Charlton Heston as Moses
1. The law of Moses was "added because of transgressions." Galatians 3:19
2. "that all the world may become guilty before God." Romans 3:19
3. "for by the law is the knowledge of sin." Romans 3:20
4. "I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet." Romans 7:7
Torah scroll dates to around AD 1600.
No, The Law has no power to make us righteous.
Yes, Torah Law certainly provides moral guidance.
In this beautiful old Torah scroll, Moses Law is "holy and just and good."
No, most assuredly not. The views about Moses Law expressed on this page and elsewhere on this website are the same views held by evangelical Christians down the centuries. According to prominent conservative evangelical leaders, Christians are not under Jewish Law or Moses Law or Torah Law.
Dr. James Montgomery Boice writes:
“Paul’s point is that the law was intended to function only during this 1500 year period of anticipation... The reign of law has ended for those believers who now through the coming of Jesus have become mature sons of God.”
- Dr. James Montgomery Boice, Expositor’s Bible Commentary, Galatians, pp. 466, 468.
Dr. James Montgomery Boice, (1938-2000), was a successful inner city pastor of Philadelphia’s historic Tenth Presbyterian Church from 1968-2000.
Dr. Donald Gray Barnhouse writes:
“It was a tragic hour when the Reformation churches wrote the Ten Commandments into their creeds and catechisms and sought to bring Gentile believers into bondage to Jewish law, which was never intended either for the Gentile nations or for the church.”
- Donald Gray Barnhouse, (1895-1960) God’s Freedom, p. 134. Dr. Barnhouse was a conservative Calvinist and one of the most prominent leaders of American evangelicalism in the twentieth century. He founded Eternity Magazine and pastored Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia for many years.
William Kelly, Irish Bible Scholar writes:
"If ye be led by the Spirit, ye are not under the law" Galatians 5:18. “It is plain that if to be under the law were the means of Christian holiness, it would have said, "ye are under the law," rather than "ye are not under the law."
But men are blinded. Though they constantly take up the Ten Commandments, repeat them, and teach them, yet they say they are not under the law! How could persons be more under the law than when they adopt the language of the Ten Commandments as the expression of their own relationship before God?
The moment you put Christians under the law as that by which they have to walk, you are doing the very evil that the Epistle to the Galatians was intended to correct.”
William Kelly, (1821-1906), the brilliant evangelical Bible expositor, was one of the most prominent leaders of Irish evangelicalism in the 19th century. Kelly was a graduate, in classical honours, of Trinity College, Dublin, and was recognised as an erudite scholar of formidable calibre. Besides assisting Dr. Samuel Tregelles as a Biblical textual critic, Kelly himself published, in 1860, a critical edition of the Revelation of John.
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