In Matthew 22:36 – 40, Jesus (of the Bible) gave us the greatest commandment and followed up with the second greatest. Let’s visit those verses:
“Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
So Jesus here lays out an order, if you will, a system of rank among the commandments beginning with your command to love Yehovah God (of the Bible) with all that you have. Then He goes into the next one and, I’m positive, if He were here now He could list them all in order.
“But,” you say, “the Bible says no sin is greater than another” and “…if you break one commandment you break them all.” Yes, you’re correct, and off point. Jesus (of the Bible) lists for you the two greatest commandments; from that you can infer that if there is one that is “greatest” there is one that is “least”, and others are in-between.
Here’s an example: in the book of Numbers we read of men who were unclean by reason of having been in contact with a dead body. Realizing their unclean state, they approached Moses to ask about their attendance at the Passover (they knew they could not attend because they were dirty). Let’s read it –
“And there were certain men, who were defiled by the dead body of a man, that they could not keep the passover on that day: and they came before Moses and before Aaron on that day: And those men said unto him, We are defiled by the dead body of a man: wherefore are we kept back, that we may not offer an offering of the LORD in his appointed season among the children of Israel? And Moses said unto them, Stand still, and I will hear what the LORD will command concerning you. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If any man of you or of your posterity shall be unclean by reason of a dead body, or be in a journey afar off, yet he shall keep the passover unto the LORD. The fourteenth day of the second month at even they shall keep it, and eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.”
So clearly there were two commandments given here: 1) keep the Passover, and 2) don’t keep the Passover if you are unclean. The men needed to know which commandment to keep! They couldn’t possibly keep both of them so they needed direction. Moses did the right thing…he consulted The Lawgiver!
But notice that, when asked, Yehovah God (of the Bible) gave the men a way to keep both of the commandments. He made it possible for them to keep BOTH! He has a perfect system!
Now let’s see happenings today. In an effort to “include” everyone (keeping the second commandment), churches are opening their doors to heresies (Chrislam comes to mind) and making compromises that should never happen. Never (read that NEVER!!!) should a Christian pastor recommend visiting a mosque in order to understand the Muslim. Never should a Christian pastor host an event with Muslims and offer halal foods to be served to Christians at that event (be sure you understand what I’m saying – feel free to invite the Muslim to fellowship with you to give you opportunity to witness to them, but DO NOT make him feel comfortable with halal food at the compromise to yourself or your Christian brothers and sisters). This, my friends, is breaking the first commandment! This is breaking the first in order to keep the second!
I can hear you through the Internet and yes, you are correct in saying that Jesus (of the Bible) had fellowship with sinners. I know that and I agree with His doing so. But did He partake of their actions? Did He go through the worship practices of Baal (or any other god) in order to bond with the sinners? Nope. He obeyed every one of His commands and through His teachings, He taught them the Truth (Himself) and never waivered. He was sinless and He remained that way by being True to Himself and His Father. In other words, He did not compromise.
Here’s a case study. Do you remember the story of His overturning the money-changing tables outside of the temple? We can find the story in Matthew:
“And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.”
Today, the pastor would probably work the tables with the guys in order to “accept” them, “include” them, and make them feel welcome and warm. Not Jesus. Hold onto your hats for this next statement – “HE OFFENDED THEM!” Oh my!!!
Jesus (of the Bible) did not make them feel welcome at all. He told them (and showed them) where they were wrong and He made His will known. When they went to sleep that night, they knew their place. How many Muslims, attending a “Chrislam” meeting, go home at night thinking “Hey, I might better pay attention to the teachings of Jesus (of the Bible) and maybe get out of a life of worshipping a false god and get myself saved”? No, they go to bed thinking, “These Christians are very nice and are falling right in line with my taqiyya and will submit to Islam in due time.”
But the larger problem is that the Christian is not going to bed thinking “I may win his soul for Jesus tomorrow”; instead, he’s going to bed thinking “Kumbaya my friend, can’t we all just get along, and how nice it was to enjoy the halal food that my pastor recommended and to learn a bit about the Muslim way of worshipping the same god.” They are breaking the second commandment at the expense of the first, and the “witness for Jesus” never happens.
Christian, be careful. Don’t compromise yourself, your ministry, your witness, or anything about your life and your walk with Jesus (of the Bible) in order to bow down to worldy customs or expectations. There is no similarity between the Word of God (the Holy Bible) and the word of Satan (the Quran). You can’t find mention of God (of the Bible) in the Quran and you won’t find His Son there either, because…
Jesus is NOT in the Quran!