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  1. Jean says:

    One of the things that the tradition did was, instead of treating the 10 Commandments as a unity of God’s Law, they broke it apart and thereby created a conflict between the 1st Commandment and the second table (i.e., for Lutherans, Commandments 4-10). Then, they prioritized the 1st Commandment over the Commandments in the second table.

    We see a similar type of thing happening today in liberal churches when they prioritize “love of neighbor” over other laws, such as those dealing with human sexuality, marriage and divorce, and qualifications for pastor.

  2. Victor says:

    Contradiction here?

    [i]”29“Truly I tell you,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God 30will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come eternal life.”]/i]- Luke 18

    Yet, 1 Timothy 5:8: [i]Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.[/i]

  3. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Victor – I would suggest you go back and read each book in context to see if they are speaking of the same thing. Although the words sound familiar and similar, they may be answering 2 different issues..

  4. em ... again says:

    So now drinking, dancing and gambling become the “laws” – not drunkenness, lusting or going after unwarranted gain.

    FWIW – i think that observation is dated… not many churches will condemn drinking, dancing or gambling today… what i seem to see from what i read here on the Phxp the new law is no sick people allowed… this is a resort, not a rest home 🙂 dunno – just seems that way

    Victor’s question requires a little discernment… i think (not a teacher talking) that Jesus was saying if your family bucks and undermines your walk and you have to separate from them to stay “alive,” God sees and counts your sacrifice of your earth bound comforts… on the other hand, if you use your supposed dedication to God to neglect those who are your kin when they have a need you can and should supply, then you’re NOT walking the walk – just seems that way to me – dunno

  5. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Em, the point is that people just make up their own laws. There is not now nor in the past anything sinful about drinking, dancing or gambling. People made up those new laws in an effort to keep people from breaking the real sin laws – drunkenness, lusting or going after unwarranted gain.

    This is what the Pharisees did – hand washing was not a law — but they made it and other things law in an effort to keep people from breaking God’s actual commands.

    Jesus was busting them for this and turning the tables on them.

  6. John 20:29 says:

    hmmm… point is that there are precious few pursuits in life that man can’t distort and one can go mad making rules … well … maybe not “making” them, but enforcing them

    where the Faith is concerned, it isn’t the law that is the problem – it does what it was put in place to do… but man is cursed with the delusional – he has the ability to out-think himself when trying to improve on the basics of what God is doing

    what’d she say? dunno 🙂

  7. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    em, read Jesus in the passage – he is saying the same as I am.

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