Listening to the Law

 

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“God detests the prayers of a person who ignores the law.” – Proverbs 28:9

 

 

I am amazed at the attack that comes against the preaching of holiness and obedience to the Word of God. Separation from the world and the things of the world has become the “new legalism.”

 

 

I have encountered dozens over the last two months who whimper the charge, “legalism,” in an attempt to justify their hedonistic lifestyle. The law is very important.

 

 

Jesus did not come to do away with the law, but to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17). With the freedom of grace comes the responsibility of obedience. Personified grace—Jesus Christ—was born under the law and a servant to it (Galatians 4:4).

 

 

When we cast off the restraints of the law in the name of “freedom,” we lose the freedom we seek to attain. Even our prayers become a detestable thing to God!

 

 

The Christian culture of our day says, “How far can I go and still be o.k. with God?” If we were biblical in our desire as a people, we would be asking, “How close can I get to God and forsake the things of the world?”

 

There is a difference between the two views. This difference makes all the difference. Without this difference we will not make a difference in our world!

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