Concerning Midnight Call, November 2012, pages 6-12, “The Christian and the Law,” by Ger De Koning: Teacher DeKoning fills 6 ½ pages, mentioning the law 151 times, repentance 1 time and confession 1 time.
- There is the moral law: the 10 Commandments.
- The ceremonial law, part of which covered the sins of the people by blood sacrifice, and others for health and separation.
- There is the civil law, which covers order and justice, as in any other civilized society. Which law did DeKoning talk about? I don’t know.
If striving to keep the moral law feels like being in prison to you, be my guest. It keeps me out of prison.
Since the ceremonial law was a heavy yoke or burden, the yoke of Jesus is also a burden, only lighter: Matthew 11:28.
Reading about the folly of law keeping 151 times in 6 ½ pages, I am now confused.
Where there is no law, there is no sin. What do I need to repent of? And what do I confess? Confess that I believe in Jesus? The demons also believe in Jesus, and they tremble.
The moral law is in effect always. When I break any of them and if I confess and repent, then I am covered by the blood of Jesus. Be not deceived, God is not mocked.
The sacrificial blood law was abolished. The health and separation law was abolished. The civil laws are according to the civil laws of each country where the believer lives.
Teacher De Koning is a philosopher who can fill 6 ½ pages, writing about one word without explaining what the word means.
A kingdom without laws is a lawless kingdom.
-N. Luik, MB, CANADA
Answer: The law which Bro. De Koning writes about is the law of the Old Testament, given to the Jewish people. He insists no one can be saved by keeping the law. The author is not speaking about civil and moral laws, but salvation and damnation: the law of the Old Testament and the spiritual law of the New Testament. We are instructed by Jesus Himself to keep His commandments. Now read Matthew 5 and you will agree, His requirements are so much higher than the Old Testament ones. Actually, it becomes absolutely impossible to keep His laws, and that’s the point where grace comes in (see Matthew 22:37-40).
In summary, the motive of the article is to warn of false teachers who urge the believers to burden themselves with the Old Testament law in relation to salvation.