April 17. 2017
Steven F. Hotze, M.D.
Publisher, CRTX News
The Ten Commandments
- I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before Me.
- You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
- You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.
- Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
- Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
- You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
Every society establishes laws to regulate the conduct of its citizens. It is said that you cannot legislate morality. This statement is utterly false. Law, by definition, enforces a system of rules by which individuals are expected to regulate and conduct their behavior and actions in society. Morality is defined as a code of conduct. All laws regulate our conduct and therefore enforce a morality upon society. The question is, “Whose morality, whose code of conduct is being enforced?”
Religion is a cause, principle or system of belief held with ardor and faith by its followers. Each religious system regulates the behavior of its followers. Each religious system promotes a world view, a way that it perceives the world and the way its followers are to relate to the world. Religions believe in an ultimate authority, be it the God of the Bible, or some other god, or even in corporate man, the state. Secular humanism is a man centered religious system that asserts that man is the final arbiter of what is right or wrong, independent of a God. In secularism all rules are relative and dependent upon who has the biggest stick, the most power. Might makes right.
In earlier times this was manifested in the rule of Kings, Rex Lex, a Latin term meaning, the king is law. In 1644 Samuel Rutherford, a Scottish Presbyterian minister wrote, Lex Rex, which in Latin meant, the law is king. This book laid out the foundational basis of the constitutional limits of the civil authority. Rutherford asserted that the King, and derivatively, all civil magistrates, were subject to a higher law, God’s Law. When kings or civil magistrates violated God’s Law and oppressed the people and forced them to violate God’s Law, then it was the responsibility of a lesser magistrate to interpose himself between the higher authority and the people to protect them from the oppressive rule. Rutherford’s Lex Rex informed the thinking of our Founding Fathers and gave them the Biblical basis to lead the American Revolution.
Christianity is established upon the fact that Jesus Christ died on Calvary’s cross to pay for our sins and then rose from the dead on the first Easter Sunday. The forensic evidence surrounding Jesus resurrection has been studied by legal scholars and found to be irrefutable. The resurrection of Jesus Christ was attested to by thousands of eye witnesses who saw him alive after his death. Not the least of these was the apostle Paul who met Jesus on the road to Damascus, on his way to persecute Christians in that city. Before his conversion Paul’s name was Saul.
“Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest, and asked for letters from him to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, but get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what you must do.” The men who traveled with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; and leading him by the hand, they brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.” (Acts 9:1-9)
After his conversion, Paul, who had been a Jewish Pharisee, became the Apostle to the Gentiles. He wrote 13 books of the New Testament. Meeting the resurrected Jesus changed Paul’s life.
Jesus’ resurrection validates His miracles, His actions and His words. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life, no man can come to the Father but by me.” (John 14:6). This leaves no wiggle room. Christians believe the Bible, both Old and New Testament are the divine word of God. As such, they are to govern a Christian’s belief, attitudes and behavior. This establishes a Biblical World View which is in conflict with all other world views.
Jesus said, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me; and he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him, and will disclose Myself to him.” (John 14:26)
On Mount Sinai God gave Moses the Ten Commandments which were to be the basis of law for the Israelites after they had left Egypt. These commandments established a moral code of conduct, the violation of which was sin.
The Apostle Paul taught in the book of Romans that the purpose of the law was to demonstrate to each person that he was a sinner and in need of God’s redemption. This redemption was purchased by Jesus Christ through His substitutionary death on Calvary’s cross where He bore our sins. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-24) “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 6:23)
For those who trust Christ, the Ten Commandments teach us how to conduct our lives. No longer are they burdensome. They are the pathway to an honorable Christian life. Keeping the commandments does not save us, rather they initially revealed to us our sinfulness and our need of a Savior. Once we have trusted Christ as our Savior and Lord, we are free from the demands of the law’s requirement to establish our own righteousness, which the commandments prove that no man can do. Now that Christ lives in us we have new life and the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit to practice God’s law and abstain from evil.
“Do not love the world, nor the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God will abide forever.” (I John 2:15-17).
God’s Law Word sets the rules by which we are to conduct our lives. God’s Law applies to every person whether or not they are a believer.
The Ten Commandments were the basis of English common law. They established the standard of behavior in Christian countries. As our society has abandoned Biblical truth and embraced the secularist, atheistic, Marxist view of life, Biblical truth and standards have been eroded and are being abandoned. All kinds of wicked, deviant, immoral behaviors, the killing of unborn babies, pornography, sodomy, lesbianism, transgenderism, fornication, adultery, pedophilia, and bestiality are being promoted and accepted as normal and good. Politicians are writing laws to force you, churches, schools, businesses and civil government to accept, affirm and celebrate those who promote and practice these perverted lifestyles. “The wicked strut about on every side, when vileness is exalted in the land.” (Psalm 12:8)
God warns us, “He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the righteous, both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.” (Proverbs 17:15)
God’s Law defines the standards by which He expects everyone to conduct their lives. To discard them and disobey them ultimately leads to God’s judgment both in time and in eternity.
God established civil government to punish evildoers and protect the law-abiding citizens. “For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.”
God’s Law establishes what is sinful and immoral, and what is honorable and good. It establishes a code of behavior for society. It must be obeyed and enforced by civil government.
Someone’s law is going to govern society. Will we submit to the Lord God of the Bible and obey His laws or will we follow the rules of worldly men who hate God and despise his commandments?
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
And clever in their own sight!
Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine
And valiant men in mixing strong drink,
Who justify the wicked for a bribe,
And take away the rights of the ones who are in the right!
Therefore, as a tongue of fire consumes stubble
And dry grass collapses into the flame,
So their root will become like rot and their blossom blow away as dust;
For they have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts
And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.”
The wicked now sue in court and seek to pass legislation seeking to gain minority status based upon their chosen, deviant lifestyle. Committing a moral wrong can never be the basis for establishing a civil right.
We need a spiritual awakening in our nation and begin to take the Ten Commandments seriously.
“If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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