Keeping The Law - A Reply To Richard Rives
I felt the biblical concepts that I set forth in a reply to Richard Rives, president of Wyatt Archaeological Research was so important to every Christian today, that I am presenting my reply in the below. While Richard Rives is on the right track, the spiritual knowledge that the early Church threw away, is yet beyond his reach.
Shalom Richard Rives:
Let me commend you on your recent video entitled The Apostle Paul You Never Knew. You did a good service in pointing out that after conferring with the Holy Spirit, it was decided that it would be too great a burden to expect Gentile converts to fully embrace the Law, so entry-level dispensations were set forth. And as you correctly point out, the reasoning was that as they attended the synagogues on the Sabbath, they would then be exposed to the teachings and commandments -- i.e., "For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath day" (Acts 15:21). And in the same way that entry-level provisions were set forth for the Gentile converts in the observance of the Law, it is just as important to recognize that Paul rightly made doctrinal concessions that are even more important to understand today -- as demonstrated in the subheading on the Mystery Of The Gospel. Quoting from the same article in a different subheading An Inconvenient Truth: All three synoptic Gospels contain the passage of scripture which states: “And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” (Mark 10:16 KJV). The more we consider the reply of Jesus to this question, the more we comprehend that his answer undermines the Church's whole modern-day understanding of the Gospel: “And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matt 19:17 KJV). If Jesus was God, as the Churches proclaim, then Jesus would have told the man that he spoke wisely when he was called "...Good Master. If Jesus was God, he never would have rejected the title -- stating, that only God was good! Further, if all that was necessary was belief in Jesus, why would he tell the man seeking eternal life to go and "...keep the commandments” ? If, as modern Church doctrine proclaims, there is no salvation apart from faith and belief in Jesus -- and no works or actions are a part of the equation -- then why wouldn't Jesus simply tell the man to believe? Yet, instead, he told the man that "...if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments”.
While most of my communications with seekers are posted to a series of forums that require membership in the particular forum, when I want to make a communication public to reference it, I sometimes deposit it in a forum set aside for this purpose. Thus, my last communication when I answered your questions has been deposited at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EbioniteNazireneIssues/message/94 . And in this reply to your questions I set links to a number of very important biblical and spiritual truths that is of the utmost importance in the restoration of the Original Gospel. But if we pose the question as to what was the nature of this esoteric spiritual knowledge that Paul warned that the entry-level Gentiles would reject as utter "foolishness" -- even after they had been taught all knowledge pertaining to the "testimony" of Christ (see Mystery Of The Gospel ) -- then we must begin by recognizing the need of fulfilling the Law within ourselves. To this end, the biblical constraints and commandments against sexual immorality are very important in our present time. And if we ask Why? Or, inquire if the scriptures are outdated? Consider what is stated in my latest Blog articles entitled Does Casual Sex Matter? -- Reply: Public Schoolers - How's That Indoctrination Working Out For You? -- and the most recent on the subject entitled An Esoteric Reality Of Marriage - Reply: Why Mom's Cheat On Mother's Day.
There is of course an important reason why Jesus stated that to even look at another woman with lust was adulterous -- and if one is not married, perhaps they should be as a Eunuch. That the modern Christian is lawless, and has gone in the way of the Nations, is representative of the seed that fell on the side of TheWay, and was choked and smothered (see http://SowerAndSeed.com ). A most important statement is made in this parable pertaining to each person's ability to understand the meaning of the scriptures in the words: “Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?” (Mark 4:13 KJV). Thus, what this means is that even if you read the scriptures every day of your life -- and you fail to properly apply and keep them -- and especially apply what Jesus called the Key of Knowledge -- then you will never understand the true meaning of the scriptures. And the spiritual reason why Jesus stated that there is only two ways with respect to sexual morality and the commandments of God -- i.e., either total faithfulness to one's wife or husband, or absolute chastity -- and the reasons why are explored in the links provided in these three Blog articles.
From a Gospel Healing perspective, there is the Law of Grace -- and the Law of Grace is dependent upon each person's recognition of the error of their ways -- demonstrated by a complete turn-around from their past actions when they lived as apostates to the Law. And while what you have presented is a good beginning with respect to making people aware of the need to keep the Law, in my own writings I explore the reasons why these commandments were invoked. In addition to the web sites, in the Blog Table Of Contents you will find an entry in the Blog entitled The 7 Laws Of Noah? And while this might be a little advanced, it will provide insight into the spiritual meaning of the scriptures. If you had the time to read the article on Bible Corruption, you no doubt encountered the subheading where the removed teaching on the Bosom Of Christ was explored. And one of the important Gospel teachings that is presented, is the reality that if a supposed believer is not willing to keep the lesser concepts and teachings of the Law, then it will be impossible for them to even begin to understand the more spiritual aspects of the Law and the written words of the scriptures. And while our modern lawless and hedonist culture does not at all understand the important reasons why the demand for sexual purity was an integral part of the commandments of God, this (esoteric) knowledge is explored in the links attached to these Blog articles. And what it boils down to is this -- i.e., if you are not faithful to the lesser commandments, then it is an almost worthless endeavor to seek any understanding beyond what Paul portrayed as the "letter that killeth".
I am writing these communications to you and others who portray themselves as clergy, so it does not come as a shock to you when you eventually learn the whole truth of the Gospel message. It has to do with the words: "If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin" (Jn 15:21-23 -- see http://TheLie.org ). What I present is the important knowledge that the Church destroyed and threw away, in order to convert the Gospels to the Paganism of Rome. Those who seek the Truth and the Kingdom, and live the Word of God in word, thought, desire and deed, will receive the Divine Manna of the Kingdom that the lawless of this world -- even when they proclaim the name of Messiah/Christ with their lips -- simply cannot receive or understand. And that the Church has rejected the Law of God -- and preached the lawless doctrines of Pagan Rome -- is the reason why the Church presently dwells in a Spiritual Diaspora -- cast out from the Bosom of Christ, and apostates to the Kingdom that Jesus taught was within them.
GodSpeed in TheWay,
aka Brother Of Yeshua