To Follow or Not to Follow

Written on 03/23/2018
Alex Demetriou

To Follow or Not to Follow

Modern day Christianity, mostly centered in the Western world, has been lied to and has been convinced by the adversary that The Law of God! The Law in the Old Testament, mustn’t be followed.

A large amount of said Fundamentalist use the same tactic the enemy used on Christ, to tempt him, and to explain ignorance. The tactic of taking things out of context.

In fact, many people use Galatians as the main source of this ignorant belief, not understanding Paul’s true intentions. Using certain verses like “Cursed is everyone who does not keep on doing everything written in the Scroll of the Torah.” or even For on the ground of legalistic observance of Torah commands, no one will be declared righteous.”

This shows the number one mistake most believers do. They take one verse, or even a small part of a verse, or even a whole passage, out of context. What does that mean? It means that what they say has no ground to stand on because of their ignorance.

When Paul said that people will not be righteous if they follow the Law (Torah), clearly Western Christianity decided to ignore ONE word that changes the whole passage. Legalistic.

Paul wrote to the Galatians for one reason. At the said time, the people of Galatia were following the Law (Torah) under the false pretence that they would be saved and made righteous. But, that’s wrong. Unfortunately, not many understand one thing.

Only, and only, if you follow the Law (Torah) with a legalistic outlook will you fail. What does that mean? It means that just because Christ saved us and made us righteous, doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t obey the Law (Torah).

“Oh, but Alex, it says that if someone lives by the Law, yet breaks even the smallest part of it, they will be cursed.” And, I agree, except for the one thing you don’t seem to realise. You took a part of a verse and took it out of context. Paul never ever said that by following the Law and failing to go uphold it, we will be cursed. No, he clearly stated “For everyone who depends on legalistic observance of Torah commands lives under a curse, since it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not keep on doing everything written in the Scroll of the Torah.”

What’s the difference you ask? Simple. Two words: Legalistic observance. Paul stated clearly that if you or I, or anyone, were to follow The Law (Torah) with a legalistic mindset, we will fail and be cursed. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t follow the Law (Torah)!

In fact, Romans 6 says the opposite.

“So then, are we to say, “Let’s keep on sinning, so that there can be more grace”? Heaven forbid! How can we, who have died to sin, still live in it? Don’t you know that those of us who have been immersed into the Messiah Yeshua have been immersed into his death? Through immersion into his death we were buried with him; so that just as, through the glory of the Father, the Messiah was raised from the dead, likewise we too might live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will also be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was put to death on the execution-stake with him, so that the entire body of our sinful propensities might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin.  For someone who has died has been cleared from sin.  Now since we died with the Messiah, we trust that we will also live with him.  We know that the Messiah has been raised from the dead, never to die again; death has no authority over him.  For his death was a unique event that need not be repeated; but his life, he keeps on living for God.  In the same way, consider yourselves to be dead to sin but alive for God, by your union with the Messiah Yeshua.

Therefore, do not let sin rule in your mortal bodies, so that it makes you obey its desires;  and do not offer any part of yourselves to sin as an instrument for wickedness. On the contrary, offer yourselves to God as people alive from the dead, and your various parts to God as instruments for righteousness.  For sin will not have authority over you; because you are not under legalism but under grace.

Therefore, what conclusion should we reach? “Let’s go on sinning, because we’re not under legalism but under grace”? Heaven forbid!  Don’t you know that if you present yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, then, of the one whom you are obeying, you are slaves — whether of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to being made righteous?  By God’s grace, you, who were once slaves to sin, obeyed from your heart the pattern of teaching to which you were exposed;  and after you had been set free from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness.  (I am using popular language because your human nature is so weak.) For just as you used to offer your various parts as slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led to more lawlessness; so now offer your various parts as slaves to righteousness, which leads to being made holy, set apart for God.  For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in relationship to righteousness;  but what benefit did you derive from the things of which you are now ashamed? The end result of those things was death.  However, now, freed from sin and enslaved to God, you do get the benefit — it consists in being made holy, set apart for God, and its end result is eternal life.  For what one earns from sin is death; but eternal life is what one receives as a free gift from God, in union with the Messiah Yeshua, our Lord.”

It says that we shouldn’t sin merely because we have infinite Grace. Nor should we sin because we do not have a legalistic mindset. How do you know if you sin? Simple.

In Galatians, Paul states that the Law (Torah) is our guide into knowing the difference between good and bad. Sin and no sin. The Law (Torah) was put there by God so we can come to know Christ to be saved by faith. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t obey the Law (Torah).

Quite the contrary. We should do our best to uphold the Law (Torah), knowing because of our sinful nature we will fail, and yet because of His Grace we will be forgiven and raised up.

You may be wondering why I am so adamant that the Law (Torah) isn’t a bad thing to follow. You see, when I first became a believer, I found myself not understanding what actions and thoughts were sinful or not. My community at that time showed me the Law (Torah). That’s how I found out the difference. So I obeyed the Law (Torah).

But the thing is, once I decided to leave that community for personal and spiritual reasons, I saw the grip that the adversary had on them. They preached grace and obeying the Law (Torah), yet when my brother from the new community decided to fellowship with them, they rejected him and his family for one reason: because he "followed the Law (Torah)."

Weird huh? They told me that this man, who has brought me closer to God, and helped me reach places of faith unlike anything else, that he was misguided because he followed the Law (Torah). The devil had such a grip on them, that when I told them that these people were following the Law (Torah) out of love, faith and obedience to God, they couldn’t understand and refused to believe me.

I’m not saying you should obey all 623 Laws. I’m saying there is nothing wrong with doing your best to obey all the Laws. There is nothing wrong with obeying the 10 Commandments, or the 623 Laws. Because, at end of the day, you were saved by grace, but called to obey God’s Law.

I’m sitting here in the hospital bed, with God cramming so much knowledge into me that I feel like I went for a run. I’m laying here typing away hoping this article reaches people and helps them understand.

The Law (Torah)  isn’t against Christ, but for Him. The Law (Torah) is a guide to God and having a good lifestyle. Only if you put your faith into the Law (Torah) will you fail. Putting your faith into God for salvation, and deciding out of obedience to follow the Law (Torah)  for Him, is totally fine and acceptable, for God wants you to follow His teachings.