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Tony Reese October 29, 2014 at 3:07 pm

I had never thought of false teachers being thieves of God’s word before. Bravo. Well written and enlightening Dr. Williams. I love the scripture in Exodus about stealing men. I knew God did not delight in slavery, but so many christian haters are fond of saying we supported slavery and genocide. They just don’t know the fullness of the scriptures. Amen!
Keep up the great work.

Dr Michael Williams October 30, 2014 at 12:53 am

Thanks for your response Tony. Yes, it is hard when so called “theologians” and heads of the largest of churches endorse things not only contrary to God’s Word, but beliefs that are totally contrary to the nature of God.

Jack Wellman October 29, 2014 at 7:09 pm

Amen Dr. Williams. So true about stealing is not loving our neighbor as we are commanded. Thank you sir.

Dr Michael Williams October 30, 2014 at 1:04 am

Thanks for your comment brother. Love is a powerful motivator (1 John 4:19).

Edith July 15, 2015 at 8:40 am

“Although this was an Old Testament command…” What exactly do you mean by this?

Dr Michael Williams July 15, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Thanks for your comment Edith. The context of your question was from the conclusion: “God commanded us not to steal in the eighth commandment. Although this was an Old Testament commandment, it pointed to the fact that stealing is not in keeping with loving our neighbor.”

As believers we are no longer under the law, however, what we see is that we are now led by the Spirit. In the the Old Testament, the law said not to do things. In the New Testament, we are told to do the opposite. The Old Testament law obviously convicts the world of sin. It also seves as “fences” that control behaviors. When we are led by the Spirit, we are free from the law, yet the Spirit’s role is to lead and convict. The Old Testament said do not steal. The New Testament says “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.” (Ephesians 4:28) The emphasis is not on focusing on not stealing, the emphasis is following the leading of the Spirit that will convict you to work to earn money so that you will provide for others. Another example is why are there speed limits? Because some people have no consideration for the safety of others and need a law to control their behavior. If I drive with an attitude of loving my neighbor because I love God, then I will desire to drive a safe speed and have no need of a law to slow me down. I realize there are road hazards that the speed limit will warn us about as well, but the point is that when we follow the Spirit, we establish the law by faith. In other words, when we follow the leading of the Spirit, He will never lead us to do anything that is against the law that we are no longer in bondage to. So, instead of focusing on not lying, the Spirit inspires us to “Speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15) and in doing so, we “establish the law” (Romans 3:19-31).

FYI, the founders of America saw this as foundational to living in freedom. If the hearts of the people we ruled by the Holy Spirit, then laws did not have to be passed to control the people. This is why we have so many oppressive laws being passed today, because of the vast number of people that do not love God first and their neighbor as themselves.

Blessings, Dr. Mike

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