The Curse of Riches

Simon Ifeanyi Ezeh

Mat 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. 

When we talk about the law, among other definitions, we immediately presuppose a collection of rules imposed by an authority. In this case, the authority is God and he has a system, a legal system comprising a set of rules that govern behaviour within the kingdom of God.

Every human society is run on a set of rules and most of those rules derive from the laws of God as in the Ten Commandments but whereas men adopted parts of God’s righteous laws, they also added their evil man-made laws. The human legal system that criminalizes murder and stealing, for instance, allows abortion, homosexuality, divorce, and killing of human beings on the bases of self-defense and in defense of one’s country, against God’s commandment not to kill etc. God’s commandment not to kill (like the rest commandments) has no caveat whatsoever under which a man could kill another man.

Apart from the first of the Ten Commandments which is not to serve anything or anyone else than God, including not associating images or relics in the worship of God as in Catholic and Pentecostal churches today, the rest commandments are all given to ensure the physical and spiritual wellbeing of man. There’s nothing about the laws of God that suggests wickedness or high handedness on the part of God, the law giver. On the contrary, one’s surprised that people don’t seem to understand the ungodliness of rendering God’s “legal system” as evil by Paul “the Apostle”.

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I’m not the only one who sees nothing wrong with the laws of God. Neither God nor Christ sees anything wrong with the laws of God, why should anyone else teach us the contrary? Below is God’s witness on the righteousness of God’s laws.

Psa 19:7  The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 

Psa 19:8  The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 

Psa 19:9  The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. 

Psa 19:10  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 

Psa 19:11  Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. 

If Paul understood the meaning as well as the spirit of the laws of God, he would never have said that God’s laws are evil, a ministration of death and impossible to keep -2Cor3:7-9, Rom 3:19, Gal 3:10. It’s possible he confused the laws of Moses as the laws of God especially as he never listened to Christ or Christ’s disciples. Moses gave all manner of evil commandments in the name of God and the people complied because they didn’t know any better. Moses commanded an eye for an eye, divorce, killing and abuse of people in wars, etc. but Christ would never associate with all those cases of manifest ungodliness.

There won’t have been any need to create the phantom concept of grace which criminally teaches that God set aside his laws, seeing that people could not keep them (a situation he originally planned, according to Paul), so that God now gives eternal life as a free gift on the basis Christ’s death on Calvary. Everything about Christ contradicts this concept and the contradictions are obvious in all his sermons.

What exactly is the law according to Christ? Did Christ state or imply at any time that he’s set aside the law and instituted “grace”?

The law is the Ten Commandments as given by God to Moses which have been summed under two by Christ: Love God with your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbor as yourself. Love God and do unto others as you would have them do unto you. What exactly is the problem with this system? Why should it be set aside (assuming it was) to be replaced by some airy grace theory that Christ never mentioned or even implied?

Although, God had given the Ten Commandments as we knew it, Christ declares the summery of God’s legal system or the foundation of God’s kingdom as justice, mercy and faith because he calls them ‘The weightier matters of the law” or the actual ideals that matter to God in his kingdom behaviour. That’s God’s kingdom dynamics. Whereas Justice deals with one’s performance in the determination of rights and the assignment of rewards and punishments to others; mercy which is preferred to the other two before God, is one’s disposition to be kind and loving or leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person (or agency charged with administering justice) and faith is complete trust and confidence in God’s word without seeking any physical sign prior to believing.

In view of the foregoing appreciation of God’s kingdom dynamics, how and where did anyone get the impression that the laws of God are evil or impossible to keep and has been set aside for a phoney concept called “grace”? Although man is made in God’s image, the proponents of “grace” insist that it’s impossible for man to be faithful, merciful and just in dealing with his neighbours! Grace is an evil, misleading and phantom creation of someone who has absolutely zero understanding of Christ and his doctrines. What’s much more disturbing is why a human being, who could read the Bible, would believe such a travesty of the gospel in spite of his access to the words of Christ.

Any time I see Christians preaching and practicing total blindness, I get very angry. If they’re not practicing idolatry as in Catholicism and Pentecostalism, they would be advertising fake (and real) miracles and prosperity as a reward for believing in Christ. The outcome is that masses of people throng the church on the very wrong bases and soon get disappointed and disillusioned along the way. The “pastors” and the congregations are blind and heading for the pit, sadly.

It doesn’t exist anywhere in God that whoever hangs and dies on a tree is cursed; neither was Christ crucified in order to take or carry away the curse (or curses) on man. Everyone began as a child and every child is born sinless according to Christ; where then did this Paul’s curse emanate from? No man is cursed by birth and no one gets cursed because he was hanged on a tree. It’s all a blind and godless creation by Paul.

So, if the weightier matters of the law are equity, faith and mercy, which one of those was abolished and replaced by grace according to Paul? What exactly is the problem with Paul? Is he saying that human beings are unable to be merciful, impartial in dealing with their neighbours and unable to trust God for which reasons he (God) had to introduce “grace”, assuming he did?

If Paul’s grace was introduced because human beings couldn’t believe, why is one still required to have faith even under the so called grace since grace is unmerited eternal life for “those who believe”? And, if grace is unmerited eternal life, why should anyone still perish in hell? Do you now see the emptiness of Pauline Christianity?

When foolish (Pauline) Christians (I was one) want to preach to you, they tell you that the law failed and God introduced grace whereby one doesn’t have to do anything because Christ paid it all, on the cross of Calvary. In which case, the Christian Pauline god is merciless for requiring the death, blood and suffering of an innocent Christ in order to forgive people. This wicked doctrine of Paul is not in any of Christ’s teachings and his suffering and death is a demonstration to us that we would be treated the same way or even worse than he was treated since we’re his disciples.

Mat 10:24  The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. 

Mat 10:25  It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? 

Luk 23:26  And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus. 

Luk 23:27  And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him. 

Luk 23:28  But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. 

Luk 23:29  For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck. 

Luk 23:30  Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us. 

Luk 23:31  For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry? 

Nothing in Christ shows he suffered on anyone’s behalf but pastors keep preaching lies for pecuniary reasons. Pastors, like Moses, assume that people won’t receive the hard facts of the gospel, so they resorted to lies that appeal to man. The only problem with the pastors approach is that the houses built by ignorant people on the lies of Paul and pastors won’t withstand the present test of trials and tribulations and it certainly won’t stand the final judgment.

The words of Christ below don’t, in any way shape or form, suggest that eternal life is a free gift we get by some phantom grace as preached by Paul.

Luk 14:26  If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 

Luk 14:27  And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 

Luk 14:28  For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 

Luk 14:29  Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 

Luk 14:30  Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. 

Luk 14:31  Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? 

Luk 14:32  Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. 

Luk 14:33  So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. 

Build Your House on the Rock

Mat 7:24  Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 

Mat 7:25  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 

Mat 7:26  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 

Mat 7:27  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. 

So, the law of God is love, equity and faith. The law of God is perfect as revealed by Christ, not a curse as falsely taught by Paul and we’re completely under it as God’s children.

These articles have been prepared as a book titled “Christ vs. Classical Christianity” by Simon Ifeanyi Ezeh. It’d soon be on Amazon but anyone who needs copies for personal and evangelical purposes may contact me.

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