Reproclaiming the Everlasting Gospel
During Meeting for Worship it was opened in me to speak about Jesus's criticism of the Pharisees. Matt: 23. I understood Jesus's criticism to be for two reasons: the Pharisees were keepers of a demanding law. Yet they didn't keep God's Law, handed down by Moses. They taught the Law but did not have the Spirit. Two, the Pharisees had rewritten the Law or wrote new law that was not of God but men. The new law was influenced by their captivity in Babylon. These new laws were burdensome and saved no one.
Explaining the criticism thus, I spoke what was given me: Like the Pharisees of Jesus's time, man (generic) was attempting to rewrite God's Law in our time. And that it was burdensome to the people. People were being punished for not accepting or conforming to the new law, that was not of God but of man.
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