David M. Green

Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.” (Psalm 119:53).

A popular sermon in the pulpit has become a message of lawlessness. Any preacher who dares preach about holy living and Biblical standards of separation is called legalistic. If a preacher preaches a sermon against modern dress, he is laughed at and made fun of.

A popular song sung by many in the pew goes something like this:

Free from the Law, oh blessed condition,
I can sin as I please and still have remission.”

Some folks have mistakenly preached that Christ came to do away with the law. Yet, our Lord emphatically told his disciples: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.” (Matthew 5:17). Seems clear to me that he did not come to do away with the law...He came to fulfil it! (The word fulfil means “to give effect to.” He was the reason there were sacrifices in the Old Testament. Our Lord fulfilled the ceremonial law and He also expounded upon the moral law. Read Him as He speaks on topics such as murder in Matthew 5:21-22, adultery in Matthew 5:27-28, etc.) By Christ was the Law established, not destroyed!

Certainly, there are portions of the law that have been disannulled. Hebrews 7:18-19 bears this out by saying, “For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.” What is the law spoken of here? By reading the entire chapter, we realize that he is speaking of the priesthood and the ceremonial laws. Christ is so much superior. While the old law could not save, Christ does save!

To preach that the entire law of God is gone is a very dangerous statement. The purpose of this article is to show what these dangers are.

For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed” (Malachi 3:6).

Is it possible for the holy God we serve to change His mind about morality? To do so, He would not be holy and would cease to be God. The law is, in fact, a manifestation of His holiness. “ What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.” (Romans 7:7).

The moral law of God has never changed...nor can it change!


What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.” (Deuteronomy 12:32).

God gave a commandment here that commands us to not add or remove anything from His law. What has happened? Wicked men have removed the moral laws of God they do not want to obey so they can quote Romans 6:14 and proclaim that they are not under the law, but under grace. Yet, they leave out the next verse which reads:

What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.”


If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3)

By preaching against the whole law of God, the foundations are destroyed. By even preaching against part of the moral law of God, the foundations are destroyed. It leaves us with nothing to stand on when we preach many sins.

Actually, sin is no longer sin when the law is taken away. By definition, sin is “the breaking of the law.” No, this definition did not come from Webster or Vine. It comes from the Word of God in the New Testament. Notice: “ Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” (I John 3:4).

Some preachers will say that a certain moral law is no longer relevant to us today. A common example has to do with God's standards found in Deuteronomy 22:5. Folks, the the distinction between the man and woman are to be kept up and preserved no matter if you are Jew or Gentile. Yet, the common idea in our day is that this law has been abolished.

So then the folks in the pew get the idea that God does not really care what we wear. A woman can put on a pair of britches and it is OK. Someone else decides that they can get a tattoo. Another woman thinks she should be able to wear pants to church because it is cold in the building. Your child thinks it must be OK to be a sodomite.

And how can the pastor preach against these things? He has already knocked down the foundations that he could have (and should have) stood on. Even in the past decade, I have seen this happen in many of the Lord's churches.

He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.”  (Proverbs 28:9).

This is a very clear verse...By turning away from hearing the law, a man's prayer is made into something that God views as disgusting! Some may object to this point, but it is also written in Isaiah 59:1-2. Notice:

Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”

Sometimes I think that the reason God does not answer our prayers and bless us like He has blessed God's people in days of old is because of our rebellion against His Law.

Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:19)

How many of our breathren would call us legalistic for saying something like what our Lord spoke in that verse! He is not speaking about the beatitudes found in the beginning of the chapter, since those were not given as commandments. He is speaking of the moral law of God!

Yet, the doing and teaching of these commandments must be done in humbleness. We can see and understand that by comparing the above verse with Matthew 18:1-4, which says, “At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

I trust this little article has shown that there are some very real dangers in preaching against the law of God. May we, as God's people, say with the Psalmist “With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.” (Psalm 119:10).