Sitting in Sunday School this morning, our teacher asked everyone to turn to 1st John, chapter three, verse four. I love this scripture, as it defines what sin is. Let me ask you, before you go further, what is sin?
Its clearly defined for us. My Pastor said “We should believe what Jesus says about the Word of God”., and he is right. My Pastor also said “When we contradict Yahweh, we blaspheme Him”, which is also true.
So what is sin, brothers?
Most people in your church, including you, likely do not know. Our Pastors teach continually the necessity of “not sinning”. We all know sin = bad. We all know we are sinners, yet as Paul said, we do continually obey our flesh and deny our minds, ultimately we sin. But sin can be avoided, because Yahuah tells us plainly each sin. In writing.
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 becausewe 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.
As many of you know, I spent the last five weeks in a worst-case world. It involved several of my emotions, and those at the maximum level of performance. Anger, fear and love were all at the boiling point. It was truly terrible.. Sometimes I could only shiver, my whole body literally shaking in these small amplitude tremors, from my neck to my toes.
That is odd, actually. Have you ever experienced that?
I am going through a time of sorrows, and am asking for prayers from you. There are times like these in the lives of many, when despair and hopelessness swallow up our souls, leaving us hungry for the mercy of death. The long sleep until resurrection; the ascension to glory and to true peace.
Remember when you first started using email, and sometimes you would hit the SEND key before you edited your fresh composition? Or maybe you wrote a real payback-is-hell email to your boss or wife or husband or friend, and it was mostly an exercise of “Oh I wish I could send this”, and you sent it?
I did that two minutes ago.
Not an email but a posting that went out to a whole bunch of subscribers. It is a piece about fidelity, respect, obedience from wives to husbands. I have some wonderful women who subscribe to me and I do try to be sensitive to “feelings”.
Nonetheless, Yahuah is no respector of persons, so neither should we be. And wrong is wrong. Sin is sin and we all need to love more faithfully.
Through a glass, darkly. That is how the best of us live, seeing our lives through the Holy Spirit (if saved and having turned from our disobedience to obedience) and filtering the truth through our human minds and emotions.
Until we are free from our physical, dirt-centric human vessels, we must endure the imperfect understanding we live with now. As human beings, we can never walk as we will walk with Him in the next.
So we march along, sometimes smug in our status, sometimes shamed by our sin, always dealing with the contrast between our dirt foundation and the righteous perfect love made manifest by the Holy Spirit, who dwells within those who love Yahusha and obey His commands.
My family and I went to a typical “Christian” church this past Sun day, (linked to pagan origins of the whole “Sun Day idolatry) and I saw several people there that I am acquainted with. It was good to see them. The Pastor there is also an acquaintance, and I have always liked him quite a bit as a person. Before I was summoned by the Holy Spirit to Torah, I even loved his preaching 🙂
He preached a sermon that was remarkable for its fantasy-weaving attributes, especially for the statement he made near the end, when he said “The love of God (he means Yahuah, not Moloch or ISIS, or Baphomet, etc) is ‘”unconditional”, and that there are no “performance requirements” from the God he promotes.
Here is the audio excerpt of him making the statement.
I met with a fine Christian brother recently, a Pastor, and we had a powerful conversation regarding who is “Israel”, and who is expected to obey the commands of Yahuah.
He does not believe that non-Jews are called to obey the commands of Yahuah, stating that all of those laws are “for the Jews”. That Israel is “Jew only” might be more accurate.
If he is correct in that non-Jews are free from the Law, then for us, sin is impossible. Yippee! It is impossible to sin without the Law, because sin is transgression of the law (1 John3:4). And if a gentile cannot sin because gentiles are not required to obey Yahuah, then we can fornicate all we want, right, Pastor? And homosexualism, even in the Pastorate, is OK-fine, right? Because if gentiles are free from obedience to the commands of Yahuah, we don’t even need salvation, since “sin” will apply only to the Jews, Pastor.
How To Study The Instructions Of Yahuah – It Is Only Difficult When We Personally Make It Difficult
When one is new to Torah observance, one can find oneself at a loss regarding “Where to start”. Its funny that Yahuah left us His “Instructions” or “Words” (mistransliterated as “Law”), without a “Start Here” button to click.
So one will ask friends, search the interweb, read various sections of Torah and generally attempt to piece together a process of study. One thing for sure you will learn, as did I, is this: Obedience is easy until we make it difficult ourselves. It is our selfish flesh that makes obedience difficult, every time.