If we Christians take the Bible to be the written Word of God, divinely inspired, it is surprising that modern churches tend to think that God must somehow have been equivocating when He gave his commandments to Moses. I will explore this thought in this post via some examples.
Exodus 20:1 And God spake all these words, saying,
Exodus 20:2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
1) Churches should not worship or promote the worship of other gods. Diana of Ephesus is to Ashtoreth, Kannon, Kwan Yin, Durga, and Kali, as Isis and Semirammis are to Ishtar. They are all the same entity. When Christians celebrate Easter (directly derived from Ishtar), unbeknownst to them, they are celebrating the great goddess Diana (referenced by Paul in Acts and in Jeremiah as the Queen of Heaven). Similarly, the birth of our Messiah most probably occured in early September (by most accounts from biblical scholars) and not December, as celebrated by most churches. The celebration of Christmas is merely a pagan observance that glorifies consumerism and Satan, Zeus, Jupiter, Tahmuz, Horus, Saturn or any one of his other detestable aliases.
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:
Exodus 20:5 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;
Exodus 20:6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
2) Churches should not worship man-made objects ie. crosses or crucifixes, or regard them as being a representation of God.
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.
3) Churches should not teach their adherents that it is acceptable to curse, edify oneself, or make any utterance for personal benefit, by diminishing the name of God.
Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Exodus 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
Exodus 20:10 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:
Exodus 20:11 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.
4) Churches should worship on Saturdays as it marks the end of the week. To worship on Sundays is an act that is in direct defiance of God’s commandments and there can be no excuses which can justify that. Worship on Sundays is man’s way and should be viewed as rebellion against the Word of God.
Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
5) Churches should promote the concept of filial piety.
Exodus 20:13 Thou shalt not kill.
6) Churches should not advocate murder.
Exodus 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
7) Churches should not condone nor promote adultery, pornography, or other lewdness that is unacceptable to God. Churches should also not encourage divorce.
Exodus 20:15 Thou shalt not steal.
8) Churches should not teach adherents to steal. This ranges from shoplifting to theft on a grand scale such as corruption found in governments and their leaders. Also usury.
Exodus 20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
9) Churches should encourage Christians to be unwaveringly truthful.
Exodus 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.
10) Churches should not teach adherents to be covetous or envious of those who are materially more affluent than themselves.
The commandments are simple, although they can be at times, hard to keep on a personal level. With Jesus’ sermon on the mount, the bar is set even higher. We are all broken, and God makes allowances for our depravity by His grace and His grace alone, culminating in the most divine of solutions, the sacrifice of His only begotten son for the remission of our earthly sins. It is however, very disheartening to think that almost the entirety of modern Christendom defies God with their practices. Three of these commandments seem very important to our Creator yet have been breached again and again by the same institutions that profess to love Him, more than life itself. I cannot put enough emphasis on the fact that these are institutions that are supposed to further our understanding of God and our Messiah. My fellow church members have pointed out that I’m becoming a Jew (although I do believe they meant Pharisee) by nitpicking on the modern church’s defiance of God, and for expressing my desire to see the people of God worship Him in a manner pleasing to Him, as set forth in His Word. My reply is this. I have begun to view hypocritical establishments that cling on to man-made traditions, when the Word of God is clearcut, with abhorrence. I urge you to reflect on what your church is doing today.
Blessings in the name of Christ our Messiah!