Are you still under the Law? Well, what are you doing under there?
It is fascinating to me how many people believe that pastors should preach about the law at church. Considering how few unbelievers there are in the local evangelical church (few, right?) that means that the preacher is preaching law to the saved. I have heard too many people say that we need the law in order to stay true to the Lord—even as believers.
Sorry, I don’t agree. The law has value in revealing the truth of the unbeliever’s condition. The law condemns sin and shows that the unbeliever is under condemnation. But the believer has been redeemed from sin and the law. We are no longer under sin’s dominion and therefore no longer under the law.
Paul makes it clear that it is the law that holds us under bondage and condemnation. Jesus came to set us free, to pay the price of our redemption. In other words, He bought us out of bondage by the price of His own blood. This is what it means when we say that we are redeemed. We are free from the law and therefore free from the legal consequences of sin.
For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. Romans 6:14
But preachers continue to tell us that we should heed the law. What does Paul say to that?
Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law. . . Romans 3:19
The purpose of the law is to communicate guilt to the unsaved world, to challenge their self-righteousness, and take away any hope they have in eternal life apart from God. They are under law because they are still in their sins.
If you are no longer under law, you don’t need to hear law from the pulpit. Instead, you need to hear what it means to belong to Jesus, to be redeemed. The Christian is no longer led by the law, but now is led by the Spirit.
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Galatians 5:18
When will the church get this right? Only when church leaders begin to understand what has truly happened for them in Christ. Only when the self-serving flesh is taken out of leadership in church life. Only when we believe what the Lord says.