January 1, 2006
A Prayer
of Jesus
I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and
understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
The  Voice  of  Jesus
This is my Son, my Chosen; Listen to Him!

Christian False Doctrines
#20 - The Law is Too Hard
The False Teaching

Protestants commonly teach that the Law of Moses is too hard to keep.  Paul, the false apostle, is the author of this false doctrine, so we go directly to him.  He draws first on his own experience, then applys it universally.
Paul (Rom. 7:7f FNT)) For I had not known desire (to covet) unless the law was saying: You will not desire (covet). But receiving opportunity, sin through the law works in me every desire (covetousness). For apart from [the] law sin [is] dead. But once I was zoe-living apart from the law, but the commandment having come, sin came-to-zoe-life, So I was dead. And the commandment [which was] to zoe-life was found by me [to be] to death. . . . I find therefore the law [that] when I wish to be doing the good, that the evil is present in me. For I concur with the law of God according to the inner man, but I see another law in my members warring against the law of my mind, and imprisoning me in the law of sin [which] is in my members. Wretched man [am ]I! Who will deliver me from the body of this death?

Exposing the Error

Paul was a weak man  - a slave to his flesh - and the Law was too hard. But the scriptures state that the Law is not too hard. "For the commandment which I command you this day is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, 'Who will go up for us to heaven and bring it to us, that we may hear and do it?' Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, 'Who will go over the sea for us, and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?But the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it." (Deut. 30:7f. RSV.)  Paul adulterated this: "For Moses writes that: The man having done the justice of the law shall zoe-live in them. But the justice from belief he says thus: You should not say in your heart, who shall ascend into heaven? That is, to bring Christ down.  Or, Who will descend into the abyss? That is, to bring Christ up from the dead.  But what does it say? The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart - that is, the word of faith which we proclaim. For if you profess with your mouth [the] Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."  (Rom.10:5f. FNT). He adultered Moses!
Declaring the Truth
Why do you call me 'lord lord', and not do what I say?  Everyone coming to me and hearing my words and doing, I will show you what he is like.  He is like [a] man building [a] house, who dug and deepened and placed [the] foundation upon the rock. But when flood came to pass, the river dashed against that house, and it was unable to shake it because it was well built.But the [one] having heard and not having done is like [a] man building [a] house upon the ground without [a] foundation, against which the river dashed, and it was straightway shaken, and great was the fall of that house.(Luke 6:46f.FNT)
Jesus' commandments are such that, by keeping them, one becomes complete as the Father is complete.  They are hard, but if we love him, we will keep his commandments.  But we will surely fail?  Are we not then condemned?  No, not if we repent and forgive others.  Here is the Word:
And whenever you stand praying, forgive if you have anything against anyone, in order that your father in the heavens forgive you. But if you do not forgive, neither will your father in the heavens forgive your trespasses. (Mk.11:25,26FNT)