I found this old clip of a pastor I used to respect. I loved him, and sat near him on Sun-days, armed and prepared to defend him in case a looney burst into our congregation.
He said this in a sermon one Sun-day…
Now, I might be wrong and if I am, please straighten me out, but in my mind, I believe that “performance” is the same as “obedience” and as “study the word”. If the Word teached me to study the word, there must be something in ot that I need to learn.
Might it be that I am required to know that the commands of Yahuah are? Isn’t obedience to His commands the very definition of “Righteousness”, and will not only the RIGHTEOUS inherit eternal life with Yahuah?
And doesn’t Yahusha (still called “Jesus” by the Christians) state Himself, from His very own mouth…
Yahuah Loves Those Who Obey The Commands of Yahusha
John 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
Yahusha plainly states that our obedience to His commands proves our love for Yahusha, and that Yahuah loves US because we love Yahusha . He finishes by declaring that He will manifest himself to us/me/you.
MAN’IFEST, a. [L. manifestus.]
1. Plain, open, clearly visible to the eye or obvious to the understanding; apparent; not obscure or difficult to be seen or understood. From the testimony, the truth we conceive to be manifest.
Seems easy enough to understand – obey His commands in order for Yahuah to love us. If my son offered himself as a perfect sacrifice for some people, and if they ignored his requirement for obeying his commands, would I have mercy on them when they faced me and with lying tongues told me how much they “loved” my son?
We submit to a GOD who has destroyed the whole earth at least once, and some think He has done it at least twice, killing many millions of people. He will not hesitate to burn the scoffers and the disobedient. It isn’t the Christians who the Red Dragon comes to kill, but the diligent students and doers of Torah who follow Yahusha in the Way.
Yahusha came to do ONLY the Will of His Father, and His Will is stated in Torah. This Pastor directly contradicts Yahusha, saying that Yahuah does not love us because what “we have done”, when Yahusha teaches us that Yahuah loves us because we are obedient.
The righteous doctrine of obedience does not fill many seats, folks.
Pastor – you are accountable for the blasphemy under your authority. Either Yahusha is lying in in Jn 14:21, or you are. Assigning as teachers men who do not even know the meaning of the words is proof that you yourself do not know them. Shame. Sin. Remember when I asked you what sin was, and you did not even know? You said it was “disobedience”.
Indeed. Disobedience to what?
Sin is transgression of the LAW. You teach lawlessness to the blind and the deaf.