Separate From: Corrupt Christianity Which Breaks The Covenant

June 8, 2013

Friends,
Ps. 25:10 says, “All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of His covenant.” Demands? Demands of God’s covenant? Are there demands for those of us who now live in the New Covenant? The counterfeit gospel of OSAS (once saved, always saved) apparently teaches there are not. Or, some people believing in the OSAS gospel teach that God does still place demands on His people, but that they just don’t have to abide by them –that they just don’t have to obey everything God commands, unless they feel like obeying.

Well, the OSAS crowd is sorely mistaken. God has always placed demands on His covenant people, and He will always do so. The demands are that we obey Him, separate ourselves from sin, follow His voice and His ways of holiness, and that we do all these with pure, faithful, and undivided hearts. The overall demand which God has placed on His people is to obey His laws.

What is the overall law of God? It is to love. It is to love God and others with His type of love, which is true love. True love is both compassionate and firm. It forgives, but it does not tolerate injustice, abuse, or anything wicked or evil. It believes in the good potential of others, but it is also discerning, wise, and intolerant of deceit or cruelty. True love works hard to vindicate the innocent, but it also strives to expose sin and deception and to bring punishment to those who deserve it.

It is a false gospel to say that Christians live under a covenant in which anything, or at least almost anything, goes. Supposedly, according to them, continued perversity is covered by Christ’s atonement, as is all continuation in immorality, lying, cheating, foul talk, insults, slander, immaturity, lack of self-control, and every other sin. They have a strange gospel indeed. –Especially in light of God’s Word which repeatedly teaches the opposite.

What, according to the Word of God, is the New Covenant? We can read Heb. 8:6-13 and get a good understanding. There God is quoted saying that, being that the people could not abide by the Old Covenant, then He has, through Jesus, provided a New Covenant that is much superior, replaces the Old, and is able to bring forgiveness of sin, a knowledge of God, and a faithful relationship with God. All this is because this New Covenant is one in which God, having circumcised off our sinful nature (Rom. 2:29 // Col. 2:11), and having given us His own Spirit and power (Acts 1:8 // 2 Peter 1:3,4), has also written His laws into our hearts and minds. In other words, because this New Covenant becomes an embedded part of each person who steps into it by faith in Christ, it becomes the Rule, all summed up in the “Royal Law of Love” (see Ja. 2:8), by which the Christ-follower lives.

This Rule is what 1 John 2:27 calls “His anointing [which] teaches you about all things” and which we know, from verses such as John 16:13, Rom. 7:6 & 8:9, Gal. 5:13-26, and 1 John 4:7-21, is actually the control and leadership of the Spirit, who is the Spirit of love, Truth, and holiness.

Solomon prayed in 1 Kings 8:23, “O LORD… there is no one like You… –You who keep Your covenant of love with Your servants who continue wholeheartedly in Your way.” He addressed the Lord this way because God had already taught Israel that this wholehearted obedience and faithfulness were the terms of the Covenant. (Dt. 7:9-12) When God responded to Solomon’s prayer, He confirmed this, saying that He would put His Name there in the temple forever (1 Kings 9:3) IF he and his sons would “walk before Me in integrity of heart and uprightness… and do all I command and observe My decrees and laws.” (v. 4) Otherwise, God promised to “reject this temple I have consecrated for My Name.” (v. 7)

The demand for faithfulness and obedience has always been God’s Covenant terms, and it always will be; and a breaking of the Covenant has always incurred His wrath and condemnation. (Dt. 29:18-21 & 30:15-18 & 31:16-18 and Jer. 7:1-15 and 1 Cor. 3:16,17) As the Lord vowed blessings, His care, and His fellowship to the Israelites (Lev. 26:1-13), “If you follow My decrees and are careful to obey My commands…” (v. 3), He also vowed that if they disobeyed, He would “avenge the breaking of the covenant.” (v. 25) He did eventually give “faithless Israel her certificate of divorce and sent her away because of all her adulteries” (Jer. 3:8), even rejecting them completely (7:28,29) until they repent (Rom. 11:11,15) –which is the same for us. (v. 20-22 // Luke 13:5 // 1 Cor. 10:1-12 // Heb. 3:6-4:11 // 2 Peter 3:17)

“Listen to the terms of this covenant,” God says in Jer. 11:2, and He states that the terms are faithfulness to Him and obedience to His commands (v. 1-14), and that to break the terms means to reap His curse (v. 3), His rejection (Matt. 25:30 // 2 Thes. 1:8,9 // Heb. 12:16,17), His disownment (2 Tim. 2:12 // Rev. 3:15,16), and His wrath. (1 Cor. 3:16,17 // Eph. 5:6) The New Covenant’s terms are clear: “Without continued obedience to God, a person is not in Christ and is not a child of God.” (See 1 John 3:9,10,24)

To “Therefore come out from them and be separate” (2 Cor. 6:17) has always been the Lord’s demand. To “Touch no unclean thing” (same verse) has always been the only way that God will accept a person as His child. (v. 17,18) Sin is unclean. Keep touching sin? Then expect to be thrown to the fire. (Luke 3:9 // John 15:6 // Heb. 6:8 & 10:26-31)

Those following the counterfeit gospel need to come out from it, even flee it. Along with Peter we plead, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” (Acts 2:40) –“And from this corrupt ‘Christianity’.”

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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