Are we disrespectful to God's Word when we do not keep the 10 commandments?
By: Garland M. Robinson
No. As a matter of fact, people are disrespectful to God's Word when they DO attempt to keep the ten commandments. Two major reasons explain why.
1) The ten commandments were only given to the Israelites and their descendants. It was not given to their ancestors, nor to the Gentiles. Deuteronomy 5:1-3, "And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them. The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day."
2) The ten commandments were done away when Jesus was crucified on the cross. They were nullified, abolished, revoked and a new law was given--the New Testament. "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross" (Colossians 2:14). "In that he saith, a new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away" (Hebrews 8:13). "He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second" (Hebrews 10:9-10). When people today seek to keep the ten commandments, they fall from God's saving grace. "Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace" (Galatians 5:4).
None of the Old Testament Law was brought over into the New Testament. The entire ten commandments were done away at the cross. Jesus gave a new law--the New Testament. All men are amenable (responsible) to keep the new law. The new law will be used to judge all men who have lived since the cross (John 12:48).
Are you living in accordance to the Lord's new law--the New Testament? Jesus commanded faithful obedience in order to be saved. Belief (John 8:24), repentance (Luke 13:3,5), confession of Christ (Matthew 10:32) and water baptism (Mark 16:16) are the Lord's new requirements. Have you obeyed these new commandments?