Doctrines of Demons
by Christine Egbert
Sadly, many theologians have cast Yah’s instructions–His Torah–as the enemy of His grace. Bondage, they call it. Yet Scripture informs us that those who seek His precepts will walk at liberty. Psalms 119:43-45 Take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for I have hoped in your judgments. So shall I keep Your law continually, for ever and ever, and I will walk at liberty for I seek thy precepts.
In spite of all the verses that regale the benefits of keeping God’s laws, the minute those claiming Yeshua nailed His Father’s Torah to the cross find out that you keep the 7th day Sabbath, eat according to God’s dietary laws, keep his Feast Days, and shun holidays of pagan origin, they will assail you with out of context scriptures. They will accuse you of trying to earn your salvation. “Those LAWS are for the Jews,” they will declare. Scripture, however, says there is only ONE LAW, and it is for both the native-born as well as the stranger who dwells among you.” (Exodus 12:49).
And Romans 2:12-13 says this:
For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified.)
But these blind guides (see Matt 15:14) will try to convince you that the only law you need to keep in the New Covenant is to love God and your neighbor. They fail to mention that according to scripture the way we are to demonstrate love for God and man is to keep God’s Torah. (1John 5:2-3 & 2John 1:5-6) They must believe God wrote His Laws on our hearts so we could continue to break them. Does that even make sense?
Acts 15:19 is often cited as proof that Gentile believers do not need to keep the Law of Moses, which is actually the LAW YHVH gave to Moses. Let’s read it. (Act 15:19-20)
“Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God, but that we write to them to 1. abstain from things polluted by idols, 2. from sexual immorality, 3. from things strangled, and 4. from blood.”
One must read the very next verse, verse 21, to realize that the author of Acts expected these new believers to attended Synagogue every Sabbath, where they would (over time) learn all the other instructions for living (TORAH) which YHVH gave to Moses. Verse 21 says: “For Moses has had throughout many generations those who preach him in every city, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath.”
The four instructions listed in verses 19-20 were preliminary. These four were given so that these new, fresh out of paganism, believers could have “table fellowship” with God’s people, who at that time were mostly Jews. Why? Because all of these four were commonly practiced in pagan temples. But make no mistake, Acts 15:19-20 did not, and does not, give Gentiles who come to faith in Israel’s Messiah the right to break all the rest of God’s other laws. Peter wasn’t granting them the right to murder, to steal, to covet, to mix the sacred with the profane, nor to eat those things God calls abominable. Yeshua said that until heaven and earth pass away not one jot or tittle would pass away from the Torah. God’s LAW, His instructions for living, all of them, are eternal.
WARNING AGAINST LAWLESSNESS (TORAH-LESSNESS)
For some reason many ignore Yeshua’s warning in Matthew 5: 19 which says that those who break and teach others to break the least of God’s commandments will be least in the Kingdom, and that those who keep and teach others to keep them will be great!
Why do so many ignore scripture’s warning against lawlessness? Have they never read the Scripture that says sin is the transgression of the law? (1 John 3:4) Don’t they know the Antichrist is called the Lawless one? (2 Thes 2:9). Have they not read Titus 2:14 which says, Yeshua redeemed us from all lawlessness (anomia in the Greek) to purify a special people for Himself who are zealous for good works? Have they never read that God sent His Son to condemn sin in the flesh, so that the righteous demands of the Law might be fulfilled in those not walking according to flesh, but according to Spirit? (Rom 8:3-4).
Yeshua came ONLY to do his Father’s will, to speak His Father’s words. God said, in Leviticus 11: 7-8, that swine is not food for mankind. And the Most High is not a man that He should lie. He reveals the end from the beginning, and He doesn’t change his mind. (Num 23:19) But to justify their appetite for abominable things, they falsely claim that Yeshua nullified His father’s dietary laws in Mark 7:1-23. They ignore the fact that Yeshua wasn’t even talking about which animals can and cannot be eaten. He was denying that eating “bread” without performing their ceremonial hand washing ritual, instituted by the Pharisees not the Torah, could defile the bread, rendering it unclean.
They falsely accuse Paul of teaching that Christians no longer have to keep the law because we are under grace. When in fact what Paul said was: “Sin (violation of God’s Torah) shall not LORD IT OVER YOU, for you are not under Law, but under grace.” He then went on in the very next verse to ask: “Shall we sin (violate Torah) because we are not under Law but under grace?” Paul answered his rhetorical question with, “Let it not be! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves as slaves for obedience, you are slaves to whom you obey, whether of sin (violating Torah) to death, or obedience (keeping the Torah) to righteousness?” (Rom 6:14-16) For as Romans 2:12-13 says: “…as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the DOERS of the law will be justified.” Now that is a verse you will seldom hear on the lips of those claiming the Law has been done away with.
Instead, these blind guides love to quote: “Christ is the end of the Law!” But the word translated as “end” is “tello.” According to Strong’s Greek dictionary tello means “to set out for a definite point or goal.” A more accurate, less biased, translation reads, “Christ is the goal of the Law!”
They forget that Peter warned (II Peter 3:16-17) that Paul’s epistles are often hard to understand, and the unlearned (in the law) and the unsettled pervert them as they do other scriptures to their own destruction. Peter then warns the reader not to be led away by the error of the lawless.
The Lawless love to take Paul out of context, especially in the book of Galatians. But nowhere in Scripture does Paul ever teach against keeping the Torah, and he said so categorically in Acts 25:7-8, when certain non-Messianic Jews falsely accused him in court. What Paul teaches against is works-based righteousness–thinking that keeping the law apart from faith in Yeshua can save anyone. IT CAN’T! We are saved ONLY by God’s grace through our faith in the Messiah! But then, once we are saved, once we are in Covenant with the Most High, and HIS Torah is written on our hearts and on our minds, and we have His Holy Spirit leading us, and we start walking by His Spirit, it is THEN that we are able to “fulfill the righteous requirements of the Torah.” This is not legalism but obedience!
Yeshua said, “If you love me keep my commandments.” The mind of the flesh is enmity towards God. It’s not subjected to the Laws of God. And those in the flesh are not able to please God. (Rom 8:7-8)
In Matthew 22:40, Yeshua said that all of the commandments hang on love God and love your neighbor. Blind guides will try to persuade you that obedience to this can be met by having a warm mushy feeling toward God and your fellow man. And after that, do whatever you wish because you are not under the law but under grace. But that is perversion!
I John 5:2-3 says: “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”
And II John 1:5-6 says this: “And now I beseech you lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto you, but that which we have had from the beginning (from WHEN? The beginning), that we love one another. And this is love, that we WALK in (keep, act upon) his commandments. This is the commandment that, as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.”
According to Scripture the only way to love God and to love your fellow man is to keep God’s commandments. And you don’t do it to get saved! You can’t be saved by keeping the law! You keep it because you are saved and love God. Without God’s Spirit in us, we have no desire to keep God’s instructions. In God’s way of thinking, saving faith is not mere mental assent. Saving faith gives one a heart to obey. There is a connection between disobedience and unbelief.
Consider the following passage:
“Today, if you will hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” For who having heard rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” (Heb 3:15-19)
In this passage the writer of Hebrews equates disobedience with unbelief. Who cannot enter His rest? Those who disobeyed. Why? Because of their unbelief. God expects those who have faith in Him to obey Him. It’s that simple. Does that mean true believers cannot struggle with sin? No! Of course not. But there is a BIG DIFFERENCE between struggling against sin (confessing it, despising it, praying for more of God’s grace so that we can overcome it) and claiming God’s GRACE as an excuse to keep right on sinning. And, believe me, God knows the difference.
So do not be deterred by those blind guides and their doctrines of demons. God’s LAW is eternal. When we keep it we are blessed. True saving faith in Yeshua gives us a new heart that wants to keep God’s commandments. This is a sign that we are in the remnant!
Rev 12:17 And the dragon was enraged over the woman, and went away to make war with the rest of her seed, those keeping the commandments of God and having the testimony of Yeshua the Messiah.
Rev_22:14 Blessed are they that DO His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
Contrary to those doctrines of demons that claim Yeshua freed us from the Torah, and that those of us who keep God’s Torah are in bondage, Scripture says this:
1John 3:7 “He that does righteousness is righteous, even as He (Yeshua) is righteous.
And King David, that man after God’s own heart, had this to say:
“Blessed are the upright in the way, who walk in the Law of YHVH. Blessed are those keeping His Testimonies, who seek Him with their whole heart. They do not work evil. They walk in His way. You have commanded us to carefully keep Your Precepts. O that my ways were fixed to keep Your Statutes! Then I should not be ashamed, when I look to all Your Commands. I will thank You with integrity of heart, in my learning the judgments of Your righteousness.” (Psalms 119:1-7)
Now, I will close with Peter’s admonition: In all diligence add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge temperance, to temperance patience, to patience godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things abound in you, you will not be barren or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord, Yeshua the Messiah. Those who lack these things are shortsighted, blind, forgetting they were purged from their old sins. Let us, therefore, with diligence make our calling and election sure. For if we do these things, we shall never fall, and an entrance into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Yeshua Messiah, shall abundantly be provided to us. (2 Peter 1: 5-11)