Sinning Through WORDS
by Christine Egbert
In Matthew 12:36-37 Yeshua said that on Judgement Day, we will all have to give an account of the words we’ve spoken. By those words, we’ll either be justified or condemned. Now, that is a sobering thought! For we’ve all been guilty of sinful speech, at one time or another. We can use our words sinfully in so many ways. It’s not limited to what we call four letter words. Our words can be used to malign, to hurt, to frighten, to manipulate, to offend, and, in the biblical sense, to curse.
In this article, I will focus on another way, that I’ve not yet mentioned, in which our words can be sinful. But first, let me comfort you with this: 1st John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous that He will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Now, that’s good news! But what if we don’t know we’re sinning? And don’t think that can’t happen. It happens all the time. Every time someone quotes Scripture (God’s WORD) out of context, in order to promote an un-truth, it’s a sin. Satan did it intentionally. He urged Yeshua to throw himself down, off the wing of the Temple, quoting God’s WORD: “He shall give His angels charge concerning You, and they shall bear You on their hands, lest You strike Your foot against a stone.” Psalms 91:12, which Satan quoted, wasn’t sinful, but purposely using it to temp Yeshua was, and Satan knew it.
But what about those who don’t know they’re quoting Scripture out of context? If they don’t know, they aren’t likely to repent. And don’t think that God is okay with sins committed in ignorance. He’s not! Remember that old adage: “Ignorance of the law is no excuse!” That adage comes from Torah, from Leviticus 5:17: “If a person sins and does what is forbidden in any of YHVH’s commands, even though he does not know it, he is guilty and will be held responsible.” Now, those are sobering words. It’s, therefore, an excellent practice to daily ask God to forgive us if we have unknowingly misused His Word and to correct whatever in our theology fails to line up with the totality of Scripture.
By now I’m sure you’ve figured out that the focus of this article is taking God’s WORD out of context in order to promote a doctrine antithetical to the volume of Scripture. Doing so constitutes bearing false witness against the WORD! This most egregious of sins is committed every time someone cherry-picks soundbites from Scripture. This occurs every time someone uses the KJV translation of Romans 10:4, which reads, “Christ is the end of the Law” to promote the false doctrine of antinomianism. Those quoting this passage ignore that Yeshua said He did not come to abolish the Torah and that not one jot or tittle would pass from the Torah until heaven and earth passed away.
The Greek word translated as “end” in the KJV (and most other English versions) is “telos”–Strong’s G5056. Literally, telos means: to set out for a definite point or goal.” Here’s the same verse translated correctly in the Tree of Life Bible: “For Messiah is the goal of the Torah as a means to righteousness for everyone who keeps trusting.”
CLOSING THOUGHTS About Judgement Day
I will close, not with the twenty or so cherry-picked verses, Paul wrote that many pluck out of context to promote their antinomian agenda, but with some questions Yeshua, the WORD of GOD made flesh, might ask those who bear false witness against His WORD, come Judgement Day.
Didn’t I tell you that I didn’t come to destroy the Torah but to fulfill it?…that heaven and earth would pass away before one jot passed from My Torah? Didn’t I warn you that those who break My Torah and teach others to break it will be least in the kingdom? Didn’t My WORD declare what I would tell you on this Day, if you work LAWLESSNESS? Didn’t I warn you that not everyone who says, “Lord, Lord!” will enter My kingdom?
Didn’t I tell you the way to show Me LOVE is to keep My Commandments? And how many times did I make it clear to you that My Commandments are My Father’s? I came only to do His will! At My departing didn’t I command you to go into every part of the world and make disciples by teaching them to do everything I commanded you? And what about My servant Paul? Didn’t Paul teach you that the Torah is holy, that it’s just, good, and spiritual? Didn’t he emphatically declare that faith establishes TORAH? Disregarding Paul, you chose to believe those who, as Peter warned, twist Paul’s writing to their own destruction. You chose to follow the error of the lawless! With itching ears, hearing only what you wanted to hear, you believed the lie. You called My great and glorious Torah, which I gave to bless you, a curse! Paul never taught that My Torah is a curse! There is no curse for keeping Torah. The curse is on those who break My Torah. Paul told you why I poured out My Spirit. It was so that you could chose to walk in My Spirit, which gives you the power, the grace, to fulfill the righteous requirements of My Torah. I inspired My Prophet Isaiah to declare: “YHVH was pleased, for the sake of His righteousness, to make TORAH great and glorious.”
And what about My servant Jacob, whom you renamed James? He told you that there is only One Lawgiver who is able to save and destroy. I AM that LAWGIVER! I AM the WORD! I AM the TORAH! Every time you speak evil of My Torah, you speak evil of Me! When you call My Torah a curse, you call Me a curse! I warned you in a Proverb that the prayers of those who turn their ear away from hearing My TORAH are an abomination. In My Psalms, I assured you that those who walk in My Torah are blessed. They will have great peace. I inspired David, My Psalmist, to declare “The TORAH of YHVH is perfect, converting the soul,” yet you rejected it.
You say you believe My Word, the Bible, but you don’t! You, who claim you are in My Covenant, why isn’t My Torah written in your mind and on your heart? Didn’t My Prophet Ezekiel tell you that when My people are saved, when they are cleansed from their sin, they will walk in My JUDGMENTS? They will keep My STATUTES! They will DO them! But you did not! You chose those things in which I have no pleasure, things that I call an abomination. You twisted My WORD! You claimed I did away with My Torah, that I nailed My Torah to My Cross. Don’t you know that I never change? I AM the same yesterday, today, and forever! So on this great and terrible Day of Judgement, I declare to you, the LAWLESS, Depart from ME! I never knew you!
My CLOSING THOUGHT
Let me leave you with this, from Hebrew 3:15, which quotes Psalms 95:7-8. “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the provocation.”