Pushing The Law on Christians is Spiritual Adultery
Perhaps alarming, but true, people who are pushing the mosaic law on Christians, are guilty of committing, spiritual, adultery, as a cheating on Jesus.
Today I want to talk about Romans 7:1-6 to show you how beautiful Jesus points out that we cannot be joined to the law and join to Jesus simultaneously. He gives us a beautiful example of how it’s the equivalent of committing adultery on your spouse.
The Scriptures teach us:
For Christ is the END of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes – Romans 10:4
Who respects the law more? The one who thinks it’s really easy to do, if you just try, and when you mess us, just ask for forgiveness, and everything is fine? Or is it the one who knows the law is perfect, and no one will be found righteous through it (rom 3:20)? That the law is a ministry of condemnation and death (2 Cor 3:9)? That the law came in so sin would increase (Rom 5:20)? That the law cause s every kind of sin (like coveting) Rom 7:8-9?
The law is an ALL or NOTHING deal. You either keep it perfectly, or you are guilty of it ALL (James 2:10). The law perfects nothing (Hebrews 7:19).
Unfortunately, it is widely misunderstood by so many questions that not being under the law does not imply that we should just go out and lie, cheat, steal, and commit adultery. It also doesn’t mean that it doesn’t matter if we commit these sins. But make no mistake, God is not interested in having his children under a system that pointed finger right in our face and condemns us to death. Scriptures are abundantly clear about that.
So, no, Jesus did not abolish the law, but he did release believers from the law (Rom 7:6) and now that He has come we are no long under the law (Gal 3:25).
Just like human law, when two individuals are married. If she dates another man while he is still alive, it is adultery……
[Romans 7:2-3] For the married woman is bound by law to her husband as long as he is alive; but if her husband dies, she is released from the law concerning the husband. So then, if while her husband is alive she gives herself to another man, she will be called an adulteress;
But she will not be committing adultery if her husband died. That’s because she is Dan free from this human law
[Romans 7:3] but if her husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress if she gives herself to another man.
It’s no different in the spiritual world. You are committing spiritual adultery if you are trying to be married to the law and Jesus at the same time. You are not invited to both covenants. And the only way to be joining to Jesus is that you first must die to the Law.
[Romans 7:4] Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you also were put to death in regard to the Law through the body of Christ
[Romans 7:4 continued] so that you might belong to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.
So clearly, you need to die to the law, to be joined to Jesus. Because it’s only van that you can bear fruit for God. Which means, to the extent that you’re trying to strap the law around your neck, you are bearing fruit for death, not God.
So my advice to people who are pushing the law on other believers, is that they recognized the Law, makes no one righteous. The Law doesn’t need anyone away from sin. Only Jesus does that for us. He is all we need for daily living. And if you choose to be the one strapping the law around the necks of other Christians, you should know that indeed, these verses in Romans 7 are referring to you. You would absolutely be guilty of cheating on Jesus.
So the Takeaway is, let’s look to Jesus to keep us from sinning. Let’s look to Jesus to help us, live out our identity as we exude his love, kindness, and good works. He’s all we need.
Author: Mike Cynar
Mike Cynar was raised in a church setting where he frequently noticed that many attendees would eventually drift away. The church labeled these individuals as ‘back sliders’ or ‘fake Christians’ just looking for ‘fire insurance’. However, Mike realized the issue was rarely with these individuals but instead with the church’s message itself. The teachings heavily emphasized behavior improvement and one’s flaws, with only a fleeting mention of one’s identity in Christ. It felt as though every sermon was tailored to the church of Corinth, who as we know or committing sins that even unbelievers don’t partake in. This trend was noticeable not just in one denomination, but across Baptist, Catholic, Pentecostal, and many other churches. Upon understanding the true essence of the gospel – that our righteousness comes from Jesus’ actions, not our own – Mike was inspired to liberate believers from lifeless sermons and reconnect them with the genuine teachings of Jesus. He believes that one can nurture a vibrant and growing bond with Jesus, unhindered by rigid religious practices. And thus, “Jesus Without Religion” was born.
It turns out that it is grace that leads to repentance. And if our heart is to get others to walk in the Spirit and live a godly life, then the best approach is not a beat down sermon, but rather to remind other that it is only when we understand our true identity in Christ that we will live it out. Yes, it’s true, if you’re convinced that God thinks you’re a dirty sinner, you will ultimately continue a lifestyle that mirrors that view, but if you truly believe that even on your worst day, you are called holy, sanctified, justified, and will be presented blameless in the end, well, it turns out this is the secret to living out on the outside what has been worked in to the inside.