|What is Sin and
what are the expectations of a holy life style? Does the Bible
define what is expected?
Commandment: Exodus 20:1 And God spoke all these words,
saying, 2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the
land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3 Thou shalt have no
other gods before me.
Commandment: Exodus 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any
graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above,
or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the
earth: 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them:
for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of
the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation
of them that hate me; 6 And showing mercy unto thousands of them
that love me, and keep my commandments.
Commandment: Exodus 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the
LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that
taketh his name in vain.
Commandment: Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it
holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: 10 But the
seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not
do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant,
nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within
thy gates: 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the
sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore
the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Commandment: Exodus 20:12 Honor thy father and thy mother:
that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God
Commandment: Exodus 20:13 Thou shalt not kill.
Commandment: Exodus 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Commandment: Exodus 20:15 Thou shalt not steal.
Commandment: Exodus 20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness
against thy neighbor.
Commandment: Exodus 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's
house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his manservant,
nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is
Jesus identified the two most
important of the Ten Commandments. Notice that the other eight
commandments fall under these.
Matthew 22:36 Master, which is
the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt
love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and
with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as
thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the
Are all Church
doctrines based on the Word of God?
If I didn't mention topics of
interest on the following pages, then I recommend that you go to the Word of God
and study to find Godís views. If a Church doctrine canít be
identified by commandments or fundamental truths of the Bible, then
it must not be based on Godís desire, but manís. In the book of
Revelations, we can see what God thinks about adding undue hardships
to the Word or ignoring selective verses.
Revelations 22:18 For I
testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of
this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add
unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any
man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God
shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the
holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
In the first chapter of Philippians
(text below), Paul warns that some ministers preach with envy and
strife to add afflictions to the hearer. The principles of Holiness
should not be compromised, but they should be presented with Godís
love and compassion as the Christian experience is one that requires
continual spiritual growth (1 Peter 2:2 and 1 Corinthians 3:2
describe new Christians as ďnewborn babesĒ that desire the sincere
milk of the word). We definitely do not want to add unnecessary
afflictions that are based on man made doctrines. As a sinner, would
you be most receptive to a sermon presented in anger or with one
presented with the Love that God represents?
Philippians 1:15 Some indeed
preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:
16 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to
add affliction to my bonds: 17 But the other of love, knowing that I
am set for the defense of the gospel. 18 What then? notwithstanding,
every way, whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and
I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.
1Corinthians 3:2 I have fed
you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to
bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
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