white Europeans and their kin). It is not our doing, we are not the ones deserving the praise or the credit. We are not deemed righteous by observing any law in a ritualistic manner, but if we have living faith in God and have His Spirit then we certainly live by His Law, for His Law should be in our hearts. Living by His Law and fulfilling His commandments should be an easy task for us. His Law should be our life, day and night. Remember, Christ said He had not come to abolish the Law, but to fulfil it. We have already discussed how he Has accomplished that end.
So then, what about all those passages from Galatians? Let’s check a few of them.
“knowing that a man is not deemed righteous from rituals of law, if not through the faith of Yahshua Christ, we then have relied in Christ Yahshua in order that we would be deemed righteous from the faith of Christ, and not from rituals of law, since not any flesh shall be deemed righteous from rituals of law.” (Galatians 2.16, CNT)
The meaning of this passage is easy to understand: legalism does not make any man or woman righteous before God. Observing the precepts of the Law in a ritualistic manner does not justify any man before God. Do you remember when Christ said: “The Sabbath was for the sake of man and not man for the sake of the Sabbath!”? (Mark 2.27, CNT) The same thing can be said about the Mosaic Law. The Law was given at Sinai for Israel’s benefit, while judaizers believe that Israel was created in order to ritualistically observe this Law.
“I would not refuse the favor of Yahweh; if righteousness is through law, then Christ has died for no purpose.” (Galatians 2.21, CNT)-What is the meaning of this verse? It tells us we cannot mix favor (grace) with legalism. If we seek to justify ourselves by keeping the Old Law and its rituals we will not benefit from God’s favor which He has bestowed upon His people under the New Covenant. It is called ‘favor’ because it is an undeserved gift, His unconditional love and generosity towards His own people. Israel failed under the Mosaic Law and the penalties demanded that Israel be put to death. The New Covenant, however, is unconditional. Regardless of what sins God’s people commit, He will never turn His back on them and will not divorce them again.
So, if you are acting like your salvation depends on your ritualistic keeping of the Law of Moses and judge your brethren as sinners who are worthy of death because, for instance, they work during the Sabbath, you refuse God’s favor and are acting in a self-righteous manner. If you believe your salvation depends on whether you keep the Old Testament feasts or not, once again, you reject God’s favor.
“Oh, senseless Galataians! Who has bewitched you? Before whose eyes Yahshua Christ had been publicly set forth, having been crucified? This only I wish to learn from you: from rituals of law have you received the Spirit, or from a report of faith? So are you senseless, beginning in Spirit, you are now being perfected in flesh?”(Galatians 3.1-3, CNT)
In my humble opinion, the Epistle to the Galatians is the most important biblical writing which speaks against the errors of the judaizers. The Galatians, who were Israelites of the dispersion, were being targeted by the judaizing Israelites of Judaea, who were being envious and were seeking to put the noncircumcision under the yoke of the Mosaic Law. I’m quite certain the ones agitating and inciting the genuine Israelites of Judaea against their brethren from among the nations were none others than the Edomites of Judaea (later known as “Jews”).
Notice how Paul contrasts the rituals of the Law (and “rituals of the law” does not merely refer to the ceremonies of the Temple, the Galatians had no such temple where they lived, but to all the prescriptions of the Mosaic Law which were to be observed in a ritualistc manner for the duration of the Old Covenant, including the Sabbath and the feasts) and faith to one another, clearly indicating that the two are in opposition to one another. In the next verse, Paul gently blames the Galatians for seeking to be perfected in flesh, rather than in spirit. Judaizers do not like to acknowledge this, but the Law was given to a fleshly and stiff-necked Israel and the standards for perfection are much higher under the New Covenant. Unfortunately, learning how to act and live according to these higher standards requires time and patience and it is a learning process which God Himself will supervise to make sure we learn all the valuable lessons.
“Just as “Abraham had trusted Yahweh, and it was accounted to him for righteousness” then you know that they from faith, they are sons of Abraham.” (Galatians 3.6-7, CNT)-These are some of the most misunderstood verses in the Bible. Judeo-“Christians” love to abuse the mistranslated version of this passage to promote the idea that “everyone who has faith is a son of Abraham.” If that is the case, demons are also sons of Abraham, because they have faith and tremble (James 2.19). In reality, “faith” doesn’t make anyone a son of Abraham. What Paul is saying here is that Abraham did not find favor before God because of his deeds, but because He trusted God and had faith that God would keep his promises, even when the odds were clearly against Abraham (a 100 years old man and a 90 years old woman having a baby together, the odds aren’t quite favorable). Those who are from Abraham’s faith are not Negroes who become “Christians”, but the descendants of Isaac, who were born from God’s promise to Abraham and from Abraham’s faith.
“For as many as are from rituals of law are under a curse, for it is written: “Cursed are all who do not stand fast in all the writings within the book of the law, to do them.””(Galatians 3.10, CNT) -This is something that Paul explains in a clearer manner in another verse from Galatians: “And I testify again to every man getting himself circumcised, that he is obligated to do the entire law.” (Galatians 5.3, CNT) In other words, if you wish to be justified by keeping the Law you’d do well to keep all of it and never transgress it, for the levitical priesthood is dead, the Temple is gone and there are no means to obtain propitiation if you violate the Law. Of course, you may say Christ will propitiate for you, but He will not do it if you seek to be justified by keeping the Law. He died to free Israel from the Law, He will not propitiate for those who seek to put Israel back under the Law of Moses. If you have doubts about your ability to keep the entire Law I highly recommend that you accept God’s favor and seek to be justified by faith, as Abraham was.
“And that in law no one is deemed righteous before Yahweh is clear, because “the just shall live by faith.”” (Galatians 3.11, CNT) -You can’t get it more obvious than that. Judaizers simply act like this verse doesn’t exist in the Bible.
“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, becoming a curse on our behalf, (for it is written, “Accursed is everyone who hangs upon a timber,”) in order that the blessing of Abraham would come to the Nations at the hand of Christ Yahshua, that we should receive the promise of the Spirit through the faith.” (Galatians 3.13-14, CNT) -Those who seek to be justified by keeping the Law make a mockery of Christ’s redemptive work. He died to free His people from the Law which demanded that they be put to death, what’s so hard to understand?
“Brethren, (I speak as befits a man,) even a validated covenant of man no one sets aside, or makes additions to for himself. Now to Abraham the promises have been spoken, and to his offspring. It does not say “and to offsprings”, as of many; but as of one: “and to your offspring,” which are anointed. Now this I say, a covenant validated beforehand by Yahweh, the law which arrived after four hundred and thirty years does not invalidate, by which the promise is left idle. For if from law, the inheritance is no longer from promise, but to Abraham through a promise Yahweh has given it freely.” (Galatians 3.15-18, CNT)-According to Paul, the promises God had made to Abraham (and the validated covenant) stood in opposition to the Law that was given at Sinai four centuries later. How so? It’s simple. The covenant God made with Abraham He also made with Abraham’s seed, in all their generations. The covenant was validated immediately after Abraham accepted to sacrifice Isaac on the altar. The promises were free and unconditional. The Sinaitic Covenant, however, was conditional. Just read Deuteronomy and you will understand that. Since Israel violated the Sinaitic Covenant Israel had to be put to death, therefore the promises of the Abrahamic Covenant would not have been fulfilled anymore. To fix the problem and to keep His promises, God became a man like us and died like we humans die. He did it in order to free His wife from the marriage contract (the Sinaitic Law) and its penalties, this way He made it possible for Him to still fulfil the promises He had made to Abraham, in spite of the fact that the Law demanded otherwise.
“Then why the law? It had been imposed on account of the transgressions, until He would come: the offspring in which He had promised Himself, having been arranged by messengers in a mediator’s hand.” (Galatians 3.19, CNT)-There you have it. You’ve just been explained that the Law of Moses was meant to be temporary from the very beginning and also why it was given. This verse alone destroys judaizers and their position on the Law. That is, of course, if they accept Paul as a true apostle of Christ. Many judaizers dislike him and quite a few of them believe he was a “false apostle”.
“So the law has been our tutor for Christ, in order that from faith we would be deemed righteous. But the faith having come, no longer are we under a tutor; for you are all sons of Yahweh through the faith in Christ Yahshua.” (3.24-26)-We have a simple textbook syllogism here:
Premise 1: The law was the tutor.
Premise 2: We are no longer under a tutor.
Conclusion: We are no longer under the Law.
Judaizing goes straight to the trash.
There are many verses left in Galatians to analyze and which support the position that we are no longer under the Mosaic Law. However, I will only quote the following verses since the article has already gotten long enough and I believe the previously quoted verses have already proven my points:
“In the freedom in which Christ has set us free, you stand fast indeed, and do not again be entangled in a yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say to you, that if you should be circumcised, Christ will be of no advantage to you. And I testify again to every man getting himself circumcised, that he is obligated to do the entire law. You are left unemployed, apart from the Anointed. Those that in law are tested have fallen from favor.” (Galatians 5.1-4, CNT)-Once again, I must ask… Are judaizers blind or do they deliberately ignore these verses? Don’t they realize they are contradicting Apostle to the Nations and are also making Christ’s sacrifice of no effect (in their twisted minds)?
Paul makes it clear that: “Those that in law are tested have fallen from favor.” I’m not sure if being tested in the law (and seeking to be justified before God by keeping the Mosaic Law) is the cause or the result of one’s fall from favor, but if you find yourself in this situation perhaps (and I’m not trying to be arrogant or self-righteous by any means, I used to be there as well) you should raise this matter to the Father in prayer and ask Him to help you get your heart circumcised. The circumcision of the flesh is of no use to those who follow Christ and who have accepted His sacrifice as their justification before God.
I know what you must be saying… I have expressed two positions that apparently contradict one another, right? On one hand I have explained that where there is no law there is no sin and we all need the Law of God in order to understand what is good/lawful and what is evil/unlawful/sin. On the other hand, I have explained that under the New Covenant we are not under the Law (of Moses) and we are not justified by works, but by faith and God’s favor. Can we reconcile these two positions? Yes we can.
There’s a good reason why I explained that the Law of Moses is not the eternal Law of God. There’s also a good reason why I made reference to the ‘spirit of the Law’ as opposed to the ‘letter of the Law’ (legalism). We must also distinguish between the Commandments (which represent the heart of the Law) and the rituals of the Law. The latter are a thing of the past, or they should be.
The event which made me write this article is something a friend of mine wrote to me in private. A women he spoke to (or wrote to, I don’t remember exactly) refused to accept that race-mixing is prohibited today because “we are no longer under the Law” or “we are no longer under the Old Covenant”. It is certainly true that we are no longer under the Law of Moses and no longer under the Old Covenant, but the prohibition against race-mixing was not only a prescription of the Mosaic Law, it is a basic commandment pertaining to Yahweh’s eternal Law.
Race-mixing was prohibited by God before the Law was given at Sinai. We have discussed the fact that sin existed in the world before the Law was given, but it was not imputed by God, because “where there is no law there is no transgression.” And yet, there are a couple of instances in the Scriptures in which we see God delivering terrible punishment against certain nations, cities, individuals or even the entire society, as a result of their sin. How can this be? It’s simple. There is one sin that God had instructed mankind not to commit before the Law was given at Sinai, the sin of race-mixing, which is what fornication primarily refers to according to the Apostle Jude:
“(…)as Sodom and Gomorra and the cities around them in like manner with them
committing fornication and having gone after different flesh are set forth an example,
undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.” (Jude v7)
This Facebook post written by our brother who runs the ACON ministry explains that God brought the flood during Noah’s days to punish the sin of race mixing and to cleanse the Adamic world of its products (bastardised offspring). The sin committed by the Antediluvian Adamites was the same sin committed by Adam and Eve, the same sin for which God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah and the same sin for which God commanded the Israelites to wipe out the tribes which inhabited the land of Canaan. I’m referring to race-mixing, of course.
Deuteronomy 23.2 states: “A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the LORD.” (KJV) Many interpret this verse to signify “one born from a harlot”, however, that makes little sense. Jephthah, one of the greatest Israelite heroes of the Judges’ period was born from a prostitute and God clearly accepted him and used him to deliver Israel from thier enemies. Tamar, the ancestor of Christ Himself, also prostitutes herself in order to obtain offspring from Judah’s loins. The meaning of the Hebrew word ‘mamzer’ is ‘mongrel’, or race-mixed offspring. A mongrel could truly not be accepted in the congregation of Israel. The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah should convince any God-fearing man or woman that is the case. For a simple and concise explanation of the fact that the Bible prohibits race-mixing please read the following (short) article I wrote: It’s About Race, not Religion.
Some may argue that Deuteronomy (23.1) also prevents eunuchs from being part of the assembly of Israel and the Apostle Philip baptized the “Ethiopian” eunuch (he was a Judaean, see the evidence here), so that means mamzers/bastards are also allowed to join the assembly of God’s children, right? Wrong. The eunuchs were promised reconciliation in the Old Testament: “For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.” (Isaiah 56.4-5, KJV) The following verses make it clear that certain “strangers” and their sons would be allowed to join the congregation of Israel: “Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;” (Isaiah 56.6) However, verse 8 helps us identify those strangers: “The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.” (Isaiah 56.8) As we can see the “strangers” are nations among whom the Israelites were dispersed and those were all Adamic nations, mostly Japhetic. Those “strangers” were certainly not racial aliens and halfbreeds. We can see at Hebrews 12.8 that under the New Covenant God still distinguishes between legitimate sons and bastards: “But if you are without discipline, of which you all have become partakers, then you are bastards, and not sons.” (CNT)
So, to finally make a conclusion, we are no longer under the Law of Moses (judaizers, read this carefully), but the Law of God is not “done away with” (antinomians, read carefully) and will never be! A true Christian who has been called by Yahweh to serve Him will find it easy and natural to live by His Law and to fulfil the commandments that Christ instructed us to keep. If there isn’t a law there is no sin either and no man would ever have to face God’s judgement. The children of Israel may no longer be collectivelly judged on how they obey the Mosaic Law, for they have been set free from its bondage. But we are all judged individually depending on how we obey God’s Law and keep the commandments of Christ. As for the other races, they are all tares and bastards, they will never be allowed to be part of our congregation and will never inherit the Kingdom of Yahweh.
Praise Yahweh, the God of Israel, and thank you for reading!