The intention of this article is to show by the Scripture that Yehovah’s law is not void, has never been void, and cannot be made void. This is in short because Yehovah Himself is law, so for His law to be made void would demand that He Himself become void, and the author of the universe will not be made void. However, having said that, it is the author’s intention to express a number of ways in which most of modern Western Christianity and society at large live as if God’s law, or major portions of it have been annulled or made void.
Has God’s Law Been Made Void? If Not, Why Does The American Church and Society Behave Like It Is?
As a teenager I came to the faith of Yeshua, the Messiah. (Whom I then knew as Jesus, but have since then come to recognize that He was born a Hebrew personality, and was given a Hebrew name by the angel Gabriel. That name is Yeshua, which means, Yehovah saves. Yehovah being the name of the eternal God) As a young teenager, in regards to Biblical matters, or what might be called theology, my mind and heart could basically have been referred to as a clean slate. At the time there certainly was plenty of worldliness and unbelief in me, yet I had not been indoctrinated with various forms of religious doctrines. When I was 16 years old, at the impulse of the grace of God I was drawn to the Scripture. Before that time I had attempted to read the Scripture, but the light had not yet been turned on and the words amounted to little more than ink on paper. But by the mercy of God His grace reached into me and flipped the switch and my heart was turned on to the Scripture. I believed the Scripture to be God’s word, and my heart became incredibly desirous to know it, and adorn my life with its teachings. I read both the Old Testament and the New Testament. I read the law, I read the prophets, I read the Psalms and the Proverbs, the Gospels and the Epistles. I read it all, and began to (By God’s grace, which means His favor) put it on. I began to put on Messiah.
However, as the years passed it was revealed to me that I had put on far more than just the word of God, I had also put on the traditions and manner of thought that the Church had taught me both by the common practice of the Church, and its doctrines. This is what is to be expected. A Believer ought to put on the ways of the Church. However, the Church ought to conform it practices and doctrines to the ways and doctrines of the Scripture. Even as a child will certainly learn the ways of both its parents, so the Believer will adopt both the ways of God who is the Father of all spirits made perfect, (Hebrews 12:23, 1 Corinthians 1:3) and the ways of the Church. Who spiritually speaking is the Believer’s mother. Sadly however, the ways of the eternal Father and the Church are not always the same. That is what this article is about. To express various ways in which Believers in both doctrine and practice live as if Yehovah’s law, or elements thereof were at some time in the past made void.
One particular point of understanding that has played a very empowering part in helping me to understand that Yehovah’s laws are not void for the New Testament Believer is the understanding that the commandments of God are an expression of God Himself, and that of His purposes, and that in His genius they were given so that the obedient person’s life will perfectly mirror heavenly realities as he/she performs God’s word. God’s laws were designed to reflect eternal heavenly realities. People need to understand that the first reason for God’s law is not for the good of the Believer, but to maintain and protect Yehovah’s own glory, so that in the obedience to Yehovah’s laws a proper testimony is expressed. Secondly, they are given for the good of the person, community, and the church or nation who will in faith and humility obey them.
Although this article is not at all meant to bad mouth the Church, it is completely a true testimony to say that from the Church I learned numerous confusions, even though in God’s mind the Church is the “pillar and ground of truth”. (1 Tim 3:15) I do not mean that I was in an outright manner taught to sin (However, confusion always leads to the disobedience of God’s ways) in the sense of outright rebellion, but in the sense of practicing confusions which resulted in the disobeying of Yehovah’s laws. Here are few of many examples of how this man was taught by the Church to sin, in that I was taught various confusions which resulted in the disobedience to Yehovah’s law.
— I was taught that Yehovah’s commandment pertaining to the keeping of the Sabbath was void. I was taught that, “Christ became the fulfillment of the Sabbath in that He is the Believer’s rest, (Hebrews 4:7-11) therefore His life and death made the practicing of the Sabbath void. 38 years later, and after much dealing of the Holy Spirit I have come to learn that yes, certainly Yeshua is our spiritual rest, but that reality does not at all make void the commandment of God to celebrate the weekly Sabbath, or any of the other Sabbaths commanded in His law. (Leviticus 23:1-44, Colossians 2: 14-17) (There is much that can be said to make plain the doctrine of the keeping of the Sabbath, but that is not expressly the intention of this article. I speak of this issue in other writings)
–I was not taught by direct doctrine, but by the actions and suggestions of both Church ministers and Church people that the commandment of God to be fruitful and multiply was no longer valid in this “modern age”, and that by “necessity” the number of children brought into a family should be limited to two or three. But revelation has taught me that the persons of the man and the woman were created to reflect heavenly realities, and thus the seed of the man is reflective of the seed of God, (His Word) and the body of the woman is reflective of the heart of a person hearing the word of God. Therefore, should the seed of man be purposely destroyed so that it cannot be allowed to be used by God to conceive life? Or should the woman’s womb be chemically or mechanically closed so that there is no opportunity for conception to occur? Is not conception the very picture of the born again experience (1 Peter 2:23) where Yehovah’s word (His seed) enters the heart of a man and is accepted, and new spiritual life is conceived? Are not contraceptive devises at least in part contrary-destructive to the illustrated truth of what our sexuality is purposed by Yeshua to be? I believe they are. In fact, I believe that the use of contraceptives comprise the very spirit of abortion. For abortion kills the unborn child. Contraceptives kill the potential for children. Both add up to the denial of Yehovah’s commandment to be “fruitful and multiply”. (Genesis 1:28, Genesis 9: 1) And beyond this reasoning the very practice of what is called birth control is nowhere supported by either a command or a promise of God, therefore the Mighty One would never grant faith to the heart of a person to perform such behavior, but rather the motivation of the practice of what is called birth control stems from unbelief in the hearts of men. And we would do well to remember that whatever is not of faith is of sin. (Romans 14:23)
–In regards to the doctrine and practice of tithing my experience in Church life was that it was encouraged. However, I do not ever remember in all my years any minister ever taking the Scripture and laying out a Biblical foundation for the practice of tithing, and I believe this is because that the doctrine of tithing is a doctrine based in the law, (Leviticus chapter 18) and there has been a neglect in modern times of the preaching of the law. Which did much in times of testing to weaken my faith, and that was so because the traditions of men do not create faith, it is God’s word that creates faith. (Romans 10:17) In my opinion the law of God pertaining to tithing is summed up like this: God commanded the people of Israel (Who were when the scripture was written the people of faith, and thus served as an example in their own time of the household of faith that exists today, IE, the Church) to tithe 10% of all their increase. They were (And believers still are) to give it to the Lord by means of surrendering it to the Levites, the poor, the stranger, the widowed, and the orphaned. The Levites in their time stood as a picture of those today who are called of God to be devoted to full time ministry, such as: Apostles, Prophets, Teachers, Pastors, and Evangelists, as well as numerous other forms of helps and ministries.
– -In my 38 years as a Christian (In which time I have been a part of numerous local churches) I have only ever heard two men of God encourage obedience to the laws of God pertaining to a woman’s menstrual period. (Leviticus 15: 19-31) Which in its most basic sense teaches that a woman must not be intimately touched during her time of menstruation and for a one week period afterward, for it is during this time that she is considered unclean. Yet according to the law the disobedience of this is grounds for a man and woman to be “cut off from their people”. (Leviticus 20:18) The prophet Ezekiel reproved intimacy with a woman during her time of uncleanness. (Ezekiel 18:8 and 22:10) Do not the exhortations of the apostles forbid the Christian from dealing with that which is “unclean”? (Eph. 5:3, Col. 3:5, 1 Thes. 2:3)
–By Yehovah’s law adultery is punishable by death. (Leviticus 20:10, Deuteronomy 22:22) Now I do not believe that it is the Church’s job to execute civil judgments, but rather to fulfill the ministry of reconciliation, and to preach righteousness. But neither is it the Church’s place to stand between people and the fulfillment of civil judgment that needs to be conformed to Yehovah’s law. I ask you Christian minister, I ask you Christian Believer, should civil law allow for capital punishment for adultery? If you say yes, you agree with God’s law. If you say no, you stand in disagreement with God’s law, in which case the Bible testifies that you operate with a carnal mind. For the Scripture teaches that the carnal mind is not subject to God’s law, neither can be. (Romans 8:7) I will say this: There are two ways in which sin is held back in society, the one is by the preaching of the gospel which brings the power of God into a life, thus bringing it into alignment with God and His laws. The other is by the use of exterior, or corporal punishment. It is the rod or the lash (Proverbs 10:13, 26:3, 29:15) that serves as a deterrent from sin for those that do not have a heart to do what is right. This wisdom is not new, it has been from of old, and will remain, and it works if a people are wise enough to work it.
–By Yehovah’s law all forms of homosexuality and bestiality are to be punished by death. (Leviticus 20:13, 20:15-16) I ask you, where do you stand? Should civil law be allowed to execute Yehovah’s judgment upon the guilty? If you say yes, you stand with God’s law. If you say no, then the Bible says you side with carnal man, which is the type of man who will not be subject to either God or His law. (Roman’s 8 7) And I might add, it is this soul that will be in the end destroyed and vanquished from the Lord’s presence. For Yehovah will not invite darkness into His paradise. (1 John 1:5, Rev. 22:15)
–By Yehovah’s law murderers are to be put to death. (Genesis 9:6) Why is it that so many so called Christians stand against this judgment?
Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made He man. Genesis 9:6 (KJV)
–By Yehovah’s law all forms of cross dressing are an abomination to God. (Deuteronomy 22:5) The most common form of this in western societies is that of the woman dressing like the man. And there is reason for this, however, the discussion of this issue topic is not the purpose of this article. But the question at hand my friend is this, do you understand that Yehovah’s law forbids the man and woman from dressing the same, and do you understand that it is an abominable act before the Lord, and are you willing to stand up and call this very common practice for the sin that it is? In short terms, the reasoning for the commandment, and why the disobedient soul is considered an abomination is that the man and the woman where created by Yehovah to offer by their living two completely different expressions of heavenly realities. The man represents God Himself, and the woman was created to represent the Church. (Or the individual Believer) Therefore when you mix the adornment of the sexes you are giving an expression that the sexes are the same, (equal) and therefore giving the expression that the Lord our creator, and the human person are the same. (equal) This is a slanderous expression and must never be said, and therefore it is hated by God, for it is the very sin that Lucifer practiced. He strove, and is still striving to be equal to God. (Is. 14:13-14)
Tattoos and body piercings: Although these are becoming more and more common among Christians, I was held back by the conviction of the Holy Spirit from participating in either of these a long time before I ever discovered the direct admonition in the law forbidding the practice of either. Leviticus 19:28 says, “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.” (KJV) Now in references to body piercings I fully realize that most do not pierce themselves as an act connected in any sense to a dead person, but none the less I am convinced that a Believer’s body belongs to the Lord, even as the apostle Paul taught in 1 Corinthians 6:20. The bodies of all human persons are sacred in that nothing in all of creation was created with the purpose of being a representation of Yehovah as was the human person. This includes spirit, soul, and body. All three aspects of the human person are to be kept free from any defilement. (1 Thes 5:23) For the human person is the capital, or premiere illustration of God in the world.
–By Yehovah’s law the marriage commitment is lifelong. Yeshua and the Apostles added to this equation, teaching us that under certain conditions divorce can be granted, but these exceptions are very few in number compared to the great multitudes of divorces that fill our modern society and Churches. It would appear that we feel Yehovah’s law has been made void in reference to divorce, for it is very apparent that church judgment in regards to this sin is rare.
–I am only aware of one condition that demands marriage in the whole of the Scripture. It is commanded that if a man sleeps with (Has sex with) an unmarried woman, he is to then become responsible for her, in other words, to marry her, and they are to never divorce. (Deuteronomy 22:28-29) However, Yehovah has granted us a number of laws in regards to marriage:
- Marriage is only to be between a man and a woman. Never between any two persons of the same sex. This is an abomination before God. (Leviticus 18:22, 20:13, Romans 1:26-27)
- Although contrary to modern western traditions of both Church and society at large, the Jew’s of antiquity understood the law of God to allow for, and in fact promote the practice of what is called in modern terms polygamy, meaning one husband and more than one wife. (Genesis 25: 1-6, 2 Samuel 3:1-5, 12:8, Deuteronomy 21:10-17, Deuteronomy 25:5-10, Isaiah 4:1-8) In my judgment the tradition of monogamy only has existed in the Christian Church partly because of an error in the translation of the New Testament Scripture (1 Timothy 3:2 & 3:12) where the Apostle Paul teaches that a Church elder must be the husband of “one” wife.But honest research will reveal that the Greek word from which the English word “one” was translated from is in numerous other places in scripture translated into the English word “first”. Therefore, the placement of the word first into the statement that the apostle made changes the entire meaning of the statement, and I quote, “The husband of the first wife”. Thus supporting the apostle’s, and the Law’s command against divorce, but not against a husband possessing more than one wife.
- By Yehovah’s law a woman belongs to her husband, thus within the parameters of all the set of God’s law she is to be in absolute submission to him. (Genesis 2:21-25, Genesis 24: 53 Deuteronomy 21:10-17, Deuteronomy 22: 28-30, 1 Timothy 2:11, 1 Corinthians 14:35, Ephesian 5:21, 1 Peter 3:1-8) This means that he never has a right to command her to do anything contrary to God’s law, but within the parameters of Yehovah’s ways she is to obey him in all things. (Ephesian 5:23-24) This very obviously is not the practice in this generation of a great portion of all who profess Christianity, or our society at large. This understanding teaches us that a woman cannot sue a husband for his property in the case of a divorce. It would mean in most cases that she cannot sue him for the custody of his children in the case of divorce. It would mean in all cases that a husband would have the complete right to make void any binding agreement that a wife might have entered into upon first hearing of it. In that the laws regarding submission also include in a general sense the submission of women in general to men in general, therefore it would further mean that a civil vote be denied women. It would further mean that a man’s estate must not be left to a widowed woman if she has a grown son who is line to be the heir of his father’s estate, for the inheritance in such a case would belong to the son, or sons of the deceased man.
A Little Theology Behind These Statements
Yehovah’s law cannot be void in that God Himself is law. Just like the scripture communicates that God is love, in the same manner God is law. No doubt there are more than one way to establish this by the scripture, but let’s use this simple avenue. Is not Yeshua referred to as Truth. For He said of Himself, “I am the way, the truth and the life…” The Psalmist in 119:42 says, “….and thy law is the truth”. So we see by the scripture, and by the exercise of basic reasoning that Yeshua, who is God incarnate, is law. Therefore since God is law, how could it even be thought possible for His law to be made void? Can one make God void? Can the Almighty One be annulled? I think not.
There is found in this generation what in my estimation is a great confusion in regards to what is meant by the statement of the Apostle Paul when he said, “we are not under the law but under grace.” (Romans 6:14) This statement is taken by many to mean that the law has been annulled. This very obviously is not true in that that same apostle pointedly said in another place that the faith of the Christian did not make God’s law void. (Romans 3:31) Yeshua did not do away with the law, but rather stands between the Believer and the commands of God. (Matthew 5: 17-19) So we deal with the law (The commands of God) through Messiah, and by the aide of the Holy Spirit. We do not deal with the law directly. That is why the apostle said we are not under the law, but under grace. But this statement should in no wise be used to say that the commandments of God were made void.
The purpose of the gospel is not to, nor has it ever been to displace the law, but that through the operation of the grace of God a way has been provided for any soul of man to be regenerated, and thus enter a right standing with God the Father, and be enabled by the Holy Spirit to fulfill the commandments of God. Before Christ comes into a person’s heart it is impossible for that man to flesh out the commands of God, for the law to an un-regenerated man, or a person who is not filled with the Spirit, who has not learned to live in the Spirit, is a burden. It is a weight and a condemning force. But for the one who lives after the Spirit, it becomes a liberty, and a delight, and in fact is referred to as the Perfect Law Of Liberty by the scripture. (James 1:25 & 2:12)
Quite the opposite of being made void and disappearing, Yehovah’s law is forecasted to continue to increase, for the prophet Isaiah speaking of the person and ministry of Yeshua had this to say. Behold my servant whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. Yeshua Himself said that those that do and teach His laws will be considered greatest in God’s kingdom. (Mathew 5:17-19) The Apostle John seeing the future by the Holy Spirit spoke of those being saved and said, “….which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Revelations 12:17) and in Revelations 14:12 John says, “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”
I exhort you to be found faithful to conform your life to the commandments of our God by means of the empowerment of the Holy Spirit which is given to the Believer through our Lord Yeshua, the Messiah. This is pleasing to God, and works His purpose in the world. Amen
An American Watchman,
Gregory A DeHart
Consider: Mat. 5:17-19, Lk. 16:17, Ro. 3:31, Ro. 7:1-4, Ro. 10:4, Gal. 5:18, Eph. 1:18-19, Ps. 119:18, Eph. 2:8, Is. 60: 1-3, Mat. 15:2-6, Mk. 7:3-13