(Luk 6:47-49) Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
Many people read the above scripture and interpret it as the institution of a law, if they can read where Jesus said “feed the poor and visit people in prison”, and they deem themselves as having completed or obeyed this perceived “Law of Christ”, then they count themselves as sound and truly the disciples of Christ. Others may look at the command given to the disciples of Christ before his ascension to “preach the gospel”, they have no grace to preach, neither are they personally sent by God to preach, but they count themselves as obeying the “Law of Christ”, and therefore sound as “doers of the Word”. (Rom. 10:15) Would you like an example?
The above video is an extreme example of someone preaching who is not sent, there are many that are far less offensive, and even appear far more loving, but the Lord has not sent them!
What we need to do is take a closer look at what Jesus is teaching and what his Apostles taught so we can expose these works of iniquity, so that none of ourselves would deceive ourselves, thinking that our works are righteous, when they are not.
(Mat 7:21-23) Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Those who do works of iniquity are NOT doing the will of the Father, they are deceived in thinking that they are pleasing God, but instead they are self-pleasers who glory in their self inflicted tribulations, just ask them, they will tell you how many times they have been arrested for their “good deeds”. These workers of iniquity are NOT poor in spirit, it isn’t Christ living in them the hope of glory, they are achievers, self-disciplined, they are proud that they are doing the work of God, so what motivates these people is not Christ in them, but their own choices and efforts by which they believe to be worthy of reward.
These people read the bible and make the words written as a law to follow, they trust in their choices, they trust in their understandings of scripture, and if you do not follow their “Law of Christ”, it must be because you are not saved!
(Rom 8:1-4) There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Workers of iniquity do not understand the difference between “the Law”, which to them is their understanding of scripture, and “the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus”. If Christ has made you free indeed, then I would ask why you trust in your obedience to a law?
(Rom 7:4-6) Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
Those who trust in their own choices by their interpretation of scripture to be a doer of the Word, thereby making a “Law” to follow, are workers of iniquity.
So allow me to make this very personal for a moment, allow me to reveal to you some of my fears and struggles as I desire to stand in these dark times. Let me first say, “I AM WEAK”, I have NO confidence in my flesh to do any good thing, I can barely work with my hands by faith to support my family! I do ALL things through Christ which strengthens me, but I am weak. I am weak when it comes to loving anyone, I am weak when it comes to understanding scriptures, I am weak when it come to witnessing for Christ, I am weak when it comes to knowing how to act in public, what or what not to say – “I AM JUST WEAK”! It’s just comical to me how so many religious people figure I am prideful, when in fact I am weak!
But here is the rub – I have HOPE – I have a vision – I wait for Christ in me to arise. While I am weak in the flesh and poor in spirit, yet I know that because he arose from the dead, that same Spirit that raised up Christ from the dead is also able to quicken my mortal body. So finally, it’s not I that live, but Christ that lives in me. I don’t trust in a law to save me, as the scriptures say “NO flesh shall be justified by keeping the law”, but I live by the faith (mercy and grace) of the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me, And His Grace Is Sufficient for Me!
I cannot endorse workers of iniquity or their works that they do to be seen of men. They do build a house which is built on sand, my house is built on one foundation, even Christ. So while I am weak, he is strong and able to deliver to the utmost. The workers of iniquity have no understanding, God is Holy, Perfectly Righteous and he is made strong by our weakness. God does no second class works to be seen of men, but he only does perfectly righteous works so that men would know him as holy and perfect by the works he does.
So I, once again will stand against the workers of iniquity and rather rejoice in the highness of Christ, because he is made strong by my weakness.