On March 31, 2008, I posted, "CHRISTIANS ARE STILL UNDER THE LAW." I received the following response:
Tom Usher, Since your under the law have you been sacrificing animals for your sin?
The Law Brings a Curse
10For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them."[e] 11But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for "the just shall live by faith."[f] 12Yet the law is not of faith, but "the man who does them shall live by them."[g]
13Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree"[h]), 14that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
To which I have replied as follows:
Sacrificing animals is not the law. It is not the New Commandment.
Do you not believe in the New Commandment of Jesus Christ? Do you not believe that it is the law? Do you believe that the two Great Commandments are not the law? Do you believe that they no longer apply? Do you not love God with your all? Are you no longer obligated to love your neighbor as yourself just because of what Paul wrote in a letter to the Galatians?
Do you believe that the context of Paul has done away with the Golden Rule, which is the law of God?
Where is your faith leading you if not to do the New Commandment given to you by your lord and savior?
The Golden Rule is the word (truth) spoken and exemplified by the Son of God in God's name. How can you believe otherwise and be Christian? You can not. Follow Jesus.
Why have I taken up this semantical issue? I have done so, because Paul is used by people to avoid being Good Samaritans doing works or deeds called for by Jesus Christ. They use Paul's writings to excuse themselves from feeling obliged. Some go so far as to excuse their on-going adulterous affairs and murderous behavior claiming that they can do anything and still enter the kingdom simply by mouthing the name of Jesus and professing their belief. It's a flat out lie.
We are to call each other to behave according to the highest standard. Advocating anything else is leading astray.