DOWN the road at the intersection, there
had always been a stop sign. Everyone had to stop at it before crossing the road. That
sign had been there as long as anyone could remember. But, while some people said the old
signpost was necessary to protect the people, others thought it was useless. "We
would do just as well without it," they said, "probably better." In fact,
many people began ignoring the signpost and as they did, some noticed that the accident
rate increased at that intersection. When it was suggested that disobeying the sign might
be the problem, some people became very irritated.
Before long, the whole thing
blossomed into a full-fledged controversy. There were those who said the sign should be
obeyed, while others said it should be done away with. A campaign even began, to get
enough people in favor of tearing it down.
- The Problem Was
Not The Sign
- But there were still many who were puzzled
at the whole situation, and hardly knew what to think. Some said all the fault was with
the sign. "It is a nuisance," they declared, "get rid of the sign, and then
everything will be all right again." But there were a few thoughtful ones who
maintained that the problem was not the signbut disobedience to it. That was what
was causing the trouble. And trouble there was.
About this time, some learned
men, who had been trained in the sciences, stepped forward and tried to settle the matter
once and for all. They declared, "We have completed a research study. The difficulty
at the intersection is not the traffic, but the sign. It is just too hard to obey. Take
down the sign and the problem will be solved." Astounded, a few stood up and
protested. "It is the sign which is saving lives, not disobedience to it."
Then two or three university
philosophers announced their own profound findings: The trouble lay deeper than most
realized. "The problem," said they, "is not the sign itselfbut the
rules that such signs stand for. If we just do away with the rules, everyone will live
more peaceably and be happier." Surely this must be true, thought many, since it
comes from the wisest men in the land.
Not willing to be left out,
the leading churchmen picked up on the idea, and amplified on it in several deep
theological articles. When the preachers read those learned words, fearing to be thought
of as old-fashioned, they immediately began preaching the good news from their pulpits.
They called it "The Good News of Freedom from Law."
- God Gave Us The
- Under their influence, large numbers were
gradually being won over to the idea. "It is true that God gave us the Ten
Commandments," they said, "and those rules provide mankind with the best moral
code it has ever had, but He did away with those rules at the cross. We are saved by grace
now. We can just keep sinning till the end of time." But there were some who said,
"God did not do away with the Ten Commandments at the cross, He did away with the
ceremonial laws at the cross." And on it went.
Well, with messages like
this and coming from even the preachersmany of the people thought the atheists
and liberals surely must be right after all. "Down with rules," they said,
"for they will only hurt us. Freedom to do as we like that is what we
want!" The more people talked about it, the more people liked the idea. Even the
politicians, always anxious to please, climbed onto the bandwagon.
The whole thing became a
scoffers holiday. "Let us get rid of the regulations requiring obedience. Did
not the preachers tell us that even God no longer has rules governing anyones
conduct? Why should we obey mans rules either?"
Well, it surely looked as if
peace and harmony was nearing. At last, the people felt they had solved the problem of the
intersection. Tear down the sign, and then everyone will be happier when they go through
that busy intersection.
Because of the atheists,
preachers, and liberals, by this time large numbers of people were totally ignoring the
old signpost anyway. Indeed, not only was the sign disobeyed, but the new teaching brought
an end to other restraints as well. Drunken drivers, reckless speeders, and corrupt
policemen who could be bribed. Everyone did as he wanted. Ambulances regularly hauled away
the injured and dismembered to the hospital.
But this fact only increased
the controversy, as a small number kept urging that people obey the law. While some said
it was disobedience to the sign which caused the accidents, others theorized the accidents
were caused because people were distracted by the words on the sign as they raced through
the intersection. "Cant you see," they cried, "it is those rules
which cause all the problem?"
But there were still a few
who doggedly replied, "The very existence of the busy intersection requires traffic
rules and warning signs! If the people will just obey the signs, the accidents will
By this time, those who hated
that old wooden marker and the rules behind it had become so angry that they said the
problem was not really just signs and rules, it was the people urging that the signs and
rules be obeyed! So a meeting was held, and the leading men of the town led out. "All
our troubles," they said, "are caused because the rules still exist, and because
of those who tell us to obey them!" Then they passed a resolution, condemning the
small company who urged that the laws be obeyed. They were denounced as legalists and
troublemakers. "If we can just get rid of the laws and the troublemakers who demand
their obedience, we can have peace and prosperity again," they cried. Everyone took
sides, as one side pled for law and order and the other demanded freedom from restraint.
A small group declared,
"We want to do what is right. Self-control and obedience to law is the only way to
really be happy." But the larger number cried, "We want to do whatever we
please. Freedom from all the rules is the most satisfying way to live!"
- On Which Side Do
- My friend, on which side do you stand? The
one leads into a broad road, along which is found pain, sorrow, suffering, and eternal
loss. The other opens onto a narrow pathway which leads steadily upward to great reward.
In the beginning, God placed
mankind under moral lawthe Ten Commandments. Men and women have always been required
to control themselves in order to have true happiness in this life. But God also offers
graceenabling strength through Jesus Christto obey those laws.
By their actions, everyone
inevitably moves to one side or the other in this controversy.
Some people thank God for the
empowering help, offered through the life, death, and mediation of Jesus Christ, and are
willing to take hold of that strength. Thankful that God offers to redeem them, they
submit to His plan and, in His strength, they control themselves and spend their years
trying to help others live happier lives. They are getting ready for heaven, for they have
heaven in their hearts.
But there are others who want
to live as they please. They care little for Gods laws or for mans. All that
matters is how they can advance their own selfish interests and pleasures.
On which side will you stand?
Christ died so you could live a clean life, in obedience to God and in harmony with the
Ten Commandments. Will you choose the high way or the low? If you want the low way, just
live like there is no tomorrow, like there will never be a judgment day.
- Dedicate Your
Life To Him
- But if you hunger for something better for
your life, then fall on your knees right now and plead with God for forgiveness. Confess
your sins to Him and forsake them. Dedicate your life to Him. Give Him everything you are.
He alone can lift you up and give you a new life. He is the only One who can give you a
heart willing to obey the Ten Commandments. He is the One who can give you strength, day
by day, to carry it throughas you study and seek to obey His Inspired Writings.
And the reward is great
a happier life down here, and an eternity with Christ beyond. Really now, is it now worth
it? All it takes is a surrendered, obedient life, which He alone can help you fulfill.
On which side will you stand?
Will you stand with those who try to tear down Gods Ten Commandments or with those
who, in His strength, obey them?
There are the youth pastors
who instruct the young people that it isnt necessary to stop sinning. "God
doesnt ask for it," they say, "all you need is faith and you will be
Then there are the ministers
who instruct the people that they are saved at the cross, and cannot now be lost as long
as they "only believe." But if that were true, then the devils will be saved,
because it says in James 2:19 "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well:
the devils also believe, and tremble."
There are also the church
leaders who extol the virtues of "only believe" and warn the flock to beware of
trying to obey Gods law, lest they become legalists. It is true that the law cannot
save us, but on the other hand we cannot be saved by breaking it. We keep the law because
we are saved, not to be saved. Wasnt it Jesus who said in John 14:15 "If ye
love me, keep my commandments."
Some preachers, in order to
excuse their own sinning, even declare that Jesus did not really become a full human being
because, if He had, He could not have resisted sin either! What blasphemy!
And all the while, our youth
and loved ones sink deeper into corruption, caused by a theological system which teaches
that it is impossible to control ones selfwith or without Christand
resist temptation in this life.
The floodgates of iniquity
are opening. And all the devils of hell are pouring in withalcohol, drugs, wild
music, gambling, premarital sex and adultery, filthy movies and magazines. Anything goes,
for now the preacher says it is all right. Yet it is not all right. There is a God in
heaven, and He has condemned sin in any form. There is no excuse for sin. "Whosoever
committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law."
1 John 3:4
- Study His Word
- Your Life
Depended On It
- There is no hope for anyone who does not
turn from these worldly lures and plead with Christ for help. Study His Word as though
your life depended on it, and obey the plain teachings of Scripture. Do not let your
pastor fool you. "There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof
are the ways of death." Pro.16:25 There is only one safe path to heaven. It is
obedience by faith, in Christ, to the Word of God.
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