Tuesday, November 24, 2009

There Ain't No Law Against It!


This past week a friend of mine called and told me about an incident that occurred in his church. Basically he told me that their Youth Pastor was leading his group in prayer and someone wanted them to pray for an out-of-town relative who was in serious need for healing. The Youth Pastor asked for one of the youth to stand in for the person they were praying for. The youth group then laid hands on the person on behalf of the person in need. When the Pastor of the church heard about this, he told the Youth Pastor not to do that again because there is no place in the Bible where this was practiced. Selah. This is an issue that I've seen repeat itself in many forms throughout my life and we must gain clarity. God does not want us ignorant and He surely doesn't want us in fear.



Here are some other things that aren't in the Bible: Air-conditioning, ipods, facebook, electric guitars, U.S. Postal service, checks, credit cards, Christian Television, just to name a few. Here are some acts that aren't found in the Bible: Baking cookies for your neighborhood, standing against abortion, calling your congressman to vote for just causes, the 'Sinners Prayer', televangelism, closing your eyes in prayer, driving a car when Jesus clearly walked, preaching against the gifts of the Spirit, etc. So what gives us the right to do these acts or participate in the enjoyment of things when they aren't in the Bible? Did Jesus do anything that there were no scriptural references for? Did Paul or Peter do anything that did not have a scripture to back it up? What scripture did Jesus use that told Him to make mud with spit to heal the blind mans eyes? I know your saying, well that was Jesus. (Is this the same Jesus your telling people you want to be like?) Okay, so I'll use Paul as an example. He laid his hands on handkerchiefs and aprons according to scripture and the people took them to the sick and they were healed and delivered! What scripture was that based on? I could go on and on.



With these things said, what does give us the freedom to do things that aren't necessarily in the Bible and what should we restrict ourselves from?


The answer is in Galations 5:16-23: I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.


So there it is. Simple isn't it. That takes me back to the incident I opened this topic up with. Did the Youth Pastor want to do a work of the flesh or was his heart to release the love and healing of Christ to someone in need? Was the Pastors heart to stop the Youth Pastor from doing the act to hurt or help his people? Would the youth pastor submitting to his authority be an act bearing the fruit of the Spirit?

Based on Galations a believer can do anything that produces the fruit of the Spirit and should restrict himself or herself from the works of the flesh, which are evident.


The Bible says Jesus only did what He saw His Father doing and He only said what He heard His Father saying. He followed after the Spirit and told us to do likewise. Against such there is no law. So if there ain't no law against it, do it!