"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
God gave the laws and commandments to his people in the Old Testament. The laws were given to Israel for the governing of the land, temple, etc. Christians are mostly gentiles, further, we are not into the governing of the land, Israel. And, they are not for eternal life. Jesus Christ upgraded the ten commandments and abridged the ten commandments into two. The two are to love God and to love our neighbors. Jesus Christ says that if we love God, obey his commandments. "John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments." So, we must love God from the bottom of our hearts and as the result we must love our neighbors also. So, if we love God, what all we have to do is to love our neighbors. But, how to love our neighbors? Romans 13 says, "8 he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law." Verses 8 and 9 are the commandments in a nut shell. Now, please pay attention to verse 10 very carefully. It says, we have fulfilled the commandments, if we do not work any ill (harm or hurt) to our neighbors. That is, what all God expects us to do by his commandments is, that we should not hurt others. God does not tell us to take care of them as the brother's keepers. Is "not hurt others" a big deal and is it impossible to do? It is very easy not to hurt others, unless we are insane maniacs. So, it is very easy to obey the commandments of God. 1 John 5:3 says, "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous." So, his commandments are not hard to obey. But preachers vehemently preach that it is impossible! What is their problem? Are they ignorant, or do they want to confuse you?
Many scriptures say that heaven is mainly of two levels. One is Paradise (New Earth), the second is Heaven (New Heaven). If you obey the commandments as explained above, you will be accepted in Paradise (New Earth). If you obey the commandments as it is below, you will inherit heaven (New Heaven). "Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be." Try to go to heaven, in case you miss it, you may be in Paradise. Don't listen to the preachers and settle in sin with fake grace, which will take you to hell. If you need more details, write to me in the feedback below. I will answer promptly.
Preachers say that if you try to obey God, the sure consequence will be hell because it is works and we are not saved by works. But that works in scripture refers to circumcision, ceremonies, traditions, etc, but it is not obeying God. But the preachers say that if we live in sin, there is a way to heaven by the mercy and grace of God. So, it is logic and common sense for Christians to live in sin, rather than to obey the commandments of God. But this is perverted teaching. Let me give one example of their perverted teaching. First they will exaggerate the commandment to make it impossible to obey and then they will shoot their poison. They quote "Matthew 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. 29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell." Please note the verse, it does not tell us not to look at a woman and not to admire their beauty. We will enjoy the beauty of birds, flowers, trees, all creatures, our children, sisters, mothers, and all, without exploding with lust to bounds over them. The commandment says not to lust after other woman. These preachers go nuts and proclaim that it is impossible for any man not to look at a woman and not lust. And, most Christians say amen to that. I will call all of them perverts. Do men have to lust after all women they look at? A man and wife, in their privacy, loving each other intimately, may lead them in the pleasure of enjoying each other. It is how Christians marriage works. Christians should not desire like wild animals burning with lust to jump over any female they get. Why Christians don't rebuke such preachers when they preach such perversion? Such preachers preach that nobody can obey the commandments of God. But, it is not hard or grievous to obey the commandments of God. For more scriptures and details please click on these links: 1. "Video on Commandments", 2. "Lesson on Commandments". You may like them.
God Bless You